Navy to Christen Submarine Colorado
The Navy will christen its newest Virginia-class fast attack submarine, the future USS Colorado (SSN 788), during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, Dec. 3 at General Dynamics Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton, Connecticut. The Honorable Ray Mabus, secretary of the Navy, will deliver the ceremony's principal address. His daughter, Anne Mabus, is serving as the ship's sponsor. "The christening of the future USS Colorado is an example of our enduring partnership with our nation's shipbuilders…
General Dynamics Hosts Keel-Laying Ceremony for Submarine Colorado
Continuing a time-honored shipbuilding tradition, Ship Sponsor Annie Mabus laid the keel of the submarine Colorado, on Saturday, March 7, marking the ceremonial start of construction for the 15th ship of the Virginia Class. The event was hosted by General Dynamics Electric Boat at its Quonset Point facility and attended by local and Congressional dignitaries, Navy officials and more than 1,000 employees and family members. Mabus, the daughter of Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, chalked her initials on a steel plate to be affixed in the submarine.
General Dynamics Delivers Submarine Colorado
General Dynamics Electric Boat delivered the nuclear-powered attack submarine Colorado (SSN 788) to the U.S. Navy. The 15th ship of the Virginia Class, Colorado is the fifth of the eight-ship group known as Block III. According to the builder, these ships embody a Navy and industry commitment to reduce costs while increasing capabilities through an initiative comprising a multi-year procurement strategy, improvements in construction practices and the Design For Affordability (DFA) program. “This delivery demonstrates the skill and commitment of everyone involved in the Virginia-class submarine program,” said Electric Boat President Jeffrey S. Geiger, recognizing the contributions of the Navy, the shipbuilders and the supplier base.
Colorado to Pull Anti-fracking Initiatives; Oil Shares Rise
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has persuaded anti-fracking groups to scrap two ballot initiatives that would have curtailed oil and gas drilling, and news of the agreement on Monday lifted share prices of oil producers. Hickenlooper, in a televised news conference, said he had instead put together a task force with representatives from industry, environmental groups and local communities to set standards for the state's growing petroleum industry. This "will provide an alternative to ballot initiatives that…
Pair of Fire/Rescue Boats Now on Duty
Boat builder Lake Assault Boats has placed two fire and rescue boats into service with the San Bernardino County Fire Department in California. The versatile landing craft style vessels – one 28 feet long and the other 26 feet long – are equipped to handle a wide range of emergency response scenarios. “Having two of our boats on duty with the San Bernardino County Fire Department is an honor,” said Chad DuMars, Lake Assault Boats vice president of operations. The 28-foot craft is stationed in Needles, Calif. and serves on the Colorado River.
Managerial Appointments at MOL (America)
MOL (America) Inc. announced the appointment of Mr. Thomas Smart to the position of Midwest Regional Import Sales Manager, and the promotion of Mr. Larry Flading to the position of Midwest Regional Export Sales Manager. Mr. Smart assumes his new position having served as MOL (America) Inc.’s Midwest Regional Export Sales Manager since joining MOL in September 2002. Mr. Smart, who brings two decades of industry knowledge and experience to his new position, is now responsible for managing all import sales and customer service activities in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin and parts of Pennsylvania. Mr.
Arctic Sea Ice Report
The National Snow and Ice Data Center, sponsored by the University of Colorado and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), issued its report on Arctic sea ice. The ice in the Arctic Ocean has reached its minimum extent for 2009 and is starting to reform. This year’s minimum extent is above the record and near-record minimums of the last two years, but lower than the average minimums of the past 30 years. (9/17/09). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)
Bel-Ray Assigns New Sales Representation
Bel-Ray Company Inc. said it has appointed the Marine Markets West, LLC as sales representative in the Western United States and British Columbia in Canada, and was selected for the William F. Marine Markets West will represent Bel-Ray in territories, such as Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and British Columbia, while William F. Miller will represent Bel-Ray in the territories of Tennessee, Kentucky, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri.
NOAA: "near or below normal" 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted a "near or below normal" 2014 Atlantic hurricane season on Thursday, with eight to 13 tropical storms and three to six hurricanes, with one or two reaching major Category 3 status with winds above 111 miles per hour (178 kph). A typical season has 12 tropical storms, with six hurricanes and two major hurricanes, according to forecasters at Colorado State University, a leading U.S. extreme weather analysis team. The six month-long hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. Reporting by David Adams
CNOOC Searches for Oil in U.S.
According to a report from the Associated Press, China's state-owned offshore oil and gas company is intensifying its search for oil in the western United States. CNOOC Ltd. announced it will pay $570m for a one-third stake in Chesapeake Energy Corp.'s drilling project in an emerging oil field in northeast Colorado and southeast Wyoming. (Source: AP)
Guiding National Ocean Research Investment
The NSTC Joint Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology (JSOST) of the US Council on Environmental Quality is hosting a Public Workshop on the Ocean Research Priorities Plan. The event will be in Denver, Colorado (basically mid-way between the Atlantic and the Pacific) on April 18-20. Source: HK Law
Wheelabrator Group Announces New Ownership
Wheelabrator Group has announced new ownership. Mid Europa Partners (MEP), through its Emerging Europe Convergence Fund II, L.P. has completed the acquisition of all outstanding WG equity from an investment group led by Bard & Company. The Group will continue to pursue the action plan it developed over the last three years following its spin off from Veolia Environment. As a result of the new investment, Wheelabrator Group’s corporate functions (currently located in Golden, Colorado, USA), will transition to Altrincham over the course of the coming year.
