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GD Bath Iron Team Wins Pre Design for LCS

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works a $9 million contract to develop a preliminary design for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). With a focus on affordability, LCS will provide the “New” Navy with the capability to defeat terrorist swarm boats, mines, and diesel submarines that are commonplace in coastal waters around the world. Bath Iron Works leads an international team that includes General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, General Dynamics Canada, General Dynamics Electric Boat, Austal USA, BAE Systems, CAE of Canada, Maritime Applied Physics Corporation, and Qinetiq of the United Kingdom. The team will work to develop further its trimaran concept based upon Austal's innovative, high-speed commercial ship design.


Bath Iron Works Wins Contract for Study

Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, has received a contract from the U.S. Navy to explore advanced concepts for a Focused Mission High-Speed Ship. FMHSS is an integrated surface combatant capability envisioned to operate in littoral (coastal) areas against terrorist threats, high-speed swarm boats, mines and diesel submarines. It may also be called upon to carry logistics supplies or personnel and equipment for Special Operations Forces and the U.S. Marine Corps


Bath Iron Works Awarded $12M Contract

The U.S. Navy has awarded Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, a $12 million contract to provide ongoing Lead Yard Services for the DDG 51 Arleigh Burke Class AEGIS Destroyer Program. Since 1987, Bath Iron Works has supplied program management, engineering and design support for DDG 51 Arleigh Burke Class ships under the Lead Yard Services Program. With this award, these services will continue to be performed in Bath until the expected completion of the contract in


Bath Iron Works Awarded $76M DDG 51 Contract

Bath Iron Works Awarded $76M DDG 51 Contract The U.S. Navy has awarded Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, a $76 million modification to a previously awarded contract for Lead Yard Services associated with the DDG 51-Class AEGIS Destroyer Program. The award is for the first option year of a two-year engineering services contract initially awarded in November 2002.


Shipbuilders Support Collins for Senate

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In recognition of her commitment to the men and women who work at Bath Iron Works, a coalition of shipbuilders pledged their support for Susan Collins for re-election to the United States Senate. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Collins has supported legislation to provide a continued and steady workload at Bath Iron Works (BIW). Senator Collins has stated that BIW has been, and must continue to be, a central part of efforts to expand and modernize the U.S


BIW lands Navy Contract of $100 million

Littoral Combat Ships

  The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works a $100 million contract to provide planning yard services for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program. General Dynamics Bath Iron Works is a business unit of General Dynamics. Bath Iron Works, as the LCS Planning Yard, will provide maintenance and modernization support for all Navy LCS 1 and LCS 2 variant ships.Work to be performed under this contract includes availability advanced planning


GD Awarded $409M Contract to Build New Destroyers

On December 27 the U.S. Navy awarded a $409 million contract modification to Bath Iron Works, a business unit of General Dynamics to build DDG 106, an Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) Class destroyer, and for advance procurement for ships to be built in 2004-2005. Bath Iron Works is the lead designer and builder of the DDG 51-class destroyers. This contract modification provides funding for a previously announced ship that was awarded to the company as part of a seven-ship multiyear contract in


Bath Iron Works Awarded Contract

The U.S. Navy has awarded Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics a $197 million contract modification to continue work on the new DDG 1000 Zumwalt Class of destroyers. Work to be performed includes long lead material procurement and pre-production planning to support detail design and ship construction. The contract being modified was originally awarded in August 2006. The Zumwalt class of ships represents the Navy's next generation of multi-mission surface combatants which will


First-in-Class Zumwalt Destroyer Launched

Zumwalt DDG 1000: Photo courtesy of USN

General Dynamics Bath Iron Works has launched the Navy's first Zumwalt-class destroyer at their Bath, Maine shipyard. The future 'USS Zumwalt' (DDG 1000) will be the lead ship of the Navy's newest destroyer class, designed for littoral operations and land attack. The ship began its translation from Bath Iron Works' land-level construction facility to a floating dry dock, which was flooded and the ship was removed from its specially designed cradle


