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Haitian Migrants Rescued at Sea, Repatriated

A crewmember aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant lowers a child to a boatcrew during a repatriation off the coast of Haiti, June 16, 2015. Fifty-four Haitian migrants were interdicted south of St. John, Virgin Islands, aboard an overloaded sailing vessel on June 10.  (USCG photo)

The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Valiant repatriated 54 Haitian migrants to Cap Haitien, Haiti, Tuesday.   While on patrol, a Caribbean Air & Marine Branch aircraft reported a suspicious sailing vessel south of St. John, Virgin Islands, Wednesday. A boatcrew from Coast Guard Station San Juan, Puerto Rico, arrived on scene and provided life jackets to the suspected migrants aboard the grossly overloaded vessel. The Coast Guard Cutter Forward arrived on scene and safely embarked 54 Haitian migrants before transferring them to the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant for repatriation.  Two suspected smugglers were brought in for further investigation.   "This smuggling attempt unnecessarily put lives at great risk, including the lives of young children," said Cmdr. Timothy Cronin, Coast Guard 7th District deputy chief of enforcement."There have been no changes to U.S. immigration laws and the Coast Guard, along with its interagency partners, will seek to prosecute smugglers to the fullest extent of the law and promptly return illegal migrants to their respective county of origin."   Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention.   Coast Guard assets involved with this case include Coast Guard Cutter Valiant, 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Jacksonville, Florida; Coast Guard Cutter Forward, 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth


Coast Guard and Border Patrol Sign Cooperation Agreement

The U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Border Patrol signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation as part of the recently formed Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG). Ramey Sector Border Patrol Chief Michael DeBruhl and the Commander of U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Juan, Capt. James E. Tunstall, signed the cooperation agreement in a ceremony held at the Coast Guard's Sector San Juan Headquarters. The agreement calls for the permanent assignment of Border Patrol Intelligence agents


British Navy to Deploy 3,000 to Mediterannean War Games

Cougar 122 Photo credit MOD

More than 3,000 sailors & Royal Marines are geared up for a three-month deployment to the Mediterranean. 'Cougar 12', which begins later this month, will see four warships, one amphibious support ship, a giant ro-ro ferry/transporter, three commando units and helicopters and personnel from eight Fleet Air Arm and Army Air Corps squadrons committed to the three-month deployment – in all more than 3,000 sailors, Royal Marines, soldiers and airmen.


Bills Introduced on Air Emissions from Ships

Senator Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Solis (D-CA) introduced the Marine Vessel Emissions Reduction Act of 2007 in companion versions (S. 1499 and H.R. 2548 respectively) to amend the Clean Air Act to reduce air pollution from marine vessels. The bills, if enacted into law, would wholly ignore MARPOL Annex VI and impose unilateral standards for sulfur levels in marine fuels and require advanced marine vessel emission controls on new and in-use marine engines.


Northwest Seaport Alliance Joins Green Marine

Photo: Northwest Seaport Alliance

 The Northwest Seaport Alliance has signed on to participate in Green Marine, North America’s largest voluntary environmental certification program for the maritime industry.    Green Marine encourages its participants—ship owners, ports and terminals—to reduce their environmental footprint related to air quality, greenhouse gases, spill prevention, stormwater treatment, noise and other community impacts and environmental leadership.   


Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings

Sherwin-Williams announced the newly named Protective & Marine Coatings. Formerly Sherwin-Williams Industrial & Marine Coatings, the new Protective & Marine Coatings group will continue to serve markets including water and wastewater, petrochemical, food and beverage, power, marine and offshore, pharmaceuticals, health care, roads and bridges, steel fabrication, industrial flooring, rail, pulp and paper, and general industrial.


VLCC Compressor System Contracts to TMC

International compressor supplier TMC Compressors (TMC) has been awarded a contract to supply complete marine compressed air systems for two very large crude carriers (VLCC) currently being built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in South Korea.    DSME is currently constructing the two VLCCs for Singapore-based BW Tankers, a subsidiary of the BW Group. Both VLCCs will be 318,000 dwt and are scheduled to be delivered in 2018.    


Tennessee Chill Box Expands Industry Reach

Image: Tennessee Chill Box

Air conditioned respirator supply systems supplier Tennessee Chill Box, LLC (TCB) launched a new air-supply, mask and hood system designed to expand the industry-reach of its air conditioned respirator supply systems to include all those that would normally require a respirator or hood to safely perform their duties.   This system will supply cool, fresh, breathable air to a respirator mask or hood for two men operating up to 200 feet away from the system


This Day in Naval History – June 15

1944 - Fifth Fleet lands Marines on Saipan, under the cover of naval gunfire, in conquest of Marianas 1963 - Launching of combat store ship, Mars (AFS-1), first of new class of underway replenishment ships 1991 - 2 battle groups and amphibious ships evacuate dependents and Air Force personnel from Clark Air Force Base after Mount Pinatubo erupts in Philippines (Source: Navy News Service)


SNAME Report Covers SOx Emissions Reduction

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) has published a new technical report that provides recommendations on technologies, practices and fuels that control and reduce sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions. Limitations on SOx are currently in place with more stringent regulations coming in the near future. Designed to assist with SOx management and reduction on ocean-going vessels, Marine Vessel Environmental Performance (MVEP) Assessment Guide Air Emissions: Sulfur Oxides (SOx)


Australia Conducts Amphibious Task Group Drill

 Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment disembark a Landing Craft from HMAS Canberra during a major amphibious beach landing operation during Exercise Talisman Saber. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

Australia’s amphibious capability was put to the test recently as the Amphibious Task Group Headquarters took charge of the largest amphibious assault conducted by an Australian force for 70 years as part of Exercise TALISMAN SABER.  


