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WRSystems Wins Navy Contract up to $140M

W R Systems, Ltd. (WRSystems) has been awarded a $26,946,956 contract from the U.S. Navy to provide engineering technical support services for navigation systems in the U.S. and abroad. Seventy-five percent of the contract work will be performed in Hampton Roads, Va. through WRSystems’ Engineering Services Division in Norfolk, Va. The value of the contract could reach an estimated $140,601,392 if all options are exercised. The company is based in Fairfax, Va. WRSystems expects to hire additional staff to help service the new contract.   The contract combines purchases for the Navy (97%), and the governments of Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Australia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt under the Foreign Military Sales Program. WRSystems will provide support to the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Systems Center in Charleston, S.C. The In-Service Engineering Agent overseeing the contract is located at Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base. Contract work for the Navy and allies will include a broad range of systems engineering and technical and logistics support for navigation and interior communications systems. WRSystems will support SPAWAR Atlantic in the certification of navigation systems throughout the fleet, in research and development in drug interdiction and in equipment and systems training for the fleet


General Dynamics Bags $ 50 mi Submarine Contracts

Submarine Modernization Program for U.S. and Australian Navies

  General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics was awarded two contract modifications totaling $50 million to continue supporting the AN/BYG-1 combat control system aboard U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Navy submarines, as part of the AN/BYG-1 modernization program for the tactical control systems (TCS) and weapons control systems (WCS). General Dynamics is delivering enhanced capabilities across multiple submarine platforms


CMA CGM: Significant Recovery in Operations

Operating profit for the CMA CGM Group is expected to return to the breakeven point in December 2009, ahead of the company’s cautious forecasts in September 2009.   The savings plan applied throughout all segments of the group, combined with increasingly firm volumes and rates, is already producing its initial effects. The recovery of operating profit illustrates the shipping expertise of the CMA CGM teams, which have been entirely focused on achieving this objective.  


Transocean Provides Fleet Update Summary

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Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) (SIX: RIGN) today issued a monthly fleet update summary covering only newly signed contracts, significant changes to existing contracts and changes to estimated out of service time of 60 days or more since our quarterly fleet status report dated April 14, 2011. Drilling rig status and contract information on the company's offshore drilling fleet has been condensed into a report titled "Transocean Fleet Status Report


SeaKits Releases V3.0 for Fleet Maintenance Support

SeaKits, the developer and provider of the Marine Maintenance System (MMS), has released Version 3.0 of MMS Fleet Solutions providing expanded functionality for workboat fleets, including passenger, tow and service vessels. MMS Fleet Solutions V3.0 provides Port Engineers, Maintenance Managers, and company executives with fleet-level visibility of all planned and corrective maintenance activities including maintenance schedules/forecasts, work orders, and inventory levels


AWT Wins Safety at Sea Award

Applied Weather Technology, Inc. (AWT) announced that an expert judging panel has selected AWT, with its innovative fleet management system GlobalView, as the winner of the Systems category for the fifth annual Safety at Sea International Awards. AWT was also recognized as a finalist in the category of Security.   Introduced in 2010 as the first fleet management system to provide critical maritime data within the visual presentation of Google Earth technology


At-Berth Regulation Advisory Forms Available

Forms for the At-Berth Regulation Advisory have been posted to the Shore Power website. As specified in the December 2013 Regulatory Advisory, fleets need to notify ARB of their intention to qualify for temporary relief under each scenario they intend to use. Fleets also need to provide evidence that they have made a good faith effort to comply with the At-Berth Regulation. To do this, fleets must complete the "December 2013 Regulatory Advisory Notification" form and return it by


U.S. Navy Renews PPG PMC Contract

Contract includes AMERCOAT, PSX coatings for 110-ship global fleet PPG Industries’ protective and marine coatings (PMC) business was awarded a five-year contract by the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) to continue providing coatings, solvents and technical services to its global fleet of 110 ships. Tim Knavish, PPG vice president, protective and marine coatings, said the contract extends PPG’s commitment to serving the U.S. Navy and other military services


Fleet Begins Transition to New Reporting System

From U.S. Fleet Forces Command Public Affairs Starting Oct. 1, the fleet will begin transitioning to the new Defense Readiness Reporting System-Navy (DRRS-N), a Web-based management system providing Navy and joint commanders continuous access to unit and group level capability-based readiness assessments. DRRS-N is a major shift in readiness thinking and reporting, moving the focus from reporting unit resources and training to assessing and managing force capabilities


AWT Upgrade Fleet Decision Support System

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Applied Weather Technology, Inc. (AWT), a provider of fleet optimization services and onboard voyage management software, today announced the latest version of its fully customizable fleet management system with the release of Fleet Decision Support System (FleetDSS) Version 2.0. In addition to being suitable for use within a company's IT network, FleetDSS has new tools, including an ETA confidence tool and a comparative vessel type performance graph


Canadian Government Unveils 3D Model of HMS Erebus

 A 3D printed model of the HMS Erebus as it now sits on the ocean floor.

