Navy, USCG issue Draft RFP for Polar icebreaker; New alert underscores piracy risk off Nigeria

Navy, USCG issue Draft RFP for Polar icebreaker
October 30, 2017 — The U.S. Navy in collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard under its Integrated Program Office, recently took the next step and released a draft RFP for the Heavy Polar Icebreaker Program. The draft RFP is for the Detail, Design, and Construction of one heavy polar icebreaker, with options for two additional ships. Interested parties will have to respond by December 11, 2017. The final RFP will be released in 2018, with a contract award expected in FY 2019—subject to appropriations.

Helm software helps Ivy Marine gain TSMS certification
Mobile, AL, based Ivy Marine LLC, which operates two towboats, has become the third – and smallest – company in the U.S. to obtain certification of its Towing Safety Management System under the Subchapter M regulations.

Tentative agreement with union ends Algoma Central strike

Algoma Central Corporation said Friday that it has reached a tentative agreement with the Canadian Merchant Service Guild, the maritime union representing navigation and engineering officers in the Algoma product tanker fleet.

Siem Offshore OSCV gets two year bareboat charter

The vessel will commence operation during first quarter 2018. The Siem Stingray is designed for subsea operation duties such as construction and installation work, inspection and maintenance.

New alert underscores piracy risk off Nigeria

The latest quarterly report from the International Maritime Bureau notes that a total of 20 reports of attacks against all vessel types were received for Nigeria, 16 of which occurred off the coast of Brass, Bonny and Bayelsa. Guns were reportedly used in 18 of the incidents and vessels were underway in 17 of 20 reports.