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American Club has New Principal Surveyor

John Poulson, vice president, principal surveyor

John Poulson Rejoins Management Team.   Well-known surveyor John Poulson, a highly-experienced former mariner, is rejoining the American P&I Club’s management team on February 1 as vice president, principal surveyor and head of the survey and technical department. He worked with the club’s managers for several years in the middle of the last decade before moving to GL Noble Denton (as it is now), New York, where he had oversight and responsibility for that company’s operations throughout the Americas. John Poulson brings a wealth of ‘hard hat’ experience to his new role, and Joe Hughes, chairman and ceo of Shipowners Claims Bureau Inc., the managers, said they were delighted to welcome back such a well-known and respected member of the international surveying/technical community.   Having risen to chief engineer, at the age of 28, during his seagoing career with leading British and German shipowners, John Poulson worked for many years for The Salvage Association and for BMT Salvage Ltd., in the UK, continental Europe and the US. He has been based in New York for nearly 20 years, and was chairman of the American Association of Average Adjusters in 2006. He will now be responsible for the implementation and co-ordination of the American Club’s extensive survey, loss prevention, advisory and technical activities.The club’s managers also report the departure of Captain Richard J


Woolly Hat Week Inspires Knitting Frenzy

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The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society Supports Campaign to Help Sailors. Sailors are renowned for spinning a good yarn, however on this occasion it is a volunteer at the land-locked Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society who has been getting busy with her knitting needles to make hats for mariners as part of Woolly Hat Week (6-13 Feb). Maureen Phillips has spearheaded a knitting frenzy at the care home, which provides dedicated accommodation and care to former seafarers


Rigdon Christens and Delivers Hat Trick

Rigdon Marine Corporation (RMC), announced the christening and delivery of the Hat Trick in  Christina Teague, wife of John Teague, RMC’s Vice President of QHSE christened the seventh of ten Rigdon 4000 Class vessel with the traditional champagne against the bow.  Upon delivery, the Hat Trick was deployed on a term contract to an oil major in the U.S. GOM. The Hat Trick is a 190 x 46  x 18-ft., diesel electric, DP-2 PSV, which features a capacity of 4


This Day in Coast Guard History – Jan. 14

1942- A Coast Guard aircraft, Hall PH-3 No. V-177, dropped food to a raft with 6 survivors of a torpedoed tanker. 1985-Vice President George Bush made an official visit to Base Miami Beach to extend the thanks of the nation to those involved in Operation Hat Trick,  an "all-out" effort to stop smugglers soon after they had left ports in Central and South America.  The vice president decorated 15 Coast Guardsmen.


Containers Salvaged From Rena Wreck Number 1000

Photo credit Maritime New Zealand

The Braemar Howells/Unimar latest update informs recovery milestone passed, there now remain 365 containers to recover. A total of 1368 containers were onboard the Renawhen grounded on the Astrolabe Reef nearly on 5 October 2011. Braemar Operations Manager Mike Richards says the milestone was reached this week after the positive identification of more container parts hauled up from the seabed at the wreck site. "We take our hats off to all those involved in the ongoing joint


Virginia's House of Hope Hosts Polo Fundraiser

Polo Match Fundraiser Notables: Photo credit VHH

Sandy Hurricane relief and maritime support charity, Virginia's House of Hope, celebrated its accomplishments and raised funds for the future at their recent polo match benefit. This was its first summer event and was held at Conyers Farm, Greenwich CT, on July 14th., with more than 200 friends and supporters of VHH in attendance. In addition to enjoying the graceful and exciting competition between two internationally ranked teams, and petting the horses


Maryland Coast Guard Station Wins Award

The crew of Coast Guard Station Oxford, Md., recieved the Sumner I. Kimball Award for superior readiness Tuesday. Coast Guard Captains Neil Buschman, Fifth District chief of staff, and Brian D. Kelley, commander of Sector Baltimore, presided over the ceremony. The Sumner I. Kimball Award recognizes excellence in crew proficiency, boat and personal protective equipment condition and compliance with established training documentation requirements


This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History – January 14

1942- A Coast Guard aircraft, Hall PH-3 No. V-177, dropped food to a raft with 6 survivors of a torpedoed tanker. 1985-Vice President George Bush made an official visit to Base Miami Beach to extend the thanks of the nation to those involved in Operation Hat Trick,  an "all-out" effort to stop smugglers soon after they had left ports in Central and South America.  The vice president decorated 15 Coast Guardsmen.


Duty of Care

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Data collection and monitoring helps measure the impact exposure of Workboat crew and passengers. Professional powerboat users face an increased risk from injuries associated with the constant impacts they receive during their daily activities. It is not hard to imagine that constantly driving a rigid hull through a choppy sea will result in some uncomfortable moments, but much of the professional marine industry continues to pretend that there is no problem.


