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Vice President Thanks ESG 1 Sailors and Marines

Vice President Dick Cheney spoke to approximately 3,200 Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 1 Sailors, Marines and family members on May 23. While aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), where the event was hosted, Cheney thanked the ESG 1 service members for their hard work in supporting the war on terror and providing humanitarian aid to Pakistan after an October 2005 earthquake there killed more than 70,000 people. "This operation would not have been possible without the effort of ESG 1," said Cheney. "Thank you for your exemplary work in this great time of need." Rear Adm. Michael LeFever, commander, ESG 1, said that helping out those in need in Pakistan was different because it was a non-combatant role, but it was a wonderful experience for him and the ESG 1 crew. "It was really a great opportunity to help out. We met a lot of great people, and it felt good to be able to help the people of Pakistan," LeFever said. During the relief effort, ESG 1 ships USS Cleveland (LPD 7) and USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) offloaded several hundred tons of relief supplies and equipment in the port of Karachi, Pakistan, to assist Pakistani citizens with medical and rebuilding needs. Cheney also spoke about the importance of ESG 1's role in the war on terror and stressed that the military will "...stay in the fight until the fight is done. "The terrorist will fail because the American military stands in their way," Cheney added.


Port of Long Beach Appoint Michael Gold Director of Communications

Michael Gold: Photo credit Port of Long Beach

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has selected Michael Gold as Director of Communications & Community Relations for the Port of Long Beach, beginning in mid-July. The Board voted Gold to the post at their July 1 meeting, following a six-month search to replace Heather Morris, who retired after heading the department for more than eight years. Gold has been working in the public affairs and legislative fields for more than 16 years


Moffatt & Nichol New Terminal Plan

Moffatt & Nichol announced that it has been selected by the Montreal Port Authority to prepare the detailed development plan, complete preliminary engineering and develop contracting strategies for the construction of the new Hochelaga-Viau container terminal, and re-development of the Laurier-Tarte break-bulk terminal. This mandate is related to Phase two of the Port of Montreal’s Vision 2020 strategic plan.


NOAA: Marine Debris Costs California Millions

Marine debris found on Seal Beach, Orange County, California. (Credit:NOAA)

Southern California residents lose millions of dollars each year avoiding littered, local beaches in favor of choosing cleaner beaches that are farther away and may cost more to reach, according to a new NOAA-funded Marine Debris Program economics study. Reducing marine debris even by 25 percent at beaches in and near California’s Orange County could save residents roughly $32 million during three months in the summer by not having to travel longer distances to other beaches.


USCG Releases Investigation Report on 2009 Parasailing Accident

The Coast Guard Thursday released the final report on the investigation of the parasailing accident involving the small passenger vessel Tied High off the coast of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., in 2009. Several factors contributed to the deaths of two people killed August 28, 2009, while parasailing with the vessel, the report said. The investigation found the initiating event for this casualty was the failure of the winch to retrieve the passengers in flight during the storm and high winds


LCS Mine Warfare Sailors Complete RMS Operational Assessment

The Remote Minehunting System (RMS) successfully completed the test phase of a formal Operational Assessment designed to validate the system's mine hunting capabilities and operational availability on Aug. 21 at Lockheed Martin’s Riveria Beach, Fla., Test Facility. This Operational Assessment concludes a nine month effort to incorporate and verify RMS reliability and suitability improvements The RMS is one of several next-generation Naval mine countermeasure systems being


Report on UK Riverdance Casualty

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) released the report of its investigation into the grounding and subsequent loss of the ro-ro cargo vessel Riverdance on Shell Flats – Cleveleys Beach, Lancashire on 31 January 2008. The root cause seems to have been complacency. The true weights and dispositions of the cargo were not calculated, nor was the ship’s stability. Despite the heavy weather conditions, some openings on the weather deck were not closed off


Panama Canal Partnership with Long Beach

Port of Long Beach Executive Director Richard D. Steinke, ACP Administrator/CEO Alberto Alemán Zubieta and Port of Long Beach Harbor Commissioner Mario Cordero sign MOU. Photo courtesy Panama Canal Authority

Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Administrator/CEO Alberto Alemán Zubieta and Port of Long Beach (POLB) Executive Director Richard D. Steinke signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Panama aimed at generating new business and economic growth and promoting international trade between Long Beach and the East Coast of Latin America via the Panama Canal. Both parties asserted their commitment to mutual cooperation at the official ceremony


All Set for the Long Beach Arts Month

Port of Long Beach display

  A gala reception Saturday, Oct. 4, will kick off a month-long art exhibition showcasing the Port of Long Beach in images captured by professional and amateur photographers. The show, “Port of Long Beach PHOTOGALLERY,” will be held at the Liberty Gallery and Event Space, 6-10 p.m., at 435 Alamitos Ave., in conjunction with Long Beach Arts Month. The evening reception and exhibit are free and are the culmination of a photographic arts program offered by the Port in


Christensen, Farren Join Port of Long Beach

Michael Christensen and Glenn Farren appointed to newly created management positions

