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General Dynamics NASSCO Delivers USNS Alan Shepard

General Dynamics NASSCO delivered USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3) to the U.S. Navy. The ship is named in honor of the late Mercury and Apollo astronaut. USNS Alan Shepard will remain in San Diego for about three months to conduct crew familiarization and final outfitting. The ship will be part of the Navy’s Military Sealift Command fleet and will operate in support of the Navy’s Pacific Fleet. With a cargo capacity of more than 10,000 tons, Alan Shepard’s primary mission will be to deliver food, ammunition, fuel and other provisions from shore stations to combat ships at sea. The Alan Shepard is the third in an expected class of 11 dry cargo-ammunition ships for the Navy. Construction of the 689-foot-long ship began in September 2005. NASSCO has incorporated international marine technologies and commercial ship-design features into the T-AKE class ships, including an integrated electric-drive propulsion system, to minimize operating costs during their projected 40-year service life. The San Diego shipyard has contracts to build the first nine ships. USNS Lewis and Clark and USNS Sacagawea have already been delivered to the Navy. The fourth through seventh ships of the class are currently under construction.


Navy to Honor Alan Shepard in Naming New Ship

The U.S. Navy will honor New Hampshire astronaut Alan Shepard by naming a new combat support ship after him. The state's congressional delegation announced the tribute Friday. The USS Shepard is being built in San Diego by National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. It will join the Navy fleet in March 2007. It will be 1,000 feet long and its primary mission will be to deliver supplies to Navy ships, transfer cargo, and provide logistical support within a carrier strike group.


Navy to Name Ship after Alan Shepard

The U.S. Navy will honor New Hampshire astronaut Alan Shepard by naming a new combat support ship after him. The USS Shepard is being built in San Diego by National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. It will join the Navy fleet in March 2007. It will be 1,000 feet long and its primary mission will be to deliver supplies to Navy ships, transfer cargo, and provide logistical support within a carrier strike group. Shepard was born and raised in Derry and served in the Navy and NASA


Cascade General Wins $9m Contract

Cascade General Portland Shipyard, Portland, Ore., is being awarded a $9,052,654 firm-fixed-price contract for a 70-day post shipyard availability (PSA) of Military Sealift Fleet Support Command's dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard to undergo a number of modifications that could not be economically accomplished under the ship construction contract. Naval Sea Systems PMS 325 provided funding for the alterations to be completed during the PSA


This Day in Naval History - Oct. 01

From the Navy News Service 1800 - schooner Experiment captures French schooner Diana. 1844 - The Naval Observatory, headed by Lt. Matthew Fontaine Maury, occupies its first permanent quarters. 1874 - Supply Corps purser Lt. J.Q. Barton is given leave to enter service of new Japanese Navy to organize a pay department and instruct Japanese about accounts. He served until Oct. 1, 1877, when he again became a purser in the U.S. Navy.


This Day in Naval History – May 5

1944 - USS Comfort is commissioned in San Pedro, CA; first ship to be manned jointly by Army and Navy personnel 1948 - VF-17A becomes first carrier qualified jet squadron (USS Saipan) 1961 - CDR Alan Shepard Jr. makes first U.S. manned space flight. Flight of Freedom 7 (Mercury 3) which lasted 15 minutes and 28 seconds reached the altitude of 116.5 statute miles with a velocity of 5,134 mph. Recovery was by HUS1 helicopter of HMR(L)-262 from USS Lake Champlain(CVS-39).


Twaits Joins Crowley as VP and General Counsel

Crowley announced that Alan Twaits has joined the company as vice president and general counsel. Twaits will be domiciled in Jacksonville and report to Art Mead, senior vice president and general counsel. Twaits will be responsible for a wide array of legal affairs and projects. Additionally, he will ensure that business practices, policies and dealings of the corporation meet regulatory requirements.


CP Ships Restructures Executive Ranks

Following the appointment of Frank Halliwell as CEO by the Board of Directors in early May, CP Ships announced a restructured executive management team. Alan Boylan is joining CP Ships as Executive Vice President Commercial for Montreal Gateway, Australasia and Middle East/India. He was previously Senior Vice President responsible for ocean freight activities at Exel, the global logistics company. He joined the shipping industry in 1974 as a marine economist with Ocean Transport & Trading


Braemar Shipping Appoints New Chief Executive

The board of Braemar Shipping Services PLC (“Braemar”, “the Group” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce the appointment of James Kidwell as Chief Executive with effect from today.   James Kidwell, age 50, is Group Finance Director and has worked for Braemar in that role since June 2002. He succeeds Alan Marsh, who will retire as chief executive today and from the board on 31st July 2012


EWEA Offshore to Highlight Safe Working Methods

Effective sharing of marine construction experience, safe methods of working and recommended practice for offshore installation will lie at the heart of presentation by Alan MacLeay at EWEA Offshore 2013 in the "Synergies with other maritime technologies" session on November 20 in the "Industrializing the supply chain" track. The offshore wind energy industry does not exist in isolation, and learning from and integrating other maritime sector technologies and


Northrop Grumman Appoint MD for Sperry Marine Business

Jeanne Usher: Photo Northrop Grumman

Jeanne Usher has been named managing director of the Sperry Marine business unit, effective immediately inform Northrop Grumman Corporation. Usher succeeds Alan Dix, who recently retired following a distinguished career with the company spanning 33 years.


