Investigating the USCG’s Administrative Law Judge System
On September 14, 2010, the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General posted its much anticipated report addressing the very serious allegations of misconduct made against the U.S. Coast Guard’s Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) system by former ALJ Jeffie J. Massey. In short, the Inspector General’s office concluded that it “was not able to substantiate” Judge Massey’s allegations against her former superior, Chief ALJ Joseph N. Ingolia, and numerous members of his staff, members of the ALJ Docketing staff, members of the Coast Guard Commandant’s staff and several USCG Investigating Officers who were involved in cases then pending before Judge Massey.
Alion Hires Security Expert
Alion Science and Technology hired Dr. Charles Massey as the director of port and maritime security to lead the creation of a port security solution for domestic and international ports. The Alion solution will focus on ports that do not currently have the support, staff and budget to screen cargo at the levels required to maintain port security and to trade internationally. As an internationally recognized expert in maritime and nonproliferation security, Dr. Massey performed work for U.S. and foreign governments in nuclear facilities, seaports, airports and border crossings in over 40 countries. His previous experience includes serving as the International Borders and Maritime Security Program Manager at Sandia National Laboratories.
Barham Named UK Ship Register Director
Simon Barham has been appointed as the first U.K. Ship Register Director at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, scheduled to start his role in February 2016. Barham brings to the position both commercial and technical experience from his 40 year career in the industry. He initially served at sea for 16 years and since then has held senior positions ashore within both ship owning and ship management companies across the world. Previous roles include chief operations officer at Bibby Ship Management…
NASSCO Holds Naming Ceremony for Final BP Tanker
General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, held a ceremony to name the fourth and final double-hulled oil tanker it is building for BP Shipping Ltd., the Alaskan Legend. The ceremony took place at the NASSCO shipyard. Shirley Anne Massey, the wife of Morehouse College president and BP board member Dr. Walter Massey, was the honoree at the ceremony and is the ship’s sponsor. As ship’s sponsor, Mrs. Massey named the ship and broke the traditional bottle of champagne against it. Construction of the Alaskan Legend began in October 2004. NASSCO placed a strong emphasis on environmental safety in its design. As with the first three Alaska-class ships…
MWCC Membership Grows
The Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) announced today that its membership has grown to 10 members at the conclusion of the company’s formation period. The MWCC member companies are now Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Shell, BP, Apache, Anadarko, BHP Billiton, Statoil and Hess. These 10 companies operated approximately 70 percent of deepwater wells drilled in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico between 2007 through 2009. Marty Massey, chief executive officer of MWCC, said, “Our membership includes companies that are active in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
UK Register’s Largest Ship Docks in Southampton
The largest vessel registered in the UK Ship Register has arrived in Southampton today. CMA CGM Kerguelen, a 398-meter-long containership operated by the CMA CGM Group, is big enough to pack five and a half A380 Airbuses on. It is capable of carrying 17,772 TEU (twenty feet equivalent units) and is driven by an engine of 9,000 horsepower. Sir Alan Massey, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, with responsibility for the UK Ship Register, has been invited to visit the vessel while it is in Southampton.
New MCA Role to Spur UK Ship Register Growth
With the aim of growing the U.K. Ship Register and attracting more maritime business to the U.K., a new a senior level director role has been created at the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) as part of the government’s aspiration to grow the nation’s share with the global maritime sector. The new position, which will be tasked with encouraging ship owners to join the U.K. Ship Register, was announced by Sir Alan Massey, CEO of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at an event during London International Shipping Week. “The UK Flag has seemingly become less attractive to ship owners and operators and we cannot go on ignoring the problem,” Massey said. “. . . Something has needed to change. In recent years the number of ships and the total gross tonnage on the U.K.
Crowley-Managed MARAD Ship Headed to New Orleans
support ship SS Wright has been activated by the U.S. brought about by Hurricane Katrina. aviation logistics ships that supports U.S. aircraft. ready to deploy to a contingency operation worldwide. Maritime Officers (AMO) and the Seafarer's International Union (SIU).
