Island each year, announced that JB Meyer, President of Circle Line Harbor Cruises, LLC, will beginning in April of 2007 become President and CEO Circle Line - Statue of Liberty Ferry, Inc., encompassing all of the carrier's harbor services. Mr. Meyer is the grandson of Circle Line founder Frank Barry. The announcement follows news that Kevin Moran, President of Circle Line - Statue of Liberty Ferry, Inc. was stepping down . MEBA Signs LNG Deal with Excelerate The Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association (MEBA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with innovative LNG importer Excelerate Energy to utilize U.S.- citizen deck and engineering officers onboard Excelerate's liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers. The issue of Americans onboard LNG vessels has been the focus of congressional and administrative oversight over the last few years. The House Homeland Security Committee scheduled a hearing on March 21st to address this issue. President Davis was asked to testify on the issue of securing LNG tankers. The Maritime Administration, under the lead of Administrator Sean Connaughton, has also moved forward on the issue as well, working with Excelerate and other LNG operators. The agreement provides for the opening of Excelerate's LNG tankers and terminals to MEBA deck and engine officers in order to obtain LNG recency certifications for loading and discharging LNG. Once recertified, these officers will join Excelerate's international fleet of LNG vessels. ACP Awards Contract for Expansion Panama Canal Authority (ACP) awarded the legal counsel contract for the Panama Canal expansion to Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP. A total of seven toptier international law firms participated in the bid for this contract, and after careful evaluation of the proposals, the contract was awarded to Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw based on the firm's reputable qualifications and previous work experience with similar projects. Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw will assist in procurement processes for expansion and utilize an interdisciplinary team including members of the firm's Global Project Finance and Development Group headed by Partner Barry Machlin and the International Construction and Engineering Group led by Partners Michael Regan and Nick Henchie. The significance of the Panama Canal and its function in the global supply chain becomes increasingly important as the world becomes more interconnected. Crowley Names Sweeney VP of Safety and Health As part of its continued focus on safety, Crowley Maritime Corporation announced that Alex Sweeney has been named vice president of safety and health. Sweeney will relocate from Seattle to Anchorage and will report to New Orleans Commissioned Speaking to a crowd of more than 5,000, U.S. Sen. David Vitter of La., described the Northrop Grumman-built amphibious transport dock ship New Orleans (LPD 18) as a ship that ``embodies a new culture of technological growth and economic progress not only for the Navy and Marines, but also for the city of New Orleans and Louisiana. This ship represents new processes, design work and engineering that will clearly serve the Navy, Marines and our country very well.'' The ship was commissioned into the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet here on the banks of the Mississippi River. New Orleans is one of the most technologically advanced and sailor-friendly ships ever built. The ship's sponsor, Carolyn Johnson Shelton, wife of former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army Gen. The New Orleans is the second Northrop Grumman-built ship in the USS San Antonio (LPD 17) class. This new class of ship affords the U.S. Navy's Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) with the technology and flexibility to launch and recover two amphibious Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) and operate an array of rotary-wing aircraft; as well as the ability to carry and launch 14 Marine Corps Expeditionary Fighting Vehicles (EFV). The commissioning ceremony marks the first time since World War II that a Navy ship has been built and commissioned in the city for which it is named. Navy Cmdr. John B. Skillman of Muncie, Ind., is the ship's first commanding officer and will lead a crew of 360 officers and enlisted Navy personnel. The ship is 684 ft. long and 105 ft. wide and is capable of embarking a landing force of up to 800 Marines. The LPD 17 class has a navigational draft of 23 ft. and displaces approximately 25,000 tons. Four turbo-charged diesels power the ship to sustained speeds of 24 knots. New Orleans will be homeported in San Diego. And the game changes again. April, 2007 · MarineNews · 15
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