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This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History – December 28

1835-The "Dade Battle" occurred when Seminole Indians ambushed and killed Major Francis Langhorne Dade and his Army command while they were on the march on Fort King Road from Fort Brooke to reinforce the troops at Fort King (Ocala).  This battle was the immediate cause of the Second Seminole War, a war in which the Revenue Cutter Service played an important role. 1857-The light was first illuminated in the Cape Flattery Lighthouse, located on Tatoosh Island at the entrance to the Straits of Juan de Fuca, Washington. "Because of Indian trouble it was necessary to build a blockhouse on Tatoosh Island before even commencing the construction of the lighthouse. Twenty muskets were stored in the blockhouse, and then the lighthouse work began." 1903-An Executive Order extended the jurisdiction of the Lighthouse Service to the non-contiguous territory of the Hawaiian Islands. (Source: USCG Historian’s Office)


Work Begins on Vietnam's Biggest Container Ship

Work started on what will be Vietnam's biggest container ship on Feb. 24 at the Nam Trieu Shipbuilding Industry Company in the northern port city of Hai Phong. The 7,200-KW ship, which is 133.60 metres long, 19.40 metres wide and 9.45 metres high, will be capable of carrying 707 containers. The ship is part of a project, worth 2.6 trillion VND or 129 million EUR, to build ten 700-TEU container ships for MPC of Germany.


BAE and Vosper Thornycroft To Divvy Up 45-Ship Order

The British government said on Tuesday it would split a new order for Type 45 destroyers for the Royal Navy between BAE Systems and Vosper Thornycroft. But BAE, which had been trying to win the whole deal, was quick to say the delay before work began meant it would cut more than 1,000 jobs at shipyards in Scotland and northwest England. "We have developed a revised strategy which allocates work on the ships between the two shipbuilders for the whole class of Type 45 destroyers," a top U.K


Cosalt Offshore Secures CNR Contract

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Cosalt Offshore has been awarded a contract with CNR International (UK) Limited. (CNR). The contract, which is for three years,comes with a two one year options and will see Cosalt Offshore provide CNR with lifting and mechanical handling support services on five  platforms – Tiffany, Ninian North, Central and South and Murchison. Cosalt Offshore is the incumbent provider of these services to CNR, but the new contract was won as the result of a competitive tender process


Norway’s Crown Prince Opens Offshore Wind Farm

Today His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway will officially open the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm built off the coast of Norfolk by owners Statoil and Statkraft. The Crown Prince will open the wind farm at an official ceremony at historic Holkham Hall in North Norfolk with support from UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Edward Davey; Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Ola Borten Moe; Minister of Trade and Industry


Shoreham Port Engineers Complete Lock Gate Maintenance

New sluice Photo Shoreham Port

On the 18 th October, the Port’s Engineering team successfully replaced the existing 1.8m diameter sluice valve at the south east corner of our Prince Phillip Lock with a refurbished spare as part of their on-going regime of programmed maintenance. Site preparation work and detailed planning had been carried out for several weeks prior to the changeover to ensure a successful outcome and to minimise disruption to the flow of ships through the lock


Northrop Grumman Completes Rudder Installation

Northrop Grumman Corporation completed a significant milestone today on the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) with the installation of the ship's rudders. The carrier is undergoing a refueling and complex overhaul at the company's Newport News sector, the nation's sole designer, builder and refueler of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. An important aspect of this availability includes removing, refurbishing and reinstalling the ship's two rudders.


Normand Clipper Converted to Pipe-Lay Vessel

Last December, Ulstein Verft AS won the contract to convert shipowner Solstad’s cable-laying vessel Normand Clipper into a pipe-laying and offshore construction vessel. The conversion work is as extensive as the building of a new platform supply vessel. Rebuilding will be finished by the end of May, at which time the vessel will go straight to work in the English sector. “The conversion is extensive, and the work involved for Ulstein can be compared to that required for the construction


AIDA Cruises’ New Flagship Receives Signature Paint Job

Photo: AIDA Cruises

At the Mitsubishi shipyard in Nagasaki, Japan, the new flagship of AIDA Cruises is now receiving its beaming smile.   At the end of March, preparatory work began on the 300 m long white hull of AIDAprima to apply the painting to the bow that is typical for AIDA: kissing lips, eyes, and waves. Since the brand motif of AIDA is individually designed on every ship in the fleet of Germany’s biggest cruise operator


Dredges Work to Restore National Wildlife Refuge

One of the two Ellicott 460SL dredges in operation (Photo: Ellicot Dredges)

Dredges are currently being used in a large tidal marsh restoration project at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware, one of the largest ever marsh restoration projects in the eastern U.S.   Using two Two Ellicott 460SL dredges, the project aims to restore a highly damaged tidal marsh/barrier beach ecosystem covering about 4,000 acres within the former freshwater impoundment system on the refuge. This coastal wetland restoration also improves the ability of the refuge marshes


Port Extension Work Begins at Guayaquil

Photo courtesy of TPG

Terminal Portuario Guayaquil (TPG), port operated by SAAM since 2006, began one of its most important projects in recent years: the extension of its dock by 120 meters.   The works will imply increasing the dock from its current 360 meters to 480 meters


Obama Taps Foss VP for USMMA Board

Susan Hayman (Photo: Foss Maritime)

Susan Hayman, Foss Maritime VP of HSQE & External Affairs, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to the United States Merchant Marine Academy's (USMMA) Board of Visitors. This key administrative post is for a term of two years, commencing at the beginning of each Congress.  


