2003 Maritime News

USCG Group Philadelphia Evacuated

Dec 31, 2003

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Press Release stating that the U.S. Coast Guard evacuated its main building at Group Philadelphia after a suspicious package

Master of QM2 Named Commodore

Dec 31, 2003

Captain Ronald Warwick, master of Cunard Line's new Queen Mary 2, has been awarded the rank of commodore, the highest position a cruise line can bestow on one of its captains.

Port of Rotterdam Reports Increase

Dec 31, 2003

This year, 328 million (metric) tons of cargo was handled in the port of Rotterdam, an increase of almost 2% compared to 2002. The former record year 2000 was beaten with 6 million tons (mt).

Chesapeake Bay Enforces Safety and Security Zone

Dec 30, 2003

The U.S. Coast Guard is making permanent its current temporary safety and security zones at the Cove Point Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal on Chesapeake Bay. Source: HK Law

St. Lawrence Seaway Closes for Season

Dec 30, 2003

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a Press Release stating that the St. Lawrence Seaway has closed for the 2003 navigation season. It carried approximately

Kvichak Marine Expands Facility

Dec 29, 2003

Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc. recently expanded its Seattle facility by erecting a 130’ x 50’ sectional enclosure on its waterfront property. This new addition creates enough space for Kvichak,

Todd Shipyards to Reduce in Scope of Navy Repair Availability

Dec 29, 2003

Todd Shipyards Corporation announced today that the US Navy has reduced the scope of work requested to be performed by its wholly owned subsidiary, Todd Pacific

SCB Federal Systems Wins $13M Subcontract

Dec 29, 2003

Remtech Services, Inc. (RSI) division of SCB Computer Technology, Inc. has won a subcontract from CACI to provide information technology support services to the U.

Martin Midstream Acquires Marine Services Assets

Dec 29, 2003

Martin Midstream Partners L.P. has completed the acquisition of marine services assets from Tesoro Marine Services, L.L.C., a subsidiary of Tesoro Petroleum Corporation,

General Dynamics Awarded $36M Contract

Dec 29, 2003

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $36.6 million contract to provide

Supplementary Evidence on Recycling of Obsolete MARAD Ships

Dec 29, 2003

The UK Environment Agency (EA) posted on its Internet site Supplementary Evidence that it provided to the Parliamentary Committee on Environment, Food and Rural

Roundtable on Cruise Ship Pollution to be Held in January

Dec 29, 2003

A roundtable discussion will be held on January 21 at the Hilton Hotel at Harbor Island, in San Diego, Calif. The discussion, sponsored by Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force,

Stolt Offshore Announces Covenant Waiver Extension

Dec 29, 2003

Stolt Offshore S.A. has obtained an extension from December 15, 2003 until April 30, 2004 of the waiver of banking covenants. Stolt Offshore continues discussions

Contract Extension on the Ula and Valhall Fields

Dec 23, 2003

Smedvig has signed an agreement with BP Norge AS to extend the platform drilling contract on the Ula and Valhall fields in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.

TEN Acquires VLCC M/T Maersk Estelle

Dec 23, 2003

Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (TEN) announced that it has acquired the 299,700 dwt double hull VLCC M/T Maersk Estelle, built in Denmark in 1994, from the AP Moller / Maersk Group.

MARAD to Chair SecurePort Conference

Dec 23, 2003

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) will chair the SecurePort Conference in Miami on February 25-27, 2004, sponsored by the Organization of American States.

MARAD Issues Maritime Alert

Dec 23, 2003

In conjunction with the raising of the national threat level to high (orange), the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a MARAD Advisory with recommendations

Coast Guard Terminates Voyage for Fishing Vessel

Dec 23, 2003

The Coast Guard Cutter Cuttyhunk terminated the voyage of the 32-ft. fishing vessel Duffy Sunday. The master, Todd Cannon of Everett, was retrieving and setting crab pots in Possession Sound,

ConocoPhillips Signs Agreement with Freeport LNG

Dec 22, 2003

ConocoPhillips announced the signing of an agreement with Freeport LNG Development, L.P. to participate in its proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal in Quintana, Texas.

Sempra Energy and Shell Propose to Develop Mexican LNG Receiving Terminal

Dec 22, 2003

Shell International Gas Limited (Shell) and Sempra Energy LNG Corp., an affiliate of Sempra Energy, (NYSE:SRE), today announced their intention to form a 50/50 joint venture to build,

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