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Adonis Sells for More Than $1m

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration has sold a ship from the Beaumont Reserve Fleet for more than $1million, the first time under the current program that a ship has brought such a price.  International Shipbreaking, Ltd., in , , will pay $1,151,727 for the ship Adonis, now moored at the Beaumont Reserve Fleet site in .  Three other government-owned, obsolete ships are also being sold to the company for an additional $173,297: the , the and the Buyer. These sales stand in contrast to most ship disposal contracts in recent years, which have involved the federal government paying to have its obsolete ships recycled.  High worldwide prices for scrap steel have recently made such ships more valuable to recyclers, who sell the steel and other materials recovered from the ships. Two of the ships being sold, the and the Cape Canaveral, are breakbulk freighters and are located at the James River Reserve Fleet site in .  The was built at the Todd Shipyard in in 1961.  The Cape Canaveral was built at the Avondale Shipyard in in 1963.  When these two ships depart the site for recycling, they will be the 70th and 71st vessel to do so since January of 2001. The Adonis, a liquid-bulk tanker, was built by A.G. Wesser Seeback of in 1966.  The other ship being sold, the Buyer, is also in the Beaumont Reserve Fleet, and was built as a breakbulk vessel by National Steel & SB in in 1960.


Obsolete US Ship Recycling Target Surpassed

U.S. Transportation Secretary visits Suisun Bay in Northern California to celebrate surpassing administration's goal for recycling. Ray LaHood, US Transportation Secretary visited Shuisun Bay for the occasion. In 2010, the Department’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) committed to removing 28 ships from the fleet by September 30, 2012.  To date, MARAD has removed 36 ships, with three more vessels scheduled for removal by the end of the year.


NAVSEA Garners Awards

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) emerged as a major force in environmental stewardship judging by its impressive showing during a recent series of environmental awards. NAVSEA and its various activities were very well represented on April 30 and May 1 at a series of environmental awards presentation ceremonies on behalf of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) and the Department of Defense (OSD).


Ship Disposal Encounters Enviro, Political Hurdles

By Joan M. Bondareff and Charles T. Blocksidge In 2001, Congress directed the Maritime Administration (MarAd) to dispose of all obsolete vessels in its inventory by September 30, 2006, and to do so "in the manner that provides the best value to the Government." At present, MarAd has 104 non-retention ships not under contract in three locations around the country-James River Reserve Fleet in Virginia, Beaumont Reserve Fleet in Texas, and Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet in California


ATLAS ELEKTRONIK Enhances SeaFox Systems

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ATLAS ELEKTRONIK enhance capabilities of its SeaFox Systems with EOD tool COBRA. Bremen/London, 13 September 2011 - ATLAS ELEKTRONIK has recently teamed with ECS Special Projects Ltd. to exclusively provide the EOD tool COBRA for the ATLAS SeaFox Sys-tem. The COBRA (Clip-On BX-90 Re-loadable Assembly) can be fitted to the re-usable SeaFox vehicle offering Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) capability from surface to 300m


Hearing on Disposal of Ghost Fleet

The Senate Commerce Committee released testimony of various witnesses who spoke at the hearing conducted by the Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Subcommittee on July 7, 2003. Maritime Administrator William G. Schubert


P&O Cruise Division Sees Strong Trading, Advances Plans For U.S Listing Next Year

The cruise arm of Peninsula and Oriental Steam Navigation Co. continues to experience excellent trading conditions, with total capacity up 14 percent this year, company officials said. P&O officials said the cruises division was fully booked at yields consistent on a like-for-like basis with last year's high levels. The outlook for the division next year is "highly positive," with capacity seen increasing by 21 percent, booking 70 percent full for the first half, and yields again good.


Agencies Reach Accord on Managing Long Island Sound Dredged Materials

Six government agencies tasked with regulating dredging activities in Long Island Sound have reached accord on a process to support the goal of reducing or eliminating open water disposal of dredged materials into the Sound while maintaining the economic viability of New York and Connecticut's working ports. The agreement ratifies the intent of three federal and three state agencies to formally administer a Regional Dredging Team to comply with the June 3, 2005, rulemaking by the U.S


'Mine-Pouncing' is Just What it Says

Mine Pouncer: Photo credit USN

Members of US Navy's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 11 participate in a recent mine pouncing training exercise in the Indian Ocean. "Back in the day, they would jump out of a helo near a mine and attach an explosive to it," said Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician 2nd Class Ruben Villegas. "They would then get picked up and go on to the next one, then the next one. That's where the term mine pouncing came from."
 It seems nothing much has changed


EC To Investigate Spanish Payments

The European Commission will open a formal investigation into plans by Spanish state holding company SEPI to pay $57 million (10 billion pesetas) to buy a number of shipyards as part of a restructuring plan. "On the basis of the information at its disposal the Commission doubts whether this was a genuine market transaction, but rather a capital injection that could constitute state aid," the Commission said in a statement.


