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Ingalls' Newest Large-Deck Amphibious Ship Returns

Photo: Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division's multipurpose amphibious assault ship America (LHA 6) returned Saturday from successful builder's sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico. Ingalls' test and trials team started with dock trials Monday and then spent five days operating the ship at sea, where it conducted more than 200 test events. "It's an awesome feeling riding this ship, knowing the hard work that took place to get her ready for sea trials," said George Jones, Ingalls' LHA 6 program manager. "The LHA 6 team continued to work diligently during our time underway. The ship performed well, and our team will work to ensure LHA 6 will be prepared for her acceptance trials. We have confidence this will be a great opportunity for America to prove her mettle as she prepares to enter the U.S. Navy fleet." During builder's trials, America performed all required sea trial evolutions, including the operation of the gas turbine/electric-powered propulsion system. Other tests included anchor handling, flight operations, and combat systems' evaluations. "America, designed to take sailors and Marines into harm's way, proved her seaworthiness during builder's trials," said Richard Schenk, Ingalls' vice president of test and trials. "The test and trials team implemented a rigorous schedule of testing, including a day of dock trials, before the ship left. The Ingalls team and the ship performed very well

New Orleans Meet New Orleans

The amphibious transport dock ship New Orleans (LPD 18) sailed away from Northrop Grumman Corporation's New Orleans facility early Monday morning for her builder's sea trial. The 684-ft. ship sailed down the Mississippi River past the New Orleans skyline en route to the Gulf of Mexico where she will undergo testing of all the ship's systems while at sea. Following sea trial, shipbuilders will continue to work final details

Northrop Grumman Completes Builder's Trials on Ronald Reagan

Northrop Grumman Corporation announced that the nation's newest and most advanced nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), returned to the Newport News sector following successful completion of initial sea trials. The sea trials are an aggressive series of operational tests to demonstrate that Reagan's two nuclear propulsion plants and their operators are fully mission capable. Adm. Frank L. "Skip" Bowman, director of the U.S

Russia to Start Submarine Sea Trials in 2007

Sea trials of a new nuclear missile submarine, the Yury Dolgoruky, are scheduled for 2007, RIA Novosti reported. The Yury Dolgoruky, a Borey-class nuclear missile submarine, is being built at the Sevmash plant in the northern Arkhangelsk Region. It will be equipped with the Bulava ballistic missile, which is adapted from the Topol-M (SS-27). (Source: RIA Novosti)

SEDNA Completes Sea Trials

Sonsub's newest cable burial and maintenance system, SEDNA, has successfully completed system tests and sea trials off the Louisiana coast at depths exceeding 9,900 ft. The system has been delivered to the CRABSS - Craft for Repair and Burial of Submarine Systems - Maintenance Authorities in Portland, Ore., where it will be on 24-hour callout service to perform cable survey, cable repairs, deburial/burial and maintenance for a period of six years

Grounded Navy Ship Repaired, Returns to Fleet

USS Taylor (FFG 50). Official U.S. Navy file photo

The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50), homeported in Mayport, Fla., successfully completed post-repair sea trials, April 21, the U.S. Navy reported. Taylor was operating in the Black Sea when she ran aground in Samsun, Turkey, Feb. 12, damaging the ship's propeller hub assembly. Taylor was towed to Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, to complete replacements of the propeller blades and hub. The sea trials helped Taylor's crew assess whether the ship was ready to return

CSO Deep Blue Delivered

Coflexip Stena Offshore said its new-built ultra deepwater pipelay and subsea construction vessel, the CSO Deep Blue, was delivered on March 1, by Hyundai Mipo Dockyards after is successfully completed sea trials. CSO Deep Blue – at the time of the release — was sailing to the Netherlands, where her unique CSO designed pipelay equipment, will be installed. This pipelay system will allow the vessel to lay rigid pipe (reeled and J-Lay), flexible pipe, and umbilicals down to 8,200 ft

Car Carrier Sea Trials Show Work Remains

Photo courtesy of Nantong Mingde

China's Nantong Mingde Heavy Industry Co. reports car-carrier completes latest phase sea trials, but more work to be done. Car carrying vessel (MD087) built for the Gram Car Carrier company returns to the shipyard's COSCO steel structure dock having completed a 55-hour sea trial. The builders say that the ship's quality satisfied the ship owners and the classification society but that there remained one eighth of 150 requirements to be made good

China Shipbuilder Delivers Two VLOC's

VLOC Delivery Ceremony: Photo credit Rongsheng

China Rongsheng Heavy Industries delivers two 380,000 dwt Very Large Ore Carriers (VLOC) to Vale S.A. & Oman Shipping Co. Christened as “VALE HEBEI” and “VALE SOHAR”, the latter new-building passed all inspections and surveys after just one week of sea trials. Despite the ongoing challenges on the shipbuilding industry brought about by the global financial crisis and the European debt crisis

Successful SOV Sea Trial

Yno 309 Photo Ulstein Verft

Yno 309 from Ulstein Verft, the first of two Service Operation Vessels (SOV) for Bernhard Schulte Offshore, left the yard for sea trials on Tuesday, 7 June. The results so far are highly satisfactorily.   “We are underway in testing for speed and manoeuvring, and have commenced the tests for dynamic positioning. The vessel is performing splendidly,” reports the sea trial captain, Børge André Berg on Friday, 10 June.

