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BAE Systems’ Clifford Honored with Naval Award

American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) President Ronald Kiss (left) and U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes (Va.) present the Frank C. Jones Award to Bill Clifford (right), president of BAE Systems Ship Repair, at the Fleet Maintenance and Modernization Symposium in Virginia Beach. The award, presented annually by the ASNE, recognizes leaders in naval engineering who have contributed to ship maintenance and alteration programs for naval vessels.

Bill Clifford, president of Norfolk-based BAE Systems Ship Repair, has received the prestigious Frank C. Jones Award, presented by the American Society of Naval Engineers. Clifford was honored by his peers today at the annual Fleet Maintenance and Modernization Symposium held in Virginia Beach. The annual award recognizes leaders in naval engineering who have substantially and significantly contributed to ship maintenance and alteration programs for naval vessels. Prior to joining BAE Systems, Clifford spent more than 20 years in the private sector serving in senior management positions at several shipyards. From 2001 to 2005, he was a managing partner of Pacific Shipyards International, LLC, a Hawaii consortium of Honolulu Shipyard, Inc. and Honolulu Marine, Inc. He also served as vice president of new construction at Atlantic Marine in Jacksonville, Fla., and director of ship completion at Bath Iron Works, Maine. “Bill’s strong leadership demonstrates his commitment to employees, customers, colleagues and industry,” said Dave Herr, president of BAE Systems Support Solutions. “His broad experience and presence within the industry has helped shape the ship repair and modernization business. Bill is a most deserving recipient of the Frank C. Jones Award.” Clifford served on active duty in the U.S. Navy for 20 years, including tours on the USS Wallace L

USS Honolulu Prepares For Last Aloha

Honolulu's namesake ship is preparing to say farewell to its island home after two decades of service. USS Honolulu (SSN 718), which is scheduled to inactivate next year, will hold a farewell ceremony April 15 prior to departing Hawaii on her final deployment to the Western Pacific. "This is an exciting and challenging time for us," said Cmdr. John Russ, the nuclear-powered attack submarine's commanding officer

Marine Resources Group Becomes Foss Marine Holdings


Largest US tug and barge holding company unites family of companies under single powerful brand.     America's largest coastal tug and barge operator is taking a new - but widely recognized - name: Foss Marine Holdings, Inc.     Company officials announced today that Marine Resources Group (MRG) is becoming Foss Marine Holdings. The Foss name - which celebrates a rich maritime tradition that includes century-long service and a record of innovation - will now

USCG Rescues 5 Off Oahu

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Station Honolulu is anchored 250 yards offshore Laie, Oahu

  A Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium anchored off Laie Point after becoming disabled has been removed and is being towed to Coast Guard Station Honolulu, yesterday. A RB-M boat crew from Station Honolulu removed the disabled RB-M from its anchorage and towed it to the Coast Guard Cutter Ahi. Ahi is currently towing the RB-M to Station Honolulu. A jet ski crew from Marine Corps Base Hawaii Waterfront Operations assisted in the operation.

Hawaii Conducts Port Disaster Exercise

Personnel from the Coast Guard, Navy, state of Hawaii and key industries partners observe crane operations during the Hawaii Alternate Port Concept Full Scale Exercise at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Tara Molle)

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and partner agencies participated in the Alternate Port Concept Full Scale Exercise at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Friday.   The purpose of the exercise was to prepare the State, Navy, Coast Guard and industry response partners for their roles during a major catastrophic event that closes the Port of Honolulu and requires the activation of the Alternate Port in Pearl Harbor.  

USCG Investigate Tar Balls at Makaha Beach

Report by beachgoers of tar balls on the beach in Makaha on Oahu, Hawaii is being looked into

  The Coast Guard is investigating a report made July 29, 2015, by beachgoers of tar balls on the beach in Makaha on Oahu, Hawaii. Coast Guard Sector Honolulu incident management personnel walked the beaches and found tar balls up to an inch in size scattered along a 1,000-yard stretch of beach and took samples in an attempt to locate the source. Samples taken from the site have been sent to the Coast Guard Marine Safety Lab in New London, Connecticut

Chinese Maritime Safety Ship Makes First Ever US Visit

Haixun 31: Photo credit China MSA

Chinese Maritime Safety Administration ship 'Haixun 31' to be hosted by US 14th Coast Guard District in Honolulu Harbor. The Haixun 31 will be escorted into Aloha Tower is to be met 4, September 2012,  by a parade of ships that will include the Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island and the Honolulu Fire Department fireboat Moku Ahi. The Coast Guard and Chinese Maritime Safety Administration are scheduled to conduct a joint search and rescue table top exercise and on water exercise in

Search for Possible Missing Kayaker Near Kauai


The Coast Guard is searching for a possible missing kayaker in the Kaulakahi Channel off Kauai, Sunday.   Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu  received notification from the charter vessel HOLO HOLO that reported sighting an unmanned 15-foot yellow, two-person inflatable kayak adrift approximately seven miles seaward of Barking Sands Beach, Kauai.   The only marking is a Pacific Extreme label. A red life jacket and a black and yellow paddle towel were found aboard

Sinking Fishing Vessel and Crew Safe in Honolulu

The fishing vessel Pacifica moored safely in Honolulu Harbor Monday after taking on water when insufficient shaft packing in the stern tube allowed water to flood the vessel approximately 144 miles north northeast of Oahu, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reported. USCG watchstanders at the Honolulu Command Center received a distress call from the commercial fishing vessel Pacifica at 8:58 a.m., Sunday, reporting that the vessel was taking on water at 10 gallons per minute and was continuing to

