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Mitsubishi Makes Smith Maritime Tug Move

For over 20 years, the Elsbeth II, a 110-ft. Smith Maritime tugboat, has done extensive deep sea towing and delivered military vessels around the world. When it came time for Smith Maritime owner Captain Latham Smith to replace one of Elsbeth II's three engines, he relied on a Gulf Coast distributor for help. Laborde provided the perfect fit for Elsbeth II - a Mitsubishi heavy-duty marine engine. "My new Mitsubishi engine performance far exceeds my expectations," said Capt. Smith. "The maneuverability and horsepower it provides are outstanding." A 6,000 hp ocean tug with a shallow draft and triple screws, the Elsbeth II needed the Mitsubishi S16R-Y1MPTA engine from Laborde to complement its heavy-duty design and operations. At 1,600 rpm, the engine provides 1,568 hp. "I love Mitsubishi's simple design and power," said Smith. "The engine was easy to install and the crew has no problem servicing it while underway." Complete with a double drum towing winch, two 7,000 lb. anchors, a two ton hydraulic crane and an extensive assortment of automatic controls, alarms, electronics, searchlights and spare parts, the Elsbeth II is well- equipped for any situation. She carries a crew of up to 7 and has berthing for 11. Smith Maritime was founded in 1968 when Capt. Smith built his first oceangoing boat, the tug Elsbeth, with a little help from his friends


Repowered Tug Tows 7 Weeks Nonstop

Photo courtesy Laborde

When business depends on commercial vessels, it's essential for these boats to stay in good condition. Unreliable engines and equipment can lead to days or weeks off the water for repairs, resulting in lost customers. To ensure its fleet is always prepared for the job, Smith Maritime depends on Laborde Products. For its third repower with Smith Maritime, Laborde supplied three Mitsubishi S12R-Y2MPTK Tier II engines rated at 5,000 hp for the tug Rhea.


Global Diving & Salvage Welcomes Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. Welcomes Ryan Smith as new Gulf Coast Region General Manager. Global Diving and Salvage, Inc., based in Seattle, WA, announces the hiring of Ryan Smith as general manager for its Gulf Coast Regional office, based in Houston, TX. In this position, Mr. Smith will be responsible for the day-to-day operations as well as the development of business opportunities. “Smith understands our unique diving personality and company philosophy


Elliott Bay Design Group Announces Staff Additions

Elliott Bay Design Group announced that David Smith has joined the firm as Project Manager. Smith brings over 25 years of shipyard design and construction experience to the team and has worked in shipyards across the country. Smith is currently leading the design effort for a new Ship Docking Module. John Farmer joins the team as a Designer II. Farmer has a BS in mechanical engineering technology from Purdue University and over 10 years of 3-D design and surface modeling experience


Collective Effort Keeps Piracy at Bay, Risks Remain

Major General Martin Smith addresses senior shipping industry representatives earlier this week (Photo: Port2Port Maritime)

Though the maritime sector has seen a decline in Somali piracy in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden, there is no room for complacency regarding the ongoing threat, says EU Naval Force Operation Commander, Major General Martin Smith MBE.   Addressing senior shipping industry representatives at breakfast meeting earlier this week, Smith credited the ‘collective effort’ of shipping companies and dedicated naval forces for the reduction in pirate attacks since 2012.  


Lawrence Graham Appoints New Partner

London-based law firm Lawrence Graham has appointed Charles Baker, an experienced maritime and trade lawyer, as a new partner. Baker, who has more than 25 years experience in maritime law, had previously been with Herbert Smith where he set up the Paris office of Holman Fenwick & Willan.


Graham Appoints New Partner

London-based law firm Lawrence Graham has appointed Charles Baker, an experienced maritime and trade lawyer, as a new partner. Baker, who has more than 25 years experience in maritime law, had previously been with Herbert Smith where he set up the Paris office of Holman Fenwick & Willan.


Shell Presents Crewmember Safety Awards

Pictured left to right are Captain Tim Downs, GM Shipping and Maritime, Americas; DeAnn Lewis, Regional Marine Manager, Shell Chemicals Company; Captain Greg Wilkinson, Master, M/V GREGORY, Enterprise Marine Services; Mr. Eric Ricker, Manager, Marine Operations, Enterprise Marine Services; and Tankerman Von Smith, Enterprise Marine Services (Photo: Shell)

Shell Shipping and Maritime, Americas recently held its third annual Goal Zero Hero Awards dinner in Houston, recognizing the crewmembers of 21 contracted/chartered vessels, who had the courage to intervene and clearly demonstrate their commitment to zero incidents and safe operations in service to Shell.  The Goal Zero Hero award program is a regional initiative modeled after Shell Shipping and Maritime’s global “Partners in Maritime Safety” initiative


New North American Maritime Personnel Recruitment Agency

Flagship Maritime Recruiting focuses on servicing the needs of maritime companies in the USA and Canada. Flagship Maritime Recruiting is founded by shipping professionals and augmented by specialists in the recruitment, human resources (HR), and organizational development (OD) fields giving it the ability to not only identify qualified job candidates, but to match the best candidates to open positions.


