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Cummings Laments the Loss of Admiral Owen J. Siler

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, released the following statement today following the death of former Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Owen J. Siler: "Today, I join the Coast Guard in mourning the loss of one of its most influential and respected leaders, former Commandant Admiral Owen J. Siler. Through his relentless dedication, Admiral Siler changed the face of the Coast Guard from one of a search and rescue mission to the modern, multi-mission organization that it is today. "It is with great respect that I commend the Admiral's pivotal efforts to expand the membership of the Coast Guard through the institution of a minority recruitment program and the expansion of opportunities for women. During his tenure, the Service experienced a substantial increase in minorities as well as the first female to attend flight school. "In addition to his work to increase diversity, I applaud the Admiral's monumental work in expanding the law enforcement and drug interdiction missions of the Coast Guard. Through increased cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Customs Service, the Coast Guard was able to make substantial gains in the seizure of vessels trafficking narcotic drugs-successes on which the Service is still building today.


This Day in Naval History - July 28

From the Navy News Service 1915 - Sailors and Marines land in Haiti to restore order. 1916 - Navy establishes a Code and Signal Section which initially worked against German ciphers and tested the security of communications during U.S. naval training maneuvers. 1926 - Team of scientists from Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and Carnegie Institution determine height of the Ionosphere through use of radio pulse transmitter developed by NRL.


Port of Houston Delivers Strong Economic Indicators

The public cargo and cruise vessel marine terminals operated by the Port of Houston Authority (PHA) have contributed to 115,970 jobs throughout Texas, a total of $2.7 billion in wages and salaries, nearly $4.1 billion in business revenue, and more than $248 million in state and local taxes, according to statistics calculated by Martin Associates, the consulting firm in Lancaster, PA that has conducted economic impact studies for 120 ports in the U.S. and Canada


Canadian-Flag Vessel to Undergo Repairs at Great Lakes Shipyard

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has awarded a contract for the five-year drydocking of the M/V Pelee Islander to Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, Ohio. The  Pelee Islander will arrive at Great Lakes Shipyard in early April and will be hauled-out using the Shipyard’s new 700-metric ton Marine Travelift. Work will include hull inspection and painting; propeller, shaft, and rudder inspection; steel work; and other routine maintenance.


CargoWise Appoints Owen Senior

CargoWise, a technology supplier for logistics service providers, has announced the appointment of Owen Senior as General Manager of Development.  Based in Sydney, Australia, Senior will lead all software development teams and has ultimate responsibility for the company’s global software development program and all technical project management activities. Senior brings a wealth of experience in developing high-quality enterprise software solutions and Software-as-a-Service


Marine Highway Initiative Update

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved legislation to reduce global warming through greater transportation efficiencies and conservation initiatives. The major freight goods movement components of House Resolution (HR) 2701, the Transportation Energy Security and Climate Change Mitigation Act of 2007, will integrate the marine highway into our Nation’s overall intermodal transportation system.


Glosten, Naval Architect, 1918 to 2010

Photo courtesy The Glosten Associates

Lawrence Robert “Larry” Glosten, founder of The Glosten Associates, a Seattle naval architecture firm, died February 22, 2010 in his home on Bainbridge Island, Wash. He was 91. Glosten graduated from Webb Institute of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in 1940. He subsequently served as a Ship Repair Officer and dockmaster at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard during the early months of World War II


Management Changes at North of England P&I Club’s Greek Office

Tony Allen has taken over the management of the North of England P&I club's successful Greek office. He replaces Mike Salthouse, who set up the office three years ago and has now returned to the club's headquarters in Newcastle upon Tyne, England as a Greek area director. Allen (42) started work in the Greek office last year. He formerly worked in Piraeus on P&I and FD&D matters with international maritime law firm Norton Rose before moving to the North of England in 1998


Record Attendance for SNAME 2009

Challenging economic conditions didn’t stop a record number of industry professionals from attending The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) 2009 Annual Meeting and Expo. The three-day event (October 21-23) drew more than 1,150 to the Providence, Rhode Island Convention Center. "In all aspects, the 2009 SNAME Annual Meeting was a resounding success. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to those who attended the meeting


Navico’s Simrad Agreement with Consilium

Marine electronics giant Navico has entered into a cooperative partnership with marine safety and navigation specialist Consilium through its Simrad brand with the intent to offer new products for the world’s commercial vessel fleet. Through their strategic and technological alliance, the two companies first aim to significantly change the comprehension of short range radar target detection and processing. The goal is to introduce radar systems for use on SOLAS vessels with a strong


The Impact of Hull Form on Efficiency

Graph: CE Delft

 There is a growing interest in the fuel efficiency of ships because of fuel prices, climate change and energy security issues. This has resulted in, amongst other things, a regulation governing the design efficiency of new ships called the Energy Efficiency Design Index (or EEDI for short).


