College Students from the United States and Canada will bring their robotic boats to Virginia Beach to compete for up to $20,000 in prize money. The event, the second International Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) Competition, is being sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research and the Washington, DC-based Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Foundation. The competition will occur June 18-21 at the Founder’s Inn and Spa in Virginia Beach. The small lake on the resort’s property will be turned into the site of a simulated shipwreck of a ferry boat with passengers awaiting rescue. The student-built boats will be challenged to navigate a treacherous series of dangerous reefs and dock with the sinking ferry to rescue the passengers. Adding to the challenge, the rescue boat will have to defend itself against a group of pirates as it makes its escape! “The main point of this Competition is to make students aware of the challenges and fun of designing robotic boats and to hopefully get them interested in pursuing a career in this rapidly growing industry,” said Daryl Davidson, executive director of the AUVSI Foundation. “To the uninitiated observer who thinks these are remote controlled boats, it may look easy. But when you consider that once the boat leaves the dock, it has to make all of its decisions without any human assistance at all. That’s no small task.”
The U.S. Coast Guard proposes establishing security zones around passenger vessels and vessels carrying certain dangerous cargo (CDC) while on waters of the Captain of the Port Hampton Roads zone. Comment on this proposal should be submitted by June 3, 2004. 69 Fed. Reg. 24549 (HK Law).
Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division recently dedicated its 11th Habitat for Humanity house in Hampton. NNS has partnered with Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg since 2002 to build homes for families in Hampton Roads. Ron Murray, NNS' vice president of quality and process excellence, presented the house keys to Shereen Wynder and her daughters, Shakira and Treasure. "While this house was built by the hands of shipbuilders
Fugro GeoServices announced several recent promotions within the company, including two key management appointments: Ted Hampton, president and Adam Jackson, senior vice president. Mr. Hampton is a licensed geologist and former vice president of the company. He replaces longtime leader Mr. Tom Hamilton, who will retire this spring after nearly 30 years with Fugro. Together, Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Hampton led the formation of Fugro GeoServices in 1999 to provide oil and gas clients in the Gulf
The U.S. Coast Guard has established security zones around passenger vessels and vessels carrying Certain Dangerous Cargo (CDC) while they are in the navigable waters of the Captain of the Port (COTP) Hampton Roads zone. When within 500 yards of such vessels, other vessels must operate at the minimum speed to navigate safely. Other vessels may not operate within 100 yards of such vessels. The rule comes into effect immediately. 69 Fed. Reg. 40768 (HK Law).
Six people were pulled from a burning boat in the vicinty of the mouth of the York River, Va. when the 52-ft. Hatteras they were on caught fire. Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads received a Mayday call from the QT. The Coast Guard issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast (UMIB) and launched boats from Coast Guard Stations Milford Haven, Portsmouth and Cape Charles. Two boats, One Way and Miss Nancy responded to the UMIB and pulled all 6 from the QT before the Coast Guard arrived on
Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) board of directors has elected Stephen D. Yslas, 61, corporate vice president and general counsel effective Jan. 1, 2009. Yslas succeeds W. Burks Terry who is retiring Dec. 31, 2008. In his new role, Yslas will be responsible for oversight of all of the company's legal matters. He will report to Ronald D. Sugar, the company's chairman and chief executive officer, and become a member of the company's Corporate Policy Council.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta named Rear Admiral Richard E. Bennis, USCG, (ret.) as the Associate Under Secretary of Transportation for Maritime and Land Security at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Admiral Bennis, who led Coast Guard response in New York to the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, will direct TSA exercise of security responsibilities for the nation’s seaports and land transportation assets
1865 - RADM Porter's gunboats' bombardment cause surrender of Wilmington, NC . 1870 - After arriving on USS Nipsic, and supported by USS Guard and USS Nyack, the Darien Expedition, commanded by CDR Thomas O. Selfridge, Jr., begins active operations ashore at Caldonia Bay to survery the Isthmus of Darien, Panama, for an interoceanic ship canal. 1909 - Great White Fleet returns from round the world cruise to Hampton Roads, VA
According to an October 6 report from the Daily Press, Northrop Grumman Corp.'s Newport News shipyard and Spanish energy firm Gamesa said they have formed a new partnership to produce offshore wind turbines. Northrop and Gamesa said they are assembling a team of up to 40 engineers in Hampton Roads over the next month to begin preliminary work on the project. Neither company would say where in the region the new venture will be located.
OceanGate Inc. to host a 3-day event to promote awareness and gauge impact of Lionfish on ocean habitat and economy. The global provider of deep-sea manned submersible solutions, OceanGate, is helping to raise awareness of the widespread invasion of lionfish
The 2014 Torsional Vibration Symposium, organized by the Vibration Association, is scheduled for May 21-23 in Salzburg Congress, Austria. The event aims to gather industry experts from around the world to discuss current torsional vibration developments, issues and technologies.
A crewman was airlifted to a hospital after a fire on board a tanker approximately six nautical miles north east of Whitby. Humber Coastguard was contacted by the tanker just after 12:30 p.m. reporting that they were dealing with a fire in the engine room.
swissnex Boston welcomes "PlanetSolar DeepWater Expedition," June 22-26, 2013. In support of its mission to build stronger relationships between scientists, entrepreneurs and innovators in Massachusetts and Switzerland, swissnex Boston is welcoming the world's largest solar-powered boat
General Dynamics announced that Thomas W. Kirchmaier has been elected a vice president of the corporation and appointed as president of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, reporting to David K. Heebner, executive vice president of the company's Information Systems and Technology group
At a ceremony held at the Nor-Shipping maritime exhibition in Oslo, classification society Germanischer Lloyd (GL) rewarded three young engineers for their outstanding scientific research with the GL Young Professionals Award. As well as seeking out the best new research
Horizon Lines, Inc. has announced that William A. Hamlin has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In his new role, Mr. Hamlin will continue to report to Sam Woodward, President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr
W. P. Carey Inc., a provider of corporate sale-leaseback financing, has acquired the R&D and class-A office facilities of Cargotec Corporation in Tampere, Finland. The premises are subject to a 20-year triple-net lease with the company
A/S Dan-Bunkering Ltd. announced that as from April 2, 2013 Søren Emil Dam, has been employed as Bunker Trader with Dan-Bunkering in the company’s head office in Middelfart, Denmark. Søren holds a Master in Interpersonal Organizational Communication from the University of
Ridge Global, an international provider of security and risk management services, and iJET University, a provider of risk management training curricula and solutions, announced that the two companies will collaborate to offer instructor-led training for executives and decision makers with security
Student teams from seven maritime universities have submitted proposals for the designcompetition for Safe Affordable Ferries sponsored by the Worldwide Ferry Safety Association (WFSA). A panel of six judges will review the submissions and will announce the winners by early Fall 2013
Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) recently welcomed two new hires and two summer interns to the Seattle office. Zach McKinney and Jeremy Rice are the latest Marine Engineers to join the firm. McKinney, who holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle
The 2013 Ship Repair Tradesmen of the Year were recently honored by the Virginia Ship Repair Association (VSRA). The award citations by VSRA are as follows: The 2013 Junior Tradesman of the Year Steven Pulliam, an Outside Machinist from Oceaneering International, Inc
10 University of California, & Scripps Institute drifter buoys for meteorology & oceanographic observation released into the Pacific from 'USS Pearl Harbor' The buoys measure ocean currents up to 15 meters in depth, and were launched during 'Pacific Partnership 2013' to measure
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the appointment of seven members to the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) Advisory Board. The USMMA Advisory Board serves as an independent body whose purpose is to examine the course of instruction and management at the Academy and