Thursday, July 24, 2014

Andrew Weir Shipping wins contract for the support and maintenance of HMS Protector


Andrew Weir Shipping Ltd is pleased to announce that they have been awarded the contract for the support and maintenance of HMS Protector (A173), following a competitive tendering process. HMS Protector is the Royal Navy’s Ice Patrol Ship, and is deployed on operations for 334 days per year. The vessel was chartered from commercial service by the Royal Navy in April 2011, and purchased outright in September 2013. HMS Protector’s home port is HMNB Devonport.In addition to the support of scientific bases in Antarctica, HMS Protector is also equipped for patrol, survey and humanitarian tasking. In 2012 the vessel came to the aid of a Brazilian research station on KingGeorgeIsland in the South Shetland Islands following a fire.Andrew Weir Shipping has operated in the British maritime industry for almost 130 years. The company is involved in diverse projects, ranging from the support of the UK Ministry of Defence’s Strategic Sealift Service, the operation of the last true Royal Mail Ship, the RMS StHelena, and the management of private yachts up to 163m.In their capacity of ship and yacht managers, AWS support a wide variety of operations through technical support and the arrangement of vessel refits, purchasing of stores and services, provision and management of crew and regulatory compliance. The company operates and is certified to the ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 Quality and Environmental standards.In partnership with the Ministry of Defence, AWS will support HMS Protector with the emphasis being placed on ensuring the availability of the vessel for operational deployment. AWS’ long-term experience in maintaining the continuity of service of the UK Strategic Sealift vessels and the RMS St Helena will be put to good use in ensuring the availability of HMS Protector.AWS will be responsible for delivering the availability by ensuring that maintenance is completed on schedule, the planning and supervision of refit periods and the purchase and supply of spare parts and consumable stores to the vessel. In addition, AWS will be directly involved in any design changes to the vessel and if required assist with emergency response situations in partnership with Steller Systems Ltd who will provide emergency naval architecture support. Andrew Weir Shipping Managing Director Steve Corkhill commented “Andrew Weir Shipping is proud to announce the successful bid to provide our services to the Ministry of Defence. We are looking forward to working with the Naval Authority and the crew of HMS Protector to support the UK’s presence in the Antarctic.

Call for maritime history presentations, New England Regional World History Assn October 25

On October 25, the New England Regional World History Association (NERWHA) will be holding a seminar on "Industrialization and World History" hosted by Middlesex Community College and the University of Massachusetts Lowell, in Lowell, Massachusetts.
The organizers recognize that industrialization transformed maritime interchanges and cultures in many ways, and I have been invited to gather a panel on Maritime Cultures and Industrialization in World History for the occasion.
There are any number of approaches one might take to this subject: mass production of merchant and naval ships in wartime; the Punic/Marsala wreck as evidence of proto-industrial shipbuilding techniques in ancient Carthage and Rome; the transformation of the shipyard from artisanal workshop to industrial factory; and so on.
This is an excellent opportunity to present your findings to some of the foremost world historians (and most congenial historians anywhere), and to build on the foundation of this past spring's NERWHA symposium on "Maritime Civilizations in World History."
For more information, see the CFP below. Please feel free to contact or symposium organizer David Kalivas if you have any questions.

Sea training gets top marks

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon (second from left) arriving on board HMS Duncan [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Ben Shread, Crown copyright]

London July 24, 2014 - The Royal Navy's advanced training has been praised by the Defence Secretary following his first ship visit.
The Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has praised the Royal Navy’s professionalism after witnessing the advanced sea training which prepares British, allied and partner warships for operations.
Mr Fallon flew today, 24 July, to the Royal Navy’s newest Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan in the English Channel near Plymouth, from where he observed the rigorous training ships’ companies go through.
The intense training simulates flood and fire emergencies, as well as air attacks from fast jets and submarine and missile engagements. It also tests each crew’s ability to deal with the pressure surrounding a series of potential setbacks.
Escorted by Rear Admiral Ben Key, Flag Officer Sea Training, Mr Fallon also witnessed ‘action messing’, the emergency distribution of meals in the ship’s mess, which was used to feed hundreds of British citizens for real during the evacuations from Libya in 2011.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon eating in the mess on board HMS Duncan [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Ben Shread, Crown copyright]

Michael Fallon said, "It is has been deeply impressive to witness the professional and intense training that takes place here to prepare the Royal Navy for operations around the world. It has been a pleasure to see the Type 45 destroyer class in action, which along with the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers shows we have world-leading maritime capability."
His visit coincided with a milestone for Royal Navy operations. In Camp Bastion, Sea King helicopter crew members from 854 Naval Air Squadron witnessed the lowering of a White Ensign, marking the final contribution of the last fully-formed Royal Naval unit on operations in Afghanistan.
Fallon added, "I am pleased to be able to pay tribute to the contribution made by 854 Naval Air Squadron, which has played an essential role in supporting troops on the ground in Afghanistan."
The squadron, along with 857 Naval Air Squadron, and supported by 849 Naval Air Squadron in the UK, played a vital role flying Sea King airborne surveillance and control (SKASaC) aircraft for more than 9,000 hours over 2,000 sorties to support troops on the ground as part of 903 Expeditionary Air Wing.

