National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) has delivered to the U.S. Navy, USNS Pomeroy - the seventh new construction ship to be completed by NASSCO under the U.S. Navy's Strategic Sealift Program. A total of eight new construction ships and three ship conversions have been granted to NASSCO under the Navy's 20-ship Strategic Sealift Program. All of the vessels, which honor U.S. Army Medal of Honor recipients, are large, medium-speed, RoRo Ships (LMSRs). This particular vessel is named in honor of Private First Class Ralph E. Pomeroy, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in Korea in October 1952. Measuring 950 ft. (289.5 m), with a beam of 105 ft. (32 m), the vessel can displace approximately 62,000 long tons when fully loaded and has more than 390,000 sq. ft. of cargo carrying space. Powered by gas turbines, the vessel will be able to sustain speeds of up to 24 knots when fully loaded.
The Military Sealift Command (MSC) has a new addition in its fleet of Watson-class large, medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off (LMSR) cargo ships. The USNS Pomeroy (T-AKR 316), built by the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) in San Diego, was recently delivered to the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, U.S. Navy, San Diego (SUPSHIP San Diego) and is destined for Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean
GE Marine Engines’ LM2500 aeroderivative gas turbines and main reduction gears power the eighth and final Strategic Sealift ship, the USNS Soderman, recently launched by National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO). “GE is proud to have supplied the engines, gears and automation systems for the eighth Sealift ship. This brings the total number of U.S. Navy ships fitted with GE’s gas turbines to 192,” said Karl Matson, General Manager of GE Marine Engines
A seminal approach to class following the landmark decision by three of the classification societies two years ago to develop common edicts governing oil tanker hull structures, a complete draft set of new, unified rules is to be circulated for industry comment in June 2004. Drawn up by American Bureau of Shipping, Det Norske Veritas, and Lloyds Register, the new rulebook is expected to be published next January, and to be brought to bear on all oil tankers of 150-m length and over ordered
Lloyd’s Register is sponsoring a ‘human element awareness’ initiative, to be run by The Nautical Institute. The initiative is expected to run for three years and will aim to raise awareness in the maritime industry about how the human element fits into the design and operation of ships and shipboard equipment. The initiative will bring together knowledge from interdisciplinary sources in the maritime human element field and disseminate it through the publication of a quarterly newsletter
Professor Chris Hodge FREng CEng CMarEng FIMarEST, Chief Electrical Engineer of BMT Defence Services and Honorary Professor of Engineering at the University of Warwick, has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), taking over the role from Vaughan Pomeroy CEng FIMarEST FRINA FIMechE, Technical Director of Lloyd's Register who has held the post since April 2005.
Lloyd’s Register has won a contract to provide classification services for the first six of the UK Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyer, all to be built under survey in accordance with Lloyd’s Register’s Rules and Regulations for the Classification of Naval Ships. The contract was signed on July 2, 2003 at the prime contractor BAE Systems’ office in Filton, Bristol, UK by Martin Robinson, Head of Procurement, Combat Systems, for BAE Systems and Dave Philip, Lloyd’s Register’s Type 45 Project Manager
Navy Capt. Charles “Gene” Emmert has relieved Navy Capt. Wesley Brown as commander of Military Sealift Command’s Indian Ocean-based Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron Two. Emmert, the squadron’s 27th commander, accepted command during a ceremony on board MSC Maritime Prepositioning Force ship USNS SGT William R. Button in Diego Garcia’s lagoon. The commander of MPS Squadron Two has a staff of 10 active duty sailors and is responsible for the tactical