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Ocean Safety Wins UK Defense Contract

Royal Navy Type 45 Destroyer

Independent safety supplier Ocean Safety has been awarded a four year contract with the U.K.’s Ministry of Defense (MOD). This contract will see Ocean Safety continue to supply, service and repair their commercial liferafts and DBC marine evacuation systems. Direct support will be given to the Royal Navy’s current flagship HMS Bulwark and to the new fleet of Type 45 destroyers which are based in Portsmouth. This ongoing support will be primarily given at Ocean Safety’s Southampton branch, however their strategically located branches in Plymouth, Greenock and Aberdeen will also offer additional support. Richard Besse, Ocean Safety’s Operations Director, commented, “Being awarded this contract is a fantastic achievement for us at Ocean Safety and a testament to the overall level of service that we provide on a national scale. We look forward to continuing the support and developing the great working relationship that we already have with the MOD.”  


USCG & Ocean Safety Rescue Kayakers on Molokini Crater

Resue in progress

  The Coast Guard and Ocean Safety rescued two kayakers trapped on Molokini Crater Monday. Watchstanders at Sector Honolulu Command Center received notification at 3:20 p.m. from Maui Fire Department of two kayakers who were beset by weather and were forced onto the rocks on Molokini Crater. After climbing to safety, the kayakers called 911 for assistance. A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Maui and a jet ski from Ocean Safety responded.


Arctic Ocean Foreign Ministers' Meeting

The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, met with foreign ministers of the five Arctic Ocean coastal states—Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia and the United States—in Chelsea, Quebec on March 29. “By virtue of our sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction in large parts of the Arctic Ocean, we are in a unique position to address new opportunities and challenges in the region,” said Minister Cannon


Commerce Committee to Conduct Hearing

The Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the U.S. Senate issued a Press Release


Submersible Retrieves Data, Takes Video from Sunken Ferry

An underwater video released Tuesday by B.C.'s Transportation Safety Board shows images from inside the sunken Queen of the North ferry during a dive by a remote-controlled submersible last month. The video shows the submersible's manipulator arms clearing the ferry deck of debris, breaking a bridge window to gain access and taking images of the controls. It also shows the submersible retrieving bridge computerized electronic systems that could shed light on what led to the fatal


Horizon Enters into OSHA Partnership

Horizon Lines of Puerto Rico, Inc., a subsidiary of Horizon Lines, Inc., participated in a signing ceremony of its Maritime Industry Safety Partnership Agreement with the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) Local 1575 and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This agreement marks the second time Horizon Lines has taken a leadership position nationwide with a safety program of this nature. In 2002


Alaska Seeks Proposals for Ocean Ranger Program

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Water, is soliciting detailed proposals for assistance with the implementation of the Ocean Ranger program established under Alaska Statute 46.03.476. The selected contractor will recruit, hire, train, and manage U.S Coast Guard licensed marine engineers or individuals with degrees in marine safety and environmental protection to serve as Ocean Rangers on large commercial passenger vessels (cruise ships).  


Coast Guard Takes Necessary Precautions For Isabel

In setting Hurricane Condition X-Ray, Coast Guard Activities New York has established a Crisis Action Center (CAC). All reports and questions should be directed to the CAC starting on Thursday, September 18 at the following numbers: (718) 354-4356 or (718) 354-4152.1. The U.S. Coast Guard COTP has set hurricane condition X-Ray for the Port of New York and New Jersey. Gale force winds from Hurricane Isabel are expected to make landfall along the coast of New York/New Jersey within


NOAA Offers a New Way to See Currents

HFRadar like this one shown off the entrance to San Francisco provides the data for NOAAs news ocean surface current product. (Image credit: With permission from San Francisco State University.)

A new NOAA National Ocean Service website will provide mariners near real-time coastal ocean surface current observations and tidal current predictions in coastal waters using high frequency (HF) radar, making marine navigation safer for mariners and commercial shippers. The web-based observations are now available for the Chesapeake and San Francisco Bays in areas vital for marine navigation, with additional locations to follow


Ocean Signal Beacon Saves Two in Atlantic Ocean Rescue

Rescued boater Sandy Williamson, with his Ocean Signal rescueME PLB1

An Ocean Signal rescueME PLB1 was key to saving the lives of two people after a dramatic rescue in the Atlantic Ocean. Sandy Williamson and his crew, Corey, activated their Ocean Signal personal locator beacon when their 22-foot yellow catamaran started taking on water about 20 nautical miles off the Miami coast. The U.S. Coast Guard 7th District command centre in Miami received the emergency alert just after 11 a.m


Former ‘Google Barge’ Sold

Photo: Marcon International

After concluding two 3,500HP tug sales on December 30, Marcon International Inc. has started 2015 with three ocean barge sales, and hopes to report on several additional sales before the end of this month. Five 4,500-6,000HP tugs, one 5,150BHP AHTS and two 3,200 – 5


