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Friday, February 23, 2018

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Conn. Marine Pilot License Solicitation

As authorized by the Connecticut General Statute Sec 15-13, the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation is soliciting applications from qualified mariners interested in receiving a marine pilot license from the State of Connecticut to work on the Connecticut side of the Joint Rotation of Pilots. Transportation Workers Identification Card certification. Additional Pilotage Experience (outside of the waters described above). Contact information (mailing address, e-mail address, telephone, fax, etc). Failure to submit all documents required will disqualify the applicant from consideration. Applicants will be required to take a written examination on a date, time and place to be determined as part of the application process.

Connecticut Solicits for Marine Pilot Apprentice

As authorized by the Connecticut General Statute Sec 15-13 and detailed in Sections 15-15a-6 and 15-15a-7 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies, the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation is soliciting applications from qualified mariners interested in applying for the Connecticut Apprentice Marine Pilot Training and Certification Program. Please provide the following information in writing to Mr. 1. Name and contact information. 2. Social Security number. 3. Date of birth. 4. Educational History (names of school, years graduated). 5. Dated copy of most recent physical examination (see Connecticut Regulations Sec. 15-15a-10). 6. Copy of Federal license held (grade and date). 7. Copy of Endorsements to Federal license.

EU NAFVOR Disrupts Pirate Action Group

EU NAFVOR warship FGS BERLIN has successfully engineered the release of an Indian flagged dhow and crew, disrupting a pirate action group and destroying two attack skiffs. EUNAVFOR Warship FGS BERLIN received a distress call from a merchant vessel, reporting that they had successfully repelled a pirate attack in the Gulf of Aden. The BERLIN dispatched one of its helicopters to the position and quickly located a skiff and an Indian-flagged and crewed dhow. The crew of the helicopter established that the dhow had been pirated and the crew of 25 Indian nationals were held hostage.

This Day in Naval History - June 24

From the Navy News Service 1833 - USS Constitution enters drydock at Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston for overhaul. The ship was saved from scrapping after public support rallied to save the ship following publication of Olive Wendell Holmes' poem, "Old Ironsides." 1926 - Office of Assistant Secretary of the Navy set up to foster naval aeronautics; aircraft building increased. 1948 - Berlin airlift initiated to offset the Soviet Union's blockade access of United States, France, and Great Britain to their sectors of Berlin.

New Berlin, Hamburg Water Transport Routes

On Monday, 03 August 2009, the first containers that were brought from Berlin to the Port of Hamburg via the new Elbe-Spree inland waterway were unloaded. The line operated by the Berlin Hafen- und Lagerhaus AG in cooperation with Konrad Zippel Spediteur GmbH from Hamburg will now be used for transports from City-GVZ Berlin Westhafen to the Hamburg container terminals and vice versa every week. containers). It will replace approx. 50 truck runs per week. The Berlin waterway connection was developed in the scope of the "Deutsche Einheit no. 17" traffic project.

Pirate Hostages Released by German Warship

FGS Berlin Rescue: Photo EUNAVFOR

Gernan warship FGS Berlin attempts rescue 25 Indian hostages in the Gulf of Aden. EUNAVFOR Warship FGS BERLIN received a call from a merchant vessel reporting that they had successfully repelled a pirate attack in the Gulf of Aden. The warship dispatched one of its helicopters to the scene and quickly located a skiff and an Indian flagged and crewed dhow. It was established that the dhow had been pirated and its crew of 25 Indian nationals were being held hostage. The pirates threatened to kill their hostages if direct action were taken against them…

Corvus Energy Wins Order for Battery Hybrid Ferries

Scandlines ferries designed with battery hybrid propulsion to operate on the Rostock-Gedser commercial route. Corvus Energy, Siemens AS and Scandlines have announced the award of the energy storage system contract for the M/V Berlin and M/V Copenhagen battery hybrid ferries currently being built at the Danish shipyard FAYARD. The new vessels M/V Berlin and M/V Copenhagen will each use a 1,050VDC, 1.5MWh Energy Storage System (ESS) consisting of 231 Corvus Energy AT6500 advanced lithium polymer batteries. The batteries will be integrated with a Siemens converter system and together they form an Energy Storage System that will be powered by four diesel gensets (one less than a non-hybrid design).

Scandlines’ Ferry leaves FAYARD Shipyard

Scandlines ferry for the route Rostock-Gedser left the Danish shipyard FAYARD

The new Scandlines ferry for the route Rostock-Gedser left the Danish shipyard FAYARD on Wednesday 20 April 2016. The vessel will be named M/V Berlin on Tuesday 3 May 2016. During the last couple of months the vessel has successfully completed a comprehensive test programme (Harbor Acceptance Tests). Therefore, the M/V Berlin was able to start on the sea trial (Sea Acceptance Tests) on Wednesday 20 April, where the manoeuvrability will be tested under usual and unusual conditions. After the sea trial M/V Berlin is expected to arrive at her future berth in Rostock.

This Day in Naval History – June 24

1833 - USS Constitution enters drydock at Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA, for overhaul. The ship was saved from scrapping after public support rallied to save the ship following publication of Oliver Wendell Holmes' poem, "Old Ironsides." 1926 - Office of Assistant SecNav set up to foster naval aeronautics; aircraft building increased 1948 - Berlin airlift initiated to offset the Soviet Union's blockade access of U.S., France, and Great Britain to their sectors of Berlin. (Source: Navy News Service)

This Day in Naval History – June 24

1833 - USS Constitution enters drydock at Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA, for overhaul. The ship was saved from scrapping after public support rallied to save the ship following publication of Oliver Wendell Holmes' poem, "Old Ironsides." 1926 - Office of Assistant SecNav set up to foster naval aeronautics; aircraft building increased 1948 - Berlin airlift initiated to offset the Soviet Union's blockade access of U.S., France, and Great Britain to their sectors of Berlin. (Source: Navy News Service)

Scandlines’ Hybrid Ferry in Operation

MV Berlin Photo Scandlines

On Monday 23 May 2016, Scandlines’ new hybrid ferry, M/V Berlin, will for the first time carry passengers when it departs from Rostock towards Gedser at 06:00. Scandlines has now acquired all necessary certificates for the new hybrid ferry for the Rostock-Gedser route. M/V Berlin will therefore start practicing between Rostock and Gedser and on Monday 23 May 2016 at 06:00 will go into regular service. ”I am very proud of the result which we can present to our customers as of Monday.

Successful New Design ROV Testing in Atlantic Ocean

The first pressure-tolerant ROV successfully tested in the deep Atlantic. In early May 2012, a new pressure-tolerant ROV named Erno2, designed by Enitech GmbH (Rostock, Germany), was successfully tested within the framework of the “Pressure-tolerant deep-sea systems” project of Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi). Driven by electric thrusters, the light vehicle easily manoeuvred above the seabed, streaming live video from over 4000 m deep with its 3 video cameras and LED lights. The actual robot was attached to its tether management system (TMS) during the two-hour descent into the deep. It left the TMS 20 m above the seafloor and continued its journey being remotely controlled.

Counter-piracy Force Assists Disabled Vessel

Passenger Dhow Assisted: Photo EUNAVFOR

The dhow put out a distress signal reporting she was drifting at sea without propulsion. NATO warship, ITS Grecale was the closest ship and gave immediate assistance, later joined by EUNAVFOR warship, FGS Berlin which provided much needed medical support, together with food and 500 litres of water. Despite FGS Berlin engineers' overnight effort, the damaged engine could not be restarted. The following day, ESPS Patino took over the rescue mission and gave reassurance, medical assistance and food to the worried passengers. Subsequently Patino was able to tow the dhow to safety.

Today in U.S. Naval History: June 24

Today in U.S. Naval History - June 24 1833 - USS Constitution enters drydock at Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, Mass. for overhaul. The ship was saved from scrapping after public support rallied to save the ship following publication of Oliver Wendell Holmes' poem, "Old Ironsides." 1926 - Office of Assistant SecNav set up to foster naval aeronautics; aircraft building increased 1948 - Berlin airlift initiated to offset the Soviet Union's blockade access of U.S., France, and Great Britain to their sectors of Berlin. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center website at www.history.navy.mil.  

Scandlines Ferry on 'Weight Reduction'

MV Berlin Courtesy Scandlines

The new Scandlines ferry M/V Berlin has been on a strict diet at the Danish shipyard FAYARD. A recently completed lightweight survey shows that the weight of the vessel has been reduced by 1,100 tons. After the successful weight reduction, both draught, load capacity and stability are now back to the level indicated in the specifications for the shipyard P+S WERFTEN in Stralsund, Germany. The vessel is currently undergoing a comprehensive and time-consuming test programme. The test programme is proceeding as planned, and Scandlines expects M/V Berlin to go into operation before Easter.

