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Monday, January 22, 2018

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Marcon Broker Tugboat Sale a Second Time

'Island Fox': Photo courtesy of Marcon

Stevens Towing of Charleston, South Carolina has sold their U.S flag, twin screw tug “Island Fox” (ex Pt. Brower, Arctic Knight, Arctic Fox) to private foreign buyers. Marcon International, Inc. adds that they acted as broker for the sellers, to whom Marcon sold the vessel in 2006 from the West Coast. The 85’ x 30’ x 11’ depth tug was built in 1981 at Dakota Creek Shipyard in Anacortes, Washington as the “Arctic Fox” for Bering Marine of Seattle. It was originally designed and built as a versatile boat for working both in the rough, cold coastal waters and the shallow rivers of Alaska.

USCG Sea Fox Commissioned at Keyport

Northwest region military personnel and guests celebrated the commissioning of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Sea Fox (WPB 87374) at the Naval Base Kitsap, Keyport pier Sept. 18. Rear Adm. Gary Blore, commander, 13th Coast Guard District, presided over the commissioning ceremony. Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Charles Bowen provided the keynote speech accompanied by his wife, Janet, the ship's official sponsor. By tradition, the sponsor is a civilian woman with close ties to the service. She is invited to bestow good luck and divine protection over the ship and all that sail aboard. The sponsor also gives part of her own personality to the ship and becomes a permanent member of the crew.

Fishing Vessel Captain Pleads Guilty to Pollution Charges

A captain of the fishing vessel (F/V) Native Sun pleaded guilty in federal court in Seattle for discharging oily-waste directly into the ocean in violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) and the federal conspiracy statute. Randall Fox pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Lasnik of the Western District of Washington to two criminal felony counts for violating APPS’ prohibition against discharging oily-wastes, namely machinery-space bilge water, directly into the ocean. According to court documents, Randall Fox and other coconspirators repeatedly discharged the oil-contaminated bilge water into the ocean using unapproved submersible pumps and hoses.

New Jersey Transportation Chief to Resign

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Friday said his transportation commissioner Jamie Fox would step down by the end of the month to return to the private sector after only a year in the position. Fox was previously a lobbyist with airline company United Continental Holdings Inc. before Christie tapped him to be transportation czar in September 2014. Federal authorities are conducting a criminal probe into the previous relationship between United, during Fox's tenure there, and David Samson, former chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Federal investigators are probing flights that United added between Newark, New Jersey, and Columbia, South Carolina, near Samson's vacation home.

World's No.3 Shipbuilder Profits Plummet

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) net profit fell 82% in 2012. The loss is primarily attributed to the decision DSME made in 2009 to book orders for ships at lower rates to stay afloat in the aftermath of the financial crisis, reports Fox Business News. In a further setback, the world's third-largest shipbuilder by sales also lowered its order target for 2013, faced by a supply glut in the shipping industry and a fragile global economy. For the year, Daewoo Shipbuilding has set an order target of $13 billion, down 9% from its actual achievement of $14.3 billion last year. Source: Fox Business News via Dow Jones Business Wire  

Report: Some Northrop Grumman Employees on Strike

Some employees of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Pascagoula went on strike on Thursday morning, reported Fox 10 The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, IBEW Local Union #733, has confirmed union members are striking. IBEW and several other unions rejected a recent contract proposal from the ship building company. Members say the proposed raises would not be enough to off-set recent cost of living increases. Source: FOX 10

Ship Towed After Engine Room Fire

On January 11, 2004, Falmouth Coastguard received a call from the master of the general cargo vessel SEA FOX, reporting that they had had a fire in the engine room and were disabled and drifting in the Lands End Traffic Separation Zone. For the safety of the crew and to guard against any threat of pollution if the vessel drifted ashore, Falmouth Coastguard instructed the Coastguard Emergency Towing Vessel “Anglian Princess” to take the SEA FOX under tow to the safety of Falmouth where the damage to the engine room can be assessed. Mike Quinn, Falmouth Coastguard Watch Manager, said: “The fire had already been extinguished when the vessel called us and we don’t know the cause at this stage, there have been no reports of injuries to any of the nine crew.

Fox Named Crowley’s Sr. VP, Corporate Services

Photo courtesy Crowley Maritime Corp.

