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Friday, November 24, 2017

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Sea Services Take on New York

Sailors assigned to amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) pose for a photograph in Times Square while on liberty. The 20th annual Fleet Week New York is an opportunity for New Yorkers to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen and thank them for their service. Fleet Week honors the service and sacrifice of all Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as the city of New York, in the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael W. Sailors and Marines in New York for Fleet Week May 23-30 took advantage of the sights, sounds and hospitality the city extended to them. Fleet Week New York City 2007 is the 20th annual event of its kind.

Vogel Appointed CEO, Eagle Bulk Shipping

Photo Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc.

The Board of Directors of Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. today appointed Gary Vogel as Chief Executive Officer of Eagle Bulk, effective September 1, 2015. In addition to his new position, Mr. Vogel will also join the Board of Directors of the Company. Mr. Vogel will succeed Stanley H. Ryan, who will remain CEO until September 1 and then resume his position as an independent director of the Company. Paul M. Leand, Jr., Chairman of the Board of the Company, commented, "Gary Vogel brings over 25 years of experience as an operator in the geared dry bulk sector and has a proven track record of success…

SUPSHIP, New Orleans Holds Change of Command Ceremony

CAPT John Robert Exell relieved CAPT David Joe Vogel at a Change of Command Ceremony for the Naval Sea Systems Command's (NAVSEA) Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair (SUPSHIP), New Orleans, Wednesday, 12 December 2001. RADM Charles Young, Vice Commander, NAVSEA, was the principal speaker. In his remarks, RADM Young reflected on CAPT Vogel’s service to NAVSEA. He applauded CAPT Vogel’s efforts, which he said had created a dynamic three-year resurgence in quality assurance by SUPSHIP personnel and forged a long sought after strategic partnership with SUPSHIP New Orleans' lead supplier—Northrop Grumman Avondale Industries.

Second Liftboat Delivered to Danos & Curole

Danos & Curole, Inc., of Larose, La., has recently taken delivery of the second of two state-of-the-art liftboats. The 200 class Luke David was delivered by Conrad Shipyards, and christened by Luke David, the grandson of CEO Al Danos. The vessel is fully electric, with open deck space totaling 7,000 sq. ft. The liftboat is outfitted with a 100-ton primary crane and a Z-drive propulsion system. Deck load capacity on Luke David is rated at 1.1 million lbs., making it the most versatile liftboat in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the company.

Construction Update: Mein Schiff 3 and Mein Schiff 4

TUI Cruises President and CEO Richard Vogel. (Credit: TUI Cruises)

TUI Cruises President and CEO Richard Vogel is in Finland this week reviewing the status of the construction of the company’s two ship orders, Mein Schiff 3 and Mein Schiff 4, and provided an update. Mr. Vogel noted that construction on Mein Schiff 3 at STX Finland is now 25% complete, and the main engines have completed their acceptance testing. Formal keel-laying has been set for Friday May 24, 2013 with delivery almost exactly one year later. In light of recent public speculation relating to the shipyard…

Handy Sized OSV for Gulf Resource

A new off shore supply vessel has joined the Gulf Resource Management Inc. (GRMI) fleet working the Gulf of Mexico. The 140 by 34 ft M/V Luke Thomas was designed at the owners direction with an accommodation space that extends the full 34 ft width of the hull to maximize crew comfort. In addition to a crew of four, the OSV can accommodate up to 16 offshore workers or 22 passengers. The vessels distinctive design is from Sterling Marine LLC and was built by Master Marine LLC in Bayou LaBatre Alabama.

CG Photo: 45 ft Response Boat

A Coast Guard crew from Station Boston operates a new law enforcement and search and rescue boat in Boston Harbor, April 13, 2009. The 45-foot response boat medium was delivered to Coast Guard Station Boston, March 28, 2009, and is the third initiative in the Response Boats 2010 strategic vision and transition plan, aimed at standardizing and revitalizing the Coast Guard's shore-based response fleet. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 2nd Class Luke Pinneo)

USCG Conduct Security Exercise in Boston

With a vigilant eye, a Coast Guard crewman mans the machine gun aboard a 25-foot response boat during a security training exercise in Boston Harbor today. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Luke Pinneo

Photo: USCG Crewmembers Host Special Olympics

Chief Petty Officer Robert Devoy, the executive petty officer Station Cape Cod Canal, awards an athlete a gold medal during the Massachusetts Special Olympics, Friday, Sept. 24, 2010. The Cape Cod Chief Petty Officer's Association has hosted the Special Olympics for 22 years since its creation. U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Luke Clayton.

