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New Company to Support Gulf Navies

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Gulf Logistics and Naval Support LLC (GLNS), a new Abu Dhabi-based company, was launched on July 27, offering a complete range of support services to maritime defense forces and other vessel operators in the GCC region. GLNS has been set up in a joint venture by Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) with a 70% shareholding and the UK’s BVT Surface Fleet which will hold 30%.  Together the companies provide a powerful combination of regional presence, established naval shipbuilding and support capability, and unparalleled experience in providing through-life naval support services. Representatives from both companies today signed the Shareholders’ Agreement and Contract of Establishment of GLNS at a ceremony at ADSB’s Mussafah shipyard. The joint venture was first announced in 2008; since then the two companies have been working together to develop the necessary legal documents, prepare financial and operational business plans and form the organisational structure to allow the new company to begin operations immediately with the support of the two shareholders. GLNS will offer a range of support services across the full spectrum of integrated logistics support and training, as well as outsourcing solutions for base facilities. Potential customers will be navies, coast guards, marine police, homeland security organizations, special forces and other key commercial customers, initially in the GCC countries, Jordan and Egypt


Edison Chouest Offshore Deploys Mojix STAR

Mojix Inc. announced Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO), C Logistics Division, is deploying the Mojix STAR system in a large scale RFID initiative to bring a new level of visibility, precision and operational efficiency to the oil and gas industry at their Port Fourchon, La. facility, a large scale shorebase operation which services the majority of offshore logistics for offshore operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Following a successful pilot of the Mojix system


Harvey Gulf Makes Software Investment

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Harvey Gulf International Marine recently deployed Advanced Logistics’ marine management system SAMM and preventative maintenance module Preventer on its fleet of marine transportation vessels. The software allows a vessel to generate operational reports onboard and transmit the data to shore in real time. The technology includes electronic logs, safety and crew management, commodity tracking, fuel and lube management, GPS mapping, preventative maintenance and more


Shettig Promoted to VP at Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corporation announced that Jim Shettig has been promoted to vice president of the company's East Coast and Gulf contract services business. He will remain domiciled in Houston and continue to report to John Douglass, senior vice president and general manager of Crowley's marine services group. Shettig, who most recently served as general manager of East Coast and Gulf contract services, will now have profit and loss responsibilities for the business


Gillen Promoted - VP Engineering

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Crowley Maritime Corporation announced that Jim Gillen has been promoted to vice president of engineering for the company's petroleum services, marine services and petroleum distribution groups. Gillen, who remains domiciled in Jacksonville, now reports to both John Douglass, senior vice president and general manager, Atlantic/Gulf services, and Rocky Smith, senior vice president and general manager, Pacific/Alaska services.


HMM Elects New Officers

The Houston Maritime Museum (HMM) has elected new officers to its Board of Directors. Niels A. Aalund, Senior Vice President of Maritime Affairs for the West Gulf Maritime Association, (WGMA) will serve as Chairman to advocate on behalf of the WGMA members with local, state and federal agencies. Steve Stewart, President and Co-Founder of Gulf Winds International, Inc., will serve as Vice Chairman for the board, specializing in international logistics within the shipping industry


Incat and Revolution Design Awarded Design Contract by U.S. Military

Incat Tasmania Pty Ltd and Revolution Design Pty Ltd are pleased to announce they have been awarded one of three US multi-million dollar design contracts by the US Department of Defense. The Tasmanian based companies are part of an internat ional consortium responding to the United States Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition program for the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV). The JHSV program brings together United States Navy, Army,


Crowley Warehousing, Distribution in Gulfport

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Crowley announced that it will begin offering warehousing and distribution services through its Gulf Coast gateway in Gulfport, Miss., on May 1.  The 40,000 square-foot warehouse, located next to Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport at 4300 Air Cargo Road and just seven miles from the port, features approximately 20,000 square feet of dry storage and 20,000 square feet of refrigerated and frozen storage. "This strategically located distribution center is well suited to serve


Iran Changes Mind on Atlantic Ocean Warship Deployment

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Iran has called off a deployment of warships to the Atlantic Ocean, the semi-official Fars news agency said on Sunday, shelving plans for its vessels to approach U.S. maritime borders in response to the U.S. navy's presence in the Gulf. A senior Iranian naval commander was quoted in February as saying that several warships would be sent towards U.S. maritime borders in the Atlantic although the Pentagon said at the time that it was not concerned and that many countries operated in the ocean's


TT Club Strengthens Middle East Presence

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Specialist freight transport insurance provider TT Club said it is reinforcing its presence in Dubai with a move which aims to support the Club’s existing claims team in the UAE and underlines the insurer’s commitment to what is a dynamic region and provides an additional service level to both Members and brokers in the Middle East. Julien Horn, having already been TT’s underwriter dedicated to the Middle East for some six years now


Offshore Wind Shift to Drive Vessel Services Cooperation

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Evolving procurement processes for U.K. Round 3 offshore wind farms will require a greater number of work streams, personnel with new and differing skills, and the ability to provide a larger suite of services, according to offshore energy support firm Seacat Services.


