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Thursday, February 22, 2018

United States News

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Liverpool’s Battle of the Atlantic Memorial Campaign Plans American Tour

The campaign to build a £2.5m ($3.5m) memorial to the Battle of the Atlantic on Liverpool’s iconic waterfront is planning an awareness raising tour of America after receiving the backing of the British Ambassador to the USA Sir Kim Darroch. The Battle of the Atlantic Memorial (BOAM) campaign wrote to Sir Kim asking for his support and in response the Ambassador has suggested the campaign holds events at the British Embassy in Washington as well as consulates including Chicago, New York, Boston and Atlanta.

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Inflation Buiilds, Oil Slides

Oil fell for a third day on Wednesday, dropping nearly 1 percent on concerns about rising U.S. production and another drop in financial markets after U.S. consumer prices rose more than expected. Brent crude futures fell 55 cents to $62.17 a barrel by 1350 GMT. The price has lost 11 percent since hitting a high above $71 in January and has now wiped out all its 2018 gains. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures dropped 77 cents to $58.42 a barrel. U.S. consumer prices excluding energy and food accelerated at their fastest pace in a year…

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Panama Canal Expects LNG Tanker Traffic to Rise 50%

The number of liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers traversing the Panama Canal is expected to jump 50 percent by September due to rising exports of the fuel from the United States, the head of the canal's governing agency told Reuters. After adding a third set of locks in 2016, the Panama Canal Authority expects that growing global demand for LNG will boost transit through the waterway, said Jorge Quijano, head of the authority. Demand for LNG has taken off in recent years because of abundant supplies of natural gas…

SS United States Conservancy, National Theatre to Present

The National Theatre, in collaboration with the SS United States Conservancy, is pleased to present author Steven Ujifusa speaking on his fascinating debut biography A MAN AND HIS SHIP: America’s Greatest Naval Architect and His Quest to Build the S.S. United States on Wednesday, September 12 at 6:30 PM. The book chronicles the efforts of William Francis Gibbs to build America's Flagship, the SS United States. The United States, still the fastest and safest passenger liner ever…

Renewed Effort to Save SS United States

As momentum builds for the effort to save and repurpose the greatest American ocean liner ever built, the SS United States Redevelopment Project (SSUSRP) announced that it has named New Canaan Advisors LLC (NCA) as real estate advisors to a growing team leading this exciting redevelopment program. New Canaan Advisors will assist the SSUSRP on a number of aspects related to transforming the historic ship into a stationary, multi-purpose waterfront destination. The SS United States…

Update on Labor Negotiations

Update on United States Maritime Alliance And International Longshoremen's Association Labor Negotiations. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director George H. Cohen issued the following statement today on the labor negotiations between the United States Maritime Alliance and the International Longshoremen's Association: "The United States Maritime Alliance and the International Longshoremen's Association conducted negotiations during the three day period January 15-17, 2013.

Jones Act Gets Staunch Support

The United States Congress this week enacted the strongest statement of support for the Jones Act and the American domestic maritime industry since the Merchant Marine Act of 1936. The measure was included as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 3979), which noted that the national security benefits of the domestic maritime industry and the Jones act are “unquestioned.” The bill states that the Jones Act and the American domestic maritime industry are vital to…

Kevin Kirby, Kvichak proposal manager.

Kvichak Names Kirby as Proposal Manager

Kvichak Marine Industries in Seattle Washington announces the appointment of Kevin Kirby as their new proposal manager. Kevin has been with Kvichak for over 2 years as a project lead engineer. His most recent projects include the recently launched 67’ Connor Foss Pilot Boat, a 54’ hydrofoil catamaran, the 30’ Rapid Response Skimmers and the Bridge Erection Boat prototypes currently undergoing testing by the US Army. Prior to Kvichak Kevin was with SAFE boats for 8 years where he worked on multiple aluminum boat projects for the United States Navy…

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SS United States: Deal Reportedly brokered to Save Historic Ship

A deal has been brokered to save the historic liner SS United States, with full details scheduled to be announced in New York City on Thursday, February 4, 2016. Once the queen of the express liners, and the fastest, safest and biggest passenger liner in history, the SS United States for years has quietly awaited rescue in Philadelphia. Built by Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. (now Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) and designed by legendary  William Francis Gibbs (Gibbs & Cox, Inc.

Republic of the Marshall Islands Maritime Administrator Media Statement

"The Republic of the Marshall Islands acknowledges the Commandant's conclusions. The United States Coast Guard's report, with final Commandant action, reinforces many of the findings contained in the flag State’s report released previously," said Bill Gallagher, Senior Deputy Commissioner of Maritime Affairs. "The Marshall Islands looks forward to working closely with the United States and other member States at the International Maritime Organization to implement the lessons that can be learned from this casualty and improve maritime safety going forward," he concluded.

This Day in Coast Guard History – March 2

1799- Congress authorized revenue cutter officers to board all ships of the United States within four leagues of the U.S., if bound for the U.S. and then search and examine them, certifying manifest, sealing hatches and remaining on board until they arrived in port. They were also authorized to search ships of other nations in United States' waters and "perform such other duties for the collection and security of the Revenue" as directed by the Secretary of the Treasury. 1799…

US Blacklists North Korean Shipping Firms

The United States on Wednesday blacklisted two North Korean shipping firms, Chongchongang Shipping and Ocean Maritime Management, following a similar move by the United Nations. The United Nations on Monday said Ocean Maritime Management operated a ship detained a year ago near the Panama Canal for smuggling Soviet-era arms, raising concerns about Cuba's military cooperation with North Korea. The new sanctions, published on the Treasury Department's website, freeze any assets the companies may hold in the United States and prohibit people and firms in the United States from dealing with them.

Coast Guard Foundation Chairman and American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Director, Will Jenkins introduced Mr. Bouchard. (Photo: Coast Guard Foundation)

Coast Guard Foundation Honors Bouchard

On Thursday, October 6th, 2016, Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. President & CEO Morton S. Bouchard III was honored at the Coast Guard Foundation 36th Annual Salute to the United States Coast Guard National Awards Dinner, in New York City. Mr. Bouchard has been a supporter of the United States Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Foundation since 1985. Through his dedication over the past 30+ years he has helped grow various programs including, education and the Fallen Heroes Scholarship program…

SS United States sits out of commission in Philadelphia. (Photo: SS United States Conservancy)

SS United States Will Not Return to Service

A comprehensive technical feasibility study has determined the SS Unites States to be structurally sound, but a number of insurmountable obstacles will keep America’s Flagship from returning to seagoing service. In February, Crystal Cruises reached a deal with the SS United States Conservancy to restore what was once the world’s fastest, safest and largest passenger liner to a fully operational modern luxury cruise ship, pending the results of a technical feasibility study. Now…

Exhaust gas emission: File photo

Stepped Up N. American ECA Enforcement: Consequences

In a new enforcement initiative, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in cooperation with the United States Coast Guard (USCG), has boarded vessels to collect bunker samples to determine whether the vessels’ fuel sources meet the 1.0% fuel oil sulphur limit applicable within the North American Emissions Control Area (“ECA”), informs UK P&I Club as advised by Montgomery Mccracken Walker & Rhoads LLP. The EPA also disclosed that it has been “experimenting” with vessel flyovers to assess vessel smokestack plumes for the same purpose.

SS UNITED STATES Project Releases RFQ

RFQ is First in Two-Step Process to Find Developers to Repurpose America’s Flagship. With all the buzz surrounding the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking, it’s full steam ahead to give the greatest American ocean liner a new lease on life as a 21st Century waterfront destination. The SS United States Redevelopment Project (SSUSRP) is proud to announce the release of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) as part of an aggressive process to identify a developer to repurpose America’s flagship and one of the most historic vessels afloat.

SAIC Gets USN $21-million Contract

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to provide operational & environmental support to United States Fleet Forces Command (USFF). The contract with the United States Navy is to provide operational and environmental support for fleet training range complexes for the United States Fleet Forces Command (USFF) and Commander, United States Pacific Fleet. The single-award firm fixed-price contract has a one-year period of performance, four one-year options, and a total contract value of approximately $21 million, if all options are exercised.

