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NSRP/SNAME To Sponsor Workshops

NSRP/SNAME Ship Production Panels are co-sponsoring a free workshop and presentations on Shipbuilding Accuracy Control to be held Aug. 21-23 at the Washington Athletic Club in downtown Seattle. Speakers from the NSRP Accuracy Control Implementation Manual project will lead the workshop and speakers from Boeing and Kenworth will join others from the shipbuilding industry to present information related to accuracy control. In addition, plant tours of Boeing and Genie Industries are planned to give participants insight into production practices at Boeing and lean implementations at Genie. Hotel and agenda information are posted on the Shipyard Production Process Technologies Panel and Systems Technologies Panel pages at www.USAshipbuilding.com. The Advanced Fabrication Technology Workhops The NSRP/SNAME Ship Production Welding Panel is sponsoring workshops on Advanced Fabrication Technology to be held Aug. 21-22 at the Caterpillar Technical Center near Peoria, Ill. Agenda and hotel information are posted on the Welding Panel pages at www.USAshipbuilding.com.


ClassNK Releases 2013 Steel Ship Rules

ClassNK released the 2013 edition of the Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships. ClassNK continuously reviews, updates and amends its technical rules and guidance as part of its ongoing efforts to improve the safety of life and property at sea, and to protect the marine environment. This year’s edition of the rules and guidance contains a number of amendments made in 2012, reflecting its latest research outcomes


EPA: NPDES VGP program

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice announcing the Vessel General Permit (VGP) program as part of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA). A federal court previously ruled that the long-standing exemption from the NPDES permitting requirement was invalid and directed that the exemption be vacated as of December 19, 2008.  The VGP program has been developed in response to that ruling


St. Francisville/New Roads Ferry Resumes Ops

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced on May 8 that the St. Francisville/New Roads ferry service has resumed operations with a 35-car vessel.  The ferry service had previously been running with a 17-car vessel until crews completed repairs to the fuel tank of the main St. Francisville/New Roads ferry, and the U.S. Coast Guard approved the ferry to return to service. The ferry will maintain its normal hours of operation from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m


GMDSS Task Force Meeting - 28 September 2011

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The U.S. Coast Guard's GMDSS Task Force will meet Wednesday, 28 September 2011, 9:00 am at the Sanibel Harbor Resort; Fort Myers, Florida, in connection with National Marine Electronics Association Annual Conference. The agenda for that meeting can be downloaded at: http://rtcm.info/Tfag-69.doc Information on the NMEA conference can be found here: http://www.nmea.org/content/2011_NMEA_Conference/2011_NMEA_Conference.asp Contacts: Captain Jack Fuechsel / 703-527-0484 / gmdss@comcast.net


Powerboat Guide Introduces Free Online Access

New service allows users free access to details of over 1,200 trawlers, cruisers & fishing boats  27' to 80' in length American Marine Publishing has announced  that it is making the 2012 PowerBoat Guide freely available online. Aimed at building product recognition among new users, visitors are invited to browse the PowerBoat Guide’s vast collection of boating information without setting up a user account or disclosing an email address.


LR Debuts Container Ship Focus

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has published the first issue of Container Ship Focus magazine. The publication contains 12 pages of information and news relevant to the container ship sector. The magazine will be distributed at the Boxship 2005 conference on September 20-21, 2005 in Hamburg, Germany and will also be available later in the year in a German-language edition.


Ashland Drew Marine Releases New Catalog

Ashland Specialty Chemical Company's Drew Marine announced the release of the 6th edition of its Welding and Refrigeration Products catalog. The 41-page illustrated English-language catalog contains nearly 600 specialty products. Products comprise gas and arc welding and cutting equipment, including new AMERARCTM MSTW and GTSW arc welding machines, brazing consumables, and plasma cutting. The catalog also features innovative developments in Central Gas Installation Systems,


Report: The State of U.S. Port State Control

(Photo: U.S. Coast Guard. CLICK PICTURE to go to the 27-page Report) The U.S. Coast Guard released its report on Port State Control in the United States. In addition to its usual analysis of boardings of foreign vessels calling in U.S. ports, this year’s report introduces the application of marine security principles into the port state control regime. Owners, operators, flag administrations, and recognized security organizations should take heed. (HK Law)


This Day in Naval History - 31 January

From the Navy News Service:   1944 - A U.S. amphibious landing takes place on Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. 1961 - Lt. Cmdr. Samuel Lee Gravely Jr. becomes the first African-American to command a combat ship, USS Falgout (DER 324). 1981 - The era of enlisted naval aviators ends when the last pilot retires.   For more news from the Naval Historical Center, visit their Navy Newsstand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/navhist.


