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DCN Launches First Of Navy Series

French navy shipyards launched the first of three stealth frigates ordered by Saudi Arabia. The 4,500-ton frigate Al Riyadh, launched in the Brittany port of Lorient, is due for delivery in the summer of 2002 after being fitted with equipment and undergoing tests. Two sister ships, the La Fayette class missile-launching frigates Makkah and Al Damman, are still being built. French defense electronics group Thomson-CSF provides the frigates' combat systems.


This Day in Naval History - January 26

From the Navy News Service: 1911 - The first hydroaeroplane flight is witnessed by a naval aviator. 1913 - The body of John Paul Jones is laid in its final resting place in the chapel of the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. 1949 - USS Norton Sound (AV 11), the first guided-missile ship, launches first guided missile, Loon. 1960 - USS John S. McCain (DL 3/DDG 36) rescues the entire 41-man crew of the sinking Japanese freighter, Shinwa Maru, in the East China Sea.


AUSTAL USA Launch First Two Vessels

Within a busy 18 day period, Austal USA have launched their first two vessels, Anapaula and Veronica from the new, high-tech facility in Mobile, Ala. The 120 man workforce watched with pride as on December 2 and then December 20 each of the vessels made its way onto the launch barge supplied by part owner, Bender Shipbuilding and then on to a dry-dock for floating off. The Austal USA team who have produced these two vessels in just 8 months in the large construction hall on the edge of the


Malaysia Launches First Sub

Malaysia’s first Scorpene submarine was recently launched signifying yet another leap in the nation’s pursuit of new technology. KD Tunku Abdul Rahman, named after the country’s first Prime Minister, was unveiled in a historic ceremony at the DCNS dockyard near Paris. In keeping with maritime tradition, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor broke a bottle of water against the submarine’s sail to signify the official launching and naming of the vessel.


German Yard FSG Launches its Longest RoRo Ferry

Photo credit FSG

Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft launches first of two RoRo freight ferries for the Turkish shipping company Ulusoy Sealines.  “At 208 metres, this is the longest and biggest freight ferry ever built at FSG”, declared shipyard Managing Director Peter Sierk. He added that it was a very significant moment for him and the entire shipbuilding team at FSG to see the “Ulusoy 14” slide into the Flensburg Fiord without a problem.


Bollinger Launches First of 10 for Rigdon Marine

Rigdon launched the 4000 class PSV under construction at Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport, LA. The vessels are ABS classed DPS-2 and feature Rigdon distinctive diesel electric propulsion system for superior fuel efficiency and performance redundancy. This approach allows Rigdon to provide 4,000 barrels of liquid mud capacity in a segregated, self cleaning Oval tank system to enhance the care of the product and ability to deliver 100% of cargo to rig while greatly reducing the expense of tank


This Day in Naval History - Oct. 25

From the Navy News Service 1812 - USS United States (Capt. Stephen Decatur) captures HMS Macedonian. 1924 - Airship USS Shenandoah (ZR 1) completes round-trip transcontinental cruise that began Oct. 7. 1944 - During Battle of Leyte Gulf in Battle of Surigao Straits, U.S. battleships execute the maneuver of "crossing the tee" of the Japanese forces. In Battle Off Samar, escort carriers, destroyers and destroyer escorts heroically resist attacks of Japanese Center Force


This Day in U.S. Naval History – October 25

1812 - USS United States (CAPT Stephen Decatur) captures HMS Macedonian. 1924 - Airship, USS Shenandoah (ZR-1), completes round trip transcontinental cruise that began on 7 October. 1944 - During Battle of Leyte Gulf in Battle of Surigao Straits, U.S. battleships execute the maneuver of "crossing the tee" of the Japanese forces. In Battle Off Samar, escort carriers, destroyers and destroyer escorts heroically resist attacks of Japanese Center Force


This Day in U.S. Naval History – October 26

1921 - In first successful test, a compressed air, turntable catapult, launches an N-9 seaplane. 1922 - LCDR Godfrey deC. Chevalier makes first landing aboard a carrier (USS Langley) while underway off Cape Henry, Virginia. 1942 - Battle of the Santa Cruz Island. USS Hornet (CV-8) was lost and USS Enterprise (CV-6) was badly damaged during the battle. 1944 - Battle of Leyte Gulf ends with Navy carrier and USAAF aircraft attacks on the retreating Japanese ships. U.S


This Day in Navy History

October 26, 1921 - In first successful test, a compressed air, turntable catapult, launches an N-9 seaplane. 1922 - LCDR Godfrey deC. Chevalier makes first landing aboard a carrier (USS Langley) while underway off Cape Henry, Virginia. 1942 - Battle of the Santa Cruz Island. USS Hornet (CV-8) was lost and USS Enterprise (CV-6) was badly damaged during the battle. 1944 - Battle of Leyte Gulf ends with Navy carrier and USAAF aircraft attacks on the retreating Japanese ships. U.S


Push to Axe US Crude Export Ban Strengthens in House

Lawmakers in the House of Representatives who are trying to end the decades-old ban on U.S. crude oil exports said on Thursday they were gaining support after a Democrat joined the Republican-led effort.   Representative Henry Cuellar became the first Democrat to sign on to a bill launched


