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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Northrop Grumman Moves to Virginia

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), announced that it will locate its new corporate office in Virginia, concluding a search that also included the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. "We are pleased to have identified Virginia as the home for our new corporate office. Virginia, Maryland and the District put forward compelling, competitive offers. Our final decision was driven largely by facility considerations, proximity to our customers, and overall economics," said Wes Bush, chief executive officer and president. Northrop Grumman is currently conducting negotiations with several building owners in the Falls Church/Arlington area, with a specific building selection to be announced.

Tuna Vessel Operator Convicted on Pollution Charges

An American tuna fishing company that regularly unloaded its catch in American Samoa, was convicted and sentenced today for discharging oil into the South Pacific and for maintaining false records, announced Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden of the Department of Justiceā€™s Environment and Natural Resources Division and U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips for the District of Columbia. The company, Pacific Breeze Fisheries LLC, owned the Fishing Vessel F/V Pacific Breeze, a tuna purse seiner that was responsible for the pollution. Pacific Breeze Fisheries admitted that its engineers failed to document the illegal dumping of oily bilge water into the waters off American Samoa without the use of required pollution prevention equipment.

Salazar Statement on Leasing Court Ruling

U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar issued the following statement regarding the U.S. ā€œI am pleased with the Courtā€™s decision. Consistent with the Departmentā€™s request, the Court clarified that its prior ruling only applies to the Chukchi, Beaufort and Bering Seas. On April 17, 2009 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated the entire 2007-2012 Outer Continental Shelf oil and natural gas leasing program, ruling that Bush Administration officials did not conduct sufficient scientific and environmental analysis before scheduling oil and gas lease sales on the Outer Continental Shelf off Alaska. The ruling came two years after lease sales had begun under the 2007-2012 OCS oil and natural gas leasing program.

Isbre Signs Contract With Jo Tankers

According to reports, Isbre Holding Corp. said that it has entered into a contract with Jo Tankers, for bulk transportation of Isbre Norwegian glacier spring water. Isbre's water will be extracted directly from its spring source in Osa, Norway. It will be loaded in bulk into cargo tanks on Jo Tankers vessels, and transported to special water storage tanks at Isbre's first bottling plant in Bristol, Pennsylvania. Distribution arrangements covering Canada, Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New Jersey have already been determined.

Appeal By Pilot Association Disallowed

In another chapter (or paragraph) of the long-running disagreement between the association of U.S. pilots operating on the Great Lakes and the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the pilotsā€™ association may not appeal a lower court decision to remand a rate dispute to the agency. Lake Pilots Association, Inc. v. U.S. Coast Guard, No. 03-5152 (D.C. Cir., March 9, 2004). (HK Law)

FMC Upheld on Claim of Unreasonably Refusing to Deal or Negotiate

In an unpublished decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied a petition for review sought by a stevedoring company of a decision of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). In a matter before the agency, the FMC had ruled that a marine terminal operator had not unreasonably refused to deal or negotiate with the stevedoring company. In its decision, the court ruled that the FMC decision was supported by substantial evidence and was consistent with past precedent. Source: HK Law

Judge Recognizes MARAD Authority

As a result of the Maritime Administratorā€™s designation of New Jersey as an adjacent coastal state, pursuant to 33 USC 1508(a)(2), Atlantic Sea Island Group, LLC, (ASIG) a deepwater port applicant, filed suit against the Maritime Administrator and Secretary of Transportation on February 15, 2008. In addition to filing the suit, the plaintiff also sought a preliminary injunction. ASIG alleged that the Maritime Administrator's designation of New Jersey as an "adjacent coastal state" under the Deepwater Ports Act of 1974 as amended, was contrary to law. The Maritime Administration filed a motion to dismiss the suit on March 17, 2008. On Dec. 8, 2008, in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Judge Richard W.

