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Panama Canal Awards First Construction Contract

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) took one step closer to breaking ground for the expansion of the Panama Canal Tuesday, when it officially awarded the first expansion construction project contract to Constructora Urbana S.A. (CUSA). The selection process began May 7, when the ACP released its request for proposals to begin the first of five dry excavation projects to create the new Pacific Locks access channel. This new channel will link a new, third set of locks on the Pacific end of the Canal with the existing Gaillard Cut (the narrowest stretch in the Panama Canal). This project represents approximately 16 percent of the total excavation for the new Pacific Locks access channel. At a special ceremony on July 6, the ACP reviewed the bid submissions for the first dry excavation of the new Pacific Locks access channel. The chart below shows the companies that submitted bids and their corresponding bid price. The ACP selected the lowest priced proposal that met all of the project’s requirements.


Zero Emissions Ship a Step Closer

Photo credit Scandlines

German Greens MEP Michael Cramer welcomes news that development of the world's first hydrogen-fuelled ship has come a step closer. Cramer was speaking at the presentation of "project zero", an initiative designed to develop the first ship generating zero greenhouse gas emissions.
, reports The Parliament. Scandlines, the Danish-German ferry company, wants to develop a ferry servicing a short, 100km route between the two countries, which would be powered, in a sense, by wind


NOAA Awards $315K for Great Lakes Restoration Program

A Great Lakes restoration initiative has received a grant of $315,000 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Awarded to the Great Lakes Commission and the Northeast-Midwest Institute and administered by Michigan Sea Grant, the grant will be used to develop science-based restoration priorities and understand successful


UK Short Sea Shipping Bureau Takes Shape

A UK Short Sea Shipping Bureau is one step closer to becoming a reality, according to the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS). Over recent months, the ICS has organised a number of meetings with leading bodies in the UK transport industry including the Chamber of Shipping, Freight Transport Association, BIFA, Road Haulage Association and British ports' groups, all of which have given the bureau their full support. The next step is to secure funding from the UK government.


NG: Maritime Laser Demo System Proves Capabilities

Northrop Grumman announced that it recently completed a series of tests of the Maritime Laser Demonstration (MLD) system, moving high-energy lasers a step closer to deployment aboard U.S. Navy ships. According to the company, shore-based tests at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in Port Hueneme proved the MLD system's ability to track small boats at long ranges and in a marine environment. "Tracking tests were part of a larger program designed to demonstrate laser weapon system


Shipwreck Salvors, Seafarer, Get New Work Permit

Lantana Cannon: Photo credit Seafarer

New permit is an important step in the excavation process by Seafarer Exploration Corp. of an historic shipwreck site located off Lantana Beach Florida. The permit was issued pursuant to Part IV of Chapter 373, Florida Statutes and Title 62, Florida Administrative Code from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and represents an important step in Seafarer's quest to excavate this exciting shipwreck site.


Northrop’s ASDS Launched from Host Submarine

The U.S. Special Operations Command's (USSOCOM) Advanced SEAL Delivery System (ASDS) and the U.S. Navy's USS Greeneville (SSN 772) have accomplished the last significant test of the ASDS system prior to its Operational Evaluation the successful launching and recovery of the system from a host submarine. For this most recent system test, ASDS Boat 1 successfully completed multiple launch and recovery docking scenarios with the USS Greeneville


$9.5M for Manhattan Ferry Service

New York area commuters will soon benefit from direct ferry service between Elizabeth, NJ, and lower Manhattan thanks to a $9.5 million federal grant awarded to County of Union, Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta said. The Elizabeth ferry project will contribute to the expansion and improvement of transportation services to Lower Manhattan by providing a much needed link for Manhattan residents who work in the rapidly growing Elizabeth area.


Eighth Virginia-Class Submarine, California (SSN 781), Launched

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Northrop Grumman Corporation (NSYE:NOC) reached a construction milestone by launching the Virginia-class submarine California (SSN 781) at the company's shipbuilding sector in Newport News, Va. on Nov. 14. "Launch is a special milestone in the life of a submarine, this is the first time she's put into the water," said Becky Stewart, vice president of submarines and fleet support for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-Newport News. "California is 88 percent complete


Way Clear for First Wind Farm in U.S. Waters

Fishermen’s Energy receives final construction permit for demonstration wind farm off Atlantic City Fishermen’s Energy announce that it has received approval from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers for its Individual Permit under the Clean Water Act, for the Fishermen’s Atlantic City Windfarm (“FACW”). This is the final permit required for the construction of the wind farm which will be located directly off of Atlantic City.