EPA Strengthens Haz Waste Shipment Regs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is strengthening the regulations that govern the shipping of hazardous waste for recycling between the United States and other countries. The new measures are meant to increase the level of regulatory oversight, provide stricter controls, and greater transparency. The final rule announced today aligns EPA’s hazardous waste import/export/transit shipment regulations with the procedures of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an international consortium that comprises 30 countries including the United States.

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New Edition of Seminal US Coast Pilot

The United States Coast Pilot, with one of the Nation’s longest publishing records, like fine wine, improves with age. The United States Coast Pilot®, originally called the American Coast Pilot, has been published for over 200 years. This set of sailing directions for U.S. coastal waters has kept millions of mariners safe from perils at sea. Recently, NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey unveiled yet another improvement to the nine-volume set geared to modern mariners who need updated information as soon as it becomes available.

Many Seafarers Continue to be Denied US Shore Leave

A 2013 survey conducted by Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) reveals why some seafarers cannot access shore leave while in the United States. Far from a luxury, shore leave significantly contributes to a mariners’ health and the safe and efficient operation of a vessel. The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) took the pulse of seafarers’ access to shore leave for the twelfth year in a row as part of its annual Seafarer Shore Leave Survey, asking port welfare workers in 30 ports across the United States to monitor arriving vessels.

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ISC Files for Chapter 11 Protection

International Shipholding Corporation (ISHC) and certain of its subsidiaries have each filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of title 11 of the United States Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The Company currently intends to continue operating in the normal course of business without interruption. To facilitate the Chapter 11 process, the Company has entered into a debtor-in-possession $16 million credit facility.

ClassNK Executive Vice President Dr. Takuya Yoneya (L) receives a copy of the Recognized Organization Agreement from U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Joseph A. Servidio (R)

ClassNK Receives Expanded Authorization from U.S. Coast Guard

The world’s largest classification society ClassNK announced that it was granted expanded authorization from the United States Coast Guard (USCG) on 25 December 2012, and will now be able to carry out a full range of surveys for the SOLAS, MARPOL and AFS conventions, as well as ISM Audits on behalf of the United States flag administration. The announcement was made following a visit by ClassNK Executive Vice President Dr. Takuya Yoneya to USCG Headquarters in Washington D.C. on 7 January 2013. During the visit Dr.

Pilot of Grounded Tug Sentenced for Negligence

The pilot of a tow vessel that ran aground in June 2014 was sentenced for negligence. Gerold Holt Bosarge was sentenced June 12 in United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama to a violation of Title 46, United States Code, Section 2302(b), Negligent Operations and Interfering with Safe Operations, a class A misdemeanor, United States Attorney Kenyen R. Brown of the Southern District of Alabama announced. Bosarge received one year of probation. The conduct occurred June 2…

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CMA CGM, Hamburg Sud Launch Americas Service

French container shipping company CMA CGM announced the launch of its new service between the west coast of the United States, Central America and South America, to be operated in collaboration with the German shipping company Hamburg Sud. Starting May 24, CMA CGM will offer a weekly service with coverage to/from the west coast of the United States, Central America and South America, enabling the agri-food industry in Central and South America to export to North American markets.

President Obama at Arlington National Cemetery: Photo credit USCG

President Obama's BD Message to the Coast Guard

Coincidentally the USCG and President Obama share August 4, as their joint birthdays: the President is 53 while the Coast Guard is 223 years old on this day. "I send greetings to all those celebrating the 223rd birthday of the United States Coast Guard on August 4. America's story is one that has been written during times of challenge and change, and dating back to the earliest days of our Union, members of the US Coat Guard have been some of its most revered authors. From securing our homeland and protecting our shores to aiding our people in the wake of tragedies…

Photo: ClassNK's first U.S. flag vessel.

ClassNK Registers First US-flagged Ship

Global classification society ClassNK  announced that ClassNK has classed its first United States-flagged ship. The vessel, newly named MT SLNC PAX, owned by Schuyler Line Navigation Company, LLC (SLNC), is classified as an oil tanker and chemical tanker with IMO type II & III, and will be operating in the U.S.-flag cargo preference service. Russell Paret, President of SLNC said, "We are very pleased to be working with ClassNK as they have been knowledgeable and diligent in issuing class certificates for the MT SLNC PAX in the US registry.