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Andreas Silcher Negotiates LNG Carrier Contracts

Andreas Silcher. Photo: Haynes and Boone

Partner Andreas Silcher in Haynes and Boone’s London office represented TMS Cardiff Gas in its contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries of Korea (HHI) for the construction of one 174,000 cubic meter LNG carrier with XDF propulsion, plus an option for a second vessel. In a press release, TMS Cardiff Gas called the order the first in the company’s X Carrier Series of orders, which expands the company’s fleet of managed vessels to 10. The vessel is scheduled for delivery in 2020, when she will enter into a seven-year time charter contract with TOTAL Gas & Power Chartering, Limited.

First Class Navigation Corporation Corrects Ownership Information

Exchange Commission. Class Navigation. connection with, sponsorship of, or investment in First Class Navigation. Georgios Souravlas and Alexandros Politis- Kalenteris. Mr. resigned his post in October 2007. officer of First Class Navigation. Souravlas or Mr. Shipping & Trading. effective. accepted prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective. of any such state.

Today in U.S. Naval History: July 7

Thomas A. Edison, courtesy United States Library of Congress

Today in U.S. 1798 - Congress rescinds treaties with France; Quasi War begins with Frigate Delaware capturing French privateer, Croyable. 1846 - Commodore John D. Sloat lands at Monterey and claims California for U.S. 1916 - Thomas A. 1948 - First six enlisted women sworn into Regular Navy. The Navy WAVES in Naval Reserve, who were the first to transfer to the Regular Navy, were Kay Louise Langdon, Aviation Storekeeper First Class; Wilma Juanita Marchal, Chief Yeoman; Frances Teresa Dovaney…

This Day in Naval History - July 07

1798 - Congress rescinds treaties with France; Quasi War begins with frigate Delaware capturing French privateer, Croyable. 1846 - Commodore John D. Sloat lands at Monterey and claims California for U.S. 1916 - Thomas A. Edison becomes head of Naval Consulting Board which screens inventions for use by the Navy. 1948 - First six enlisted women sworn into Regular Navy. The Navy WAVES in Naval Reserve, who were the first to transfer to the Regular Navy, were Kay Louise Langdon, Aviation Storekeeper First Class; Wilma Juanita Marchal, Chief Yeoman; Frances Teresa Dovaney, Storekeeper Second Class; Edna Earle Young, Yeoman Second Class; Doris Roberta Robertson, Teleman Second Class; and Ruth Flora, Hospital Corpsman First Class.

This Day in U.S. Naval History - July 07

(From the Navy News Service) 1798 - Congress rescinds treaties with France; Quasi War begins with frigate Delaware capturing French privateer, Croyable. 1846 - Commodore John D. Sloat lands at Monterey and claims California for U.S. 1916 - Thomas A. Edison becomes head of Naval Consulting Board which screens inventions for use by the Navy. 1948 - First six enlisted women sworn into Regular Navy. The Navy WAVES in Naval Reserve, who were the first to transfer to the Regular Navy, were Kay Louise Langdon, Aviation Storekeeper First Class; Wilma Juanita Marchal, Chief Yeoman; Frances Teresa Dovaney, Storekeeper Second Class; Edna Earle Young, Yeoman Second Class; Doris Roberta Robertson, Teleman Second Class; and Ruth Flora, Hospital Corpsman First Class.

