The Maritime Minute
News from The American Maritime Partnership, August 23, 2012
CROWLEY PURCHASES TWO NEW JONES ACT TANKERS FROM AKER PHILADEPHIA SHIPYARD: Crowley Maritime Corporation’s petroleum and chemical transportation group announced that it has purchased two new Jones Act tankers, the Pennsylvania and the Florida, from Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA. The tankers, scheduled for delivery in September 2012 and March 2013, mark Crowley’s re-entry into the Jones Act tanker market since its last tanker was retired in 2011. The tankers will be capable of carrying nearly 330,000 barrels of a wide variety of petroleum products and chemicals. Click here to read more.
HORIZON LINES HONORED WITH QUEST FOR QUALITY AWARD: Horizon Lines, Inc., a leading Jones Act carrier serving the domestic non-contiguous trades, was honored with Logistic Management magazine’s Quest for Quality award, in the Ocean Carrier division. The award is based on responses from an annual survey of over 4,700 logistics and supply decision-makers. This is the fourth consecutive year Horizon Lines has won top honors among domestic and international carriers.
GREAT LAKES SHIPPING GETS EVEN GREENER: Great Lakes Shipping Gets Even Greener: The U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet further minimized its already small carbon footprint when the KAYE E. BARKER returned to service on August 9 powered by brand new, state-of-the-art diesel engines. This is the first steamship to be converted under the EPA’s Great Lakes Steamship Repower Incentive Program, which makes it possible to economically convert “steamers” to reduce their environmental impact. The new power plant will reduce CO2 by 39 percent, SOx by 48 percent and PM by 11 percent. The BARKER hauls iron ore, coal and limestone on the Great Lakes and is the fourth vessel Ohio-based Interlake Steamship Company has repowered at Bay Shipbuilding Company in Sturgeon Bay, Wisc., in the past six years. These repowerings represent a significant investment to better serve America’s manufacturing, power generation and construction industries.