AdvanFort Appoints Business Development Manager
AdvanFort appointed Dimitrios Angelopoulos, a retired Hellenic Navy submarine commander, as its new business development manager. Before coming to AdvanFort, Mr. Angelopoulos worked for Hellenic Shipyards S.A. as the project manager for the 214-type submarine contract with the Hellenic Navy. A Hellenic Naval Academy graduate, he has an Executive MBA degree from the University of Piraeus and an MBA degree from the University of Louisville. As a career submarine officer, Mr. Angelopoulos served for 15 years in the submarine fleet, including command of two submarines and as chief of submarine operations. Besides his experience in naval operations and training, he brings significant expertise in risk and performance management in theshipping industry. Mr. Angelopoulos’ initial focus will be on maritime security opportunities in Italy, Greece, Germany and Spain. The hiring comes just weeks after a fellow Greek navy commander, Nicholas-Andrew Iliopoulos, a master mariner who for nearly a decade served as the personal liaison of HM the late King Hussein Bin Talal of Jordan to the seafaring community, was chosen as AdvanFort’s business development director. www.advanfort.com
Navy Transfers Two Coastal Mine Hunters to Greece
Mine warfare ship USS Pelican (MHC 53) departs from Naval Support Activity (NSA) New Orleans. Pelican conducted a three-day port call to the New Orleans before returning to her homeport at Naval Station Ingleside, Texas. U.S. Navy photo by Mr. Sam Shore Two Osprey-Class Coastal Mine Hunters, USS Heron (MHC 52) and USS Pelican (MHC 53), were decommissioned March 16, and transferred to the Hellenic Navy (HN) in the first official transfer of ships between nations at the South Texas base.
Hellenic Shipyards Skaramanga To Go Private With HDW Werft
Hellenic Industrial Bank was outperforming the Athens bourse on Wednesday on expectations it will soon sell its majority stake in Skaramanga shipyards, analysts said. ETBA, which owns 51 percent of Hellenic Shipyards Skaramanga, said late on Tuesday it would start negotiations with German shipyard HDW Werft, which was the highest bidder in the privatization of the shipyard. ETBA shares were up 3.81 percent to $5
HDW Emerges as Successful Bidder for Shipyard
Hellenic Industrial Bank (ETBA) was outperforming the Athens bourse on expectations it will soon sell its majority stake in Skaramanga shipyards, analysts said. ETBA, which owns 51 percent of Hellenic Shipyards Skaramanga, said it would start negotiations with German shipyard HDW Werft, which was the highest bidder in the privatization of the shipyard. ETBA shares were up 3.81 percent to 6.00 euros at 1102 GMT, outperforming the Athens bourse's benchmark general index, which was down 0
Versatility Prevails at Silver Ships/AMBAR Having built over 200 aluminum RHIB's, Silver Ships, Inc. / AMBAR Marine, has grabbed a foothold in the design and construction of aluminum RHIB's - all of which are constructed in accordance with SOLAS regulations. The U.S. Coast Guard operates 90 AMBAR Marine Non-Standard RHIB's and the U.S. Navy Sea Systems Command operates 40 AMBAR Marine Special Service RHIB's. Silver Ships, Inc
Two Time Charters for Hellenic Carriers
Time charters for Greece-based Hellenic Carriers' bulk ships 'Konstantinos D' & 'Hellenic Wind' have been fixed. The M/V Konstantinos D has been fixed for a period of 4-6 months at a daily gross hire rate of US$ 7,600. The charter commenced on 29 September 2012, the earliest expiration date is on 29 January 2013 and the latest on 29 March 2013. The M/V Konstantinos D is a 50,326dwt Supramax vessel built in 2000 at Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding, Japan.
