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Friday, January 19, 2018

Commercial Ship Repair News

BAE Systems Targets Commercial Repair Market

BAE Systems recently completed a four week repair docking for the platform supply vessel (PSV) the ‘Lady Kari-Ann’ in its Williamstown shipyard. Owned by Farstad Shipping, the Lady Kari-Ann is the first commercial ship repair project undertaken in the yard since 2009. Work on the vessel included a 30-year survey, paint work on the hull, superstructure and tanks as well as underwater valves and other mechanical work associated with the ship’s propulsion. Director of BAE Systems Maritime…

NORSHIPCO to Purchase Dry Dock

The dock, expected to be operational by the end of May, will be relocated to NORSHIPCO and placed in an area previously occupied by a similar size dock, which was retired two years ago. The agreement provides additional opportunities for the exchange of work and dry dock utilization. The acquisition of the dock positions NORSHIPCO as a stronger competitor in the U.S. Navy, Military Sealift Command (MSC), and commercial ship repair markets. The added dry dock capacity affords NORSHIPCO the opportunity to pursue additional areas of work, which could lead to more level-loading of the yard's skilled workforce. NORSHIPCO's workers specialize in the repair and modernization of Naval vessels and various cruise and commercial cargo fleets.

Tenders Called for Floating Dock

The State Government has called for tenders for the construction of a floating dock at the Australian Marine Complex ( AMC ) in Henderson. Industry and Enterprise Minister Francis Logan said the floating dock was part of the $174m AMC expansion announced by Premier Alan Carpenter last year. The Minister said Australian-based companies were increasingly becoming recognised for their capacity to deliver complex contracts, especially in the shipbuilding and oil and gas industries. The floating dock was crucial to securing long-term maintenance work on the Royal Australian Navy ( RAN ) Collins Class submarine fleet, as well as enhancing WA’s bid for ongoing defence contracts.

UK Ship Repairer on Apprentice Search

Recruitment Scheme Participants: Photo credit A&P

A&P Falmouth has launched an apprenticeship recruitment search to find raw talent in Cornwall (SW England). The purpose of the scheme is to train and hone into the skilled engineering and marine workers of the future. In the last five years A&P, as one of the biggest commercial ship repair companies in the UK, has recruited 33 adult trainees for specialist in-house training. Now six young people in the Duchy of Cornwall will have the opportunity to join its 400-strong workforce and learn a range of specialist skills including engineering, steel fabrication, painting and blasting.

Hanson Retires from San Francisco DryDock

Carl Hanson, president and general manager of San Francisco Drydock (SFD), one of seven United States Marine Repair (USMR)ship repair facilities , including Southwest Marine (SWM) and NORSHIPCO on the East Coast, has retired. He had been with the company since 1978. Due to his extensive shipyard knowledge and experience, he will remain involved with the company on a case-by-case consulting basis. Hanson's shipyard career began in San Diego, Calif., at Triple A South ship repair facility, where he gained hands-on knowledge as a ship superintendent. When SWM opened a facility in San Francisco in 1978, Hanson left Triple A and moved north to help with the start-up.

Vigor to Add Third Drydock in Seattle

Vigor said it has entered into an agreement to purchase a drydock from a Korean seller, continuing the shipbuilder’s ongoing infrastructure investments and expansion of U.S. West Coast drydock capacity. At 640 feet long with a clear width of 116 feet, the new dock will be the third, and largest, at Vigor’s Harbor Island shipyard. “The purchase of another drydock in Seattle allows Vigor to better service valued  customers like Washington State Ferries, the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy,” said Adam Beck, Vigor Executive Vice President of Ship Repair. Beck and his team had been actively looking for the right drydock at home and abroad for a number of months. The one selected happened to be in Korea.

Congressional, Maritime Leaders Support Jones Act on the Hill

Mark Buzby, U.S. Maritime Administrator

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation held a hearing Wednesday on “The State of the U.S. Flag Maritime Industry” during which congressional and maritime leaders stressed the importance of the Jones Act. RADM Mark H. Mr. Mr. The Committee and those testifying expressed bipartisan support for the Jones Act and enforcement of the law. “In order for us to maintain the way of life as we know it as a nation that is secure and is able to project power, be it Navy power or commercial power, the Jones Act is intrinsic to that.

Break Ships in the Bay Area?

According to the News-Times, San Francisco, just a brief distance from Suisun Bay, is where the Ghost Fleet vessels are located that Bay Bridge Enterprises wants to bring to Newport for shipbreaking. It is a much larger city than Newport, with its own industrial areas. Why can't those vessels be taken apart there or elsewhere in the Bay Area, several Newport residents have asked, instead of in Oregon? There are two old U.S. Navy shipyards in the Bay Area, but both are closed down. One is the old Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard in southeastern San Francisco, on 638 acres of waterfront. In the mid-1950s, it employed 8,500 civilians in building and repairing ships. But, according to a FAS Military Analysis Network website article, it ceased operations in 1974.

