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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

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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

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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


Shipping Freight Rates Drop Amidst Overcapacity

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Shipping freight rates on the world's busiest route, from Asia to Northern Europe, fell by the largest percentage amount since 2008, reflecting wild volatility in the market as vessel operators continue to wrestle with overcapacity. Rates for transporting containers from Asia to Northern Europe


Tsakos Energy Navigation Reports 156% Increase in Q1 Profits

Photo: Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd

 Greece-based Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd (TEN) has reported first-quarter profit of $37.3 million from $14.6 million in Q1 2014 - a 156% Increase. On a per-share basis it has profit of 42 cents.   The results topped Wall Street expectations


Indonesia Rolls Out First Green Container Terminal

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 It was an historic moment for Indonesia when President of Indonesia inaugurated the Lamong Bay Terminal in Surabaya, East Java, operated by state-owned PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (Pelindo III).   The Lamong Bay is the first green-concept container terminal in the country


Vinalines Plans Ports Divestment

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 The Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) and the Ministry of Transport (MOT) hope the plan to reduce the state’s ownership ratio in the big shipping firm to 36 percent will help restructure the business.   It   has finalized an overall plan for the development of its


Maersk in Vessel Share Deal with MSC, MOL

Maersk Line has entered into a vessel sharing agreement with Switzerland-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Japan's Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL) on routes between Asia and the east coast of South America. "The VSA will simplify the network and improve operational responsiveness on


CMA CGM Reports Increased Net Profit in Q1

17,722 TEU vessel CMA CGM Kerguelen was delivered to the group on March 31 (Photo: CMA CGM)

Container shipping company CMA CGM’s board of directors met under the chairmanship of Jacques R. Saadé, chairman and chief executive officer, to review the financial statements for the first quarter of 2015.   For the first quarter of 2015


Iran Uses Maritime Confrontations to Project Power in Gulf

Iran is using its sea power in the Gulf to show it will not be cowed by Washington's newly assertive Arab allies, prompting critics to accuse Tehran of destabilising the region. Iranian ships fired shots at a Singapore-flagged tanker which it said damaged an Iranian oil platform


MOL Joins 2M on Asia-ECSA Trade

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 Maersk Line announced that it has entered into Vessel Sharing Agreement (VSA) with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL) on the Asia to East Coast of South America trade.   Two loops are covered under the agreement and will be served by 22 vessels in total


Profit Quadruples for CMA CGM

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 French container line CMA CGM’s consolidated net profit soared to $406 million in the first quarter from $97 million a year ago as the French carrier capitalized on efficiency gains, cost cuts and sharply lower bunker prices.  


Indian Prime Minister Visits HHI

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at HHI (Photo: HHI)

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi visited Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), seeking increased partnership between the India’s shipbuilding industry and HHI.   HHI is reportedly the only Korean company the prime minister visits during his two-day stay in the country


Maersk Line to Increase Asia-Europe Rates

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Shipping company Maersk Line, owned by A.P. Moller-Maersk, plans to increase freight rates for transporting containers from Asia to Northern Europe by $800 per 20-foot equivalent unit (TEU) from June 1, it said on Tuesday. With a fleet of more than 600 vessels


Oceans HQ, Gibraltar Registry, Partner on STCW Requirements

André Tanguy (Photo: Oceans HQ)

Maritime software solutions provider Oceans HQ Ltd has announced a partnership with the Gibraltar Ship Registry (part of the Gibraltar Maritime Administration), ahead of new STCW requirements for online access to seafarer certification data which come into force in 2017.


Ostebo Chosen to Head CLIA

Thomas P. Ostebo (Photo: CLIA)

Thomas P. Ostebo will join Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) as the organization’s new president and chief executive officer, effective July 6, 2015.   Selected by CLIA’s global executive committee following the departure of Christine Duffy on January 31, 2015


18 Kalmar RT 240s for US DoD

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  Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has received an order to supply a further 18 rough terrain container handlers to the United States Department of Defense. Destined to replace older equipment, the Kalmar RT240s will be delivered to multiple locations across the United States by the end of the year


Maersk Line Gets New Head in China

Mike Fang. Photo from LinkedIn profile

 Maersk Line on May 21 announced that Mike Fang become the company's new chief of east - and central China. He joins with effect from 1 July 2015.    Fang has been head of Maersk Line North China since 2012. He replaces David Williams, who will become the new CEO of Safmarine.






 
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