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  • Maersk Alabama Captain writes book

    Captain Richard Phillips, the Master aboard the Maersk Alabama during the hostage drama that played out on the high seas off Somalia in 2009 has written a book on the ordeal. The 286-page hardcover, titled “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS and Dangerous Days at Sea,” hits bookstores Tuesday. Capt. Phillips says he learned […]

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  • Hawaii Super Ferry goes to Haiti

    This is the strange story of the forgotten Hawaii Super Ferry, the High Speed Vessel (HSV) Huakai.  For those not familiar with this ferry, it was originally built to provide inter-island high speed ferry service for the Hawaiian Islands.  Hawaii Superferry built two aluminum catamarans at Austal USA in Mobile, AL.  Upon starting service in […]

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  • Cruise lines balk at pollution proposal

    The IMO’s Maritime Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) is meeting this week in London to discuss a variety of topics related to environmental protection in the maritime environment.  The centerpiece of the meeting is the reduction of greenhouse gases from international shipping.  The committee is expected to adopt a set of amendments to the MARPOL international […]

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  • End of the line for the S.S. United States?

    The S.S. United States – once the flagship of the U.S. Merchant Marine, and one of the grandest ships ever constructed in the U.S. is now closer to what many fear to be her final days.  The ship is reportedly being shown to potential scrappers by the ship’s current owner, Norwegian Cruise Lines, a subsidiary […]

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  • Last Victory Ship to depart mothball fleet

    This comes our way via the Benicia Herald – The last Victory cargo ship moored in the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet is expected to be towed today to San Francisco Ship Repair, a spokesman from Office of Congressional and Public Affairs said. The SS Winthrop Victory is scheduled to depart the fleet at 10:30 a.m. […]

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  • USMMA in dire need of critical upgrades

    A recent panel commissioned by the Maritime Administration (MARAD) released a report titled “Red Sky in the Morning:  USMMA” which detailed a critical need for recapitalization of aging and deteriorating facilities at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY.  The report concluded that the Academy has reached a “tipping point” at which failure […]

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  • World's largest ship getting scrapped

    The largest moving man-made object ever built.  The longest ship ever built.  The ship with the greatest deadweight tonnage ever recorded, at 646,642 tons.  This is the ULCC KNOCK NEVIS.  She was originally built as the SEAWISE GIANT, and later possessed the names HAPPY GIANT, and JAHRE VIKING.  Her final name was MONT, the name […]