Effect of Tax Verdict on Odfjell
On Feb. 12, the Norwegian Supreme Court awarded in favor of the shipping companies that the retroactive tax imposed in 2007 for the years 1996-2006 was in breach of the Norwegian Constitution.
Guilty Plea for Price-Fixing Conspiracy
An Italian subsidiary of a U.S.-based company has agreed to plead guilty and to pay a $2.29m criminal fine for participating in a conspiracy to rig bids, fix prices…
DOT TIGER Grants List
The Department of Transportation (DOT) released the list of Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants. The grants, totaling $1.5b, are focused on rail and road projects…
Maersk Line’s 3rd Hamburg, Far East Service
On 12 February 2010, the container ship Maersk Sydney called at the Port of Hamburg for the first time as part of the Maersk Line’s expanded AE-10 scheduled liner service. This liner service links the ports of Shenzhen (Dachan Bay), Ningbo, Shanghai, Kaohsiung, Shenzhen (Yantian), Hong Kong and Tanjung Pelepas with continental Europe. A recent addition is the inclusion of Hamburg as a port of call for the AE-10 service. The service also calls the Baltic Sea ports of Arhus, Gothenburg and Gdansk.
ABB Acquires Turbocharging Service
ABB, a power and automation technology group, has acquired the turbocharging service activities of ABCO Industries Limited located in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. ABB…
Statoil Gets Go Ahead for Gudrun
Statoil reported that on Feb. 18, the partners in the Gudrun license resolved to submit a plan for development and operation (PDO) of this North Sea discovery to the Norwegian authorities. “The decision marks an important milestone in the continued development of this part of the Norwegian continental shelf,” said Øystein Michelsen. “We’re pleased that work will now begin on recovering Gudrun’s assets.”…
MMS Grant for Lake Pontchartrain
The Minerals Management Service (MMS) has approved a grant for $699,400 to Tangipahoa Parish in Louisiana through the Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) for…
Freedom’s Maiden Deployment
The Navy's first littoral combat ship, USS Freedom (LCS 1), left Naval Station Mayport Feb. 16 for her maiden operational deployment to the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) areas of focus. During the independent deployment, Freedom will participate in counter-illicit trafficking (CIT) operations off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Central and South America and the Caribbean Sea. A U.S.
Wärtsilä Wins Advanced Lube Order
Wärtsilä has been awarded a contract by DSD Shipping AS of Stavanger, Norway to retrofit the main engines on four DSD Shipping vessels with the Wärtsilä Retrofit Pulse Lubricating System. The Retrofit Pulse Lubricating System (RPLS) is designed to lower the oil feed rate to the engine, thus cutting the consumption of lubricating oil. This creates savings in operating costs, and also has a positive effect on exhaust emissions.
Jeppesen, Furuno Partner on Navigation
Jeppesen, a subsidiary of The Boeing Company, has teamed with Furuno and MapMedia to develop NavNet 3D-compatible C-MAP by Jeppesen vector charts. This will allow boaters to use advanced features and functionality of the NavNet 3D system while navigating with C-MAP by Jeppesen chart data. North American boaters will now be able to utilize C-MAP by Jeppesen charts processed into MapMedia mm3d format to work in their NavNet 3D systems. C-MAP by Jeppesen chart data for the U.S.
Cathelco Protects New USCG Cutters
A series of fast response cutters being built for the U.S. Coast Guard will be protected against hull corrosion and marine pipework bio-fouling with a system manufactured by Cathelco Ltd. The Sentinel Class cutters, measuring 154 ft in length and capable of speeds of more than 28 knots, are being constructed at the Bollinger Shipyard’s facility in Lockport, La. The order for the Cathelco equipment has been won by Russ Equipment Co. Inc., Cathelco’s agent based in New Orleans.
This Day in Coast Guard History – Feb. 19
1845- Lighthouse establishment transferred to Revenue Marine Bureau. Metal buoys were first put into service. They were riveted iron barrels that replaced the older wooden stave construction.
This Day in Naval History – Feb. 19
1814 - USS Constitution captures British brig Catherine 1945 - Marines with naval gunfire support land on Iwo Jima; island secured 16 March. (Source: Navy News Service)
Surge in Boat Orders Lifts ADSB
According to a Feb. 16 report from The National, Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) recorded a 38 percent rise in revenues last year to $316.1m as it booked a surge…
NaviModel DTM Software from EIVA
EIVA released the new NaviModel software for ocean mapping, data analysis and interpretation. The software provides intuitive 3D visualization of infinite survey data sets by import of multiple data formats and sources using user defined templates. NaviModel includes features for data cleaning either manually or through use of advanced semi or fully automated tools as well as creation of own filters by use of plug-in function.
NG Supplies Nav-Comms for Iraqi Boats
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been awarded a contract to supply the navigation and communication systems for nine new 114.8 ft patrol boats being built for the Iraqi navy.
Mystic Seaport Awarded NEH Grant
The Frank C. Munson Institute of American Maritime Studies at Mystic Seaport has been awarded a “We the People” grant of $166,094 from the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH).
Crowley’s Ocean Class Tug Building Program
Crowley has signed a contract with Bollinger Shipyards to build two newly designed ocean going tugboats, with options for additional vessels. These 10,880-horsepower tugs are the beginning of a new-build program at Crowley to further enhance its ocean towing, salvage and offshore support capabilities. The new tugs will be ideally suited to work with Crowley's new 455 series heavy lift deck barges, which measure 400 ft by 105 ft and offer increased stability for loads up to 4…
Implosion on Ship, Gravesend Bay N.Y.
A concerted response by a member of the American Salvage Association (ASA), technical experts from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and New York City Fire Department…
Fraser Shipyards Briefs Obey (D.-Wis.)
On Feb. 16, Fraser Shipyards Inc. President and COO Jim Korthals, briefed Rep. David Obey, D.-Wis. on how the shipyard will use the $2m the congressman secured for…