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GSSC Shipfitter Boot Camp Produces 18 for Industry

12 Graduate from GSSC Shipfitter Boot Camp and Have Jobs Waiting for Them. In November 2011, 18 individuals started an intensive 10-week shipfitter boot camp that was developed by the Gulf States Shipbuilders Consortium (GSSC) to prepare workers for entry-level employment in the maritime industry.  Before an invitation was extended to participate in the training program, candidates completed prequalification activities that included drug testing, WorkKeys® assessments, industry presentations, shipyard tours, and interviews.   On Thursday, March 1, the 12 individuals who successfully completed the pilot program participated in a graduation ceremony hosted by Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) at its Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Center (AMTC) in Gulfport, Mississippi.  A job fair followed the event giving graduates an opportunity to interview with representatives from area shipyards including Bollinger Shipyards, Ingalls Shipbuilding, Trinity Yachts, and VT Halter Marine. All 12 of the graduates were offered employment.   GSSC’s Shipfitter Boot Camps are part of a larger project—funded through a US Department of Commerce Katrina Grant—to develop a standardized, performance-based shipfitting curriculum with a portable skill certificate that is recognized by its members along the Gulf Coast and can be used by high schools, colleges, shipyards

PCCI Participates in Camp

For the second year in a row, PCCI, Inc. partnered with the Alexandria Seaport Foundation for their Summer Environmental Camp. PCCI volunteers provided a weekly educational session explaining the sources, clean-up methods, possible results, and remediation of oil spills to camp groups that ranged in age from eight to thirteen and ranged in size from four to ten. PCCI, Inc., based in Alexandria, Va., provides marine and environmental engineering

Military Support in Katrina's Wake

Almost 60,000 U.S. service members are aiding in rescue and recovery efforts in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, Defense Department officials said Sept. 6. Army Corps of Engineers personnel have closed the breaches in the levees surrounding New Orleans and have begun pumping out the water that has inundated the city, officials said. Roughly 41,500 National Guard personnel are on duty in the area devastated by Hurricane Katrina

Crowley Maritime Supports Arlington YMCA Project

Crowley Maritime Corp donates check & personnel will help in field enhancements to benefit more than 500 local children and adults. Children attending YMCA summer camps and playing on sports teams in the Arlington area will soon benefit from Fort Caroline field enhancements following a recent donation from Jacksonville-based Crowley Maritime Corp . A check will be presented by Crowley’s David Holden, director, human resources, to the YMCA during a ceremony scheduled for Sat., Jan

Attracting Maritime Talent, Norwegian Style

Ocean Talent Expo: Image courtesy of Nor-Shipping

Thousands of students are flocking to 'Ocean Talent Camp' in Oslo every day to get a taste of the most exciting ocean Industry careers. Located at Rådhusplassen (City Hall Square) in Oslo, the camp gives students the chance to talk to people who work in professions they are interested in, whether they are navigators, engineers, geoscientists or production managers.
 This Norwegian recruitment drive builds on the success of a similar 2011 initiative, Nor-Shipping Campus

WCI Praises IWTF Tax Reform

Michael J. Toohey (Photo: WCI)

Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) President and CEO Michael J. Toohey today praised the leadership of House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) for inclusion of a recommendation to increase, by six cents per-gallon, the 20-cent-per-gallon user fee paid for by inland waterways towboat operators into the Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF). The IWTF funds new construction and major rehabilitation of priority navigation projects on the nation’s inland waterways system

U.S. Coast Guard Awards $105M Contract to L-3

The U.S. Coast Guard awarded a $105 million contract Tuesday to New York-based L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. L-3's Titan Group Aviation and Maritime division will provide training program management, curriculum development, instructors and other administrative support personnel to Coast Guard training centers. As part of this new award, which includes firm fixed price and time and materials pricing, L-3 Titan will provide up to 215 instructors, instructional developers

2011 WJTA-IMCA Conference & Expo

High pressure waterjetting/waterblasting and industrial vacuum equipment play an integral role in industrial cleaning/recovery and surface preparation. The 2011 WJTA-IMCA Conference and Expo, to be held September 19-21, 2011, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, will focus on sharing information about the technology, equipment, and safety practices with industrial cleaning contractors and company representatives who contract for these services.  

Libyan Army Fights to Capture Benghazi Port

Clashes erupted in the center of Libya's main eastern city Benghazi on Thursday as pro-government forces pushed to take the port district from Islamist militants, and seven soldiers were killed, witnesses and military officials said.   The port, the main gateway for food imports into eastern Libya, has had to close.   The fighting mirrors a wider struggle in the oil producing North African state where two governments and parliaments, allied to rival armed groups

Flirtey's First US Ship-to-Shore Drone Delivery

Flirtey Drone. Image: Flirtey

 Flirtey has announced that it will be conducting what it believes will be the first US-based ship-to-shore drone delivery later this month.   The Nevada-based startup will conduct the first ship-to-shore drone delivery in the US on June 23 in Cape May, New Jersey.    The purpose of the joint mission is to demonstrate how unmanned aircraft can provide life-saving aid to disaster victims.  

A Coastguardsman's Return to Eagle

Jim Briggs, One of the Eagle’s first American crewmembers, returns to the vessel after 66 years (Photo: Jasmine Mieszala)

In 1950, International Falls, Minn., native Jim Briggs, shook hands with his fellow crewmembers and stepped off the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle with his seabag packed to the brim and strewn across his back. It would be 66 years until he returned.  

