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Situation in Umm Qasr
Not yet clear for commercial operations

Float out in Philadelphia
Milestone for Kvaerner Philadelphia

Cunard to have a third Queen
Fincantieri newbuilding to be named Queen Victoria

Deception in Iraqi waters
Things aren't always what they seem

Virginia cuts yards a break on TBT
According to a story in the Virginian Pilot today, six major shipyards in Hampton Roads have received new state permits for "discharging a highly toxic pesticide known as TBT into local waterways,

EU moves ahead on tanker restrictions
Transportation ministers endorse commission proposals

Terror threat to Gulf shipping
MARLO is warning that Iraq paramilitary forces could use terrorist techniques against Coalition vessels

Pacificats sell for $13 million
Cost BC taxpayers over $300 million

Luther Blount to return to shipbuilding?
Blount-Barker LLC files for receivership

$6.4 million contract for Norshipco
Docking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA) on the USS LABOON (DDG-58)

USAID awards Umm Qasr contract
$4.8 million award to Seattle-based SSA

Brits seize Iraqi anti-ship missiles
In hidden bunker near Basra

USCG detains ship with two Iraqui crew members
Held in Delaware Bay

Senate would add $2 billion to port security funding
Voice vote approves budget change

NASSCO lays tanker keel
Erects first structural block of BP tanker

QM2 is floated out
Cunard Line's new Queen Mary 2, the largest liner ever, entered the water for the first time today as it was floated from the building dock to a finishing basin

Navy seeks fleeing Iraqi leaders, clears Iraqi waterways
The U..S. Navy Maritime Advisory Liaison Office in Bahrain today issued advisories warning that

  • the Navy is looking for Iraqi leaders attempting to flee by sea
  • Coalition forces are clearing Iraqi waterways and merchant vessels should depart them

War jitters hit Carnival bookings
"Our first quarter 2003 results were impacted by concerns about a war with Iraq, an uncertain worldwide economy and historically high fuel costs," says Carnival Corporation Chairman and CEO Micky Arison

Incat finds buyer for hull 058
Incat Australia says it has sold its 98 m catamaran, hull 058, to "a well established European customer."

IMO a no show at Brussels Prestige hearing
At the end of the European parliament's Prestige hearing, Rapporteur Dirk Sterckx (ELDR, B) strongly criticized IMO for not participating , though invited.

Navy caution to Arab Gulf shipping
Carrying contraband to Iraq or laying mines will make vessels subject to detention, seizure and destruction.

IMO urges early implementation of security measures
No delays in July 1, 2004 implementation date

Spain under fire at Prestige hearing
Strong criticism of decision to deny refuge to stricken tanker.

Latest Gulf lease sale results are "impressive"
The quest for "deep gas" dominated bidding at the latest MMS offshore lease sale.

EC approves German shipbuilding subsidy scheme
German yards that face Koream competition may get a 6% subsidy

Keppel Shipyard wins major conversion projects
Keppel Shipyard has won another FPSO conversion contract from SBM and is to upgrade a dredge for Belgium's Jan de Nul

U.S. ups maritime security measures
Strong maritime element in Operation Liberty Shield

IMO at risk of marginalization
IMO needs more powers, says Clay Maitland

Barge giant cuts earnings guidance
Kirby hit by fuel costs, waether and navigational delays

Navy warns on mines, oil releases
The U.S. Navy's Maritime Liaison Office (MARLO) in Bahrain last week issued advisories, on the subject of mines and intentional oil releases into Iraqi waters

Powerful tugs from Chinese yard
China's Zhuhai Shipbuilding Industry is currently completing a pair of powerful tugs for Hong Kong's Big Fair Industrial Limited

New Zealand detains P& O Cruise ship
Passengers report "sloshing water"

Austal wants changes in MES rules
Cutting the accident risk of unnecessary deployments

Kvichak delivers pilot boat
New vessel for sabine Pilots Service

Bollinger delivers OPA '90 barge to K-Sea
Second of four under contract for Staten Island based operator

Gray joins Seabulk Offshore
Tidewater veteran becomes Senior VP-International

MARAD to help fund states to use ships as artificial reefs
Congress makes funding available

MAN B&W success with NOX reduction
The nitrogen oxide (NOX) emission reduction technology based on fuel water emulsion injection (FWE), developed by MAN B&W Diesel, has proved a success in series operation.

Keppel Offshore & Marine units win S$95 million in contracts
Business units of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Corporation Limited, have secured S$95 million (US $54.7million) worth of contracts.

Ron J. McAlear starts new job
President of Atlantic Marine, Mobile

Senators seek more Port Security funding
Threat of dirty bomb is growing

Austal books car ferry order
First for Australian domestic market

Keppel FELS and ENSCO in jackup deal
Joint venture to build enhanced KFELS MOD V (B)

Honor for Kurz
To receive prestigious Golden Compass from Seafarers' House

Monterey dumps cruise ship
Legal discharge in marine sanctuary broke agreement with City of Monterey

ABS releases Prestige report
Was lightering damage a factor?

$8.6 million job for Detyens
ship repair overhaul and drydock of USNS Supply

IMO and EC in post-Prestige accord
EC will take its proposals for accelerated single hull phase out to IMO for fast track action

EC seeks to criminalize marine pollution
Could mean jail time for owners, charterers, classification society employeers

Four team for LCS
Lockheed Martin, Gibbs & Cox, Bollinger Shipyards and Marinette Marine today announced a teaming effort to capture the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship program