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Shell Moves Forward with Floating LNG

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Shell announces final investment decision on Prelude Floating LNG project in Australia. The Board of Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) has taken the final investment decision on the Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) Project in Australia (100% Shell), building the world’s first FLNG facility. Moored far out to sea, some 200 kilometres from the nearest land in Australia, the FLNG facility will produce gas from offshore fields, and liquefy it onboard by cooling. The decision means that Shell is now ready to start detailed design and construction of what will be the world’s largest floating offshore facility, in a ship yard in South Korea. From bow to stern, Shell’s FLNG facility will be 488 metres long, and will be the largest floating offshore facility in the world – longer than four soccer fields laid end to end.  When fully equipped and with its storage tanks full, it will weigh around 600,000 tonnes – roughly six times as much as the largest aircraft carrier. Some 260,000 tonnes of that weight will consist of steel – around five times more than was used to build the Sydney Harbour Bridge. “Our innovative FLNG technology will allow us to develop offshore gas fields that otherwise would be too costly to develop,” said Malcolm Brinded, Shell’s Executive Director, Upstream International


Huge Section of HMS Queen Elizabeth Arrives at Rosyth

11,300t section of HMS Queen Elizabeth passing under the Forth Bridge as it nears the end of the journey to Fife

The Final hull section of aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has arrived at Babcock’s Rosyth dockyard.   The 11,300 tonne aft section of hull, known as Lower Block 04 (LB04), made its way under the Forth Bridges shortly before 11am on Remembrance Sunday.   It left BAE Systems’ yard on the Clyde last Sunday (November 4). The section has travelled all the way around the south coast to reach the Fife assembly site, a journey of more than 1,200 miles.  


Newport News Sets Heaviest Module Yet Aboard Aircraft Carrier

Lifting the Module: Photo credit HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding places a record 1,026-metric ton unit —aboard aircraft carrier 'Gerald R. Ford' (CVN 78). The modular unit, — roughly the weight of six Boeing 747 commercial airplanes, is one of the nearly 500 total structural lifts needed to complete the ship, of which 435 have been completed. The lifts are accomplished using the shipyard's 1,050-metric-ton gantry crane, one of the largest in the Western Hemisphere.


USS Carl Vinson Arresting Gear Engines Reinstalled

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Matthew DeWitt, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs A team from Northrop Grumman Newport News reinstalled USS Carl Vinson's (CVN 70) arresting gear engines into the ship's flight deck, June 6. The arresting gear engines were placed onto the ship's flight deck via cranes at the ship’s new location at Pier 3, completing another major milestone for the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier during its Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH) at


George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Upper Bow Lifted Into Place

Northrop Grumman Newport News lowered the upper bow unit of the George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) aircraft carrier into place Mar. 15. The placement of this 780-ton bow section completes the flight deck, and brings CVN 77 to its full length with construction now approximately 60 percent complete. The Navy awarded Northrop Grumman Newport News the construction contract for the tenth and final Nimitz-class carrier in January 2001. CVN 77 was named in honor of the 41st President, George H. W


This Day in Naval History - Sept. 24

From the Navy News Service 1918 - Ensign David S. Ingalls, in a Sopwith Camel, shoots down his fifth enemy aircraft, becoming the first U.S. Navy ace while flying with the British Royal Air Force. 1944 - Fifth Fleet carrier aircraft attack Japanese in Visayas, Philippines. 1960 - First nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65), launched at Newport News, Va.


Russian Navy Group Heads to the Mediterranean

Russia has reportedly dispatched an 11-ship aircraft carrier group to the Mediterranean Sea, according to an AP report, in a resumption of Russian naval patrols of the world’s waters. The move is in line with recent moves by Russia to expand its military presence and flex it’s growing economic strength. According to the AP report, an aircraft carrier, two anti-submarine ships, a guided missile cruiser along with refueling ships from Russia's Northern and Black Sea fleets and 47 aircraft


Today in U.S. Naval History: September 24

Enterprise (CVAN-65) was christened on Saturday, 24 September 1960. (Photo: Ron Reeves)

Today in U.S. Naval History - September 24 1918 - Ensign David S. Ingalls, USNR, in a Sopwith Camel, shoots down his fifth enemy aircraft, becoming the first U.S. Navy ace while flying with the British Royal Air Force. 1944 - 5th Fleet carrier aircraft attack Japanese in Visayas, Philippines 1960 - First nuclear powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVAN-65), launched at Newport News, Va. For more information about naval history


Northrop Grumman Completes Main Mast Installation On USS Carl Vinson

Northrop Grumman completed a significant work performance milestone on the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) with the installation of the final section of the ship's main mast. Photo by Chris Oxley Northrop Grumman Corporation completed a significant work performance milestone on the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) with the installation of the final section of the ship's main mast on Feb. 21.


