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US Navy Mobile Landing Platform Christened

Martha Puller Downs, daughter of General Puller christens USNS Lewis B. Puller. (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

General Dynamics NASSCO christened the U.S. Navy’s newest ship, the USNS Lewis B. Puller (MLP-3 AFSB), on Saturday during a christening ceremony held at the San Diego builder’s shipyard.   This third Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) is the first ship of the class to be configured as an Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB), adding a flight deck, berthing, fuel storage, equipment storage, repair spaces and accommodations for up to 250 personnel. The ship is capable of supporting missions including counter-piracy operations, maritime security operations, humanitarian aid and disaster relief missions and Marine Corps crisis response.   The ship, to be delivered to the Navy in the second quarter of 2015, is named in honor of the late U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant General Lewis “Chesty” Puller, the most decorated Marine and the only one to be awarded five Navy Crosses.   The commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. was the ceremony’s principal speaker, and Martha Puller Downs, daughter of General Puller, served as the ship’s sponsor.  


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


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 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


Oceaneering Awarded Navy AMS Contract Modification

MLP rendering courtesy of NASSCO

Department of Defense, informs that Oceaneering International, Inc., Hanover, Maryland, is being awarded $8,941,224 for cost-plus-fixed-fee task order 0004 under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00014-11-D-0327) for the Advanced Mooring System (AMS) Phase III Development. The Office of Naval Research is interested in a technology designed to develop skin-to-skin mooring capabilities for the Navy because there is a need to quickly and safely moor


Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Bath Change of Command Held

Capt. Michael Taylor relieved Capt. Robert Crowe as commanding officer, Supervisor of Shipbuilding (SUPSHIP), Bath, during a ceremony at Bath Waterfront Park

  Capt. Michael Taylor relieved Capt. Robert Crowe as commanding officer, Supervisor of Shipbuilding (SUPSHIP), Bath, during a ceremony at Bath Waterfront Park on Sept. 5.   As the 30th commanding officer, Taylor reports to SUPSHIP Bath after serving most recently as the test and evaluation director for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Program Office.  Over the course of his 21-year career, he also served assignments with the Programming Division of the Chief of Naval


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


US Navy Build Programs Face Budget Pressure

(U.S. Navy photo by Shelby F. W. West/Released)

Ship construction programs move ahead, but it’s not smooth sailing. Navies and Coast Guards everywhere face budgetary pressure, even in the U.S. which has the largest Navy in the world. The balance between desire for capacity and capability and pressure for affordability has never been more acute with the precarious budgetary issues presented by declining defense budgets, sequestration, continuing resolutions and government shutdowns


Wärtsilä Debuts Mobile LNG Power Generation

Image: Wärtsilä

A new liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage and regasification barge concept introduced by Wärtsilä's Marine Solutions and Energy Solutions businesses aims to provide a flexible means of meeting small- to medium-scale requirements where pure land-based LNG options are limited.   The Wärtsilä Mobile LNG can be combined with a barge-mounted power plant having an output capacity of up to 250 MW, or it can alternatively be used to supply conventional land-based power plants


New Autonomous Control System Launched

Image: Sea Machines Robotics

Sea Machines Robotics of Cambridge, Mass. announced the release of its Autonomous Control System (ACS), an advanced vessel control system which converts manually piloted hulls to self-piloted Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs). It is designed to be integrated into company-developed Sea Machine USVs


IMarEST Announces New Member Benefit

Photo courtesy of IMarEST

The Institute of Marine Engineering Science & Technology (IMarEST) has announced a new benefit for its members in the form of IMarEST TV, an on-demand video platform. Members are able to access and watch exclusive content, including lectures, conferences


Australian Navy Commissions HMAS Adelaide

Australia’s second Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ship, HMAS Adelaide, arriving at its new home at Fleet Base East Garden Island, Sydney. (Photo courtesy of the RAN)

Royal Australian Navy commissions second LHD HMAS Adelaide powered by GE LM2500 marine gas turbines   GE Marine reports that its LM2500 gas turbines now power the Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Adelaide which was commissioned in late 2015


