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NASSCO Awarded $940m - T-AKE Ship

General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) , has been awarded a $940m contract from the U.S. Navy for the construction of two T-AKE dry cargo-ammunition ships and to purchase long-lead construction materials for two additional T-AKE ships. Under the contract, NASSCO receives full funding for the construction of USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11) and USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12). Earlier this year, NASSCO received a total of $200m to purchase the long lead materials for these ships. Construction of the Washington Chambers and the William McLean is scheduled to begin in the first and fourth quarters of 2009, respectively. The new contract also provides $200m for procurement of T-AKE 13 and 14's engines and other components that have significant manufacturing lead times. A contract that fully funds both ships is expected by February 2010. Construction of the unnamed thirteenth and fourteenth ships is scheduled to begin in the second and fourth quarters of 2010, respectively. "This contract award permits General Dynamics NASSCO, our team of suppliers and subcontractors to maintain an efficient schedule to build these highly-capable Navy auxiliary ships at the best value to the U.S. government," said Frederick J. Harris, president of General Dynamics NASSCO.

Trailer Bridge Finalizes Senior Loan Amendment

Trailer Bridge, Inc. announced the execution of an amendment to its financing agreement with GE Capital and the addition of four new members to the Company’s Board of Directors. The amendment with GE Capital waives past non-compliance with certain covenants and establishes new financial covenants that the Company is confident it will remain in compliance with. Trailer Bridge has a $15 million revolving credit facility, with actual draws determined by a borrowing base formula

McLean Voted CEO of Allegheny Port Authority

The Port Authority of Allegheny County’s Board of Directors today voted to hire Ellen McLean as CEO of the transit agency. McLean’s contract is effective February 1 and extends for three years, with options to extend the agreement for up to two additional years. McLean currently is the Interim CEO and previously served as the Authority’s Chief Finance Officer. “Ellen is the right person at the right time for Port Authority

50th Anniversary of Containerization

The History of Containerization Foundation, in cooperation with the Containerization & Intermodal Institute and the Smithsonian Institution, will host the official Gala Celebration marking the 50th anniversary of containerization on April 27 in Washington, DC. On April 26, 1956, the converted tanker IDEAL-X departed Newark, New Jersey en route Houston, Texas carrying 58 aluminum truck bodies in frames installed atop its deck

Pier 11 Set for Destruction

American Bridge/McLean Pier 11 Constructors, a Joint Venture, Williamsburg, Va., is being awarded a $35,000,000 (first increment) firm-fixed price contract for demolition and replacement of Pier 11 at Naval Station, Norfolk. This contract will be incrementally funded with the initial funding today; the total contract amount is not to exceed $91,552,110. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Va., and is expected to be completed by April 2008. Contract

Bay-Houston Towing Buys Tractor Tug

Bay-Houston Towing Co. announced that it has purchased the tractor tug C-TRACTOR 1 from Alpha Marine Services. The tug, which will be renamed the WILLIAM M, will be based in Corpus Christi, TX. The WILLIAM M is a true tractor design, with the Ulstein drive units located forward. This allows the twin EMD 16-645 engines to generate 110,000 pounds of bollard pull both ahead and astern. Her design speed is 12 kts.

Crowley Crews To The Rescue

The debate surrounding the cost to value of advnanced tractor tugs is ongoing in the marine business, as most normal operations do not always require the swift manuevers and brute strength these vessels posses. Some owners say the tugboats as “overkill”, and bemoan the higher cost of maintenance in comparison to traditionally driven boats. When an incident such as the one that was recently logged in the Prince William Sound of Alaska happens, though

Bel-Ray Assigns New Sales Representation

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Bel-Ray Company Inc. said it has appointed the Marine Markets West, LLC as sales representative in the Western United States and British Columbia in Canada, and was selected for the William F. Miller agency for representation in the Southeastern region of the United States Marine Markets West will represent Bel-Ray in territories, such as Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and British Columbia, while William F

Why Maritime Museums Matter

Photo: GulfQuest

With today’s focus on digital technology, mobile apps, enhanced reality and the overall digital landscape, the maritime industry often gets overshadowed, leaving some to ask, “Does maritime still play a significant role in today’s society?” The answer, of course, is a resounding “Yes!” Maritime museums, such as GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico, are here to introduce to some (and reinforce to others) the continued importance of

