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Monday, October 23, 2017

PENN MARITIME

TransCoastal Signs Contracts Totaling $22M

TransCoastal Marine Services Inc. has signed contracts with a subsidiary of Penn Maritime Inc. for the modification and double-hull conversion of two barges. The work on the two barges will be carried out by TransCoastal's Fabrication and Offshore Group for more than $22 million. The project will begin in July and will extend into the fourth quarter of 2000.

Bollinger Converts Barge to ATB

Bollinger Gulf Repair L.L.C., (BGR), a Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., facility, has completed the retrofit and modifications of a Penn Maritime Inc. oceans tank barge to an OPA ‘90 compliant articulated unit. The 360-foot, 66,500 barrel black oil Barge POTOMAC arrived at Bollinger's New Orleans east facility and began the transformation from a single sided hull to double hull vessel with a new outer skin to meet the requirements of OPA '90

MarAd Approves Four Applications

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has approved four applications under Section 9 of the Shipping Act, 1916, as amended. They include: Ø U.S. Bank National Association, Owner Trustee, Hartford, CT, has received approval to transfer the 57,075-gross-ton container vessel SEA-LAND INTEGRITY to Marshall Islands registry and flag without change in the ownership of said Vessel. The vessel was built in 1984 in Koje, Korea.

This Day in Navy History

1843 - USS Michigan is launched at Erie, Penn. Michigan is America's first iron-hulled warship, as well as the first prefabricated ship. 1941 - USS Lexington (CV 2) sails with Task Force 12 to transport Marine aircraft to Midway, leaving no carriers at Pearl Harbor only days before the attack on Pearl Harbor. For more information about Naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at www.history.navy.mil

HRH Princess Royal to Patronize LISW 2015

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  London International Shipping Week (LISW) is delighted to confirm that HRH Princess Royal has agreed to be Patron for LISW in 2015.   Jeremy Penn, Chairman of the LISW Steering Group, said: “We’re all absolutely thrilled that HRH Princess Royal has agreed to be Patron for London International Shipping Week this year. It’s a huge honour for us and we couldn’t be more pleased. HRH Princess Royal’s involvement now also helps to signify the importance

London Tops Xinhua/Baltic Exchange Index for Maritime Services

Image: Gibraltar Port Authority (GPA)

 London has come top of a listing of maritime service centres published by the Baltic Exchange and Xinhua, China’s news agency, whilst Singapore heads the overall list for its combined port and maritime services offering.   The International Shipping Centre Development Index (ISCD) covers 46 of the world’s largest ports and cities and is designed to bring clarity to investors and governments on the relative performance of shipping centres around the world.  

The GMD Group - A Young, Ambitious Team

Priding itself on its drydock capabilities in both New York and New Jersey, the GMD Group is comprised of a young, ambitious team of individuals, who work together to provide ship owners with the quickest turnaround possible on each job that comes into its yards. Comprised of GMD Shipyard in Brooklyn, N.Y., Bayonne Drydock & Repair Corp. in Bayonne, N.J. and JenMar Electric in Staten Island, N.Y., the parent company has all its bases covered in terms of full ship repair service for its clients

WatchStander Nonlethal Antipiracy System Ready for Market

Photo courtesy WatchStander

Maritime Security systems company WatchStander LLC announced that it has completed development of a fully automated system designed to prevent gangs of pirates and other unwanted individuals or groups from boarding ships. The object of the system is to make it more physically intolerable for the criminals to approach the ship and to persuade them to abort their attacks. The video and data from all incidents will be archived for subsequent transmission to the data centers of the shipowner

POLB’s First Woman Commissioner Dies at 93

Louise M. DuVall (Courtesy POLB)

Louise M. DuVall, the first woman to serve on the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, died Saturday, April 19. She was 93. She was appointed to two terms on the Harbor Commission, serving from Feb. 6, 1979, to July 18, 1990. She advocated for women to rise in the legal profession and the maritime industry. “Louise led the way and broke through barriers for other women who would follow,” said current Harbor Commissioner Susan E

Dubai Maritime Club Launched

L to R: Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman, DMCC and Amer Ali, Executive Director, DMCA.

The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority charged with regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of Dubai’s maritime sector, has committed its full support for the Dubai Maritime Club, a not-for-profit initiative aimed at nurturing a dynamic network of maritime professionals.   Launched in collaboration with DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre), the authority on trade, enterprise and commodities in Dubai

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. The vessels were built in 2013 and are ECO-design tankers. They will be operated by Stena Weco, which has a fully integrated global logistics network for the transportation of petroleum products

US Navy Presence Highlighted in IMDEX17

Photo: United States Navy

 The littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) represented the U.S. in the International Maritime Defense Exposition 2017 (IMDEX-17) in Singapore May 16-18.   According to a press release from the Navy, the ships and crew were joined by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, who was hosted by Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) Chief Adm

High Performance from Cobham Antennas in EpicNG Tests

SAILOR 900 VSAT High Power System (Image: Cobham SATCOM)

SAILOR and Sea Tel VSAT antennas deliver high uplink throughput during Intelsat 33e testing by service provider Marlink   Cobham SATCOM’s SAILOR and Sea Tel antennas have been used by maritime VSAT service provider Marlink to test the upper limits of throughput on the new Intelsat 33e (IS-33e) satellite. The testing at Marlink’s Eik teleport included Cobham SATCOM’s Sea Tel 9711 IMA, Sea Tel 6012 VSAT and SAILOR 900 VSAT High Power systems

