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United States Lines Floats Again

American Classic Voyages has acquired one of the most storied and renowned names in the history of ocean-going passenger transportation - United States Lines - to be used for its fleet of cruise ships being developed under the company's Project America initiative. Known as one of the most prominent names in passenger shipping throughout the era of the trans-Atlantic crossing - a period that spanned from the early 1900's through the early 1960's. The last remaining vessel of the fleet, SS United States, was decommissioned in 1969. AMCV unveiled the new logo for the new line as designed by Tom Grabowski & Associates, which focuses on a stylized, American bald eagle centered on a field of nine gold stars. With construction to be completed by Ingalls Shipbuilding, the first of the 72,000-gt Project America newbuildings is scheduled to enter service in winter 2003 - followed by the second vessel one year later. Combined with the MS Nieuw Amsterdam, which was recently contracted for acquisition from Holland America, these three vessels will make up the United States Lines fleet.

Ingalls Selects Joiner Team for AMCV Ships

and Jamestown Metal as the joiner subcontractors for American Classic Voyages' (AMCV's) United States Lines newbuilds. The shared subcontract is valued at more than $200 million. The two companies, who in the past have been head-to-head competitors have teamed up to construct all cabins, as well as all public spaces onboard each of the 72,000-grt, 1,900-passenger vessels, which are currently being constructed at Litton's Pascagoula, Miss. yard.

U.S. Builders Make Waves At Year End

While consolidation and closures continue to reshape the ship and boatbuilding industry worldwide, 1999 ended on some positive notes, particularly for ship and boat building companies in the United States. U.S. builders, who have watched U.S. Navy business dwindle for more than a decade, have invested hundreds of millions of dollars to restructure their shipyards. The result: a smaller but more capable base of companies that are geared to fulfill demands of traditional clients down the block

Another ship to leave James River Reserve Fleet

Tugboats are scheduled to tow the freighter American Ranger from the James River Reserve Fleet on August 26th, at approximately 10 a.m., to the Esco Marine facility in Brownsville, TX, where it will be dismantled. The departure schedule is subject to weather and safety clearances. The American Ranger is one of the high-priority ships designated for disposal by the Maritime Administration (MARAD). The contract for the American Ranger was announced August 9th

This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History – January 6

1934- The United States Line SS Washington came within inches of ramming the new Light Vessel No. 117 on the Nantucket Station.  The liner scraped the lightship’s side, shearing off davits, a lifeboat, antennas, etc.  Five months later the lightship was sunk by RMS Olympic when it rammed the lightship, killing seven of the lightship's crew. 1973- The U. S. Coast Guard Academy at New London, Connecticut

Heilmann Takes Over for Retiring Matson Senior VP

Peter Heilmann

Matson, Inc., a U.S. carrier in the Pacific, announced today that Kevin O'Rourke, senior vice president and chief legal officer, is retiring after 21 years with Matson.  O'Rourke will be succeeded by Peter Heilmann, who has been promoted to senior vice president and chief legal officer.   O'Rourke joined Matson in 1992 as vice president and general counsel. He was promoted to senior vice president in 1995

Majestic to Upgrade Cruise Ships

Majestic America Line said that it plans upgrades to its entire fleet of cruise ships next year. Majestic established a Midwest operations office in St. Louis this fall. State room upgrades on the company's seven ships will include upgraded mattresses and linens, massage shower heads, and spa-quality robes and toiletries. Flat screen televisions with DVD players will be added on the American Queen, Mississippi Queen and Contessa ships.

Horizon Lines of Guam to Begin Micronesia Service

Horizon Lines, LLC initiated a new service to the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau under the carrier's subsidiary company, Horizon Lines of Guam, LLC. The new service starts January 15th. Horizon Lines of Guam offers through bills of lading for service between Chuuk, Pohnpei, Kosrae, Yap and Palau and the United States. Shipments between the U.S. and Guam, Tinian and Rota will continue to be booked with Horizon Lines, LLC.

Maersk: Partnership on Low-Sulfur fuel In Singapore


Maersk Line welcomes the Maritime Singapore Green Initiative and actively supports a joint industry approach to cleaner fuels in Singapore. Copenhagen, Singapore: April 13, 2011 - Today, Maersk Line announced its active participation in the Maritime Singapore Green Initiative by committing to switching to low-sulphur fuel in Singapore. The announced fuel switch backs up the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s engagement with the shipping line community to reduce carbon and

SS United States: When Washington Got Things Done

Susan Gibbs With Dedication Plaque

Susan Gibbs is the Executive Director of the SS United States Conservancy and granddaughter of William Francis Gibbs, designer of America’s Flagship. Here Ms. Gibbs shares her opinions on the intersection of U.S. politics and America’s historical flagship, SS United States, while addressing the American condition, past and future. With the government shutdown having sent Washington into a tailspin, validating Americans’ disdain for beltway politics

Maersk to Idle Vessel

Morten Maersk. Photo by Maersk Line

 The world's biggest container-ship operator Maersk Line  has confirmed market talk that it has temporarily idled one of its largest vessels - yet another sign that the industry is in dire straits, says a report in the The Straits Times.  

