Sonardyne's IDS Teseted in Naval Exercises
Diver detection sonar technology developed by Sonardyne International Ltd, UK, has played a part in a international exercise organized to train naval forces in mine countermeasures, maritime security operations and harbor protection operations. The International Mine Counter-Measures Exercise (IMCMEX) runs off the coast of Bahrain every 18 months to test the abilities of the navies of the world to keep sea lanes open and safe.
World-Link Acquires BSM's Telecommunications Business
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) and World-Link Communications, Inc. have reached a definitive agreement under which World-Link will acquire BSM’s telecommunication services business, Telaccount Overseas, with immediate effect. “This agreement will benefit our customers and crew by unifying communication systems’ capabilities across our fleet and we are pleased to be selling Telaccount Overseas to our longtime partner and service provider…
Icebreaker Returns from Antarctic Rescue
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, the United States’ only operational heavy icebreaker, is scheduled to return to Seattle after a 101-day Antarctic deployment Tuesday. Polar Star’s crew departed Seattle for Operation Deep Freeze 2015, the military resupply and logistical support mission for the U.S. Antarctic Program’s McMurdo Station. Coast Guardsmen aboard Polar Star escorted the cargo vessel…
US Navy: One Year Delay in Zumwalt Class Destroyers
General Dynamics Corp will deliver two Zumwalt-class destroyers a year later than planned, U.S. Navy officials said, blaming complications related to new technology.
USCG Tows Disabled Vessel Near Whittier, Alaska
A Coast Guard Station Valdez 45-foot Response Boat - Medium crew assisted three recreational mariners aboard the disabled 24-foot Bayliner Herrisea in Blackstone Bay near Whittier, Alaska, Sunday. The rescue boatcrew rendezvoused with the Herrisea and safely towed the vessel to Whittier. Watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center received notice from the mariners that their main engine had failed and they did not have enough fuel to return to Whittier.
Pipavav, L&T Shortlisted for India's $9.5 billion Submarine Deal
Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Pipavav Defense & Offshore Engineering have won $9.5 billion contract to build six diesel submarines with Air Independent Propulsion System (AIP) technology for Indian Navy, says government of India sources. According to highly-placed sources, a high-level committee headed by vice-admiral Subhedar, which had inspected both public and private shipyards to shortlist candidates to issue the request for qualification (RFQ) for Project 75i…
Collision Closes Houston Ship Channel
Two ships have collided in the Houston Ship Channel, according to Houston Marine Safety officials. A portion of the busy Houston Ship Channel was shut Monday after the collision of two 600-foot ships in fog, causing a leak of flammable liquid. Methyl tertiary-butyl ether, or MTBE, a gasoline additive aboard the Danish-flagged chemical tanker Carla Maersk, leaked from tanks that ruptured in the vessel's collision with a 623-foot Liberian bulk carrier…
Bangladesh Mulls Investments in Shipbuilding
If the Bangladesh government shows more vision and ambition in helping remove constraints on local shipbuilders, investments will pour in, say industry observers. The EU Ambassador in Dhaka has said that the European Union is looking to invest in the Bangladeshi shipbuilding industry. German shipping companies have also expressed interest in buying more vessels from Bangladeshi shipyards. A report…
Delivery of Zumwalt Warships Delayed
Problems with the complex technology being installed in the new destroyers of the Zumwalt class have forced the Navy and shipbuilder General Dynamics Bath Iron Works to delay delivery of the first two ships, the US Navy said. Work at the contractor’s Bath Iron Works unit in Maine has fallen behind “due to the complexity of the first-ever all-electric ship and the particular demand it has created for skilled electricians shipyard-wide,” Commander Thurraya Kent, a Navy spokeswoman.
World's Biggest Container Ship, the MSC Oscar, at Port of Felixstowe
World's biggest container ship, the 19,224 TEU MSC Oscar, has made its maiden call at the Port of Felixstowe, the Port of Britain. Clemence Cheng, chief executive of Port of Felixstowe, said it was a "very happy day" for the port. He said: “We are delighted to welcome the MSC Oscar to Felixstowe on its maiden voyage. More than 200 people lined the beach between the public viewing platform and Landguard Point to welcome the ship's arrival, although the ship was not carrying a full load.
USCG Releases Video of Damaged Ships in Houston Channel
USCG Releases Video of Damaged Ships in Houston Channel Photos and videos of the ships damaged in the incident today on the Houston Ship Channel are available from the Defense Videos Imagery & Distribution Center at dvidshub.net
Contract Awarded for Savannah Harbor Dredging
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $134.5 million contract to the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company to begin dredging work for the expansion of the Savannah Harbor. The project, known as the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) deepening the entrance channel to a depth of 47 feet and represents the first step in deepening the 40 mile long shipping channel and harbor. It's intended to enable larger container ships to use the harbor.
Modi's Indian Ocean Outreach to Keep Chinese Submarines at Bay
As the Indian Ocean theatre becomes an increasing site of global contestation, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads to three small neighboring Indian Ocean nations Tuesday to deepen India’s maritime security. Modi is to visit Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka. Voice of America says that Modi seeks to ramp up New Delhi’s influence along a strategic maritime route where China’s presence has been growing.
German Cruise Market Looks Top Slot
The ocean cruise market in Germany continues to be one of the fastest-growing tourism sectors. Going by current trends, Germany could rival the UK’s position as the second largest ocean cruise market. Clia Germany revealed at ITB Berlin that 1.77 million German passengers took an ocean cruise in 2014 – a notable rise compared with the 1.7 million that cruised from the UK in 2013. Clia UK and Ireland said the UK’s 2014 figures would be announced next week…
General Dynamics Hosts Keel-Laying Ceremony for Submarine Colorado
Continuing a time-honored shipbuilding tradition, Ship Sponsor Annie Mabus laid the keel of the submarine Colorado, on Saturday, March 7, marking the ceremonial start of construction for the 15th ship of the Virginia Class. The event was hosted by General Dynamics Electric Boat at its Quonset Point facility and attended by local and Congressional dignitaries, Navy officials and more than 1,000 employees and family members.
Potential Cyclone Affecting NW Australia
Dampier Port Authority has advised that there is a high probability of a tropical cyclone forming by late Wednesday or early Thursday between Indonesia and North West WA. It is possible that this cyclone will affect coastal waters including Dampier by the end of the week. Port of Dampier is currently at Cyclone Response Stage 1 – Monitor. The situation will continue to be monitored andupdates witll be issued as the situation becomes more clear.
Keel of First Eco Tanker for APT laid
On Saturday, March 7, General Dynamics NASSCO hosted a keel laying ceremony for the first ECO tanker for American Petroleum Tankers (APT) under construction at the company's shipyard in San Diego. San Diego's First Lady, Mrs. Katherine Faulconer, was the honoree for the ceremony. San Diego's First Lady authenticated the keel of the first ECO tanker for APT by welding her initials onto a steel plate during the ceremony.