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Port of Long Beach Buys New Temporary HQ

The New HQ: Photo credit Port of Long Beach

Board approves move to temporary headquarters at 4801 Airport Plaza Drive. The Port's administrative staff of about 350 people is expected to move to Airport Plaza in 2013. The Board stressed that the move is temporary, and that discussions will begin soon on building a permanent headquarters in or near downtown Long Beach.

 "I am relieved that we have identified a secure, temporary home," said Board President Susan E. Anderson Wise. “Regardless of what address we have, this Port will continue to be a leader in the shipping industry.” Wise, and commissioners Rich Dines, Doug Drummond and Nick Sramek voted in favor of purchasing the Airport Plaza building. Board Vice President Thomas Fields voted against.

 The purchase price for the vacant building, which was once occupied by the Boeing Corp., is $14.25 million. The Port expects to spend another $9 million in renovations. The closing date for escrow is December 27.

 The current Port Administration building at 925 Harbor Plaza, built in 1959, is overcrowded and does not meet today’s seismic standards. The Harbor Commission has placed a priority on moving the Port staff out of the current location because of overcrowding and safety concerns.  


T.I. Announces Expansion in Europe

Titanium Industries, Inc. (T.I.) announced the recent opening of a new sales office in Duisburg, Germany. This new facility is an integral part of T.I.'s global growth strategy with specific focus on the European Market including expansion on the continent. T.I. currently has existing international locations in Sao Paulo Brazil, Montreal Canada, Birmingham England, Bergen Norway, Taipei Taiwan, Shanghai China, and Bangalore India. In addition, T.I. has nine U.S. locations.


EL Paso Corporation Responds to Trading Activity

El Paso Corporation issued a statement responding to the unusual trading activity in its stock. "The death of our corporate treasurer, Charles Dana Rice, has been a great loss to our corporation and to me personally," said William A. Wise, chairman, president, and chief executive officer. "This is a tragic event for our company; however, the market reaction is unwarranted. We announced a comprehensive repositioning plan last week and are making good progress in implementing this plan


MTN Announces Partnership with BATS

BATS Technology Delivers the Throughput, Optimization, and Stronger, Higher Reliability Broadband Connections Passengers and Crew Demand.     MTN Satellite Communications (MTN) announces BATS has entered into an exclusive partnership with MTN to market the Broadband Antenna Tracking and Stabilization (BATS) system to the cruise, ferry and large yacht markets. This end solution is a hybrid network service, leveraging both satellite and terrestrial broadband


SNA Seeks to Raise Funds for Wounded Warrior Project

For the past two years, the Greater Washington Chapter of the Surface Navy Association (SNA) has conducted a campaign to assist our wounded  shipmates recovering at the in   More than 800 DVDs for the Sailors and marines were collected to enjoy during their recuperation.  The following year SNA collected funds and donated 155 portable DVD players. This year the organization want to do something meaningful for those of our  shipmates limited in their ability to get out


Navy Awards Contract to AGI

The Navy recently awarded a major contract to The Avraham Y. Goldratt Institute, A Limited Partnership (AGI). AGI is pleased to announce was awarded a firm fixed price contract with a ceiling of $96,629,091.65 to continue implementing Enterprise AIRSpeed across the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE) over a five-year period. Enterprise AIRSpeed is an enterprise-level, system of systems approach to aviation maintenance and supply designed to produce the right readiness at the lowest cost across


DMC Partners to Develop "The Dolphin Residence"

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Dubai Maritime City (DMC) announced its partnership jointly with Sharaf Investments and Al Ali Property Investment (API) to develop “The Dolphin Residence” within the City, into a high-end Freehold mixed use development complete with offices, private residences, a four star hotel, shopping mall, mosque, parking lot and leisure facilities. The partnership deal was signed by Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman, Dubai Maritime City; Sharafuddin Sharaf


California Leaders to Convene for Maritime Conference

Photo: The Port of Los Angeles

The 14th Annual California Maritime Leadership Symposium, slated to take place February 19-20 at the Sacramento Convention Center, attracts key members from California’s State Legislature and representatives from California’s ports and the maritime industry. The symposium aims to encourage productive dialogue among maritime industry leaders and communicate port needs to California decision makers. The symposium is hosted by a broad-based coalition of the maritime industry


Norway's Jotun Makes 'Quantum' Strides

With TBT paints on the endangered list due to environmental concerns, shipowners must find an alternative method to keep ships coated and efficiently clean. Jotun believes it has the answer. Bringing her first cargo to Europe following completion by Samsung Heavy Industries, the 306,000-dwt British Pioneer has given new expression to environmental-consciousness in the crude oil transportation sector. While the security of her 2


Study Culminates In New Tug Contracts

Following a detailed six-month study assessing its contract towing requirements, Trailer Bridge, Inc. signed separate long-term agreements that match the best marine power units in the market with the company's vessel assets. In March 2001 Trailer Bridge finalized a long-term agreement with Moran Towing Corporation to exclusively utilize Moran's Heidi class 4,350 horsepower tugs to pull all four of the TBC's currently deployed by Trailer Bridge


