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Domestic Defense Bill Introduced

Senator Clinton (D-NY) introduced the Domestic Defense Fund Act of 2004 (S. 2021) to provide for a domestic defense fund to improve the Nation's homeland defense, and for other purposes. If enacted, the bill would, among other things, authorize $4 billion annually for distribution to states for various homeland security projects, including port security. (Source: HK Law)


House: Give Extra Billion to the Navy

It appears that the considerable, unrelenting lobbying effort of shipbuilders and Navy leaders has finally worked. According to a wire reports, a House of Representatives panel on Tuesday, April 30, voted to spend $3.2 billion more on military hardware than the President asked for, a sum which includes an additional $1 billion for Navy Ships. Reuters reported that the House Armed Services procurement subcommittee approved a plan to provide $73


Sen. Landrieu Backs Larger Naval Fleet

Lousiana Senator Mary Landrieu introduced legislation last week aimed to increase the number of naval ships. The Landrieu bill makes it the policy of the United States to return to a Navy of a least 375 ships, the amount recommended by the Chief of Naval Operations. In addition to increasing port security this bill would help protect important jobs at shipyards throughout the country. "With a current force structure well below Department of Defense requirements


U.S. Sues Shipbuilder For Alleged Overcharges

The United States has filed suit against Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. alleging that the company knowingly mischarged the U.S. Navy on costs it incurred for work under commercial contracts from 1994 to 1999, the Justice Department announced today. The lawsuit alleges that the Newport News, Virginia-based company charged the Navy for independent research and development (IR&D) costs for double-hulled tankers that Newport News was building for commercial customers under existing contracts


U.S. Coast Guard to Reinstate Tuition Assistance

The U.S. Coast Guard joins the Department of Defense in reinstating tuition assistance in response to an amendment that was inserted into the General Provisions of the 2013 Appropriations Bill. The amendment to the Appropriations Bill submitted by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), directs the U.S. Coast Guard, a component of Department of Homeland Security, placed under the category of "other departments or agencies" to restore funding for Tuition Assistance set aside under


MN 100: VT Halter Marine, Inc.

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900 Bayou Casotte Parkway Pascagoula, Mississippi 39581 Telephone: 228 696 6888 E-mail: sales@vthm.com Website: www.vthaltermarine.com CEO: William (Bill) E. Skinner COO: Paul J. Albert The Company: VT Halter Marine is based in Pascagoula, home to the company’s corporate headquarters, engineering, fabrication and a foreign trade zone. Its yard there produces Panamax-sized vessels up to 50,000 DWT and features a newly expanded 600’ tilt-beam launch system


Bill to Reform Deepwater Acquisition Passes Committee

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure passed the Deepwater Integrated Program Reform Act, H.R. 2722, authored by Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. The Committee also passed the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2007, H.R. 2830, authored by the Chairman of the full Transportation Committee, James Oberstar (D-MN) and by Congressman Cummings. Both bills passed on voice votes.


DD-X Decision Possibly Friday

In the coming few days, the U.S. Navy is suposed to award a corporate team to design the DD-X, the lead ship in a new family of smaller U.S.warships. "We still intend to make the down-select decision by the end of April," said Navy spokesman Lt. Bill Speaks, in a published wire report. Some indications point to this Friday for the announcement. The DD-X program, which effectively replaced the scuttled DD-21 program last Fall


Editor's Note

Despite the renewed vigor for military activities due to the prolonged commitment to fighting terrorism at home and abroad, it seems that lawmakers are still reticent — via the proposal of a Navy Budget for Fiscal Years '02 and '03 — to spend adequate levels of money to maintain a strong fleet. According to the American Shipbuilding Association (ASA), The Defense Authorization Bill for FY02, that passed both the House and Senate (S


Navy Sets Up Base in Romania

Naval Support Facility Deveselu, the first Navy base to be established since Naval Station Everett, which was established more than 20 years ago, will be part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) System. (U.S. Navy

  Commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia (CNREURAFSWA) established Naval Support Facility (NSF) Deveselu Friday, Oct. 10, during an establishment and assumption of command ceremony on base. NSF Deveselu, formerly a disused Romanian airfield, is the first Navy base to be established since Naval Station (NS) Everett in Washington, whose official groundbreaking ceremony was held Nov. 9, 1987. The installation, scheduled to be operational in 2015


Contracts Awarded for U.S. National Defense Reserve Fleet

Courtesy Maritime Administration

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that DOT has awarded contracts with a total award value of $1.96 billion over eight years to seven U.S. maritime firms to manage, maintain and operate 48 National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF) vessels through January 2024


U.S. Senate Starts Debate on Broad Energy Bill

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday began debate on the country's first major energy bill in over eight years, featuring measures aimed at protecting the electric power grid against cyber attacks and speeding the export of liquefied natural gas.


