Illinois River Lock Closure May Spur CME Grain Contract Tweaks
An upcoming river lock repair project in south Chicago has attracted the attention of exchange operator CME Group because the lock's closure could disrupt deliveries…
USCG Cutter Drydocked in Curtis Bay
The Wilmington, N.C.-based Cutter Diligence recently entered the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Yard in Curtis Bay, Md. for drydock availability. The 50-year-old medium endurance cutter will spend the next three months drydocked for approximately $2 million worth of “critical maintenance work,” the USCG said. Shortly after arriving in Curtis Bay, Diligence, a 210-foot medium endurance cutter permanently homeported in Wilmington, N.C.
Maritime Legal Firms Announce Merger
Houston- and New Orleans-based law firm Bland & Partners P.L.L.C. announced that Crain Wilson, P.L.L.C.’s Houston office merged with its firm as of July 1, 2014.
Maritime Reporter @ 75: The Daily Cartoon
Maritime Reporter & Engineering News was founded by John J. O'Malley (1905-1980) in 1939, and today ranks as the world's largest audited trade publication in the world serving the maritime industry, with a circulation of more than 35,000 worldwide, including ship and boat owners, ship and boat builders, naval architects and marine engineers. Today Maritime Reporter heads a group of four print and 10 websites serving the global maritime, offshore and subsea sector.
Today in U.S. Naval History: July 11
Today in U.S. Naval History - July 11 1798 - Reestablishment of Marine Corps under the Constitution. 1918 - Henry Ford launches first of 100 Eagle boats. 1919 - Pay Corps renamed Supply Corps 1943 - Gunfire from U.S. cruisers and destroyers stop German and Italian tank attack against Army beachhead at Gela, Sicily. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.
Laborde Draws Repeat Customer
Carla Jenkins of Vidalia, Louisiana, proudly carries on a family tradition of business on the waterways. Owner and operator of Vidalia Dock and Storage, a company started by her father in 1956, Jenkins relies on engine distributor Laborde Products to keep her fleet running reliably. Jenkins first became a Laborde customer last year, when she repowered her main work vessel, Vidalia Dock, with twin 1,260 hp Mitsubishi diesels.
Coast Survey Improves Access to Wrecks Data
Knowing the locations of shipwrecks and other obstructions has always been important for safe navigation ‒ but mariners are not the only people who want to know about wrecks. They are also important for marine archeology, recreational diving, salvage operations, and fishing, among other interests. Now, Coast Survey has improved our Wrecks and Obstructions Database, giving everyone easy access to new records to explore.
Nautical Chart Updated for Charleston Harbor
The new nautical chart 11525 extends eastward, to cover an additional pilot boarding area for vessels headed to the Charleston Harbor. Ships entering the Port of Charleston will have a new and improved nautical chart that covers a larger area to ensure safer navigational approaches into the harbor. Available on the 4th of July, new chart 11525 (Charleston Harbor Entrance and Approach) replaces the old chart 11523 (Charleston Harbor Entrance).
NAT Announces 68th Consecutive Cash Dividend
Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) announced today that it has declared of a cash dividend for the 68th consecutive quarter, also reporting information about…
Dept. of Interior Fuel Barge Launched after Repairs
The Greenstone II, a U.S. Department of Interior fuel barge, was relaunched at Port Calcite upon completion of drydocking, repair work and inspections. The barge was hauled out at the Port Calcite facility in late May by Port Calcite Collaborative’s 440-ton Manitowoc 16000 crane. Schwartz Boiler of Cheboygan, Mich. performed the blasting, painting and repair work. Upon inspection and approval by the U.S. Coast Guard, the barge was returned to the water in late June.
IHC Seals Earn DNV GL Verification
IHC Sealing Solutions has received an important third-party verification from DNV GL, a ship and offshore classification society. This means that the company’s…
GPA Enters Mexican Offshore Market
Seattle-based Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Company Guido Perla & Associates, Inc. (GPA) has been awarded a contract to deliver the Design Package and Class Approval Package for two GPA 150M FSVs. The ships for Enterprise Shipping, awarded in a contract to build two Fast Supply Vessels for Petróleos Mexicano (Pemex) earlier in 2014, will be constructed at Maritima de Ecologia S.A. de C.V., (Marecsa), a shipyard in Mazatlán, Mexico.
Demerger Proposed at Aker Solutions
The board of directors of Aker Solutions ASA has in accordance with the strategy disclosed April 30 resolved to propose to the company's shareholders that Aker Solutions be split into two companies. The board has also determined to write down the value of some assets in the Aker Oilfield Services unit of Akastor, one of two companies that will emerge from the separation. Aker Solutions Holding ASA…
Great Lakes Limestone Trade Down in June
Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes total 7,952,201 tons through June, a decrease of 14.7 percent compared to the same point in 2013. The decrease is even slightly larger when compared to the trade’s long-term average through June: 16.2 percent. Loadings out of U.S. quarries stand at 6.8 million tons through the second quarter, a decrease of 15.7 percent. Shipments from Canadian quarries total 1.1 million tons, a decrease of 8.6 percent.
Warbreck Contracted for Nuclear Submarine Project
Warbreck Engineering and Construction, a wholly owned subsidiary of the HS Ocean Group of Companies, has been awarded a marine contract by BAE Systems for the manufacturing…
Murray Fenton India Scales Another Height
Murray Fenton India, the Technical Services division of Bibby Ship Management (India) Pvt. Ltd, has been appointed by a consortium of banks as “Lenders Independent Engineers” for the ABG Shipyard Project. This project will require the Murray Fenton India team to monitor the construction of vessels, ship lift projects and expenditure at the ABG shipyards - Magdalla and Dahej - as well as oversee financial disbursements to the yard.
Cargotec to Supply Equipment for OSVs
MacGregor, a part of Finnish cargo-handling equipment maker Cargotec, has won an order to supply equipment for vessels to be built for Bumi Armada Berhad, a Malaysia-based international offshore oilfield services provider, Cargotec said on Friday. The order includes delivering equipment for three ice-class vessels and a shallow water pipe laying barge by mid-November, and the gain will be booked into the second quarter results, the company said in a statement.
KKR Takes Majority Interest in OEG Offshore Group
KKR invests in growth companies servicing the global offshore energy sector, including investments in Acteon, RigNet, Avincis (Bond Aviation) and Weststar. OEG is headquartered in Aberdeen…
Second Ivory Coast Container Port: Consortium Gets Cash
Banque Atlantique, SocGen and Afreximbank have raised 200 million euros (US$272.81 million) to start a second container terminal at Abidjan port in Ivory Coast [West Africa], a banking spokesman said on Thursday. The new terminal contract, awarded to a group led by France's Bollore last year, should boost capacity at one of Africa's busiest ports - a gateway for landlocked nations to the north and a transit point for beans from the world's top cocoa grower.
USCG Responds to Boston Drydock Oil Spill
A U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Sector Boston pollution response crew is responding to an oil spill from the USNS Fisher, drydocked at the Boston Ship Repair facility. The spill, estimated at approximately 11,000 gallons, is self-contained in drydock and there is currently no oil in the water. At approximately 9 p.m., Wednesday, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Boston received a report of an oil spill in the vicinity of Drydock Avenue, in Boston.