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St. Johns Ship Building Landing Craft Contract

Photo courtesy St. Johns Ship Building, Inc.

St. Johns Ship Building, Inc was awarded contract to construct a 190-ft Landing Craft for G & G Shipping out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. This will be the fifth vessel of its fleet which joins others built by St. Johns. The vessel designed by Frank Basile of Entech and Associates, Inc. Houma, La. The Landing Craft will be equipped with twin CAT 3412 Engines approx 720 hp each and have an open deck space of 6,600 sq ft with capacity to carry 600 Tons roll on roll off cargo. Its’ shallow draft and ramped bow allows for easy access to unimproved beaches and shores.

SJSB Launches Caribbean Landing Craft

(Photo: St. Johns Ship Building)

Florida based shipbuilder St. Johns Ship Building (SJSB) launched a newly built 190-foot landing craft vessel for owner Bahamas Ferries on July 28. Designed for transport in the Bahamian islands, the vessel the Grand Master II is outfitted for Caribbean transport with a forward, hydraulic bow ramp and 6,400 square feet of cargo space. Twin 700 HP Cummings QSK19 with Schottel rudder propellers power the Grand Master II. The vessel will also include a 22 inch electric Westmar bow thruster and two 99 KW John Deer generators.

St. Johns Ship Building Launches OSV

St. Johns Ship Building Launches 157’ OSV for Caribbean Market. St. Johns Ship Building of Palatka, Fla. launched the Sea Strength, a 157’ offshore service vessel (OSV) for A. R. Singh Contractors Ltd. The vessel will be the largest in the A. R. Singh Contractors Ltd. fleet and will expand the company’s reach into the Caribbean offshore market. The Sea Strength is expected to be delivered February 2012. The Sea Strength is a twin screw vessel powered by two Caterpillar C32 marine type engines rated at 850 horsepower each at 1,800 RPM with Twin Disc reverse-reduction gears.

St. Johns Delivers Tugs for Australian Project

St. Johns Ship Building delivers two tugs to Smithbridge for high profile terminal construction project in Botany Bay. St. Johns Ship Building of Palatka, Fla. delivered two custom built twin screw push tugs, the Lady Shayne and the Lady Dashelle, for Smithbridge of Brisbane Australia. These 25-ft tugs feature twin John Deere model diesel engines with a combined rating of 600hp and conventional shaft drives with reversing gears. “The Lady Shayne and Lady Dashelle will be assigned to a very high profile marine construction site in Botany Bay in Sydney…

St. Johns Delivers for Vane Brothers

Philadelphia is the fifth of eight new tugs being built by St. Johns Ship Building for Vane Brothers (Photo: St. Johns Ship Building)

St. Johns Ship Building has delivered the newly built tug Philadelphia to owner Vane Brothers. Philadelphia is the fifth of eight new hulls for Vane Brothers in the Elizabeth Anne tug series consisting of 100 feet LOA, 4,200 HP twin screw tugs. “[Philadelphia] is identical to all the others in the series in regards to specifications and outfitting but, as most shipbuilders know, when you build vessels in a series each one will be just a little better than the previous. That is true with the Philadelphia,” said Bobby Barfield, VP of Operations, St. Johns Ship Building.

Vane Brothers’ New Tug Baltimore Enters Service

Baltimore (Photo: Vane Brothers)

Vane Brothers said it has taken delivery of its newest tugboat, Baltimore, named for the city in which the marine transportation provider is headquartered. The Baltimore is the third of eight vessels in Vane’s Elizabeth Anne Class of 4,200-horsepower tugboats contracted through St. Johns Ship Building in Palatka, Fla. The fourth in the series, the Delaware, is scheduled for completion this fall. Vane Brothers President C. Duff Hughes said, “Our partnership with St. The Baltimore is the 30th vessel completed for Vane Brothers under the supervision of Senior Port Captain Jim Demske…

New Tug Delivered to Vane Brothers

Delaware (Photo: Vane Brothers)

Marine transportation provider Vane Brothers has taken delivery of the newly built tugboat Delaware, the fourth of eight vessels in Vane’s Elizabeth Anne Class of 4,200-horsepower tugs contracted through St. Johns Ship Building in Palatka, Fla. Designed by Frank Basile, P.E., of Entech Designs, LLC, the Delaware is a steel-hulled, model bow tug measuring 100 feet long with a 34-foot beam and 13-foot draught. She utilizes two Caterpillar 3516 Tier 3 (“A” Rated) engines, each generating 2,100 horsepower at 1,600 rpm.

