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Friday, August 23, 2019

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Miami-Based Shipyard Adds Electronic Systems Division

Florida shipyard RMK Merrill-Stevens is adding a new Electronic Systems Division to the company.To lead the new business the company hired David Gratton, a new RMK Merrill-Stevens employee with experience in the electronics industry. Gratton’s career in electronics began in 1980 upon entering the U.S. Air Force. Gratton later worked on the environmental testing of NASA components for Teledyne Systems Company. Gratton has specialized in navigation, communications, and audio-visual, IT/networking, and PLC systems for commercial and recreational vessels.

Jack Gallagher (Photo: Gallagher Marine Systems)

Obituary: Maritime Industry Icon Jack Gallagher

John “Jack” J. Gallagher, a maritime industry veteran and environmental services pioneer, passed away on Monday at the age of 89.Jack’s greatest professional passion was his work as a Spill Manager/Qualified Individual, a role in which he had few peers. Jack was known to be fiercely committed to doing everything morally possible to protect his clients, while at the same time doing all within his power to protect the environment. He attended and helped shape the outcome of more maritime casualties and oil spills than can be remembered.Over the course of his long and fruitful career…

Michael Alanis (Photo: Sun Coast Resource)

Sun Coast Appoints Alanis as Assistant Director of Emergency Response

Wholesale petroleum marketer Sun Coast Resources, Inc. has appointed Michael Alanis as assistant director of emergency response.Alanis will review and enhance Sun Coast’s emergency management policies and procedures to ensure that Sun Coast is always on high alert and ready to respond professionally and effectively to any disaster.After six years serving with the U.S. Air Force, Alanis devoted 20 years working with the City of Corpus Christi’s Police Department and has experience in traffic safety, fleet operations, community relations and all levels of the incident command system.

RoadOne Appoints Chandler to Sales Leadership Team

Single source intermodal, distribution and logistics service company RoadOne IntermodaLogistics said Steve Chandler has joined the company as Vice President of Sales for the U.S. Southeast and Gulf regions. Chandler brings to the position more than 30 years of container shipping, intermodal drayage and logistics experience. Prior to RoadOne, Chandler held numerous business development and account management positions with top global ocean carriers including CMA-CGM, Hapag-Lloyd and NYK Line, as well as his most recent position at another leading intermodal trucking company.

Photo: Gulfstream Shipbuilding

DHS Custom Passenger Ferry Launched

Gulfstream Shipbuilding launched a custom passenger/vehicle ferry for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on July 12, 2017. This 118 x 27 x 10.75 ft. crew boat-style vessel will be delivered in the fall 2017 to service the New York and Connecticut waters. The aluminum ferry will service the DHS Directorate of Science and Technology Plum Island Animal Disease Center in Orient Point, NY. The vessel is capable of transporting passengers, freight and vehicles in and around the waters of the Eastern Long Island Sound and Gardiner’s Bay.

Crowley Maritime awarded six U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) cadets with Thomas B. Crowley Memorial Scholarships. (Photo: Crowley Maritime)

Crowley Scholarships for USMMA Cadets

Crowley Maritime awarded six U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) cadets with Thomas B. Crowley Memorial Scholarships during  the Containerization and Intermodal Institute’s Connie Awards luncheon in Newark, N.J. Crowley’s Jenny Terpenning, supervisor, marine recruiting, presented the scholarships to Midshipmen (MIDN) Stacee Glass, Connor Sexton, John Terselic, Tanner Evans, Dylan Rabbitt, and Chandler Chiappe, all of whom were chosen based on their academic performance, financial need and interest in pursuing a career at sea after graduation.

Dick Kennison (Photo: West Calcasieu Port)

Kennison Reelected West Calcasieu Port Board President

Sulphur businessman Joseph R. “Dick” Kennison was reelected for a one year term as president of the West Calcasieu Port board of commissioners during the port board’s October monthly meeting. The five-member board also re-elected Wilmer Dugas as vice president and Tim Dougherty as secretary/treasurer. Kennison is a 47-year veteran of the forestry and lumber industry. He currently serves as Chairman & Chief Executive Officer for Sulphur-based Kennison Forest Products, Inc., a position he has held since 1997.

The ship and its Carrier Strike Group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch Released)

Central Command Leadership Join Dwight D. Eisenhower Underway

The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) hosted senior military officers from U.S. Central Command and component commands while operating in the Arabian Gulf, August 6. Gen. Joseph Votel, commander, U.S. Central Command, was joined by the component commanders for the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps, the commander of Resolute Support and other senior officials from the region. The visit provided the distinguished guests with a naval orientation that focused on carrier strike group (CSG) and naval aviation capabilities.

