PNSY Returns Submarine 'USS Pittsburgh' to the Fleet
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) has delivered Los Angeles-class attack submarine 'USS Pittsburgh' (SSN 720) on-time and under budget after drydock overhaul. PNSY conducted the Pittsburgh pre-inactivation restricted availability (PIRA) off-yard at Sub Base New London in Groton, Conn. beginning Sept. 5, 2012. Although PNSY routinely performs work off-yard, this was the first major Chief of Naval Operations availability of more than 100,000 man-days which PNSY executed outside of Kittery, Maine.
Latest DofD Navy Contracts
Navy contracts have been awarded, amongst others, to Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. to provide LCS mission modules, and to Electric Boat Corp. for Virginia-class…
Teekay Self-Propelled DP System En Route to Las Palmas
'Navion Anglia' (pictured) has commenced the sea passage to Las Palmas with the HiLoad Dynamic Positioning No. 1 safely docked at her port side. Late 2012, Teekay Offshore announced an agreement to acquire this self-propelled dynamic positioning (DP) system that attaches to and keeps conventional tankers in position when loading from offshore installations. Now Teekay say that the HiLoad DP is safely docked to the 'Navion Anglia' and bound for operation at Las Palmas, in the Canary Islands.
Severe Weather Sends Jacksonville Barge Flying
Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville, Fla. command center received notification from Crowley Marine that the 700-foot barge 'Miami' broke loose from its mooring and sideswiped the Crowley Terminal pier and the tugboats 'Ensign' and 'Patriarch'. According to Crowley, the barge broke free of its mooring as a result of severe weather in the area. A Coast Guard investigator and the Sector Jacksonville chief of inspections arrived at the scene.
EOC's FPSO Sale Completion Extended
The intended sale completion of EOC's majority equity interest in the owning and operating of the FPSO 'Perisai Kamelia' (formerly known as 'Lewek Arunothai' has been put back to 31, August 2013.
Maersk Line to Increase US Gulf/WCSA Freight Rate
Maersk Line informs its customers it will be implementing a General Rate Increase (GRI) for dry cargo shipments from Houston, TX and New Orleans, LA to West Coast South America.
Divers Try in Vain to Enter Stricken Indian Submarine
Indian Navy personnel tried all through Thursday, in vain, to enter 'INS Sindhurakshak', the submarine which sank with 18 crew in three metres of water at the Colaba naval dock after a series of blasts nearly 48 hours ago, reports 'The Times of India'. A large amount of muddy seawater had entered the diesel-powered Kilo class submarine, hampering visibility, and the heat of the explosion had melted parts of the 16-year-old vessel's internal hull…
Cheryl K Marine Appoints New VP
Cheryl K Marine LLC. announced that Captain Jake L. Kelly, Sr. was appointed as Vice President of Operations of Cheryl K Marine Companies. Captain Kelly began his…
Chevalier Floatels Vessel Christened at Holland Shipyards
Another fast-track delivery to Chevalier Floatels has enabled the company to yet again deliver its third vessel for service support operations in the 2013 season. Adding another versatile vessel to its fleet, Chevalier Floatels has distinguished itself as an organization that is capable of making fast-track deliveries to clients, even under the most demanding circumstances. With the DP Galyna, another…
Security Dynamics to Expand Consulting Services
In response to dangerous and escalating terrorist threats directed at both the private and public sectors, Security Dynamics LLC – a counterterrorism and risk management…
Speakers Set for GSSC Summer Meeting
Mississippi’s Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves and VT Halter Marine’s Executive Vice President John Prendergast are slated to deliver keynote addresses at the Gulf…
Transas Simulation User Conference: The Future Is Now
From July 15 to July 19, more than 250 maritime professionals from 41 countries gathered in Maryland, USA to discuss the Future trends and New Challenges in Maritime Simulation during the Transas Simulation User Conference. For the first time ever, the event ran across two venues, giving attendees an opportunity to experience two of the most unique and trend setting Training Centers in the World. During the first day at the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS)…
Maritime Security in the Market of Today and Tomorrow
The study employs Michael Porter’s famous model designed to determine how competitive forces shape strategy in order to better understand the current state of, and contemporary and future challenges faced, by Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSCs). The model used allows companies to understand that competition extends beyond their professional rivals and includes many other factors that affect the framework in which the industry operates.
Panama Canal Begins Centennial Countdown
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) began the countdown for the centennial celebration as it commemorates its 99th anniversary. The countdown’s events will highlight the waterway’s contribution during the past 100 years and the efforts underway to face the challenges of the upcoming decades. The countdown began with the presentation of the Panama Canal Centennial logo on the control house balcony at the…
Los Angeles’ July Container Volumes Set Year High
The Port of Los Angeles has released its July 2013 cargo volumes. July overall volumes totaled 715,640 20-Foot Equivalent (TEU) containers, the busiest cargo month of 2013.
Willard Continues to Grow Engineering Team
Willard Marine, Inc. announced Rolf Engstrom as the most recent addition to their engineering team, joining their ranks as an electrical engineer. Engstrom last worked as a Senior Test Engineer for Fisker Automotive, Inc., while having previously been with McDonnell-Douglas Information Systems Group, Verigone, Inc. (formerly a subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard) and Exadigm, Inc., where he established and managed all engineering activities as Senior V.P. of Engineering. willardmarine.com
Suez Canal and Port Operations Continue Despite Emergency
The State of Emergency and curfew declared yesterday (August 14) is not affecting the Suez Canal transit convoy system. Operations at all Egyptian ports and in the…
Brudzinski Selected as USCG Chief Judge
Judge Walter J. Brudzinski has been selected for the position of Chief, Administrative Law Judge, U.S. Coast Guard. In this capacity, Chief Judge Brudzinski will provide supervision and administration of the Coast Guard Administrative Law Judge program. Judge Brudzinski has more than 16 years of experience as an Administrative Law Judge and has been with the U.S. Coast Guard since 2003. Prior to his initial Administrative Law Judge appointment in 1996 with the Social Security Administration…
Final Aircraft Elevator Installed on U.S. Aircraft Carrier
Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division installed the third and final aircraft elevator on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). The elevator, which is used to move aircraft from the hangar bay to the flight deck quickly and safely, is located on the starboard side of the ship. It measures 85 feet long and 52 feet wide and weighs 120 tons, akin to a steam locomotive.
Austal Celebrates Keel Laying for Cape
Demonstrating the rapid progress of the Cape Class Patrol Boat Program, Austal today hosted the keel-laying ceremony for the third vessel, Cape Nelson, one of eight 56-meter patrol boats that Austal is designing, building and supporting for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. Keel-laying traditionally marks the first significant milestone in a ship’s construction. Historically this was the “laying down” of the main timber making up the backbone of a vessel.