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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


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


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.


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.


North Korea's New Ferry Service Makes First Trip to Russia

A new ferry line between isolated North Korea and its neighbour Russia docked for the first time at the Russian Pacific port of Vladivostok on Thursday.   The ferry's Russian operators say it is purely a commercial venture, but it coincides with what some academics say is a drive by North


Harvey Gulf Grows Fleet, Inks Long-term Contracts

Image: Harvey Gulf

As vessel many vessel operators are stacking vessels and reducing fleet size, Harvey Gulf International Marine said it has signed four non-cancelable, long-term contracts for stacked vessels and has taken delivery of two new vessels, as well as redelivery of a vessel reconfigured for subsea


North Korea Launches Ferry Service to Russia

Vladivostok, Russia (© vesta48 / Adobe Stock)

North Korea launched a ferry service to the Russian city of Vladivostok on Wednesday to develop links and boost economic cooperation, the North's state media said, as it faces increasing isolation over its weapons development. Experts have said North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un


IMO Addressing Substandard Shipping Issues

Photo: International Maritime Organization

 International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim has stressed the vital importance of collaborative efforts to leave ‘no hiding place’ for substandard shipping.    Lim was addressing the third Joint Ministerial Conference of the Paris and Tokyo


Boykin Tapped as Next Newport News President

Jennifer Boykin (Photo: HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Board of Directors has elected Jennifer R. Boykin to serve as executive vice president of HII and president of HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division, effective July 1. She will succeed Matt Mulherin


Germany Chooses Kongsberg Research Ship Concept

Atair II (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

A double digit multi-million Euro contract was signed by Kongsberg Maritime and Fassmer Werft on April 4th, 2017, following the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency’s (BSH) approval of Kongsberg to deliver a unique technical solution based on its ground-breaking Integrated Vessel


Jones Act MPSV Harvey Sub-Sea Delivered

Harvey Sub-Sea (Photo: Harvey Gulf International Marine)

Harvey Gulf International Marine has announced the delivery of the first of two, large capacity multipurpose support vessels (MPSV) scheduled for 2017 deliveries, enhancing the domestic Jones Act Fleet. This first vessel, the M/V Harvey Sub-Sea


Pat Folan Weighs in on All Things 'Tugboat'

Photo: Pat Folan

Pat Folan is a partner in Daphne, Ala.-based Tug & Barge Solutions, a safety and compliance company that focuses on Subchapter M compliance for towing companies. The company also performs surveys of towing vessels and barges, manages safety management systems for towing companies and trains


Understanding Legal Liability in a Subchapter M Environment

© Ed Metz / Adobe Stock

There is more to SubM than just attention to safety. Protect yourself accordingly.   In today’s environment, safety management systems for brown water marine operators are standard industry practice, whether they come in the form of the American Waterways Operators (AWO) Responsible


India's Oil Imports from Iran top 500,000 bpd in 2016/17

 India's Iran oil imports jumped to a record high in 2016/17 topping half-a-million barrels per day (bpd) as refiners boosted purchases after lifting of some Western sanctions against Tehran last year. India, Iran's biggest oil buyer after China


Multinational Task for Australian Mine Warfare Team

A diver surfaces in Bland Bay as a boat closes in to collect him. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Fifty navy divers and mine warfare specialists from Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and Britain converged on Bland Bay, New Zealand for Exercise FULCRUM recently.   The contingent had to locate and dispose of 16 dummy mines of varying shape, size and weight


Ship Systems and Equipment Meeting Underway

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 The first set of international requirements for onboard lifting appliances and winches are expected to be finalized during this week’s meeting of the Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE).    The draft amendments to SOLAS as well as any necessary related


Global Maritime Promotes Thomassen

Espen Thomassen (Photo: Global Maritime)

Marine, offshore and engineering consultancy Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering has appointed Espen Thomassen as Regional Manager for the Americas. Thomassen has been tasked with growing Global Maritime’s business throughout the region, which, in addition to Houston


Containership Deliveries: Turning A Corner?

Graph: Clarkson Research Services

 Containership deliveries changed course in 2016, toppling from the record level of 1.7m TEU in 2015 to reach just 0.9m TEU, having previously increased each year between 2011 and 2015, says a report from Clarkson Research Services.  


BAE Systems Announces New Submarine Construction Training Facility

Image: BAE Systems Submarines

 Sir Michael Fallon MP, Secretary of State for Defence, visited BAE Systems Submarines today where he learnt about the Company's £25m investment in a new apprentice training facility.   The Company’s site, in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria






 
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