Danos Adds Environmental Services

Danos recently added an Environmental Services Division to the company’s collection of oilfield related services, which includes production workforce, construction, fabrication, coatings, instrumentation and electrical, and shorebase and logistics.


Samudra Containership Rationalisation Hits Revenues

Samudra containership: Image courtesy of Samudra

Diversified Singapore-based containership owners Samudra Group reports registered revenue of USD 96.9 million for the second quarter ended 30 June 2014, a 7.6% decline from USD 104.8 million in the previous corresponding quarter, which they say is in line with the Group’s rationalisation of


BG Group Completes Sale in CATS

CATS courtesy BG Group

  BG Group today announced it had completed the sale of its 62.78% equity interest in the Central Area Transmission System (CATS) gas pipeline in the UK North Sea and associated infrastructure to Antin Infrastructure Partners. Total proceeds from the transaction, announced on 17 June 2014


Martinez Head NSWC Indian Head EOD

Capt. Vincent Martinez relieved Capt. Thomas Smith, II, as commanding officer of Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division

  Capt. Vincent Martinez relieved Capt. Thomas Smith, II, as commanding officer of Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NSWC IHEODTD) during a change of command ceremony at Indian Head, Md., June 26.  


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


GAC EnvironHull Reaches Third UAE Port

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Following the expansion to Fujairah and Gothenburg, GAC EnvironHull is now offering its HullWiper underwater hull cleaning service at the UAE port of Sharjah. The HullWiper, a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) underwater hull cleaning unit, uses adjustable pressure sea water jets  for


Sunken Barge Near State Marine Reserve Removed

The Coast Guard says it has completed clean up and removal efforts of a barge that sank earlier near Point Conception State Marine Reserve, California. Around 12:15 p.m. on 8, June 2014 the Coast Guard received a distress call from the tugboat Calvin


Australian Divers Remove Potential WWII Mine

Australian Defense photo

The Royal Australian Navy reported that its clearance divers have successfully disposed of a suspect object in Betio Lagoon off South Tarawa, in the Republic of Kiribati. Australian Defense previously reported the suspicious item may be a sea mine from World War II.


CATS Pipeline & Infrastructure Sold for $954m

BG Group

BG Group agreed to the sale of its equity interest in the Central Area Transmission System (CATS) gas pipeline in the UK North Sea and associated infrastructure to Antin Infrastructure Partners for total proceeds up to $954 million. Under the agreement, BG Group will sell its 62


Suspected WWII Sea Mine Found off Kiribati

Suspected Explosive Remnant of War was discovered in late May near the main wharf in Betio Lagoon, South Tarawa in the Republic of Kiribati, beneath the wreck of the MV Tovota by salvage workers from The Dive Centre Pty Ltd Fiji. The Australian Defense Force has been requested by Kiribati authorities to dispose of the object as it poses a potential hazard to local shipping.

A team of Australian Defense Force (ADF) personnel has headed to the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati to dispose of a suspected World War II sea mine. The object was discovered beneath a sunken vessel that is being salvaged by commercial operators in Betio Lagoon, South Tarawa.


Scorpio Tankers Update on Finance, Vessel Deliveries

Image courtesy of Scorpio Tankers

Scorpio Tankers Inc. gives details of its agreement to acquire some of its own common shares; to buy back stock; and also sets out a fleet update. Scorpio Tankers Inc. says it has entered into an agreement to purchase from an existing shareholder 7,500


EXMAR LPG Sells Two Older LPG Ships

EXMAR LPG (the Joint Venture between EXMAR and TEEKAY LNG PARTNERS) sold the Very Large Gas Carrier FLANDERS TENACITY (84,270 m³ – 1996 built) and the Midsize Gas Carrier EEKLO (37,450 m³ – 1995 built).  Both vessels are expected to be delivered to their new owners in


Duke Energy To Clean Up Ash In Dan River

Dan River Chart

  Duke Energy Corp has agreed to find and remove coal ash that a retired North Carolina power plant spilled into the Dan River, which provides drinking water to two towns in nearby Virginia, U.S. environmental regulators said on Thursday.


FSL Trust Begins 2014 on Stronger Financial Footing

FSL Trust vessel: Image FSL

Singapore-based First Ship Lease Trust (“FSL Trust”) informs in its Q1 2014 financial report that its loss  for the quarter was reduced by nearly 30% to US$4.9 million from US$7.0 million posted the year before. The reduced loss was partly due to the impairment loss on financial


Diana Containerships Reports Q1 Results

Photo: Diana Containerships

Diana Containerships Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of containerships, today reported net income of $0.3 million for the first quarter of 2014, compared to a net loss of $31.8 million for the respective period of 2013






 
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