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Transas VTS Simulator Arrives in the UK

Transas Marine (UK) Ltd and Blackpool and the Fylde College’s Fleetwood Nautical Campus have successfully added a VTS simulation suite to the Transas Navi-Trainer Professional Simulation centre. The two Navi-Monitor workstations are able to monitor the developing traffic situation in any simulated exercise run on the main navigational bridges on site; a capability that is required for Fleetwood to deliver VTS Operator training to the IALA V103 standard. A projected visualization channel gives the view from the control tower and completes the full mission effect that this leading training establishment has always strived for. This installation is a landmark for Transas as it is the first of its kind in the UK. Fleetwood is now one of only two British nautical schools to offer MCA accredited VTS operator training. Fleetwood Nautical Campus is part of Blackpool and the Fylde College. The college has been designated as a National Beacon of Excellence and recently accredited for the Charter Mark in recognition of the excellent service it provides to all learners. (

Naylor Director of Maritime & Coastguard Agency

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency announced the appointment of Philip Naylor as the new Director of Maritime Services. This post is responsible for ensuring the safety and quality of seafarers and ships under the Red Ensign and delivering emergency response, survey and inspections services. Naylor is currently General Manager for Fleet Marine and Shore Operations for Carnival UK. He served as a Deck Officer on tankers

Loran Station Kodiak to Hold Change of Command

The Coast Guard Loran Station here will hold a Change of Command Ceremony at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Senior Chief Robert A. Merick will relieve Chief Richard J. Isabelle as Commanding Officer of the unit during the ceremony. Isabelle, of Springfield, Mass., will serve as executive officer of Loran Station Port Clarence. Isabelle’s previous duty stations include Loran Station Marcus Island, Japan, and the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma in New Bedford, Mass

UMass Hosts Atlantic Observation System Planners

The School for Marine Science and Technology of UMass Dartmouth hosted a consortium of 20 universities and organizations last week to plan the initial stages of a system to monitor the changing conditions and health of coastal waters from to .  The consortium is developing a sophisticated network of weather stations, satellites, coastal radars and robotic underwater vehicles to produce a three-dimensional view of conditions in the coastal Mid-Atlantic

FRC to Run Canadian WBV Courses

RIB on a Wave: Photo credit FRC

FRC International is running the first programme of ‘Back To Back’ Whole Boat Vibration (WBV) courses in Canada this April. The lead for these courses is the Canadian Coast Guard and the Canadian Navy, being part of a move to improve sea safety.  Attendance is open to all organisations operating RHIBs & planing craft, as well as builders, equipment manufacturers and others in this industry.

Sea Hawk Paints Names Detmer as COO

Mike Detmer (Photo courtesy of New Nautical Coatings, Inc.)

Mike Detmer has been appointed to the position of chief operating officer at New Nautical Coatings, Inc.    Based at the company’s headquarters in Clearwater, Fla., Detmer will report to Erik Norrie, co-founder and chief executive officer at Sea Hawk Paints. His responsibilities will include overseeing day-to-day operations as well as executing key strategic growth initiatives.   Prior to joining New Nautical Coatings, Inc

Navy Taps SUNY Maritime College as Host for Training Program

The State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College has been designated by the United States Navy as a host school of its Seaman to Admiral 21 (STA-21) Nuclear Option training program. Maritime College joins a select list of 14 engineering schools where Navy sailors can earn a college degree in engineering with financial help from the Navy. The designation was based on program accreditation, specialization, affordability, flexibility in degree plans and commitment

New Orleans Maritime High School

The maritime industry’s need for qualified employees is approaching a crisis, and it is only predicted to worsen in the near future. This has caused industry personnel to look at alternative ways of attracting and grooming potential employees for these lucrative and rewarding careers. Couple that with the current state of post-Katrina schools in New Orleans and you have all the makings of an idea whose coming is long past due.

Newport News Shipbuilding's Apprentice School, 92nd Anniversary

Photo courtesy Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries will celebrate the 92nd anniversary of its Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School on July1. The school has grown from three instructors and 126 apprentices in 1919 to more than 100 faculty and 750 apprentices today. The Apprentice School is expected to award its 10,000th diploma later this year.  "The Apprentice School is essentially our shipbuilding production leadership academy," said Matt Mulherin, president, Newport News Shipbuilding

Navy to Christen Second Joint High Speed Vessel

JHSV under construction (file photo)

The Navy will christen the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) Choctaw County, named for three U.S. counties, located in Mississippi, Alabama and Oklahoma, which share the county's name, during a ceremony in Mobile, Ala., Sept. 15, at 10 a.m. CDT.  Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the ceremony's principal address.  Women from Ackerman High School's class of 1966, 29 in all, will serve as the ship's sponsors

Two Product Tankers Collide in the Arctic

Svyatoy Pavel. Photo by Myship

Two Product tankers, Svyatoy Petr and Svyatoy Pavel collided during a passage of Northern Sea Route in convoy with nuclear icebreaker Vaygach.    The collision happened on 70 nautical miles SouthWest off New Siberian islands in Laptev sea.  

