ACL's Next Riverboat Nears Completion
American Cruise Lines announced that its second of a new class of modern riverboat, the American Harmony, moved under its own power to the shipyard’s outfitting pier for final touches. American Harmony was successfully launched at Chesapeake Shipbuilding this past November, 2018, and is well ahead of schedule for its August 17, 2019 inaugural cruise on the Mississippi River. American Harmony is the 2nd of 5 new ships in American’s revolutionary new modern riverboat series. The 1st ship, American Song, was the first modern riverboat in U.S. history and went into service last fall.
More Newbuilds for American Cruise Lines
U.S. coastal and river cruise operator American Cruise Lines continues to accelerate its newbuild program across its diverse fleet, adding new ships to its new Modern Riverboat Series as well as its fleet of new coastal ships and Victorian-style paddlewheelers. American, which introduced a new ship in 2017 and two new ships in 2018, will put its latest new vessel into service this summer, with two more newbuilds coming in both 2020 and 2021.In August 2019, American Harmony, the second of five ships in American’s Modern Riverboat Series…
Cruising: Small is Beautiful
Cruise shipping, at the intersection of maritime and hospitality industries, continues to be vibrant. The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the industry’s major trade association, forecasts that the ocean cruise segment will draw 30 million passengers in 2019, up from 28.2 million in 2018. At the start of the decade, in 2010, the comparable count was 19.1 million passengers. CLIA members will have 272 vessels operating in 2019- with 18 ocean going vessels set to begin service.
DCP Sells Terminals to NGL
Delaware-based NGL Energy Partners and Colorado's DCP Midstream have executed a purchase and sale agreement under which DCP will convey to NGL its wholesale propane business, generally consisting of seven natural gas liquids terminals in the Eastern United States.Under the terms of the agreement, NGL will acquire 100% ownership of five propane rail terminals operated by Gas Supply Resources, a subsidiary of DCP, and 50% ownership interest in a sixth propane rail terminal.The agreement also includes an import/export terminal located in Chesapeake…
Chesapeake Technology Opens East Coast Office
Chesapeake Technology Inc. hired GM Harold Orlinsky and opened an office on the East Coast. The office is located at 396 South Main Street, Cheshire CT 06410. This new base of operations will make it easier to visit key suppliers and customers and to provide sales coverage in more time zones.Orlinsky will be attending trade shows including US Hydro and Ocean Business 2019, and visiting resellers worldwide.Chesapeake Technology, Inc. is a privately held company based in Mountain View CA. SonarWiz software is used by hundreds of clients worldwide.
Major Hull Section for American Harmony Moved To Launchways
American Harmony’s lower bow section has moved from Fabrication Building #4 at Chesapeake Shipbuilding to the Assembly Launchways. The second new ship in American Cruise Lines five-ship, modern riverboat series is well on its way to completion.American Harmony, like American Song (which just made its inaugural sailing earlier this month), will be equipped with every technical advancement and offer the best in contemporary design including a magnificent five-story glass atrium.
New US Riverboat American Song Nearly Complete
American Cruise Lines' new vessel, American Song, the first modern riverboat in U.S. history, is nearly complete.This week, American Song, under its own power, moved from the East Outfitting Basin at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Md., to the yard’s outfitting bulkhead for the final outfitting touches.American Song is set to make its inaugural cruise October 6, 2018 on the Mississippi River from New Orleans. The vessel will cruise the Line’s Lower Mississippi River itineraries…
GLDD Wins $164 Million in Dredging Awards
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (Great Lakes), provider of both dredging services in the United States and environmental and infrastructure services, announced the receipt of a several dredging awards totaling $164 million. the Delaware River Deepening Variation Order (Capital, Delaware, $14.3 million). The scope of work for the four coastal protection projects includes sustenance of beachfronts with sand excavated from off-shore borrow which is then used to rebuild dunes and restore the shorelines eroded by winter storms.
