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Latest DofD Contracts

Amongst the latest Department of Defense contracts is a Navy contract for Maritime International Inc. to supply mooring equipment, and a US Army Corps of Engineers maintenance dredging contract for Manson Construction. Maritime International Inc., Broussard, La., is being awarded a $47,502,090 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement triangular and cylindrical fender separators, DDG ship separators, Kevlar straps, and related contract support services for mooring equipment at shipyards inside and outside of the United States. Fiscal 2013 other procurement, Navy and fiscal 2013 operations and maintenance, Navy funding in the amount of $643,000 will be obligated at the time of award and contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Work will be performed in Broussard, La., and work expected to be completed by September 2018. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, Ship System Engineering Station, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (N65540-13-D-0025). Manson Construction Co., Seattle, Wash., has been awarded a $6,934,900 firm-fixed-price, option-eligible, non-multi-year contract for maintenance dredging of Oakland Inner & Outer Harbor Channel of approximately 421,000 cubic yards of materials. Performance location will be Oakland, Calif., with funding from fiscal 2013 operations and maintenance, Army funds.

Huffman Joins Blank Rome in Houston

Jay T. Huffman (Photo: Blank Rome)

Blank Rome LLP announced that Jay T. Huffman has joined the Firm as an associate in the Maritime, International Trade, and Public Contracts group. He is based in the Firm’s Houston office.    Huffman joins Blank Rome from Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams, L.L.P. He concentrates his practice in maritime and energy-related litigation matters, including state and federal cases involving MARPOL violations, collisions, cargo contamination, Jones Act, OCSLA, and LHWCA defense

Safe Transfer of Wind Farm Personnel


James Fisher and Sons plc announces the launch of two new exciting products to assist in the safe transfer of personnel during offshore wind farm operations.   • Vessel Motion Monitoring System (VMMS) provides accurate motion monitoring, improves safety during vessel transfer operations and offers impact load measurement combined with additional data logging capability • Eco-Fender provides enhanced turbine transfer performance and safety

Robert Allan Designs Tug for Rio Tinto

Pilbara Apollo (Photo: Robert Allan)

The Pilbara Apollo, the latest addition to the RAstar 3200 escort tug series was delivered to its owners, Rio Tinto Ltd., earlier this year. The vessel was constructed at Uzmar Shipbuilding Industry Co. in Turkey and will operate at Rio Tinto’s iron ore export facilities at Cape Lambert (Port Walcott) and Dampier, Australia. The Pilbara Apollo is the first of six new RAstar 3200 tugs to be delivered to Rio Tinto as part of this contract

Offshore Drilling

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BSEE Issues New Requirements and Policies Addressing Offshore Activities The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (“BSEE”) issued three significant documents addressing response, enforcement, and safety issues related to offshore operations in August 2012.  Specifically, BSEE issued (1) new guidance concerning regional Oil Spill Response Plans (“OSRPs”), (2) formalized policy addressing direct enforcement actions against contractors engaged in offshore

EIMA Signs MoU with World Maritime University

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Emirates International Maritime Academy (EIMA), has announced the signing of a MoU on academic cooperation with World Maritime University (WMU), an educational agency operating under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). This landmark event supports the vison for EIMA which has been established with the objective of becoming the Gulf’s Centre of Excellence for maritime education & is already considered a leading institution in this field.  

World Maritime Day

 On 26 September, the maritime community celebrates the World Maritime Day established at the initiative of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). In his annual address on this occasion, Koiji Sekimizu,  Secretary General to the International Maritime Organization emphasized that in  order stable development of the maritime transport system could be achieved the efforts should be concentrated on safety

International Shipping Week Launched in London

Norman Baker

London’s crucial central role in the global shipping industry was highlighted when members of the international maritime community and representatives of the U.K. Government gathered to officially launch the first ever London International Shipping Week (LISW) last night. Norman Baker MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, spoke of the important role maritime business plays in both the U.K. and global economy as he addressed more than 100 guests gathered at the

Dr. Doumbia-Henry Named WMU President

Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry (Photo: IMO)

Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry has been appointed president to head the World Maritime University (WMU), as announced by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and university.    Dr. Doumbia-Henry will be the seventh WMU president and will be the first female in the role.   Dr. Doumbia-Henry, who has dual Dominican and Swiss nationality, is currently director of the International Labor Standards Department

