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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Meyer Turku Builds Big

Mein Schiff 5 float out. The cruise ship was delivered in June 2016. (Photo: Meyer Turku)

Maritime Reporter & Engineering News recently visited Finnish shipbuilding giant Meyer Turku, whose sights are set on building bigger. It is safe to say that when shipbuilding commenced in the town of Turku, Finland in 1737, the company building wooden boats at the time could not have envisioned the enormous vessels that would eventually be built by the site’s current occupant, Meyer Turku. The Meyer family, operator of the German shipbuilding company Meyer Werft, took over the…

Roxtec Services Expands in North America

Global safety seal provider Roxtec said it has launched its second specialized service company offering inspections and maintenance of cable and pipe transits. The new Roxtec Services US LLC is a subsidiary of Roxtec Services AB. It is based in Houston, Texas, and will cover ships and offshore units all over North America.    Roxtec Services US LLC has already begun working on inspection projects. The services include inspections, maintenance and repair work concerning cable and pipe transits.   “We established Roxtec Services AB in 2016 because we know many existing ships and rigs do not meet official safety requirements. By offering our services we can contribute to increased safety for people and assets,” said Fredrik Timonen, Managing Director of Roxtec Services AB.

GD Extends NNS Offer

General Dynamics extended its pending tender offer for all outstanding shares of common stock (including associated rights) of Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. to midnight, EDT, on July 6, 2001. The offer was previously scheduled to expire at midnight, EDT, on June 22, 2001. delivery) of Newport News had been tendered. Dynamics is awaiting the requisite governmental approval in order to complete the transaction. for the U.S. Navy and provides life-cycle services for ships in the Navy fleet. employs nearly 17,000 people and has annual revenues of approximately $2 billion. worldwide and anticipates 2001 sales of approximately $11.5 billion. land and amphibious combat systems.

1,500 to be Laid Off from Newport News Shipbuilding

Image: Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS)

Layoffs at Newport News Shipbuilding could top 1,500 from now through 2016 as the company copes with a temporary drop in work, the company president told employees this week. In a letter to the workforce, President Matt Mulherin said layoffs will exceed 500 people this year, with more details expected the fall. Next year, job cuts will "likely" exceed 1,000, he said. Those layoffs wil be announced as work drops across the yard. The cutbacks will hit both salaried and hourly workers. There will also be other cost reduction measures.

SM Group Mulls More Takeovers

Photo: SM Line Corp

South Korea’s Samra Midas Group (SM Group) said that it is looking to acquire some overseas shippers, among other businesses in an effort to expand its foothold in the maritime sector, Yonhap News Agency cited one of the company’s officials. SM Group, which was picked as the preferred bidder for STX Corp., a general trading company, last week, also purchased the now-defunct Hanjin Shipping Co.'s U.S.-Asia route and other assets for 37 billion won (US$32 million) late last year. SM Group plans to pour 130 billion won ($115 million) into STX.

ROTC Trains Maritime Staff of Emodraga in Mozambique

Pic: ROTC

Empresa Moçambicana de Dragagens E.P. has recently formed some of its maritime people so that they are trained according to the standards and requirements of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and STCW Convention (Convention – Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers). Recognizing the importance of professional training, not only in the valuation of human capital, but also to create conditions that allow a safe maritime activity, EMODRAGA, E.P.

HII Creates Nuclear Services Company SN3

Combining Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) S.M. Stoller Corp. and Newport News Nuclear subsidiaries, the company has created Stoller Newport News Nuclear (SN3), a full-service nuclear operations and environmental services company. "Formation of SN3 is a logical next step in the post-acquisition process of fully integrating our people and capabilities to achieve our business goals," said Pete Diakun, vice president, energy programs at HII's Newport News Shipbuilding division.

UK Ferry Service Saved by the Community

Ferry Brigantia: Photo courtesy of Bristol Ferry Co.

The Bristol Ferry Boat Company went into administration last November, and needed to raise £250,000 from investors by 31 July, but it surpassed that target, topping £300,000. According to  BBC News, citing ferry boss Ian Bunguard, more than 600 people had bought the shares - starting at £100 - with many being bought by people living in the city, and the ferry was now in a very strong position. Bristol Ferry Boat Company went into administration last year but its five blue and yellow passenger boats were bought by a consortium of investors.

