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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Newport News Shipbuilding Opens Doors for Area Students

Newport News, Va. - Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division hosted 50 students and faculty from area high schools as part of Heritage High School's Engineering and Technology Magnet Program Seniors Internship and Newport News Public Schools' "Spring Break: Make It Work" job shadowing program. Both programs focus on the benefits of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the workplace. "It is inspiring to see so much enthusiasm and initiative among our young people in Newport News," said John Shifflett, NNS' director of leadership, technical and professional development. "These programs do a great job of helping students connect the dots between what they are learning in the classroom and how it will apply in the workplace.

NNS Stacks Office with Food Christmas Trees

Photo credit NNS

Newport News Shipbuilding employees donate food for the poor at Christmas, filling offices from desk to door. Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division donated more than $23,500 and more than 31,000 pounds of non-perishable food to the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank during the shipyard's annual holiday food drive. "We are fortunate to employ an extraordinary group of people at Newport News Shipbuilding," said Chavis Harris, NNS' director, EEO, diversity and corporate citizenship.

Submarine Texas Christened at Newport News

First Lady Laura Bush smashed a bottle of champagne to christen the Navy’s newest nuclear-powered submarine Texas (SSN 775) in front of a cheering crowd of 4,500 people at Newport News shipyard July 31. Secretary of the Navy Gordon England joined a number of dignitaries, including Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, who delivered the ceremony’s principal address. “It is entirely fitting that USS Texas will become the latest bulwark, and one of the most powerful, in our arsenal of democracy,” said Hutchison. “When she sets sail, she will do so with 22 million Texans and our nation’s First Lady at her side. Mr. Named to honor the 28th state admitted to the union, Texas is the fourth ship of the U.S. Navy to carry the name since the original Texas was commissioned in 1895.

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.

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.

Italy Illegal Immigrant Ship Sinking Update

Italian divers have recovered more bodies from the wreck of a people smugglers' ship that sank off the tiny island of Lampedusa, raising the death toll to 275, while prosecutors have detained a man suspected of being the ship's captain, reports Fox News. Fox News citing Coast Guard Commander Filippo Marini reported that he search would continue as long as weather allows. Just 155 migrants, most if not all from Eritrea, survived last Thursday's shipwreck. Survivors said there were some 500 people on board when the ship capsized and sank in sight of land. Tens of thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East try to cross the Mediterranean Sea each year, seeking a better life in Europe, but the journey is fraught with danger. Source: Fox News  

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.

South Korean Navy Ship Sinks Near Border

According to a March 26 report from BBC News, about 40 sailors are missing after a South Korean navy ship sank near the border with North Korea, Yonhap news agency said citing military officials. The patrol vessel, with 104 people aboard, sank after an unexplained explosion tore through its hull. Several sailors also died, officials were quoted as saying. (Source: BBC News)

Naval Ships Rescue 114 in Indonesia

Naval vessels rescued more than 100 people after a packed ferry sank in heavy seas off Indonesia, but dozens could still be missing, the Edinburgh Evening News reported. Two navy ships had picked up 114 people. One person was confirmed dead. While a passenger list put the number of people on board at 106, it could have been as high as 160. The ferry was traveling from Kupang, on Timor island, to nearby Rote island when authorities lost contact with it during the evening voyage. (Source: Edinburgh Evening News)

Thailand Tourist Ferry Sinks, 7 Dead 100 Injured

Pattaya Bay: Photo Wiki CCL

A tourist ferry has capsized in Thailand, near the beach resort city of Pattaya. 200 Thai and foreign tourists were on the (allegedly overloaded) double-decker ferry reports RT News. Marines from Thailand’s Sattahip Naval Base have been deployed to search for the ship and missing passengers. The number of missing people has not been officially confirmed, but RT cite local media as reporting that at least 20 are missing. Source: RT News  

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.

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.

57 Missing After Ships Sink

At least 57 people are missing after two ships sank in high winds in the Taiwan Strait off southeast China, the state news agency said on Friday, according to a report on www.cbc.ca. Xinhua said the first ship, carrying 37 people, struck a reef near coastal Fujian province's Pingtan island late Thursday. The Fujian Maritime Safety Administration says the ship, headed for Indonesia, was fully loaded with aquatic products when strong winds carried it onto the reef. About two hours later, a fishing boat with 27 people sank near Pingtan island. Three people were rescued, but the rest are missing.

