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Gun-shy shipowners demand more naval protection
"Dismayed" by Coalition Task Force statements

Austal USA launches second Hawaii Superferry
Not-quite-identical twin is on budget and ahead of schedule

Washington State Ferries to sell Steel Electrics for scrap
Plan is to tow them to Mexico for dismantling

Warships surround hijacked arms ship
one crew member reported dead of natural causes

VT Halter Marine to build Egyptian Navy Missile Craft
$393.7 million mod to previously awarded contract for the detail, design and construction of three Fast Missile Craft

Bollinger awarded $1.5 billion USCG contract
Initial $88 million FRC contract will grow to 34 boats if all options exercised

Hijacked ship said to be carrying military cargo
Somali pirates may have gotten their hands on 30 Soviet-era T-72 tanks

Democratic economic stimulus package would fund new USCG icebreaker
Would contribute to energy independence

Gustav found one gap in marine industry hurricane preparations
What were three unsecured vessels doing in the Industrial Canal?

Denmark releases suspected pirates
Deposited on Somali beach after six days on board Danish warship <

Yes, there will be a third DDG 1000, maybe
House and Senate committees reach an interesting compromise

Navios blank check start up has its money in T-bills
Piraeus-headquartered Navios Maritime Acquisition issues statement "in light of recent developments in the U.S. financial markets"

Security team shots deter attack on MSC oiler
ship initially used defensive measures and when those weren't enough, security personnel took action

Turkish yard introduces new handy-size bulker
Cicek Shipyard has launched a new 25,000 dwt bulk carrier design meeting CSR and PSPC requirements

Rolls-Royce introduces new range of waterjets
advanced design calculation methods, testing and production techniques bring a significant increase in efficiency

DNV says shipowners are missing out on fuel savings
failing to take advantage of proven systems and routines

Davie Yards gets another price rise
second customer goes along with Quebec shipbuilder's restructuring plan

Congress set to let drilling moratorium expire
drops continuation of ban from massive spending bill

Russia to send ships to combat piracy
will conduct its operations independently of Coalition

Noble orders newbuild drillship
... and has options for up to three more

Davie Yards gets $40 million more for OCV's
Says agreement by customer is important element of restructuring plan

Admiral to shipowners: Hire security teams!
Despite thwarting many pirate attacks, Coalition does not have the resources to provide 24-hour protection for vast number of merchant vessels in the Gulf of Aden region

Lindenau-Werft declares insolvency
Despite full order book, Kiel yard can't get short term financing to complete newbuilding

Ulstein launches largest X-bow yet
Giant construction vessel scheduled for delivery to Eidesvik in December

Wärtsilä buys Singapore ship designer
acquires Conan Wu & Associates Pte Ltd

Coast Guard busts another "drug sub"
Coast Guard makes two huge cocaine seizures from self-propelled submersible craft

In cash squeeze, Davie Yards eyes alternatives
borrows a bundle from majority shareholder and calls in Pareto Securities

Port of Houston back in operation
already handling cruise ships at Bayport

MacGregor gets first order for 450 t cranes
part of package for four general cargo/heavy lift ships being built for Singapore's SE Shipping at Wenzhou Zhongou

Spain supports EU antipiracy effort with surveillance plane
will provide data to EU antipiracy Coordination Cell

Navy accepts LCS 1
Navy crew moves aboard first Littoral Combat Ship

Port of Galveston set to reopen
plans to accept cruise ships again by October 1

Todd Pacific employees ratify new labor agreement
get 4.5 percent average annual increase on wages, healthcare pension

USCG safety alert on exhaust system fires
two passenger vessels have problems after repowers

Somali pirates seize two more ships
may be ranging further south as naval presence in Gulf of Aden increases

Port of Houston open on limited basis
damages to navigation projects in Texas Gulf could be more than $1 billion.

Sinopec orders jack-up at PPL
Chinese company's first jack-up newbuild order outside China

Coast Guard ups OPA 90 financial responsibility levels
COFR's get costlier

CBP updates on Ike port closure
Several Texas ports are closed for all CBP passenger, trade and cargo operations

Bush threatens to veto offshore drilling bill
Republicans call House-passed measure "a hoax"

Coast Guard tackles post-Ike pollution
issues update on waterway recovery efforts

$34.88 million Navy job for Detyens
Repairs and mods to Navy floating dry dock

Offshore operators assess Ike damage
Toll includes two rigs lost and 28 production platforms destroyed

EU ponders naval action against Somali pirates
European Council approves a strategic military option for a possible EU naval operation

France frees yacht and hostage couple
Six pirates captured, one killed

USCG starts reopening Texas Gulf waterways
partners with industry to restore navigation

Smit to Boskalis: No thanks
rejects request for meeting to discuss planned acquisition offer

Ports of Houston and Galveston start recovery operations
...Galveston cruise passengers' cars totaled

