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ConocoPhillips to Christen Towboat

Later this month, ConocoPhillips will christen a new towboat and, in the process, set higher standards for safety, environmental and design improvements within the inland towing industry. Antonio Valdes, general manager of ConocoPhillips’ marine division says, the new towboat is more capable and efficient, as well as reinforce environmental awareness. The ceremony christening Spirit which received classification from the American Bureau Of Shipping (ABS) will be held at Brady’s Landing in Pasedena, Texas, on January 30 at 10 a.m. Three additional towboats, Integrity, Liberty, Innovator, will be christened in March. The name of the first towboat to be christened is directly attributed to the company’s corporate values.

Conoco Cuts Steel on Innovative Towboats

Conoco is building four new towboats that purportedly offer innovations in safety, environmental interaction, as well as design improvements that Conoco claims will set new standards for the inland towing industry. "We are raising the bar for towboat design, machinery and marine systems by constructing American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) class boats," said Karen Stacey, director of Conoco domestic marine. The new vessels, being built by Orange Shipbuilding of Orange, Texas, will have safety enhancements such as CO2 extinguishing systems, fuel shutdowns, fire detection systems and fire fighting systems. Environmental upgrades will include main propulsion engines that are compliant with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions standards.

Conoco To Build New Towboats

Conoco is building four new towboats with innovative safety, environmental and design improvements that set new standards for the inland towing industry. "We are raising the bar for towboat design, machinery and marine systems by constructing American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) class boats," said Karen Stacey, director of Conoco domestic marine. Contrary to the name, towboats actually "push" cargo barges along the Intracoastal Waterway and major rivers. The new towboats, being built by Orange Shipbuilding of Orange, Texas, will have safety enhancements such as CO2 extinguishing systems, fuel shutdowns, fire detection systems and fire fighting systems.

M/T Polar Discovery’s Maiden Voyage to Port Freeport

The M/T Polar Discovery made its maiden voyage to Port Freeport on Wednesday, September 3. The Polar Discovery is classed by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and joins two sister ships, Polar Endeavour and Polar Resolution, in the ConocoPhillips U.S. flag fleet carrying crude oil from Alaska to the West Coast and Hawaii. Port Freeport Chairman of the Board Thomas S. Perryman presented Captain Dan Ellison with a maiden voyage plaque after a vessel tour given by ConocoPhillips’ marine division. “We are committed to operating and maintaining the safest and most environmentally sound vessels available,” said Antonio Valdes, general manager of ConocoPhillips’ marine division. Endeavour Class vessels have double hulls with 10 ft.

Lake Assault River Barges Arrive in San Antonio

Each of the Lake Assault river barges on the San Antonio River Walk can be configured and modified in a range of floor plans to support touring, dining, commuting, entertaining, and other applications.  (Lake Assault Boats)

Lake Assault Boats a  manufacturer of purpose-built and mission-specific work boats, fireboats, and rescue vessels – recently delivered 24 of the 43 custom river barges purchased by the City of San Antonio, Texas. The custom boats are a vital and integral component of the vibrant San Antonio River Walk that lies one story below the city’s streets, hugging the San Antonio River and connecting retail stores, restaurants, office buildings, and major tourist attractions. The boats will serve as touring and dining vessels and also as water taxis.

2009 Louisiana Super Lawyers

George J. Fowler, III

Fowler Rodriguez Valdes-Fauli Law Firm, with a specialty in admiralty and maritime law, announced that George J. Fowler, III, Antonio J. Rodriguez, Edward F. LeBreton, III and Mat M. Gray, III have been named 2009 Louisiana Super Lawyers. This award identifies the top five percent of attorneys in each state, as chosen by their peers and through the independent research of law and politics.

Conoco Leading the Way for Gulf of Mexico Shuttle Tankers

Seahorse Shuttling and Technology LLC, a wholly owned entity of Conoco, has completed the functional design of a new tanker for shuttling crude oil from the deepwater Gulf of Mexico to shore. double-hulled "GoMAX 550(TM)" shuttle tanker will be capable of transporting 550,000 barrels of crude oil. With a 40-foot draft, the new shuttle tanker will be able to enter most ports in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. "A major challenge of producing new crude oil discoveries in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico has been developing efficient means of transportation to U.S. refineries," said Antonio Valdes, manager of Conoco Marine. The GoMAX 550(TM) design is the result of a shipbuilding alliance between Conoco, Alabama Shipyard of Mobile, Ala., and Samsung Shipbuilding and Heavy Industries of South Korea.

