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NASSCO Holds Keel Laying Ceremony for BP Tanker

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) held a keel laying ceremony for the Alaskan Frontier, the first of four Alaska Class, double-hull oil tankers being built under contract. Robert McRae, BP’s NASSCO Site Team Manager, welded his initials into the keel to signify the start of construction. On the day of the ceremony, NASSCO erected the first structural block of the Alaskan Frontier.


Holland America Holds Keel Laying Ceremony for Eurodam

Giant cranes lower the first modular section of Holland America Line’s ms Eurodam into place on the construction dock at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard near Venice, Italy. A priest offered a blessing for the ship during the event, part of the traditional Italian keel-laying ceremony. Construction of Holland America Line’s new Signature-class premium cruise ship ms Eurodam reached a milestone with the recent keel-laying ceremony at the Fincantieri Marghera shipyard in Italy


Nine Voith Tugs for Pemex

Building Director Admiral Jose A. Sierra shows to Mexican President Pena Nieto how the Voith Schneider Propeller works in a Voith Water Tractor tugboat, during the keel laying ceremony, celebrated January 2 in the Shipyard ASTIMAR 20. (Photo: Voith Turbo)

Nine Voith Water Tractors will be built under an agreement signed with Mexico's petroleum company, Pemex, for use at oil and gas maritime terminals on both coasts of the country.    Construction on four of the nine tugboats began after a keel laying ceremony at Astimar 20, Mexico's biggest shipyard, located in the port of Salina Cruz on Mexico's Pacific Coast.    In attendance was Mexico's President, Enrique Peña Nieto


China Shipyard Lay Keels Two Fast Rescue Vessels

Keels of two fast coastal rescue vessels laid at the Afai Southern (CIC Group) shipyard in China The keel laying ceremonies for two coastal fast rescue vessels contracted and built by Afai Southern, BEIHAIJIU 203(ASA033) and DONGHAIJIU 202(ASA034) were held respectively at the outfitting workshop and slipway workshop. Representatives from Guangzhou Maritime Safety Administration, CCS Guangzhou Branch, Design Company and leaders of Afai Southern witnessed the ceremony.


IHC Merwede Constructs Three Pipelaying Vessels

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IHC Merwede is building three 550t pipelaying vessels simultaneously at its Krimpen aan den IJssel yard in The Netherlands.   The keel-laying ceremony for the first of two identical 550t pipelaying vessels for TL Offshore, a subsidiary of SapuraKencana, took place on Tuesday 15 January. This event was held one week ahead of the original schedule and was performed by Mr Darryl Peter Nelson, Project Director with TL Offshore.  


NASSCO Celebrates Keel Laying

Richard Griffith, VP, Operations of Totem Ocean Trail Express, Inc. (TOTE), and Jim Scott, VP, marketing and business affairs, of National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, pose at the keel-laying ceremony for the North Star, the second of two ORCA-class RoRo trailerships being built for TOTE’s Tacoma-to-Anchorage service. Griffith drove in a wedge that signified the fit-up of the ship’s first keel blocks and then welded his initials onto


Keel Laying Ceremony for CVN 77

Navy tradition dictates that each ship constructed for the Navy be honored by ceremonies on four historic occasions: keel laying, christening (or launching), commissioning, and decommissioning. George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) will be honored with the first of its historic occasions on Saturday, September 6, at Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, VA. The keel laying celebrates the laying of the first timber of a ship and can be traced back to the construction of early Navy


International Maritime Associates Relocates

International Maritime Associates (IMA) recently expanded its Ft. Lauderdale offices, moving to a new location central to major shipyards, deep water dockage and local yachting vendors. Specializing in technical and management expertise for all levels of vessel construction, refit / service, and logistical support, IMA's new location at 1300 SE 17th Street, Suite 219, brings with it a team of experts specializing in a variety of yacht supervision skills


Cunard's Queen Victoria Keel Laying Ceremony Takes Place in Italy

A ceremony marking the keel laying for Cunard Line's Queen Victoria was held today at the Marghera shipyard of Fincantieri near Venice, Italy. The second largest Cunarder ever built, Queen Victoria will enter service on December 11, 2007 and become the third in Cunard's fleet of Queens when she joins Queen Mary 2, the largest liner in the world, and QE2, the most famous ship in the world. The keel laying involved the placement in the dry dock of one section of


Keel Laid, Fabrication Started on 2 Navy Warships

Photo: Bath Iron Works

This week, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works celebrated two milestone events for the Arleigh Burke-class program. On October 30, Bath Iron Works held a keel laying ceremony for the Rafael Peralta (DDG 115), the company’s 35th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer. The ship is named for Sgt. Rafael Peralta, U.S. Marine Corps, who was deployed to Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom and was killed November 15, 2004


Keel of First Eco Tanker for APT laid

Mrs. Katherine Faulconer, wife of Mayor Kevin Faulconer and First Lady of San Diego, welds her initials onto a steel plate that will be permanently affixed to the APT-1’s keel. Click on the image for hi res version.

