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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

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 and commerce

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UK Chamber for Including Marines in New T-Level Qualification

 The UK Chamber of Shipping has welcomed Government’s plans to introduce new technical qualifications, but raised questions as to why marine engineering is absent from the plans.    As part of the 2017 Budget, Government outlined its plans to introduce recommendations made by Lord Sainsbury on the development of T-Level qualifications, in what has been described as “the most ambitious post-16 education reforms since the introduction of A-levels 70 years ago.”    But whilst provisions have been made in the plans for specialised vehicle and aircraft engineeri

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Action Must be Taken If We are to Address UK Seafarer Shortfall

officer trainees would need to more than double.   Commenting on the findings, CEO Guy Platten commented, “This report highlights the need for decisive action if the future of the UK seafaring skills base is to be secured.   “That is why we have called for increased support for maritime training and have presented the government with the SMarT Plus proposals that would create thousands of seafaring jobs for young people in the UK.   “The industry is united in its call for government action, and we urge the government to seize this opportunity, before it is too late

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NYC Jobs Plan Aims to Bolster Freight Network

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio today unveiled a series of initiatives aiming to spur 100,000 high-paying jobs over the coming decade across a number of sectors, including the City's maritime and intermodal freight and logistics industries.   As part of the New York Works plan, the city will implement a multipronged strategy called Freight NYC that seeks to create 4,000 freight network industrial jobs by building more shipping and distribution infrastructure to connect NYC to the nation’s Marine Highway.   According to the City, the median wage in the water transportation sector

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Bill Aims to Aid US Maritime Workforce Development

Reps. Green, Wittman introduce Domestic Maritime Centers of Excellence Act   New legislation introduced his week intends to advance the capabilities of two-year community and technical colleges to assist the federal government and industry in securing the talent pipeline for domestic maritime industry jobs.   “In our district, we have a surplus of maritime jobs and not enough people with the skills and training to fill them,” said Representatives Gene Green (D-Texas), who introduced the bill with Rob Wittman (R-Va.).   “The industry is continuing to invest and

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UK Shipping Seeks to Double Seafarer Training Fund

.    The letter was also sent to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond and the Minister of State, Department for Transport, John Hayes.    The UK Chamber, in conjunction with Nautilus International, has submitted a proposal for the Government's existing Support for Maritime Training (SMarT) scheme to be extended.   “The Government’s review of SMarT recognised that change was necessary and recommended the level of support should increase from £15 million to around £30 million annually, to be competitive with other European Countries&rsquo

France Approves of Siemens/Alstom Tie-up if Jobs Spared

 France has nothing against a potential tie-up between German engineering group Siemens and Alstom if the deal does not bring job cuts, the French government's spokesman said on Friday. Earlier on Friday, Le Monde newspaper reported Siemens was in advanced talks to combine its rail activities with Alstom in a deal that could be announced on Sept. 26. "It is important that we can strengthen our industrial sectors ... in partnership with Germany," government spokesman Christophe Castaner told journalists in response to a question about the tie-up. "There is no concern on the

Australia Bans Bulker for Underpaying Crew

 A Panama flagged bulk carrier, DL Carnation, has been banned from entering Australian ports for a period of 12 months after authorities uncovered a scheme which saw the vessel’s crew being intentionally underpaid.   The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said it received a complaint on Friday, September 8 via the International Transport Workers’ Federation alleging discrepancies in the payment of wages for the crew of the DL Carnation. An AMSA surveyor attended the vessel in Gladstone and found that the ship was operating with two sets of wage accounts on board: one

OPITO CEO John McDonald (Photo: OPITO)

O&G Market Study to Examine UKCS Skills

A major new in-depth labor market analysis of the oil and gas industry is to be carried out to determine the conditions of the sector and to shape a new skills strategy for the continued success of the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) over the next 20 years. Led by safety, standards and workforce development organization, OPITO, the project will be carried out by the Robert Gordon University’s Oil and Gas Institute. The intelligence will be used to deliver an overarching plan that identifies and supports the skills requirements for the industry over the next two decades to ensure the workforce of

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Abu Dhabi Ports Celebrates Emirati Women’s Day

and are working side by side with their male counterparts to the success of the country.”   Last year, in commemoration of Emirati Women’s Day, Abu Dhabi Ports announced the launch of its first Women’s Committee. The committee aims to reinforce the unique role women play in the maritime industry, as well as the wider local community.   Earlier this month, Abu Dhabi Ports also celebrated the graduation of the first three Emirati women ‘Masters of Coastal Waters’ from Abu Dhabi Ports Maritime Training Centre. The women graduated as masters (Captain) of 24-Meters

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Oliver Named Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries

 Chris Oliver has been selected by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, with concurrence from the White House, as assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries.   As assistant administrator, Oliver will oversee the federal agency responsible for recreational and commercial fisheries that contribute more than $200 billion to the nation's economy and support nearly two million jobs. In addition to managing productive and sustainable domestic fisheries, including some aspects of marine aquaculture, the agency works to recover and conserve protected resources such as whales, sea turtles and corals.

