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Chesapeake Shipbuilding Delivers Car Ferry

Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp in Salisbury, Maryland has delivered the “Woodside” Car Ferry to the State of Delaware. It is the third ferry that Chesapeake Shipbuilding has designed and built at its Salisbury facility.   The Ferry is the only car ferry operated by the Delaware Department of Transportation and has operated at the Woodside site for over 200 years. •    Length o.a.    94 ft •    Beam    31 ft •    Draft 2.5 ft •    Hull    4 ft •    Powered by Thrust Master hydraulic tunnel drives and ramps Chesapeake Shipbuilding has over 30 years of industry experience and designs and builds commercial ships up to 300 feet in length, with specialization in the design and construction of passenger vessels, tugboats, ferry boats, etc. Chesapeake Shipbuilding’s construction yard is located on 13 acres of level land, with nearly 2000 feet of deepwater bulkhead, along the protected waters of Maryland’s Wicomico River. It has 2 construction basins, 3 level construction/side launch systems, plus a ground transfer system and various hull fabrication buildings and shops. Chesapeake Shipbuilding offers long-term career opportunities with room for growth.

Vane Brothers Welcomes Latest Tug Newbuild

Kings Point (Photo courtesy of Vane Brothers)

The Vane Brothers Company, a marine transportation provider headquartered in Baltimore, has taken delivery of Kings Point, the latest in a wave of Maryland-built tugboats.   Constructed under the supervision of Vane Senior Port Captain Jim Demske, Kings Point is the 10th of 14 “Sassafras Class” tugboats contracted by Vane Brothers through Chesapeake Shipbuilding of Salisbury, Maryland. Kings Point also has a sister tug, Fort Schuyler

CG Provides Support in Freezing Waters

Coast Guard Cutters are busy all over the Northern Chesapeake and Delaware Bay areas breaking through the ice that Jack Frost left behind on the area waterways. Large patches of ice at least one to two inches have been reported as far south as the area around Tangier Island, Md., in the Chesapeake Bay. Several tributaries to the Chesapeake and Delaware Bay are frozen over with ice as well. One of the tributaries to the Chesapeake Bay that is being heavily monitored is the Wicomico River that

Chesapeake Shipbuilding to Build New Ferry

Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp., based in Salisbury, will build a six-car ferry. The estimated cost: $931,000. Work on the dock, piling, bulkheads and piers will be done by George and Lynch Inc. at a cost of $2.1 million. An estimated 50,000 vehicles cross the river by ferry each year, said Tina Shockley, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation. For years, some suggested a bridge would be cheaper to build and operate

Chesapeake Bay Enforces Safety and Security Zone

The U.S. Coast Guard is making permanent its current temporary safety and security zones at the Cove Point Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal on Chesapeake Bay. Source: HK Law

Tampa Bay Pilots Orders Boat from Gladding-Hearn

The Tampa Bay pilot association has ordered its second Chesapeake Class launch and the first in a new generation of Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding’s popular, smaller pilot boats.  Delivery is scheduled for 2015.  Since the Chesapeake Class pilot boat was introduced by the Somerset, Mass., shipyard in 2003, 15 have been delivered to pilot associations throughout the United States. According to shipyard officials

USCG Issues Report on Chesapeake Bay Grounding

The US Coast Guard issued the

CBMM Opens New Tugboat Exhibit April 21

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“Push and Pull: Life on Chesapeake Tugboats,” opens as a new exhibit on Saturday, April 21 in the Steamboat Building of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD.      The Chesapeake is a highway for tugs and barges, and for the large ships aided by tugs in port. The exhibit explores the lives of the men and women who work on these tugboats and the variety of ways tugs are used around the Chesapeake

Colombian Navy Pilot Boat Delivered

Photo courtesy Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding

Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, has delivered the first of six Chesapeake Class pilot boats for coastal and offshore patrol operations and port security, provided by the Colombian Department of the Navy.  Designed by C. Raymond Hunt & Associates, the all-aluminum deep-V hull measures 56.6 feet overall, with a 17.8-foot beam and 3-foot draft, and has a top speed of 27 knots. The launch is powered by twin MAN R6-800CRM diesel engines, each delivering 800 Bhp at 2

GD NASSCO Awarded MLP4 Contract Modification

MLP 4 rendering courtesy of USN

US Department of Defense inform that General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, California, is being awarded a not-to-exceed US$64,056,766 modification under a previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-2229) to procure advance material for the Mobile Landing Platform 4 (MLP4) Afloat Forward Staging Base platform. DoD explain that this action allows the procurement of ship sets for the purchase specifications supporting integrated propulsion

Nantong Tongbao Bags Order for 8 Chemical Tankers

Image: Nantong Tongbao Shipbuilding

 Nantong Tongbao Shipbuilding has signed shipbuilding agreements with joint buyers, Shanghai Dingheng Shipping and Xiamen Xiangyu Group, for the construction of eight chemical tankers worth RMB1bn ($160.95m)   The delivery of tankers sized from 2,000dwt to 15

