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Saturday, October 21, 2017

FEDERAL SHIPBUILDING

B.C. Invests in Shipbuilding Education

According to a report from CBC News, the B.C. government is pouring $550,000 into a shipbuilding training centre at Camosun College in Saanich. The centre will help support the B.C.'s shipbuilding industry as a Vancouver company is vying for some of the $35b in federal shipbuilding contracts currently up for bid.   Source: CBC News

Quebec Helps Davies Shipyard with Bid

According to a report from the Times Colonist, Quebec is enabling the insolvent Davie shipyard to enable it to fight for billions of dollars of coveted federal shipbuilding contracts in competition with companies in B.C., Nova Scotia and Ontario. Two Quebec ferry contracts will be given to Davie under a tentative agreement with the potential buyers of the shipyard, now in bankruptcy protection. The work will ensure Davie can meet federal conditions that shipyards be financially sound when

New Hand at Helm of Norfolk Naval

The Daily Press has reported that Capt. Richard Berkey will lead the Portsmouth, Va., yard as Capt. Joseph Campbell heads to the Pentagon. Navy Capt. Richard D. Berkey assumed command of Norfolk Naval Shipyard on Friday, taking the helm from Capt. Joseph F. Campbell. The nuclear-capable shipyard, based in Portsmouth, performs maintenance jobs on both aircraft carriers and submarines. With about 7,700 employees, it is the second-largest shipyard in Hampton Roads behind Northrop Grumman

Shipbuilding and Repair Presence Primorye

Far Eastern Center for Shipbuilding and Shiprepairing is being created in Primorye. The Primorsky Territory Administration hosted a meeting dedicated to this new center. RF President Aide Alexander Burutin and Primorye Vice-Governor Pavel Popov took part in the meeting dedicated to creation of OJSC, which was held in the Primorsky Territory Administration. As the Administration reports, this open joint-stock company (OJSC) will be a sub-holding within the United Shipbuilding

Proposed Shipbuilding Centers of Excellence

Davie Yards Inc. (TSX:DAV) introduced its proposal for the implementation of a National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy aimed at renewing the federal fleet and building world-class shipbuilding capability in Canada, while providing more predictable work for the maritime industry. "Davie's proposal is based on our belief that Canadian yards can achieve a competitive position vis-à-vis European yards in building complex ships

Shipbuilding in Nova Scotia

Figure 1: Shipbuilding and enabled service providers in Nova Scotia (Source: CGGC)

Irving Shipbuilding’s successful C$25 billion bid for the combatant portion of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) illustrates the strength of Nova Scotia shipbuilding industry. Under the program, Irving Shipbuilding, Inc. (ISI) will build six to eight Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships and 15 Canadian Surface Combatants for the Department of National Defense (DND) over the next 20-30 years. The NSPS contract is in addition to ISI’s contract to build nine mid-shore

Canada Launches Shipbuilding Consultation

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July 27 marked the opening of the Government of Canada's Shipbuilding Consultation, which seeks input from key stakeholders on comprehensive and viable options for a long-term, sustainable Canadian shipbuilding strategy. The Government is committed to building and maintaining an effective federal fleet of ships for maritime security and services. Fleet renewal plans could see the Government invest in excess of $40 billion to build more than 50 large vessels over the next 30 years.

GOM Spill: $69M Initial Bill to BP

The Obama Administration sent a preliminary bill for $69.09m to BP and other responsible parties for response and recovery operations relating to the BP/Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The Administration will continue to bill BP regularly for all associated costs to ensure the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund is reimbursed on an ongoing basis. As a responsible party, BP is financially responsible for all costs associated with the response to the spill

Irving Shipbuilding Wins Lion's Share of Historic Contract

Halifax's Irving Shipbuilding is getting the $25 billion contract to build 21 Canadian combat ships and Vancouver's Seaspan Marine has been awarded an $8 billion contract for 7 non-combat vessels, the federal government announced, which is the manifestation of the Canadian government's National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS), designed to envigorate the country's shipbuilding industrial base and manufacture a fleet of vessels to protect the country vital interests in the quickly

Davie Shipbuilding Launches Ferry Replacement Push

Photo: Davie Shipbuilding

Recent changes to Canada’s Federal government’s New Building Canada Fund, announced by Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi, will enable significant investments in infrastructure systems, including ferry replacement and refits. Ferry operators across Canada will have access to the Fund that may inject billions of dollars in transportation infrastructure projects, providing the proposed projects be completed within a three year timeframe.  

MMPAC October 2017 Meeting Set

The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) and its working groups are scheduled to meet October 26-27, 2017, at United States Coast Guard National Maritime Center in Martinsburg, WV.   Although the meetings are open to the public, attendees must pre-register to be admitted. Additional details about the location, point of contact, how to submit comments, and the agenda can be found in the Federal Register in notice document 82 FR 44433

Davie Launches Resolve-Class Naval Support Ship

Photo: Davie Canada Inc

 Davie Shipbuilding announced that during the weekend it launched the largest naval vessel ever to be delivered from a Canadian shipyard – on time, to budget and at an internationally competitive cost.   Commissioning of all onboard systems began in early September and on the 16th November 2017, the ship will perform its sea-trials prior to achieving Full Operational Capability (FOC).    During the sea-trials - overseen by Lloyd's Register – the ship's safety

