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Roberts: NY Tug Races Back on, Probably

Capt. Jerry Roberts (L) presides over the tattoo competition during the 2003 tug races. Tattoo must be on a part of the anatomy "that can be shown in public." (Don Sutherland.). Capt. Jerry Roberts, master architect of the Intrepid Tug Challenge of the past thirteen years, has announced plans to bring the Labor Day event to the National Lighthouse Museium at St. George, Staten Island, where he recently signed-on as executive director. "We'd have preferred announcing this earlier," said Capt. Roberts, "but only once it was absolutely, completely a closed issue at the Intrepid did we feel at liberty to proceed." At presstime, Capt. Roberts expressed hope the event could be held at the Lighthouse Museum's pier on the traditional Labor Day date. "There's an enormous amount to be done, and only a short time. We'd have to ask supporting tug companies how they'd feel if the event were held off until a week or two later. I think the main thing is to have an event this year. Best of all on Labor Day, but regardless, this year." The City's Economic Development Corporation, the Lighthouse Museum's landlord, has forwarded a list of issues it would want to address, "mostly procedural things that the EDC needs to know, such as insurance or damage issues regarding the pier." Capt. Roberts described an offer of assistance from Staten Island Borough Hall to help expedite approvals.


Howell Labs Appoints Roberts

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Howell Laboratories, Inc. announces the appointment of David T. Roberts as Director of Commercial Engineering, Marine Products. Roberts joins Howell from Bath Iron Works, where he was responsible for hull outfit systems for the Zumwalt destroyers.  He had previously been a Senior Project Engineer for Fiber Materials, Inc. and Lanco Assembly Systems. He has over twenty-five years of experience in manufacturing, design and automation. Roberts is a graduate of the University of Maine with a B


Meridian Recovers Body of Canadian First Nations Elder

Meridian Ocean Services said it recovered the body of Canadian First Nations Elder Solomon Roberts from the icy waters of Otter Lake in northern Saskatchewan. After searching more than 450 acres underwater, Meridian, a provider of subsea inspection and support services using remote and autonomous underwater vehicles, helped return Elder Roberts, of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, to his family. In November, 66-year-old Elder Roberts, from the town of Grandmother’s Bay


Jerry Martin Now Martin Flory Group

Jerry Martin Associates, the 41-year-old marine and outdoor industry PR firm, has changed its name to Martin Flory Group, according to company president and owner Laura Martin. The purpose of the company remains unchanged - Martin Flory Group provides editorial material to media outlets worldwide on behalf of its clients. The company is a long-standing member of NMMA, BWI, OWAA, MOAA and NMEA. It also currently manages NMRA and handles the association's publicity.


This Day in U.S. Naval History - April 18

1848 - U.S. Navy expedition to explore the Dead Sea and the River Jordan, commanded by LT William F. Lynch, reaches the Dead Sea.   1906 - Navy assists in relief operations during San Francisco earthquake and fire   1942 - USS Hornet launches Doolittle's Army bombers for first attack on Japan   1988 - Navy destroys 2 Iranian surveillance platforms, sinks one frigate and one patrol ships, and severely damages a second frigate in retaliation for attack on USS Samuel B


Port of Houston Tonnage and Revenue Up

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Tonnage is up this year at the Port of Houston Authority, with container tonnage through May up by 9%, Executive Director Len Waterworth reported at Tuesday's meeting of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority. Waterworth also reported that May operating revenue was at an all-time high of $20 million, up 4% or $800,000. This marked the first time in Port Authority history that operating revenue has exceeded $20 million


PCT Acceptance for Miratech’s V-CAT Catalyst

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Miratech Corporation, designer and manufacturer of emission control products, has been notified that the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) application submitted for its V-CAT catalyst has been accepted. Acceptance of the PCT opens the door to and simplifies the process for subsequent international patent filings. Under the PCT, Miratech, by filing a single international patent application in one language with one patent office


This Day in Naval History – Jan. 15

1865 - In largest amphibious operation of war, Union forces capture Ft. Fisher, Wilmington, NC, by joint amphibious force. 1997 - Navy physician CAPT Jerry Lineger joined the crew of the MIR space station after being launched on Atlantis during space Shuttle Mission STS-81. Prior to the mission, he was trained at the Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia for over a year. (Source: Navy News Service)


ACL Launches JeffLabs

American Commercial Lines Inc. announced the formation of JeffLabs, a new business unit focusing on technology applications for the transportation industry. JeffLabs will build upon the strength of ACL's two major holdings, American Commercial Barge Line LLC and Jeffboat LLC. JeffLabs will focus initially on five key areas of opportunity: Safety, Logistics, Regulatory Reporting, Customer Service and Operational Efficiency.


