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Thursday, December 14, 2017

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USNS Fall River Christened at Austal USA

Christening USNS Fall River: Photo credit Austal USA

Over 400 naval and shipyard guests attended the ceremony, which was held underneath and between the iconic twin hulls of the fourth Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV) 'USNS Fall River'. The Honorable Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy, was the principal speaker at the event. The 338-foot catamaran vessel was named Fall River by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, after the tenth largest city in the state of Massachusetts. The ship’s sponsor, Mrs. Diane Bemus Patrick, the First Lady of Massachusetts, has her own record of excellence and distinguished professional and public service.

Navy to Christen Fourth Joint High Speed Vessel

Photo: Austal

The Navy will christen Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) Fall River on Jan. 11, during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony in Mobile, Ala. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the ceremony's principal address. Diane Patrick, the first lady of Massachusetts, will serve as the ship's sponsor. Upon delivery to the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command (MSC), Fall River will be designated as a United States naval ship (USNS), and will have a core crew of 21 civilian mariners who will operate and navigate the ship.

Fourth Joint High Speed Vessel Named

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus joined Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to announce that the name of the Department of the Navy's fourth Joint High Speed Vessel will be USNS Fall River (JHSV 4), during a brief ceremony at Heritage State Park on the Fall River waterfront. "The Fall River represents the physical embodiment of the City of Fall River's patriotic spirit," said Mabus, "and the dedication of the thousands of young men and women from this city who have worn and continue to wear the uniform of our country all over the world."  USNS Fall River will be the second ship to hold the name of the city. The first, USS Fall River, was a Baltimore-class heavy cruise ship commissioned in 1945 and used largely on training missions.

USNS Fall River Delivered by Austal USA

USNS Fall River: Photo USN

The Navy informs it has accepted delivery of Joint High Speed Vessel, the future 'USNS Fall River' from the Austal USA shipbuilder. The delivery marks a major milestone, the official transfer of the vessel from the shipbuilder to the Navy. USNS Fall River is the U.S. Navy's fourth Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV). "Today the Navy received a tremendous asset," said Strategic and Theater Sealift Program Manager Capt. Henry Stevens. Joint High Speed Vessels are versatile, non-combatant transport ships built from a commercial design with limited modifications for military use.

Weaver’s Cove LNG facility – Site Visit and Technical Conference

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice stating that staff of its Office of Energy Projects will conduct a visit to the site of Weaver’s Cove Energy, LLC’s proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal and storage facility in Fall River, Massachusetts on May 4. On May 5, the staff will conduct a cryogenic design and technical conference in Fall River. Both events are open to the public. 69 Fed. Reg. 22791 (HK Law).

Portsmouth To Fight LNG

The Portsmouth Town Council has voted to allocate up to $25,000 for legal expenses to help fight a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in nearby Fall River, Mass., the third Rhode Island community to promise money to oppose the project, according to a report on www.turnto10.com. The $250 million Weaver's Cove Energy project was approved on June 30 by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The FERC at that time rejected a proposal by KeySpan LNG to expand an LNG facility in Providence. KeySpan has asked the commission to reconsider its decision. Fall River has hired Washington lawyers to appeal the decision to locate an LNG terminal in the city.

Austal Launches USNS Fall River

JHSV 4 rolls out of Austal final assembly on Berard Transportation transporters onto a launch barge (photo: Austal)

On January 16, 2014, Austal USA successfully completed the launch process of the USNS Fall River (JHSV 4). Recently christened, this 103-meter high-speed catamaran represents the U.S. Department of Defense’s next generation multiuse platform. It is part of a 10-ship program, the funds for all of which have been appropriated, worth over $1.6 billion. The launch of USNS Fall River was conducted in a multistep process that involved having Berard Transportation transfer the ship from Assembly Bay 3 onto a deck barge, which was then towed to BAE Systems Southeast Shipyard.

House Bill to Block LNG Tankers From R.I. Waters

The House of Representatives on May 10 joined a growing list of official bodies erecting hurdles in front of a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal in Fall River, Mass. The House unanimously approved legislation that would, in effect, block LNG tankers from sailing through Rhode Island waters to get to the terminal. Sponsored by Rep. Raymond E. Gallison Jr., D-Bristol, the bill would prevent any tanker from coming within 1,000 yards of any residences, piers, docks, wharves or waterfront facilities. A tanker sailing to Fall River would have to pass within 600 yards of Fort Wetherill in Jamestown, 700 yards of Fort Adams, 400 yards of Sandy Point lighthouse on Prudence Island, 700 yards of the Prudence Island ferry dock and 500 yards of Arnold's Point in Portsmouth.

