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ex-Hawaai Superferry to be Re-named 'USNS Guam'

ex-Hawaai Superferry: Photo credit Austal

One of two sister ships — either the Alakai or the Huakai — will be named after the island of Guam. These high-speed ferries were built by Austal, later acquired by the Maritime Administration and sold to the Navy. Both ferries will be used to move military troops and equipment from Okinawa to training areas around the Asia-Pacific region. Each ferry can carry 288 cars and 866 passengers. The two catamaran, aluminium hulled, high-speed ferries were originally built by the private company Hawaii Superferry, but were acquired by the Maritime Administration after being withdraw from their intended inter-island commercial service and were sold to the Navy for $35 million. Guam Delegate Madeleine Bordallo said: “The U.S. Navy has been integral to the history of Guam and remains an important presence in our community. I thank (Navy Secretary Ray Mabus) for his decision to rename this military transport high-speed ferry in honor of the Navy’s long-standing relationship with our island.”    

Guam Shipyard Awarded Navy Contract

Guam Shipyard, Santa Rita, Guam, is being awarded a $5,200,592 firm-fixed-price for the regular overhaul of USNS Concord (T-AFS 5). USNS Concord (T-AFS 5) is a Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force ship owned and operated by Military Sealift Command. This contract contains options which, if exercised, will bring the total cumulative value of the contract to $7,046,851. Work will be performed in Santa Rita, Guam, and is expected to be completed by November 2005. Contract

Guam Port Improvement Project Completed

Chip Jaenichen (Photo: MARAD)

The $50 million Guam Commercial Port Improvement Project, administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) on behalf of the Department of Defense (DOD), has been completed, transforming Guam’s strategic commercial sea port into a world-class facility ready to meet the demands of the future, MARAD announced today.   “As Guam’s only commercial port, these facilities are key to unlocking a more prosperous future for the people

Matson's New Ship Christened

The new Matson Navigation Co. containership MV Maunalei was christened at the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard. The christening, the traditional kind involving breaking a bottle of champagne, was undertaken by Millie Akaka, wife of Sen. Daniel Akaka. Also on hand were Hawaii Rep. Neil Abercrombie and Guam Rep. Madeleine Bordallo. The MV Maunalei is the fourth new containership built by the shipyard for Matson in the past four years

Fuel Removed from Grounded Fishing Vessel

U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Matt Knight

The U.S. Navy, in partnership with other federal and local agencies, removed approximately 540 gallons of the remaining diesel fuel from the grounded Japanese commercial fishing vessel Daiki Maru 7 in outer Apra Harbor Feb. 18. On Feb. 16, about 50 gallons of fuel was removed and an additional 540 gallons was removed Feb. 18. The diesel fuel was pumped into containers on shore and then staged in an environmentally safe containment zone for disposal

This Day in Naval History – July 21

1823 - After pirate attack, LT David G. Farragut leads landing party to destroy pirate stronghold in Cuba. 1944 - Invasion and recapture of Guam begins. 1946 - In first U.S. test of adaptability of jet aircraft to shipboard operations, XFD-1 Phantom makes landings and takeoffs without catapults from Franklin D. Roosevelt. 1987 - Navy escorts first Earnest Will Convoy in the Persian Gulf. (Source: Navy News

This Day in Naval History – Feb. 10

1862 - Union gunboats destroy Confederate ships at Elizabeth City, NC 1900 - Appointment of first naval governor of Guam, Commodore Seaton Schroder 1960 - USS Sargo (SSN-583) surfaces at North Pole (Source: Navy News Service)

This Day in Naval History – June 22

1898 - USS Charleston captures island of Guam from Spain 1945 - Okinawa declared secure after most costly naval campaign in history. U.S. had 30 ships sunk and 223 damaged, mostly from kamikaze attacks, with 5000 dead and 5000 wounded, while the Japanese lost 100,000 dead (Source: Navy News Service)

This Day in Naval History – Feb. 5

1854 - Dedication of first chapel built on Navy property, Annapolis, MD 1941 - Chief Nurse Marion B. Olds and Nurse Leona Jackson, Navy, arrive on Guam. 1971 - Moonwalk by CAPT Alan B. Shepherd, Jr. USN, Commander of Apollo 14 and CDR Edgar D. Mitchell, USN Lunar Module Pilot. During the 9 day mission, 94 lbs of lunar material was collected and Shepard became the first person to hit a golf ball on the moon. Recovery was by helicopter from USS New Orleans (LPH-11).

