This Day in History – Edmund Fitzgerald
On this date, Nov. 10, 1975, the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior during a strong storm. All 29 crewmembers died. (Source: Holland & Knight)
Hawaii – Urgent Superferry Barge Repairs
According to a report from the Honolulu Advertiser, Hawaii’s state Department of Transportation plans to spend $414,284 for immediate repairs to the Hawaii Superferry…
New Navy Contract
Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $7,191,000 modification to previously awarded contract N00024-08-C-5122 to exercise…
UK Defense Contract to LSA
Liferaft Systems Australia (LSA) has secured a contract worth approximately $4.8m to supply Marine Evacuation Systems to the UK Ministry of Defense for use on two new British aircraft carriers. LSA European Manager Mr. Peter Rea said it was the biggest single contract since the company was founded over 16 years ago. “LSA has been working on finalizing this contract for about 18 months after we were…
USS Carl Vinson Readies
Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) are conducting general quarters (GQ) drills this November after a three-year pause while…
Pac Fleet Commander Discusses the LCS
In his latest edition of the "Rat-Pac Report" podcast, posted Nov. 5, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Adm. Robert F. Willard discussed the importance of the Navy's latest addition to its surface forces, the littoral combat ship (LCS). "The littoral combat ship is going to bring us a shallow draft ship that's very fast, carries a lot of capacity with a small crew size, that's going to be very, very efficient but also, we think, very, very effective," said Willard.
USS Blue Ridge Gets Comms Upgrade
Months of planning to create the Navy's most sophisticated at-sea communications platform went on-line Oct. 10 aboard amphibious flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) to provide Commander, 7th Fleet and his staff with increased command and control capabilities. According to Lt. Cmdr. Mark Baehr, the flagship's communications information systems officer, the estimated $3.5m project was necessary to upgrade the aging hardware and dated software to keep up with the ever changing world of technology.
Eye on the Fleet - USS Mount Whitney
Sept. 1, 2008, the amphibious command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20) departed Souda harbor following a routine port visit. Mount Whitney is homeported in Gaeta, Italy, where she received humanitarian aid supplies destined for the Republic of Georgia. Mount Whitney is transiting to the Black Sea for delivery of the humanitarian assistance cargo to the Republic of Georgia. U.S. Navy photo by Mr. Paul Farley. (Source: Navy News Service)
This Day in Naval History – Nov. 10
1775 - Congress votes to raise two battalions of Continental Marines, establishing the Marine Corps. 1941 - U.S.
Retail Container Traffic Lowest Since 2004
Cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports fell again in October, and 2008 is now expected to be the slowest year since 2004 as the downturn in the nation’s economy continues…
Wärtsilä Acquires Vik-Sandvik
Wärtsilä has acquired the global ship design group Vik-Sandvik, an independent group providing design and engineering services to ship owners and the ship building industry worldwide. The value of the acquisition is $169.9m, with an additional maximum sum of $48.9m to be paid based on the performance of the business over the next three years. In 2007, Vik-Sandvik’s turnover was $70.8 millions and the profitability is on a very good level. The number of employees is 410.
StratoilHydro Seeks New Opportunities
StatoilHydro has submitted an application for new production licenses both in the Barents Sea and the Norwegian Sea in the 20th licensing round on the Norwegian continental shelf.
TBS Reports 3Q, 9 Mo Results
Joseph E. Royce, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and President of TBS International Limited, stated: "We attribute these record results to the efforts of our…
Keppel Receives Award
Keppel FELS Ltd (Keppel FELS), designer and builder of offshore rigs, has won the Maxa 2008 Award, which recognizes the innovation and operational excellence in manufacturing. Keppel FELS was the only offshore mega-structure company among the six finalists hailing from across the electronics, semiconductor and bio-medical sectors. This Maxa Award, the first for a Singaporean enterprise, was presented to Keppel FELS at a ceremony on Nov.
Reagan, Pres. Northwind Marine Passed Away
Bruce V. Reagan, president of Northwind Marine, Inc., Seattle, Washington, passed away October 16th. Northwind Marine, Inc. will continue to build aluminum boats…
Report on Napoli Beaching Incident
On Nov. 6, The Maritime and Coastguard Agency delivered its in-depth 103 page Report to the Chairman of Devons local Inquiry into the circumstances leading to the…
Hong Kong Tests Oil Spill Response
On Nov. 4, The Marine Department co-ordinated an annual joint exercise in the waters off Tsing Lung Garden, Tuen Mun, to test the response and efficiency of government…
Australia – Man Overboard
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation into a man overboard fatality from a research vessel in the Coral Sea. An off…
European Commission – Shipyard Aid
The European Commission has concluded, following four years of investigation, that state aid granted to Gdynia shipyard and Szczecin shipyard gives rise to disproportionate…
Cruise Co. Sued Over Fuel Surcharges
Attorney General Bill McCollum filed a lawsuit against a Broward County cruise ship company for failing to adequately disclose fuel surcharge fees. According to the lawsuit…