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New Navy Contracts

Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Inc., Northrop Grumman Corp., Newport News, Va., is being awarded a $373,511,932 cost plus fixed fee contract for the construction preparation efforts for the second aircraft carrier of the Gerald R. Ford class (CVN 79). Efforts under contract will include engineering, detail design, test and evaluation, logistics support and the procurement of long lead time material. Special performance incentives are also included under the contract. Work will be performed in Newport News, Va., and is expected to be completed by October 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-09-C-2116). WTAK-1 Inc., Mobile, Ala., is being awarded $49,650,000 to exercise an option under a previously awarded firm fixed price contract (N00033-82-C-1019) for the purchase of Maritime Prepositioning Ship Sgt Matej Kocak. WTAK-1 Inc., which held Military Sealift Command's (MSC's) previous long-term contract for Kocak, is executing the sale on behalf of Wilmington Trust Co., as shipowner and UPB Leasing Ventures as beneficiary.  The ship has been under long-term charter to MSC since 1984.  The ship will remain crewed by about 30 civilian mariners employed by Waterman Steamship Corp., Mobile, Ala. Kocak is one of 15 Maritime Prepositioning ships that strategically preposition U.S


Hansen of FV Northwestern Comes to CBMM

Edgar Hansen of the fishing vessel Northwestern—as featured on Discovery Channels Deadliest Catch,” photo courtesy Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Edgar Hansen of the fishing vessel Northwestern—as featured on Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch," is coming to St. Michaels, MD and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Sunday, August 14 for the 2nd annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day. Hansen agreed to attend the event after learning of some of the parallels both Alaskan fisherman and the Chesapeake’s watermen are facing. "With fishing being my livelihood for over 25 years,” said Hansen


New COO At Canada Steamship Lines

Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) has appointed Gerry Carter to the position of executive vice president and COO, effective immediately. Carter, who previously served as vice president, Finance and Administration for the CSL Group, brings a variety of experience to his new post in the fields of computer systems, labor and finance.


Five Shipping Lines Agree to Form Alliance

Through its U.S. General Agent, Solar International Shipping, Yang Ming Line announced that five major Asian steamship lines have agreed to form one of the largest cooperative international sea container transport efforts among steamship lines. The new alliance for a cooperative worldwide network will consist of: COSCO Container Lines Ltd., Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (K-Line), Yang Ming Marine Transport, Hanjin Shipping Co., Ltd., and Senator Lines GmbH.


American Steamship Charters ATB

American Steamship Compnay charter New Articulated Tug Barge American Steamship Company (“ASC”), a subsidiary of GATX Corporation (NYSE:GMT), announced its charter of a newly constructed Articulated Tug Barge (“ATB”). David W. Foster, president of ASC, said, “We are very pleased to add this new ATB, designed to transport dry-bulk commodities, to our fleet and look forward to commencing its operation on the Great Lakes during the upcoming sailing season


Port of Baltimore Fully Open: Latest Update on Dispute

Photo courtesy of Port of Baltimore

Workers have agreed to a 90-day extension on local contracts following talks between Local 333 of the International Longshoremen’s Association and the Steamship Trade Association of Baltimore Inc., reports Bloomberg, citing a statement by Richard Scher, a spokesman for the Maryland Port Administration. Earlier, the Maryland Port Administration was notified by the Steamship Trade Association that Master Contract cargo could be worked


Gladding-Hearn Delivers Ferry for State Ferry Operator

Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, has delivered Iyanough, a new 393 passenger, high-speed ferry, to the Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority in Massachusetts. The all-aluminum catamaran, designed by Incat-Crowther in Sidney, Australia, is 154 feet (47m) long and 39-feet (12m) abeam. It draws only 5.3-feet (1.6m). The vessel, which will operate a 26-mile route from Hyannis, Mass


Containership Agency Founder and Chairman Dies at 68

Former chairman and founder of Containership Agency, Inc., Rolf D. Hartmann, died on Sunday, March 17, 2002, at his home in Manesota Key, Fla. He was 68 years old. Originally from Bremen, Germany, Hartmann descends from long line of family ship owners and operators. His father was founder and director of F.W. Hartmann & Co., Inc., which provided steamship agency and related services, and his grandfather was Managing Director of Hansa Line of Germany.


ATB Dorthy Ann and Pathfinder at Great Lake Shipyard

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Great Lakes Shipyard has been contracted by Interlake Steamship Company to perform winter work services on their ATB Dorthy Ann and Pathfinder which arrived in Cleveland and is docked on site at the Shipyard’s facility. The Shipyard will be performing a variety of work, such as:  miscellaneous steel work, generator maintenance, main drive unit maintenance, and other miscellaneous tug and barge repairs and maintenance.


Winter Grips But Great Lakes Group Keeps Busy

Image courtesy of Great Lakes Group

The Great Lakes Towing Company says it has been extremely busy providing icebreaking assistance, and Great Lakes Shipyard has started repairs and maintenance on Interlake Steamship vessels, with more vessels contracted to follow. Recently, the 140-foot USCG Bay-class Icebreaking Tug Katmai Bay (WTGB 101) was dead in the icy waters and required towing assistance to its homeport dock, and the towing company's tug Missouri was dispatched to break ice and assist it back to its dock.


