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MarAd Seeks to Designate Ships for Relief

According to reports, the U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd) is seeking to designate one or more vessels as relief ships for rescue operations during disasters. Speaking on the sidelines of the API Tanker Conference 2006, Varshney said that MarAd and the U.S. Military Sealift Command (MSC) should collaborate to make this idea materialize. This was suggested in the aftermath of the hurricane season in the U.S. Gulf Coast last year, which raised several questions about contingency plans for disasters and logistics problems. Source: Reuters


Navy Honored by Mississippi Legislature for Katrina Work

The Mississippi state legislature has honored Mississippi Gulf Coast-based Navy commands for their service to their communities in the Hurricane Katrina evacuation and relief effort. State Sen. Scottie Cuevas of Pass Christian, Miss., presented the concurrent resolution April 25 to Rear Adm. Timothy McGee, commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command. McGee’s command is based at Stennis Space Center on the Mississippi Gulf Coast


Norfolk Ships Deploy to Support Relief Efforts

Three amphibious ships and a rescue and salvage ship based in Hampton Roads are getting underway Aug. 31 and heading for the Gulf of Mexico to support relief operations along the U.S. Gulf Coast following widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina. The multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and the amphibious transport dock USS Shreveport (LPD 12), both based at Naval Station Norfolk; the dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) and the rescue and salvage ship USS


Carnival Cruise Lines To Raise $1.5 Million For American Red Cross Relief Efforts

Carnival Cruise Lines will donate $50 for each stateroom sold over the next 30 days to the American Red Cross to aid in relief efforts associated with the recent terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. The $50 per cabin donation is expected to generate approximately $1.5 million for the American Red Cross, continuing Carnival's decade-long association with the world's foremost relief organization. Carnival, like other companies throughout the world


USS Ashland Loads Supplies for Haiti

Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

Amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) moored at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Feb. 1-2 to on load food, water and supplies for the Haiti relief effort. Ashland took on more than 200 pallets of supplies, including more than 35 cases of bottled water, approximately 10,000 meals-ready-to-eat (MREs), baby food, baby diapers, mail for service members in Haiti and essential maintenance parts for U.S. ships providing the relief efforts in the area.


Satcom for Tsunami Relief Through IMO

IMO's efforts to assist in the wider United Nations campaign to bring relief and reconstruction to the regions devastated by the Indian Ocean tsunami received a major boost today (10 January 2005) when the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO) announced that, in co-operation with Inmarsat, it will make available up to 1000 digital land-mobile satellite communication terminals, free of charge, to the Secretary-General of IMO


Crowley Aid with Relief Efforts

Crowley Maritime Corporation's liner services group partnered with the American Red Cross last week to donate ocean transportation services for five container loads of disaster supplies to the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) of St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix. As three islands that have certainly seen their share of Atlantic hurricanes, they were earmarked by the Red Cross to receive disaster relief items ahead of any storms or other natural disasters that might come their way.


MOL Helps Typhoon Victims in Luzon

Photo courtesy Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. President Akimitsu Ashida announced a donation of $40,000 to relief efforts for the victims of Typhoon Ketsana that struck the Philippines at the end of September. The company expressed its heartfelt sympathy for the disaster victims, and said it hopes they can return to normal life as soon as possible. MOL is making the donation through Manila-based Magsaysay-Mitsui O.S.K. Marine, Inc., which provides recruitment and training of seafarers


USNS Comfort Completes Haiti Mission

Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

Hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) has completed its mission departed the Joint Task Force-Haiti area of operations. Over the course of seven weeks, the ship's U.S military and civilian medical personnel treated 871 patients, receiving at the height of the recovery effort one patient every six to nine minutes. But now, thanks to more field hospitals ashore and fewer patients in need of specialized care, the ship has not had patients on board for more than a week.