Charters Joins NOAI Staff

Tim Charters has joined the staff of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) as Senior Director of Governmental and Political Affairs.   Charters comes to NOIA from the National Stripper Well Association (NSWA) where he represented more than 18,000 small business men and women in America’s upstream energy industry as Vice President of Governmental and Regulatory Affairs.    Charters brings nearly 20 years of Congressional experience to NOIA. From 2008-2015, he served as Staff Director of the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee of the House Natural Resources

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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

Allcargo Logistics Inks Training MoU in Maharashtra

Allcargo Logistics’ CSR arm, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Maharashtra State Skill Development Society (MSSDS) to train over 7,400 youth in Maharashtra. This initiative will help Allcargo to enhance its scope of work under its skilling initiative ‘Nipun’ and would substantially contribute to the Government of Maharashtra’s Skilling Maharashtra Mission.   Trainees will be primarily skilled in the fields of heavy and light commercial vehicle, warehousing and unarmed security guards. The initiative aims to provide placements to at least 70

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What does Trump's Presidency Mean for the Power Industry?

Donald Trump has promised numerous changes, many of which impact the sectors that NES Global Talent operates in. Although he has only been in office for 39 days at the time of writing, he has already made numerous policy adjustments.   In a recent NES survey, 63% of oil and gas professionals felt Trump’s government will have a positive effect on the oil and gas industry and 64% from the U.S. felt more confident about their job prospects as result, but we also wanted to get an expert opinion on how Trump's government may effect the power market.   In this interview, our Technical

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US Energy Jobs Rise as Higher Prices Boost Oil Drilling

U.S. oil and natural gas producers added jobs in December and January as drillers continued to return to the well pad with crude prices holding near 18 month highs, according to U.S. jobs data on Friday. Oil and gas extraction jobs increased by 100 to 177,400 in January, while support services jobs increased by 600 to 195,200 in December, its second increase in a row, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data. The energy data was contained in a Labor Department report that also said U.S. nonfarm payrolls increased by 227,000 jobs last month, the largest gain in four months, while

Wan Ching Chiang (Photo: LISCR)

Liberian Registry Strengthens Asia Team

in Ocean Engineering, has previously worked as a lead class surveyor in the Greater China region and as a vessel superintendent for a leading bulk carrier owner. Fu is taking on this new challenge following a successful career as a leading port state control officer and department head for China’s Maritime and Safety Administration in the port of Ningbo. Fu obtained his Master’s Degree in Naval Architecture from Shanghai Jiaotong University, and his Ph.D. in Engineering from Shanghai Maritime University. Hsu’s and Fu’s expertise with vessel compliance, audits and port state support

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PCCI Appoints Grandelli as Chief Engineer

PCCI, Inc. has announced that Patrick Grandelli, P.E. has joined PCCI’s Alexandria office as a Chief Engineer. He will be responsible for providing engineering, design, installation and program/project management services to U.S. Government and commercial clients in the ocean facility and renewable energy industries.  Grandelli is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) and naval energy/operations staff officer who also served on three U.S. navy warships. He has two decades’ experience in the analysis and design of large subsea pipelines, ocean energy systems, and the conduct of

Brandy D. Christian  Photo Port of New Orleans

Christian Heads New Orleans Port as President & CEO

The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans has announced that, effective Jan. 1, 2017, Brandy D. Christian has begun service as the Port’s president and chief executive officer following her two-year tenure as its chief operating officer.   “Brandy is an experienced maritime professional with a strategic mindset and clear focus on actionable goals,” said Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners Michael Kearney. “The Board’s competitive national search for a COO was part of an executive succession plan. We had hoped the successful candidate would

BOEM Oil and Gas Lease Sale: 48m Acres

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper announced the bureau will offer more than 48 million acres offshore Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama for oil and gas exploration and development, in a lease sale that will include all available unleased areas in the Central Planning Area (CPA). “As one of the most productive basins in the world, the Gulf of Mexico remains an important component of our domestic energy strategy to create jobs, foster economic opportunities, and reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil,” Hopper said. “The exploration

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O&G Seeks Clarity on New Skills Tax

