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FastShip Selects Gear Corporation As Supplier

FastShip, Inc. has reached an agreement with Philadelphia Gear Corporation to supply sophisticated transmission equipment for the company's high-speed trans-Atlantic fleet. The $35 million order is the largest in Philadelphia Gear's 100-year history, bringing more than 100 direct and indirect jobs to the region. Per the agreement, Philadelphia Gear will supply 20 gearboxes - five in each of FastShip's initial four vessels - plus one spare gearbox and additional parts, as well as a 10-year service maintenance package. The gears will help generate power for the vessels equivalent to two and a half times that of a jumbo jet. Philadelphia Gear will also participate in vendor financing of FastShip, which intends to complete its total financing package by year-end 1999. The gearboxes will link the five Rolls-Royce marine Trent engines to Kamewa water jets, delivering a total of 250 Mw or 335,000-hp. This propulsion package will enable the 860 ft. (262 m) vessels, carrying a 10,000-ton payload, to complete the passage from Philadelphia to Cherbourg in less than four days, while sustaining speeds up to 40 knots.


Columbia Coastal Transport Adds To Fleet

Columbia Coastal Transport has added five additional vessels to its fleet of container barges that provide container feeder and project cargo services. The additional barges, which range in capacity from 112 to 660-teus, were previously owned by Hale Trans of Baltimore, Md. The newly attained barges will be updated with Columbia's specifications, and will be outfitted with new lashing gear and state-of-the-art power packs for transporting reefer cargo


Royal Caribbean, Celebrity To Use Port Of Philadelphia For Bermuda Cruises

Royal Caribbean International will temporarily use the port of Philadelphia for its ship Nordic Empress, to sail to and from Bermuda. The change is being made as a result of Tuesday's terrorist attack in New York, and its impact on activities at the Port of New York. The Royal Caribbean ship Nordic Empress will arrive in the port of Philadelphia on Sunday, September 16, at approximately 7 a.m., at which time the cruise line will have special staff at the port to assist guests with both


New Repair Yard to Set up Shop in Philly

Reports indicate that a company that has repaired cruise ships plans to set up a second operation in Philadelphia. The new shipyard will be called PennShip Service. Under an agreement, PennShip will lease the site next to the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard. The sites are part of the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, which closed in 1996. Source: AP


Oil Spill in Schuylkill River

The U.S. Coast Guard and partner agencies are responding Tuesday to an oil sheen in the Schuylkill River.   The Coast Guard received a report of a sheen on the river between Market Street and South Street in Philadelphia Monday, but crews were not able to locate its origin.   Agencies involved include Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, Philadelphia Fire Department and Philadelphia Police Department.


Kvaerner Makes Commitment to Philadelphia Shipyard

Even if Kvaerner Group is unsuccessful in selling its Philadelphia operation, Europe's largest shipbuilder does not plan to leave the shipyard high and dry. The firm announced it will sell or close its 13 shipyards around the world due to low profits, but would try to find a buyer for the Philadelphia shipyard. If a buyer is not found, "then Kvaerner must continue," said Harald Rafdal, CEO of Kvaerner Philadelphia Inc


Pemamek Wins Contract

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Pemamek Oy Ltd was recently awarded a contract of Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, construction and delivery of a micro panel line. Commissioning in early 2013, the new modern micro panel line replaces the existing one. This new line will increase the shipyard’s productivity and therefore improve Aker Philadelphia Shipyards positioning at the market. Additionally, Pemamek Ltd contracted a yearly maintenance contract for the equipment and software for fully support in periodical


Dougherty Appointed to Delaware River

Port Authority of PA and New Jersey Pennslyvania Governor Edward G. Rendell announced his appointment of John J. Dougherty to the Delaware River Port Authority of Pennsylvania and New Jersey (DRPA). Governor Rendell, DRPA's chairman, appointed Dougherty to a five-year term. DRPA is a regional transportation and economic development agency that serves southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. The Authority owns


Hyundai Mipo Expands Navy Yard contract

A South Korean shipbuilder said that it will be building additional tankers and container ships at the old Philadelphia Navy Yard. The parent of Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Inc. said its expanded deal with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co. Ltd. covers an additional six tankers as well as exclusive rights for container ships. Under a 2004 deal, Hyundai Mipo has been providing design and procurement services for a series of 10 tankers currently under construction in Philadelphia.


Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, 10th Tanker

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard (Oslo:AKPS), a leading U.S. commercial shipyard, cut steel on Hull 014, the tenth product tanker in the series of twelve to be built for American Shipping Company (Oslo:AMSC). Production of this vessel begins a few days after the successful delivery of Hull 010, the Overseas Boston. A small ceremony was held this afternoon to commence production and was attended by representatives of Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, OSG


US Navy Ship Tests 100% Alternative Fuel

The ex-Paul F. Foster anchored off the southern coast of California. Paul F. Foster serves as the new Self Defense Test Ship for Naval Surface Warfare Center. (U.S. Navy photo by Timothy M. Black)

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division's (NSWC PHD) Self Defense Test Ship (SDTS), ex-Paul F. Foster went underway for final-phase testing of two alternative fuels, May 31.   The SDTS traveled to San Diego, where it took on approximately 30


This Day In Naval History: July 1

Rear Adm. Samuel L. Gravely Jr. (U.S. Navy photo)

1801 - Commodore Richard Dale's squadron arrives at Gibraltar for the protection of American interests and to strike at the Barbary Pirates in the Mediterranean. Squadron ships were USS President, USS Philadelphia, USS Essex, and USS Enterprise.


Klüber Synthetic Gear Oils Offer Max Efficiency

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Klüber Lubrication, manufacturer of specialty lubricants, provides high-performance gear oils that are based on high-grade raw materials and advanced additives, enabling maximum efficiency in the lubrication of gear components.  


MSC Announces New Port Call, Revises Canada Gulf service

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 MSC’s California Express service is now to feature a new port of call – Manzanillo in Mexico.   The addition brings a significant customer benefit in transit time and reliability, and provides a direct route to the port as part of the route from Balboa to Long Beach.


This Day In Naval History - June 15

USS Mars (AFS 1) (U.S. Navy photo)

1775 - Abraham Whipple takes command of Rhode Island's coastal defense ship, Katy, and captures a tender of HMS Rose. In December, Katy is taken into the Continental service and renamed Providence.   1864 - During the Civil War, the side-wheel steamer, USS Lexington, commanded by Lt


Ex-USS Taylor Towed to Charleston for Conversion

Ex-USS Taylor was towed from Philadelphia to Charleston by Crowley’s Invader class tug Monitor (Photo: Crowley)

Ex-USS Taylor (FFG-50) was towed from Philadelphia Naval Shipyard to Detyens Shipyard in Charleston, S.C. where the vessel will be converted in preparation for delivery to the Taiwanese government as part of the U.S.’ foreign military sales program.  


Maersk to Use Drones to Resupply its Fleet of Tankers

Drones are being tested for inspections across the Maersk Group. Photo: Maersk Group

 Global shipping and logistics firm Maersk is looking at ways to use drones for delivering equipment to ships and is planning to conduct a test later this year, after using the technology in January for delivering cookies to a tanker at sea, says a report in PTI.  


ACR Electronics Turns 60

ACR Electronics, a Drew Marine Company, is celebrating its diamond anniversary this year. Over the past 60 years ACR has manufactured lifesaving equipment for military forces, aviation and space programs, along with maritime and outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.  


General Dynamics Bags $ 47 mi US Navy Contract

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General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), was awarded a contract to provide information technology services and security assistance support to the Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) and Navy International Programs Office


Klüber Debuts Eco-compatible Open Gear Lubricant

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Manufacturer of specialty lubricants Klüber Lubrication has introduced Klüberbio LG 39-701 N, an eco-compatible operating lubricant for open gear drives used in marine applications.   Klüberbio LG 39-701 N is specifically designed for manufacturers and operators of open gear


NTSB Determines Faults Leading to Fatal Collision

In examining the deadly collision of tugboat/barge Caribbean Sea/The Resource with Amphibious Passenger Vehicle DUKW 34, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined that several faults played a part in the collision.  


Raytheon Anschütz Steering Gear Control for Luxury Cruise Ships

NautoSteer (Photo: Raytheon Anschütz)

The German navigation system manufacturer Raytheon Anschütz was awarded a retrofit contract of steering gear control systems for two luxury cruise ships chartered by Noble Caledonia Ltd. The cruise ships will be retrofitted with the Anschütz NautoSteer AS advanced steering gear control


This Day In Naval History: April 29

ex-USS Connolly (DD 979) is sunk during an exercise (U.S. Navy Photo by Chris Brown)

1814 - American sloop USS Peacock and HMS Epervier engage in battle. Peacock takes two 32-pound shots in her fore-yard with the first exchange, but her return broadside smashes most of Eperviers rigging and guns. After 45 minutes, Epervier is captured


SCHOTTEL Debuts EcoPeller with High-torque Gears

Propulsion and steering systems manufacturer SCHOTTEL has unveiled its new EcoPeller (SRE), which it said offers improved efficiency and robustness. Playing a key role here is the new HTG (High Torque Gear) gearbox technology developed and patented by SCHOTTEL.  


Seafarers International House Honors Maritime Leaders

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Members of the maritime community gathered last evening at the New York Athletic Club to honor three of its leaders: H. Marshall Ainley (President, Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association), Ian T. Blackley (President & CEO, Overseas Ship Management, Inc.) and Raymond J. Burke Jr






 
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