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OMB - Completes Review of MODU / OSV Training & Manning Requirements

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) completed its review of RIN 1625-AC10: the draft Coast Guard requirements for training of personnel and manning on mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs) and offshore supply vessels (OSVs) engaged in US outer continental shelf (OCS) activities. With regard to the training of Personnel…
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Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation Bill Introduced

Committee leaders today introduced bipartisan legislation that authorizes the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) to carry out its vital missions, improves USCG mission effectiveness, helps replace and modernize aging Coast Guard assets in a cost effective manner, enhances oversight, and reduces inefficiencies to save taxpayer dollars. Additionally, the bill strengthens U.S.
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Ships Remove More Chemical Materials from Syria

The Danish-led maritime Task Group participating in Operation RECSYR successfully shipped out the second batch of chemical materials from the Syrian Arab Republic in support of the UN-OPCW Joint Mission as mandated by UN Security Resolution 2118. The chemical materials were verified by UN Joint Mission personnel before…
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University Selects Iver AUV Baltic Sea Research

OceanServer Technology has recently delivered an Iver2 - 580 EP 42 (Expandable Payload) AUV to Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) in Estonia. TUT has a long track record of utilizing new technology for research into real world applications. The researchers at the University expect to use the Iver2 platform to develop…
Marad Photo: fully loaded container ship at sea

Marad: National Maritime Symposium a good first step

Paul "Chip" Jaenichen, Acting U.S. Maritime Administrator, weighs in on the Marad Strategy Symposium. He said this week, "... The U.S.-Flag commercial fleet, crewed by U.S. merchant mariners, provides safe, reliable, and environmentally-responsible transport of cargo to support economic activity –both domestically and internationally. Maritime trade is a critical part of our country’s economy.
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Final Sea Trials for "Chemical Weapon Destruction" Ship

The US Military Sealift Command ship 'MV Cape Ray' has left Portsmouth, Va., to conduct final sea trials in preparation for its upcoming mission to destroy Syrian chemical weapons. During the sea trials, the crew and the Field-Deployable Hydrolysis System operators are evaluating the ship and the system at various sea states.
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Security Duties eLearning Course Now Flag Approved

Marlins reported that its second security elearning title, Security Duties, has been flag approved, further to the flag approval of the company’s Security Awareness course in December. Security Duties expands on what is learnt in Security Awareness and provides additional, practical information for crew members who are more likely to face a security threat…
José Tamayo takes care of operations on the deck of the Galveston Island Ferry. Photo credit: Jeannie Peng-Armao

Career Glance: Starting off on water as a deckhand

When José Tamayo and Calvin Aubry step foot onto the deck of the Galveston Island Ferry, they can be in for a long day as deckhands. But as they both see it, what's better than a day out on the water? The deckhand is the first position for a person vying for a chance to work in the maritime industry. It is a position that opens doors as mariners continue to obtain their U.S.
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DW Publishes New FLNG Market Forecast

Floating LNG market poised for increased investment and activity, report finds. Douglas-Westwood (DW) forecast total expenditure of $64.4bn from 2014-2020 in its new FLNG market report. Two-thirds of this spend is attributed to liquefaction infrastructure, while the remaining is from import and regasification facilities.
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Looking to Fix Spot Charter? Beware of Turkish Port Fraudsters

These frauds always emanate from Turkey and involve criminals purporting to be ship brokers and port agents. At present Signum say they are aware of at least twenty cases over the past eighteen months. The nature of the frauds are that non-existent cargo is offered to ship owners / managers at attractive rates, generally at a time when their vessel is 'spot' i.e. at a port without a cargo.
Christine Duffy, CLIA president and CEO, said, "The [GAO] report recognizes that the industry adopted 10 wide-ranging safety policies in 2012, each of which are mandatory for membership in CLIA, and have been incorporated into International Maritime Organization (IMO) standards.  As a result of the industry’s relentless focus on passenger comfort and safety, cruising is one of the most enjoyable, affordable and safe holiday vacation experiences available today.”