New York Shipping Conference – Feb. 10
Building strategies for survival in today’s economic and shipping markets is this year’s focus of the 15th annual Hellenic-American and Norwegian-American Chambers of Commerce annual conference, often called the New York Shipping Conference. The event will be held on Tuesday, February 10th at the New York Helmsley Hotel starting at 0815 with conference registration and coffee. The conference will conclude at 1700 with a networking cocktail reception.
Posidonia Opens Next Week
The 22nd edition of Posidonia 2010, an international shipping trade event, opens its doors next week on the back of renewed confidence in the state of Greek maritime affairs as outlined in a recent Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) statement. According to UGS, Greece’s foreign exchange earnings from ocean going shipping services were substantial in 2009 amounting to $16.6b despite a slight decrease compared to the previous year
Capralos Star Bulk CEO & President
Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (NASDAQ: SBLK), announced that Spyros Capralos has been appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer, to succeed Akis Tsirigakis, effective as of February 7, 2011. Capralos has also been appointed to the Board of Directors which is now comprised of eight members. Tsirigakis will continue to serve as a director. Tsirigakis' parting was mutually agreed, so he may pursue other interests.
Hellenic Wind sold for Demolishing
Hellenic Carriers Limited, an international provider of marine transportation services for dry bulk cargoes, on 17 May 2016 sold the Company’s vessel HELLENIC WIND (74,000 DWT built 1997) for demolition to an unrelated third party for a total gross cash consideration of US$2.88 million. US$1.6 million of the proceeds of this sale were used by the Company for repayment of its outstanding debt under the loan described as Loan B in note 11 to the Company’s audited consolidated
Australian Navy Commissions Hobart (II) – One in a Million
Royal Australian Navy will commission the first of three new destroyers today (On 23 September). In continuing our reflective stories of previous ships that have carried the name HMAS Hobart, this is the story of Hobart (II). The second ship to bear the name Hobart was one of three Perth class guided missile destroyers built in the United States for the Royal Australian Navy. She was commissioned at the Boston Navy Yard on 18 December 1965 under the command of Captain
Metal Shark Wins USN PB(X) Contract
Metal Shark won the contract to produce the U.S. Navy’s next-generation patrol boat, the PB(X), the replacement for the fleet of force protection boats currently in use with Navy Expeditionary Combad Command’s Coastal Riverine Forces (CRF). Subject to annual appropriations, the Navy intends to replace approximately 100 to 160 of its existing 25-ft. and 34-ft. CRF patrol boats with the larger and more modern PB(X) platform over the next 15 years.
Australia Hosting World for Sea Power Conference
The Royal Australian Navy is hosting the biennial Sea Power Conference with senior naval delegations from around the world descending on Sydney for three days of discussions and Navy-to-Navy engagements. Run alongside the Pacific 2017 international maritime exposition, Sea Power Conference is Navy’s premier gathering of naval chiefs and this year will explore the broad theme of ‘The Navy and the Nation’, focusing on maritime identity
Austal USA Wins Navy Deal
Austal USA won a construction contract by the U.S. Navy Friday to build an additional Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship, its fifteenth ship in the class. The award of LCS 30 is a clear sign of the Navy’s confidence in Austal’s LCS program. The specific value of the contract is under the congressional cost cap of $584 million per ship. The littoral combat ship has been identified as a key component to the Navy’s ability to gain sea control through distributed lethality
U.S. Navy Relieves Seventh Fleet Commander
Vice Admiral Aucoin relieved of command; Pacific Fleet commander cites "loss of confidence." The U.S. Navy on Wednesday said it had removed Seventh Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin after a series of collisions involving its warships in Asia as the search goes on for 10 sailors missing since the latest mishap. Aucoin's removal comes after a pre-dawn collision between a guided-missile destroyer and a merchant vessel east of Singapore and Malaysia on
Search Area Expanding for USS John S. McCain Sailors
The search for missing Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) continues in the South China Sea and within the ship itself. On Aug. 22, Adm. Scott Swift, commander, Pacific Fleet, announced that the remains of a number of the 10 missing John S. McCain Sailors were discovered within the ship. On Aug. 23, U.S. Navy and Marine Corps divers continue to search the ship, seeking to locate more of the missing Sailors
