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Sorensen MCP Managing Director, Americas

Maritime Communications Partner (MCP), wireless communications provider to the cruise industry, announced that it has appointed Fred Sorensen as its new Managing Director for the Americas. He succeeds Steinar Stromsvag who has been in charge of MCP’s Miami office since 2005.

Korean Register Breaks Ground in Busan

At a ceremony in Busan, Korea on 12 March, the chairman and CEO of the Korean Register – an IACS member classification society – together with over 300 VIP guests, formally broke the ground to start construction of KR’s new head office.

Polar Tankers to Pay $588K for 2004 Spill

Polar Tankers Inc., a subsidiary of ConocoPhillips Co., has agreed to pay $588,000 to help compensate the public for environmental harm caused by the October 2004 crude oil spill into Puget Sound’s Dalco Passage near Tacoma.

This Day in Coast Guard History – March 18

1909-  Stations Holly Beach, and Hereford Inlet, New Jersey: the schooner C.B. parted its chain while weighing anchor.  She set a distress signal which was discovered by the lookouts at both stations.

This Day in Naval History – March 18

1945 - Carriers begin 3 month Okinawa Campaign by destroying aircraft on Kyushu, Japan 1974 - Navy sent to sweep mines from Suez Canal (Source: Navy News Service)

Bids Received, Central GOM Lease Sale

The offshore energy industry continues to show interest in the Gulf of Mexico’s Outer Continental Shelf, with 67 companies submitting 642 bids on 468 tracts that are being offered offshore Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama in tomorrow’s Minerals Management Service Central Gulf Sale 213.

MAN Diesel L27/38 Engine for Tugs

MAN Diesel Spain has been active within the tug segment recently, having played a key role in three orders that contract the company to supply 18 MAN Diesel L27/38 engines to Boluda Corporación Marítima, Spain, the international marine group and shipbuilder.

Statoil Fast Tracks Projects

“Our ambition on certain fields on the Norwegian continental shelf is to halve the time from discovery to production,” said Ståle Tungesvik, head of reserves and business development in Statoil. Speeding

U.S., Canadian Coast Guard Oil Spill Exercise

Representatives from the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards, Arctic region stakeholders and established responders are scheduled to hold a joint “Canada - United States North” (CANUSNORTH) tabletop exercise March 16 and 17 at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage.

USCG Investigates Bridge Allision on Potomac

The Coast Guard is investigating an allision caused by flood conditions between an 80-ft construction barge and the 14th Street Bridge in Washington, D.C, around March 15. A 25-ft Response Boat-Small crew from Coast Guard Station Washington, D.

EU NAVFOR Destroys More Pirate Groups

On March 12, after receiving a report from MV E.R. Lubeck (Liberian Flag, German owner), that pirates in two skiffs had tried to hijack her, COMEUNAVFOR initiated a surge operation to intercept and disrupt the pirate action group (PAG).

EPE SA Wins Lebanese Contract, Oil Spill Cleanup

After several successful environmental projects in Lebanon, Environmental Protection Engineering S.A. (EPE SA ) recently won an international bid for offers and has been awarded a contract from the Higher