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Sunday, January 21, 2018

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Women in Maritime: New UK Taskforce Established

Nusrat Ghani (Photo: Maritime UK)

Setting out to increase fairness, equality and inclusion within the maritime sector, Maritime UK has established a Women in Maritime Taskforce, a move welcomed by the U.K.’s new Maritime Minister, Nusrat Ghani MP. “I am delighted to see Maritime UK taking action to attract more women into our maritime industries, and I welcome this taskforce as an important first step,” said Ghani, who is only the second woman to hold the Department for Transport portfolio for the U.K.’s £40 billion maritime sector.

USNS Brunswick Departs Malaysia

Photo: United States Navy

The expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Brunswick (T-EPF-6) concluded a port visit to Kuching, Malaysia, Jan. 17. The crew took advantage of the opportunity to experience Malaysia's rich culture following a port visit to Lumut, Malaysia. "It is important for our Sailors to interact with local communities throughout the region," said Capt. Lex Walker, commodore of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7. "The experiences they share with partner nations allows the U.S. The Royal Malaysian and U.S.

Interagency Task Force on USCG Roles and Missions

By an Executive Order, President Clinton formally established an Interagency Task Force to review the roles and missions of the USCG through the year 2020. The impetus for the task force was the USCG's request for substantial federal investment to replace the agency's aging deepwater vessel and aircraft assets with new cutters, aircraft, sensor infrastructure, and an integrated command, control, and communications capability. A principal usage of the task force's recommendations will be to determine the appropriate level of investment in this initiative, called the Deepwater Capability Replacement Project. The task forces examination of USCG roles and missions will be a comprehensive one, however.

BOEMRE, Oregon Form Offshore Renewable Energy Task Force

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) is holding its first offshore renewable energy task force meeting with the state of Oregon. This inter-governmental task force was established to facilitate communication between BOEMRE and state, local, tribal and federal stakeholders concerning commercial renewable energy leasing and development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) off the coast of Oregon. The task force includes state government officials designated by the governor and officials from affected federal agencies, elected local government officials, and tribal leaders. “BOEMRE created this task force to coordinate and consult with the State of Oregon and others on potential renewable energy activities on the OCS off Oregon…

BOEMRE, N Carolina Offshore Renewable Energy Task Force

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) held its first offshore renewable energy task force meeting in cooperation with North Carolina’s Department of Commerce. This intergovernmental task force was established to facilitate communication between BOEMRE and state, local, tribal and federal stakeholders concerning commercial renewable energy leasing and development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) off the coast of North Carolina. The task force includes state government officials designated by Governor Bev Perdue, officials from affected federal agencies, elected local government officials, and tribal leaders.

Commander, Task Force 64 Established

The official party renders honors as U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Color Guard parades colors during the Commander, Task Force 64 (CTF 64) command establishment ceremony at U.S. Naval Support Activity Naples Photo USN

U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa established Commander, Task Force 64, a command focused on Ballistic Missile Defense in Europe, in ceremony held in Naples Italy. Commodore Jeffrey Wolstenholme assumed command of the newly established Commander, Task Force 64 (CTF 64) during a ceremony held on U.S. Naval Support Activity Naples, Capodichino, in Naples, Italy March 24, 2016. U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (NAVEUR-NAVAF) and U.S. Fleet Forces Command established CTF 64 to create a command focused on Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) in Europe. Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, Vice Adm.

Texas General Land Office Forms Task Force on Oil Spill Prevention

The Texas General Land Office (TGLO) has formed an Oil Spill Prevention Task Force to look at ways to prevent spills and to examine penalty levels if spills do occur in Texas waters. The task force includes environmentalists, professional shrimpers, the towing industry, pipeline companies and refineries. · Using spill and current practices information, recommend a fair penalty policy for the TGLO. The task force held its first meeting in Houston. Under Texas law, the state is require to charge at least $250 for every spill in state waters, regardless of the cause. The state has the power to assess penalties as high as $25,000 per spill. The vast majority of spills are small and do not require extensive clean-up efforts.

