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Haitian Migrants Rescued at Sea, Repatriated

A crewmember aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant lowers a child to a boatcrew during a repatriation off the coast of Haiti, June 16, 2015. Fifty-four Haitian migrants were interdicted south of St. John, Virgin Islands, aboard an overloaded sailing vessel on June 10.  (USCG photo)

The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Valiant repatriated 54 Haitian migrants to Cap Haitien, Haiti, Tuesday.   While on patrol, a Caribbean Air & Marine Branch aircraft reported a suspicious sailing vessel south of St. John, Virgin Islands, Wednesday. A boatcrew from Coast Guard Station San Juan, Puerto Rico, arrived on scene and provided life jackets to the suspected migrants aboard the grossly overloaded vessel. The Coast Guard Cutter Forward arrived on scene and safely embarked 54 Haitian migrants before transferring them to the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant for repatriation.  Two suspected smugglers were brought in for further investigation.   "This smuggling attempt unnecessarily put lives at great risk, including the lives of young children," said Cmdr. Timothy Cronin, Coast Guard 7th District deputy chief of enforcement."There have been no changes to U.S. immigration laws and the Coast Guard, along with its interagency partners, will seek to prosecute smugglers to the fullest extent of the law and promptly return illegal migrants to their respective county of origin."   Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention.   Coast Guard assets involved with this case include Coast Guard Cutter Valiant, 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Jacksonville, Florida; Coast Guard Cutter Forward, 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth


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


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.


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.


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)


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


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)


Ingalls Begins Building US Navy Destroyer

Cmdr. Dave Murray, post-delivery officer for the U.S. Navy’s DDG 51 program, presses the button to start fabrication of the Ingalls-built destroyer Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121). Photo by Lance Davis/HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division marked the start of fabrication for the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) destroyer Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) for the U.S. Navy. The start of fabrication signifies that 100 tons of steel have been cut.  


First Female Deputy Harbor Master at Port of Durban

Pinky Zungu has again made history with her appointment as Transnet National Ports Authority’s first black female Deputy Harbor Master – Nautical for the Port of Durban. (Photo: Philip Wilson)

One of the first three women in Africa to obtain a Marine Pilot open license in 2011, Pinky Zungu has again made history with her appointment as Transnet National Ports Authority’s first black female Deputy Harbor Master – Nautical for the Port of Durban.  


New Shipping Firm Sets up in Vancouver

A new shipping company has established itself in Vancouver as the Vancouver International Maritime Centre (VIMC) completes its Asia tour, launching in Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong.   Greystoke Marine Management Ltd. is the latest company to choose Vancouver for its base of operations


MARAD: $5 Mln Available for Marine Highway Projects

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has announced the availability of $5 million in Federal funding to expand marine highway service by creating new or expanding existing services along designated Marine Highway Routes.   A Marine Highway Project is a planned service


Selektope wins European Marine Engineering Award

I-Tech Managing Director Philip Chaabane (left) receives the European Marine Engineering Award for Selektope from IACS Secretary General Robert Ashdown Photo IACS

Gothenburg-based I-Tech’s Selektope antifouling agent has secured one of the prestigious European Marine Engineering Awards 2016, in recognition of the breakthrough marine coating ingredient’s Environmental Performance. The Environmental Performance Award, sponsored by DNV GL


U.S. to give Philippines South China Sea 'eye-in-the-sky'

The United States will transfer an observation blimp to the Philippines to help it track maritime activity and guard its borders amid rising tensions in the South China Sea, a U.S. diplomat said on Monday. Philip Goldberg, U.S. ambassador to the Philippines, said Washington would give Manila


Carrnival Continues Cruise Talks with Cuba

(Photo: Carnival Corporation)

Carnival Corporation & plc said it is continuing discussions with Cuba to allow cruise ships to operate in the same manner as current air charter operations, which transport Cuba-born individuals to and from Cuba.   Fathom will begin sailing its 704-passenger Adonia luxury cruise ship


This Day In Naval History: April 18

1848 - U.S. Navy expedition to explore the Dead Sea and the River Jordan, commanded by Lt. William F. Lynch, reaches the Dead Sea.   1906 - U.S. Navy assists in relief operations during the San Francisco earthquake and fire. Sailors and Marines fight fires and ships carry the homeless and


Man Missing after Tug Capsizes in Houston

The U.S. Coast Guard and Harris County Sheriff Department responders are searching for a missing man after he and four others were sent into the water when their tug flipped over in the San Jacinto river about a half mile south of Interstate 10 in Houston.  


John P. Murtha Completes Acceptance Trials

John P. Murtha (LPD 26) (Photo: Lance Davis/HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced the completion of acceptance sea trials for the company’s 10th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, John P. Murtha (LPD 26). The ship, built at HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division


Indian Aircraft Carrier to Get Russian Weaponry

INS Vikrant. Photo: Indian Navy

 Russia could supply air defence systems and other equipment to the Indian Vikrant-class aircraft carrier currently under construction, says a report by IANS.   The first of the Vikrant-class aircraft carriers, the INS Vikramaditya, is Russian-built


Hanjin Shipping Seeks Bank-Debt Restructuring

Hanjin's debts at 5.6 trln won at end 2015; company has been squeezed by low shipping margins. South Korea's Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd will ask creditor banks to restructure its debt, the country's largest shipper by assets said, in an attempt to weather a squeeze in margins from a severe industry


Hanjin Shipping Opts for Debt Restructuring

Photo: Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd

 South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd will work with lenders to restructure debt after years of weak demand resulted in losses and cash erosion, reports Bloomberg.   The board of Hanjin Shipping decided to file for receivership and give creditors authority to manage the company


Whale-watching Catamaran Repowered by Volvo Penta

Photo: Volvo Penta

When it came time to replace the old engines in his whale-watching vessel, Capt. Joe Nazar chose Volvo Penta and has enjoyed the benefits of improved fuel efficiency, lower emissions, reduced noise levels and better performance ever since.  


AIDAprima Makes Maiden Call at Southampton

AIDAprima (Photo: AIDA Cruises)

AIDA Cruises’ new flagship AIDAprima docked in Britain’s Southampton port for the first time on the morning of April 27, 2016, as part of a four-day short cruise. AIDAprima will become the first cruise ship to depart from a German port all year round






 
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