Ferguson Director Global Business, HB Rentals
Accommodations specialist, HB Rentals, a Superior Energy Services company, has named Ken Ferguson the Director of Global Business Development. Ferguson will be based in HB Rentals’ Houston office and will oversee the company’s business development efforts. Before joining HB Rentals, Ferguson served as the Business Development Manager for Emtunga Offshore and worked in sales for Universal Services Inc., Evergreen Mobile Company, ATCO Structures Inc. and ATCO Saudi Arabia Ltd. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado. (www.hbrental.com)
FirstWave/Newpark Awarded Repair Contract
FirstWave/Newpark Shipbuilding was granted a contract by Pride Offshore of Houma, La. for repair and maintenance of the jack-up drilling rig Pride Colorado. The rig, which arrived at the company's East Pelican Island facility in Galveston during mid-October, will be drydocked on a heavylift barge for inspection and repair, if required. Newpark has completed three successful dockings on lift barges in the past.
USS Washington Commissioned
The U.S. Navy’s newest Virginia class submarine, USS Washington (SSN 787), was officially commissioned during a ceremony on board Naval Station Norfolk, Va. on October 7. Washington, named in honor of the 42nd state, is the 14th Virginia-class, fast-attack submarine to join the Navy's operational fleet. Elisabeth Mabus, daughter of the 75th Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, served as the submarine’s sponsor. Washington is the fourth of eight Block III Virginia-class submarines to be built.
USS Denver - 40 Years of Service
The crew of USS Denver (LPD 9) celebrated the ship's 40th birthday Oct. 26 during the annual Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) off the coast of the Philippines. The entire crew gathered on the mess decks to celebrate the 40 years since Denver's commissioning as a U.S. Navy warship in 1968. Current USS Denver commanding officer, Capt. Kent D. Whalen offered some historical prospective. "There's a lot of history associated with the two previous hulls that carried the name Denver and with the current one we are on," said Whalen. "It is a great honor to be the commanding officer.
Mesa Verde Commissioned Newest Navy Ship
Cdr. Shawn Lobree, commanding officer, USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), thanks his crew, their families, and a tremendous commissioning committee for their support. The ship is named after Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, a significant archaeological and anthropological site that in 1906 Congress established as the first cultural park in the National Park Systems. U.S. Navy photo by Cdr. More than 300 Sailors and a platoon of Marines manned the rails of USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), the newest San Antonio class ship…
The Big Melt in World Ocean Ice Record
Sea ice extent in both the northern and southern hemisphere was at record low levels for the month of January 2017. Last month set a record for the lowest sea-ice extent for the month, falling below the record set last year, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), a Colorado-based research outfit. Arctic sea ice this January averaged 5.17 million square miles, the lowest for the month in the 38-year sea ice record. "Greenhouse gases emitted through human activities…
This Day In Naval History: August 30
1923 - USS Colorado (BB 45) is commissioned. Notable during her pre-World War II service, she helps in the search for missing aviator, Amelia Earhart, in 1937. During WWII, USS Colorado serves in the Pacific during World War II and is hit by kamikazes at Leyte in November 1944. 1929 - At New London, Conn., 26 officers and men test the Momsen lung to exit an intentionally-bottomed submarine. The device was created by Lt. C.B. Momsen following the failure to save surviving crew members trapped in USS S-4 (SS 109) that sank after a collision with Coast Guard cutter USS Paulding in 1927.
Ellicott Dredges Bags Three US Govt Contracts
Ellicott Dredges announced it was recently awarded three contracts with the U.S. government. The first contract is for a customized Ellicott 860SL Swinging Dragon dredge and support boat for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR). This dredge will be used to increase depth and restore water flow in the Colorado River, and to create wetland habitats. One of the primary objectives of this program is multi-species conservation, including birds, fish, turtles, insects and plants. Ellicott has already supplied multiple dredges to the USBR for the Colorado River management project.
Woman Rowing Atlantic to Fight Human Trafficking
Boulder Colorado Woman to Row the Atlantic to Raise Awareness for Human Trafficking. In an effort to increase worldwide awareness of human trafficking, a Boulder woman will take part in an all-female, international team that aims to make history rowing across the Atlantic Ocean in December. Following a route similar to Christopher Columbus’ maiden voyage, the journey is prepared to set a record as the first, all-female crew of six to row 3,000 miles unaided across the Atlantic.
Union Pacific Line Back in Service after Derailment
U.S. railroad company Union Pacific Corp said on Monday that a rail line on which a train derailed in northern Colorado was back in service. The line, which is used about once a day, connects Windsor, which is in the Niobrara shale play in northeastern Colorado, as well as other towns in the state. The train, which was heading from Windsor to an East Coast destination, spilled 5,300 gallons of oil on Friday morning. Over the past several months, the industry has been under heightened government scrutiny due to an increase in train derailments involving oil tank cars. The amount of oil moving by rail from shale formations has risen sharply because the region is not well-connected to pipelines.
Bieller Appointed Vice President of Atlas Copco
Commerce City, Colorado. – Brian Bieller has accepted the position of vice president of business development at Atlas Copco Construction Equipment, effective April 1. In his new role, Bieller will be part of the management team and will report directly to Erik Sparby, president and general manager for Atlas Copco Construction Equipment. Most recently, Bieller was the sales manager for Atlas Copco Rental, responsible for Canada and the western United States. Before going to Atlas Copco’s rental division…