Wicker: NDAA Bill Pursues Balanced Naval Force
U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., a senior member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, has voted in favor of the FY2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The legislation authorizes $625.1 billion in funding for America’s national defense. “Funding our military and defense operations is essential to the safety and security of every American,” Wicker said. Wicker included a provision to ensure that the Navy pursues a balanced force structure.
Ichthys LNG Facility to Use Light Structures Monitoring Solution
Light Structures, a global technology company for fiber optic monitoring and analysis systems, has won the contract to provide the Load & Fatigue Monitoring Solution…
New Report Examines MOL Comfort Casualty
Following the loss of the container vessel MOL Comfort on June 17, 2013, ClassNK established a special Casualty Investigation Team in order to investigate and determine the cause of the casualty. Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) further established a Committee on Large Container Ship Safety to develop measures to ensure the safety of large container vessels on August 29, 2013.
Hempel Blue Series Launched in India
A new range of protective coatings, the Blue Series offers customers advanced Hempel technology at a competitive price. Launched in India in September this year…
Today in U.S. Naval History: December 20
Today in U.S. 1822 - Congress authorizes the 14-ship West Indies Squadron to suppress piracy in the Caribbean. 1941 - Admiral Ernest J. King designated Commander-in-Chief, United States Fleet in charge of all operating naval fleets and coastal frontier forces, reporting directly to the President. 1964 - USS Richard E. Kraus (DD-849) completes a successful emergency mission in aiding the disabled American Merchant Ship, SS Oceanic Spray in the Red Sea.
Fuel Removed from Sunken Fishing Vessel
The U.S. Coast Guard hired a contractor Thursday to remove the remaining fuel and hazardous substances that may be aboard the sunken commercial fishing vessel Lady Eva in Shem Creek…
Six Rescued from Sunken Barge, Five Still Missing
Around 8 a.m. (Singapore time) on December 19, 2013, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) received a report that a life raft with people onboard had…
Indian Sailors Released from Togo
The Union Minister of Shipping Shri G.K. Vasan said Indian sailors, Capt. Sunil James and Shri Andi Vijayan, have been released from West African country Togo. The…
USCG Seeks Comments on Overhead Clearance Accidents
The U.S. Coast Guard, in the Code of Federal Regulations, has called for public comment on a petition that requests the Coast Guard to initiate a rulemaking to address…
Diamonds—and Shipping—in Antarctica
Kimberlite deposits, igneous rock formations often containing diamonds, have been discovered in Antarctica, according to a report by Nature Communications. And though no diamonds have been discovered…
MARPOL Reception Facility Inadequacies
In recent months, the Coast Guard received complaints alleging that certain waterfront facilities within the Sector Houston-Galveston area of responsibility are…
Newport News Shipbuilding Gives Back to Hampton Roads
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division lent support to the community by participating in three area charitable events. Shipbuilders donated nearly 20,000 school supplies to benefit an estimated 1,000 area students, contributed $2 million to the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula, and recently delivered more than 20 metric tons of non-perishable food--five tons heavier than an anchor on the aircraft carrier Gerald R.
Intelsat to DoD: Multiyear Satcom Contracts Reduce Costs
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) directs the Department of Defense to move toward multiyear leases and hosted payloads to acquire commercial satellite capacity and services.
Resolve Maritime Academy Opens Engine Room Simulator
Resolve Maritime Academy recently completed its installation of Transas engine room simulator platform, the ERS 5000 TechSim. As part of the Academy’s Simulation Training Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the engine room has booked classes for January 2014. The ERS 5000 TechSim has allowed Resolve Maritime Academy to expand its course offerings to engineers from all sectors of the maritime industry including the offshore, tanker and cruise sectors.
LDD Awarded Liverpool 2 Terminal Work
Large Diameter Drilling (LDD), an Acteon company, has won a contract to supply drilling equipment and personnel for the delivery of foundation installation services at Liverpool 2, the new deepwater container terminal for the U.K. port. The contract is part of a major initiative to expand Liverpool’s dock area and to improve local infrastructure; the new terminal will more than double the number of containers handled in the North West of England.
Navigator Declares Further Newbuilds
Navigator Holdings Ltd. today announced that it has exercised its last remaining option to construct a 22,000 cubic meter gas carrier at Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) Co Ltd.
New President of APL Logistics Appointed
NOL Group has announced the appointment of Beat Simon as President of its wholly-owned subsidiary APL Logistics, a global third party logistics provider. He will assume the role on 1 March 2014, undertaking responsibility for the management and growth of APL Logistics. MOL Group explain that Mr. Simon is an industry veteran with more than 30 years of diverse international experience. He joins APL Logistics from Agility…
Christmas 'Angel Tree' Gifts Donated by HII Employees
Employees from Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division teamed up to provide holiday gifts for 145 children as part of the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. HII explains that the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program matches donors with children from qualified families unable to provide gifts and clothing for their children during the holidays. The Salvation Army provides a wish list for each angel. This year there were more than 1,500 angels to be adopted.
Costa Cruise Ship Makes First Abu Dhabi Port Call
The cruise ship 'MV Costa Fortuna' was warmly welcomed on its intitial visit to Abu Dhabi, which it will follow with regular weekly calls until March 2014. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Acting CEO, Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) handed over a commemorative plaque to Captain Massimo Garabarnio to officially mark the ship’s maiden call to the city. Owners, Costa Cruises, say that the 'Costa Fortuna' carries 2,720 passengers and 1,027 crew.
Jones Act Tankship Chartered at Record Daily $100,000
ExxonMobil Corp has agreed to renew its charter agreement for the 337,000-barrel 'Overseas Cascade' at an unprecedented $110,000 a day, nearly a 50 percent increase from its previous rate for the same ship this summer, reports Reuters, citing shipping sources. The century-old Jones Act, explains Reuters, requires all vessels operating between U.S. ports to be U.S.-built, U.S.-owned and U.S.-crewed in order to protect the U.S. commercial maritime industry.