Renewed Optimism is Exploration
Renewed optimism is the theme for exploration in 2018, driven by higher oil prices and improving exploration performance. The cost of exploring has fallen more than 50% since 2013/14 and there are fewer companies competing for acreage, said a research report by Westwood Global Energy Group. It could be argued that there has not been a better time to be exploring in the last decade. The geology economic to explore increases considerably above $60/barrel and in the first quarter of 2018 the oil price averaged $67/barrel.
USS Slater Receives National Maritime Heritage Grant
The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum has received a $200,000 grant from the Department of Interior, National Park Service (NPS) through the National Maritime Heritage (NMH) grant program, for the repair of USS Slater’s mast and hull.Thirty-four of these grants totaling $2.6 million were awarded in collaboration with the Maritime Administration (MARAD) and State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs). With these funds, organizations and agencies conduct education and preservation…
U.S. Coast Guard Museum Becoming a Reality
Adm. Bob Papp was present as City of New London, Conn., and the National Coast Guard Museum Association unveiled the plans and location of the museum. As the oldest U.S. maritime service, and the only U.S. military service without a national museum, the National Coast Guard Museum will afford the public an opportunity to learn about the rich and noteworthy achievements of the men and women who forged the service’s history of the past 223 years. Mr. James Coleman, Jr., chairman of the National Coast Guard Museum Association Board, unveiled the plans.
Mystic Seaport, Herreshoff Marine Museums Collaborate
Mystic Seaport Museum and Herreshoff Marine Museum announced that they have entered into an agreement in which the Herreshoff Marine Museum and Mystic Seaport will become affiliated. Mystic Seaport and the Herreshoff Marine Museum are entering into a broad collaborative relationship because each museum’s mission, assets, programs and aspirations are complementary with the other. The agreement provides both Museums with new opportunities to tell the broad story of the American maritime landscape. Both Museums will continue to operate independently with their existing assets, but will serve as resources to the other as needed and as agreed.
Polar Petroleum Appoints ARCO Alaska Veteran
Polar Petroleum Corp. appointed Mr. Donald W. Brizzolara to the Company's Advisory Board as Chief Geological Advisor. Mr. Brizzolara represents 25 years of experience in oil and gas exploration and development, geology and consulting experience for firms such as ConocoPhillips and Shell. Of particular importance to the Company, Mr. Brizzolara's background includes work on the Prudhoe and Kuparuk fields, which, together constitute the majority of the oil production on the North Slope (51% and 20%, respectively). Polar Petroleum's Hemi Springs Project is spread along the southwestern border of the Prudhoe Bay Unit, and lies to the southeast of the Kuparuk River Unit. Donald W.
Gazprom Opens Museum of War in Brest Fortress
Led by Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, a Company's delegation took part in the inauguration of a new museum within the Brest Hero-Fortress memorial complex. Boris Svetlov, Minister of Culture of the Republic of Belarus and Konstantin Sumar, Chairman of the Brest Regional Executive Committee participated in the ceremony. The museum is called 'Museum of War – Territory of Peace'. Located in the premises of the south-eastern barrack, it occupies around one thousand square meters.
Historic PT Boat to Return to Lake Pontchartrain
The National WWII Museum announced plans to return restored patrol-torpedo (PT) boat PT-305 to her home waters of Lake Pontchartrain, where she was originally tested by Higgins Industries more than 70 years ago. The Museum launched the first phase of the plan this morning: a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds necessary to move PT-305 to the water, test her for passenger use and, for the first time, offer civilians the chance to take a ride on a fully restored combat-veteran PT boat – the fastest U.S. naval ship in World War II.
Maritime Museum Moving to Port of Houston
Niels Aalund, Chairman of the Houston Maritime Museum, announced plans for the museum’s new home located at the Turning Basin at the Port of Houston. “Expanding the current museum and moving to the Port of Houston will allow us to better fulfill our mission,” Aalund said. Features of the new 38,000-square-foot maritime museum include a high tech interactive touch wall, extensive exhibit halls, classrooms, meeting spaces, event spaces, research library, children's area, museum store and a café/restaurant.
