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National Harbor Safety Committee Conference

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Houston/Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee are hosting the Fourth Annual National Harbor Safety Committee Conference in Galveston on March 3-5, 2002. Items on the agenda include a review of harbor safety in the Port of New York/New Jersey following the terrorist attacks; contemporary port security issues; port risk and vulnerability; and harbor infrastructure issues. Source: HK Law

New Water Taxi to Connect for Old Town Alexandria

National Harbor, the mile-and-a-quarter-long waterfront development under construction just south of the Wilson Bridge in Prince George's County. Riverboat Company and Milt Peterson, founder and chairman of Washington, D.C.-area developer, The Peterson Companies, which is developing the mixed-use project, announced today that the Potomac Riverboat Company will begin seven-day-a-week water taxi service between the two riverside destinations in April 2008. Two newly-commissioned 99-passenger boats, which are yet-to-be named, will run initially on the half-hour between 10 A.M. and 10 P.M., providing 50 one- way trips daily between the Alexandria City Marina and the Commercial North Pier at National Harbor. The crossing is expected to take 20 minutes.

ASNE Day 2009, NEO Vehicles

Attendees at next month’s ASNE Day 2009 Symposium at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD, will have the opportunity to view six assets from the Navy Expeditionary Overwatch (NEO) initiative. The NEO capability is a Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren-Office of Naval Research (ONR) initiative to provide state of the art communications, sensor and engagement platforms to warfighters on the ground as well as in the littorals. NEO consists of air, land and sea vehicles linked to a central control station over a common communications network. ASNE Day 2009: Naval Engineering in Support of 21st Century Maritime Strategy will be held April 8-9, 2009.

U.S. Shipbuilding: Sec. Stackley Headlines ASSA-Hosted Roundtable

ASSA is non-profit organization dedicated to voicing concerns of the shipbuilding supplier community www.shipbuildingsuppliers.org

On April 10, 2013 the American Shipbuilding Suppliers Association (ASSA) is hosting a roundtable discussion between member companies and the Honorable Sean Stackley, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Research, Development & Acquisition (ASN RD&A). ASSA will discuss major issues affecting the entire shipbuilding supplier industry with Secretary Stackley. This members only meeting is collocated (but unaffiliated) with the United States Navy League Sea Air Space Expo 2013 at the Gaylord Hotel in National Harbor, Maryland.

Coastal Properties Managing Diamond Teague

Photo courtesy Coastal Properties Management

Coastal Properties Management (CPM) added a new facility to its management group with a contract awarded by Washington D.C. to manage the newly opened $8m marine terminal at Nationals Park named Diamond Teague Marine Terminal & Park. Operations at the Diamond Teague Terminal, which commenced in September, include water taxi and commercial vessel service from National Harbor Marina in Md., and Old Town Alexandria, Va. for all Nationals home games and concerts at National Park.

USCG to Co-Sponsor Conference

The U.S. The conference focuses on the importance of the Marine Transportation System (MTS) and how the MTS structure can assist policy- and decision-makers operate efficiently, effectively, and consistently throughout the nation. Key topics will include: Harbor Safety Committee contributions to the Marine Transportation System, strategies for coordination and stakeholder participation at the port level, MTS outreach, port security, and the latest tools and technology available to the ports. The conference will be held at the Argent Hotel in San Francisco, on March 19-20, 2001. An evening reception will be held on March 18. For more information, contact LCDR Greg Case, 202-267-0386 or Karen Bradley, 703-394-4125.

Eastern Awarded NYC Firefighter Plate

From left to right: Jim Carney, JCarney Company; Kevin Traver, Staff Vice President of Corporate Affairs for the Navy League of the United States; Brian D’Isernia, President of Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding)

Monday, April 7, 2014, at the Sea Air Space Exposition at the Gaylord National Convention Center - National Harbor, MD, Brian D’Isernia, Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc’s president, was presented a NYC Firefighter Plate which honors the 343 NYC firefighters who sacrificed their lives during the 9/11 World Trade Center disaster. Presenting at Eastern’s booth was Jim Carney with the JCarney Company, a retired NYC Firefighter and Kevin Traver, Staff Vice President of Corporate Affairs for the Navy League of the United States.

