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Monday, March 19, 2018

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Hospital Ship Holds Training for New Crew

Nearly 100 Sailors regularly assigned to the National Naval Medical Center deployed to Navy Hospital Ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH 20) Sept. 15-16 for a regular pierside practice exercise. The training is necessary to teach the new Comfort crew members shipboard safety, and ship and workplace orientation. The training focused on various topics, including mass casualty and abandon ship drills; lifeboat and litter bearer training; Chemical, Biological and Radiological defense training; repair locker training, and finally, life raft commander training for officers. According to Capt. Charles Blankenship, commanding officer of the Comfort’s Medical Treatment Facility, this year’s Comfort Exercise training is different than previous training periods.

Man Overboard: Bulker Crewman Missing off Virginia

The U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies are searching for a missing crewman who fell overboard from an anchored bulk carrier near Cape Charles, Va., Tuesday.   The 33-year-old Chinese crewman reportedly went overboard early Tuesday morning while fastening a ladder on the starboard quarter of the 770-foot Hong Kong flagged cargo ship Lara Venture at the Cape Charles Anchorage.   He was not wearing a life jacket and last seen wearing orange coveralls and a dark blue jacket, the Coast Guard said.   Coast Guard helicopter crews are searching for the missing crewman along with the crews of Cutter Sea Horse from Base Portsmouth and a Virginia pilot vessel.   The Coast Guard has issued an urgent marine information broadcast.  

BAE Systems Names Wolstenholme MD in the UK

Andrew Wolstenholme OBE will join BAE Systems plc from May 24, 2018, in a newly-created role on the Executive Committee as Group Managing Director, Maritime and Land UK.   Wolstenholme will be responsible for BAE Systems’ Maritime and Land UK sectors and will report directly to Chief Executive, Charles Woodburn.   Wolstenholme joins BAE Systems from Crossrail Ltd., where he led Europe's largest infrastructure project for the last seven years. He has extensive experience in business leadership and delivering major engineering projects in the U.K., Asia and North America, including the delivery of Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5.

VADM Schultz Nominated as 26th Coast Guard Commandant

USCG Vice Adm. Schultz, the commander of the Coast Guard's Atlantic Area

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced the nomination by  President Donald Trump of Vice Adm. Karl L. Schultz to be the 26th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday. Vice Adm. Schultz, the commander of the Coast Guard's Atlantic Area, currently serves as the operational commander for all Coast Guard missions from the Rocky Mountains to the Arabian Gulf, spanning across five Coast Guard Districts and 40 states. Pending confirmation, he is expected to relieve Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Paul F.

CD-ROM Interactive Training

To fulfill the training portion of the contract, United Rentals delivered Snorkel's CD-ROM computer based interactive training program to the shipyard and worked with Stan Blakenship, so he could use it to train workers using the new Snorkel machines. Snorkel's CD-ROM training program works on any IBM compatible computer with a CD drive. It contains instructional information regarding the safe operation of aerial work platforms using audio narration and illustrations that show proper operating procedures. Each instructional segment is followed by questions to make sure the instructions were understood. The respondent answers by typing in the answer. The questions are multiple choice so computer skills aren't necessary beyond being able to type a, b, c, or d.

USCG Medavacs Fisherman

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reported that rescue crews from Air Station Cape Cod medically evacuated a 25-year-old fisherman approximately 35 nautical miles south of Martha's Vineyard, Mass. Friday. According to the Coast Guard report, Watchstanders at Sector Southeastern New England received notification via VHF channel 16 at approximately 8:12 a.m. Friday from the fishing vessel Argo that the man was suffering from epileptic seizures. Search and rescue coordinators dispatched a rescue crew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter. The crew arrived on scene at 9:35 a.m. and safely hoisted the fisherman who was then transported to Rhode Island Hospital. His condition at this time is unknown.

Golar 2010 AGM Results

Golar LNG Limited advised that the 2010 Annual General Meeting of the company was held on September 24, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at the Elbow Beach Hotel, 60 South Shore Road, Paget PG04, Bermuda. 1) To re-elect John Fredriksen as a Director of the company. 2) To re-elect Kate Blankenship as a Director of the company. 3) To re-elect Hans Petter Aas as a Director of the company. 4) To re-elect Kathrine Fredriksen as a Director of the company. 5) To re-appoint PricewaterhouseCoopers of London, England as auditors and to authorize the Directors to determine their remuneration. 6) That the remuneration payable to the Company's Board of Directors of a total amount of fees not to exceed $450,000.00 be approved for the year ended December 31, 2010.

Three Part Contract Keeps Snorkels Running for Norshipco

"We've owned aerial work platforms before," says Stan Blankenship, superintendent at Norshipco in Norfolk, Va., "but it just didn't pay off for us. When we had breakdowns, we had to divert personnel to repair the equipment rather than working on ships, parts were sometimes hard to get and operational training was an issue that we weren't dealing with properly. "So we decided to find a company that could get us the machines we needed, provide the service required to keep them running reliably and give our workers training to operate the equipment properly and safely. "What we needed was a comprehensive package that would get us booms and could be counted on to do it reliably and safely.

