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This Day in Naval History - May 21

1850 - Washington Navy Yard begins work on first castings for the Dahlgren guns. 1917 - USS Ericsson fires first torpedo of war. 1944 - Accidental explosion on board an LST unloading ammunition in West Loch, Pearl Harbor, and the resulting fire and other explosions sink five LSTs. 1964 - The initiation of the standing carrier presence at Yankee Station in the South China Sea. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at http://www.history.navy.mil.


Austal USA Signs Contract for Sale of Stock Vessel

Austal USA has signed a contract with Lighthouse Fast Ferry of New York (also known as New York Fast Ferry) for the sale of the 86 ft. (26 m) passenger catamaran being built at Austal USA’s shipyard facilities in Mobile, Ala. Due for delivery in July 2002, the new catamaran will be the third vessel delivered by Austal USA within six months and follows closely the delivery of two crew/supply vessels to Otto Candies LLC in January.


This Day in Naval History

(From the Navy News Service) May 21 1850 - Washington Navy Yard begins work on first castings for the Dahlgren guns. 1917 - USS Ericsson fires first torpedo of war. 1944 - Accidental explosion on board an LST unloading ammunition in West Loch, Pearl Harbor, and the resulting fire and other explosions sink five LSTs. 1964 - The initiation of the standing carrier presence at Yankee Station in the South China Sea. May 22


Stratos Debuts MPDS for Fleet F33

Stratos Global Corp. announced the availability of Mobile Packet Data Service (MPDS) for Inmarsat Fleet F33, bringing the benefits of always-on connectivity and data- transmission-based billing to smaller maritime vessels, including leisure, fishing, and coastal patrol boats. Stratos is the first Inmarsat service provider to formally announce the launch of this significant enhancement to Fleet F33. MPDS for Fleet F33 features persistent connectivity at speeds up to 64 kbps incoming from the


BW Fleet Management Repair Deal at ASRY

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Tanker operator, BW Fleet Management, expanded its Fleet Repair Agreement with ASRY’s Bahrain yard. The new repair agreement was signed by Morten Steen Martinsen, managing director of BW Fleet Management and Chris Potter, CEO of ASRY, in April in Bahrain.  The Norwegian company, which operates out of both Oslo and Singapore, manages a fleet of more than 90 vessels operated by BW Gas and BW Maritime, and the ASRY repair agreement involves those crude oil tankers


Saluting Guns Ready for Arrival of World’s Navies

The Royal Australian Navys Three Pound Saluting Gun Battery prepares to fire across Sydney Harbour as a Squirrel Helicopter decorated with International Fleet Review decals hovers off Garden Island Naval Base as a Seahawk helicopter flying a giant International Fleet Review Flag flys past.

The Royal Australian Navy has tested its new Three Pound Saluting Gun Battery at the Garden Island Naval Base, in readiness for October’s International Fleet Review, which commemorates the arrival of Navy’s first fleet in Sydney Harbor in 1913. Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Tim Barrett, said the guns would next be fired for the official 21-gun salute during the welcome of the Fleet by the Governor-General, Her Excellency the Hon Ms Quentin Bryce.


A.P. Moeller Fleet Grows 12%

A.P. Moeller's fleet grew by 12 percent in 2000, maintaining the company's position as the world's biggest container operator, according to French shipping consultancy BRS Alphaliner. Moeller subsidiaries Maersk Sealand and South Africa based Safmarine operate a combined fleet of 297 ships totaling 694,000 teu, a progression of almost 12 percent in 12 months," BRS Alphaliner said in its annual listing of the top 100 liner operators


OSG's Panamax Joint Venture Changes Name to Panamax International

Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. announced that its joint venture with Sociedad Anonima de Navegacion Petrolera S.A. of Chile (SONAP) has changed its name to Panamax International. OSG entered the joint venture in 2005 through the acquisition of Stelmar Shipping Ltd. Together, SONAP and OSG jointly operate one of the largest and most modern Panamax tanker fleets in the world. The average age of the 14-vessel, double hull fleet is seven years compared to a world fleet average age of 12


Navy Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of Great White Fleet

Naval historical file photo of the Great White Fleet. In 1907, Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president of the United States, sent a portion of the Atlantic fleet on a world tour to test naval readiness, establish global presence and generate international goodwill. U.S. Navy photo One hundred years ago on Dec. 16, 1907, the Great White Fleet departed Hampton Roads, Va., marking the first global naval voyage in America's young history.


