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Austal Wins SCA Safety Awards

Terry O Brien accepts Austal SCA Safety Awards from Stephen Woodring and Tom Godfrey of SCA Photo Austal

Austal USA remains one of the safest shipyards in the country the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) announced Mar. 7. Austal’s hard-earned workplace safety record has been recognized, yet again, by the SCA with both the 2015 Award for Excellence in Safety and the 2015 Award for Improvement in Safety –the company’s total recorded incident rate (TRIR) in 2015 was 44% lower than the rate in 2014 and 52% lower than the industry average. “Austal’s award-winning safety record is evidence of their steadfast commitment to the absolute safety of the company’s employees and SCA is proud to have them as a member shipyard.” SCA President Matthew Paxton said. Austal has won either the Award for Excellence in Safety or the Award for Improvement in Safety nine times since 2008. This is the second time Austal has received both awards at once. “These awards are a testament to the number one priority at Austal USA – worker safety,” Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle said. “It’s wonderful being part of a team, not only focused on building the best ships in the world, but on being safe while doing it.” Perciavalle continued, “Austal’s exceptional safety record allows us to attract and maintain a superior workforce, as well as provide our client, the U.S. Navy, with the most efficient and cost-effective shipbuilding operation possible.”

Marshall Islands Observe ISM Code Before Deadline

The Marshall Islands can confirm that all vessels on its ships register affected by Phase II of the International Safety Management (ISM) code were in full compliance ahead of the July 1 deadline. Those vessels registered with the Marshall Islands that do not comply with ISM are exempt by virtue of the Safety Of Life At Sea (SOLAS) compliance definitions, are in lay-up or have been foreign bareboat charter registered in another flag-state jurisdiction.

Keppel Constructs First FPSO for GOM

Photo courtesy Keppel Group Corporate Communications

Keppel Shipyard Limited (Keppel Shipyard) is on track to deliver the first floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel for the US Gulf of Mexico (GoM) to BW Pioneer Ltd, an affiliate of BW Offshore. Named on Oct. 26 at Keppel Shipyard, the vessel BW Pioneer will be turret moored at a water depth of about 2,600 metres – by far the deepest for an FPSO. The FPSO, which is nearing completion, has achieved an impressive safety record of more than four million incident-free

Double Milestone for Ellicott Dredges

Ellicott employees gather at the company’s Baltimore plant following a celebratory lunch in front of a Series 370 Dragon dredger (Photo: Ellicott Dredges)

Ellicott Dredges celebrates 1,000 day safety record and 130 years of business   The employees of Ellicott Dredges LLC in Baltimore had two reasons for celebration this week, the company announced.   First, Ellicott's Baltimore plant recorded a safety milestone of 1,000 consecutive working days without a lost time accident.   In addition to this achievement, Ellicott is celebrating its 130th year of business

Global Industries Wins Safety Award

Global Industries was awarded the 2009 National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) Safety-in-Seas Award on April 16, recognizing their contribution to the safety of life offshore for energy workers. Global Industries was selected by a panel of judges from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Minerals Management Service and the National Academy of Science's Marine Board. NOIA President Tom Fry said, "Global Industries demonstrated that safety is priority number one

Offshore Oil: Lamprell Completes Caspian Sea Drilling Unit

(Jim Moffat, CEO of Lamprell. Source: Lamprell)

UAE-based Lamprell said that it completed construction of the second Caspian Sea jackup drilling rig, Mercury, for service in the Caspian Sea.   "I am delighted to report that we have completed the second drilling rig for use in the Caspian Sea, not only because of the significant beneficial impact on this year's results but also because of the exemplary safety record on a highly complex project in a remote location," said Jim Moffat, CEO of Lamprell

Alyeska Honors Crowley with Exceptional Award of Merit

Crowley's ship assist and escort services group was recently honored by the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company with a 2002 Exceptional Award of Merit. The award honors Crowley for implementing a new Environmental, Safety and Quality Assurance (ESQA) Management System, and for achieving perfect environmental and safety records for 2002. Crowley's new ESQA Management System fully meets and integrates four internationally certified management codes: the International Safety Management (ISM)

Subsea 7 Awarded a Three-year Contract From BP


Subsea 7 S.A. (Oslo Børs: SUBC) announced the award of a three year Life-of-Field Contract by BP Exploration & Production Inc. The contract will cover the provision of two vessels, including a dedicated vessel on full time basis, and associated project management and engineering support, for ROV based inspection, intervention and light construction work in the US Gulf of Mexico starting mid 2011. The estimated contract value of this Frame Agreement is approximately $125 million.

Keppel Shipyard Named SBM's Preferred Yard in FPSO conversions

Keppel Shipyard, the wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Corporation Limited (KCL) through Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), has been chosen as the preferred shipyard in the Far East for the conversion of Floating Production Storage and Offloading facilities (FPSOs) for Single Buoy Moorings Inc (SBM). This follows SBM’s satisfaction with Keppel’s performance and safety record in the two FPSO conversions for them in 2000

IRS Acknowledges Liberian Registry

The Liberian Registry has accorded the status of Recognized Organization to the classification society IRS (Indian Register of Shipping), to act on behalf of vessels operating under the flag of Liberia. Captain J C Anand, Chairman of IRS, says, “This recognition by Liberia is a matter of great significance and prestige to IRS, coming as it does from one of the world’s leading flag states, which has an enviable reputation for quality and service and an outstanding safety record

LNG Sector Ready to meet Industry Demand

Peter Keller Photo SEALNG

Ahead of the 70th Session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), the cross-industry coalition 'SEA\LNG' has highlighted the ability of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector to meet the future emissions requirements of the global shipping industry.

Marshall Islands Becomes Largest Tanker Flag

Source: Clarksons Research

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Registry has attained status as the world's largest tanker fleet following the addition of tonnage from markets in Greece, the U.S. and Asia over the summer. The RMI flagged tanker fleet stands at 44.6 million gross tons (GT).  

Indonesia Ferry Blast Kills Two

Going to Bali by Boat. Photo: Bali Tourism Board

 An explosion on a speedboat carrying 35 foreign passengers and four crew members  in Bali, Indonesia  has left two people dead and 18 other tourists injured.   According to the local police, the boat was ferrying tourists from Bali to Lombok and exploded enroute

New Ferry Designs Answer Asia Specific Challenges

(Image: Deltamarin)

Challenges of the Asian ferry market include large regional variations in cargo volume and composition, huge economic pressure on operators and unsatisfactory safety records especially in the developing countries, according to ship design company Deltamarin

ICS Chariman Sets Shipping Three Challenges

Esben Poulsson (Photo: ICS)

At the annual International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) Conference in London  (September 7) – in the presence of IMO Secretary-General, Kitack Lim – the new ICS Chairman, Esben Poulsson, suggested that the shipping industry must respond proactively to three major challenges:

ICS Chairman Sets 3 Challenges for Shipping

Esben Poulsson

At the annual International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) Conference in London today (7 September) – in the presence of IMO Secretary-General, Kitack Lim – the new ICS Chairman, Esben Poulsson, suggested that the shipping industry must respond proactively to three major challenges: 

MN100: Baker, Lyman & Co., Inc.

Corinne Titus (Photo: Baker, Lyman & Co., Inc.)

The Company: A wheelhouse favorite for generations, Baker, Lyman & Co. is the oldest NOAA & Admiralty Chart Agent in the United States. Baker Lyman has been provisioning vessels with nautical charts, electronic charting systems, publications, safety/educational materials

MN100: Kirby Inland Marine

Photo: Kirby Inland Marine

The Company: Kirby Corporation is a premier tank barge operator in the United States, transporting bulk liquid products throughout the Mississippi River System, on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, along all three U.S. Coasts, and in Alaska and Hawaii

Foss Maritime Vessels Receive Safety Award

The Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) has recognized 73 vessels of Foss Maritime and their subsidiary companies with the 2015 Jones F. Devlin award for outstanding safety records. The Jones F. Devlin Award is one of two award programs CSA has sponsored since 1968

Shipyards Leading the Way on Safety in OSHA Partnership

Photo: SCA

The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) has announced a new partnership with the National Shipbuilding Research Program and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a part of the Department of Labor (DOL), focused on continuing employee safety practices in U.S. shipyards.

Two Maritime Veterans Create Avalon Freight Services

Harley Franco (Photo: Avalon Freight Services)

Avalon Freight Services co-founded by Greg and Tim Bombard and Harley Franco, will debut freight service on Friday, April 1, 2016.   Currently scheduled to operate a minimum of five days a week, year round, the company will transport freight from Berth 95 in San Pedro and the Pebbly Beach

Keppel to Deliver Semisub to Floatel

Courtesy Keppel FELS

Keppel FELS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) is on track to deliver a fifth high-specification accommodation semisubmersible (semi) to Floatel International Ltd (Floatel) on time, on budget and with a perfect safety record.

Ensco plc Report Loss

RGB-1 Ensco 52 Courtesy Ensco plc

* Non-Cash Asset and Goodwill Impairments Totaling $2.9 Billion   * Cash From Operating Activities of $423 Million in Fourth Quarter and $1.7 Billion for Full Year   * Record Safety and Operational Performance   * ENSCO DS-8 Commences Initial Five-Year Contract Offshore Angola

AIWA Highlights Investment Needs on the Nation’s Marine Highways


Nowhere is that more important than on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. As 2016 begins, we at the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association (AIWA) are looking forward to participating in the ongoing dialogue regarding the need for strategic investments in the Nation’s Marine

Ferries: An Economic Driving Force

Serge A. Buy

While most people know that ferries are a method of transportation, few have a good understanding of the nature of the sector and its importance. In Canada, ferries transport more than 55 million passengers, over 19 million vehicles, billions of dollars’ worth of goods and they employ close

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