The Manitowoc Company Launches Staten Island Ferry
Marinette Marine Corporation, a subsidiary of The Manitowoc Company, Inc., launched the ferry Guy V. Molinari, for New York City's Department of Transportation, on September 20. This 310-ft. ferry is one of three to be built as part of a $120-million contract that was awarded to Manitowoc in 2001. The launch ceremony featured Michael R. Bloomberg, mayor of New York, and Guy V. Molinari as the keynote speakers, with the Honorable Susan Molinari, former U.S. Congresswoman from New York and daughter of the ship's namesake, as the sponsor, who performed the traditional christening ceremony. "Throughout our 60-year history, Marinette Marine has constructed more than 1,300 ships for government and commercial customers, including buoy tenders for the U.S.
News: First Staten Island Ferry
Marinette Marine Corporation last month launched the ferry Guy V. Molinari, for New York City's Department of Transportation. This 310-ft. ferry is one of three to be built as part of a $120-million contract that was awarded to Manitowoc in 2001. The launch ceremony featured Michael R. Bloomberg, mayor of New York, and Guy V. Molinari as the keynote speakers, with the Honorable Susan Molinari, former U.S. Congresswoman from New York and daughter of the ship's namesake, as the sponsor, who performed the traditional christening ceremony. "Throughout our 60-year history, Marinette Marine has constructed more than 1,300 ships for government and commercial customers, including buoy tenders for the U.S. Coast Guard and landing crafts, barracks barges, workboats, and tugs for the U.S.
Staten Island Ferry Completes Maiden Voyage
The Spirit of America, the third and last in the new Molinari class of Staten Island ferryboats, had its maiden voyage on April 5 with a low-key trip across New York Harbor. Ferry managers and a handful of elected leaders took the inaugural trip, a 10 a.m. run from St. George that commenced without the ceremony, speeches and hoopla that welcomed the Spirit's sister vessels, Guy V. Molinari and Sen. John J. Marchi. Staten Island Advance readers voted to name the boat Sprit of America in 2004, after its original name, September 11, was deemed inappropriate by many people. The Spirit can carry as many as 4,400 passengers on its four passenger decks. The Molinari entered the fleet in January 2005 and the Marchi followed in May. The Spirit has mostly sat idle at St.
Examining Hull Pressure on the Staten Island Ferries
For the first time an investigation into Voith Schneider Propulsor-induced hull-pressure fluctuations has been carried out. This investigation was part of a New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) study to retrofit the Molinari Class Ferries, which operate to the world-renowned Staten Island, with Voith Schneider Propulsion (VSP). One of the objectives was to investigate the modification in terms of energy efficiency. The Staten Island Ferry carries more than 21 million passengers annually between Staten Island and Lower Manhattan. The three sister ships, Guy V. Molinari, Sen.
Investigation Begins on Fatal Ferry Crash
Investigation begins on yesterday's ferry accident that has seriously injured several passengers and killed 10. A Staten Island Ferry crashed as it was docking Wednesday afternoon, severely injuring several passengers and killing at least 10. As New York City rush hour began to peak, the incident occurred at about 3:20 p.m., as the vessel was en route to dock at the St. George Terminal on the Staten Island end of its Manhattan commuter route. According to reports, the front end of the ferry suffered damage to the right side of the hull.
Last of Three Built for NYC's DOT
Marinette Marine Corporation, a subsidiary of The Manitowoc Company, Inc. launched the ferry Spirit of America for New York City's Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) on December 18. This 310- ft. ferry is the third of three Staten Island Ferries to be built as part of a $120-million contract that was awarded to Manitowoc in 2001. The ships are the largest ever launched at the Marinette Marine facility. The launch featured Margaret Gordon, Executive Director of Safety and Security for the Staten Island Ferries, performing the traditional christening ceremony. "The Spirit of America will be the 27th ferry to serve the Staten Island to New York route since municipal service began in 1905.
ECSA, UK Chamber Urge Speedy Brexit Trade Negotiations
The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA), of which the UK Chamber is a member, have sent a letter to the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier, urging the EU for “rapid and positive” progress in trade talks with the UK. The European Council is currently engaged in a key vote on whether the next stage of negotiations will commence. ECSA represents shipowners from both sides of the Channel – organisations that facilitate a sizeable chunk of the €639 billion of trade that flows between the UK and EU annually.
