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U.S. Okays Lockheed Aegis Combat System Sale to Japan

The Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system is the primary sea-based component of the U.S. missile defense system Photo - Lockheed Martin

  The U.S. State Department has approved the likely sale to Japan of two Lockheed Martin Corp Aegis combat systems valued at $1.5 billion, a deal aimed at boosting Japan's defenses against a ballistic missile attack, the U.S. Defense Department said Friday. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which oversees foreign arms sales, said the Aegis combat systems and associated equipment would be installed on two new Japanese guided missile destroyers, or DDGs, expanding Japan's ability to carry out joint military missions with the U.S. Navy. "The addition of two new Aegis DDGs to Japan's fleet will afford more flexibility and capability to counter regional threats and continue to enhance stability in the region," DSCA said in a notification to U.S. lawmakers that was dated Aug. 4, and released today. The proposed sale, which is likely to be approved by Congress, will complete Japan's goal of acquiring eight ships capable of ballistic missile defense, DSCA said. The agency said the proposed sale underscored Washington's commitment to help Japan develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defense capability. Lockheed would be the primary contractor for the Aegis weapons system, which integrate radars, computers, software, displays, weapons launchers and weapons to defend against a range of surface, aerial and underwater threats.


Shuster Receives Champion of Maritime Award

Rep. Bill Shuster is presented with the Champion of Maritime Award from the American Maritime Partnership.   L to R: Ben Billings, President, Offshore Marine Service Association; Stephen Martinko, Executive Director at Port of Pittsburgh Commission; Dave Grzebinski, President and CEO, Kirby Corporation; Thomas Allegretti, AMP Chairman and President and CEO American Waterways Operators; Rep. Bill Shuster; Barry Holliday, Executive Director for the Dredging Contractors of America; Matthew Paxton,

Congressman honored for support of domestic maritime industry.   Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) this week received the 2014 Champion of Maritime Award from the American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the domestic maritime industry. The organization provides the prestigious award to recognize an individual who has displayed extraordinary dedication to and consistent support for the American maritime industry.  


ECO to Add 40-Plus Vessels, Expand Port Facilities

The Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) global family of companies announced plans to enlarge its fleet and expand its terminal facilities in support of its customer base. New Vessels The Chouest newbuild order book contains more than 40 vessels, a vast majority to be constructed at its four U.S.-affiliate shipyards: North American Shipbuilding (Larose, La.), LaShip (Houma, La.), Gulf Ship (Gulfport, Miss.) and Tampa Ship (Tampa, Fla.), as well as its Brazilian shipyard, Navship.


Edison Chouest Offshore Ordering New Vessels, Expanding Terminals

Company AHTS: Photo courtesy of ECO

The Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) global family of companies, plans to enlarge its fleet and expand its terminal facilities in support of its customer base. The Chouest newbuild order book contains over 40 vessels, a vast majority to be constructed at its four U.S.-affiliate shipyards: North American Shipbuilding (Larose, LA), LaShip (Houma, LA), Gulf Ship (Gulfport, MS) and Tampa Ship (Tampa, FL), as well as its Brazilian shipyard, Navship. NEW 312’ PSV CLASS


U.S. Port Congestion Adds to Cotton Traders' Woes

File Photo: A containership at the dock in the Port of Oakland, CA.

U.S. merchants face delays of as much as a week to ship cotton from major West Coast ports, threatening exports to China, the world's largest textile market, ahead of a key Chinese deadline at month's end for imports to arrive. Congestion has plagued West Coast ports for months, including Los Angeles and Long Beach, which are the two busiest container ports in the United States and together make up the top hub for U.S. cotton exports.


AMP Demands Retraction of Jones Act Report

Tom Allegretti, Chairman of AMP

The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the domestic maritime industry, today released a statement in response to the sheer number of factual errors in the recent report published by the Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure’s (Aii) – Jones Act: Protectionism v. Global Trade. “The publication is littered with fabrications intended to mislead policymakers and we demand a retraction of the report," said Tom Allegretti, Chairman of AMP


MarAd’s Schubert: Building a Better U.S. Business

In part one of a two-part series, William G. Schubert, the new U.S. Maritime Administrator (MarAd) speaks with H. Clayton Cook, Jr. about the current standing and future direction of maritime activities in the United States. Mr. Administrator, this interview is being conducted for a piece that will be published in the August 2002 issue of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, the largest magazine of general circulation in the maritime community


U.S. Economy Gained $42 Billion from Cruise Industry in 2012, Study Finds

Photo: Carnival

The North American cruise industry continued to be a substantial contributor to the U.S. economy in 2012 according to an independent study commissioned by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). The study shows that CLIA’s 26 North American member lines and their passengers and crew contributed over $42 billion in total U.S. economic impact, a 4.6 percent increase from 2011. In addition, the cruise industry generated 356,311 jobs, paying a record $17


US Obamacare Impacts the Global Marine Industry

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare, the recent healthcare plan in the United States, is affecting the international superyacht industry, according to yacht insurance expert Eva Maria Karlsson of Superyacht Insurance Group (SYIG). Maria, who is president/broker at SYIG, said, “The biggest challenge presently is Obamacare. Interestingly enough, it’s actually affecting the international marine industry


