Today in U.S. Naval History: August 28
Today in U.S. 1867 - Captain William Reynolds of Lackawanna raises U.S. flag over Midway Island and took formal possession of these islands for the U.S. 1942 - 120 women, commissioned directly as ENS or LTJG, reported to USS Northampton, Smith College for training. 1952 - Units on USS Boxer (CV-21) launch explosive-filled drone which explodes against railroad bridge near Hungnam, Korea. First guided missile launched from ship during Korean Conflict. 1965 - Cdr.
Shipowners’ Club Publishes Two New Guidance Booklets
The club’s publications highlight best practice, good seamanship and sensible practical operational procedures in order to help reduce the incidence of property…
A Hectic Night for Lake Michigan Coast Guard
From Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning, the busy Lake Michigan Coast Guard crews rescued or assisted six people and one dog in three separate emergencies.
NOAA Finds Lost 19th Century U.S. Coast Survey Steamer
More than 153 years after it was lost in a violent collision at sea, government and university maritime archaeologists have identified the wreck of the ship Robert J. Walker, a steamer that served in the U.S. Coast Survey, a predecessor agency of NOAA. The Walker, while now largely forgotten, served a vital role as a survey ship, charting the Gulf Coast ‒ including Mobile Bay and the Florida Keys ‒ in the decade before the Civil War.
KR Directs Build of Green Equipment Certification Center
The Korean Register, an IACS member classification society, is leading a project to build and operate the world’s first green-ship equipment certification center in Gunsan…
Train More MN Ratings Urges UK Chamber of Shipping
President of the UK Chamber of Shipping, Kenneth MacLeod, has called for shipping companies in the UK’s Tonnage Tax system to be allowed to train Merchant Navy ratings, not only officers. Shipping companies can apply to be part of the Tonnage Tax regime – a system of taxation that allows UK shipping to be internationally competitive. Being part of tonnage tax means that shipping companies must train one new officer cadet annually for every 15 officers they employ.
Texas Dredging Contract Awarded by DofD
US Department of Defense, Army, has awarded a contract to Inland Dredging Co. for dredging of the of the Neches River Channel in Jefferson and Orange Counties, Texas.
PVE & Invisosoft to Develop Maritime IT Communication Platform
PV Enterprises International has entered into a an agreement with Invisosoft, Inc. to develop a Maritime Visual Communication Platform to address the needs of Maritime Business…
Adm. Papp Continues USCG Arctic Outreach
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp has spent a week in Alaska, underscoring the importance of establishing and maintaining a range of Arctic partnerships. Despite snowfall in the North Slope of Alaska last week and cooler than average temperatures all summer, Arctic sea ice extent tracked well below average again this year. This ongoing transformation of the Arctic Ocean from a solid expanse of inaccessible…
Globalstar Satcom Network Completed
Globalstar, Inc. announce that all second generation satellites are now in full commercial service, completing the world's most modern satellite communications mobile network. Global customer segments include: oil and gas, government, mining, forestry, commercial fishing, utilities, military, transportation, heavy construction, emergency preparedness, and business continuity as well as individual recreational users.
Clarkson's Singapore Staff Run, Swim, Bike, Win Prizes
Around 45 Clarksons' Singapore employees and clients recently participated in a local triathlon - competing against each other and in relay teams. Aided by a great deal of support from the sidelines, the Clarksons' first team "OBY3CANOBY" (comprised of Toby Relf from Capes and Lars Spangberg and MD Giles Lane both from Large Tankers) finished a hightly credible second overall. The team also came third in the Corporate event. Clarksons is a worldwide provider of integrated shipping services.
Nigeria Navy Takes Gloves Off Against Pirates
The pirates engaged the navy in a gun battle late Sunday off the coast of Calabar in Nigerian and Cameroonian waters, according to ABC News/AP citing Delta state navy spokesman Lt. Delightsome Yohana.
Scorpio Tankers Arrange Funds for Newbuildings
Scorpio Tankers (having placed orders for 60 newbuilding vessels) announce a loan facility, market underwriters' share purchase option, as well as two time charter-in agreements. Scorpio Tankers Inc. (ii) a Letter of Intent from The Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM) of up to $300.6 million for a loan facility of up to $429.6 million that is being arranged by the financial institution. The KEXIM Credit…
Consultants Predict Dynamic Cruise Sector Growth
The global cruise sector is forecast to exhibit dynamic growth over the next decade, according to Ocean Shipping Consultants’ (OSC) latest report: 'World Cruise Ports and Shipping'. OSC expects annual passenger demand to rise from around 20.9 million in 2012 to approximately 24m passengers by 2015, 29.7m by 2020 and 36.4m by 2025. This represents an overall forward expansion of 74%. North America will still dominate the world cruise industry in terms of sourced passengers and cruise operators…
New Dry Bulk Shipowning Firm Raises Funds
Nautical Bulk Holdings Limited, a newly formed Bermuda-based dry bulk shipping company, has raised in excess of $100 million of equity capital to fund the construction of eight ultramax…
NAT Chairman Reassures Shareholders, Mulls Expansion
In an open letter to shareholders, Herbjorn Hansson , Chairman & CEO of Nordic American Tankers Limited sets out that his company is in a strong position. "The…
Maritime Investment Opportunities in Nigeria
On the first day of the upcoming London International Shipping Week, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, supported by Maritime London and UKTI…
ACR Win RNLI Personal Locator Beacon Contract
ACR's ResQLink Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) was recently selected as the product of choice by the UK's Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) to keep their lifeboat crews safe. Chosen because of its superior operational and technical performance and single handed re-useable antenna deployment, the ACR ResQLink will be issued to all lifeboat crew members for fitment to their life jackets. RNLI crewmembers will now have the additional protection of ACR PLBs.
Profitable Short Sea Market Not Before 2020
The second Bloem Doze Nienhuis short sea study shows a cargo demand of around 1.8 billion tons between 2005 and 2012. In the same period the supply of the short sea fleet increases by 20%…
GL Noble Denton to Manage Premier Oil Asset Integrity
Premier Oil, the FTSE-250 oil and gas exploration and production company, has awarded a major asset integrity management contract to GL Noble Denton for the provision of asset integrity advice and inspection services across Premier Oil’s U.K. operated assets. The multimillion pound deal will include inspection management, risk analysis, examination support and nondestructive testing to a range of production and processing facilities.