Curtiss-Wright Wins $480m Deal for Navy Subs
Charlotte-based manufacturer Curtiss-Wright Corp. has won a series of contracts valued at $480 million to supply parts for the U.S. Navy’s Virginia-Class nuclear submarines. The Navy’s Block IV Virginia Class Submarine Program covers 10 submarines, two per year from fiscal years 2014 through 2018, according to a statement from Curtiss-Wright. So far, more than $330 million has been allocated to the contracts, and the remaining will be provided incrementally, the company said.
Curtiss-Wright Awarded $14.6M in Contracts
Curtiss-Wright Corporation announced it has been awarded $14.6 million of contracts from Northrop Grumman Newport News to design and manufacture engineered pumps for use on the United States Navy's next generation CVN-21 Class aircraft carriers. The pumps will be manufactured by Curtiss-Wright's Flow Control segment located in Phillipsburg, NJ, and delivered in 2008 and 2009. Construction on the first aircraft carrier is scheduled to begin in 2007, but Curtiss-Wright began development work for the program in 2001 and will provide many of the carrier's long-lead products, including pumps, valves and generator systems. The newly designed CVN-21 is more than 1…
Advisors Forecast Offshore Wind Market Through 2022
Energy advisors Douglas-Westwood will present at All Energy 2013, in Aberdeen, May 22, and Frank Wright, Renewable Energy Manager, will outline findings of the soon to be released Offshore Wind Market Forecast, giving a global overview of the industry through to 2022. Mr. Wright will be providing a global overview of the offshore wind sector as part of the offshore wind session titled “Current State of Play – and the Way Forward.” During his talk, Mr. Wright will present a summary of Douglas-Westwood’s most recent market forecasts including coverage of new capacity…
Crowley Shipmaster Receives 'Sandy' Relief Award
The master of Crowley’s 'S.S. Wright, Capt Fred Walley, receives the 'Spirit Award' in recognition of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts . Capt Walley of the Ready Reserve Force (RRF) ship, was presented with the Spirit Award at the Nationals Park during a televised Major League Baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies on National Maritime Day, May 25. National Maritime Day is an annual observance that recognizes the U.S. maritime industry.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Promotes Captain Wright
Captain William S. Wright who has directed an upgrading of navigational systems for the fleet of Royal Caribbean Cruises has been promoted to senior vice president of safety and environment. Wright will be responsible for developing and overseeing all corporate environmental strategy and activities. Captain Wright, 47, a nine-year veteran of Royal Caribbean International, has served as master of three ships, and for the last three years, he has managed both the Bridge 2000 and the Navigation 2000 programs. He oversaw a total revision of navigation policies and procedures, and the Norwegian Shipowners Association has adopted the company?s manual as the Norwegian Shipowners Association as a template for bridge procedures has adopted a manual.
Curtiss-Wright Acquires Nu-Torque
Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE:CW) has acquired substantially all of the assets of Nu-Torque, a designer and manufacturer of electric and hydraulic valve actuation and control devices primarily for U.S. Navy ships. The business will become part of Curtiss-Wright's Flow Control segment. Curtiss-Wright Chairman and CEO Martin R. Benante said, "Nu-Torque also provides the opportunity to expand our presence in the U.S. Nu-Torque was founded in 1980 and acquired in 2002 by Tyco Flow Control, a unit of Tyco International Ltd. With annual sales of approximately $8m, typical applications for the Nu-Torque products are for valve automation of shipboard fluid systems, such as fire main, ballast and various safety systems on numerous categories of Navy combatant ships.
MTN Names Olivier President, CEO
MTN Satellite Communications (MTN) said that Errol Olivier was appointed President and CEO. Olivier most recently served as the company’s President and COO. Olivier has over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Prior to joining MTN, he served as President and CEO of Broadpoint and President and COO of CapRock Communications. He is also recognized for pioneering the first commercial multi-tenant satellite telecommunication strategy for the oil and gas industry in the Gulf which revolutionized the way Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) services were delivered to the offshore energy market. In addition to Mr. Olivier’s appointment, Joe Wright, who served as MTN’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, is now Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr.
