BSEE, USCG Investigating GoM Rig Fatality
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) are investigating the fatality of a worker on board the Petrobras 10,000 drillship in the Gulf of Mexico. Petrobras America Inc. reported the fatality on board the Transocean Ltd. owned drillship at about 4:45 a.m., December 2, 2017. The rig was in an area of the Gulf known as Walker Ridge 469, about 172 miles south of Port Fourchon, La. The deceased worked for Spencer Ogden Ltd. and was participating in pipe handling operations at the time of his injury.
US Court Approves Seadrill's Bankruptcy Exit Plan
A U.S. judge said on Tuesday he would approve Seadrill Ltd's plan to exit its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, in which the global offshore oil and gas drilling company would shed billions of dollars of debt and raise $1 billion in new investment. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David Jones in Houston overruled two minor objections to the reorganization plan during a 90-minute hearing. The plan extends maturities on more than $5 billion of bank loans and converts about $2.3 billion in bond debt into equity in a reorganized Seadrill.
Oldest Amphib Serves as Base for Iraq’s Future
USS Ogden (LPD 5), the Navy’s oldest active amphibious ship, is currently serving as the Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB) for the multinational maritime coalition operating in the North Persian Gulf. As the AFSB for Commander, Task Group (CTG) 158.1, the 41-year-old amphibious transport dock is providing logistical support for the various forces that are protecting Iraq’s territorial waters and oil platforms, as well as serving as a training platform for Iraqi sailors and marines. “The crew is having a wonderful time,” said Cmdr. James Hruska, Ogden’s commanding officer. On the bridge, Ogden Sailors work and stand watches alongside Iraqi naval officers.
USS Portland Commissioned
The U.S. Navy commission its newest amphibious transport dock ship during a ceremony Saturday, April 21, at the Port of Portland, Marine Terminal 2 in Portland, Ore.Built by Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss., USS Portland (LPD 27) is the 11th ship in the San Antonio class designed to support embarking, transporting, and landing elements of more than 800 Marines with both a flight deck, which accommodates CH-53E Sea Stallion, and MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, and a well deck…
Miko Marine Expands Into Asia
Miko Marine AS has appointed Spencer Go as managing director of its new subsidiary in Singapore which was established in May. Miko Marine Asia Pte Ltd has opened a new office in Lokyang, Singapore from where Spencer Go will be spearheading the sale of Miko products and services throughout Asia. Go will be supported by Indonesia-based naval architect Per Johansson who is an established member of the Miko team and is known in the region for his knowledge of innovative marine and offshore heavy lift and transportation contracting.
Victoria Celebrates Six Millionth Cruise Ship Passenger
Two tourists -Victoria and Joseph Winthal - disembarking the Golden Princess Cruise Ship in Ogden Point have got an unexpected surprise. They were selected by Greater Victoria Harbour Authority as the six millionth cruise ship passenger to Ogden Point. To celebrate, the couple were given a variety of prizes donated by local businesses, and free admission to several tourist attractions. Victoria AM volunteers in traditional old-fashioned costumes were on hand as always to greet ship passengers.
Navy, USCG Parades Ships In Seattle
By Journalist 3rd Class Cynthia R. SEATTLE (NNS) -- Seattle residents and distinguished visitors welcomed the U.S. Navy, Marines and Coast Guard as they arrived in a Parade of Ships Aug. 3 to participate in the 55th Annual Seattle Seafair Festival. Seafair is Seattle's monthlong traditional summer festival of parades, air shows, boat racing and ship visits. Visiting Sailors and Coast Guardsmen will participate in various recreational, community and special events throughout their weeklong port visit here. “The Parade of Ships is important because people of Seattle get to see the cloth of the nation, the great young men and women who keep freedom possible,” said Rear Adm. Leendert R. Hering Sr., commander, Navy Region Northwest.
Cutter Visits NYC
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Spencer, homeported in Boston, visits New York City April 26 for a mid-patrol break. The Spencer's crew spent four weeks conducting fisheries and homeland security patrols off the New York and New England coasts. While on patrol, Spencer's crew rescued the crews of two disabled fishing vessels and one fisherman who accidentally stabbed himself. USCG Photo/Mike Hvozda
This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History - February 21
1943- The USS Spencer, CG, received credit from the U.S. Navy for attacking and sinking the U-225 in the North Atlantic. The British have since recorded that the U-225 was actually destroyed by B-24 Liberator "S" of RAF No. 120 Squadron on 15 February 1943 and they have revised the official British records to reflect this change. The renowned German naval historian, Professor-Dr. Jurgen Rohwer, stated that the Spencer "probably" attacked and sank the U-529instead, although the Spencer has not received official credit for that sinking. (Source: USCG Historian’s Office)
Boston Cutter Heads to Mediterranean
The Boston-based Coast Guard Cutter Spencer received orders recently to deploy overseas at the request of the Department of Defense (DOD) to support Operation Enduring Freedom. This deployment is part of the Coast Guard’s longstanding, annual commitment to DOD security cooperation initiatives and fosters continued interoperability between the U.S. Navy and the Coast Guard. The 270-foot medium endurance cutter with a crew of about 100 departs Thursday for the Mediterranean Sea. A seven-man Coast Guard law enforcement detachment team based in Yorktown, Va. will also deploy with Spencer. While patrolling the Mediterranean Sea, CGC Spencer will be engaged in Anti-terrorism, Force Protection and Maritime Interdiction Missions and as needed by the operational commander.
Spencer Sworn in as US Navy Secretary
Richard V. Spencer was officially sworn in as the 76th secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) August 3, at a ceremony conducted in the Pentagon by William O'Donnell, Department of the Navy administrative assistant. Spencer, a Connecticut native, graduated from Rollins College in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Upon Graduation he joined the United States Marine Corps and served as an H-46 pilot until 1981 before departing active duty to enter the private finance sector. He held…
Wicker Meets With Trump’s Choice for Navy Secretary
U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Chairman of the Senate Seapower Subcommittee, today met with Richard Spencer regarding his nomination to be President Donald Trump’s Secretary of the Navy. “Mr. Spencer and I had an encouraging meeting,” Wicker said. “I reiterated my commitment to helping the President and the Navy build a larger, more modern fleet that can meet growing demands around the world. I was pleased to learn that Mr. Spencer shares that goal. Wicker is leading the…
US Navy to Commission Amphibious Transport Dock Ship Portland
The Navy will commission its newest amphibious transport dock, the future USS Portland (LPD 27), during a 10 a.m. PDT ceremony Saturday, April 21, at the Port of Portland, Marine Terminal 2 in Portland, Oregon. Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan will deliver the ceremony's principal address. Bonnie Amos, wife of the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps, retired Gen. James F. Amos, serves as the ship's sponsor. "USS Portland enters service in a period of dynamic security challenges…
This Day in Coast Guard History – April 16
1805-The cutter Louisiana engaged two pirate vessels that had been fitted out at New Orleans. Twenty shots were exchanged but the pirate vessels escaped. 1851- The Minots Ledge Lighthouse, the first one built in the United States that was exposed to the full force of the ocean, was swept away by a storm with the loss of the two men manning it. 1943- Lieutenant Ross P. Bullard and Boatswain's Mate First Class C. S. "Mike" Hall boarded the U-175 at sea after their cutter, the USS Spencer, CG blasted the U-boat to the surface with depth charges when the U-boat attempted to attack the convoy the Spencer was escorting. These Coast Guardsmen…
BP Names New Group Chief Economist
BP today announced the appointment of Spencer Dale as its new Group Chief Economist with effect from the end of October. Mr Dale joins BP from the Bank of England where he is currently Executive Director for Financial Stability Strategy and Risk. He is also a member of the Bank’s Financial Policy Committee. In his previous capacity as the Bank’s Chief Economist, Mr Dale served for six years on the Monetary Policy Committee. Since joining the Bank in 1989, Mr Dale’s roles included working as private secretary to former Governor Mervyn King and a secondment as a visiting Senior Adviser in the Division of Monetary Affairs at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in the United States.
Sri Lanka’s Dockyard Says Only Talks no Shipyards
Colombo Dockyard Ltd. (CDL) said it was in the preliminary stage of talks with Croatian shipbuilders on possible collaboration but says there is no joint venture plan for a yard in Hambantota. It said in a statement to the Colombo Stock Exchange that the idea of possible collaboration in shipbuilding between Croatia and Sri Lanka was mooted by the Sri Lanka mission in Vienna. Last Thursday, minister for enterprise development and investment promotion, Sarath Amunugama, said there had been talks between Sri Lanka and Croatia on setting up ship-building facilities in Hambantota and talks have started with Colombo Dockyard. His remarks were made at the opening of a supply chain hub for the supermarket chain Marks & Spencer at Global Park in Seeduwa.