  On Saturday, March 7, General Dynamics NASSCO hosted a keel laying ceremony for the first ECO tanker for American Petroleum Tankers (APT) under construction at the company's shipyard in San Diego. San Diego's First Lady, Mrs. Katherine Faulconer, was the honoree for the ceremony.


US, Australian, Indonesian Navies Commemorate Battle of Sunda Strait

The guided missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102), operates in the Java Sea while supporting the Indonesian-led search effort for AirAsia flight QZ8501. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Antonio P

  Senior officials from the United States, Australia and Indonesia paid their respects to the crews of USS Houston (CA 30) and HMAS Perth (D 29) during a wreath laying ceremony March 1, commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the Word War II Battle of Sunda Strait.


Davie Building LNG-powered Ferries

Photo courtesy of Davie

Canadian shipbuilder Davie held a keel laying ceremony for MV Armand-Imbeau II, marking the beginning of the hull assembly for this first of two sisterships under construction at Davie for the Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ).


Keels Laid for Two Aluminum OSVs

Image: Triangle Marine Services

Triangle Marine Services and Marine Core & Charter host keel laying ceremony for two Aluminum Fast Offshore Support Vessels   UAE-based shipbuilder Triangle Marine Services has laid the keels of two new 45-meter Aluminum Fast Offshore Support Vessels


Navy Lays Keel of USS Omaha

Navy Lays Keel of USS Omaha

  Austal USA shipyard held a keel laying ceremony for the sixth Independence variant littoral combat ship, the future USS Omaha (LCS 12), Feb. 18.   With Austal USA as the shipbuilder, teamed with General Dynamics as the combat systems provider


VT Halter Lays Keel for Crowley LNG ConRo Ship

Photo courtesy of VT Halter Marine

The keel for the first of two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, combination container – Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ships for Crowley Maritime Corp.’s liner services group was laid during a ceremony at ship-builder VT Halter Marine, Inc.’s facility in Pascagoula, Miss.


Shipbuilding: Sixth Cape Class Patrol Boat Launched

Cape Class Patrol Boat - Cape Leveque being launched (Photo courtesy of Austal)

Austal has launched the sixth in-series Cape Class Patrol Boat (CCPB) at the company’s Australian Defense Facility in Henderson, Western Australia. The launch of Cape Leveque marks the third year in a row a CCPB has been launched in the first week of January; preceded by Cape St George


GSL Builds Fast Attack Crafts for Mauritius

Photo: GSL

The keel laying ceremony for first of the series of Two Water Jet Fast Attack Crafts (WJFAC) being built by GSL for Mauritius Police Force was held at GSL on December 18, 2014.   Capt. Anish Nair, Warship Production Superintendent (WPS), Goa did the honors in the presence of Rear Adm


Aker: 4 Tankers Now Underway at Phila. Shipyard

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

  Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI), the wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA (Oslo: AKPS), celebrated two significant ship milestones this week.  Today, the shipyard held a ceremonial Keel Laying for the second of four product tankers that it is building


Newport News Lays Keel for Virginia-Class Sub

Newport News Shipbuilding employee and Washington state native Dustin Utecht welds Elisabeth Mabus’ initials onto a steel plate that will be permanently affixed to the submarine Washington (SSN 787). Photo by Chris Oxley/HII

Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), hosted a keel-laying ceremony Saturday for the future USS Washington (SSN 787), a Virginia-class submarine named for the Evergreen State.   The submarine’s sponsor is Elisabeth Mabus


Song Thu Lays Keel for New Dredger

Photo courtesy of RS

The construction of a new vessel of dredging fleet, project TSHD 2000, has been launched to the RS class in Da Nang, Vietnam. The keel laying ceremony was held at Song Thu Corporation shipyard November 21, 2014. It was attended by Andrey Tarasenko, General Director of FSUE Rosmorport


USS Constitution Not to Set Sail Until 2018

USS Constitution gets underway in Boston Harbor for the ships 217th birthday cruise.

  The crew of USS Constitution embarked on their final Boston Harbor underway demonstration aboard Old Ironsides this year, Oct. 17. Constitution set out into the harbor for her fifth and final underway of 2014 at 10 a.m. with more than 600 guests in attendance aboard America's 'Ship of


Keel Laid in S. Korea for 1,200-passenger Vessel

Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Communications, Dr. Juma Malik Akil

The keel of the 1,200 passenger vessel designed by the engineering and technology group SENER was recently laid in the Factory No. 2 of POSCO PLANTEC, in Ulsan, South Korea. SENER said its representatives attended to the keel laying ceremony


Keel Laid for Crowley Jones Act Tanker

Photo: Crowley

First of four Crowley tankers celebrated in keel laying ceremony at Aker Shipyard The first of four Crowley Maritime Corp. product tankers was celebrated today in a keel laying ceremony held at Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI), the wholly-owned U.S


Meyer Werft Keel Laying for 'Norwegian Escape'

Coin laying: Photo courtesy of Meyer Werft

Norwegian Cruise Line executives and officials from the German shipbuilder MEYER WERFT took part in the keel-laying ceremony of the new cruise ship 'Norwegian Escape' in a traditional ceremony at the shipyard. During the official ceremony, block number 35/41






 
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