Laborde Builds up Industrial Sales Team
Helping round out its industrial salesforce, Laborde Products welcomes two new salesmen. Cody Dean will handle industrial engine and equipment sales in southern Louisiana and southern Mississippi, while Chris Wright will respond to the needs of northern Louisiana and northern Mississippi. Dean previously served as territorial manager at Woolf-Harris. He will provide customers with the information needed to select the best diesel engine for on/offshore operations, standby and backup generators and all diesel industrial engines for land or permanent applications.
London International Shipping Week Set for 2015
The British Government has once again thrust its weight behind London International Shipping Week with an official visit to the LISW2015 stand at Posidonia in Greece by the British Ambassador in Athens followed by public shows of support at additional events by the head of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency Sir Alan Massey, and U.K. Shipping Minister Stephen Hammond MP. More than 70 guests gathered for an informal British drinks reception at Posidonia 2014 to mark the beginning of the countdown to London International Shipping Week (LISW) which is set to take place September 7-12, 2015.
Celebrity Cruises Reveals Celebrity Edge
Richard Fain, the chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.and Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, CEO of Celebrity Cruises—one of three brands in the Royal Caribbean family—announced a new category of ship that, among other transformational design moves, brings stateroom balconies indoors. Designed completely in 3-D, and featuring the work of A-list global architects and designers, the 2,918-guest Celebrity Edge aims to make discerning global travelers redefine how they experience the world and how intimate a vacation can be.
Peter Wright Retires from Millers
1997, has retired after 40 years' service with the organization. P&I and U.K. Defense clubs. University and was called to the Bar (Inner Temple) the following year. Son partnership in 1970. Wright ran the U.K. Defense Club management in the early 1980s. invasion of Kuwait and the Gulf War in 1991. Piraeus office. correspondent. activity.
Tesoro Promotes Three
Tesoro Petroleum Corporation today announced the following management promotions: Greg Wright, senior vice president and CFO; Sharlene Fey, vice president and controller; and Susan Pirotina, vice president, Communications. Wright was senior vice president, Financial Resources. He has more than 25 years of energy industry leadership experience, joining Tesoro in 1995. He has been responsible for finance, business development, forecasts and budgets and financial communications. Fey, who previously served as assistant controller. has held several Accounting positions of increasing responsibility since joining Tesoro in 1979. Pirotina was director, Investor Relations and joined Tesoro in 1981.
Is Navy Mulling New Cuts?
According to a Reuters report, the U.S. Navy has proposed cutting a Lockheed Martin Corp. missile program and a Northrop Grumman Corp. amphibious assault ship in its fiscal 2008 budget, but Pentagon leaders will make the final decision, analysts said. Navy officials declined to comment on its spending proposal for 2008, saying the Pentagon and White House must still review all proposals. The Bush administration is expected to send its massive government-wide budget proposal for fiscal 2008 to Congress in early February 2007. A defense industry publication, Inside the Navy, on Tuesday quoted Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Wright from the office of the Chief of Naval Operations as saying that the Joint Common Missile (JCM) was no longer in the Navy's 2008 budget proposal.
Prince of Wales Visits Seagen at Strangford Lough
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has visited Marine Current Turbines’ SeaGen, a marine current and tidal stream technology that is deployed in Northern Ireland’s Strangford Lough and generating power into the local grid on a daily basis. On May 13, HRH was greeted by Mr David Lindsay the Lord-Lieutenant for County Down and went on to meet Mrs Arlene Foster MLA Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Martin Wright Managing Director of Marine Current Turbines (MCT), and Professor Peter Gregson DL President and Vice-Chancellor Queen’s University Belfast.
GAO Says Mariner Rights Protected in Law Hearings
The U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report Friday detailing its findings following a review of the Coast Guard's Administrative Law Judge Program that was requested by Congress and welcomed by the Coast Guard. The GAO conducted an independent and objective review of 1,675 suspension and revocation cases opened and closed by the Coast Guard from Nov. 10, 2005, through Sept. 30, 2008. • Sixty two percent of suspension and revocation cases are disposed through settlement agreements between the Coast Guard and mariners. Click here to view or download a chart showing the disposition of all cases reviewed by the GAO. • Roughly three percent, or just 45 cases, were disposed through a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge.