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Admiral Harvey Focuses on Shipyard Jobs

February 13, 2012

Top Admiral In Hampton Roads Urges Focus On Jobs

VIRGINIA BEACH - The Navy's top admiral in Hampton Roads had jobs on his mind Friday - not his own (he will retire this summer) but some 8,000 that local shipyards will look to fill over the next five years.

That represents "an enormous opportunity" to build the region's industrial base while placing young people on a path to stable employment, said Adm. John C. Harvey Jr., the head of Fleet Forces Command. But it won't happen unless the area's leaders work together to create the necessary workforce training programs, he told members of the Navy League's Hampton Roads Council.

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Navy Cancels Plan to Move Carrier to Mayport

February 13, 2012

ALERT: Forbes, Wittman, Rigell Applaud Navy's Decision to Call Off Plans to Move Carrier to Mayport, Florida
Lack of Strategic Need, Budgetary Pressure, and Calls for Accountability by Hampton Roads Lawmakers Prompt Decision to Keep Carrier in Virginia

 
 
 
Washington, D.C., Feb 13-

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01), Chairman of the House Armed Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, and Congressman Scott Rigell (VA-02), Member of the House Armed Services Committee, announced today that the United States Navy has cancelled its plans to move a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier (CVN) currently homeported at Norfolk Naval Station, Virginia to Naval Station Mayport, Florida.

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W R Systems Press Release

February 09, 2012

W R Systems, Ltd. (WRSystems), has been awarded a key contract to provide its state-of-the-art Digital Electromagnetic Log speed system to Bath Iron Works, Inc., headquartered in Bath, ME, for subsequent installation onboard the US Navy’s Guided Missile Destroyer continuation program. The contract is a multi-year requirements contract, Class Standard Equipment, for which WRSystems has already received one system order.

The Digital Electromagnetic Log, or DEML (pronounced dē′ mul), is a Navy Program of Record system that is critical to the ship’s navigation suite. It accurately measures the speed of the vessel as it traverses the high seas, and replaces the out-dated analog electro-magnetic log system. Employing state-of-the-art digital technology, the DEML is able to provide highly accurate speed-through-water to critical navigation and combat systems.  To date, there are over 100 DEML systems installed on US Navy ships.

The Maritime Minute - 2/1/12

February 01, 2012
BARGES TO PLAY KEY ROLE IN EXPANDED EXPORTS OF U.S. COAL:   Port Commissioners in St. Helens, Ore., have approved agreements that will potentially lead to as much as 38 million tons of coal being barged annually from the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming to St. Helens for export to Asian markets. More than 100 jobs are in the offing and shipments could begin in 2013.
 
TANKER COMPANY’S SAFETY RECORD IMPRESSIVE:  Alaska Tanker Company has reached a safety milestone – only one lost-time accident in a period that now stretches more than a decade.  The company operates four U.S.-flag tankers and moves petroleum from Alaska’s North Slope to West Coast refineries and Hawaii. 
 
LAKES CARGOS REBOUND IN 2011:  U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters moved 94 million tons of cargo on the Great Lakes in 2011, an increase of nearly 6 percent compared to 2010.  The total would have been higher, but a number of storms delayed the fleet in the latter half of December.  The iron ore trade on the Lakes rose to 61 million tons, its highest level since 2006.
 American Maritime Partnership ("AMP") is the voice of the U.S. domestic maritime industry, a pillar of our nation‘s economic, national, and homeland security. More than 40,000 American vessels built in American shipyards and crewed by American mariners ply our waters 24/7, and this commerce sustains nearly 500,000 jobs, $29 billion in labor compensation, and more than $100 billion in annual economic output according to a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers for the Transportation Institute. So efficient are these vessels that they carry a quarter of the nation‘s cargo for only 2 percent of the national freight bill, and being American owned, built and crewed helps make America more secure.

Ship Repair Workforce Development Initiative Announced

January 30, 2012

Shipbuilders move ahead with workforce development initiative

lighthouseLeading American shipbuilders and repairers are moving ahead with plans for a national Maritime Workforce Development program overseen by a National Maritime Education Council.
Spurred by the high cost of recruiting, hiring and training the thousands of skilled shipbuilding and ship repair professionals needed by shipyards, industry leaders launched a national initiative called the Lighthouse Campaign at the Shipbuilders Council of America's fall meeting October 26, 2011, in Biloxi, Mississippi.
On December 6-7, 2011, the leadership team of the Lighthouse Campaign sent representatives to a meeting at NCCER headquarters in Alachua, Fla., to finalize the plans for the development of the Maritime Workforce Development program and to establish the National Maritime Education Council.

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National Ship Repair Industry Conference (NSRIC) 2012

January 27, 2012
NSRIC12 will be 27 February-1 March 2012 at the Embassy Suites in Crystal City.  The room rate is similar to last year, $244 single or double.  The registration fee is $425 for members and $475 for non-members. 

Online Registration for the Conference ended February 20th.
 


