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Groundwork Begins on Successor Subs in UK

Photo: BAE Systems

 Groundwork has started on the renovation of a central shipyard complex that be used for outfitting future Royal Navy Successor submarines, British Forces News said.   BAE Systems had announced last year a $459 million modernization of the entire shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, in anticipation of government approval of the nuclear deterrent submarines, which will replace Vanguard-class vessels.   Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed earlier this week that Britain will order four new Successor submarines to replace the Vanguard-class of nuclear subs.   Construction is expected to take up to eight years and create thousands of new jobs. The work on the Central Yard Complex is the first step of the site's redevelopment programme. It's expected to be ready for operational use by the end of 2017.    Project manager Phil Aspden was quoted as saying in the North-West Evening Mail: "The commencement of the Central Yard Complex work is the culmination of three years’ planning and preparation. It marks a milestone as the first major development on the site in many years."  


NNS Wins Nuclear Sub Work

Northrop Grumman Newport News, Newport News, Va., is being awarded a $22,915,958 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery and indefinite-quantity contract for engineering and technical services to remove and install Submarine Safe Antenna Systems onboard U.S. Nuclear Submarines and related technical data. Work will be performed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (23 percent); Portsmouth, N.H. (11 percent), Bremerton, Wash. (11 percent), Norfolk, Va. (11 percent);


Russian Navy Upgrades Subs

Russian mini-submarines from the same class of a craft that was involved in a tense rescue operation at the bottom of the Pacific last year will be upgraded with new foreign-made equipment. Tenders would be held to give AS-28 mini-subs a radical overhaul using foreign-made submarine equipment and mobile systems based on Britain's Panther Command and Liaison Vehicle. The efforts follow an incident in the Bering Sea last August


Electric Boat Gets $7M Sub Contract

Electric Boat has won a $7m contact with the Navy for nuclear submarine maintenance. The Navy is calling on Electric Boat Corp., to make repairs and upgrades through July 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. The Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, also based in Groton, is the contractor. Electric Boat is a business unit of General Dynamics Corp., which is a defense contractor headquartered in Falls Church, Va.


Britain Delays Repairs On Crippled Sub

Britain's defense ministry agreed to delay repairs on a crippled nuclear submarine stranded in Gibraltar since May, handing at least a temporary victory to environmentalists and the Gibraltar government. The ministry had planned to begin work on HMS Tireless on Aug. 21 despite local opposition, but officials said repairs had been delayed so that local officials could assess any safety risks. The Gibraltar government opposes any repairs being started until a panel of experts has reviewed


Russian Submarine Fire 'Put Out' in Dock

Source: Kuleshov Oleg

 Firefighters at Zvyozdochka shipyard in Russia's northern province of Arkhangelsk partially flooded a nuclear-powered submarine to extinguish a blaze that started aboard the vessel.   The vessel - classified as Oscar-II by NATO - is a cruise missile type sub which carries nuclear material and has two reactors aboard.   There were no weapons on board of 949 Antei submarine, the vessel's nuclear reactor had been shut down prior to the blaze and nobody was hurt


Electric Boat Awarded $13m Contract Modification for Sub Work

The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $13.4Mcontract modification for nuclear-submarine work. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the terms of the contract modification, Electric Boat will provide design agent, planning yard, engineering and technical support for nuclear submarines. Electric Boat will also provide planning, scheduling and technical support for submarine maintenance activities


General Dynamics Deliver US Nuclear Sub Early

General Dynamics delivers submarine 'Mississippi' to U.S. Navy 363 Days Ahead of Schedule General Dynamics Electric Boat today delivered the nuclear-powered attack submarine Mississippi (SSN-782) to the U.S. Navy 363 days ahead of contract schedule and more than $60 million below target cost. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.  John Holmander, vice president and Virginia program manager for General Dynamics Electric Boat


Russian Shipbuilders Fail to Agree Nuclear Sub Program Price

Defense Ministry, shipbuilders fail to agree price of 10 new 'Borey-class' nuclear submarines despite the intervention of President Putin Russia’s Defense Ministry and the United Shipbuilding Corporation failed again to agree final contract terms for delivery of the new Borey class (Project 955) strategic nuclear submarine, despite the intervention of President Vladimir Putin who wants the submarines ot form the core of Russia's strategic ballistic missile force by 2018.