Crowley Maritime Corp. announced that Carl Fox will assume the role of senior vice president of corporate services on June 1. Fox will continue to work out of the company's Jacksonville office while reporting to Bill Pennella, Crowley's vice chairman and executive vice president. In his new position, Fox joins the company's senior leadership team and will manage several departments, including Information Technology; Corporate Communications; Human Resources; Safety, Security, Quality and Environmental (SSQE)…

AMO Responds to Cruise Line Industry Criticisms

American Maritime Officers Association (AMO) president follows up on his recent appearance on FOX News Channel. The AMO president says his April 15 live appearance on FOX News Channel's segment, "Remembering Titanic 101 years Ago Today," which highlighted concerns about the rising tide of marine mishaps, has drawn undue criticism from the cruise ship industry's lobbying group, yet, has ignited overwhelming positive public and professional support of putting highly-trained AMO-member U.S. merchant mariners in command of more passenger vacation vessels. A few days after American Maritime Officers President Tom Bethel appeared on "FOX & Friends," the Cruise Lines International Association issued a news release in the form of an open letter from CEO Christine Duffy to Mr. Bethel.

All American Marine Delivers Ferry to Seattle

   The maiden voyage of the MV Sally Fox (photo courtesy of All American Marine)

All American Marine, Inc. (AAM) today announced the delivery of a new passenger ferry that will serve the city of Seattle. The vessel, MV Sally Fox, was dedicated at a ceremony on Vashon Island on Saturday. The Sally Fox is the first of two new ferries ordered by King County’s Marine Division as replacement vessels for their scheduled water taxi service. All American Marine was awarded the contract and issued the Notice to Proceed for the identical vessels at the start of 2014. Sally Fox is the first U.S.

Admiral Provides Details of Somali Piracy Killings

Four pirates are dead and 15 are in custody, but not before they killed four Americans in the bloodiest piracy incident in recent history, the commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command told reporters in a conference call. Navy Vice Adm. Mark I. Fox, who also commands the Navy’s 5th Fleet, said the pirates shot Scott and Jean Adams of California and Phyllis Mackay and Bob Riggle of Washington state. The surface vessel Quest was sailing around the world when the Somalis hijacked it off the coast of Oman. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters on Air Force One that President Barack Obama authorized the use of force if there was an imminent threat to the hostages. He said the president was informed of their deaths at 4:42 this morning.

Italy Illegal Immigrant Ship Sinking Update

Italian divers have recovered more bodies from the wreck of a people smugglers' ship that sank off the tiny island of Lampedusa, raising the death toll to 275, while prosecutors have detained a man suspected of being the ship's captain, reports Fox News. Fox News citing Coast Guard Commander Filippo Marini reported that he search would continue as long as weather allows. Just 155 migrants, most if not all from Eritrea, survived last Thursday's shipwreck. Survivors said there were some 500 people on board when the ship capsized and sank in sight of land. Tens of thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East try to cross the Mediterranean Sea each year, seeking a better life in Europe, but the journey is fraught with danger. Source: Fox News  

MarPro Editor Joe Keefe Appears on Fox Business News

(Image courtesy: http://video.foxbusiness.com)

Joseph Keefe, editor of Maritime Professional and MarineNews magazines, last night appeared on Fox Business News' "America's Nightly Scoreboard" with David Asman to discuss the scrapping of a pair of U.S. Navy tankers before they were complete. Joe Keefe Appears on Fox Business News    

Bollinger Shipyards Celebrates Success

US Senator David Vitter (R-La.) speaking to Bollinger employees and guest during Bollinger's celebration of success on the completion of the 75th 87 ft Marine Protector-class Coastal Patrol Boat.

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. hosted a celebration of success ceremony on May 1, commemorating the completion of the 87 ft Marine Protector-class Coastal Patrol Boat (CPB) project. The event featured the USCGC Sea Fox (WPB 87374). S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.), Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-La.); Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Acquisition Rear Adm. Gary T. Blore; Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. CEO and Chairman of the Board Donald “Boysie” Bollinger; Bollinger Executive Vice President, New Construction, Chris Bollinger; and 42-year Bollinger employee L.J. Adams, Facility Foreman, addressed the crowd.

Chouest Appoint Rick Fox to Lead Alaska Operations

Rick Fox: Photo courtesy of ECO

The Edison Chouest Offshore group of companies (ECO) has announced the appointment of Rick Fox as senior vice president and general manager of Alaska operations. Fox will be responsible for leading all ECO vessel activities in the Arctic, as well as overseeing the operation of Chouest affiliates Fairweather, LLC, Deadhorse Aviation Center, Tulugaq, LLC and VDOS, LLC (Virtual Data Operations Support). ECO operates a fleet of over 200 highly-specialized support vessels, ranging from 87 to 360 feet in length, serving a global customer base.

Baltic Trading Arrange Funding Buy Bulk Carriers

Baltic Trading Limited has taken delivery of the 2010-built 'Baltic Fox' and the 2009-built 'Baltic Hare', two Handysize vessels of approximately 32,000 dwt. Both vessels have entered into the Clipper Logger Pool, a spot market-related Handysize pool operated by Clipper Bulk. John C. Wobensmith, President and Chief Financial Officer, commented, "We are pleased to take delivery of the Baltic Fox and the Baltic Hare, as planned, and enter the vessels into a spot market-related vessel pool consistent with our fleet deployment strategy. The Company also has executed a $22 million credit agreement with DVB Bank SE, as previously announced on July 8, 2013. Under the terms of the six-year facility, amounts borrowed will bear interest at LIBOR plus a margin of 3.35%.

