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Sealift Logistics Command Leadership Change

Sealift Logistics Command Atlantic, the Norfolk, Va.,-based U.S. Navy command responsible for operational control over Military Sealift Command vessels providing ocean transportation of equipment, fuel, supplies and ammunition in the Atlantic, changed command during a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk today. Capt. Michael G. Graham assumed command of SEALOGLANT from outgoing commander, Capt. George G. Galyo, on the flight deck of fast combat support ship USNS Arctic in a 10 a.m. ceremony.  Arctic, one of MSC's four fast combat support ships, transports fuel and other vital supplies to Navy warships, which allow the combatants to remain deployed for long periods of time. Galyo's next assignment is with Naval Surface Force Atlantic as its training and readiness officer. The command, located at Naval Support Activity, Norfolk, was established in 1975 as the type commander for cruiser/destroyer, amphibious and mine forces in the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. Graham last served as the U.S. Northern Command liaison officer to U.S. Fleet Forces Command.  A native of Detroit, Mich., he graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in aerospace engineering in 1984.  His at-sea assignments include serving aboard USS Carr, USS Rentz, USS Hue City, USS Barry, Cruiser-Destroyer Group One, USS Laboon, and Cruiser-Destroyer Group Ten.  


Barry Whips Through Florida's Panhandle

The remnants of Tropical Storm Barry doused the Florida Panhandle and Alabama with heavy rains on Monday and threatened to bring floods and tornadoes as it headed inland, forecasters said. Barry was downgraded to a tropical depression with maximum winds of just 30 mph hours after steaming ashore from the Gulf of Mexico with winds just short of hurricane strength near the town of Destin, 60 miles west of Panama City, around 2 a.m. EDT.


Lawrence Graham Appoints New Partner

London-based law firm Lawrence Graham has appointed Charles Baker, an experienced maritime and trade lawyer, as a new partner. Baker, who has more than 25 years experience in maritime law, had previously been with Herbert Smith where he set up the Paris office of Holman Fenwick & Willan.


V.Ships Company to Develop Offshore Industry Markets

The V.Ships Group has formed a new company to further develop its involvement in the offshore industry worldwide. V.Ships Offshore has recently established an office in Aberdeen, with the appointment of Graham Robson as Director. His international experience in management, business development and operations in the upstream sector includes 23 years with the offshore industry’s largest vessel operator, Tidewater Marine, latterly as Manager, International Marketing, in New Orleans.


Senate: Bill on South Carolina OCS Leasing Debuts

Senator Graham (R-SC) introduced the South Carolina Offshore Drilling Act (S. 3284) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to provide for the inclusion of areas off the coast of South Carolina in the outer Continental Shelf leasing program for fiscal years 2012 through 2017, and for other purposes.  Senator Graham issued a press release explaining the measure.  (6/11/12). Source: Bryant's Maritime Consulting Newsletter (http://brymar-consulting


Navy Secretary Receives Philadelphia Award

Donald C. Winter, Secretary of the Navy, will receive the Commodore John Barry Distinguished Citizen Award at the annual Navy League Dinner to be held on August 28. Drexelbrook in Drexel Hill. Dr. Winter, who holds a doctorate in physics from the University of Michigan, is the 74th Secretary of the Navy, and is responsible for an annual budget in excess of $125b and almost 900,000 people. Prior to joining the administration of President George W. Bush, he served as a


Cummins Power for Graham Gulf

It takes about ten and a half months to complete a 155-ft. supply boat at C&G Boatworks in Bayou LaBatre. So the boat that Janson Graham of Graham Gulf, had started this past July, should deliver some time next April or May. Sea trials for the new vessel will attract some attention, since it is a sister to boats delivered this past spring, but it will have different power. The earlier boats were powered by four 1575 HP engines for a total of 6300 HP


Shortlist announced for the 2013 Offshore Achievement Awards

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Finalists for this year’s Offshore Achievement Awards have been named  {Tuesday 22 January}, in an announcement which celebrates the highest performing companies and individuals within the energy industry. The 2013 awards, which were launched in October by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section, received a high level of interest across each of the categories. TAQA Bratani is supporting the awards as main sponsor for a second successive year.


Vessel Sales Arranged by Marcon

Marcon International has reported the following sales, all arranged by the company. C & C Boats of Southern California has sold crewboat Irene T II (57 x 17.5 ft., built 1970 by Halter Marine) to Anchorage Launch of Portland, Ore. Anchorage will employ the boat in its ship services business on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. C & C Boats has also purchased U.S. flag 120 x 24 ft. crewboat Miss Johnette, which was built 1988 by Breaux Bay Craft from Graham Offshore of Texas


This Day in U.S. Naval History - March 10

1783 - USS Alliance (CAPT John Barry) defeats HMS Sybil in final naval action of Revolution in West Indies waters   1933 - Pacific Fleet provides assistance after earthquake at Long Beach, CA   1945 - Navy and civilian nurses interned at Los Banos, Philippines flown back to U.S. Navy nurses awarded Bronze Star.   1948 - First use of jets assigned to operational squadron (VF-5A) on board a carrier (Boxer)  


