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Matson Christens First Aloha Class Vessel 'Daniel K. Inouye'

File Image: A rendering of Matson's Aloha class containership.

Largest Containership Built in U.S. Will Serve Hawaii. Matson, a U.S. flag carrier in the Pacific, and Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI), the wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Philly Shipyard ASA (Oslo: PHLY) christened the largest containership ever built in the United States in a ceremony at the Philly Shipyard on Saturday, June 30. The new vessel is named 'Daniel K. Inouye' in honor of Hawaii's late senior U.S. Senator, who was a longstanding supporter of the U.S. maritime industry and its important role in supporting Hawaii's economy.

Strong July Across Great Lakes Gets Seaway Tonnage

Photo:Chamber of Marine Commerce

Great Lakes-St. Lawrence shipping continues to bounce back after a slow start. With strong tonnage numbers in July, particularly shipments of U.S. grain, liquid bulk and project cargo, the 2018 shipping season is right on par with the healthy statistics posted last year.Overall cargo shipments on the St. Lawrence Seaway between March 29 and July 31 totaled 16.5 million metric tons. Areas of strength included U.S. grain shipments totaling 888,000 metric tons, up 32 percent over last year. Liquid bulk shipments totaled 2.3 million metric tons, an increase of 25 percent.

Newport News Names New Leaders for Its Submarine Programs

Jason Ward (Photo: HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced leadership changes to the submarine construction programs at its Newport News Shipbuilding division.Jason Ward has been promoted to vice president of Columbia-class submarine construction. Dave Bolcar, who served as vice president of all submarine construction, encompassing both the Virginia- and Columbia-class submarine programs, has assumed the role of vice president of Virginia-class submarine construction.Both leaders will report to Ken Mahler…

Nugent Sand Company Orders Electric Dredger

DSC Marlin (Photo: DSC Dredge)

Nugent Sand Company of Louisville, Ky. has finalized an agreement to purchase a new Marlin Class electric dredge from DSC Dredge, LLC.DSC Dredge will produce a fully electric powered cutter head suction dredge that will mine to a depth of 80-feet, with estimated production of 700 tons/hour. This new Marlin Class dredge will be delivered to a mine site which has been operated by Nugent Sand Company for over 30 years. Other areas of the property were previously dredged, but this DSC Marlin dredge will operate in a pit currently being dry-mined down to the water table.

Managing the New Panamax Containerships

The CMA-CGM Ben Franklin, an 18,000 TEU containership, was, in 2015, the largest vessel to call on a U.S. port. (Photo: MARAD)

The explosive growth of international boxships is challenging not only the physical infrastructure of North American ports, but also the very nature of the existing supply chains that they impact. The recent dialogue on container shipping has been all about so-called “mega-ships;” those vessels that with larger capacity than those that are already in service at any point in time. In the container trades, as in tanker and drybulk arenas, ocean-going vessels are one link, albeit an important component, within broader supply chains.

GoM Stakeholders Energized Despite Lingering Oil Bust

Miss Marilene Tide (Credit Tidewater)

Gulf of Mexico vessel builders – and their customers – adapt to a lean offshore market. After oil prices plunged in late 2014 – pressured by shale output – demand for offshore vessels in the Gulf of Mexico shrank, day rates for boats fell and non-working units were idled. This year, several GoM boat builders filed for Chapter 11, or voluntary bankruptcy, while others consolidated. The most diversified companies kept their heads above water. Today, the outlook's a bit brighter. Crude oil prices hit bottom early last year. Tidewater Inc.

Ohio River Towboat Captain Navigates a Changing America

A coal barge underway on U.S. inland waterways (CREDIT: AEP)

In the 29 years that towboat captain Joe Gray has worked flotillas of barges up and down the Ohio River, he has witnessed the decline at the heart of industrial America in what is known as the country's Rust Belt. Gray, 46, spends up to eight months a year doing 28-day stints on the barges carrying coal, corn and gravel between Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Cairo, Illinois. Some 600 million tons of goods still flow each year along 25,000 miles of U.S. waterways. But he has seen a growing number of coal-fired power plants being dismantled…

US-flag Great Lakes Fleet Will Get $65 Mln Winter Tune-up

(File photo: Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding)

U.S.-flag Great Lakes vessel operators will spend $65 million maintaining and modernizing their vessels at Great Lakes shipyards this winter. When complete, the fleet will be ready to meet the needs of commerce come the spring break-out in March. “Winter is the one opportunity our members have to renew and upgrade their vessels,” said James H.I. Weakley, President of Lake Carriers’ Association, the trade association representing the major U.S.-flag carriers. The major focus this winter will be on normal maintenance such as overhauls of engines…