First U.S. Ship-to-Shore Drone Delivery

(Photo: Flirtey)

Flirtey, a Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine doctor and the Field Innovation Team showcase humanitarian potential of drones for the United Nations and American Red Cross.    Drone delivery service Flirtey and Dr. Timothy Amukele

National Museum of the American Sailor Unveiled

The National Museum of the American Sailor name change signals a shift in vision from a regional focus to one that depicts the diverse history of Sailors who have served in the U.S. Navy. (U.S. Navy photo)

The Great Lakes Naval Museum was officially renamed the National Museum of the American Sailor during a ceremony and sign unveiling at the museum July 4. The Navy's top enlisted Sailor, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (AW/NAC) Mike Stevens, was joined by retired Rear Adm

This Day In Naval History: August 4

USS Enterprise (CV-6) (Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives)

1790 - The Revenue Cutter Service is established by Congress, authorizing the construction of 10 vessels to enforce federal tariff and trade laws and prevent smuggling. The service receives its present name, U.S. Coast Guard, in 1915 under an act of Congress that merges the Revenue Cutter Service

Europe-Africa Sailors of the Year

Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Adm. Mark Ferguson and U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (CNECNA) Fleet Master Chief Steven Giordano recognize CNE-CNA Shore Sailor of the Year, Legalman 1st Class Stephani Pavoni, CNE-CNA Junior Sailor of the Year, Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Dawn Weston, and CNE-CNA Sea Sailor of the Year, Operations Specialist 1st Class Amparo Balderas in a ceremony at U.S. Naval Support Activity Naples, Capodichino, Jan. 29, 2016. Pavoni will advance to c

Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, Adm. Mark Ferguson announced the 2015 CNE-CNA Shore Sailor, Sea Sailor and Junior Sailor of the Year in a ceremony held at Naval Support Activity, Naples, Capodichino, Jan 29, 2016. Operations Specialist 1st Class Amparo Balderas, from Commander

US Navy Sets Course for the Arctic Circle

The view at sunset of Ice Camp Nautilus, located on a sheet of ice adrift on the Arctic Ocean, during Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2014. ICEX 2014 is a U.S. Navy exercise highlighting submarine capabilities in an arctic environment. (U.S. Navy photo by Joshua Davies)

Commander, Submarine Forces (COMSUBFOR) officially kicked off Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2016 in the Arctic Ocean with the construction of U.S. Navy Ice Camp SARGO March 2.    ICEX 2016 is a five-week exercise designed to research, test and evaluate operational capabilities in the Arctic

Two Maritime Veterans Create Avalon Freight Services

Harley Franco (Photo: Avalon Freight Services)

Avalon Freight Services co-founded by Greg and Tim Bombard and Harley Franco, will debut freight service on Friday, April 1, 2016.   Currently scheduled to operate a minimum of five days a week, year round, the company will transport freight from Berth 95 in San Pedro and the Pebbly Beach

ICEX Camp Operations Conclude Successfully

Ice Camp Sargo, located in the 		Arctic Circle, serves as the main stage for Ice Exercise (ICEX		) 2016 housing more than 200 participants from four nations 	over the course of the exercise. ICEX 2016 is a five-week 		exercise designed to research, test, and evaluate operational 	capabilities in the region. ICEX 2016 allows the U.S. Navy to 		assess operational readiness in the Arctic, increase 			experience in the region, advance understanding of the Arctic 	environment, and develop partnership

The Navy announced March 25 that all primary objectives for Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2016 have been met and the breakdown of Ice Camp Sargo is underway. "The objectives of demonstrating presence, gaining additional Arctic operational experience

Migrants Returned from Greece arrive in Turkey

Three passenger boats return migrants from Lesbos, Chios; desperate migrants continue to cross despite deal. The first migrants deported from Greek islands under a disputed EU-Turkey deal were shipped back to Turkey on Monday in a drive to shut down the main route by which a million people

UN Deal Sends More Migrants to Turkey from Greece

Two ferries carrying more than 120 migrants returned to Turkey from the Greek island of Lesbos on Friday, in the second round of arrivals under an EU deal with Ankara to stem mass migration to Europe across the Aegean Sea. The accord, which came into force on Monday

This Day In Naval History: April 12

USS Mason (DDG 87). (U.S. Navy photo by Cliff Steenhoff)

1861 - The Civil War begins with Confederates firing on Fort Sumter, S.C. The Union Navy plays an integral part blockading Confederates, keeping them diplomatically and economically contained from other nations.   1911 - Lt. Theodore Ellyson completes his aviator training at the Glenn

This Day In Naval History: April 26

USNS Soderman (T-AKR-317) launching ceremony (Photo: NASSCO)

1860 - The screw steamship Mohawk captures the slaver Wildfire with 530 slaves on board in the Bahama Channel, taking them to a camp in Key West guarded by Mohawks Marines until returned home.   1869 - As a post-Civil War push for re-enlistments, the Good Conduct Medal

ABS’ Wiernicki Addresses SUNY Maritime Grads

Christopher J. Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki addresses SUNY Maritime College graduates, awarded honorary Doctor of Science   Christopher J. Wiernicki, Chairman, President and CEO of ABS, addressed State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College graduates, their families

Research Vessel Polarstern Returns to Bremerhaven

Research ice breaker Polarstern Photo AWI

Antarctic season ends in the homeport after half a year Bremerhaven / Germany, 11 May 2016. on Wednesday, 11 May 2016, the research vessel Polarstern is expected back in its home port of Bremerhaven after a good six months of Antarctic expeditions.

Canadian Oil Exports Drop, Supply Hunt on Amid Wildfires

In a sign the massive Alberta wildfire is taking a toll on oil transport, Canadian crude exports to the United States dropped 12 percent last week, while another blend of Canadian sweet crude oil rallied as concerns grow about supply.  

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