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Mesa Verde Completes Trials

The Northrop Grumman-built amphibious transport dock ship Mesa Verde (LPD 19) completed builder's trials last week, in a collaborative effort involving the U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman. Shipbuilders worked on sea trial preparations weeks before the ship sailed the Gulf of Mexico from Aug. 13 to 16. The ship's compartments were 100 percent complete, and all systems and certifications were completed and tested 100 percent to pre-trial requirements. Rigorous testing was performed on the ship's main propulsion, communications, steering, navigational, radar and other systems. Other exercises included anchor handling, flight operations, compartment air balancing and ballasting/de-ballasting of the well deck, where amphibious landing craft will be launched. Navy representatives onboard during builder's trials praised the effort and teamwork displayed by Northrop Grumman shipbuilders and Navy personnel. Next month, the U.S. Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey team will conduct acceptance trials aboard LPD 19, which will involve more rounds of extensive testing of the ship's major systems. Mesa Verde's mission is to embark, transport and land elements of a landing force in a variety of expeditionary and special operations missions. Mesa Verde is an LPD 17-class ship. The ship is 208.4 meters (684 feet) long, 31.9 meters (105 feet) wide, and will replace the functions of the LPD 4, LSD 36, LKA 113, and LST 1179 classes of

USS New York Passes Trials

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The future USS New York (LPD 21) was put to sea for the first time June 27, transiting down the Mississippi River to conduct Builder's Trials. The ship’s name and motto, "Never Forget," honor the victims and first responders of the Sept. 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks.  Constructed in Avondale, La., the ship contains 24 tons of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center within the 311-ton bow unit. 

Seaward Provides Bridge Officers for LCS and JHSV Sea Trials

Seaward Services provides bridge officers, including the master and chief engineer, for Builder and Acceptance Trials of the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV). USNS Choctaw County, the Navy's second Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV 2), satisfactorily completed Acceptance Trials, May 3 in Mobile, Ala. under the command of Seaward Services’ master, supported by the company’s chief engineer and other deck and engine officers

SeaArk Marine Delivers Boat to Hayden Lake Fire District

SeaMarine of Monticello, Ark., recently built and delivered a 30-ft. all-welded aluminum Emergency Response Vessel to the Hayden Lake Fire Protection District in Hayden Lake, Idaho. SeaArk was named the successful builder in a competitive bidding process. The process will be used on Hayden Lake for fire fighting and rescue. Hayden lake's new fireboat is SeaArk's Dauntless model, which is designed by C. Raymond Hunt and Associates and features a deep-V hull, wide chines

Bollinger Delivers OSV for L&M Bo-Truc

Cheramie Botruc 38, Bollinger Shipyards latest new 191-foot platform supply boat that meets all new regulatory requirements including DPS1 and is under 200 gross tons. Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. delivered the first of two new design offshore supply vessels to L&M Bo-Truc Rental Inc., of Golden Meadow, La. M/V Cheramie Botruc 38 the first of two identical offshore supply vessels was delivered early this summer and the second vessel, Cheramie Botruc 39

New Warship Returns After Passing Builder HII's Sea Trials

Arlington Sea Trial: Photo credit HII

The Ingalls-built amphibious transport dock 'Arlington' (LPD 24) returns from successful builder's sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico. A test and trials team thoroughly tested LPD 24's major operational systems. More than 200 test events took place during the sea trials, including anchor handling, flight operations, ballasting and de-ballasting the well deck, and compartment air balancing. The ship will now prepare for acceptance sea trials to demonstrate the same tests and

Celebrity’s Constellation Returns to Shipyard

Celebrity Cruises' next ship delivery, Constellation, is returning to the builders' French shipyard, following sea trials, to correct a leak in its starboard propulsion pod. This delay in the ship's delivery will cause the cancellation of one chartered cruise, sailing May 5, 2002. The ship's builder, Chantiers de l'Atlantique, of St. Nazaire, France, will make immediate repairs to correct the leak, which is allowing seawater to enter the pod.

Propulsion Software May Allow Ferry to Begin Service

Officials with the Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries Division said that changes to software controlling the propeller system on the new Chetzemoka ferry may provide a temporary solution to vibration issues first discovered last month. Additional sea trials are scheduled for the middle of next week after representatives of the propulsion-control company write software exerting greater control over the engine “ramping

Boksa Marine Design Supports New Workskiff Projects

31’ RIB salvage and towing vessel

BMD provide naval architecture services for two commercial vessels. Boksa Marine Design, Inc. (BMD) has provided hull, structural and outfitting design for two recent Workskiff built boats, a 25’ RIB law enforcement boat and a 31’ RIB salvage and towing vessel. “We’ve been fortunate to partner with Workskiff on these two projects as well as many others over the years. Their boats help clients meet the challenges faced on the water and efficiently operate in all

USS Independence Successfully Completes Special Trials

USS Independence - LCS 2

 USS Independence (LCS 2) successfully completed Special Trials (ST), a series of at-sea tests on Aug. 2, following the ship's participation in the multinational Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercises that took place throughout the month of July.   Independence, funded as a research development test and evaluation ship, conducted an ST instead of the usual final Contract Trial (FCT).   Traditionally funded ships have a specific time frame for when FCT must take place

