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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.


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


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.


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.


MarAd Report Confirms U.S. Fleet Growth

Totaling more than 37,000 vessels available to meet U.S. shippers' transportation needs, the U.S. domestic fleet is greater than previously reported, according to the U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd). Released by MarAd administrator Clyde Hart, the report counts all commercial vessels in the American fleet, and highlights the magnitude and diversity of the American Jones Act fleet, as well as vessels engaged in domestic cargo and passenger trades. Of the 37,900 U.S


Latvian Shipping To Update Aging Fleet

Latvian Shipping has started a renewal of its aging fleet by placing an order for six new tankers, according to the company's president. Andris Klavinsh said the firm had signed a letter of intent with Korean shipbuilders to construct tankers worth between $168 million to $210 million and is awaiting a go-ahead from the Latvian privatization agency. He declined to name the Korean shipbuilders involved. Shipping has had problems with fleet renewal due to its stalled privatization


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.


Ultra-deepwater Drillship 'Maersk Valiant' Delivered

Maersk Valiant: Photo Maersk Drilling

Maersk Drilling advises that its second new drillship, 'Maersk Valiant', has been delivered from the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje-Si, South-Korea. Maersk Valiant has begun its voyage towards the US Gulf of Mexico via Singapore to commence a two year contract with


Otto Marine's Financial Health on the Mend

Michael See Kian Heng: Photo Otto Marine

Michael See Kian Heng, Group Executive Director of Singapore-based offshore vessel owners & shipbuilders Otto Marine, says that his company reported revenue of US$512.0 million in year 2013, an increase of 36.8% over US$374.4 million in 2012


US Navy Vessel Heads Home Following Fire

USS Hue City (U.S. Navy photo by Deven B. King)

U.S. Fleet Forces announced late Monday that USS Hue City (CG 66) would return to her homeport of Mayport, Fla. on her own power following a fire that occurred April 14. No injuries to the crew were reported. According to the U.S. Navy


Keel-Laid for Navy's 10th LCS at Austal Yard

A Littoral Combat Ship: USN photo

The Navy and Austal USA held a keel-laying ceremony for the future 'USS Gabrielle Giffords', the Navy's 10th littoral combat ship (LCS), in Mobile, Ala., informs the Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ships. The ship's sponsor, Roxanna Green, was unable to attend the ceremony


OSI to Upgrade Canadian Navy Software

HMCS Toronto in the Arabian Gulf. Credit: Colin Kelley

OSI Maritime Systems Signs Contract with the Royal Canadian Navy to Provide In-Service-Support and an Upgrade to the Most Advanced ECPINS-W Sub 6.0 OSI Maritime Systems announced that it has signed a contract to provide in-service-support for its ECPINS-W Sub software - ECPINS is the only ECDIS


ISC Expects Faltering Q1 2014 Financial Results

ISC Jones Act vessel: Photo courtesy of ISC

International Shipholding Corporation (ISC) provides preliminary guidance for first quarter 2014 results and announces timing of earnings release and conference call. The company says that it expects to report a first quarter net loss, before Preferred Dividends, in the range of $3


Cargo Sits Waiting a Fortnight in Asia: Analysts Seek Reasons

Slow steaming & Lay-up impacts: Image courtesy of Drewry Maritime Research

Jochen Gutschmidt, head of global transport procurement at Nestle, asked the Global Liner Shipping Conference in Hamburg last week: “Why is cargo waiting in Asia for two weeks?” Using data from Drewry’s latest 'Container Forecaster', just published


China denies naval snub for Japan over fleet review

China's navy on Tuesday denied, in a roundabout way, that it snubbed Japan by not inviting it to join in a naval fleet review as part of an international symposium, saying the two events had never been linked in the first place. U.S. officials have said the United States was invited to join the


US Navy Ship Welcomes President of Romania

Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) salute Romanian President Traian Băsescu during his visit to the ship. (U.S. Navy photo by Edward Guttierrez III)

The forward deployed guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) welcomed aboard Romanian President Traian Bsescu while the ship was in port in Constanta, April 14. Bsescu was met by members of the U.S. Embassy and Donald Cook's Commanding Officer Cmdr. Scott Jones


OSC Plans Fleet Expansion through 2018

Photo: OSC

State-owned Oman Shipping Company SAOC (OSC) is projecting to expand its current fleet of 43 ships to 50 by 2018, the Oman Daily Observer reported. According to the report, the expansion is in line with a ramp-up in hydrocarbon, petrochemical and industrial investment throughout Oman.


Topaz secures another West Africa contract

Topaz-faye DP2 platform

Topaz Energy and Marine, a leading offshore support vessel company with primary operations in the Middle East and Caspian, today announced a new contract win for its fast growing West Africa operation. Under the terms of the US$ 11 million agreement


Fire Aboard US Warship Transiting Atlantic Ocean

USS Hue City: USN photo

U.S. Fleet Forces Command inform that a fire broke out aboard 'USS Hue City' (CG 66) as the ship was transiting the Atlantic.
 Hue City had departed Mayport, Fla. Friday, April 11, for deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility.


Coast Guard Battles 24-inch Plate Ice

Morro Bay, Photo courtesy of USCG

Coast Guard Cutters Morro Bay and Katmai Bay, homeported in Cleveland and Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., conducted ice breaking operations in Marquette, Mich., Sunday. The harbor breakout operations commenced following a difficult and lengthy escort that started in Duluth, Minn


A New Standard in Marine Communications

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KVH provides and Harvey Gulf employs possibly the most sophisticated on-board SATCOM and related service package on the water. That’s no accident.     If quality service, high tech hardware and quality personnel are the common bonds shared by marine communications


Offshore Driller Noble Corp Q1 Earnings Beat Forecasts

Noble Corp., a leading offshore driller, reported first-quarter net income on Wednesday of $0.99 a share, higher than consensus forecasts, as new rigs helped lift revenues. ThomsonReuters I/B/E/S had forecast earnings of 70 cents a share or 82 cents a share excluding special items.


 
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