EPA’s SmartWay Initiative Makes Way on the Water

Photo: Donald Hutton

Exhaustive studies by The National Waterways Foundation (NWF), a center for research and learning where industry leaders address public policy issues related to America’s inland waterways system, conclude that inland waterways transport generates fewer emissions of particulate matter, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and nitrous oxide than rail or truck on a per ton mile moved basis. But, it’s one thing to claim that metric


Chemical Shipping Freight Rates to Remain Under Pressure

Chemical tanker orderbook to existing fleet ratio (Source: Drewrys Chemical Forecaster)

On the back of low bunker prices and more new buildings to be delivered in 2016, chemical shipping freight rates for both contracts of affreightment and spot cargoes will be under pressure throughout 2016, as there are some new operators looking to break into the long-haul trade routes


Cummins Expands Marine Tier 3 Product Line

Image: Cummins

Cummins Inc., a manufacturer of diesel engines and generator sets for the marine industry, has launched a new Onan marine U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 3-certified generator, the 55-kW MDDCM. “The expansion of our EPA Tier 3 marine product lineup to 55 kW with the MDDCM


IBIA Celebrates 23th Annual Dinner

Jens Maul Jørgensen (Photo: IBIA)

Association appoints new board members and sets priorities for the future   The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has appointed three new members to its Management Board and one new member to the IBIA in Africa Board. The appointments were announced at the Association’s


Video: Catapult Testing on Aircraft Carrier Abraham Lincoln

Sailors signal steam catapult systems testing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln is in its final stages of testing all of its steam-powered systems as part of its refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH). (Photo: John Whalen/HII)

U.S. shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division has begun testing the updated catapult systems aboard the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), which is nearing the end of its midlife refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH).  


Taiwan President Honors Evergreen Founder

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou (right) honored Evergreen Group founder Dr. Chang Yung-Fa with a posthumous commendation, accepted by his eldest son Chang Kuo-hua (left). (Photo: Evergreen Line)

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou honored Evergreen Group founder Dr. Chang Yung-Fa with a posthumous commendation in recognition of his contributions to international transportation and social welfare during the memorial service today. The company's North America headquarters are in Jersey City, N.J


UAE Plans Floating LNG Import Terminal

File Image: an STS LNG Transfer in progress (image: Excelerate)

State-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) plans to start a new liquefied natural gas floating import terminal (FSRU) in the second half of this year, three LNG industry sources said. The floating import terminal is being supplied by U.S


Kemp Joins PMSA as Vice President

Carl Kemp (Photo: PMSA)

The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) announced the hire of Carl Kemp as a Vice President based in the organization’s Long Beach office.    Kemp brings more than 20 years of experience in government and public affairs


Shipping Line Consolidation: What Did the Airlines Do?

Image: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

 The container shipping industry is faced with the challenge of ever-decreasing freight rates that can only be served viably with larger, more efficient vessels. However, market growth does not allow each individual line to increase the size of its ships to the larger


US Coast Guard Approves Official Electronic Charts

 The U.S. Coast Guard published guidance that allows mariners to use electronic charts and publications instead of paper charts, maps and publications.   Issued February 5, the Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular, NVIC 01-16 establishes uniform guidance on what is now considered


Insights: Benny Cenac, Jr., Owner & CEO, Cenac Towing Company

Arlen “Benny” Cenac, Jr.

Arlen “Benny” Cenac Jr. is a third-generation owner of Cenac Towing Company. The firm, originally founded in 1927 by his grandfather, now does business as Cenac Marine Services. Benny has led the company since 1981 through several industry downturns by focusing on customer service


Australia Submarines: It is Japan vs. France

Soryu-class submarine: Japan Navy

 While Japan is confident it has proven itself the best contender to build Australia's new submarines, the French have moved to undermine Japan’s bid to build the navy’s new submarines.   Representatives from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI)


Beacon Finland Appoints Rio Marine for US Support

Beacon Finland, a maritime-related firm engaged in naval architecture, marine engineering and equipment, has appointed Rio Marine to service its JAK-ATB coupling systems in the U.S.   Tuija Horkko, Beacon Finland’s Chairman, said Rio Marine will become the exclusive company to


OTC Names 2016 Award Winners

The 2016 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) will honor this year’s Distinguished Achievement Award recipients on Tuesday, 3 May, in Houston.   As part of the OTC Distinguished Achievement Awards Luncheon, the conference will recognize Robert (Don) Vardeman of Anadarko Petroleum


Amazon Expands Logistics Reach in China

Amazon.com Inc is aggressively expanding its logistics operations in China as part of a broader effort to control the rising cost of shipping billions of packages.   Its plans in China, outlined in filings there, include handling cargo and customs for goods headed to ports in Japan


Next Generation Marine Power & Propulsion Conference

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The Next Generation Marine Power & Propulsion Conference will be held at the Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton, U.K. from April 26 to 28, 2016.    This unique event brings together an international group of experts armed with the latest knowledge to highlight the potential






 
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