Padbury Mining Secures $6.5 Bln Port Funding

Source: Padbury Mining

Australia's Padbury Mining Ltd said it had secured almost $6.5 billion in funding to build a new deepwater port and railway at Oakajee in Western Australia, potentially opening a new export hub for the region's iron ore riches.   Plans for a port at Oakajee in Western Australia's Midwest region have been in the works under various companies for decades but have so far failed to get off the ground due to volatility in commodity markets and difficulty securing the massive investment needed


Soo Locks Open for Cargo Ships

The Edwin H. Gott enters the Poe Lock: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

 Despite the chilly temperatures and heavy snowfall the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the Soo Locks for the start of the Great Lakes shipping season.    The Edwin H. Gott, a 1,004-foot freighter, was the first ship to enter the Poe Lock


Baltic Sea Freight Index Flat on Muted Vessel Activity

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, remained steady on Thursday due to a muted vessel activity.   The index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Soo Locks Open for Great Lakes Shipping Season

At 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officially opened the Soo Locks for the start of the 2015 Great Lakes shipping season.   The locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan are among 16 locks that form the Great Lakes St


Baltic Sea Index Down as Weak Demand Hits Vessel Rates

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Friday as lack of demand took a toll on rates for most of the vessel segments.   The index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Baltic Dry Index Weak, Shipping in Troubled Waters

Image: The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)

 Baltic Dry Index (BDI), which tracks the cost of shipping iron ore, coal, grain and other materials, is continuing to remain weak as Chinese imports of commodities especially iron ore and coal has gone down portraying dark futures for seaborne trade.  


US Urges Asia for a Joint Move in South China Sea

South China Sea Tensions:  Council on Foreign Relations

 The commander of the U.S. Navy Seventh Fleet Vice Admiral Robert Thomas urged Southeast Asian nations to form a combined maritime force to patrol areas of the South China Sea where territorial tensions flare with China, reports Bloomberg.  


GoFree Debuts Lake Insight & Nautic Insight Cartography

Greatly improved for 2015, Lake Insight® and Nautic Insight® cartography packages are each available in three versions PRO, HD East and HD West.

  GoFree – the provider of digital content and services, and part of the Navico family of marine electronics brands including Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G – announced today the release of six updated mapping products for use in both inland and coastal U.S. waters


Baltic Index Advances with Rising Cry Commodity Vessel Demand

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, was lifted on Thursday by higher demand across all vessel segments.   The index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Tight Budget Hampers Malaysia's Naval Ambitions

Budget constraints are jeopardising Malaysia's defence spending plans, which include replacing ageing fighter jets and beefing up its maritime capabilities, at a time when Beijing is growing more assertive in the disputed South China Sea.  


Higher Rates Across All Vessel Segments Propels Baltic Index

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Friday, propelled by higher rates across all vessel segments.   The index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


New Orleans Cargo Totals at 14-year High

Cargo worked at the Port of New Orleans’ public docks in 2014 totaled 8.37 million tons, the highest total since 2000 and up 28 percent compared to the prior 12-month period, the port reported.   Imported steel and container cargo led the growth, as imported iron and steel rose 101


Baltic Sea Freight Index up on Higher Capesize Rates

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Tuesday on higher rates for capesize vessels.   The index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize dry bulk transport vessels


Brazil to Lease 29 Ports to Private Companies

  A plan to attract private investment to Brazil's strained port infrastructure is even more important in the face of federal budget cuts that will curb public investment, Brazilian Ports Minister Edinho Araújo said in an interview.  


Fire Aboard Teekay-owned FPSO Petrojarl Knarr

The FPSO Petrojarl Knarr being towed by Fairmount Marine tugs from South Korea to Norway (file photo)

  A fire started aboard the Teekay-owned FPSO Petrojarl Knarr this morning. The fire was the second aboard the FPSO unit, which was built in 2014, during its young life at sea.   The blaze occurred just a week after the Petrojarl Knarr produced its first oil from the Knarr field in


India to Promote Indian Ocean Rim and Coastal Tourism

Photo by the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA)

 The government of India will focus more on promoting the coastal tourism circuit and Indian Ocean Rim (IOR) tourism.   Dr Mahesh Sharma, India’s Minister of Tourism, Culture & Civil Aviation stressed the importance of developing






 
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