CLIA President Comments on Government’s Cruise Report

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) today issued a statement from President and CEO Christine Duffy on the recently released Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on implementation of the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act (CVSSA) of 2010 and cruise industry safety practices. Below is Duffy’s statement in full.
L-R: Matthew Butcher, Sales and Customer Account Manager, Bournemouth & Poole College and Mark Knowles, Training Director, Solace Global, outside of the training facilities at North Road.

Solace Global, Bournemouth & Poole Partner for Security Education

Solace Global, provider of security in maritime, offshore and land-based environments, has partnered with Bournemouth & Poole College in Dorset to provide the first City & Guilds Maritime Security Operative course at a Further Education (FE) center. Following the appointment of Training Director Mark Knowles MSM in October this year…

Extended NAT Share Offering Earmarked for Nordic American Offshore

Nordic American Tankers Limited inform that, in connection with its previous public offering of 8,125,000 common shares at a public offering price of $8.00 per share, the underwriters have exercised a portion of the option granted to them by the Company and will purchase an additional 1,018,750 common shares on the same terms.

RCMP Make Arrest Under the Security of Information Act

This morning, the RCMP along with partners from the Toronto Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police detailed circumstances that led to the arrest of 53 year old Qing Quentin Huang of Toronto. Mr. Huang has been charged under the Security of Information Act with two counts of attempt to communicate to a foreign…
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DoD's Increased Arctic Attention Welcomed by AAPC Co-Chairs

Alaska Arctic Policy Commission Co-Chairs Senator Lesil McGuire and Representative Bob Herron have approved of a recent DoD report, introduced by United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, but pointed out that the overarching language is short on details and lacks a plan for implementation. Chuck Hagel, announced the release of his agency's 14-page “Arctic Strategy”…
MV Seaman Guard Ohio: Photo courtesy of Advanfort

Security Ship's Crew Bail Cancelled by Indian Court

India's Principal Sessions Court has cancelled the conditional bail granted by a lower court to 35 crew members of US private security firm AdvanFort's 'Seaman Guard Ohio' arrested on charges of carrying weapons illegally and straying into Indian waters, reports ZNews (India). Principal Sessions Judge Krishnamoorthy was allowing a criminal revision petition by Tamil Nadu Q Branch police…
There is a growing threat to marine safety, security, and environmental protection from the over-reliance on electronics to accomplish operational tasks.

Marine Cybersecurity: Is Your Ship Safe? Are You Sure?

On February 12, 2013, President Obama issued Executive Order 13636 – Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. Citing repeated electronic intrusions into critical infrastructure, the document states that it is the policy of the United States Government to increase the volume, timeliness, and quality of cyber threat information shared with U.S.

Libyan Port's Record Container Throughput

This year (2013) Misrata’s non-oil port, situated 124 miles east of the capital Tripoli, has unloaded 208,339 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of containers, up from 159,634 last year, reports Reuters. Libya’s third-biggest city, Misrata, has benefited from better security conditions than other parts of the OPEC producer, which has been hit by turmoil since the 2011 toppling of Muammar Gaddafi.

Port2Port Maritime Joins BIMCO

Port2Port Maritime has now been formally accepted as an Associate Member of BIMCO, following the company’s accreditation of ISO/PAS 28007, the first assessment of a maritime security company’s quality management system against an International Standards Organization framework (ISO). Andrew Varney, Managing Director, Port2Port Maritime said…
Jonathan Padfield as Corporate Director

Huntington Ingalls Appoints Jonathan Padfield as Corporate Director

Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that Capt. Jonathan Padfield (U.S. Navy, Ret.) has joined the company as Corporate Director of Customer Affairs for amphibious programs. Padfield, whose last assignment for the Navy was commanding officer, Assault Craft Unit Five, began his new position on Monday.