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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

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)

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.

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.

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

LR First to Certify Small Caribbean Ships

Surveyor Umar Ali from LR’s Trinidad office carries out an inspection of the tugboat Trafalgar

  LR is the first class society to certify small commercial ships operating in the Caribbean After becoming the first classification society to issue Cargo Ship Safety and Small Commercial Safety Certificates to two Trinidad and Tobago vessels LR was recently authorised by several Caribbean flag administrations to carry out surveys and issue certificates under new codes on their behalf. As part of the survey and certification services

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.

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)

Exxonmobil Signs Agreement

EXXONMOBIL Marine Fuels (EMMF), the world's largest supplier of marine fuels, has signed a supply agreement with NT Marine of Estonia, the biggest marine fuels trader in the region extending from Tallin in Estonia to St. Petersburg in Russia. The agreement initially covers St Petersburg and all the main ports in Estonia, including Tallin, Muuga, and Paldiski. It may be extended next year to cover other ports, depending on industry developments in the region.

Columbia Group Opens NJ Intermodal Depot

The Columbia Group of Companies will open a new intermodal chassis depot located in Bayonne, NJ on November 16, 2015.   Trac Intermodal will be the first customer to join the depot. Columbia Group, through its affiliates Columbia Container Services and Columbia Intermodal

Ingalls Christens National Security Cutter Munro

Ship’s Sponsor Julie Sheehan smashes a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow of the National Security Cutter Munro. Photo by Lance Davis/HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries'  Shipbuilding division christened the U.S. Coast Guard Nationacompany’s sixth l Security Cutter (NSC), Munro (WMSL 755),  in front of nearly 600 guests.     Julie Sheehan, the great niece of the ship’s namesake

GAC Facilitates Swedish Boats Delivery for Sea Rescue

GAC coordinates delivery of Swedish boats for Eastern Mediterranean sea rescue effort

  Two high-speed boats from Sweden have joined the sea rescue effort in the Eastern Aegean, and it was GAC that coordinated their delivery to Greece. The craft were sent by the not-for-profit NGO, the Swedish Sea Rescue Society (SSRS)

Siem in Profit for Q3

Photo: Siem Shipping

 Oslo-listed Siem Shipping reported a net profit of USD2.5 million (Q3 2014: net loss USD-0.2 million).    The container lines are continuing to use very aggressive pricing strategies to win market share in the reefer segment.   

Port of Kiel: Cruise Shipping Sets Passenger Record

AIDAcara in the port of Kiel (Photo: Port of Kiel)

Press release- This year’s cruise shipping season in Kiel was ending on Tuesday October 20th with a visit by the “AIDAcara”. Overall the port registered 133 calls this year by 25 different ships with a total tonnage of more than 8.6 million GT (an increase of 19.4% over last year)

General Dynamics NASSCO Christens First ECO Tanker for APT

General Dynamics NASSCO hosted a christening ceremony for the first ECO tanker for American Petroleum Tankers (APT) under construction at the company's shipyard in San Diego.   San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer spoke at the ceremony, and the ship’s sponsor, Mrs

Incat Crowther Designs 63m Ferry for Central America

Image: Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther announced it has been commissioned to design a 63-meter monohull passenger ferry vessel for an undisclosed operator in Central American.   The main deck features a cabin hosting 286 first-class seats, 20 lounge seats, four handicap accommodation seating areas

Wärtsilä to Optimize GasLog's LNG Carriers

GasLogs Santiago vessel (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä informs it has signed a maintenance agreement with the GasLog LNG Services Limited that aims to ensure the reliability of operation of GasLog's seven LNG carriers, each having a cargo capacity of 155,000 cbm.   According to Wärtsilä

Ingalls Launches National Security Cutter Munro

The National Security Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) sits in the floating dry dock at Ingalls Shipbuilding prior to its launch on Saturday. (Photo by Lance Davis/HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division launched the U.S. Coast Guard’s newest National Security Cutter (NSC), Munro (WMSL 755), on Saturday, the shipbuilder announced. Munro is the company’s sixth NSC and is expected to deliver by the end of next year

Thomas Miller Acquires Marine Law Firm

Peter Jackson, Head of TM Law

  Thomas Miller the international insurance, professional and insurance services provider announces the acquisition of the partners and staff of specialist marine law firm, Davies Johnson & Co of Plymouth. The acquisition brings an additional six fee earners to the Thomas Miller Law

Titanic's Last Luncheon Menu Heading to Auction

Image: Lion Heart Autographs

More than a century after first-class passengers aboard the ill-fated Titanic ate grilled mutton chops and custard pudding in an elaborate dining room, the ship's last luncheon menu is expected to fetch up to $70,000 in an online auction, a curator said on Monday.  

Anglo-Eastern and Univan Set Sail Together: Largest Ever Ship Management Merger

Pic: Anglo-Eastern Ship Management Ltd

 There has been a great deal of merger activity in the shipping industry over the past few years, especially amongst owners, but, Anglo-Eastern Group and Univan Group have reached an agreement, with the culmination of the largest ever merger of independent

UK's Newest Submarine Arrives on the Clyde

Artful arriving at HMNB Clyde (Photo: U.K. Ministry of Defense)

Artful, the third of the U.K. Royal Navy’s new Astute Class attack submarines, has arrived at her Scottish base port from where she will carry out sea trials before entering service later this year, the U.K. Ministry of Defense announced.  

Merged Anglo-Eastern & Univan Set Sail

Anglo-Eastern Group and Univan Group have reached an agreement which culminates as the largest ever merger of independent, third-party ship management companies, now known as the Anglo-Eastern Univan Group.   Already in the top three global ship management companies

Protesters Face Fines for Dangling from Oregon Bridge

© Tim Aubry / Greenpeace

Five Greenpeace protesters who dangled from a Portland, Oregon, bridge for two days in a bid to block a Royal Dutch Shell ship headed to the Arctic to drill for oil are each facing $5,000 fines from the U.S. Coast Guard, authorities said on Thursday.  

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