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Saturday, March 24, 2018

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Johnson Joins Senesco Marine

Senesco Marine located in North Kingstown, R.I., a part of the Reinauer family of marine companies, principally engaged in the design and construction of state of the art OPA-90 compliant double hull ATB ocean tank barges and the new generation of “Facet” tugs announces that it is bringing on board Tom Johnson who will be responsible for new business development expanding the ship builders services to the commercial market. Johnson is a 1969 graduate of the Texas Maritime Academy holding a B/S in Marine Engineering, US Coast Guard license and commission in the US Navy at the time of graduation. He has variously served with the US Army Corps of Engineers…

MN100 2018 Application is Online and Open

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Each year the August edition of Marine News magazine, the leading voice in the North American workboat market, features the very best 100 leaders and innovators, including workboat owners and operators, builders, OEMs and repairers, and product and service providers. This year's MN100 edition application portal is live and open. Participation is free, but to be considered you must apply at The deadline is July 5. Contact Joe Keefe with questions at:  

Port of Leixoes Orders Pilot Boat from Safehaven

(Photo: Safehaven Marine)

Irish boat builder Safehaven Marine said it has signed contracts with the Port of Leixoes in Portugal to supply a 48-foot pilot boat due for delivery in 2019. The vessel will be the 15th Interceptor 48 Pilot supplied to ports worldwide and the builder’s 39th pilot boat overall. The Interceptor 48 is 15 meters long overall, with a 4.4-meter beam and 17,200-kilogram displacement. According to the builder’s website, the Interceptor 48 is typically powered by twin Volvo D12/13 500…

MES Delivers 66,000 DWT Bulk Carrier

Japanese shipbuilder Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) said it has completed and delivered a 66,000 dwt bulk carrier to owner Ostria Marine Co. The newbuild, M.V. Christina, was delivered at the builder's Tamano Works on March 15, 2018. The vessel has four cranes and five cargo holds, with more than 82,800 cubic meters cargo capacity. The ship’s main engine, a MITSUI-MAN B&W 7S50ME-B9.3 diesel engine, complies with MARPOL NOx restriction (Tier-II) for exhaust gas emissions. The ship has low sulfur fuel oil tanks, which are designed for operation in Emission Control Areas (ECA). Service Speed: abt.

Construction Begins on Saudi Aramco's Shipyard Joint Venture

Construction work has begun on a joint venture to build a shipyard on Saudi Arabia's eastern coast, oil rig builder Lamprell Plc said in a statement on Friday. The joint venture, International Maritime Industries (IMI), started operations after reaching agreement for a loan from the state-backed Saudi Industrial Development Fund (SIDF), the statement said. The SIDF agreed in principle last year to provide 3.75 billion riyals ($1 billion) in financing for the project. IMI is a partnership between United Arab Emirates-based Lamprell, state oil giant Saudi Aramco, National Shipping Co of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) and South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries Co.

MN100 2018 Application is Online and Open

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Each year the August edition of Marine News magazine, the leading voice in the North American workboat market, features the very best 100 leaders and innovators, including workboat owners and operators, builders, OEMs and repairers, and product and service providers. This year's MN100 edition application portal is live and open. Participation is free, but to be considered you must apply at The deadline is July 5. Contact Joe Keefe with questions at:

San Francisco Orders a New Fire Boat

(Image: Moose Boats)

California boat builder Moose Boats said it was awarded a contract from the San Francisco Fire Department for the construction of a M2-38 Catamaran CBRN, Dive and Fire Rescue vessel to enter service in the third quarter of 2018. The aluminum catamaran, which is 75 percent funded by FEMA’s FY2015 Port Security Grant Program, will be powered by twin Cummins QSB6.7 425hp turbo diesel propulsion engines with Hamilton HJ292 waterjets. Serving primarily as a dive and rescue boat, the vessel will be outfitted with an integrated dive/recovery platform and a bow ladder for beach rescues.

