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ACP Adopts Green Building Policy


The ACP guideline launches environmentally sustainable practices.   The Panama Canal will implement more sound “Green Building” practices with regards to future constructions in order to improve compatibility with the environment.   Green Construction, also known as Sustainable Building, refers to designing building structures using processes and materials that are environmentally responsible and efficient during the life cycle of the building.  This concept includes the process from design and construction to operation, maintenance, renovation and demolition of buildings.  Green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment.   Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Administrator/CEO, Alberto Alemán Zubieta said, "with the application of these parameters when building at the Panama Canal, we take a step further to ensure energy efficiency, reduce water consumption, and improve recycling practices which are cornerstones of the green building concept, along with the use of renewable energy sources."   Beginning in August, the Panama Canal announced that all works or construction projects by ACP, designed by the Engineering Division, by contracts or its internal workforce, must use sustainable design specifications contained in a list of Green Building Construction Specifications applicable to ACP for short-term renovations and new constructions

Acergy Charters New Build Construction Ship

Acergy announced that it has entered into an agreement with DOFCON ASA for the charter of the Skandi Acergy, a new build heavy construction ship. The 8-year charter will commence upon delivery, which is scheduled for the second quarter of 2008. Construction is taking place at the Aker Søviknes Yard in Norway and, once complete, the ship will be a class leader amongst heavy construction ships. The new ship will be 153 metres in length, will have a cargo deck area of 2

LNG Carrier Launched by IZAR Sestao Yard

Iñigo Tapias, the new 138,000 cu. m. liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier launched on January 29 by Izar’s Sestao yard in Bilbao, is a significant ship for many reasons, both technical and business. The 284.4 m, 19.5 knot ship embodies the hopes of a shipbuilding nation that is seeking to re-establish its presence in the LNG niche that it has not occupied for more than three decades, as the production of gas ships generally lays in the hands of Far East builders today.

CH2M HILL Announces Two Key NE Leadership Appointments

Tom Klin

CH2M HILL (, a global full-service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm, announces two key leadership appointments in the Northeast.  With the 2011 acquisitions of Halcrow and Booz Allen Hamilton’s (BAH) State and Local Transit Consulting business, CH2M HILL has five times more people-power and expert capabilities to service the New York transportation infrastructure market and the entire Northeast region, stretching from Maine to Virginia.

APT Commits to Build Two New Product Tankships in US

American Petroleum Tankers (APT) affiliate intends to order the new ships from NASSCO Shipyared, San Diego. An affiliate of American Petroleum Tankers Parent LLC (“APT”), a company majority owned by funds managed by Blackstone on behalf of its investors, announce its commitment to build two new state-of-the-art tanker vessels at the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) shipyard in San Diego.

US Ocean Economy Sees Large Growth -NOAA

File photo: Tauri Minogue

In 2012, U.S. ocean and Great Lakes economy grew much faster than overall GDP   The U.S. ocean economy outpaced the domestic economy between 2011 and 2012, with an increase of $22 billion in gross domestic product, from $321 billion to $343 billion, according to a new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) analysis.   Adjusting the figures to remove the effects of inflation, this increase equates to a 10

Navy Simulator Wins Award


The Navy's unique, high-tech simulator of shipboard emergencies to test Recruits at Recruit Training Command (RTC) Great Lakes won a national award for construction project excellence Nov. 3. Battle Stations 21's USS Trayer, a life-like mockup of an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and its surrounding 157,000-square-foot building, was recognized by the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) as the best overall design-build project in the United States for 2008

NASSCO Awarded $940m - T-AKE Ship

General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) , has been awarded a $940m contract from the U.S. Navy for the construction of two T-AKE dry cargo-ammunition ships and to purchase long-lead construction materials for two additional T-AKE ships. Under the contract, NASSCO receives full funding for the construction of USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11) and USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12)

Sunreef Hull Completed


Most of the aluminium hull construction of one of the largest luxury catamarans in the world, the Sunreef 114, has been completed at Sunreef Yachts of Poland. This 31 ton, 114 ft lopng hull was turned and repositioned inside the shed so that the hull structure can be straightened and the next phase of the building process can be started. At present, a number of construction tasks are being performed simultaneously: the fly-bridge is being built and will be shortly assembled with the

America's First Offshore Windfarm – Contractors Chosen

Cape Wind selects construction joint venture team to build first US offshore windfarm Cape Wind has selected the joint venture team of Flatiron Construction Corp., Cal Dive International, Inc., and Cashman Equipment Corp. as its construction contractor to build America’s first offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound. Cape Wind President Jim Gordon said, “We are confident this is the right team with the best skills and capabilities to successfully build Cape Wind and create

Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar JV is 5

Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (Courtesy Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar)

  On 23 November 2015, Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar celebrated its first 5 years of operation. With 40 vessels delivered or under construction, the yard has proven its capability to support Qatar’s national strategy for economic diversification.

