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Port Weller Christens Two Ships in One Day

For the first time in the shipyard’s five-decade history, two ships were christened on the same day at Port Weller Dry Docks in St. Catharines. The vessels, Hull 79 and Hull 516, were renamed and welcomed at a ceremony at the yard on March 3. The third of three CSL vessels to have forebody replacements at Port Weller, Hull 79, which was sponsored by Kimberley Pauley, wife of Capt. Steve Pauley, is the last part of a $100 million contract with Canadian Shipbuilding & Engineering. In addition to a completely new hull, which has been attached to the engine room portion of the former MV Louis R. Demarais, Hull 79 also boasts automated self-unloading equipment. Hull 79 also holds the distinction as one of the largest ships on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence waterway, at SeawayMax size. Known as the former MV Tadoussac, Hull 516 has been converted to a single-belt unloading system from a three-belt system. The vessel has also undergone a mid-life refit, and has been widened from 75 to 78 ft.


Unicom Signs for LR’s Hull Integrity Service

Unicom Management Services (Cyprus) Ltd., the ship management arm of Russian national shipowner Sovcomflot, became the first tanker operator to sign up multiple ships to Lloyd’s Register’s new Hull Integrity service. Unicom has enrolled 17 of its tankers in Hull Integrity, from its Bridge class and Sea class fleets. Both series of ships are 47,000 dwt product and chemical carriers. The deal was sealed following the launch of Hull Integrity at the Posidonia exhibition in Piraeus, Greece in June


Flexible Membrane Covers and Seals Damages

The Gulf Responder is a 45-ft. aluminum catamaran designed to operate in oil and hazardous chemical spills. Currently under construction at Scully's Fabricating in Louisiana, the vessel's expected delivery date will be either late January or early February. The 15-ton vessel is powered by twin turbo diesel engines with water jet propulsion and equipped with two 1,000 lb. MagnaPatch devices. The MagnaPatch is a patented pollution abatement device


Japanese Sub Collides with Vessel

Forbes reported that a Japanese military submarine collided with a civilian vessel during exercises in waters off southern Japan . The Maritime Self-Defense Forces submarine grazed against an unidentified civilian cargo ship during surfacing exercises about 30 miles off the southeastern coast of Miyazaki on Japan's southern island of Kyushu, according to the repot. No injuries were reported among crew members of the submarine Asashio, but officials have found a dent in the vessel's topside


Todd Shipyard Gives Klickitat Early Drydock for Repair

Washington State Ferries Director of Marine Operations Traci Brewer-Rogstad announced that M/V Klickitat went into Todd Shipyard’s drydock this afternoon, ahead of schedule. The Klickitat was removed from service on the Port Townsend-Keystone route on Monday after a crack in the hull plating was detected. The ferry run is temporarily closed until the vessel can be repaired. “Todd Shipyard was able to slip us in between two other drydock customers, which we really appreciate,” says Ms


Costa Concordia Salvage to Take a Year

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Costa Cruises salvagers Titan-Micoperi plan to float Costa Concordia, tow it away, expected to take a full year's work Titan Salvage, a U.S. company owned by Crowley Maritime Group, with Micoperi, an Italian company specializing in underwater construction and engineering have been contracted to refloat the wrecked Costa Condordia and tow it away. The plan, which will re-float the vessel’s hull, places the highest priority for ensuring the lowest possible environmental impact as well as


Passenger Ferry Aground Off U.S. Virgin Islands

Photo Credit: USCG The Coast Guard continues to coordinate the response to Saturday's grounding of the passenger ferry American Pride on Triangle Reef, just off the Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas Harbour, U.S. Virgin Islands. Fifteen passengers and three crewmembers aboard the American Pride were rescued from the vessel by Sea Tow Saint Thomas, Saturday morning, and were reported to have suffered no injuries. The vessel had just departed the Saint Thomas Harbour and was headed to Tortola


Shipyard Contract Signed

Nautilus Minerals Inc. announced that the Jan De Nul Group has signed the shipbuilding contract with La Naval, in Sestao Northern Spain for the construction of Jules Verne a 191 m vessel to be used as the ship for Nautilus's deep sea copper and gold mining project, the Solwara 1 Project, located in the waters near Papua New Guinea. David Heydon, Nautilus CEO said: "The signing of the building contract with the shipyard for "Jules Verne" is a major step forward in the delivery of the Solwara


LPG Tanker for the Mekong River

Vu Cong Vuong with LPG tanker under construction (Haig-Brown photo courtesy of Cummins Marine)

The Saigon Shipbuilding & Marine Industries One Member Co, Ltd. (Saigon Shipmarin) is completing construction of an 60- x 11-meter LPG carrier. With capacity for 1,400 cubic meters in two tanks the vessel’s hull has a four-meter molded depth and a 2.6-meter draft. Designed by a related company to Saigon Shipmarin, the vessel, to be named FACO, is owned by the F.A. Joint Stock Company. Being built to the Vietnam Register Rules and National Inland Regulations


