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MARAD Recycles 3 More Ships

The U. S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration has signed fee-for-service contracts to recycle three more of its obsolete ships. Two ships, the Hattiesburg Victory and the Pioneer Contractor, are from the Beaumont Reserve Fleet in Texas, and one, the oiler Savannah, is from the James River Reserve Fleet in Virginia. The Maritime Administration has moved 118 ships out of its National Defense Reserve Fleet sites since 2001. With the contracts announced today, there are only 24 ships left in the James River waiting to be disposed of and without disposal contracts, and 10 such ships in the Beaumont site. The Hattiesburg Victory is one of the few remaining Victory ships built during World War II to carry cargo needed by U.S. forces all over the world. Hattiesburg Victory was built during the last months of the war, served in a commercial fleet in the Hawaiian Islands immediately after World War II, and later served in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. Hattiesburg Victory will be recycled at ESCO Marine Inc., of Brownsville, Texas, at a cost to the federal government of $1,016,000. The Savannah is 1970-vintage ex-Navy oil replenishment (AOR4) ship, not to be confused with the nuclear-powered ship Savannah currently moored in Baltimore. The oiler Savannah, currently moored at the James River Reserve Fleet site, also will be recycled at ESCO Marine Inc., of Brownsville, for $515,726


Analytic Systems Certifying Products to ABS Standard

Intelligent AC Battery Charger

Analytic Systems has announced that it has responded to its commercial marine reseller network in North America and started the process of certifying their marine specific power conversion products.   The first models to be certified to ABS standards are the new BCA1505 (1500W AC charger); the BCA310 (300W AC charger); the IPS300 (300W DC/AC Puresine inverter) and the VTC315 (Isolated DC/DC voltage converter)


MarAd Moves Ahead on Ship Disposal

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced four new disposal contracts for obsolete ships in its National Defense Reserve Fleet. Two of the ships are in the James River Reserve Fleet in Virginia, and two are in the Suisun Bay near San Francisco, CA. Three of the ships will be dismantled in Brownsville, TX, and one in Chesapeake, VA. “Our ship disposal policy of ‘worst first’ has worked for us,” said Deputy Maritime Administrator John Jamian


Trafigura's Impala Terminals Scraps Chinese Joint Venture

Commodity trader Trafigura said its logistics and warehouse unit Impala Terminals has scrapped plans for a metals warehousing joint venture in China and will also exit its refined base metals business.   Trafigura had announced a joint venture last October with Citics Global Trade, a subsidiary of Citic Securities Co Ltd , China's largest investment bank.   "This (cancellation) is due to the necessary conditions not being in place


FRP Pumps Offer Lasting Results

There's hardly a marine application — onboard or ashore — where seawater pumps are not considered critical to a vessel's operation or purpose. The ability to pump seawater aboard most vessels represents only a part of their liquid pumping requirements; in many cases other liquids such as caustics, corrosives, and alkalis need to be transferred, either from ship to shore or vice versa. Corrosion, Erosion, and Pitting


Johnston Metal Shark Boats Comms Director

Photo courtesy Metal Shark Boats

Metal Shark Boats announced that it has named Brian Johnston as the company's Director of Communications.  Johnston assumes responsibility for Metal Shark's advertising and public relations activities, as well as associate and industry communications.  In addition to his role with Metal Shark, Johnston will continue to serve in his capacity as Principal at Bonefish Communications.   A marine industry veteran


ABS Pleased with Innovative Metals & Materials Award

Class society a member of institute awarded funds for next-generation materials research In response to today's announcement by U.S. President Barack Obama regarding the awarding of funding under the Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation Institute (LM3I) initiative to the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII), ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki issued the following statement:


Metal Shark Wins $54 Mln US Navy Contract

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Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark said it has been awarded a contract worth up to $54 million from the U.S. Navy to build Near Coastal Patrol Vessels (NCPVs) for U.S. partner nations through the Department of Defense Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.   Metal Shark’s proposal was selected by Naval Sea Systems Command from a field of six competing shipyards.   Under the terms of the award, Metal Shark will build up to thirteen 85-foot Defiant-class welded aluminum


Jet Edge Awarded U.S. Patent

Michael Wheeler with Patent

Metal-on-Metal Waterjet Seal Eliminates Conventional Plastic Seals, Cuts Number of Consumable Seals in Half Jet Edge, Inc. has announced  that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued the waterjet manufacturer a patent for a high pressure fluid sealing mechanism designed by Jet Edge R&D Engineer Michael Wheeler.   Jet Edge’s proprietary high pressure fluid sealing mechanism (U.S


Future Naval Force May Use the Strength of Titanium

ARLINGTON, Va. - Steel may have met its match: An Office of Naval Research (ONR)-funded project will produce a full-size ship hull section made entirely with marine-grade titanium, using a welding innovation which could help bring titanium into future Navy ship construction, officials announced. The contractor team building this section recently completed the industry's longest friction-stir titanium alloy welds and aims to complete the ship hull section this summer


China Iron Ore Output at 20-month High

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China's iron ore output jumped in June to its highest level since October 2015, data showed on Wednesday, the strongest sign yet that soaring prices have spurred miners in the world's top consumer of the steelmaking raw material to boost production.  


