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Coast Guard and Border Patrol Sign Cooperation Agreement

The U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Border Patrol signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation as part of the recently formed Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG). Ramey Sector Border Patrol Chief Michael DeBruhl and the Commander of U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Juan, Capt. James E. Tunstall, signed the cooperation agreement in a ceremony held at the Coast Guard's Sector San Juan Headquarters. The agreement calls for the permanent assignment of Border Patrol Intelligence agents within the Coast Guard's Sector San Juan Operations Center located in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. This collaboration will immediately improve overall intelligence services, intelligence gathering, and allow the Border Patrol to more efficiently support the Coast Guard's biometrics-at-sea program. The concept of CBIG resulted from a March 2006 collaboration of local Homeland Security components that effectively stemmed the increased flow of traffic across the Mona Passage between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. In July 2006, CBIG was formally created to unify efforts of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Office of Air & Marine (A&M), Office of Field Operations (OFO), and Office of Border Patrol (OBP), the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the United States Attorney ' s Office, District of Puerto Rico, in their common goal of securing Puerto Rico and the U.S


British Navy to Deploy 3,000 to Mediterannean War Games

Cougar 122 Photo credit MOD

More than 3,000 sailors & Royal Marines are geared up for a three-month deployment to the Mediterranean. 'Cougar 12', which begins later this month, will see four warships, one amphibious support ship, a giant ro-ro ferry/transporter, three commando units and helicopters and personnel from eight Fleet Air Arm and Army Air Corps squadrons committed to the three-month deployment – in all more than 3,000 sailors, Royal Marines, soldiers and airmen.


Bills Introduced on Air Emissions from Ships

Senator Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Solis (D-CA) introduced the Marine Vessel Emissions Reduction Act of 2007 in companion versions (S. 1499 and H.R. 2548 respectively) to amend the Clean Air Act to reduce air pollution from marine vessels. The bills, if enacted into law, would wholly ignore MARPOL Annex VI and impose unilateral standards for sulfur levels in marine fuels and require advanced marine vessel emission controls on new and in-use marine engines.


Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings

Sherwin-Williams announced the newly named Protective & Marine Coatings. Formerly Sherwin-Williams Industrial & Marine Coatings, the new Protective & Marine Coatings group will continue to serve markets including water and wastewater, petrochemical, food and beverage, power, marine and offshore, pharmaceuticals, health care, roads and bridges, steel fabrication, industrial flooring, rail, pulp and paper, and general industrial.


Tennessee Chill Box Expands Industry Reach

Image: Tennessee Chill Box

Air conditioned respirator supply systems supplier Tennessee Chill Box, LLC (TCB) launched a new air-supply, mask and hood system designed to expand the industry-reach of its air conditioned respirator supply systems to include all those that would normally require a respirator or hood to safely perform their duties.   This system will supply cool, fresh, breathable air to a respirator mask or hood for two men operating up to 200 feet away from the system


New Webasto Air Heaters for the Marine Market

Webasto is introducing an updated and improved version of its air heater line to the marine market. Called the Air Top Evo, the new heaters feature a multi-function control panel incorporating multiple heating modes. The new features not only make the heating systems more convenient to use, but more environmentally friendly as well. The new heaters have four alternative operational modes that provide more operating flexibility and better performance


This Day in Naval History – June 15

1944 - Fifth Fleet lands Marines on Saipan, under the cover of naval gunfire, in conquest of Marianas 1963 - Launching of combat store ship, Mars (AFS-1), first of new class of underway replenishment ships 1991 - 2 battle groups and amphibious ships evacuate dependents and Air Force personnel from Clark Air Force Base after Mount Pinatubo erupts in Philippines (Source: Navy News Service)


SNAME Report Covers SOx Emissions Reduction

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) has published a new technical report that provides recommendations on technologies, practices and fuels that control and reduce sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions. Limitations on SOx are currently in place with more stringent regulations coming in the near future. Designed to assist with SOx management and reduction on ocean-going vessels, Marine Vessel Environmental Performance (MVEP) Assessment Guide Air Emissions: Sulfur Oxides (SOx)


USMMA Announces 2013 Commencement Speaker

Gen. William Fraser III, Commander, U.S. Transportation Command

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) today announced that Gen. William M. Fraser III, Commander, U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), has been chosen as this year's commencement speaker to be held at USMMA on Monday, June 17, 2013.   “The United States Merchant Marine Academy is honored to have General Fraser as our commencement speaker. He epitomizes the ideals of our Academy.  He is an outstanding role-model for our graduates who are about to embark on a lifetime


Technicold Selected for Commercial Fishing Vessel

10 Ton Chiller Rack Stacked

Technicold by Northern Lights, an industry leader in marine HVACR systems, has been selected to supply the cooling and heating system on the environmentally friendly long-liner Northern Leader. Technicold will provide a complete climate control system to the 184 ft.’ commercial fishing vessel. Technicold components include a three- stage 360,000 BTU/hour chilled water system.   It incorporates a new two- stage 18kW immersion heating system


FUSION Debuts Marine-Specific Amplifiers

Stereo Amplifiers

  FUSION announced today the release of its line of hardened marine-specific stereo amplifiers. Purpose-built for installations on boats of all sizes, the new line of amplifiers is engineered for long-lasting performance. Offered in two configurations, the 400 Watt


