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USS Ohio Departs for Maiden Deployment

USS Ohio (SSGN 726) departed from Naval Base (NB) Kitsap, Bremerton delta pier for her maiden deployment as a guided-missile submarine, Oct. 14. Ohio was recently converted from a ballistic missile submarine to a guided-missile submarine and was the first of four in its class to undergo the conversion. "Today is a very special day for the Sailors on board the USS Ohio and this marks a major installment for the nation," said Rear Adm. Frank M. Drennan, commander Submarine Group TRIDENT. "We took a covert platform with immense volume and created a base at sea for special operations forces." In December, Ohio completed its conversion to a guided-missile submarine and is now capable of hauling more than 150 Tomahawk cruise missiles and more than 60 special operations force members for extended periods of time. This conversion is a colossal step forward in the Navy's ability to continue to provide a forward deployed presence. "We made a pledge to the nation five years ago and today, we proved our promise to revolutionize an old platform and transform it to something that's more relevant with more capabilities and additional striking power," said Drennan. "I feel great to be part of the newest and greatest submarine in the fleet," said Fire Control Technician 3rd Class (SS) Nathanial Couch. "This is an amazing submarine and a very valuable tool for the Navy."

USS George H.W. Bush Maiden Deployment

Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWB CSG) departed for its maiden deployment May 11. The strike group, led by the Navy's newest aircraft carrier, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), and its nearly 6,000 Sailors; is scheduled to conduct operations in the U.S. Navy's 6th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility.   The deployment is part of an ongoing rotation of U.S. forces supporting maritime security operations in international waters around the globe.   

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

TBS Takes Delivery of Handymax

TBS International Limited has taken delivery of the M.V. Tupi Maiden, formerly known as the M.V. Ken Blossom, an acquisition it announced in June 2008. The M.V. Tupi Maiden is a 1992 built, 38,852 dwt handymax bulk carrier that the Company agreed to acquire charter free for $44.0 million. With this delivery, TBS' current fleet consists of 45 multipurpose tweendecker, handymax and handysize vessels. TBS expects to take delivery of one more handymax bulk carrier (M.V

USN, Republic of Singapore Navy Commence 19th CARAT Singapore

The guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) docks near the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) in Singapore. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh/Released)

The 19th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore exercise commenced with an opening ceremony at Changi Naval Base, July 15. Continuing through July 26, CARAT Singapore 2013 consists of 12 days of shore-based and at-sea training events designed to address shared maritime security priorities, develop relationships, and enhance interoperability among participating forces. CARAT Singapore is part of a series of bilateral naval exercises between the U.S

USS Coronado Completes Survivability Test

U.S. Navy file photo

The U.S. Navy’s littoral combat ship (LCS) USS Coronado (LCS 4) has completed survivability testing off the coast of California on January 28 in preparation for the ship's maiden deployment later this year.   The purpose of the Total Ship Survivability Trial (TSST) is to evaluate the ship's systems and procedures following a simulated conventional weapon hit. The primary areas that are evaluated include the ship's ability to contain and control damage

Staten Island Ferry Completes Maiden Voyage

The Spirit of America, the third and last in the new Molinari class of Staten Island ferryboats, had its maiden voyage on April 5 with a low-key trip across New York Harbor. Ferry managers and a handful of elected leaders took the inaugural trip, a 10 a.m. run from St. George that commenced without the ceremony, speeches and hoopla that welcomed the Spirit's sister vessels, Guy V. Molinari and Sen. John J. Marchi. Staten Island Advance readers voted to name the boat Sprit of America in 2004

TBS International Takes Delivery of Third Newbuild

TBS International plc (NASDAQ: TBSI) announced it has taken delivery of the newly-constructed vessel M/V Montauk Maiden from Nantong Yahua Shipbuilding Group Co., Ltd. The M/V Montauk Maiden is the third in a series of six “Roymar Class” 34,000 dwt multipurpose tweendecker vessels that the company has ordered with China Communications Construction Company Ltd./ Nantong Yahua Shipbuilding Group Co., Ltd. for a purchase price of $35.4m per vessel

CSL Tacoma Calls at Port of Redwood City

CSL Tacoma

The final in a series of five Canada Steamship Lines' (CSL) state-of-the-art, new Trillium Class self-unloading Panamax vessels, the 228-meter long CSL Tacoma, embarked on her maiden voyage from the Chengxi Shipyard in Jiangyin, China on Oct. 12, and is making her maiden cargo voyage to San Francisco Bay. She is scheduled to arrive at the Port of Redwood City at noon on Wednesday, November 6, with sand and gravel construction materials from an Eagle Rock Aggregates quarry in British Columbia

LHA 6 'America' Maiden Voyage Completes at San Diego

America arrives San Diego: Photo USN

The Navy informs that the soon to-be-commissioned amphibious assault ship 'USS America' (LHA 6) arrived at its homeport of San Diego after completing its two-month maiden transit around the American continent from Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi.
 During the transit, the ship and crew traveled 15,300 miles, made port visits to Colombia, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Brazil, and Peru, engaging in cooperative maritime security operations in order to maintain access

MPA Tests Joint Oil Spill Response Procedure

Courtesy MPA

The multi-agency joint oil spill exercise was conducted today as part of an on-going effort to ensure our ports remain safe, secure and clean for the international shipping community. Code-named JOSE 2016, the exercise was organised by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) as part of