  The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners this week appointed port industry veterans Michael Christensen and Glenn Farren to newly created management positions to enhance cargo flow and service at the Port of Long Beach. Christensen, who most recently was Deputy Executive Director at the Port of Los Angeles, was appointed Port of Long Beach’s Senior Executive for Supply Chain Optimization, reporting directly to Chief Executive Jon Slangerup


Long Beach, Los Angeles ports host forum to gather input

Joint Meeting

  More than 100 cargo owners, trucking firm leaders, longshore labor, marine terminals and other goods movement industry representatives turned out Wednesday for a joint meeting hosted by the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to gather input


IMO: Making Ferries Safer

Photo: IMO

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) domestic ferry safety conference in Manila April 24 has adopted guidelines to aid the process of reducing the mounting toll of accidents involving such vessels by addressing the question of whether a ship is fit for purpose in its intended role.


Fuel Slick Washes Up On Canary Islands After Ship Sinks

Around 120 kilos of shipping fuel has been scraped up off the Spanish Gran Canaria tourist beaches Veneguera, Tasarte and Taurito, the government said on Thursday, after a Russian fuel-laden ship sank off the coast last week.   The situation on the beaches would worsen over the next few days


FMC Chairman Addresses PEMA Ports Program

Mario Cordero (Photo: FMC)

U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Chairman Mario Cordero addressed the Professional Environmental Management Association (PEMA) at its Annual Ports Program held in Seal Beach, California. The Chairman spoke on the subject of congestion at U.S


Philippines Accuses China of Turning Water Cannon on its Fishing Boats

Filipino activists denounced China's coast guard on Tuesday for turning water cannon on Philippine fishing boats in disputed waters, near where hundreds of Filipino and American Marines landed on a beach in a mock assault.   The presidential palace in Manila said China's coast guard used


Simulation & Ice Navigation Training

In a anticipation of the growing need for deck officers and masters experienced in operating in ice covered waters and as evidenced by the relatively rapid increase in vessel traffic in areas of the Arctic Ocean due to the receding ice coverage


Philippines: China Intimidating Its Fishing Boats

Filipino activists denounced China's coast guard on Tuesday for turning water cannon on Philippine fishing boats in disputed waters, near where hundreds of Filipino and American Marines landed on a beach in a mock assault. The presidential palace in Manila said China's coast guard used water


ABS Appoints New Chief Technology Officer

Howard Fireman (Photo: ABS)

ABS named Howard Fireman as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) effective April 20 in a move that strengthens alignment and generates further synergies across all of ABS' technical programs, ABS announced.   Fireman, who will report to ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J


Long Beach Cargo Rises Sharply in March

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Port of Long Beach sees jump in shipments with easing of congestion   Cargo surged upward in March at the Port of Long Beach with a 32 percent increase over the same month last year, making it the busiest March in the Port’s history.  


Capt. Ang Chin Eng New Technical Director of SSA

Capt Ang Chin Eng. Photo by Singapore Shipping Association

 The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) has appointed a full time Technical Director who will be responsible for ensuring the Association maintains its pledge of delivering a high level of technical advice and service to its members against a rapidly changing international regulatory


River Dance: Grounding Launches Runaway Barges, Coast Guard Investigation

Randy Oneill.jpg

It has been said that the vast majorities of collisions at sea occur in near perfect weather conditions. That trend can also be applied to the inland river system. Not too long ago, it was a beautiful mid-summer afternoon in the nation’s heartland


Zamakona Inks Agreement with Subsea Masters

From left to right: Harry Waters, Managing Director of Subsea Masters; Álvaro Garaygordóbil, CEO Zamakona Yards Canarias; Borja Garaygordóbil, Managing Director Zamakona Yards Canarias; David Fletcher, Managing Director GEV Offshore and James Rothwell, Project Engineer GEV Offshore (Photo: Zamakona Yards)

Zamakona Yards has signed a partnership agreement with British company Subsea Masters, a specialist in drilling equipment maintenance and repair.   With this agreement the Basque-Canarian Group expands its range of services adapted to the offshore industry.  


EU Takes Tough Stance on Ship Scrapping in South Asia

Image by NGO Shipbreaking Platform

 The EU is set to ban owners from scrapping ships on South Asian beaches, according to news report in Reuters.   The new rules will require that EU-registered ships are only recycled at sustainable facilities, lowering the environmental and human cost of the current process of


EU to Ban Scrapping Ships on South Asian Beaches

Over 60 pct of ships scrapped on Asian beaches in 2014. Practice poses human risk, environmental dangers. New EU rules set high standards, but with loopholes. European, Turkish and Chinese recyclers are set to benefit from strict new EU rules on breaking up old ships


Feds Delay LNG’s Port Ambrose Application

Port Ambrose Map:  Liberty Natural Gas, LLC

 The US Coast Guard and the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) have temporarily suspended their review of the proposed Port Ambrose deep-water LNG import terminal.   Liberty Natural Gas’s application to build the Port Ambrose deep-water port to receive LNG in the New York/New






 
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