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The Coast Guard the U.S. Navy opened the Hampton Roads Sector Command – Joint Harbor Operations Center (SCC-JHOC) on March 24. The SCC-JHOC combines detection capability and command and control functions of Coast Guard and Navy entities within the Port of Hampton Roads. The mission of the Coast Guard and Navy personnel is to detect, monitor, and track vessel movements, critical port infrastructure, and militarily essential waterways in the port area. The staff will assume tactical control and coordination of responding law enforcement agencies during suspected and actual maritime security threats or incidents. The SCC-JHOC will be used as a model at other sector command centers. Source: HK Law
Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that the Bay Coast Railroad Car Barge will resume service next week as a result of a partnership between the Commonwealth, area localities, and the Bay Coast Railroad. The barge, which was removed from service last year, provides connecting service between the Virginia’s Eastern Shore and Norfolk/Virginia Beach. Last year, the Bay Coast Railroad suspended service on the barge when it identified $1 million in structural deficiencies critical to
The car ferry Venus, which recently entered traffic, is the Swedish Road Administration’s most modern ferry and the first in a series with a distinct environmental profile. The propulsion engines onboard are modern Volvo Penta low-emission engines equipped with catalytic converters and particle filters. The high efficiency of the engines results in low fuel consumption and good performance. The Road Administration’s ferry unit, with slightly more than 60 ships
The Coast Guard's Rescue 21 Acquisition Project will hold an acceptance ceremony and demonstration at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads. Rescue 21 is the Coast Guard's critical command, control and communications acquisition project, offering cutting edge technology to mariners nationwide. The system is the backbone of the National Maritime Distress and Response System, a maritime version of 911 that allows the boating public
The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking applications for membership on the Navigation Safety Advisory Council (NAVSAC). NAVSAC provides advice and makes recommendations to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on issues related to the prevention of collisions, rammings and groundings, including, but not limited to Inland and International Rules of the Road, navigation regulations and equipment, routing measures, marine information, diving safety and aids to navigation systems.
The only road in and out of Port Fourchon, Louisiana, the main U.S. staging point for deepwater oil and natural-gas production, sits just 2 to 3 feet (61 to 91 centimeters) above the marshland. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita largely spared the road, Louisiana Highway 1, because neither struck Fourchon directly. According to Bloomberg, officials are worried that the upcoming hurricane season, beginning June 1, might play out differently
The investigation of the Feb. 28, 2004 sinking of a chemical tank ship off the coast of Virginia has been completed. A press conference is scheduled for Tuesday January 3, 2006, at 10 a.m. to be held at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads at 200 Granby Street, in Norfolk. The speaker will be Capt. Robert O' Brien, Captain of the Port of Hampton Roads. He will be accompanied by Jerry Crooks, Chief of Investigations at Sector Hampton Roads.
NavTeach.com offers leading edge memory graphics method of effectively learning the USCG Navigation Rules of the Road. Total recall of the complicated and often misunderstood navigation rules of the road for mariners is achieved by remembering certain pictures and data in a set order and sequence. No matter what type of vessel the obligation for the operator to know these rules is mandatory and required for both State and USCG license.
GAC Pindar in J/V with global freight forwarder TNL International, deliver a 7.6 mt Stamas boat from Georgia USA to Aukland, New Zealand. The privately owned motorboat, which is 3.93 metres high and 12.58 metres long overall, was handled with care for its 15,000km voyage. Before being loaded onto a ship bound for Auckland at Savannah, Georgia, it was shrink-wrapped and cradled on a special mafi trailer. Once the craft arrived in New Zealand
Drilling systems specialist Churchill Drilling Tools has announced a £2.5 million investment in its Aberdeen base to meet increasing global demand for its innovative technologies. The company has invested in a number of units adjacent to its existing Crombie Road premises to create a 1.65-acre site, which will be upgraded over the next 3-4 years. The refurbishments will include research and development facilities
Newpark Drilling Fluids, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Newpark Resources, has opened its new world headquarters and laboratory facility in Katy, Texas. Newpark Drilling Fluids President Bruce Smith joined his executive staff in welcoming employees to their new home.
Geodis Wilson, a freight management companies, has been awarded the Best Logistics Service Provider – Project Cargo, at the 27th Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards (AFSCA). SK Yeung, Managing Director Geodis Wilson Greater China, and Bill Guo, Sales Director for Hong Kong and China
Rolta India Ltd wins contract for establishing "National NAVTEX Network" from a subordinate office under the Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways, Government of India, that provides general aids to navigation along the Indian coast.
Clatsop Community College (Astoria, Ore.) recently purchased a series of Virtual Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (VGMDSS) simulators from Buffalo Computer Graphics. The system replaces an older BCG GMDSS simulator and is comprised of six student stations and one instructor station
Prime Minister visits to welcome £200 million investment by UK household-name retailers Marks & Spencer to build new distribution centre at London Gateway. Marks & Spencer (M&S) and DP World London Gateway jointly announce that M&S will build a major new
Harvey Gulf International Marine CEO, Shane Guidry, announced that Harvey Gulf has secured plans to construct and operate the first LNG marine fueling facility in the United States, to be located at its vessel facility in Port Fourchon, La. The fueling facility will be a vital addition to the
Dubai's Drydocks World & Maritime World chairman in discussions with DNV group CEO on mutual opportinities in shipping. Chairman H.E. Khamis Juma Buamim held discussions with DNV Group Chief Executive Officer, Henrik O. Madsen at DNV headquarter in Oslo, Norway
Volvo Penta D13 has now further been developed to meet EPA Tier 3 – the new marine environmental emission standard. The new version of D13 offers improved environmental properties with basically unchanged low-fuel consumption. The D13 is a diesel engine that has been developed within the
On June 1, the Cutter Suction Dredger Susanna II was handed over to its owner, Dutch dredging contractor Verboon Maasland. All members of the Verboon team were present with their families to celebrate the completion of the vessel and inspect the dredger: a renewed acquaintance
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) explained the serious economic challenges presently confronting shipping to 50 transport ministers. ICS explained its position on the financing of sustainable maritime transport at this year’s Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
The 2013 Ship Repair Tradesmen of the Year were recently honored by the Virginia Ship Repair Association (VSRA). The award citations by VSRA are as follows: The 2013 Junior Tradesman of the Year Steven Pulliam, an Outside Machinist from Oceaneering International, Inc
The Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Navigation Safety Advisory Council (NAVSAC). NAVSAC provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Homeland Security, through the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, on matters relating to maritime collisions
Horizon Lines announced that it will expand its Gulf service to offer shippers a Tuesday sailing every other week from Jacksonville to San Juan. Adding the Jacksonville call also creates a high-speed, over-the-weekend marine option through Houston for cargo bound for southeastern destinations
At the OECD International Transport Forum in Leipzig, Germany, the annual gathering of the world's transport ministers from more than 50 countries (May 22-24), the views of the global shipping industry were represented by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)
A team of restoration experts is currently hard at work salvaging a unique World War II aircraft from the bottom of the English Channel. Using cutting edge restoration techniques within a purpose-built polytunnel from First Tunnels, the team hopes to have the rare Dornier 17 ready for exhibition