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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.  


Cyberhawk CEO Shortlisted for EY Entrepreneur Award

Craig Roberts, CEO at Cyberhawk Innovations. Photo Cyberhawk  Innovations

Chief executive of Livingston-based Cyberhawk Innovations, Craig Roberts, has been shortlisted as a regional finalist in the 2016 EY (Ernst and Young) Entrepreneur of the Year Awards for Scotland.   Formed in 2008, Cyberhawk has grown significantly to become the world leader in unmanned


Emas Reels in $32m Contract

Photo: Emas Offshore

 Singapore-listed offshore firm EMAS Offshore Limited wins $32m of new business  has secured new awards and letter of intents for charters amounting to approximately US$32 million, including options.   These new charters will see EMAS Offshore’s Anchor Handling Tug (AHT)


Xeneta Proposes Commodity Status in Container Shipping

Patrik Berglund (Photo: Xeneta)

With ultra-low container rates, multiple operators teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and adversarial relationships developing between those shipping goods and the carriers, Xeneta believes the entire container industry must evolve. The Oslo-based benchmarking and market intelligence platform


India: Iran Port Contract Likely

India will on Monday sign a commercial contract with Iran to build and run a strategic port on Iran's southern coast, the Indian government said on Friday, to help it gain a foothold in Iran and win access to central Asia and Afghanistan.


Austal Wins SCA Safety Awards

Terry O Brien accepts Austal SCA Safety Awards from Stephen Woodring and Tom Godfrey of SCA Photo Austal

Austal USA remains one of the safest shipyards in the country the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) announced Mar. 7. Austal’s hard-earned workplace safety record has been recognized, yet again, by the SCA with both the 2015 Award for Excellence in Safety and the 2015 Award for


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Market Direction Uncertain

A so-called ValeMax bulk carrier. These vessels were built primarily to carry iron ore from Brazil to the far east. (image: Vale)

Owners resisting charterers' attempts to push market lower; rates slip from 5-1/2-month highs. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes face an uncertain outlook next week with some owners resisting charterers' attempts to push hire rates down even as freight rates


VPS, Seagull Maritime Join Forces for Fuel Management Training

Oscar Johansen, Chairman of Seagull Maritime AS Courtesy Seagull

Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) and Seagull Maritime AS announced today that they have signed a collaborative agreement that will capitalise on their complementary strengths to bring state-of-the-art fuel management training to the maritime industry. 


FMC's Doyle Acknowledges Progress on Container Weight Rules

William P. Doyle (Photo: FMC)

U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner William P. Doyle has issued a statement regarding the ongoing discussion on container weight measures, welcoming a recent announcement from OCEMA: “OCEMA's statement on container weighing this evening is welcome news,” Doyle said


Port of New Orleans Head LaGrange to Retire

Gary LaGrange (Photo: Port of New Orleans)

The Port of New Orleans’ board of commissioners announced today that port president and chief executive officer Gary LaGrange will retire at the end of his current contract in April 2017.The board is expected to name the port’s current chief operating officer, Brandy Christian


US Urges ASEAN Unity on South China Sea Ruling

Photo: Permanent Court of Arbitration

China risks "terrible" damage to its reputation if it ignores an impending international court ruling on the South China Sea, the United States said on Thursday, while urging Southeast Asian countries to rally behind the court decision.  


Oceans Gasping for Breath, Oxygen Running Low!

Deoxgenation due to climate change is already detectable in some parts of the ocean. New research from NCAR finds that it will likely become widespread between 2030 and 2040. Other parts of the ocean, shown in gray, will not have detectable loss of oxygen due to climate change even by 2100. Image Credit: NCAR

 Rising levels of CO2 are making it hard for fish to breathe in addition to exacerbating global warming and ocean acidification.   Climate change has caused a drop in the amount of oxygen dissolved in the oceans in some parts of the world


US Leaders Work toward Supply Chain Innovation

Photo: Port of Los Angeles

The Federal Maritime Commission’s (FMC) Supply Chain Innovation Team Initiative, led by Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye, was launched today at FMC headquarters in Washington, D.C.   Over the next two-days, industry leaders from 34 companies will be working in teams with the goal of


Pirates Switch to Kidnapping Crew as Oil Fetches Less

Pirate gangs in West Africa are switching to kidnapping sailors and demanding ransom rather than stealing oil cargoes as low oil prices have made crude harder to sell and less profitable, shipping officials said on Tuesday.   Attacks in the Gulf of Guinea - a significant source of oil


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.  


IMTRA Unveils Clite2

Colorlight CLite2 Photo by IMTRA

IMTRA announced today its new high-output LED searchlight – the Colorlight CLite2. The Colorlight CLite2LED Searchlightfrom IMTRA is the first compact, high-output LED searchlight that provides full movement on both the X- and Y-axis for unlimited rotation with no hard stops






 
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