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Gordon England Resigns as Navy Secretary

Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England has relinquished his post as secretary of the Navy, Defense Department officials announced Dec. 29. He will continue to serve as acting deputy secretary of defense, officials said. England has served as Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's deputy since May, when former Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz left the Pentagon to head up the World Bank. Over two terms as Navy secretary, England served a total of 48 months. His terms were separated by his service as the first deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department. For the past eight months, he has served in both the Navy post and as acting deputy secretary of defense. Navy Undersecretary Dionel M. Aviles will serve as acting Navy secretary effective today. The Navy will begin 2006 with a new leader, as former Northrop Grumman Corp. executive Donald C. Winter becomes the 74th secretary of the Navy, the Defense Department announced Thursday.


U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Graduates 219

Captain Mark Kelly Addresses USMMA: Photo credit USMMA

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) has awarded degrees & licences to 219 new potential leaders in the mercantile marine Captain Mark Kelly, Class of '86 and a former NASA astronaut, gave the commencement address before a crowd of more than 2,000 graduates, family members and representatives from the federal government, Armed Forces and maritime industry. "However today's graduates choose to continue serving their country


ASA Announces New Leaders for ‘08

John A. Witte, Jr., Executive Vice President of Donjon Marine Co., Inc. (Hillside, NJ) has been elected President of the American Salvage Association (ASA). Mauricio Garrido, Managing Director of Salvage for the Americas for Titan, a Crowley Company, (Fort Lauderdale, FL) has been elected ASA’s Vice President, and Tim Beaver, President of Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. (Seattle, WA) has been elected Secretary/Treasurer.


L.A. Coast Guard Welcomes New Leader

A Change of Command Ceremony was held at Reservation Point aboard Base San Pedro, Wednesday for the Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team Los Angeles-Long Beach (MSST LA-LB). During the ceremony Lt. Cmdr. Taylor Lam assumed the duties and responsibilities as commanding officer of MSST LA-LB from Lt. Cmdr. Tim Margita while Capt. Thomas E. Crabbs presided over the ceremony. Lam comes to MSST LA-LB from the Office of Congressional Affaris in Washington, D.C


“Old Tar” Impressed with New Leaders

By Edward Lundquist Commander Master Chief Mark Davidson becomes the U.S. Navy's “Old Tar,” symbolic of the senior Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist. The award was presented by Surface navy Association executive director, Capt. Bill Erickson, USN (Ret.), at the USS Constitution in Boston. (Photo by Edward Lundquist) For Master Chief Mark Davidson, becoming the “Old Tar” doesn’t mean he’s old, it signifies he’s a seasoned and experienced Surface Warrior, just like the USS Constitution


Tandy Joins Auto Maskin AS

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Simon Tandy, previously of Cummins Inc, has joined Auto Maskin AS of Lillestøm, Norway as Sales and Marketing leader. Auto Maskin AS is a provider of building control and monitoring solutions linked to rotating and process equipment in the Marine and Industrial markets since the late 60’s. Tandy is responsible for all Sales and Marketing activities and further development of the global Distribution network


Russia, Japan Discuss Islands Dispute 'In-depth'

Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed on Friday to draw up proposals this year to end a row over a group of disputed islands that has bedevilled relations between their countries for over 70 years.   The dispute stems from the Soviet Union's decision, in the final days of World War Two, to seize the islands - known in Japan as the Northern Territories and in Russia as the Southern Kuriles - that Tokyo says are its sovereign territory.  


Transocean Ultra-Deepwater Drillship Contract

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Transocean Ltd. (NYSE:RIG) announced that the Discoverer Clear Leader has commenced operations for Chevron U.S.A. Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX), in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico under a five-year drilling contract. The Discoverer Clear Leader is the first of five Transocean ultra-deepwater enhanced Enterprise-class drillships scheduled to commence operations in 2009 and 2010. The dynamically positioned


Cruise Leaders to Meet in New Orleans

Dream-Dawn 2016 Photo Port of New Orleans

More than 150 leaders in the cruise industry from around the world will meet here this week, as the Port of New Orleans hosts the 2016 Platinum Associate Membership Advisory Council Conference of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA).   Local elected officials and tourism leaders will meet with cruise executives from FCCA’s 19 Member Lines, along with key cruise tourism stakeholders, to update them on New Orleans' tourism economy, infrastructure and attractions


Maiden Call of the Hyundai Saturn to New York

Photo: GCT Global Container Terminals Inc

 As the leader of customer-focused terminal operations in North America, GCT USA has welcomed the Hyundai Saturn to GCT Bayonne.    The Saturn is the first of five Hyundai ships in the G6's New York Express (NYX) service calling the port of New York and New Jersey through the expanded Panama Canal.   The Saturn and its sisters are the first Hyundai neo-Panamax class vessels deployed on the Transpacific-US East Coast trade lane, all boasting a cellular capacity of 10


