Huntington Ingalls Industries' reports that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has successfully completed anchor testing on the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), bringing the ship closer to its 2016 delivery to the U.S. Navy. Ford's new anchor system features a lighter anchor and chain, weighing in at half the weight of the previous Nimitz-class carriers' anchor systems. Newport News shipbuilders recently gathered to test Ford's anchor windlass system that is used to deploy and retrieve the anchor and chain. Load tests are performed by attaching additional weight to the anchor to simulate both a 180-foot drop and a 360-foot drop. The anchor handling system must be ready to deploy at a moment's notice in the event of an emergency. Ford features new technological and design innovations in several systems, including the anchor handling system. At 30,000 pounds, Ford's anchor is significantly lighter than the Nimitz-class anchors, matching the overall lighter weight of the carrier itself. The anchor chain also weighs significantly less than its Nimitz counterpart. The 1,440-foot chain consists of links made of high-strength steel, each link weighing about 136 pounds. During a recent visit to the shipyard, ship's sponsor Susan Ford Bales tested out the anchor for herself. Accompanied by Geoff Hummel, director of general manufacturing for Ford, Bales was able to deploy and retrieve the anchor using the new electrically powered system
It Just Comes Home for New Life. The late W.C. “Bill” Markey, President of Markey Machinery for over 40 years (1948 to 1988) coined a simple phrase for the company’s design philosophy, “Built Hell For Stout”. As a result, an extraordinary number of Markey deck machines manufactured during that era (and after) are still in service today. As a result, customers often contact Markey for service parts and/or complete overhaul of a winch that is over 50
Philippines’ Keppel Cebu shipyard, part of Singapore’s Keppel Offshore & Marine, has repaired two reefer vessels – the first was the 7,212 grt Uranus, shipmanaged by London Ship Managers, London. The vessel arrived in the yard for her scheduled drydocking and repairs under Lloyds Register (LR) Class. Major work included the removal of the goose neck, building-up pins and fabricated spare gooseneck heel pins, renewal of lifeboat davit pins, servicing and renewal seal of the anchor windlass
Wesmar will reveal their line of sonar and mechanical products at the Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle, November 20-22. This year in booth #935, Wesmar will be introducing the new HD850 Fishing Sonar. This sonar features active stabilization and more information at greater clarity with smart scan, stabilized down sounder as well as searchlight advantage. Along with the HD850, Wesmar will be displaying a complete line of sonar systems for Trawl and Navigation
Markey Machinery has announced the addition of two members to the Markey engineering team, Srihari Gowri Shankar and Brian Cox. Both have joined Markey as Design Engineers. Srihari recently graduated from UC Davis with a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. His primary focus was in the area of Dynamics & Control Engineering. Brian graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2011
Unit 1120, which will complete the bow section of the first National Security Cutter under construction at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems' Pascagoula facility, was lifted into place this week. According to NSC General Ship Superintendent Royce Winbush, the unit encloses the anchor windlass machinery room and covers the chain lockers area on the cutter. Unit 1120, wieghing 50 tons, was the 44th unit and last hull section erected on the ship. Northrup Grumman shipbuilders erected the
Rolls-Royce has won two new contracts to supply podded propulsion systems and deck machinery for Queen Mary 2, the new luxury cruise liner to be built for Cunard Line at Alstom Chantiers de l'Atlantique in France. It has also won contracts to supply podded propulsors to three other cruise ships. The total value of these contracts is approximately $21.2 million. Dr. Saul Lanyado, president - Marine for Rolls-Royce, said: "These contracts bring the total value of equipment orders we have won
SEATTLE — Markey Machinery announced that it has been awarded an order for a complete suite of winch systems onboard AGOR-27, a new academic research vessel, under construction at Dakota Creek Industries, in Anacortes, Washington. Sponsored by the US Navy’s Office of Naval Research, this award continues a plan to renew America’s aging fleet of academic research vessels, including ocean ranging vessels like the US Navy’s Knorr (AGOR-15).
