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United Defense Shipyard Receives EPA Award

United Defense announced the presentation of an environmental stewardship award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to Southwest Marine (SWM), its San Diego, Calif., shipyard. EPA Chief of Staff Thomas J. Gibson presented the award to SWM for the company's “outstanding voluntary contributions to environmental protection.” Southwest Marine played a key role, partnering with the EPA, in the development of an Environmental Management Systems Guide. This guide provides a plan for the shipbuilding and ship repair industry to help eliminate or greatly reduce potential sources of environmental pollution during the production process. Southwest Marine helped develop methods to implement pollution prevention programs, legal and company compliance procedures and continuous improvement procedures for the guide. Additionally, SWM's own internal environmental policy was incorporated into the industry guide, as it represents all the principles of a sound environmental management system. The EPA is partnering with the American Shipbuilding Association and the Shipbuilders Council of America for production and distribution of this innovative guide to environmental protection.


Southwest Marine Gets $7.6M Contract

United Defense Industries has been awarded a $7.6 million cost-plus-award-fee contract by NAVSEA Washington, D.C., to its Southwest Marine (SWM) shipyard here for the post shakedown availability on USS Mustin (DDG 89). In addition to the Mustin, the contract includes options for DDG 91 and three other yet to be determined DDGs, the Navy's newest Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) destroyers, home ported in San Diego. If the Navy exercises all options, the total contract would reach $37,708,983


Southwest Marine Awarded Modification to Contract

Southwest Marine Inc., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $14,005,034 modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-99-C-2312) to exercise two cost-plus-award-fee options for the accomplishment of the post shakedown availability (PSA) of the USS McCampbell (DDG 85) and USS Preble (DDG 88). This option is for services and material for the total PSA effort that includes engineering and management in support of the PSA,


Pacific and Southwest - A Coastal Shipyard Alliance

Pacific Shipyards Intl. has joined forces with Southwest Marine to carry out a five-year IDIQ contract for the U.S. Navy. The primary function of the contract, which was awarded by Naval Sea Systems Command is to accomplish Depot-Level maintenance and repair work at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard on surface ships homeported in Pearl Harbor. The availabilities include drydocking and pier side work. Pacific Shipyards, which is comprised of Honolulu Shipyard (HIS) and Honolulu Marine


SMI Wins PSA Contracts

Southwest Marine Inc., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $7,037,865 cost-plus-award-fee modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-03-C-2307) for accomplishment of a Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) for the USS Pinckney (DDG 91). Specific efforts include: engineering and management in support of the PSA; labor and procurement of material to correct government responsible deficiencies and accomplish system upgrades; perform specified PSA work items inclusive of tests


L.A. Council Rejects Shipyard Plan, Protects Port Dredging

According to a Feb. 1 report from the Los Angeles Times, there will be no new ship-building and repair yard at the Port of Los Angeles at this time. The City Council voted to scuttle a $50m proposal by Gambol Industries to revive the former site of the Southwest Marine yard. The shipyard project was to create more than 1,000 jobs. The Board of Harbor Commissioners argued that the shipbuilding idea would interfere with a more urgent priority -- deepening the main channel at the port to


NORSHIPCO Receives Award

United Defense Industries, Inc. announced the receipt of one of the U.S. Navy’s most prestigious awards, the Theater Surface Combatants Award for Excellence, at its shipyard in Norfolk, Va. The award, formerly titled the AEGIS Excellence Award, was presented to NORSHIPCO, a member of the United States Marine Repair (USMR) family of shipyards, during a ceremony at the yard in August. Rear Adm. William J. Cobb, Jr. presented the award to Tom Epley, NORSHIPCO’s president and general manager


Ronin Begins Refit at Knight & Carver

M/Y Ronin, the 192 ft. Lurssen owned by Oracle Corporation founder/CEO Larry Ellison, has arrived at Knight & Carver YachtCenter and is now undergoing a refit project scheduled for completion by August 2005. According to Captain Steven Bates, the project’s emphasis will be on extensive audio/visual and IT upgrades, cabinet carpentry throughout all state rooms, re-caulking of the teak decks and hull paintwork. A full-time crew of Knight & Carver’s talented tradesmen has been assigned to


SUPSHIP Complete Availability on Chosin

The Pearl Harbor-based guided missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) returned to sea for sea trials June 26 to test and validate modifications and newly installed equipment. Her recently completed extended drydocking ship's restricted availability (EDSRA), valued at more than $25 million, was a 232-calendar day overhaul that included modifications to equipment involving every department aboard the ship. The overhaul began in November 2001


Huangpu Wenchong Bags Contract for Two Vessels

Image: CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Company

 Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding has secured newbuild contracts for a 17,000dwt asphalt carrier and a 38,800dwt bulk carrier.   The eco-friendly bulk carrier is scheduled to be delivered from the shipyard by end-2017. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.   The asphalt carrier, ordered by Tianjin Southwest Marine, is scheduled for delivery in 2017.   The bulk carrier was ordered by CSSC Shipping (Hong Kong), the shipowning division of CSSC


Heavy Lift: Massive Gas Turbine Shipped to Turkey

Rickmers-Linie was entrusted with the transport of this 485-metric-ton gas turbine made by Siemens for a power plant project in Turkey. (Photo: Hero Lang for Rickmers-Linie)

A special loading operation has taken place in Bremerhaven, involving Rickmers-Linie’s MV Rickmers Hamburg, a 485-metric-ton Siemens gas turbine, a 465-metric-ton Siemens generator and German project freight forwarder Bertling.  


