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News: Admiral Loy, Grace Allen Receive Silver Bell Honors

Some of the industry's biggest players and supporters were present to honor Admiral James Loy and Grace Allen at the 26th Annual Silver Bell Awards Dinner on June 17 at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. Also recognized, was John J. McMullen, renowned naval architect and marine engineer, and former CEO of United States Lines, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award. The event, which is one of the industry's top social and philanthropic events of the season, drew a record 954 guests, and raised more than $550,000 for the Seamen's Church Institute of New York & New Jersey. "We are grateful for the support of the maritime industry and our friends," said the Rev. Dr. Jean R. Smith, SCI's Executive Director. "Mariners are a vulnerable workforce and this strong show of support for the Institute's programs keeps our worldwide safety net strong." Richard T. du Moulin, President of Intrepid Shipping and Silver Bell Dinner Chairman since 1996, reported that 11 new companies joined SCI's loyal supporters. "The Institute's service to mariners and port communities is unequaled among freestanding maritime agencies," said du Moulin. The evening's festivities began with a parade of vessels representing Bouchard Transportation, Circle Line Statue of Liberty, Donjon Marine, Gateway Terminals, K-Sea Transportation Corporation, McAllister Towing, Metropolitan Yacht Charters, Millers Launch, Moran Towing, the New York City Fire Department, New York City Police Department, Reinauer Transportation

Merchant Marine Academy to Honor National Maritime Day

On May 22, 2013 starting at 12:00 p.m., the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy will honor National Maritime Day with a brief ceremony at Barney Square followed by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) tree dedication in memory of Margaret Corbin, a role model for equality in military service. The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy was the first federal academy to admit women in 1974, two years before any of the other service academies, and actively supports equality in military service.

COMSAT Mobile Honored For Maritime Safety

COMSAT Mobile Communications (CMC) was honored with the Maritime Safety Award at the Seaman's Church Institute's 24th Annual Silver Bell Awards Dinner in New York City on June 14. The plaque, mounted on a large life ring, cites CMC and vigilant earth station operators, "For an abiding commitment to professionalism and innovative approaches to maritime safety." In addition to noting CMC's variety of data, high-speed data and voice mobile satellite communications services

New Partnership Sails to Charleston School of Law

The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) of New York & New Jersey and the Charleston School of Law announced an agreement to work together to provide educational opportunities on seafarers’ rights for students and local lawyers in South Carolina. The new partnership includes several educational programs, such as an annual roundtable discussion, an annual lecture on seafarers’ rights, a yearly continuing education seminar for Charleston-area lawyers and a New York-based student externship

2007 USS AOTOS Awards Announced

The United Seamen's Service (USS) 2007 Admiral of the Ocean Sea Awards will be presented to James S. Andrasick, President and CEO of Matson Navigation Company, Inc., Morten Arntzen, President and CEO of Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. and John F. Reinhart, President and CEO of Maersk Line, Limited. The honors will officially be awarded at a gala dinner and dance to be held at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers, New York City, on November 2, 2007

Butcher and Kuo Receive Connie Awards

The Containerization & Intermodal Institute (CII) will present the 2009 Connie Awards this year to James E. Butcher, Chairman of Höegh Autoliners Inc., and to Evergreen's Vice Group Chairman Captain Shiuan Y. Kuo. Each recipient will be honored for his significant influence in containerization in worldwide trade and transportation, according to Allen Clifford, CII President. A graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point

This Day in Navy History

October 9, 1873 - LT Charles Belknap calls a meeting at the Naval Academy to establish the U.S. Naval Institute for the purpose of disseminating scientific and professional knowledge throughout the Navy. 1942 - First three schools for enlisted WAVES open at Stillwater, OK (Yeoman), Bloomington, IN (Storekeepers), and Madison, WI (Radiomen). 1945 - Parade in New York City honors FADM Chester W. Nimitz and 13 other Navy and Marine Corps Medal of Honor winners.

Seafarers’ Center Grand Reopening


On May 17, 2011, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) hosts the Grand Reopening of its International Seafarers’ Center in Port Newark, NJ. SCI undertook a major renovation of the Center, completing construction late last year, to establish a first-rate facility for the global shipping industry working in the Port of New York and New Jersey, the East Coast’s largest port. “The welfare of international trade in the Port of New York and New Jersey hinges on this Center

Fort Schuyler Alumni Preserve Maritime Education

In 1912, following several financially difficult years for the New York Nautical School, America’s first Maritime Academy, founded 1874, the New York City Board of Education, the school's steward since its inception, had had enough and decided to throw in the towel. The Board of Education moved to petition the New York State Government for permission to abandon its unusual school and return the training ship, the auxiliary sailing gunboat, USS Newport, to the Navy.