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, Fujian Southeast, Fuzhou Baima and Guangdong Yuexin Ocean Engineering. The winches are destined for 22 anchor handling tug supply vessels (AHTSVs) under construction for a number of international owners
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. The winches are destined for 22 anchor handling tug supply vessels (AHTSVs) under construction for a number of international owners.
Named for the first American woman launched into space aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, the Research Vessel Sally Ride was commissioned August 9 at Dakota Creek Industries (Anacortes, Washington). Sally Ride is a U.S. Navy Office of Naval Research sponsored Auxiliary General Oceanographic
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has got an order from Wuhu Xinlian shipyard in China to supply a full package of MacGregor anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) equipment to two 150-tonne bollard pull AHTS/oil recovery vessels. The equipment is scheduled for delivery by May 2015 and an option
Great Lakes Group says it has reached the final stages of the routine maintenance and drydock contract on the USCG Cutter BISCAYNE BAY, the second of the USCG’s six Great Lakes-stationed 140-foot Bay-class ice-breaking tugs to be drydocked in the Group's shipyard.
Eastern Shipbuilding announced that on, Wednesday July 16, 2014, Harvey Gulf International Marine, Inc. (HGIM) and Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) entered into a contract to construct a new Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) RAmpage 6400 Multipurpose Field Support Vessel (MPFSV) at Eastern’s
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured a contract with the Marco Polo Shipyard Pte Ltd with its facilities in Batam, Indonesia, to supply deck equipment for two 76m, 9,000kW anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels with bollard pulls of 150 metric tons, to be constructed for Marco Polo Marine
Seaway Powell Marine, a company producing deck equipment, custom engineering solutions and electro-mechanical actuation, announced a successful week at Seawork International 2014. “With our best presence yet, there was a huge amount of interest in both the PT USA V Series Actuator and the
U.S. Department of Defense announces the award of a Navy US$10,354,523 contract to BAE Systems San Francisco Ship Repair, San Francisco, California, for work on the USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8). The firm-fixed-price contract is for a 58-calendar day regular overhaul and dry docking
Great Lakes Shipyard hauled out the United States Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay using its 770-ton capacity Travelift. The repair contract that started on May 7, 2014, includes drydocking and routine maintenance such as: Hull Plating and Ultrasonic Testing
Rolls-Royce has been awarded a £19m contract to deliver deck machinery for four ocean going tugs, designed by Ulstein Design & Solutions, for Dutch company ALP Maritime Services. The vessels will be constructed in Japan by Niigata Shipbuilding & Repair.
On February 21, 2014, Uzmar Shipyard, also known as “Workboat and Tug Factory” of Turkey, held a launching ceremony for the KOC MUSANED-2, the second of total 6 line handling tugs being built for Kuwait Oil Company’s tug fleet
Superior-Lidgerwood-Mundy’s standardized commercial winches are tough, customizable and built to last. For 150 years, Superior-Lidgerwood-Mundy (SLM) has been at the forefront of innovation for the Marine Sector. Focusing on the strict Navy and USACE standards for much of that time
Rolls-Royce has won an order to provide integrated design and ship equipment for a highly innovative offshore vessel for Norwegian ship owner Island Offshore. The new striking UT 777 design has been developed in close cooperation with Island Offshore
A recent marine casualty involving a severe injury to a crewmember aboard an inspected passenger vessel reminds us that these hazards happen in any segment of the maritime industry. Moving, rotating and reciprocating machinery may include (but are not limited to) rotating or spinning shafts
U.S. Coast Guard Safety Alert for Commercial Fishing Vessels. According to U. S. Bureau of Labor statistics, in 2012 commercial fishing was the second most dangerous occupation in the country, with over 117 fatalities per 100,000 workers
Training for hydraulics and controls technologies used in marine, offshore and industrial applications is now available through the newly opened Rexroth Technology and Service Center at 10305 Round Up Lane in Houston, Texas. Comprehensive