This Day in U.S. Naval History - July 7

1798 - Congress rescinds treaties with France; Quasi War begins with Frigate Delaware capturing French privateer, Croyable.   1846 - Commodore John D. Sloat lands at Monterey and claims California for U.S.   1916 - Thomas A. Edison becomes head of Naval Consulting Board which screens inventions for use by the Navy   1948 - First six enlisted women sworn into Regular Navy. The Navy WAVES in Naval Reserve, who were the first to transfer to the Regular Navy, were Kay Louise Langdon, Aviation Storekeeper First Class; Wilma Juanita Marchal, Chief Yeoman; Frances Teresa Dovaney, Storekeeper, Second Class; Edna Earle Young, Yeoman, Second Class; Doris Roberta Robertson, Teleman, Second Class; and Ruth Flora, Hospital Corpsman, First Class.   Source: Navy News Service  

National Maritime Center Considers Limited License for Docking Pilots

The USCG's National Maritime Center (NMC) is seeking comments from the harbor services industry on a proposed limited first class pilot's license for docking pilots. Docking pilots, working with tugs, provide maneuvering assistance to seagoing vessels during docking and undocking procedures, short harbor moves to and from anchorage, or shifting between berths. The regulations concerning the issuance of first class pilot's licenses contain some requirements that may bar many tug masters from qualifying for the license. The regulations stipulate an individual must serve 18 months on vessels over 1,600 gross tons. In a limited number of ports, the USCG can require the sea service requirements be met with service aboard a self-propelled vessel.

This Day in Naval History – Sept. 11

1814 - In Battle of Lake Champlain, Commodore Thomas Macdonough defeats a British Squadron. 1939 - Bear (AG-29) is commissioned by the U.S. Navy for Antarctic operations under command of RADM Richard Byrd, USN (Ret.). 1941 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt announces order to the Navy to "shoot on sight" vessels threatening U.S. shipping or ships under U.S. escort. 1942 - Pharmacist's Mate First Class Wheeler B. Lipes, USN, performs emergency appendectomy on Seaman First Class Darrell D. Rector, USNR, on board USS Seadragon on patrol in South China Sea. 1945 - Operation Magic Carpet, the return of troops to the U.S., begins. 2001 - American Flight 77 hijacked by terrorists struck the Pentagon.

Crowley Scholarships for USMMA Cadets

Crowley Maritime awarded six U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) cadets with Thomas B. Crowley Memorial Scholarships. (Photo: Crowley Maritime)

Crowley Maritime awarded six U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) cadets with Thomas B. Crowley Memorial Scholarships during  the Containerization and Intermodal Institute’s Connie Awards luncheon in Newark, N.J. Crowley’s Jenny Terpenning, supervisor, marine recruiting, presented the scholarships to Midshipmen (MIDN) Stacee Glass, Connor Sexton, John Terselic, Tanner Evans, Dylan Rabbitt, and Chandler Chiappe, all of whom were chosen based on their academic performance, financial need and interest in pursuing a career at sea after graduation.

This Day in Naval History – Dec. 16

1821 - LT Robert F. Stockton and Dr. Eli Ayers, a naval surgeon and member of American Colonizing Society, induce a local African king to sell territory for a colony which became the Republic of Liberia. 1907 - Great White Fleet departs Hampton Roads, VA to circumnavigate the world. 1922 - USS Bainbridge (DD-246) rescues 482 persons from burning French transport Vinh-Long. 1941 - USS Swordfish (SS-193) sinks Japanese cargo ship Atsutasan Maru. 1942 - Pharmacist's Mate First Class Harry B. Roby, USNR, performs an appendectomy on Torpedoman First Class W. R. Jones on board USS Grayback (SS-208). It is the second appendectomy performed on board a submarine. 1998 - In Operation Desert Fox, Navy cruise missiles attack Iraq. (Source: Navy News Service)

Today in U.S. Naval History: December 16

USS Connecticut (BB-18), leading the Atlantic Fleet to Sea, circa December 1907, probably at the start of the cruise around the world. (Photo: The Navy Department Library)

Today in U.S. 1821 - Lt. Robert F. Stockton and Dr. Eli Ayers, a naval surgeon and member of American Colonizing Society, induce a local African king to sell territory for a colony which became the Republic of Liberia. 1907 - Great White Fleet departs Hampton Roads, Va. to circumnavigate the world. 1922 - USS Bainbridge (DD-246) rescues 482 persons from burning French transport Vinh-Long. 1941 - USS Swordfish (SS-193) sinks Japanese cargo ship Atsutasan Maru. 1942 - Pharmacist's Mate First Class Harry B. Roby, USNR, performs an appendectomy on Torpedoman First Class W.