Delivers First of Four to ConocoPhillips

Conoco, Inc's Domestic Marine Division, Houston, Texas has taken delivery of the first of four 75-ft. by 30-ft. by 10-ft. towboats that feature design, safety and environmental improvements over existing vessels working the inland waterways and the ICWW. Conoco, Inc., merged with Phillip Petroleum Company on August 30, 2002 to form ConocoPhillips a company with $75 billion in assets. The Conoco Marine Division has seven towboats and 14 barges. These 2,000 hp twin-screw vessels are being built by Orange Shipbuilding, Orange, Texas, a division of Conrad Industries of Morgan City, La. and will replace older vessels. "We are raising the bar for towboat design…

USS San Antonio Arrives in Norfolk

The amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17) gets assistance from a tugboat as she prepares to moor at her new homeport of Naval Station Norfolk, Va. As the first in her class, San Antonio represents a key element of the Navy’s sea base transformation. The San Antonio-class will functionally replace over 41 ships (LPD 4, LSD 36, LKA 113 and LST 1179 classes of amphibious ships) providing the Navy and Marine Corps with modern sea-based platforms. U.S. the amphibious transport dock USS San Antonio (LPD 17) arrived at its homeport, Naval Station Norfolk, Jan. 25. San Antonio was commissioned Jan. 14 at Naval Station Ingleside, Texas, and will be permanently homeported in Norfolk.

US Navy Aids Ailing Cargo Ship Crewman

The U.S. Navy’s amphibious transport dock USS San Antonio (LPD 17) provided medical assistance to a crew member of a cargo vessel after receiving a distress call September 12.   After receiving the call at 5:32 p.m., the ship's medical team boarded the Liberian-flagged motor vessel Fernando and rendered aid to the crew member, a Polish national, who was then transported to San Antonio for further evaluation.    After evaluating the condition of the crew member and assessing a need for hospital care, San Antonio coordinated a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) to a hospital ashore in Oman for follow-on care.

Amphibious Ship San Antonio to be Christened

The lead ship of the Navy’s newest class of amphibious warship, San Antonio (LPD 17), will be christened during ceremonies July 19 at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Avondale Operations in New Orleans. Gen. Michael W. Hagee, commandant of the Marine Corps, will deliver the ceremony's principal address. U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas will serve as ship's sponsor. In the time-honored Navy tradition, Hutchison will break a bottle of champagne across the bow to formally christen the ship, named for the city of San Antonio, Texas. San Antonio is the first surface ship ever designed in "virtual reality,” using computer modeling to design most of the ship before any steel was cut.

Northrop Grumman Christens San Antonio

Saturday, July 19, 2003, at the company's Avondale operations near New Orleans. Hundreds of guests and employees attended the traditional dockside ceremony. transport dock ships being built for the U.S. Navy by Northrop Grumman. Gen. Michael W. Hagee, commandant of the U.S. principal address at the ceremony. San Antonio. The ship's sponsor was U.S. from Texas who christened the vessel. Hutchison. Currently, the ship is more than 75 percent complete. and start powering up the ship's systems. commissioned for U.S. Marines. mission. major components and large assemblies for the ship. on San Antonio," said Dr. Ronald D. president of Northrop Grumman Corporation. and LST 1179 classes of amphibious ships. Intergraph Corporation and vendors in 36 states.

Navy Commissions Amphibious Transport Dock Ship San Antonio

Sailors man the rails of the amphibious transport dock USS San Antonio (LPD 17) as it arrives at her new homeport of Naval Station Norfolk. San Antonio is the lead ship in the Navy’s newest amphibious transport dock-class of ships. She is scheduled to stay at Naval Station Norfolk for the holidays and then sail to Ingleside, Texas for her commissioning ceremony, Jan. 14, 2006. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist Seaman Apprentice Charles A. The U.S. Navy will commission the USS San Antonio, lead ship of the latest class of amphibious ships, at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, at Naval Station Ingleside, Texas. Former President George H. W. Bush will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. Sen. Capt. Jonathan M.

USS San Antonio Steps Mast

As part of crew move aboard, the crew of the future USS San Antonio (LPD 17) officially “stepped” their Advanced Enclosed Mast/Sensor System (AEM/S) recently. Normally, a ship’s Mast Stepping occurs earlier in conjunction with ship christening, but delaying this event until now enabled all of future San Antonio’s crew to be present. The ancient custom of “stepping the mast,” by placing coins under the step or bottom of a ship’s mast during construction, dates from antiquity. One belief from Greek Mythology is that should the ship be wrecked during passage, the coins would ensure payment of the crew’s wages for their return home. Since at least the construction of USS Constitution, this tradition has been passed on as a symbol of good luck for U.S. Navy ships.

USS San Antonio (LPD 17) in Production

The Navy’s newest amphibious ship, the amphibious transport dock USS San Antonio is in production. USS San Antonio is the first ship of 12 amphibious ships that will support the Marine Corps’ landing forces and embarked Marines in forward presence operations throughout the world. Designed to fully support Marine Corps missions involving amphibious or expeditionary maneuver warfare, as well as special operations, the ship has a flight deck for aircraft and a well deck for landing craft or tracked amphibious vehicles. Each ship can carry 720 Marines, land them by Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicles, or fly them to their objective areas in a variety of helicopters or vertical take-off and landing aircraft. At 684 in length, 105 ft.