Forum Delivers 350th RT Torque Machine

David Neill of TAM International (left) receives a plaque from George Hendry, business development manager for Forum AMC, recognising the purchase of the 350th RT torque machine. (Photo: TAM)

Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. said it has designed, manufactured, tested and delivered its 350th rotational torque (RT) torque machine to TAM International, a globally recognized downhole inflatable packer leader.   The torque machine, or bucking unit as it is commonly referred


Skangas, Statoil Pact for LNG Reload at Klaipeda

Photo: Klaipedos Nafta

 Skangas signed an agreement with Statoil, the Norwegian oil and gas company, for a small-scale LNG reload to take place at the Klaipeda LNG Terminal in Lithuania.    The reload will take place early January 2017. This will be the first reload conducted at the terminal and it is


Nigeria to Pursue peace in restive Oil-producing Delta Region

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari Photo Nigerian goverment website

Nigeria's government will seek a lasting peace settlement with militants in the oil-producing southern Niger Delta region in 2017, President Muhammadu Buhari said in a New Year's message on Saturday. Attacks on oil facilities in Nigeria's energy hub, coupled with low oil prices


TFI Acquires National Fast Freight

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 TFI International Inc., formerly known as TransForce Inc., a North American leader in the transportation and logistics industry, has announced that a wholly-owned subsidiary of TFI International has acquired Brampton, Ontario based National Fast Freight (NFF) from Calyx Transportation Group


FMC and Technip to Complete Merger in January

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USA subsea equipment firm FMC Technologies and French engineering company Technip have jointly announced that they expect their merger to be formally complete by January 16.   Houston-based FMC and Paris-based Technip will form a new entity called TechnipFMC


INTTRA Celebrates 15th Anniversary

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Marking its 15th Anniversary in 2016, INTTRA, the world's ocean shipping electronic marketplace, looks back on the success of its innovative platform while embracing its future as the digital leader in logistics - growing rapidly and expanding its offering.  


Obama's Arctic Ban and Aftermath

Photo courtesy: BP p.l.c.

 US President Barack Obama has permanently banned offshore oil and gas drilling in the "vast majority" of US-owned northern waters.   Vowing that his successor won’t be able to reverse his actions, President Obama on Tuesday used executive authority to permanently ban


Norsafe Bags Another Swedish Coastguard contract

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On Wednesday 21st December, Norsafe signed yet another new contract with the Swedish Coast Guard (KBV) to deliver nine new Magnum 750 MKII boats.   The boats are specially developed in close cooperation with KBV and are a continuation of seven boats already delivered between 2015 and 2016.


Cortland Australia Earns NATA Accreditation

Photo: Cortland Company

Customized cable and rope specialist Cortland Company said it has received full endorsement from the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) for its inspection and testing facility in Western Australia.   The facility has received ISO/IEC 17020 and ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation for


CMA CGM, OGEU Partnership to promote Beaupré Water Spring

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CMA CGM, a leading worldwide shipping group, and the OGEU group, 4th largest French water bottler, are pleased to announce the signing of a partnership agreement on November 2 of this year. This cooperation between 2 leading players in their respective industry focuses on 2 strategic axes:


Royal HaskoningDHV Appoints Two Corporate Directors

Jasper de Wit (left) and Abhishek Kaushal (right). Photo Royal HaskoningDHV

Royal HaskoningDHV appoints two new leaders at Corporate level for Finance & Control and Global HR Services: Jasper de Wit has been named Corporate Director Finance & Control per January 1, 2017, and Abhishek Kaushal has been appointed to lead Global HR Services per December 12, 2016


Gulf Navigation, Mena Energy Sign Strategic Deal

Photo: Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC

GulfNav has marked another milestone by entering into strategic alliances with MENA ENERGY.   The strategic alliances  for mutual co-operation in ship acquisition, chartering and commercial management aims to set out a platform for the parties to have an enhanced commercial


Fincantieri Targets Navy Contract with New Australian Arm

Fincantieri has established an Australian arm with sights on the Australian Navy’s new Future Frigates – SEA 5000 program.   Having been shortlisted by the Australian Government to bid to design and build nine new frigates for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN)


EU Leaders Seek More Vessels for Libyan Coastguard

European Union leaders will on Thursday call for more vessels for the Libyan coastguard to help it prevent migrants leaving its shores for Europe, sources said. Migrant arrivals from Libya to EU member state Italy are higher this year than last at more than 175,000 people


Tinto Appointed V.P., Vancouver Shipyards

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Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards has appointed Tony Tinto to Vice President, Planning & Estimating. Tony joined Vancouver Shipyards (VSY) in 2006 as a Project Manager, before moving over to affiliate company Vancouver Drydock in 2007 in a similar capacity






 
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