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GD NASSCO USNS 'Montford Point' Christening

USS Montford Point Christening by Alexis Jackie Bolden: Photo credit USN

General Dynamics NASSCO San Diego Shipyard the venue of the christening by Alexis (Jackie) Bolden. The U.S. Navy's newest ship, USNS Montford Point (MLP-1) named in honor of Camp Montford Point, the Jacksonville, N.C., site where the first African-American Marines were trained, is the first ship of three Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) vessels being designed and built by NASSCO. More than 1,000 people attended the Saturday morning christening ceremony at NASSCO's San Diego shipyard.  Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus was the ceremony's principal speaker.  Alexis (Jackie) Bolden, wife of NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, served as the ship's sponsor.  She christened the ship by breaking the traditional bottle of champagne against the vessel's hull. "NASSCO delivers high-quality, mission-ready ships to the fleet and MLP 1 is no exception," said Fred Harris, president of General Dynamics NASSCO.  "NASSCO's performance on the MLP program is a direct reflection of our design-build strategy.  When MLP 1 construction began, 100 percent of the design was complete, nearly all the production planning was complete, and all the material to support production was in the pipeline.  The result of this rigorous approach to shipbuilding is a high-quality, affordable vessel that was 91 percent complete at undocking and now more than 97 percent complete at christening.  MLP 1 is on track to be delivered under budget and on-schedule."


USNS Medgar Evers to be Christened at NASSCO

A section of the hull of the USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13) lowered into place in January of 2011.

The widow of the late civil rights leader Medgar Evers will christen the U.S. Navy's newest resupply ship, the USNS Medgar Evers , during a ceremony in San Diego this Saturday at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard.   Myrlie Evers-Williams, former chairman of the NAACP and the widow of Medgar Evers, will name the ship by breaking a bottle of champagne against its hull during a traditional christening ceremony. Medgar Evers was an African American civil rights pioneer and World War II


Mobile, Broadband Offered for Cruise Ships

A joint venture will provide bundled broadband and mobile communications services for cruise-ship passengers. CapRock Communications and SeaMobile announced the service that will allow passengers plying the seas to stay in touch with those on land using their personal cell phones and other mobile devices. The satellite-based service also delivers encrypted business applications that can be used in concert with the vessels' wired communications systems.


Telemar Scandinavia Takes Over Mobile Satellite Business from TeliaSonera Sweden

An international business group lead by Compagnia Generale Telemar S.p.A. in Italy and Lagumar Marine AB in Sweden has formed Telemar Scandinavia AB which has acquired 100 percent of the shares in Telia Maricom AB. The acquired Telia Company, operating under the new name of Telemar Satellite Services AB, is taking over all Telia’s businesses and activities within the area of mobile satellite communication, including Inmarsat, Iridium


AIS Vessel-tracking by Smartphone

PortVision brings advanced marine vessel-tracking capabilities to latest full-featured smartphones PortVision vessel-tracking service, terminal and fleet management dashboards, & other capabilities is now available in platform optimized for iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry devices. The company’s latest mobile platform is available now, at no cost, to PortVision customers who subscribe to its PortVision Plus, PortVision Advantage


Mobile Landing Platform Fabricated by GD NASSCO

Shipbuilders of General Dynamics NASSCO completes assembly & weld-out of 26,241 metric tons of steel structure for first mobile landing platform for US Navy. The final block for the first MLP ship, comprised of the ship's exhaust stacks and weighing 277 short tons, was lifted onboard via crane and installed on August 17.  The final structural welds were completed August 31 and inspected by the American Bureau of Shipping and the Navy


Telenor to Acquire COMSAT

Telenor of Norway and Lockheed Martin Global Telecommunications (LMGT) announced that Telenor will acquire LMGT's COMSAT Mobile Communications operations for $116.5 million in cash. The acquisition, which positions Telenor as a major global satellite mobile operator, is subject to regulatory approvals. COMSAT Mobile, with annual revenues in excess of $100 million, provides global mobile communications solutions to the maritime, land mobile and aeronautical communities, and offers data, voice


Stratos Introduces StratosMAX II Nomadic

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Stratos Introduces StratosMAX II Nomadic, a New Broadband Service for the Energy Community in the Gulf of Mexico. New service offers voice and high-speed data in Vessel and Transportable versions. Bethesda, Maryland (October 20, 2011) – Stratos Global, the leading global provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions, today introduced StratosMAX II Nomadic, a new version of its popular StratosMAX II broadband service offered via the Stratos microwave


Fleet Management System Via Tablet Devices

Blue Sky Network introduces new SkyRouter Mobile Satellite Tracking & Fleet Management application. Fleet managers can now stay constantly connected to assets via most iOS and Android and tablet devices. Blue Sky Network announces the launch of its New SkyRouter mobile application, a fleet management portal for land mobile, aviation, and marine applications. New SkyRouter is a cloud-based solution designed to support connectivity with remotely dispersed mobile assets including


