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Work Resumes at Port of Tacoma for Alaska Cargo

Following negotiations with International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 23 and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), an agreement was reached allowing Tacoma longshore workers to load and discharge Alaska-bound domestic cargo ships. Approximately 70 percent of all commercial goods consumed in Alaska are shipped through Port of Tacoma terminals. The agreement allows Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE) vessels to be discharged and loaded at the TOTE Terminal on the Blair Waterway. Also, CSX container ships will be discharged and loaded at the APM Terminal on the Sitcum Waterway.


TOTE, Inc.: The New look of American Shipping Group

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On January 1, 2012 American Shipping Group underwent a dramatic transformation. The company, formerly known as ASG, became TOTE, Inc., and experienced a makeover in logo, look and structure. Seeing opportunity for market growth, TOTE, Inc. organized its five independently managed businesses in to three groups: Maritime, Logistics and Ship Management. ·      TOTE Maritime: Totem Ocean Trailer Express and Sea Star Line


TOTE Earns OHSAS Certification

Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc., (TOTE), a shipping company operating roll-on/roll-off cargo vessels between the Ports of Tacoma, Wash., and Anchorage, Alaska, announced its completion in April of the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001:2007 certification process for safety standards. TOTE was certified to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001:2004 standard for environmental practices in 2007


McMurdo Wins $7.5m Contract with U.S. Coastguard

McMurdo has been awarded an order from the U.S. Coastguard worth up to $7.5m over 5 years to supply Fastfind Plus Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs). The Fastfind Plus, with built-in GPS, is an upgrade of the standard Fastfind, a similar quantity of which was supplied to the U.S. Coastguard over the past 3 years. This new contract is to equip U.S. Coastguard personnel with the latest technology lifesaving beacon. It houses a 406MHz transmitter and 121


RINA Updates GREEN PLUS Notation

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RINA updates GREEN PLUS notation to cover transhipment terminals.   International classification society RINA has updated its industry-leading GREEN PLUS notation to include new potential sources of pollution involving seagoing ships and ships operating at fixed locations.   GREEN PLUS is awarded to new vessels that make a significant investment in design solutions, onboard equipment and operational procedures which contribute to an improvement in environmental performance beyond


NASSCO Delivers First of ORCA Class

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, (NASSCO) has delivered the M. V. Midnight Sun to Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc. (TOTE). The Midnight Sun is the first commercial dry cargo vessel to be built in the United States in 10 years and the first of two new Orca-class trailerships being built by NASSCO for TOTE's service from Tacoma, Washington, to Anchorage, Alaska. The M. V. Midnight Sun and its sister ship, the M. V. North Star, are 840 x 118-ft. (256 x 35


NASSCO Delivers M.V. North Star

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, has delivered the M. V. North Star to Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc. (TOTE). The North Star is the second of two new Orca-class trailerships built by NASSCO for TOTE’s service from Tacoma, Wash., to Anchorage, Alaska. Her sister ship, the M. V. Midnight Sun, was delivered to TOTE in April. Both ships are 840-ft.-long, 118-ft.-wide RoRo cargo ships capable of carrying


McMurdo EPIRB Gains Type Approval

McMurdo gained Type Approval for the new Smartfind EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon). The Smartfind range of EPIRBs were designed with both a non-hazardous battery and high brightness LED locator light to achieve type approval. The certification by COSPAS SARSAT, the international satellite-based search and rescue system, means that the Smartfind is compliant with maritime regulations. The Smartfind is available as either the standard Smartfind E5 or the Smartfind Plus G5


Bluefin Wins BPAUV Contract

Bluefin Robotics Corp., Cambridge, Mass., is being awarded a $6,591,406 cost-plus-award-fee/cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Battlespace Preparation Autonomous Undersea Vehicle (BPAUV) design and development. The BPAUV is a system capable of bottom-mapping and gathering other oceanographic data to support the Littoral Combat Ship Mine Warfare Mission Module. The BPAUV is intended as an autonomous unmanned system capable of meeting clandestine intelligence,


Sevmash Shipyard Appeals Court Ruling

On 10 December 2010, the state commercial court in Arkhangelsk decided in favour of Odfjell and approved our application concerning the recognition and enforcement of the arbitral award filed against Sevmash shipyard. Odfjell has been informed that the Ruling of the Court has been appealed by Sevmash to the relevant court of appeal (Cassation Court in St. Petersburg). No information has been received with respect to when the case will be heard by the Cassation Court.