Tug Delaware’s Restoration Underway at CBMM
In recognition of her upcoming centennial, the tug Delaware is now being restored to her 1912 appearance in full public view at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland. Delaware is a rare example of a typical early 20th century wooden river tug. Built in 1912 in Bethel, Delaware by William H. Smith, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s tug Delaware measures 39’8” x 11’4” and is now a floating exhibit at the museum’s waterfront campus. Delaware is a product…
Ojibwa Set to Arrive on September 8
Saturday, September 8 should be a day to remember in Port Burwell, Ontario. That is the day the decommissioned submarine Ojibwa, Canada’s first Oberon Class submarine is set arrive at her new home to become the centerpiece of the Elgin Military Museum’s new naval museum. The decision to earmark September 8 as the day the sub will be brought ashore and placed on her new foundations was made at a meeting of the Ojibwa Project Team on January 30. The schedule of work that set the September date is one of the remaining pieces required to obtain the final release of Ojibwa to the Museum.
Fundraiser Celebrates Maritime Museum
A black tie fundraising gala dinner event at National Maritime Museum Cornwall, in the company of Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal, raised over £80,000 for the Museum last week. The event called a Night at the Museum, celebrated the Museum’s 10th birthday and launched a new 10-year campaign to raise £4 million over the next decade. More than 120 guests enjoyed a champagne reception overlooking Falmouth’s harbor in the Museum’s Waterside café followed by a candlelit five course meal in the Museum’s Main Hall.
Wing-in-Ground Craft (Ekranoplan) for Russian Museum
A Russian Navy spokesman said last year that the Navy development program did not provide prospects for Ekranoplans. "Decommissioned three years ago, Lun will be dismantled in the next few months", he added. Group of activists from Nizhniy Novgorod – native city of Ekranoplans – became anxious about fate of the unique vehicle; their leader Denis Zakharov addressed the defense ministry and Nizhniy Novgorod administration with a request to consider preservation of the unique "flying ship" as a museum showpiece.
National Museum of the American Sailor Unveiled
The Great Lakes Naval Museum was officially renamed the National Museum of the American Sailor during a ceremony and sign unveiling at the museum July 4. The Navy's top enlisted Sailor, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (AW/NAC) Mike Stevens, was joined by retired Rear Adm. Sam Cox, director of Naval History and Heritage Command, North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham, Capt. James Hawkins, commanding officer of Naval Station Great Lakes, Jennifer Searcy, Ph.D., director of the National Museum of the American Sailor…
Ostermiller President, Nat’l CG Museum
The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education, welfare and morale of all Coast Guard members and their families, and a partner of the National Coast Guard Museum Association, announced the appointment of Jerry Ostermiller as the president of the National Coast Guard Museum. An accomplished museum administrator with over 25 years experience, Mr. Ostermiller will establish museum programming, develop internal infrastructure and lead capital campaign fund raising efforts for the construction of the country's newest national museum in New London, Connecticut. The United States Coast Guard is the only military service that does not currently have a national museum, which recounts the institution's history, service and missions. Mr.
Coast Guard Museum Postponed
The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education, welfare and morale of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced that, at a joint meeting of the Executive Committees of the National Coast Guard Museum Association and the Coast Guard Foundation, it was voted to postpone work on developing a National Coast Guard Museum. The project was launched last year to honor the efforts of our guardians of the shores, and celebrate the over one million individuals saved by the Coast Guard—the only branch of the military that does not have a museum. “The reality of today’s economic climate makes a project which is so dependant on private philanthropy very difficult at this time,” said Ross Roeder, chairman of the board, Coast Guard Foundation.
Burger Boat Honored by Maritime Museum
The Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc, Wisconsin held its 7th Annual Commodore’s Ball Saturday October 3, 2009. This year’s theme was “The Burger Tradition: Past and Present,” celebrated the heritage of Wisconsin's own world-class yacht builder by commemorating Burger Boat Company’s rich history dating back to 1863. The black-tie event is a major fundraiser for the museum and includes a raffle as well as silent and live auctions. The highlight of the live auction was a package donated by Burger. It included an exclusive tour of Burger’s facilities and a private cruise, complete with wine and hors d’oeuvres, for eight aboard the 1939 48’ Burger motor yacht Angus. Funds raised from the event are used for educational purposes and day-to-day operations of the museum.