New Tug, Barge Enter Service for Vane Brothers

Photo: Vane Brothers Company

Marine transportation provider Vane Brothers has added two newly constructed vessels to the company’s growing fleet: the 4,200-horsepower tugboat Philadelphia and the purpose-built asphalt barge Double Skin 510A. Primarily tasked with towing petroleum barges engaged in the North Atlantic coastwise trade, the Philadelphia is the fifth of eight 4,200-horsepower, model bow tugboats contracted by Vane Brothers through St. Johns Ship Building in Palatka, Fla. The first in the series…

Vane Brothers’ New Tug Christened

Vane tugboat New York being christened by St. Johns Ship Building Human Resources Manager Carla Newkirk (Photo: Vane Brothers)

The newest Vane Brothers tugboat, the New York, was christened during a brief ceremony June 12 at St. The New York is the sixth of eight 4,200-horsepower, model-bow tugs contracted through St. Johns by Vane Brothers. Headquartered in Baltimore, Vane Brothers also conducts operations from a facility in Brooklyn and other locations along the U.S. East Coast. More than 50 Vane Brothers tugboats are primarily tasked with towing petroleum barges engaged in the North Atlantic coastwise trade. Bobby Barfield, St.

St. Johns Ship Building: Small Yard, Big Capability

Located along the historic St. Johns River just sixty miles south of Jacksonville, FL is where a true full service shipyard has emerged to accommodate the growing industry needs. In 2006 Steven Ganoe and business partner Michael Grandonico leased – and eventually bought – an existing shipbuilding and repair facility on the St. Johns River (mile marker 31), a facility which was renamed St. Johns Ship Building and today stands as one of the more progressive and technologically capable small shipyards on the U.S. East Coast.

New Pipe Seal Simplifies Shipyard Safety

St. Johns Ship Building ensures watertight pipe penetrations in decks and bulkheads by using the Roxtec SPM seal. When building the tug Delaware, it also used the seal as vibration hanger in the compartments. (Photo: Roxtec)

St. Johns Ship Building Inc. in Palatka, Fla. ensures watertight pipe penetrations in decks and bulkheads by using the Roxtec SPM seal. When building the tug Delaware, the shipyard also used the seal as vibration hanger in the compartments. “Roxtec seals have greatly simplified our pipe installations,” said pipe manager William Mann. The pipe installation team used to weld in a steel fitting and install a screw pipe. This work took time, and occasionally caused issues with dissimilar metals. “We are able to work much more efficiently with the Roxtec SPM seals,” said William Mann.

New Tug Delivered to Vane Brothers

Photo: Vane Brothers Company

The Vane Brothers Company, a marine transportation provider headquartered in Baltimore, Md., has taken delivery of the Elizabeth Anne, the first in a new series of 4,200-horsepower tugboats. Vane Brothers has ordered a total of eight Elizabeth Anne Class towing vessels through St. Johns Ship Building in Palatka, Fla., with the second in the series, the Hudson, scheduled for delivery this spring. According to Vane Brothers President C. Duff Hughes, “The 4,200-horsepower Elizabeth Anne Class tugboat is the ultimate workhorse, bringing exceptional power and performance to Vane’s growing fleet.

Vane Bros. Continues Fleet Expansion

Hudson (Photo: Vane Brothers)

Vane Brothers, a marine transportation provider headquartered in Baltimore, has added two vessels to its fleet: the 4,200-horsepower tugboat Hudson and 55,000‐barrel barge Double Skin 601. The Hudson is the second of eight vessels in Vane’s Elizabeth Anne Class of 4,200‐horsepower tugboats contracted through St. Johns Ship Building in Palatka, Fla. The Elizabeth Anne was delivered in January, while the third in the series, the Baltimore, is scheduled for completion this summer.

MN 100: Freedman Seating Company

President/CEO: Craig Freedman

Hyman Freedman began making seat cushions for horse-drawn buggies over 120 years ago. A century later, Freedman Seating Company is still a family owned-and-operated business, producing seats to the highest quality standards, compliant to applicable safety standards. Marine products include light weight aluminum marine seats and notable customers include Kvichak, MidShip Marine, Armstrong Marine, and St. John’s Ship Building. Freedman Seating manufactures passenger seats and seating solutions for the marine market from its 375,000 square foot facility in Chicago, Ill.

MN 100: Freedman Seating Company

President/CEO: Craig Freedman

Hyman Freedman began making seat cushions for horse-drawn buggies over 120 years ago. A century later, Freedman Seating Company is still a family owned-and-operated business, producing seats to the highest quality standards, compliant to applicable safety standards. Marine products include light weight aluminum marine seats and notable customers include Kvichak, MidShip Marine, Armstrong Marine, and St. John’s Ship Building. Freedman Seating manufactures passenger seats and seating solutions for the marine market from its 375,000 square foot facility in Chicago, IL.

