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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
Foss Maritime Company of Seattle, Wa., has announced plans to build a new class of the highest horsepower tugs on the West Coast devoted exclusively to ship docking. The new series of 6,250 horsepower Azmuthing Stern Drive (ASD) thruster tugs will be constructed for the use in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., by Halter Marine Inc., in Lockport, Lou. This tug is scheduled for arrival early in the fourth quarter of 2001.
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
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:
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
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
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
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
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
STX Finland is now lobbying the Finnish government on behalf of Royal Caribbean in a bid to get contract for third 'Oasis-class' cruise ship. A loan would help facilitate a deal to avoid Royal Caribbean building its third Oasis-class cruise ship in Germany or France.
When Martin M. Sneed embarked in the business of building for the demanding workboat market in the mid-60s, he likely did not imagine that four decades later, his son Clyde (pictured) and business partner and co-owner Mitch Jones would be at the helm of a highly successful boat building company
State-of-the-art Dive Support Vessel (DSV) will be built for Subsea 7 by Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI). With accommodation for 110 people, the DSV will incorporate an 18-man saturation system supplied by Drass and rated for 300m with two moon-pool deployed three man
Profile of a 2012 Fleet Optimization Conference Speaker The term “Fleet Optimization” means many things to many people. What does it mean to you? Dr. Chen Fleet Optimization encompasses many aspects of shipping operations ranging from finding the best deployments and schedules for
According to boat broker Marcon International, there are 711 tugboats officially on the market for sale worldwide; up 12% since May. In all 232, or about one-third of the tugs available worldwide – primarily foreign flagged – were built within the last 10 years
First Smit Lamnalco branded tug launched. On 24 August Smit Lamnalco launched SL Gabon, the first tug branded under its new corporate identity, following the integration of Smit’s terminal handling activities with Lamnalco in July 2011.
New State-of-the-Art Shipbuilding Production Center Opens For Business In Ketchikan, Alaska. Alaska Ship & Drydock Already at Work on the First Vessel to be Completed in the Facility, a 136’ Longliner. The outlook for building new ships at Alaska Ship & Drydock (ASD)
The Russian spoke to members of an expedition to clean up polluted areas of the Franz Josef Land archipelago Excerpts from President Putin's speech at an Arkhangelsk dockside follow: "This is a symbolic event for Russia. First, it confirms our growing presence in the Arctic