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MSC Celebrates 50 Years of Service

"MSC has been conspicuous because its people and ships generally have been where the action has been." Rear Adm. Bruce Keener III, USN Commander, Military Sealift Command, 1979-1981 Rear Adm. Keener made this observation on the U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command's 30th anniversary in October 1979. His words still hold true 20 years later as MSC, the ocean transportation specialists for the Department of Defense, celebrates its 50th anniversary. Today, MSC operates about 120 ships worldwide with 100 more ships in reserve status. What sets MSC ships apart from other Navy ships is all MSC ships are crewed by civil service or contract merchant mariners instead of active duty Navy people. Using civilian crews frees active duty Navy personnel for more traditional war-fighting assignments. MSC ships wear many hats for DOD. MSC Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force (NFAF) ships support the U.S. Navy fleet around the world, providing everything from fuel to food to ammunition and towing services. NFAF ships keep the Navy's combatant ships at sea, on station and combat ready. MSC Special Mission ships provide many specialized services for the Navy and the federal government including surveying the world's oceans and performing counter-drug operations. MSC Special Mission ships work with scientific and military commands to expand our knowledge of the world's oceans, combat drug smuggling, monitor international compliance with strategic arms treaties and lay submarine cable.


Camacho Returns to His Roots

December 7, 1941, "A day that will live in infamy," is undoubtedly a defining moment in U.S. history. The day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor is again in the public eye with the recent release of Touchstone Pictures' epic Pearl Harbor this past Memorial Day weekend. While the movie provides an interpreted portrayal of those events, no rendition could possibly compare it to a first-hand account. Having lived through the attack as an eight-year-old boy, Retired Admiral Dick Camacho


Spinnaker Cautions Shipping Employers Over Foreign Workers' Rights

Maritime recruitment specialist, Spinnaker Consulting has warned shipping firms that they could face legal action if they do not apply UK standards to foreign workers. Overseas workers who spend some working time in the UK qualify for the same employment protection rights as resident UK workers. Writing in the latest issue of Changing Course, Spinnaker's monthly e-mail newsletter, managing director Phil Parry says


$1.8B Contract for Two Zumwalt-class DDG-1000 Destroyers

Maine shipyard workers guide one of four Ultra Units for DDG 1000, the lead ship of the Zumwalt-class of guided missile destroyers. Work on DDG 1000 is now over 50% complete.

The U. S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $1.8 billion contract for the construction of DDG 1001 and DDG 1002, the next two ships in the Zumwalt-class program.  DDG 1001 is scheduled to be delivered in December 2015 and DDG 1002 is scheduled to be delivered in February 2018.    "This contract enables us to maintain a strong base of quality shipbuilding jobs in Maine and continue our contributions to


Synergies Foster Shipyards Success

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In the U.S. and across the globe, shipyards create solid, long-term economic stability in their regions. Ship construction and repair requires an extraordinary amount of expertise, time and resources. This work is made even more challenging because current economic pressures drive companies to reduce costs wherever possible without hindering production or quality. Having multiple shipyards in a region creates a naturally interdependent, yet highly competitive culture


Ship Management and Technology

Image courtesy: Unicom Management Services (Cyprus) Ltd.

Technology is central, not merely an add-on, to ship manager brand value. Ship managers who operate vessels on behalf of their owner clients, are the lynchpin of international shipping. As the industry has gone through rounds of relentless cost cutting, at times of increasing regulatory scrutiny, and commercial pressures for high standards, third party managers have filled the need for raising quality, while maintaining tight cost controls


United Defense Wins Contracts

United Defense, Industries, Inc announced today the award to NORSHIPCO a division of United States Marine Repair of 2 multi-year, multi-ship, cost plus contracts by the U.S. Navy’s Supervisor of Shipbuilding and Repair (SUPSHIP), Portsmouth worth nearly $90 million if all options are exercised. The largest contract, for six LSD-41 and 48 class ships, puts the entire LSD fleet of this ship type on East and West coasts under maintenance contracts with United States Marine Repair


Ship Recycling Discussed at IMO

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) considered the first draft of a proposed new international instrument on ship recycling when it met for its 54th session from 20-24 March. Other issues on the agenda included ballast water management and air pollution from ships. The Committee also adopted a number of amendments to the MARPOL Convention. Recycling of ships


HII Awarded CVN 72 Refuelling & Overhaul Contract

USS Abraham Lincoln: Photo credit US Navy

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) awarded a $2.6-billion cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for work on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier 'Abraham Lincoln' (CVN 72). The work will be performed at the company's Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division where it arrived recently. Lincoln was originally scheduled to arrive at NNS on Feb. 14 but was among the projects delayed due to uncertainties surrounding the defense budget and funding of the work


MOL Group Develops Onboard Labor Management Software

Image: WRH5 operation screen

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd has announced that its group's core dry-cargo ship management company, MOL Ship Management Co., Ltd. has jointly developed with maritime software developer Spectral Technologies, Inc.  a new onboard management software program called "WRH5" used to manage crews' work and rest hours.    MOLSHIP will introduce "WRH5" on its managed vessels. In addition, Nippon Kaiji Kyokai  issued a statement of fact that "WRH5"'s


