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USS Samuel B. Roberts Makes Port Call to Martinique

Sailors from USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) "Sammy B" and embarked helicopter detachment, Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 48, arrived in the Port de France Martinique on April 3, for the first port visit of the ship’s Partnership of the Americas (POA) 2007 deployment to South America. Arriving with the Samuel B. Roberts will be the Chilean Navy Frigate Almirante Latorre (FFG 14). Latorre will be working side by side with the “Sammy B” throughout this deployment. In addition to donating a variety of supplies provided through Project Handclasp, many Sailors will have the opportunity to interact with local communities through community relations projects such as minor repairs to schools, hospitals and orphanages. Many Sailors are excited for this first port visit to Martinique as Samuel B. Roberts begins her deployment. “After conducting extensive multinational exercises at sea with our new shipmates on CS Latorre, we are eager to visit Martinique for some well deserved liberty," said Cmdr. Marc Weeks, commanding officer of the Samuel B. Roberts. "This will be Sammy B’s first port visit to a French port in several years and we look forward to seeing this beautiful island, engaging with the French armed forces, and showing POA 2007 ships to the citizens of Martinique.” During POA 2007, the ships will conduct a wide variety of exercises as well as fulfill a myriad of missions including: maritime interoperability


Roberts: NY Tug Races Back on, Probably

Capt. Jerry Roberts (L) presides over the tattoo competition during the 2003 tug races. Tattoo must be on a part of the anatomy "that can be shown in public." (Don Sutherland.). Capt. Jerry Roberts, master architect of the Intrepid Tug Challenge of the past thirteen years, has announced plans to bring the Labor Day event to the National Lighthouse Museium at St. George, Staten Island, where he recently signed-on as executive director


Shipping Income Tax Reform

Shipping income tax reform may be one of the key legislative initiatives in the U.S. Congress this year according to Michael G. Roberts, who holds down the Washington D.C. office of Crowley Maritime Corporation. Roberts noted it has been almost three years since the Maritime Security Act (MSP) was passed, giving 47 U.S.-flagged ships a new lease on life through a non-permanent operating subsidy program. Now, he says, something must be done about the threatened extinction of American shipping


Shipping Income Tax Reform

Shipping income tax reform may be one of the key legislative initiatives in the U.S. Congress this year according to Michael G. Roberts, who holds down the Washington D.C. office of Crowley Maritime Corporation. Roberts noted it has been almost three years since the Maritime Security Act (MSP) was passed, giving 47 U.S.-flagged ships a new lease on life through a non-permanent operating subsidy program. Now, he says, something must be done about the threatened extinction of American shipping


Roberts Re-Elected NSRP Panel Vice Chair

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Patrick Roberts, Director of Operations for ShipConstructor USA, has been re-elected Vice Chairman of the Business Process Technologies Panel for the United States National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP). The upcoming year will be Roberts’ second year in the role of Vice Chairman. The NSRP Business Process Technologies Panel advises the NSRP Executive Control Board on research projects involving technology to improve procedures and practices within the shipbuilding industry


SSI Speaks in Washington about LCS Program Cuts

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SSI USA Director of Operations Patrick Roberts recently had meetings with U.S. senators, congressmen and navy brass to discuss the upcoming Pentagon Department of Defense Budget as it relates to the U.S. Navy shipbuilding programs. It was noted that Roberts' position is somewhat unique in that as an industrial engineer representing SSI, he was able to bring a neutral, yet broad and objective perspective to analyzing this subject


FEATURE: Fighting Fire with Fire

By PA3 Amy Thomas In 1904 a boiler onboard the steamship vessel General Slocum exploded, killing 1,000 people in the ensuing blaze. Even though the conditions that existed on the General Slocum would no longer be a factor on modern ships, safety at sea is still a relevant concern today. This summer, cruise ships, whale watching cruises, passenger ferries, dinner cruises and chartered fishing vessels will transit Cape Cod waterways with millions of visitors


Dockwise Sees Demand for Yacht Transport in South Pacific

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“The Australian yacht market is very buoyant at present due to the strong Australian dollar,” said Roberts.  “Being market leaders, DYT and Aurora are working hard to service the South Pacific market for yacht transportation in relation to this large influx of yacht movements.”  Super Servant 3, at 456 feet (139 meters) in length and operating on a regular schedule to deliver yachts around the world


Howell Labs Appoints Roberts

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Howell Laboratories, Inc. announces the appointment of David T. Roberts as Director of Commercial Engineering, Marine Products. Roberts joins Howell from Bath Iron Works, where he was responsible for hull outfit systems for the Zumwalt destroyers.  He had previously been a Senior Project Engineer for Fiber Materials, Inc. and Lanco Assembly Systems. He has over twenty-five years of experience in manufacturing, design and automation. Roberts is a graduate of the University of Maine with a B


