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Q&A with Coast Guard Acquisitions Master Chief

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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, Daewoo Win $4.9b in Contracts

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 Builds New Navy Research Ship

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


Oil Spills From Hurricanes Still Damaging Coast

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


Seaspan’s Selects PEMA Equipment for NSPS Project

Photo: PEMA

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.


Eagle Bulk Shipping to Build New Vessels

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.


Vigor to Build Three Tugboats for Tidewater

Image courtesy of Vigor Fab

Vigor Fab has been awarded a contract by Tidewater Barge Lines of Vancouver, Wash, to construct 3 new tugboats. Construction of the first tug will start on Jan. 24, 2014, with the keel laying (the formal recognition of the start of a ship’s construction) at Vigor’s facility in Portland. Vigor explain that while Tidewater has rebuilt and repowered several of the vessels in its fleet, these tugs will be the first newly built vessels for the company in nearly 30 years


Dong to Spend $1.8 Billion A Year for Offshore Wind Farms

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


Joint Venture to Build Wind Farm Support Vessels

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.


Front Street Unveils New Line of Sailing Yachts

Deisgn provided by Front Street Shipyard

 The US builders Front Street Shipyard’s in-house design team is collaborating with yacht designer Bill Tripp to develop a new line of modern sloops that are now available for construction.   The shipyard said the line includes 84-foot, 102-foot and 112-foot yachts that are performance-oriented with a range of interior options.    The composite sailboat line is positioned as a competitive new option for new construction at the shipyard’s Belfast, Maine


Philippines' Warship Repair Angers China

BRP Sierra Madre ship. Photo Credit: Ritchie Tongo

 China warned it can take "further actions" after the Philippines confirmed it is fortifying the BRP Sierra Madre, a grounded ship on Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) in the South China Sea.   Beijing has hit out at Manila for repairing a crumbling ship serving as its


All American Marine on Course to Double in Size

All American Marine’s foray into larger 100’ and larger vessels as well as increases in overall demand has generated the need for AAM, the Port of Bellingham, and Fairhaven Shipyard to work together to improve the maritime trade facilities heavily utilized by the two anchor tenants.

The Port of Bellingham is poised to change the layout of 7.66 acres of industrial property in Fairhaven and build new infrastructure to support the expansion of two major waterfront employers, All American Marine and Fairhaven Shipyard. “All American Marine and Fairhaven Shipyard provide


USC Acquires Zvezda

Russias United Shipbuilding Corporation. Image courtesy: TASS

 United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) has taken on 53.5122% of the voting shares of the long planned Far Eastern Plant Zvezda shipbuilding complex in Russia’s Far East.   Zvezda (a company of the Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Center


More Keppel FELS Jackup Rigs for Mexico

Keppel AmFELS is the premier offshore yard in the Gulf of Mexico

  Keppel FELS Limited , a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), is on track to deliver three KFELS B Class jackup rigs to Mexican company, Grupo R, safely, on time and on budget. A world's first triple rig naming ceremony was held today at Keppel


NASSCO Starts Building APT’s 4th ECO Tanker

Congresswoman Susan Davis measures the first piece of steel for the fourth American Petroleum Tanker. (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

Ceremony signaled the start of construction for APT-4 ECO Tanker, the fourth of five Jones Act tanker ships to be constructed at NASSCO for American Petroleum Tankers.   General Dynamics NASSCO signaled the start of construction of the fourth of five “ECO” tankers to be built


China: Philippines Violating South China Sea Code

China has accused the Philippines of violating a 13-year-old informal code of conduct in the South China Sea with its building work on disputed islets, firing back again after repeated criticism of China's own construction work. China and the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations


Vigor’s Tacoma Yard Delivers Breasting Barges to Foss

Photo courtesy of Vigor Industrial

Vigor Industrial expands its newbuild capacity in Washington; Tacoma yard delivers three breasting barges   Fabrication teams at Vigor Industrial’s Tacoma, Wash. shipyard have delivered three 60’ x 24’ x 15.5’ breasting barges to Foss Maritime


Keppel FELS Delivers 11th Jackup to Mexico

Photo courtesy of Keppel FELS

Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), has delivered a KFELS B Class jackup rig to Mexican national oil company, Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), safely, on time and on budget.  


US Navy to Roll out Underwater Spy Satellites

Image: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

 The robotic series that remade crusade in skies will shortly extend to a low sea, with underwater view “satellites,” drone-launching pods on a sea building and unmanned ships sport submarines, reports AFP.   The pods could launch surveillance drones in the air or at sea or


Carnival to Add Nine Ships to Cruise Fleet

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Carnival Corporation enters into strategic partnerships to add nine cruise ships to its fleet over a four-year period starting in 2019; shipbuilders Fincantieri and Meyer Werft to each build next-generation cruise ships for Carnival Corporation through two separate, long-term partnerships  


RCCL Plans to Scrub Emissions into Shape

AEP inside the stack of a Royal Caribbean Ship. Photo: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

As new emission standards enter force across the commercial maritime sector, Royal Caribbean has opted to outfit 19 of its ships with scrubbers from two manufacturers. This month we visit with Harri Kulovaara, EVP, Maritime, and Kevin Douglas, VP, Technical Projects/Newbuilds


Shipping Goes to Asia: HSH Nordbank

Logo Image by HSH Nordbank Shipping Division

 Given that the Asian shipping industry is in a substantially better position than many other market participants, thanks to strong intra-Asia cargo traffic, the European shipping sector hopes that Asian investors will "come to their rescue," says HSH Nordbank’s recent survey


Indonesia Seeks Foreign Investors for Port Expansion

Image:  Port Planning & Development Indonesia Forum

 Indonesia is seeking US$7 billion in foreign investment to upgrade its ports as part of a five-year plan to improve its ports network, Finance Asia said.   The plan involves modernizing existing ports and building new ones in the country


Petronas, HHI Novation Agreement with MISC

LNG Ship Puteri Firus (Image by MISC Bhd )

 Malaysia’s MISC Bhd and parent Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) have agreed to build new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers worth US$1.1 billion and charter them to another unit owned by the national oil and gas company for up to 20 years.   


China's VLCC, PetroChina Seals Crude Shipping Deal

Pic by China Merchants Energy Shipping

 China VLCC, a joint venture between China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES) and Sinotrans&CSC, has signed a two-year crude shipping contract with Dalian-based West Pacific Petrochemical (Wepec), operated by PetroChina.  The contract will be extended by one year with approvals from






 
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