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Port of Tacoma to Purchase Kaiser Aluminum Smelter

The Port of Tacoma Commission has approved a contract with Houston-based Kaiser Aluminum to purchase the company's aluminum smelter located near the Port for an initial cash payment of $12.1 million. The transaction includes approximately 96 acres and related structures located approximately four miles east of downtown Tacoma in the Tideflats industrial area and adjacent to the Blair Waterway, which the Port is re-developing for container terminal use. The agreement is subject to approval by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Subject to this approval, Port officials expect to close the transaction in the first quarter of 2003. Under the terms of the transaction, the Port of Tacoma will conduct any necessary demolition and environmental remediation that may be required. In anticipation of this potential cost, approximately $4 million of additional funds will be placed in escrow. Any portion of these escrowed funds not required to meet certain regulatory requirements will be paid to Kaiser as additional proceeds of the sale. "The Port has a successful record in the clean-up of industrial lands and putting them back into productive use," said Port of Tacoma Commissioner Clare Petrich. Activity at Kaiser's Tacoma facility was curtailed in 2000. When at full operation, the facility employed 350 and was capable of producing about 73,000 metric tons of aluminum annually. Most of the Kaiser employees are


MSC Ship Delivers BioFuels

Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187), which is currently providing logistical support for U.S. Pacific Fleet's biennial Rim of the Pacific exercise off Hawaii, will deliver 900,000 gallons of a 50-50 blend of advanced biofuels and traditional petroleum-based fuel July 17 to the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) strike group. The fuel delivery is part of the Navy's Great Green Fleet demonstration, which allows the Navy to test


BAE Systems to Overhaul Sealift Command Ship

BAE Systems has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command to overhaul and drydock the USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195). The cumulative value of the contract could reach nearly $8 million if all options are exercised. The work will take place at BAE Systems Ship Repair in Norfolk and is expected to be completed by March 2007. As part of the 60-day overhaul package, BAE Systems' work will focus on inspection of oil tanks and spaces, engine room repairs and refurbishment


NASSCO Awarded T-AKE 10 Funds

General Dynamics, National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $100,000,000 fixed-price-incentive modification under previously awarded contract (N00024-02-C-2300) to exercise an option for long lead time material and associated labor for the 10th ship of the T-AKE 1-Class (T-AKE 10).The contractor will perform material sourcing, material ordering, vendor interface, and material quality assurance


Ex-USNS Vessels to Depart for Texas

The ex-USNS Benjamin Isherwood (T-AO-191) and the ex-USNS Henry Eckford (T-AO-192) are scheduled to depart from the James River Reserve on July 12 and July 19, respectively. They will be towed to Brownsville, TX, for recycling at the ISL ship breaking facility. The vessels are the fifth and sixth ships built in the 18-ship Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet of replenishment oilers of the United States Navy. The two vessels were constructed at the Pennsylvania Shipbuilding Company in Philadelphia


Biofuel Replenishment for 'Great Green Fleet'

USNS 'Henry J. Kaiser 'loads biofuel for RIMPAC 2012's Great Green Fleet Demo by the U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command (MSC) fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187)  loads of 900,000 gallons of a 50/50 blend of advanced biofuels and traditional petroleum-based fuel at Defense Fuel Support Point, Manchester, Wash. Kaiser will deliver the biofuel to the platforms participating in the Great Green Fleet demonstration


Cathelco Systems for Entire Navy Vessel Class

Photo courtesy Cathelco Ltd

Cathelco have supplied marine pipework anti-fouling systems for a complete class of fleet replenishment oilers serving the United States Navy. The 14 Henry J. Kaiser Class vessels are operated by the Military Sealift Command and provide underway replenishment of fuel for U.S. Navy ships at sea and jet fuel for aircraft assigned to aircraft carriers. The final vessel in the series to be installed with a Cathelco system will be the USNS Patuxent a fleet replenishment oiler which was built at the


In Memoriam of Gurrad of MOL

John A. Gurrad, MOL (America) Inc.’s former Vice President for Business Planning and e-Commerce, passed away on Wednesday, June 2, 2010. Gurrad’s 37-year career in the shipping industry included 10 years at MOL as vice president in Concord, Calif. He joined MOL in August of 1998 and retired in October 2008. Gurrad was 68. Gurrad was a valued and highly respected member of the MOL Team, and directed MOL’s business planning activities


Cruise Ships Smarten Up in Bremerhaven

Braemar & Balmoral: Photo credit Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven AG

Three big cruise ships visit Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven AG in the coming days and weeks to be spruced up for the 2013 cruise season. The ships are the MS "Braemar" and the MS "Balmoral", belonging to new customer Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, and Saga Shipping Corporation’s MS "Saga Ruby", better known previously to the yard as Cunard’s "Caronia". In the meantime Cunard’s 294 m long, 90