Long Beach Trade Luncheon Celebrates Women

Event spotlights career paths to maritime industry jobs Photo Courtesy Port of Long Beach

A heavy equipment operator, port construction manager, shoe company executive and maritime university student encouraged Long Beach young women to explore careers in shipping industry at this week’s fifth annual Celebrating Women in Trade luncheon.

Adrift Cargo Ship Taken in Tow

The Barbados-registered cargo vessel Skog, which was adrift off Orkney after encountering engine problems, is now under tow, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported.   The 99-meter cargo vessel, laden with a cargo of paper

Tote Cargo ship adrift near Haida Gwaii

M.V. North Star loading operations. Photo: U.S. Voluntary Observing Ship (VOS)

 The MV North Star, a cargo ship that is owned by TOTE Maritime, spent more than half a day adrift Tuesday off the coast of British Columbia, Canada.   The Canadian Coast Guard reported late Tuesday that the cargo ship lost propulsion and was adrift near the coast of Haida Gwaii.

Carnival Maritime Opens in Hamburg

Jens Lassen and Michael Thamm at the unit’s opening (Photo: Carnival Maritime)

Digital support, surveillance and planning for all technical and nautical aspects of the 25 vessels of Costa Crociere, Costa Asia and AIDA fleets are implemented in real time by the Costa Group. Now assisting with these operations and risk/safety management is a new marine service unit

Scandlines’ New Ferries All Set to Sail

Simulator picture by Scandlines

  Preparations for the forthcoming introduction of the two new Scandlines ferries for Gedser-Rostock are in full swing. All the Danish and German officers are currently completing their training in the company owned simulator in Puttgarden, Germany.  

Klaveness Orders Weather Service for 140 Ships

Photo: MeteoGroup

Weather business MeteoGroup is to provide fleet monitoring, performance reporting and weather routing services to Norwegian shipping company Torvald Klaveness.    The contract will see MeteoGroup provide its ship routing, monitoring and performance analysis service, RouteGuard

Leadership Changes at Huntington Ingalls Industries

Christopher D. Kastner (Photo: HII)

U.S. shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today a number of changes across its leadership team. HII’s Board of Directors has elected Christopher D. Kastner to succeed Barbara A. Niland as the company’s chief financial officer and corporate vice president

US Navy Eyes More Patrols in South China Sea

U.S. Navy eyes two or more patrols in South China Sea per quarter The U.S. Navy plans to conduct patrols within 12 nautical miles of artificial islands in the South China Sea about twice a quarter, a U.S. defense official said on Monday.  

HMAS Sydney Decommissioned

HMAS Sydney (IV) was the third of six Adelaide class guided missile frigates (FFG) to commission into the Royal Australian Navy

  HMAS Sydney will be decommissioned after 32 years of service at her homeport of Garden Island, Sydney on November 7, 2015. During the conduct of maritime operations spanning the globe HMAS Sydney, an Adelaide Class Guided Missile Frigate serving with the Royal Australian Navy has

Search Underway for Missing Man in Waters Off Bahamas


  Coast Guard search-and-rescue crews are searching for a man in the water 80 nautical miles northeast of Mayaguana, Bahamas, Friday. At approximately 1 a.m., the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas cruise ship reported a missing 35-year-old male after he fell into the water during a cruise

ST Engineeing Appoints Director

  Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) today announced the appointment of Mr Lim Ah Doo as an independent non-executive Director of the Company and a Member of the Audit Committee with effect from 10 November 2015.

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

Cohen Retires from ExxonMobil, McCarron to Takeover

Ken Cohen Courtesy ExxonMobil

  Ken Cohen, vice president, Public and Government Affairs, Exxon Mobil Corporation, has announced his intention to retire effective Jan. 1, 2016, after more than 38 years of service. It is anticipated that the board of directors will elect Suzanne McCarron as vice president

Human Performance and Limitation for Mariners

  The Nautical Institute’s latest book, Human Performance and Limitation for Mariners, builds on a concept first introduced in the aviation industry that was responsible for a massive reduction in accidents. This concept will enable seafarers to make the best use of their physical and

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