Fleet Week: New York Parade of Ships 2014

Ship Parade

  U.S. Navy ships and U.S. Coast Guard cutters, Station New York and Maritime Safety and Security Team New York, along with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York Police Harbor units and Fire Department of New York’s fireboat participated in the 2014 Fleet Week New York Parade of Ships, which took place in New York Harbor, today. Participating military ships included the Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51)

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

TORM Mulls 2016 NYSE Listing

Photo: TORM

Denmark-based tanker shipping company TORM A/S announced last week that it is considering the implementation of a new structure that would potentially include listing on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Copenhagen.  If undertaken, the move is expected to be completed in 2016.

Dry Bulk Shipping Record Low a Warning for Global Economy

A slump in dry bulk shipping is set to worsen as the meltdown in global commodities and too many ships free for hire rock the sector used by investors to gauge the health of world trade.   Slower coal and iron ore demand from China - the world's biggest industrial importer - have battered

FDNY Honors 9/11 Hero Feehan at Boat Christening

The vessel’s nameplate, displayed prominently alongside the cabin, is milled from an I-beam lifted from the rubble of the World Trade Center. (Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

November 20, 2015 (New York) -- Today at Pier 16 in lower Manhattan the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) honored William M. Feehan by christening and commissioning of the new fireboat William M. Feehan.   Captain Louis Guzzo led the ceremonies which included a number of dignitaries from

Phillips Heads Gulf Petrochem's Credit Risk, Bunkering Div.

John Phillips

Gulf Petrochem has appointed John Phillips as Head of Credit Risk for the Group’s Bunkering division. With over 30 years experience in the Maritime sector, John is a well known expert in the industry and will focus on areas such as Credit Management (focused on Bunker business)

Double Milestone for Great Lakes Shipyard

Joseph P. Starck, Jr., President, The Great Lakes Towing Company & Great Lakes Shipyard; Eduardo De Jesus Paiz Lemus, Presidente Junta Administrador & Gregg A. Thauvette, Vice President, Operations, The Great Lakes Towing Company (Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard)

Great Lakes Shipyard holds commissioning ceremony for NYPA tug and keel laying ceremony for harbor fug for Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala   Tug Daniel Joncaire II, the first of two tugboats to be built by the Great Lakes Shipyard for New York Power Authority – Niagara Project

Solar-electric Workboat Completes Maiden Cargo Run

Photo: Torqeedo

Harnessing solar propulsion, the 39-foot vessel Solar Sal has recently completed the final leg of its maiden cargo run, carrying recycled cardboard along the Erie Canal without using a single drop of fossil fuel. Solar Sal traversed 72 locks and traveled a total of 650 miles across the state of

Oil Traders Scouting Further Afield for NY Diesel Storage

Oil traders are scouring the East Coast for places to store surplus diesel supplies, including on tankers just outside New York harbor, as prompt prices trade at their deepest discounts since the financial crisis.   Kinder Morgan, which operates roughly 165 storage terminals from Los

Ardmore Shipping Announces Secondary Public Offering by GA Holdings

Photo: Ardmore Shipping Corporation

 Ardmore Shipping Corporation announced that GA Holdings LLC intends to offer for sale in an underwritten public offering 4,000,000 shares of the Company's common stock.    The Selling Shareholder expects to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 600

New Tug Delivered to Vane Brothers

Fort Schuyler (Photo: Vane Brothers)

Baltimore-headquartered marine transportation provider The Vane Brothers Company has taken delivery of the Fort Schuyler, the latest Maryland-built tugboat to join the company’s fleet.   Fort Schuyler is the 11th Sassafras Class tugboat contracted by Vane Brothers through Chesapeake

Scientists Produce Data from Largest Single Volcano

Project carried out by Schmidt Ocean Institute

  Tamu Massif is a volcano the size of New Mexico and lurks 6,500 feet beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean. During their 36 day expedition, the science team undertook a survey of immense proportions mapping an area nearly one million square kilometers in size

Loss of Diversity Near Melting Coastal Glaciers

Dallmann-Expedition 2015

  Melting glaciers are causing a loss of species diversity among benthos in the coastal waters off the Antarctic Peninsula, impacting an entire seafloor ecosystem. This has been verified in the course of repeated research dives, the results of which were recently published by experts from

Human Performance and Limitation for Mariners

  The Nautical Institute’s latest book, Human Performance and Limitation for Mariners, builds on a concept first introduced in the aviation industry that was responsible for a massive reduction in accidents. This concept will enable seafarers to make the best use of their physical and

Nordic American Tankers Ups Nordic American Offshore Stake

Image by Nordic American Offshore Limited

Nordic American Tankers (NAT) has increased its shareholding in Nordic American Offshore (NAO) in an effort to shore up investor confidence in the latter.   NAT bought 1,521,300 shares increasing its stake to 6,018,280 shares — 26.5% of NAO’s total shares for $9.5m, or $6

Governor Cuomo Vetoes Port Ambrose LNG Port

NY Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has vetoed the Port Ambrose Liquefied Natural Gas Deepwater Port, citing security and economic concerns along with the potential to negatively impact off-shore wind development.   The project, which had been proposed by Liberty Natural Gas, LLC

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