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Svitzer Orders Pair of Damen ASD Tugs

On September 10, Svitzer and Damen Shipyards Gorinchem signed a contract for the construction and delivery two Damen ASD Tugs 2411. Although Svitzer already operates a few Damen Tugs in their fleet of over 500 vessels, this contract represents the first direct order. The deliveries are scheduled for respectively end July and end October 2008. Both tugs will have a bollard pull of approx. 70 metric tons and will be built according to the UK MCA requirements and are well equipped for various port operations.


Broere Shipping Wins Dow Deal

Broere Shipping won a contract from Dow Benelux, a unit of U.S. group Dow Chemical Co., to transport 800,000 to 900,000 tons of fluid chemicals per year to various ports in Northwest Europe.


WiFi Wireless Ready for ort Security Duty

WiFi Wireless, Inc. will now take orders for its WFSCT System. The proprietary system is lauded as a solution for securing cargo ships and containers in and out of U.S. Ports. The solution is designed to satisfy and solve key issues dealing with the task of containers and cargo security for ships coming in and out of our ports improving cargo security, reliability and safety. The company recently announced that it has been in discussions with various port authorities.


Towing Solutions Awards Tractor of the Year Award

For 2006, Towing Solutions awarded the Tractor of the Year award to the 5,080 hp “reverse tractor” (ASD) Dolphin Class designed by Robert Allan Ltd. These boats are owned and operated by Foss Maritime Co. of Seattle, Wash. When Foss Maritime considered adding more tractors to their fleet, they first evaluated the vessels in their current fleet in an attempt to identify additional potential towing requirements in the various Ports that they serve


USCG Implement Security Guidelines

Vice Adm. Ray Riutta, commander of the Coast Guard’s Pacific Area, instructed Coast Guard Captains of the Port west of the Rocky Mountains to apply the guidelines as an interim step while new regulations are being developed by Coast Guard Headquarters, a regulatory process that may take a year or more. While Coast Guard Captains of the Port currently have authority to take actions based on security threats, the new guidelines provide consistency among the various ports and address the


Duarte Tapped as AAPA 2013 Chairman

Armando Duarte-Peláez, AAPAs next chairman of the board.

AAPA Elects Armando Duarte of Santa Marta, Colombia, As 2013 Chairman. The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)—representing the interests of seaports throughout the Western Hemisphere—this week during its Centennial Spring Conference board of directors meeting in Washington, D.C.—elected Armando Duarte-Peláez as its next chairman of the board. Mr. Duarte- Peláez’s one-year term will begin the last day of AAPA’s 101st Annual Convention


U.S. Ships Complete Neptune Warrior Coalition Course

Three ships led by Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 24 departed Faslane, Scotland, March 11, having completed Neptune Warrior, a coalition course off the coast of Scotland with ships from the United Kingdom and Germany and aircraft from France. Capt. Carl W. Cramb, commander, DESRON 24, led the three ships, USS Ross (DDG 71), USS Barry (DDG 52), and USS Elrod (FFG 55), during their transit to Scotland and then commanded one of the international Task Groups during Neptune Warrior


SubSea Solutions Alliance Provides Quick Fix - Underwater

With offices in key locations at the world's busiest cruise ports, the Subsea Solutions Alliance can be at the scene of an emergency repair on a moment's notice. If a repair happens to be one that requires more diver technicians than are available at one location, additional personnel are then brought in from the other Alliance members. While the relationship between Miami Diver, All-Sea and Trident spans 15 years a formal alliance was not established until earlier this year


TEN Exercises Options for Product Carriers

Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (TEN) has exercised options for two handysize, double hull, 1A ice-class tankers, with carrying capacity of 37,000 dwt each. The vessels have a contract price of just under $30 million per ship and are scheduled for delivery in March and June of 2007. These vessels are sister ships to the newbuildings announced in January of this year. The vessels are to be constructed by Hyundai Heavy Industries at their Mipo shipyard


Unusual Inter-Port Pipeline Project Planned

Proposed Multi-Pipeline Route: Image credit Port of Rotterdam

The ports of Antwerp (Belgium) and Rotterdam (Netherlands) propose to collaborate in construction of a linking pipeline bundle. One year ago the respective port authorities announced that they would collaborate in studying the possibilities of further developing pipeline connections between the two ports. Since then they have mapped out a route and drawn up a joint cost estimate for building a set of pipelines running in parallel


Schechtman Promoted at Parsons Brinckerhoff

Jeffrey Schechtman

Jeffrey Schechtman has been named Deputy Regional Business Manager for the Southeast region of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering and program/construction management organization. In his new position


