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US Energy Jobs on the Rise

we started to see an increase in the amount of need out there from companies that are looking to hire and that continued through the holidays, which is rare," said Jeff Bush, President of oil & gas recruiting firm CSI Recruiting in Texas.   "I think we're going to see a very busy year for hiring in oil and gas here in the United States."   Energy firms cut more than 155,000 jobs over the prior two years as they slashed the number of rigs drilling for oil from a record high of 1,609 in October 2014 to a six-year low of 316 in May, according to the BLS data and Baker Hughes

Oil Rises on Expected U.S. Inventory Decline

 Weekly U.S. crude stocks seen down 1.7 mln barrels; Kuwait Petroleum committed to output cut.   * OPEC deal compliance meeting set for Jan. 21-22 in Vienna   * Saudi expected to lift Asian crude export prices - traders (Adds details on OPEC compliance meeting, updates prices)   By Karolin Schaps   LONDON, Jan 4 (Reuters) - Oil prices ticked higher on Wednesday on expectations that U.S. crude inventories are falling and signs that oil producers will stick to agreed output cuts that took effect this week.   Global benchmark Brent crude futures were up 10 cents at

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Corpus Christi Gearing Up to Handle US Shale Export Boom

the country's largest oil-export port - Corpus Christi, Texas - to handle a surge in U.S. shale production over the next five years.International buyers would like more U.S. crude but are unable to get it because of infrastructure constraints along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Terminals originally designed for imports only recently have revamped operations to handle exports including accepting larger tankers preferred by China and other oil buyers.The Port of Corpus Christi Commission is voting on a plan that would authorize it to raise the debt next month through underwriters led by Wells Fargo & Co

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US Energy Jobs Rise as Higher Prices Boost Oil Drilling

rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.8 percent. The BLS only has support services jobs data through December, while oil and gas extraction data is available through January. Energy firms cut more than 165,000 jobs over the past two years as they slashed the number of rigs drilling for oil from a peak of 1,609 in October 2014 to a six-year low of 316 in May, according to statistics from Labor and energy logistics firm Baker Hughes Inc.. Those cuts came during the biggest price rout in a generation, in which U.S. crude futures collapsed from over $107 a barrel in June 2014 to

In August 2015 General Dynamics NASSCO launched Perla del Caribe, the second ship in a series of natural gas powered containerships for TOTE (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

US Shipyards: Building for America, Jobs for Americans

. A book in my office signed by shipbuilder William Webb illustrates the point. Mr. Webb inherited his father’s shipyard in 1840 and built over 130 of the fastest clipper sailing vessels; he later built the largest and most celebrated steamships of his era.    Those were glory years for the U.S. maritime industry, an era when the shipping industry was synonymous with American sovereignty. While it is no longer the nation’s most profitable export manufacturing industry, U.S. shipbuilding and ship repair continues to be a major economic engine, as critical to our national security

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Klein Hires Dentzman as Sales Manager

is a U.S. submarine veteranand has experience with sonar manufacturers. He has more than 20 years of surveying experience and his background includes work in numerous offshore research diving, acoustic subsea mapping and maritime security programs. Throughout his career, Dentzman has developed markets for a variety of underwater mapping and navigation systems.   He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the SS American Memorial and he is affiliated and actively involved with the Navy Submarine League, U.S. Submarine Veterans, U.S. Hydrographic Society, Navy League, U.S. Naval Institute

An aerial view of the campus of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. (Photo: MMA)

1,200 Maritime Academy Grads Enter the US Workforce

This year the seven U.S. maritime academies graduated nearly 1,200 young men and women, many of whome will pursue maritime careers.   “At a time when our nation faces unpredictable threats, the need for qualified mariners is of critical importance due to their indispensable role in supporting the U.S. merchant marine,” said Thomas A. Allegretti, chairman of the American Maritime Partnership. “We congratulate the American maritime academy graduates for passing the comprehensive U.S. Coast Guard exam and welcome our new shipmates who will put their knowledge to

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Crowley Awards USMMA Midshipman Pisarski

during her sea year. Her junior and senior years focused on a security curriculum, including classes in vessel and company security officer studies and maritime security research. Pisarski served as academic and training officer within the regiment of midshipmen and served as the executive officer for the Coast Guard Club during her senior year. She was active in the midshipmen tutor program, the regimental band and was manager of the women’s basketball team. Following her graduation, Pisarski, now a licensed merchant mariner, reported for duty with the U.S. Coast Guard where she is serving

