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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


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


Making Stop Work Authority Work

It is one thing to have a policy posted. It is another to review and explain such a policy to a new crew during their orientation or when they first sign on a vessel. And, finally, it is still another to claim the policy has been effectively implemented. Defining Stop Work Authority A number of recent maritime incidents have led to ‘Stop Work Authority’ (SWA) becoming a federally mandated part of a safety management system (SMS) for vessels operating in certain areas and


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


Offshore Work Maintenance Ship Sold, Chartered Back by Otto Marine

Oranda 1: Photo courtesy of Otto Marine

Singapore-based Otto Marine sells Work Maintenance Vessel 'Oranda 1' for US$38.0-million, simultaneously bareboat-chartered back for GofM work. The sales transaction sets to improve the Group’s cash flow and balance sheet. Oranda 1, of LOA 75 m  is an ABS-classed 4,200bhp Work Maintenance Vessel that has completed 4 projects in South East Asia since May 2010. Contemporaneous with the sales transaction, the Group’s subsidiary, Karp Marine Limited


Offshore Drill Ships Start Work off Vietnam

Drill Ship Energy Searcher: Photo credit Northern Offshore

Northern Offshore, Ltd. semi-submersibles Energy Driller and drillship Energy Searcher have commenced operations off Vietnam coast. The Energy Searcher went on dayrate under the contract with the Joint Operating Company Vietgazprom, a joint venture between Petrovietnam and Gazprom, ("VGP") for their drilling program offshore Vietnam on April 6, 2012.  The duration is for a four-well program expected to last approximately 100 days per well


Turkish Survey Ship Continues Work Off Cyprus, Deepening Standoff

A Turkish research vessel will continue searching for oil and gas off Cyprus, Turkish Cypriot authorities said on Tuesday, extending a simmering standoff between rival sides on the ethnically-split island over offshore gas reserves.   The row has already led to Greek Cypriots suspending participation in peace talks with estranged Turkish Cypriots, and on Monday they said they would not return as long as the vessel remained in the area.  


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


$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


IACS Comments on MOL Comfort Report

Photo: RINA

The International Association of Classifications Societies (IACS) informs it will study the final report issued in Japan by the Committee on Large Container Ship Safety (CLCSS), which concludes that the Mol Comfort break up possibly occurred because the sea loads exceeded the hull girder ultimate


Hapag-Lloyd Warn About Verification by German Customs

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  Hapag-Lloyd has informed that for all import cargo to be discharged at the German ports of Hamburg and Bremerhaven the carrier is responsible to send a complete import manifest (“Summarische Anmeldung”) to German Customs Authorities latest 24 working hours prior vessel arrival


Houston Ship Channel Reopens After Ships Collide

Pic: The Port of Houston Authority

 The Houston Ship Channel has reopened after a collision between a container ship and a chemical tanker, according to a spokesman with the United States Coast Guard.   The shutdown came hours after the channel reopened following several days of fog that held up traffic


Maersk Oil Hires Ampelmann Gangway System

Photo courtesy of Ampelmann

After having performed a walk to work (W2W) campaign in the summer of 2014, Motion Compensation Gangways (MCG) developer Ampelmann has again been awarded a contract from Maersk Oil North Sea UK Limited (MOUK) covering the time charter of its A-Type.  


NORDEN Publishes CSR Report

Michael Tønnes Jørgensen, NORDEN Executive Vice President and CFO (Photo: NORDEN)

Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S has published its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report 2014. Entitled, “On track”, the CSR report presents an overview of NORDEN’s CSR strategy, performance, achievements and future goals.   


Tennessee Chill Box Expands Industry Reach

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Air conditioned respirator supply systems supplier Tennessee Chill Box, LLC (TCB) launched a new air-supply, mask and hood system designed to expand the industry-reach of its air conditioned respirator supply systems to include all those that would normally require a respirator or hood to safely


Pronomar, ELA Cooperation Continues

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Drying container exhibited again on EWEA in Copenhagen   In October 2014 Pronomar shared news about its cooperation with German based company ELA Container Offshore GmbH and developing the concept of drying containers.    Following a collaboration at Offshore Energy in Amsterdam


Damen Begins Construction of Second Facility at Antalya Shipyard

 From left to right: Ron Keller, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Republic of Turkey, Zübeyde Solak, Head of Department for the Ministry of Economy Directorate of Free Zones, Kommer Damen, Chairman of Damen Shipyards Group, and Auke Van Der Zee, Damen Shipyards Antalya,  General Manager.

  Damen Shipyards has refurbished a second 12,000 square meter shed at its Antalya, Turkey shipyard for the production of the Damen Fast Crew Supplier 5009, the company announced today.   Antalya II will be dedicated to the construction of Damen’s 50-meter FCS 5009


‘Blue Queen’ on First Mission

Lady sponsor to Blue Queen, Dagny Wærdahl, is the great-grandchild to Martin Ulstein, who founded Ulstein in 1917.

  The platform supply vessel 'Blue Queen', an ULSTEIN PX121 design, was named at Ulstein Verft on Friday 27 February. The ship will be working in the spot market. On Monday, she started on her first assignment. “We are very satisfied that the 'Blue Queen'


US, Australian, Indonesian Navies Commemorate Battle of Sunda Strait

The guided missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102), operates in the Java Sea while supporting the Indonesian-led search effort for AirAsia flight QZ8501. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Antonio P

  Senior officials from the United States, Australia and Indonesia paid their respects to the crews of USS Houston (CA 30) and HMAS Perth (D 29) during a wreath laying ceremony March 1, commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the Word War II Battle of Sunda Strait.


Oil Storage at Sea Stalls as Profit Play Fades

Traders are cutting plans to use tankers to store oil at sea as the price incentive recedes, the global head of oil at mining and commodities group Glencore's said on Tuesday.   In January, the price of spot oil was around 50 percent lower than a peak hit in June


Maritech Delivers $14.5M Canadian Subsea Cable Installation

Maritech International  has completed a USD $14.5 million a subsea power cable installation in for New Foundland Power Inc., Maritech announced.   Maritech, a provider of subsea installations and marine works to the international oil and gas


Hospital Ship Brought up to Speed with AMOS

Africa Mercy (Photo: Mercy Ships)

SpecTec will work with long term partner Mercy Ships to migrate its current system Business Suite to AMOS Enterprise Management Suite (EMS).   Mercy Ships’ Africa Mercy, the world’s largest hospital ship, will now receive a brand new update of the latest version of AMOS EMS


Repair Yard Chosen for Lysblink Seaways

Photo: MCA

Cargo ship Lysblink Seaways will be towed to Inchgreen, Greenock for repair work after grounding last month on Scotland’s west coast.   The vessel, which ran aground February 18, was refloated and taken to Scallastle Bay in the Sound of Mull where Svitzer Salvage has a team on board


Holland America Line Appoints Geivett as Director, Social Media

Kathryn Geivett Director Social Media

  Holland America Line has hired Kathryn Geivett as director, social media. In this capacity Geivett’s primary responsibility will be to drive, plan and oversee the execution of strategic social media and digital initiatives for the cruise line.  






 
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