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News: Austal Apprenticeship Program Completes First Year

In June 2002, the fast expanding Austal USA yard, in Mobile, AL, introduced an apprenticeship program to its recruitment efforts. Since then, this program has introduced three classes to its shipbuilding curriculum, which is recognized by the U.S. Labor Board, and has successfully entered into its second year of operation. Shortly after Austal USA opened its new aluminum shipbuilding facility in February 2001, they joined forces with the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and Bishop State Community College to formulate a 2-year program: Recent high school graduates of Mobile and Baldwin County would be hired as full-time Austal employees (working 34 hours a week in our purpose-built facility) as part of an apprenticeship program. They would also attend shipbuilding, aluminum welding, and general engineering classes at Bishop State for 6 hours a week. These employees are paid an hourly wage for a full 40-hour work week and are eligible to receive full benefits, including health, dental, 401k, vacation, and paid holidays. Students within this program have the opportunity to receive a performance-based hourly wage increase every six months. Upon completion of the program, they receive aluminum welding and shipbuilding certification and are promoted to aluminum fabricators at Austal. To promote this program, representatives of Austal USA, The Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce


HSOG Launches Apprenticeship Program

HS Ocean Group (HSOG ) celebrates National Apprenticeship Week by committing to long-term Apprenticeship program. The marine services specialist HSOG has launched a formal Apprenticeship training program following the successful progression of its first ever apprentices. The global company – which has offices in 12 countries across four continents – engaged six apprentices at its McTays Shipyard and Warbreck Engineering facilities in Merseyside last year.


Shipyard Lays Keel of 14th Product Tanker in Philadelphia Yard

Apprentices, officials at ceremony: Photo credit Aker

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard holds ceremonial keel-laying, yard apprentices attend Aker Philadelphia Shipyard (Oslo: AKPS), a leading U.S. commercial shipyard, has held a ceremonial keel laying for Ship 018, the 14th product tanker being built at the yard. The small ceremony was conducted with the most recent class of the shipyard’s Apprenticeship Program and two apprentice graduates who have risen to the position of supervisor


Canada's Seaspan Confident NSPS On-Track

Seaspan CEO  addresses concerns raised by the Parliamentary Budget Officer about the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS). (Seaspan affiliate companies include Vancouver Drydock, Vancouver Shipyards and Victoria Shipyards). Seaspan ULC’s CEO Jonathan Whitworth's statement is as follows: We are confident the NSPS program as described in 2010, as awarded in October 2011, and as signed in the umbrella agreement (UA) on February 14, 2012, is solidly on track.


SeaKing Invests in Sector-specific Training

Dave Gillam

Merseyside industrial engineering firm SeaKing Electrical said it has undergone a major investment in staff training in a bid to drive growth in the marine, offshore and windfarm sectors. The Birkenhead-based company has invested across a number of areas including offshore survival training and working at heights. Staff have undergone rigorous courses at the Offshore Survival Centre at Blackpool and The Fylde College, which is the only site on the U.K


Newport News Shipbuilding's Apprentice School to partner Old Dominion University

The Signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Apprentice School and Old Dominion University (ODU) will take place tomorrow (23rd April) at 3101 Washington Ave. in downtown Newport News for offering a bachelor's degree program in mechanical and electrical engineering. The Apprentice School is the only registered apprenticeship program in the country to offer a bachelor's degree as part of its academic instruction program, thanks to a partnership with ODU.


Strategic Marine Opens Shipyard in Vietnam

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Western Australian shipbuilder Strategic Marine officially opened its $16.3m (USD) shipyard in Vietnam on February 24, demonstrating that the company is confident it can ride out the current global economic turmoil. Strategic Marine Chairman Mark Newbold told several hundred dignitaries and guests attending the grand opening that the Vietnamese yard had already won more than $61.8m in orders. Newbold said with three other yards in Australia, Singapore and Mexico


Kuhn Joins Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Photo courtesy Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Jennifer Kuhn of Seattle, Wash. has joined the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD as a shipwright apprentice. Prior to joining CBMM, Kuhn earned her applied science degree from Seattle Central Community College’s marine carpentry program and her BA in fine arts and education from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md. Through work with Seattle Shipwrights, Kuhn helped repair and restore a variety of boats including longliners


NNS Employee Named Outstanding Apprentice 2012

Greg Hoefflin: Photo credit HII

Newport News Shipbuilding employee Greg Hoefflin has been named an Outstanding Apprentice for 2012 by the Virginia Apprenticeship Council. Hoefflin, a 2012 graduate of The Apprentice School at NNS, is the ninth Apprentice School graduate to receive the honor since it was first awarded in 1998. The Virginia Apprenticeship Council, in association with the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, sponsors the annual awards program to honor outstanding apprentices who represent the best of


Maritime Industry Loses Labor Leader Jesse M. Calhoon

Jesse M. Calhoon

The Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (M.E.B.A.) is sad to announce that Jesse M. Calhoon, the M.E.B.A.’s longest serving President who is widely credited with ushering the Union into the modern era, died on Tuesday October 22. He was 90 years old. Calhoon served the M.E.B.A. as a powerful and visionary leader, and a tough negotiator who employers viewed as a formidable but trustworthy adversary. His dynamic service as M.E.B.A


Hans Jakob Kruse has Died

Hapag-Lloyd mourns the loss of former Executive Board chairman Hans Jakob Kruse, who led the company from 1973 until 1993. On February 4, Hans Jakob Kruse died in Hamburg at the age of 84. He was the chairman of the Hapag-Lloyd Executive Board for two decades from 1973 until 1993.


