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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


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


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


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


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

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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


Signal Ship Repair Achieves OSHA Milestone

Photo courtesy of Signal Ship Repair

Signal International announced that on December 31, 2014, the Signal Ship Repair Operations located in Mobile, Alabama achieved one full year and worked 387,926 manhours, without the occurrence of an OSHA recordable incident. This is a  safety milestone within the United States shipyard and marine fabrication industry, thus representing world-class safety performance, the yard said. By realizing the goal of a zero OSHA recordable incident


IACS 2016 Blue Book Launched

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The International Association of Classification Societies is pleased to announce the release of the 2016 edition of its IACS Blue Book. The latest release of the Blue Book package continues to enhance IACS technical support to the shipping industry through our work and investment in technology


Cruise Repair to Keep GBSL Busy in 2016

Allure of the Seas docked at the Grand Bahama Shipyard for repair work in 2014 (Photo: GBSL)

Repair yard Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL) is in store for a busy year, with 20 cruise vessels booked for repair, maintenance and overhaul work in 2016. The scope of projects includes propulsion and technical systems overhaul, accommodations and public space upgrades and the addition of


Safety Milestone for Maydon Wharf Infrastructure Upgrade

Photo: TNPA

Transnet Capital Projects (TCP) – which is overseeing Transnet National Ports Authority’s project to reconstruct the quay walls and deepen berths at Maydon Wharf – recently achieved a safety milestone of 1,000,000 man hours without a lost time injury (LTI) on the reconstruction


SS United States to Sail Again

Rendering of the restored SS United States by Crystal Cruises (Image: Crystal Cruises)

Crystal Cruises reaches deal to restore the record-breaking and storied SS United States to a fully operational modern luxury cruise ship   Crystal Cruises has come to the rescue of historic luxury liner SS United States, today announcing an exclusive purchase option agreement to begin work


Australian Frigate Deploys for the Middle East

HMAS Darwin (Photo: Royal Australian Navy)

Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull joined Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, and friends and family at Garden Island, Sydney, to farewell the 229 Royal Australian Navy personnel onboard HMAS Darwin as the ship sailed for the Middle East region.  


V&A Completes Repair Package for Whitaker Tankers

(Photo: V&A Hydraulics)

Merseyside marine hydraulics specialist V&A announced it has completed a vessel repair package for Runcorn-based international fuel bunkering firm Whitaker Tankers.   The Birkenhead-based family-run firm has delivered a series of complex hydraulic upgrades to the short haul fuel tanker


Cadets See Benefits of ISM-certified Training Ship

T.S. Golden Bear (Photo: Cal Maritime)

Two years after Cal Maritime became the first U.S. maritime academy and training ship to be certified for the International Maritime Safety Management Code, cadets at the academy are seeing the benefits.   “The most compelling part of this story is how the cadets have so quickly


Shipyard Employees Design Tool for Breaker Maintenance

A tool designed by Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) employees will make servicing ships' breakers more efficient.   Breakers prevent overloads and potential electrical fires in shipboard electrical systems. A Navy submarine typically contains 20 to 30 breakers


CNO Makes First Visit to Ingalls Shipyard

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson (left) toured the amphibious transport dock John P. Murtha (LPD 26) during a visit to HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division. Also pictured (left to right) are Richard Schenk, Ingalls’ vice president of program management, and George Jones, Ingalls’ vice president of operations. (Photo by Andrew Young/HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division hosted Adm. John Richardson Thursday as part of his visit to shipyards in the region. This was his first visit to Ingalls as Chief of Naval Operations. Richardson received updates on Ingalls’ shipbuilding programs and


Seven Ships Laid up at Duluth-Superior

The Port of Duluth-Superior said it will welcome seven ships for winter layup this year.   The firs tvessel Indiana Harbor laid up early on November 3 for a repowering project is already underway at Fraser Shipyards on the Herbert C. Jackson, in dry dock since early December.   


Charleston Harbor Deepening Project Clears Next Hurdle

The 52-foot Charleston Harbor Deepening Project was recommended to Congress for authorization this week, continuing the project's momentum through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) planning process.   Known as the Record of Decision


Oman Drydock Closes 2015 with Busy Second Half

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Oman Drydock Company (ODC) has reported one of its busiest half year periods to date for drydockings, conversions and repairs.   Based in Duqm Oman’s new ports and logistics city, ODC is one of the world’s largest shipyards at 1.3 million square meters.  


50 Students Selected by Italian Ship-Owners

Photo: Ingresso ITS Fondazione Caboto

23 letters of employment delivered to new graduates in the presence of the Institutions of the School. Eleven Italian shipping companies “christened” the courses at the I.T.S. Fondazione “G. Caboto” (Caboto Foundation), an Institute of Advanced Technology


Norway Trials New Age of E-navigation

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The Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) initiated the first full-scale trial of e-navigation in Norwegian waters in conjunction with e-navigation technology and services company NAVTOR. The test sees the ferry MS Stavangerfjord digitally sharing its routing information with NCA via


1,200+ Migrants Rescued off Libya

Italy's coast guard said on Tuesday it had coordinated the rescue of 1,271 migrants from rubber and wooden boats in several operations off the coast of Libya. Italy was long at the frontier of seaborne migration from North Africa, but most of the hundreds of thousands of people arriving in






 
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