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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Iberville Chamber News

Blaine Sheets (Photo courtesy Port of Greater Baton Rouge)

Officers Elected at Port of Greater Baton Rouge

The board of commissioners for the Port of Greater Baton Rouge recently elected officers for 2014. Officers elected include Blaine Sheets, Ascension Parish, president; Clint Seneca, Iberville Parish, vice president; Corey Sarullo, Iberville Parish, secretary; and Bobby Watts, East Baton Rouge, treasurer. Blaine Sheets, president, is president of Specialized Industrial Maintenance in Gonzales and is a former member of the Board of Commissioners for the Pontchartrain Levee District. Clint Seneca, vice president, is the chief deputy assessor for the Iberville Parish Assessor's Office.

JIM MACLELLAN  Photo  Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

MacLellan wins Stanley T. Olafson Award

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce announced today that Jim MacLellan, director of trade development for the Port of Los Angeles, will be awarded the prestigious Stanley T. Olafson award at the 92nd annual World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast on Friday, May 4. Appointed as the director of trade development for the Port of Los Angeles in 2007, Jim MacLellan is responsible for trade programs to encourage increased trade through the Port of Los Angeles and the Southern California Gateway.

Jaimie Larson: Photo credit Jet Edge

Jet Edge Employee Honored by I-94 Chamber of Commerce

The I-94 West Chamber of Commerce recently honored Jet Edge Sales & Marketing Assistant Jaimie Larson as its 2013 Chamber Ambassador of the Year. Larson, who performs a wide range of sales and marketing duties for the St. Michael, Minnesota-based waterjet systems manufacturer, was recognized for her commitment to the local Chamber and its Ambassador Program. “Jaimie has been a great asset to the Chamber with all her help working as an Ambassador to organize a highly successful blood drive…

USCG Responds to Barge Explosion

The Coast Guard is responding to a tank barge explosion on the Mississippi River near Sunshine, La., April 24. At approximately 3:30 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report from the Iberville Parish Fire Department of a barge explosion at the LBC Tank Terminals. The explosion was reported to have occurred while the barge was loading benzene. The IPFD reported the fire is out and that there were two injuries. The extent of those injuries is unknown.

Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

UK Chamber Releases Practical Guidance for the Shipping Industry

The UK chamber of shipping  has launched "The Bribery Act 2010; Practical Guidance for the Shipping Industry”. The guidelines will be launched at an event for members and shipping industry professionals as part of London international shipping week, on Tuesday 8th September. UK Chamber CEO, Guy Platten commented: "The chamber has been supportive of UK government efforts to reduce corruption, and fully supports the aims and principles of the Bribery Act. "However it also recognises the unique challenges faced by shipping firms and their staff as they conduct their business around the world.

Port of Greater Baton Rouge Elects Officers

The board of commissioners for the Port of Greater Baton Rouge recently elected officers for 2017. Officers elected include Bobby Watts, East Baton Rouge Parish, President; Brenda Hurst, West Baton Rouge Parish, vice president; Angela Machen, PhD., East Baton Rouge Parish, secretary; and Kevin Stevens, East Baton Rouge, treasurer. Bobby Watts, president, is retired from the East Baton Rouge Tax Assessor’s Office and resides in Central. Angela Machen, PhD, secretary, is a principal in Machen Management Group.

Raymond Johnston (Photo: Chamber of Marine Commerce)

Chamber of Marine Commerce Taps Johnston as Interim President

The board of directors of the Chamber of Marine Commerce has appointed Raymond Johnston as interim President, effective October 1, 2016. Johnston will oversee the implementation of the merger between the Chamber of Marine Commerce and the Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) announced last week and will lead the association until the recruitment process for a new president is completed. Under the terms of the merger agreement, the Chamber of Marine Commerce and the CSA will be…

Ingall Shipbuilding Awards Grants to Local Schools

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII)  announced that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has awarded $70,500 in grants to 19 school districts and organizations in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. The grants will be used by the districts for various science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects. "These STEM grants provide school districts with resources that math and science teachers can use to get students excited about solving hard problems," said Irwin F. Edenzon, president, Ingalls Shipbuilding.