British Nuclear Sub Rejoins the Fleet

Photo credit UK MOD

Royal Navy submarine HMS Vigilant returns to her home on the Clyde in Scotland following a multi-million pound, three-year overhaul The vessel, one of the UK's four Vanguard Class nuclear submarines, has been officially handed back to the Navy for operational use. Known as a Long Overhaul Period (Refuel), the work package was an enormous engineering task, with the submarine emerging as effectively a new boat inside.


IMO for Spreading Cyber Security

Image: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Cyber security awareness on board ships plays an important role in ensuring the safety and security of shipping around the globe.    International Maritime Organization (IMO) has issued Guidelines on maritime cyber risk management


Enhancing Maritime Security in Peru

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 A national table-top exercise on maritime security in Lima, Peru (18-19 September) has supported the country to implement the United Nations Security Council resolution 1540 (2004), which imposes binding obligations on all States to adopt legislation to prevent the proliferation of nuclear


U.S. Navy Carrier Drills with Japanese Navy

File Image: The USS Ronald Reagan underway (U.S. Navy)

The U.S. Navy carrier Ronald Reagan is conducting drills with Japanese warships in seas south of the Korean peninsula, Japan's military said on Friday, in a show of naval power as Pyongyang threatens further nuclear and missile tests.  


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


HII Wins USS Columbus Submarine Repair Work

HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division has been awarded a $219 million modification to a previously awarded contract to execute maintenance and modernization efforts on the submarine USS Columbus (SSN 762), shown here in Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo)

 Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has been awarded a $219 million modification to a previously awarded contract to execute maintenance and modernization efforts on the submarine USS Columbus (SSN 762).  


Oil Spill Response Workshop in Senegal

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 The use of oil spill dispersants, which can be used to break down an oil slick into smaller droplets as part of response efforts, is the subject of a workshop taking place in Dakar, Senegal (17-20 July).   Participants from 11 countries (Benin, the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire


Libya Coastguard Rescues Nearly 300 Migrants at Sea

Libya's coastguard rescued an estimated 278 migrants including women and children on Monday off the shores of two different towns west of the capital Tripoli, a spokesman said. The coastal towns to the west of Tripoli - Zawiya, Sabratha, and Zuwarah - are common departure points for migrants


Tech File: NS Workboat

(Image: ABS)

ABS mobile application is purpose-built for the workboat, inland sectors.    ABS Nautical Systems, the ABS enterprise fleet management software suite, has launched a new mobile application, NS Workboat. The latest in a line of new tools that ABS has developed to help workboat operators


Ghana Ports, IBISTEK JV for Multipurpose Terminal

Photo: Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority.

 The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) has offered a concession to  IBISTEK Limited, a Ghanaian firm towards the development and operations of a container and multi-purpose terminal at the Port of Takoradi.    This is part of the Port Authority’s Master Plan and


Huntington Ingalls Steel-Cut for Aircraft Carrier Enterprise

Photo: Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.

 Huntington Ingalls Industries has cut a 35-ton steel plate at its Newport News Shipbuilding division to kick off advance construction of the aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN 80). The steel plate will become part of the foundation of Enterprise, the ninth U.S


Pacific Protection Paramount in Counter Proliferation

HMAS Toowoomba departs Sydney Harbour in June 2017. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 The Australian Government is joining forces with countries from around the world to conduct Exercise PACIFIC PROTECTOR, as part of an ongoing major international commitment to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, their delivery systems and related materials.  


Hazards of Bauxite on Cargoes

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 New research considered by International Maritime Organization (IMO) this week about the behaviour of an aluminium ore that featured in a high-profile shipping casualty in 2015 could lead to changes in industry rules about how such cargoes should be handled.  


RIBCRAFT Delivers New 41’ Model

(Photo: RIBCRAFT)

Rigid inflatable boat (RIB) manufacturer RIBCRAFT has introduced the newest and largest model in its  model line, the 41’ RIBCRAFT 12.5, with the recent delivery of a specialized USCG Sub Chapter T Certified tour boat to a customer in New England.   


Artists Pay Tribute to Historic Russian Icebreaker

(Photo: Rosatomflot)

Graffiti depicting nuclear icebreaker Arktika appeared in Murmansk   In 1977 Russian nuclear icebreaker Arktika became the world's first surface ship to reach the North Pole. Now 40 years later, a depiction of the historic vessel is a main component of a graffiti style art installation in


Warning on Hazards of Carrying Bauxite by Ship

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 A new warning that bauxite may become unstable when carried in bulk on a ship, potentially causing the vessel to capsize, has been issued by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).   Bauxite is one of the world’s major sources of aluminium with around 100 million tonnes






 
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