Rio Bravo Christened in Antwerp
The Rio Bravo was christened Nov. 12 in the port of Antwerp. She is the fifth newbuilding in a series of six identical Hamburg Süd container vessels, each with a slot capacity of 5,900 TEU. Sponsor of the Rio Bravo is Laura Madeleine von Schubert, daughter of Roland Oetker, Managing Partner of R.O.I. Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH and Member of the Advisory Board of the Oetker Group. Following her delivery on 18 August 2009 at Daewoo Mangalia Heavy Industries (DMHI), the Rio Bravo was first deployed in the service between Asia and South America East Coast before being phased into the Europe – South America East Coast Service in mid-October. She will be calling at Antwerp for the first time for the christening.
Seaspan Acquires 4th 10000 TEU SAVER Containership
Seaspan Corporation (NYSE:SSW) announced today that it accepted delivery of a 10000 TEU containership, the MOL Bravo. The new containership, which was constructed at Jiangsu Yangzi Xinfu Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. using Seaspan's fuel-efficient SAVER design, is Seaspan's fourth of five 10000 TEU SAVER design containerships scheduled for delivery in 2014. The MOL Bravo will commence an eight-year, fixed-rate time charter with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. ("MOL"). The ship is the first of a total of five 10000 TEU SAVER design vessels…
Ships Collide on Lower Mississippi
Three ships were involved in a collision on the lower Mississippi River near Convent, Louisiana, Monday when a bulk carrier broke free from its mooring and drifted into a moored towing vessel and then an offloading tank ship. The U.S. Coast Guard is responding. Motor vessel Privocean, a 751-foot bulk carrier, broke free from its mooring and drifted down river and collided with the 98-foot towing vessel Texas which was moored at the time. The Privocean then continued to drift down river and collided with the motor vessel Bravo, an 816-foot tank ship, which was offloading crude oil at the time of the incident. The Bravo was able to complete emergency shutdown procedures before breaking free of her moorings and connection points, causing an oil spill.
This Day in Coast Guard History – August 31
1819-The cutters Alabama and Louisiana captured the privateer Bravo in the Gulf of Mexico. The Bravo's master, Jean Le Farges -- a lieutenant of Jean Lafitte -- was later hanged from the Louisiana's yardarm. The cutters then sailed for Patterson's Town on Breton Island to destroy the notorious pirates' den there. 1852-The Lighthouse Board was created and charged with administering the Lighthouse Service, as the Revenue Cutter Service was again decentralized. The board was comprised of Army and Navy officers, and civilian scientists. Channel marking and light operation acquired scientific precision and engineering. Classical lenses and lateral buoy systems were introduced. (Source: USCG Historian’s Office)
General Dynamics Awarded $3m to Develop Sub Maneuvering Tech
General Dynamics Electric Boat has received a $3.2m contract to continue development of the next phase of external electric actuators that can be used for submarine steering and diving planes. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. The development includes key innovative design features for external high- torque electric actuators that can be used to replace conventional hydraulic systems for the planes. Studies have shown that if hydraulics are replaced by electric actuators, there is the potential for significant savings in installation and maintenance costs. In addition, the actuators would provide a cleaner and safer on-board environment. Tango Bravo Program. shaftless propulsion under Tango Bravo.
Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company Awarded $11.5m Contract
Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company, Inc., Honolulu, Hawaii, is being awarded $11.5m for firm-fixed-price Task Order #0007 under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity multiple award construction contract (N62742-04-D-1302) for repair and improvements of Bravo Docks 12, 13, and 14 at Naval Station, Pearl Harbor.Work will be performed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and is expected to be completed by April 2009.Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Hawaii, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is the contracting activity.
MAN Diesel L27/38 Engine for Tugs
MAN Diesel Spain has been active within the tug segment recently, having played a key role in three orders that contract the company to supply 18 MAN Diesel L27/38 engines to Boluda Corporación Marítima, Spain, the international marine group and shipbuilder. The engines are destined for nine newbuilding tugs; ten engines were already delivered in 2009 with the remainder due in 2010/2011. The three orders encompass two engines for the V.B. Bravo, owned by Boluda Corporación Marítima through its subsidiary AUXMASA…
Kvichak Gets Coast Guard TPSB Contract
Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc., of Seattle, Wash., was recently awarded a five year contract by the U.S. Coast Guard for the construction of up to 80 each Transportable Port Security Boats (TPSB). The all-aluminum vessels are operated by a crew of four and include shock mitigating seats to minimize crew fatigue on extended missions. Ballistic Armor Protection and up to four mounted weapons provide increased mission capability and crew safety during tactical operations. The 32.8-ft vessels will be replacing the USCG’s current aging fleet of smaller, outboard powered fiberglass boats.
