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Zukunft: Western Hemisphere a Top USCG Priority

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft  (USCG photo)

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft addressed transnational threats and maritime challenges at the Center for Strategic and International Studies as part of the Maritime Security Dialogue, Friday, emphasizing major goals within the Western Hemisphere.   The Maritime Security Dialogue, which highlights challenges facing the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, from national-level maritime policy to naval concept development and program design, provided Zukunft an opportunity to speak about the Coast Guard’s evolving role in the 21st century and strategic goals for his term as the USCG’s 25th commandant.    One major goal, Zukunft noted, is the Coast Guard’s responsibility and commitment to the Western Hemisphere. The U.S. faces significant emerging threats on our southern borders and transit zones specifically due to the rapid growth of transnational criminal organizations that fuel violence and instability throughout the region, Zukunft said. The Coast Guard’s Western Hemisphere Strategy, released in September 2014, addresses these challenges in the Western Hemisphere and outlines a long-term guide for operational success. The strategy has three priorities: combating networks, securing borders and safeguarding commerce.   Zukunft highlighted the Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell’s recent success as part of the Western Hemisphere Strategy

USCG Issues Fines for Tank Response Plan Noncompliance

The Coast Guard has issued monetary penalties to three vessel operators in violation of federal regulations related to tank vessel response plan requirements. The vessels Pacific Galaxy, operated by Synergy Maritime PET, Tamar, operated by MTM Ship Management, and Yayoi Express, operated by MOL Tankship Management, have been issued a monetary violation for noncompliance with Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 155 Subpart D in Alaska

America's Western River: A Unique Security Challenge

By RADM Robert Duncan, USCG, Captain Ron Branch, USCG, Chris Doane and Joe DiRenzo III Since 9-11 all facets of the media have combined to focus national policy makers, in and out of government, along with the general public on the asymmetric terrorist threat facing the United States and its global trading partners. Lengthy newspaper articles or Op-ed pieces, documentaries on television such as The Learning Channel and the Discovery Channel

First Transas ERS in Australia

Transas has recently been awarded a tender for the Supply and Delivery of an Engine Room Simulator for the WA Maritime Training Centre based in FREMANTLE, Western Australia. The WA Maritime Training Centre Fremantle is one of Challenger TAFE’s specialist training centres. According to the terms of the aforementioned tender, Transas will provide its first ERS 4000 simulator in Australia. The configuration includes 2 identical student stations with a separate instructor station

Austal Starts Navy Boats

Production has commenced for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Armidale Class patrol boats. To be built in Western Australia over a 42-month period, the 12 vessel fleet will act as the principal maritime patrol and response element of Australia’s National Civil Surveillance Program. Project partners Austal Ships and Defence Maritime Services (DMS) held a ceremony attended by Senator David Johnston, Senator for Western Australia, representing the Minister for Defence

Liverpool Shipyard Back in Action

Ferry naming: Photo courtesy of Cammell Laird

Big name UK shipbuilder Cammell Laird, of Birkenhead, Liverpool was proud to announce the naming of the first complete ships to be built there for 20 years. The ceremony marked the completion of a multi-million pound contract which has seen Cammell Laird build two new car ferries for Western Ferries MV Sound of Seil (Cammell Laird keel number 1387) and MV Sound of Soay (keel number 1388). The vessels continue Western Ferries tradition of naming its vessels after Scottish sounds

Wärtsilä Acquires Maritime Service

Wärtsilä has acquired the Norwegian company Maritime Service AS, which specializes in ship service, mechanical and reconditioning services. Maritime Service has its operations in Ålesund, in More region on the west coast of Norway. Maritime Service is well-positioned within fishery segment and has promising business potential in the ferry and off-shore vessel businesses. The purchase of Maritime Service will strengthen Wärtsilä’s position and expand Wärtsilä’s service offering in More

Pirates Move to South China Sea

According to a report from World Tribune, Western navies and the weather are putting pirates out of commission in the Gulf of Aden. NATO and other countries are maintaining task forces in the Gulf of Aden to block piracy, according to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB). The bureau said pirates have chosen, instead, to attack ships in the South China Sea, where incidents tripled (to 30) this year. (Source: World Tribune)

Bangladesh Shipyard Delivers Ferry 'Isefjord'

Ferry Isefjord: Photo credit Western Marine

A short-sea trade RoRo passenger ship built by Western Marine Shipyard Ltd., is the most advanced built in the yard so far. This is the first time Bangladesh has exported a passenger ship to the European market, in compliance with the highest standards of  modern technology & safety. Isefjord waas built for Danish owner Hundested Rorvig Faergefart to carry 147 passengers & 28 units of vehicle on a Danish coastal route