Viking Ocean Cruises Makes Maiden US Call

Viking Ocean Cruises made its first ever call on a U.S. port when Viking Star docked at Cruiseport Boston. Viking Star began her voyage in Montreal, travelled the St. Lawrence River to Quebec City and Saguenay, continued on to Prince Edward Island and Halifax and, following her stop in Boston

NATO: Major Russian Naval Deployment Underway

Russian warships off the coast of Norway are carrying fighter bombers that will likely reinforce a final assault on the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo in two weeks, a senior NATO diplomat said on Wednesday citing Western intelligence. "They are deploying all of the Northern fleet and much

Panamax Containerships: Is the Battle Now Lost?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 In the containership market today, Panamax sector, the charter rates rest at rock-bottom rates and the fleet is in steady and perhaps terminal decline, with scrapping at record levels. Is the battle now lost? A report by Clarksons Research.  

Hueneme Welcomes Its First Post-Panamax Ship

(Photo: Port of Hueneme)

Port of Hueneme’s first Post-Panamax ship was greeted by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Lines (WWL) company leaders and Port officials during an occasion marking a paradigm shift in how the widened Panama Canal will bring a new class of vessels to the Port of Hueneme.  

APM Terminals Pipavav Q1 Net Zooms 60%

Pipavav - Vessel at berth at APM Terminals Pipavav (Gujarat Pipavav Port) Photo APM

APM Terminals Pipavav’s (Gujarat Pipavav Port Ltd) today posted a 60 per cent rise in standalone net profit to INR 59.75 crore for the first quarter ended June 30, 2016 on the back of lower expenses. The company had posted a net profit after tax of INR 37

Biggest Cruise Ship to Enter Lerwick Harbor

Celebrity Silhouette  Photo Celebrity Cruises

The record for the biggest cruise ship into Lerwick Harbour will be broken on Today (Sunday) when Celebrity Silhouette enters the Shetland port on a 14-nights British Isles Cruise. On her maiden call at Lerwick, Celebrity Cruises’ 122

MISC Enters Thai Offshore O&G Market

Pairoj Kaweeyanun, President of Chevron Offshore Thailand, Ltd., and Tuan Syed Hashim Syed Abdullah, Vice President Offshore Business of MISC Berhad, after the signing of agreement between Chevron Offshore (Thailand) Ltd. and MISC Offshore Floating Terminals (L) Limited. (Photo: MISC Berhad)

    Energy related maritime solutions and services provider MISC Berhad (MISC) has made inroads into Thailand’s offshore oil and gas market for the first time.   MISC’s wholly-owned subsidiary, MISC Offshore Floating Terminals (L) Limited (MOFT) signed a contract for

Indian Warships Visit Port Victoria

Photos supplied by Indian Navy

 In a demonstration of India’s commitment to its ties with Seychelles and maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region, Indian Naval Ships Kolkata, Trikand and Aditya under the Command of the Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, Rear Admiral Ravneet Singh

Intermarine's Industrial Skipper Completes Maiden Voyage

M/V Industrial Skipper (Photo: Intermarine, LLC)

Intermarine, LLC announced the July delivery of the M/V Industrial Skipper from Shandong Huanghai shipyard in Rongcheng, China. The ship transported modules to Corpus Christi, Texas, for her maiden voyage.   The 12,500 DWT, 147 meter, Ecolift 500 vessel features two cranes with a combined

Singapore: Ferry Emergency Exercise Tests Multi-Agencies’ Readiness

Passengers evacuated to life raft using a cat-slide. Photo: MPA

 The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) held a half-day emergency preparedness exercise, codenamed ‘FEREX 2016’ yesterday (September 02).    The annual ferry exercise (FEREX) aims to test the readiness of various agencies to respond to ferry mishaps in the

Indian Naval Ships Call At Port Louis, Mauritius

INS Kolkata at Port Louis, Mauritius. Photo: Indian Navy

 Indian Naval ships Kolkata and Aditya, under the Command of the Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, are in Mauritius since 1st September 2016, in a demonstration of India's commitment to its ties with Mauritius and to promote maritime security in the Indian Ocean region.  

Operation Render Safe Brings Safety to Solomon Islands

The ongoing menace of explosive remnants of war will again be tackled in the Solomon Islands by the multinational team assigned to Operation Render Safe 16

The dangers posed by explosive remnants of war in the Solomon Islands will again be tackled with the commencement of Operation Render Safe 16 over the weekend.   The annual ADF-led Operation Render Safe deployment is Australia’s enduring commitment to the removal of unexploded and

First NYK Transoceanic Liner Recognized

Photo: NYK Line

 The moored museum ship Hikawa Maru was officially designated as an Important Cultural Property by the nation’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.   Hikawa Maru is a Japanese ocean liner that Yokohama Dock Company built for Nippon Yūsen Kabushiki

Cruise Season at Lerwick Ends on New Highs

Photo Courtesy Lerwick Harbor

Lerwick Harbor has logged its best cruise season yet, with the Shetland port setting four new records in 2016 – and three expected to be broken again next year. The season closes tomorrow, Thursday 6 October, with another visit by the Cruise & Maritime Voyages-operated Marco Polo

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