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Hearing on National Strategy for Maritime Security

The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a field hearing on the National Strategy for Maritime Security. The purpose of the hearing, held in Camden, New Jersey, was to continue oversight of federal programs intended to enhance security in the maritime domain. RADM Craig Bone, USCG and Mr. Mark O. Hatfield, Jr., TSA, testified that maritime security encompasses threats from all criminal or hostile acts and involves collection of information relating to all aspects of maritime activities. Mr. William Boles, Director of Security, Port of Wilmington, Delaware, testified regarding the challenges and successes of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program. Ms. Lisa Himber, Vice President, Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay, testified regarding disconnects in development of the National Strategy and in the port security grant program, among other things. Dr. Scott Glenn, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, testified about the possible use of compact high frequency radar to enhance maritime domain awareness. HK Law


Doen Pacific Enters into Joint License Agreement

Doen Pacific as one of only 5 marine waterjet manufacturers in the world matching engines to 4,000kW, and CSIC, one of the two largest shipbuilding conglomerates in China, together with its Member WMMP, have jointly signed a license agreement for the manufacture and sale of WMMP‐DOEN Waterjets in China. The signing ceremony took place on October 29, in Wuhan, China, and was attended by representatives of each company, headed by Mr


Meetings Will Discuss Mariner Training Program

A subcommittee of the Coast Guard's Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) will meet to discuss the training of merchant marine personnel on April 30 and May 1, 2003, in Seattle, WA., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The meetings are open to the public. The MERPAC subcommittee will specifically meet to discuss recommendations on a training program for officers in charge of an engineering watch coming up through the hawsepipe. The subcommittee will develop recommendations and a


Ensco Promotes Lowe to EVP

Ensco plc announced that Carey Lowe has been promoted to Executive Vice President.   Lowe will be responsible for overseeing investor relations, public relations, employee communications and branding, led by Vice President Sean O’Neill, as well as strategy, headed by Vice President Michael Howe, and human resources, directed by Vice President Maria Silva. Mr. Lowe was most recently Senior Vice President – Eastern Hemisphere where he led operations for Europe, Africa


Seaspan Announces Senior Management Changes

  Seaspan Corporation announced that Sai Chu, Chief Financial Officer, has informed of his resignation and retirement from Seaspan effective November 6, 2015, after more than 10 years' of service with Seaspan and related entities. Gerry Wang, Chief Executive Officer, Co-Chairman and Co-Founder of Seaspan stated, "Sai Chu has been a dynamic contributor to Seaspan's growth over the past decade. We appreciate all the work he has done to lead the financial function of Seaspan


Day of the Seafarer: Ban Spotlights Sustainable Agenda Targets

Port scenes, Antwerp, 2013. International Maritime Organization (IMO) Photo: IMO

 Marking the Day of the Seafarer, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the role of the shipping industry in moving forward the international agenda on sustainable development and climate change.   “The world is now embarking on carrying out twin plans for the future that have the potential to transform our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change


ClassNK Registers 25 Million Gross Tons in 2012

ClassNK Chairman and President Noboru Ueda

Sets New Records for Newbuildings & Class Transfers   Classification society ClassNK has announced its official registration figures for 2012, revealing that the Tokyo-based society registered nearly a thousand vessels totaling more than 25 million gross tons in 2012. The announcement was made on 28 January 2013 following the January meeting of the ClassNK Classification Committee, which reviews and certifies all registrations and certifications made to the ClassNK register.


Bugbee Named 2014 CMA Commodore

Robert Bugbee speaking at CMA in March 2013

Robert Bugbee, President of Scorpio has been named as the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) Commodore for the year 2014. The award will be presented March 19, 2014 at the conclusion of the CMA's Shipping 2014 Annual Conference and Exposition Mr. Bugbee follows a long succession of influential maritime industry leaders as Commodore. The 2014 Commodore Award will be presented to Mr. Bugbee on March 19, 2014 at the Gala Dinner marking the conclusion of the annual Connecticut Maritime


Easy Appointed Port of Melbourne CEO

Nick Easy: Photo credit State of Victoria

The Australian State of Victoria's Minister for Ports informs that Nick Easy has been appointed as CEO of the Port of Melbourne Corporation. Port of Melbourne Corporation Chairman Mark Birrell said that the Port of Melbourne Board undertook an extensive recruitment and selection process and was very pleased to recommend Nick Easy to the Victorian Government for appointment. “The Board looks forward to Nick commencing in the role and provide strong leadership to the Corporation at


BHP Ships 1 bln Tonnes to China

Iron Ore Shipment to China

  BHP Billiton last night celebrated the shipment of its one billionth tonne of iron ore to China with customers, industrial associations, joint venture partners, suppliers and employees in Shanghai. BHP Billiton’s Chief Executive Officer Andrew Mackenzie was joined by President Iron Ore Jimmy Wilson, President HSE, Marketing and Technology Mike Henry, President Coal Dean Dalla Valle and guests to reveal the commemorative plaque to mark the milestone.


