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MSI Norfolk Opens New Labs

In January 2003 MarineSafety International's Norfolk Center began training in its new Radar/ARPA and ECDIS Labs. The new facilities include a three station Radar and ARPA lab which was purchased from Buffalo Computer Graphics and an 8 station ECDIS lab comprised of networked PC's which can host any one of several ECDIS programs including ECPINS and TRANSAS, among others. This expansion was undertaken to meet emerging U.S. Navy requirements for advanced radar and electronic navigation training. The lab will enable MSI Norfolk to teach ARPA and ECDIS courses without impacting ship simulator training. Courses offered include MSI's USCG approved 4 day ARPA, 5 day ECDIS, 5 day Original Radar, and Radar Recertification courses as well as combined ARPA and ECDIS courses tailored to U.S. Navy requirements. Shown in the accompanying photo is principal Radar Instructor Chris Wahler with a class of ARPA students from a U.S. Navy ship.


NASSCO, Mobile Landing Platform Ship

General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a $3.5m design contract for the U.S. Navy’s Mobile Landing Ship (MLP) program.  Under the contract, NASSCO will develop a preliminary ship design based on Navy requirements.  A contract for the detail design and construction of up to three ships could be awarded next year.  The MLP is a new class of auxiliary ship for the Navy's Maritime Prepositioning Force of the


Bollinger Launches USS Tornado

Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, La. has launched USS Tornado, the U.S. Navy's newest Patrol Coastal Ship. The 14th of the Cyclone Class constructed by Bollinger, under a sole-source contract with the Navy, the vessel is the first to include design modifications, equipment and armament upgrades as part of the Navy's Pre-Planned Product Improvement Program. Boasting a new, fully integrated bridge command and control system to increase the vessel's capabilities


Alion Awarded $6.3M NAVSEA Contract

U.S. Navy ships and submarines are often subject to extreme environmental conditions and stresses, so effective testing of equipment is essential to the operation of those vessels. To support this need, Alion Science and Technology, an employee-owned technology solutions company, was awarded a three-year, $6.3m contract from the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to identify potential improvements to shock and environmental test procedures for all Navy surface ship and submarine field


HII Delivers Submarine Ahead of Schedule

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Huntington Ingalls Industries has announced that its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division delivered the Virginia-class submarine California (SSN781) to the U.S. Navy yesterday. The delivery came more than eight and a half months early to the contract date and nearly five months faster than NNS' previous delivery of New Mexico. California, the world's most modern and sophisticated nuclear-powered attack submarine, recently returned to NNS following the successful completion of its third


Mexican Navy Contracts Damen for Two Vessels

Rendering of the FCS 5009 (Image courtesy of Damen)

Secretaria de Marina orders seventh patrol vessel and a fast crew supplier In August 2014 the Mexican Navy (Secretaría de Marina) and the Netherlands’ Damen Shipyards Group signed contracts for the delivery of the design, material package, technical assistance and training for two vessels that will be built by the Mexican Navy, using the Damen Technical Cooperation program, which enables customers to build their vessel on the location of their choice.


Funds Flow for New Navy Projects

Six companies are each being awarded a firm-fixed-price contract worth $500,000 for the performance of focused-mission ship concept studies intended to explore a range of approaches in an overall effort to define future ship requirements. These studies will further refine the Navy's requirements and knowledge of technology options for the proposed Littoral Combat Ship and other future ship classes. This is a part of the Naval services tranformation into the 21st


SeaArk Marine Wins $14M Warfare Boats Deal

The cash continue to flow from government sources into the coffers of the U.S. marine business, as SeaArk Marine, Inc. yesterday announced a two-year, $14-million contract from Naval Sea Systems Command for 36 Coastal Warfare Boats. The 34-ft. aluminum boats are powered by Cummins Diesel engines with Twin Disc gears and Konrad stern drives. Designed for coastal patrol and defense, these boats will be deployed to protect military facilities worldwide.


US Navy Seeks to Transform Gas Turbine Technology

Naval Research Laboritory (NRL) scientists study the complex physics of Rotating Detonation Engines (RDE's). With its strong dependence on gas-turbine engines for propulsion, the U.S. Navy is always looking for ways to improve the fuel consumption of these engines. At the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), scientists are studying the complex physics of Rotating Detonation Engines (RDEs) which offer the potential for high dollar savings by way of reduced fuel consumption in gas-turbine engines


Latest U.S. Navy Contracts

The Department of Defense announce, amongst others, Navy contracts for Gravois Aluminum Boats, and Marine Hydraulics International. Gravois Aluminum Boats LLC, Jeanerette, La., is being awarded a $9,634,577 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the construction of command force protection medium harbor security boats, technical data and spare parts.  The harbor security boats provide anti-terrorism/force protection patrols for U.S


VSTEP Achieves ISO 9001:2008 Certification

VSTEP, global supplier of simulator solutions for commercial, government and military customers in the maritime and public safety and security sectors, has been awarded ISO 9001:2008 certification by DNV GL Business Assurance.   Prior to achieving ISO certification


GE Gas Turbine Powers Australia’s Largest Warship

Canberra Class Amphibious Assault Ship concept (Image: RAN)

GE Marine’s LM2500 aeroderivative marine gas turbine now powers the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) recently commissioned HMAS Canberra Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ship, the first of two LHDs to be introduced into the RAN fleet.  