This Day in Naval History – Dec. 16

1821 - LT Robert F. Stockton and Dr. Eli Ayers, a naval surgeon and member of American Colonizing Society, induce a local African king to sell territory for a colony which became the Republic of Liberia. 1907 - Great White Fleet departs Hampton Roads, VA to circumnavigate the world. 1922 - USS Bainbridge (DD-246) rescues 482 persons from burning French transport Vinh-Long. 1941 - USS Swordfish (SS-193) sinks Japanese cargo ship Atsutasan Maru. 1942 - Pharmacist's Mate First Class Harry B. Roby, USNR, performs an appendectomy on Torpedoman First Class W. R. Jones on board USS Grayback (SS-208). It is the second appendectomy performed on board a submarine. 1998 - In Operation Desert Fox, Navy cruise missiles attack Iraq. (Source: Navy News Service)  

Excel Maritime Enters into Time Charter

Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd has entered into time charter agreements for the M/V Powerful and the M/V Princess I. The M/V Powerful has been chartered for a period of about 23 up to about 25 months at US $39,000 per day to a first class European charterer. The vessel will be delivered into charter within July 2007. M/V Powerful is a Panamax dry bulk carrier of 70,083 dwt, built in 1994, which the company acquired in March 2005. The M/V Princess I has been chartered for a period of minimum 22 to about 24 months at $30,000 per day to a first-class European charterer. The vessel will be delivered into charter on July 17, 2007. M/V Princess is a Handymax dry bulk carrier of 38,858 dwt, built in 1994, which the company acquired in February 2005.

This Day in U.S. Naval History – December 16

1821 - LT Robert F. Stockton and Dr. Eli Ayers, a naval surgeon and member of American Colonizing Society, induce a local African king to sell territory for a colony which became the Republic of Liberia. 1907 - Great White Fleet departs Hampton Roads, VA to circumnavigate the world. 1922 - USS Bainbridge (DD-246) rescues 482 persons from burning French transport Vinh-Long. 1941 - USS Swordfish (SS-193) sinks Japanese cargo ship Atsutasan Maru. 1942 - Pharmacist's Mate First Class Harry B. Roby, USNR, performs an appendectomy on Torpedoman First Class W. R. Jones on board USS Grayback (SS-208). It is the second appendectomy performed on board a submarine. 1998 - In Operation Desert Fox, Navy cruise missiles attack Iraq. (Source: Navy News Service)

USS Blue Ridge 'Thais' Friendship Knot in Pattaya Visit

Photo USN

U.S. 7th Fleet flagship 'USS Blue Ridge' (LCC 19) along with embarked staff, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 12 and Marines from Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team Pacific has concluded a three-day visit to Thailand, strengthening ties and engaging with the local community. The Navy adds that while anchored in the Gulf of Thailand, Blue Ridge crew and 7th Fleet staff delivered toys to children at Pattaya Orphanage and Child Protection and Development Center (CDPDC) while embarked Seventh Fleet staff hosted officers from the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) for staff-to-staff talks.

River Pilot Pleads Guilty

Jim Letten, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, announced that TEAL MURDOCH GRUE, a river pilot and member of the New Orleans Baton Rouge Steamship Pilot's Association ("NOBRA") pled guilty to a Superseding Bill of Information charging him with making false material statements to the United States and misuse of a Federal Pilot's License. GRUE admitted he filed applications with attachments to the Regional Examination Center for the United States Coast Guard in New Orleans, La., in September, 1999 and again in March, 2000, which contained false material statements and entries regarding his personal and marine history with the United States Coast Guard in order to obtain a First Class Pilot's License.

