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Panama Vessel Hijacked Near Aden

Reports have been received by EU NAVFOR that the MV Iceberg 1 has been hijacked 10 nautical miles off the port of Aden, Yemen, outside the International Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC). The Iceberg 1 is a Panama Flagged, Roll on Roll Off vessel with deadweight of 4500 tonnes.

Korea Dethrones China in Newbuild Orders

According to a March 30 report from The Cholsun Ilbo, Korea regained its top spot in the global shipbuilding industry, beating out China in terms of new orders in the January to February period. London-based

Gunter Named VP, Horizon Shipbuilding

Ron Gunter has been promoted to Vice President of Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Ala. Gunter will serve as the principal assistant to the president for production and operations, bringing over 30 years' experience in nearly all areas of the shipbuilding industry including planning,

Chesapeake Shipbuilding Launches Tugboat

Chesapeake Shipbuilding has launched the brand new tugboat Quantico Creek. The Quantico Creek is the fourth of six tugboats that Chesapeake is building for Vane Brothers of Baltimore, Md. The launching

Seychelles Hostage Rescue

The afternoon, March 29, the EU NAVFOR Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) from the Seychelles supported the Seychelles Coast Guard vessel Topaz to locate and apprehend a hijacked ship. Robust action from the Topaz ensured the release of 27 hostages: nine pirates have been captured.

Malta Welcomes New Patrol Boat Fleet

Austal has completed its first European defense contract following the commissioning of four 69.5-ft inshore patrol craft for the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM). The aluminum vessels have a maximum speed

EMD China Type Approval

Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. has received China Classification Society Certificate of Approval for its 710 GC family of Marine Diesel Engines.  This most recent certification is in addition to American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Bureau Veritas (BV), Lloyds Register (LR).

Star Bulk Capesize Newbuilding Contract

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (NASDAQ: SBLK) announced that it has signed a contract with ship builder Hanjin to build a Capesize vessel of 180,000 deadweight tons, at a price of $53.5m with expected delivery in September 2011.

STX Europe to Build Special Purpose Vessels

STX Europe has, through its wholly owned subsidiary STX Norway Offshore AS, signed contracts for building of three special purpose vessels for a new foreign client. The vessels will be delivered in Q4 2011, Q2 2012 and Q3 2012.

NOIA Applauds Virginia Offshore Energy Bill

The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) applauds the continued bi-partisan support from Virginia leaders of energy exploration, development, and production offshore the Commonwealth. A bill to require Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to conduct a Lease Sale off Virginia,

Barfield, Rowell Win Offshore Leadership Awards

U.S. Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service has announced its 2010 recipients of the Offshore Leadership Award (OLA). Gene Barfield, CSP and Garrel Rowell of Danos & Curole have been recognized for their excellent dedication in developing and implementing the Subpart O workshop.

Fourth Joint High Speed Vessel Named

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus joined Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to announce that the name of the Department of the Navy's fourth Joint High Speed Vessel will be USNS Fall River (JHSV 4), during a brief ceremony at Heritage State Park on the Fall River waterfront.