U.S. Navy’s Last Gun Cruiser Goes To Scrapyard
The last all-gun cruiser in the U.S. Navy’s inventory is finally headed for the scrapyard. The cruiser Des Moines began the long tow to Texas on Aug. 21 from a storage facility in Philadelphia, where it had been kept for 45 years. Although the Navy planned to get rid of the ship more than a decade ago, disposal was put off while several preservation groups attempted to preserve the Des Moines as a museum ship. None of those efforts came to fruition, and the Navy decided in May to scrap the ship. On Aug. 21 — the same day the ship left Philadelphia — a $924,000 contract to dismantle the Des Moines was awarded to ESCO Marine of Brownsville, Texas. Under tow by the Navy salvage ship Grasp, the Des Moines is expected to arrive in Brownsville around Sept.
USN AEGIS Cruiser Modernization Program
frigate USS Ingraham (FFG 61) during a leap frog training exercise. The exercise allows ship handlers to practice the approach and stabilization alongside and a breakaway in a simulated underway replenishment environment. Ingraham and Antietam are part of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Carrier Strike Group on deployment in the Western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jeremie Kerns. By Edward H. The U.S. Navy’s “Cruiser Modernization” program will extend…
Shenzen Pengxing Shipping Orders Fast Ferries
CoCo Yachts has announced a contract for the basic and detailed design for two (2) fast ferries type Coastal Cruiser 200. The vessels will be built by Afai Southern Shipyard in Guangzhou, P.R. China. Shenzhen Pengxing Shipping Co., Ltd. has chosen the Coastal Cruiser 200 design for it’s fuel efficiency in combination with excellent sea keeping performance. Shenzhen Pengxing Shipping Co., Ltd. will use both Coastal Cruiser 200 fast ferries to provide ferry services between Shenzhen – Zhuhai – Macau and Hong Kong, including several (Hong Kong) islands.
Feature: Adding Combat Power; Extending Ship Life
By Edward H. The U.S. Navy's "Cruiser Modernization" program will extend the service life and enhance the combat capability of 22 of the Navy's 27 multi-mission AEGIS cruisers (CG-52 through CG-73). The Cruiser Modernization is necessary to enable the CG-47 class to participate effectively in support of joint littoral campaigns. Missions include land attack, littoral undersea warfare, force protection, and anti-air defense, as well as allowing for a possible future Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) mission. The program extends the service life of each ship to 35 years. Combat systems will be upgraded while crew size and maintenance requirements will be reduced.
CoCo Yachts Wins Order for Three Ferries
In the same week of the launching of fast ferry Peng Xing 15, the first Coastal Cruiser 200 designed by CoCo Yachts and built by AFAI Southern Shipyard, Peng Xing ferry company decided to sign the contract for another three Coastal Cruiser 200 fast ferries. The new contract was signed on January 10, 2014 in the main office of the Peng Xing Group. The fast ferries shall be delivered to Peng Xing Ferry company in 2015, and shall be deployed to run services in the Pearl River delta between Shenzhen – Zhuhai – Hong Kong – Macau P.R.
KCS Int’l Recalls Workers, New Boat Model
KCS International, Inc., the parent company of Cruisers Yachts and Rampage Sport Fishing Yachts, announced it has hired back 100 of its employees to work on new orders for both brands, and to help complete the 2011 prototype of the 470 Cruisers Yachts Sports Coupe. The new model, set to debut this summer, will come standard with Volvo Penta IPS, Cruisers Yachts’ signature walk-through windshield and other features set to be announced later this year. “Although the past year has been pretty rough on the boating industry, our unwavering commitment to the Cruisers Yachts and Rampage Sport Fishing Yachts brands is what has carried us through these tough economic times,” said Mark Pedersen, president of KCS International, Inc.
Lockheed Martin Awarded $20.8M Contract
The U.S. Aegis Combat System upgrade ship-set for a cruiser modernization program. operational cost efficiency of up to 22 existing Aegis-equipped cruisers. installed aboard by USS Bunker Hill (CG 52). at Wallops Island and Dahlgren, VA. "The cruiser modernization program is critical to the sustainment of U.S. the Department of Defense," said Capt. Executive Office for Ships. the 1980s and early 1990s. incorporate commercial off-the-shelf equipment and open systems architecture. Deepwater programs. is supporting the U.S. surface ships. component of the sea-based element of the U.S. System. advanced computer-controlled radar system. threat environment in naval warfare.
