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Bouchard Transportation Christens New ATB Unit

Photo: Bouchard Transportation Co.

Oceangoing petroleum barge company Bouchard Transportation Co. celebrated the christening of two new vessels, M/V Kim M. Bouchard and B. No. 270, on Tuesday July 14, 2015 in New Orleans.   The ceremony was honored by the Monsignor James Vlaun who blessed the vessels, and Marie Romais, wife of Dimitri Romais, Chartering Manager of SeaRiver Maritime and was attended by executives from Bouchard, VT Halter Marine and several of Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. customers, business partners, and regulatory agencies   The B. No. 270 was launched at VT Halter Shipyard Operations in Pascagoula, Miss., on Friday, May 1, 2015. The tug Kim M. Bouchard was launched at the Moss Point Marine facility in Escatawpa, Mississippi, on February 26, 2015, and is named after the older sister of Morton S. Bouchard III, President/Ceo of Bouchard Transportation Co Inc. Constructed independently of each other, and now paired, the M/V Kim M. Bouchard and B. No. 270 are the largest vessels to date in Bouchard's ongoing fleet expansion program. These are the first of two Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) units being constructed by VT Halter Marine, Inc., the second sister ship is the M/V Donna J. Bouchard and B.No.272, which is on schedule for a January 2016 delivery.   The B. No. 270 measures 628 feet by 91 feet by 47 feet, has a 260,000-barrel capacity, and is ABS and USCG certified for Jones Act service. The B.No


Second LCS Christened CORONADO (LCS 4)

Littoral Combat Ship CORONADO christened on January 14, 2012 during a ceremony at Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama.

Coronado, the second Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), was christened on January 14, 2012 during a ceremony at Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama.   The Independence-variant LCS, with its trimaran hull–design, offers maneuverability, stability, endurance, shallow draft, three weapon zones, and a flight deck larger than any other U.S. Navy surface combatant, Susan Ring Keith is the ship’s sponsor


Maersk Containership Is Largest To Call U.S.

History was made by Maersk Lines last June when the Line's containership, Susan Maersk sailed into the Port of Long Beach, Calif. on its maiden voyage - establishing a new record as the largest ever to call a U.S. port. Measuring twice the length of the Washington Monument, wider than the Panama Canal and equal in length to about four football fields, the 6,600 TEU vessel was deployed into Maersk's Asia/U.S. West Coast TP6 Service.


New President of STX Finland

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Juha Heikinheimo has resigned from the position as President of STX Finland Oy. He will be replaced by Su-Jou Kim, who currently holds the position as Chairman of STX Finland. Su-Jou Kim will be temporary acting President of STX Finland. Despite significant improvements during the last few months, STX Finland is going through very challenging times - in particular at the Turku shipyard - following the delivery of the "Allure of the Seas" in October 2010.


Susan Schrempf Receives Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

Susan Schrempf, President and CEO of the Owen Sound Transportation Company was honored with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.   Throughout Ms. Schrempf’s tenure with the Owen Sound Transportation Company and Ontario Northland Transportation Commission, she has played a key role in Canada’s transportation industry.  She is the past-president and 2nd vice-chair of the Canadian Ferry Operators Association (CFOA).


South Korea Eyes Iran's Shipping Industry

Irans Ambassador to South Korea Hassan Teherian asks South Korean companies to expand investments into his country. Photo credit: Yonhap

 South Korean companies are briskly moving to tap into Iran's fast-growing shipping industry, regarding the Iranian boom as a breakthrough to their prolonged business slump amid the global economic slowdown.   According to  IRNA, the head of South Korea Maritime Institute Sang Gui Kim voiced his country's readiness for investment in Iran's ports and shipping industry.   Sang Gui Kim told reporters on the sidelines of Iran-South Korea Economic Conference in Isfahan.


Briefing on DPW acquisition of P&O

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs received a Briefing from Administration personnel on the Dubai Ports World (DPW) acquisition of the Peninsular & Oriental (P&O) company. Committee Chair Susan Collins (R-ME) issued a Press Release stating that she introduced a resolution calling for a thorough review and Congressional consultation before the transaction could proceed. Source: HK Law


Hill Dickinson Announces Promotions

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Hill Dickinson’s market-leading marine, trade and energy group announced its latest series of promotions. A total of eight promotions have been made across the group’s yacht, shipping and energy and commodities teams. Pawel Wysocki, Stuart Kempson and Ian MacLean have been promoted to Partner. Susan Leonard and Mary Prentice have taken on the role as Legal Director and Thomas Frei, Fergal Quinn and Edward Hicks have been promoted to Associate. Team information


Inmarsat Government Appoint Susan Miller President & CEO

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Inmarsat Government, a leading provider of secure, global, mission-critical telecommunication solutions to the U.S. public sector, announce the appointment of Susan Miller as president and chief executive officer. In this role, Miller will be responsible for the overall business strategy and direction for Inmarsat Government, a wholly-owned, independent subsidiary of Inmarsat plc, responsible for all direct U.S. government business.