A Royal Navy Sea King helicopter being loaded onto an RAF C-17 aircraft to be sent back to the UK [Picture: Corporal Daniel Wiepen RLC, Crown copyright]

First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir George Zambellas, said, "The contribution of the SKASaC force over 5 years has been magnificent, taking the fight to a determined enemy in a vastly unfamiliar environment. Their vital work saved many lives and proved the value of the aircraft over land."
As well as the Fleet Air Arm, thousands of members of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines have previously served in Afghanistan in support of Operation Herrick.
During Herrick 5 in 2006 and 2007 and Herrick 9 in 2008 and 2009, 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines headquarters, 42 Commando and 45 Commando were deployed. At those times Royal Navy personnel and Royal Marines made up around 40% of UK troops.
Individuals from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines will continue to serve in Afghanistan until the conclusion of combat operations by the end of the year.

Pentagon Refusing to Release Contracting Data on British Aerospace & Engineering

Petaluma CA July 24, 2014 - According to the American Small Business League, the Pentagon is refusing to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request from the American Small Business League (ASBL) for contracting data on British Aerospace and Engineering (BAE).
The ASBL specifically requested the most recent subcontracting data submitted by British Aerospace under the Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program (CSPTP). The Pentagon has also refused to release any data Lockheed Martin or Sikorsky have submitted as participants of the CSPTP.
The Pentagon adopted the CSPTP back in 1990 as a test program. According to the website for the CSPTP, "The purpose of the test is to determine whether comprehensive subcontracting plans will result in increased subcontracting opportunities for small businesses while reducing the administrative burden on contractors."
The CSPTP has just two provisions. First, participating contractors are no longer required to submit publicly available subcontracting reports that could be used to verify a firm's compliance with federal small business contracting goals. Second, contractors are exempt from any penalties such as "liquidated damages" for non-compliance with their small business contracting goals.
In essence, under the guise of increasing subcontracting opportunities for small businesses, the CSPTP eliminated all transparency and penalties for many of the Pentagon's largest prime contractors.
After nearly a quarter of a century, the Pentagon has never released any reports or analysis of the CSPTP. Both the House and Senate versions of the FY 2015 National Defense Authorization Bill propose extending the CSPTP into its 28th year of testing.
Section 811 of the Chairman's Mark of the 2015 National Defense Authorization bill states, "However, after nearly 24 years since the original authorization of the program, the test program has yet to provide evidence that it meets the original stated goals of the program..."
A 2004 Government Accountability Office investigation of the CSPTP also found no evidence the test program had ever increased subcontracting opportunities for small businesses. A story in Gov. Exec questioned the future of the program.
The ASBL has already filed suit in Federal District Court in San Francisco against the Pentagon for their refusal to release CSPTP data on Sikorsky. They will be filing two new cases against the Pentagon for refusing to comply with their Freedom of Information Act requests for data on Lockheed Martin and British Aerospace and Engineering.
ASBL President Lloyd Chapman stated, "Think of the magnitude of the scam the Pentagon has pulled off for 25 years by removing all transparency and penalties on small business contracting goals as a test to increase opportunities for small businesses. This is one of the most blatant cases of fraud and corruption I have ever seen in government."

BNSF Presents $3 Million Pledge to Support USO Employment Initiatives for Troops in Transition

Fort Worth July 24, 2014 - The BNSF Railway Foundation announced a $3 million pledge to the USO that will support USO hiring initiatives for active duty men and women transitioning out of the military. Today, at a special luncheon in Colorado Springs, Colo., BNSF Railway Foundation President Zak Andersen presented a check for $3 million to the USO, which represents a three-year commitment to the USO’s mission to support our nation’s military veterans. With its pledge, BNSF becomes the primary sponsor for the USO program.
“We are honored to partner with the USO on such an important initiative that helps connect employers with military veterans and provides the tools necessary for troops to successfully transition to civilian careers”
“We are thrilled to have BNSF join us in our mission to support transitioning troops as they return to the civilian workforce,” said John I. Pray Jr., interim president and chief executive officer of the USO. “Their commitment to bettering the lives of our troops through the USO's employment initiatives is absolutely essential to building the hope and confidence that keeps military families both strong and resilient. On behalf of the entire USO family, I’d like to thank BNSF for helping us support these amazing men and women and provide them with the career opportunities they so richly deserve.”
BNSF has a strong military recruiting program with a long tradition of hiring veterans. In 2013, more than 1,200 or 26 percent of all its new employees were veterans. BNSF currently employs more than 7,500 veterans, which is nearly 17 percent of its total workforce.
“We are honored to partner with the USO on such an important initiative that helps connect employers with military veterans and provides the tools necessary for troops to successfully transition to civilian careers,” said Carl Ice, president and chief executive officer of BNSF Railway.
“Working with the USO is something we are extremely proud of and fits well with our longstanding commitment to hire military veterans. Our railroad runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Some days our team is asked to operate in adverse conditions that can require quick thinking and an unwavering dedication to the mission. The men and women of the United States military know what it means to be mission-focused and bring experience and training that adds so much value to the work we do.”
When troops decide to leave the military, one of the most difficult challenges they face is translating their military work experiences into language that is relevant to potential civilian employers. The USO is dedicated to helping our troops develop the tools they need to make their individual transitions to the civilian workforce as smooth as possible. BNSF’s commitment to the USO will fund an array of programs that provide employment services to wounded, ill and injured troops and their families and caregivers. Specifically, the donation will provide support for USO/Hire Heroes USA Transition Workshops and USO/Hire Heroes USA Career Opportunity Days. These comprehensive programs include: practice interviews; resume preparation; and networking opportunities with the goal of connecting troops with employers who understand the value of their military experience and are looking for talented men and women to join their teams.
This special luncheon was part of the USO/Hire Heroes Career Opportunity Day in Colorado Springs. During this free event employers interacted with more than 50 active duty or wounded, ill or injured service members transitioning to a civilian career, as well as their spouses and caregivers. To attend, service members completed a USO/Hire Heroes USA Transition Workshop or another employment preparation program to help prepare a resume. Employers received the resumes in advance for those that pre-registered.
The attendees were matched with employers based on their military specialty, previous experience, and geographic interest for relocation. Service members and their spouses had the opportunity to schedule interviews with employers on-site. This format provides the employer and the service members a chance to interact one-on-one, and allows time for the hiring manager to provide constructive feedback and discuss opportunities.

