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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


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

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

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

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.

Ostermiller President, Nat’l CG Museum

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education, welfare and morale of all Coast Guard members and their families, and a partner of the National Coast Guard Museum Association, announced the appointment of Jerry Ostermiller as the president of the National Coast Guard Museum. An accomplished museum administrator with over 25 years experience, Mr. Ostermiller will establish museum programming

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)

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

Get Started! Benefits, Advice Abound for SMS Laggards

When industry players say “the handwriting is on the wall,” they aren’t just talking about the pending Subchapter M regulations, but also about the already existing demand for safety management systems (SMS) in general for the domestic towing industry. While the U.S

Fishing Crew Rescued After Engine Fire

A crew of 36 fishermen was rescued Sunday from a Papua New Guinean ship after an engine fire left the fishing vessel disabled roughly 200 miles off Tokelau, a territory of New Zealand in the South Pacific.   The rescue was coordinated by the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ)

Indian Ocean: No Insurance Premium Reduction Likely

Image: Protection Vessels International Ltd

 In October a number of trade bodies released a joint press release to formally announce a reduction of the High Risk Area (HRA).     Insurance companies have said the reduction may not result in reduced insurance costs due to the assessment of insurance risk being dependent on

Cammell Laird Seals the Deal for UK Polar Ship

NERC chief operating officer Paul Fox and Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret seal the deal in Birkenhead on November 19 (Photo: Cammell Laird)

The deal has been finalized for marine and engineering services company Cammell Laird to begin work on the U.K.’s new £200 million polar research ship.   The Birkenhead shipyard Cammell Laird said it saw off competition from Europe and beyond including Korea and Singapore to be

Crowley Joins the Trident Alliance

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Crowley Maritime Corp. announced its membership in the Trident Alliance, a coalition of shipping owners and operators that share a common interest in robust enforcement of existing maritime sulphur regulations. In joining, Crowley said it has signed a statement of commitment

Gibbs & Cox Appoints Harper as VP, Design Group


Gibbs & Cox, Inc. has  announced the appointment of Keith Harper as Vice President and Group Manager of the Gibbs & Cox Design Group.  In this role, Harper will be responsible for providing guidance, direction and oversight regarding technical approach, schedule adherence

Louisiana International Marine Signs on with Helm CONNECT

Software developer Helm Operations has signed on offshore rig moving and ocean towing services company Louisiana International Marine (LIM) to its Helm CONNECT Preventive Maintenance software. Louisiana International Marine operates six tugs that are ABS classed hull and machinery, A1 towing

RINA Launches Engineers Development Programme

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  The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) is delighted to announce the first of a portfolio of soft skills courses tailored to the needs of engineers called Effective Presentations and Networking which will take place on July 29th 2015 at RINA headquarters in London.

Coast Guard Foundation Hosts Annual Tribute

Kyra Phillips, CNN

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that its 11th Annual Tribute to the United States Coast Guard in Our Nation’s Capital will take place on Wednesday, June 10

Jerry Kalogiratos New CEO for Capital Product Partners

Photo: Capital Product Partners L.P

 Gerasimos (Jerry) Kalogiratos, the Partnership's current Chief Operating Officer and a director of the Partnership, will be appointed as the CEO and CFO effective June 30.   Capital Product Partners has announced that Petros Christodoulou, who held the role of CEO and CFO

UAE Cargo Handler Tests Florida Waters

 Photo: Gulftainer Company Limited

 Sharjah-based ports operator Gulftainer has opened Canaveral Cargo Terminal at Port Canaveral in Florida in the US for business.   Gulftainer, a subsidiary of UAE-based conglomerate Crescent Enterprises, said the opening comes one year after Canaveral Port Authority signed a 35-year

Crews Recover Bodies of 9 Victims of Alaska Plane Crash

Emergency crews recovered the bodies of nine people from the wreckage

  Emergency crews recovered on Friday the bodies of nine people from the wreckage of a sightseeing plane that remains teetering on a steep rock face after crashing in Alaska, a rescue official said. Eight passengers and the pilot were killed when the aircraft

Avondale Shipyard for Sale

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 Local media quote Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII)  as announcing this week the Avondale Shipyard, just upriver from New Orleans, is being sold.   The historic, 206-acre facility is on the market after a tumultuous last five years that have included layoffs and threats to

Jotun, COSCO Celebrate 10,000th Antifouling Applications

Cosrich Lake (Photo: Cosco Dalian)

In July, Jotun and Dalian Ocean Shipping Company (a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Ocean Shipping Company, Cosco Group), celebrated the 10,000th application of SeaQuantum, Jotun’s premium antifouling, to its 297,336-dwt tanker, Cosrich Lake.

10,000TH SeaQuantum applications Celebrated

The Team

  In July, Jotun and Dalian Ocean Shipping Company (a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Ocean Shipping Company, Cosco Group), celebrated the 10,000th application of SeaQuantum, Jotun’s premium antifouling, to their 297,336-dwt tanker, Cosrich Lake.

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