Swift Assists Vessel in Distress Off Liberian Coast

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Campbell, Africa Partnership Station Public AffairsWhile transiting off the coast of Monrovia, Liberia as part of Africa Partnership Station (APS), March 20 High Speed Vessel 2 Swift received a distress call, relayed from the Maritime Regional Coordination Center (RMCC) in Lisbon, of a Portuguese fishing vessel, the Princesa Di Guadiana, stranded 100 nautical miles off the Liberian Coast with no food, water or fuel. The RMCC contacted Lt. Cmdr. Jose Neto of the Portuguese Navy, who is the APS operations officer aboard the USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), APS flag ship. Cap Lara, a Greek flagged vessel, remained in the vicinity until Swift arrived to assist the Princesa.

Clipper Establishes New Supramax Pool

Clipper Phoenix (Photo: Clipper)

Clipper has established the Clipper Sapphire Pool, a new commercial pool for modern Supramax grab fitted bulk carriers between 52,000 and 58,000 deadweight. The new pool will commence operation immediately, with 16 vessels initially committed to join in early 2015, of which Genco Shipping & Trading Limited (Genco) has committed 50% of the ships and Clipper the balance. Clipper currently operates a fleet of approximately 100 modern dry-bulk vessels. With the commencement of this newly established Sapphire Pool…

New Towboat Delivered to Lorris G. Towing

M/V Cole Guidry (Photo: Bollinger Shipyards)

M/V Cole Guidry, the newly designed Bollinger inland towboat, was delivered to owner Lorris G. Towing on December 16, 2016. The M/V Cole Guidry, designed and built by Bollinger Shipyards, is a 2,000 HP inland towboat measuring 80 feet by 36 feet with a 10-foot draft. The vessel is powered by three Caterpillar C18 Tier 3 engines rated at 670 HP each, supplied by Louisiana Machinery. The reduction gears are Twin Disc Model MGX517ODC with a ratio of 6:1. Electrical power is provided by three Kohler generators, 65 kW each, supplied by Caroline Marine.

Liverpool Industry Inspires GenNex Mariners

Cadets with Bibby Ship Management and X-Press Feeders staff Photo By Bibby Ship Mngmt

Major global independent common carrier, X-Press Feeders and Bibby Ship Management have put training at the forefront of their investment into the next generation of highly trained and capable crew, by enrolling a group of young aspiring seafarers onto their Trainee Engineering Officer and Trainee Deck Office programmes. The four cadets – Luke Jakes, Conrad Dempsey, Claire Allan and Jonathan Jones – have just started their three-year Officer Cadet training and, as such, will experience a wealth of maritime activity, both at sea and academically at various marine institutions throughout the UK.

Norborg Steps in as Clipper Group CEO

Peter Norborg (Photo: Clipper Group)

Clipper Group has appointed Peter Norborg new Group CEO, succeeding current chief Frank G. Jensen, who will continue with the company as Chairman of the Board. Norborg will commence work in Clipper on April 1, 2016. Norborg, 49, comes from a position as Chief Operating Officer at Switzerland-based open hatch/dry bulk company Gearbulk, a position he has held since 2012. Before that, he spent 14 years at D/S Norden, latest as Executive Vice President and Head of Dry Cargo division. Peter holds an EMBA from IMD Business School.

Eagle Bulk Completes Greenship Bulk Fleet Acquisition

Photo: Eagle Bulk Shipping

Eagle Bulk Shipping, one of the world’s largest owner-operators in the Supramax/Ultramax segment, announced that it has taken delivery of the M/V Westport Eagle, the ninth and final Crown-63 Ultramax dry bulk vessel acquired from Greenship Bulk Trust. Gary Vogel, Eagle Bulk's CEO, commented, "The successful conclusion of the nine-vessel fleet acquisition from Greenship Bulk provides clear and unambiguous benefits for Eagle, chief among them a significantly expanded commercial footprint and a more modern and efficient fleet.

