Coast Guard Arrests Illegal Charter Operator in Miami
The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of the 45-foot pleasure craft, Breaking the Habit, with 12 passengers aboard Saturday near American Airlines Arena.Watchstanders determined that the vessel was operating illegally and in violation of a previous Captain of the Port order. This is the second time within a month the vessel was discovered operating as an illegal charter. A Coast Guard Station Miami Beach boarding team conducted the boarding of the pleasure craft and discovered the following violations:Violation of 46 C.F.R.
Irma Churns Through Caribbean, Possibly Enroute to Florida
Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, churned across northern Caribbean islands on Wednesday with a potentially catastrophic mix of fierce winds, surf and rain, en route to a possible Florida landfall at the weekend. Irma is expected to become the second powerful storm to thrash the U.S. mainland in as many weeks but its precise trajectory remained uncertain. Hurricane Harvey killed more than 60 people and caused damaged estimated as high as $180 billion when it hit Texas late last month. The eye of Irma, a Category 5 storm packing winds of 185 miles per hour (295 km per hour), moved away from the island of Barbuda and toward the island of St. Martin, east of Puerto Rico, early on Wednesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami reported.
Hurricane Matthew batters Florida, Haiti Death Toll Rises
Storm's eye nears Cape Canaveral. The first major hurricane threatening a direct hit on the United States in more than 10 years lashed Florida on Friday with heavy rains and winds after killing at least 339 people in Haiti on its destructive march north through the Caribbean. Hurricane Matthew packed gusts of 100 miles per hour (160 kph) as it tracked north-northwest along Florida's east coast, the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory. The storm's eye was 25 miles (40 km) east of Cape Canaveral, home to the nation's chief space launch site. "We are seriously ground zero here in Cape Canaveral -- hunkered down, lights flickering, winds are crazy," said resident Sandy Wilk on Twitter.
Quéru, Davis Take up Leadership Roles at Navico
Nicolas Quéru has been appointed to lead Navico’s Commercial Marine Division worldwide to take forward the marine electronics group’s continuing strategy for growth. Quéru has been made EVP Managing Director with immediate effect following his promotion from Vice President, Commercial Marine EMEA. He succeeds Jose Herrero. A French Native residing in Oslo, Norway, Quéru has extensive experience in international business management, including over eight years in management consulting at Oliver Wyman and Bain & Company leading assignments in strategic planning…
Automated Skill Erosion
The increasing automation of vessels is causing some mariners to lose basic maritime skills. During dinner on June 10, 1995, the last night before the cruise ship Royal Majesty was due to arrive in Boston from its voyage to Bermuda, the master bragged to the passengers at his table that his ship could never run aground because it had all the latest electronic equipment, including a navigation system that integrated the GPS signals and other information. At 2225 that night the ship grounded on the Rose and Crown Shoal near Nantucket. It was 17 miles west of its planned trackline.
Navy to Commission LPD 24 'Arlington'
The Navy set to commission the newest San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship, 'Arlington'. The ship is named for the county of Arlington and honors the first responders and the 184 victims who died when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon Sept. 11, 2001. "This ship and her proud name symbolize what is exceptional about the United States," said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. "For the next several decades, Arlington will take Marines and their equipment wherever they are needed, whether to provide humanitarian assistance or lethal combat capability. Gen. James F.
USS New Hampshire Joins Fleet
USS New Hampshire (SSN 778), the Navy's newest nuclear-powered attack submarine and the fifth of the Virginia-class, was brought to life Oct. 25 during a commissioning ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Cheryl McGuinness served as the ship's sponsor, and gave the order to man the ship. McGuinness is the widow of Lt. Cmdr. Thomas McGuinness, a veteran Navy pilot and a co-pilot on American Airlines Flight 11 that was flown into the of the by terrorists Sept. 11, 2001. More than 3,500 guests, including the crew's family and friends, submarine veterans and shipyard workers, attended the ceremony welcoming the submarine as the fourth naval vessel to be named .