US Needs to Strengthen its Navy -Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan (Photo: Office of Paul Ryan)

Tension over the South China Sea highlights the need for the United States to maintain a strong navy to serve as a deterrent, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday, criticizing the Obama administration for proposals he said would reduce the U.S. naval fleet.   "This just shows that we need to have a strong navy," Ryan said at a news briefing. "We should not have a president proposing to lower our ship count to pre World War One levels


DNV GL Initiative to Improve Offshore Site Assessments

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 DNV GL invites industry partners to start a Joint Industry Project (JIP) for improving the collection and assessment of site conditions data for offshore wind farms.    Aiming to increase the efficiency of collecting site conditions


North Korea Launches Ferry Service to Russia

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North Korea launched a ferry service to the Russian city of Vladivostok on Wednesday to develop links and boost economic cooperation, the North's state media said, as it faces increasing isolation over its weapons development. Experts have said North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un


North Korea's New Ferry Service Makes First Trip to Russia

A new ferry line between isolated North Korea and its neighbour Russia docked for the first time at the Russian Pacific port of Vladivostok on Thursday.   The ferry's Russian operators say it is purely a commercial venture, but it coincides with what some academics say is a drive by North


With New Project, BP Breathes Life into North Sea

BP has started production at an oilfield in the North Sea after a $5.7 billion redevelopment, one of the largest such projects there in recent years that will breathe new life into the ageing offshore basin.   The Quad 204 project in the western Shetland region, also knows as Schiehallion


Gazprom: Gas Exports to Europe, Turkey up 17.7% Y/Y

Russian gas exports to Europe and Turkey rose 17.7 percent year-on-year between Jan. 1 and March 15 to 42.9 billion cubic metres, gas giant Gazprom said on Thursday. (Reporting by Jack Stubbs; Editing by Susan Thomas)


Borr Drilling Scoops up Transocean Rigs for $1.4 Bln

   Borr Drilling, founded by former executives of financially troubled Seadrill, has snapped up Transocean's fleet of shallow-water drilling rigs for $1.35 billion.   The rig market deal is Borr's biggest since it was set up last year by Tor Olav Troeim and other executives who


CMA CGM, PSA Container Terminal JV in Singapore

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 The CMA CGM Group and PSA  have kicked off the second phase of their container terminal joint venture in Singapore.   Officiating the event were François Hollande, President of the French Republic, and Khaw Boon Wan, Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister


Silver Lining for the Multipurpose Shipping Market

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 Following another poor year for multipurpose shipping with further erosion of rates making it the worst market in over 10 years, signs of recovery are now evident with momentum expected to build over the next few years, according to the latest Multipurpose Shipping Market Annual Review and


General Dynamics Christens Future USS Thomas Hudner

Capt. Thomas Hudner Jr. attends the christening of the future USS Thomas Hudner at the Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Capt. Hudner is a Medal of Honor recipient for his valor in the Korean War, when he intentionally crash landed his plane in an effort to save fellow pilot Ensign Jesse Brown, the Navys first African-American pilot. (Photo: General Dynamics)

On April 1, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works christened the U.S. Navy’s newest guided-missile destroyer, Thomas Hudner (DDG 116).   The ship is named for Capt. Thomas Hudner Jr., who intentionally crash landed his plane in an effort to save Ensign Jesse Brown


Senate Hearing on USMMA Issues Scheduled

The Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies of the Senate Committee on Appropriations will hold a hearing on 5 April to examine protecting midshipmen, focusing on preventing sexual assault and sexual harassment at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.


Concordia Maritime Charters Two MR Tankers

Concordia Maritime has signed a contract for the chartering of two IMO2/3 class MR tankers. This a joint chartering arrangement with Stena Weco, and Concordia Maritime’s share amounts to 50 percent. The contract is for one year, and the charters run from June and July 2017.


Royal Caribbean Will Return to New Orleans

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Royal Caribbean International announced it will return to New Orleans with a seasonal home-based cruise ship in late 2018. The 915-foot Vision of the Seas will sail seven-night itineraries to destinations across the Bahamas and Yucatan Peninsula from the Port of New Orleans’ Julia Street


ABS, DSME Pact on Novel FLNG Concept

LNG·LPG carriers. Photo: Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering

 ABS signed an agreement with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. (DSME) to support safety and apply class guidance to a conceptual Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) unit.     “We are pleased to sign this agreement and work with DSME to support new innovations


Korea Ratifies Wreck Removal Treaty

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 International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks has been ratified by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, bringing the total number of States to accede to the treaty to 35. 


EPA Paves Way for Stalled Mine in Alaska

U.S. environmental regulators have cleared the path for a stalled copper and gold mine in Alaska by agreeing to settle current lawsuits and other issues over the project, which had drawn environmental concerns over its potential impact on the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery.






 
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