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This Day in Naval History – April 7

1776 - Continental brig Lexington captures British Edward 1917 - Navy takes control of all wireless radio stations in the U.S. 1942 - Navy accepts African Americans for general service 1945 - First two Navy flight nurses land on an active battlefield (Iwo Jima): ENS Jane Kendeigh, USNR, and LTJG Ann Purvis, USN 1945 - Carrier aircraft defeat last Japanese Navy sortie (Battle of East China Sea); Yamato, world's largest battleship, and five other ships sunk 1979 - Launching of first Trident submarine, USS Ohio (SSBN-726) at Groton, CT (Source: Navy News Service)

Smit Orders 4 Damen ASD Tugs

Smit and Damen Shipyards Gorinchem signed a contract for four Damen ASD Tugs 3213, a new type of offshore terminal tug, recently developed by Damen. The delivery of the first two vessels is scheduled for mid July 2009 and the remaining two will follow in December of the same year.

Northrop Grumman Wins Korean Navy Hovercraft Deal

Northrop Grumman Corporation won a contract from General Marine Business Inc. Korea (GMB) to supply an integrated cockpit navigation and control system for the Republic of Korea Navy’s new LSF-II program, a high-speed hovercraft landing ship. The firm fixed-price commercial contract, valued at $5.6 million, for the delivery of the first two craft in 2006, was awarded to Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine business unit.

Initial Report on Cosco Busan Incident Prepared

The Coast Guard issued a press release stating that the initial report on the COSCO BUSAN incident has been prepared and forwarded to Headquarters for review. The report, prepared by the Incident Specific Preparedness Review (ISPR) team, focuses on the first two weeks of the response to the November 7, 2007 allision of the freighter with a pier of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and the ensuing oil spill. Public release of the report is expected in approximately two weeks.

Korea Dethrones China in Newbuild Orders

According to a March 30 report from The Cholsun Ilbo, Korea regained its top spot in the global shipbuilding industry, beating out China in terms of new orders in the January to February period. London-based market researcher Clarkson said in its latest report that Korea received new orders for 34 ships totaling 700,000 compensated gross tons (CGT), while China secured orders for 19 ships totaling 400,000 CGT in the first two months of the year.

JES International Kickstarts Maiden Offshore Project

Mainboard-listed JES International Holdings Limited, a private shipbuilding group based in the PRC, announced that the group has commenced the steel cutting for its first two Platform Support Vessels (PSV) at its shipyard located in Jingjiang City, China. According to the builder, the UT 755 LN Platform Support Vessel is of a sophisticated and well known design, utilizing a comprehensive package from Rolls Royce which includes design and engineering services, as well as all main equipment

Imtech Wins Defense Contract

Internatio-Mueller NV said its technology unit Imtech had won an order worth $35 million from British shipbuilder Swan Hunter. Imtech will provide technical systems for the first two of four amphibious transport ships which Swan Hunter, privately owned by Dutch millionaire Jaap Kroese, will build for the British Ministry of Defense. Negotiations are still taking place about similar orders for the two other vessels, Internatio said

Bergesen Takes Two More From Hitachi Zosen

Bergesen exercised an option to buy two more 296,000 dwt oil tankers from Japan's Hitachi Zosen Corp for a combined price of $140 million. "The vessels will be delivered in February and June 2002, and will be vessels number seven and eight delivered by Hitachi to Bergesen," Bergesen said in a statement. "The contract for the first six vessels was entered into earlier this year, and the first two vessels have already been delivered," it said

Rederij Groen Takes Delivery of 7-Waves

Photos courtesy of Damen Shipyards

Rederij Groen’s entire SRSV fleet built by Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam. Dutch offshore services company Rederij Groen has taken delivery of the 7-Waves, the second of a total three identical Seismic Research Support Vessels. Once the third of these so-called offshore chasers will join the fleet in January 2015, all of Groen’s five custom built chasers will have been built by Damen yard Maaskant.

China Vessel Exports Up 38.5% y/y

Pic by China International Marine, Port & Shipbuilding Fair

 China’s vessel exports rose 38.5% year on year (y/y) to USD6.1 billion in the first two months of 2015, says China National Association of Shipbuilding Industry (CANSI).   Since the new orders placed at Chinese shipyards have been tumbling since late 2014, the export figures may go down later this year. Bulk carriers, tankers, and container ships accounted for 53.1% of the total exports in the first two months.  

