MARCH 2004

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Tsakos enters LNG arena
Signs letter of intent with Huyundai Heavy Industries

Ports launch knowledge sharing initiative
Announced at AAPA Spring Conference

Van Dyck elected INTERTANKO Chairman
Succeeds Lars Carlsson

MITAGS honors WWII Merchant Marine veterans
Dinner dance planned

Philippines to reopen Superferry 14 probe following terror arrests
Arrested suspect claims he planted bomb

Bouchard agrees $10 million fine in Buzzard's Bay case
Clean Water Act and Migratory Bird Treaty Act violations alleged

Bay State Cruises orders cat
Incat Designs--Sydney vessel will be built at Gladding-Hearn

ILO moves on "biometric" for seafarer's ID
The International Labor Organization (ILO) last week adopted a new "biometric" identity verification system for some 1.2 million maritime workers

Ballast water treatment wins INTERTANKO challenge
Suffocates the little critters while cutting tank corrosion

Bow Mariner salvage ends
Eighteen seafarers still missing

General Maritime swoops on Soponata
Buying fleet , newbuildings and technical operations in $415 million deal

Perfect summer for Austal medium speed catamaran
Spirit of Kangaroo Island completes its first season

New IMO sewage regs on way
MEPC has busy agenda

Austal USA launches Lake Express
Largest vessel yet from Mobile facility

Why DOJ voids leniency
DOJ clarifies policy

Ports slammed for air pollution
New report by NRDC and the Coalition for Clean Air

DOJ voids Stolt Nielsen leniency deal
Company will "vigorously challenge" decision

Pilots opt for water jets
New boat under construction at Gladding-Hearn

Signal International to upgrade jack-up
Will reopen dormant Pascagoula West Yard

Corps of Engineers to issue towboat IFB
Plans 144 ft, 3,350 hp vessel

Transocean sells two semis
Sedco 600 and Sedco 602 go to JCE Group

Deep gas draws big bids
The Minerals Management Service says Central Gulf Lease Sale 190 was the most successful in six years

Alstom to build second 153,000 m3 LNG
Gaz de France exercises option

Bollinger converts Bouchard tug and barge to ATB
Mets OPA 90 standards with double hull and Intercon system

Guilty plea in "magic pipe" case
Hoegh Fleet Services A/S in plea bargain

SS Norway to become hotel?
NCL's Veitch gives update on cruise line's plans

$110 million in maritime orders for ABB
Azipods and more ...

ABS names Wiernicki CTO
ABS has appointed Chris J. Wiernicki Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

Smit Internationale is subject of probe
Dutch Competition Authority and EC investigations under way

Ship's master can also be SSO
IMO panel recommendation

Wartsila common rail engines for Princess newbuilding
Specified for Fincantieri NB 6100

House hearing focus includes Port Security Grants
Bush Administration budget request is just $46 million

Teekay aquires Spanish LNG and oil tanker operatot Tapias
$810 million acquisition

$2 million state tax credit for Bay Ship
Will help yard add 600 jobs over three years

MSC places two ship order with Alstom
Two 3,000 passenger vessels plus option for third

Pod problems prompt ship shuffle
Celebrity switches itineraries to minimize impact of Infinity drydocking

U.S. salvors seek passage of stalled regs
Needed to create improved response capability

Asian naval spending set to soar
Predicted to double by 2009

Singapore maritime industry to keep growing
Manpower study finding

Union calls for rethink on crew numbers
Says new Ship Security Officer role being filled by "already overworked" officers

Union calls for rethink on crew numbers
Says new Ship Security Officer role being filled by "already overworked" officers

Bow Mariner survivors hire attorneys
to "assist them to find a way to provide a full statement to the Coast Guard"

Telenor gears up for SSAS
Expanding its Inmarsat C and Mini-C system at the Eik earth station

Lloyds Register signs broader agreement with Greece
First classification society to sign a new, broader, agreement on delegation of statutory services

ABS to class first offshore LNG deepwater port buoy
Gulf of Mexico project applies well-proven technology for gas transfer in marine environment

VT Halter Marine exiting Gulfport
Will concentrate operations in Moss Point and Pascagoula locations

Trinity yachts starts construction of Relentless
First yacht in advanced new series

NOAA releases Bow Mariner images
Sonar imagery of sunken tanker

Todd Grove named President, ABS Americas
Will succeed Kramek

Statoil and Aker Kvaerner swap CEO's
Revolving doors in Oslo

Water Taxi Captain "saddened"
NTSB starts investigation

Bow Mariner salvage focus: Recovery
Coast Guard rescue efforts praised

First Deepwater cutter delivered to Coast Guard
Ceremonies at Bollinger mark redelivery of Matagorda

Wrong move on Right Whale can be expensive
The Coast Guard has started enforcing a requirement that ships notify it before entering a Right Whale critical habitat.

SeaWave tracks Fairweather delivery voyage
SeaWave, LLC has installed the SeaWave Integrator 3.0 aboard the Alaska Marine Highway System's new high speed ferry

Ecuador orders patrol craft

Bollinger launches first in new OSV series
Latest "less is more" design

Ecuador orders patrol craft
FBM Babcock design vessels will be built in Spain

Terror suspects held U.S. merchant mariner credentials
Operation Drydock leads to arrests

United Defense completes Honolulu Shipyard acquisition
Hawaii Shipyards, Inc. formed

Congressional hearing on FY 2005 maritime budgets
Port security grants, USCG and FMC

Side scan sonar will check Bow Mariner
Coast Guard works with NOAA

Terror link in Philippine ferry disaster?
Suicide bomber claim by Abbu Sayaff is dismissed by Government

USCG opens formal inquiry into Lee III/Zim Mexico collision
OSV transported to Amelia, La

Salvors slam Spanish price tag on places of refuge
Decree demanding Euros 415.2 million guarantee is counterproductive

Graig to extend size range of ships built in Vietnam
The U.K., based Graig Group is to developing series production of a range of bulkers at Vinashin yards

Icebreaker maintenance work for Todd Pacific
USG's Polar Star and Polar Sea

U.S. and EU ink marine equipment agreement
Should cut out unnecessary testing

Question marks over Kvaerner Philadelphia
It won't be part of proposed new Aker Yards

Tank cleaning suspect in chemical tanker explosion
Vessel carried MTBE prior to ethanol cargo

Ethanol tanker explodes
Coast Guard searches for misxsing crewmembers

Diamond Princess delivered
First large cruise ship from Japan in a decade

New job for O'Neil
Former IMO Secretary General to be president of Videotel Marine International