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Capt. Steven Moore Takes the Helm of TowBoatUS Lake Lewisville, Texas

Capt. Steven Moore, a former hired captain with the on-the-water towing company TowBoatUS Lake Lewisville, has purchased the business from his former boss, Capt. Jay Nunnally, who will remain with the company as a towing captain.   Moore, who has boated on the lake for 30 years, is US Coast Guard licensed and carries a Masters 50-ton with commercial assistance towing certification.  Much like an auto club for boaters, BoatUS offers on-the-water towing plans for freshwater boaters and anglers for just $58 a year, which includes BoatUS or BoatUS Angler membership. "Jay opened this location in 2007 and built this business," said Moore. "TowBoatUS Lake Lewisville remains a 24/7 on-the-water assistance company that will get you back to a launch ramp or marina when your boat won't get you there," said Capt. Moore. The lake can be challenging. "Recently, on two consecutive weekends, it went from a dead calm to over 40 knots of wind in just minutes, and caught a lot of folks off guard," added Moore. The company has seen its share of calls for assistance for routine breakdowns: running out fuel, running aground, battery jumps and mechanical breakdowns.   The company's response boat is a 24-foot Sea Cat with red hull and "TowBoatUS" in reflective white letters along her sides. It is fully rigged for towing and salvage work, carrying extra fuel and engine fluids, pumps, dive gear and extended jumper cables


J. Ray McDermott Completes Secunda Asset Acquisition

J. Ray McDermott, S.A., a subsidiary of Houston-based McDermott International Inc., has completed its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Secunda International Ltd. Those assets include 14 harsh-weather, multi-functional vessels for sub-sea construction, pipe and cable laying and dive support. The $260 million acquisition also includes Secunda’s shore-based operations. “We are pleased to complete this purchase and to begin integrating certain assets into J


Ship Ready to Destroy Syria's Chemical Arms at Sea

The container ship M/V Cape Ray departs Portsmouth, Va., Jan. 10, 2014, for sea trials. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lacordrick Wilson

Experts on board a cargo ship transformed into a multimillion dollar chemical weapons destroyer said on Thursday they were ready to start working on Syria's stock of toxic arms in the middle of the Mediterranean as early as May. Now they just have to hope the weather holds and Damascus delivers on time. Former container vessel Cape Ray, docked in southern Spain, has been fitted out with at least $10 million of gear to let it take on about 560 metric tonnes of Syria's most dangerous


J. Ray, Keppel FELS Joint Venture

J. Ray McDermott will undertake fabrication and installation work for the P-61 Tension Leg Wellhead Platform (TLWP) in more than 3,871 feet of water, for the Papa Terra Joint Venture, consisting of Petrobras (operator) and Chevron. The overall P-61 project — comprising design, engineering, construction, transportation, installation, and a three-year limited operations contract — was awarded to FloaTEC Singapore Pte Ltd (FloaTEC Singapore)


J. Ray McDermott Awarded Peregrino FPSO Project

J. Ray McDermott, S. A. (J. Ray) announced that its subsidiary J. Ray McDermott Far East Inc., has received a Letter of Award for engineering, procurement and construction of 6,500 tonnes of topside modules for the Peregrino FPSO (floating, production, storage and offloading) by A.P. Moller – Maersk A/S (Maersk Contractors). Projects of this nature are typically valued in excess of US$250 million.    Engineering and procurement activity have commenced while the fabrication


J. Ray McDermott Wins Contract

J. Ray McDermott, S.A. (J. Ray), a subsidiary of McDermott International Inc., won a contract with Seneca Resources Corporation for the design engineering, procurement, structural fabrication, process outfitting and loadout of a three-pile jacket and deck. The contract is expected to be completed by May 2006 Components of the turnkey proposal include the jacket, deck with process facilities, piles and heliport. Pinnacle Engineering will provide the detail design and equipment procurement as


Advanced X-ray Imaging System Unveiled

The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a news release stating that an advanced x-ray imaging system for examining cargo containers has been unveiled in the Port of Charleston. Known as OmniView, the system provides more detailed images of the contents and increases the speed of the examination process. [Source: HK Law]


New Crabber Heads for Grounds

On the Bering Sea king crab fishery, explains deckhand Jerod Goodin, "There are six in the deck crew. Each of us will work 15 hours on and then take a three hour break. The captain won't sleep and if there are a lot of crab none of us will sleep." That is just the way it is in one of North America's most lucrative and dangerous fisheries, which will probably have just four days of fishing this autumn. In early October


Fukushima Radioactivity In Tuna off Oregon, Washington

albacore tuna

 A sample of albacore tuna caught off the shores of Oregon and Washington state have small levels of radioactivity from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, researchers said on Tuesday. But authors of the Oregon State University study say the levels are so small you would have to consume more than 700,000 pounds of the fish with the highest radioactive level to match the amount of radiation the average person is annually exposed to in everyday life through cosmic rays, the air


Australian Navy Assists in Search for Lost Cruise Passengers

HMAS Choules (Photo: Royal Australian Navy)

The Australian Navy ship HMAS Choules and her MRH 90 helicopter have been involved in the air and sea search for two people believed lost from the Carnival Line cruise ship Carnival Spirit off the New South Wales mid-north coast. HMAS Choules joined the search on Thursday afternoon as she was returning from North Queensland where she was conducting amphibious training exercises. The ship and her helicopter have now been released from the search which was co-ordinated by the New South Wales


MV Cape Ray Signals DTRA 'Mission Complete'

DTRA Seal

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency announces the successful completion of the Cape Ray's mission to destroy Syria's chemical weapons components at sea. The Defense Threat Reduction Agency/U.S. Strategic Command Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (DTRA/SCC-WMD) is pleased to


'MV Cape Ray' Crew: Chemical Weapons Destruction Applauded

MV Cape Ray: Photo Wiki CCL

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) says it is proud to support the international effort to destroy Syrian chemical weapons and agents by providing the M/V CAPE RAY and its all-volunteer U.S. Merchant Marine crew to support this critical mission.


