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Mid America Shipyard Delivers Another Truckable Tug

Photo courtesy Mid America Shipyards LLC

Mid America Shipyards LLC, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, has just delivered another of its truckable tug boats. The vessel has been shipped to a project in up-state New York. This tug boat was constructed in 30 working days which was done in half the time of our last tugs. The J-KRAB is the Seventh Vessel to leave our yard this year so far. John Deere 6081's gives the vessel 660 hp.   Specifications:  Length    25.5 ft Beam    14 ft Hull depth    5 ft Max draft    3.3 ft Propulsion    Twin screw Twin Disc. Transmissions    5075 SC Propellers:    34 inches Propeller Shafts    3 inch stainless steel Vessel weight    Approx. 41,000 lbs

WESMAR Thrusters ABS DP Approval

Photo courtesy WESMAR

WESMAR announced that two more of their all stainless steel bow thrusters have been given ABS Certificate of Design Assessment for dynamic positioning (DP) applications. WESMAR Models V2-24 and V2-26 Vortex dual prop all stainless steel bow thrusters have joined the V2-20NS system, which received the design approval rating earlier this year. The horsepower ratings for the V2-24 and V2-26 range from 175 to 225, for operation on vessels up to 225 hp.

Van Voorden Completes Big Stainless Steel Propeller Order

Image courtesy of Royal Van Voorden

Van Voorden Castings BV from Zaltbommel, the Netherlands, has just completed a large order for four 25-tonne stainless steel propellers for a Canadian ice class ferry to be built by Italian yard Fincantieri for their client Société des traversiers du Québec. These propellers, of diameters 2900 mm and 3500 mm, have a combined weight of over 25 tonnes of high quality stainless steel and will be used for two contra-rotating podded drives.

FloScan: ABS Certification for New Flowmeters

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FloScan Instrument Company said that the new Series K Stainless Steel Diesel Flow Sensor that has earned ABS Product Design Assessment Certification. FloScan is a manufacturer of fuel monitoring systems for permanent installation on diesel and gasoline engines. FloScan Systems are installed worldwide on commercial and recreational vessels, stationary industrial generators and general aviation aircraft.  With the introduction of the new Stainless Steel Series K Flow Sensor

POSCO to Reset Steel Prices

POSCO is rearranging its steel prices in response to fluctuating international prices and domestic demand. On May 1, the steel producer will lift prices of mini-mill products, stainless steel and cut steel plate prices. In a statement, the company said prices for mini-mill hot-rolled coil will rise by $21 per ton to $501 in the domestic market due to falling inventory levels but prices for steel plate and steel plates for shipbuilding will fall by $31 per ton to $661 and $623, respectively

Hoover Container Solutions Acquires Tote Systems LLC, Liquid Division

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Hoover Container Solutions, a subsidiary of Hoover Group, Inc., has acquired the assets of Tote Systems LLC, Liquid Division, a provider of stainless steel intermediate bulk containers (IBC) in the United States.   Headquartered in Fairhope, Ala., with offices in Nashville, Tenn., and Burleson, Texas, Tote Systems’ assets include a fleet of 350 and 550 gallon stainless steel IBC’s as well as various custom designed stainless steel units.     

AIS Antennas Help Owners Monitor Traffic

Shakespeare AIS antennas in various styles

When navigating shipping lanes and busy harbors, the ability to monitor speed and direction of other vessels is particularly important.  Automatic Identification System (AIS) technology, originating from the shipping industry, has been a great help to recreational boaters in these areas.   Shakespeare offers AIS antennas in various styles, specifically designed to meet the broader bandwidth requirements of popular AIS transceivers

Odfjell Buys New Vessel

Odfjell entered into a contract for the purchase of MT Holly Galaxy, a 19,975 dwt chemical tanker (IMO II/III) with 22 stainless steel cargo tanks, built in 2006 at Fukuoka Shipbuilding in Japan. The vessel will be delivered in December 2011 and shall be traded regionally in South America. We are in the process of achieving long term financing of the vessel. - Holly Galaxy will be vessel number 99 in the Odfjell controlled fleet of sophisticated chemical tanker vessels, says Jan A

Wesmar to Attend WorkBoat Show


Photo Caption: A large Wesmar commercial stainless steel counter rotating dual prop bow thruster similar to what Wesmar will be showing at the WorkBoat Show Dec 3-5. This year, at the International Workboat Show, Wesmar will be displaying their ABS design approved DP 1 Model V2-20 NS Vortex dual prop all stainless steel bow thrusters and their Model V2-24 as well as Active Gyro Stabilizers at booth number #1441 in New Orleans Dec. 3-5.

Odfjell Announces Ship Sale and Delivery

As part of Odfjell's continued fleet renewal process, two older ships have been sold. The company also took delivery of the 33,707 fully stainless steel newbuilding M/T Bow Heron on long term time-charter. The parcel tanker M/T Bow Condor (27,950 dwt/built 1978) has been sold for demolition. The Bow Condor was built in and was the last vessel of the 13 ships in the B76 series to operate in our service.