Schedule:

Cocktail Reception and Registration 6pm—8pm
Hosted by the Port of San Diego Ship Repair Association

 

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 - Navy & Coast Guard Day

Embassy Suites, Crystal City

Registration 8am—9am
Speakers 9am—4:30 pm
Lunch Noon—1pm

Cocktail Reception and Dinner 6pm
Cocktail Reception hosted by Marriott ExecuStay of Jacksonville Area Ship Repair Association

 

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012– Hill Day

Speakers 9am - Noon
Bus leaves for Hill and Office Visits at 8am

            Lunch Noon - 1pm
            Capitol Hill, ASNE President’s Club Luncheon

            Hill Crawl 1pm - 6pm

Cocktail Reception 6pm - 8pm
Hosted by the Virginia Ship Repair Association

 

Thursday, March 1, 2012– Industry Day

Industry Only Discussions 8am—11am

 

Tuesday speakers:

Opening   Brief

RDML(r)  

Carnevale

0800

0900

 

RDML

Shannon

0900

0945

Break

   

0945

1000

 

Mr.

Thackrah

1000

1045

Break

   

1045

1100

 

RDML

Creevy

1100

1145

Lunch

   

1145

1300

 

VADM

McCoy

1300

1345

Break

   

1345

1400

 

RDML

Gale

1400

1445

Break

   

1445

1500

 

RADM

Rabago

1500

1545

Break

   

1545

1600

   

TBD

1600

1645

Break

   

1645

1700

   

TBD

1700

1745

 

Wednesday Speaker Lineup:

         
   

Congressman Buck McKeon

900

915

   

Congressman Forbes

915

930

   

RDML   Matthews

930

945

   

TBD

1000

1030

   

Congressman Hunter

1030

1100

   

Congresswoman   Hanabusa

1100

1130

   

TBD

1130

11:45

Lunch

 

Congressman Palazzo

11:45

1:45

 

 
 

Navy Maintenance Command Update

January 19, 2012

At the monthly meeting of the members of VSRA on January 17th, Rear Admiral Dave Gale, Commander, Navy Regional Maintenance Command, provided a timely undate on progress made in Navy surface ship maintenance organization.  Click on the link below to view the presentation.

RDML Gale CNRMC Presentation

"Mission Essential Personnel" Defined by the Navy

January 19, 2012

The following message was received brom Dave Shutter, Security Director for NSSA.  It is a follow-up to a discussion that took place at the most recent VSRA Security Committee meeting.  This information is very important for all companies who do work on Navy installations.

All,
                As discussed at the last VSRA Meeting, the Installations in Hampton Roads will now not only execute "Alpha /Bravo" personnel only for entrance onto the Bases, but will now also announce "Mission Essential Personnel only" when required. 
                Who are Mission Essential Personnel only?  Designated U. S. Navy Personnel, assigned by their Command. 
                What does this mean for anyone else?  If you are not designated "Mission Essential Personnel" by a Navy Command, "Stay off the Base"! If you are needed for any "Emergent Work", or currently working "Mission Critical Work", your government contracting representative will contact you with follow on details. All other maintenance will be suspended. 
                What happens if Mission Essential Personnel only is announced after being on the Installation?  The Installation will be evacuated, pending your location, by established zones. Guidance will be given at your work site. 
                Ships will be locked down, and no one will be gaining access to the pier/ship. Emergent work must have approved permission through the Emergency Operations Center for access to the piers. This permission can be obtained by your Government Contracting Office Security Representative. (Do not send anyone to a ship, until permissions have been granted!)
                 Norfolk Naval Base will be holding an exercise the week of 27 February, Mission Essential Personnel Only may be executed during this timeframe
                The U. S. Navy (Throughout the Continental U.S.) will be holding Solid Curtain / Citadel Shield Exercise the week of 19-24 March 2012.  Hampton Roads Naval Bases are expected to set "Mission Essential Personnel only", sometime during the week, for an extended period (48-72 Hours).  
                If there are any questions/concerns, please let me know. Please ensure widest dissemination throughout all sub-contractors as well.           
 
David Shutter   
NSSA Security Manager
NNSY C1123 Private Yard Security
Norfolk, VA 23511-2393
Phone: (757) 443-3872 ext.2592 DSN: 646
Cell: (757) 613-9094  Fax: (757) 443-3698

OSHA to Convene SBREFA Panel on I2P2

January 12, 2012  

OSHA has notified the Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy and the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) within OMB by letter dated January 6, 2012 that OSHA intends to convene a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) panel under the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) for its Injury and Illness Prevention Program (I2P2) rule in the next sixty (60) days. The Panel, convened for all rules estimated to have a significant impact on a substantial amount of US small businesses, is one of the first steps in the promulgation of large rulemaking and was scheduled to take place last year.

SCA submitted 2 SER candidates to the Office of Advocacy, however to my knowledge the Panel participant have not yet been selected. 

OSHA considers the notification of Advocacy and OIRA of its intent to convene the SBAR (or SBREFA) panel to be public information; however, the materials that will be provided to the panel and Small Entity Representatives (SERs) will remain confidential until the panel is formally convened.  At that time, OSHA will place all of the materials in its rulemaking docket so they will be universally available.

