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Monday, August 19, 2019

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Bay Shipbuilding Cuts Steel on Great Lakes Freighter

The U.S. Great Lakes freighter fleet are well-renowned for being a 'mature' group of ships, a point magnified yesterday when Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding started construction on the first U.S.-flagged Great Lakes bulk carrier built in more than 35 years. The shipyard and the owner, The Interlake Steamship Company, hosted a ceremonial first-cut-of-steel event Wednesday, August 14, signalling the start of construction.The new River-Class, self-unloading bulk carrier is believed to be the first ship for U.S. Great Lakes service built on the Great Lakes since 1983.

Ronald Baczkowski is the President and Chief Executive Officer of VT Halter Marine, Inc.

Shipbuilding Interview: Ron Baczkowski, VT Halter

VT Halter in Pascagoula, MS has been on a strong run, capped by its winning the high-profile contract to build the U.S. Coast Guard’s next generation of icebreakers. Maritime Reporter recently spoke with Ron Baczkowski, President and CEO, VT Halter Marine, for insights on the shipyard’s recent success and future prospects. Globally, the shipbuilding industry has gone through some ‘interesting’ times of late. How has it looked from your perspective?The shipbuilding market and activity at VT Halter during the past 12 months has been dynamic.

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Balearia Launches Florida-Bahamas Fast Ferry

Baleària Caribbean has launches a new fast-transport service linking Fort Lauderdale (Florida) with the island of Bimini in the Bahamas. The fast ferry connecting these two ports has a 650-person capacity and a maximum speed of 38 knots—35 for service—with the journey taking just under two hours.With five weekly services programmed to Bimini (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday), the number of connections could increase based on demand.The new faster ferry service from Port Everglades to Bimini replaces the previous service from the Port of Miami.

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Scotline Orders New Ship at Royal Bodewes

UK-based shipping company Scotline Marine Holdings has ordered newbuilding number 750 to be named Scot Ranger with Swedish/Finnish Ice Class 1A at Dutch shipyard Royal Bodewes Group.After the successful delivery of the Scot Carrier in November 2018, construction of the second vessel, Scot Explorer, started February 2019, said a press release.Scot Explorer is seen here with the aft section leaving the brand-new production facilities at the Royal Bodewes Shipyard site at Hoogezand.

Johnalan Brill  (Photo: FUELTRAX)

FUELTRAX Appoints Brill

Johnalan Brill joins FUELTRAX as of June 2019 as Director of Data Analytics for FUELTRAX. He will assist in leveraging operational data from FUELTRAX global fleet and provide expert analysis to determine best practices and operational efficiencies to clients. Overseeing the next generation of FUELNET advancements, Brill will be taking the lead in subsequent steps to expanding FUELNET analysis offerings, to continue to save time and provide value for clients through tools such…

Johnalan Brill joins Fueltrax as of June 2019 as Director of Data Analytics.(Photo: Fueltrax)

Brill Name Director, Data Analytics at Fueltrax

Johnalan Brill joins Fueltrax as of June 2019 as Director of Data Analytics.In his role Brill will leverage operational data from Fueltrax  global fleet and provide expert analysis to determine best practices and operational efficiencies to clients. Overseeing the next generation of FUELNET advancements, Brill will be taking the lead in subsequent steps to expanding FUELNET analysis offerings, to continue to save time and provide value for clients through tools such as dashboards…

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Jensen Maritime Provides Design for Shaver's New Tugboat

Jensen Maritime, Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering company, has provided the detailed design for Shaver Transportation Company’s new, Z-drive tug – Samantha S. The multi-purpose tug was built at Diversified Marine Inc., in Portland, Ore., and is operating along the West Coast. The tug is ABS-classed and carries a FFV1 firefighting notation.The 112-foot by 44-foot tug has a 22-foot draft, was built for escort, ocean towing and ship assist, and has firefighting capabilities if needed. The tug features a raised pilot house and a squared forward end.

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Oceanic Systems Switch Suits More Engine Manufacturers

Oceanic Systems (UK) Ltd has just increased the menu of engine manufacturers which can be selected to present on the company’s sleek single-screen Multiple Engine Displays, claimed a press release from the company.It said that these provide a selection of up to 16 inboard and 16 outboard engine manufacturers, an increased capacity which now doubles the choice of engines and provides boat builders with much greater flexibility.Oceanic Systems’ 4161 Multiple Engine Display and the…

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SMM Launches with High-Profile Guest Speakers

At today’s opening press conference of the international maritime trade fair in Hamburg, political and business leaders discussed current challenges facing the shipping industry. The focus of the debate was on the 0.5 percent sulphur limit for ship fuels which will take effect on January 1,  2020, and the industry's goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions from global shipping in half by the year 2050. Roughly 2,300 exhibitors and the extensive conference program accompanying the trade fair will deliver answers to the industry's complex questions. Roughly 50,000 visitors are expected to attend.

