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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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AAPA Pushes for $66 bln for Port Upgrades

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The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has identified $66 billion in potential federal waterside and landside investments over the next decade that will help assure the benefits from an anticipated $155 billion in port-related capital infrastructure investments. AAPA Chairman-Elect William Friedman provided examples of waterside infrastructure needs, and offered recommendations for water resources legislation to enhance the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers navigation program during a senate committee.

Portland Hosts Annual Old Port Festival

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The 42nd Annual Old Port Festival kicked off in Portland, Maine, at 11 a.m. on Sunday with the  Kick Off Parade and continued all afternoon with amusement rides, music, crafts, activities and food, reports AP. The parade is one of the signature events of the 42-year-old festival, which drew thousands of people into the Old Port on Sunday to hear bands play on six stages set up around the business district, dine on street food and take a spin on an amusement ride. The festival…

Goldman Sachs to Handle Daewoo Sale

Goldman Sachs was picked to manage the sale of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co Ltd., according to a Reuters report, kicking off a deal expected to attract in excess of $4b. The sale is poised to become the biggest M&A transaction in South Korea this year, as the state-run Korea Development Bank (KDB) and other banks are putting up their 50.4 percent stake in the world's third-largest shipbuilder. The deal has reportedly drawn interest from a number of Korean companies, including steel giant POSCO.

Port of San Diego Initiates Neighborhood Watch

Prior to the 4th of July, the Coast Guard kicked off its new “Neighborhood Watch” program for San Diego’s port and coastline. San Diego Operation Port Watch enlists the support of San Diego’s citizens, boaters, professional mariners, and waterside business people to be on alert for suspicious activities and help protect the Southern California and the Port of San Diego from potential threats. Operation Port Watch hopes to tap the knowledge of those that work and use the local waters for information on activity that is out of place.

Op/Ed: DPP a Benchmark Toward US Energy Dominance

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National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) president Randall Luthi comments on the U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) 2019-2024 National Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program, which seeks to open nearly all U.S. offshore waters to oil and gas drilling. With 94 percent of our nation’s outer continental shelf (OCS) currently and unnecessarily off limits to oil and gas leasing and exploration, NOIA welcomes the bold and broad offshore leasing proposal released January 4 by the Department of the Interior.

Kockums Kicks Off Upgraded Tribon M1

The new generation of Tribon Shipbuilding system for ship design and building, Tribon M1 utilizes Microsoft NT-based technology to set the stage for easy installation, use and 3D design development and management. Launched by Kockums Computer Systems (KCS) at Nor-Shipping this past June, Tribon M1 applications can be used together or with existing Tribon installations and databases on UNIX or VMS. The program encompasses four focused areas of applications: design, rule-based automated design, design management and production engineering.

Coast Guard Foundation Welcomes USCG Barque Eagle to Philadelphia

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The Coast Guard Foundation announced that it will host a reception to welcome the U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle at the Independence Seaport Museum at Penn’s Landing on March 18, 2011, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. The official kick-off and first stop of the Eagle’s 75th anniversary tour, the reception will raise awareness of the Coast Guard Foundation’s mission to serve the men and women of the Coast Guard, as well as its support for leadership and training of the country’s Coast Guard officers.

Coast Guard Foundation To Welcome Uscg Barque Eagle

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education, welfare and morale of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that it will host a reception to welcome the U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle at the Independence Seaport Museum at Penn’s Landing on March 18, 2011, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. The official kick-off and first stop of the Eagle’s 75th anniversary tour, the reception will raise awareness of the Coast Guard Foundation’s mission to serve the men and women of the Coast Guard…

Top Brass Due at Upcoming SNA Symposium

SNA Symbols

The first big naval professional development event of the year, the Surface Navy Association’s 2014 Symposium,  kicks off in Crystal City, Virginia, with the theme, “Surface Warfare…Warfighting First.”  Leaders in the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard will speak at the symposium and associated events starting Tuesday, January 14, 2014. The symposium kicks off with the SNA annual meeting and, focusing on the warfighters of today and the future, there will be a series of roundtables for junior officers, enlisted surface warriors and midshipmen from NROTC units and the Naval Academy.

