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DD(X) Funds Awarded

Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded a $42,759,000 cost-plus-award-fee, level of effort modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-05-C-2311) for continuation of DD(X) transition design efforts, initial detail design and long lead material procurement for DD(X) ship construction. Work will be performed in Pascagoula, Miss., and is expected to be completed by June 2006. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.


Marinette Marine Breaks Ground on New Facility

Marinette Marine Corporation, a member of the Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)-led Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) industry team, broke ground for a new panel-line fabrication building to support construction of the U.S. Navy's LCS. The new building will improve the first stage of ship construction at Marinette Marine and decrease ship module travel distance throughout the LCS construction process. The building will feature automation to increase efficiency and provide the capacity for storage of steel


Kvaerner Philadelphia Places $60 Million Worth Of Supply Orders

Kvaerner Philadelphia Shipyard, part of the Anglo-Norwegian engineering and construction group, to date, has placed supply orders for nearly $60 million with local and regional businesses in and around Philadelphia for ship construction materials and services. Additional amounts are spent regularly with local suppliers to support the shipyard's daily operations. "This is evidence that the promises made to tax-payers in 1998 are now starting to have a real impact in the community


FY2003 Budget Eliminates Title XI Funding

The Administration released its FY2003 budget, proposing, as expected, the elimination of funding for the Title XI Maritime Loan Guarantee Program. “The zero funding decision is disappointing but not surprising” said Allen Walker, president of the Shipbuilders Council of America, noting that the Administration had proposed a similar funding level last year. “This is a good program that has significantly helped stimulate ship construction in the U.S


Bath Iron Works Awarded Contract

The U.S. Navy has awarded Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics a $197 million contract modification to continue work on the new DDG 1000 Zumwalt Class of destroyers. Work to be performed includes long lead material procurement and pre-production planning to support detail design and ship construction. The contract being modified was originally awarded in August 2006. The Zumwalt class of ships represents the Navy's next generation of multi-mission surface combatants which will


Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Delivers 12th Product Tanker

Photo courtesy Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard (Oslo: AKPS), a leading U.S. commercial shipyard, delivered to American Shipping Company (Oslo: AMSC) the shipyard’s twelfth Veteran Class MT-46 product tanker. The 46,000 dwt vessel, named the Overseas Tampa, will leave the shipyard in the coming days under the operation of Overseas Shipping Group (OSG) to transport petroleum products. The on schedule delivery of this ship marks the successful conclusion of a historic shipbuilding program that began in April


Canadian Shipyard Gets Government Finance for Naval Ship Construction

Irving gets $304 million assistance for next-generation naval ship construction from Nova Scotia authority Irving Shipbuilding Inc. is getting $304 million from the Nova Scotia government to help prepare for the construction of the Royal Canadian Navy's next fleet of vessels, according to a CBC news report. The government's assistance package, includes a forgivable loan worth up to $260 million and a repayable loan of $44 million for human resources


NASSCO Lays Keel of Fourth Product Carrier

General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD), laid the keel of the fourth ship of its State-class product carriers. The ship will be named Empire State, the state nickname of New York. NASSCO began constructing the Empire State last January. The ship will be double-hulled and have a cargo capacity of approximately 331,000 barrels. It will be used in Jones Act service, carrying petroleum and chemical products between U.S. ports


Shipbuilders Awarded Training Funds

A pair of grants totaling nearly $58,000 will be used to train 245 workers at two shipbuilders in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., the Business Journal of Milwaukee reported. The Workforce Advancement Training Grants from the Wisconsin Technical College System were awarded to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) in Green Bay. The funds will be used for training workers from Bay Shipbuilding Co., a manufacturer of commercial ships, and yacht maker Palmer Johnson Yachts..


New Navy Contract

General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, is being awarded a $33,066,885 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-06-C-2307) to exercise options for the accomplishment of Lead Yard Class Services for the DDG 51 Class AEGIS destroyer program.  This work will provide technical assistance to the Follow Yard in the interpretation and application of the detailed design developed by Bath Iron Works Corp., the Lead Yard contractor


Europe Should Resume Shipbuilding

João Ferreira (Pic: EU Parliament)

 In the EU journal Parliament, Portuguese Member of European Parliament João Ferreira has proposed a five-point plan to stimulate growth in the EU shipbuilding industry.    He said that after a decline in industrial activity since the 1970s


ClassNK Approves New Corrosion Resistant Steel

ClassNK has issued approval for Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation’s newly developed corrosion resistant steel (NSGP-2) for use on the upper deck and/or inner bottom of crude oil tanker cargo oil tanks (COT).   Following earlier approvals of steels for the inner bottom


VT Halter Lays Keel for Crowley LNG ConRo Ship

Photo courtesy of VT Halter Marine

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.