NASSCO Wins LSD/LPD Maintenance and Repair Contract
National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) won a seven-year contract for the continuous maintenance and repair of four LSD-41/49 class ships and four LPD-4 class ships for the U.S. Navy. The contract includes one drydocking and 12 non-docking availabilities and has an estimated total value of $200 million over the seven-year period. All eight ships are scheduled to be home-ported in San Diego during the contract period. They are the USS Germantown (LSD 42), USS Comstock (LSD 45), USS Rushmore (LSD 47) and USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52); and the USS Ogden (LPD 5), USS Cleveland (LPD 7), USS Dubuque (LPD 8) and USS Denver (LPD 9).
Hahn Named President and CEO at BC Ferries
David Hahn, former senior executive with the Ogden Corporation in New York, has accepted the position as President and CEO of the newly restructured British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. announced David Emerson, Chair of BC Ferries’ Board of Directors, today. Hahn brings over 20 years of executive experience to the new BC Ferries. “Mr. Hahn has outstanding leadership skills and experience in business development and customer service,” said Emerson. “Implementing a new structure for the delivery of ferry service with enabling legislation has been the first important step,” said Emerson. The new company’s vision is to become a world-class marine transportation system that is both highly customer-focused and financially viable.
National-Spencer Offers Online Lubrication Information
National-Spencer, Inc. now offers expanded access to its full line of lubrication equipment through a new and improved web site. Their internet address is http://www.zeeline.com. This upgraded, interactive web site features an online database of industrial-grade transfer and storage products for use in manufacturing, automotive service, HVAC service, equipment service and plant management settings as well as others. The improved web site also features a "Quick Find" function where products can be found just by typing in the model number or product type. Detailed information is also provided for all of the products including pressure specifications, dimensions, storage capacities and recommended uses.
M&S Plan Major Logistic Centre at DP World's London Gateway
Prime Minister visits to welcome £200 million investment by UK household-name retailers Marks & Spencer to build new distribution centre at London Gateway. Marks & Spencer (M&S) and DP World London Gateway jointly announce that M&S will build a major new distribution centre at the new deep-sea container port and logistics park, which opens later this year on the Thames in South Essex, just 25 miles from central London. Locating M&S’ new distribution centre at Britain’s new global…
Great Lakes Shipyard Drydocks U.S. FWS Vessel
Great Lakes Shipyard was awarded a contract by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), an agency of the Department of the Interior, for the five-year drydocking and inspection of the RV Spencer F. Baird. The Shipyard hauled out the RV Spencer F. Baird using the 770-ton Marine Travelift. Work includes drydocking, a complete exterior repainting, bow thruster replacement, its five-year survey and other miscellaneous repairs. The project is expected to be complete by early November, 2013. Operated by the U.S.
Golar LNG Enters Preliminary Deal for BP FLNG
Golar LNG Limited announced it has entered into a Preliminary Agreement and exchanged Heads of Terms (HoT) for an FLNG vessel for phase 1A of the Greater Tortue / Ahmeyin field, located offshore Mauritania and Senegal.The Preliminary Agreement with BP Mauritania Investments Ltd and BP Senegal Investments Ltd creates obligations on Golar to progress FEED work and be ready for a vessel conversion from July 1, 2018 onward, which would be contingent on Project FID, expected end 2018.The vessel conversion would take place at Keppel Shipyard Ltd, building on Keppel's delivery of the FLNG Hilli Episeyo, utilizing Black and Veatch Corporation's…
UZMAR Joins Robert Allan Century Club
UZMAR SHIPYARD of Turkey has officially joined the Robert Allan Ltd. Century Club, with construction underway on its 100th tug to a Robert Allan Ltd. design. This new tug is a RAstar 3200-W destined for service on Canada’s West Coast with SAAM-SMIT Canada. This milestone tug, expected to be delivered in early 2019, represents the state-of-the-art in the design and construction of ASD escort tugs in a sub-500 GRT hull. With its RAstar hull and deep skeg, the design is optimized for generating high indirect escort forces and is also capable of providing towing operations from the stern.