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Starlight Marine’s New Training Program

Starlight Marine Services has implemented a successful training program in the Tractor Tug Simulator at the California Maritime Academy. Since January, California Maritime Academy and Starlight Marine Services have joined forces and worked hard to develop a Tractor Tug Simulator Program using their newly constructed Simulator Center. It has been the goal of Starlight Marine Services to develop a Simulation Program that would encompass Crisis Management, Bridge Resource Management…

Starlight Marine Trains with USCG

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Pamela J. Manns

Starlight Marine Services, a full service marine transportation provider and subsidiary of Harley Marine Services, has collaborated with the United States Coast Guard to conduct on the water rescue training. The first training was conducted on January 15 and the more recent was on April 1. This training marked the first time the air station trained with members from the tug and barge industry. During the April training, two Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin class helicopters were on scene from Air Station San Francisco to conduct hoist training with the crew from Starlight Marine’s Millennium Falcon.

This Day in Naval History – August 18

1838 - Exploring Expedition under LT Charles Wilkes embarks on world cruise. 1911 - First Navy Nurse Corps superintendent, Esther Voorhees Hasson, appointed 1965 - First major amphibious assault in Vietnam, Operation Starlight captures 2,000 Viet Cong 1966 - First ship-to-shore satellite radio message sent from USS Annapolis in South China Sea to Pacific Fleet Headquarters at Pearl Harbor 1974 - After flooding in Philippines, Navy helicopters begin 6 days of operations to rescue people and bring supplies (244 flights) (Source: Navy News Service)

Today in U.S. Naval History: August 18

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 18 1838 - Exploring Expedition under Lt. Charles Wilkes embarks on world cruise. 1911 - First Navy Nurse Corps superintendent, Esther Voorhees Hasson, appointed 1965 - First major amphibious assault in Vietnam, Operation Starlight captures 2,000 Viet Cong 1966 - First ship-to-shore satellite radio message sent from USS Annapolis in South China Sea to Pacific Fleet Headquarters at Pearl Harbor 1974 - After flooding in Philippines, Navy helicopters begin six days of operations to rescue people and bring supplies (244 flights) For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.

This Day in Naval History – August 18

1838 - Exploring Expedition under LT Charles Wilkes embarks on world cruise. 1911 - First Navy Nurse Corps superintendent, Esther Voorhees Hasson, appointed 1965 - First major amphibious assault in Vietnam, Operation Starlight captures 2,000 Viet Cong 1966 - First ship-to-shore satellite radio message sent from USS Annapolis in South China Sea to Pacific Fleet Headquarters at Pearl Harbor 1974 - After flooding in Philippines, Navy helicopters begin 6 days of operations to rescue people and bring supplies (244 flights) (Source: Navy News Service)

This Day in Navy History - August 18

    1838 - Exploring Expedition under Lt. Charles Wilkes embarks on world cruise. 1911 - First Navy Nurse Corps superintendent, Esther Voorhees Hasson, appointed. 1965 - First major amphibious assault in Vietnam, Operation Starlight captures 2,000 Viet Cong. 1966 - First ship-to-shore satellite radio message sent from USS Annapolis (AMGR 1) in South China Sea to Pacific Fleet Headquarters at Pearl Harbor. 1974 - After flooding in Philippines, Navy helicopters begin six days of operations to rescue people and bring supplies (244 flights).   For more information on naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at www.history.navy.mil.  

Man Dies After Fall from Ship in Oakland Port

A 77-year-old dock worker died after falling into the water from a cargo ship in the , the U.S. Coast Guard said. The Coast Guard said Delmont Blakeney was overseeing the offloading of shipping containers from the ship NYK Starlight late Saturday night when he was knocked into the water. A locking device came loose and caused a container to spin out of control. The container hit Blakeney and briefly pinned him against the rail of the ship before he tumbled into the water. Pier workers pulled Blakeney out and performed CPR until paramedics arrived and took him to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead, likely from drowning, the Coast Guard said.

This Day in Naval History - Aug. 18

From the Navy News Service 1838 - Exploring Expedition under Lt. Charles Wilkes embarks on world cruise. 1911 - First Navy Nurse Corps superintendent, Esther Voorhees Hasson, appointed. 1965 - First major amphibious assault in Vietnam, Operation Starlight captures 2,000 Viet Cong. 1966 - First ship-to-shore satellite radio message sent from USS Annapolis (AMGR 1) in South China Sea to Pacific Fleet Headquarters at Pearl Harbor. 1974 - After flooding in Philippines, Navy helicopters begin six days of operations to rescue people and bring supplies (244 flights). For more information on naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at www.history.navy.mil.

AWA Opens Houston Office

American Worldwide Agencies (AWA) is adding to its global network of freight forwarders and agents with a new office in Houston, the company announced today. The Houston office is part of AWA's global expansion plans and will handle the company's growing business in the region for project freight, oil and gas, breakbulk and containerized cargo moves. "Houston is the number one U.S. port in foreign tonnage and is the largest Gulf Coast container port," says Andrew Scott, AWA's CEO. "It also is in major growth mode, with both imports and exports on the rise. "We take a team approach to handling cargo and we have many vendors in the region who are experts at managing containerized, ocean, air, oil & gas and oversized shipments," says Scott. Reagan Jones has been tapped to head the new office.

