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NASSCO Lays Keel of Fourth Product Carrier

General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD), laid the keel of the fourth ship of its State-class product carriers. The ship will be named Empire State, the state nickname of New York. NASSCO began constructing the Empire State last January. The ship will be double-hulled and have a cargo capacity of approximately 331,000 barrels. It will be used in Jones Act service, carrying petroleum and chemical products between U.S. ports. The shipyard anticipates delivering the vessel to U.S. Shipping Partners in the second quarter of 2010. General Dynamics NASSCO employs more than 4,700 people and is the only full-service ship construction and repair yard on the West Coast of the United States. In addition to the product carriers, the San Diego shipyard is building dry cargo-ammunition ships for the U.S. Navy. (

NASSCO Delivers USNS Amelia Earhart

NASSCO Delivers USNS Amelia Earhart General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), delivered USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6) to the U.S. Navy on October 30. The ship is named in honor of the record-setting aviator. “We have reduced the man-hours to build this sixth ship of the T-AKE class by nearly 50 percent when compared to the production time of the lead ship,” said Frederick J. Harris, president of General Dynamics NASSCO.

Nassco Delivers First of Class Product Carrier

General Dynamics Nassco, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), delivered the first ship of its new line of product carriers to U.S. Shipping Partners on Jan. 9. Nassco began constructing the Golden State in August 2007.  At a length of 600 ft, the ship has a cargo capacity of approximately 331,000 barrels and will be used to carry petroleum and chemical products between U.S. ports.  The ship is named in honor of the State of California.

LNG Containership Perla Del Caribe Fuels Up

Image: General Dynamics NASSCO

On December 11, General Dynamics NASSCO completed bunkering of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for the Perla Del Caribe, the world’s second containership to be powered by LNG.   Bunkering services were provided by the California-based company Clean Energy as well as Baker Hughes and Envent during a 48-hour period at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego. Representatives from NASSCO worked collaboratively with several regulatory agencies to prepare for the event, including the U.S

NASSCO Gets $60M for 3rd MLP Long-Lead Materials

General Dynamics NASSCO announced it has received a $60m contract from the U.S. Navy to purchase long-lead materials for the construction of a third Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) ship. NASSCO is already under contract to build two MLP ships. With this new contract, NASSCO will place orders for the ship’s engines and other components that have significant manufacturing lead times. A contract that fully funds construction of the third MLP ship is expected to be awarded by early next year

NASSCO Delivers USNS John Glenn

Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO

General Dynamics NASSCO today delivered the USNS John Glenn (MLP 2), the second ship of the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) class, to the U.S. Navy. The ship is named after the Honorable John Glenn for his exceptional and decorated service as a U.S. Marine Corps pilot, astronaut and U.S. Senator. Construction of the USNS John Glenn began in April 2012. Throughout the MLP program, NASSCO has incorporated more than 10,000 improvement ideas into its operations which contributed to controlling

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 Diego.   The 764-foot-long Perla del Caribe and sister ship, christened Isla Bella, are Jones Act vessels built for the Puerto Rican trade for TOTE Shipholdings and will be operated by TOTE

NASSCO Lays Keel for BP Tanker

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) held a keel-laying ceremony for Hull 487, the fourth ship of the Alaska Class double-hull oil tankers being constructed for BP Oil Shipping Company, USA. BP’s Site Team Member John Penso welded his initials into the keel to signify the start of structural erection. "These double-hull tankers are providing BP with the best available propulsion, ship, and environmental control technologies to protect US waters," said Richard Vortmann

NASSCO Delivers USNS Pomeroy To U.S. Navy

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) has delivered to the U.S. Navy, USNS Pomeroy - the seventh new construction ship to be completed by NASSCO under the U.S. Navy's Strategic Sealift Program. A total of eight new construction ships and three ship conversions have been granted to NASSCO under the Navy's 20-ship Strategic Sealift Program. All of the vessels, which honor U.S. Army Medal of Honor recipients, are large, medium-speed, RoRo Ships (LMSRs)

NASSCO Holds Ceremony for BP Tanker

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) recently held a start-of-construction ceremony for NASSCO Hull 487, the fourth of four Alaska Class, double-hull oil tankers being constructed for BP Oil Shipping Company, USA. BP's Site Team Member Richard Blaine activated a robotic welding machine and cut the first piece of steel for the new ship. "These double-hull tankers are among the most environmentally friendly ships ever built

'We Will Not Stand by and Wait for Global Regulation' -Maersk Line

Photos: Maersk Line A/S

 Shipbreaking has become commercial due to the recycling of steel becoming a global commodity in demand. This means that the dismantling and recycling of a ship are recognized as part of the value of the ship, which has evolved into a massive challenge for the shipping industry.

