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Delta Towing Wins Out in Legal Tussle

LeBlanc Bland P.L.L.C. announces important Fifth Circuit Maritime Ruling: decision addresses enforceability of liquidated damages provision. An important Fifth Circuit decision in a dispute over the enforceability of a liquidated damages provision -- here,

Classification Society's Key Role in 'Viking Grace' Success

The world’s most environmentally friendly large passenger ship, 'Viking Grace', delivered by STX Finland, & maiden voyage tickets a sell-out. Apart from its unique green credentials, the vessel’s two

Frigstad Orders Ultra-deepwater Semi-submersibles

Subsidiaries of Frigstad Deepwater Ltd sign construction contracts for two ultra deepwater semi-submersible drilling units from CIMC Raffles in Yantai, China. The 7th generation drilling units are of the Frigstad D90™ design,

Canadian Radar Satellite Contract for MDA

MacDonald, Dettwiler & Associates Ltd. win Canadian Space Agency $706 million contract to build, launch & provide initial operations for the RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM). The RCM is designed for three main uses: maritime surveillance (ice,

Dock Landing Ship 'USS Tortuga' Leaves for Spring Deployment

The first Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) landing ship 'USS Tortuga' leaves homeport for deployment in the 7th Fleet's area of responsibility. The forward deployed Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46),

Austal Lanches First Cape-class Patrol Boat

Austal launch the first-in-a-series Cape Class Patrol Boat at the company's Henderson Shipyard in Western Australia. The vessel is the first of eight new boats being built by Austal for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service under a design,

'Boat Smart' White Paper Updated

Jeppesen and Alliance for Safe Navigation partners announce updated 'Boat Smart' white paper emphasizing importance of updated charts for navigation. Jeppesen and its Alliance for Safe Navigation (ASN) partners have released an updated version of the educational white paper 'Boat Smart,

Ten Seamen Saved from Sea off Somalia

EU Naval Force French Frigate 'Surcouf' rescues 10 from life-raft after their coastal cargo vessel sank 30 miles off the Somali coast. The master of the Indian flagged vessel had sent out a distress call after engine failure and the vessel began to  ship water.

Shell's 'Kulluk' Rig Accident: WWF Canada Urge Better Planning

A close call for the 'Kulluk': better planning needed before more oil and gas traffic in Arctic waters comments WWF Canada. The Kulluk, a conical, Arctic-class drill ship, was being towed from the

Piracy & Armed Robbery: Latest Report

In the past 7-days the following attacks were noted by the International Chamber of Commerce, Commercial Crimes Services. Balikpapan Anchorage, Indonesia Two robbers armed with long knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier via the anchor chain.

Panama Canal Expansion: Lock Valves Arrive

The Panama Canal Expansion Program passes a milestone with the arrival of first shipment of valves for the third set of locks. The valves were built in South Korea by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries.

US DoD Extends Austal Chartering Contract

The Dept of Defense exercise a 6-month option period for worldwide charter of a US-flagged passenger/cargo ferry. The vessel will support the Marine Corps, Third Marine Expeditionary Force, and will operate out of Okinawa, Japan.