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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”


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.


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


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


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


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


INTERTANKO Guide to Reducing Emissions

INTERTANKO is publishing this week its new Guide for a Tanker Energy Efficiency Management Plan (TEEMP). This moves forward in practical terms the IMO process to reduce actual GHG emissions from shipping by assisting operators to implement a Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan as recommended by IMO Circular MEPC.1/Circ.683. This Guide is based on INTERTANKO best practice, using information and experience from members with more than 700 tankers


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


Coast Guard to Acquire 6 More Sentinel-class Boats

Sentinel-class FRC: Photo courtesy of USCG

The Coast Guard has received approval to move forward on the production and eventual deployment of up to 30 fast response cutters (FRC). The decision means the Coast Guard may continue to acquire the FRC as the budget allows and that new plans are in place to support new cutters as they are commissioned. Seven FRCs have been delivered to the Coast Guard, to date, beginning in 2011 and six are commissioned


Inmarsat's Launch Date for Xpress Satellite

Inmarsat

  Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, will complete another significant milestone in the delivery of its transformational global mobile satellite communications (GX) service with the scheduled launch of Inmarsat-5 F2 (I-5 F2) from the Baikonur


Boost for Offshore Wind Energy

Offshore Wind Energy

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources and cut carbon pollution, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Hopper today announced the release of an


The 2nd Ballast Water Management Summit

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Sign-up for this year’s most in-depth exchange of information and best venue for BWT stakeholders to network and meet regulatory peers is underway.   Infocast’s 2nd Ballast Water Management Summit will take place in Long Beach, CA, from February 3-5, 2015


Nordbank Eyes Bad Shipping Debt Deals

Image:  HSH Nordbank AG website

The world’s largest financier of ships HSH Nordbank AG wants to move forward in 2015 with the removal of bad shipping loans that racked up during a seven-year glut in the global container fleet, reports Bloomberg.   The bank plans several transactions in which external shipping


Panama Canal Expansion Moves Ahead

Panama Canal Expansion

  The works for the grout curtain to protect the foundation of Borinquen 1E Dam concluded today. The grout curtain is 2.4 kilometers long and 15 meters deep under the core of the foundation of Borniquen 1E Dam, located on the west side of Pedro Miguel Locks.


Container Volumes on the Rise in South Carolina

Photo: South Carolina Ports Authority

Container volume up 13 percent at South Carolina Ports Authority; Charleston benefiting from federal appropriations    The SC Ports Authority announced another month of double-digit container growth, with fiscal year-to-date volumes up 13 percent year over year.  


WESMAR Bow Thruster Integrate Safety

WESMAR Bow Thruster integrate safety

  “The WESMAR thruster works really well. It turns the boat on a dime,” says Wylie Sacks of Pembroke Pines, Florida, who with his son, ‘Vinnie,’ a 100-ton licensed captain, operates a charter boat out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida


Oil Price Crash Claims First US LNG Project Casualty

Excelerate Energy's Texan liquefied natural gas terminal plan has become the first victim of an oil price slump threatening the economics of U.S. LNG export projects.   A halving in the oil price since June has upended assumptions by developers that cheap U.S


US: Noble Energy Deal Should Move Forward, Boosts Energy Security

The United States supports moving forward with offshore natural gas deals in the Mediterranean involving the U.S. company Noble Energy, a State Department spokesman said on Tuesday.   U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has also discussed the issue with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin


Panama Canal Board Approves New Port Plans

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

State-of-the-art facility in Corozal receives green light from canal’s board of directors   The Panama Canal board of directors this week formally approved the development and construction of a transshipment port in Panama’s Corozal region


Panama Canal to Develop New Port

Panama Canal Board of Directors Approves Development of New Port

  The Panama Canal Board of Directors this week formally approved the development and construction of a transshipment port in Panama’s Corozal region. Upon completion, the port will have the capacity to handle more than five million TEUs within a 120-hectare area at the Canal’s


USN Railgun at Future Force EXPO

One of the two electromagnetic railgun prototypes on display aboard the joint high speed vessel USS Millinocket (JHSV 3) in port at Naval Base San Diego. The railguns are being displayed in San Diego as part of the Electrom.jpg

  The Electromagnetic Railgun-a weapon that will play a significant role in the future of the U.S. Navy-will be on display to the public for the first time on the East Coast Feb. 4-5 at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology (S&T) EXPO in Washington, D.C


US Navy to Display Electromagnetic Railgun

One of the two electromagnetic railgun prototypes on display aboard the joint high speed vessel USS Millinocket (JHSV 3) in port at Naval Base San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo by Kristopher Kirsop)

The U.S. Navy will display its revolutionary weapon at Future Force EXPO   The Electromagnetic Railgun – a weapon that the U.S. Navy says will play a significant role in its future – will be on display to the public for the first time on the East Coast Feb


FMC: US Port Congestion a Top Priority

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Chairman Mario Cordero announced to staff January 13 that his priority for the Commission in 2015 is addressing congestion issues that are plaguing U.S. ports.    Starting in September 2014, FMC Commissioners led public forums concerning port


Obama’s Address Missed Energy Opportunities -NOIA

President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address in Washington, D.C., January 20 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

NOIA President Randall Luthi issued a statement in response to President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address, stating that the President missed a few key points regarding domestic onshore and offshore energy production and supply, and its impact on the U.S. economy.  






 
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