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NATIONAL MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR

NASSCO Books $30M Deal

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, received a contract from the U.S. Navy for the continuous maintenance, repair, and alterations of the five FFG-7 Oliver Hazard Perry class frigates homeported in San Diego. The contract, including the initial year and four one-year options, has an approximate value of $30 million. Advance planning activities will start immediately to support the first repair and maintenance availability for the USS Curts (FFG-38) in September 2003. If all the options are exercised, 11 ship maintenance availabilities including four drydockings will be performed over the next five years. "With this FFG-7 class frigate contract, depot level maintenance and repairs on all Navy surface ships in San Diego are now conducted under multi-ship, multi-year contracts with the major ship repair companies," said Richard Vortmann, president of NASSCO. "These long-term contracts have proven to be a win-win for the Navy and the ships' crews as well as for private industry. For the Navy, ship maintenance and maintenance planning can be performed on a continuous basis, and the lessons learned from one maintenance availability or ship alteration are applied to the next. This saves the Navy both time and money and improves fleet readiness and response. For industry, we can plan our production work and order material in a timely manner


Abu Dhabi Ship Building Expands Facilities

Abu Dhabi Ship Building has announced that it is stepping up its focus on maintenance, repairs and overhauling services, which has been one of the fastest-growing business divisions of the company. Abu Dhabi Ship Building is currently showcasing its advanced MRO capabilities at the Doha International Maritime Defense Exhibition & Conference (DIMDEX), the only specialized maritime defense exhibition in the Middle East, being held from March 26 to 28, 2012


NASSCO Awarded Contract

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, announced it has received a contract valued at $5.1 million, with options up to $20.2 million, for the six-month extended dry-docking and maintenance availability of USS Antietam (CG-54), a Ticonderoga-class Aegis guided missile cruiser homeported in San Diego. The initial award provides funds to begin advance planning for the Antietam maintenance, repair and alteration work package


NASSCO Awarded $24.5m Contract Modification

National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $24,536,862 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-08-C-4410) for USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) fiscal 2011 extended docking phased maintenance availability (EDPMA).  An EDPMA provides for an extensive renovation and modernization of an LSD class ship, including alterations and repairs as well as inspection and testing to all ships systems and components ensuring safe and dependable operation of the ship


General Dynamics Awarded a $68 Million Modification

General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding C., San Diego, Cal., is being awarded a $68,915,249 modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-08-C-4410) for the USS Comstock (LSD 45) fiscal 2012 Extended Docking Phased Maintenance Availability.  An Extended Docking Phased Maintenance Availability provides for an extensive renovation and modernization of an LSD class ship, including alterations and repairs


General Dynamics to Acquire Earl's Ship Repair Division

Transaction will expand General Dynamics' capabilities in ship maintenance and repair market General Dynamics has entered an agreement to acquire the Ship Repair and Coatings Division of Earl Industries, a leading East Coast ship repair company that supports the U.S. Navy fleet in Norfolk, Va., and Mayport, Fla.  The value of the cash transaction, which General Dynamics expects to be accretive to earnings in 2013, has not been disclosed


New Contract in North America for ABS Nautical

Otto Candies LLC, a marine transportation and towing company based in Louisiana, has signed a contract with ABS Nautical Systems for its NS5 Enterprise software. Otto Candies is implementing the Maintenance & Repair module on 20 of its offshore supply and diving vessels. They will be replacing their existing in-house system as a way to improve audit efficiencies. The Maintenance & Repair module allows vessel owners and operators to easily identify ship maintenance trends and


DOT Provides $7 Million for Maritime Education

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration today announced that America’s six state maritime academies – California Maritime Academy, Great Lakes Maritime Academy, Maine Maritime Academy, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, SUNY Maritime College and Texas Maritime Academy – and the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) in Kings Point, N.Y., will each receive $1 million from a government program that recycles obsolete vessels


Babcock Wins Small Boat Fleet Support Contract

Babcock has begun work under the recently awarded contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide repair and maintenance to small boats used by the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army and MoD Police,. Babcock is one of the companies appointed by the MoD Commercially Supported Shipping (CSS) team to provide support services to the small boat fleet, including over 800 inflatables, five dive boats, ten Mexeflotes (landing raft/pontoons)


Campaign to Raise Awareness of US Shipbuilding, Repair

(Photo: Huntington Ingalls Industries)

Shipbuilders Council of America announces “KNOW YOUR SHIP” campaign to focus on raising awareness regarding the positive economic and national security impact of the shipbuilding and repair industry   Ahead of the first presidential debate this week, the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) announced the launch of KNOW YOUR SHIP, a multifaceted, national campaign aimed at raising the awareness of the importance of the shipbuilding and repair industry and the critical role


GE Extends Royal Canadian Navy Contract

Photo courtesy of GE Canada

GE Canada announced it recently extended a contract with Public Services and Procurement Canada to provide maintenance and logistics support services for a 15th year. The contract covers the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) fleet of LM2500 aeroderivative gas turbines that power Halifax-class