W&O Opposes McCain Amendment

John McCain (official photo)

W&O announced its opposition to the McCain Amendment (amendment #2) to S.1, which it said would cripple the U.S. shipbuilding industry by striking the U.S. build requirement provisions of the Jones Act.   “The amendment Senator John McCain has put forth would devastate


OMSA Opposes McCain Amendment

Ben Billings (Photo: OMSA)

The Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) issued a statement regarding Senator John McCain’s proposal allowing foreign-built vessels to take over marine transportation in the United States, stating the amendment would gut U.S. shipbuilding while outsourcing jobs and security.  


AMP Opposes Amendment to Eliminate US Shipbuilding

Tom Allegretti (Photo: AMP)

American Maritime Partnership (AMP) issued a statement opposing Senator John McCain’s recent measure to eliminate the U.S. shipbuilding industry. AMP said U.S. shipbuilding is critical to supporting America’s military power and defense needs employs hundreds of thousands of Americans


Keels Laid for Oman’s New Naval Ships

From left to right: Commander Mudhafar Al Riyami, 2IC, Staff Officer 1, Marine Engineer; Captain Abdulhameed Al Sinani, Most Senior, Head of Team; Bernard Gorman, Supervisor - Austal; John Cooper, Program Manager (Acting); Kutub Chowdhury, Principal Surveyor – DNV GL; and Lieutenant Commander Mubarak Al Kasbi, Staff Officer, Marine Engineer. (Photo: Austal)

Austal Australia has completed the keel laying for two 72-meter High Speed Support Vessels (HSSVs) for the Royal Navy of Oman. The occasion was formally recognized at an event held today at Austal’s Australian Shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia.  


Interview: Matthew Paxton, President, Shipbuilders Council Of America

Matthew Paxton

The U.S. commercial maritime industry is enjoying its most robust period in a generation, with a spate of newbuild activities spurred largely by a resurgent energy production market in the U.S. as well as new rules of vessel emissions which has forced owner to invest in new tonnage


Steven Palazzo Visits HII, Newport

Steven Palazzo Visits Newport News Shipbuilding

  Huntington Ingalls Industries today hosted Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., for a tour of the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division. Palazzo represents the fourth district of Mississippi, which includes Newport News' sister shipyard, Ingalls Shipbuilding.


Newbuild Chemical Tanker Employs Innovative Tank Design

The 12,500MT Sunrise Hope is the worlds first chemical tanker to use a combination of duplex stainless steel and stainless clad steel in the construction of its cargo tanks.

The world's first chemical tanker to use a combination of duplex stainless steel and stainless clad steel in the construction of its cargo tanks was delivered to Oita-based Hiro Naviera S.A. November 15, 2014 by Usuki Shipyard Co., Ltd., Japanese classification society ClassNK reported.


Mitsubishi Exits Cruise Business; Books $357m Loss

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) announced its decision to book an extraordinary loss from its cruise ship business in the company's consolidated financial results for the first half (1H) of the current fiscal year (FY) 2014 (ending March 31, 2015). Reasons Behind the Extraordinary Loss


Partnerships Key to Caribbean Maritime Security

Commodore Roderick Bowe

Planning and execution of port and maritime safety and security in Caribbean region is all about partnerships Maritime security and safety experts are meeting in Nassau, Bahamas, this week to examine mutual threats and solutions and challenges and opportunities in the region


Braemar Hosts Insurance Experts

Falmouth

Braemar (incorporating The Salvage Association) welcomed an invited group of marine insurance professionals onto its specialist port and shipyard familiarization course in Falmouth designed to introduce participants to the technical aspects of marine surveying, investigating


Steel Cut for Yamal LNG Project’s Lead Tanker

SCF Yamalmax mock up (image courtesy of SCF Group)

A steel-cutting ceremony was held on September 29 for the lead gas tanker ordered by SCF Group for transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) under the Yamal LNG project. The prototype vessel will be operated under a long-term time charter between OAO Sovcomflot and JSC Yamal LNG.


Washington Navy Yard Remembers Shooting One Year Later

Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. (U.S. Navy photo)

It was a day no one who worked on the Washington Navy Yard will ever forget. Shortly after 8 a.m., on Sept. 16, 2013, Navy contractor Aaron Alexis entered the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) headquarters building and killed 12 people while wounding four more - including two police officers.






 
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