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May 25, 2016 5:29 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) have released their latest five-year report on the state of the shipping industry’s global workforce, highlighting the imbalances between the supply of qualified and competent seafarers available for service on ships trading internationally, and the industry’s demand for seafarers to operate the world’s merchant fleet. Read the rest of this entry »


May 1, 2016 4:02 am Published by Leave your thoughts

While offshore workers calls for an end to the industry using EC225 choppers, helicopter operators serving the North Sea offshore oil and gas industry are scrambling to make backup plans after the grounding of one of their most commonly used models following a fatal crash on Friday as crash investigators step up efforts to determine why the machine went down. Read the rest of this entry »


December 7, 2015 5:31 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We were horrified and shocked to learn of the news that an instructor at Houston Marine, a Kenner maritime school, fatally shot a supervisor at the facility Friday afternoon (Dec. 4),

According to local police, Anthony Tardo, 49, of Mandeville, was pronounced dead after suffering a single gunshot wound to the chest, said Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich, Jefferson Parish coroner. Tardo, a father of three young children, was shot in an office at the school, which is in a strip mall in the 2500 block of Williams Boulevard.

John Spears, 50, of Marrero, was taken into custody after the shooting, which occurred about 3:30 p.m.  Spears was booked on charges of second-degree murder, according to Lt. Brian McGregor, spokesman for the Kenner Police Department.

Spears was a dynamic positioning instructor for Houston Marine and had been with the school for just over a year, McGregor said. Spears is not cooperating with police, who do not have a motive, he said.

About 10 Houston Marine employees were inside the building at the time of the shooting, McGregor said. An employee who was in the back of the building heard gunshots and thought the sound had come from a simulator.

McGregor said when the employee walked to the front he saw Spears and a bullet casing “still spinning” on the ground. The employee asked Spears, “Was that a simulator?”

Spears replied, “No, He’s going to need some help,” before turning around and walking outside, according to McGregor.

Spears then unloaded his weapon, removed the magazine and placed everything including his wallet on top of his blue Chrysler 300 in the parking lot, McGregor said. He waited for police, who took him into custody.

Bryan LeCompte, CEO of Falck Safety Services, the company which runs Houston Marine, called the shooting an isolated incident.

“We lost a friend, a coworker and a great father,” he said, breaking down in tears.
Tardo was an employee of the company for 19 years at various locations, including three at the Kenner facility.

Tardo’s wife and another relative were the scene following the shooting, authorities said. Another man arrived within an hour of the incident and sobbed in the parking lot after speaking with a police officer.

David Key said he was shopping next door at Perret’s Army Surplus when the shooting took place.

“I heard a shot,” he said. “It was real faint, just one shot. … I thought something exploded.”

Kenner police work at the scene of a murder after an employee at Houston Marine, a maritime school located in Kenner, fatally shot a supervisor Kenner police said on Friday, December 4, 2015. (Photo by Brett Duke, | The Times-Picayune)

Key said he walked out of the store and “saw someone walking at a fast pace.” He then saw a man stop and put a gun on top of a vehicle.

Students in next-door Herzing University said the didn’t know a shooting had occurred until some walked outside for a smoke break and noticed the police presence.

Houston Marine will provide grief counseling for its employees, LeCompte said.

No bond has been set yet for Spears, police said.


April 24, 2015 5:16 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Mariners are calling for stronger government policies to put shipping at the heart of Australia’s transport system. Changes in ship and port technology, and the future of the merchant navy, have also been addressed at the 3rd Master Mariners Congress in Launceston this week. Congress coordinator Captain John Lloyd said a shortage of industry opportunities for new graduates was an issue for the maritime workforce. Read the rest of this entry »