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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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Submarine USS Miami Fire – Vacuum Cleaner the Source

'USS Miami' Photo credit USN

The fire, which burned for nearly 10 hours, caused damage that will take at least $400 million to fix, said Deb White, spokeswoman for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. The 22-year-old sub was about two months into a scheduled 18-month engineering overhaul at the shipyard. “Specific details as to the cause and subsequent damage assessment are still being evaluated as part of on-going investigations and will be released at a later date,” White said in a statement. Navy officials said the fire did not endanger the sub’s nuclear reactor.

Navy submarine arrives at Kittery for inactivation

AP reported that the attack submarine USS Salt Lake City arrived Thursday at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, which will serve as its last stop before the submarine is dismantled and scrapped. The Salt Lake City and its 127-member crew completed its career by surfacing through the polar ice cap, breaking through more than a foot of snow near the North Pole on Nov. 17, before making its way to the shipyard on the Maine-New Hampshire border. The sub will spend about a year in Kittery, undergoing defueling and other steps in the inactivation process, said shipyard spokeswoman Deb White. After that, it will be towed back to the West Coast, to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash., where it will be recycled, she said.

CNO Tours Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead gets hands-on experience in the operation of induction coating removal equipment during a tour of Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, from the Shipyard Commander, Capt. Robert Mazzone and the Shipyard Plastics Fabricator Richard Beaudion. U.S. Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead toured Portsmouth Naval Shipyard here Jan. 8 as part of an eight-day trip visiting private and public shipyards throughout the U.S. The CNO is conducting the trip to help deepen his understanding of the shipbuilding industry. Joined by Sens.

GOGL Adds Dry Bulk Vessel

Golden Shui. File Photo: Golden Ocean Group Ltd

Golden Ocean Group (GOGL) says that it has taken delivery of one dry bulk vessel, Q Deb. "GOGL announced that it has entered into agreements to acquire 16 modern dry bulk vessels in an all-share transaction where the Company will issue in aggregate 17.8 million consideration shares," said a stock exchange filing of the company. The Company is pleased to announce that it has taken delivery of one vessel, Q Deb (to be renamed Golden Deb), it added. Golden Ocean has issued 1,300,000 consideration shares to Quintana Shipping Ltd. and associated companies in exchange for the vessel.

Massport Names Deborah Hadden Acting Port Director

Deborah A. Hadden: Photo credit Massport

The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) gives Deborah Hadden responsibility to oversee its maritime facilities. Deborah A. “Deb” Hadden, Deputy Port Director of Properties and Transportation has assumed the position of Acting Port Director where she now oversees all aspects of Massport’s Maritime Department. In her new role Hadden is responsible for the management and promotion of Massport’s maritime facilities, and other interests in the Port of Boston including strategies for the development, marketing, operation and maintenance of Conley Container Terminal and Cruiseport Boston.

Senate to Hold US Ports Hearing

U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer (official photo)

U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) will convene the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security on Tuesday, February 10 for a hearing to focus on the U.S. supply chain, particularly the importance of efficiently functioning U.S. ports. During the hearing, entitled “Keeping Goods Moving,” the panel will take expert testimony from witnesses on what it takes to maintain an efficient and reliable U.S. port, as well as the economic and logistical impact of port delays…

WCI to Move Offices to Washington DC

In an effort to better facilitate WCI’s lobbying work on Capitol Hill, we will be moving offices from Arlington, Virginia to 499 S. Capitol Street, SW, Suite 401, Washington, DC  20003 on Wednesday, October 1. Personal extensions will be provided at a later date, as they may change. Please Note: As this transition occurs, the WCI server (computers/telephones) will be down from Wednesday, October 1 until likely close of business Thursday, October 2 (subject to change). If you need to reach Mike Toohey or I, try our cell numbers or our personal email addresses above.

Overnight Cruise Ship Visits Suspended in White Bay

The New South Wales (NSW) Port Authority has suspended all overnight cruise ship visits to White Bay until the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has regulated ultra-low sulphur fuel use for ships berthing at the terminal. Port Authority of NSW CEO, Grant Gilfillan, said previous overnight cruise ship visits to White Bay Cruise Terminal and the adjoining berth named White Bay 4 had caused concern to some residents, particularly unscheduled overnight arrivals. The first people to hear about this voluntary measure were members of the Port Authority's Glebe Island and White Bay Community Liaison Group, when they met on Monday evening.

Liberia Re-elected to IMO Council

Photo: The Liberian Registry

Liberia has been re-elected to the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a position it has held continuously since 2012. Commissioner of the Liberia Maritime Authority, Dr James Kollie, says, “It is very gratifying to see Liberia reconfirmed in its position as a leading maritime nation and decision-maker at the IMO. Liberia is among the most proactive and responsible maritime nations in the world, in accordance with its position as the leading quality open registry serving the global shipping industry and ensuring seafarers’ welfare.

