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November 2013 Issue

TEUs at All-Time High
The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) saw records set in containers moved, total tonnage and truck and intermodal moves. Total tonnage in August reached 2.5 million tons, up 8.5 percent over the previous August. For the month, the GPA moved 280,873 TEUs, for a 3.8 percent increase over August 2012. Measured by containers, the GPA moved 156,979 units in August, 30,331 of which were moved by intermodal rail. The rail moves are up 3 percent over the same month in the previous year, when the GPA moved 29,455 intermodal containers.

exactEarth to Supply USCG Satellite AIS Data
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Command, Control and Communications Engineering Center awarded a contract to the Marine Exchange of Alaska to provide exactEarth Ltd. (Cambridge, Canada) Satellite AIS data for the USCG Nationwide AIS Program. The purpose of this contract is for the USCG to obtain Satellite AIS data and maintenance support services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

This effort entails providing the USCG with Satellite AIS data in near real time from a constellation of satellites that cover the entire Alaska District of the USCG, including the polar region, with AIS collection capability.

Willard Marine Delivers Solas Rescue Boats
Willard Marine Inc. (Anaheim, California) has orders to build rescue boats for the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS), U.S. Military Sealift Command (MSC) and Maersk Line Ltd. (Norfolk, Virginia). The Willard Marine rescue boats meet all U.S. Coast Guard requirements under the international Safety of Life at Sea treaty.

AMHS has ordered two 670 rescue boats for the MV Columbia, which is being refitted with new safety equipment. The boats are being supplied through Vigor Industrial Shipyard (Portland, Oregon). Willard Marine has supplied similar rescue boats for AMHS ferries under a fleetwide refurbishment program.

New A-Frame Delivered
C.S. Controls Inc. (Houma, Louisiana) delivered a stern-mounted hydraulic A-Frame to Marinette Marine Corp. (Marinette, Wisconsin) for the University of Alaska Fairbanks oceanographic research vessel Sikuliaq. The A-Frame is designed to launch and recover loads up to 30,000 pounds and withstand the breaking strength of 1-inch wire rope. It is equipped with dual pivot points, allowing it to pivot from a stowed position to a fully flat stern position, as well as to pivot nearly flat forward.

EdgeTech Expands Manufacturing Space
EdgeTech (West Wareham, Massachusetts) has added more than 7,500 square feet to its main office. The expansion is the second in less than two years for the company. With the additional space, EdgeTech now has more than 30,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space. The new space will be used to build commercial off-the-shelf and customized sonar products and will mostly be allocated for engineering and manufacturing.

Engineering Company to Use Next Wave II
AMEC (Knutsford, England) will be the first customer to receive the AXYS Technologies Inc. (Sidney, Canada) TRIAXYS Next Wave II sensor integrated into their WatchMate metocean monitoring buoy. The TRIAXYS Next Wave II has recently been released as a wave sensor for measuring directional waves and motion.

Solution for ENC Licensing
Jeppesen (Englewood, Colorado) FlatFee was developed to provide flexible, expandable navigation solutions that help mariners more accurately predict annual charting costs. Jeppesen FlatFee lets mariners purchase some or all of nine worldwide zones at a fixed price. Once purchased, vessels are able to view and use all charts, for both voyage planning and navigation, without limitations for a subscription term of one year.

Seakeeper Launches Professional Division
Seakeeper (California, Maryland) has established its new professional division, with focused product offerings for commercial, military, workboat, offshore, research and patrol markets. The company plans further infrastructure development around this division, with product development, project management and installation support.

Bridge Simulator for Mexican Coastal Development
A multipurpose Kongsberg Maritime (Kongsberg, Norway) Polaris ships bridge simulator has become a coastal and port development resource for the Instituto Mexicano del Transporte (IMT), based in Queretaro, Mexico, following the opening of its new research facility.

