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Lincoln Leaves San Diego, Begins TSTA

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James R. Evans, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) wrapped up two weeks of training and certification with a scheduled port visit to Naval Air Station North Island July 22-24. Lincoln’s crew enjoyed two full days of liberty in the San Diego area while the ship took on personnel and equipment from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 in preparation for the next phase of operations. Prior to the visit, Lincoln spent its first two weeks underway since completing sea trials and a nine-month Dry-dock Planned Incremental Availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash. During the time underway, Lincoln completed carrier qualifications for the ship’s flight deck, including certification of its Precision Approach Landing System and Carrier Air Traffic Control, and performed carrier qualifications for four west coast Fleet Replacement Squadrons (FRS), according to Lincoln’s operations officer, Cmdr. Paul Mackley. “We spent the first two weeks out to sea getting our basic qualifications so that we could move on to the next phase of training,” Mackley said. “We met all of our objectives and got good reviews from COMNAVAIR (Commander, Naval Air Forces) and AIRPAC (Air Forces Pacific). In all, we did 275 arrested landings for our own (flight deck) certification and another 652 for FRS carrier qualification.”


China Shipbuilding Industry on Downward Slide

China’s first half 2012 shipyard figures make grim reading & the national shipbuilding association warns little chance of help from Beijing. In the first half, newly received order volume in China were 10.74m tons, sharply down 50.3% year-on-year. Till the end of June 2012, orders on hand stood at 125.87m tons, a decrease of 30.7% year-on year. The equipment division of the Ministry of Industry and Information estimated many yards may will run out of work during the second half


Potential Bidders Eye Waterway Contracts

State and federal officials held a meeting at the Harrison County Courthouse on March 7 for potential contractors who will bid to clean up inland channels and waterways in the three coastal counties. An overflow crowd of 150 demolition and salvage professionals packed a courtroom to learn from the U.S. Coast Guard and Mississippi's Department of Marine Resources the work they will have to do to get the contracts. The federal government has issued a solicitation at www.fedbizopps


Potential Tognum Apprentices Get to the Show Workbench

At the 2013 IBO exhibition, Tognum, & subsidiary MTU Friedrichshafen present glimpse of technical training possibilities to young visitors. MTU Friedrichshafen will be giving visitors a glimpse of the wide range of vocational training the company has on offer. In Hall A3, Stand 300, trainees will be presenting the opportunities available at entry level at Tognum – from mechatronics to marketing and from apprenticeships to courses of dual university and practical study.


Disney Cruise Ship to Get Marvel Makeover

Disney Magics Marvel Avengers: Image credit Disney Cruises

Disney Cruise Line's first ship, 'Disney Magic', is due to be refitted & modernised during her Fall 2013 drydocking in Spain. Included in fairly extensive renovations and interior additions will be the creation of an area that  gives a chance for young 'recruits' to unleash their inner super heroes at Marvel’s Avengers Academy! This is the first time Super Heroes from the Marvel Universe have been introduced on a Disney Cruise Line ship.


Coast Guard Show Top 2013 Action Videos

Image courtesy of USCG

Drug busts. Environmental responses. Security patrols. Lives saved. These daily operations, like many performed by the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard, largely go unseen by members of the public … until now. USCG has selected the top 10 most compelling cases performed by the Coast Guard from 2013 and now there is the chance to vote for a favorite in the annual 'Video of the Year' competition. The first video finalist will be released on Compass


Hellespont Alhambra to Deliver Cargo at Rotterdam

Hellespont Alhambra, the first of the series of four new ultra-high specification double hull ulccs now being delivered to Piraeus-based Hellespont Group, will deliver a full cargo of Middle East crude to Rotterdam at the beginning of February, following a swift voyage from the Middle East Gulf to Europe via the Suez Canal. Alex Papachristidis-Bove, president and co-chartering manager of Seatramp Tankers, Hellespont's commercial management, says, "It's exciting to come up


International-Marine.com Goes Live

International-marine.com announced its new website which offers new features and more relevant content as well as a chance to win an iPod. International-marine.com has improved site navigation and enhanced its product search facilities to include an interactive vessel area search. The new Support and advice section is a one stop shop for technical information. (www.international-marine.com)


Offshore Namibia's First Drill – Oil Not Found

First well of Chariot's 4 or 5 offshore well drill programme, Tapir South, off the coast of Namibia found no commercial hydrocarbons The share price of African focused oil and gas exploration company, Chariot this week took a major tumble after the explorer announced that it had found no oil off the Namibian coast, according to an All Africa news report. Chariot's share price fell on Monday to a yearly low of 75 pounds upon confirmation that no commercial hydrocarbons were found in the Tapir


Growing Chance That China Will Accept Valemax Vessels

Reuters - Chances that China will accept Brazilian miner Vale's giant Valemax vessels are growing as bigger ships become increasingly common in world markets, Vale director of ferrous metals Jose Carlos Martins said in a news conference on Thursday.  


