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BAE Systems’ Clifford Honored with Naval Award

American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) President Ronald Kiss (left) and U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes (Va.) present the Frank C. Jones Award to Bill Clifford (right), president of BAE Systems Ship Repair, at the Fleet Maintenance and Modernization Symposium in Virginia Beach. The award, presented annually by the ASNE, recognizes leaders in naval engineering who have contributed to ship maintenance and alteration programs for naval vessels.

Bill Clifford, president of Norfolk-based BAE Systems Ship Repair, has received the prestigious Frank C. Jones Award, presented by the American Society of Naval Engineers. Clifford was honored by his peers today at the annual Fleet Maintenance and Modernization Symposium held in Virginia Beach. The annual award recognizes leaders in naval engineering who have substantially and significantly contributed to ship maintenance and alteration programs for naval vessels. Prior to joining BAE Systems, Clifford spent more than 20 years in the private sector serving in senior management positions at several shipyards. From 2001 to 2005, he was a managing partner of Pacific Shipyards International, LLC, a Hawaii consortium of Honolulu Shipyard, Inc. and Honolulu Marine, Inc. He also served as vice president of new construction at Atlantic Marine in Jacksonville, Fla., and director of ship completion at Bath Iron Works, Maine. “Bill’s strong leadership demonstrates his commitment to employees, customers, colleagues and industry,” said Dave Herr, president of BAE Systems Support Solutions. “His broad experience and presence within the industry has helped shape the ship repair and modernization business. Bill is a most deserving recipient of the Frank C. Jones Award.” Clifford served on active duty in the U.S. Navy for 20 years, including tours on the USS Wallace L

Maritime Administration Awards $9.8m in Shipyard Grants

  The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration announced $9.8m in grants to 19 small shipyards in the .  The grants are part of the new Assistance to Small Shipyards program, set up under the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006.  “Small shipyards are vitally important for the health of the maritime industry, and for the economy of the Nation,” said Maritime Administrator Sean T. Connaughton. 

PPL Shipyard Wins $117.6M Rig Contract

PPL Shipyard, a subsidiary of SembCorp Marine won a $117.6 million contract from Mosbarron Ltd., a subsidiary of Awilco AS of Norway, for the construction of a Baker Pacific Class 375 Jack Up Rig. The contract includes an option for another three units of jack-up with price adjustment for increase in drilling package. The design of the 120-person jack-up rig is a proprietary design of Baker Marine Pte. Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of PPL Shipyard. It is designed to operate in 375 ft

Todd Shipyards Contract for USCGC Polar Star

Todd Shipyards Corp. announced that the U.S. Coast Guard has awarded to its subsidiary, Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp., a $16,008,228 modification to previously awarded contract HSCG85-09-C-6BX667 in support of USCGC Polar Star's (WAGB-10) reactivation since being in "Caretaker Status" nearly four years. According to a release, repairs and alterations performed during the planned dry-docking availability of the icebreaker are in the third phase of the cutter's overhaul

70 Shipyards Awarded ARRA Grants

The Department of Transportation has announced 70 grants totaling $98m in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds that will be used to improve small shipyards throughout the United States.  The funds, awarded through the Maritime Administration’s Assistance to Small Shipyards program, will help create and preserve jobs, provide valuable employment training and make much needed improvements to shipyards across the country.

Zvezda Delivers Nuke-Sub to Russian Navy

Pic by Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Center

 Zvezda shipyard (Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Center) held a solemn ceremony dedicated to Submariner’s Day and to the end of overhaul of nuclear-powered cruiser Kuzbass, says press center of Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Center.    CEO of Zvezda shipyard Yuri Filchenok and Acting Armaments Commander, Pacific Fleet, Rear Admiral Igor Korolev, signed the acceptance/delivery papers at the pier during the ceremony.  

PPL Shipyard Wins $134M Rig Contract

PPL Shipyard, a subsidiary of SembCorp Marine signed a rig building contract worth $133.7 million with PT Apexindo Pratama Duta Tbk (.Apexindo.), the largest Indonesian oil & gas drilling company for the construction of a Baker Marine Pacific Class 375 Deep Drilling Offshore Jack Up Rig The Baker Marine Pacific Class (.BMC Pacific.) 375 Deep Drilling Offshore Jack Up Rig is a proprietary design developed by Baker Marine Pte Ltd, a

Sembcorp's PPL Shipyard Gets Another Perisai Jack-up Order

A Sembcorp  Pacific-class rig: Photo courtesy of the shipyard

Sembcorp Marine's subsidiary PPL Shipyard has secured a repeat order to build a third Pacific Class 400 jack-up rig worth US$211.5-million from Perisai (L) Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Perisai Petroleum Teknologi Bhd. Scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of 2016, this third jack-up rig will be built based on PPL Shipyard’s proprietary Pacific Class 400 design with similar specification as the first and second jack-up rig units

Austal Lines up Long-term Patrol Boat Work

Austal Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Design (Image: Austal)

Australia based shipbuilder Austal Limited has been awarded preferred tenderer status by the Commonwealth of Australia for the Pacific Patrol Boats Replacement (PPBR) Project involving the construction of up to 21 steel-hulled patrol vessels and through life sustainment over 30 years in a total Government expenditure of up to $900 million. Austal’s share of the PPBR program will include the construction of the vessels and short to medium term maintenance components of the project.

