POLB Cargo Volume Soars
Port of Long Beach (POLB) terminals saw a dramatic 37% increase in cargo in February 2013 compared to same month last year. The terminals moved 36.6 percent more containers compared to the same month one year ago ― including a nearly 46 percent surge in imports and a 17.2 percent jump in exports. February’s total was 530,967 TEUs (or twenty-foot equivalent container units). There were 279,144 TEUs of imports, the highest volume of import containers for a February since 2007.
Airborne Oil Spill Response System May Take Off
An investment research report draws attention to Scout Exploration, Inc. developers of a unique airborne oil spill technology response system. The system is designed to contain offshore and shoreline oil spills, of which there are hundreds every year, ranging from tens of millions of gallons to millions of barrels of oil in size, causing up to tens of billions of dollars' worth of ecological and business damages.
Second JHSV Completes Builder's Trials
Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) 2, the future 'USNS Choctaw County', successfully comes through Austal USA's sea trials. Builder's trials are a significant step in…
FRC to Run Canadian WBV Courses
FRC International is running the first programme of ‘Back To Back’ Whole Boat Vibration (WBV) courses in Canada this April. The lead for these courses is the Canadian Coast Guard and the Canadian Navy, being part of a move to improve sea safety. Attendance is open to all organisations operating RHIBs & planing craft, as well as builders, equipment manufacturers and others in this industry. Whole…
ITF Cautiously Welcomes ILA – Port of NY Agreement
ITF recognise the tentative six-year labour contract agreement reached for workers at the Port of New York as potentially significant. ITF-affiliated union the International…
Crew and Sponsor Share in Submarine's First Meal
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) welcomed the crew of the newest Virginia-class submarine, Minnesota, today as it moved aboard and enjoyed its first meal in the ship's galley. Sharing in the celebration were Ellen Roughead, the ship's sponsor, and her husband, former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead, who dined together with approximately 120 crew members in the ship's crew's mess. The…
Former Congresswoman Honored by Maryland Senate for Port Efforts
Former U.S. Congresswoman and maritime authority Helen Delich Bentley was honored by the Maryland State Senate for her tireless efforts to promote Baltimore's port…
Popular Boat: Popular Engine
On the Mississippi and throughout the U.S. inland waterways, pushboats of about 70 feet and with around 2000 hp are ubiquitous. They can be seen in barge fleeting operations along the riverbanks for pushing one or two 30,000-barrel oil barges. In recent years, the standard power package has been a pair of Cummins’ popular KV38-M engines. These V-12-clylinder 2300-cubic-inch displacement engines have evolved over the years to take advantage of new technologies and…
Congress Representatives Introduce WAVE 4 Investment Bill
Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) has announced its strong support for WAVE 4 -- “Waterways are Vital for the Economy, Energy, Efficiency and Environment Act of 2013” (H.R. 1149) that was introduced today by Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY), along with cosponsor Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL). Additional cosponsors include Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Congressman Spencer Bachus (R-AL) and Congressman Pete Olson (R-TX).
Obituary: Michael Jean Markey
Michael Jean Markey died peacefully at Swedish Hospital on March 2, 2013. Mike was born in Seattle, Wash., in 1932. He graduated from West Seattle High School in June 1950, and he received a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering from Stanford University in June 1954. In 1958, Mike joined his father, William C. Markey, at the family firm, Markey Machinery Company, Inc. in Seattle. MMCo was founded in 1907 by Mike's grandfather, Charles H. Markey. Mike was with the company until his retirement in 1996.
Seaway Tolls to Increase by 3% in 2013
The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) announced that tolls for the 2013 navigation season will increase by 3%. Following a five-year freeze on toll rates…
Port of L.A. Container Volumes Increase 17% in February
The Port of Los Angeles has released its February 2013 cargo volumes. Overall volumes increased 16.99% compared to February 2012. The increase was due in part to a surge in imports prior to the closure of factories for the Chinese New Year. Imports jumped 25.23%, from 254,359 Twenty-Foot Equivalent (TEU) containers in February 2012 to 318,547 TEUs this February. Exports dropped 4.88%, from 164,725 TEUs in February 2012 to 156,690 TEUs in February 2013.
U.K. Defense Secretary Marks Creation of Carrier
British Secretary of State for Defense, Philip Hammond, signaled a key moment in the creation of aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth during his visit to the assembly site, Babcock’s Rosyth Dockyard. While Aircraft Carrier Alliance workers looked on, Mr. Hammond started the final stage of the operation to lower the ship’s iconic bridge section—also known as the forward island—into place, completing the bow end of the 65,000-ton aircraft carrier.
WQIS Offerred American Salvage Association Membership
The Water Quality Insurance Syndicate (WQIS) were accepted as a Corporate Associate member of the American Salvage Association (ASA) in a unanimous decision by their executive committee. The ASA is an association of professional salvors that strives to professionalize, educate and thereby improve marine casualty response. Established in 2000, the ASA endeavors to bring together regulatory authorities…
New Commercial Floating Piers in Staten Island
Davit Engineering, a division of Davit Sales Inc. recently completed the design and construction drawings for two new floating piers in Staten Island for receiving loaded barges of paper from NYC for recycling. The piers are 140 ft. long x 6 ft. wide floating structures the first of which commissioned just days prior to the worst storm in the New York area’s history, Hurricane Sandy. It was a serious…
Lamor Appoints Unique System FZE as Middle East Distributor
Unique System FZE, a Unique Maritime Group Company, a turnkey subsea and offshore solution provider, was appointment as an authorized distributor of Lamor for the Middle East region for their entire range of Oil Spill Response Kits. Unique System FZE will be responsible for the sale, service and rental of these Oil Spil Response Kits. www.uniquegroup.com
Asia Offshore Drilling Secures AOD II and AOD III Contracts
Asia Offshore Drilling Ltd (AOD) has signed drilling contracts whereby AOD's jack-up drilling rigs AOD II and AOD III will be leased to Saudi Aramco for operations offshore Saudi Arabia. The drilling contracts have been entered into and will be managed by Seadrill Management, on behalf of AOD. The contract duration is a minimum of three years plus a one-year option. The potential revenues for the three…
ANT Pioneering Education at Sea
ANT provides solutions for Superyacht schools of the future in partnership with U-Touch. Advanced New Technologies (ANT) Ltd, one of the world’s leading technology integrators for the Superyacht and luxury home markets, is pioneering education at sea by bringing the very latest in classroom technology to Superyachts in partnership with U-Touch, as well as a collection of other suppliers. With the growing…
Coast Guard Responds to Allision, Pipeline Fire South of New Orleans
Responders continued to monitor and prepare salvage, firefighting and pollution contingencies for a tug and barge that allided with a pipeline near Bayou Perot 30 miles south of New Orleans Wednesday. All crew members were able to exit the tug; the captain reportedly suffered second to third-degree degree burns. ES & H, the oil spill response organization, is on scene and has mobilized 7,218 feet of containment boom and 6…
Wärtsilä Signs Five Year LNG Agreement
Wärtsilä signed a five year maintenance agreement with Finnish ship owner, Viking Line. The agreement, which became effective from March 1, is for maintaining and servicing the recently launched 'Viking Grace', the largest passenger ferry ever to operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel. The agreement covers the four Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel main engines, as well as the Wärtsilä LNGPac gas system's safety valves.