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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.


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.


Fleet Xpress a Success in Challenging Antarctic

Ocean Nova on ice Photo Inmarsat

Inmarsat together with Global Marine Networks and Network Innovations, today announced the successful trial and subsequent commercial order for Fleet Xpress in Antarctic waters. Fleet Xpress, installed on board the adventure cruise ship Ocean Nova, delivered robust communications in one of the most hostile environments on the planet.   Fleet Xpress, the hybrid Ka and L-band service using Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network


Fleet Growth: Private Trends And Public Developments

Graph: Clarksons Research

 According to Clarksons Research, the world fleet has experienced a sustained period of growth during the last decade, with owners based in the Asia/Pacific region responsible for the largest share of this expansion.    However, since the start of 2014, European owners have regained market share. Whilst European fleet growth has traditionally been driven by private owners, recently it has been public companies growing at the fastest rate.  


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


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


BW Fleet Management Repair Deal at ASRY

Photo-with-ASRY-Press-Relea.jpg

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


Russia Conducts Naval Drill in Baltic Sea

Image courtesy: Defence Russia

 Russian naval units are conducting a defense drill in the Barents Sea, which Russia shares with Norway, involving more than 20 vessels from the country’s Baltic Fleet, as part of the Russian Northern Fleet exercises.   The press service of Russia’s Western Military District said in a statement that various ships of the auxiliary fleet, diesel-electric submarines, small missile and anti-submarine boats are participating in the drill.  


Maersk Takes Coffee Very Seriously

The Coffee Route Map: Maersk Line

 Maersk acknowledges that coffee is very special, mainly in regards to the processes and requirements involved for it’s shipping. "So we have adapted the way we work so we can meet your needs," says a statement from  Maersk.  


Uncertainity Plagues Seaborne Iron Ore Shipments

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Chinese iron ore imports account for around two thirds of global seaborne iron ore shipments, making it the key driver of Capesize employment. Clarksons Research Report.   While the hike in Chinese iron ore imports in the year to date has supported Capesize demand


BigLift Shipping Expands Heavy Lift Fleet

Happy Star (Photo: BigLift Shipping)

BigLift Shipping said it has ordered a third Happy S-type vessel. The new build vessel, to be named Happy Sun, will be identical to BigLift’s Happy Star and will be built by Ouhua Shipbuilding in Zhoushan, China. The new vessel is expected for delivery in the first quarter of 2018.  


US Navy Accepts delivery of 7th Austal EPF

Photo: Austal

Austal USA’s Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) team finalized the delivery of USNS Carson City (EPF 7) to the U.S. Navy during a small document-signing event held onboard the ship on June 24, 2016.   The EPF program provides the Navy with a new high-speed intra-theater transport


This Day In Naval History: June 21

1898 - During the Spanish-American War, the cruiser USS Charleston captures the island of Guam without resistance from Spain, because the Spanish Navy had no sufficient ammunition for defense.   1919 - The German navy scuttles its own fleet at Scapa Flow. After the Nov


Suezmax Tanker Delivered to NAT

Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) has today taken delivery of Nordic Castor, the second of four secondhand Japanese-built Suezmax tankers acquired in May 2016. The first of the four vessels, Nordic Luna, was delivered June 1, and the third vessel is expected to be delivered near the end of


VARD Orders BWT Systems for Topaz Newbuilds

Optimarin Skid 334-FS 2 (Image: Optimarin)

Ballast water treatment (BWT) system Optimarin has picked up an order covering 15 vessels from VARD shipyards.   The vessels, VARD 9 21 Design specialist module carriers, will be constructed for ship owner Topaz at two shipyards in Romania - Vard Braila and Vard Tulcea – and one in


Bollinger Delivers FRC Joseph Tezanos the US Coast Guard

Sister ship of the USCGC Joseph Tezanos, USCGC Margaret Norvell operating in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: Bollinger Shipyards)

Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the 18th Fast Response Cutter (FRC), USCGC Joseph Tezanos, to the United States Coast Guard on June 22, 2016 in Key West, Fla. The vessel is scheduled to be commissioned in Puerto Rico during August 2016.  


Scrubbers Installed on Another Great Lakes Bulker

M/V Lee A. Tregurtha (Photo: Interlake Steamship Company)

The Interlake Steamship Company’s M/V Lee A. Tregurtha sailed today from Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding Company in Sturgeon Bay, Wisc., becoming the shipper’s third self-unloading bulk carrier to be outfitted with exhaust gas scrubbers.  


FPSOs Sit Unprecedentedly Idle

FPSO Cidade de Marica SBM (Photo: Claudio Paschoa)

While the oil and gas markets are starting to come to life, nearing the $50 per barrel mark, the future fate of floating production remains a mystery   The 20 year four-fold growth pattern in the world’s FPSO fleet stalls out in 2016 with a record number of FPSOs idle and available


Simrad Tech for Sydney Fast Ferries

Ocean Wave courtesy Simrad

Four new fast ferries, owned and managed by Manly Ferries and operating in the busy waters of Sydney Harbour, will use Simrad technology for safe navigation. The owner has specified a range of Simrad bridge equipment for its latest vessels, including an NSO Evo2 quad-core marine processor


PGS, Radio Holland Expand Service Agreement

Ramform Tethys represents an enormously stable platform with outstanding seakeeping characteristics.(Photo: PGS)

Norwegian marine geophysical company PGS has extended its non-exclusive service agreement with Radio Holland for navigation and communication services onboard nine seismic vessels in its global fleet. Radio Holland is known in the maritime industry for its NavCom and Maintenance services through


Bronson Hsieh Leaves Evergreen to Head Yang Ming

Bronson Hsieh. Pic by  Evergreen Group

 Evergreen Group vice chairman Bronson Hsieh has been appointed chairman of rival Taiwan carrier Yang Ming Marine.   Yang Ming Marine Transport, the nation’s second-largest container shipper in terms of fleet size, approved Hsieh’s appointment, reports said.  


Slowing Shipping Fleet Growth to Ease Officer Shortage

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Slowing growth in the size of the shipping fleet will reduce the shortage of officers over the coming years, according to the latest Manning report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.   The global shipping fleet – encompassing all sectors except the non-cargo


World Trade Routes Won't be the Same with Expanded Panama Canal!

Graph: Clarksons Research

 On 26th June 2016, a landmark development for the shipping industry will occur with the opening of the new third set of locks at the Panama Canal. Clarksons Research takes a look.   Around ten years in the making, the expansion will enable significantly larger ships to transit the






 
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