Cheyenne Navy Week Kicks Off

Richard Kaysen, mayor of Cheyenne, Wyo., welcomes Rear Adm. Michael S. White, commander of Naval Education and Training Command, and all other U.S. Navy participants to the official start-up event for Cheyenne Navy Week at

Rear Adm. Michael White, commander, Naval Education Training Command, from Denver, accepted a proclamation from Cheyenne's Mayor Richard Kaysen during the Cheyenne Navy Week Kick-Off Concert, July 14. The Kick-Off Concert featured U.S. Navy Band Southwest's Brass Quintet and their popular music group the "Destroyers," as well as a screening of "Top Gun". "We here in Cheyenne are proud to be one of 12 cities chosen to host Navy Week," the mayor said. More than 150 residents came to show their support to their Navy, while also enjoying the festivities.

European Consortium Launches Blue Nodules Project

Project Blue Nodules Deep Sea Mining Concept Courtesy EC

On 1 February a European consortium launched a new Horizon 2020 project: Blue Nodules. This project addresses the challenge of creating a viable and sustainable value chain to retrieve polymetallic nodules from the ocean floor. It will develop and test new highly-automated and sustainable technologies for deep-sea mining with minimal environmental pressures. The technical side of the project is dedicated to subsea harvesting equipment in addition to the in-situ seafloor and sea surface processing of polymetallic nodules.

S. Korea to Host Six-Nation Submarine Rescue Exercise this Month

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South Korea will host a six-nation submarine exercise in its southern seas later in the month, Yonhap quoted the Navy as saying. The Pacific Reach 2016, involving the United States, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and South Korea will kick off on May 25 for a 10-day run in the waters off South Korea's naval port city of Jinhae on the southeastern edge of the Korean Peninsula as well as around Jeju Island, the Navy said. Another 12 foreign countries, including China and Russia, will join as observers, the Navy said.

Italian Cruise Line Plans Expansion

MSC Cruises announced its plans to expand its seven-ship fleet by adding a new vessel every year through 2009, and to kick off its "Beautiful. Passionate. Italian." campaign featuring actress Sophia Loren. Loren will appear in a $4 million campaign, starting off this month on print, billboards, subway signage and taxi toppers in south Florida and New York. Loren already is the godmother of the MSC Lirica, which will be home-ported in New York by 2007, and will christen the 2,550-passenger MSC Musica in Venice, Italy, during June. That ship is one of two new arrivals this year; MSC Orchestra is the other. The cruise line also will take delivery of the MSC Fantasia and MSC Serenata, which can accommodate 3,300 passengers each, during 2008 and 2009, respectively.

Naval Engineering Education Center Kick Off

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) celebrated the kick off of the Naval Engineering Education Center (NEEC), launching a three-day conference at the University of Michigan, July 26-28. NEEC is a new partnership between NAVSEA and a consortium of 15 top colleges and universities as well as 2 engineering professional societies focused on developing the Navy's future science, engineering and acquisition workforce. “Sailors depend upon you to give them a ship with a technological edge. The NEEC will provide the best minds and training to give the Sailors the technological edge they rely on," said Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.), the keynote speaker at the Kick-Off event.

KVH Expands Coverage to Africa

KVH Industries (NASDAQ:KVHI) announced the successful activation of its mini-VSAT Broadband(SM) service in Africa. The latest step in the joint effort by KVH and ViaSat to offer a seamless global broadband network for vessels and aircraft, the new African coverage area is using the Telesat 11N satellite, which has already been supporting Atlantic service. The network is now bringing broadband Internet and voice service for commercial and leisure boaters in and around Africa.   "We are thrilled to kick off the new year by bringing our African coverage online," said Brent C.  Bruun, KVH's vice president of sales and business development.   (www.kvh.com)

NCL Christens Norwegian Pearl

At a ceremony at the Port of Miami, talk show host Rosie O'Donnell served as Godmother and christened Norwegian Cruise Line's (NCL) newest ship, Norwegian Pearl. The new 93,530-ton Freestyle Cruising vessel boasts an industry first -- a four-lane ten-pin bowling alley; and two NCL firsts -- a rock-climbing wall and two top-of-the-ship Deluxe Owner's Suites. Norwegian Pearl and included remarks from Star Cruises Chairman Tan Sri KT Lim, NCL Corporation President and CEO Colin Veitch and O'Donnell. Approximately 2,400 guests were in attendance for the ceremony that also commemorated the company's 40th birthday and kicked off a year-long birthday celebration.

