OCTOBER 25, 2013 — Clear Lake Shores, TX, based Castleman Maritime LLC has been commissioned by Texas tug operator, Signet Maritime LLC, to engineer and design its seventh ASD (Azimuthing Stern Drive) tug.
This new 72 ft LOA x 28 ft beam ASD tug is a smaller size than Signet's existing ASD tugs, giving improved maneuverability in the tight quarters found on Texas inland waterways.
Delivery from Signet Shipbuilding & Repair in Pascagoula, MS is scheduled for July, 2014, after which the tug, the M/V Signet
OCTOBER 25, 2013 — It looks like one of the greatest risks faced by seafarers is drowning in paperwork.
Seafarers feel they spend too much time on tasks they consider to be an administrative burden according to the findings of a study by the Danish Maritime Authority, supported by InterManager, the international trade association for ship and crew managers.
A comprehensive survey of international seafarers revealed that a third of all nationalities are annoyed or frustrated by administrative burdens in the maritime sector. These burdens stem
OCTOBER 25, 2013 — Robert Lewis-Manning, President of the Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA), is calling for a "flexible approach [to ballast water treatment] that will reconcile protection of the marine environment with the economic viability of our industry and those that we support."
A report released today by the CSA finds that U.S regulations that will require Canadian domestic vessels to install ballast water treatment equipment beginning in 2014 will cost the Canadian economy $1.1 billion dollars over the next five years.
OCTOBER 25, 2013 — The Port of Cleveland plans this week to start a regularly scheduled express freight shipping service between the Cleveland Harbor and Europe utilizing the Saint Lawrence Seaway, starting next April.
Spliethoff's M/V Statengracht
The Cleveland-Europe Express Ocean Freight Service will be the only scheduled international container service on the Great Lakes.
"Currently, local manufacturers use East Coast ports to ship goods to Europe, incurring additional rail and truck costs along the way," said William Friedman, president & CEO of the Port of
OCTOBER 25, 2013 — With Brazil's offshore industry requiring ever bigger and more complex floaters, shipbuilders require increasingly complex logistics solutions to bring components together from different fabrication sites and then transport ever larger units to Brazil.
Pontoons are loaded aboard Xiang Rui Kou
One company that specializes in providing the oil and gas industry with the required services is Blue Water Shipping of Ejsberg, Denmark.
Illustrating the kinds of issue that Blue Water is dealing with is a contract it wasawarded earlier this year by
OCTOBER 24, 2013 — Trans Marine Propulsion Systems, Inc.(TMPS), Seattle, reports that Anglo Belgian Corporation Diesel (ABC Diesel) has received Tier III approval for its "DZC" engine line from the United States Environmental Protective Agency (EPA) as of October 2013.
OCTOBER 24, 2013 — The Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association (M.E.B.A.) reports that Jesse M. Calhoon, the M.E.B.A.'s longest serving President died on Tuesday October 22. He was 90 years old.
Jesse M. Calhoon
The union says that Mr. Calhoon is widely credited with ushering it into the modern era and had served the M.E.B.A. as "a powerful and visionary leader, and a tough negotiator who employers viewed as a formidable but trustworthy adversary.
"His dynamic service as M.E.B.A.'s top executive and Chairman of the Board of
OCTOBER 24, 2013 — Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL ) shares rose this morning as the company reported "better than expected" third quarter results, updated its 2013 outlook and provided early commentary for 2014.
The company said the results were driven by stronger close-in demand and good cost control which more than offset the revenue and cost impacts from Celebrity Millennium's unscheduled drydocking after an August propulsion pod problem.
Constant-Currency Net Yield for the third quarter increased 2.6%, which was 110 basis points better than the
OCTOBER 24, 2013 — Reuters is reporting that pirates have attacked an OSV off the Nigerian coast and kidnapped the captain and chief engineer, both U.S. citizens.
Reuters cites U.K. based security firm AKE and other security sources as saying that the attack on the U.S.-flagged, C-Retriever, owned by U.S. marine transport group Edison Chouest Offshore, was attacked in the early hours of Wednesday.
OCTOBER 24, 2013 — ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki has announced the appointment of Joseph "Joe" Riva to the position of ABS Vice President and Chief Surveyor. He will succeed Linwood "Lenny" Pendexter, who has held the position for ten years.
As the classification society's Chief Surveyor, Mr. Riva will be responsible for guiding and overseeing all ABS survey activities, applying a strong knowledge of ABS Rules and Guides and international regulations to create consistency and quality in service delivery.