TNPA Focuses on Ship Repair
Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) appointed Preston Khomo, previously Richards Bay Port Manager, as Executive Manager: Ship Repair, to manage and administer the organization’s ship repair resources nationally.Thamsanqa (Thami) Sithole has been appointed as the new Port Manager for Richards Bay. Both appointments are effective July 1.Khomo joined TNPA in 2004 as Head of Infrastructure Development: Port Operations and Consulting at Portcon (the then international arm of Transnet)…
Containership Fire Extinguished in South Africa
The joint effort undertaken by a Disaster Management team at the Port of Ngqura has helped to avert a potential maritime disaster and ultimately saved the container vessel APL Austria, which caught fire last weekend. Transnet National Ports Authority, Transnet Port Terminals, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Fire Department, South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), South African Police Services (SAPS), National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) and a stevedoring company, worked together to battle the blaze, and the fire was eventually extinguished on Wednesday, February 15.
Ingalls Shipbuilding Named Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplace
Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division took top honors in the Mississippi Business Journal’s Healthiest Workplace Awards, placing first in the mega large business category. The awards recognize employers throughout the state who strive to provide exceptional employee health and wellness programs and promote safe working environments. “A company can only be as strong as its people,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. “That is why Ingalls Shipbuilding is dedicated to providing multiple health and wellness services to our employees.
Cluver, Martinez Join Port of Oakland Commission
Local labor leader Andreas Cluver and long-time community leader Arabella Martinez have been appointed to the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners. They join the Board February 11. Nominated by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, the City Council appointed Cluver, Secretary-Treasurer of the Alameda County Building and Construction Trades Council, and Martinez, Vice-Chair of the Latino Community Foundation Board of Trustees at its meeting February 2. Port Commissioners Cluver and Martinez were sworn into office by Schaaf.
Dalrymple's Budget Weighs on Oil Price Rebound
North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple proposed a two-year state budget on Wednesday that forecasts rebounding oil prices and a 23 percent jump in oil taxes, a tacit bet the state's energy boom will continue unabated. Oil prices have dropped more than 30 percent since June amidst global oversupply and demand concerns. Last week OPEC opted not to cut its oil production, a step seen by many as designed to squeeze North Dakota and other oil-producing regions of the United States. Despite OPEC's decision…
South African Measures to Counter Spread of Ebola
South Africa's Department of Health has published a Cabinet decision with regards to measures to counter and control the potential spread of Ebola from West African countries where outbreaks have been reported. Cases of the disease have been reported in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria, and recently an increase in the number of cases has been noted in the first three. The Department of Health has taken measures in South Africa to enhance surveillance, distribute guidelines to all hospitals in public and private sectors…
AEU Hires Ruizas as Loss Control Manager
The American Equity Underwriters, Inc. (AEU) recently hired Ray Ruizas Loss Control Manager. Ruizas’ safety experience includes five years at a large shipyard in Port Arthur, Texas, where he implemented management systems, conducted incident investigations, oversaw safety inspections and conducted shipyard safety training for supervisors and employees in both English and Spanish. He has numerous certifications from OSHA and the Texas Department of Health and is a Shipyard Competent Person and certified in HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations)…
Delivering a Maritime Single Window
As part of the European Union’s drive to streamline and standardize the reporting formalities for ships arriving in and/or departing from ports of the Member States, it has introduced wide-ranging legislation. EU Directive 2010/65/EU, commonly known as the Reporting Formalities Directive, mandating that Member States must adopt a “Single Window” system as soon as possible and, at the latest, by June 1, 2015. A “Single Window" is a system that allows parties involved in trade and transport to submit once…
Stiles Named VP at Maritime Professional Training
Maritime Professional Training (MPT) appointed Al Stiles as the school's Vice President of Curriculum Development in a newly expanded role focused on broadening MPT's course offerings in both on-campus and e-learning online settings. Maritime Professional Training claims to be the largest private maritime training school in the U.S. and boats a diverse range of course offerings and comprehensive class schedules. The school opened its doors in 1983 and serves more than 10,000 students…
Post Spill: Analyzing the Water in Honolulu Harbor
Representatives from the Coast Guard National Strike Force, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration conducted water sampling as part of a joint effort to analyze the effects of the molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor Sunday. The combined team departed Coast Guard Station Honolulu Sunday morning aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium. The National Strike Force crewmembers from the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific Strike…
Hawaii Ship Repairers Fined $700,000
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Hawaii State Department of Health settle with Marisco Ltd for pollution offences. The violations took place at Marisco's ship repair and drydock facilities at Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor on Oahu. This is the largest Clean Water Act civil penalty against a ship repair facility nationwide. The settlement, a consent decree, was lodged with the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii and is subject to a 30-day public comment period and court approval.
Hawaii Fishermen Salvage Japanese Tsumami Fishing Skiff
The 20-by-6-foot skiff, covered in barnacles, was found floating northeast of Maui by the crew of the 'F/V Zephyr' who towed it in and cleaned it up. On the heels of Hawaii’s first confirmed report of Japan tsunami debris, NOAA and its partners are already examining the second confirmed item: a barnacled skiff which a fisherman found off the Hawaii coast—and which he wants to keep. Using the skiff’s registration number, NOAA worked through the Japan Consulate in Hawaii to track down its owner, who expressed no interest in having it returned or in whom took possession of it.