First Heavy Lift Ships Built In U.S.

The first heavy lift ships ever built in a U.S. shipyard, the John Henry and the Paul Bunyan, were christened recently at the shipyard of Peterson Builders, Inc. in Sturgeon Bay, Wis. They are owned by American Heavy Lift Shipping Company (AHL),


Lerchbacker Puts Austal USA on the Fast Track

When Austal Ltd. of Henderson, Western Australia, started looking last year for a CEO to lead its U.S.-based operations, the job description must have been daunting. They wanted a leader to take the helm of their newly built shipyard in Mobile, Ala.

Midland Enterprises Expands With The Times

Since planting its roots in 1925 as a small coal delivery business known as the Ohio River Company (ORCO), Midland Enterprises has evolved from one chartered boat and four barges to more than 85 boats and 2,400 barges moving the entire eastern inland waterways system.

Halter Completes Diesel Electric Supply Boat Contract For Acadian

The recent delivery of the Acadian Commander (shown right) and Acadian Explorer by Halter Marine, Inc., New Orleans, La., marked the completion of a six vessel contract with Acadian Marine Service, Inc. for the world's first diesel electric SCR tug/supply vessels.

Propeller Club Announces Students Essay Contest

The Propeller Club of the United States has announced its 43rd Harold Harding Annual Maritime Essay Contest for High School Students, and its Second National Maritime Essay Contest for College Students. Capt. Robert E. Hart, president of The Propeller Club Port of New York,

Sause Bros. Building 2,500-Ton Drydock For Pacific Marine

Unitek, a locally owned Honolulu, Hawaii, firm and Sause Bros., an Oregon transportation and shipyard company, announced recently that they are constructing a $2-million floating steel drydock for ship repair to be based in Honolulu. The 200-foot

Gulf Fleet To Provide Five Vessels For India's Offshore Operations

Richard M. Currence, president of Gulf Fleet Marine Corporation, New Orleans, has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Gulf Fleet Marine Operations, Inc., has been awarded a multi-vessel, oneyear contract by The Oil & Natural Gas Commission, the national energy company of India.

MMS Forms Subsidiary To Serve Clients In United Kingdom/Europe

Marine Management Systems, Inc. (MMS) recently announced the formation of an overseas subsidiary, Marine Management Systems (U.K.), Ltd., to provide technical support for its clientele in the United Kingdom and on the Continent. H e a d q u a r t e r e d in Stamford, Conn.

Study Finds No Causal Link Between Crew Size And Maritime Safety

A two-year study of the effect of crew sizes on maritime safety, recently completed by the Marine Board of the National Research Council, was unable to identify a causal link between manning levels and safety. The study was commissioned by the U.

Delta Announces Three Appointments

Three key appointments have been made at Delta Steamship Lines, a subsidiary of Crowley Maritime Corporation, according to a recent announcement by Richard F. Andino, Crowley senior vice president and general manager of its Latin American Division, New York.

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