No Stimulus Funds for New Soo Lock
The Great Lakes Maritime Task Force (GLMTF) has expressed its disappointment that the second Poe-sized lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan did not receive any Federal stimulus dollars.
Panama Canal Upgrades Tugboat Fleet
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced that it has introduced five new tugboats to its fleet, increasing the availability of these vessels used to assist ships transiting the waterway. The new units, purchased from Cheoy Lee Shipyards, Ltd., have an output capacity of 4,800 horse power and a bollard pull of more than 60 metric tons. Additionally, the Canal has made some operational changes that increase efficiency and streamline operations.
Hapag-Lloyd Raises Rates for Far East Services
Hapag-Lloyd is increasing rates for services from the Far East to Northern Europe and the western Mediterranean by $500 per TEU with effect from June 15th 2009.
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for LNG Facilities
The Coast Guard announced the publication of a notice of proposed rulemaking to revise the regulations governing waterfront facilities that handle liquefied natural gas and liquefied hazardous gas…
CG Announces Crewmember ID Final Rule
The U.S. Coast Guard's Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship Directorate announced the publication of a final rule establishing new identification document requirements…
Latest Incat Catamaran Acquired by LD Lines
Incat announced the acquisition of its latest 367.5 ft high speed catamaran by France’s LD Lines. The largest ever fast ferry to operate on the cross channel routes between England and France will enter service between Dover and Boulogne on 29 May 2009. The new fast ferry will be the first-ever freight carrying high speed vessel to operate across the Dover Straits and LD Lines becomes the first-ever French ferry company to operate high speed ferries on the short sea routes from Dover.
Tandy Joins Auto Maskin AS
Simon Tandy, previously of Cummins Inc, has joined Auto Maskin AS of Lillestøm, Norway as Sales and Marketing leader. Auto Maskin AS is a provider of building control and monitoring solutions linked to rotating and process equipment in the Marine and Industrial markets since the late 60’s. Tandy is responsible for all Sales and Marketing activities and further development of the global Distribution network.
Navmaster ECDIS Recieves Type Approval
PC Maritime announced that its Navmaster ECDIS has completed the Type Approval process related to the latest ECDIS regulations. The approval programme was conducted…
This Day in Naval History – April 29
1898 - U.S.
USS New Orleans Enters Dry Dock
USS New Orleans (LPD 18) entered a dry dock in Bahrain April 25 to continue repair work on the ship's hull. The Navy signed a firm fixed-price contract with Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard (ASRY) Shipyards in Manama, Bahrain to repair New Orleans. The repair contract includes planning efforts, material procurement, pre-fabrication and dry dock repair work and is expected to be completed in 10 to 14 days.
USS Truxtun Joins the Fleet
The Navy's newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, USS Truxtun (DDG 103), was commissioned Saturday, April 25, during a ceremony at Naval Weapons Station Charleston, S.C. The process of commissioning a Navy ship takes many years of trials and training and to finally reach this milestone is very important said Cmdr. Timothy Weber, commanding officer, USS Truxton. Designated DDG 103, the…
Ocean Services Expands Offshore Fleet
Ocean Services, a member of the Stabbert Maritime Group of Companies, has acquired the Ocean Carrier, an 279 ft X 59 ft deep-water construction vessel in order to expand their commercial fleet. This new asset marks Stabbert Maritime’s strategic move toward deep-water construction including ROV support, saturation dive support, and core drilling operations. The Ocean Carrier is currently under complete rebuild at Stabbert Maritime’s satellite yard in Houston, Texas.
New Navy Contracts
Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co., Inc., Honolulu, Hawaii, is being awarded at $11,344,500 for firm fixed price task order #0010 under a multiple award construction…
GulfMark Offshore Reports 1Q
GulfMark Offshore, Inc. (NYSE:GLF) announced results of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2009. Net income for the first quarter of 2009 was $14.2 million, or $0.56 per diluted share.
MARPOL Compliance Programs
MARPOL Training Institute (MTI), a California-based training and consulting company, now offers two auditable computer-based programs designed to give shipping industry…
Proposed Changes: Great Lakes Pilotage Rates
The U.S. Coast Guard's Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship Directorate announced that the Federal Register has published a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend…
New Mooring Technology for Oil & Gas Operators
Measurement Technology NW has recently completed a contract to provide an eight-point mooring monitoring system for the National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC) in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. Designed for NPCC's SEP-350 (Self Elevating Platform) vessel, the new running line tensiometer and LCI-90 Dual Winch display system replaces an old four-point mooring installation that no longer met the company's performance standards.
Vitallink3 Certified for Iridium Network
TeleMedic Systems announced that its new lightweight VitalLink3 medical vital signs monitoring system has completed testing over Iridium’s worldwide communication network…
WQIS Guarantee for IMO Bunker Convention
On November 21, 2008, The International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001 (IMO Bunker Convention) entered into force establishing…
St. Francisville/New Roads Ferry Shut Down
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced that the St. Francisville/New Roads ferry crossing is closed because of a fuel tank leak…