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Vestdavit Opens US Office

.    “During more than two decades of collaboration with our U.S. agent, Scan Pacific Northwest, we have achieved a significant success in the U.S. We are now in an excellent position to grow our business further.”   The Seattle office will be managed by Magnus Oding, who for many years held the position of Marketing Manager at SPNW, working closely with customers throughout the U.S. Oding will initially head a three-strong key account management and customer support team, alongside colleague Alex Mazick, who also joins Vestdavit from SPNW as Spare Parts Coordinator. In

General Dynamics NASSCO christened and launched tanker Constitution on Saturday, August 27, 2016 (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

California: A Strong Shipbuilding State

Fifth in the nation for direct employment, California shipbuilding and repair industry supports nearly 35,000 jobs; Maritime Administrator highlights economic importance of shipyard industry for California while on tour at NASSCO  Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) member General Dynamics NASSCO hosted U.S. Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen for a tour of the San Diego shipyard, where SEACOR Constitution – a 610-foot tank ship launched this weekend. While on the tour, Administrator Jaenichen shared data from a report by the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD)

From left to right: Ray Martus, Tom Crowley Jr. and Zoe Goss (Photo: Crowley)

Goss, Martus Receive Thomas Crowley Awards

Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Zoe Goss, director, marine recruiting and development, and Ray Martus, vice president, vessel construction management, have been honored with 2016 Thomas Crowley Awards, the company’s highest honor for its employees.   Goss and Martus each received a limited-edition bronze sculpture that depicts company founder Thomas Crowley ferrying goods in a row boat across San Francisco Bay in the early 1890s. The award serves not only as a tribute to the founder of the company, but also to those honorees who have aligned themselves closely with the company's

Beazley Appoints Moy as US Marine Underwriter

Specialist insurer Beazley has appointed John Moy as U.S. marine underwriter within its newly- launched U.S. marine platform.    Moy will report to Steve Vivian, head of U.S. marine at Beazley, and will be responsible for underwriting and building the company’s U.S. hull, protection & indemnity (P&I) and liability business for the marine and marine construction sectors. Mr Moy joins from Water Quality Syndicate in New York where he was Chief Underwriting Officer.   Moy has a wealth of experience gained from a career that spans the U.S. Merchant Marine, private shipping

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US Dredging Invests in American Workers, Safe Navigation Channels

channels in the nation’s inland waterways and ports. The recent deliveries of four state-of-the-art vessels, constructed by nearly 700 American workers in U.S. shipyards, are a reflection of the U.S. dredging industry’s continued investment in building dredges with increased capacity for complex operations while maintaining the highest environmental and safety standards for dredging operations. These vessels represent more than $310 million in new vessel construction in the United States, and have helped to support the U.S. shipyard industrial base. Recent vessel investments include:

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Military to Maritime Digital Career Platform Launched

The American Maritime Partnership today announced the launch of the Military to Maritime digital career platform (www.militarytomaritime.org), which is dedicated to helping veterans find meaningful, family-wage jobs in the maritime industry while supporting America’s national and economic security.   Building on the numerous Military to Maritime career fairs across the country, the enhanced digital platform connects veterans with career opportunities in the U.S. shipbuilding and maritime industry and provides training and credentialing information to help in their transition from military

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Faststream Appoints Diaz in Houston

Specialist maritime recruiter Faststream announced the arrival of U.S. Coast Guard and Maritime recruitment expert Adam Diaz to their expanding Houston office. Diaz has spent over 10 years working within the maritime sector, starting out in U.S. Coast Guard training in 2006 before moving into operations at the U.S. Coast Guard sector in Houston. Notable achievements across his career in the U.S. Coast Guard include two Unit Commendation Ribbons, two Meritorious Team Commendation Ribbons, the Humanitarian Service Medal for his efforts during hurricane Ike, the Global War on Terrorism Medal and the

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Huntington Ingalls Industries to Open Australian Office

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) said it plans to establish a permanent presence in Australia by opening an office in Canberra.   “Establishing a permanent presence in Australia demonstrates HII’s commitment to supporting Australia and the U.S. military forces in the Pacific,” said HII President and CEO Mike Petters. “It also facilitates our ability to conduct real-time, frequent engagement with the Royal Australian Navy and the U.S. Navy located in this critical region of the globe.”   The U.S. based shipbuilder has hired Jeff McCray as vice president

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Could Offshore Crewing Requirements Make Things Worse?

It has been years (2009) since I last wrote an article discussing the availability of U.S. citizens to work offshore in support of oil and gas projects during a downturn in the economy. And now, it is even worse. With the price of oil and gas remaining depressed for many months now, and the many new developments related to drilling ashore, and domestic vessels remaining stacked in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), companies are working hard to find work in any market around the world. This downturn in activity also means less jobs for U.S. citizen seafarers.   This of course all means that everyone is

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