Arctic Marine Oil Pollution Prevention: Task Force Meets

Arctic drilling platform: File photo

When the Arctic Council’s Task Force on Arctic Marine Oil Pollution Prevention (TFOPP) met recently in Ottawa, it says it took important steps towards developing the Action Plan for oil pollution prevention mandated by Ministers in Kiruna. The Task Force is focused particularly on potential safety measures to prevent oil pollution from maritime and petroleum activities. The Arctic Council’s Task Force on Arctic Marine Oil Pollution Prevention (TFOPP) held its third meeting in Ottawa on 12-13 June, 2014.

Interagency Task Force Affirms USCG Missions, Cites RCP as Government-Industry Success

The Interagency Task Force on USCG Roles and Missions has submitted a report to the President reaffirming the importance of the USCG's current mission portfolio and "emphatically and unanimously" supporting recapitalization of the Coast Guard's aging deepwater force capability. Of particular interest to AWO members, the report also affirms the value of government-industry partnership and highlights the AWO Responsible Carrier Program (RCP) as a model of such programs' success. Established by Executive Order in March 1999, the task force was charged with providing "advice and recommendations regarding the appropriate roles and missions for the USCG through the year 2020." The task force was asked to give particular attention to the need to modernize the USCG's fleet of deepwater cutters…

PVA Calls to Preserve Navigation Routes

Traditional navigational routes for ferries and other passenger vessels must be recognized and protected. That was the Passenger Vessel Association’s message delivered this summer to President Obama’s Interagency Task Force on Ocean Policy. PVA told the Interagency Task Force, “Ferry routes and other traditional navigational lanes are located where they are for a reason. These are the most economical and safest routes by which a vessel can reach its destination. They cannot be arbitrarily moved for someone else’s convenience or whim. As governments begin to implement ‘marine spatial planning’ (or ocean zoning), it is essential to be aware of the needs of the maritime industry, especially ferry operators, to preserve and protect their routes and traditional navigational lanes.

Hanjin Heavy Industries Recruits 20,000

Some 20,000 local male residents are being recruited by business titan Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd., of South Korea for its shipbuilding and ship repair projects. Former vice Gov. Ramon Lacbain II announced that Gov. Amor Deloso has created Task Force Hanjin (TFH) to fill up the company's labor requirements. Deloso said the task force chaired by Lacbain is assisting the Korean firm in recruiting job applicants from this province and nearby provinces for the multi-billion dollar shipbuilding projects of Hanjin in Zambales and South Korea. Lacban said that his task force is going around the province to recruit applicants to save them from traveling and spending transportation expenses to Subic Bay Freeport.

USCG Forms Maritime Recovery, Restoration Task Force

ST. LOUIS - The U.S. Coast Guard announced the formation of a Maritime Recovery and Restoration Task Force here to assist incident commanders engaged in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. The task force, headed by Rear Adm. Larry Hereth, will identify maritime issues affecting people, the environment, infrastructure and the economy. By working in concert with local, state and federal partners as well as maritime industry and other stakeholders, the task force will be able to identify those actions necessary for the short-term recovery and long-term restoration of the Maritime Transportation System (MTS). The task force uses a variety of measurements to quantify the short-term recovery rate for the MTS while also identifying actions needed for long-term restoration of the MTS.

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Meeting

The Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Gulf and South Atlantic Regional Panel will meet in Key West on May 12-13. 70 Fed. Reg. 24112 (May 6, 2005). The Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force will meet in Monterey, California on May 24-26. Among other things, the Task Force will discuss ballast water management. 70 Fed. Reg. 24113 (HK Law).

Australian Navy Seizes Drug Haul in Middle East

HMAS Warramunga's boarding team prepare to board a vessel of interest, subsequently finding narcotics onboard. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

The crew of the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Warramunga have spent the Christmas season hard at work, spending nearly three days seizing almost eight tonnes of hashish and 69 kilograms of heroin from drug smugglers while conducting maritime security operations in the Arabian Sea. Warramunga intercepted and boarded three suspect vessels between 27 and 29 December 2017, in an operation planned and coordinated by the Combined Maritime Forces’ Combined Task Force 150 which is currently commanded by Australia—supported by a combined Australian-Canadian staff.

