Shipping, shipbuilding and offshore news stories


ACBL files for Chapter 11
Continues normal business operations.

IACS publishes Prestige audit report
IACS has now completed its ad hoc audit of all ABS records relating to the tanker Prestige.

FGH offshore division sale completed
Friede Goldman Halter, Inc. says it has completed the previously announced sale of substantially all of the assets of its offshore division

Houma delivers first of six for Candies
De Hoop Houma, Houma, La. has just delivered the 56.47 m long by 12.8 m beam shelf supply vessel Amy Candies, the first of six for Otto Candies, LLC.

More RRF mobilizations
MARAD has reactivated more Ready Reserve Fleet ships and has issued a notice reminding U.S. seafarers who volunteer for RRF duties of their reemployment rights.

Tampa-Cuba ferry service planned
New role for Scotia Prince

Britain splits carrier project
Thales design chosen, but BAE Systems will be prime contractor

Austal USA bids to build "X-Craft"
Shortlisted for Navy experimental project.

Graykowski joins Kvaerner Philadelphia
He'll be senior VP and general counsel

EC proposals for EU-U.S. Customs cooperation
Wants a Community-wide accord with U.S.

Lighthouse files for Chapter 11
Ferry firm says commuter service will keep operating as talks with New York Waterway continue

What McCain doesn't like about Inouye's NCL initiative
Senator John McCain may have lost a vote on an effort to overturn a special deal for NCL, but it's instructive to read what he had to say on the matter

Oops! EC to ban bunker barges?
In its post-Prestige fervor to clean up the tanker industry, the European Commission may have inadvertently drafted proposals that would outlaw most of the European Union's bunker barge fleet.

USCG broadens GL agreement
Germanischer Lloyd can now do more for U.S.-flag shipowners.

Successful tests for LNG ship dual fuel engine
Wartsila Corporation reports that it has successfully completed the factory acceptance test of the first Wartsila 50DF engine in a series of four dual-fuel engines for a 74,000 m3 LNG carrier.

Project America rides again
Hawaii's Senator Inouye slips in a provision that seeks to allow NCL to operate the two Project America ships, plus a third vessel, in the Hawaiian interisland market.

Lockheed Martin and Blohm + Voss team up for LCS
In turning to the yard that built the Bismarck, Lockheed Martin is bringing to the LCS party Blohm + Voss's pioneering--and extremely successful-- MEKO concept of the modular warship.

From shipyard to auto lot
Quincy. Mass., auto dealer Daniel Quirk was the surprise winner yesterday in the government auction for the Fore River Shipyard

Kvichak to build hovercraft for Crowley
Kvichak Marine has gotten both a license to build Griffon hovercraft and its first order for a Griffon unit--from Crowley Marine Services

Now EC plans action on seafarer certification
The European Commission today took its initiatives to enhance maritime safety a step further. Thi s time, though, rather than racing ahead of international requirements, the Commission seems to be playing catch-up.

Iarossi defends shipping's safety record
Frank J. Iarossi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ABS has sharply rebutted the widespread impression that the safety record of the international shipping industry is poor

MSC buys 16-year old T-5 tankers
The U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command is buying four of five T-5 tankers built by Tampa Shipyards and delivered in 1985 and 1986 under a "build and charter" arrangement

Austal unveils RAN patrol boat concept
Austal Ships has announced some details of its proposed design for the Royal Australian Navy's Armidale patrol boats

New head of Seabulk Offshore
Seabulk International, Inc. has appointed Larry D. Francois as president of Seabulk Offshore, the company's offshore marine services subsidiary

Mineta announces Port Security Grants
Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta today announced $148 million in new transportation security grants.

German yards order EDS PLM software
The three German yards in the K130 corvette consortium have ordered product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services worth $10 million from EDS (Electronic Data Services), Plano, Texas.

First Wave cancels rig contract
First Wave/Newpark Shipbuilding announced today that it has terminated a repair and conversion contract with a Malaysian company, and that it received a commitment for up to $6 million funding from a "substantial institutional investor."

Tankers banned by EU could head for U.S.
Yesterday a Senate panel was warned that tankers barred from Europe by tough "post-Prestige" measures could well head for U.S. waters.

PacifiCats go on block as B.C. Ferries gets a shake up
A venture into fast ferry construction that cost British Columbia taxpayers Canadian $454 million (U.S. $290.6 million) is approaching its final chapter

MITAGS pioneers Ship's Security Officer courses
So, you want to be an SSO?

IMO to Europe: "Talk to us about tanker problems!
Secretary General heads for talks in Greece

Senate panel schedules hearings on single hull tanker phase out
U.S. echo of European initiatives?

SeaRiver ends River Fleet operations
ExxonMobil unit sells River Fleet assets to Kirby Corporation

NASSCO to design SeaRiver tankers
NASSCO is to develop a contract design for a 750,000-barrel capacity, double-hull crude oil tanker

Kuwait order for Austal unit
Austal's Image Marine will build three Coast Guard boats for Kuwait.

Seaspan orders world's largest containerships
Canada's Seaspan Container Lines, in association with China Shipping, has ordered five containerships from Samsung that will be the world's largest , with a capacity of 8,100 TEU each.

Dyer Ellis & Joseph merges with Blank Rome
Effective January 1, 2003, Philadelphia-based Blank Rome LLP, a law firm with more than 400 attorneys, combined with Washington, D.C.-based Dyer Ellis & Joseph P.C.

S&P lowers ACL ratings
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services announced January 2 that it had lowered its ratings on American Commercial Lines LLC

New president for Manitowoc Marine
The Manitowoc Company has appointed lean manufacturing specialist Dennis E. McCloskey as president of Manitowoc Marine Group

France targets "hooligans of the seas"
As oil from the Prestige spill reaches French shores, French President Jacques Chirac wants to impose tough sanctions on businessmen "who benefit cynically from the present system's lack of transparency."

$4.45 million award for Southwest Marine
Fixed-price Dry Docking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA) on USS McCLUSKY (FFG-41).

New CEO for VT Halter Marine
Former U.S. Army Brigadier General Boyd E. (Butch) King has been appointed CEO of VT Halter Marine.

Recent Navy contracts
DDG awards to GD and Northrop Grumman. LCAC SLEP for five units award to Textron

Public meetings on MTSA, ISPS, SOLAS
The regulatory process starts churning