First Woman VCNO Visits Naval Support Activity Naples
Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michelle Howard visited Sailors aboard Naval Support Activity Naples, March 6, 2015. While on board, Howard took time to visit U.S. Naval Hospital Naples, served as the keynote speaker at the Women's History Month Symposium, provided remarks for the 2015 Combined Force Maritime Component Commander (CFMCC) Flag Course Africa, and conducted an all-hands call for more than 300 Naples-based Sailors.
A New Twist on Automated Container Handling
Automation is rapidly gaining ground in container terminals of all sizes. However, until now, one area of container handling has still required manual work, often in dangerous conditions. Stevedores are still removing twistlocks during the discharge process and fixing twistlocks during the load process. They work close to suspended loads and move in the same area as the horizontal transport (straddle carriers or trucks).
Hamburg-Sued Makes Profits
Despite a difficult market environment German container shipper Hamburg-Sued completed the year 2014 with a profit, says its chief executive Ottmar Gast. The company had last year, 2.5 percent more transportation volume, but sales declined due to falling prices and exchange rate effects, despite increased margins from 5.2 billion to 5.1 billion euros. "This year we will make 20 percent more volume and achieve a higher turnover than 2014," Ottmar said.
Port of Melbourne privatization: Boon or Bane?
Investors are now shifting their attention to Victoria's port of Melbourne while the observers pondering with the question whether the looming sale of the Port of Melbourne be a bonanza for the state or a burden for business and consumers? A report in the Age says that the selling the port - or more accurately, leasing it out long-term - is a policy both sides of politics took to November's state election, though each had different ideas about how to use the one-off windfall.
NATO Maritime Group Visits Black Sea Coast
Five ships assigned to Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) reached on Saturday morning the Naval Station Varna at the Black Sea coast to take part in joint training with Bulgarian, Romanian and Turkish vessels. As a result of the gale-force winds, most of the ships failed to drop anchor, with the exception of ITS ALISEO (Italy). Bulgaria will deploy its frigate Drazki for the exercise, which is due on March 9, Defense Ministry officials say.
Polarbase builds Subsea Workshop for Aker Solutions
Aker Solutions has signed a contract with Polarbase for the construction of a new subsea workshop on Polarbase. Polarbase is very excited that Aker Solutions has chosen to establish themselves at the base and pleased to see that the subsea activities are moving north. The establishment of the oil service company at the base will provide positive spin-offs for local and regional businesses in both construction and operational phase.
Cargo Ship Runs Aground in Scotland
A 2,600-tonne cargo ship has run aground while docking close to berth at Corpach on Loch Linnhe at Fort William on the west coast of Scotland in windy conditions. Stornoway Coastguard said the alarm was raised this morning when the 91-metre ship Fri Sea went aground at high water at Corpach. Seven crew members remain on board the ship and there are no signs of any injuries, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said.
$50 million Sale in Dubai Boat Show
Around $50 million in sales was recorded at this year’s Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS), which concluded on Saturday, organizers have claimed. The five-day event, which took place at the Dubai International Marine Club, showcased more than 430 boats and over 800 exhibiting companies and brands from more than 54 countries and was attended by an estimated 26,000 local and international visitors.
Taiwan Ship Carrying 49 Crew Missing in South Atlantic
A Taiwanese ship carrying 49 crew, including Filipinos and Indonesians, has vanished in the remote South Atlantic Ocean without any sign of a mayday call but shortly after its skipper reported it was taking on water. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said that it has been helping with efforts to search for the ship. The Hsiang Fu Chun, a 700-tonne squid fishing vessel, lost contact with its owners "soon" after reporting that water was leaking on to the deck at around 3:00 am on February 26…
GCC Joint Maritime Security Force Soon
The six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) state members have agreed to set up a joint maritime security force and enhance cooperation in naval operations in response to increasing regional maritime conflict, according to reports in local media. A joint naval exercise would begin in the UAE on Monday and run until Thursday as a first step towards a unified command system to be used in emergencies, a GCC statement said.
USCG Medevacs Mariner SE of Dutch Harbor, Alaska
A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, forward deployed in Cold Bay, Alaska, medevaced an ailing mariner off the Turkish-flagged 600-foot freight ship 26 Agustos approximately 230 miles southeast of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Saturday morning. The Jayhawk crew safely hoisted the 46-year-old man and transported him to awaiting emergency medical services in Dutch Harbor. Watchstanders…
Nicaragua Canal Disastrous: Scientists
An international consortium of environmental scientists has expressed strong concern about the impact of a controversial Central American canal across Nicaragua. The leading researchers from 18 institutions in the United States and Central and South America -- have voiced their opposition to the Nicaragua Interoceanic Grand Canal and the haste with which the project has been initiated, reports UPI.