Intelsat Expands in North American Energy Sector

Intelsat S.A. said it signed a multi-year agreement with Digital Networks to provide capacity via its satellite fleet and IntelsatOne terrestrial network, enabling Digital Networks to more effectively support very small aperture terminal (VSAT) communications networks in North America. Digital Networks will leverage Intelsat's teleport services and capacity on the Galaxy 3C satellite to expand its network in the United States and Canada. "This agreement will enable Digital Networks to quadruple its available throughput for delivering integrated voice, data and real-time applications for our energy customers," said Digital Networks CEO Curtis Blankenship.

Mercury Marine Mourns Loss of Charlie Strang


Mercury Marine is saddened by the death of Charles “Charlie” Strang who served as Carl Kiekhaefer’s top engineer for 13 years at Mercury Marine. After leaving Mercury, he served as Director of Outboard Marine Engineering (OMC) and later CEO and Chairman of the Board. Strang, 96, was also known as the creator of the sterndrive engine, sketching the first sterndrive in 1948 while attending MIT. Strang’s mother, Ann, is responsible for the famous Mercury Phantom Black engine color. Strang was a very popular figure in both the marine and NASCAR industries.

Dynamic Oil Appoints New Bunker Trader

Dynamic Oil Trading, a global trading company for marine fuels and lubricants, appointed Charles Dai as a Bunker Trader. The appointment further strengthens Dynamic Oil Trading's position within the market and adds experience to its team of marine fuel traders. Charles Dai joins Dynamic Oil Trading having previously worked for Chimbusco Pan Nation and Conmark Bunker. Commenting Dai’s appointment, Lars Møller, CEO, Dynamic Oil Trading said, “Charles' appointment is a welcome addition to the expanding team at Dynamic Oil Trading. His industry knowledge, contacts and networks adds further strength to our experienced team, and his ability to build strong relationships with customers and partners fits perfectly with our ethos.

FERC Accepts Kinder Morgan's Application

Proposed  Magnolia LNG Project

Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (LNGL) informs that the US   Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has accepted Kinder Morgan  Louisiana Pipeline LLC’s (KMLP) application pursuant to Section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act for the Lake Charles  Expansion  Project,  establishing  1  August  2014  as the  deadline  by  which  interested parties must formally intervene and/or submit comments on the filing. Kinder Morgan, Inc. As detailed in the ASX release on 1 July 2014, KMLP’s application seeks FERC’s authorisation to construct and operate the Lake Charles Expansion Project…

FERC Approves Lake Charles LNG Project

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has granted approval for the Lake Charles LNG export project, which will see the construction and operation of a natural gas liquefaction and export facility in Lake Charles, La. With FERC approval, the Lake Charles LNG project has now received the key remaining regulatory consent, according to BG Group, who is developing the project with Energy Transfer Equity LP and Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. The project has conditional authorization from the U.S. Department of Energy for the export of up to 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day or approximately 15 million metric tons of LNG per annum. Energy Transfer owns an existing LNG regasification facility in Lake Charles, which will be converted to a liquefaction facility.

French Carrier De Gaulle Docks At Port Of Toulon

France's nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle docked for the first time at its permanent base, the Mediterranean port of Toulon, on Wednesday. Three navy frigates and hundreds of yachts escorted the 42,000-ton vessel into port as it joined the rest of the French fleet. The Charles de Gaulle, which has 200 women among its 2,000 crew, is to leave in three weeks on its first long cruise. Carrying up to 40 planes, it replaces France's last surviving aircraft carrier, the 41-year-old Foch, which has been sold to Brazil. The Charles de Gaulle had left this past Saturday the port of Brest - where it was built over 13 years. France is expected to decide before the end of the year whether to build a sister ship to the Charles de Gaulle.

DOE Authorizes Third Proposed Facility to Export LNG

The Energy Department announced it has conditionally authorized Lake Charles Exports, LLC (Lake Charles) to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States from the Lake Charles Terminal in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Lake Charles previously received approval to export LNG from this facility to FTA countries on July 22, 2011. Subject to environmental review and final regulatory approval, the facility is conditionally authorized to export at a rate of up to 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day (Bcf/d) for a period of 20 years. The Department granted the first authorization to export LNG to non-FTA countries in May 2011 from the Sabine Pass LNG Terminal in Cameron Parish…

Port of Lake Charles Terminal Expansion Gains $10m

Sen. U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., a Senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced a $10 million grant for the Port of Lake Charles through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER Grant Program. Today’s grant will expand the Port’s Bulk Terminal. In April, Sen. Landrieu wrote a letter in support of funding the Port of Lake Charles. Today’s grant will create 1,500 construction jobs and 200 permanent jobs at the Port. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Sen. Landrieu helped to secure $600 million in the FY14 Appropriations Act for the TIGER discretionary grant program despite strong opposition from the House of Representatives, which completely eliminated funding for this program.

