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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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LNG Shipping: A New Game of Risk?

The rapidly changing environment of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) market is leading to a whole new game of risk for P&I clubs, according to the ‘A’ rated, 75 million GT North of England P&I club. Salthouse says ownership of the world’s rapidly growing fleet of LNG vessels has diversified significantly recently to meet the anticipated global growth in gas use, and the new players are planning to operate the ships quite differently. ‘The LNG industry used to revolve around capital-intensive projects, with shipping playing a relatively minor part ‒ all that the vessels were required to do was go backwards and forward between two set terminals for which they had been specifically designed and built,’ he says.

Canada Invest in Marine Training Center

The McGuinty government is supporting Ontario’s marine transportation industry by investing in essential upgrades to the Great Lakes International Marine Training Centre in Owen Sound. “Ontario and Canada need well-trained graduates to navigate and operate our ships,” said Training, Colleges and Universities Minister Chris Bentley. The province is investing $3 million dollars to help the centre, located at Georgian College, purchase state-of-the-art visual navigation simulators, upgrade existing engineering equipment and improve distance-learning capabilities. The centre was established in 1969 and is the only accredited marine training institution in Ontario.

Cammell Laird Launches Claire House Charity Kite Boat

Photo: Cammell Laird

Merseyside shipyard and engineering company Cammell Laird held a special ceremony to launch a unique kite boat designed to raise funds for charity Claire House Children’s Hospice. The ‘CL Challenger’ was designed by retired shipyard naval architect Bill Owen incorporating a kite as the main power source to propel the vessel. The eco-friendly vessel also generates electric power for radio, lights and GPS through batteries charged via solar panel. It will now be used by a team of intrepid kite surfers for a range of sea-faring challenges to raise vital cash for the Bebington children’s charity.

Washburn & Doughty Wins Hybrid Tug Orders

East Boothbay, Maine based Washburn & Doughty said it has secured a contract with Harbor Docking and Towing, of Lake Charles, La., to design and build two 93’ x 38’ Hybrid Z Drive Tugs. The 93’ x 38’ hull is a proven design with 18 tugs in operation and 4 under construction. The vessel will be built as a Harbor Assist Vessel as defined in USCG Subchapter M and admeasure less than 200 gross tons U.S. regulatory tonnage. Caterpillar Marine will provide a ‘stem-to-stern’ Cat content hybrid propulsion system, with support from both Milton Cat and Louisiana Cat in the sales effort. The hybrid propulsion system scope includes 3512E (2,550 HP @ 1…

NMCB-28 Departs Port Hueneme for Six-Month Tour in Iraq

About 500 Navy Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 28 deployed March 1 for a mission to Iraq in support of the global war on terrorism. According to the battalion commander, Cmdr. Craig Scharton, the battalion will build and maintain roads, drill water wells, complete vertical construction projects, and assist convoy security operations while in Iraq. “We’ve gone through almost two months of training here in Port Hueneme, and we’ll go through additional training in Kuwait,” Scharton said. These additional skills include combat lifesaving and logistics to help in distributing the materials shipped to the area. “I have…

RSC Bio Solutions Re-shuffles Leadership

The company, suppliers of biodegradable cleaners, degreasers & functional fluids, reorganizes its leadership team following its Terresolve acquisition. “With the acquisition of Terresolve Technologies earlier this year, RSC Bio Solutions now possesses an even wider range of proven, readily biodegradable products across a broad spectrum of industries,” said Mike Guggenheimer, president and CEO for RSC Bio Solutions. Mike Guggenheimer is president and CEO of RSC Bio Solutions. He also directs long-term corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions and the sales and marketing teams for Radiator Specialty Company (RSC), as their vice president of sales, marketing and business development. Mark Miller is executive vice president of sales and was cofounder and CEO of Terresolve Technologies.

$22 Mln Cocaine Bust in Port of Philadelphia

Philadelphia CBP seized 709 pounds of cocaine concealed in furniture shipped from Puerto Rico. (Photo: CBP)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said its officers in the Port of Philadelphia seized 709 pounds of cocaine concealed inside furniture on a containership arriving from Puerto Rico, the largest local cocaine load discovered by the CBP in a decade. Officers made the discovery after detecting an anomaly in one of the shipping containers while conducting inspections a seaport in Pennsauken, N.J., on November 2. The contents of the container were emptied at CBP’s Centralized Examination Station in Philadelphia…

Obituary: Adm. Owen W. Siler

Adm. Owen W. Siler, 85, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard from 1974 to 1978, died from heart failure July 17 at St. Joseph's hospital in Atlanta. A World War II veteran, Siler served in combat duty aboard two ships in the Pacific and participated in the occupation of Northern Honshu, Japan, following Japan's surrender. His Coast Guard career highlights included serving as a deck officer afloat, as an aviator performing search and rescue patrols, and ashore in the law enforcement, marine safety and environmental protection fields. Other assignments included chief of the search and rescue branch in Juneau, Alaska, deputy chief of staff in Washington…

Cummings Laments the Loss of Admiral Owen J. Siler

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, released the following statement today following the death of former Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Owen J. "Today, I join the Coast Guard in mourning the loss of one of its most influential and respected leaders, former Commandant Admiral Owen J. Siler. Through his relentless dedication, Admiral Siler changed the face of the Coast Guard from one of a search and rescue mission to the modern, multi-mission organization that it is today. "It is with great respect that I commend the Admiral's pivotal efforts to expand the membership of the Coast Guard through the institution of a minority recruitment program and the expansion of opportunities for women.

