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Work Resumes at Port of Tacoma for Alaska Cargo

Following negotiations with International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 23 and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), an agreement was reached allowing Tacoma longshore workers to load and discharge Alaska-bound domestic cargo ships. Approximately 70 percent of all commercial goods consumed in Alaska are shipped through Port of Tacoma terminals. The agreement allows Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE) vessels to be discharged and loaded at the TOTE Terminal on the Blair Waterway. Also, CSX container ships will be discharged and loaded at the APM Terminal on the Sitcum Waterway.


TOTE, Inc.: The New look of American Shipping Group

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On January 1, 2012 American Shipping Group underwent a dramatic transformation. The company, formerly known as ASG, became TOTE, Inc., and experienced a makeover in logo, look and structure. Seeing opportunity for market growth, TOTE, Inc. organized its five independently managed businesses in to three groups: Maritime, Logistics and Ship Management. ·      TOTE Maritime: Totem Ocean Trailer Express and Sea Star Line


TOTE Earns OHSAS Certification

Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc., (TOTE), a shipping company operating roll-on/roll-off cargo vessels between the Ports of Tacoma, Wash., and Anchorage, Alaska, announced its completion in April of the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001:2007 certification process for safety standards. TOTE was certified to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001:2004 standard for environmental practices in 2007


McMurdo Wins $7.5m Contract with U.S. Coastguard

McMurdo has been awarded an order from the U.S. Coastguard worth up to $7.5m over 5 years to supply Fastfind Plus Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs). The Fastfind Plus, with built-in GPS, is an upgrade of the standard Fastfind, a similar quantity of which was supplied to the U.S. Coastguard over the past 3 years. This new contract is to equip U.S. Coastguard personnel with the latest technology lifesaving beacon. It houses a 406MHz transmitter and 121


RINA Updates GREEN PLUS Notation

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RINA updates GREEN PLUS notation to cover transhipment terminals.   International classification society RINA has updated its industry-leading GREEN PLUS notation to include new potential sources of pollution involving seagoing ships and ships operating at fixed locations.   GREEN PLUS is awarded to new vessels that make a significant investment in design solutions, onboard equipment and operational procedures which contribute to an improvement in environmental performance beyond


McMurdo EPIRB Gains Type Approval

McMurdo gained Type Approval for the new Smartfind EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon). The Smartfind range of EPIRBs were designed with both a non-hazardous battery and high brightness LED locator light to achieve type approval. The certification by COSPAS SARSAT, the international satellite-based search and rescue system, means that the Smartfind is compliant with maritime regulations. The Smartfind is available as either the standard Smartfind E5 or the Smartfind Plus G5


Bluefin Wins BPAUV Contract

Bluefin Robotics Corp., Cambridge, Mass., is being awarded a $6,591,406 cost-plus-award-fee/cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Battlespace Preparation Autonomous Undersea Vehicle (BPAUV) design and development. The BPAUV is a system capable of bottom-mapping and gathering other oceanographic data to support the Littoral Combat Ship Mine Warfare Mission Module. The BPAUV is intended as an autonomous unmanned system capable of meeting clandestine intelligence,


Sevmash Shipyard Appeals Court Ruling

On 10 December 2010, the state commercial court in Arkhangelsk decided in favour of Odfjell and approved our application concerning the recognition and enforcement of the arbitral award filed against Sevmash shipyard. Odfjell has been informed that the Ruling of the Court has been appealed by Sevmash to the relevant court of appeal (Cassation Court in St. Petersburg). No information has been received with respect to when the case will be heard by the Cassation Court.


NASSCO Delivers M.V. North Star

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, has delivered the M. V. North Star to Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc. (TOTE). The North Star is the second of two new Orca-class trailerships built by NASSCO for TOTE’s service from Tacoma, Wash., to Anchorage, Alaska. Her sister ship, the M. V. Midnight Sun, was delivered to TOTE in April. Both ships are 840-ft.-long, 118-ft.-wide RoRo cargo ships capable of carrying


NASSCO Delivers First of ORCA Class

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, (NASSCO) has delivered the M. V. Midnight Sun to Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc. (TOTE). The Midnight Sun is the first commercial dry cargo vessel to be built in the United States in 10 years and the first of two new Orca-class trailerships being built by NASSCO for TOTE's service from Tacoma, Washington, to Anchorage, Alaska. The M. V. Midnight Sun and its sister ship, the M. V. North Star, are 840 x 118-ft. (256 x 35


Navios Group Rolls Out Containers Division

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 Navios Group has  launched Navios Containers, a vehicle dedicated to the container sector. Navios Containers has the right to acquire all containerships offered to the Group, said Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  


ESG Completes First OPC Milestone On Schedule, Within Budget

A depiction of the U.S. Coast Guards Offshore Patrol Cutter design (CREDIT: ESG)

