D-Day Ship Turned Ferry Repowered
As part of the June 6, 1944 Normandy landings, the USS LST-510 (landing ship for tanks) delivered 200 GIs, and 70 tanks and jeeps to Omaha Beach. She then anchored offshore to serve as an impromptu hospital ship for the over 150,000 Allied wounded. For three months following the invasion, she ferried injured soldiers back to England and supplies back to the front, evading German U-boats and dive bombers. She was awarded a Battle Star for her meritorious participation. Thought to be the last D-Day ship still in active service…
Coast Guard Cutter Elm Heads to Baltimore for Overhaul
The 20-year-old U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Elm is scheduled to make its way to the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore this month for a planned major dry dock overhaul. The cutter’s departure from Atlantic Beach, N.C. will mark its last from its current homeport. After the overhaul work is completed, the Elm will report to a new homeport in Astoria, Oregon. Coast Guard Cutter Maple, which is presently undergoing a midlife overhaul of its own, will replace the Elm in Atlantic Beach this April.
U.S.-bound LNG Tanker with Russian LNG Diverted
A liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker probably carrying some supply from a Russian export project has been diverted from the United States, ship-tracking data shows. Engie's Gaselys LNG tanker was diverted on Friday from the Everett terminal in Boston, Massachusetts, where gas prices have tapered off since spiking during a cold snap. The vessel picked up the cargo from storage tanks at Britain's Isle of Grain import terminal in early January. The delivery to the United States was unusual because the LNG at Isle of Grain's tanks also contained some supply from Russia's new Yamal export plant.
Navy Secretary Confirmed; Can’t Take Office
According to a recent Chicago Sun story, the Senate confirmed the appointment of Donald Winter as Navy secretary, but he won't formally take over until the current secretary's stalled promotion is cleared in an expected recess appointment by President Bush. Two senators have blocked Navy Secretary Gordon England's confirmation as deputy defense secretary, the Pentagon's second-highest position, creating a logjam in the department's hierarchy. According to the story, Bush will bypass the Senate and install England as deputy secretary within the next four months. The recess appointment would clear the way for Winter, the former corporate vice president of Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, to be formally sworn in as the Navy's top civilian official.
Gordon England Sworn in as 73rd Secretary of The Navy
The Honorable Gordon R. England, right, receives the oath of office during a short swearing in ceremony as the 73rd Secretary of the Navy. Administering the oath is Mr. John H. La Raia, Assistant for Administration to the Under Secretary of the Navy. Secretary England becomes only the second person in history to serve twice as the leader of the Navy Marine Corps Team and the first to serve in back to back terms. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Journalist Craig P. Strawser. England becomes…
P&I Club Celebrates 21 Years in Germany
Dr Matthias Reith, director of German bulk carrier owner Orion Schiffahrtsgesellschaft Reith & Co of Hamburg, helped the North of England P&I club celebrate 21 years of working with the German shipping industry today. Speaking a major industry reception organized by the club at the Zipplehaus restaurant in Hamburg, Dr Reith said 'In 1982 Orion became the first company from Germany to join the North of England. The club now insures 36 fleets in Germany and works with 11 of the German-based brokers. Dr Reith said he was particularly pleased with the way the club had developed in Germany, from its initial Hamburg-based membership to involvement with shipowners from Bremen, Leer and elsewhere in the German shipping community.
Owners Alerted to Possible Rises in S&P Disputes & P&I Premiums
The 'A' rated, 65 million GT North of England P&I Club has alerted shipowners in the Middle East and India yesterday (20 September 2006) to the possibility of more sale and purchase disputes and a further increase in their P&I premiums. The warnings were given at a seminar attended by around 80 representatives of Middle-Eastern and Indian shipowners at the Dubai Beach Resort in the UAE, which North of England organised in conjunction with sale and purchase experts from international shipping law firms Ince & Co and Mills & Co. According to the club's associate director Katherine Birchall, 'As a result of recent fluctuations in freight rates in both the dry cargo and tanker markets…
RCCL: Bayley, Lutoff-Perlo take CEO Posts
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (NYSE, OSLO: RCL) named two senior company executives to lead the company’s two largest brands. Michael Bayley, who worked his way up from an assistant purser’s position aboard the Nordic Prince, will serve as President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International. Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, whose career at the company began in the New England sales office, will serve as President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises. “This is a happy day for Michael and Lisa, and a proud day for all of us at the company,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
New York Christening Powered by Memories, Resolve
Mrs. Dotty England, wife of Deputy Secretary of Defense The Hon. Gordon England, christens the amphibious transport dock Pre-Commissioning Unit New York (LPD 21) at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding New Orleans. The bow of the New York is built with metal recovered from the World Trade Center site. U. S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tiffini M. The Navy's newest amphibious tranport dock was christened "New York" March 1, at the Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding New Orleans Shipyard at Avondale, La.