RSC Bio Solutions Make Several Staff Appointments

clockwise from top left: Debbie Mills, Ken Shelley, Lisa Owen, Mark Miller, Matt Houston, Patrick Van Every

RSC Bio Solutions said it is focused on growing its business in key markets and has organized its sales team into segments focused on growing private and public waste, marine construction, marine transport, utility fleets, offshore oil and gas and wind power industries. With that, the company has made several new staff appointments in hopes of facilitating company growth. “One of many benefits of the RSC Bio Solutions product line is its versatility in providing high-performance…

Susan Schrempf Receives Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

Susan Schrempf, President and CEO of the Owen Sound Transportation Company was honored with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Throughout Ms. Schrempf’s tenure with the Owen Sound Transportation Company and Ontario Northland Transportation Commission, she has played a key role in Canada’s transportation industry. She is the past-president and 2nd vice-chair of the Canadian Ferry Operators Association (CFOA). “Susan has been an integral part of Canada’s transportation industry for many years, and we are very happy to see her receive this recognition,” said Serge Buy, CEO of CFOA. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal marks the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the throne in 1952. The medal honors significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.

Thrustmaster of Texas Announces Appointments

Owen Traylor has been named General Manager for Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc., a Houston-based manufacturer of marine propulsion systems. Traylor comes to Thrustmaster with over thirty-five (35) years of experience in the management of fabrication, machining and assembly of rotating equipment. He will be responsible for all operational functions including materials, manufacturing and field service. Amy Carrick has rejoined Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. as Marketing Manager. Amy has extensive experience in a multitude of marketing functions, with the past 5 years related to the marine industry. Her responsibilities include all advertising, trade-show, promotional and customer/public relations.

Oceanfoil, Clarke Designs and UCL Continue Aerofoil Development

Oceanfoil, the maritime technology company developing aerofoil technology, announced the formation of partnerships with naval architects Owen Clarke Design LLP and University College London’s Energy Institute (UCL-Energy). Oceanfoil will work with naval architects Owen Clarke Design LLP during the final design and engineering phase, leading to the manufacture of the working prototypes of the new improved wingsails for sea trials in the second half of 2014. UCL-Energy and Oceanfoil are developing analysis capability to maximise the performance of Oceanfoil’s technology on representative shipping routes, and which will enable Oceanfoil to predict the potential savings to be obtained from fitting Oceanfoil wingsails.

International Ship Masters’ Association 2011 Convention Complete

New officers (both elected and appointed):  Front, L to R:  (Elected Officers) Grand Secretary-Treasurer George Skuggen, Grand 2nd Vice President Rebecca Hancock, Grand President Tom McMullen, Grand 1st Vice President Seann O'Donoughue;  Back, L to R: (Appointed officers) Grand Marshal Joe Walters, Grand Chaplain Camilla Ross, Grand Warden Mark Stevenson, Grand Sentinel Mike Pratt. Photo courtesy the ISMA

The 121st annual convention of International Ship Masters’ Association (ISMA), held in Detroit, Mich., concluded on Saturday, February 12, 2011. Grand Secretary-Treasurer: George R. ISMA encourages the development of new licensed maritime officers by offering annual scholarships. Cory T. Tommy B. At its discretion, ISMA bestows awards recognizing mariners for their roles in at-sea rescue and other acts of heroism on the waters of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway. Captain Steve Rose…

This Day in Naval History - July 28

1915 - Sailors and Marines land in Haiti to restore order. 1916 - Navy establishes a Code and Signal Section which initially worked against German ciphers and tested the security of communications during U.S. naval training maneuvers. 1926 - Team of scientists from Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and Carnegie Institution determine height of the Ionosphere through use of radio pulse transmitter developed by NRL. 1945 - USS Callaghan (DD 792) is last ship sunk by a Japanese kamikaze attack, off Okinawa. 1973 - Launch of Skylab 3, the second manned mission to the first U.S. manned space station, was piloted by MAJ Jack R. Lousma, USMC with CAPT Alan L. Bean, USN as the Commander of the mission and former Navy electronics officer, Owen K. Garriott as Science Pilot.

