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U.S. Navy Takes Delivery of ASDS

The U.S. Special Operations Command's (USSOCOM) Advanced SEAL Delivery System (ASDS), developed by Northrop Grumman Corporation, has been turned over to the U.S. Navy. In ceremonies held today in Annapolis, Md., Capt. Joe Fallone, program manager (PMS395), Deep Submergence Systems Program and the ASDS program manager for Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), signed the DD250, the official document that delivers the ASDS into the hands of the Navy. "This first-of-its-kind system provides a new level of operational capability to SEAL forces in high-threat areas," said Capt. Fallone. "The delivery of ASDS marks a major milestone in ensuring that our Naval forces have the most technologically advanced equipment for today's critical missions." The ASDS is a combat submersible intended to clandestinely carry Navy SEALS and their combat gear to and from hostile shores, enabling a number of special operations missions. The boat was designed and developed by a team composed of Northrop Grumman's Oceanic & Naval Systems business unit, NAVSEA, USSOCOM and Naval Special Warfare Command. "The men and women of Northrop Grumman are proud to be involved in the development of such an innovative and important program," said Mr. Bob Iorizzo, president of Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems sector. "The teamwork on this program was exemplary. From design through finished product, ASDS Team 1 has paved the way for a new generation of war fighting capability."


Sullivan Named VP-Ops, N&MSD, NOC

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Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has named Paul F. Sullivan vice president of operations for its Naval and Marine Systems Division (N&MSD) at the company's Electronic Systems sector, effective immediately. In his new position, Sullivan will have executive responsibility for all phases of the division's Department of Defense and Homeland Security programs, along with division responsibility for strategy development, customer engagement, and Navy-related program execution


Navy Contracts for Sub Conversion

The Navy awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) a cost reimbursement modification, valued at $162,359,000 for the conversion of the USS Georgia from an Ohio Class ballistic missile submarine (SSBN 729) to Ohio Class guided missile submarine (SSGN 729). "This contract modification represents the final contractual step in transforming the first four Ohio Class SSBNs into the most capable strike and Special Forces platform in the Navy," said Capt


USS Ohio Successfully Completes Sea Trials

The USS Ohio (SSGN 726), the Navy's first modern guided missile submarine, took a significant step towards rejoining the fleet on Dec. 19, when it arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Bremerton, Wash., with a broom atop its sail to signify a clean sweep of its initial sea trials. The Ohio's Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Michael Cockey, expressed satisfaction with the ship's performance and noted its great potential. "It's great to be


Simplan Shaft Seals Selected for Liberty

B+V Industrietechnik have developed the face-seal for water-lubricated sterntubes, for shaft diameters from 60-240mm. Over 40,000 hours of testbed operation, four years of field-testing and the strictest quality control standards have ensured the highest quality, best priced product on the market. The constant shaft-wear and damage caused by stuffing boxes and similar sealing systems, along with high general maintenance requirements have always been a problem


Navies to Address Maritime Skill Decline

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However reintegration of capabilities is presenting new challenges in the design, manufacture and integration of sub-sea and surface systems for maritime Special Forces. James Fisher Defencehas stated that navies around the world are now seriously addressing the need to re-develop their skills in the use of maritime warfare, specifically in relation to maritime Special Forces and strategies for operations and intelligence gathering


Boeing, Fugro, Oceaneering Enter Partnership

Dutch engineering consultancy Fugro NV said that, together with Boeing Co. and Oceaneering International, it had sealed a partnership to provide underwater survey services. The venture combines the marine experience of Houston-based Oceaneering, an advanced applied technology company, Fugro and the unmanned vehicle and autonomous guidance technology of Boeing, the world's largest aerospace company. The underwater services


Kongsberg Delivers HOSS Camera to the US Navy

The new high resolution camera is a drop in replacement for the previous generation HOSS camera and features a 10x optical zoom lens, sealed nitrogen purged aluminium housing and thermostatically controlled window heater.

Following extensive product development and factory and sea trials, Kongsberg Maritime have successfully delivered the first of its new generation of innovative ultra low light cameras to the US Navy, via Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), for use within the existing Kongsberg supplied Helicopter Operations Surveillance System (HOSS) for amphibious class ships. The new high resolution camera is a drop-in replacement for the previous generation HOSS camera


Troll A Tie In Success for Pipeline Specialist STATS Group

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Specialist engineering company, STATS Group, has completed an 18 month design, manufacturing and installation project to enable the tie-in of a fifth pipeline on Statoil’s Troll A Platform. Statoil’s Troll A platform, located off the west coast of Norway, utilises a system of seal tubes to tie-in risers which are run down the inside of a dry concrete leg. The seal tubes were concreted in place at the base of the riser leg on the gravity base structure in 1991


