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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.


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


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.


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


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.


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 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


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


Milaha launches Qatar - India Service

Khalifa Ali Al Hitmi

Milaha Maritime & Logistics, a subsidiary of the Qatar based Milaha Group which delivers integrated transport and supply chain solutions in the GCC, has announced the launch of the first direct container service between Qatar and India. The non-stop service will connect Qatar’s Doha


Austal Delivers for Militaries ... Near & Far

Bernard Gorman, Supervisor, Austal, applying the  classification  society stamp on a 72- High Speed Support Vessel for Oman’s Navy.

While Austal USA based in Mobile, Alabama, still accounts for the lion’s share of revenue (more than 80%) of the Australian based company, the entire corporation has been making waves of late delivering latest technology to naval fleets around the globe.


Icebreaker Murmansk Launched at Arctech Helsinki Shipyard

Icebreaker Murmansk Courtesy Arctech Helsinki Shipyard

  The 16 MW Icebreaker for the Russian Ministry of Transport was launched at Arctech Helsinki Shipyard on March 25th, 2015. Before floating the vessel, she was given the name ceremonially by breaking of a champagne bottle on the bow of the vessel


Rotterdam Gate LNG Terminal Expansion Started

Dutch gas network operator Gasunie and tank storage service provider Vopak said on Monday that the expansion of their Gate liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Rotterdam has begun. The new infrastructure is expected to aid the use of LNG as a transport fuel and is expected to be operational


Kongsberg Maritime Launches DP Training Course

Photo courtesy of Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg Maritime has reported an increase in the number of delegates partaking in its training courses. From 2013 to 2014, delegates rose by 26%; there was also a 36% increase in courses delivered from its training center in Westhill, Aberdeen.


Queen Names P&O Cruises' New Luxury Ship

Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, officially named P&O Cruises new flagship Britannia. (Photo by James Morgan, © P&O Cruises)

P&O Cruises UK’s Britannia, the biggest ship designed exclusively for Britain, was christened today in official naming ceremony; AIDA Cruises’ AIDAprima will begin service later this year, the second of 10 ships scheduled to be delivered to Carnival Corporation’s fleet


India, Seychelles Ink Pacts on Maritime Security

Indian PM Narendra Modi with President James Michel of Seychelles (Pic: FB Modi Page)

 India on Wednesday signed four agreements with the Indian Ocean island nation Seychelles to boost security and maritime partnership.   Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with Seychelles President James Alix Michel and said Seychelles "is a vital partner in our Indian Ocean


Poland Seeks Cruise Missile for Submarines

Tomahawk Cruise Missile - Pic by Raytheon Company

 Poland is planning to get advanced cruise missiles for its submarines, the country’s defense minister has said, implying that the NATO member state is taking precautionary measures against a rising Russian threat, says a report in AP.  


Observation Pod for Cruise Lines by MacGregor

Crane and observation gondola called the North Star. It will lift guests 91m above sea level to give them panoramic views of the ship

  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has supplied Royal Caribbean International's first Quantum Class cruise ship with a crane and observation gondola called the North Star. It will lift guests 91m above sea level to give them panoramic views of the ship, sea and ports of call.  


Lerwick Sees Cruise Season Boom

Lerwick Harbour gets set for the boom in cruising shipping

  Lerwick Harbour’s cruise season launches at the double this week, with the arrival of the first two vessels of the year on Wednesday (18 March), bringing 1,850 passengers to Shetland. En route from Andalnes, Norway, to Torshavn, Faroe


MTN Launches Live HDTV At Sea

MTN Communications (MTN) has announced another maritime industry first with the launch of its high-definition live television service at sea, MTN Worldwide TV HD (MTN-TV HD).   “MTN-TV HD delivers an amazing viewing experience onboard,” said Graham Douglas


Fugro Introduces G2+ Positioning Service

  Fugro has introduced its high accuracy G2+ service for the GNSS augmentation field, the company announced today. The G2+ service is designed to benefit offshore operators around the globe who require positioning and measurement accuracy at the centimeter level.  


AGCT Opens COSCO Service in Rijeka

Maiden call of COSCO’s Contship Eco at ICTSI’s Adriatic Gate Container Terminal.

  Adriatic Gate Container Terminal (AGCT), International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI) container handling facility in the Port of Rijeka, Croatia, recently launched China Ocean Shipping (Group) Co.’s (COSCO), Adriatic–Greece–Turkey service (AGT) when


New Skimmer Systems for Coastal Oil Spill Response

SeaHow said its new skimmer systems can be implemented to almost any workboat over six meters in length. Skimmers are designed to collect both light and heavy oils efficiently. These features provide new operational efficiencies especially for near shore and coastal oil spill response. (Photo: SeaHow)

SeaHow has launched a new product line of skimmers aiming to address the challenges encountered by the oil spill response (OSR) organizations.   SeaHow, operator one of northern Europe’s largest fleets of OSR vessels, said that over the 30 years that it has carried out OSR work


Milaha Rolls Out First Direct Qatar-India Service

Image by Milaha Maritime & Logistics

 Milaha Maritime and Logistics, a subsidiary of Milaha Group, launched its first direct container service, known as the Nhava Sheva Doha Express (NDX), between Qatar’s Doha port and India’s port Nhava Sheva in Mumbai.  






 
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