Niger Delta Avengers: Attacks Against Nigeria's Oil Sector Coming
Nigerian militant group Niger Delta Avengers said on Wednesday it will launch attacks on the country's oil sector in the next few days. "This round of attacks will be the most deadly and will be targeting the deep sea operations of the multinationals," it said in a statement on its website. In November, the group, which attacked oil facilities in 2016, said it had ended a ceasefire. Reporting by Tife Owolabi
Fire Rips through Maritime Museum in Indonesia
A huge fire destroyed most of a Dutch colonial heritage site dating back to the 17th century, including a maritime museum, in the north of the capital Jakarta on Tuesday. Television images showed flames ripping through the red-tiled roof of the whitewashed rectangular buildings. No casualties were reported. “Most of the building...was on fire,” the city fire department said on its website. “The Bahari Museum is being cooled down,” it said on its official Twitter account. The buildings…
Iranian Warship Crashes at Caspian Port, Two Crew Missing
An Iranian warship crashed into concrete wave breakers at a port in the Caspian Sea and two of its crew members are missing, according to local media reports. The 100-meter long warship, called Damavand, crashed at the harbour town of Bandar Anzali during stormy seas which kicked up waves as high as four meters, Gilnegah, a website focused on news about the northern province of Gilan, reported. Six crew members from the warship were initially knocked into the water during the accident and four were recovered from the sea. Pictures posted on Gilnegah show the damaged warship listing to one side near wave breakers that protect the port. No official statement has been issued on the number of dead or injured from the accident.
Cortland Company Launches New Website
Cortland Company recently unveiled its newly-designed website. The website, located at www.cortlandcompany.com, offers a range of information related to Cortland’s products, technologies, and services, including product literature and company news. “As technology advances, it is imperative companies keep their websites up-to-date," said Melissa Suring, Global Marketing Communications Leader. “Cortland’s website was in dire need of a new design. We wanted to put the site together in a way which linked Cortland’s wide range of expertise. One of the website’s key features, an interactive illustration of Cortland’s many niche markets, allows the user to click on any part of the graphic to see the products and services Cortland offers for that industry.
USCG Creates Y2K Web Site
The Pacific Area USCG (covering the western U.S.) has established a Y2K workgroup and web site to help identify potential problems from the millennium bug for the maritime and boating community. The web site (www.uscg.mil/pacarea/pm/Y2K/Welcome.htm) addresses USCG preparedness and what the agency is doing to continue providing services throughout the Y2K adjustment process. It also addresses lessons learned during the contingency planning process and invites readers to share their lessons learned.
Panama Canal Website Earns Award
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Web site (www.pancanal.com) received special recognition in the 2003 Golden @ Contest of El Salvador as the "Most Voted For Web site" by users in Central America. Accepted on behalf of the ACP by Roderick Guerra, Ambassador of Panama to El Salvador, the award was sponsored by Microsoft - El Salvador and El Diario de Hoy, a leading newspaper in El Salvador. Launched initially in August of 1998, and updated to the award-winning Web site version in December of 2000, Pancanal.com was constructed by an in-house graphics design team, executing the vision of Webmaster Leyla Raymondo and the ACP Corporate Communications Department.
NOAA Launches Coast Pilot Disaster Impact Web Site
The NOAA Office of Coast Survey has established a special Coast Pilot Disaster Impact Web site to help speed the recovery efforts of 21 significant port facilities in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The purpose of the Coast Pilot Disaster Impact Web site is to help facilitate the recovery efforts by providing a resource for port facility managers to send critical information to NOAA's Coast Survey. The information received will be promptly evaluated and posted on the Web site where mariners can quickly access the most current information available regarding the impacted ports. The Web site will remain active until all impacted ports have fully recovered.
VOSTA LMG Launches Local Language Web site to Inform Chinese Dredging Market
International engineering and contracting company VOSTA LMG launched an informative web site in Chinese for the Chinese market. To inform the fast growing dredging community in China in their mother tongue and to support the Chinese offices of VOSTA LMG, www.vostalmg.cn was developed. The web site informs visitors about the products and services of VOSTA LMG. Not only complete dredge design and project management are possibilities, a wide range of dredge component like dredge pumps, dragheads, bow couplings and dredging systems like cutting systems, spud carrier installations and suction pipe constructions are offered by VOSTA LMG. Also, the site will keep the visitors up to date on projects and contracts via the news section.
Celebrity Cruises Launches Redesigned Web Site
Visitors to Celebrity Cruises' web site at www.celebritycruises.com now will find a site with a new design and an improved user experience. "We listened closely to what Internet users said they wanted to find in a travel-oriented web site, and applied those comments to the creation of our new site," said Celebrity Cruises senior vice president of marketing and brand planning Ares Michaelides. Celebrity's new web site features a variety of options tailored to each site visitor's personal vacation interests; larger images depicting the onboard experience and varied ports of call; special promotions; extensive information about each destination; a Captain's Club (loyalty program) component; personalized tips for group cruise planners, and enhanced cruise booking and transaction capabilities.
BV Sets Quality Initiative for Maritime Sites
Bureau Veritas launched a quality assurance initiative to provide a set of standards for maritime Web sites. The internet certifications program, WebValue, is designed to improve e-business services by identifying web-sites that meet the Bureau Veritas quality, confidentiality and security standards. Stefan Recher, e-business manager of Bureau Veritas' marine division, said, "With the proliferation of e-business in the maritime industry it is hard for Internet users to judge the quality of a Web site. How does a user tell if an auction site is really neutral or if a trading site is really secure? At the moment there is a lack of confidence in using the Internet as the element of trust is missing.