Navy Completing Revisions to Foreign Area Officer Program
The Department of the Navy is in the final stages of completing revisions to its Foreign Area Officer (FAO) Program, a program mandated by the Defense Department last April. Rear Adm. (sel.) Phil Cullom, N5SP director of strategy and policy, said the purpose of the community is to work relations between the State Department and the Defense Department at a foreign embassy and to facilitate naval forces that would come into an area so that they could be effective with the host nation. "This community will help us win 'the long war' in ways we probably thought were not as important in the past," said Cullom. Also as an FAO, an officer could be attached to a fleet commander and provide cultural expertise to assist with relations with the fleet commander's area of responsibility.
Staten Island Ferry Safety Statistics Released
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) sets the standards passenger vessels, such as the Staten Island Ferry, must meet and then inspects the vessels regularly to ensure that they are in compliance. For large passenger vessels, the Coast Guard conducts four safety inspections each year. These inspections, at a minimum, include examination of the vessel structure, lifesaving equipment, machinery installation, navigation equipment, personnel, and vessel security. The Coast Guard also requires the vessels to be dry docked and internally inspected twice in a five year period.
Burger Seeks Managing Director for European Office
Burger Boat is seeking for a Managing Director for its European office located in , coinciding with the transition of its current Manager, Guy Marchal, to his new career during the second quarter of 2008. Burger Boat Company expressed their appreciation for Guy's work in helping to develop brand recognition in the European markets and wishes him well in his new career.
Coast Guard Trained on Hull, Engine Repair
As part of the ongoing cooperation between the Governments of Yemen and the United States, a team of technicians from the U.S. Coast Guard will visit Yemen’s Coast Guard to train trainers in nautical skills related to engine and fiberglass hull repair, according to a press release. As part of the training, the Yemen Coast Guard will make an inventory of all spare parts to ensure that an adequate supply is on hand for any future requirements of the fleet. Col Frank Molinari, chief of the US Office of Military Cooperation located at the US Embassy, noted that the current training in engine and hull repair will increase the operational readiness of the Yemeni Coast Guard fleet, and provide them with the capacity to conduct independent training for future Coast Guard engineers.
UK Chamber of Shipping Appoint New CEO
The UK Chamber of Shipping's new Chief Executive, due to start in January 2014, will be Guy Platten, currently Chief Executive of Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL). Guy Platten is a master mariner with a long background in the marine industry – including serving as a deck officer in the Merchant Navy, an Inspector of Lifeboats for the RNLI, Salvage and Mooring Officer with the Ministry of Defence and as Director of Marine Operations with the Northern Lighthouse Board. In his role as Chief Executive of Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd…
Staten Island Ferry Seeks Design Consultant
The New York City Department of Transportation (“DOT”) released an RFP (PIN – 84112SISI627) on behalf of its Ferry Division for the total design and construction support services for the construction of new and modified Staten Island Ferries. DOT intends to construct new ferry vessels to replace the existing Barberi and Kennedy class ferries based on the design developed by the consultant selected through this RFP. The selected consultant could also be tasked with designing enhancements to the existing Molinari class ferries. Sealed proposal must be submitted by 2:00 PM on August 17, 2012 to the Contract Management Unit at 55 Water Street, Ground Floor, New York, NY 10041.
UK Chamber CEO Hails Shipping's Role in Globalisation
Capitalism, globalisation and international collaboration spread prosperity and growth - and shipping has a vital role to play in this process, Guy Platten, CEO, UK Chamber of Shipping said in his address to the annual Scottish Shipping Benevolent Association (SSBA) dinner in Glasgow last night. A press release from UK Chamber quoted Guy Platten as saying: "Even though the world has never traded more, it seems like once again we have to defend trade, free markets and capitalism itself from those who would seek to tear them down," the UK Chamber CEO said.
The Reluctant Pirate - Book Review
John Guy’s newest effort, The Reluctant Pirate, is an entertaining tale of modern day pirates and a primer on what really happens when today’s merchant ships are boarded and held for ransom, and more importantly, why. And unlike the better known movie (Captain Phillips) that tackles a similar subject on the big screen, The Reluctant Pirate digs a bit deeper into the politics of today’s piracy business model, the players involved (and their motivations) and reaches into the psyche of the Somali pirate himself.
