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Special Op Presidential RIBs Delivered

Ribcraft completed commissioning exercises for a fleet of RIBCRAFT 7.8's delivered to the Philippines Presidential Security Group earlier this year. The RIBs will be used by the Presidential Security Group to detect, identify, and disable potential threats in the vicinity of the Presidential Palace located on the in . Under the contract, RIBCRAFT directed final commissioning and post delivery inspections in country earlier this month.  The all black RIBs, with blacked out hulls, tubes, consoles, frames, and antennas, are designed to not only destroy potential threats to the Palace but to intimidate vessels from approaching. Intended for rapid response, the 25.8 ft. RIBCRAFT 7.8s are outfitted with twin 150 hp Honda four stroke outboards. With this power configuration, the RIBs easily reach speeds in excess of 45 knots.

Maritime Piracy Protection by UK Private Companies

UK standards for maritime private security companies to be set by year's end The Inaugural Conference of the Security in Complex Environments Group (SCEG) announced that standards designed to ensure high levels of quality and professionalism of all Private Security Companies operating in a maritime environment would be in place before the end of 2012. SCEG is a special interest group within ADS, a UK government appointed body for the regulation and accreditation of private security

USS John C. Stennis Now Operating in Persian Gulf

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) conducts operations in the Arabian Sea. The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is on regularly scheduled deployments in support of Maritime Security Operations (MSO). MSO help set the conditions for security and stability, as well as aid counter-terrorism and security efforts to regional nations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ronald Reeves From USS John C. Stennis Public Affairs

Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Performs Exercise

The Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered fast-attack submarine USS Miami (SSN 755) surfaces in the North Arabian Sea during an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise with the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group. The three-day, multi-unit exercise is aimed at enhancing the strike group's ASW capabilities. USS Miami is underway on a scheduled deployment as part of the Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jhi L

Coast Guard Reminds Community of Approaching Deadlines

The U.S. Coast Guard reminds members of the maritime community that security plans for vessels and facilities affected by the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 are due to the Coast Guard by the end of this month, and warns that it may impose civil penalties for not complying with the requirement. The Coast Guard estimates that 10,000 U.S. flag vessels, 5,000 facilities and 50 outer continental shelf facilities are required to submit security plans by December 31

USS Nimitz Strike Group Arrives in 5th Fleet

An F/A-18F Super Hornet, from the "Black Aces" of Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 41, lands aboard nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Maritime Security Operations (MSO). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Eduardo Zaragoza The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) entered the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations May 8 to conduct maritime security operations (MSO) in regional waters

Royal Navy Hands Over Combined Task Force 158 to U.S. Forces

Rear Adm. Garry E. Hall relieved Royal Navy Commodore Nick Lambert as commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 158 and Capt. Paul Severs relieved Royal Navy Capt. Bob Sanguinetti as commander of Combined Task Group (CTG) 158.1 on July 17 aboard Ocean 6, an afloat forward operating barge in the north Persian Gulf. Command of CTF 158 typically rotates among coalition partners Australia, United Kingdom, and the United States.

SOCP Presents STCW Workshop at MITAGS

The Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) invites maritime industry representatives to attend and take part in our Summer 2010 meeting scheduled to be held September 8-9, 2010 at the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) in Linthicum Heights, MD. This public session will be designed to provide maritime professionals, labor unions, seafarers, training institutions and regulatory representatives the opportunity to participate in a working group format focusing on

Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge on Raising the Threat Level

The Department of Homeland Security in consultation with the Homeland Security Council, has made the decision to raise the national threat level from an Elevated to High risk of terrorist attack or Level Orange. The U.S. Intelligence Community believes that Al Qaida has entered an operational period worldwide, and this may include attacks in the United States. In the wake of terrorist bombings in Saudi Arabia and Morocco, Al-Qaida and those sympathetic to their cause

MERPAC Will Meet in D.C.