Coast Guard's 3rd Fast Response Cutter launched

 The Coast Guard announced Wednesday the launch of its third Sentinel-class, Fast Response Cutter, the William Flores, at Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, La.   The launch of the William Flores into the waters of Bayou Lafourche marks a production milestone as the Fast Response Cutter readies for sea trials, delivery, crew training and eventual commissioning.“The Coast Guard’s new Fast Response Cutters are national assets

Mediterranean Three Times More Deadly Than 2015

File photo: IMO

The death toll on the Mediterranean has nearly matched that of all last year, with more than 3,740 migrants and refugees having drowned on their way to Europe, and perilous winter months still to come, aid agencies said on Tuesday.   Smugglers are now sending thousands of people on flimsy

OCEAN Alliance Gains US Approval

File photo: Port of Long Beach

The proposed OCEAN Alliance between several of the world’s largest container shippers has received approval from the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), allowing it to become effective Monday, October 24, 2016.   The OCEAN Alliance, comprising COSCO Shipping, CMA CGM

Smith Berger Tow Pins Lead the Way

Smith Berger Marine, Inc. said it has been selected by Edison Chouest Offshore to design and manufacture the Tow Pin Stern Roller units required on its nine new vessels, including five escort tugs and four docking tugs.   Edison Chouest is building the new tugs in order to execute a 10-year

Edison Chouest to Build 13 Damen Tugs

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Marine transportation provider and the United States’ largest operator of OSVs, Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO), has teamed up with Damen to build 13 heavy duty mooring assistance and escort tugs. The vessels will be built in the U.S. using ECO’s network of five shipyards with support

Britain Says Will 'Man-mark' Passing Russian Warships

Britain said on Thursday it would keep a close eye on a fleet of Russian warships approaching British waters on their way to the eastern Mediterranean. The Norwegian military on Wednesday released pictures taken by surveillance aircraft of the fleet

Houthis Say Ready to Help Investigate Attacks on Shipping

Yemen's dominant Houthi group denied any role in missile strikes on U.S. warships in the Bab al-Mandab Strait, and offered to help investigate attacks on international shipping in the area, the news agency controlled by the group reported on Thursday.  

Saudi Arabia Begins Naval Exercises in Gulf

Saudi Arabia began naval war games including live fire exercises on Tuesday in the Gulf and Strait of Hormuz, the world's most important oil route, official media reported, a move that coincides with heightened tensions with regional rival Iran.  

MN100: Kohler Marine

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The Company: Kohler Marine generators are produced in the United States and distributed globally. Kohler Marine sales as well as aftermarket sales and service activities are globally organized. Kohler’s USA, EMEA, Singapore, India, China

Another Hurdle for The Ocean Alliance

William P. Doyle (Photo: FMC)

Commissioner William P. Doyle of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission today voted in favor of requesting additional information from The Ocean Alliance parties.   The Request for Additional Information (RFAI) effectively stops the clock on the agreement until such time as the filing parties

MN100: Safety Management Systems, LLC

Bill Mahoney (Photo: Safety Management Systems, LLC)

The Company: A leading US maritime consultancy established in 1996, SMSLLC provides practical risk mitigation solutions for vessel operators and stakeholders. Clients include a broad range of operators including Genesis Marine, American River Transportation Company, Seabulk Towing

Retlif Names Poggi Director of Operations

Scott Poggi and Bill Hayes (Photo: Retlif)

Retlif Testing Laboratories, a global independent EMC and Environmental testing leader serving the maritime industry since 1978, has announced the appointment of Scott Poggi, as Director of Operations.   In his new position as Director of Operations

This Day In Naval History: August 23

1819 - Commodore Oliver H. Perry, the hero of the Battle of Lake Erie, dies on board the schooner, USS Nonsuch, in Trinidad of a fever contracted during his successful efforts to suppress piracy while maintaining the friendship of Latin American governments. It was his 34th birthday.  

MN100: Kirby Inland Marine

Photo: Kirby Inland Marine

The Company: Kirby Corporation is a premier tank barge operator in the United States, transporting bulk liquid products throughout the Mississippi River System, on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, along all three U.S. Coasts, and in Alaska and Hawaii

Converted Shipping Containers as Mobile Tech Labs

Photo: Betabox

 Shipping containers are being converted into the high-tech, movable tech lab, says a report in CNN.    Raleigh-based Betabox's mobile labs are built inside refurbished shipping containers and have been retrofitted to include things like whiteboards

This Day In Naval History: August 10

1812 - The frigate USS Constitution captures and burns the brig, HMS Lady Warren, off Cape Race, off Labrador, Canada.   1831 - The U.S. flag gains the nickname of Old Glory from William Driver, master of the brig USS Charles Daggert.  

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