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Shell Marine Issues Safety @ Heart Award

Pictured is Sheamus Keehan and Marco Galizioli, Manager Americas, Operation Technical HS&E, SMP U.S. present Shell’s “Safety @ Heart” Award plaque to Pat Studdert, Pres., Buffalo Marine Service, Inc., Houston. Shell Marine Products recognized Buffalo Marine Service, Inc., Houston when they announced Buffalo as the recipient of Shell’s “Safety @ Heart” Award (2004) in the ‘Best Barge Contractor” category. The nomination and selection was worldwide in scope. Mr. Michiel Kool, Chief Executive Officer, Shell Marine Products, extended his personal “thanks for the considerable effort you have expended toward making our industry a safer place to do business.” Pat Studdert, President, Buffalo Marine Service acknowledged that selection and recognition by Shell Marine Products was an “honor” and recognition that “each day we attempt to do business that in a way that promotes a safer, cleaner and healthier environment in the Marine Industry” by a company such as Shell Marine Products (SMP) is a great “stimulus to all of us at Buffalo to continue our efforts.” Mr. Studdert added that, “this award touches the very heart of this company. Thank you. We are really excited.” The safety program was begun internally at Shell about 4 years ago and encompasses not just safety in the work place but also at home and as a mind set for our life. The Shell internal program has been very successful and has resulted in markedly reduce injuries and accidents away from the workplace


Texas A&M Chooses Transas

Texas State Maritime Program (TAMUG) has selected the Buffalo Computer Graphics and Transas Marine USA team for the contract to replace their existing ship simulator. The new simulator complex will consist of a Transas Navi-Trainer Professional 3000 full mission ship simulator system with integrated GMDSS communications simulation capabilities, as well as full integration with the existing BCG PCS100 five-station ARPA/Radar simulator


UNO Team Garners First Place in Watercraft Competition

A University of New Orleans engineering team sponsored by Northrop Grumman Corporation's Ship Systems sector recently piloted its solar-powered electric boat to a first-place finish in the sprint division of Solar Splash 2003. Solar Splash 2003, held this year in Buffalo, N.Y., is an intercollegiate engineering national competition that enables schools to obtain practical engineering experience through the design, fabrication and racing of solar-powered watercraft.


Texas A&M Picks Transas/BCG for Simulator Replacement Project

Texas State Maritime Program, a component of Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG) has selected the Buffalo Computer Graphics and Transas Marine USA team for the contract to replace their existing ship simulator. The new simulator complex will consist of a Transas Navi-Trainer Professional 3000 full mission ship simulator system with integrated GMDSS communications simulation capabilities, as well as full integration with the existing BCG PCS100 five-station ARPA/Radar simulator


Great Lakes Education Conference Wrap Up

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The Bayfront Center for Maritime Studies (BCMS) hosted the first ever Great Lakes Region Primary and Secondary Maritime Education Conference.  The conference was held at the BCMS waterfront campus on May 11th and 12th, 2009, in Erie, Pennsylvania. There has been a growing movement nationally to encourage the development of maritime career opportunity awareness and K-12 maritime education.  BCMS specializes in creating hands-on programs that provide maritime access and training


This Day in Coast Guard History – September 22

1897-The sloop yacht, Cuyahoga broke adrift from moorings and drifted out 4 1/2 miles NE of the Plum Island, MA station. Surfmen sailed out and brought her back, turning her over to her owner. 1943-Coast Guardsmen participated in the invasion of Finschafen, New Guinea.  An Allied invasion fleet, including Coast Guard-manned landing ships, landed Australian troops.  Coast Guard-manned ships in the invasion fleet included USSs LST-18, LST-67, LST-168, and LST-204


Port of LA is Top Gateway

The Port of Los Angeles became the top U.S. international freight gateway by shipment value in 2003, according to a soon to be released report from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics. America’s Freight Transportation Gateways shows that Los Angeles’ water port handled $17 billion in export trade and $105 billion in imports, totaling $122 billion in business handled by the port.


Bidding War Comes to an End

In what has escalated into a heated bidding war for what was left of American Classic Voyages' Delta Queen Steamboats, came to an end yesterday with Delaware North Companies sealing the deal with the steamboats' parent company. As originally reported on Marinelink last month, Chicago-based Waveland Investments and New Orleans-based Uniworld had submitted bids for the two steamships - Delta Queen and Mississippi Queen - the two remaining ships of the line


Former Navy Sailor Convicted of Attempted Espionage

Robert Patrick Hoffman, II, 40, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, has been convicted by a federal jury of attempting to provide classified information to individuals whom he believed to be representatives of the Russian Federation. Hoffman faces a maximum penalty of life in prison when he is sentenced on December 2, 2013. He was indicted on May 8, 2013, in a one-count superseding indictment charging him with attempted espionage


TRA Honors Junior Navy Officer of the Year

Lt. Carl Comasco, Jr.: Photo credit TRA

Lt. Carl Comasco, Jr. receives the Theodore Roosevelt Junior Officer of the Year Award. This award, given annually by the TRA since 1992, recognizes young officers serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) who exemplify the exceptional leadership, pride, professionalism, and dedication to duty inherent in President Theodore Roosevelt. Lt. Comasco, 27, is assigned to the USS Theodore Roosevelt’s reactor department


Presentations Illustrate Dimensions of Accurate Marine Mapping

The Ocean Dimensions animation helps users visualize how ocean data can apply to several dimensions