Panama City, FL, Eastern Shipbuilding has successfully completed its Initial Critical Design Review (ICDR) milestone with the United States Coast Guard on 21 July, 2017 for the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) Program.   ESG’s accomplishment is noteworthy as it occurred on schedule and


Shipwreck Recovery to Commence in August

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Florida-based Swordfish Partners and Deep Blue Exploration have contracted Blue Water Ventures International to recover potentially valuable artifacts and coins from a shipwreck site off the coast of North Carolina the parties believe to be the 1838 sinking of the steam paddle wheeler, Pulaski


Paragon Offshore Comes Out of Bankruptcy

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 Paragon Offshore Group announced that it has emerged from bankruptcy after completing a restructuring that eliminated USD 2.3 billion of debt.   The successor company to Paragon Offshore PLC , which filed for bankruptcy in February 2016 with USD 2


Wärtsilä Waterjets for New Danish High-speed Ferry

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Wärtsilä informs it has been contracted to supply four waterjets plus the hydraulics and control system for a new 109-meter-long high-speed RoPax ferry being built at the Austal Ships Pty yard in Australia for Molslinjen A/S of Denmark


Load Cells for Offshore Mooring Project

TSM Molène and TSM Penzer. (Image: Iroise Mer/Straightpoint)

French maritime engineering specialist Iroise Mer used a 50 ton Straightpoint Radiolink plus (RLP) load cell during a refit of a tanker mooring system located 500m off the Corsica coast, recently. Iroise Mer's job was to update the site, comprising four different mooring lines


Dryships Time Charter Contract for Newcastlemax Vessels

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 DryShips Inc., a diversified owner of ocean going cargo vessels, announced that it has entered into a time charter with a major coal and steel trader for its fourth and last of its 206,000 dwt Newcastlemax drybulk vessels.   The contract has a duration of about one year


Wärtsilä Power, Navigation Systems for Virgin Cruise Ships

From left to right: Tom McAlpin, Virgin CEO and President; Sir Richard Branson, Founder Virgin; and Stuart Hawkins, Virgin SVP Marine and Technical at the rollout of the new name and logo for Virgin Voyages. (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä said it has secured contracts to provide a scope of power and navigational control solutions for three new 2,800 passenger cruise vessels being built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy for Virgin Voyages, the latest of the international Virgin Group's travel businesses.


DVB Warns on Shipping Woes

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 Reuters reported that Germany's DVB Bank warned its 2017 pretax return on equity would likely fall short of its expected range of minus 3 percent to plus 3 percent due to high risk costs in its shipping and offshore financing portfolios.  


Cochin Shipyard Delivers 2 RoRo Vessels

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 The Cochin Shipyard Limited in India delivered two RoRo vessels to the Kochi Municipal Corporation (KMC), Press Trust of India reported.   The vessels with modern equipment are expected to provide a great relief to the transportation problems in Kochi


d’Amico Chooses Sealink Premium Plus VSAT

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Telemar and Marlink to bundle VSAT, L-Band and XChange Universal Remote Access to improve on board IT network support    Italian ship owner and long-term Telemar customer d’Amico Group has selected Marlink’s Sealink Premium Plus VSAT service to enhance connectivity across


Statoil Awards Contracts to Five Ship Owners

Skandi Mongstad at the Norne field (October 2013). File Photo: Statoil

 Norwegian oil firm Statoil has awarded contracts to five separate ship owners. The award by Statoil covers seven supply vessels at a total contract value of NOK 3.1 billion (USD 370 million), including options.   All vessels will be equipped with hybrid battery operation


Reederei Hamburger Lloyd Chooses Sealink Plus VSAT

Hamburg-based shipping group Reederei Hamburger Lloyd will move its fleet of nine containerships and six bulk carriers to Marlink’s Sealink Plus VSAT package including unlimited L-band backup.   Hamburger Lloyd is a long term customer of Telemar Germany and was looking for a


Faststream Opens New Global Headquarters

Guy Platten, CEO UK Chamber of Shipping (left), and Mark Charman, CEO Faststream Recruitment Group (right) (Photo: Faststream)

Faststream Recruitment founder and CEO Mark Charman launched the group’s new global headquarters in Southampton alongside Guy Patten, CEO of the U.K. Chamber of Shipping, at an official unveiling event on June 21.   Faststream was established in Southampton in 1999


KOTUG Adds Fifth Infield Support Vessel

Coral Knight (Photo: KOTUG)

Towage operator KOTUG said it has acquired a fifth infield support vessels (ISVs) in Australia and East Timor, furthering its investment in offshore support.   The new vessel, Coral Knight, will be bare boat chartered exclusively to Australian Maritime Systems Limited (AMS) to provide






 
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