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NASSCO Lays Keel of Sixth T-AKE Ship

General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics held a keel-laying ceremony for the sixth ship in the U.S. Navy's T-AKE program. The Navy announced yesterday (May 29) that the ship will be named USNS Amelia Earhart, in honor of the first woman to fly solo, non-stop across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. A keel-laying ceremony is a shipbuilding tradition that signifies an important milestone as full-scale production begins. In recognition of that milestone, event honoree, Darlene Costello, welded her initials into the keel. Costello is the deputy director for Naval Warfare in the office of under secretary of defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. The Amelia Earhart is scheduled to be delivered to the Navy's Military Sealift Command (MSC) in the fall of 2008. The ship will be 689-feet long and displace about 41,000 metric tons when fully loaded. Amelia Earhart's primary mission will be to deliver food, ammunition, fuel and other provisions to combat ships at sea.


This Day in Naval History – Feb. 4

1779 - John Paul Jones takes command of Bonhomme Richard 1959 - Keel laying of USS Enterprise, first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, Newport News, VA (Source: Navy News Service)


Austal Marks Start LCS Construction

The AP has reported that Austal USA marked the start of a warship project with a keel-laying ceremony at its Mobile shipyard. A massive aluminum keel — the spine on which the ship will be built — was already in place when guests including government officials and most of Austal's 430 employees arrived. Austal is the shipbuilder for a team led by Maine-based Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics Corp., which in October won the $223 million contract to build a version of the


Keel-Laying Ceremony Held for Green Bay LPD 20

Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Navy today commemorated the keel-laying for Green Bay (LPD 20), the fourth of 12 ships being built by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems. The ceremony took place at the sector's Avondale Operations in New Orleans, La. Former secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig assigned the name Green Bay to honor the nation's Midwest "city by the bay." Danzig stated in 2000 that, "Green Bay is well known for its commitment to


This Day in U.S. Naval History – February 4

1779 - John Paul Jones takes command of Bonhomme Richard 1959 - Keel laying of USS Enterprise, first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, Newport News, VA (Source: Navy News Service)  


Double Milestone for Great Lakes Shipyard

Joseph P. Starck, Jr., President, The Great Lakes Towing Company & Great Lakes Shipyard; Eduardo De Jesus Paiz Lemus, Presidente Junta Administrador & Gregg A. Thauvette, Vice President, Operations, The Great Lakes Towing Company (Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard)

Great Lakes Shipyard holds commissioning ceremony for NYPA tug and keel laying ceremony for harbor fug for Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala   Tug Daniel Joncaire II, the first of two tugboats to be built by the Great Lakes Shipyard for New York Power Authority – Niagara Project, was commissioned during a ceremony hosted by Great Lakes Shipyard and attended by more than 200 on Tuesday, October 20, 2015.   The sponsor of the commissioning ceremony was Karen W


Albwardy Awarded Tug Contract

Nakilat-SvitzerWijsmuller (the joint venture company set-up by SvitzerWijsmuller and Qatar Gas Transport Company - Nakilat), has awarded UAE's Albwardy Marine Engineering a contract to build five tugboats. A keel-laying ceremony for the building of the five boats was held at the Dubai Ship Dockyard in Al Jaddaf. Source: AMEinfo


This Day in Naval History - Sept. 26

From the Navy News Service 1781 - French fleet defeats British at Yorktown, Va. 1910 - First recorded reference to provision for aviation in Navy Department organization. 1918 - USS Tampa lost with 118. 1931 - Keel laying at Newport News, Va., of USS Ranger (CV 4), first ship designed and constructed as an aircraft carrier. 1963 - First steam-eject launch of Polaris missile at sea off Cape Canaveral, Fla., (now Cape Kennedy) from USS Observation Island (EAG 154)


Grandweld, New Shipbuilding Contracts

According to a June 23 report from Seatrade, Grandweld recently held keel laying ceremonies for two 118 ft utility vessels and one 134.5 ft crewboat for repeat customer Humaid Badir Marine Shipping Est., a UAE based fleet operator. The three vessel order is said to signal a strong 2009/10 order book for the Dubai based shipbuilding, ship repair and conversion yard, part of GMMOS Group. (Source: Seatrade)


LNG-powered Cruise Ferry Keel Laid

Image credit Viking Line

Keel-laying at STX Finland Yard for Viking Lines New 'Viking Grace'  The RoRo cruise ferry M/S Viking Grace vaunted to be the most environmentally friendly large cruise ferry ever, will be fuelled by liquefied natural gas (LNG),  and incorporates a host of environmentally friendly features in the design. Delivery is scheduled for early next year.


Keel Laid for Washington's New Ferry Suquamish

Suquamish Keel Laying Photo WSDOT

Construction officially begins on state’s newest ferry, Suquamish   The Washington State Department of Transportation continues to grow its Olympic Class ferry fleet with a keel laying ceremony marking the beginning of construction of its newest vessel, Suquamish.  


