Philly Shipyard Completes Tanker Series for APT
Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI) has delivered American Pride, the final vessel in a series of four 50,000 dwt product tanker newbuilds for American Petroleum Tankers (APT), a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, Inc. The 600-foot product tanker has a 14.5 million gallon carrying capacity and is based on a design from Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) that incorporates numerous fuel efficiency features, flexible cargo capability, and the latest regulatory requirements, the builder said. The vessel has also received LNG Ready Level 1 approval from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). American Pride and its three sister ships were originally under contract with Philly Tankers…
Kauai, U.S. Coast Guard Prepare for Superferry's Return
The Hawaii Superferry's fate in Hawaii is uncertain. All eyes are on the legal courts on the island of Maui, who are still in the midst of deciding the legality of the Hawaii Superferry's inter-island services. The Hawaii State Legislature, meanwhile, is preparing to call a special session to vote on the same topic should the local court ban the Hawaii Superferry. And environmentalists throughout the island state are pushing for the public to voice their disapproval of the ferry. Meanwhile, the island of Kauai is preparing for the Hawaii Superferry's return after being forced away last month by environmental activists in kayaks and on surfboards blocking the Hawaii Superferry's port at Nawiliwili Harbor.
Austal Wins Big Hawaii Contract
Hawaii Superferry signed a historic agreement with Austal USA that proposes bringing the world’s newest passenger-vehicle catamarans to Hawaiian waters for the development of a commercial high-speed interisland ferry service in Hawaii. Hawaii Superferry plans to use Austal USA-built, high-speed, roll-on/roll-off vessels to create “Hawaii’s Interisland Highway,” with state-of-the-art Austal USA catamarans carrying passengers, vehicles and freight between Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island, beginning in 2006. Under the agreement, Hawaii Superferry plans to purchase two 340-foot catamaran ferry vessels from Mobile, AL-based Austal USA for delivery during 2006-2008 under an exclusive, strategic relationship.
Hawaiian Companies Win Navy Contract
C&S Services Inc., Waipahu, Hawaii; Marisco, Ltd., Kapolei, Hawaii; Pacific Shipyard International, LLC, Honolulu, Hawaii; Propulsion Controls Engineering Hawaii, Aiea, Hawaii; Q.E.D. Systems Inc., Virginia Beach, Va., are each being awarded a potential maximum of $15 million for indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts to provide repair, maintenance, and alteration to U.S. Government waterborne vessels and surface ship, visiting or homeported in the Hawaiian Islands, and procure long lead time material in support of these activities. Work will be performed in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is expected to be completed by January 2011. Contract funds in the amount of $10,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
Hawaii Opposes California Container Tax
The California state legislature is considering a new tax on shipping containers that would cost an estimated $34m a year to Hawaii shippers, The Pacific Business Journal reported. More than 80 percent of goods consumed in Hawaii are produced elsewhere and shipped to the islands, and 90 percent of those are shipped through the California ports of Oakland and Long Beach on the ships of Matson Navigation Co., Horizon Lines and Pasha Hawaii Transport. California State Senate Bill 974 would impose a $30 fee per TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit, the standard measure of maritime shipping capacity) on every cargo container traveling between California and Hawaii. Most cargo containers are at two TEUs so it amounts to a $60 container fee in most cases.
Navy Announces Commissioning of Submarine Hawaii
The Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Hawaii (SSN 776) currently berthed at the Electric Boat Shipyard is decorated for her christening ceremony. Hawaii is the third Virginia-class submarine to be christened, and the 1st major U.S. Navy combatant vessel class designed with the post-Cold War security environment in mind and embodies the war fighting and operational capabilities required to dominate the littorals while maintaining undersea dominance in the open ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. The Navy’s newest attack submarine Hawaii was commissioned Saturday, May 5, during a ceremony in Groton, Conn. The third submarine of the Virginia class…
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.
Navy Commissions USS Hawaii
Crew members man the rail after being directed by Gov. Linda Lingle of Hawaii to “Man our ship and bring her to life” during the commissioning ceremony for the Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine USS Hawaii (SSN 776). Hawaii is the third Virginia-class submarine to be commissioned and part of the first major U.S. Navy combatant vessel class designed with the post-Cold War security environment in mind. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) Ira J. Under clear blue New England skies, the Navy’s newest attack submarine, USS Hawaii (SSN 776) was commissioned May 5 on the Thames River at Naval Submarine Base New London, in Groton, Conn. The ceremony, complete with hula dancers, war canoes, and leis, brought North Shore flavor to the shores of New England.
