Coast Guard Initiates Arctic Shield 2013
The Coast Guard 17th District announced its Arctic Shield 2013 plans to protect the maritime community in the Arctic and to strengthen their partnerships with federal, state, local, tribal and community members Wednesday. “We are committed to having a sustained presence in the region,” said Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, commander, Coast Guard 17th District. After a successful Arctic Shield 2012 operation on the North Slope and Barrow…
Subchapter M Looms Operators and Suppliers Respond
Amelia Island, Florida: At the second annual Workboat Exchange, held in April at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on beautiful Amelia Island, Florida, about 160 marine buyers and sellers alike got a full taste of the best food, weather and accommodations that the Sunshine state has to offer. At the same time, they also got a full dose of reality when it comes to the eventual implications of the subchapter M rules.
Emergency Personnel Participate in Oil Spill Response Program
Nearly 250 first responders participated in a National Preparedness Response Exercise Program in Los Angeles including U.S. Coast Guard, Chevron, California Department…
Great Lakes April Coal Shipments Unchanged from a Year Ago
Shipments of coal on the Great Lakes totaled 2.2 million tons in April, a virtual tie with a year ago. The trade was 19 percent below the month’s five-year average, however. Shipments from Lake Superior ports totaled 1.4 million tons, a slight increase from a year ago. Included in that total were 168,000 tons loaded in Superior, Wisconsin and transshipped to Québec City for loading into oceangoing colliers. Loadings in Chicago totaled 300,000 tons, again a slight increase compared to last year.
Second Consecutive Decline for Stifel Logistics Confidence Index
The Stifel Logistics Confidence Index continued its downward trend in May as it fell for the second consecutive month. Compiled by Transport Intelligence, the overall index…
New Explosion-proof Pressure Transmitter from AST
American Sensor Technologies, Inc. (AST) released the AST46DS Explosion-Proof Pressure Transducer with Display with pressures from 1 to 20,000 PSI available. The AST46DS is a transducer with zero function capability, voltage or 4-20mA output signals, and all 316L stainless steel sensor materials. The voltage output signal is ideal for oil and gas well site applications, the manufacturer said. With many SCADA / RTU sites powered by solar panels in remote locations…
Castrol Marine Extends Cyltech 80 AW Availability
”We have responded to increasing demand from our customers for wider availability of our Cyltech 80 AW cylinder oil by expanding the supply network from five to 35 ports in key regions…
N.Y. Open House for Tanker's 75th Birthday
All are welcome to visit the Tanker Mary A. Whalen on Pier 11, Atlantic Basin, Red Hook, Brooklyn on Tuesday, May 21. Our short stay in Atlantic Basin, in Red Hook for National Maritime Historical Society makes the ship available on her 75th birthday. PortSide will host an open house on Tuesday, 5/21/2013, from 1-7 p.m. with cake and remarks from 5-7 p.m. The tanker, built 1938, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Access the Mary A.
IMO Opens the Door to Reduce Shipping Emissions
Member states of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) agreed on a Resolution on technology cooperation, which was delaying the implementation of standards…
PSSA Interactive Display Launched at IMO
A new interactive display on Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSA) has been launched at IMO Headquarters and online at www.pssa.imo.org. A PSSA is an area that needs special protection through action by IMO because of its significance for recognized ecological or socio-economic or scientific reasons and which may be vulnerable to damage by international maritime activities. To date, IMO has designated 14 PSSAs.
High Power Phased Array Radar Development
The Australian Department of Defense released a request for tender to CEA Technologies for the development of a High Power Phased Array Radar concept demonstrator.
Coast Guard Patrols with New RB-S II Vessel
Most people who encounter the Coast Guard near shore will get a good look at a Response Boat-Small (RB-S). With more than 400 boats in operation, the RB-S is the largest vessel class in the Coast Guard’s fleet. The boats are in constant use, from life-saving to law enforcement and homeland security missions. But the redoubtable RB-S is approaching the end of its service life and the the Coast Guard’s Acquisition Directorate has launched an ambitious project to replace this important asset.
USCG Contracts HII to Build Sixth National Security Cutter
The U.S. Coast Guard awarded a fixed‐price incentive firm target contract valued at approximately $487.1 million to Huntington Ingalls Industries for the production of the sixth National Security Cutter (NSC). NSC 6 will be built at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. Two NSCs are currently in production. The Coast Guard awarded the production contract for NSC 4 in November 2010 and production of that vessel is approximately 39% complete to date.
Steamship Mutual Addresses Underwriting Imbalance
Steamship Mutual released interim financial results for the year ending February 20, 2013. As with all international group clubs, underwriting performance for the year ended February 20, 2013 was adversely affected by the worst pool experience on record. Claims within the club retention were also at higher levels than predicted, reflecting continued upward pressure upon claims despite the economic downturn.
Rebuilding the Presumption of Preemption
I propose that the Legislative, Executive, Judicial Branches of the federal government should cooperatively work toward the rebuilding of the presumption in favor of federal preemption with respect to all matters related to maritime commerce. I also propose that maritime stakeholders undertake measures to make this a reality. The Constitution already allows for such preemption – and it has been implemented with regard to various issues over time, particularly in the early days of the Republic.
Get on Board with Shipyard Electrical Safety
After teaching electrical safety for many years, one tends to understand the regulations, and the standards more than the average safety professional. We live them most every day. We also understand what regulations and standards apply to shipyard employment and what regulations and standards apply to industry – and which apply to both. For your safety, you should know about electrical safe work practices and shipboard electrical awareness.
Omega Launches New Thermocouple Connectors
Omega introduced compensated M12 thermocouple connectors, to be featured at Sensors Expo and Conference. The M12-FM series is a new Omega connector that will ensure accuracy for your applications. The M12-FM Series feature male pins and female sockets made of thermocouple material. The male and female connectors, with straight or right angled connection styles, provide a wide selection of connection options.The connectors are suited for ovens for heat treating…
Keel Authenticated for Ingalls’ Fifth National Security Cutter
Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division authenticated the keel of the company's fifth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter, James (WMSL 754). "Our shipbuilders have done outstanding work to make us more efficient in building this ship, driving the cost down and becoming more competitive," said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Irwin F. Edenzon. "This not only positions us to continue all the way through the current build plan of eight ships…
Omega's Debuts New Thermistor Probes
Omega introduced its new Thermistor Probes with M12 Connections, to be featured at the Sensors Expo and Conference. The TH-21 Series thermistor probes are constructed…
Today in U.S. Naval history: May 17
Today in U.S. 1973 - First woman to hold a major Navy command, Captain Robin Lindsay Quigley assumes command of Navy Service School, San Diego, CA. 1987 - USS Stark…