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Sunday, January 21, 2018

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ExxonMobil Receives Washington State Exceptional Compliance Award

Exxon Mobil Corporation announced that its U.S. marine transportation affiliate, SeaRiver Maritime, Inc., has been recognized by the Washington State Department of Ecology for excellence in marine safety and environmental stewardship. SeaRiver achieved this through meeting the state's voluntary Exceptional Compliance Program for Tank Vessels (Ecopro) and is the only company to attain full Ecopro status for a third consecutive renewal period since the program's inception in 1999. This honor acknowledges SeaRiver's achievement of high operating standards and environmental performance while operating in Washington state waters.

Aker Philadelphia Welcome Back Governor Corbett

Governor Tom Corbett: Photo courtesy of State Office

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI) has welcomed Governor Corbett back for an update on the state of the shipyard and a tour to view progress on the current tankers APSI is building for SeaRiver Maritime. The last time Governor Corbett visited APSI was in September 2011 for the contract signing of the very same tanker program. Since Governor Corbett’s initial visit, the yard has reached its steady state employment of over 1,000 employees and has a backlog secured out Q3 2016, with two tankers for SeaRiver Maritime, Inc. underway and four product tankers for Crowley behind them.

ACL to Haul for SeaRiver Maritime

American Commercial Lines Will Transport Petroleum Products by Inland Barge for SeaRiver Maritime Inc. American Commercial Lines (ACL) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with SeaRiver Maritime Inc., a marine affiliate of Exxon Mobil Corporation, to provide petroleum barge transportation services on the U.S. inland waterways. As of January 1, 2013, ACL has entered into a multi-year agreement with SeaRiver to transport liquid cargoes via its mainline service and in unit tows. "We look forward to partnering with SeaRiver to transport ExxonMobil cargoes on the inland waterways," Mark Knoy, President and Chief Executive Officer of ACL, stated.

Crowley to Buy Three Tankers from SeaRiver

Crowley Alaska Tankers, LLC, has signed an agreement to purchase three tankers from SeaRiver Maritime Inc., and charter them back to SeaRiver under varying multi-year terms. The deal is subject to regulatory approval. Included in the acquisition are the tankers Liberty Bay and Eagle Bay, each of which have a capacity of 800,000 barrels and transport crude from Alaska to West Coast refineries; and the tanker SR American Progress, which has a capacity of 342,000 barrels and transports refined petroleum between U.S. gulf and East Coast ports. Crowley said it will now work with regulators to obtain the necessary regulatory approvals to serve the Alaska and West Coast markets.

Maritime Administrator and SeaRiver Maritime Sign Agreement

Maritime Administrator Sean T. Connaughton and Will Jenkins, president of SeaRiver Maritime, Inc., today signed an agreement that will open up international experience opportunities for American maritime academy cadets. The training and experience cadets receive will give them more employment opportunities worldwide after they graduate. The public-private partnership represents a formal agreement to provide sea tours for maritime academy cadets onboard vessels trading internationally. Under the terms of the agreement, cadets from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and all six state maritime academies will be able to sail onboard vessels operated by SeaRiver and its affiliated companies that operate internationally.

NASSCO Awarded SeaRiver Deal

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, announced that it had reached an agreement with SeaRiver Maritime, Inc. (SeaRiver) of Houston, Texas, to develop a contract design for a 750,000-barrel capacity, double-hull crude oil tanker. Included with the contract design package will be NASSCO’s price and delivery proposal for the detail design and construction of a minimum of two vessels. The SeaRiver tankers will be designed primarily for the movement of crude oil from Alaska to West Coat refineries. "We are very pleased to have this opportunity to work with SeaRiver on the design of a new double-hull tanker," said Richard Vortmann, president of NASSCO. Work on the contract design will begin immediately and will be delivered by September 2003.

NEWS:SeaRiver Exits Inland Operations

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) reached an agreement with SeaRiver Maritime, Inc. to develop a contract design for a 750,000-barrel capacity, double-hull crude oil tanker. Included with the contract design package will be NASSCO's price and delivery proposal for the detail design and construction of a minimum of two vessels. The SeaRiver tankers will be designed primarily for the movement of crude oil from Alaska to West Coat refineries. Work on the contract design will begin immediately and will be delivered by September 2003. Subject to SeaRiver's acceptance of NASSCO's proposed price and delivery schedule, the agreement is expected to lead to a detail design and construction contract by the end of 2003.

US Shipyard Lays First Aframax Tankship Keel

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard: Photo courtesy of APSI

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard holds ceremonial keel-laying for first Aframax Tanker for SeaRiver Maritime, Inc. The ceremonial keel-laying was for the first of two Aframax tankers that it is building for SeaRiver Maritime, Inc. (SeaRiver), Exxon Mobil Corporation’s U.S. marine affiliate. The construction of the two tankers, valued at $400 million, will create more than 1,000 jobs. When completed in 2014, the Liberty Class vessels will be 820 feet long and be capable of carrying 115,000 tons of crude oil.

