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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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Dr. Tamara Jernigan To Serve As Carnival Pride Godmother

Dr. Tamara Jernigan, a pioneer in U.S. space travel who has logged more flight hours on the space shuttle than any other female astronaut in history, has been selected to serve as godmother of the 88,500-ton Carnival Pride, Carnival Cruise Lines' new cruise ship which will launch year-round seven-day service from Port Canaveral, Fla., Jan. 12. Dr. Jernigan will officially name Carnival Pride in a dockside ceremony at Port Canaveral Jan. 7

House Bill Introduced to Block Arctic Drilling

Jared Huffman (Official photo)

Rep. Huffman introduces Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act; bill would prohibit oil and gas leasing in the Arctic Ocean   U.S. Congressman Jared Huffman (Dem.-Calif.) introduced a bill Monday called the Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act of 2015

Atlantis Chief Joins Ocean Energy

Tim Cornelius. Pic by Atlantis Resources Limited

 Tim Cornelius, CEO of global tidal developer Atlantis Resources has taken a seat on the Board of Directors of Ocean Energy Europe – the industry group for ocean renewable energy – by becoming a Lead Sponsor of the organisation.   

'Blue' Economy Ocean Industries & the Next 50 Years

Chemical tanker leaving  Cape Town.

“Sustainable development” has gone from buzz word to business imperative in the two decades since the initial Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Companies are increasingly evaluated on how well they address sustainability as a critical measure of their commitment to the triple

USCG Transfer Man, Medevacs Woman in NC

USCG Medevacs Woman in NC

  The Coast Guard transferred a male patient on Saturday from Morehead City, then medevaced an 80-year-old woman from a cruise ship approximately 50 miles south of Cape Lookout. Coast Guard 5th District watchstanders received a request Saturday morning to transfer a male patient suffering

UN Conference on Climate Change - ENMC declaration

Logo: ENMC

 Maritime activities have become one of the major and accelerating driving forces of this world and the main lever of European economic growth, thanks to the boom of traditional fields such as maritime transportation, fisheries, offshore oil & gas

2 Mobile WROVs with LARS for Swire Seabed

Kystdesign Supporter WROV and Lidan Launch and Recovery Systems

Subsea operation specialist, Swire Seabed, has placed an order for the acquisition of two Kystdesign Supporter Work-Class Remotely Operated Vehicles (WROVs) with Lidan Launch and Recovery Systems (LARS), for delivery in February 2016.  Swire Seabed has the option to purchase two more WROVs

USCG Offload Drugs worth $ 11 mln

USCG Offloading Drug consignment

Crewmembers of Coast Guard Station Miami Beach, Florida, offloaded 254 kilograms of cocaine and 3,662 pounds of marijuana interdicted in the Caribbean Sea as part of Operation  Martillo worth an estimated wholesale value of $11.8 million, at Base Miami Beach, Friday.

Genting HK to Buy Lloyd Werft Shipyard

Photo: Lloyd Werft

Genting Hong Kong has agreed to acquire the Lloyd Werft shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany, in a deal that will see the company invest €17.5 million for a 50 percent ownership of the land and 70 percent of the new build business. The acquisition remains subject to final purchase conditions.

Port Monitors Impact of Ship Noise on Whales

Photo: Port Metro Vancouver

Underwater listening station launched to better understand impact of ship noise on at-risk whales   Underwater noise has been identified as a key threat to at-risk whales. In order to better understand and manage the impact of shipping activities on whales throughout the southern coast of

TOTE Shifts Maritime Companies under Unified Brand

Photo: TOTE Maritime

U.S. Jones Act carrier TOTE announced it has shifted operating companies Totem Ocean Trailer Express and Sea Star Line, respectively serving the Alaskan and Puerto Rican/Caribbean markets. Going forward, the companies will be known collectively as TOTE Maritime.

Risk Profile of Hull Market Improving - IUMI

IUMI’s Ocean Hull Committee Chairman, Mark Edmondson

  IUMI – the International Union of Marine Insurance – at its annual conference in Berlin yesterday announced that global hull premiums for 2014 totalled USD 7.6bn, a 5.8% reduction from 2013. IUMI’s Ocean Hull Committee Chairman, Mark Edmondson, commented

Carnival to Cut GHGs by 25%

Graphics: Carnival Corporation

 Carnival Corporation has renewed its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent from its 2005 baseline by 2020, according to a recent announcement of the travel and leisure company’s 2020 sustainability goals.  

Security in the Indian Ocean Fragile -MAST

The security situation in the Indian Ocean could quickly change for the worse, according to maritime security company MAST.   Gerry Northwood OBE, COO of MAST, said, “For commercial shipping, the Indian Ocean is arguably the safest ocean on the planet

Richmond Now Destination for CMA CGM

Photo: CMA CGM

 CMA CGM has signed an agreement with the Port of Virginia to add the Port of Richmond as a destination for shippers booking cargo on its ships.   The Port Virginia announced a cooperative effort with ocean carrier CMA CGM that will greatly enhance service at the Port of Richmond

SeaDek Now Employee-owned

SeaDek Marine Products, a producer of marine non-skid products, has become an employee-owned company.   The company’s principal owners Kurt Wilson, Jim Wilson, Jason Gardner and Chuck Yates have extended ownership to more than 70 full-time staff members through the implementation of

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