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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


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


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


DNV KEMA Launches CO2MPETENCY

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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:  


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


Littoral Combat Ship Council Established by CNO

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The US Navy's Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) sets up a high-powered board to oversee introduction of LCS vessels into the Fleet. The council is to be made up of four Navy vice admirals to oversee continued fleet testing and introduction of littoral combat ship (LCS) sea frames, mission modules, and mission packages. The focus of the LCS Council will first be to develop a class-wide plan of action to address the areas identified as needing improvement in recent assessments and reviews


Crowley Gives Scholarships to Two Student Employees

UNF seniors Matthew Petrone (left) and Olivia Musselwhite (Right) each received $2,500 from Crowley toward their continued education. (Photo courtesy of Crowley)

Crowley Maritime Corporation recently awarded Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships to two University of North Florida (UNF) students who are also currently part-time employees with the company. UNF seniors Olivia Musselwhite and Matthew Petrone each received $2,500 towards their continued education. Leonora Bojko-Sosa and Kathy Lonetto, human resources representatives for Crowley, recognized the two at an annual reception on November 7 at the University Center on the UNF campus in


Australia: Maritime SAR in Asia Pacific a Priority

Defense force personnel from Australia are in China for Exercise Cooperation Spirit 2014 which begins today. The exercise aims to enhance coordination and cooperation between Australia, China and New Zealand in responding to unforeseen disasters that occur in the Asia-Pacific


OW Bunker Bankruptcy has ‘Limited Impact’ on Monjasa

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Though OW Bunker’s collapse has varyingly affected many companies around the globe, Danish bunker fuel provider Monjasa A/S said in a statement that the news holds an “insignificant commercial impact” for its business as the company has had only limited financial exposure towards


Environmental Groups: IMO Polar Code Too Weak

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) today adopted the Polar Code aimed at regulating shipping in Polar Regions. Several environmental groups have criticized the measures for not going far enough to protect the Arctic and Antarctic environments


Everett College to Launch New Research Boat

Phocoena (Photo courtesy of Everett Community College)

Everett Community College’s Ocean Research College Academy (ORCA) will launch its new research vesel on November 22 with a celebration at 11 a.m. at the Port of Everett.   The dedication of the Phocoena (the scientific name for harbor porpoise


USCG Reponds to Boat Fire Near Cushing Island

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  A Coast Guard Station South Portland, Maine, crew responded to a boat fire aboard a 30-foot lobster boat in the vicinity of Cushing Island, Maine, Monday. The Portland dispatch notified Station South Portland at about 12:20 p.m., of a fire aboard the lobster boat Hard Bottom with one


Regulatory Okay for UK Offshore Wind Farm Extension

Existing wind farm has 367 MW capacity; extension is for a further 750 MW capacity. The British government has given consent for an offshore wind farm off Cumbria in the Irish Sea to be extended, Britain's Planning Inspectorate said on Friday, tripling its total electricity generation capacity


Wärtsilä Expands Valve Range

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Wärtsilä Shipham Valves has extended its range of duplex and super duplex stainless steel valves to cover higher pressure ratings. The full product range of Wärtsilä Shipham Valves, including gate, globe, check, ball and butterfly valves


The Pitfalls of Confidentiality Agreements

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ITIC has advised shipbrokers, consultants and other advisers not to sign confidentiality agreements which restrict their ability to do business. Noting that it is increasingly being asked to comment on confidentiality (or so-called nondisclosure) agreements, ITIC said


Ensco plc Declares Cash Dividend

  Ensco plc announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of US$0.75 per Class A ordinary share payable on 19 December 2014. The ex-dividend date for this payment is expected to be 4 December 2014, with a record date of 8 December 2014.


Ebola Safety Video Launched for Mariners

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"Ebola - Staying Safe," produced by maritime e-learning provider Videotel explains the dangers of ebola and its impact on ships and seafarers KVH Industries, Inc. is offering Videotel's new video about Ebola safety free to all mariners worldwide in an effort to increase awareness of


Speedcast Secures Deal with AMPTC

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SpeedCast International Limited announced that it has been awarded a multiyear contract from Arab Maritime Petroleum Transport Company (AMPTC), a provider of maritime transport services of hydrocarbon substances in the Middle East region.  SpeedCast will provide satellite network connectivity


Keeping Their Cool – Marine Clutches and Brakes

Wichita provides expertise in such applications allowing it to add value to the design process as well as providing innovative materials and solutions for a wide range of marine applications

The marine environment is extremely harsh and delivering equipment capable of performing reliably and efficiently requires expert design engineers combined with advanced materials technology. Neil Wright, Managing Director of Wichita Clutch, assesses the requirements of modern marine clutches and


FMC Commissioner Doyle Weighs In

FMC Commissioner William P. Doyle

Commissioner William P. Doyle's remarks at the Commission Briefing on Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Port Congestion Forum, November 13 2014 in Baltimore, MD.   Commissioner Doyle's remarks, as follows: On October 1, 2014, Commissioner Lidinsky and I hosted the Mid-Atlantic and


Seychelles Holds Coast Guard and Marine Police Training

Photo courtesy of EUCAP Nestor

Closing ceremonies for two training courses carried out by EUCAP Nestor in cooperation with authorities were held on November 14 in the Seychelles. After two weeks of training, 16 lieutenants and second lieutenants selected from different services of the Seychelles Defense Force (Coast Guard


RSC Bio Solutions: SVGP Compliant Fluids & Cleaners

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RSC Bio Solutions said that its EnviroLogic Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs), including hydraulic, stern tube and thruster oils, and SAFECARE cleaners and their constituent components have been evaluated by independent laboratories to meet the U.S






 
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