Tax Relief for Indian Seafarers

NUSI presents Cheque for the Relief of flood affected brothers and sisters in Jammu & Kashmir

  Indian seafarers serving on Indian flagged vessel are forced to pay income tax if their vessel touches two Indian ports during a voyage whereas Indians serving on foreign flag vessels were exempted from paying such a tax. This had cast a burden not only on the seafarers but Indian shipping companies which, as a result, have been seeing flight of good talent to foreign shipping companies. The National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) has been consistently persuing the matter with the


EU Annulls Sanctions on 40 Shipping Firms

The European Union's second highest court on Thursday annulled EU sanctions on an Iranian bank and 40 shipping companies hit with asset freezes as part of pressure on Tehran over its nuclear programme.   But they will remain under sanctions for now after the General Court gave the EU time


Iran to Hold Joint Naval Drill with Oman

Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari (Image: Iran Military)

The naval forces of Iran and Oman plan to hold a joint rescue and relief drill in the waters south of Iran in the coming months.  According to Press TV, Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said on Tuesday that the maritime drill is scheduled to be held in the east of the


Navy to Christen High Speed Vessel

USNS Trenton (JHSV 5)

The Navy will christen the future USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) Jan. 10 during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony in Mobile, Alabama.   Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. Virginia Kamsky, chair and chief executive of Kamsky Associates, Inc


BHP Billiton Donates to Sampson Flat Bushfire Relief Fund

  In response to the significant impact of the recent South Australian bushfires on local communities, BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities today donated A$250,000 to the State Emergency Relief Fund. The State Emergency Relief Fund has been established to provide assistance to those


160,000 Malaysians Displaced by Floods

Aerial view of flooded streets of the National Park in Kuala Tahan, Pahang

  The number of people evacuated due to Malaysia's worst-ever floods jumped to more than 160,000 on Saturday, as Prime Minister Najib Razak reached the worst-hit state after cutting short a vacation in the U.S. Najib arrived in Kelantan


EPA, USCG Extend Agreement with Royal Caribbean

Image: Royal Caribbean

New technologies allow industry to comply with emission standards, reduce costs   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) authorized formal exemptions by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines that allow for the enlargement of the cruise line’s research


US Ebola-aid Ships Return Home

MV Cape Rise (Photo: Military Sealift Command)

America is leading the global effort to end the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. And part of the Obama Administration's whole-of-government response has included some recent heavy lifting by two ships from the Maritime Administration's (MARAD) Ready Reserve Force


Australia & Fiji Close Ranks on Defense

Vice Chief of Australian Defence Force Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, (left)

The Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs returned from a visit to Fiji today, the first visit from a senior Australian military representative in some years. The visit was an important step towards re-establishing a substantive defence relationship between Australia and Fiji


Typhoon Rips Philippines, Mass Evacuation Underway

Typhoon Hagupit

A powerful typhoon roared into the eastern Philippines on Saturday, bringing lashing rain and strong winds that felled trees, ripped off tin roofs and toppled power lines in areas still bearing the scars of a super typhoon 13 months ago. About 1 million people had already fled to shelters by


HMAS Canberra Joins the Fleet

HMAS Canberra guard, led by Guard Comander, Lieutenant Adam Simeoni, march on at the commencement of the commissioning ceremony held in the new ship in Sydney.

  Governor General of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC (Retd), together with the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Mr Tony Abbott, MP, were the guests of honour today as Australia’s first Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) was welcomed into


W&O, LESER Partner to Deliver Safety Relief Valves

Image: LESER

W&O, a global supplier to the marine and upstream oil and gas markets for pipe, valves and fittings, valve automation and engineered solutions, has partnered with LESER in an exclusive distribution agreement to bring its safety relief valves to the United States maritime industry


Australia: Maritime SAR in Asia Pacific a Priority

Defense force personnel from Australia are in China for Exercise Cooperation Spirit 2014 which begins today. The exercise aims to enhance coordination and cooperation between Australia, China and New Zealand in responding to unforeseen disasters that occur in the Asia-Pacific


Sustainability Report: Carnival Ahead of Emissions Goal

Photo: Carnival

Carnival Corporation & plc released a report today detailing its sustainability efforts, including initiatives which enabled the company to meet its corporate goal to reduce its rate of CO2 emissions from shipboard operations by 20 percent, a year ahead of its initial plan


Moore Stephens to Make Representation on Tonnage Tax Changes

Sue Bill

International accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens is to make representation to Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs in connection with recently issued draft revised guidance in respect of the U.K. tonnage tax regime, some of which it considers to be unhelpful. 


Port of Long Beach Working to Relieve Congestion

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Port of Long Beach board OKs extra storage to relieve congestion; port moves to provide equipment to move cargo faster Acting to relieve cargo delivery delays, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Thursday approved the use of Port of Long Beach property as a temporary site for the






 
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