Seaway Opens 55th Navigation Season
The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) announced the opening of the Seaway’s 55th navigation season with the transit of Canada Steamship Lines’ newly built Baie St. Paul through the St. Lambert Lock. Marking the first of a series of new vessels being constructed specifically for use in the St. Lawrence Seaway, the Baie St. Paul ushers in a new era in domestic shipping. “Canada Steamship…
U.S. Navy: New Software to Analyze Accelerations on High-speed Boats
Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock engineers released a new software that provides the government, industry and academia a standardized method of analyzing data that is expected to improve high-speed craft design. The Standard G software uses a physics-based approach to analyze data recorded during wave-impact testing on watercraft and was developed in partnership with the Office of Naval Research, the U.S. Naval Academy and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
U.S. Navy Contracts Update
The U.S. The Navy is modifying the total amount of a previously awarded contract to Huntington Ingalls Inc, Newport News, Va., (N00024-09-C-2116) by $407,408,093…
Tugboat Crew Recognized by USCG for Assisting Disabled Vessel
The captain and crew aboard the tugboat Explorer, which is managed by Crowley Maritime Corp, were recognized by U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral William Baumgartner, who serves as commander of the Seventh Coast Guard District in Miami, for their humanitarian actions, unwavering determination, professionalism and skilled seamanship after they assisted a vessel that ran out of fuel 30 miles west of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands in December.
PVA Weighs in on TWIC Rulemaking
“PVA commends the Coast Guard for acknowledging, in its proposed rule, that virtually all U.S. flagged passenger vessels are appropriately secure and that an expensive TWIC reader would not add to their security. We note that the proposed rule would not require a TWIC reader for vessels carrying one thousand passengers or fewer or for vessels of any capacity having 14 or fewer crew members required to have TWICs.
Siemens Wins Order for Two Marine PSVs
Siemens Industr awarded a multimillion dollar contract by LEEVAC Shipyards, LLC to equip two newly constructed Aries Marine Corporation marine platform supply vessels…
MECO Builds Second Shipboard Desalination System
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) selected MECO to construct a new prototype advanced desalination system. This is the second time that ONR has turned to MECO,…
Coast Guard Announces Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for TWIC Reader Requirements
The U.S. Coast Guard announced the Federal Register's publication of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking entitled "Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)…
Panama Canal Authority Board of Directors’ Chairman Hears Savannah Update
In a visit to the Port of Savannah, Panama’s Minister for Canal Affairs Roberto Roy described progress on the canal expansion and heard the latest news on deepening the Savannah Harbor to 47 feet. “With the historic expansion of the Panama Canal nearing completion, I applaud Georgia for making the improvement of its port infrastructure a fiscal priority,” said Roy, who also serves as Panama Canal Board Chairman.
MARIS ECDIS Marks 30-unit Deal in Turkey
A run of orders for MARIS has culminated in a 30-system deal covering the delivery of its ECDIS900 system to Turkish customers. The deal highlights the longstanding relationship between MARIS and w marine electronics distribution and service specialist STT International Ltd. It covers existing and future STT requirements to deliver MARIS ECDIS900 to Turkish owners and shipyards. STT reports that the…
L-3 Klein to Showcase System 5900 Advance Multi-Function Sonar Platform
At the Sea-Air-Space 2013 Show being held April 8-10, 2013, L-3 will display its Klein S5900 Side Scan Sonar which is now in rate production. L-3 will also answer questions concerning its full line of side scan and multi-beam sonar products. The MIL/COTS S5900 Side Scan Sonar represents Klein’s advanced multi-function sonar platform and includes the following key features: high resolution multi-beam side scan sonar…
U.S. Coast Guard to Reinstate Tuition Assistance
The U.S. Coast Guard joins the Department of Defense in reinstating tuition assistance in response to an amendment that was inserted into the General Provisions of the 2013 Appropriations Bill.
HydroComp Adds Adam Kaplan as Project Engineer
HydroComp, Inc. added of Adam Kaplan to the staff in Durham, New Hampshire USA as Project Engineer. Adam will be the lead for development of new versions of PropExpert and PropCad software. He is also on the front-line of customer support to HydroComp’s worldwide users. Mr. Kaplan is not a new face to HydroComp; he started as engineering intern at HydroComp during his mechanical engineering studies…
Lukoil Marine Lubricants increases turnover to $200 million
Specializing in lubricants for the maritime industry, Lukoil Marine Lubricants Ltd. increased its sales revenue in the past financial year 2012 by 74% to around $200 million. This result was announced by Lukoil Marine Lubricants’ CEO Victor Zhuravskiy in Hamburg. Founded in 2008, Lukoil Marine Lubricants is a subsidiary of the Russian oil company Lukoil. The company’s recent performance marks a continuation of its headlong growth.
Industry Talent Recognized in the Offshore Achievement Awards
The offshore industry’s highest achievers were recognized at the 2013 Offshore Achievement Awards, with Malcolm Webb, chief executive of Oil & Gas UK, picking up the Significant Achievement accolade. The 27th awards ceremony, which saw a record attendance of 530 guests, took place at the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre and was hosted by Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges. The industry’s top talent was celebrated in categories which included Great Large and Great Small Company…
AWO, TVIB Reach Agreement on Training and Certification of Responsible Carrier Program Auditors
The American Waterways Operators, the national trade association representing the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, has entered into an agreement with the Towing…
Bouchard Opts for Articulated Tug Barge
ST Engineering’s U.S. shipyard, VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine) announced that Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. (Bouchard) has exercised its option for…
Nichols Brothers Boat Builders Launch M/V Robert Franco
On March 14, 2013 Nichols Brothers Boat Builders launched the M/V Robert Franco the first of two tractor tugs Nichols has contracted with Harley Marine Services. Nichols began construction of the 100’ x 40’ Z-drive ship assist tractor tug in May of 2012. On March 14th 2013 Nichols launched the vessel into Holmes Harbor of Whidbey Island from their Freeland Shipyard. The vessel was then towed to Nichols Langley site for final vessel outfitting, dock and sea trials.
NOIA Applauds Bi-Partisan Support for Atlantic Seismic EIS
National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi today issued the following statement applauding a bi-partisan letter from U.S. “Under the leadership of Congressmen Jeff Duncan (R-SC) and Rob Wittman (R-VA), this letter again confirms strong support from across the mid and south Atlantic region for finally conducting a modern seismic survey of potential oil and gas resources in Atlantic waters.
Tallink-Silja Installs MPM Upgrade for STA
Project "Systemtillsyn" is a way for the Swedish transport agency to devolve a large portion of their survey responsibility to the crews on Swedish flagged vessels. The Swedish Transport Agency has a survey guide book (THB) which contains all 480 survey items applicable to most types of Swedish flagged vessels giving surveyors guidance for each survey. As most survey items are already covered by their MPM - Marine Planned Maintenance PMS system…