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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

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

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

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

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.  

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

Edison Chouest to Build 13 Damen Tugs

Image: Damen

Marine transportation provider and the United States’ largest operator of OSVs, Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO), has teamed up with Damen to build 13 heavy duty mooring assistance and escort tugs. The vessels will be built in the U.S. using ECO’s network of five shipyards with support

ClassNK Issues AIP for LNG Bunkering Vessel Design

(Pictured l-r) ClassNK : S. H. Lee, H. Takesue, J. B. Jeong, T. Nishibashi (Country Manager of Korea) / Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd.: C. S. Lee (Technical Director), K. C. Lee, J. K. No. (Photo: ClassNK)

Classification society ClassNK has issued Approval in Principle (AIP) for a 7,500 cbm LNG bunkering vessel designed by Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd. This design is the result of joint research carried out by Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd

Robert Alan Designed ATB Tugs for ITB Marine

ITB Marine Group Ltd. (ITB) is currently well into construction of the first of two, twin Z-drive, ATB pusher tugs photo Robert Alan

The ITB Marine Group Ltd. (ITB) is currently well into construction of the first of two, twin Z-drive, ATB pusher tugs for service on the West Coast of North America. The tugs are being built at their Annacis Island Shipyard near Vancouver. The tugs will be connected by an articulating pin system

Crowley Hits Milestones in Puerto Rico Investment

A view of the starboard side of  El Coquí under construction.  (Photo courtesy of Crowley)

Highlighting the economic impact under the Jones Act of its $500 million investment in the trade between the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico, Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group reached new milestones in its construction of two new

Teekay LNG May Issue Bonds to Fund Newbuilds

Photo:  Teekay Corporation

 Teekay LNG Partners intends to issue new five-year senior unsecured bonds in the Norwegian bond market.    Net proceeds from the bonds are expected to be used to fund newbuilding installments, as well as to refinance NOK bonds maturing in May 2017 and general partnership purposes

Rolls-Royce Wins Deal to Power USN TAO

Rolls-Royce won a contract to supply diesel generators, propellers and shaft lines for the US Navy’s new fleet replenishment oiler ships, the John Lewis Class. Planned to total 17 ships, the new John Lewis class (previously known as TAO – X) will increase the US Navy’s capability

Grand Bahama Shipyard Reopens after Hurricane

Photo: Grand Bahama Shipyard

The largest shipyard in the Caribbean and Central America, Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBSL), has reopened for business after sustaining minor damages from Hurricane Matthew.   Hurricane Matthew passed through Grand Bahama Island October 6

St. Lawrence Seaway Shipments Steady in September

Photo courtesy of City of Milwaukee

“Notable increases were reflected in the export of wheat, corn and soybeans from the U.S. Ports of Duluth, Milwaukee and Toledo during the month of September,” said Betty Sutton, Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.   

Tug Allision Causes Diesel Spill in Texas

 U.S. Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi and the Texas General Land Office are responding to an oil spill at mile marker 667 on the Intracoastal Waterway near Port Isabel, Wednesday.   Watchstanders at Sector Corpus Christi received a report that the uninspected towing vessel Capt

New Container Terminal Inaugurated in Iraq

Enrique K. Razon Jr., ICTSI Chairman and President, cuts the ribbon symbolizing the formal opening of the BGT expansion area, the first entirely foreign financed new port infrastructure in Iraq. Photo ICTSI

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) formally opened the first phase of its new greenfield terminal development at its Basra Gateway Terminal in the North Port, Umm Qasr, Iraq.   The official inauguration of the new facility marks the implementation of the first entirely

Matrix PDM Signs Licensing Deal with GTT

Photo: GTT

 GTT's Houston-based US subsidiary, GTT North America (GTT NA), has signed a license agreement with the American engineering company Matrix PDM Engineering.   The agreement was signed at the Matrix Service Company headquarters in Tulsa, OK

Maritime Stakeholders Discuss Arctic Safety and Growth

Photo: Arctic Circle

 Some 2,000 government, industry, research and civil society representatives gathered for the Arctic Circle Assembly held October 7-9 in Reykjavik, where the group of international participants engaged in dialogue and cooperation centering on the future of the Arctic.  

Container Shipping Line of the Year Award Goes to MSC India

Photo: Mediterranean Shipping Company (U.K.) Ltd

 MSC India is celebrating winning an award at a prestigious trade event. The agency took the prize for Container Shipping Line of the Year India - Europe Trade Lane in the 7th All India Maritime and Logistics Awards.   Held at the St Regis Hotel in Mumbai

NuBlu: LNG Fueling Station in the GOM

 NuBlu Energy Begins Construction of LNG Plant in Port Allen, LA Facility to supply LNG and all support services to customers in the Southern/Gulf region   NuBlu Energy has begun the construction of a natural gas liquefaction plant in Port Allen, LA

Counter-piracy Measures Still Needed

Photo: International Maritime Organization

 ​Merchant shipping should continue to take protective measures against possible piracy attacks in the Gulf of Aden and the western Indian Ocean through diligent application of International Maritime Organization (IMO) guidance and Best Management Practices (BMPs).   

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