Seanergy Maritime, Three New Time Charters

Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHIP; SHIP.W) announced that the MVs African Joy, African Glory and Asian Grace, owned though the company’s wholly owned subsidiary Maritime Capital Shipping Limited (MCS), have entered into new charter agreements with first class charterers. The MV African Joy, a 1996 built and 26,482 dwt handysize dry bulk carrier, entered into a time charter agreement for a period of eleven to thirteen months with a first class charterer at a gross charter rate of $14,000 per day. The charterer has the option to extend the charter for another eleven to thirteen months at the same rate. The vessel is expected to commence her charter by the end of October 2010.

Beware of First-Class Charterers

The International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has advised shipbrokers against using the term "first-class charterers" when conducting fixture negotiations, following a claim made by shipowners against one of its broker members in respect of the failure of charterers to perform a contracted fixture. Writing in the latest issue of its Claims Review, ITIC explained, “Norwegian shipbrokers were involved in negotiations for a voyage charter. When entering the market, they described the charterers as ‘first-class’. It was also alleged that, during the negotiations, they made positive representations that the charterers had the money to perform the fixture. Ultimately, however, after the voyage had been fixed, the charterers did not perform the contract.

Excel Enters Charter Agreement for the M/V First Endeavour

Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd. an owner and operator of dry bulk carriers and a provider of worldwide seaborne transportation services for dry bulk cargoes, announced today that it has chartered M/V First Endeavour for a period of 23 to 25 months at $45,000 per day to a first class charterer. The vessel will be delivered into charter on or about August 25, 2007. M/V First Endeavour is a Panamax dry bulk carrier of 69,111 dwt, built in 1994 in Japan, which the company acquired and took delivery of in May 2005.

First of Modified Destroyers Commissioned

The USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79), the first of the Arleigh Burke Flight 2A Aegis destroyers and the 17th Bath Iron Works-built, was commissioned in Norfolk Naval Station on Saturday August 19, 2000. Ship sponsor Dianne Reason, wife of retired admiral Paul Reason, brought the ship to life. Retired Rear Admiral Wayne E. Meyer, father of Aegis, conducted the tradition of the passing of the Long glass to the first officer of the watch. The Flight 2A is a variant of the Burke class. It has full-up helo facilities, carrying up to two SH-60B Seahawk helicopters. The destroyer's first commanding officer is Commander Paul C. Smith USN and Executive officer Lieutenant Commander Thomas F. Schwarz USN.

Rodriquez Cantieri Navali Awarded Contract

Rodriquez Cantieri Navali SpA of Italy and Arab Bridge Maritime Company of Jordan have signed a contract for a TMV 84 high-speed monohull to operate on their route from Aqaba, Jordan to Nuweiba, Egypt. The ship is scheduled to be delivered in less than a year from now. This route is currently served by a series of older passenger ferries as well as a 1992 built 131-ft. Flying Cat. For Arab Bridge Maritime Company, this will be the first new building in the history of the company and will also be the first new passenger ferry ever in Jordan with a Jordanian flag. For Rodriquez, this contract continues the diversification efforts of the company as it is the first contract with a Middle Eastern company in their history and further solidifies Rodriquez as a leading fast ferry builder.

Excel Maritime Enters Charter Agreement for M/V Elinakos

Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd. has chartered M/V Elinakos for a period of minimum 23 up to maximum 25 months at US $58,000 per day to a first class charterer. M/V Elinakos is a Panamax dry bulk carrier of 73,751 dwt, built in 1997 in Japan, which the company acquired and took delivery of in May 2005.

This Day in Coast Guard History – May 25

1877-Training of first class of Revenue Cutter cadets began on the school-ship Dobbin at Curtis Bay, Maryland, with nine cadets, three officers, one surgeon, six warrant officers and 17 crew members on board. (USCG Historian’s Office)  

Maritime Reporter Magazine Cover Dec 2017 - The Great Ships of 2017

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