Scott Phillips. Photo: Cargotec

Scott Phillips Appointed Hiab President

Scott Phillips has been appointed President of Hiab crane manufacturing division of Cargotec group as of 1 October 2018. He will be a member of the Cargotec Executive Board and report to CEO Mika Vehviläinen. Scott Phillips joins Cargotec from General Electric where he holds the position of Vice President and CEO Mining. Prior to that, he has during his 28 years' career held various global leadership positions in the construction and mining industries, working for Sandvik and Caterpillar Inc., among others. "I warmly welcome Scott to Cargotec and Hiab.

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Bisso Offshore Orders New Tugs from Eastern

Estern Shipbuilding Group announced it has signed a new contract with Bisso Offshore, LLC for the construction of two Robert Allan Ltd. RApport 2400 Ship Handing Tugs with escort capability. The deal was signed on May 31, 2018.Bisso Offshore is one of Eastern’s long term customers and has taken delivery of four previous modern Z-drive tugs from Eastern since 2006.These two new Robert Allan RApport 2400 design tugs have been customized by the designer and owner to provide specific operational features while also meeting new EPA Tier 4 and USCG Sub-M requirements.Joey D’Isernia…

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McAllister Christens Tug Pair in NYC

There's nothing like New York City for a maritime event, and McAllister Towing and Transportation Co., Inc., one of the historic family-run companies serving the industry for more than 150 years, held a signature ceremony and party last night at Pier 16 in Manhattan with the christening of two tugboats, the Rosemary McAllister and the Capt. Brian A. McAllister, both ABS classed FiFi 1 with propulsion systems meeting EPA Tier 4 emission regulations: 3516E Tier IV Caterpillar engines…

Redzic Joins Caterpillar as Digital Enabled Solutions VP

The board of directors of Caterpillar Inc. has appointed Ogi Redzic as a vice president to lead the company’s Digital Enabled Solutions Division (DESD), effective July 30, 2018. He will be based in Caterpillar's Chicago office and report to Group President of Customer & Dealer Support Bob De Lange.DESD is comprised of the company's data analytics group, the enterprise data hub, equipment management tools, Cat Connect technologies and customer experience portals.Redzic takes over for Caterpillar Vice President Julie Lagacy, who has led DESD on an interim basis.

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US Hits EU, Canada and Mexico with Steel, Aluminum Tariffs

The United States on Thursday said it will impose tariffs on aluminum and steel imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, reigniting investor fears of a global trade war as Washington's allies took steps to retaliate against U.S. goods.The move, announced by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in a telephone briefing on Thursday, ended months of uncertainty about potential tariff exemptions and suggested a hardening of the Trump administration's approach to trade negotiations.It also sent a chill through financial markets…

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Caterpillar Names Bonfield CFO

Caterpillar Inc. announced today its board of directors has appointed Andrew Bonfield as chief financial officer (CFO) effective September 1, 2018. Bonfield will succeed Brad Halverson, whose retirement became effective May 4, 2018.Bonfield brings more than three decades of financial expertise to the role, most recently serving as Group CFO and board member of National Grid plc, a British multinational electricity and gas utility company.Prior to Bonfield's eight years at National Grid, he was CFO at British confectionary company Cadbury plc.

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Sanmar Delivers New Tug to Abu Dhabi Ports

Turkish shipbuilder Sanmar Shipyards said it has delivered Al JIMI 1 (Yenicay VII), the latest addition to Abu Dhabi Ports’ growing tug fleet, which already includes two sister vessels, Al SHAHEED (Yenicay IV) and AlHILI 1 (Yenicay VI), which were delivered by Sanmar in 2017. The Yenicay Class tugs are based on the Robert Allan Ltd Rascal 1800 basic design and are equipped to service both Musaffah Port and Zayed Port and complement Abu Dhabi Ports’ existing fleet. Management of these tugs falls under Abu Dhabi Ports’ Marine Services arm– SAFEEN.

The Gladding-Hearn built ferry Champion is a milestone launch for marine design firm Incat Crowther (Photo: Incat Crowther)

New Ferry Marks a Milestone for Incat Crowther

The latest passenger ferry constructed by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding for Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority signals a milestone delivery for marine design firm Incat Crowther. The 27-meter catamaran Champion marks the 500th vessel designed by Incat Crowther. “To have successfully designed 500 large commercial vessels is no accident,” said Incat Crowther CEO, Brett Crowther. Crowther added, “It’s apt that our 500th vessel is a Gladding-Hearn build. Peter Duclos, Director of Business Development at Gladding Hearn…

Yeniçay IV, delivered to Abu Dhabi Ports in September 2016 (Photo: Sanmar)

Two New Tugs for Abu Dhabi Ports

Abu Dhabi Port Company (ADPC) has purchased two newly built tugs from Sanmar shipyards of Turkey. The new Yenicay Class tugs, based on the same Robert Allan Ltd Rascal 1800 basic design-which are equipped with the latest technology and have a bollard pull power of 30 metric tons, will service both Mussafah Port and Zayed Port and complement Abu Dhabi Port’s existing advanced fleet. Management of these tugs falls under SAFEEN, ADPC’s marine services division. Designated Yenicay VI and VII the first unit will be heading for its new home with SAFEEN within a month…

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Neptune Shipyard Completes First AIDAnova Module

A module of the new cruise ship AIDAnova has been released into the water for the first time at the Neptun shipyard in Rostock, which belongs to the Meyer Group. This is the first of two floating parts, so-called Floating Engine Room Units (FERU), which was placed onto the Warnow river with a special lowering device. The complex module, which stretches over 120 meters long, 42 meters wide and is three decks high, is carrying AIDAnova's four Caterpillar dual-fuel engines, and hence is the heart of the vessel.

