More Alaska Ferry Woes

More Alaska Ferry Woes

The Alaska Marine Highway System’s 55-year-old Matanuska suffered a machinery malfunction between Bellingham, Washington and Haines, Alaska in January requiring that it be moved to the Vigor Industrial yard at Ketchikan, Alaska for warranty repairs. The breakdown left a number of Alaskan communities without ferry service and pressured Alaskan lawmakers to advance a proposal for an additional $11.3 million for the ferry operation, which suffered a $43 million budget cut last year that left a number of ships out of service (see Pacific Maritime Magazine, Jan 2020).
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Workforce Development: A New Generation

Workforce Development: A New Generation

By Karen Robes Meeks Whether you are running the nation’s busiest seaport or working to raise the economic profile of an entire state, nurturing a robust maritime workforce is essential to your success. Along the West Coast, port and business leaders are hard at work, fortifying the current workforce with additional skills and developing the next generation of workers who will be able to support waterfront operations and keep the region’s maritime sector competitive. Port of Los Angeles A year ago in his annual State of the Port Address, Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka announced a $600,000…
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Two New Ships for NOAA

Two New Ships for NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) expects to order two new oceanographic ships before the end of this year as part of its fleet rebuilding effort. Design of the vessels is currently underway, with the first to be named Oceanographer and the second Discoverer. The first ship will be homeported in Honolulu, Hawaii while the second will be assigned a homeport at a future date. NOAA currently has a fleet of 15 active research and survey ships in operation
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American Countess  Enters Service

American Countess Enters Service

New Albany, Indiana-based American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) has placed its newest vessel, the 245-passenger riverboat American Countess, in service on the Mississippi River alongside its American Queen and American Duchess. Converted from the 24-year-old casino boat Kanesville Queen by Gulf Island Shipyards at Houma, Louisiana, the vessel makes use of four Caterpillar 3516 diesel-electric generators of a combined 5,760 kW output powering three 650-hp electric drive motors turning three Schottel SRP 330 rudder propellers to give a service speed of 12-knots. In addition, a pair of Schottel 300-kW tunnel thrusters have been installed to enhance berthing and overall maneuverability…
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New Tug for Vane Brothers

New Tug for Vane Brothers

Baltimore-headquartered Vane Brothers has taken delivery of the 94-foot by 34-foot push tug Annapolis, the second of four Salisbury Class tugs being built for the company by Salisbury, Maryland-based Chesapeake Shipbuilding. The new vessel, like her earlier delivered sister, is powered by twin Caterpillar 3512 Tier 3 engines delivering a combined 3,000 horsepower. 
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Navibulgar Orders Bulkers

Navibulgar Orders Bulkers

Bulgarian shipping company Navigation Maritime Bulgare (Navibulgar) has ordered four 31,800-dwt bulk carriers capable of entering the Great Lakes from China’s Yangzijiang Shipbuilding, all for delivery in 2021 and 2022, with options for an additional two.
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PIL Withdraws  from Transpacific Market

PIL Withdraws from Transpacific Market

Singapore-based Pacific International Lines (PIL) has withdrawn from the transpacific market as part of a strategic review of its business. The company had been operating four services between China and the West Coast, as well as a single service from Vietnam to Long Beach via China – all trades that have been hard hit by the China-US trade war as well as the more recent Covid-19 virus outbreak. PIL had been in a vessel-sharing partnership with several other carriers, including Wan Hai Line and Cosco Shipping, on some of the routes.
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China Delivers Another LNG Carrier for Yamal Project

China Delivers Another LNG Carrier for Yamal Project

China’s Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding has delivered the 174,000 cubic meter capacity LNG carrier LNG Merak to a joint venture formed by Mitsui OSK Lines and China COSCO Shipping Corporation as the second of four gas tankers it is building to support Russia’s Yamal LNG project in the Arctic. Completed to Lloyd’s Register classification rules, and to be managed by MOL LNG Transport (Europe) Ltd, the new ship will be used to transport LNG from transshipment terminals in Europe to LNG receiving terminals in Asia. It is the 12th LNG carrier built in China to be operated by MOL and follows a…
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Foss Maritime Tugs Escorts USNS Mercy

Foss Maritime Tugs Escorts USNS Mercy

By Karen Robes Meeks Foss Maritime’s tugboats Alta June, Bo Brusco, and Arthur Foss as well Foss company AMNAV’s Patricia Ann, met and guided the USNS Mercy into Berth 93 at the Port of Los Angeles. “Foss is proud and honored to assist this important vessel into port,” said Paul Hendriks, general manager of the Foss Southern California Office. “Leading the way were Captains John Strunk, Ryan San Jose, Stan Sato and Drew Kerlee (AMNAV), who have a combined 85 years of experience providing safe operations in the harbor.” The 1,000-bed USNS Mercy arrived Friday morning to take on non COVID-19 patients and relieve hospitals dealing with the…
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