St. Johns Ship Building Delivers Sea Strength

St. Johns Ship Building of Palatka, Fla. delivered the offshore service vessel (OSV) Sea Strength to A. R. Singh Contractors of Point Fortin, Trinidad.  The 157-ft vessel is currently undergoing owner inspections and is available for work in the Caribbean offshore market. It operates a fleet of approximately 20 vessels including tugs, barges, crewboats and supply boats. Sea Strength Particulars: L.O.A.    157 ft. Beam (Molded)    38 ft. Depth (Molded)    11.5 ft. Designed Draft     9.5 ft. Fuel Oil Capacity    50,000 gpm Fresh Water Capacity    80,000 gpm Lube Oil Storage    800 gal. Contaminated Oil    1,500 gal. Dirty Bilge Water    1,500 gal. Sewage    2,000 gal. Gray Water    2,000 gal.  

St. Johns Ship Building to Build Skanska Barge

St. Johns wins barge contract with one of world’s largest construction companies. St. Johns Ship Building of Palatka, Fla. won a contract to construct a custom crane spud barge for Skanska, one of the largest construction companies in the world. This is the first contract St. Johns has signed with Skanska USA, a leading national construction company with 7,000 employees in the U.S. and 2010 revenues of $4.8 billion. “In a highly competitive environment, Skanska chose St. Johns because they saw our previous work…

Rand Appoints Two Directors

Rand Logistics, Inc. announced that John Binion, most recently the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of United Maritime Group, has been appointed to Rand's Board of Directors. Rand also announced that Michael Lundin, who has served as an independent director of Rand since April 2008, has been appointed Lead Independent Director of Rand's Board of Directors. Laurence Levy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Rand commented, "We are delighted to welcome John to our Board. As COO and EVP of United Maritime, John was integrally involved in all aspects of this leading provider of dry bulk logistics solutions, which included operating the largest Jones Act compliant coastwise fleet of dry-bulk carriers and self-unloading vessels, as measured by dead weight tons.

St. Johns Building Landing Craft Series

Photo: SJSB

Palatka, Fla. shipbuilder St. Johns Ship Building (SJSB) said it is currently constructing the first of three new vessels in a series of 190 foot landing crafts for a Caribbean group. This vessel will be powered by twin 700 HP Cummings QSK19 with Schottel rudder propellers. The vessel will also include a 22 inch electric Westmar bow thruster, a hydraulic bow ramp and two 99 KW John Deer generators. This landing craft features open deck with 6400 square feet of cargo space. A raised two story deck house on the aft of the vessel allows for unimpeded cargo room from the bow to stern.

Port Saint John Cargo Volume up 15%

Photo: Port Saint John

Year-over-year total cargo tonnage at Port Saint John, Eastern Canada’s largest port by volume, increased by over 4 million metric tonnes in 2017. Overall cargo tonnage handled for the year 2017 was 30,458,422 metric tonnes, a 15% increase over 2016. All cargo sectors, aside from the anticipated exception of containers, experienced significant gains in 2017. Additionally, the loss experienced in containerized cargo was lessened due the introduction of a new weekly container service by CMA CGM in 2017.

Port Everglades Adds Shipping Service to Venezuela and Colombia

Port Everglades is welcoming a new shipping line with service to Venezuela and Colombia. Naviera Master Line de Venezuela C.A. will be moving heavy equipment and machinery/rolling stock on a bi-weekly basis from Port Everglades and, as the business grows, plans to offer the service on a weekly basis. The cargo will be handled by St. John’s Shipping Company Inc., a stevedore at Port Everglades for more than two decades. “We are pleased to add this new service to our fleet at Port Everglades. Master Line’s service will be mainly exports, a testament to the Port’s commitment in expanding exports, which creates more U.S. jobs,” said Chief Executive and Port Director Steven Cernak. Port Everglades is the leading seaport in Florida for U.S. jobs supported by exports – 79,800 U.S. jobs.

GOGL Acquires New Vessel

File Photo: Golden Ocean Group Ltd

Norway based dry bulk shipping company Golden Ocean Group Limited (GOGL) has  taken delivery of the second vessel, Sea Monterrey (to be renamed Golden Monterrey). On October 16, 2017 GOGL announced that it has entered into agreements to acquire two modern Capesize vessels from affiliates of Hemen Holding Limited, a company indirectly controlled by trusts established by John Fredriksen for the benefit of his immediate family (Hemen), the Company's largest shareholder, at a purchase price of USD 43.0 million per vessel. The first vessel, Golden Behike, was delivered in November 2017.

Magufuli Bans Registration of Foreign Ships in Tanzania

© Igor Groshev / Adobe Stock

Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Friday put a temporary ban on the registration of foreign ships in the country and ordered over 400 vessels to be investigated for allegations of involvement in criminal activity. The ban came after at least five foreign-owned ships flying Tanzania's flag were seized in various parts of the world carrying illegal consignments of weapons and narcotics. The maritime authority in the Indian Ocean archipelago of Zanzibar has in previous years been…

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