Queen Elizabeth Welcomes UK’s New Aircraft Carrier

Her Majesty The Queen at the commissioning of HMS Queen Elizabeth (Photo: Royal Navy)

The U.K.’s newest aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth was commissioned into the Royal Navy fleet this morning by Her Majesty The Queen. Serving as the ship's Lady Sponsor, The Queen addressed guests before the ship's Commanding Officer, Captain Jerry Kyd, and read the commissioning warrant at a ceremony in Portsmouth Naval Base. The ceremony, attended by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson and military chiefs, marked the first time the Queen has visited the new warship since the formal naming ceremony in Rosyth in July 2014.

Whiting Petroleum To Acquire Kodiak Oil & Gas At $6 Bln

Photo Courtesy Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp

Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: WLL) (“Whiting”) and Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. (NYSE: KOG) (“Kodiak”) today announced a definitive agreement pursuant to which Whiting will acquire Kodiak in an all-stock transaction valued at $6.0 billion, based on the closing price of Whiting on July 11, 2014, and including Kodiak’s net debt of $2.2 billion as of March 31, 2014. The transaction will create the largest Bakken/Three Forks producer with over 107,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day of production in the first quarter of 2014…

NOAA Ship Decommissioned

U.S. decommissioned today in a ceremony at its home port in Norfolk, Va. waterways. manages the NOAA fleet of ships and aircraft. efficiently. charts. survey platform in the world. maritime commerce. terabytes - one terabyte equaling 1,000 gigabytes. mosaics as well as imagery of historical wrecks like the USS Monitor. oceanography, fisheries research and homeland security surveys. security and nautical charting and returned in November. marked an end to its 39 years of service. and all waters in between. the nation. finding the wreckage of John F. Kennedy's aircraft in 1999. 990 off the coast of Rhode Island. Cmdr. two years. Air 990 recovery efforts. tragedies involving aircraft lost at sea. who served in the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. and the U.S. Naval Academy.

Trump Prohibits Dealings in New Venezuelan Government, PDVSA Debt

U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order prohibiting dealings in certain Venezuelan public sector debt on to pressure the government of President Nicolas Maduro to halt its "tyranny," the White House the White house said on Friday.   The order prohibits dealings in new debt and equity issued by the Venezuelan government and by its state oil company, PDVSA. But the White House said the order allows Treasury to provide licenses for other commercial and humanitarian transaction, including financing for commercial trade, petroleum exports and imports and transactions that only involve PDVSA's U.S. unit, Citgo.     (Reporting by David Lawder and Tim Ahmann)

TechnipFMC Wins West White Rose Contract

Photo: TechnipFMC plc

TechnipFMC has been awarded an Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) contract from Husky Energy for the West White Rose Project in Eastern Canada. The contract covers the supply and installation of subsea equipment including tie-in manifolds, flexible flowlines, and control umbilicals, which will connect the recently announced West White Rose Platform to the existing SeaRose FPSO (Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading) vessel. The Husky West White Rose Project will use a fixed platform tied back to the SeaRose FPSO vessel.

NSRP Solicits White Papers

The National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) has issued a solicitation for panel white papers. Additionally, the Panel Project Guide, which contains details on the white paper review and selection process, contracting requirements  and formatting guidelines, has been updated to correspond with this solicitation. The deadline for Panel Chairs to submit to SCRA those white papers which have been reviewed and selected by their respective panels is Friday, January 27, 2012. NOTE: deadlines for proposers to submit white papers to Panel Chairs vary -- contact the appropriate panel (listed below) or the NSRP Program Office for further information. For more information, please visit www.nsrp.org.

"Vessels Negligent Until Proven Otherwise"

On September 6, 1992, the M/V H. Lee (White) approached the Grosse Ile Toll Bridge on the Trenton Channel of the Detroit River. The M/V White is a 700 ft. cargo freighter that is 78 ft. wide and has a 13,000 lb. port-bow anchor. On that particular day, the M/V White was carrying 67 million lbs. of iron ore. The Grosse Ill Toll Bridge (the bridge) is a privately owned toll bridge over the Detroit River. The bridge opens for vessel traffic with a pivot system. It has a 305 ft. swing span in the center of the bridge that pivots open allowing for the passage of vessels. Bracketing the swing section are two 180 ft. fixed spans that allow for a 125 ft. draw once the swing span is open. Therefore, the bridge allows for little margin of error for a ship such as the M/V White which is 78 ft.

U.S. Navy To Pay Cheney's Utility Bill?

