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Sunday, February 18, 2018

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This Day in Coast Guard History – September 1

1789-An act of Congress provided for the registering and clearing of vessels and the regulation of the coastwise trade, thus laying the foundation of American navigation laws which, until 1912, embodied the marine policy of the United States. 1894-An armed guard of Revenue Cutter Service personnel were placed on the Pribiloff Islands to protect seals. 1938-The Coast Guard assumed responsibility for the Maritime Service. 1939-The armed forces of Nazi Germany invaded Poland, beginning World War II. 1942- On 1 September 1942 Joseph C. Jenkins was given a temporary promotion to warrant officer (Boatswain); becoming the first African-American warrant officer in the Coast Guard.

Royal Olympic Considering Proposals

Royal Olympic Cruises Lines stated that a special committee of its outside directors has been considering proposals and alliances involving the company and/or its majority shareholder, ROC Holdings. Consisting of Bobby Melnick, Michael Jolliffe and Nicholas Pisaris, the committee is considering proposals such as a sale of a controlling interest in ROC Holdings that would not involve an offer to purchase the company's publicly held shares.

Subsea Houston 2002 To be Held Sept. 24

Subsea Houston 2002 will be held Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2002 at the Houston Intercontinental Hotel. This, the 3rd annual conference, is expected to be attended by well in excess of 300 delegates. Last year's event, held at the Westchase Hilton and Towers was attended by hundreds of operators, subsea manufacturers, financial analysts and leading offshore service and supply companies. The focus of this year's event is development beyond 10,000 FSW. Quest Offshore announced the appointment of oits ur Subsea Houston Advisory Committee whose members will help guide the program and presentations.

Edison Chouest to Expand Louisiana Operations

Governor Bobby Jindal, Louisiana Economic Development Secretary (LED) Stephen Moret and company officials announced today that Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) will expand its Louisiana shipyard operations at the Port of Terrebonne. The $10 million investment being requested by Governor Jindal in the second special session will help bring 1,000 new jobs with an average annual salary of $54,000. At the Port of Terrebonne, Edison Chouest Offshore, through its sister company LaShip, will build vessels to support growing deepwater offshore oil and gas industry needs for vessels with hull lengths greater than 350 feet. Pending legislative approval, the state will provide $10 million to support infrastructure improvements at the Port of Terrebonne to accommodate the company's expansion investment.

Glenn Joins MLA Board of Directors

Bobby Glenn, an attorney with the law firm of Hunter Maclean, was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors for the Maritime Law Association (MLA) of the United States. The announcement was made during the May 3, 2002 MLA meeting in New York. Glenn, who practices in the areas of admiralty law, construction litigation and alternative dispute resolution, has been a member of the MLA since 1978. He has extensive experience handling admiralty matters including personal injury and property damage cases, charter party disputes, crew wage disputes, maritime lien cases and vessel arrests.

Port of New Orleans seeks State Help

Officials with the Port of New Orleans called on the state to help pay for its $1b master plan, which outlines development projects to be completed by 2020, the Times Picayune reported. Port President and CEO Gary P. LaGrange said his agency needs far more than the $25m Gov. Bobby Jindal promised to dedicate to the expansion of the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal, the centerpiece of the port's master plan. Jindal asked the Legislature this week to dedicate about $28 million of the state's $1 billion budget surplus to the Port of New Orleans. The bulk of that, or about $25 million, would go to building the second phase of the port's Napoleon Avenue terminal.

Chang, Bray To Receive 1999 Connie Awards

The 1999 Containerization & Intermodal Institute's Connie Awards will be presented to Evergreen Group Chairman Dr. Yung-fa Chang and J. Robert Bray, Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority. The awards will be presented at an industry-wide luncheon Dec. 14, 1999 at the Marriott World Trade Center in New York. Both recipients were selected through an industry ballot. Group Chairman Chang is being honored for his leadership in founding and developing Evergreen into one of the world's largest container carriers with innovative round-the-world services serving every continent. Mr. Bray, recently installed chairman of the America Association of Port Authorities…

National Waterways Foundation Elects New Trustees

The National Waterways Foundation has elected six new trustees at its recent meeting in October in Chicago, IL. They are Rev. Dr. Jean Smith , Executive Director, Seamen’s Church Institute (New York, NY); Ms. Teri Goodmann , Development Director, Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium (Dubuque, IA); Mr. Charles Jones , Chairman of the Board, Amherst/Madison Coal & Supply Company (Charleston, WV); Mr. Terry Becker , President, Riverway Co. (Minneapolis, MN); Mr. Robert (Bobby) Guthans, (retired, formerly President and CEO, Midstream Fuel Service, Inc., Mobile, AL); and Mr. Robert Nichol , President, Moffatt & Nichol Engineers (Long Beach, CA).

