Austal Hi-speed Catamaran: Navy Charter Extended
The charter of the Austal high speed vessel 'WestPac Express' has been extended for a further six months by the United States Navy’s Military Sealift Command. The modification to the charter will see the ship continue to support the operations of the United States Marine Corps’ Third Marine Expeditionary Force through to February 2014. The contract extension comes almost exactly 12 years after Austal…
Ingalls Shipbuiliding Apprentice Graduation
Huntington Ingalls Industries held graduation ceremonies for Ingalls Shipbuilding's Apprentice School at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention Center, to celebrate the accomplishments of 60 students representing Ingalls' various crafts. Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann was the keynote speaker and acknowledged the graduates' commitments. "In addition to the commitments you've made to Mississippi, Ingalls and your families, Mississippi has made a commitment to you," he said.
Hydrex Now Offer Drydock-free Permanent Propeller Repairs
Hydrex has now developed a repair system that allows them to perform permanent underwater repairs to every type of propeller in dry conditions, while still afloat. Over the years the Hydrex R&D department has continuously improved underwater repair techniques to make it possible for Hydrex diver/technicians to perform permanent repairs on seals, thrusters, rudders and almost any other part of the underwater vessel without the ship needing to go to drydock.
New Firm Acquires Hercules Offshore Domestic Liftboats
All Coast, LLC, a newly formed company for the marine services industry founded by John Powers and John Nesser III, has completed the acquisition of Hercules Offshore’s domestic liftboat assets.
Incat Set to Redefine WFSV's with Supacat Design
The new Supacat design was unveilled by Incat Crowther at the recent Seawork exhibition in Southampton, UK. The new vessel, designed to perform multiple Wind Farm and Offshore maintenance roles is currently under construction at Mustang Marine in Wales, due for completion in September 2013. Central to its design is its high-capacity, pillar-free cargo deck, which is flat from stem to stern. With cabin and hull accesses located outboard…
Triple Containership Naming in Korea Shipyard
Evergreen Line's latest three L-type vessels, numbers 12, 13 and 14 in the series have been named 'Ever Legend', 'Ever Learned' and 'Ever Legion'. The christening ceremony was officiated by S.S. Lin, the Evergreen Group's First Vice Group Chairman, at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Korea.The official rope-cuttings of the new 8,452-TEU vessels were performed by Ms. Chung, Teh-Mei, (Chief Executive Director of Chang Yung-Fa Foundation), Ms.
BART Strike Triples San Francisco Bay Ferry Commute
SF Bay Ferry carried more than triple its normal passenger load on the 1st morning of the BART strike. Morning ferry commute runs on services between San Francisco Ferry Building; Vallejo; Oakland’s Jack London Square; Alameda Main Street; Harbor Bay; South San Francisco and Pier 41 saw a surge in passenger numbers on Monday, July 1, 2013, the first day of the BART workers' strike. SF Bay Ferry report that the normal average commute would have been 2…
Today in U.S. Naval History: July 1
Today in U.S. 1800 - First convoy duty; USS Essex escorts convoy of merchant ships from East Indies to U.S. 1801 - U.S. 1911 - Trial of first Navy aircraft, Curtiss A-1. The designer, Glenn Curtiss, makes first flight in Navy's first aircraft, A-1, at Lake Keuka, NY, then prepares LT Theodore G. Ellyson, the first naval aviator, for his two solo flights in A-1. 1933 - USS Constitution commences tour of principal U.S. seaports.
DSME Wins New Drillship Order
DSME signed a contract with Atwood Oceanics, a U.S.-based ocean drilling company, for the construction of one drillship. This is the option of last year’s contract…
Vessel Ordering Mania – Why?
The flood of interest in ordering new container vessels is motivated by other factors than supply and demand. The recent surge in new vessel orders at a time of industry-wide overcapacity suggests that market fundamentals are no longer the main driver (see figure). Even when the most recently ordered ships are delivered in 2016, Europe and the US are still likely to be climbing out of recession, which means that capacity in the east-west trades will continue to outstrip demand.
Monitoring System Takes Guesswork Out of Mooring Mega Vessels
Mooring of large vessels in the LNG, petrochemical and container sectors is an intricate and critical procedure. The process entails bringing together a moving object with a static object, and with the imminent advent of even larger vessels (liquefied natural gas tankers with a capacity of 200,000 cubic meters and container ships with a capacity of 22,000 TEU*), the forces involved are enormous. For tankers and bulk carriers…
New Mitsui 56 Series Bulk Carrier Delivered
Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) completed and delivered a 56,000 dwt type bulk carrier MV Devon Bay (MES Hull No. 1843) at its Tamano Works on July 1…
Viking Debuts Dual-approved Thermal Lifejacket
Following recent SOLAS approval, Viking has launched a new dual-approved thermal lifejacket that raises the bar for its competitors. Leading marine and offshore safety equipment manufacturer Viking Life-Saving Equipment has launched a new dual-approved thermal lifejacket with broad appeal for the offshore and commercial shipping industries operating in harsh, cold environments. Raising the standards for personal safety…
TOTE, Carlile Announce New Advancements
Linda Leary has accepted the Vice President, Commercial Development position with TOTE Logistics, Inc., Carlile’s parent company. Linda’s new role will be overseeing the Sales and Marketing Department of Carlile, TOTE Logistics, Inc. and Spectrum. Linda will continue to build revenue with current customers and seek new opportunities to continue the positive growth on a much broader logistical scale; maintaining several key accounts and remaining heavily involved in community relations.
Panel Systems Sees Rise in Thermhex Demand
Panel Systems, a U.K. supplier of bespoke sandwich panels has seen a huge surge in demand for Thermhex, an innovative polypropylene honeycomb material which was launched into the U.K.
Great Lakes Towing and Shipyard Add Two New Tugs
The Great Lakes Towing Company and Great Lakes Shipyard will celebrate their 115th anniversary with the delivery of two new 4,640HP FIFI 1 ASD tugs. Designed by Jensen Maritime Consultant, Inc., Seattle, Washington, the tugs AURA and ATLAS are built to the highest standards of the American Bureau of Shipping, the U.S. vessel classification society. The tugs were launched using the Shipyard’s 770-ton Travelift. Founded by John D.
Damen PSV Delivered to World Wide Supply
Damen Shipyards Galati has delivered the World Diamond, the first of six Platform Supply Vessels for Norwegian offshore owner World Wide Supply, built to an entirely new Damen design. The World Diamond was christened by godmother Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Margarita of Romania on June 28, in a yard ceremony attended by 150 guests. “Delivery of this first PSV3300 represents a new era in Damen’s continuing offshore supply vessel story,” said Arnout Damen.
Telemar Launches Blackbox at Seawork
Telemar (U.K.) Ltd. launched a new product at Seawork International, a Blackbox specifically designed and developed in association with AMI Marine for vessels under 3,000grt. Vessels are not required to carry Voyage Data Recorders (VDR), so in the case of an incident the ship without VDR or VHF recording may be missing vital evidence to make a claim or counter any claim against them. According to Telemar…
Indofin Acquires Majority Stake in IHC Merwede
Indofin Group, the investment company, owned by the De Bruin family, has acquired a majority shareholding of 62% in IHC Merwede. Rabo Capital (10%) and IHC Merwede…
General Dynamics Awarded $209 Million for Navy Submarines
The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $208.6 million contract modification to buy long lead-time material for three Virginia-class submarines.