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Cutter DEPENDABLE Completes Patrol off the Northeast Coast of the U.S.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter DEPENDABLE will be returning to homeport, Cape May, New Jersey, on Monday, July 28, 2003, following a 56-day deployment. DEPENDABLE, a 210 foot Medium Endurance Cutter, has a 72-person crew and spends over 185 days a year deployed from the Hague line off the Northeastern United States to the Caribbean. Her primary missions are law enforcement, search and rescue, and maritime homeland security. On this deployment, DEPENDABLE focused on conducting Operation Atlantic Venture to enforce fisheries laws and ensure the safety of all who sail offshore from New Jersey to the Gulf of Maine. In only six weeks, DEPENDABLE boarded over 70 fishing vessels, conducted 7 multi-unit Search and Rescue cases and terminated the voyage of one fishing vessel in especially hazardous condition. In a unique event, DEPENDABLE also escorted a private vessel carrying the First Lady of the United States on a short cruise along the U.S. coast. Commercial fishing has been noted to be one of the most dangerous jobs in America. In addition to enforcing fisheries laws, DEPENDABLE boarding teams inspected fishing vessels to ensure compliance with the Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Act. This law, which was passed in 1988, protects the lives of every fisherman who goes to sea by requiring specific safety equipment on every fishing vessel


Spain Takes Center Stage in Hamburg

The Spanish shipbuilding industry will be at the forefront of this year's Shipbuilding, Machinery & Marine Technology International Trade Fair (SMM 2000), which will be held in Hamburg, Germany from September 26-30. With the efforts of Instituto Español de Comercio Exterior (ICEX), the conference will bring together, in the Spanish pavilion, the biggest ever representation of Spanish shipyards at one exclusive international event.


Port of San Diego Generates $7.6b Regional Impact

Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal (Photo courtesy of the Port of San Diego)

The Port of San Diego plays a critical role in San Diego County's economic rebound by pumping more than $7.6 billion a year into the region from employment, sales and purchases of goods and services, according to a recent report.   "The data confirms the Port of San Diego is a powerful regional economic engine with substantial benefits reaching far and wide," said Board of Port Commissioners Chairman Dan Malcolm


Seattle Shipyard $29m Icebreaker Contract

U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced that Todd Shipyards, a Seattle-based company, has been awarded a five-year $29m contract to retrofit the United States Coast Guard’s Polar Class icebreaker, Polar Star.  As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Murray helped secure $30.3m in the FY2009 Homeland Security Appropriations bill to re-activate the USCGC Polar Star, which is currently in caretaker status.


New Maritime Satellite Voice Terminal

Thuraya Telecommunications Company unveiled today at CommunicAsia 2012 in Singapore its SF2500 maritime satellite voice terminal, developed jointly with partner Addvalue Communications Pte Ltd.   Thuraya is using its existing success in providing satellite communications to more than 140 countries around the globe to diversify into selected vertical sectors. Having sold over 600,000 handsets worldwide, the move is another significant step for Thuraya as it continues to expand its


New Name, Logo and Segment for Fish Expo

Fish Expo Seattle, the world's largest commercial fishing event, has undergone a few changes. First, the name has been changed to incorporate another facet of the commercial marine industry. The trade event will now be known as Fish Expo and Workboat Northwest. In changing its name, the convention has updated its logo to encompass a more complete and dynamic view of the commercial marine market. "While Fish Expo has traditionally been a commercial fishing show


U.S. Coast Guard Focus on Commercial Fishing Boat Safety

The Coast Guard urges commercial fishing vessel operators to undergo mandatory safety examinations prior to enforcement of new regulations. All commercial fishing, fish tender and fish processing vessels that operate or transit more than three nautical miles offshore must demonstrate full compliance with fishing industry vessel safety regulations during a mandatory safety examination. To demonstrate compliance with this new regulation


Faroe Islands first for Alnmaritec

Alnmaritec, the specialist aluminium boat builder based in Northumberland, recently announced delivery of the first of boat that it has built to operate in the Faroe Islands.   The ‘Krossteinur’ is one of the popular Wave Angler class from Alnmaritec and she is a rugged and versatile support catamaran built to withstand the rigours of operation in the harsh environment of a fish farm offshore of the Faroe Islands. She is fitted with a 4


DNV GL Launches Rules for US Fishing Fleet

DNV GL said it is the only classification society to develop rules specifically for the US domestic fishing fleet, addressing how fishing vessels are designed, built and maintained for safety. (Photo: DNV GL)

The fishing vessel industry fatality rate is 30 times higher than the average of all U.S. industries. To address this, U.S. legislation requires that all new fishing vessels larger than 50 feet must be built to classification rules. DNV GL is the only classification society to develop rules specifically for the U.S. domestic fishing fleet, addressing how fishing vessels are designed, built and maintained for safety.  