Controversial Nicaragua Canal Project Postponed

Image: Hong Kong Nicaragua Development (HKND) Co

 China's Hong Kong Nicaragua Development (HKND) Co. said it is delaying the start of construction on a controversial $50 billion inter-ocean canal across Nicaragua until late 2016.   HKND has obtained approval for environmental studies of the canal earlier this month

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Seaspan's Vancouver Office

Jonathan Whitworth, Seaspan CEO. Courtesy Seaspan

  Seaspan hosted a groundbreaking ceremony today to announce it has officially started construction on a new head office in North Vancouver. The 7,800 square metre (84,000 square foot) corporate headquarters, scheduled for completion in late 2017

Damen Marine Components Opens Jiangyin Plant

DMC Opens New Plant in China Courtesy Damen

  Damen Marine Components (DMC) is proud to announce the opening of its brand new facility in Jiangyin, China.Those present at the opening ceremony included CEO of Damen Shipyards Group RenéBerkvens and General Manager of DMC Jiangyin Aart Vogelaar

Klaipedos Nafta and Port of Helsingborg Sign LNG Deal

Image: AB Klaipėdos nafta

 Lithuania’s Klaipedos Nafta has signed a deal with the port of Helsingborg to cooperate on the HEKLA – Helsingborg & Klaipeda LNG infrastructure facility deployment project (HEKLA).   Klaipedos Nafta has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Spanish

Long Beach Trade Luncheon Celebrates Women

Event spotlights career paths to maritime industry jobs Photo Courtesy Port of Long Beach

A heavy equipment operator, port construction manager, shoe company executive and maritime university student encouraged Long Beach young women to explore careers in shipping industry at this week’s fifth annual Celebrating Women in Trade luncheon.

LR to Class Nine Tankers for Maersk


 Lloyd’s Register (LR) won the deal for classification of nine Medium Range (MR) type product tankers. Owned by Maersk Tankers, the vessels are to be built at Samsung’s Ningbo yard in China.    These are the first ever vessels ordered by a Danish ship owner to the

Chesapeake Inks Deal: 3 Tugs for Vane Brothers

Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp. signed another contract with Vane Brothers of Baltimore to build three more ocean going tugs. This new contract marks the 15, 16 and 17th tugboats built for Vane Brothers by Chesapeake Shipbuilding since 2008. Construction on the first new tug has already begun in one

Final Phase of Maritime Technology & Training Center Underway

Photo courtesy of San Jacinto College

The San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center is in its final phase of construction before its January 2016 debut.   Construction has been ongoing since last Fall. The facility will serve as the site for certificate and associate degree maritime training delivered through U

Obama says S. China Sea Claimants Should Avoid Militarising Issue

President Barack Obama Courtesy

  U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday told a meeting of Southeast Asian leaders that territorial claimants to waters in the South China Sea should avoid militarising the issue and cease any building of artificial islands. "For the sake of regional stability the claimants should

Magleby Maersk Calls at Jebel Ali

Magleby Maersk at Jebel Ali’s Terminal 2 (Photo: DP World)

Press release - Global marine terminals operator DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali Port has received the world’s largest container vessel, the Magleby Maersk, which is on its maiden visit to the region.   The management and operations team at Jebel Ali rolled out a well-drilled

New Facility for Virginia-Class Submarine Sailors at Newport News Shipbuilding

Vice Adm. Joseph Tofalo, commander of Submarine Forces, Submarine Forces Atlantic and Allied Submarine Command, meets with the crew of the future Virginia-class submarine Indiana (SSN 789) during a tour of Newport News Shipbuildings new Pre-Commissioning Unit facility on Monday. Photo by Chris Oxley/HII

 Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has opened a new facility that provides workspace for the crews of Virginia-class submarine (VCS) pre-commissioning units (PCUs) while their submarines are under construction.  

Port of Bronka Prepares for Opening

Photo: Port Bronka

Technical plant and equipment installation for the first stage of Bronka’s port facilities is now complete with the Liebherr LHM 800 mobile port crane installed at the end of September, bringing the port closer to operation.   The deepwater Port of Bronka is located on the outskirts

Hague Court Begins Hearing On South China Sea Issue

Map by USC US-China Institute

 A United Nations arbitral tribunal in The Hague heard some of the Philippines’ territorial claims over the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Tuesday.    A delegation of nearly 50 lawyers and representatives for the Philippines gathered to present their case

Scripps Sells Oceanographic Research Vessel

New Horizon (Photo: Marcon International)

Purpose-built oceanographic research and survey vessel New Horizon has been sold from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography to private interests, announced ship broker Marcon International, Inc.   New Horizon will continue to work under her new ownership as a U.S

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