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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


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


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.


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


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


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


Sub France Wants Australia to Buy

Barracuda-class submarine. Photo by DCNS

 The French company DCNS has released details of the new submarine it wants to build for Australia as a replacement for the navy's Collins subs.   DCNS is offering Australia a new submarine design it calls the Shortfin Barracuda as its contender in the $50 billion new submarines project.   The Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A design, which is more than 90m long and displaces more than 4000 tonnes, is the French bid for the Future Submarines project.  


World Maritime Day Theme Launched

Kitack Lim  the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization Photo IMO

The critical link between shipping and global society is the main focus for this year’s World Maritime Day theme: "Shipping: indispensable to the world". The theme for 2016 was launched by IMO Secretary-General Lim as he opened the Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (18


New Attack Submarine Named in Honor of Utah

US Navy (USN) Attack Submarine, USS VIRGINIA (SSN 774). Photo: US Navy

 US Navy has christened its Virginia-class attack submarine, SSN 801, as the USS Utah in honour of the history its namesake state has had within the navy.   The attack submarine is the second naval vessel to have been named after Utah, with the first being the battleship BB-31


MarineCFO Management Team Expands

Jimmy Treuting

VerticaLive, the parent company of MarineCFO, has announced that long time trusted advisor, Jimmy Treuting, has accepted the position of CEO effective January 1, 2016. Jimmy has been a pioneer and entrepreneur in the technology industry for more than 25 years


NVOCCs Form US-South-Africa Partnership

CaroTrans, a global non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC) and ocean freight consolidator, has entered a partnership with Thrutainers International, an established NVOCC in South Africa. This cooperation creates a U.S.- Sub-Saharan Africa import/export LCL service network in this important


Paris MOU's Vessel Inspection Data Now Available Online

Photo: Paris MOU

A newly introduced statistical feature on the Paris MoU website, parismou.org, 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


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


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.   


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


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


Authorities Recover 11 Bodies After Migrant Boat Sinks

Moroccan authorities have recovered the bodies of 11 African migrants whose boat sank apparently due to bad weather as they tried to cross to the Canary Islands, officials said on Wednesday.   The bodies were recovered off Boujedor in the south of the country


Norwegian Research Ship Launched at Gondan

Photo: Gondan

Gondan Shipyard in Figueras today launched a new fishery and oceanographic research vessel to be operated by the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research of Bergen under a program led by NORAD, FAO and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  


Reliance Defence Plans Shipbuilding Facility in Andhra

Anil Ambani. Photo: Reliance Infrastructure Ltd

 India's Reliance group announced a tie up with Andhra Pradesh government for building a strategic shipyard on the eastern seaboard of the country, which will be co-located with strategic facilities of the Indian Navy and Department of Atomic Energy.  


Ice Restrictions Enforced in Sweden

  The Swedish Maritime Organisation has advised the following ice restrictions in force with effect from 18 January 2016: Karlsborg – Luleå Minimum ice class IB and 2000 dwt Haraholmen – Örnsköldsvik och Ångermanälven


Eastern, Harvey Gulf Launch MV Harvey Stone

MV Harvey Stone (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

 Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced the launch of the M/V Harvey Stone (Hull 234) on December 18, 2015 for Harvey Gulf International Marine, LLC of New Orleans. The Harvey Stone is a Rampage 6400 multipurpose field support vessel (MPFSV), designed by Robert Allan, LTD of Vancouver, B.C


Offshore Service Craft in Focus

Photos: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Defining “industrial personnel”, such as workers transported on offshore service vessels, is among the topics on the agenda of International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC).   






 
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