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ACL Sells Global Materials Services

American Commercial Lines LLC sold its ownership interest in Global Materials Services LLC to Mid-South Terminal Company, L.P. for $14 million cash. This transaction gives Mid-South Terminal Company, L.P., headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, 100% control of Global Materials Services' network of 24 river-served terminals in the United States and 1 in Europe. Richard L. Huber, Chairman of ACL, said “We are pleased that we were able to transfer our interest in this operation to our partner. This transaction allows us to continue our progress toward emerging from Chapter 11 with a focus on our core business. The proceeds from this transaction will be used to pay off the remaining balance of our DIP term loan financing.”


ABS Strengthens Materials Capabilities

Michael Wheatcroft has been promoted to the new position of Assistant Chief Engineer for Materials and Chief Metallurgist.

Responding to the introduction of new materials within the structure and components of offshore units, naval vessels and specialized ships such as ultra large containerships, ABS has strengthened its technical and engineering capabilities in this area with the appointment of a global materials engineering team. The team will also provide in-field support to the society’s surveyors attending the significant growth in the number of equipment suppliers.


DMI and FORCE Technology Join Forces

Danish Maritime Institute (DMI) and FORCE Technology have joined forces. The new name for the merged company will be FORCE Technology. DMI provides consultancy and know-how to the marine industry with services including: Ship and offshore model testing, numerical analysis and simulations, wind tunnel testing of ships and offshore structures, simulator based training, and development and sales of simulators In addition to using own facilities DNI undertakes several assignments for clients


Intertek Addresses Global Mercury Pollution

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Intertek will tackle the issue of mercury pollution across industries during the “International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant” (ICMGP) in Edinburgh, Scotland, July 28 to August 2, 2013. Intertek will showcase expertise in detecting, monitoring and controlling mercury, supporting industries such as food, consumer products and oil and gas. Recent Harvard studies have shown that mercury is a long term problem


V.Ships Signs with Spill Center for Global Vessel Spill Support

Spill Center, a North American leader in environmental claims management and emergency response support for transportation clients at risk for releases of hazardous materials, has expanded its program to include global cargo-carrying vessels, according to Tom Moses, president and founder of the company. V.Ships, a ship management company with a network of 18 offices worldwide, provides shipowners with a range of management and support services for oil tankers, chemical tankers


NSA, Rickmers-Linie Partner for Puerto Rico Service

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National Shipping of America (NSA), which operates a fortnightly service between Houston, Port Everglades and Puerto Rico, has partnered with Rickmers-Linie (America) to provide more global connections to Puerto Rico shippers and greatly expand break bulk service opportunities to the island. Rickmers-Linie will also serve as general sales agent for National Shipping in North America. The NSA vessel service, called the Isla Verde Express, connects the U.S


Northrop Grumman - Sub Nav Contract

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been awarded a delivery order for the fifth year of a five-year contract to provide technical, logistics and material support for navigation systems installed on U.S. Navy ships and submarines. The delivery order, valued at $15.5m, was awarded to Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine business unit by Naval Inventory Control Point, Mechanicsburg, Pa., under a firm fixed-price performance-based logistics (PBL) contract.


Boskalis Orders Mega-Cutter Dredger

A large dredger: Photo Wiki CCL

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has ordered a new self-propelled megacutter from IHC Merwede. This self-propelled cutter suction dredger, with a total installed power of 23,700 kW and a pump ashore capacity of 15,600 kW, is a replacement investment. The total investment amounts to around EUR 170 million and construction of the vessel is expected to take more than three years. Boskalis explain that a cutter suction dredger is a vessel that dredges while being held into


R&M Group Merges with Sea Level Marine

l.t.r.: Thomas Grunwald (R&M USA), Darelynn Prejean, Barry Lee (Sea Level Marine)

R&M Ship Technologies USA, Inc. has merged Sea Level Marine, LLC. in efforts to increase the range of services offered to the company’s global client base. By aligning resources, customers will benefit from the ships’ lifecycle services and enhanced portfolio, combining Sea Level's established offerings with R&M Group's portfolio, along an expanded network of resources across the globe.   Based in Miami


Retlif Opens Composites Testing Lab

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Retlif Testing Laboratories, an independent global provider of EMI/EMC and Environmental (ESS) testing and compliance services, has launched its new dedicated Composites Testing Laboratory.     The result of three years of planning, Retlif’s new Composites Testing Laboratory provides testing for Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymers (CFRP), Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymers (GFRP), Aramids (Kevlar), as well as for Non-Fiber Reinforced Plastic, materials used in commercial aviation


