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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


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.


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


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


Smit Succeeds in Refloating the Nino

SMIT Salvage achieved the pollution-free refloating of the product tanker Nino today. This vessel grounded on South Africa’s Wild Coast, around 60 miles north east of East London, on July 18, while carrying a part cargo of 7,700 tonnes of gasoil and gasoline. The vessel went aground at a very remote location. SMIT obtained a LOF/SCOPIC salvage contract and immediately mounted a major casualty and pollution prevention operation


Panama Canal PAC-4 Work Begins

Work on the second largest contract of the Panama Canal Expansion Program has begun. The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued consortium FCC-ICA-Meco the Notice to Commence the fourth and final dry excavation (PAC-4) contract. PAC-4 is the most complex expansion project after the design and build of the new set of locks. The dry excavation included in PAC-4 will create an access channel linking the new Pacific locks with the Canal's existing Gaillard Cut (the narrowest stretch of the Panama


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


General Dynamics Wins $610 milion Naval Order

DDG 51 Class Destroyer

The U.S. Navy has awarded funding for the construction of DDG 122, the Fiscal Year 2015 Arleigh Burke-class destroyer under contract at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works.   This $610.4 million contract modification fully funds this ship which was awarded in 2013 as part of a multi-ship


Staff to Strike at Vopak after Wage Talks Break Down

Unions at Dutch oil storage company Vopak said staff would begin a series of strikes at the company's terminals after talks aimed at securing improved employment conditions for 800 staff broke down on Tuesday afternoon.   A union official said the strike would begin at 2000 GMT and last a


Beier Radio Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Frank L. Beier, circa 1938 (Photo: Beier Radio)

Beier Radio, Inc. marks 70-years of providing engineering, sales and service for marine electronics around the globe. During its 70 years in business, Beier Radio has grown from being one of the first marine electronics distributors in the southern United States to a leader in integrated vessel


Busan Port Unveils Expansion Plans

The Korean government announced plans to add a further 15 berths to its flagship Busan New Port in the south of the country to increase container capacity by 15.8 million TEU. The new facilities will be a mix of container terminals, feeder terminals and multipurpose terminals and work will begin


Port Updates Uderway in Santiago de Cuba

Image: Guillermón Moncada Port

With Chinese and Cuban construction specialists survey, the work on a new multipurpose terminal at the Guillermón Moncada Port in Santiago de Cuba has officially began.   This large multipurpose maritime terminal for Santiago de Cuba will convert the present harbour into an


Salvors Adjusting Hoegh Osaka’s Ballast System

Car carrier vessel Hoegh Osaka ran aground Saturday, January 3 after departing from Southampton for Bremerhaven, Germany. (Photo: MAIB)

Hoegh Osaka was held secure by tugs as winds in the Solent reached 60 knots last night, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported.   MCA said salvors are working to adjust the ballast system aboard the car carrier vessel and hope to begin pumping water from the car decks within


Damen's Customised Dredger for Van Oord

Damen Cutter Suction Dredger 650

  Damen has signed a contract with leading dredging and marine contractor Van Oord for the supply of a CSD 650 custom suction dredger together with an FCS 1605 Fast Crew Supplier, initially for operations in the Caspian Sea. Designed and delivered by Damen Dredging Equipment in Nijkerk


New Dive Support Vessel for N-sea

The Edradour, with sister vessel the Aberlour (Photo courtesy of N-Sea)

N-Sea has launched its third diving support vessel, the Edradour, representing a $2.2 million investment for the company to be immediately utilized in its inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) operations in the North Sea, as well as in Holland and Germany.


Fuel to Be Pumped from Grounded Cargo Ship

Photo: MCA

The ship to ship transfer of the fuel oil from the grounded cargo ship Lysblink Seaways is scheduled to begin tomorrow morning as better weather conditions provide a work window between 3 a.m. and midday, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported.  


Biggest Irish Port Project Gets Underway

(L-R) Michael Collins (Chairman,SFPC), Paschal Donohue (Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport) and Patrick Keating (CEO, SFPC).

Ireland’s largest bulk port company, Shannon Foynes Port Company (SFPC), announced yesterday the commissioning of the first ports infrastructure project since the turn of the millennium, with a €50million capital investment programme at Foynes.


USCG Marine Safety Alert

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a marine safety alert while it conducts an ongoing investigation into a engine room fire that killed three aboard the Insignia cruise ship in St. Lucia in December.   The USCG reminded shipowners to maintain machinery, establish escape routes


Nicaragua Canal: Connects Ocean, Disconnects People

Nicaragua canal (HKND Group)

 The $50 billion Nicaragua Canal scheme promises to bring huge economic benefits to Central America's poorest country. But environmentalists and peasant farmers strongly oppose the project. And many are wary of the Chinese company that is to construct the canal.  


Giant Gates for Deurganck Dock Lock, Antwerp

The lock gates have the same length and thickness as those of the Berendrecht lock. -

  The four gates for the Deurganck dock lock in the port of Antwerp will begin their journey from China at the beginning of April. The gigantic gates are being built by the Chinese steel constructor ZPMC, together with the trolleys on which the gates will ride


Expanded Panama Canal to be Operational by April 2016

Panama Canal Expansion (Photo credit: Canal de Panamá)

The widened Panama Canal is expected to finally be up and running in April 2016, after months of delays and cost overruns, AFP reports. The expansion project area will allow bigger ships to transit, with two new sets of locks, one on the Pacific side and one on the Atlantic side.  


Two ASD Tugs Delivered to URAG

Photo courtesy of Damen

URAG has taken delivery of two ASD 2411 Tugs to add to its existing fleet. Named Brake and Perfect, the new vessels have joined their sister ship Prompt in the port of Hamburg under the URAG subsidiary Lutgens und Reimers (L&R). The order for the tugs was placed in September 2014 and work






 
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