GL-SLS Nav. Season Closing
The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System announced the closing dates for the 2008 Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway navigational season. Mariners are reminded…
Adm. Currier to Become USCG Chief of Staff
Rear Adm. John Currier, commander of the 13th Coast Guard District, has been nominated by the Commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Thad Allen, to serve as the future chief of staff for the service. Once approved by Congress, Currier will oversee acquisition, personnel, budgeting, communication technologies, engineering and logistics for the service. Currier was commissioned in 1976 upon graduation from…
Wesmar’s Sonar Series EV850
WESMAR is introducing the EV850 series, a new, all digital navigation and security sonar. This searchlight sonar provides detailed information about the waters around and beneath boats while at anchor or cruising. Thanks to active stabilization, the new sonar series provides target tracking even in rough water. Additionally, the sonar screen never leaves the monitor when making adjustments, essential to avoiding hazards or tracking divers.
Eye on the Fleet – LCS Freedom
On Nov. 13, the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) sailed toward the Cleveland Municipal Pier for a scheduled port visiting Cleveland, Ohio. Freedom will make other port calls as the ship continues to Naval Amphibious Bass Little Creek, Va. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 3rd Class Specialist Kenneth R. Hendrix. (Source: Navy News Service)
Great Lakes Iron Ore Dips in Oct
Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 5.7 million net tons in October, a slight decrease from both a year ago and the month’s 5-year average. Shipments from…
Burger Boat Buys Rare Burger Cruiser
Burger Boat Company announced the acquisition of Angus, a rare 48-foot steel-hulled Burger Cruiser built in 1939. Arriving in Manitowoc on Tuesday November 11, the 69 year old Burger made a brief stop at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum for local interested parties to see before continuing to the Burger shipyard. Angus will be restored to promote Burger Boat Company, its employees, and to celebrate the Burger product and its heritage.
Tidewater Elects Netherland
Tidewater (NYSE: TDW) announced the election of Joseph H. Netherland to its Board of Directors for a term expiring in July 2009. Mr. Netherland served as Chairman…
WSDOT Opens Bids for Car Ferries
WSDOT Ferries Division took the next step today in the process to build new ferries for the Port Townsend/Keystone route. WSDOT opened bids on Nov. 13, on a contract…
Brunswick Closing MD Plant
On Nov. 13, Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC) announced that it will transfer production of Trophy offshore fishing boats made at its plant in Cumberland, Md., to…
Wilson Sons 3Q, 9Mo Report
Wilson Sons Limited reported results for third quarter 2008 and 9 months 2008. Through its subsidiaries, the company (Bovespa: "WSON11 BZ") is one of Brazil's providers…
Green Reefers 3Q Report
The company experienced a loss of USD 12.8 million in 3Q 2008, against a loss of USD 11.3 million in 3Q 2007. The result for 3Q 2008 includes a gain on sale of assets…
SpecTec Sponsors ONMA Competition
On November 6th, 2008, SpecTec participated in the awards ceremony for the “Best Cadet in AMOS” Competition at Odessa National Maritime Academy in Ukraine. The ceremony…
Updates on the Shipdex™ Protocol
On October 7th 2008, Digital Ship held its 2nd conference for Shipdex™, a new protocol to provide ship technical information electronically, rather than on paper. Shipdex™ was founded in 2007 by two senior managers of shipping companies, Grimaldi Naples and Intership Navigation, who thought that the industry should move beyond supplying all technical paperwork (including maintenance and repair manuals…
Spec Tec - New Cosco Dalian Contract
Following a contract for the installation of Spec Tec’s AMOS Maintenance & Purchase on 11 newbuilds, Cosco Dalian has decided to continue with the installation of AMOS on 8 additional newbuild tankers in 2009 and 2010. Cosco Dalian is a fully owned subsidiary of Cosco Group, and is the only company within the Cosco Group in liquid bulk transportation, with 12 VLCCs in operation as well as 28 other Tankers.
FMC – Meeting
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that it will hold a meeting in its office in Washington, DC on November 20. Topics on the agenda include…
Offshore Wind Energy in the UK
Wind energy will play an essential role in meeting the EU's target for 20% renewable energy by 2020 and achieving a secure, environmentally friendly and affordable supply of energy for European citizens and businesses. The Communication on Offshore Wind Energy identifies the challenges that need to be tackled to exploit Europe's potential for offshore wind energy, and how EU action can help in meeting these challenges.
Panama Canal – Locks Outage
The Panama Canal Authority issued an advisory stating that the west lane of the Gatun Locks will be out of service beginning 1800, Saturday, November 15 through 0600, Sunday, November 16 for repairs.
Panama Canal 4Q Metrics
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) released fourth quarter (Q4) operational metrics for fiscal year (FY) 2008. These metrics are based on operations from July through September 2008, the fourth quarter of the ACP's 2008 fiscal year and are compared with Q4 of FY 2007. In Q4 of FY 2008, tonnage decreased minimally, but tanker and passenger transits and tonnage jumped significantly. During Q4 of FY 2008…
UK Royal Navy Fights Piracy
The UK Royal Navy’s HMS Cumberland whilst conducting routine Maritime Security Operations in the Gulf of Aden on the 11 November had course to board a Yemeni flagged dhow, towing a skiff which they had reason to believe had been involved in an attack on the Danish-registered MV Powerful earlier in the day. Various non-forcible methods had been used in an attempt to stop the dhow but they were unsuccessful.
Waterborne Freight in the UK
• Traffic on UK domestic waters accounted for 5 per cent (126 million tonnes) of all goods lifted in the UK, and 20 per cent (51 billion tonne-kilometres) of all goods moved in 2007.