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Houston Pilots Accept 45 ft. Fresh Water Draft

Effective immediately, the Houston Pilots will accept vessels with drafts up to 45 ft. (13.7 m) in fresh water. In the wake of the crisis along the U.S. Gulf Coast, the Houston Pilots are foregoing a previously scheduled phased-in approach to larger vessels, as the maritime industry needs to divert many deep draft loaded vessels from ports affected by Hurricane Katrina. The Houston Pilots are comprised of 81 pilots; including two deputy pilots still in training.


Houston Pilots Association To Christen M/V Bayou City

The Houston Pilots Association will christen the pilot boat M/V Bayou City at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at the Port of Houston Authority's Sam Houston Pavilion located at 7300 Clinton Drive. Annette Edmonds will officially christen the vessel during a ceremony that will be attended by more than 200 invited guests, including PHA Chairman Jim Edmonds, Vice Chairman Kase Lawal, Commissioner Steve Phelps, Commissioner Jim Fonteno, Commissioner Jimmy Burke, Commissioner Cheryl Thompson-Draper,


Fog Closes Ship Channel

Fog closed the Houston Ship Channel on Monday morning, the Houston Pilots association said. Pilots stopped boarding ships at 8 a.m. CST (9 a.m. EST/ 1400 GMT), bringing traffic to a halt, and the fog had not dispersed some four hours later at midday, an official said. The closure of the channel had not yet resulted in a big backlog of ships waiting to enter or leave the channel, he said. The Houston Ship Channel is a busy 54-mile (90 km) waterway lined with oil refineries and petrochemical


Houston Ship Channel Project Complete

HOUSTON -- The Port of Houston Authority (PHA) last Thursday welcomed congressional leaders, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and more than 300 other invited guests to celebrate the completion of the widening and deepening project expected to further fuel the port's remarkable growth. "This project has benefited from a great home-team," said PHA Chairman Jim Edmonds. "The support of our partners in Congress and the


New Members of NOAA’s Hydrographic Services Review Panel

NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco recently appointed nine new members to the Hydrographic Services Review Panel, a federal advisory committee that gives NOAA independent advice for improving ocean and coastal navigation products, information, data and services.   “Optimizing the benefits of navigation services and products is a priority for the agency,” said Margaret Spring, chief of staff for NOAA and the agency’s representative to the Committee on the Marine


San Jacinto College to Build Maritime Training Center

Capt. John Kessler, maritime instructor, demonstrates how mariners train using the bridge simulators at the San Jacinto College maritime program. Photo credit: Jeannie Peng-Armao, San Jacinto College

Region’s newest maritime center to showcase room-sized simulators, and training and industry docks As San Jacinto College prepares to break ground to build the region's newest maritime training facility, some of the industry's most sought after training technology has arrived and is awaiting its new home. The college recently received three interactive, full-mission, ship bridge simulators, thanks to a collaborative agreement with the Houston Pilots


Coast Guard Medevacs Diver 120 Miles off Texas Coast

A 33-year-old female diver was medevaced Thursday evening after she experienced decompression issues following her fourth dive, approximately 120 miles off Galveston. The doctor aboard the 96-foot passenger vessel Fling called Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders at 7:50 p.m., to report the divers condition and ask for assistance. The watchstanders launched an aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Houston


Sea Floor Surveys Support Texas Maritime Trade

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This winter, NOAA will begin a year-long survey of the sea floor in the Port of Houston and Galveston Bay navigational areas, to aid efforts to bring more trade, more cargo, more jobs, and more economic benefits to the Houston area. The navigation survey team arrived in Galveston this week, to begin pre-survey preparations with mariners and federal partners. "With bigger ships, crowded sea lanes, and more uses of ocean areas


Panama Canal Administrator Presents Expansion Program

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Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano presented the Panama Canal Expansion Program during his recent visit to Lamar University, in Beaumont, Texas. During the conference, Quijano highlighted the impact of the Panama Canal Expansion on the U.S. Gulf ports, focusing on those located in Texas. “An important number of the vessels of various segments that transit the Canal today have as port of origin or destination the U.S. Gulf ports


Ship Channel Security District Funds Protection

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During the annual meeting of the Houston Ship Channel Security District (HSCSD) November 21, public safety, homeland security and police agencies will display infrastructure and equipment funded by the HSCSD used to mitigate threats and protect the Houston Ship Channel. Harris County Sheriff's Office, Houston Police Department and U.S. Coast Guard Houston-Galveston and other agencies will display response equipment outside the Houston Marriott South hotel and give updates on security measures


Goltens Opens Houston Service Facility

Goltens new facility in Houston (Photo: Goltens Worldwide)

Goltens Worldwide today announced the opening of its new full service facility located within two miles from the Port of Houston. Following months of planning and machinery and equipment installation, Goltens full service repair facility is operational and ready to support customer requirements


Stolt-Nielsen Norwalk Tanker Staff will move to Houston

Stolt-Nielsen Limited (Oslo Bors: SNI) announced its intention to relocate its tankers' staff in Norwalk, Connecticut to Houston, Texas. The move will consolidate the Company's U.S.-based staff in Houston, which is the port most frequently called by the global Stolt Tankers fleet.


