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Shipyard Apprentice School – Ground-breaking Ceremony at Newport News

Dignatories at Ground-breaking Ceremony: Photo credit HII

Newport News Shipbuilding breaks ground on new apprentice training school campus Huntington Ingalls Industries announce that its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division broke ground on the shipyard's new Apprentice School campus. Apprentice School students, faculty and staff were joined by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, U.S. Reps. Scott Rigell, Bobby Scott and Rob Wittman, Newport News Mayor McKinley Price, HII leadership and other business and community leaders  at the construction site for a ceremonial ground-breaking event. Armada Hoffler, the City of Newport News, the Commonwealth of Virginia and NNS have partnered on the project, which will include an 80,000-square-foot school, workforce housing, retail space and a parking garage. The campus will be located between 31st and 34th streets, bordered by Washington and West avenues. More than 100 faculty and staff teach 25 different programs and more than 75 course offerings at The Apprentice School. Since 1919, the programs have produced more than 9,600 graduates in support of NNS's operational needs. An apprenticeship is a formal training program that allows students to receive instruction and experience — both theoretical and practical — in the various aspects of a skilled trade. The Apprentice School attracts an average of 4,500 applicants per year for 280 openings. The school offers four- and five-year, tuition-free apprenticeships in 25 occupations to qualified men and women


Ground Broken on World’s Largest Shipyard

A Chinese shipbuilding company has broken ground on what it says will be the world's biggest shipyard, a high-tech facility capable of producing cruise ships and natural gas tankers, sources inside China and wire services reported Monday. The yard, being built on an island at the mouth of the Yangtze river, will reportedly eature seven construction docks along a five-mile stretch of coastline, the Shanghai Daily reported.


New Stabilizer Design Is Beneficial to Cruise Industry

Rolls-Royce has broken ground yet again within the cruise realm with a new version of its well-known Brown Brothers Neptune folding fin stabilizer, offering easier maintenance without dry docking.The original folding fin stabilizer has proven itself in the commercial and naval marine sector with more than 90 sold in the last 12 years, including four – each with a fin area of 15.6 sq. m. – for Queen Mary 2. The new version, which will become available in Autumn 2003


Vietnam Begins Complex In Haiphong

Vietnam broke ground over the Shinec-Vinashin Industrial complex, which will be home to several major industries. The anchor industry on the 791-acre property will be the shipbuilding sector. Other locators are those in the agriculture, construction, warehouse and trading sectors. A total of $46.7m is allocated for the development of the complex. The shipbuilding sector got 37 acres where it will build a wharf capable of accommodating maritime vessels up to 6,500 tons, 7


Posco E&C Signs $112m Deal

Posco Engineering & Construction Co., a construction unit of 's leading steelmaker POSCO Co., said it had clinched a $112m preliminary deal to build an international container terminal in southern . The container terminal, expected to process 1.15m 20-ft. containers a year, will be built in Vung Tau, 125 kilometers south of , POSCO E&C said in a statement. The formal contract is scheduled to be signed in April


Port of LA Breaks Ground on Intermodal Terminal

Port of Los Angeles breaks ground on US$137-million railyard that will increase on-dock rail efficiency, reduce congestion and improve environment. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Port of Los Angeles officials broke ground on a new intermodal storage railyard that will improve a vital link in the national freight network. The new yard will function as a critical link between the Port of Los Angeles and the Alameda Corridor, providing staging and storage for trains using the corridor


Shipbuilding Complex Breaks Ground in Vietnam

Construction of a $106m shipbuilding complex began in Hau Giang Province. The plant is expected to be a major booster to economic growth in the Mekong Delta. The complex will produce ships of up to 70,000 tons. The state-owned Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Group (Vinashin) has planned to pour $68.7m in the plant. The complex will also house a container production factory, a ship engine manufacturing plant, ports, and a self-reliant thermo-electric power plant.


Panama Canal Awards First Construction Contract

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) took one step closer to breaking ground for the expansion of the Panama Canal Tuesday, when it officially awarded the first expansion construction project contract to Constructora Urbana S.A. (CUSA). The selection process began May 7, when the ACP released its request for proposals to begin the first of five dry excavation projects to create the new Pacific Locks access channel. This new channel will link a new


Rolls-Royce Naval Marine Expands Foundry

Rolls-Royce Naval Marine Inc. broke ground today for the expansion of its foundry in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The new facility will enhance manufacturing capabilities and improve production efficiency across a range of Marine propellers and submarine propulsors. "The expansion of this facility demonstrates our commitment to our customers," said Patrick J. Marolda, President, Rolls-Royce Naval Marine Inc. "We wanted to provide better products faster -- to be better able to compete -- and


Rolls-Royce Marine Expands U.S. Presence

Rolls-Royce Naval Marine Inc. broke ground for the expansion of its foundry in Pascagoula, Miss. The new facility is designed to enhance manufacturing capabilities and improve production efficiency across a range of Marine propellers and submarine propulsors. “The expansion of this facility demonstrates our commitment to our customers,” said Patrick J. Marolda, President, Rolls-Royce Naval Marine Inc. “We wanted to provide better products faster – to be better able to compete – and