SeaRiver Names New US-flag Tanker

Eagle Bay, the second of two new U.S.-flag crude oil tankers for Exxon Mobil Corporation’s marine affiliate SeaRiver Maritime, Inc., was named at a ceremony at Aker Philadelphia Shipyard. The first-in-class vessel constructed at the shipyard incorporates the latest safety, navigation and engine room technologies and will begin supplying crude oil from Alaska North Slope to refineries along the U.S. west coast later this year. The double hull Eagle Bay is 820-feet long and has capacity to carry 800,000 barrels of oil. SeaRiver Maritime said its contract with Aker for two tankers, valued at $400 million, delivered an economic boost to the greater Philadelphia region where it generated employment and millions of dollars in revenue.

Crowley Expands Tug Business in Northern California

Crowley Maritime Corporation announced today that it has purchased the tug boat business of SeaRiver Maritime in Northern California, effectively doubling the size of Crowley's tug fleet in the San Francisco Bay Area. The two new Crowley tugs are the Goliah (4400 BHP) and Resolute (6800 BHP), two azimuth stern drive tractor tugs built in 1997 and 1996, respectively. The purchase of SeaRiver follows Crowley's reentry into the Bay Area in 2004 and the subsequent relocation of Crowley's Oakland terminal from 10th Avenue to Berth 9 at the port in 2006. That move helped put the company's tugs closer to its customers and allowed them

Tanker Stopped After Leaking Oil

An oil tanker owned by Exxon Mobil subsidiary SeaRiver Maritime was ordered back to Valdez on May 22 after developing a leak, the operator of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline said. The SeaRiver Long Beach was about 10 minutes into its journey from the Valdez marine terminal when crew members from an escort vessel spotted an oil sheen in its wake, said Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. The U.S. Coast Guard ordered the tanker back to the terminal, where it was surrounded with boom and examined, Alyeska said. Divers discovered a three-inch hairline fracture in the center cargo tank, a spokesperson said, adding that less than 10 gallons of oil had leaked through the crack. The oil from the Long Beach was loaded the Marine Columbia, operated by the Alaska Tanker Co.

Leaky Oil Tanker Departs Valdez

An oil tanker that leaked some oil from a small crack while in port departed with its cargo on Sunday from the Valdez terminal of the trans-Alaska pipeline, Reuters reported. The SeaRiver Benecia, owned by SeaRiver Maritime, received authorization from the U.S. Coast Guard to sail with its load of crude oil, said Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., operator of the pipeline and its marine terminal. The crack found between a cargo tank and a ballast tank was not considered to have an effect on hull integrity, Alyeska said. The crack, 3 to 4 in. long, was discovered after about 10 gallons of oil leaked from the vessel when it was in the final stages of loading.

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Starts on Second Aframax Tankship

Construction starts on the second of two Aframax tankers for SeaRiver Maritime, Inc., Exxon Mobil Corporation’s U.S. marine affiliate. The construction of the two tankers, valued at $400 million, will create more than 1,000 jobs. A small ceremony was held in the shipyard’s Fabrication Shop to commence cutting on the ship’s first steel plate. These plates will become part of the double hull of the tanker that protects the cargo tanks. When completed in 2014, the vessels will be 820 feet long and be capable of carrying 115,000 tons of crude oil. The tankers are intended to be used to transport Alaskan North Slope crude oil from Prince William Sound to the U.S. West Coast.

NAMEPA to Host ‘Pathways to Sustainability’

North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) will hold its Environmental Intelligence in Shipping Conference on “Pathways to Sustainability” on Februar 5, 2016 at SeaRiver Maritime in Spring, Texas. The conference is designed to be a guide for navigating through the myriad of regulations leading to compliance. The maritime industry faces continual regulatory change as it strives to reduce its impact on the marine environment. NAMEPA members, in particular, are committed to “Save our Seas”, but this approach is not without its hurdles. Complex regulations require support to insure understanding and competence and to devise an appropriate strategy for each company. Discussion topics will include Global Projections for Shipping, Regulatory Outlook and Legal Hot Spots.

BALPURE System Authorized in California

Photo courtesy Boyd Tamney Cross Marketing, Inc.

