In the August 2010 edition of the U.S. Coast Guard Acquisitions Directorate, Master Chief Ayer offered some simple answers to some frequently asked questions: Q. I heard the Coast Guard is are going to stop building National Security Cutters (NSCs)? A. The Coast Guard plans to build eight NSCs. The contract for NSC4 is currently being negotiated. Q. The Coast Guard’s current fleet of Response Boats-Small (RB-S) is wearing out. Do we have a plan to replace them? A. Yes, we do. An RB-S replacement project was chartered in January 2010. The current schedule calls for placing the first production order in late fiscal year 2011 and delivering the first RB-S in fiscal year 2012. Q. Is the Coast Guard going to start building new ice breakers (WAGB, WTGB)? A. For right now, no. We are currently conducting a service life extension of CGC Polar Star and have been directed by Congress to conduct a business case analysis to explore the potential for constructing a new icebreaker. There is no program of record yet. Q. I like the 41-foot utility boat (UTB). Why doesn’t the Coast Guard just build new ones instead of the more expensive Response Boat-Medium (RB-M)? A. The RB-M was designed to accomplish different missions than the UTB. Since we designed the UTB in the 1970s, our jobs have changed significantly and our platforms need to change with them. By the way, I like the UTB too; the hot cups make great ramen
Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. said that they have won a combined $4.9b worth of deals in the past week to build 30 vessels, including oil tankers and bulk carriers. During an international shipping exhibition held in last week, Hyundai Heavy Industries, the world's largest shipyard, received deals valued at $2.4 billion to build 22 ships, including 16 oil tankers. So far this year, the shipyard has won deals worth $12
Halter Marine, Inc. has been awarded a $53.6 million contract from the U.S. Navy to build a T-AGS 60 class oceanographic research ship. The vessel will be the sixth of its class, all designed, built or under construction at Halter. Delivery of the ship is planned for December 2001. The all-steel vessel will be 329 ft. and designed with a common bus diesel electric propulsion system consisting of twin screw propellers driven through Z-drives
A recent review of post-storm data from the National Response Center shows that the hurricanes Katrina and Rita caused at least 595 incidents that released untold amounts of oil, natural gas and other chemicals into the air, onto land and into the water, according to a Houston Chronicle report. Representatives of the oil industry say there was no way they could have foreseen or prepared for the environmental mess. Environmentalists say faulty equipment, not the hurricanes
Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc., which specializes in dry bulk shipping, signed contracts with the Japanese shipyard IHI Marine United Inc. to build two new vessels for about $33.5 million apiece. Eagle expects to take delivery of the Future-56 class Supramax vessels in the first quarter of 2010. Once delivered, Eagle Bulk Shipping's fleet will number 18 vessels, and 14 of them will be Supramax class, or slightly larger than the more popular Handymax vessels used in dry bulk shipping.
The National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) is an initiative of the Canadian Government to build new ships for the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Coast Guard. Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards won the right to bid on the non-combat vessels under this strategy, and as such is proceeding with a $200 million Shipyard Modernization Program to support execution. As a part of modernization project, Seaspan selected PEMA welding automation equipment for their panel production.
SkipperLiner is one of the most famous names in commercial and pleasure boating. Over 1,000 vessels have been built at their facility in Lacrosse, Wisc. This includes a series of pleasure boats and commercial boats in the 75-150-ft. range including paddleboats, low air draft canal boats and sleek Italian design custom yachts. To keep up with their expanding business, SkipperLiner opened a new production center at the beginning of the year. The eight-acre facility includes a 60,000 sq. ft
Offshore wind farm support vessel specialists OWPMS has partnered with The Brook Henderson Group to provide a bespoke package for offshore wind farm operators, focusing on vessel supply during construction and operation & maintenance phases throughout Europe, Asia and North America. Brook Henderson is committing it substantial financial resources, equity of over $44.4m, to building a fleet of up to 60 Vessels over the coming 24 months.