Second Barge Grounds near Long Boat Key

A 140-foot barge is shown beached on Long Boat Key, Fla., Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Due to weather conditions, the barge spuds were unable to hold the barge in position and it began drifting until it ran aground on the beach at Long Boat Key. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

U.S. Coast Guard crews are responding to a second grounded barge near Long Boat Key, Fla., from a tugboat that was beset by heavy weather Tuesday. Due to deteriorating weather, the barge spuds were unable to keep the 140-foot barge from drifting to the beach


Padbury Mining Secures $6.5 Bln Port Funding

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Australia's Padbury Mining Ltd said it had secured almost $6.5 billion in funding to build a new deepwater port and railway at Oakajee in Western Australia, potentially opening a new export hub for the region's iron ore riches.   Plans for a port at Oakajee in Western Australia's Midwest


Tug on the Rocks, Lake Pontchartrain, Three Rescued

Tugboat UTV Todd Michael: USCG photo

US Coast Guard 8th District says that it has rescued 3 crewmembers aboard the (uninspected) tugboat 'UTV Todd Michael' after it grounded on the rocks near the Lakefront Airport on Lake Pontchartrain. [The vessel towed appeared to be drifting nearby.]


KVH Precision Sensors for Geodetics' Inertial Navigation Systems

KVH’s 1750 IMU is an ultra-compact, extremely precise inertial sensor system.

 KVH Industries entered into a strategic partnership with Geodetics Inc., a leader in the development of real-time, high-precision position and navigation solutions. The goal is to provide high performance positioning and navigation products for commercial applications requiring high levels


Lack of Ice-Breakers Delays Great Lakes Shipping

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With the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway facing the thickest and broadest ice cover in years, the Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) is extremely concerned that Canada's ice-breakers will not be able to create and maintain the routes needed to move key cargo to Canadian and American


Ice-breaking on Alpena Harbor

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a release advising residents of Alpena, Mich., that the commercial tug Manitou is scheduled to break ice in the Alpena Harbor near the LaFarge facility, beginning Wednesday afternoon. The ice-breaking operation does not involve a Coast Guard icebreaker; nonetheless


KR Launch New CSR-H Ship Design Software

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IACS member classification society the Korean Register (KR) informs of the release of SeaTrust-HullScan, its ground-breaking software solution to analyze and appraise a vessel’s hull structure in accordance with the new harmonized common structural rules (CSR-H).


USCG Breaks Ice to Reduce Flooding Risk

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reported that Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay broke ice Friday afternoon in the Port of Lorain, Ohio, in an attempt to prevent ice jams from forming and causing flooding of the surrounding areas. The cutter responded to a request from the U.S


Towboat Grounds in Ohio River

The U.S. Coast Guard USCG) said it is responding to a report of a grounded towing vessel near mile marker 65 on the Ohio River, Wednesday. A slight sheen has been reported in the vicinity of the vessel, which the USCG said has been contained by boom.


MHSCo Breaks Ground on Navy Maintenance Facilities

The Maritime Helicopter Support Company (MHSCo), a Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin joint venture company, today broke ground to build the maintenance and warehouse facilities that will provide Through Life Support logistics services for the Royal Australian Navy's new fleet of 24 MH-60R SEAHAWK


Grounded Vessel Refloated on Ohio River

The U.S. Coast guard (USCG) said responses crews for the grounded Elizabeth D refloated the vessel at mile marker 65 on the Ohio River, Wednesday afternoon. Personnel on scene, including a marine surveyor, conducted a damage survey of the vessel after it was refloated and declared it seaworthy


HEMPAGUARD: New Antifouling from Hempel

Hempel said its brand-new HEMPAGUARD, a ground-breaking hull coating concept, offers resistance to fouling during idle periods, significant fuel savings and trading flexibility. HEMPAGUARD shows excellent fouling resistance for up to 120 days during idle periods and fuel savings of six percent on


Kongsberg Offers Remote Vessel Access with Netop

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Kongsberg Maritime in Norway, who supplies navigation, automation, training and safety systems for maritime transport and offshore vessels, is now implementing Netop remote control software to establish secure remote access to all vessels with Kongsberg Maritime installations.


USCG Releases Kulluk Grounding Investigation Report

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Thursday released the report of investigation into the circumstances surrounding the grounding of the mobile offshore drilling unit Kulluk on the eastern coast of Sitkalidak Island, Alaska, Dec. 31, 2012. A series of events contributed to the causal factors that


Barge Runs Aground Near Anna Maria

U.S. Coast Guard photo

A 180-foot barge ran aground on Anna Maria Island after breaking free from a tug boat early Tuesday morning. Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector St. Petersburg received notification at 2 a.m., Tuesday, that the operator of tug Abe H was having difficulty steering due to weather and was unable


 
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