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Senate and House Appoint Maritime Conferees

The Senate and House recently appointed conferees to the pending conference on maritime security legislation. The conferees will work through the many differences between the Port and Maritime Security Act of 2001 (S. 1214, as passed by the Senate on December 20, 2001), and the Maritime Transportation Antiterrorism Act of 2002 (S. 1214, as amended and passed by the House on June 4). Also expected to be considered in the conference is Senator John Breaux's (D-LA) Ship, Seafarer and Container Security Act (S. 2329). S. 2329 was approved the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on May 17 and is awaiting consideration by the full Senate. Senator Breaux has stated that his intent is to try to incorporate the bill in any House-Senate conference report on maritime security. Source: AWO Letter


Massive Oil Spill Clean Up Underway

Despite initial contentions that there were only two major oil spills in the wake of Katrina, details released by the U.S. Coast Guard indicate that the problem is much larger. According to the USCG, oil pollution containment and recovery operations continue in Southeast Louisiana resulting from the destructive force of Hurricane Katrina. The following information on each spill is current as of 5 p.m., September 15.


Textron Receives LCAC Extension

Textron Marine and Land Systems, New Orleans, La., is being awarded a $30,301,153 firm-fixed-price modification under previously awarded contract (N00024-03-C-2200) for the service life extension of four landing craft air cushion craft. Work will be performed in New Orleans, La., and is expected to be completed in November 2006. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity


Seafuture Sponsored by Italian Trade Commission

The Italian Trade Commission and the Liguria Region are sponsoring an event in La Spezia to facilitate and create collaborations and partnerships between universities, companies, research centers, and other stakeholders in the maritime field. Seafuture will host engineers, designers, manufacturers and distributors of sea-related equipment and technology. The event will feature a number of thematic and technical seminars, forums


Innovative Tugboat Delivered to Columbia

Tug Cabo de la Vela: Photo credit Robert Allan

Tugboat 'Cabo de la Vela' an AVT 3000-Class Voith Schneider vessel designed by Robert Allan Ltd. for Carbones del Cerrejón delivered by Uzmar Shipyard, Turkey. This is the second of a two boat order from Carbones del Cerrejón for the AVT 3000 Class Tugs designed by Robert Allan Ltd., Naval Architects of Vancouver, B.C., Canada.  Cabo de la Vela will join her sister vessel, the Media Luna, in Puerto de Bolivar.


DofD Latest Dredging & Ship Repair Contracts

Weeks Marine has been awarded a substantial dredging contract, and NASSCO a contract for the phased maintenance of  'USS Peleliu'. Dredging contract (Army) Weeks Marine Inc., Covington, La., was awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract with a maximum value of $12,728,225 for dredging services in support of various projects.   Work will be performed in West Baton Rouge Parish, La.; West Feliciana Parish, La.; St. Martin Parish, La.; and St


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


MEMCO Christens Joy Anne Keller

MEMCO Barge Line, the inland barging subsidiary of Electric Fuels Corp. (EFC), christened a new towboat in New Orleans. M/V Joy Anne Keller, named after the wife of EFC President and CEO Richard D. Keller is the 22nd towboat in MEMCO's fleet. Built by Quality Shipyards, of Houma, La., the 8,000 hp twin-screw towboat measures 180 x 48 x 11.5 ft., and is designed to operate on the Lower Mississippi River between Cairo and New Orleans. MEMCO Christens Joy Anne Keller


Seafuture Sponsored by Italian Trade Commission

The Italian Trade Commission and the Liguria Region are sponsoring an event in La Spezia to facilitate and create collaborations and partnerships between universities, companies, research centers, and other stakeholders in the maritime field. Seafuture, occurring June 11 through 14, is the first exhibition in the Mediterranean area, open both to companies and research centres. It will host engineers, designers, manufacturers and distributors of sea-related equipment and technology


Changing Climate and Its Impact on Ship Routing

The warming planet and more predictable El Niño and La Niña cycles are presenting challenges and opportunities to shipping companies in ways that were not realized in the past. With each passing year we are seeing more transits along the Northern Sea Route (north of Russia) and through the NW Passage Route (through the Canadian Arctic). In addition to these climatic changes in the far northern latitudes, we are seeing short term pattern changes that are altering the face of how


Danos Adds Environmental Services

Danos recently added an Environmental Services Division to the company’s collection of oilfield related services, which includes production workforce, construction, fabrication, coatings, instrumentation and electrical, and shorebase and logistics.


Horizon Delivers 4th 74’ Towboat for Canal Barge Co.