The oil and gas industry, led by its skill organization OPITO, is calling for immediate clarity on how the money from the new tax, raised through the Apprenticeship Levy, will be redistributed.   OPITO is concerned that no decision has been made by the Scottish government on this, despite the UK government confirming the amount the Scottish government will receive and clarifying how the money will be spent in England.    John McDonald, UK managing director of OPITO, said, “The apprenticeship levy will be introduced on April 1, 2017. This is essentially a new skills tax to be

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Singapore Considering Financial Aid to Marine Sector

government is taking a serious look at how it might help those sectors of the industry struggling to stay afloat.” said Claes Eek Thorstensen, President of the Thome Group, who welcomed the recent announcement. “It is important that Singapore maintains its central position in the Asian maritime hub so any measures which the government might be able to offer would be welcomed including any support which preserves the diversity of industries, including research and development, in this maritime cluster.” The minister also announced S$107 million ($77 million) to help develop a new

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UK Shipping Minister Sympathetic to ‘Charter for Jobs’

U.K. shipping minister John Hayes said he is “sympathetic” to a 10-point plan that aims to boost British seafarer employment and training set out in the Nautilus International’s “Charter for Jobs.”   Speaking at the All-Party Parliamentary Maritime and Ports Group, Hayes said he had read the union’s charter and considered that it made “a very strong case.”   A call to government and industry to secure support, training and work opportunities for U.K. seafarers, the Charter for Jobs is self-described as an “SOS to deliver on promises

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India Extends GMDSS-GOC License Application Period

 India's Ministry of Communication has extended the period for applying of Renewal of Global Management Distress Safety System General Operator’s Certificate (GMDSS-GOC) License from three months to six months prior to its expiry.   This will enable the officers to have adequate time required to renew their GMDSS-GOC license and they will be able to sail on ships without any delay in future.   The Standard of Training and Certification of watch keeping mandates all Nautical Grade Officers to hold a valid GMDSS-GOC license issued by Ministry of Communication to operate the

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Cross-Bay Ferry Launched

the ferry,” said St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, an early supporter of the project. “The Cross-Bay Ferry is a fantastic example of regional collaboration to take on an important challenge – transportation – in a way that’s exciting to experience and pays homage to our maritime history. Importantly, this is a test project, and we need the community to support this if we want it to continue and expand.” Project organizers laid out an innovative plan for the Cross-Bay Ferry project.  "We only have one vessel, and one crew, so we cannot do everything, but

Capt. Anoop Kumar Sharma

Sharma is CMD, Shipping Corporation of India

transactions for new ship acquisitions/replacements and obtaining necessary credit lines from financial institutions. On his return to SCI to serve at the helm of affairs, Capt. Sharma said “India is on its journey towards compulsive development that will be lead by infrastructure, in which the maritime industry will have a lead role to play and SCI looks forward to contributing to this growth&rdquo

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How Can the Marine Industry Counteract Its Aging Workforce?

It’s been widely reported over recent years that the maritime industry is facing a workforce crisis. A lack of newly trained candidates to fill the gaps caused by retirement of an aging workforce, now compounded even further by the oil price crash, means marine companies are beginning to feel the pressure of staff shortages. The U.K. Department for Transport (DFT) predicts a shortfall of around 3,500 deck and engineering officers by 2021 in the U.K. alone, and the BIMCO / ICS Manpower Report predicts the global shortfall of 147,500 officers by 2025.   The maritime industry used to be

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)

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TNA Appoints Williams as President & CEO

Effective August 6, 2016, Terma North America Inc. has appointed Steve Williams as President & CEO.   Since the beginning of 2014 until present, Williams has held the position of Regional Executive, Lockheed Martin International Business Development, Europe-Americas. Prior to this, Steve was Regional President for Lockheed Martin Continental Europe, and before that, Senior Director, Europe-Eurasia at Lockheed Martin Corporate.   Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, he was president of a security and telecommunications company, leading business partnerships in the U.S.

Arun Sharma, Chairman of ISSPL

IRClass First to Certify Indian Recycling Yards per EU Standard

IRClass is amongst the first organizations in the world to certify ship recycling yards according to EU standards as an ‘Independent Verifier’. IRClass Systems and Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (ISSPL), an entity promoted by Indian Register of Shipping, has certified four leading ship recycling yards in Alang as an ‘Independent Verifier’ in accordance with the requirements of European Union Ship Recycling Regulation (EUSRR) 1257/2013. The four yards which have met the standards set by the EU and the Hong Kong Convention are: * Priya Blue Industries; * Shree Ram Vessel Scrap; *

