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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


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.


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.


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.


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


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


Jotun Continues to Grow

Image:  Jotun

 Jotun, coating solutions to the global marine fleet,  recorded sales of NOK 10.9 billion and an operating profit of NOK 1.7 billion in tn the first eight months of 2016.   To help secure long-term growth, the company continues to pursue investments in new production capacity and product innovation, both in Norway and other key markets.   To help secure long-term growth, the company continues to pursue investments in new production capacity and product innovation


Norwegian to Build New Ship for Alaska Cruising

Image: Port of Seattle

Norwegian Cruise Line will commence a new era of Alaska cruising beginning June 2018, as the company announced today that its next new vessel, Norwegian Bliss, will be custom-built with features and amenities for Alaska cruising. Norwegian Bliss will cruise to America’s Last Frontier from


Ukraine Rebuilding Navy with US Help

Ukraine is refitting and expanding its naval fleet, including repairing its flagship, the frigate "Hetman Sahaydachnyy", to counter a Russian military build-up in the annexed territory of Crimea, the commander of the Ukrainian navy says.  


Three New Ships for American Cruise Lines

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U.S. cruise company American Cruise Lines said it is expanding its fleet with the addition of three new cruise ships now under construction Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Md.   The first of the tree new vessels, American Constellation


Genting Confirms Five-year Shipbuilding Plans

Global Class vessel (Rendering: Genting Hong Kong / MV WERFTEN)

Genting Cruises has confirmed its build program for the MV WERFTEN shipyard group following the launch of the first Asian luxury cruise ship, Genting Dream, in Singapore, Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China.   Executive Chairman, Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay


Qatargas, RWE Ink SPA Deal for LNG Deliveries

Al Hamla Q-Flex Photo Qatargas

Qatargas, the World’s Premier LNG Company, today announced a flexible Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) with RWE Supply Trading (RWEST), a leading European electricity and gas company. Qatargas will deliver up to 1.1 million tonnes of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) per annum to RWEST in North


Metal Shark tapped to build new NYC Ferries

(Photo: Metal Shark)

Metal Shark was selected by HNY Ferry Fleet, LLC (a Hornblower company), operator of New York City’s Citywide Ferry Service, to build 26-m149-passenger aluminum high-speed ferries.   Metal Shark will produce a series of ferries at its Franklin, Louisiana shipyard


Horizon to Build NYC's New Ferries

Aerial view of Horizon Shipbuilding’s yard in Bayou La Batre, Ala. The new ferries will be constructed in the West Yard (visable in the upper right quadrant of the photo) . (Photo: Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc.)

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Ala., has been awarded a series production contract with Hornblower to build new 149-passenger ferries for New York City’s new citywide ferry service set to begin in Summer 2017.   The vessels are part of New York City Mayor Bill de


Genting to Invest in Werften

Photo: Genting Hong Kong

 Genting Hong Kong Ltd will invest 100 million euros in its German shipyard, MV Werften to focus on building new large ships.   The three shipyards in the German State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern bought this April would be named MV Werften, be managed in Wismar.  


N.Korea Builds New Submarine Base

Image: North Korean Govt

North Korea is in the midst of building a new naval base on the east coast to accommodate submarines capable of firing submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs), says IHS Jane's Defence Weekly.   North Korea is building a new naval base at Sinpo, South Hamgyong Province for new 3


Privinvest Forms Shipbuilding JV in Angola

Privinvest forms joint venture for shipbuilding and the maritime economy in Angola where, together with Simportex, it will develop and operate a shipyard   Middle East based shipbuilding group Privinvest announced the start of a major shipbuilding and maritime economy program with the


Intellian Unveils 60cm Class Antenna at SMM

Photo: Intellian Technologies

Intellian Technologies, a provider of maritime satellite communications and entertainment systems, has unveiled its latest new product at this year’s SMM show in Hamburg, Germany.    The v65, a 60cm class satellite communications system operating in Ku-band


Kipevu Oil Terminal to Be Relocated

The Kipevu Oil Terminal at Mombasa Port will be relocated early next year, to Dongo Kundu area, as a result of the ongoing capacity expansion program, the Kenya Ports Authority announced.   The new oil terminal is expected to have a capacity to accommodate four vessels of up to 200,000 DWT


Miller to Showcase Welding Solutions at International WorkBoat Show

ArcReach Family XMT Dimension SuitCase Remote

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. is showcasing welding equipment technologies to enhance quality, productivity and cost savings in the shipbuilding industry during the International WorkBoat Show at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, November 30 to December 2


Maersk Mulls Quick Acquisitions

Photo: Maersk Line

 Danish shipping giant A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S’s container altered its strategy this month by planning to expand its fleet through acquisition, breaking from its previous preference of building its own boats, reports Forbes.  


Euronav Inks Two Charter Deals

Photo Euronav

Euronav NV announces that it has signed two long-term time charter contracts of seven years each with Valero Energy Inc. for Suezmax vessels with specialised Ice Class 1C capability starting in 2018. In order to fulfil this contract, Euronav has ordered two high specification Ice Class Suezmax






 
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