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Friday, December 6, 2019

Chesapeake Bay News

John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority (VPA).

INSIGHTS: John F. Reinhart, CEO, Virginia Port Authority (VPA)

John F. Reinhart is the CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority (VPA). He is responsible for the broad programmatic areas of business development and growth, strategic marketing, finance, and operations of Virginia’s marine terminal facilities: Virginia International Gateway, Newport News Marine Terminal, Norfolk International Terminals, Portsmouth Marine Terminal, Richmond Marine Terminal and the Virginia Inland Port.Under his leadership, the goal has been to…

American Constitution (Photo: American Cruise Lines)

American Constitution Completes Inaugural Cruise

American Cruise Lines has announced that its brand new 175-passenger cruise ship, American Constitution, completed its inaugural sailing on Chesapeake Bay.The cruise departed from Baltimore on April 18 for an 11-day, 10-night American Revolution itinerary. “American Constitution has been exceptionally well received and all the spring 2018 American Revolution cruises are already sold out,” a company official said.During the inaugural sailing last week, American Constitution docked inside the District of Columbia at The Wharf…

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US LNG Exports to Increase: EIA

U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)'s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook projects that the United States will export more natural gas than it imports in 2017. The U.S. has been a net exporter for three of the past four months and is expected to continue to export more natural gas than it imports for the rest of 2017 and throughout 2018. The nation’ status as a net exporter is expected to continue past 2018 because of growing U.S. natural gas exports to Mexico, declining pipeline imports from Canada, and increasing exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG). The U.S.

Port of Virginia to Close Ahead of Winter Storm

The U.S. Coast Guard said the Port of Virginia will close Friday at midnight in anticipation of Winter Storm Helena, which is expected to bring snow and wind which will likely create particularly hazardous conditions, including zero visibility onshore and on the water. Commercial vessels will be prohibited from entering and departing the Chesapeake Bay. Additionally, movement within the Port of Virginia will be closed to vessel traffic 5,000 gross tons or greater unless permission is granted by the Captain of the Port. “There is a real danger to all vessels on the water,” said Capt. Kevin M.

An unmanned rigid-hull inflatable boat operates autonomously during an Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored demonstration of swarmboat technology held at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. During the demonstration four boats, using an ONR-sponsored system called CARACaS (Control Architecture for Robotic Agent Command Sensing), operated autonomously during various scenarios designed to identify, trail or track a target of interest. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams)

Video: US Navy Tests Autonomous Swarmboats

The U.S. Navy is examining new possibilities for autonomy in future naval missions, putting autonomous unmanned vessels to the test in a recent demonstration in the lower Chesapeake Bay. Officials from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), together with partners from industry, academia and other government organizations, leveraged a combination of high-tech software, radar and other sensors to get a “swarm” of rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) and other small vessels – “swarmboats” – to collectively perform autonomous patrol missions with only remote human supervision.

Michael Rogers  (Photo: The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum)

CBMM Welcomes New Shipwright, Apprentices for Edna Lockwood Restoration

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has recently welcomed Michael Rogers of Trappe, Md. as a shipwright, along with three professional shipwright apprentices to work on the 2016-2018 log-hull restoration of the historic 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood. Joining Rogers on the project are apprentices Spencer Sherwood of Newport Beach, Ca., Lauren Gaunt of Pleasant Ridge, Mi., and Michael Allen of Barrington, R.I. The two-year restoration project is being managed by CBMM Boatyard Manager Michael Gorman and Shipwright J.

Herbert Joins Phoenix International

Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. hired Jack Herbert as its Commercial Operations Sales Manager in the Largo, MD office. His responsibilities include executing Phoenix commercial (AUV, ROV, and Engineering) sales objectives, increasing market share, and leading an aggressive commercial marketing and sales program. Prior to joining Phoenix, Herbert worked as a Business Development Manager for Marine Sonic Technology Ltd., Reson Inc., and IxBlue. Clients included AUV builders, Hydrographic Survey Companies, the U.S. Navy, U.S.

Michael Atwell (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Awards Scholarship to GLMA Cadet

Great Lakes Maritime Academy (GLMA) Cadet Michael Atwell was awarded Crowley Maritime Corporation’s a Thomas B. Crowley, Sr. Memorial Scholarship. He earned the scholarship based on his strong academic record, leadership ability and financial need. Atwell, a senior at GLMA, is in the deck officer program and working to earn an unlimited third mate’s license with first class pilotage. He recently received his USCG Masters 100T license and has captained several small passenger vessels in Chesapeake Bay, Va. A graduate of Broadneck Sr.

