Lynch Takes Helm of NOAA’s Atlantic Fleet
NOAA Capt. Anne K. Lynch has assumed command of the agency's Marine Operations Center-Atlantic in Norfolk, Va., which manages the day-to-day operations of the nine research and survey ships in NOAA's Atlantic fleet. Each year these ships conduct dozens of missions to assess fish and marine mammal stocks, conduct coral reef research, collect seafloor data to update nautical charts, and explore the ocean. Lynch relieves NOAA Corps officer Anita Lopez, who has served as the center's commanding officer since June 2012.
Was Blackbeard an Avid Reader?
What did Blackbeard and his pirate crew read on board Queen Anne’s Revenge? Artifacts unexpectedly discovered in the wreckage of Blackbeard’s sunken flagship are helping researchers to determine if the infamous pirate captain and his 18th-century crew were literate and what sort of books they kept on board. While performing conservation work on artifacts recovered from the centuries old shipwreck, archaeological conservators with the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural…
Finland Concerned over Rise in Russia's Cargo Ship Inspections
The Finnish government has voiced concern over surprise inspections on Finnish cargo ships visiting Russian ports in recent weeks, saying delays had been a problem for shipping companies. Neighboring Russia carried out seven thorough inspections in the past two weeks on Finnish ships at St Petersburg and other ports, without giving a specific reason, a government minister said on Friday. Such inspections usually take place for Finnish ships only a few times a year globally. “The inspections have been exceptional ...
General Ship Repair: A Family Affair
The General Ship Repair Corporation, a fixture on the Baltimore water front for nearly a century, continues to build a strong business while preparing for fourth generation ownership. General Ship Repair Corporation is as ubiquitous of a presence on the Baltimore waterfront as Under Armour, Domino Sugar and “Natty Boh.” General Ship Repair has stood strong for nearly a century since its founding by Charles “Buck” Lynch in 1924, evolving today into the de facto ‘go to’ for workboat repair in the Baltimore area.
MN 100: The General Ship Repair Corporation
The General Ship Repair Corporation, a fixture on the Baltimore, Maryland waterfront for nearly a century since its founding by Charles “Buck” Lynch in 1924, has become the de facto ‘go to’ for workboat repair in the Baltimore area and is enjoying a strong year, investing in its people and employees while bringing the fourth generation of Lynch’s up through the ranks. Five years after its start, in 1929, Buck Lynch moved the company across the harbor to its current location, eventually watching the company sink into bankruptcy as the Depression took hold of the country.
Ailing Bulker Crewman Medvaced in Annapolis
A crewmember reportedly experiencing stroke-like symptoms was medevaced from the bulk carrier Kang Hong in the Annapolis anchorage Tuesday. A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew from U.S. Coast Guard Station Annapolis was deployed in response to reports from the Hong Kong flagged bulker that the ailing crew member was in need of medical assistance. Two paramedics from Anne Arundel County Fire Department accompanied the RBM crew. The U.S. Coast Guard removed the crewmember from the ship and transported him back to Station Annapolis, where he was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center via ambulance. "The communication and cooperation between our fellow life-saving agencies in cases like this one helped us conduct a timely response,” said Seaman Colt Coffman, coxswain for the case.
MEMCO Christens Joy Anne Keller
MEMCO Barge Line, the inland barging subsidiary of Electric Fuels Corp. (EFC), christened a new towboat in New Orleans. M/V Joy Anne Keller, named after the wife of EFC President and CEO Richard D. Keller is the 22nd towboat in MEMCO's fleet. Built by Quality Shipyards, of Houma, La., the 8,000 hp twin-screw towboat measures 180 x 48 x 11.5 ft., and is designed to operate on the Lower Mississippi River between Cairo and New Orleans. MEMCO Barge Line, the inland barging subsidiary of Electric Fuels Corp. (EFC), christened a new towboat in New Orleans. M/V Joy Anne Keller, named after the wife of EFC President and CEO Richard D. Keller is the 22nd towboat in MEMCO's fleet.
Jessica Lynch to Serve as Godmother of Carnival Miracle
Former Army private Jessica Lynch will fulfill the role of godmother to Carnival Cruise Lines' newest cruise ship, Carnival Miracle, at the official naming ceremony in Jacksonville, Fla., slated for February 27, 2004. The occasion marks the first time a brand-new cruise ship will be introduced at the nation's newest cruise homeport. & CEO Bob Dickinson. history, is a perfect venue for this ceremony," he added. Port of Jacksonville. Jessica Lynch Foundation.," Dickinson said. have either served in the military or were killed while on duty. community where she lives.