Upcoming HII Apprentice School Graduation

Earlier HII graduates: Photo courtesy of HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries informs it will host commencement exercises for The Apprentice School's graduating class of 2013. Danny Hunley, Newport News Shipbuilding's vice president of operations and Apprentice School graduate, will provide the keynote address on Saturday, 29, February 2014.


HII Graduate 137 Shipbuilding Apprentices

Apprentice graduates: Photo courtesy of HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries hosted commencement exercises for the company's Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding. The graduation, held at the Liberty Baptist Church Worship Center in Hampton, celebrated 137 apprentices representing 18 trades and four advanced programs.


Newport News, ODU Partner for Bachelor's Degree Program

John R. Broderick (left) and Danny Hunley sign a memorandum of understanding between Old Dominion University and Newport News Shipbuilding to offer a new bachelor’s degree program in mechanical and electrical engineering at The Apprentice School. Broderick serves as president of ODU; Hunley serves as Newport News’ vice president of operations. Photo by Chris Oxley/HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today that apprentices at Newport News Shipbuilding will now have the opportunity to earn a bachelor of science degree while completing a marine engineer apprenticeship, thanks to a partnership between The Apprentice School and Old Dominion University


Laying the Keel; Carefully

The Kennewick ferry was completed at Harbor Island in Seattle in 2011.

Vigor Industrial Opens Maritime Training Center on Seattle’s Harbor Island Looking toward the future and with a weather eye on what could come next, Oregon-based Vigor Industrial launched a six-month training program this July in welding


Tognum Trainees Handed Their Diplomas

Diploma presentation ceremony: Photo credit Tognum

Altogether, 35 apprentices and 13 graduates of dual study courses were handed their diplomas at a graduation celebration tin Plant 2 of Tognum subsidiary MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH. Steffen Besserer, head of personnel development, praised the achievements of the young job starters


UK Shipyard Invests in Cornwall Apprentices

The apprentices & trainers: Photo courtesy of A&P

5 new apprentices have started work at A&P Falmouth shipyard, underlining the company’s long-term commitment to Cornwall (in the extreme Southwest of England) and the future of the dockyard there. The apprentices beat off stiff competition from almost 70 applicants to be awarded the


Cammell Laird Welcomes New Apprentice Group

Photo: Cammell Laird

Merseyside engineering firm Cammell Laird announced its largest ever intake of apprentices since it restarted its apprenticeship program in 2008. Birkenhead-based Cammell Laird has taken on 22 apprentices working across a range of skills which brings the total number within the business to 71


Maritime and Engineering College Hosts Apprenticeship Awards

Winner at the annual Maritime and Engineering College North West (MECNW) Apprenticeship Awards

The next generation of engineering and maritime stars was recognized at the annual Maritime and Engineering College North West (MECNW) Apprenticeship Awards. The ceremony on November 14, held at MECNW in Birkenhead, celebrated the achievements of learners across 11 different award categories


Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School Opened

Opening ceremony: Image credit HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries has announced that its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division has officially opened its new Apprentice School, located at 3101 Washington Ave. in downtown Newport News. Apprentices, faculty and staff were joined by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, U.S. Reps


Apprenticeship Training & Academic Degree: The Pathway to Success

Ashley Wilber at  BAE Systems Ship Repair’s Norfolk shipyard

Edward Lundquist talks to welder and apprentice instructor Ashley Wilber at BAE Systems Ship Repair’s Norfolk shipyard. Tell me how you came to be a welder here at BAE Systems Ship Repair.     I have been here at BAE Systems going on seven years now


Weston Appointed Manager at Survival Craft

David Weston

Survival Craft Inspectorate (SCI), a global provider of emergency marine systems and support services, said it has made a key appointment as it targets further growth in 2014. David Weston has been appointed training and competence operations manager at the business


Power Jacks Engineer Wins Apprentice Award

Power Jacks engineer Alison Petrie with her apprenticeship award

A young mechanical engineer has been recognized for her outstanding effort and achievement after winning a prestigious apprenticeship award from North East Scotland College. Alison Petrie, 20, from Maud, Aberdeenshire, works with global-leading engineering firm Power Jacks which is supporting


Minister Urges Business to Embrace Logistics Hub

Minister the Hon Anthony Hylton

Development of Jamaica into a global logistics hub will prove a massive boost for micro, small and medium sized enterprises (MSME) wishing to invest in, or grow their existing operations on the island, according to Anthony Hylton, Minister of Industry, Investment & Commerce.


Mobile's Maritime Renaissance

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Timing, they say, is everything. Cliché, for sure, but BAE System’s strategic decision a few years ago to buy, invest and reinvigorate newbuild and repair operations in Mobile, Alabama, seems poised to pay off handsomely as the U.S. maritime market faces a historic rebound.  


 
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