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Sunken Ship Newport Dock to be Replaced

According to a May 16 report from the Daily Journal of Commerce, more than 50 years ago, dock builders in Newport sunk two concrete Navy ships in Yaquina Bay and built on top of them. Now the S.S. Pasley has cracked and leaked oil into the bay. Its instability caused port officials to change their plans to rebuild the docks. The Pasley will be removed and a traditional dock will be built in its place. The S.S. Hennebique, a nearly identical 1944 concrete ship, will remain, with a future construction phase adding a dock in front of it. (Source: The Daily Journal of Commerce)


Marine Construction:

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Protecting Contractors As They Enter New Waters.   As the economic recovery continues to sputter along, construction companies eager to land any available projects have found themselves bidding outside their normal scope of work. Maritime construction is one such industry that has seen an increase in contractors who may not typically work on marine-related projects, thereby increasing the likelihood that individual projects may fall outside their skill set.  


Minaminippon Shipbuilding Plans Shipyard in Oita

Minaminippon Shipbuilding Co. said Thursday it will open by April 2008 a shipyard able to build 100,000-ton tankers on land to be purchased in Oita Prefecture's waterfront industrial belt. The Oita Prefecture builder of tankers and auto carriers will also build a repair dock at the new facility and expand an existing shipyard elsewhere in Oita in view of growing shipping activity worldwide, company officials said, adding it will spend 14 billion yen on the capital investment.


ZF Marine CruiseCommand Offers Plug-n-Play Control

ZF Marine introduces a new plug-n-play CruiseCommand control that is designed to offer significant savings in installation and maintenance costs. The new system, developed by engineers at ZF Mathers LLC for vessels with electronic engines and solenoid gears, will be available for delivery in April. Plug-in connections and an external keypad setup simplify processes for installing and configuring the controls. Built-in features include an LED troubleshooting display


STIDD Admiral Seats at the Helm of the Odessa

Image courtesy STIDD Systems, Inc.

A pair of custom STIDD Admiral High Back helm seats from leading ergonomic marine seating manufacturer STIDD Systems add comfort and style to the helm of Christensen Shipyards' newest launch, set to debut at the 2009 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, October 29 – November 2. The 160-foot Odessa is the first Christensen yacht to feature a black hull and silver painted superstructure. In addition to the standard STIDD ergonomic and adjustment features


STIDD Seats Aboard New Yachts at FLIBS 2010

Image courtesy STIDD

Along the in-water docks at the 2010 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (Bahia Mar, October 28-November 1), STIDD seats can be seen installed aboard new yachts by leading builders Citadel, Northcoast, Christensen, Rayburn, Burger and Trinity - and more. www.stidd.com


UK Shipyard Merger

Mustang Marine Construction: Photo credit Mustang Marine

Mustang Marine (Wales) join forces with Milford Haven Ship Repairers (MHSR) Currently the trading name for Milford Haven Port Authority, MHSR, is to be rebranded under the Mustang Marine (Wales) Ltd name and will operate from the existing two sites, the dry dock facility at Milford Dock and the slipway facility adjacent to Mustang Marine in Pembroke Dock. Mustang Marine, is a boat builder and repairer of workboats, pilot boats, passenger and similar commercial vessels up to 40m in length


Car Carrier Sea Trials Show Work Remains

Photo courtesy of Nantong Mingde

China's Nantong Mingde Heavy Industry Co. reports car-carrier completes latest phase sea trials, but more work to be done. Car carrying vessel (MD087) built for the Gram Car Carrier company returns to the shipyard's COSCO steel structure dock having completed a 55-hour sea trial. The builders say that the ship's quality satisfied the ship owners and the classification society but that there remained one eighth of 150 requirements to be made good


Nichols Brothers Boat Builders Launch M/V Robert Franco

M/V Robert Franco

On March 14, 2013 Nichols Brothers Boat Builders launched the M/V Robert Franco  the first of two tractor tugs Nichols has contracted with Harley Marine Services. Nichols began construction of the 100’ x 40’ Z-drive ship assist tractor tug in May of 2012. On March 14th 2013 Nichols launched the vessel into Holmes Harbor of Whidbey Island from their Freeland Shipyard. The vessel was then towed to Nichols Langley site for final vessel outfitting, dock and sea trials


Nichols Brothers to Build Washington Ferry Superstructure

Washington State 144-car ferry Superstructure Chimacum to be built at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders    Ice Floe, LLC dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) has been contracted by Vigor Industrial to construct the superstructure portion of the third Olympic Class 144-Car Washington State Ferry the M/V Chimacum. Nichols Brothers completed the superstructures for the first and second WSF 144-Car Ferry vessels delivered to Vigor for final assembly in March and December 2013.


