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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.


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


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


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


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.


US Wants Japan to Patrol South China Sea

Courtesy: Japanese Ministry of Defense

 Admiral Robert Thomas, senior U.S. Navy officer and commander of the Seventh Fleet and the top U.S. navy officer in Asia, has told Reuters that the United States would welcome operations conducted by the Japanese Self-Defense Forces in the South China Sea


Seabourn Names New Cruise Ships

Encore. Image by Seabourn

Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation will be the names of new ships joining the fleet of luxury cruise line Seabourn in late 2016 and spring 2018.  Both are part of the line's Odyssey class, and the expansion will bring the total number of ships in the class to five. 


IntelliJet: Cleantech Propulsion for High Speed Applicatios

The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1). (Photo courtesy of IntelliJet)

IntelliJet Marine, Inc. will present a paper on propulsion and computer simulation for sustainable high speed boats and ships at ASNE Day 2015.   Jeff Jordan of IntelliJet Marine will present a paper on propulsion and computer simulation for sustainable high speed boats and ships at the


Reftrade Upgrades Fleet Refrigeration Systems

Photo courtesy of Reftrade

Reftrade UK  has made an investment to upgrade its fleet with environmentally friendly technology. The world’s first refrigeration system to use CO2 as a natural refrigerant, NaturaLINE, has been installed in Reftrade UK’s fleet


Liberian Registry Launches Green Ship Initiative

Scott Bergeron (Photo courtesy: Liberian Registry)

“We have launched a new initiative to help shipowners improve their green credentials and meet other corporate social responsibilities," said Scott Bergeron, CEO of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the U.S.-based manager of the registry


Cutlass Express 2015 Commences

Indian Ocean nations and several international organizations gather for the beginning of the fourth iteration of the multinational maritime Exercise Cutlass Express, Jan. 28, 2015.

  Maritime forces from East Africa, South Africa, Europe, Indian Ocean nations, the United States and several international organizations began the fourth iteration of the multinational maritime Exercise Cutlass Express, Jan. 28, 2015.


Shepler’s New Ferry Takes Shape

Photo: Moran Iron Works

Sparks are flying on the bulkhead and engine room of the $3.8 million, 85-foot Miss Margy, the newest addition to the Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry fleet, at Moran Iron Works.   Bill Shepler, CEO of Shepler’s, and Tom Moran, CEO and founder of Moran Iron Works


Ecochlor BWTS Chosen for 8 New Bulkers

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Times Navigation, Inc. has selected Ecochlor, Inc. to provide ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) for installation on a fleet of eight new CROWN63 (63,500 DWT) ultra-max bulk carriers that will be constructed at SINOPACIFIC Shipbuilding Group.  


Evergreen to Charter 11 Containerships

From left: K.W. Chang, Evergreen Group Vice Group Chairman; Anchor Chang, Chairman of Evergreen Marine Corporation; Raymond Lin, Evergreen Group Vice Group Chairman; Bronson Hsieh, Evergreen Group Second Vice Group Chairman; Toshiyuki Higaki, Chairman of Shoei Kisen Kaisha; Kaoru Iwasa, Senior Managing Executive Officer of Marubeni Corporation; Yukito Higaki, President of Shoei Kisen Kaisha; and Shigefumi Mabuchi, Chairman of Marubeni Corporation Taiwan (Photo: Evergreen)

Evergreen Group signed time charter agreements with Shoei Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (Shoei) to charter a total of 11 18,000 TEU vessels, which include the six units of the same capacity announced by Evergreen Marine Corp. (EMC) and its subsidiary last December


Bibby Appoints Rodden as Regional Managing Director

Andrew Rodden (Photo courtesy of Bibby)

Bibby Ship Management has recruited a new Regional Managing Director for the UK and Isle of Man, Andrew Rodden, who brings with him commercial and technical knowledge and experience. Andrew Rodden will manage Bibby Ship Management’s Crew & Technical service delivery across the U.K


NewLead Holdings Acquire 5 Vessels

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  NewLead Holdings Ltd. announced today that it recently added five bitumen tanker vessels to its fleet. The Company has expanded its fleet to 10 vessels in less than a year while performing on its strategy to capitalize on opportunities that arise in the market.


Greatship to Buy PSV

  Greatship (India) Limited (GIL), a wholly owned subsidiary of The Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited, has signed a contract to buy a 2015-built 4000 dwt Platform Supply Vessel (PSV). The vessel is expected to join the Company’s fleet during Q4FY2015.


Tauber Oil Opens West Calcasieu Port Operations

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Tauber Oil Company of Houston has become the West Calcasieu Port’s newest tenant.    “Tauber Oil is a service-oriented wholesale energy marketing company with a reputation for reliable performance and untarnished character,” said Lynn Hohensee, port director


NewLead Expands Fleet to 10 Vessels

NewLead Holdings Ltd. announced that it recently added five bitumen tanker vessels, expanding its fleet to 10 vessels in less than a year while performing on its strategy to capitalize on opportunities that arise in the market.   NewLead completed the acquisition of three bitumen tankers


Blue Sky Network Updates SkyRouter Web Portal

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Blue Sky Network (BSN), a global provider of satellite tracking and fleet management solutions for land mobile, maritime and aviation assets, announced upgrades to SkyRouter’s extensive Alert Notification system.   SkyRouter is Blue Sky Network’s cloud-based web portal and






 
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