Hike in Service Tax at Indian Ports

  The Indian Ministry of Finance has advised an increase in service tax and applicable at all ports. The effective date has not yet been announced. The rate of Service Tax will increase from 12% plus Education Cesses to 14%. The 'Education Cess' and 'Secondary and Higher Education Cess'


Lomar Adds Seven Container Ships to its Fleet

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 Lomar Corporation, a Libra Group company, has again added to its fleet of container ships with the purchase of three vessels plus an order for up to four new buildings from the Yangzijiang Shipyard, says a company press release.  


Conrad Shipyard Bags LNG Order

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 Energy infrastructure and LNG solutions provider WesPac Midstream and its subsidiary Clean Marine Energy (CME) have awarded a contract to Conrad Orange Shipyard for the construction of a dedicated LNG bunker barge for the marine market in North America.  


GTT Receives Order for LNG Bunker Barge

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Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of LNG liquefied natural gas (LNG), announced that its U.S. subsidiary GTT North America (GTTNA) has received an order for one LNG bunker barge.  


WesPac to Build N. America’s First LNG Bunker Barge

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WesPac Midstream LLC (WesPac), a provider of energy infrastructure and liquefied natural gas (LNG) solutions, and its affiliate Clean Marine Energy LLC (CME), the global facilitator of tailored solutions for Emission Control Area (ECA) compliance


Weego Introduces Jump Starter Battery+

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Weego launched the compact and portable Jump Starter Battery+ for the marine market.  Weego is pocket sized and capable of starting boats, cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs and more, as well as charging phones, tablets, speakers and other USB devices


Jaxport Welcomes Consolidation of Crowley's Jacksonville Operations

  Crowleys Bill Pennella (right), Vice COB/EVP, and JAXPORTs Dr. John Allen Newman (left), Board Vice Chair, agree to the expanded, long-term lease at JAXPORT’s Talleyrand Marine Terminal.

JAXPORT’s Board of Directors today unanimously approved an expanded, long-term lease with Crowley Liner Services Inc. Under the agreement, Crowley will relocate its Puerto Rican service from its private terminal along Jacksonville’s harbor to JAXPORT’s Talleyrand Marine Terminal


Algerian Dredger Revitalized

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  Damen delivered and installed a new main engine for the stationary dredger RezougYoucef. The cutter suction dredger has been built by De Groot Nijkerk in 1988. It has worked in an Algerian reservoir for quite a while and badly needed an engine overhaul


Songa Offshore Sees Tough Year but Narrows Losses

Q4 operating loss $6.8 mln, against expected $7.3 mln loss. Norwegian rig company Songa Offshore expects a challenging 2015 amid fierce competition for fewer contracts despite reporting a slightly better than expected fourth-quarter operating loss on Friday.


Maersk, BP Agree to 5 Year Offshore Rig Training Contract

The view into the dome simulator (Photo courtesy of Maersk Training)

Maersk has signed a five year contract with BP to provide offshore oil rig training at the virtual reality training center the company is currently building in Houston, the companies announced today. Maersk Training will provide BP with advanced training programs for offshore drilling teams at


Hamburg Buy Out Chilean Shipper

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 German liner company Hamburg Sud said it expects to seal the acquisition of the container shipping operations of Chilean shipping group Compania Chilena de Navegacion Interoceanica [CCNI] by the end of March.   Earlier, Hamburg Süd has confirmed the long-awaited signing of its


UN Mulls Treaty for Maritime Biodiversity

Global distribution of Large Marine Ecosystems.  Photo credit: NOAA, United Nations

United Nations has agreed to convene an intergovernmental conference aimed at drafting a legally binding treaty to conserve marine life and govern the mostly lawless high seas beyond national jurisdiction.  By calling to preserve vast areas threatened by pollution


US Navy Eyes Next LCS Contracts in Q1

Littoral combat ships USS Independence (LCS 2) and USS Coronado (LCS 4). (U.S. Navy photo by Keith DeVinney)

The U.S. Navy plans to award contracts before the end of the first quarter to Lockheed Martin Corp and Australia's Austal for its next three Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) as well as money to buy materials for a fourth, Navy officials said Thursday.  


New Dredge Monitoring System for UKD Bluefin

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Customized configuration of Damen Dredging Instrumentation during scheduled docking   The UKD Bluefin has undergone a complete refit of the Dredge Monitoring System in which Damen delivered all required software and hardware for trailing pipe and loading process monitoring


Diana Shipping Announced Vessel Delivery, Time Charters

Diana Shipping Inc. announces delivery of the newly built Capesize Dry Bulk Carrier m/v Santa Barbara; time charter contracts for m/v Polymnia with Vroon and m/v Danae with Glencore   Diana Shipping Inc. announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary






 
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