Obama Requests $204.7M Budget for BSEE
President Obama requested $204.7 million for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) in fiscal year 2016 as part of an effort to enable the BSEE…
Hempel to Acquire Jones-Blair Company
Danish-based coating supplier Hempel announced a binding agreement today to acquire Jones-Blair Company. The transaction is expected to close in early March 2015, subject to regulatory approval. Jones-Blair Company, an industrial coating supplier located in Dallas, Texas, serves both oil and gas and construction markets. Hempel's Group President and CEO Pierre-Yves Jullien credited the pending acquisition…
Japanese Shipping Exec Sentenced in US for Price Fixing
An executive of Japan-based Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (K-Line) pleaded guilty Friday, January 30 and was sentenced to 18 months in a U.S. prison for his involvement in a conspiracy to fix prices…
Boston Harbor Cruises Ferry to Undergo $2.6m Engine Refit
Boston Harbor Cruises’ Provincetown Ferry, the Salacia will be drydocked from January thru March 2015 to undergo a $2.6 million dollar engine refit. Boston Harbor Cruises (BHC) has purchased four MTU 12V4000M64 engines from Stewart & Stevenson. The engines, manufactured by Rolls Royce Power Systems subsidiary MTU, and assembled in Friedrichshafen, Germany, have been completed and successfully tested and are currently on a container ship headed for Boston.
Chevron Names Ourada Corporate VP and Comptroller
Chevron Corporation today named Jeanette L. Ourada as their new corporate vice president and comptroller effective April 1. Ourada succeeds Matthew J. Foehr, who…
Fishing Vessel Captain Medevaced Near Venice
The captain of a fishing vessel was medevaced near Venice, Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reported. Watchstanders with Coast Guard Sector New Orleans Command Center received a call from a crewmember aboard the vessel stating the captain had reportedly sustained a head injury, around 6:43 a.m. A Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and a Coast Guard Station Venice small boat crew were directed to launch and arrived on scene at 8:40 a.m.
Gondan to Build Three Tugs for Østensjø Rederi
Gondan Shipyard has signed a new contract with the Norwegian shipowner Østensjø Rederi AS for the construction of three tugboats that will join its fleet in Melkøya terminal of the Norwegian oil company Statoil. These three new escort tugs will operate in icy environments of up to -20º C, what means a demanding design and quality construction to protect crew and equipment from the weather. They are designed by the Canadian naval architectural firm Robert Allan Ltd.
Research Shows Iron's Long Ocean Journey
A new study led by scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) points to the deep ocean as a major source of dissolved iron in the central Pacific Ocean. Researchers found that iron can travel long distances, highlighting the vital role ocean mixing plays in determining whether deep sources of iron reach the surface-dwelling life that need it to survive. Iron is readily soluble in low oxygen regions at hydrothermal vent sites and along continental margins…
New Budget Backs SC Ports Strategic Initiatives
The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) FY 2016 budget contained approximately $20 million for strategic South Carolina port projects, including critical operations and maintenance dollars and construction dollars that support Charleston's vital shipping channels. These recommendations exceed last year's totals by $5 million. "This budget highlights the valuable role South Carolina plays in the global marketplace…
Ghana Orders Emergency Barges to Address Power Crisis
Ghana has ordered a small fleet of emergency barges with the capacity to generate up to a total of 1,000 megawatts of electricity to address a worsening power crisis, the government said on Monday.
CNR to Ship Coal Via Public Colombia Port
Goldman Sachs mining affiliate CNR has reached a deal with a public port in Colombia to load its coal shipments which have been suspended for a year after its own…
Zamakona to Offer GS-Hydro Hydraulic Services
GS-Hydro has reached an agreement with Zamakona Yards to include its hydraulic services in the range of services offered by the Zamakona in the Canary Islands. Marking the new partnership, a presentation ceremony was held January 29 in the Las Palmas Port. In attendance were the President of the Port Authority of Las Palmas, Luis Ibarra; Zamakona Yards´ CEO in the Canary Islands, Álvaro Garaygordobil…
Northrop Grumman to Deliver Navy LCS Mission Packages
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NOC) has received a $21.6 million contract from the U.S. Navy for two additional Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) mission packages As the mission package integrator…
Baltic Index Continues Slide as Rates Drop
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, continued its slide on Monday, hitting a new near-three…
Rob Hogan Appointed Vice President of Manufacturing at Newport News Shipbuilding
Rob Hogan has been appointed vice president of manufacturing at the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division. Since beginning his career as a welder in 1976, Hogan has held leadership positions at all levels of production and construction. Most recently, he served as director of manufacturing for steel fabrication. Hogan is a graduate of The Apprentice School and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Strayer University.
Indiana Ports Set Cargo Record in 2014
The Ports of Indiana handled over 10.4 million tons of cargo in 2014, up nearly 26 percent from the previous year. This was the first time annual shipments exceeded…
N-KOM Completes its 100th LNGC Repair
Eng. Abdullah Fadhalah Al-Sulaiti, Chairman of N-KOM and Managing Director of Nakilat, said, "Nakilat is a world-leader in global gas transportation and we are proud that Nakilat's joint venture with Keppel Offshore & Marine has grown to become a leader in the repair of LNG carriers. The shipyard's continued success is part of our commitment to the sustainable diversification of Qatar's economy and to the Qatar National Vision 2030.
Star Bulk Sells Panamax Bulker for Demolition
Star Bulk Carriers Corp. has entered into an agreement to sell for demolition the M/V Star Tatianna (ex Fortezza), a 69,600 dwt Panamax vessel built in 1993, to an unaffiliated third party. Star Bulk expects to deliver the vessel to the buyers by early February 2015. The vessel was acquired from Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd under an en bloc transaction of 34 vessels on August 19, 2014. Inclusive of Star Tatianna…
Tuco Delivers Pilot Boat to Sea Charter
Tuco Marine has delivered the first vessel specially designed and equipped for pilot services to the shipping company Sea Charter A/S. The vessel, a ProZero 12m DC built at Tuco´s facilities in Faaborg, has been chartered to the Danish National Pilot Service Company DANPILOT, who will use the boat in a new flexible internal boat program. The ProZero 12m DC will enter service at several of DANPILTS pilot stations during the charter.
Sortland Named CEO of Global Maritime Group
Global Maritime Group has appointed Peder Sortland as its first CEO. Sortland comes from the post of CEO at Apply ASA, and knows part of the group well from holding the position as chair of Global Maritime AS since April 2014. Before joining Apply in 2012, Sortland was chief executive of Ross Offshore and Subsea Technology Group. He has also managed the Norwegian unit of Subsea 7, and held the position as chair in Ocean Installer.