2 Dead, 139 Missing After Ferry Accident

Two people were killed and at least 139 others missing after a passenger ferry bound for Bacolod City caught fire early yesterday morning near Corregidor island, according to a report on PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE. It was not clear if the more than 100 people still unaccounted for were rescued by fishing boats. They were either trapped inside the ill-fated SuperFerry 14 or disappeared after jumping into the sea, the news agency reported. Twice, the fire appeared to be out, only to rekindle. Shortly after dawn, more than five hours after the blaze broke out, two loud explosions came from inside the back section of the passenger ship, followed by billowing black smoke and walls of flame.

HII CEO Mike Petters Speaks at University of Virginia

Newport News - Huntington Ingalls Industries President and CEO Mike Petters spoke at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business on March 6. Petters' address was part of the school's Leadership Speakers Series, which features the world's thought  leaders and gives MBA students, faculty and staff the opportunity to hear and discuss leaders' stories and advice. Petters shared with students his views on leadership, talent development and the importance of having great people. When asked what he has learned in his career as a leader, Petters said success is not the result of products or processes, but the efforts of people. "The most important thing done in business is done through your people," he said.

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.

Newport News Shipbuilding Celebrates 125th

Image www.marinersmuseum.org/exhibitions/nn125

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division has partnered with The Mariners' Museum to share the shipyard's history through a collection of 51 photographs. The exhibit, named "Always Good Ships," will be open to the public Aug. 6 through Oct. 31. "We are excited to partner with The Mariners' Museum to recognize our shipbuilders and the important role they play in our community and in the security of our nation," said Matt Mulherin, president of NNS.

Quake Leaves at Least 367 Dead in Southwestern China

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck southwest China on Sunday left at least 367 dead and 1,881 wounded in a remote mountainous area of ​​Yunnan province, and caused some buildings to collapse , including a school. The United States Geological Survey said the quake struck at a shallow depth, less than 1.6 miles. Chinese state media reported that the quake was felt strongest in Yunnan, as well as in the adjacent provinces of Guizhou and Sichuan. The official Xinhua news agency said the epicenter was in the village of Longtoushan, Ludian County of Yunnan Province. Communications have been severely affected and rescuers are coming to the site, the report said. Photos uploaded to Internet by state media showed soldiers carrying the wounded and damaged by bricks that fell from buildings cars.

Great Lakes Wind Energy Project Taking Off

A LEEDCo official has informed 'The News-Herald' that more than 3,000 people in Northeast Ohio so far have signed up to pledge to buy a portion of their future electricity needs from offshore wind power. LEEDCo has begun work on a five to nine turbine wind energy demonstration project in Lake Erie named "Icebreaker," which is slated to be completed in 2017. It would be the first freshwater offshore wind project in the nation. The Icebreaker project involves the installation of six 3-megawatt American-made Siemens wind turbines approximately 7 miles off the coast of downtown Cleveland in Lake Erie. Officials also have a 1,000 megawatt target in mind by 2020.

Vietnam Authorities Blame Watchkeeper for Fishermen's Deaths

Vietnamese authorities have concluded that a collision between a Singaporean container ship and a local fishing boat that killed eight people in September, 2013, was caused by the negligence of the ship’s second mate, reports Thanhnien News. After announcing its findings, the Vietnam Maritime Administration handed them over to police in the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau, where the accident took place, for further investigation. On September 16, 2013, Sima Sapphire collided with the boat with 16 fishermen on board, which sank some 54 nautical miles off the coast of Vung Tau. The crew managed to rescue 8 of them but the others were lost.

Italy: Refugee Boat Sinking, 100s Feared Lost

Map of the disaster area: Image CCL

At least 130 African migrants have died and many more are missing after a boat carrying them to Europe sank off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa. A total of 103 bodies have been recovered and more have been found inside the wreck, reported BBC News citing local coast guards. Passengers reportedly threw themselves into the sea when a fire broke out on board. More than 150 of the migrants have been rescued. Most of those on board were from Eritrea and Somalia. According to the BBC News report…

Sick Cruise Ships

A bout with an unknown illness aboard cruise ships has again reared its ugly head, this time affecting the highly image conciscious Disney aboard its Disney Magic ship. Numerous press reports indicated that at lease 85 people onboard the Disney Magic contracted a "flu-like" illness this week. reportedly disinfected Saturday after 275 people became sick on the Magic's last seven-day trip. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta was conducting tests to identify the virus. Meanwhile, lawyers have filed a suit on behalf of passengers reportedly sickened aboard the Holland America ship Amsterdam, claiming the carrier failed to promptly remove the ship from service for decontamination.

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