Connecticut-based CG Cutter to Deploy to Great Lakes
A Connecticut-based Coast Guard cutter is scheduled to deploy to the Great Lakes Nov. 29, 2010, to assist in the service's icebreaking mission there throughout the winter months. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay, a 140-ft icebreaking tug, will arrive in the Great Lakes region a few weeks after it departs its homeport of New London, Conn. While there, the crew will assist those of other Coast Guard icebreakers during Operations Coal Shovel and Taconite…
MV Medi Chennai Dodges Pirates
In the early hours of 26 November, the MV Medi Chennai was attacked approximately 880 nautical miles (1,600 kilometres) East of Port Victoria, Seychelles. This is the furthest east attack ever registered by EU NAVFOR since the beginning of its Operation in December 2008, the last eastern most attack being 60 nautical miles west from this one. The MV Medi Chennai reported it was under attack and being fired upon with small arms and Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG).
Seafarers’ Legislation Faces Year-Long Ratification Delay
Full ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) which will have far reaching implications for the whole shipping industry, including commercial yachts…
P&O Maritime Services Enters Cable Installation Market
P&O Maritime Services, owner and operator of specialist science and cargo vessels, has entered the power cable installation market with its vessel CS European Supporter. The company has signed a long-term agreement with UK-headquartered subsea cable specialists, Offshore Marine Management (OMM), for the provision of a suite of capabilities to be marketed with the entrant cable installation vessel.
JonRie’s New Towing System for Crystal Cutler
JonRie commissioned its new Series 500 Towing System on the new 1,200 kW Tug Crystal Cutler built for Poling and Cutler Marine Transportation, Freehold, NJ USA. The winch features JonRie's independent drive level wind and also features an independent drive gypsy head. The winch boast a line pull of 25 tons, a line speed of 18 M/m and drum brake with the capacity of 125 tons. The capacity of the drum is 500 M of 38mm wire.
ABS, CCS Expand Cooperation in Offshore Activities
ABS and the China Classification Society (CCS) strengthened their collaborative efforts by entering into a new Cooperation Agreement on 24 November in Washington, DC. While the agreement is comprehensive, the offshore industry will be a priority area of focus for the two leading classification societies. CCS and ABS will also expand their collaboration efforts in numerous other areas including research and development and software development for large and technologically-advanced ships.
GMN WebXaccelerator for Ship-to-Shore Comms
Global Marine Networks introduced the GMN webXaccelerator for ship-to-shore and remote communications needs for the commercial fishing, marine transport, cruise ships, offshore oil rigs, and first-response communications coordination markets. The webXaccelerator is a data accelerator and control router that gives users of satellite and other wireless data systems control of their satellite data installations, while providing data speeds up to five times faster than uncompressed rates.
This Day in U.S. Navy History – November 30
1942 - In Battle of Tassafaronga, last major naval action in Solomons, U.S. force prevents Japanese attempt to reprovision the Japanese troops on Guadalcanal. Six U.S. ships are damaged in the action.
This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History – November 30
1837-Two early complainants on the efficiency of the American lighthouses, E. and G.W. Blunt, publishers of Blunt’s "Coast Pilot," submitted a statement to the Secretary of the Treasury.
CG Admiral Calls Foss an Industry Leader
Foss Maritime is an industry leader in safety and compliance, U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral J.R. Castillo said after the company's San Francisco Bay Area-based tug…
NOAA Reviews 2010 Storms, End of Hurricane Season
According to NOAA the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, which just ended, was one of the busiest on record. In contrast, the eastern North Pacific season had the fewest…
China Shipping to Pay $293M for Eight Tankers
According to a Nov. 29 report from Bloomberg, China Shipping Development Co., the dry-bulk arm of the nation’s second-biggest shipping group, signed agreements to purchase eight 48…
Green Joins Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Joe Green of Portland, Ore. has joined the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, Md. as a shipwright apprentice. With an associate’s degree in wooden boat building from the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building in Port Hadlock, Washington, Green will primarily work on the restoration of the Museum’s bugeye, the Edna E. Lockwood. During his one-year apprenticeship, Joe is living on Tilghman Island.
Maersk Oil Exploration License Offshore Greenland
According to a Nov. 29 report from The Wall Street Journal, Maersk Oil has been awarded a license covering Block 9 in Baffin Bay, offshore West Greenland. The frontier exploration block is 11…
Intershield Durability Confirmed by Bulker Survey
The 15-year-old bulk carrier, built at Samsung in 1995, had Intershield 300 applied to her ballast tanks when she was built. With minimal maintenance through her life to date, a Lloyd’s Register class surveyor rated as “good” the condition of the double bottom tank coatings and rated as “fair” the coatings condition in the starboard topside tank. In this area, the ship’s superintendent said any corrosion that was evident was largely a result of structural repairs required from stress areas…
Initiative to Speed Offshore Wind Development
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar launched a “Smart from the Start” wind energy initiative for the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf to facilitate siting, leasing and construction of new projects…
Somalis Convicted of Piracy against USS Nicholas
A federal jury in Norfolk, Va., has convicted five men from Somalia of engaging in piracy and related offenses in their attack on the USS Nicholas, marking what…
Pirating of MV Albedo in the Somali Basin
In the early hours of 26 November, the MV Albedo was pirated approximately 900 nautical miles East of Mogadishu (Somalia). The MV Albedo is Malaysian flagged and owned, with a crew of 23 (Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan and Iranian). The vessel was carrying containers and was bound for Mombasa from Jebel Ali in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Including the MV Albedo, pirates are currently holding 22 vessels with 521 hostages.
Commission Launches Pilot Blue Belt Project
The European Commission launched a pilot project designed to reduce administrative burdens in shipping. Short sea shipping is an environmentally friendly way of…
Greenwich Shipping Opts for ShipDecision
Greenwich Shipping Services is the latest New York area Maritime brokerage to choose ShipDecision technology to support its business. “We had a great deal of historical information that we did not want to lose, including over a hundred thousand emails,” said veteran broker Bill Quinn, in explaining his decision to move from a legacy system to a web-based solution. “The ShipDecision team taught me how to use the system…