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Offshore Marine Academy Sets Sail

Putting their seamanship training to the test onboard the “Fairtide” from Offshore Marine Academy are (from left) Joe Stafford, Ralph Williams, Martyn Berrington and Scott Pitman with their tutor from the University, Andrew Eccleston.

Offshore wind trainees test their sea legs at Plymouth University.   Six offshore wind trainees got their first hands-on experience of seamanship and navigation skills onboard the 33 foot yacht “Fairtide” earlier this month as a culmination of a four-day course at Plymouth University’s School of Marine Science and Engineering.   The trainees, all undertaking a 12-month offshore training programme with Offshore Marine Academy, took part in classroom sessions on key marine skills such as charting and using navigational aids, rope work, preparing fixings and weather preparedness as part of the training. Their tutor was Andrew Eccleston, who teaches on the University’s marine studies undergraduate programmes aimed at those who want to become professional seafarers.   The trainees’ skills were put to the test on the MCA Category 2 coded vessel “Fairtide” as they planned a round trip from Plymouth to the Saltash Bridge, navigated the route and crewed the vessel. They also utilised a Transas ship simulator, which provided different locations and weather conditions to overcome during navigation exercises. One of the participants, 24-year-old Scott Pitman formerly worked in the plumbing trade but has always wanted to work at sea so found the course “a fantastic experience”.


Prince of Wales Visits Seagen at Strangford Lough

Seeing SeaGen close up - HRH Prince Charles with Mrs Arlene Foster, Northern Ireland’s Minister of Enterprise, Trade & Investment. (Photo courtesy Marine Current Turbines)

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has visited Marine Current Turbines’ SeaGen, a marine current and tidal stream technology that is deployed in Northern Ireland’s Strangford Lough and generating power into the local grid on a daily basis.   On May 13, HRH was greeted by Mr David Lindsay the Lord-Lieutenant for County Down and went on to meet Mrs Arlene Foster MLA Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment


USS Carl Vinson Steps the Mast in Solemn Ceremony

Invoking millennia of maritime and shipbuilding tradition, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), currently in drydock at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard, stepped its new mast March 6 in a solemn ceremony on the flight deck. The ceremony involved a series of remarks by distinguished guests and culminated in the welding of a commemorative metal plaque to the base of the ship’s new mast. Carl Vinson Commanding Officer Capt


Scots Ferry Operator Wins Training Award

Award Presentation: Photo credit CalMac

Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) wins award for its support of trade union-led training in the workplace. The award, from Scottish Union Learning in the Highlands and Islands, was presented to the company at an awards dinner held in Inverness recently to celebrate 10 years of union-led learning in the Highlands and Islands. It was accepted on behalf of CalMac by the Managing Director of David MacBrayne (HR) UK Ltd, Wendy Allardes.


Smit Lamnalco Welcomes New Vessels in Gabon

Welcoming ceremony

A welcoming ceremony was held for two newbuild vessels SL Gabon and SL Libreville at Port‐Gentil, Gabon on April 17. Among those attending the ceremony were the Minister Delegate of Transport Mr. Emmanuel Jean Didier Biye, the Governor of the Ogooué Maritime Province Mr. Martin Boguikouma, the Prefect of the Bendjè Department Mr. Joseph Mouele, Total Gabon Chief Executive Officer Mr. Benoît Chagué and Smit Lamnalco Chief Executive Officer Mr. Daan Koornneef


Ferry Firm Bags Contract for MoD Port

Image: CalMac Ferries Limited

 David MacBrayne Ltd (DML) and global logistics firm GBA (Holdings) Ltd, operating as Solent Gateway Ltd, have won a contract to run one of the UK’s busiest military ports as part of a joint venture.   The Gourock-based firm has been awarded a 35-year deal to manage military movements through Marchwood Military Port in Hampshire. MacBrayne is the parent firm of Calmac Ferries, which has operations at 24 ports, harbours and slipways.    


Lockheed Martin Awarded $57.3M for Aegis Engineering

The U.S. Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin $57.3 million under an existing contract for Aegis Combat System engineering, installation and integration on new U.S. Navy destroyers, as well as upgrades for Aegis-equipped cruisers and destroyers already in service. As the U.S. Navy's Combat System Engineering Agent for Aegis, Lockheed Martin is responsible for the shipboard installation, integration and test of all combat system elements on all Aegis-equipped ships in the U.S


Lockheed Martin, Comsat Combination Completed

Lockheed Martin and Comsat have completed the strategic combination following final approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The transaction was accomplished via a one-for-one tax-free exchange of Lockheed Martin common stock for Comsat common stock for the remaining 51 percent of Comsat stock Lockheed Martin did not own. The value of the exchange of common stock is approximately $790 million.


Martin Named President and CEO of Waterways Council, Inc.

Cornel J. Martin has been named as Waterways Council, Inc.s President and CEO (designate), effective August 1, 2008.

Cornel J. Martin has been named as Waterways Council, Inc.'s President and CEO (designate), effective August 1, 2008. Martin will transition alongside current President and CEO R. Barry Palmer, who will retire at the end of December. Palmer has served as President and CEO of Waterways Council for five years, and before that, served for 22 years as Executive Director of DINAMO, the Association for the Development of Inland Navigation in 's .


