Hong Kong flag ship suspected of breaking North Korea sanctions; Crowley Maritime makes management changes

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Hong Kong flag ship suspected of breaking North Korea sanctions
December 29, 2017 — A Hong Kong registered vessel has been seized in South Korea, after it was suspected of violating UN sanctions by trading oil with North Korea. Arirang News reports Seoul government officials as saying that the ship, named Lighthouse Winmore, came into Yeosu Port on November 24, where it was detained and inspected by customs officials. The ship is thought to have transferred some 600 tons of oil to a North Korean vessel, the Sam Jong 2, in international waters a month earlier, on October 19.

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Hydroville is first LR classed hydrogen fueled vessel; MOL and Furuno to develop Augmented Reality enhanced displays

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CMB’s Hydroville is first LR classed hydrogen fueled vessel
December 28, 2017 — The 14 m x 4.2 m catamaran passenger vessel Hydroville launched last month by Antwerp maritime group Compagnie Maritime Belge is the first Lloyd’s Register classed vessel to use hydrogen to fuel a diesel engine. The concept of hydrogen injected diesel engines is not covered by standard LR rules, so a risk based design approach to approval was required.

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NASSCO Norfolk wins Navy contract worth potential $98 million; PODCAST: Schoenrock Hydraulik eyes U.S. shipbuilding market

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NASSCO Norfolk wins Navy contract worth potential $98 million
December 27, 2017 — GD NASSCO’s Norfolk Ship Repair, Norfolk, VA, has been awarded an $83,079,259 contract for the execution of USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) fiscal 2018 docking phased maintenance availability. The contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $98,259,279. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by May 2019.

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KHI cancels Island Offshore order, will take $114.8 million hit; Keppel O&M to pay $422 million in corruption case

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KHI cancels Island Offshore order, will take $114.8 million hit
December 26, 2017 —Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI) says it has decided to terminate its shipbuilding contract with Island Offshore Shipholding LP for the top hole drilling/light well intervention vessel, Island Navigator. KHI will recognize Yen 13 billion (about US$114.8 million) in extraordinary losses on revaluation of inventories (work-in-progress) in relation to the vessel in its consolidated settlement of accounts for the third quarter of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018. http://bbn.firetrench.com

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Metal Shark bites into the pilot boat market; Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Vane Brothers ink another tug deal

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Metal Shark bites into the pilot boat market
December 21, 2017 —Jeanerette, LA , headquartered shipbuilder Metal Shark has set its sights on the pilot boat market with a range of custom-configurable pilot offerings and two new pilot boats currently under construction. Metal Shark is currently building a 45-foot Defiant Pilot Boat for the Virgin Islands Port Authority at its Jeanerette production facility. At its 25-acre shipyard in nearby Franklin, LA, Metal Shark is building a 64-foot Defiant Pilot Boat for the Brazos Pilots Association of Freeport, TX.

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CMA names its 2018 Commodore; Energy and shipping: DNV GL looks ahead to 2050

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Connecticut Maritime Association names its 2018 Commodore
December 20, 2017 —Ms. Sabrina S. M. Chao, Executive Chairman of Wah Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings Ltd. has been named as the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) Commodore for the year 2018. The CMA’s Commodore Award is given each year to a person in the international maritime industry who has contributed to the growth and development of the industry.

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Senators to Mattis: Block buy best way to add two new carriers; Icebreaking tug will be first vessel with Wärtsilä HY hybrid solution

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ABS to class LNG bunkering ATB on order at VT Halter Marine
December 19, 2017 — Q-LNG, LLC, has selected ABS to class its recently ordered LNG bunkering Articulated Tug Barge (ATB). The vessel is scheduled to begin construction at shipbuilder VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula, Mississippi, in early 2018. The LNG bunker barge, with 4,000 cubic meters LNG capacity, will be owned and constructed by Q-LNG while the operations will be handled by New Orleans-based Harvey Gulf International Marine. The barge will be chartered by Shell, and will supply necessary LNG fuel to cruise vessels throughout the Southeast Coast of the U.S.

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