New Products: NVT Provides Clear View in the Dark

Night Vision Technologies, Inc. (NVT) offers a complete approach to night/day navigational/security/surveillance video assessment, addressing the workboat industry. Designing systems that incorporate many complimentary technologies, NVT is able to meet the growing security and safety concerns for vessels, offshore platforms, ports, and harbors worldwide. NVT offers infrared imaging technologies, Generation III U.S. image intensification (night vision), ultra sensitive low light CCTV, high resolution color CCTV, and IR emitting searchlights for detection and critical identification of objects on sea or land. This merger of technologies allows for detection of objects by their infrared heat signatures day or night.

Product: Night Vision Technology Keeps Rigs and Boats Safe

Night Vision Technologies, Inc. (NVT) offers a comprehensive approach to night/day navigational and security video needs, addressing the offshore commercial industry. By designing systems that incorporate many complimentary technologies, NVT is able to meet the growing security and safety concerns for vessels, platforms, ports, and harbors worldwide. NVT offers hybrid infrared imaging, and thermal heat gathering technologies for detection of objects on water, platforms, or land. In addition, they add Gen III military light intensification (night vision), sensitive low light (low lux) CCTV, and high resolution color CCTV for critical identification. This merger of technologies allows for detection of objects by their infrared heat signatures, day or night.

Tanker Blood-bath Continues

Friday's dirty tanker fixture lists revealed the full extent of this week's blood-bath on VLCC trades from the Mideast Gulf. Rates collapsed by 15 percent overnight on Wednesday as shipowners scrambled to book voyages out of the Gulf before September 1 when OPEC cuts are expected to hit tanker demand, brokers said. Exxon mobil fixed the Starlight Jewel for a 275,000 ton cargo to Singapore loading July 24 at W43.5 (about $0.42 per barrel), brokers said, compared to estimates of the route at W50 on Wednesday afternoon. Friday fixture lists showed a further two bargain-basement fixtures: Taurus booked the Napa for a 270,000 ton westbound September cargo from Al Bakr at W40.5 ($1.15 per barrel).

VLCC Rates Collapse

Rates for VLCCs collapsed by 15 percent overnight as shipowners scrambled to book voyages out of the Mideast Gulf before September 1 when OPEC cuts are expected to hit tanker demand. Exxonmobil fixed the Starlight Jewel for a 275,000-ton cargo to Singapore loading July 24 at W43.5 (about $0.42 per barrel), brokers said, compared to estimates of the route at W50 on Wednesday. They said W42.5 could be done by the end of Thursday, representing a drop of nearly nine cents per barrel in the space of 24 hours. "There were about nine shipowners falling over each other to get that fixture, and for Exxon it was like taking candy from a baby," said one London broker. "It's been a quiet week and people are just very scared of September, a lot comes down to sentiment," he added.

News: Thoma-Sea Builds New Z-Drive

Cummins Marine's recently introduced QSK60 engines are finding a ready market in the 2,000 hp plus range in both Europe and North America. This spring the sale of two more QSK60s was announced for a Z-drive tug building at Thoma-Sea Boatbuilders in Houma, La. Designed by well-know Louisiana-based naval architect Frank Basile's Entech and Associates Inc., the 104 by 36-ft. boat will have a 17-ft. molded depth. Tankage provides for over 90,000 gallons of fuel, 10,000 gallons of potable water and 500 gallons of lube oil. The two Cummins QSK60 main engines will each produce 2,200 continuous-duty hp at 1,800 rpm. The engines will drive Rolls-Royce US 205 Z-drives. The drives have 2150 m/m propellers in nozzles. Ship power will be provided by two Cummins 6BT5.9 powered 75 kW generator sets.

Harley Marine Goes Green

Harley Marine continues to implement its “Harley Marine Goes Green” program, including: company-wide ISO 14001 and ABS SQE Certification; exceeding compliance with local, state and federal environmental regulations and requirements; harbor tug fleet conversion to eco-tugs using ultra low emissions technology; and, their own patented self-contained Vapor Recovery Unit used during petroleum loading operations to reduce hydrocarbon emissions from oil and tank barges. The “Harley Marine Goes Green” campaign was launched in April of 2008 with a contest for the best “green” idea. In addition, a Harley Marine “Go Green Team” was formed with representation from each location and operating area…

Supertankers Set to Take North Sea Crude to Asia in June

As many as four VLCC tankers could take North Sea crude oil to Asia this month, shipping fixtures show, after an Atlantic Basin supply glut forced prices to multi-year lows. The Samco Europe, Bunga Kasturi Empat, Britanis and Starlight Venture VLCCs - very large crude carriers - have been lined up for the shipments, according to the fixtures, equivalent to around 8.4 million barrels of Forties crude oil. The tankers have been booked by Unipec, Glencore's shipping arm ST Shipping, Trafigura and Vitol respectively. Unipec's tanker is listed as heading for Singapore, but the other three are expected to head for South Korea, which benefits from freight rebates and a free trade agreement with Europe. Both of these measures encourage local refiners to diversify their crude imports.

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