UK Shipyard Invests in Cornwall Apprentices

The apprentices & trainers: Photo courtesy of A&P

5 new apprentices have started work at A&P Falmouth shipyard, underlining the company’s long-term commitment to Cornwall (in the extreme Southwest of England) and the future of the dockyard there. The apprentices beat off stiff competition from almost 70 applicants to be awarded the opportunity with A&P, one of the biggest commercial ship repair companies in the UK. They are electricians Dave Blizzard, aged 21, from Falmouth and Ben Casley, aged 23, from The Lizard; and marine fitters Jordan Moorhouse…

Vigor’s Tacoma Yard Delivers Breasting Barges to Foss

Photo courtesy of Vigor Industrial

Fabrication teams at Vigor Industrial’s Tacoma, Wash. shipyard have delivered three 60’ x 24’ x 15.5’ breasting barges to Foss Maritime. The barge system will be used to moor Shell’s drill rigs at Terminal 5 in Seattle, Wash. where the company is scheduled to ready its fleet for Arctic drilling this summer. The project was completed in less than two months and created 60 family wage jobs for the Tacoma yard and its subcontractors. “We are so pleased that our Tacoma shipyard is now building new vessels,” said Bryan Nichols, Vigor Fab sales manager.

Vigor Marine Completes Work on the Kulluk and Noble Discoverer

The Kulluk and Noble Discoverer set sail for the Arctic today from Vigor Industrial’s Seattle shipyard, following completion of extensive environmental and safety upgrades by its commercial ship repair subsidiary, Vigor Marine. The Kulluk, an ice-classed semi-submersible drill rig measuring 266’ x 230’, arrived at Vigor’s Seattle yard in July, 2011. Following the work done by Vigor Marine teams, it will operate with zero discharge in the Beaufort and Chuckchi Seas. Everything down to the sink water will be captured and stored.

Florida Shipyard Purchases Mobile Boat Hoist

 Marine Travelift 600C mobile boat hoist.

Jacksonville shipyard purchases a Marine Travelift 600C to compliment existing dry dock. The Commodore Point Facility at North Florida Shipyards, Inc. has been providing commercial ship repair and modernization support to customers for over 30 years. To maintain its current customer base and generate new business the shipyard invested in a Marine Travelift 600C mobile boat hoist with the assistance of federal stimulus package funds. Through the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration’s assistance to small shipyards program…

NSRP Projects Show Impressive Results

NSRP ASE sponsors a variety of R&D projects that address lean initiatives — some focusing on new construction and others on repair. One notable lean repair project that has demonstrated rapid payback and implementation involves the surface preparation process. Traditionally, about 25 percent of ship repair work has focused on surface preparation processes, and roughly 67 percent of surface preparation work involves non-value-added activities, according to industrial engineering time studies from Atlantic Marine. Through an NSRP-sponsored Ultra-High Pressure Water Blasting (UHPWB) project, Atlantic Marine is achieving substantial process improvements and related savings in time and money.

NORSHIPCO Weathers the Economic Storm

A down economy, a disabled drydock and a nation under heightened security measures — not exactly the best position for a ship repair facility to be in — or so one would think. Norfolk Shipbuilding & Drydock Corporation (NORSHIPCO) however has managed to stay on top with its steady stream of government and commercial work coming in into its yard. With 70 percent of NORSHIPCO's work on the government side, the yard has still had a steady stream of commercial work. According to Krekich, the work that was performed on MSC ship M/V SSG Edward A. Carter was successful in terms of schedule, costs and customer satisfaction. The 950-ft. (289.5 m) vessel, which arrived at NORSHIPCO on March 1, 2001, is under a long-term charter to MSC.

USS Fitzgerald Comes To Ingalls Pascagoula

Photo: United States Navy

The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) arrived in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Jan. 19, aboard heavy lift vessel MV Transshelf inward bound from Yokosuka, Japan. Fitzgerald is expected to spend several days in the Port of Pascagoula as the heavy lift ship will commence the reverse operation of unfastening, lowering and guiding the ship off the platform. The ship will then be taken to its designated pier space at Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard.