Algerian Tanker Arrives with Venezuela's First Crude Import

Oil tanker Carabobo

Oil tanker Carabobo, carrying Venezuela's first importation of crude oil, arrived late on Saturday at the Jose port, where it is scheduled to unload up to 2 million barrels of Algerian Saharan Blend to be used as a diluent for Venezuela's extra heavy crude


U.S. Shipbuilding: ESG Nabs Two Z-Drive Tug Contracts

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Eastern Shipbuilding (ESG) said that Suderman & Young Towing Company and Bay Houston Towing Company each exercised one additional Z-Drive Tug to be built at ESG.   This brings the total to six of the new Robert Allan, Ltd. Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs built at ESG's


Alu Design to Create Next Generation of Marine Chairs

There’s a new designer in the driving seat at Alu Design. Per Ivar Selvaag, the former Lead Designer at BMW Group and Chief Designer of Peugeot’s concept car division, has signed an agreement with the Kristiansand, Norway-based company to design its marine pilot and operator chairs.


Long Beach Port Honors OOCL Executive

Shipping line CEO Andrew Tung receives ‘Port Pilot Award’

  Andrew Tung, CEO and Managing Director of Orient Overseas Container Line, was presented today with the prestigious “Port Pilot Award” by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners. Tung is the 77th recipient of the award


Thrustmaster Announces Factory Expansion

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Thrustmaster of Texas, a manufacturer of commercial marine propulsion products, signed a deal last week to expand its Houston-based production facility by 100,000 sqft (93,000 sq m). Thrustmaster said the multimillion dollar investment has been in the making for two years and is scheduled for


Simushir Under Tow by Barbara Foss

Simushir Under Tow By Barbara Foss

  Foss Maritime's ocean-going tug, the Barbara Foss, is towing the Russian cargo vessel, Simushir, which lost power late Thursday night off the west coast of Haida Gwaii. The Barbara Foss is currently traveling at 5.5 knots and is expected to arrive at the Port of Prince Rupert


Venezuela's PDVSA Puts Six Tankers Up for Sale

Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA said on Friday it is selling four crude tankers and two liquid petroleum gas (LPG) tankers that are currently inactive, amid a broader plan to modernize its fleet. "PDVSA is offering, on the terms of 'where they are and in their current condition


Charity Selected for 2015 OTC Dinner

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The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) announces the 2015 beneficiary of the Annual OTC Dinner—the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) and the Petroleum Equipment & Services Association (PESA) Energy Education Center for the benefit of the Energy Institute High School


EVPs of Petroleum Geo-Services Swap Responsibilities

  From November 20th Magne Reiersgard, Executive Vice President (EVP) Operations, and Per Arild Reksnes, EVP Marine Contract of Petroleum Geo-Services, will change roles, with Mr. Reiersgard becoming EVP Marine Contract and Mr. Reksnes becoming EVP Operations.


Kinder Morgan to Add Oil Storage Capacity in Houston

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. said it will add 2.1 million barrels of storage at its Pasadena and Galena Park terminals just outside Houston. The $210 million project - supported by long-term contracts with existing customers - will also include the construction of a new ship dock and


Houston Welcomes Norwegian Cruise Line

Houston Port Authority Commissioner Clyde Fitzgerald joins Norwegian Jewel Captain Kenneth Harstrom, Port Commission Chairman Janiece Longoria and Port Commissioner John Kennedy for a traditional plaque exchange upon the sh

  Norwegian Cruise Line returned to Houston on Saturday, October 11. Its Norwegian Jewel arrived at the Bayport Cruise Terminal in Pasadena, Texas. This inaugural call marked the beginning of the 2014 Fall Cruise Season for the Port of Houston Authority


Ivory Coast Seeks Deepwater Oil Investors

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Ivory Coast will seek investors in its available offshore oil acreage, including seven new ultra-deep water blocks in the Gulf of Guinea, at a promotional event in Texas next week, a senior oil ministry official said on Tuesday. The West African nation will target companies including Exxon Mobil


Benhaddad Joins Tidewater's Senior Management

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Tidewater Inc. announced today that Latif Benhaddad has joined Tidewater as Vice President of Engineering. Benhaddad reports to Tidewater's Chief Operating Officer, Jeff Gorski, and is responsible for global engineering technical services, including fleet new build programs and fleet maintenance






 
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