American Cruise Lines Welcomes Wave Season 2013
A strong start to the season, American Cruise Lines experiences record sales. American Cruise Lines (www.americancruiselines.com), a U.S. cruise company, announced today record sales at the start of what it is predicting will be its strongest Wave Season to date. Each of the past four weeks has broken previous company sales records during Wave Season, with last week being the most successful sales week in the company’s entire history.
UTEC Consolidates Middle East Position
Leading independent offshore survey company UTEC has consolidated its presence in the Middle East and has completed another significant contract for a major international pipelay contractor. This is the second year in succession that UTEC has provided support to the contractor in the region. The UAE (Dubai) project involved UTEC supporting the state-of-the-art DP pipelay vessel in extremely shallow…
DOT Chief LaHood to Step Down
U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces That He Will Not Serve for a Second Term. Secretary Ray LaHood has announced to the employees of the U.S. Department of Transportation that after serving for four years in President Obama’s Cabinet, he would not be staying on for the second term. “I have let President Obama know that I will not serve a second term as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
ISF Launches New on Board Training Book
The International Shipping Federation (ISF) has updated its widely-used On Board Training Record Book for Engine Cadets to meet the latest requirements governing seafarers’ training emanating from the STCW 2010 Manila Amendments. “The competence of engine officers is critical to safety and environmental protection. The updated ISF Book enables cadets and their companies to monitor and evaluate their…
Liberia: Time for Openness on Ship Registries
Scott Bergeron, CEO of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (ISCR), the US-based manager of the Liberian Registry, says, “Liberia is one of thirteen flags which have just been given a clean bill of health by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) in its flag state performance table. This means it has earned positive indicators from the ICS with regard to its performance in relation to port state control…
When Hurricane Sandy swept across the Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States in late October 2012, the Category 2 storm eventually became the largest Atlantic hurricane on record. Certainly, it ranks as one of the most costly and destructive. Estimates of losses due to damage and business interruption are still being compiled but are expected to exceed $70 billion. Hundreds died as a result of the ferocious storm.
Power to the People
Passenger ferry and tour boat market segment has suddenly been revitalized and is on the verge of becoming hot. It is no secret: new vessel construction for the passenger vessel industry came to a virtual standstill in conjunction with the troubled economy. For many operators, just keeping the shingle hung, skilled crew at hand and something afloat at the other end of the mooring line has required the most scrupulous cost controls and strategy.
Staying Informed of Mariner Licensing Changes
Quick Tips to save time, money, and cut through the red tape. Whether it’s ensuring you’re in compliance with the International Maritime Organization’s major revisions to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, or keeping up with updates to U.S. Coast Guard policy letters, navigating changes in professional mariner training requirements can be daunting. “But it doesn’t have to be,” said Capt.
Avoiding Collisions with the North Atlantic Right Whale
Professional mariners have a unique responsibility as they transit the world’s oceans. Mariners see a part of this earth that the vast majority of humanity will never witness and, in turn, they become stewards of the ocean by following the numerous regulatory measures aimed at reducing the impact of shipping on the environment. These regulations include, but certainly are not limited to, the use of AIS to avoid collisions and harmful oil spills…
BP US Leadership Changes
John Mingé, Regional President BP Alaska, appointed Chairman/President of BP Americas Inc., succeeded by Janet Weiss. John Mingé, has served as head of BP’s Alaska business since January 1, 2009.
Resolve Maritime Academy Joins ECDIS Training Network
Resolve Maritime Academy has joined the Transas Global ECDIS Training Network, known as Get-Net. The Academy recently expanded its Fort Lauderdale, Florida training facilities, adding a second ECDIS classroom with Transas simulation software and Transas ECDIS to meet the high demand for Generic and Type-Specific ECDIS training. The training partnership with Transas allows Resolve Maritime Academy to comply with all Flag State…
Fairmount Tugs Deliver Noble Tamar Jacket
'Fairmount Summit' & 'Fairmount Alpine' tow laden barge from Corpus Christi US to Mediterranean offshore field. Both tugs towed the barge on which the 18,500 ton jacket was loaded from the US to the field South-East of Cyprus. In Corpus Christi the jacket was loaded on Heerema Marine Contractor's 260 meters long barge H-851, the world’s largest launch and cargo barge. From this port the convoy set sail for the 9…
Lower Mississippi Closure Due to Oil Spill
US Coast Guard's unified command is dealing with a crude oil spill from a damaged barge in Vicksburg, Miss. The barge had earlier been damaged through contact with a bridge support while in tow, and the Mississippi River remains closed to all traffic for a 16-mile distance between mile marker 425 and mile marker 441 near Vicksburg. Currently there are 21 northbound and 34 southbound vessels affected due to the river closure.
Greece's NewLead Holdings Regain NASDAQ Compliance
NewLead Holdings Ltd. announce it has received written notification of its compliance from the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC. NewLead Holdings Ltd. is an international…
First of Six WWS PSV's Launched by Damen
First PSV 3300 'World Diamond' launched for Norwegian offshore company World Wide Supply (WWS). Damen Shipyards Galaţi (Romenia) has launched the World Diamond, the first of a series of Damen´s newly designed range of PSV 3300 platform suppliers. Like the other five ships, the World Diamond is built and completed in Galati in cooperation with Damen Shipyards Gorinchem (The Netherlands) which provides the design, engineering and main equipment.
New Wireless & Port Security Partnership
Intellicheck Mobilisa, Inc. partners with Vanguards of Enterprise Ltd. (VOEL) of Trinidad & Tobago. Intellicheck Mobilisa, Inc. a leader in identity solutions and…
Merger Creates UK's Largest Independent Ship Repairer
Burgess Marine acquire Testbank Ship Repair, making them the country's largest independent in the ship repair business. Burgess Marine, headquartered in Dover and…
First 3-D Printer Ship Model
Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock complete a fabricated model of the hospital ship 'USNS Comfort'. The state-of-the-art 3-D printer, which is one of four in the United States, provides Carderock with the capability to deliver large, complex ship models. Additionally, the ship models require less assembly time and can be fabricated unattended, 24 hours a day. "3D printing technology is currently being used in industry to produce parts…
Oceanteam Shipping Order PSV/CSC Carousel
Oceanteam order a new 2000/4000 ton modular carousel for offshore applications. Carousels are used for storage during transportation and installation of flexible pipe…
Volunteer Surveyors Check Battleship 'Wisconsin'
Inspectors from the Navy's Board of Inspection & Survey (INSURV) conduct a survey aboard the floating museum ship. After a storied history beginning in World War II, the battleship received its last official INSURV inspection in 1992, before becoming a floating museum on the James River. John Elliker, Battleship Wisconsin project manager, said the city of Norfolk initially contacted INSURV to ask them about surveying the ship.