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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


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


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


Ferry Firm Bags Contract for MoD Port

Image: CalMac Ferries Limited

 David MacBrayne Ltd (DML) and global logistics firm GBA (Holdings) Ltd, operating as Solent Gateway Ltd, have won a contract to run one of the UK’s busiest military ports as part of a joint venture.   The Gourock-based firm has been awarded a 35-year deal to manage military movements through Marchwood Military Port in Hampshire. MacBrayne is the parent firm of Calmac Ferries, which has operations at 24 ports, harbours and slipways.    


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, 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.


Martin Named President and CEO of Waterways Council, Inc.

Cornel J. Martin has been named as Waterways Council, Inc.s President and CEO (designate), effective August 1, 2008.

Cornel J. Martin has been named as Waterways Council, Inc.'s President and CEO (designate), effective August 1, 2008. Martin will transition alongside current President and CEO R. Barry Palmer, who will retire at the end of December. Palmer has served as President and CEO of Waterways Council for five years, and before that, served for 22 years as Executive Director of DINAMO, the Association for the Development of Inland Navigation in 's .


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


Aker Solutions Wins MMO Contract in UK

Photo Aker Solutions

Aker Solutions won a framework agreement to provide engineering and construction services for several offshore oil and gas fields in the UK North Sea. The contract has a fixed period of five years as well as an option to be extended by five years


Pentagon Chief Unveils Plans to Buy More High-end Ships

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter (Photo: U.S. Department of Defense)

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday mapped out plans for the U.S. Navy to buy more high-end submarines, destroyers, fighter jets and unmanned underwater vehicles using $8 billion in savings generated by scaling back orders for smaller Littoral Combat Ships.  


Canada Says Lifting Some Sanctions Against Iran

The Canadian government said on Friday it was lifting some sanctions against Iran, including the broad ban on financial services, imports and exports, making Canadian companies more competitive against rivals doing business in Iran.  


Pentagon: Cut in LCS Ship Program 'Not an Indictment'

U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said the Pentagon's plan to truncate the Littoral Combat Ship program at 40 ships instead of 52 reflected budget pressures and was "not an indictment" of the program.   Lockheed Martin Corp and Australia's Austal each build different


Mozambique Grain Terminal Fire Death Toll Crosses 15

Photo: Club of Mozambique

 On 13 December 2015, there was a fire and explosion at the STEMA grain terminal in Matola, part of the Maputo port complex in Mozambique.     Police authorities in Mozambique have said the death toll from the fire has risen to 15


Coast Guard Closes Portion of Upper Mississippi

File Image: A barge fleeting area on the Mississippi River (WCI)

The Coast Guard yesterday has closed a portion of the Upper Mississippi River to all vessel traffic from mile markers 184 to 179, due to hazardous condition on the river near St. Louis. Capt. Martin Malloy, Upper Mississippi River Captain of the Port


Borets Names Langley as HSE Manager

David Langley (Photo: Borets)

Borets, a company in engineering, manufacturing, sales and service of electric submersible pump (ESP) systems, has named David Langley as North American HSE manager. Based at Borets’ U.S. corporate office in Houston, Langley will be responsible for developing and implementing safety


Aquatic Hits 1 mln Working Hours without LTI

Aquatics offshore team using harnesses and ladders to assemble modular reel drive system Photo Aquatic

  Aquatic Engineering & Construction Ltd, an Acteon company, has marked 1 million working hours without a single Lost Time Incident (LTI). This milestone follows on from Aquatic’s achievement of 1000 days without an LTI in December 2014.  


North Korea Faked Submarine Missile Launch Photos, Say Experts

Photo:  North Koreas Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)

 Photos and footages showing a North Korean missile launched from a submarine were manipulated by state propagandists, according to an analysis by a California-based think tank, says a report in Reuters.    North Korea, heavily sanctioned by the United States and United Nations


This Day In US Navy History - January 13

USS Fleming (DE 32) (Photo: Naval History & Heritage Command)

1865 - With 8,000 Union soldiers, Rear Adm. David Porter provides 59 warships and 2,000 Sailors and Marines to take Confederate Fort Fisher, N.C., after a 2-day assault.   1943 - PBY-5A aircraft from (VP-83) sink German submarine U-507 off Brazil


Rolls-Royce to Power Oman Police Vessels

Image courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce informs it has signed a contract with Finnish company Marine Alutech Oy Ab to provide 28 Waterjets for 14 Watercat K13 Fast Intercept Craft (FIC) ordered by the Royal Oman Police. The boats will be built at the Marine Alutech Yard in Finland and are due to be delivered by the end


China Says Will Protect South China Sea Sovereignty

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Wednesday that China has a right to protect its territorial sovereignty in the disputed South China Sea and that Beijing and Washington should manage the issue in a constructive way. Wang was speaking to reporters after meeting U.S


Iranian Drone Flew over US Carrier -US Navy

An unarmed Iranian drone flew directly over a U.S. aircraft carrier operating in international waters in the Gulf this month in a move that was "abnormal and unprofessional," the U.S. military said on Friday.   "The UAV was unarmed and posed no risk to the carrier's flight


Mexico's ICA to Resolve Conflict with APM Terminals

Photo Courtesy of ICA

Mexican construction company ICA said on Friday it was seeking to resolve a conflict over a canceled port terminal contract with APM Terminals, part of Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk. The contract covered the first phase of construction at a container terminal at the Pacific coast post of Lazaro


This Day In Naval History - February 2

David G. Farragut (Photo: Library of Congress)

1848 - The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends the Mexican-American War and establishes the boundaries between the two republics. 1862 - Capt. David G. Farragut, commander of his flagship, the screw sloop of war Hartford, departs Hampton Roads for Ship Island, Miss






 
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