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October 13, 2015
Gladding-Hearn delivers new generation pilot launch
OCTOBER 13, 2015 — The Tampa Bay Pilots Association has taken delivery of the Manatee from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding. The 28 knot vessel is the association's second Chesapeake Class launch and the first in a new generation of the popular,...
October 13, 2015
Alaska may try to sell 52 year old state ferry
OCTOBER 13, 2015 — Unless the state's budget outlook improves, the Alaska Marine Highway system may consider selling the 52-year old state ferry Taku within the next six months. The Juneau Empire reports that General Manager of the Ferry...
October 13, 2015
Shipping fights proposed $26 billion a year CO2 tax
OCTOBER 13, 2015 — A comparative handful of shipping industry advocates will be among the 50,000 participants, including 25,000 official delegates, expected to take part at the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP21) being held in Paris...
October 13, 2015
Carnival to bring two more cruise brands to China
OCTOBER 13, 2015 — Doubts about the slowing Chinese economy don't seem to faze the eternal optimists of the cruise industry. Yesterday we reported that Norwegian Cruise line is to customize its second Breakway Plus newbuild for the Chinese...
October 12, 2015
Ulstein offers Capex-friendly shallow water work horse
OCTOBER 12, 2015 — Ulstein has introduced a dynamically positioned multipurpose construction vessel suitable for shallow water operations. It says the main driver for the new 115.4 m x 30.8 m S182 design was to develop a "very CAPEX friendly"...
October 12, 2015
Petrofacs cancels shipyard contract for derrick lay vessel
OCTOBER 12, 2015 — U.K. based Petrofac (LON: PFC) says it has terminated its contract with Chinese shipbuilder ZPMC for construction of a proprietary design Petrofac JSD 6000 deepwater multi-purpose offshore vessel. Petrofac says the step was...
October 12, 2015
Underwriters sue expert witness for alleged negligence
OCTOBER 12, 2015 — In a case that shows the need for those acting as expert witnesses to have professional indemnity insurance, International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) reports that hull & machinery insurance underwriters...
October 12, 2015
Cammell Laird to build $307 million polar research ship
OCTOBER 12, 2015 — The U.K. Government has announced that Merseyside shipbuilder Cammell Laird has been selected as the preferred bidder to build a state-of-the-art £200 million (about $307 million) polar research ship. The decision follows a...
October 12, 2015
ABS offers guide for "SOx Scrubber Ready" ships
OCTOBER 12, 2015 — Uncertainty over the date of entry into force of a global 0.5% cap on sulfur in marine fuels means that many shipowners may be reluctant to commit early to the hefty investment involved in fitting an exhaust gas...
October 12, 2015
SIU creates fund for family of seafarers of El Faro
OCTOBER 12, 2015—The Seafarers International Union (SIU) has launched a voluntary fund to help the dependents of the seafarers who perished in the sinking of the U.S.-flag containership El Faro.  SIU Secretary-Treasurer David Heindel announced...