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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Project America

Northrop Grumman Suspends Work On Project America

Northrop Grumman Corporation announced today that, effective immediately, it has suspended all work on Project America, a cruise ship program to build two 1,900-passenger cruise ships at its Pascagoula, Miss., Ingalls Operation. Approximately 1,250 of the 1,600 full-time employees assigned to the project will be affected by this suspension. An additional 500 subcontractor employees could also be affected. American Classic Voyages Company (AMCV), which is the parent of Project America, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Oct. 19, following the tragic events of Sept. 11 and their impact on the tourism industry. As previously stated, Northrop Grumman said that ongoing work on the program was subject to Project America's ability to secure immediate financing for the balance of the contract. The completion of this financing was contingent upon U.S. Maritime Administration loan guarantees. "Unfortunately, to date the U.S. Maritime Administration has decided not to continue the guaranteed funding necessary for the construction of the ships," said Phil Dur, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman's Ship Systems sector. "So it is with sincere regret and a deep feeling of disappointment that we discontinue work on this contract." Northrop Grumman will continue its efforts with the U.S. Maritime Administration to obtain guaranteed funding for Project America

NCL Names Project America Ships

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) announced the names for its first two Project America ships, which will begin sailing Hawaii inter-island cruising next year. Project America 1 will be named "Pride of America", reflecting the "Best of America" theme on board. The line's second Project America ship, currently sailing as Norwegian Sky, will be reflagged into the U.S. registry, and will be renamed, "Pride of Aloha" reflecting the strong Hawaii theme to be incorporated during a complete refurbishment

Northrop Grumman Stops Work on Project America

Northrop Grumman Corporation announced that it has stopped work on Project America, a cruise ship program to build two 1,900 passenger cruise ships at its Pascagoula, Miss., Ingalls Operations. This decision follows negotiations with the U.S. Maritime Administration, which has decided not to continue the guaranteed funding necessary to complete the construction of the ships. As previously announced on October 25, 2001

NCL Acquires S/S United States

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has purchased the S/S United States, one of the country's most venerable ships built in the glory days of trans-Atlantic sea travel. NCL will convert the vessel to a state-of-the art, modern cruise ship and add it to NCL's planned U.S. flagged fleet. A relaunched S/S United States will add more than 1,000 American maritime jobs and 5,000 shoreside jobs to the 3,000 maritime jobs and 17,000 shoreside jobs that NCL's U.S

UPDATE: Cruise Ships to Move

According to a Northrop Grumman spokesman, the first Project America cruise ship -- which is 45 to 50 percent complete -- will soon be moved to free up precious production space at the company's Pascagoula facility. The company, which was rebuffed by the U.S. Maritime Administration to continue funding the ships in light of the bankruptcy filing by AMCV, is "weighing its options" as to the future of the vessels. The company earlier today announced it was taking a pretax charge totalling $60

Construction Commences On Milestone Cruise Vessel

Litton Ingalls kicked off the construction process of the first cruise ship to be built in the U.S. in 40 years, with a pre-July 4th ceremony at the yard's Pascagoula, Miss. headquarters celebrating the vessel's hull fabrication. Located among a patriotically-centered flag waving crowd was Uncle Sam, the yard's guest operator, who went aboard a plasma arc plate cutting machine to cut the initial steel plate for Project America Hull #1 — the first in a series of cruise ships built by

U.S. Navy To Benefit From U.S. Lines’ Demise?

In an effort to utilize the now defunct U.S. Lines cruise ships, Congress has recommended that the U.S. Navy purchase the vessels, for possible use as replacement Joint Command Ships. The two 1,900-passenger vessels, which were to have been delivered in 2003, at a price of $440 million each, were on their way to becoming “an American dream.” With the first vessel approximately 55 percent complete, the second vessel was about to have its keel laid

AMCV To Acquire MS Nieuw Amsterdam

American Classic Voyages (AMCV) has reached an agreement with Holland America line to buy MS Nieuw Amsterdam for $114.5 million, contingent upon various conditions expected to be resolved by this coming fall. A unit of Carnival Corporation, Holland America Line is scheduled to transfer the 1,214-passenger cruise ship to AMCV during fall 2000. AMCV plans to re-document Nieuw Amsterdam as a U.S.-flag vessel, complete with American crew