Oil States Industries To Expand U.S. Operations

Adding to its growing list of subsidiaries, Arlington, Texas-based Oil States Industries, Inc. has decided to further its expansion prospects with the addition of CE Marine, Inc. Operating under the new name Oil States Skagit Smatco, the company, headquartered in Houma, La. will provide mooring systems, winches, pipe handling and other custom fabricated equipment to the Marine Industry. The company was originally formed in 1997 by Continental Ernsco as a result of the merging of SMATCO Industries, Inc. and Skagit Products. With Bobby Thompson continuing as the new company's president, Oil States will operate sales and engineering offices in Houston, Texas and Mount Vernon, Wash.

Former Louisiana Governor Indicted

Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards and his son were indicted on federal charges in connection with a riverboat casino corruption investigation. Also charged in the case were three Edwards associates and a state senator. Edwards was charged with 30 counts, including racketeering, extortion, conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud and illegal wiretapping, in connection with extracting money from applicants for riverboat casino licenses, or, in the case of the wiretapping, trying the thwart the federal investigation. The riverboats were Treasure Chest, in suburban New Orleans, Players in Lake Charles, Belle of Baton Rouge and the 15th riverboat license, which has not yet been granted. The maximum penalty is 350 years, $7.25 million fine and restitution or forfeiture of $3.1 million.

Officers Elected at Port of Greater Baton Rouge

Blaine Sheets (Photo courtesy Port of Greater Baton Rouge)

The board of commissioners for the Port of Greater Baton Rouge recently elected officers for 2014. Officers elected include Blaine Sheets, Ascension Parish, president; Clint Seneca, Iberville Parish, vice president; Corey Sarullo, Iberville Parish, secretary; and Bobby Watts, East Baton Rouge, treasurer. Blaine Sheets, president, is president of Specialized Industrial Maintenance in Gonzales and is a former member of the Board of Commissioners for the Pontchartrain Levee District. Clint Seneca, vice president, is the chief deputy assessor for the Iberville Parish Assessor's Office.

Jindal Says BP, Coast Guard Response Inadequate

According to a May 23 report from The New York Times, Louisiana state and local officials repeatedly threatening to take matters into our own hands if the response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill fell short. At a news conference, Gov. Bobby Jindal recited a timeline of his requests to BP and the Coast Guard for containment boom, skimmers and other supplies, saying that the resources were still far from adequate weeks later. (Source: The New York Times)

Globalstar Relocates to Louisiana

Gov. Bobby Jindal joined Globalstar Inc. CEO Peter Dalton, Globalstar Inc. Chairman Jay Monroe, Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret, St. Tammany Parish President Kevin Davis and Greater New Orleans Inc. President and CEO Michael Hecht to announce Globalstar will relocate its corporate headquarters to Covington, La., from Milpitas, Calif. Additionally, Globalstar will relocate a variety of other global business functions to Covington, including product development, finance, accounting, sales, marketing, corporate communications and customer care.

USCG: Missing Cargo Ship El Faro Believed to Have Sunk

The U.S. Coast Guard now believes that the missing cargo ship El Faro sank after sailing into the path of Hurricane Joaquin in the Bahamas, a spokesman said on Monday. Rescuers continue to search for survivors, said Chief Petty Officer Bobby Nash in Miami. "It's still an active search and rescue," he said.   (Reporting by Colleen Jenkins)

McDermott Awarded EPCI Contract for Spar Project

J. Ray McDermott, Inc., a subsidiary of McDermott International, Inc., has been awarded a turnkey engineer-procure-construct-install contract to provide a spar platform for the Medusa Field Development Project, a deepwater development for Murphy Oil Corp. in the Gulf of Mexico. Financial terms of the contract are not being disclosed. SparTEC, Inc., a subsidiary of J. Ray McDermott, will act as the general contractor and overall project manager for the design engineering, procurement, fabrication, installation and commissioning of the Medusa offshore production facility, which will be located in 2,223 ft. of water in Mississippi Canyon Block 582. “We are extremely honored and excited to be selected by Murphy to bring Medusa to fruition,” said Bobby Rawle, president of J. Ray McDermott.

Ship System and Component Manufacturers Discuss Past and Future

The Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus (CSC) co-chaired by Representatives Gene Taylor (D-MS) and Jo Ann Davis (R-VA), met with ship component manufacturers on the impact that low rates of naval shipbuilding have had on their companies and the challenges confronting the ship manufacturing industrial base. The ship manufacturers that met with the Caucus included: Mr. Craig Hansen of BWXT/ Babcock and Wilcox in Mount Vernon, IN; Mr. Walter Herr of Fairbanks Morse Engine in Beloit, WI; Mr. Roy Arnold of IMECO, Inc. in Iron Mountain, MI; Mr. Michael Stobbart of Lister Chain and Forge, Inc. in Blaine, WA; and Mr. Terry Sterling of Nelson Stud Welding in Elyria, OH.

President signs Transportation Act

President George W. Bush signs the Transportation Equity Act, at the Caterpillar facility in Montgomery, Ill., Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2005. Joining the President on stage in front row, from left, are Congressman Ray LaHood, R-Ill.; Congresswoman Melissa L. Bean, D-Ill.; Congressman Jim Oberstar, D-Minn.; Congressman Tom Petri, R-Wis.; Senator Kit Bond, R-Mo.; U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta; Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, R-Ill.; Congressman Bill Thomas, R-Calif.; and Congressman Bobby Rush, D-Ill. President Bush signed into law the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) – H.R.

Royal Caribbean Adds Another Cruise Ship at Port Canaveral

With the success of Sovereign of the Seas at Port Canaveral since May 2000, Royal Caribbean International has chosen to homeport its newest and largest vessel in the Central Florida market. “The addition of the Royal Caribbean’s largest-class cruise ship firmly establishes Port Canaveral as the location of choice for cruise lines wanting to tap into the lucrative drive-to Greater Orlando vacation market,” says Malcolm “Mac” McLouth, executive director of the Canaveral Port Authority. Still under construction in Finland, the 3,114-passenger Mariner of the Seas will begin sailing from Port Canaveral in November 2003, alternating seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries with Sunday departures.

Kearsarge Returns to NNSY

Following a back-to-basics approach in performing ship repairs, Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) returned another amphibious-class ship to the fleet within budget and ahead of schedule, as the result of a public-private ship repair partnership in the Hampton Roads area. The shipyard completed a planned maintenance availability (PMA) for the Wasp-class, amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) ten days ahead of schedule and within fixed price budget, according to Project Superintendent Bobby Watkins. "Our back-to-basics approach paid great dividends in making this PMA an overwhelming success," Watkins said. The availability demonstrated the cooperation among Navy organizations, including Naval Surface Forces, U.S.

Coast Guard Rescues Four

A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans rescued four men from two separate vessels, which ran aground 35 miles southwest of New Orleans Monday evening. The Coast Guard was notified by cell phone at 11:45 p.m. that the fishing vessel Bobby Da was aground near Grand Isle, La. crewmembers. vessel and prepared the two-man crew for hoisting. contacted the helicopter crew on Ch. inform them that they too were aground and they needed assistance. Zack. facility in Grand Isle where the men awaited further transportation. onboard their vessel. boater should have onboard.

U.S., Coalition Vessels Conduct MSO in Arabian Sea

The Commander and staff of U.S. Navy Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 50 embarked HNLMS Amsterdam (A 836) April 7, joining USS Typhoon (PC5), and U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Wrangell (WPB 1332) in the Arabian Sea to conduct maritime security operations (MSO) in support of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150. MSO set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment as well as complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. These operations deny international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material. "It's important to demonstrate that where you're from doesn't matter," said Cmdr. Georges van Aalst, Amsterdam’s commanding officer. Amsterdam is acting as flagship for Capt.

GoM Drilling Bill Clears Senate

An attempt to open a new section of the Gulf of Mexico to drilling cleared a major hurdle in the Senate, the Jackson Clarion Ledger reported. The 72-23 vote to end debate on a bill that would allow the first new offshore drilling in years was hailed by the nation's oil and gas industry as well as manufacturers, farmers and other businesses who seek decreases in the price of energy, especially natural gas. Promoted by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Pete Domenici, R-N.M., the offshore drilling bill would open about 8.3 million acres in the eastern Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas exploration. The area is expected to produce 1.2 billion barrels of oil and enough natural gas to heat and cool 6 million homes for 15 years.

Port of South Louisiana Dedicates New Vessel

From left to right: Paul Zimmermann, Director of Operations, Port of New Orleans; Jay Hardman, Executive Director, Port of Greater Baton Rouge; Bobby Scafidel, Executive Director, Port of St. Bernard; Joel Chaisson, Executive Director, Port of South Louisiana; and Urban Treuil, Port Manager, Port of Plaquemines Parish. The Port of South Louisiana dedicated its newest security vessel, the PSL Responder, among hundreds of public officials, business representatives, and other guests at Globalplex Intermodal Terminal on the Mississippi River on August 15. The ship is the third security vessel in the Port’s fleet to patrol the Mississippi River and provide security in its 54-mile port district.

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