MMS $450k Grant for Miss. Heritage
The Minerals Management Service (MMS) has approved a grant for $450,000 to the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources through the Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP)…
UK, Offshore Industry Decline
According to an August 24 report from Morning Star UK, the offshore industry's second-quarter results saw gloomy forecasts for jackups and midwater rigs. Negative…
Aegean’s New Bunkering Tanker
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. (NYSE:ANW) announced that it has taken delivery of the Kerkyra, a 6,290 dwt double-hull bunkering tanker newbuild from Qingdao Hyundai Shipyard in China.
ABS Management Changes in Asia, Middle East
Changes in the management of ABS activities in Asia and the Middle East have been announced by the class society. Veteran Middle East District Manager Joseph Brincat…
Four Times 500 HP for Colombian River
The Rio Magdelena flows north through Colombia to discharge into the Caribbean at Barranquilla. It is navigable for several hundred kilometers above that coastal city. Utilizing shallow draft push boats the Naviera Fluvial Colombiana SA has the capacity to move one million tonnes of oil per year in addition to 700,000 tonnes of general freight. Established in 1920 the firm operates a dozen river push-boats and 78 barges on Colombias inland waterways.
Maersk Line Promotes Harriss
Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) announced that Dave Harriss has been promoted to Director, Ship Management and Chartering. Harriss officially assumed the position on August 11.
Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Dewey
The Navy officially accepted delivery of the future USS Dewey (DDG 105) Aug. 17 from Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding (NGSB) during a ceremony in Pascagoula, Miss.
Joe Pitch Joins Marine-Finance.Com
Marine-Finance.Com announced that Joe Pitch has signed on as Managing Director for Marine-Finance.Com LLC. Pitch joins former CitiCapital Commercial Marine Finance colleague Robert Girard…
U.S. DOT Recycles Two More JRRF Ships
The U. S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration has awarded contracts to recycle two more of the obsolete government-owned ships, which are currently…
Hamburg Süd: Rio Blanco Christened
On August 23 the Rio Blanco was christened at Burchardkai in thePort of Hamburg. This is the fourth new vessel in a series totaling six container ships of identical design for Hamburg Süd. All of them have a slot capacity of 5,900 TEU, making them the largest vessels in the shipping group’s fleet. The naming ceremony for the Rio Blanco was performed by Nina-Maria Oetker, wife of Dr. h.c. August Oetker, General Partner of Dr. August Oetker KG and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Hamburg Süd.
Work on M/V Fedra Moves Forward
Donjon Marine, Co., Inc. continues work on a contract awarded on March 24, 2009 for the wreck removal and disposal of the remnants of the M/V Fedra which, in October 2008, grounded and sank during a severe storm. Since commencing site operations in late May of this year, Donjon has made steady and significant progress toward completion of the project. To date, Donjon has removed all of the remaining superstructure…
Int’l Register of Shipping Appoints Nassif
International Register of Shipping (IRS), an independent classification society, appointed Said Nassif as managing director as incumbent Bijimon Punnoose is promoted to the management committee.
Business Booms at Chesapeake Shipbuilding
According to a report from WTOP.com, Salisbury, Md. based Chesapeake Shipbuilding is planning to build its third new prefabrication facility on its property on the Wicomico River.
This Day in Naval History – August 25
1843 - Steam frigate Missouri arrives at Gibralter completing first Trans-Atlantic crossing by U.S. steam powered ship. 1942 - Five Navy nurses who became POWs on Guam repatriated .
Leaked Report Criticizes UK Defense Programs
According to an August 24 report from The Guardian, the UK government was urged to publish an official 296-page report by Bernard Gray, a former senior Ministry of Defence adviser…
Mission Effectiveness Project & Aging Cutters
The U.S. Coast Guard reported that Mission the Effectiveness Project (MEP) is significantly improving the mission capability and lowering the operating costs of in-service medium endurance cutters and patrol boats, thus bridging the gap between the aging fleet and the delivery of new assets. Since MEP began in 2005, the project has consistently achieved its goals on time and on budget. As project approaches its midpoint…
MerCruiser Big Block
Mercury MerCruiser has developed the next generation of big-block marine power – a new engine that produces more power and has better mid-range acceleration, lower…
New USACE Contract
Weeks Marine, Inc., Covington, La., was awarded on Aug. 14, 2009 a $14,877,000 firm-fixed-price contract for Atchafalaya River and Bayous Chene, Boeuf, and black…
Slow Down, Whales and People X-ing
Two recent shipping incidents in BC Canada waters have heightened the fears of the Gitga’at First Nation facing the prospect of the world’s largest oil-tankers passing…
New Navy Contracts
Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $151,577,441 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-07-C-5431) to procure 186 Evolved SEASPARROW Missiles (ESSM)…