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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


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.  


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.


NOAA's 15-Year Plan to Invest in Ships

NOAA has completed a detailed plan to modernize its marine operations  by replacing nine research ships and refurbishing a tenth in the next  15 years. “Sea-going vessels are a key source of observational data used by NOAA  scientists. A modern, more capable fleet will ensure we can meet the  ever changing demands of the science community,” said retired Navy  Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., Ph.D., under secretary of 


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


Batting In Hostile Conditions? Watch Deliveries Closely…

Graph: Clarksons Research

 The delivery run-rate is a vital supply-side lever. As part of the ‘market mechanism’, when the earnings environment gets tough deliveries will typically moderate to adjust, either in the long-run as a result of reduced ordering or in the short-term as scheduled deliveries are


Nominations Open for SHIPPINGInsight Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 SHIPPINGInsight Award. The annual award will be presented at a gala luncheon on the opening day of the fifth SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization Conference & Exhibition, Oct. 18, in Stamford, Conn.  


Sovcomflot IPO Soon

SCF Baltica Photo: PAO Sovcomflot

 The long-awaited initial public offering (IPO) of Sovcomflot, which runs one of the world’s largest tanker and gas carrier fleets, has moved a step closer.    Economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev was quoted by local Russian news agencies as saying that the government might get


ABB Saves 700,000 tons Fuel for Marine Vessels

ABB Azipod fuel savings image ABB

ABB’s environmental friendly Azipod propulsion system brings greater fuel efficiency to diverse shipping segments ABB today announced the total fuel savings of the entire installed Azipod fleet since being launched is estimated to be more than 700,000 tons


Containership Fleet Nearing 20 Mln TEUs

Introduced in 2015, the 19,224 TEU MSC Maya is a member of MSCs Oscar Class supersize containerships (Photo: MSC)

The container shipping fleet is nearing the 20 million TEU mark, a barrier that BIMCO expects will be broken through shortly. It is expected that 2016 will see the lowest fleet growth rate on record (3.4 percent projected), but with an estimated net addition of 0


ICS Forecasts Serious Seafarers Shortage

Photo: International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)

  The latest five-year BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report forecasts a serious future shortage in the supply of seafarers.  The report identifies:   • A current shortfall of about 16,500 officers (2.1%), but  • A need for an additional 147


Rising VLGCs fleet Impact LPG Freight Rates

Time charter rates Source Drewry Maritime Research

LPG shipping freight rates are forecast to deteriorate further through 2016 as a result of the fast rising fleet of Very Large Gas Carriers (VLGCs) which has already started to impact earnings of smaller vessel classes, according to the latest edition of the LPG Forecaster


APL Reduces Carbon Emissions by 45.5%

APL Carbon Dioxide Emissions Reduction against 2009 Level %

APL today announced that it has reduced its fleet carbon dioxide emissions by 45.5% in 2015, compared to its emissions level in 2009. This achievement marks APL’s highest carbon dioxide emissions reduction in the last six years.  


Passenger Vessel Spotlight: Vision of The Fjords

Image: The Fjords

The Fjords DA, operator of seven tourist ships in the Western Norwegian fjords, has revealed the name of the latest addition to its fleet. To be christened Vision of The Fjords, the 40m long hybrid craft is designed to push the possibilities of green technology and passenger experience.  


APL Reports 45.5% Carbon Emissions Reduction

Photo: APL

APL announced that it has reduced its fleet carbon dioxide emissions by 45.5 percent in 2015, compared to its emissions level in 2009.   “APL has steadily reduced its year-on-year carbon emissions and this demonstrates the company’s unyielding focus on sustainable shipping


ECDIS: The Quiet Revolution in Maritime Navigation

ECDIS Timeline and Mandate.jpg

Driven by the SOLAS-mandated transition to ECDIS, the adoption of digital navigation is the most visible sign of how navigational practices are being transformed. Additional tools are also playing an important role in supporting bridge teams and delivering accurate navigational information to the


Can Shipping Help Greece Ride out the Storm?

Photo: Greg Trauthwein

Greece is considered to be the world’s first ship-owning country in terms of tonnage. The Greeks are known to control 17.7% of world fleet and gaining share except in crude tankers. Even recession in the dry bulk market has not had much effect on the Greek-owned fleet with the fleet size


China VLCC Sells Two VLCCs

Photo: China Merchants Energy Shipping Co., Ltd

China Energy Transport Co., Ltd. (China VLCC) has sold two secondhand VLCCs to an unrelated third party for a total price of $117.5mln.   China VLCC is 51 percent owned by China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES) and 49 percent owned by Sinotrans & CSC Group.  


Life Extension for World’s Oldest Icebreaker

Voima (Photo: Arctia)

A comprehensive dry docking and life extension plan has been set out for the 62-year-old Finnish icebreaker Voima, continuing its run as the world’s oldest operational icebreaker. Commissioned in 1954, Voima is part of Arctia’s icebreaker fleet and has demonstrated its reliability


This Day In Naval History - May 20

USS Russell (DDG 59) (U.S. Navy photo by Melinda Larson)

1815 - Commodore Stephen Decatur sails with his flagship USS Guerriere and a squadron of nine ships for the Mediterranean to suppress piracy. Under strict negotiations, Decatur is able to secure a treaty with the Day of Algiers, His Highness Omar Bashaw, on July 3.






 
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