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
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
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
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
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
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.
One-of-a-Kind 800 Mile, 6-Day Excursion Through Stunning Waters Highlights Protector’s Signature Performance PROTECTOR USA announced today the first voyage in its inaugural Adventure Series, Alaska’s Inside Passage. Departing Wednesday, June 1, 2011, the event will host Protector boat owners on an 800-mile excursion from Seattle, Washington to Lasqueti, British Columbia and back in only six days. The journey will highlights the signature performance of Protector boats and
Oceaneering International Inc., Chesapeake, Va., is being awarded an $11,984,265 firm-fixed-price contract for the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) service life extension program (SLEP) for the LCACs 30 and 56. The LCAC SLEP will extend the service life of LCAC from 20 to 30 years, sustain/enhance craft capability, replace obsolete electronics, repair corrosion damage, reduce life cycle cost by improving reliability and maintainability, increase survivability
Meridian Ocean Services said it recovered the body of Canadian First Nations Elder Solomon Roberts from the icy waters of Otter Lake in northern Saskatchewan. After searching more than 450 acres underwater, Meridian, a provider of subsea inspection and support services using remote and autonomous
Wärtsilä say they have signed a 3-year logistic agreement with the Finnish Sailing and Boating Federation with Wärtsilä’s new site in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, offering a perfect location and valued logistical services to the Finnish top sailors.
Iridium Communications Inc. today announced Iridium GO!, the industry’s first portable satellite hotspot that connects to any smartphone or tablet, dramatically extending voice and data coverage for personal devices when they are out of range of cellular networks
Intrepid trekkers – Jess Kramer, Sarah Ryan, Nicky Davenport and Sandra Corrigan have just arrived home from a trip of a lifetime. All four Bibby Ship Management (BSM) Isle of Man employees took part in the Bibby Line Group ‘Giving Something Back’ Dalai Lama Trek in
TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) has set up a "Navy Yard Tragedy Family Support Fund" for those affected by the recent tragedy. They have experience and expertise in providing this support for families in circumstances like this
Volunteers from Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding division are trading in their safety gear for school gear this summer at the STEM Summer of Innovation Academy. Helping students explore future careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields
Insights: John Lotshaw, Gulf Coast Director of Training and Workforce Development Ingalls Shipbuilding
When it comes to training, recruitment and retention issues – serious matters facing all maritime employers today – John Lotshaw probably knows better than most; what’s best for you. And, no matter what end of the maritime business model that you hail from
Tognum has agreed to the building of a public path running between its MTU plant in the Friedrichshafen district of Manzell and the shore of Lake Constance. A contract to that effect has been signed by Joachim Coers, CEO of Tognum and managing director of MTU; Andreas Brand
GAO finds it is broken, and now the question is; can it be fixed? Recently, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a scathing report on the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) electronic reader pilot test and on the TWIC program in general
GAC Norway AS and Polar Logistics Group ApS (POLOG) formed a strategic partnership to further strengthen GAC's network within the Arctic Circle. The move is the latest stage in the company's Arctic strategy to better serve the region by bringing together organizations and individuals to create
General Dynamics NASSCO recently delivered USNS Montford Point (MLP-1), the lead ship of the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) class, to the U.S. Navy. The ship is named in honor of Camp Montford Point, the Jacksonville, N.C., site where the first African-American Marines were trained.
The first Mobile Landing Platform ship, 'USNS Montford Point' (MLP 1), built by General Dynamics-NASSCO, accepted in San Diego, Calif. The Mobile Landing Platform is a new class of ship and highly flexible platform that will provide capability for large-scale logistics movements such
Most people who encounter the Coast Guard near shore will get a good look at a Response Boat-Small (RB-S). With more than 400 boats in operation, the RB-S is the largest vessel class in the Coast Guard’s fleet. The boats are in constant use
On a journey that would take more than five weeks, six 32-foot transportable security boats (TPSBs), two pick-up trucks, six boat trailers, and 15 five-ton storage containers traveled more than 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean from Everett, Washington to Pohang, South Korea.
With air temperatures hovering around freezing every night, steaming hot showers were a welcomed luxury for more than 1,200 deployed Coast Guard, Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force personnel at Camp Baldwin, especially once the camp was transformed into a giant mud pit after steady rain showers