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NYK Obtains ISO Certification

NYK Engineering Co., Ltd., has become the first new shipbuilding consultancy in Japan to obtain ISO 9001:2000 certification. By obtaining the certificate, NYK Engineering has verified the establishment of a quality management system in their new shipbuilding consultancy service, which includes design of new shipbuilding, approval drawings, and site supervision. Source TMCnet


First of New Patrol Vessels Operational

On January 11 the first new patrol vessel of the Rotterdam Port Authority got its name and came into operation. The body was constructed in Poland (Stocznia Tczew) and completed at the Damen Shipyard in the Netherlands. The RPA 12 is the first in a series of seven vessels of which five are capable to fight fire as well. Total costs of the renewal of the fleet are 25 million euro.


Celebrity Cruises Orders New Ship

Celebrity Cruises has exercised its option to order a second 118,000 gross-registered-ton ship. German shipbuilder Meyer Werft will build the new tonnage, with delivery of the first ship planned for Fall 2008 and the second ship in Summer 2009. Celebrity also announced names of both new ships. The first new ship will be called Celebrity Solstice, and the second ship will be named Celebrity Equinox. The new series of ships will be known as the


Horizon Lines Takes Delivery of First of Five

Horizon Lines, Inc. took delivery of its first new containership, the Horizon Hunter from the Hyundai Mipo shipyard in South Korea. The Horizon Hunter is the first of five new, U.S.-flag, foreign built, sister vessels that the Company is chartering from subsidiaries of Ship Finance International Limited under definitive long-term charters and related agreements closed on April 11, 2006. The gross tonnage of the vessels is 28,592 tons, they have a capacity of 2,824 TEUs


Iraq Launches Oil Tanker

The Iraqi Oil Tanker Co. launched its first new ship in 27 years, according to an AP report. The 14,000-ton, Chinese built Dijlah was inaugurated in Basra, officials said.


Schwarzenegger, Offshore Oil Drilling

According to a June 1 report from the Los Angeles Times, the State Lands Commission lashed out at Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's attempt to reverse its rejection of the first new oil drilling in California waters since 1969. At a contentious hearing in Santa Monica, the commission passed a resolution urging legislators not to go along with Schwarzenegger's plan, which would revive a drilling project off the Santa Barbara County coast that the commission killed in January.


University of Hawaii Pushing Navy Research Center

Some University of Hawaii officials and faculty members are still pushing for a Navy research center on campus despite the Faculty Senate's rejection of the project, according to an AP story. University lawyers are reviewing the contract for a Navy University Affiliated Research Center to address concerns of faculty leaders who recently voted against the proposed military partnership. The vote against the center could be overturned if 100 professors sign a petition asking for a vote of all


Matson’s Manukai Heads Toward Panama Canal

Kvaerner Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (KPSI), of Philadelphia, PA., today delivered the M.V Manukai, a CV 2600 Philadelphia Class Containership. This is the first ship to be constructed at the new yard located in the former Philadelphia Naval Base. The M.V. Manukai is the first ship in a series of two containerships to be built for Matson Navigation Company, a shipping company based in San Francisco, CA. The U.S. Jones Act ship was christened by Margaret Inouye, wife of Hawaii Sen


Seabourn Orders Another Ultra-Luxury Ship

Richard D. Meadows

Seabourn has announced that it has exercised its option for a second new 40,350-GRT ship to be built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri S.p.A. It will be a sister ship to the newbuild announced earlier this year. The first new Seabourn ship is scheduled for delivery in late 2016, and the second ship will be delivered in spring, 2018. Hospitality design icon Adam D. Tihany will also design the second new ship in its entirety, creating all indoor and outdoor guest areas


Crystal Cruises Plans for Expansion

Image: Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises announced an expansion plan under new owners Genting Hong Kong that includes three 1,000-passenger vessels, its first new ships in decades. Plus, Crystal will expand into adventure, yacht and river cruising, and luxury jet trips.   The three Crystal Exclusive Class ships will be about the same size as the 20-year-old Crystal Symphony and the slightly larger 2003-built Crystal Serenity.   The line has signed a letter of intent with Lloyd Werft to build the ocean


Future USS Gerald R. Ford Delivered

Huntington Ingalls Industries delivered the first-in-class aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) to the U.S. Navy on May 31, 2017. (Photo by Matt Hildreth/Huntington Ingalls Industries)

The U.S. Navy has accepted delivery of its newest warship, a state-of-the-art aircraft carrier to be named in honor of the 38th president of the United States. The product of years of construction, planning and design, the future USS Gerald R


MSC Cruises Welcomes Meraviglia

Photo: MSC Cruises

 The Switzerland-based MSC Cruises welcomed its new giant, MSC Meraviglia, first in a new class of ships.   MSC Cruises officially christened its newest cruise ship, the MSC Meraviglia, in a ceremony led by the ship’s godmother, Sophia Loren, last week in Le Havre.  


