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Higgins, Great Lakes Legislator of the Year

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Congressman Brian M. Higgins (D-NY) has been honored for his support of Great Lakes shipping by the largest coalition representing the industry.  The Congressman was named Great Lakes Legislator of the Year by Great Lakes Maritime Task Force (GLMTF).  Rep. Higgins will formally receive the award at GLMTF’s 14th Annual Briefing for the Great Lakes Delegation in Washington on April 2, 2009. “As a native of Buffalo, Congressman Higgins has long understood that Great Lakes shipping is an asset to be treasured,” said Don Cree, President of GLMTF and President of the Toledo (Ohio) Port Council. “Waterborne commerce is the most cost-effective and most environmentally-friendly way to deliver the million-plus tons of grain, aggregate, and cement that the Port of Buffalo receives each year.  Thanks to the economies of Great Lakes shipping, Buffalo has even been able to start a new business, the blending and then export of coal to Canada.” Perhaps nothing better illustrates Rep. Higgins’ commitment to Great Lakes shipping than his vote in favor of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007. The bill called for accelerated dredging of the Great Lakes so vessels could carry more cargo each trip. “The Port of Buffalo, like so many on the Great Lakes, is hampered by the dredging crisis,” said James H.I


New Members, Deepwater Horizon Board

Deepwater Horizon Joint Investigation Co-Chairs J. David Dykes (Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement) and Captain Hung Nguyen (U.S. Coast Guard) announced that U.S. District Judge (Ret.) Wayne R. Andersen and U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Mark R. Higgins will be joining the Deepwater Horizon Joint Investigation Team.  The addition of Judge Andersen and Capt. Higgins will increase the depth and diversity of the team


New Catamaran Loses Weight to Gain Speed

Derecktor Shipyards is putting the finishing touches on a 134.5 ft. high-speed catamaran for the Woods Hole Steamship Authority at the yard's facility in Mamaroneck, N.Y. Delivery is slated for May of 2000. The other bidders for the contract included Dakota Creek Shipyards, Halter Marine and Pequot River Works. The Woods Hole, Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket Steamship Authority, the oldest of its kind in the U.S., provides the only year-round passenger and vehicle ferry service to the islands


Art Anderson Associates Hires Six

Art Anderson Associates recently hired six new employees in order to keep pace with an increasing project workload. The new employees are Bill Higgins, Ed Cuaron, Greg Jennings, Todd Allen, Tinisha Rockiett, and Zach Wonderly. Bill Higgins is an Electrical Engineer with over forty years of industry experience. A former employee of Art Anderson Associates from 1980-1997, Higgins returns to the company in order to fill the need for a new professionally-licensed electrical engineer


New Counter-Mine Technology for Ships

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Using a high-temperature technology developed by the Office of Naval Research, the U.S. Navy has successfully launched a new counter-mine tool to protect its fleet at sea. In a time of increasing irregular warfare threats, the Navy has devised and successfully demonstrated a revolutionary technology to help reduce the risk of naval mine strikes to U.S. Navy ships. Installed aboard the USS Higgins (DDG 76) in July 2008


Bill Introduced, HMT Exemptions

Representative Higgins (D-NY) introduced the Short Sea Shipping Act of 2009 (H.R. 3486) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt certain shipping from the harbor maintenance tax (HMT). If enacted into law, this bill would exempt from the HMT commercial cargo (other than bulk cargo) loaded at a US mainland port and unloaded at another US mainland port or a port in Canada in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System or loaded at a port in Canada in the Great Lakes St


Derecktor Shipyards Chosen By SENESCO For Subcontract

Derecktor Shipyards has been selected by Southeastern New England Shipbuilding Company (SENESCO) to provide construction support on a 140,000 barrel fuel barge project. Derecktor garnered the job as a result of their unique ability to bend one inch thick steel in the compound curves required on the project. Derecktor will build the bow section as well as roll the plate for both the stern and the section just aft of the bow


NTSB Sending Team to Grounding of Cruise Ship

The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team of investigators to Juneau, Alaska today to begin an investigation into the grounding of a cruise ship. The cruise ship Empress of the North ran aground 50 nautical miles from Juneau, and was listing and taking on water. All passengers were evacuated and 33 crewmembers remained onboard. There were no injuries reported. NTSB investigator Brian Curtis has been designated Investigator-in-Charge of the


Exercise Nautical Union Concludes in the Persian Gulf

U.S. and Saudi Arabian forces concluded exercise Nautical Union 2007 in the Persian Gulf June 2. USS Higgins (DDG 76), USS Hawes (FFG 53), USS Gladiator (MCM 11) and USS Ardent (MCM 12) trained with Saudi Arabian forces during the eight-day exercise, which focused on improving regional cooperation and efficiency in maintaining stability in the 5th Fleet area of operations. "Nautical Union is a multidimensional warfare exercise involving Royal Saudi and United States Naval forces


Murphy Joins Integro’s Marine Practice

Integro Insurance Brokers announced that Patrick J. Murphy has joined the firm’s New York office as a Managing Principal in the Marine Practice. He will focus on coverage related to the global transportation and storage of cargo, among his other areas of expertise. Murphy has some 18 years experience in global transit insurance. He joins Integro from Marsh, where he served as a Managing Director and New York Cargo Department Manager. Prior to Marsh, he worked for Johnson & Higgins.


