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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.


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


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


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


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


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


Targa: Splitter, Terminal with Noble Still Under Consideration

Targa Resources Partners LP is working closely with Noble Group as Asia's biggest commodity trader evaluates whether to move forward a deal to support a Targa-built condensate splitter, a new terminal or both in Texas, Targa Chief Executive Joe Bob Perkins said on Tuesday.  


Ice, Weather Slow Great Lakes Stone Trade

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 1.8 million tons in April, a decrease of 9 percent compared to the month’s five-year average, and a drop of 30 percent compared to 2012, the last April in which ice conditions were not near arctic


Nomination for Next CNO Announced

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announces during a Pentagon press briefing that he has recommended Adm. John M. Richardson as the next Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1s

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced today during a Pentagon press briefing that he has recommended Adm. John M. Richardson as the next Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). A career submarine officer, Richardson is currently director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program


Mayor Garcetti on Ratification of Port Labor Contract

Courtesy Port of Los Angeles

  International Longshore and Warehouse Union members have ratified a five-year contract governing pay and work rules at 29 West Coast ports, including those of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Mayor Eric Garcetti made the following statement regarding the ratification of the port labor


Caterpillar to Stay in Peoria

Courtesy Caterpillar

  After a multiyear study focused on modernizing its global headquarters, Caterpillar Inc. today reaffirmed it will remain in Peoria, Illinois, and revealed a design that will eventually span 31 acres on the city’s riverfront. The key elements of the campus are:


Bill in Congress to Expand Benefits for WWII Merchant Seamen

 U.S. Representative G.K. Butterfield (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Congress)

  Representatives G. K. Butterfield (D-NC) and Walter Jones (R-NC) introduced bipartisan legislation this week that would make deserving World War II U.S. Merchant Mariners eligible for honorary veterans’ status and certain veterans’ benefits, Rep


South China Sea Case: Philippines' New Evidence against China

South China Sea Territorial Disputes Map:  The American Center for Democracy

 The Philippines has submitted to a United Nations tribunal supplemental evidence for its arbitration case against China over disputed territories in the resource-rich South China Sea.   The submission, which came to more than 3,000 pages


Largest Ship Ever Calls on Savannah

The ZIM vessel Tianjin transits the Savannah River channel on March 18. At a capacity of 10,062 twenty-foot equivalent container units, the Tianjin is the largest ship ever to call on the Port of Savannah.

  The Georgia Ports Authority welcomed the largest ship ever to call on the Port of Savannah today when the ZIM Tianjin docked at Garden City Terminal. "This 10,000-TEU vessel represents the future of U.S.-Asia shipping," said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis J


Garamendi Introduces Bipartisan GPS Backup Bill

Congressman John Garamendi

Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA), the Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, introduced the bipartisan National Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Resilience and Security Act of 2015, H.R. 1678


Port Canaveral Receives ‘A’ Bond Rating

Photo: Port Canaveral

With $617 million in capital projects planned and under way for expansion of its cruise and cargo operations moving forward, Canaveral Port Authority has received Fitch’s  ‘A’ rating for $26.9 million of outstanding revenue bonds, series 2005 and 2006 A&B


Khalifa Port Ready for Growing RoRo Volumes

RoRo vessel at Khalifa Port (Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports)

Emirate’s RORO volumes grow by 18.8% in 2014; Abu Dhabi Ports hits 100,000-benchmark and handles all-time high of 106,071 vehicle units in 2014   Abu Dhabi Ports informs it has enhanced moved all of Abu Dhabi’s roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) cargo to the new Khalifa Port RORO hub.


China Snubs G7 Declaration on Sea Row

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Leis Regular Press Conference on April 17, 2015: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Peoples Republic of China

 Reacting to recent declaration of  the Group of Seven (G7) major nations' Foreign Ministers on maritime , China said “the situation of this region is generally stable, and relevant cooperation has been moved forward with positive results.”  


HII, Kinder Morgan Not to Pursue Avondale Joint Venture

Huntington Ingalls Industries and Kinder Morgan Inc. decide not to pursue joint venture on Avondale redevelopment   Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced it has completed discussions with Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI) to explore the redevelopment of HII's Avondale shipyard in Louisiana


Long Beach, Los Angeles ports host forum to gather input

Joint Meeting

  More than 100 cargo owners, trucking firm leaders, longshore labor, marine terminals and other goods movement industry representatives turned out Wednesday for a joint meeting hosted by the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to gather input


VLCC Tanker a Booming Market

Maersk Nautilus: Maersk Line

 The booming VLCC tanker market has started to be reflected on the companies’ earnings and is “firing on all cylinders” and it is set to continue Poten & Partners say in their weekly report.   The boom is evident by the rather impressive first quarter results by






 
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