Foxx Names New Members to Maritime Industry Advisory Panel

Committee (MTSNAC).  Established in 2010, MTSNAC is comprised of leaders from commercial transportation firms, ship construction, repair and recycling, trade associations, state and local public entities, labor organizations, academics, and environmental groups that advise the Secretary and the Maritime Administration on policies to ensure that the U.S. Marine Transportation System is capable of responding to projected trade increases.   The Committee advises the Secretary on solutions to impediments hindering effective use of short sea transportation and other matters as the Secretary determines

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Andhra Signs MoU with Russian Maritime Varsity

 The Indian state of Andhra Pradesh (AP) Andhra Pradesh will soon have a world class maritime university.   AP has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Russia's State Marine Technical University to promote marine education and technology.   The agreement was signed at the port city of St. Petersburg on the first day of AP Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu's visit to Russia on Wednesday. The Chief Minister held consultations with the heads of the university during his tour.   The representatives of the university have also signed an MoU with the Andhra Pradesh

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UK Minister Calls for Investment in Maritime

Government minister Anna Soubry has heaped praise on Britain’s marine and maritime sectors and urged international businesses to invest in “the U.K.’s world-leading infrastructure and expertise”.   The Minister of State for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise delivered her rousing endorsement to hundreds of delegates at INVESTINBLUE, the showcase for the U.K. maritime industry held as part of the International Festival for Business 2016 in Liverpool.   Her message was that Britain was justifiably proud of its centuries old maritime industry and every effort

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Brexit Could Cause an Exodus of UK Maritime Talent

The U.K.’s decision to leave the EU has the potential to drive many of its maritime employees away, according to the results of a survey issued by industry recruitment group Faststream earlier today.   A survey to U.K. based maritime employees, issued following the Brexit results today (24.06.16), shows that over 39 percent of employees who wouldn’t previously have looked at a move away from the U.K. would now consider roles overseas, with a further 23 percent undecided. “It’s a leave vote for the U.K. and a leave vote for U.K. maritime employees,” said Mark Charman

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Smith Named Director of NOAA Coast Survey

Glang, who will retire on September 1 after a 27-year NOAA career. Glang served almost four years as Coast Survey director, leading NOAA's transition from a paper-based nautical charting system to a full digital system.   "NOAA's navigational services provide critical support to our nation's maritime system," said Russell Callender, NOAA assistant administrator for the National Ocean Service, in announcing Smith's appointment. "Rear Adm. (select) Smith has the experience, knowledge, and leadership skills to lead the transformation of navigational intelligence into the integrated data

New Harbormaster for Port of Taharoa

Maritime New Zealand has appointed Captain Jon Peters as harbormaster for the Port of Taharoa, replacing Maritime NZ staff member Capt. Richard Lough, who held the role on a temporary basis.   Capt. Peters brings to the role more than 25 years’ maritime experience, including working as a cargo superintendent, ship agency manager, ship surveyor and cargo terminal manager. Most recently, he was General Manager of a multi-cargo ship terminal in West Africa, handling around 230 ships a year.   Peters holds an Australian Master Mariners (FG) license and his seagoing experience includes

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Brexit: The Implications for Shipping

 “Brexit” is the notion that the United Kingdom would leave the European Union. What would be the impact of Brexit on the shipping sector? Dr Vincent Power, EU & Competition Partner, looks at impacts of Brexit on the shipping sector.   Shipping is extremely important to the EU. In 2014, more than 51.5% of EU external freight trade by value was transported by sea. More than 400 million people are transported by sea from EU ports annually.    The EU’s 22 coastal Member States have more than 1,200 seaports offering direct employment to around 110,000 people

Strikes Cause Stoppage in Greek Ports

A 48-hour strike by the Seamen’s Union in Greece is expected to affect all domestic and local ferry routes as well as commercial vessels calling at Piraeus, Aspropyrgos, Eleusis, Pachi and Megara ports for cargo discharging, advises Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS).   The Crew Union of Towage and Salvage has also confirmed participation in the strike which started at 6 a.m. local time May 6 and is scheduled to end at 6 a.m. on May 8. A second 24-hour strike is expected to take place immediately after the first strike, from 6 a.m. on May 8 to 6 a.m. on May 9, ISS said.   The action

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EC Pumps €7.5 Mln into the Maritime Sector

European Commission invests over €7.5 million under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund to boost innovation, growth and jobs in the marine and maritime sectors.   The European Commission is investing over €7.5 million to boost innovation and create jobs in the marine and maritime sectors. The money is available under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and divided in calls for proposal focusing on the key areas where the European Union can have the biggest impact: skills, creativity and technology.   Innovation in sectors like aquaculture, biotechnology or ocean

