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RFA Brambleleaf Will Undergo Refit at A&P

A&P Falmouth has been granted the multi-million dollar contract to refit the 33,257-dwt Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Brambleleaf, which is due to arrive in the yard on April 29 for 61 days. Owned by the Ministry of Defence, the vessel will undergo a general refit and maintenance repairs while in dry dock including blasting and painting of external hull and decks, main engine overhaul, survey work on tanks, machinery and cargo systems, accommodation refurbishment and maintenance and overhaul of pipelines, systems and machinery. A&P Falmouth also completed a similar refit on the RFA Brambleleaf's sister vessel the RFA Orangeleaf in 2001, which was very successfully completed on time and on budget.

Panama Canal Locks Undergo Overhaul

Panama Canal Authority work crews conduct a scheduled maintenance and overhaul at Gatún Locks, located at the Atlantic Ocean entrance to the Canal. The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) recently undertook scheduled maintenance work in four of the lock gates of the west chamber in the Gatún Locks. The work, which began on Tuesday, August 15, was completed Sunday, August 20, and required draining the locks chamber. The lock gates and valves also underwent a system of corrosion protection

MAN PrimeServ Engine Management Contract

Nakilat’s wholly owned fleet of LNG ships is now covered by MAN PrimeServ, MAN Diesel & Turbo’s after-sales division, after an EMC maintenance agreement signed with STASCO – the shipping division of Royal Dutch Shell – which manages the Nakilat ships. The contract covers a period of 10 years and represents a breakthrough for the Engine Management Concept in that the contract covers an entire fleet.

GE Powers India’s First Aircraft Carrier

Indian Navy Aircraft Carrier (Photo: GE)

GE Marine, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, announced that four GE LM2500 gas turbines will soon power the Indian Navy’s INS Vikrant, providing 80 megawatts for the country’s first indigenous aircraft carrier. Similar to the INS Vikrant itself, the ship’s propulsion plant (four LM2500 gas turbine modules) were manufactured in India by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.’s (HAL) Industrial & Marine Gas Turbine (IMGT) Division

Newport News, ODU Partner for Bachelor's Degree Program

John R. Broderick (left) and Danny Hunley sign a memorandum of understanding between Old Dominion University and Newport News Shipbuilding to offer a new bachelor’s degree program in mechanical and electrical engineering at The Apprentice School. Broderick serves as president of ODU; Hunley serves as Newport News’ vice president of operations. Photo by Chris Oxley/HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today that apprentices at Newport News Shipbuilding will now have the opportunity to earn a bachelor of science degree while completing a marine engineer apprenticeship, thanks to a partnership between The Apprentice School and Old Dominion University (ODU). The new program allows apprentices to earn a mechanical or electrical engineering degree from ODU while gaining related on-the-job engineering experience in manufacturing, construction

US Navy Sub’s Motor Generator Restored

USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740). (U.S. Navy photo by Rex Nelson)

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) has completed the restoration of the motor generator set for the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) on February 23 – three days ahead of schedule, the U.S. Navy reported.   PNSY was already restoring a motor generator set for Rhode Island, a process that typically takes 12 to 18 months, when Trident Refit Facility (TRF) Kings Bay informed the shipyard they wanted to replace the motor generator set during the upcoming

P&OSL Dover Returns to A&P Falmouth

The P&O Stena Line passenger/car ferry P&OSL Dover has dry docked in A&P Falmouth after arriving on 15th April 2002. This will be the final vessel from the P&O Stena Line fleet to undergo refit this season. The P&OSL Dover has dry docked in Falmouth every year since 1990 (when she first came in as Pride of Dover). The vessel will undergo various repairs whilst in dock similar to the repairs which were recently undertaken on her sister ship the P&OSL Calais, including tail shaft and tank surveys

USS Pasadena to Undergo Extended Overhaul in Portsmouth

Rear Adm. Rick Breckenridge, Commander Submarine Group 2 welcomed the crew of the Los Angeles-class submarine USS Pasadena (SSN 752) who travelled more than 7,000 miles from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii to begin their extended maintenance overhaul at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Sept. 2. Breckenridge and the Group 2 staff provided a warm welcome to the Pacific-based submarine as she casted her lines and moored to Naval Submarine Base New London.

Two P&O Cruise Ships Getting Complete Overhauls


On November 16, 2011, the luxury cruise liner "MS Oriana" of P&O CRUISES was floated into Dock 11 of Blohm + Voss Repair. Four weeks are required to complete the overhaul and renovation work.   On December 17, 2011, the "MS Oriana“ is scheduled to leave Hamburg. The extensive renovation covers various areas. Among other things, the "MS Oriana“ will be provided with a so-called „duck tail“ to improve the

Wärtsilä Expands Propulsion Monitoring Services

Process for gathering and analysing data with Wärtsilä Propulsion Condition Monitoring Service

Wärtsilä expanded its offering in propulsion monitoring services. The Wärtsilä Propulsion Condition Monitoring Service (PCMS), introduced to the market in 2010, will now feature expanded functionalities and is now available in two editions - PCMS Starter and PCMS Professional. The need for certainty of operations and long-term maintenance planning is fulfilled with a new functionality - Dynamic Lifetime Prognosis (DLP).

