Rep. Courtney Visits Newport News Shipbuilding
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) Tueaday, for a tour of the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. The congressman saw first-hand the progress being made on Virginia-class submarines, which Newport News builds in partnership with General Dynamics Electric Boat, located in Courtney’s district. He also learned about progress being made on the aircraft carriers Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) and John F.
OpDAQ Systems Wins Canadian Coast Guard Contract
Rimouski-based company OpDAQ Systems has been awarded a contract to equip 34 Canadian Coast Guard vessels with fuel management marine systems. The embedded systems will provide onboard staff and managers with real-time data on fuel consumption, engine power and ship speed. This approach has advantages both economically and environmentally by facilitating continuous and measurable improvement of operations, according to the developer.
Waller Marine to Support Philippine FPP Project
Waller Marine, Inc, (WMI), of Houston, Texas, has been contracted by Vires Energy Corporation of the Philippines to produce the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) of a nominal 400 MW Floating Power Plant (FPP) that will be installed in Southern Luzon for supply of power into the Luzon grid. Generating technology selected for the vessel will be Siemens Industrial Trent 60 WLE ISI dual fuel packaged gas turbine generator sets operating in simple cycle mode.
US Exports First Shale Gas
The United States has exported its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo from the lower 48 states, after a tanker set sail from Cheniere Energy's Sabine Pass export terminal in Louisiana.
Royal Caribbean Faces Lawsuits over Storm-battered Cruise Ship
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd faces at least two lawsuits by passengers accusing the company of negligently endangering their lives by letting its Anthem of the Seas cruise ship sail into a fierce Atlantic storm this month. The lawsuits filed in the U.S. District Court in Miami claim that Royal Caribbean knew, or should have known, that a coastal storm carrying hurricane-force winds had been forecast before the ship set sail from Cape Liberty, New Jersey on Feb.
Mosher Warns NAVSEA of Growing Threat from China
Steven W. Mosher, President of the Population Research Institute and expert on China, spoke yesterday at the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) headquarters in Washington, D.C. Mosher, invited as part of NAVSEA’s Distinguished Speaker Series, told the command leadership and staff that Beijing is not only making absurd territorial claims, building artificial islands and creating administrative units to bolster them…
World's Largest Underwater Restaurant Ships Off
The acrylic and steel structure for the world’s biggest underwater restaurant is on its way to the Maldives, thanks to GAC’s project logistics expertise. The restaurant, complete with its 13-meter-high stairwell, is heading for the new resort Hurawalhi, where it will offer guests an underwater dining experience with panoramic views of surrounding marine life, including replanted corals, when it opens in August this year.
Britannia and UK P&I Clubs in Merger Talks
The boards of the Britannia Club and the UK P&I Club announced today that the two groups are in merger discussions. The boards of the Clubs will now begin a process…
BIG DATA & Big Savings for Maritime Ops
We are on the brink of an extraordinary revolution that will change our world forever. In this new world everyone, everything and everywhere will be connected in real time. We call this the Networked Society, and it will fundamentally change the way we innovate, collaborate, produce, govern and sustain. The development of integrated fast on-line computer technologies, new satellite link capabilities…
Safe Cruising Down Under with Australian Reef Pilots
According to the Australian Reef Pilots (ARP), Australia is now the fourth biggest cruise market in the world. Part of the boom in cruising has to do with more specialty cruise ships coming to the region. The smaller size cruise ship segment seems purpose-designed to transit the remote waters of the Kimberley coast. However, larger-vessel cruise companies are now expressing interest in touring this remote and rugged north-west region as well as the Great Barrier Reef.
Perfect Storm Turns Permanent for Struggling German Ship Lenders
Germany's shipping lenders are preparing for sustained pain as weakening trade and an over-supply of ships show no signs of easing, industry officials said. Europe's…
Maid of the Loch: Historic Rebuild Deal Signed
The first contract to be let in the £5.5 million project to rebuild the Maid of the Loch, Loch Lomond’s Paddle Steamer, was signed on Monday, February 22, 2016. The contract has been awarded to OSD-IMT Ltd., of Dundee, and is for marine consultancy services. OSD will provide the necessary naval architecture, engineering, structure, and outfitting expertise to produce all the required calculations, drawings and designs to ensure that the rebuild meets all regulatory requirements.
Simple Steps to Futureproof the Shipping Industry
Senior decision makers from all sectors of the shipping industry met in Hamburg yesterday to hear some of the leaders in the digital revolution debate the opportunities and threats faced by the industry today. Although operating in many different fields, their conclusion was startlingly clear. To navigate successfully and profitably in the digital age, ship operators must go back to basics, steering…
Vesconite: Fast Turnaround on Rudder Bearings
Workboats, ships and megayachts rely on large and extra-large rudder bearings. Having a vessel in dry dock for days or weeks while waiting for an oversized bearing is costly and frustrating, said Vesconite, whose machined Vesconite and Vesconite Superclad replacements—up to 10' in diameter with practically any wall thickness—are available for immediate shipment from a global network of dedicated dealers, and with fast turnaround times for custom sizes.
Workboat Communications Evolve to Meet Myriad Missions
Choosing next generation communication systems for professional marine operations can be a daunting task. Not to worry: John Haynes provides a primer. Over the past decade we have come to expect fast, seamless global communications from a single device that fits in our pocket. The age of the smart phone and tablet enables multiple voices talking in a conference call and real time transfer of data, ranging from documents to photos and videos.
Argo Navis Signs onto the Choice Alliance
Choice Ballast Solutions and Argo Navis have signed an agreement to expand engineering resources and capabilities for Choice Alliance, founded by Drew Marine and Choice Ballast Solutions. Along with Drew Marine and Choice, Argo Navis will contribute to Choice Alliance to expand resources, capabilities and reach, by providing ship owners with BWT compliance planning, integration engineering, project management, fabrication, installation, compliance assessment and service.
Rebranded Marlink Adopts a New Identity
The commercial satellite communication division of Airbus Defence and Space has been rebranded as Marlink, now grouping all maritime and enterprise satcom activities under one brand. Marlink’s communication solutions for maritime and land customers are now offered through its established direct and indirect sales channels. Marlink said it will deploy a segment-based approach, ensuring expert focus…
Coast Guard Vessel Capsizes During Rescue Mission
U.S. Coast Guard Station Jones Beach crewmembers swam to shore after their rescue boat capsized in rough waters near East Rockaway Inlet, today. At approximately 2 a.m.…
Navy Competes for Resources at Home, against Asymmetric Threats Abroad
The U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations Adm. The document presents Richardson’s priorities with four “lines of effort” to strengthen naval power at and from the sea; achieve high velocity learning at every level; strengthen our Navy team for the future’ and expand and strengthen our network of partners. It isn’t an earth-shattering document, and perhaps is most telling for what it doesn’t say, as opposed to what is says.
LR, UK P&I Club Launch Life-Saving Appliances Checklist
Lloyd's Register (LR) and the UK P&I Club have released a Life-Saving Appliances pocket checklist app to help ensure that ship personnel are trained in how to inspect…