Maritime Sector Gets on Board with HSWA

With the help of Maritime New Zealand, maritime operators prepare to meet the requirements of the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) that came into force April 4, 2016.   “Many maritime operators have a head start because they’ve entered the Maritime Operator Safety System (MOSS), which covers off a number of the new HSWA requirements. We’ve prepared guidance to help operators understand how MOSS and the HSWA work together,” Maritime NZ Director Keith Manch said.   “We are also training and warranting 35 Maritime Officers and other staff who will

Sailors assigned to Naval Station Everett participate in a base-wide contest Chalking it up for Sexual Assault Awareness Prevention. Participants use chalk to create awareness themed murals at Jackson Plaza. The contest, sponsored by Fleet and Family Services, is designed to encourage and spread sexual assault awareness during the month of April, which is designated by the Department of Defense as SAPR awareness month. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alex Van'tLevenR

USN SAAPM Theme: "Eliminate Sexual Assault"

Navy leaders announced March 30, the 2016 Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) theme of "Eliminate Sexual Assault: Know your part. Do your part." The April awareness month is designed to build momentum for year-round efforts to eliminate the crime of sexual assault, while making sure all Sailors are treated with dignity and respect. "By sharing stories, ideas, and the resources needed to build awareness, we hope every command and every Sailor takes away something meaningful from this month," said Rear Adm. Ann Burkhardt, director, 21st Century Sailor Office.

Kemp: Gulf Migrant Workers Will Be Biggest Victims of Oil Shock

Saudi Arabia's army of migrant workers will be among the biggest losers from the slump in oil prices and the impact will reverberate to poor countries across the Middle East and South Asia where many of them originate.   Saudi Arabia relies more heavily on migrant labour than any other large country except neighbouring United Arab Emirates, according to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.   The oil boom brought an unprecedented influx of migrants mostly from poorer countries in the Middle East and South and Southeast Asia.   The number of migrants resident

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Indian Maritime Development Can Create 10 Million Jobs

minister for shipping Nitin Gadkari has said port and shipping sector has potential to create nearly 4 million direct jobs and 6 million indirect employment opportunities over the next 5 years.   Gadkari said "all the developed countries have a vibrant port sector, but unfortunately, our maritime sector remained neglected over the years, despite having immense potential."   Recalling Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s thrust on port led development, Mr Gadkari said his Ministry has drawn up projects with investment potential of Rs 1,20,000 crores, (US $ 18 billion) which

FMC Commissioner Doyle Welcomes Parsons as New Counsel

 Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Commissioner William P. Doyle announced that Patrick W. Parsons will serve as his new Counsel.   Parsons is a 2015 graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law. While in law school, he clerked in my office for two semesters and later worked for the Department of the Treasury’s Office of the Inspector General as a legal assistant, and after being admitted to the West Virginia State Bar, he was converted to the position of Attorney Advisor there.   Prior to law school, Parsons graduated from West Virginia University with

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India’s NUSI Warns of Oil Exploration Training Shortage

Indian shipping trade union the National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) has asked the Indian Ministry of Shipping for financial help toward the training of maritime workforce in oil exploration activities.   The union’s General Secretary, Abdulgani Serang, said NUSI has requested financial aid and incentives from the Ministry through National Shipping Board for training the maritime workforce at NUSI Offshore Training Institute (NOTI), currently operated by NUSI-ITF Trust.   NOTI trains the workforce that operates specialized vessels, or small-sized ships, catering to various

DeCrosta Named a FMC Senior Advisor

John K. DeCrosta will serve as the Federal Maritime Commission’s (FMC) Senior Advisor for Legislative and Public Affairs, announced FMC Chairman Mario Cordero. The position reports directly to the Chairman and coordinates all legislative and public affairs activities throughout the Commission.   DeCrosta has worked in both the government and private sectors. He began his career as a staff member for a U.S. Senator and subsequently held several government affairs positions in the maritime industry.   DeCrosta is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and San Francisco State

U.S. BTS Seeks Nominations for Port Performance Working Group

measures of port capacity and throughput and a process to collect timely and consistent data. The working group was established by BTS in a Feb. 23 Federal Register notice. As mandated, BTS is seeking nominations for a representative of the following: the rail industry, the trucking industry, the maritime shipping industry, a labor representative for each industry (rail, trucking, and maritime shipping), the International Longshoremen’s Association, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, a port authority, a terminal operator and the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies

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New MD Takes Helm at OPITO

Global oil and gas industry skills and workforce development body, OPITO, has appointed a new managing director to lead the continued growth of its rapidly expanding international business. Formerly the ‎managing director of Falck Safety Services in Brazil, Graham Gall brings a wealth of experience and an impressive industry track record in safety, skills and workforce development to the global role. Gall has almost 25 years of experience in the safety-critical oil and gas and aviation sectors under his belt, including a number of international leadership positions. Prior to joining Falck