US Shipbuilding: The Road Ahead

The aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Gerald R. Ford (PCU 78), left, and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) sit pierside at Naval Station Norfolk. (U.S. Navy photo by Nathan T. Beard)

Matt Paxton, president of the Shipbuilder’s Council of America, shares with Maritime Reporter & Engineering News his insights on the opportunities and challenges ahead.   The United States shipbuilding market is diverse and geographically widespread, tasked to build everything from the most sophisticated military warships on the planet to small ferries, and everything in between. As president of SCA since 2007

Legal Limbo: Risk Management in a Modern Marine Economy

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Technology helps maritime companies do more with less. But today, technological advances are outstripping legal developments. As a result, many marine-based businesses operate in a legal limbo with many lawyers and insurance professionals confused about what laws will apply to what claims. While sometimes philosophical, the problem of what law will apply becomes stark and very real when a worker is injured.    Changing Seascapes

USS Iwo Jima, USS New York Return to Mayport

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 The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21), along with multiple embarked Navy and Marine Corps units, completed initial rescue and recovery operations in support of federal and state officials Sept. 17, following Hurricane Irma's devastation of the Florida Keys.   Iwo Jima and New York are scheduled to return home Sept 19.    Led by Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10

CMA CGM Confirms CSSC Yards for Mega-Ships

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CMA CGM, the world's third- largest container line, and CSSC Group have officially signed the contract for the construction of nine 22,000 TEU ships, the largest container vessels ordered to date. Representatives from CMA CGM, Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group), Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding and CSTC signed the contracts in Marseille on September 19. The order from the French-based container shipping firm underlines a recovery in the industry this year following a prolonged downturn

Horizon Shipbuilding to 'Reorganize' Amid Insufficient Revenues

File Image: An aerial view of Horizon Shipbuildings Bayou La Batre, Alabama facilities. CREDIT: Horizon Shipbuilding

Horizon Shipbuilding announced it will reorganize amid revenues insufficient for maintaining normal operations.   Lance C. Lemcool, Horizon Shipbuilding Vice President, today issued the following statement on behalf of the Alabama-based boat builder:   “Last year, Travis R. Short, President of Horizon Shipbuilding saw an opportunity to repeat a great construction performance from 2012. Namely, an unheard of quantity of vessels in a very short period of time starting from

PPP Investment in Port Tampa Bay

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 Port Tampa Bay approved a public-private partnership (PPP) agreement with four other entities to divvy up who will pay for a $60 million widening and extension of the Big Bend Channel.   The strategic partners include the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Tampa Electric Co. and Mosaic Co., a global fertilizer company which is one of port's largest tenants along with Tampa Electric

CSSC to Restructure

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 The primary contractor for China's naval force China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC) is preparing a major asset reorganization involving its two subsidiaries, reported China Daily.   The companies have halted stock trading on the Shanghai Stock Exchange The announcement said that whether the reforms take place would be decided in the next 10 trading days.   CSSC Holdings Ltd and CSSC Offshore and Marine Engineering Co Ltd both acted upon the notices from their parent company

Hapag-Lloyd to Raise Capital Following Merger with UASC

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 Hapag-Lloyd AG will now carry out the capital increase that was agreed upon as part of the merger of Hapag-Lloyd and UASC. The gross proceeds are expected to amount to approx. EUR 352 million (approx. USD 414 million).   The official merger of the two companies occurred on 24 May 2017. At the Annual General Meeting on 29 May 2017, the shareholders approved new authorised share capital for a capital increase

SUNY Maritime Training Ship Sent to Puerto Rico

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SUNY Maritime College’s Training Ship Empire State VI will soon sail to Puerto Rico to aid in the recovery efforts and to deliver basic necessities to the island’s residents. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) activated the vessel for a pre-scripted Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mission to support relief efforts. Once moored on site, the self-contained vessel will support recovery efforts by providing housing, power

The Switch Partners with Shipbuilder CSIC

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Drive train technology specialist The Switch has become one of the first foreign companies to sign a partnership agreement with Chinese shipbuilding conglomerate China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC).   On Monday, September 11, The Switch entered into a strategic partnership agreement with CSIC/711, which operates under the direct jurisdiction of CSIC as the sole R&D institute of marine diesel engines in China.  

President Trump Visits USS Kearsarge

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 President Donald J. Trump visited the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), Oct. 3, to discuss relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands with Navy and Marine Corps leadership.   "This is some ship," said Trump. "It has done a tremendous service for Puerto Rico and for the U.S. Virgin Islands."   Kearsarge and the 26th MEU are assisting with relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.   

Foss Joins FEMA's Hurricane Relief Operations

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Foss Maritime Company said it has contracted with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to support the relief and rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands following Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.   Three accommodation vessels are being utilized and will serve as floating hotels, providing safe housing and warm meals for responders. With these vessels, Foss will be able to help feed and temporarily house 729 people

GlobalSim Providing Crane Simulators to Newport News Shipbuilding

GlobalSim Advanced Crane Simulator- Dome Configuration with suspended cabin. Photo: GlobalSim

GlobalSim has installed a Virtual Reality Crane Simulator Training System at Newport News Shipbuilding. The system provides a high-tech solution for training crane operators without risking personnel or equipment run by novice operators.     The VR solution includes laptop computers, a headset and controls – all packaged in travel cases.  This order is expected to be one of many simulators as Newport News Shipbuilding works to improve the effectiveness and safety of

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