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FBM Babcock Wins U.S. Contract

The U.S. Army's Tank Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) awarded FBM Babcock Marine, a contract to commence the overhaul and modernization of its fleet of specialist Bridge Erection Boats (BEBs). The contract to upgrade the existing U.S. Army BEBs of Mk1 and Mk2 specification to a new BEB-M22 specification will be managed by FBM Babcock Marine from Southampton in the UK, in conjunction with Silver Ships Inc. of Theodore, Ala. The work to be performed under the modernization program will include condition assessments, structural and coating overhauls, replacement of obsolete equipment including new waterjets, marine diesel engines and control systems, and the development of a new Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) package. FBM Babcock Marine has selected AM General for the ILS contract which will include new technical manuals, parts breakdown books, operational manuals and training packages. "This is an important contract for FBM Babcock Marine and furthers our 25 year relationship with the U.S. Army and it validates FBM's capabilities and quality in the ongoing support of our existing customers,” said John Warbey, managing director of FBM Babcock Marine. “This latest, and extremely important modernization program, is the result of our technical and contractual team, together with our consultants International Business Developments Inc (IBD), having spent many months working very closely with U.S


FBM Babcock Marine Awarded Additional Contract

FBM Babcock Marine has been awarded an additional $1.28 million contract for the provision of a full Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) package relating to the current US Army Bridge Erection Boat (BEB) refurbishment project. The ILS package award includes new technical manuals, parts breakdown books, operational manuals and training packages. The modification is an extension to the original contract awarded in October 2001


Triple Delivery for FBM Babcock Marine

Three 88 ft. patrol vessels being built by Southampton based FBM Babcock Marine Ltd have arrived in the Port of Southampton on the back of a heavy lift mother ship. The vessels are part of a six vessel fleet designed by FBM Babcock Marine and built in their shipyards in Scotland and the Philippines for SMIT International (Scotland) Ltd. The vessels will be used by SMIT International (Scotland) for training military aircrew in marine survival techniques


Babcock & Brown to Acquire Bluewater Wind

International investment firm Babcock & Brown (ASX: BNB - News), announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Bluewater Wind Delaware LLC and its parent holding companies, including Bluewater Offshore Holdings LLC and Bluewater Wind Holdings, LLC, in an effort to expand its portfolio of wind energy projects and contribute to its goal of developing offshore wind. Hunter Armistead, head of Babcock & Brown's North American Energy Development Group added that Bluewater will


FBM Patrol Vessels Chosen for Ecuador

FBM Babcock Marine, in partnership with licensed shipyard partner Astilleros De Murueta, was awarded a contract for the construction of three 45 m (150 ft.) patrol vessels for the Coast Guard Command of the Armada de Ecuador (Ecuador Navy). The Armada de Ecuador announced that Astilleros De Murueta, using the FBM Babcock Marine Vigilante patrol vessel, was selected as their choice for their new fleet of patrol vessels


New Lifeboat Handed Over to RNLI for Jubilee Year Pageant

Tamar-class Lifeboat: Photo credit Geograph CCL Stephen McKay

Babcock delivers Tamar-class lifeboat 'Diamond Jubilee' to RNLI in time for Queen's  River Thames pageant Babcock has handed over the latest Tamar Class lifeboat to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).  This lifeboat will represent the charity during the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in June to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s special year. The RNLI Engineering and Supply Director David Brook and Operations Director Michael Vlasto attended the


Celsius To Create Substantial Submarine Builder

Swedish defense group Celsius announced that it was merging unit Kockums Naval Systems with Germany's Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) to create a leading global player in submarines as the defense sector consolidates. Celsius signed a contract with Babcock Borsig and HDW parent company Preussag, Germany's tourism and industrial group, to form a European shipbuilding company.


HDW Stake to go to MAN unit

A unit of Germany's MAN AG reportedly confirmed to a major news agency that it would buy a 15 percent stake in Howaldtswerke- Deutsche Werft (HDW) by October 1. The move follows a surprise takeover of the shipyard by U.S.-based One Equity Partners last month who freed the yard from the control of ailing engineering firm Babcock Borsig. The head of MAN unit Ferrostaal AG, reportedly told a news conference that the firm agreed to buy a 15 percent stake offered by One Equity soon after it


Babcock Reports Progress on UK Aircraft Carrier Construction

Photo credit Babcock

A further milestone has been reached with the start of the second modular assembly cycle of the first QE-class aircraft carrier in Rosyth A further milestone has been reached in the assembly of the first of the UK’s new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers by Babcock at Rosyth, Scotland, where the massive Super Block 03 (SB03) has been moved 90 metres north to meet Lower Block 02 (LB02) in a major hydraulic skidding operation


Lévis Shipyard to Refit Canada CG Icebreaker

Photo: Canadian Coast Guard

Government of Canada Awards Babcock Canada Inc. a $6.5 Million Contract for Refit Work on the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent Parliamentary Secretary Bernard Trottier, on behalf of the Honorable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, and the Honorable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on behalf of the Honorable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced that the Government of Canada has awarded a $6


Babcock Noell SOx Scrubbers for Carl Büttner

Tanker AURELIA, Shipping Company Carl Büttner GmbH & Co.KG, Length 168 m, 24,000 to (tDW)