Coldharbour Marine Launches Recruitment Drive

Coldharbour Marine is reaping the benefits of last year’s consolidation and move into its new Nottinghamshire headquarters.   The additional space and facilities made available together with the anticipated introduction of the IMO Ballast Water Convention has encouraged this specialist marine manufacturer to recruit an additional 50 engineers. These additional team members will be a crucial element underpinning the next stage of the company’s growth plans.   Coldharbour Marine Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Marshall, explains, ”Until the new regulations come into

US Awards Grant for Maritime Apprenticeships

Marine engineering apprenticeship program will create greater access to education and training in maritime and advanced manufacturing fields    Foss Maritime announced today a partnership to establish the curriculum for a new marine engineering apprenticeship program, and to sponsor several applicants each year.    Seattle Central College, Seattle Maritime Academy, the Maritime Institute of Technology & Graduate Studies-Pacific Maritime Institute and the Workboat Academy have received a $5 million American Apprenticeship Innovation Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to

Sedgwick LLP Adds Five Maritime Lawyers

Sedgwick LLP has announced that five San Francisco-based attorneys, nationally recognized for their work in maritime law, joined the firm on January 1, 2016. Eric Danoff, Andrew Port, James Tamulski, Cheryl Morris and Katharine Essick have joined Sedgwick as partners in the firm’s growing maritime practice. The group joined Sedgwick from Emard Danoff Port Tamulski & Walovich LLP, a San Francisco boutique. The new Sedgwick partners bring with them a breadth of knowledge and experience in maritime law ranging from the defense of personal injury and wrongful death claims by

Brazil Speeds Leniency for Corrupt Firms to Save Jobs

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff issued a decree on Friday aimed at speeding up a process allowing construction companies involved in a major corruption scandal to regain the right to receive government money, a move she says will protect jobs.   The decree, also known as a "provisional measure," clarifies the rules by which companies blacklisted for their role in the scandal can negotiate so called leniency accords.   The accords will allow the firms to get off the blacklist, a move Rousseff and the companies consider essential to stave off bankruptcy and keep work on

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BMT Isis Adds Marketing and Sales Director

BMT Isis, a subsidiary of BMT Group, an international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has announced the appointment of Barry Flower as Marketing and Sales Director.   Flower has 25 years of experience in the Defence and Government sectors successfully building and leading teams to develop and win a considerable number of strategic high value competitions in professional services, commodities, engineering and logistic service support. Working with organizations such as the UK MOD, he has developed an in-depth knowledge of the defence value chain and where

Oil Heads for Third Straight Weekly Loss

Brent set for third yearly loss for first time; WTI-Brent spread recovers from 11-month low. Oil fell on Friday as bearish sentiment driven by oversupply rattled the market and was set to lead prices to a third straight weekly drop, the longest losing streak in four months. Global benchmark Brent crude traded down 24 cents at $36.82 a barrel at 1133 GMT. U.S. crude futures fell to a near seven-year low of $34.41 a barrel but later recovered to $34.51, down 44 cents on Thursday's close. The global supply glut that brought prices close to 11-year lows this week means Brent will post losses for

Karin Orsel (Photo: ISWAN)

Orsel Joins ISWAN Board

Officer of MF Shipping in the Netherlands, President of WISTA International, and Vice Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping.   ISWAN is the international NGO that works to improve the welfare of seafarers worldwide. ISWAN is a membership organization that works with shipowners, maritime companies, unions, welfare organizations, and governments. ISWAN runs the 24 hour helpline for seafarers, SeafarerHelp and a range of projects to improve the health and welfare of crews both at sea and in port

Rick Cox (Photo: BMT Group)

BMT Designers & Planners Appoints Cox as VP

BMT Designers & Planners, a subsidiary of BMT Group, an international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has named Rick Cox as its newest Vice President of Business Development.   Cox fills a key role in the firm’s business development organization, responsible for leading client relations, capture, and market strategy for the firm’s diverse range of environmental services, which include testing and remediation, environmental health, site assessment, permitting & regulatory compliance, IT management and related services.   With

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Blue Denmark Maintains Economic Foothold

The report "Employment and production in Blue Denmark 2015" was published today, providing updated information on Denmark’s vibrant maritime industries.   For the second time, the Economic Council of the Labour Movement has drawn up a report on employment and production in Blue Denmark for the Danish Maritime Authority. This year, the report is based on national accounts figures until 2011 and figures on production and value added until 2014, therefore offering a more updated picture than the one given in last year's report, which was based on 2009 figures.   In 2009

