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Iran Developing Nuclear Subs

Iran has begun initial development of its own nuclear-powered submarines FARS news agency informs RiaNovosi the Iranian fleet's deputy commander Vice-Admiral Abbas Zamini said the Islamic Republic is already taking the first steps toward creating nuclear-powered boats. "Right now we are at the initial stages of creating nuclear submarines," he said. Use of atomic energy for submarine propulsion is not in contravention of any international agreements, he noted. The United States and many European states suspect Iran of using its domestic civil nuclear program as a cover for a nuclear weapons development program, a charge Tehran denies, insisting the program is only for generating electricity. The Iranian Navy currently operates three Russian-built Project 877 (Kilo class) diesel-electric submarines and a few very small domestically-made boats. Currently, only the navies of China, France, India, Russia, the United Kingdom and United States operate nuclear-powered submarines.    


Russia's Latest Nuclear Submarine on Sea Trials

Borey-class submarine: Photo Russian Navy

The Russia strategic nuclear-powered submarine 'Vladimir Monomakh' has left the Sevmash shipyard to start sea trials in the White Sea, reports the Barents Observer. Vladimir Monomakh is the third of a total of eight Borey-class nuclear-powered missile submarines that Russia plans to build by 2020. The submarine is 170 meters long, has a speed of 29 knots submerged, a crew of 107 and will be equipped with 16 Bulava missiles, which each can carry ten nuclear warheads.


Nuclear-powered Savannah to get Makeover

(Photo Credit: MarAd) Savannah, an old nuclear-powered ship that spent time in Charleston Harbor as a tourist attraction, is getting a face lift for a possible new tour of duty, according to a report on www.charleston.net. Savannah was the world's first nuclear-powered cargo and passenger vessel. It is set to be restored, possibly for its second stint as a floating museum, according to the U.S. Maritime Administration.


USCG Releases NPRM for Port Chicago Zone

The Coast Guard proposes to establish permanent security zones on the navigable waters of the Des Plaines River, the Kankakee River, the Rock River, and Lake Michigan in the Captain of the Port Zone Chicago. These security zones are necessary to protect the nuclear power plants, water intake cribs, and Navy Pier from possible sabotage or other subversive acts, accidents, or possible acts of terrorism. These zones are intended to restrict vessel traffic from portions of the Des Plaines River


Russia Building Floating Nuclear Power Plant

In a couple of years, a new kind of vessel will appear on the sea - the floating nuclear power plant (FNPP). The Academician Lomonosov, currently under construction in , is only one project of the several FNPP being developed. The formal keel laying ceremony took place in April 2007 at the Sevmash shipyard of the Russian State Centre for Nuclear Shipbuilding in . After about a year and a half, the state-owned corporation Rosatom revoked the general contract


LR Energy Wins New Nuclear Deal in Middle East

Lloyd’s Register Energy’s Nuclear Vice-President, Mamdouh El-Shanawany,

  Lloyd’s Register Energy together with Lightbridge Corporation has won a contract to support the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) internal inspection team to provide construction oversight and related technical services for a new generation of nuclear power plant in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Lloyd’s Register Energy will be supporting FANR for several years on a series of work packages designed around project management


This Day in Naval History – Feb. 4

1779 - John Paul Jones takes command of Bonhomme Richard 1959 - Keel laying of USS Enterprise, first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, Newport News, VA (Source: Navy News Service)


USCG Statement Regarding Transit Near Fukushima, Japan

In response to the situation at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan, the U.S. Coast Guard recommends, as a precaution, that vessels avoid transiting within 50 miles (43 nautical miles/80 kilometers) of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant (37°N, 141°01'E).  Mariners are advised that this recommendation should be considered a minimum distance.  Prudent route planning should incorporate prevailing and changing wind and weather conditions


Lloyd's Register Acquires India's Reltech Consulting

Lloyd’s Register has acquired the business and principal assets of the Mumbai-based nuclear risk specialists, Reltech Consulting (Reltech), in a move designed to further strengthen its historic presence in the Indian energy sector.   The business and assets of Reltech, which provides safety-management services to a multinational civil nuclear client base, have been transferred to the newly formed LR Scandpower Risk Consultancy Pvt. Ltd


General Dynamics Awarded Navy Nuclear Propulsion Contract

Amongst the latest Ministry of Defense, Navy, contracts, General Dynamics Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., is awarded an $18,195,519 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-12-C-2100) for reactor plant planning yard services for nuclear-powered submarines and support yard services for the Navy's moored training ships. The contract requires General Dynamics to furnish, fabricate, or acquire such materials


MHI Endowing Courses in Nuclear Engineering at Hanoi University

  A ceremony was held today at Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST), in Hanoi, Vietnam, to mark the commencement of the fifth year of courses endowed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI). The courses are conducted at the university's School of Nuclear Engineering and