BOURBON Committee to Examine JACCAR Bid
At its meeting of March 21, 2014, the board of directors of BOURBON noted JACCAR Holding’s proposed bid for shares of BOURBON. It decided to appoint a committee of four independent group directors (Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Guy Dupont, Philippe Sautter and Mahmud Tukur) to examine this project; this committee will solicit proper consultation in undertaking this review. The board will make a decision on the basis of their recommendations when the final terms of the offer are known. -Philippe Salle, replacing Philippe Sautter, who resigned, for the remainder of his mandate.
Kawasaki Robots in TRANSFORMERS 4 Movie!
If you've seen the fourth installment of the Transformers film series - Transformers: Age of Extinction - you may have noticed some star turns from the other "transformer" robots. All told, 13 Kawasaki robots - four different models from two different series - make appearances in the film. The robots were used on 3 different sets in upwards of 6 scenes, all of which take place at the Chicago headquarters of a corporation called KSI. All Kawasaki robots work in the service of KSI's…
McKean Defense Appoint Fleet Programs Strategy Advisor
Guy Holcombe has been hired to strengthen McKean's Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) business. Mr. Holcombe has had a distinguished career directing operations and business development for organizations focused on maritime support. He most recently served as a Director in Northrop Grumman's Defense Systems Division, managing $280M of business with 1,000 employees. This position was the culmination of a 30-year career that began in 1980 when he joined SYSCON Corporation as the Deputy Program Manager for AEGIS Programs. Mr. Holcombe's responsibilities include developing strategies to increase McKean's presence in NAVSEA Fleet engineering and technology initiatives. He will also be responsible for leading efforts to integrate activities across McKean's diverse Navy customer base.
Baltic Exchange Appoint Guy Campbell Chairman
Guy Campbell of the China Navigation Company has been appointed by the Baltic Exchange Board of Directors as Chairman for a two year term of office. He replaces Quentin Soanes who served as Chairman from 2012. Guy Campbell, FIFC, MCIArb is aged 47 and began his shipping career at shipbroker JE Hyde & Co Ltd in 1990. A dry cargo specialist, he became a Baltic Exchange member in 1991, remained at JE Hyde for seven years before joining Koch Industries, where he spent 10 years as a chartering manager and eventual Director, Ocean Freight for Koch Carbon LLC.
Tianjin Blasts a Blip as Marine Insurance Prices Keep Falling
Reinsurance rates in the marine sector continued to fall at the start of the year, in spite of the huge cost of explosions at China's Tianjin port last August, reinsurance broker Guy Carpenter said on Thursday. Rising competition to offer reinsurance and slower activity in China, were two factors depressing rates, it said. The blasts at Tianjin caused insured losses of up to $3.3 billion, Guy Carpenter has estimated, while reinsurer Swiss Re has called it the largest man-made insurance loss in Asia. The explosions killed more than 170 people. "Tianjin has had little or no impact on marine pricing," Chris Klein, head of EMEA strategy management at Guy Carpenter, told a news conference.
Guy Harvey to be Honored by Seafarer's House
Guy Harvey – artist, conservationist and entrepreneur – has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Seafarers’ House International Golden Compass Award. The award is given each year to those who have achieved distinction in the maritime world, those whose vocation or avocation has been the sea, or those who have ministered to or otherwise assisted seafarers. Dr. Harvey has been a champion of the seas since an early age. A student of marine biology, he has spent his life exploring the undersea world and bringing it to life on land through his art…
31st MEU Provide Disaster Relief in Saipan
The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) arrived in Saipan on Aug. 8 and is providing disaster relief in the wake of Typhoon Soudelor. When the ship was tasked to go to Saipan earlier in the week, Ashland's Sailors and Marines quickly reconfigured the ship's well deck and flight deck to support equipment and supplies that needed to be transported. Master Sgt. Hugh Weise, the MEU's motor transport operations chief, said no task is too tough for the MEU's vehicles.
Action Must be Taken If We are to Address UK Seafarer Shortfall
UK Chamber CEO Guy Platten has responded to the publication of the Department for Transport Seafarer Projections Review by calling on government to back its SMarT Plus proposal. The Department for Transport has this week published a study to assess the UK supply and demand for trained seafarers to fulfill roles at sea and onshore over the coming decade. The UK Seafarer Projections study identified a shortage of 3,000- 4,000 UK deck and engine officers, and 2,000 UK ratings by 2026.