Kirby reports on Ike impact
no personnel injuries and no vessel damage

Boskalis plans offer for Smit
planned cash offer values Smit Internationale at EUROS 1.13 billion

Ike causes minimal damage at Port of Houston
awaiting COTP decision on reopening to vessel traffic

Drifting bulker survives Ike
Svitzer salvage tug heads for rendevous

Keppel shipyards earn bonuses for early deliveries of jack-ups
Keppel AmFELS in Brownsville, Texas, and Keppel FELS in Singapore both deliver offshore units ahead of schedule

Bulker rescue mission abandoned
Vessel adrift without propulsion power as Ike approaches

Aries Maritime suspends dividend payment
new management to focus on long term strength

$235 million DSME drillship equipment contract for Aker Solutions
drilling equipment packages for two drillships

Senate panel approves funding for third DDG-1000
stage set for decision to go to House-Senate conference

International Shipholding forms panel; to look at Liberty offer
Special Committee comprises independent directors

Arntzen joins Royal Caribbean board
will serve on the Environment, Safety and Security Committee

Roberts rejoins Crowley as SVP and General Counsel
Back after eight years in D.C.

Stealthgas orders two Suezmax crude tankers
LPG carrier gets into crude oil market

U.S. slaps sanctions on Iran's national shipping line
cites "alarming pattern of denial and deception techniques by IRISL"

Northrop Grumman gets $5.1 billion CVN 78 contract
covers detail design and construction of nuclear-powered aircraft carrier

MSC Cruises orders two more Musica class ships
deliveries from Aker France (STX Europe) in 2011 and 2012

Chinese shipbuilding giant to raise $512.5 million
China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) bond issue will fund expansion projects

Connaughton to be nominated FMC Chair
would serve until June 30, 2012

Pelosi says Democratic energy legislation will include offshore drilling
critics say that what's on offer is "just a sliver"

Offshore operators prepare for Ike
MMS issues stats on Gulf of Mexico platforms and rigs evacuated and production shut in

Korea Line joins CPI tanker pool
now totals eight medium range Handysize tankers

$9.1 million Navy award for BAE San Diego
modification to Sterret PSA contract

Marad promotes Tokarski
named Associate Administrator for National Security

Obama pledges Jones Act support
Commits to support Jones Act, MSP and Cargo Preference Laws

Wärtsilä and MHI introduce new low speed diesels
Cover 3,500-9,000 kW power range with cylinder bores of 350 and 400 mm

Sembcorp marine wins two rig contract from Egypt
Two jack-ups for EODC for 2010 and 2011 deliveries

Aker Yards gets new COO
Sang-Ho Shin moves over from STX Shipbuilding's Jinhae shipyard

Pirates may use captured yacht as decoy
Carre d'As heads back to sea after landing hostage French couple

Canadian Government support for Irving tug newbuilds
$12 million in interest rate support via Structured Financing Facility (SFF)

DNV to class ten OSV's for Malaysian shipbuilder
Nam Cheong building two UT755LN vessels with DP II and eight UT755CD vessels with DP I notation

Unlicensed to drive: Coast Guard issues Marine Safety Alert
Towing industry cautioned to properly man vessels with qualified and licensed crew

Washburn & Doughty lays first keel since July fire
Maine shipbuilder marks a recovery milestone

Bollinger Shipyards gets back to work
Most of its 14 locations up and running after Gustav

Polish shipyard rescue plan involves yet more subsidies
With EC rejection likely, Government retains PR firm to soothe public

USCG sets Hurricane Condition X-Ray for Baltimore
prepares for Hannah to blow in

Somali pirates add Egyptian ship to hostage fleet
Puntland officials plan to open talks with pirates

EIB loan for Grimaldi cruise ferries
Motorways of the sea help curb road traffic and emissions

Wärtsilä acquires Navelec SAS
French specialist in navcom systems, electrical services and control and automation

Somali pirates seize French-owned yacht
Hijacked in Gulf of Aden, headed for Eyl

The STX-ing of Aker Yards gets rolling
South Korea's STX now controls 92.4 percent of the shares in Aker Yards ASA. What happens next?

Coast Guard works to reopen ports and waterways
Latest ship channel status now available online

U.S. News gives Kings Point good grades
USMMA ranks high in latest edition of America's Best Colleges

Hornbeck Offshore vessels undamaged by Gustav
New generation OSV fleet operating at 100 percent utilization

MISC won't send ships into Gulf of Aden
Makes decision after second ship hijacked by Somali pirates

International Shipholding to respond to acquisition offer
Liberty Shipping makes $25.75 a share all cash offer

Brian Chang's Yantai-Raffles stock sale take slashed
CIMAC to pay $4 a share not $6.92 for 81.8 million shares

Lindoø to sell Estonian yard
Maersk yard says ownership of the Estonian hatch cover specialist will not be necessary for its expected future production

Gulf Coast shipbuilders respond to Gustav
Announce closures, go to emergency plans

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