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U.S. Navy Hospital Ship Strikes USS Arizona Memorial

+-*  Visitor tours have been suspended at the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor after a U.S. Navy hospital ship struck the Memorial’s dock, causing damage. A statement from the National Park Service confirmed that the floating dock at the Memorial was damaged Wednesday morning as the hospital ship USNS Mercy was underway. “Initial reports […]




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Five ‘World’s Largest Containership’ Titleholders SPOTD

+-*Today’s ship photos are of five containerships that were once considered the world’s largest by TEU carrying capacity. The list starts with the mighty Emma Maersk, part of the Mearsk E-Class, delivered in 2006. While each of these ships would eventually be joined by sister vessels of equal size, each at one point was considered the sole titleholder for […]

MV Jian Qiang file photo (c) MarineTraffic.com

Sulphur-Laden Bulk Carrier Hard Aground Off Texas

+-*  The Coast Guard is working with state and local partners in response to a bulk carrier loaded with sulfur that ran aground in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday while transiting outbound from Neches Industrial Park in Beaumont, Texas. The Coast Guard reports that watchstanders at Vessel Traffic Control Port Arthur received a call at […]

An artist's rendering of Crowley’s new Commitment-Class, LNG-Powered ConRo vessels. Image (c) Crowley Maritime Corp.

Steel Cut on Crowley’s Second LNG-Powered ConRo

+-*VT Halter Marine on Wednesday morning cut the first steal on the second of two liquefied natural gas-powered, combination container and Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ships for Crowley Maritime Corp.’s liner services group. VT Halter Marine and Crowley entered into a contract for the pair of ships, known as the Commitment Class, in November 2013. Construction on […]

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More Offshore Layoffs – World Wide Supply Lay-ups to Impact 48 Crew

+-*  Norway’s World Wide Supply (WWS) says it is laying up two platform supply vessels operating in the UK spot market amid weak demand for offshore vessels. WWS announced the layups Wednesday in a statement to the Oslo Børs stock exchange. The company owns a total of six PSV3300-design platform supply vessels delivered by Damen […]