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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


The 'Hour of Power': Hybrid Marine Technology & Green Ports

The 19 m research vessel ‘Spirit of the Sound’ runs virtually silently on hybrid electric power for two-hour study cruises on Long Island Sound.

  In 2015 two significant developments are going to make many operators, owners and builders of professional vessels consider hybrid marine power. Firstly the new emissions laws in ports and secondly there is now an incentive for high technology manufacturers to invest in developing highly


UASC Appoints New Board Leaders

M.V. Barzan (Photo: UASC)

United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) announced the appointment of Dr. Nabeel Al-Amudi as the new Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors, and Sheikh Ali bin Jassim bin Mohammad Al-Thani, as Vice-Chairman. Dr. Al Amudi, Al-Thani and the rest of the board will be responsible for


FERC Approves Excelerate’s Offshore GasPort

Rendering of the proposed facility, the Aguirre Offshore GasPort (Photo: Excelerate Energy)

Excelerate receives approval to move forward with the construction and operation of LNG terminal   On July 24, 2015, the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued its order granting authorization to Excelerate Energy, in cooperation with the Puerto Rico Electric Power


Redesigned LaGuardia Airport to Include Ferry Terminal

Rendering shows plans for LaGuardias new Marine Air Terminal site (Image: Governor Cuomo’s office)

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Delta Air Lines are set to overhaul New York’s notoriously outdated and publically criticized LaGuardia Airport, replacing four separate terminals with a single, connected one that will include a ferry terminal.  


Innovative Winch System Patented

Photo courtesy of JonRie Marine Winches

The U.S. Patent Office has  issued Patent s/n 9,056,655 to inventors Brandon Durar (JonRie Marine Winches) and Gregory Castleman (Castleman Maritime) for A Staple Torque Aligning Winch System for Escort Tugs. Naval architect Greg Castleman approached Durar in the winter of 2007 with the


ZF Appoints Pleasure Craft Product Manager

Federico Decio (Photo: ZF)

Federico Decio has assumed the role of product line manager for the pleasure craft business of ZF Marine Propulsion Systems, effective June 1, 2015. He is based out of ZF Marine’s headquarters in Padova, Italy.   Decio joined ZF in 2014 as operations manager for the ZF Padova srl


Baltic Dry Index Climbs to an All Year High

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The dry bulk market has been devastating so far in 2015. However, June has somehow reversed it all in less than three weeks if judged by the Baltic Dry Index (BDI). June has delivered what May was unable to – keeping the momentum going


China Wants Stronger Maritime Emissions Regulations

Image: IMO

 China's government is moving forward with plans to bring in legislation to control emissions from ships as the country looks to reduce air pollution, state media Xinhua said.   According to a draft amendment to the Air Pollution Law


WOC Provides Industry Comments on U.S. NOP

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  The World Ocean Council (WOC) has submitted a paper synthesizing the common themes from industry comments on the U.S. National Ocean Policy (NOP). Initiated in 2010, the NOP calls for the protection, maintenance, and restoration of the health of ocean, coastal


Conference to Delve into Hybrid Power & Propulsion

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The first international Hybrid Marine Power & Propulsion Conference will be held at the RNLI Lifeboat College, Poole UK from October 6-8, 2015.   Shock Mitigation will bring together an international group of experts, armed with the latest knowledge that will identify the potential


The Hour of Power: Hybrid Marine Technology and Green Ports

The 19 meter research vessel Spirit of the Sound runs virtually silently on hybrid electric power for 2 hour study cruises on the Long Island Sound

In 2015 two significant developments are going to make many operators, owners and builders of professional vessels consider hybrid marine power. Firstly the new emissions laws in ports, and secondly there is now an incentive for high technology manufacturers to invest in developing highly


Djibouti Training Center Build on Pace

Photo: IMO

The construction of the Djibouti Regional Training Centre (DRTC) in Doraleh, Djibouti is moving forward in earnest, with a view to completion by the end of September 2015, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) said.    IMO’s Chris Trelawny and  Kiruja Micheni made a


Canada LNG Import on Indian Menu

Dharmendra Pradhan: Minister of State (Independent Charge) Petroleum and Natural Gas, Govt. of India

 India is considering importing liquefied natural gas from Canada towards meeting its requirements, the petroleum ministry said.   Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan met Canadian Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford to discuss enhancing energy cooperation between the two


Port Everglades Project Step Closer

Ports Chief Executive Steven Cernak told about the projects long-awaited approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

  Broward County's Port Everglades is moving forward with a plan to widen and deepen its channels, but there are still several steps to go before construction begins, the Port's Chief Executive Steven Cernak told elected officials and business leaders during an event to celebrate the


Autonomous Systems Competition Enters Final Phase

Photo: NOC

The final phase of a competition to develop novel adaptive autonomous ocean sampling network (AAOSN) management systems for the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is now underway. Two UK consortia will move forward to develop systems capable of coordinating a suite of marine autonomous vehicles






 
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