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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)

Volvo Penta Doubles Service Interval

Aquamatic sterndrive diesel engine

  Volvo Penta today announced a new extended service interval for its commercial marine diesel engines.   Under the new program, owners can double the maximum oil change interval to 1,000 hours for Volvo Penta D9, D11, D13 and D16 engines by meeting the following requirements:   Follow the 1,000-hour protocol, including a Volvo Penta oil analysis Use genuine Volvo Penta oil filters Use genuine Volvo Penta engine oil Use fuel with maximum 500 ppm sulfur content  

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

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

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

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

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


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:  

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

Diana Shipping Continues Charter with RWE

m/v Maia (Photo: Diana Shipping)

Diana Shipping Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, today announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has agreed to extend the present time charter contract with RWE Supply & Trading GmbH, Essen, Germany

Marco Polo Terminates Rig Contract with Sembmarine

Pic: Sembcorp Marine Ltd

 Marco Polo Marine has unilaterally terminated a rig building order worth US$214.3 million from a subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine.   Sembcorp Marine on early Wednesday morning said its subsidiary, PPL Shipyard, will regard the termination by Marco Polo Drilling (I) of the US$214

Sandra Could Reach Hurricane Strength

Sandra Image credit NASAGSFC.

  Interests in southern portions of the Baja California peninsula have been advised to monitor the progress of Sandra, as Tropical Storm or Hurricane Watches may be required for portions of this area later today (25 November). According to the Hurricane Sandra Advisory No

SSA Welcomes Decision To Extend BEO


  The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) has welcomed the decision by Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry to extend the Competition (Block Exemption for Liner Shipping Agreements) Order (BEO) for another five years until 31 December 2020

Italy's LSCT Executives Tour Asian Logistics Hubs

Cecilia Battistello

  In Singapore, senior executives from Italy's La Spezia Container Terminal - Contship Italia Group will kick off a tour of key cargo hubs across south east and east Asia today to raise awareness and promote the benefits of La Spezia Homeport as the gateway to Northern Italy and its main

Hapag-Lloyd Extends IPO to Nov 3

File Image: a Hapag-Lloyd containership.

German container shipping group Hapag-Lloyd has extended the offer period for its initial public offering (IPO) by a week to Nov. 3, the company said on Tuesday. Books were slated to close on Tuesday and trading was to start Friday, but demand for the shares remains subdued even after

Fincantieri Endorses ExxonMobil EALs

Image: ExxonMobil

Mobil SHC Aware H 46 and Mobil SHC Aware H 68, part of ExxonMobil Marine Fuels and Lubricants’ range of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EAL), have received approval from Fincantieri Marine System Division, the marine equipment manufacturer of the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri.

Abu Dhabi Ports Sees Cargo Volumes Rise

(Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports)

Abu Dhabi Ports―the master developer, operator and manager of ports and industrial zones in the emirate―said it handled 19 percent more general and bulk cargo in the first nine months of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014. The volumes increased to 11

Scandlines’ New Ferries All Set to Sail

Simulator picture by Scandlines

  Preparations for the forthcoming introduction of the two new Scandlines ferries for Gedser-Rostock are in full swing. All the Danish and German officers are currently completing their training in the company owned simulator in Puttgarden, Germany.  

La Spezia CT Wraps up Asian Tour


  Senior executives from Italy’s La Spezia Container Terminal - Contship Italia Group, wrapped up a whirlwind tour of key supply chain hubs in South East Asia and China this week with a presentation and networking event in Shanghai.

DP World Now Sole Owner of Southampton Box Terminal

Dubai-listed ports operator DP World has became sole owner of the company which operates Southampton container terminal after it bought the remaining 49 percent stake held by Associated British Ports (ABP), the company said on Monday. DP World also said it extended the license agreement for DP

Cosco Compensates Sevan

Image: Sevan Drilling ASA

 COSCO Corp (Singapore) will refund $26.3 million, or 5 percent of the contract price, plus associated interest to Sevan Drilling by December 1, 2015.   Sevan Drilling and Cosco have agreed to exercise the first six-month option to extend the deferral agreement to April 15, 2016

OPTION Attracts New Partner for Oil Recovery

This Project combines novel technologies and recent scientific discoveries with the ambition of creating a game changer in the oil field

  OPTION (Optimizing Oil Production by Novel Technology Integration) aims to significantly improve simulation tools for the prediction and control of the flow between the horizontal wells and the reservoir – with a focus on enhancing oil recovery.

BMT – DoT Partnership Extended

BMT JFA Consultants has completed number of projects  courtesy BMT JFA

  BMT JFA Consultants, together with sister company BMT Oceanica, subsidiaries of BMT Group (BMT), have announced that the Western Australian Department of Transport (DoT) has taken up the Contract option to extend its current contract for a further two years.  

Swiss Shipping Line and ACC Annouce Blue Alliance Shipping

Logo by Blue Alliance Shipping

 Swiss Shipping Line and Africa Car Carrier announce the starting up of their joint venture company under the name "Blue Alliance Shipping."   Blue Alliance Shipping pools resources and many years of experience of the founding companies which combine their activities in the

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