APRIL 22, 2017—At one of the largest aluminium vessel construction facilities in the world, Austal USA continues to roll out high-speed, multi-hull vessels for the U.S. Navy from its massive shipyard in Mobile, AL. The latest is the USNS Yuma (EPF 8) , which was formerly handed over to Navy officials on April 21.
The waterjet-propelled USNS Yuma is the eighth vessel in a series of 12 ships that are being built under a $1.9 billion contract. The 338 ft Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel USNS
APRIL 21, 2017 — Vigor Marine LLC, Portland, Oregon, is being awarded a $7,778,751 firm-fixed-price contract for a 55 calendar day shipyard availability for the regular overhaul and dry docking of USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200). The contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the total contract value to $8,234,616.
Work will include general services; clean and gas free tanks; rafting of tanks; ultrasonic thickness gauging of steel throughout the vessel; aft mooring deck steel deck replacement; central fresh water steel deck replacement; fan room bulkhead
APRIL 21, 2017 — ABS has been awarded a Third Party Organization contract by the Great Lakes Towing Company (GLT) to support compliance with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Subchapter M regulations.
"Every organization operating towing vessels in U.S, inland waterways will have to comply with Subchapter M," says ABS Americas Division President Jamie Smith. "As an industry leader in towing vessel safety, ABS helps guide companies through the available compliance services to find the solution that best meets their unique needs."
APRIL 21, 2017 — A new joint venture company for the development of integrated hydrogen projects will initially focus on opportunities in the maritime and marine segments as well as projects to capture stranded renewable energy.
The three companies involved in the equally owned JV are PowerCell Sweden AB and Norway's Hexagon Composites ASA and Nel ASA.
PowerCell Sweden AB, which describes itself as "the leading fuel cell company in the Nordics has developed a modular system of fuel cell platforms, powered by clean environmentally
APRIL 21, 2017 — Turkey's Uzmar Workboat and Tug Factory has delivered two 25 m x 10 m tugboats to Caracas, Venezuela, headquartered IOED (International Offshore Engineering and Development Company).
The shipbuilder started construction of the boats on a speculative basis, but after IOED showed interest in them they were sold to the company, which was an existing customer, and will now have a major role working in Venezuela's major oil ports.
The shipyard's Deputy General Manager Mr. Mutlu Altug stated that "we are very
APRIL 21, 2017 — Only half of the projected number of ships per day are transiting through the new Panama Canal locks due to a lack of staff and infrastructure says the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots (MM&P), a maritime union whose membership not only includes not only officers on U.S.-flag vessels but also mariners who work on tugs and other vessels in Panama.
East Coast Ports Invested Billions of Dollars in Improvements to Accommodate Panamax Ships -- Will the Panama Canal Authority
APRIL 21, 2017 — There are offshore support vessel contract opportunities in many places besides the North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico — for those who can provide the right vessel in the right location, and at the right price.
Illustrating this, Siem Offshore reports today that it has been awarded multiple charter contracts that, it says. are in line with its strategy of strengthening its global operational footprint.
AHTS vessels Siem Aquamarine and Siem Topaz will support BHP Billiton with its upcoming drilling
APRIL 21, 2017 — Navios Maritime Partners L.P. reports that it has agreed to acquire the entire Rickmers Maritime container fleet for about $113.0 million.
The news follows an April 19 statement from Rickmers Holding AG saying an understanding had been reached regarding restructuring of the Rickmers Group which, in turn, follows on from earlier news that Singapore Based Rickmers Maritime Trust is to be wound-up.
Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Navios Partners stated, "We are pleased to announce the agreement for
APRIL 20, 2017 — After an intensive 10-month review and upgrade of operating processes across the company, Gibraltar shiprepairer Gibdock has made the transition from ISO 9001:2008 to the new ISO 9001:2015 quality management standard, and from ISO 14001:2008 to the ISO 14001:2015 environmental standard. The shipyard has completed both transitions well in advance of the mandatory date of September 2018 set by ISO.
A Lloyd's Register (LR) assessment team visited Gibdock in early April to carry out the external audit and verify compliance, shortly