NATO Warship Frees Crew from Pirates
On 29 January, Dutch warship HNLMS De Ruyter, part of NATO's counter-piracy operation Ocean Shield, freed the crew from merchant vessel New York Star after they had barricaded themselves into a “safe room,” (also known as a “citadel”) when their ship came under attack by pirates. As the pirates climbed on board, the master of the New York Star was able to put out a mayday call, which was picked up by an Australian maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), which was on counter-piracy patrol in the area.
Billions in Canadian Shipbuilding Contracts Insight Politics
According to a report from The Globe and Mail, Stephen Harper is poised to kick off the greatest round of government shipbuilding in Canada since the Second World War.
Heesen Yachts Contracts for Superyachts
According to a Feb. 2 report from the SuperYachtTimes.com, the sale of the first of these, YN 16551, a 51-metre, full-displacement vessel was completed in December…
Photo: USCGC Neah Bay Breaking Ice
The Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay breaks ice in Lake Erie as it heads to its homeport in Cleveland Feb. 1, 2011. Neah Bay is a 140-ft ice breaking tug capable of continuously breaking 20 inches of hard, freshwater ice and can break through ice more than three feet thick by backing up and ramming it. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Jorgensen)
This Day in U.S. Naval History – February 7
1800 - USS Essex becomes first U.S. Navy vessel to cross the Equator. 1815 - The Board of Naval Commissioners, a group of senior officers, is established to oversee…
This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History – February 7
1914-Pursuant to the Convention for Safety at Sea in London, President Woodrow Wilson directed that the Revenue Cutter Service undertake the task of manning the International Ice Patrol.
Indian Package to Promote Shipbuilding
According to a Feb. 5 report from The Hindu, Union Minister for Shipping, G.K. Vasan, announced a package to promote Indian shipbuilding which will be taken to the Cabinet.
General Dynamics Share Repurchase
According to a Feb. 4 report from The Day the board of directors of General Dynamics has authorized its management to repurchase up to 10 million shares of the company's…
Technip, Daewoo Consortium Wins FLNG Contract
According to a Feb. 4 report from Offshore-mag.com, a consortium of Technip and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd. has won a contract from Petroliam…
Extension Requests for FEMA Port Security Grants Deadline
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Grant Programs Directorate (GPD issued Information Bulletin 354 announcing that extension requests for FY 2006 Preparedness…
Pirates Reportedly Execute Seafarer, UN Anti-Piracy Action Plan
The United Nations (UN) issued a news release stating that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for a long-term strategy of deterrence, security, rule of law…
Gladding-Hearn’s Twelfth Escort Vessel to U.S. Navy
After delivering its first vessel for the U.S. Navy 18 months ago, Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, has delivered the last of 12, 64-ft screening escort vessels, operated by the U.S. Coast Guard, with the mission of securing high-value Naval assets in domestic ports. The all-aluminum boat, like its sisters, features a C. Raymond-Hunt-designed deep-V hull, with a CPI Marine fender system, and is powered by twin MTU diesel engines and connected to Hamilton water-jets.
Nearly all Top 20 Carriers Suffer Reliability Declines, Q4 2010
Following two consecutive increases in the second and third quarters of 2010, container service reliability disappointingly fell back in the fourth quarter, according…
Burger Boat Contract for Steel Passenger Vessel
Burger Boat Company has received a contract for the construction of Chicago’s Leading Lady, a 98-ft steel passenger vessel, for Chicago’s First Lady Cruises, Chicago, Ill. Chicago’s Leading Lady is styled after the 1920s luxury cruising yachts such as the former Presidential yacht Sequoia. Chicago’s First Lady Cruises will use the vessel for upscale private parties, wedding rehearsal dinners and corporate events…
Samer Halawi Appointed CEO of Thuraya
Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a mobile satellite communications company, appointed Samer Halawi as Chief Executive Officer. Halawi assumed the office on January 23, 2011 following the return of Yousuf Al Sayed to the Etisalat Group. Halawi has held several leadership positions in major regional and international telecom firms. Most importantly, he brings with him several years of experience in managing satellite telecom businesses and major customers across the Middle East…
Port of Cork Uses Castrol’s Environmentally Responsible Lubricants
Port of Cork has turned to Castrol Marine to further reduce its environmental footprint and protect the sensitive waters in which it operates. Castrol Marine’s Bio…
Newest WSDOT ferry Salish Heads to Everett Shipyard
Washington’s second new Kwa-di Tabil Class ferry, the Salish, will make an initial journey under tow on Monday, Feb. 7. Todd Pacific Shipyards is moving the Salish to Everett Shipyard for final outfitting and system testing prior to conducting dock and sea trials.
Gaoh Offshore, STX to Develop Wind Farm Vessel
UK Wind Energy Services company, Gaoh Offshore announced the signing of a Letter of Intent covering the design development and construction of their multi-purpose wind farm development vessel, the Deepwater Installer. Gaoh Offshore and STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (STX O&S) signed the Letter of Intent [LOI] at the end of 2010 and board approval was given last month. The LOI is for construction…
Transpetro opens 342 positions for Merchant Marine officers
On Monday, February 7, 2011, Transpetro opened the selection process for the immediate admission of 342 officers of the Merchant Marine to man the vessels operating in its fleet.
USS Momsen and Bunker Hill Disrupt Pirate Attack
USS Momsen (DDG 92) and USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) disrupted a pirate attack on Panamanian flagged merchant vessel Duqm, Feb. 2 in the Gulf of Oman. While transiting in international waters, the merchant vessel reported that pirates were attempting to board the vessel. Momsen and Bunker Hill, which were in the vicinity, immediately responded to the Duqm's distress signal and caused two pirates skiffs alongside the vessel with ladders against its hull to flee the area.