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USCG Saves Vessel near Provincetown, Massachusetts

A Coast Guard crew from Station Point Allerton, Massachusetts, assisted a disabled clam boat 11 miles northwest of Provincetown, Massachusetts, Friday. At about 8:30 p.m., Thursday, the four-person crew aboard the 40-foot Angel Fisher notified Coast Guard Sector Boston that their boat lost steering. Because of the deteriorating weather, with 5-foot seas and 16-knot winds, the Angel Fisher crew put on their immersion suits. On scene, air temperature was 37 degrees and water temperature was 49 degrees.

Registration Opens for the 2011 Women on the Water (WOW) Conference

The U.S. Maritime Administration and Massachusetts Maritime Academy will host the 5th Annual Women on the Water Conference at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay, MA, on October 27th - 29th, 2011. The conference will focus on career opportunities and issues impacting women in the maritime industry.  Rear Admiral Sandra L. Stosz will be the Keynote Speaker. Registration information is available at  http://www.marad.dot.gov/mariners_landing_page/women_on_the_water/WOW2011home.htm.

David Williams Awarded Emery Medal

David Williams, CEO of the Noble Corporation, was honored as the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s “Salute to the Maritime Person of the Year” at the Petroleum Club in Houston. Mr. Williams was awarded the Emery Rice medal, the Academy’s highest award presented for leadership excellence in the maritime field. The event is the Academy’s major scholarship fundraiser, with all proceeds going toward student financial aid. A contingent of almost 40 cadets and staff traveled to Houston Texas to stage the event and present Mr.

This Day in Coast Guard History – Oct. 16

1790-Contract entered into for the construction of the "first" of the 10 revenue cutters, Massachusetts, at Newburyport, Massachusetts. 1952-A Merchant Marine Detail was established at Yokohama, Japan to handle increased merchant marine problems occurring there as a result of the Korean Conflict. 1956- CGC Pontchartrain, on Ocean Station November, rescued the passengers and crew of Pan American Clipper Flight 943 after the clipper ditched between Honolulu and San Francisco. 1992-CGC Storis became the first foreign military ship to visit the Russian port of Petropavlosk since the Crimean War.

MMA Unveils Transas Simulator in ABS Commons

Massachusetts Maritime Academy unveils new simulation facilities in newly opened American Bureau of Shipping Information Commons Building. Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) recently hosted the grand opening ceremony for the start-of-the-art, American Bureau of Shipping Information Commons Building, which houses the Academy’s new cutting-edge Full Mission Ship Simulator, supplied by Transas USA Inc. The 42,000 square foot academic building combines maritime tradition with the latest technology in maritime training…

$42M in Grants for Ferry Docks & Facilities

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced more than $42m in grants to improve ferry service and build new docks and facilities in 15 states and Puerto Rico. Congress authorized the Federal Highway Administration’s Ferry Boat Program was created to fund ferry boat projects that provide critical access to areas that lack other means of transportation where high passenger demand already exists. Program funds can be used for capital improvements to existing ferry operations which could increase the number of riders…

AWO Applauds Judgment Against Oil Spill Law

The American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national trade association for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, hails the decision yesterday by the U.S. District Court, Massachusetts District, to grant Summary Judgment against a 2004 Massachusetts oil spill law, declaring it null and void. The U.S. Department of Justice sued the Commonwealth over the constitutionality of the law enacted in response to a 2003 accidental tank barge oil spill in Buzzards Bay. The decision affirms…

Salute, USS Constitution: Photo credit USN

Tall Ship 'USS Constitution' Fires 21-Gun Salute, Boston

'USS Constitution' honors both Boston First Responders and the Battle of Midway with a 21-gun salute in Boston Harbor. During the ship's first underway this year a special tribute was paid to first responders to the events surrounding the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings and to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the Battle of Midway, June 4. More than 375 guests accompanied the 215-year-old Constitution on the commemorative underway, including first responders from the FBI, City of Boston Fire…

11th Annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards

Hydroid Wins Gold at MassEcon Impact Awards

Hydroid, Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime and a leading manufacturer of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), today announced that it has been named the Southeast division gold winner in the 11th Annual Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards. Designed to recognize excellence in job growth, facility expansion, and investment since January 1, 2014, the award celebrates companies that have made outstanding contributions to the Massachusetts economy. “We are so proud to be recognized with this MassEcon Impact Award,” said Duane Fotheringham, president of Hydroid.

Francis X. McDonald (source: Massachusetts Maritime Academy)

Mass. Maritime Taps McDonald as New President

EVP Fran McDonald tops a field of five; choice still must be approved by Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. Pending a confirmation vote by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE), Francis X. McDonald has been selected as the 38th president of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. McDonald, a 1985 graduate of the school, has worked on campus since 1994. Currently, he serves as Executive Vice President of the nation's oldest continuously operating maritime academy and has earned degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Northeastern University.

