Monday, February 13, 2006 Maritime News

General Maritime to Sell Tankers

Feb 13, 2006

General Maritime Corp said it would sell nine OBO Aframax tankers to Tanker Pacific for $247.5 million to fund its paying down of debt and other corporate purposes.

New Catamaran from Seascape Marine

Feb 13, 2006

Seascape Marine Builders, an affiliate of Seaforth Marine Group, both of Maple Ridge, has almost finished its 72-foot, jet-powered catamaran, titled appropriately,

House Panel Passes Gas Exploration Bill

Feb 13, 2006

A proposed state energy bill that supports oil and natural gas exploration off the Virginia coast was approved by a House subcommittee, lending more momentum

J. Ray McDermott Wins Two Contracts

Feb 13, 2006

McDermott Arabia Company Ltd. a subsidiary of J. Ray McDermott, S.A., has been awarded two turnkey contracts by Al-Khafji Joint Operations (KJO), to provide engineering,

S.F. Cruise Ship Industry Growing

Feb 13, 2006

San Francisco’s cruise ship industry is booming. After years of declining business, the dry dock’s return to financial health means blue-collar jobs growth, tourist spending by visiting crews,

CNO Delivers Plan to Congress

Feb 13, 2006

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Mullen submitted his long-range shipbuilding plan to Congress, designed to grow the fleet to about 313 ships – up from 281 today.

Chinese Govt. to Take Over Private Firms

Feb 13, 2006

The Chinese government will take over from private companies the pilot ships on certain waterways, Xihua reported. New pilot stations will be set up under local port authorities.

Exxon, Shell Lose Nigerian Field Access

Feb 13, 2006

Chevron Corp. and Exxon Mobil lost an auction for Nigeria's most promising oil and gas fields last year to companies controlled by South Korea. In Venezuela,

Indian Shipbuilders See Profits

Feb 13, 2006

Increased spending on offshore exploration & production (E&P) of oil and gas has increased order-book positions of Indian shipbuilders. ABG Shipyard has an order backlog of Rs 1,

LNG Terminal Proposal Debated

Feb 13, 2006

Since hurricanes Katrina and Rita slammed the Gulf Coast nearly five months ago, the region has lost more than 610 billion cubic feet of natural gas production.

Cruise Ship Breaks Free from Moorings

Feb 13, 2006

Coast Guard Lt. Ronald Fogan and Petty Officer 2nd Class Josh Hobson review the voyage data recorder of the cruise ship Ecstasy, while some of the ship’s officers look on.

Oil Spill Prevention Act of 2005 Introduced

Feb 13, 2006

Representative Inslee (D-WA) introduced the Oil Spill Prevention Act of 2005 (H.R. 4724) to establish requirements with respect to the transfer of oil

Hearing to Discuss NOAA Budget

Feb 13, 2006

On February 16, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation will conduct a hearing on the FY2007 budget for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Hyundai Heavy to Import Chinese Steel Plates

Feb 13, 2006

According to reports, Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Baoshan Iron & Steel Co., Ltd. to import wide and heavy plates for shipbuilding.

Aker Yards to Build PSV

Feb 13, 2006

Aker Yards has confirmed an optional agreement with Siem Offshore Inc for the building of two Platform Supply Vessels. The value of the contract is approximately NOK 275 million.

Tank Barge Damages Marina in Port of Memphis

Feb 13, 2006

On Saturday night the Coast Guard Command Center in Memphis was notified by the towing vessel A. DEAN HEASLEY that one of the two barges they were towing had struck the Riverside Park Marina.

New Zealand's New Navy Vessel Ready for SeaTrials

Feb 13, 2006

The first vessel in the New Zealand government's $500 million navy upgrade has come off its slipway in a Dutch shipbuilding yard. It will be used to carry troops and cargo,

West Asia Maritime to Get Cargo Vessel

Feb 13, 2006

According to reports, Chennai-based shipping company West Asia Maritime Limited has signed an MOU with Japanese shipbuilding major Mitsui for constructing a huge

Xtreme Gets $1M Order From Wayton Marine

Feb 13, 2006

Xtreme Companies, Inc. announced the receipt of a $1 million order from Texas-based Wayton Marine International. The purchase order is for 10 Challenger Z-Series boats.

UltraStrip Signs Agreement with BAE Systems

Feb 13, 2006

UltraStrip Systems, Inc. announced the signing of a five year exclusive agreement with BAE Systems ship yard subsidiaries in San Francisco and San

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