More Maritime Firms Sign Up for Helm CONNECT

Software developer Helm Operations announced that over the last two months it has signed on 15 more commercial maritime companies to its planned maintenance and compliance software, Helm CONNECT.   The companies come from a variety of commercial maritime industries


Spanish Ship Repair On a Winning Streak

(Photo: Astican)

Strategically located Spain, linking countries in Europe, Africa and the Americas, along with a dynamic coast line dotted with number of highly proactive ports have bolstered its progress helping it to become a global leader in the ‘ship’ repairs and conversion


Norbulk Selects Parker Kittiwake’s Cat Fines Test Kit

Parker Kittiwake Cat Fines Test Kit for Norbulk Photo Norbulk

Parker Kittiwake, a leading global supplier of asset control and protection technology, has today announced a significant order of its recently launched Cat Fines Test Kit from leading ship management company, Norbulk Shipping. The contract was awarded to Parker Kittiwake following a competitive


Heavy Lifter: Spreader Beam Lifting Rig for Bridge Project

The spreader beam lifting rig was used below the hook of a crane barge on the Firth of Forth.

 Rope and Sling Specialists Ltd provided a below-the-hook solution to infrastructure management company Amey to lift a truck-mounted access platform during maintenance on the Forth Road Bridge in Scotland. Amey, on behalf of Transport Scotland


Maher Named Ship Repair GM at ASRY

 Charles Maher is the new Ship Repair General Manager (GM) at ASRY, bringin 15 years of experience with top firms including Dormac, Grand Bahamas Shipyards, and Southern African Shipyards.

ASRY appointed Charles Maher as the new General Manager (GM) of the Ship Repair division, effective January 4, 2016. Maher brings more than 15 years worth of corporate and hands-on technical shipyard experience at Dormac Marine & Engineering, Grand Bahamas Shipyard


ABS, Golar Strike FLNG Deal

ABS Group to Develop Intelligent Maintenance Strategy for Golar FLNG Fleet   ABS Group subsidiary Genesis Technology Solutions, Inc. (GenesisSolutions) won a contract by Golar LNG to develop an intelligent maintenance strategy for the company’s new fleet of floating LNG (FLNG) vessels


Seven Ships Laid up at Duluth-Superior

The Port of Duluth-Superior said it will welcome seven ships for winter layup this year.   The firs tvessel Indiana Harbor laid up early on November 3 for a repowering project is already underway at Fraser Shipyards on the Herbert C. Jackson, in dry dock since early December.   


Wärtsilä, Prosafe Ink Flotels Maintenance Deal

Prosafes semi-submersible accommodation vessel, the Safe Boreas, operating gangway-connected to the Edvard Grieg installation in the North Sea. Courtesy Wartsila

  Wärtsilä, a global leader in complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets, has signed a long-term maintenance agreement with Prosafe, the world's leading owner and operator of semi-submersible accommodation vessels also known as flotels


Wartsila India Signs Pact with CSL

Pic: Cochin Shipyard Limited

 Wartsila India, the Indian arm of Finland-based Wartsila Corporation, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) for setting up a containerised self-sufficient workshop.   As per the MOU, Wartsila plans to locate a containerised self-sufficient


North Sea Gets 360° Safety Equipment Servicing Coverage

VIKING offers EASA Part 145 maintenance and repair of aviation suits and lifejackets around the North Sea Photo Viking

  The European Aviation Safety Authorities’ Part 145 approval of VIKING’s Bergen, Norway, servicing station heralds the completion of a ring of safety around the North Sea for aviation suits and lifejackets maintenance and repair needs.  


Subsea Global Solutions Opens Texas Office

 Subsea Global Solutions (SGS), an underwater repair, maintenance and marine solutions provider for the global marine industry, today announced that the company has opened a new office in Texas to address growing demand for service in the U.S


Contracts Awarded for U.S. National Defense Reserve Fleet

Courtesy Maritime Administration

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that DOT has awarded contracts with a total award value of $1.96 billion over eight years to seven U.S. maritime firms to manage, maintain and operate 48 National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF) vessels through January 2024


SUPSALV & Finding El Faro

Captain Gregg W. Baumann discusses with CBS ‘60 Minutes’ anchor Scott Pelley  the technology to be deployed in the search for El Faro. The feature El Faro spot aired on CBS on Sunday, January 3, 2016.  If you missed it, view the 60 Minutes video here:http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/lost-in-the-bermuda-triangle  (Courtesy of U.S. Navy/CBS ‘60 Minutes’)

Last month we were offered an in-depth discussion on marine salvage with Captain Gregg W. Baumann, U.S. Navy, Director of Ocean Engineering, Supervisor of Salvage and Diving. Captain Baumann and his team have a long history regarding difficult missions accomplished


Cruise Repair to Keep GBSL Busy in 2016

Allure of the Seas docked at the Grand Bahama Shipyard for repair work in 2014 (Photo: GBSL)

Repair yard Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL) is in store for a busy year, with 20 cruise vessels booked for repair, maintenance and overhaul work in 2016. The scope of projects includes propulsion and technical systems overhaul, accommodations and public space upgrades and the addition of






 
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