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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Breaks Ground

Shipyard Apprentice School – Ground-breaking Ceremony at Newport News

Dignatories at Ground-breaking Ceremony: Photo credit HII

Newport News Shipbuilding breaks ground on new apprentice training school campus Huntington Ingalls Industries announce that its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division broke ground on the shipyard's new Apprentice School campus. Apprentice School students, faculty and staff were joined by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, U.S. Reps. Scott Rigell, Bobby Scott and Rob Wittman, Newport News Mayor McKinley Price, HII leadership and other business and community leaders  at the construction site for a ceremonial ground-breaking event. Armada Hoffler, the City of Newport News, the Commonwealth of Virginia and NNS have partnered on the project, which will include an 80,000-square-foot school, workforce housing, retail space and a parking garage. The campus will be located between 31st and 34th streets, bordered by Washington and West avenues. More than 100 faculty and staff teach 25 different programs and more than 75 course offerings at The Apprentice School. Since 1919, the programs have produced more than 9,600 graduates in support of NNS's operational needs. An apprenticeship is a formal training program that allows students to receive instruction and experience — both theoretical and practical — in the various aspects of a skilled trade. The Apprentice School attracts an average of 4,500 applicants per year for 280 openings. The school offers four- and five-year, tuition-free apprenticeships in 25 occupations to qualified men and women

Brunswick Expanding Its Boat Building Facility

L-R: Jeff Hubert, Ken Sahibs, John Ratto, Boston Whaler President Nick Stickler, Mike Hertweck, David Adams. (Photo: BCGP)

Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) has officially broken ground on a facility expansion at the company's Edgewater, Fla. headquarters. The addition includes a new large-boat building with added manufacturing space and other facility improvements. The new 10,500-square-foot facility will be located on the east side of the commercial boats manufacturing campus and will increase the company's manufacturing capacity by 50 percent.    

New Stabilizer Design Is Beneficial to Cruise Industry

Rolls-Royce has broken ground yet again within the cruise realm with a new version of its well-known Brown Brothers Neptune folding fin stabilizer, offering easier maintenance without dry docking.The original folding fin stabilizer has proven itself in the commercial and naval marine sector with more than 90 sold in the last 12 years, including four – each with a fin area of 15.6 sq. m. – for Queen Mary 2. The new version, which will become available in Autumn 2003

Ground Broken on World’s Largest Shipyard

A Chinese shipbuilding company has broken ground on what it says will be the world's biggest shipyard, a high-tech facility capable of producing cruise ships and natural gas tankers, sources inside China and wire services reported Monday. The yard, being built on an island at the mouth of the Yangtze river, will reportedly eature seven construction docks along a five-mile stretch of coastline, the Shanghai Daily reported.

Port of LA Breaks Ground on Intermodal Terminal

Port of Los Angeles breaks ground on US$137-million railyard that will increase on-dock rail efficiency, reduce congestion and improve environment. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Port of Los Angeles officials broke ground on a new intermodal storage railyard that will improve a vital link in the national freight network. The new yard will function as a critical link between the Port of Los Angeles and the Alameda Corridor, providing staging and storage for trains using the corridor

Port Infrastructure Projects Underway in Virginia

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx breaks ground on major infrastructure projects at the Port of Virginia; federal funding supports reduced congestion in nearby neighborhoods   U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today joined Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and other Federal, state and local officials to break ground on two major infrastructure projects at the Port of Virginia. Supported by nearly $200 million in federal funding

Panama Canal Awards First Construction Contract

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) took one step closer to breaking ground for the expansion of the Panama Canal Tuesday, when it officially awarded the first expansion construction project contract to Constructora Urbana S.A. (CUSA). The selection process began May 7, when the ACP released its request for proposals to begin the first of five dry excavation projects to create the new Pacific Locks access channel. This new channel will link a new

Vietnam Begins Complex In Haiphong

Vietnam broke ground over the Shinec-Vinashin Industrial complex, which will be home to several major industries. The anchor industry on the 791-acre property will be the shipbuilding sector. Other locators are those in the agriculture, construction, warehouse and trading sectors. A total of $46.7m is allocated for the development of the complex. The shipbuilding sector got 37 acres where it will build a wharf capable of accommodating maritime vessels up to 6,500 tons, 7