New Tug Delivered to Vane Brothers
The Vane Brothers Company, a marine transportation provider headquartered in Baltimore, Md., has taken delivery of the Elizabeth Anne, the first in a new series of 4,200-horsepower tugboats. Vane Brothers has ordered a total of eight Elizabeth Anne Class towing vessels through St. Johns Ship Building in Palatka, Fla., with the second in the series, the Hudson, scheduled for delivery this spring. According to Vane Brothers President C. Duff Hughes, “The 4,200-horsepower Elizabeth Anne Class tugboat is the ultimate workhorse, bringing exceptional power and performance to Vane’s growing fleet.
Blackbeard's Cannons Salved
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter 'Smilax' worked with personnel from the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources to recover 5 cannons and multiple barrel hoops from the 'Queen Anne's Revenge' in Beaufort Inlet, N.C. The Queen Anne's Revenge was the ship of the pirate Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, for more than a year before the ship ran aground on the shoals in the inlet. The crew of the Smilax, a 100-foot inland construction tender, worked with NCDCR divers…
GPA Marks Record August Box Volumes
At the Georgia Ports Authority board meeting Monday, Executive Director Griff Lynch reported the GPA achieved an August record of 330,846 twenty-foot equivalent container units, a robust increase of 5 percent compared to August 2015. "August container unit volumes were the third highest in the Authority's history, behind April and May 2015 at the height of diverted cargo from the West Coast," Lynch said. Total cargo across all terminals reached 2.62 million tons in August, an increase of 117,470 tons, or 4.7 percent.
U.S. Barge Delivers for Harley Marine
U.S. Barge delivered another petroleum barge to Harley Marine Services. The Barge Anne Elizabeth was christened on October 4, 2010 by her namesake, Anne Elizabeth Hall. Barge Anne Elizabeth measures 241’ x 64’ 6”, with a depth of 23’ 6”. The barge has a carrying capacity of 31,500 barrels. The double-hulled barge is OPA 90-compliant, with vapor collection piping. The barge has two isolated cargo systems. The main cargo is intended to be fuel oil, and the auxiliary system will handle marine gas oil (MGO). “Working closely with Harley Marine’s technical and operations group, U.S. Barge continues to construct and outfit high quality vessels that meet our expectations. We are very happy with the production and craftsmanship of U.S.
U.S. Barge Delivers Another Double-Hull
U.S. Barge recently delivered another petroleum barge to Harley Marine Services. The Barge Anne Elizabeth, designed by Elliott Bay Design Group, was christened on October 4, 2010 by her namesake, Anne Elizabeth Hall. Barge Anne Elizabeth measures 241 ft x 64.5 ft, with a depth of 23.5 ft. The barge has a carrying capacity of 31,500 barrels. The double-hulled barge is OPA 90-compliant, with vapor collection piping. The barge has two isolated cargo systems. The main cargo is intended to be fuel oil, and the auxiliary system will handle marine gas oil (MGO).
Georgia's Ports Back in Action
After being closed last week due to Hurricane Matthew, the Savannah River channel has reopened for commercial traffic Wednesday morning at 7 a.m., with 11 vessels transiting the channel by mid-afternoon, nine of which will be worked at Garden City Terminal and two at Ocean Terminal, the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) reported. By the end of the day, the Garden City Terminal was working nine vessels, moving nearly 800 containers per hour, with an anticipated 7,800 container moves for the day.
New Tug Delivered to Vane Brothers
Marine transportation provider Vane Brothers has taken delivery of the newly built tugboat Delaware, the fourth of eight vessels in Vane’s Elizabeth Anne Class of 4,200-horsepower tugs contracted through St. Johns Ship Building in Palatka, Fla. Designed by Frank Basile, P.E., of Entech Designs, LLC, the Delaware is a steel-hulled, model bow tug measuring 100 feet long with a 34-foot beam and 13-foot draught. She utilizes two Caterpillar 3516 Tier 3 (“A” Rated) engines, each generating 2,100 horsepower at 1,600 rpm.