UKHO Delivers Geospatial Intelligence to the MOD

Photo courtesy of UKHO

The UKHO Defense Maritime Geospatial Services (DMarGS) capability has been launched on the UK MOD’s Defense Information Infrastructure (DII) and will be rolled out to users over the coming weeks. This capability delivers the full range of the UKHO’s Digital Defense Maritime Charts and


Pioneering Tech for Offshore Wind Farm Maintenance

Image Courtesy James Fisher Renewables

James Fisher Renewables pioneers trial of innovative Ship-to-Turbine Oil Change System James Fisher Renewables conducted an innovative trial of Ship-to-Turbine (STT), an oil change system set to significantly improve safety, efficiency and reduce down time in offshore wind turbine gearbox oil


Three NOAA scientists honored by White House

Scott Weaver

The White House yesterday awarded three NOAA scientists with Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. The award is the highest honor given by the federal government to outstanding scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers.


Sales Agreement Extends ROMAR Business in Middle East

Photo: ROMAR

Aberdeenshire-based oilfield service company ROMAR International has entered a two year agreement with STEP Oiltools to represent the company in the Middle East. This agreement follows on from a successful contract already in place with STEP Oiltools to promote ROMAR’s range of magnetic


Abu Dhabi Ports Company Accredited for VTS Training

VTS operator training: Photo credit ADPC

Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC), says it has recently been accredited by the National Transport Authority (NTA) to conduct IALA model courses for Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) operators at its dedicated training center, making it the first maritime educational institute in the Gulf Region to offer


PVA Elects President, Officers and Board Members

Terri Bernstein

During the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2014, held January 18-21 in Houston, members of the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) elected Terri Bernstein, BB Riverboats Newport, Ky., as PVA President for 2014. Also elected to terms as PVA Officers for 2014 were: PVA Vice President:


Today in U.S. Naval History: February 5

Today in U.S. Naval History - February 5 1854 - Dedication of first chapel built on Navy property, Annapolis, Md. 1941 - Chief Nurse Marion B. Olds and Nurse Leona Jackson, Navy, arrive on Guam. 1971 - Moonwalk by Capt. Alan B. Shepherd, Jr. USN, Commander of Apollo 14 and CDR Edgar D


North P&I Club Reports "Solid Year"

The ‘A’ rated North P&I club said it achieved another solid year of development ending on February 20, 2014, further consolidating the club’s position as one of the largest and most financially secure members of the International Group of P&I Clubs.


Creditors Allow FSL Trust More Breathing Space

FSL Shanghai: Photo credit the owners

Formerly financially troubled FSL Trust Management (FSL Trust) says in its latest FY 2013 report that it has successfully secured a loan covenant relaxation until 31 December 2014, which they hope will enable them to move forward.


North P&I, Sunderland Merge to Form North Group

North of England P&I Association (North) and Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Company Limited (SMMI) merged to form the North Group on Friday 28 February 2014 following approval by the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulatory Authority and other U.K. and overseas regulators


Crowley Maritime Tugs Deliver Massive Semi-Submersible

The tow: Photo courtesy of Crowley Maritime

Crowley Maritime Corp. inform that its ocean class tugs have successfully delivered oversized, overweight equipment – comprised of topsides, tendons, piles and more – that are now part of a massive semi-submersible floating production facility located in the U.S


C-Bird Provides VSAT Communications at Sea

Maritime Broadband’s C-Bird, a VSAT communications solution available for continuous connectivity at sea, is gaining wide acceptance among major companies in the shipping industry, the manufacturer said. The company recently added Enterprises (Greece)


Modern Solutions Power Systems Conference

Dr. Edmund O. Schweitzer III, president of SEL

Thomas Alva Edison, who is considered to be one of the most prolific inventors in history, once said, “I find out what the world needs. Then I go ahead and try to invent it.” His invention of the long-lasting electric light bulb was exactly what the world needed and has revolutionized


Operator Fined for Crashing into Farne Islands

MV Danio grounded (Photo: U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency)

The operator of a coaster ship which grounded in an environmentally sensitive area off the Northumberland coast has been ordered to pay nearly £73,000 in fines and costs after its crew failed to keep a proper lookout. On the evening of March 15, 2013, the MV Danio left Perth, in Scotland


 
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