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Jensen Maritime-Designed Pushboat Delivered

Photo courtesy Crowley

The Jensen Maritime-designed river push boat, the M/V Stephenson II, has been delivered to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for use in Gascondale, MO, in the Corps' Kansas City district.   Jensen performed the functional design and production lofting of the ABS Classed, 58-ft, 770-horsepower boat, which will provide operational support for the district's operations and maintenance mission on the lower Missouri River as well as for general construction and mitigation projects.   Patti Marine Enterprises Inc. (PME) of Pensacola, Fla., which built the vessel, hired Jensen to take the Corps' design for a smaller and narrower boat and create the functional design and production lofting. Lofting essentially involves taking a vessel design and creating a building kit for the shipyard, including assembly drawings and directions for the cutting machines. This process helps optimize building productivity and quality. Jensen worked closely with PME to ensure the vessel was successfully delivered on time.   As a day boat and support vessel, the M/V Stephenson II has no accommodations and no provisions for fresh water, although it does come equipped with an Incolet brand of head as a small crew comfort.  Noise and vibration reduction of the exhaust system was very important to the Army Corps, which wanted no more than 20 percent transmissibility


GD to Integrate Ship Mission System for JHSV

Austal USA has selected General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems as the ship mission system integrator for its Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV). The JHSV will provide the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army with superior capability to perform intra-theater lift. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems will design, integrate and test the ship’s electronic systems including the computing environment


General Dynamics Wins $12m Navy Deal

General Dynamics Awarded $12 Million for Virginia-Class Repair Parts   General Dynamics Electric Boat has received an $11.5 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy to provide on-board repair parts for Virginia-class submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). The modification was exercised under the $14 billion contract awarded to Electric Boat in December 2008 for the construction of eight Virginia-class submarines


General Dynamics Awarded $122 Million for Virginia-Class Submarine Procurement

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $121.8 million contract modification to buy long lead-time material for three Virginia-class submarines, SSN-793, SSN-794 and SSN-795. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. The contract provides funding for steam and electrical-plant components, main propulsion unit and ship-service turbine generator sets, as well as miscellaneous hull


Bellingham Marine Appoints New GM

Michael LaRocque

Marina builder and dock manufacturer Bellingham Marine recently named Michael LaRocque General Manager of the company’s Northeast Division. LaRocque will be responsible for the day to day operations of the division including project administration, detailed scheduling of manufacture and construction activities, and budgeting.  A veteran of the construction industry with a background in civil engineering, LaRocque has over 20 years’ experience


NASSCO to Build Additional Tanker for APT

General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (GD), has entered into a contract with an affiliate of American Petroleum Tankers (APT), a wholly owned subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (KMP), for the design and construction of an additional 50,000 deadweight ton LNG-conversion-ready product carrier with a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity. Construction is scheduled to begin the fourth quarter of 2015, with delivery scheduled for the second quarter of 2017


GD Awarded $6M Contract Option

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $5.9 million contract option for advance procurement of on-board repair parts for the first four submarines of the Virginia Class. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. The option is part of a $4.2 billion contract the Navy awarded Electric Boat in 1998 for the construction of the first four ships of the class. The work will be shared between Electric Boat (55 percent) and Northrop Grumman Newport News (45


BIW Receive Navy Contract for Additional DDG 51 Ship

The U. S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $663m modification to a previously awarded contract to construct DDG 116, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer. DDG 116 is the fourth ship in the Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class construction-continuation program.  Bath Iron Works is also under contract for the construction of DDG 115, the third ship in the program.  


Dock Landing Ship Inspection, Test, Contract for GD NASSCO

USS Comstock: Photo credit USN

General Dynamics NASSCO gets $104-million contract modification for 'USS Comstock' (LSD 45) modernization. General Dynamics NASSCO has been awarded a $104 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy to renovate and modernize the dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45).  General Dynamics NASSCO is a business unit of General Dynamics. General Dynamics NASSCO received funding to begin modifications to USS Comstock (LSD 45) in April 2012 and began performing onboard renovation and


Austal Launches USNS Fall River

JHSV 4 rolls out of Austal final assembly on Berard Transportation transporters onto a launch barge (photo: Austal)

On January 16, 2014, Austal USA successfully completed the launch process of the USNS Fall River (JHSV 4). Recently christened, this 103-meter high-speed catamaran represents the U.S. Department of Defense’s next generation multiuse platform. It is part of a 10-ship program, the funds for all of which have been appropriated, worth over $1.6 billion. The launch of USNS Fall River was conducted in a multistep process that involved having Berard Transportation transfer the ship from


TOTE’s 2nd LNG Containership Launched

Perla del Caribe, the second of two LNG-fueled Marlin Class ships built by General Dynamics NASSCO for Tote, was launched at NASSCO’s yard in San Diego. (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

Shipping company TOTE and shipbuilder NASSCO on Saturday launched Perla del Caribe, the second of two Marlin Class ships – the first containerships in the world to be powered by natural gas. The christening and launch ceremony took place at General Dynamics NASSCO’s shipyard in San


Baltimore Port Shipments Hit New Record

Pic: Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore

 Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore's public terminals shipped a record 9.74 million tons of general cargo in the 2015 fiscal year ending June 30, it said Monday. That was up about 1.5 percent from 9.6 million tons in 2014.  


