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NCL to pay $1.5 million in pollution case
Norwegian Cruise Line has reached an agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida and the U.S. Department to pay a fine of $1 million, be placed on probation, and maintain a comprehensive environmental compliance plan.

GD to operate sub base dry dock
Electric Boat has been awarded a U.S. Navy contract worth up to $61.1 million to maintain and operate the Shippingport drydock at the Naval Submarine Base New London.

$171 million award for LPD 21 advance procurement
Northrop Grumman is being awarded a $171,050,850 modification to previously awarded letter contract for long-lead time materials for the LPD 21

CP Ships buys four
CP Ships Limited has exercised options to purchase for approximately $180 million four ice- strengthened containerships

Pilot fatigue concern in Australian grounding
Authorities investigating a ship aground on the Great Barrier Reef are expected to examine the pilot's work schedule

Technip Coflexip sells U.K. yard
Technip-Coflexip has sold McNulty Offshore Ltd to managing director Steve Keyworth.

Kvaerner Philly puts employees on its board
Taking its implementation of the European approach to shipbuilding a step further, Kvaerner Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. has appointed three employees to its Board of Directors.

Carnival orders fourth Conquest
Carnival Corporation has reached an agreement with Italian shipyard Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A. for the construction of a new 110,000-ton "Conquest-class" vessel

More Tarzans on the way
Rowan Companies, Inc. says its board has approved the construction of three additional Tarzan class jack-up rigs

Jail for Chief Engineer in oil record case
Pyeong Gab Jung who pled guilty to making false statements in the oil record book of a car carrier is to serve three months in prison, following which he will be deported to Korea.

LNG carrier to have electric propulsion
ALSTOM will be the first company in the world to install electric propulsion technology on a Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) carrier, which is being built at ALSTOM's Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in France for the French utility Gaz de France.

Management changes at Rowan
Rowan Companies, Inc. announced management changes, effective August 1, 2002 that will see Daniel F. McNease become President and Chief Operating Officer and Robert G. Croyle become Vice Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer

Danish court jails three for violence against crew member
An ITF (International Transport Federation) inspector has helped to send three men to jail for running a regime of fear and violence on board a ship docked in Denmark

BC Ferries invites foreign bids
B.C. Ferries has invited foreign shipyards to bid on the mid-life upgrade of The Queen of Coquitlam,

More details of Halter acquisition
A few more details are dripping out about the acquisition of Halter Marine by Vision Technologies Kinetics, Inc. a unit of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd.

Royal Caribbean defers newbuild options
Despite better than expected second quarter results, Royal Caribbean is extending the expiration of options it holds for two newbuilds, because of "uncertainty" about its proposed acquisition of P&O Princess Cruises.

Singapore Technologies buys Halter Marine
Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engg), today issued a statement saying that, through its U.S. arm, Vision Technologies Kinetics Inc (VT Kinetics), it has made a successful bid for the assets of Halter Marine, the shipbuilding arm of US-based Friede Goldman Halter Inc (FGH).

EC clears Carnival bid for Princess
The European Commission has granted clearance for the proposed acquisition of British cruise operator P&O Princess Plc by U.S.-based Carnival Corp.

EU project aims at "zero emission" passenger ship
The Euro 15 million SAFENVSHIP project was launched earlier this month at RINA's Genoa headquarters

U.S. fast ferry design
Bristol Harbor Marine Design (BHMD), Bristol Harbor, R.I. has completed the advanced concept phase of a new fast ferry design targeted for construction by small to medium size U.S. shipyards.

Possible U.S. port security fees
A House-Senate conference is considering how to fund various maritime and port security initiatives

Torch Offshore gets bank facility, loses CFO
In separate announcements,Torch Offshore, Inc. says it has entered into a new $35 million bank facility and has accepted the resignation of its CFO

Hornbeck files IPO statement
Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc.says it has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to a proposed initial public offering of its common stock.

"K" Line joins CNG effort
Japan's Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. ("K"Line) is to contribute its operational and marine resources to further the development and eventual deployment of EnerSea's VOTRANS (Volume Optimized Transport and Storage) Compressed Natural Gas system.