Northrop Grumman to Merge Shipbuilding Units

According to reports, Northrop Grumman Corp. (NOC) will merge its Newport News and Ship Systems units into Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, effective Jan. 28, under C. Michael Petters. The contractor is also realigning its missiles business, which will report to its space technology sector instead of its mission systems sector, effective July 1. Philip A. Teel, corporate vice president and president of Ship Systems, was named corporate vice president of the company's mission systems sector


Kurdish Crude Lightered, Destination Unknown

Part of a Kurdish oil cargo has been offloaded from a Greek-managed tanker into another tanker in the South China Sea, but mystery surrounds the identity of the buyer and where the two tankers are headed. The United Emblem, which is carrying more than 1 million barrels of oil


Maine Port City Bans Oil Loading

Photo: The City of South Portland

City councilors in South Portland, Maine, voted late Monday night to ban the loading of crude oil onto tankers along its waterfront, throwing up yet another roadblock to the export of Canadian oil sands crude and setting up a showdown with industry which called the process illegal.


General Dynamics Fidelis Cybersecurity Solutions Tie-up with Microsoft

  General Dynamics Fidelis Cybersecurity Solutions announced that it has joined the Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP). Under this industry partnership program, General Dynamics Fidelis will receive advanced information from Microsoft about their monthly security bulletins


Turkey Ferry Auction Attracts Multiple Bids

Private equity firm KKR & Co LP has attracted binding bids from Danish shipping company DFDS A/S and an alliance of PE players Esas Holding AS and Actera Partners LP for its Turkish ferry unit, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing sources.


Jerry Wascom To Be Appointed President Of ExxonMobil Refining & Supply

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The Board of Directors of Exxon Mobil Corporation is expected to appoint D.G. (Jerry) Wascom, president of ExxonMobil Refining & Supply Company and elect him a vice president of the corporation, effective Aug. 1, 2014. Wascom, 58, is currently director of refining for North America


Tug Strike Possibility Looms in Vancouver

Unions representing members working for Seaspan, one of the two tug companies serving the port of Vancouver, are meeting today and tomorrow, June 3 and 4, to vote on whether to take strike action, GAC reported in its daily Hot Port News report.


Thuraya Launches Broadband Satellite Terminal

Thuraya Telecommunications, a Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator, said it has further extended its maritime product portfolio with the launch of Atlas IP, a feature-rich broadband satellite terminal. Thuraya Atlas IP is the second maritime-specific product launched by Thuraya in 2014 and


Port of Houston’s New ERV Homeport Bound

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A two-week voyage through four Great Lakes and the Mississippi River will bring to the Port of Houston Authority (ETA May 28, 2014) the third of its three new high-performance emergency response vessels (ERVs). "The Port of Houston is one of the nation's busiest ports


BOS Provides 2-5% Fuel Savings

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With consistent results of 2-5% fuel savings, Keppel Offshore & Marine’s subsidiary Blue Ocean Solutions (BOS) said that it has proved that emulsified fuel can bring significant fuel savings adding to the well established NOx reduction, if done correctly


Today in U.S. Naval History: April 14

The damaged hull of USS Samuel B. Roberts (U.S. Navy photo)

Today in U.S. Naval History - April 14 1898 - Commissioning of first Post Civil War hospital ship, USS Solace 1969 - North Korean aircraft shoots down Navy EC-121 reconnaissance aircraft from VQ-1 over the Sea of Japan 1988 - USS Samuel B. Roberts struck Iranian mine off Qatar


SSI Speaks in Washington about LCS Program Cuts

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SSI USA Director of Operations Patrick Roberts recently had meetings with U.S. senators, congressmen and navy brass to discuss the upcoming Pentagon Department of Defense Budget as it relates to the U.S. Navy shipbuilding programs. It was noted that Roberts' position is somewhat unique in that


IMTRA Supplies Hydraulic Thrusters for US Navy

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IMTRA, a manufacturer and importer of quality marine products, announced today its Side-Power SH1000 thruster system has been installed on the fourth hull of the 114-foot U.S. Navy Range Training Support Craft (RTSC-110). Selected to replace another supplier used on the previous three builds


LUX Assure Service Agreement Strengthens US Ties

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Oil and gas asset integrity and corrosion management firm LUX Assure said it has made strides in developing a presence in the U.S. by establishing a sales and service agreement with Houston-based Brown Corrosion Services Inc. Brown Corrosion Services will be handling the business development of


Unionized Truckers Vote to Join Vancouver port Strike

Unionized container truck drivers at Canada's largest port voted on Saturday to join a strike by their non-unionized colleagues, who walked off the job on Wednesday over a long-running dispute about pay and services. Unifor, which represents about 400 container truck drivers at Port Metro


PortMetro Unionized Truckers Vote to Join Strike

PortMetro aerial view: Photo courtesy of the Port

Reuters – Unionized container truck drivers at Canada's largest port voted on Saturday to join a strike by their non-unionized colleagues, who walked off the job on Wednesday over a long-running dispute about pay and services. Unifor, which represents about 400 container truck drivers at






 
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