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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.

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

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.

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

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

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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

Toll to Build Two New Ships

Photo:  Toll Holdings Limited

Toll Group announced it is investing $170 million to build two new ships to support trade between Victoria and Tasmania and to meet the demands of continued growth.   The new, purpose-built ships, operating between Burnie, Tasmania and Melbourne, Victoria

Kirby to Pay $4.9 Mln Penalty over Oil Spill

(USCG photo by Andrew Kendrick)

Kirby Inland Marine LP has agreed to pay $4.9 million in civil penalties to settle claims stemming from a 4,000-barrel oil spill in the Houston Ship Channel in March 2014, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday.   The company, a subsidiary of Kirby Corp

COX Powertrain's 300hp Diesel Outboard

(Photo: Cox Powertrain)

Cox Powertrain will preview its professional outboard motor, the CXO300, at the Workboat Show in New Orleans later this year.  Britain's Cox brought together engineers from Formula 1 racing and automotive engine design to develop this new concept diesel engine

Construction Set to Start on Jacksonville LNG Facility

JAX LNG said it has executed the remaining engineering and procurement contracts required to begin construction of a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) liquefaction and storage facility at Dames Point near the Port of Jacksonville.   The JAX LNG liquefaction facility is expected to be

Eastern Launches Impala Soledad for IWL River

Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. launched the Impala Soledad, the first in a series of four inland river towboats for IWL River, Inc.   This series of CT Marine designed 134 ft. ABS Classed Inland River Service towboats are Triple Screw with a Retractable Pilothouse and all are currently

Parker to Supply Three Arctic Vessels

Photo courtesy of Parker Bestobell Marine

Parker Bestobell Marine, a supplier of cryogenic valves and part of Parker, a leader in motion and control technologies, has received a major new order from DSME (Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering) in South Korea to supply cryogenic valves for three new vessels.  

First Oil from TEN Fields off Ghana

Photo: MODEC

Ghana began pumping crude from a second offshore field operated by British company Tullow Oil on Thursday, hoping the additional revenue will boost its flagging economy.   The Tweneboa, Enyenra and Ntomme (TEN) field expects to average around 23,000 barrels per day (bpd) in 2016

Mobile Crane for ICTSI Congo

Matadi Gateway Terminal (MGT), the new container and general cargo terminal on the Congo River, DR Congo, has received the first of two new mobile cranes scheduled to go into service at the terminal.   The Terex Model 5 crane is the largest member of the medium size crane family available

Shots Fired: US Navy Ship Warns Iranian Vessel

USS Nitze (U.S. Navy photo by Scott Pittman)

A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots after an Iranian fast-attack craft approached two U.S. ships in the northern Gulf on Wednesday, a U.S. Defense official said.   The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said three warning shots were fired from a

MN100: Conrad Shipyard

Johnny Conrad (Photo: Conrad Shipyard)

The Company: Conrad Shipyard was established in 1948 and is headquartered in Morgan City, Louisiana. The company designs, builds and overhauls tugboats, ferries, liftboats, barges, offshore supply vessels and other steel and aluminum products for both commercial and government markets

White House Sees a Path to Approval of Pacific Trade Deal

Photo: White House

The White House on Monday said it was hopeful it could win congressional approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact before President Barack Obama leaves office, and warned that failing to do so would undermine U.S. leadership in the region.

MN100: Pacific Power Group

(Photo: Pacific Power Group)

The Company: Established in 1958, Pacific Power Group has been a trusted partner for the marine power needs of the Western U.S. for more than 50 years. PPG provides premier propulsion systems that offer cost-effective and best-in-class propulsion solutions for a variety of fields

Parker Kittiwake Launches Condition Monitoring Starter Kit

Condition Monitoring Starter Kit provides essential tools to protect vital equipment from damage and prevent breakdowns

Parker Kittiwake today launched the Condition Monitoring Starter Kit. The kit combines the Parker Kittiwake DigiCell combined kit, the Holroyd MHC-Bearing Checker, and a PC tablet with a condition monitoring routine and log book pre-loaded on it to help guide the user in using the products for

MN100: Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings

(Photo: Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings)

The Company: Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings is a global provider of protective and marine coatings, offering a complete line of time-tested, high-performance coatings technologies to combat corrosion, protect assets, enhance personnel safety, and improve aesthetics

Pirates Attack, Loot Container Ship

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Pirates stormed a container ship off the coast of Guinea on Wednesday, making off with money and some of its cargo but leaving the crew unharmed, the government said.   They fired guns and briefly held the crew hostage while they were looting the ship named Wendok

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