Seacor Marine receives newest vessel, John Coghill

(HOUMA, LA -- November 12, 2007) Seacor Marine announced today that it received delivery of its newest vessel, M/V John Coghill. Named in honor of a retired Seacor Marine employee, John Coghill is a 265-ft. Anchor Handling Towing Supply vessel (AHTS) featuring an environmentally friendlier, lower emission diesel electric power plant and 10,750 total horsepower from four Caterpillar 3516 diesel…
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Coast Guard presents first Captain Domenic A. Calicchio Award

(PORTSMOUTH, VA -- November 7, 2007) The Coast Guard dedicate and presented its first Captain Domenic A. Calicchio Award at the Coast Guard Training Center, Yorktown, Va. The award will be presented to the Investigating Officer Course graduate who, as elected by fellow classmates, most exemplifies the personal and professional qualities exhibited by Calicchio. The Coast guard considers Calicchio’s  service…
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Small cruise ship runs aground in Virginia

(PORTSMOUTH, VA -- November 9, 2007) The Coast Guard and local authorities  removed passengers from the cruise ship Spirit of Nantucket that ran aground in the Intracoastal Waterway near the Pungo region of Virginia Beach, Va., Nov. 8.The Coast Guard was notified at approximately 6:16 a.m. today from the captain by phone. He indicated the ship was taking on water, and that he intentionally…
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Containership strikes San Francisco Bay Bridge

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- November 7, 2007) Cosco Busan, an 810-foot-long containership, hit the one of the supports of the Bay Bridge spanning San Francisco Bay on Nov. 7. The ship was outbound from Oakland and was navigating in heavy fog at 0830 when the accident occurred.The impact ripped a hole in the side of the ship, which spilled about…
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Tanker hits Ambrose Light tower

(NEW YORK, NY -- November 9, 2007) The U.S. Coast Guard is conducting an investigation to determine how a 799-foot tanker ship struck the Ambrose Light navigation aid at 2 a.m.on Nov. 3.   Ambrose Light is a 76-foot structure that sits about 12 miles southeast of Staten Island, N.Y., and watches over the main shipping lanes to New York…
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State hopes Nichols Bros. will reopen

(FREELAND, WA -- November 9, 2007) State officials have expressed hope that the closing of Nichols Bros. Boat Builders will be only temporary.The shipyard on Whidbey Island in Washington laid off its workers and closed its doors on Nov. 2. But according to a story by the Associated Press, state transportation officials still hope that Nichols Bros. will remain in…
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Retail container traffic continues below last year’s levels

(WASHINGTON, DC -- November 6, 2007) A monthly Port Tracker report released today reveals that traffic levels at the nation’s major retail container ports are dropping for the second month in a row as compared to last year’s levels. The report, released by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Global Insight, predicts that levels will continue either flat or below…
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Pacific Northwest boat builder closes it doors

(FREELAND, WA -- November 3, 2007) Nichols Bros. Boat Builders Inc., which has operated on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound since 1964, has laid off its workers and closed.   The family-owned shipyard employed about 250 people. The company’s financial problems were compounded by two lawsuits filed by customers who say Nichols Bros. failed to meet deadlines for delivery of…
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Dynamic positioning authority Jenssen receives Distinguished Achievement award

Nils Albert Jenssen (left) and Mr. Howard Shatto, the Conference Chairman (right), at the Marine Technology Society's Distinguished Achievement award ceremony. (HOUSTON, TX – October 30, 2007) The Marine Technology Society has honored Kongsberg Maritime veteran Nils Albert Jenssen with a Distinguished Achievement award for his services to dynamic positioning (DP). Jenssen, who is internationally recognized as one of the…
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Wärtsilä fuel cell prototype starts operation

Above and below, the Wärtsilä WFC20 alpha-prototype fuel cell (ESPOO, FINLAND -- October 24, 2007) The Wärtsilä Fuel Cell Program has reached a significant milestone in its development of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology. Yesterday, the first Wärtsilä WFC20 fuel cell, a 20 kWe alpha-prototype, was warmed up for the first time at the Wärtsilä Fuel Cell Laboratory in Espoo, Finland.…
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