Newly commissioned Navy Ensigns and Marine 2nd Lieutenants from the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2016 throw their midshipmen covers in the air at the end of their graduation and commissioning ceremony May 27 at the Navy-Marine Corp Memorial Stadium. Photo USN

1,076 Graduate from U.S. Naval Academy

The U.S. Naval Academy graduated 1,076 men and women at the annual graduation and commissioning ceremony May 27 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. U.S. Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. The Class of 2016 boasts an 89 percent graduation rate and, according to Carter, "unprecedented" academic and athletic success. Eight midshipmen received prestigious graduate scholarships, including one Rhodes Scholarship, one Mitchell Scholarship, two Truman Scholarships, three Gates Scholarships and one Schwarzman Scholarship.

Frances Keeler

MarPro Profile: Frances L. Keeler

Frances Keeler, Senior Counsel, Clyde & Co US LLP, might not necessarily be your typical ‘maritime professional’ but what she does on a daily basis is no less important to the waterfront – and the environment – than, for example, anything the builder of the best designed vessel in service today can put together. That’s because Keeler represents clients before various regulatory entities including the US EPA, California Air Resources Board and the local air pollution agencies on rule development…

Safety Alert: Global Navigation Satellite Systems

This past summer, multiple outbound vessels from a non-U.S. port suddenly lost GPS signal reception. The net effect was various alarms and a loss of GPS input to the ship's surface search radar, gyro units and Electronic Chart Display & Information System (ECDIS), resulting in no GPS data for position fixing, radar over ground speed inputs, gyro speed input and loss of collision avoidance capabilities on the radar display. Fortunately, the vessels were able to safely continue their voyage using radar in heads up display, magnetic compass and terrestrial navigation.

Dick Kennison (Photo: West Calcasieu Port)

West Calcasieu Port Board President Reelected

Sulphur businessman Joseph R. “Dick” Kennison has been reelected president of the West Calcasieu Port board of commissioners during the port board’s October monthly meeting. Kennison’s term is for one year. Also reelected by the five-member board were vice president Wilmer Dugas and secretary/treasurer Tim Dougherty. Kennison is a 46-year veteran of the forestry and lumber industry. He currently serves as Chairman & Chief Executive Officer for Sulphur-based Kennison Forest Products, Inc., a position he has held since 1997.

Debris Appears to Belong to Cargo Ship Missing in Bahamas

Search and rescue teams on Sunday located debris which appeared to belong to the cargo ship El Faro that went missing in the eye of Hurricane Joaquin with 33 mostly American crew members aboard, the U.S. Coast Guard and the ship's owner said. Life jackets, containers and an oil sheen were spotted by U.S. Coast Guard aircrews flying over the Bahamas on the third day of their search for the container ship. There had been no sighting of the El Faro or any life boats, Tote Maritime Puerto Rico president, Tim Nolan, said in a statement.

Legislation to Keep USMMA Open During Government Shutdown

With only five legislative days left to avoid a government shutdown, Congressman Steve Israel (NY-03) announced legislation that will ensure United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) midshipmen can continue attending classes in the event of a shutdown. The Midshipmen Education Certainty Act would automatically appropriate funding to USMMA for the duration of a government shutdown. If Congress does not pass a bill to fund the government by October 1, the government will shut down and USMMA will be forced to close its doors for the second time in two years. Rep.

Image: NOAA

NOAA Satellites Help Rescue 240 People Last Year

Last year, 240 people were saved from potentially life-threatening situations throughout the United States and its surrounding waters with help from NOAA’s fleet of weather satellites. In addition to their role in weather forecasting, NOAA’s polar-orbiting and geostationary satellites can detect distress signals from emergency beacons carried by downed pilots, shipwrecked boaters and stranded hikers. Information captured from these satellites, including location, are then relayed to first responders on the ground who assist with search and rescue efforts.

Todd Busch (Photo: Crowley Maritime)

Crowley Wins Military Sealift Command Contract

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s global ship management group has been has been awarded the contract for the operation and maintenance of the T-AGOS/T-AGM fleet for the Military Sealift Command. This fleet of seven ships supports the Navy’s Surveillance Towed Array Sensor Systems (SURTASS) operations; the U.S. Air Force's dual-band, phased array and parabolic dish radars; and other government research missions. The contract covers the operation and maintenance of five T-AGOS and up to two T-AGM ocean surveillance ships.

HMS Global Maritime Welcomes Allen Naugle as Director  of Safety Quality and Environment

Allen Naugle Joins HMS Global Maritime

HMS Global Maritime welcomed Allen Naugle as the Director of Safety, Quality and Environment as of December 1, 2014. He will be headquartered in the HMS Global Maritime Corporate office in New Albany, IN. Allen brings 28 years of engineering and leadership experience to the team, including 21 years serving as a United States Air Force Officer. Prior to his position with HMS Global Maritime, Allen was Director of Operations for TEAM Integrated Engineering, Inc., managing on-site environmental compliance…

Rudy de Leon

General Dynamics takes Rudy deLeon on Board

The board of directors of General Dynamics has elected Rudy deLeon to be a director of the corporation, effective September 30, 2014. DeLeon is a senior fellow with the Center for American Progress, a position he has held since November 2007. He began his career with the federal government, where he served for 25 years until 2001. In his final position as deputy secretary of defense, he was the chief operating officer at the Pentagon, a member of the Deputies Committee of the National Security Council and a member of the National Partnership Council.