Wärtsilä Propulsion for Antarctic Icebreaker

The new Polar Logistics Vessel will be powered by Wärtsilä machinery. Courtesy Wartsila

A new Polar Logistics Vessel being built for Terre Australes et Antarctiques Françaises (TAAF) and the French Polar Institute (IPEV), and which will be operated by the French Navy, is to be powered by Wärtsilä propulsion solutions

Towboat Honors Structural Engineer Dobson

At the commissioning, left to right: Jason Adams, Owner Raymond Louviere Field Foreman; Donald Baudoin, shipyard superintendent; Rex Dobson, shipyard structural superintendent; and Bart Foret, Field Foreman

Joe Gregory, owner of New Generation Shipbulding of Houma, La., reports that his firm’s latest delivery will join the La Porte Texas-based Martin Marine fleet of 29 inland push boats and 54 inland marine tank barges. Martin also operates four offshore tug/barge units

ACO Marine Unveils New PE Separators

ACO Marine has introduced composite PE versions of its Lipator and Lipatomat grease separator range. Pictured is a 2x stainless steel Lipatomat NS10 with lifting station (Image: ACO Marine)

Wastewater management specialist ACO Marine has introduced a new composite grease separator as part of its Lipator and Lipatomat product range.   Manufactured from high-density polyethylene (PE) composite, ACO Marine’s new PE-Lipator (manual) and PE-Lipatomat (automatic) separators

Federal Bering Calls First Time at Antwerp

Federal Bering crew Copyright Antwerp Port

The Federal Bering bulk carrier called for the first time at the port of Antwerp on November 16. The recently built Federal Bering is in Antwerp for three days to load a consignment of 20,000 metric tons of steel for ArcelorMittal, ThyssenKrupp and other steel producers

Nordic Tankers joins forces with Borealis Maritime

NordicMarianne. Photo: Nordic Tankers A/S

 Nordic Tankers and Borealis Maritime Ltd has announced the intention to form a jointly held company, Crystal Nordic A/S – a strong player in the short-sea, ice class chemical tanker trade in the Baltic and North-Western European market.  

LNG Tanks Installed on Crowley’s First ConRo Ship

Photo: Crowley

Construction of the first of two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, combination container – Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ships for Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group reached another milestone, with the installation of three LNG fuel tanks

New Product: Running Line Dynamometer

The finished product was the result of a three-part consortium representing the UK, USA and Sri Lanka. (Photo: Straightpoint)

A three-part consortium from the UK, USA and Sri Lanka, triangulated expertise to develop a new product for measuring tension on lines recently launched by Straightpoint, the Running Line Dynamometer (or TIMH), part of the manufacturer’s tension in motion range.

IMTRA Debuts Omega LED lights

Omega Downlights in square, round and gimbal designs (clockwise from top)

  IMTRA today released its Omega LED lights. Designed specifically for recessed lighting applications in large yachts, the DC-powered Omega LED lights feature a high-quality, high CRI (Color Rendering Index) that reveals the colors of objects faithfully in comparison with ideal and natural

Great Lakes Cargo Volumes Down in August

Photo: LCA

Foreign steel, vessel repairs and a broken lock combine to cut U.S.-flag Great Lakes float 10 percent in August, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA). Continued high levels of steel imports, coupled with three large vessels idled for repairs and a lengthy closure of the

VOSS Fluid: Tube Connection Technology

The VOSSFormSQR tube forming system provides connection of stainless steel and steel tubes above and below deck. (Image: VOSS Fluid GmbH)

For connection of stainless steel and steel tubes above and below deck, VOSS Fluid provides the VOSSFormSQR tube forming system. The solution is certified for marine and offshore applications, even frequently-changing assembly personnel achieve process-reliable connections.  

Steel Cut for Norwegian’s Next Cruise Ship

A steel cutting ceremony signaled the beginning of construction for Norwegian Cruise Line’s next cruise ship. (Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line)

Marking the beginning of construction of the second ship in Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway Plus class, a steel cutting ceremony was held Tuesday, September 15 at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The new vessel, named Norwegian Bliss

New System for Marine Pipe-joining Applications

Photo: Viega

 Viega LLC, a provider of pipe-joining solutions, announced the availability of the Viega SeaPress system for a variety of marine pipe-joining applications from potable water, to fuel, to fire sprinkler.   The Viega SeaPress system is a 90/10 copper-nickel alloy suited for seawater

Repair a Broken Pipe in Less than 60 Seconds

Rapid Repair Clamp (Image: World Wide Metric)

New pipe repair system developed to minimize downtime and maintenance costs while helping to protect crew and assets New from World Wide Metric is the Rapid Repair Clamp, a tool that helps swiftly repair pipe leaks or bursts to prevent costly damages in an emergency situation.

Ferguson Launches New Offshore Bunded Tank

Photo: Ferguson Group

Ferguson Group, a supplier of offshore DNV 2.7-1 / EN12079 certified containers, mud skips, tanks, refrigeration/freezer modules, accommodation and workspace modules also certified to DNV 2.7-2, has introduced bunded tanks to its offshore fleet.  

Can Chinese Steel Support Freight Markets?

Is China’s steel exports enough to support the freight market?   No, it’s not enough, you will need lower Chinese iron ore production too in order to keep growing imports of iron ore into China that will support the dry bulk freight market

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