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Wrecks of the World II: Evaluating and Addressing Potential Underwater Threats


Conference, June 6-7, 2011 International Wreck and Removal Sector Speakers to Converge at WOW Conference Next Week   Delegates and speakers from around the globe will converge on the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) in the Washington, DC area Linthicum Heights, MD) US to participate in the second Wrecks of the World conference being held June 6-7, 2011. The American Salvage Association (ASA) and the North American Marine Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA) are co-sponsors of the conference, “Wrecks of the World: Evaluating and Addressing Potential Underwater Threats” (WOW) II.”    This is a unique opportunity to meet with global experts to explore potentially polluting wrecks and recent incidents around the world.  These wrecks have caused government agencies and responsible parties to look proactively at preventing catastrophic oil and other chemical releases from these long-submerged shipwrecks that may contain as much as 20 million tons of oil and other hazardous materials. Sporadic or continuous leakages or potential sudden massive spillages from these wrecks pose a continual risk across the globe.   Speakers addressing Costs and Impacts of Polluting Wrecks will include Dr. Dagmar Schmidt Etkin, ERC; Dr. Jacqueline Michel, Research Planning, Inc.; Marty Pagliughi, Mayor of Avalon, New Jersey; and George Wittich, American Marine Corporation.   

Parker Terminates Deal

Parker Drilling Company and Superior Energy Services, Inc., have jointly agreed to terminate their merger agreement, in which Parker was to acquire Superior in an exchange of stock. In connection with the termination, Superior will make a cash payment to Parker in settlement of certain obligations under the merger agreement. Superior, in Harvey, La., provides oilfield tool rentals, well plug and abandonment services

NSRP Elects New Chair and Vice Chairman

The Environmental Technology Panel of the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) has elected Jennifer Parker, from Bath Iron Works, as chairman and Frank (“Hogie”) Thorn, from Newport News Shipbuilding, to the position of vice-chairman. Parker replaces Mike Chee, of National Steel & Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), who held the panel’s chairman position for the pervious ten years. Thorn replaces Parker as the panel’s vice chairman.

ACL Names VP of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications

American Commercial Lines Inc. announced that it has appointed David T. Parker to the position of Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications. Parker is responsible for facilitating ACL’s communications with the investment community and for public relations. He also serves as the Company’s primary media contact. Parker served as Senior Counsel and Lead Practitioner for Corporate Affairs, High Technology and Investor Relations for Peyron & Associates

Mercy Ships Surgeon Gets AAOMS Award

Award presentation: Photo courtesy of AAOMS

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMA) 2013 Humanitarian Award has been presented to Dr. Gary Parker of Mercy Ships in recognition of his lifelong efforts. Gary R. Parker, DDS, received the AAOMS Humanitarian Award for Fellows and Members recently during the opening ceremony of the 95th Annual Meeting, Scientific Sessions and Exhibition of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) in Orlando, Florida.

Parker Hannifin Launches Rapid Service Unit

Same day turnaround possible on custom products or critical pieces via Parker’s custom manufacturing operation Motion and control technologies company Parker Hannifin announced the introduction of its new rapid service unit as a part of the existing custom manufacturing operation. According to the company, the rapid service unit can turn certain orders for critical fittings, hose-tube combinations and other custom pieces in the same day they are received.

Parker Drilling Report on Barge Rig Fleet

Parker Drilling Company (NYSE: PKD) has posted a report on the company's Gulf of Mexico barge rig fleet updating rig status and contract information as of February, 2009. The company expects to update this report monthly. The report is intended to provide analysts and investors with information about activity in Parker's U.S. Barge Drilling segment. The report "Gulf of Mexico Barge Rig Fleet" is available through the company's Web site at

Kvichak Marine Appoints Kolb to Sales

Photo courtesy Kvichak Marine

Kvichak Marine Industries in Seattle Washington announces the appointment of Tim Kolb to their sales team.  Kolb has been with Kvichak for five years as a project manager.  His most recent projects included three 72-ft pilot boats for the Dutch Pilotage Organization in the Netherlands and the Bridge Erection Boat prototypes currently undergoing testing by the US Army, Tank-Automotive & Armaments Command.  Tim brings to us 10 years of experience in the aluminum boat building

Spill Control Association Names New Directors

From left to right: John Allen, SCAA Executive Director; Mike Gallagher, Harry Bedrossian, Devon Grennan and Andrew Altendorf, SCAA President (Photo: SCAA).

