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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


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


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


$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


Making Stop Work Authority Work

It is one thing to have a policy posted. It is another to review and explain such a policy to a new crew during their orientation or when they first sign on a vessel. And, finally, it is still another to claim the policy has been effectively implemented. Defining Stop Work Authority A number of recent maritime incidents have led to ‘Stop Work Authority’ (SWA) becoming a federally mandated part of a safety management system (SMS) for vessels operating in certain areas and


Maritime VSAT Resource Launched at Nor-Shipping

A new online resource providing in-depth, impartial information and advice on maritime VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) technology has been officially launched at Nor-Shipping 2015. maritimeVSAT.com is based on an initiative led by maritime communication services provider Marlink and supported


Caterpillar Adds Azimuth Thrusters to Tug Package

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A fresh range of azimuth thrusters will be featured in a newly integrated propulsion package from Caterpillar Propulsion targeting the tug market.   The 60 metric ton bollard pull Cat Propulsion Marine Thruster Azimuth (MTA) is the first model in what will become a new family of rotatable


DNV GL Grants AIP for HHI’s SkyBench

Tor E. Svensen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime, presents Yoon Moon-kyoon, Senior Executive Vice President & COO of HHI’s Shipbuilding Division, with the Approval in Principle certificate for the SkyBench concept. (Photo: DNV GL)

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has received an Approval in Principle (AIP) certificate from Classification society DNV GL for its SkyBench concept for increasing capacity of mega box ships.   The result of development conducted by HHI and work with DNV GL


Radio Holland, BWFM Ink Service Agreement

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Radio Holland, part of Imtech Marine, has won a service agreement with tanker, gas and offshore maritime group BW Fleet Management (BWFM). The two-year agreement covers all the navigation and communication equipment onboard 13 LPG vessels. Radio Holland also provides remote support for these


First Damen Multi Cat 3013 Delivered to MCS

left to right Mr. Jos van Woerkum (Managing Director Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld), Mr. Menno Kuijt (Managing Director of Maritime Craft Services).

  Maritime Craft Services (Clyde) Ltd has taken delivery of its first Damen Multi Cat 3013. Based in Fairlie, Ayrshire, the Scottish company is one of the largest operators of Damen vessels in the world, with 14 in its fleet. This order also represents an important milestone for Damen as


Norway’s (Winding) Path Ahead

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A precipitous plunge in energy pricing is problematic for a prodigious oil producing nation such as Norway, but it really only tells a portion of the story when evaluating the immediate future for the collective maritime and offshore energy markets


Kleven Delivers to Olympic Shipping

Photo: Martin Hauge Nilsen

Offshore construction vessel Olympic Bibby, build no. 371 from Kleven Verft, has been delivered to Norwegian shipowner Olympic Shipping. The vessel has a long term charter with Bibby Offshore, and its first job will be on the British sector of the North Sea


BAE Systems Investing in San Diego

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A discussion with Bob Koerber, General Manager, BAE Systems Ship Repair, San Diego, Calif. Bob Koerber, general manager of BAE Systems Ship Repair in San Diego, served on active duty as a surface warfare officer from 1981 to 1987, then continued to serve as a Navy Reservist


GE Gas Turbines for Japan’s New Destroyer

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GE Marine will provide IHI, Tokyo, Japan, with two LM2500 aeroderivative marine gas turbines for the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force’s (JMSDF) new 26DD destroyer.   “GE gas turbines already are part of numerous JMSDF ship classes, most recently the 22DDH


Ulstein’s X-BOW Turns 10

Subsea vessel Island Performer (Photo: Ulstein)

When times are tough, it is still possible to nurture and grow good ideas, says Ulstein, an provider of ship design, shipbuilding and system solutions for ships. That’s the story behind the ULSTEIN X-BOW hull line design, which upon its introduction 10 years ago turned the image of the


Grounded Bulk Ship Awaits Lightering

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reports it continues to work with state and local partners Monday to oversee freeing a bulk carrier loaded with sulfur that ran aground May 26, while transiting outbound from Neches Industrial Park off Port Arthur, Texas.


Ship Carrying 458 People Sinks in Yangtze River

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 A passenger ship carrying 458 people sank in the Yangtze River in central China after encountering what the rescued captain said was a storm and strong winds, the government’s Xinhua News Agency reported.   The ship, which departed from the eastern Chinese city Nanjing and is


X-STERN Wins ‘Next Generation Ship Award’

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  The X-STERN solution from Ulstein was awarded the Next Generation Ship Award at the Nor-Shipping opening conference on June 2. Innovative ship design is the main criteria in the awarding of this prize. “Innovation is at the core of what we do


Radio Holland Inks Service Deal with BW Fleet Management

The Service Agreement with BW Fleet Management is for 13 vessels

  Radio Holland, part of Imtech Marine, has concluded a service agreement with leading tanker, gas and offshore maritime group BW Fleet Management (BWFM). The two-year agreement covers all the navigation and communication equipment onboard 13 LPG vessels


Videotel Produces 500th Computer-based Training Course

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Videotel, an international provider of e-Learning maritime training solutions and a company of KVH Industries, Inc., (KVHI), has launched its 500th computer-based training (CBT) e-Learning course.   Videotel’s latest course, entitled “The Work of the Emergency Response and






 
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