Incat Crowther Design 10-Boat IUV Order

Inshore Utility Vessel: Photo courtesy of Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther say they supported Strategic Marine in their winning technical proposal for the construction of ten 42m Infield Utility Vessels (IUV) for Brunei's PTAS Marine, and the first boat has now been delivered. Details as follows: Strategic Marine called in Incat to assist in their technical proposal for the project, committing to a timeframe of just 15 months from contract signing to the delivery of the ninth vessel


China, South Korea, Subsea Crane Orders for MacGregor

Subsea Crane: Image credit MacGregor

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, informs it has won an order for two  subsea cranes from South Korean shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industries and another for one from China’s Wuchang Shipbuilding. Korea order The active heave-compensated cranes will have an SWL of 100-tonnes and 25-tonnes


Polar Onyx Readies for Brazilian Depths

Photo: ULSTEIN/Marius Beck Dahle

The offshore construction vessel Polar Onyx was delivered on March 4, 2014 from Ulstein Verft to GC Rieber Shipping, as the latest addition to their growing investments into the subsea segment. The vessel’s first assignment will be to work for deepwater projects serving as pipelay support


Diesel-Electric Propulsion for Offshore

Photo courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding

Images of the Bravante courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding, the genet on truck is courtesy of Cummins Mid-South Long reserved for specialized applications such as icebreakers, diesel electric has enjoyed a rapid growth for marine propulsion in the past decade


KR Launch New CSR-H Ship Design Software

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IACS member classification society the Korean Register (KR) informs of the release of SeaTrust-HullScan, its ground-breaking software solution to analyze and appraise a vessel’s hull structure in accordance with the new harmonized common structural rules (CSR-H).


Rethinking Shroud Technology

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MPT’s prop shroud solves WBV and RS Issues and increases performance. The Idea: Terry Smith and William Schultz, an aeronautical engineer with lineage to the original Kort nozzle invention, were both dedicated to offering solutions to known critical vessel issues


Lake Erie: USCG Assists Vessel Taking on Water

The U.S. Coast Guard assisted two people on Lake Erie Tuesday evening after their vessel began taking on water. Just before 4:30 p.m., mariners aboard a 20-foot vessel notified Coast Guard Station Lorain, Ohio, that they were taking on water one mile north of Lorain Harbor.


Strainstall Hull Monitering for HHI-built Containership

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Strainstall Marine, a part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has recently secured an order to supply their StressAlert Hull Stress Monitoring system (HSMS) to Hyundai Heavy Industries for their new 18,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) carrier


ClassNK Update on Loss of 'MOL Comfort'

MOL Comfort before sinking: Photo courtesy Indian Coast Guard

Based on both the results of its own independent investigation as well as the deliberations of the third meeting of the Committee on Large Container Ship Safety held on 28 October 2013, the ClassNK Casualty Investigation Team has released preliminary findings and safety measures resulting from the


Cargo Ship Refloated After Reef Grounding, Rudders Lost

MV Commander: Photo courtesy of USCG

Coast Guard marine casualty investigators are investigating the cause of the recent grounding of the 'MV Commander' on Round Reef just outside Christiansted Harbor in the US Virgin Islands. Initial underwater assessments have identified that the Commander’s two rudders are missing


Grounded Vessel Refloated without Pollution

 The MV Commander is anchored in the vicinity of Protestant Cay and presents no current threat to the environment

U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Juan and Resident Inspection Office St. Croix crews are assessing the condition of the 221-foot cargo ship MV Commander, after it successfully refloated Saturday afternoon from Round Reef, where it grounded Friday night just outside Christiansted Harbor in St. Croix, U.S


IHC Merwede Orders MacGregor Subsea Cranes

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MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has won an order worth around €23 million for six active heave-compensated (AHC) subsea cranes from the Dutch IHC Merwede.  The cranes will be installed on three pipe-laying ships destined for the U.K. headquartered global offshore specialist, Subsea 7


Subsea Cranes, Cement Unloader Orders for Cargotec

Sub-sea crane: Photo credit MacGregor

Cargotec's MacGregor has secured a new IHC Merwede order for subsea cranes, and in Libya Cargotec is to supply a Turkish company with a mobile cement unloader to work ports along the coast. Subsea crane order MacGregor, part of Cargotec


First of 10 Utility Vessels Delivered

Photo: Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther announced the first deliveries of a 10-boat order for 42m Infield Utility Vessels to Brunei’s PTAS Marine. Developed in conjunction with builder Strategic Marine, the project called upon Incat Crowther’s track record in steel crew boats to meet strict performance criteria


No Pollution from Grounded Cargo Ship

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) said it responded to a 739-foot cargo ship aground in the Columbia River just north of the Astoria Northern Anchorage in Astoria, Tuesday. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River learned that the Panamanian-flagged motor vessel Mokpo Star ran aground after the crew


Star Bulk Charters Two Newbuilds

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Star Bulk charters two fuel efficient newbuilding newcastlemax vessels under 10-year bareboat charters with purchase obligation Star Bulk Carriers Corp., a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargos, announced that it has entered into agreements with CSSC (Hong


 
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