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MARAD Recycles 3 More Ships

The U. S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration has signed fee-for-service contracts to recycle three more of its obsolete ships. Two ships, the Hattiesburg Victory and the Pioneer Contractor, are from the Beaumont Reserve Fleet in Texas, and one, the oiler Savannah, is from the James River Reserve Fleet in Virginia. The Maritime Administration has moved 118 ships out of its National Defense Reserve Fleet sites since 2001. With the contracts announced today, there are only 24 ships left in the James River waiting to be disposed of and without disposal contracts, and 10 such ships in the Beaumont site. The Hattiesburg Victory is one of the few remaining Victory ships built during World War II to carry cargo needed by U.S. forces all over the world. Hattiesburg Victory was built during the last months of the war, served in a commercial fleet in the Hawaiian Islands immediately after World War II, and later served in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. Hattiesburg Victory will be recycled at ESCO Marine Inc., of Brownsville, Texas, at a cost to the federal government of $1,016,000. The Savannah is 1970-vintage ex-Navy oil replenishment (AOR4) ship, not to be confused with the nuclear-powered ship Savannah currently moored in Baltimore. The oiler Savannah, currently moored at the James River Reserve Fleet site, also will be recycled at ESCO Marine Inc., of Brownsville, for $515,726


Analytic Systems Certifying Products to ABS Standard

Intelligent AC Battery Charger

Analytic Systems has announced that it has responded to its commercial marine reseller network in North America and started the process of certifying their marine specific power conversion products.   The first models to be certified to ABS standards are the new BCA1505 (1500W AC charger); the BCA310 (300W AC charger); the IPS300 (300W DC/AC Puresine inverter) and the VTC315 (Isolated DC/DC voltage converter)


MarAd Moves Ahead on Ship Disposal

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced four new disposal contracts for obsolete ships in its National Defense Reserve Fleet. Two of the ships are in the James River Reserve Fleet in Virginia, and two are in the Suisun Bay near San Francisco, CA. Three of the ships will be dismantled in Brownsville, TX, and one in Chesapeake, VA. “Our ship disposal policy of ‘worst first’ has worked for us,” said Deputy Maritime Administrator John Jamian


FRP Pumps Offer Lasting Results

There's hardly a marine application — onboard or ashore — where seawater pumps are not considered critical to a vessel's operation or purpose. The ability to pump seawater aboard most vessels represents only a part of their liquid pumping requirements; in many cases other liquids such as caustics, corrosives, and alkalis need to be transferred, either from ship to shore or vice versa. Corrosion, Erosion, and Pitting


Johnston Metal Shark Boats Comms Director

Photo courtesy Metal Shark Boats

Metal Shark Boats announced that it has named Brian Johnston as the company's Director of Communications.  Johnston assumes responsibility for Metal Shark's advertising and public relations activities, as well as associate and industry communications.  In addition to his role with Metal Shark, Johnston will continue to serve in his capacity as Principal at Bonefish Communications.   A marine industry veteran


Trafigura's Impala Terminals Scraps Chinese Joint Venture

Commodity trader Trafigura said its logistics and warehouse unit Impala Terminals has scrapped plans for a metals warehousing joint venture in China and will also exit its refined base metals business.   Trafigura had announced a joint venture last October with Citics Global Trade, a subsidiary of Citic Securities Co Ltd , China's largest investment bank.   "This (cancellation) is due to the necessary conditions not being in place


Future Naval Force May Use the Strength of Titanium

ARLINGTON, Va. - Steel may have met its match: An Office of Naval Research (ONR)-funded project will produce a full-size ship hull section made entirely with marine-grade titanium, using a welding innovation which could help bring titanium into future Navy ship construction, officials announced. The contractor team building this section recently completed the industry's longest friction-stir titanium alloy welds and aims to complete the ship hull section this summer


Jet Edge Awarded U.S. Patent

Michael Wheeler with Patent

Metal-on-Metal Waterjet Seal Eliminates Conventional Plastic Seals, Cuts Number of Consumable Seals in Half Jet Edge, Inc. has announced  that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued the waterjet manufacturer a patent for a high pressure fluid sealing mechanism designed by Jet Edge R&D Engineer Michael Wheeler.   Jet Edge’s proprietary high pressure fluid sealing mechanism (U.S


Metal Shark to Construct 350, Yes 350, Hi-speed Navy Boats

Photo courtesy of Metal Shark Aluminum Boats

Louisiana-based aluminum boat manufacturer Metal Shark Aluminum Boats LLC has been awarded a contract to produce up to 350 specialized vessels for the United States Navy. The fixed-price contract is for the construction of the Navy’s High Speed Maneuverable Surface Target (HSMST) vessels. Based on Metal Shark’s high performance 26-foot Relentless center console model, the twin engine, welded aluminum HSMSTs will be utilized by the Navy primarily for advanced weapons system testing


