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USS Miami Fire Damage Extent Not Clear Yet

 Portsmouth Naval Shipyard workers have pumped fresh air into the fire-damaged sub, allowing Navy investigators to begin the first damage assessment The fire aboard Miami damaged the torpedo room, crew quarters and command and control areas in the fore part of the submarine, but the nuclear propulsion components in the after part of the sub were not harmed. Vice Adm. Kevin M. McCoy, commander of the Naval Sea Systems Command, told Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, that he’s hopeful that the ship can be repaired. He said that many vital components escaped damage because they had been removed for the 20-month overhaul and that salvage parts are available from previously decommissioned Los Angeles-class subs. The intensity of the fire, the lack of lighting, the thick smoke and the metal hull that turned the submarine into an oven all contributed to a difficult blaze for firefighters to extinguish.  

Navy Plans Call for 51 New Ships by 2011

A draft of the Navy's five-year construction program calls for the continued building of one Virginia-class submarine a year, despite pressure from Connecticut's congressional delegation to boost production to at least two subs annually. The draft report calls for an overall $69 billion construction budget for the Navy through fiscal year 2011, including nearly $16 billion for five new subs, which are being jointly built by the Groton-based Electric Boat shipyard and the Northrop Grumman

Navy Names Fourth Virginia Class Sub

Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig announced his decision today to name the fourth submarine of the VIRGINIA Class for the state of North Carolina. "More than half a century has elapsed since a U.S. Navy ship has borne the name, "North Carolina," said Danzig. "With over 2,000 of North Carolina's sons and daughters having joined the Navy and Marine Corps this year, and more than 45,000 Sailors and Marines currently serving in the state

Russia Soon to Float Out New Nuclear Submarine

Russian Sub Alexander Nevsky: Photo credit Sevmash Shipyard

Russia’s Sevmash shipyard will float out a third 'Borey-class' strategic nuclear submarine, the 'Vladimir Monomakh' at year's end. The Borey class submarines are expected to form the core of Russia's strategic submarine fleet, replacing the aging Project 941 (NATO Typhoon class) and Project 667 class (Delta-3 and Delta-4) boats. Russia plans to build eight Borey and Borey-A class subs by 2020, reports Ria Novosti.

VT Halter Launches Ferry

VT Halter Marine Inc., a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems Inc., launched a 95-foot sea-going ferry from its Mississippi-based Pascagoula Operations. Christened the Caribeña, the all-aluminum vessel was designed and built by VT Halter Marine for the Puerto Rico Port Authority. Capable of carrying 272 passengers, the Caribeña will provide inter- island transportation for the Fajardo-Vieques-Culebra Ferry Line. It will be U.S. Coast Guard classed sub-chapter “K” and U.S. flagged

Navy Awards $14b for 8 Virginia-Class Subs

On Dec. 22, the U.S. Navy reaffirmed the strategic need for a robust, adaptable submarine force by awarding General Dynamics Electric Boat a contract valued at $14b for the construction of eight Virginia-class submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD). The multi-year contract allows Electric Boat and its teammate, Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, to proceed with the construction of one ship per year in 2009 and 2010

Inquiry into Russian Sub Tragedy

According to a report from the Associated Press, Russian officials reported that the Russian Akula-class submarine was undergoing sea trials Saturday with 208 people aboard when its fire-extinguishing system activated in error, spewing Freon gas that suffocated the victims and injured 21 others. With little official information emerging yet about the precise cause, experts said overcrowding and human errors may have contributed to the accident and the casualty toll aboard the Nerpa on Nov

LR's Gavin Addresses Substandard Shipping

"The loss of the Erika has focused the legislators, politicians, classification societies, owners, charterers and the media on the responsibilities of the individuals involved with the operation of ships and those that perform the inspections to maintain safety", said Alan Gavin, Marine Director, Lloyd's Register (LR), speaking at the Tanker Safety Conference, London, recently. "The classification surveyor plays a significant role in helping to ensure safety at sea within the scope of class

Thales Reactivates Minehunters for Lithuanian Navy

Following an extensive Thales UK-led refurbishment and reactivation program, the Lithuanian Navy has formally accepted and commissioned two former Royal Navy minehunters into its fleet.   In a ceremony at the Klaipeda naval base, LNS Skalvis and LNS Kuršis were commissioned into the fleet. Formerly the Royal Navy Hunt-class ships Dulverton and Cottesmore, the two warships are now fitted with a world-class minehunting capability from Thales, including new sonar

UK Warships in Multinational Gulf of Oman Exercises

HMS Westminster in background: Photo credit MOD

Royal Navy duo in multinational anti-sub exercise Two British warships joined those from the USA, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan - including an old Royal Navy favourite - for the war games in the Gulf of Oman.

 In the seemingly ever-present haze of the Gulf region, a Trafalgar Class submarine (T-boat) and an approximate American counterpart, USS Pittsburgh, led a seven-strong naval task group as the exercise drew to a close.

