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Former NASA Vessel Becomes a Training Facility

Photo: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

U.S. Department of Transportation Attends Rechristening of USMMA’s Kings Pointer U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Acting Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen today visited the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) to celebrate the rechristening of the Academy’s new training vessel, the Kings Pointer. They were joined by Academy leadership, as well as Senator Charles Schumer and Representatives Timothy Bishop and Steve Israel. “The new Kings Pointer is yet another example of this Administration’s commitment to ensuring first-rate training and facilities for the Academy’s midshipmen,” said Secretary Foxx. “With this modern vessel, the USMMA will continue to produce the finest mariners in the world, helping ensure our national and economic security.” The Obama Administration has made a comprehensive effort to renew facilities and teaching infrastructure at the nation’s maritime academy. Since FY 2009, the Obama Administration has invested more than $450 million at the Academy, including almost $100 million for capital improvements— the most funding ever secured for physical improvements at the Academy. The Kings Pointer was retrofitted as a training vessel at North Florida Shipyard at a cost of $3.3 million. Today’s rechristening follows last week’s dedication of the new “up-to-date” Mallory pier at the Academy


Eye of Dubai Concept OKd

The consortium “Out and About in Palm Deira”, which is made up of Royal Haskoning (as architects/urban planners), MVA consultancy (transport consultants), Systra (rail consultants) and Sogreah (maritime consultants), has won the design competition for an integrated transport master plan for Palm Deira in Dubai. Palm Deira—the third Palm and a future metropolis for 1.2 million people—is currently being reclaimed from the sea


Oslo Companies Are Ripe For Picking

Many Norwegian companies remain under-priced and are likely targets for foreign predators, analysts said. Despite gains in the Total index to peaks this week at around 1,300 points -- the highest so far this year -- analysts said Norwegian companies remain cheap and are natural prey for foreign bidders. "There are still crown jewels on the Oslo bourse, especially in the industrial sector," said Morten Stundstoe, chief analyst in Fondspartner


Greenpeace Wins Bid To Delay North Atlantic Exploration

Greenpeace won its bid to delay oil exploration in the north Atlantic when a judge ruled the British government was failing to apply a European Commission environmental directive in allocating licenses. "The decision is a huge victory for whales, dolphins and coral reefs," Peter Melchett, the environmental group's executive director, told reporters after the ruling. The government is considering an appeal against the judgment that it is not taking into account the Commission's Habitats


Royal Caribbean Reports 2Q Results

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced second quarter earnings were $66.7 million or $0.34 per share. This compares to $81.7 million or $0.42 per share for the second quarter of 2001. Net revenues per available passenger cruise day ("Yields") were down 3.3 percent, which was significantly better than previous guidance of a decline in the range of 5 to 7 percent. At June 30th, the company's net debt to capital ratio was 56.6 percent and liquidity was approximately $1.6 billion.


Panama Canal Cruise Season Starts Today

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200 Plus Transits Expected.           The Panama Canal cruise-line season officially starts today, Wednesday, October 5, and runs through the middle of next year. More than 200 transits of these passenger vessels are expected.  The transit of Princess Cruises Island Princess will mark the beginning of the season, traveling for 14 days from Los Angeles, California, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida


Rolls-Royce Launches $933 M Offer For Vickers

Just as soon as Vickers Plc put the finishing touches on its revived industrial empire - acquiring a myriad of marine propulsion equipment suppliers in order to dominate a once fragmented piece of the international maritime market - wheels have been set in motion to acquire the goliath itself. Last week Rolls-Royce Plc launched a surprise $933 million (576 million pound) agreed cash offer for Vickers Plc in a move aimed at making it the global leader in marine power systems


Passenger Ferries to Sail From Baltimore to Eastern Shore

Maryland’s far Eastern Shore may soon be a quick trip from Baltimore, thanks to a ferry being developed by Maritime Applied Physics Corporation and A. James Clark School of Engineering researchers through the Maryland Industrial Partnerships Program. The plane-like boat, which could be in service year-round as early as summer 2007, will fly passengers 18 miles over the water from Rock Hall to Baltimore or back for potential shopping trips, coastal touring, evening dinners, Orioles games


Refurbished Scheduled for Three Oceania Cruise Ships

Nautica (Photo: Oceania Cruises)

Oceania Cruises announced that Regatta, Insignia and Nautica, its trio of R-Class ships, will undergo a transformation starting early next year in what the company said is the largest refurbishment program in its history. The ships will receive a $50 million upgrade in a six-week timeframe that includes the refurbishment of suites, staterooms and select public rooms, some in the colors and décor-style found on the line's newest ships - Marina and Riviera


Survitec Liferafts Earn RRR Approval

Liferafts are assembled in a temperature controlled factory

The inland waterways of Russia can now benefit form a new standard of safety equipment following the approval granted to the Survitec Group’s Survitec Zodiac brand by the Russian River Register (RRR). The approval was granted after inspectors from the Register completed a detailed study of the liferafts, escape slides and rescue boats manufactured by Survitec Group under the Survitec Zodiac brand. This included verifying their reliability


