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Atlantic Marine Completes First Steel Cut

Atlantic Marine, Jacksonville, has accomplished its first cut of steel for its new fleet of 226-passenger U.S.-flag coastal ships for Delta Queen Coastal Cruises. The steel cut begins construction for AMCV, who in May 1999, signed a $60 million contract with Atlantic for construction of the first two vessels, as well as an option for a third. Measuring 300 ft., the diesel-driven, coastal ships with nautical and Federal-style decor are scheduled to enter service in 2001 along the East Coast of America. "This project is on a fast track," said Scott Young, executive vice-president of AMCV and president of The Delta Queen Steamboat Co. "Four hundred tons of steel have been delivered to the shipyard and sub-assembly is underway on the vessel modules."


Carnival Vista Construction Begins

Photo: Carnival Lines

Carnival Cruise Lines said that construction is officially underway on the 135,000-ton Carnival Vista, which is slated to enter service in spring 2016. The first steel was cut early last week at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, marking the first stage of construction for Carnival Cruise Lines’ newest “Fun Ship.” Following the initial construction start-up, workers will begin building out the 4,000-passenger ship which will feature a variety of dining


Aker Philly Reaches Benchmarks on Tankers

With two tanker vessels already delivered on charter and in service to Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. (OSG), Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI) has achieved major milestones on two subsequent vessels in the build program. The third product tanker in the series, Hull 007, has been floated from its berth in the yard's Building Dock, and steel cutting has been initiated for Hull 010, the sixth vessel in the series, marking start of production on that ship.


NASSCO Starts Second T-AKE Ship

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) has begun construction on the second ship in the T-AKE program, a new class of combat logistics force ships designated the Lewis and Clark class. Mrs. DeAnne Sutton, wife of U.S. Navy Commander George Sutton of the NAVSEA Program Office, made the first cut on the ship's first steel plate to signify the start of construction. The U.S. Navy has awarded NASSCO contracts for six new dry cargo/ammunition ships for a total contract value of $1


MHI Delivers 300th Ship to MOL

The first ship to MOL was the CHIKUGOGAWA MARU, a cargo-and-passenger ship delivered in May 1890.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) delivered MOL COMPETENCE, a large-size containership, to Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) at the Koyagi Plant of MHI's Nagasaki Shipyard and Machinery Works. The container ship marks the 300th vessel delivered from MHI to MOL. The 8,100 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit), 90,000 gross ton MOL COMPETENCE is the largest container ship built by MHI. It is one of a series of ships targeting reduced weight and improved transportation efficiency through features


HII Wins $113m CVN79 Contract

Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) said its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division received a $113m contract from the U.S. Navy to continue ship and propulsion plant design engineering and engineering services for the aircraft  carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). "This award allows us to continue focusing our efforts on what we do best, and that's designing and building superior warships," said Mike Shawcross, NNS' vice president for John F. Kennedy (CVN 79)


GUIDO PERLA, SENER to work together on SWATH project

GUIDO PERLA & ASSOCIATES, Seattle, Washington, and Spain’s SENER INGENIERIA Y SISTEMAS have teamed up to develop the detailed structure and outfitting engineering of an oceanographic research ship, designated the AGOR-26. SENER’s computer-aided ship design and production system, FORAN, will be used for the work, most of which will be carried out in Seattle by GPA staff assisted by SENER engineers. A second SENER team will be working in parallel from its Tres Cantos offices.


Contruction Starts on World's Biggest Offshore Floating Facility

Shell celebrates the first steel cut for the first steel cut for the game-changing Prelude floating liquefied natural gas project’s substructure. The sheet of steel weighs 7.6 tonnes, is 4.3 metres wide, 13.8 metres long and 16.5 millimetres thick. (Photo: Shell)

At 1601 ft. long  x 242.7 ft. wide, the Prelude FLNG facility will be the largest offshore floating facility ever built.  A new milestone was reached in the world’s use of LNG as fue, as Shell celebrated the cutting of first steel for the Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility’s substructure with joint venture participants, Inpex and KOGAS, and lead contractor, the Technip Samsung Consortium


DW: Prelude to a $60B FLNG Growth Story?

Photo: Shell

Following first steel cutting in late 2012, Shell’s Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) unit continues to take shape in Samsung’s Geoje shipyard in Korea, Douglas Westwood (DW) said in its Monday report. At 488 meters long by 74 meters wide and with an LNG processing output of 3.6 million metric tons per annum (mtpa), its specifications are impressive; but what DW said is perhaps more interesting is that the Prelude unit has the potential to be a gamechanger


Countdown Begins for UK Aircraft Carrier Naming

Image: BAE Systems

The countdown to the naming of the U.K. Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier has begun today, marking 100 days until the major milestone in the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier program. HMS Queen Elizabeth will be officially named by Her Majesty The Queen in a ceremony at Rosyth on Friday, July 4. The naming of the first of class comes five years after first steel was cut on the ship in July 2009 at BAE Systems in Glasgow and only 33 months since the first section entered the dry


Admiral's Wife Has Initials Set in US Warship's First Steel

Keel-laying ceremony: Photo courtesy of USN

The Navy and Lockheed Martin, with Marinette Marine Corp., have held a keel laying ceremony for the future 'USS Sioux City' (LCS 11), the Navy's 11th littoral combat ship (LCS).