NSRP to Launch Shipbuilding Research Project

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On April 3, 2014, The National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) issued a pre-solicitation notice in anticipation of Research Announcement 13-01 being issued in June 2014. This Research Announcement will be soliciting summary proposals that respond to priorities in the program’s Strategic


Editor's Note

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Even if, as Marcon International’s Bob Beagle says, barges are the workhorses of the towing industry, then the pushboats that propel the 38,000 (documented and undocumented) deck, hopper, tank, crane and miscellaneous purpose barges to their destinations are the heart and soul of the most


Miami Shipping Alliance Opposes Beckham's Soccer Arena Plan

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An alliance of shipping interests and a billionaire car dealer launched a newspaper ad on Monday protesting retired English soccer star David Beckham's plans for a soccer arena at the port of Miami, saying it threatens the city's plans to capitalize on the expansion of the Panama Canal.


Terex Corporation Announces Q1 2014 Financial Results

  Terex Corporation (NYSE:TEX) will release its first quarter 2014 financial results on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 after market close. The Company will host a one-hour conference call to review the financial results on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. EDT. Ronald M


Hornbeck Offshore Net Income Doubled in Q4 2013

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Covington, LA. headquartered Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. has announced its financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013 with a year-on-year almost quarterly doubling of net income. Highlights of the report are as follows:


SNAME Report Covers SOx Emissions Reduction

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) has published a new technical report that provides recommendations on technologies, practices and fuels that control and reduce sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions. Limitations on SOx are currently in place with more stringent regulations


Mexico Sells 1M Barrels of Light Crude to Japan

(Reuters) - Mexico's state-run oil giant Pemex said on Tuesday it is selling crude to Japan for the first time in 11 years, opening another Asian market as an export destination as the company seeks to diversify away from the United States.


From the Editor's Desk

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As appears in the February edition of Marine News Now clear of the holidays and into an already exciting 2014 on the waterfront, we find ourselves plowing ahead with the proverbial bone in our teeth. That’s because, beyond my questionable nautical metaphor


Wire Rope Integrity Regulatory Update

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Current state-of-the-art wire ropes, updated regulation references, and flow diagrams to assist with the wire rope integrity management process have been included in the revised ‘Guidance on Wire Rope Integrity Management for Vessels in the Offshore Industry’ just published by the


Coast Guard Foundation to Tribute USCG Spouses

The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that its 21st Annual Tribute to the United States Coast Guard Eighth District will take place on Friday, March 14, 2014 in New Orleans


Insider Novel Sheds New Light on Oil Spills

The Golden Tide, by John Guy

A new novel, The Golden Tide, written by global shipping industry insider John Guy, is now available on Amazon as a paperback and ebook for Kindle. The fast-moving book is easy to read and puts a well-informed and human context on what happens when a coastal community confronts an oil spill.


Manage Crew from the Cloud

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With cloud computing technology having an increasing impact on daily life, its no surprise that more and more companies are turning to the cloud and the superyacht industry is no different. i-Bos Ltd, a crew management software provider is one of the first companies to launch their software to


USCG ... Past, Present & Future

Greg Trauthwein

Ebeneezer Scrooge would be proud. This is our annual United States Coast Guard edition, and it could best be dubbed the “Christmas Carol” edition as we examine USCG Past, USCG Present and USCG Future. First looking back (but not too far back)


Decom North Sea to Host “Lunch and Learn”

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Decom North Sea (DNS), the offshore oil and gas decommissioning forum, is hosting a “lunch and learn” event to give supply chain companies the opportunity to present their offshore decommissioning capabilities and encourage knowledge share among members


'Seaman Guard Ohio' Personnel: Latest Update

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According to the the Mission to Seafarers, families of anti-piracy vessel 'MV Seaman Guard Ohio' personnel  being held in India have said that the British lawyers representing the men were dismissed ahead of the upcoming bail hearing. Family members have also launched an appeal for financial


 
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