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Groundwork Begins on Successor Subs in UK

Photo: BAE Systems

 Groundwork has started on the renovation of a central shipyard complex that be used for outfitting future Royal Navy Successor submarines, British Forces News said.   BAE Systems had announced last year a $459 million modernization of the entire shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, in anticipation of government approval of the nuclear deterrent submarines, which will replace Vanguard-class vessels.   Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed earlier this week that Britain will order four new Successor submarines to replace the Vanguard-class of nuclear subs.   Construction is expected to take up to eight years and create thousands of new jobs. The work on the Central Yard Complex is the first step of the site's redevelopment programme. It's expected to be ready for operational use by the end of 2017.    Project manager Phil Aspden was quoted as saying in the North-West Evening Mail: "The commencement of the Central Yard Complex work is the culmination of three years’ planning and preparation. It marks a milestone as the first major development on the site in many years."  

NNS Wins Nuclear Sub Work

Northrop Grumman Newport News, Newport News, Va., is being awarded a $22,915,958 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery and indefinite-quantity contract for engineering and technical services to remove and install Submarine Safe Antenna Systems onboard U.S. Nuclear Submarines and related technical data. Work will be performed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (23 percent); Portsmouth, N.H. (11 percent), Bremerton, Wash. (11 percent), Norfolk, Va. (11 percent);

Russian Navy Upgrades Subs

Russian mini-submarines from the same class of a craft that was involved in a tense rescue operation at the bottom of the Pacific last year will be upgraded with new foreign-made equipment. Tenders would be held to give AS-28 mini-subs a radical overhaul using foreign-made submarine equipment and mobile systems based on Britain's Panther Command and Liaison Vehicle. The efforts follow an incident in the Bering Sea last August

Britain Delays Repairs On Crippled Sub

Britain's defense ministry agreed to delay repairs on a crippled nuclear submarine stranded in Gibraltar since May, handing at least a temporary victory to environmentalists and the Gibraltar government. The ministry had planned to begin work on HMS Tireless on Aug. 21 despite local opposition, but officials said repairs had been delayed so that local officials could assess any safety risks. The Gibraltar government opposes any repairs being started until a panel of experts has reviewed

Electric Boat Gets $7M Sub Contract

Electric Boat has won a $7m contact with the Navy for nuclear submarine maintenance. The Navy is calling on Electric Boat Corp., to make repairs and upgrades through July 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. The Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, also based in Groton, is the contractor. Electric Boat is a business unit of General Dynamics Corp., which is a defense contractor headquartered in Falls Church, Va.

Electric Boat Awarded $13m Contract Modification for Sub Work

The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $13.4Mcontract modification for nuclear-submarine work. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the terms of the contract modification, Electric Boat will provide design agent, planning yard, engineering and technical support for nuclear submarines. Electric Boat will also provide planning, scheduling and technical support for submarine maintenance activities

Russian Submarine Fire 'Put Out' in Dock

Source: Kuleshov Oleg

 Firefighters at Zvyozdochka shipyard in Russia's northern province of Arkhangelsk partially flooded a nuclear-powered submarine to extinguish a blaze that started aboard the vessel.   The vessel - classified as Oscar-II by NATO - is a cruise missile type sub which carries nuclear material and has two reactors aboard.   There were no weapons on board of 949 Antei submarine, the vessel's nuclear reactor had been shut down prior to the blaze and nobody was hurt

General Dynamics Deliver US Nuclear Sub Early

General Dynamics delivers submarine 'Mississippi' to U.S. Navy 363 Days Ahead of Schedule General Dynamics Electric Boat today delivered the nuclear-powered attack submarine Mississippi (SSN-782) to the U.S. Navy 363 days ahead of contract schedule and more than $60 million below target cost. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.  John Holmander, vice president and Virginia program manager for General Dynamics Electric Boat

Russian Shipbuilders Fail to Agree Nuclear Sub Program Price

Defense Ministry, shipbuilders fail to agree price of 10 new 'Borey-class' nuclear submarines despite the intervention of President Putin Russia’s Defense Ministry and the United Shipbuilding Corporation failed again to agree final contract terms for delivery of the new Borey class (Project 955) strategic nuclear submarine, despite the intervention of President Vladimir Putin who wants the submarines ot form the core of Russia's strategic ballistic missile force by 2018.

British Nuclear Sub Rejoins the Fleet

Photo credit UK MOD

Royal Navy submarine HMS Vigilant returns to her home on the Clyde in Scotland following a multi-million pound, three-year overhaul The vessel, one of the UK's four Vanguard Class nuclear submarines, has been officially handed back to the Navy for operational use. Known as a Long Overhaul Period (Refuel), the work package was an enormous engineering task, with the submarine emerging as effectively a new boat inside.