Hybrid Marine Power & Propulsion Workshop

Image: Shock Mitigation

Hybrid Marine Power & Propulsion Workshop – Southampton – May 13 & 14, 2015   In May 2015 U.K. based Shock Mitigation will bring together a group of experts armed with the latest knowledge that will assist the sub IMO professional sector to understand the possibilities


ABB to Equip Entire AIDA Fleet with SEEMP

ABB EMMA Onboard Tracker - Main View

  ABB will deliver energy monitoring and management system EMMA to German-based cruise operator AIDA’s entire fleet consisting of 10 vessels. The EMMA advisory suite, already installed on six of AIDA’s cruise ships, is a decision-support tool to minimize the overall energy costs


Hapag-Lloyd and the Chinese port of Shenzhen Pact to Reduce Port Emission

Image:  Hapag-Lloyd AG

 Hapag-Lloyd and the Shenzhen Port Green Convention have entered into an agreement to cut back on sulphur oxide while the company's vessels are docked at port.   "By joining the Shenzhen Port Green Convention, Hapag-Lloyd has demonstrated its commitment to environment


Maritime SAR Exercise in the Seychelles

Photo: EUCAP Nestor

On Friday, April 10, the Seychelles Coast Guard, Air Force, Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA), Seychelles Maritime Safety Administration (SMSA) carried out a comprehensive search and rescue (SAR)exercise in the Seychelles. The Maritime Police Patrol Unit (MPPU) as well as other


Ships, Tankers Diverting from Yemen

The French worldwide shipping lines CMA-CGM berthed at Aden Container Terminal. Photo by Yemen Gulf of Aden Ports Corporation

 With violent conflicts and fighting continue at most Yemeni ports, shipping lines are pulling away from the country that’s devolved into chaos in past weeks.   A report in Reuters, quoting industry sources and ship tracking data


Ship Manager Fined for Emissions Regulations Breach

A ship management company has been fined $283,500 in connection with a breach of clean air regulations in the United States, the International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has confirmed.   ITIC reports that an inspector of the California Air Resources Board


USCG Caution Great Lakes Boaters

This chart of the Great Lakes shows how cold lake temperatures remain, despite recent warm weather.

  On the two-year anniversary of a tragic boating accident near Sandusky, Ohio, the U.S. Coast Guard is reminding Great Lakes boaters who may be thinking about venturing out on the area's lakes and rivers to consider that the water remains dangerously cold despite warming air temperatures


Oil Tanker Free after Grounding off Texas

SN Federica churns up mud while attempting to free itself after running aground March 31. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Dustin R. Williams)

An oil tanker has been refloated after running aground last Tuesday 35 miles east of Galveston, Texas.   The SN Federica, a 750-foot Italian flagged oil tanker carrying more than 400,000 barrels of crude oil (nearly 17 million gallons), ran aground while transiting into the Galveston Fairway


Cleveland Coast Guard Continue Investigation, Cleanup Operation

Courtesy USCG

  Crews are continuing their response and investigation Saturday for an unknown substance that was released Friday into Lake Erie at the Forest City Yacht Club in Cleveland. The spilled product coming from an outflow pipe near the marina appears to have ceased.


Indian Navy Evacuates Its Nationals from Troubled Yemen

General (retd) V K Singh, Minister of State for Overseas Indian Affairs (left) with Indian nationals after they were evacuated from Aden (Yemen) (Photo: Press Trust of India)

 India has launched a massive evacuation program and a warship rescued more Indian nationals who were stranded in Yemen from the western Red Sea port city of Hodeidah on Thursday.   As many as 349 Indians on Wednesday reached Djibouti after being evacuated on a Navy vessel from Aden


Flynn Refrigeration Completes Upgrade on Nuclear Carrier

  Flynn Refrigeration managing director Alex Flynn (photo courtesy of Flynn Refrigeration)

  Flynn Refrigeration has delivered a major package of improvements to the refrigeration and air-conditioning system onboard a vessel used to transport specialist nuclear materials around the world.   Working under contract to ship managers, Serco


'Iron Nickel' is Decommissioned

Rear Adm. Marcus A. Hitchcock, director of fleet and joint training for U.S. Fleet Forces Command, offers three cheers during the decommissioning ceremony. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Antonio

Hundreds of current and former crew members, 10 previous commanding officers, and their family members crowded onto the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) to bid farewell to the "Iron Nickel" during the ship's decommissioning ceremony at Naval Base San Diego


U.S. Port Delay Boost February Air Freight

Global air freight volumes rose 11.7 percent year-on-year in February, driven by the Chinese New Year, the International Air Transport Association said on Wednesday. Freight volumes traditionally increase in the weeks leading up to the holiday, which last year occurred in January


USCG Rescues 9 from Canadian Tall Ship

Recue underway

Coast Guard search and rescue crews from Station Gloucester, Air Station Cape Cod and the Coast Guard Cutter Ocracoke rescued nine crewmembers from the Canadian tall ship Liana's Ransom 58 miles east of Gloucester, Monday. Watchstanders at the Sector Boston Command Center received notification






 
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