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Hearing on Preventing Sexual Assault & Sexual Harassment at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies

Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building 192
Presiding: Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine)

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Masters, Mates & Pilots Notice to Mariners: Chapters 1-5

New MM&P video magazine profiles union's campaign to save our ships and preserve the U.S. Merchant Marine.

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BOATLIFT - An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience
Tom Hanks narrates the epic story of the 9/11 boatlift that evacuated half a million people from the stricken piers and seawalls of Lower Manhattan. Produced and directed by Eddie Rosenstein. Eyepop Productions, Inc. www.eyepopproductions.com
BOATLIFT was executive produced by Stephen Flynn and Sean Burke, and co-directed by Rick Velleu. It premiered on September 8th at the 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Summit: Remembrance/Renewal/Resilience in Washington. The Summit kicked off a national movement to foster community and national resilience in the face of future crises. See www.road2resilience.org to become a part of the campaign to build a more resilient world. The film was made with the generous support by philanthropist Adrienne Arsht, Chairman Emerita, TotalBank (www.arsht.com)
Vancouver to Build New Container Terminal at Roberts Bank in Delta, B.C. on Canada’s west coast
Port Metro Vancouver has submitted an Environmental Impact Statement for a new container terminal at Roberts Bank in Delta, B.C. on Canada’s west coast.
Forecasts show demand for goods shipped in containers is growing, and it is expected container terminals on B.C.’s coast will be at capacity by the early 2020s. The new Roberts Bank Terminal 2, along with expansion of the Port of Prince Rupert and other container terminals in Vancouver, will provide much needed space for this growth, says the port.
“The region is running out of room to manage growing Canadian trade with Asia,” said Robin Silvester, President and Chief Executive Officer of Port Metro Vancouver. “The Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project will ensure demand can be met while providing important economic benefits to B.C. and Canada. We look forward to the upcoming review of our environmental assessment by an independent panel.”
NASSCO Launches Worlds first LNG Powered Containership
On Saturday, April 18th, 2015, General Dynamics NASSCO launched the world's first liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered containership at a ceremony at the company's shipyard in San Diego. The christening and launch ceremony also commemorated NASSCO's 100th ship launch. U.S. Representative Duncan D. Hunter was the principal speaker. The ship's sponsor, Mrs. Sophie Sacco—wife of Michael Sacco, president of the Seafarers International Union of North America, AFL-CIO—christened the ship with a traditional champagne bottle break over the ship's hull. General Paul J. Selva, Commander of the U.S. Transportation Command, also spoke at the ceremony. The ship's name, Isla Bella, was unveiled during the ceremony. The ship was built for TOTE, a leading transportation and logistics company. "The launch of the Isla Bella signals a very significant milestone for the thousands of men and women at NASSCO. Not only does it commemorate NASSCO's 100th ship launch, it validates NASSCO's capability to break new ground in green ship technology and lead in the design, construction and conversion of ships to take advantage of the economic and environmental benefits of LNG," said Fred Harris, president of General Dynamics NASSCO. As part of a two-ship contract signed in December 2012 with TOTE, the 764-foot-long Marlin class containerships will be the largest dry cargo ships of any kind in the world powered by LNG. This ground-breaking green ship technology will dramatically decrease emissions while increasing fuel efficiency as compared to conventionally powered ships. The ships will also include a ballast water treatment system, making them the greenest ships of their size anywhere in the world.
Cool Satellite Tracking Video of Ship Movements over-laid on Google Earth.
With West Coast ports and labor unions finally reaching an agreement to end a nine-month standoff that has slowed cargo shipments around the world, we thought it would be interesting to show just how much traffic the high seas see on a regular basis. This video from FleetMon.com, a company that provides advanced fleet monitoring services, software APIs, reports and analyses of maritime traffic data, superimposes the satellite tracking of routes over Google Earth . Courtesy www.PropTalk.com
A Day in a Life at Sea
The ILO marks a year since the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 entered into force worldwide on August 20, 2013. The MLC, 2006 provides comprehensive protection at work for seafarers. ILO TV travelled on board a container vessel to hear first-hand from seafarers what it's like to spend months at sea and what impact the convention has on their work.
New Rescue Video of Nigerian Cook Who Survived 2 Days Under Sea in Shipwreck Air Bubble
(Courtesy Maritime Executive and CNN) New video has surfaced of divers rescuing ship's cook Harrison Okene, 29, who was on board the Jascon-4 tugboat when it capsized on May 26 due to heavy Atlantic ocean swells around 30 km (20 miles) off the coast of Nigeria, while stabilizing an oil tanker filling up at a Chevron platform. Of the 12 people on board, divers recovered 10 dead bodies while a remaining crew member has not been found. Somehow Okene survived, breathing inside a four foot high bubble of air as it shrunk in the waters slowly rising from the ceiling of the tiny toilet and adjoining bedroom where he sought refuge, until two South African divers eventually rescued him.
Incredible mile-long floating CITY
Watch this animated video of The Freedom Ship concept, an incredible mile-long floating CITY - complete with schools, a hospital, parks and an airport for its 50,000 residents. It’s 25 stories high and would feature a casino, an art gallery, a park and a shopping center. The concept, designed by a Florida-based company would cost $10billion if it was commissioned to be built. The ship would constantly sail around the world - doing a full circuit every two years - but would be too large to enter any ports. Click here to see read the article. Click here to read the article.
World Maritime Day 2013
A Message from World Maritime Day 2013.
Captain Phillips Official Trailer
Trailer of the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.
Costa Concordia Time Lapse Video Shows Parbuckling Operation In 1 Minute
Watch the 1 minute Parbuckling Operation made available on Huffington Post
State Pilot Operations in Support of the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy
"Telly Award" winning documentary about State Pilot Operations
Watch as 60 Minutes Goes Inside Costa Concordia Salvage Effort
Watch the recent "60 Minutes" documentary, which aired Sunday, Dec. 16, for an inside look at the salvage efforts surrounding the Costa Concordia.
Critical Past: King's Point
CriticalPast.com provides a look into the past of King's Point
Rescue at Water's Edge: The U.S. Merchant Marine Response to 9/11
To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, members of the U.S. Merchant Marine share how they helped evacuate people from lower Manhattan and brought supplies and first responders back to the World Trade Center site. More than 300,000 people were evacuated by water on 9/11 - the largest unplanned water evacuation in the history of the United States.