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Automatic Camera for Monitoring Vessel Engine Developed

NYK and the Monohakobi Technology Institute  have jointly developed “Kirari NINJA” (patent pending), a device that can automatically photograph the interior of a vessel engine’s combustion chamber. Currently, in order to inspect a combustion chamber, crew has to enter the inside of the engine after having stopped the engine. Because it is dark inside, it is hard to see in detail, so the crew is required to work long and hard there in high temperatures. This device, jointly manufactured with Daito Electron Co. Ltd., is composed of a panoramic camera and lighting.

Tariff Revision at Ports in Turkey

sanitary dues for port calls have been increased to 0.85 TL from 0.80 TL to all commercial vessels (excluding yatch, investivation, education, etc) with NRT over 50 starting from 01.01.2015. Calculation method.

NASSCO Lays Keel, USNS Washington Chambers

General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), laid the keel for USNS Washington Chambers, the eleventh ship of the Lewis and Clark class of dry cargo-ammunition ships (T-AKE). Construction of the Washington Chambers began in March. The ship is named in honor of the naval officer who oversaw the development of the U.S. Navy’s aviation program. NASSCO is scheduled to deliver the ship to the Navy in the first quarter of 2011. NASSCO has delivered seven T-AKE ships to the Navy and is under contract to build five additional T-AKE ships…

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UK Chamber of Shipping Lobbies for SMarT Plus

The UK Chamber of Shipping has contacted over 800 parliamentary candidates from around the country, asking them to back its campaign for enhanced support for maritime training. The proposal, called SMarT Plus, would see a doubling in government support to GBP 30 million a year. In return, many leading shipowners will increase the number of seafarers they train and guarantee them their first job. The benefits of this would be significant: British seafarers are among the most productive workers in the UK economy, contributing GBP 17,500 per year more to UK GDP than the average worker.

Rear Adm. Michael N. Parks, USCG (Ret.)

Parks Joins Chamber of Marine Commerce

The Chamber of Marine Commerce announced that Rear Adm. Michael N. Parks, USCG (Ret.), has joined the Chamber as Special Advisor. In his new role, Rear Adm. Parks will be working with the chamber to promote the distinct economic, environmental and safety advantages of the binational Great Lakes – St. Lawrence shipping industry, in addition to increasing awareness and advising on the industry’s maritime-related policy and issues. Before his retirement in 2013, Parks was the Commander of the Ninth Coast Guard District, which spans the five Great Lakes, St.

Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

UK Chamber signs MOU with Society of Maritime Industries, British Marine

The UK Chamber of Shipping has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Society of Maritime Industries and British Marine, to set out the basis for the three organisations to work together for the benefit of the industry as a whole. Guy Platten, Chief Executive Officer of the UK Chamber of Shipping, added: “The UK Chamber and its partners have been pooling resources and working evermore closely for a number of years, and the MOU is a further step towards this goal. Howard Pridding…

WCI on Gate Failure at Greenup Locks & Dam

Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) President & CEO Cornel Martin has issued the following statement regarding the January 27, 2010 failure of the miter gate at the main lock chamber at Greenup Locks and Dam on the Ohio River near Huntington, W.V. As a result of this incident, the Ohio River was closed to navigation for several days. The main chamber will remain closed for at least up to eight weeks. The auxiliary lock is currently back in operation; however, as repairs progress on the main chamber additional closures of the auxiliary lock may occur.

Waterways Council on Lock & Dam Failure

Waterways Council, Inc. The failure of Markland’s main chamber miter gate is disturbing for many reasons, namely that the repair could take 90 days or longer to complete. This means that shippers, who rely on the inland waterways system to ship America’s building block commodities such as coal for electric power generation, grain to feed the world market, petroleum products for fuel, steel for construction, or aggregate materials for a myriad of uses, could face serious delays in transporting those cargoes.

Kenneth MacLeod: Photo courtesy of UK Chamber of Shipping

Train More MN Ratings Urges UK Chamber of Shipping

President of the UK Chamber of Shipping, Kenneth MacLeod, has called for shipping companies in the UK’s Tonnage Tax system to be allowed to train Merchant Navy ratings, not only officers. Shipping companies can apply to be part of the Tonnage Tax regime – a system of taxation that allows UK shipping to be internationally competitive. Being part of tonnage tax means that shipping companies must train one new officer cadet annually for every 15 officers they employ. (Merchant Navy ratings are the support staff on board a ship – they are skilled seafarers who work in the deck…

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Post-Brexit: UK Chamber Calls for ‘Free Trade Commission’

The UK Chamber of Shipping remained neutral on the question of the UK’s membership of the EU but we recognise the decision of the British people. The chamber has always argued that the shipping industry is resilient by its nature. Shipping moves 95% of the UK’s international trade and we don’t see that changing. We may now be beginning the process of leaving the European Union, but we are still an island nation that has to make its way in the world through buying and selling, and the shipping industry is here for that very purpose. What we need now are cool heads.