Camacho Returns to His Roots

December 7, 1941, "A day that will live in infamy," is undoubtedly a defining moment in U.S. history. The day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor is again in the public eye with the recent release of Touchstone Pictures' epic Pearl Harbor this past Memorial Day weekend. While the movie provides an interpreted portrayal of those events, no rendition could possibly compare it to a first-hand account. Having lived through the attack as an eight-year-old boy, Retired Admiral Dick Camacho, remembers the day as one that left many people living in fear. Camacho, who now serves as senior vice president for Government Business at United States Marine Repair (USMR)…

Vigor Wins $19.6m Navy Ship Repair Contract

Vigor Marine LLC, Portland, Oregon, is being awarded a $19,629,518 firm-fixed-price contract to prepare for and accomplish repair and alteration requirements for USS Kidd (DDG 100) Chief of Naval Operations scheduled, selected restricted availability (SRA) in support of the DDG-51-class destroyer ship repair program. For U.S. Naval Surface Combatants – typical repair and maintenance work to be performed in SRA includes modernization ship alterations; blasting, painting and surface preparation for complete or touch-up preservation, freeboard, struts, rudders, running gear, ground tackle, and sea-chest; hull, mechanical and electrical; various interior tanks. Work will be performed in Everett, Washington, and is expected to be completed by September, 2018.

US Shipbuilding: The Road Ahead

The aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Gerald R. Ford (PCU 78), left, and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) sit pierside at Naval Station Norfolk. (U.S. Navy photo by Nathan T. Beard)

Matt Paxton, president of the Shipbuilder’s Council of America, shares with Maritime Reporter & Engineering News his insights on the opportunities and challenges ahead. The United States shipbuilding market is diverse and geographically widespread, tasked to build everything from the most sophisticated military warships on the planet to small ferries, and everything in between. As president of SCA since 2007, Matt Paxton has made it job one to make SCA a unifying voice for the collective industry, a champion of the industry in raising its profile and stature in political and business circles.

Feature: The ISPS Code

John Riding, director of Marico Marine, speaking at Ship Repair & Conversion in London, presents a rosy picture for the future of ship repair by pointing out that freight rates have not been so high for years and some owners, such as bulk carrier operators are enjoying a rare opportunity to seriously invest in maintenance. The busy state of building yards means that "keeping an older vessel in service longer has great commercial attraction," said Riding. He believes that some repair yards have the potential to make a return for the first time in a long time. However, there is a fly in the ointment in the form of the ISPS Code. The code as has implementation date of July 2004 and applies to all passenger ships…

NNS Earnings Per Share Up 26%

Newport News Shipbuilding reported net earnings of $20 million, or $.58 per diluted share for the third quarter of 1999. Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) for the quarter were $47 million, up nine percent from EBIT of $43 million in the same period last year. "This was another excellent quarter for Newport News. We were able to deliver solid earnings gains, exceed our cash flow target and negotiate a new five-year labor agreement," said William P. Fricks, chairman and CEO. "We also demonstrated our significant capabilities in fleet services with carrier life-cycle support activity in Newport News, San Diego and Seattle. Overall, we see our continued strong performance in 1999 as providing a solid foundation for 2000.

Detyens Concludes Largest U.S. Conversion

In May Detyens Shipyard concluded the reactivation and conversion of the LNG carrier Galleoma (formerly Arzew), finishing what the yard termed the largest commercial reactivation and conversion in the U.S. this year. Located in Charleston, S.C., Detyens work on the technically challenging project helped to establish it as a competitive player on the world commercial ship repair market, and helped to re-enforce the notion that the LNG market in the U.S. is set for rapid expansion. "To be successful in the competitive world of ship repair we knew that we would have to start with small commercial repair jobs and work our way up to the larger, more complex jobs," said Loy Stewart, president, Detyens Shipyard.

Navy Repair Contracts Awarded

BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair, San Diego, California (N00024-16-D-4419); Continental Maritime of San Diego, San Diego, California (N00024-16-D-4420); and General Dynamics, National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, California (N00024-16-D-4421), are being awarded firm-fixed price modifications to previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple-award contracts to exercise option period two for the accomplishment of complex emergent and continuous maintenance and Chief of Naval Operations availabilities on amphibious ships (LPD, LSD, LHA and LHD) homeported in San Diego, California. The exercising of these options ensures continued facilities and human resources capable of completing complex emergent and continuous maintenance…

J.F. Lehman Acquires Atlantic Marine

J.F. Lehman & Company, a New York-based private equity investor, completed a control investment in Atlantic Marine Holding Company, a provider of repair, overhaul and maintenance services for commercial seagoing vessels and U.S. Navy ships. Atlantic Marine owns and operates two stra¬tegically located shipyards in Jacksonville, Fla. and Mobile, Ala., and leases a third facil¬ity located at the Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville. Atlantic Marine’s Jacksonville facilities focus on the commercial and U.S. Navy repair market and in recent years has expanded its service offering to the repair and conversion of mega-yachts. The company’s Mobile operation focuses on the bluewater commercial ship re¬pair sector, including vessels that serve the U.S. Defense cargo market.

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