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Bataan Departs Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Returns to Sea

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Pedro A. Rodríguez, USS Bataan Public Affairs USS Bataan (LHD 5) left the Norfolk Naval Shipyard after an eight month dry-docked planned maintenance availability (DPMA), May 5. Some major jobs completed aboard were completion of a seawater compensated fuel system modification and upgrades to support the newest vertical/short take off and landing Marine Corps aircraft, the MV-22 Osprey. The fuel compensation modification changes the way the fuel tanks aboard the ship are emptied. As fuel is used, the emptying tanks fill with seawater, so the ship's stability is not reduced as fuel is burned while underway. "The biggest thing with this modification is stability, but it also requires less manpower to operate, and to some extent, reduces the risk of fuel spills," said Chief Machinist's Mate (SW) Donald Woodard. The upgrades for the MV-22 Osprey aircraft were made in the hangar bay, flight deck, Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department, and supply aviation storage spaces. "We got a new avionics work center and two metal bending shops specifically for the MV-22," said Chief Aviation Electrician's Mate (AW/SW) Chad A. Vance. "We can now meet the operational requirements of the aircraft." During the DPMA, many members of 's crew worked on other needed repairs. The paint team, directed by Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) (AW/SW) Hector M

Siba Ships Sets Livestock Record

SIBA Ships has set a new record for livestock shipment, moving 22,100 steers and heifers from Darwin, Australia to Jakarta and Panjang, Indonesia in one shipment aboard the MV Deneb Prima. The previous global record was 20,900 cattle, on the same ship. The cattle on board took 36 hours to load, weighed a total of 8,000 tonnes and consumed 200 tonnes of feed per day on their voyage. Mauro Balzarini, chairman of Siba Ships

Car Carrier on Sea Trials Collides with Tankship, Fire Ensues

Pure Car Carrier: Courtesy of Ray Shipping

The 55,000 gt car carrier 'Gravity Highway', which was under construction in Hyundai Mipo Shipyard, collided with chemical tanker 'Maritime Maisie' while on sea trials some 9 nautical miles off Busan, reports Yonhap News Agency. The impact caused a fire on the tanker, which was in danger of sinking, and some of the 27 crew members sustained light burns or abrasions, but none serious, officials informed Yonhap. Sixteen coast guard boats

USCG Stops, Boards Russian Vessel

USCGC Hamilton pursued, stopped and boarded 331-ft. Russian F/V Gissar along the U.S./Russian maritime boundary line (MBL) for alleged illegal fishing. While patrolling the boundary line, 378-ft. Hamilton's crew spotted Gissar on radar penetrating 437 yards into U.S. waters, and, at one point, exceeding as much as 750 yards on the U.S. side. Hamilton established hot pursuit of Gissar and its 74-person crew, before Gissar changed course and crossed to the Russian side of the MBL.

European Vessels Engage in Operation Against Piracy

Photo: EMA Marine Nationale

Since April 2013, the Jeanne d'Arc group, composed of the Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) Tonnerre, the Antisubmarine Frigate (ASF) Georges Leygues, the Light Surveillance Frigate (LSF) Nivôse, and the Off-Shore Patrol Vessel (OSV) Adroitare, have been engaged in the European operation against piracy christened Atalanta. The French ships and the four Swedish, German, Spanish and Dutch ships are deployed under the authority of European military staff aboard the Portuguese Guided Missile

Update: Crews Examining Discharge from Sunken Barge

Discoloration on Lake Erie from an unknown source as seen from the air from an overflight conducted by crews from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, Oct. 24, 2015. The discoloration was believed to be emanating from a nearby sunken barge. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Marine Safety Unit Toledo)

Crews continue to investigate a reported discharge of an unknown substance from the site of a sunken barge near Kelley's Island Shoal in Lake Erie, Monday. The Unified Command, consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Ohio EPA, is continuing to take all necessary actions to ensure the safety of the public and the environment, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a press release. At 9:30 a.m., members of the Coast Guard Atlantic Strike Team and a crew from Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio

Tangled: The Musical to Debut aboard Disney Cruise

In November 2015, Tangled: The Musical will premiere aboard the Disney Magic. (Disney Cruise Line)

