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Rolls-Royce and Kellogg Brown & Root Sign Contract with Australian DoD

A Rolls-Royce and Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) team has signed a contract with the Australian Department of Defense worth more than $39m. The contract covers four Royal Australian Navy amphibious and afloat support ships for seven years with options for a further five. The Rolls-Royce and KBR team will reduce DoD ship costs through improved logistics management, total ship maintenance, faster response to day-to-day engineering issues and managing equipment obsolescence. Pat Marolda, Rolls-Royce President – Naval, said: “The Rolls-Royce and KBR team look forward to creating an effective partnership with the Department of Defence. Rolls-Royce is committed to providing long-term support to navies worldwide, helping them manage costs and allowing them to concentrate on operating their ships at sea. The DoD is a forward-looking organisation which is leading the way in forming partnerships between private industry and government.” Rob Hawketts, Director of KBR Government and Infrastructure Asia Pacific, said: “KBR and Rolls-Royce have the breadth of capabilities and teaming experience to deliver the world-leading integrated material support demanded by the RAN.

MTN Appoints Venegas GM, Oil and Gas

Santos Venegas

MTN Communications (MTN) announces Santos Venegas has joined the company as general manager for its Oil and Gas Division. This appointment further solidifies MTN’s position in the market as a pioneer in communications technology spanning across various market segments. A 35-year industry veteran and respected consultant, Santos most recently served as managing director for Latin America at Harris CapRock. Prior to that role, he was director of Corporate Development

Offshore Petroleum Industry Pioneers Receive Hall of Fame Induction

The Offshore Pioneers Gala, sponsored by the Offshore Energy Center (OEC) Society, showcased the 1999 class of offshore petroleum industry pioneers inducted into the OEC Hall of Fame. The 10 industry inductees included: Robert F. Bauer, former president of Global Marine, for his developments in the technology of offshore drilling from floating drilling rigs. Herman Brown and George R. Brown, founders of Brown & Root in 1919, created a premier design and construction company

Obituary: Shirley J. Brown

Nov. 10, 1913 - Aug. 9, 2005. Remembered as one of the most influential businessmen in Pensacola's modern maritime industry, Mr. Brown was owner of Brown Marine Service. At its peak, his company operated 16 tugboat and fuel-oil barges, which transported nearly three-quarters of all diesel and gasoline products to Pensacola and other Panhandle marine terminals. Mr. Brown was the son of a tugboat captain and grandson of a ship's captain. (Source: Pensacola News Journal)

Brown Heads Int’l Marine Business for W R Systems

Photo courtesy Goldman & Associates Public Relations

W R Systems, Ltd. (WRSystems) appointed Simon Brown as Director of International Marine Business. Brown will expand and develop an international distributor base for current WRSystems navigation and marine IT-based products, as well as direct business development to increase the profile of the company in the global marine industry. Brown is a resident of Manchester, United Kingdom. Brown has extensive experience in the commercial maritime industry

Former Chief Engineer Arraigned on Vessel Pollution Charges

Patrick K. Brown, a former Chief Engineer of the M/V Fidelio was arraigned today on a six count indictment related to deliberate vessel pollution that was originally returned by a federal grand jury on July 26, 2007. The indictment was announced by Ronald J. Tenpas, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Environment & Natural Resources Division and U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

Carnival Ratings Cut

Deutsche Bank Alex Brown, Salomon Smith Barney and Credit Suisse First Boston have all cut their ratings for top cruise group Carnival Corp. Deutsche Bank Alex Brown and Credit Suisse First Boston downgraded the company to buy from strong buy while Salomon Smith Barney cut ratings to outperform from buy.The downgrades follow Carnival's announcement that second-quarter earnings look weak, in part due to higher fuel costs. First-quarter earnings were in line with Wall Street estimates

Philip Brown appointed UK Managing Director for SBS Worldwide

Philip Brown, UK Managing Director

Philip Brown, who has worked in the logistics and freight forwarding industry for over 20 years, has been appointed UK Managing Director for SBS Worldwide.   Steve Walker , Group Chairman said ‘  This completes  our senior management appointments that will see our change from an A2B forwarder to a Supply Chain driven model, with Phil’s expertise allied with our consultative brand Virtualized Logistics leading the drive’

Training & Education: At the Leading Edge

RANGER: Mass. Maritime Academy’s smaller platform training ship

Innovative Brown Water Programs   Arguably the best equipped and most environmentally sound maritime campus in the country, Mass. Maritime also finds itself (not by accident) at the leading edge of a fundamental change in how maritime academies deliver education in a changing marketplace. At the heart of that effort is a comprehensive workboat simulation and training program.   Same Maritime Roots: Different Industry Demographics

