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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Maritime Administration News

Denmark, Ghana Cooperate on Safety at Sea

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

An authority-to-authority cooperation has been initiated between the maritime administrations in Denmark and Ghana to contribute to enhanced safety at sea and to develop the maritime sector in Ghana. As part of the ongoing cooperation between the maritime administrations in Denmark and Ghana, five Ghanaian ship surveyors have visited the Danish Maritime Authority this week. During the visit, the Danish and Ghanaian ship surveyors have exchanged knowledge and experience about their responsibilities when acting on behalf of their maritime administrations.

Panama Maritime Authority Authorizes Turk Loydu

Photo: T√ľrk Loydu

Turk Loydu has been authorized by Panama Maritime Authority, the world’s leading maritime administration, to conduct survey and certification activities for Panama flagged ships. Worlds No.1 maritime administration Panama Maritime Authority and Turkish classification society Turk Loydu has signed an authorization transfer protocol in Istanbul on 7th November 2017. In accordance with the signed authorization Turk Loydu will be able to issue classification certificates and conduct statutory surveys and certification services for Panama flagged ships.

Patriot: 20 Years in Ship Management

Patriot Contract Services, LLC (PCS) is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its operations as a completely U.S.-owned ship management company.   During the past 20 years PCS and its affiliate American Ship Management, LLC have provided ship management and other maritime services to valued customers such as the Military Sealift Command (MSC), the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD), American President Lines (APL) and Schuyler Lines Navigation Company, while Patriot Maritime Compliance, LLC has provided expert regulatory guidance to both U.S. flag and international clients. 

RS Passes Cyprus MA Audit

The audit, which took place on October 8-10, 2013, confirmed the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) recognition by the Maritime Administration of Cyprus. Summarizing the audit results, Michalis Michaelides, a representative of the Maritime Administration of Cyprus, announced there were no non-conforminies detected in the activity of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping. “The objective of the audit was to achieve a better level of mutual understanding when working together and we succeeded with that.

Calypso Withdraws Deepwater Application

On February 25, 2009, Calypso LNG, LLC informed the Maritime Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard it will cease all license processing work on the Calypso Deepwater Port LNG project, fully withdrawing its application from consideration at this time. As such, Calypso will not pursue the necessary approvals from the Maritime Administration or the state to license their proposed energy receiving facility off the coast of Florida. In 2007, Calypso (and its parent company, GDF Suez Energy North America) negotiated a landmark LNG tanker U.S.-flag and crew agreement with the Maritime Administration to operate its deepwater port with over 100 highly trained and well paid U.S. citizen mariners when it became operational.

MARAD ‚Äď Assistance to Small Shipyards Grant Program

AGENCY: Maritime Administration, DOT / ACTION: Notice of Small Shipyard Grant Program. SUMMARY: This notice announces the intention of the Maritime Administration to provide grants for small shipyards. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 20.814. DATES: The period for submitting grant applications, as mandated by statute, commenced on November 18, 2011. The applications must be received by the Maritime Administration by 5 p.m. EST on January 17, 2012. Applications received later than this time will not be considered.

MARAD: $2.3m for State Maritime Academies

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration announced that America's six state maritime academies will receive an additional $2.3 million total from a government program that recycles obsolete vessels. "With the majority of our goods moved over water, well-trained merchant mariners are critical in supporting our nation's security and economy," said Secretary LaHood. Funding is being made available from the sale of obsolete vessels from the Maritime Administration's National Defense Reserve Fleet and budget savings generated by the Maritime Administration. The Maritime Administration awarded $392,913 each to the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo…

MarAd Sells Tanker to New Orleans Firm

The Maritime Administration announced that it has sold the obsolete vessel Lexington for to Southern Scrap Material Corporation of New Orleans, La. The vessel, a tanker, was built in 1958 and is currently located in the Beaumont Reserve Fleet in Texas. Steel and other materials from the ship will be recycled. Southern Scrap Material purchased two other vessels from the Maritime Administration in May. ‚ÄúThis is a good bargain for the American taxpayer and helps create jobs in New Orleans,‚ÄĚ said Maritime Administrator Sean Connaughton. The Maritime Administration keeps ships in the National Defense Reserve Fleet sites to support Armed Forces movements and to respond to national emergencies.

