Ship fire contained at the Port of Anchorage

Ship fire contained at the Port of Anchorage

A fire aboard the Hong Kong-flagged tanker Atlantic Lily has been contained at the Port of Anchorage, located in Alaska’s largest city. The fire aboard the 600-foot ship started at about 2200 on Friday, Nov. 18, as the ship discharged a load of jet fuel at a fuel terminal. It was followed by a blast from the ship’s stack and…
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‘Midshipman X’, Maersk Line Ltd. reach settlement

‘Midshipman X’, Maersk Line Ltd. reach settlement

NEW YORK — The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) cadet who recounted her rape aboard an American ship under the pseudonym "Midshipman X" has reached a settlement with Maersk Line, Limited (MLL). Attorneys representing Hope Hicks, who used the name "Midshipman X" in an online essay published in fall 2021, announced Friday in a joint statement with MLL that the…
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Coast Guard heavy icebreaker sets sail for Antarctica

Coast Guard heavy icebreaker sets sail for Antarctica

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) and crew departed Seattle on Wednesday and is scheduled to transit to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze. Operation Deep Freeze is an annual joint military mission to resupply the United States Antarctic stations in support of the National Science Foundation, the lead agency for the United States Antarctic…
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Bollinger Shipyards will acquire VT Halter Marine

Bollinger Shipyards will acquire VT Halter Marine

LOCKPORT, La. — Bollinger Shipyards, the largest privately-owned and operated shipbuilder in the United States, announced Sunday that it has entered into an agreement to acquire VT Halter Marine and ST Engineering Halter Marine Offshore (STEHMO) from parent company ST Engineering North America. The transaction, which is expected to close later this year, will expand Bollinger’s new construction and repair…
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Shell signs agreement to acquire ECL business of PANOLIN

Shell signs agreement to acquire ECL business of PANOLIN

Wholly-owned subsidiaries of Shell have entered into agreements to acquire the Environmentally Considerate Lubricants (ECLs) business of the PANOLIN Group. The transaction includes the PANOLIN brand, ECL product formulations, intellectual property, technical expertise and technology, international customer base and portfolio of products – for hydraulics, gears, universal tractor transmission oils, biodegradable engine oils (HDEO), turbine oils, chainsaw oils and greases…
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Matson picks Philly Shipyard for $1B containership order

Matson picks Philly Shipyard for $1B containership order

HONOLULU — Matson Navigation Co. has contracted with Philly Shipyard to build three new Aloha-class containerships for an aggregate price of approximately $1 billion. The first vessel is expected to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2026 with subsequent deliveries in 2027. The new vessels will join two Aloha-class ships previously built for Matson by Philly Shipyard that entered…
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Bisso Towboat orders ASD tugboat from Main Iron Works

Bisso Towboat orders ASD tugboat from Main Iron Works

Luling, La. — Bisso Towboat Co., Inc. has signed an agreement with Main Iron Works, LLC, of Houma, La., to begin construction of a 5,000-hp ASD tractor tug. The new vessel will share the same hull form as the 6,008-hp Capt. Joseph Bisso that entered service in January 2022, albeit with less-powerful engines. The tug will feature two Caterpillar 3516E Tier 4…
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Captain accused of drugging, assaulting cadets surrenders license

Captain accused of drugging, assaulting cadets surrenders license

By Casey Conley The captain of an oceangoing ship accused of drugging two female cadets in his stateroom while underway in the Atlantic Ocean and then raping one of them has surrendered his license. John C. Merrone, 50, is accused of drugging the two female U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) cadets several years ago. Documents released by the U.S. Coast…
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Eastern Shipbuilding changes tactics in OPC contract challenge

Eastern Shipbuilding changes tactics in OPC contract challenge

Eastern Shipbuilding has withdrawn its formal protest of the U.S. Coast Guard’s offshore patrol cutter contract (OPC) award and has instead filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. In a statement, the Florida shipbuilder said it was forced to change tactics because the Coast Guard refused to participate in the protest process before the U.S. Government Accountability…
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NTSB finds SEACOR Power crew did not face pressure to sail

NTSB finds SEACOR Power crew did not face pressure to sail

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has found that crew aboard the liftboat SEACOR Power did not face pressure from the home office to get underway. Thirteen people died when the 233-foot SEACOR Power capsized on April 13, 2021 at about 1537 with 19 people on board during a severe storm that brought heavy rain and winds exceeding 80 mph.…
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