ABS Pleased with Innovative Metals & Materials Award

Class society a member of institute awarded funds for next-generation materials research In response to today's announcement by U.S. President Barack Obama regarding the awarding of funding under the Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation Institute (LM3I) initiative to the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII), ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki issued the following statement:


What to Know When Welding Primer-Coated Steel

Photo: Hobart

Solving one problem can create another. Safety always comes first.   Amid competitive bidding, contract deadlines and the general drive to gain the best productivity and quality, welding operations in the shipbuilding industry face their own set of challenges


NYC Ferries: A Collaborative Approach

Photo: Metal Shark

Innovative boats, unusual collaboration: Hornblower, Horizon, Incat Crowther and Metal Shark team up on one of the most significant newbuilding projects of the year.   When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio earlier this year announced the selection of Hornblower to operate as many as 20


FORAN Signs Contract with NODOSA Shipyard

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The SENER engineering and technology group has signed a new contract with NODOSA SHIPYARD to install its FORAN CAD/CAM/CAE system to design and produce the shipyard's new projects.  This contract covers installing permanent FORAN system licenses in all design disciplines (Hull


Metal Shark Makes Multiple Latin American, Caribbean Deliveries

The PRPD testing one of its new Metal Shark 36 Fearless patrol boats in the Atlantic Ocean near San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Photo: Metal Shark)

Louisiana-based boatbuilder Metal Shark has announced several new contracts with Latin American and Caribbean operators, further expanding the company’s presence in the region. At a recent ceremony with Puerto Rico’s Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla in San Juan


Little Rock Port Authority Reports August Shipping

Total barge tonnage through the Port of Little Rock in August was 57,000 net tons.  Dock activities continue to compare favorably to calendar year 2015 as Logistic Services, Inc. has handled 347 barges during the first half of 2016 year and 560


ClassNK: Guidelines on Laser-Arc Hybrid Welding

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Classification society ClassNK has released Guidelines on Laser-Arc Hybrid Welding (Ver. 3) aiming to support the widespread application of laser-arc hybrid welding in shipyards.   Laser-arc hybrid welding is a high quality and highly-efficient welding process which combines both laser and


US Boatbuilding: Sink or Swim

Joe Hudspeth

Navigating interesting times has the nation’s shipbuilding industry searching in unusual places. The answers could be blowing in the wind.  Conducting commerce and forecasting the future for shipyards is akin to setting out in uncharted waters


Why Should I Care About Thermal Insulation?

Photo: Thermal Structures, Inc.

Compliance, Safety, Insurance, Emissions & Maintenance   There are a million important things to worry about on any vessel, so why does high-performance thermal insulation deserve a place on the list? Answer: Because it has a very important role to play in keeping your vessel out on the


New Lobster Boat Under Construction in North Carolina

(Image: Custom Steel Boats)

Custom Steel Boats, Inc. of Merritt, N.C., in collaboration with Ted & Todd’s Marine of Beaufort, N.C., announced a new construction project. Custom Steel Boats is building a 70-foot steel hull lobster boat, Two Dukes, for Captain Eric, Inc of Seaville, N.J


NYK Jointly Develops Innovative Anti-rust Agent

Marine Guard 100 (MG 100), has rust conversion properties Photo NYK

NYK and Agua Japan Co. Ltd. have jointly developed an innovative anti-rust agent to prevent iron and steel rust on vessels. The new agent, Marine Guard 100 (MG 100), has rust conversion properties, and paint containing the agent can be applied to metal surfaces.  


Lind Marine Acquires Moose Boats

Photo: Moose Boats

Lind Marine, a Petaluma, Calif. dredging contractor which provides tug and barge services throughout the San Francisco Bay area, has acquired Moose Boats, an aluminum commercial boat building company.   Lind Marine currently operates a five-acre shipyard including a 430ft dry-dock and 1


Electric Motors for Marine Applications

A waterproof motor with stainless steel exterior (Photo: Empire Magnetics)

Empire Magnetics President Richard Halstead discusses the critical considerations necessary for engines operating in Arctic waters.    A large number of vessels sail in more than one ocean, from warmer seas to arctic waters, so motors for marine applications must be versatile enough to


Superstructure Completed for First of NYC’s New Ferries

Photo: Edwin Mackey / Hornblower

Officials from Hornblower and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) toured the Horizon Shipyard facility Wednesday morning and received an update on construction, which is on schedule, and inspected the first completed citywide ferry superstructure


Metal Shark to Expand its Franklin Shipyard

Photo: Metal Shark

Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has announced an expansion project now underway at its waterfront shipbuilding complex in Franklin, La.   To accommodate increased production needs, Metal Shark is erecting a fully-enclosed 200’ x 80’ large vessel assembly building to


US Boat Yard Fined for Dumping Wastewater

Photo: Billings Diesel and Marine

Billings Diesel and Marine Services, Inc. has reached a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after the boat yard allegedly violated the Clean Water Act by discharging wastewater without authorization.   According to the EPA’s allegations






 
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