 Ship sponsor Mary Winnefeld, wife of Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff


Bulk Market Suffers Despite Record China Steel Output

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BIMCO reported that China's average daily crude steel output reached a record 2.29 million metric tons in April as steel mills lifted production to meet seasonal demand, though signs of weakness in factory output and the property sector could feed through later in the year.


Nippon Steel May Transport Iron on Valemax Ships

5-Vale Beijing VLOC being loaded in Brazil. (Photo - Vale do Rio Doce)

Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp, Japan's biggest steelmaker, may start talks on a contract to transport iron ore from Brazilian miner Vale on Valemax ships, the world's biggest bulk carriers, to cut costs, a senior official said. Such a contract would be a boost for Vale


Tata Steel is crowning glory of HMS Queen Elizabeth

HMS Queen Elizabet

  Today’s naming ceremony of the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth marks a major milestone in Tata Steel’s 12-year involvement in the project. In that time the company has supplied 40,000 tonnes of steel and developed three entirely new grades of lighter and stronger steel


Final Section of Giant Aircraft Carrier Sets Sail

The final section of HMS Queen Elizabeth, the first of two new aircraft carriers being built for the U.K. Royal Navy, has left BAE Systems’ shipyard at Scotstoun today to embark on a 600 mile journey to Rosyth. The Aft Island, also known as Upper Block 14


World's First FLNG Vessel Steel-Cutting

A steel cutting ceremony for the hull of Petronas' first Floating Liquid Natural Gas (FLNG) held at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in Okpo, South Korea. The steel cutting event signifies a major milestone for the project


Today in U.S. Naval history: August 5

Operation Big Switch Freedom -- Carrying a brand-new navy white hat, Zacheus A. Smith, Jr., hospital corpsman, third class, USN, ... climbs out of an ambulance at Freedom Village, Munsan, Korea, the processing center for returning POWs. (Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the All Hands collection at the Naval Historical Center)

Today in U.S. Naval history - August 5 1832 - Frigate Potomac is first U.S. Navy ship to entertain royalty, King and Queen of Sandwich Islands, Honolulu 1864 - RADM David Farragut wins Battle of Mobile Bay, sealing off last Confederate port on Gulf Coast


India's First 'Home Grown' Aircraft Carrier Launched

India has launched its first home-built aircraft carrier from Cochin Shipyard in southern Kerala state. The 37,500 tonne INS Vikrant is expected to go for extensive trials in 2016 before being inducted into the navy by 2018, reports the BBC


Nordic Yards Begins Rescue and Salvage Vessel Builds

Dmitrii Malofeev (RMRS) and Walter Schölzig, Project Manager at Nordic Yards

Nordic Yards started construction of two ice-breaking rescue and salvage vessels for the Russian Ministry of Transport today. The cutting of the first steel section, which traditionally marks the start of flame-cutting, was celebrated at the Wismar yard in the presence of representatives of the


Drydocks World Send Off First Shell Prelude Turret Module

Prelude Turret sail-away: Photo credit Drydocks World

The first module, the bogie support structure, standing 22 metres high, with a diameter of 30 metres and weighing 1300 tonnes will be transported to Korea to integrate with the Prelude FLNG vessel. Other modules will soon follow. The Prelude FLNG unit will be 488-metres long and when fully loaded


Shell Floats Hull for World’s Largest Floating Facility

Photo: Shell

The 488-meter-long-hull of Shell’s Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility has been floated out of the dry dock at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) yard in Geoje, South Korea, where the facility is currently under construction


DMC’s Second Metal Spinning Machine into Service

Photo: Damen

The metal spinning machine, a propeller nozzle manufacturing method with basically one single weld only is now operational in the Chinese plant of Damen Marine Components (DMC). Consequently, the technique which DMC has revolutionized nozzle production is up and running at both of its plants.


Aker Starts Building First Product Tanker for Crowley

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI), the wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA (Oslo: AKPS), began production activities today on the first product tanker that it is building for its joint venture with Crowley. Crowley and APSI have signed contracts for the first four


Great Ships of 2013: Oceanex Connaigra

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Oceanex Connaigra is Oceanex Inc.’s 210-m custom-designed container/roll on roll off (Con/Ro) ice class 1A ship that was built at the Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft mbH & Co. (FSG) shipyard in Flensburg, Germany. According to FSG, it will be “one of the longest, most innovative


ClassNK Issues New Welding Guidelines

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Classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) announced that it has released new Guidelines on the Welding of Duplex Stainless Steels. The guidelines have been developed to help shipyards safely and effectively make use of new duplex steels that are increasingly being used






 
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