Coast Guard Captain Retires After 30 Years of Service
Capt. Kevin L. Marshall is presented with the Legion of Merit by Rear Adm. Robert F. Duncan during Marshall's retirement ceremony held at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans on March 31. Marshall has served as the Eighth Coast Guard District chief of staff since November 2004. His area of responsibility included all or parts of 26 states, from St. Marks., Fla., to the U.S./Mexico border at Brownsville, Texas, and from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes. Scheduled to replace Marshall as Eighth Coast Guard District chief of staff is Capt. Ronald W. Branch.
Berlian Acquires Chembulk Tankers
Publicly listed shipping company PT Berlian Laju Tanker (BLT) has acquired Marshall Islands-based chemical tanker company Chembulk Tankers LLC, through its subsidiary Asean Maritime Corporation. Director of BLT, Kevin Wong, said in a statement to the Jakarta Stock Exchange that the cost of the acquisition was $850m. He said the purchase made BLT the third largest chemical tanker operator in the world with 54 ships with a total capacity of 820,600 deadweight tons (DWT). Chembulk now operates 16 double-hull ships capable of carrying a total of 397,200 DWT. It plans to add three more ships by 2009, which will increase its total capacity to 468,200 DWT. [Source: The Jakarta Post]
Ferry Operations: A Tragedy Averted
Training and attention to detail saves lives. Kevin Suarez at Statue Cruises is the living embodiment of that maritime metric. For any first time visitor to the Big Apple, the trip probably wouldn’t be complete without seeing the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. To that end, Statue Cruises’ main focus is to create a smooth passenger experience and serve as the gateway to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island for the over 4.4 million tourists who visit both islands annually.
Eighth Coast Guard District Returns to NOLA
More than 150 members of the Eighth Coast Guard District staff returned to their headquarters here today after they relocated to St. Louis more than two months ago due to Hurricane Katrina. Located in the Hale Boggs Federal Building on Poydras Street, the Eighth District staff oversees the command and control duties for the Coast Guard's Eighth District, an area that covers all or part of 26 states and is the largest district in the Coast Guard. In accordance with the district's continuity of operations (COOP) plan, about 50 of the members of the Eighth District staff began deploying to St. Louis on Aug. 27, prior to Hurricane Katrina's landfall. The COOP allowed the staff to manage and support Eighth District functions from St.
Marshall Islands Register Grows 29 Percent
The Marshall Islands register announced that its fleet has grown 29 percent in tonnage terms, or 4 million gross tons (gt), over the past 12 months in a mid-year report released. At the mid-year point of June 30, 2003, there are 569 ships totalling 17.69 million gt flying the Marshall Islands flag, in contrast to the 429 ships of 13.69 million gt on the register on June 30, 2002. The Marshall Islands flag has been one of the fastest growing registries in the world in recent years, and the latest figures show that this trend is continuing. In April 2003, for example, almost 1 million gt of new ships was registered with the Marshall Islands, just short of a record monthly total for the flag.
TOP Ships Acquires MR Tanker
TOP Ships has acquired all of the outstanding shares of PCH77 Shipping Company Limited, a Marshall Islands company that owns a new building contract for M/T Eco California from an entity affiliated with the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Evangelos Pistiolis. Eco California is a high specification 50,000 dwt Medium Range (MR) product/chemical tanker under construction at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co., Ltd. in Korea. The Republic of The Marshall Islands incorporated Company paid $3.6 million for the outstanding shares and the vessel is scheduled for delivery during January 2019.
GlobalSantaFe Elects New CEO
GlobalSantaFe Corporation announced that its board of directors has elected Jon A. Marshall as president and chief executive officer of the company. In addition, Mr. Marshall was elected a director at the company's annual meeting of shareholders. Mr. Marshall, who previously held the title of chief operating officer, succeeds C. Stedman "Sted" Garber, Jr., who, earlier this year, announced his intention to retire from his position as president, chief executive officer and a director. Marshall joined the company in 1979 and has held numerous operational and management roles over his 24-year career. In 1992, he became president of Applied Drilling Technology Inc. (ADTI), the company's turnkey drilling service subsidiary and Challenger Minerals Inc.
MINTA, Tyco Subsea Cable for Marshall Islands
The Marshall Islands National Telecommunications Authority (MINTA) and Tyco Telecommunications, a business unit of Tyco Electronics, announced the Marshall Islands-flagged Tyco Durable has returned to Majuro, RMI, and will begin to lay cable as part of a regional subsea cable project that will ultimately deliver high-bandwidth connectivity between the island nation and the rest of the world. In commemoration, the companies will host government delegates from the Republic of the Marshall Islands for an event on board the cable ship. “The Tyco Durable’s arrival back in port marks a significant step toward the completion of the MINTA Extension to the HANTRU-1 System, which will have a profound impact on our community,” said Tony Muller, president of MINTA.
