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American Club has New Principal Surveyor

John Poulson, vice president, principal surveyor

John Poulson Rejoins Management Team.   Well-known surveyor John Poulson, a highly-experienced former mariner, is rejoining the American P&I Club’s management team on February 1 as vice president, principal surveyor and head of the survey and technical department. He worked with the club’s managers for several years in the middle of the last decade before moving to GL Noble Denton (as it is now), New York, where he had oversight and responsibility for that company’s operations throughout the Americas. John Poulson brings a wealth of ‘hard hat’ experience to his new role, and Joe Hughes, chairman and ceo of Shipowners Claims Bureau Inc., the managers, said they were delighted to welcome back such a well-known and respected member of the international surveying/technical community.   Having risen to chief engineer, at the age of 28, during his seagoing career with leading British and German shipowners, John Poulson worked for many years for The Salvage Association and for BMT Salvage Ltd., in the UK, continental Europe and the US. He has been based in New York for nearly 20 years, and was chairman of the American Association of Average Adjusters in 2006. He will now be responsible for the implementation and co-ordination of the American Club’s extensive survey, loss prevention, advisory and technical activities.The club’s managers also report the departure of Captain Richard J


Woolly Hat Week Inspires Knitting Frenzy

Royal Alfred Seafarers Society supports Woolly Hat Week.jpg

The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society Supports Campaign to Help Sailors. Sailors are renowned for spinning a good yarn, however on this occasion it is a volunteer at the land-locked Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society who has been getting busy with her knitting needles to make hats for mariners as part of Woolly Hat Week (6-13 Feb). Maureen Phillips has spearheaded a knitting frenzy at the care home, which provides dedicated accommodation and care to former seafarers


Rigdon Christens and Delivers Hat Trick

Rigdon Marine Corporation (RMC), announced the christening and delivery of the Hat Trick in  Christina Teague, wife of John Teague, RMC’s Vice President of QHSE christened the seventh of ten Rigdon 4000 Class vessel with the traditional champagne against the bow.  Upon delivery, the Hat Trick was deployed on a term contract to an oil major in the U.S. GOM. The Hat Trick is a 190 x 46  x 18-ft., diesel electric, DP-2 PSV, which features a capacity of 4


This Day in Coast Guard History – Jan. 14

1942- A Coast Guard aircraft, Hall PH-3 No. V-177, dropped food to a raft with 6 survivors of a torpedoed tanker. 1985-Vice President George Bush made an official visit to Base Miami Beach to extend the thanks of the nation to those involved in Operation Hat Trick,  an "all-out" effort to stop smugglers soon after they had left ports in Central and South America.  The vice president decorated 15 Coast Guardsmen.


This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History – January 14

1942- A Coast Guard aircraft, Hall PH-3 No. V-177, dropped food to a raft with 6 survivors of a torpedoed tanker. 1985-Vice President George Bush made an official visit to Base Miami Beach to extend the thanks of the nation to those involved in Operation Hat Trick,  an "all-out" effort to stop smugglers soon after they had left ports in Central and South America.  The vice president decorated 15 Coast Guardsmen.


Containers Salvaged From Rena Wreck Number 1000

Photo credit Maritime New Zealand

The Braemar Howells/Unimar latest update informs recovery milestone passed, there now remain 365 containers to recover. A total of 1368 containers were onboard the Renawhen grounded on the Astrolabe Reef nearly on 5 October 2011. Braemar Operations Manager Mike Richards says the milestone was reached this week after the positive identification of more container parts hauled up from the seabed at the wreck site. "We take our hats off to all those involved in the ongoing joint


Maryland Coast Guard Station Wins Award

The crew of Coast Guard Station Oxford, Md., recieved the Sumner I. Kimball Award for superior readiness Tuesday. Coast Guard Captains Neil Buschman, Fifth District chief of staff, and Brian D. Kelley, commander of Sector Baltimore, presided over the ceremony. The Sumner I. Kimball Award recognizes excellence in crew proficiency, boat and personal protective equipment condition and compliance with established training documentation requirements


Virginia's House of Hope Hosts Polo Fundraiser

Polo Match Fundraiser Notables: Photo credit VHH

Sandy Hurricane relief and maritime support charity, Virginia's House of Hope, celebrated its accomplishments and raised funds for the future at their recent polo match benefit. This was its first summer event and was held at Conyers Farm, Greenwich CT, on July 14th., with more than 200 friends and supporters of VHH in attendance. In addition to enjoying the graceful and exciting competition between two internationally ranked teams, and petting the horses


Duty of Care

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Data collection and monitoring helps measure the impact exposure of Workboat crew and passengers. Professional powerboat users face an increased risk from injuries associated with the constant impacts they receive during their daily activities. It is not hard to imagine that constantly driving a rigid hull through a choppy sea will result in some uncomfortable moments, but much of the professional marine industry continues to pretend that there is no problem.