Fincantieri Launches Nuclear Waste Vessel for Russia

Photo: Fincantieri

New semisubmersible floating platform will be used to transport special material decommissioned by the Russian Navy    Itarus, the new semisubmersible floating platform built to transport Russia’s nuclear materials, was launched at a ceremony on November 19 at Fincantieri’s

Largest Underwater CO2 Release from Pipeline - DNV GL

Pipeline DNV GL

  Carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) is gaining momentum to meet stringent climate change goals and secure energy supplies for the future. To fully understand the environmental and safety implications associated with the development of CO2 pipelines

Eastern Launches Harvey Sub-Sea

Image: Eastern Shipbuilding

Eastern Shipbuilding Group launched M/V Harvey Sub-Sea (Hull 249) for Harvey Gulf International Marine, Inc. M/V Harvey Sub-Sea is a first of two (2) 340 ft. Class Multi-Purpose Service Vessels (MPSV), designed by VARD Marine. M/V Harvey Sub-Sea will feature a 250MT AHC Knuckle Boom Offshore Crane

Two Product Tankers Collide in the Arctic

Svyatoy Pavel. Photo by Myship

Two Product tankers, Svyatoy Petr and Svyatoy Pavel collided during a passage of Northern Sea Route in convoy with nuclear icebreaker Vaygach.    The collision happened on 70 nautical miles SouthWest off New Siberian islands in Laptev sea.  

Steel Delivered to Build Russia’s New Icebreakers

OJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK) has been selected as the key steel supplier in the construction of nuclear icebreakers (Project 22220) at the Baltic Shipyard, part of United Shipbuilding Corporation. A 60MW universal nuclear icebreaker known as Arctic – Project 22220’s

Obituary: Martin J. Canfield

Martin J. Canfield: July 22, 1956 – November 2, 2015

Martin J. Canfield: July 22, 1956 – November 2, 2015   Martin Jay “Marty” Canfield, 59, of Iola, Kansas, died Monday, November 2, 2015, at the Allen County Regional Hospital. Marty was born July 22, 1956, in Independence, Missouri. He served in the U.S

Golar and WAGL Ink Ghana FSRU Contract

Golar LNG Limited announced today that it has executed a firm contract to provide West African Gas Limited (WAGL) with floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) services to support their liquefied natural gas (LNG) import operations in Ghana.   

North Pole: The Latest Tourist Trap

Dennis Bryant

On August 16, 2015, the geographic North Pole was visited by a Russian surface ship for the one-hundredth time. The Russian nuclear icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory) carried 106 tourists from 16 different countries. This was the icebreaker’s seventh cruise to the Pole just this

LR to help China Design Shipborne Nuclear Power

Nuclear power plants can generate electricity continuously for many months at a time, without interruption. Courtesy World Nuclear Association

  Lloyd’s Register announced a co-operative Framework Agreement with the Nuclear Power Institute of China (NPIC) in Chengdu, to assist in the design and development of a safe and secure floating vessel containing a Small Modular Reactor (SMR) – a first for China.

GD Wins $24 mln for Submarine Planning

Photo courtesy of General Dynamics Electric Boat

The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $24.1 million contract modification to perform reactor-plant planning yard services for nuclear submarines and support-yard services for moored training ships. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

Iran to Step up Production One Week post-Sanctions

Iran will boost its crude oil production within one week once international sanctions are lifted and is determined to regain its lost market share, senior Iranian oil officials reiterated on Monday. Iran will raise production by 500,000 barrels per day in the first week after sanctions are

Paris MOU's Vessel Inspection Data Now Available Online

Photo: Paris MOU

A newly introduced statistical feature on the Paris MoU website,, grants access to the region’s vessel inspection results.   “It is important we communicate about the results of our efforts to prevent sub standard shipping,” said Richard W.J

India, US, Japan Naval Drills Begins, Irks China

Image: US Navy

 India, Japan and the United States kicked off the first joint naval exercises  in the Bay of Bengal in eight years and such drills will occur each year, Indian government sources said.   The Japanese Maritime-Self Defense Force (JMSF) confimed that it will Permanently Join

Ivory Coast Starts Construction of Abidjan Port Upgrades

Ivory Coast began construction on Tuesday of a four-year, 560 billion CFA franc ($962 million) project to build a second container terminal and widen the canal leading to its main port in the commercial capital Abidjan.   Among the busiest in sub-Saharan Africa, the port serves Ivory Coast

Demands for Icebreaker Tours Spiral

Last year plans to terminate the cruises to the North Pole has led to an agitated demand

  Plans to terminate commercial tours to the North Pole on the nuclear-powered icebreakers of the Atomflot company in 2016 have surged the demand for these tours. Sergey Shirokiy, the chief of the tourist department of the Russian Arctic national park summed up the results of the tourist

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