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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 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


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


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


Boatswain’s Locker Distributes Fiat Powertrain

Fiat Powertrain Technologies of North America, Inc., (FPT NA), announced an agreement with Costa Mesa-based Boatswain’s Locker for the distribution and service of FPT commercial diesel marine engines and parts in California, Hawaii, and Western Mexico. “We chose to carry the FPT commercial line of diesel marine engines with outputs from 57 to 1300 HP for several reasons,” said Dan Gribble, CEO Boatswain’s Locker


"River Cities" Host First Navy Week of 2015

Official U.S. Navy file photo of the U.S. Navy parachute demonstration team, the Leap Frogs.

  Bossier City-Shreveport Navy Week begins April 27 and will continue through May 3. Navy Weeks focus a variety of assets, equipment and personnel on a single city for a week-long series of engagements designed to bring America's Navy closer to the people it protects


USCG Monitors LNG Carrier Repair in Alaska

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is monitoring repairs aboard the liquid natural gas (LNG) carrier Excel in Homer, Alaska.    The vessel was received an order from Coast Guard Sector Anchorage to remain anchored in Kachemak Bay near Homer after the 908-foot


U.S. Intermodal Volumes Rose 4.5% in Q1/15

Image: Intermodal Association of North America (IANA)

 According to a report issued by the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA), domestic intermodal volumes rose 4.5 % in the first quarter of 2015, buoyed by domestic containers, which rose 6.5 percent in a quarter-over-quarter comparison.  


US Oil Platform on Fire in Gulf Of Mexico

An oil platform caught fire and was evacuated in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico offshore Louisiana in the early hours of Friday, though no injuries were reported, the U.S. Coast Guard said.   Fire-fighting crews worked to contain the fire on Friday near Breton Island


Cargo Ship Runs Aground Off Guimaras

Cargo ship MT King Andrew ran aground in Siete Picados, Guimaras, February 4 when strong winds and currents southwest off the Light Station forced the vessel off course, the Philippines Coastguard reported.   The ship master said MT King Andrew departed Lapuz Wharf in Iloilo around 11 p.m


China Launches First Maritime Silk Road Cruise Liner

Image: Maritime Silk Road

 China has launched its first cruise liner to sail via its ambitious transcontinental initiative Maritime Silk Road (MSR) on its maiden voyage during which it will visit three South-East Asian nations.   The liner has scheduled stops in Vietnam


Maersk Line Returns to Southampton

Susan Maersk (Photo: Maersk Line)

Containership Susan Maersk became the first Maersk Line vessel to call at Southampton in five years when it arrived to the port on Tuesday as part of the Maersk Line’s new East West Network, a global shipping service that connects Europe, North America and Asia.  


Japanese Student Overboard in the Pacific

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) search operations continue for a student reported overboard from a Japanese training vessel approximately 70 miles southwest of Kauai, Tuesday.   USCG said its watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center were notified at 9:56 a.m


USCG, Navy Continue Search for Student Overboard in Pacific

Coast Guard and Navy Search for Students overboard

The Coast Guard and Navy are continuing the search for a student reported overboard from a Japanese training vessel approximately 70 miles southwest of Kauai, Tuesday. Coast Guard and Navy assets have searched 9,412 square miles totaling 83 search hours.


Southern France Gas Trading Hubs to Merge

The two gas trading hubs in the south of France will merge on April 1, power trading group Powernext said on Tuesday, marking a first step towards a unified French gas platform aimed at preventing the large price swings currently seen in the market.  


Cyclone Warning for Australian Ports

Cyclone pic courtesy Bureau of Meteorology

  The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has issued and update on Tropical Cyclone Nathan, which has formed in the Coral Sea off the East coast of Australia. It appears that Cairns North may be affected, and Cape Flattery is currently closed awaiting the cyclone to pass


Japanese Tsunami Debris Still Washing on US Shore

Debris from Japan's 2011 tsunami will continue to litter the North American coastline over the next three years, with everything from refrigerators to lumber and sports balls still floating offshore in the Pacific, an expert said on Tuesday.  


River Dance: Grounding Launches Runaway Barges, Coast Guard Investigation

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It has been said that the vast majorities of collisions at sea occur in near perfect weather conditions. That trend can also be applied to the inland river system. Not too long ago, it was a beautiful mid-summer afternoon in the nation’s heartland


Mount Vernon Port Breaks Indiana Shipping Record

The Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon recorded the highest quarterly shipments by any port in Ports of Indiana's over 50-plus year history during the first quarter of 2015. This was the second consecutive quarter the port broke this record. First quarter shipments increased three percent over the


USCG Medevacs Injured Mariner Near SW Pass

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  A Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew medevaced a man south of Southwest Pass, at around 12 p.m., Tuesday. The crew of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans was dispatched approximately four miles south of Southwest Pass to pick up a mariner who had






 
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