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US Offshore Wind Survey Contract for Fugro Atlantic

Fugro Atlantic to undertake a geological and geophysical survey for the Virginia Wind Energy Area for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The survey area covers over 45,000ha in the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf and is seen to be a key step forward in developing offshore energy supplies in the region. In awarding the contract, Commonwealth of Virginia governor Bob McDonnell said: “[This is] a positive move forward toward the development of offshore wind energy, an important and promising component of my plan to develop all of the commonwealth’s domestic energy from local resources to make Virginia the ‘Energy Capital of the East Coast’.” Fugro Atlantic vice president Tom McNeilan, indicated that the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf has never been developed for energy purposes and there is little record of how installed structures have performed and only basic knowledge of the character of the seafloor and sub-surface is available. Fugro’s successful execution of detailed geotechnical and geophysical investigations for the Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound, which is set to be the first commercial-scale, offshore American wind farm, led to Fugro being selected to complete this important survey of the Virginia Wind Energy Area. Source: New Civil Engineer


Rail-Barge Service from Eastern Shore to Resume

Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that the Bay Coast Railroad Car Barge will resume service next week as a result of a partnership between the Commonwealth, area localities, and the Bay Coast Railroad.  The barge, which was removed from service last year, provides connecting service between the Virginia’s Eastern Shore and Norfolk/Virginia Beach. Last year, the Bay Coast Railroad suspended service on the barge when it identified $1 million in structural deficiencies critical to


Virginia Passes Bill to Ban Solid Waste Barges

The 1999 session of the Commonwealth of Virginia's General Assembly passed legislation prohibiting the transportation of solid waste on the Commonwealth's navigable waterways. State Senator William T. Bolling (R) introduced Senate Bill 1308 in response to the volume of solid waste transported to Virginia for disposal, as well as the possibility that New York City will seek to increase this volume because existing city landfills are scheduled to close by 2001.


Interior Holds Second Sale for Renewable Energy in Federal Waters

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy sources and cut carbon pollution, the Interior Department completed the nation’s second competitive lease sale for renewable energy in federal waters, garnering $1,600,000 in high bids for 112,799 acres on the Outer Continental Shelf offshore Virginia. Virginia Electric and Power Company is the provisional winner of the sale, which auctioned a Wind Energy Area approximately 23


VDGIF Gets 2 New Safeboats

Conservation police officers with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) unveiled their newest tool in serving as First Tier Responders for small craft engaged in suspicious water-based activities today at an event at Osborne Boating Landing. The two, new 21-foot, 12-man Safeboats will enhance conservation police officers' surveillance, detection, and intervention capabilities as they patrol the Norfolk, Newport News and Portsmouth harbor areas.


Gamesa, Northrop Grumman Launch Offshore Wind Technology Center

Gamesa Technology Corp., a global wind energy company, and the shipbuilding operations of Northrop Grumman Corp., America's largest shipbuilder, launched the Offshore Wind Technology Center to jointly develop the next generation of offshore wind systems that will be deployed in the United States and around the world. Plans call for the development of North America's first offshore wind turbines by late next year.  


General Dynamics Awarded Second U.S. Navy Sub

The U.S. Navy has released $1.2b for the construction of the 14th Virginia-class submarine, SSN-787, to General Dynamics Electric Boat, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).  This award marks the beginning of production of two submarines per year on the Virginia-class program.   The release of the funding allows procurement of long lead-time components that will support the planned official construction start later this year on the as-yet-unnamed submarine at


Northrop Grumman Delivers New Mexico Sub

Photo courtesy Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) delivered the sixth submarine of the Virginia class, New Mexico (SSN 779), to the U.S. Navy, four months ahead of schedule. New Mexico's 70-month construction period represents the shortest overall construction time of any Virginia-class submarine. The keel for New Mexico was authenticated April 12, 2008, and the ship was christened on Dec. 13, 2008. New Mexico, named for "The Land of Enchantment


More Matson Rates to Increase

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Matson, Inc., a U.S. carrier in the Pacific, announced that Matson Navigation Company, Inc. (Matson) will raise its rates for the company's Guam/Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI) and Micronesia services by $275 for both westbound and eastbound containers, effective January 26, 2014. The increase will be filed with the Surface Transportation Board and the Federal Maritime Commission. The rate increase also applies to the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands


Indian Ocean Offshore Joint Management Zone Actioned

Indian Ocean Islands, Seychelles & Mauritius join forces to manage exploitation of world's largest offshore continental shelf area. With the help of the Commonwealth Secretariat Seychelles and Mauritius have established a joint commission, the first of its kind, to manage an offshore zone comprising 400,000 sq. kilometers of continental shelf. This development comes after their successful joint claim to the continental shelf before the United Nations.


