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Hearing on National Strategy for Maritime Security

The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a field hearing on the National Strategy for Maritime Security. The purpose of the hearing, held in Camden, New Jersey, was to continue oversight of federal programs intended to enhance security in the maritime domain. RADM Craig Bone, USCG and Mr. Mark O. Hatfield, Jr., TSA, testified that maritime security encompasses threats from all criminal or hostile acts and involves collection of information relating to all aspects of maritime activities. Mr. William Boles, Director of Security, Port of Wilmington, Delaware, testified regarding the challenges and successes of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program. Ms. Lisa Himber, Vice President, Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay, testified regarding disconnects in development of the National Strategy and in the port security grant program, among other things. Dr. Scott Glenn, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, testified about the possible use of compact high frequency radar to enhance maritime domain awareness. HK Law


Doen Pacific Enters into Joint License Agreement

Doen Pacific as one of only 5 marine waterjet manufacturers in the world matching engines to 4,000kW, and CSIC, one of the two largest shipbuilding conglomerates in China, together with its Member WMMP, have jointly signed a license agreement for the manufacture and sale of WMMP‐DOEN Waterjets in China. The signing ceremony took place on October 29, in Wuhan, China, and was attended by representatives of each company, headed by Mr


Meetings Will Discuss Mariner Training Program

A subcommittee of the Coast Guard's Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) will meet to discuss the training of merchant marine personnel on April 30 and May 1, 2003, in Seattle, WA., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The meetings are open to the public. The MERPAC subcommittee will specifically meet to discuss recommendations on a training program for officers in charge of an engineering watch coming up through the hawsepipe. The subcommittee will develop recommendations and a


Ensco Promotes Lowe to EVP

Ensco plc announced that Carey Lowe has been promoted to Executive Vice President.   Lowe will be responsible for overseeing investor relations, public relations, employee communications and branding, led by Vice President Sean O’Neill, as well as strategy, headed by Vice President Michael Howe, and human resources, directed by Vice President Maria Silva. Mr. Lowe was most recently Senior Vice President – Eastern Hemisphere where he led operations for Europe, Africa


Seaspan Announces Senior Management Changes

  Seaspan Corporation announced that Sai Chu, Chief Financial Officer, has informed of his resignation and retirement from Seaspan effective November 6, 2015, after more than 10 years' of service with Seaspan and related entities. Gerry Wang, Chief Executive Officer, Co-Chairman and Co-Founder of Seaspan stated, "Sai Chu has been a dynamic contributor to Seaspan's growth over the past decade. We appreciate all the work he has done to lead the financial function of Seaspan


Day of the Seafarer: Ban Spotlights Sustainable Agenda Targets

Port scenes, Antwerp, 2013. International Maritime Organization (IMO) Photo: IMO

 Marking the Day of the Seafarer, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the role of the shipping industry in moving forward the international agenda on sustainable development and climate change.   “The world is now embarking on carrying out twin plans for the future that have the potential to transform our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change


ClassNK Registers 25 Million Gross Tons in 2012

ClassNK Chairman and President Noboru Ueda

Sets New Records for Newbuildings & Class Transfers   Classification society ClassNK has announced its official registration figures for 2012, revealing that the Tokyo-based society registered nearly a thousand vessels totaling more than 25 million gross tons in 2012. The announcement was made on 28 January 2013 following the January meeting of the ClassNK Classification Committee, which reviews and certifies all registrations and certifications made to the ClassNK register.


Bugbee Named 2014 CMA Commodore

Robert Bugbee speaking at CMA in March 2013

Robert Bugbee, President of Scorpio has been named as the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) Commodore for the year 2014. The award will be presented March 19, 2014 at the conclusion of the CMA's Shipping 2014 Annual Conference and Exposition Mr. Bugbee follows a long succession of influential maritime industry leaders as Commodore. The 2014 Commodore Award will be presented to Mr. Bugbee on March 19, 2014 at the Gala Dinner marking the conclusion of the annual Connecticut Maritime


Easy Appointed Port of Melbourne CEO

Nick Easy: Photo credit State of Victoria

The Australian State of Victoria's Minister for Ports informs that Nick Easy has been appointed as CEO of the Port of Melbourne Corporation. Port of Melbourne Corporation Chairman Mark Birrell said that the Port of Melbourne Board undertook an extensive recruitment and selection process and was very pleased to recommend Nick Easy to the Victorian Government for appointment. “The Board looks forward to Nick commencing in the role and provide strong leadership to the Corporation at


BHP Ships 1 bln Tonnes to China

Iron Ore Shipment to China

  BHP Billiton last night celebrated the shipment of its one billionth tonne of iron ore to China with customers, industrial associations, joint venture partners, suppliers and employees in Shanghai. BHP Billiton’s Chief Executive Officer Andrew Mackenzie was joined by President Iron Ore Jimmy Wilson, President HSE, Marketing and Technology Mike Henry, President Coal Dean Dalla Valle and guests to reveal the commemorative plaque to mark the milestone.