The Baie St. Paul discharges stone in August 2015 at the construction site of the new Champlain Bridge in Montreal. (Photo: Canada Steamship Lines/Mario Faubert)

Merger Unites Canada/US Shipping Voices

The Chamber of Marine Commerce will assume the assets, liabilities and staff of the Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) following a new merger agreement that aims to create a united voice for commercial shipping in Canada and the United States. “We’re uniting two organizations that have successfully promoted the interests of commercial marine shipping for many decades,” said Wayne Smith, Chairman of the Chamber of Marine Commerce. “One of our common objectives is to foster a harmonized and efficient regulatory climate throughout the bi-national Great Lakes and St.

Pic: UK Chamber of Shipping

UK Chamber of Shipping Warns EU Ports on Brexit

The EU is ignoring the risk of Brexit to European ports, the UK Chamber of Shipping has said. Hard border controls will lead to increased bureaucracy and will threaten prosperity. The Chamber warns that the return of border controls would lead to increased bureaucracy, “guaranteed” lorry gridlock and threats to the prosperity of both EU member states and the UK. It also says that the dangers to major EU ports has been understated. Chief executive of the Chamber, Guy Platten said: “The EU sells £240bn of goods to the UK each year, most of which travels through ports.

Photo: Cyprus Shipping Chamber

Cyprus Chamber of Shipping Welcomes New Legislation

The Cyprus Chamber of Shipping has hailed the unanimous decision by MPs to forward for a vote the legislation that will define three new branches of the executive – shipping, tourism and development, reports Financial Mirror. The report quoted the umbrella organisation for the entire maritime sector of shipowners, managers and services saying that  the decision, following the approval by the House Finance Committee on Monday, established an “innovative institutional structure” and will substantially contribute to the further development of Cyprus shipping and the economy, in general.

Kimberly Nastasi (Photo: HII)

Ingalls Names Nastasi Director of Communications

Kimberly Nastasi has been named director of communications at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division. She will report to Jim McIngvale, who was recently named director of communications and public affairs. Prior to joining Ingalls, Nastasi served as the chief executive officer of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce and the executive director for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce Foundation. She also served as an adjunct professor at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College for eight years.

Robert Turner (Photo: Chamber of Marine Commerce)

Chamber of Marine Commerce Names Turner Operations VP

The Chamber of Marine Commerce has appointed Robert Turner as Vice President, Operations effective January 3, 2017. Turner has experience both aboard ships and in federal government regulatory development and policy-making, which will be helpful to his role managing the Chamber's activities related to compliance with the many environmental, safety, human resource and operational regulations and policies that govern all aspects of the marine transportation industry. Turner is currently…

Vapor Power Announces New CEO

Vapor Power International, LLC, a designer and manufacturer of boilers, steam generators and thermal fluid heaters, announced the appointment of William Chambers as CEO and President, replacing Robert Forslund, who has left to pursue other interests.  Prior to Vapor Power, Chambers has held multiple C-level leadership positions both nationally and internationally for both private and public companies, including Federal Signal and General Binding Corporation.

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Collision With lock Gate in Kiel Canal

  Delays can be expected in the Kiel Canal following a collision this yesterday, 23 January, with the small north lock gate at Brunsbuettel. Only the big north lock chamber and the small south lock chamber at Brunsbuettel are currently available for transits. (For information about operations in Germany contact the GAC UK Hub Agency Centre at hub.gb@gac.com) Source: Sartori & Berger – GAC agent  

Scrapping of Scrap Levy Welcomed

"The UK Chamber of Shipping looks forward to significant improvements of social and environmental standards in ship recycling facilities around the world after the European Parliament today voted against proposals for a levy on recycling that would have severely impaired progress. “The UK Chamber has been working intensively to ensure that UK MEPs were fully aware of the proposed levy’s consequences on ships calling at EU ports, which would have deterred uptake of the truly international Hong Kong Convention…