Kvichak Nets Five-Year Coast Guard Contract
Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc., of Seattle, WA, was awarded a five year contract by the U.S. Coast Guard for the construction of up to 80 each Transportable Port Security Boats (TPSB) in 2011. Kvichak recently delivered the 30th hull of this contract to the USCG. The all-aluminum vessels are operated by a crew of 4 and include shock mitigating seats to minimize crew fatigue on extended missions. Ballistic Armor Protection and up to 4 mounted weapons provide increased mission capability and crew safety during tactical operations.
Proserv Wins Cygnus Topside Controls Contract
Proserv, a global provider of production technology services, has secured a £1.2million contract to supply topside control equipment at a major southern North Sea development. The company was awarded the deal on the Cygnus field by operator GDF SUEZ through its design contractor AMEC. As part of the agreement Proserv will supply the design, engineering and build of wellhead control panels and accompanying topside umbilical termination units for the Alpha and Bravo platforms.
UK's Proserv Wins Platform Topside Controls Contract
Proserv secure a £1.2-million contract to supply topside control equipment at a major southern North Sea development. The company was awarded the deal on the Cygnus field by operator GDF SUEZ through its design contractor AMEC. As part of the agreement Proserv will supply the design, engineering and build of wellhead control panels and accompanying topside umbilical termination unit for the Alpha and Bravo platforms. Six of the 10 development wells for both platforms will be controlled by the initial panel design and includes the commissioning of spares and specialist tools.
Mastry Supports USCG With Engine Training
Mastry Engine Center is well-known for its comprehensive training programs for recreational boat owners, dealers, the Navy and other customers. Recently Mastry expanded its scope, providing three-day training sessions for the US Coast Guard. Its first class included 15 USCG attendees from across the country, all currently serving on USCG cutters with Over the Horizon (OTH) craft on board. These are smaller, rigid inflatable boats powered by 315 hp Yanmar 6LPA-STZP engines and Mercury Bravo drives.
This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History - May 9
1985- The CGC Chase was crippled by an engine room fire that put the cutter out of service for almost six months. One crewman, MK3 Nicholas V. Barei III, was killed during the incident. 1985-The largest cocaine seizure by the Coast Guard (to date) was made when Coast Guard units seized the Goza Now with 1,909 pounds of cocaine. The unlit speedboat, or "go-fast," was first located by the CGC Cape Shoalwater as it raced towards Miami. An AIRSTA Miami helicopter was dispatched to investigate and then began chasing it as it neared Miami Beach. As they approached the shoreline, the three-man crew of the go-fast jumped overboard and escaped but a TACLET seized the abandoned Goza Now and her illicit cargo. District 7 got a "Bravo Zulu" from Attorney General Edwin Meese.
Subsea 7 Awarded Contract from Ithaca Energy
Subsea 7 Inc, has been awarded a contract by Ithaca Energy (UK) Limited for installation works in Block 12/21c of the UK Sector North Sea approximately 10.5km north east of the existing Beatrice Alpha facilities. The contract is valued in excess of $22m. Subsea 7 will provide project management, fabrication, installation and offshore pre-commissioning of a 10.5km production and water injection pipeline and power cable tie-back of the new Jacky platform to the Beatrice Alpha platform with a 1km production and water injection pipeline tie-back of the Beatrice Bravo platform to a mid-line manifold structure. The offshore installation of…
ACB Awarded USCG Security Boat Contract
ACB has been awarded a $37.7m, five-year contract to provide the U.S. Coast Guard up to 80 Transportable Port Security Boats (TPSB). The high-performance, 32.8 ft vessels are powered with Twin 315HP Yanmar Diesels and Bravo X-1 outdrives and will replace the USCG’s current aging inventory. The TPSB will operate in coastal areas throughout the world and are capable of conducting missions in as little as 24 inches of water or can safely operate in 10 ft sea conditions. The TPSB is designed to enable the crew to carry out their mission of security…
ACB Awarded $9.8m Coast Guard Contract
for their Cutter Boat-Large (CB-L) fleet. days. The ACB CB-L will replace the USCG’s aging fleet. of conducting multiple missions in all weather conditions such as search and rescue (SAR), maritime law enforcement (MLE), ports and waterways and coastal security. passengers, is equipped with shock mitigated seating for the crew and gun mounts to accommodate M240G/M16 forward and aft for MLE missions. top speed is 39.5 knots. skill sets that provide the basis of the ACB construction and logistics team.
