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Celebrity’s Constellation Returns to Shipyard

Celebrity Cruises' next ship delivery, Constellation, is returning to the builders' French shipyard, following sea trials, to correct a leak in its starboard propulsion pod. This delay in the ship's delivery will cause the cancellation of one chartered cruise, sailing May 5, 2002. The ship's builder, Chantiers de l'Atlantique, of St. Nazaire, France, will make immediate repairs to correct the leak, which is allowing seawater to enter the pod. "We apologize to our guests for this unexpected situation," said Jack Williams, president and chief operating officer of Celebrity Cruises. "We need to ensure that all aspects of a new ship are operating properly before we take delivery. We look forward to a speedy correction of this situation and smooth sailing moving forward." The May 5 sailing was a seven-night charter to depart from Barcelona, Spain. If the ship's May 12 cruise needs to be cancelled in order to complete the repairs, a full refund and additional compensation will be provided to impacted guests. The exact timing and full extent of the repairs will be known by Monday, May 6.


SEATEC ‘08 Opens Doors to Port Equipment

Seatec, the international exhibition of technologies and subcontracting for boat and ship builders, due to be held in Marina di Carrara from February 7-9, 2008, opens its doors to port equipment, an expanding business with exciting new prospects. The sixth year of Seatec, the international exhibition of technologies and subcontracting for boat and ship builders will have many new features. The exhibition is growing in terms of exhibiting space and both the number of exhibitors and visitors


Qatar to Initiate 45 Contracts for LNG

Qatar will initiate 45 shipbuilding contracts for the largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) ships ever constructed, by Q1, 2007, the Gulf Times reported. Qatargas said the total value of the LNG tankers fleet Qatar planned to procure would exceed $11b. It said Qatar is taking LNG ship design to new level by introducing a 215,000m3 vessel, Q-Flex, and even a larger version, Q–Max, with a 265,000m3 capacity. The dimensions of the Q-Max vessels are approximately that of a modern Very


Propulsion Chosen for Pacific Coast Oyster Harvest Vessel

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Washington ship builder Penn Cove Shellfish (DBA Everest Marine) has chosen Arkansas-based NAMJet to provide propulsion solutions for its newest oyster harvest vessel, Kumo Express.   Designed to harvest oysters grown on intertidal longlines in Humboldt Bay, California, the Traktor Jet-powered Kumo Express provides exceptional maneuverability and power in the shallow, windy working conditions common across the Pacific Northwest


Strategic Marine Partners with Testbank

An artists drawing of the Njord Offshore vessels currently under construction.

Western Australian ship builder Strategic Marine has signed a Sales & Service Agency agreement with UK-based marine and repair company Testbank Ship Repair Ltd. This is the first in a number of Sales & Service Agents which Strategic Marine announced it was developing in February 2012. This partnership has been formed as Strategic Marine and Testbank work together to provide marine, ship repair and through-life support services to the emerging offshore wind sector.


Keel Laid for Costa Ship

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Work is continuing at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera (Province of Venice) on the construction of the Costa Deliziosa, the 15 member of the fleet belonging to the Italian Company Costa Cruises, the number one cruise line in Italy and across Europe, which is due to enter service in spring 2010.  In the last few days the keel of the new ship has been laid; this includes the first section, 100 meters in length, which was built in the Ancona shipyard and towed to Marghera


Lockheed Martin Team Completes Milestone for LCS Ship

With more than 75 percent of the nation's first Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) under construction, the Lockheed Martin team completed another key milestone - installing the ship's two main propulsion gas turbines. Freedom (LCS 1) is on schedule to launch in the summer of 2006 and deliver to the U.S. Navy in early 2007, 24 months after the start of construction. Freedom will be powered by an innovative combined diesel and gas turbine


KR Launch New CSR-H Ship Design Software

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IACS member classification society the Korean Register (KR) informs of the release of SeaTrust-HullScan, its ground-breaking software solution to analyze and appraise a vessel’s hull structure in accordance with the new harmonized common structural rules (CSR-H). (CSR-H is an integrated set of rules in which CSR-BC (Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers) and CSR-OT (Common Structural Rules for Oil Tankers) are brought together


Fincantieri Forms New Company in U.S.

Italian shipbuilding powerhouse Fincantieri has formed a new company, Fincantieri Marine Systems North America, Inc. FDGM, Inc., the U.S.-based subsidiary of Fincantieri, will be absorbed by this new company. The establishment of this new company is part of the vision of the Fincantieri CEO Giuseppe Bono to enlarge its presence in the global maritime market. Drawing on the vast resources of the parent company and forming strategic partnerships with other U.S


Liberty 129 Fast Ferry Tow Tank Test Scheduled

Bristol Harbor Marine Design (BHMD), a division of Bristol Harbor Group, Inc., has completed the hull and preliminary engineering for the Liberty 129TM, a new fast ferry that will compete with the foreign designs currently being constructed by US ship builders. A scale model of the hull has been constructed and tow tank testing is scheduled for October at the University of Michigan. The new design will be rolled out at the International Work Boat Show 4-6 December, in New Orleans.