WW II Liberty Ship Leak-free after 70 Years

The John W. Brown

Seventy years later and still leak-free: World War II Liberty Ship tests longevity of grooved piping systems To address the sudden need for supplies overseas during World War II, the United States government launched the Emergency Shipbuilding Program in 1941 that resulted in the construction of more than 5,700 cargo ships for the U.S. Maritime Commission. 2,710 of these vessels were of a design that became known as Liberty ships

Yemeni Govt, Saudi-led Forces Retake Red Sea Strait

Loyalist Yemeni troops and Gulf Arab forces have seized the Mandab Strait connecting the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden from Houthi fighters, reasserting control over the strategic sea lane, a government spokesman said on Thursday. Residents reported air strikes and shelling by warships in

Insufficient Steel Found in Panama Canal Locks Sill

Photo: ACP

The seepage found in the Panama Canal’s third set of locks is said to be the result of an inadequate amount of steel reinforcement, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced today.   ACP said it was informed by the contractor responsible for the design and construction of the

Felixstowe Port Goes Green

Mark Seaman (left), Finance Director, and Robert Page, Head of Human Resources, at the Port of Felixstowe plant a tree to launch the Go Green initiative at the port

  The Port of Felixstowe is creating an environmental corridor as part of the Go Green campaign launched by Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) and a number of other global port operators. The initiative at Felixstowe will include the refurbishment of part of a system of dykes within the port

US Preparing to Weaken Cuba Embargo

The White House is drafting sweeping regulations to further weaken the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba that would ease restrictions on U.S. companies and make it safer for Americans to travel there, U.S. government sources said on Thursday.  

PSC Inspection Workshop by IRS

The workshop, inaugurated by the Director General of Shipping, Deepak Shetty

IRClass (Indian Register of Shipping) has conducted an executive workshop, in coordination with India’s Directorate General of Shipping and the Indian National Shipowners’ Association (INSA), on Port State Control (PSC) inspections.  

Panama to Assess if Seepage Will Delay Expanded Canal Opening

Panama Canal Expansion

  During the testing phase of the new Pacific locks for the Panama Canal, some water seepage was detected in a specific area of the new Pacific Locks in a section that separates the middle chamber and lower chamber, as they were being stressed tested through exposure to level differentials

Panama Canal Locks Tests Reveals Water Seepage

Photo: ACP

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) awaits formal GUPC report on water seepage issue; program 93 percent complete The filling of the Panama Canal’s new locks began in June, marking the start of a planned and methodical phase of operational testing of the Locks, including its culvert valves

Huntington Ingalls Cites Interest in Building US Icebreakers

Built by Ingalls in 1999, USCGC Healy is the U.S. newest icebrekaer (Photo: USCG)

Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc, which builds aircraft carriers and U.S. Navy warships, on Tuesday said it was keen to bid to build new icebreakers for the U.S. Coast Guard, after President Barack Obama pushed for quicker work on the program.  

MN 100: Continental Underwriters, Ltd.

Chairman of the Board: H. Elder Brown, Jr.

The Company: Continental Underwriters, Ltd. is a national, multiline firm for all types of marine coverage. The firm offers both admitted and non-admitted products in all 50 states, packaged in flexible, competitively priced insurance options with broad terms and conditions for even the most

Historic WW I Shipwreck Survey Underway

Side scan sonar image of LV-71 (Credit: NOAA)

Partnering U.S. agencies have commenced surveying the historic shipwreck of an American lightship shelled and sunk by a German U-boat during World War I nearly 100 years ago.   Teams from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Monitor National Marine Sanctuary

Coast Guard Responds to Delaware River Grounding

The Coast Guard is overseeing salvage efforts Tuesday for a motor vessel aground on the Delaware River. The 328-foot Netherlands-flagged motor vessel, Bermuda Islander, lost power and propulsion Monday at approximately 9 p.m. before running aground near Salem, New Jersey.

Harkand Completes $10.5 mln DSV Upgrade

Swordfish (Photo: Harkand)

Harkand informs it has completed the $10.5 million upgrade of its Gulf of Mexico based dive support vessel (DSV) Swordfish. Originally built in 2007, the Swordfish is the youngest DSV in this region. The fully International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) compliant, ABS classed

Simulating Marine Collisions for a Safer Future


Collisions at sea have always been a major risk for seafarers and while the exact numbers of incidents that take place across the globe each year are hard to quantify, the number is significant. The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) reports on average six collisions between merchant

ILO Wants Lasting Solution to Migrant, Refugee Crisis

Migrants & Refugees issues need a durable solution

  The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, has called for a definitive and durable solution for the thousands of migrant workers who risk their lives in a search of a decent future. “Stopgap measures to halt the flows of migrants only scratch

India, Mozambique to Boost Maritime Ties

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mozambique President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi. Photo: Press Information Bureau

 India and Mozambique on Wednesday discussed ways to intensify cooperation in maritime security, ocean economy and defence as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with Mozambique President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi in New Delhi.   "Africa and the Indian Ocean are among the highest

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