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This Day in U.S. Naval History - July 7

1798 - Congress rescinds treaties with France; Quasi War begins with Frigate Delaware capturing French privateer, Croyable.   1846 - Commodore John D. Sloat lands at Monterey and claims California for U.S.   1916 - Thomas A. Edison becomes head of Naval Consulting Board which screens inventions for use by the Navy   1948 - First six enlisted women sworn into Regular Navy. The Navy WAVES in Naval Reserve, who were the first to transfer to the Regular Navy, were Kay Louise Langdon, Aviation Storekeeper First Class; Wilma Juanita Marchal, Chief Yeoman; Frances Teresa Dovaney, Storekeeper, Second Class; Edna Earle Young, Yeoman, Second Class; Doris Roberta Robertson, Teleman, Second Class; and Ruth Flora, Hospital Corpsman, First Class.   Source: Navy News Service  


Beware of First-Class Charterers

The International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has advised shipbrokers against using the term "first-class charterers" when conducting fixture negotiations, following a claim made by shipowners against one of its broker members in respect of the failure of charterers to perform a contracted fixture. Writing in the latest issue of its Claims Review, ITIC explained, “Norwegian shipbrokers were involved in negotiations for a voyage charter


This Day in Naval History - Sept. 03

From the Navy News Service 1782 - As a token of gratitude for French aid during the American Revolution, the United States gives America (first ship-of-the-line built by U.S.) to France to replace a French ship lost in Boston. 1783 - Signing of the Treaty of Paris ends the American Revolution. 1885 - First classes at U.S. Naval War College begin. 1925 - Crash of rigid airship Shenandoah near Byesville, Ohio. 1943 - American landings on Lae and Salamaua.


Statoil Employs Natural Gas Tugs

Statoil to Use Vessels Running on Natural Gas for Eco-Friendly Operations.   Statoil has awarded Buksér og Berging a contract for two escort tugboats to service the Kårstø processing plant on behalf of operator Gassco. The deal secures Kårstø new tugboat capacity with innovative technology for more environment-friendly operations. The two escort tugboats will assist the ships calling at Kårstø


Northrop Donate Naval Software, Present Midshipman Navigation Prize

Presentation of Navigation Award: Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman Corp.

Northrop Grumman Corporation recently donated $3 million worth of training software to the U.S. Naval Academy, and also presented the Elmer A. Sperry Junior Navigator of the Year Award to Midshipman First Class Tyler Ledoux. The company donated 100 licenses of its Voyage Management System (VMS) software to the U. S. Naval Academy Foundation for midshipmen training use at the Naval Academy. The VMS software incorporates the Electronic Chart Display and Information System-Navy (ECDIS-N)


US Warship Makes Singapore Strait Rescue

USS Spruance rescuers & survivor: USN Photo

Boat crew from the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer 'USS Spruance' (DDG 111) have rescued a Filipino mariner who fell overboard from a vessel in transit through the Singapore Strait. The Malaysian-flagged motor vessel Pantagruel made a 'man overboard' distress call and the Spruance picked the man up with its rigid-hull-inflatable boat soon afterwards. He was assessed by the crew as being in stable condition and was then transferred to a Singapore Police Coast Guard vessel.


NASSCO Delivers USNS Pomeroy To U.S. Navy

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) has delivered to the U.S. Navy, USNS Pomeroy - the seventh new construction ship to be completed by NASSCO under the U.S. Navy's Strategic Sealift Program. A total of eight new construction ships and three ship conversions have been granted to NASSCO under the Navy's 20-ship Strategic Sealift Program. All of the vessels, which honor U.S. Army Medal of Honor recipients, are large, medium-speed, RoRo Ships (LMSRs)


Demeroutis Joins Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corporation said that Steve Demeroutis has joined the company as director, labor relations. He is domiciled in Jacksonville and reports to Jerry Dowd, vice president, labor relations, in Seattle. Demeroutis is responsible for all labor relations activities for the East Coast terminal operations including grievance handling, negotiations contact administration, compliance resolution and relationship building with Crowley's union representatives and personnel.


Excel Maritime Enters into Time Charter Agreements

Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd. (NYSE: EXM), an owner and operator of dry bulk carriers and a provider of worldwide seaborne transportation services for dry bulk cargoes, announced that it has chartered M/V Birthday for a time charter consisting of two “laden legs” with an approximate duration of 60 days at a daily rate of $92,750 per day and the M/V Marybelle for a period of minimum 5 up to maximum 7 months at $50,650 per day, both to first class charterers.


