Quantum Wins Cutter Contract
Quantum Marine Engineering won a contract to engineer, design, supply and support the roll stabilization systems for the U.S. Coast Guard's new class of Fast Response Cutters designated as the WPC project. Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. is the prime contractor for this new class of cutters. The contract calls for up to 34 of these new ships to be built and delivered to the USCG over a multi-year contract.
W&D Wins Two Contracts to Fill New Building
Washburn & Doughty signed contracts with Suderman & Young Towing and the Bay-Houston Towing to build each company one Robert Allan LTD designed Z-Tech 7500 Class Terminal/Escort Tug.
The Government Made Me Do It
When I was a child, I spent a good part of my time getting into trouble, as most children do. My favorite excuse was “someone else made me do it.” Unfortunately, my father was not a big fan of that excuse and I cannot recall one incident that was overlooked based on this defense. However, the Supreme Court of the United States has carved out such an excuse for equipment manufacturers that sell equipment or supplies to the United States military.
Oslo Shipping Forum, Nor-Shipping
Tradewinds’ Fifth Oslo Shipping Forum, scheduled for Wednesday, June 10, gathers industry leaders to focus on Norwegian shipping and the new financial landscape.
IMO Safety Committee, Piracy on Agenda
IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) is meeting at the Organization's London Headquarters for its 86th session from 27 May to 5 June. The packed agenda includes…
Rates, N America to Mediterranean, N Africa
The general rate increase on the North America to Mediterranean and North Africa trade which Maersk Line previously announced for 15 June 2009 will now be effective 1 July 2009.
Burger Boat’s Ingot, World Superyacht Awards
On May 16, 2009 INGOT, a 2008 Burger/Vripack designed 153 ft custom tri-deck motor yacht, was honored with a Judges' Commendation at the 2009 World Superyachts Awards in London’s Guildhall. This commendation specifically recognizes INGOT’s design and construction. (www.burgerboat.com)
Manannan Arrives in the Isle of Man
The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company’s latest Incat fast ferry has arrived in her new home waters after completion of a major refit in the United Kingdom. high speed craft on the Irish Sea with greater cruising speed and increased vehicle and passenger capacity than the vessel she replaces. Onboard facilities have been enhanced to include lounges, various bars and eateries, and pre-bookable executive…
New DP Training Center
Aboa Mare University of Applied Sciences, located in Turku (Finland), has recently received the accreditation of the Nautical Institute as an official Dynamic Positioning (DP) training center. Dynamic positioning is becoming especially important for sophisticated offshore operations and the need for corresponding training facilities is increasing rapidly. The new DP bridge simulator in Turku is based on the Navis NavDP 4000 Trainer Simulator…
SFL 1Q 2009 Results
Ship Finance International Limited announced its preliminary financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2009. The Board of Directors has declared a quarterly…
New Navy Contracts
Misener Marine Construction, Inc., Tampa, Fla., is being awarded a $12,107,587 firm-fixed-price contract for the design and construction of wharf Alpha improvements at Naval Station Mayport, Fla.
Henzel Joins Bisso Marine
Bisso Marine, a provider of salvage services to the maritime and energy industries, announced the addition of JoAnn Henzel to its Salvage & Emergency Response Team. Henzel, who will serve as a project manager, has 12 years of specialized experience in salvage and wreck removal. Before joining Bisso Marine, Henzel acquired extensive field experience as a logistics coordinator for Titan Salvage of Fort Lauderdale…
Castillo Joins T&T Bisso
The T&T Bisso Response Network announced the addition of Mirian Castillo to its team. Castillo will serve as operations assistant for the company’s Salvage & Emergency Response group. Born in Ecuador, Castillo began her career as an operations intern for Gulf Agency Company in Houston. She became a port disbursement analyst for Heidmar Inc., a commercial operator of tanker vessels based in Norwalk…
NG Training Packages for NROTC
Naval Reserve Officer Training Candidate (NROTC) students at college campuses in San Diego have become the first to use an advanced navigation training package supplied…
ABS New Management in Europe, Asia
Effective 1 July, ABS will introduce new senior management in its Europe and Pacific divisions. At that time, William J. Sember, currently President and COO, ABS Europe Ltd…
Helwan Diesel, Steyr Motors Agreement
Helwan Diesel Engine Company, Kairo, Egypt and Steyr Motors GmbH, Steyr Austria have signed a commercial license agreement for the production and distribution of Steyr four and six cylinder Monoblock diesel engines for applications such as stationary alternators, pump drive systems and commercial vehicles. (www.helwandiesel.com) (www.steyr-motors.com)
Panama Canal Int’l Conference
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Center for Maritime Training, Research and Development will host the 2009 International Conference on Marine Simulation and Ship Maneuverability (MARSIM) August 17-20.
Fjell Passes Submersion Test
Fairstar Heavy Transport NV (FAIR) announced that the submersion test of its self-propelled semi-submersible vessel Fjell was successfully executed on Sunday May 17 in Malta under the scrutiny of representatives of Det Norske Veritas (DNV). DNV has issued Certificates of Class to Fairstar. The vessel is now qualified to operate as a fully-certified semi-submersible heavy transport vessel. The Fjell departed Malta on May 17 for Trapani…
VT Halter Marine, New CEO & COO
VT Halter Marine Inc., a company of VT Systems Inc (VT Systems), announced the appointment of William (Bill) E. Skinner as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Paul J. Albert as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Skinner, who has been with the company since inception, was appointed CEO on 21 April, 2009. Prior to this appointment Skinner was VT Halter Marine’s COO (2005- 2009) and Senior Vice President of Vessel Operations (2002-2005).
Tsakos Energy Navigation 1Q 2009 Profits
Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (TEN) (NYSE: TNP) reported results (unaudited) for the first quarter ended March 31, 2009. Revenue, net of voyage expenses and commissions…