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Admiral's Thoughts on the LCS Program

LCS: Photo credit USN

The Director, Navy Staff, Vice-Adm. Richard W. Hunt, recommends the LCS council continue, looks to program future. In a recent memo to the Chief of Naval Operations , the Director, Navy Staff, Vice Adm. Richard W. Hunt provided an update on the progress of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Council and outlined the council’s way ahead, including a recommendation that the council remain in place to monitor and provide oversight of the LCS program. Specific achievements attributable to the LCS Council, which has completed all tasks assigned by the CNO in their initial charter, include:     •    A Plan of Action and Milestones (POAM) to ensure LCS meets assigned capabilities and missions has been developed     •    LCS is on a course to evolve, improve and ultimately deliver critical combat power to the Navy     •    An LCS program review has been conducted     •    USS Freedom (LCS 1) is on schedule to deploy in March     •    Adjustments to manpower, training, maintenance and seaframe have been made to ensure program success In a separate interview, Vice-Admiral Hunt has also addressed the LCS's immediate future : “We are demonstrating an improved product on an almost weekly basis as we move forward with this

Middle East Port of Aden Invites Consultancy Bids

Port of Aden intends to dredge out its access channel, invites bids from consultants The Ministry of Transport and Yemen Gulf of Aden Ports Corporation (Port of Aden) invites  qualified consultants companies/firms to express their interest in participation by putting forward their names with the necessary documents to confirm their competence. Aden is described as “Yemen’s Gateway to the World”

Costa Concordia Wreck: Winter Weather Precautions

Scene at the wreck: Photo courtesy of the Parbuckling Project

Works to increase stability of the uprighted, but still grounded, wreck are in progress at Giglio island as winter approaches. Adverse weather conditions registered recently, have caused minor movements of the wreck, considered by engineers as  settlement  on the false seabed, confirm the need to move forward with the so-called winterization measures to further stabilize the wreck for the winter. The Commissioner for the Concordia emergency Franco Gabrielli

Construction Begins on New Orleans Lock Project

The USACE has begun construction on the $585-million replacement of the navigation lock on the Industrial Canal in New Orleans and is now enlisting community leadership to scope out a mitigation plan. Community input is needed because Congress not only approved the construction of a larger, modern lock, but also approved a $35 million Community Impact Mitigation Plan to be carried out during the 10 to 12 years of mitigation.

EU Speaks out on Migrant Smuggling

EC Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos (courtesy European Commission)

EC Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos weighs in on the smuggling of migrants in cargo ships: With regard to the recent events of the smuggling of migrants in the Ezadeen and Blue Sky M cargo ships to Italy, Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, made the following statement: “I commend the Italian Coast Guard and Frontex who, in the framework of the joint operation Triton, have saved hundreds of migrants in distress

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard's CBA Ratified

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

  Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI), the sole operating subsidiary of Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA, announced today that a new four year collective bargaining agreement has been ratified by the Philadelphia Metal Trades Council (PMTC). The PMTC is the exclusive bargaining representative for production and maintenance employees at APSI and consists of ten unions.   Mike Giantomaso, Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Vice President of Human Resources remarked

Northrop Grumman Extends NNS Tender Offer

U.S. defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp. on Thursday said it has extended its tender offer for the outstanding shares of Newport News Shipbuilding, after the Justice Department requested additional information about the takeover. Los Angeles-based Northrop said it extended its tender offer for Newport News, to July 5 at midnight EDT from the previous June 20 deadline. About 861,000 shares of Newport News common stock had been tendered as of midnight June 20, Northrop said.

MEBA Signs LNG Crewing Agreement with Excelerate Energy

The Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association (MEBA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with innovative LNG importer Excelerate Energy to utilize U.S.- citizen deck and engineering officers onboard Excelerate's liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers. The issue of Americans onboard LNG vessels has been the focus of congressional and administrative oversight over the last few years. The House Homeland Security Committee scheduled a hearing on March 21st to

NMC Reformats Deck & Engine Examination Guide

The National Maritime Center (NMC) has posted a new format of the Deck & Engine Examination Guide on its website. The examination guide has been rewritten to contain information pertinent to USCG administered credential examinations for deck and engine endorsements and associated regulations. As the NMC moves forward, the new format allows the agency to quickly revise the guide in response to regulation and policy changes

PD Ports Container Handling Milestone

In November, PD Ports reached a major new milestone.  For the first time Teesport handled over 100,000 containers in a year.  This is the highest volume of containers ever recorded at Teesport on the North East coast in any calendar year.  Frans Calje, PD Ports’ managing director, unitised, said “We are delighted that in these difficult economic times our efforts have clearly out-performed the market

