Today in U.S. Naval History: November 6
Today in U.S. 1851 - U.S. Navy expedition under command of Lt. William Lewis Herndon, on a mission to explore the valley of the Amazon and its tributaries, reaches Iquitos in the jungle region of the upper Amazon after their departure from Lima, Peru. 1941 - On Neutrality Patrol, USS Omaha (CL-4) and USS Somers (DD-381) intercept the German blockade runner Odenwald disguised as U.S. freighter, board her after the German crew abandoned the ship…
Coast Guard Receives New Response Boat
Members of Coast Guard Station Tybee Island held a ceremony at the station Tuesday to recognize the arrival of their newest response boat. Along with the Station Tybee Island crew, members from Coast Guard Sector Charleston, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the mayor of Savannah, Ga., the pro tempore mayor of Tybee and representatives from local agencies attended the ceremony. Following the official proceedings, guests were invited to go aboard the Response Boat-Medium and view the new vessel.
U.S., Australia Partner for Maritime Border Protection
The U.S. Coast Guard and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to highlight common missions, interests and capabilities, along with opportunities for collaboration for mutual benefit, Tuesday. The MOU will benefit the U.S. and Australia partnership by strengthening maritime cooperation through the sharing of information needed for maritime domain awareness activities.
VT Halter Drydock Open Ahead of Schedule
VT Halter Marine Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a subsidiary of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), announced its newest facility, a 12,000 MT Floating Drydock, is now open for business and already has its first customers. The dock, measuring 546 ft.. in length, 105 ft. in breath and with a depth of 46 ft., is part of an overall expansion plan at the south yard in Pascagoula. This is where VT Halter Marine is adding a repair facility for semi-submersible drilling rigs and Panamax-size ships.
Black Elk Failures behind Offshore Platform Explosion
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) released its panel investigation report into the November 16, 2012 explosion and fire that occurred on a platform operated by Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations. The explosion and fire resulted in the tragic deaths of Ellroy Corporal, Jerome Malagapo and Avelino Tajonera, serious injuries to others and the discharge of pollutants into the Gulf of Mexico.
Original 1971 Oil Pollution Compensation Fund Closes
Several years ago, the 1971 Fund was replaced by the two subsequent Funds that pay higher compensations to the victims of oil pollution. It was an international innovation when a global, solidary scheme on compensation for the victims of oil pollution caused by tankers was established with the 1971 Fund. It has proven to be such a great success that the system has been improved twice, and the model has been copied for other types of pollution from ships.
BAE Systems Restructures Naval Sector
BAE Systems has reached agreement in principle with HM Government on measures to enable the implementation of a restructuring of its U.K. naval ships business. The agreement will result in the restructuring of the contract for the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier program, provision of additional shipbuilding work prior to the start of the Type 26 Global Combat Ships program and rationalization of the U.K. naval ship business to match future capacity requirements.
New Marine Specific Fuel Additives Website Launched
Power Service Products, a producer of diesel fuel additives, launched a website for boat owners at home or at sea: MarineDieselAdditives.com. By EPA mandate, boat owners are required to use Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) fuel, where the sulfur content has been lowered to no more than 15 parts per million (ppm) from its previous maximum allowable content of 500 ppm. ULSD burns cleaner than higher sulfur fuels…
Ingalls Authenticates the Keel of New Destroyer
Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division authenticated the keel of the company's 29th Arleigh Burke-class aegis guided-missile (DDG 51) destroyer, John Finn (DDG 113), on Monday. Laura Stavridis, ship's sponsor and wife of retired Adm. James Stavridis, the former Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, attended with her husband. "It's great having Mrs. Stavridis here to see her ship and meet some of the shipbuilders," said George Nungesser, Ingalls' DDG 51 program manager.
Matson, Aker Ink Shipbuilding Deal
Matson Signs Contract With Aker Philadelphia Shipyard For Two New "Aloha Class" Containerships, First Ship To Be Named The Daniel K. Inouye. Matson, Inc., a U.S. carrier in the Pacific, announced today that its subsidiary, Matson Navigation Company, Inc., has signed a contract with Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Inc. (APSI) to build two new 3,600 TEU containerships for an aggregate price of $418 million.