This Day in Naval History – August 10

1916 - First Naval aircraft production contract, for N-9s 1921 - General Order establishes the Bureau of Aeronautics under RADM William Moffett 1944 - Guam secured by U.S. forces. 1964 - Signing of Gulf of Tonkin Resolution which is used as the starting point of the Vietnam Conflict (Source: Navy News Service)  

Typhoon Chaba Disrupts South Korean Port Ops

Typhoon Chaba battered southern parts of South Korea with violent wind and heavy rain on Wednesday, killing at least three people and flooding the country's main port and industrial sites and disrupting production at some factories. The storm hit the island of Jeju overnight and one person was

ABB, Microsoft Partner to Drive Digital Industrial Transformation

ABB and Microsoft Corp. announced a strategic partnership to help industrial customers create new value with digital solutions. The offering is a unique combination of the Microsoft Azure intelligent cloud and ABB’s domain knowledge and extensive portfolio of industrial solutions. 

Medal of Honor for Two Destroyers

A graphic representation of the future USS Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125)

In a ceremony at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, DDG 125, will be named Jack H. Lucas in honor of the Marine Corps hero and Medal of Honor recipient. Mabus also announced that DDG 126 would be named Louis H. Wilson Jr

Finland's 1st LNG Terminal Opens

Image: Gasum Oy

Finland’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal at Pori on the west coast was officially opened, says Gasum. Deliveries of LNG to customers began on the same day, the company said in its statement.   It enables LNG deliveries to industrial

MN100: GE Transportation Marine

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The Company: GE Transportation is a global digital industrial leader and supplier to the marine industry. Established more than a century ago, GE Transportation is a division of the General Electric Company that began as a pioneer in passenger and freight locomotives

MN100: Jagco Industries

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The Company: Jagco Industries is a manufacturer of Flexible metal hose assemblies for automotive, Inland Marine, industrial, trucking & Rail. It also manufactures “UNI-FLEX” exhaust couplers for cars & trucks. More familiar to workboat clients

Hyundai Heavy, CNH Industrial in Mini Excavator Alliance

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

 Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s largest shipbuilder and a leading construction equipment manufacturer, announced today it enters into an exclusive strategic alliance agreement with CNH Industrial, one of the world's largest capital goods companies

MN100: Laborde Products


The Company: Laborde Products is an engine distribution company focused on the commercial markets along the gulf coast and inland river systems. Laborde represents Mitsubishi, Yanmar and Steyr commercial marine engines. Laborde is also preparing to launch the OXE Diesel Outboard engine throughout

MN100: Tidewater Transportation and Terminals

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The Company: Nearly 85 years ago, Tidewater pioneered commercial transportation on the upper Columbia Snake River system and opened up one of the nation’s most isolated regions to global markets. Today, Tidewater Holdings is comprised of Tidewater Barge Lines, Tidewater Terminal Company

Elcome Opens Calibration Lab and Repair Facility

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Elcome International has established a new calibration lab and electronics component repair facility at its worldwide headquarters in Dubai.   The calibration and electronics repair services are operated by Navicom Calibration LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Elcome.  

India to Develop Paradip as World-Class Smart Port City

Photo by Paradip Port Trust

  The Ministry of Shipping is planning to develop Paradip as a world class, globally competitive, smart industrial Port City, Joint Secretary (Ports) Pravir Kishn said.   The rationale behind developing Paradip as a smart city is that it already has a Major Port and strong mineral

MN100: Kohler Marine

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The Company: Kohler Marine generators are produced in the United States and distributed globally. Kohler Marine sales as well as aftermarket sales and service activities are globally organized. Kohler’s USA, EMEA, Singapore, India, China

MN100: Scienco/FAST

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The Company: Scienco/FAST is an original equipment manufacturer specializing in marine sewage devices, environmentally-friendly cleaners and other industrial water management technologies. These MSDs treat sewage and ensure compliance with ever-changing regulations

OSV firm Farstad Continues Restructuring Talks

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Supply firm Farstad Shipping's CEO Karl Johan Bakken repeats is in stand-still agreement with lenders until Oct. 1   Notable disclosures: * CEO says is talking to both industrial and financial investors on how to refinance 11.6 billion Norwegian crowns in net interest bearing debt ($1

Five Minutes with Paul Switzer

Paul Switzer (Photo: Viega)

Five minutes with Paul Switzer - Manager, Shipbuilding & Offshore, Viega   For readers not familiar with Viega, please give a ‘birds eye’ view, putting the company in perspective in terms of the products and services you provide, global reach, etc.

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