Pressure on Container Market Akin to 2008 Recession: UASC

Photo: United Arab Shipping Company

 A marked drop in Asian imports to Europe, made worse by a strong dollar, has exacerbated the pressure on shipping lines already struggling with massive over capacity, Arabian Supply Chain quotes United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) as saying.  

ZIM Integrated Shipping Remains Profitable

Photo: ZIM Integrated Shipping Services

 Despite challenging market environment with freight rates reaching historic lows in several key trades,  ZIM Integrated Shipping Services continues to outperform the average adjusted EBIT margins in the Industry.   ZIM Integrated Shipping

SSA Welcomes Decision To Extend BEO


  The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) has welcomed the decision by Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry to extend the Competition (Block Exemption for Liner Shipping Agreements) Order (BEO) for another five years until 31 December 2020

Evergreen Advises NUE3 (AWS) Seasonal Suspension


COSCON, Yang Ming, Hanjin Shipping and Evergreen Line are to implement winter service adjustment to NUE3(AWS) service, in response to seasonal market demand. The lines will suspend NUE3(AWS) service effective from December 3, 2015.  

U.S. loses WTO Appeal in Mexican Tuna Dispute

Courtesy WTO

  The World Trade Organization's Appellate Body ruled against the United States on Friday in a dispute with Mexico over tuna labelling, upholding an earlier ruling issued in April that found U.S. rules discriminated against Mexico. "The Appellate Body concludes that the United States

China Won't Cease Building on S. China Sea Isles

Liu Zhenmin, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  China said on Sunday it will continue to build military and civilian facilities on its artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea and the United States was testing it by sending warships through the area. "Building and maintaining necessary military facilities

P&O Maritime Rebranded Repasa

Vessels from the Repasa fleet in action. Courtesy DP World

  P&O Maritime has announced the rebranding of its joint venture company Repasa, the Spanish operator of offshore support vessels for the energy industry.   P&O Repasa will become the official brand of the joint venture which has expanded its fleet in the offshore towage

Magleby Maersk Calls at Jebel Ali

Magleby Maersk at Jebel Ali’s Terminal 2 (Photo: DP World)

Press release - Global marine terminals operator DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali Port has received the world’s largest container vessel, the Magleby Maersk, which is on its maiden visit to the region.   The management and operations team at Jebel Ali rolled out a well-drilled

Transpacific Container Lines Address Economic Pressures Ahead in 2016

Pic: Transpacific Container Lines

 In a container freight market challenged by volatility and facing the prospect of further consolidation, member shipping lines in the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) have announced a phased increase in rates and a package of 2016-17 service contract guidelines intended to ensure

Maersk Looks to Raise Asia-Europe Box Rates

File image: a Maersk Containership alongside during cargo operations.

The world's largest container shipping company, Maersk Line, plans to raise spot freight rates sharply on main routes from ports in Asia to ports in northern Europe, with effect from Dec. 1, the company said on Tuesday. Spot rates for twenty foot equivalent unit containers (TEU) will rise by $1

Alaska Buys TransCanada AK LNG Stake

Alaska LNG project. Photo by

 The State of Alaska has finalized a deal with TransCanada to buy out the pipeline company's share in the proposed Alaska liquefied natural gas export project for nearly $65 million.   Alaska has completed the buyout of TransCanada’s interest in the Alaska LNG project

Five P&O Cruise Ships Meet in Sydney

Photo: P&O

 Sydney is the stage for the biggest get-together of a fleet of cruise ships ever seen in the harbor city.    Five P&O cruise ships have created a V-formation at sea then sailed toward Sydney abreast in a single line, to celebrate the fleet's newest additions

UASC Sees Big Drop on Asian-Europe Route

Photo by United Arab Shipping Company

 Kuwait-headquartered United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) said that marked drop in Asian imports to Europe, made worse by a strong dollar, has heaped pain on container lines already struggling with massive over capacity, reports Reuters.  

SSI Hires Holder for US Sales

SSI has hired CAD/CAM specialist Robert Holder as part of its sales force in the U.S. market.    According to SSI, the hiring is intended to meet the expanding demand for SSI's design and manufacturing solutions in the shipbuilding and offshore industries.  

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