Dong Energy A/S plans to invest about $1.8 billion a year on offshore wind projects to offset a “challenging” environment for gas plants, as it ceases to build new coal power facilities, its chief said. That’s about what the world’s largest developer of offshore wind parks spent last year on turbines installed at sea. “We think that is around that level we will be working at in the coming years,” said Anders Eldrup
The following news round up on the Brazilian marine and offshore market is provided by SSA (Voice of UK Marine Industry). Transpetro will issue a new tender for the procurement of three bunker vessels under Promef II (2nd phase of the Fleet Modernization and Renewal Programme) up to June 30. The Brazilian government confirmed the delivery of the first vessel to 2019 and the remaining two vessels in 2020. These vessels were originally contracted to Superpesa to be delivered in 2013
This month the M/V Karl Senner and the M/V Dickie Gonsoulin will be christened in Houma, La. While the event is centered on a pair of new, high-specification towboats, the celebration is the culmination of more than 45 years of business partnerships between Karl Senner, LLC and LeBeouf Bros. Towing
Wison Offshore & Marine Ltd. (Wison Offshore & Marine) announced today the commencement of the construction of key modularized components for the Petroleos De Venezuela, S.A.(PDVSA) RPLC refinery project at Wison Offshore & Marine’s Zhoushan Fabrication Yard (The Zhoushan Yard)
The ship will be named “Kronprins Haakon”, in honour of the heir to the Norwegian throne and will be built in Italy in the Fincantieri integrated shipyard in Riva Trigoso-Muggiano, before undergoing final outfitting and sea trials in Norway at VARD – a member of the Fincantieri
The CAN DO drillship will be the front runner in exploration, development and completion operations. Following positive feedback and strong enquiries from the market, Keppel FELS Ltd (Keppel FELS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd
In his New Year message, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines President Muto predicts loss in 2013 of same magnitude as last year, suggests new business model. Excerpts from Mr. Muto's message follow: "The marine transport industry has faced a challenging external environment mainly due to economic
A new treaty formalizes defence co-opertation between the UK and Australia, parties agree to consider mutual frigate design. The recently signed treaty in Perth sees the two countries working together in areas such as cyber security, defence reform, personnel exchange, equipment
The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) announced the opening of the Seaway’s 55th navigation season with the transit of Canada Steamship Lines’ newly built Baie St. Paul through the St. Lambert Lock. Marking the first of a series of new vessels being constructed
Tognum subsidiary MTU Friedrichshafen held a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction work on a new R&D test facility at Plant 1. The company plans to invest more than €60 million in the project by 2015. In the future
David Matsuda, the U.S. Maritime Administrator, announced that he is stepping down. In a statement released by Marad spokesperson Kim Strong, Matsuda's career highlights and accomplishments were also listed. The statement reads as follows:
Prime Minister visits to welcome £200 million investment by UK household-name retailers Marks & Spencer to build new distribution centre at London Gateway. Marks & Spencer (M&S) and DP World London Gateway jointly announce that M&S will build a major new
The new ship will be named 'Seven Seas Explorer' and is to be built in Sestri Ponente (Genoa) shipyard with delivery scheduled for summer 2016. The contract for the 54,000 gross tonnes and 223 metres in length cruise ship with accommodation for 738 passengers
Dubai Maritime City LLC (DMC), the world-class mixed-use maritime cluster, announced the signing of long term partnership agreement with Mubarak Marine LLC. The agreement is for the development of an industrial complex project for maritime services, shipbuilding and repair worth AED 130 million.
UAE-based Simatech Shipping has inked its first containership order after 8 years for up to four 4,350-TEU wide beam boxships with China‘s Taizhou Kouan Shipbuilding. The deal for the two firm orders and two optional vessels for delivery from the second half of 2015
The 'LNG Greenrhine'' has been christened by Mrs. Edwige Belliard, president of Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR). The LNG Greenrhine is an electrically powered ship with diesel generators fuelled by LNG (Liquid Natural Gas)
On July 29 the Port of Vancouver USA began phase two construction of one of the most innovative projects in its 100-year-history, the construction of a piling-supported, watertight trench that will support a new grade separated rail entrance into the port