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Coast Guard to Hold In-Commission Special for National Security Cutter

The Coast Guard will hold a ceremony on May 8, 2008 at 1:00 pm in , to acknowledge preliminary acceptance (delivery) and "In-Commission Special" status of its first National Security Cutter, BERTHOLF (WMSL 750).  Not to be confused with a Commissioning, Thursday's event is meant to recognize the importance of reaching this milestone and to formally transfer the cutter to a Coast Guard crew.  "In Commission Special" status begins when the Coast Guard crew takes possession of the vessel.  It then enters a post-delivery period of approximately 22-24 months, during which crew training, operational evaluation and certification, and regularly scheduled maintenance availabilities will occur to ensure it meets all performance and operational requirements.    Preliminary acceptance is a major milestone in BERTHOLF's transition to full operational status in the Coast Guard's fleet and represents transfer of ownership of the National Security Cutter to the Coast Guard.   


Offshore Systems Meets Milestone in Warship-AIS Program

With the installation of Warship Automatic Identification System (W-AIS) on HMS Illustrious, the current Fleet Flag Ship of the Royal Navy, Offshore Systems Ltd. meets a major milestone of the first major platform fit of this capability. W-AIS provides the Royal Navy with exciting new capabilities that enhance situational awareness for bridge teams through the overlay of AIS contact data onto Warship Electronic Chart Display Information System (WECDIS)


Saab Transponder Tech Reports Strong Market for AIS

Saab TransponderTech, a supplier of automatic identification systems (AISs) reports continued brisk sales of its AIS products, including shipboard transponders and base stations. Saab achieved two major milestones this year when it shipped its 10,000 shipboard AIS transponder and also installed the 1,000 shoreside AIS base station, according to Gunnar Mangs, vice president sales and marketing for Saab TransponderTech.


PD Ports Reaches Major Milestone at Teesport

Photo courtesy Image Line Communications Ltd.

PD Ports has announced it has reached another major milestone at Teesport – handling its 150,000 container through its container terminals for the first time in history within a calendar year.   Frans Calje, PD Ports MD Unitised, said: “To have reached this record number from a steady throughput of around 80,000 containers only some two and a half years ago is a testimony to the success of our portcentric logistics strategy and the hard work that went into making it a success


N.E.I. Treatment Systems Announces Commissioning of High Capacity Ballast Water Treatment System

Venturi Injectors for VOS-6000 Venturi Oxygen Stripping Ballast Water Treatment System

N.E.I. Treatment Systems, a global leader in providing Ballast Water Treatment Systems (BWTS) to the commercial shipping industry, announced today the achievement of a major milestone – the successful commissioning during sea trial of the world’s highest capacity BWTS installed and operating anywhere in the world. In July 2011, a 6,350 cubic meter per hour Venturi Oxygen StrippingTM (VOSTM) BWTS was successfully commissioned during sea trial of a VLCC built by Hyundai Samho


World's First FLNG Vessel Steel-Cutting

A steel cutting ceremony for the hull of Petronas' first Floating Liquid Natural Gas (FLNG) held at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in Okpo, South Korea. The steel cutting event signifies a major milestone for the project, which according to Petronas is the world’s first, and the construction phase now commences to meet its commissioning schedule in 2015. The ceremony was led by Petronas’ President and Group CEO


Aker Philly Reaches Benchmarks on Tankers

With two tanker vessels already delivered on charter and in service to Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. (OSG), Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI) has achieved major milestones on two subsequent vessels in the build program. The third product tanker in the series, Hull 007, has been floated from its berth in the yard's Building Dock, and steel cutting has been initiated for Hull 010, the sixth vessel in the series, marking start of production on that ship.


IBM and Dassault Systemes Release New CATIA Version

IBM and Dassault Systemes announced the availability of CATIA Version 5 Release 9 (V5R9), the leading three-dimensional product life cycle management (3D PLM) solution for product design, creation, simulation and optimization. As part of the global 3D PLM offering, CATIA V5R9 represents a major milestone in the PLM space by delivering the set of business practices for breakthrough product morphing. Available worldwide on July 26, 2002


BC Ferries Releases 3Q Results

British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. (BC Ferries) today released its third quarter results for fiscal 2007/08. The company reported a net loss of $7.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2007, compared to a net loss of $1.8 million in the same quarter last year. Net earnings before extraordinary gain for the nine-month period ended December 30, 2007 were $67.7 million, down from $82.0 million for the same period in the previous year.


Wind Farm Courses in Turkey

Turkey is one of the key emerging wind markets in Europe. As a response to the high demand in wind farm installation, GL Garrad Hassan is adding more training courses offered throughout Turkey in 2010. With the goal to develop professionals' skills within the industry, Wind Farm Design and Introduction to GH WindFarmer courses will be conducted in Istanbul on 28 and 29 September. A course on "Financing Your Wind Farm" will take place on 14 October.