Meridian Recovers Body of Canadian First Nations Elder

Meridian Ocean Services said it recovered the body of Canadian First Nations Elder Solomon Roberts from the icy waters of Otter Lake in northern Saskatchewan. After searching more than 450 acres underwater, Meridian, a provider of subsea inspection and support services using remote and autonomous underwater vehicles, helped return Elder Roberts, of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, to his family. In November, 66-year-old Elder Roberts, from the town of Grandmother’s Bay


Aquatic Enhances Offshore Personnel Training

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Aquatic Engineering & Construction Ltd., an Acteon company, has worked with specialist health and safety training provider Survivex, to create a bespoke course for its offshore teams who work at height using harnesses. Aquatic’s modular reel drive systems can stand up to 7m high when


Justices Question Obama Climate Change Regulations

By Lawrence Hurley, Reuters The U.S. Supreme Court appeared closely divided on Monday as it weighed whether the administration of President Barack Obama exceeded its authority when crafting the nation's first greenhouse gas emissions regulations.


IMTRA Supplies Hydraulic Thrusters for US Navy

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IMTRA, a manufacturer and importer of quality marine products, announced today its Side-Power SH1000 thruster system has been installed on the fourth hull of the 114-foot U.S. Navy Range Training Support Craft (RTSC-110). Selected to replace another supplier used on the previous three builds


Today in U.S. Naval History: April 14

The damaged hull of USS Samuel B. Roberts (U.S. Navy photo)

Today in U.S. Naval History - April 14 1898 - Commissioning of first Post Civil War hospital ship, USS Solace 1969 - North Korean aircraft shoots down Navy EC-121 reconnaissance aircraft from VQ-1 over the Sea of Japan 1988 - USS Samuel B. Roberts struck Iranian mine off Qatar


WRDA to the Wise

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May 15, 2013 was a very good day for the nation’s barge and towing operators, as well as shippers of grain, coal, chemicals, petroleum products, aggregate materials, and agri-input products. It was also a good day for our nation’s economy and for its consumers


Port of Houston Tonnage and Revenue Up

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Tonnage is up this year at the Port of Houston Authority, with container tonnage through May up by 9%, Executive Director Len Waterworth reported at Tuesday's meeting of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority. Waterworth also reported that May operating revenue was at an all-time


Cammell Laird Begins ‘Second Chapter’ of RFA Cluster Contract

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Merseyside shipyard and engineering firm Cammell Laird has formally started the second five year cycle of its biggest single contract. Work began in June 2013 on the second period of Cammell Laird’s through-life support cluster contract to maintain nine of the 13 ships in the Royal Fleet


Two New Ferries Named in Liverpool

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Liverpool, U.K. city region based shipyard and engineering firm Cammell Laird has hosted a formal naming ceremony for the first complete ships constructed by the company in 20 years for Scottish ferry operator Western Ferries. The ceremony marked the completion of a multi-million pound


Liverpool Shipyard Back in Action

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Big name UK shipbuilder Cammell Laird, of Birkenhead, Liverpool was proud to announce the naming of the first complete ships to be built there for 20 years. The ceremony marked the completion of a multi-million pound contract which has seen Cammell Laird build two new car ferries for Western


Glacier Energy Services Acquires Ross Offshore

(l-r) Glacier Energy Services chairman, Scott Martin; Ross Offshore director Toby Ross; Glacier: Offshore MD Mark Derry; engineering technician Craig Marr.

International oilfield specialist Glacier Energy Services confirmed the acquisition of Aberdeen-based Ross Offshore in a multi-million pound deal, further extending its onsite specialist technical support offering to the energy industry. The purchase sees Glacier Energy Services establish an


Canadian Govt. Invests in Vancouver Marine Container Facilities

Photo: Port Metro Vancouver

The Honorable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, along with the Honorable Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Minister of National Revenue, on behalf of the Honorable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, today announced infrastructure investments that will strengthen the border


DigiGone Approved for Thuraya Satellite Network

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DigiGone announced that its video communications system and software platform has been approved for use with Thuraya’s IP terminals. A mobile satellite services operator, Thuraya is actively rolling out the DigiGone satellite communications solution across their distribution channels in all


Digital Generation to Enhance O&G Production, Safety

BP poll shows delegates at SPE Intelligent Energy International 2013 believe the digital generation will enable emerging technologies to optimize production and enhance safety management. Oil and gas industry professionals believe that the digital generation will enable emerging technologies to


Delta Rigging Makes Start on New Houston Facility

Ground breaking ceremony: Photo credit Delta

Delta Rigging & Tools recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction on a 27,000-square-foot multipurpose building located on 3.7 acres of land in Pasadena, Texas. Representatives from Capital Commercial Investments, Tomorrow Planning


OIMO Adds Woodruff to Executive Team

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Offshore Inland Marine & Oilfield Services, Inc. (OIMO), a company in Topside and Riding Crew repair services, announced the appointment of a new executive to the company’s leadership team – Keal Woodruff, Vice President of Projects.


 
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