Today in U.S. Naval History: December 19
Today in U.S. Naval History - December 19 1870 - After a month at sea in a 22-foot boat, Coxswain William Halford, the lone survivor of five, reaches Hawaii to seek help for crew of USS Saginaw, wrecked near Midway Island. Rescuers reach the 88 Saginaw survivors on January 4, 1871. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.
CMA CGM PC South Service: New Call in Takoradi
CMA CGM said it will introduce a new call in Takoradi (Ghana) on its PC South service designed to connect Libreville and Port Gentil ports in Gabon and Takoradi in Ghana to Europe, the Mediterranean, the Indian Subcontinent, the Middle East and North America via Tanger Med terminal. Pointe Noire call in Republic of Congo will serve the domestic market but will also serve as a hub for cargo from Asia to Takoradi.
Superyacht Shipyard Expansion for Yacht Solutions
Yacht Solutions at Italthai Marine has expanded its facility and tripled its superyacht yard capacity in response to the overwhelming demand for space in Thailand’s first dedicated superyacht facility in Bangkok. Since the partnership began in January between Yacht Solutions and Italthai Marine (ITM) at Samut Prakarn in Bangkok Yacht Solutions has received more enquiries for shipyard work than ever before and has already undertaken work on 43-meter SY Douce France…
HME Offers Technical Superintendent Course
Technical superintendents are a vital point of contact for equipment suppliers and repair yards. They function as the link between vessel and shore, and play an important role in the purchasing of new parts and contracting repair activities. At the request of and in partnership with several yards, HME has established a training course focused entirely on technical superintendents. The six-day course consists of three modules of two days and will take place in the spring of 2014 in Vlaardingen.
Weston Appointed Manager at Survival Craft
Survival Craft Inspectorate (SCI), a global provider of emergency marine systems and support services, said it has made a key appointment as it targets further growth in 2014. David Weston has been appointed training and competence operations manager at the business, which recently opened its 12th office in Rotterdam. As well as his company-wide auditing role, David – who served in the RAF for 22 years – heads up the new Survival Craft Inspectorate Training Academy in Stonehaven.
Maritime Authority of Jamaica Conducts Island-wide Survey
Jamaica is embarking on a country-wide survey of all the commercial and domestic vessels in its waters to ensure it has accurate data on its maritime community.
ABS Group Certifies Vattenfall Wind Project
ABS Group will present Vattenfall Wind Power Ltd. with the Certified Design Basis Verification for the Kentish Flats Extension Offshore Wind Farm Project. The project…
Former BP Engineer Convicted for Obstruction of Justice
Kurt Mix, a former engineer for BP plc, was convicted today of intentionally destroying evidence requested by federal criminal authorities investigating the April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon disaster. Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Special Agent in Charge Michael J. Anderson of the FBI’s New Orleans Division made the announcement after the verdict was announced by U.S. District Judge Stanwood R. Duval Jr.
Scorpion Ribs Shows Their Sting with Dyena
Scorpion Ribs set the benchmark for design and quality, both of which are clear in any of their boats and especially true in their latest Scorpion Sting, but now they can also provide proof of the ride quality and performance of their vessels from the data obtained using the Dyena Acceleration Recorder. The Dyena Acceleration Recorder (DaccR) is proving to be a valuable tool for the development and comparison of fast boats.
Status Report: Lightweight Structures at Sea
SP Fire Technology’s involvement in fire-resistant lightweight materials for marine applications has contributed to the construction of several smaller lightweight vessels, and to the current discussion within the International Maritime Organization (IMO) of how larger ocean-going vessels could be built using plastic composites. 2005 saw the start of the LÄSS project, which clearly showed the potential…
Product Tanker Hijackings
Gulf of Guinea piracy presents a radically different picture compared with Somali piracy. Since decades it has been a kaleidoscopic mix of short duration hijackings, militant disruptions, kidnappings, robberies and thefts, depending on the location and the setting. It was not until recently, however, that piracy in the region attracted significant international media attention due to the increase in hijackings of product tankers in the region.
Coast Guard Mourns Passing of Shipmate
Petty Officer Third Class Travis Obendorf died in a Seattle hospital Dec. 18 as a result of injuries he sustained during search and rescue operations near Amak Island, Alaska, Nov. 11, while serving aboard Coast Guard Cutter Waesche. Obendorf’s family was by his side when he passed away in Swedish Hospital following surgery. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Petty Officer Obendorf's family and his shipmates aboard Coast Guard Cutter Waesche during this difficult time,” said Vice Adm.
Metzger Appointed Managing Director at Geodis Logistics
Andrea Metzger has been appointed Managing Director of Geodis Logistics Northern Europe, an entity grouping the logistics activities of Geodis in Belgium, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands. Andrea Metzger is a graduate of European Business School. She began her career at Price Waterhouse then moved on to Dyckerhoff AG before joining Geodis in 1999, as Financial Director and then as Managing Director of Geodis Logistics in Germany.
Crewman Missing from Cargo Vessel
At just after 7.30 pm this evening, Humber Coastguard were alerted by VTS Humber to a crewman falling overboard from a small cargo ship moored alongside on the River Trent.
Globecomm Keeps Seafarers in Touch with Access Chat Crew
Globecomm Maritime, a provider of maritime communications solutions, is bringing crew closer to their friends and families with the launch of Access Chat Crew. Part of the Access Chat line of products, Access Chat Crew is a revolutionary way for seafarers to enjoy live video, voice chat and instant messaging – services previously considered too expensive or bandwidth-hungry to use over satellite. Globecomm…
CMA CGM Recognized for its Carbon Strategy
For the second consecutive year, CMA CGM Group scored one of the best results in the CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) Transport and Logistics category for its policies, performance and transparency in areas related to climate change. Created in 2000, CDP is an independent nonprofit organization and an internationally recognized reference in the field of strategy and performance evaluation of companies with respect to climate change.
WISTA Russia Formed to Support Women in Shipping
WISTA President Karin Orsel announced the formation and accreditation of WISTA Russia, which has been developed under the leadership of prominent Russian executives. The inauguration of this National WISTA Association (NWA) was held during a post RUMI (Russian Union of Marine Insurers) conference reception on November 21 in Moscow. The Russian National WISTA Association becomes the 33rd Member of the WISTA organization.
Lloyd's Register Alert: New SOLAS Regulation II-1/8-1
SOLAS Regulation II-1/8-1 has been amended and will require operational information to be provided to the master after a flooding casualty to assist with decisions regarding safe return to port. The new requirement applies to passenger vessels over 120m in length or with three or more main vertical zones, constructed on or after 1 January, 2014. The operational information can be provided by onboard stability computers or through shore-based support arrangements, as follows.
Hercules Offshore December Fleet Status Report
Hercules Offshore, Inc. announced that it has published the November Fleet Status Report. The report includes the Hercules Offshore Rig Fleet Status (as of December 18, 2013), which contains detailed contract information for each of the company's drilling rigs. The report also includes the Hercules Offshore Liftboat Fleet Status Report, which contains information by liftboat class for November 2013, including revenue per day and operating days.
CSA Seeks Solution to Impending U.S. BW Discharge Regulations
On December 19, 2013 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will implement its new Vessel General Permit (VGP), which the Canadian Shipowners Association…