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FISHER ISLAND COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

The Heron Lands at Fisher Island

Seattle-based Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) is proud to announce that the Heron, the fourth vessel to join the Fisher Island fleet, has been delivered. Built by Eastern Shipbuilding Group in Panama City, Florida, the 120 ft. double-ended vehicle ferry was accepted by Fisher Island Community Association on October 9, 2002. EBDG completed the upgraded Contract Design and later served as Owner's Representative during vessel construction. The new vessel measures 120 ft. length overall with a beam of 46 ft. and a draft of 7 ft. The Heron carries 22 vehicles and up to 100 passengers. According to EBDG Project Manager Will Nickum, P.E., the Heron was "designed for maintenance." Special consideration was placed on improvements geared towards maintenance and compatibility with the existing fleet. According to Nickum, "the design ground rules were fairly straightforward: match the existing design in hull form, arrangement, appearance and handling, use proven local suppliers for equipment, and improve maintenance of hull and equipment in every way possible."


Cahill Mystic Seaport Education & Outreach Director

Photo courtesy Mystic Seaport

Mystic Seaport has named Sarah Cahill its new director of museum education and outreach.  She will begin June 7. Cahill will lead the Museum’s education department in the expansion of its public history educational programs. She will guide Mystic Seaport in its efforts to increase educational programs both on grounds and in schools, while placing significant focus on the strengthening of partnerships between the Museum and schools.


This Day in Coast Guard History – March 10

1909- The British barkentine Ladysmith, during a thick fog, stranded three miles WSW of the Fisher's Island Life-Saving Station.  The keeper was notified by telephone and the life-savers, in surfboat, proceeded to the scene.  They safely rescued the Ladysmith's master, his wife, and 9 seamen. 1983- The Coast Guard retired the last operational HU-16E Albatross, ending the "era of seaplanes" for the service.


NOAA Awards Grants for Community-Based Debris Projects

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded $1,029,368 in grants for 12 community-based marine debris prevention and removal projects. These projects are funded by the NOAA Marine Debris Program and administered by the NOAA Restoration Center. The program provides financial and technical assistance to local groups to clean-up marine debris, and prevent its introduction into coastal environments. The Marine Debris Program awarded $333


New Appointments at James Fisher and Sons

Mr. Angus Buchanan, a main board director of James Fisher and Sons Public Limited Company and managing director of the subsidiary James Fisher Tankships Limited, has been appointed Group Operations Director. In this capacity Mr. Buchanan will be responsible for all the group's shipping activities. At the same time Ian Serjent, a main board director and managing director of James Fisher (Shipping Services) Limited, has become Group Technical Director with responsibility for all technical


Adams, Chief Executive of IBIA

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Ian Adams has been appointed the first ever Chief Executive of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) following the decision to change from a 25-member Council of Management to an executive structure headed by a Board of Directors. Adams was formerly Secretary-General of IBIA which, since its formation in 1993, has been governed by a Council of Management. The decision to restructure was unanimously agreed by members at the IBIA convention in Cape Town in November last year


Thai Commercial Fisherfolk Victims of Unscrupulous Employers

Thai Marine Police board fishing vessel: Photo credit ILO

The findings of the ILO's Tripartite Action to Protect the Rights of Migrant Workers research indicate low compliance with Thai immigration and labour laws, and reveal significant gaps when measured against the relevant international standards on work in fishing. In addition, a considerable proportion of the fishers surveyed were found to be in exploitative situations, either employed through deceptive and coercive labour practices, working long hours for little pay, or working under age.


Damen Delivers Second Oil Tanker to James Fisher Everard

Kestrel Fisher, delivered at the end of 2013 (Photo: Damen)

The Damen Double Hull Oil Tanker 8000 Kestrel Fisher was delivered end 2013 to Dutch managers De OpfeartBeheer. In a two-tanker deal, the Kestrel Fisher’s sister vessel King Fisher was delivered in June 2013. Both have been built by Damen Shipyards Bergum. The oil (product) tankers’ names are a reference to James Fisher Everard Ltd., which have taken up their commercial management. The 7,076-deadweight, 8


JW Fishers' Side Scan Sonars Key in Somali Port Mine Clearance

Trainee & SSS unit trainer: Image courtesy of FW Fishers

JW Fishers inform that Bancroft Global Development is using its side scan sonars to locate and make safe Somalia's harbor in the capital city, Mogadishu, which was heavily mined during the civil war in that country. Somalia’'s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) launched the Mogadishu Port Rehabilitation Project and  assisting in this work is Washington-based Bancroft Global Development, an organization that receives some funding from the United Nations and the US State Department


Cable Trackers Help Diving Companies and Military

WJ Castle diver preparing to enter the water and track a cable with JW Fishers CT-1 cable tracker; Inset photo – Castle diver in water with CT-1 probe.

