NSRP Highlights 19 New Shipbuilding & Repair R&D Projects
The National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) Executive Control Board (ECB) recently selected 19 new R&D projects to be executed, totalling approximately $2.5-million, as part of their core project mission to reduce the costs associated with Navy shipbuilding and repair. NSRP is a collaboration of U.S. shipyards working together to reduce the cost of building, operating and repairing Navy ships by improving productivity and quality through advanced technology and processes.
Dockworkers' Strikes Can be Mitigated by Mutual Insurance
News that a recent longshoremen’s strike had effectively stopped cargo operations at the port of Baltimore, a major hub for foreign car imports into the US, underlined…
Nett Technologies Complete JAXPORT Emissions Project
The EPA-funded JAXPORT diesel emissions reduction project completed by Nett Technologies involved the design, manufacture and installation of 19 Diesel Oxidation Catalysts (DOC) onto several large container cranes, generator, forklift and trucks owned and operated by the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT). JAXPORT is located in Jacksonville, Florida and is an independent seaport authority created by the Florida State Legislature to operate as a landlord…
North Sea Q3 2013 Drilling Eased But Outlook Positive
North Sea drilling activity eased during the third quarter of 2013 following an encouraging second quarter, according to the latest report into offshore activity from Deloitte…
USS Nimitz Transits Suez Northbound to Mediterranean
The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier 'USS Nimitz' (CVN 68) and her escort, guided-missile cruiser 'USS Monterey' (CG 61), which had earlier been operating in the Red Sea transit the Suez Canal. USS Nimitz will operate in the Mediterranean Sea and train with international partners before returning to her home port of Everett, WA. The aircraft carrier entered the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, June 9, 2013.
Chinese Firms in Winning Libra Field Bid, Offshore Brazil
The Chinese firms, China National Offshore Oil Corporation ( CNOOC) and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), have a 10 percent stake each, with Shell and Total taking 20 percent each…
EU State Aid Guidelines Welcomed by Shipowners, Not by Union
The shipping industry has welcomed a decision by the European Commission to keep in place unchanged guidelines relating to state aid to maritime transport, which include tonnage tax regimes…
STEM Conference Recognizes 18 from Northrop Grumman
Eighteen Northrop Grumman Corporation employees received awards for their achievements at the 2013 Women of Color STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Conference in Dallas this weekend. The conference recognizes outstanding women in the STEM fields and provides opportunities for professional development, networking and recruiting. Camille D'Annunzio, manager of the Automated Sensor…
Stricken Vessel Found in Irish Sea
A vessel that first reported suffering steering problems off the south west of Scotland early this afternoon has now been found and towed to safety. Liverpool Coastguard…
Hong Kong Conducts Oil Spill Exercise
An annual oil spill response joint exercise, this year code-named Oilex 2013, was held on October 17 off Ha Mei Wan, Lamma Island, to test responses in combating oil pollution in Hong Kong waters. Under the Maritime Oil Spill Response Plan, the Marine Department coordinated the exercise and other government departments including the Civil Aid Service, the Auxiliary Medical Service, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department…
Coast Guard, Navy to Remove Buoys from Chic's Beach
The U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy are scheduled to remove two buoys from the Chic's Beach and Oceanview areas of Virginia Beach and Norfolk, Tuesday. The buoy…
BOEM Completes Enviro Review for Proposed Oil &Gas Sales in Eastern GOM
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) completed the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for two proposed oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico's Eastern Planning Area.
Indian Built Vessel for Indian Firm
India’s Mandovi Drydocks in Goa has made significant contributions to the domestic boat building industry. An example of this is the 43 x 10-meter offshore supply vessel M.V. Orion Laxmi owned by Orion Offshore Services Pvt. Ltd. Delivered to her owners at the end of 2011 the vessel has a clear deck space of 183 square meters and a total deck area of 220 sq.m. Main engines are a pair of Cummins KTA 38-M2 each producing 1,200 HP at 1,800 RPM.
Elliott Bay Design hires Senior Naval Architect
Richard Holcomb has joined the Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), a naval architecture and marine engineering firm headquartered in Seattle, as a senior naval architect. Holcomb is a registered professional engineer (PE) and the latest hire at the growing firm, which has been acquiring new talent in response to increased customer demand for its services across the country. Holcomb brings more than two decades of naval architecture experience to his new position with a focus on project management…
Today in U.S. Naval History: October 21
Today in U.S. 1797 - Launching of USS Constitution at the Hartts Boston shipyard, Boston, Massachusetts. The ship is now the oldest commissioned ship in the U.S. Navy. 1942 - British submarine lands Capt. Jerauld Wright, USN and four Army officers at Cherchel, French North Africa, to meet with a French military delegation to learn the French attitude toward future Allied landings. 1944 - Leyte Landings continue.
Maintenance: How Well Do You Listen?
A predictive / preventative maintenance program that includes vibration analysis can help save time and money. Are you one of those people who “listen to your gut?” If you are in charge of a vessel’s maintenance program – listening to your machinery is vital to its livelihood. And, if it’s in high demand, or on a tight schedule, chances are your livelihood, and that of your crew, is at stake too. Vibration…
WISTA USA Leadership Changes
At the recent global Women's International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) annual meeting and conference held in Montreal, Jeanne Grasso, a partner at Blank Rome LLP, was elected to the Executive Committee of WISTA International. Jeanne has been the President of WISTA USA for the past five years, during which time its membership has increased by nearly 30% to become the largest in the global Association.
Safety: A Shift in Culture
“Safety Culture” is one of those terms that is used a lot in the maritime industry. We all think it is important, and every operator wants a “good” safety culture. But how does one get it, and then keep it once it is there? This is the first of a pair of articles looking at safety culture in the maritime industry. What is Safety Culture? The IMO tells us “An organization with a ‘safety culture’ is one that gives appropriate priority to safety ... This is a fair, but arguably limited description.
ERMA FIRST BWTS Receives AMS Acceptance from USCG
ERMA FIRST S.A. is amongst the few companies that have already received the acceptance letter from USCG. ERMA FIRST BWTS received its AMS Acceptance letter on October 11. The ERMA FIRST BWTS is compatible with global legislations and conventions, international requirements and restrictions. AMS approval is one more reward and ascertainment that ERMA FIRST BWTS has completed with success all technical challenges. AMS approval has been given to ERMA FIRST S.A.
Now Hear This: Maritime Hearing Protection
Better communication and hearing protection in the maritime environment through wireless headsets. Clear communication is essential for a safe, effective and productive workplace. Too often, however, excessive levels of background noise make communication difficult. An estimated 22 million Americans are exposed to hazardous levels of workplace noise each year — four million are exposed every day. If you work in the maritime environment, you are likely among those four million.