US Navy Deploys Shipboard Laser Weapon
Officials at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced the laser weapon system (LaWS) - a cutting-edge weapon that brings new capabilities to America's Sailors and Marines - was for the first time deployed and operated aboard a naval vessel in the Arabian Gulf. The operational demonstrations, which took place from September to November aboard USS Ponce (AFSB[I] 15), were historic not only because they showed a laser weapon working aboard a deployed U.S.
Marathon Petroleum Repowers Three Towboats
When Marathon Petroleum wanted to repower its inland river towboats, the company turned to its Cat dealer Whayne Power to get the job done. Marathon had installed…
Making a Conscious Change: Seaspan Marine’s Conversion to EALs
Vessel fleets face an increasing number of environmentally focused regulations, adding complexity to their operations and creating urgency around compliance. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under the Vessel General Permit (VGP), requires that all vessels over 79 feet use an “Environmentally Acceptable Lubricant” (EAL) in oil-to-water interfaces unless technically infeasible. The 2013…
IMO, UN Agencies Address Maritime Migration
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has joined with other UN agencies in calling for concerted action from the international community to address the problem of the loss of life, injury, trauma and serious human rights violations affecting migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees traveling by sea. In a joint statement, IMO, along with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)…
Houston Ship Channel Celebrates 100 years
A host of dignitaries gathered November 10 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Houston Ship Channel. During the ceremony, Port Commission Chairman Janiece Longoria lauded early leaders and their vision for the Port of Houston. Hundreds of guests, including elected officials, members of the International Longshoremen’s Association, Houston Pilots, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, current and former Port Commissioners…
Safeguarding GPS When Global Positioning Doesn’t Work
Suppose the Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers used for your vessel, offshore oil platform, or port facility could not generate position data needed for your operations. How would your crew or staff respond? Initial troubleshooting efforts may indicate equipment failures, antenna masking, or possibly human error. Additionally, the lack of position data will likely force your crew or staff to resort to secondary means to obtain position information.
Fort Ripley: Multi-Missioned & Fully Capable
On a beautiful Autumn afternoon in Charleston, SC last month, MarineNews Editor Joseph Keefe had the good fortune to attend the christening on the nation’s first dual purpose, rapid response vessel and pilot launch. As the first vessel to be designed for offshore salvage and firefighting requirements, it was also notably the first commercial application of Volvo Penta’s IPS drive propulsion. The vessel also represents an interesting twist in the Charleston Branch Pilots’ business model.
LGH Now Offering Hydra-Slide
Lifting Gear Hire (LGH) announced a new addition to its rental fleet: the HT500, a jack and slide system manufactured by Hydra-Slide. LGH will offer the 500-ton capacity hydraulically powered Hydra-Slide Heavy Track Skidding System (HT500) as it has been shown to be one of the most cost-effective and accurate methods for moving, loading or unloading all types of heavy loads. The new system will include 50 feet of double track (8” height) and four skid shoes.
US Lawmakers Give Preview of Oil Export Fight
U.S. lawmakers gave a preview on Thursday of a looming fight next year on lifting the ban on crude exports with supporters saying it would sustain the drilling boom…
Bunker Holding Adds Subsidiary Unioil Supply
The Bunker Holding Group has established a new subsidiary operating under the name Unioil Supply A/S. The physical setup, based in Aalborg, consists of professionals…
Great Lakes Ore Volumes Surpass 2013 Figures
Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 5.9 million tons in November, an increase of 5.8 percent compared to a year ago. That increase finally pushed the…
Port of Houston Reports Banner Year
Houston’s Port Commission Chairman Janiece Longoria delivered the 2014 State of the port address in early November. Completing her second year, chairman Longoria reported to a capacity crowd of almost 500 people that the Port of Houston Authority (PHA) is enjoying business success, also stressing PHA’s efforts to carry out its mission of economic development, with continued commitments to safety, maritime education, environmental stewardship and the community.
Yellowstone to Depart James River Reserve Fleet
On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, the USS Yellowstone - a National Defense Reserve Fleet non-retention vessel is scheduled to depart the James River Reserve Fleet in Fort Eustis, Virginia for recycling at ESCO Marine, Inc. in Brownsville, Texas. The Yellowstone, a former U.S. Navy tender (AD-41), was built by NASSCO Shipyard in San Diego, California and commissioned in 1980. The vessel supported operations during Desert Shield and Desert Storm before the U.S. Navy decommissioned the vessel in 1996.
Diana Acquires Newbuild Dry Bulk Vessel
Diana Shipping Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels signed, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, a Memorandum…
NORDEN Takes $230m Provision
NORDEN has taken a $230 million provision with no cash flow effect for onerous time charter contracts in Dry Cargo and reduces full-year guidance – underlying operations unchanged. Following an updated market evaluation, NORDEN has concluded that it is no longer likely that certain time charter contracts predominantly entered into 3-6 years ago on vessels chartered in will become profitable. As a consequence…
DYT Yacht Transport Carries M/V OCEARCH
The 126-foot research vessel M/V OCEARCH is currently making its way from Port Everglades, Florida to Brisbane, Australia on board DYT Yacht Transport’s semisubmersible ship 686’ flagship Yacht Express. The research vessel is the namesake of the nonprofit organization OCEARCH, which is globally recognized for its work in the field of ocean sustainability. DYT has partnered with the organization to…
Amin Named VP, CIO at Newport News Shipbuilding
Bharat Amin has been appointed vice president and chief information officer for the Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division, the company announced. In his new position, Amin will oversee the shipyard's strategic direction and will have day-to-day leadership over all information systems at Newport News and the HII corporate office. Amin will assume his new position on Dec.
Images of Historic San Francisco Wreck Revealed
NOAA and partners released three-dimensional sonar maps and images of an immigrant steamship lost more than 100 years ago in what many consider the worst maritime disaster in San Francisco history. On Feb. 22, 1901, in a dense morning fog, the SS City of Rio de Janeiro struck jagged rocks near the Golden Gate Bridge and sank almost immediately, killing 128 of the 210 passengers and crew aboard the ship.
Capital Product Partners Announces New Charters
International diversified shipping company Capital Product Partners L.P. announced that it has secured time charter employment for the M/T Aias and M/T Arionas.
Moose Boats Delivers 2 Patrol Boats
Aluminum boat manufacturer Moose Boats announced the delivery of two patrol boats. The builder delivered a M2-38’ Patrol Catamaran to the United States Park Police in Fort Tilden, New York, as well as a M2-38’ Wide Cabin Patrol Catamaran to the New Jersey State Police in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. The U.S. Park Police’ all aluminum catamaran is powered by twin 425hp Cummins turbo diesel engines with TwinDisc transmissions coupled to Hamilton HJ292 water-jets.