Four-star General Visits SUNY Maritime College

Photo: SUNY Maritime College

General Darren McDew, commander of the U.S. Transportation Command, visited State University of New York Maritime College February 1.   During the visit McDew toured the campus and Maritime College’s Training Ship Empire State VI


Pentagon Chief Unveils Plans to Buy More High-end Ships

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter (Photo: U.S. Department of Defense)

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday mapped out plans for the U.S. Navy to buy more high-end submarines, destroyers, fighter jets and unmanned underwater vehicles using $8 billion in savings generated by scaling back orders for smaller Littoral Combat Ships.  


When is a Master Entitled to Refuse Damaged Cargo? A Reminder from the Standard Club

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 A master’s authority to clause bills of lading issued by or on his behalf can sometimes become the cause of disagreement between shippers, charterers and carriers.   Under Article III Rule 3 of the Hague/Hague Visby Rules after receiving the cargo


Pentagon to U.S. Navy: Buy fewer LCS Ships, More Planes

Defense Secretary Ash Carter ordered the U.S. Navy in a sharply worded memo this week to buy 12 fewer small littoral combat ships (LCS) and more fighter jets, electronic warfare equipment and other weapons in the upcoming budget year instead.


Charleston Harbor Deepening Project in PED Phase

PreConstruction Engineering and Design Agreement signed; appropriations bill passes with funding for key Port projects     This week's signing of the PreConstruction Engineering and Design Agreement and passage of the omnibus appropriations bill with construction funding for Charleston


NOIA Praises Effort to Lift Crude Oil Export Ban

NOIA applauds Congressional action to lift ban on crude oil export, urges progress on proposed offshore well control rule   Today, Congress passed the Omnibus Appropriations bill, H.R. 2029, which includes a provision lifting the existing U.S. crude oil export ban. U.S


Australian Defense Minister Visits Austal

Inspecting one of the two OPV-sized High Speed Support Vessels designed and constructed at Austals Western Australia shipyard are (from left); Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett, Senator Linda Reynolds, Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne, Senator Chris Back and Austal Programs Manager, Ben Wardle. (Photo: Austal)

Shipbuilder Austal on Wednesday welcomed the Australian Minister for Defense, Senator Marise Payne, to Austal’s Western Australian shipyard for a look at the company’s naval vessel design, construction and sustainment capabilities.  


Chinese Spy Ship Enters Japanese Peninsula

Image: The National Interest

 A Chinese naval intelligence ship was spotted off Japan's Boso Peninsula in Chiba Prefecture, Jiji Press reported quoting the Defense Ministry.   The vessel did not enter the country's territorial waters, Japan's Defence Ministry said


Dragon Flexes Naval Muscle With 2nd Aircraft Carrier

Chinas first aircraft carrier Liaoning. Photo by Chinese Navy

 China has confirmed it is building a second aircraft carrier in a move that is likely to further inflame tensions with its regional rivals over the South China Sea.   Beijing wants to exert its presence in the South China Sea, after complaining of “provocations” from the US


Franman to Promote Tuco’s ProZero Boats

Image: Tuco Marine

The Greece based agent Franman SA, has been appointed exclusive representative for TUCO Marine’s ProZero vessel line in Greece, Cyprus and Egypt, where Franman SA will be promoting the ProZero line of patrol boats, interceptors and workboats.  


GACtrack Upgrade for Ship Agency Customers

GAC announced a new add-on to its GACtrack, aiming to give more job transparency and greater job control to ship agency customers.   As well as being able to view job information from multiple offices on one screen, customers can check costs and export service information; view


Curtiss-Wright, Geospectrum Technologies Collaborate

Photo courtesy of Curtiss-Wright

Press Release -- Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division has announced that its INDAL business unit is collaborating with GeoSpectrum Technologies  to develop a new compact and lightweight sonar system designed for the smaller surface ships and Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) markets


US, Japanese Ships Start Tactical Exercise Near Guam

McCampbell is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operation in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Soon Kwon)

  Guam Exercise (GUAMEX), an annual bilateral training exercise between the U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), began Jan. 20 off the coast of Guam. Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 guided-missile destroyers, USS Mustin (DDG 89) and USS McCampbell (DDG 85)






 
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