CVN 21 Program Manager Change of Command

Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Aircraft Carriers recently held a change of command ceremony for Capt. Michael Schwartz, who was relieved of his duties as CVN 21 program manager. In the same ceremony Capt. Brian Antonio assumed command as CVN 21 program manager. In a ceremony held after the change of command, Schwartz retired marking an end to his 26 years of service in the Navy. In August 2000, Schwartz reported to PEO Aircraft Carriers, as assistant program manager for Aircraft Carrier Refueling Complex Overhauls, and in June 2003 he was selected as program manager, CVN 21 Future Aircraft Carriers Program. Antonio indicated that he was proud to take the helm and acknowledged the importance of the program as it transitions from largely a design effort to a production effort.

Hapag-Lloyd Revises Schedules Following Vessel Delays

Hapag-Lloyd

As an exceptional measure, an extra vessel will be phased in for one cycle until the schedule is fully recovered, which mean to run the service with 8 vessels. These vessels delays are a result of the bad weather in Chile and Brazil, strike in Antofagasta and the situation with MV Barry 169E faced in Bahía Blanca.

US Navy Awards Ingalls LPD17 Service Deal

USS San Antonio (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has been awarded a $34.8 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for life-cycle engineering and support services on the U.S. Navy’s USS San Antonio (LPD 17) class of amphibious transport docks. The contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $242 million. The shipbuilder said services provided in the contract include post-delivery planning and engineering, systems integration and engineering support…

Eye on the Fleet: Assault Craft Unit

On Dec. 24, in the Persian Gulf, a landing craft air cushion (LCAC) from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4 prepares to embark aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17). San Antonio is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Goodwin.

WISTA Houston, Luncheon for Adm Mary Landry

The members of the Houston Chapter of The Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association have invited the public to attend a luncheon for Rear Admiral Mary Landry Commander of the Eighth Coast Guard District on Tuesday, October 6, 2009, at 12:30 pm at the Sheraton Brookhollow (3000 North Loop West Fwy Houston, Texas 77092). This event is underwritten by AET Inc Limited as well as:BG Americas and Global LNG, Fowler Rodriguez Valdes-Fauli, SeaRiver Maritime Inc., and Texas A&M University at Galveston. RSVP Deborah Lawson at 713 658 3905 or dlawson@frvf-law.com. Ticket prices for this event are $25 prepaid and $35 at the door. Register and pay online at: www.lawsonlegal.net/WISTAHouston.html

WISTA Houston, Luncheon for Adm Mary Landry

The members of the Houston Chapter of The Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association have invited the public to attend a luncheon for Rear Admiral Mary Landry Commander of the Eighth Coast Guard District on Tuesday, October 6, 2009, at 12:30 pm at the Sheraton Brookhollow (3000 North Loop West Fwy Houston, Texas 77092). This event is underwritten by AET Inc Limited as well as:BG Americas and Global LNG, Fowler Rodriguez Valdes-Fauli, SeaRiver Maritime Inc., and Texas A&M University at Galveston. RSVP Deborah Lawson at 713 658 3905 or dlawson@frvf-law.com. Ticket prices for this event are $25 prepaid and $35 at the door. Register and pay online at: www.lawsonlegal.net/WISTAHouston.html

Northrop Grumman Gets $1.45b Contract

Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a $1.45b U.S. Navy shipbuilding contract for the construction and further development of a new San Antonio (LPD 17)-class ship. The contract is for the construction of one new amphibious transport dock ship, Arlington (LPD 24), and for long lead material procurement for Somerset (LPD 25). Current Navy plans call for Northrop Grumman to build at least nine ships in the class. Northrop Grumman delivered the first ship, USS San Antonio (LPD 17), in 2005, and the ship was commissioned in January 2006. Currently, New Orleans (LPD 18), Mesa Verde (LPD 19), Green Bay (LPD 20), New York (LPD 21) and San Diego (LPD 22) are in various stages of construction at the company's shipyards in New Orleans, La., and Pascagoula and Gulfport, Miss.

Hamburg Süd Christens “Cap San Antonio”

(l. to r.) Hervé Martel, Prof. Dr. Stephan Schüller, Dr. Arnt Vespermann, Veronika Schüller (Sponsor), Uwe Köhler, Edouard Philippe

On Friday, Hamburg Süd celebrated the christening of its container ship “Cap San Antonio” at the Cruise Terminal of Le Havre, France, with customers and business partners. The sponsor is Veronika Schüller, wife of Prof Dr Stephan Schüller, Chairman of the General Partners of Bankhaus Lampe KG. The “Cap San Antonio” is one of a series of six new ships of the “Cap San” class built for Hamburg Süd at the Korean yard Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan. All newbuildings of this class each have a nominal slot capacity of 9,600 TEU, making them the shipping group’s largest vessels.

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