Tanker shipper Ardmore takes delivery of 23rd and 24th vessels, completing its initial newbuilding program Ardmore Shipping Corporation has taken delivery of two product and chemical tanker newbuildings, the Ardmore Chippewa and Ardmore Seahawk, signaling the completion of its initial newbuild program. The last of four vessels constructed at the Fukuoka Shipbuilding Co., Ltd shipyard in Nagasaki, Japan, and delivered to Ardmore in 2015, the Ardmore Chippewa is a 25,233 deadweight metric ton, Eco-design IMO 2 product and chemical tanker delivered November 13. Delivered several days later on November 16, the 49,999 deadweight metric ton Ardmore Seahawk is an Eco-design IMO 2/3 product and chemical tanker and was constructed at the SPP Shipbuilding Co., Ltd Dukpo Shipyard in Korea, and is the last in a series of four SPP newbuildings delivered to Ardmore in 2015. Both vessels immediately began initial employment in the Ardmore fleet upon delivery. “We are pleased to welcome the Ardmore Chippewa and the Ardmore Seahawk to our fleet of modern, fuel-efficient MR product and chemical tankers, successfully completing our initial newbuilding program at a time when charter markets continue to demonstrate sustained strength,” said Ardmore CEO, Anthony Gurnee. “With our 24-vessel fleet now fully delivered and deployed primarily in the spot market, we are well positioned to realize the full potential of a strengthening winter market
Coast Guard Cutter Chippewa is scheduled to hold a change-of-command and retirement ceremony Friday at 11 a.m. at Coast Guard Shore Side Detachment Paris Landing here. Master Chief Petty Officer Ray Sexton will relieve Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Gibbs, who took command of the Chippewa in June 2000. Sexton previously served as officer in charge of the Coast Guard Cutter Brant, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Corpus Christi, Texas.
The U.S. Navy is awarding indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contracts to 391 contractors that will provide for their competition for service requirements solicited by Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Air Systems Command, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Naval Supply Systems Command, Military Sealift Command, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Strategic Systems Programs, and the United States Marine Corps