2009 Maritime News

Ships May Give Piracy-Prone Routes Wide Berth

Dec 30, 2009

According to a Dec. 30 report from Business Daily, the economic impact of piracy in the Gulf of Aden continue to hit East African region for the second year running,

RNA Proposed for Portland, Ore.

Dec 30, 2009

The US Coast Guard proposes to establish a regulated navigation area (RNA) on waters of the Willamette River at Portland Terminal 4 in Portland, Oregon. The RNA

UK Flagged M/V St. James Park Pirated

Dec 30, 2009

The M/V St James Park, a UK flagged ship, was pirated Dec. 29 while transiting the Internationally Recognized Transit Corridor (IRTC) through the Gulf of Aden. After

Neptune Wins $20M Contract with Qatargas

Dec 30, 2009

According to a Dec. 30 report from Business Day, Neptune Marine Services Ltd has been awarded a $20m subsea inspection contract from producers of liquefied natural gas Qatargas Operating Company Ltd.

Environmentally Sensitive Drilling Solutions

Dec 30, 2009

Statoil is the first operator in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico to adopt the Riserless Mud Recovery (RMR) system that reduces discharges to sea. This environmentally sensitive

Sixth Sword of Honour for Drydocks World

Dec 30, 2009

For the sixth year in a row, Drydocks World – Dubai (DDW-D), a ship repair, conversion and new building yard in the region and the flagship company of the Drydocks World group,

GMMOS Stanford Marine Acquires MMPL

Dec 30, 2009

UAE based GMMOS Group, backed by Abraaj Capital and Waha Capital, has acquired 100% of the share capital of Minnow Marine Projects Limited (MMPL) through its

Wärtsilä, Maersk LNG Service Agreement

Dec 30, 2009

Wärtsilä has signed a long term service agreement with Maersk LNG. The agreement includes maintenance planning, condition & performance monitoring, co-ordination and supply of technical services,

This Day in Coast Guard – Dec. 31

Dec 30, 2009

1881-At 4 a.m. the patrolman from Station No. 34, Fourth District, New Jersey, discovered a vessel ashore on the south bar at Townsend’s Inlet, NJ about three miles

This Day in Naval History – Dec. 31

Dec 30, 2009

1862 - USS Monitor founders in a storm off Cape Hatteras, NC. 1941 - Admiral Chester W. Nimitz assumes command of U.S. Pacific Fleet. 1942 - Commissioning of USS Essex (CV-9),

Medina Gets Order for Firehawk 37

Dec 29, 2009

Medina International Holdings, Inc. received an order for a Firehawk 37 boat from Lake Norman Fire Department through its wholly owned subsidiary Harbor Guard Boats, Inc.

Tanker Glut Signals Drop in Freight Rates

Dec 29, 2009

According to a Dec. 28 report from Bloomberg, a 26-mile-long line of idled oil tankers, enough to blockade the English Channel, may signal a 25 percent slump in freight rates next year.

Gjøa Gets its Sea Legs

Dec 29, 2009

During the last few days the deck and hull of the Gjøa platform have been mated together in the fjord outside the Norwegian town of Stord. There were exacting requirements

EPA Strengthens Haz Waste Shipment Regs

Dec 29, 2009

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is strengthening the regulations that govern the shipping of hazardous waste for recycling between the United States and other countries.

World Maritime Day 2010: Year of the Seafarer

Dec 29, 2009

A message from E.E. Mitropoulos, Secretary-General, IMO: The International Maritime Organization has decided to dedicate next year to you by choosing, as the theme for World Maritime Day,

Kvichak Marine Builds NYPD

Dec 29, 2009

Kvichak Marine Industries, of Seattle, Wash., is currently constructing a 44.5-ft by 13.7-ft Response Boat Medium – C for operation by the New York City Police Harbor Unit.

Northrop Grumman Delivers New Mexico Sub

Dec 29, 2009

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) delivered the sixth submarine of the Virginia class, New Mexico (SSN 779), to the U.S. Navy, four months ahead of schedule.

New Artifacts Revealed at Mystic Seaport

Dec 29, 2009

Mystic Seaport will unlock its vaults to examine artifacts not usually exhibited for the general public in “Maritime Surprises from the Museum’s Collections,” a

This Day in Coast Guard History – Dec. 30

Dec 29, 2009

1876-The British ship Circassian was destroyed off Bridgehampton, Long Island, following a successful rescue of 49 persons on December 11 by the Life-Saving Service.

This Day in Naval History – Dec. 30

Dec 29, 2009

1941 - Admiral Ernest J. King assumes duty as Commander in Chief, United States Fleet. 1959 - Commissioning of first fleet ballistic missile submarine, USS George Washington (SSB(N)-598),

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