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Suez Marks a Milestone at the Atlantic LNG Facility

Suez LNG announced that its liquefied natural gas (LNG) ship, Suez Matthew, had the honor of loading the 1000th cargo of LNG from the Atlantic LNG facility in Trinidad. This event marked the ship's 174th loading at Atlantic LNG, representing a total of 17.4% of all LNG loadings there and the most of any single vessel calling on this critical LNG export facility. The SUEZ MATTHEW also loaded the very first cargo at Atlantic LNG more than seven years ago in April 1999. Suez Matthew has become a critical means by which the New England region receives its natural gas. The ship, one of several in the SUEZ fleet, makes regular deliveries directly from Trinidad to SUEZ LNG NA's import facility in Everett, Massachusetts. The Everett Terminal, which is the first LNG import facility ever built in the United States, currently serves approximately 20 percent of the region's natural gas demand for home heating, industrial use, and electricity production. Thus far in 2006, the Everett Terminal has received more LNG shipments than any other U.S. LNG import terminal, and this particular cargo on Suez Matthew, which arrived in Everett on October 18, 2006, is the 734th cargo delivered to the terminal since its start-up in 1971.


Navy Christens, Launches New Oceanographic Survey Ship

Photo: U.S. Navy

Accompanied by azure blue skies and a stiff breeze, the Navy christened and launched its newest oceanographic survey ship, USNS Maury (T-AGS 66), the last of its class at VT Halter Marine’s shipyard in Moss Point, Miss., in a traditional Navy ceremony on March 27.   The 350-foot ship is named for Cmdr. Matthew F. Maury, considered to be the father of oceanography, nicknamed the “Pathfinder of the Seas” and the first superintendent of the U.S. Naval Observatory


This Day in Naval History – March 31

1854 - Commodore Matthew Perry negotiates Treaty of Kanagawa to open trade between U.S. and Japan 1971 - Poseidon (C-3) missile becomes operational when USS James Madison began her 3rd patrol carrying 16 tactical Poseidon missiles. 1992 - USS Missouri (BB-63), the last active American battleship is decommissioned.   (Source: U.S. Navy News Service)


This Day in U.S. Naval History – December 17

1846 - Ships under Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry capture Laguna de Terminos during Mexican War. 1941 - Admiral Chester W. Nimitz named Commander in Chief, US Pacific Fleet, to relieve Admiral Husband Kimmel. Admiral William Pye becomes acting commander until Nimitz's arrival. (Source: Navy News Service)


CVN 76: Picture of the Day

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 Aviation Boatswain's Mates (Handling) Airmen, Brianna Luttrell, from Bonanza, Ore., and Matthew Page, from Boston, view the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) from the ground level of its dry dock. Ronald Reagan is in Bremerton, Wash., for a regularly scheduled docked-planned incremental availability maintenance period. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shawn J. Stewart/Released)


Coast Guard Increases Presence in Preparation in and around NYC/NJ

U.S. Coast Guard Marine Science Technician 3rd Class Christopher Estelle, 24, observes passengers as they embark aboard a Circle Line ferry at Ellis Island. The Coast Guard has increased its local law enforcement patrols, including the presence of armed tactical operations boarding teams aboard ferries and other commercial vessels operating in and around the Port of New York and New Jersey, in response to the heightened terror warnings and to prepare for the upcoming Republican National


This Day in Naval History - Feb. 13

1854 - Adm. Matthew Calbraith Perry anchors off Yokosuka, Japan, to receive the Japanese Emperor’s reply to a treaty proposal. 1913 - Naval Radio Station, Arlington, Va., begins operations. 1945 - Naval units enter Manila Bay for the first time since 1942. 1968 - Operation Coronado XI begins in Mekong Delta, South Vietnam. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at www.history.navy.mil.


LPG Tanker Repaired, Modernized and Converted

The 977-ft. LPG tanker Matthew was docked on August 17 into dry dock Elbe 17 of Blohm + Voss Repair GmbH to be repaired, modernized and converted in 33 days. The ship will be berthed at the quay for another 12 days so that tests can be carried out and the equipment set to work in cooperation with the crew, which stayed on board during the docking period. The Matthew, a large order for the traditional Hamburg shipyard, has hundreds of people working around the clock


Turkey Ferry Auction Attracts Multiple Bids

Private equity firm KKR & Co LP has attracted binding bids from Danish shipping company DFDS A/S and an alliance of PE players Esas Holding AS and Actera Partners LP for its Turkish ferry unit, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing sources. U.N. Ro-Ro Isletmeleri AS, KKR's sole investment in Turkey, has also received interest from local infrastructure investor Global Yatirim Holding AS, though the company had not submitted a bid


Hearing to Examine Status of US Merchant Marine

The U.S. Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, chaired by U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), will hold a hearing next week to examine issues impacting the U.S. merchant marine, the fleet of U.S. documented, or flagged, commercial vessels which carries imports and exports during peacetime and becomes a naval auxiliary to deliver troops and war materiel during wartime. This hearing, entitled “The Status of the Merchant Marine,” is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m


This Day In Naval History: August 16

Seadragon (SSN-584) is launched on August 16, 1958 (USN photo)

1822 - USS Grampus investigates and pursues a brig flying Spanish colors. When called upon to surrender, the privateer brig Palmyra from Puerto Rico fires cannon and musket fire. USS Grampus fires back on Palmyras broadsides reducing Palmyras rigging to a complete wreck


Master Marine Delivers Z-drive Towboat to Marquette

St. Matthew (Photo: Master Marine)

In July, Marquette Transportation Co. took delivery of a new 2,000-hp Z-drive towboat from Master Marine, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Ala.   The 78'x 34’x11' St. Matthew was designed by Entech Designs, La. for Marquette’s river division, based in Paducah, Ky.  