Implementation of AIS at Singapore Port

courtesy MPA

  Currently, all power-driven harbour and pleasure craft are required as a condition of their harbour or pleasure craft licences, to be fitted with either an IMO-compliant AIS Class A/B transponder or a MPA-approved HARTS transponder.

Next Generation of RAmparts Tugs for SAAM

Image: Robert Allan Ltd.

Chilean maritime services and logistics company SAAM S.A. has signed a contract with naval architecture firm Robert Allan Ltd. for a new generation of RAmparts 2400-W Class tugs.   The first two boats for SAAM’s Peruvian affiliate TRAMARSA, named Chincha and Tupac

First Vessel Launched for BigRoll Shipping

BigRoll Barentsz (Photo: BigRoll Shipping)

 The heavy marine transportation provider BigRoll Shipping announced its first of four MC Class vessels under construction, BigRoll Barentsz, was launched on October 27, 2015 at Cosco Dalian Shipyard. The vessel construction and commissioning remains on schedule for delivery in March 2016.

Ulstein’s X-BOW Turns 10

subsea vessel  Island Performer (Photo: Ulstein)

While new designs often grab headlines, mature designs that have enjoyed success are perhaps better indicators of true progress in marine technology. When the Ultstein X-Bow made its debut 10 years ago, some scoffed at the unusual design characteristics

UK's Newest Submarine Arrives on the Clyde

Artful arriving at HMNB Clyde (Photo: U.K. Ministry of Defense)

Artful, the third of the U.K. Royal Navy’s new Astute Class attack submarines, has arrived at her Scottish base port from where she will carry out sea trials before entering service later this year, the U.K. Ministry of Defense announced.  

CMA CGM 2Q Post Higher Profit


  In the second quarter, CMA CGM demonstrated the strength of its business model by significantly outperforming the market, despite a sharp fall in freight rates and industry overcapacity:   * Volumes carried during the second quarter increased by 6.2% year-on-year, to 3

CMA CGM's Profits Jump 67% in Q2

Photo: CMA CGM

 French shipping giant CMA CGM, reported a 66.7% jump in net profit to $156m in the second quarter of 2015. The result compared to a $94m net profit in the same period a year earlier.    The world’s third largest container line says that its unit costs fell 10

Newbuild Containerships Delivered to Rickmers

The Rickmers Group informs it has taken delivery of the first two in a series of three 9,300 TEU newbuilds acquired by the group in April while already under construction. The containerships were built at the South Korean STX shipyard and are on long-term charter to CMA CGM.

SCPA Box Volumes Up; Leadership Realigned

On the heels of announcing its five-year growth, investment and cargo base expansion plans at the State of the Port, South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) reported a four percent increase in August container volumes over the same month last year.  

EU-bound Jet Fuel Stays at Sea

Tankers anchored off Europe, extend voyage seeking buyers; outlook dim as imports to the region rise. A jet fuel market in Europe saturated by imports from Asia and the Middle East has forced sellers to keep their oil offshore on tankers or chose longer voyages as they seek out buyers.

Container Growth Up at GPA

Photo: GPA

Geargia Port Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz reported a 16.6 percent calendar year to date increase in container volumes, as well as capital projects necessary for future growth.    The Port of Savannah has moved 2.55 million twenty-foot equivalent container units since the

Aker to Sell Product Tanker JV Interest

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

  Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA announced today that its wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary, Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI), has entered into definitive agreements with a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) for the buy-out of APSI's interest in its joint venture with

New Bulkers Launched into Fuel-saving Future

View of the Elsabeth C and Mirela tied up in port in China (Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

One of the first commercial applications of MAN Diesel & Turbo’s new MAN Alpha Kappel FP propeller took place off the coast of China recently when the vessel Elsabeth C, a 58,500-dwt Supramax bulk carrier owned by Frontmarine Co. Ltd – an affiliated and managed company of

VIKING, NK Group Join Forces

VIKING signed global service alliance with NK Group in Korea

  Leading Danish marine and fire safety equipment and servicing provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment has signed a multi-year global servicing agreement with NK Group, a major Korean supplier of firefighting systems and related equipment

Ferguson Signs $150mln LNG Ferries for CMAL

Image: Caledonian MacBrayne

 Scotland-based Ferguson Marine Engineering (FMEL) has signed a deal to build two 100-meter, dual-fuel ferries for Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) in a contract worth £97 million (USD 150 million) that will boost shipbuilding on the River Clyde and secure 150 shipyard jobs.

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