Congressional Report Will Help NOAA Fisheries Resolve Overcapitalization

A NOAA-funded independent report analyzing U.S. fishing subsidies should play a strong role in efforts to right-size the U.S. fishing fleet, said NOAA. The report is also expected to assist NOAA Fisheries managers as they develop domestic programs for meeting international plans of action to reduce world fishing capacity. The U.S. is spearheading international efforts to deal with the global problem of "too many fishing boats chasing too few fish


Vigor’s Tacoma Yard Delivers Breasting Barges to Foss

Photo courtesy of Vigor Industrial

Vigor Industrial expands its newbuild capacity in Washington; Tacoma yard delivers three breasting barges   Fabrication teams at Vigor Industrial’s Tacoma, Wash. shipyard have delivered three 60’ x 24’ x 15.5’ breasting barges to Foss Maritime


Italian Navy Takes Back Fishing Boat Seized Near Libya

The Italian navy took back control on Friday of a Sicilian fishing boat that had been seized overnight by unknown assailants near the Libyan coast, the defence ministry said. The stretch of Mediterranean Sea has grown increasingly chaotic in recent years as hundreds of thousands of people risk


Vopak Workers Plan One Day Strike at 11 Dutch Terminals

Vopak workers are planning strike action at all 11 of the company's oil, gas and chemical terminals in the Netherlands on April 22, union officials said on Wednesday.   Union official Albert van Damme said the strike action would effectively halt operations at the terminals during the


Indonesia, Norway to Cooperate on Deep Sea Technology

Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg and Indonesian President Joko Widodo (By dfa-deplu)

 Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg agreed to cooperate on deep sea technology for oil and gas exploration and maritime sector.   Norway has been advanced on deep sea technology and Indonesia thinks it is beneficial to have cooperation in this


Staff to Strike at Vopak after Wage Talks Break Down

Unions at Dutch oil storage company Vopak said staff would begin a series of strikes at the company's terminals after talks aimed at securing improved employment conditions for 800 staff broke down on Tuesday afternoon.   A union official said the strike would begin at 2000 GMT and last a


Most Seafarers are Content at Sea -Survey

Photo: Alex Sergienko

BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report 2015: preliminary results of new seafarer survey shows majority are content with life at sea   A new survey being carried out as part of the BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report 2015 is directly engaging seafarers in order to understand their views on life at sea and outlook


Skipper Fined for Breakwater Collision

At a hearing today at South Shields Magistrates Court, Robert Trueman, the Owner/Skipper of a fishing vessel was fined a total of £5,000 plus costs of £4,536.18 after pleading guilty for failing to keep a good lookout. Trueman was also ordered to carry out 120 hours of community


Seafarers Content with Life at Sea - BIMCO/ICS Report

Courtesy BIMCO -  ICS

  A new survey being carried out as part of the BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report 2015 is directly engaging seafarers in order to understand their views on life at sea and outlook for the industry’s manpower in the years ahead. Preliminary results of the new survey indicate that the majority


US Fishermen Seek Federal Action against Illegal Fishing

Florida Rep. David Jolly listens to Mark Hubbard, CEO of Hubbards Marina in Johns Pass, Fla., explain how foreign illegal fishing in the Gulf of Mexico is hurting commercial fishing throughout the Gulf region. (Photo: Gulf Coast Leadership Conference)

Gulf of Mexico fishermen are threatened by a daily wave of foreign illegal fishing vessels and the U.S. fishing industry is calling on Congress to take action, Florida business owners said April 8 at an event hosted by the Gulf Coast Leadership Conference.  


Light-Off for Pasha’s New ConRo

Image: Pasha

ConRo vessel M/V Marjorie has attained main engine light off while under final construction at VT Halter Marine, Pascagoula, Miss., signaling that the ship’s complex network of systems is complete and functional prior to delivery to Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii


Murray & Associates Hosts 4th Fishing Challenge

Photo courtesy of Murray & Associates

A group of industry professionals from the commercial maritime sector gathered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on March 28 to participate in Murray & Associates LLC’s 2015 Fishing Challenge.   The naval architect and marine engineering group hosted the tournament for the fourth


Canada’s Ferries Call for Infrastructure Investment

Industry Minister James Moore told CTV’s Question Period, yesterday, that Canadians will soon be seeing “very large-scale [infrastructure] announcements in every part of the country.”  Moore went on to say that these investments will benefit Canadians and increase


US Navy's New Drone Named WANDA

Image: Naval Research Laboratory

 The US Navy is developing a duck-like drone, the Flimmer (Flying Swimmer), that can both fly and swim. The drone, it says, can reach operational areas more quickly by flying over the surface of the water.   In addition to both a rear-facing propeller and wings


Cruise Port Business Redefined

Cruise ships berth at the Port of New Orleans Erato Street Cruise Terminal and Julia Street Cruise Terminal.

New Orleans builds enviable cruise traffic on top of a carefully crafted business plan.    It may surprise you to learn that, on the lower Mississippi River, cruise traffic now accounts for over one fifth of all revenue at the Port of New Orleans, a major cargo hub


Illegal Fishing Threatens to Revive Somali Piracy

Somali officials say foreign ships plundering fish stocks; Somali piracy greatly reduced due to security measures. A rise in illegal fishing off Somalia could spark a resurgence in piracy, United Nations and Somali fishing officials have warned






 
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