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Eagle boats

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on August 12, 2014

The Eagle boats were designed during World War I to serve the US Navy as submarine chasers. The then-existing class of submarine chasers had proven too slow and with insufficient range to counter the German U-boat menace. The problem was that…

William Lewis Herndon

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on February 18, 2014

William Lewis Herndon (1813-1857) was appointed Midshipman in the relatively new United States Navy in 1828, serving afloat in the Pacific, Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Gulf of Mexico. From 1842 through 1847, he served at the new Naval Observatory and Hydrographic Office in Washington…

USS Michigan

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on January 7, 2014

As a consequence of the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837-38, the Royal Navy employed two armed steamers on Lake Erie. These were the first armed vessels on the Great Lakes since the end of the War of 1812. In response, the United States Navy determined to employ its own warship on the Great Lakes.

Maritime Construction: Military Vessels

Posted to US Gulf Coast Shipyards (by Patrick LaBauve) on October 28, 2013

There are approximately 40 shipyards in the United States that are currently performing maritime construction and building vessels of 140 feet or longer. These vessels range from super-large oceangoing ships such as cargo ships and oil tankers…

Placid management veneer at two major port systems is shaken

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on August 31, 2012

There are upheavals at two ports that have been considered among the most admired and efficient in the country. Seattle’s CEO, Tay Yoshitani, is being scrutinized for taking on a directorship for 3PL group Expeditors, while Jerry Bridges has…

Essar Ports’ profits soar by 73% - expansion well underway

Posted to Essar Ports’ profits soar by 73% - expansion well underway (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 25, 2012

Essar Ports Limited (EPL), part of the Essar Group reported an impressive profit escalation of 73 percent for the first quarter from $ 7.6 million to $ 13.2 million. One of the largest port companies of India, its capacity enhancement program…

Coastwise Merchant Seamen of WW II

Posted to Coastwise Merchant Seamen of WW II (by Don Horton) on February 4, 2011

During the first part of WW II the German U-boat were sinking our ships faster than we could build them. The rate of sinkings were so great, our government directed the news media to not print the acutal sinkings for fear the seamen would shear…

Seattle Shipyard Takeover is a Pointer for 2011

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on December 30, 2010

Speculation on the forthcoming year has become remarkably sparse in the last couple of years because of the tumultuous events in liner shipping and uncertainty over the international economic situation. But a year-end port-related takeover is…

Konecranes take over Indian WMI

Posted to Konecranes take over Indian WMI (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 3, 2010

The Indian company WMI Cranes Ltd. (“WMI”) has been taken over by Konecranes. According to a spokesman of Konecranes’ which is well known for making heavy duty cranes for the maritime sector the acquisition marks an important step in strengthening…

China buys Greece, adds it to growing country portfolio

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on June 17, 2010

No purchase price was given, but Chinese officials said they had paid “billions of dollars” for the debt-stricken Mediterranean country earlier this week. Okay, that’s not exactly how it went down, but it may as well have been. Bad jokes aside…