DCNS Deploys 3DEXPERIENCE Solution

Dassault Systèmes and DCNS partner on the 3DEXPERIENCE innovation platform for next generation naval defense solutions   Multi-disciplinary, Collaborative Innovation to Enhance Operational Performance and Competitive Edge on a Global Scale  


US Western Rivers Closures, Restrictions

Image USCG

  The Coast Guard has issued a number of river closures, restrictions and advisories in response to floods in the Midwest. To keep the public and professional mariners apprised of changes to river traffic, the 8th District will continue to issue press releases capturing all closures and


US Ports See Improved Radiation Detecting

Radiation portal monitors like these alarm less frequently on cargo materials such as tile or granite that may contain nonthreatening, naturally occurring radioisotopes thanks to a new approach developed by PNNL, which emphasizes the use of selective energy-sensitive algorithms. (Photo: PNNL)

New approach improves detection of threat materials while reducing nuisance alarms   Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is improving radiation scanning equipment used at many of our nation's ports of entry


UK-built Mussel Boat for Offshore Shellfish

Alysée (Photo: Alnmaritec)

U.K. based boat builder Alnmaritec announced it has designed and built a new 15.2-meter aluminum Wave Farmer 1400 mussel farming boat, Alysée, for U.K. shellfish farmer Offshore Shellfish.   Developed from Alnmaritec’s Wave Train catamaran hull form


NASSCO Makes Three Lead Deliveries in 2015

Isla Bella (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

San Diego based shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO delivered three lead ships in 2015: USNS Lewis B. Puller, the Isla Bella and the Lone Star State. Each vessel represents three new and separate ship classes and highlights the builder’s diverse portfolio of commercial and government


Heavy Lifter: Spreader Beam Lifting Rig for Bridge Project

The spreader beam lifting rig was used below the hook of a crane barge on the Firth of Forth.

 Rope and Sling Specialists Ltd provided a below-the-hook solution to infrastructure management company Amey to lift a truck-mounted access platform during maintenance on the Forth Road Bridge in Scotland. Amey, on behalf of Transport Scotland


This Day In US Naval History - January 18

Photograph from the Eugene B. Ely scrapbooks. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

1879 - USS Constitution, while sailing back to the U.S. from France, ran aground off Bollard Head on the south coast of England. She was towed to the Portsmouth Navy Yard and placed in Dry Dock 11 for inspection. The 82-year-old frigate survived the grounding and only needed to have 85 feet of her


Damen's InvaSave Passes Shipboard Tests

Photo courtesy of Damen

Damen’s port solution for ballast water management on course to help compliance with upcoming IMO regulation.   More and more countries are ratifying the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) and it is very likely that it may enter into force as early as the first


Good Year for Damen Shipyards Sharjah

Damen Shipyards Sharjah Anniversary Photo Damen

  Damen Shipyards Sharjah (DSS) was officially opened in January 2014. Now, two years later, the yard celebrates its anniversary with a total of 13 vessels being dry-docked simultaneously. The vessels include pilot boats, landing craft, OSVs, as well as a cable-laying vessel


BIG DATA: First Intelsat EpicNG Satellite Launched

(Photo: Ariane Space)

The launch yesterday of  the Intelsat 29e, the first of the Intelsat EpicNG high throughput satellites, promises to usher in a new era of "Big Data" in the maritime sector, among others. The satellite was launched from French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 vehicle


Coast Guard Rescues 9 in Gulf of Mexico

Nine rescued over the course of two separate incidents in the Gulf of Mexico Photo USCG

The Coast Guard rescued nine people over the course of two separate incidents in the Gulf of Mexico, Saturday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile were notified that a 36-foot recreational fishing vessel with five people aboard was taking on water 47 miles south of Dauphin Island at


Zentech Inks Deal for Two Z-210 with CSSC

Zentech’s MOU’s with CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. for the construction of two (2) Z-210 mobile offshores units Photo Zentech

Zentech Incorporated of Houston, Texas, USA signed contracts with CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Company Limited for the construction of (2) Z-210 Mobile Offshore Units. These contracts were finalized based on the Letter of Intent received by CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipyard on September 23,2015






 
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