Thor Offshore to Implement BASSnet Suite

Thor Offshore vessel

Thor Offshore, an offshore support services provider and fisheries company, has chosen the integrated software suite BASSnet Fleet Management Systems as a part in its strategy to expand offshore operations globally. In parallel with Thor’s fleet expansion


Persistence Pays Off For First Female Dragline Trainee Operator

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  Marianne Finch may only be a rookie at the controls of Dragline 13 but as Saraji’s first female Dragline Trainee, she has a strong message for her female colleagues in the mining industry: “Don’t take no for an answer”.


Newport Shipping Upbeat on Dry Bulk Segment

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Freight rates are set to rise across all dry bulk carrier segments as the global economic recovery gains momentum, ending the sector’s most bearish run since the start of the economic crisis in 2008/2009. According to the latest edition of Newport Shipping’s Dry Bulk Market Outlook


Trading Dutch Well Placed to Pursue Russia Sanctions

The seafaring Netherlands prides itself on being a trading nation, reluctant to let politics get in the way of a good deal. But since the downing, allegedly by Moscow-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine, of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 with the loss of 193 Dutch lives


Legislation Aims to Boost US Infrastructure Investment

Daniel Webster

Representative Daniel Webster (Fla.-10) issued the following statement after introducing new transportation legislation, H.R. 4925, the TIFIA 2.0 Act: “America’s transportation and infrastructure system is the backbone of our economy and is a critical element for growth and job


EIMA, HCT Begin Academic Cooperation

L to R - Dr. Tayeb Kamali, VC Higher Colleges of Technology & HE Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of EIMA and DDW & MW

Emirates International Maritime Academy & Higher Colleges of Technology Look to Produce New Cadre of UAE Maritime & Seafaring Experts. The Emirates International Maritime Academy (EIMA) will collaborate with the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) to investigate avenues for the


Emotions Run High in Court as Korea Ferry Crew Face Trial

Captain caught abandoning boat in his underwear as children stayed in cabins; "Imagine the children were yours," mourning families tell crew. Fifteen crew of a South Korean ferry that sank in April killing more than 300 people, most of them children


Dubai Maritime City To Develop “The Dolphin Residence”

Dubai Maritime City

  Dubai Maritime City (DMC), the world class maritime cluster in the heart of Dubai, today announced its partnership jointly with Sharaf Investments and Al Ali Property Investment (API) to develop “The Dolphin Residence” within the City


Asia: Fuel Oil Demand Down; Amidst Crude Gains

Demand for marine fuel in Singapore, the world's largest bunkering hub, is beginning to take a hit as high flat prices kept buyers on the sidelines, traders said.   The 380-cst bunker fuel price stood at $604.25 a tonne, and while it dipped 75 cents a tonne from Monday, it was still 0


Sewol Crew Gets Little in Legal Resources

MOKPO, South Korea, May 20 (Reuters) - South Korea's legal system appears to be failing 15 surviving crew of a ferry that sank last month, killing hundreds of children, with their being tried and convicted by an angry public before the case has even come to court.


Ill-Considered Energy Policies Threaten US Navy: Report

Report frontispiece: Image The Heartland Institute

The United States government has pursued energy policies based on “the mistaken belief in the unproven science that claims carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from burning of fossil fuels is the major cause of recent and future warming of the Earth,” write naval veterans Admiral Thomas B


POLB’s First Woman Commissioner Dies at 93

Louise M. DuVall (Courtesy POLB)

Louise M. DuVall, the first woman to serve on the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, died Saturday, April 19. She was 93. She was appointed to two terms on the Harbor Commission, serving from Feb. 6, 1979, to July 18, 1990. She advocated for women to rise in the legal profession and the


Middle East Grain Buyers Avoid Ukraine, Import Bills Could Rise

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi, Reuters Turmoil in Ukraine is driving Middle Eastern grain buyers to shy away from striking new deals there and to consider rival suppliers, a shift that is likely to push up import bills. The Black Sea region, mostly Ukraine and Russia


Middle East Grain Buyers Avoid Ukraine, Import Bills Could Rise

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi, Reuters Turmoil in Ukraine is driving Middle Eastern grain buyers to shy away from striking new deals there and to consider rival suppliers, a shift that is likely to push up import bills. The Black Sea region, mostly Ukraine and Russia


Ireland's Atlantic Seaboard Battered by 130 KM/H Winds

Sea storm wind-waves: Photo courtesy of NOAA

Latest weather bulletin informs of west to southwest gale force 8 to storm force 10 winds continuing overnight and Monday morning on all coasts of Ireland and on the Irish Sea. Winds will further reach violent storm force 11 at times between Slyne Head and Malin Head.






 
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