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Crowley’s New STS Cranes Arrive in San Juan

Photo: Crowley

Three new ship-to-shore cranes that were constructed in Ireland were delivered to Crowley Puerto Rico Services’ Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan on Wednesday. The cranes are a key element of the $130 million Crowley is investing in infrastructure improvements to its Isla Grande Terminal, and their arrival marks the first time new, specialized gantry cranes have been received for operation in the San Juan Harbor in five decades. “With the delivery of these state-of-the-art cranes…

Northrop Grumman Annual Shipyard 5K Fun Run/Walk

 Photo courtesy Northrop Grumman

More than 400 employees, their family members and friends participated in Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) 5K Fun Run/Walk. The event was held at the company's Shipbuilding sector in Newport News, Va. on Oct.2. Jim Hughes, Newport News' vice president of aircraft carrier overhaul and carrier fleet support, welcomed shipbuilders and their families to the 5K. "This event is one of the many that we're doing this year as a part of our 2010 focus on our people," said Hughes. "What better things to focus on with our people than health, safety, wellness and quality of life.

At Least 50 Dead in Chinese Port Blast, 700 Injured

Two huge explosions tore through an industrial area where toxic chemicals and gas were stored in the northeast Chinese port city of Tianjin, killing at least 50 people, including at least a dozen fire fighters, officials and state media said on Thursday. At least 700 people were injured, more than 71 seriously, the Tianjin government said on its Weibo microblog, and the official Xinhua news agency said two fires were still burning. Wednesday night's blasts, so large that they were seen by satellites in space, sent shockwaves through apartment blocks kilometres away in the port city of 15 million people. Internet videos showed fireballs shooting into the sky and the U.S. Geological Survey registered the blasts as seismic events.

Chinese Port Blast Kills 50, Injures 700 More

Two huge explosions tore through an industrial area where toxic chemicals and gas were stored in the northeast Chinese port city of Tianjin, killing at least 50 people, including at least a dozen fire fighters, officials and state media said on Thursday. At least 700 people were injured, more than 71 seriously, the Tianjin government said on its Weibo microblog, and the official Xinhua news agency said two fires were still burning. Wednesday night's blasts, so large that they were seen by satellites in space, sent shockwaves through apartment blocks kilometres away in the port city of 15 million people. Internet videos showed fireballs shooting into the sky and the U.S. Geological Survey registered the blasts as seismic events.

Already Strong on the US West Coast, Scania Looks East

(Photo: Scania)

Go east, young man, go east: Scania’s market reach grows with a key workboat contract. The reasons why are easy enough to see. When Scania announced its recent deal with Potomac Riverboat Company, part of the Entertainment Cruises family, to deliver eight, EPA Tier 3, 500 HP DI 13-liter engines in 2017 to power its high-speed, low-wake water taxis in Washington, DC, it marked the beginning of what is so far a good year for the San Antonio-based engine manufacturer. The 88-foot vessels will carry 149 passengers and will be built by Louisiana-based Metal Shark…

Night-Service HK Jetfoil Hits 'Object', 85 Injured

Jetfoil Madeira: Image CCL

About 85 people have been injured, six of them seriously, when the high-speed ferry hit an unidentified object while travelling to the gaming mecca of Macau reports BBC News. The accident, which threw many of the 100+ passengers out of their seats, happened in the early hours of the morning near the island of Hei Ling Chau, while the jetfoil, operating at normal speed, was on a routine voyage from Hong Kong to Macau. Following the incident the jetfoil was towed back to the ferry terminal in HK, reports BBC News citing  Hong Kong officials.

Finnish Firms Present Oil Recovery Project Results

Hanna Suutarla, Arctia’s Development Manager, presents the results of the IMOR Project. (Photo: Arctia)

A recent seminar held March 7 and 8 in Porvoo, Finland, saw Finnish companies Arctia and Lamor Corporation present the results of the IMOR (Ice Management & Oil Recovery) project, which seeks to enhance oil recovery in ice conditions. The oil recovery seminar, arranged by icebreaking services provider Arctia in collaboration with oil spill response specialist Lamor, was opened by the company’s respective CEOs, Tero Vauraste and Fred Larsen. In his speech, Vauraste stated that oil recovery is a key part of Arctia’s range of services.

