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
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
Cunard Line's flagship Queen Elizabeth 2 received a score of 92 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vessel Sanitation Program. A satisfactory score is 86. The vessel, which was inspected yesterday in Honolulu, Hawaii, had received a failing score earlier this month from the CDC due to defiencies that were then immediately rectified by the line. According to Pamela Conover, Cunard's president
With less than a year until its first trip between islands, Hawaii Superferry has moved operations into high gear. According to the Honolulu Advertisers, while ferry officials were making preparations to move into their new 10,000-sq. ft. office space at Restaurant Row and start hiring what will eventually be about 300 employees, critics were equally busy making plans to delay the July 1, 2007, startup date of ferry operations
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
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
House Bill (H.B.) 1600, sponsored by Rep. Calvin Say (D), would allow casino gaming in Honolulu County if a majority of county voters approved. The measure would restrict shipboard gaming to three ships, and allow such gaming only until December 31, 2005. The bill carries no specific termination date for land-based gaming. The legislation would be repealed on December 31, 2005, unless voters approve casino gaming by that date.
Horizon Lines reported that the earthquake measuring magnitude 6.6, and several strong aftershocks including one measuring magnitude 5.8, that struck the Big Island of Hawaii on Sunday morning has not significantly impacted its operations. Inspections conducted Sunday found all cranes fully operational and minimal impacts to the Port of Honolulu. Power was restored late Sunday and a Horizon Lines vessel, the Horizon Pacific
From the Navy News Service 1832 - Frigate Potomac is first U.S. Navy ship to entertain royalty, King and Queen of Sandwich Islands, Honolulu. 1864 - Rear Admiral David Farragut wins Battle of Mobile Bay, sealing off last Confederate port on Gulf Coast. 1882 - Authorizing of first steel warships, beginning of the modern Navy. 1915 - First air spotting for shore batteries at Fort Monroe, Va. 1921 - Yangtze River Patrol Force established as command under Asiatic Fleet.
1832 - Frigate Potomac is first U.S. Navy ship to entertain royalty, King and Queen of Sandwich Islands, Honolulu 1864 - RADM David Farragut wins Battle of Mobile Bay, sealing off last Confederate port on Gulf Coast 1882 - Authorizing of first steel warships, beginning of the modern Navy. 1915 - First air spotting for shore batteries at Fort Monroe, VA 1921 - Yangtze River Patrol Force established as command under Asiatic Fleet.
The same NOAA weather and climate satellites that accurately tracked Hurricane Sandy’s path in October also played a key role in rescuing 263 people in 111 emergencies in the United States and surrounding waters in 2012. Since NOAA’s seven operational satellites circle the
USS Monitor, famous for its role in the first battle of ironclads during the American Civil War, was designed by Swedish-born John Ericson and built in 118 days in Brooklyn, N.Y. beginning Oct 25, 1861. Less than two weeks after its Feb
Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering company Guido Perla and Associates, Inc. (GPA) announced the completion on time and within budget of a major renovation of the fireboat Chief Seattle at Vigor Marine in Everett, Washington.
A human silhouette is outlined by the light of a cell phone as theater patrons shift their attention toward the disturbance. The user’s eyes scan messaging with expression of concern, reading of a boating accident and a lone mariner’s single call for help
Horizon Lines Vessel Stages Predawn Rescue of Sailboat Passengers Adrift in Pacific Storm. Horizon Lines, Inc. the nation's leading domestic ocean shipping and integrated logistics company, today announced that one of its vessels enroute to Hawaii from the U.S
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced $9.98 million in grants to 15 small shipyards throughout the United States to pay for modernizations which will increase productivity and help the country’s small shipyards compete in the global marketplace.
Stonington, Conn. – The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education, welfare and morale of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that its 10th Annual Tribute to the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) Fourteenth District will take
We recently spent some time with Bill Clifford, President, BAE Systems Ship Repair, to discuss his views How did you come to your current position? Clifford I currently serve as the president of BAE Systems Ship Repair and have been in this position since 2008
A fisherman is safe after his 48-foot boat capsized and sank approximately 15 miles south of Oahu thanks to USCG Rescue 21 System The mariner was able to transmit a mayday call on VHF channel 16 which was received by Coast Guard search and rescue coordinators at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu
AMVER participating container ship 'Horizon Reliance' rescues elderly yachtsman 1,000 miles off shore The Amver participating ship Horizon Reliance rescued an 81 year old male from his sailboat four months after the ship rescued three Canadians in another daring Pacific rescue.
The 'Carl Vinson' Carrier Strike Group fulfilled a new mission: patrol and secure protected fishing areas in the southern Pacific While that mission is routine to the Coast Guard, it was the first time an aircraft carrier was involved in fighting illegal fishing in Oceania
Horizon Lines' vessels receive 2011 Jones F. Devlin Awards for safety from Chamber Of Shipping Of America, honored for dramatic February rescue Horizon Lines, Inc., one of the nation's leading domestic ocean shipping companies, has received recognition from the Chamber of Shipping of America
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter 'Jarvis' returns to homeport Honolulu, after completing the final patrol of 40 years in service. The Jarvis holds the distinction of being the first Coast Guard cutter to be commissioned in Hawaii, and has called Honolulu home since being commissioned Aug. 4, 1972
The 20-by-6-foot skiff, covered in barnacles, was found floating northeast of Maui by the crew of the 'F/V Zephyr' who towed it in and cleaned it up. On the heels of Hawaii’s first confirmed report of Japan tsunami debris, NOAA and its partners are already examining the second confirmed
New Zealand Fishing Company and Chief Engineer Sentenced for Environmental Crimes and Obstruction of Justice. A New Zealand fishing company that owned and operated the tuna fishing vessel San Nikunau, and a former chief engineer on the ship