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Construction of Second New WSDOT Ferry

Construction of the state’s second Kwa-di Tabil Class (64-car) ferry officially got underway April 19 at Todd Pacific Shipyards (Todd) in Seattle. Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Secretary Paula Hammond and Assistant Secretary for Washington State Ferries (WSF) David Moseley were on hand to help Todd officials commemorate the event. Secretary Hammond struck the first arc weld on the keel signifying the start of construction of the second vessel of the class. “These new ferries represent progress toward a more reliable ferry system, which is critical for the economic prosperity of ferry communities,” said Paula Hammond, Washington Transportation Secretary. “With the Chetzemoka now in Everett for final outfitting, we are celebrating the start of a second new ferry – with a third new vessel soon to follow. This is the kind of service delivery the public expects from a well-run ferry system.” The first Kwa-di Tabil Class Ferry, Chetzemoka, was towed to Todd’s subcontractor, Everett Shipyard, earlier this month for final outfitting, system testing and sea trials. The Chetzemoka is scheduled to go into service on the Port Townsend/Keystone route late summer after several weeks of WSF sea trials and crew training. In October 2009 WSDOT awarded a $114m contract to Todd to build two more 64-car ferries, in addition to the Chetzemoka

Port of Everett Seaport Adds Lift Capacity

Welcoming new 150-ton mobile harbor crane in March 2015 		  					and three Hyster reachstackers

  The Port of Everett Seaport is adding additional lift capacity to its operations in March 2015, with the purchase of a new, 150-ton GHMK 7608 mobile harbor crane. The nearly $5.1 million investment, which was authorized by the Port Commission, will allow the Port of Everett to better accommodate its niche market of overdimensional cargoes, and provide opportunity to compete for new heavylift business. “We are investing in our infrastructure and cargo handling equipment to

Green Light for Offshore LNG

Stuck at the wrong end of North America's natural gas pipelines, Massachusetts has relied on boatloads of liquefied natural gas to supplement pipeline gas for more than 30 years. The need for LNG has spiked in recent years as power producers have turned to this fuel for the region's newest -- and cleanest -- fossil fuel electricity plants. The safest terminals for unloading LNG are offshore, far away from residential neighborhoods

USS Nimitz Indian Ocean Shipboad Fire Extinguished

USS Nimitz: Photo credit Wiki CCL

A fire  aboard aircraft carrier 'USS Nimitz' (CVN 68) in the ship's electrical equipment was quickly extinguished by the ship's underway fire-fighting team. No Sailors were injured during the event or the response, and the ship and embarked air wing remain operable and in a safe, stable condition.

 The ship's underway firefighting team and watchstanders responded to the electrical fire, set fire boundaries and extinguished the fire.

Alaska Approves Vigor Purchase of Alaska Ship Leases

Alaska has approved Vigor Industrial’s bid to assume Alaska Ship & Drydock’s (ASD) private/public partnership leases to operate the Ketchikan Shipyard. The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority unanimously voted today in Anchorage to transfer leases to the new Vigor Alaska Ship & Drydock subsidiary, clearing the way for Vigor’s acquisition of the operating company. The purchase was first announced Feb. 7 pending AIDEA approval.

Todd Pacific Shipyards to Overhaul Carriers

Todd Pacific Shipyards Corporation has been awarded a five-year contract with the United States Navy to provide long-term overhaul and maintenance to the NIMITZ CLASS aircraft carriers (CVN) homeported in Puget Sound. The contract consists of multiple contract options for planned incremental availabilities (PIA's), docking planned incremental availabilities (DPIA's) and continuous maintenance and upkeep for the USS LINCOLN (CVN-72), USS STENNIS (CVN-74)

Newport News Shipbuilding's Apprentice School to partner Old Dominion University

The Signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Apprentice School and Old Dominion University (ODU) will take place tomorrow (23rd April) at 3101 Washington Ave. in downtown Newport News for offering a bachelor's degree program in mechanical and electrical engineering. The Apprentice School is the only registered apprenticeship program in the country to offer a bachelor's degree as part of its academic instruction program, thanks to a partnership with ODU.

USS Abraham Lincoln Returns Home


USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) returns to its homeport of Everett, Wash., Oct. 12 after a seven-month deployment supporting Operations Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and maritime security and coalition operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR). The total distance steamed during deployment was 58,370 miles, or approximately 2.3 times around the world. Electrical power generated during deployment totaled 52,000 megawatt hours

LNG Tanker Diverted from Britain to N. America

A liquefied natural gas (LNG) delivery bound for Britain may have been diverted on Wednesday towards North America, according to live ship-tracking data on Reuters Eikon.   The GDF Suez Point Fortin tanker was initially due to unload its Algerian cargo in Britain's Isle of Grain terminal on May 6-7.   Shipping data shows it has changed course four times in the past 48 hours, before finally breaking out of its previous shipping channel earlier on Wednesday.  