WHOI: Fukushima Radioactivity Detected Off West Coast

Monitoring efforts along the Pacific Coast of the U.S. and Canada have detected the presence of small amounts of radioactivity from the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident 100 miles (150 km) due west of Eureka, California. Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


Bagley Named VP at Newport News Shipbuilding

Ray Bagley (Photo by Chris Oxley/HII)

Ray Bagley has been appointed by Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) as the company’s new vice president of trades operations for its Newport News Shipbuilding division. Bagley, who will earn the distinction of "Master Shipbuilder" for 40 years of continuous service next week


MHI to Revamp its Casting Operations

MHIs Futami Plant

  Effective April 1, 2015 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) will revamp its production structure for casting products. From that date all current Group casting operations will be consolidated at the company's Futami Plant, part of its Kobe Shipyard & Machinery Works


Areva in Steam Generators Contract in S. Africa

  France's Areva said on Saturday it sealed a contract worth around 300 million euros with South African utility Eskom to replace steam generators at the Koeberg nuclear power plant, near Cape Town. Areva will design, manufacture and install six steam generators in the plant's two


Japan's Minister Says Energy Policy Without Nuclear Difficult

Newly appointed trade and industry minister Yuko Obuchi is interviewed by media outlets on Thursday at METI’s offices in Tokyo

  Japan would find it difficult to formulate an energy policy without nuclear power given its lack of energy resources and the high cost of utilities for companies and households, the country's new trade minister said on Sunday. Yuko Obuchi


Today in U.S. Naval History: September 24

USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) is launched September 24, 1960 at Newport News Shipbuilding. (Photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries)

Today in U.S. Naval History - September 24 1918 - Ensign David S. Ingalls, USNR, in a Sopwith Camel, shoots down his fifth enemy aircraft, becoming the first U.S. Navy ace while flying with the British Royal Air Force. 1944 - 5th Fleet carrier aircraft attack Japanese in Visayas


Steel Cut for Yamal LNG Project’s Lead Tanker

SCF Yamalmax mock up (image courtesy of SCF Group)

A steel-cutting ceremony was held on September 29 for the lead gas tanker ordered by SCF Group for transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) under the Yamal LNG project. The prototype vessel will be operated under a long-term time charter between OAO Sovcomflot and JSC Yamal LNG.


HII Appoints Brenton as Corporate Director

Kevin Brenton is HII’s corporate director of customer affairs for submarine programs. Photo by Chris Oxley/HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today that Capt. Kevin Brenton (U.S. Navy, Ret.) has joined the company as corporate director of customer affairs for submarine programs. Brenton served most recently as deputy director of the Navy's Strategic Systems Programs


USS Enterprise Anchor Installed on USS Abraham Lincoln

A team of shipbuilders replaces USS Abraham Lincoln’s anchor with one removed from USS Enterprise. Lincoln is undergoing a refueling and complex overhaul at Newport News Shipbuilding at the same time Enterprise is being inactivated. Photo by Ricky Thompson/HII

Although the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) is scheduled to be decommissioned in 2016, its legacy lives on, and so does one of its anchors. Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division recently installed one of Enterprise's anchors on younger carrier USS


Opposition Builds to UK Nuclear Project in EU Executive

Nuclear power plant

  A landmark deal to use British taxpayers' money to build a 16 billion pound ($25.6 billion) nuclear power station has triggered opposition from a quarter of EU policy-makers, who want to overturn approval from the top European regulator, EU sources said.


Areva to Cut Investments to Avoid Ratings Downgrade

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  French state-owned nuclear power group Areva will likely decide this week to scale back investments in order to avoid having its credit rating downgraded to junk status, weekly newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche said. The paper, citing unnamed sources


Austria to Sue if EU Regulator Clears UK Nuclear Plan

Nuclear plant

Austria will take the European Commission to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) if it approves Britain's plans for a 16 billion-pound ($26 billion) nuclear power plant, a spokesman for the chancellor said on Sunday. The deal to pay a guaranteed price for the power produced in the plant faces


Areva-Siemens Raises Claim Over Finnish Reactor Delays

The Olkiluoto 3 (OL3) nuclear power plant, which is under construction,

  The French-German consortium Areva-Siemens , the supplier of Finland's much-delayed Olkiluoto-3 nuclear reactor, has increased its claim against Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima (TVO), TVO said late on Friday. TVO and Areva have traded accusations about who is to blame for delays and


French Nuclear Plants in New Mystery Drone Overflights

Nuclear Power Plant

  Unidentified drones illegally overflew five French nuclear power plants overnight, a source with knowledge of the matter said on Saturday, in the latest of a series of unexplained incidents that have raised safety concerns. The small unmanned aircraft were detected late on Friday above






 
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