Star Bulk Charter to Rio Tinto for Star Aurora
Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (NASDAQ: SBLK) announced that it has entered into a time charter agreement with Rio Tinto for the Star Aurora, a capsize vessel of 171,199 dwt…
Nexen Discovery, Eastern Gulf of Mexico
Nexen and its partner have made a significant discovery in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico at Appomattox, located in Mississippi Canyon blocks 391 and 392. Recent operations…
India Approves Exploration Contracts
According to a March 19 report from The Wall Street Journal, India approved oil exploration contracts for Oil and Natural Gas Corp. (ONGC), the nation’s biggest energy explorer…
Coast Guard SONS 2010 National Exercise
The U.S. Coast Guard and 50 other federal, state and private organizations will conduct the triennial Spill of National Significance Exercise or SONS 2010 from March…
Alaska’s Most Modern Ferry Sets Sail
Beginning May 26th, Alaska’s newest passenger ferry will commence service between the popular end-of-the-road destination of Homer and the secluded village of Seldovia, located on a roadless area of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. “Often when people hear the word ‘ferry’ they think basic transportation,” said Sarah Richardson, Director of Public Relations for the Seldovia Village Tribe, the owners of the new vessel.
New Navy Contract
Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Inc., Newport News, Va., is being awarded an $80,886,408 cost-plus-fixed-fee, level-of-effort contract for fiscal 2010 advance planning…
Horizon Delivers, Launches Towboats
Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Ala., has launched the third of five 140-ft towboats for Florida Marine Transporters (FMT). The M/V Rusty Zeller was launched on February 28, 2010 at Horizon Shipbuilding’s Bayou La Batre facility using their 600 metric ton TraveLift. This TravelLift is the largest on the Gulf Coast and allows for efficient launch of new vessels. It also facilitates lift and relaunch in a matter of hours instead of days…
$1.5M Contract for MacDuff Shipyard
Aberdeen Harbour has awarded Macduff Shipyards the contract to build a new workboat. The $1.5m vessel, inclusive of its high-tech survey suite is due for delivery in 2011, and will replace the port’s existing workboat. It will be fitted with twin 350 hp engines, a deck crane and at 147.f ft in length, will be used for general harbour activities including surveying, plough dredging and debris recovery.
Keppel Delivers Floatel Superior Early
Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS) has delivered the semisubmersible accommodation rig, Floatel Superior, 43 days early, safely and within budget to Floatel International (Floatel). The vessel is now ready to commence operations. Floatel Superior will depart Singapore shortly for Bayu Undan in the Timor Sea where she will commence her maiden charter contract for ConocoPhillips Australia following 14 days of transit on her own propulsion.
This Day in Coast Guard History – March 22
1917-The first Coast Guard aviators graduated from Pensacola Naval Aviation Training School. Third Lieutenant Elmer Stone, USCG, became Naval Aviator #38 (and later Coast Guard Aviator #1).
This Day in Naval History – March 22
1820 - Commodore Stephen Decatur dies after duel with Capt. 1946 - USS Missouri departs U.S. to return body of deceased Turkish ambassador to the U.S. back to Turkey for burial.
Central GOM Lease Sale 213 Results
Central Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale 213, held on March 17 in New Orleans, attracted $949,265,959 in high bids. The sale was conducted by Interior’s Minerals…
EU NAVFOR Transfers Suspected Pirates
This morning, 17 March, saw the culmination of highly successful EU NAVFOR pirate disruption activities by the EU NAVFOR French warship Nivose against Pirate Action…
Ireland to Modernize Maritime Administration
The Irish Minister for Transport, Noel Dempsey T.D., issued a release addressing the development and modernization of the Irish Maritime Administration, with emphasis…
Pirates Attack EU NAVFOR Warship
Early the morning of March 17, two small skiffs made a fast approach on the EU NAVFOR Dutch HNLMS Tromp with what appeared to be a pirate attack. The Tromp fired…
OSX Brasil Slashes Public Offering
According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, OSX Brasil SA, the Brazilian shipbuilding company controlled by billionaire Eike Batista, slashed the size and price of its initial public offering…
Wärtsilä Selected Best Supplier by CNOOC
Wärtsilä received an award for supplier excellence from CNOOC, the China National Offshore Oil Corporation. After internal evaluation by project management teams…
T&T Bisso Refloats Sunken Tug
T&T Bisso refloated a tugboat that sank in the Houston Ship Channel. The company used the C/B Curtis T to prepare the sunken tug for lifting after its dive team recovered the body of a missing crewmember onboard the vessel. The vessel then was lifted to the surface by a derrick barge and dewatered. The 56-ft tug sank with five people aboard near the Sims Bayou turning basin. The other four crewmembers were rescued by nearby refinery workers.
Viking Prospers Despite Tough Conditions
Viking Life-Saving Equipment A/S achieved all-time-high sales of $208m, up just over six percent on 2008. The group's profit also improved slightly compared with 2008.
Brunswick Introduces Largest Justice Model
Brunswick Commercial and Government Products (BCGP) introduced the 37-ft Justice ─ the largest Boston Whaler model ever built, according to the company. The 370 Justice features a center console design for unobstructed 360 degree access to all areas of the boat. Its deep-V hull is designed to yield a smooth ride, despite rough seas. Reverse chines serve to deflect spray for drier rides while also providing quicker recovery between waves and additional lateral stability.