US$2-Million Jones Act Settlement for Seaman
Houston-based maritime law firm Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris recently obtained what is believed to be one of the largest settlements paid by the United States to a Jones Act seaman. According to court documents, their client, a 58-year-old seaman was working aboard the S.S. Cape Jacob, a military supply ship owned by the United States and operated by private contractor Matson Navigation, Inc.The vessel was docking in the port of Jangu, South Korea, on Aug.
Container Ship Owners Rickmers Q3 2013 Profits Up
Rickmers Maritime is a Singapore business trust formed to own and operate containerships under long-term, fixed-rate time charters to leading container liner companies. Achieved vessel utilisation rate of 99.9%; Kaethe C. Rickmers Maritime achieved an outstanding vessel utilisation rate of 99.9% in 3Q2013. Its fleet of 16 containerships is fully chartered out, all of which are on fixed-rate time charters with an average remaining charter period of 2.5 years. Moreover, the vessel Kaethe C.
Crowley Tugboat Makes Arduous Bering Sea Rescue
The crew of the Crowley Maritime Corp. tug 'Siku', operating in Western Alaska, recently rescued six men adrift in the Bering Sea. Shortly before the incident, the men’s 21-foot, aluminum skiff ran out of gas in Hooper Bay and was being quickly blown out of the bay and into increasingly heavy seas. Responding to a request by the Coast Guard, the crew of Siku, which was in the area holding for weather…
Canada's Most Powerful Tug Built With ShipConstructor
As a 100 metric-ton bollard pull ice class tug, the OCEAN Tundra is reportedly the most powerful harbor tugboat to ever be built in Canada. SSI's ShipConstructor CAD/CAM application was used to construct this vessel. SSI client Robert Allan Ltd. produced the design and SSI's dealer, Navware, and the associated marine engineering firm, Navtech, worked with OCEAN Industries during the production design and engineering of the tugboat.
DGX Boosts Middle East Service Offering
Dependable Global Express, Inc. (DGX), a global ocean freight forwarder, announces the appointment of Lily Sagherian as its Business Development Manager for DGX's new Middle East Trade Lane service.
Ocean Dredging Wins Mexican Contract
Ocean Dredging DSM Ocean inc., an Ocean sister company, will carry out a harbor dredging contract with its Mexican partner Dragados del Golfo, in Paraiso, a town located in the state of Tabasco in Mexico. The dredging of the port of Dos Bocas is a unique opportunity for Ocean and a first in Mexico. The dredging of the port of Dos Bocas will extend over a period of more than 60 days and a dozen Ocean employees will be required to carry out the work.
U.S. Court Case against Bollinger Dismissed
The United States filed a complaint against Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. in July 2011 based on allegations that "Bollinger knowingly misled the Coast Guard to enter into a contract for the lengthening of Coast Guard cutters by falsifying data relating to the structural strength of the converted vessels." The case was dismissed by U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance on October 21, 2013. Chris Bollinger, President of Bollinger Shipyards…
Nupas-Cadmatic Signs Software Contract with NAS
Nupas-Cadmatic has signed a deal with North American Shipbuilding (NAS), part of Edison Chouest Offshore and based in Larose, Louisiana. The contract includes the complete configuration of more than 50 structural, outfitting, electrical, production and nesting licenses. The deal was signed after a trial period that challenged the software’s capabilities. The test showed that Nupas-Cadmatic provides the yard with a wide range of benefits not covered by their former CAD/CAM software.
FMC Chairman Calls for Global Regulatory Summit on P3 Alliance
The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission Chairman, Mario Cordero, issued a call to fellow regulators in the European Union and the People’s Republic of China, to join with him in a Global Regulatory Summit on the proposed P3 Global Alliance of the world’s three largest container carriers, Maersk Line, CMA-CGM, and Mediterranean Shipping. The Summit would take place in Washington, D.C., with regulators to discuss their respective regulatory roles in considering the impact of the announced Alliance.