DoD Awards Ingalls 'USS Ronald Reagan' Contract Modification

Carriers in San Diego yard: Photo USN

U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) informs that Huntington Ingalls Inc., Newport News, Virginia, is being awarded a US$13,759,894 modification to previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee, incentive-fee contract (N00024-13-C-4315) for USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) fiscal 2014 planned incremental


Today in U.S. Naval History: July 24

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 24 1813- Sailing Master Elijah Mix attempts to blow up British warship Plantagenet with a torpedo near Cape Henry, Virginia. 1944 - Following 43 days of naval gunfire and air bombardment, Naval Task Force lands Marines on Tinian.


APM Terminals to Sell Container Terminal in Virginia

Photo: APM Terminal Virgina

Port operator APM Terminals, a unit of Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk, said it would sell a big U.S. container terminal to infrastructure investor Alinda Capital Partners and a British private pension fund. The companies, in a joint statement on Tuesday


Eastern Shipbuilding to Launch Another HOS OSV

Launch of similar OSV: Image courtesy of ESG

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. invites interested parties to the launch of the Offshore Support Vessel (OSV) 'HOS Brass Ring' at 3:00 pm C.T. on Friday, August 8, 2014 at Eastern's Allanton Shipyard. 13300 Allanton Road Panama City, FL 32404.


GLDD, BAE, Awarded DoD Contracts

Dredging Work off New York: File photo

U.S. Department of Defense informs that a New York Harbor dredging contract has been awarded to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company (GLDD) and a Navy USS Jacinto drydocking contract to BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair. Details as follows: 1. Dredging contract


ICE to Add Port of Virginia as Coffee Delivery Point in 2016

Portsmouth Marine Terminal in  Port of Virginia (Photo courtesy of  Port of Virginia)

ICE Futures U.S. will add the Port of Virginia as a delivery point for the arabica coffee futures contract, effective with the September 2016 contract, the exchange said in a notice on Tuesday. An exchange spokeswoman declined to comment on the reason for the addition.


Holton Tours Newport News’ Apprentice School

Apprentices Jason Marshall (left) and Matthew Stanley (center) greet Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton in the lobby of The Apprentice School before her tour led by the school’s director, Everett Jordan (right). Photo by Chris Oxley/HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton Wednesday for a tour of The Apprentice School at the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division. Danny Hunley, Newport News' vice president of operations, and Everett Jordan


Norfolk Goes Live with Navis TOS

Photo courtesy of the Port of Virginia

Navis, a part of Cargotec Corporation, and provider of operational technologies, today announced that The Port of Virginia successfully went live at Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) on June 20 with the Navis N4 terminal operating system (TOS)


ACV Development: DoD Award Contract Modifications

Hi-speed amphibious craft: Photo from US Marine Corps video

The US Department of Defense informs it has awarded contract modifications to previously awarded contracts with BAE Systems Land & Armaments, as well as with General Dynamics Information Technology to understand the risks and assist the government in determining the best approach for


Maersk Line Awarded Sealift Command Contract Modification

U.S. Navy ocean surveillance ship: Photo USN

The U.S. Department of Defense informs that Maersk Line, Ltd., Norfolk, Virginia, is being awarded a $7,103,568 modification under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00033-13-C-2505) to exercise a 92-day option for the operation and maintenance of five U.S


HII’s Petters Honored by Navy League

Mike Petters, president and chief executive officer of Huntington Ingalls Industries (Photo courtesy of HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today that Mike Petters, its president and CEO, was honored by the Navy League of the United States New York Council at a dinner last night in New York City. Petters was awarded the Rear Admiral John J


SECNAV Orders Amphibious Transport Dock Ship to Gulf

USS Mesa Verde: Photo USN

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today ordered the amphibious transport dock ship 'USS Mesa Verde' into the Arabian Gulf, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
 The ship has completed its transit through the Strait of Hormuz, the admiral said in a statement.


DoD Awards $36-Million LCAC Contracts to L-3 Unidyne

LCAC: Photo USN

US Department of Defense informs that L-3 Unidyne Inc., Norfolk, Virginia, is being awarded two contracts for work on air-cushioned (LCAC) craft, as detailed below: First contract: Four LCAC at Camp Pendleton, California Is a $22,231,067 firm-fixed-priced contract for the service life extension


USCG Rescues 2 After Boat Capsizes Near Kiptopeke Park

US Coast Guard rescues two after boat capsized

  The Coast Guard rescued two people Sunday who were reported missing after their 21-foot fishing boat sank approximately a mile west of Kiptopeke State Park. Rescued were Bonatacio Montalvo, 64, of Machipongo, Virginia, and Jose Rosales, 27.


Coast Guard Escorts Portsmouth - Norfolk Tunnel Tow

Midtown tunnel section tow: Photo USCG

Crews aboard two 25-foot Response Boat – Smalls, from Coast Guard Station Curtis Bay, Maryland, are to be seen here escorting the tugboats 'Honor' and 'Captain William Landry' near Sparrows Point, as they tow a section of the Midtown Tunnel that will connect Portsmouth with Norfolk, Virginia






 
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