Trying to locate subsea power and communications cables has always been a difficult job. Regulations require cables be buried from several feet to several meters under the ocean bottom to prevent snagging by boat anchors and fishing trawls.  The amount of overburden on a cable often means it’s too deep to be located with conventional metal detection equipment. The device that has proved most effective in finding them is a cable tracker


Asean: Malaysia Prepares to Set Sail Into Maritime Disputes

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Will Malaysia’s chairmanship of Asean spur the establishment of a long-delayed maritime Code of Conduct (CoC), aimed at resolving territorial disputes between China and neighboring countries in the South China Sea?  A report appeared in New Strait Times in Singapore says that the


Bangladesh Aims to be World's 'First Solar Nation

Residents of Islampur, a remote village in the northern Bangladeshi district of Naogaon, were stunned one night last summer when the darkness was suddenly illuminated by electric lights coming from a village home. Why the surprise? The community has no connection to the country's power grid.


U.S. Refinery Workers' Contract Talks Moving Slowly

  With just a week of bargaining left until the national contract for U.S. refinery workers expires, the United Steelworkers union (USW) said talks with oil company representatives for a new pact were going slow, according to a Twitter message sent to members.


Maritime Dispute an Issue for Entire ASEAN, Says US

Image: Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippines

The South China Sea took center stage at the Bilateral Strategic Dialogue between the United States and the Philippines held in Manila, as China continues to engage in "massive" construction activities in the disputed area. Both the countries jointly expressed their concern over recent


RASI Endurance Challenge 2015

‘Mission RASI – team

  A group of 40 enthusiasts from the maritime and insurance community in Singapore have come together, to undertake a 24 hour endurance sea challenge, all in aid of the global maritime welfare charity, The Mission to Seafarers. Mission Row Around Singapore Island (RASI)


Nichols Brothers to Build Vessel for American Samoa

Image: Nichols Brothers Boat Builders

Ice Floe, LLC dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) has been contracted by the Government of American Samoa to build a multipurpose vessel to operate in the warm waters of the South Pacific primarily between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands


TITAN to Host American Salvage Association Fundraiser

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The American Salvage Association’s (ASA) Education Committee Fundraiser will be hosted by TITAN Salvage on Thursday, January 22, at the Houston Maritime Museum. All proceeds from the event will support ASA Education Committee scholarships and science fair prizes.  


USS Makin Island Visits Singapore

The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), embarked with Amphibious Squadron Five and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Singapore today (Jan. 16) for a scheduled port visit.   Sailors and Marines will have an opportunity to experience the Singapore culture and


NY Shipping Conference Speakers Announced

Annual joint Chambers of Commerce event look at The Life of a Ship    Conference organizers have announced the speaker lineup for the 21st annual Hellenic-American and Norwegian-American Chambers of Commerce conference, often called the New York Shipping Conference


Lindenau’s Concept: Waste Recycling Ships

Lindenau Project:  The Waste-Recycling-Ship-Concept for the Maldives.

Millions of tons of waste reach the oceans each year, causing the sea to become the planet’s largest garbage depot, as inadequate or nonexistent waste management systems – particularly in coastal and island communities – enable massive patches of marine debris to form around the


Japan to Resume Maritime Talks with China in Tokyo

 China and Japan have agreed to hold a meeting in Tokyo next Monday to discuss the development of a maritime crisis management mechanism according to Japanese defense sources.   The maritime crisis management system will be aimed at averting unwanted clashes around the Diaoyu Islands


Canada’s Ferry Industry Sets Course for Success

A Canadian Ferry underway in light ice conditions. (Courtesy of CFOA)

Our country’s past and its future are fundamentally linked to the transportation of people, vehicles and goods over our lakes, rivers and sea.   Ferries have always been an integral part of Canada’s transportation infrastructure


BHP Billiton Donates to Sampson Flat Bushfire Relief Fund

  In response to the significant impact of the recent South Australian bushfires on local communities, BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities today donated A$250,000 to the State Emergency Relief Fund. The State Emergency Relief Fund has been established to provide assistance to those


WOC Sustainable Ocean Summit in Singapore

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  The World Ocean Council (WOC) has announced its 3rd Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) to be held on 9-11 November, 2015 in Singapore. The SOS is the only international, multi-sector, business event dedicated to “Corporate Ocean Responsibility”


Federal Mediators Weigh in on Longshore Dispute

A containership berthed in Oakland, CA (Image: Marinelink files)

FMCS Statement on Labor Negotiations Between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) And the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA): Allison Beck, Acting Director of the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, issued the following statement today on the labor negotiations






 
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