Maersk Line, Tote Services, Awarded MSC Contract Modifications

MV SSG Edward A. Carter Jr: Photo US Army

1. Maersk Line Ltd., Norfolk, Virginia, is being awarded a $12,495,775 modification under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00033-10-C-3220) to exercise a one-year option period for the time charter of one self-sustaining ship, MV SSG Edward A. Carter Jr., to support the U.S. Army's ammunition prepositioning program. Work will take place at sea in the Far East for this option period is expected to be completed by September 2015. Transportation working capital contract funds in the amount of $12ā€¦

Ocean Ships, APT, Awarded DoD Contract Modifications

USNS Montford Point: Photo MSC

1. Ocean Ships, Inc., Houston, Texas, is being awarded a $10,461,769 modification for the previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00033-13-C-3333) to exercise the second option period of this contract for the operation and maintenance of two Mobile Landing Platform ships, USNS Montford Point and USNS John Glenn. These ships support the Military Sealift Commandā€™s prepositioning fleet by transferring rolling stock and other cargos in-stream with other ships via ramp connections, as well as landing and deploying air-cushion non-displacement craft by means of inclined decks.

Maersk Line, Keystone, Awarded MSC Contract Modifications

Bobo-class vessel: Photo MSC

The US Department of Defense informs that Maersk Line and Keystone Prepositioning Services, have each been awarded vessel operation & maintenance contracts. 1. Maersk Line Ltd., Norfolk, Virginia, is being awarded a $33,016,247 modification under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price award fee contract (N00033-11-C-3110) to exercise the fourth option period of this contract for the operation and maintenance of five USNS Bobo-class ships, which support the U. S. Marine Corps Maritime Prepositioning Force worldwide.

Former Congress Lawyer to Serve as AdvanFort Legal Counsel

AdvanFort Company said attorney Sheila R. Schreiber has come onboard as its in-house legal counsel. Schreiber brings experience in the private and public sectors. She is a former litigation partner with Howrey LLP, served as counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary and has extensive experience in the national and international sales of industrial products. Her specialties include commercial, regulatory, employment, intellectual property, corporate and antitrust matters. Schreiber is a cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh law school where she was a member of the Law Review. Her bar and court memberships include the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Court Upholds NJ as Adjacent Coastal State

The US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the Maritime Administrator was acting within his authority under the Deepwater Port Act when he designated New Jersey as an additional adjacent coastal state with respect to the application of Atlantic Sea Island Group LLC (ASIG) for a license to construct and operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import facility at a site to be located in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 13.5 miles off the coast of New York and 19 miles off the coast of New Jersey.  The 45-day timeframe in the statute for such designation was held to be directory rather than mandatory.  ASIG v. Connaughton, No. 08-259 (DDC, December 8, 2008). (Source: Holland & Knight)

Somali Hostage Negotiator Charged With Piracy

Ali Mohamed Ali, 48, has been indicted for conspiracy to commit piracy and other charges that allege he acted as a negotiator on behalf of Somali pirates during the takeover of a merchant ship in the Gulf of Aden, announced U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. and James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBIā€™s Washington Field Office. Ali, also known as Ismail Ali or Ahmed Ali Adan, had been residing in Somalia. He was arrested on April 20, 2011 at Dulles International Airport. He is scheduled to make his initial appearance April 26, 2011 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The indictment, returned  April 15ā€¦

Somali Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Piracy

Jama Idle Ibrahim, a/k/a Jaamac Ciidle, pled guilty on September 8 to conspiracy to commit piracy under the law of nations and conspiracy to use a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. and Shawn Henry, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBIā€™s Washington Field Office, announced. The charges stem from a violent act of piracy in the Gulf of Aden against a merchant vessel, the MV/CEC Future, that began in November 2008. Ibrahim, 38, of Somalia, entered the guilty plea this morning before the Honorable Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison for the piracy conspiracy count and 20 years for the firearm conspiracy count.