Latest Propaganda From North Korea

DPRK's Nuclear Armed Force for Self-Defence Will Become More Elite One: Minju Joson
Pyongyang, July 22 (KCNA) -- The U.S. suddenly let the flotilla of nuclear aircraft carrier George Washington enter Pusan Port of south Korea on July 11 under the pretext of joint military exercises with the south Korean military warmongers. On the same day it introduced the group of Aegis destroyer Kidd belonging to the U.S. Third Fleet into Tonghae Port of south Korea.Minju Joson Tuesday says in a commentary in this regard:
The U.S. introduced nuclear aircraft carrier and other war hardware into south Korea and are staging joint naval drills against the DPRK in the South and East seas of Korea, dangerous military provocations threatening peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.
When there is a sign of reconciliation, the U.S. freezes it and when there is a sign of detente, it screws up the situation. This is the U.S. method for putting the situation on the Korean peninsula under its control.
The U.S. has handled the situation on the peninsula by such method for the past decades and it is trying to do so in the future, too.
Whenever it feels the need to attain its political and military purposes in its policy towards the DPRK, the U.S. is keen to frighten or threaten the army and people of the DPRK by introducing nuclear strike means.
It is the U.S. Korea strategy at present to stifle the DPRK by threatening it by force, economically blockading it and isolating it diplomatically.
The DPRK is left with no option but to bolster up its nuclear deterrent for self-defence as long as the U.S. persists in its hostile policy towards the DPRK.
What matters is time. The DPRK's nuclear armed force for self-defence will be further bolstered up and become a more elite one with each passing day.
Time will prove that the situation will never develop as desired by the U.S.

S. Korean Authorities Urged to Stop All Military Cooperation with Japan
Pyongyang, July 22 (KCNA) -- The Headquarters of the Movement for Reunified Korean Nation in south (SIC) Korea made public a commentary on Monday in protest against joint military exercises with Japan.The military authorities have chosen the road of staging joint military exercises with the naval forces of Japan led by a U.S. nuclear aircraft carrier, the commentary said, and went on:
This supports Japan's exercise of the "right to collective self-defense", making it hard to prevent the "Self-Defense Forces" from advancing into the Korean peninsula.
This is also an act of chilling the atmosphere of improving the inter-Korean relations.
Urging the authorities to clarify their stand of opposing the exercise of the "right to collective self-defense", the commentary demanded them stop all military cooperation with Japan as it encourages Japan in the revival of militarism.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

OceanWorks International to Deliver Submarine Emergency Ventilation and Decompression System (SEVDS) to Istanbul Shipyards

Oceanworks International

Burnaby BC July 23, 2014 - Oceanworks International is providing three Submarine Emergency Ventilation and Decompression Systems (SEVDS) consisting of Hose, LARS and control systems to Istanbul Shipyard for installation on the three specialist vessels they are building for the Turkish Navy.The delivery of the SEVDS is slated for late 2014.
The primary role of the SEVDS is to provide fresh breathing air to survivors of a disabled submarine while extracting the CO2 generated by those survivors. The system is also capable of providing controlled decompression of the submarine.
OceanWorks has extensive experience in submarine rescue and intervention, including the supply and design of Submarine Emergency Ventilation & Decompression Systems (SEVDS).The system to be provided by OceanWorks has the notable advantage of being the deepest rated system ever built.
OceanWorks is an internationally recognized subsea technology company specializing in the design and manufacture of manned / unmanned subsea systems and specialized equipment for military, oil and gas, scientific, and other marine markets. OceanWorks has been at the cutting edge of deep submergence and diving technology, operations,and support for over 20 years.We look forward to providing subsea engineering solutions to our customers for years to come.