APM Terminals Pipavav Starts New Ro/Ro Service

APM Terminals Pipavav handles RORO vessel

  With 1,300 new Indian-built Ford automobiles loaded onto the Grand Dahlia on August 27th for delivery to Mexico, a new era for the Indian auto industry and Gujarat Port Pipavav commenced. The 59,217 gross ton roll on/roll off (Ro/Ro) vessel was the first to call Western India’s


Obama Pushes for US Icebreakers

File Image: Polar Star - one of the U.S. Coast Guards dwindling fleet of icebreakers.

President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed a faster timetable for buying a new heavy icebreaker for the U.S. Arctic, where quickly melting sea ice has spurred more maritime traffic and the United States has fallen far behind Russian resources.  


New DMRs for USN Destroyers, Submarines under Construction

New DMRs

  The U.S. Navy has ordered 56 AN/USC-61(C) Digital Modular Radios (DMRs) and related equipment from General Dynamics. The newly built DMR radios will be capable of using the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) waveform, the digital dial tone needed to make voice calls to the U.S


Harkand Completes $10.5 mln DSV Upgrade

Swordfish (Photo: Harkand)

Harkand informs it has completed the $10.5 million upgrade of its Gulf of Mexico based dive support vessel (DSV) Swordfish. Originally built in 2007, the Swordfish is the youngest DSV in this region. The fully International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) compliant, ABS classed


Strike Call Lifted on Panama Canal Expansion Work

Panama Canal Expansion

  The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) expressed its satisfaction after the main contractor for the Third Set of Locks Project, Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), and the National Union of Workers of Construction and Similar Industries (SUNTRACS) reached an agreement which supersedes the strike


US Grain Shipments via St. Lawrence Seaway Up 63%

The Calumet coming into the Port of Green Bay. Photo supplied by the Port of Green Bay.

American grain shipments through the St. Lawrence Seaway are up 63 percent so far this season as ships transport corn to Canada and soybeans for international export, reports the Chamber of Marine Commerce.   According to figures from the St. Lawrence Seaway, U.S


Norwegian Cruise Line, Port of Seattle Ink 15-year Lease

Photo: Port of Seattle

Cruise contract is port’s largest ever, cruise line homeports at Seattle's Pier 66 for 15 years   The Port of Seattle signed a 15-year lease with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) parent company of Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises


Japan Joins U.S.-Philippine Naval Drills; Tensions Rise

Japan has joined U.S.-led maritime humanitarian exercises off the Philippines for the first time, as concerns mount among the three allies about China's growing assertiveness in the disputed South China Sea. A Japanese navy replenishment ship was in Subic Bay, a former U.S


Allianz, Zurich See Tanjin-Related Claims

The Chinese units of European insurers Allianz and Zurich Insurance Group said on Friday they received claims for unspecified damages from customer companies in the northeast city of Tianjin after two huge explosions in the port. The pair said they are now assessing potential losses.


Texas LNG’s Brownsville Project Progressing

Artist impression depicting Texas LNG’s planned liquefaction facilities. (Image courtesy of Texas LNG Brownsville LLC)

Texas LNG appoints BNP Paribas as financial adviser for Brownsville LNG project, progresses FERC pre-filing process and completes over 60 percent of front end engineering and Design for facility.   Texas LNG Brownsville LLC announced that BNP Paribas has been appointed as financial adviser


Keel Laid for Crowley’s 2nd LNG ConRo Ship

Photo: Crowley

The keel for the second Commitment Class liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, combination container – Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ship for Crowley Maritime Corp.’s liner services group was laid yesterday during a ceremony at shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, Inc


US Rep. Crenshaw Visits Newport News Shipbuilding

Rep. Ander Crenshaw (second from left) toured Newport News Shipbuilding and was briefed on the construction of Virginia-class submarines (VCS) while visiting the shipyard’s Supplemental Module Outfitting Facility. Also pictured (left to right) are Matt Needy, Newport News’ VCS program director; Scott Whitmore, VCS construction superintendent; and Rob Austin, VCS construction director. (Photo by Chris Oxley/HII)

Shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.) Tuesday for a tour of the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division.   Ken Mahler, Newport News' vice president of Navy programs, joined Crenshaw for the visit


NASSCO Invests in Facilities, Equipment and People

5-14-15 Yard at night 1280 WEB.jpg

General Dynamics NASSCO has invested several hundred million in capital projects as part of its efforts to increase efficiencies via  modular shipbuilding, including: two 300-ton cranes allowing shipbuilders the ability to increase the size of the erectable blocks; a block assembly line to






 
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