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New York Floating Venue for NAMEPA Conference

Hornbolower Infinity: Photo credit NAMEPA

NAMEPA's upcoming 5th Anniversary Conference and Awards Dinner to move aboard the 'Hornblower Infinity'. Hurricane Sandy created a lot of havoc in New York, but it hasn’t dampened the  North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA)’s plans for its 5th Anniversary Conference and Awards Dinner being held on November 14th which will now be held aboard the Hornblower Infinity, docked at Pier 40 (33 West Street).  A dynamic conference, featuring Philip Shapiro of Liberty Maritime, Gene Seroka of APL Americas, Rob Lorigan of OSG, Rich Pruitt of Royal Caribbean, Commandant Robert Papp of the United States Coast Guard, Edward Hanley of Maersk, VADM Peter Neffenger of the USCG, Clay Maitland, Nicky Pappadakis, George Tsavliris and others will be followed by an Awards Dinner. At this dinner, the NAMEPA Marine Environment Protection Awards will be presented to Maersk, SUNY Maritime College, NOAA and the American Salvage Association.  In addition, the American Salvage Association and NAMEPA will be introducing winners of its Science Fair contest.  


MarAd Offering Tankers for Sale; Issue Ruling

The Maritime Administration (MarAd) has two tankers up for sale, for the limited purpose of their reconstruction for sale or charter to a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) country for use as oilers. Both vessels, Henry Eckford and Benjamin Isherwood, are located at the James River Reserve Fleet, Fort Eustis, Va. MarAd also issued a ruling denying Apex Marine Ship Management Company's request for confirmation. The ruling states upon properly being document under the U.S


ABS Recognized for 150 Years of Service

ABS celebrated its 150th anniversary in Washington, DC on 31 January and was recognized by Members of Congress for the classification society’s proud history and unwavering commitment to the American and international maritime community.  “I ask my colleagues to join with me in congratulating ABS on its 150th anniversary and in recognizing ABS’ significant service to the American marine and offshore industries and our sea services


NAMEPA Announce Upcoming Conference, Awards

Clay Maitland: Photo credit NAMEPA

Clay Maitland, Chairman of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), announces two major events. NAMEPA’s Environmental Intelligence in Maritime Conference, will feature “Greening the Marine Transportation System”, “The Arctic”, “Safety at Sea” and “Corporate Risk Management”.  This conference, with NAMEPA's fifth anniversary in mind, will be held on 14, November 2012


Royal Caribbean Names Godmother of Liberty of Seas

After a six month search, Royal Caribbean International today named travel agent Donnalea Madaley godmother of the cruise line’s newest ship, Liberty of the Seas, at Cruise Lines International Association’s Cruise3Sixty conference. Donnalea, of Ontario-based Marlin Travel, was selected from among nearly 2,500 nominations of exemplary women travel agents who have demonstrated dedication to philanthropy and service in their communities


Northland Returns Home from Operation Liberty Shield

The Coast Guard Cutter Northland is scheduled to return to its homeport today at 10 a.m. following a 63-day homeland security patrol for Operation Liberty Shield off the Virginia coast. Northland led a maritime security squadron (MSS) guarding the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. At times, Northland coordinated the patrol efforts of two U.S. Navy Coastal Patrol Boats and many fixed winged and rotary aircraft. Northland coordinated this multi-asset patrol effort to increase maritime domain


New Manhattan Sailing School

Offshore Sailing School's to open new branch at Hudson River Trust's Pier 25 Offshore Sailing School has signed an agreement with Liberty Landing NYC at Hudson River Park's Pier 25 in Manhattan's Tribeca area. The New York sailing school will provide sailing lessons and sailing courses for area residents and visitors starting May 15, 2012 at this new location. A long time tenant of Liberty Landing Marina in Liberty State Park on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River


Supreme Court Seeks Views of Solicitor General

The U.S. Supreme Court has invited the Solicitor General to file a brief expressing the views of the United States in the case of Green Fire Insurance Company v. M/V Hyundai Liberty. In this case (decided in 2002 by the Ninth Circuit under the name of Kukje Hwajae Insurance v. M/V Hyundai Liberty), the appellate court held, among other things, that the forum selection clause in the ship owner's bill of lading was controlling as regards an action brought against the ship for damage to cargo


Bourbon Choose PC Maritime ECDIS

PC Maritime’s Navmaster ECDIS ordered for Bourbon’s latest generation IMR (Inspection, Maintenance & Repair) vessels. The new ships are beign built in Zheijiang shipyard, China.  Four dual Navmaster ECDIS 800 have been supplied, with a further five vessels to be equipped this year and in 2014. The first vessel to be fully operational, Bourbon Evolution 802, reports good satisfaction levels with the Navmaster ECDIS


Bourbon Chooses PC Maritime ECDIS

Bourbon Evolution 802 is the first of nine newbuild vessels being fitted with PC Maritime’s dual ECDIS.

