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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


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


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.


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


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.


MSC Napoli Beached and Leaking

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a notice stating that the MSC Napoli was being towed to sheltered waters in Lyme Bay, Devon. A second notice reported that, due to continuing bad weather, the container ship will be beached to prevent it from sinking. A third notice said that approximately 50 containers have been lost overboard as severe gales rock the beached ship. There are indications that bunker oil is also leaking from the ship.


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


ASA Members Respond to Grounded Barge

On Nov. 18, two members of the American Salvage Association (ASA) successfully pulled a grounded barge, La Princesa, off Sandbridge beach in Virginia Beach, Va.  The barge had broken free from the tug Sentry and grounded on the beach near Little Island Pier in Virginia Beach, Va. Crews used two tugboats pulling together on the bow and stern of the barge at high tide to free it.  The U.S. Coast Guard was also on-scene and working together


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


Simmons Assumes Command of USS James E. Williams

USS James E. Williams (DDG 95)

  Capt. Anthony L. Simmons relieved Cmdr. Curtis B. Calloway as commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) at sea on Sept. 16. Simmons arrives from the staff of Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 2 and will remain in command pending the


Bahri Appoint Two Board Members

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  The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) announces it received on 21/11/1435H corresponding to 16/9/2014G a letter from Saudi Aramco Development Company (SADC) appointing Mr. Said Abdullatif Al-Hadrami (non-executive member) and Mr


Environmental Attorney Joins Long Beach Harbor Commission

Tracy Egoscue formerly ran Baykeeper, Regional Water Board

  Environmental attorney and Long Beach resident Tracy Egoscue joined the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Tuesday as the first Commissioner appointed by newly elected Mayor Robert Garcia. She was approved by the City Council last week for a six-year term.


PierPass' New President Responsible for Ports of LA & Long Beach

PierPass entrance: Image courtesy of PierPass

New president John Cushing’s role gives him responsibility for PierPass programs to relieve congestion and improve air quality at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. He takes over the role of president from Bruce Wargo, who has led PierPass since its founding in 2004 and remains CEO.


Port of Long Beach Offers Scholarships to HS Seniors

Photo courtesy of the Port of Long Beach

Port of Long Beach supports students pursuing higher education For many high school seniors, the thought of college can be financially intimidating. The Port of Long Beach said it is committed to supporting students by providing scholarships to those pursuing careers in international trade


New Crew Planning Software in Development

Hamburg-based ship-owning and ship management company E.R. Schiffahrt developed a Crew Compliance Optimizer, CCO, together with its partners Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement and the scientists of the Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics and Services (CML)


AMSA Issues Ebola Virus Advice

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice to shipowners and ship operators regarding the recent outbreak of Ebola virus in West Africa. The notice also served to offer advice on the risks posed to seafarers calling in countries affected by the outbreak.


Hearing to Examine Status of US Merchant Marine

The U.S. Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, chaired by U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), will hold a hearing next week to examine issues impacting the U.S. merchant marine, the fleet of U.S. documented, or flagged, commercial vessels which carries imports and exports during


American Crane Promote Norheim Executive V-P

Karen Norheim: Photo American Crane

American Crane & Equipment Corporation, an Eastern Pennsylvania based manufacturer of overhead electric cranes and hoist says it has appointed Karen Norheim, formerly Vice President of Marketing and Information Technology, as Executive Vice President.


Tropical Storm Forms off Mexico's Pacific Coast

Tropical storm Odile formed on Wednesday off Mexico's Pacific Coast and is due to strengthen overnight as it moves towards the famous beach resort of Acapulco, which was hit hard by storms and record flooding last year. On Wednesday morning


USCG Rescues Fisherman off Massachusetts

USCG photo

A fisherman was rescued by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) after his 40-foot fishing vessel became caught in the surf on the Chatham Bar in Chatham, Massachusetts, Wednesday.  USCG Watchstanders at Sector Southeast New England received a notification from a good Samaritan informing


Preventive Measures Against Ebola in Benin, Cotonou

  Following the outbreak of the Ebola Virus in West Africa, Cotonou port authorities have taken the below preventive measures to fight the spread of the virus:    1) For all vessels calling Cotonou port, the agent is required to send to the Harbor Master office a port of call


Two Long Beach Port Funded Projects Opened

Port helps Fund Homeless Center Garden and Solar Carport

  In a festive ceremony, two Port of Long Beach grant-funded environmental projects had their grand openings yesterday,  at the Century Villages of Cabrillo homeless rehabilitation complex in West Long Beach. Century Villages at Cabrillo was awarded grants under the Port’s


T&T Salvage Refloats Containership

Photo courtesy of T&T Salvage

Damn the Torpedoes: T&T Salvage completes another successful OPA 90 response T&T Salvage and their strategic response partner, Cabras Marine, successfully refloated a 17,000 ton fully cellular containership that went aground near Micro Beach in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands.


Port of Long Beach Sees Cargo Numbers Slip

Fall in container shipments

  Container cargo shipments declined by 9.1 percent in August at the Port of Long Beach, reflecting both early shipping by importers this year and the comparison to an August last year that was the Port’s busiest month since 2007.






 
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