Coast Guard, Navy Apprehend Pirates
A Miami-based U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment operating as part of Combined Task Force 151 in the Gulf of Aden assisted in the apprehension of 16 suspected pirates in a 24 hour period. The eight-person LEDET 405 team is conducting counter-piracy operations aboard USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) and USS Mahan (DDG 72) as part of a multinational task force in and around the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and the Red Sea. "Our role is to augment and train U.S.
Feeder Ports for Marine Inspector Training
The US Coast Guard issued an ALCOAST (All Coast Guard Message) designating 18 Sectors and Marine Safety Units as “Feeder Ports” to be utilized for training of new marine safety and security personnel.
Suspected Pirates Apprehended
The crew of the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) apprehended seven suspected pirates in the Gulf of Aden Feb. 11 after responding to a distress call from a nearby merchant vessel. The event marks the first time CTF-151 has apprehended suspected pirates. The Marshall Islands-flagged Motor Vessel Polaris sent a distress call to all ships in the area reporting that a small skiff containing seven suspected pirates had attempted a forcible boarding of their vessel using a ladder.
Deaths & Injuries During Mooring Increasing
Serious accidents in mooring operations involving death or serious injury appear to be increasing over the long term, according to the UK P&I Club. The Club finds…
Fifth Avenue Landing, New Megayact Facility
San Diego is the site of the new Fifth Avenue Landing, an elite, stylish superyacht facility that now welcomes the world’s largest and luxurious megayachts. Located adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center within walking distance of several world-class hotels, the Fifth Avenue Landing is a exclusive, 12-slip facility that instantly ranks among the world’s finest. The new facility can accommodate yachts as large as 300 ft.
Panama Canal Expansion Briefing
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Administrator/CEO Alberto Alemán Zubieta delivered an address on Feb. 11 at the 2009 Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Logistics Conference in Dallas, Texas.
Plaquemine Ferry Runs 17-Car Vessel
On Feb. 11, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced that the 35-car M/V Acadia was taken out of service at the Plaquemine ferry landing because of a broken rudder.
Intertanko Says Simplify Inert Gas Regs
The catastrophic incidents on a significant number of small product tankers and chemical tankers, some of which have led to a tragic loss of life, have highlighted…
Legal Alert, Maintaining an Oil Record Book
Chris Myers, John Rowley, and John Irving of the Holland & Knight firm have authored a Client Alert on the recent decision of the US Court of Appeals for the Second…
Panama Canal Selects Deloitte as Auditor
In a move to ensure a fair, open and transparent process in the awarding of the largest contract under the Panama Canal Expansion Program, the Panama Canal Authority…
MLK Leadership Award to Kelly of Jo-Kell
Suzy Kelly, CEO of Jo-Kell Inc., an electrical distributor and engineering company, received the Martin Luther King Leadership Award. The ceremony took place January 19th at the annual breakfast celebrating Martin Luther King Day at the Chesapeake Conference Center in Chesapeake, VA. The prestigious award was presented by Bishop E.W. Jackson Sr., Pastor of Exodus Faith Ministries located in Chesapeake.
Gulf Oil & Aegean Strategic Partnership
On Feb. 10, Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. (NYSE:ANW) and Gulf Oil Marine Ltd., a member of Gulf Oil Group, announced that they entered into a strategic partnership…
MCA’s Response to Fleet Growth
The UK National Audit Office (NAO) released its audit of the response of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to the rapid growth of the UK merchant fleet. The…
Report on Blackout and Grounding
The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation into the electrical blackout and subsequent grounding of a ro-ro cargo ship in Warrenpoint Harbor…
Hercules Offshore 4Q and 2008 Results
On Feb. 10, Hercules Offshore, Inc. (NASDAQ:HERO) reported income from continuing operations of $37.4m, or $0.42 per diluted share, on revenues of $313.5m for the fourth quarter 2008…