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US Marine Repair Joins Lockheed Martin LCS Team

The Lockheed Martin LCS Team is adding United States Marine Repair to its group of core teammates supporting the Sea Blade LCS solution. Using an open business model, the Lockheed Martin LCS Team is recruiting "best of breed" technical specialists from the U.S. and overseas in its bid to win this important transformational Navy program. "A key focus of Lockheed Martin's LCS proposal is to find the best companies, in the U.S. and abroad, to deliver to the Navy the most affordable and effective ship possible," said Fred Moosally, president of Lockheed Martin's Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems. "Our team is harnessing world class expertise in a wide range of disciplines. United States Marine Repair, a wholly owned subsidiary of United Defense, adds another important element to our Sea Blade littoral combat ship proposal for the Navy." United States Marine Repair provides ship repair and logistics services experience to the team. Potential long-term roles for the company within the Sea Blade solution include fleet maintenance, training, module fabrication, ship outfitting and porting. "United States Marine Repair is honored to join the highly regarded group of technical specialists on the Lockheed Martin LCS Program Team," said retired Rear Adm. Dick Camacho, the company's vice president of business development


WIL Lines Opens Home Base in Tripoli, Libya

WIL Lines, a worldwide logistics integrator with offices throughout the U.S., Africa, Middle East and Europe, recently opened its Libyan office in the capital, Tripoli. Since the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with the U.S. in 2004, Libya’s economy has opened significantly. Foreign businesses are finding it easier to do business there and the profits to be made are significant. The country has one of the highest GDPs in the world and is a major importer of dry foods and other


ACL Opens Houston Headquarters

American Commercial Lines Inc. (ACL) opened its new Liquid Transportation Division Headquarters in Houston, Texas. The opening of the new regional headquarters, combined with ACL's recent announcement to build 30 new 30,000 barrel tank barges in 2008, begins the foundation for the Company's long-term strategy to increase liquid business from 24% to 40% of its total transportation revenue.


Freightgate Announces Opening in France

Freightgate Inc., a leading provider of Internet applications for the freight and logistics industry, announced that it has opened a new sales, service and support facility in Marseille, France in order to reinforce its commitment to the European market. "Our new office in France will not only facilitate the relationships with our current customers in Europe, but also to develop new business within this area. We believe the door is open for additional activity in Europe," said Martin Hubert


Ardmore Shipping Opens Houston Office

Holly Cummins (Photo: Ardmore Shipping)

Ardmore Shipping has expanded its global network with the opening of an office in Houston, to be led by Holly Cummings, who joins Ardmore Shipping as Chartering Manager (Americas).   The new Houston office will be responsible for expanding Ardmore’s commercial activities in the Americas and will work with Ardmore’s chartering teams in Europe and Singapore.   Cummings joins Ardmore with 11 years of experience in the maritime sector


ABB Opens Integrated Operations Center in Singapore

Photo: ABB

 ABB is opening a new integrated Operations Center in Singapore, the third facility of its type and first in Asia, which will allow the company’s engineers to follow the sun across the globe. Typically, at the end of the working day, the Singapore Center will handover to colleagues in Norway and Finland and this process will continue across the globe when a new Integrated Operations Center is opened in the U.S. later this year.  


Open Ocean Launches Maritime Security Program

Chenega UK Managing Director Murray Hammick

Aboard the HQS Wellington in London yesterday, Chenega UK Ltd. launched its fully integrated maritime security system to combat piracy and provide the ship owning community with a holistic, single point of contact security program to mitigate the risk of piracy.   The system was received with excitement by the shipowners, managers, insurers, flag states and others engaged in transporting more than 90% of the world's goods, as "currently


Swire Oilfield Services Opens New Headquarters

Swire Oilfield Services chief executive officer, Tor Helgeland; chairman, Barnaby Swire; director & general manager UK, Roy Burrell; and chief operating officer, Richard Sell.

Swire Oilfield Services, a global supplier of cargo carrying solutions, modular systems, offshore aviation services and fluid management, has officially opened its new £4 million global headquarters in Aberdeen.   The new headquarters are part of an overall investment in the business of £50 million this year to support the company’s international business development strategy.   Swire Oilfield Services currently employs 750 people globally and expects to


General Dynamics to Supply Core Mission System for U.S. Combat Ships

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems was awarded a contract by Austal USA to be the Platform Systems Engineering Agent (PSEA) of Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) 14 and 16. These are the fifth and sixth ships of the Independence-variant LCS to be ordered by the U.S. Navy under a 10-ship block buy contract awarded in December 2010 to Austal USA. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics.


Viking Supply Ships Open Canadian Office

Balder Viking: Photo courtesy of VSS

Sweden's Viking Supply Ships (VSS) have opened an office in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. They say they have had several vessels working in Canada over the past few years and the opening of the Canadian office will strengthen their strategic position in the Canadian market. Mr. Gerard Dunphy, who has been in the Offshore Business for over 20 years in Atlantic Canada, the Canadian Arctic, Alaska, Greenland and the North Sea, has been employed as the Managing Director.