Transocean Provides New Fleet Update Summary

Transocean Inc. issued a new monthly fleet update summary covering only newly signed contracts, significant changes to existing contracts and changes to estimated out of service time of 60 days or more since our fleet status report dated August 5, 2008. Drilling rig status and contract information on the company's offshore drilling fleet has been condensed into a report titled "Transocean Fleet Status Report," which is available through the company's Worldwide Web address at www


Adm. Swift Takes Command of Pacific Fleet

Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., left, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Ashton Carter, Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, and Adm. Scott H. Swift, render honors during the joint U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) and U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLT) change of command ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

  Adm. Scott H. Swift returned to his home state and relieved Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. as commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet during a change of command ceremony on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, May 27. "The magnitude of this moment is not lost on me


Navios to Expand Fleet with Two VLCCs

Image: Navios Maritime Midstream Partners

 Monaco-based tanker owner and operator Navios Maritime Midstream Partners (NAP) plans to launch syndication of a USD 205 million Term Loan B to finance the purchase of up to two very large crude carriers.    Apart from financing the purchase of up to two VLCCs from Navios


UNOLS Seeks Nominations for Council Positions

The University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) is an organization of academic oceanographic institutions working in cooperation with agencies of the U.S. Federal Government to ensure broad access to modern, well-operated, state-of-the-art research vessels, submersibles, aircraft


Entries Sought for SHIPPINGInsight Award

Entries are now being accepted for the 2015 SHIPPINGInsight Award, which will be presented at the SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization Conference & Exhibition, Oct. 13 in Stamford, Conn.   The annual award honors a ship operating company and its technology partners for the successful


Golden Ocean: Worst Bulk Market Since 1980s

Dry bulk shipping firm Golden Ocean reported first-quarter earnings below forecasts on Thursday and said its market had gone from "bad to worse" with market conditions not seen in three decades. Golden Ocean, controlled by shipping tycoon John Fredriksen


Shreyas Shipping Turns Around

Picture: Shreyas Shipping and Logistics

 Shreyas Shipping and Logistics swung to a net profit of Rs. 61.75 crore (about $9.6 million) in the fiscal year ended March 31, a big turnaround from its loss of Rs. 4.32 crore ($675,000) in the previous year.   According to Rajesh Desai, CFO, Shreyas Shipping


Scandlines Orders Ferry Battery System

Corvus Energy announces the signing of marine Energy Storage System (ESS) contract with Scandlines Denmark ApS; world’s largest battery hybrid electric fleet orders additional 2.6 MWh of Corvus lithium polymer batteries   Corvus Energy announced that that it will deliver an additional


Star Clippers to Build Massive Square Rigger

Photo courtesy of Star Clipppers

Tall ship sailing specialist Star Clippers has announced that it has started building a fourth ship to add to its fleet of graceful square-riggers; its first new-build since the launch of Royal Clipper in July 2000. The new vessel, yet to be named


Mercury Diesel Engines for 16 New USCG Boats

Mercury Marine’s 2.0 diesel engine (Photo: Mercury Marine)

Mercury Marine has entered an agreement with Metal Shark Aluminum Boats to power 16 U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) boats with Mercury diesel engines.   “Mercury Marine’s 2.0 diesel engines are ideal for smaller vessels such as the Coast Guard Cutter Boat ATON Medium


Masterbulk, SeaSafe Ink Lifeboat Service Deal

Photo: SeaSafe Marine

Masterbulk Singapore has entered into a five-year global sole service supplier agreement with the Wallem Group’s lifeboat maintenance service company, SeaSafe Marine. The agreement is for lifeboat services on Masterbulk’s fleet of 20 open hatch gantry crane vessels.  


First Damen Twin Axe for Offshore O&G

Contract signing

  To develop its large fleet, Groen Offshore, Guard & Support has selected the first Damen Twin Axe Fast Crew Supplier 2610 to be customised with Offshore Oil & Gas standby capabilities. The Netherlands-based company will deploy the new vessel on long-term charter for a major E&P


Bangladesh at Front of Shipbreaking Activity

Graph: Clarkson Research Services

 There has been a firm level of ship demolition activity in the first four months of 2015 and the two largest owner regions, Asia/Pacific and Europe account for 88% of the tonnage sold for recycling, according to the latest review of shipbreaking trend by Clarkson Research.    


UNOLS Seeks Fleet Improvement Committee Chair

R/V Atlantis (Photo: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

The University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) informs it is seeking nominations to fill a Fleet Improvement Committee (FIC) Chair position.   The position, which becomes vacant in Fall 2015, would see the selected candidate assume leadership after the 2015 Annual UNOLS


Statoil Awards Hull Cleaning Contract to GAC

Signing of agreement between GAC EnvironHull and Statoil at Statoil’s Headquarter in Stavanger, Norway. From left to right: Åshild Eltervåg, Nadia Nikmanesh, Elin Haave, Karl Ingvar Jorgensen and Robert Anderson. (Photo: Simon Doran)

Eco-friendly HullWiper technology to fight fouling and enhance efficiency for oil and gas company fleet    GAC EnvironHull has signed a contract with the international energy company Statoil to provide underwater hull cleaning services for its vessels operating in Scandinavia


Singapore and China Conclude Naval Drill

The RSNs RSS Valiant (left) and RSS Intrepid (right) participating in a manoeuvring exercise with the PLA(N)s Yulin (middle). (Photo Courtesy of PLA[N])

 The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and the People's Liberation Army (Navy) (PLAN) concluded the inaugural Exercise Maritime Cooperation, a new bilateral naval exercise series on Tuesday (May 26).   The exercise comprised conventional naval warfare serials such as gunnery firings and






 
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