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NLRB Holds ILWU Guilty of Labor Law Violations

  For the second time in ten weeks, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has affirmed the decision of an administrative law judge that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU International) and ILWU Local 8 (Local 8) violated federal labor law by engaging in coercive activity directed against ICTSI Oregon, Inc. at Terminal 6 at the Port of Portland. The NLRB concluded that, between September 2012 and June 2013, ILWU members worked in a deliberately slow manner and otherwise interfered with productivity at Terminal 6 and that the ILWU International and Local 8 were responsible

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GBP1mln Grant to Create 100 Jobs at Ferguson Shipyard

; Deputy First Minister John Swinney announced Ferguson Marine Engineering Limited (FMEL) had received a regional selective assistance grant from Scottish Enterprise.    The company currently has an order book worth £110million, which includes a £97million order for Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) to build two duel fuel ferries.  

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Economic Impact of Houston Port

  Nearly 148,000 new jobs have been generated by cargo and vessel activity at Port of Houston terminals since 2011, Port of Houston Authority Chairman Janiece Longoria announced today during the Greater Houston Partnership’s annual State of the Port event. An economic impact study by Martin Associates determined that public and private marine terminals at the Port of Houston had a statewide economic impact of $265 billion in 2014, which is 16 percent of Texas’ total gross domestic product, Chairman Longoria said. The Martin Associates study shows the port’s economic value to

Maritime Labor Alliance Holds Leadership Summit

The presidents and other elected officials of the constituent unions comprising the Maritime Labor Alliance (MLA) met Wednesday for their semiannual meeting in Washington D.C. to review the state of maritime labor in the U.S. and to establish priorities for the upcoming year.   The Alliance, consisting of six U.S. maritime labor organizations, American Radio Association (ARA), Inlandboatmen’s Union (IBU), International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA), International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU), Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA) and International

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Louisiana Shipbuilder Fined for Worker Retaliation

The U.S. Department of Justice has reached an agreement with a Louisiana shipbuilder resolving a complaint filed with the department’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC), claiming the company had retaliated against an individual for filing a discrimination charge with OSC.   A Justice Department said its investigation determined that North American Shipbuilding LLC, a division of Edison Chouest Offshore located in Larose, Louisiana, had retaliated against an employee for filing a charge with OSC by, among other things, barring him from the

Zakharov to Lead Gazprom Dobycha Krasnodar

  Andrey Zakharov will take over leadership at Gazprom Dobycha Krasnodar.  Earlier he was elected Director General of the company.  He was born in 1963 in the Volgograd Region. In 1985 he graduated from Millionshchikov Grozny State Petroleum Institute, majoring in Technology and Integrated Mechanization of Oil and Gas Fields. He has been employed at the Gazprom Group for 28 years. Between 1985 and 1990 he served in various position firstly as oil and gas production operator, then oil and gas production foreman, then he rose up to become the Chief Engineer at R&D shop

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Kumar to Lead MARAD Education and Training

Dr. Shashi N. Kumar, Academic Dean at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), has accepted a position to serve as Deputy Associate Administrator and National Coordinator for Maritime Education and Training at the headquarters of the Maritime Administration (MARAD).   Kumar will leave USMMA in October to take up his new role at MARAD, where he will lead its efforts to bolster the nation’s pool of merchant mariners and halp to address the needs of State and Federal maritime academies.   “After serving at the United States Merchant Marine Academy since January 2007 as the

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Commission Appointments at Long Beach Port

  The Long Beach City Council on Tuesday confirmed the appointments of Long Beach City College executive Lou Anne Bynum and former City Councilman Doug Drummond to second terms on the Board of Harbor Commissioners.   Mayor Robert Garcia announced the reappointments last month. Both Bynum, the Harbor Board Vice President, and Drummond, a former Board President, were originally appointed by Garcia’s predecessor, Mayor Bob Foster. “These commissioners have done outstanding jobs helping to lead the Harbor Department,” Garcia said. “Their commitment to continuing

from left:  Stephanie Braid, Base Operator NorSea Group, Chancellor George Osborne, Jakob Thomasen CEO Maersk, Walter Robertson MD NorSea Group UK

UK Chancellor Visits NorSea Group HQ

U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne toured NorSea Group’s U.K. headquarters during a visit to Aberdeen this week.  During the tour, Walter Robertson, MD of NorSea Group, gave the Minister an update on the work the company is carrying out in support of the subsea, construction and decommissioning sectors. NorSea Group provides a vendor consolidation service at its Altens HQ prior to transporting equipment to the company’s deepwater quayside facilities at Peterhead and Montrose. The primary role is to ensure the safe and efficient transfer of goods and equipment to and