Acta Marine’s Newbuild Completes Sea Trials

Acta-Auriga-on-sea-trial Photo Ulstein Group

The SOV W2W vessel Acta Auriga, currently under construction at Ulstein Verft, Norway for owner Acta Marine, has successfully completed sea trials. The walk-to-work vessel is custom-designed for the offshore energy industry. Together with a 3D crane, SMST gangway and elevator tower, and the X-BOW and X-STERN design solutions, the vessel will break new grounds in workability, in-field agility, offshore logistics and comfort on board for 120 persons combined with a low fuel consumption, the builder said.

LCS 16 Completes Acceptance Trials

USS Tulsa (LCS 16) during acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico (Photo: Austal USA)

The U.S. Navy’s next Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), Tulsa (LCS 16), has moved a step closer to deliver with the completion of acceptance trials on March 8. An industry team led by shipbuilder Austal USA performed comprehensive tests while LCS 16 was underway in the Gulf of Mexico in order to demonstrate to the Navy the successful operation of the ship’s major systems and equipment. LCS 16 will be the eighth Independence-variant LCS built by Austal for the U.S. Navy and the second delivered so far in 2018.

Grindrod to Float Listing of Shipping Business Offshore

Photo: Grindrod

Grindrod, the South Africa-listed freight logistics and shipping services firm, said on Friday it will list its shipping business offshore, with a secondary listing on the Johannesburg bourse. Grindrod, which also has a financial services business, said the transaction which will list the shipping business on the NASDAQ is estimated to be implemented by June, 18. Reporting by Tanisha Heiberg

GLTT to Receive WIRE-Net Mission Builder Award

Image courtesy of Great Lakes Towing & Shipyard

WIRE-Net has selected The Great Lakes Towing Company and Great Lakes Shipyard as one of the four local manufacturing companies to receive this year’s Mission Builder Awards. WIRE-Net is a Cleveland, Ohio company whose mission is to strengthen manufacturing to create healthy communities and fuel economic growth by providing support for manufacturing improvement and human resource management, training and education. Winners have been chosen for investing in Northeast Ohio, through plant expansion, job creation, or new business growth.

ZIM Upgrades ZCP, Rolls-out CFX Service

Photo: ​ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd

The biggest cargo shipping company in Israel ZIM Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM) upgrades ZIM Container Service Pacific (ZCP) and Introduces a New Service (CFX) Connecting Jamaica, Florida & Canada. "ZIM is pleased to announce a change and upgrade of our flagship ZIM Container Service Pacific (ZCP), and the simultaneous launch of a new Canada Florida Express service (CFX), starting April 3rd," said a statement from the company. The combined synchronized change will improve transit time and service levels, and expand port coverage.

Offshore Wind Drives Demand for US Support Vessels

(Photo: Volvo Penta)

The offshore energy boom: more than wind. Domestic offshore wind also promises to generate demand for new, efficiently propelled support vessels. The U.S. offshore wind farm industry, now in its infancy, is on the verge of a massive growth surge, and the boom will be felt throughout the American maritime industry. The U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy reported last year that there is a “robust pipeline of projects to ensure growth in the country’s nascent offshore wind market…

Bachrach & Wood Celebrates 50 Years

Bachrach & Wood was formed 1953 to provide marine surveying and consultant services to the shipping industry in New Orleans. This year marks its 50th year of service. Over the years, Bachrach & Wood has changed its focus from bluewater shipping to the offshore oilfield, now providing builder’s risk surveys for heavy lifts and pipeline construction, warranty surveys for trips-in-to, vessel safety and security audits, and on/off charter surveys for barges and boats. The firm is headquartered in Morgan City, La., with branch offices in Metairie, Fourchon and Harvey, La. And as well as Houston.

The Top 10 Ships of 2017

Maritime Reporter & Engineering News, published since 1939, annually prints details on the world’s “Great Ships of the Year.” Here we rank from those selected in the December 2017 edition the top 10 ships of the year, according to the editors. Builder: Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. Builder: Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co. USS Gerald R. Ford: first-of-class aircraft carrier for the U.S. Owner: U.S. Christoph de Margerie: the world’s first icebreaking LNG carrier. Builder: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co.