Ince to Advise Danaos on HMM Restructuring

Photo: Danaos Corporation

 Ince & Co’s London and Piraeus corporate, finance and shipping teams have advised long-standing client Danaos Corporation on Korean container line Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. (HMM), Ltd.’s US$2.1 billion restructuring.  


Ghana cuts GDP Forecast

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Ghana has cut its 2016 economic growth forecast sharply to 4.1 percent from 5.4 percent due to lower export prices and irregular oil production, Finance Minister Seth Terkper told Reuters on Monday.   Oil output was halted between March and May at the offshore Jubilee field due to a


This Day In Naval History: July 14

1813 - During the War of 1812, Lt. John M. Gamble becomes the first Marine to command a ship in battle, USS Greenwich, when she captures British whaling ship Seringapatam.    1853 - Commodore Matthew C. Perry lands and holds the first meeting with the Japanese at Uraga


US Coast Guard Shipyard Under New Command

Captain Matthew Lake (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

U.S. Coast Guard Captain Matthew Lake assumed command of the U.S. Coast Guard Yard on July 1, 2016. He is the 42nd Commanding Officer in the 117-year history of the yard, the only shipbuilding and major ship repair facility of the U.S. Coast Guard.  


Oil Volatility Index Jumps as US Crude Plunges

Oil price volatility jumped to its highest level in more than four months on Thursday as U.S. crude plunged 5 percent, after data from the U.S. government showed inventories fell less than expected, disappointing market bulls worried about a glut of crude supply.  


Greek Ship Owner, Operator Prosecuted in Pollution Case

Pictured is the 735-foot bulk carrier Gallia Graeca while anchored near Lighthouse Park in Vancouver, Canada, Jan. 13, 2016. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

The companies that own and operate a Greek shipping vessel and two engineers from the ship were convicted today in U.S. District Court in Seattle of 12 felony counts related to their dumping of oily waste at sea, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes. 


This Day In Naval History: June 14

1777 - John Paul Jones takes command of the Continental Navy sloop USS Ranger. While commanding Ranger, the ship receives the first official salute to the Stars and Stripes flag by the French fleet at Quiberon Bay.   1777 - The Continental Congress adopts the design of present U.S


US Navy's New Oceanographic Vessel Sets Sail

Ed Gent, Naval Oceanographic Office engineer, greets Rear Adm. Timothy Gallaudet, commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command and Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy, as Gallaudet boards USNS Maury (Photo: U.S. Navy)

The U.S. Navy's newest oceanographic survey vessel, USNS Maury (T-AGS 66), recently completed its maiden voyage from Pascagoula, Miss., where it was constructed at VT Halter Marine, to Port Everglades near Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.   In Maury's first days at sea


SCA Applauds Funding for New US Ships

The Senate Appropriations Committee this week acknowledged calls for increasing the Navy’s ship count, funding the construction of 10 new ships, as well as providing the U.S. Coast Guard funding for the acquisition of six total new ships.  


This Day In Naval History: May 13

USS Enterprise (CVAN 65) (bottom), USS Long Beach (CGN 9) (center) and USS Bainbridge (DLGN 25) (top) in 1964 (U.S. Navy photo)

1846 - Congress declares war against Mexico. Commodore David Conner is responsible for the landing of the Army at Vera Cruz. In April 1847, Commodore Matthew C. Perry relieves Conner. On Feb. 2, 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is signed ending hostilities.  


SUNY Maritime Midshipmen Receive Naval Commissions

Photo: SUNY Maritime College

Last week, 24 midshipmen received commissions to become ensigns in the U.S. Navy at SUNY Maritime College.   More than half of the students were selected for duty as strategic sealift officers, who provide logistical and other forms of support in times of military deployment


Helikon Expands Use of GNS Voyager

Maritime services group Global Navigation Solutions (GNS) announced that London-based bulk carrier operator Helikon Shipping Enterprises has expanded its use of its VOYAGER software solution across its fleet to take advantage of VOYAGER’s advanced route planning and optimization tools.


Pirates Switch to Kidnapping Crew as Oil Fetches Less

Pirate gangs in West Africa are switching to kidnapping sailors and demanding ransom rather than stealing oil cargoes as low oil prices have made crude harder to sell and less profitable, shipping officials said on Tuesday.   Attacks in the Gulf of Guinea - a significant source of oil






 
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