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ABS Council Adds Members

At the recent ABS Council meeting, 31 prominent members of the shipping and offshore industries were elected as new members of the prominent international classification society. The ABS Council also elected seven new members to the society’s Technical Committee. “Our strength as a classification society is the breadth of experience and depth of wisdom of our membership,” said ABS Chairman & CEO Robert D. Somerville. “It is the input that we receive from industry through our Membership and our various national, regional and technical committees that helps us frame our direction as an organization and identify and develop the Rules and standards through which we fulfill our Mission of promoting the safety of life, property and the natural environment.” The newly elected members serving a five year term are: Jae-Yong Ahn, Managing Director, Dae Sun Shipbuilding & Engineering Co., Ltd Zamil A. Al-Zamil, Chairman, Zamil Offshore Services Thomas J. Angiolino, Senior Vice President, Willis of New York, Inc. Commodore R. Balasubrmaniam, IN (Retd.), Director, Rajapur Shipyard Pvt. Ltd. Dong-Su Choi, President & CEO, SLS Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. Robert G. Clyne, Senior Partner/Co-Managing Partner, Hill Rivkins & Hayden George A. Cupstid, Senior Vice President and General Manager, LeTourneau Technologies, Inc. Tim E. Donney, Senior Director Marine Loss Control, Fireman’s Fund Specialty

Merchant Mariners Honored for Supporting Sealift Operations

In recognition of their patriotic service during Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, crewmembers of the SS Wright were honored today in Baltimore by presentation of the Merchant Marine Expeditionary Medal. The SS Wright and two other ships homeported in Baltimore--the Cape Washington and the Cape Wrath--provided sealift support for U.S. military operations in Iraq. All three ships belong to the Ready Reserve Force (RRF), a fleet of 68 ships owned by the U.S

Royal Caribbean Cruises Promotes Captain Wright

Captain William S. Wright who has directed an upgrading of navigational systems for the fleet of Royal Caribbean Cruises has been promoted to senior vice president of safety and environment. Wright will be responsible for developing and overseeing all corporate environmental strategy and activities. Captain Wright, 47, a nine-year veteran of Royal Caribbean International, has served as master of three ships, and for the last three years

Curtiss-Wright Acquires Nu-Torque

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE:CW) has acquired substantially all of the assets of Nu-Torque, a designer and manufacturer of electric and hydraulic valve actuation and control devices primarily for U.S. Navy ships. The business will become part of Curtiss-Wright's Flow Control segment. Curtiss-Wright Chairman and CEO Martin R. Benante said, "Nu-Torque also provides the opportunity to expand our presence in the U.S

Crowley Shipmaster Receives 'Sandy' Relief Award

Spirit Awards: Photo credit Crowley

The master of Crowley’s 'S.S. Wright, Capt Fred Walley, receives the 'Spirit Award' in recognition of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts
. Capt Walley of the Ready Reserve Force (RRF) ship, was presented with the Spirit Award at the Nationals Park during a televised Major League Baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies on National Maritime Day, May 25. National Maritime Day is an annual observance that recognizes the U.S. maritime industry.

Stennis Departs Dry Dock

USS John C. Stennis

  The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) has today departed the dry dock at Puget Sound Naval Shipyards and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF) . The event marked the conclusion of the 9-month dry dock portion of Stennis’ Docking Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA) maintenance period.   “This milestone is a big win, not just for the Stennis and PSNS & IMF team, but also for the Navy

MarAd Ends Hurricane Relief Effort

The Training Ship Empire State left New Orleans on Friday, March 3, marking the end of an unprecedented six-month mission for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MarAd). Ten of the agency’s ships were activated to aid in recovery and relief efforts in Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. This marked the first time the ships of MARAD’s Ready Reserve Force were activated at the request of the Secretary of Transportation to deal with a domestic emergency

EBDG Adds to Team

Roy Neyman has joined Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) as Project Manager, bringing with him nearly thirty years of marine industry experience with both government and commercial ship design, construction, and operation projects. David Wright has joined EBDG also, bringing more than 16 years of drafting and design experience. In his role as Marine Designer he is currently supporting the design of a series of landing craft vessels that will soon begin construction at Kvichak Marine Industries

Int’l Superyacht Society 2010/2012 Board

The International Superyacht Society (ISS) announced its 2010-2012 Board of Directors and Past Presidents Council. ISS elections are held annually by peer selection. Those concurrently serving as the Executive Committee were elected by the Board of Directors: Executive Committee: 2-Year Term Bob Saxon, Bob Saxon Consulting Services, President Dieter Jaenicke, Viking Recruitment Limited, Vice President Ken Hickling, Awlgrip Paint, Treasurer Rob Carron, Marsh, Secretary

This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History – December 16

1897-The Overland Expedition, consisting of three officers from the Revenue Cutter Service, departed from the cutter Bear off Nunivak Island to rescue 300 whalers trapped in the ice at Point Barrow, Alaska.  The rescuers were First Lieutenant D. H. Jarvis, Second Lieutenant E. P. Bertholf (later a commandant), and Surgeon S. J. Call.  The rescuers had to travel over 1,000 miles overland to reach the whalers.