ASSA Hosted a Roundtable with Sec. Stackley

Sec. Stackley and ASSA's Rick Hepburn

On April 10, 2013 the American Shipbuilding Suppliers Association (ASSA) hosted a roundtable discussion between 35 representatives from member companies; the Honorable Sean Stackley, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development & acquisition (ASN RD&A); and Elliott Branch, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for acquisition and procurement (DASN AP). Member companies raised concerns related to timely issues such as FY13 and FY14 budgets, foreign competition, contracting timeliness…

USCG Hosts Workshop on Maritime Security

The two-day workshop on maritime security, hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard in Washington, was completed with members of diverse sectors of the maritime industry offering a variety of suggestions for improvements and areas of concern related to maritime security. A listing of the recommendations is scheduled to be released by the Coast Guard on February 4, with the final report scheduled for February 28. Written comments may be submitted to the docket through March 15. Meanwhile, maritime security will be the major focus of the National Harbor Safety Committee meeting in Galveston on March 4. Source: HK Law

Annual Harbor Safety Committee Conference

The U.S. Coast Guard's Office of Waterways Management is sponsoring the 11th Annual Harbor Safety Committee Conference in Tampa, Fla., at the Marriott Tampa Waterside Hotel May 27-29. The event aims to bring together dozens of harbor safety committees from around the country to continue improving communication, collaboration and coordination among policy makers, transportation planners, shippers and others in the maritime industry. The deadline for registration is April 15. Invited speakers include Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen, Carnival Cruise Lines Vice President Brendan Corrigan and senior officials from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Maritime Administration, the U.S.

NTSB Praises Coast Guard and MAIB

National Transportation Safety Board Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker today in a speech before the 8th Annual National Harbor Safety Committee Conference applauded the actions taken by the U.S. transportation safety on waterways. "Government, industry, professional groups, and other organizations, are an essential part of a strong and successful marine transportation industry," Rosenker said. During his speech, he applauded the steps the Coast Guard is taking to address the passenger weight issue, noting that in yesterday's Federal Register the Coast Guard announced a commitment to a high priority rulemaking to address this matter, and in the meantime to implement an interim program so that passenger weight stability issues can be addressed right away.

Retlif Honored with Cogswell Award

Retlif Testing Laboratories, a strategic compliance organization and independent testing laboratory, has received the Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award from Defense Security Service (DSS). Presented at the annual National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) training seminar at National Harbor, Maryland, the Cogswell Award recognizes industrial security excellence and outstanding achievement in matters related exclusively to a facility’s security program.

US Military Officials Speak About Forward Presence

Leading officials from the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard spoke about operating forward and being partners with global presence at the 2014 Navy League Sea-Air-Space Exposition at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., April 7. The Sea-Air-Space Expo is an annual event that brings together key military decision makers, the U.S. defense industrial base and private-sector U.S. companies for an innovative and educational maritime based event. Vice Adm. Michelle Howard, deputy chief of naval operations for Operations, Plans, and Strategy, delivered opening remarks. "It's my pleasure to sit with such a group of, not just distinguished panelists, but in many cases good friends," said Howard.

BAE Systems Delivers DCGS-N to Two U.S. Navy Ships

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Today at the Navy League Sea Air Space Exposition, BAE Systems announced it has delivered two production units of the U.S. Navy’s primary shipboard intelligence system for U.S. naval forces, providing significantly greater intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting capability over legacy systems. The first BAE Systems-built production system of the Distributed Common Ground System-Navy (DCGS-N), is currently being installed onboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) in Norfolk, Va. The second system was delivered to the government for immediate shipment to the USS George Washington (CVN 73) in Yokosuka, Japan.

Experts to Present Findings at 2012 SNAME Symposium

Collisions between powered and non-powered personal watercraft (PWC) and sail or powered craft (SPC) are a serious concern for professional mariners and recreational boaters alike. USCG statistics show that in recent years, collisions with a recreational vessel have consistently ranked as the leading primary marine accident type. The topic of collisions will be explored at a three-day symposium April 3-5, which brings marine professionals and historians together in National Harbor…

Marine Composites, Acoustic Materials on Display by Goodrich

Goodrich Corporation will display its advanced marine composite products and acoustic materials at the Navy League's annual Sea-Air-Space Exposition at National Harbor, Md. April 16-18. The exposition brings the U.S. defense industrial base, private-sector U.S. companies and key military decision makers together for an annual innovative, educational, professional and maritime-based event. Goodrich's Engineered Polymer Products (EPP) business in Jacksonville, Fla. delivered its 336th sonar dome rubber window (SDRW) to the U.S. Navy on Jan 9, 2012. EPP, part of Goodrich's Aerostructures business, has been the exclusive supplier of sonar domes to a variety of U.S. Navy and allied navy vessels for more than 40 years.