Rolls-Royce, Astican Open Las Palmas Workshop

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce yesterday opened a new, custom built, 2,100-square-meter service facility at the Astican Shipyard in Las Palmas, on Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. The center is a partnership between Rolls-Royce and the shipyard.   Las Palmas’ position in the Atlantic allows

Engine Overhaul Aboard North Sea FPSO

Haewene Brim (Photo: Royston)

Bluewater-owned offshore floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel Haewene Brim has undergone an engine overhaul at the hands of a team of diesel power specialist Royston Limited.   The 252m, 103,000dwt FPSO, powered by main generating sets consisting of four 5

Lack of Proper Management Systems Cause Engine Damage

Main Engine Damage. Photo by The Swedish Club

 A new report from The Swedish Club shows that incorrect maintenance and repair continues to be the most frequent cause of main engine damage – a trend which has continued unabated since the Club began monitoring the issue nearly ten years ago.    

Gibdock Wins Exhaust Scrubber Project

Photo: Gibdock

Gibdock has secured an exhaust gas scrubber retrofit project covering five vessels operated by ship management major Norbulk Shipping and owned by global shipping group Vroon.   The contract represents a sizeable debut in specialized EGS work

US Rep. Crenshaw Visits Newport News Shipbuilding

Rep. Ander Crenshaw (second from left) toured Newport News Shipbuilding and was briefed on the construction of Virginia-class submarines (VCS) while visiting the shipyard’s Supplemental Module Outfitting Facility. Also pictured (left to right) are Matt Needy, Newport News’ VCS program director; Scott Whitmore, VCS construction superintendent; and Rob Austin, VCS construction director. (Photo by Chris Oxley/HII)

Shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.) Tuesday for a tour of the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division.   Ken Mahler, Newport News' vice president of Navy programs, joined Crenshaw for the visit

HII Wins $109.4mln U.S. Navy Contract

Photo:  Huntington Ingalls Industries

 Huntington Ingalls  has received a $109.4mln contract modification to carry out support services for the U.S. Navy’s nuclear submarines.   The company will work to engineer, design, configure and update various classes of submarines, special mission submersible interfaces

Turbocharger Overhaul for Tidewater OSVs

Photo: Royston

Marine engineering teams from diesel power specialist Royston Limited have carried out the overhaul of turbochargers on two offshore supply ships operated by Tidewater Marine in the oilfields off the coast of South West Africa.   Royston said its engineers completed the full overhaul of

ExxonMobil Helps Extend Ship’s Piston Ring Life

Athens-based Costamare Shipping has more than tripled the piston ring replacement period to more than 55,000 hours for containership Cosco Yantian, helping the company reduce costs and improve vessel performance.   According to ExxonMobil

Wei-Li Crane Ship Departs Damen Shiprepair

Photo: Damen

The Wei-Li crane ship slipped her lines at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque on Friday, September 11, to make the short trip up to Rotterdam after 10 days of maintenance and repairs.   The 141-meter, 18,330 DWT crane ship required special dock bed arrangements, not least because of the 3

Norfolk Ship Repair Announces 650 Layoffs

Photo by BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair

 BAE Systems Ship Repair Norfolk has announced plans for layoffs - 650 people will be layed off effective November 20, 2015, says company sources.   This represents 43 percent reduction in workforce. The company attributed to a decrease in Navy repair work.  

Wärtsilä to Optimize GasLog's LNG Carriers

GasLogs Santiago vessel (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä informs it has signed a maintenance agreement with the GasLog LNG Services Limited that aims to ensure the reliability of operation of GasLog's seven LNG carriers, each having a cargo capacity of 155,000 cbm.   According to Wärtsilä

USCG Icebreaking Tug Returns from Midlife Overhaul

Morro Bay passes the Cleveland West Pierhead Light in June 2013. (USCG photo by Christopher M. Yaw)

Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay returned to homeport in Cleveland Tuesday following a 14-month service life extension project (SLEP) at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, the U.S. Coast Guard announced.   SLEP is a major midlife overhaul which is expected to extend the cutter's service life 15

Norsafe Introduces Maintenance Agreements

Photo courtesy of Norsafe

Norsafe, a  leader in marine life-saving equipment, is the first supplier in its sector to introduce a tiered service management system for its clients following an in-depth study of ship owners and operators maintenance strategy. Called the Norsafe CARE Plan

GLS Wins Multi-Vessel USACE Contract

Photo courtesy of Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard has been awarded a contract by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Detroit District for the drydocking and repairs of the Floating Plant, based at the Detroit Field Station. The shipyard will perform routine drydocking

Three USACE Vessels Drydocked at Great Lakes Shipyard

Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard announced it has been awarded a contract from the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Detroit District for the drydocking and repairs of the Floating Plant, based at the Detroit Field Station.   The shipyard will perform routine drydocking

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