GL Garrad Hassan as Wind Power Forecaster
In order to manage wind generation in its real-time and day-ahead markets, the system operator for the New England area of the U.S., ISO New England Inc., has awarded GL Garrad Hassan a two-year contract to provide wind power forecasting services to all wind in the ISO’s footprint, including generation within the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. GL Garrad Hassan is in the beginning stages of this project for the ISO, with plans to begin first forecast delivery in 2012. Accurate forecasting is the key to the management of any generation source that inherently depends on the variability of the weather, requiring advanced short-term prediction of generation to make it approach the manageability of conventional electricity sources.
Management Changes at North of England P&I Club’s Greek Office
Tony Allen has taken over the management of the North of England P&I club's successful Greek office. He replaces Mike Salthouse, who set up the office three years ago and has now returned to the club's headquarters in Newcastle upon Tyne, England as a Greek area director. Allen (42) started work in the Greek office last year. He formerly worked in Piraeus on P&I and FD&D matters with international maritime law firm Norton Rose before moving to the North of England in 1998, becoming involved with a wide range of P&I issues including container operations, cargo claims and oil pollution matters. He originally trained in the insurance and marine law litigation department of London law firm Simmons and Simmons.
North of England P&I Club’s Accounts Confirm Strong Year
The North of England P&I club confirmed its emergence as one the world's strongest maritime insurers today (12 September 2003) with publication of its accounts for the 2002/2003 financial year. The A- rated shipping mutual reported another 12 months of solid growth in tonnage, income and reserves. Chairman George Procopiou confirmed in the club's 2003 'Management Report' that entered tonnage at the February 2003 renewal grew by 10% to 43 million GT, with 35 million GT owned and 8 million GT chartered. Gross premium income for all insurance classes rose by 25% in 2002/3 to US$ 133.1 million and the overall free reserve increased by 14.5% to US$ 99.6 million. Most growth came from existing members but Procopiou said the North of England would continue to look for suitable new members.
EPIRB Alerts the Coast Guard To Distressed Sailors
A registered Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) led to the rescue of five British citizens Sunday from a demasted sailing vessel 340 miles off Cape Hatteras, N.C. Paul Huber, 36, of Croston, England, Thomas A.L. Olsen, 26, of Jersey, England, Fiona I.G. Irwin, 36, and her children, ages nine and 12, all of Liverpool, England, were on a trip from Palm Beach, Fla., to England when their 50-foot sailing vessel Free, lost its mast. The cause of the calamity is unknown. This is the second rescue in five days that involved a 406 EPIRB alerting the Coast Guard to a distress. The Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Center (RCC), Portsmouth, Va., coordinated a very similar rescue May 16, which also involved an EPIRB alert from a 50-ft.
North of England Makes Appointments
North of England P&I Association appointed two new members to its management team led by managing director Rodney Eccleston. Senior claims executive Iain Beange and underwriter Stephen Rebair have both been promoted to managers of the 'A' rated 65 million GT club's wholly owned management company, North Insurance Management Limited. Beange, 45, joined North of England in 1995 after 16 years at sea, predominantly on dry bulk tonnage, followed by two years with London maritime law firm Clyde and Co. He holds a British Master Mariners' Certificate and an LLB Honors degree from the University of Northumbria. From 2000 to 2004 Beange worked in the Association's Hong Kong office, working closely with the growing Far East membership.
U.S. Coast Guard Warns of Hurricane Earl
As Hurricane Earl approaches New England, the Coast Guard is actively tracking the storm’s progress and urging caution and preparedness for mariners and storm watchers. Hurricane force winds, heavy surf, strong storm surges, rogue waves, rip currents and coastal flooding are predicted. Rogue waves near break walls and jetties are particularly hazardous to beach-goers during hurricane conditions. Sudden large waves can easily sweep storm watchers into the water or drag vessels off moorings or piers.