World Maritime Day Celebrates International Shipping

Today marks the 28th celebration of World Maritime Day, the annual occasion when the International Maritime Organization (IMO) leads the world in honoring shipping. This year the theme for World Maritime Day is International Shipping - Carrier of World Trade and is intended to highlight the importance and significance of shipping along with IMO's work in promoting safety, security and efficiency in the industry together with protecting the marine environment

Danish-South Korean Co-operation Strengthened

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  The Danish-South Korean Green Growth Alliance met for roundtable talks yesterday. The Minister for Business and Growth's meeting with the South Korean Minister of Oceans and Fisheries is important for further developing the close co-operation.

Friendship to Green Ships

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 Korea and Denmark both have ambitious national plans for a transition to greener and more energy efficient economies.    The Danish-South Korean Green Growth Alliance met for roundtable talks. The Minister for Business and Growth’s meeting with the South Korean Minister of

EfficienSea2 Rolls out Maritime Cloud

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 The Danish-led e-navigation project, EfficienSea2, got one step closer to being launched when a core element of the project – Maritime Cloud – was debated by a group of international maritime organisations and companies.  

Cordero Reconfirmed as FMC Commissioner

Mario Cordero (Photo: FMC)

Mario Cordero was reconfirmed today as a U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner.   Cordero joined the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) as a Commissioner on June 3, 2011, having been nominated by President Barack Obama on September 17, 2010, and confirmed by the Senate on April 14, 2011

Vigilance Still Crucial in Indian Ocean

  Organisations representing the global shipping and oil industry have announced that the size of the ‘High Risk Area’ for piracy in the Indian Ocean has been reduced and issued new advice to merchant ship operators. This reduction to the High Risk Area is in response to the

New Orleans Port to Host Maritime Workforce Summit


  The Port of New Orleans is set to host the 2nd Annual Maritime Workforce Summit and Career Expo presented by WWL-TV’s ‘We Choose Louisiana.”   Designed to expand awareness of the economic impact of commerce on the Lower Mississippi River and highlight career

Willard Unveils New RHIB in Australia

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Willard Marine, Inc. unveiled its new SEA FORCE 777 this week at the Pacific International Maritime Exposition in Sydney, Australia.   The military-grade, fiberglass, rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) is 7.77-meters long, 2.74-meters wide and designed with a deep-V hull

FMC's William P. Doyle Issues Statement on EL FARO Tragedy

FMC Commissioner William P. Doyle

On Thursday evening, October 1, 2016, the ship EL FARO went missing. The ship was en route from Jacksonville, Florida to San Juan, Puerto Rico. On Monday, four days after the ship vanished, the Coast Guard concluded it sank near the Bahamas in about 15,000 feet of water

Abu Dhabi Ports Achieve Pilot Certification

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Khalifa Port and Zayed Port become first commercial ports in Middle East to achieve certification for marine pilots; Abu Dhabi Ports Marine Services gets I.S.P.O – International Standard for Maritime Pilot Organizations – certification for pilots at two ports   

TRON 40VDR a Big Hit First Year of Launch

Tron 40VDR Float Free Capsule

  In September 2014, after several years of development in close collaboration with major VDR manufacturers, the Jotron combined float free emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) and float free storage medium, was released to the international maritime market

Behave in the South China Sea, US Admiral Warns China

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 US Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift  has fired a broadside at China and other regional nations who are flouting international law in the South China Sea.   Admiral Scott has warned that if bullying behaviour at sea of the kind shown by China is not confronted

Maersk to Install Inmarsat's Entertainment Service


  The leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, today announced that Maersk Tankers, the owner and operator of one of the world’s largest fleets of product tankers, has chosen to install Inmarsat’s Fleet Media maritime entertainment service on 30 of its

Supramx Ship Delivered to Seanergy

Dry Bulk shipping company Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. announced today the delivery of a 56,819 dwt Supramax dry bulk vessel, renamed M/V Gladiatorship.   The vessel, which was built in 2010 by CSC Jinling Shipyard, has been employed in the spot market

MARAD Backs Emissions Reduction Projects

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced it will provide more than $1 million to support the development of two new emission-reducing maritime solutions. The first is a liquefied natural gas (LNG) conversion demonstration project

Fiji: Boats Registeration a Must

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 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

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