PACFLT Hosts Senior Leaders Course
Senior military leaders from 14 nations gathered at U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLT) headquarters here in Hawaii for the Naval War College Combined Force Maritime Component Commander (CFMCC) Flag Officer Course Feb. 5-11. The 27 CFMCC participants came from Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Chile, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Peru, Republic of the Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and the United States. "This course is one of the most important international venues the U.S.
Eastern Shipbuilding Donates $250K to USCG Museum
Eastern Shipbuilding has donated $250,000 for the construction of the National Coast Guard Museum in New London, Connecticut, the National Coast Guard Museum Association announced yesterday. Eastern Shipbuilding, a diversified ship builder headquartered in Panama City, Florida, made the donation to the National Coast Guard Museum Association, which is currently engaged in a nationwide fundraising campaign to build a museum to honor the men and women of the U.S. Coast guard.
ILO Group Recommends SID and E-Passport Alignment
The widespread adoption of the ILO's 2003 Convention on Seafarer's Identity Documents (SIDs) requires technical upgrades, employers, trade unions, and government…
NASA Recognizes Conrad for Barge Conversion
Conrad Industries, Inc. has received the NASA Space Flight Awareness Supplier Award based on its performance with the conversion of the NASA Pegasus barge. The annual…
West Coast Ports Undergo Partial Shutdown
The 29 ports on the U.S. West Coast were effectively closed to cargo freighters for the second time in less than a week on Thursday under a partial shutdown imposed…
US Coast Guard to Free Aussie Fishing Vessel from Antarctic Ice
A U.S. Coast Guard cutter has been diverted from its path to rescue a 207-foot fishing vessel stuck in Antarctic ice, the US Coast Guard announced in a press release today. Antarctic Chieftain, an Australian-flagged fishing vessel with 27 passengers, contacted Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand after becoming beset in ice 900 miles Northeast of McMurdo Sound, Antarctica on Tuesday. The vessel suffered…
New Orleans, St. Lawrence Cruise Directors Win AAPA Cruise Award
Robert Jumonville, former Port of New Orleans Cruise and Tourism Director and René Trépanier, Director of Cruise the Saint Lawrence, received the 2015 American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Cruise Awards yesterday during the AAPA biennial Cruise Seminar in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The AAPA cited Jumonville as being the vision behind the phenomenal growth of the Port of New Orleans’ cruise passenger business and its terminal and cruise-related visitor assets.
Suarez Named VP at Voith Turbo
Javier Suarez will be Voith Turbo’s new vice president Americas for the power, oil and gas division’s marine group. Suarez will be based at the division’s regional headquarters in Houston, working with Ron Wilson, who is President Americas. Suarez will also be a member of the global Voith Marine management team. He has extensive experience in the marine industry, including four years at Voith Turbo as sales area manager for Voith Schneider Propellers, based in Germany.
GE’s First IMO Tier III Marine Diesel Engines Ordered
Bastø Fosen has placed an order for eight of GE Marine’s International Maritime Organization (IMO) Tier III compliant marine diesel engines for new and repowered vessels. The order, which includes six eight-cylinder in-line engines for three new ferries and two 16-cylinder V engines to repower two existing vessels, Bastø I and Bastø II, will see Bastø Fosen be among the first customers in Northern…
Shipbuilder CTruk Awarded Round 6 RGF Grant
Essex-based shipbuilder CTruk received a £1 million ($1.5 million) grant for the construction of an Advanced Composite Technology Centre from the UK Government's Regional Growth Fund, the office of Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced today. The funding from the successful Round 6 bid will catalyze £7.3 million ($11.2 million) in private investment for the facility, which will allow the company to build workboats for offshore wind farm operations, CTruk announced in a press release.
SpeedCast Announces Australia Certifications
Global satellite communications service provider SpeedCast International Limited announced that it is now certified as an ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management); ISO…
TEN Bags Storage Contract for VLCC
Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd. (TEN) announced it has won a six month storage contract for a very large crude carrier (VLCC) vessel to an international major for…
Two New Vessels Enter Service for Boskalis
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. informed that Dockwise vessel White Marlin was named and christened during a ceremony in Guangzhou, China. The semi-submersible heavy transport vessel will be mobilized to Singapore for its maiden transport of two drilling rigs for discharge in Abu Dhabi. With its overall length of 216 meters, beam of 63 meters and deadweight of 72,000 metric tons, the White Marlin type I vessel strengthens Dockwise’s position in the heavy marine dry transport market.
Black Fills ACE Winches’ New Management Role
ACE Winches has appointed Colin Black as chief commercial officer, a newly created board of management position. Black is responsible for leading and managing the firm’s overall commercial strategy and the management of the ACE Winch Academy. Colin Black stated: “ACE Winches has an enviable reputation as the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and market leader in deck machinery solutions, and with…
No Let Up in Navigational Claims Reports
According to The Swedish Club, half of the costs of hull and machinery claims handled by the Club have arisen due to navigational claims such as collisions, contacts or groundings - a figure that has remained steady over recent years despite improved technology and the widespread implementation of Safety Management Systems. The Swedish Club, in its latest Loss Prevention publication, Navigational Claims…
Cummins Marine Organization Launched
Cummins Inc. has created a dedicated Cummins Marine organization within the existing Engine Operating Segment. By consolidating its commercial and recreational teams, the Cummins Marine organization will be better positioned to serve the business and its recreational, government service and commercial marine customers, the company said. Cummins Marine will be led by Jim Schacht, formerly General Manager and Executive Director of Cummins Commercial Marine.
New Managers for ULSTEIN Design and Innovation
ULSTEIN has announced management changes within its design and innovation areas, naming Frode Sollid as development manager at Ulstein Design & Solutions AS and Bernt-Aage Ulstein is as its new design manager. Sollid brings 30 years of experience developing solutions and designs for offshore vessels to the newly-established position as innovation and development manager at Ulstein Design & Solutions AS, and he will also be the manager for Ulstein Strategic Innovation Centre (USIC).
Transmission Replacements Save New Workboats
A pair of newly-built workboats, 26' mooring boats Chbika and Naila, were built to operate in Tangier, Morocco, but were unable to maneuver as required, having particular difficulty running at slow speeds with their original transmissions and ended up failing sea trials. The owner refused delivery of the vessels and told the builder to correct the problem. Unsuccessful after numerous modifications, the propulsion engineer contacted Twin Disc distributor Esco Transmissions.
Topaz Announces Leadership Changes
Jay Daga has been named Chief Financial Officer of Topaz Energy and Marine, an international offshore support vessel owner with operations in the Middle East, Caspian and West Africa.
CBO Orders PSV Design from ULSTEIN
Brazilian shipowner CBO has placed an order with ULSTEIN for a PX105 type platform supply vessel (PSV) design and equipment package. The deal encompasses design and an extended main equipment package, including the system solutions ULSTEIN IAS integrated automation system, ULSTEIN COM communication system and ULSTEIN BRIDGE complete integrated radio and navigation equipment. The vessel is designed to comply with the Brazilian state oil company Petrobras 4500 tender…