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Gary Chouest says his company is 'aggressively' hiring (PHOTO)

(HOUMA, La.) -- Edison Chouest Offshore Chief Executive Gary Chouest says his company is "still aggressively seeking good workers," the Houma Today newspaper reported. Chouest was interviewed while the supply ship The Ingrid was launched. Edison Chouest plans to start…

New small-vessel cruise line to debut in Alaska's Inside Passage

(KETCHIKAN, Alaska) -- A new small-vessel cruise line will sail on wilderness-oriented voyages of Alaska's Inside Passage starting in 2011, USA Today reported on its Cruise Log blog. InnerSea Discoveries, operated by the owner of American Safari Cruises, has purchased…

Cruise market growing along New England, eastern Canada

(PORTLAND, Maine) -- The cruise market is growing in New England and eastern Canada, the Cruise Critic Web site reported. Larger ships are now sailing the region. Ports of call including Portland, Maine; Halifax, and Saguenay, Quebec, are developing larger terminal…

Edison Chouest to build $150M Arctic supply ship for Shell

(HOUMA, La.) -- Edison Chouest Offshore has won a contract to build a $150M Arctic supply ship for the Shell oil company, the Daily Comet newspaper of Thibodaux reported. The vessel is the Louisiana shipbuilding company's largest and most sophisticated…

Employment outlook for marine engineers 'fair' (PHOTOS)

(HALIFAX, Nova Scotia) -- The Chronicle Herald newspaper ran a careers feature story about marine engineers, including an interview with a Nova Scotian who works on ships based in Dubai. The story calls the current job outlook for marine engineers…

Seattle Maritime Academy blossoms with new building, dock refit

(SEATTLE) -- While funding for many educational institutions is declining, Seattle Maritime Academy is a notable exception, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper reported. The academy is putting up an $18.3 million building. Its docks have undergone a refit project and it…

Keeping the loyalty of seasonal mariners

Several years ago I was on vacation from my regular job on an oil tanker and had the summer off. One morning over coffee my wife and I were discussing how we could use extra cash for some home projects,…

Dozens of vessels ready as Hudson River PCB dredging to begin

(FORT EDWARD, N.Y.) -- Twenty tugboats, 18 barges and 12 dredge platforms are ready to go as the Hudson River PCB dredging project is set to begin, the Daily Gazette newspaper of Schenectady, N.Y., reported. Dozens of contractors employing 500…

Marine industry feeling effects of economic contraction

Capt. Noel Shaw at the helm of a 2,400-hp pushboat. Shaw, who runs a company that places towing masters in short-notice jobs, has seen a slowing in some maritime sectors, but he says the demand for skilled mariners remains strong.…

BC Ferries cuts 35 executive and administrative jobs

(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) -- BC Ferries has cut 35 workers, the Vancouver Sun newspaper reported. All are in executive or administrative jobs. Four of the employees have retired voluntarily. A union official said rank-and-file job cuts may be announced later.…

Out-of-work megayacht captains switching to commercial vessels

(PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- Some out-of-work yacht captains are attempting a career change into the commercial maritime industry, The Triton-Megayacht News reported. The slowing economy, which has hurt the yacht business, has convinced some captains to take courses for commercial…

Neptune Orient to cut 1,000 jobs, move U.S. headquarters

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Neptune Orient Lines plans to cut 1,000 jobs and move its Americas headquarters, the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper's Bottom Line business blog reported. The job cuts include 350 at American President Lines, which is U.S.-based. NOL wants…

The State of Shipbuilding

Greater Scott, a 158-foot crew boat from Neuville Boat Works, heads to work in the Gulf. (Brian Gauvin) This is how fierce demand is for newbuilds in the Gulf: Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, La., didn’t even bother to line up…

Horizon Lines to cut 70 jobs as economic climate worsens

The following is the text of a press release issued by Horizon Lines Inc.:   (CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Horizon Lines, Inc. (NYSE: HRZ) today announced a non-union workforce restructuring initiative targeted at reducing annualized labor-related costs by an estimated $7…

Technology and recruitment drive the need for training

  Crowley’s Pacific Reliance entered service in 2006 as part of a trend to ATBs. Maritime training facilities are responding to the industry’s growing need to recruit and retain skilled personnel with an ever-widening array of courses and programs. As…

Resolve Marine to open $3.2 million training center in Florida

  Resolve Pioneer is the first of five vessels Resolve Marine plans to place strategically around the United States to better respond to maritime incidents. Responding to the increasing demand for qualified personnel across the industry, Resolve Marine Group will…

Shell to hire U.S. mariners for its LNG carriers

Students at the Calhoon MEBA Engineering School in Easton, Md., using the school’s Transas LNG simulator to learn cargohandling procedures. Shell Shipping and Shell International Trading and Shipping Co. (STASCO) will begin recruiting U.S. merchant mariners to staff its growing fleet…