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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


Navy Discovers Malaysian Tanker

MT Vier Harmoni . Photo: Vierlines Commercial Division

 Indonesia's navy has found a tanker carrying almost US$400,000 worth of diesel that was taken by its own crew last week due to a commercial dispute, says a report in AFP.   The navy said in a statement that the MT Vier Harmoni with 10 Indonesian crewmen was found off West Kalimantan


Zumaia Offshore Acqires MPP Workboat Aitana B

“Aitana B” from Neptune Shipyards, Netherlands

In April 2016 Zumaia Offshore, S.L., leading workboat owner and operator based in the Basque Country, took delivery of the Cummins-powered MPP workboat “Aitana B” from Neptune Shipyards in the Netherlands. At 27 by 12-meters with a three-meter draft it is one of the largest models of


Caribbean Fantasy Fire Extinguished

The passenger ferry vessel Caribbean Fantasy is towed to Pier 15 in San Juan Harbor on August 20, 2016. There were 511 passengers and crew evacuated from the vessel on August 17, 2016, following a fire on board. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Eric D. Woodall)

A fire that broke out aboard the passenger vessel Caribbean Fantasy at 7:42 a.m. on August 17 has been extinguished, and the vessel has been moored safely in port.   The Caribbean Fantasy is covered under Ardent’s OPA-90, Salvage and Marine Fire Fighting “SMFF” coverage


Another Tug Launched for Suderman & Young

Poseidon (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. said it launched on August 15, 2016 the final vessel in a series of four Z-Tech Class Terminal & Escort Tugs being constructed for Suderman & Young Towing Company. The tug Poseidon is scheduled to be delivered later in 2016.  


Versatile Response Vessel from Russia

General arrangement drawing and renderings are courtesy of the Marine Engineering Bureau.

 A challenge for designers or an emergency response vessel is deciding to what type of emergency the boat will respond. The designers at the non-government Marine Engineering Bureau in Odessa Ukraine have fitted a very wide range of capabilities into their 31.73 by 9.7-meter tug


Semi-submersible Drilling Rig Grounds off Scotland

Severe weather has caused semi-submersible drilling rig Transocean Winner to break free from tow and run aground off the western isles of Scotland, the U.K. Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) said.   There are no personnel on board the rig and there is no risk to life, MCA said


Italy Raises Security Level at Tourist Ports

Photo: Naples Port Authority

Italy raised the security level at its tourist ports on Thursday, a coastguard spokesman said, meaning intensified controls of people and vehicles during the height of the summer tourist season. Coastguard Admiral Vincenzo Melone sent a letter ordering passenger and cruise-ship ports to raise


Oil Rig Aground off Scotland May Have Leaked Diesel

An oil rig that ran aground off a Scottish island on Sunday may have leaked around 53 tonnes of diesel but has not caused any serious pollution, Britain's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said.   The Transocean Winner rig broke away while being towed during a storm and became grounded


Update: Oil Rig Aground off Scotland

Photo: MCA

No further pollution has been detected in the area of the grounded oil rig Transocean Winner as the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) continues to monitor the scene.   The MCA counter pollution surveillance aircraft yesterday flew over the location and surrounding area to make


Fort McHenry: Vane Brothers New 3,000hp Tug

Vane Brothers Ft McHenry at Ft McHenry. (Photo: Vane Brothers)

Vane Brothers is hailing the newest addition to its fleet: the Fort McHenry, a state-of-the-art, 3,000-horsepower tugboat named in honor of the historic landmark that can be seen from the company’s Baltimore, Maryland, headquarters.  


Lady Loren: Big Hours, Little Wear

A recent image of the Lady Loren at work (Photo: LA Carriers)

Russell Plaisance, president of Louisiana Carriers, built the pusher-tug Lady Loren at Dickie Adam’s Lockport Fabrication in 2008. At the launch, he explained that the boat was the result of five years of planning and a lifetime of experience in the maritime world of the Gulf of Mexico.


USCG Aiding Preparation for Subchapter M

Marine Inspectors from MSU Portland conduct a field dry dock examination to educate and train the towing vessel community on new regulatory standards that will come into force in the summer of 2018. The information session held at MSU Portland was the second in a series of national outreach forums designed to educate towing vessel operators on the new Subchapter M regulations. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

U.S. Coast Guard, industry working together in preparation for the implementation of inspected towing vessel regulations   Marine Inspectors from Marine Safety Unit (MSU) Portland conducted a field dry dock examination, Wednesday, to educate and train the towing vessel community on new


MN100: ClassNK America

Photo: ClassNK

The Company: ClassNK is dedicated to ensuring the safety of life and property at sea, and the prevention of pollution of the marine environment. Bolstered by a workforce of more than 1800 engineers, surveyors and maritime professionals, ClassNK focuses on delivering the highest quality


Eastern Delivers Escort Tug to Suderman & Young

(Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

On July 29, 2016, Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. delivered Oceanus (Hull# 240), the third in series of four identical Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs built for Suderman & Young Towing Company at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility.  


MN100: Safety Management Systems, LLC

Bill Mahoney (Photo: Safety Management Systems, LLC)

The Company: A leading US maritime consultancy established in 1996, SMSLLC provides practical risk mitigation solutions for vessel operators and stakeholders. Clients include a broad range of operators including Genesis Marine, American River Transportation Company, Seabulk Towing






 
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