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Panama Canal Administrator Presents Expansion Program

Jorge L. Quijano at Conference

Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano presented the Panama Canal Expansion Program during his recent visit to Lamar University, in Beaumont, Texas. During the conference, Quijano highlighted the impact of the Panama Canal Expansion on the U.S. Gulf ports, focusing on those located in Texas. “An important number of the vessels of various segments that transit the Canal today have as port of origin or destination the U.S. Gulf ports. Furthermore, once the Panama Canal Expansion is concluded there is also a great potential for exports of shale gas from this specific area that could use our waterway to markets in the Pacific,” Quijano said. Local maritime sector including stakeholders from the ports of Houston and Beaumont-Port Author, Sabine Pilots Association, as well as Lamar University’s faculty and students attended the conference. During a meeting of the Lamar University College of Engineering Advisory Council, Quijano, a Lamar University alumnus, received two awards in honor of his distinguished career in the Panama Canal. He was awarded the Texas Industrial Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his lifetime achievements and dedication to the industrial engineering profession. Dr. Brian Craig, chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering of the College of Engineering at Lamar University, presented Quijano with the award on behalf of the University of Texas - Arlington, the University of Texas - El Paso


JLG and Penn State Form JLG University

JLG Industries, Inc. has formed a corporate university called JLG University. Additionally, an alliance with Penn State University has been created to help accomplish the University's goals. The new University represents the company's proactive approach to providing the skills needed to maintain leadership in world markets. While many aerial work platform companies provide short-term proprietary courses, JLG University is the industry's first training alliance between a major university and a


New Naval Engineering Education Center

The U.S. Navy's Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) signed a contract agreement May 6 to establish a Naval Engineering Education Center (NEEC).  The purpose of the NEEC will be to educate and develop world-class naval systems engineers for the Navy's civilian acquisition, engineering and science workforce.    Led by the University of Michigan, the NEEC Consortium will initially be comprised of 15 colleges and universities


Mongolian Citizens to be Trained in Rosneft Partner Universities

Russian president Vladimir Putin and the president of Mongolia Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj

  Rosneft Chairman of the Management Board Igor Sechin and Minister for Education and Science of Mongolia Luvsannyam Gantumur signed an Agreement to arrange the training of citizens of Mongolia in partner universities of Rosneft. The signing ceremony was led by Russian president Vladimir Putin and the president of Mongolia Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj in Ulan-Bator. Rosneft will assist to organization of teaching process for Mongolian citizens at Russian universities


Naval Engineering Education Center Kick Off

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) celebrated the kick off of the Naval Engineering Education Center (NEEC), launching a three-day conference at the University of Michigan, July 26-28.  NEEC is a new partnership between NAVSEA and a consortium of 15 top colleges and universities as well as 2 engineering professional societies focused on developing the Navy's future science, engineering and acquisition workforce. 


Neilson NSRI’s Academic Research Director

Photo courtesy Fifth Ring

The National Subsea Research Institute (NSRI) has appointed Dr. Richard Neilson as academic research director. Dr. Neilson has more than 20 years experience as a lecturer and researcher in a number of Scottish Universities. During this time he spent four years on secondment with oil service company, Rotech Drilling Services, where he was responsible for the design and analysis of downhole tools. Dr Neilson has a PhD and BSc in Mechanical Engineering and an MSc in Biomedical Engineering.


Cummings Supports Coast Guard’s Educational Partnership

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and former Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, will join Coast Guard senior leaders and the President of Morgan State University, Dr. David Wilson, on Tuesday, November 1st, aboard the newly delivered Coast Guard National Security Cutter STRATTON to sign a partnership agreement that will provide new academic opportunities to Morgan State


Student-Built Robotic Boats to Compete

College Students from the United States and Canada will bring their robotic boats to Virginia Beach to compete for up to $20,000 in prize money. The event, the second International Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) Competition, is being sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research and the Washington, DC-based Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Foundation. The competition will occur June 18-21 at the Founder’s Inn and Spa in Virginia Beach.


$1.3 Million Grant for Deepwater Horizon Research

University of Georgia marine scientist Samantha Joye, who is the Athletic Association Professor in Arts and Sciences, and UGA colleagues Patricia Medeiros and Christof Meile have received a $1.3 million grant from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative that will enable UGA researchers and scientists from 13 other institutions to understand more thoroughly the ecosystem impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.


Crowley Maritime Awards Scholarships to UNF & UW Students

UW Scholars: Photo credit Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corporation has awarded six Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships: Firstly for two students at the University of North Florida (UNF), and secondly to four  students at University of Washington’s (UW) Foster School of Business. University of North Florida Crowley’s Jim Gillen, vice president of engineering, petroleum services, presented the scholarships to Brandon Little and Aquiles Rodriguez for their academic excellence and enrollment in UNF’s


Africa Should Tap its Maritime Resources: IMO

Koji Sekimizu - Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 The huge potential of the oceans and the maritime industry to assist in the development of the African continent has already been noted, International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary General Koji Shemizu, has said.   African should emulate Japan in exploiting their vast maritime


Fiji Maritime Academy Bullish on Prospects

Pic: The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji

 The Fiji Maritime Academy (FMA) is on the right track to become one of the finest maritime training institutions in the region. It has also achieved an important milestone after being awarded International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) Certification.  


