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DEEPWATER HORIZON SPILL
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MARINE LOG NEWS STORIES
MAY 2010

Gunderson cuts barge production rates
City's recently adopted River Plan will increase regulation, bureaucracy, and costs of operating

Metro Machine books $114 million Navy award
mid life extension work on USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43)

BP tries its next option
moves ahead with Lower Marine Riser Package (LMRP) Cap Containment System.

Top Kill fails
"junk shot" doesn't work

BP CEO Tony Hayward gives update on Top Kill
makes appearance on CBS Early Show

Obama announces new offshore drilling restrictions
API cautions on impacts on economic growth

Barrier islands to be part of federal spill response
Thad Allen authorizes federal implementation of part of Louisiana plan

Top MMS official quits
Liz Birnbaum resigns as Director of the Minerals Management Service

Swiftships delivers first in Iraq patrol boat series
Made 34 knots on first machinery trial

Top kill: Still wait and see
Meantime BP readies further options to stop Deepwater Horizon leak

IG report slams MMS inspector links with industry
MMS promises enhanced ethics training

Rem Offshore on PSV spree
orders two at Kleven Maritime and two at STX Europe

Providence R.I. shipyard faces penalties for environmental violation
EPA files complaint against Promet Marine Services

BP still preparing for "top kill"
says it is funding $500 million research program to study impact of Deepwater Horizon spill

Ship manager sees growing interest in single-hull tankers
finding transhipment role within territorial waters

Netherlands to hold first European Somali piracy trial
suspects were intercepted when attacking Netherlands Antilles ship

President Obama creates Deepwater Horizon spill commission
Former two-term Florida Governor and former Senator Bob Graham and former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency William K. Reilly named as co-chairs

Thad Allen to stay on as National Incident Commander for Gulf spill response
will step down as USCG Commandant as scheduled

Feds to BP: Cough up data
BP CEO gets a letter and a laundry list

VT Halter comments on OSHA actions
offers to partner with OSHA to improve shipyard safety

Oceaneering to acquire DMT Sapphire
high bidder for subsea support vessel at bankruptcy sale

VT Halter fined $1.3 million by OSHA
multiple citations after fatal 2009 explosion and fire in tugboat interior space

Drydocks World to build CSS well intervention vessel
Hallin orders vessel with compact semi submersible hullform

Salazar splits MMS into three
signs Secretarial Order setting out new structure

Oil hits Louisiana wetlands
but still no decision from Corps on request for permit to create barrier islands by dredging

Kvichak Marine delivers Yellow Rose to Houston Pilot
Camarc Design all-aluminum vessel

Foss Maritime announces key management assignments
Andy Stephens becomes VP, Business and Planning Development; Mike Magill, hired as VP, Technical Services

NOAA extends fishing ban boundaries
45,728 square miles of federal waters now closed to fishing

Maersk Alabama pirate pleads guilty
two felony counts of hijacking, two of kidnapping, and two of hostage taking

Order placed for compact semisubmersible accommodation vessel
owner says concept will change the way the offshore industry works

Titan Salvage removes fuel from submerged containership
230 tons safely removed by dive team

BAE Systems to buy Atlantic Marine
$352 million deal does not include Boston and Philadelphia operations

Aluminum Chambered Boats wins $37.7 million Coast Guard contract
will provide up to 80 Transportable Port Security Boats (TPSB)

Yemen to shoot six pirates
six others get ten year prison sentences

Vietnam deploys advanced spill response vessel
designed to operate in extreme weather conditions, up to wave heights of 6 m

Senators seek Justice probe of BP statements
Did a 2009 submission to MMS amount to a false statement to Federal authorities?

CBS interviews Deepwater Horizon survivor
disturbing testimony on blowout preventer and more

CBS interviews Deepwater Horizon survivor - Part 2
Professor Robert Bea comments on survivor's story

PropSpeed applied to two Chouest newbuilds
propellers, shafts, thruster wheels and keel-coolers get slick antifoul

Top MMS official steps down
Oynes emails colleagues saying he's leaving May 31

Aker Philadelphia delivers ninth product tanker
three others remain under construction

Harris Pye signs longer lease on Swansea Dry Docks
U.K. facility open for ship repair business

Scorpio Tankers grows fleet
adding two 74,000 dwt products tankers with existing time charters

China Qinfa orders two bulk carriers
pays $69 million for two 82,000 dwt bulkers

BP connects riser to leaking well
riser insertion technique succeeds on third attempt

Sembcorp Marine sues to stop sale of PPL Shipyard stake
wants damages, too

BP now looks to RITT to stop leak
riser insertion tube tool will be tried before top hat

Obama calls finger pointing by execs "ridiculous spectacle"
media shines harsh light on Deepwater Horizon incident

Rig sinks, Chavez tweets
breaks news of loss of Aban Pearl

Brazil-built PSV's to have Rolls-Royce equipment
to supply propulsion and control systems for seven offshore vessels

Conrad Industries adds to backlog
but first quarter profit is down

Transocean seeks to limit liability in Deepwater Horizon suits
asks Court to cap liability at value of vessel which it says is $27 million

Senate passes Coast Guard authorization bill
sets the stage for enactment of the service's first reauthorization since 2006.

