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This Day in Coast Guard History – May 13

1905- An Executive Order extended the jurisdiction of the Lighthouse Service to the noncontiguous territory of Guam Island. 1952- The Coast Guard announced the establishment of an Organized Reserve Training Program, the first in U.S. Coast Guard history.  Morton G. Lessans was sworn in as the first member of the Organized Air Reserve on 12 December 1951. 1986-CGC Manitou stopped  the 125-foot Sun Bird in 7th District waters and her boarding team discovered 40,000 pounds of marijuana hidden aboard.  The boarding team then located the vessel's builder's plate and learned that the Sun Bird was the decommissioned "buck-and-a-quarter" cutter Crawford.  The former cutter and her 14-man crew were taken into custody.  A newspaper article describing the incident noted: "If Crawford was a person, Miami would have probably seen it blush . . . The ex-Coast Guard cutter received more publicity for smuggling the drugs than for its 20-year Coast Guard career." (Source: USCG Historian’s Office)

Virginia Tech Ocean Engineering Students Visit USS Memphis

Fast attack submarine USS Memphis (SSN 691) departs Port Everglades, Fla., to provide tours to Virginia Tech students during Fleet Week 2007. Fleet Week celebrates the U.S. Navy through community relation projects and tours of various ships. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Christopher Lange By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) Robert Keilman, Commander, Submarine Force Public Affairs

Training: Cutting Costs While Remaining Cutting Edge

Learning and development should not be seen as an extra cost but as a vital element of project and business delivery. It should be acknowledged that cutting training budgets will have a significant impact on the business. Professional development increases productivity, improves employee interaction and reduces staff churn, all of which contribute to a positive impact on the bottom line.” Jenny Matthew, Head of Courses at Jee Ltd.

Businesses are operating in tough economic times, with budgets being significantly cut during the current industry downturn. Unfortunately, when lowering costs is a key priority, learning and development budgets have historically been one of the first areas to take the hit, yet projects still need to be completed and delivered to the highest possible standard. It’s well-proven that investing in learning and staff development is essential to ensure immediate and long-term business

Shipbuilding Career Day at Old Dominion

Photo courtesy Old Dominion University

The Shipbuilding Repair and Maritime Career Day Event 2010 was held in the Ted Constant Convocation Center on March 30 in Norfolk, Virginia. About 700 students and 70 teachers from different schools in Hampton Roads area participated in this daylong event. This year the scope of this event was extended to include maritime industry. The event offered an educational and fun-filled environment for middle and high school students to learn about various career options in shipbuilding

UK Marine Safety Agency Releases Digest 2012

The Annual Digest of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) informs of lessons learned from recent accident & incident investigations. MAIB examines and investigates all types of marine accidents to or on board UK vessels worldwide, and other vessels in UK territorial waters. This Safety Digest draws the attention of the marine community to some of the lessons arising from investigations into recent accidents and incidents


Michael Carpenter

DNV KEMA launches CO2MPETENCY, a new project learning service for the CO2 management and CCS industries to accelerate world-wide competency building.   Building on the insights developed as a result of a broad portfolio of knowledge sharing and dissemination work, DNV KEMA is now launching a new knowledge management service for the CO2 management and CCS industries to accelerate worldwide competency building. The new service supports:  

Navy MCM Divers Conduct Training with French Navy

A diver assigned to the Navy’s Special Clearance Team One (NSCT-1), returns to his boat for extraction during a joint training with the French Navy. The training allowed French divers to learn and observe NSCT-1 divers and the various platoons they have developed since 2002. In February, NSCT-1 members will travel to Toulon, France to switch roles and observe the French divers, mine counter measures tactics and participate in an amphibious exercise with the French Navy. U.S

Online BWM Tools Launched

The revamped GloBallast website offers free access to online e-learning tools for anyone involved with the operational aspects of ballast water management. (Image: IMO)

Spreading the word on ballast water management – new free online tools launched   A new online learning portal including a free e-learning course on the Operational Aspects of Ballast Water Management (BWM) was launched today by the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloBallast Partnerships Program and the Global Industry Alliance (GIA).   The online tools have been developed by the GloBallast project, with financial support from the GIA to assist with the wider implementation of the

Shipping Training Gets U.K. Government Boost

ITS Training Services is one of the five training centers in the U.K. to receive a Center of Vocational Excellence award. The award, worth $443,334, was issued by the Learning and Skills Council, the government body responsible for all post-16 education in England. It recognizes the role ITS Training Services plays in providing high quality, specialist training and consultancy in the fields of shipping and international trade and provides funding for the further development of learning

Simulation Companies Join to Teach ECDIS

Videotel, Safebridge and MSG join forces to offer a co-ordinated learning approach to ECDIS.   Maritime training software supplier Videotel joins hands with distance learning specialists Safebridge and MSG to offer the maritime community their ECDIS training courses, now updated to follow the latest IMO STCW amendments.   Deck officers who gain an interim certification of successful foundation training from Videotel

ADF’s New Amphibious Capability Demonstrated

One of HMAS Canberra’s Landing Craft transfers Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles at the completion of security operations around Bramston Beach, North Queensland.