Fishing Vessel Owner, Captain Face Environmental Charges

The owner and captain of the commercial F/V Native Sun, were indicted Thursday for conspiracy, as well as violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS). According to the indictment, starting in 2011 and continuing into 2013, Bingham and Randall Fox discharged and caused other crewmembers to illegally discharge oil and other pollutants into waters of the United States, coastal waters near Blaine, Wash., and the open ocean where the ship operated. The discharge of oil and other bilge wastes are regulated by the CWA and APPS to protect the nation's waterways, port and ocean water quality. The discharge of oils and other pollutants in waters of the United States is prohibited absent a CWA permit.

Coast Guard Helping Stuck Ship Back into Shipping Channel

Coast Guard crews are working to get a freighter ship unstuck after it lost power and ran aground near the central span of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The bridge was shut down in both directions this morning as a precaution, snarling rush hour traffic. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the freighter lost power after passing through the central span of the bridge. The pilot of the vessel ran it into a sandbar so it wouldn’t drift near the bridge. Fox showed Coast Guard tugboats circling the freighter. The most recent view showed them helping the ship back into the deeper waters of the shipping channel. Source: fox

SHI Profits Eroded by One-Off Costs

Samsung Heavy Industries (HII) Q4 3012 net profit fell 59% due to costs related to an oil-leakage accident in 2007. Net profit for the three months ended December 31 fell to KRW73 billion from KRW176.5 billion a year earlier, reports Fox Business News; however, fourth-quarter sales and operating profit rose on orders for higher-end ships. Full-year 2012 net profit fell 6.4% to KRW796.4 billion. Operating profit climbed 11% to KRW1.206 trillion and sales rose 8.2% to KRW14.49 trillion. Source: Fox Business News/Dow Jones Newswires

Arctic Well Drills by Shell to Increase Due to Delays

Royal Dutch Shell expects to drill 8 wells in the second half of its two-year Arctic exploration program, 3 more than originally planned. Stubborn ice sheets and permit delays have reduced the amount of time available for Shell to complete the first five wells this year, reports 'Fox Business News'. Shell, which still plans to drill ten wells in two years, is busy working with the U.S. coastguard to complete a special oil spill containment vessel that is being retrofitted to operate in more challenging conditions. The Shell spokesman said ice in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas is thicker than it has it has been in more than a decade. The company has previously indicated that it expects to begin drilling sometime in early August. Source: Fox Business News  

Navy's First Supercarrier Sold for a Penny

USS Forrestal in 1982: Photo Wiki CCL

The U.S. Navy sold the 1,067-foot behemoth 'USS Forrestal' to a Texas company, All Star Metals, to be dismantled, scrapped and recycled, an inauspicious fate for a ship with a colorful and tragic history, reports Fox News, citing a Navy announcement. USS Forrestal is perhaps best known for a 1967 incident in which stray voltage triggered an accidental explosion that struck a plane on the flight deck whose cockpit was occupied by a young John McCain. A chain reaction of blasts and fires ultimately killed 134 men and injured more than 300.

Container Ship 2013 Capacity to Outpace Demand

A.P. Moller-Maersk expects container ship capacity to grow 11% this year, outpacing demand, forcing owners to take corrective measures. The industry is likely to scrap more vessels, sail them at even slower speeds and idle more ships in order to balance supply with growth, Soren Skou, the chief executive of Maersk Line, told media at a news conference in Singapore, as reported by Fox Business News. Slow steaming, industry term for slowing down ships to save fuel, will reduce effective industry-wide capacity by 2% 2013. In 2013, 2% of the global container vessel fleet may be scrapped, and the percentage of ships that are idling may grow at least one percentage point from the current 5% to 6%. Source: Fox Business News  

SUNY Maritime Announces Major Gifts

SUNY Maritime College announces three major gifts received as a result of two successful fundraising events – the 2006 Admiral’s Scholarship Dinner and the Class of 1956 Reunion Committee’s class gift campaign. Major gift donors are Clay Maitland, a former college foundation trustee and long time contributor; and Class of 1956 alumni, Captain Brian A. McAllister and Captain John F. Fox. With a record turnout of 550 guests on hand, the 2006 Admiral’s Scholarship Dinner capped the most successful year in Maritime’s fundraising history with over $410,000 raised through this year’s spring event. Clay Maitland, a long time contributor to maritime related organizations and a former college foundation trustee chose the dinner to make public his intention to donate $100…

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