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President Bush signs DHS Appropriations Act

President Bush signed into law the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2006 (H.R. 2360). The legislation is summarized in the Fact Sheet issued by the White House. Among other things, the measure provides $4.8 billion for CBP operations; $5.5 billion for USCG operations; $933 million for the USCG Integrated Deepwater Systems program; and $175 million for port security grants. HK Law


National Defense Authorization Act Signed into Law

The White House said that President Bush signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (H.R. 4986). This is a modified version of the measure that the President refused to sign at the end of 2007. The offending provision, which dealt with lawsuits for Iraqi war crimes, was materially changed. Other provisions, including those relating to operations of the Maritime Administration (MarAd) and various changes to the recent codification of Title 46


Oriskany to be Largest Ship Reefed

The decommissioned aircraft carrier ex-Oriskany (CV/CVA 34) will become the largest ship intentionally sunk as an artificial reef in mid-May. The 888-foot ship will be reefed in the Gulf of Mexico approximately 24 miles off the coast of Pensacola, Fla., and will benefit marine life, sport fishing and recreational diving in the area. In November 2004, President George Bush signed the 2004 National Defense Authorization Act, allowing the Navy to transfer inactive vessels to states, U


USA PATRIOT Act Extension Signed

The White House issued a News Release stating that President Bush signed into law the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 (H.R. 3199). Among other things, this legislation has an entire title devoted to reducing crime and terrorism at America’s seaports. Source: HK Law


President Signs SAFE Port Act

President Bush signed into law the Security and Accountability for Every Port (SAFE Port) Act of 2006 (H.R. 4954). Among other things, this bill, also known as the Port Security Improvement Act of 2006, modifies the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program by requiring the prompt issuance of TWIC cards to maritime employees and the initiation of a pilot program for installation and use of card readers


Deepwater Funding at $724m in FY05 Budget

“Amid extraordinary challenges, our determination, our courage, and our common purpose remain steadfast.” The new appropriations bill provides $6.3 billion for the Coast Guard for FY 2005, an 8.6 percent ($500 million) increase over 2004, and a 66 percent ($2.5 billion) increase over 2001 levels. As part of funding for Coast Guard programs, the appropriations bill includes $724 million for the Deepwater multi year acquisition to modernize and recapitalize the Coast Guard’s inventory of


Ports Applaud Signing of Security Legislation

Public Port Authorities are commending President Bush for signing two key pieces of legislation that combined establish a framework for protecting the United States from maritime terrorism. The Homeland Security Act of 2002 and the Maritime Transportation Security Act were both signed into law at the White House yesterday. The new Department of Homeland Security will coordinate all border security functions, including those that will be responsible for maritime security,


Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2004 Official Text Available

The official text of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2004 (H.R. 2443) as passed by both the House and the Senate has been posted on the Internet. The measure has not yet been signed by President Bush, but there has been no indication that it will not be signed in due course. Source: HK Law


This Day in Naval History--September 2

September 2 1918 - Navy ships and crews assist earthquake victims of Yokohama and Tokyo, Japan 1940 - Destroyer-for-Bases agreement between U.S. and United Kingdom 1944 - USS Finback (SS-230) rescues Lieutenant (jg) George Bush, USNR (VT-51), shot down while attacking Chichi Jima 1945 - Japan signs surrender documents on board USS Missouri (BB-63) at anchor in Tokyo Bay. FADM Chester W. Nimitz, USN, signs for the In different ceremonies, Japanese forces on , Truk


This Day in Naval History – September 2

1918 - Navy ships and crews assist earthquake victims of Yokohama and Tokyo, Japan 1940 - Destroyer-for-Bases agreement between U.S. and United Kingdom 1944 - USS Finback (SS-230) rescues Lieutenant (jg) George Bush, USNR (VT-51), shot down while attacking Chichi Jima 1945 - Japan signs surrender documents on board USS Missouri (BB-63) at anchor in Tokyo Bay. FADM Chester W. Nimitz, USN, signs for the U.S. In different ceremonies, Japanese forces on Palau Islands, Truk


Landrieu Secures OMB Commitment to Meet With LA Port

U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu

Change in leadership is opportunity to demonstrate economic value Louisiana waterways provide nation, highlight need for federal investment. U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., announced that she has secured a commitment from Shaun Donovan


SECNAV Orders Amphibious Transport Dock Ship to Gulf

USS Mesa Verde: Photo USN

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today ordered the amphibious transport dock ship 'USS Mesa Verde' into the Arabian Gulf, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
 The ship has completed its transit through the Strait of Hormuz, the admiral said in a statement.