The White House is asking the U.S. Navy to pay the six-figure utility bill for Vice President Dick Cheney's house, as Democrats accused Cheney, the administration's point man on energy policy, of "staggering insensitivity." The bill for electricity, gas and water for the 33-room official vice presidential residence at the U.S. Naval Observatory is projected at $136,000 for fiscal 2002 which ends in September, compared with a budget of $43,600, the White House said. The bills have far outstripped the budget since an electricity meter was installed in 1998, the White House said. This has driven Cheney to practice the energy conservation…

Lightering Ops Commence on Grounded Tanker Off NYC

Crews were expected to begin lightering 110,000 barrels of low sulfur fuel oil from the grounded tank ship White Sea to Bouchard Barge B-230 last night (July 12) at 10:00 p.m. Officials anticipate refloating the 800-foot Liberian-flagged tank ship about 8:00 p.m. Friday (July 13) during high tide. Capt. Robert R. O'Brien, Coast Guard Captain of the Port of New York and New Jersey approved the salvage plan which calls for additional barges should more product need to be lightered from the White Sea to refloat it. A dive survey is scheduled for first light to assess the condition of the ship's hull. The Bayonne, N.J.-based Coast Guard Cutter Penobscot Bay relieved the cutter Katherine Walker, another Bayonne-based cutter, in enforcing a 500 yard security zone around the tanker.

Husky Announces Contracts for White Rose Offshore Project

Husky Energy Inc. (Husky) announced that time charter contracts have been awarded to Knutsen OAS Shipping A.S. for two newbuild shuttle tankers to transport oil from the White Rose offshore project to market following commencement of production planned for late 2005. Husky is the operator of the White Rose project, the third major oil field development in the Jeanne d'Arc Basin located about 217 miles east of Newfoundland and Labrador. White Rose will be developed using a floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO). Husky awarded contracts for the construction of the FPSO vessel in April. Husky and Petro-Canada, as co-charterers, signed the shuttle tanker time charter agreements with Knutsen OAS Shipping A.S. of Haugesund, Norway as owner.

100th Anniversary of the Great White Fleet Commemorated

Rear Adm. Terence McKnight, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 2, addresses reporters at a press briefing in Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal in New York. McKnight was on hand to commemorate the opening of the "Great White Fleet," an exhibition presented by the Columbus Citizens Foundation in collaboration with the Office of the Secretary of the Navy. The exhibit, which will be on display in Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall through Oct. 17, commemorates the voyage of the Gr

By Lt. The U.S. Navy commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Great White Fleet in Oct. 7 at Grand Central Terminal with the opening of an exhibit that will run through the 2008 Columbus Celebration ending Oct. 17. The exhibit - which includes eight-foot models of battleships, artifacts, memorabilia from Sailors aboard the ships and photo displays that tell the story of an American naval mission - highlights aid provided by ships of the Great White Fleet to in 1908 following a devastating earthquake.

Paris MoU Issues Report on Port State Control

The Paris MoU published its report on 2013’s worldwide flag performance, “White, Grey and Black Lists.” The report indicates further improvements towards quality shipping. Last year Thailand and the United States of America were moved up to the White List. This year Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland moved from the Grey List to the White List. Georgia, Lebanon, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Libya and Albania moved from the Black List to the Grey List. There are now 46 flags on the White List, one more than last year. The Paris MoU has France leading the list, followed by Norway and Sweden. Several flags have made a significant move upwards on the White List in the top 10: Norway, Italy, the United Kingdom and Finland.

Paris MoU Approves New Performance Lists

At its 48th meeting last month, the Paris MoU Committee approved the 2014 inspection results and adopted new performance lists for flags and Recognized Organizations. These lists will take effect from July 1, 2015. The “White, Grey and Black (WGB) List” presents the full spectrum, from quality flags to flags with a poor performance that are considered high or very high risk. It is based on the total number of inspections and detentions over a three-year rolling period for flags with at least 30 inspections in the period. On the “White, Grey and Black list” for 2014, a total number of 72 flags are listed: 43 on the “White List”, 19 on the “Grey List” and 10 on the “Black list”.

Paris MoU Publishes New Performance List

At its 49th meeting last month, the Paris MoU Committee approved the 2015 inspection results and adopted new performance lists for flags and Recognized Organizations. These lists will take effect from July 1, 2016. The White, Grey and Black (WGB) List presents the full spectrum, from quality flags to flags with a poor performance that are considered high or very high risk. It is based on the total number of inspections and detentions over a three-year rolling period for flags with at least 30 inspections in the period. On the White, Grey and Black list for 2015, a total number of 73 flags are listed: 43 on the White List, 19 on the Grey List and 11 on the Black list.

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