U.S. FEMA Awards Grant for Tall Ship 'Elissa' Repairs
The Federal Emergency Management Agency awards state of Texas $1.4-million for repairs to 'Elissa' damaged in hurricane Ike. Wave action and storm surge generated by Ike damaged the structural integrity of Elissa’s hull, weakening it to a point where significant rehabilitation efforts are necessary. The funding will cover the services needed for the repair work so that the vessel can continue its role as the official tall ship of Texas.
Signal International Lands Hopper Dredge Deal
Signal International, Inc., has landed a $94 million contract from Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation, (GLDD) to build an Articulated Tug & Barge ("ATB") Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge. The 15,000-cubic-yard-capacity Dual Trailing Arm Suction Hopper Dredge with a 14,000-horsepower tug is believed to be the world’s first fully integrated ATB Dredge and the largest hopper dredge in the United States.
NASSCO Win $104 Million Navy Contract
General Dynamics NASSCO Awarded $104 Million Contract Modification for USS Comstock (LSD 45) Modernization. General Dynamics NASSCO has been awarded a $104 million contract modification from the U.S.
UTEC Appoints New Louisiana Operations Manager
UTEC, one of the world’s largest independent offshore survey companies, announced today the appointment of Daniel Boone as its Louisiana based Operations Manager. Boone will be based out of UTEC’s Lafayette, La., office. His main responsibilities as Operations Manager will be to execute safe and profitable projects for UTEC as well as building UTEC’s client base while maintaining and improving existing local client relations.
Rescue 21 System Accepted by U.S. Coast Guard
General Dynamics-built Rescue 21 Search and Rescue System - Sector Buffalo - Formally Accepted by the U.S. Coast Guard. The U.S. Coast Guard today formally accepted…
Salvage & Recovery: Treasure and Artifacts
The recent dispute between Odyssey Marine Exploration and the Kingdom of Spain over the treasure and artifacts Odyssey recovered from the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes has recently been given considerable coverage in the popular press as well as in the maritime press. This has probably reinforced the belief of some people that marine salvage, by definition, is the recovery of sunken treasure. Actually, of course, that is only a small component of marine salvage.
Axiom Propellers Granted US Patent
Axiom Propellers has been awarded a US patent for its Axiom symmetrical blade design. The patent complements others the company already holds including for the European Region, UK, South Korea, Australia and Hong Kong giving Axiom Propellers worldwide coverage. It covers the unique features of the Axiom Propeller including the shape of the blade and the fact that there is no twist with regards to pitch…
L-3 SPD Electrical Systems Wins Medium Voltage Switchgear Contract
L-3 SPD Electrical Systems (L-3 SPDES) has been awarded a contract from Huntington Ingalls Industries Shipbuilding to supply the Medium Voltage Switchgear and the…
The Search for Amelia Earhart Continues
Acoustic positioning technology from Sonardyne Inc, Houston, was selected to play a key role in a recent expedition aiming to solve one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th century. A Bluefin Robotics AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) was equipped with a Sonardyne Ranger 2 underwater target tracking system which was used by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) to search…
Progressive Barge Benefits From Bunker Measurement Solution
W&O and Emerson Process Management have announced that a Micro Motion MID-Certified (Measurement Instrument Directive) Marine Bunker Measurement Solution has been installed on a barge operated by Progressive Barge Line, Inc. in the Port of New Orleans, La. Emerson’s bunkering solution provides highly accurate, transparent bunker fuel deliveries. This installation by W&O on the 27,000-ton Progressive barge PBL2402 is the first in North America. Progressive Barge Line, Inc.
Man's High Speed Engines with Latest Technology
MAN is presenting the D2868 LE421 and LE422, a fully classifiable marine diesel engine for medium and heavy duty applications. In order to fulfill the emission standards, the high speed engine from Nuremberg, uses the latest Common Rail technology. The D2868 is MAN’s first Common Rail 8 cylinder engine for medium and heavy duty applications. Due to the use of the latest Common Rail technology, this…
Damen Delivers Cutter Suction Dredger 450 ‘Fen He’
A Damen CSD450 dredger was shipped within 3 weeks from receipt of the order. The environmental cutter suction dredger is right now on its way to Taiyaun, China, where it will arrive well in time to assist in fighting the sedimentation problem of the Fen river. The CSD450 dredger will be called ‘Fen He’, which means “River Fen” in Chinese. It will be based in Taiyuan in the Shanxi province in northern China. There, the river Fen leaves the mountains and flows through the city.
This Day in Naval History - Aug. 23
1864 - Rear Adm. David Farragut's squadron captures Fort Morgan at Mobile Bay, winning control of Mobile Bay. 1958 - Massive concentration of Pacific Fleet in Quemoy…
Boat Beacon App Now Android Capable
Boat Beacon App, for smartphones & tablets now on Android following its success on iPhone; improves safety at sea for boaters. Mariners can now use their Android devices to keep a watch on nearby boats along busy coastlines while enabling other boatsto follow their current location using Boat Beacon Maps and Global Marine AIS systems. The Boat Beacon app, developed by a skipper for other skippers,…
HII Appoints Head of New Corporate Development Division
Huntington Ingalls Industries appoints Christopher D. Kastner Corporate Vice President & General Manager, Corporate Development. Kastner previously served as vice president and chief financial officer for HII's Ingalls Shipbuilding division. Prior to the HII spin from Northrop Grumman Corp., he served as vice president, business management, and CFO for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-Gulf Coast and vice president, contracts and risk management, for Northrop Grumman Ship Systems.
'Queen of Mississippi' to be Christened, Set Sail
American Cruise Lines announces that the first authentic paddle-wheeler in 20 years will set off on first cruise after christening. “The christening of Queen of the Mississippi is a meaningful way to celebrate the official launch of American Cruise Lines service on the Mississippi River,” said Charles A. Robertson, president and CEO, American Cruise Lines. The christening in Nashville, will be performed by Phyllis Dale , a nationally-recognized travel agent and small-ship cruise expert.
Falmouth Docks Say Farewell to Huge RoRo
'M/V Autosky,' capable of carrying 2,080 cars & commercial vehicles leaves UK's A&P Falmouth Shipyard after repairs, overhauls, re-painting. The contract work included repairs, an overhaul of the bow thruster, removal of two Becker rudders, overhaul of trailing flaps and two Stabilizer trailing flaps, and a complete change of livery with new ship side logos. The long-term relationship between the dockyard…
Reef Subsea Rebrands Its Norwegian Companies
Reef Subsea rebrands all its companies in Norway & extends geographical footprint to improve service to clients. Reef Subsea announce that it is set to fully rebrand and align its companies in Norway – namely Technocean and Scanmudring-Rotech Subsea – to position itself as a dynamic and integrated contractor in the subsea market. Coupled with an extension of its geographical footprint, the Group is well positioned to serve its clients with specialised services under one company name.
Northwest Passage Wrecks Hunt Launched
The Canadian government launches its largest search yet for the lost ships of Sir John Franklin's doomed 1845 quest for the Northwest Passage. This year's search, led by Parks Canada, is the fourth government-led expedition over the past five years, and is by far the biggest, involving a much larger alliance of federal departments and other public and private interests. A previous large-scale search for the Franklin ships was launched by National Defence in 1967 as part of Canada's centennial.
Offshore Positioning Contract for VERIPOS
VERIPOS, wins a three-year contract from Neptune Marine Services (NMS) of Perth, Western Australia for its GPS augmentation service. The contract, which represents…