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Industry, Coast Guard hold Polar Code workshop


On Aug. 14, the U.S. Coast Guard held a public meeting in Seattle to update the commercial marine industry on the development of a mandatory international code for ships operating in polar waters, both Arctic and Antarctic, and to take comments.   Continued »

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Feds to fight against Massachusetts tank vessel laws


The American Waterways Operators (AWO), other marine groups and the U.S. Justice Department want to reopen cases challenging the constitutionality of Massachusetts tank vessel laws enacted after a 2003 oil spill in Buzzards Bay.   Continued »


NMC cuts credential inventory in half


The Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center (NMC) has cut its inventory of credential applications in half in the past few months.   Continued »

The key feature of the Unalaq is the 27'x24' landing ramp, the end of which isn’t decked to reduce weight, prevent sand accumulation and allow officers on the bridge to see through it while operating with the ramp up.

Bowhead Transport gets 150' landing craft from Nichols


In August, a large group of Alaska natives from Barrow, Alaska, congregated in Seattle to christen their newest vessel, the Unalaq, a 150'×50'×8' landing craft with a loadline draft of 5'6".      Continued »

The Harvey Stone, a 212'x59' multipurpose field support vessel with a hybrid power system, is being built by Eastern Shipbuilding Group.

Eastern to build hybrid power multipurpose OSV for Harvey Gulf


Panama City, Fla.-based Eastern Shipbuilding Group has signed a contract with Harvey Gulf International Marine to build a new 212'7"×59'1"×25'7" Rampage 6400 multipurpose field support vessel (MPFSV). The Harvey Stone will be the 14th offshore service vessel Eastern has built for New Orleans-based Harvey Gulf over the past 13 years.   Continued »

Speed and handling for a new Massachusetts patrol boat is enhanced by Volvo Penta IPS propulsion. The docking joystick can move the boat in any direction with one hand.

Patrol boat features new Volvo IPS propulsion


In July, MetalCraft Marine delivered a new aluminum 50'8"×15'10" patrol boat, the Thomas Paine, to the Massachusetts Environmental Police for coastal fisheries enforcement. The boat’s design is based on the Sentry patrol boats, which are a joint venture between Kingston, Ontario-based MetalCraft and Brunswick Commercial and Government Products, Edgewater, Fla.,   Continued »

LNG transport barge will feature four pressure tanks, each sized at 750 cu. meters.



October 2014 BOATBUILDING BITTS   Continued »

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Vice President Biden champions maritime at Port of Virginia


Vice President Joe Biden joined U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D. Va., U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim, Virginia Port Authority CEO/Executive Director John Reinhart and Paul "Chip" Jaenichen at the Port of Virginia in Norfolk on Wednesday. They were there to highlight the port’s role as an economic engine for the region and its continued development of facilities and services in anticipation of the need to move greater freight volumes.   Continued »


FERC authorizes construction of Cove Point LNG export project


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) yesterday authorized Dominion Cove Point LNG to build the Cove Point Liquefaction Project in Calvert County, Md, and related facilities at an existing compressor station and at metering and regulating sites in Virginia.   Continued »


Louisiana LNG Energy applies for authorization to export LNG


The Department of Energy has received an application from Louisiana LNG Energy to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from a proposed LNG liquefaction plant to be located near mile marker 46 on the Lower Mississippi River.   Continued »

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