MV Jane Merrick: Photo credit Horizon Shipbuilding

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, AL, has delivered the fourth in a series of 74’ towboats to Canal Barge Company, Inc. of New Orleans, LA.    The Jane Merrick is 74’ long with a 32’6” beam and an 8’6” draft


Obituary: Joseph E. LeBlanc Jr.

Joe LeBlanc with his wife, Betty

Joseph E. LeBlanc Jr. passed away on June 27, 2014. He was 87 years old. Joe was president of Three Rivers Rock Quarry in Smithland, Ky. (a division of Harbert Construction), Three Rivers Towing, Harcon Barge Lines and Louisiana Limestone during the late 60s and 70s


Petroecuador Tenders to Buy 3.84m bbls of Naphtha

State-run oil company Petroecuador has launched tenders to buy a total volume of 3.84 million barrels of naphtha for delivery in the coming month at Esmeraldas, La Libertad or Punta Arenas ports, according to invitations seen by Reuters on Tuesday.


FORAN Users Convene for FORUM 2014

FORAN users gathered June 11-13 for FORUM 2014 (Photo courtesy of SENER)

Organized every two years among the FORAN users, the Eight FORAN Users Meeting (FORUM 2014) took place from June 11-13 in the Parador de la Granja, Segovia. The event started on Wednesday, June 11, with a guided visit to the Royal Palace and Gardens of La Granja


Polar Tankers Win Prestigious Coast Guard Award

Tankship Polar Discovery: Photo ConocoPhillips

The United States Coast Guard informs that it has recognized ConocoPhillips subsidiary Polar Tankers, Inc. with the Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Osprey Award for Environmental Excellence. Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger, the USCG 29th Vice Commandant


Chouest Appointed to Port of New Orleans Board

Laney J. Chouest is sworn in to the Port of New Orleans Board of Commissioners (Photo courtesy of the Port of New Orleans)

Governor Bobby Jindal appointed south Louisiana businessman and entrepreneur Laney J. Chouest to the Board of the Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans. Chouest, who was sworn in during today’s Board meeting, will serve a five-year term, succeeding Joseph F


COSCO Orders Deltamarin B.Deltas

Rendering of a B.Delta37 (© Deltamarin Ltd)

Marking another order for Deltamarin’s B.Delta37, the first Chinese shipowner COSCO has ordered four 40,000 DWT Handymax bulk carriers at Tianjin Xingang shipyard in China. In addition to the latest COSCO order, 16 B.Delta37 vessels had previously been ordered at the Tianjin Xingang


OW Bunker Launches Physical Operations in New York

Credit: OW Bunker

OW Bunker, international physical distributors and resellers of marine fuels, announced the launch of physical distribution operations in the ports of New York and New Jersey. The move follows the start of physical operations in Los Angeles and Long Beach this past March


Safety Zone for L'Auberge 4th of July Celebration

The U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port New Orleans, under the authority of the Ports and Waterways Safety Act, will establish a safety zone on the Lower Mississippi River, Above Head of Passes, from MM 215.0 to MM 217.0, in the vicinity of the L'Auberge Casino, Baton Rouge, LA


Chile to Import US Shale Gas

Ship enters Methane Jane Elizabeth Quintero Bay with the first shipment of LNG in July 2009 (Photo courtesy of ENAP Chile)

Chile's state oil company ENAP has signed long-term deal with British Gas to import shale gas from the United States at the end of next year, local media reported. Shipments will leave from a U.S. port, Chilean Energy Minister Maximo Pacheco was quoted as saying on Monday in newspaper La


McDermott to Auction Fabrication Yard Assets

A joint venture of five industrial auction companies will sell the physical assets of the 300-acre McDermott fabrication facility in Amelia, La. McDermott continues to operate its other fabrication facilities at multiple locations worldwide.


Canadian Ferries Welcome Govt. Funding

Photo: CFOA

The Canadian Ferry Operators Association (CFOA) welcomed today’s announcement of $58 million over two years to support ferries in Eastern Canada. “We are happy to see the government reaffirming its commitment to Canada’s ferries


Crowley Christens New DP2 Tugboat

Jennifer Legg christens Ocean Sky: Photo Crowley Maritime

Crowley Maritime Corp. said that the third of four tugboats in the Ocean-class series, Ocean Sky, has been christened in Houston. The ceremony served to formally welcome the third dynamic positioning (DP) tugboat to the company’s expanded ocean towing fleet


Costa Tow Update: Climate Onboard 'Calm'

Costa Concordia on tow: Photo credit the salvors

According to the latest update, after approximately 30 hours of navigation, the Concordia has travelled 63 nautical miles at an average speed of 2 knots, informs the salvors' website 'The Parbuckling Project'. The convoy is located between Isola d’Elba and Corsica






 
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