PC Maritime’s Navmaster ECDIS has been ordered for Bourbon’s latest generation IMR (Inspection, Maintenance and Repair) vessels being built in Zheijiang shipyard, China.   Four dual Navmaster ECDIS have been supplied, with a further five Bourbon Evolution 800 to be equipped this year and in 2014. Operating a fleet of 458 vessels, Bourbon is a major player in the offshore marine services market. The first vessel equipped, Bourbon Evolution 802


China Homeport for Latest Giant RCI Cruise Ship

Quantum of the Seas: Image credit RCI

Royal Caribbean International says that its latest cruise ship, 'Quantum of the Seas', will make its home port in Shanghai (Baoshan), China The ship will reposition to China in May 2015, following her inaugural winter season sailing out of New York Harbor to the Caribbean.


On Patrol: North River Boats

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ALMAR by North River Boats of Roseburg Oregon recently built and launched the first of three 29 x 10 ft. Liberty Walk Around vessels destined for the San Francisco area. The Liberty family of boats features a Wing Hybrid Foam/Air Fender protecting the exterior perimeter of the boat


BOURBON Makes Several Fleet Additions

Photo: BOURBON

With the AHTS Bourbon Liberty 320, BOURBON is now running a fleet of 100 Bourbon Liberty series-built, diesel-electric propelled and DP 2 vessels, a first in the oil services industry. This milestone coincides with the delivery of the first two of 20 deep offshore PSVs of the new BOURBON


Ugly Ducklings & Steaming the Way to Victory in WWII

The S.S. Patrick Henry was the first of the Emergency Class Liberty  ships to be built and launched. The  famous quote by its namesake helped to give this class of ships its name. (Photo Credit: Library of Congress)

The design and construction of WWII Liberty cargo ships revolutionized shipbuilding by overhauling the blueprint process and standardizing on commonality of parts, welding, pre-fabrication and assembly line construction. Give me Liberty, or give me death!” a rallying cry of the


Happy Birthday to Us!

Greg  Trauthwein, Editor & Associate Publisher

This year Maritime Reporter & Engineering News celebrates its 75th Anniversary. Founded by  in 1939, the publication today reigns as the largest audited publication serving the global maritime industry, with a circulation of more than 35,000.


Wells, Georgiopoulos to Keynote HACC/NACC Ship Conference

Peter Georgiopoulos

The conference committee of the 20th annual Hellenic-American and Norwegian-American Chambers of Commerce conference, often called the New York Shipping Conference, announced today the luncheon keynote speakers will be and George Wells of Cargill and Peter Georgiopoulos.


NOAA Updates New York Harbor Charts Post-Sandy

A NOAA Coast Survey team collected post-Sandy depth measurements in New York Harbor last spring

Ships, barges, ferries, and recreational boats in the busy New York Harbor will be able to navigate more safely thanks to an updated version of the harbor’s nautical chart recently issued by NOAA that includes data gathered in the navigational response to the damage caused by Sandy in


Today in U.S. Naval History: December 2

USS Enterprise (CVN-65). U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate Airman Rob Gaston

Today in U.S. Naval History - December 2 1775 - Congress orders first officers commissions printed. 1908 - Rear Admiral William S. Cowles submits report, prepared by Lt. George C. Sweet, recommending purchase of aircraft suitable for operating from naval ships on scouting and observation


Aker Philadelphia Lay Keel of Second SeaRiver Tankship

Keel-laying ceremony: Photo credit Aker Philadelphia

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI) has held a ceremonial keel laying for the second of two Aframax tankers that it is building for SeaRiver Maritime, Inc., a Exxon Mobil Corporation’s U.S. marine affiliate. When completed in 2014


Arntzen Joins World Maritime Day Risk Management Panel

Morten Arntzen web

Clay Maitland, Chairman of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association, announced that Morten Arntzen will moderate the Risk Management panel at this year’s North American World Maritime Day Observance being held on October 30th aboard the Hornblower Infinity in New York


Today in U.S. Naval History: September 27

SS Patrick Henry (credit: Baltimore Sun)

Today in U.S. Naval History - September 27 1922 - Report on observations of experiments with short wave radio at Anacostia, DC, starts Navy development of radar 1941 - Launch of first Liberty ship, SS Patrick Henry, in Baltimore, Md.


INTERSCHALT Awarded Fleet Maintenance Contract

NBP Commander: Photo credit INTERSCHALT

Shipping company Liberty One, already subscribed to INTERSCHALT's maintenance software package, decided to establish a full maintenance contract covering all navigation and communications systems on board including the VDR. After six months, say INTERSCHALT


Voith Propels Two New Long Beach Fireboats

Voith Schneider Propeller

Voith will provide Voith Schneider Propellers and turbo couplings for two fireboats designed by Robert Allan Ltd. for the Port of Long Beach, U.S. With a water pumping capacity of more than 40,000 gallons per minute they will be among the world's most powerful fireboats.


OWET Conference Program Announced

Oregon Wave Energy Trust (OWET) has announced the program for the eighth annual Ocean Renewable Energy Conference presented by the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC). “Community and Industry: Collaboration, Innovation and Opportunity” is the theme of the event


Port of NY & NJ Agree Bayonne Cruise Terminal Expansion

Quantum of the Seas: Rendering courtesy of RCCL

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Board of Commissioners has approved plans by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines to build a new cruise terminal building at the Port Authority-owned marine terminal facility in Bayonne – a major public investment that will spur continued growth in the


 
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