US Awards $4.85 Mln for Waterways Projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced $4.85 million in grants to six Marine Highway projects along the waterways of 17 states and the District of Columbia. The goal of the Maritime Administrationā€™s Marine Highway Program is to expand the use of U.S. navigable waterways to relieve landside congestion, reduce air emissions and generate other public benefits by increasing the efficiency of the surface transportation system. ā€œThese grants will help us take advantage of the economic and environmental benefits of one of Americaā€™s most crucial transportation assets ā€“ our coastal and inland waterways,ā€ Foxx said. The grants will help expand existing marine highway operations across New York Harborā€¦

DOT Awards Grant for Rehabilitation of Wando Welch Terminal

Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced a $10.8 million TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant for the rehabilitation of the Wando Welch Terminal project, one of 72 transportation projects in 46 states and the District of Columbia that will receive a total of approximately $600 million from the Department of Transportationā€™s discretionary grant program. Maritime Administrator Paul ā€˜Chipā€™ Jaenichen visited the Port of Charleston today to tour the project site and meet with port officials.

Phoenix International Awarded US$75-M Subsea Navy Contract

Subsea salvage work: Photo USN SUPSALV

US Department of Defense inform that Phoenix International Holdings Inc., Largo, Maryland, is being awarded a $75,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-award fee contract for worldwide undersea deep ocean search and recovery operations and associated services to support the Director of Ocean Engineering, Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV). DoD explains that this contract allows the Navy to meet its responsibility for deep ocean search and recovery established under the Salvage Facilities Act.

USMMA Welcomes Incoming Class of 2016

Photo credit US Merchant Marine Academy

274 plebe candidates take part in "Indoc Day" at the U.S. The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy welcomes its incoming Class of 2016, consisting of 274 plebe candidates representing 47 states, the District of Columbia and the three foreign countries of South Korea, Malaysia and Panama. "The new plebe candidates make up one of the most diverse classes at the Academy," said Dr. Shashi Kumar, acting superintendent at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Upon arrival, the Congressionally-nominated future Midshipmen began a rigorousā€¦

President Signs Combined Appropriations Legislation

The White House issued a News Release stating that President Bush signed into law the Transportation, Treasury, and Housing and Urban Development, the Judiciary, the District of Columbia, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006 (H.R. 3058). The combined appropriations legislation provides funding for numerous programs, most of which are of little concern to the maritime industry. A few programs that are of concern will be noted here. The MARAD Maritime Security Program (MSP) was funded at $156 million. A total of $21 million was allotted for disposal of excess U.S. government ships. The Title XI loan guarantee program was provided $4.126 million for administrative expenses. No funding was provided for the National Defense Tank Vessel Construction Program.

Port Captains, Port Engineers Not Managerial Employees

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that port captains and port engineers are not managerial employees for purpose of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). In the instant case, a labor union filed a representation petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) seeking an election to become the exclusive bargaining agent for the port captains and port engineers employed by the employer. The employer opposed the petition and, when the NLRB ordered an election and the union won, the employer refused to bargain. The employer sought judicial review of the NLRB order. After reviewing the duties of the port captains and port engineersā€¦

Austal Wins LCS Class Services Support Contract

Photo courtesy of Austal

Austal Limited was awarded a $6,502,918 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-11-C-2301) to exercise an option for special studies, analyses and review efforts for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program. The deal will see Austal provide engineering and design services to reduce acquisition and lifecycle costs for the Independence variant LCS. Work will be performed in Mobile, Alabama (72 percent), and Pittsfield, Massachusetts (28 percent), and is expected to be completed by March 2016.

US Energy Dept OKs Cove Point LNG Export

Cove Point Terminal (Photo: Dominion)

The U.S. Energy Department said Thursday it has given the final approval for Dominion Resources to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its Cove Point, Maryland plant. The Cove Point plant is investing $3.8 billion in new infrastructure to ship up to 0.77 billion cubic feet of LNG starting late in 2017 to countries with which the United States does not have free trade agreements. The DOE said it conducted "an extensive careful review" of Dominion's applications and considered the economicā€¦

Navy Contract: BIW Awarded $125m

General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, is being awarded a $125,950,046 cost-plus-award-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-12-C-4311) for the continuation of integrated planning yard services for Arleigh Burke-class and Oliver Hazard Perry-class ships. Bath Iron Works will provide expert design, planning, and material support services for both maintenance and modernization and will prevent any lapse in programmatic coverage. Work will be performed in Bath, Maine and is expected to complete by December 2017. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance (Navy) funding in the amount of $945 will be obligated at time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

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