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CG Admiral Calls Foss an Industry Leader

Foss Maritime is an industry leader in safety and compliance, U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral J.R. Castillo said after the company's San Francisco Bay Area-based tug group became the first to complete voluntary examinations for all of the vessels in its Northern California group.   Company officials say the rest of Foss' fleet will soon pass the voluntary exam, which the Coast Guard and federal government consider a bridge to mandatory towing vessel regulations in the future.   Rear Admiral J.R. Castillo, who commands the Coast Guard's 11th District, lauded Foss personnel in a letter to Regional Operations Manager Bob Gregory:    "The success you have achieved is due in no small part to the investment Foss Maritime has made in safety management ... This is an impressive accomplishment for (the company) and will certainly pay dividends as forthcoming towing vessel inspection regulations are enacted.   "I know your crews and customers will be well served by Foss Maritime's commitment to towing vessel safety," the admiral wrote.   The Richmond, CA-based northern California group was the first in the nation to complete the voluntary towing safety examinations.  Captain Igor Loch, Foss Maritime's director of marine assurance, said all of the company's regional operations are participating in the voluntary effort and that 36 tugs nationwide have passed.  Completion is pending for two others

Admiral Loy, Grace Allen Receive Silver Bell Honors

Some of the industry's biggest players and supporters were present to honor Admiral James Loy and Grace Allen at the 26th Annual Silver Bell Awards Dinner on June 17 at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. Also recognized, was John J. McMullen, renowned naval architect and marine engineer, and former CEO of United States Lines, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award. The event, which is one of the industry's top social and philanthropic events of the season, drew a record 954 guests

Rear Admiral Hereth to Lead Rita Effort

President George W. Bush has declared under the Stafford Act that an emergency exists in the State of Texas and the State of Louisiana, and ordered federal aid to supplement State and local response and recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Rita. That declaration effectively characterizes Hurricane Rita as an Incident of National Significance under the National Response Plan (NRP). In accordance with the guidance provided in the NRP

VAdm Ryan in Command of SUNY Maritime

Vice Admiral John R. Ryan assumed the presidency of the State University of New York Maritime College during a ceremony held aboard Empire State VI while it was docked in Dublin, Ireland. Formerly the Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, Vice Admiral Ryan is the College's 32nd president since its founding in 1874. The ceremony was attended by 600 Maritime Cadets aboard the ship as well as business and government leaders from Ireland

This Day in U.S. Naval History – December 17

1846 - Ships under Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry capture Laguna de Terminos during Mexican War. 1941 - Admiral Chester W. Nimitz named Commander in Chief, US Pacific Fleet, to relieve Admiral Husband Kimmel. Admiral William Pye becomes acting commander until Nimitz's arrival. (Source: Navy News Service)

EU NAVFOR New Deputy Ops Commander

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

On 13 January 2011, Rear Admiral Thomas J. Ernst (German Navy) handed over the responsibility of Deputy Operation Commander of the European Union Naval Force Somalia, Operation ATALANTA to Rear Admiral Guido Rando (Italian Navy).  The handover was conducted in the Operation Headquarters in Northwood, near London.  Rear Admiral Ernst, who joined the operation in June 2010, has played an important part in the continued success of EU NAVFOR and the execution of the Operation

Admiral Jeremiah Joins Todd Shipyards Corporation Board of Directors

Todd Shipyards Corporation announced that Admiral David E. Jeremiah, U.S. Navy (Ret.) was elected to the Board of Directors of the Company at its annual meeting of shareholders on Friday, September 12, 2003. Admiral Jeremiah is President of Technology Strategies & Alliances Corporation, a strategic advisory and investment banking firm engaged primarily in the aerospace, defense, telecommunications and electronics industries. Prior to his retirement from the U.S

France, Belgium Take Command of EU NAVFOR FHQ

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

At a ceremony in Djibouti on board the EU NAVFOR Swedish warship, HSwMS Carlkrona, Force Commander Rear Admiral (LH) Jan Thörnqvist who has been the Force Commander of EU NAVFOR Operation ATALANTA for the last four months, handed over to Rear Admiral Philippe Coindreau of France. He will lead the multinational Force Headquarters onboard the EU NAVFOR French warship De Grasse for the next four months. On Saturday 14 August the hand over took place on board HSwMS Carlskrona and the

Britain's 'Fighting Admiral' Laid to Rest

Admiral John Sandy Woodward (right) with Major General Jeremy Moore: Photo courtesy if UK Government

Tributes have been paid to SirJohn 'Sandy' Woodward, who has died aged 81. "He served his country with distinction throughout his career, but he will be best remembered by many as the Navy’s 'Fighting Admiral' after he led the Royal Navy task force, sent by Margaret Thatcher [her government], to re-take the Falkland Islands in 1982" – Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Hammond. The First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir George Zambellas, said:

USCG Commandant to Address PVA Convention

U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Paul F. Zukunft

Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Paul F. Zukunft will attend the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2015 in Long Beach, Calif. and deliver a keynote address for attendees during the General Session on Monday, February 2, 2015 from 9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.   "We are honored and delighted to have Admiral Zukunft address our convention," said PVA President Terri Bernstein. "He is responsible for setting policy concerning our industry and I encourage all PVA members to