North of England Reaffirms A Rating
North of England P&I club has had its A / stable rating reaffirmed by Standard and Poor’s and gained further tonnage at the annual renewal to reach a total of approximately 70 million GT. Leading ratings agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P) confirmed last week that North of England had retained its ‘A’ financial strength and counterparty credit rating with a stable outlook for the third year running. According to S&P primary credit analyst Marcus Rivaldi, ‘North of England’s operating performance is considered strong when compared with that of most peers and the International Group of P&I Clubs as a whole. Owned tonnage entered in North of England showed a net increase of 1 million GT at the annual renewal yesterday (20 February 2007)…
HAL Launches ‘Discover Canada & New England’
Holland America Line launched a “Discover Canada & New England Sweepstakes” that will award five of the line’s Pinterest followers a $500 American Express gift card. The sweepstakes runs through Sept. 20, 2014, and the winners will be selected in a random drawing at the end of September. Participants can visit the Discover Canada & New England tab on Holland America Line’s Facebook page and choose their favorite Canada & New England highlight photo from a selection of six colorful and captivating images.
Wickes to Represent New England Ropes
New England Ropes announced that Wickes Marine will now Represent New England Ropes Pleasure Marine products throughout the east coast region. Wickes Marine’s main office is centrally located in Tiverton, RI and they also have additional offices and personnel located throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic which allows them to support accounts from Maine down through the Carolinas. “Wickes Marine allows us to increase our service to our existing customers. Bill Wickes and his team have great industry knowledge and experience that will help New England Ropes as we expand our product portfolio”, added Kevin Coughlin, Pleasure Marine Market Manager.
Harley Joins SI-Tex Sales, New England
SI-Tex announced that marine electronics industry veteran Chris Harley has joined its team of sales professionals, representing the company’s full line of sounders, autopilots, radar, chart plotters, AIS and more to Marine Electronics Dealers across the New England Region. Harley brings with him a wealth of related experience — both in the marine electronics industry and the unique aspects of the New England market. While Harley maintains his own highly successful marine rep firm (C.
Gordon England Resigns as Navy Secretary
Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England has relinquished his post as secretary of the Navy, Defense Department officials announced Dec. 29. He will continue to serve as acting deputy secretary of defense, officials said. England has served as Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's deputy since May, when former Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz left the Pentagon to head up the World Bank. Over two terms as Navy secretary, England served a total of 48 months. His terms were separated by his service as the first deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department. For the past eight months, he has served in both the Navy post and as acting deputy secretary of defense. Navy Undersecretary Dionel M. Aviles will serve as acting Navy secretary effective today.
Cammell Laird Axes 187 More Jobs
Struggling shipbuilder Cammell Laird Plc, which is in receivership, has announced a further 187 jobs cuts in Britain on top of over 600 previously announced redundancies. Accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), acting as receivers for the group, said on Wednesday that the latest cuts would see 95 jobs go at Tyneside, northeast England, and 45 redundancies at Birkenhead, northwest England. The company, which currently employs just under 700 workers in the U.K., called in the receivers after a series of cancelled orders hit its finances, causing it to suspend trading in its shares. The decline in the fortunes of Cammell Laird, whose main yard was set up in 1824, marked a further fall in Britain's once-proud shipbuilding industry.
The Axe Continues to Swing at Cammell Laird
Insolvent British shipbuilder Cammell Laird Plc is cutting a further 117 staff, a spokesman for its receivers PricewaterhouseCoopers told Reuters on Monday. The spokesman said 34 jobs out of 59 were being shed at its Tyneside operation in northeast England while 83 of 136 jobs were being cut at Birkenhead in northwest England. Cammell Laird went into receivership in April after a series of cancelled orders hit its finances. Earlier this month, the firm, a symbol of the decline in British shipbuilding, announced it was axing 330 jobs on top of more than 600 job cuts made earlier in the year. Last Friday, ship repair outfit A&P Group Holdings bought the plant and equipment of each of Cammell Laird's yards at Birkenhead, Tyneside and at Teeside, also in northeast England.
Massport Announces "New England-Halifax Shuttle"
The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) has announced that a new weekly cargo service connecting Boston with Halifax, Nova Scotia is set to begin June 14, connecting New England businesses to 20 major steamship lines. The “New England-Halifax Shuttle,” to be operated by American Feeder Lines (AFL), will call Conley Container Terminal every Tuesday. This is the second new service to launch at the Massport facility in less than a month. In addition to Boston, the New England-Halifax Shuttle will call Portland…