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NEWS BULLETIN
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Crowley Maritime management group
nets Military Sealift Command contract

Boeing starts construction
of St. Louis 777X parts facility

ICourt martial finds Coast Guardsman guilty
of sexual assualt, making false statements

Marcon acts as sole broker
in sale of crew/supply vessel

NYK joining technology team
in exhaust gas cleaning system study

Crowley Maritime management group
nets Military Sealift Command contract

JACKSONVILLE, FL — Crowley Maritime Corp.’s global ship management group has been awarded the contract for the operation and maintenance of the T-AGOS/T-AGM fleet for the Military Sealift Command. This fleet of seven ships supports the Navy’s Surveillance Towed Array Sensor Systems (SURTASS) operations; the U.S. Air Force's dual-band, phased array and parabolic dish radars; and other government research missions. The contract covers the operation and maintenance of five T-AGOS and up to two T-AGM ocean surveillance ships. Crowley will provide personnel; operational and technical support (ashore and afloat); equipment; tools; provisions, and supplies to operate this fleet of seven United States Naval Ships (USNS).

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Marcon acts as sole broker
in sale of crew/supply vessel

COUPEVILLE, WA — Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington has announced that Tidewater Marine International Inc. has sold their 41.2m x 8.2m x 3.5m depth / 2.38m draft, high-speed, aluminum crew/supply vessel PATRICE TIDE to private European operators. Built by Breaux Brothers Enterprises, Inc. of Loreauville, Louisiana in 2002, the 233.7mtdw, Vanuatu-flagged vessel has a deck cargo capacity of abt. 182.9mt on a 22.9 x 7.0m, 1.9t/m2 clear deck aft and a total of 72 persons on board. The vessel is classed ABS + A1, HSC Crewboat + AMS, Unrestricted Service through March 2017. PATRICE TIDE had been working in Angola, West Africa for Sonatide Marine Services Ltd. of Angola and was lying in Walvis Bay, Namibia at the time of sale. Marcon International acted as sole broker in the transaction and has handled over 20 sales for Tidewater since the company sold the 136’ first generation supply boat LOW TIDE in 1983 to Honeywell, Inc. So far Marcon International Inc. has concluded 33 sales and charters brokered in 2014.

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Boeing starts construction
of St. Louis 777X parts facility

ST. LOUIS — Boeing has begun construction in St. Louis of a new 367,000-square-foot facility in which it will build parts for the newest member of its 777 commercial airplanes family, the 777X. About 700 new jobs will be created for the 777X work. Construction should be complete in 2016, with work on 777X wing and empennage parts starting in 2017. The facility is an expansion of Boeing’s current tooling center at the site and will contain six autoclaves. Earlier this year, Boeing selected its Everett, Wash. site as the location for a new composite wing center for the 777X program. In this wing center, Boeing will perform fabrication and assembly of the 777X’s composite wing. Additionally, Boeing will perform final assembly of the 777X in Everett.

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NYK joining technology team
in exhaust gas cleaning system study

TOKYO — Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line), the Monohakobi Technology Institute (MTI), which is an NYK Group company, and ClassNK have teamed up with Singapore-based Nanyang Technological University and Sembcorp Marine Technology Pte. Ltd. for research on an exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS) intended to be used to control SOx emissions outside emission control areas (ECAs). This joint research project between Singapore and Japan will be funded by a grant from the Singapore Maritime Institute and carried out with the support of the ClassNK Joint R&D for Industry Program. Unlike the development of EGCSs intended for use inside ECAs, this research will focus on the future need to comply with SOx emissions regulations outside ECAs after 2020 or 2025. The project will utilize the most advanced technology available to simplify EGCS operations, as well as reduce costs and CO2 emissions compared with existing conventional EGCSs for ECAs. The project will also aim to promote the development of new technologies for system installation such as simplification and miniaturization, in order to ensure that the system can be installed on a variety of ship types, as well as newbuildings and existing vessels.

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Court martial finds Coast Guardsman guilty
of sexual assualt, making false statements

ALAMEDA, CA — A Coast Guardsman was sentenced to six months confinement for Sexual Assault and other violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice during a general court-martial aboard Coast Guard Base Alameda Friday. Petty Officer 2nd Class Harold C. Sanchez was also sentenced to a reduction in pay grade to E-1, the military’s lowest pay grade, for Sexual Assault, Failure to Obey an Order and Making False Official Statements. Sanchez was stationed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter MELLON in Seattle when he committed the violations. On the night of Aug. 21, 2013, Petty Officer Sanchez provided alcohol to a person who was under the legal drinking age at the time. Later that evening or early the next morning, he sexually assaulted his fellow crewmember. The victim initially made a restricted report to a victim advocate and sought medical services Aug. 23, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. A registered nurse administered a sexual assault exam. Further analysis of the exam evidence found Petty Officer Sanchez’s DNA, providing evidence that he had sex with the victim. The victim later changed her restricted report to an unrestricted report. After learning of the assault, the victim was reassigned to Coast Guard Base Alameda, while Petty Officer Sanchez was reassigned to Base Seattle pending the outcome of the investigation. He will serve his sentence at U.S. Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar, in Miramar, Calif.

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