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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


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


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


DNV KEMA Launches CO2MPETENCY

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


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

Photo credit USN

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


Navy E-Learning Afloat Achieves Milestones

The months of May and June marked two important milestones for the Navy's e-Learning program in the Afloat (NEL Afloat) environment: the highest monthly total completions and 100,000 total course completions, respectively. Averaging 220 course completions per day since the capability was deployed, NEL Afloat surpassed 100,000 total course completions June 5. Secondly, during the month of May, ships reported 22,775 course completions


Seafarers Beware – Social Media Ahead

Photo courtesy of Videotel

Videotel, part of KVH Industries, Inc., has launched a new program, Social Media at Sea, addressing the unique dangers of inappropriate use of social media by shipboard personnel and providing simple solutions to ensure that seafarers understand the dangers - and benefits - of this onboard


Maritime NZ Oil Spill Response Review: Submissions

Oil spill response: Photo credit LOSCO

Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says it invites submissions on its draft updated New Zealand Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy 2014 (the draft Strategy). The draft Strategy, (available at http://bit.ly/1pe6p46) is based on the current version but substantially updated to include lessons learned


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


Coast Guard Foundation's “BUY A BRICK” a Big Success

Sample of the commemorative bricks available for the Sault Ste. Marie project

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that its Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan community center program is nearing its goal and that the “Buy a Brick” program is a key


US see Credible Prospect of Nuclear deal with Iran

Josh Earnest

  The White House said on Friday there was a "credible prospect for a comprehensive deal" with Iran over its nuclear program that made it necessary to extend talks with Western powers another four months. "This extension will allow us to continue the negotiations while


HII Completes Sea Trials on Fourth National Security Cutter

Fourth National Security Cutter

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today the successful completion of builder’s sea trials for the company’s fourth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter, Hamilton (WMSL 753). The ship, built by HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division


American Club Expands E-Learning Offering

The American P&I Club has added to its library of e-learning modules released in cooperation with IDESS IT in the Philippines. The new module covers compliance with The Code of Practice for the Safe Loading and Unloading of Bulk Carriers (BLU Code)


Arctic Marine Oil Pollution Prevention: Task Force Meets

Arctic drilling platform: File photo

When the Arctic Council’s Task Force on Arctic Marine Oil Pollution Prevention (TFOPP) met recently in Ottawa, it says it took important steps towards developing the Action Plan for oil pollution prevention mandated by Ministers in Kiruna


U.S. Firm sells Condensate to Mitsubishi

A U.S. energy company has found a second buyer in Japan for its condensate, an ultra-light oil, paving the way for more excess barrels from the United States to head to Asia to meet growing demand. Enterprise Product Partners has signed a short-term contract to sell condensate to Japanese


U.S., Iran Says Nuclear Talks Big Differences Persist in Vienna

Secretary of State John Kerry

  Secretary of State of the United States, John Kerry said Sunday that there are still large differences between Iran and six world powers negotiating over Tehran's nuclear program, comments echoed by the Islamic Republic, while the deadline approaches to reach an agreement.


Ingalls Shipbuilding Celebrates Apprentice Graduation

Graduate apprentices 2014: Photo HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) informs that it has held a graduation ceremony for graduates of Ingalls Shipbuilding's Apprentice School. The ceremony, held at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention Center, celebrated the accomplishments of 72 students representing various crafts at Ingalls.


Shipbuilders Havyard 'First Taste' Program for 20 Youngsters

Young ship designers: Image Havyard

Norway's Havyard says that for two weeks 20 young adults have been participating in the company's introduction program, visiting some of the locations where it is located: Fosnavåg, Ålesund, Leirvik and Sopot, Poland. Different activities


Holton Tours Newport News’ Apprentice School

Apprentices Jason Marshall (left) and Matthew Stanley (center) greet Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton in the lobby of The Apprentice School before her tour led by the school’s director, Everett Jordan (right). Photo by Chris Oxley/HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton Wednesday for a tour of The Apprentice School at the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division. Danny Hunley, Newport News' vice president of operations, and Everett Jordan


Citizens Academy by Border Patrol

SAFE Boat used for operations by U.S. Border Patrol in Niagara Falls.

  The U.S. Border Patrol will conduct a Citizens Academy beginning Aug. 1, at the Niagara Falls Border Patrol Station. This program is designed to provide local residents an opportunity to learn about the U.S. Border Patrol and its role in the community


PMA and ILWU Provide Update on Contract Talks

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  The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) today issued the following statement: The parties have agreed to take a 72-hour break from negotiations on a new coast-wide contract while the ILWU attends to an unrelated negotiation






 
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