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Ensolve Biosystems Wins Navy Contract

EnSolve Biosystems has been awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant from the U.S. Navy to develop a fully automated biomechanical system for removal of oily wastes from ships’ bilge water. This contract builds on the work conducted in the Phase I research completed in February 2002. With the option, the contract value is approximately $750,000. The new biomechanical technology would replace the existing mechanical oily water separators currently used by the Navy. These mechanical systems have proven to be unreliable and require high maintenance efforts. According to Dr. Jason Caplan, president and CEO of EnSolve, the research program for the U.S. Navy will be based on technology originally developed by the company for the commercial marine market. For the past three years, EnSolve’s customers have utilized the PetroLiminator® system, which uses safe, non-pathogenic bacteria to remove oil, grease, detergents and other hydrocarbons from bilge water so it meets strict international standards for overboard discharge. EnSolve will team with Bath Iron Works (a General Dynamics company) on the current project to develop a similar biomechanical oil water separator for the U.S. Navy, but will include features for full automation plus several other enhancements. The commercial PetroLiminator system has been type-approved by the U.S


Merwede Tapped for Navy, Commercial Contracts

Merwede Shipyard has been busy of late, announcing two significant jobs from the military and commercial sectors. On the military side, the company announced a contract for the design, engineering and building of one Multi-Role Vessel, for Tenix Defence of Australia. The vessel will meet or exceed all operational requirements of the New Zealand Ministry of Defense, including those for cargo and troop carriage, speed, endurance


Halter Marine Wins NOAA Research Vessel Contract

Friede Goldman Halter, Inc., (FGH) vessel construction business unit, Halter Marine, has been informed by the offices of Senator Trent Lott (R-MS) and Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) that it has been awarded a contract by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce for the detailed design and construction of the first of four Fisheries Research Vessels- designated the FRV-40 class


Triton Wins $13.4M Navy Deal

Triton Marine Construction Corp., Bremerton, Wash., is being awarded $13,420,000 for Task Order 0003 under a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-quantity, multiple award construction contract for design and construction of an applied instruction building at Naval Station, Newport, R.I. The building will be used for the Surface Warfare Officers School. Work will be performed in Newport, and is to be completed by February 2004. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the


More Contracts For Ulstein In Brazil

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Ulstein Design & Solutions has signed two ship design contracts with the Brazilian Shipyard Alianca S.A for the building of two ULSTEIN PX105 platform supply vessels with the X-BOW® hull line design for the Brazilian shipowner CBO. The contracts are worth approximately NOK 150 million. The contracts are for the delivery of design, engineering, main equipment and building follow-up for two large platform supply vessels of the ULSTEIN PX105 design type. Important contracts


Blu Logistics Brings Rate Management In-House

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CargoSphere,  cloud-based global rate management solution and confidential Rate Mesh network for the ocean and air transportation and logistics industries, has announced the completion of Blu Logistics’ integration with CargoSphere’s freight rate management solution.  Blu Logistics, a global logistics company offering sea and air freight services, customs brokerage, ground transportation, and warehousing, previously outsourced freight rate and contract management


Flender Werft Books Three More Contracts

Three shipbuilding contracts exceeding 400 million DM became effective last week at Lübeck, Germany based Flender Werft. The contracts include a RoRo passenger ferry for Smyril Line of the Faroe Islands, which will be built in accordance with the plans and documents of Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft. In addition, a pair of 3,600-TEU containerships will be built for Hamburg-based shipowner Claus-Peter Offen. These newbuildings will be initiated directly following the Superfast Ferries


Report: Repsol YPF, Gas Natural to Tender Contract for Five LNG Ships

Repsol YPF SA and its affiliate Gas Natural SDG SA plan shortly to put out for tender a contract to build a fleet of five ships for transporting liquid natural gas, Cinco Dias reported, citing unnamed maritime sector sources. According to the newspaper, the 25-year contract will be worth some one billion Euro and is the largest ever gas transport contract awarded in Spain and one of the biggest in the world. Spanish shipbuilders Maritima del Norte and Elcano are expected to bid for the


Ingalls Shipbuilding Tapped for DDG Contract Work

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Ingalls Shipbuilding Awarded $13 Million Contract for DDG 1000 Work. Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that the company's Ingalls Shipbuilding division has been awarded a $13 million contract for continued work on the U.S. Navy's Zumwalt (DDG 1000) class of destroyers. This is a modification to a previously awarded contract. "This contract modification provides additional funding for the composite work we're doing on the deckhouse for this shipbuilding program


US Navy Awards Landing Craft Contract to Textron

The Navy awards a $212 million contract for Textron Inc. to design and build an amphibious landing craft called the “Ship-to-Shore Connector.” In March 2011 a solicitation for Ship-to-Shore-Connector landing craft was issued  by the U.S. Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command. The request for proposals began the process of building a replacement for the Landing Craft Air Cushion amphibious craft that first entered service in the mid-1980s.