New Ship Expected To Generate More Than $30M For AMCV

The new ship to be purchased by American Classic Voyages from Carnival Corp. is expected to generate $35-40 million of cash flow for the company, and incremental earnings power could top $.50 a share, according to a report released by Lazard Freres & Co. LLC. AMCV announced last week an agreement to acquire the 1,214 berth Nieuw Amsterdam from Carnival for $114.5 million. The ship will be delivered to AMCV in October of next year

Enhanced Efficiency, Capacity at Corpus Christi Port

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  U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administrator Paul ‘Chip’ Jaenichen today joined Federal, State and local officials at the Port of Corpus Christi for a ribbon cutting ceremony marking a major step forward in the development of an expanded rail yard.   A 2012 $10 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant provided the foundation needed for the $17 million project.

Rodriguez Takes Americas Chairman Role at PONANT

Edie Rodriguez (Photo: PONANT)

Luxury cruise industry veteran Edie Rodriguez will serve as Americas Brand Chairman and Corporate Special Advisor at French-owned cruise line PONANT. With more than 30 years of experience in the cruise industry, the former Crystal CEO and President will be responsible for increasing PONANT's brand awareness and sales in the Americas, and will act as a Corporate Advisor for the company. Navin Sawhney, CEO of PONANT Americas, said, "For the last several years now

Bahri Reinforces Americas Commitment

(Photo: Bahri)

Reinforcing its three-decade-long presence in North America, transportation and logistics firm Bahri took part in Breakbulk Americas, being held from October 17-19, in Houston.   The Bahri booth at Breakbulk Americas was opened by Mr. Sultan bin Abdullah Al-Angari, Consul General of Saudi Arabia in Houston, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the first day of the annual event in the presence of Amal Al-Ruwaii, Director for Trade and Investment

Wood Wins LNG Platform FEED Contract

Pic:  John Wood Group PLC

 The Honghua Group Limited has awarded a $12 million front-end engineering design (FEED) contract to Wood for its liquefied natural gas (LNG) platform development in the West Delta area of the Gulf of Mexico.   The main objective of the FEED is to finalize the design of the world’s first offshore platform-based natural gas liquefaction and storage facility. Wood recently completed the pre-FEED for this project.  

Panama Canal Sets Record Annual Cargo Tonnage

Photo: ACP

Following the close of its 2017 fiscal year (FY17), the Panama Canal announced that the waterway welcomed a record 403.8 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS) of cargo in FY17, the largest amount of annual tonnage ever transited in its 103-year history. The 22.2 percent increase from the previous year can be directly attributed to the added capacity provided by the Expanded Canal.   According to figures, the Panama Canal transited a total of 13,548 vessels during its FY17, representing a 3

Contanda Secures Prime Waterfront Acreage on the Houston Ship Channel

Photo: Port Houston

 Contanda Terminals LLC,  a  provider of bulk liquid storage and logistics services in North America, has announced a multi-year commercial agreement with the Port of Houston Authority for 339 acres of prime deep-water access property located on the Houston Ship Channel.   The land acquisition enables Contanda to continue to develop its key strategic business objective of doubling its terminal storage capability over the next five years

Corpus Christi: Energy Port of the Americas

(Image Courtesy Port of Corpus Christi)

The Port of Corpus Christi lives up to its moniker ‘Energy Port of the Americas,’ as the movement of energy in and out dominates the port’s history and future. John P. LaRue, Executive Director, Port Corpus Christi recently visited Maritime Reporter’s headquarters in New York to discuss the nearly $50 billion in investment projects driving the port forward.   “Let’s just start with what we are and what we are not,” said LaRue

LNG Market to Reach USD 20.6 bln by 2025

Phone: Exxon Mobil

 The global liquid natural gas (LNG) market is expected to reach USD 20.6 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 12.7%, Research and Markets reported.   Rising focus on development and expanding gas pipeline infrastructure and growing demand for natural gas from downstream sectors is a crucial driving factor for the industry.   Decreasing LNG prices along with execution of favorable government rules and regulations