Chinook Aluminum Cruiser Delivered
The William E. Munson Company delivered a 32 ft. Chinook welded aluminum cruiser to Ed Robinson's Diving Adventures. Powered by twin Volvo KAD43 diesels, coupled to Volvo dual prop drive legs, the USCG certified 15-passenger dive boat has a top speed of 45 mph light and 40 mph fully loaded. Outfitting includes port and starboard side dive doors, large stern dive platform with two flip out dive ladders, aluminum tank rack for 30 dive bottles, tropical style open-backed wheelhouse with sunroof, mini foc'sle with head, 50-gal., fresh water wash down system, 150-gal. fuel system and Fortress anchoring system. The William E. Munson Company delivered a 32 ft. Chinook welded aluminum cruiser to Ed Robinson's Diving Adventures.
Cosco Xiamen Orders Aluminum Fast Ferry
CoCo Yachts and AFAI Southern Shipyard Guangzhou Panyu ltd have been awarded a new building contract with Cosco Xiamen for a Coastal Cruiser 322 aluminum fast ferry. The newly built Coastal Cruiser 322 will replace Cosco Xiamen’s current fast ferry with on the passenger service between Xiamen P.R. China and Kinmen Taiwan. The Coastal Cruiser 322 will have feature passenger saloon on main deck with economy seats and a spacious business class and VIP arrangement on the upper deck.
Fast Ferry Delivered to Zhuhai High Speed Ferry Company
Afai Southern Shipyard (Panyu Guangzhou) Ltd. and CoCo Yachts B.V. announced that the second of the two new fast ferries, Hai Jing, was delivered to Zhuhai High Speed Ferry Company on April 22, 2016. During the sea trials a top speed of 38 knots at full load was measured. According to the builder, special attention has been given to ensure high level of outfitting in the passenger accommodation, both on main and upper deck. Both exterior color design and interior design has been made by Spear Green from Australia.
Plenty Ships Wins Chinese Ferry Order
CoCo Yachts – Plenty Ships has won an order with Zhuhai Fast Ferry Company to build two aluminum high speed ferries. Zhuhai Fast Ferry Company has several fast ferries in its fleet, including two CoCo Yachts designed Coastal Cruiser 288, which are sailing between Zhuhai port and the Chinese Ferry Terminal in Hong Kong. The new designed Coastal Cruisers 356 will start the service between Zhuhai and the islands in the Pearl River delta. The new vessels will be designed and built in accordance with the China Classification Society Rules 2015 and IMO High Speed Code 2000…
USN to Decommission 11 Ships
US warships, eleven in number comprising six frigates, four cruisers and an aircraft carrier are set to be decommissioned during fiscal 2013, according to a Navy message released by Deputy Chief of Naval Operations Vice-Admiral John Blake, which includes deactivation dates and the fates of the ships. The six frigates will be sold to foreign militaries, while the four cruisers will be dismantled. USS Enterprise, the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the oldest active-duty warship in the fleet, will move to a shipyard March 15, next year.
This Day in Coast Guard History – July 30
1966- When the Coast Guard Station at Belle Isle, Michigan, received a report of a cabin cruiser afire at a boat dock, patrol boats were dispatched to the scene by radio. Within minutes, they were alongside the burning vessel, spraying water on the fire. The entire cabin cruiser was in flames, since its gas tanks had already blown up. The patrol boats, to minimize the damage to nearby facilities, towed the burning craft out of the marina. When notified that a woman was still on board, two Coast Guardsmen boarded the flaming cruiser and checked the cabin, only to find no one. As it turned out, the woman had already jumped overboard and made her way to shore safely. The fire was eventually brought under control, but not before the expenditure of many gallons of foam.
This Day in Naval History – July 19
1812 - USS Constitution escapes from British squadron after 3 day chase off New Jersey 1886 - Atlanta, the first steel-hulled American cruiser armed with breechloading rifled guns, is commissioned. 1897 - LT Robert E. Peary departs on year long Arctic Expedition which makes many important discoveries, including one of largest meteorites, Cape York. 1918 - Armored cruiser USS San Diego sunk off Fire Island, NY by a mine laid by U-156. 1940 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs second Naval Expansion Act. (Source: Navy News Service)
Brunswick Buys North Carolina Boat Plant
Brunswick Corporation will expand its manufacturing presence in North Carolina with the purchase of a boat manufacturing facility in Navassa, N.C., near Wilmington, from KCS International, Inc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The Navassa site will offer Brunswick additional and needed capacity to build larger boats -- a growing market segment -- as well as the ability to manufacture several brands of cruisers at the facility, increasing production flexibility, productivity and efficiency. In a related action, Brunswick will close its Salisbury, Md., plant and transfer cruiser production to the new North Carolina facility.