Tanker AURELIA, Shipping Company Carl Büttner GmbH & Co.KG, Length 168 m, 24.000 to (tDW)   The Würzburg-based Babcock Noell GmbH and the Bremen-based shipping company Carl Büttner have agreed to equip a tanker of the Büttner fleet with a BNG Scrubber for


UK Seeks Maritime Dominance of Yore

S tidal turbine being transported to EMEC test site Image Rolls Royce WEB.jpg

“Britannia rules the waves” paid a glowing tribute to the maritime past of the United Kingdom.  Over the past three centuries as the sun began to set on the British power, resilient U.K. with its pioneering characteristics began its voyage of transformation to become a world-class


ASRY Inks UK Royal Navy Support Contract

ASRY chief executive Nils Kristian Berge (right) signs the agreement with Babcock warships managing director Mike Whalley (left). (Photo: ASRY)

ASRY and Babcock have signed a long term support facility agreement to provide ongoing services to the U.K. Royal Navy in Bahrain   ASRY (Arab Shipbuilding & Repair Yard), a shipyard in the Arabian Gulf, has signed a long-term collaborative enabling agreement with U.K


Royston Supports PSV Engine Parts Overhaul

Photo: Royston

Diesel engines specialist Royston has supported and completed the overhaul and maintenance of a range of engine components for a platform supply vessel (PSV) undergoing a scheduled service at Babcock’s Rosyth facility.   A change in operating schedules for the E.R


NZ Interislander Ferry to Dry-dock in Devonport

Aratere: Image courtesy of KiwiRail

NewZealand's KiwiRail says that the Interislander ferry Arahura has left Wellington for her scheduled bi-annual dry-docking in Devonport, having last visited Auckland in July 2012. Docking is being undertaken at the Devonport Dockyard under the management of Babcock’s New Zealand


HMS Prince of Wales Assembly Begins

Photo courtesy of BAE Systems

Construction of HMS Prince of Wales, the second of two new aircraft carriers for the U.K. Royal Navy, has moved forward with the docking of two of the ship’s largest hull sections – Lower Block 02 and Lower Block 03. The movement of the blocks into the dock at Rosyth marks the


MHPS's DeNOx System For Power Plant in Poland

DeNOx System For Thermal Power Plant in Poland

  Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has received an order from ENEA Wytwarzanie S.A., a power producer in Poland, for two sets of selective catalytic reduction (SCR) type deNOx system for installation at Units 1 and 2 of the company's Power Station in Kozienice


Floating Out of Aircraft Carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth

HMS Queen Elizabeth floating

HMS Queen Elizabeth was floated out of the Babcock dock in Rosyth (UK). Designed and built by BAE Systems and assembled by Babcock Marine, the HMS Queen Elizabeth is the biggest, and most powerful, surface warship ever to join the Royal Navy and capable of carrying up to forty aircraft


Port of Cleveland Approves Refinancing

Photo: Port of Cleveland

The Port of Cleveland’s Board of Directors voted today to provide up to $161 million to support the combined refinancing of four previous economic development projects, as well as approved the acceptance of a Homeland Security grant. At its monthly board meeting, the Port approved:


Davie Inks Two Ship Repair Contracts

Photo: Davie

Chantier Davie Canada Inc. announced the signing of two new contracts, one with CSL Group and the other with the Canadian Coast Guard. Davie’s contract with CSL Group will see CSL Group’s MV Baie St. Paul arrive in the shipyard in January for a period of six weeks to perform repair


Babcock to Support Aircraft Carrier Engineering

Babcock has been awarded a 12-month contract to assist in designing the engineering support solution for the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers.   Under the £1.17 million contract the U.K. Ministry of Defense (MoD), Babcock and BAE Systems will work together to develop the optimum


Award Winning Vessel Designed Using QinetiQ Software

Image courtesy of QinetiQ

QinetiQ’s ship and submersible design software, Paramarine, has been used by Mojo Maritime to design an offshore construction vessel for the marine renewables sector. The Hi Flo 4 (HF4) is a dynamic positioning vessel capable of operating in extreme coastal and continental shelf environments


Gas Turbine Alternator Installed into Aircraft Carrier

Photo: Aircraft Carrier Alliance

The Aircraft Carrier Alliance has completed the installation of the first MT30 Gas Turbine Alternator (GTA) package into the Royal Navy’s latest aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales, at Babcock’s Rosyth shipyard in Scotland.  


Aircraft Carrier Alliance Opens Visitor Center

From left to right: Captain (RN) Chris Smith, Lord Provost of Edinbugh Donald Wilson, Ian Booth, ACA Managing Director, Lord Provost of Fife, Jim Leishman and Captain (RN) Simon Petitt at the opening of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance Visitor Center. (Photo: BAE Systems)

The Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA), which is building HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales in shipyards across the U.K., has opened a visitor center in Rosyth Dockyard.   The facility, which has a view of both HMS Queen Elizabeth across the non-tidal basin and the Forth bridges


SENER Inaugurates Manchester Office

From left to right: Fernando Sánchez, Ian Stewart and Rafael de Góngora (Photo: SENER)

The engineering and technology group SENER has celebrated the inauguration of its facilities in Manchester, the group’s base for engineering and construction in the United Kingdom, which have been fully operational since 2014.  






 
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