Matson Enters Private Placement Agreement
Matson, Inc., a U.S. carrier in the Pacific, announced that it has entered into a private placement agreement pursuant to which Matson will issue $100 million of 30-year senior unsecured notes.
Shell's Niger Delta Oil Spill Data Allegedly Manipulated
Shell has manipulated oil spill investigations in Nigeria, with the company’s claims on oil pollution in the region deeply suspect and often untrue, claim Amnesty International and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD). Hundreds of oil spills occur in Nigeria every year, causing significant harm to the environment, destroying livelihoods and placing human health at serious risk.
WWH Q3 2013 Results Impacted by Weak Shipping Market
Reduced volumes of high and heavy cargo and seasonally lower demand for maritime services negatively affected Wilh. Wilhelmsen Holding ASA (WWH) total income and result in the third quarter of 2013. Current activity level for group entities is expected to continue. Operating profit for the third quarter of 2013 was USD 96 million (USD 260 million) based on a total income of USD 873 million (USD 1 075 million).
Delta Rigging Makes Start on New Houston Facility
Delta Rigging & Tools recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction on a 27,000-square-foot multipurpose building located on 3.7 acres of land in Pasadena, Texas. Representatives from Capital Commercial Investments, Tomorrow Planning, Investment & Development Ventures, & Structura participated in the ceremony, along with some of the Delta Rigging & Tools’ employees and executives.
Keppel Wins US$1-Billion Transocean Jackup Rig Order
Keppel FELS Limited has secured a repeat order from a subsidiary of Transocean Ltd. (Transocean) to build 5 KFELS Super B Class jackup rigs for US$1.1 billion. The rigs are scheduled to be delivered progressively from 1Q 2016 to 3Q 2017. In addition, Transocean has options to build up to another five similar jackup rigs with Keppel FELS. Tailored to suit Transocean's requirements, the KFELS Super B Class rigs are designed to operate in 400 feet water depth and drill to 35,000 feet.
Thailand Hi-Speed Ferry by Incat Crowther Launched
Incat Crowther announce the launch of 'Maehaad', a 453 passenger 32m Catamaran Ferry constructed by Dolphin Chumphon Marine in Thailand for operators Lomprayah. Maehaad is the sixth vessel designed by Incat Crowther for Lomprayah High Speed Ferries, and follows on from the 29m catamaran ferries Thongslah and Koh Prab. The success of these two vessels has led to a growth in the Lomprayah's operation.
SE Asian FPDA 'Bersama Lima' Naval Exercises Begin
Exercise Bersama Lima 2013, a Five-Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) activity involving Australia, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Malaysia and New Zealand, kicks off 7, November 2013. Commander Australian Contingent, Wing Commander Louis Nuttycombe, said the exercise was designed to share operational methods between the FPDA militaries and provides an opportunity to enhance relationships and interoperability with our security partners.
HII & Northrop Grumman Awarded Navy Contracts
In the latest announcement of US Department of Defense, Navy, contracts, Huntington Ingalls Inc. and Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. Huntington Ingalls Inc., Newport News…
US Coast Guard, Australia Customs, Sign Maritime Awareness MOU
The U.S. Coast Guard and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service have signed a memorandum of understanding to highlight common missions, interests and capabilities, along with opportunities for collaboration for mutual benefit. The MOU is intended to benefit the U.S. and Australia partnership by strengthening maritime cooperation through the sharing of information needed for maritime domain awareness activities.
Transocean's Latest Rig Fleet Update
Transocean inform that the total value of new contracts since the September 18, 2013 Fleet Update Summary is approximately US$2.0-billion. The company has been awarded a five-year drilling contract for a newbuild dynamically positioned ultra-deepwater drillship by Chevron U.S.A. Inc. Shipyard delivery is scheduled for the second quarter of 2016. After customer acceptance, the contract is expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2016 at a dayrate of $599…