Background

Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA)    
What is SBREFA?

In 1996, Congress passed the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act, or SBREFA, in response to concerns expressed by the small business community that Federal regulations were too numerous, too complex and too expensive to implement. SBREFA was designed to give small businesses assistance in understanding and complying with regulations and more of a voice in the development of new regulations. Under SBREFA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other Federal agencies must:

§       Produce Small Entity Compliance Guides for some rules

§       Be responsive to small business inquiries about compliance with the agency’s regulations

§       Submit final rules to Congress for review

§       Have a penalty reduction policy for small businesses

§       Involve small businesses in the development of some proposed rules through Small Business Advocacy Review Panels.

In addition, SBREFA established 10 Small Business Regulatory Fairness Boards to receive comments from small businesses across the country about Federal compliance and enforcement issues and activities, and report these findings annually to Congress. The legislation also gives small businesses expanded authority to recover attorney's fees and costs when a Federal agency has been found to have acted excessively in enforcing Federal regulations.

About the Panel Process

When an OSHA proposal is expected to have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities, the agency must notify the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Office of Advocacy. The Office of Advocacy then recommends small entity representatives to be consulted on the rule and its effects. OSHA next convenes a Small Business Advocacy Review Panel, consisting of officials from the agency, the SBA's Chief Counsel for Advocacy, and the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. The panel hears comments from small entity representatives and reviews the draft proposed rule and related analyses prepared by OSHA. A written report of this interagency panel is submitted to OSHA within 60 days. OSHA reviews the report, makes any appropriate revisions to the rule and publishes the proposed rule along with the panel’s report in the Federal Register.

The Maritime Minute - 1/9/12

January 09, 2012
FIVE HUNDRED NEW CONTAINERS CAP $23 MILLION INVESTMENT IN NEW EQUIPMENT AT MAJOR U.S.-FLAG OPERATOR:   The addition of 500 new 40-foot “High-Cube” containers brought Crowley Maritime’s total investment in new equipment to more than $23 million in 2011. The new containers, which have a capacity of 2,700 cubic feet, will be used in liner operations to Puerto Rico and other destinations. The containers, which contain more durable North American oak wood flooring, feature a combination of security enhancements and upgrades that deter and prevent unauthorized access into containers and loaded cargo. In total, the company has more than 45,000 containers. Click here to read more
 
DUTRA GROUP ACQUIRES HOPPER DREDGE “STUYVESANT”:  The Dutra Group announced that it has added a hopper dredge, the Stuyvesant, to its fleet of dredges, marking an historic day in the company’s history. At 372 feet in length and 72 feet wide, the Stuyvesant is the second-largest hopper dredge in the United States. The Stuyvesant joins a growing fleet of Dutra dredging equipment that actively clears shipping channels and performs other important maritime-related work in the United States. Bill Dutra, President and CEO of The Dutra Company, said “This ship will be a welcome addition to our fleet and its size will allow us greater flexibility in our operations.” Click here to read more
 
U.S. COAST GUARD LAUNCHES “OPERATION TACONITE” TO KEEP GREAT LAKES FLEET MOVING AS ICE FORMS ON THE FOURTH SEACOAST:  The U.S. Coast Guard stood up Operation Taconite on Dec. 21, which means its icebreakers and crews are primed and ready to keep cargo moving on the Great Lakes as winter sets in. U.S.-flag “lakers” can move as much as 16 million tons of cargo, or 20 percent of their annual total, during the ice season that stretches from mid-December to mid-April. (During the severe winter of 1993/94, the Coast Guard broke ice until May 18.) The primary cargos shipped during the ice season are iron ore for steel production and coal for power generation.
 
NEW OFFSHORE SUPORT VESSEL TAKES “GREEN” TO NEW LEVEL:  The newest Offshore Support Vessel ("OSV") to join the Jones Act fleet was constructed to the standards demanded by the American Bureau of Shipping to certify it "Enviro+, Green Passport.” This certification means the 292-foot-long HARVEY SUPPORTER will have a trained environmental officer onboard at all times and state-of-the-art equipment and procedures for ballast water, sewage and garbage. The vessel, the first of three "Tiger Shark Class" OSVs ordered by Harvey Gulf International Marine of New Orleans, La., is already at work in the Gulf of Mexico. Its sister ships are under construction at Eastern Shipbuilding Group's yard in Panama City, Fla., and will enter service in 2012.
  
American Maritime Partnership ("AMP") is the voice of the U.S. domestic maritime industry, a pillar of our nation‘s economic, national, and homeland security. More than 40,000 American vessels built in American shipyards and crewed by American mariners ply our waters 24/7, and this commerce sustains nearly 500,000 jobs, $29 billion in labor compensation, and more than $100 billion in annual economic output according to a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers for the Transportation Institute. So efficient are these vessels that they carry a quarter of the nation‘s cargo for only 2 percent of the national freight bill, and being American owned, built and crewed helps make America more secure.