AWO Launches New Website
The American Waterways Operators, the national trade association representing the U.S. tugboat, towboat and barge industry, announced today that it has launched a new website designed to increase public awareness and foster greater knowledge of the industry’s key contributions in the areas of safety and the environment, security and the economy. “AWO and its members are very proud of our role in moving the nation’s commerce safely and efficiently…
Today in U.S. Naval History: October 22
Today in U.S. 1846 - Lavinia Fanning Watson of Philadelphia christens the sloop-of-war Germantown, the first U.S. Navy ship sponsored by a woman. 1951 - First of seven detonations, Operation Buster-Jangle nuclear test. 1962 - President John F. Kennedy orders surface blockade (quarantine) of Cuba to prevent Soviet offensive weapons from reaching Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.
FORAN System in Stasiun Teknik, Indonesia
Stasiun Teknik, a newly created design office from Batam (Riau, Indonesia), has selected FORAN as their main design tool for marine consultancy. The engineers and designers have been previously involved in ship design from other companies, and their knowledge allows Stasiun Teknik to successfully accomplish the design from a large variety of ship types and scopes of supply. Their capability covers from initial to production design…
BWTS Test Organizations Launch GloBal TestNet Group
A new formal group of organizations involved in testing for the certification of ballast water treatment systems has been set up, known as the “GloBal TestNet,”…
InterMoor Wins Contract with LLOG in Gulf of Mexico
InterMoor, an Acteon company, has won a contract for design, fabrication and installation of 12 suction pile anchors, preset installation of 12 chain/polyester/chain mooring lines and hook-up of the LLOG Delta House production semi-submersible (the Floating Production System “FPS”). The work will be conducted in the Mississippi Canyon 254 block of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The project will involve suction pile design…
M/V Island Duchess Delivered to Island Offshore
Island Offshore took delivery of M/V Island Duchess from the Vard Brevik yard in Norway. This is the second vessel in a series of four platform supply vessels of Rolls-Royce UT 717 CD design to be delivered from Vard Brevik in 2013 and 2014. M/V Island Duchess was christened together with her sister vessel M/V Island Duke during a naming ceremony earlier this summer, and is heading for the spot market as soon as she leaves the yard.
Navis Installs DP on Netherlands’ Largest Superyacht
Navis Engineering has concluded a contract to supply a dynamic positioning (DP) system to the largest superyacht to be constructed in The Netherlands, the 99m Madame Gu. Built at Feadship in steel and aluminum over the course of a four-year period, the superyacht is powered by four MTU 20v diesel engines and can reach a maximum speed of 24 knots. It has a beam of 13.6m, a maximum draught of 4.6m, is classed by Lloyd’s Register and is MCA compliant.
Bureau Veritas Classes Brazil’s Largest FPU
Petrobras’ P-55 Floating Production Unit (FPU), the largest and the first of this kind entirely built in Brazil, is on its way to the Roncador Field, Campos Basin, where it will be installed in a water depth of 1,790 metres. The column stabilized semi-submersible has a capacity of 180,000 bopd and 6,000,000 cu m of gas. The unit is classed by Bureau Veritas. BV group companies also provided a wide range of verification and support services which made the major project possible.
Europort Captures Global Industry Mood
Two weeks before the doors open at Europort, Rotterdam, organizer Ahoy is finalizing arrangements for the event that promises to provide a benchmark for the “state…
USCG Approves DESMI Ocean Guard for All Salinities
On October 11, 2013, DESMI Ocean Guard’s ballast water treatment system OxyClean was granted U.S. Coast Guard AMS acceptance. The AMS acceptance covers all salinities ranging from freshwater to marine water. This is the first time the USCG has released an AMS acceptance that covers all salinities, as all previously released acceptances are valid in only marine and brackish water, and hence not valid in freshwater.
Seakeeper Adds Global Service Manager
Gyro stabilization system manufacturer Seakeeper appointed Kevin Zervas as global service manager. The announcement was made by Seakeeper’s COO, John Kermet. Zervas has 20 years of marine industry experience in management and service positions. For Seakeeper, he will oversee a global team of technicians, continue to enhance service training programs, and expand the company's superior customer support via key partners, distributors and dealers. seakeeper.com