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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.  


CBP Air, Marine Operations Aircrews Detect 56 Migrants near Florida

Air and Marine Operations aircrew aboard a DHC-8 aircraft spotted the first two in a series of homemade boats. Photo U.S. Customs and Border Protection

  So far in 2016, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Air and Marine Operations (AMO) aircrews have detected six rustics (homemade boats) on the Florida Straits transporting 56 undocumented migrants from Cuba. On New Year’s Day


Twelve Migrants Drown Trying to Reach Europe from Turkey

Twelve bodies were found on Turkey's western coast and 26 people were rescued on Tuesday after a boat carrying migrants bound for Greece capsized, the Turkish coastguard said in a statement.   Responding to a distress signal sent in the early morning near Izmir


GE Marine Powered Tugs Delivered to SAAM

Arriero (Photo: GE Marine)

SAAM has taken delivery of its first two tugs to be powered by GE Marine. These new 80-ton RAstar 3200 terminal support tugs include two 8L250 GE Marine diesel engines. Designed by Robert Allan Ltd. and built at Guangdong Bonny Fair Heavy Industry Limited in China


Dry Bulk Suffers From Poseidon’s Potent Prongs

Graph: Clarksons Research

 It has been a grim start to 2016 for the bulkcarrier market, with the Baltic Dry Index sliding to new record lows on almost every day of the year so far, says Clarksons Research.   With a nearly constant stream of negative news continuing to emerge across each of the key dry bulk


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.


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


UASC, Lukoil Enter Lubes Supply Deal

Photo: Lukoil Marine Lubricants

UASC and Lukoil Marine Lubricants enter into lubricant supply agreement for newbuilding program   Container shipping line United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) and the Dubai-based marine lubricant specialist Lukoil have signed a lubricant supply agreement covering vessels from UASC’s


Strategic location drives Gibdock booking surge

Gibdock reports strong yard occupancy through the last quarter of 2015, with bookings sustained through the first quarters of 2016. Photo Gibdock

   A surge in bookings by new and repeat customers into the first two quarters of 2016 suggest the strong performance registered by Gibdock in 2015 will continue next year. The Gibraltar-based repair and conversion yard enters its customary busy ferry season buoyed by repeat business


WSF Orders Fourth Olympic Class Ferry

The second Olympic class ferry, M/V Samish, undergoing sea trials in April 2015. (Photo: WSF)

Washington State Ferries (WSF) will start 2016 with construction of a new Olympic Class ferry, after signing a Notice to Proceed last week with shipbuilder Vigor Industrial for work on its fourth 144-vehicle ferry. Construction begins in January, with delivery scheduled for mid-2018.  


Egypt Receives First Submarine from Germany

An Egyptian Navy delegation at the launching ceremony in Germany for its new submarine. Egyptian Navy photo.

 According to German Ambassador Julius Georg Luy, one submarine was delivered to Egypt on December 10 while two others are awaiting delivery from Germany.   The first of four submarines for the Egyptian Navy has been launched in Germany by Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems, reports UPI


USCG Assists Fish and Wildlife Departments Patrol Crab Opening

A Coast Guard aircrew aboard a HC-130 Hercules airplane patrols the Pacific Northwest crab fishing fleet prior to the pre-soak opening for commercial crab season, Jan. 1, 2016. Photo USCG

  The Coast Guard assisted representatives of the Washington and Oregon Departments of Fish and Wildlife patrol the waters of the Pacific Northwest during the pre-soak period of the commercial Dungeness Crab season, which opens Jan. 4, 2015.  


Sound Energy Reports Progress On Moroccan, Italian Licences

James Parsons, Sound Energys Chief Executive Officer Photo Sound Energy

  Sound Energy, the European/Mediterranean focused upstream gas company, is pleased to provide the following update on its Moroccan and Italian gas portfolio.   Tendrara, Morocco Further to the recently announced signatures with Schlumberger of both the strategic partnership across






 
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