Posco E&C Signs $112m Deal

Posco Engineering & Construction Co., a construction unit of 's leading steelmaker POSCO Co., said it had clinched a $112m preliminary deal to build an international container terminal in southern . The container terminal, expected to process 1.15m 20-ft. containers a year, will be built in Vung Tau, 125 kilometers south of , POSCO E&C said in a statement. The formal contract is scheduled to be signed in April

ABS Breaks Ground on New Houston HQ

Photo: ABS

ABS has broken ground on its new global headquarters. Anchoring the CityPlace 2 development, the new headquarters will be located near the intersection of I-45 and the Grand Parkway in the Houston area.    “This is an important milestone in our 155-year-young history and reaffirms our commitment to Houston,” said ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. “Working with our project partners

Cosco Shipping Ports to Build Freight Station at Khalifa Port

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

 Abu Dhabi Ports and Cosco Shipping Ports Limited (CSP) and Abu Dhabi Ports broke ground for the construction of a new container terminal at Khalifa Port during a high-profile event on Sunday, reported WAM.   The ports also signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi Ports Company for a container freight station, which is expected to be the largest in the region.   The new container freight station will provide Abu Dhabi trade with a state of the art facility offering bonded

YANMAR EVO//CENTER Opens in Georgia

(Photo: YANMAR)

National, state and local officials joined together with YANMAR America and its honored guests to officially open the YANMAR EVO//CENTER located at the corner of Highway 92 and Old Alabama Road in Acworth, Georgia.   Situated on 50-plus acres of land in Cherokee County, the new 50,000 square foot facility opened on November 3, 2017 features six state-of-the-art product training labs with classroom and hands-on space, three classrooms, multiple meeting rooms, office space

Private Sector Partners in Pursuit of Low Carbon Shipping

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 The ground-breaking Global Industry Alliance (GIA) – a partnership of key maritime stakeholders pursuing low carbon shipping – has met at International Maritime Organization (IMO) Headquarters, London (7 December).   The GIA is made up of leading shipowners and operators, classification societies, engine and technology builders and suppliers, big data providers, port and oil companies – tasked with identifying and developing innovative ways to encourage use of

Victaulic to Add Manufacturing Space in Pennsylvania

Victaulic, a manufacturer of mechanical pipe joining solutions, has unveiled a plan to build an additional state-of-the-art manufacturing center in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. The 400,000 square foot facility is the result of increased domestic demand for the company’s products. The facility is expected to break ground later this year and be fully operational in 2019.   “This new facility will play an important role in meeting increased customer demand

Nenita Ran Aground in Columbia River

 U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Sector Columbia River.

 The bulk carrier Nenita ran aground in lower Columbia river near Skamokawa in Washington, USA.   Watch standers with Sector Columbia River in Warrenton were notified at 3:21 a.m. that the 738-foot Nenita, a Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier loaded with grain and less than 300,000 gallons of fuel, was headed outbound on the Columbia when it lost propulsion and ran hard aground.   The vessel started taking on water

Mississippi River Reopened after Barge Breakaway

The Mississippi River has been reopened for restricted vessel traffic after a barge breakaway on Saturday lead the U.S. Coast Guard to close the section from mile marker 771 to mile marker 750 approximately 20 miles north of Memphis, Tenn.   The vessel Cooperative Enterprise was towing 42 barges containing corn or soybeans when they broke away Saturday. So far 38 barges have been secured, and four grounded barges are waiting to be lightered which is restricting the waterway

Georgia Ports See Double-digit Growth in December

Photo courtesy of GPA

The Georgia Ports Authority marked 12.3 percent container volume growth in December, moving 292,172 twenty-foot equivalent container units, an increase of 32,099 TEUs compared to December 2015, a record for the GPA.   Roll-on/Roll-off cargo mirrored that growth, with a 12.3 percent increase (7,000 units) in passenger vehicles and heavy equipment handled at Colonel's Island terminal in Brunswick and Ocean Terminal in Savannah. Georgia's deepwater ports moved 63,967 Ro/Ro units last month