Wiswall Receives International Maritime Prize

Dr. Frank Lawrence Wiswall Junior (Photo: IMO)

Maritime lawyer Dr. Frank Lawrence Wiswall Junior, former Chair of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Legal Committee and Vice President (Honoris Causa) of the Comité Maritime International (CMI), has received the International Maritime Prize for 2015 for his contribution to the


Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, the ‘Christmas Ship’

Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw is moored at Navy Pier in Chicago. Loaded with 1,200 Christmas trees, Mackinaw arrived in Chicago to serve as this years Christmas Ship. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Brian Hinton)

Mackinaw delivers Christmas trees, works buoys for Operation Fall Retrieve   The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw returned to Chicago on December 3, 2016 as this year’s “Christmas Ship” loaded with 1,200 Christmas trees.  


General Dynamics wins U.S. Navy Design Deal

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $59 million contract for the continuation of Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) Lead Yard Services and Flight III Upgrade design efforts. This contract extends the services for engineering


Verifavia Performs Audit for Dynacom

Photo: Verifavia Shipping

 Verifavia, the world’s leading emissions verification company for the transport sector (aviation and shipping), has commenced a ‘pre-verification GAP-Analysis’ audit for Greek-based Dynacom Tankers Management Ltd. (Dynacom).   


Disposal of Mining Wastes at Sea – New Expert Group

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 New work to assess the environmental impacts of wastes from mining operations which have been disposed into the marine environment is set to begin shortly.    The work will be undertaken by a dedicated working group, established by the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific


Safe Sea Transfer of Technicians on Agenda

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Technicians working in the growing offshore alternative energy sector often need to be transferred to their place of work by sea.    This needs to be done safely and efficiently, and this week International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) will


Gibdock Welcomes Back Thomson Majesty

Thomson Majesty (Photo: Gibdock)

A familiar cruise ship visitor has returned to Gibdock, with the Gibraltar yard undertaking exacting repair and renewal work on Thomson Majesty, the Thomson-operated luxury vessel owned by Louis Cruises.   The project involved two weeks in Gibdock’s No


SEA to Upgrade CSH on Chile Navy Frigates

Armada de Chiles Almirante Lynch, one of three Type 23 frigates that will undergo a Combat Systems Highway upgrade. Photo courtesy of Armada de Chile Photo Cohort plc

Cohort plc company SEA will start work in December on upgrading the Combat Systems Highway (CSH) infrastructure on the Chilean Navy’s three former Royal Navy Type 23 frigates. The upgrade on the Chilean frigates Almirante Cochrane, Almirante Condell and Almirante Lynch follows a similar


Arunta Exercises with Indian Navy

HMAS Aruntas, Executive Officer Lieutenant Commander Duncan Macrae, RAN on the bridge wing of Arunta, during maritime exercises with Indian Talwar Class INS Teg (F45) off the coast of Goa, India. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

 The crew of HMAS Arunta recently took the opportunity to conduct exercises with their Indian Navy counterparts after a port visit to Goa, India.    After a short period alongside that included games of cricket and volleyball


India Announces Projects Status of Inland Waterways

Image: Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI)

 The Shipping Ministry of India has announced the details of various ongoing major projects for development of National Waterways (NWs), which are as under four divisions.    The government also revealed the techno–economic feasibility studies and Detailed Project Report


Industry to Prevent Shipping of Counterfeit Goods

Brand owners and representatives from the international shipping industry have joined forces in signing an historic declaration of intent aimed at preventing the maritime transport of counterfeit goods. Leaders from global shipping firms, freight forwarders


GNH to Expand Oerations in Northern UAE

 Gulf Navigation Holding (GNH) announces the initiation of studies for large expansion of its operations in the northern region of the United Arab Emirates consisting of a set of comprehensive maritime activities, (the GNH Northern Project), including ship building


Obituary: Stewart B. Nelson

Stewart B. Nelson, Ph.D.  - B. June 9, 1937 D. September 12, 2016   Dr. Stewart B. Nelson URI -MMA 1974, oceanographer, explorer, author, lecturer and marine historian passed away of complications related to cancer on September 12, 2016 in Tampa, Fla


Sustainable Development Goals for the Oceans

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 The role of the marine industry in supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals was addressed at the 2016 World Ocean Council Sustainable Ocean Summit in Rotterdam, Netherlands (30 November-2 December).     International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Theofanis


Four Post Panamax Cranes Arrive in Savannah

Boskalis vessel Teal transports four new ship-to-shore cranes up the Savannah River past historic River Street to Garden City Terminal at the Port of Savannah. Photo Georgia Ports Authority Stephen B. Morton

Four new Super Post Panamax ship-to-shore cranes arrived at Garden City Terminal yesterday, bringing the Port of Savannah's total to 26, more than any other terminal in the U.S.   "For customers, it means the capacity to move up to a thousand containers per hour across a single dock at






 
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