Fuel Solutions: Shelter from the Financial Storm

The Steamship Authority’s M/V Eagle ferry serves the Hyannis to Nantucket route.

Vessel operators seek protection by hedging fuel needs. It’s easier than you might think.  Some workboat operators defend themselves against higher diesel prices by buying futures contracts, while others purchase fuel at prices fixed in advance from their suppliers


Latest Global Ocean Trade Shipbuilding Orders

China – Shipyard: File photo CCL

The past week was relatively quiet with no shipbuilding orders seen in the tankship or gas carrier sector, according to the latest Clarkson Hellas S&P Weekly Bulletin. Details as follows: Dry bulk ships A large order of twelve firm plus eighteen option 64


Today in U.S. Naval History: April 1

USS Bush (DD 529), USS Colhoun (DD 801) and other vessels sank after Japanese kamikazes attacked them off the coast of Okinawa. Both the Bush and Colhoun shot down several Japanese planes during the attack. (U.S. Navy photo)

Today in U.S. Naval History - April 1 1893 - Navy General Order 409 of February 25, 1893 establishes the rate of Chief Petty Officer as of this date. 1917 - Boatswain's Mate 1/c John I. Eopolucci, a Naval Armed Guard on board the steamship Aztec


Great Lakes Shipyard Completes Winter Work

Photo courtesy Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard announced winter layup season is wrapping up at the yard after completing repair work on the following vessels: American Steamship Company’s M/V Sam Laud Grand River Navigation’s Manitowoc Interlake Steamship Company’s articulated tug-barge


Oldest Great Lakes Freighter to Operate as a Barge

Photo: Stacey Wescott, Chicago Tribune

November 2013 marked the final voyage of historic freighter St. Marys Challenger, a 1906-built cement carrier regarded as the oldest operational vessel on the Great Lakes. But the ship is now being prepped to enter a new life—as a barge.  


Winter Work Kicks Off at Great Lakes Shipyard

Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard

The start of the winter layup season at Great Lakes Shipyard is marked by the arrival of Interlake Steamship Company’s articulated tug-barge Dorothy Ann and Pathfinder. The ATB will remain berthed in the yard for planned repairs and routine maintenance


Lockout Uncertainty Looms at Port of Baltimore

Photo: Port of Baltimore

Some shippers have reportedly begun diverting cargo from the port of Baltimore due to uncertainty about the ongoing labor contract standoff with the largest dockworkers' union, despite assurances there won't be another strike or a lockout.


Transportation Club of Tacoma's Person of the Year 2013 – Terry Thomas

Terry Thomas at TCT Meeting: Photo credit TCT/Matthew Thomas

The Transportation Club of Tacoma (TCT), the largest Transportation Club Chapter in North America, has chosen Terry Thomas, president and one of the founders of his company PNW Equipment Inc., as their 'Person of the Year 2013'. TCT explain in a brief biography that Terry Thomas


SSA Selects Elliot Bay Ferry Design

255 pax vehicle ferry Island Home, previously designed by EBDG for SSA

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), a naval architecture and marine engineering firm with offices in Seattle, New Orleans and Ketchikan, has been awarded a multiple-phase project to design a new freight and passenger ferry for the Massachusetts-based Woods Hole


Carter Joins St. Lawrence Seaway Board

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) announced that Gerald Carter has been appointed to its Board for a three-year term. He replaces Ralph Mercier as the representative for the Québec Provincial Government. Gerald Carter comes to the Seaway with a long history in marine


Twin Trillium Class Bulkers Launched at Shipyard

Photo: CSL

On January 25, 2014, two newbuild Trillium Class bulk carriers were launched for Canada Steamship Lines Inc. (CSL) at Yangfan shipyard in Zhoushan, China. The 36,100-DWT, seaway size gearless bulkers are part of CSL’s ambitious fleet renewal program which oversaw the delivery of four new


Longshoremen Reject Port Contract – Again

Unionized longshoremen at the Port of Baltimore have voted to reject a contract proposal from their employers, again extending a labor standoff that has destabilized the state's primary trade hub for months. Members of the International Longshoremen's Association (ILO) Local 333 voted 416 to


Sharpeye Keeps Watch on Chesapeake Bay

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Kelvin Hughes, a global supplier of surveillance and navigation systems, announced that it has recently supplied two SharpEye Solid State X Band surveillance radars to the Maryland Natural Resources Police (MPRP), to provide additional coverage around protected oyster beds.


Towers Joins EBDG Engineering Team

Jim Towers

Elliott Bay Design Group, a Seattle-based Naval Architect and Marine Engineering firm with offices in New Orleans and Ketchikan, has hired seasoned marine professional Jim Towers. Towers, originally hired at the firm in 2000, brings more than 30 years' experience to his role as Senior Naval


Prominent Naval Engineer Dr. Ilario Hilary Rolih Dies at 82

Dr. Ilario Hilary Rolih

We deeply and sadly regret to advise the passing of George G. Sharp’s Chairman of the Board Dr. Ilario Hilary Rolih on February 16, 2014. Dr. Ilario Hilary Rolih passed away at the age of 82 on February 16, 2014 while on vacation in Cancun, Mexico. Dr


 
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