Facing Criticism, Maersk Defends Its Shipbreaking Practices

Photo: © S Rahman / NGO Shipbreaking Platform

Shipping conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk said on Monday it was striving to improve workers' rights at shipbreaking yards it uses in India after criticisms of hazardous conditions. The Danish company also expressed regret that a ship it sold this year, the "North Sea Producer"

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

New Saudi Arabia Shipyard to be ‘World’s Largest’

Photo: Royal HaskoningDHV

Developers of a new shipyard in Saudi Arabia say the facility will be the largest maritime yard in the world providing a range of services, including large shipbuilding, large ship repair, offshore rigs fabrication and offshore support vessel repair.  

IRClass Opens Office in Alang to Support Recycling Initiatives

Arun Sharma - Chairman ISSPL. Photo IRClass

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), a leading international classification society, opens an office in Alang, India, today. The new office will serve to support its ship recycling initiative in Alang, following on its recent initiative of certifying ship recycling yards according to EU

COSCO, China Shipping Merge Shipbuilding Units

Photo: Cosco

 China’s two biggest state-owned shipping companies plan to merge 11 shipbuilding yards into a single entity in one of the industry’s biggest consolidation moves yet, reports Wall Street Journal.   China’s two biggest state-owned shipping companies plan to merge 11

NASSCO Delivers Fourth Product Tanker to APT

Bay State underway during sea trials in September 2016 (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

General Dynamics NASSCO has delivered Bay State, the fourth of five new Jones Act ECO Class product carriers under contract with American Petroleum Tankers (APT). The vessel was delivered on Monday, September 26 during a signing ceremony at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego.  

Yard Improvements at Grand Bahama Shipyard

(Photo: Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited)

Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL), a shipyard in the Caribbean, said it had a productive summer program consisting of work on vessels from the tanker, container and towage segments of the maritime industry. Additionally, renovations and upgrades were performed on the floating dry docks and

Navy Names Replenishment Oiler After Robert F. Kennedy

A graphic representation of the future USNS Robert F. Kennedy (T-AO 208). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Armando GonzalesReleased)

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus announced today that the next ship of the next generation of fleet replenishment oilers will be named USNS Robert F. Kennedy (T-AO 208). A ceremony marking the announcement was held at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.

NASSCO Christens 4th ECO Class Tanker

Photo courtesy of General Dynamics NASSCO

General Dynamics NASSCO Christens Fourth ECO Class ECO Product Carrier for American Petroleum Tankers.   On Saturday, September 17, General Dynamics NASSCO hosted a christening ceremony for the fourth ECO Class tanker for American Petroleum Tankers (APT) under construction at the company's

ASRY Reaches 100 Rig Milestone

Photo courtesy of ASRY

ASRY, a ship and rig repair yard in the Arabian Gulf, has welcomed its 100th rig repair job to the yard, as 2016 posts the highest number of rig repair contracts in the yards history. The project is on the high specification jack-up rig ‘Bob Palmer’

Consolidation of Yard Capacity for Healthy Shipping

Graph: Teekay Corporation

 A dramatic collapse in newbuild orders due to a weak market environment across all shipping sectors is putting pressure on the global shipbuilding industry, says Teekay Corporation.    Just 7.2 million compensated gross tones (CGT) of new orders have been placed through the first

Euroseas Cancels Ultramax Newbuild Order

Euroseas Ltd., an owner and operator of dry bulk and container carrier vessels, has cancelled its order for an Ultramax dry bulk vessel under construction at Dayang yard due to excessive construction delays.   The vessel, Hull Number DY 161

NASSCO Christens LNG-ready Tanker Constitution

(Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

On Saturday, August 27, shipbuilders at General Dynamics NASSCO celebrated the christening and launch of the Constitution, the sixth ship in a series of eight eco-friendly tankers constructed or under construction at the company’s San Diego-based shipyard.  

California: A Strong Shipbuilding State

General Dynamics NASSCO christened and launched tanker Constitution on Saturday, August 27, 2016 (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

Fifth in the nation for direct employment, California shipbuilding and repair industry supports nearly 35,000 jobs; Maritime Administrator highlights economic importance of shipyard industry for California while on tour at NASSCO  Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) member General

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