Great Ships of 2017: Nominate Your Ship

Image: Maritime Reporter & Engineering News

The December 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News -- the world's largest circulation b2b maritime publication -- is preparing once again for its anticipated Awards Edition, Great Ships of 2017. Ship owners, ship builders, naval architects and marine engineers are encouraged to nominate commercial vessels delivered in 2017 for inclusion in this special editorial edition.    For further details, contact Greg Trauthwein @ trauthwein@marinelink

KONGSBERG wins EPCI Work for RoPax Ferry

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Kongsberg Maritime has been awarded an Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) contract with Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG), a subsidiary of Siem Group. The contract, worth more than NOK 120 Million, covers engineering and maritime technology deliveries to a RoPax ferry for Irish Continental Group (ICG). Kongsberg Maritime together with its wholly owned subsidiary Kongsberg Maritime Engineering (KME) will execute the project

Retlif Promotes Reitz to Director of Engineering

Richard Reitz (Photo: Retlif)

Independent EMC and environmental testing organization Retlif Testing Laboratories has promoted Richard Reitz to the position of Director of Engineering. Reitz has been with Retlif since 1985, serving in several capacities. As Director of Engineering, he will now oversee testing and staff engineers at all the Retlif testing facilities including Ronkonkoma, N.Y. headquarters and Plainview, N.Y. composite laboratory, as well as the Harleysville, Penn., Charlotte, N.C. and Goffstown, N.H

KfW IPEX-Bank Boosts its Presence at SMM

Holger Apel and Carsten Wiebers (copyright: KfW Bank / Gaby Gerster)

In an interview the departing head of the KfW IPEX-Bank Maritime Industries department, Dr. Carsten Wiebers offers insight into the facets of international ship finance as well as the challenges it currently faces. His successor Holger Apel casts a glance into the future.   Carsten, KfW IPEX-Bank is once more stepping up its presence at SMM. Why? SMM is increasingly becoming a platform for topics beyond technology, such as environmental regulation or market intelligence

Baltic Exchange Names Jackson as CEO

Mark Jackson (Photo: Baltic Exchange)

Baltic Exchange on Monday named Mark Jackson, a former Chairman and Director, to replace Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Penn.   Baltic Exchange shareholders earlier approved an 87 million pound ($112 million) takeover by Singapore Exchange for one of London's oldest institutions, in a deal that will give SGX access to the multi-billion-dollar freight derivatives market.   Jackson, Chief Commercial Officer of AM Nomikos Group, is expected to take up his appointment early in 2017

Baltic Exchange Succumbs to Singapore as Shipping Turmoil Deepens

File photo: Nordic Bulk Carriers

The crisis in global shipping and a tax exodus by big Greek vessel owners have helped finally seal the fate of London's Baltic Exchange after at least three approaches to buy it over the last six years of its near-three centuries history.   Some 95 percent of shareholders voted on Monday in favour of a takeover deal from Singapore Exchange, valued at 87 million pounds ($112.87 million), trumping more than one effort from the London Metal Exchange to snap it up.  

Sustainable (R)Evolution: A Multipurpose Maritime Education Fleet

Photo: Jen Berghuis

Industry Stakeholder Chad Fuhrmann presents ‘an unprecedented opportunity’ as well as a viable option when it comes to finding replacement training vessels for future maritime officers …   Efforts have been underway since 2014 to procure government funding for new training vessels for the State Maritime Academies (SMA). Pending bills in Congress at this time would provide $300 million for the construction of the first of four training vessels for the SMAs with a total

Navy to Commission Amphibious Transport Dock John P. Murtha

Amphibious transport dock ship Photo courtesy USN

The Navy will commission the amphibious transport dock ship John P. Murtha (LPD 26), Saturday, Oct. 8, during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia. The ship is named in honor of John P. Murtha, who served his country both as a Marine and in the halls of congress. Murtha served in the Marine Corps for 37 years and saw service in the Korean War and in Vietnam, a tour that earned him the Bronze Star with Valor device

Freight Futures Market Avoids Tougher EU Information Disclosures

The European Union's securities markets regulator has dropped proposals to make participants in the multi-billion dollar commodity derivatives market for freight rates disclose knowledge of loading conditions, the Baltic Exchange said.   The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its report on Sept. 30 on its proposals for more disclosure of inside knowledge about commodity derivatives trading to prevent market abuse.  

Countdown to London International Shipping Week

Image courtesy London International Shipping Week 2017

The countdown to London International Shipping Week 2017 (LISW17) officially began last night with an exclusive launch reception held at the iconic Norton Rose Fulbright building on London’s South Bank.   The launch reception brought together representatives from many of the maritime world’s leading organisations and figures from UK Government to learn of the aspirations, plans and exciting opportunities that LISW17 will deliver between September 11-15, next year.  

Cabo Verde’s Regional Maritime Security Role Discussed

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

A recent visit to Cabo Verde November 30 to December 6 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) provided an opportunity to meet various government agencies involved with maritime security and discuss the country’s future role in regional maritime security activities.    Cabo Verde announced its intention to host the MultiNational Centre of Coordination (for Cabo Verde, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Mali

FMC Commissioner Doyle Rejects Blanket Authorities for Foreign Ro/Ro Carriers

William P. Doyle

Commissioner William P. Doyle Votes to reject joint contracting authority for Ro/Ro foreign carriers to negotiate collectively for U.S.-Flag tug services.   Doyle's Statement, shown below, says new rules go beyond the scope of the Shipping Act and shipping practices harmful to U.S. domestic maritime trades:   Today, I voted to disapprove the roll-on roll-off (Ro/Ro) WLL/Eukor/ARC/Glovis Cooperative Working Agreement amendment involving Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics AS (WWL)

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