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May 2016 Issue

ABS CEO Shares Views on Leading
The Maritime Industry Forward

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki shared his views on developing the talent needed to lead the maritime industry forward. He told attendees at the CMA Shipping 2016 Conference that the challenges impacting the industry demand new skills as well as a new way of developing leaders, and this requires organizations to change their approach. The workforce of tomorrow will need to be able to identify and embrace disruptive technologies.

VSTEP Supplies NAUTIS Simulators
Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has acquired two NAUTIS Museum Simulators, offering their visitors the chance to experience historical events on the Delaware River. A professional bridge simulator will help show what it means to steer a ship and understand what navigation involves. The NAUTIS Simulators were selected to offer an innovative and realistic solution to explore the maritime events that unfolded as the Delaware developed into a watery highway for trade and commerce.

Kongsberg GlobalSim to
Become Independent

Kongsberg GlobalSim will become an independent business following a management buyout announced in March. The buyout will enable GlobalSim to focus on its core port crane, construction crane, military crane and other heavy equipment simulator development while KONGSBERG continues to develop its position as a leading maritime and offshore simulation provider.

AAPA Celebrates Western
Hemisphere Ports Day

On April 5, the American Association of Port Authorities celebrated Western Hemisphere Ports Day. The association recognizes the industry’s role in job creation and economic prosperity, and its commitment to education, training and environmental stewardship initiatives on behalf of the communities it serves across the Americas.

“Ports Day is part of an ongoing commitment to highlight to policy makers and the public about the vital role ports play in moving the goods we depend on and linking us to the global economy,” said Kurt Nagle, AAPA’s president and CEO.

Carnival Approved to Cruise from
US to Cuba Starting in May

Becoming the first cruise company to be approved to sail from the U.S. to Cuba in more than 50 years, Carnival Corp. will begin travel May 1. Carnival’s MV Adonia, a 704-passenger Fathom brand ship, will visit Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba.

“We are excited about Cuban approval and are ready to take travelers there on the beautiful MV Adonia,” said Arnold Donald, CEO, Carnival Corp. “This is a historic opportunity, and we know there is pent-up demand amongst Americans who want to experience Cuba.”

Klein Marine Systems Ships Three Side
Scan Sonar Units to Police, Fire Depts.

Klein Marine Systems, Inc. has shipped three System 4900 Dual-Frequency Side Scan Sonar units for the Boston Police, Quincy Police and the Cambridge Fire Department for search and recovery (SAR) missions.

The Quincy Police originally purchased a Klein System 3900 in 2009 and have been utilizing the portable, dual-frequency side scan sonar for search and recovery missions. Both the System 3900 and the System 4900 operate using the Klein custom-developed SonarPro software, which combines ease of use with advanced sonar features.

CTLGroup Assists in Developing
World’s Largest Floating Bridge

The grand opening of the new SR 520 floating bridge near Seattle, the longest floating bridge in the world, took place April 2 to 3 to much fanfare. CTLGroup assisted in the development of high-performance/high-strength concretes for the bridge pontoons, provided thermal control modeling, troubleshooting, and plans to minimize/prevent thermal cracking of the concrete during its construction.

The original SR 520 Bridge was dedicated in 1963. Construction for the $4.6 billion new bridge began in 2012. The new six-lane floating bridge features high-occupancy vehicle lanes, bike and walking trails and viewpoints over the lake.

Panama Canal Inaugurates Scale Model
Training Facility, Sets Inauguration Date

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced that the Panama Canal Expansion will be officially inaugurated on Sunday, June 26, 2016. The announcement was made during the inauguration ceremony of the Canal’s state-of-the-art Scale Model Maneuvering Training Facility, which will provide additional hands-on experience to pilots and tugboat captains to operate in the Expanded Panama Canal.

AAL Adds Stewart World Port
As Option on Pacific Service

With its inaugural sailing into Stewart World Port (SWP) this past February, AAL is set to enhance its multipurpose trade with British Columbia’s most northern ice-free trading point.

Opened in September 2015 and set in one of the most mineral-rich areas of North America, SWP is not only a convenient gateway to Northwest BC and the Eastern Yukon, but with its deep-sea berthing facility and fast transit time from North Asian ports, also provides a competitive advantage for AAL’s global customers.

Borets Completes Successful
US Applications of WR2 System

Borets has successfully completed eight North American applications of its Wide Range Wear Resistant (WR2) pump system. The WR2 system is ideally suited for harsh well conditions and has the ability to handle a wide range of production, abrasives and gas with the goal of extending run life and minimizing well interventions.

The initial North American installation was completed on May 15, 2015 in a northwest Oklahoma well designed to test the pump’s ability to handle a wide range of flow, gas slugs and flow back of frac sand over an extended period of time.

MSC, INTTRA Enter Into
New Digital Partnership

MSC and INTTRA announced a new partnership that will introduce a customer-friendly solution to new container weight safety regulations. Under the agreement, MSC will use INTTRA’s eVGM software as a channel for receiving verified gross mass (VGM) submissions from shippers.

As of July 1, under the International Maritime Organization’s Safety of Life at Sea amendment (SOLAS VGM), no container will be cleared to be loaded onto a ship until the shipper or its designee provides a verified weight to the carrier.

J.F. Lehman and Co.
Acquires American Scaffold

J.F. Lehman and Co. has acquired American Scaffold in partnership with company management. Employing nearly 300 people across the U.S., American Scaffold is a provider of scaffolding and environmental control solutions for maintenance, repair and overhaul of U.S. government vessels.

Fitch Affirms ‘A’ Bond Rating to Canaveral
With $617 million in capital projects planned and underway for expansion of its cruise and cargo operations moving forward, Canaveral Port Authority has received Fitch’s “A” rating for $26.9 million of outstanding revenue bonds, series 2005 and 2006 A&B, and a rating of “stable” for all Port bonds.

Fitch attributed the rating affirmation to Port Canaveral’s established operating history, recent sustained tourism-related revenue growth and the corresponding favorable operating contracts and cost management, aggressive, but flexible, capital program and no anticipated borrowing.

Washington State Ferries Partners with Furuno
Washington State Ferries (WSF) is partnering up with Furuno for fleet modernization. WSF maintains the largest fleet of ferries in the United States, and the fourth largest in the world. With the largest product lineup in the marine electronics industry, according to the company, Furuno has reliably updated its equipment and kept the design and setup simple.

NBSAC Seeks Members to Fill Vacancies
The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking applications for membership to fill upcoming vacancies on the National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC).

Each member serves a three-year term, with two being state officials responsible for state boating safety programs, three being recreational boat and associated equipment manufacturers and two being recreational boating organizations. Applications must reach the Coast Guard by May 23, 2016.

The Mariners’ Museum Library
Closed to the Public Until Fall 2017

Starting April 1, The Mariners’ Museum Library is closed to the public to allow staff time to prepare for the temporary relocation of the fragile, one-of-a-kind items from its vast collection. The library consists of more than 2,000,000 items, including books, magazines, rare books, manuscripts, maps and charts, vessel plans, newspaper articles, photographs, Chris-Craft archives, and museum archives, making it the largest maritime library in the Western Hemisphere.


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