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Malaysian Maritime Academy Upgrades

Malaysian Maritime Academy (Alam) is aiming to be a regional training hub specializing in liquefied natural gas (LNG) and petroleum tankers, Business Times reported. The academy, wholly-owned by shipping giant MISC Bhd, recently invested about $3 million to install the latest versions of a ship-handling stimulator, liquid cargo stimulator and engine stimulator. The country's premier seafarers' training academy had undergone a corporate transformation exercise as part of its vision to position Alam as a reputable maritime academy institution. The academy hopes to grow its international student intake to 10 percent this year. Currently, Alam has 215 students out of which about 5 percent are foreign students from Indonesia, India, Vietnam, Brunei and Kenya. In the process to upgrade the academy, Alam appointed international consulting firm Det Norske Veritas (DNV) to audit its syllabus and curriculum to comply with the International Maritime Organization’s standards of training and certification. (Source: Business Times)


Transas Marine Upgrades Training Complex

Transas Marine has upgraded training complex at the Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy (Varna, Bulgaria), including full mission bridge simulator upgrade to the latest Transas NTPRO 5000 software and new version of the GMDSS simulator TGS 5000. The Transas – Naval Academy partnership started in 2002 when Transas Marine supplied its Navigational, later Engine Room and GMDSS simulators to the Academy. In July 2012


MMA Seeks Input for NEASC Study

Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit this fall by a team representing the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). NEASC last accredited MMA for a 10-year period in 1996, and the college is a candidate for reaccreditation this fall. As part of the comprehensive self-study leading up to the team visit, the public is invited to submit comments regarding the institution


USS Annapolis Visits Namesake City

The Los Angeles-class submarine USS Annapolis (SSN 760) visited its namesake city from Aug. 30 to Sept. 5. The crew of Annapolis hosted tours for both midshipmen and Naval Academy faculty and staff over the holiday weekend. “We actually came to Annapolis for two reasons,” said Annapolis Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Dennis J. McKelvey, “one being to visit the city we were named for and the other to give midshipmen exposure


Crowley Presents Memorial Scholarships to Midshipmen

Continuing its support of students wishing to enter maritime, transportation and logistics fields, Crowley Maritime Corporation recently presented four U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) midshipmen with Thomas B. Crowley Sr. memorial scholarships totaling $10,000. Mark Miller, director of corporate communications for Crowley, recognized Samantha Adrianne Skeens, Tormod Engvig, Brian Griffin and Justin Mitchell during the Containerization and Intermodal Institutes annual luncheon at the


Rodriguez Appointed Deputy Maritime Administrator

Mike Rodriguez

Mike Rodriguez, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alum, was sworn in as Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD). Rodriguez has more than 35 years experience as a maritime industry professional in both the public and private sectors. He joins MARAD from the Navy’s National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office. Prior to that, he served in the Military Sealift Command and in other active duty tours in the Navy


Fowler Assumes Command of U.S. Naval Academy

Vice Adm. Jeffrey L. Fowler relieved Vice Adm. Rodney P. Rempt as Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy during a change of command ceremony held in Alumni Hall on June 8. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Mullen praised Rempt’s accomplishments during his four years at the Naval Academy, commending his focus on developing midshipmen as combat leaders of character. “As a Naval Academy grad, I want to thank you for all that you have done for my alma mater


New Data Shows Demand for Trained Merchant Mariners

Only months after graduation ceremonies were held on campuses across the nation, approximately 85 percent of 2008 graduates with merchant marine licenses from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and six state maritime academies have found employment afloat in the maritime industry or in the U.S. military, according to data released by the Maritime Administration.    “This data indicates that the job market for merchant marine officers remains robust


Cummings Congratulates RADM Stosz On Promotion

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (MD-7) offered his congratulations this week to United States Coast Guard Rear Admiral (lower half) Sandy Stosz, on the occasion of her promotion to that rank. Stosz, who is from Ellicott City, in the Seventh District, is the first female graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to be selected for promotion to flag rank. As the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation


David Williams Awarded Emery Medal

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David Williams, CEO of the Noble Corporation, was honored as the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s “Salute to the Maritime Person of the Year” at the Petroleum Club in Houston. Mr. Williams was awarded the Emery Rice medal, the Academy’s highest award presented for leadership excellence in the maritime field. The event is the Academy’s major scholarship fundraiser, with all proceeds going toward student financial aid.