This Day in Naval History – July 28

1916 - Navy establishes a Code and Signal Section which initially worked against German ciphers and tested the security of communications during U.S. naval training maneuvers. 1945 - USS Callaghan (DD-792) is last ship sunk by a Japanese kamikaze attack, off Okinawa. 1973 - Launch of Skylab 3, the second manned mission to the first U.S. manned space station, was piloted by MAJ Jack R. Lousma, USMC with CAPT Alan L. Bean, USN as the Commander of the mission and former Navy electronics officer, Owen K. Garriott as Science Pilot. The mission lasted 59 days, 11 hours and included 858 Earth orbits. Recovery by USS New Orleans (LPH-11).

This Day in Naval History - July 28

1915 - Sailors and Marines land in Haiti to restore order. 1916 - Navy establishes a Code and Signal Section which initially worked against German ciphers and tested the security of communications during U.S. naval training maneuvers. 1926 - Team of scientists from Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and Carnegie Institution determine height of the Ionosphere through use of radio pulse transmitter developed by NRL. 1945 - USS Callaghan (DD 792) is last ship sunk by a Japanese kamikaze attack, off Okinawa. 1973 - Launch of Skylab 3, the second manned mission to the first U.S. manned space station, was piloted by MAJ Jack R. Lousma, USMC with CAPT Alan L. Bean, USN as the Commander of the mission and former Navy electronics officer, Owen K. Garriott as Science Pilot.

This Day in Naval History – July 28

1916 - Navy establishes a Code and Signal Section which initially worked against German ciphers and tested the security of communications during U.S. naval training maneuvers. 1945 - USS Callaghan (DD-792) is last ship sunk by a Japanese kamikaze attack, off Okinawa. 1973 - Launch of Skylab 3, the second manned mission to the first U.S. manned space station, was piloted by MAJ Jack R. Lousma, USMC with CAPT Alan L. Bean, USN as the Commander of the mission and former Navy electronics officer, Owen K. Garriott as Science Pilot. The mission lasted 59 days, 11 hours and included 858 Earth orbits. Recovery by USS New Orleans (LPH-11).

Today in U.S. Naval History: July 28

USS Callaghan (DD-792)

Today in U.S. 1916 - Navy establishes a Code and Signal Section which initially worked against German ciphers and tested the security of communications during U.S. naval training maneuvers. 1945 - USS Callaghan (DD-792) is last ship sunk by a Japanese kamikaze attack, off Okinawa. 1973 - Launch of Skylab 3, the second manned mission to the first U.S. manned space station, was piloted by Major Jack R. Lousma, USMC with Capt. Alan L. Bean, USN as the Commander of the mission and former Navy electronics officer, Owen K. Garriott as Science Pilot.

This Day in Navy History - July 28

1915 - Sailors and Marines land in Haiti to restore order. 1916 - Navy establishes a Code and Signal Section which initially worked against German ciphers and tested the security of communications during U.S. naval training maneuvers. 1926 - Team of scientists from Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and Carnegie Institution determine height of the Ionosphere through use of radio pulse transmitter developed by NRL. 1945 - USS Callaghan (DD 792) is last ship sunk by a Japanese kamikaze attack, off Okinawa. 1973 - Launch of Skylab 3, the second manned mission to the first U.S. manned space station, was piloted by MAJ Jack R. Lousma, USMC with CAPT Alan L. Bean, USN as the Commander of the mission and former Navy electronics officer, Owen K. Garriott as Science Pilot.

Is It Back?

To say the Gulf of Mexico maritime business had a down year would be a major understatement. But rags-to-riches-to-rags experience of the past has resulted in a consolidated, resourceful group of companies poised to pounce on the next market upturn … which should be very soon. The business trends of consolidation and globalization that have largely defined the late 1990s have touched every level of business in the U.S., including the Gulf of Mexico maritime industry. Companies that had largely depended on "business as usual" are generally out of business today. The result: a resilient industrial base that is poised to prosper in good times and bad. "Business is bad right now, as the oilfield is our primary source of business," said Ralston P.

Crowley’s Solutions Group Reorganizes

Photo: Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s solutions group announced that it is reorganizing and establishing new leadership to better serve customers in need of engineering, project management and government services. Solutions is the company’s dedicated, full-service engineering, project management and government services team, reporting to Crowley’s Todd Busch, senior vice president and general manager, technical services. Jay Edgar, who is new to Crowley, has been appointed vice president and leader of the company’s newly formed engineering services team…

NovaAlgoma Short-Sea Carriers Launched

Photo: NovaAlgoma Cement Carriers (NACC)

Algoma Central Corporation and Nova Marine Carriers SA today announced the creation of a new joint venture that will focus on short-sea dry-bulk shipping for global markets. This new joint venture, operating as NovaAlgoma Short-Sea Carriers, or NASC, is a 50/50 joint venture between Algoma Central Corporation (Algoma) and Nova Marine Holdings Limited (Nova), the parent company of Nova Marine Carriers. NASC was formed by Nova as an October 31, 2016 carve-out from the deep sea dry-bulk freight business operated by Nova Marine Carriers S.A.

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