CERCG Looking to Ship LNG from Australia's West to East
State-owned China Energy Reserve and Chemicals Group (CERCG) on Monday said it is investigating whether to ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Western Australia to the gas-hungry east coast market. The Chinese integrated energy firm, which runs oil and gas projects, processing plants and gas distribution, said in a press release to Reuters that subsidiary CERCG Australia is studying the viability of transporting LNG by road, rail and ship. CERCG Australia's business manager Kevin Gao said the company would use LNG container tanks which can maintain liquefaction for 110 days. "It should be possible for us to ship 100 or 200 of our 40-foot ISO containers, each containing 18 tonnes of LNG, from Australia's West Coast to customers on the East Coast," he said on Monday.
Marshall Islands Observe ISM Code Before Deadline
The Marshall Islands can confirm that all vessels on its ships register affected by Phase II of the International Safety Management (ISM) code were in full compliance ahead of the July 1 deadline. Those vessels registered with the Marshall Islands that do not comply with ISM are exempt by virtue of the Safety Of Life At Sea (SOLAS) compliance definitions, are in lay-up or have been foreign bareboat charter registered in another flag-state jurisdiction. The 2001 annual report of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MOU) has put the safety records of flag states back in the spotlight once again when it showed that safety management deficiencies on vessels have risen by 150% in three years.
Marshall Island Touts Cost Free Registration
International Registries (IRI) is extending its cost-free registration for all vessels registering under the Marshall Islands flag until December 31, 2000. This special deal includes registration, documentation and mortgage recordation fees - as well as marine inspection, investigation and international participation fees. Vessels registered under the Marshall Islands flag included in this special offer will be lifted from the annual tonnage tax until January 1, 2001.
Renaissance Cruiseships Reflagged To Marshall Islands
Six of the former Renaissance cruiseships now owned by Cruiseinvest LLC, a Marshall Islands-incorporated company, have been reflagged to the Marshall Islands, Cruiseinvest, and International Registries Inc, the managers of the Marshall Islands maritime and corporate registers, said in a joint announcement on December 5. "We required a register and flag administration known for its integrity to match the quality of our superb new cruiseships and to give us business flexibility, and the Marshall Islands fulfilled these needs," said Dominique Prunier, chief executive of Cruiseinvest Management S.A., a Marshall Islands company which manages the Cruiseinvest fleet and which has an office in Paris to oversee the management of the fleet.
Renaissance Cruiseships Reflagged to Marshall Islands
Six of the former Renaissance cruiseships now owned by Cruiseinvest LLC, a Marshall Islands-incorporated company, have been reflagged to the Marshall Islands, Cruiseinvest, and International Registries Inc, the managers of the Marshall Islands maritime and corporate registers, said in a joint announcement today (Wednesday 5 December 2001). "We required a register and flag administration known for its integrity to match the quality of our superb new cruiseships and to give us business flexibility, and the Marshall Islands fulfilled these needs," said Dominique Prunier, chief executive of Cruiseinvest Management S.A., a Marshall Islands company which manages the Cruiseinvest fleet and which has an office in Paris to oversee the management of the fleet.
Marshall Islands To Combat Money Laundering
At a time when the actions of open registries and offshore jurisdictions are under unprecedented scrutiny, the Republic of the Marshall Islands is demonstrating its resolve and commitment to transparency and accountability by accepting an invitation to join the Egmont Group. The Egmont Group is an international network of financial intelligence units set up to promote global communication to prevent and investigate money laundering and the financial background of known and suspected terrorists, including open ship registries, some of which, in the past, have been allegedly involved in dubious financial transactions. The Marshall Islands was invited to join the Egmont Group despite only having enacted anti-money laundering legislation with the Banking (Amendment) Act…
Kvichak Names Kirby as Proposal Manager
Kvichak Marine Industries in Seattle Washington announces the appointment of Kevin Kirby as their new proposal manager. Kevin has been with Kvichak for over 2 years as a project lead engineer. His most recent projects include the recently launched 67’ Connor Foss Pilot Boat, a 54’ hydrofoil catamaran, the 30’ Rapid Response Skimmers and the Bridge Erection Boat prototypes currently undergoing testing by the US Army. Prior to Kvichak Kevin was with SAFE boats for 8 years where he worked on multiple aluminum boat projects for the United States Navy…
Marshall Islands Maintains USCG Qualship 21 Status
International Registries, Inc. (IRI), the Maritime and Corporate Administrator of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, learned of its continued United States Coast Guard (USCG) Qualship 21 status last week. This marks the third consecutive year that the Marshall Islands Registry has maintained its listing status with the USCGâ€™s Qualship 21 initiative. The Qualship 21 program was initiated by the USCG in January 2001 to motivate the industry to eliminate substandard shipping. This initiative provides positive rewards to high-quality ships from qualifying registries. These rewards range from a two-year certificate of compliance for tankers with less thorough mid-period exams to two years of limited Port State Control (PSC) oversight for freighters.
