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WSDOT Ferries Supplements Bremerton Route

WSDOT Ferries Division (WSF) is adding two 149-passenger foot ferries to the one auto ferry service between Seattle and Bremerton for the Monday afternoon commute and until further notice. WSF is contracting with private operator Victoria Express to provide this service.

Graig Group moves into Singapore

Cardiff-based Graig Ship Management has established a new company in Singapore. Graig Services (Singapore) Pte Ltd will provide ship management, crewing and other services across Asia. Geoff Hutcheon has been appointed General Manager.

Ships Benefit from Intelligent Sensors

Tank gauging systems specialist PSM’s new iCT level pressure and temperature sensors are suitable for all ship sizes and types. The requirement for increasing amounts of reliable data on board has driven up demand for sensors.

Proposed Jones Act Changes Impacting Seafarers

The impact of proposed changes to the Jones Act and the use of foreign flagged vessels in the US offshore sector is already being felt by seafarers according to international shipping recruitment agency Faststream, with companies rushing to replace their non-US crews.

Burger, Awlgrip Create Composite Material

Burger Boat Company has just launched the SYCARA IV, a motor yacht in the tradition of J. P. Morgan’s Corsair. The engineers at Burger were challenged to create a composite mast and bow sprit, but wished to maintain the look and feel of wood in keeping with the style of the boat.

Belfrage European Sales Manager, Shakespeare

The Shakespeare Electronic Products Group, provider of marine antennas, has appointed Richard Belfrage to the position of European Sales Manager. (www.shakespeare-marine.com)

Ellicott Dredges Federal Expansion Grant

The U.S. Department of Transportation (Maritime Administration) has announced that Ellicott Dredges, LLC of Baltimore, Md. has won a grant for $1.75m to help finance capacity expansion for manufacturing dredgers.

Rawson VP Operations, Deep Blue Marine

Deep Blue Marine Inc. announced that the company has appointed William Rawson formally of Key West Florida as VP of Operations. Rawson has worked for the company since 2006 as the captain of the recovery vessel Cap N Tracy.

Boatswain’s Locker Distributes Teleflex/Sierra

Boatswain’s Locker announced that they are now the Master Plus Distributor for Teleflex Marine/Sierra products. This level of distributorship means that Boatswain's Locker will be able to provide an extensive inventory of products including Teleflex Marine,

USNS Wally Schirra to Military Sealift Command

Military Sealift Command accepted delivery of dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Wally Schirra in San Diego recently. The ship was built by General Dynamics NASSCO. Schirra, named in honor of astronaut Walter "Wally" Schirra,

This Day in Naval History – September 2

1918 - Navy ships and crews assist earthquake victims of Yokohama and Tokyo, Japan 1940 - Destroyer-for-Bases agreement between U.S. and United Kingdom 1944 - USS Finback (SS-230) rescues Lieutenant (jg) George Bush,

Ashland Sells Drew Marine

Ashland Inc. (NYSE:ASH) completed the sale of its global marine services business, known for many years as Drew Marine, to J. F. Lehman & Co. for approximately $120m before tax. Ashland will use the net proceeds to reduce debt.