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Propeller Milestone Achieved By U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy's drive during the past decade to become more efficient on both the ship contracting and life cycle management sides has proven to be much more than mere talk. The "new" Navy is embodied in the current LPD-17 project, and U.S. Navy senior officers and engineers recently marked a critical milestone in ship research on January 6, 2000, wrapping up a successful phase in the testing of a full-scale propeller for the USS San Antonio (LPD-17) Class amphibious transport dock ship. The tests verify that a new compact design for the LPD-17 CPP meets the seven-year service life cycle requirements. The 17 million cycles completed at the ceremony show that this new design exceeds requirements and that the service life could be extended twofold. This Naval Sea Systems Command program could lead to a significant saving for the Navy in overhaul costs for the new propeller. The hub and blades, manufactured of nickel-aluminum-bronze and steel, constitute a unique design. The hub has a smaller diameter than in the past, leaving less surface for attaching the five blades and increasing stress in the blade root area and the hub. Verifying the new design will facilitate extending the period between overhauls from seven to 14 years, producing lower costs, easier maintenance and faster upgrades — an affordable propeller with enhanced performance reflecting the fiscal constraints of the modern Navy.

Need a Lift?

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Marine Travelift builds boat hoists, self-propelled transporters, and marine forklifts Not every ship repair facility has a drydock or marine railway.  But thanks to a Sturgeon Bay, Wis.-based company, shipbuilders and repair yards from small to large can get a real lift. Marine Travelift builds boat hoists, self-propelled transporters, and marine forklifts, with more than 3,500 units delivered worldwide, and can be found at waterfronts all around the world.

Palmer Johnson Introduces Sport Yacht Series

By Larry Pearson Palmer Johnson, luxury yacht builder, has a new president and is introducing a new line of sport yachts. Mike Kelsey, Jr. was elected president of the Sturgeon Bay, Wisc. yacht builder in June 2004. Kelsey's grandfather, Patrick Haggerty, founder of Texas Instruments, purchased the yard in 1961. Kelsey's father Mike Kelsey, Sr. immediately went to work for Haggerty and passed the knowledge of fine yacht building down to his son.

Johnson Controls' Batteries to Power All-Electric Boat Motors

Johnson Controls, Inc. to produce Li-ion battery packs from its Holland, Mich. plant for Torqeedo's all-electric boat motors. Torqeedo, a German-based manufacturer, will use Johnson Controls' Li-ion automotive battery packs to power its award-winning 80-Horsepower electric boat motor called DEEP BLUE. "With our leading battery expertise, we helped our customer combine two distinct technologies – the large outboard engine and electric motor -- making the Torqeedo DEEP BLUE system

Volvo Penta Appoints US Mid-Atlantic Power Center Agency

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Volvo Penta of the Americas says it has appointed Johnson & Towers as an authorized Power Center for the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region. The company will be responsible for sales and service of Volvo Penta leisure & commercial marine engines for New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, eastern Pennsylvania and Bermuda. Johnson & Towers is a family-owned business focused on distribution and service of heavy diesel engines and transmissions for on-highway, off-highway

Dan Johnson is Info Systems-Tech Gr. EVP at General Dynamics

Dan Johnson

  The board of directors of General Dynamics has elected S. Daniel Johnson to be executive vice president, Information Systems and Technology, effective January 1, 2015, to succeed David K. Heebner, who has informed the company of his intention to retire on December 31, 2014. Johnson will also continue in his role as president of General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics. In announcing the board's action, Phebe N

Seacor Repowers Vessels

Conrad's aluminum manager Todd Babin shows the "tweaked" props. The 300-ton travel lift at Conrad Industries Morgan City facility is a major attraction to Gulf Coast crew boat operators. Shallow waters in the area add to the heavy usage that crewboats receive contributes to a steady demand for quick haul outs and timely below waterline repairs. The yards large upland area is another attraction as it provides ample storage space for vessels undergoing major overhauls.

Chinook Aluminum Cruiser Delivered

The William E. Munson Company delivered a 32 ft. Chinook welded aluminum cruiser to Ed Robinson's Diving Adventures. Powered by twin Volvo KAD43 diesels, coupled to Volvo dual prop drive legs, the USCG certified 15-passenger dive boat has a top speed of 45 mph light and 40 mph fully loaded. Outfitting includes port and starboard side dive doors, large stern dive platform with two flip out dive ladders, aluminum tank rack for 30 dive bottles, tropical style open-backed wheelhouse with sunroof

Mid America Shipyards Delivers First Vessel

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Mid America Shipyards LLC out of Ft. Smith, Ark. announced that after opening its doors in December 2009 it has delivered its first vessel, a truckable tug boat, the Mary Ann, to the Chicago area. Specifications: Length    25.5 ft Beam    14 ft Hull depth    5 ft Draft    3.3 ft Weight    44,500 lbs Power    660 hp, Twin Screw John Deere 6081 AFM Shaft size    3 inches

