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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.”


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.


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


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


Storm near Lesser Antilles Could Develop into cyclone

An elongated area of low pressure located about 350 miles east of the Lesser Antilles has a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Thursday. "Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for development during the next day or so, and a tropical depression could form while the system moves west-northwestward at 15 to 20 miles per hour across the Lesser Antilles and over the eastern Caribbean Sea


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.


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


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


CNO, MCPON Visit Sailors in U.S. 5th Fleet

Lt. Cmdr. Robert Mclaughlin asks Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens a question during an all hands call at NSA Bahrain

  The Navy's 31st Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. John Richardson, made his first visit to the U.S. 5th Fleet, accompanied by Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain, Oct. 18. More than 700 Sailors and Marines attended an all-hands call with the CNO and MCPON at the NSA Bahrain gym. "Today marks my first month as CNO," Richardson said


Outdated Systems Placing Vessels at Risk of Cyber-Attack

Image: Plymouth University

 Maritime vessels are under significant threat of cyber-attack because many are carrying outdated software and were not designed with cyber security in mind, according to new research.   But operators could easily mitigate against such dangers by updating security systems


Crowley Awards Scholarships to Four Mass. Maritime Students

Photo: Crowley

Four students from Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) have been awarded Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships.   Chosen based on their academic achievement, financial need and plans to pursue a career in the maritime industry


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Dip Before Fuel Oil Fixtures

File Image: a so-called Suezmax tanker transits the Suez Canal (Suez Canal Authority)

Worst over for Aframax market as fuel oil cargoes lift rates. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) could slide further before finding a floor and recovering on a rebound in chartering activity, ship brokers said on Friday.


Jensen Debuts New Tractor Tug Design

BayDelta (Photo: Jensen Maritime)

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Seattle-based naval architecture and engineering firm, Jensen Maritime, reports it has designed a new tractor tug for Vessel Chartering LLC that features some of the first Tier IV engines meeting higher federal air emissions standards among U.S. tugboats.  


Container Market - Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Containership ownership by size range, active and on order, April 2016 (‘000 teu). Graph by Drewry Maritime Research

 The pain of the current container market downturn extends beyond carriers, says Drewry's Container Insight Weekly.    Some independent ship-owners are faced with either lowering charter rates to help save ailing carriers or risking their assets going idle.  


Hanjin Shipping May Get OK for Restructuring

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

 South Korea’s largest container operator by capacity Hanjin Shipping's creditors are expected to approve a corporate rehabilitation program for the struggling container line, local media reports suggest.    Creditor banks of cash-strapped Hanjin are likely to give the


Oregon State Seeks Shipyard Input for New Research Ship

(Rendering: The Glosten Associates)

Oregon State University to issue RFI on ship project after design completion   The design phase for a project to construct a new regional class research vessel to replenish the United States academic fleet is complete, and Oregon State University will issue a request for information (RFI)


Collaboration on Swimming Robots for Subsea Maintenance

Statoil CTO Elisabeth Birkeland Kvalheim (left) and Eelume CEO Kristin Y. Pettersen. Photo Statoil

NTNU spin-off company Eelume collaborates with Kongsberg Maritime and Statoil to develop swimming robots for subsea inspection and light intervention. Kongsberg Maritime and Statoil have signed an agreement with Eelume, a NTNU spin-off company


US Forecaster Sees Rising Chance of La Nina

A U.S. government weather forecaster on Thursday forecast an increasing chance of the La Nina weather phenomenon taking place in the Northern Hemisphere in the second half of the year.   The Climate Prediction Center (CPC), an agency of the National Weather Service


Impending Shakeup of Global Shipping Alliance

Figure: Wall Street Journal and Alphaliner

 According to WSJ report, deals involving Cosco, China Shipping, CMA CGM and Neptune Orient Lines to bring major changes in global shipping alliances.   China Cosco Shipping and CMA CGM are hoping to form a new alliance with OOCL, Evergreen Line


Test Ride: Furuno's New 15X8 Series Radar

Bruce M. (Courtesy SDS Lumber Company)

Taking the Furuno 15X8 series radar out for a spin; Furuno’s newest entry has found a welcome place on inland waters.   Furuno’s newest radar is now on the market. The first workboat installation of the company’s FAR-15X8 series was completed in late February and


Maersk to Address ‘Blending-On-Board’

Maersk’s SEA-Mate Blending-On-Board system (Photo: Maersk)

Visitors to the 2016 European Marine Engineering Conference in Amsterdam this year will be able to hear a keynote speech from Maersk Fluid Technology managing director Jens Byrgesen, who will talk about his company’s success with “Blending-On-Board” lubrication technology.


Volvo Penta Acquires Majority Stake in Humphree

Per Landegren, CEO of Humphree, left, and Björn Ingemanson, president of Volvo Penta. (Photo: Volvo Penta)

Volvo Penta has signed an agreement to become the major shareholder of marine technology provider Humphree. The transaction is subject to conditions and expected to close within four weeks.   Having a majority share in Humphree will further accelerate the next step in Volvo Penta’s


Migrants Returned from Greece arrive in Turkey

Three passenger boats return migrants from Lesbos, Chios; desperate migrants continue to cross despite deal. The first migrants deported from Greek islands under a disputed EU-Turkey deal were shipped back to Turkey on Monday in a drive to shut down the main route by which a million people


Holland America Line Celebrates Official Handover of 'Koningsdam'

Official Handling over of ms Koningsdam Holland America Line

Holland America Line celebrated the delivery of ms Koningsdam with an official Handover Ceremony, luncheon and shipyard workers party aboard the ship Saturday, April 2, 2016, at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy.   In attendance at the ceremony was Italy’s Minister of






 
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