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Gladding-Hearn Delivers New Pilot Boat

Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, has delivered a new “Chesapeake” class pilot boat to the Delaware pilots. The shipyard’s new class of pilot boats has also been built for the Virginia, Maryland, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, and Portland, Maine pilots. According to Winn Willard at C. Raymond Hunt Associates, the designer, the increasing popularity of the Chesapeake class results from some subtle changes to the firm’s typical pilot boat design. The boat is six inches longer and wider on deck. There is also an additional six inches of freeboard. The new class is also suitable for a variety of engine options. The all-aluminum “Brandywine,” named after the first pilot boat built for the Delaware pilots by Gladding-Hearn in 1957, measures 52.5 feet overall, with a 17-foot beam and 4.8 foot draft, and has a top speed of 26 knots. The new launch is powered by twin Daewoo V180TIM, 10-cylinder, diesel engines, each delivering 640 bhp at 2100 rpm, with ZF 350A gears. The engines turn 5-blade Hall & Stavert bronze propellers. The Delaware pilots chose an unpainted launch to reduce maintenance. The boat is equipped with heated glass in the windows, as well as heated handrails and decks to prevent ice build-up in the winter. It has wide side-decks, and side and rear doors. At the transom are throttle and steering controls, and a winch-operated U-frame over a recessed platform for pilot rescue operations.


Navy Commissions Submarine New Hampshire

U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg will deliver the ceremony's principal address. The ship's sponsor, Cheryl McGuinness of , , is the widow of Lt. Cmdr. Thomas McGuinness, a veteran Navy pilot and co-pilot of American Airlines Flight 11 which was flown into the of the by terrorists Sept. 11, 2001. The ceremony will be highlighted by a time-honored Navy tradition when McGuinness gives the order to "man our ship and bring her to life!"


Pilot Boat Capsizes, One Dead

The body of the missing man from the pilot boat that capsized was located 3 miles south of the Galveston Jetties. A T & T Dive Team went into the water this morning and searched the capsized pilot boat, locating the missing pilot still inside. The man's body was taken to Coast Guard Station Galveston, where the captain of the Texas City Pilots Association was waiting. The pilot boat capsized Saturday afternoon after picking up a pilot from a research ship anchored in Galveston Bay


Kvichak Delivers Savannah Pilot Boat

Kvichak Marine recently delivered the Georgia, a 75 x 21 ft. all-aluminum pilot boat, to the SPA, of Savannah, Georgia. Powered by twin Cummins KTA-38 M2 engines rated for 1350 BHP each and Hamilton 651 waterjets as the propulsors, the chosen combination provides for excellent maneuverability and a top speed of ~28 knots. To date, the Georgia is the largest Camarc-designed and Kvichak-built pilot boat operating for U.S. Pilot Associations


GD Gets Contract Option

The U. S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat, a business unit of General Dynamics, a $6 million contract option for the advanced procurement of on-board repair parts for the first four submarines of the Virginia Class. The work will be shared about equally between Electric Boat (55 percent) and Northrop Grumman Newport News (45 percent), Electric Boat's teammate in the Virginia-class construction, and will be completed by the end of 2007.


General Dynamics Awarded Second U.S. Navy Sub

The U.S. Navy has released $1.2b for the construction of the 14th Virginia-class submarine, SSN-787, to General Dynamics Electric Boat, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).  This award marks the beginning of production of two submarines per year on the Virginia-class program.   The release of the funding allows procurement of long lead-time components that will support the planned official construction start later this year on the as-yet-unnamed submarine at


Navy Awards General Dynamics $15.5M for Work on USS Virginia

The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $15.5 million contract modification to perform a range of work on USS Virginia (SSN-774) following its shakedown period. The work, known as a Post-Shakedown Availability, comprises maintenance, repairs, alterations, testing and other activities and will be completed in November 2006. Ninety-nine percent of the work will be performed at Electric Boat's shipyard here; one percent will be performed at Quonset Point, R.I


Cat Marine Power New Canadian Pilot Boats

Photo courtesy Caterpillar Marine Communications

Every marine vessel requires two critical components to ensure a safe journey: a competent master at the helm and a reliable power source in the engine room.  Because of the increasing ship traffic and safety concerns, the design of pilot boats used to transfer pilots to and from ships has evolved significantly in recent years.  Cat marine engines will power the majority of the new breed of pilot boats built for ports across Canada.


Shipbuilder Alu Marine Hands Over Pilot Boat

Photo credit: Alu Marine

French shipbuilder Alu Marine hands over pilot boat to ‘The Pilots of the Seine' To improve the quality of their services, Pilots of the Seine have chosen to invest in a “light”, faster and more economical pilot boat, which consumes less fuel. Their new pilot boat is equipped with IPS Volvo propulsion, an innovative system for mid-sizes workboats that can significantly reduce the carbon impact. The Alu Marine Shipyard


Gladding-Hearn Delivers

Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, has delivered the first of six Chesapeake Class pilot boats for coastal and offshore patrol operations and port security, provided by the Colombian Department of the Navy. Designed by C. Raymond Hunt & Associates, the all-aluminum deep-V hull measures 56.6 ft. overall, with a 17.8-ft. beam and 3-ft. draft and has a top speed of 27 knots. The launch is powered by twin MAN R6-800CRM diesel engines, each delivering 800 Bhp at 2,300 rpm


Submarine John Warner Delivered Ahead of Schedule

The submarine John Warner (SSN 785) delivered on June 19, 2015, two and a half months ahead of schedule. Photo by Chris Oxley/HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division delivered the submarine John Warner (SSN 785) to the U.S. Navy today. The Virginia-class submarine, the first to be named for a person, was delivered two and a half months ahead of schedule.  


Captain John Foley – Obituary

Captain John Foley

Britain: April 30, 1940 – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia: June 22, 2015   Family, friends and colleagues of Capt. John Foley, Master Mariner and Great Barrier Reef “Grand Pilot” gathered together at St. Augustine’s Church, Hamilton, Brisbane on June 26


Missing Divers Found in Gulf of Mexico

A Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew stands with two rescued divers after they were located and rescued Saturday, June 27. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

U.S. Coast Guard crews locate two missing divers in Gulf of Mexico   Two overdue divers offshore from San Jose Island, Texas, were rescued by a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter crew Saturday afternoon.   The two San Antonio men, Dennis Garrett and Robert Holms


Conference to Delve into Hybrid Power & Propulsion

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The first international Hybrid Marine Power & Propulsion Conference will be held at the RNLI Lifeboat College, Poole UK from October 6-8, 2015.   Shock Mitigation will bring together an international group of experts, armed with the latest knowledge that will identify the potential


US Navy Lays Keel for PCU Indiana

A welder carves the initials of ships sponsor Diane Donald on a metal plate during the keel laying ceremony for the future Virginia-class attack submarine Indiana (SSN 789). (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries by Ricky Thompson)

The U.S. Navy held a keel laying ceremony for the Virginia-class submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Indiana (SSN 789) at Huntington Ingalls Industries, Newport News Shipbuilding, May 16.   The initials of the submarine's sponsor, Diane Donald


US Navy Submarine to be Named USS New Jersey

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 The U.S. Navy's next Virginia-class attack submarine will bear the name USS New Jersey, says AP reports.   U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus hosted a ship-naming ceremony over the weekend in Jersey City, New Jersey, to announce that SSN 796, a Virginia-class attack submarine


John Warner Successfully Completes Initial Sea Trials

The John Warner, a new Virginia-class submarine, is launched. Photo: Huntington Ingalls Industries

 A Virginia-class attack submarine named after former U.S. Sen. John Warner has successfully completed an initial round of sea trials,  reports UPI.   The U.S. Navy has completed initial sea trials to demonstrate its systems and capabilities


The Dolphins of US Navy

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A pod of Dolphins gave a new Navy submarine a guard of honor - by swimming in its bow wave. The US Navy’s Virginia-class attack vessel was off Newport, Virginia, when it got an unexpected mammal pilot. The John Warner, America's new Virginia-class attack vessel was completing its sea


General Dynamics Bags USN's VPM Development Contract

Virginia Payload Module

  The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $6.5 million contract modification to support development of the Virginia Payload Module (VPM). Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. The VPM will comprise four large-diameter payload tubes in a new


Gladding-Hearn Delivers 400th Vessel

Photo: Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding

Cape Fear Pilots Association of Southport, N.C. has taken delivery of its second St. John’s Class pilot boat from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation. This vessel marks the Somerset, Mass. shipyard’s 400th boat built since its founding 1955.    


Replica of Revolutionary French Ship Arrives in US

Image: Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America

 When the 17-story ship glided through the cool morning mist like an apparition in the Virginia town,  many didn't realized that it was a replica of a French frigate that in 1780 transported General Lafayette to America to rally US rebels battling for independence.  


Pilot of Grounded Tug Sentenced for Negligence

The pilot of a tow vessel that ran aground in June 2014 was sentenced for negligence.   Gerold Holt Bosarge was sentenced June 12 in United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama to a violation of Title 46, United States Code, Section 2302(b)


Transas Packs New Features into Pilot PRO

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Transas has released a new version of Transas Pilot PRO, iPad-based chart plotter for professional pilots and mariners.    Transas said its Pilot PRO is designed to make the job easier for pilots and other marine professionals in their daily routine


Curtiss-Wright Wins $480m Deal for Navy Subs

Image: Curtiss-Wright Corp

 Charlotte-based manufacturer Curtiss-Wright Corp. has won a series of contracts valued at $480 million to supply parts for the U.S. Navy’s Virginia-Class nuclear submarines.   The Navy’s Block IV Virginia Class Submarine Program covers 10 submarines


600 Med Migrants Rescued

A Norwegian ship rescued more than 600 migrants from two wooden boats on Monday in the southern part of the Mediterranean, the Norwegian police said on Twitter. All migrants picked by the ship, the Siem Pilot, were healthy, including several pregnant women, the Norwegian authorities said.






 
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