The American Club Reports Solid Progress in 2015

Arnold Witte (Photo: Donjon Marine)

The American Club reported solid progress during 2015 at the annual meeting of its members held in New York yesterday. Despite a challenging economic climate, the Club’s business developed respectably, and 2016 had started on a positive note.  


World Trade Routes Won't be the Same with Expanded Panama Canal!

Graph: Clarksons Research

 On 26th June 2016, a landmark development for the shipping industry will occur with the opening of the new third set of locks at the Panama Canal. Clarksons Research takes a look.   Around ten years in the making, the expansion will enable significantly larger ships to transit the


New Era of Global Trade with Expanded Panama Canal

The first commercial transit of a Neopanamax vessel through the Expanded Panama Canal (Photo: ACP)

The Expanded Panama Canal is now officially open for business.   During the official inauguration ceremony, Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela and Panama Canal Administrator and CEO Jorge L. Quijano spoke to a crowd of more than 25,000 jubilant Panamanians, Canal employees


New Port Academy Liverpool Unveiled at Grand Opening

A 7.5-ton Naval anchor, refurbished by Cammell Laird (Photo: PAL)

LIVERPOOL City Region has launched a new  £2.5 million maritime training academy which it believes is the only one in the U.K. to create vitally needed skills and become a beacon of international excellence.   Hugh Baird College, Bootle


UK Chamber: Nascent Recovery to UK Ship Register Welcome

Photo:  UK Chamber

 Statistics show an increase in the UK registered trading fleet for the first time in four years, rising by 8%. However, the figures also show a fall of 18% in UK owned tonnage.    UK Chamber CEO, Guy Platten has welcomed these signs of nascent recovery in the UK Ship Register


Diana Containerships: Split Ratio for Reverse Stock Split

Diana Containerships Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of containerships, has announced that its Board of Directors has determined the split ratio for the previously announced reverse stock split of the company’s common shares, par value $0


Measuring Shipping Emissions in the Arctic

Multicopter with sensors (photograph taken by Aeromon Ltd.)

Shipping must prepare for stricter black carbon emission regulations; Finns improve the reliability of international measurement techniques   A new global challenge and a compliance monitoring market are emerging, due to tightening environmental regulations


Port of Providence TIGER Project Crompleted

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen today joined Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and Senator Jack Reed, along with state and local officials, to christen a new crane barge


New Great Lakes Icebreaker Nearing Reality

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw breaks ice in Whitefish Bay, Mich., in March 2009 (U.S. Coast Guard file photo by George Degener)

Plans for a second heavy icebreaker for service on the Great Lakes have taken another step toward reality with Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) including $2 million for initial survey and design work for a vessel that is at least as capable as the current icebreaker Mackinaw in the committee report


Greece and Canada Partner on Maritime Training

Photo: VIMC

The Vancouver International Maritime Centre (VIMC) and the Department of Shipping, Trade and Transport of the University of the Aegean have signed a signed a Bilateral Agreement to develop faculty and student exchange programs as well as marine-related training initiatives between Greece and Canada


BIMCO President Comments On Standard Term Sheet

Louis Dreyfus Armateurs. File Photo: Marinelink

 BIMCO President and Chairman of Louis Dreyfus Armateurs, Philippe Louis-Dreyfus opened the Armateurs de France and BIMCO event in Paris on 14 June 2016. The purpose of the event was to provide an overview of BIMCO’s main activities and explain the ongoing work on some high profile


Cruise Leaders to Meet in New Orleans

Dream-Dawn 2016 Photo Port of New Orleans

More than 150 leaders in the cruise industry from around the world will meet here this week, as the Port of New Orleans hosts the 2016 Platinum Associate Membership Advisory Council Conference of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA).  


Final Agenda for Marad’s Sexual Assault Summit Unveiled

U.S. Maritime Administrator Paul Chip Jaenichen (image: Marad)

The Maritime Administration’s ‘Call to Action’ will address Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment in the Maritime Industry. Obtained this morning from reliable industry sources, the final agenda for what promises to a lively and possibly contentious meeting set up by the U.S


DCNS Predicts Turning Point for Tidal Power

A second turbine bound for EDF’s Paimpol-Bréhat tidal array was deployed by DCNS OpenHydro in May (Photo: DCNS)

Tidal power is moving beyond the prototype stage for state-backed French naval shipbuilder DCNS, which is targeting a billion euros in sales from the technology in the next decade.   DCNS, which is 35 percent owned by defence group Thales and 64 percent by the French state


Expanded Panama Canal Nears Inauguration

Graphics: Panama Canal Authority

 As the global shipping industry facing tough weather, the $5.25 billion expansion of the Panama canal is set to open Sunday (June 26), reports AP. The deeper, wider channel is designed to accommodate the world’s growing fleet of mega cargo ships and expanding trade between North






 
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