William H. Watson

Watson Named VP of Meridian Global Consulting

William H. Watson has been appointed as Vice President of Meridian Global Consulting, LLC, a Mobile, Alabama-based scalable risk mitigation specialist consultancy. Company CEO Jonathan McConnell announced the appointment, stating that, “We are pleased that Will Watson has agreed to join the Meridian Global team. Prior to joining Meridian Global, Watson maintained his own consultancy, based in Washington, DC, and will continue to be based in the Nation’s Capital. MWatson’s experience includes serving as a flag State security officer for one of the world’s largest ship registries…

Larry Hungerford is now President & CEO at Terma North America (Photo courtesy of TNA)

Terma NA Names Hungerford President & CEO

Terma North America Inc. (TNA), a subsidiary of the Denmark-based Terma A/S, has appointed Larry Hungerford as President & CEO, effective immediately. Larry Hungerford joined Terma North America Board of Directors in February, 2008. During 2012 he became part of the company’s daily operations as Vice President, Business Development, Command, Control & Sensor Systems while continuing his Directorship. Prior to joining Terma North America, Larry Hungerford was responsible for leading Lockheed Martin’s domestic growth and management of Lockheed Martin’s 26 domestic field offices…

NATO and Ukraine navy worked together late last year in the fight against piracy. Pictured is the Ukrainian Frigate Hetman Sahaidachny. Photo Courtesy NATO

NATO Ships Sail to Baltic to Defend Allies

NATO is sending part of its naval rapid reaction force to the Baltic Sea as part of measures to step up the defence of its eastern European allies in response to the Ukraine crisis, the alliance said on Thursday. A multinational group of five small ships - four minesweepers and a support vessel - will be sent to the Baltic Sea "for the foreseeable future", a spokesman for NATO's Maritime Command said. NATO has made clear it does not plan to get involved militarily in Ukraine, which is not a NATO member.

GPS Satellite: File image

Lockheed Martin Awarded Contracts Two GPS lll Satellites

Lockheed Martin inform that the U.S. Air Force has awarded it more than $245 million in contract options to complete production of its seventh and eighth next-generation Global Positioning System satellites, known as GPS III. “With eight GPS III satellites now fully under contract, the GPS III program is moving from development into recurring production,” said Mark Stewart, vice president of Lockheed Martin’s Navigation Systems mission area. GPS III is an important program for the Air Force…

GPS lll image courtesy of Excelis

GPS lll Progress Report Update From Excelis

Exelis says it has successfully completed and fully tested six transmitter assemblies, which are integral payload components for the first in a series of the next generation of GPS III navigation satellites. The navigation payload transmitters carry high-powered GPS signals from space to Earth, benefitting military, commercial and civilian users. To ensure the space vehicle navigation payload meets performance requirements over the mission life, Exelis subjected the transmitter assemblies to a rigorous test program which includes random vibration…

Ron Cocker

Ron Crocker Joins Alion Team

Alion Science and Technology, a global engineering, technology and operational solutions company, announced that Ron Crocker has joined the company to enhance GSA communications and provide strategic management of several of Alion’s GSA indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicles. In this role, Crocker will develop and strengthen Alion’s relationships with customers served by the company under contracts that include several GSA schedules and the $50 billion Alliant contract.

L.A. Coast Guard Welcomes New Leader

A Change of Command Ceremony was held at Reservation Point aboard Base San Pedro, Wednesday for the Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team Los Angeles-Long Beach (MSST LA-LB). During the ceremony Lt. Cmdr. Taylor Lam assumed the duties and responsibilities as commanding officer of MSST LA-LB from Lt. Cmdr. Tim Margita while Capt. Thomas E. Crabbs presided over the ceremony. Lam comes to MSST LA-LB from the Office of Congressional Affaris in Washington, D.C. He served at the former Tactical Law Enforcement Team North where he deployed aboard U.S.

SARSAT System

NOAA Satellites Aid in 263 Rescues in 2012

The same NOAA weather and climate satellites that accurately tracked Hurricane Sandy’s path in October also played a key role in rescuing 263 people in 111 emergencies in the United States and surrounding waters in 2012. Since NOAA’s seven operational satellites circle the globe or sit above the United States, they also carry instruments to detect distress signals from emergency beacons carried by downed pilots, shipwrecked boaters and stranded hikers. In addition to their role in weather prediction…