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This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History - April 1

1897- Federal Civil Service rules were applied to Life-Saving Service (under Executive Order May 6, 1896).   1916-The official birthday of Coast Guard aviation.  On this date LT Elmer F. Stone reported to Pensacola Naval Air Station for flight training.  He was the Coast Guard's first naval aviator.   1945- Invasion of Okinawa in the Ryukyu Islands commenced.  In all, seven Coast Guard-manned transports, 29 LSTs, the cutters Bibb and Woodbine, and 12 Coast Guard-manned LCI(L)s participated in the bloodiest invasion ever undertaken by the U.S.  Over 13,000 Americans were killed and another 36,000 were wounded during the conquest of this Japanese possession.   1946- A tsunami swept away the light station at Scotch Cap, Alaska, killing the station's entire five-man crew.  They were: BMC Anthony L. Petit, MoMM 2/c Leonard Pickering, F 1/c Jack Colvin, SN 1/c Dewey Dykstra, and SN 1/c Paul James Ness.   1967- On April 1, 1967, the Coast Guard ended its 177-year association in the Treasury Department to enter the newly-created Department of Transportation when President Lyndon Johnson signed Executive Order 167-81.  The Coast Guard was the largest agency in the new department.   1984-The CGC Gallatin made the largest maritime cocaine seizure to date when it boarded and seized the 33-foot sailboat Chinook and her crew of two.  A boarding team had discovered 1,800 pounds of cocaine stashed aboard the sailboat.

Hamburg Süd Christens New Containership

Together with customers and business partners, Hamburg Süd yesterday celebrated the christening of its containership Cap San Lorenzo at the Exolgan Terminal in Buenos Aires. The Cap San Lorenzo is the fourth containership in a series of six newbuilds for the company in the new Cap San class.  All ships in this class have a nominal slot capacity of 9,600 TEU and are some of the largest ships belonging to the shipowning group

Spill Recovery Equipment Caps to Increase

Effective April 5, the USCG will increase the requirements for on-water oil recovery capability for tank vessel and facility response plan holders by 25 percent. The so-called response capability "caps" address the volume of equipment a plan holder is required to ensure available by contract or other approved means. The caps ? meant to facilitate the cascading of response resources to a spill scene within the first 72 hours of an incident ? do not relieve a vessel owner of the statutory

Euroseas Ltd. Announces Acquisition of Containership

Athens, Greece - Euroseas Ltd., an owner and operator of dry bulk carriers, containerships and multipurpose vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for dry bulk and containerized cargoes, announced today that its joint venture, Euromar LLC ("Euromar"), signed a memorandum of agreement to purchase the M/V Cap Norte , a gearless containership of 41,850 dwt and 3,091 teu, built in 2007 in Poland. M/V Cap Norte comes with a three-year time charter at about $17

Hamburg Süd Christens “Cap San Antonio”

(l. to r.) Hervé Martel, Prof. Dr. Stephan Schüller, Dr. Arnt Vespermann, Veronika Schüller (Sponsor), Uwe Köhler, Edouard Philippe

On Friday, Hamburg Süd celebrated the christening of its container ship “Cap San Antonio” at the Cruise Terminal of Le Havre, France, with customers and business partners. The sponsor is Veronika Schüller, wife of Prof Dr Stephan Schüller, Chairman of the General Partners of Bankhaus Lampe KG. The “Cap San Antonio” is one of a series of six new ships of the “Cap San” class built for Hamburg Süd at the Korean yard Hyundai Heavy

Airborne Oil Spill Response System May Take Off

Oil Spill Containment System: Image credit Scout Exploration

An investment research report draws attention to Scout Exploration, Inc. developers of a unique airborne oil spill technology response system. The system is designed to contain offshore and shoreline oil spills, of which there are hundreds every year, ranging from tens of millions of gallons to millions of barrels of oil in size, causing up to tens of billions of dollars' worth of ecological and business damages. Through a recent transaction

Director Watson Leads Deepwater O&G Containment Exercise

Director Jim Watson

As part of the Obama administration’s ongoing efforts to strengthen the oil and gas industry’s ability to respond in the event of a deepwater blowout and ensure that offshore oil and gas production can continue to expand safely and responsibly, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Jim Watson launched an unannounced exercise to deploy critical pieces of state-of-the-art well control equipment to the ultra-deep seabed of the Gulf of Mexico.

BP to Burn Off Some Collected Oil

According to a June 10 report from Reuters, BPwill begin burning up to 10,000 barrels a day of oil from its Gulf of Mexico leak possibly as early as Monday, June 14, a company executive said. The British energy giant is collecting oil spewing from its blown-out seabed well through a containment cap and plans to test a second system to capture more oil over the weekend, Kent Wells, BP's senior vice president of exploration and production, said in a telephone briefing

Underwater PBCF Installation in South Korea

Photo: Hydrex

Last month Hydrex installed Propeller Boss Cap Fins (PBCF) on a 289-meter tanker during the vessel’s stop in Mokpo, South Korea. A Propeller Boss Cap Fins (PBCF) can recover energy loss of a propeller hub vortex in the propeller’s backward flow. This decreases fuel consumption by 5% when operating at the same speed, or boosts speed by 2% with the same fuel consumption. A clear explanation of the benefits of installing a PBCF can be found here.

