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The Heron Lands at Fisher Island

Seattle-based Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) is proud to announce that the Heron, the fourth vessel to join the Fisher Island fleet, has been delivered. Built by Eastern Shipbuilding Group in Panama City, Florida, the 120 ft. double-ended vehicle ferry was accepted by Fisher Island Community Association on October 9, 2002. EBDG completed the upgraded Contract Design and later served as Owner's Representative during vessel construction. The new vessel measures 120 ft. length overall with a beam of 46 ft. and a draft of 7 ft. The Heron carries 22 vehicles and up to 100 passengers. According to EBDG Project Manager Will Nickum, P.E., the Heron was "designed for maintenance." Special consideration was placed on improvements geared towards maintenance and compatibility with the existing fleet. According to Nickum, "the design ground rules were fairly straightforward: match the existing design in hull form, arrangement, appearance and handling, use proven local suppliers for equipment, and improve maintenance of hull and equipment in every way possible."


Cahill Mystic Seaport Education & Outreach Director

Photo courtesy Mystic Seaport

Mystic Seaport has named Sarah Cahill its new director of museum education and outreach.  She will begin June 7. Cahill will lead the Museum’s education department in the expansion of its public history educational programs. She will guide Mystic Seaport in its efforts to increase educational programs both on grounds and in schools, while placing significant focus on the strengthening of partnerships between the Museum and schools.


NOAA Awards Grants for Community-Based Debris Projects

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded $1,029,368 in grants for 12 community-based marine debris prevention and removal projects. These projects are funded by the NOAA Marine Debris Program and administered by the NOAA Restoration Center. The program provides financial and technical assistance to local groups to clean-up marine debris, and prevent its introduction into coastal environments. The Marine Debris Program awarded $333


Adams, Chief Executive of IBIA

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Ian Adams has been appointed the first ever Chief Executive of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) following the decision to change from a 25-member Council of Management to an executive structure headed by a Board of Directors. Adams was formerly Secretary-General of IBIA which, since its formation in 1993, has been governed by a Council of Management. The decision to restructure was unanimously agreed by members at the IBIA convention in Cape Town in November last year


This Day in Coast Guard History – March 10

1909- The British barkentine Ladysmith, during a thick fog, stranded three miles WSW of the Fisher's Island Life-Saving Station.  The keeper was notified by telephone and the life-savers, in surfboat, proceeded to the scene.  They safely rescued the Ladysmith's master, his wife, and 9 seamen. 1983- The Coast Guard retired the last operational HU-16E Albatross, ending the "era of seaplanes" for the service.


Thai Commercial Fisherfolk Victims of Unscrupulous Employers

Thai Marine Police board fishing vessel: Photo credit ILO

The findings of the ILO's Tripartite Action to Protect the Rights of Migrant Workers research indicate low compliance with Thai immigration and labour laws, and reveal significant gaps when measured against the relevant international standards on work in fishing. In addition, a considerable proportion of the fishers surveyed were found to be in exploitative situations, either employed through deceptive and coercive labour practices, working long hours for little pay, or working under age.


New Appointments at James Fisher and Sons

Mr. Angus Buchanan, a main board director of James Fisher and Sons Public Limited Company and managing director of the subsidiary James Fisher Tankships Limited, has been appointed Group Operations Director. In this capacity Mr. Buchanan will be responsible for all the group's shipping activities. At the same time Ian Serjent, a main board director and managing director of James Fisher (Shipping Services) Limited, has become Group Technical Director with responsibility for all technical


JW Fishers' Side Scan Sonars Key in Somali Port Mine Clearance

Trainee & SSS unit trainer: Image courtesy of FW Fishers

JW Fishers inform that Bancroft Global Development is using its side scan sonars to locate and make safe Somalia's harbor in the capital city, Mogadishu, which was heavily mined during the civil war in that country. Somalia’'s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) launched the Mogadishu Port Rehabilitation Project and  assisting in this work is Washington-based Bancroft Global Development, an organization that receives some funding from the United Nations and the US State Department


Damen Delivers Second Oil Tanker to James Fisher Everard

Kestrel Fisher, delivered at the end of 2013 (Photo: Damen)

The Damen Double Hull Oil Tanker 8000 Kestrel Fisher was delivered end 2013 to Dutch managers De OpfeartBeheer. In a two-tanker deal, the Kestrel Fisher’s sister vessel King Fisher was delivered in June 2013. Both have been built by Damen Shipyards Bergum. The oil (product) tankers’ names are a reference to James Fisher Everard Ltd., which have taken up their commercial management. The 7,076-deadweight, 8


Need for New Maritime Organization in Asia

Image: Center for International Maritime Security

 There are calls for a new institution to manage Asia’s maritime disputes - a proposal for Maritime Organization for Security and Cooperation (AMOSC) is in the offing.    Last year (2014) brought new tensions to the South China Sea, particularly as Chinese authorities sought to establish a series of island-like structures in the midst of the disputed Spratly Islands.   Such provocative actions, however


Stolt Tankers Chooses Mimic Condition Monitoring Software

(Photo: Stolt Tankers)

JF Mimic, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, said it has signed an agreement to supply its specialist Mimic condition monitoring software to Stolt Tankers B.V (Stolt) to enhance operational safety and improve the technical reliability of its assets.   