Seafarers Charity Aids Crew, Families of Fatal Ship Collision

Photo: Apostleship of the Sea

The dangers of shipping and fishing should not be underestimated, said seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea, following the collision of a car carrier and a fishing boat in Spanish waters. Media have reported that three crew are confirmed dead after the Baltic Breeze


Strike Warning for Argentinian Ports

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Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), is advising of a potential general strike in Argentina all day Thursday, April 10, 2014. The Union backed strike will see stoppages in various ports by truck, bus and train drivers, pilot boat masters, linesmen, tug boat operators and stevedores.


Great Lakes Shipyard Completes Winter Work

Photo courtesy Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard announced winter layup season is wrapping up at the yard after completing repair work on the following vessels: American Steamship Company’s M/V Sam Laud Grand River Navigation’s Manitowoc Interlake Steamship Company’s articulated tug-barge


Harris CapRock to Provide Communications Services for Carnival

Photo: Harris Caprock

Harris CapRock Communications, a premier global provider of managed communication solutions for remote and harsh environments, has signed a five-year contract with Carnival Corporation to provide communications services onboard more than 100 cruise ships in its 10 cruise line brands


Boskalis' SMIT Gladstone Towage Business Sold

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has successfully completed the sale of its Australian harbor towage business to its strategic partner Smit Lamnalco. The sale is part of a strategic realignment of the company's towage activities. Boskalis received US$ 55-million in cash for all the


Port of Redwood City Receives Homeland Security Grant

Photo: Port of Redwood City

The Port of Redwood City has received a U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant that will enable it to conduct maritime security training and exercise planning to remain compliant with U.S. Coast Guard regulations and to protect port personnel, property and cargo


Port of Hueneme Hi-Tech Security Drill Deemed a Success

Image courtesy of Port of Hueneme

The security drill was the first since the rollout of the Port’s new Maritime Advanced Systems and Technology Lab (MAST) program and involved an Offshore Platform Security Threat Awareness and Response Program exercise (OPSTAR) conducted by the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for


Most Powerful Canadian Icebreaking Tug Enters Service

Launch of heavy tug Ocean Tundra: Photo credit Robert Allan

The 6000 kW ASD tug 'Ocean Tundra' has been commissioned into service by owners, Ocean Groupe Inc. (Ocean) of Quebec City, Canada. This icebreaking escort tug, say designers Robert Allan, becomes the most powerful tug in Canadian registry, and heralds a new generation of tugs which will provide


Canada’s Most Powerful Tug Enters Service

Ocean Tundra

On December 13, 2013 the 6,000 kW ASD tug Ocean Tundra was commissioned into service for its Owners, Ocean Group Inc. (Ocean) of Quebec City, Canada. This icebreaking escort tug becomes the most powerful tug in Canadian registry, and heralds a new generation of extremely capable tugs which will


InterManager Urges Calm over Possible Filipino Officer Ban

 InterManager President Gerardo Borromeo

Ship managers should put in place sensible contingency plans to guard against a worst-case scenario should Filipino officers potentially find themselves banned from working on EU-flagged vessels. This follows concerns raised by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) over the ability of the


Hueneme Reports Record Cargo Year

Photo: Port of Hueneme

The Port of Hueneme’s most historic cargo year, 2013, yielded a significant economic stimulus, reporting 778 new trade related jobs, $5 million in additional taxes and an additional $90 million in Maritime related economic activity as the Port of Hueneme continues to grow as an economic


Port of Hueneme Creates US$1.1-Billion Economic Impact

Image courtesy of Port of Hueneme

The Port’s most historic cargo year (fiscal 2013) yielded a significant economic stimulus, reporting 778 new trade related jobs, $5 million in additional taxes and an additional $90 million in Maritime related economic activity as the Port of Hueneme continues to grow as an economic engine


MOL Sign Methanol Carrier Deal with AMPCO

AMPCO employees: Image courtesy of AMPCO

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) say they have received a newbuilding charter contract for two methanol carriers from Atlantic Methanol Production Company LLC (AMPCO) based on an offer tendered in 2013. The vessels will be built at Minaminippon Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.


ISS–Tositti Expands Presence in East Adriatic

ISS-Tositti, the joint venture formed at the beginning of 2005 between the independent marine services organization, Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), and Venice-based Tositti & C., is teaming up in a new strategic partnership with the Koper-based port agency, Navigo Logistika


 
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