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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Search for Ship Lost in Hurricane a Big Challenge


Deep seas may complicate efforts to find the sunken U.S. cargo ship lost off the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin, a federal safety investigator said, as a search and rescue mission for 32 missing crew stretched into a sixth day. A U.S. National Transportation Safety Board team arrived on

MN 100: The General Ship Repair Corporation


The General Ship Repair Corporation, a fixture on the Baltimore, Maryland waterfront for nearly a century since its founding by Charles “Buck” Lynch in 1924, has become the de facto ‘go to’ for workboat repair in the Baltimore area and is enjoying a strong year

Ship Operating Costs Down in 2014 -Moore Stephens

Photo: Andrew Aiello

Total annual operating costs in the shipping industry fell by an average of 0.8 percent in 2014, said international accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens. This compares with the 0.3 percent average fall in costs recorded for 2013

Kooiman BV Contracts for Survey, Life-Extension of SWATH

Photo: Kooiman

The Dutch Pilotage Service contracted with Kooiman BV for a major maintenance survey and life-extension of its SWATH vessel Cetus en Persues. The SWATH, a catamaran vessel measuring 25.7 x 14.3 x 2.7m was built in 2005.   Combined with regular special survey

Wärtsilä to Optimize GasLog's LNG Carriers

GasLogs Santiago vessel (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä informs it has signed a maintenance agreement with the GasLog LNG Services Limited that aims to ensure the reliability of operation of GasLog's seven LNG carriers, each having a cargo capacity of 155,000 cbm.   According to Wärtsilä

Barcelona Yacht Repairer Adds New Pearlson Shiplift

Barcelona Yacht Repairer

Yacht service, refit, repair and maintenance yard Marina Barcelona 92 (MB’92) has awarded a contract to Pearlson Shiplift Corporation (PSC) for the design and supply of a new ship lift and transfer system as part of an expansion project underway at its Barcelona shipyard.

Norfolk Ship Repair Announces 650 Layoffs

Photo by BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair

 BAE Systems Ship Repair Norfolk has announced plans for layoffs - 650 people will be layed off effective November 20, 2015, says company sources.   This represents 43 percent reduction in workforce. The company attributed to a decrease in Navy repair work.  

Wei-Li Crane Ship Departs Damen Shiprepair

Photo: Damen

The Wei-Li crane ship slipped her lines at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque on Friday, September 11, to make the short trip up to Rotterdam after 10 days of maintenance and repairs.   The 141-meter, 18,330 DWT crane ship required special dock bed arrangements, not least because of the 3

London Tops Xinhua/Baltic Exchange Index for Maritime Services

Image: Gibraltar Port Authority (GPA)

 London has come top of a listing of maritime service centres published by the Baltic Exchange and Xinhua, China’s news agency, whilst Singapore heads the overall list for its combined port and maritime services offering.  

Seaspan Appoints Three to its Executive Team

Vancouver Shipyards (Photo: Seaspan)

Seaspan, an association of Canadian companies primarily involved in coastal and deepsea transportation, bunkering, ship repair and shipbuilding services, named three senior leaders to its corporate executive team, the company announced today.  

Panama Canal Locks Tests Reveals Water Seepage

Photo: ACP

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) awaits formal GUPC report on water seepage issue; program 93 percent complete The filling of the Panama Canal’s new locks began in June, marking the start of a planned and methodical phase of operational testing of the Locks, including its culvert valves

Tools for Operational Performance in Rotating Equipment


Many pieces of rotating equipment are operating below optimum capacity, affecting production costs, revenues and resulting in unexpected down time. DNV GL has been working together with operators to help unlock the potential of their existing rotating equipment.

HII Wins $109.4mln U.S. Navy Contract

Photo:  Huntington Ingalls Industries

 Huntington Ingalls  has received a $109.4mln contract modification to carry out support services for the U.S. Navy’s nuclear submarines.   The company will work to engineer, design, configure and update various classes of submarines, special mission submersible interfaces

SSI to Showcase Marine Information Model

SSI's CAD/CAM ShipConstructor software utilizes a Marine Information Model (MIM) to store a wealth of data that can be leveraged for maintenance, repair and lifecycle support.   Slated to exhibit at the American Society of Naval Engineers' Fleet Maintenance & Modernization Symposium

Repair a Broken Pipe in Less than 60 Seconds

Rapid Repair Clamp (Image: World Wide Metric)

New pipe repair system developed to minimize downtime and maintenance costs while helping to protect crew and assets New from World Wide Metric is the Rapid Repair Clamp, a tool that helps swiftly repair pipe leaks or bursts to prevent costly damages in an emergency situation.

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