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.  


Apprentices Graduate to Newport News Shipbuilding

(From left) The Apprentice School Director Everett Jordan presented the school’s 10,000th graduate, Sara Ruggles, with a plaque to commemorate the milestone as Newport News Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin and Newport News Shipbuilding Vice President of Trade Operations Ray Bagley joined other shipyard leadership in applause. Photo by John Whalen/HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted commencement exercises Saturday to graduate 157 apprentices from the company's Apprentice School located at Newport News Shipbuilding. The graduation, held at the Liberty Baptist Church Worship Center in Hampton


First Deep Sea Exploration of the Perth Canyon Begins Today

      The RV Falkor (Photo courtesy of the Schmidt Ocean Institute)

  The first deep-sea exploration of the Perth Canyon, Australia's largest undersea valley, will launch today, Phys.org is reporting. The 12-day expedition is backed by Google billionaire Eric Schmidt and will study the conditions and marine life inside the canyon


Satellite Images Reveal Ocean Acidification

Pic: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

 Ocean acidification can now be seen from space, highlighting an ongoing danger of climate change and revealing the regions most at risk.   Pioneering techniques that use satellites to monitor ocean acidification are set to revolutionize the way that marine biologists and climate


Port of Seattle Hires Director of Strategic Initiatives

Dave Caplan (Photo: Port of Seattle)

Port of Seattle CEO Ted J. Fick appointed Dave Caplan as a member of the port’s executive team as director of the new Office of Strategic Initiatives.   Caplan will be responsible for exploring, developing and implementing initiatives to support performance within organization


Christensen, Farren Join Port of Long Beach

Michael Christensen and Glenn Farren appointed to newly created management positions

  The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners this week appointed port industry veterans Michael Christensen and Glenn Farren to newly created management positions to enhance cargo flow and service at the Port of Long Beach. Christensen


SCHOTTEL Opens Colombia Subsidiary

Julio Carrasquilla Martínez (Photo: SCHOTTEL)

SCHOTTEL has opened a new subsidiary in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.   Serving as managing director of SCHOTTEL de Colombia is Julio Carrasquilla Martínez who previously worked as a sales agent for SCHOTTEL do Brasil. He has a Master in Marine Technology from Delft University and


Kenya to Focus on Maritime Safety, Security

Image: Kenya Maritime Authority

 Kenyan government vowed to strengthen maritime safety and security to help exploit maritime resources. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta called for closer cooperation, and effective coordination of all maritime policy at the different decision- making levels both at regional and


Topaz, Saudi University to Offer Maritime Training

Topaz Commander (Pic: Topaz Marine KSA)

 Topaz Marine KSA, a subsidiary of Topaz Energy and Marine, and the King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah have joined forces to offer training to cadets from the university which allows them to operate as officers onboard sea going vessels.  


Turkish Naval Forces to Stay in Gulf of Aden

Replenishment at Sea - Gulf of Aden (Courtesy: Turkish Naval Forces)

 Turkish parliament’s approval to extend the mandate of Turkish Naval Forces in NATO's operation in the Gulf of Aden for one more year is strategically important, says a report in the Journal of Turkish Weekly.   The region is critical for Turkey's foreign trade activities.


Tanker Crewmember Medevaced off Galveston

Coast Guard Air Station Houston hoists a tanker crewmember aboard and transports him to the University of Texas Medical Branch Thursday (U.S. Coast Guard image by Air Station Houston)

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced a crewmember off a tanker in the Galveston Fairway Anchorage Thursday morning.   The captain of the Zambezi Star, a 604-foot chemical tanker, contacted Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders via VHF channel 16 at approximately 11:30 a.m


Thibodeaux Named President of Fugro Chance

Blaine Thibodeaux (Photo: Fugro Chance)

Offshore survey company Fugro Chance Inc. has appointed Blaine Thibodeaux to president. His responsibilities include Fugro’s Gulf of Mexico and Arctic offshore operations, including marine positioning, offshore construction and subsea projects, and international services.  


Schottel Hydro Names Lange Managing Director

Niels Lange (Photo: Schottel)

Niels Alexander Lange took over as Managing Director of the recently founded Schottel Hydro GmbH, a subsidiary of the Schottel Group comprising activities in three segments: Schottel Instream Turbines (SIT), semi-submerged Triton platforms and components, such as turbine hubs and drives.  






 
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