Wärtsilä Control Systems for 3 New Containerships

Wärtsilä's Nacos Platinum Integrated Navigation Automation Control System has been selected for a series of three 'mega-class' container vessels being built for French shipowner CMA CGM at the HHIC-Phil yard in Subic Bay, Philippines. The contract with Wärtsilä was signed in August.   The Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum platform is based on an Ethernet-based network and covers all aspects of integrated bridge and machinery monitoring and control systems


ALMACO to Deliver Provision Stores for AIDA Newbuilds

 German shipyard Meyer Werft has awarded ALMACO Group the newbuilding contract for provision stores and fast thawing chambers for the next ship generation of AIDA Cruises, which are expected to be delivered end of 2018 and 2021.   


Marine News Boat of the Month: March 2017

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Red & White Taps AAM for Hybrid Electric U.S.-Built Passenger Vessel   All American Marine (AAM) in February announced a deal for the construction of a new hybrid electric, 600 passenger aluminum monohull vessel to be delivered to the Red and White Fleet of San Francisco, Calif


New Nautican Facility Readies First Shipment

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The new Nautican Research and Development manufacturing and integration facility in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, opened in December 2016 with the support of Babcock Canada and the provincial government. The first shipment, a set of rudders


Schottel Propels Rotortugs for FMG

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Six Robert Allan-designed Advanced Rotortugs ART 85-32W for Perth-based Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) will be driven by Schottel Rudderpropellers. The order is about the delivery of 18 SRP 430 FP (1765 kW each). The vessels will be built by Damen Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam. 


‘World’s Greenest Cruise Ship’ Construction Underway

Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam (right) officially started the construction of MS Roald Amundsen at Kleven Yards, Norway. Kleven CEO Ståle Rasmussen (left). (Photo: Hurtigruten)

Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam pressed the button to officially kick off the construction of hybrid expedition cruise ship MS Roald Amundsen – “the greenest cruise ship the world has ever seen,” according to the ship owner.  


ABS Takes Offshore Safety to New Depths

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 ABS, the leading provider of classification and technical services to the offshore industry, has expanded its subsea services team to deliver specialized validation and verification services for subsea systems, including subsea hardware, flowlines, umbilicals, and risers.   


Rolls-Royce Wins USCG OPC Propulsion Contract

Offshore Partrol Cutter (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce will provide an extensive range of equipment, including MTU marine generator sets, to a new fleet of U.S. Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutters (USCG OPC). The Rolls-Royce equipment was selected by Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) Inc


Burgess Marine: 3 Refits Complete in 3 Months

Condor Rapide undergoes refit at Cherbourg (Photo: Burgess Marine)

Britain’s largest independent ship repairer and marine engineering services provider Burgess Marine said it has recently completed its winter refit season in Cherbourg, completing three ferry refit projects over the three-month time span.  


Vard Secures Trawler Build Contract

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Vard Holdings Limited said it has secured a contract to build a pelagic trawler for Research Fishing Company, based on Shetland. The contract value is approximately NOK 350 million (roughly $41.4 million USD).   In close cooperation with the ship owner


Korean Register Opens ICT Center

Korean Register (KR) has opened a new ICT (information communications technology) Center to enhance the application of advanced information and ICT across the maritime and ship classification industries. According to KR, the new high-tech facility has been launched in response to demand from


Maersk Invests in Refrigerant Container Units

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Maersk Line has ordered the first 100 of a total of 200 refrigerated containers to be chilled by Carrier Transicold’s NaturaLINE natural refrigerant based system. Carrier Transicold is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).


Star Bulk Acquire Two Modern Kamsarmax Vessels

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 Star Bulk Carriers, a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, announced that it has entered into definitive agreements to acquire two modern Kamsarmax drybulk carriers from an unaffiliated third party for an aggregate total consideration of approximately


Stena Impeccable Delivered to Stena Bulk

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 Sten Bulk has taken delivery of Stena Impeccable, the 10th of 13 new IMOIIMAX tankers ordered from Guangzhou Shipbuilding International (GSI) in China.   The tanker, which is wholly owned by Stena Bulk, will be operated by Stena Weco and will sail in the company’s logistics


Ferry Safety and Technology Conference 2017

CREDIT: Mitch Waxman

There is a convergence of new advances in technology for ferries AND quantum leaps in ferry operations in Asia, Africa and North America.   Can operating a ferry be made better safer and cheaper? Yes, says technology. What’s exciting about this year’s Ferry Safety and


Thordon’s SeaThigor up for Environmental Award

SeaThigor, the forward propeller shaft seal Thordon Bearings introduced to the market last year, has been nominated in the technology category of the Green4Sea awards, which will take place in Athens this April.   Thordon Bearing’s President and CEO, Terry McGowan






 
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