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SNAME Graduate Scholarships Award Winners

SNAME announced the recipients of the Graduate Scholarships awarded for year 2015-16. Wilbur N. Landers Scholarship Award goes to Alyssa M. William M. Kennedy Scholarship Award has been won by Michael T. Recipient of Tommy L Richards Scholarship Award is Russell George Forthuber, 2009 Marine Engineering Systems graduate of the U.S. Alan C. McClure Scholarship Award has been bestowed on James McNeill Landreth, 2008 graduate of the U.S. John V. Frederick H. The winner of the David A. O'Neil Scholastic Award is Anthony Donato Nigro, 1991 Marine Engineer graduate of S.U.N.Y.

Francis X. McDonald, the 38th president of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

McDonald Confirmed as Mass. Maritime President

A vote by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE) has confirmed Francis X. McDonald has been selected as the 38th president of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. McDonald, a 1985 graduate of the school, has worked on campus since 1994. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President of the nation's oldest continuously operating maritime academy and has earned degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Northeastern University. McDonald topped an impressive field of five that included Coast Guard Captain Melissa Bert…

EPA Awards Nearly $2 Mln for Clean Repowers

Three New England projects have been awarded nearly two million dollars under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) competitive national grant competition to reduce diesel emissions. The grants, totaling $1,975,000, were made under the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). The funding will assist the Connecticut Maritime Foundation, the Massachusetts Port Authority and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in marine vessel repowering and vehicle replacement projects. Diesel engines contribute significantly to air pollution, especially in urban areas.

Atlantic Power Slashes Dividend, Replaces CEO

Power producer Atlantic Power Corp slashed its dividend by 70 percent and asked its chief executive to step down as part of a strategic review process. The company said it appointed Ken Hartwick, director of the board, as a replacement for Barry Welch. Atlantic Power cut its annual dividend to 12 Canadian cents per share from 40 Canadian cents. The Boston, Massachusetts-based company, which has been reviewing its businesses, also said it would not sell itself at this time.   Reporting By Shubhankar Chakravorty

Altschuler Named Transportation Director at HDR

Randy Altschuler has joined HDR as the firm’s West region transportation director, based in the Oakland office. His responsibilities include leading business development activities and growth strategies throughout the West Region. Prior to joining HDR, Altschuler was West transportation business line leader with AECOM. His 35 years of experience includes positions of increasing responsibility within AECOM, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Parsons Corporation. The first 15 years of his career were spent in the public sector…

Cape Cod Canal Remains Closed

Massachusetts’ Cape Cod Canal will remain closed daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, February 7, 2014 to permit maintenance work on the vertical life railroad bridge across the canal. The Canal may be open on Saturday, February 1 and/or Sunday, February 2 if repair operations permit. A bulletin on January 14 originally announced that the Cape Cod Canal would resume normal operations on January 31, but unavoidable delays prolonged maintenance work.  

Seakeeper New Rep Firm Commar Sales

Seakeeper has brought on ComMar Sales to handle the East Coast, South, Gulf Coast and Florida distribution of its line of Gyro Stabilization Systems. ComMar will represent Seakeeper in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont and Washington DC. (www.seakeeper.com)

This Day in Naval History – Oct. 21

1797 - Launching of USS Constitution at the Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, Massachusetts. The ship is now the oldest commissioned ship in the U.S. Navy. 1942 - British submarine lands CAPT Jerauld Wright, USN and four Army officers at Cherchel, French North Africa, to meet with a French military delegation to learn the French attitude toward future Allied landings. 1944 - Leyte Landings continue. (Source: Navy News Service)

This Day in Naval History – Sept. 17

1861 - Union landing party from USS Massachusetts takes possession of Ship Island south of New Orleans, LA. This was the headquarters for ADM David Farragut's Gulf Coast Blockading Squadron. 1944 - Navy Task Force lands Army troops on Angaur, Palau Islands supported by Navy carrier aircraft and shore bombardment (Source: Navy News Service)

Boston Safety Zones Proposed for LNG DWPs

The U.S. Coast Guard proposed to establish new and modify existing regulated navigation areas (RNAs) and safety/security zones off the coast of Massachusetts in the vicinity of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater ports (DWPs) in the Boston Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone. Comments on this proposal should be submitted by June 1. 75 Fed. Reg. 16370 (April 1, 2010). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)

Ferry Co. Charged with Dumping Sewage

A company based in Marblehead was charged on Jan. 7 in federal court with dumping sewage into North Shore waters from a popular ferry it operates out of Salem. United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Rear Admiral J. L. Nimmich, United States Coast Guard, Commander, First Coast Guard District and William Schenkelberg, Special Agent in Charge of the Northeast Region of the Coast Guard Investigative Service, announced today that The Rockmore Company, Inc. was charged in a Criminal…

Mass Maritime’s Manned Model Shiphandling Program

As advances in computing power have made marine training via simulator more mainstream, the majority would contend that the most effective training is on the water, at the helm. While training on real-world vessels can be tough due to time and safety constraints, Massachusetts Maritime Academy maintains its unique solutions: the Manned Model Shiphandling Program on the Great Herring Pond. The Manned Model Shiphandling Program at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy is unique in that it is only one of a handful in the world to offer mariner’s hands-on training courtesy of professionally built…