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Completes Acceptance

All American Completes Cat

All American Marine, Inc. completed a 65 x 23.5-ft. Teknicraft catamaran for Star of Honolulu Cruises & Events (formerly Paradise Cruise, Ltd.) based in Honolulu, Hawaii. The new Hoku Nai’a is a USCG subchapter T classified vessel and is certified to carry 150 passengers and 10 crew members. Upon successfully completing acceptance trials in Bellingham Bay in mid-July, the Hoku Nai’a and her crew set off on a 3,000 mile delivery cruise to the island of Oahu. The Hoku Nai’a, meaning Dolphin Star, will primarily be used for a newly created Wild Dolphin Watch cruise that departs twice daily from Waianae Boat Harbor on the south shore of Oahu. Hoku Nai’a is powered by a pair of Scania DI12 60M electronic, high efficiency, low-emission diesel engines that deliver 500 bhp at 2100 rpm. The propulsion system is complemented with ZF 325-1A gears, ZF electronic controls, and Osborne Supertorq 5-blade Nibral propellers. The catamaran cruises at 13 knots and reaches a top speed of 18 knots.


Austal Launches USNS Fall River

JHSV 4 rolls out of Austal final assembly on Berard Transportation transporters onto a launch barge (photo: Austal)

On January 16, 2014, Austal USA successfully completed the launch process of the USNS Fall River (JHSV 4). Recently christened, this 103-meter high-speed catamaran represents the U.S. Department of Defense’s next generation multiuse platform. It is part of a 10-ship program, the funds for all of which have been appropriated, worth over $1.6 billion. The launch of USNS Fall River was conducted in a multistep process that involved having Berard Transportation transfer the ship from


Ship's Acceptance Delayed

Another delay in the U.S. Coast Guard's acceptance of the new icebreaker Mackinaw won't affect the ship's Dec. 17 arrival date in Cheboygan, according to Coast Guard officials The skipper and crew have been beset by a series of hold-ups in refining the ship's systems by the Marinette Marine Corporation to the satisfaction of the Coast Guard. A scheduled acceptance ceremony was postponed from Tuesday until Thursday until more details can be completed.


Cantwell, Cummings, Snowe Express Concern Over DD-250

Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), Chairwoman and Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, and Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, sent a letter to Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen expressing concern over the Coast Guard’s preliminary acceptance of the National Security Cutter BERTHOLF before many of the ship’s


Ingalls-built LPD 23 Completes Acceptance Trials

Photo credit HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries announce completion of another successful sea trial of the USN amphibious transport dock 'Anchorage' (LPD 23) The amphibious transport dock Anchorage (LPD 23) currently under construction at Ingalls' Avondale facility has returned from a three-day testing voyage in the Gulf of Mexico following rigorous testing of most of the ship's systems. The ship is  the seventh in the  LPD 17 class.


Ingalls-Built 'Somerset' (LPD 25) Passes Navy Acceptance Trials

LPD 25: Image courtesy of HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries announce that the amphibious transport dock 'Somerset' (LPD 25) has returned from successful U.S. Navy acceptance sea trials. The company's ninth ship in the San Antonio (LPD 17) class returned to the company's Avondale facility following three days of at-sea demonstrations and testing. The 684-foot-long vessel's primary mission is to transport up to 800 Marines, their fighting vehicles and aircraft.


Lockheed Martin Achieves Milestones for PAWSS

Lockheed Martin completed key milestones for the U.S. Coast Guard's Ports and Waterways Safety System (PAWSS), enhancing safety in New York Harbor and other major waterways. The five milestones involved Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) and Automatic Identification System (AIS) work for the Port of New York and New Jersey, Port of New Orleans, Port of Valdez, AK, Port of Houston and Galveston, and Sault Ste. Marie, MI.


Future USS Jason Dunham Super Trials

The future USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), the 58th ship of the Arleigh Burke-class, successfully completed a combined builder's and acceptance "super trial" May 20, after spending four days at sea operating in the Atlantic Ocean. Because of the maturity of the class, the Navy holds only one round of trials on each ship prior to delivery, instead of separate builder's and acceptance trials.  This "super trial" requires less time, fuel and manpower than the typical method


Second JHSV Completes Builder's Trials

Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) 2, the future 'USNS Choctaw County', successfully comes through Austal USA's sea trials. Builder's trials are a significant step in the construction and delivery of a ship to the fleet and are the first opportunity to operate the ship underway and test overall system performance prior to demonstration to the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). 