US, Danish Maritime Academies Partner

SUNY Maritime academic deal Gil Traub (left) and SIMAC vice president for academic affairs Jan Askholm sign the memorandum of agreement at SUNY Maritime College. The agreement paves the way for collaboration and partnership between the two institutions. (Photo: SUNY Maritime)

Student exchanges, faculty collaborations and programmatic partnerships are now possible between the United States’ SUNY Maritime College and Svendborg International Maritime Academy in Denmark. The two institutions earlier this month signed a memorandum of agreement that will pave the


MPI Discovery Completes Rampion Foundation Installation

MPI DISCOVERY on Rampion OWF Photo MPI Offshore

The wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV), MPI Discovery, has completed foundation installation works at the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm off the south coast of England. Working closely together with Swire Blue Ocean’s Pacific Orca, MPI Discovery installed the last foundation on 8 November


Seadrill Shares Surge, Squeezing Shorts

West Auriga. (Photo courtesy of Seadrill)

Shares have risen 8 days in a row; CEO says short-sellers are beginning to panic. Shares in Norwegian rig firm Seadrill shot up by a third on Monday and its chief executive said short-sellers were starting to panic at the prospect its refinancing plan would succeed.


New Crew Cabins for Celebrity Summit

Celebrity Summit (Photo: Celebrity Cruises)

Celebrity Cruises has awarded ALMACO Group the contract to build 16 new crew cabins onboard Celebrity Summit during a short March drydock at Grand Bahamas Shipyard (GBS) and continuing during sailing.   ALMACO’s scope of work includes demolition


Gibdock Gets Strategic with HMS Scott

HMS Scott at Gibdock Photo Gibdock

Gibdock’s strategic location has been brought into sharp focus with the docking of HMS Scott, the largest vessel in the Royal Navy's Hydrographic Squadron, for a recent 19-day maintenance period at the Gibraltar yard.   Work took place as part of the MOD UK’s Commercially


SENER, ESI Group to Integrate Solutions

IC.IDO VR solution (Photo: ESI)

The global company ESI Group, a virtual prototyping and testing software developer, has joined efforts with SENER, a company in marine engineering and the development of CAD/CAM system for the shipbuilding industry, with the aim of marketing and integrating their respective solutions, IC


Damen Delivers Its Largest Shoalbuster to Date

Shoalbuster 3512 Noordstroom (Photo: Damen Shipyards)

The first of Damen’s new Shoalbuster 3512 class was recently handed over to Dutch marine services specialist Van Wijngaarden Marine Services B.V. in the port of Boven-Hardinxveld, the Netherlands. At the ceremony the Lady Sponsor Elske de Bruijn-de Vries officially named the vessel and made


Life Extension for World’s Oldest Icebreaker

Voima (Photo: Arctia)

A comprehensive dry docking and life extension plan has been set out for the 62-year-old Finnish icebreaker Voima, continuing its run as the world’s oldest operational icebreaker. Commissioned in 1954, Voima is part of Arctia’s icebreaker fleet and has demonstrated its reliability


HII Secures Aircraft Carrier Planning Contract

Rendering of the third ship in the Ford class of aircraft carriers, Enterprise (CVN 80) (Image: HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) was awarded a $152 million contract for advance planning for the construction of the third aircraft carrier in the Gerald R. Ford class, Enterprise (CVN 80), named in honor of the U.S. Navy’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65)


Crystal Cruises Plans Return to Port Everglades

Photo: Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises' ships will return to Broward County's Port Everglades beginning in Fall 2017, having last sailed from the port in 2006.   Beginning October 27, 2017, Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony will sail a total of eight sailings to and from Port Everglades


Petrobras Bringing Two FPSO Platforms Online

Cidade de Saquarema (File photo: SBM Offshore)

Brazil's state-led oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA is working hard to meet its production targets, the company's head of exploration and production, Solange Guedes, said on Monday in a telephone interview.   Guedes said the company's floating, production


This Day In Naval History: September 6

Poster courtesy of Lockheed Martin

1861 - USS Tyler and USS Lexington, support Gen. Ulysses S. Grants Army operations against strategic Paducah and Smithland, Ky. The ships mobile firepower assists in the capture of the cities, helping to preserve Kentucky in the Union. 1918 - In the first use of major-caliber naval guns in a


Port of Va. Signs Long Lease for International Gateway

Lease Clears the Way for Port to Double the Terminal’s Annual Lift Capacity Photo Port of Virginia

Governor Terry R. McAuliffe on Wednesday announced that The Port of Virginia has signed a new, long-term lease for Virginia International Gateway (VIG) that clears the way for the port to begin work on doubling capacity at the deep-water container terminal.






 
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