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USCG Sets Random Drug Testing Rate to 50%

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a notice stating that the minimum random drug testing rate for covered crewmembers on US vessels for calendar year 2010 will be 50%. 74 Fed. Reg. 64710 (December 8, 2009). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)

SMIT Towage License in Port of Gladstone

The Gladstone Ports Corporation has awarded a five year exclusive license to SMIT for the provision of harbour towage services in the Port of Gladstone. The operation will start on the 1st of January 2011.

PD Ports Container Handling Milestone

In November, PD Ports reached a major new milestone.  For the first time Teesport handled over 100,000 containers in a year.  This is the highest volume of containers ever recorded at Teesport on the North East coast in any calendar year.

This Day in Coast Guard History – Dec. 9

1899-A Treasury Order entrusted the Bureau of Navigation "with the duty of examining and disposing of petitions for the remission of fines, penalties, and forfeitures under the laws relating to navigation, vessels, steamboat-inspection, and passengers.

This Day in Naval History – Dec. 9

1938 - Prototype shipboard radar, designed and built by the Naval Research Laboratory, is installed on USS New York (BB-34). 1941 - USS Swordfish (SS-193) makes initial U.S. submarine attack on Japanese ship.

Wärtsilä Engines for CGS Vessels

China Shipping Container Lines Co., Ltd. (CSCL), part of the China Shipping Group (CSG), has chosen Wärtsilä main engines for eight container vessels. The Wärtsilä engines for this order will be built under licence by Doosan Engine, Korea.

Adams Offshore Chooses Jeppesene

Jeppesen Marine announced that Adams Offshore has installed its Jeppesen Primar ECDIS Service on one of its dive support and offshore supply vessels, and is considering implementation of the solution across its fleet worldwide.

Johnson President, CEO J. Ray McDermott

J. Ray McDermott, S.A. (J. Ray) announced the appointment of Stephen M. Johnson as President and Chief Executive Officer of J. Ray, effective January 1, 2010.  Johnson is the current President and Chief Operating Officer of McDermott International, Inc.

Foss Vessels Environmental Excellence

For 17 years, the Arthur Foss, a tugboat operated by the Foss Maritime Company, has been free of environmental mishap. So have the Drew Foss and a dozen other Foss vessels.  Sixty-seven vessels owned

NG Supplies Radar Systems for U.S. Navy Subs

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) Sperry Marine business unit has been awarded a contract to supply navigation radar systems for eight new U.S. Navy nuclear attack submarines. The firm, fixed-price contract, valued at $20.

Streetcars Shipped from Germany to Tacoma

Two streetcars, shipped from Germany, arrived at the Port of modern Bombardier Flexity streetcars Tacoma last week. They are being transported on special-purpose road trailers to Vancouver, B.C. The streetcars arrived in Tacoma onboard the Tomar,

EU NAVFOR, Seychelles Coastguard Cooperation

In the evening of December 6, approximately 250 nautical miles North West of Victoria Seychelles a pirate attack group was neutralized by EU NAVFOR and the Seychellois Coast Guard. On December 5th an EU NAVFOR Maritime Patrol Aircraft,