Laser Scanning Ships: Discover the Value

Daryl Johnson

With increased marine regulations it is increasingly important to acquire digital documentation of the your fleet of ships. Today, laser scanners have the range and accuracy to capture marine vessels, piping systems and shipyards to provide 3D modeling that be used in the manufacturing and designing processes. Vessel owners, vessel builders, naval architects and marine engineers who would like to learn more on the value of the service are invited to participate in a free Webinar on the topic

OPEC Sees Oil Supply Hole in 2016 as Low Prices Curb Rival Output

OPEC said its oil output fell in October and forecast supply from rival producers next year would decline for the first time since 2007 as low prices prompt investment cuts, reducing a global supply glut.   In a monthly report, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said it

Towboat Honors Structural Engineer Dobson

At the commissioning, left to right: Jason Adams, Owner Raymond Louviere Field Foreman; Donald Baudoin, shipyard superintendent; Rex Dobson, shipyard structural superintendent; and Bart Foret, Field Foreman

Joe Gregory, owner of New Generation Shipbulding of Houma, La., reports that his firm’s latest delivery will join the La Porte Texas-based Martin Marine fleet of 29 inland push boats and 54 inland marine tank barges. Martin also operates four offshore tug/barge units

Opportunities for Shipping from Decarbonisation Through Windpower

Wind challenger Credit IWSA

  As the interconnector of global trade shipping facilitates every other part of the economy, and decision making around low-carbon pathways in other transport modes and industries will both influence and constrain decarbonisation in shipping.

Volvo Penta IPS for New Tampa Bay Pilot Boat

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The new Chesapeake-class MKII launch delivered this month by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding to the Tampa Bay Pilots Association features integrated engine and drive from Volvo Penta.   The new 52.7-ft. 28-knot pilot boat, designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates

World’s Dry Cargo Transport Rate Nosedives

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 The recession, gradually engulfing the world commodity production, has become apparent amid the dynamics of rates for international dry cargo transportation, reports   The key shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 26

New London Cruise Terminal Gets Green Signal

Photo: London City Cruise Port

 London Mayor Boris Johnson gave final approval to build a new cruise terminal on the Thames River at Greenwich.   The terminal, to be located at Enderby Wharf, is expected to play host to 55 ship calls a year when it becomes operational in 2017.  

Oil Steadies as Equities Rally

Recovering stock markets boost oil prices; U.S. crude on track for first weekly gain in nine weeks. Oil prices steadied on Friday after bouncing back from six-and-a-half-year lows on recovering equities markets, strong U.S. economic growth and news of low crude supplies from Nigeria.

Palmer Johnson Yatchs Shuts Sturgeon Bay, Moves to Europe

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 Luxury yacht manufacturer Palmer Johnson Yachts is closing its production facilities in Sturgeon Bay because of dwindling sales and competition from overseas.   In a plant closing notice filed Wednesday with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Thomas Miller Acquires Marine Law Firm

Peter Jackson, Head of TM Law

  Thomas Miller the international insurance, professional and insurance services provider announces the acquisition of the partners and staff of specialist marine law firm, Davies Johnson & Co of Plymouth. The acquisition brings an additional six fee earners to the Thomas Miller Law

Dryad Maritime Risk Analysis, 'A Maritime Nation'

Dryad Maritime operations headquarters in Portsmouth

  Dryad Maritime have featured in a special programme ‘A Maritime Nation’ commissioned by the UK Chamber of Shipping, introduced by national newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky and produced by ITN Productions. The current affairs programme aired this week as part of London

Norfolk Ship Repair Announces 650 Layoffs

Photo by BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair

 BAE Systems Ship Repair Norfolk has announced plans for layoffs - 650 people will be layed off effective November 20, 2015, says company sources.   This represents 43 percent reduction in workforce. The company attributed to a decrease in Navy repair work.  

U.S. Culls Over 1,200 Oregon Cormorants

Oregon Cormorants Courtesy Wikipedia

  The U.S. federal government has killed more than 1,000 seabirds on an Oregon island since May to protect endangered salmon as part of a plan that environmentalists say is flawed and are seeking to stop with a lawsuit. So far, 1,221 adult cormorants have been killed and more than 5

Another Japanese Bulk Shipper Seeks Bankruptcy Protection

Daiichi Chuo liabilities total $1.5 bln. Second dry bulker to seek bankruptcy protection this month. Japanese bulk carrier Daiichi Chuo Kisen Kaisha said on Tuesday it had filed for protection from creditors - the second shipper to do so this month - with analysts predicting more failures if

Cammell Laird to Build Polar Research Ship

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The U.K. Government announced Monday that Cammell Laird in Birkenhead has been selected as the preferred bidder to build the nation’s new £200 million polar research ship.   The decision follows a 12-month competitive tender process that involved bids from companies in the U.K

Arctic Coast Guard Forum Established

The Joint Statement officially establishing the Arctic Coast Guard Forum is displayed after being signed at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., Oct. 30, 2015.(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Patrick Kelley)

  A joint statement, officially establishing the Arctic Coast Guard Forum (ACGF), was signed today by leaders representing all eight coast guard agencies of the Arctic nations. The Arctic Coast Guard Forum (ACGF) is an operationally-focused

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