Montgomery Named CEO of Ports America
New Jersey-headquartered marine terminal operator and stevedore Ports America Group, Inc. has appointed Mark Montgomery as president and CEO. He replaces former president and CEO, Michael Hassing.Montgomery was previously president and CEO of Ports America Chesapeake (PAC) from 2010 to 2014, and currently serves as a senior advisor and operating partner to the Infrastructure Investing strategy of Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. (Oaktree), where he brings more than 30 years of…
American Constitution Completes Inaugural Cruise
American Cruise Lines has announced that its brand new 175-passenger cruise ship, American Constitution, completed its inaugural sailing on Chesapeake Bay.The cruise departed from Baltimore on April 18 for an 11-day, 10-night American Revolution itinerary. “American Constitution has been exceptionally well received and all the spring 2018 American Revolution cruises are already sold out,” a company official said.During the inaugural sailing last week, American Constitution docked inside the District of Columbia at The Wharf…
US LNG Exports to Increase: EIA
U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)'s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook projects that the United States will export more natural gas than it imports in 2017. The U.S. has been a net exporter for three of the past four months and is expected to continue to export more natural gas than it imports for the rest of 2017 and throughout 2018. The nation’ status as a net exporter is expected to continue past 2018 because of growing U.S. natural gas exports to Mexico, declining pipeline imports from Canada, and increasing exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG). The U.S.
Port of Virginia to Close Ahead of Winter Storm
The U.S. Coast Guard said the Port of Virginia will close Friday at midnight in anticipation of Winter Storm Helena, which is expected to bring snow and wind which will likely create particularly hazardous conditions, including zero visibility onshore and on the water. Commercial vessels will be prohibited from entering and departing the Chesapeake Bay. Additionally, movement within the Port of Virginia will be closed to vessel traffic 5,000 gross tons or greater unless permission is granted by the Captain of the Port. “There is a real danger to all vessels on the water,” said Capt. Kevin M.
Video: US Navy Tests Autonomous Swarmboats
The U.S. Navy is examining new possibilities for autonomy in future naval missions, putting autonomous unmanned vessels to the test in a recent demonstration in the lower Chesapeake Bay. Officials from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), together with partners from industry, academia and other government organizations, leveraged a combination of high-tech software, radar and other sensors to get a “swarm” of rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) and other small vessels – “swarmboats” – to collectively perform autonomous patrol missions with only remote human supervision.
New Operator Takes over Baltimore's Seagirt Container Facility
In an agreement reached earlier this year between Ports America Chesapeake and CSX Intermodal Terminals, Inc. (CSXIT), the operational responsibility for CSXIT services at Seagirt Container Transfer Facility was transferred to Ports America Chesapeake in the Port of Baltimore. Accordingly, Ports America Chesapeake will commence these operations on October 31, effectively replacing CSXIT as the lessee and operator of the facility. This transition is designed to immediately enhance…
CBMM Welcomes New Shipwright, Apprentices for Edna Lockwood Restoration
The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has recently welcomed Michael Rogers of Trappe, Md. as a shipwright, along with three professional shipwright apprentices to work on the 2016-2018 log-hull restoration of the historic 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood. Joining Rogers on the project are apprentices Spencer Sherwood of Newport Beach, Ca., Lauren Gaunt of Pleasant Ridge, Mi., and Michael Allen of Barrington, R.I. The two-year restoration project is being managed by CBMM Boatyard Manager Michael Gorman and Shipwright J.
US Boatbuilding: Exports Buoy Bottom Lines
Market conditions dampen some future prospects, but domestic yards have proven that they can compete overseas, and will do so again when the time is right. These are ‘interesting’ times for U.S. shipbuilders. The tail end of one of the biggest boom cycles seen in the last 50 years also finds some builders at the pointy end of once-fat backorder books and searching for new sources of business. This point in the cycle, however, also provides ample proof that U.S. yards can do more than produce expensive blue water Jones Act hulls for the domestic markets.
Volvo Penta Fosters Next Generation of Technical Talent
High school and college-aged vocational students gathered in Louisville, Ky., last month to demonstrate their technical skills and knowledge at the SkillsUSA National Championships – and Chesapeake-based Volvo Penta was there to support them in their journey. A highlight of the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, the Championships attract more than 6,000 career and technical education students who compete in hands-on contests in 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields. Contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations.
