FL Coast Guard Gets New Boat
The US Coast Guard's Fort Myers Beach station received a 33 foot, special purpose law enforcement craft. The boat purchase is part of a joint program with the Department of Homeland Security. The craft is a 33-foot aluminum mono-hull with a 10-ft. beam and foam collar. It is powered by three 275-hp engines capable of speeds in excess of 50 knots and is capable of operating more than 30 miles from shore. It is equipped with a state-of-the-art navigation system and secure communications capability. Coast Guard crews will receive three days of boat familiarization training conducted by SAFE Boats International, as well as shore-based non-compliant vessel pursuit tactics training conducted by CBP. This is the first 33-ft. SPC-LE Sector St. Petersburg has received.
Cosco Shipyard Gets New Orders
Cosco has secured new shipbuilding contracts for its shipyard in Zhoushan, China, ChannelNewsAsia.com reported. One of the contracts is to build 12 new bulk carriers of 57,000 dead weight tons each. A second contract is for four pure car and truck carriers that can carry 5,000 vehicles each. They were awarded by a sister company, Cosco International Ship Trading. The ships are to be delivered between December next year and October 2009.
Malta Drydocks Gets New Leader
Malta appointed the head of Malta Shipbuilding as chairman of Malta Drydocks, pointing to closer cooperation between the two loss-making firms. The Department of Information said former banker John Cassar White, chairman of Malta Shipbuilding for almost two years, would also head Malta Drydocks from February. He will take over from Noel Zarb Adami.
Georgia Port Gets New Cranes
Two super post-panamax cranes, arrived today at the Port of Savannah. They are reportedly the largest cranes to operate in the state of Georgia, and represent an $11.6 million investment in operations improvements by the Georgia Ports Authority.
Korean Shipyard Gets Orders for Two Liftboats
The value of this contract is approximately US$ 1.1 billion and the rigs will be delivered in the middle of 2015. After delivery, these rigs will be chartered by Statoil, the Norwegian state oil company for eight years, and they will provide services to the Norwegian Coast, the North Sea, and Polar Regions. Statoil is operating a ‘Category-D’ oil well exploitation project on the Norwegian continental shelf and it will be possible for these rigs to drill up to a maximum depth of 8,500m in 100~500m of water. These semi-submersible rigs will be 116m long, 97m wide, and fitted with the Dynamic Positioning System which includes a GPS system.
China's Shipbuilding Industry Sees Rapid Growth
China's shipbuilding industry continues to grow rapidly with shipbuilders getting new orders totaling 16.08 million deadweight tons in the first half of the year, a 113-percent rise over the same period last year, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). The NDRC said shipbuilders hold total orders of 50.92 million deadweight tons in the first half of the year with an increase of 43 percent, accounting for 20 percent of the world's market share. The national Medium-and Long-Term Plan of the Shipbuilding Industry, which was approved in August by the State Council, the country's cabinet, said the industry should accelerate its restructuring and upgrading to become strong enough to drive the growth of related sectors.
Matsu Coast Guard Gets New Patrol Boat
The coast guard squad stationed on the island of Matsu has recently been equipped with a new 50-ton patrol boat. the addition of the vessel aims to boost the island's ability to catch Chinese poachers, coast guard officers said Monday. With the new ship, the squad now operates a fleet of three 50-ton patrol boats that have a shallow draft, allowing them to cruise between the reefs surrounding Matsu to intercept the poachers, who often escape patrols by making for shallow water, the officers said. In the past, an increasing number of Chinese fishing boats have sneaked into the seas surrounding Matsu to poach, mostly with banned electric devices and explosives, according to the squad. Source: Central News Agency
AVEVA Gets New Contract with SLS
AVEVA announces new contract with leading Korean marine company AVEVA , a leading provider of plant and marine design and engineering lifecycle solutions, announced its win of a new contract with leading Korean shipbuilder, SLS Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. in Gyeongnam. SLS Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. is one of Korea’s oldest and leading shipyards, internationally recognised as a highly specialised constructor of medium sized vessels and chemical tankers. The group has contracts to manufacture up to 18 of the region’s chemical tankers and ships in 2007, with plans to produce an additional 30 vessels in 2010. The company seeks to become a world leader in the production of medium sized product and chemical tankers.
South Padre Island Gets New Law Enforcement Boat
Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station South Padre Island, Texas, glide through the waters of the Gulf of Mexico in a 33-foot high-speed boat here on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006. The station received three of these new boats in July of this year to increase the unit's law enforcement capabilities. The boat features three engines with 275 hp each. "These boats are changing the way we do interdictions," said Chief Petty Officer Andrea Martynowski, operatons chief at Station South Padre Island. "We have the confidence now that we can catch anything. They can't outrun us anymore." Photo Credit: coast guard
CMI Gets New Transas Simulator
The installation by Transas of a multi-million dollar full mission simulator upgrade project is well on its way at the Caribbean Maritime Institute’s (CMI) Training Centre in Kingston, Jamaica, and is expected to be fully operational before the start of the September school year. Financed mainly by the European Development Fund (EDF) and the Caribbean Development Band (CDB), the simulator project is implemented by Transas and comprises its Navi-Trainer Professional 4000 navigational bridge with seven channels of visual display and the potential to expand that number to nine channels; Engine Room Simulator, ERS 3000; Liquid Cargo Handling Simulator (LCHS), and GMDSS simulator, TGS 4100.
Charleston Gets New Water Taxi
The Charleston Water Taxi is in business. The taxi started running earlier Monday, shuffling commuters between Mount Pleasant and Charleston. The trip costs $5 one way, $8 round trip or $12 for a day pass. Docking at the Charleston Harbor Marina and the Maritime Center, the water ride makes 12 stops a day. It's owners say their goal is to help commuters avoid traffic and parking problems downtown. The boat can hold 49 passengers and in the Springtime the taxi hopes to add more stops to it's commute. Source: ABC
Westpac Express Gets New Charter
Austal Hull 130 Chartering, LLC, Mobile, Ala., is being awarded a $13,395,944 firm-fixed-priced, reimbursables contract for the charter of high speed vessel MV Westpac Express. This charter is a passenger/cargo vessel that will be operated to transport Okinawa-based Marine Corps’ Third Marine Expeditionary Force and their equipment. This contract includes four one-year options, which if exercised, would bring the total award amounts to $55,285,500 plus an estimated $33,364,740 for fuel and reimbursables. The vessel will be prepositioned at sea in various locations worldwide, mainly in and around Okinawa, Japan. The contract is expected to commence in February 2007 and have a completion date of September 2007 (with options exercised the completion date will be September 2011).
USS Enterprise Flight Deck Gets Face Lift
Nicholas C. USS Enterprise (CVN 65) (Big E) is currently undergoing one of its most visible rehabilitation efforts during its current extended yard period at the Northrop Grumman Shipyards in Newport News, Va. The crew, as well as civilian contractors, teamed up in September to give Big E's flight deck a face lift. From installing new catapults to completely refacing the surface of the deck with non-skid, which began March 13, the crew is working diligently to complete the evolution. “Non-skid is a non-slipping material that will assure planes won’t slip on the flight deck when they land or take off,” said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handler) (ABH) 1st Class (AW/SW) Hector M. Arroyo, Crash and Salvage leading petty officer.
New President of STX Finland
Juha Heikinheimo has resigned from the position as President of STX Finland Oy. He will be replaced by Su-Jou Kim, who currently holds the position as Chairman of STX Finland. Su-Jou Kim will be temporary acting President of STX Finland. Despite significant improvements during the last few months, STX Finland is going through very challenging times - in particular at the Turku shipyard - following the delivery of the "Allure of the Seas" in October 2010. Compared with its high shipbuilding capacity for cruise ships…
WSDOT Sells Vessel to Recycler
Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries Division (WSF) has sold four 1927-built Steel Electric class vessels to Eco Planet Recycling, Inc. of Chula Vista, Calif. The total combined sale price for all four ferries is $200,000. The Washington State Department of General Administration approved the sale on Wednesday, June 17 followed by completion of the signature process on Thursday, June 18. Receipt of the payment was confirmed late on Friday, June 19. “The Steel Electric class vessels served as unforgettable icons of life in the Pacific Northwest,” said Assistant Secretary for WSF David Moseley. In November 2007, Secretary of Transportation Paula Hammond ordered theQuinault, Illahee, Nisqually and Klickitat removed from service due to safety concerns.
MarTID: The Global Maritime Training Survey
In a coming edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News, we explore modern training and “blended learning” techniques with Murray Goldberg, CEO of Marine Learning Systems, maker of MarineLMS. A researcher and developer of learning management systems, Goldberg’s software has been used by millions of people and companies worldwide. Here Goldberg explains the scope and important of a historic new annual survey, The Maritime Training and Insights Database (MarTID) (www.martid.org/survey).
USCG Gets New Rescue Boat
Coast Guard Station Mayport, Fla., will welcome the arrival of one of the Coast Guard's newest high-tech rescue boats, the 47-foot motor life boat. Over the years the Coast Guard has been modifying its inventory with the intent to replace older vessels and aircraft with newer more technologically advanced ones. The 47-foot motor life boat brings advanced technology, which will aid in all missions of the Coast Guard including homeland security, search and rescue, law enforcement, environmental protection and recreational boating safety. The new design offers a rescue boat that is not only self-righting, but also, faster and more capable than previous motor life boats. The rescue boat promises to help save more lives than was possible with search and rescue technology of the past.
Ellicott International Gets New Orders
Ellicott has received orders for four units of its new patented Mud Cat™ MC-2000 model auger dredge. Three will be going to Mexico where a local contractor will be desilting rivers in the State of Veracruz. The State of Veracruz specified the use of the MC-2000 for its high output and low turbidity with delivery slated for the first quarter of 2002. A U.S. contractor bought a fourth unit for cleaning fly ash ponds for a major utility, American Electric Power. The U.S. Patent Office has just awarded a patent to the MC-2000 for its innovative low turbidity excavation and pumping systems. In recent applications both the U.S. Environmental…
JRC Gets New Staff Additions
Japan Radio Company, Ltd., announces the addition of three new members to the staff in North America. Buddy Morgan is national sales manager in light marine and commercial fishing, Dennis Hogan is high seas sales manager and Patricia Beth Barker is public relations and marketing coordinator. 2003 begins the introduction of a new line of cutting edge Marine Electronics with innovative designs and advanced technology, which is an expansion into the pleasure craft Marine Electronics sector. Buddy Morgan brings over twenty years of experience in product development, sales and management with VEI, Datamarine, Simrad, Trimble and Raytheon. His extensive knowledge in all aspects of sales, service, support and marketing makes him a key player in JRC’s move to the forefront.
ABP Southampton Gets New Marine Services
Associated British Ports’ (ABP) Port of Southampton and VT Halmatic have signed a marine services contract. VT Halmatic will provide a Fleet Contract Hire Scheme to ABP Southampton, one of the UK’s largest and busiest ports. ABP Southampton’s existing pilot, survey and patrol fleet comprising seven vessels will be procured by VT Halmatic and leased back on a fully supported contract for ten years, incorporating a six-vessel replacement programme. The first replacement vessels will be delivered to ABP’s Gosport Pilotage Station before the end of 2003 with further vessels coming on line over the duration of the contract. The new pilot cutters will be the well-proven Halmatic Nelson 48/50.
Malta Drydocks Gets New Leader
Malta last Wednesday appointed the head of Malta Shipbuilding as chairman of Malta Drydocks, pointing to closer cooperation between the two loss-making firms. The Department of Information said former banker John Cassar White, chairman of Malta Shipbuilding for almost two years, would also head Malta Drydocks from February. He will take over from Noel Zarb Adami. The new Malta Drydocks board will include former central bank governor Emanuel Ellul, former Labor minister Joe Micallef Stafrace and Anglu Fenech, former general secretary of the General Workers Union. Workers will elect one director to the board, instead of four previously.
Passenger Vessels:Old Dominion Gets New Research Vessel
The new research vessel, delivered to Old Dominion University's Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, is expected to commence a growing trend in research boat design -- toward smaller, faster and more versatile vessels — equipped to study a variety of sea characteristics. Designed by Roger Long Marine Architecture of Portland, Maine, the all-aluminum vessel has a modified V-hull that measures only 55 ft. with a 17-ft. beam. Its five ft. draft allows the vessel to work in shallow waters of the Chesapeake Bay and along the Virginia coastline, up to 100 miles. The vessel's design firm and Gladding Hearn teamed to construct a similar size vessel for the University of New Hampshire in 1992…
St Vincent Gets New Coast Guard Vessel
The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Coast Guard is now better positioned to patrol the waters of the multi-island state following the commissioning of a new coast guard vessel on Monday, according to a report on Caribbean Net News). Speaking at a ceremony to commission the vessel, Minister of National Security, Sir Vincent Beache, said the vessel is the second to be purchased by the state since the multi-island state became independent in 1979. The first was the George McIntosh. The other vessels in the fleet were small boats received as gifts from the United States. Sir Vincent said there was substantial savings in the purchase of the vessel that was bought for just under US$1m (EC$2.3m).