Eastern Libya Appoints New Chairman for its State Oil Firm

Libya's internationally recognised government has appointed Naji al-Maghrabi as chairman of its state oil firm NOC based in the east of the country, an oil official said on Saturday. The move is largely symbolic as oil production and the marketing of exports are controlled by the established state oil firm, also known as NOC, in Tripoli where a rival government is in charge. The official government has been based in the east since losing the capital to the rival administration a year ago. It has appointed a head for an oil firm NOC based in a separate headquarters in the east but oil customers

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Goley Signs on as Director at SBI

, Goley was an accomplished operator and respected leader with multiple command tours.   Goley has received national recognition for his strong partnerships across all Department of Homeland Security components, as well as state and local agencies. He also serves as the national secretary for the Maritime Professional Responders and Officers, the only national organization dedicated to the maritime public safety professional. Goley brings a strong understanding of federal program requirements and what it takes to deliver superior, high performance watercraft to the front line operator

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USMMA Welcomes Class of 2019

yourself.” He closed his remarks by saying that the nation is waiting on their strong leadership now and in the future, serving in the Merchant Marine or Navy.   Rear Admiral Helis said, “We were honored to have Rear Admiral Whitney as our Reviewing Officer. As a graduate of Maine Maritime Academy and as a career Navy officer knows the unique challenges and exciting opportunities that await the Class of 2019,” Helis said. “Having Rear Admiral Whitney welcome them aboard is especially meaningful as they begin their service careers.”          

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Calais DFDS Ferries to Restart Tuesday; Talks to Reconvene

DFDS Seaways Calais-Dover ferry service, suspended by a workers' blockade of Calais port during the weekend, will resume on Tuesday morning, Transport Minister Alain Vidalies said after talks with the parties involved.   Ferry workers, industry executives, the Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel and the French government are due to reconvene later this week for further talks to settle the labour dispute after breaking up without agreement on Monday, Vidalies said in a statement.   "Discussions took place in a constructive atmosphere and have been suspended so that all the parties can

Kenyan Port Workers Strike Over Higher Health Costs

More than 2,000 workers at East Africa's biggest port in Kenya's coastal city Mombasa went on strike on Wednesday protesting an increase in the amount they will have to pay for state-run health insurance.   Cargo ships remained unattended as workers gathered and held discussions in groups at the port, the biggest in the region, which handles imports such as fuel for Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia.   "The operations section is among those affected but senior officials at the port are currently meeting, and will communicate

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz

U.S. Energy Security: Maritime Infrastructure Investment is a Key, says Moniz

The maritime industry was front and center yesterday in Washington, D.C., as “getting more oil on the water” was touted as one piece of the puzzle in ensuring future U.S. energy security, said U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. Sec. Moniz spoke yesterday at the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) 2015 EIA Energy Conference at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Washington, DC. Building U.S. energy security via a strategic evaluation of the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve  (SPR) was central to his comments, noting  that the size, shape, release triggers and distribution

Legislation Targets US Ship Recycling Reform

U.S. Senators David Vitter (R-La.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.). Congressman Garret Graves (R-La.) will introduce the companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.   The legislation aims to improve the domestic ship recycling industry and promote transparency by requiring reports from Maritime Administration (MARAD) and an audit by the Government Accountability Office.    “The Maritime Administration receives millions of dollars in federal funding, but they’ve never reported how the sales money is spent or how the agency awards contracts,” Vitter said. &ldquo

Gov. Phil Bryant (third from left) participates in the ceremonial signing of the “Shipyard of the Future” bill at Ingalls Shipbuilding, along with (left to right) Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias and Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn. (Photo: Andrew Young/HII)

Ingalls’ Gets $20m for 'Shipyard of the Future' Project

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant visited Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division May 28 to participate in a ceremonial signing of a $20 million bond bill supporting Ingalls' "Shipyard of the Future" project.   The investment will go toward current building improvements, new covered facilities providing better work areas for shipbuilders, and enabling more work to be accomplished out of the weather. The infrastructure improvements also include a new dry dock that will allow Ingalls to translate and launch ships from various locations in the shipyard.   "

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Alaska LNG Gets Conditional Approval to Export

  The Alaska LNG project marks another significant milestone with today’s announcement by the United States Department of Energy that it has conditionally authorized the Alaska LNG Project LLC to export liquefied natural gas to non-Free Trade Agreement countries. The application to export up to 20 million metric tons per year of liquefied natural gas from Alaska for a 30-year period was submitted to the U.S. Department of Energy last July. Authorization to export to nations with existing free trade agreements with the U.S. was previously received in November 2014. Today’s announceme

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