U.S. 3rd Fleet Shifts Command

Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, left, assumes command of U.S. 3rd Fleet from Adm. Scott H. Swift, commander U.S. Pacific Fleet during the Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet change of command and retirement ceremony

  Vice Adm. Nora Tyson relieved Vice Adm. Kenny Floyd as commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet during a change of command and retirement ceremony held on Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) while pierside at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego July 24.


Disabled Ship Towed into Port of Djibouti

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Operation Atalanta warships assist stricken Italian merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden   Italian merchant vessel MV Altinia was towed into the Port of Djibouti after encountering engine problems which left the ship adrift in the Gulf of Aden.  


Cummins Opens Logistics Hub in Singapore

Cummins Inc. opened a global logistics hub in Singapore yesterday, one of the company's eight master distribution centers for parts and filters globally.   The Singapore Global Logistics Hub boasts a total investment of $5.4 million and is part of the company’s efforts to enhance its


DP World Opens London Gateway Logistics Centre

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 DP World's first distribution centre at the London Gateway Logistics Park opened officially, with the UK's shipping minister, Robert Goodwill MP, in attendance.   Goodwill and DP World chairman, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, formalised the opening of the centre during a ribbon cutting


Newport News Shipbuilding Bags US Navy Submarine Contract

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 The U.S. Navy has given Newport News Shipbuilding a $106 million contract to provide engineering and industrial support for submarines.    Huntington Ingalls Industries, parent company of Newport News Shipbuilding, said the contract will be worth a total of $564 million


Shearer Group Designs Bunker Barge

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The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) informs it has recently completed the design of a 130’ x 35’ x 10’ double skin bunker barge for an unspecified Gulf Coast marine fuel supplier.   The new barge design features below deck piping for cleaner and safer deck operations


Crowley Bolsters LNG Equipment Fleet

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Crowley Maritime Corp. informs it has responded to increased market demand, acquiring 16 additional ISO tanks for its Carib Energy group that will be used to supply, transport and distribute U.S.-sourced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to customers in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Central America


Barge Collision Spill Impacts Houston Ship Channel

A section of a key Gulf Coast waterway was shut after two barges collided Monday, setting one afire and possibly spilling a gasoline additive near the entrance to the Houston Ship Channel, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The Intracoastal Waterway (ICW)


Market Rife Merger Talk, NOL Says Not Yet

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 As Singapore's sovereign wealth fund, Temasek, readied is to sell Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), the market has been rife with merger talk with Hong Kong's Orient Overseas International Ltd (OOIL) and Hamburg's Hapag-Lloyd being leading candidates.  


ASV Completes GoM Monitoring

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  ASV has collaborated with the Littoral Acoustic Demonstration Center Gulf Ecological Monitoring and Modeling (LADC-GEMM) consortium to conduct 10 days of Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) data collection for its BP/Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) funded project.


Delfin LNG Submits Application for Deepwater Port Export Facility

Delfin LNG has applied to construct, own and operate an offshore deepwater port export facility located approximately 50 miles south of the Texas/Louisiana border in the Gulf of Mexico.    The proposed facility would receive natural gas from the national grid


Baku Calls Upon Antwerp’s Port Expertise

Baku International Sea Trade Port has been considered as the largest and the most significant port on the Caspian Sea.

  The port of Baku on the Black Sea is Azerbaijan’s largest port. Now to support its further development it is calling on the know-how and expertise of the port of Antwerp. For this purpose the management of Baku International Sea Trade Port recently signed a Memorandum of


Hyundai Heavy Industries to Build 'Connected Smart Ships'

Collaboration will help shipbuilding company offer built-in digital technologies to improve operational efficiency and decision making processes for ship owners   Shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries is collaborating with technology service provider Accenture to design a ‘connected


Conoco Cutting Deepwater Spending

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ConocoPhillips said on Thursday it will reduce future spending on deepwater drilling due to low crude oil prices while raising its dividend one cent.   The largest spending reductions will come in the Gulf of Mexico, where the Houston-based company said it will terminate a three-year






 
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