Victaulic to Add Manufacturing Space in Pennsylvania

Victaulic, a manufacturer of mechanical pipe joining solutions, has unveiled a plan to build an additional state-of-the-art manufacturing center in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. The 400,000 square foot facility is the result of increased domestic demand for the company’s products. The facility is expected to break ground later this year and be fully operational in 2019. “This new facility will play an important role in meeting increased customer demand, while also producing the highest quality products in the industry -- something our customers have come to expect from us since our first innovation nearly 100 years ago,” said John F. Malloy, CEO of Victaulic.

5 Ways to Plan a Trip Full of History and Culture

If you're tired of seeing the same four walls every day or get sick of the set of surroundings you're currently used to, a journey to an area defined by a different history and culture may just be the solution to your cravings for newness and variation. No two places in the world are the same, which makes exploration an even more exciting and thrilling event. From magnificent museums to world-renown and flourishing musical scenes, remember to get the most out of your historical and cultural-rich trip by following these five simple tips.

Cove Point LNG Terminal's First Export Imminent

File photo: Methane Spirit loads from the Australia Pacific LNG Gladstone terminal (Photo: Teekay)

Methane Spirit, a liquefied natural gas tanker, said on Thursday it would arrive at Dominion Energy Inc's Cove Point LNG export facility in Maryland around March 31, according to Reuters shipping data. If correct, that could be the first vessel to pick up a cargo from the LNG facility, which Virginia-based Dominion said it expects to enter service in March. Dominion said it planned to spend $4 billion to add export facilities at Cove Point, long an LNG import terminal on the Chesapeake Bay.

GD Electric Boat Wins Funds for Future Sub R&D

General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, Connecticut, is being awarded $8,788,219 for cost-plus-fixed-fee modification P00023 to previously awarded contract (N00014-13-C-0187) for the future submarine science and technology research effort. Electric Boat will perform investigations to develop and demonstrate technology for Navy submarines. With the award of this modification, the total cumulative value of this contract is $23,453,010. Work will be performed in Cambridge, Massachusetts (44 percent); Groton, Connecticut (29 percent); Pawcatuck, Connecticut (20 percent); Airmont, New York (3 percent); Canonsburg, Pennsylvania (1 percent); and future performance in Mystic, Connecticut (3 percent). Work is expected to be completed Dc. 31, 2018.

Vessel Docks at Maryland Cove Point LNG Terminal

The Dominion Energy Cove Point Terminal. (CREDIT: Dominion Energy)

Gemmata could be the first vessel to pick up fuel from the facility since the tanker came from Spain - a non-LNG exporting country - with less than a full cargo, according to the shipping data. In addition to Gemmata, another vessel, the Methane Spirit, is also headed for Cove Point, according to the shipping data. Methane Spirit is located near Singapore and is expected to reach Cove Point around March 31. Once it enters service, Cove Point will be the second big LNG export terminal in the lower 48 U.S. Cove Point is designed to liquefy about 0.75 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) of gas.

First LNG Export Cargo Departs Cove Point LNG

File Image: the Cove Point LNG Terminal (CREDIT: Dominion Energy)

The Gemmata liquefied natural gas tanker left Dominion Energy Inc's Cove Point LNG export facility in Maryland early Friday, likely carrying the first export cargo from the facility that was expected to enter service in March, according to Reuters shipping data and energy traders. Officials at Dominion were not immediately available for comment. When the Gemmata docked at Cove Point earlier this week, analysts said it would likely be the first vessel to pick up fuel from the facility since the tanker came from Spain - a non-LNG exporting country - with less than a full cargo.

Op/Ed: Disconnect from River to Washington

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Just before the anticipation of good things to come on Valentine’s Day, on February 12, the inland waterways transportation industry was left feeling disappointed and puzzled after the release of the long-awaited Trump Administration infrastructure principles, and then the release of President Trump’s FY 2019 budget request. During the Presidential campaign, then-candidate Trump said he would undertake a $1 trillion infrastructure initiative that would focus on a wide array of projects, from sewer systems to bridges to Veterans Hospitals to rural broadband expansion.