China: Navy 'restrained' Facing US Provocations

China's top admiral said his forces have shown "enormous restraint" in the face of U.S. provocations in the South China Sea, while warning they stand ready to respond to repeated breaches of Chinese sovereignty. Beijing, which claims almost the entire energy-rich South China Sea

Adrift Cargo Ship Taken in Tow

The Barbados-registered cargo vessel Skog, which was adrift off Orkney after encountering engine problems, is now under tow, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported.   The 99-meter cargo vessel, laden with a cargo of paper

McAllister Towing – 150 Years of Family Business

McAllister Towing – 150 Years of Family Business (Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

“Early in 1864, a young man names James McAllister stood on board a sailing vessel where he served as a mate. The boat was about to set sail from the Red Bay of Cushendall … (James) did not know that this would never be home again.”  

Escort Tug Launched for Bay-Houston Towing

H. Douglas M Courtesy Eastern Shipbuilding Group

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced the launch of the Escort Tug H. DOUGLAS M (Hull 236) for Bay-Houston Towing Company on November 17, 2015. This series of Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs is currently under construction at Eastern’s

Royal Thai Navy Orders Harbor Tug

Photo: Robert Allan Ltd.

The Royal Thai Navy has ordered a new 32-meter tug from shipbuilder Italthai Marine Limited of Thailand, announced the vessel’s designer, Robert Allan Ltd.   Italthai Marine, whose Managing Director Wirat Chanasit inked the construction deal with Navy Commander Admiral Krisorn

20 Nations Reinforce their Commitment to Fight Piracy

Rear Admiral Michael Noonan at the ReCAAP meeting

  Senior officers from Australia and 19 other nations attended the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) meeting in Sydney this week to reinforce the importance of a regional approach to combat piracy and armed robbery at sea

Marines Thwart Biggest Bunker Robbery in Singapore

MT Almi Spirit. Photo by Taurus Tankers

 Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) in Johor Baru thwarted the biggest robbery attempt so far this year on marine fuel oil (MFO).   MMEA director-general Admiral (Maritime) Ahmad Puzi Ab Kahar said in a Twitter message that the robbers went on board the MT Almi Spirit at 7am

Jensen Maritime to Design Two 120' Tugboats

Image: Jensen Maritime

Jensen Maritime, Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering company, was recently selected to provide the ABS Class and functional designs for two, new 120-foot twin screw tugboats for Ice Flow, LLC dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) and Kirby

Mega Maritime: Heavy Lift for FPSOs


When the Dockwise Vanguard was conceived, Dockwise, part of the Boskalis Group, had a vision for a new market - transporting the world’s largest cargoes, including FPSOs (floating production storage and offloading vessels). It hasn’t taken the vessel

China Warns US on 'Provocative Attacks'

U.S. Navy file photo of Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson.

China's naval commander told his U.S. counterpart that a minor incident could spark war in the South China Sea if the United States did not stop its "provocative acts" in the disputed waterway, the Chinese navy said on Friday. Admiral Wu Shengli made the comments to U.S

Multraship Orders Damen Tugs at Europort

Left to right: Mijndert Wiesenekker, Sales Director Benelux Damen; Pepijn Nuijten, Multraship; Kees Muller, Multraship; Arnout Damen, CCO Damen; and Leendert Muller, Multraship. (Photo: Multraship)

Towage and salvage specialist Multraship, through its 100-percent-owned subsidiary Novatug BV, has commissioned the construction of two Carrousel Rave Tugs (CRTs) as well as a new ASD 3212 tug from Damen Shipyards Group.    Officially ordered today at a signing ceremony at

VT Halter Launches Another ATB Tug for Bouchard

M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr.  6,000hp Twin Screw ATB tug (Photos: VT Halter)

Shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, Inc. and Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. announced the launch of M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr., a 6,000hp Twin Screw Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) tug, on October 29, 2015.   The M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr. is part of a two-vessel contract awarded to the shipyard

PGS : Building Further Success in Newfoundland, Labrador

PGS 2D and 3D surveys in Eastern Canada

  PGS has recently completed the fifth consecutive acquisition season offshore Newfoundland and Labrador as part of the ongoing joint venture (JV) with TGS. The successful 2015 season was the biggest yet with PGS operating four vessels, two 3D and two 2D vessels

Jamaican Elected to WMU Board

MAJ DG Rear Admiral Peter Brady

  Maritime Authority of Jamaica’s (MAJ) Director General Rear Admiral Peter Brady has been elected as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmo, Sweden.  The appointment has been welcomed by Jamaica’s maritime community as

Car Carrier Runs Aground off Washington

Viking Emerald. Photo: Gram Car Carriers

The car carrier Viking Emerald got steering gear failure and ran aground off Woodland, Washington.    The vessel, owned by Norway’s Gram Car Carriers and managed by OSM Ship Management in Singapore, was refloated several hours later with the help of tugs, and resumed voyage

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