Lockheed Gets $5.7m Navy Deal
The U.S. Navy awarded a $5.7m contract modification to a unit of Lockheed Martin Corp. Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors will deliver cruiser modernization hardware to the Navy, which will be installed on the USS Mobile Bay and USS Philippine Sea in 2009. The cruiser program is critical to the maintenance of the Navy's force structure and the successes of current and future Pentagon missions, the Navy said. The company will complete the work in Moorestown, N.J. and Ferrol, Spain through September 2009. Source: AP
Navy Cruiser Arrives At Bender For Repair Work
Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co. signed a contract for the drydocking and repair of USS Yorktown. The Ticonderoga Class Guided Missile Cruiser, which was built at Ingalls in 1982 has a workscope of standard drydocking items and shaft repairs. The vessel arrived at Bender on November 12, where it will remain until December 1.
Top 8 Cruise Industry Trends for 2017
As part of its 2017 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook, trade association Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has forecasted the top eight cruise travel trends that will have the greatest impact on the cruise industry in the coming year. New Generation Takes to the Water – A recent study found that younger generations—including Millennials and Generation X — will embrace cruise travel more than ever before, rating it as better than land-based vacations, all-inclusive resorts, tours, vacation house rentals or camping.
'Boat of the Year': Bavaria Vision 46
Bavaria Vision 46 named Cruising World’s 2013 'Boat of the Year' in the competitive full-size cruising class. The first of Bavaria’s recently launched Vision Series, the all new 46 caught the eye of Cruising World’s panel of judges because it "more than met its stated objective (of being) the ultimate ‘couple’s’ cruiser, easy to sail and operate and possessing lavish appointments and accoutrements.” Furthermore the judges praised the Vision 46’s “easily driven hull and notable sailing characteristics.
Ships Slated for Retirement Should be Retained – House Republicans
The Navy will have to upgrade and keep three of four Ticonderoga-class cruisers the service planned to retire in 2013, according to proposed legislation released by House Republicans. The proposal by House Armed Services readiness subcommittee chairman Randy Forbes, R-Va., would keep the Cowpens, Anzio and Vicksburg in the fleet by authorizing needed upgrades. The Navy had planned to retire all three, along with the Port Royal, on March 31, 2013, and three more the following year to meet congressionally mandated budget cuts and to save an expected $4.1 billion.
USCG Assists Distressed Vessel off Massachusetts
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) rescue crews assisted a fishing vessel in distress by air-dropping de-watering pumps after the 53-foot Canadian flagged vessel Island Cruiser collided with the 120-foot converted ferry vessel Esperanza June 26, 2014. Watchstanders at Sector Southeastern New England received notification that the Island Cruiser was being towed by the Esperanza and the tow broke causing the collision and resulting in a hole above the water line on its port quarter. After the collision, the onboard pumps on the Island Cruiser could not keep up with the flooding. Rescue crews from Air Station Cape Cod launched an MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter with two additional pumps aboard. The pumps were dropped and the vessel reported that the flooding was being controlled.
Cruise Ship Collides with Bridge in Germany
River cruise ship Swiss Crystal struck a motorway bridge over the Rhine River in Germany, injuring at least 25 on board, according to local media. The 100-meter-long Swiss river cruiser was carrying 129 passengers from Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg when it struck a pillar of the bridge head on near Duisburg on Tuesday evening. The vessel’s bow suffered significant damage. Police said most of the injuries were minor, and the four people taken to the hospital were released on Wednesday. Passengers were able to continue their journey to the Netherlands on a second vessel.
New River Cruiser on Burma River
The new river cruiser, Orcaella, has joined its sister ship, Road To Mandalay, on the mighty Ayeyarwady River. Plus, say the owners, it is venturing into new waters along the river's more mysterious tributary, the Chindwin. Named after the dolphins unique to the Ayeyarwady, this elegant, four-deck ship takes passengers to the very heart of Myanmar on leisurely seven- and 11-night voyages. Orcaella cruises between Yangon and Bhamo, stopping at key cultural sites and towns, including Bagan and Mandalay, as well as dropping anchor at fascinating, off-the-beaten-track sites.