Houston Ship Channel reopens as spill response continues; BAE San Diego awarded $32.3 million Navy contract

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May 14, 2019 — The Houston Ship Channel has been reopened following the closure that followed the May 10 collision between the 755-foot tanker Genesis River and barges pushed by the Kirby tug Voyager that resulted in a 9,000 gallon spill of gasoline blend stock.


Sea Machines partners with Hike Metal on autonomous SAR

Boston, Mass, based Sea Machines Robotics is partnering with Canadian workboat manufacturer Hike Metal to integrate Sea Machines’ SM300 autonomous vessel control system aboard commercial vessels tasked with search-and-rescue (SAR) missions.

Hurtigruten introduces electric explorer catamarans

Beginning in the spring of 2020, a 24 m x 11 m vessel, the MS Bard, operating under the Hurtigruten Svalbard brand, will offer a variety of daily silent and sustainable ocean excursions from its homeport Longyearbyen on the Arctic island of Svalbard. Carrying 140 guests, with outdoor seating for 80, the hybrid catamaran will be able to operate on batteries for 10 hours with a cruising speed of 10 knots.

Class action lawsuit filed following Viking Sky incident

Viking Cruises faces a class action lawsuit claiming punitive damages following the March 24 incident in which some 479 passengers were evacuated by helicopter from the cruise ship Viking Sky when it lost power in gale force winds off the Norwegian coast.
BAE San Diego awarded $32.3 million Navy contract

BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair, San Diego, Calif., has been is awarded a $32,324,635 contract for the overhaul of the medium auxiliary repair floating dry dock (non-self-propelled) Arco (ARDM 5). This will include a combination of maintenance, modernization and repair of the Arco.
Gibbs & Cox names Matt Garner Assistant VP Ship Design

Garner joins Gibbs & Cox following a civil service career in the Naval Sea Systems Command’s Engineering Directorate. For the past six years he served as a member of the Senior Executive Service, most recently as Director for Submarine/Submersible Design and Systems Engineering (NAVSEA 05U), and prior to that as tDirector, Ship Integrity and Performance Engineering Group (NAVSEA 05P).