NORDEN Adds Another MR Tanker

A NORDEN MR product tanker (Photo: NORDEN)

 Denmark based NORDEN said it has purchased a seven-year-old Japanese-built MR product tanker, its second vessel acquisition within a month.   The purchase follows the acquisition of a 2009-built MR product tanker to be named Nord Pearl.  


Two Vietnamese Sailors Beheaded by Abu Sayyaf

Image: Armed Forces of the Philippines

 The Abu Sayyaf group beheaded two Vietnamese nationals held hostage for almost eight months,  CNN reported quoting the military.   Colonel Juvymax Uy, commander of Joint Task Force Basilan, said the bodies of Mr Hoang Trung Thong and Mr Hoang Va Hai were found at 5


Port of LA Sets FY Cargo Volume Record

File photo: Port of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angeles reports it has closed its 12-month fiscal year with total cargo volumes of 9.2 million twenty-foot units (TEUs), a new annual record for most container throughput for a Western Hemisphere port. Volumes increased 8.1 percent in June compared to the same period last year


Kinkasan Maru Gets Ship Heritage Certificate

Kinkasan Maru and engine control console on it. Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced that the engine control console installed on the bridge of the Kinkasan Maru was selected for a "Ship Heritage Certificate" from the Japan Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers (JASNAOE).  


POSCO Seeks June LNG Cargo via Tender

South Korea's POSCO is seeking a liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo for delivery on June 26 to 30 via tender, trade sources with knowledge of the tender said on Friday.   The tender will close on May 22, the sources added. (Reporting by Mark Tay; Editing by Christian


Towing Vessel Runs Aground in Louisiana

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Marine Safety Unit Lake Charles

An uninspected towing vessel taking on water has run aground in Louisiana’s Calcasieu Ship Channel, early Monday morning.   At 3:45 a.m., the three-man crew aboard the 60-foot towing vessel Mr. Landon intentionally ran the vessel aground near Monkey Island to avoid sinking when they


Scorpio Tankers Merges with Navig8 Product Tankers

Photo: Scorpio Tankers Inc

 Scorpio Tankers has entered into definitive agreements to merge with Navig8 Product Tankers  and acquire Navig8’s 27 operating product tankers.   Subject to the terms and conditions of these agreements, Scorpio will acquire four LR1 tankers prior to the closing of the


Signs of Recovery Seen in Asian MR Market

File photo: Scorpio Tankers

A new lease of life has been breathed into the ailing Medium Range (MR) tanker market in Asia. The MR market has been mired in a slump in recent months, with TC11 rates sinking to a multi-year low of $240,000 in April on the back of lower product exports from China and South Korea


TOP Ships Buys Stake in M/T Stenaweco Elegance

Ship owner TOP Ships Inc. said it will purchase for $6.5 million an additional 41 percent interest in Eco Seven Inc., a Marshall Islands company that owns M/T Stenaweco Elegance, a 50,188 dwt medium range (MR) product tanker, which is operating under a three year time charter at a rate of $16


UN Conference Opens, Call to Protect Oceans for Future Generations

Pic: Photo taken from UN News Centre Video

 Opening the Ocean Conference, UN officials stressed the need to protect and conserve the world's oceans for future generations. Opening a “game-changing” international conference on the health of the world’s oceans and seas


NORDEN Grows Its Tanker Fleet

MR product tanker (Photo: NORDEN)

Danish shipping company NORDEN said it has purchased a 2009-built medium range (MR) product tanker with a cargo capacity of 50,000 metric tons. The South Korean-built vessel is expected to be delivered in July 2017 and will be renamed Nord Pearl.  


GTT to Equip Samsung-built FLNG

GTT said it has received an order from Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) to equip a new Floating Liquefied Natural Gas unit (FLNG), reportedly the second biggest in the world.   The new FLNG, with a capacity of 238,700 m3, will integrate eight LNG tanks equipped with the Mark III membrane


UN Push for Universal Agreement to Reverse Ocean Deterioration

Severed head of a Greco-Roman sculpture lying on sea floor for many centuries off Alexandria coast, one of the findings during UNIC Cairo’s sea cleaning activities. Photo: UN News Service

 The 193 Member States of the United Nations unanimously agreed to a set of measures that will begin the reversal of the decline of the ocean’s health as the five-day Ocean Conference concluded this afternoon. The outcome document, together with more than 1,300 commitments to action


Baltic Exchange Mulls New Freight Indexes for Grains, LNG

© sarymsakov / Adobe Stock

The Baltic Exchange is looking into launching freight indexes for grains and liquefied natural gas (LNG) as the London-run business targets new markets after its acquisition by Singapore Exchange last year, the Baltic's chief executive said.  


Wicker Meets With Trump’s Choice for Navy Secretary

From left: Roger Wicker with Richard Spencer (Photo: Sen. Wicker’s office)

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Chairman of the Senate Seapower Subcommittee, today met with Richard Spencer regarding his nomination to be President Donald Trump’s Secretary of the Navy.    “Mr. Spencer and I had an encouraging meeting,” Wicker said






 
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