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This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History – November 11

1881-The crew of Life-boat Station No. 14, Eleventh District (Racine, WI) rendered service during the severest storm of the season The life-saving crew noticed several vessels running north for safety under bare poles and two of them made safely into the harbor. Observing this, the master of the schooner Lavinda tried to make the same haven, but the vessel became unmanageable, struck the south pier, immediately became waterlogged, and in five minutes was a wreck. The life-saving crew sprang for the lifeboat and put out to her assistance. They got alongside and managed to run a line from the wrecked vessel to the station tug H. Wetzel, which had steamed out to her relief. The tug soon towed her into the harbor. 1918-The Allied powers signed a cease-fire agreement with Germany at Rethondes, France on November 11, 1918, bringing World War I to a close.  Between the wars, November 11 was commemorated as Armistice Day in the United States, Great Britain, and France.  After World War II, the holiday was recognized as a day of tribute to veterans of both world wars.  Beginning in 1954, the United States designated November 11 as Veterans Day to honor veterans of all U.S. wars.  Over 8,000 Coast Guardsmen served during the war and 111 were killed in action with the enemy. 1955-CGC Yocona, when 60 to 70 mph winds and heavy seas with 30 feet swells made it impossible to launch lifeboats some fifty miles off Cape Lookout Oregon

First Wave/Newpark Shipbuilding Awarded Contracts

First Wave/Newpark Shipbuilding has entered into agreements with Pride International for refurbishments of four offshore rigs including the addition of a twenty-eight man quarters module to one of the rigs. Refurbishments to the Pride South Carolina, Pride Mississippi, Pride Oklahoma and Pride Wisconsin will be performed at First Wave's Pelican Island Facility in Galveston, Texas; all rigs are expected to depart the shipyard by mid-August.

Keppel Wins Fifth Jackup Order from Scorpion

Keppel AmFELS has received a fifth order from Scorpion Offshore (Scorpion) for a jackup rig valued at $143 million. This contract is signed with Scorpion’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Scorpion Intrepid Ltd. All five jackup orders have been secured within nine months of Scorpion’s execution of the first construction contract in May 2005. Like Scorpion's other four jackups, the new rig will be a LeTourneau Super 116 design equipped with leg lengths of 477ft

New NCL Ship Sets Sail in Hawaii

The AP has reported that NCL’s latest ship, Pride of Hawaii, has set sail in Hawaii. The Pride of Hawaii, the largest, most expensive U.S.-flagged luxury liner launched its scheduled service of weeklong voyages around the islands this week. This vessel completes Norwegian Cruise Lines' $1.4b plan to bring three new vessels to the islands. The new ship is the last in a series of U.S. cruise ships — joining the 1,900-passenger Pride of Aloha and the 2

Transocean Announces License Agreement

Transocean Inc. announced that a license agreement has been executed by wholly owned subsidiaries of Transocean and Pride International, Inc. (NYSE:PDE). In the agreement, the Transocean subsidiary granted the Pride subsidiary a worldwide and non-exclusive license to utilize Transocean's patents for offshore dual activity drilling methods and structures. In return, the Pride subsidiary agreed to pay the Transocean subsidiary $10 million for the first dual activity rig that Pride builds in

Mariner Supports Historic Baltimore Clipper

L to R: Captain Jan C. Miles, Rick Scott, Executive Director for Pride of Baltimore, Robert Scott, SVP Business Development & Marketing for ARES Security Corp., Luke Ritter, Vice Chairman of the Board for Pride of Baltimore, Captain Jamie Trost - Presentation of iPad with CommandPost application by Mariner Group, an ARES Security Company. (PRNewsFoto/The Mariner Group)

The Mariner Group and its parent company, ARES Security Corporation, recently donated an iPad to the historic Pride of Baltimore II, a famous reconstruction of the early 19th century Baltimore clipper ship. Using the CommandPost iPad app, the ship's captains can now access CommandBridge—Mariner's award-winning situational awareness platform—aboard the vessel. This was an opportunity for the two companies to jointly outfit the Pride of Baltimore II with the nation's leading

Crowley Awarded West Coast Salvage and Engineering Services Contract

Following a rigorous evaluation and selection process, Crowley Maritime Corporation's energy and marine services business segment announced today that it has been awarded the West Coast Salvage and a Worldwide Engineering Services contract with the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Director of Ocean Engineering/Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV). With the exception of a four-year period, Crowley has successfully held this contract since 1976.

NCL Announces Temporary Withdrawal of Pride of Hawai`i

NCL Corporation announced the temporary withdrawal of Pride of Hawai`i from the Hawai`i market effective February 2008. The ship will be deployed to Europe for the summer of 2008 as part of the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet. NCL's substantial 2006 losses, reported in February of this year, have been caused by downward pricing pressure in the Hawai`i market following the addition of Pride of Hawai`i to the fleet last summer

PRIDE OF ALOHA reflagged as U.S. vessel

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a News Release stating that the cruise ship PRIDE OF ALOHA (formerly the NORWEGIAN SKY) has been reflagged as a U.S. vessel. Two other oceangoing passenger ships will later be flagged U.S. Source: HK Law