NNS Squabble Seen Settled In Washington

With General Dynamics Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp. battling for Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. both the Pentagon and Virginia's powerful delegation in Congress are ready to step into the fray over who buys the nuclear-capable contractor. Defense Department officials are likely to weigh the cost benefits of each deal, questioning which combination would lower the price of nuclear-powered vessels for the U.S. Navy. Virginia's elected representatives will eye the acquisition's effect on jobs, and the warfare technology research funds that the shipbuilder, based in Newport News, Virginia, draws into the state. "This thing has become a political game now," said a veteran defense industry antitrust lawyer, who asked not to be named.

Jones Act LNG-powered ConRo Ship Launched

El CoquĂ­ launched at the VT Halter Marine shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s newest combination container/Roll on-Roll off (ConRo) ship has been launched at the VT Halter Marine shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. for the Crowley’s service between Jacksonville, Fla., and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Named El Coquí after a beloved frog native to Puerto Rico, the ConRo is one of the world’s first to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The ship will now proceed through the final topside construction and testing phase before beginning service in the U.S. Jones Act trade during the second half of 2017.

BC Shipyard General Worker's Federation Calls for More Ships

The sinking of a BC Ferry has the BC Shipyard General Worker's Federation pushing for more ships to be built as soon as possible. News 1130 reported that Federation President George MacPherson says BC Ferries is behind by 10 years, and more replacement ships need to built to avoid any more catastrophes. According to the federation, building three more ferries would cost the company $428 million and would create thousands of jobs for people in BC. (Source: News1130)

MoU Signed for Shipbuilding Yard at Cuddalore

The Tamil Nadu Government signed an MoU with Goodearth Maritime for building a shipbuilding yard at Cuddalore. Chief Minister M Karunanidhi signed the agreement with the company's chairman at the secretariat. The company will begin the first phase of work at an estimated cost of Rs 500 crores and it will be completed in three years. This will provide direct employment to 5,000 people and indirect employment for 20,000 people, an official release said. The firm had sought the state government's permission for constructing a shipbuilding yard when its representatives met the chief minister on November 7, 2006. Source: The Hindu News

Google Ends Hush-Hush Barge Speculation

A Google barge: Photo courtesy of Portland Tugboat LLC

Following feverish media speculation over the past fortnight about the company's plans, Google has issued a statement saying it intends to use the structures as learning spaces for people to find out about new tech., reports the BBC. One popular theory had been that the vessels would be used as floating wave-powered data centres. Government inspectors had signed confidentiality agreements about the four-storey building in San Francisco Bay and another similar structure off Portland, Maine, unwittingly fuelling the debate. Source: BBC News

COSCO: Ships at Tianjin Port not Impacted

China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company said its ships anchored at Tianjin port were not affected by the blasts at a warehouse in the country's northeastern city last week, though some of its facilities in the area suffered varying levels of damage. China's largest shipping conglomerate, whose listed firms include China COSCO Holdings , said in an emailed statement on Monday that a few of its employees and their family members suffered minor injuries. The official Xinhua news agency said on Sunday that the death toll from Wednesday's disaster rose to 112, while 95 people are missing.   Reporting by Brenda Goh

Skilled Workers Needed to Build Trump's Navy Vision

File Image: AdobeStock CREDIT Bogdan Vasilescu

U.S. President Donald Trump says he wants to build dozens of new warships in one of the biggest peace-time expansions of the U.S. Navy. But interviews with ship-builders, unions and a review of public and internal documents show major obstacles to that plan. The initiative could cost nearly $700 billion in government funding, take 30 years to complete and require hiring tens of thousands of skilled shipyard workers - many of whom don't exist yet because they still need to be hired and trained, according to the interviews and the documents reviewed. Trump has vowed a huge build-up of the U.S.

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