Sea Star Line, Boys & Girls Clubs Partner to Name Marlin Class Ships

Paola Dominguez with a rendering of the new Marlin Class ship. The Isla Bella will enter service in the 4th quarter of 2015. (Photo courtesy of Sea Star Line)

In June 2014, Sea Star Line partnered with the 11 clubs of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico in a contest to name the new liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessels which will be dedicated to the Puerto Rico trade by TOTE, Sea Star Line’s parent company


Moran Iron Works Builds Two Barges for Durocher

Photo: Moran Iron Works

Moran Iron Works (MIW) launched two ocean going deck barges last week for Durocher Marine, a division of Kokosing Construction Company Inc.   The two deck barges are 180' X 54' X 12' and built in accordance with the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and United States Coast Guard (USCG)


Damen Launches First of Two Ro-Pax Ferries

Photo: Damen

Eighty-meter ice class Ro-Pax ferry MV Veteran was recently launched by Damen Shipyards Galaţi in Romania, the builder announced today.   The vessel represents the first of a two-vessel contract, with a design stemming from a Canadian-Danish partnership between Fleetway and Knud E. Hansen


Drydocks World Wins Dubai Chamber CSR Label

Award for Drydocks World  - recognition of its excellence in the areas of social responsibility

  Drydocks World group the leading provider of maritime and offshore services to the shipping, oil, gas and energy sectors has received the Dubai Chamber Corporate Social Responsibility Label in recognition of their efforts and contribution to excellence in various areas of social


APM Maasvlakte II Terminal Opens

King Willem-Alexander officialised the opening of Maasvlakte II by informing a remote crane operator to launch the multi-coloured ballet of containers on 62 battery-powered Lift-Automated Guided Vehicles. Next to him are CEO of the Maersk Group, Nils s. Andersen and CEO of APM Terminals, Kim Fejfer. Photo: Maersk Group

 APM Terminals Maasvlakte II held a ceremony  to celebrate the opening of the world’s most automated container terminal.   The  event that was attended by Dutch King Willem-Alexander and 500 representatives of the port industry and governments from around the world


GSF and BIMCO Publish Standard Box Freight Document

Pic: BIMCO Headquarters

 The Global Shippers Forum (GSF) has joined forces with the Baltic International Maritime Council Organisation (BIMCO) to launch the BIMCO/GSF SERVICECON container shipping contract.    GSF is a NGO inaugurated in the UK four years ago but which represents international shipping


Vessel Forebody Launched for Rand Logistics

Video screenshot (courtesy of Rand Logistics)

Vessel introduction on track for fourth quarter of 2015   Rand Logistics, Inc. announced the launch of its new vessel forebody. The new forebody, built by Chengxi Shipyard Co., will be affixed to the aft section of the company's recently acquired Danish-flagged vessel and is set to become


Eastern Launches MPSV for Hornbeck Offshore

HOS Warland (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. launched the HOS Warland (Hull 241) on Friday March 6, 2015 for Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC. The HOS Warland is Eastern’s first of two 302’x76’x26’ multipurpose service vessels (MPSV) launched with the Hornbeck designation HOSMPSV 310ES


GAC's Hull Cleaning Solution Debuts in Singapore

Photo: GAC

GAC EnvironHull’s eco-friendly, diver-free hull cleaning technology makes its Asian debut at this year’s Sea Asia exhibition, marking its introduction at one of the world’s busiest ports, Singapore.   The HullWiper Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) system was launched in


ABB Improves Efficiency of World’s Largest Ships

MSC Oscar (Photo courtesy of ABB)

ABB Turbocharging helps improve engine performance on record- breaking containerships   ABB has designed turbochargers powering the largest ships in the world. First came the China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) Globe with capacity of 19,100 TEU completing its maiden voyage in February 2015


APL, MOL, NYK Launch Joint Service

APL, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) have together launched a new joint service between trading hubs in Asia and ports in Mexico, Colombia and Panama.   In a joint statement made by the carriers, APL, MOL and NYK said Asia is an important market for exporters in


World’s First LNG-Powered Containership Launched

Isla Bella: General Dynamics NASSCO

 General Dynamics NASSCO launched the 3,100 teu Isla Bella, the world’s first LNG-powered containership. More than 3,400 shipbuilders, their families, and others attended the special event at the San Diego-based shipyard.  


Royal IHC Launches Sister Pipelay Vessels

Photo: Royal IHC

Netherlands-based Royal IHC today named and launched new pipelaying sister vessels, Sapura Jade and Sapura Ônix, in ceremonies at the company’s shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel, The Netherlands.   Sapura Jade’s naming was performed by Belle de Bruin


Patrol Boat Rio Belelle Launched

Photo courtesy of Gondan Shipyard

The first of the two Patrol Boats built for the Spanish Guardia Civil was launched at Gondan Shipyard’s facilities in Ribadeo. The contract was signed last summer. With an overall length of 20.5 m and a beam of 5.0 m, these boats have been built in Aluminum and Fiber (GRP) in






 
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