Man Winched from Stricken Yacht in North Sea

A man has been rescued after his yacht ran into difficulty 28 nautical miles north of Cromer. Humber Coastguard received a distress alert from the 22-foot yacht just after 8 a.m. this morning. The person on board reported that he was taking on water


DNV GL Revisits Offshore Oil & Gas Risks

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In the first issue its 'Perspectives' online magazine DNV GL’s Graham Bennett points out that the Macondo incident has cast a spotlight on well control standards and the need for more consistency in training. Offshore oil and gas activities are not, by nature, inherently safe


Ingalls Donates to MGCCC’s Transitions Academy

Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias, left, and Mary S. Graham, president of Mississippi Gulf Coast College hold the check representing the donation Ingalls made to MGCCC to purchase welding machines. (Photo: HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has donated $53,640 to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) for the purchase of welding machines to be used at the school's new Transitions Academy. The academy will be housed at MGCCC's West Harrison County Center in


Fortis to Hold Investor Day on October 1

  Fortis Inc. will hold an Investor Day on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, in Toronto, Ontario.  Barry Perry, President and incoming Chief Executive Officer, Fortis, along with the Corporation's Executive Vice Presidents and members of the senior management team


Orica Fined Heavily for Australian Pollution Incidents

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Orica Australia Pty Ltd has been convicted and penalised $768,250 in relation to charges brought by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) for pollution incidents at Orica’s Kooragang Island and Botany plants. This includes a fine of $211


Braemar Completes Merger with ACM Shipping

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  Braemar Shipping Services plc has completed the merger with ACM Shipping Group Plc (‘ACM’). ACM will merge with Braemar Seascope, the shipbroking division of Braemar Shipping Services, to form a new combined shipbroking business, which will trade as Braemar ACM Shipbroking.


2 Rescued Near Humber Bridge by Maritime & Coastguard Agency

A rescue in the Humber

  Humber Coastguard received a call just after 10am this morning reporting two people in the water after their powered canoe had capsized just west of the Humber Bridge. The Hull Coastguard Rescue Team, Humber Rescue Inshore Lifeboat and the police all attended and found one of the


2H Offshore Joins Deepwater Mining Consortium

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2H Offshore, an Acteon company, has joined an international European consortium comprising nineteen industry and research organizations to develop deepwater mining solutions. Over the next four years, the European Commission funded project, known as Blue Mining


COSCO Orders Deltamarin B.Deltas

Rendering of a B.Delta37 (© Deltamarin Ltd)

Marking another order for Deltamarin’s B.Delta37, the first Chinese shipowner COSCO has ordered four 40,000 DWT Handymax bulk carriers at Tianjin Xingang shipyard in China. In addition to the latest COSCO order, 16 B.Delta37 vessels had previously been ordered at the Tianjin Xingang


North Sea Accommodation Module Sealed with Roxtec

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Global safety seal manufacturer Roxtec has completed a project supplying cable and pipe seals to a six level accommodation module on the Golden Eagle development. The living quarters houses 70 self-contained cabins for up to 140 people. It also includes a gymnasium, dining room


Agenda For June 19 Public Meeting on NPREP Guidlines

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Leaders of the maritime industry will convene in Washington, D.C. on June 19 with representatives of the relevant government agencies to have a dialogue addressing concerns with, and ways to improve, the recently published draft National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (NPREP) guidelines


Today in U.S. Naval History: June 5

Today in U.S. Naval History - June 5 1794 - First officers of the U.S. Navy under the Constitution are appointed. The first six captains appointed to superintend the construction of new ships were John Barry, Samuel Nicholson, Silas Talbot, Joshua Barney, Richard Dale and Thomas Truxtun


Signet Buys Harvey Gulf's Towing Division

Shane J. Guidry, Chairman & CEO, Harvey Gulf (left) and J. Barry Snyder, President, Signet Maritime sign closing documents on May 15 at Harvey Gulf International Marine in New Orleans, Louisiana for the sale of Harvey’s Offshore Towing Division to Signet Maritime.

Harvey Gulf International Marine has sold its towing division to Signet Maritime Corporation. Through the deal, Signet will acquire eight offshore towing vessels (OTVs) ranging in size from 75 to 153 metric tons bollard pull. The sale will encompass all Harvey OTVs, spares, business and supplies


Signet Closes $209m Financing Facility

Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, through its Energy and Marine and Capital Markets Groups, acting in the capacity of lead arranger, closed a $209 million financing facility today for Signet Maritime Corporation, a global marine transportation company based in Houston.


Columbus' Santa Maria May Have Been Found off Haiti

A replica of the Santa Maria (Library of Congress photo)

Underwater explorer Barry Clifford said he found sunken off Haiti what he thinks is the wreck of Santa Maria, Christopher Columbus’ long lost flagship from his first journey to the Americas. Clifford, working for an operation funded by the History Channel






 
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