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Erie Shipbuilding to Undergo Expansion

Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell announced that three Erie County manufacturers – including the county's largest employer -- plan to invest more than $19 million to grow their respective operations in northwest Pennsylvania, adding 385 new jobs to the local economy over the next three years. The Governor said the state is supporting the growth through a series of investments totaling more than $1.5 million, which include grants and tax credits. Today's announcement included $500,000 to the county's largest employer, GE Transportation Systems; $702,250 to Erie Shipbuilding LLC; and $207,000 to National Steel Products Inc., a start-up company in Corry that will make leasehold improvements to a facility that has been mostly vacant for more than 15 years. Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Governor Rendell. Dennis Yablonsky visited Erie County today to make the announcements on behalf of GE Transportation Systems plans to implement lean manufacturing techniques at its rail plants in Erie and Grove City, Mercer County, a project that is expected to cost $12.8 million. By applying this new operational strategy, the company expects to lower costs and shorten lead times to deliver orders and products. GE Transportation Systems has already fulfilled its commitment to the commonwealth to create 120 new jobs, and is also retaining 4,486 existing jobs in Erie and 915 additional jobs at other Pennsylvania locations.

Donjon to Build Hopper Barges for Sterling

Photo: Donjon Shipbuilding

Donjon Shipbuilding and Repair, located in Erie, Pennsylvania, was recently awarded a contract by Sterling Equipment of Quincy, Massachusetts to construct two hopper barges, with an option for a third. The principal dimensions of these barges are 225’ long x 42’ wide x 12’ deep. Delivery of the barges is to be made by the middle to end of August 2013. Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair's facility, equipped with 1,250 ft. by 120 ft. by 22 ft

Wrap Yourself in History

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Crucial Sea Battle — Battle of Lake Erie — from War of 1812 Commemoration set for 2013 One of the most famous sea battles in U.S. naval history took place in September 1813, not upon the sea, but on the waters of Lake Erie, between what is now Ohio and Ontario, Canada.  In the War of 1812 against Great Britain, the Battle of Lake Erie was a crucial and decisive victory for America and itsNavy, and the flotilla led by 27-year old Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. 

Seacor and Donjon Christen Erie-Built Tug-Barge Unit

Ellen Boothe, wife of the vessel’s namesake, Ken Boothe Sr., former General Manager of Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair LLC, who passed away unexpectedly during the first year of operations, christens the Ken Boothe Sr. at an event on April 10, 2012.

Erie, Pa. – Seajon LLC, a partnership between Seacor Holdings Inc. and Donjon Marine Co. Inc., held an open house and christening of the 34,000-ton capacity self-unloading articulated tug and barge (ATB) Ken Boothe Sr. and Lakes Contender. This ATB is the first of its kind to be built in Erie, Pennsylvania, since 1972. Donjon reopened the yard in December, 2009. "We are so pleased to christen this state-of-the-art ATB here in Erie

GE V250 is Tier II Compliant

GE Marine received U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier II emissions compliance certification for its V250 diesel engine family. “The EPA Tier II compliance certification for our V250 family of medium-speed diesel engines comes just months after we announced similar certification for our V228 diesel engine family,” said John Manison, manager of GE’s marine & stationary power business, Erie, Pa. “These certifications offer customers the flexibility to select from two GE engine

No Discharge Zone in Ohio waters of Lake Erie – proposal

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Notice stating that it has received an application from the State of Ohio to have Ohio waters of Lake Erie designated a No Discharge Zone for vessel sewage. Normally, this is largely a matter of concern for recreational vessels. In this instance though, state waters extend out to the boundary with Canada. Commercial vessels transiting these waters, extending the majority of the distance from Buffalo to Detroit

Great Lakes Wind Energy Project Taking Off

A LEEDCo official has informed 'The News-Herald' that more than 3,000 people in Northeast Ohio so far have signed up to pledge to buy a portion of their future electricity needs from offshore wind power.
 LEEDCo has begun work on a five to nine turbine wind energy demonstration project in Lake Erie named "Icebreaker," which is slated to be completed in 2017. It would be the first freshwater offshore wind project in the nation.

Ohio Sues Army Corps over Cleveland Harbor dredging

Cleveland Harbour Lake Erie by US Army Corps of Engineers

 Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office filed suit Tuesday against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for its plan either to place dredge material from Cleveland Harbor in Lake Erie or refrain from dredging the entire navigation channel unless a non-federal partner pays to place it in confined disposal facilities.    The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Cleveland, alleges that the Corps -- which has already agreed to help dredge and dispose of sediment for five miles of

Great Lakes Storm of 1913

In early November, 1913, a blizzard struck the U.S. Midwest and the Canadian province of Ontario. The Great Lakes storm of 1913 reached its highest intensity on November 9. A total of 19 ships were sunk and another 19 were stranded on Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie. Cargo losses were in excess of 68,300 tons and were valued at over a million dollars. More than 280 mariners lost their lives in the most destructive natural disaster to ever strike the Great Lakes.

