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Midnight Sun

Type Commercial Dry Cargo Vessel Owner Totem Ocean Trailer Express Builder NASSCO National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) and Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc. (TOTE) christened M.V. Midnight Sun, the first commercial dry cargo vessel to be built in the U.S. in 10 years. The Midnight Sun is the first of two new Orca-class trailerships being built by NASSCO for TOTE's service from Tacoma, Wash., to Anchorage, Alaska. It and its sister ship, MV North Star, are 840 x 118-ft. (256 x 35.9-m), RoRo cargo ships offering the option to carry trailers as large as 53 ft. in length. The ships' cargo can be loaded and discharged in nine hours, with the speed and efficiency of this process being an important competitive advantage for TOTE. The vessel, which will transport trucks, cars, trailers, trailer-borne products and equipment, military equipment, and project cargo, will have a hull arrangement consisting of a raised fo'c's'le deck with turtelback; transom stern; bulbous bow; deckhouse aft; six decks with fixed ramps fore and aft. Though not to be delivered until early 2003, M. V. Midnight Sun and M. V. North Star have already received several awards for their environmentally sensitive design. These include the States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force Legacy Award for 2000, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner's 2000 Pollution Prevention Award, and the Biennial William M

Trailer Bridge Reports 3Q Results

Trailer Bridge, Inc. reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2002 highlighted by significantly reduced losses and an improved financial condition. The effects from what is anticipated to be continuing improvements in market conditions in the Puerto Rico lane is having a more pronounced effect on fourth quarter results than in the third quarter. The discontinuance of the direct Northeast service at the end of last year, while significantly reducing costs

Trailer Bridge Finalizes Senior Loan Amendment

Trailer Bridge, Inc. announced the execution of an amendment to its financing agreement with GE Capital and the addition of four new members to the Company’s Board of Directors. The amendment with GE Capital waives past non-compliance with certain covenants and establishes new financial covenants that the Company is confident it will remain in compliance with. Trailer Bridge has a $15 million revolving credit facility, with actual draws determined by a borrowing base formula

TOTE Vessel to Assist Troops

Upon the request of the Commander of the Military Sealift Command, Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc. (TOTE), will lend the assistance of the S. S. Northern Lights to transport military hardware to Southwest Asia. The ship departed Tacoma, Washington Sunday, February 9, and will arrive in San Diego to be loaded with military cargo mid week. An Alaska corporation founded in 1975, TOTE maintains three Roll-on/Roll-off (Ro/Ro) cargo trailer ships for the Puget Sound-Anchorage trade

Crowley to Carry Equipment for New Bond Film

During the month of February, Crowley will carry 28 pickup trucks, 25 production trailers and 11 excavators, cranes, etc. for the filming of Casino Royale - the newest James Bond movie. The Columbia Pictures distributed movie is partially being filmed in Nassau and though the cargo will leave the US by way of Jacksonville or Port Everglades, Fla., some is originating from as far away as Europe.

TOTE Receives Environmental Safety Award

Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE) was honored with the States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force Legacy Award 2000 this past July in recognition for its commitment to the environment and vessel safety by designing and building new cargo vessels with technologically driven oil spill prevention and marine safety features. More significantly, the two vessels are designed with double hulls, twin-engine rooms, twin propellers

Aker Finnyards Delivers Largest Vessel In Bore Fleet

Aker Finnyards' most recent newbuild, the 11,000-dwt RoRo carrier for the Dutch company, Bore Sky BV, was christened as Norsky by Mrs. Marianne Barnabo, spouse of Mr. John Steele, non Executive Board member of P&O SN Co. The vessel, which was delivered by Aker to Bore Sky before the ceremony, will begin regular service between Continental Europe and the U.K. on the route Zeebrugge - Teesport, operated by British P&O North Sea Ferries.

NASSCO and TOTE Christen the M. V. North Star

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, has joined with Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc. (TOTE) to christen the M. V. North Star. The North Star is the second of two new Orca-class trailerships being built by NASSCO for TOTE's service from Tacoma, Washington, to Anchorage, Alaska. Lu Young, wife of Alaska Congressman Don Young (R- Alaska), and Marie Magee, wife of Robert P. Magee Jr., president and CEO of TOTE , were the ship's sponsors

Trailer Bridge Reports First Quarter Results

Trailer Bridge, Inc. reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2002 highlighted by a significantly narrowed net loss, operating profits in the month of March and news of market consolidation in the Puerto Rico trade as a result of the discontinuance of operations by a competitor. With the discontinuance of the Northeast service at the beginning of the quarter, Trailer Bridge had 21.5 percent less overall vessel capacity deployed in the Puerto Rico lane compared to the

Hurst Point

Type RoRo Ferry Owner DFDS Builder Flensburger Schiffbau GesellSchaft (FSG) Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) has developed a future generation of RoRo ferries incorporating a capacity for 6,000 lane-m of freight. FSG delivered the 722-ft. (220-m) Hurst Point, the first of four 23,300-gt RoRo sisters contracted by British consortium AWSR for strategic sealift duties under a transport service agreement with the U.K. Ministry of Defense

Wagenborg Launches New Tug Wild Maa

Photo: Wagenborg

On Tuesday, October 18, 2016, Wagenborg launched the new tugboat Wild Maa in Groningen, the Netherlands.   Prior to the tandem lift, Wagenborg transferred the tug, weighing 253 metric tons and measuring 29 meters long and 10.3 meters wide

Gibdock Performs Quick Freight Ferry Repair

Photo: Gibdock

Gibdock has redelivered the Seatruck Ferries container/ro-ro vessel Clipper Point on-time, after a fast turnaround 11-day renewal project for the Clipper Group-owned operator. The ship has subsequently been introduced to Seatrucks’ Irish Sea operations.  

