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MSC Celebrates 50 Years of Service

"MSC has been conspicuous because its people and ships generally have been where the action has been." Rear Adm. Bruce Keener III, USN Commander, Military Sealift Command, 1979-1981 Rear Adm. Keener made this observation on the U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command's 30th anniversary in October 1979. His words still hold true 20 years later as MSC, the ocean transportation specialists for the Department of Defense, celebrates its 50th anniversary. Today, MSC operates about 120 ships worldwide with 100 more ships in reserve status. What sets MSC ships apart from other Navy ships is all MSC ships are crewed by civil service or contract merchant mariners instead of active duty Navy people. Using civilian crews frees active duty Navy personnel for more traditional war-fighting assignments. MSC ships wear many hats for DOD. MSC Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force (NFAF) ships support the U.S. Navy fleet around the world, providing everything from fuel to food to ammunition and towing services. NFAF ships keep the Navy's combatant ships at sea, on station and combat ready. MSC Special Mission ships provide many specialized services for the Navy and the federal government including surveying the world's oceans and performing counter-drug operations. MSC Special Mission ships work with scientific and military commands to expand our knowledge of the world's oceans, combat drug smuggling, monitor international compliance with strategic arms treaties and lay submarine cable.


Camacho Returns to His Roots

December 7, 1941, "A day that will live in infamy," is undoubtedly a defining moment in U.S. history. The day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor is again in the public eye with the recent release of Touchstone Pictures' epic Pearl Harbor this past Memorial Day weekend. While the movie provides an interpreted portrayal of those events, no rendition could possibly compare it to a first-hand account. Having lived through the attack as an eight-year-old boy, Retired Admiral Dick Camacho


Synergies Foster Shipyards Success

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In the U.S. and across the globe, shipyards create solid, long-term economic stability in their regions. Ship construction and repair requires an extraordinary amount of expertise, time and resources. This work is made even more challenging because current economic pressures drive companies to reduce costs wherever possible without hindering production or quality. Having multiple shipyards in a region creates a naturally interdependent, yet highly competitive culture


Ship Management and Technology

Image courtesy: Unicom Management Services (Cyprus) Ltd.

Technology is central, not merely an add-on, to ship manager brand value. Ship managers who operate vessels on behalf of their owner clients, are the lynchpin of international shipping. As the industry has gone through rounds of relentless cost cutting, at times of increasing regulatory scrutiny, and commercial pressures for high standards, third party managers have filled the need for raising quality, while maintaining tight cost controls


Spinnaker Cautions Shipping Employers Over Foreign Workers' Rights

Maritime recruitment specialist, Spinnaker Consulting has warned shipping firms that they could face legal action if they do not apply UK standards to foreign workers. Overseas workers who spend some working time in the UK qualify for the same employment protection rights as resident UK workers. Writing in the latest issue of Changing Course, Spinnaker's monthly e-mail newsletter, managing director Phil Parry says


$1.8B Contract for Two Zumwalt-class DDG-1000 Destroyers

Maine shipyard workers guide one of four Ultra Units for DDG 1000, the lead ship of the Zumwalt-class of guided missile destroyers. Work on DDG 1000 is now over 50% complete.

The U. S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $1.8 billion contract for the construction of DDG 1001 and DDG 1002, the next two ships in the Zumwalt-class program.  DDG 1001 is scheduled to be delivered in December 2015 and DDG 1002 is scheduled to be delivered in February 2018.    "This contract enables us to maintain a strong base of quality shipbuilding jobs in Maine and continue our contributions to


Ship Recycling Discussed at IMO

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) considered the first draft of a proposed new international instrument on ship recycling when it met for its 54th session from 20-24 March. Other issues on the agenda included ballast water management and air pollution from ships. The Committee also adopted a number of amendments to the MARPOL Convention. Recycling of ships


HII Awarded CVN 72 Refuelling & Overhaul Contract

USS Abraham Lincoln: Photo credit US Navy

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) awarded a $2.6-billion cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for work on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier 'Abraham Lincoln' (CVN 72). The work will be performed at the company's Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division where it arrived recently. Lincoln was originally scheduled to arrive at NNS on Feb. 14 but was among the projects delayed due to uncertainties surrounding the defense budget and funding of the work


United Defense Wins Contracts

United Defense, Industries, Inc announced today the award to NORSHIPCO a division of United States Marine Repair of 2 multi-year, multi-ship, cost plus contracts by the U.S. Navy’s Supervisor of Shipbuilding and Repair (SUPSHIP), Portsmouth worth nearly $90 million if all options are exercised. The largest contract, for six LSD-41 and 48 class ships, puts the entire LSD fleet of this ship type on East and West coasts under maintenance contracts with United States Marine Repair


General Dynamics Wins Navy DDG Contract

General Dynamics Bath Iron Works Awarded $49 Million for DDG 51 Programs.   The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), two contracts in support of the DDG 51 Arleigh Burke -class guided missile destroyer program.  Bath Iron Works is the lead shipyard and design agent for the class. The first contract, valued at $28.3 million, is for lead yard services for the DDG 51 program


Will Container Lines Skip UK Ports on Brexit?