Chinese Aircraft Carrier Lands First Aircraft

Liaoning: Photo credit PLAN

China has successfully conducted a flight landing on its first aircraft carrier, the 'Liaoning'. The taking off and landing of the homegrown J-15 aircraft has sparked interest throughout the nation. The successful takeoff marked the carrier debut of the J-15. The J-15 is able to carry multi-type anti-ship, air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles, as well as precision-guided bombs. After its delivery to the PLA Navy on September 25th


US Sens. Kaine and Reed Visit Newport News Shipbuilding

Pictured with U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine and Jack Reed  in front of USS Abraham Lincoln are (left to right) Capt. Karl Thomas, the ship’s commanding officer; Todd West, director, Newport News’ RCOH program; and Chris Miner, Newport News’ vice president of in-service aircraft carrier programs. Photo by Chris Oxley, Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) Tuesday for a tour of the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division. The visit provided the senators an opportunity to meet shipbuilders and see construction progress being made on all programs across


OSC Plans Fleet Expansion through 2018

Photo: OSC

State-owned Oman Shipping Company SAOC (OSC) is projecting to expand its current fleet of 43 ships to 50 by 2018, the Oman Daily Observer reported. According to the report, the expansion is in line with a ramp-up in hydrocarbon, petrochemical and industrial investment throughout Oman.


Today in U.S. Naval History: April 15

USS Chester (Photo courtesy NavSource)

Today in U.S. Naval History: April 15 1885 - Naval forces land at Panama to protect American interests during revolution 1912 - USS Chester and USS Salem sailed from MA to assist RMS Titanic survivors 1918 - First Marine Aviation Force formed at Marine Flying Field, Miami, Fla.


Newport News Shares Modeling, Simulation Practices

Newport-News-built aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (Photo courtesy Huntington Ingalls Industries, by Ricky Thompson)

Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division will share modeling and simulation practices used in the design and construction of aircraft carriers and submarines during the MODSIM World Conference this week. The shipyard is among more than 25 organizations sharing best


Today in U.S. Naval History: April 14

The damaged hull of USS Samuel B. Roberts (U.S. Navy photo)

Today in U.S. Naval History - April 14 1898 - Commissioning of first Post Civil War hospital ship, USS Solace 1969 - North Korean aircraft shoots down Navy EC-121 reconnaissance aircraft from VQ-1 over the Sea of Japan 1988 - USS Samuel B. Roberts struck Iranian mine off Qatar


Today in U.S. Naval History: April 8

Aeromarine 39-B airplane Approaching the flight deck of USS Langley (CV-1) during landing practice (Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute Photographic Collection. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - April 8 1925 - First planned night landings on a carrier, USS Langley, by VF-1 1950 - Unarmed Navy patrol aircraft shot down over Baltic Sea by USSR 1951 - First of four detonations, Operation Greenhouse nuclear test


Today in U.S. Naval History: April 7

USS Ohio (SSBN-726). U.S. Navy photo

Today in U.S. 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 - Carrier aircraft defeat last Japanese Navy sortie (Battle


Today in U.S. Naval History: April 2

USS Glacier (© Richard Leonhardt)

Today in U.S. Naval History - April 2 1781 - Frigate Alliance captures two British privateers, Mars and Minerva 1827 - First Naval Hospital construction begun at Portsmouth, Va. 1947 - UN places former Japanese mandated islands under U.S. trusteeship


Container Industry Stuck in a Vicious Cycle

Photo: Maersk

The industry is stuck in a vicious cycle, Drewry reports – although new ships may give carriers lower slot costs, the supply/demand dynamics are out of kilter and freight rates remain very volatile. Drewry Maritime Research’s 1Q14 Container Forecaster report highlights that the


Latest DoD Navy Contracts

USNS Guadalupe: Photo MSC

Vigor Industrial LLC, Moran Towing Corp., and Maersk Line, Ltd.  figure amongst the latest US Department of Defense, Navy, contract awards for various services as follows: USNS ship repair contract – Vigor Vigor Industrial LLC, Portland, Ore


Latest DoD Contracts: Drydocking & Dredging

USNS Laramie: USN Photo

Amongst the latest US Department of Defense listing, Detyens Shipyards has been awarded the dry-docking contract for Navy oiler USNS Laramie, and Mansen Construction has been awarded a US West Coast dredging contract. Details as follows: Ship repair contract


MHSCo Breaks Ground on Navy Maintenance Facilities

The Maritime Helicopter Support Company (MHSCo), a Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin joint venture company, today broke ground to build the maintenance and warehouse facilities that will provide Through Life Support logistics services for the Royal Australian Navy's new fleet of 24 MH-60R SEAHAWK


Search Resumes for Missing Flight 370

Image: AMSA

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) reported that the search for signs of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 aircraft in the Australian search and rescue region has resumed following a day of suspension due to poor weather.


Countdown Begins for UK Aircraft Carrier Naming

Image: BAE Systems

The countdown to the naming of the U.K. Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier has begun today, marking 100 days until the major milestone in the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier program. HMS Queen Elizabeth will be officially named by Her Majesty The Queen in a ceremony at Rosyth on


Another Mammoth Gas Ship Ordered for MHI

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The U.S. Shale Gas Revolution continues to drive orders for some of the world’s largest, most sophisticated tonnage. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) received an order from Astomos Energy Corporation for a very large liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier


 
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