Eagle Bulk Shipping Reports Q1 Loss

Photo: Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc

Eagle Bulk Shipping reported a loss of $11.1 million in its first quarter. It posted revenue of $45.9 million in the period. Importantly, these developments are occurring against the backdrop of continued improvement in the dry bulk market itself with respect to both trade demand and vessel supply fundamentals. “Looking ahead, we are increasingly optimistic concerning Eagle’s enviable positioning within the dry bulk market, as well as our ability to generate value for all stakeholders,” Gary concluded.

Dejong & Lebet to Design Dinner Boat

Biloxi, Miss.-based Starship Cruise Line, Inc. recently appointed Dejong & Lebet, Inc. to design, and Freeport Shipbuilding, Inc. to construct a 175 ft. yacht styled dinner/cruise vessel. M/V Starship will be docked on Biloxi's Back Bay and "Gold Coast" beaches. Interior design will be provided by Plachter-Vogel Design. The shallow-draft, Subchapter K-classed vessel will hold up to 600 passengers and will be powered by two Stewart & Stevenson Series 600 main engines at 40 hp each, as well as twin 275 kW generators.

New Research Will Aid Naval Planners

The Office of Naval Research Global (ONR Global) announced Jan. 30 a grant to the University of Melbourne that will provide new insights into ocean conditions-crucial information for Navy planners involved in tactical and strategic decision-making. The project is intended to improve understanding of conditions in the Indian Ocean, including validating satellite data on salinity, or salt, levels. Confirming satellite findings with actual field-level research is an area scientists have deemed essential to improving the Navy's oceanographic models. The research is in collaboration with Kenyan and Indian scientific organizations. "The major goal of this kind of research is to be able to provide the best information possible on the environmental…

TUI Cruises Expands to Six Ships by 2017

Credit  - TUI Cruises

TUI AG and Royal Caribbean Cruises are substantiating their expansions plans for their joint venture TUI Cruises. The Mein Schiff fleet shall grow from now three to six ships and then 14,000 beds by 2017. TUI Cruises is strengthening its already sound and dynamic position in the German cruise market. Both the Boards of TUI AG and Royal Caribbean Cruises have decided to order the two newbuilds. The Mein Schiff 4 is currently being built and with the now decided new orders of Mein Schiff 5 and Mein Schiff 6 TUI AG and Royal Caribbean Cruises are investing in touristic growth markets.

APS, Swift Returns to Ghana in Support of NOAA, Fisheries

High Speed Vessel 2 Swift arrived in Tema, March 30 for its second visit here, as well as its seventh engagement visit as part of Africa Partnership Station (APS). Swift will host a group of 40 Ghanaian fisheries observers in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service, who will be leading a training workshop. Fisheries observers embark industrial fishing vessels off of the coast of Ghana and collect information about the fish being caught, as well as interactions between fishing activities and mammals, sea turtles and sea birds. However, the impact of observer activities affects more than just fisheries management…

SUNY Maritime to Host Towing Industry Forum

The State University of New York Maritime College's Department of Professional Education and Training will host its 15th annual Towing Industry Forum Wednesday, October 15, 2014. 0900–0910 Welcome – Rear Adm. 0940–1000 “What About Squat” – Professor C. The attendance fee is $50 per guest. Registration is required.

W&O Employees Benefit American Lung Assoc.

W&O, supplier of marine valves, pipe, fittings, engineered products and valve automation solutions, announced its participation in two of the American Lung Association’s Stair Climb fundraisers in Jacksonville, Fla., and Houston, Texas. Twenty-three employees, including W&O CEO Jack Guidry and members of senior leadership, combined to climb 1,658 steps and raise $4,600. “Having both our Houston and Jacksonville offices participate in these events illustrates our employees’ nationwide dedication to the American Lung Association and to team physical expression…

TUI Cruise Ship Keel Laid at STX Finland

Photo: STX Europe

On 25 February 2014, approximately nine months after the keel laying of TUI Cruises’ first newbuilding Mein Schiff 3, TUI Cruises and STX Finland celebrated the keel laying of Mein Schiff 4 in the Turku shipyard. Following the old shipbuilding tradition, the lucky coins were placed under the keel block of the ship. In the lucky coin ceremony, held on the bottom of the drydock, the shipowner was represented by Richard J. Vogel, CEO of TUI Cruises, CFO Frank Kuhlmann, Chief Engineer of Mein Schiff 3 Kostas Kallinikos and the designated Captain of Mein Schiff 3 Kjell Holm.

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