Divers struggle in search for ferry survivors

Rescuers struggled with strong waves and murky waters on Thursday as they searched for hundreds of people, most of them teenagers from the same school, still missing after a South Korean ferry capsized on Wednesday. Coastguard, navy and private divers scoured the site of the accident


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.


Vice-Principal Of S.Korea School In Ferry Disaster Commits Suicide

The vice-principal of a South Korean high school who accompanied hundreds of pupils on a ferry that capsized has committed suicide, police said on Friday, as hopes faded of finding any of the 268 missing alive.   The Sewol, carrying 475 passengers and crew


Crewman Claims Ferry Captain "Rushed Back To Bridge"

The captain of a South Korean ferry that capsized two days ago rushed back to the bridge after it started listing severely and tried in vain to right the vessel, one of the helmsmen on the ship said on Friday.   A junior officer was steering the Sewol ferry when it capsized on Wednesday


U.S. refiners oppose easing crude export limits

Four U.S. oil refiners, trying to counter growing calls to lift the nation's ban on most crude oil exports, have launched the first major lobbying effort to keep abundant U.S. oil supplies from being sold overseas. Rising U.S. shale oil production has opened the door to a possible revision of


ACCSEAS Places North Sea E-Navigation on the Radar

Dr. Alwyn Williams, ACCSEAS Project Manager, at the ACCSEAS Second Annual Conference

ACCSEAS Annual Conference presented e-navigation test-bed to reduce navigational risk and help bring e-navigation for the North Sea Region closer to reality ACCSEAS, an EU-funded project to support improved maritime access to the North Sea Region through minimizing navigational risk


Norwegian Seminar to Focus on Financing, Procurement

The challenges of managing efficient procurement  processes and getting the right funding in the shipping and offshore sectors is the topic for a major half day conference in Singapore later this month. Coinciding with the Asia Pacific Maritime (APM) event on March 20


Oman Children Get Taste for the Sea Aboard GAC Pindar

Oman children aboard GACPindar: Photo GAC

Ship service company, GAC, inform that 5 boys and girls from Oman Childcare Centre joined the GAC Pindar crew on board their 40ft racing catamaran on Day 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series. The children's visit to the boat was part of GAC’s continuing support for the local communities that


Bestobell Exhibits LNG Technology

Photo courtesy of Bestobell Valves

Bestobell Valves, part of the President Engineering Group (PEGL), attended the Gastech 2014 exhibition in South Korea recently and said it had a great response from visitors across the globe, including a significant number from South Korea and Japan


Offshore firm's IPO may give Singapore market shot in the arm

This would be only the second mainboard IPO in Singapore this year. Singapore's IPO market lacklustre in recent years, but oil and gas related offerings find favour in Singapore. A major operator of maritime support vessels controlled by Malaysia's richest man is seeking up to $380 million in a


Cargo Sits Waiting a Fortnight in Asia: Analysts Seek Reasons

Slow steaming & Lay-up impacts: Image courtesy of Drewry Maritime Research

Jochen Gutschmidt, head of global transport procurement at Nestle, asked the Global Liner Shipping Conference in Hamburg last week: “Why is cargo waiting in Asia for two weeks?” Using data from Drewry’s latest 'Container Forecaster', just published


US Navy Ship Welcomes President of Romania

Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) salute Romanian President Traian Băsescu during his visit to the ship. (U.S. Navy photo by Edward Guttierrez III)

The forward deployed guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) welcomed aboard Romanian President Traian Bsescu while the ship was in port in Constanta, April 14. Bsescu was met by members of the U.S. Embassy and Donald Cook's Commanding Officer Cmdr. Scott Jones


UPDATE -Survivors still alive on South Korean ferry

Several people appear to have survived in an air pocket of a capsized South Korean ferry, the father of one of the school children aboard the boat told a Reuters reporter accompanying families out to the scene of the disaster on Thursday. About 290 people are still missing out of 450 passengers


North Sea Crude-Forties eases, VLCC options narrow

Forties trades at parity with dated Brent; Competing Libyan barrels returning to market. Refining margins under pressure as capacity ramps up. North Sea Forties crude differentials eased on Thursday as the market remained sluggish ahead of the long Easter weekend and the window of opportunity


Divers Struggle in Search for Ferry Survivors

Rescuers struggle with waves, murky waters; Captain faces charge of abandoning South Korean ferry. About 290 people still missing, many of them teenagers. Rescuers struggled with strong waves and murky waters on Thursday as they searched for hundreds of people


 
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