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USS Ronald Reagan Redelivered After PSA

Northrop Grumman Corporation successfully redelivered the nation's newest and most advanced nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), to the U.S. Navy after a post shakedown availability (PSA). The Ronald Reagan returned to the company's Newport News sector shipyard in December for the PSA, a typical availability in the early life of a carrier that allows the Navy and Newport News team to resolve any items that came up during early cruises and make any last-minute changes and upgrades. Work performed under this contract is valued at $53 million and included upgrades for the new F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet aircraft. Other changes included a third physical fitness center for sailors, combat system and radar equipment upgrades, and minor repairs. "The completion of this work symbolizes a new chapter in the life of the Ronald Reagan," said Bob Gunter, senior vice president of Aircraft Carrier Programs, Northrop Grumman Newport News. "Hundreds of shipbuilders worked hand-in-hand with Ronald Reagan sailors to make this PSA a success, bringing this great ship one step closer to her voyage home to the West Coast." "The PSA was a tremendous success for both the Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard workers and the Ronald Reagan crew," said Captain Jim Symonds, Ronald Reagan's commanding officer


Ingalls-built LPD 24 Warship Completes Acceptance Trials

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Amphibious transport dock 'Arlington' (LPD 24) built by Huntington Ingalls Industries successfully completes U.S. Navy acceptance sea trials. The company's eighth ship in the LPD 17 class returned to Pascagoula following three days of at-sea demonstrations and testing. While at sea in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) observed more than 200 test events demonstrated on the ship by Ingalls' test and trials team


NOAA Approves Grant to Aid Search for John Paul Jones' Flagship

From Naval Historical Center Public Affairs The Naval Historical Center’s (NHC) search for Revolutionary War naval hero John Paul Jones' ship Bonhomme Richard received further support in early February, when it was recommended for funding through the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Office of Ocean Exploration's competitive grant process. The NHC and Ocean Technology Foundation (OTF) plan to launch a search for Bonhomme Richard off the coast of England


Bertholf Reaches Milestone With Mast Stepping Ceremony

Mast Stepping: Prospective commanding officer for Bertholf (WMSL 750), Capt. Patrick Stadt (USCGC), sealed a box with coins into the mast of the first-of-class National Security Cutter. The coins represent accomplishments of Coast Guard founder Commodore Ellsworth Price Bertholf, the U.S. Coast Guard and Northrop Grumman Ship Systems employees. Sealing the box in its place is welder Ronald "Eggman" Jones. A bit of maritime tradition


Keel Authenticated for Ingalls’ Fifth National Security Cutter

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Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division authenticated the keel of the company's fifth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter, James (WMSL 754). "Our shipbuilders have done outstanding work to make us more efficient in building this ship, driving the cost down and becoming more competitive," said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Irwin F. Edenzon. "This not only positions us to continue all the way through the current build plan of eight ships


FleetWeather Solves Shippings' Business Intelligence Solutions Problem

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FleetWeather Ocean Services, Inc. (FleetWeather) was the first to bring BI analytics and big data services to global shipping companies. New services provide insight, intelligence and innovation for global shipping leaders. FleetWeather says it recognized that business intelligence tools, analytic services and big data concepts, common in most industries today and especially in the worldwide financial markets, were not available to global shipping leaders


Great Ship - Voyager of the Seas

Slipping out through the Finnish archipelago on a Sunday morning at the end of October, Voyager of the Seas cut a figure of unprecedented scale in the passenger ship sector, symbolizing both the surging growth in the cruise market and the fertility of the Finnish maritime technology cluster. The 137,200-gt cruise ship, whose towering superstructure and an air draft of 208-ft. (63.5-m) belies a relatively tender draft of just over 28-ft. (8


Great Ships of 2001 -- Berge Arctic

Berge Arctic is an ore carrier built under NIS flag and delivered in November 2001 to comply with the requirements of Det Norske Veritas and classed +1A1, "Ore Carrier ESP", NAUTICUS (Newbuilding), HC, IB(+), EO, ICE-1C, LCS(SI), TMON. The vessel has a continuous upper deck with forecastle, a raked stem with bulbous bow, a transom stern with open water type stern frame, a semi-balanced rudder and a fixed pitch propeller directly driven by a slow speed diesel.