“Rosie the Riveters” Meet with VP Biden

Photo: Office of VP Biden

Six of the original "Rosie the Riveters" who worked in Kaiser Shipyard during World War II gained a little more recognition Monday after being welcomed to the White House by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. ABC reported that Phyllis Gould, one of the original riveters, wrote a letter to Vice President Biden stating her dream was to meet him and the President, prompting the meeting at White House. The six women, who worked as welders, electricians and draftsman at the Richmond


Deadbeat Chinese Shipyards Stick Banks with Default Bill

Chinese banks are stuck in a lose-lose legal battle between domestic shipyards and foreign buyers over billions of dollars in refund guarantees that are supposed to be paid out if shipbuilders fail to deliver on time. One in three ships ordered from Chinese builders was behind schedule in 2013


China's "Ordinary" Billionaire Behind Nicaragua Canal Plan

 Wang Jing, the enigmatic businessman behind Nicaragua's $50 billion Interoceanic Grand Canal, shrugs off scepticism about how a little-known entrepreneur can be driving a huge transcontinental project, insisting he's not an agent of the Beijing government.  


Shark Bite Victim Flown From Palmyra Atoll To Oahu

 HC-130 Hercules deployed for medevac

  The Coast Guard medically evacuated a woman after she was bitten by a shark near Palmyra Atoll, Sunday. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu received a call from the Palmyra research facility director reporting that a 37-year-old female patient


Navy, Other Agencies, Award Bio-refinery Contracts to 3 Firms

Biofuel RAS: Photo USN

As part of a 2011 Presidential directive, the Departments of Navy, Energy, and Agriculture have announced that three companies have been awarded contracts to construct and commission biorefineries capable of producing "drop-in" biofuels to meet the transportation needs of the military


Navy to Christen USNS Sacagawea

The Navy will christen USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2), the newest ship in the Lewis and Clark class of underway replenishment ships, June 24 during a launching at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego. The name Sacagawea will honor the Lemhi Shoshone woman who acted as guide and


Navy Christens USNS Alan Shepard

Military Sealift Command (MSC) advanced auxiliary dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3) slides backwards into San Diego Bay during a christening ceremony held at the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO). The Shepard is the third Lewis and Clark class supply ship to be


Navy to Christen USNS Richard E. Byrd

From Navy Office of Information The Navy will christen the USNS Richard E. Byrd on May 15. The launching ceremony for the newest ship in the Lewis and Clark class of underway replenishment ships will be held at General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego.


Lincoln Leaves San Diego, Begins TSTA

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James R. Evans, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) wrapped up two weeks of training and certification with a scheduled port visit to Naval Air Station North Island July 22-24.


United Seamen’s Service Marks Anniversary

The world and the American maritime industry have changed dramatically since one of America's darkest hours, World War II, when United Seamen's Service was born to aid exhausted, wounded and battle-traumatized merchant seafarers in faraway places and unsafe harbors.


United Seamen’s Service Marks Anniversary

The world and the American maritime industry have changed dramatically since one of America's darkest hours, World War II, when United Seamen's Service was born to aid exhausted, wounded and battle-traumatized merchant seafarers in faraway places and unsafe harbors.


New Navy Contracts

General Dynamics, National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $940,378,173 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-02-C-2300) for two construction options (T-AKE 11 and T-AKE 12) which includes design and construction; technical manuals; special


West Coast Maritime Action

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While maritime activity showing renewed signs of life along the entire Pacific Coast, from Prince Rupert to San Diego, shipbuilding is becoming ever-more dependant on the US Navy and Jones Act ships, while ship-repair yards are focused on a broad spectrum of boats and ships


RIMPAC World’s Largest International Maritime Exercise

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Capt. Edward Lundquist, U.S. Navy (Ret.) talks with Vice Admiral Jerry Beaman, the commander of the U.S. THIRD Fleet, about the 2012 “Rim of the Pacific” (RIMPAC) multi-national fleet exercise. How has the Rim of the Pacific or “RIMPAC” exercised evolved to the current


Gearing Up For U.S. Offshore Wind Power

Mass. Maritime’s Wind Turbine in Buzzards Bay, MA

Next year, developers hope to start building offshore wind turbines in the U.S., which is already a leader in on-land wind generation. As turbines spin off the coast in a dozen other countries, particularly the UK, Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany


Ugly Ducklings & Steaming the Way to Victory in WWII

The S.S. Patrick Henry was the first of the Emergency Class Liberty  ships to be built and launched. The  famous quote by its namesake helped to give this class of ships its name. (Photo Credit: Library of Congress)

The design and construction of WWII Liberty cargo ships revolutionized shipbuilding by overhauling the blueprint process and standardizing on commonality of parts, welding, pre-fabrication and assembly line construction. Give me Liberty, or give me death!” a rallying cry of the






 
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