US Ship 'Cape Ray' Neutralizes Syrian Sarin

Cape Ray: Photo CCL3

All 581 metric tonnes of a precursor chemical for sarin gas that were removed from the Syrian Arab Republic and trans-loaded onto the U.S. Maritime Vessel Cape Ray in early July, have been destroyed with neutralisation technology aboard the ship while sailing in international waters of the


Coast Guard Restricts Mississippi Traffic Following Collision

The U.S. Coast Guard said it restricted traffic to one way in the vicinity of the International Matex Tank Terminals near Gretna, Louisiana, on the lower Mississippi River early Wednesday following a multi-vessel collision. A Maltese-flagged vessel, Flag Gangos, lost control near mile marker 97


Overseas Shipholding CEO Capt. Robert Johnston to Retire

Chief Executive Officer Capt. Robert Johnston

  Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. announced today that Captain Robert Johnston, President and Chief Executive Officer, will retire from the company effective immediately. He will continue to advise the company as a consultant through mid-2015.


USCG Foundation to Honor Fellowmen in Alaska

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and   welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that it will honor the men   and women who serve in Alaska at its biennial Alaska Awards Dinner at The Hotel Captain Cook in   Anchorage on Wednesday August 13th.  Geraldo Rivera, world-class sailor and Fox News senior correspondent, and Sig Hansen, captain of the   F/V Northwestern and star of the Discovery Channels Deadliest Catch, wil

  The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that it will honor the men and women who serve in Alaska at its biennial Alaska Awards Dinner at The Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage


Seattle-Based Coast Guard Cutter Gets New Commanding Officer

Capt. Laura Dickey (left) and Capt. Brendon McPherson (right) shake hands after McPherson relieved Dickey as commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Midgett, a 378-foot high endurance cutter homeported in Seattle

Capt. Brendon McPherson  relieved Capt. Laura Dickey as commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Midgett, a 378-foot high endurance cutter homeported in Seattle, during a change-of-command ceremony presided over by Vice Adm. Charles Ray, commander of Coast Guard Pacific Area


USCG Icebreaker 'Polar Star' Change of Command

Polar Star: Photo USCG

Vice Adm. Charles W. Ray, Coast Guard Pacific Area commander, will preside over the ceremony where Capt. Matthew R. Walker will assume the duties and responsibilities as commanding officer of 'Polar Star' from Capt. George E. Pellissier, informs the Coast Guard.


Syrian Chemical Weapon Neutralization: Final Stage

Chemical container loading. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Desmond Parks

One of the final phases in the dismantling of Syrian chemical arsenal has been completed at the Italian southern port of Gioia Tauro, according to multiple media reports. It took about 12 hours to tranship the 78 containers holding some 560 metric tons of chemicals that had been loaded aboard


M/V Cape Ray: Last Stop for Syrian Chemical Weapons

The 648-foot roll-on/roll-off Ready Reserve Force ship M/V Cape Ray (Photo: MARAD)

As I write, the M/V  Cape Ray, a 648-foot roll-on/roll-off Ready Reserve Force ship is steaming under orders towards Gioia Tauro, Italy, to load hundreds of tons of Syrian Government chemical weapon agents and precursor chemicals, before neutralizing them at sea.


Australia’s HMAS Arunta Returns to Sea

HMAS Arunta on her first day at sea conducting a boat transfer (Australia Department of Defense photo)

A milestone has been achieved in the Anti-Ship Missile Defense (ASMD) Upgrade Program with HMAS Arunta setting sail for her sea acceptance trials this week. Chief Executive Officer, Defense Materiel Organization (DMO) Warren King and the Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN


Perils of Heavy Ship Containers Debated

Chris Evans speaking at the WISTA-UK Forum (Credit WISTA)

Maritime experts are torn on how to curb the menace of overweight shipping containers, which cause severe accidents at sea and on the roads. The difficulties of resolving false declarations of the weight and content of boxes were underlined during a panel discussion at the WISTA-UK Liverpool Forum


US Navy Ship En Route to Receive Syrian Chemical Weapons

MV Cape Ray (Official U.S. Navy file photo)

U.S. motor vessel Cape Ray departed Rota, Spain, this morning en route to the port of Gioia Tauro, Italy, where the ship will receive declared Syrian chemical weapons transferred from the Danish vessel Ark Futura, the U.S. Navy announced today in a press release.


US Cargo Ship to Load Syrian Chemical Agents Soon

Cape Ray: Photo CCL3

An American cargo ship, the 'Cape Ray' converted into a mobile chemical weapons destroyer is expected to take charge of some of Syria's most dangerous materials next week, a U.S. defense official said. Syria on Monday handed over the remaining 8 percent of a total 1


Baltic Ace Salvage Commenced in North Sea

Dutch companies have started a weeks-long operation to raise the Baltic Ace car carrier, which collided with a cargo ship in 2012, killing 11 crew and sending 1,400 cars to the bottom of the North Sea, the government said on Tuesday. Boskalis and Mammoet Salvage were contracted to remove 540






 
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