TechSolutions Connects S&T With Fleet


“TechSolutions allows individual warfighters to submit a request and get short-turnaround solutions from the science and technology community,” says Master Chief Electronics Technician Charles Ziervogel, the Command Master Chief at ONR and fleet liaison for TechSolutions.   The process is simple:  A Sailor or Marine contacts TechSolutions via the web or email and shares a problem or situation that needs attention

Mooring Safety Improved at Port Taranaki

Vessel moored at Port Taranaki using SmartLoad® boss mooring link.JPG

Scotload, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has designed and delivered a solution for the monitoring of mooring line stresses at Port Taranaki, a deepwater port in New Zealand. The company said it utilized its SmartLoad 2Ex technology for Zone 2 hazardous areas to improve safety and significantly

NBBB Uses New System to Launch Tug for Kirby

(Photo: Nichols Brothers Boat Builders)

A newly built articulated tug barge (ATB) unit tugboat, was launched for Kirby Offshore Marine on Wednesday, September 2.   The new vessel, the 136’ x 44’ x 19’ Nancy Peterkin, is the first of two sister vessels built for Kirby by Ice Floe

Strum Named Samson President & CEO

Andrea Sturm

Samson, the worldwide leader in performance cordage, announces that after 41 years with the company, Tony Bon will step down as CEO on January 1, 2016. Andrea Sturm has been appointed as Bon’s successor and will be joining the Samson team in November 2015

N-KOM: New VLCC Size Floating Dock

Donnelly Tankers vessel inside new VLCC size floating dock

Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM), the joint-venture shipyard of Keppel Offshore & Marine and Nakilat, continues to see strong interest for its ship repair services in 2015, having already delivered more than 450 projects for shipping and oil and gas companies over the past four

COSCO Delivers PSV to COSL

On July 22, COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard delivered a platform supply vessel (PSV), ¡°Hai Yang Shi You 660¡±, to China Oilfield Services Limited (COSL), the Chinese shipbuilder announced.   The vessel measures 85.4 meters LOA, 20 meters in breadth, 8

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard is Philly Shipyard Now

Photo by Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Inc

 Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA announces its plan to change its name to Philly Shipyard ASA, pending an upcoming shareholder vote at an extraordinary general meeting expected to take place in October 2015. Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc

Shell Rig Departs for Arctic Despite Protest

U.S. Coast Guard and police boats cleared a way through protesters in kayaks at a Seattle-area port on Tuesday so a drilling ship could head for the Arctic on behalf of Royal Dutch Shell.   The Noble Discover is the second drilling ship Shell has sent to the area in recent days.  

Aker Philadelphia Appoints New CFO

Photo: Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

  Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA has appointed Jan Ivar Nielsen as Chief Financial Officer effective September 2015. Since 2009, Nielsen has held the position of CFO of VARD Holdings, a publicly listed global designer and builder of offshore and specialized vessels with 10 facilities

CSSC Wins 2 Survey Ships Order

The CSSC has a stronger research technique strength

  On June 16th, Shanghai Shipyard Co., Ltd. under CSSC and COSCO (Guangdong) Shipyard received 3 survey ships order. The 3 ships include 2 comprehensive physical survey ships and 1 comprehensive geophysical survey ship. The 2D six cable physical survey ship designed by the No

Harvey Gulf Acquires Shipbuilding Assets

Gulf Coast Shipyard (Photo: HGIM)

Harvey Gulf continues growth despite industry downturn; new affiliate Harvey Shipyard Group acquires Gulf Coast Shipyard Group   Harvey Gulf International Marine (HGIM) is launching a new affiliate, Harvey Shipyard Group, to manage its shipbuilding assets, the company announced today

Avondale Shipyard Through the Years


The new photo book, Avondale: A Model for Success, tracks the story of an American shipyard from its humble beginnings in 1938, through years of growth achievement, up to its eventual acquisition in 1999.   Book team leaders, Rene Pierre Meric, Jr. and Philip J

Cosco Bags Research Ship Order

Photo credit: Cosco (Guangdong) Shipyard

 Cosco (Guangdong) Shipyard secured a contract worth over 129 million yuan ($20.8m) to build one research vessel, to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2017.   The contract will become effective upon the receipt of letter of guarantee from the shipyard's bank.   

Privinvest May Buy Stake in ABG Shipyard

Photo: ABG Shipyard

 India's largest private shipbuilding company ABG Shipyard is in talks with Privinvest Holding SAL to sell stake. A report says that Privinvest is expected to acquire up to 49% stake in ABG.     A report in the ET NOW says both the companies entered into an exclusivity period for

Newport News Shipbuilding Adds Warehouse Space

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has increased its indoor material storage capacity by more than 500,000 square feet with the addition of new warehouse space in the West Park Warehouse Complex in Hampton.  

Shanghai Shipyard Won Bid for Two Survey Vessels

A Seismic Survey Vessel. Pic by China Oilfield Services Limited

 Shanghai Shipyard has won bids to build two multipurpose survey vessels for two geological survey institutes. The shipyard is an affiliate of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC).   Qingdao Marine Geological Survey Institute and Guangzhou Marine Geological Survey Institute have

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