The Metal Trades Department of the AFL-CIO has sued the U.S. Coast Guard over allowing domestic shipyards to use preassembled foreign ship parts and engines, Ron Ault, president of the MTD, said on Tuesday. Preassembled ship parts require little or no assembly at U.S. shipyards, and cut the need for U.S. labor at these yards, he told Reuters in an interview. MTD, a trade department of the American federation of labor unions, coordinates negotiating, organizing and legislative efforts of affiliated metal-working and related crafts and trade unions. Angela McArdle, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman, said it was the Coast Guard's policy not to comment on pending litigation. MTD's suit, filed late last week in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, charges that a ruling issued on May 24, 2006, and affirmed on Nov. 15 by the National Vessel Documentation Center ignores the requirements of the Jones Act which stipulate that ships moving between U.S. ports must be "built in" the United States. The rulings authorized plans by Aker Shipyards Philadelphia and NASSCO, a division of General Dynamics , to produce about 22 new 45,000-ton capacity oil product tankers that are assembled from thousands of parts and modules imported from South Korea, he said. Source: Reuters
Wärtsilä will supply the main engines for the first series of eight "Bangkok-max" container ships being built at the Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard in China. The ships, ordered in June, will serve as feeder vessels in Asian waters. The scope of supply includes eight Wärtsilä RT-flex60C main engines, which will be built by a Wärtsilä licensee, Hudong Heavy Machinery (HHM), based in Shanghai
FDGM, the Northern Virginia subsidiary of Italian engine manufacturer Isotta Fraschini, has been awarded a U.S. Department of Defense contract to supply spare parts items for the non-magnetic diesel engines in the U.S. Navy mine sweeper fleet. Managed by Defense Supply Center in Columbus, Ohio, the contract also includes spare parts items for Defense Logistics Agencies in Richmond and Philadelphia, as well as the Navy Inventory Control Point (NAVICP) in Mechanicsburg, PA
Detroit Diesel Corporation (DDC) and Volvo Penta of the Americas (VPA) have announced a mutual agreement to conclude their successful four-year collaboration which provided Detroit Diesel distribution rights for Compact and 6-16 liter inboard diesel engines and parts in North America. Effective February 1, 1999, Compact diesel inboard engines from 10-102 horsepower as well as 6-16 liter diesel inboard engines from 318-770 horsepower were transitioned back to VPA for engine, parts, sales
The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) released the voluminous two-part report evaluating electronic seals for use on cargo containers. The analysis was conducted on behalf of the Cargo Handling Cooperative Program and evaluated the operation of four selected radio frequency (RF) based e-seals and one non-RF e-seal. The goal was to develop a technical baseline that could help stakeholders select appropriate solutions to security, operational, and economic requirements
Official U.S. Navy file photo of Canadian frigate HMCS Charlottetown (FFH 339). From Combined Task Force 150 Public Affairs Canadian multi-patrol frigate HMCS Charlottetown (FFH 339) provided assistance to five mariners adrift on a stranded vessel in the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Somalia. Upon approaching the vessel as part of routine Maritime Security Operations (MSO), the crew of Charlottetown noticed the vessel had been stranded without food, water or fuel
The Coast Guard has amended its Notice of Arrival (NOA) regulations to require the owner, master, operator, agent or person in charge of a vessel required to submit an NOA report to identify the charterer of the vessel. This new requirement takes effect September 18. The Coast Guard will use the vessel charterer information to identify charterers associated with substandard vessels as part of the Port State Control program. As part of the new
Wärtsilä will acquire the assets of the German DEUTZ AG's medium and large marine engine service business. The acquisition price is EUR 115 million. The deal is earnings enhancing for Wärtsilä in 2005. The business consists of original spare parts sales, repair and maintenance for DEUTZ medium and large marine diesel engines. This deal will increase the installed engine base for Wärtsilä Service by 12,500 MW or by 9%. Today Wärtsilä's installed engine base is 130,000 MW.
