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TEN, China Class Sign Agreement

Tsakos Energy Navigation signed a cooperation agreement with China Classification Society (CCS) to jointly develop shipping and energy related projects in China. CCS was established in 1956, is one of

Deal Signed for LNG-Powered Cruise Ferry

STX Finland Oy and Viking Line ABP have signed a preliminary agreement for the construction of a new generation cruise ferry for Viking Line. The agreement includes an option for a sister ship. The ship price will be about 240 million Euros,

USN Demonstrates Alternative Fuels for Shipboard Use

The U.S. Navy conducted a full power demonstration of a Riverine Command Boat (experimental) (RCB-X) powered by alternative fuel, Oct. 22, at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. Testing and evaluation of alternative fuels from the 49-ft.

ABS NS Strengthens Management Team

ABS Nautical Systems has added four senior executives to lead the firm’s growth globally and to better serve its customers. Thomas Blenk has been appointed Vice President of Global Operations for ABS Nautical Systems based in Houston.

Dryships Signs Another Drilling Contract

    DryShips Inc. announced today that its fully-owned subsidiary Ocean Rig UDW Inc has signed definitive documentation following the previously announced Letter of Award. The contracts were signed

One for the Record Books

 The cruise ship AIDAbella broke a Guinness World Record and is now the largest cruise ship ever to pull a water-skier. The world record was set in early October off the Spanish coast in the Bay of Alicante.

S. Korea: Ban on Single Hull Tankers in 2011

South Korea will ban, according to a Yonhap report, all single-hull tanker operations starting in 2011. The news agency reported that the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs said that all locally registered single-hull tankers with a deadweight tonnage of 5,

Otto Marine Settles Contract Dispute

A year after a shipbuilding contract dispute emerged between Otto Marine unit Otto Offshore and GC Rieber Shipping ASA, a settlement has been reached. Otto Marine announced that it has entered into a 'mutually beneficial global settlement' with GC Rieber,

New Leader for Vinashin

According to an AFP report, Vietnam has named a new chairman to take over Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Group (Vinashin), after the last head was arrested for driving the company into massive debt. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung reportedly appointed Nguyen Ngoc Su,

Evaluating & Implementing Effective Anti-Piracy Technology & Technique

There is a new focus on technological solutions for ship self-defense against pirate attacks.  Although some systems have been around a bit longer, the surge in new products is attributable largely to the dramatic increase in attacks on ships by Somali pirates over the last few years,

In Defense of Environmental Regulations

While it may be an unpopular opinion, I support marine environmental regulation – so long as it is sensible, fair, well-researched, and structured so as to result in minimal unintended consequences.  Knee-jerk regulation, on the other hand, is invariably counterproductive.

Five Minutes with Dave Growden, JHSV Program Manager, Austal USA

Please provide a brief professional history of yourself? I have more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of the planning and production of a wide variety of aluminum high speed vessels ranging in length from 26m to 107m.