  A partnership between Canadian government and private industry today unveiled high precision 3D printed models of HMS Erebus, Sir John Franklin’s lead ship found last year in Canada’s Arctic waters as part of Parks Canada’s search for the vessels of the lost 1845


BMT Partners with Aage Hempel

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BMT SMART (BMT),  has announced  that Aage Hempel has become an accredited service partner.  This agreement will provide both organizations with the opportunity to enhance their proposition in helping to optimize shipping operations worldwide.


Damen Delivers Stan Patrol Vessel to RBDF

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The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) has taken delivery of the fourth and final Stan Patrol 4207, named HMBS Rolly Gray. The four Stan Patrol 4207s form part of the six-year Sandy Bottom project. The Stan Patrol 4207s carry a 24-person crew


Radio Holland Wins Ahrenkiel Contract

Imtech Marine (Radio Holland) bags long-term maintenance contract

Ahrenkiel Steamship GmbH & Co. KG and Radio Holland Germany GmbH, part of Imtech Marine, have agreed a long-term maintenance agreement for the entire Ahrenkiel Steamship fleet, which comprises nearly 60 vessels. Based in Hamburg, Ahrenkiel Steamship Group is a leading


OOCL Orders Six Ultra-Large Container Ships

Pic: Orient Overseas (International) Limited.

 Orient Overseas (International) Ltd. has placed a new order for six mega 20,000 teu container ships from South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries Co. for US$951.6 million.   Orient Overseas, controlled by the family of former Hong Kong chief executive Tung Chee-hwa


Wan Hai Profits Up

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 Asian container operator Wan Hai Lines Ltd sees 2014 profit jump as revenue grows faster than costs.   The Taiwanese container carrier recorded a profit of TWD5.32 billion (USD170 million) for 2014, soaring 158% from a profit of TWD2.13 billion in 2013.  


Japan, U.S. Look to Expand Naval Cooperation

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to allow Tokyo to come to the aid of an ally under attack will pave the way for closer cooperation between U.S. and Japanese forces across Asia, a top U.S. commander said on Tuesday. Expanded training and joint missions could extend from Japan through


SCI takes Delivery of VLCC "Desh Vibhor"

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The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI) accepted delivery of a Very Large Crude Oil Carrier (VLCC) on 28 March, 2015. The vessel has been named “Desh Vibhor”. The vessel was ordered with Jiangsu Rongsheng Heavy Industries Co. Ltd., China during November 2010


Ship Ownership is a Closely Held Market

Graph by Clarkson Research

 Even though shipping is a global industry, ownership is fairly well concentrated in a relatively small number of major centres, says a research from Clarksons.   The 20 most popular city locations for shipowners graph is headed, perhaps unsurprisingly, by Athens, with a fleet of 4


US Navy: Future USS John Finn (DDG 113) Launched

Laura Stavridis (right) and Bob Merchent (second from right) mark their initials on the keel plate for the destroyerJohn Finn (DDG 113) on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Stavridis is the ship’s sponsor; Merchent is Ingalls’ vice president of U.S. Coast Guard and surface combatant programs. Also pictured are (left to right) George Nungesser, Ingalls’ DDG 51 program manager, and Ingalls Shipbuilding President Irwin F. Edenzon. Photo by Lance Davis

The future USS John Finn (DDG 113) was launched at the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard March 28.  During launch the drydock was flooded allowing the 637-foot floating dock to slowly submerge until the ship was afloat. Once the drydock was fully submerged


Rand Logistics Announces Debt Refinancing

Rand Logistics, Inc. announced today that it has closed a $170.0 million revolving loan facility which refinanced approximately $102.0 million of the company's senior secured debt and increased credit availability.   Rand said in a statment that the refinancing accomplishes the following


The Human Element of Ship Management

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The best third party ship managers employ technology, good business practices, economies of scale and a customized approach for each client. None of that will succeed without first addressing the human element of the equation.   Ship managers Crowley Maritime


Ship Fix: Radio Holland Wins Ahrenkiel Steamship Deal

Ahrenkiel Steamship GmbH & Co. KG and Radio Holland Germany GmbH, part of Imtech Marine, have agreed a long-term maintenance agreement for the entire Ahrenkiel Steamship fleet, which comprises nearly 60 vessels. Based in Hamburg, Ahrenkiel Steamship Group is a leading


American Boat Leads in Volvo Ocean Race Leg 5

Team Alvimedica: Volvo Ocean Race

 As the six-strong fleet Volvo Ocean Race continued to endure a helter-skelter ride toward Cape Horn in the Southern Ocean, the American boat Team Alvimedica took the lead, reports AP.   The Volvo Ocean Race fleet in the wild Southern Ocean was fighting two battles on Sunday –


Obangame Express 2015 Concludes in the Gulf of Guinea

Biekro speaks during the closing ceremony of Exercise Obangame Express March 27, 2015. Obangame Express is a U.S. Africa Command-sponsored multinational maritime exercise designed to increase maritime safety and security in

  Maritime forces from Gulf of Guinea nations, Europe, South America, and the United States and several regional and international organizations concluded the multinational maritime exercise, Obangame Express 2015, March 27. Obangame Express, sponsored by U.S






 
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