A working group of the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee(MERPAC), sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, will meet in Washington, D.C. on June 18, 2002 to discuss the task statement concerning the minimum standard of competence in security necessary for a ship's security officer and crew. Source: HK Law

Three Specialists join Wood Group

Bob MacDonald, CEO of Wood Group Kenny

  Wood Group has appointed three senior engineering specialists who will lead a new team of up to 20 people in the UK to further build Wood Group’s capability in vibration, dynamics and noise. This follows the acquisition of BETA Machinery Analysis

GOST Debuts New Technology at Workboat

GOST will highlight its GOST Watch HD H2O System. Photo GOST

  GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies), celebrating its 10th year as a world leader in marine security, tracking, monitoring and video surveillance systems, announced today that it will highlight its newest commercial marine products at the 2015 International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans

Top 10 Cyber Security Issues for Oil & Gas Industry

(Press Release) With the exploitation of new cost-effective operational concepts, use of digital technologies and increased dependence on cyber structures, the oil and gas industry is exposed to new sets of vulnerabilities and threats. Cyber-attacks have grown in stature and sophistication

S&P Raises Steamship Mutual outlook to Positive

Pic Credit Steamship Mutual

  Poor’s has revised its outlook on Steamship Mutual to Positive from Stable. The A- financial strength rating has been reaffirmed. In their announcement Standard & Poor’s note: • the Club’s risk-based capital is expected to remain extremely strong;

Somali Pirates Hijack Iranian Fishing Vessel

Somali pirates have hijacked an Iranian fishing vessel with 15 crew members, a Somali official and a maritime expert said on Monday amid warnings that piracy might be making a comeback in the Indian Ocean.   Although there are still occasional cases of sea attacks

BIMCO Looks at Significant Potential For Cyber Disruption

Image by FCWnow

 Attendees of BIMCO’s Annual Conference in Hamburg will today hear the very latest findings on the potential vulnerabilities of ships to cyber attacks.    In a session dedicated to the topic, BIMCO and industry experts will show three scenarios showing the possible risks and

US to Give Two Ships to Philippine Navy

President Barack Obama talks with Captain Vince Sibala on the bridge of the BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PF-15), during a tour of the ship in Manila Harbor, Philippines, Nov. 17, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Following a visit aboard Philippine naval ship BRP Gregorio Del Pilar on Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama said the American government plans to transfer two ships to the Philippine Navy, bolstering what Obama called an “ironclad commitment” to the defense of treaty ally the

NYK, YLK Hold Joint Training Program

Participants at the Jointly Held Training Program for Staff from around the World

  From October 19 to 23, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha and Yusen Logistics Co. Ltd. jointly conducted their 2015 Global NYK/YLK Week, a training program targeting NYK and YLK staff from offices around the world. Twenty-five overseas staff members — 12 from NYK and 13 from YLK —

NOL Acquisition Soon?

Pic: Neptune Orient Lines

 Neptune Orient Lines(NOL) confirmed that it is continuing in discussions with respect to a potential acquisition of the group as previously announced on Nov 7 on the local bourse, reports Business Times.   This comes after the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (SGX-ST)

Italian Ship Owners Accused of Poor Shipbreaking Practices

Photo: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

Italian shipping companies Grimaldi Group, Ignazio Messina and Vittorio Bogazzi & Figli are facing strong criticism from the NGO Shipbreaking Platform for reported poor shipbreaking practices. The NGO Shipbreaking Platform, a global coalition of 19 environmental

Norautron Group AS acquires Hatteland Display AS

 We are excited about becoming a part of the Norautron Group, said Trond K. Johannessen, President & CEO of Hatteland Display

Norautron Group has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of Hatteland Display from Herkules Capital. Hatteland Display's history dates back to 1989, and the company is now a leading designer and manufacturer of high-end rugged displays, panel computers

Governor Cuomo Vetoes Port Ambrose LNG Port

NY Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has vetoed the Port Ambrose Liquefied Natural Gas Deepwater Port, citing security and economic concerns along with the potential to negatively impact off-shore wind development.   The project, which had been proposed by Liberty Natural Gas, LLC

Australian Centre for Cyber Security Conference

Hon Mal Brough MP Courtesy Parliament of Australia

Minister for Defence Materiel and Science, the Hon Mal Brough MP, today opened the Australian Centre for Cyber Security Conference at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra.   Minister Brough said that the Australian Government believes that strong cyber security is fundamental to

Stakeholders Broaden Maritime Security Scope

Image: IMO

An international agreement that has been instrumental in repressing piracy and armed robbery against ships in the western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden is set to significantly broaden its scope.   Signatories to the Djibouti Code of Conduct have agreed to work toward extending its remit

Essex Amphibious Ready Group in S. China Sea

USS Essex (LHD 2) conducts maneuvers during normal operations Courtesy USN

  The Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) transited the Straits of Malacca and conducted routine operations in the South China Sea as part of a deployment to the Western Pacific Nov. 7-10. The ARG's flagship, the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2)

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