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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


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


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


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


Bill Gates Takes Stake In Newport News Shipbuilding

It was reported that Microsoft Chairman Bill Gate has purchased an approximate $68.9 million stake – roughly eight percent – of Newport News Shipbuilding. Gates is thought to be the world’s richest man with an estimated fortune in excess of $100B. The purchase would make him one of the shipyard’s largest stockholders. Newport News is the only shipyard in the U.S. capable of building nuclear powered aircraft carriers, and with two miles of waterfront in Virginia boasts the largest ship


NGSS Wins $20.7m Navy Deal

Northrop Grumman Ship Systems (NGSS-a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation), Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded an estimated $20,737,897 cost-plus-award-fee contract for DDG 51 Class follow yard services. NGSS will provide expert design, planning, and material support services for both ship construction and modernization. Work will be performed in Pascagoula, Miss., and is expected to be completed by September 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year


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


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


Alaska Packs Powerful Maritime Economic Punch: New Study

Crude carrier: Photo courtesy of Alaskan Tanker Co. Alaskan

A recent study for the Transportation Institute by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) revealed that Alaska is a major domestic maritime state, ranking third among all American states for domestic maritime industry economic impact. The American domestic maritime industry includes vessel operators


MHI Reports $586M Loss on Cruise Ship Builds

Pier Luigi Foschi, Chairman & CEO of Costa Crociere, (center) and Hisashi Hara, Director, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Shipbuilding & Ocean Development business of MHI (second from right) sign the contract in 2011.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) booked an extraordinary loss of approximately 60 billion yen (roughly $586 million USD) on the build of two cruise ships as a loss provision related to the construction work in its consolidated financial results for fiscal year (FY) 2013 (ending March 31


RS Expands Participation in Offshore Projects

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) is to undertake ship construction survey for the Lukoil Group. This project follows the RS effective cooperation with one of the major RF oil companies in developing offshore hydrocarbon resources.


ClassNK Approves Fillet Welding Consumable

Classification society ClassNK announced that it has granted type approval for the new MX-200F welding consumable, developed by Kobe Steel Co., Ltd. (KOBELCO) to improve welding efficiency and coating quality in commercial vessels. Until now


Goal-Based Standards Verification Process Underway

IMO audit teams will shortly be established to verify construction rules for bulk carriers and oil tankers of classification societies which act as recognized organizations (ROs), following the receipt of requests for verification by the December 31, 2013 deadline.  


Bulk Carriers, Oil Tankships: GBS Verification Underway

Ship surveyor: Photo courtesy of LR

The International Maritime Organisation says that its audit teams will shortly be established to verify construction rules for bulk carriers and oil tankers of classification societies which act as recognized organizations (ROs), following the receipt of requests for verification by the 31


India's Goa Shipyard Delivers Two-Hundredth Vessel

Hand-over ceremony: Photo credit GSL

Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) handed over the 105-m patrol vessel INS SUMEDHA to the Indian Navy and the largest ever constructed by them marking the yard's 200th ship construction delivery. The 200th vessel was handed over by RAdm (Retd.) Vineet Bakhshi, VSM, Chairman & Managing Director


Damen, Albwardy Open Sharjah Shipyard

Photo: Damen

Monday, January 13 witnessed the official opening ceremony of Damen Shipyards Sharjah FZE – the newest shipyard of Albwardy Marine Engineering. In a joint venture between the Damen Shipyards Group and Albwardy Marine Engineering, the core activities at DSS will continue along the tried and


Sekimizu Launches Maritime Day Theme

IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu (Photo: IMO)

“IMO conventions: effective implementation” IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has launched this year’s World Maritime Day theme, “IMO conventions: effective implementation”, expressing the hope that the year would see genuine progress towards effective and global


Vigor to Build Three Tugboats for Tidewater

Image courtesy of Vigor Fab

Vigor Fab has been awarded a contract by Tidewater Barge Lines of Vancouver, Wash, to construct 3 new tugboats. Construction of the first tug will start on Jan. 24, 2014, with the keel laying (the formal recognition of the start of a ship’s construction) at Vigor’s facility in


China Shipbuilder Delivers One More Supramax Bulker

Typical Supramax Bulker: Photo credit COSCO

COSCO Corporation (Singapore) say that their COSCO Guangdong shipyard has delivered the 57,000 dwt bulk carrier 'Ionnnis G' to its European buyer. The new bulk carrier measures 189.99 meters in LOA, 32.26 meters in breadth and 18 meters in depth. About COSCO Shipyard Group


Gas Carrier SCF Mitre Launched

The launching ceremony of the final ship in a series of four LNG carriers built at STX Offshore and Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. was held in South Korea on February 11, 2014. The LNG carrier SCF Mitre will be assigned the RS class notation: KM Ice2 AUT1 OMBO EPP ANTI-ICE LI CCO ECO-S


NAVSEA Releases Fire Safety Manual

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) released a new fire safety and prevention manual for all ship repair and construction activities, Feb. 6. The manual integrates existing shipboard fire safety requirements with lessons learned from the major fire that occurred on board USS Miami (SSN 755) at


Two PSV Build Contracts for Ulstein Verft

Ulstein Verft currently has seven vessels on order. (Photo: Karl Otto Kristiansen)

On February 24, ULSTEIN announced the shipbuilding contracts for two new platform supply vessels (PSVs) for Blue Ship Invest. The vessels are of the PX121 design and are scheduled for delivery from Ulstein Verft Q1 2015. Ulstein Verft currently has seven vessels on order


Development Courses for Project Managers, Port Engineers

Fisher Maritime Consulting Group said project manager's professional development courses specifically developed for the marine industry are being presented again in several venues in 2014. To date, more than 4,000 persons from approximately 500 organizations in 24 countries have attended Fisher


 
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