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This Day in Naval History – Dec. 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 mission to Secretary of the Navy. 1941 - First Naval Armed Guard detachment (7 men under a coxswain) of World War II reports to Liberty ship, SS Dunboyne, 1944 - Two-day destroyer Battle of Ormoc Bay begins. 1965 - USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) and USS Bainbridge (DLGN-25) become first nuclear-powered task unit used in combat operations with launch of air strikes near Bien Hoa, Vietnam (Source: Navy News Service)


Liberty Maritime Changes Union Affiliation

MEBA accuses operator of creating labor dispute and delaying important cargoes. AMO enters into new collective bargaining agreement with Liberty.   On Monday, Liberty Maritime Corporation announced that it had entered into a new collective bargaining agreement with the American Maritime Officers (AMO) union under which the AMO will provide U.S. citizen licensed deck officers and engineers to Liberty Maritime for the operation of five U.S.-flag dry bulk carriers effective October 1, 2011


Oil Recovery from Submerged Ship Wreck

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur is continuing to coordinate response operations to recover oil from a submerged ship wreck 6 miles off Texas Point in the Gulf of Mexico, Friday, Sept. 25. The Coast Guard federal on scene coordinator authorized the opening of the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund in order to determine and secure the source of an oil sheen.  Resolve Marine was contracted, and conducted a preliminary survey that identified a sunken vessel buried in 36 feet of


Fourth Series of Offshore Vessels Joins Bourbon Fleet

Bourbon 150 Series. Photo Credit: Bourbon

A year after taking delivery of its last Bourbon 200 vessel and first Bourbon Liberty 300 vessel, Bourbon has extended its range of services with the Bourbon Liberty 151, the first vessel in a series of 15 PSVs. The first Bourbon Liberty 150 series vessel will operate for Maersk Oil and Qatar. Bourbon has been investing in a range of next generation built-in-series vessels since 2008. By the end of 2014, the group will be able to provide clients with an unprecedented series of 111


Hornblower Gets Statue of Liberty Contract

Hornblower Yachts will soon begin shuttling tourists to the Statue of Liberty, reports said. The National Park Service has chosen Hornblower Yachts, Inc. to run the ferry concession from lower Manhattan and New Jersey to Liberty and Ellis Island. For more than twenty years, the Statue of Liberty ferries have been run by Circle Line. Hornblower has won a ten-year ferry service concession, expected to begin in October


GAC USA Expansion continues

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GAC USA expansion continues with ground breaking of new Houston warehouse; Construction to start on LEED registered building in Central Green Business Park.   GAC, a provider of integrated services to the shipping, logistics and marine industry, has announced the official start of construction of its new office and warehouse building in Houston's Central Green Business Park.   GAC will consolidate its existing warehouses with the new LEED (Leader in Energy and Environment


Pirates Attack Second US Vessel

U.S. Naval Destroyer, USS Bainbridge

According to a BBC World News report, pirates used rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons to attack another US merchant ship off the coast of Somalia on April 15. The pirates damaged the Liberty Sun, which was carrying a cargo of food aid. The USS Bainbridge arrived some hours later, by which time the pirates had gone. (Source: BBC World News)


MCPO Navy: 'Please Remember Our Navy Families' July 4th

MCPO Mike Stevens: Photo credit USN

Excerpts from Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens' 4th of July message to Sailors and their families:
 "As we take time to celebrate 237 years of independence, let us remember to reaffirm our own commitment to liberty and freedom. Let us remember the meaning of the 4th of July, the meaning of the Independence Day. 

Take a moment to reflect on a portion of the Declaration of Independence . . .


Editor’s Note

July, a time when the maritime industry traditionally slows to a crawl, is proceeding full-bore, fueled by activity and anticipation surrounding the implementation of MTSA and ISPS. While July 1 was still hours away as of this writing, it is expected that the deadline will not bring commerce in these United States, or around the world for that matter, to a screeching halt. Simply put, we — as in the U.S., the world’s leading trade hub — will not allow it.


Sea Services Take on New York

Sailors assigned to amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) pose for a photograph in Times Square while on liberty. The 20th annual Fleet Week New York is an opportunity for New Yorkers to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen and thank them for their service. Fleet Week honors the service and sacrifice of all Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as the city of New York, in the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael W


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.


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


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


Plan to Build NY-NJ LNG Terminal Gets Cold Reception

A proposal to build a liquefied natural gas terminal off the coasts of New York and New Jersey received a largely negative response at a public hearing in a suburban New York community still struggling to recover from the effects of Superstorm Sandy, reports Bloomberg.


New Middle East Service from Providence, R.I.

Ports America will provide terminal and stevedoring services for Liberty Global Logistics LLC’s (LGL) new monthly service of vehicles to the Middle East from Providence, R.I., with the first sailing scheduled for July 27, 2013, on M/V Glovis Composer.


Superyacht 'Liberty' Design Highlighted by Burger

Liberty: Image courtesy of Burger Boat Co.

The Burger Boat team, in collaboration with Gregory C. Marshall Naval Architect Ltd., created 'Liberty' as the ultimate family yacht. Reflecting upon its 150 year history, Burger created a new and exciting design that celebrates its legacy of designing and building some of the world's most


Secretary LaHood Designates New Marine Highway in Texas

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has designated a new marine highway in Chambers County, Texas. The “M-146 Marine Highway Connector,” which is sponsored by the Chambers County Texas Improvement District No. 1 and the Chambers Liberty Counties Navigation District


Merchant Marine Academy to Honor National Maritime Day

On May 22, 2013 starting at 12:00 p.m., the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy will honor National Maritime Day with a brief ceremony at Barney Square followed by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) tree dedication in memory of Margaret Corbin, a role model for equality in military service


Crowley Closes $1 Billion Newbuild Program with Liberty Christening

Photo: Crowley

Eleven years after the launch of its first Articulated Tug-Barge (ATB), Crowley Maritime Corporation christened its 17th ATB, the Liberty/750-3, yesterday at the VT Halter Marine Shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. The tugboat and 330,000-barrel petroleum tank barge are the final vessels to be built in


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


 
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