News: New Ferries for Hawaii?
Hawaii Superferry and Austal USA last month signed an agreement that could result in new passenger-vehicle catamarans for Hawaiian waters to create a commercial high-speed interisland ferry service. Hawaii Superferry plans to use Austal USA-built, high-speed, RoRo vessels to create "Hawaii's Interisland Highway," with catamarans carrying passengers, vehicles and freight between Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island, beginning in 2006. Under the agreement, Hawaii Superferry plans to purchase two 340-ft. "For many years, I have envisioned 'a marine highway' for our islands, so I am pleased with the progress that Hawaii Superferry has made in creating an interisland ferry system that will serve Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island," said Senator Daniel K.
VT Halter Delivers ConRo Ship to Pasha Hawaii
VT Halter Marine, Inc., a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), announced it has delivered a combination container and roll-on/roll-off car truck carrier (ConRo), MV Marjorie C, to Pasha Hawaii. The MV Marjorie C is the second U.S. Flag, Jones Act-qualified vessel built for Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii and will join her sister ship, the MV Jean Anne, providing additional service to Hawaii via the Hawaii/Mainland trade lane. The 692 feet long MV Marjorie C features vehicle shipping capacity of 1…
Virginia-Class Sub Bound for Pearl Harbor
The commander of Submarine Force, U.S Pacific Fleet (SUBPAC) announced on Dec. 4 that USS Hawaii (SSN 776) will be the first Virginia-class submarine to be homeported at Naval Station Pearl Harbor this summer. "SUBPAC is thrilled to be welcoming the most technologically advanced submarine in the U.S. inventory to our ohana," said Rear Adm. Douglas McAneny, commander, Submarine Force U.S. Commissioned May 5, 2007, Hawaii was the third Virginia-class attack submarine constructed and the first submarine to be named after the island state.
Light-Off for Pasha’s New ConRo
ConRo vessel M/V Marjorie has attained main engine light off while under final construction at VT Halter Marine, Pascagoula, Miss., signaling that the ship’s complex network of systems is complete and functional prior to delivery to Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii. Sea trials are now anticipated before the end of the month, with vessel delivery to follow in March. “This critical milestone celebrates the culmination of three and a half years of hard work and dedication by the men and women at the VT Halter Marine shipyard and Pasha Hawaii,” said George W.
Pasha Hawaii to Build Second Vessel
Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii announced the signing of a contract with VT Halter Marine, Pascagoula, MS, for the construction of a ship to enter the Hawaii/Mainland trade lane. The ship’s base price is $144m and is estimated to deliver in the fall of 2013. Pasha Hawaii is currently negotiating with several sources for financing. The new ship represents the second vessel to join Pasha Hawaii’s fleet, and will allow the company to provide weekly service between the West Coast and Hawaii. The company also signed an option agreement for the construction of a third vessel with a base price of $137m. This will be the second Roll-On/Roll-Off Car Truck Carrier built by VT Halter for Pasha Hawaii based on a proven design by the Uljanik Shipyard, Croatia.
New NCL Ship Sets Sail in Hawaii
The AP has reported that NCL’s latest ship, Pride of Hawaii, has set sail in Hawaii. The Pride of Hawaii, the largest, most expensive U.S.-flagged luxury liner launched its scheduled service of weeklong voyages around the islands this week. This vessel completes Norwegian Cruise Lines' $1.4b plan to bring three new vessels to the islands. The new ship is the last in a series of U.S. cruise ships — joining the 1,900-passenger Pride of Aloha and the 2,100-passenger Pride of America — in Norwegian's venture to turn Hawaii into one of the world's top cruise destinations. Source: AP
Healy Tibbits Builders Awarded $10.3m Task Order
Healy Tibbitts Builders, Inc., Aiea, Hawaii, is being awarded $10,306,914 for firm-fixed-price Task Order #0017 under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award construction contract (N62742-04-D-1300) for repair of Wharf K9 at the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, Pearl Harbor.Work will be performed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and is expected to be completed by July 2008.Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Three proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is the contracting activity.