New Bulkers Launched into Fuel-saving Future

View of the Elsabeth C and Mirela tied up in port in China (Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

One of the first commercial applications of MAN Diesel & Turbo’s new MAN Alpha Kappel FP propeller took place off the coast of China recently when the vessel Elsabeth C, a 58,500-dwt Supramax bulk carrier owned by Frontmarine Co. Ltd – an affiliated and managed company of

Boatbuilding Gone Bad

Joe Hudspeth

Owners, designers, builders and the crew can collaborate in a meaningful way to ensure that the delivered product meets everyone’s expectations. You can get there from here. We have all gone aboard or below decks on vessels and looked around with a myriad of instantaneous questions forming

NBBB Uses New System to Launch Tug for Kirby

(Photo: Nichols Brothers Boat Builders)

A newly built articulated tug barge (ATB) unit tugboat, was launched for Kirby Offshore Marine on Wednesday, September 2.   The new vessel, the 136’ x 44’ x 19’ Nancy Peterkin, is the first of two sister vessels built for Kirby by Ice Floe

MES Delivers Bulk Carrier STH Athens

STH Athens (Photo: MES)

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) completed and delivered a 60,000 dwt type bulk carrier M.V. STH Athens (MES Hull No. 1898) at its Chiba Works on August 27, 2015 to Sea Trade Holdings Inc., Marshall Islands. Athens is the fourth ship of the builder's “neo60BC”

New PLA Catamaran Hull Completed

The first of the hulls of the PLA’s new survey vessel is removed from the mould at CTruk’s Essex yard (Photo: CTruk)

The hull structures for the Port of London Authority’s (PLA) new 17-meter survey catamaran have been completed by shipbuilder CTruk.   The two composite hulls were removed from the mold after several weeks of lay-up work and are now undergoing first stage fit out with fuel tank and

Raytheon Anschütz INBS for New UK Navy Ships

Image: BAE Systems

Raytheon Anschütz has been selected by BAE Systems to provide the Integrated Navigation and Bridge System (INBS) for the UK Royal Navy’s new Type 26 Global Combat Ships.   Raytheon Anschütz is under contract to deliver the INBS for the first three ships

MES Delivers Ninth Eco-Ship Bulk Carrier

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Japanese shipbuilder Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) announced it has completed and delivered a 66,000 dwt type bulk carrier M.V. Draftvader (MES Hull No.1881) at its Tamano Works on July 17, 2015 to Solaris Marine Ltd., Liberia.

Double Milestone for Ellicott Dredges

Ellicott employees gather at the company’s Baltimore plant following a celebratory lunch in front of a Series 370 Dragon dredger (Photo: Ellicott Dredges)

Ellicott Dredges celebrates 1,000 day safety record and 130 years of business   The employees of Ellicott Dredges LLC in Baltimore had two reasons for celebration this week, the company announced.   First, Ellicott's Baltimore plant recorded a safety milestone of 1

Latest LCS Completes US Navy Trials

Littoral Combat Ship 6 (Photo: Austal)

Littoral Combat Ship 6 (LCS 6), the future USS Jackson, has completed U.S. Navy acceptance trials, shipbuilder Austal Limited announced.   The trials, the final milestone before delivery, were undertaken in the Gulf of Mexico and involved testing of the vessel’s major systems and

Austal Starts Next US Littoral Combat Ship

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Austal and the U.S. Navy held a keel-laying ceremony today for the future USS Manchester (LCS 14), marking the first significant milestone in its construction. This ship is the fifth Independence variant littoral combat ship (LCS) built at Austal under the 10-ship, $3

COSCO Dalian Built PSV Completes Sea Trials

Dalian Shipyard built 9,000 horsepower COSL deepwater supply vessel (PSV) (Shan Shu, Zhou Xia  Wen Shan Shu  photo)

  The first of the two 9,000 horsepower COSL deepwater supply vessel (PSV)built at the COSCO Dalian Shipyard ship has successfully completed sea trials. The trial results met the technical requirements to obtain the owner's praise. The total length of the ship 85

Newport News to Host JAMF Ground-breaking Event

Newport News Shipbuilding to host ground-breaking ceremony for aircraft carrier and submarine production facility   Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding subsidiary will hold a ground-breaking ceremony for its new Joint Manufacturing and Assembly Facility (JMAF) on Monday

Aqueos Takes Delivery DSV for Liveboating

Photo: Aqueos Corporation

Aqueos Corporation, a subsea services provider for the offshore oil and gas sectors of the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific West Coast, announced the delivery of SPLASH, a Special Purpose Liveboat and Survey Hull to specifically address safety concerns with traditional methods of Liveboating.

Ionada Completes Membrane Scrubber Sea Trials

Photo: Ionada

Ionada has announced completion of Membrane Scrubber Sea Trials on Bulk Carrier.   "The initial results from our successful sea trials exceeded our target performance objectives, with our SO2/CO2 ratio ten times lower than the 0.1% S equivalent regulatory standard

Norsepower’s Rotor Sail Solution Successfully Tested

Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution was installed on the 9,700 DWT Ro-Ro carrier MS Estraden

  Norsepower’s Rotor Sail technology confirms fuel-saving potential in two independent trials by NAPA and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Norsepower Oy Ltd. and Bore Ltd today carried out successful sea trial of Norsepower’s Rotor Sail Solution

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