NOVEMBER 25, 2014—The largest floating drydock in North America—the 80,000-ton lifting capacity Vigorous—got busy on November 17 with its first drydocking, after being christened by Vigor Industrial at its Portland, OR, facility.
The 946 ft vehicle cargo ship SS Algol (T-AKR 287) was the first ship to be serviced in the $50-million drydock that was recently christened by Vigor. Algol’s sister vessel, SS Capella, is awaiting repairs at Vigor’s Swan Island shipyard. The Algol, and
NOVEMBER 25, 2014 — Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. has delivered the William Trump, the eleventh Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard.
"We are extremely happy to announce the delivery of the latest FRC built by Bollinger, the William Trump, to the 7th Coast Guard District in Key West, FL," said Bollinger Chief Operating Officer, Ben Bordelon. "We are looking forward to honoring and celebrating the heroic acts of William Trump at the vessel's
NOVEMBER 25, 2014 — Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (Nasdaq:NCLH) today announced a definitive agreement with Princess Cruises, Ltd. to purchase the 684 passenger Ocean Princess for its newly acquired Oceania Cruises brand.
NOVEMBER 25, 2014 — Russian sailors waiting in St. Nazaire, France, to take delivery of a helicopter carrier look set for an extended stay. According to an announcement today by the office of French President François Hollande, "the President of the Republic considers that the current situation in the east of Ukraine still does not allow delivery of the first PCB [ Bâtiment de projection et de commandment, in other words, Mistral class ship]. It therefore considered
NOVEMBER 25, 2014 — The 50,601 dwt U.S.-flag bulker Liberty Grace was recently involved in the rescue of more than 230 Syrian refugees from a a Turkish fishing trawler that was adrift 120 nautical miles southeast of Sicily.
Libert Maritime, Lake Success, NY, reports that Liberty Grace was transiting in ballast from the Suez Canal to Galveston, TX when she was directed by the Italian Coast Guard to render assistance to the refugees.
NOVEMBER 25, 2014 — Classification society DNV GL says that stricter limitations on sulfur emissions (SOx) will pose many challenges to ships operating in Emission Control Areas (ECAs). If not handled with care, switching from Heavy Fuel Oil to Marine Gas Oil can put equipment at risk and increase operational costs.
NOVEMBER 25, 2014 — Things are getting heated in the debate over whether Australia should build its next-generation submarines at government owned shipbuilder ASC or buy them overseas.
In an exchange in Senate question time today, Defense Minister Senator David Johnston noted that ASC was Australian $350 billion over budget on a project to build three air warfare destroyers and that that could rise to A$600 million.
NOVEMBER 25, 2014 — U.S. Customs and Border Protection is stepping up its efforts to enforce Jones Act requirement on OCS operations.
Law firm Blank Rome is encouraging owners and operators of vessels engaged in Outer Continental Shelf activities to review their operations to ensure compliance with the Jones Act, and to seek routine counsel to avoid the significant fines being imposed by CBP for violations.
NOVEMBER 24, 2014 — A shipyard in Louisiana has built what SpaceX entrepreneur Elon Musk describes in a tweet as an "autonomous space port drone ship."
SpaceX plans to land the latest version of its reusable Falcon 9R rocket on the platform vertically. If it succeeds, it will add one more to the whole string of firsts racked up by the company, which was the first private company to send a spacecraft (Dragon) to the International