Windstar Runs Aground in Panama, Cruise Cancelled

Pic: Windstar Cruises

 The luxury cruise operator Windstar Cruises will drydock ship following last week’s grounding in a remote region of Panama.   Windstar reports that Star Pride experienced a grounding while coming into anchor at Isla de Coiba, Panama. As a result the ship's December 26, January 2 and January 9 voyages have been cancelled.    According to a statement on the Windstar Cruises Facebook page, Star Pride was “coming into anchor” at Isla de Coiba

Viking Ocean Cruises Makes Maiden US Call

Viking Ocean Cruises made its first ever call on a U.S. port when Viking Star docked at Cruiseport Boston. Viking Star began her voyage in Montreal, travelled the St. Lawrence River to Quebec City and Saguenay, continued on to Prince Edward Island and Halifax and, following her stop in Boston

Damen, NSTC offer Crew Training in Philippines

Damen and NSTC have developed a training course for the Philippines-based ferry crew. Photo Damen

To mark this year’s Interferry Conference in Manila, the Philippines, Damen Shipyards Group has teamed up with Netherlands Shipping Training Centre (NSTC), Managed by the international maritime education and training organisation STC-Group

Crowley Hits Milestones in Puerto Rico Investment

A view of the starboard side of  El Coquí under construction.  (Photo courtesy of Crowley)

Highlighting the economic impact under the Jones Act of its $500 million investment in the trade between the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico, Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group reached new milestones in its construction of two new

OCEAN Alliance Gains US Approval

File photo: Port of Long Beach

The proposed OCEAN Alliance between several of the world’s largest container shippers has received approval from the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), allowing it to become effective Monday, October 24, 2016.   The OCEAN Alliance, comprising COSCO Shipping, CMA CGM

Tropical Coral reefs lose their Zooplankton through Ocean Acidification

Control site Ambient. Photo source :Alfred Wegener Institute PR

Tropical coral reefs lose up to two thirds of their zooplankton through ocean acidification. This is the conclusion reached by a German-Australian research team that examined two reefs with so-called carbon dioxide seeps off the coast of Papua New Guinea

Newport International Boat Show Announces Edson Awards


Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show,announced today the results of this year’s Edson Awards for Excellence in Portraying Company Image. Presented by Will Keene, chairman of Edson International

More Plastic than Fish in the Ocean

Photo: International Maritime Organization

 Did you know that by 2050 there could be more plastics in the ocean than fish, if human habits don’t change?    India Clean Seas Conference taking place in Goa, India (22-24 September), discussed what needs to be done to keep the oceans clean.   

Agility, Maersk Join to Slash CO2 Emissions

​From left to right: Mark Guenter, Key Client Manager, Maersk Line; Michael Hansen, Global Head of Sales, Maersk Line; Cas Pouderoyen, Senior Vice President for Global Ocean Freight, Agility Logistics; Vincent Clerc, CCO, Maersk Line

 Agility Logistics, a leading global logistics provider, has signed an agreement with Maersk Line, to cut CO2 emissions by 15% per container transported for Agility shipments by 2020.   The agreement is part of Maersk’s Carbon Pact Challenge

India's GSL Delivers Patrol Vessel to Mauritius

Photo: Press Information Bureau, India Govt

 Indo-Mauritian maritime defence Co-operation got another fillip with the delivery of first Fast Patrol Vessel, MCGS VICTORY, designed and built in-house by Goa Shipyard Limited(GSL) for Mauritius Coast Guard, on 26th September 2016 at GSL.   

NASSCO Delivers Fourth Product Tanker to APT

Bay State underway during sea trials in September 2016 (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

General Dynamics NASSCO has delivered Bay State, the fourth of five new Jones Act ECO Class product carriers under contract with American Petroleum Tankers (APT). The vessel was delivered on Monday, September 26 during a signing ceremony at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego.  

FMC Collects $338,000 In Penalty Payments

Photo: FMC

Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero announced that the Commission has completed compromise agreements recovering a total of $338,000 in civil penalties. The agreements were reached with one vessel-operating common carrier and six ocean transportation intermediaries (both

40 Years Protecting the Mediterranean

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 International Maritime Organization (IMO) joined celebrations marking four decades of cooperation in the Mediterranean to prevent and combat marine pollution from ships under the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC).   

Counter-piracy Measures Still Needed

Photo: International Maritime Organization

 ​Merchant shipping should continue to take protective measures against possible piracy attacks in the Gulf of Aden and the western Indian Ocean through diligent application of International Maritime Organization (IMO) guidance and Best Management Practices (BMPs).   

Unmanned Aircraft to Take Off from Falkor

Chief Scientist Will Sager interpreting data in the control room Photo SCHMIDT OCEAN INSTITUTE

Research vessel Falkor leaves Darwin today to explore the poorly understood air-sea interactions across the Indian and Pacific Ocean. This research is very important in understanding the ocean’s role in global climate change. The exchange of energy and matter between the atmosphere and the

Korean Register CEO Park Passed Away

Dr. B. S. Park ( Photo: Korean Register)

Dr. B. S. Park, Korean Register Chairman and CEO, has passed away after a short illness.   Dr. Park graduated from Korea Maritime and Ocean University in 1976 and joined Pan Ocean Shipping where he worked in a number of capacities until 2001

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