Pakistani Admiral Becomes Commander of Maritime Task Force

Pakistan Navy's Vice Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Mohammad Haroon Hi, addresses the crowd during a change of command ceremony for Commander Combined Task Force One Five Zero (CTF-150) aboard HNLMS De Zeven Provincien (F802). Pakistani Rear Adm. Shahid Iqbal relieved Royal Netherlands Navy Commodore Hank Ort as CTF-150. U.S. Pakistani Rear Adm. Shahid Iqbal relieved Royal Netherlands Navy Commodore Hank Ort as commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 during a change of command ceremony aboard HNLMS De Zeven Provincien (F802) at the port of Mina Salman, Bahrain, April 24. The change of leadership marks the first time an officer of a regional nation has assumed command of any of the three coalition task forces that comprise the Combined Maritime Force.

Maritime Coalition Leaders Discuss Security Issues

Senior naval commanders, hailing from Bahrain, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States, met at the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) headquarters in Bahrain April 1 to review operations and exercises, as well as future opportunities to build the coalition. Hosted by CMF Commander, Vice Adm. Kevin J. Cosgriff, and Deputy Commander, Royal Navy Commodore Keith Winstanley, the one-day conference included discussion of efforts to build a lawful maritime order and provide a safe environment for legitimate mariners to keep the flow of commerce in international waters open. "Coalition efforts build a lawful maritime order for regional security," said Winstanley. Opening the conference, Winstanley recognized three new liaison officers joining the coalition staff.

US Navy Seeks Data on Small Warship Options

U.S. Navy photo by Keith DeVinney

The U.S. Navy on Wednesday asked U.S. and foreign weapons makers for technical and cost data on the design and weapons for a new possible small warship to succeed the Navy's current Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) by 2019. Companies will have 21 days to respond to two separate requests for information on both ship designs and the radars and other weapons that would go on board, said John Burrow, executive director of the Marine Corps' Systems Command and head of a task force studying alternatives for a so-called small surface combatant.

Best Bunkering Practices

Vessel operators have an additional tool in their arsenal for preventing oil spills during bunkering operations. “Bunkering Best Practices: Protecting People and the Environment” is a free, 14-minute training video that demonstrates bunkering best practices applicable to the North American West Coast. That said; any marine operator – located anywhere on the globe – can glean valuable ‘take-aways’ from this video. The states of Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington…

Gulf of Aden Counterpiracy Discussion

Leaders from three of the major task forces operating in the Gulf of Aden met aboard the Spanish warship Numancia (F-83) at sea July 19. Task force commanders from NATO, the European Union and Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) met to discuss coalition counterpiracy operations off the coast of Somalia. "Although the three combined task forces (CTF) belong to different organizations and have different mandates, we all aim for the same goal, which is to deter, disrupt and suppress piracy in very close coordination and cooperation," said Turkish Rear Adm. Caner Bener, commander, CTF 151.

Australian Warship Arrives to Support Philippine Recovery

HMAS Tobruk: Photo courtesy of RAN

'HMAS Tobruk' has arrived to commence recovery support operations in the Ormoc region of Leyte Island to assist the Philippines government repair the damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan. The warship sailed from Townsville with a Recovery Support Force onboard, and is now disembarking Army personnel from Townsville’s 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment by landing craft. The engineers will commence a range of tasks including road clearing and quick impact tasks such as debris clean-up in public areas.

USS Essex Underway

Amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) is assisted by tugs as she gets underway. Essex is the only permanently forward-deployed amphibious assault ship and serves Task Force 76. Task Force 76 is headquartered at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan, with an operating detachment in Sasebo, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrew Brantley (RELEASED)

Eye on the Navy

April 1, 2009, a landing craft air cushion from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5 leaves a beach during an exercise near Camp Lemonier, Djibouti. ACU-5 is currently assigned to the USS Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group supporting Combined Task Force-151 (CTF-151), a multinational task force conducting counter-piracy operations to detect and deter piracy in and around the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Red Sea. (US Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jesse B. Awalt/Released)

NJ Governor and Port Authority Chairman to Discuss Port Security

New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine will join Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia and private sector leaders on Monday, December 18, to announce and discuss the recommendations of a task force formed to identify critical port and cargo security initiatives. The task force recommendations will be used to increase awareness of the need to enhance the security of the nation’s 361 ports and to foster public discussion on the issue.

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