Deltamarin Joins Design Team of Finnish Navy Project
Deltamarin Joins Design Team of Finnish Navy Project Deltamarin Ltd said it has signed contracts with shipbuilder Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) for the basic design of deck outfitting and machinery for the vessels to be built in the Finnish Navy’s Squadron 2020 project. The Squadron 2020 project will replace seven vessels, which have already been (e.g. the minelayer Pohjanmaa) or are scheduled to be decommissioned
Second Body Recovered from USS McCain
U.S Navy and Marine Corps divers have recovered and identified a second body in the search for ten sailors missing after a collision between a guided-missile destroyer and merchant vessel near Singapore earlier this week, the U.S. Navy said on Friday. The USS John S. McCain collided with the merchant tanker in waters near Singapore and Malaysia on Monday, which led to an international search-and-rescue operation for the missing sailors
Bangladesh Navy Chief Visits India
Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed, Chief of Naval Staff of the Bangladesh Navy is on an official visit to India from 28 to 30 August 2017. The visit is aimed at consolidating bilateral naval relations between India and Bangladesh and to explore new avenues for Naval Cooperation. The Chief of Naval Staff, Bangladesh Navy will hold bilateral discussions with Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of the Naval Staff and other senior officials of the Indian Navy on
GE Marine Gas Turbines Selected for US Navy, Coast Guard
GE’s Marine Solutions said its LM2500 family of aeroderivative marine gas turbines have been selected to power two newbuild surface combatants for U.S. Navy and Coast Guard programs. Specifically, two LM2500+ gas turbines will power Bougainville (LHA 8), the U.S. Navy’s newest multi-purpose amphibious assault ship. Construction is expected to begin shortly according to shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries
Florida Navy Bases Prepare for Irma
Navy installations throughout Florida are preparing for heavy weather as Hurricane Irma approaches South Florida. Commander, Navy Region Southeast, Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, directed the evacuation of non-essential personnel and family members from Naval Air Station Key West, Florida, Sept. 5. "Their safety and security is a top priority," Bolivar said. Approximately 50-60 mission essential personnel are remaining behind to maintain essential functions on the
US Navy to Christen Tripoli
The US Navy will christen its newest America-class amphibious assault ship, the future USS Tripoli (LHA 7), during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony, Sept. 16, in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Thomas Dee, performing the duties of the Under Secretary of the Navy, will deliver the ceremony's principal address. Lynne Mabus, the wife of the 75th Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Ray Mabus, will serve as the ship's sponsor.
Australian Navy: Getting On Board the Gap Year
The Australian Defence Force Gap Year – Navy is an opportunity for young Australians to experience military training, service and lifestyle through a year-long program, with no further obligations on the participant to continue to serve. The program allows people to experience Navy life as a ‘try before you buy’ scheme during which every opportunity is given to participants to apply for transfer to Permanent Navy workforce categories
Navy Awards Contract for Columbia Class Submarine Development
The Navy awarded a $5.1 billion contract to General Dynamics Electric Boat for Integrated Product and Process Development (IPPD) of the Columbia Class submarine Sept. 21. The IPPD contract award is for the design, completion, component and technology development and prototyping efforts for the Columbia Class Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarines (SSBNs). This work will also include United Kingdom unique efforts related to the common missile compartment.
General Dynamics Delivers Submarine Colorado
General Dynamics Electric Boat delivered the nuclear-powered attack submarine Colorado (SSN 788) to the U.S. Navy. The 15th ship of the Virginia Class, Colorado is the fifth of the eight-ship group known as Block III. According to the builder, these ships embody a Navy and industry commitment to reduce costs while increasing capabilities through an initiative comprising a multi-year procurement strategy, improvements in construction practices and the Design For Affordability (DFA)