Largest Underwater CO2 Release from Pipeline - DNV GL

Pipeline DNV GL

  Carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) is gaining momentum to meet stringent climate change goals and secure energy supplies for the future. To fully understand the environmental and safety implications associated with the development of CO2 pipelines

Eastern Launches Harvey Sub-Sea

Image: Eastern Shipbuilding

Eastern Shipbuilding Group launched M/V Harvey Sub-Sea (Hull 249) for Harvey Gulf International Marine, Inc. M/V Harvey Sub-Sea is a first of two (2) 340 ft. Class Multi-Purpose Service Vessels (MPSV), designed by VARD Marine. M/V Harvey Sub-Sea will feature a 250MT AHC Knuckle Boom Offshore Crane

Golar and WAGL Ink Ghana FSRU Contract

Golar LNG Limited announced today that it has executed a firm contract to provide West African Gas Limited (WAGL) with floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) services to support their liquefied natural gas (LNG) import operations in Ghana.   

Bestobell Secures Another Marine Order

Photo: Bestobell

Bestobell Marine has secured an order for its cryogenic globe and check valves for the second LNG carrier in the Yamal series of vessels being built at DSME shipyard in South Korea.   After winning the contract to supply cryogenic valves to the first vessel that will be owned and

Paris MOU's Vessel Inspection Data Now Available Online

Photo: Paris MOU

A newly introduced statistical feature on the Paris MoU website,, grants access to the region’s vessel inspection results.   “It is important we communicate about the results of our efforts to prevent sub standard shipping,” said Richard W.J

Groundwork Begins on Successor Subs in UK

Photo: BAE Systems

 Groundwork has started on the renovation of a central shipyard complex that be used for outfitting future Royal Navy Successor submarines, British Forces News said.   BAE Systems had announced last year a $459 million modernization of the entire shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

Ivory Coast Starts Construction of Abidjan Port Upgrades

Ivory Coast began construction on Tuesday of a four-year, 560 billion CFA franc ($962 million) project to build a second container terminal and widen the canal leading to its main port in the commercial capital Abidjan.   Among the busiest in sub-Saharan Africa, the port serves Ivory Coast

A Pleasant Sub-prise for Penang Ferry Passengers

The sudden appearance of a submarine has caused excitement among hundreds of ferry users at Penang Port, Malaysia.  The Australian navy submarine HMAS Sheean arrived in for a visit Penang at around 11.30am Monday. HMAS Sheean is in the port for the crewmen’s holiday before they start a joint exercise with a Malaysian submarine later.  Penang Port Sdn Bhd senior general manager (corporate support division) Md Derick Basir said the vessel, which is 77.8m long and 7.8m wide, will be here until Oct

 The sudden appearance of a submarine has caused excitement among hundreds of ferry users at Penang Port, Malaysia.   The Australian navy submarine HMAS Sheean arrived in for a visit Penang at around 11.30am Monday. HMAS Sheean is in the port for the crewmen’s holiday before they

OP/ED: e-logs & Saas to Transform Marine Recordkeeping

Dean Shoultz, CTO, MarineCFO

The USCG has poised e-logs and SaaS to transform U.S.-flagged shipboard recordkeeping. By Dean Shoultz, CTO, MarineCFO The United States Coast Guard frequently appears behind the times when it comes to rulemaking involving shipboard technological advances

IMO Warns on Bauxite Liquefaction Dangers

Photo: IMO

 The International Maritime Organization (IMO) announced it has taken action to warn ship masters of the possible dangers of liquefaction associated with carriage of bauxite, following consideration of findings from the investigation into the loss of the 10-year-old Bahamas flag bulk carrier

Australian Leader Swap Weakens Japanese Sub Bid

The ouster of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has further weakened a Japanese bid for one of the world's most lucrative defence contracts, a A$50 billion ($36 billion) programme to build stealth submarines for Australia, sources say.

Aframax Tanker Designed for Arctic Shipping

Aframax tanker in-ice- Aker Arctic

A modern Aframax-sized tanker concept designed for transporting crude oil and oil product in the Arctic has been developed via collaboration between Deltamarin Ltd. and Aker Arctic Technology Inc.  In creating the new tanker concept, Deltamarin said it drew upon its expertise in affordable

Shipowner Fails in Claim against Agent for Fuel Costs

Press Release -- International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has reported a case in which the owner of a chemical tanker made an unsuccessful claim against a port agent for costs incurred in taking on additional low-sulphur fuel at a European port.   

Russian Spy Ship near US Nuke Submarine Bases

Photo: MC1 Kimberly Clifford, U.S. Navy

 Fox News and the Washington Free Beacon reported the presence of a  top Russian spy ship off the coast of Kings Bay, Georgia and is capable of cutting undersea cables.   The Pentagon responded to the media reports that it was closely being monitored by defense agencies but

Former CIA Spy Ship Becomes Victim of Oil Slump

U.S. Government Photo

A ship built by the CIA for a secret Cold War mission in 1974 to raise a sunken Soviet sub is heading to the scrap yard, a victim of the slide in oil prices.   Christened the Hughes Glomar Explorer, after billionaire Howard Hughes was brought in on the CIA's deception

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