Austal Delivers for USN
Austal’s U.S. operation consists of more than 4,000 employees supporting the design, construction and sustainment of two U.S. Navy programs, the 127-meter, trimaran Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and the 103-meter, catamaran high-speed troop and equipment transport known as the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV). Austal has block-buy contracts in place for both programs totaling over $5 billion.
ASRY 2015 Strategy Combats Challenging Market
Up to May 2015, ASRY (Arab Shipbuilding & Repair Yard), was seeing encouraging results from it’s 2015 strategy to combat the widespread challenges facing the maritime repair market, particularly shipowners reduced repair budgets. In terms of revenue, the ship repair side of ASRY’s business has been solid in 2015, with almost identical revenues to the same period in 2014, with the number of ships showing a slight increase for the same period last year.
US Rep. Crenshaw Visits Newport News Shipbuilding
Shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.) Tuesday for a tour of the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division. Ken Mahler, Newport News' vice president of Navy programs, joined Crenshaw for the visit, which included a tour of the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) and discussions about increased efficiencies and construction progress on Ford and John F. Kennedy (CVN 79).
Shipyards Rising Competitive Stirrings
A mini order boom fueled by gas, “green-tech”, tankers and new rules is underway in shipbuilding. It won’t fill all yards, but changes like the July 2015 cap on sulfur emissions garner retrofit and rush orders. Even China’s Directive 55 obliges its mixed bag of yards to comply. Threatening to plug this trickle of business is the potential for backlash against rule makers, when Class is observed “engaging” some yards on designs while others must merely learn the new requirements.
Two Injured in Pipeline Blaze off Louisiana
A natural gas pipeline has caught fire approximately 25 miles south of Marsh Island, La., Wednesday, injuring two vessel crew members working on the pipeline, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
MES Delivers Bulk Carrier STH Athens
Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) completed and delivered a 60,000 dwt type bulk carrier M.V. STH Athens (MES Hull No. 1898) at its Chiba Works on August 27, 2015 to Sea Trade Holdings Inc., Marshall Islands. Athens is the fourth ship of the builder's “neo60BC” series, and the third Eco-Ship line up of its“neo series”. Service Speed abt.
Metalcraft Celebrates its 50th Anniversary
Metalcraft, a designer and manufacturer of fire detection and suppression equipment, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The company serves a broad range of industries, including marine, auto racing, defense and aerospace, where its extinguishers have flown on numerous NASA missions. Beginning as a machine shop in the mid-60s with two owners and a secretary, the company served a localized Baltimore customer base. Within 10 years, it began supplying fire extinguishers to the U.S.
Builder KHI Contracts ALMACO for Drillships Work
ALMACO Group informs it has been awarded the design, material supply and supervision contract from Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. In March 2014, KHI contracted ALMACO Group to deliver the design…
Shippers Cannot Relax Their Guard in SE Asia -MAST
Following a spate of six attacks in the Singapore Straight over the weekend, maritime security provider MAST is calling for shipping companies to strengthen their…
Harding Safety Certified as Maritime Training Provider
Manufacturer, service and training provider of Life Saving Appliances (LSA), Harding Safety AS - has been certified by DNV GL as ‘Maritime Training Provider’ according to DNV GL ST-0029. “Harding - Global Training Department delivers effective and efficient training services to both customers and employees. Proper training in the correct operation and maintenance of Harding life-saving appliances, increases both safety on-board and the lifespan of the equipment.” – explains Sergio Meekel…
Damen Delivers Ice Class Tug to Lithuania
The Damen Shipyards Group has delivered an ASD Tug 2810 ICE to Klasco Towage Assistance, an affiliate of Klaipeda Stevedoring Company (KLASCO). The largest tugboat service provider in the Port of Klaipeda (Lithuania), this is the company’s first purchase of a Damen tug, although it also currently charters a Damen 3110 from the Klaipeda State Seaport Authority, the builder noted. Named the Klasco-3…
Shell Charters Regalia in 2016
Prosafe announced it has signed a contract worth approximately $24 million with Shell U.K. Limited for the provision of the Regalia semi-submersible accommodation vessel at the Brent C platform in the U.K. sector of the North Sea. The short duration contract commencing in the second quarter of 2016 will provide dynamically positioned (NMD3) gangway connection for the duration of the project. The contract…
DP World H1 Earnings Jump, Mulls Iran launch
DP World may launch operations in Iran, the company's chairman said on Thursday, as the global ports operator reported a jump in half-year earnings after buying assets from its parent company.
IMEI Certification - Unique Achievement
For Institute of Marine Engineers of India having achieved standardisation and maintainenace of quality processes simultaneously not just at their Head Office but also their eight branches and Five Chapters, spread all over the country is unique in India, as it is run by a group of honorary volunteers who have dedicated themselves for the cause of their industry. Being an achievement worth celebrating…
Wärtsilä 34DF Becoming a Trendsetter
The upgraded version of the Wärtsilä 34DF engine is rapidly becoming established as an industry standard. The three major South Korean shipyards are supporting the use of this engine for auxiliary applications in the LNG Carrier segment where dual-fuel engines are favoured. South Korea currently has more than 80% of the total order book for LNG tankers, while the Wärtsilä 34DF engine has achieved an auxiliary application market share of approximately 70% in this sector.
Rosneft, EGAS Ink LNG Supply Deal
Rosneft Trading SA, a company of Rosneft Group, and the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) signed a Master LNG Supply and Purchase Agreement. The document was signed by the Chairman of Rosneft Management Board Igor Sechin and the Chairman of EGAS Eng. Khaled Abdelbadie during the visit of the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Hussein Abdel Fattah Saeed Khalil al-Sisi to Russia. In accordance with this document…
DNV GL Wins Frame Agreement with CLP Hong Kong
DNV GL, the technical advisor to the oil and gas industry, has been awarded a framework agreement by CLP Hong Kong to deliver risk management advisory services for its Asia Pacific operations. Projects are already underway, with several more projects expected within 2015. The term of the contract is two years, with an option for further extensions. The frame agreement covers all CLP operations in Hong Kong, mainland China, Taiwan, India, South East Asia and Australia.
MacGregor to Lay Off 100 Staff
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, plans to reduce workforce in MacGregor Uetersen site in Germany to restructure the operations to the weak market demand. The market situation has deteriorated due to the low oil price and low number of new merchant ship orders. Ensuring competitiveness in the long-term over the current market cycle requires constant development of MacGregor's operations globally. MacGregor…
VIKING Expanding Australasian Activities
VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S has acquired a part of Australia-based Wiltrading Pty Ltd.’s maritime safety equipment activities effective 1 September. The move strengthens VIKING’s offering in Australasia, adding 4 locations to the company’s global network of wholly-owned servicing stations as well as several products and services, bringing new advantages for shipowners and offshore operators in the region. A subsidiary of Wilh.
RoRo Operations Start at APM Terminals Pipavav
APM Terminals Pipavav (Gujarat Pipavav Port Ltd) and NYK Auto Logistics (India) today announced the commencement of RORO operations at Pipavav Port. Ford Motors India Pvt Ltd dispatched the first lot of its new Ford FIGO built in its Sanand plant in Gujarat for exports. The first RoRo vessel, m.v.Grand Dahlia, berthed at Pipavav on August 26 and loaded 1,300 vehicles. Officials from APM Terminals,…