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NOAA Unveils Collection of Civil War Maps and Nautical Charts

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in 2011, NOAA has assembled a special historical collection of maps, charts, and documents prepared by the U.S. Coast Survey during the war years. The collection, “Charting a More Perfect Union,” contains over nearly 400 documents, available free from NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey website. “People are planning now for their visits to Civil War sites next year, and we want to give them an opportunity to visualize the terrain, ports, and coasts as they were from 1861 to 1865,” said Meredith Westington, NOAA’s chief geographer. “Most people wouldn’t think of turning to NOAA for historical Civil War documents, but the agency has an amazing legacy.” Coast Survey’s collection includes 394 Civil War-era maps, including nautical charts used for naval campaigns, and maps of troop movements and battlefields. Rarely seen publications include Notes on the Coast, prepared by Coast Survey to help Union forces plan naval blockades against the Confederacy, and the annual report summaries by Superintendent Bache as he detailed the trials and tribulations of producing the maps and charts needed to meet growing military demands. In the nation's early years, the United States lost more ships to accidents than to war


Carnival Legend Earns Perfect Scores

The new 88,500-ton Carnival Legend scored perfect 100s from both the U.S. Department of Public Health and Canadian Public Health Service during inspections in Baltimore and Halifax, Nova Scotia, earlier this month. The new 2,124-passenger vessel, which entered service in August 2002 and embarked on a six-day Bermuda cruise from Baltimore yesterday, Oct. 30, received perfect marks on all 42 items that comprise the U.S. Public Health Service's Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP)


MOL Installs Marine Broadband on LNG Carriers

MOL President Koichi Muto

Enhancing Safe Operation by Always-on Connection.     Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) announced that its subsidiary MOL LNG Transport Co., completed installing a high-speed, monthly fixed-charge (flat rate) Internet service “OceanBB” for vessels using VSAT*1 provided by SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation (SKY Perfect JSAT; President: Shinji Takada), on the MOL LNG-managed Wakaba Maru and four other LNG carriers in October 2011. 


Labor Union Summit Focuses on Automation Issue

The ILWU and ILA recently met in Washington, D.C.: first item on agenda was report on progress of East Coast USA contract negotiations. The meeting was attended also by ITF President and Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) National Secretary Paddy Crumlin and ITF Maritime Coordinator Steve Cotton.
 The first item of business was a report from ILA President Harold Daggett on the progress of the New East Coast contract


Update On Vancouver's Possible Tug Strike

Following discussions at Vancouver the tug company Seaspan has announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the GUILD union, agreeing to enter federal ediation/arbitration with regards to collective agreement negotiation. As per the MOA, Seaspan will defer implementation of their own Term of Agreement and the union, whose members will meet today to discuss a strike vote have agreed not to go on strike.


French CGT Oil Sector Workers to Join May Strike

French oil sector workers of the CGT trade union will join a national strike at refineries and other installations from May 17 to May 20 against a planned government reform of French labour law, a CGT union official told Reuters on Friday. The union will also propose to shutdown production at refineries and other oil sector sites during a May 20 meeting, Thierry Defresne, CGT union official at Total, said after a general assembly meeting of the trade union.


Australian Tugboat Crewing Dispute Escalates

A dispute between Australian towage operators and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) over tugboat manning numbers escalated as MUA officials said a crew-reduction plan by Adsteam Marine was an act of discrimination. MUA representatives took exception with Adsteam's plan to cut tugboat crews to three people from four, saying that their union was singled out for the cuts. Three unions had been involved in enterprise negotiations, they said


JSAT Mobile Venture for Japanese Market

Stratos Global Corporation (Stratos) announced that Furono Electric Co., Ltd. (Furuno) and Japan Radio Co., Ltd. (JRC) and have become shareholders in JSAT Mobil Communications Inc. (JSAT Mobile). Furuno and JRC, both marine electronics manufacturers, will each assume a 10 percent share in JSAT Mobile. Stratos formed the joint venture company JSAT Mobile in August with Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation (Sky Perfect JSAT) to serve the Mobile satellite communications needs of Japanese businesses


Maritime Global News App Launch at SMM

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New Maritime Global News App launch at the Maritime Reporter and Engineering News at SMM in Hall B7, Stand 603. Maritime Reporter is changing the way our industry gets its news with the all new Maritime Global News App. This free mobile app is perfect for the busy maritime professional on the move. Updated regularly, the Maritime Global News app delivers all the news you need and want directly to your mobile devices from the world’s leading source for maritime business news and


Total Refinery Plans Revealed by Next Spring

La Mede/Lavera plant merger project failed; Total may invest 300 mln euros in La Mede near Marseille. Total, Europe's biggest oil refiner, is giving itself until the spring of 2015 to review its options for the French refining sector, which could include capacity cuts but no site closures, union sources told Reuters on Friday. Total's European refining margins have dropped to near four-year lows this year, as the sector struggles to compete with more efficient plants in the Middle East


Brexit: What Next for Shipping Markets?