IADC seeks exemption from drilling ban for shallow water ops
would cost jobs and spur business insolvencies

BP prepares for top kill of Deepwater Horizon leak
says it has increased its understanding of BOP condition

Obama sends oil spill bill to Congress
raises Trust Fund spending cap -- and responsible party liability

Northrop Grumman gets $186.6 million CVN 78 contract mod
planned increment of detailed design engineering work

Hearing highlights problems with Deepwater Horizon blow out preventer
leaks, unexpected modifications and more

MARINE LOG RADIO: Joe Corvelli
We talk to the CEO of Gibdock, Gibraltar

Maersk back in black
shipping giant reports first quarter profit and now expects a profitable 2010

Dana Cruz: tug designed for Arctic challenges
Foss Maritime and Cruz Marine partner to launch first tug of new class

Austal to close its Tasmanian shipyard
says forecast demand for smaller vessels can be met by its other yards

Finger pointing at Deepwater Horizon hearings
Two Senate panels grill executives in Washington as joint investigation board holds hearings in Kenner, La.

Marcon brokers sale of two newbuild DP-1 AHTS's
built on spec by Chinese shipyard

Signal International books power barge order
$30 million order from Waller Marine

Pirates release ransomed reefer
but don't depart M/V Talca until more than two days after ransom drop

Salazar seeks to restructure MMS
safety, inspections and investigations would be hived of from leasing and royalties

TAVTS completes sea trials
Cargotec ship-to-ship vehicle transfer system provides key sea-basing capability

Next generation Austal trimaran nears completion
shipbuilder says 102 m ferry offers innovation without risk

NTSB team probes Staten Island ferry incident
interviews of crew and passengers get underway

BP to try to contain Gulf leak with smaller dome
hopes this one will not ice up with methane hydrates

Milestone launch at Brazil's Atlantico Sul
Suemax tanker is first ship built under PROMEF

Methane hydrate build-ups sideline BP cofferdam
dome is no silver bullet says Admiral Landry

Staten Island ferry crashes into pier
same ferry was involved in deadly 2003 incident

BIW gets $27 million more for DDG 1000 work
Naval Sea Systems Command awards contract modification

Bulker sinks after Yellow Sea collision
cause of accident under investigation

NSRP funding for eight shipbuilding research projects
focus on cost reduction

Virginia offshore lease process put on hold
scoping meetings postponed

INTERTANKO signs accord with pilot associations
signs Memoranda of Agreement with International Maritime Pilots' Association (IMPA) and of the American Pilots' Association (APA)

International introduces its toughest ever cargo hold protection
protects against impact damage from hard cargoes

Cofferdam heads for spill site
other Deepwater Horizon spill response efforts continue

Russian Navy frees hijacked tanker
Crew safe, one pirate dead, ten captured

Pirates hijack Russian-owned tanker
Warship heads for hijack scene

Obama backs moves to raise OPA 90 liability cap
Menendez bill seeks to up liability cap to $10 billion

Ulstein Verft completes Normand Ranger
took over construction of AHTS from bankrupt Karmsund

Bourbon wins Brazil contractst
Brazil subsidiary will add more vessels

Knud E. Hansen and Zentech in cooperation agreement
closer cooperation in offshore wind farm and offshore oil and gas industries

Keppel AmFELS delivers first of four Rowan EXL jack-ups
on time and on budget

Chinese shipbuilder withdraws Singapore IPO
Failure to disclose cancellations said to lead to material inaccuracies in prospectus

Princess Cruises confirms two ship contract with Fincantieri
Two 3,600 passenger cruise ships will be largest built by Fincantieri thus far

AHL Shipping tanker to be sold at Court House auction
MARAD repossesses other three

Relief well drilling now underway at Deepwater Horizon spill site
estimated that drilling will take three months

MAN Diesel & Turbo power for advanced RO/RO
MAN Diesel & Turbo supplies main and auxiliary engines for Jose Maria Entrecanales

Charterers seek to return two ships to FSL Trust
say they do not do not intend to continue to make full lease payments

ABS offers notation for wind turbine IMR vessels
combine existing technologies in novel ways

Schwarzenegger terminates support for offshore drilling project
Changes mind on T-Ridge project

SBM Offshore books wind turbine installer orders
Design and equipment for two jack-up units

Jeffboat workers vote to end strike
ACL and Teamsters agree three-year deal

NOAA closes fisheries in spill area
says order closes just those areas that are affected by oil

Thad Allen appointed National Incident Commander for Deepwater Horizon spill
Gives update on situation at press conference

Louisiana mobilizes National Guard, BP gets the bill
Pentagon responds to Jindal request

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