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January 30 & 31, 2002

January 25, 2002

Northrop shakes up NNS engineering
Northrop Grumman Corporation's Newport News sector today announced the appointment of Matthew J. Mulherin as sector vice president of the CVNX program, which includes design and engineering work associated with the new class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers for the Navy.

Mulherin, 43, is responsible for program management, engineering, production and planning for the CVNX program.Prior to this promotion, Mulherin served as program director, CVNX.

"Matt brings to this position a high level of expertise in the nuclear shipbuilding arena and a good understanding of our customer's objectives in the design and engineering of the future class of carriers," said Thomas C. Schievelbein, corporate vice president and president of the Newport News sector.

With Mulherin's appointment, Newport News has also restructured its engineering organization.

  • New aircraft carrier construction and aircraft carrier overhaul engineering and design departments will report to Bob Gunter, senior vice president, Aircraft Carrier Program.
  • Submarine design and engineering departments will report to Don Check, vice president, Submarine Program.
  • The CVN 77 warfare systems engineering and design, along with the Washington, D.C., engineering office, will report to Irwin F. Edenzon, vice president, Business and Technology Development.
  • The test engineering organizations for all products will be consolidated under Rolf Bartschi, director and chief nuclear engineer.

"This restructuring will align our engineering resources with the programs they support," said Schievelbein.

Seabourn Cruise Line reports reservations boom
Ultra luxury cruise operator Seabourn Cruise Line reports that it has experienced a three-month wave in which it booked net revenues exceeding those in the same period last year by 307 percent. This trend follows a six-week downturn immediately after the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001.

"Prior to September 11th, we had accrued twelve weeks of sales exceeding the same weeks in the prior year," said Rick Meadows, CTC, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Seabourn. "We experienced the same drop- off as everyone else after that," he continued. "But after only six weeks, sales climbed back well above prior year, and they have continued to build since then, right through the holidays. It started with close-in business, but now we are booking well into the summer season and beyond."

Meadows attributes the strong results to a renewed confidence in Seabourn among upscale travel agents and their clients.

South Carolina House moves to ban gaming cruises
Ships that set sail from South Carolina ports into international waters for the specific purpose of offering gambling would be banned under a measure passed by a House panel Wednesday, reports the Charleston Post & Courier

The Constitutional Laws Subcommittee unanimously approved a bill prohibiting so-called cruises to nowhere. Rep. Chip Campsen, R-Isle of Palms, sponsored the bill to end the practice and offered a change to appease legislative opponents, says the Post & Courier story.

The bill allows cruise ships with gambling machines on board to dock in South Carolina if they have another destination on their schedule. Gambling would still not be allowed in state territorial waters.

The newspaper says the amendment was aimed at Charleston Sen. Glenn McConnell's opposition to the bill because he believes the measure would prohibit some cruise ships from docking in Charleston Harbor and adversely affect tourism.

New president for OMI
Tanker owner OMI Corporation today announced that Robert Bugbee has been elected president and chief operating officer. He had been executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Chairman of the board and CEO Craig H. Stevenson, Jr., commented that "I am pleased for Robert both personally and professionally. He has demonstrated great leadership ability, energy and commercial acumen and we expect even more from him as a leader of our management team in further growing our business and improving our financial strength."

Inspectors allege 'inhuman' treatment of crew of ship in Port Canaveral
Two ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) inspectors report "inhuman" conditions on the cargo ship Ismael Express in Port Canaveral, Fla. They boarded the vessel yesterdayu to investigate reports that the crew had no food and had not been paid for three months.

Inspector Scott Brady reported: "The only food is what has been supplied by the local Baptist Seafarers Ministry. The crew accommodation is crawling with rats. The six-man crew - from the Philippines, Chile and Haiti - sleep two to a bunk, with little or no bedding. Bare wires can been seen spliced together to provide lighting and water is leaking into the living space."

The ITF says that for the last two weeks the crew have been living on rice; there has been no water for washing, even though grease and oil cover most walls. The crew had hoped things would get better on arrival in Cape Canaveral but the owner - unidentified by the ITF and said to be based in Miami - has allegedly refused to make any improvements, and is said to have refused to pay the owed wages until the crew completes a long list of repairs required by the US Coast Guard.

Inspector Jim Given quoted one seafarer, who told him: "the owner brings us spare parts to fix the engine but no food. How can we work with no food? Thank God the priest brings us some food or we would die."

The ITF Cruise Ship Office reports that this is not the first time it has seen these kinds of problems onso-called "Miami River Boats." Scott Brady states that these vessels trade between Florida and Haiti and the crew are often treated very poorly and then abandoned in Haiti when the vessel is of no more use.

The ITF says the Ismael Express is Panama Flagged and was built in 1963.