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Offshore Marine Academy Sets Sail

Putting their seamanship training to the test onboard the “Fairtide” from Offshore Marine Academy are (from left) Joe Stafford, Ralph Williams, Martyn Berrington and Scott Pitman with their tutor from the University, Andrew Eccleston.

Offshore wind trainees test their sea legs at Plymouth University.   Six offshore wind trainees got their first hands-on experience of seamanship and navigation skills onboard the 33 foot yacht “Fairtide” earlier this month as a culmination of a four-day course at Plymouth University’s School of Marine Science and Engineering.   The trainees, all undertaking a 12-month offshore training programme with Offshore Marine Academy, took part in classroom sessions on key marine skills such as charting and using navigational aids, rope work, preparing fixings and weather preparedness as part of the training. Their tutor was Andrew Eccleston, who teaches on the University’s marine studies undergraduate programmes aimed at those who want to become professional seafarers.   The trainees’ skills were put to the test on the MCA Category 2 coded vessel “Fairtide” as they planned a round trip from Plymouth to the Saltash Bridge, navigated the route and crewed the vessel. They also utilised a Transas ship simulator, which provided different locations and weather conditions to overcome during navigation exercises. One of the participants, 24-year-old Scott Pitman formerly worked in the plumbing trade but has always wanted to work at sea so found the course “a fantastic experience”.


Prince of Wales Visits Seagen at Strangford Lough

Seeing SeaGen close up - HRH Prince Charles with Mrs Arlene Foster, Northern Ireland’s Minister of Enterprise, Trade & Investment. (Photo courtesy Marine Current Turbines)

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has visited Marine Current Turbines’ SeaGen, a marine current and tidal stream technology that is deployed in Northern Ireland’s Strangford Lough and generating power into the local grid on a daily basis.   On May 13, HRH was greeted by Mr David Lindsay the Lord-Lieutenant for County Down and went on to meet Mrs Arlene Foster MLA Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment


Scots Ferry Operator Wins Training Award

Award Presentation: Photo credit CalMac

Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) wins award for its support of trade union-led training in the workplace. The award, from Scottish Union Learning in the Highlands and Islands, was presented to the company at an awards dinner held in Inverness recently to celebrate 10 years of union-led learning in the Highlands and Islands. It was accepted on behalf of CalMac by the Managing Director of David MacBrayne (HR) UK Ltd, Wendy Allardes.


Smit Lamnalco Welcomes New Vessels in Gabon

Welcoming ceremony

A welcoming ceremony was held for two newbuild vessels SL Gabon and SL Libreville at Port‐Gentil, Gabon on April 17. Among those attending the ceremony were the Minister Delegate of Transport Mr. Emmanuel Jean Didier Biye, the Governor of the Ogooué Maritime Province Mr. Martin Boguikouma, the Prefect of the Bendjè Department Mr. Joseph Mouele, Total Gabon Chief Executive Officer Mr. Benoît Chagué and Smit Lamnalco Chief Executive Officer Mr. Daan Koornneef


Lockheed Martin, Comsat Combination Completed

Lockheed Martin and Comsat have completed the strategic combination following final approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The transaction was accomplished via a one-for-one tax-free exchange of Lockheed Martin common stock for Comsat common stock for the remaining 51 percent of Comsat stock Lockheed Martin did not own. The value of the exchange of common stock is approximately $790 million.


USS Carl Vinson Steps the Mast in Solemn Ceremony

Invoking millennia of maritime and shipbuilding tradition, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), currently in drydock at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard, stepped its new mast March 6 in a solemn ceremony on the flight deck. The ceremony involved a series of remarks by distinguished guests and culminated in the welding of a commemorative metal plaque to the base of the ship’s new mast. Carl Vinson Commanding Officer Capt


Quest Announces New CFO

Rick Martin

Quest Specialty Chemicals, a company in the specialty coatings industry, announced the appointment of Rick Martin as Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. Martin has an experience in finance within a number of global industrial businesses, emphasizing financial and internal control activities, investor relations and risk management. Prior to joining Quest, Martin served as Vice President Corporate Controller, Treasurer and Secretary for Hilex Poly Co., LLC


Lockheed Martin Awarded $57.3M for Aegis Engineering

The U.S. Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin $57.3 million under an existing contract for Aegis Combat System engineering, installation and integration on new U.S. Navy destroyers, as well as upgrades for Aegis-equipped cruisers and destroyers already in service. As the U.S. Navy's Combat System Engineering Agent for Aegis, Lockheed Martin is responsible for the shipboard installation, integration and test of all combat system elements on all Aegis-equipped ships in the U.S