 Disney Cruise Line has revealed details of the new "Tangled" musical debuting on the Disney Magic.   Tangled: The Musical is officially in as the latest Disney animated film to be adapted for a stage show aboard Disney Cruise Lines.    Prolific composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater are writing new songs for the latest Disney screen-to-stage adaptation, Tangled, which is set to premiere aboard the Disney Magic cruise ship's voyage to the Bahamas on Nov

Gas Leak Closes Visund Platform

A major natural gas leak shut down the Norwegian Visund offshore oil and natural gas platform, AP reported. No one was injured in the incident, but 17 of 91 crew members aboard were flown to a nearby North Sea platform by helicopter as a precaution when gas and fire alarms sounded. It was a major leak, but that strong winds kept the gas away from the platform itself. Gas leaks on offshore platforms can cause catastrophic explosions and fires, often far from shore

This Day in Coast Guard History – March 22

1917-The first Coast Guard aviators graduated from Pensacola Naval Aviation Training School.  Third Lieutenant Elmer Stone, USCG, became Naval Aviator #38 (and later Coast Guard Aviator #1). 1919-  The Acting Secretary of the Treasury advised that light keepers and the officers and crews of vessels were not entitled to the benefits of the Public Health Service free of charge after retirement. 2003- Three Iraqi sailors were captured in the northern Persian Gulf

Mercy Ships Founder Receives Service Award

Don Stephens was presented with a Daily Point of Light Award this week at a special Mercy Ships event in Houston, Texas.  Pictured (L to R) Neil Bush, Chairman, Points of Light, Don Stephens, President and Founder of Mercy Ships, Deyon Stephens, Co-founder of Mercy Ships, Paul B. Murphy, Jr., Event Chairman and CEO, President and Director of Cadence Bancorp, LLC. Photo credit:

Don Stephens presented with award from Points of Light with recognition for more than 35 years of leading Mercy Ships volunteers in more than 70 countries Mercy Ships, a global charity based in Garden Valley, Texas, operates the world’s largest civilian hospital ship. Mercy Ships founder Don Stephens was recognized this week with the Daily Point of Light Award from Points of Light, a U.S. organization dedicated to volunteer service

Opportunities for Shipping from Decarbonisation Through Windpower

Wind challenger Credit IWSA

  As the interconnector of global trade shipping facilitates every other part of the economy, and decision making around low-carbon pathways in other transport modes and industries will both influence and constrain decarbonisation in shipping.

SSAB, Aspo ESL Shipping Pact On Sea Transport

Image: SSAB

 The global steel company SSAB and Aspo Group’s ESL Shipping Ltd have signed a long-term frame agreement covering sea freight for SSAB’s inbound raw material sea transport within the Baltic Sea and from the North Sea.  

Ballast Water Management in the Field Put to the Test

Figure 3: The Ballast-Check 2’s Activity parameter correlated with Walz Water PAM fluorometer’s Yield estimate.  Samples with abundances < 5 cells/ml have been omitted from the data set in this figure.

Turner Designs, along with scientists from around the world participated in a research cruise aboard the RV Meteor, a vessel owned by the Federal Republic of Germany through the Ministry of Research and Technology (BMFT) and funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)

Turbocharger Retrofits for Royal Caribbean

Right to left: Gregory M. Purdy, SVP, Marine Operations, Royal Caribbean International; Wayne Jones, SVP MAN PrimeServ; Carlos Pedercini, VP, Marine Operations & Global Nautical Services, Royal Caribbean International; Michael Kontny, Director Sales, MAN PrimeServ; Evangelos P. Sampanidis, Associate VP, Fleet Management, Celebrity; Leonidas Lavdas, Fleet Director, Celebrity; Kimmo Heikkila, Director, Powerplant & Technical Systems; Stiliyan Dimov, Manager, Global Marine Operations

MAN PrimeServ informs it has won the contract from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL) to retrofit the turbochargers aboard four cruise liners from its fleet.   The contract covers the retrofit of a total of 30 turbochargers aboard four vessels – two operated by Royal Caribbean