Light-Off for Pasha’s New ConRo

Image: Pasha

ConRo vessel M/V Marjorie has attained main engine light off while under final construction at VT Halter Marine, Pascagoula, Miss., signaling that the ship’s complex network of systems is complete and functional prior to delivery to Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii. Sea trials are now anticipated before the end of the month, with vessel delivery to follow in March. “This critical milestone celebrates the culmination of three and a half years of hard work and dedication by the men and

Hurricane Ignacio Gains Strength but Expected to Bypass Hawaii

Ignacio is east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, and not expected to pass north of the islands until Monday night and Tuesday

  Hurricane Ignacio intensified as it blew across the Pacific on a route likely to bypass Hawaii on Saturday, said the Central Pacific Hurricane Center of the National Weather Service. With winds gusting up to 115 miles per hour (185 kmph), the hurricane centered 835 miles (1

Hurricane Ignacio Will not Affect Hawaiian Port Operations

Ignacio not expected to psoe danger to ports

  The Coast Guard Captain of the Port continues to closely monitor the movement of Hurricane Ignacio and based on the storms current trajectory to the northwest it does not appear that the closure of commercial ports in the Hawaiian Islands will be necessary.

Injured Fisherman Medevaced from Midway Atoll

HC-130 Hercules airplane of USCG

  A 46-year-old man is receiving treatment in Oahu after being medevaced from Midway Atoll, Saturday. The Hercules crew flew more than 1,300 miles from Oahu to Midway to complete the medevac. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Command Center Honolulu received a medevac

US Coast Guard Medevacs Injured Fisherman

A 46-year-old man is receiving treatment in Oahu after being medevaced from Midway Atoll, Saturday, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.   A Coast Guard airplane crew flew more than 1,300 miles from Oahu to Midway to medevac the injured crewmember after watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint

USCG Searching for Mariner off Hawaii

U.S. Coast Guard rescues one, searching for another mariner off Lanai   The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) rescued one man and is still searching for another after the 34-foot fishing vessel Munchkin ran aground on the rocks about one half a miles west of Lanai, Hawaii 12:12 a.m. today.  

USCG Suspends Search for Missing Mariner off Lanai

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  The Coast Guard suspended the search Monday for a missing mariner after the fishing vessel he was aboard capsized approximately one mile west of Lanai. “Following extensive efforts by sea, air, and land we have decided to suspend the search.” said Capt

USCG Establishes Diver Specialty

The Coast Guard diver rating and specialty was established Wednesday. Coast Guard members recognized as DV or DIV were presented a personalized certificate..jpg

  The Coast Guard announced Wednesday the establishment of the diver enlisted rating and corresponding chief warrant officer specialty. About 50 enlisted personnel and three chief warrant officers will initially transition to the Diver (DV) rating and Diving (DIV) specialty, respectively

VT Halter Delivers ConRo Ship to Pasha Hawaii

MV Marjorie C (Image courtesy of VT Halter Marine)

VT Halter Marine, Inc., a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), announced it has delivered a combination container and roll-on/roll-off car truck carrier (ConRo), MV Marjorie C, to Pasha Hawaii.   The MV Marjorie C is the second U.S

Loaded Matson Ship Stalls in Pacific Ocean

Image: Matson

 A Matson ship en route to Oahu from California has stalled at sea and may need to be towed to the islands, reports Hawaii News Now.   A problem in the engine room cut off power on the cargo ship, Matsonia, and engineers onboard are working to restore power

USCG Rescues 5 Near Kiribati


  Five men are safe, Saturday, after being after being stranded at sea in a 14-foot skiff since Wednesday. The men were rescued by the crew of the motor vessel, Shourong Harmony after an HC-130 Hercules air crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point spotted the 14-foot aluminum skiff

Search on for Two in Waters near Halona Blowhole

Search for two missing persons

  The Coast Guard is searching for two men swept out to sea near Halona Blowhole Lookout, Saturday. A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Honolulu, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point and the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake

Matson Settles with Hawaii Settle on Molasses Incident

Pacific cargo shipper Matson, Inc. informs that a settlement has been reached with the State of Hawaii to resolve all civil, criminal and administrative claims that the State could have had arising from the discharge of molasses into Honolulu Harbor in September 2013. 

Richardson Confirmed as Next CNO

Adm. John M. Richardson (U.S. Navy photo)

Adm. John M. Richardson, director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, was confirmed by the Senate as the 31st Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Aug. 5.    Richardson will replace Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert who has been CNO since September 2011. Vice Adm

Sailboat Catches Fire off Honolulu

Picture of the sailboat. U.S. Coast Guard photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Quichocho.

A sailboat with five people aboard caught fire off Honolulu, Thursday, promting responsefrom the U.S. Coast Guard who sent a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Honolulu to tow the vessel to Pier 38 in Honolulu.

Marad Celebrates Deployment of Maritime Fuel Cell Project

PEMFC unit replaces diesel generators, saving fuel cost and emissions.

  The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) today celebrated the launch of field trials for the first prototype hydrogen fuel cell unit to power onboard refrigerated containers.  MARAD, through a cooperative agreement with the U.S

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