Rendall Joins The Shearer Group

Ryan Randall (Photo: TSGI)

Naval architect Ryan Rendall has joined the naval architecture, marine engineering and marine surveying firm The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI).   Prior to joining TSGI, Rendall worked for Metal Shark Boats as a naval architect and marine engineer. He received a B.S


Rugged Propulsion System Designed for the Swamps

Metal Shark 21 Riverine equipped with Swamp Shark surface drive, shown powering through vegetation in Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin (Photo: Metal Shark)

A new all-terrain vessel propulsion system specially engineered and built for operation in extreme shallow water, riverine and mud flat environments will safely and reliably propel a vessel through dense vegetation, mud and debris-strewn waters.  


MTI Launches Its First Push Boat

Capt Cooper (Photo: MTI)

Metal Trades, Inc. (MTI) has launched a newly built shallow-draft push boat for Bald Head Island Limited, LLC. (BHI). The new vessel, Capt Cooper, was christened during a June 27 ceremony at the builder’s Yonges Island, S.C. facility.  


Shipping Firms Pay $1.9 Mln for Pollution Cover-up

Two shipping companies based in Egypt and Singapore will pay $1.9 million in penalties after pleading guilty in federal court to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) and obstruction of justice for covering up the illegal dumping of oil-contaminated bilge water and garbage into


New Selektope Powered Antifouling Launched

I-Tech Managing Director Philip Chaabane (Photo: I-Tech AB)

A brand-new antifouling product containing the bio-repellent ingredient Selektope has been launched onto the global market. The increasing diversification in the range of Selektope-containing products available to ship owners suitable for different vessel requirements demonstrates the unrivalled


US Built Refrigerated Liquefied Gas Carrier Launched

Photo: Vigor

New ATB tank barge will transport up to 22,000 tons of American-made anhydrous ammonia (NH3), a key ingredient in fertilizer   U.S. shipbuilder Vigor has launched The Harvest, the first complex liquefied ammonia transport barge built in the U.S. for Jones Act trade since 1982


Brazil Criticized for Dumping Toxic Ships in South Asia

Photo: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

 NGOs and trade unions in Brazil have criticized the state-run Petrobras’ end-of-life fleet management by dumping toxic ships on South Asian beaches.   The Brazilian Confederação Nacional dos Trabalhadores em Transportes Aquaviários e Aéreos


The Right Boat, Right Away

(Photo: Metal Shark)

Metal Shark’s stock boats program shakes up the patrol boat game; here and across the big pond.   If the news that Louisiana-based boatbuilder Metal Shark is ramping up production to build an inventory of stock vessels, with the goal of reducing lead times and enhancing service sounds


Selektope Coatings for Stena RoPax Newbuilds

(Image: Stena Line)

Stena RoRo, who has four newbuild RoPax ferries on order at the AVIC yard in Weihai, China, has signed a contract to coat the hulls with paint that incorporates the bio-repellent antifouling ingredient Selektope. According to Selektope’s developer


BMT Secures New Orleans Passenger Ferry Contract

Photo courtesy of BMT

BMT Group subsidiary BMT Nigel Gee has secured a new contract with sister company BMT Designers & Planners and Louisiana based shipyard Metal Shark for two 32m high speed/low wake wash, 149-passenger aluminum catamaran ferries for the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA). 


Submersible, Magnetic Robot Performs Hull Inspections

Photo: Deep Trekker

Canadian company Deep Trekker has launched a new inspection vehicle at Nor-Shipping 2017: the Deep Trekker DT640 Utility Crawler, the first three-wheeled vehicle of its kind.   Equipped with an HD camera, magnetic wheels and a multitude of application specific add-ons


Patrol Boats Delivered to the Vietnam Coast Guard

US Ambassador Ted Osius, fourth from left, inspects new Metal Shark patrol boats with Vietnam Coast Guard members during a delivery ceremony Monday May 22, 2017 in Quang Nam, central Vietnam (Photos courtesy US Embassy Hanoi)

Six new military patrol boats built by Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark have been delivered to the Vietnam Coast Guard. The welded-aluminum Metal Shark 45-foot Defiant pilothouse patrol vessels were provided to Vietnam by the United States in a move that underscores the increased security


NYC's New Ferries Take to the Water

Photo: Incat Crowther

The first vessel in the new NYC Ferry’s fleet has been christened Lunch Box, following a naming competition held amongst New York school students.   Lunch Box, which has already been followed by a subsequent pair of vessel in New York


Metal Shark Launches Stock Boats Program

Completed vessels at Metal Shark’s Jeanerette, Louisiana production facility (Photo: Metal Shark)

Louisiana-based boat builder Metal Shark says it is ramping up production to build an inventory of stock vessels, with the goal of reducing lead times and enhancing its service to customers.   Metal Shark has traditionally custom-built each vessel to accommodate its customers’ unique






 
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