New Module Creates 3D Video Animation of Assemblies

Photo: CoreTechnologies

The innovation driver CoreTechnologie has developed a new, unique CAD Viewer module for 3D video animation of assemblies.   The German-French software manufacturer CoreTechnologie (CT) now offers for its conversion software and the CAD viewer “3D_Analyzer” a unique new module

Vessel Aids Fire Emergency While in Final Testing

Photo: Lake Assault Boats

Lake Assault Boats, manufacturer of purpose-built and mission-specific fire and rescue boats, recently assisted the Superior, Wis. Fire Department in its response to a fire on an ore boat at Fraser Shipyards. At the time, a team from Lake Assault was in the final stages of testing the 28-foot

European Shipping Week Receives EU Patronage

President, Mr Martin Schultz. Photo ESW

European Shipping Week has been granted the European Parliament’s official patronage by its President, Mr Martin Schultz. Commenting on European Shipping Week, Mr Schultz said his institution appreciated the opportunity for open dialogue between policy makers and representatives of the

USC, Ports Partner to Improve Supply Chain Technology

Redesigning supply networks to operate in the digital economy requires supply chain thought leaders to accelerate the move to enhanced digital capabilities - Image courtesy USC Marshall Center

A strategic partnership with the USC Marshall Center for Global Supply Chain Management aimed at improving the global competitiveness of the nation’s supply chains was signed by U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on October 14 at the University Park campus.

New Inland Port Planned in South Carolina

Plans to develop South Carolina’s second inland port in Dillon were announced by the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) in a move that aims to support growth of intermodal container volumes and expand access to markets in neighboring states and throughout the Northeast and Midwest

Virginia Port Turns a Profit Again


Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that The Port of Virginia’s preliminary unaudited reports for fiscal year 2016 indicate that it will post an annual operating income of $4.76 million, the second year in a row that the port completed its fiscal year with profitability.

BP, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips 'Quit' Alaska LNG Project

Alaska LNG. Photo: Alaska LNG Project

 BP, Conoco Phillips, and Exxon Mobil said that the 65-billion dollar megaproject would be too unprofitable for them to move into the next phase of development.   The Big 3 oil companies have told state lawmakers that the proposal on the table to pipe

Hoegh LNG Profits Dip

Photo: Höegh LNG Partners

 Norway-based owner and operator of floating LNG import terminals, Höegh LNG  reported a second quarter profit after tax of US$3.5 million, down from $6.3 million in the first quarter 2016.   The company’s profit after tax was also down in comparison to the

South Asia Meet on Oil, Chemical Spill Contingency Plan

Photo:  International Maritime Organization

 A meeting to update South Asia’s regional plan for oil and chemical pollution preparedness and response is underway in Male, Maldives (22-25 August), informs  International Maritime Organization (IMO).   Senior officials from Bangladesh, India, Maldives

SC Ports Posts Earnings of $39 Mln

Photo South Carolina Ports Authority

Today South Carolina Ports Authority reported 2016 fiscal year-end operating earnings of $39 million, revenues of $211 million and operating expenses of $172 million.   "The Port closed the FY2016 books with solid financials, reflecting our commitment to achieving the necessary

Kogas Sign MoU for LNG Terminal in Mexico

Image: Kogas

 South Korea’s Kogas  (Korea Gas Corporation) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Mexican state of Yucatan to construct an liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and gas pipelines that would be worth up to $1.5 billion in a package deal.   

Lease Sale Proposed for Wind Energy Off North Carolina

A new lease sale has been proposed for 122,405 acres for commercial wind energy leasing offshore North Carolina.     The proposed lease, announced today by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper as part of

DNV GL Okays New Floating Power Generation Concept

A 3D model of the FLPS concept. Note: “FLPS” is the registered trademark of IHI Corporation in Japan. Image: DNV GL

 DNV GL has given IHI Corporation Approval in Principle (AiP) for its FLPS (Floating LNG Power Station) concept.   The formal handover of the Approval in Principle took place in Tokyo on July 5. The design has been found to comply with DNV GL class standards and other relevant industry

Bangladesh LNG Terminal Edges Closer

Excelerate and Petrobangla Sign Final Agreements for Bangladesh’s First LNG Import Terminal Photo Excelerate Energy

Excelerate Energy L.P. (“Excelerate”), Petrobangla, and the Government of Bangladesh executed the Terminal Use Agreement (“TUA”) and the Implementation Agreement (“IA”) for the construction and operation of Bangladesh’s first LNG import terminal –

Can Shipping Nations Act on Global Emissions?

Photo by Aiswarya Lakshmi

 Shipping was not included in the global temperature-reduction targets agreed in the historic 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change, yet the shipping industry pledged to move forward “in the spirit of Paris,” says a report in the WSJ.  

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