"JHSV 2 is the second ship in this class to go through rigorous builder's trials testing


New Wärtsilä X72 Powerplant Passes Crucial Test

Wärtsilä said that the first ever Wärtsilä X72 mid-bore, low-speed engine has successfully passed the factory acceptance test.   This milestone verifies that the engine fulfils the design criteria for performance and functioning, and that it has been accepted by the customer and the Lloyd's Register of Shipping classification society. The tests were carried out at the Doosan Engine Co. Ltd factory in South Korea


Important China Dual-Fuel Diesel Engine Order for Wärtsilä

RT Flex 50DF Engine: Image courtesy of Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä inform that its new  low-pressure, 2-stroke, dual-fuel engine (DF), the 5-cylinder Wärtsilä RT-flex50DF engine, together with the gas valve unit and other relevant equipment, has been ordered for a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier vessel being built for the


Fit for Sea Medical Program Tests 300,000th Applicant

Lady engineer: File photo

The UK P&I Club informs that its Pre-Employment Medical Examination Programme, claimed to be the world’s leading scheme for assessing the fitness of prospective seafarers, has just completed its 300,000th examination.

 For the past 18 years


GE Gas Turbines Power USS America

Image courtesy GE Marine

GE Marine reports that the United States Navy’s future USS America (LHA 6) amphibious assault ship recently completed successful acceptance sea trials powered by two GE LM2500+ marine gas turbines. Acceptance sea trials were conducted in the Gulf of Mexico by Huntington Ingalls Industries


Damen Lays Keel for Indonesian Naval Frigate

Photo: Damen

In accordance with the agreed planning in the contract for the construction of a Damen SIGMA Frigate for the Indonesian Navy, the keel laying ceremony has taken place on April 16, 2014 at the PT PAL (Persero) Shipyard in Surabaya, Indonesia. The construction of the four modules that are going to


Green Shore Power Connection for 11 Hanjin Ships

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L-3 SAM Electronics announced today that 11 Hanjin Shipping container vessels calling at the U.S. West Coast ports of Long Beach and Oakland, Calif., are to be fitted with its SAMCon high-voltage onshore power connection facilities. SANIL Electric Co., Ltd


Amphibious Ship America Runs Successful Trials

Photo: HII

The amphibious assault ship America (LHA 6) returned to Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division Friday following successful acceptance sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico. Ingalls' test and trials team successfully demonstrated more than 220 test events to the U.S


Waste Heat Recovery Advances

Picture of the 80 MW extension of the Miraflores Power Plant in Panama featuring two 12K80MC-S engines and two TCS-PTG22 turbo-compound systems by MAN Diesel & Turbo

With the recent commissioning of two TCS-PTG22 units at the Miraflores Power Plant in Panama and the successful factory acceptance test of a TCS-PTG20 unit for a 4,700 TEU container vessel ordered by Reederei Horst Zeppenfeld – the second such unit to be installed on board a second such


SNAME Rename Annual Meeting & Expo

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) inform that its Annual Meeting & Expo has been renamed the SNAME Maritime Convention (SMC), to further address relevant issues across the maritime industry, including ship production, repair, and operations


Scania Evaluates Volkswagen Buyout Offer

Calculator credit Dominic Alves CCL

At an extraordinary board meeting in Scania the board of Scania – excluding Martin Winterkorn, Hans Dieter Pötsch, Francisco J. Garcia Sanz, Leif Östling and Ferdinand K. Piëch – has decided to appoint an independent committee


Kongsberg Delivers 50th HAIN System

KM_Ocean_Rig_HAIN_50.jpg

Kongsberg Maritime has delivered its 50th HAIN (Hydro Acoustic aided Inertial Navigation) Reference System, to long-time HAIN user, Ocean Rig. HAIN significantly improves reference data accuracy and update rate sent to Dynamic Positioning (DP) systems to support safer


Wärtsilä BWMS Certified for Onboard Hazardous Areas

BWTS Aquarius UV: Image courtesy of Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä inform that its AQUARIUS UV Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) has successfully completed verification testing for explosion proof (EX) requirements, enabling it to be operated for Zone 1 hazardous area operation in marine and offshore installations.


US Navy Releases Report on Yard Shooting

U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus released, today, the Department of the Navy's investigation into the circumstances surrounding the tragic events of Sept. 16, 2013, at the Washington Navy Yard. The investigation team, led by Adm. John Richardson


Aquatic Completes First Carousel Project

Carousel on board: Image credit Aquatic

Aquatic Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd, an Acteon company and subsidiary of Aquatic Engineering & Construction Ltd, inform it has successfully completed its new carousel, the AQCS-01-1500 maiden project. Aquatic partnered with integrated subsea services provider Kreuz Subsea on the project.


Navy to Christen LCS Jackson

An artist rendering of the littoral combat ship USS Jackson (LCS 6). (U.S. Navy photo illustration by Jay M. Chu/Released)

Latest Littoral Combat Ship from Austal's State-of-the-Art Ship Production Factory Coming Today. The Navy will christen its newest littoral combat ship, the future USS Jackson (LCS 6) in a ceremony at the Austal USA Shipyard in Mobile, Ala., March 22, at 10 a.m. CDT.


Newest Navy Warship Christened in Mobile

(U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Austal U.S.A./Released)

Dr. Katherine Holmes Cochran, Ph.D., ship's sponsor for the littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Jackson (LCS 6), breaks a bottle across Jackson's bow during a christening ceremony at Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala.  


 
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