Dorian LPG Takes Delivery of Five Newbuilds

Photo: Dorian LPG

 Dorian LPG Ltd took delivery of five vessels under our ECO-design VLGC newbuilding program, the Continental, the Constitution, the Commodore, the Cresques and the Constellation.   John Hadjipateras, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented

‘Simulation and Training without Boundaries’

Photo: Transas

More than 200 experts from all around the world are expected to attend the global Simulation User Conference (SimUC 2016) “Simulation and Training without boundaries”, which will be hosted by Transas in Singapore on January 28, 2016.  

CNO Podcast Discusses Innovation, Service

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson answers a question from moderator Doug Cameron of the Wall Street Journal during a panel discussion at the Reagan National Defense Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library. Richardson and other defense sector leaders discussed the need to to learn faster in todays national security environment. Photo USN

A new episode of "Soundings," the official podcast of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson, was released Nov. 13. Episode 4 of "Soundings" features comments from the recent Reagan National Defense Forum

Escort Tug Launched for Bay-Houston Towing

H. Douglas M Courtesy Eastern Shipbuilding Group

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced the launch of the Escort Tug H. DOUGLAS M (Hull 236) for Bay-Houston Towing Company on November 17, 2015. This series of Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs is currently under construction at Eastern’s

Keel Laying for Aircraft Carrier John F. Kennedy

For the keel laying ceremony

  The Navy will lay the keel for the second Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 10 a.m. John F. Kennedy, designated CVN 79, is the second aircraft carrier to honor President John F

Shipping Magnate John Fredriksen Concerned about China

 John Fredriksen. Photo: Twitter

 The turmoil spreading from China is certainly not good for the shipping market, says billionaire John Fredriksen to Bloomberg News.   John, the billionaire who made his fortune investing in crude tankers, said he’s “very worried” on global shipping markets

Keel Laid for US’ Next Aircraft Carrier

Leon Walston, a Newport News Shipbuilding welder from Massachusetts, displays the welded initials of Caroline Kennedy, the sponsor of the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). Also pictured (left to right) are Rear Adm. Earl Yates, the first commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67); Newport News Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin; Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe; and Rep. Joseph Kennedy. (Photo by Chris Oxley/HII)

Newport News Shipbuilding celebrates the keel-laying of aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79)   Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), celebrated the keel laying of the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), the second ship of the Gerald R

US Rep. Crenshaw Visits Newport News Shipbuilding

Rep. Ander Crenshaw (second from left) toured Newport News Shipbuilding and was briefed on the construction of Virginia-class submarines (VCS) while visiting the shipyard’s Supplemental Module Outfitting Facility. Also pictured (left to right) are Matt Needy, Newport News’ VCS program director; Scott Whitmore, VCS construction superintendent; and Rob Austin, VCS construction director. (Photo by Chris Oxley/HII)

Shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.) Tuesday for a tour of the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division.   Ken Mahler, Newport News' vice president of Navy programs, joined Crenshaw for the visit

WWII Catalina Aircraft Wreckage Confirmed

An engine mount from Catalina 24-25. The aircraft was discovered in waters off Cairns in far North Queensland.

The Royal Australian Air Force has confirmed that aircraft wreckage found in waters south of Cairns is that of RAAF Number 11 Squadron Catalina A24-25 that crashed on 28 February 1943, killing all 11 personnel on board.   Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Leo Davies AO, CSC

VFD Controlled Pumps Help Keep Barges Afloat

Photo: Invertek Drives

Optidrive E3 variable frequency drives (VFDs) from Invertek Drives have completely automated the control of pumps used to fill and empty ballast tanks on board commercial barges in the Netherlands.   As well as a faster and more reliable filling and emptying process

HII’s Petters Receives Lone Sailor Award

HII President and CEO Mike Petters (center) receives the United States Navy Memorial’s Lone Sailor Award, presented by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson (left) and Navy Memorial Foundation President and CEO John Totushek (Photo by Jeff Malet

Mike Petters, president and CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), was presented with the United States Navy Memorial's Lone Sailor Award on Thursday during the annual Lone Sailor Awards dinner at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.  

Fiji: Boats Registeration a Must

Photo by Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji

 Under new maritime laws all vessels and boats using Fiji waters have to abide by the rules and regulations under the Marine Transport Decree, reports FBC   Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) will issue with an infringement notice to any vessel or boat that is not registered with

Damen Builds RoPax Ferry for Canada

MV Veteran (Photo: Damen)

Damen RoPax ferry MV Veteran for Canadian lifeline vessel replacement   The Damen 80-meter ice class RoPax ferry MV Veteran handover to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (GNL) took place in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada on October 23, 2015

West Calcasieu Port Adds 11.5 Acres

West Calcasieu Port officials announced today that the port has completed the $1.5 million purchase of 11.5 acres of adjacent property to the facility on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.    “The additional property will increase port acreage to more than 200 acres

Phillips Heads Gulf Petrochem's Credit Risk, Bunkering Div.

John Phillips

Gulf Petrochem has appointed John Phillips as Head of Credit Risk for the Group’s Bunkering division. With over 30 years experience in the Maritime sector, John is a well known expert in the industry and will focus on areas such as Credit Management (focused on Bunker business)

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