US Navy to Commission Submarine USS Colorado

Lt. Anthony Matus uses an XBox controller to maneuver the photonic mast aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Colorado (SSN 788). Colorado is the 15th Virginia-class attack submarine and is scheduled to be commissioned March 17, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jeffrey M. Richardson

The U.S. Navy will commission its newest fast attack submarine, the future USS Colorado (SSN 788), during a ceremony Saturday, March 17, at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn. The principal speaker will be U.S. Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado. Annie Mabus, daughter of 75th Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, will serve as the ship’s sponsor. “USS Colorado is a true marvel of technology and innovation, and it shows the capability that our industrial partners bring to the fight,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer.

$95M in MSC Repair Work Funded

Lyon Shipyard Inc., Norfolk, Virginia (N3220518D4913); Atlantic Fabrication and Boiler Services Inc., Portsmouth, Virginia (N3220518D4914); Colonna’s Ship Yard Inc., Norfolk, Virginia (N3220518D4915); Tecnico Corp., Chesapeake, Virginia (N3220518D4916); Mid Atlantic Engineering Technical Services Inc., Chesapeake, Virginia (N3220518D4917); QED Systems Inc., Virginia Beach, Virginia (N3220518D4918); Auxiliary Systems Inc., Norfolk, Virginia (N3220518D4919); East Coast Repair and Fabrication LLC, Norfolk, Virginia (N3220518D4920); Kerney Service Group Inc., Linden, New Jersey (N3220518D4921); Walashek Industrial and Marine Inc., Norfolk…

Stolt-Nielsen Names Grüner-Hegge CFO

Jens F. Grüner-Hegge is the new CFO at Stolt-Nielsen (Photo: Stolt-Nielsen)

Stolt-Nielsen Limited announced Jens F. Grüner-Hegge has been appointed as its new Chief Financial Officer, effective from April 2, 2018. Grüner-Hegge, who has served as Vice President, Corporate Finance since 2007, succeeds longtime CFO Jan Chr. Engelhardtsen, who will retire from his executive role and has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the company’s board of directors. With the addition of Engelhardtsen as a director, the SNL Board now has seven members, four of which are independent.

Maritime to Get Biggest Bang for VW Settlement Bucks

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Imagine a settlement over falsifying emission levels in another transportation sector dropping money onto your deck. Who knew? But it’s true. The $2.9 billion settlement fund Volkswagen agreed to capitalize for distribution across all 50 states, tribal lands and Puerto Rico, as a result of “dieselgate,” its criminal dodging of required auto emission levels, presents an unparalleled opportunity to maritime companies that want to move their noxious diesel engines up a couple of EPA notches, and stick someone else with close to half the bill or more.

Shipbuilder HII Names Thomas VP Pricing, Contracts

Christie Thomas,  vice president of contracts and pricing at its Newport News Shipbuilding division. (Photo: HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries said that Christie Thomas was promoted to vice president of contracts and pricing at its Newport News Shipbuilding division. She will succeed Tom Johnston, who will retire on April 1. Thomas will have overall responsibility for contracts, pricing, and export/import licensing and compliance for the Newport News shipyard and will report to Don Godwin, Newport News’ chief financial officer. She joined HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division in 2006 and has held director-level positions in supply chain management…

Christie Thomas New Vice President at Huntington Ingalls Industries

Christie Thomas. Photo supplied by Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced that Christie Thomas has been promoted to vice president of contracts and pricing at its Newport News Shipbuilding division. She will succeed Tom Johnston, who will retire on April 1. Thomas will have overall responsibility for contracts, pricing, and export/import licensing and compliance for the Newport News shipyard and will report to Don Godwin, Newport News’ chief financial officer. She joined HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division in 2006 and has held director-level positions in supply chain management…

Retlif Celebrates 40 Years

Marilyn Poggi and Walter Poggi (Photo: Retlif Testing Laboratories)

Retlif Testing Laboratories, a global strategic compliance organization, is celebrating its 40th year of operations which will be marked with recognition events throughout 2018.In conjunction with its milestone anniversary, Retlif President Walter Poggi announced expanded ballast wastewater testing to reduce risks associated with the spread of aquatic invasive species in U.S. coastal waters, lakes and rivers, as well as expanded nuclear RS-105 EMP testing services. Poggi also…

EPA Announces Funding to Reduce Diesel Emissions

File Image (CREDIT: AdobeStock / © dbvirago)

Preference given to fleets in areas facing air quality challenges. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of grant funding to modernize the nation’s diesel fleet by retrofitting or replacing vehicles with cleaner, more efficient diesel engines. EPA anticipates awarding approximately $40 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) grant funding to eligible applicants, subject to the availability of funds. “These grants will incentivize improvements to aging diesel fleets and improve air quality throughout the country…

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