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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


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


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


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


HATLAPA and LOEWE MARINE Establish Premium Partnership

Jörg Tollmien & Carsten Löhmer SMM 2012

New partnership to offer cost-effective repair and maintenance services for all makes and models of steering gear and rudder systems worldwide. HATLAPA Uetersener Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG and LOEWE MARINE GmbH & Co. KG will be collaborating closely in the area of steering gear and rudder system maintenance and repairs. The new partnership was announced at the SMM tradeshow in Hamburg in September. The two companies expressed confidence that the resulting synergies will offer an


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)


Strong FY 16 Funding Approved for Corps

   Today the House Appropriations Committee, led by Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY), approved by unanimous voice vote the FY ’16 Energy & Water Development (E&WD) and Related Agencies appropriations bill, significantly increasing funding in Fiscal Year 2016 for the U.S


NASSCO Bags $24 mi Award for Littoral Combat Ships Sustainment

Littoral Combat Ships Courtesy Wikipedia

  General Dynamics NASSCO has been awarded a $24.1 million contract by the U.S. Navy for Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) sustainment execution in support of LCS' home-ported in or visiting San Diego. General Dynamics NASSCO is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).


Port of Ngqura’s New Automated Mooring System

Photo: Port of Ngqura

The automated mooring system at the Port of Ngqura in South Africa’s east coast is poised to improve port efficiency and safety, cementing the deep water port’s position as a leading transshipment hub for the Sub-Saharan region. The system comprises 26 mooring units


EUROPA 2 Undergoes First Scheduled Docking

As part of its first scheduled docking, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ EUROPA 2 underwent technical maintenance at Blohm + Voss in Hamburg from April 11-24, 2015.   At the same time, cosmetic repairs and modernization work were carried out on board: the Sansibar and the Sushi Restaurant Sakura


Garamendi Calls for US Shipbuilding Revitalization

Were going to build in America and Make It In America one ship, two ships, one hundred ships at a time, Garamendi said at Bay Planning Coalition Meeting.

Congressman Garamendi Makes Case for Revitalization of American Shipbuilding Industry and American Jobs at Bay Planning Coalition Meeting in Oakland   Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Calif.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and


Dubai: New Drydocks Record

Photo: Drydocks World

 Drydocks World, the international service provider to the shipping, offshore, oil, gas and energy sectors, handled 37 projects simultaneously in the Dubai yard, exceeding the previous record of 35 vessels.   “Since January 2015 Drydocks World has increased the rate of vessel


ASRY Rig Division’s Deliveries All on Time in 2014

In 2014, ASRY Offshore Services completed every one of its repair scopes within schedule, on-budget, and with leading safety standards.   ASRY, a ship and rig repair yard in the Arabian Gulf, has confirmed that its Offshore division, which specializes in rig repairs


Officials Call for Freight Infrastructure Investment

Rep. Lowenthal to Head ‘Call to Action’ on Critical Need for Long-term Freight Infrastructure Funding; Congress Members and Goods Movement Stakeholders to Address National Need   Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) will be joined by Rep


WCI Praises Increased USACE Funding

WCI today praised the leadership of House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Energy & Water Development (E&WD) Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson (R-ID) that led to unanimous approval of a bill that will significantly increase funding in FY 2016 for the U


Tanker Blast Kills Four at Belawan Port

Image: Belawan Port

 An explosion occurred on a tanker belonging to state-owned oil and gas company PT Pertamina on Monday evening while the ship was under repair at Belawan Port in North Sumatra, killing four workers.     Three victims died on the spot


GE Contracted to Service Australian Navy Frigates

LM2500 (Image: GE)

GE has signed an in-service support contract with the Australian Defense Materiel Organization’s Maritime Cross-Platform Systems Program Office.  Under the contract, GE will provide maintenance and logistic support services for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) GE LM2500


Keel laying Ceremony of Damen PSVs for Atlantic Towing

PSV 5000 Keel laying lowres

  In a keel laying ceremony attended by key client representatives, Damen Shipyards Galaţimarked the start of construction of two Platform Supply Vessels – PSV 5000 – for Canadian maritime services provider Atlantic Towing. The 90-metre vessels are part of a multiple vessel order


Synergi Plant gets New Dashboard

Synergi Plant dashboard

  Synergi Plant version 5.2, the latest DNV GL plant integrity software solution, has now been released. It includes a brand new user interface and several new modules including a flexible and powerful KPI and graphics dashboard. Transparency of asset integrity


SCA Stresses US Shipyards' Role to National Security

Photo by John Whalen (Huntington Ingalls Industries)

The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), a national trade association representing the nation’s shipbuilding and repair industry is hosting a fly-in beginning today. More than 85 members of SCA will participate to share the strength of America’s shipbuilding and repair industry


Kleven Delivers Construction Vessel to Olympic Shipping

Olympic Bibby (Photo courtesy of Kleven)

Offshore construction vessel Olympic Bibby, build no. 371 from Kleven Verft, has been delivered to Norwegian shipowner Olympic Shipping.   The vessel has a long term charter with Bibby Offshore, and its first job will be on the British sector of the North Sea.   






 
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