USS Gabrielle Giffords Commissioned

Photo: United States Navy

 USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), the Navy's newest littoral combat ship, was brought to life by her crew before a crowd of nearly 2,500 guests at Pier 21 at the Port of Galveston, June 10.   Adm. William Moran, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, delivered the ceremony's principal address before officially commissioning the ship into service.    "As we man the rails today, blood gets pumped, the ship comes alive, and the heart begins to beat," said Moran


Dellner Launches New Lightweight Failsafe Brakes

SKP 180 brake (Photo: Dellner Brakes)

 Braking systems manufacturer Dellner Brakes has rolled out two new spring applied failsafe brakes to its SKP range for cranes, winches, deck machinery, oil rig draw works and other equipment, both on and offshore.   Precision engineered in Sweden


SC Ports Reports Record Volume in FY2017

Wando Welch Terminal. Photo: South Carolina Ports Authority

 South Carolina Ports Authority moved a record 2.14 million twenty-foot equivalent units in fiscal year 2017, an increase of 10 percent over the previous year’s container volumes.   Highest-ever June volumes of 183,237 TEUs gave SCPA a strong finish to its fiscal year


Tidewater Reorganization Gets Court's Okay

Tidewater Logo by Tidewater Inc

 Tidewater, one of the world's largest offshore vessel owners, said that a court in Delaware approved the company's plans for a restructuring has, which would eliminate $1.6B in debt.  The US-based owner of one of the world’s largest fleets of OSVs will be able to recapitalise and


USS Constitution Refloated

Photo: United States Navy

 After a two-year restoration at historic Dry Dock 1 at Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston National Historical Park, America's oldest commissioned warship, USS Constitution was refloated July 23.   Since entering dry dock on May 18, 2015


MSC Adopts Amendments to SOLAS2020

IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), 98th session. Photo: DNV GL

 International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Marine Safety Committee (MSC) adopted amendments to SOLAS2020 that raise the damage stability requirements for passenger vessels in the event of flooding caused by a collision.   


SKF: Paving the Path to a Digital Future

Photo: SKF

Further digitalization of established technologies such as condition monitoring and smart sensors could have a revolutionary effect on manufacturing, said Bernie van Leeuwen, Director Product Management Digitalization at SKF.   Digitalization, most apparent in the consumer market


Missing US Navy Sailor Found Alive

U.S. Navy Petty Officer Peter Mims, missing for a week and feared to have fallen overboard from USS Shiloh into the Philippine Sea, has been found alive aboard the ship. (U.S. Navy photo by Pat Morrissey)

A U.S. Navy sailor feared to have fallen overboard has been found alive aboard USS Shiloh (CG 67) a week after he went missing.   Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Peter Mims was reported missing June 8 and was presumed to have fallen overboard in the Philippine Sea


Wells Fargo Calls $100 Oil a 'Pipe Dream'

Image: Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries

 USD 100 per barrel oil  is but a “pipe dream,” Wells Fargo said in a new investor note, reports MarketWatch.   The report quoted Wells Fargo’s John LaForge saying that he’s doesn’t expect oil prices to climb anywhere near $100 a barrel over the next


UK Chamber of Shipping Survey on Election Results

Graphics: UK Chamber of Shipping

 A survey carried out by the UK Chamber of Shipping has found that a majority of its members believe that the general election result will damage the economy and hinder the Brexit negotiation process, and that a deal on transitional arrangements must be struck with the EU as the Article 50


Maersk Says It's Been Cyber Attacked

File photo: Maersk Line

Shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk, which handles one out of seven containers shipped globally, said the Petya cyber attack had caused outages at its computer systems across the world on Tuesday.   The attack came as computer servers across Europe and in India were hit by a major ransomware


Cyber Attack Hits 17 APM Container Terminals

Photo: Dick Sellenraad / Port of Rotterdam

Seventeen shipping container terminals run by APM Terminals have been hacked, including two in Rotterdam and 15 in other parts of the world, Dutch broadcaster RTV Rijnmond reported on Wednesday. APM Terminals is a subsidiary of shipping giant Maersk


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


Lloyd’s Register Helps Seafarers in Need

The LR funded Sailors’ Society Emergency Welfare Fund has helped thousands, including  seafarer’s son, Mati. (Photo: Sailors’ Society)

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has donated £20,000 to Sailors’ Society’s Emergency Welfare Fund which provides financial relief to seafarers and their families in dire need.    Every year, maritime charity Sailors’ Society is inundated with requests for support


Boskalis Takes New Mega Cutter Helios into Service

Photo from Video by Royal Boskalis Westminster

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. said its new mega cutter Helios was named and christened during a festive ceremony in the port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.    Boskalis said the Helios is the largest and most powerful cutter suction dredger it has ever developed


UK Chamber of Shipping Warns EU Ports on Brexit

Pic: UK Chamber of Shipping

 The EU is ignoring the risk of Brexit to European ports, the UK Chamber of Shipping has said. Hard border controls will lead to increased bureaucracy and will threaten prosperity.   The Chamber warns that the return of border controls would lead to increased bureaucracy






 
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