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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. 


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.


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


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


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


Todd Pacific Shipyards Enters Contract with Electric Boat

Todd Pacific Shipyards Corporation announced today that it has entered into a contract with Electric Boat Corporation of Groton, Connecticut to support their work on Trident submarines. During the period from May to September 2003, Todd Pacific completed planning and preparation work for Electric Boat under a contract valued at less than $200,000. Todd Pacific has begun work on a follow-on contract to fabricate components and to accomplish associated steel outfitting


Drydocks World Announces a Joint Venture Partnership

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Drydocks World announced that it has entered into a global strategic alliance with Kuok Group to form a Joint Venture between Drydocks World – SEA and Pacific Carriers Limited. The new venture will subsequently be renamed DDW-PaxOcean Asia Pte Ltd and will continue to have its headquarters in Singapore.  Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of Drydocks World and Maritime World, will also serve as the Chairman of the Board of DDW-PaxOcean Asia.     


CBP P-3 Crews Disrupt Drug Smuggling

A suspicious vessel off the coast of Costa Rica

   U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine agents and interagency partners disrupted two separate drug smuggling attempts off the coast of Costa Rica resulting in the interdiction of more than $74 million in illegal drugs.


India-US “New Vision” for Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean

Barack Obama and Narendra Modi. Pic: Press Information Bureau, Government of India

 India and the USA on Sunday released a Joint Strategic Vision statement for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean region, marking the deepening strategic equation between the two nations.  The partnership is expected to cover a wide sphere of influence that would extend from Africa to the


Yamal LNG Inks Deal with Gazprom to Sell LNG in Asia

A trading subsidary of Russian gas producer Yamal LNG has signed a long-term supply contract with a trading subsidiary of Gazprom, under which liquefied natural gas (LNG) produced by Yamal LNG will be sold in Asia, Yamal LNG said on Friday.  


Captains' Union Blasts McCain’s Keystone Amendment

International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots Asks: If Keystone is a “Jobs Bill” Why Would Congress Want to Send 400,000 Maritime Jobs in 26 States Overseas?    S.1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, has been described as a “jobs bill” by the


Shipbuilding, Repair and Conversion: Brazil's Quick Fix

Vard Promar shipyard in Pernambuco at night. (Photo: Vard Promar)

The growth trend continues in the Brazilian shipbuilding industry, a trend that has been relatively constant during the last five year. While shipbuilding is ‘ship shape,’ the reality of the Brazilian ship repair industry is somewhat muddled


Enhanced Satellite Connectivity in Papua New Guinea

SpeedCast partners with O3b to deliver enhanced connectivity to Papua New Guinea   Global satellite communications service provider SpeedCast International Limited has entered into an agreement with O3b Networks, where O3b will provide capacity for Papua New Guinea via its Medium Earth


Maritime Dispute an Issue for Entire ASEAN, Says US

Image: Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippines

The South China Sea took center stage at the Bilateral Strategic Dialogue between the United States and the Philippines held in Manila, as China continues to engage in "massive" construction activities in the disputed area. Both the countries jointly expressed their concern over recent


Canadian Pacific Hires Marsh as Sales VP

Picture Courtesy: Canadian Pacific Railway

The appointment of Tim Marsh as senior vice president sales and marketing by Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd is aimed at bolstering its battered intermodal business, says a report from Globe and Mail. Marsh, who brings 25 years of international shipping industry sales and marketing experience


Lightweight Composite Approved for Ship

Photo courtesy of SP

For the first time, combustible, fibre-reinforced, lightweight composite has been approved for use in a SOLAS ship. Panama's flag authority has accepted a design where hatches in fibre-reinforced plastic composite replace steel hatches. Research and fire risk analyses at SP have helped in making


Cost Overrun Hits Panama Canal Expansion

Image: Panama Canal Authority

Widening the Panama Canal will cost more than budgeted due to billions of dollars in overruns by the consortium carrying out the work says a report from AFP.  The canal's administrator Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), which is overseeing upgrades to the canal's locks


Saab, Damen Jointly Pursue Submarine Contracts

Photo: MCD

Saab, Damen ink partnership agreement to pursue prospects in the international submarine market Swedish defense and security company Saab has partnered with Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards to explore future opportunities in the international submarine market


Ottawa Bars Use of 'Buy America' Rules at Ferry Project in Canada

The Canadian government signed an order on Monday blocking the United States from applying controversial "Buy America" purchasing rules on the demolition and reconstruction of a ferry terminal that is located on Canada's Pacific Coast but operated by Alaska's Department of Transportation


First Gate Installed in Panama Canal’s New Pacific Locks

Photo courtesy of ACP

The first gate will be installed in lock head one facing Gatun Lake; canal expansion program 85 percent complete The first gate for the Panama Canal’s new locks in the Pacific side was installed earlier today after being carried to its final destination on self-propelled motorized wheel


LA Container Volumes Up 6% in 2014

Image: file photo (courtesy MARAD)

Port records busiest year since 2007; continues to work with stakeholders to solve congestion issues   Container volumes at the Port of Los Angeles increased 6 percent in 2014 over the previous year, with total volumes reaching 8,340,065 Twenty-Foot-Equivalent Units (TEU)


Great Lakes Towing Announces Two New Hires

Mark W. Delventhal

The Great Lakes Towing Company has hired two new employees within its Great Lakes marine operations group. Lindsay R. Dew has been named Director of Operations & Compliance, and Mark W. Delventhal has been named Director of Technical Services & Business Development – both






 
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