Today in U.S. Naval History: September 27
Today in U.S. 1941 - Launch of first Liberty ship, SS Patrick Henry, in Baltimore, Md. 1942 - Armed Guard on SS Stephen Hopkins engages German auxiliary cruiser Stier and supply ship Tannenfels. Stephen Hopkins and Stier both sink. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.
New Industries Delivers Pressure Vessels
New Industries, Inc., of Morgan City, La. completed the fabrication of two 18' diameter x 223'-9" long pressure vessels for Conrad Shipyard, LLC, also of Morgan City. New Industries, Inc. has fabricated 56 LPG tanks ranging in size from 14’ -10” diameter x 180’ long x 240 tons to 18’ diameter x 223’ long x 430 tons. Currently, New Industries’ backlog on LPG tanks stretches into the 2nd quarter of 2014.
Focus on Cash Control Impacts Ship Operating Costs
International accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens says total annual operating costs in the shipping industry fell by an average 1.8% in 2012. This…
Coast Guard Medevacs Shrimper Crewman
A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a 45-year-old crewman from a 100-foot shrimper approximately 60 miles south of Intracoastal City in the Gulf of Mexico, Thursday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a request from the fishing vessel Poncho at approximately 5 p.m. reporting a crewman was experiencing stroke-like symptoms. Sector New Orleans directed the launch of a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans to launch.
Competence: the Key to Safe and Efficient Offshore Operations
A competent workforce is a productive one, and operates with fewer risks, meaning shorter downtimes and fewer injuries. Effective competence schemes established by companies of all sizes ensure confidence in the offshore industry, and that all people appointed to safety-critical positions can carry out their jobs in an effective manner. To that end, the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has established a highly effective competence assurance and assessment framework.
Human Remains Recovered Following Costa Concordia Parbuckling
The Italian Civil Protection announced that human remains have been found by divers from the public order services as part of the search process following the parbuckling operation. DNA testing will be made for confirmation that the remains belong to the two missing victims of the Concordia shipwreck. Search and rescue operations had started on Tuesday after the Titan Micoperi Consortium declared that the water around the wreck were safe. theparbucklingproject.com
Waiting for the Windfall
The momentum for wind power continues to gather on the domestic waterfront. U.S. boatbuilders anxiously await the coming gale. "In a few instances, the Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP), charged with administrating Jones Act applicability, has ruled that foreign vessels may engage in equipment installations on the Outer Continental Shelf. CBP could also determine that driving a pole into the sea bed constitutes a point in the U.S.…
IMO Symposium Debates Sustainable Maritime Transportation System
An IMO symposium on a Sustainable Maritime Transportation System, held on world Maritime Day (September 26, 2013), provided an opportunity for a discussion on a global agenda for a sustainable maritime transportation system. The symposium reflected the world Maritime Day theme: “Sustainable Development: IMO's contribution beyond Rio+20”. IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu told the symposium that shipping…
Oceanology International China Paves Way for 2014 Repeat
Before the close of the inaugural Oceanology International China (OI China) held in Shanghai in early September, more than 70% of the space available for the next show in the series, being held September 3-5 , 2014 at INTEX Shanghai, had been reserved. “Our new show in the long-standing Oceanology International series not only lived up to expectations, but exceeded them,” said Event Director James Coleman of Reed Exhibitions.
SCANIA Powers Ahead in Workboat Market
Power providers are excellent bellwethers of the market at large, and according to Mikael Lindner, President, Scania USA, there are positive signs on the marine industry horizon. Scania USA today finds itself in an interesting position in the United States. While the parent company is a global powerhouse, with more than 40,000 employees worldwide and an enviable base of technological prowess and business success across many industries, in the U.S.
Conrad Shipyard: Strength in Diversity
Conrad Shipyard has been a fixture in the inland and offshore new construction and repair marine market for more than six decades. This year the Morgan City, La., company celebrates its 65th anniversary, and while much has changed since the company’s inception in 1948, many of the company’s core values stand strong, namely its adherence to building quality products. Conrad specializes in the construction…
Tsakos Energy Navigation Announce Public Offering
Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (TEN) a product, crude and LNG tanker operator, today announced the pricing of its $50 million offering of 8.875% Series C Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Shares in a public offering under its effective shelf registration statement at $25 per share. The company has also granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to $7.5 million of additional Series C Preferred Shares.
Lockport, La.-based Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. is humming with work from oil and gas companies and government agencies. Family-owned and operated, Bollinger has 10 shipyards -- nine in south Louisiana and one in Texas -- along with 28 drydocks and 3,000 employees in four administrative locations. Last month, we caught up with Ben Bordelon, Bollinger’s Executive Vice President of Repair, for his outlook on the firm and the Gulf of Mexico.
Canada’s Largest Con/Ro Vessel Delivered
The largest Canadian Flag Con/Ro ship will set sail tomorrow from Flensburg, Germany destined for St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Following a series of successful sea trials, Oceanex Inc. accepted delivery of the vessel today as originally scheduled. The Oceanex Connaigra is expected to arrive in St. John’s next weekend, where it will stay for a few days before sailing to Halifax to work the Halifax service while the Oceanex Sanderling completes a short dry dock.
Alianca Holds Naming Ceremony for New Container Ship
With the Fernão de Magalhães, Aliança has christened the second of four identical new container ships for its cabotage fleet. The Naming Ceremony was held on September…
EU, Seychelles Complete Search and Rescue Exercise
On 26 September, the Seychelles Peoples Defense Force, Coast Guard and Air Force, together with the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia Operation Atalanta and EUCAP Nestor, carried out a search and rescue exercise in Seychelles waters. The operation was coordinated centrally by the Seychelles Coast Guard Maritime Operation Center and held in conjunction with the port visit of the Dutch EU NAVFOR flagship, HNLMS Johan de Witt, to the Seychelles.
General Dynamics to Perform USS Providence Maintenance
The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $25.7 million contract to prepare and perform maintenance and modernization work on the USS Providence (SSN-719), a Los Angeles-class attack submarine. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the terms of the contract, Electric Boat will perform a dry-docking continuous maintenance availability, which consists of maintenance work…
First Application Accepted for Dogger Bank Offshore Wind Development
The Planning Inspectorate accepted Forewind’s development consent order application for the first stage of offshore wind energy development on the Dogger Bank Zone. The application for Dogger Bank Creyke Beck, comprising two offshore wind farms with a total installed capacity of up to 2.4 gigawatts (GW), was submitted in August after more than three years of surveys and research work, reporting and stakeholder engagement activity.
Hyde Names Cammell Laird U.K. Installation Partner
Hyde Marine, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Calgon Carbon Corporation, announced today it has established a partnership agreement with Cammell Laird, the largest shipyard in the United Kingdom…
Hapag-Lloyd Employs GL Hull Management System
Hapag-Lloyd will implement GL HullManager as their central monitoring and reporting tool for hull maintenance activities. GL HullManager is a part of DNV GL’s fleet management software portfolio and provides ship owners, managers and operators hull inspection and thickness measurement support. Ship owners can use the system to plan, track and implement the inspection strategies for their fleet. It provides significant benefits by reducing repair costs…