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ABS sues Spain
ABS has instituted legal action against the Government of Spain. The classification society is seeking recovery for any claims made against it for damages arising from the Prestige casualty.

S/S Norway towed from Miami
Repair yard not yet named

Canada's largest shipyard closes
End of road for Saint John Shipbuilding

Bollinger delivers Bouchard ATB
Tenth OPA barge in Bouchard fleet

Austal USA wins vehicle/passenger ferry contract
Austal USA has secured its largest order to date for the construction of a 58 metre vehicle-passenger ferry

Round Table calls for action on Places of Refuge
July 1, 2003 EU deadline is approaching

Stolt Nielsen executive faces antitrust charges
Price fixing and bid rigging alleged

Costs of Kvaerner Philadelphia box ship mount
Costs of the first containership from Kvaerner Philadelphia will be about $28 million higher than reported--and delivery has been pushed back by a month

Kvichak partners Manitowoc on RB-M bid
Manitowoc's entry in the Response Boat Medium stakes will be built by Kvichak Marine Industries

Shipyard for Olympia?
Would-be containership operator Santa Maria has plans for a shipyard in Olympia, Washington

Austal to build world's largest multihull
126.7 m, 40 knot ferry for Fred Olsen

Conrad Industries gets into aluminum work
Expansion in Amelia

ILO adopts seafarer ID convention
A new Convention on Seafarers' Identity Documents establishes a more rigorous identity regime for seafarers

Kvichak delivers Griffon hovercraft
Kvichak Marine Industries of Seattle, WA, together with Griffon Hovercraft, recently delivered a Griffon 2000TD hovercraft to Crowley Marine Services Inc.

Yantai-Raffles wins jack-up order
China's Yantai-Raffles Shipyard has completed the negotiations for the construction of a new generation of self-propelled jack-up.

Keppel Singmarine gets orders
Keppel Singmarine (KSM), the specialized shipbuilding division of Keppel Offshore & Marine, will build two Anchor Handling Tug/ Supply (AHTS) vessels for CH Offshore Ltd, and two harbor tugs for Maju Maritime Pte Ltd.

IMO elects new Secretary General
Efthimios Mitropoulos of Greece will succeed William O'Neil

AAPA calls for more maritime security funding

Royal Caribbean and Kvaerner Masa plan "Ultra Voyager"
The cruise ship newbuilding market could come back to life with an order for two 3,600 passenger vessels

AAPA calls for more maritime security funding
Recent DHS port security grants are "most welcome," but the American Association of Port Authorities says more help is needed

Ridge announces port security initiatives
Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge has announced new port security initiatives and investments to provide increased international cooperation, greater use of technology, and additional funds for port security facility enhancements.

Senators oppose raid on Waterways fund
Twenty-three Senators have written OMB expressing opposition to a Bush budget proposal to tap into the Inland Waterways Trust Fund

South Korea plans WTO counter suit
South Korea is set to file a WTO counter suit in response to the EU request for a panel to investigate alleged shipbuilding subsidies offered by the Korean government.

World Bank unit backs Brazil PSV venture
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector financing arm of the World Bank Group, is to provide up to $70 million to UP Offshore, a start-up shipping group with subsidiaries incorporated in Brazil and Panama.

Asbestos slows NTSB Norway probe
The NTSB has released more details of its investigation into the S.S. Norway boiler room accident

EC takes another step in shipbuilding row
Formally requests WTO panel on Korean shipbuilding practices

Orders for Aker German yards
Three 2,478 TEU containerships for $115 million

Navatek launches Navy demonstrator
Lifting body technology could have ferry applications

Parsons gets master agreement for NGSS $400 million shipyard plan
Parsons has been awarded a master services agreement for a five-year, $400 million, facilities modernization and expansion program at three Northrop Grumman Ship Systems sites

Austal wins Yemen patrol boat contract
Australia's Austal Ships has won a contract to supply a fleet of patrol boats to the Republic of Yemen, Ministry of Defense.

$96 million Caspian contract for Keppel FELS
Platform and living quarters for TPG500 platform

Stolt Offshore wins $112 million Angola contract
Installation of 100 km of pipeline

SEACOR orders river barges
Trinity Marine Products to build 150 to 230 units

Senate hearings on Title XI
The Senate Science Commerce and Transportation Committee held hearings into management problems concerning the Title XI maritime loan guarantee program

OPA response plan requirements to cover non-tank vessels?
A maritime update from Blank Rome says that the Administration's recently proposed Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2003 would among other things extend the reach of OPA 90 vessel response plan requirements to non-tank vessels

Verreault to convert Coast Guard ship to research vessel
Verreault Navigation Inc. has been awarded a Canadian $5,973,810 competitive contract to refit and drydock the former CCGS Sir John Franklin.

EU presses ahead with post-Prestige measures
INTERTANKO says that it now seems clear that the European Commission, the EU Member States, and the European Parliamentan have reached an agreement on the Post-Prestige accelerated phase-out of single hull tankers, the ban on single hull tankers carrying heavy fuel oil and the wider introduction of CAS.

Questions on effort to switch port security funds to aviation
Issue raised at Congressional hearing

DNV flying squads battle substandard ships
Dedicated "Flying Squads" with experienced surveyors are one element in a Five Point Plan established by classification society DNV to step up the efforts to remove substandard shipping.

Red ink at Stolt Offshore
Big losses from EPIC projects

USCG and Washington State ink pollution accord
Reducing duplication of efforts

PEMEX contracts for Diamond Offshore
$272 million revenues to be generated

SENESCO names new investor as CEO
Former Stanley-Bostitch President Gary C. Schuler has become an investor in shipbuilder SENESCO and has been named CEO

Seventh Norway death, more cancellations
NCL has announced that another crew member has died following the May 25 boiler room accident