Seaspan Container Lines Expands

Seaspan Container Lines has placed an order for nine new 4,250 TEU container ships. The new ships will be chartered to the Canadian shipping company, CP Ships. “It is an honor for us to expand our customer base to include CP Ships. Their people, performance, and history are all first class. We are extremely excited about this new relationship,” said Kyle Washington, CEO and chairman of the Washington Marine Group.


CaroTrans Boosts Services to Central America

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March 6 marks the start of a new service from Los Angeles gateway. CaroTrans, a global NVOCC (non-vessel operating common carrier) and ocean freight consolidator, has announced a new weekly, direct, all-water LCL (less than container load) service from the U.S


Good News for Inland Waterways - Just in Time

On January 17, 2014, Congress averted another government shutdown with a “just in time” delivery of an Omnibus Appropriations bill. Thankfully, some good news for the inland waterways also has arrived; Just in Time! The recent Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, or Omnibus bill


New Orleans Cruise Terminal Upgrade Nearly Complete

Photo: Port of New Orleans

$2.3 million in renovations, expansions and upgrades are nearing completion at the Port of New Orleans’ Erato Street Cruise Terminal ahead of the arrival of the Port’s largest home-port cruise ship to date – the Carnival Dream.


Harkand Charters Jones Act Vessel for Gulf of Mexico

HOS Mystique

Global inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM), survey and light construction contractor Harkand has entered into a charter agreement with Hornbeck Offshore for the offshore construction vessel HOS Mystique for a firm period of two years plus options.


UK MCA Trainee Award to Princess Cruises Man

Philip Cave: Photo courtesy of MCA

Philip Cave, from Fleetwood Nautical College, whose training company is Princess Cruises, has been recognised for his dedication and achievements throughout his training by the award of this year's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Trainee Officer of the Year award.


Ulstein Sells All Six Blue Ship PSVs

Photo: Ulstein

Newly-established offshore shipping company Nordic American Offshore (NAO) has agreed to acquire six platform supply vessels from Blue Ship Invest ( BSI ). The vessels are of the PX121 type, and were designed and constructed by Ulstein in 2012-13


Imtech Marine Extends Service to Australia

André Meijer, Managing Director of Imtech Marine

Imtech Marine has signed an agreement with Electrotech Pty in Australia. With this agreement and strategic partnership, Imtech Marine extends its global service network, now 94 own offices in 30 countries, with eight Electrotech offices in Australia


Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen New Maritime President in DNV GL

Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen

Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen is appointed president in DNV GL Maritime. Ørbeck-Nilssen will take on the role as president from 1 January 2014. He will be member of the Executive Committee and operate out of Hamburg. Tor E. Svensen, CEO DNV GL Maritime


Today in U.S. Naval History: December 16

USS Connecticut (BB-18), leading the Atlantic Fleet to Sea, circa December 1907, probably at the start of the cruise around the world. (Photo: The Navy Department Library)

Today in U.S. Naval History - December 16 1821 - Lt. Robert F. Stockton and Dr. Eli Ayers, a naval surgeon and member of American Colonizing Society, induce a local African king to sell territory for a colony which became the Republic of Liberia.


Irish Coast Guard Upgrades Entire Helicopter Fleet

Photo: Irish COast Guard

Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar officially launched the Coast Guard’s new state-of-the-art S92 search and rescue helicopter for the Dublin region in Weston Airport. This is the fourth Sikorsky S92 helicopter base to come into operation for the Coast Guard and means


First GL Approved Oil Mist Separator

Photo: UT99 AG

UT99 AG, a company in the development and manufacture of oil mist separators for crankcase ventilation of combustion engines and for lubricating oil tank vent for turbines, received Germanischer Lloyd (GL) approval for its oil mist separator.


WCI Responds to State of the Union Address

Michael J. Toohey, President and CEO of Waterways Council, Inc.

Michael J. Toohey, President and CEO of Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI), issued the following statement today regarding President Obama’s State of the Union address last night: Waterways Council, Inc. and its members applaud President Obama’s urging of Congress to pass a Water


Obama Notes Need for Port Investment

Continuing the trend of greater attention being paid to America’s seaports in the national media, among policymakers on Capitol Hill and top officials within the Administration, President Obama included ports and port-related legislation in his State of the Union address last night


Coast Guard Foundation Creates New Scholarship

The Douglas Munro Commemorative Challenge Coin Set

The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of Coast Guard members and their families, announced today it has established the Douglas Munro Scholarship Fund. Named for the only Coast Guard member to be awarded the Medal of Honor


Scholarship Opportunities at SUNY Maritime

Photo courtesy SUNY Maritime

State University of New York Maritime College (SUNY Maritime) announced several scholarship availabilities. The Fort Schuyler Maritime Alumni Association, Inc. (FSMAA) is offering $3,000 scholarships to First Class Cadets making both cruises and $1


 
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