FPSO Trio Receives Side Shell Protection

Steel top plates welded to ship to form cavity into which elastomer core will be injected

SPS Overlay has yet again been used for side impact protection on three FPSOs for a major player in the offshore industry. The work was carried out at Enseada do Paraguaçu S.A. Shipyards (EEP) in Brazil and COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard, China


Indian Shipyard Eyes Foreign Warship Orders

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Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE)  is trying to get a toehold in the international market, eyeing orders worth $425 million to supply warships to the navies of the Philippines and Vietnam.   A Kolkata-based shipyard will enter into the global warship market by bidding


US Navy Supply Ships Collide in Indian Ocean

USNS Walter S. Diehl (U.S. Navy photo by A.J. Jones)

Two U.S. Navy supply ships collided in the Gulf of Aden in the Indian Ocean early on Thursday, but no crew members were injured and initial reports suggested the vessels suffered only minor damage, the force said in a statement. It gave no reason for the collision between the ships which


Subsea Defense & the Changing Paradigm of Submarine Programs

Doug Whyte, Hydro Group Plc Managing Director

Technology and dynamic mission profiles have driven change in the defense industry, Hydro Group Plc Managing Director Doug Whyte, explores the changing paradigm of submarine programs, an evolving market he has experienced first-hand, with over 30 years at the helm of his own innovative subsea


HMAS Canberra Joins the Fleet

HMAS Canberra guard, led by Guard Comander, Lieutenant Adam Simeoni, march on at the commencement of the commissioning ceremony held in the new ship in Sydney.

  Governor General of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC (Retd), together with the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Mr Tony Abbott, MP, were the guests of honour today as Australia’s first Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) was welcomed into


IMO adopts Polar Code Safety Requirements

On November 21, the International Maritime Organization, or IMO, finalized the Polar Code and adopted amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, or the SOLAS, which will create mandatory safety requirements for ships operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters.  


Maritime Regs: Preparing For Future Emission Requirements

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A Webinar: December 11, 2014 2pm to 3:15pm (EST) This week, find out why and how choosing ExxonMobil Marine Fuels & Lubricants Mobilgard 410 NC can help optimize the performance of engines that meet Tier IV emission requirements, which continue to be phased in from Jan


Yellowstone to Depart James River Reserve Fleet

USS Yellowstone (Photo: National Parks Service, U.S. Dept. of Interior)

On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, the USS Yellowstone - a National Defense Reserve Fleet non-retention vessel is scheduled to depart the James River Reserve Fleet in Fort Eustis, Virginia for recycling at ESCO Marine, Inc. in Brownsville, Texas.   


IACS Holds Council Meeting

The International Association of Classification Societies chaired by Philippe Donche-Gay of BV held its December Council meeting yesterday in London.   The flagship Common Structural Rules project for bulk carriers and oil tankers was discussed and a presentation delivered to industry


US Navy Tests Unmanned Underwater Vehicle

The GhostSwimmer vehicle, developed by the Chief of Naval Operations Rapid Innovation Cell project Silent NEMO, undergoes testing at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek - Fort Story. Project Silent NEMO is an experiment which explores the possible uses for a biomimetic device developed by the Office of Naval Research. (U.S. Navy photo by Edward Guttierrez III)

The U.S. Navy completed tests on the GhostSwimmer unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story (JEBLC-FS), Dec. 11.   GhostSwimmer is the latest in a series of science-fiction-turned-reality projects developed by the chief of naval operations' Rapid


GE Gas Turbine to Power Italian Frigate

LM2500+G4 (Photo: GE)

GE Marine has received an order to supply one LM2500+G4 aeroderivative marine gas turbine to Avio Aero of Turin, Italy, a GE Aviation business. The gas turbine will power the Italian Navy’s eighth FREMM frigate.   Through Avio Aero


US, UK Navies Plan Future Cooperation

Leaders of the U.S. and British navies agreed on a shared vision for closer cooperation Dec. 11, the culmination of a yearlong effort that will build on a long-standing maritime partnership over the next 15 years.   Chief of Naval Operations Adm


Rolls-Royce Unveils Gas Turbine Service and Test Facility

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Vice Admiral Simon Lister, Chief of Materiel (Fleet), Defense Equipment and Support, opened a new gas turbine testing center last week at the Rolls-Royce facility at Filton, Bristol, U.K.   The Rolls-Royce Test Facility now includes a new WR-21 Test Cell






 
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