Savannah Positioned as U.S. Gateway Port

Developers have purchased five parcels, totaling 500 acres, within the Savannah River International Trade Park for warehousing and distribution operations. Photo Georgia Ports Authority

Today the Georgia Ports Authority announced the sale of 500 acres of property for commercial development to accommodate growing customer demand for warehousing, distribution and transload facilities near the Port of Savannah.   The new development, located on five parcels of land at GPA's Savannah River International Trade Park, is less than five miles from the Garden City Container Terminal and can accommodate up to 5 million square feet of logistics space.  

Container Volumes zoom at Virginia Port

Details Courtesy Port of Virginia

The Port of Virginia moved 228,516 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in January, setting a new volume mark for the month, growing volume by 18.5 percent when compared with last January and pushing the fiscal-year-to-date growth to 8 percent.The port handled the heavy volume despite two lost workdays in January that were the result of a heavy snow at the start of the month. The continued growth comes as the port prepares to begin work on its three-year capacity expansion plan at Virginia

Tide Carrier Under Arrest in Norway

Photo: NGO Shipbreaking Platform (LN Kyv/The NCA)

 After having been informed by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform and its member organisation Bellona that the Tide Carrier (now named HARRIER, aka EIDE CARRIER) had been sold for illegal, dirty and dangerous scrapping to a South Asian beaching facility, the Norwegian environmental authorities arrested the ship on Tuesday 5 April.    The vessel is not allowed to leave Norway unless it is to sail to a ship recycling destination in line with international and European hazardous waste

Stream Marine Training Building New HQ

Martin White (Photo: SMT)

U.K. safety training company Stream Marine Training (SMT) has broken ground on a major project to refurbish its newly purchased 20,000 sq ft headquarters at Glasgow Airport.   SMT was founded in 2014 by Martin White at smaller premises at Glasgow Airport. SMT specializes in providing firefighting, sea survival, rescue craft and health & safety courses to the maritime, oil and gas, renewables and construction sectors

Microsatellites Launched for Maritime Monitoring, Comms and Science

NORsat-1 in EMC test at SFL. Two AIS antennas may be seen at the top, and four Langmuir probes off to the sides. The solar wings of the satellite are at the bottom. (Photo: Space Flight Laboratory)

 The Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) announced the successful launch of two Norwegian microsatellites developed and built by SFL for the Norwegian Space Centre with support from the Norwegian Coastal Authority, Space Norway and the European Space Agency. The Soyuz-2.1a rocket carrying the satellites into orbit launched from Baikonur at 06:36:49 UTC Friday, July 14, 2017.   Shortly after launch both satellites were contacted from ground stations in Svalbard and Vardo, Norway

SCF's Balancing Act in Tanker Market

Ice-breaking LNG carrier Christophe de Margerie. Photo: PAO Sovcomflot

 Despite the turbulent conditions seen in conventional markets, SCF Group has continued to demonstrate resilience whilst remaining able to position itself to take advantage of the future upswing in these markets when it comes.   The first half of 2017 was very challenging for global tanker markets, with spot freight rates in all market segments nearing their historic lows. This has impacted severely upon the profitability of those owners focused solely on conventional shipping

Update: Transnet Refloats Vessel Grounded at Port of Durban Entrance

© djevelekova / Adobe Stock

One of three vessels that has grounded in the Port of Durban today due to inclement weather has been successfully refloated and remoored alongside. Port teams remain on scene attending to the remaining vessels. TNPA has also managed to contain containers that had blown into the bay. At this stage vessel movements in the Port of Durban remain suspended until futher notice. No severe disruptions have been reported thus far at the Port of Richards Bay.

Arab Women in Maritime Association Launched

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 A ground breaking event took place in Alexandria, Egypt (15-19 October) when 30 women from nine Arab countries officially launched The Arab Association for Women in the Maritime Sector (AWIMA).    The new network joins the International Maritime Organization (IMO) family of regional Women in Maritime Associations (WIMAs), giving visibility and recognition to the role women play as key resources for the maritime sector.   

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