Saab Develops Underwater Anti-IED Robot

Sea Wasp (Image: Saab)

Designed to combat below-the-surface terrorism, Sea Wasp is the latest generation remotely operated vehicle (ROV) from defense and security company Saab. Presented at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition in National Harbor, Md., Sea Wasp has been engineered to relocate, identify and neutralize underwater improvised explosive devices (IEDs). While most underwater IED threats are disposed of manually by trained explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) divers, Sea Wasp is operated remotely by two-person teams from the surface, allowing operators to keep a safe distance from the explosives.

US Hi-Tech Innovator to Show at Navy League Expo

Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) to showcase technologies at Navy League's upcoming Sea-Air-Space Exposition. CTC is an independent, nonprofit, applied scientific research and development professional services organization providing innovative management and technology-based solutions to government and industry. The organization will highlight a number of innovative technologies and solutions that have assisted, and will continue to assist, the Navy League with their mission of maritime policy education and sea service support. •    Laser Coatings Removal System. CTC's award-winning laser coatings removal system uses a continuous wave laser to strip paint and other coatings from aircraft.

Navy League Honors Retired Ingalls President

Irwin F. Edenzon (center) accepts the Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Award from Rep. Randy Forbes (left) and James H. Offutt, national president of the Navy League of the United States, Tuesday night in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo courtesy of the Navy League of the United States

Irwin F. Edenzon, the retired president of Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division, accepted the Navy League of the United States' Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Award last night. The Navy League presented the award at the annual Sea-Air-Space Black Tie Reception and Banquet at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. The Nimitz award honors an industry leader who has made a major contribution to the nation's maritime strength or enhanced national security.

Coast Guard Foundation Honors Scholars

The 5 of the class of 2013: Photo credit The Coast Guard Foundation

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, recognized its Commander Daniel J. Christovich Scholarship awardees and 2013 college graduates at its recent 9th Annual Tribute to the United States Coast Guard in Washington DC. The Daniel J. Christovich Scholarship is generously funded by Lisa Kazor Christovich in honor of her husband's distinguished career in the Coast Guard. The scholars honored at the dinner were Joseph "Joey" Heimburger of Gloucester…

National Freight Advisory Approves Harbor Maintenance Tax

The National Freight Advisory Committee yesterday unanimously approved a recommendation to pass legislation that will ensure that the Harbor Maintenance Tax is utilized for its intended purpose - to keep the nation's harbors and channels dredged and maintained at their maximum authorized depth for the safe shipping of commerce. The resolution was championed by Paul C. LaMarre III, Executive Director of the Port of Monroe, Michigan. The Harbor Maintenance Tax is a user fee collected by the U.S. Government to ensure the adequate maintenance and operations of the national waterway infrastructure. In recent years, more fees have been collected than expended and the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund contains a surplus of $8.2 billion.

Metal Shark to Build DC, New Orleans Passenger Vessels

Rendering of the 88’,149-passenger aluminum catamaran vessel that Metal Shark will produce under a four-boat contract for Potomac Riverboat Company, a division of Entertainment Cruises (Image: Metal Shark)

Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark said it has been awarded two separate contracts to produce passenger vessels for the Potomac Riverboat Company division of Entertainment Cruises, and for the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority. For the Potomac Riverboat Company, Metal Shark will produce four 88’, high speed/low wake, 149-passenger aluminum catamarans. The new passenger vessels will provide commuters in the Washington DC metro region with service between Old Town Alexandria, Virginia; National Harbor, Maryland; and Georgetown and The Wharf in Washington DC.

Cooperation for Oil Spill Preparedness in Africa

Photo: GIWACAF

A regional conference of countries in west, central and southern Africa has committed to continue to work at both national and regional levels to boost preparedness to deal with oil spill incidents which could be devastating both for the marine environment and financially. The conference (6-9 November) in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, was hosted by CIAPOL, the Ivoirian pollution control centre. It brought together industry and government focal points from 20 out of 22 west, central and southern African countries covered by the Global Initiative for West, Central and Southern Africa (GI-WACAF).

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