Concordia Maritime Charters MR Tanker

Concordia Maritime has signed a contract for the charter of an IMO2/3 class MR tanker, the company announced today. The vessel will be chartered jointly with Stena Weco, and Concordia Maritime's share amounts to 50 percent. The contract, which comes into effect at the end of November 2015

Ecoslops Produces First Marine Fuel Prodcuts

Photo: Ecoslops

Ecoslops' refinery in the Port of Sinès, Portugal, has commenced industrial production and delivered the first volume of marine fuel products compliant with ISO8217, validating the company’s commercial proposition, the company announced today

American Club Announces 2.5% Increase

Joe Hughes (Photo: American Club)

At its meeting in New York on November 20, the American Club’s board resolved to levy a general premium increase of 2.5 percent for P&I cover, but no increase in the cost of FD and D for the 2016 policy year. The club’s board also reviewed release call requirements for open policy

USCG Offload $ 17 Mln Cocaine

A Coast Guardsman offloads cocaine at Coast Guard Sector Miami Beach, Fla., Nov. 20, 2015. The HNLMS Friesland, an offshore patrol vessel from the Royal Netherlands Navy, interdicted a go-fast vessel with four suspected smu

  Coast Guardsmen on the Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber offloaded approximately 515 kilograms of cocaine interdicted in the Caribbean Sea as part of Operation Caribbean Venture worth an estimated wholesale value of $17 million at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Florida, Friday.

Man Rescued with Pets near Raccoon Island

Man resuced from sailboat

  The Coast Guard rescued a 68-year-old man and his two pets Thursday from a grounded sailboat near Raccoon Island. Coast Guard watch standers were notified Thursday the 36-foot sailboat Scampo with a man, his dog and his cat aboard ran aground.

ACO Marine Unveils New PE Separators

ACO Marine has introduced composite PE versions of its Lipator and Lipatomat grease separator range. Pictured is a 2x stainless steel Lipatomat NS10 with lifting station (Image: ACO Marine)

Wastewater management specialist ACO Marine has introduced a new composite grease separator as part of its Lipator and Lipatomat product range.   Manufactured from high-density polyethylene (PE) composite, ACO Marine’s new PE-Lipator (manual) and PE-Lipatomat (automatic) separators

US to Give Two Ships to Philippine Navy

President Barack Obama talks with Captain Vince Sibala on the bridge of the BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PF-15), during a tour of the ship in Manila Harbor, Philippines, Nov. 17, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Following a visit aboard Philippine naval ship BRP Gregorio Del Pilar on Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama said the American government plans to transfer two ships to the Philippine Navy, bolstering what Obama called an “ironclad commitment” to the defense of treaty ally the

Guang Jun Collides with Ji Xin 9 in Taiwan Strait

Taiwan Strait Map by Korean Military

 The Guang Jun and the Ji Xin 9 were in collision on Nov 14, 2015, at 3 a.m. near Nanpeng island off Shantou in the Taiwan Strait.    According to the report, Guang Yun’s crew of 26 were ordered to transfer aboard Ji Xin 9

USCG Searching for Overboard Cruise Ship Passenger

Norwegian Pearl (Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line)

Emergency responders are searching for a woman who reportedly fell from a cruise ship roughly 22 nautical miles off the coast of Cuba, Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.   The Coast Guard said watchstanders at its 7th District command center received the initial report at

Picked up Pickup

Photo: USCG

The maritime industry often presents unusual hazards to those who perform the wide variety of work associated with the business of shipping – especially at waterfront facilities.   A pickup truck was recently dragged into a harbor by a mooring line that was being hauled in by a

Australia Maritime Museum Calls ‘Action Stations’

Artists impression of the Immersive Cinema Experience: drama, danger and suspense on the big screen with a pumping soundtrack to set the scene. (Image: Australian National Maritime Museum)

The Australian National Maritime Museum’s new “Action Stations” attraction officially opened in Darling Harbour, Sydney, on Sunday, offering guests a uniquely dynamic “Immersive Cinema Experience”.   The $12 million (AUD ) Action Stations attraction

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