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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.


Coast Guard Vessel Capsizes During Rescue Mission

U.S. Coast Guard Station Jones Beach crewmembers swam to shore after their rescue boat capsized in rough waters near East Rockaway Inlet, today.   At approximately 2 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound Command Center received an urgent distress call from the 76-foot scallop fishing vessel, Carolina Queen III, that had been taking on water with seven mariners aboard.   Shortly after, the master reported the vessel was under control and had run aground near the East Rockaway


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.


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


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.


Abu Dhabi Opens Upgraded AI Mirfa Port

Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Rulers Representative in the Western Region, H.E. Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Ports, officially inaugurated Al Mir

   Abu Dhabi Ports – the master developer, operator and manager of ports and Khalifa Industrial Zone in the Emirate, recently completed extensive redevelopment work at Al Mirfa Port, upgrading its infrastructure and facilities to better serve the community.   The extensive redevelopment work is part of Abu Dhabi Ports’ commitment to diversifying the Emirate’s economy by supporting and serving local communities


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


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


Guzmán Re-elected Harbor Commission President, Long Beach Port

Courtesy Port of Long Beach

Harbor Commission President Lori Ann Guzmán was re-elected Monday evening to serve a second one-year term leading the board that oversees the Port of Long Beach, the nation’s second-busiest seaport. The five-member Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners also selected Lou Anne Bynum as Vice President and Tracy Egoscue as Secretary, continuing in the roles they have served in for the past 12 months.


Update on Collision of Container Vessels Wan Hai 301, APL Denver

Photo:  APL

 The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) continues to coordinate the containment and clean-up efforts of the oil spillage in Singapore’s waters following the collision of container vessels Wan Hai 301 and APL Denver.   


Ciklin elected Chairman of Palm Beach Port

Blair J. Ciklin Photo Port of Palm Beach

On Tuesday, January 3, 2017, the Port of Palm Beach Board of Commissioners elected its new Chairman, Blair J. Ciklin, the longest serving Port Commissioner in the United States having completed his 38th year as a Port of Palm Beach District Commissioner in 2016.


Hanjin Creditors Oppose Terminal Sale

Photo: Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd

 US creditors of Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd.  objected to the Korean courier’s efforts to secure a New Jersey bankruptcy court approval of an asset sale to Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC), reports WSJ.   Geneva-based MSC, the world’s second largest container operator by


Liberian Registry Strengthens Asia Team

Wan Ching Chiang (Photo: LISCR)

The Liberian Registry has announced strategic new appointments in a number of key areas within the Asian regional offices operated by its US-based manager, the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR).   Wan Ching Chiang has been promoted to Registrations Manager for the


Master Marine Lays First Keel of Four-vessel Order

Photo: Master Marine

Master Marine said it has laid the first keel of four new 67’ x 28’ fleet boats ordered in September.  Each boat will be powered by a pair of S6R2-Y3MPTAW Mitsubishi 803 HP tier III diesel marine engines to be operated at 1,400 RPM coupled to Twin Disc 5321 gears


Hanjin Sells US Terminal Stake to MSC

Photo: Total Terminals International, LLC

 South Korean ocean carrier Hanjin Shipping Co. signed a deal to sell its stake in the U.S. port operator that runs Long Beach, Calif.’s, biggest container terminal to Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MSC), reports WSJ.   Hanjin, which for bankruptcy protection in August


Long Beach Weighs Offer for Hanjin Terminal

Photo: Port of Long Beach

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners will consider a proposal by a terminal investor to take over a majority stake in a long-term lease to operate the largest container terminal in the Port of Long Beach.   If approved, the pact could bring in business to replace the cargo volume


Long Beach Approves MSC's Bid for Hanjin Terminal

Photo: Port of Long Beach

The Port of Long Beach’s Harbor Commission on Wednesday approved an agreement to replace the bankrupt operator of its largest cargo terminal. The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners greenlighted the move by a subsidiary of Mediterranean Shipping Co


India Rolls out Sagarmala Development Company for USD 15 Bln Maritime Push

The Union Minister for Shipping,  Nitin Gadkari inaugurating the Sagarmala Development Company’s office premises, in New Delhi on December 26, 2016. The Secretary, Ministry of Shipping, Rajive Kumar is also seen

 India's Minister of Shipping Nitin Gadkari has said that projects worth Rs. 1 Lakh Crore (USD 15 Bln)  under Sagarmala programme are at various stages of implementation and development.    He was speaking to the press at a ceremony  to inaugurate the Sagarmala


'City of Tokyo' Refused Access to Paris MoU Region

Infographics: Paris MoU

 M/s City of Tokyo vessel was detained in Antwerp (Belgium) on 23rd October 2015 and left the port of Antwerp on 21st October 2016 but failed to call at the repair yard in Dubai as agreed, before 30th November 2016.   The ship flies the flag of  Panama


New CEO for Antwerp Port Authority as from January 1st

Jacques Vandermeiren Photo: Port of Antwerp

 Jacques Vandermeiren is Chief Executive Officer and President of the Executive Committee of Antwerp Port Authority as of 1 January 2017.   Until January 2015 Vandermeiren was CEO and President of the Executive Committee of the network operator Elia, a listed company


Panama-Flagged Ship Banned from Paris MoU Region

City of Tokyo Photo Paris MoU

The vessel M/S "CITY OF TOKYO" was detained in Antwerp (Belgium) on 23rd October 2015 and left the port of Antwerp on 21st October 2016 but failed to call at the repair yard in Dubai as agreed, before 30th November 2016. The ship flies the flag of  Panama


USCG Fines Ferry Passenger for Laser Incident

MV Tokitae (Photo: WSF)

A Washington resident has been fined for interfering with the safe operation of a Washington State Ferry (WSF) passenger vessel by shining a laser at the ferry’s master and chief mate. Mark Raden of Freeland, Wash. was aboard the WSF Kitsap transiting between Mukilteo and Clinton on


Oil Spill after two Container Vessels Collide near Johar

At about 2350 hrs on 3rd January 2017, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) was notified by the Johor Port Authority (JPA) of a collision between Singapore-registered container vessel WAN HAI 301 and a Gibraltar-registered container vessel APL DENVER off Pasir Gudang Port


Box Ships APL Denver and Wan Hai 301 Collided

Pic: APL

 The container carriers APL Denver and Wan Hai 301 collided off Pasir Gudang Port in Johor, Malaysia, resulting in an oil spill.    Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said it was notified by the Johor Port Authority (JPA) of a collision between Singapore-registered






 
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