Cruise Repair to Keep GBSL Busy in 2016

Allure of the Seas docked at the Grand Bahama Shipyard for repair work in 2014 (Photo: GBSL)

Repair yard Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL) is in store for a busy year, with 20 cruise vessels booked for repair, maintenance and overhaul work in 2016. The scope of projects includes propulsion and technical systems overhaul, accommodations and public space upgrades and the addition of


Newport News Shipbuilding Rings in 130 Years

Dry Dock 1 at Newport News Shipbuilding is flooded prior to the official opening celebration of the shipyards first dry dock on April 24, 1889.  The Puritan-class monitor USS Puritan waits beyond the dry dock’s gate to enter. (Photo: HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division kicked off its 130th anniversary celebration January 28.   Newport News, the sole designer, builder and refueler of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and one of two providers of U.S


June Deadline for Panama Canal Expansion

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

 The Panama Canal expansion project is now expected to be finished “mid of 2016” says a report in Reuters quoting the waterway's administrator.    "The new set of larger locks for the Panama Canal will be complete by the end of June


JFD Wins Lifeboat Design Contract for Flash Tekk

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JFD, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, announced that it has won a contract with Singaporean company Flash Tekk Engineering for the design and manufacture of up to eight Self-Propelled Hyperbaric Lifeboats (SPHL).   A development to improve operational safety standards


Vard Brazil Shipyard Makes First Delivery

Barbosa Lima Sobrinho  7,000 m3 Fully Pressurized LPG Carrier Photo Vard

  Vard Holdings Limited, a global designer and builder of offshore and specialized vessels, has delivered its first vessel from the group’s newest shipyard, Vard Promar in Brazil, on January 8, 2016. The vessel, a 7,000 m3 fully pressurized Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) carrier


US Nuclear Submarine Visits Japanese Port

USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705) Photo by  US Navy

 Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705)  has docked at Yokosuka port in Japan as part of its Asia-Pacific region itinerary, the US Navy announced in a news release.   City of Corpus Christi has conducted a multitude of missions and maintains


Next Generation Marine Power & Propulsion Conference

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The Next Generation Marine Power & Propulsion Conference will be held at the Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton U.K. from April 26 to 28, 2016.    The event will bring together an international group of experts armed with the latest knowledge to highlight the potential use of


MAN D&T Expands in Chinese Two-Stroke Market

YCMP becomes MAN Diesel & Turbo’s latest Chinese licensee   At a ceremony in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province on January 16, 2016, local engine builder Yuchai Marine Power Co., Ltd. (YCMP) signed a new license agreement with MAN Diesel & Turbo for the production of MAN


Emco Wheaton Plays Key Role in First US Crude Oil Shipment

Photo: Emco Wheaton

Marine Loading Arms (MLA) form vital part of process when transferring crude oil to oceangoing tanker   Emco Wheaton has played a pivotal role in the transfer of the first shipment of U.S. crude oil for export in 40 years, after the Theo T tanker set sail from the Port of Corpus Christi


Coal Carrier Shin Sekiyo Delivered

Shin Sekiyo Photo Chugoku Electric Power Co

On January 15, a new coal carrier, Shin Sekiyo, was delivered at Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (Saikai city, Nagasaki prefecture). A delivery and naming ceremony was held at the shipyard on the same day and attended by NYK chairman Yasumi Kudo and representatives from Chugoku Electric Power Co. Inc


Brazil Orders Vale to Close Tubarão Iron Ore Port

Photo: Vale

A Brazilian federal court on Thursday ordered the suspension of activities at Vale SA's Port of Tubarão because of pollution concerns, halting the world's largest iron ore exporter's ability to ship more than a third of its output.  


Good Year for Damen Shipyards Sharjah

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  Damen Shipyards Sharjah (DSS) was officially opened in January 2014. Now, two years later, the yard celebrates its anniversary with a total of 13 vessels being dry-docked simultaneously. The vessels include pilot boats, landing craft, OSVs, as well as a cable-laying vessel


Super Yacht Bursts into Flames

Image from Youtube video

 The GBP4million super yacht Princess 95 Queen Anna has been destroyed after it went up in flames in Turkey.   The 90-foot superyacht yatch was completely gutted by the blaze in Ege Saray marina in Fethiye on Thursday.   Smoke then completely engulfed the vessel and there were


2016 Looks Tricky for Shipping Market

Source: Clarksons

 2015 was clearly a very challenging year for the shipping markets. With earnings rock bottom in many sectors, investors shifted into a lower gear with respect to the placement of new vessel orders last year, says Clarksons Research.  


San Jacinto Maritime Technology and Training Center Now Open

Photo courtesy of The San Jacinto College

The San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center on the Maritime Campus is now open for maritime training along the Port of Houston.   Located at 3700 Old State Highway 146 in La Porte, Texas, the 45,000-square-foot Maritime Technology and Training Center sits 14 feet above






 
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