Several volunteers of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum gathered at a reception honoring their service and dedication. Last year, more than 275 volunteers collectively contributed 28,235 hours of service to the nonprofit, helping with all aspects of CBMM’s operations. (Photo: CBMM)

Maritime Museum Honors Volunteers’ Service

On June 18, 2015, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) recognized a team of more than 275 volunteers for their combined 28,235 hours of service toward the museum over the last year. Several volunteers were recognized by CBMM staff for their work in advancement and membership, boat restoration and maintenance, boat donations, buildings and grounds, education, finance and administration, museum store and events and volunteer programming. The reception was sponsored by Garden & Garnish of Trappe, Md.

U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein (Photo courtesy of: USDOJ)

Chief Engineer Sentenced for Pollution Violations

Chief U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Noly Torato Vidad of the Philippines, the Chief Engineer of the cargo vessel M/V Selene Leader, to eight months in prison, followed by one year of supervised release, for obstruction of justice and violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS). The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein; Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division John C. Cruden; and Coast Guard Captain Kevin Kiefer, Captain of the Port of Baltimore.

Ship Operator Fined $1.8m for Oil Discharge

The Hachiuma Steamship Co., LTD pleaded guilty January 30 to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS), arising from the failure to maintain an accurate oil record book concerning the illegal disposal of oil residue and bilge water overboard the cargo vessel M/V Selene Leader. Chief U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Hachiuma Steamship to pay $1.8 million, and placed it on probation for three years during which it is to develop an environmental compliance program. The plea and sentence were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J.

Chris Baden

Baden Joins CBMM as Shipwright Apprentice

Chris Baden of St. Paul, Minnesota has joined the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) as a shipwright apprentice. Baden begins his apprenticeship working on the 1889 sailing log-bottomed bugeye, Edna E Lockwood. Baden recently attended The Landing School’s wooden boatbuilding program in Arundel, Maine, where he mastered the fundamentals of constructing both traditional and contemporary wooden boats. Prior to attending The Landing School, Baden spent four and a half years working in information technology for the U.S. Coast Guard.

Kristen Greenaway: Photo CBMM

CBMM Names Kristen Greenaway New President

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) has announced that Kristen Greenaway of Durham, NC will serve as the fifth President of the 49-year old non-profit institution. Current CBMM President Langley Shook announced his retirement in late 2013, and will remain on board until Greenaway’s start, which is anticipated in early July. Greenaway brings a wide range of professional experience to the position, including a core background leading non-profits in a development capacity.

Tom Britton

New Yacht Broker at Pacific Boats & Yachts

As a newly appointed yacht broker at Pacific Boats & Yachts, Captain Tom Britton brings a wealth of experience to his new position, including owning a yacht dealership in Washington for ten years, selling Catalina Sailboats, Monk Trawlers and a wide variety of used sail and powerboats. Starting out in upstate New York, Tom fished and cruised in the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, the Outer Banks of North Carolina, before landing in Northwest Washington. When he wasn’t selling boats…

CBMM Begins Search for New President

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) has announced ByalaSearch will lead the nonprofit’s search for its next president. The boutique firm specializes in executive search and placement in the nonprofit and education sectors. In December, Langley Shook announced his intention to retire as CBMM’s President. Shook became CBMM’s fourth President in 2009 after serving on the museum’s Board of Governors for one year. He accepted the position with a five year commitment, shortly after retiring as a partner with Sidley Austin from nearly 35 years of law practice in Washington, D.C.

Brooke Ricketts

Ricketts Joins CBMM as Shipwright Apprentice

Brooke Ricketts of Centreville, Md. has joined the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, Md. as a shipwright apprentice. Rickett’s apprenticeship begins with restoration work on the historic skipjack Rosie Parks. Ricketts experience includes working in the carpentry and corporate management fields. After his apprenticeship, he will be enrolled in a nine-month boatbuilding program at the Boat Building Academy in Lyme Regis, England. In his youth, Ricketts was introduced to CBMM through his family’s membership…

Gentlemen of the Harbor Stories of Chesapeake Bay Tugboats and Crews

Book Review: Gentlemen of the Harbor

Captain Bill Eggert spent 20 years working in Baltimore Harbor running charter boats and water taxis. All that time, he dodged tugboats guiding huge cargo ships and tankers in and out of the industrial port and tugs towing barges piled high with everything from coal to sugar. In that time, he came to know these legendary boats and the men who captain and crew them. Now he shares their history in his new book, Gentlemen of the Harbor: Stories of Chesapeake Bay Tugboats and Crews.