European Shipowners Welcome IMO Meeting Outcome

Photo: European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)

 European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) representing the European shipowners believe that important progress was made last week at the International Maritime Organziation’s (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) meeting.  


First Floating Mega Island Tested

MARINs Olaf Waals pictured with the scale model of a mega floating island in its Offshore Basin in a storm of waves, wind and currents. (Images: MARIN)

Floating ports and cities possible solutions to sea level rise and overcrowded cities    MARIN (Maritime Research Institute) tested an innovative concept for a floating mega island. The island comprises 87 large floating triangles that are flexibility connected to one another


EMSP Welcomes EC Directive on Seafarers

Photo:  European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)

 The European Maritime Social Partners (EMSP) warmly welcome the European Commission’s adoption of their proposal to update their Agreement on the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC).   


Inmarsat, IMSO Partner in Vanuatu

Warringa (Photo courtesy of Inmarsat)

Inmarsat (ISAT.L) has made available five Fleet One units to a pilot initiative that aims to bring change to the way ships connecting island communities in the Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu communicate.   The International Maritime Organization (IMO) endorsed capacity-building pilot


Pacific’s Wild Weather Challanges in Search

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 The Pacific’s wild weather and vast distances make it a challenging location for search and rescue, said Keith Manch, Director Maritime New Zealand, in his opening address at the Pacific Regional Search and Rescue workshop in Auckland, New Zealand (22-26 May).   


Meek Named IMCA President

Harke Jan Meek (Phto: IMCA)

Harke Jan Meek, chief commercial officer at Heerema Marine Contractors, has been named the new president and chairman of the board of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA).   Meek succeeds Bruno Faure (TechnipFMC), who has stepped down as president of IMCA after completing


Shipowners Welcome EU Maritime Transport Policy

Photo: European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)

 European Transport Ministers have adopted conclusions on the priorities for the EU’s maritime transport policy until 2020, says a press statement.   The conclusions endorse the content of the so-called “Valletta Declaration” adopted at the informal ministerial


IEEE Honors Retlif Testing Laboratories

Top row left to right: Owen W. Watford, Business Development Mgr.; Walter A. Poggi, President; William K. Hayes, Executive Vice President; Mike Hull, Environmental Laboratory Supervisor; Ron Hull, EMI Laboratory Supervisor. Bottom row left to right: Scott Poggi, Director of Operations; Raymond Daugherty, Sales Consultant; Donald Dwyer, Security Officer; Donald Lerner, EMC Test Engineer (Photo: Retlif)

Independent Electromagnetic Compatibility testing (EMC) and Environmental Simulation testing (ESS) company Retlif Testing Laboratories said it has received an award from technical professional organization the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). 


Op/Ed: The Spill Response Industry's Greatest Challenges

Devon Grennan

Devon Grennan, president and CEO of Global Diving & Salvage, and president of the Spill Control Association of America (SCAA) asks the tough questions. What are the biggest challenges the spill response industry faces in light of the current political and economic climate in the United States?


ETF, ECSA Join for Digitalisation in Shipping

Photo: European Community Shipowners Associations (ECSA)

 European seafarers and shipowners highlight the importance that shipping is urgently better served by smart digital solutions to finally decrease the administrative burden they face.   European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF) and European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA)


Shipping Industry Submits Ambitious CO2 Reduction

Photo: European Community Shipowners Associations

 Four major international trade associations – BIMCO, INTERCARGO, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and INTERTANKO – have made a joint proposal to the IMO concerning ambitious CO2 reductions by the international shipping sector


Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group Returns from WESTPAC

Official U.S. Navy file photo

 The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Ticonderoga class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108), along with embarked Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2


Meet OSCAR, the Water Rescue Training Dummy

Photo: Emerald Marine

Recovering someone who has fallen into the water is no easy task, especially if the victim is unconscious or lethargic due to cold temperatures. Training is essential to prepare potential rescuers for how difficult it can actually be. The OSCAR Water-Rescue Training Dummy from Emerald Marine


Piracy Situation Serious in Gulf of Guinea

Photo: European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)

 European shipowners are concerned about the continued piracy, armed robbery attacks and kidnapping for ransom events in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG), and particularly off Nigeria.   According to the latest International Maritime Bureau (IMB) Piracy report in total 33 vessels were boarded






 
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