World's Biggest Cruise Ship Sets Sail

Photo: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd

 The world's largest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas – which cost US$1 billion to build over 32 months – has been finished and was delivered to owner Royal Caribbean International.   The immense floating town has 18 decks and will be able to carry 6,360 passengers and 2


Philly Shipyard Lays Keel for Second APT Tanker

Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI) held a keel laying ceremony for the second product tanker in a four vessel order for Kinder Morgan, Inc. subsidiary American Petroleum Tankers (APT).   Representatives from Philly Shipyard and Kinder Morgan were in attendance to place coins on one of the keel


FIO’s New Research Vessel Enters Build Phase

Construction of FIO’s new research vessel is expected to be completed in summer 2017 (Image: Boksa Marine Design)

 The 78’ research vessel designed and engineered by Boksa Marine Design (BMD) in 2015 is headed to the building phase beginning in June.   BMD contracted with the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) in February 2015 for the design of a new vessel to replace its current


Container Ship Deliveries Hit New Record

Graph and Table source: Alphaliner

 Container vessel capacity delivered in 2015 has reached a new record as 212 new cellular containerships, with a total capacity of 1,714,860 teu, have joined the global fleet over the course of this year, according to Alphaliner Research.  


Keel-laying Ceremony for USS Tulsa (LCS 16)

LCS 16 Keel authentication - sponsor Kathy Taylor Courtesy Austal

  Austal hosted a keel-laying ceremony for the future USS Tulsa (LCS 16) here today, marking the first significant milestone in the ship’s construction. This ship is the sixth Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) built at Austal under the 10-ship, $3


Teekay Building Six LNG Vessels

Courtesy Teekay

  Teekay Corporation's Gas team celebrated the keel laying ceremony of six LNG newbuildings at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in South Korea. Five of these carriers are 173,400 cubic meter MEGI (M-type, Electronically Controlled


Damen TSHD Launched at Krasnoye Sormove Shipyard

Photo courtesy of Damen

A Damen Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) 1000 was launched at the Krasnoye Sormovo Shipyard on January 29. The TSHD, named Sommers, is the lead vessel of a series of three TSHDs 1000 being built for Rosmorport.   The TSHDs are scheduled for delivery this year


Meyer Turku Lays Keel of Tallink’s LNG Ferry

Image: Tallink

The keel of the Tallink’s new LNG-powered fast ferry Megastar was laid at the Meyer Turku shipyard   The hull assembly of Tallink’s new fast ferry Megastar started today at the Meyer Turku shipyard with traditional ceremonies


MHI Delivers "Jinryu" Japan's 7th Soryu-Class Submarine

The ceremony was attended by MOD officials including State Minister of Defense Kenji Wakamiya, JMSDF Chief of Staff Tomohisa Takei, and Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency Commissioner Hideaki Watanabe Photo MHI

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) delivered the "Jinryu" submarine to the Japanese Ministry of Defense (MOD) today in a ceremony held at the MHI Kobe Shipyard & Machinery Works' No.3 pier in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture. The Jinryu is the seventh Soryu-class submarine supplied to the


Austal Lays Keel of EPF 8 Yuma

Mayor Nicholls speaking during the Yuma (EPF 8) keel laying ceremony Photo Austal

Austal celebrated the keel-laying milestone for the Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel Yuma (EPF 8) here today with a ceremony marking a significant milestone in the ship’s construction. This ship is the eighth EPF built at Austal under the 10-ship, $1


Keel Laid for Carnival’s New Cruise Ship

Photo: Fincantieri

A keel laying ceremony for Carnival Cruise Line’s new vessel took place today at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard. The new cruise ship will go to sea in 2018. She will be about 133,500 gross tons, carry almost 6,500 people (guests and crew)


Suezmax Newbuilds Feature MAN Engines with EGR

Integrated design of EGR unit (orange) into an MAN B&W 6G70ME-C9 engine (Image: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

Hyundai’s Ship Building Division (HHI-SBD) has finalized a contract for two Suezmax tankers for Turkish shipowner, Ditas Shipping. The 158,000-cubic-meter crude-oil tankers will each be powered by individual MAN B&W 6G70ME-C9.5 two-stroke main-engines that feature integrated Exhaust


Viking Sun Construction Underway

Photo: Fincantieri

A keel laying ceremony was held today for Viking Sun, the fourth of six cruise ships ordered by Viking Ocean Cruises to be built by Fincantieri at its Ancona shipyard.   The first building block of the ship, about 11 meters long, 28.8 meters wide and weighing about 280 tons


Norwegian Joy Keel Laid

Photo: NCL Corporation Ltd

 Norwegian Cruise Line has celebrated the start of construction of its new Chinese ship, Norwegian Joy.   A keel-laying ceremony was held at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany to mark the official start of the project, with a traditional “lucky coin” being laid down prior






 
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