Countdown Begins for UK Aircraft Carrier Naming

Image: BAE Systems

The countdown to the naming of the U.K. Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier has begun today, marking 100 days until the major milestone in the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier program. HMS Queen Elizabeth will be officially named by Her Majesty The Queen in a ceremony at Rosyth on


US Senator John Warner Visits Namesake Submarine at NNS

Warner visit: Photo courtesy of HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries inform that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has hosted a visit by former U.S. Sen. John Warner and ship's sponsor Jeanne Warner today to see the steady progress being made on the Virginia-class fast attack submarine bearing his name.


Port of Hueneme Tests Grid-Based Shore Power

The Port of Hueneme conducted its first operational and safety vessel test of its recently installed Grid-Based Shore Power system. Port crews were on hand to view this first vessel ‘plug in’ by Hamburg Sud’s M/V Cap Pasley, carrying fresh fruit for Chiquita Brands of Charlotte


First Ship Plugged-In to New Port of Hueneme AMP System

Image credit Port of Hueneme

The Port informs that it has conducted its first operational and safety vessel test of its recently installed Auxiliary Maritime Power (AMP) system. Port crews were on hand to view this first vessel ‘plug in’ by Hamburg Sud’s 'M/V Cap Pasley'


Textainer Container Fleet Reaches 3-Million TEU Mark

Image courtesy of Konecranes

Container leasing company, Textainer Group Holdings Limited, say that their their fleet surpassed 3 million TEU representing a major milestone for the company as well as the industry. “We are very proud to be the first leasing company to reach 3 million TEU,” commented Philip K


DP World Australia Expedites Navis N4 Upgrades

Navis, the global technology standard for managing the movement of cargo through terminals, has announced that DP World Australia has reached another major milestone. The three terminals, Sydney, Fremantle and Melbourne, utilized automated testing to complete three Navis N4 terminal operating


Australian Warship Hull Departs Spain Aboard 'Blue Marlin'

HMAS Adelaide hull: Image credit RAN

The second and last of the Royal Australian Navy’s new amphibious ships has left the builder's yard, Navantia Ferrol shipyard, Vigo, in northern Spain, bound for Melbourne, informs the Australia Defence Force. “The Canberra-Class LHDs are the largest ships ever built for the Navy


Yara Acquires SCR Systems Provider H+H

The Head of Yara’s Industrial Segment, Yves Bonte: Photo credit Yara

H+H acquisition strengthens Yara’s NOx control reagent and technology portfolio to provide selective catalytic reduction (SCR systems) to ship and plant operators facing increasingly stringent emission requirements Yara International ASA said it has strengthened its position in emissions


VT Halter Lays Keel for Barge

Pascagoula, Miss.-based shipbuilder announces keel laying of ATB, Schedules Launch of Offshore Tug VT Halter Marine laid the keel for Barge B No. 270, which is, in part, one of two Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) units being built for Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. (Bouchard)


Joint High Speed Vessel USNS Millinocket Completes Acceptance Trials

USNS Millinocket: Photo courtesy of Austal

Shipbuilders, Austal USA say that this milestone achievement involved the performance of intense comprehensive tests by the Navy while underway, which demonstrated the successful operation of the ship’s major systems and equipment.  This is the last significant milestone before delivery


Commercial Agreement Inked for Alaskan Gasline

Governor Sean Parnell (photo courtesy of the Governors Office)

Alaskan Governor Sean Parnell welcomed news that a commercial agreement for an Alaska gasline has been signed, marking a major milestone in bringing Alaska’s gas to Alaskans and markets beyond. The agreement, also known as a Heads of Agreement (HOA)


WaveRoller Obtains DNV GL Verification

Installation of WaveRoller

WaveRoller, the wave energy device created by wave energy developer AW-Energy has received independent performance verification, taking the wave power industry one step closer to commercialization. WaveRoller received its validation after operating in fully exposed ocean environment during


Students Asked to Name One of Canada’s Largest Cranes

Rendering courtesy Seaspan

With Canada’s largest permanent Gantry Crane now safely offloaded at its new North Shore location, Seaspan announced today it has partnered with the North Vancouver School District (NVSD) to conduct an official “Crane Naming Contest.”


Sovcomflot Takes Delivery of Dual-Fuel Power

Sovcomflot’s Velikiy Novgorod LNG carrier

Sovcomflot, Russia’s largest shipping company, has taken delivery of its latest LNG carrier, the Velikiy Novgorod, from South Korea’s STX Offshore & Shipbuilding. The ship is equipped with a diesel-electric, dual-fuel propulsion system consisting of 2 × MAN 8L51/60DF and 2


ITC Global Rebrands as Single Company, Unite Acquisitions

ITC Global, a leading provider of satellite communications to remote and harsh environments announce that it has launched a new corporate brand as the final step in bringing a series of recent acquisitions together as a single global company.


 
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