Detroit Diesel Recognizes Top Suppliers of 2000

Detroit Diesel Corporation (DDC) announced its top suppliers for the year 2000 as measured by its supply chain management program, Continuous Customer Value Improvement (CCVI). DDC evaluates major suppliers quarterly regarding quality, delivery, cost and technical support, with the goal of waste elimination. The three providers named DDC 2000 CCVI Supplier of the Year were Motorola’s Automotive and Industrial Electronic Group (AIEG), Ferry Cap & Set Screw Company and Vibratech.

Singapore Offers Funding to Build LNG Vessels

Image: MPA

 Singapore Offers Funding to Build LNG Vessels   Port of Singapore offers S$12 million funding for building of LNG-fuelled vessels as Singapore advances LNG bunkering efforts to meet future demand   The Port of Singapore, regarded as a leading bunkering hub

World Carbon Debate Must Consider Great Lakes Shipping

CSL Groups Trillium Class vessel Thunder Bay, pictured here in Port Colborne, Ontario, regularly travels through the St. Lawrence Seaway to Great Lakes ports. (Photo: Thies Bognor; Supplied by CSL Group)

As the debate continues both at home and abroad on carbon offsetting measures, the Chamber of Marine Commerce is urging stakeholders and governments to consider the environmental advantages and the competitive challenges faced by the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence shipping industry.  

The Economic Cost of a Warming Arctic: $43 trillion

The village of Qannaaq, Greenland, in the Arctic, is built on permafrost. Photo Credit: Andy Mahoney/NSIDC

 Greenhouse gas emissions from thawing Arctic permafrost could result in an additional $43 trillion in economic impacts by the end of the twenty-second century, according to a new study by researchers from the University of Cambridge and the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)

Hamburg Süd Christens Cap San Vincent

Left to right: Sung-Geun Lee, DSME executive vice president, shipyard general manager; Fawad Neiro, sponsor Susanne Neiro, K+S Transport; and Dr. Arnt Vespermann, member of the Hamburg Süd executive board. (Photo: Hamburg Süd)

Hamburg Süd christened its new containership, Cap San Vincent, at a ceremony at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME) shipyard in Okpo, South Korea, Wednesday.   The final vessel in a series of three identical new builds

Diana Containerships Adds Post-Panamax Ship

Diana Containerships Inc. announced it has taken delivery of the 2008-built Post-Panamax container vessel m/v Rotterdam yesterday through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary.   Diana Containerships entered an agreement to purchase the 6,500 TEU capacity Rotterdam in July

Sale of Diana Containership Falls Through

Courtesy Diana Containerships

  Diana Containerships Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of containerships, today reported that the previously announced sale of the 2001-built Panamax container vessel “Cap Domingo” will not proceed

Sydney Harbor Imposes Sulphur Cap for Cruise Ships

Sydney Harbor

  From 1 October, a new regulatory amendment will come into effect which requires cruise ships calling to use low sulphur fuel (01% of less) while berthed in Sydney Harbor. A second stage of the amended regulation, which will require the use of low sulphur fuel (0

Imtech Germany to Be Sold in November

Photo: Imtech

The German unit of bankrupt Dutch engineering services company Imtech is expected to be sold in November, according to Imtech Germany's insolvency administrator.   "The aim is to sign the sales contract for the whole unit or major parts shortly after ordinary insolvency proceedings

China Passes New Pollution Law, Will Cap Coal Consumption

  Legislators have approved amendments to China's 15-year-old air pollution law that grant the state new powers to punish offenders and create a legal framework to cap coal consumption, the Asian giant's biggest source of smog. The draft amendments were passed by 154 votes to 4

Ferguson Launches New Offshore Bunded Tank

Photo: Ferguson Group

Ferguson Group, a supplier of offshore DNV 2.7-1 / EN12079 certified containers, mud skips, tanks, refrigeration/freezer modules, accommodation and workspace modules also certified to DNV 2.7-2, has introduced bunded tanks to its offshore fleet.  

Imtech Sheds More Businesse Units

Banks sell Imtech Traffic & Infra; sale of Imtech Germany launched. The administrators and creditors of collapsed Dutch engineering services firm Royal Imtech pressed on with the forced sale of its businesses to raise funds to settle its bills.

NOIA Praises US Approval for Shell Arctic Drilling

Randall Luthi (Photo: NOIA)

National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi today issued a statement offering his praise of Royal Dutch Shell’s revised Application to Drill in the Chukchi Sea.   The Interior Department granted Shell final approval to drill into the oil zone in the Chukchi

Protesters Face Fines for Dangling from Oregon Bridge

© Tim Aubry / Greenpeace

Five Greenpeace protesters who dangled from a Portland, Oregon, bridge for two days in a bid to block a Royal Dutch Shell ship headed to the Arctic to drill for oil are each facing $5,000 fines from the U.S. Coast Guard, authorities said on Thursday.  

Imtech Bankrupt, Parts Sold to Investors

Dutch engineering services company Royal Imtech has been declared bankrupt and its Marine and Nordic divisions are being sold to private investors, the company and its administrators said on Thursday.   Imtech, which employs 22,000 people in 35 countries and has annual sales of roughly 4

Shell Readies to Drill in Arctic, Seeks Modified Permit

MSV Fennica. Photo by Arctia Shipping

Shell has informed the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) that it is set to restart its controversial hunt for Arctic oil, three years after the company’s last ill-fated venture north, reports The Guardian.  

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