BHP Billiton Pledges A$6 mi to Bush Blitz II Project

Bush Blitz site Interactive Map

  Alongside partners the Australian Government and Earthwatch, BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities today announced a A$6 million contribution to the second stage of the unique species discovery program, Bush Blitz. BHP Billiton’s contribution will be matched by the Australian


Today in U.S. Naval History: August 6

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 6 1862 - CSS Arkansas destroyed by her commanding officer to prevent capture by USS Essex. 1943 - Battle of Vella Gulf begins. US destroyers sink three of four Japanese destroyers. 1945 - Atomic bomb detonated over Hiroshima, Japan


Qatargas Signs 5-year UK LNG Supply Contract

LNG SPA signing: Photo credit Qatargas

Qatar Liquefied Gas Company Limited (Qatargas) and Petronas LNG (UK) Limited  have signed a 5-year Sales and Purchase Agreement (SPA) for shipment of an annual LNG volume of 1.14 million tones, to the UK, effective January 2014. The LNG will be supplied from Qatargas 4 (Train 7)


China, Russia, Sign Maritime Navigation & Safety MOU

The Ministry of Transport of the People’s Republic of China and the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation have signed a MOU on navigational safety and marine environment protection in Beijing. Both sides reached a consensus on a comprehensive cooperation of maritime safety


ClassNK and Rio Tinto Iron Ore Sign Collaborative Agreement

Right: Mr.Yasushi Nakamura (ClassNK), Left: Mr.Warwick Smith (Rio Tinto Iron Ore)

Classification society ClassNK and Rio Tinto Iron Ore (part of the Rio Tinto Group, one of the world’s largest metal and mining companies), announced that they have signed a collaborative agreement focused on the safe carriage of iron ore.


Navy's Unmanned Plane Take-Off a Seminal 2013 Navy Event

X-47B Aircraft on deck: Photo credit USN

The first-ever launch of an unmanned aircraft from a modern aircraft carrier, the USS George H.W. Bush, was described by Rear Adm. Mat Winter 
Program Executive Officer for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons, as – "An inflection point in history". He adds:


Cummins Names Schacht Commercial Marine GM

Jim Schacht

Cummins Inc. has named Jim Schacht General Manager for the Commercial Marine Business. Working in close cooperation with the Cummins distributor network, Schacht will be responsible for all commercial marine business activities for the Engine Business Unit (EBU) globally


Scalia to Address CGA Corps of Cadets

The Honorable Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, is scheduled to speak at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy March 18, as the 2014 Hedrick Fellow. Justice Scalia will address the corps of cadets in Leamy Hall Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., in an event that is open to the public.


US Warship Heading for Black Sea

USS Truxton: Photo courtesy of USN

The Navy informs that the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer 'USS Truxtun' (DDG 103) has departed Souda Bay, Greece, en route to conduct combined training and theater security cooperation engagements in the Black Sea with Romanian and Bulgarian Naval forces


USS Truxton Change of Command

USS Truxton: Photo courtesy of USN

Guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103) has left the Royal Jordanian Naval Base, just outside of Aqaba, Jordan, following a four-day logistics stop, and a change of command (a Black Sea grounding incident happened on February 12, 2014).


Honolulu Harbor Gets New Security Sign

The new sign in Honolulu Harbor will inform mariners of the 24/7 security zone in the harbor and whom to contact for permission to enter. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Construction will be completed Friday of a new sign informing mariners of the 24/7 security zone in the Honolulu Harbor and whom to contact for permission to enter, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) said in a press announcement. The sign, measuring 12 x 24 feet


Western Gas Route To China May Be Implemented Faster

Vladimir Putin

  Russia 's President Vladimir Putin on Saturday that the Western Said route to supply Gas to China May be Implemented Faster than the eastern route if China is Supportive. Moscow and Beijing have clinched a $ 400 billion Gas Deal this week


Putin says Russia cannot be isolated

President Vladimir Putin

  President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that it is not possible to isolate a country such as Russia and Western sanctions imposed on Moscow over its involvement in Ukraine disrupt the world economy. Speaking to a group of Western journalists on the sidelines of the St Petersburg






 
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