Burger Boat to Build New Passenger Vessel

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Burger Boat Company announced that it has received a contract for the construction of an 89-foot (27-meter) steel passenger vessel for Wendella Sightseeing Company, Chicago, Ill. Styled after other vessels in Wendella's fleet, this vessel will be used for their signature Combined Lake and River


Top Ships Enters 3 New Charters

TOP Ships Inc., an international owner and operator of modern, fuel efficient "ECO" MR tanker vessels focusing on the transportation of petroleum products, announced today that it has terminated the charter parties of M/T EShips Taweelah


BAE Systems Awarded Two Navy Contract Modifications

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The US Department of Defense informs it has awarded separate contracts to BAE Systems in Jacksonville and in Norfolk for ship repairs and modifications as follows: 1. BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards Mayport, Jacksonville, Florida, is being awarded an $54,698


Hornbeck Offshore Ride High on Q2 2014 Results

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Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. has announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014.  Following are highlights for this period and excerpts from the Company's future outlook: 2Q2014 Upstream revenue and EBITDA set new quarterly highs on the strength of fleet


Farstad Offshore Vessel Squadron Chartered Out

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Farstad Shipping ASA reports the following charter contracts, with a total value (including options) of approximately NOK 1.75-billion, as follows: Inpex has awarded contracts to AHTS Far Sword (2006, UT 712 L, 14.700 BHP) and AHTS Far Stream (2006, UT 712 L, 14.700 BHP)


DoD Awards Ingalls 'USS Ronald Reagan' Contract Modification

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U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) informs that Huntington Ingalls Inc., Newport News, Virginia, is being awarded a US$13,759,894 modification to previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee, incentive-fee contract (N00024-13-C-4315) for USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) fiscal 2014 planned incremental


Star Bulk Takes Delivery of First Capesize from JMU

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Athens, Greece-headquartered Star Bulk Carriers says it has taken delivery of 'M/V Peloreus' a 182,000 dwt Capesize built by Japan Marine United (“JMU”) and the first of six similar vessels ordered at JMU, with expected deliveries until the 3rd quarter of 2015.


Westermeerwind Wind Farm Construction Begins

Mammoet announced today that Westermeerwind BV has reached financial close on July 25 for the turnkey construction of the Westermeerwind wind farm in Ijsselmeer, meaning work can now start on building the 48 wind turbines. The Westermeerwind wind farm consists of 48 wind turbines with a


PMA & ILWU Talks Recessed until Aug. 4

  The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) today issued the following statement:   After several days of productive contract talks, both parties concluded negotiations on Friday afternoon.  


ABS to Class the World's First CNG Ship

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ABS announced it has been chosen to class the world's first compressed natural gas (CNG) carrier ordered by Pelayaran Bahtera Adhiguna, a subsidiary of Indonesia's state-owned power company Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PT PLN). The award for the precedent-setting ship


Gondan to Build Spanish Patrol Boats

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Gondan Shipyard has recently signed a contract with the Guardia Civil, Spain’s Civil Guard, for the building of two patrol boats. The aluminum and fiber (PRFV ) vessels will measure 20.5 meters in length  and 5 meters in breadth and will be built at Gondan Shipyard’s facilities


Floating Production: $1.2b Speculative FLNG Ordered

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The floating production business continues to be very strong, particularly in the LNG gas processing sector.  Last month saw a speculatively ordered floating liquefaction plant – a $1.2 billion contract – as well as several regasification vessel contracts


News Flash! Greek Shipowners Prefer Bulkers

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The buying interest from Greek ship owners is focused on bulkers to an increasing extent, BIMCO said. Data from VesselsValue.com reveal that Greek owners were at the buying end of 43% of all bulker sales completed so far in 2014. As of June 2014, the number of Greek bulker purchases so far is 91


Globecomm to Provide VSAT for PBJV Barge

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Purpose-built accommodation and pipe-lay barge on charter to Petronas equipped with VSAT and L-Band services. Globecomm Maritime has been awarded a contract to provide VSAT connectivity to PBJV Group’s barge Kota Laksamana 101. Globecomm will provide Ku-Band VSAT connectivity with


Metal Shark’s New Yard Now Operational

Construction has commenced on the first new Metal Shark 75 Endurance-class catamaran at the companys new shipyard in Franklin, Louisiana. (Photo courtesy of Metal Shark)

Louisiana-based boat manufacturer Metal Shark announced it has commenced operations at its new shipyard, where the first of its recently announced Endurance-class catamarans is now in production. In January, Metal Shark acquired a 25-acre waterfront tract situated on the Charenton Bypass Canal






 
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