Unseaworthy Tugboats Sneak Out of UK Port

Newlyn Harbour: Photo credit Geograph Elizabeth Scott CCL

Two tugboats detained in a Westcountry fishing port and condemned as unseaworthy slip out unseen, believed bound for Africa. An investigation has been launched after the sudden disappearance of the two 151-tonne former Ministry of Defence (MoD) "dog class" boats, which are now thought to be bound for Africa. The 70ft tugs – Juliette Pride 1 and 2 – had been tied up at Newlyn, in West Cornwall, after major defects were found by surveyors from the Maritime and Coastguard

Around 20 African Migrants Lost at Sea After Boat Sinks

Around 20 African migrants are missing at sea after their boat sunk in the Atlantic Ocean around 20 miles off the coast of Western Sahara, Spanish sea rescue services said on Wednesday.   Spanish lifeguards rescued 22 African men from the sea late on Tuesday in stormy conditions and

USCG Offload $ 17 Mln Cocaine

A Coast Guardsman offloads cocaine at Coast Guard Sector Miami Beach, Fla., Nov. 20, 2015. The HNLMS Friesland, an offshore patrol vessel from the Royal Netherlands Navy, interdicted a go-fast vessel with four suspected smu

  Coast Guardsmen on the Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber offloaded approximately 515 kilograms of cocaine interdicted in the Caribbean Sea as part of Operation Caribbean Venture worth an estimated wholesale value of $17 million at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Florida, Friday.

IMC to Design New Catamaran for Bali Hai Cruises

IMC’s proposed catamaran design will enhance Bali Hai Cruises operations to its water activities pontoon off Nusa Lembongan (Image: IMC)

Marine tourism operator Bali Hai Cruises has selected International Maritime Consultants (IMC) for the design of its next generation day cruise catamaran.   Working closely with Bali Hai Cruises, IMC has developed a design that aims to support the operator’s wide range of operations

Russian Navy Trying Hard for Facelift

Image: Center for International Maritime Security

 Official announcements related to naval shipbuilding give the appearance of a Russian Navy that is undergoing a rapid revival. However, the reality is that many projects have faced lengthy delays and cost overruns, says a report in Center for International Maritime Security.  

Hurricane Patricia weakens to a tropical storm over Mexico

Image Courtesy NOAA

  Patricia, one of the strongest ever hurricanes, weakened on Saturday to a tropical storm over Mexico after slamming into the country as a very powerful hurricane on Friday evening, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Mowing down trees, flooding streets and battering buildings

Mexico's main Pacific Ports Reopen

A tree felled by wind is seen after the passing of Hurricane Patricia in Casimiro, Mexico October 24,

  The major Mexican cargo port of Manzanillo was set to reopen at 4 pm (21:00 GMT) on Saturday, a port official said, after avoiding the worst of Hurricane Patricia, which slammed into the country's Pacific coast but caused less damage than expected.

Western Refining Offers to Buy Northern Tier

Oil refiner Western Refining Inc said it has offered to buy the shares of Northern Tier Energy LP it does not already own. Western Refining, which currently has a stake of about 38 percent in Northern Tier, said it has offered $17.50 in cash and 0.2266 of its share for each Northern Tier unit

Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Could Slide Further

A ValeMax Bulk Carrier alongside during loading (file image)

No sign of Q4 cargo rush; Capesize and panamax rates barely covering opex. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers could slip further next week as too many ships available for hire weigh on the market despite reasonable cargo volumes, brokers said on Thursday.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Revises Business Outlook

Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 Looking at the Company’s business performance for the first half of FY2015, operating income and ordinary income improved as the tanker division enjoyed favorable market conditions, backed by a decline in bunker prices, says Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL).  

Russian Icebreaker Construction Underway

The ceremonial launch of construction of the lead icebreaking support vessel for Gazprom Neft Novy Port was held today at Vyborg Shipyard, a corporate member of the United Shipbuilding Corporation.    Guests were greeted by Kirill Voroshilov

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.  

Nordic Tankers joins forces with Borealis Maritime

NordicMarianne. Photo: Nordic Tankers A/S

 Nordic Tankers and Borealis Maritime Ltd has announced the intention to form a jointly held company, Crystal Nordic A/S – a strong player in the short-sea, ice class chemical tanker trade in the Baltic and North-Western European market.  

Australia Maritime Museum Calls ‘Action Stations’

Artists impression of the Immersive Cinema Experience: drama, danger and suspense on the big screen with a pumping soundtrack to set the scene. (Image: Australian National Maritime Museum)

The Australian National Maritime Museum’s new “Action Stations” attraction officially opened in Darling Harbour, Sydney, on Sunday, offering guests a uniquely dynamic “Immersive Cinema Experience”.   The $12 million (AUD ) Action Stations attraction

Stakeholders Broaden Maritime Security Scope

Image: IMO

An international agreement that has been instrumental in repressing piracy and armed robbery against ships in the western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden is set to significantly broaden its scope.   Signatories to the Djibouti Code of Conduct have agreed to work toward extending its remit

Bandy Creek Boat Harbour Dredging Complete

Photo: BMT

BMT JFA Consultants (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, an international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, recently completed the project management and supervision of the 2015 Bandy Creek Boat Harbour Dredging works

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