Seven NATO Countries End Black Sea War Games

ITS RIMINI berthing alongside ITS AVIERE in port in Burgas, Bulgaria before taking part in Exercise Breeze 2014 (Photo courtesy of HQ MARCOM Public Affairs Office)

Seven NATO countries completed naval exercises in the Black Sea on Thursday, officials said, in a signal of the alliance's resolve to support east European members who have been unnerved by Russia's behavior in the Ukraine crisis. Though scheduled before the crisis erupted


Manila Urges Unity in China Sea Dispute

The Philippines is pushing for a meeting among four Southeast Asian nations with conflicting claims to waters in the South China Sea so that they can hammer out a common stand in dealings with China, Manila's foreign minister said on Friday.


Detyens Shipyards Awarded 'USNS Arctic' Drydock Contract

USNS Arctic refuels USS Nimitz: Photo USN

The U.S. Department of Defense informs that Detyens Shipyards Inc., North Charleston, South Carolina, is being awarded an $11,631,622 firm-fixed-price contract for a 75-calendar day regular overhaul and dry-docking of USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8).


More Boat Migrants to Italy Die

Illegal boat migrants: Photo Italian Coast Guard

Nineteen people died trying to reach Italy on a boat packed with hundreds of migrants, probably poisoned by carbon monoxide fumes from its engines, said the Italian Navy on Saturday, which has rescued more than 4,000 migrants in the last three days.


Transas Offshore Simulator for Batumi State Maritime Academy

Transas Offshore Simulator chosen for the Batumi State Maritime Academy

  Batumi State Maritime Academy (BSMA) and Transas Marine Black Sea today signed a contract for supply and installation of the Transas Full Mission Offshore simulator. The simulator complex will be one of the most advanced in the Black Sea region.


Zeebrugge Orders Seagoing LNG Bunkering Vessel

Port of Zeebrugge (Photo: Port of Zeebrugge)

On May 13, 2014 Mitsubishi Corporation, GDF SUEZ and NYK signed a framework agreement aiming to develop the LNG bunkering market worldwide, in the context of international regulations that seek to reduce the impact of shipping activities on the global environment.


Rosneft Starts Geological Exploration In Barents, Pechora Sea

Courtesy Rosneft

  Rosneft has started field works at five license blocks of the Barents and Pechora Seas: West Prinovozemelsky, located in the North-Eastern part of the Barents sea near the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, Perseevsky, located in the North-Western part of the Barents sea, and at the South Russky


Google Street View Climbs Aboard Allure of the Seas

Screenshot of Google Street View aboard Royal Caribbeans Allure of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International claims it is changing the way people plan vacations by working with Google to be the first cruise line to launch Google Maps Business View using Google’s Street View technology onboard the cruise ship Allure of the Seas.


U.N. Rules for Bangladesh in Dispute with India

A U.N. tribunal has awarded Bangladesh nearly four-fifths of an area sprawling over 25,000 sq km (9,700 sq miles) in the Bay of Bengal, ending a dispute over a sea border with India that has ruffled ties between the neighbours for more than three decades.


EU Decides to Pool Maritime Surveillance Sources

Commissioner Maria Damanaki: Official photo

The European Commission informs it has taken a further step towards more effective and cost-efficient surveillance of European Seas. By bringing together surveillance data from civil and military authorities duplication of work can be avoided and savings of up to €400 million per year may be


MOL China Shipping J/V Orders NSR LNG Carriers

LNG Carrier: Rendering MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) says its joint venture with China Shipping (Group) Company has signed shipbuilding contracts with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in Korea to build three ice class LNG carriers for the [Russian] Yamal LNG project.


Navy Partnerships Matter: RIMPAC in Action

Sailors haul mooring line aboard  USS Rushmore: Photo USN

The future is maritime partnerships maintains the US Navy in a recent news release. The world’s navies must be able to come together quickly to work on common interests and things that are important worldwide. The Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2014 (RIMPAC 14) is put forward as an example of


BG Group Completes Sale in CATS

CATS courtesy BG Group

  BG Group today announced it had completed the sale of its 62.78% equity interest in the Central Area Transmission System (CATS) gas pipeline in the UK North Sea and associated infrastructure to Antin Infrastructure Partners. Total proceeds from the transaction, announced on 17 June 2014


Trans-Tasman Sea Kayaker Airlifted to Safety

A sea kayaker: File photo

Trans-Tasman kayaker Scott Donaldson has been successfully rescued from his kayak 83 kilometres off the Taranaki Coast, south-west of New Plymouth, says Maritime NZ. The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand organised for the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter to fly to Scott’s location and


Pope Affirms Apostleship of the Sea’s Work

Pope Francis (Photo courtesy of the Official Vatican Network)

Pope Francis has affirmed seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea’s (AoS’) ministry with peoples of the sea in his address in the Vatican, as churches around the world celebrated Sea Sunday. In his address on July 13 in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis said






 
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