Virgin Cruises to Sail Out of Miami in 2020

Richard Branson. Photo: Virgin

 Virgin Cruises will launch its first luxury liner in 2020 from Miami, British tycoon Richard Branson announced, placing his bets on medium-sized "boutique" ships.   The Virgin Group founder said he had signed a binding letter of intent with Italy's Fincantieri to build three 110,000-ton ships, to debut in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Each ship would carry 2,860 passengers, based on double occupancy, and 1,150 crewmembers.  


Baltic Index Records New Low

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying industrial commodities, registered a new all-time low for the ninth straight session on Friday as concerns of slow global demand outweighed gains for the large-vessel segment.  


Baltic Index Touches New Record Low

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying industrial commodities, registered a new all-time low on Monday on muted vessel demand.   The overall index, which gauges the cost of shipping dry bulk including iron ore, cement, grain, coal and fertiliser


Subchapter M: The Designated Person Ashore and You

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As the workboat industry marches toward Subchapter M, and ever closer to the International Safety Management (ISM) Code, the appointment of a Designated Person Ashore (DPA) becomes more important, the position’s job functions become more defined


Maersk Writes Down Oil Assets

file image: the Maersk Klevin offshore installation (Maersk)

Writedown pushes company into red in fourth quarter; 2016 profit to fall short of previous year. Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk tumbled to a loss of $2.5 billion in the last three months of 2015 after the shipping and energy group wrote down the value of its oil assets by the same amount.


Sailors’ Society Woolly Hat Week to Aid Seafarers

Lloyd’s Register, sponsors of Sailors’ Society’s Woolly Hat Week, will be donning their woolly hats and holding a #HatHero collection to raise funds for seafarers and their families. (Photo: Sailors Society)

Press release - Sailors’ Society is encouraging supporters to be a #HatHero this Woolly Hat Week to raise awareness of the challenges seafarers face daily and to help seafarers in need. Sponsored by Lloyd’s Register, this Woolly Hat Week will be held February 14-21


2016 Looks Tricky for Shipping Market

Source: Clarksons

 2015 was clearly a very challenging year for the shipping markets. With earnings rock bottom in many sectors, investors shifted into a lower gear with respect to the placement of new vessel orders last year, says Clarksons Research.  


GAC’s Meena Wins IMC Golden Shield Award

Meena Mathews with the award Photo courtesy GAC

The International Maritime Club presented Meena Mathews, GAC’s Regional P&I Manager for the Middle East, with its Excellence in Marine Claims Management accolade at the IMC Excellence Awards ceremony at the Ocean Blue in Sharjah, UAE, this week.


DEME Orders Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger

Image: DEME

With the order of the Bonny River at Royal IHC, the Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group DEME is investing in a new generation of trailing suction hopper dredgers which will be trendsetting in coastal protection and dredging hard soils


Norsafe Offers Complete Safety Package for Seafarers

Courtesy Norsafe

Norsafe has become the first lifeboat manufacturer to provide STCW and Norwegian Oil and Gas (NOROG) compliant training courses for seafarers. This means that the company is the only lifeboat manufacturer that offers production, servicing and certified training in the operation and maintenance


Baltic Index Slips to Fresh Low

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying industrial commodities, slipped to another all-time low on Tuesday on worries about vessel oversupply and slowing global demand.   The overall index, which gauges the cost of shipping dry bulk including iron


Newport News Shipbuilding Rings in 130 Years

Dry Dock 1 at Newport News Shipbuilding is flooded prior to the official opening celebration of the shipyards first dry dock on April 24, 1889.  The Puritan-class monitor USS Puritan waits beyond the dry dock’s gate to enter. (Photo: HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division kicked off its 130th anniversary celebration January 28.   Newport News, the sole designer, builder and refueler of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and one of two providers of U.S


Another Brutal Year for Korean Shipyards?

Image: Samsung Heavy Industries

 2016 could be a brutal year for Korean Shipyards. Yonhap reports that the country's shipbuilders failed to clinch any new orders in January, underscoring the protracted slump in the global shipbuilding segment.   "January is usually an off-season for shipbuilders


Sea Hawk Debuts VMG Hard & Fast Racing Finish

Fresh Water Boaters Hard, Fast Racing Finish Sea Hawk

Sea Hawk today  announced the introduction of VMG Hard & Fast Racing Finish, a revolutionary new bottom coating geared specifically for fresh water sail boaters and power boaters looking to enhance the performance of their vessels. VMG


Baltic Index Slips Below 300 Points

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying industrial commodities, slipped below 300 points on Thursday, to an all-time low.   The overall index, which gauges the cost of shipping dry bulk including iron ore, cement, grain, coal and fertiliser


Dry-Bulk Shipping: Hitting the Bottom

Photo: China COSCO Bulk Shipping (Group) Co

 Dry bulk shipping companies being hit the hardest on account of the deteriorating business climate are likely to be swept by a new wave of bankruptcies, reports Nikkei.   The global commodities bust has rocked the dry-bulk shipping industry






 
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