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Court Confirms Marco Polo Seatrade Chapter 11 Protection

U.S. Courts confirm Marco Polo Seatrade Chapter 11 protection and frees vessel. The New York Court supervising the reorganisation of Marco Polo Seatrade and its group affiliates has rejected the motions filed by the Royal Bank of Scotland and Credit Agricole seeking to dismiss the group's US Chapter 11 filings. Both lenders had asserted that Marco Polo Seatrade was not eligible for Chapter 11 protection and had indeed initiated its Chapter 11 case in bad faith. The court rejected all of the lenders' arguments. Antonio Zacchello, MD of Marco Polo Seatrade, says, "We are delighted that the court has confirmed that we acted in accordance with the law and in good faith in starting our Chapter 11 proceedings. We now look forward to developing the Chapter 11 reorganisation plan, preferably on a consensual basis with our lenders and creditors that will enable us to emerge from Chapter 11 as a strong and healthy competitor in the global shipping market." Marco Polo Seatrade has reached an agreement with Credit Agricole to release the 115,000 dwt aframax tanker Montiron from arrest and return it to operations. Credit Agricole’s arrest of the Montiron on July 21, 2011 was one of the precipitating factors for Marco Polo's Chapter 11 filing. Marco Polo Seatrade is confident that it can resume its day-to-day activity in the pool within the next few days. This consensually resolves the litigation begun by Marco Polo against Credit Agricole relating to the release


Marco Launches New Website

Photo: Macro

Marco Group International, a service and equipment provider for the surface preparation industry, has launched its redesigned Marco.us website. The focus of the website’s redesign was to simplify navigation and enhance functionality. The site includes a new, modern visual design, redefining the Marco brand. The site also includes expanded product information, including part number listings and schematic drawings, simplified navigation to get to information in two clicks or less


PacFish Acquires Equipment from MARCO Auction

PacFish Shipyard acquired shipyard marine equipment at the MARCO Shipyard auction on the Lake Washington Ship Canal, including a Wheelabrator sandblast cabinet with 6-ft. rotary table, equipped with dust collector and re-useable shotblast for zero discharge to the environment. Big Bertha, MARCO’s classic 150-ton Denison hydraulic steel press, was one item that generated bidding action from a shipyard in Anacortes. Shipyard General Manager Doug Dixon was determined to keep Big Bertha on the


Marco Polo Seatrade Exits Chapter 11

Marco Polo Seatrade and its affiliated companies have obtained final approval of their Plan of Liquidation from the New York Bankruptcy Court overseeing the Chapter 11 case.   The plan was unanimously approved by all Marco Polo creditors, and the Court entered the final order at the confirmation hearing held today. Antonio Zacchello, managing director of Marco Polo Seatrade, says, “Our companies worked hard with the banks and our creditors to devise a Chapter 11 Reorganisation


MARCO Shipyard To Construct Third Millennium Class Tractor Tug

MARCO Shipyard Seattle has signed a contract to construct a third Millennium Class tractor tug for Harley Marine Services. Measuring 105 ft. (32 m), the multipurpose tug will be identical to its sisterships, Millennium Falcon and Millennium Star, delivered in February and August 2000, respectively. Construction of the tug is ongoing, with delivery planned for March 2002. Similar to its predecessors, the MARCO-designed tug will have an overall beam of 37 ft. (11


KMSS To Upgrade System on M/V Marco Polo

Kongsberg Maritime Ship Systems (KMSS) has been awarded the contract to upgrade the fire detection system on the M/V Marco Polo. The cruise vessel is owned by Norwegian Cruise Line/Orient Line in Miami, a part of Star Cruises. The contract includes 1500 Detectors, 800 ‘smart buzzers’ and the Autromaster 5000 Color Graphic Workstation. The Autromaster 5000 offers a color graphic indication, monitoring and control system that has been approved by the maritime authorities and classification


World's Largest Container Ship Flies Red Ensign

CMA CGM Marco Polo: Photo credit UK MCA

The 175,343 gt 'CMA CGM Marco Polo' owned by CMA CGM Group joins the UK ship register. The first in a series of three new 16,000 TEU container ships, for the CMA CGM group to serve on the Asia-Europe routes, the ship was built in Korea by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd, and is almost a quarter of a mile long. 
 The new vessel is also designed with cutting edge technology for high levels of performance, safety and environmental protection


Kvichak Constructs Skimmers for Gulf Spill

Photo courtesy Kvichak Marine

Kvichak Marine Industries is currently constructing a run of approximately 30 rapid response oil skimmers fitted with Marco Pollution Control CL-1 Filterbelt oil recovery modules for customers responding to the Gulf oil spill. The Kvichak/Marco Filterbelt is suited for high volume recovery of the oil types encountered in this spill. Kvichak is expecting over 100 skimming vessels utilizing the Filterbelt to be in operation on this spill in the coming weeks


Juventus Set to Embark in Asia with the Support of Costa Cruises

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From the left: Marco Fassone, Juventus Chief Sales & Marketing Officer; Nicola Legrottaglie, Juventus player; Jean-Claude Blanc, Juventus President & CEO; Pier Luigi Foschi, Costa Crociere Chairman & CEO, Claudio Ranieri, Juventus Manager, Gianni Onorato, Costa Crociere President.    


El Paso, Cal Dive Will Construct Anadarko's Marco Polo Deepwater Discovery

El Paso Energy Partners, L.P. and Cal Dive International, Inc. announced that they have signed a letter of intent to form a 50-50 venture to construct, install, and own a deepwater production hub platform and associated facilities primarily for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation's Marco Polo field discovery at Green Canyon 608 in the Gulf of Mexico. The companies anticipate that the facilities will be completed and online in 2004.


AWO Praises Simplification of TWIC Process

Tom Allegretti, AWO President & CEO

Last week, the Transportation Security Administration began nationwide implementation of a program that reforms the burdensome process by which mariners and other transportation workers receive required Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC)


Travel Aboard One of the World’s Largest Containerships

CMA CGM container cruise

  CMA CGM Group is now offering genuine cruises aboard its biggest vessels, the new 16,020 TEUs containerships, such as the CMA CGM MARCO POLO or the CMA CGM ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT. These giants of the seas (365 meters long, which is equivalent to more than 4 soccer fields)


Sound Oil Appoints Marco Fumagalli as Non-exec Director

Marco Fumagalli is Continental Investment Partners Managing Partner and a well known Italian Businessman

  Sound Oil, the Mediterranean focused upstream oil and gas company, announced the appointment with immediate effect of Marco Fumagalli as a Non Executive Director of the Company following the institutional investment announced on 25 April 2014.  


VOSTA LMG Delivers New Dredge Ball Joints

VOSTA LMGs new Crossover ball joint (photo courtesy of VOSTA LMG)

The Crossover ball joint is a new dredge ball joint that provides optimal flow performance, its manufacturer VOSTA LMG said. Through computational fluid dynamics (CFD) the frictional losses and turbulence have been reduced. Conventional dredge ball joints act like a ball valve when tilted


MacGregor Winch Portfolio Wins Order from Marco Polo

MacGregor now offers an expanded portfolio comprising both MacGregor and Hatlapa products

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured a contract with the Marco Polo Shipyard Pte Ltd with its facilities in Batam, Indonesia, to supply deck equipment for two 76m, 9,000kW anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels with bollard pulls of 150 metric tons, to be constructed for Marco Polo Marine


Shipdex Course Held at Korean Maritime University

From left: Marco Vatteroni, SpecTec’s ILS Manager and Shipdex Manager, and Yung-Ho Yu, Professor at KMU and Technical Director of MEIPA.

The Korean Maritime University (KMU) and the Korean Marine Electronics Industry Promotion Association  (MEIPA) received a one day technical seminar about Shipdex and  the process of importing Shipdex data into SpecTec’s  Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS), AMOS


Consortium Wins Fuel Terminal Contract in Peru

A consortium formed by units of local builder Grana y Montero and Germany's Oiltanking won a 20-year contract for managing five fuel terminals in Peru, Grana y Montero said on Wednesday. The consortium will invest about $225 million in the project


Research on the Passing Effects on Ships (ROPES): Results

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Bechtel says it announced the results of its research at the PIANC World Congress in San Francisco, confirming that in restricted waters, the wash from passing ships can exert large forces on moored vessels, mooring lines and fender loads, creating dangerous conditions.


Liebherr Takes Chilean Order for 3 STS Cranes

Photo courtesy of Liebherr

Terminal Pacífico Sur Valparaíso in Chile recently purchased three Ship-to-Shore container cranes (STS) from Irish based Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd. These cranes have an outreach of 62 m and a safe working load of 65 t under twin lift spreader


Two Mr. ECO Tankships Launched for d'Amico

d’Amico International Shipping S.A. (DIS) an international marine transportation company operating in the product tanker market, inform of the launch of two additional MR “ECO” vessels built at Hyundai Vinashin Shipyard Co., Ltd. (Vietnam). MT High Sun


Saras Urges European Steps on Refining as Profit Slumps

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Italy's Saras urged Europe to take steps to restore the competitiveness of the region's refining sector after it posted an 85 percent slump in its core earnings in the first three months due to weak refining margins.   Europe's refining sector is facing growing pressure from increasing


U.S. Lawmakers Call Chinese Actions In South China Sea 'Troubling'

South China Sea

  Six U.S. senators urged their colleagues on Friday to support legislation reaffirming U.S. support for freedom of navigation, saying they consider China's recent actions in the South China Sea troubling. China this week accused Vietnam of intentionally


Peru Port Contract Goes to Brazil/Spain Consortium

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Peru awarded a $182.4 million contract for the construction and operation of a maritime port to a consortium of Brazilian and Spanish companies, the government said on Wednesday. Consorcio Paracas beat out two other bidders on the project, including a local unit of APM Terminals


Intesa Sanpaolo, Vei Capital Invest in RINA

Photo courtesy RINA

Intesa Sanpaolo, through the Merchant Banking Management of its Corporate and Investment Banking Division, and VEI Capital, investment company of Palladio Finanziaria in the Private Equity Mid-Cap segment, have agreed to buy a stake in RINA S.p.A


DIS Orders Two Newbuild Eco-Tankers

A $73.2 million investment strengthens DIS’ fleet newbuilding strategy d’Amico International Shipping (DIS), an international marine transportation company operating in the product tanker market, announces that its operating subsidiary d’Amico Tankers Limited (Ireland) entered






 
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