Nicholas Brothers Contracted for New Ferry
Nicholas Brothers Boat Builders has been awarded a new vessel contract to build a 115’x47.5’ 23-Car, 100 passenger ferry for Wahkiakum County. The ferry will operate between existing ferry terminals to Puget Island in Cathlamet, Washington and Westport, Oregon. Designed by Elliot Bay Design Group of Seattle, Wash., the steel hull, aluminum superstructure vessel will be powered by two diesel Cummins QLS 9…
MARAD Opens California Green Trade Corridor
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Maritime Administration (MARAD) today dedicated the California Green Trade Corridor. The Corridor will help take freight…
Kongsberg Report 'Robust' Q3 2013
KONGSBERG reports operating revenues in Q3 2013 of MNOK 3 448 (MNOK 3 675) and EBITDA of MNOK 518 (MNOK 646), resulting in an EBITDA margin of 15.0 per cent (17.6 per cent). Kongsberg Maritime and Kongsberg Defence Systems have higher EBITDA's than in Q3 2012, while Kongsberg Protech Systems has lower EBITDA. During the quarter, the Group booked new orders valued at MNOK 3 688 (MNOK 3 495). "KONGSBERG has had yet another robust quarter…
Thailand Tourist Ferry Sinks, 7 Dead 100 Injured
A tourist ferry has capsized in Thailand, near the beach resort city of Pattaya. 200 Thai and foreign tourists were on the (allegedly overloaded) double-decker ferry reports RT News. Marines from Thailand’s Sattahip Naval Base have been deployed to search for the ship and missing passengers. The number of missing people has not been officially confirmed, but RT cite local media as reporting that at least 20 are missing. Source: RT News
Aker Arctic & Navis Engineering Agree DP Collaboration
Aker Arctic Technology Inc and Navis Engineering Oy have signed an agreement on joint development of Dynamic Positioning systems for ice operation. The companies…
Barge Operators Northland Join Lynden Group
The Lynden family of companies welcomes Northland Services, a marine transportation company providing shipping between Seattle, Alaska and Hawaii. Northland is a…
Greenpeace's 'Arctic 30' Move St. Petersburg Jail
Greenpeace International reports that it understands from diplomatic sources that the thirty men and women detained by Russia following a peaceful protest against an Arctic oil platform are being moved from a detention centre in Murmansk to a jail in St Petersburg. Lawyers for Greenpeace are not aware of the reasons for the move. "“The detainees shouldn’t be in jail at all. They should be free to join their families and restart their lives.
Nordic American Offshore Order One More Ulstein PSV
Nordic American Tankers' new company, Nordic American Offshore Ltd. (NAO), has extended its preliminary option purchase agreement with Ulstein from six Blue Ship PSV's to seven. The project as described in the earlier Nordic American Tankers' press release, has been expanded to seven PSV vessels, with the option for delivery of this seventh vessel during the spring of 2015. The six vessels are of the PX121 type, and were designed and constructed by Ulstein in 2012-13.
ClassNK Update on Loss of 'MOL Comfort'
Based on the presence of water-ingress in the bottom of the vessel’s midship at the outset of the casualty, the fracture in the vessel’s hull is considered to have originated from the bottom part of the vessel. Hull strength and loads at the time of accident were assessed in order to investigate how the fracture occurred and progressed. Structural hull capacity was analyzed using non-linear finite element 3-hold modeling, and dynamic wave loads including whipping effects were also analyzed.
Laborde Marine Get Necessary Finance for Expansion
GE Capital, Corporate Finance has announced that it provided US$22.5-million in equipment financing to Laborde Marine. The funds refinance existing debt used to purchase five new crew boats.
Tell NOAA If You Think the IWR Still Needs the 'Magenta Route'
If you are a recreational boater, fisherman, or another member of the maritime community, NOAA's Office of Coast Survey wants to pick your brain about the "magenta line," which historically depicted the recommended route for the Intracoastal Waterway Route (IWR) on NOAA nautical charts. A recent Federal Register Notice outlines NOAA's options for improving the accuracy of the magenta line, which is presently being removed from new editions of nautical charts.
Latest Virginia-class Submarine Christened 'North Dakota'
The Navy's 11th Virginia-class attack submarine was christened in Groton, Conn during a late-morning ceremony at the General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) shipyard. he ceremony marked the official naming of Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) North Dakota (SSN 784). The ship is currently under construction by both GDEB and Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, through a teaming arrangement. Ship sponsor Katie Fowler, wife of retired Vice Adm.
Coast Guard, Park Police, Sign Niagara Operational Agreement
The Coast Guard and the New York State Park Police have formally signed a cooperative agreement to clarify agency roles for operations in the Niagara Falls River. This historic cooperative agreement spells out the roles each agency will play during future operations between Niagara Falls and the whirlpool in the Niagara River gorge. Capt. Brian Roche, commander of Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, and Maj. David A.
Pirate Money Trail: Report Gives Insight, Urges Tracking
A study by the International Criminal Police Organization, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and World Bank attempts to understand the illicit financial flows from pirate activities off the Horn of Africa. The study focused on: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Seychelles, and Somalia. It is estimated that more than US$400 million was claimed in ransoms for pirate acts between April 2005 and December…
IBIA, SAMSA to Bring Offshore Bunkering to South Africa
The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has announced that it will be working with the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) to develop a…
Transas ECDIS and Chart Service for Hellenic Carriers
Transas Hellas will supply ECDIS and Official Charts to Hellenic Carriers Corporation S.A. according to agreement recently signed between two companies. Hellenic Carriers Corporation’s fleet will be equipped with the Transas Navi-Sailor 4000 ECDIS in premium configuration and Transas Admiralty Data Service (TADS) providing a comprehensive and official chart data service. All vessels will shift to paperless navigation immediately after installation is completed.
DOF Subsea Charters New Vessel for the North Sea
DOF Subsea, a provider of integrated subsea solutions, has chartered a new multipurpose vessel to assist in North Sea operations. The company has entered into a long-term charter agreement with Reach Subsea for the newbuild construction support vessel (CSV) Normand Reach. DOF Subsea has signed a two-year contract with Reach Subsea with two one-year extension options. The Normand Reach is due to be…
EWEA Offshore to Highlight Safe Working Methods
Effective sharing of marine construction experience, safe methods of working and recommended practice for offshore installation will lie at the heart of presentation…
Topaz Marine Appoints New Managing Director
Topaz Marine Engineering, a regional marine repair service provider and boat builder, announced the appointment of Geoff Taylor as its new Managing Director. Geoff joins the company following a period as an independent marine consultant. Prior to this he enjoyed a career spanning twenty seven years with Dubai Drydocks and Drydocks World. After holding a number of managerial positions he became Technical Director of Dubai Drydocks in 1999, CEO in 2004 and Group CEO in 2007.
Ambrey Risk Gain ISO/PAS 28007 Certification
Ambrey Risk have successfully gained certification from Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) against ISO/PAS 28007, joining a growing number of Private Maritime…