Wilhelmsen Ship Management Pact with WestEast Marine

Photo: Wilhelmsen Ship Management

Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM) has sealed a strategic newbuilding supervision partnership with WestEast Marine Consulting (WEM) to strengthen WSM’s newbuilding supervision offering. Wilhelmsen Ship Management’s experienced newbuilding team will offer newbuilding supervision services to the mass market with reinforced technical expertise from WestEast Marine Consulting, said a press statement. “We are delighted to work with WEM as we look to grow our newbuilding supervision arm and offer a more comprehensive solution to our customers.

AMCV Awards Columbia Queen Contract

American Classic Voyages (AMCV), granted a $6.4 million contract for construction completion and outfitting on Columbia Queen to Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Whidbey Island, Wash. The 161-passenger U.S.-flag riverboat, which will be readied by Nichols for service on the Columbia River system, will be operated under The Delta Queen Steamboat brand. Offering Pacific Northwest cruises beginning in April 2000, Columbia Queen will travel the Columbia, Snake and Willamette rivers during its eight-night vacation package, which features an overnight stay in Portland, as well as a seven-night cruise with various excursions. Scott Young, AMCV executive vice president and president of The Delta Queen Steamboat Co.…

Boatbuilders Assoc. Names New Director, Relocates to Florida

Gordon Connell: Photo credit ABBRA

American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA) names new Association Management Company and Executive Director to lead the national group that represents the business interests of the boat building, marine service and boat repair industry and seeks to strengthen and encourage professionalism. The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association say they have appointed Gordon Connell as its new Executive Director and named Connell Communications its new Association Management Company.

Ingalls Shipbuilding Helps in Local Red Cross Makeover

HII Red Cross initiative: Photo credit HII

Volunteers from Huntington Ingalls Industries'  Ingalls Shipbuilding division recently helped freshen up the grounds and interior of the American Red Cross' Pascagoula office. Participants in Ingalls' Legacy Builders Executive Mentoring Program dedicated two weekends in June to the community project. Working both indoors and out, Ingalls' Legacy Builders landscaped and performed ground maintenance in addition to updating the office with shelving, fresh coats of paint and a television installation.


Inna Kuznetsova, President and COO, INTTR

INTTRA, a neutral electronic transaction platform, software and information provider at the center of the ocean shipping industry, announced an expansion of its rapidly growing carrier network with the addition of Korea's Namsung Shipping Co. Ltd. NAMSUNG, established in 1953 as the first private ocean going shipping carrier in Korea, provides services throughout Asia, with routes targeting Korea to Japan, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand and intra-Asia routes. NAMSUNG will offer its customers a full suite of services through INTTRA's network…

DNV GL JDP for Marine Batteries

Energy storage system onboard a passenger ferry (Photo: DNV GL)

Classification society DNV GL has announced the launch of a Joint Development Project (JDP), designed to advance the understanding of the use of lithium-ion batteries in the shipping industry. More than a dozen partners from the entire value chain have joined the initiative, including flag states, research institutions, battery and propulsion suppliers, fire detection and extinguishing system providers, and ship owners, operators and yards. “Including batteries in ships, whether as a hybrid or fully electric system…

Smart Ships: Inmarsat, Samsung Heavy Industries Partner

Ronald Spithout, Inmarsat Maritime President (Photo: Inmarsat)

Satellite communications services provider Inmarsat said it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), establishing a relationship to leverage the ‘smart ship’ connectivity offered by Fleet Xpress at the vessel construction stage. The agreement envisages the South Korean yard installing Inmarsat-approved terminal hardware and offering applications to cover remote machinery diagnostics and CCTV services, to leverage the satellite communications platform’s capabilities from the moment the ship is delivered.

Nichols Taps Higgins as COO

Gavin Higgins, Chief Operating Officer at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders.

Gavin Higgins has joined Nichols Brothers Boat Builders as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Gavin Higgins has been appointed the Chief Operating Officer at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders. Gavin’s duties will include oversight of Engineering, Production, Project Management, Purchasing and Facilities. He will be working with the current team for the successful delivery of two tugs and superstructure for the new Washington State Ferries currently under construction at the Freeland facility.

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