PNW Coast Guard Foundation Awards Dinner

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Non-Profit Organization Hosts Annual Awards Dinner and Tribute to Raise Funds to Support Important Foundation Projects on Behalf of the Service Men and Women in the Pacific Northwest Region Stonington, Conn. – The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education


This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History - May 27

1919-First Lieutenant Elmer F. Stone, USCG, piloting the Navy's flying boat NC-4 in the first successful trans-Atlantic flight, landed in the Tagus River estuary near Lisbon, Portugal on 27 May 1919.  Stone was decorated that same day by the Portuguese government with the Order of the Tower


Nichols Taps Higgins as COO

Gavin Higgins, Chief Operating Officer at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders.

Gavin Higgins has joined Nichols Brothers Boat Builders as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Gavin Higgins has been appointed the Chief Operating Officer at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders. Gavin’s duties will include oversight of Engineering, Production, Project Management


IMO Honors Acts of Bravery

USCG aviation survival technicians Randy Haba and Daniel Todd were awarded for the rescue of 14 crew members aboard HMS Bounty during Hurricane Sandy.

American rescuers and a Chinese seafarer have been presented with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea 2013, during a special ceremony held on November 25, 2013 at IMO Headquarters in London.


U.S. and Japanese Sailors Dive into Joint Training

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeremiah Sholtis and Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alexander Ameen, USS Nimitz Public Affairs Sailors from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) took time during their recent port visit in Sasebo to perform passing


Nimitz CSG Ships Arrive in South Korea

The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) is moored near the Republic of Korean submarine Sohn Won-il (SSK 072) at Busan Naval Base. The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is taking part in Exercise Key Resolve/Foal Eagle 2008, an annual joint exercise involving forces from the U.S. and the ROK. U.S


American Superconductor and Navy Test HTS on USS Higgins

American Superconductor Corporation, announced that it has supplied critical components to the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division (NSWCCD) Ship Engineering Station Philadelphia for a high temperature superconductor (HTS) degaussing coil system


Barge Collides with Bridge

The Coast Guard is investigating what caused a 250-foot barge to strike the Amesbury Swing Bridge in the Merrimack River around 12 p.m. on Nov. 13. Coast Guard Sector Boston received a call at approximately 11: 50 a.m., reporting the barge William Breckenridge hit the Swing Bridge


AMSC, Northrop Grumman Superconductor

American Superconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: AMSC), an  energy technologies company, and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) announced the successful completion of full-power testing of the world’s first 36.5 megawatt (49,000 horsepower) high temperature superconductor (HTS) ship


Trinity Yachts Delivers First of Two Patrol Craft

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Trinity Yachts, L.L.C., through its wholly owned subsidiary, Trinity Offshore, L.L.C., has delivered the first of two aluminum 82 ft. patrol craft it is building in New Orleans under a sub-contract to United States Marine, Inc., (U.S.M.I.) of Gulfport.


Seven Join the UK P&I Club Board

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Seven directors were elected to the Board of the UK P&I Club at the AGM in Bermuda on October 26th. Jason Liberty, Vice President of Strategy, Corporate Planning & Insurance Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd is responsible for his company’s corporate finance, strategy, M&A


This Day in Coast Guard History – May 27

1919-First Lieutenant Elmer F. Stone, USCG, piloting the Navy's flying boat NC-4 in the first successful trans-Atlantic flight, landed in the Tagus River estuary near Lisbon, Portugal on 27 May 1919.  Stone was decorated that same day by the Portuguese government with the Order of the Tower


Cakewalk, Largest Yacht Ever Built in the U.S.

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On August 8, Derecktor Shipyards launched the 281-ft motor yacht Cakewalk, the largest yacht (by volume) ever built in the U.S.  The six deck, 2,998 gross ton vessel floated off Derecktor’s new 4000 ton dry-dock into the waters of Bridgeport harbor


This Day in Coast Guard History – September 27

1942- Douglas A. Munro, Signalman 1/c, USCG, gave his life evacuating Marines of the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, at Matanikau Point, Guadalcanal.  President Roosevelt posthumously awarded Munro the Medal of Honor, the only Coast Guardsmen to be awarded this decoration


Derecktor Wins Staten Island Ferry Contract

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The New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) announced that Derecktor Shipyards Connecticut had been chosen as the selected supplier for a five year service and supply contract for maintenance and repair of the Austen Class Staten Island Ferry Boats


 
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