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SNA West Coast Symposium Highlights Maritime Strategy

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Paula Ludwick, Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs Vice Adm. D. C. Curtis, Commander, Naval Surface Forces and Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, kicked off the 10th annual Surface Navy Association (SNA) West Coast 2008 Symposium Aug. 28 at Naval Base San Diego. 'Executing the Maritime Strategy' was the theme of this year's symposium for which Curtis provided opening remarks. The event provided members of the surface warfare community an opportunity to discuss maritime strategy issues critical to the future success of the Navy. "Our surface Navy continues to do great work around the globe on a daily basis supporting the maritime strategy," Curtis said." We must continue to lead the fight at sea but be flexible as we are called upon to provide humanitarian relief to various nations worldwide." Some topics of discussion at the day-long symposium included international programs in support of Maritime Strategy, Maritime Strategy in Africa, Maritime Strategy in the Pacific, Maritime Strategy in the and Resourcing the Maritime Strategy. "We must also continue the fight in the global struggle against violent extremism both ashore and at sea as surface force Sailors continue to fill critical individual augmentee (IA) billets," Curtis added.


Anteon Awarded $27M Navy Contract

Anteon Corporation, a leading information technology and engineering solutions company, announced today that it has been awarded a 4.75-year (six-month base, four option years and one three-month option) contract by the Naval Surface Warfare Center-Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD). The contract, valued at approximately $27.3 million if all options are exercised, provides support for the U.S. Navy's Aegis Shipbuilding Program.


URS Appoint Retired Rear Admiral Vice-President

Rear Admiral Nevin Carr: Photo credit URS

Retired Rear Admiral Nevin Carr has been named Vice President for Surface Readiness & Future Capability at URS Corporation. In his new position, Mr. Carr will be responsible for expanding URS’ capabilities and solutions to meet the evolving needs of the surface warfare community. He will be based in the company’s Norfolk, Virginia office. Mr. Carr retired from the U.S. Navy in 2012, following a distinguished 34-year career as a surface warfare officer


BOEMRE Seeking Accident Investigation Board Chief

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Bureau Posts Vacancy Announcement in Nationwide Search WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) today announced it is seeking to fill a senior position in the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), one of the two agencies that will replace the former Minerals Management Service on Oct. 1, 2011. The position is being filled now to ensure a smooth transition.


Marine Security Funding Program Open for Applications

Transport Canada is now accepting applications for the second round of funding under the Marine Security Contribution Program, announced in May 2004. The three-year, $115-million program will help Canada’s ports and marine facilities with the cost of modernizing and strengthening their security systems and programs. The deadline for this second round of applications is June 15, 2005. The distribution of funds under this program is one of the ways the Government of Canada is working with


International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) of the U.S. Department of Justice is proposing to establish an International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP). The purpose of the program is to reimburse eligible direct victims (generally U.S. citizens) of acts of international terrorism that occur outside the United States for certain expenses associated with that terrorism. Reimbursable expenses would include medical care; mental health care; property loss; funeral and burial


Multilateral Institutions Visit Panama Canal Expansion

Representatives from the multilateral institutions financing the Panama Canal Expansion Program visited today the new locks project construction in the Pacific side as part of their regularly scheduled visits. Experts from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), International Financing Corporation (IFC) and the Andean Development Corporation (CAF) participated in meetings for two days and visited the


Vancouver Port Recognized for Eco-friendly Vessels

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Port Metro Vancouver announces 11 Blue Circle Award winners Port Metro Vancouver is proud to honour 11 recipients of its Blue Circle Award for 2010. Launched last year, this award recognizes the most eco-friendly vessels that call at the Port. The Blue Circle Award acknowledges industry commitment to Port sustainability by recognizing the extraordinary environmental achievements of ships that participate in Port Metro Vancouver’s EcoAction Program for Shipping


Roymar Ship Management Joins Green Marine Program

Green Marine, a program aimed at improving the shipping industry’s environmental footprint, announced that New York-based Roymar Ship Management has become its newest participant. Roymar, a wholly-owned subsidiary of TBS International, manages TBS' entire international fleet including 50 multipurpose vessels and bulk carriers.  With a client base of approximately 300 customers in 20 countries, TBS has developed its business around key trade routes between Latin America and China


DNV Achieves Full ACP Authorization by USCG

DNV is now fully authorized to act as an autonomous certification body on behalf of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). Today, DNV, as the first non-US classification society, signed the Alternate Compliance Program agreement with the USCG. The Coast Guard delegation to DNV is the authority to act on behalf of the U.S. Coast Guard under the Alternate Compliance Program – ACP. ACP is a significant delegation granted to a class society after it has attained authorization for the issuance of a broad


