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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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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


Santa Lucia Back Underway in Delaware Bay

The grounded motor vessel near Miah Maull Shoal in Delaware Bay

  The motor vessel Santa Lucia, which was aground in Delaware Bay, got back underway under its own power at approximately 3 p.m. Tuesday. The Santa Lucia is scheduled to anchor at Big Stone Anchorage for a Coast Guard safety inspection before moving on to its destination of Philadelphia


New Defense Cooperation with India

  Today, on his historic visit to India, President Obama and Prime Minister Modi announced new, ground-breaking agreements on defense cooperation between India and the United States that promise to open a new chapter in our defense relationship and mark an important milestone in the U.S


India Not Pressurized by US-China Deal

Climate change

  Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said a climate deal between the United States and China does not put pressure on India, but that global warming itself was reason to take action. India, the world's third largest carbon emitter, is reluctant to follow the United States and China in


Indian Shipping Ministry Seeks Tax Sops

Image: Indian Ministry of Shipping

India's shipping ministry is asking for a tax holiday and more incentives for the shipbuilding industry in the upcoming Union budget, according to a report in the Economic Times. The Ministry has also prepared proposals to give a fillip to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India campaign


USCG Rescues Two Near Beaufort

Coast Guard Rescue 2 people and a dog

U.S. Coast Guard and Marine Corps helicopter crews rescued two people and a dog Sunday from a grounded sailboat near Beaufort. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina in Wilmington received a call at approximately 11:50 a.m. from the operator of the 22-foot sailboat Serendipity who


Pakistani Ship breakers Lauds 15% Duty on Import

Courtesy: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

 Welcoming the latest policy, Ship breakers in Pakistan defended the imposition of 15% Regulatory Duty (RD) on the import of all steel billets, steel bars and wire rods.    Describing the step as much needed and timely, the Pakistan Ship-Breakers Association (PSBA) lauded the


MOL Express Refloated

MOL Express

  The MOL Express, a 4,600 TEU container vessel which went aground in Tateyama Harbor, Japan on January 11, was successfully refloated, Seaspan Corporation reports. No crew injuries and no environmental consequences from this incident have been reported


Record Breaking Cruise Liner Season Ahead for Orkney

Image courtesy: Orkney Islands Council

Orkney is set for a multimillion pound tourism bonanza with a record-breaking year of cruise liners due to visit. The number of cruise ships visiting Orkney will top the 80 mark for the first time this year, says a Orkney Islands Council press release.  


Nicaragua Building China-led Canal to Rival Panama

Nicaragua on Monday broke ground on its Chinese-led $50 billion shipping canal, a massive infrastructure project that aims to rival Panama's waterway and revitalize the economy of the second-poorest country in the Americas.   Nicaragua's government says the proposed 172-mile (278-km) canal


UK Detains 8 Foreign Vessels in November

The U.K.’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced that eight foreign flagged ships were under detention in U.K. ports during November 2014 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection.   During November, there were six new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in a U.K


USCG Search for Boater Off Big Island

The Coast Guard and the Hawaii County Fire Department are searching for a possible person in the water off of the Big Island, Hawaii, Jan. 3, 2015. The 74-foot sailing vessel, Hawaii Aloha ran hard aground with five persons

  The Coast Guard is supporting the Hawaii County Fire Department in the search for a missing passenger from a grounded sailboat near Kaupuleu, Hawai'i, Sunday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received notification at 6:36 a.m


UK Launches Groundings Investigations

Car carrier Hoegh Osaka aground on the Bramble Bank (Photo: MAIB)

The U.K.’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) investigators deployed to Pentland Firth and to the Solent   Cemfjord MAIB investigators have been sent to the north coast of Scotland following the accident in the Pentland Firth involving the cargo ship Cemfjord.  


Update: Hoegh Osaka Under Tow

Grounded car carrier vessel Hoegh Osaka self floated at 1:55 p.m., and all salvors had left the vessel safely, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency reported.   The ship, which is still listed, is currently under tow to a holding position two miles east of the original grounding position


Grounded Tanker May Siphon LNG to Break Free

A fully loaded liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker grounded off Nigeria last week may siphon its cargo to another ship after tugs failed to pull it free, owner Teekay LNG Partners said on Tuesday.   The Magellan Spirit tanker, carrying a full load of 165,000 cubic metres


Boston Whaler Holds Ribbon Cutting Event

Boston Whaler celebrated major expansion with an  exclusive ribbon-cutting event

  In 2014, Boston Whaler broke ground on a new era in its history, introducing its largest model ever with the new 420 Outrage. On Jan. 13, 2015, Whaler celebrated the expansion to its facility that makes production of the 420 Outrage possible: the addition of nearly 60






 
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