USCG Vice Commandant Visits Fairbanks Morse

Photo: Fairbanks Morse

On June 21, Fairbanks Morse hosted U.S. Coast Guard Vice Commandant, Admiral Charles Michel at its facility in Beloit, Wisc., where the USCG second in command was briefed on the company and viewed the manufacturing line that will build the engines to power the Coast Guard’s newly awarded


US Navy to Commission Gerald R. Ford

Photo: United States Navy

 The Navy will commission its newest aircraft carrier, the future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, July 22, at Naval Station Norfolk.    USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is the lead ship of the new Gerald R


Rimorchiatori Augusta Acquires Damen ASD Tug 2810

ASD Tug 2810 Capo Boeo Photo Damen

Damen Shipyards Group recently delivered an ASD Tug 2810 to Rimorchiatori Augusta. The vessel, named Capo Boeo, is operating in the Sicilian Port of Augusta. Rimorchiatori Augusta is a new venture for the Rimorchiatori Riuniti Group and this is the first new vessel for the company


Metal Shark Makes Multiple Latin American, Caribbean Deliveries

The PRPD testing one of its new Metal Shark 36 Fearless patrol boats in the Atlantic Ocean near San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Photo: Metal Shark)

Louisiana-based boatbuilder Metal Shark has announced several new contracts with Latin American and Caribbean operators, further expanding the company’s presence in the region. At a recent ceremony with Puerto Rico’s Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla in San Juan


Royal IHC wins multiple contracts for Dredgers

Easydredge 2700 DRAGADOS ARGENTINOS DASA S.A. Photo Royal IHC

In the last two months of 2016, IHC saw a substantial increase in the sale of its vessels, equipment and engineering packages. Almost half of the total order intake over 2016 was secured in this period. “We see market recovery in the dredging and renewables industry


RoPax hull launched at Niron Staal - Damen

Damen Ropax 5212 Courtesy Damen

Marking the completion of the first new build contract between Niron Staal Amsterdam and Damen Shipyards Group, the hull of a RoPax 5212 passenger ferry hull has been launched from Niron Staal’s facilities in Amsterdam. Preparations for the launch started early on Tuesday morning when the


TNPA: Five Tugs Done, Four More to Go

Photos courtesy of TNPA

Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) R1.4 billion tug building contract in Durban continues to create jobs and develop local marine capabilities, with the fifth of the authority’s nine new tugs launched this morning in Durban.


Tauranga Port Aims to Handle a Million Cargo Containers

Photo: Port of Tauranga

 New Zealand's largest freight gateway Port of Tauranga says it is on track to break the country's record for transporting more than one million containers in a single year.   "Our results show the Port of Tauranga is continuing to reinforce its position as the country's premier


Keel Laid for Teekay’s First New Canada Tanker

Photo: Teekay Corporation

 Teekay Offshore will be the sole supplier and operator of shuttle tankers sfor East Coast Canada(ECC), says Teekay Corporation.   On February 15, the keel laying ceremony for Teekay’s first shuttle tanker newbuilding for ECC took place at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in


Shell Approves New Gulf of Mexico Project

Royal Dutch Shell has given the go-ahead to develop its Kaikias deepwater field in the Gulf of Mexico, the first such project the oil and gas company has approved in 18 months. Oil companies around the world are emerging from one of the longest downturns in recent decades amid warnings that the


Celebrity Cruises Reveals Celebrity Edge

“The Retreat” is an ultra-exclusive private utopia reserved exclusively for Suite Class guests featuring a luxurious pool and sun chairs for ultimate relaxation. Photo: Celebrity Cruises

 Richard Fain, the chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.and Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, CEO of Celebrity Cruises—one of three brands in the Royal Caribbean family—announced a new category of ship that, among other transformational design moves


Jones Act LNG-powered ConRo Ship Launched

El Coquí launched at the VT Halter Marine shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s newest combination container/Roll on-Roll off (ConRo) ship has been launched at the VT Halter Marine shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. for the Crowley’s service between Jacksonville, Fla., and San Juan, Puerto Rico.  


Seaspan Commissions New Hybrid Ferries

Seaspan Ferries Corporation (SFC) has welcomed two new dual-fueled/hybrid liquefied natural gas (LNG), diesel and battery vessels to its fleet during a double commissioning ceremony held at its Tilbury Terminal in British Columbia on April 9.  






 
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