Special Arrangement Pays Active-Duty Coast Guard in December Despite Shutdown

Special Arrangement Pays Active-Duty Coast Guard in December Despite Shutdown

A Coast Guard Cutter Sherman crewmember lowers the national ensign during a ceremony honoring Sherman’s final colors, held the evening before the Sherman was decommissioned in Honolulu, Mar. 28, 2018. Coast Guard photo.

While the Department of Homeland Security lacks funding to operate in Fiscal Year 2019, active duty Coast Guard personnel will receive their regularly-scheduled pay due on Dec. 31.

DHS and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) officials identified a way to pay active duty...

https://news.usni.org/2018/12/31/40009

Norway’s Government Invests $700 Million in Ocean Research Labs

Long before oil was found in the North Sea in 1969, Norway has lived off the ocean and its resources. Now, the Norwegian government has said it is willing to allocate up to NOK 6 billion for the construction of new ocean research laboratories in Trondheim, Ålesund and on Hitra/Frøya. Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, the Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry, came to Trondheim on 7 December to announce the decision.

“The maritime industry is responsible for more than 200 000 jobs across the country and...

https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/norway-s-government-invests-700-million-in-ocean-research-labs

Search Launched for the Wreck of the Stellar Daisy

American subsea survey company Ocean Infinity has been hired by the government of South Korea to conduct a search for the Stellar Daisy, the ore carrier that went down with 22 crewmembers in March 2017. The new search will begin in January. 

"We sincerely hope that we can find Stellar Daisy and be able to collect as much evidence about her loss as we can," said CEO Oliver Plunkett in a statement. "As always with deep sea search there can be no guarantee of success as neither the precise port...

https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/search-launched-for-the-wreck-of-the-stellar-daisy

Winds of Change

Tugboat operations in the U.S. haven’t changed much in decades. Long-established companies – often family-owned – see little reason to change in a sector that, by and large, works effectively and provides vital links in America’s complex supply chain.

According to the American Waterways Operators (AWO), an association representing the tugboat, towboat and barge industries, the sector is the largest component of the domestic maritime industry, providing half a million jobs, generating $100...

https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/winds-of-change

«Ευχές για Καλή Χρονιά»

Η χρονιά που αφήνουμε πίσω μας ήταν μια σημαδιακή χρονιά για τη χώρα μας. Ήταν η χρονιά που βγήκαμε από τα μνημόνια μέσα από τη σκληρή δουλειά και τις θυσίες του ελληνικού λαού. Δημιουργήθηκαν οι προϋποθέσεις για να επιστρέψει η υπερηφάνεια και η αξιοπρέπεια στον λαό μας. Υλοποιήσαμε για πρώτη φορά...

https://www.e-nautilia.gr/euxes-gia-kali-xronia/