Todd Shipyards to Overhaul NOAA Vessel

Todd Shipyards Corporation Announces National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Contract for the Overhaul of Ex USNS Capable (T-AGOS 16) Todd Shipyards Corporation announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded to its wholly owned subsidiary, Todd Pacific Shipyards Corporation, a $13,176,066 contract for the overhaul and conversion of the Ex USNS Capable (T-AGOS 16) which was transferred to NOAA by the United States Navy in September 2004

Astican & Astander Continue to Invest

(Photo: Astican & Astander Shipyards)

Astican & Astander: pair of privately owned Spanish yards continue to invest in facilities and equipment   Astander and Astican are the two busiest privately owned shipyards in Spain carrying out heavy repairs and special conversion projects with a boutique style attitude towards

'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.

Zim Adds Pacific North West Service

Photo: Zim Integrated Shipping Services

 Zim Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM) is introducing an additional Asia-Pacific North West Trade route, CEN – (China Express Northwest service) with the following rotation: Xingang – Qingdao – Shanghai – Prince Rupert – Xingang.   

Unmanned Aircraft to Take Off from Falkor

Chief Scientist Will Sager interpreting data in the control room Photo SCHMIDT OCEAN INSTITUTE

Research vessel Falkor leaves Darwin today to explore the poorly understood air-sea interactions across the Indian and Pacific Ocean. This research is very important in understanding the ocean’s role in global climate change. The exchange of energy and matter between the atmosphere and the

MPA Tests Joint Oil Spill Response Procedure

Courtesy MPA

The multi-agency joint oil spill exercise was conducted today as part of an on-going effort to ensure our ports remain safe, secure and clean for the international shipping community. Code-named JOSE 2016, the exercise was organised by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) as part of

Singapore Continues to Harmonize LNG Bunkering Standards

MoU inked to further efforts to facilitate uptake of LNG for the future. Photo:  Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 To develop the world’s first set of harmonised LNG bunkering standards, a network comprising Antwerp, Rotterdam, Singapore and Zeebrugge, subsequently expanded to include Jacksonville and Norway, was formed.    Taking reference from documents by organisations such as the

Wärtsilä Funa Creates Speical Look for Genting Dream

Wärtsilä is supplying a special external lighting system for the Genting Dream cruise vessel. (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä is supplying a special external lighting system for a new cruise ship currently under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The 150,000 GRT vessel, the "Genting Dream", has been ordered by Dream Cruises, part of Genting Hong Kong

Container Shippers Raided in S.Africa over Suspected Collusion

File photo: Maersk Line

Six of the world's biggest container shipping companies were raided by South African authorities on Wednesday on suspicion of colluding to inflate rates between Asia and South Africa, the country's Competition Commission said.   The development comes as global container lines struggle in

Polaris: World´s First LNG-Powered Icebreaker Delivered

(Photo: Arctech Helsinki Shipyard)

Arctech Helsinki Shipyard delivered the most powerful newcomer in the Finnish Icebreaker fleet, icebreaker Polaris, to the Finnish Transport Agency on September 28th, 2016. The Finnish Transport Agency handed the vessel over to Arctia Icebreaking Oy

South Africa Raids Boxship Operator's Offices

File Image: a CMA CGM boxship alongside and loading cargo. (Credit: Marad)

Six of the world's biggest container shipping companies were raided by South African authorities on Wednesday on suspicion of colluding to inflate rates between Asia and South Africa, the country's Competition Commission said. The six companies comprise local subsidiaries of Denmark's Maersk

US West Coast Dockworkers, Shippers to Talk Contract Extension

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Major cargo shippers and the union representing dockworkers at 29 U.S. West Coast ports have agreed to talks on a possible extension of their current contract, which is set to expire in mid-2019, the two sides said in a joint statement on Tuesday.  

Philly Shipyard Lays Keel for Kinder Morgan Product Tanker

Photo: Philly Shipyard

Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI), the wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Philly Shipyard ASA, held a ceremonial Keel Laying for the third product tanker in a four vessel order for American Petroleum Tankers (APT), a Kinder Morgan, Inc. subsidiary.   

Toll to Build Two New Ships

Photo:  Toll Holdings Limited

Toll Group announced it is investing $170 million to build two new ships to support trade between Victoria and Tasmania and to meet the demands of continued growth.   The new, purpose-built ships, operating between Burnie, Tasmania and Melbourne, Victoria

MarAd Stresses Economic Impact of Shipyard Jobs in NE

Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen (Photo: MARAD)

In comments before the international Tradewinds Ship Owners Forum in New York City, Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen highlighted the more than 42,700 jobs, $3.6 billion in labor income and $4.78 billion in GDP associated with employment for shipbuilding and repair in the

MPA Launches Videotel's Training for Safe Navigation in Singapore Strait

Safe Passage in The Singapore Strait

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has released a training programme, produced by Videotel, a KVH company, to encourage safe navigation in the Singapore Strait. Carrying an estimated one third of the world’s traded goods

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