Maritime Mobile: Icelandic Firm Chooses US Delivery Platform

Iceland's On-Waves selects Delaware's IMSWorkX feature rich service delivery platform for its cruise & merchant ship mobile telephone service. Maritime mobile operator On-Waves Ehf, a subsidiary of Icelandic global telecom service provider Siminn (formerly Iceland Telecom), has selected the XpressWorkX Service Delivery Platform from IMSWorkX, Inc. as a base from which to enhance its range of rich IP-based mobile telephony services on cruise ships and merchant marine vessels


CNO Addresses Payloads, Platforms at Sea-Air-Space

(U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Peter D. Lawlor/Released)

The Navy's top admiral joined his sea service counterparts to discuss the importance of the sea services at the Sea-Air-Space Service Chief Update Panel today. Speaking to members of national and international defense industries, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm


Mobile Ship Channel Reopens Following Ship Grounding

The container ship MSC Kyoto heaves-to aground outside the Mobile Ship Channel, April 7, 2014. The MSC Kyoto reportedly experienced a steering failure. (USCG photo)

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reopened the Mobile Ship Channel to all deep-draft commercial vessel traffic at approximately 5 p.m. Monday. The USCG restricted vessel traffic at about 3 a.m. Monday, after the container vessel MSC KYOTO grounded outside the channel.


RS Expands Participation in Offshore Projects

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) is to undertake ship construction survey for the Lukoil Group. This project follows the RS effective cooperation with one of the major RF oil companies in developing offshore hydrocarbon resources.


KVH Precision Sensors for Geodetics' Inertial Navigation Systems

KVH’s 1750 IMU is an ultra-compact, extremely precise inertial sensor system.

 KVH Industries entered into a strategic partnership with Geodetics Inc., a leader in the development of real-time, high-precision position and navigation solutions. The goal is to provide high performance positioning and navigation products for commercial applications requiring high levels


NASSCO Delivers USNS John Glenn

Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO

General Dynamics NASSCO today delivered the USNS John Glenn (MLP 2), the second ship of the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) class, to the U.S. Navy. The ship is named after the Honorable John Glenn for his exceptional and decorated service as a U.S. Marine Corps pilot, astronaut and U.S. Senator.


Continued Success for Liebherr Cranes in Latin America

LHM 600 (with a 12meter tower extension) at the Buenos Aires Container Terminal

The Latin America region continues to invest in advanced port equipment, as Liebherr Maritime Cranes recently received orders for seven additional mobile harbor cranes (LHM), type LHM 550, LHM 600 and LBS 600. Liebherr reported 2013 success in the same region


Orange Joins EU Cloud-based Ship Management Initiative

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Orange Business Services informs it has joined a European Union-sponsored initiative developing a cloud-based ERP platform for the maritime shipping industry. The platform will make it easier to manage ships at sea, improve safety and tighten business operations


VAVE Promises New Digital Reality

Photo Courtesy of MCP

Maritime Communications Partner (MCP), the Telenor-owned on-board communications specialist, has announced the launch of VAVE, a unique digital business enablement platform for the cruise and ferry industry. The news follows the successful completion of an eight-month technical trial on the


Jack-Up Barge Debuts New Offshore Installation Method

Photo: Jack-Up Barge

Jack-Up Barge, the offshore self-elevating platform supplier, has pioneered a new cost-effective installation method that the company said will revolutionize offshore wind turbine construction. The Netherlands-based based company, a supplier to the offshore energy markets


Kongsberg Delivers Simulator Upgrades

The new model will be used to train semi-submersible rig personnel in operation of Dynamic Positioning, position mooring system, stability / ballasting and rig move / anchoring. Photo courtesy: Harald Nordbakken.

The Simsea AS maritime training center in Haugesund, Norway, has chosen Kongsberg Maritime to support the extension of its offshore simulation facilities with new simulators and significant upgrades to existing simulators. Kongsberg Maritime has also recently delivered a new rig simulator model


Wärtsilä Introduces 46DF Dual Fuel Engine

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Wärtsilä announced the debut of its new dual-fuel 46DF engine which it said offers lower specific fuel consumption, higher output and attractive lifecycle costs compared to other alternatives currently available on the market. According to Wärtsilä


APR Energy Turbines to Power South Pacific Mining

The second large-scale power generation project announced by APR Energy in Asia Pacific region in the last month APR Energy, a company in fast-track power solutions, announced today the signing of a mobile gas turbine contract to provide fast-track power to an industrial customer in the South


Landing School Develops Women’s Program

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The Landing School, a post-secondary institution focused on educating tomorrow’s marine industry professionals, announced the development of a community program, the Women in the Marine Industry Initiative. Developed by The Landing School


LTM Crane Shipped Via the Ostuferhafen

Project load business gains ground in Kiel

The number of heavy cargo and project loads being handled in Kiel using the port’s efficient port cranes or RoRo ramps is on the rise. The latest example has been what is currently the most up-to-date telescopic mobile crane to be built by the firm of Liebherr


USCG Releases Kulluk Grounding Investigation Report

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Thursday released the report of investigation into the circumstances surrounding the grounding of the mobile offshore drilling unit Kulluk on the eastern coast of Sitkalidak Island, Alaska, Dec. 31, 2012. A series of events contributed to the causal factors that


 
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