Transocean Latest Rig Fleet Update
Transocean's update summary includes new contracts, significant changes to existing contracts and changes in estimated planned out-of-service time of 15 or more days since July 17, 2013. The total value of new contracts since the July 17, 2013 fleet status report is approximately $2.5 billion. Estimated 2013 planned out-of-service time decreased by a net 172 days; estimated 2014 planned out-of-service time increased by a net 119 days.
Canadian Government Supports Port Security R&D
The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, has announced a $2-million repayable contribution…
Drug-busting USCG Cutter 'Legare' Returns to Homeport
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter 'Legare' returned to their homeport of Portsmouth Monday following an 8-week patrol in the Caribbean Sea in support of the Joint Interagency Task Force South. While patrolling near Puerto Rico in early August, the Legare crew launched their embarked helicopter to locate a go-fast vessel. When the vessel refused to stop as directed by the helicopter crew, they used approved tactics, including disabling fire, to compel the vessel to stop.
Fidelis Launch Inland Marine Division
Fidelis Group Holdings, through its subsidiary company Continental Underwriters, Ltd., a national marine Insurance coverage and service leader, announced today the formation of its new Inland Marine Division. Ed Helfers and Lisa Uzzo named Managing Directors. The new Inland Marine division will be based in the Company's New York office. H. Elder Brown, Jr., FGH's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer…
Hijacked Tankship Freed in Nigerian Waters After Gunfight
Pirates took control of the St. Kitts and Nevis-flagged MT Notre on August 15, but an emergency signal was sent to the navy and several gunships were deployed to recover the vessel…
Warship Somerset Completes Builder Ingalls' Sea Trials
The amphibious transport dock 'Somerset' (LPD 25), the ninth San Antonio-class ship built at Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division, returns from successful builder's sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico. Ingalls' test and trials team spent three days operating the ship and going through its normal at-sea checklist, which includes more than 200 test events. "We put Somerset through rigorous testing last week," said Mike Duthu, director of Ingalls' LPD Program.
Man Sentenced After False Coast Guard Distress Call
In coordination with the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, the Coast Guard 9th District announces that a 21-year-old Sandusky man was sentenced Friday…
Coast Guard Foundation to Honor Kirby’s Joseph Pyne
The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of Coast Guard members and their families, announced that its 33rd annual Salute to the United States Coast Guard will take place on Thursday, October 10, 2013 in New York City. This year’s event will honor the bravery and heroism of U.S. Coast Guard members across the country and pay special tribute to Joseph Pyne of Kirby Corporation for his strong support of the Foundation…
Researchers Return to Queen Anne’s Revenge Site
Many unknown treasures and concretion-encased surprises await researchers on the wreck of Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge (QAR), near Beaufort. Part two of this year’s dive season resumed this week, and the plan is to recover artifacts from 60 five-foot by five-foot units by October 31. After nearly 300 years on the sea floor, the artifacts often are locked in a concrete-like crust of sand, shells and marine life that is removed during the conservation process.
Today in U.S. Naval history: August 19
Today in U.S. 1812 - USS Constitution captures HMS Guerriere. 1818 - Captain James Biddle takes possession of Oregon Territory for U.S. For more information about naval history…
TOTE’s Carlile Names New VP
Carlile Transportation Systems, Inc., a TOTE Logistics company, has named Henri Legal Vice President, LTL & Facilities. Henri will be responsible for setting the strategy and business plan for Carlile’s LTL and Facility locations. He joins Carlile most recently from Western Canada Express, Inc. where he was the Vice President, Western Canada Operations and Vice President, Portside Warehousing and Distribution.
New Senior Advisors at Security Dynamics
Security Dynamics LLC, a global security and risk management advisory firm, added three new Senior Advisors to its team of Subject Matter Experts. The news was announced by Kim E. Petersen, the firm’s Chairman and President. The new Senior Advisors will compliment Security Dynamics’ current team of experts bringing with them decades of career experience in intelligence, homeland security, infrastructure protection, intermodal transportation security and law enforcement training.
Roney Named to Taiwan Leadership Mission
California Central Coast Chapter Board Member Mary Anne Rooney has been invited to join a Leadership Mission to Taipei from September 7-14, 2013. Ms. Rooney also…
ABS Type Approved Pressure Transmitters / Transducers
American Sensor Technologies, Inc. (AST) has received ABS (American Bureau of Shipping) Type Approval for its pressure instrumentation. Through a factory audit of its New Jersey manufacturing facility, ABS confirmed AST’s manufacturing site, quality management system and conformance to ABS standards. By receiving the approval, AST has broadened its portfolio for the marine and offshore instrumentation industry.
Markel Appoints Managing Director in Singapore
Markel International, a specialist insurer with a worldwide product portfolio, appointed Matthew Cannock as Managing Director of Markel International in Singapore. The Monetary Authority of Singapore has approved his appointment as Managing Director and as Principal Officer. Matthew will take up the position at the end of August from Peter Phillips, who has led Markel’s operations in Asia Pacific since 2007.
Nv Charts Launches New ‘Virtual Chart Shop’ Web Site
Nv Charts announced the launch of nvcharts.com, a new interactive web site and e-commerce site for all of the company’s charting and navigation products, customer service, and all things Nv. The new website features an improved homepage design, cleaner layout of page content, and an intuitive and consistent site-wide navigation system. It is also accessible through a wider range of web browsers and devices, including mobiles and tablets.
2013 Vessel General Permit – EALs
The 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP) published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will apply to all vessels entering U.S. waters from December 19, 2013.
ITF Welcomes MLC 2006
As the Maritime Labor Convention 2006 (MLC) comes into the force the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has promised to dedicate all its resources to helping it make real changes to the lives of all seafarers. The ITF has worked alongside shipping organizations, the ILO and governments for over a decade to jointly create and shape the MLC, and is committed to monitoring and assisting its implementation and persuading many more countries to ratify it.
U.S. Coast Alert
VRP Service Disruptions September 2 and 5-9, 2013. The VRP program will be transitioning to the new Coast Guard Headquarters building September 5th through September 9th, 2013. As a result, there will be a disruption to VRP service during this time. Staff will not have access to computers or phones. Additionally, September 2nd is a federal holiday, limiting VRP staff availability to September 3rd and 4th that week.
YCF Group Expands Management Team in Germany
The YCF Group has appointed Carsten Gierga as managing director responsible for its activities in Germany. Suwarie Topaz, general manager, has also been promoted to vice-president…