Ssangyong tipped to acquire Daedong
Though some reports have indicated Daewoo as the likely purchaser of Korea's bankrupt Daedong Shipbuilding Co, engine builder STX, formerly known as Ssangyong Heavy Industries may well be the eventual buyer.

Dutch company orders giant floating crane
Bonn & Mees Drijvende Bokken of Rotterdam recently started the newbuilding of a massive floating crane.The "sheerlegs"-type crane, with a maximum lifting capacity of over 1,400 tons in the main frame and 600 tons in the fly-jib, will be named "Matador 3".

BC Government launches fast ferry probe
""It's essential we learn from this fiasco to ensure nothing like it ever happens again," British Columbia's Minister of Transportation, Judith Reid said in announcing the launch of a government inquiry into both the province's ill-fated fast ferry project.

Online bunkering site passes million ton mark, the online marine fuels marketplace says it has reached the million-ton milestone for bunkers.

Australian Senate rejects legislation to forcibly move Tampa
The Australian Senate has rejected emergency Government legislation that would have given legal cover for any attempt to forcibly remove the Norwegian ship, Tampa, from Australian waters

Norway asks Australia to comply with international law
The Norwegian Government says Tampa was taking part in an Australian search and rescue operation

ITF says Australia places Tampa crew at "unacceptable risk" 
Commenting on theTampa incident, International Transport Federation (ITF) General Secretary David Cockroft says the crew is being "put at an unacceptable risk - as are the asylum seekers and the ship itself.

Norwegian Shipowners outraged by Australian action
"We are shocked by the Australian response to the Mayday signal from Tampa," says Rolf Sæther, Director General of the Norwegian Shipowners' Association.

Telaurus acquire US HF Radio stations
Telaurus Communications Inc (Telaurus), announced the acquisition by its subsidiary company MMR Radio Inc., of three internationally well-known U.S. HF radio stations.

New Sabine Pass shipyard
Sabine Offshore Service, Inc. in Sabine Pass, Texas has been acquired by a 50/50 consortium of PPL Shipyard, Pte. Ltd. of Singapore and the P&A Group of Houston.

Larry Hornbeck joins Hornbeck-Leevac board
Larry D. Hornbeck, former Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer and founder of the original Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc., has joined the Board of Directors o fHornbeck-Leevac Offshore Services, Inc.

Navy job for Halifax
A C$9.4-million competitive contract has beenawarded to Les Chantiers Maritime Irving Shipbuilding Corporation (operating as Halifax Shipyard) for maintenance and repair work on the HMCS Athabaskan

Ft Lauderdale gets a water bus
Canal Boats, Inc. has delivered the first bio-diesel hybrid electric ferry, the Clay Shaw to Broward County (Florida) Mass Transit.

More Japanese take cruises
The numbers are still small compared with those for Americans or Europeans, but a record 226,000 Japanese vacationers chose overnight ship cruises in 2000

Conrad reaches agreement with Hidalgo
Conrad Industries, Inc. says it has entered into a "transition agreement" with William H. Hidalgo.

Tug order for Blount Barker
Blount-Barker Shipbuilding signed a contract with Sea Wolf Marine of Bayonne, New Jersey to build a 2,400hp, 85 double chine, all welded twin screw tug.

Sydney commuters face loss of high speed ferries
The New South Wales Government has raised a new solution to accidents on a popular peak hour ferry servicet. It has raised the possibility of scrapping the high-speed commuter ferry within three years.

Austal enters Egyptian market
Australia's Austal Ships has signed a contract with Egypt’s largest ferry operator.

Unitor revenues up
Norwegian-based maritime supply specialist Unitor Group today reported a second quarter profit of NOK 28 million ($3.1 million)

Matson has RFP out for containerships
Matson Navigation Company, Inc., the ocean transportation arm of Alexander & Baldwin, is looking to rejuvenate its fleet.

More on AMCV's Project America challenges
Here's what Phil Calian, CEO of American Classic Voyages, had to say about the status of its Project America ships at the company's investor/analyst conference call on August 14. (you can listen to a recording of the entire conference call at

New CEO at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems
Northrop Grumman today announced the appointment of Philip A. Dur as corporate vice president and president of the company's Ship Systems sector, which includes Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss., and Avondale Industries in New Orleans.

$69 million "total cost" tag on Santa Maria containerships
The two 450-foot long, 11,120 dwt ships that Bender Shipbuilding is to build for Santa Maria Shipping will cost the owner a total of $69 million.

Tug/barge contract for Manitowoc
The Manitowoc Company, Inc. has received a contract from Vessel Management Services, Inc. of Seattle, Washington, to construct two double-hull tank barges and ocean tugs, plus an option to purchase two additional tug/barge units.

Smedvig to buy Keppel interest in rig

"Hit and run" tanker suspects get bail

AMCV sees improvement for second half Hawaii operations

New president and CEO at Conrad

Diamond Offshore increases scope of FirstWave job

Frontline tests emission reduction technology

Hornbeck-Leevac revenues jump

Pimentel joins Brynestad in cruise venture

Korean yard to build four AHTS's for Swire Pacific

Korean yards set to increase labor force

Ship recycling code issued

Shell plans floating LNG terminal for Timor Sea

OSG earnings soar

Grand Jury indicts five former Halter employees

Sixty knot ferry nears completion

HDW goes digital

Royal Olympic cancels remainder of undelivered Explorer's summer program

Glacier Bay cruises axed

Manitowoc low bidder for new NYC ferries

EC clears Dutch dredging merger

Petrobras contract for Stolt Offshore

Big order in pipeline for Jeffboat?

Last ditch effort to save yard

Portuguese order for Austal

IACS moves to discourage "class hopping"

Jarrett to head Thomas Miller Americas

OMI earnings up

ACL earnings hurt by ice and flooding

ABS issues offshore crew habitabilty guide

CAE buys Valmarine

Cammell troubles hit Marseilles repairer