(Photo: Courtesy Northrop Grumman Newport News) The Executive Control Board of the National Shipbuilding Research Program Advanced Shipbuilding Enterprise (NSRP ASE) selected seven new research projects as part of the Navy/Industry co-funded portfolio. The seven new projects, valued at approximately $20 million including industry cost share, were in response to the latest NSRP ASE solicitation released in February and continue the successful implementation of the Program’s Strategic
ClassNK released its new Noise and Vibration Guideline for measuring and evaluating the noise and vibration on ships. The new Guideline address the growing demand for new standards for noise and vibration on commercial vessels and provides detailed requirements for measuring and evaluating noise and vibrations in crew accommodations and machinery rooms, as well as establishes new notations for ships that comply with the new requirements.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) completed its acquisition of Pratt & Whitney Power Systems, the small and medium-size gas turbine business unit of Pratt & Whitney (P&W), an aeroengine manufacturer. Pratt & Whitney Power Systems has changed its corporate name to PW Power
MacGregor offshore winches for 22 new anchor handling tug supply vessels (AHTSVs) under construction at three shipyards. MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured new offshore winch contracts from three Chinese shipyards, Fujian Southeast, Fuzhou Baima and Guangdong Yuexin Ocean Engineering
Shanghai-based Wison Offshore & Marine Ltd., a subsidiary of the Wison Group, announced that Vice President of LNG Sales, Tor-Ivar Guttulsrod, will speak in the Strategy Roundtable of Floating LNG 2013, the world’s largest conference on floating LNG on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Mr
On Wednesday, May 22 at 10:00 a.m., U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will present the Merchant Marine Medal for Outstanding Achievement to Rear Admiral Wendi Carpenter, USMS, President, SUNY Maritime College for her support of relief efforts following Hurricane Sandy.
ITI GmbH today announced that for the first time a marine application of the interdisciplinary simulation software SimulationX has passed Germanischer Lloyd’s (GL) type approval certification. The SimulationX software module marine propeller for the calculation of ice impact induced loads
General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems was awarded a contract by Austal USA to be the Platform Systems Engineering Agent (PSEA) of Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) 14 and 16. These are the fifth and sixth ships of the Independence-variant LCS to be ordered by the U.S
The Ministry of Defense in Oman has awarded Damen Shipyards Group a contract for the construction of a Sail Training Vessel (STV). The 87-metre square rigged, three-masted steel clipper and will take up her role as flagship. In addition to its key role of training young Omani navy cadets and
The Port of Los Angeles released its April 2013 cargo volumes, showing a 9.45% decrease in overall volumes compared to April 2012. The decrease was due in large part to a vessel service that shifted out of the Port of Los Angeles. Imports dropped 10
Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) appointed Romaine Romanet as new General Manager for Belgium. Ms. Romanet brings many years’ experience from a number of multinational businesses in the areas of operation, finance, business development, change project management and people development.
Khamis Juma Buamim was selected as Maritime Personality of the Year at the sixth Marine BizTV International Maritime Awards held as part of the ShipTek 2013 International Conference & Expo on Offshore & Marine Industry. He was nominated by Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, (ClassNK)
Aberdeen-based standby vessel operator Atlantic Offshore Rescue said it has commissioned what will be the U.K.’s most powerful emergency response and rescue vessel (ERRV). The Ocean Troll – which recently completed a long term charter with Statoil – has undergone a £2
Marine electronics specialist Maris AS has completed an ECDIS (electronic chart data information systems) technical training program to enhance support services covering North America and the Caribbean. The initiative is part of its commitment to the global distribution and service agreement with
A maritime care home has joined the national Dementia Friends campaign as part of its ongoing drive to both expand its specialist care provision and provide a wider support network for the families of residents suffering from the disease. The announcement comes in the run up to this year’s
The Australian Department of Defense released a request for tender to CEA Technologies for the development of a High Power Phased Array Radar concept demonstrator. CEA Technologies Pty Ltd is a Canberra-based company whose CEAFAR radar is being fitted to the ANZAC Class Frigates of the Royal
MacGregor offshore winches have been specified for 22 new anchor handling tug supply vessels (AHTSVs) under construction at three Chinese shipyards for several international owners. MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured new offshore winch contracts from three Chinese shipyards