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Navy Sub and Merchant Vessel Collide

The Navy issued a report in response to the collision involving a Navy submarine and merchant vessel. According to the Navy's report, no U.S. sailors or merchant crew were injured when a U.S. Navy submarine and a commercial cargo vessel collided in the Strait of Hormuz on Monday evening January 8, 2007. The collision between USS Newport News (SSN 750) and the Japanese-flagged motor vessel Mogamigawa occurred at approximately 10:15 in the evening (local time) in the strait of Hormuz while the submarine was transiting submerged. Overall damage to the USS Newport News is being evaluated. The propulsion plant was unaffected by this collision. The incident is currently under investigation. USS Newport News is currently on a regularly scheduled deployment to the US Navy Central Command area of responsibility conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO). MSO set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment as well as complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. MSO deny international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons, or other material. Source: U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs


OSI to Upgrade Canadian Navy Software

HMCS Toronto in the Arabian Gulf. Credit: Colin Kelley

OSI Maritime Systems Signs Contract with the Royal Canadian Navy to Provide In-Service-Support and an Upgrade to the Most Advanced ECPINS-W Sub 6.0 OSI Maritime Systems announced that it has signed a contract to provide in-service-support for its ECPINS-W Sub software - ECPINS is the only ECDIS independently certified against NATO WECDIS STANAG 4564.  The software is in service across the Royal Canadian Navy surface and subsurface fleet


Navy Hearing Pushed To March 5

The U.S. Navy bowed to a request from the captain of the Greeneville and set a March 5 hearing date for an official inquiry into the disaster in which the nuclear sub slammed into a Japanese fishing trawler, leaving nine people missing, presumed dead. Lawyers for Cmdr. Scott Waddle had asked the Navy to delay a court of inquiry, originally due to begin on Thursday, into the fatal collision to give them more time to prepare.


Women Soon On U.S. Subs?

U.S. Navy May Consider Lifting Female Submarine Ban The U.S. Navy has no current plans to assign women to submarine duty but should carefully consider a Pentagon advisory panel's landmark recommendation to lift the ban, Navy Secretary Richard Danzig said. Danzig said that women had made major contributions to the Navy, including flying warplanes and serving on surface combat ships, and that undersea duty must not be discounted over concerns about privacy and the cost of modifying


General Dynamics Awarded Second U.S. Navy Sub

The U.S. Navy has released $1.2b for the construction of the 14th Virginia-class submarine, SSN-787, to General Dynamics Electric Boat, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).  This award marks the beginning of production of two submarines per year on the Virginia-class program.   The release of the funding allows procurement of long lead-time components that will support the planned official construction start later this year on the as-yet-unnamed submarine at


Royal Australian Navy Chairs Indian Ocean Symposium

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The Royal Australian Navy is currently chairing the group of world navies whose nations share boundaries with the Indian Ocean at he biennial Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) which was established in 2008 as a forum to increase maritime cooperation among the littoral states of the Indian Ocean region. Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN, was handed Chairmanship of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium group by Rear Admiral (Junior Grade) Sagaren L Pillay SM


Human-Powered Sub Races Held At Navy Lab

The U.S. Navy's David Taylor Model Basin provided the setting for the sixth running of the International Human-Powered Submarine Races (ISR), a biennial engineering design competition, held June 11-15 at the Naval Surface Warfare Center's Carderock Division in Bethesda, Md. This was the third time the event was staged in the 3,000-ft. test tank. The races are a challenge that began in 1989 and have grown to an event that has seen the participation of universities, high schools, corporations


After Two Accidents, Navy Orders Subs to Stand Down

The Navy has ordered an operational stand-down for all submarines following two recent accidents, charging commanders to “focus energy and intellect back onto the basics of submarine operations,” according to the Submarine Force’s leader. Vice Adm. Chuck Munns, U.S. Submarine Force commander, lamented that the two incidents — one which resulted in the death of two sailors — happened under standard operations. Normal operations will continue while commanders review recently


Berthing a Submarine

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Project to design, develop and fabricate a composite universal camel for all classes of submarines Berthing a fast attack or fleet ballistic missile (Trident) submarine requires skilled vessel handling, knowledge and practice. The larger Trident subs are 560 ft. long with a beam of 42 ft. and displace almost 17,000 tons.  When maneuvering them into port a deep draft camel is a crucial aide to optimizing berthing and mooring procedures


Today in U.S. Naval History: January 27

USS Gudgeon (U.S. Navy photo)

Today in U.S. Naval History - January 27 1942 - USS Gudgeon is first U.S. sub to sink enemy submarine in action, Japanese I-173. 1945 - Commissioning of USS Higbee (DD-806), first U.S. Navy ship named after women member of U.S. Navy. 1967 - Fire in Command Module at Cape Kennedy during simulation countdown. Lunar Module Pilot Lt. Cdr. Roger B. Chaffee and two other crew members died. 1973 - Paris Peace Accords signed, ending U.S. participation in the Vietnam War


Atlantic Towing Orders Ice Class Damen PSVs

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Atlantic Towing (USA) has selected newly-designed, ice-strengthened PSV 5000 vessels from Damen Shipyards Group to meet its 10-year offshore support contract with ExxonMobil Canada Properties and Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC)


HMC Chooses Kongsberg Offshore Simulator

The K-Sim Offshore simulator will feature detailed models of three HMC deepwater construction vessels.

Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) has selected Kongsberg Maritime’s K-Sim Offshore simulation platform to enhance crane operator training and the safe, efficient implementation of heavy lift operations. With the contract signed on May 21, 2014


IACS Formal Safety Assessment (FSA) Training Course

FSA course: Photo courtesy of IACS

The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) says that to  facilitate a wider understanding of the Formal Safety Assessment (FSA) process, its experts recently held a one-day FSA training course. Details as follows:


Samudra Containership Rationalisation Hits Revenues

Samudra containership: Image courtesy of Samudra

Diversified Singapore-based containership owners Samudra Group reports registered revenue of USD 96.9 million for the second quarter ended 30 June 2014, a 7.6% decline from USD 104.8 million in the previous corresponding quarter, which they say is in line with the Group’s rationalisation of


LR Alert: Amendments to the IMSBC Code

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Amendments to the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code (03-15) are under development by the Carriage of Containers and Cargoes (CCC) Sub-Committee (formerly the DSC Sub-Committee). Member governments are urged to voluntarily implement the amendments as soon as possible.


Black Laser Learning Trains Navy Hydrographers

Each year, the U.S. Navy conducts comprehensive training for U.S. and foreign navy hydrographers. The program known as IHMEP (International Hydrographic Management and Engineering Program) trains U.S. and allied foreign navy personnel to be certified hydrographers through practical training and


Class Society RS Publish Seaworthiness Text Book

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A book ‘Seaworthiness of Transport Ships’ by Doctor of Science Mikhail Kuteynikov – Head of the RS Hull Department – has been published in St. Petersburg, Russia. The book covers issues of seaworthiness and strength standards of sea-going ships


IMO's MSC Meeting Approves Important SOLAS Amendments

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IMO informs that its Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has adopted important SOLAS amendments related to inert gas systems as well as amendments to a number of treaties to bring into force the mandatory IMO audit scheme. In addition it has approved, in principle


Libyan Coastguard Detains 114 African Migrants

Libya's coastguard detained 114 African migrants in a packed boat headed for Europe on Thursday, officials said. Some 43,000 migrants have crossed from North Africa to Italy so far this year, mostly via Libya where a weak central government is struggling to secure its porous land and sea borders


Fukushima Experimental Offshore Floating Wind Farm Project Progresses

Towing three-column semi-sub at Nagasaki port.

A consortium made up of Marubeni (project integrator), the University of Tokyo (technical advisor), Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan Marine United, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation, Hitachi, Furukawa Electric, Shimizu


Navies to Address Maritime Skill Decline

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However reintegration of capabilities is presenting new challenges in the design, manufacture and integration of sub-sea and surface systems for maritime Special Forces. James Fisher Defencehas stated that navies around the world are now seriously addressing the need to re-develop their skills


75% of Boskalis Shareholders Elects Stock Dividend

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  Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) announces that 75.12 percent of the shareholders have elected a stock dividend distributed in the form of ordinary shares. As a result, 2,672,757 new ordinary shares will be issued today. The admission of these shares to trading on Euronext


Wood Group Forms Joint Venture With ABT Oil & Gas

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  Wood Group PSN (WGPSN) announced that it has entered into a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) with ABT Oil and Gas Ltd (“ABTOG”) to create a 50/50 jointly controlled entity. It is proposed that the new entity will deliver services dedicated to the


WQIS to Release New Policy Form for 2014

On June 16, 2014 the Water Quality Insurance Syndicate (WQIS) will offer a new 2014 Worldwide Vessel Pollution Form. The new policy form will contain enhanced coverage that will follow the WQIS tradition of offering assureds the most comprehensive vessel pollution coverage in the industry.


GAC Offers African Oil & Gas Market Insights to Houston

Gerrit Laubscher: Photo GAC

The GAC Group says it is bringing its African market knowledge to US clients in and around the global energy hub of Houston, Texas, with the posting of Gerrit Laubscher, Business Development Manager - Oil & Gas for Sub-Saharan Africa, to share his expertise and focus on promoting trade and






 
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