This Day In Naval History: June 24

1833 - The frigate Constitution is the first vessel to enter the newly-built dry dock at the Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, Mass. for overhaul. A false rumor circulates in Boston in 1830 that the U.S. Navy intends to scrap the ship; young Oliver Wendell Holmes pens his poem "Old Ironsides", becoming a rallying cry to save the ship. 1944 - Torpedo bomber TBM aircraft (VC 69) from USS Bogue (CVE 9) sink Japanese submarine (I 52), 800 miles southwest of Fayal, Azores. 1944 - Navy submarines USS Grouper (SS 214), USS Redfin (SS 272) and USS Tang (SS 306) attack Japanese convoys off the coast of Japan, sinking seven enemy vessels. 1948 - The Berlin airlift Operation Vittles is initiated to offset the Soviet Union's blockade access of the U.S.…

Today in U.S. Naval History: June 24

USS Constitution (U.S. Navy image)

Today in U.S. 1833 - USS Constitution enters drydock at Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, Mass., for overhaul. 1948 - Berlin airlift initiated to offset the Soviet Union's blockade access of U.S., France and Great Britain to their sectors of Berlin. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.

Kansas Shipping Hub Announce Finalists

Photo: Kansas Department of Transportation

Seven finalists have been selected for the site of a proposed Kansas transload shipping center. The Kansas Department of Transportation/Kansas Turnpike Authority Transload Facility Site Analysis team selected the finalists from the 111 proposals submitted for consideration. Some communities submitted multiple sites. The finalists include Abilene, Concordia, El Dorado (Refinery Road site), Garden City (U.S. 50 Industrial Park), Great Bend, Great Plains Industrial Park just south of Parsons, and Norton. In all, according to KDOT, 111 proposals were submitted — including one from Salina.

EU Warship Provides Seychelles CG Training

Training aboard FGS Berlin: Photo EUCAP

EU Naval Force Warship 'FGS Berlin' has conducted local maritime capacity building in the Seychelles informs EUCAP Nestor. Three Local Maritime Capacity Building (LMCB) activities have taken place during EU Naval Force Warship FGS Berlin’s recent port visit to the Seychelles. LMCB are conducted by the European Union  to build the capacity of security forces of regional partners in the fight against piracy, supporting further training provided by EUCAP Nestor. First, firefighting training was conducted for the Seychelles Coast Guard.

Scandlines' Volume Zooms

New Ferries on the Rostock-Gedser Route Photo Scandlines

Scandlines can look back at a very good high season in 2016. Especially the new hybrid ferry of the shipping company, the M/V Berlin, which was put into service in May on the route Rostock-Gedser, contributed to the growth in the number of transported vehicles. In July and August, Scandlines’ new hybrid ferry succeeded in breaking its own record numerous times. Thus, M/V Berlin transported no less than 39,451 cars in June. The highest number of cars on one crossing was reached on Saturday 27 August 2016 at 13:00 from Gedser, when 351 cars rolled onto the new hybrid ferry.

Delaware Bay: Oil Spill Update

The unified command is continuing its clean up efforts today in response to the undetermined amount of oil that was spilled into the Delaware River by the ATHOS I on November 27. Barges are being used to offload the ships oil cargo in order to lighten the ship for salvage operations. The barges have offloaded 5 million gallons of product so far. Transfer operations are expected to be completed this week. The cause of the incident is still under investigation. More than 1,600 responders are working in the command center and out in the field. 145 vessels are employed in the response effort. 10,918 gallons of oil/water mixture has been recovered. 318,960 pounds of oily solids (cleanup materials and oil) have been collected.

Germany's Nordic Yards Wins Innovation Award

Nordic Yard Warnemuende: Image credit Nordic

Nordic Yards receives Top 100 award from the Vienna University of Economics and Business at a Berlin ceremony. At a ceremony for the Top 100 companies at the Axel Springer Passage centre in Berlin, journalist and TV host Ranga Yogeshwar presented Nordic Yards’ managing director Vitaly Yusufov with the Top 100 prize for innovation. Nordic Yards is one of the companies whose innovative ideas are driving forward the shift to renewable energy. The shipyard group claims to be a world…

GL Award for Young Professionals

After the presentation of the Awards, (from left to right), Torsten Schramm, Chief Operating Officer of GL, and the prize winners Edward Sciberras, Katja Hartig, and Fabian Tillig.

The classifications society Germanischer Lloyd (GL) rewarded three young engineers for their outstanding diploma theses. For the 2010 Award engineering students were asked to submit theses on “Innovative Ideas for Increasing the Energy Efficiency of Ships”. Torsten Schramm, Chief Operating Officer of the GL Group, presented the prizes to the deserving winners of the GL Award for Young Professionals 2010 at the Maritime Summer Meeting in Kiel. With the Award GL seeks to support…

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