Fincantieri, Mapei Enter R&D Partnership

Shipbuilder Fincantieri said it has partnered with Mapei, a producer of adhesives and chemical products for the construction sector with a business line of shipbuilding industry products, in the field of research and innovation.   According to Fincantieri


Bourque Joins Sea Machines

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Following a recent capital investment and the growing global interest from the marine sector, Sea Machines Robotics said it has been expanding its crew and is poised for further growth, expecting to deliver first generation systems to marine customers this summer.  


Europe to Build Ships of the Future

Photo: University of Limerick, Ireland.

 A new European research project seeks to revolutionize the shipbuilding sector by replacing steel with composite materials for the construction of more efficient large length ships.   FIBRESHIP is an ambitious project that will allow for the construction of light commercial vessels


BAE Systems Begins Building UK’s Next Warship

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BAE Systems said it has begun to build the first of the U.K. Royal Navy’s new Type 26 Global Combat Ships.    Sir Michael Fallon MP, U.K. Secretary of State for Defense, visited the builder’s Glasgow shipyard to press the button to officially commence production on the new


Stena Drilling Extends Inspection Contract with Sparrows

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Sparrows Group has been awarded a three-and-a-half-year extension to its inspection services contract for Stena Drilling’s global fleet of drilling vessels. The contract scope includes carrying out LOLER lifting gear surveys, potential dropped objects surveys


Marsol Signs Two-Year OOCEP Contract

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Marsol International, a UAE-based global marine solutions provider focused on the offshore oil terminal market and related infrastructure, has signed a two years contract with Oman Oil Company Exploration & Production LLC (OOCEP) for the provision and management of the marine and offshore


APM Terminals Mumbai Adds New Arabian Gulf/Mediterranean Direct Service

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 French based CMA-CGM, a member of the Ocean Alliance, began the new INDIAMED service to Mumbai with the arrival of the 5,009 TEU capacity CMA CGM Virginia at APM Terminals Mumbai.    The service, linking South Asia with ports in the Arabian Gulf and Mediterranean


Goltens to Retrofit BWT Systems on BP Gas Carriers

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Goltens said it has been awarded a contract for the engineering and retrofit installation of OceanSaver ballast water treatment (BWT) systems on board two of BP Shipping’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.   The vessels to be retrofitted are the two 138


Iridium Plans to Start GMDSS Service in 2020

 Iridium Communications Inc. announced that two key milestones along the path to becoming the second recognized provider of Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) services have been reached.   During its 98th session this past June


IFC, Excelerate Secure Finance for Bangladesh First LNG Terminal

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 IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and Excelerate Energy Bangladesh Limited (Excelerate) are co-developing the Moheshkhali Floating LNG project – Bangladesh's first liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal.    The project will be located offshore Moheshkhali island


Qatar to Maintain Dominance in Global LNG Market

Photo: Qatargas Operating Company Limited

 Qatar will maintain its dominance over the global liquefied natural gas market despite increased supply from Australia and the United States, the weekly report by Qatar National Bank (QNB) said.   A report in The Penisula quoting QNB said that Qatar currently accounts for 30


DP World, Indonesian Government Sign Pact to Develop Ports

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 DP World and Indonesian government and port officials signed an agreement to advise on the development of the Kuala Tanjung greenfield port and logistics zone and Belawan port in North Sumatra.   As part of a Technical Assistance Contract


UK Partners to Launch Autonomous Vessels Testing Service

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The U.K.'s first maritime autonomous systems testing service is set to launch later this year.   BAE Systems said it has been awarded £457,000 (approximately $594,700) in grant funding from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to design and deliver the U.K


Liquid Services Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Regional tankerman service Liquid Services, LLC, is celebrating 25 years of operation on the inland waterways.   In what started as a mom and pop shop in Paducah, Ky., in 1992, has flourished into a fully licensed, bonded, and dangerous liquid endorsed tankerman service specializing in safe


IMO Addressing the Migrant Crisis

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 ​The loss of life of migrants at sea is a humanitarian tragedy that needs to be addressed through appropriate and effective action at the United Nations.    International Maritime Organization (IMO) recognizes the crucial role played by both Government and non-governmental






 
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