Bush goal: 375 ship Navy?
A senior Bush Administration official last week said the Navy fleet may be boosted by as many as 58 ships "over the next several years," bringing the total to 375.

Breakthrough for Smedvig
$73 million deepwater contract for semi-tender

Aid for Polish yards
The Polish government has come to the aid of its battered shipbuilding industry

Loy to head TSA
Former Coast Guard Commandant James Loy is to succeed John Magaw as head of the new Transportation Security Administration

Delay in Halter auction
"Compliancy" issues have caused a delay in FGH's auction of its Halter marine unit

ISM for Diamond Offshore
ABS recently awarded Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. an International Safety Management (ISM) Document of Compliance certificate.

Third T-AKE for NASSCO
General Dynamics' National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego has been awarded a $289,891,274 contract modification for design and construction of the third T-AKE Class.

Keppel buys Verolme Botlek
Singapore's Keppel FELS Limited, has signed a preliminary agreement . to acquire an 85% interest in Dutch offshore repair and conversion shipyard, Verolme Botlek

European Commission approves Italian tanker subsidy
The European Commission has decided to authorize an Italian aid scheme granting an incentive to shipowners for the elimination of single hull tankers over 20 years of age.

Nichols starts second sternwheeler
American West Steamboat Company has begun construction of a second sternwheeler cruise ship at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in Freeland, WA,

Transocean plans a spin off
Transocean Inc. plans to pursue a divestiture of its Gulf of Mexico Shallow and Inland Water business segment.

BIMCO warns of looming officer shortage
The world's largest association of shipping companies, says that a present worldwide shortage of around 6,000 ships' officers may grow to 45,000

$600,000 funding for shipbuilding projects
The Executive Control Board of the National Shipbuilding Research Program has approved funding for 10 Ship Production Panel projects

Navy repair job for Bender
Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co. Inc., Mobile, Ala., is being awarded an $8,075,500 firm-fixed-price contract for the drydocking selected restricted availability of USS Stephen W. Groves

European Commission moves on antifouling
The European Commission is proposing measures to prohibit the use of TBT (organotin) antifouling paints on European Union flagged ships by January 1 2003 and by January 12008, on all ships irrespective of their flag.

Turf battle threatens Coast guard movet
A House panel has voted to keep the Coast Guard out of the proposed new Department of Homeland Security

Northrop Grumman delivers sealift ship
Navy and builder's sea trials combined

Germany launches mine hunter project
The German Parliament has approved an ambitious SWATH-based R&D program for future Mine Counter Warfare at sea-

Cruise line buys X-ray screening equipment
Rapiscan Security Products, Inc has made a $1 million sale to a leading international cruise line

Port states pledge strict STCW enforcement
The Paris and Tokyo MOUs will strictly enforce the new STCW95 Convention when the present grace period runs out

Paris MOU publishes "black, white and gray" list
In the latest "Black, White and Gray List" published by the MOU, the U.S. flag merchant marine actually fairs slightly worse than some open registry countries.

Double float out at Kvaerner Warnow Werft
Germany's Kvaerner Warnow Werft (KWW) last Friday floated two vessels from its building dock simultaneously.

Hazy outlook for Title XI
The House has a smaller appropriations pot to go to for Title XI funding, the Senate has a slightly bigger one

United Defense completes acquisition
United Defense has completed its acquisition of United states Marine Repair

Another New York order for Austal
Austal USA, Mobile, Alabama, has signed a contract with Cloud Nine of New York to construct a 41 m (135 ft) dinner cruise monohull

Marine industry finds problems with security proposals
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The Maritime industry has found specific problems with proposed anti-terrorist legislation" says John Mangels, a principal partner with the Maritime Security Group of Wilton CT

Cal-Dive unit acquires DP vessel
The specialized, dynamically positioned vessel Seawell is being transferred by CSO Ltd. to Well Ops (U.K.) Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cal Dive.