Hearings Adjourn in Port Arthur
The Coast Guard adjourned the formal hearings, Thursday, March 11, concerning the Jan. 23, 2010, incident involving the tank vessel Eagle Otome, the Gull Arrow and the tug Dixie Vengeance. The incident resulted in more than 400,000 gallons of oil being spilled into the Sabine-Neches waterway. Eric Lewis, the VTS watchstander, testified concerning his training, maritime experience, and the details of the displays and sensors he monitors as a watchstander.
Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, EA Comments
The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is requesting public comments for a planned Environmental Assessment of the impacts of implementing additional in-stream barrier/deterrent…
Neilson NSRI’s Academic Research Director
The National Subsea Research Institute (NSRI) has appointed Dr. Richard Neilson as academic research director. Dr. Neilson has more than 20 years experience as a lecturer and researcher in a number of Scottish Universities. During this time he spent four years on secondment with oil service company, Rotech Drilling Services, where he was responsible for the design and analysis of downhole tools. Dr Neilson has a PhD and BSc in Mechanical Engineering and an MSc in Biomedical Engineering.
TEN Semi-Annual Dividend
Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (TEN) (NYSE:TNP) announced that its Board of Directors has declared the company’s semi-annual dividend of $0.30 per share payable…
Delta Wave Launches dTrac
Delta Wave Communications, Inc. announced their new web based dTrac asset tracking solution. dTrac supports a variety of satellite communications technologies for global asset tracking requirements.
Wilhelmsen 2000 Tonnes Shipment for Belwind
Wilhelmsen Ships Service’s Project Logistics team at Lysaker, Norway has just completed two shipments of heavy duty electrical cable to Belgium, for use in the Belwind offshore energy project in the North Sea off Belgium. The cables were produced in Tonsberg at Parker ScanRope AS, and loaded onto 56 reels. The cable will be used to connect the turbines together. Each reel weighed between 18 - 45 tons, and contained in total 43,722 metres of cable, totalling some 2000 tonnes.
BEI Security Announces MarineNet
Houston-based, BEI Security announced the availability of MarineNet, an above water and underwater security intrusion detection system for commercial and military facilities.
Construction on Canaveral Harbor Sand Bypass
The Canaveral Harbor Federal Sand Bypass Project at the Port Canaveral in Fla. is scheduled for construction this month (March). As a result, sand that has accumulated…
Ezra Orders MacGregor Cargotec Cranes
Cargotec will deliver two large offshore cranes to Singapore-based Ezra Marine Service Pte Ltd in 2010 and beginning of 2011 respectively. The cranes will be fitted to a deepwater anchor-handling towing/supply vessel (AHTS) and to a self-propelled accommodation barge. The value of the order is approximately $16.4m and it was booked in the first quarter 2010 order intake. The order comprises two large active heave-compensated subsea knuckle-jib cranes. The first is for an ultra-deepwater AHTS.
Tyco Telecommunications Renamed TE SubCom
Tyco Telecommunications, a business unit of Tyco Electronics, announced it is now operating under a new corporate name: Tyco Electronics Subsea Communications (TE SubCom).
Offshore Solutions’ OAS, 1000 Connections
Offshore Solutions B.V. (OSBV) reported that the OAS, mounted onboard the GDF SUEZ E&P Nederland B.V. (GSEPN) chartered vessel, REM Mermaid, has achieved over 1,000 operational connections without any LTIs. An OAS is a heave compensated telescopic gangway, enabling the safe transfer of personnel from a vessel to an offshore installation (wind turbine, oil or gas platform) designed to operate in 2.5 metre Hs (significant wave height) sea states.
Bergen Oilfield Services Extends Veripos Contract
Veripos has been awarded an extension to its existing master services contract with Bergen Oilfield Services (BOS), one of Norway’s seismic survey contractors operating worldwide.
This Day in Coast Guard History – March 16
1909- At Assateague Beach, Virginia, the schooner Charley C. Weaver began taking on water. One of the crew notified the keeper that the schooner was leaking. The…
This Day in Naval History – March 16
1911 - Hulk of USS Maine sunk at sea in deep water with full military honors. 1945 - Iwo Jima declared secure. 1966 - Launch of Gemini 8. Former naval aviator Neil…
TOP Ships Q4 & FY2009 Results
TOP Ships Inc. (NASDAQ: TOPS) announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009. -- A net loss of $35.9 million or $1.20 per share.
Reactivation of USCG Cutter Polar Star
Adm. Thad W. Allen, Commandant of the Coast Guard, addressed the media aboard the Polar Class Icebreaker Polar Star, homeported in Seattle, Wash., as Lt. Cmdr. Jack W. Jackson the icebreaker's Commanding Officer observed during the Polar Star's reactivation March 10, 2010.
Malaysia, Ship Robbed at Anchor
The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued an incident alert stating that a chemical tanker anchored at night off southeast Malaysia was boarded by an unknown number of robbers…
Crude Carries Pricing, Initial Public Offering
Crude Carriers Corp. announced that it has priced its initial public offering of 13,500,000 common shares at $19 per share. The underwriters have an option to purchase up to an additional 2…
Aker Philadelphia’s 9th Product Tanker
On March 10, Aker Philadelphia Shipyard (Oslo: AKPS) launched Ship 013, the ninth product tanker in a series of 12 to be completed by 2011. The 46,000 dwt vessel was floated off of its blocks and was transferred by tug from the Building Dock to the Outfitting Dock, where it will remain for the next few weeks as it undergoes continuous testing and commissioning in preparation for its upcoming sea trials.
Transocean Ultra-Deepwater Drillship Contract
Transocean Ltd. (NYSE:RIG) announced that the newbuild ultra-deepwater drillship Discoverer Inspiration has commenced operations for Chevron U.S.A. Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX), in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico under a five-year drilling contract. The dynamically positioned double-hulled Discoverer Inspiration includes the most advanced drilling capabilities in the offshore drilling industry.