The Spill Control Association of America (SCAA), a professional association representing oil spill removal organizations (OSRO), spill managers, qualified individuals, consultants, equipment and material manufacturers, distributors, insurers, and educational and governmental organizations, announced the appointment of three new SCAA Directors and the renewal of a fourth Director for another two-year term.  The appointments were announced at the Annual Meeting on March 8 in Alexandria

Oil Test Detects Cold Corrosion

Cold Corrosion Test Kit.jpg

Parker Kittiwake, the global provider of asset control and protection technology, has announced a breakthrough in onboard cold corrosion testing with their new portable test kit. In less than five minutes per test, Parker Kittiwake’s Cold Corrosion Test Kit monitors specific levels of corroded iron in used cylinder oil. As growing numbers of ship owners and operators favor new generation engines to reduce fuel costs and meet environmental requirements

Norway's Statoil to Exit Alaska

Photo: Statoil

Norwegian oil major Statoil said on Tuesday it will pull out of Alaska as its exploration leases in the Chukchi Sea no longer looked competitive.   "Since 2008 we have worked to progress our options in Alaska. Solid work has been carried out

Update: Statoil Follows Shell out of Alaska

Norwegian oil major Statoil said on Tuesday it will pull out of Alaska's Chukchi Sea, just weeks after Royal Dutch Shell abandoned the treacherous waters there after spending billions on oil exploration work.   The latest pullback comes as oil companies slash spending on expensive offshore

U.S. loses WTO Appeal in Mexican Tuna Dispute

Courtesy WTO

  The World Trade Organization's Appellate Body ruled against the United States on Friday in a dispute with Mexico over tuna labelling, upholding an earlier ruling issued in April that found U.S. rules discriminated against Mexico. "The Appellate Body concludes that the United States

Parker Bestobell Marine Launches Compact Valve

Parker Bestobell Marine has launched a new compact version of its Float Isolation Valve (FLIV). The compact FLIV, which is 150mm in diameter and 600mm high, was developed to cater for the use of smaller diameter floats that are now being specified by shipyards for secondary level monitoring

King’s Lynn, Ipswich Ports Record Grain Exports

The Alexandra Silo Complex at the Port of King’s Lynn

  ABP’s ports of King’s Lynn and Ipswich have handled record levels of grain exports.   Following extensive levels of investment in facilities, both ports enjoyed the highest number of exports in the month of August.  

Mobile Tech Helps Streamline European Passenger Port

Image: BLIP Systems

The Port of Dover is turning to a raft of futuristic traffic sensors to keep billions of pounds of trade and millions of passengers on the move.   Equipment known as BlipTrack, developed by Denmark-based BLIP Systems, is helping controllers at Europe’s busiest ferry port to reduce

Wah Kwong Adopts ShipManager

The signing ceremony. (DNV GL)

Wah Kwong Ship Management (HK) Limited will adopt DNV GL's ShipManager integrated fleet management software suite to further improve operational efficiency, data transparency and safety reporting.   Wah Kwong is a provider of maritime transport in the bulk carrier, tanker and LPG segments

Atlantis Chief Joins Ocean Energy

Tim Cornelius. Pic by Atlantis Resources Limited

 Tim Cornelius, CEO of global tidal developer Atlantis Resources has taken a seat on the Board of Directors of Ocean Energy Europe – the industry group for ocean renewable energy – by becoming a Lead Sponsor of the organisation.   

Palau Ship Registry Eyes Asia Expansion

Jai Acharya (Photo: PISR)

With the opening of three new offices in Asia, The Palau International Ship Registry (PISR) said it is pushing ahead with a growth strategy intended to place the Palau flag among the region’s foremost ship registers.  The newly opened offices in Qingdao and Dalian, China, and Tainan

New Test Kit Detects Cat Fines Onboard

Image: Parker Kittiwake

Test kit detects catalytic fines to help prevent irreparable damage to fuel pumps, injectors, piston rings and liners   A new Cat Fines Test Kit has been launched by asset control and protection technology provider Parker Kittiwake. The onboard test identifies the presence of abrasive

Darley Named LR Americas Regional Marine Manager

(Photo: Lloyds Register)

Mark Darley recently assumed the role of Americas Regional Marine Manager and President of Lloyd’s Register North America (LRNA). In these positions, he leads LR’s Marine business for the Americas region, overseeing commercial and business planning and developing strategy to improve

US DoD: Navy Patroling in S.China Sea

The U.S. Navy sent a warship on Tuesday within 12 nautical miles of two artificial islands built by China in the South China Sea, a U.S. defence official told Reuters, in a challenge to China's territorial claims in the area. The official said the patrol was carried out by the destroyer USS

RAN, PLA-N hold Joint Exercise in Zhanjiang

Commanding Officer PLA Yuncheng, Captain Laing Xiong Jie, trades plaques with Commanding Officer HMAS Stuart, Commander Aaron Nye, RAN, alongside Zhanjiang, China.

  The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) conducted a port visit and naval exercise with the People’s Liberation Army – Navy (PLA-N) in Zhanjiang, China during the period 31 October to 2 November.   The port visit by HMA Ships Stuart and Arunta to Zhanjiang included a combined

BMT – DoT Partnership Extended

BMT JFA Consultants has completed number of projects  courtesy BMT JFA

  BMT JFA Consultants, together with sister company BMT Oceanica, subsidiaries of BMT Group (BMT), have announced that the Western Australian Department of Transport (DoT) has taken up the Contract option to extend its current contract for a further two years.  

Sydney farewells Namesake RAN Ship

Farewell to HMAS Sydney

  Australia has farewelled a Royal Australian Navy ship that has served the country for over three decades in a ceremony today on Sydney Harbour.   The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK MC (Retd), together with the Minister for Defence

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