VIBRIUS: New Subsea Vibration and Motion Monitoring System

CDL, winners of the 2013 Subsea Industry Innovation & Technical Award, will kick-off this year’s SSTB Conference in San Antonio, with the introduction of their new generation Subsea Vibration and Motion Monitoring System. VIBRIUS consists of a very powerful product grouping that includes a number of logging sensors that offer high accuracy data while utilizing very low power making them highly suitable for battery powered long term installations. In addition, a control module…

Crystal Cruises' Bookings Surge

Crystal Cruise ships alongside:Image credit Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises reports a 38% increase in advance bookings & an increase of $93 million in revenue over the same time last year. The cruise line says it kicked off 2013 with 'Book Now Fares', direct mail increases, strong travel agent promotional support worldwide, and robust onboard bookings. In just the past two months, Crystal has also reaped a half dozen travel magazine awards voted by the traveling public and professional travel agents, underscored by service, food, entertainment and design ratings gained from its post-cruise Quality Assurance guest surveys.

Billions in Canadian Shipbuilding Contracts Insight Politics

According to a report from The Globe and Mail, Stephen Harper is poised to kick off the greatest round of government shipbuilding in Canada since the Second World War. Pegged at $35b, the sums involved easily dwarf the funds committed for the Conservatives' controversial plan to buy $9b worth of F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin. The report said this will ultimately pit three regions of Canada against each other and force a difficult choice upon Harper. He'll have to decide which region to leave out in an election year: the East, the West or Quebec. (Source: The Globe and Mail)

Marine Machinery Association to Hold 27th Annual Meeting

The Marine Machinery Association will hold its 27 Annual Meeting at the Sofitel Hotel in Philadelphia on October 4 and 5, 2011. Vice Admiral Kevin McCoy will be the kick-off speaker to be followed by Fred Harris, CEO of NASSCO, and Roy Arnold, CEO of IMECO. Attendees will tour NAVSSES in the afternoon. On the second day there will be a panel of the VPs of Supply Chain Management and Material Acquisition Directors from the major shipyards. Technical presentations fill out the day. Further information can be found at www.marmach.org.

Expanding Panama Canal: One Year after Groundbreaking

On September 3, 2007, Panamanian President Martín Torrijos, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) and several former and current heads of state witnessed and celebrated the historic groundbreaking of the Canal Expansion Program. Expansion, which will build a new lane of traffic along the waterway through the construction of a new set of locks, will double capacity and allow more traffic and longer, wider ships. In addition, it will significantly augment the Canal’s revenue stream while maintaining the viability of the route. That September morning, joined by more than 30,000 Panamanians, the ACP kicked off its first major construction project of expansion – the dry excavation of Paraiso Hill.

SpecTec Sponsors ONMA Competition

On November 6th, 2008, SpecTec participated in the awards ceremony for the “Best Cadet in AMOS” Competition at Odessa National Maritime Academy in Ukraine. The ceremony kicked off with a speech from ONMA management on the importance of Asset Management Operating System (AMOS) courses. SpecTec CFO, Stefano Foti, also expressed the importance of the cooperation between SpecTec and ONMA. The award ceremony took place at the Central Academy Hall. The program also included a welcome speech by Alexander Donchuk, SpecTec Ukraine, with his introduction to AMOS2 EMS. The ONMA is the largest Maritime Academy in the Ukraine. As part of the agreement, SpecTec will sponsor the annual competition among the cadets at ONMA.

Mustang Survival Targets Professional Market

Mustang Survival unveiled its "Go Pro, Go Mustang" campaign with a line-up of new products, new pricing and new service targets. The campaign has been put together in response to shifting market conditions and competitive assessments. Go Pro, Go Mustang kicks off a strategic shift for the company to adapt its business operations to better serve the professional market. The first two products being added to the offering are an Inflatable Work Vest and a neoprene cold water immersion suit. Also new to the product line are a series of Water Rescue Kits enabling quick action to save lives while protecting the rescuer's life in the process. Tactical Side Pouch Inflatable Life Preservers have also been released for the law enforcement community. (www.mustangsurvival.com/professional)

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