Fuel Removed from Grounded Fishing Vessel

U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Matt Knight

The U.S. Navy, in partnership with other federal and local agencies, removed approximately 540 gallons of the remaining diesel fuel from the grounded Japanese commercial fishing vessel Daiki Maru 7 in outer Apra Harbor Feb. 18. On Feb. 16


New Helicopter and Helideck Courses from Maersk

Photo courtesy Maersk Training

Maersk Training announced the launch of two new offshore emergency courses: the OPITO Helideck Emergency Response Team Member Training and the OPITO 6 Day Combined Helideck and Team Member Training. These two OPITO Accredited courses will kick start this month at the company’s training


AWO Praises Vessel Discharge Legislation

Tom Allegretti, AWO President & CEO

The American Waterways Operators, the national trade association representing the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, praised yesterday’s Senate introduction of a bill calling for the enactment of a uniform national standard for the regulation of ballast water and other vessel discharges


Swissco Steps Into Offshore Rig Chartering Business

Image courtesy of Swissco

Singapore based marine service provider for the offshore oil and gas industry, Swissco Holdings Limited, informs it has entered into a definitive Sale and Purchase Agreement for the  S$285.0 million acquisition of Scott and English Energy Pte. Ltd


New Cargos Boost St. Lawrence Seaway Commerce

Despite a downturn in overall cargo movements through the St. Lawrence Seaway in July (down 12.5% over 2012), new cargos and new vessels signaled continued confidence in the future of the navigation system. Several U.S. ports welcomed a variety of heavy lift cargos destined for projects


Alion Ramp Makes for Safer Ship-to-Ship Transfers

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The ability to readily transport personnel and equipment from one ship to another is vital to the success of many U.S. Navy operations, particularly when it comes to seabasing. But tumultuous waters and weather conditions can make the transfer process extremely difficult


USCG Christens Fourth National Security Cutter

The U.S Coast Guard christened its fourth National Security Cutter Saturday, during a ceremony at Ingalls Shipyards in Pascagoula, Miss. The cutter's sponsor, Linda Kapral Papp, led the time-honored tradition of breaking a champagne bottle on the cutter's bow


New Warship 'Zumwalt' Towed to Outfitting Berth

DDG 1000 Afloat: Photo credit USN

Rear Adm. Thomas Rowden 
Director, Surface Warfare, OPNAV N96, comments on the transition of Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Zumwalt (DDG 1000) from the land level construction facility to the Kennebec River in Bath, Maine, as follows: "Water under the keel marks an important milestone for this


Hybrid Marine Drive for Anchor Handling Tug

Norgear advanced Multi Step Hybrid Gear for a newbuild Anchor Handling Tug (AHT).

Shipyard Vard Brevik awarded Norwegian marine drive specialist Kumera AS a contract to deliver its Norgear advanced Multi Step Hybrid Gear for a newbuild Anchor Handling Tug (AHT). The sophisticated new AHT is designed with a green focus and will harness the latest fuel saving solutions to


Washington State Ferries a Step Closer to LNG Propulsion

LNG Bunker tanks on upper deck: Rendering courtesy of WSF

Washington State Ferries say they are another step closer to significantly reducing fuel costs and transportation emissions by switching a class of vessels from diesel fuel to liquefied natural gas. After more than three years of study, WSF has a plan to safely convert six Issaquah Class


Law of the Sea Tribunal Orders (Bonded) Release of 'Arctic Sunrise'

Arctic Sunrise: Photo credit Greenpeace

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea has ordered the Russian Federation in a binding ruling to release the Greenpeace ship 'Arctic Sunrise' and the 28 activists and two freelance journalists on board upon payment of a EUR 3.6 million bond.


Teekay Forms New Tanker Company

Samba Spirit is one of Teekays four modern Samba Class shuttle tankers, designed for offshore loading in Brazil. (Photo: Teekay Corporation)

Teekay Tankers Ltd. and Teekay Corporation today jointly announced the creation of Tanker Investments Ltd. (TIL), which will seek to opportunistically acquire, operate and sell modern secondhand tankers to benefit from an expected recovery in the current cyclical low of the tanker market


GPA-designed PSV Launched for Jackson Offshore

M/V Breeze

On January 29, 2014, the Breeze, designed by Guido Perla & Associates, Inc. (GPA), was launched at BAE Systems in Jacksonville, Fla., for Jackson Offshore Operators. Breeze is the first of the state-of-the-art GPA 675J PSV series destined to operate in the Gulf of Mexico.


WaveRoller Obtains DNV GL Verification

Installation of WaveRoller

WaveRoller, the wave energy device created by wave energy developer AW-Energy has received independent performance verification, taking the wave power industry one step closer to commercialization. WaveRoller received its validation after operating in fully exposed ocean environment during


Bollinger Advances in $10 Billion OPC Program

Chris Bollinger, President of Bollinger Shipyards

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. was notified yesterday by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) that Bollinger is one of three companies selected for award of Phase I for the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) program. Chris Bollinger, President of Bollinger Shipyards provided remarks today after receiving


 
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