CG Photo: Coast Guard Preps Cleveland Waterway for Winter

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Jorgensen

Coast Guardsmen bring Cleveland Harbor's East Basin Channel Lighted Buoy 11 aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay, based in Detroit, Dec. 2, 2010, to replace it with a smaller unlit buoy designed to better withstand damage from ice as Lake Erie freezes during the winter months. U.S., Canadian and industry partners work together to retrieve or replace about half of the lighted and unlighted buoys and beacons throughout the Great Lakes in an evolution known as Operation Fall Retrieve

Glosten to Chair SNAME Shipbuilding Panel

Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy Glosten said it will chair a panel on modern shipbuilding at this year’s SNAME Maritime Convention (SMC) in Bellevue, Wash. The panel will discuss new technologies in shipbuilding, how to address an aging workforce

Newport News Names Cullen VP of Nuclear Propulsion

Mary Cullen (Photo: HII)

Mary Cullen has been appointed vice president of nuclear propulsion at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division. Cullen will assume her new role on November 14 following a transition into the job with the help of Barry Fletcher

Maersk Names Fourth Jack-up at DSME

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 Maersk Drilling’s fourth XL Enhanced ultra-harsh environment jack-up was named on 14 October at a ceremony held at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in South Korea.   "Maersk Drilling’s fourth XL Enhanced ultra-harsh environment jackup was

DSME Denounces McKinsey Report

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 The report by Global consulting company McKinsey & Company that Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) is least likely to survive among the big three shipbuilding companies has brought about strong opposition from DSME.   

South Korean Yards Eyed for $3.8 Bln LNG Shipbuilding Deal

A little-known investment company said it intends to order up to 20 liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, probably from South Korean shipbuilders. The contracts would be worth as much as $3.8 billion, two people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.  

LNG Newcomer Mulls $3.8 billion 20-Vessel Order

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 According to Reuters CBI Energy and Chemical (CB&I), a little known investment firm, plans to order up to 20 LNG carriers, in a deal worth up to US$3.8 billion – a  huge prospect to South Korea’s beleaguered shipbuilding sector and a massive boost to the global LNG

MacGregor in JV with China State Shipbuilding

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 MacGregor, part of Cargotec, and China State Shipbuilding Corporation's (CSSC) Nanjing Luzhou Machine Co Ltd (LMC) signed a joint venture contract  to form CSSC Luzhou MacGregor Machine Co Ltd.    Subject to all relevant authority approvals, expected within this year

Mitsubishi Plans to Shrink Ship Building Operations

Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System (MALS) Photo Mitsubishi Shipbuilding & Ocean Development

Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is planning to stop taking new orders for large passenger ships, downsizing its shipbuilding operations due to a slump in orders, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Sunday. The plans by Japan's fourth-largest shipbuilder come as new shipbuilding orders have

ARCOS Brings Technology Approach to Shipbuilding

ARCOS Innovations Inc. is a new joint venture founded by members of SSI leadership and a senior SSI reseller with expertise in the implementation and development of enterprise systems for shipbuilding and offshore.   The mission of ARCOS is to help customers solve key business challenges

COSCO, China Shipping Merge Shipbuilding Units

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 China’s two biggest state-owned shipping companies plan to merge 11 shipbuilding yards into a single entity in one of the industry’s biggest consolidation moves yet, reports Wall Street Journal.   China’s two biggest state-owned shipping companies plan to merge 11

New Japanese Coal Carrier Enters Service

Noshiro Maru. Photo: NYK Line

A new coal carrier Noshiro Maru was delivered on September 30 at Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. in Saikai city, Nagasaki prefecture. A delivery and naming ceremony was held at the shipyard on the same day and attended by Makoto Kaiwa, chairman of Tohoku Electric Power; his wife; and NYK Chairman

Kawasaki May Quit Shipbuilding

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Japan's Kawasaki Heavy Industries said it would consider a drastic revision of its shipbuilding, and has even indicated that it may pull out of its shipbuilding business due to its worsening profitability, reports Reuters. Kawasaki Shipbuilding revised its profit outlook lower for the business

MarAd Stresses Economic Impact of Shipyard Jobs in NE

Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen (Photo: MARAD)

In comments before the international Tradewinds Ship Owners Forum in New York City, Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen highlighted the more than 42,700 jobs, $3.6 billion in labor income and $4.78 billion in GDP associated with employment for shipbuilding and repair in the

Vard Design for USCG OPC Program

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Vard Holdings Limited said a design developed by its subsidiary Vard Marine was selected for the U.S. Coast Guard’s new Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) program. Eastern Shipbuilding Group and team partners were selected for the detailed design and construction phase for the U.S

Vard Design for USCG Patrol Cutter

Offshore Patrol Cutter

Vard Holdings Limited (“VARD”), one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of specialized vessels stated that a design developed by its subsidiary Vard Marine has been selected for the US Coast Guard’s new Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) program.

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