Vessels: Munson Delivers 48-ft. PackCat
Nikolski Fisherman's Association recently took delivery of this 48-ft. welded aluminum PACKCAT landing craft designed and built by the William E. Munson Company of Mount Vernon, Wash. The vessel is designed to transport 20-ft. shipping containers to and from Dutch Harbor to the remote island of Nikolski, 110 miles west in the Aleutian chain. Nikolski Fisherman's Association will use the vessel to transport the containers loaded with construction materials to build their new fishing lodge, as well as for general purpose cargo hauling to and from Dutch. The 9.5-ft. wide bow door and 34-ft. long open cargo deck are outfitted with heavy duty deck rollers for offloading containers on the beach with a backhoe.
Ferry Mishap Claims Eight Lives
Eight people were killed when a ferry sank in the northern Philippines. Colonel Delfin Bravo, police operations officer in Tuguegarao, said 50 passengers survived by swimming to shore or were saved by rescuers after last Wednesday's accident. Rescuers were still searching for survivors along the Chico river, 360 km (225 miles) north of Manila. Officials said the ferry might have been buffeted by big waves and strong winds due to incessant rains in the northern Philippines over the past few days. Police said the base of the improvised ferry was made up of four boats, which were tied together to carry a wooden platform.
Chilean Navy Rescues Ailing French Rower
The Chilean Navy picked up French rower Jo Le Guen from a British container ship after he abandoned his bid to cross the southern Pacific Ocean because of illness, the navy said. Jaime Bravo, Naval Commander in Punta Arenas, the world's most southerly city, said the rower was under 24-hour observation in a Punta Arenas hospital. A high-speed boat collected Le Guen from the container ship Palliser Bay, which had picked him up on April 10 after being rerouted to deliver medicine to him. The ship's crew found him gravely ill and raised the alarm. Le Guen was trying to make a solo crossing from New Zealand to Cape Horn in a bid to draw attention to ocean pollution. He contracted blood poisoning after sustaining foot wounds several weeks ago.
BULKERS Molat - (built 1977) 37,836 dwt sold for $1 million. Sea Resource - (built 1977) 27,000 dwt sold to Taiwanese buyers for $1.35 million. Neptune Akabar - (built 1986) 21,650 dwt sold to Chinese buyers for $5.3 million. Top Concord - (built 1984) 21,362 dwt sold for $4.25 million. Bravo - (built 1988) 15,900 dwt sold at auction for $950,000 with delivery as is laid up in Immingham. Alpha Accord - (built 1985) 7,015 dwt sold for $1.7 million. TANKERS Polysymphony - (built 1993) 149,000 dwt sold for $41 million. – All sales not final (Reuters)
Steyr Motor Offers Lightweight Design
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ACP CEO Honored with Latin Trade Award
Top award acknowledges outstanding service in the Western Hemisphere. CEO of the Panama Canal Authority, Alberto Alemán Zubieta, will be awarded the Latin Trade BRAVO Business Award for Distinguished Service in the Hemisphere on October 28. With nine categories, including a Lifetime Achievement Award and Dynamic CEO of the Year, the BRAVO Business Awards are given to those playing a key role in improving Latin America’s economy, business and education. “I am humbled by this honor…
JF Subsea Inspects Shell Oil Rigs with New ROV technique
James Fisher Subsea (JF Subsea), a world leading subsea services division of James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS), has reduced inspection downtime to 2% for Shell UK, through the innovative use of asset-based remotely operated vehicles (ABROVs) on oil rig inspection programmes in the North Sea. Traditionally, oil rig inspections are undertaken using a dedicated remotely operated vehicle support vessel (ROVSV), on which an ROV is secured. To remove the need of a ROVSV and the hazards involved with securing an ROV to the offshore platform…