Metal Shark opens Croatian engineering facility; Finland’s Alfons Håkans orders two icebreaking escort tugs

ML Daily March 14th
March 14th, 2019 — Jeanerette, La., headquartered shipbuilder Metal Shark has established a foothold across the Atlantic with the opening of a dedicated European engineering office. Metal Shark’s first location outside of the United States —Metal Shark Croatia — is a new engineering facility recently opened in the city of Rijeka on Croatia’s northern Adriatic coast.

Finland’s Alfons Håkans orders two icebreaking escort tugs

Turku, Finland, headquartered Alfons Håkans has signed a contract with Turkey’s Sanmar shipyard for the construction of two ice class 67-ton bollard pull ASD tugs. Designed by Robert Allan Ltd., they will be Finland’s first privately owned icebreaking escort tugs.

Crowley promotes Ira Douglas to VP, Labor Relations

Crowley Maritime Corp. has promoted Ira Douglas to vice president, labor relations, to lead the company’s relationships, operating agreements and partnerships with unions representing seafarers, terminal stevedores and truck drivers.

Scorpio Bulkers in seven ship sale and leaseback deal

Scorpio Bulkers Inc. (NYSE:SALT) has agreed to sell and leaseback three Ultramax vessels (SBI Pegasus, SBI Subaru and SBI Ursa) and four Kamsarmax vessels (SBI Lambada, SBI Macarena, SBI Carioca and SBI Capoeira) to CMB Financial Leasing Co., Ltd.
BC Ferries plans to build five next gen ferries

BC Ferries is planning to build up to five new ferries that will replace four existing ships. The new ferries will potentially add capacity to the Metro Vancouver – Vancouver Island routes and will replace the Queen of New Westminster, Queen of Alberni, Queen of Coquitlam and Queen of Cowichan that currently serve those routes.
Totem Plus systems to be supplied with Naval Dome cyber protection

Automation and navigation system specialist Totem Plus has signed a license agreement with Naval Dome for use of its maritime cyber security software across a range of its advanced solutions.