IMT's Polaris simulator accommodates a range of bridge console configurations, instrumentation arrangements, hydrodynamic ship models and initial exercise areas covering navigable waters and adjacent shore lines for the ports of Lázaro Cárdenas, Manzanillo and Veracruz.

Expanded Response Service for Trade Vessels
National Response Corp. (Milton Keynes, England) and Resolve Marine Group (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) expanded 1Call response coverage for all vessels trading in U.S. waters. The service offers tanker and nontank vessel owners and operators full, single-source coverage in compliance with U.S. Coast Guard regulations for salvage and marine firefighting and oil spill removal organization.

American Worldwide Agencies Named as Agent
American Worldwide Agencies (AWA), based in Long Beach, California, is representing Austral Asia Line's (AAL), based in Singapore, new U.S. West Coast service.

Under the multiyear contract, AWA will serve as sales agent for AAL's direct port calls to and from Long Beach/Los Angeles, California; Vancouver, Washington; Everett, Washington; Vancouver, Canada; Prince Rupert, Canada; Pusan, South Korea; as well as several locations in China.

Addition of Spare Parts Distributor
Ellicott Dredges LLC (Baltimore, Maryland) appointed MAKISUR S.A. de C.V. (Villahermosa, Mexico) as its distributor for dredge parts in Mexico. MAKISUR will distribute parts and provide technical and onsite support for all of Mexico's existing and new Ellicott dredge owners. MAKISUR will maintain a stock of critical spare parts for the 370 Dragon and 670 Dragon model dredges and does have capacity for growth as demand increases.

Steel Driving Tonnage Growth
The Port of Houston Authority reported August's net income of $11 million, up $7 million or 212 percent. August total tonnage of 3 million reflects a 5 percent increase over the previous year.

'This was led by a surprise uptick in steel imports, which is up 25 percent or 424,000 tons,' the port's executive director reported. A year-to-date total of 24 million tons is up 4 percent.

FV Arctic Prowler Christened in Ketchikan
The Arctic Prowler is the first large commercial fishing vessel built in Alaska. The new vessel will have 16,300 cubic feet of freezer space, the ability to both catch and process at sea and the capability of fishing 56,000 hooks per day. The Arctic Prowler is designed and built with an emphasis on economic use of space, allowing room for fishing and factory equipment to produce high-quality products.

USCG Acquires Six Fast Response Cutters
The U. S. Coast Guard (USCG) received approval to move forward on the production and deployment of up to 30 fast response cutters (FRC) after the cutter class completed the initial operational test and evaluation phase.

The Coast Guard may continue to acquire the FRC as the budget allows. The support equipment and shoreside infrastructure is in place to support new cutters as they are commissioned.

Baltic Trading Ltd. Completes Stock Offering
Baltic Trading Ltd. of the Marshall Islands completed its public offering, issuing 6,419,217 new shares of common stock. Gross proceeds of the offering were approximately $23.1 million. Baltic Trading intends to use its net proceeds from the offering for future vessel acquisitions or for working capital and general corporate purposes. Jefferies LLC was the sole book-running manager for the offering.

OCEANS '13 IEEE/OES Award to Gwyn Griffiths
At the IEEE/OES awards luncheon held during OCEANS '13, the annual award for Distinguished Technical Achievement was given to Professor Gwyn Griffiths for his work on acoustic Doppler current profiling (ADCP) instruments and autonomous vehicle technologies.

Professor Griffiths's work includes resolving difficulties with hull-mounted ADCP errors arising from a ship's heading and extends into displaying and analyzing acoustic backscatter from biologics.

Construction Begins on Container Ships
The steel-cutting ceremony took place for Atlantic Container Line's (ACL), based in Westfield, New Jersey, five Generation 4 RORO/Containerships, marking the start of construction. Since signing a contract with ACL in July 2012 for the construction of these vessels, Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group Co. Ltd. (Shanghai, China) has been working on design work and tank testing.

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