Keeping Seafarers Fit for Purpose
A new website, Training on Board, aims to improve the physical fitness of seafarers. The website has been developed by the Norwegian Maritime Authority for the International Committee on Seafarers' Welfare (ICSW). The purpose of the Training on Board website is to persuade seafarers to pursue a healthy lifestyle and to understand the link between physical training, nutrition, and fatigue. The website enables the seafarers to measure their fitness through an online calculator and to start on a programme of physical training to improve their wellbeing and physical health. The seafarers are able to register on the site and record their workouts. Seafarers can compete among themselves, and against other crews and companies to see who has done the most training and improved their fitness.
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.
Mobil Updates Web Site
Mobil Corporation has added various upgrades to its Web site for the marine industry - allowing visitors to learn about the global Progressive Fast Analysis (PFA) used-oil analysis program. The site, which includes video clips about Mobil Marine's capabilities and articles about the company's performance also enables visitors to electronically contact PFA Center engineers with questions.
Bills of Lading Internet Fraud Warning
The ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) warns against fraudulent cargo tracking websites. Such sites have been created and improved over the years to add legitimacy for fraudsters to entrap their would-be victims. This is particularly true for containerised shipments, where convincing tracking websites highlight the degree of sophistication employed. A recent example, investigated by the Bureau, illustrates how such online confirmations – whilst appearing convincing – cannot be always taken on face value and relied upon. These also further underline the need for independent verification of credit complying documents, particularly the bill of lading. The first example covers what appears to be a valuable containerised shipment of copper cathodes from South America to the Far East.
Port Authority to Continue Web Site
A unique Port Authority Web site has been a hit with the shipping community using the Port of New York and New Jersey, and will be continued after a year’s trial, Port Commerce Director Richard M. Larrabee announced today. The Web site – known as Freight Information Real-time System for Transport or FIRST – was developed last September by Americas Systems Inc. (ASI) of Murray Hill, N.J., as part of a demonstration project for the Port Authority. Since the Web site’s launch, additional information has been added to assist port customers and more upgrades are planned in the upcoming year. Information on the site – www.firstnj.com – is collected from various sources to provide ocean carriers…
Cal Maritime's Website Wins Awards
San Francisco Bay area branding and web design firm, Project6 Design, is featuring an award-winning website they created with a new case study. Located in Vallejo, California, The California Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime) is a unique and specialized campus of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system. They are one of only seven degree-granting maritime academies in the United States — and the only one on the West Coast. Project6 Design led the Cal Maritime team through a collaborative process to identify a new brand strategy and website design and direction for the school. Cal Maritime had a problem: they were a major California State University campus with over seven thousand website pages of content…
MARAD Establishes U.S. Carrier Web Site
The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has established U.S. Flag Ships
Coast Guard Benefits from Houston Company
In an ongoing effort to develop the fastest and most efficient response to emergency situations, the United States Coast Guard contracts with Houston-based Advanced Web Site Publishing (AWSP) to establish a technological birds eye view of performance during an emergency response situation - establishing a first of its kind interactive, online response Flash movie. This newly developed “flash movie,” accessible from the US Coast Guard Website, incorporates pages of Hurricane Katrina path charting, time lines, and the movement of multiple Coast Guard helicopters dispatched from stations across the United States during the disaster in an interactive overview – complete with pause and replay features.
NSTC Launches New Domain SAPR Website
Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) kicked off Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) with the launch of a new Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) website, April 1. With the NSTC geographic domain extending throughout the country, overseeing Recruit Training Command, Officer Training Command, Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC), which contains more than 160 affiliated colleges and universities, this new SAPR website will provide "one-stop" shop for SAPR resources. "At NSTC, we train 98 percent of the Sailors and officers who enter the Navy," said Capt.
Hutton's Lauches New Website
Hutton’s Group has launched a new website to provide up to date and easily accessible information to its customers throughout the world. The new website – www.huttons-group.com – provides comprehensive information on the products and services provided by the worldwide network of Hutton’s Group depots. Customers accessing the website also have the opportunity to browse the comprehensive Hutton’s catalogue online, viewing and turning pages at the click of a mouse. The new website will keep customers up to date with the latest news and special offers from Hutton’s Group.
Marco Launches New Website
Marco Group International, a service and equipment provider for the surface preparation industry, has launched its redesigned Marco.us website. The focus of the website’s redesign was to simplify navigation and enhance functionality. The site includes a new, modern visual design, redefining the Marco brand. The site also includes expanded product information, including part number listings and schematic drawings, simplified navigation to get to information in two clicks or less…
Vigor Wins $19.6m Navy Ship Repair Contract
Vigor Marine LLC, Portland, Oregon, is being awarded a $19,629,518 firm-fixed-price contract to prepare for and accomplish repair and alteration requirements for USS Kidd (DDG 100) Chief of Naval Operations scheduled, selected restricted availability (SRA) in support of the DDG-51-class destroyer ship repair program. For U.S. Naval Surface Combatants – typical repair and maintenance work to be performed in SRA includes modernization ship alterations; blasting, painting and surface preparation for complete or touch-up preservation, freeboard, struts, rudders, running gear, ground tackle, and sea-chest; hull, mechanical and electrical; various interior tanks. Work will be performed in Everett, Washington, and is expected to be completed by September, 2018.
MarAd Launches New Website
The Maritime Administration has launched a new Web site, promoting its Marine Highway Initiative. • Contact information for marine operators and potential shippers. • A link to the Maritime Administration’s congestion relief partner, the I-95 Corridor Coalition.