New Public Port Finance Survey, FY06

The Maritime Administration has released its new Public Port Finance Survey ‚Äď FY 2006. This report is the only one of its kind in the port industry that covers U.S. and Canadian ports. This publication contains financial data on maritime activities at ports, including the income statement, balance sheet, outstanding bonds, debt service, sales offices, and cargo tonnage. In addition, there are sections that cover data on contributions, donations, and grants received in fiscal year 2006, and ratio analyses. This report is the result of a cooperative effort between the Maritime Administration and the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA). It was prepared by the Maritime Administration‚Äôs Office of Intermodal System Development, using financial information furnished by AAPA.

U.S. Navy Buys Hawaii Superferries

Huakai and Alakai Go for $35 Million. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration has transferred two high speed vessels, the Huakai and the Alakai, to the U.S. Navy. The Navy plans to use the vessels to transport troops and equipment to training areas from Okinawa and other locations. These vessels will help the Navy meet these unique operational requirements without the need to build new vessels. Powered by waterjet engines, the catamarans can each carry 288 cars and 866 passengers. The Navy provided $35 million to the Maritime Administration for both vessels.

DOT's Marad: Small Shipyard Grant Program

Under the Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration Small Shipyard Grant Program, there is currently $9,457,986.00 available for grants for capital and related improvements to qualified shipyard facilities that will be effective in fostering efficiency, competitive operations and quality ship construction, repair and reconfiguration. This notice announces the intention of the Maritime Administration to provide grants to small shipyards. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 20.814. Potential applicants are advised that, based on past experience, the number of applications will far exceed the funds available and that only a small percentage of applications will be funded.

Help Wanted: U.S. Maritime Industry

There are plenty of job openings in the American maritime industry for qualified people, according to a survey issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation‚Äôs Maritime Administration. Almost two-thirds of the operators of U.S.-registered vessels who responded said they had trouble in the past year finding enough qualified people to fill all their jobs. ‚ÄúThe maritime industry is a great place to look for long-term employment now,‚ÄĚ noted Maritime Administrator Sean T. Connaughton. ‚ÄúIt used to be that there were too few jobs and too many people looking. The survey results were drawn from self-administered questionnaires returned to the Maritime Administration from U.S.-flag vessel operators.

Sweden to Launch MSW for Ship reporting

New routine for ship reporting from 1st October 2015

On 1 October 2015 the Maritime Single Window (MSW) portal will be launched for reporting of information regarding entry at port. From that date reports that were previously made in SafeSeaNet Sweden (SSNS) will be made in the portal, and simultaneously the reporting system of Port of Gothenburg will be integrated with the MSW. Electronic ship reporting in the MSW portal becomes a reality on 1 October. The technical systems will be deployed in several stages and SSNS and Port of Gothenburg are first in line. This means that ship reporting is to be made in the MSW portal from the current date.

Somalia Stakeholders Forum Reviews Maritime Code

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

‚ÄčThe revised Somalia Maritime Code is being finalized at a four-day Stakeholders Forum, sponsored by International Maritime Organization (IMO) (Kigali, Rwanda 12-15 July). The workshop is part of IMO‚Äôs ongoing technical assistance to the Federal Government of Somalia and regional authorities in establishing a Maritime Administration for Somalia capable of undertaking flag, port and coastal states duties in line with IMO instruments. The revised Code reflects developments in international‚Ķ

MarAd Enhancement Act Moves Along

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation unanimously reported The Maritime Administration Enhancement Act of 2005. The bill establishes a grant program to assist small shipyards for capital improvements and improve maritime training programs for small communities largely served by the maritime industry. The bill also allows the Maritime Administration (MarAd) to use a portion of funds for the operation of the National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF) and proceeds recovered from vessel accident litigation and arbitration to be placed in a reserve fund to cover the costs of vessel maintenance, repairs, and replacements.

