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This Day in Naval History – Nov. 14

1846 - Naval forces capture Tampico, Mexico. 910 - Civilian Eugene Ely pilots first aircraft to take-off from a ship, USS Birmingham (CL-2) at Hampton Roads, VA. He lands safely on Willoughby Spit, Norfolk, VA. 1941 - Order to withdraw Marines at Shanghai, Peiping, and Tientsin, China. 1944 - Carrier aircraft attack Japanese shipping in Philippines sinking five ships and damaging one. (Source: Navy News Service)


This Day in Navy History

Nov. 14: 1846 - Naval forces capture Tampico, Mexico. 1910 - Civilian Eugene Ely pilots first aircraft to take off from a ship, USS Birmingham (CL 2) at Hampton Roads, Va. He lands safely on Willoughby Spit, Norfolk, Va. 1941 - Order to withdraw Marines at Shanghai, Peiping, and Tientsin, China. 1944 - Carrier aircraft attack Japanese shipping in Philippines sinking five ships and damaging one. [Source: http://www.news.navy.mil]


Today in U.S. Naval History: November 14

USS Birmingham (U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - November 14 1846 - Naval forces capture Tampico, Mexico. 1910 - Civilian Eugene Ely pilots first aircraft to take-off from a ship, USS Birmingham (CL-2) at Hampton Roads, Va. He lands safely on Willoughby Spit, Norfolk, Va. 1941 - Order to withdraw Marines at Shanghai, Peiping, and Tientsin, China. 1944 - Carrier aircraft attack Japanese shipping in Philippines sinking five ships and damaging one.


Queensland Turns Down Cruise Terminal Request

Australia's Queensland government has backed away from controversial plans to allow a cruise ship terminal to be built on state-owned land on the Gold Coast, according to the 'Brisbane Times'. Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney announced on Tuesday that in response to community concerns, vacant land at Doug Jennings Park and parts of the Southport Spit would not be made available to Chinese property company ASF Consortium as part of its application for an integrated development licence.


Kevin Costner Donates Invention to Clean Oil Spill

According to a May 20 report from New York Daily News, Kevin Costner spent years and millions of dollars perfecting a device that cleans oil from seawater and British Petroleum gave the okay to test six of Costner's units. Costner's high-speed centrifuge machine, named Ocean Therapy, is placed on a barge and sucks in large quantities of polluted water, separates out the oil and spits back 97% clean water. (Source: New York Daily News)


Coast Guard rescues woman in Elizabeth River near Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel

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  The Coast Guard rescued a 58-year-old woman Monday from the Elizabeth River near the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel.   Virginia State Police dispatchers contacted Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Command Center watchstanders at 11:20 p.m. Sunday, reporting a woman in the water. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina was diverted and a 25-foot Response Boat - Small crew from Coast Guard Station Portsmouth launched to assist.


This Day in Coast Guard History – March 26

1938- On 26 March 1938 the US Coast Guard motor lifeboat Triumph departed from the Point Adams Station, located near Hammond, Oregon at the mouth of the Columbia River.  It proceeded out to the bar and stood by while several crab boats crossed in.  The tug Tyee with a barge load of logs in tow was attempting to cross out.  Tyee passed too close to the life buoy and the barge drifted into the outer break on Clatsop Spit


Iran Increases LNG Orders

The National Iranian Tanker Co (NITC) -- Iran's state tanker company -- has invested about $2 billion on 17 new oil tankers, and could order at least 30 more liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers by the end of the year, a senior official said, according to a Reuters report. NITC aims to become a global player in energy transportation and will register the ships outside Iran under financing agreements, to keep operating in the event of sanctions from its nuclear spat with the West.


Vessel grounds, Refloats on Columbia River

The Coast Guard responded to a vessel grounded at the mouth of the Columbia River earlier this week. The motor vessel Apollon was grounded at the mouth of the Columbia River. The vessel was refloated, no pollution, damage to the vessel or injuries to the 21-member crew are reported. Coast Guard Group/Air Station Astoria, OR. Marine Safety Office Portland and Station Cape Disappointment responded to the grounding of the motor vessel Apollon, a 623-ft wheat carrier


Canal Project Slows Panama Economy Growth

Photo: Panama Canal

Panama's economy expanded in May at its slowest pace since 2009 as major public works projects, including an expansion of the Panama Canal, slowed or wrapped up, dragging on the construction and mining sector. Panama's economy grew 1.71 percent in May compared to the same period a year earlier, the government said on Friday, well below the 2.74 percent growth posted in April and the slowest pace of expansion since November 2009.


