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French financing for Rigdon PSV order
Groupe Bourbon is financing construction of a series of PSV's at Bender

France, Spain target ships for EEZ expulsion
Controls put in place on single hull ships over 15 years old carrying certain cargoes

IMO tackles tough issues
Maritime security, bulker safety and places of refuge high on MSC agenda

St Pé involved in FGO acquisition
Though he says it's premature to talk about it, former Ingalls president Jerry St Pé confirms he's associated with ACON Offshore's planned acquisition of the assets of Friede Goldman Offshore

Spain asks IMO Council for action
The 89th session of IMO's Council began in London yesterday--and there was an extra item on the agenda for the inaugural session.

Spain at fault for extent of Prestige spill?
Authorities refused vessel a place of refuge

EC plans sulfur limit on marine fuels
The European Commission is moving to limit sulfur and other emissisions from ships.

Aker Finnyards wins $155.5 million Baltic cruise ship order
Aker Finnyards and Birka Line have signed a contract for the building of a 1,800 passenger cruise vessel.

Senate passes homeland security legislation
Next question: Who will be Under Secretary for Border and Transportation Security?

Tanker Prestige breaks up, sinks
Despite the best efforts of salvors Smit International, the aging Bahamas-flag, Greek-owned tanker Prestige has broken up and has sunk.

Landmark maritime security legislation set for signature
The Maritime Security Act of 2002 (S. 1214) has been passed by both Houses of Congress. What's in it?

Bangladesh takes firm line on fire safety
If your vessel is headed for Bangladesh, be sure that it's in compliance with the latest SOLAS fire safety requirements

Newbuilding quality issues
High level meeting in Shanghai

Wärtsilä and Mitsubishi to develop new 500-600 mm bore diesel
Wärtsilä Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd have made a joint development agreement to design and develop a new low-speed marine diesel engine.

Conrad awarded Alaska ferry contract
Conrad Industries, Inc.has announced the award of a $9.5 million contract for the Alaska Marine Highway System.

VT Haltermarine wins $10.2 million 220 ft OSV order
VT Halter Marine, Inc. has disclosed its first newbuilding order since acquisition of the former Halter Marine by Singapore Technologies.

Navy moves ahead on focused-mission ship studies
Six companies are each being awarded a firm-fixed-price U.S. Navy contract worth $500,000 for the performance of focused-mission ship concept studies intended to explore a range of approaches in an overall effort to define future ship requirements.

Pacific Maritime offers seafarer upgrade courses
Pacific Maritime Institute (PMI), the West Coast affiliate of Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) has announced a training program for Able Seamen wishing to upgrade to Mate.

Bollinger/Incat busy on mine warfare cat
More details of versatile ship

World Customs Organization continues work against terror
Task force meets in Brussells

Maersk Line Limited seeks MSP status clarification
Plans to transfer 15 U.S. Ship Management vessels

European Parliament moves on ferry safety
Commission welcomes legislative action

Double Acting Tanker arrives in Baltic
Azipods aren't just for cruise ships!

Bender to build PSV for Mexico
Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Inc., is to build a a 202 ft x 54 ft x 19 ft Platform Supply Vessel, designed by Kvaerner Masa Marine, for Naviera Tamaulipas, SA of Tampico, Mexico

Aker Kvaerner yards profits decline
The shipbuilding business area of what is now the Aker Kvaerner group reported NOK 95 million (approx $13.3 million) in earnings before interest, tax and amoritization (EBITA) in the third quarter.

GL sets ambitious growth target
Classification society Germanischer Lloyd intends to have 45,000 gt in class by the end of 2005

How owners can take advantage of a downturn
A leading shipping accountant says a downturn gives shipowners an opportunity to get in shape

Chinese yard to build Airbus ship
A Chinese yard will build a special RO/RO needed to ferry aircraft components around Europe.

Milestone for superconductor motor
American Superconductor Corporation has completed the manufacture and testing of the rotor assembly for the world's first high temperature superconductor (HTS) ship propulsion motor.

Kirby completes Coastal deal
Kirby Corporation has completed of the purchase from Coastal Towing, Inc. of seven black oil tank barges and 13 inland towboats

Compulsory insurance for passengers
Compulsory insurance to cover passengers on ships will become international law under amendments to the Athens Convention, adopted at a diplomatic conference at IMO Headquarters in London.The conference also raised the convention's limits on liability.

USCG upgrades intelligence job
Admiral Thomas H. Collins, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, has appointed Frances Fargo-Townsend as the service's first Assistant Commandant for Intelligence.

LR issues draft guidelines for floating LNG plant
Lloyd's Register responds to growing interest in LNG FPSOs

Singapore strengthens maritime security
Singapore's Ministry of Defense is implementing a number of measures