Congress has approved a homeland security bill with measures that increase port security and that emphasizes Wi-Fi wireless solutions, according to WiFi Wireless, Inc., a company which markets an end-to-end wireless tracking and monitoring system for shipping containers. The bill provides new steps to prevent terrorism at sea ports such as putting nuclear, chemical or biological devices into the 11 million shipping containers entering the country every year. Further measures are expected. The Senate passed the bill by a voice vote and President Bush has signed it into law. Senator Susan Collins, chairwoman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said the legislation would be a "major leap ahead" in strengthening national security. The bill approves $400 million a year over five years for risk-based grants for training and exercises only. It also requires the United States' 22 largest ports, which handle 98 percent of all cargo entering the country, to install radiation detectors by the end of next year. Preferential cargo processing is offered to importers who meet certain security requirements which WiFi Wireless says its sytem provides.
Telenor Satellite Services signed a three-year agreement with Brittany Ferries to provide high-speed data communications via satellite. Telenor will provide Ku-Band service for two Brittany vessels, the Val de Loire and Brittany's newest vessel the Pont Aven, with an option to install as many as six additional Sealink systems for the rest of the company's ferry fleet. Operating at speeds up to 192 kbits per second, Telenor's Sealink service provides high-speed data communications
TBS International plc announced that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has confirmed the Company's Plan of Reorganization, paving the way for the reorganized Company's expedited emergence from chapter 11 proceedings, less than 60 days after its February 6 filing. The Plan reflects overwhelming support from its voting lenders to restructure the Company's secured debt and to pay in full in cash all allowed claims of unsecured creditors, including all vendors
The Maritime Cabotage Task Force (MCTF) and the National Industrial Transportation (NIT) League have reached agreement on the establishment of a joint working group which will address Jones Act service issues between U.S.-flag carriers and American shippers. The offer of creating such a group was made by the MCTF in a meeting hosted by the NIT League last week in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. At its core, the MCTF offer was an effort to engage the shipper community in a dialogue which goes beyond
Moose Boats Awarded New Contract for City of New Orleans CBRNE Fire Rescue Vessel. Moose Boats, a boat designer and manufacturer in the San Francisco Bay Area, has been awarded a new contract from the New Orleans Fire Department for the construction of a M3-36 Monohull CBRNE Fire Rescue Boat. The M3 is a new product line for Moose Boats and incorporates the builder’s established design and quality reputation in a more compact platform than the M1 and M2 Catamaran Vessels.
Todd Pacific Shipyards Corporation has been awarded a contract by the United States Navy to provide long-term overhaul and maintenance to the Nimitz Class aircraft carriers (CVN) homeported or assigned for maintenance in . The contract consists of multiple contract options for planned incremental availabilities (PIA’s) and docking planned incremental availabilities (dPIA’s) for the USS LINCOLN (CVN 72), USS STENNIS (CVN 74), USS NIMITZ (CVN 68), and the USS REAGAN (CVN 76)
As use of communications at sea expands rapidly, evidence that this trend has entered warp speed was signaled recently as corporate Goliath Boeing announced its plans to roll out is high speed satellite capability to the marine business. Connnexion by Boeing, a business unit of The Boeing Company, announced an expansion of its service offering to include high speed satellite broadband capability for the maritime industry
An Office of Naval Research (ONR) supported enterprise brings sweeping changes to electric power & energy education at U.S. universities. “The number of power engineers in the United States is dwindling just when the Navy and the country as a whole need them most,” said Dr. Peter Cho, a program officer in ONR’s Ship Systems and Engineering Research Division who is overseeing the project.
Northrop Grumman Corporation reported 2001 fourth quarter economic earnings of $158 million, compared with $106 million for the same period of 2000. On a per share basis, the company reported 2001 fourth quarter economic earnings of $1.55 on average diluted shares outstanding of 98.0 million, compared with economic earnings of $1.46 on average diluted shares outstanding of 72.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2000. Under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
What happens to shipwrecks in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and why is the answer so important to the oil and gas industry? A team of world-renowned, multidisciplinary scientists representing the federal government, academia, and industry will begin a biological and archaeological investigation of World War II shipwrecks in the deep waters of the Gulf that will address those questions and many more. Just as the importance of our oceans is being recognized and studied by
GE Oil & Gas has received two Spotlight on New Technology awards from the 2013 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) for two new products that address the challenges of deepwater drilling. The awards showcase the latest and most advanced hardware and software technologies that are leading the
Bechtel launched a new research initiative to improve the safety of mooring large cargo ships off the coast of West Africa. The combination of heavy ocean swell, squalls and shallow coastlines can create unpredictable conditions which limit the number of dry bulkers that can be moored safely in
Statoil and partner Petoro have proven additional resources in the Shetland Group/Lista Formation in the Gullfaks license. The Shetland Group and the Lista Formation are younger and slightly shallower deposits with different properties compared to the deposits of the Brent Group where the
QinetiQ Maritime contracted by UK'sMinistry of Defence (MOD) to research co-ordinated defence against attacks on Royal Naval ships. The contract is to carry out research into the co-ordinated defence of the Royal Navy fleet against the emerging threat of attacks from small
The Maritime Employers Association & the Longshoremen's Union Local 375 sign a new 6 year collective agreement. The Maritime Employers Association and Local 375 CUPE Longshoremen's have just inked a new collective agreement which will allow the Port of Montreal to continue its operations
ABB wins a contract worth about US$40-million to extend the export terminal of the eni (Energy Rifinery Co.) refinery in Taranto. The eni refinery is located in the “Mar Grande” bay on the Ionian Sea in southern Italy. The contract is part of eni’s plan to improve the refinery
The addition of Dockwise's activities to the Boskalis group will provide an extensive package of services for clients in the oil and gas sector. Boskalis has invited the Dockwise Board of Directors to discuss the intended offered acqusition which features:
The intitiative is aimed to provide new opportunities for finance professionals and capital hungry maritime companies from around the world. To highlight more of the maritime value chain at its leading maritime event week, Nor-Shipping will enable copmanies to pair up
Damen EcoLiner provides new vessel on LNG and integrated shipping concept for the inland shipping industry; ‘Total solution’ concept combines shipbuilding, ship management, the environment and economics. Bodewes Binnenvaart B.V
Passenger catamaran 'Vale Grand Sud' provides Vale Mining's New Caledonia workforce with a speedy, comfortable commute A 41 metre high speed aluminium passenger catamaran, “Vale Grand Sud” has recently entered into operation for mining company Vale Nouvelle-Calédonie
Raytheon & Lockheed Martin pass integration milestone on upgrade of Global Positioning System Raytheon Company and Lockheed Martin successfully completed the first significant integration milestone between Raytheon's Global Positioning System (GPS next generation operational control system
The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has announced new ENC (Electronic Navigational Chart) coverage of a key shipping route in Vietnam, providing greater navigational detail of the region. The three new ENCs cover the ports and approaches to Vung Tau
Small shipyards in US granted government finance to help them compete in global marketplace U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced $9.98 million in grants to 15 small shipyards throughout the United States to pay for modernizations that will increase productivity and help the
SHANGHAI -- China aims to increase annual sales by domestic shipbuilders to $189.7 billion by 2015, as it works toward its goal of becoming the world's leading shipbuilding country, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced $9.98 million in grants to 15 small shipyards throughout the United States to pay for modernizations which will increase productivity and help the country’s small shipyards compete in the global marketplace.