ZF Marine Opens New North America Commercial Craft Center of Competence

Dr. Klaus Geissdoerfer, Head of the ZF Group Industrial Technology Division officially opens ZF Marine’s new North American Commercial Craft Center of Competence.  L to R: Paul Johnston – Jefferson Parish Councilman, Fred Preis –Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, Andre Koerner – ZF, Dr. Klaus Geissdoerfer – ZF, Michael Babin – ZF, Jessica Foreman – New Orleans Inc. Regional Economic Development Alliance, Jerry Bologna – Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission]  Image: [ZF – Gauvin Photo]

The new facility has dedicated transmission and thruster repair facilities, and larger warehouse and training areas.   ZF Marine has a long standing presence in Louisiana, opening their first location in the city of St. Rose in 1996. The ever increasing customer base combined with the addition of the commercial thruster product line in 2009 resulted in the need to create a larger physical presence in the region

CMA CGM to Acquire SOFRANA Unilines

(Photo: SOFRANA Unilines)

CMA CGM announced it will purchase through its subsidiary, ANL, the majority of the shares in SOFRANA Unilines, a key player in the Pacific Islands regional maritime trade.   With operations in the South Pacific region for almost 50 years, SOFRANA Unilines operates directly or in partnership a fleet of 10 vessels on eight trade-lanes, servicing 21 ports in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific islands.  

World's Largest FSRU Named as MOL FSRU Challenger

MOL FSRU Challenger. Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced that a naming ceremony for the MOL FSRU Challenger was held at the Okpo shipyard of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd.in Korea on September 28.This is the first FSRU for MOL to independently build, own and operate.  Many Guests were invited to witness the naming of our FSRU as the MOL FSRU Challenger. The MOL FSRU Challenger will provide storage and regasification services to a project in Turkey after delivery during

Panama Canal Expects 230+ Cruise Ships This Season

Disney Cruise Lines Disney Wonder transiting the Agua Clara Locks in April 2017. (Photo: ACP)

More than 230 Cruise Ships to Transit the Panama Canal’s Panamax and Neopanamax Locks The Panama Canal announced that it expects to receive approximately 235 cruise ships through the Panamax and Neopanamax Locks during the upcoming 2017-2018 cruise season. Beginning in October, this will be the first full cruise season to welcome vessels through the Expanded Canal.   “In addition to the existing locks

NORDEN to Ship Road Salt from Chile to US

A NORDEN dry cargo vessel loading salt in Patillos (Photo: NORDEN)

NORDEN has entered into a 10-year contract effective 2020-2029 for the transportation of 4-5 million metric tons of road salt to be loaded in Caleta Patillos 1,400 kilometers north of the Chilean capital Santiago and discharged primarily on the American East Coast in ports between Boston and Baltimore.   Road salt – or rock salt – will be carried on Supramax vessels. The contract covers 8-10 voyages per year of 50,000 metric tons each

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, chemical and biological weapons, and their means of delivery and establish appropriate domestic controls over related materials to prevent their illicit trafficking.  

NY/NJ Welcomes CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt

Photo: APM Terminals

 The 14,400 TEU capacity CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt became the largest container ship to call the port of New York and New Jersey when it arrived at the APM Terminals Elizabeth container terminal.    The ultra-large container ship also established a new record as the largest vessel to pass under the raised roadbed of the Bayonne Bridge, which now gives air draft clearance to vessels of up to 18,000 TEU capacity.  

Bahri’s New Ro-Ro Ship Calls New Orleans

Bahri’s new state-of-the-art 26,000 DWT RoCon vessel, designed to simultaneously accommodate Project, Roll-on/Roll-off, Break-bulk and Container Cargo, arrived at the Port of New Orleans late August marking the first time a roll-on/roll-off cargo ship called Port NOLA since 2005. (Credit: Bahri)

The Port of New Orleans welcomed the return of roll-on, roll-off service with the inaugural call of the Bahri Yanbu, a new state-of-the-art multipurpose vessel, in mid-August at the Nashville Avenue Terminal Complex operated by Ports America.   “The return of roll-on/roll-off service to the Port of New Orleans – for the first time since 2005 – helps us meet the diverse needs of the marketplace and increases our global competitiveness,” said Brandy D

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