Australia's Massive Shipbuilding Plan Announced

Part of the facility at Adelaide shipyards

  The Australian Government has thrown domestic shipbuilders an A$89 billion (US$ 66 billion) lifeline. It plans to deliver a long-term plan for a strong and sustainable naval shipbuilding industry. Over the next 20 years the Government will invest the $89 billion in ships and submarines for

Campaign to Raise Awareness of US Shipbuilding, Repair

(Photo: Huntington Ingalls Industries)

Shipbuilders Council of America announces “KNOW YOUR SHIP” campaign to focus on raising awareness regarding the positive economic and national security impact of the shipbuilding and repair industry   Ahead of the first presidential debate this week

Irving Begins Building Canada's First Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship

Kevin McCoy, President of Irving Shipbuilding and hundreds of employees at the Halifax Shipyard mark the start of production of the first Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship today (CNW Group/J.D. Irving, Limited)

Hundreds of employees gathered in Irving Shipbuilding’s new Assembly Hall at the Halifax Shipyard to celebrate the start of production of Canada’s first Arctic Offshore Patrol ship (AOPS). “Today is a milestone we have all been anticipating

Southeast Asian Shipbuilders Turn Bullish

Picture by Korea Offshore & Shipbuilding Association (KOSHIPA)

  Despite the issues surrounding over-tonnaging in the ship-building industry as a result of the 2008 financial crisis, more than 587 vessels are expected to be built in Southeast Asia in 2015.    According to a report by Robert Willmington of IHS Maritime

Chesapeake Launches Tugboat for Vane Brothers

Photo courtesy of Chesapeake Shipbuilding

Chesapeake Shipbuilding has launched another tugboat for Vane Brothers, the builder announced today.   The tugboat, named Fort Schuyler, represents the 11th tugboat that Chesapeake Shipbuilding has built for Vane Brothers of the 14 contracted.  

Op/Ed: Australian Naval Shipbuilding in Limbo

Kevin Andrews

Labor’s indecision has left shipbuilding in a precarious and uncertain state   The Abbott Government is committed to a sustainable Australian naval shipbuilding industry. Sadly, years of neglect by the former Labor government has left shipbuilding in a precarious and uncertain state.

Reps. Courtney, Wittman Honored for Maritime Leadership

SCA President Matt Paxton and newly elected SCA Chairman Tom Godfrey, Jr. honor Congressmen Joe Courtney and Wittman with the Maritime Leadership Award (Photo: SCA)

United States Congressmen Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) and Rob Wittman (R-Va.) this week received the Maritime Leadership Award from the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), a national trade association representing the nation’s shipbuilding and repair industry

ASL Profit Nosedives

Photo by ASL Marine

 Singapore shipbuilding group ASL Marine has posted a sharp drop in net profit for its third quarter as revenues from its shipbuilding, shiprepair and chartering segments fell across the board.   Net profit for the three months to March 31 plummeted 65

Imbari Stands Strong

Today, the Imabari Shipbuilding group operates nine factories and 12 building facilities that produce a total of over 90 vessels per year.  The newbuilding  drydock will measure  600 x 80m (1968.5 x 262.467 ft.) and cost about $333m.

Mammoth dry dock investment to support construction of 20,000 TEU containership series   During the second half of the 20th century, the Japanese ruled commercial shipbuilding.  Today, numerous competitive forces in the Far East, led by South Korea and China

USC Acquires Zvezda

Russias United Shipbuilding Corporation. Image courtesy: TASS

 United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) has taken on 53.5122% of the voting shares of the long planned Far Eastern Plant Zvezda shipbuilding complex in Russia’s Far East.   Zvezda (a company of the Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Center

Newport News to Host JAMF Ground-breaking Event

Newport News Shipbuilding to host ground-breaking ceremony for aircraft carrier and submarine production facility   Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding subsidiary will hold a ground-breaking ceremony for its new Joint Manufacturing and Assembly Facility (JMAF) on Monday

China Ship Building Looks Up

Pic: China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry

 88 medium-size and large shipbuilding enterprises in China realized an aggregate gross industrial output value of RMB 163.0 billion ($26.3 billion) during the January-May period this year, up 5.5 percent year on year, says China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry (CANSI).

American Cruise Lines Names New Riverboat

American Cruise Lines announced the name of its new Mississippi paddlewheeler – America – currently under construction at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Md.   The America is American built, flagged and crewed, which is symbolic of the true all-American experience

Newport News Shipbuilding Bags US Navy Submarine Contract

Image: Huntington Ingalls Industries

 The U.S. Navy has given Newport News Shipbuilding a $106 million contract to provide engineering and industrial support for submarines.    Huntington Ingalls Industries, parent company of Newport News Shipbuilding, said the contract will be worth a total of $564 million

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