Quest Announces New CFO

Rick Martin

Quest Specialty Chemicals, a company in the specialty coatings industry, announced the appointment of Rick Martin as Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. Martin has an experience in finance within a number of global industrial businesses, emphasizing financial and internal control activities, investor relations and risk management. Prior to joining Quest, Martin served as Vice President Corporate Controller, Treasurer and Secretary for Hilex Poly Co., LLC


Austal Wins USD 584.2 million US Navy Contract

LCS Class. Photo: Austal

 Australian shipbuilder Austal has won a  $584.2 million contract to build a 14th Littoral Combat Ship for the US Navy, Reuters reported.  The contract includes associated LCS class services and related material and integrated data environment support


Maersk Booking System Back In Action after Cyber Attack

Photo: Maersk Line

Maersk Line, one of the world's largest container shipping companies, said on Wednesday its cargo booking system was back up and running after a global cyber attack crippled its IT networks a day earlier.   "Further to earlier communications


US Navy Christens Littoral Combat Ship Billings

Photo: United States Navy

 The Navy has christened its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, USS Billings (LCS 15),  in Marinette, Wisconsin.   The future USS Billings honors the largest city in Montana. It will be the first ship of its name in naval service.  


TUI Sheds Its Stake in Hapag-Lloyd to Focus on Tourism

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

Europe's largest tourism group TUI Group said on Monday it had sold its stake in container shipper Hapag-Lloyd, bringing to a close plans for the sale of non-core businesses in order to focus on its tourism operations.   TUI Group has been investing in more of its own hotels and cruise


Austal Starts Building High-speed Ferry for Denmark

Mols Chairman Frantz Palludan and Austal CEO David Singleton at First Plate-Cutting for Express 4 at Austals Shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia (Photo: Austal)

Australian shipbuilder Austal said it has started construction on a 109-meter high-speed catamaran ferry Express 4 for Molslinjen of Denmark, with the first plate-cutting conducted at Austal’s shipyard in Western Australia.   Molslinjen Chairman


Five Killed in Crane Accident at Samsung Shipyard

Five people died and about 20 were injured when a crane collapsed at a Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea during construction of an oil platform for French energy company Total, the two companies said on Monday.   The yard in Geoje is building the platform for Total's Martin


Death Toll Rises in Korean Shipyard Accident

 A crane has collapsed at Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea, killing six workers and injuring 22, reports Reuters.   The South Korean shipbuilder quoted as saying that rescuers are searching for people trapped under debris after the 32-tonne crane fell on a ship at its


Gail India Seeks Three LNG Cargoes in H2

Gail India has launched a tender to buy three liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes in the second half of 2017, trade sources said.   The importer is seeking a cargo for July, September and November, they said. (Reporting by Oleg Vukmanovic


Is 'Seablindness' a Myth?

© Gerhard1302 / Adobe Stock

 UK politicians and the general public have demonstrated overwhelmingly that they recognize shipping as the biggest mover of the nation’s imports and exports, according to a new study commissioned by the UK Chamber of Shipping.  


US Navy to Delay Planned Frigate Award

Littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) (U.S. Navy photo by Ace Rheaume)

The U.S. Navy has decided to delay by a year until fiscal 2020 the awarding of a design and construction contract for a planned new frigate, according to congressional testimony on Wednesday by two Navy rear admirals.   The delay resulted from a decision to set up a frigate evaluation team


DNV GL Launches LNG Fuel Finder

Image: DNV GL

 Just in time for Nor-Shipping, DNV GL will launch the LNG Fuel Finder - a new tool on its LNG business intelligence portal LNGi.   The new LNG Fuel Finder service will allow shipowners and charterers to register their interest in using LNG as a ship fuel free of charge


RRS Sir David Attenborough: Construction Progressing

(Photo: Cammell Laird)

Cammell Laird shipyard informs it has reached the nine-month milestone in its project to build the U.K.’s new polar research ship the RRS Sir David Attenborough.    The Merseyside-based engineering services giant beat off competition from around the world to be appointed to build


Ballarat Completes Multi-National Passage Exercise

HMAS Ballarat (centre) conducts a Passage Exercise in the South China Sea with Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force ships Izumo and Sazanami and the Royal Canadian ship HMCS Winnipeg. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat has completed a passage exercise with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Royal Canadian Navy and United States Navy ships during her South East Asia deployment.  The exercise, conducted in the South China Sea from 8-10 June


Martek Appoints Appel as UAS Technical Manager

Martin Appel (Photo: Martek)

Martek Marine (Martek) has appointed drone specialist Martin Appel as UAS Technical Manager, joining the rapidly expanding number of drone and aviation experts that make up the company’s UAS Division.   The appointment of Appel follows the assignment of highly-acclaimed aviation


Ballarat Completes Malaysian Visit

HMAS Ballarat along with warships from Singapore, Bangladesh, Brunei, China, Indonesia, New Zealand and Russia in formation for the Singaporean Navys 50th Anniversary International Fleet Review. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Australia's HMAS Ballarat has completed a port visit to Sepanggar, Malaysia as part of a three month South East Asia deployment.   She was in the region to enagage with the Royal Malaysian Navy, and load supplies before she returns to Australia for further exercises.  






 
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