VT Halter Launches PCTC
VT Halter Marine recently launched MV Jean Anne, the first Pure Car Truck Carrier (PCTC) to be built in the U.S. Built by VT Halter Marine at its Pascagoula, Miss., facility, Jean Anne is one of the largest vessels to be launched by a U.S. mid-tier shipyard. "Today marks the successful launching of the first modern PCTC to be built in the U.S. for the Jones Act trade,” said George W. Pasha, IV, President, Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines. The ship is owned and operated by Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines, a joint venture between The Pasha Group, a Corte Madera, Calif.-based leading global transportation and logistics provider, and Strong Vessel Operators LLC, a Stamford, Conn.-based ship owner and operator. Measuring 579 ft. overall, with a beam of 102 ft.
Double Hull Tankers Files for IPO
Inc. (NYSE:OSG), filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposedinitial public offering of its common stock. Double Hull Tankers, Inc. and to time charter them back to other subsidiaries of OSG. UBS Investment Bank and Merrill Lynch & Co. are serving as joint book-running managers of the offering. A copy of the prospectus relating to these securities may be obtained, when available, from: UBS Securities LLC, Attn: Prospectus Department, 299 Park Avenue, 25th Floor, New York, NY 10171 or Merrill Lynch & Co., 4 World Financial Center, New York, NY 10080.
Container Shippers Seek Rate Hikes
A group of container-shipping companies will reportedly seek rate increases of between 10 and 15 percent next year on cargo traveling to the United States from Asia. The group, the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement, represents 14 container-shipping companies that handle goods ranging from clothes to electronics, toys and home furnishings. Cargo in the trade, of which the group handles more than 70 percent, has been valued at more than $200 billion a year. The rate increases are scheduled to go into effect May 1, 2000. The Oakland, Calif.-based Transpacific Stabilization Agreement represents major shipping lines including A.P. Moller-Maersk Line, Evergreen Marine Corp.
Royal Caribbean Prices Public Offering
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has priced the public offering of 10,800,000 shares of its common stock at a price of $46 11/16 per share. Of the 10,800,000 shares offered, 10,000,000 shares are being sold by the company, and 800,000 shares are being sold by a selling shareholder. The company has granted to the underwriters of the offering an option to purchase up to an additional 1,620,000 shares of common stock to cover over-allotments. As previously announced, the company intends to use the net proceeds of the offering for general corporate purposes, including capital expenditures. The offering will be made to investors in the U.S. by managing underwriters Goldman, Sachs & Co., Merrill Lynch & Co., Banc of America Securities LLC, William Blair & Company, A.G.
GPA Executive Director to Step Down
Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) executive director Curtis J. Foltz will step down at the end of the fiscal year, June 30, the port authority’s board of directors announced today. The board unanimously accepted the nominating committee's recommendation to appoint the current chief operating officer, Griff Lynch, to succeed Foltz, who will provide consulting services to the GPA for one year after his departure. “Curtis Foltz has led the GPA to achieve great things over the past six years as executive director…
GPA adds 100 acres Auto Processing Space
At the annual State of the Port address hosted by the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce Wednesday, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch announced a 100-acre expansion of the Colonel's Island auto terminal, and welcomed Logistec's announcement of the completion of 221,000 square feet of wood pellet storage at GPA's East River Terminal. "The additional 100 acres will allow GPA to grow along with our existing customers, and to attract additional carmakers to the nation's second busiest auto port," Lynch said.
Merrill Lynch Slashes Rates On Trio of Oil Giants
Merrill Lynch on Thursday said it cut its rating on oil drilling companies Rowan Cos Inc., ENSCO International Inc. and Global Marine Inc., citing slack demand in the Gulf of Mexico drilling market. Merrill said that it previously believed drilling demand would improve by the late part of 2001, but it now looks as though that will not occur until early 2002. Shares of Global Marine were down $0.33 cents at $15.30. ENSCO was down $0.27 cents at $18.63, while Rowan was down $0.06 at $16.95 on the New York Stock Exchange.
Merrill Lynch "Reduces" P&O's Rating
Merrill Lynch said on Monday it had cut its rating on British shipping and logistics group The Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O) to "reduce" from "neutral" in the intermediate term. Analysts at the investment bank also cut their long-term rating on the stock to "accumulate" from "buy", citing a worsening outlook for the company's container business. They expected second-quarter results for P&O Nedlloyd (P&O's joint venture with Dutch Koninklijke Nedlloyd Groep), due on Thursday, to be poor for sentiment, they said. "The tone is unlikely to be encouraging and the risk with forecasts is on the downside," they said.