Transas Simulation User Conference: The Future Is Now

From July 15 to July 19, more than 250 maritime professionals from 41 countries gathered in Maryland, USA to discuss the Future trends and New Challenges in Maritime Simulation during the Transas Simulation User Conference. For the first time ever, the event ran across two venues, giving attendees an opportunity to experience two of the most unique and trend setting Training Centers in the World. During the first day at the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS)…

image illustrating depths of Houston / Galveston Ship Channel

Mobile App Boosts Navigation Safety

Conrad Blucher Institute Develops Mobile App to Increase Navigational Safety along Nation’s Second-Largest Port. Researchers have designed and are implementing a new mobile application to provide ship captains and pilots with real-time predictions of ocean water levels and currents along the Houston Ship Channel, which services the second-largest port in the United States, the ports of Houston and Galveston. The app will provide invaluable information, which could increase navigational…

Joe Larochelle

Shane Elliott, Joe Larochelle Join CBMM

Shane Elliott of Knoxville, TN and Joe Larochelle of Quebec, QC have joined the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD as shipwright apprentices. Elliott recently completed a nine-month diploma program at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock, WA. He holds a bachelor’s of architecture degree from the University of Tennessee’s College of Architecture and Design in Knoxville. Elliott’s apprenticeship begins with the restoration project of the skipjack Rosie Parks.

CBMM Presents Working Waterfront Speaker Series

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD begins a new speaker series entitled “Working Waterfront” on Thursday, November 1, with later sessions on Friday, November 16 and Thursday, November 29. Held in the Van Lennep Auditorium along the museum’s waterfront campus, the series welcomes CBMM members and the general public, with pre-registration needed. From 6-8pm on Thursday, November 1, “Working Waterfront: Delaware” gives participants an in-depth look at the museum’s 1912 river tug, Delaware.

Non-Lethal Defense Against Maritime Piracy Unveiled

A TEAM of technology visionaries has today unveiled what it believes is the most effective way to end maritime piracy, and save lives and billions of dollars each year. The WatchStander system was originally developed for the US naval fleet but has been modified and adapted over the past two years for use by commercial vessels, cruise ships and yachts. A significant advance in anti-pirate technology, WatchStander is a fully automated and integrated system that detects and identifies pirates before launching a series of non-lethal but highly effective counter measures.

Dr. Mario Tamburri, director of the Maritime Environmental Resource Center.

MERC BWT Testing Facility is U.S. Coast Guard Approved

Ballast water treatment system testing facility earns U.S. Coast Guard approval. The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Maritime Environmental Resource Center (MERC) has partnered with NSF International, Great Ships Initiative and Retlif Testing Laboratories to become the first U.S. Coast Guard-approved Independent Laboratory for evaluation and testing of technologies designed for treatment of ballast water on ships. Ballast water carries non-native species from around the world can pose economic, ecological and public health risks. U.S.

Northrop Grumman Wins $69m Deal for Topside Program Support

Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) won a follow-on and additional task order contracts totaling $69m from the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR) for the Navy's Integrated Topside (InTop) program. InTop is an innovative, scalable suite of electronic warfare, information operations and line-of-sight communications hardware and software for use on naval surface platforms. The new suite will reduce the number of multiple topside apertures that naval vessels currently use, increasing…

Shipping Companies Sentenced for Environmental Crimes

Two Shipping Corporations Plead Guilty and Are Sentenced in Maryland for Obstruction of Justice and Environmental Crimes; Companies Each Sentenced to Pay $1.2 Million, Including $550,000 to Benefit Chesapeake Bay. Two corporations pleaded guilty today in separate hearings in Baltimore for their role in managing and owning a ship engaged in deliberate discharges of waste oil and plastic garbage. The companies were each sentenced by U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis to pay $1.2…

CBMM Opens New Tugboat Exhibit April 21

“Push and Pull: Life on Chesapeake Tugboats,” opens as a new exhibit on Saturday, April 21 in the Steamboat Building of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD. The Chesapeake is a highway for tugs and barges, and for the large ships aided by tugs in port. The exhibit explores the lives of the men and women who work on these tugboats and the variety of ways tugs are used around the Chesapeake. In addition to interactive displays along with the images and stories of life on tugboats…