EU NAVFOR Destroys More Suspect Pirate Skiffs
EU NAVFOR units operating in the Somali Basin, between the Seychelles and the Somali coast, have discovered more suspected pirate activity. In an area close to the disruption of five pirate attack groups by EU NAVFOR, EU NAVFOR German warship FGS Emden intercepted a suspect pirate group consisting of a mother ship and two skiffs. The pirate mother ship was first detected in the late hours of 11 March…
This Day in Coast Guard History – March 15
1942- The 172-foot tender CGC Acacia was en route from Curacao, Netherlands West Indies to Antigua, British West Indies, when she was sunk by shellfire from the German submarine U-161.
This Day in Naval History – March 15
1947 - Ensign John W. Lee becomes first African American officer commissioned in regular Navy. He was assigned to USS Kearsage.
China-Philippines-Thailand (CPT) Express Service
Evergreen Line and China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) will launch a new joint service, the China-Philippines-Thailand (CPT) Express Service effective mid-March.
Varna Products Staff Promotions & Additions
Varna Products, manufacturer of industrial oil & fuel pumps, announced the promotion of Mark Ashurst to Operations & Facility Manager. Ashurst has been with VARNA Products/Transportation Research Corp. for nine years in charge of production. Mark’s focus will be on organizing, directing, and coordinating all production activities as well as streamlining processes and new product development. Varna has also added a new team member to the electrical engineering/production team…
Hirschmann (PAT) New Dealer in Brazil
Hirschmann Automation and Control (PAT) Chambersburg, Pa. has named Alfatec Solutions, located in Itapevi, Sao Paulo, a dealer in Brazil. Alfatec Solutions is a…
Northrop Grumman Upgrades Swedish Subs
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has won a contract to upgrade the inertial navigation systems (INS) for the Swedish navy’s submarines. Under the contract…
Tidewater Promotes Mancheski
Tidewater Inc. (NYSE: TDW) announced that Matthew A. Mancheski, currently Senior Director of Strategic Planning and Financial Analysis of the company, has been promoted to the position of Vice President - Chief Information Officer and Chief Strategic Planning Officer, effective March 4, 2010. Mancheski will be responsible for overseeing information technology, software applications, and all strategic planning initiatives of the company.
WCI on 2011 Civil Works Budget
Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) held a press event on March 8 at the National Press Club to address the President’s FY 2011 budget request for the Army Corps of Engineers…
Theriault & Son Custom Fire/Rescue Vessel
When Portland, Maine needed an aluminum fire/rescue boat, the city brought on builder A.F. Theriault & Son. The resulting 65-ft City of Portland features a medical bay identical to land-based ambulances, multiple water cannons and a complete Delta T ventilation system. "We offer Delta T Systems as optional equipment, but they have such a great reputation that many architects will incorporate them into their designs," said Theriault & Son VP of production Graham Oakley.
USNS Comfort Completes Haiti Mission
Hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) has completed its mission departed the Joint Task Force-Haiti area of operations. Over the course of seven weeks, the ship's U.S military and civilian medical personnel treated 871 patients, receiving at the height of the recovery effort one patient every six to nine minutes. But now, thanks to more field hospitals ashore and fewer patients in need of specialized care, the ship has not had patients on board for more than a week.
Riverkeeper Commends Dumping Bill
Riverkeeper, a New York clean water advocate, commended the New York City Council for passing Int. 54-A, a bill substantially increasing penalties for illegal dumping in New York City Waters.
Keppel Shipyard Singapore Chooses Autohydro
Autoship Systems Corporation (ASC) of Vancouver, Canada is supplying additional licenses of its Autohydro hydrostatics and stability calculations software to Keppel Shipyards of Singapore.
Hellespont Extends PSV Fleet
The Hamburg-based Hellespont group has extended its fleet of platform supply vessels with the delivery of the 3,250 dwt Hellespont Dione. Built at Drydocks World, Batam, the vessel is the fifth sister ship to join the Hellespont offshore fleet. The previous four vessels were all built in Cochin, India. Phrixos Papachristidis, Hellespont group CEO, said, “These five vessels are a clear statement of our intention to expand in the offshore field.
Jack-Up Crane Vessels, Wärtsilä-IMS Design
Wärtsilä, in consortium with IMS Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH, has been engaged by RWE Innogy, the renewable energy arm of the German utility company RWE, as its designer to provide the basic design and consultancy services for a jack up crane vessel. Two such vessels with GL class-approval have been ordered by RWE Innogy to be used for constructing offshore wind farms. The shipbuilding contracts have been awarded to Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd.
Imtech Marine Group Service Office in Florida
Imtech Schiffbau-/Dockbau-technik, headquartered in Hamburg/Germany, will open a new Service Branch Office in May 2010. The branch will offer the full range of mechanical Imtech services, e.g.
Prelude Floating LNG Facility
Shell signed two contracts with the Technip and Samsung Heavy Industries consortium for the Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) project off the coast of Western Australia.
This Day in Coast Guard History – March 12
1955- Effective this date, all foreign and domestic ships were required to give 24-hour advance notice to the local U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port before entering U.S. ports.
This Day in Naval History – March 12
1942 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt designates Admiral Ernest J. King to serve as the Chief of Naval Operations, as well as the Commander-in-Chief, United States…
Deep-Sea Robot Lost at Sea
A deep-sea exploration robot — one of the first successful submersible vehicles that was both unmanned and untethered to surface ships — was lost at sea Friday, March 5, on a research expedition off the coast of Chile. The 15-year-old Autonomous Benthic Explorer, affectionately nicknamed ABE, was launched late on the night of Thursday, March 4, and had reached the seafloor to begin its 222nd research dive when…