Eye of Tropical Storm Iselle Makes Landfall on Hawaii
The eye of Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall on Hawaii's Big Island on Friday with strong winds and heavy rain, the U.S. Central Pacific Hurricane Center said. The center said Iselle had weakened to a tropical storm as it moved over Hawaii. Iselle is being closely followed by Julio, a Category 3 hurricane set to reach Hawaii on Monday. (Reporting by Sandra Maler; Editing by Bill Trott)
Yacht Charters in Hawaii
One of the often overlooked ways to enjoy a vacation to Hawaii is to charter a luxury yacht for a private cruise. There are many options for boat rentals in Hawaii, but they are typically old, rusty boats that are jam packed with tourists. Not exactly the best way to enjoy paradise. Luckily, there is an alternative. There are a number of luxury yachts in Hawaii (especially on the island of Oahu) that can take you for a private cruise far away from the sunburned hordes. Once the exclusive domain of the super rich, luxury boats can now be rented by the hour for a lot less money than you might think. Their is a large range of yachts available for charter ranging from luxury sail boats to vintage motor yachts.
USCG Responds to Honolulu Harbor Molasses Spill
Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received an official request from the Hawaii Department of Health to assist with the response to the molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor Friday. “The Coast Guard is prepared to bring all the requested resources to this incident to support our state and local partner agencies” said Capt. Shannon Gilreath, captain of the port Honolulu. “We have been working closely with state partners since the spill occurred to offer advice and resources. The Coast Guard began supporting the response Monday morning when investigators from Sector Honolulu responded to a report of discolored water in the harbor. Since then, the Coast Guard has held daily meetings with the lead State agency, Hawaii Department of Health.
Hawaii Ship Repairers Fined $700,000
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Hawaii State Department of Health settle with Marisco Ltd for pollution offences. The violations took place at Marisco's ship repair and drydock facilities at Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor on Oahu. This is the largest Clean Water Act civil penalty against a ship repair facility nationwide. The settlement, a consent decree, was lodged with the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii and is subject to a 30-day public comment period and court approval. “To protect Hawaii’s precious coastal waters and coral reefs, ship repair facilities must have pollution controls in place,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest.
Horizon Lines Signs to Purchase Hawaii Stevedores
Horizon Lines Inc., a container shipping and integrated logistics company, signed a letter of intent to purchase Honolulu-based Hawaii Stevedores Inc., a provider of marine terminal services. Financial terms were not disclosed. The acquisition is subject to the completion of a due diligence process. The company plans to maintain all Hawaii Stevedores' contracts for stevedoring, or loading and unloading ships, as well as its existing labor contracts. Source: AP
BAE Systems Awarded 'USS Hopper' Repair Contract
US Department of Defense informs BAE Systems Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $22,905,907 undefinitized contract action to a previously awarded contract (N00024-14-C-4412) for repair and alteration of USS Hopper (DDG-90). DoD explains that USS Hopper will be undergoing a selected restricted availability which is the opportunity in the ship's life cycle to primarily conduct repair and alteration to systems and hull. Work will be performed in Honolulu, Hawaii, and will be completed by October 2014.
Matson To Acquire Horizon's Alaska Operations
The transaction has the value of $0.72 Per Common Share Plus Repayment of Debt; acquisition Accretive to Matson's Earnings and Cash Flow. Separately Horizon to Sell Hawaii Operations to Pasha and Terminate Puerto Rico Operations. A Matson Investor Conference Call has been acheduled for 5:00 PM Eastern Time today. Matson, Inc. (NYSE: MATX) and Horizon Lines, Inc. (OTCQB: HRZL) today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which Matson will acquire the stock of Horizon, which will include its Alaska operations and the assumption of all non-Hawaii business liabilities (the "Transaction"). Separately…
Latest DofD Navy Drydocking Contract
BAE Systems Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, is being awarded a Department of Defense, Navy, $12,820,427 modification to previously awarded contract (N0024-06-C-4408) for repairs to the 'USS Chafee' (DDG 90). This repair modification consists of 106 work items for the USS Chafee scheduled fiscal 2013 dry-docking availability. Work will be performed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and is expected to complete in February 2014. Navy contract funds in the amount of $12,820,427 will be obligated at the time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.