Two new products—the Ocean Dimensions animation and Crowded Ocean Spaces: A 3D View visualization—explain why two-dimensional marine maps cannot tell the whole story. Understanding this fact helps viewers gain a more accurate picture of marine-siting conflicts and compatibilities


Update: Response Efforts Continue on South Matagorda Island

Photo courtesy of Texas City Y Response

Effective shoreline clean-up efforts are on-going, Saturday, along Mustang, South Matagorda and North Padre islands in response to the Texas City oil spill. As of sunset Friday, response workers have removed a total of 200,775 pounds of oiled sand and oiled debris from the shorelines of Mustang


JFMS Buys First Supacat Multi-Purpose Vessel 24

    James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) and Supacat today announce the purchase of a Multi-purpose Vessel 24 (SMV 24). The investment in the SMV24 vessel marks JFMS’s continued commitment to provide innovative solutions to clients that require high assurance when operating in the


Harley Marine NY Welcomes New Vessel

Harley Marine NY, a subsidiary of Harley Marine Services, took delivery of the river style push-boat, HMS Justice, from Conrad Shipyard of Morgan City, Louisiana. HMS Justice is the fifth vessel in this class and joins the New York fleet of two tugboats and four double hull petroleum barges


Caterpillar Marine Systems Doubles Parts Warranty

Image courtesy of Caterpillar Marine

Caterpillar Marine Power Systems says it has increased the warranty on Cat Brand Parts used in all marine applications from six months to one year. The warranty covers all parts used in Cat marine engines, Cat marine generator sets, Cat branded marine control systems and Cat marine transmissions


Crowley Maritime Promote Scott Hoggarth V-P

Scott Hoggarth: Photo courtesy of Crowley Maritime

Crowley inform that Scott Hoggarth has been promoted to vice president, West Coast harbor ship assist and tanker escort services. He has assumed new overall responsibilities for marine operations and engineering functions, as well as commercial results for Crowley’s tug services offered in


North P&I, Sunderland Merge to Form North Group

North of England P&I Association (North) and Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Company Limited (SMMI) merged to form the North Group on Friday 28 February 2014 following approval by the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulatory Authority and other U.K. and overseas regulators


ISS–Tositti Expands Presence in East Adriatic

ISS-Tositti, the joint venture formed at the beginning of 2005 between the independent marine services organization, Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), and Venice-based Tositti & C., is teaming up in a new strategic partnership with the Koper-based port agency, Navigo Logistika


W&O Expands Engineered Solutions Team

John Catanzaro (left) and Marc Lagattuta

W&O, a global supplier to the marine and marine offshore markets for pipe, valves and fittings, valve automation and engineered solutions, announced the expansion of its Engineered Solutions team. John Catanzaro and Marc Lagattuta have joined W&O to provide its customers and OEM partners


Coast Guard Marine Safety Center Visits Shearer Group

Pictured above are, from left to right, Mike Capitain, Naval Architect, Cdr. Gooding, Jackie Ellis, Designer, Capt.. Nadeau, Ed Shearer, Principal Naval Architect, Christian Olavesen, Naval Architect and Ron Sikora, Senior Designer. Not pictured was Joshua Sebastian, Engineering Manager and Jo Ann Pitzer, Office manager.

Capt. John Nadeau, Commanding Officer, and Cdr. Peter Gooding, Chief, Engineering Division, with the Coast Guard Marine Safety Center visited The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) at their offices in Seabrook, Texas. It was a cordial visit to discuss new options to improve, review and approve submittals


Fendercare Secures Major Fendering Contract

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Norfolk based Fendercare Marine, a supplier of marine products and services, has won a contract to supply Yokohama fenders to the Ministry of Defence (MoD). The three year contract is for the supply of 3.3m x 6.5m Yokohama original pneumatic fenders


Compatibility of CO2 Extinguisher Components

Figure 1: The obsolete diffuser on the right is cast differently than diffusers used today.  Note the longer neck and placement of diffuser holes.  The newer diffuser on the left is compatible with standard discharge hoses and has a shorter neck to allow it to properly seat when the hose is connected.  See Figure 3 for how to determine if you have a CO2 extinguisher fitted with an obsolete diffuser that may be incompatible with standard industry discharge hoses.

A recent marine casualty investigation of a shipboard fire onboard a U.S. flagged vessel in the Hampton Roads Captain of the Port (COTP) zone raised serious concerns with regards to carbon dioxide (CO2) fire extinguisher servicing.  During shipboard fire-fighting operations a crewmember


Interview: Devon Grennan CEO, Global Diving & Salvage

Devon Grennan  CEO, Global Diving & Salvage

Devon Grennan joined Global Diving & Salvage in 1995 and has served many roles. When company founders Tim Beaver and John Graham stepped down from direct operational involvement, Grennan was named CEO. Maritime Reporter & Engineering News caught up with Grennan for his insight into his


USCG Breaks Ice to Reduce Flooding Risk

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reported that Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay broke ice Friday afternoon in the Port of Lorain, Ohio, in an attempt to prevent ice jams from forming and causing flooding of the surrounding areas. The cutter responded to a request from the U.S


The Monterey Bay - A Leader in the Blue Economy

California’s blue economy is a +$50 billion industry. Today, marine science and the blue economy directly affect various business and government sectors such as offshore oil and gas production, national defense, seafloor exploration, communications, agriculture production, renewable energy


 
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