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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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.
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
Two activists strapped themselves on Friday to the anchor chain of a Shell Royal Dutch Shell vessel docked in Washington state that will be part of a fleet sent north to Alaska to resume drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic. The women used camping gear and hammocks to attach themselves to the massive chain on the barge in Bellingham, Washington, north of Seattle, the activist group ShellNo said. They attached themselves to the vessel, the American Trader, around 3:30 a.m
Last month Svitzer and Titan Salvage announced plans to merge their salvage operations. Peter Pietka, former chief executive of Svitzer Salvage, takes the helm of the new combined company – to be dubbed Ardent and headquartered in Houston – on May 1
Boat with more than 700 aboard intercepted on Friday; Bangladesh says will only take those identified as citizens. Myanmar said a boat crammed with 727 migrants that it has kept stranded at sea for days was being escorted to a "safe" area for identity checks
Japanese Astomos Energy Corp. has announced that it has signed a cooperation agreement with ENEOS Globe Corp. aimed at merging the two companies' gas fleets, thereby creating a new giant in the booming tanker market. The two partners will tap opportunities to best create an
Britain is to create a 'secure zone' at the French port of Calais to protect lorries heading for England from migrants seeking to enter the country illegally, interior minister Theresa May said on Tuesday. Around 3,000 migrants, fleeing war
The ExxonMobil Foundation today identified the 30 Dallas County nonprofit agencies that will receive grants through the 2015 ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program, now in its 25th year in Dallas. The eight-week summer program provides assistance to nonprofit agencies and enables college
As Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies stage air strikes against Shi'ite Muslim militiamen threatening to topple Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, the southern port city of Aden shudders from within. Hadi's supporters are fighting street battles with pockets of militiamen and allied
The Navy's top enlisted Sailor, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike D. Stevens, was on hand to distribute the first electronic tablets (e-tablets) to the Navy's newest recruits at Recruit Training Command (RTC), April 7.
Officials from the Philippine and United States armed forces participating in this year's Balikatan exercises, the largest in 15 years, insisted that the said activities will not zero in on possible response to the issue of the South China Sea.
Navico, the world’s largest manufacturer of marine electronics and parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad, B&G and GoFree brands — has been named Cabela’s® 2014 Vendor of the Year for the General Outdoors Division.
Rapper Mahdi Babika Mohamed's journey to a better life in Europe started in his native Sudan and passed through Libya and Turkey before abruptly ending in a squalid abandoned factory at Greece's western port of Patras. There, the 37-year-old is one of hundreds of migrants making desperate
Malaysia detained more than a thousand Bangladeshi and Rohingya refugees, including dozens of children, police said, a day after authorities rescued hundreds stranded off the coast of Indonesia's western tip. There has been a huge increase in refugees from impoverished Bangladesh and Myanmar
Norwegian Trade Fairs has appointed Birgit Liodden as the new Director of Nor-Shipping. Liodden, still just 32 years old, holds a CV that includes tenures at Wilh. Wilhelmsen, external consultancy for OECD and SeaTrucks Nigeria, and numerous board level positions for, amongst others
Malaysia said on Thursday it would push boats full of migrants back to sea, a policy that has drawn criticism from the U.N. refugee agency as thousands remained adrift in Southeast Asian waters. The UNHCR has said several thousand migrants have been abandoned at sea by smugglers following a
The U.S. Coast Guard captain overseeing cleanup of oil spilled from a pipeline rupture that closed two California state beaches and fouled offshore waters near Santa Barbara said on Thursday it may take months to restore the area to its natural condition.
Alaska's lone road to North Slope oil field operations remains closed for the third time in two months while emergency crews continue to redirect flooding from an adjacent river, state officials said on Friday. Alaska Governor Bill Walker's office said he would sign a second disaster