The Capt. Brian A. McAllister is named after the company’s Chairman, and is the 31st and most powerful tractor tug in McAllister’s fleet. (Photo: McAllister Towing)

Tier IV Tug Delivered to McAllister Towing

McAllister Towing announced the arrival in N.Y. of the tug Capt. Brian A. McAllister, the first EPA Tier IV tug on the U.S. East Coast according to the company. Capt. Brian A. McAllister is powered by 3516E Tier IV Caterpillar engines with twin Schottel SRP4000FP units. Packed into its 100 x 40 ft. hull is 6,770 hp and more than 80 metric tons of bollard pull. Combining that power with a Markey class III escort winch on the bow and a Markey 2.25-in. wire winch on the stern puts the the tug in a class of her own.

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DHS Custom Passenger Ferry Launched

Gulfstream Shipbuilding launched a custom passenger/vehicle ferry for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on July 12, 2017. This 118 x 27 x 10.75 ft. crew boat-style vessel will be delivered in the fall 2017 to service the New York and Connecticut waters. The aluminum ferry will service the DHS Directorate of Science and Technology Plum Island Animal Disease Center in Orient Point, NY. The vessel is capable of transporting passengers, freight and vehicles in and around the waters of the Eastern Long Island Sound and Gardiner’s Bay.

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Caterpillar mulls Global Headquarters in Chicago

Caterpillar Inc. announced today it will locate a limited group of senior executives and support functions in the Chicago area later this year and reaffirmed the ongoing importance of its presence in Peoria and Central Illinois. “Caterpillar’s Board of Directors has been discussing the benefits of a more accessible, strategic location for some time,” said Caterpillar CEO Jim Umpleby. “Since 2012, about two-thirds of Caterpillar’s sales and revenues have come from outside the United States. “We value our deep roots in Central Illinois, and Peoria will continue to be our hometown.

Tom Pellette is appointed Caterpillar Inc.'s group president of Energy & Transportation. Photo Caterpillar

Executive Changes at Caterpillar

Following the previous announcement that Jim Umpleby will become Caterpillar’s Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2017, Caterpillar Inc. announced today additional changes in its executive ranks. The company’s Board of Directors has appointed current Construction Industries Group President Tom Pellette, 53, group president of Energy & Transportation, the position previously held by Umpleby. Replacing Pellette, the Board has appointed Bob De Lange, 47, group president of Construction Industries. De Lange is currently vice president of the Excavation Division.

New ferries on the Rostock-Gedser route Photo Scandlines

Scandlines’ Deploys New Ferry

On Wednesday 21 December 2016, Scandlines’ second new hybrid ferry for the Rostock-Gedser route, M/V Copenhagen, will carry passengers for the first time when it departs from Gedser towards Rostock at 09:00. Scandlines new hybrid ferry was registered 19 December 2016 and departed the same day from the Danish yard FAYARD A/S. 20 December 2016 it was practicing between Rostock and Gedser and today Wednesday 21 December 2016 at 09:00 from Gedser in Denmark the ferry will go into ordinary service. M/V Copenhagen is the second of two new hybrid ferries for the Rostock-Gedser route.

Port Taranaki representatives and Sanmar’s sales director at the contract signing: Grant Squire, marine engineer supervisor; Guy Roper, chief executive; Craig Bramley, Sanmar director of sales-Australian region; and Neville Fox, head of marine services (Photo: Sanmar)

Port Taranaki Orders New Tug from Sanmar

Within a few weeks of unveiling a new compact tractor tug jointly designed with Robert Allan Limited, Turkish shipbuilder Sanmar has secured an order from a port on the west coast of New Zealand. Port Taranaki has awarded the Sanmar a contract to build the very first of its exclusive Delicay series, a compact, under 24m rule length design conceived as an off-the-shelf unit with numerous variations to suit customer needs. This vanguard of the series will measure 25.3m x 12m and…

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Gulfstream Wins DHS Ferry Contract

Gulfstream Shipbuilding won a contract through the United States Department of Homeland Security for a passenger/vehicle ferry to service the New York and Connecticut waters. This 118 x 27 x 10.75 ft. crew boat-style vessel will be capable of transporting passengers, freight and vehicles in and around the waters of the Eastern Long Island Sound and Gardiner’s Bay. The vessel has an expected delivery date of April 2017. “Gulfstream Shipbuilding is not only familiar with the Eastern Long Island Sound waters…