No More State Funds, Russia Warns its Ship Builders

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 Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin came down heavily on country's shipbuilders criticizing them for doing a poor job to implement instructions from the president and prime minister regarding wider production of civilian ships at domestic shipyards.  


Cruise Industry Seeks Fortune in China

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Builders, Operators Teaming to Fill Voids In Rapidly Growing Chinese Market After an uneven couple of years punctuated by struggling economic factors worldwide, maturing markets and some highly publicized accidents and illnesses, the cruise industry is hoping to find a little “double


New Azipod Thruster Launched by ABB

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ABB unveils newest Azipod thruster to growing electric propulsion market    Power and automation technology group ABB has introduced Azipod D, a new addition to its line of Azipod electric propulsion offering, allowing a wider range of vessel types to utilize the Azipod propulsion


Eastern Shipbuilding Donates $250K to USCG Museum

John S. Johnson, Treasurer of the National Coast Guard Museum Association Inc. celebrates the receipt of Eastern Shipbuilding’s first donation with U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut. (Photo courtesy of the National Coast Guard Museum Association)

Eastern Shipbuilding has donated $250,000 for the construction of the National Coast Guard Museum in New London, Connecticut, the National Coast Guard Museum Association announced yesterday. Eastern Shipbuilding, a diversified ship builder headquartered in Panama City, Florida


India Seeks Submarine Cooperation with Japan

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The government of India has put forward a proposal of over Rs 50,000 crore ($6 billion) project to construct six stealth submarines in India. India is especially interested in acquiring the latest diesel- electric Soryu –class submarines, according to a report in the Times of India. 


VT Halter Lays Keel for Crowley LNG ConRo Ship

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The keel for the first of two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, combination container – Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ships for Crowley Maritime Corp.’s liner services group was laid during a ceremony at ship-builder VT Halter Marine, Inc.’s facility in Pascagoula, Miss.


Major Oil Rig Contract for Harland and Wolff

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In a multi-million pound boost to the Northern Ireland economy, Belfast ship builder Harland and Wolff has secured a contract to carry out major work on an oil rig.  Dolphin Drilling Limited has awarded H&W the contract for the drydocking and Renewal/Special Periodic Survey of its Byford


Indian Shipyard Eyes Foreign Warship Orders

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Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE)  is trying to get a toehold in the international market, eyeing orders worth $425 million to supply warships to the navies of the Philippines and Vietnam.   A Kolkata-based shipyard will enter into the global warship market by bidding


"The Switch" Passes Bench Test

The Switch, a specialist of megawatt-class permanent magnet (PM) machines and frequency converter packages for advanced wind and marine drive trains, has successfully tested its PM shaft generator in a rigorous bench test in Vaasa. The first pair in an order of four PM shaft generators is part


Kleven Wins New Yacht Contract

Norwegian ship builder Kleven has secured a new contract for a high specification, 116-metre long Expedition Support Vessel.

Norwegian ship builder Kleven has secured a new contract for a high specification, 116-metre long Expedition Support Vessel. The order is placed by Mr Graeme Hart, who currently has another vessel of the same type under construction at Kleven Verft.


Samsung Heavy Scraps Samsung Eng Takeover

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Samsung Heavy Industries said on Wednesday it has decided to scrap a $2.5 billion stock deal to take over Samsung Engineering, potentially complicating restructuring plans by parent Samsung Group ahead of a looming succession. Shareholders doubting the synergies of the merger had asked the two


COSCO Chairman Expects Shipping Slump to Persist

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The global shipping market is unlikely to see a recovery during the next two years as it grapples with an oversupply of vessels, the chairman of China's largest shipping group said on Wednesday. The sector has been battling overcapacity since the 2008 financial crisis because new vessels


Rolls-Royce Waterjets for Spanish Patrol Vessels

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Rolls-Royce has secured a contract to supply waterjets for two Spanish Police Guardia Civil 20m Patrol boats in Spain. These vessels will be built by Astilleros Gondan Shipyard. This is the first time Rolls-Royce waterjets will feature on Guardia Civil boats


3rd Conference on Ship Recycling Bring out Revealing Facts

Presentation at the 3rd Conference on Ship Recycling

  A realistic picture at the grass root level of the ship breaking industry in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan unfolded at the’ 3rd Ship Annual conference on Ship Recycling on the Indian Sub-continent’ held on 18th September 2014 at Taj-President Mumbai


McAllister Towing Celebrates 150 in Style

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McAllister Towing hosted a dual celebration in New York City on Friday, September 19, a gala in honor of the company’s 150th anniversary and a traditional christening of the Buckley McAllister, the latest high tech tractor tug added to the company’s fleet.






 
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