  Australia’s newest military capability, the Amphibious Ready Element, has demonstrated its capacity in waters off the North Queensland coast during the Sea Series of exercises.   Conducted by the Brisbane-based Deployable Joint Force Headquarters

Maersk to Install Inmarsat's Entertainment Service


  The leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, today announced that Maersk Tankers, the owner and operator of one of the world’s largest fleets of product tankers, has chosen to install Inmarsat’s Fleet Media maritime entertainment service on 30 of its

MARAD Backs Emissions Reduction Projects

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced it will provide more than $1 million to support the development of two new emission-reducing maritime solutions. The first is a liquefied natural gas (LNG) conversion demonstration project

Kalmar to Upgrade MSC Terminal VLC (Valencia) Cranes

MSC Terminal Valencia - Port of Valencia, Spain

  Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has announced a large contract to heighten and extend the handling capabilities of eight ship-to-shore (STS) cranes at MSC Terminal VLC in Valencia, Spain. The order is the largest ever for Kalmar Crane Upgrades business

Navy Kicks Off Tours with Industry Program


  The Navy kicked off a new program Oct. 5, designed to give high performing officers and Sailors experience at large corporations for approximately one year. Three participants began work today with Amazon in Seattle, Washington, and two with FedEx, in Memphis, Tennessee

USS Porter Hosts Career Day

Children from Shkolla Internacional Jo Publike in Albania tour USS Porter (DDG 78), during a community relations event while anchored off the coast of Albania

  The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) hosted a group of 9th and 10th grade students from the International School of Vlore, Albania for a career day and cultural learning event Sept. 26, 2015. The community relations (COMREL) event was intended to

New Class Rules Favor Seawater Lubricated Props

Thordon Bearings’ seawater-lubricated propeller shaft bearing system meets classification society rules for extended shaft withdrawal periods (Image: Thordon Bearings)

Classification societies are changing their monitoring rules for seawater-lubricated propeller shafts in line with the rules governing the inspection and withdrawal of oil-lubricated stern tube systems.   China Classification Society (CCS), for example

RigNet Partners Inmarsat to Offer Fleet Xpress

Mark Slaughter, RigNet’s CEO and President Courtesy Linked in

  RigNet, Inc., a global provider of remote managed offshore communications solutions, telecoms systems integration services and collaborative applications to the oil and gas industry, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Inmarsat to offer Fleet Xpress

Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk Partner on Dangerous Goods Safety

Hapag-Lloyd’s Berlin Express (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

Hapag-Lloyd and Maersk Line have agreed to cooperate in increasing the safety of dangerous goods following a meeting today in Hamburg in which Maersk Line showed interest to implement a tracing system similar to Hapag-Lloyd’s watchdog program into its business processes.  

HII’s Petters Receives Lone Sailor Award

HII President and CEO Mike Petters (center) receives the United States Navy Memorial’s Lone Sailor Award, presented by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson (left) and Navy Memorial Foundation President and CEO John Totushek (Photo by Jeff Malet

Mike Petters, president and CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), was presented with the United States Navy Memorial's Lone Sailor Award on Thursday during the annual Lone Sailor Awards dinner at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.  

River Information System Updated in Bulgaria

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov at the inauguration ceremony (Photo: Transas)

The Consortium BulRIS II led by Transas has completed the second phase of the BULRIS project, funded by the Operational Program "Transport" 2007 – 2013. The system was delivered to the Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company (BPI Co

Kooiman BV Contracts for Survey, Life-Extension of SWATH

Photo: Kooiman

The Dutch Pilotage Service contracted with Kooiman BV for a major maintenance survey and life-extension of its SWATH vessel Cetus en Persues. The SWATH, a catamaran vessel measuring 25.7 x 14.3 x 2.7m was built in 2005.   Combined with regular special survey

New Cranes for Felixstowe Port

Three new cranes have been delivered to the Port of Felixstowe’s Berth 8&9. The Berth 9 extension will be operational during the fourth quarter of 2015.

  Three new ship-to-shore gantry cranes have been delivered to the Port of Felixstowe, the Port of Britain. Built by ZPMC in Shanghai, the new cranes will be operated on the port’s Berth 8&9 which are currently being extended to increase the port’s ability to handle the

USS Cowpens Holds Cruiser Modernization Induction

USS Cowpens

  The guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) was inducted as the first ship to undergo a modernization effort that will significantly upgrade its capabilities in multiple mission areas, Sept. 25, at Naval Base San Diego. The CG Phased Modernization Program is designed to balance the

Emerging Tech of Online Education and Training

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The emerging technology tool is embraced by award winning West Kentucky Community & Technical College’s Inland Logistics and Marine Institute and its students. Years ago, it was not uncommon for a deckhand on a towboat with no higher education to work his way up the ladder to become a

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