More than 1,500 Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and the guided missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) arrived in Oct. 12 for the city's annual Fleet Week celebration. Fleet Week San Francisco, held since 1981, is an opportunity for the public to meet their Navy and Marine Corps team. It also allows the Navy and Marine Corps to showcase their personnel, equipment, technology and capabilities while highlighting the history they have with . During the three-day visit, Bonhomme Richard and Pinckney will host public ship visits and participate in various community events. This year's Fleet Week coincides with both the Navy's 233rd birthday as well as the 100th anniversary of the Great White Fleet. Although 's Fleet Week has been an ongoing tradition for 27 years, for some Sailors it is their first visit to the area. Also participating in Fleet Week San Francisco is the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL-750).
USS Wasp (LHD 1) passes the Statue of Liberty as the ship enters New York Harbor during the parade of ships on the opening day of the 20th anniversary of Fleet Week New York. More than 3,000 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen will participate in various community relations (COMREL) projects and see the sights in New York City during fleet week. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Tackitt (Source: U.S. Navy)
Chief Musician Scott Foote leads the Navy Region Southwest Band in the Italian Heritage parade during San Francisco Fleet Week 2012. San Francisco Fleet Week brought together recently more than 2,500 Sailors, Marines and Coast Gaurdsmen from four ships to the city of San Francisco in order to highlight the personnel, technology and capabilities of the sea services. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tim D
Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) 24 comes ashore (deliberately) at Ocean Beach in San Francisco. LCAC demonstrated its amphibious abilties during a humanitarian assistance and disaster response exhibition to start San Francisco Fleet Week 2012. Shrouded in clouds of sand it later returned to the ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Torrey W. Lee
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
By Don Sutherland When was the last time 15 ocean ships docked almost all at once in New York, and undocked again, and sometimes redocked in-between, all in a week? In the near-400 years since the Dutch first arrived, there have been events even larger. But not many of them lately. Lately, large get-togethers of harbor craft in the most visible parts of the port - upper bay and lower North River - usually surround festive celebrations like the Tug Races and their accompanying games
The U.S. Gulf of Mexico offshore rig count increased for the third consecutive week, according to Offshore Data Services' weekly mobile offshore rig count. Today, the U.S. Gulf rig count stands at 151, a one-rig increase since last week. Total fleet size is unchanged at 191 rigs. Fleet utilization this week is 79.1 percent. The European offshore rig count is unchanged from last week. Of the 107 mobile offshore drilling rigs deployed in the area
The offshore rig count in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico rose by four this week to 175, or an 85.9 percent utilization rate, the highest drilling activity in nearly two years, the Offshore Data Services (ODS) said. In its report for the week ending July 21, the Houston-based ODS said that of the 203 mobile offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, 175 were under contract. In the European/Mediterranean region the rigs under contract remained steady at 89 of the 102 mobile offshore drilling rigs
As produce farmers across the Americas gear up for the peak winter produce season, Crowley has added 400 new refrigerated containers to its fleet to accommodate their needs. The 40-ft containers were delivered last week at Puerto Limon in Costa Rica and will be distributed throughout the Central American countries Crowley serves within the next couple of weeks. The state-of-the-art units were purchased to accommodate future growth and to replace older units
The USS Howard W. Gilmore will be the 50th ship to leave the James River Reserve Fleet to be scrapped. The ship's departure was delayed Wednesday, because of high winds and choppy water. It's now expected to be hauled away later this week. The World War Two-era ship was decommissioned in 1980. The federal Maritime Administration has spent about $99 million removing the ships. The ghost fleet still includes 47 ships slated for scrapping. Source: AP
Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) finalized a five-year Safety Service Fleet Agreement with Wilson Ship Management (WSM), sealing the deal last week in Oslo at Norshipping. Wilson Ship Management has been testing WSS’s new Safety Service Concept over the last 12 months.
Early booking advised for the 2-week offshore renewable energy summer school (part of IDCORE 2013) aimed to expand & sustain a community of high-quality staff for the UK offshore renewable energy industry. The summer school (22, July – 2, August 2013 at HR Wallingford, Howbery Park
New cruise ship passenger terminal at Kai Tak in Kowloon is functionally ready, but not in the best form to welcome first travellers next week. A week before the HK$8.2 billion Kai Tak Cruise Terminal welcomes its first vessel heavy rain penetrated the roof
Dolphin Geophysical has secured a 3D contract award from an undisclosed client for work in the North Sea. The survey will be acquired by the high capacity 3D vessel M/V Polar Duke, commencing in August for the duration of approximately five weeks.
DNV gathered before and after operational-performance data which indicate that redesigning the bulbous bow of slow-steaming container ships can produce fuel savings of 5% or above. These “nose jobs” can have a payback time of less than a year, DNV said.
The Panama Canal Authority will hold its annual "Safe Boarding Week" from 8 to 12 July 2013. During the week it will highlight and encourage safe boarding practices on all vessels arriving in the waterway. Activities will involved inspections of boarding facilities by teams
High fuel prices, increasing emissions regulations and environmental concerns are driving fleets to cut expenses, emissions and waste disposal using new filter technology. With ship fleets facing spiraling fuel prices and new tougher environmental regulations from the EPA and IMO
Family owned shipping firm The Craig Group launched its latest Platform Supply Vessel (PSV), the Grampian Sceptre this week at the Balenciaga Shipyard in Northern Spain. The vessel was officially christened by Mrs. Frances Murray, wife of Alistair Murray
McDonough Marine Service announced the launching of a new barge, Marmac 303 (300 feet by 100 by 20), the second in a series of new ABS ocean classed deck barges commissioned by the barge and marine transportation company. The Marmac 303 barge was designed with an ABS Load line maximum
Reported ordering has been focussed primarily on smaller sizes with Handysize and Supramax seeing the majority of orders. According to the recently released Clarkson Hellas S&P Weekly Bulletin, Japanese yards appear to have had their fair share of the orders with JMU Yokohama
Bisso Marine Llc., a provider of energy and maritime support services, announced the acquisition of three offshore construction assets: the 800-ton capacity derrick barge, Ex-IOS 800; the combination derrick laybarge Ex-IOS Pipeliner and the 400’ x 100’ accommodations/support barge
Specialist boatbuilder Strategic Marine delivered the Njord Puffin to offshore windfarm service fleet operator Njord Offshore for deployment in Northern Europe. “The Puffin is the sixth in a series of eight vessels ordered, a strong signal of our commitment to the global windfarm industry
Clean tanker rates for refined petroleum products on top export routes soften with build up of ships pressurizing the transatlantic market. Rates for medium-range (MR) tankers for 37,000-tonne cargoes on the TC2 route from Rotterdam to New York were at W140
Gulfstream Services Inc. (GSI), provider of equipment to the international oil and gas industry, has successfully completed two six figure decommissioning contracts with oil and gas service companies, Helix Well Ops U.K. and Dof Subsea. The Helix contract was part of the BP North West Hutton
Four leading charities supporting seafarers and their families are set to benefit from the inaugural London International Shipping Week (LISW), taking place in the U.K. capital this September. Apostleship of The Sea, Mission To Seafarers, Sailors’ Society and Seafarers U.K