Great Ships of 2001 -- Esperanza del Mar

As of September, 2001, the Spanish fishing and merchant fleet can count on a truly exceptional seagoing salvage and medical care facility: the ship Esperanza del Mar, built by the Gijón yard of the Izar Group, for the Marine Welfare Institute, a division of the Spanish Labor Ministry. There is no other ship in the world of this tonnage and characteristics built specifically for salvage and medical care at sea. This project is due principally to the initiative of the Marine Welfare


USS IOWA Coming Home to Los Angeles

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Harbor Commission Approves Environmental Impact Report, Lease Agreement; Historic Battleship Plans to Open to Public July 7.   The Los Angeles Harbor Commission today voted unanimously to create a new home for the historic battleship, the USS IOWA, in a prime location along the LA Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles.     In separate actions, The Harbor Commission approved the lease agreement and an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) necessary to bring the World War II


USS Somerset Commissioned in Philadelphia Ceremony

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Thousands of Navy and Marine Corps supporters attend the commissioning ceremony of the San Antonio class, amphibious transport dock 'USS Somerset', named to honour those who sacrificed their lives when the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 was brought to the ground on Sept


HII Graduate 137 Shipbuilding Apprentices

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Huntington Ingalls Industries hosted commencement exercises for the company's Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding. The graduation, held at the Liberty Baptist Church Worship Center in Hampton, celebrated 137 apprentices representing 18 trades and four advanced programs.


Retlif Testing Laboratories Marks 35 Years

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Retlif Testing Laboratories, a strategic compliance organization and a leading independent testing laboratories, is celebrating its 35th year of operations. President Walter Poggi officially announced the anniversary with a series of planned events and pledged to uphold the personal service that


Ingalls Delivers Amphibious Assault Ship America

George Jones (left), Ingalls Shipbuilding’s LHA 6 program director, welcomes Capt. Robert Hall Jr. aboard the amphibious assault ship America (LHA 6) to sign the DD 250 document officially transferring custody of the ship to the U.S. Navy. Hall, the ship’s prospective commanding officer, will officially take command when the ship is commissioned later this year. Photo by Lance Davis, Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division delivered the amphibious assault ship America (LHA 6) to the U.S. Navy today. More than 900 crew members marched through the shipyard for a delivery ceremony on the ship's flight deck


Ford Christening Connects President to Navy Roots

Ships Sponsor Susan Ford Bales, daughter of President Gerald R. Ford, christens the Navys newest aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joshua J. Wahl)

With the strike of a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow by the ship's sponsor, the Navy christened its newest aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the lead ship of the new Gerald R. Ford class, Nov. 9, in a ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va.


FleetWeather: Shipping Business Intelligence Solution

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FleetWeather Ocean Services, Inc. introduced a business intelligence solution for the global commercial shipping and maritime industry. FleetWeather's new services provide insight, intelligence and innovation for global shipping leaders, helping them manage change


CSA Seeks Solution to Impending U.S. BW Discharge Regulations

On December 19, 2013 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will implement its new Vessel General Permit (VGP), which the Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) said will demand a technical solution that is currently unavailable to the marine industry.


ZUMWALT: Maritime Reporter's 'Great Ship' of 2013

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It is the newest and most transformational warship ever built, and yet it has also had the longest gestation period.  Whether you call it new or old, you have to call it different.   The pedigree for DDG 1000 is not from the Spruance or Arleigh Burke class of guided missile destroyers


Great Ships of 2013: Shuttle Tanker RIO 2016 for TEN

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RIO 2016 is the first vessel in a series of two shuttle tanker in Brazilian water operation, designed by Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering for Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd., two companies with a long and good historic relationship. This vessel was chartered to Petroleo Brasileiro SA.


Great Ships of 2013: Bow Pioneer

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The world’s largest chemical tanker, Bow Pioneer, was built for Odfjell SE by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, designed with two longitudinal corrugated bulkheads with lower stools and transverse corrugated bulkheads with lower stools to have 10 sets (P&S&C) of cargo


Great Ships of 2013: Hornbeck’s HOSMAX 300 Series

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Eastern Shipbuilding Group delivered M/V HOS Red Rock (Hull 202) to Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC. Hornbeck’s first vessel, the HOS Red Dawn (Hull 201), was delivered on June 21, 2013 and is currently servicing offshore drilling operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico


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


Great Ships of 2013: Hydra Voyager

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Hydra Voyager was delivered by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd. to Almi Tankers in 2013. The vessel has a continuous upper deck without forecastle, a raked stern with bulbous bow, a transom stern with open water type stern frame


Great Ships of 2013: Damen Modular Barge

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‘LEGO’ FOR PROFESSIONALS If there is one thing that we hear time and again in the maritime world is that the manufacture of boats, ships and maritime structures in general is not as efficient as found in larger, mass market transportation modes because of the unique peculiarities


Retlif Marks 35th Anniversary

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Retlif Testing Laboratories, a strategic compliance organization and independent testing laboratory, is celebrating its 35th year of operations. President Walter Poggi officially announced the anniversary with a series of planned events and pledged to uphold the personal service that has been the


 
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