September, 2009 Maritime News

Pacific Ocean – Tsunami Near Samoa

Sep 30, 2009

The NOAA Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii issued a bulletin cancelling its prior tsunami warning. The warning was based on a strong earthquake in the Samoa Islands region.

$42M in Grants for Ferry Docks & Facilities

Sep 30, 2009

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced more than $42m in grants to improve ferry service and build new docks and facilities in 15 states and Puerto Rico.

Panama Canal Hosts Georgia Governor

Sep 30, 2009

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) welcomed Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue (pictured left) to the Panama Canal September 24. Joined by senior leaders from the Georgia

Pirate Attacks on the Rise off Somalia

Sep 30, 2009

Pirate activity has increased recently off the coast of Somalia with four attempted attacks occurring on motor vessels in the Gulf of Aden since Sept. 19. Three

Shipbuilders Flourish on Small Vessel Orders

Sep 30, 2009

According to a Sept. 30 report from The Daily Star, shipbuilders are banking on the ongoing recession to carve itself a position in the global market, as the demand for smaller vessels has increased,

Aker Awarded FEED Contract

Sep 30, 2009

StatoilHydro has awarded Aker Solutions a front end engineering design (FEED) study for upgrading the Gullfaks A drilling facilities. The drilling upgrade is expected

First Ship with High Temperature Fuel Cell

Sep 30, 2009

September 2009 saw the initial operation of the first high temperature fuel cell to be run on board of a ship, within the FellowSHIP research project (Fuel Cells for Low Emission Ships).

Conrad Industries Ferry Contract Award

Sep 30, 2009

Conrad Industries, Inc. (Pink Sheets: CNRD) announced that it has been awarded a contract for the construction of a passenger/vehicle ferry with a value of $13m,

Jotun Profits Remain Satisfactory

Sep 30, 2009

Jotun expects the difficult global economy to continue to have a greater impact. When compared with the record level  of 2008, the figures in the first eight months of 2009 are still satisfactory.

Tsakos Time Charters for Suezmax Tankers

Sep 30, 2009

Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (NYSE:TNP) announced a two year time-charter extension with profit sharing up to a maximum level with the same charterer, for the

MOL Starts Safety Campaign

Sep 30, 2009

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL, President: Akimitsu Ashida) announced the start of the Safety Campaign for all its operated vessels effective October 1, 2009. During the campaign,

Foss Pioneers New Route on Columbia River

Sep 30, 2009

Foss pioneered a new commercial route deep into Canada on the Columbia River in August, navigating through strong currents and shallow water to safely deliver a

SNAME Focused Panel Sessions, 2009 Meeting

Sep 30, 2009

The focused panel sessions at the Society of Naval Architects and Engineers (SNAME) Annual Meeting and Expo (October 21-23 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence,

This Day in Coast Guard History – Oct. 1

Sep 30, 2009

1926-An airways division, headed by a chief engineer, was set up as a part of the Lighthouse Service, its work covering the examination of airways and emergency

This Day in Naval History – Oct. 1

Sep 30, 2009

1800 - U.S. Schooner Experiment captures French Schooner Diana. 1844 - Naval Observatory headed by LT Matthew Fontaine Maury occupies first permanent quarters.

Grounded Tank Vessel Eagle Tucson

Sep 29, 2009

A 33-ft response boat from U.S. Coast Guard Station Venice, La., monitors efforts to free the grounded tank vessel Eagle Tucson, Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, near Pilottown, La.

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Launches 8th Tanker

Sep 29, 2009

On Sunday, September 27th, Aker Philadelphia Shipyard (Oslo: AKPS), a U.S. commercial shipyard, launched Ship 012. The eighth in a series of 12 product tankers to be completed by 2011,

CMA CGM Agreement

Sep 29, 2009

CMA CGM reached agreement on the establishment of a committee comprised of French, European and international banks including certain major financial institutions from Asia and the Republic of Korea.

CG Monitoring Oil Spill Off Savannah Coast

Sep 29, 2009

The Coast Guard is continuing to monitor an oil spill approximately nine miles offshore of Savannah after a tank ship damaged its double-hulled fuel tank during

Closed Portion of Houston Ship Channel Opens

Sep 29, 2009

The three mile portion of the 52-mile Houston Ship Channel that was closed due to an oil spill Sept. 25 opened at 12:45 p.m. Sept. 28 to vessel traffic.  The channel,

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