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Hamburg Süd's First Argentina Christening

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The Monte Alegre, the ninth in a series of ten ships of the 5,552 TEU Monte class, was christened in Buenos Aires on March 22. It was the first ship christening in the more than 137-year history of Hamburg Süd to take place in Argentina. Sponsor of the Monte Alegre was Dr Brigitte Oetker, wife of Dr. Arend Oetker, Managing Partner of Dr. Arend Oetker Holding GmbH & Co. On delivery, the Monte Alegre was phased into the shipping company's Asia - South America Service. Following the christening, she is to be deployed in Hamburg Süd's Europe - South America East Coast Service. Monte Alegre Specifications: Capacity    71,270 tdw Container capacity    5,552 TEU Length o.a.    892 ft Length between perpendiculars    850 ft Breadth     131 ft Draught max.    43 ft Speed    23.3 knots Main engine output    45,765 kW


Matson's New Ship Christened

The new Matson Navigation Co. containership MV Maunalei was christened at the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard. The christening, the traditional kind involving breaking a bottle of champagne, was undertaken by Millie Akaka, wife of Sen. Daniel Akaka. Also on hand were Hawaii Rep. Neil Abercrombie and Guam Rep. Madeleine Bordallo. The MV Maunalei is the fourth new containership built by the shipyard for Matson in the past four years


Submarine Comes Together at Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman reached a construction milestone on August 31 when it completed the final hull welds of the Virginia-class submarine North Carolina (SSN 777). This accomplishment, known as “pressure hull complete,” signifies the hull sections being joined to form a single unit. It is the last major milestone before the ship’s christening next spring. “This is a giant step on the path to deliver North Carolina,” said Becky Stewart, vice president of the submarine program for


Christening of AIDAluna in Palma de Majorca

Since the night of April 4, the newest ship of the AIDA fleet officially bears the name AIDAluna. At exactly 10:18 PM, international top model Franziska Knuppe smashed the champagne bottle across the bow and enunciated the talismanic christening words. About 2,100 guests celebrated a high-spirited party on board the new ship, enjoying tepid spring temperatures and the shining moon. The christening was topped off by gigantic fireworks that illuminated the night sky.


Newport News Installs Propellers on USN Aircraft Carrier

Lindell Toombs, a Newport News shipbuilder with 41 years of experience, applies a protective coating to one of the four propellers on the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). Photo by Chris Oxley

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) has put on significant weight in the dry dock at its Newport News Shipbuilding division with the installation of four 30-ton bronze propellers. At 21 feet in diameter, each propeller spins to push the aircraft carrier through the water. "Installation of the propellers culminates more than 10 months of focused work by numerous trades in support of installing the underwater


LCS 6 Launched at Austal

The future USS Jackson (LCS 6) launched from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala., Dec. 14, marking a production milestone for the littoral combat ship program. Jackson joins the future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5), which will launch from the Marinette Marine Corp. yard in Wisconsin next week. These ships are the first vessels procured under the block buy contract awarded in 2010 and represent the true beginning of "serial production" for the class


USS San Antonio Steps Mast

By Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs As part of crew move aboard, the crew of the future USS San Antonio (LPD 17) officially “stepped” their Advanced Enclosed Mast/Sensor System (AEM/S) recently. Normally, a ship’s Mast Stepping occurs earlier in conjunction with ship christening, but delaying this event until now enabled all of future San Antonio’s crew to be present. The ancient custom of “stepping the mast


Costa Cruises Simultaneous Christening

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On Friday, June 5, Genoa will host the joint christening of the Costa Luminosa and Costa Pacifica, the two new members of the Costa Cruises fleet. This Guinness record breaking event will involve the whole city in a spectacle of light and music. For the first time in the history of Italian shipping, two cruise ships will be christened together at the same time in the same place.  The Event has obtained the official Patronage of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet of the


AIDA Christens 9th Ship

AIDA Cruises christened its ninth ship on 12 May 2012, marking the 823rd anniversary of the Port of Hamburg. The new vessel was christened on the Elbe in the Port of Hamburg. Following the christening ceremony, the latest AIDA ship set off on its maiden voyage. AIDAluna also departed from Hamburg on a new cruise, with AIDAblu and AIDAsol remaining.  


Capsule Placed on U.S. Aircraft Carrier

Photo: Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division welded a time capsule today inside the flight deck control room of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). The time capsule contains items that were placed under the 555-metric ton island during a ceremonial event in January by Susan Ford Bales, the ship's sponsor and daughter of the late president, as well as shipyard and Navy leadership.


This Day In US Naval History - January 21

Nautilus (SSN-571) launching on 21 January 1954, at the Electric Boat Company, Groton, Connecticut. Submarine sponsor Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower, on board the Presidential Train arrives at the ceremonies. (Photo:  National Museum of the U.S. Navy)

1862 - Navy ship USS Ethan Allen, commanded by acting-Lt. William B. Eaton, captures the schooner Olive Branch at sea off the Florida coast. 1943 - Submarines USS Pollack (SS 180) and USS Gato (SS 212) attack and cause the sinking of two Japanese ships.


Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship Sioux City

Mary Winnefeld, center left, wife of Adm. James Winnefeld Jr., the vice chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, watches as her initials are welded into the keel of the future littoral combat ship USS Sioux City (LCS 11) Photo US

The Navy will christen its newest Freedom variant littoral combat ship, USS Sioux City (LCS 11), during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony Saturday, Jan. 30 in Marinette, Wisconsin. Sioux City, designated LCS 11, honors the city of Sioux City, Iowa.


Crowley Christens 2nd LNG-ready Product Tanker

Photo: Crowley

Crowley christens second of four newly built, LNG-ready product tankers for use in U.S. coastwise trade   Crowley Maritime Corp. has christened the second of four new Jones Act product tankers yesterday at the South Florida Petroleum Terminal (The Public Dock) in Fort Lauderdale, Fla


DARPA All Set To Launch Submarine Hunting Drone

The concept for the Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel, an unmanned seafaring ship that would hunt quiet diesel submarines. Courtesy of DARPA

 The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will launch in April a sleek, 132-foot warship from Portland, OR, testing its abilities over a succeeding period of 18 months. The ship is entirely autonomous, fully operational without an onboard crew.  


Cenac Towing Acquires Main Iron Works, Christens New Tug

Cenacs 72’x30’, Tier 3 compliant innovative push boat

Cenac Towing Company (Cenac Towing), a third-generation owned global marine transportation company, announced continued growth despite the oil and gas industry’s downturn.   Recently, Cenac Towing acquired Main Iron Works, a tug construction company, and this week


First CA Port Joins Green Marine

Courtesy Port of Hueneme

  The Port of Hueneme, ranked in the top 11% of all U.S. Ports for general cargo flow has signed on as a participant in Green Marine, the largest voluntary environmental program for the maritime industry in North America. The announcement was made November 23rd by Jess Herrera


NASSCO Launches ECO Class Tanker Independence

Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO

U.S shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO launched the first ship in a series of ECO Class tankers for the SEA-Vista fleet at a christening and launch ceremony at the company’s shipyard in San Diego on Saturday, December 12.   The ship, the Independence, is a 610-foot, 50


Ingalls Launches US Navy Destroyer Ralph Johnson

Ingalls Shipbuilding launched the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) on Saturday. The ship is scheduled to be christened in the spring of 2016. (Photo: Andrew Young/HII)

Ingalls Shipbuilding Launches Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyer Ralph Johnson (DDG 114)   Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division launched Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), the company’s 30th Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile destroyer, on Saturday.


The Top Five Ships of 2015

Top 5 Ships of 2015: Containership MSC Oscar (Photograph: Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A.)

Maritime innovation never stops, and 2015 was certainly no exception, as a number of “world firsts” hit the high seas. In its December 2015 edition Maritime Reporter & Engineering News (http://digitalmagazines.marinelink


Keel-laying Ceremony for USS Tulsa (LCS 16)

LCS 16 Keel authentication - sponsor Kathy Taylor Courtesy Austal

  Austal hosted a keel-laying ceremony for the future USS Tulsa (LCS 16) here today, marking the first significant milestone in the ship’s construction. This ship is the sixth Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) built at Austal under the 10-ship, $3


Austal Delivers U.S. Navy Ship

 Signing of Delivery Documents onboard USNS Brunswick (EPF 6).

Austal USA delivered the nation’s sixth Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel, USNS Brunswick (EPF 6), to the U.S. Navy here Jan. 14, 2016. The Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) program, formerly named the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) program


USNS Carson City Christened

Susan Asbury Crowell christens USNS Carson City Photo Austal

  Austal celebrated the christening of Expeditionary Fast Transport USNS Carson City (EPF 7) with a ceremony this morning at its state-of-the-art shipyard here. USNS Carson City is the seventh of 10 Expeditionary Fast Transport vessels (EPF), formerly joint high speed vessels (JHSV)


TUI Cruises Launches Mein Schiff 5

Courtesy  MEYER WERFT

  Six months to the day ahead of the naming ceremony, Mein Schiff 5 was launched today at the Meyer Turku Oy shipyard. Following a construction period of 14 months, Ferdinand Strohmeier, Vice-President Operations TUI Cruises, was on hand for the so-called “floating” celebrations


Eastern, Harvey Gulf Launch MV Harvey Stone

MV Harvey Stone (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

 Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced the launch of the M/V Harvey Stone (Hull 234) on December 18, 2015 for Harvey Gulf International Marine, LLC of New Orleans. The Harvey Stone is a Rampage 6400 multipurpose field support vessel (MPFSV), designed by Robert Allan, LTD of Vancouver, B.C


New Attack Submarine Named in Honor of Utah

US Navy (USN) Attack Submarine, USS VIRGINIA (SSN 774). Photo: US Navy

 US Navy has christened its Virginia-class attack submarine, SSN 801, as the USS Utah in honour of the history its namesake state has had within the navy.   The attack submarine is the second naval vessel to have been named after Utah, with the first being the battleship BB-31






 
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