Royal IHC Completes Kargest TSHD in China

LEFT Alexander van Noort COO IHC - RIGHT Mr Luo Rijia Deputy Chief Engineer of CCCC GDC (c)Photo Royal IHC

After 19 months of building, trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) JUN YANG 1 left Kinderdijk on 15 August 2016. A ceremony to celebrate the on-time completion was held before the vessel set off for Guangzhou, China where she will be handed over to CCCC Guangzhou Dredging Company (GDC)


MSRC CEO to Retire in April 2017

Photo courtesy of MSRC

The Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC), the nation’s leading oil spill response organization, has announced that Steven T. Benz, the company’s President and CEO, will be retiring on April 30, 2017.   Tim Plummer, Chair of the MSRC Board of Directors


MISC Enters Thai Offshore O&G Market

Pairoj Kaweeyanun, President of Chevron Offshore Thailand, Ltd., and Tuan Syed Hashim Syed Abdullah, Vice President Offshore Business of MISC Berhad, after the signing of agreement between Chevron Offshore (Thailand) Ltd. and MISC Offshore Floating Terminals (L) Limited. (Photo: MISC Berhad)

    Energy related maritime solutions and services provider MISC Berhad (MISC) has made inroads into Thailand’s offshore oil and gas market for the first time.   MISC’s wholly-owned subsidiary, MISC Offshore Floating Terminals (L) Limited (MOFT) signed a contract for


Damen Trading Sale hits 500th Vessel

Damen Trading 30 years

30 years and 500 vessels later, Damen Trading is just getting started. Damen Trading’s story begins in 1986, with Damen Shipyards Group responding to growing market demand for used vessels. Since then, Damen Trading has gone on to sell over 500 used vessels, right across the maritime spectrum


Roll-Lift Appoints New Agent

Courtesy Roll-Lift

Roll-Lift, the Heavy Lift Transportation Specialist based in The Netherlands has appointed Mr. Miguel Flórez de la Colina as their sole representative for clients based in Spain, Portugal and France for projects undertaken outside Europe.


Vesper Marine to Protect LIS Underwater Cables

Image: Vesper Marine

Vesper Marine announced that it has provided its virtual Automatic Identification System (AIS) to New York Power Authority (NYPA) to protect submerged power cables in Long Island Sound.   The WatchMate Asset Protection System is the first U.S


Ong Appointed Company Secretary, Triyards Holdings

Courtesy TRIYARDS Holdings Limited

The Board of Directors of Triyards Holdings Limited announced that Mr. Yeo Keng Nien has resigned as the Company Secretary of the Company with effect from 15 July 2016. The Board would like to thank Mr. Yeo Keng Nien for his contributions during his term of service as the Company Secretary of


Hyundai to Build ITER Vacuum Vessel

Cross-sectional view of ITER. Image: Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI)

 Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s largest shipbuilder and a leading industrial plant EPC contractor,won $101.6 million worth of order to supply two vacuum vessel sectors (No.7, 8) for ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor).   


Aussie Defence Minister Pyne Hits Ground Running

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne Photo PyneOnLine

The new Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP met with His Excellency Mr. Christophe Lecourtier, Ambassador of France to Australia, Captain (Navy) Yann Marboeuf, Defence Attaché to Australia, Vice Admiral Jacques Cousquer


Three Keppel Dredgers for Jan De Nul

Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M)'s wholly owned subsidiary Keppel Singmarine Pte Ltd (Keppel Singmarine) has secured contracts from Jan De Nul Group to build three Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers (TSHDs). The TSHDs are worth about S$100 million in total.


Bangladesh LNG Terminal Edges Closer

Excelerate and Petrobangla Sign Final Agreements for Bangladesh’s First LNG Import Terminal Photo Excelerate Energy

Excelerate Energy L.P. (“Excelerate”), Petrobangla, and the Government of Bangladesh executed the Terminal Use Agreement (“TUA”) and the Implementation Agreement (“IA”) for the construction and operation of Bangladesh’s first LNG import terminal –


Tanker Charter Rates Under Pressure

Graph: Drewry

 Time charter rates in the smaller chemical tanker vessel sizes are expected to remain stable over the next two years, but rates for the larger sizes, especially MRs, will decline due to the impact of falling clean petroleum products (CPP) freight rates


Blount Boats Delivers Chicago Tour Boat

M/V Skyview (Photo: Blount Boats)

Blount Boats of Warren, R.I. has delivered the M/V Skyview to Shoreline Sightseeing, marking the builder’s second delivery for the Chicago sightseeing company.   With a LOA of 100 feet and maximum beam of 35 feet, the steel Subchapter K passenger vessel designed by Seacraft Design


Hueneme Welcomes Its First Post-Panamax Ship

(Photo: Port of Hueneme)

Port of Hueneme’s first Post-Panamax ship was greeted by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Lines (WWL) company leaders and Port officials during an occasion marking a paradigm shift in how the widened Panama Canal will bring a new class of vessels to the Port of Hueneme.  


Top Ships Completes Six-Vessel Newbuilding Program

Photo: Top Ships Inc.

 Top Ships Inc. (TOPS) has taken delivery of the M/T Nord Valiant, a 50,000 dwt fuel efficient "ECO" MR product tanker, the final vessel under construction in the Company's fleet.   TOPS is an international owner and operator of modern






 
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