Portugal PM Warns Lisbon Dock Workers to End Strike

Portugal's prime minister warned Lisbon dock workers on Friday that his patience was running out after a strike that has lasted a month, paralysing the city's ports. Lisbon is Portugal's second largest port and the dock workers have warned they would continue their stoppage until June 16 if


Tech & Design Solutions for Modern Workboats

“There is a cost implication for owners to comply with IMO Tier 3 and EPA Tier 4 requirements, which is causing an increase in engine prices of about 30 percent regarding Tier 4, which probably results in a five percent increase in total construction costs for U.S.-built tugs. In some countries such as Asia, with low labor costs, total costs can increase by 10 percent.” - Mike Fitzpatrick, President, Robert Allan Limited (Photo: Mike Zeft)

EPA Tier 4 regulations (for engines of 804 hp and higher) and propulsion advancements have many manufacturers and vessel designers changing course to adapt to new requirements and customer demands.   Jensen Maritime is designing a new 110-ft


Navico Makes its Commercial Push

Halo Radar (Image: Navico)

Marine electronics group Navico, a literal ‘house of brands’ for the recreational, sail, power and commercial marine markets, is making a strong push in the commercial sector with its Simrad brand. Armed with a stockpile of new technology and a global network of sales and support


Damen Delivers Its Largest Shoalbuster to Date

Shoalbuster 3512 Noordstroom (Photo: Damen Shipyards)

The first of Damen’s new Shoalbuster 3512 class was recently handed over to Dutch marine services specialist Van Wijngaarden Marine Services B.V. in the port of Boven-Hardinxveld, the Netherlands. At the ceremony the Lady Sponsor Elske de Bruijn-de Vries officially named the vessel and made


Fourth Damen Fast Ferry for S. Korea

Handing over ceremony_lowres Photo Damen

Damen Shipyards Group has sold a Fast Ferry 4212 to South Korean ferry operator DAEA Express Shipping. The vessel, named Sea Flower, is the fourth ferry of this design that Damen has sold in the last five years to companies operating on the east coast of the Korean peninsula.


Israel to Use Seaborne Missiles to Guard Gas Fields

Israel's military said on Wednesday it had developed a version of its Iron Dome missile interceptor system that can be fired from the deck of a cruising navy ship to protect its offshore gas platforms.   The augmented defense system passed a live test two weeks ago when it shot down several


Transport Minister Visits Liverpool2 Development

Transport Minister Andrew Jones (right) with Warren Marshall, Group Planning Director at Peel Ports, overlooking the port (Photo: Peel Ports Group)

U.K. Transport Minister, Andrew Jones MP visited the Port of Liverpool Monday, May 16 to view the latest developments at Liverpool2 as the terminal approaches its opening.   The Minister, who has responsibility for the strategic roads network and ports


Evergreen Holding Group May Miss Bond Payment

Evergreen Holding Group, an unlisted company that specialises in building boats, issued a warning on Friday that it may have trouble making coupon and interest payments on a bond maturing on May 15. The company said in a statement on the website of the China interbank market operator that it


Shell Presents Crewmember Safety Awards

Pictured left to right are Captain Tim Downs, GM Shipping and Maritime, Americas; DeAnn Lewis, Regional Marine Manager, Shell Chemicals Company; Captain Greg Wilkinson, Master, M/V GREGORY, Enterprise Marine Services; Mr. Eric Ricker, Manager, Marine Operations, Enterprise Marine Services; and Tankerman Von Smith, Enterprise Marine Services (Photo: Shell)

Shell Shipping and Maritime, Americas recently held its third annual Goal Zero Hero Awards dinner in Houston, recognizing the crewmembers of 21 contracted/chartered vessels, who had the courage to intervene and clearly demonstrate their commitment to zero incidents and safe operations in service


Harley Marine Orders Two Harbor Tugs

Harley Marine Services announced the construction of two new ship handling vessels to be built at Diversified Marine in Portland, Ore. The two tugs are sister class vessels to the previously built Michelle Sloan and Lela Franco, and will add to the company's fleet presence on the West Coast.


Jensen Debuts New Tractor Tug Design

BayDelta (Photo: Jensen Maritime)

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Seattle-based naval architecture and engineering firm, Jensen Maritime, reports it has designed a new tractor tug for Vessel Chartering LLC that features some of the first Tier IV engines meeting higher federal air emissions standards among U.S. tugboats.  


Vesper Marine Updates WatchMate Vision

Image: Vesper Marine

Vesper Marine, a manufacturer of marine safety products, announced a free upgrade for its flagship AIS Class B transponder, the WatchMate Vision, streamlining usability, while adding new safety features and enhancements to the user experience.  


Crane Upgrade for Jack-up Vessel Sea Installer

Photo: Damen

Major modification work will bring A2SEA-owned vessel into line with growing demands of offshore wind industry   Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (DSAm), part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, is currently undertaking a modification and maintenance project on the jack-up vessel Sea Installer


Floating Products Storage in Focus

Graph: Gibson Tanker Report

 For much of 2015, talk of floating storage was dominated by speculation that the contango in crude futures might support crude floating storage, says Gibson Tanker Report.   However, at the same time, much of the oil surplus was being absorbed by refiners chasing some of the best






 
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