Iraq Sues Greek Shippers for Transporting Kurdish Oil

United Kalavrvta (Photo: MMS)

Iraq said it filed a lawsuit against Greek shipping company Marine Management Services (MMS) for its role in the export of crude from the Kurdistan region, which Baghdad says is illegal. The case is the latest move by Baghdad to deter customers and thwart independent exports of crude from the


Djibouti, DP World in Legal Spat

Djibouti (Image: Google Maps)

Djibouti said it had started legal action against DP World, seeking to rescind the Dubai-owned port operator's concession in Africa's largest container terminal in a row over how the contract was awarded. "The resulting agreement unfairly favoured DP World


China Never To Send Military To Oil Rig Spat With Vietnam

A Chinese official said on Friday that China will never send military forces to the scene of an increasingly ugly spat with Vietnam over an oil rig in the South China Sea and accused Hanoi of trying to force an international lawsuit.


China: No Military Force to Settle Oil Rig Spat

A Chinese official said on Friday that China will never send military forces to the scene of an increasingly ugly spat with Vietnam over an oil rig in the South China Sea, and accused Hanoi of trying to force an international lawsuit. China claims about 90 percent of the South China Sea


China to Counter Vietnam Version on S.China Sea

China said on Tuesday that it wanted to counter Vietnam's "slander" to the world about what was happening in disputed areas of the South China Sea, after Beijing asked the United Nations to circulate documents outlining its position.


Vietnam Considers Legal Action Against China

Vietnam says will "resolutely defend its sovereignty." China says Vietnam making "irresponsible accusations" against it; Philippines submitted arbitration case against China in March. Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said his government was considering various


Vietnam Stops Anti-China Protests After Deadly Riots, China Evacuates

Vietnam protest stops

  Vietnam flooded major cities with police to avert anti-China protests on Sunday in the wake of rare and deadly rioting in industrial parks that deepened a tense standoff with Beijing over sovereignty in the South China Sea.


The History of Offshore Energy

Gracing the cover of the June 1, 1957 edition was a  “Huge Oil Drilling Barge” the Margaret which was one of the largest ever built at 300 ft. long, 200 ft. wide and 93 ft. high, capable of an operating depth of 65 ft. Margaret was built by Alabama Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Company for the Ocean Drilling and Exploration Company, New Orleans.

Offshore exploration is a history of man v. nature, with ever bigger technology and investment   Prospecting for oil is a dynamic art. The greatest single element in all prospecting, past, present and future, is the man willing to take a chance


China's Japanese Ship Detention Linked to Shrine Spat

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent a ritual offering to the Yasukuni Shrine, seen by critics as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, media reported on Monday, a move likely to further strain ties with China and South Korea. The offering from Abe, who visited the shrine in December


Alaska Proposes Passenger Vessel Discharge Legislation

ADEC Cruise Ship Program The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commercial Passenger Vessel Environmental Compliance Program is proposing to issue a 2014 Large Commercial Passenger Vessel Wastewater Discharge General Permit (Permit number: 2013DB0004)


Today in U.S. Naval History: October 15

USS Cassin (DD-43). (U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - October 15 1917 - USS Cassin (DD-43) torpedoed by German submarine U-61 off coast of Ireland. In trying to save the ship, Gunner's Mate Osmond Kelly Ingram becomes first American sailor killed in World War I and later is awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism


Olympic Tug & Barge Fined for Port Angeles Oil Spill

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is fining Olympic Tug & Barge of Seattle $16,500 for spilling oil into Port Angeles Harbor last November. The spill occurred when a company-owned fuel barge was overfilled while being loaded with fuel oil.


Legal Spat Settled Mainly in Favour of Sembcorp Marine

The Singapore Court of Appeal was considering an appeal by Sembcorp against parts of an earlier High Court decision regarding PPL Holdings as follows: (i) whether the Joint Venture Agreement between the Company and PPL Holdings is premised on equal shareholding and continues to apply in its


Weldcraft Expands Tungsten Electrode Offering

With the addition of 2 percent lanthanated and zirconiated, Weldcraft now offers seven types of premium tungsten electrodes.

Weldcraft has expanded its premium tungsten electrode offering to include 2 percent lanthanated and zirconiated tungsten electrodes. Like its existing tungsten electrode offering – pure, 2 percent ceriated, 1.5 percent lanthanated, rare earth and 2 percent thoriated – the new additions


U.S. Shipyards Fight to Return Icebreakers to Service

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The Polar Sea heavy icebreaker that the U.S. Coast Guard plans to mothball is in excellent condition and could be returned to active service in two years, giving the government a decade or more to search for longer-term solutions, a  representative of America’s shipyards told Congress






 
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