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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


Seakeeper Launches Smaller, More Powerful Gyros

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After developing what it calls the most effective zero-speed anti-rolling devices ever made, Seakeeper said it forever changed the experience of boating. Within a decade, the company claimed a position as a global leader in active gyroscopic stabilization technology. Now, it introduces the Seakeeper 5, 9, 16, 26 and 35 models. These gyros are smaller and more powerful than ever.      To date, over 1,700 Seakeeper gyros have been delivered


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


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


US Says It Will Stay in Black Sea despite Russian Warning

USS Mason (DDG 87) (U.S. Navy photo by Casey J. Hopkins)

The United States will maintain its presence in the Black Sea despite a Russian warning that a U.S. destroyer patrolling there undermined regional security, the U.S. Navy Secretary said.   The USS Porter entered the Black Sea this month, drawing heavy criticism from Moscow


US Navy 'Green Fleet' Fills up with Italian-made Biofuel

Guided-missile destroyer USS Mason prepares to seat a fuel probe delivered from the Italian oiler ITS Etna during a practice replenishment-at-sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Anderson W. Branch)

A U.S. warship took its first delivery of Italian-made biofuel on Thursday as part of the Navy's programme to use more alternative energy.   The USS Mason was refuelled alongside an Italian vessel, the Andrea Doria, in the seas off of Italy's southern coast with a mix produced by Italy's


US Navy to Name Attack Submarine USS Arkansas

Image: U.S. Navy graphic by Mass Communication Specialist

 A Virginia-class attack submarine will be called the USS Arkansas, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced.   Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that SSN 800, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS Arkansas.  


New US Warship Named after Pioneering Navy Nurse

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus signs a graphic representation of the future guided-missile destroyer USS Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123) at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial. (U.S. Navy photo by Armando Gonzales)

During a ceremony to honor women who served in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced an Arleigh-Burke class destroyer, DDG 123, will be named Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee.   Higbee, the future ship's namesake, was a pioneering United States Navy chief nurse


China: Stakeholders Should Manage S.China Sea Differences Constructively

China and the United States should manage their differences over disputed waters in the South China Sea constructively, one of China's top military officials has said. Fang Fenghui, a member of China's Central Military Commission, told General Joseph Dunford


This Day In Naval History: May 12

USS Enterprise (CV-6) (Photo: US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum)

1780 - The city of Charleston, S.C., falls to the British when Continental Gen. Benjamin Lincoln surrenders during the American Revolution. Three Continental Navy frigates (Boston, Providence, and Ranger) are captured; and one American frigate (Queen of France) is sunk to prevent capture.


Maritime Surveillance Drone Testing to Begin this Summer

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The AR5 Life Ray UAS, developed by TEKEVER, has been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) to demonstrate the first European maritime surveillance system where drones are integral to operations


TEKEVER Develops Vessel Tracking for Small UAS

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TEKEVER will present at Xponential/AUVSI its new vessel detection capabilities for its UAS product lines. Available for TEKEVER’s AR3 and AR4 product lines, the new capabilities allow for an increased effectiveness of the systems in multiple types of maritime missions.  


Unmanned Aircraft Features Maritime Radar

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An updated version of the shipborne UAS AR3 NET RAY is touted as the first in class providing maritime radar capability   The UAS producer TEKEVER is launching at Xponential-AUVSI, a new version of its AR3 Net Ray shipborne UAV with an increased payload weight capacity to allow integration


Damaged US Warship Heads to San Diego for Repairs

USS Fort Worth (U.S. Navy photo by Joe Bishop)

The USS Fort Worth, a U.S. warship that suffered damage to its combining gears in Singapore in January, will travel to San Diego under its own power for extensive repairs at a General Dynamics Corp shipyard, the U.S. Navy said Wednesday. The new coastal warship, built by Lockheed Martin Corp


US Navy Honors Carl Levin with Naming of Ship

Ray Mabus Secretary of the U.S. Navy Pic by USN

Today, during a ceremony in Detroit, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that the next Arleigh Burke class destroyer, DDG 120, will be named Carl M. Levin in honor of the longest serving senator in Michigan history.  During his 36 years in the Senate


Charity Banquet to Honor ‘Outstanding Friends of Seafarers’

Seafarers International House will hold its 16th annual awards banquet from 6-10 p.m. on April 21 at the New York Athletic Club.   The banquet will honor Marshall Ainley, president of Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA); Ian Blackley


Recent Vessel Sales - January 2016

Vessel sales for January 2016 (as of February 1) as prepared by Shipping Intelligence, Inc., New York.   Date Reported - Vessel Name - DWT - Built - (Age) - Price in Millions USD   Bulk Carriers 1/27 - ASIAN TIDE - 7,365 - 08(8) - $1.3 1/20 - SHUEI - 19,968 - 12(4) - $9


New Attack Submarine Named in Honor of Utah

US Navy (USN) Attack Submarine, USS VIRGINIA (SSN 774). Photo: US Navy

 US Navy has christened its Virginia-class attack submarine, SSN 801, as the USS Utah in honour of the history its namesake state has had within the navy.   The attack submarine is the second naval vessel to have been named after Utah, with the first being the battleship BB-31


USNS Carson City Christened

Susan Asbury Crowell christens USNS Carson City Photo Austal

  Austal celebrated the christening of Expeditionary Fast Transport USNS Carson City (EPF 7) with a ceremony this morning at its state-of-the-art shipyard here. USNS Carson City is the seventh of 10 Expeditionary Fast Transport vessels (EPF), formerly joint high speed vessels (JHSV)






 
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