ClassNK and Rio Tinto Iron Ore Sign Collaborative Agreement

Right: Mr.Yasushi Nakamura (ClassNK), Left: Mr.Warwick Smith (Rio Tinto Iron Ore)

Classification society ClassNK and Rio Tinto Iron Ore (part of the Rio Tinto Group, one of the world’s largest metal and mining companies), announced that they have signed a collaborative agreement focused on the safe carriage of iron ore. The agreement was signed at a ceremony held after a meeting of executives from both companies at the Rio Tinto Japan office on 3 December 2013. ClassNK Executive Vice President Yasushi Nakamura and Warwick Smith, Managing Director


Louisiana OKs Use of Grants for DP Assessments

Aaron Smith (Photo: OSVDPA)

Companies can use IWTP state grants to cover costs of OSVDPA assessments   The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) has approved use of Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWTP) grants to cover the cost of Offshore Service Vessel Dynamic Positioning Authority, Inc


HMAS Arunta Small Weapons Go Technical

Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Navy’s deployed ship in the Middle East, HMAS Arunta, has had its small arms weapons inspected, serviced and certified during a recent port visit.   HMAS Arunta is serving on a nine-month Operation MANITOU deployment which has necessitated an all-important maintenance period.


ABS Broadens Type Approval Coverage for SubM

Joshua LaVire (Photo: ABS)

ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, has expanded its Type Approval product certification process to allow original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to meet compliance with 46 CFR Subchapter M Regulations.  


OMSA: CBP Revocation Notice Boosts U.S. Jobs

Aaron Smith, President & CEO, OMSA

OMSA says CBP Action Prevents Foreign Companies from Taking Advantage of U.S. Law.   The Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) today issued the following statement in response to erroneous claims and misguided research released by API and companies backing foreign workers.


New Commander at US Navy Installations Command

Photo: United States Navy

 Vice Adm. Mary M. Jackson relieved Vice Adm. Dixon R. Smith at a change of command ceremony for Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) March 31, at the Washington Navy Yard.   The ceremony included the presentation of colors by the U.S


Upgrades Complete for Anzac Class

HMAS Stuart during undocking at BAE Henderson Dockyard after completing the Anti-ship Missile Defence Upgrade. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 The Australian Navy's eight Anzac class frigates are now all back in the water post anti-ship missile defence upgrades, with HMAS Stuart undocking at the Henderson shipyard in Western Australia.   She will now commence trials of her state-of-the-art systems and modifications.  


Tradewinds Towing Returns to Laborde for Repowers

Photo: Laborde Products

In September of 2006, Dominique Smith of the then one tug company Tradewinds Towing came to Laborde Products, to look at the S12R engine for the repower of the Miss Lis, an Alaskan built low profile tug he planned on repowering. Later that same month, the deal was made, and shortly thereafter


Submerged Tug Lifted on the Mississippi

The stricken towing vessel Sonny J has been raised and dewatered Sunday after it was partially submerged on the Lower Mississippi River near Vidalia, La.   On February 26 local U.S. Coast Guard watchstanders received a report that the Sonny J was partially submerged near Vidalia, La


Maritime Cook Islands Technical Department Reconstituted

Rachele Andreani Photo MCI

Maritime Cook Islands Reconstitutes Its Technical Department –FourNew Senior Appointments to ProvideEnhanced Technical Expertise to Ship Owners Maritime Cook Islands (“MCI”), the international ship registry, hassignificantly enhanced its technical department with a series of


MSI: OPEC’s cut is deepest for VLCC, Suezmax markets

 Maritime Strategies International (MSI), a leading independent research and consultancy has forecast a testing time for the crude tanker market over the next six months – and perhaps longer if OPEC is successful in extending production cuts beyond the first half of 2017.


Damen Briefs Local Suppliers Ahead of Australian OPV Bid

Perth briefing (Photo: Damen)

As Damen Shipyards Group prepares its SEA 1180 OPV Program tender to the Australian Ministry of Defense, the Dutch shipbuilder said it has held two industry briefings aimed at Australian companies active in the maritime and defense industries.  


Jamaica Seeking election to IMO Council

Jamaica candidancy launch Photo Maritime Authority of Jamaica

Jamaica launched its bid to be elected to Category ‘C’ of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council last Thursday (2 February) - in a move to position Jamaica as a ‘viable maritime hub’.    Addressing specially invited guests


US Shifts LNG Exports to Asia as Arb Opens Ip

Photo: Cheniere Energy

The biggest divergence between U.S. and Asian gas prices in a year has created an opportunity for tankers delivering liquefied natural gas, with most departures from a key Louisiana terminal in the last month-and-a-half heading toward East Asia, shipping data released on Wednesday show.  


New Zealand Ratifies Ballast Water Management Convention

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 New Zealand is the latest country to accede to IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention, designed to counter the threat to marine ecosystems by potentially invasive species transported in ships' ballast water.    The Convention enters into force on 8 September 2017 and


How Will OPEC’s Cuts Affect Tanker Markets?

© Evren Kalinbacak / Adobe Stock

After a year of tumultuous political and policy upheaval, both oil and tanker markets are undergoing a process of rebalancing.   The fourth quarter of 2016 is capping what has been a mixed 12 months for the tanker markets. The agreement by OPEC members and non-members alike to cut






 
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