ST Marine Launches LMV Unity

The launching of the third Littoral Mission Vessel - Unity, built by ST Marine for the Republic of Singapore Navy Photo ST Marine

Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine), the marine arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering), successfully launched the third Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), Unity, designed and built for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).

Eagle Bulk and Partners Receive SHIPPINGInsight Award

Photo: Eric Haun

The 2016 SHIPPINGInsight Award was presented to Eagle Bulk Shipping, and its technology partners Veson Nautical and Accuritas Global Solutions, at the SHIPPINGInsight 2016 Fleet Optimization Conference & Exhibition in Stamford, Conn.  

Austal Wins USN LCS Support Contract

Courtesy Austal

The U.S. Navy has awarded a contract to Austal Limited USA to provide engineering and management services support of the Post Shakedown Availability for Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10).   The US$12 million cost-plus-award-fee order adds to Austal

Russia to Lease Second Submarine to India

Photo: Weapons Systems

 Russia has agreed to lease a second nuclear attack submarine (SSN) to  to the Indian Navy, as part of enhanced bilateral defence cooperation, in a deal which will cost around $2 billion.   A transfer agreement had been signed to lease a second nuclear submarine of project 971

Gondan Launches Second Dual Fuel Tug Built in Europe

The launching of the second dual fuel tug built in Europe

Today at Gondan Shipyard in Figueras, at high tide, the second Dual Fuel tug ever built in Europe – and the second of a series of three currently under construction for the Norwegian shipowner Østensjø Rederi - has been successfully launched.

Silverstream Air Lubrication Delivers Fuel Savings

Photo: Silverstream Technologies

Silverstream Technologies and Shell has confirmed consistent net efficiency savings in excess of 4% in fuel consumed, following the successful long-term operation of Silverstream Technologies’ proprietary air lubrication technology, the Silverstream System, on-board the 40

Total Lubmarine Launches Talusia Optima

 Lubricants supplier Total Lubmarine has launched Talusia Optima, a new cylinder lube oil compatible with high sulphur heavy fuel oils and ultra-low sulphur distillate fuels.   According to the manufacturer, the new lube has been developed to simplify the management of vessels trading

Role of ScanFish ROTV in Waste Water Monitoring Surveys

The ScanFish ROTV solution with the top lids removed to show how the different sensors are fitted inside the platform

All populated coastlines share a variety of pollution-related challenges. Those municipalities in the USA who engage in the discharge of waste water through ocean outfalls are subject to state and federal regulations requiring them to monitor the quality of the water near those structures and the

Indonesian Navy Frigate Completes Sea Trials

Photo: Damen

The first of two SIGMA 10514 PKR naval frigates for the Indonesian Navy has successfully completed its sea trials as of September 7, marking a milestone on a project for which the first steel was cut in January 2014.   The assessment phase began with seven days of basin trials to ensure

WSDOT Christens New Ferry Chimacum

WSF’s third Olympic Class vessel, M/V Chimacum, will will replace an older vessel on the Seattle/Bremerton route in 2017. (Photo: WSDOT)

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) christened Chimacum, the third Olympic Class vessel to join the Washington State Ferries (WSF) fleet. The ceremony took place at Vigor's Harbor Island Shipyard in Seattle, and marked the vessel’s final stage of construction and its

Striking Bollard Pull Results for ALP Striker

ALP Striker performed an impressive and most satisfactorily bollard pull test

ALP Striker achieved an impressive and most satisfactory bollard pull results of 309.6 tonnes during her sea trials. The DP II Anchor Handling Salvage Tug was delivered on 12 September to ALP Maritime Services. The vessel is designed for towing very large floating objects while also offering

New Tractor Tug for Jones Marine Group

The David J just off the Sylte Shipyard on the Fraser River (Photo courtesy of Haig-Brown/Cummins)

Steady, smooth, powerful, highly maneuverable: these were comments from mariners on board for sea trials of Jones Marine Group’s new tractor tug, David J. The new workboat was put through its paces in fine form. The boat is an A.G. McIlwain-designed 53 by 26

HMS Westminster Undergoes Extensive Refit

Photo: BAE Systems

A multimillion pound refit has been carried out on Portsmouth-based Type 23 Frigate, HMS Westminster, to return her to the forefront of naval capability.   Her extensive maintenance period, as part of the £600 million Maritime Services Delivery Framework (MSDF)

Great Lakes Launch Hopper Dredge Ellis Island

The Ellis Island prior to launch Photo Great Lakes

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation announced today the successful launch of the Ellis Island, the barge component of its Articulated Tug & Barge (ATB) hopper dredge currently under construction.  The launch occurred on September 30

Windea La Cour Goes to Work

Photo: Ulstein Group

Two years on from the launch of the Ulstein Group’s X-STERN design at the ONS 2014 maritime exhibition in Stavanger, the first vessel to feature the innovative hull line has entered service at the Gemini offshore wind farm.   The newly built Windea La Cour incorporates the X-STERN: a

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