Lockheed Martin Partners With Japanese Industry

Lockheed Martin, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, SAMPA Kogyo K.K. and Mitsubishi Corporation have formed a joint venture company that will serve the emerging combat system engineering and lifetime support requirements of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces (JMSDF). The joint venture company, MLS Corporation, represents a full service partnership arrangement between industry and government, and leverages Japanese and U.S


Lockheed Martin Acquires PAE

Lockheed Martin Corp. acquired Pacific Architects and Engineers Inc., which provides services supporting military and peacekeeping missions worldwide. Terms of the cash transaction were not disclosed. PAE of Los Angeles specializes in nation-building activities, personnel recruitment, and training and disaster relief services. It will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin’s IT services segment.


McDermott Elect G.P. Luquette Board Chairman

Gary P. Luquette: Photo courtesy of Houston Strategy Forum

Provider of integrated engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) services for upstream field developments worldwide, McDermott International, say that Gary P. Luquette has been elected as non-executive Chairman of McDermott’s Board of Directors, effective May 6, 2014.


Shippers Vapores, Hapag-Lloyd Merger

  A significant majority of shareholders in Chilean shipper Compania SudAmericana de Vapores lent their support to the firm's merger with Germany's Hapag-Lloyd, allowing the agreed deal to clear a hurdle. The deal to create the world's No


EBDG’s Turner, Wood Earn PMP Designation

David Turner (left) and Mike Wood. Courtesy EBDG

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), a provider of architectural and engineering services to the marine industry with offices in Seattle, New Orleans and Ketchikan, announced that David Turner and Mike Wood have earned the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation.


3rd Officer at helm when ferry capsized - Investigator

The third officer was at the helm of a South Korean ferry when it capsized on Wednesday with 475 people on board, an investigating prosecutor told a news conference on Friday, and the captain may not even have been on the bridge at the time.


Ecoshield Wins Industry Award

Photo courtesy Hydrex

Subsea Industries, a Hydrex company, announced that its Ecoshield coating system, which offers protection from cavitation and corrosion/erosion damage for ship hulls, rudders and ship underwater running gear, has been recognized with an industry award.


Gondán Lays Keel for MS-SC Training Vessel

Photo courtesy Gondán Shipyard

Gondán Shipyard celebrated the keel laying ceremony of the sail training vessel that the yard is building for the British Marine Society & Sea Cadets (MS-SC). In the ceremony, which took place this morning in Figueras Shipyard (Castropol) participated representatives from the British


Baltic Sea Freight Index down on Weak Capesize Rates

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, dropped for a 14th straight session on Friday, driven mainly by falling capesize rates. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


North Sea Forties Up, VLCC at Hound Point

North Sea Forties crude differentials edged higher in quiet trade on Thursday as dealers eyed a potential VLCC shipment to South Korea and lower supplies next month. The BW Utah VLCC has docked near to the Hound Point loading terminal at the mouth of the Firth of Forth, ship tracking data showed


North Sea Crude-Forties up on Lower May Supplies

North Sea Forties crude differentials rose on Wednesday as traders pointed to lower supplies in May, and rumours of possible shipments to South Korea. The May loading programme is down 13 percent month-on-month, offering support to prices


Baltic Sea Freight Index Down Again

The Baltic Exchange main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Wednesday for a 12th straight session on weak rates for capesize vessels. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Miami's Port to Issue Bond to Pay Debt, Fund Tunnel Project

The port of Miami's total debt is set to pass $1 billion after Miami-Dade County commissioners approved a $225 million bond offering on Tuesday to meet existing lending agreements and pay the balance on a nearly finished underground tunnel connecting the island-port to nearby highways.


Baltic Sea Freight Index Down, Capesize Rates Slump

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for an 11th straight session on Tuesday, mainly driven by a heavy drop in capesize vessel rates. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


U.S. Crude Jumps $1 on Jobs Data, Libya Doubt

Crude oil prices on both sides of the Atlantic rose on Friday as data showed strong jobs growth in the United States and investors cast doubt on reports Libya's oil ports were about to reopen. The March U.S. non-farm payrolls report showed 192


Baltic Sea Freight Index Down

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for a ninth straight session on Friday on lower vessel activity. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Kongsberg Maritime's Double Whammy 200th Anniversary

Plaque presentation: Photo Kongsberg

Kongsberg Geoacoustics informs it has delivered its 200th Geoswath Plus on Kongsberg Maritime’s 200th anniversary. Nick Burchill, Subsea Sales Manager for Kongsberg Maritime in Canada presented a plaque to Denis D'Amours, Director of the Canadian Hydrographic Service's Pacific Region


 
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