MARAD Grants $4.9 Million for US Shipyards
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) today awarded $4.9 million in grants to support capital improvements at nine small shipyards located throughout the United States. Provided through the Small Shipyard Grant Program, the funding supports industrial modernizations that increase productivity, allowing our Nation’s small shipyards to compete more effectively in the global marketplace. “Small shipyard grants do more than just improve shipyard infrastructure and equipment or add to the bottom line,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
Jo-Kell Opens San Diego Sales Office
Jo-Kell, Inc., an electrical distribution, engineering and solutions provider servicing the military, commercial marine and industrial marketplaces, is expanding its ability to serve customers on the U.S. West Coast with the opening of a sales office in, the company announced today. Pioneering the company’s California presence is Pedram Pebdani, a sales and engineering professional with extensive experience in the industry and the region. Pebdani holds degrees in Civil Engineering from Azad University and Software Engineering from San Diego State University.
Struggling U.S. O&G Companies Eye Rare Financing Deals
Some cash-strapped U.S. oil and gas companies are considering creating an unusual layer of debt as a way of surviving the rout in oil and gas prices, according to restructuring advisors. Chesapeake Energy Corp for example is considering the strategy to swap some of its roughly $9 billion debt. Severely distressed companies may issue so-called 1.5 lien debt, sandwiched between the first and second liens, to raise new capital. Investors with a stomach for risk would get a better yield than for the top debt, and have a stronger claim than junior creditors if the company filed for bankruptcy.
Herbert Joins Phoenix International
Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. hired Jack Herbert as its Commercial Operations Sales Manager in the Largo, MD office. His responsibilities include executing Phoenix commercial (AUV, ROV, and Engineering) sales objectives, increasing market share, and leading an aggressive commercial marketing and sales program. Prior to joining Phoenix, Herbert worked as a Business Development Manager for Marine Sonic Technology Ltd., Reson Inc., and IxBlue. Clients included AUV builders, Hydrographic Survey Companies, the U.S. Navy, U.S.
PVA Elects 2016 Leadership
During the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2016 held January 23-26 in Crystal City, Va., members of the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) elected Margo Marks of Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Island, Mich. as PVA President for 2016. Margo Marks is President/General Manager of Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Island, Mich. The company has provided passenger service, vehicle service and freight service between Beaver Island and Charlevoix, Mich. since 1984. The first ferry service to the island began in 1890.
Crowley Awards Scholarship to GLMA Cadet
Great Lakes Maritime Academy (GLMA) Cadet Michael Atwell was awarded Crowley Maritime Corporation’s a Thomas B. Crowley, Sr. Memorial Scholarship. He earned the scholarship based on his strong academic record, leadership ability and financial need. Atwell, a senior at GLMA, is in the deck officer program and working to earn an unlimited third mate’s license with first class pilotage. He recently received his USCG Masters 100T license and has captained several small passenger vessels in Chesapeake Bay, Va. A graduate of Broadneck Sr.
Chesapeake Hires New Director of Design and Engineering
Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp. said that Steven McGee, P.E. has joined the senior executive team as Director of Design and Engineering at Chesapeake Shipbuilding. With more than 20 years of engineering and maritime experience, McGee will oversee vessel design from preliminary conceptual design to complete Coast Guard and regulatory approvals. Chesapeake Shipbuilding currently has on staff five naval architects and 2 engineers. “McGee’s experience in various positions with the U.S.
Ports America Refocuses, Oakland Lease Goes
Ports America, the largest stevedore and terminal operating company in the United States, is refocusing its business strategies on the West Coast through additional investments and expansion of services into new terminals. Areas of concentration include Los Angeles, Long Beach, the Pacific Northwest and western Canada. These regions have been identified as most suited to its realignment goals. Ports America’s long-standing joint venture partnership at West Basin Container Terminal…
Newport News Shipbuilding Rings in 130 Years
Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division kicked off its 130th anniversary celebration January 28. Newport News, the sole designer, builder and refueler of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and one of two providers of U.S. Navy submarines, will celebrate the anniversary throughout 2016 with commemorative videos and employee publications. More than 100 local businesses, museums, schools and civic leaders provided congratulatory video messages that will be released each week throughout the year.