NASSCO Shipyard Contractor Guilty of Stealing $600K in Computer Equipment

NASSCO Shipyard Contractor Guilty of Stealing $600K in Computer Equipment

Ernesto Saldivar, a civilian contractor at General Dynamics NASSCO’s San Diego-area shipyard, pled guilty in March to stealing nearly $600,000 worth of computer equipment from three U.S. Navy ships. Saldivar was one of the workers who had participated in the shipyard’s ongoing Navy ship modernization efforts. According to his plea agreement, he stole hundreds of items, such as hard drives and laptops, from declassified areas on ships undergoing maintenance between November 2022 and August 2023. Saldivar was selling the stolen items, including two hard drives containing military communications, on eBay. The affected ships included the USS Pinckney, USS Curtis Wilbur…
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Robert Allan Ltd. Delivers Vessel,  Opens Scholarship Applications

Robert Allan Ltd. Delivers Vessel, Opens Scholarship Applications

Vancouver, BC-based consulting naval architectural firm Robert Allan Ltd. announced the end of January that it has delivered the offshore supply vessel ADNOC MD 01 to Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. in the United Arab Emirates. The first of two sister vessels, ADNOC MD 01 was built by Grandweld Shipyards and designed by Robert Allan Ltd. to support local diving operations in the UAE, according to Robert Allan Ltd. The catamaran is 24.90 meters long, (about 81.7 feet) excluding fenders, with an 8-meter (26.26-foot) molded beam and boasts a pair of Baudouin 12M26.3 main engines, 1030 kW at 2100 rpm…
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Trigon Pacific Annual Bulk Volumes Up Significantly

Trigon Pacific Annual Bulk Volumes Up Significantly

Trigon Pacific Terminals Ltd. accounted for almost half of the Port of Prince Rupert’s 2023 export volumes by handling 10.6 million metric tons of dry and liquid bulk products at its terminal last year, company data show. The amount represented a 36% increase of PRPA volumes the previous year, according to the data, which was released at the end of January. As the largest multi-commodity bulk export terminal in Northern British Columbia, Trigon handles Canadian steelmaking and thermal coal, petroleum coke and iron ore pellets. The company also provides rail unloading and berth services for liquid propane gas exports. “It…
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HaiSea Unveils  New Operations Facility

HaiSea Unveils New Operations Facility

Maritime services company HaiSea Marine, a partnership between Haisla Nation and Seaspan ULC, recently celebrated the official naming and blessing of its new floating operations facility in North Vancouver, B.C. The location is now the home base for the company’s green tugboat fleet.   The new floating facility was recently named and blessed by the Haisla Nation and transported up the Douglas Channel to Kitimat, B.C., where supports HaiSea’s operations. Zewén—the Haisla word for Coho—is now also the name of the new operations and maintenance facility. HaiSea said in a statement issued in mid-March that the facility’s name was inspired…
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Coast Guard Halting Audio Navigation Aids  at Umpqua River South Jetty, Yaquina Bay

The U.S. Coast Guard plans to discontinue the seasonal Sound Signal audio navigation aids at Umpqua River South Jetty Sound Signal and Yaquina Bay, both in Oregon, at the end of the 2024 spring installation, the agency announced Feb. 7. The Coast Guard is seeking public feedback on the new changes and on the performance and operation of navigation aids. Meanwhile, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River is expected to continue receiving reports of any discrepancies to this and other navigation aids, the agency said. “The U.S. Coast Guard values the input of the maritime community and remains dedicated to…
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Gunderson Marine Opening Training Center

Gunderson Marine plans to open a training center later this spring that would serve as a hub for developing trade skills that are in demand in the area, the Portland, Ore.-based company announced Feb. 6. The new center is expected to offer participants hands-on paid training to learn basic metals fitting, industrial safety practices and welding techniques, Gunderson Marine explained in a statement. “The curriculum will cover basic principles, safety protocols and foundational experience in FCAW (Flux-Cored Arc Welding), SAW (Submerged Arc Welding) and SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) processes,” the company said in a statement on its website. Gunderson…
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NW Seaport Alliance Inaugurates Rail Connection, Launches Offshore Wind Study

NW Seaport Alliance Inaugurates Rail Connection, Launches Offshore Wind Study

The Northwest Seaport Alliance—the marine cargo operating partnership between the Seattle and Tacoma seaports—has launched a feasibility study to evaluate offshore wind business opportunities, plus recently inaugurated a new intermodal rail connection. The study, which was publicly announced March 18, aims to, according to the NWSA, assist the Seaport Alliance in “positioning the gateway to support the burgeoning offshore wind supply chain market.” The study is tied to Biden administration having set a goal of 30 gigawatts (GW) of power produced by offshore wind by 2030, and an ultimate goal of 110 GW by 2050. To meet the supply chain…
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Refrigerated Cargo Demand: Prepping for the Next Surge

Refrigerated Cargo Demand: Prepping for the Next Surge

Despite the volatility of the refrigerated cargo market in recent years, some service providers plan to continue making investments in equipment and infrastructure to prepare for the next surge of reefer demand, according to a recent panel focused on the cold chain business. The panel, titled “TPM Cold Chain: Recovering From the Abyss: How Service Providers Are Preparing for the Next Volume Surge,” was held March 6 at TPM24, the annual maritime industry event in Long Beach organized by the Journal of Commerce within S&P Global Market Intelligence. The panel featured Port of Hueneme President and CEO Kristin Decas, J.B.…
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USCG Launches New Merchant Mariner Credential Format

On March 1, the U.S. Coast Guard began issuing merchant mariner credentials in a new format that replaces the red passport-style book with related endorsement labels, according to the National Maritime Center. “The complexity and degraded reliability of the custom printers used to print the (credential) books necessitated a change to the credential printing process,” according to USCG, adding that the new credentials are going to be “printed on readily available commercial desktop laser jet printers and will vastly improve print services and availability.” The new format is expected to be on 8.5-inch by 11-inch “waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper”…
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Newsmakers

Newsmakers

Robinson Named Vice President of Vigor Fabrication Jayson Robinson has been named Vigor’s Vice President of Fabrication, taking the helm of the complex and marine fabrication divisions with facilities in Clackamas and Portland, Ore. and Vancouver, Wash. Robinson joined Vigor, a Titan Acquisition Holdings company, as the director of quality in 2018 and has been serving as the assistant vice president since last fall. He now assumes the responsibility of maintaining and growing Vigor’s team and positioning the company in key end markets, including nuclear, aerospace, infrastructure and marine vessels. Robinson takes over a department that has recently added leaders…
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