Piracy Violence Continues Against Seafarers

The family of Ashphalt 2’s third engineer, seafarers and friends gather around the coffin (Photo: MPHRP)

The MPHRP highlights the hardship inflicted upon seafarers and families.   Responding to recent reports on current levels of international maritime piracy, the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Program (MPHRP) noted the trend that they appear to avoid the word "piracy" in


Winners of Walter B. Jones Memorial Awards Named

Sunset over the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve in Florida. One of the 2014 Walter B. Jones Awards was given for research in the reserve. (Credit Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve)

  Eleven individuals and organizations have been named as winners of the 2014 Walter B. Jones Memorial Awards for Excellence in Coastal Ocean Resource Management, an award given by NOAA’sOffice for Coastal Management for exemplary leadership and a commitment to balancing the human use


AIS Marks Hazardous Reefs Following Oil Spills

Image: Vesper Marine

Vesper Marine has been awarded the contract to provide Virtual Automatic Identification System (AIS) Beacons to mark seven reefs hazardous to shipping in the Bay of Plenty, as well as provide a coastal monitoring capability. The beacons will alert ships’ crews and the local


COSCO Gets $1.75 bln Loan to Buy Ships

China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company has received a $1.75 billion loan from the Export-Import Bank of China to buy 53 new ships, which it plans to order from Chinese shipyards, the firm said on Monday. The state-backed shipping conglomerate, which controls China COSCO Holdings Co Ltd


China in Mind, Japan Seeks Maritime Ties with India

Image: Indian Navy

 apan has pitched for stronger maritime security cooperation with India, to counter an increasingly powerful China.  During his visit in India on Saturday Japan's foreign minister Fumio Kishida said that both nations should "proactively" assume responsibilities to ensure


California Fines 4 Shipping Firms

  The California Air Resources Board has fined four shipping companies a combined $146,719 for failing to switch from dirty diesel “bunker” fuel to cleaner, low-sulfur marine distillate fuel upon entering Regulated California Waters – within 24 nautical miles of the


Shell Charters Oceaneering Vessel for IMR

MSV Ocean Alliance (Photo courtesy of Oceaneering International)

Oceaneering International, Inc. has entered into a two-year, multiservice vessel charter agreement with Shell Offshore Inc. for use of the Ocean Alliance in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico (GOM) commencing January 1, 2015.   The Ocean Alliance is a U.S


BSEE Allocates $6m for Oil Spill Research Projects

Photo courtesy of BSEE

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) will invest up to $6 million to support oil spill response research projects in 2015 and is soliciting proposals for these projects.   In a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) released on the federal government’s business


Illegal Fishing Vessels in Southern Ocean

Illegal fishing vessels fail to comply with New Zealand Navy’s attempts to board   The captains of two illegal vessels in the Southern Ocean have refused to allow the New Zealand Navy to board after HMNZS Wellington hailed and attempted to board both vessels


Fidelis Group Launches Ocean Cargo Division

H. Elder Brown, Jr. (Photo courtesy: Fidelis Group)

Fidelis Group launches ocean cargo division; Doug Fischer and Crystal Prout named managing directors Fidelis Group Holdings, LLC (FGH) with its subsidiary company Continental Underwriters, Ltd. announced  the formation of its new ocean cargo division.


Danish Maritime Authority Launches New Ship Survey

Danish Maritime Focus on Safety

  From 1 January, the Danish Maritime Authority will survey all Danish passenger ships in a new way. Shipping companies are positive towards the new passenger ship survey which will, to a greater extent, involve the crew and the daily safety work.


Great Ships of 2014: R/V Neil Armstrong - Multifaceted Sea Explorer

 Two ships, $145m GPA designed Diesel Electric propulsion

The Ocean Class Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research (AGOR) vessel hull number 27 started its official life as the R/V Neil Armstrong, the first research vessel named after a space explorer.  The ship was designed by Guido Perla and Associates and built at Dakota Creek Industries (DCI)


Metal Shark Builds Custom Vessel for Canaveral Pilots

Custom Bill Preston-designed 45 aluminum pilot boat built by Metal Shark for the Canaveral Pilots. (Photo: Metal Shark)

Metal Shark has delivered a custom 45-foot aluminum pilot boat to the Canaveral Pilots Association at Port Canaveral, Florida. The vessel was built at Metal Shark’s newly-opened shipyard in Franklin, Louisiana.   For the project


Matson Raises Fourth Quarter Outlook

Photo: Matson

Matson reports higher than expected 4Q14 ocean transportation operating income; preliminary full year 2015 outlook expected to be flat to modestly higher than 2014 levels    Matson, Inc. said it holds a higher operating income outlook for the fourth quarter 2014






 
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