UNITAS 2017 Naval Exercise Begins In Peru

Photo: U.S. Navy photo

 Naval maritime forces from 19 countries are gathering in Lima, Peru, to kick off the 58th iteration of the annual multilateral exercise UNITAS. The meeting will conclude on July 26.   This year's exercise will be hosted by Peru and commanded by Peruvian navy Rear Adm. Alberto Alcala


UK Partners to Launch Autonomous Vessels Testing Service

(Photo: BAE Systems)

The U.K.'s first maritime autonomous systems testing service is set to launch later this year.   BAE Systems said it has been awarded £457,000 (approximately $594,700) in grant funding from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to design and deliver the U.K


ABS Updates Advisory Ahead of 2020 Global Sulfur Cap

 ABS said it has updated the ABS Advisory on Exhaust Gas Scrubber Systems (Scrubber Advisory) to help industry prepare for IMO’s 2020 global sulfur cap.   Central to the impending 2020 global sulfur cap are requirements to reduce the sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions from ships


US Navy to Commission John Finn Today

Photo: United States Navy

 The Navy will commission its newest guided-missile destroyer, the future USS John Finn (DDG 113), during a 10 a.m. HAST ceremony Saturday, July 15, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.   The new destroyer honors Chief Aviation Ordnanceman John Finn


US-Australia Naval Drill TS17 is Underway

(Front to Back) HMA Ships Bathurst and Ballarat conduct Officer of the Watch manoeuvres with USS John S. McCain during Exercise Talisman Saber 17 Field Training Exercise - North. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

 The Royal Australian and United States navies have proven a potent and agile force when operating together during the opening phases of Exercise TALISMAN SABER 17, which took place in the Northern Territory.   HMA Ships Ballarat, Melbourne


Volvo Penta to Power New NYPD Response Boat

(Image: Vigor)

The newest New York Police Department (NYPD) response boat currently under construction will be powered by Volvo Penta diesel inboard engines from Pacific Power Group, a first for the NYPD fleet.   The fifth Response Boat - Medium C (RB-M C) built by Vigor will join the fleet of RB-M


MALABAR - 2017 Commences in Bay of Bengal

Photo: Indian Navy

 Naval cooperation between India, US and Japan epitomises the strong and resilient relationship between the three democracies.    The MALABAR series of exercises, initiated in 1992 between the Indian and US Navies, have steadily grown in scope


HMAS Arunta Departs the Middle East to Australia

HMAS Aruntas S70-B Helicopter (Skeletor) lands onboard during a patrol in the Middle East region. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Arunta is returning home to Australia after completing the longest Middle Eastern deployment by a Navy vessel since 1990.   Arunta concluded its assignment to Joint Task Force 633 as part of Operation MANITOU and handed over responsibility to HMAS


Two Sailors Saved in International Rescue Effort

(Photo: U.S. Air Force photo by Mark Borosch)

U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen and the Amver participating Handysize tanker Nord Nightingale came to the rescue of two German sailors who abandoned their burning sailboat more than 500 miles off of Florida.   On Friday, July 7, 2017, U.S. Coast Guard rescue authorities in Miami, Fla


Training Flight Deck at Sea Comes to Australia

MV Sycamore multi-role aviation training vessel (MATV) entering Sydney Harbour. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Australia’s new multirole aviation training vessel MV Sycamore has recently arrived in Sydney.    Designed to support Defence helicopter training, having been launched in Vietnam in August 2016, built by Skelder and overseen by Serco Defence


Portland (LPD 27) Completes Builder's Sea Trials

The amphibious transport dock Portland (LPD 27) has completed her first set of sea trials. The test and trials team at Ingalls Shipbuilding spent four days in the Gulf of Mexico operating the 11th San Antonio-class ship and demonstrating its systems. (Photo: Lance Davis/HII)

Amphibious transport dock Portland (LPD 27) being built by Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has completed her first set of sea trials. Ingalls’ test and trials team spent four days in the Gulf of Mexico operating the 11th San Antonio-class ship and


MacGregor Bags Equipment Order for German Research Vessel

Atair II (Photo: MacGregor)

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has signed a contract to supply oceanographic winches and Triplex deck handling systems to a new research vessel being built by the Fassmer shipyard in Berne, Germany. The order was booked into Cargotec's second quarter 2017 order intake


Cargo Ship Runs Aground off Virginia

 The U.S. Coast Guard said it is monitoring a 586-foot Thai-flagged cargo vessel that ran aground off Sewells Point in Norfolk, Via., Thursday.   Watchstanders at the Sector Hampton Roads Command Center in Portsmouth received a call at 12:50 p.m


Wicker’s SHIPS Act Included in Defense Bill

Ingalls Shipbuilding yard in Pascagoula, Miss. (File photo: HII)

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Chairman of the Senate Seapower Subcommittee, announced that he successfully added his “SHIPS Act” proposal to help the Navy reach its requirement of a 355-ship fleet in this year’s “National Defense Authorization Act” (NDAA)






 
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