Marshall Islands Expands, Tightens Documentation
2003. By June 30, 2004 some 32,389 documents had been issued by the Maritime Administration, comprising 3,651 officer certificates of competency, 7,157 seafarer identification record books (SIRBs) and 21,581 special qualification certificates (SQCs). The rise in the volume of crew paperwork highlights not only the current growth of the Marshall Islands flag fleet, which has expanded by 23 percent in tonnage terms, reaching 22 million gross tons in the second quarter of 2004, but also the increased vigilance the Maritime Administration is giving to the issue of seafarer documentation. ³We believe that prevention is better than cure,² states Capt. Robert A. Fay, Vice President, Seafarers¹ Documentation with International Registries, Inc.
Smith Taken on Rolls-Royce Holdings Board
Rolls-Royce Holdings plc today announces the appointment of Sir Kevin Smith CBE as a Non-Executive Director. Sir Kevin will join the Board with effect from 1 November 2015 and will become a member of the Nominations and Governance Committee, the Remuneration Committee and the Science & Technology Committee. Sir Kevin joins from Unitas Capital, a leading Asian private equity firm, where he has been a full-time partner based in Hong Kong since joining the firm in February 2012.
How the Marshall Islands became a top U.S. Crude Destination
Best known for diving, lagoons and the island that gave the world the name for the bikini swimsuit, the Marshall Islands is now gaining attention as a top-five destination for U.S. crude exports despite the lack of a refinery to process the oil. The shipments to the Marshall Islands, a tiny atoll nation in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, are a quirk of U.S. regulations, providing a vivid example of how traders carry out arbitrage opportunities and how fuel is supplied to some of the world's most remote regions. Since the removal of restrictions on exporting U.S. crude in December 2015, the oil has gone to a rising number of countries, with an average monthly volume of over 500,000 barrels per day (bpd), according to figures from the U.S.
NASSCO Begins Building Matson’s LNG-ready ConRos
San Diego shipyard General Dynamics NASSCO said it has begun building the first of two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-capable combination containership/roll-on, roll-off (ConRo) vessels for Matson Navigation Company, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Matson, Inc. The 265-meter-long, 3,500 TEU Kanaloa class design was developed by the shipyard in partnership with Daewoo Ship Engineering Company, and incorporates Tier III compliant LNG-capable main and auxiliary engines, with accommodation for future LNG fuel gas system installation.
Republic of the Marshall Islands Maritime Administrator Media Statement
"The Republic of the Marshall Islands acknowledges the Commandant's conclusions. The United States Coast Guard's report, with final Commandant action, reinforces many of the findings contained in the flag State’s report released previously," said Bill Gallagher, Senior Deputy Commissioner of Maritime Affairs. "The Marshall Islands looks forward to working closely with the United States and other member States at the International Maritime Organization to implement the lessons that can be learned from this casualty and improve maritime safety going forward," he concluded.
NYMAR Delegation Heads for Oslo
NYMAR (New York Maritime Inc.) board members will visit the Nor-Shipping expo to promote the New York Maritime cluster. Leading the delegation is NYMAR’s newly anointed Chairman, Clay Maitland of the Marshall Islands Ship Registry. Joining him are Brian Devine, newly of Norton Rose, Seward & Kissel partner Larry Rutkowski, AMA Capital Partners’ Kevin O’Hara, Kathy Haines of Heidmar, and Nordea’s Martin Lunder. “Nor-Shipping is an ideal opportunity for NYMAR to broadcast the attractiveness of New York as a business center”, stated delegation leader Maitland.
Pirated MV Samho Dream Released
On 6 November 2010, the Marshall Islands-flagged MV Samho Dream was released from under pirate control. The MV Samho Dream, a Marshall Islands-owned crude oil tanker, deadweight 319,360 tonnes, was pirated on 4 April 2010 approximately 600 nautical miles off the Somali coast. The MV Samho Dream has a crew of 24, of which 19 Filipinos and 5 South Koreans.