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Steady

Rates for capesize bulk carriers, which climbed to their highest since at least January on Wednesday, are likely to remain steady next week on tighter tonnage supply, ship brokers said. That comes as charterers could hold back cargoes to cool this week's rise in freight rates


Block Island Wind Crew Transfer Contract Awarded

Photo courtesy of Seacat Services

Agreement enables high-speed catamaran ferry company Rhode Island Fast Ferry to commission first US-built crew transfer vessel, to be built by Blount Boats, and launch Atlantic Wind Transfers, its commercial wind support services division.  


Global Ship Lease Extends Ville d'Aquarius Time Charter

Global Ship Lease, Inc. has agreed to extend the time charter for the Ville d'Aquarius, a 1996-built, 4,113 TEU vessel currently on charter with Sea Consortium Pte Limited, doing business as X-Press Feeders. The extension is for an additional four to six months, at charterer's option


NewLead Announces Time Charter Contract

2009-built tanker vessel Ioli  (Photo: NewLead Holdings)

NewLead Holdings Ltd. has entered into a time charter contract with for one of its recently delivered bitumen tanker vessels, the Ioli, for a minimum of one year. The vessel has already been delivered to the charterer that has the option to extend the time charter contract for up to four


SFL Acquires Eight Capesize Bulkers

Photo of VANGUARD Courtesy Ship Finance International Limited

  Ship Finance International Limited today announced the agreement to acquire eight Capesize dry-bulk carriers from subsidiaries of Golden Ocean Group Limited ("Golden Ocean"). The vessels are named Golden Beijing, Golden Zhoushan, Golden Magnum, Battersea, Belgravia


Topaz Energy and Marine Secures $550m Facility

Topaz Energy and Marine, an offshore support vessel company, announced a new $550 million facility.   The facility is arranged over three tranches. The first is a conventional and Islamic senior secured, term loan of $350 million over seven years which will be used principally to repay


Willard to Present at High Speed Boat Operations Forum

Bobby Beck (Photo: Willard Marine)

Willard Marine, a manufacturer of aluminum and fiberglass commercial and military boats, will present at the High Speed Boat Operations (HSBO) Forum in Lisbon, Portugal from May 4-6.   The HSBO Forum, gathers professionals from around the world to discuss new development, research


ABS’ Wiernicki Addresses Maine Maritime Academy Graduates

Christopher Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

ABS chairman, president and CEO delivers commencement address at Maine Maritime Academy, receives honorary Doctor of Science degree, speaks at dedication ceremony for ABS campus building   Christopher J. Wiernicki, chairman, president and CEO of ABS, addressed graduating students


Diana Containerships Announces Time Charter Contract

Diana Containerships Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of containerships, has announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it entered into a time charter contract with Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd, for one of its Panamax container vessels


Diana Shipping fixes Post-Panamax

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  Diana Shipping Inc. announced today that through a separate wholly owned subsidiary, it entered into a time charter contract with ADM International Sarl, Rolle, Switzerland, for one of its Post-Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Alcmene


Resolve Hosts 'Damage Control Olympics'

Photo: Resolve Maritime Academy

The Resolve Maritime Academy hosted a day of maritime safety training exercises and competitive activities as part of the 13th Damage Control Olympics.   Teams consisting of sailors and damage control service men and women competed against one another in a series of hands-on training


Dry Bulk Shipping to Stay Low

Image by China COSCO Bulk Shipping (Group) Co., Ltd

 Goldman Sachs can't see an end to the dry cargo downturn until at least 2020 on a glut of vessels and stalling cargo growth, says a report in Bloomberg.   Overcapacity and low fuel prices are bound to keep low dry bulk shipping freight rates for the rest of the decade or even longer.


Floating Storage Picks Up

Floating Storage: Source: Bloomberg / Poten & Partners

 Surprisingly, it seems that the use of VLCCs for floating storage has increased in recent weeks, says a report by Poten & Partners    Information about the ships reveals that about every third vessel on charter contract earlier this year is now being used for floating storage


Mitsui Charters Eight LNG Newbuild

LNG carrier LNG Pioneer. Photo:  Mitsui Lines

 Mitsui & Co. has signed a 25-year time charter deal with Trinity LNG Transport for the eight liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier that will ship the liquefied natural gas from Cameron LNG project in the United States.   “Mitsui has newly contracted yesterday the eighth ship


Diana Containerships Reports Q1 Net Loss

Diana Containerships Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of containerships, has reported a net loss of $0.5 million for the first quarter of 2015, compared to net income of $0.3 million for the respective period of 2014.






 
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