MarAd’s Schubert Resigns

U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta today announced the resignation of Captain William G. Schubert, Maritime Administrator of the Department‚Äôs Maritime Administration. The Secretary praised Schubert‚Äôs accomplishments and service to the Nation during a three-year tenure. ‚ÄúBill brought real life maritime experiences directly to his job as Administrator and he has been a tremendous asset to the Department,‚ÄĚ Secretary Mineta said. Captain Schubert managed a large-scale‚Ķ

Marad Responds to Labor Critics

U.S. Maritime Administrator David Matsuda

The U.S. Maritime Administration issued a Report Comparing U.S. and Foreign-Flag Operating Costs. The U.S. maritime labor union(s) responded with pointed criticism. Marad issues its own statement in reponse. Text of Marad Chief Matsuda's Prepared Statement: ‚ÄúThe U.S. Maritime Administration‚Äôs top priority is to promote the growth and sustainability of America‚Äôs maritime industry. The first-of-its-kind ‚ÄėComparison of U.S. and Foreign Flag Operating Cost‚Äô study was a fact-finding‚Ķ

Marad Chief Counsel Departing?

Marad Chief Counsel Denise Krepp

The U.S. Maritime Administration this morning had no official comment on information received by Marinelink from well placed sources that Marad Chief Counsel Denise Krepp had departed her post within the DOT's maritime modal arm. If true, Krepp would be just one more in a string of high level officials to leave the embattled department in recent months. Krepp was officially sworn in as the Chief Counsel of the Maritime Administration on September 28, 2009. According to the U.S.

Maritime Administration Releases Compilation of Maritime Laws

The Maritime Administrations announced it has released its annual Compilation of Maritime Laws for fiscal year 2007. Each year since 1995, the Maritime Administration has published the laws as an essential reference for its Agency leadership and staff. The compilation is also widely used by the Members of Congress, their staffs and committees, attorneys practicing in the area of Federal Maritime Law and interested members of the general public. The Maritime Administration believes that it is essential that this publication be made available to ensure access to the current state of significant maritime laws, including current statutory amendments.

DOT Provides $7 Million for Maritime Education

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx

The U.S. Department of Transportation‚Äôs Maritime Administration today announced that America‚Äôs six state maritime academies ‚Äď California Maritime Academy, Great Lakes Maritime Academy, Maine Maritime Academy, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, SUNY Maritime College and Texas Maritime Academy ‚Äď and the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) in Kings Point, N.Y., will each receive $1 million from a government program that recycles obsolete vessels. The funding will help ensure well-educated and highly skilled U.S.

Ghost Fleet Ship to Become Artificial Reef

It has been a troop carrier, a missile-tracking ship, and a starred in a Hollywood movie. Now the General Hoyt S. Vandenberg will become an artificial reef off Key West, Fla. Maritime Administrator Sean T. Connaughton approved the transfer of the Vandenberg to the state of Florida, which plans to turn the 63-year old vessel into an artificial reef later this year. ‚ÄúReefing is an excellent way to dispose of our obsolete ships,‚ÄĚ said Connaughton. "It is good for the economy, good for the environment, and a great deal for U.S. The approval clears the way for the ship to be cleaned and sunk for a reef. The Vandenberg will join other ships of the Maritime Administration‚Äôs National Defense Reserve Fleet being used in the Maritime Administration's Artificial Reefing Program: the Texas Clipper I‚Ķ

MARAD, $100m in Small Shipyard Grants

Under the terms of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Maritime Administration has received $100 million for the Small Shipyards Grant Program, which had been funded at $10 million in 2008. This program provides 75 percent federal funds with 25 percent matching funds from the shipyard for capital improvements and related infrastructure improvements which will foster efficiency, competitive operations and quality ship construction and repair. Grant funds may also be used for maritime training programs to foster technical skills and operational productivity. Of the $100 million, $75 million is reserved for shipyards with 600 employees or less and up to $25 million may be awarded to yards with up to 1200 employees.

$3.5m for Eco-Friendly Ship Clean-Up

On Dec. 1, U.S. Maritime Administrator Sean T. Connaughton announced a contract with Certified Coatings Company of Concord, Calif., to remove and contain exfoliating paint from ships in the National Defense Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay, Calif. The contract is potentially worth $3.5m over five years. Similar contracts are being prepared for the two fleet sites in Beaumont, Texas, and Fort Eustis, Va., overseen by the Maritime Administration. The contract is part of the Maritime Administration‚Äôs Environmental Excellence Initiative which focuses on strengthening environmental protections and implementing green procedures. ‚ÄúWe are committed to being good stewards to the environment in all our fleet sites,‚ÄĚ said Connaughton.

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