USCG Repatriates 86 Migrants

USCG Repatriates 86 Migrants

Coast Guard crews aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr. and the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant repatriated 86 migrants illegally migrating from Cuba and Haiti. These repatriations are a result of five separate interdictions of people attempting to illegally migrate to the United States through the Florida Straits stemming back to Sunday. On Aug. 21, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter William Flores interdicted 24 Haitian migrants (12 males, nine females, three infants) north of Grand Bahamas Island, Bahamas.

Coast Guard Rescues Three from Sinking Tug

A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Port O'Connor rescued three men off the sinking tug, Charles Alfred, May 27 in San Antonio Bay, approximately six miles south of Seadrift, Texas.The crew of the Charles Alfred contacted the Coast Guard at 9:25 p.m. and reported that they were sinking. Two boat crews from Station Port O'Connor, Texas, and a helicopter crew from Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, responded. The three crewmembers were safely rescued from the tug and taken to Station Port O'Conner.The Charles Alfred was towing a barge, carrying 9,700 barrels of cyclohexane, alongside when it began to sink. The barge is keeping the tug from completely sinking. Both are in shallow water and are not blocking any ship traffic.

Two Rescued Near Cape Charles, VA

Photo USCG

The Coast Guard rescued two men Sunday from a 19-foot skiff aground and taking on water in Cape Charles. Coast Guard watchstanders were notified Sunday at 5:15 p.m. of a 19-foot skiff aground and taking on water with a 31-year-old man and a 51-year-old man aboard. A 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew launched from Coast Guard Station Cape Charles and arrived on scene at 5:39 p.m. The RB-S crew rescued the two men and transported them back to Station Cape Charles, where EMS personnel were waiting. The men were then driven back to their vehicle.

Ship Channel Opening Attempt Fails

The U.S. Coast Guard failed in its weekend attempt to reopen the Lake Charles, Louisiana, ship channel to all ships including large crude oil tankers, a spokesman said. The Coast Guard will now dismantle the sunken dry dock that has since mid-June stopped crude tankers getting to two big Gulf Coast refineries served by the channel. Work will start on Wednesday and take three to four weeks. Currently large crude vessels still cannot get to Conoco Inc.'s 243,000 bpd Lake Charles plant and Venezuelan-owned Citgo Corp.'s 310,000 bpd plant, the spokesman said.

USCG Medevacs Man from Bulk Carrier off Va. Coast

Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen Blowe, a boatswain mate at Coast Guard Station Cape Charles stands ready on the bow of the station's 45-foot Response Boat-Medium while approaching a 968-foot bulk carrier, May 6, 2013. The Coast Guard had responded to a medevac request from the carrier when they had reported a injury to one of their crew. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Fireman Crystal Quinn)

The Coast Guard medevaced a 46-year-old man Monday from a 968-foot bulk carrier while the ship was anchored near Cape Charles. The ship's agent of the KM Osaka contacted Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders at approximately 6:45 p.m. reporting a man broke his arm and requested a medevac. Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders diverted a crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat - Medium from Coast Guard Station Cape Charles to assist. "The crew was underway conducting training near Kiptopeke when we received the call…

Ship Channel Set To Open Saturday

The U.S. Coast Guard will attempt to reopen the Lake Charles, Louisiana, ship channel to all ships including large crude oil tankers on Saturday, a spokesman said. The Coast Guard will attempt to refloat the sunken dry dock that has since mid-June stopped crude tankers getting to two big Gulf Coast refineries served by the channel. An initial refloat attempt was set for July 3, but work was delayed by mechanical problems. All shipping will be stopped through the channel early on Saturday morning to allow work to go ahead. Currently large crude vessels still cannot get to Conoco Inc.'s 243,000 bpd Lake Charles plant and Citgo Corp.'s 310,000 bpd plant, the spokesman said.

Sunken Drydock Removed From Ship Channel

The U.S. Coast Guard has removed the sunken drydock that has been blocking the Lake Charles, Louisiana, ship channel to large crude oil tankers, a spokesman said. "All sections of the sunken drydock have been removed from the Calcasieu River," the spokesman said. "The Army Corps of Engineers is conducting surveys to determine the need for additional dredging to return the channel to its project depth," he added. Until complete restoration of the channel, the Lake Charles pilots will be evaluating the navigable channel to determine beam and draft restrictions for safe passage, it added. The sunken dry dock had since mid-June stopped crude tankers getting to Conoco Inc.'s 243,000 bpd Lake Charles plant and Venezuelan-owned Citgo Corp.'s 310,000 bpd plant.

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