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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


Trelleborg Acquires Smiths Precision Seal Business

Trelleborg, based in Sweden, completed the acquisition of Smiths precision seal business on October 1, 2003. Regulatory authorities, including regulatory agencies of the European Union and the United States, granted the necessary approvals. Smiths precision seal business is comprised of several companies operating under the umbrella of Polymer Sealing Solutions group (PSS). PSS develops, manufactures and markets security-critical polymer-based precision seals and systems


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


Stern Tube Sealing: Hydrex Use 'Mobdocks'

Mobdock: Photo credit Hydrex

Hydrex flexible Mobdocks (mobile mini-drydock) enables underwater repairs that keep vessels out of drydock. Hydrex has carried out repairs and replacements on all types of seals on site, and in most cases underwater, for a number of years now. This helps owners to extend their vessel’s drydock interval and eliminates the loss of time and production brought about by drydocking. Using the new generation of Hydrex flexible mobdocks


General Dynamics Fidelis Cybersecurity Solutions Tie-up with Microsoft

  General Dynamics Fidelis Cybersecurity Solutions announced that it has joined the Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP). Under this industry partnership program, General Dynamics Fidelis will receive advanced information from Microsoft about their monthly security bulletins


Software Upgrade for Simrad AP7 0 & AP80 Autopilots

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  A powerful new software upgrade is available for the Simrad AP70 and AP80 Autopilots. The upgrade is currently available as a free download and installed on all new systems sold. Continuing to build upon a legacy of state-of-the-art, high-performance autopilots


Kongsberg Tech Chosen for 13 Newbuild Projects

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Kongsberg Maritime’s Full Picture solution has been selected by Chinese and Korean shipbuilders for 13 advanced newbuild offshore vessels with a total value of 330 MNOK. Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Offshore Co. (DSIC), CIMC Raffles (CIMC)


ICS Calls for Harmonized ECA Inspections

Peter Hinchliffe

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is encouraging the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control to ensure that a harmonized approach to PSC inspections has been developed in advance of the January 1, 2015 deadline with respect to the implementation of the 0


Offshore Wind Turbines for MHI Vestas Offshore

Wind Turbines of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind

  MHI Vestas Offshore Wind A/S, a JV between Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Vestas Wind Systems A/S, has reached a conditional agreement with Skovgaard Invest ApS and Energicenter Nord for the purchase of four V164-8.0 MW offshore wind turbines for the Velling Mærsk


KVH Industries Acquires Videotel

Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH’s chief executive officer

  KVH Industries, Inc., acquired Videotel, a producer of high-quality training films and e-Learning services for the commercial maritime industry. Servicing over 11,000 vessels, Videotel is a market leader in the provision of maritime training services, offering video, animation


Kongsberg Upgrade Simulators for UiT, Norway

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Kongsberg Maritime says that UiT, The Artic University of Norway, has contracted them to provide cutting-edge upgrades and extensions of existing ship's bridge simulators for navigation and DP training including human factor studies.  UiT's strong focus on maritime and offshore training


Atlantic Towing Orders Ice Class Damen PSVs

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Atlantic Towing (USA) has selected newly-designed, ice-strengthened PSV 5000 vessels from Damen Shipyards Group to meet its 10-year offshore support contract with ExxonMobil Canada Properties and Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC)


First SEAL Appointed Navy War College President

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Rear Adm. P. Gardner Howe III relieved Rear Adm. Walter E. "Ted" Carter Jr., as the 55th president and first Navy SEAL in command of the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, Rhode Island, during a change of command ceremony with the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm


HMC Chooses Kongsberg Offshore Simulator

The K-Sim Offshore simulator will feature detailed models of three HMC deepwater construction vessels.

Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) has selected Kongsberg Maritime’s K-Sim Offshore simulation platform to enhance crane operator training and the safe, efficient implementation of heavy lift operations. With the contract signed on May 21, 2014


Shipbuilders Havyard 'First Taste' Program for 20 Youngsters

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Norway's Havyard says that for two weeks 20 young adults have been participating in the company's introduction program, visiting some of the locations where it is located: Fosnavåg, Ålesund, Leirvik and Sopot, Poland. Different activities


IHC Seals Earn DNV GL Verification

IHC Sealing Solutions has received an important third-party verification from DNV GL, a  ship and offshore classification society. This means that the company’s Supreme Ventus and Supreme Athmos seals (that guarantee zero oil emissions) are now compatible with mineral oils that are used


Illinois River Lock Closure May Spur CME Grain Contract Tweaks

An upcoming river lock repair project in south Chicago has attracted the attention of exchange operator CME Group because the lock's closure could disrupt deliveries against its Chicago Board of Trade grain and soybean futures contracts. The U.S


Peel Ports Invests in AutoGate System at Liverpool

Peel Ports have awarded a £5.5 million contract to Kalmar Global and APS Technology to install smart AutoGates technology at its £300m deep-water expansion project at the Port of Liverpool (example Baltimore)

Peel Ports Group has committed £5.5 million to introducing advanced infrastructure and AutoGates technology as part of its ongoing investment at the Port of Liverpool. With the £300 million deepwater Liverpool2 expansion due to be open next year


Underwater Repairs Keep 400m Containership in the Water

Hydrex on-site, making preparations for operation on 400-meter container vessel.

At the end of June, a Hydrex team replaced the three leaking bow thruster shaft seals of a 400-meter container ship in Gdansk, Poland. The operation was performed on-site and underwater using the company’s flexible mobdocks. The vessel was able to continue its commercial activities without






 
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