Australia Maritime Museum Calls ‘Action Stations’
The Australian National Maritime Museum’s new “Action Stations” attraction officially opened in Darling Harbour, Sydney, on Sunday, offering guests a uniquely dynamic “Immersive Cinema Experience”. The $12 million (AUD ) Action Stations attraction, located in a new waterfront pavilion, highlights the history of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and its people, the various periods of engagement from World War I to the present day and brings to life the human stories behind the uniform and the fleet.
Viking Ship Lift Uses Modulift
Modulift, a modular spreader system has been utilized by Meade Crane Services Ltd. to assist in the transportation of the replica Viking ship, the Sea Stallion of Glendalough, to the National Museum at Collins Barracks in Dublin. Due to restricted access to the Museum, the operation involved lifting the 10-ton Viking ship over the top of the museums buildings, with the help of two Modulift spreaders. After setting sail from its home in Denmark, the Sea Stallion arrived in Dublin Docks, where Meade Crane Services Ltd. managed the logistics of several complex lifts to safely lift the vessel from the water and transport it to the Museum, where it will be on display until next summer.
"Nature poles" to Open at North Sea Museum
The exhibition "Nature poles" will be opened in the North Sea Museum in Arkhangelsk on December 22. The exhibition presents unique photographs from the museum's collection of biological, stuffed inhabitants of cold seas, predators, unique Arctic flora. In addition, the exhibition "The Nature of the poles" will be posted photos of the famous stone Anikieva life size, made by members of the Solovetsky Maritime Museum in 2013. Anikiev stone - a unique monument of European epigraphy (the science that studies the content and form of inscriptions on solid materials, - Ed.) XVI-XX centuries.
Eastern Shipbuilding Donates $250K to USCG Museum
Eastern Shipbuilding has donated $250,000 for the construction of the National Coast Guard Museum in New London, Connecticut, the National Coast Guard Museum Association announced yesterday. Eastern Shipbuilding, a diversified ship builder headquartered in Panama City, Florida, made the donation to the National Coast Guard Museum Association, which is currently engaged in a nationwide fundraising campaign to build a museum to honor the men and women of the U.S. Coast guard. The Coast Guard is currently the only branch of the U.S. military without a dedicated museum.
Hikawa Maru Celebrates 88 Years
Hikawa Maru, the only existing large-scale cargo-passenger ship built in Japan before the war, celebrates its 88th anniversary since delivery on April 25, 2018. Since 2008, Hikawa Maru has been moored at Yamashita Park in Yokohama as a museum ship open to the public. A celebration of its 88th birthday was held on Saturday, April 21, and about 8,000 guests visited. On April 25, 1930, Hikawa Maru was delivered equipped with the latest diesel engine and advanced safety technology, and shortly afterward assigned to the Japan–Seattle Line for cargo-passenger service.
National Coast Guard Museum: Breaking Ground
With Coast Guard Cutter Eagle dressed overall as a backdrop, notables including Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp, broke the ground for construction of the future National Coast Guard Museum. Connecticut Rep. Joe Courtney, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Sen. Chris Murphy, City of New London Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio, Vice President of Cross Sound Ferry Adam Wronowski, Connecticut Gov. Daniel Malloy and Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp dip their shovels into the soil, signifying the beginning of what will be a tremendous physical transformation to the New London waterfront area…
Power Presented with Alexander Hamilton Award
The National Coast Guard Museum Association, Inc. presented the 2016 Alexander Hamilton Award to Coast Guard veteran and founder of J.D. Power and Associates, Inc., J. David Power III, who served as an officer aboard the Coast Guard icebreaker EASTWIND during the mid-1950s. Power was honored in recognition of his years of outstanding service in support of the National Coast Guard Museum. Powers has spent almost 50 years as a pioneer in studying consumer opinions, with 40 years as founder of what has become one of the most prestigious marketing information companies in the world, J.D.