The S/R American Progress, a double-hull U.S. flag tank ship, operated by SeaRiver Maritime, Inc., and fitted with the BALPURE ballast water management system from Severn Trent De Nora, is authorized to discharge treated ballast water into the water of California. Authorization was granted by the California State Lands Commission in accordance with California Public Resources Code Section 71204.3(d), which authorizes vessels to manage their ballast water using alternative, environmentally…

Commandant Presents Rear Adm. William M. Benkert Awards

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen will honor the recipients of the 2008 Biennial, Rear Adm. William M. Benkert, Marine Environmental Award for Excellence by presenting the awards during an American Petroleum Institute luncheon in . Silver Award -- U.S. Honorable Mention -- Todd Pacific Shipyards Corporation, Seattle, and SeaRiver Maritime Inc., . The award recognizes maritime industry businesses and corporations involved in marine facility or vessel operations that have demonstrated sustained excellence and outstanding achievement in protecting the marine environment. The award program also encourages innovations in operations, maintenance, cargo handling, refueling, training and the sharing of best practices throughout the industry.

U.S. Shipyard Delivers Tankship to Crowley

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard: Photo courtesy of APSI

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard delivers its first Veteran-class MT-46 product tanker to Crowley Maritime Corp. This is the thirteenth product tanker that the shipyard has completed and the seventeenth vessel overall. The product tankers are 600 feet long and have a cargo capacity of 46,000 dwt. The ship is named the Pennsylvania and is the first vessel that AKPS has delivered to Crowley. As stated in AKPS’s release on 21 August, 2012, Crowley will also take delivery of the next product tanker, Hull 018, when it is completed in February 2013.

Aker Delivers Tanker to SeaRiver Maritime

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Delivers Second Aframax Tanker, Eagle Bay

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI) has delivered its second Aframax tanker to SeaRiver Maritime, Inc., Exxon Mobil Corporation’s U.S. marine affiliate. The 820 foot long, 115,000 deadweight ton tanker was delivered within the timeframe most recently reported by AKPS and will transport up to 800,000 barrels of Alaskan North Slope crude oil from Prince William Sound, Alaska to the U.S. West Coast. The vessel is equipped with double hull protection, the latest navigation and communications equipment, and an energy efficient engine.

The World's Most Expensive Jones Act Tanker

courtesy of VesselsValue.com

The series highlighting the world's most expensive active vessels from online ship intelligence and information service VesselsValue.com focuses this week on the most expensive tanker vessel, which is not a VLCC but a Jones Act aframax. The first-in-class double hull tanker Liberty Bay is an 820-foot, 115,000 dwt aframax tanker built this year by Aker Philadelphia and owned by Seariver Maritime. The tanker, which has an 800,000-barrel capacity and supplies crude oil from Alaska North Slope to refineries along the U.S. west coast, prices in at approximately $184.7 million.

Towing company not liable for unseaworthiness of barge

In a short unpublished decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that a towing company is not liable for personal injuries caused by any unseaworthiness of a barge being towed by the company where the towing company does not own the barge. In the instant case, an employee of the towing company was injured when he slipped on ice on the barge. The employee sued his employer, alleging unseaworthiness. The court held that, under a contract for towage, the towing company does not become the owner pro hac vice of the barge. Coakley v. SeaRiver Maritime, Inc., No. 04-30569 (5th Cir., HK Law).

OSG Buys Two U.S. Flag Tankers

Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. has purchased and taken delivery of two 50,000-deadweight ton U.S. Flag product tankers from Attransco, Inc. The two double bottom vessels, the S/R Galena Bay and the S/R Puget Sound, were built in 1982 and 1983, respectively, and currently are on bareboat charter to SeaRiver Maritime, Inc., a subsidiary of ExxonMobil. "This acquisition demonstrates OSG's commitment to expand its U.S. Flag business. In light of the anticipated decline in Jones Act product tanker tonnage expected over the next few years, OSG continues to explore various options to increase its participation in this trade," said Morten Arntzen, OSG's President and Chief Executive Officer.

Elliott Bay Design Group Announces Staff Additions

Elliott Bay Design Group announced that David Smith has joined the firm as Project Manager. Smith brings over 25 years of shipyard design and construction experience to the team and has worked in shipyards across the country. Smith is currently leading the design effort for a new Ship Docking Module. John Farmer joins the team as a Designer II. Farmer has a BS in mechanical engineering technology from Purdue University and over 10 years of 3-D design and surface modeling experience. Farmer is currently working on a tank barge for Bollinger Shipyards. We are also pleased to announce that Alisha Lamb has been promoted to Designer III. Lamb joined EBDG in 2003 and has been actively supporting the firm's design team.

EBDG Adds Staff

Elliott Bay Design Group announced that David Smith has joined the firm as Project Manager. David brings over 25 years of shipyard design and construction experience to the team and has worked in shipyards across the country. David is currently leading the design effort for a new Ship Docking Module. John Farmer joins the team as a Designer II. John has a BS in mechanical engineering technology from Purdue University and over 10 years of 3-D design and surface modeling experience. John is currently working on a tank barge for Bollinger Shipyards. Alisha Lamb has been promoted to Designer III. Alisha joined EBDG in 2003 and has been actively supporting the firm's design team. She is currently working on multiple betterment projects that EBDG is completing for SeaRiver Maritime.

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