Ships Can’t Cope with Flow of Immigrants in Mediterranean

​​The High-Level Meeting to Address Unsafe Mixed Migration by Sea by International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Merchant ship owners can’t cope with increasing flows of refugees trying to cross from Africa and the Middle East to countries like Greece and Italy, says a report in WSJ   The number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean is putting a "disproportionate" burden on the


“Bright Ideas” program - Ash Center - Harvard University

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  The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recognized the Port of Houston Partners in Maritime Education as part of the 2015 Bright Ideas program. This year's cohort includes 124 programs from all levels of


Port Conference Comes to Hamburg

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This year’s IAPH World Ports Conference will be held in Hamburg from June 1-5.   International representatives from business, politics and science will gather in Hamburg to debate changing demands and alternative actions required in our times of globalization and climate change


MCPON Stevens Delivers Congressional Testimony

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens testifies before the U.S. House of Representatives on Sailors quality of life. Among his concerns, Stevens spoke about the future of service members health care,

  Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(AW/NAC) Michael Stevens testified before Congress Feb. 25. Stevens appeared before the House and Armed Services Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies.


NATO Maritime Commander Visits IMO Antipiracy Training

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NATO Maritime Commander Vice Admiral Peter Hudson, CBE Royal Navy, visited the two-week Advanced Maritime Law Enforcement/Training of Trainers course taking place at NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Centre (NMIOTC), in Souda Bay, Crete, Greece.  


Investment Now Means Continued Prosperity in the Future

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Our transportation network consists of different modes like roads, railroads, ship channels and ports. But when it comes to transporting food, building materials, bulk commodities, items used in manufacturing and finished products, each of those modes must be firing on all cylinders and in sync


Crowley Petroleum to Receive ECOPRO Award from WA State

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Crowley Petroleum Services will be awarded the Exceptional Compliance Program (ECOPRO) award for excellence in marine safety and environmental stewardship from the Washington Department of Ecology  this Thursday at Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center in Seattle.


MARAD Certifying Cruise Security, Safety Training

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The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) informs it has begun certifying cruise vessel security and safety training program providers.   As part of the voluntary certification, MARAD will review training plans and supporting information for consistency with training standards established


Topaz, Saudi University to Offer Maritime Training

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 Topaz Marine KSA, a subsidiary of Topaz Energy and Marine, and the King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah have joined forces to offer training to cadets from the university which allows them to operate as officers onboard sea going vessels.  


Turkish Naval Forces to Stay in Gulf of Aden

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 Turkish parliament’s approval to extend the mandate of Turkish Naval Forces in NATO's operation in the Gulf of Aden for one more year is strategically important, says a report in the Journal of Turkish Weekly.   The region is critical for Turkey's foreign trade activities.


Australia Outlines Submarine Acquisition Strategy

The Australian government announced its acquisition strategy for the Future Submarine Program, setting out further details of the competitive evaluation process to be undertaken by the nation’s Department of Defense.    The government said it seeks the best possible capability


T&T Salvage Aids Charity’s Efforts Against Malaria

A small feeder container vessel ran aground off the coast of Papua New Guinea. A large part of its cargo consisted of 32 containers of mosquito nets owned by international charitable organization the Rotary Club through their subsidiary Rotarians Against Malaria


US, German Agencies Partner for BWMS System Testing

New cooperation provides manufacturers of ballast water management systems (BWMS) with an opportunity to obtain German and U.S. type approvals from a single test   NSF International, the first Independent Laboratory (IL) designated by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to evaluate and


CSIRO, BHP Billiton Join Forces in Marine Research

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  The World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia will be the focus of a new marine research partnership between CSIRO and BHP Billiton Petroleum announced today. Ningaloo Reef is the largest fringing reef in the world, extending 300 kilometres along the North West coast of


Irving Shipyard Offers College, Job Opportunities for Women

From left to right: Doreen Parsons, Manager of the Women Unlimited Association; Don Bureaux, Nova Scotia Community College President; Kevin McCoy, President of Irving Shipbuilding; Kelly Regan, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education; Koren Beaman, Halifax Shipyard Local 1 Executive (CNW Group/J.D. Irving, Limited)

Irving Shipbuilding's partnership with Women Unlimited provides community college funding and job opportunities at Halifax Shipyard   Irving Shipbuilding has partnered with Women Unlimited to provide education funding and job opportunities to 20 women who will participate in the welding and






 
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