Photo: Maersk Line

 British importers and exporters prefer direct mainline container services calling at their national ports and tend to dislike feeder services, says a Drewry report.   Is there a risk that a politically isolated UK will no longer benefit from direct vessel calls


Romica Manufacturer Secures DNV GL Approval

Bob Turner (Photo: Romica)

U.K. winch maker Romica said it is to “redouble its exports drive” after its Romania-based manufacturing partner successfully acquired accreditation with DNV GL.   Yorkshire based Romica is a designer, manufacturer and supplier of lift equipment and winches for use within the


NASSCO Bags USS Oak Hill Modification Award

USS Oak Hill Photo USN

General Dynamics NASSCO-Norfolk was awarded a $42 million cost-plus-award-fee modification to a previously awarded contract for the repair and alteration for the USS Oak Hill (LSD-51). NASSCO-Norfolk will provide ship repair services including engine replacement/repairs


HMAS Darwin Returns from Middle East Deployment

Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Chris Bradshaw with his partner Kylie and son Wyatt are reunited on the wharf at Garden Island, Sydney at HMAS Darwins welcome home ceremony. Photo RAN

Family and friends joined Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett on the wharf at Garden Island, Sydney to welcome HMAS Darwin home from a successful Middle East deployment. During her Operation MANITOU rotation, Darwin and her Ship’s Company seized a large cache of illicit weapons and


Cybersecurity On Ships: New Guidelines

Pic: Clyde & Co

 Companies are becoming increasingly alive to the importance of cyber-security and the need to protect themselves against the risk of cyber-attacks; the marine sector is no exception, says Clyde & Co’s Shipping Newsletter.  


Elcome Scores Service Agreements in the Middle East

Marine technologies and system integrator Elcome International has signed fleet service agreements with two major ship operators in the Middle East, the company announced today.   Elcome will provide shore-based maintenance and service for navigation


Burgess Marine, EAPL Enter Ship Repair Joint Venture

Work is carried out at the London Array, off Ramsgate (Photo: Burgess Marine)

Britain’s largest independent ship repairer Burgess Marine said it has partnered with Kent-based European Active Projects Ltd. (EAPL) to manage and operate Ramsgate Slipways in a 50/50 joint venture.   Burgess Marine and EAPL have worked together as customer and supplier for very many


Big Names Unite to Push LNG as a Marine Fuel

Picture of the SeaLNG group Photo SeaLNG

Carnival Corporation & plc, DNV GL, ENGIE, ENN, GE, GTT, Lloyd’s Register, Mitsubishi Corporation, NYK Line, Port of Rotterdam, Qatargas, Shell, TOTE Inc. and Wärtsilä are among firms that are part of a new cross-industry initiative called SEA\LNG


Deckhouse Lifted onto Tripoli (LHA 7)

Ingalls Shipbuilding lands the 700-ton deckhouse on the amphibious assault ship Tripoli (LHA 7) on July 9. (Photo by Lance Davis/HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has installed the deckhouse on the amphibious assault ship Tripoli (LHA 7), a major event in the ship’s construction schedule which begins the integration of the three largest sections of the ship


Vard Bags Electrical Work for UK Polar Research Ship

Artists impression of the new polar vessel. Copyright Cammell Laird  BAS. Image NERC

Vard Holdings Limited's subsidiary Vard Electro AS has secured a contract for the delivery of an engineering and electrical installation package for U.K.’s new $290 million polar research vessel under construction for the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).


Bridges Refit on Two Holland America Line Ships

New Bridge on board of the M/S Oosterdam (Photo: Radio Holland)

Two major bridge refit contracts have been completed by Radio Holland USA on Holland America Line’s cruise ships Oosterdam and Prinsendam.   The bridge refit on board the M/S Oosterdam was concluded in Palermo, Sicily in early May


LR Defines 'Autonomy Levels' for Ship Design and Operation

New guidance provides the route to classification with six levels for autonomous ships   Lloyd’s Register (LR) has set out the ‘how’ of marine autonomous operations in a new ShipRight procedure guidance, which describes autonomy levels (AL) ranging from 'AL 1' through to


World Maritime Day Theme for 2017: "Connecting Ships, Ports and People"

Image: Maersk Line

 "Connecting Ships, Ports and People" has been selected as the World Maritime Day theme for 2017 following a proposal by Secretary-General Kitack Lim to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council.   Addressing the IMO Council


Jotun: ISO Hull Performance Standard Final Stage

Photo:  Jotun

 The ISO 19030 is finally nearing publication, in a move that has the potential to save the shipping industry as much as USD 30 billion in annual fuel costs.   It’s taken 12,000 hours of development work, involving 53 expert stakeholders, across more than three years


7th July, Dockers to Take Action Globally

Dockers are under attack! Fight back by taking action on 7 July Photo ITF

The International Dockworkers’ Council (IDC), International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) are calling on dockers’ unions around the world to organise an hour of activities on International dockers’ action day next






 
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