Image: Open Europe

 For many in shipping, the Brexit was unexpected. Many believe that Brexit’s impact on the shipping industry will be more or less neutral.   The UK Chamber of Shipping remained neutral on the question of Britain's departure during the runup to the vote.   


Post-Brexit: UK Chamber Calls for ‘Free Trade Commission’

Courtesy UK Chamber of Shipping

UK Chamber of Shipping statement on the outcome of the EU Referendum The UK Chamber of Shipping remained neutral on the question of the UK’s membership of the EU but we recognise the decision of the British people. The chamber has always argued that the shipping industry is resilient


Huge Coke Drums Shipped from Spain to Louisiana

Photo: Intermarine

Intermarine, LLC, transporter of project, breakbulk and heavylift cargo, said it has transported four coke drums on the MV Ocean Freedom from Gijon, Spain, to New Orleans, La. The cargo was transported for forwarder Agility Project Logistics with end clients Phillips 66 and Wood Group Mustang.


Norwegian Unions Say 755 O&G Workers Could Strike

About 755 Norwegian workers on seven oil and gas fields could go on strike from Saturday, hitting output from western Europe's top producer, if a new wage deal is not agreed before a Friday deadline, trade unions said on Monday.   A final round of mandatory talks will be hosted by a state


CGT Union Calls for French Port Strike

France's CGT union is calling for a nationwide port strike on June 23 and June 28 as part of ongoing protests against the government's labour reform bill, the union said in a statement on Wednesday.   Port workers have participated in rolling nationwide strikes in recent weeks


Malaviya Seven Detained in Aberdeen on Claims of 'Slavery'

Malaviya Seven. Photo by GOL Offshore

 The offshore supply ship, MV Malaviya Seven detained, at the Port of Aberdeen, UK, by the International Transport Federation [ITF] with the support of the Port State Control, MCA – was operating under what the shipping union, RMT


nexAir Further Expands Its Southeast US Footprint

Distributor of atmospheric gases and welding supplies, Memphis-based nexAir LLC, announced its merger with 23 Praxair Distribution Southeast, LLC (PDSE) branches located in Florida and southeast Georgia and the acquisition of two Praxair Distribution, Inc. (PDI) branches in eastern Georgia


India Invites Comments on Shipbreaking Code Changes

Ship breaking yard in Alang, Gujarat. Photo captured from Youtube video.

 The proposals being considered for modifying the Shipbreaking Code, 2013 include allowing ports to define the location and permitting breaking of larger passenger liners.   In pursuance of the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in CWP 657 of 1995


DP World Chairman Meets President of Kazakhstan

DP World Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem with the President of Kazakhstan, Mr Nursultan Nazarbayev, during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russia Photo DP World

DP World Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem met with the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) this week to enhance the co-operation between DP World and Kazakhstan.   


EU Gives Med Mission Okay to Search for Libya-bound Arms

EU maritime mission gains more power to seize weapons; also says moves will help break migrant smuggling gangs. The European Union on Monday gave its naval force in the Mediterranean the authority to search suspicious vessels at sea in a bid to stop arms getting to Islamic State in Libya and to


Webb Institute Holds 120th Commencement Ceremony

Webb Institute’s Class of 2016 at the 120th Commencement Ceremony. Pictured is, Lauren West, Michael Walker, Cody Stansky, Dylan Przelomski, Kelly O’Brien, llya Mouravieff, Brian Mills, and Jenny Lorenc. Photo credit, Kerri Allegretta (Photo: Webb Institute)

On Saturday June 18, Webb Institute awarded 19 Bachelor of Science degrees at its 120th Commencement Ceremony. Each graduating student received a dual degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.    Webb’s commencement ceremony


Moth Survey Prompts a UK Coastguard Search

 On Tuesday, June 21 at 4:30 a.m., a small local fishing vessel reported seeing a static white light 30 meters above the cliffs at Mull of Kintyre, Scotland.   Worried that there might be someone in trouble on the cliffs, the U.K


EU Ministers Agree on TEN-T

Map: European Union

 The EU transport ministers convened at the first day of the TEN-T Days in the Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam.   They discussed the process of implementing the Trans-European Transport Network: new challenges and opportunities, new technologies and mobility patterns for passengers


Admiral of the Ocean Sea Award Recipients Named

Clockwise (from top left) Arthur E. Imperatore, Christopher Wiernicki, and Donald Marcus, Photo USS

The United Seamen's Service (USS) 2016 Admiral of the Ocean Sea Awards (AOTOS) will be presented to Arthur E. Imperatore, Founder and President of New York Waterways; Donald Marcus, President of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots; and Christopher Wiernicki


This Day In Naval History: June 24

1833 - The frigate Constitution is the first vessel to enter the newly-built dry dock at the Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, Mass. for overhaul. A false rumor circulates in Boston in 1830 that the U.S. Navy intends to scrap the ship; young Oliver Wendell Holmes pens his poem "Old






 
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