Navy Commissions Submarine New Hampshire
U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg will deliver the ceremony's principal address. The ship's sponsor, Cheryl McGuinness of , , is the widow of Lt. Cmdr. Thomas McGuinness, a veteran Navy pilot and co-pilot of American Airlines Flight 11 which was flown into the of the by terrorists Sept. 11, 2001. The fifth submarine of the Virginia-class, was delivered eight months early thanks to the Navy's on-going cost-reduction initiatives. This will mark the first time since 1996 that the Navy has commissioned two submarines of the same class in the same year. USS North Carolina (SSN 777) was commissioned in May. Through their unique capabilities of stealth and endurance…
Navy Christens New Hampshire
By Lt. This christening marks the fourth time the U.S. Navy named a ship after the . The service awarded the name to the submarine after third-graders from in , wrote letters to Congress members, the governor and the Secretary of the Navy. Adm. Kirkland Donald, Naval Nuclear Propulsion director, gave the principal remarks and spoke about the 's way ahead. "There still is a lot of hard work to be done," said Donald. " is entering the fleet during a time of conflict. Ship sponsor Cheryl McGuinness…
General Dynamics to Christen New Sub
General Dynamics Electric Boat will christen (SSN-778), the U.S. Navy's newest and most advanced nuclear attack submarine, at a ceremony at its shipyard on Saturday, June 21. Cheryl McGuinness of , is the ship's sponsor. McGuinness lost her husband, Tom McGuinness, on September 11, 2001, in the attacks. He was the co-pilot of American Airlines Flight 11, which was flown into the north tower of the . The event's principal speaker is Adm. Kirkland H. Donald, director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion. Cmdr. Michael J. Stevens, a 1990 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, is the ship's commanding officer. The is the fifth ship of the class, the first U.S. Navy combatants designed for the post-Cold War era.
Williams Named President and Chief Operating Officer Of Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. named Jack Williams president and chief operating officer of Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises. In his new role, Williams, previously president of Royal Caribbean International, will manage the day-to-day operations of both cruise lines. The two lines will continue to operate independently under Williams. Williams' appointment follows an earlier announcement that respected cruise veteran Richard Sasso, president of Celebrity Cruises, will resign from the company, effective January 1, 2002. spa facilities and cuisine," said Royal Caribbean Chairman and CEO Richard Fain. "He has built a solid framework for us to build from, and we will continue his legacy of excellence.
Legal Beat: At Sea with U.S. Maritime Security
By Dennis L. The U.S. Coast Guard issued its final regulations implementing the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA). These regulations replace the interim rules issued on July 1, 2003 and take into account comments received thereon. Few substantive changes, though, have been made. The majority of the changes are in the nature of clarifications. The submission date for security plans was changed from December 29 to December 31, 2003. Vessel and facility security plans must be in full effect not later than July 1, 2004. Various alternative security programs submitted by specialized industry groups were approved. Overall, the Coast Guard is to be congratulated for its development of a program for enhancing U.S.
U.S. Marine Fatalities Dropped in 2001
Transportation fatalities in the United States last year increased 0.6 percent over the total for 2000, according to preliminary figures released today by the National Transportation Safety Board. For the year 2001, preliminary figures show that 44,461 persons died in highway, aviation, rail, marine, and pipeline accidents, up from 44,196 in 2000. Increases in fatalities were registered in aviation and rail while highway, marine, and pipeline fatalities declined. Aviation fatalities rose from 779 to 1,162 in 2001, with the increase largely attributable to the deaths resulting from the terrorist acts on September 11. Total airline fatalities, up from 92 the previous year, reached 531, with almost half that number occurring aboard the four aircraft hijacked on September 11.
OSG Appoints Mozdean
Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. announced the appointment of Robert R. Mozdean, Esq. to lead its global human resources function, a newly created role that reports to Morten Arntzen, President and CEO of OSG. Mr. Mozdean, 52, will be responsible for worldwide human resources training and development, performance management systems, organizational development and employee relations, including labor relations. Mr. Mozdean will be based out of the Company's corporate headquarters in New York City, New York. Mr. Mozdean has served in numerous management capacities during his career. Since 1998, Mr. Mozdean has been Vice President of Human Resources and Legal Affairs at Dannon Company, where he was responsible for policy development, organizational development and training.