NuBlu: LNG Fueling Station in the GOM

 NuBlu Energy Begins Construction of LNG Plant in Port Allen, LA Facility to supply LNG and all support services to customers in the Southern/Gulf region   NuBlu Energy has begun the construction of a natural gas liquefaction plant in Port Allen, LA

Chittagong Port Strike Postponed

Photo: Chittagong Port Authority

 The Prime Mover-Trailer Owners Workers Unity Council of Chittagong Oikya Parishad has postponed their ongoing strike till October 4 at Chittagong Port.  This has ended the deadlock in goods transportation at the sea port for the time being.   

JNPT Rolls Out Holding Yard Operations in 6 Hectare Land

Jawaharlal Nehru Port Container Terminal. Photo by Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust

 Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India’s No.1 container port, has commenced holding yard operations in a six-hectare land at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Container Terminal (JNPCT). approach roads to further ease out congestion and streamline the traffic to the terminal.   

MN100: Elastec

(Photo: Elastec)

The Company: Located in Carmi and Fairfield, Illinois and Cocoa, Florida, Elastec manufactures water pollution control products specializing in oil spill recovery equipment. Established in 1990 with the invention of the ELASTEC Drum Skimmer, the U.S

Crowley Adds New Container Shipping Service

Photo: Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corporation announced that it is launching a new weekly fixed-day container shipping service between Jacksonville and Costa Rica.   The service’s two containerships will call at the Jacksonville Port Authority’s Talleyrand Terminal

Will UK Maritime Traffic Rise or Fall on Brexit?

Graphics: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 UK container traffic will see more muted growth than expected a few months ago, at least in the short term, says Drewry.   Patrick Walters, Peel Ports’ Group Commercial Director, believes that the bigger Brexit-related risk for UK container ports is a short-term negative impact

New Ferry MV Woods Hole Delivered

M/V Woods Hole during sea trials (Photo: Brian King)

The newly built ferry M/V Woods Hole has been delivered to serve Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.   Built by Conrad Industries of Morgan City, La., the Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) designed ferry is the naval architects’ second design for The Steamship Authority

Ventspils Port Cargo Turnover Down by 24%

Photo: Freeport of Ventspils

 Terminals in the Port of Ventspils handled a total of 9 million tons of cargo in January-May 2016 or by 23.98% less than in the same period in 2015.   The transit of oil products and coal had declined steeply year-on-year, affecting the total cargo turnover at Ventspils. 

GAC - New requirement for Weight Verification at Sri Lanka Port


Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Ports and Shipping has issued guidance on the implementation of the SOLAS VI Regulation 2 amendment that requires the verification of gross mass in packed containers (Container Weight Verification) with effect from 1 July 2016.

Indiana Ranks Top 10 for 109 Logistics Categories

2016 Indiana Logistics Directory Cover Photo Indiana Ports

The newly released 2016 Indiana Logistics Directory reports that Indiana ranks high nationally in its ability to move freight via truck, rail, water and air. The state is ranked in the top five states in more than 25 logistics-related categories and in the top 10 in 109

Wärtsilä Electrical Systems for SIEM RoRo Ferries

Wärtsilä will provide integrated turnkey electrical solutions for four new RoRo ferries being built at the Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) yard in Germany. Photo Wartsila

Wärtsilä has been awarded the contract to provide integrated turnkey electrical solutions for four new RoRo ferries being built at the Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) yard in Germany. The electrical systems to be delivered include all products and services available from

Conrad Shipyard Christens Woods Hole Ferry

Wayne Lamson, General Manager Steamship Authority; Betsy Gladfelter, Chair Steamship Authority; and Carl Walker, Director of Engineering and Maintenance. (Photo: Conrad Shipyard)

M/V Woods Hole, a 235-foot long passenger ferry built for the Steamship Authority of Woods Hole, Mass., was christened on May 20 at Conrad Aluminum in Amelia, La.    The ferry, with a beam of 64-feet, a draft of 10.5-feet and a hull depth of 18-feet

Europe Cargo Handles 9 Tugs

Europe Cargo, the Belgian member of the FPS Group of independent forwarders and NVOCCs, has undertaken the port agency and stevedoring for nine Damen Stan tug boats, being shipped from Shanghai to Gorinchem, Netherlands.   The brand new vessels – five Type 1606

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