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NASSCO gets ninth T-AKE
Navy awards $317 million contract option

L-3 completes Sam Electronics acquisition
Takes over Hamburg based marine electronics specialist

Industry group recommends inert gas for small chemical tankers
Additional safety measure

Ulstein to build P101 for Olympic
Multifunctional subsea vessel

Rolls Royce unveils new coastal protection vessel design
92 m design shown at Pacific 2006

Tenix and Navantia team
Will bid for Australian amphibous transport ship project

Tidewater hostages released
Four abducted from OSV are now safe

MAN B&W launches new DF engine
Covers 6,000 kW to 18.000 kW output range

Vietnam sets $1 billion shipbuilding production target
2006 goal is substantially up on 2005

Another pirate attack off Somalia
Bulker faces pirates armed with machine guns and rocket launchers

How USCG enforces MARPOL Annex I
Policy letter gives guidance on finding those "magic pipes"

ABG wins AHT contract
Indian yards to build three for Lamnalco

Milestone for first National Security Cutter
Final grand block erected at Northrop Grumman, Pascagoula

Noble guarded on plans for Smedvig holding
no present plans to make counter offer

Songa Offshore lists in Oslo
Another new international offshore drilling contractor

Kirby reports record fourth quarter
Strong demand and favorable weather

Promotion at Crowley
Klenck named VP ship assist and escort services

Keppel FELS gets another jackup order
Sinvest exercises option

Edison Chouest Offshore announces more newbuildings
More AHTS's, more PSV's, more fast supply vessels

Bollinger delivers Bordelon OSV's
163 ft vessels loaded with features more usual in larger boats

Paris MOU to start MARPOL Annex I crackdown
Looking for illegal bypasses and other violations

Inchcape helps Kenya boost anti-piracy measures
Naval escort for cruise ship visiting Mombasa

Court challenge to EU marine pollution sanctions
Industry group claims directive is invalid

Navy captures suspected pirate
Dhow detained off Somalia

Carnival ships to get post-FEMA makeovers
Sensation and Ecstasy go to Atlantic Marine, Holiday to Grand Bahamas

USCG completes Athos I investigation
Numerous submerged objects in area of Delaware spillBollinger confirms Rigdon order
ten PSV's to new Guido Perla design

SeaDrill gains control of Smedvig voting shares
and orders a second ultra deepwater semisubmersible

Austal hosts LCS keel laying ceremony
Lots of brass at aluminum ship facility

ENSCO orders further ultra deepwater semi
repeat order for Keppel FELS

Maritrans confirms three deaths in tug loss
barge safely under tow

Bush nominates Thad Allen as next USCG Commandant
picks Chief of Staff who saved day in Katrina response effort

Bender in $10 million expansion
plans to add 150 jobs in Mobile

NY ferry commuters put on lifejackets
boat takes on water in heavy winds

Queen Mary 2 returns to sea
operating on three of four pods

Bush picks Kings Pointer for Marad slot
Will nominate David C. Sanborn as Maritime Administrator

Navy buys MPS ships from Philip Morris unit
Pays $70 million each for 20 year old ships

Coast Guard secures Maritrans barge
Three man team lowered from Marine Corps helicopter

Rigdon gets Bourbon help for more newbuilds
Rigdon announces restructuring and plans for 10 more PSVs

Maritrans tug sinks
Two crew members dead, one missing

Queen Mary 2 returns to port
Pod may have struck submerged object

New flag ship for river cruise fleet
Uniworld introduces River Royale on French itineraries

Ezra Holdings orders deepwater AHTS
Two units ordered from Pan United

Smedvig orders a further tender rig
Already has LOI from Carigali Triton

VT Halter Marine to build fourth NOAA ship
$30 million option for fourth FSV

Lighter, quieter generators for Navy
NAVSEA awards key contract to Northrop Grumman unit

Farstad orders PSV at Aker Yards
$42.25 million UT 751 E contract

NASSCO names three VP's
draws on other GD subsidiaries

India's ABG shipyard to buy Fujairah repair unit
and adds two bulkers for Finland to its order book

Trinity Marine in long term deal with Ingram Barge
covers dry cargo units

Navy awards LCS mission package integration package
Key contract goes to Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems

Bollinger to build liftboats for Chouest
Two 245 ft class self-propelled platforms

TEN grows fleet
Adding five ships

USCG icebreaker captain replaced
Permanent loss of command recommended

Navy awards Honolulu repair contracts
Five firms get contracts worth up to $15 million each

PGS secures tanker for FPSO conversion
Ship on bareboat charter until FPSO contract inked

Smedvig board recommends SeaDrill offer
So what will Noble Corporation do now?

SembCorp Marine puts more money into Chinese yard venture
Cosco Shipyards Group increases registered capital

Wartsila signs Brazilian license agreement
Nuclep to produce advanced two stroke diesels

GL introduces cargo tank coating notation
Corrosion protection in crude oil tanks

New owner for Incat wave piercer
Hales Trophy holder is now Master Cat

Rochester ends fast ferry venture
New Mayor won't bond for further $11.5 million

Conversion boosts Cal Dive pipe lay capability
Cable layer to be converted to pipe laying

Tidewater ups earnings estimate
Improved utilization and dayrates

Carnival Glory drydocks at Newport News
$1.2 million drydocking and maintenance of mega cruise ship

Prison for Staten Island ferry duo
Judge stays close to federal sentencing guidelines

North American cruise traffic still growing
4.5 percent increase despite Katrina

Battle for Smedvig hots up
Fredriksen now controls 40 percent of voting shares

Scorpion Offshore plans fifth jackup at AmFELS
Raising $25 million in private placement

First FPSO for Gulf of Mexico
Will be deployed on 15 year contract for Pemex following conversion

SeaDrill won't make offer for Smedvig
...and sells stake in Ocean Rig

Donjon-SMIT offers no-cost OPA 90 standby coverage
Promises significant savings for vessel operators

PetroJack in deal with Transocean
Drilling giant gets marketing rights and purchase options on three jackup rigs

Keppel Shipyard to convert LNG tanker to FSRU
Golar LNG signs contract for first of its kind conversion

$13.9 million Navy contract for Electric Boat
Nuclear maintenance work

Fredriksen eyes Smedvig
While Noble mulls tender, SeaDrill considers rival offer

USCG issues Bow Mariner report
Explosion followed "stunningly significant breach of normal safe practices"

Aker Yards to buy Alstom yards
Chantiers de l'Atlantique yards to be spun off

PPL books US $175 million order for jack-up
Baker marine Pacific 375 for unit of Aban Loyd Chiles Offshore

Keppel Singmarine kicks off 2006 with anchor handler orders
Six vessels worth S$120 million (US $72 million)

CP Ships names new CEO and CFO
Hapag-Lloyd duo get additional responsibilities

Rochester's new mayor faces ferry decision
Will decide soon on whether to support further borrowing