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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.


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


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


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


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


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)  


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.


GBSL to Drydock 23 Crowley Vessels

Photo: Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited

One of the largest exclusive ship repair fleet agreements in Caribbean history, worth more than $10 million, signed between GBSL and Crowley which will extend to mid – 2017.   Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL), the ship repair and refurbishment yard in Freeport Grand Bahama


Calecore Bags Norwegian Contracts

Seabed Worker (Photo: Calecore)

Calecore continues strong Norwegian presence with recent contract awards from three majors, including imminent works with ABB   Calecore has been contracted by ABB to supply a pre-lay survey of the Martin Linge PFS (Power from Shore) cable route to be conducted from the DP2 class vessel


AEGIS Missile Defense System Performs Successful Test

AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense System Tracks, Simulates Engagements of Three Short-Range Ballistic Missiles Courtesy AEGIS - BMD

  The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and sailors aboard the USS Carney, USS Gonzalez, and USS Barry successfully completed a flight test involving the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) weapon system. At approximately 2:30 a.m. EST today


CGG to cut Vessel Fleet Further

French seismic group CGG said on Thursday it would further cut its fleet of seismic vessels after declining demand from oil and gas clients hit by the falling oil price led it to record an impairment and one-time charges of $643 million in the fourth quarter.


Crew of Stricken Fishing Vessel Found Unharmed

The crew of a stricken fishing vessel, seemingly washed up on the beach at Chapel St Leonards, are safe and well, Humber Coastguard reported.   Skegness and Chapel coastguards, Skegness RNLI inshore lifeboats and a rescue helicopter were all tasked to the 18-foot coble reported to the


Expanding Operations Demand Robust Fleet Management Solution

“Multiple Reports including logs for billing, subsistence, vessel utilization, vessel activities, fuel, commodities, crew and safety and preventive maintenance can all be generated, accessed and transmitted over Harvey Gulf’s satellite service provider.”    – Barry Autin, Vice President and  Chief Administrative Officer, Harvey Gulf

As technology needs penetrate the growing offshore sector, Harvey Gulf will depend on Advanced Logistics’ software to support its expanding fleet deployments. When offshore heavyweight Harvey Gulf International Marine deployed Advanced Logistics’ marine management system, SAMM


Shipbuilding: Sixth Cape Class Patrol Boat Launched

Cape Class Patrol Boat - Cape Leveque being launched (Photo courtesy of Austal)

Austal has launched the sixth in-series Cape Class Patrol Boat (CCPB) at the company’s Australian Defense Facility in Henderson, Western Australia. The launch of Cape Leveque marks the third year in a row a CCPB has been launched in the first week of January; preceded by Cape St George


Krill Systems Expands in the Far East

Photo courtesy of Krill Systems

Despite plummeting global fuel-prices, raising inevitable questions about their impact on the fuel conservation sector of the market, Krill Systems has reported strong booth traffic and interest in its products and services at the recent Work Boat Show in New Orleans


Deloitte : Investment Crucial for UKCS

United Kingdom Continental Shelf

  The North Sea needs continued investment from businesses and government through its current period of transition, according to a new report from Deloitte, the business advisory firm. Deloitte’s Petroleum Services Group’s latest North West Europe Review, which details drilling


Oil Majors Seek to Claw Back Costs from Service Firms

Global oil majors say they are demanding cheaper but better services from engineering and service companies, or simply taking work back in-house, after losing hundreds of billions on cost overruns in the last five years. Cost overruns and delays were the main reason why oil majors generated


Tauber Oil Opens West Calcasieu Port Operations

Photo: West Calcasieu Port

Tauber Oil Company of Houston has become the West Calcasieu Port’s newest tenant.    “Tauber Oil is a service-oriented wholesale energy marketing company with a reputation for reliable performance and untarnished character,” said Lynn Hohensee, port director


Fugitive Treasure Hunter Arrested in Florida

An Ohio man who recovered as much as $400 million in gold from a shipwreck has been arrested in Florida after two years on the run and was scheduled to appear in federal court on Wednesday.   Tommy Thompson was detained on Tuesday night at a Hilton hotel in west Boca Raton, Florida


Maersk Offshore Service Units to Cut Head Office Jobs

Photo: Maersk Drilling

A.P. Moller-Maersk's oil industry service companies Maersk Drilling and Maersk Supply Services, are to cut staffing at their Danish head offices due to the slump in oil prices.   Oil companies and as a result the firms servicing them, have slashed spending and cut jobs since crude oil


Fortis to Host Inaugural U.S. Investor Day on April 1

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  Fortis Inc. will host its inaugural U.S. Investor Day on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 in New York.  The following senior executives will provide an overview and update on Fortis operations, recent developments and strategic outlook: • Barry Perry, President and CEO, Fortis


Moore Stephens Warns Offshore Maritime Sector to Watch Costs and Risk Exposure

Cassie Forman, Moore Stephens Director, Shipping and Offshore Maritime

International accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens said today that companies in the offshore maritime sector need to keep a close watch on costs and manage their exposure to risk in the wake of the dramatic fall in oil prices. “It is remarkable how quickly the dramatic fall in oil






 
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