Carnival: First US Cruise Ship to Cuba in 50 Years

MV Adonia Photo by Carnival Corp

 The world's largest cruise line Carnival Corp. will be the first cruise company in more than five decades to sail a U.S. cruise ship to Cuba.    Cuba has granted Carnival approval to travel there beginning May 1.   Carnival, which is led by St


CIMAC Announces its New Board

 A new CIMAC Board is due to come into force at the completion of the CIMAC World Congress in Helsinki in June 2016 for the customary three-year tenure, 2016-2019.   The new CIMAC Board will have Klaus Heim, Chief Technical Officer of OMT S.p.A as the new CIMAC President


This Day In Naval History: April 7

Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Albany (SSN 573) is commissioned at Naval Station Norfolk (Official USN photo by Michael D.P. Flynn, courtesy of Newport News Shipbuilding, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection)

 1776 - The Continental brig Lexington, commanded by John Barry, captures the British tender Edward near the Virginia Capes after a fierce fight that takes nearly an hour. 1944 - USS Saufley (DD 465) sinks the Japanese submarine I 2, west-northwest of New Hanover


ClassNK Open Survey Office in Novorossiysk

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ClassNK opened a new exclusive survey office in Novorossiysk, Russia with operations beginning January 1, 2016.   Novorossiysk is a port city in southwest Russia facing the Black Sea. It is the country’s main port on the Black Sea and a leading Russian port for trade with Asia


This Day In US Navy History - January 7

USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Zachary Eshleman/Released)

1822 - The schooner Porpoise captures six pirate vessels off Cuba and destroys their base, while USS Spark recaptures a Dutch sloop that had been taken as a prize by pirates. A landing party destroys the pirate's base in the West Indies.  


Fisherman Medevaced Near Winchester Bay, Ore.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station North Bend, Ore., medevacs an ill crewman off the fishing vessel Hecate 9 miles west of the Umpqua River entrance in Oregon, Jan. 7, 2016. Photo USCG

  A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a fisherman who had reportedly suffered a seizure aboard the fishing vessel Hecate, about 9 miles west of Winchester Bay, Thursday morning. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station North Bend safely hoisted the man at about 11 a.m


Ailing Fisherman Medevaced off Oregon

Screenshot from U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station North Bend.

An ailing fisherman was medevaced by U.S. Coast Guard aircrews Thursday roughly nine miles west of Winchester Bay, Oregon.   The man, reportedly suffering from a seizure, was hoisted from fishing vessel Hecate by an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station North Bend at


Blast kills two Pakistani Coast Guards

Pakistani Coast Guard Photo PCG

  Two Pakistani coast guards were killed on Saturday when a bomb exploded under their vehicle, police officials said, in a town in the southwest which has been hit hard by years of separatist violence. The blast, which also injured three coast guards


Port of Indiana Handles Record Volume

Courtesy Port of Indiana

 The Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon set a new annual shipping record in 2015 by handling over 6.6 million tons for the first time in its 40-year history. This was a 36-percent increase over 2014 and 30 percent higher than the previous record set in 1994


Distressed Freighter Could Ground if Salvage Fails

A stricken cargo ship drifting on its side off the French Atlantic coast will run aground in southwest France if a renewed attempt to tow it to port fails on Monday, a French maritime official said. The 164-metre-long Modern Express, which was transporting 3


This Day In US Naval History - February 1

USS Enterprise (CV-6) (Official U.S. Navy Photograph)

1800 - USS Constellation engages French frigate La Vengeance in a 5-hour battle during the Quasi War. 1902 - USS Plunger (SS-2), the lead ship of the Plunger-class submarine, launches. She is commissioned Sept. 19, 1903, at the Holland Company yard at New Suffolk, Long Island, N.Y


Hess sells Shannon LNG Terminal

Ireland is the only country in NW Europe without an LNG terminal. Map:  ShannonLNG

 New York-based energy company Hess has sold Shannon LNG, a proposed gas-import terminal in County Kerry, Ireland’s Sunday Independent has reported.   The newspaper did not name the buyer for the site. The identity of the new owner of the proposed liquefied natural gas terminal


The Mississippi River and the 2016 Flood’s Impact on Dredging

Bonnet Carre’ Spillway Operation

The Mighty Mississippi River connects 31 states and 2 Canadian Provinces by a liquid superhighway that includes over 250 tributaries and features more miles of inland waterways than the rest of the world combined. As I contemplate my thoughts on the importance of this great river system


This Day In Naval History - March 1

USS Harvest Moon (Wash drawing by R.G. Skerrett, 1903, depicting the ship underway during the Civil War. Courtesy of the Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.)

  1865 - Side-wheel steamship Harvest Moon, while underway near Georgetown, S.C., with Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren on board, hits a Confederate mine (or "torpedo" in contemporary terms) and sinks with the loss of one of her crew.  






 
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