USCG Rejects LNG Appeal

The U.S. Coast Guard, according to an AP report, has rejected an appeal of its decision to advise against a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal in Fall River. The Coast Guard reportedly wrote a letter to Weaver's Cove Energy LLC executives to reaffirm its position that the river approaching the project is unsafe for navigation by massive LNG tankers.

FERC – Weaver’s Cover Offshore Berth Project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice stating that it is evaluating the Offshore Berth Project planned by Weaver’s Cove Energy. The plan calls for construction of a berthing facility in Mount Hope Bay, approximately one-mile southwest of Brayton Point in Somerset, Massachusetts, with pipelines connecting the berthing facility with the previously authorized liquid natural gas (LNG) facility in Fall River. Public scoping meetings will be held in , (June 24) and (June 25). Written comments should be submitted by July 7. source: HK Law

FERC Order re: Weaver’s Cove LNG Facility

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an Order approving the request to construct and operate the Weaver’s Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility at Fall River, Massachusetts. The order includes various environmental, safety, and security conditions, including compliance with U.S. Coast Guard requirements relating to maritime security, vessel operations, and emergency response planning. (HK Law)

Marine LNG Spills: Comment Period Reopened

The U.S. Coast Guard has reopened, until August 22, the comment period on the petition from the City of Fall River, Massachusetts. The petition asks the agency to promulgate regulations establishing thermal and vapor dispersion exclusion zones for marine spills of LNG. 70 Fed. Reg. 36363 (HK Law)

FERC approves two LNG terminals, disapproves one

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced that it approved proposals to construct and operate two new liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminals and disapproved one proposal. The approved facilities are the Weavers Cove project at Fall River, Massachusetts and the Golden Pass project to be constructed in Texas and Louisiana. The disapproved facility was proposed to have been in Providence, Rhode Island. (HK Law).

Weavers Cove LNG facility – letter of recommendation

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Notice stating that, in response to a Letter of Intent to operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Weavers Cove, Fall River, Massachusetts to accept shipments of LNG by water, the Coast Guard is preparing a letter of recommendation as to the suitability of the Narragansett Bay waterways for LNG marine traffic. Comments pertaining to maritime operation and waterways management aspects of the proposed LNG facility should be submitted by November 1. 69 Fed. Reg. 53455 (HK Law).

Green Light for Offshore LNG

Stuck at the wrong end of North America's natural gas pipelines, Massachusetts has relied on boatloads of liquefied natural gas to supplement pipeline gas for more than 30 years. The need for LNG has spiked in recent years as power producers have turned to this fuel for the region's newest -- and cleanest -- fossil fuel electricity plants. The safest terminals for unloading LNG are offshore, far away from residential neighborhoods, so it is reassuring to see that plans for two such ports are moving ahead. Both would be 8 miles or more from the coast, southeast of Gloucester. The owner of one would be Excelerate Energy of Texas, which for more than a year has been operating an offshore LNG port in the Gulf of Mexico.

Law to Restrict LNG Tankers from Narragansett Bay

A recently adopted law effectively bans tankers carrying liquefied natural gas from entering Narragansett Bay -- a restriction Rhode Island lawmakers hope will prevent an LNG terminal from being built in nearby Fall River, Mass. Coast Guard officials say the law may prove illegal and could seek to block it. The Boston Globe reported that the bill, signed on July 11 by Gov. Don Carcieri, prohibits LNG tankers from coming within hundreds of yards of multiple obstacles and hazards, including people, docks, waterfront facilities, hunting grounds or anywhere workers are welding. As a result, LNG tankers can't legally enter even the widest entrances to Narragansett Bay, said Rep. Raymond Gallison Jr., D-Portsmouth, the bill's sponsor.

Mikel, Inc. Wins USN Sub Deal

Mikel, Inc., Fall River, Mass., is being awarded a $9,079,049 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-11-C-6295) to provide engineering services to Team Submarine and the PMS 425 Program Office. Efforts will include combat systems of the future and non-collinear wave front curvature ranging. These services will be rendered as needed to provide for research and combat system development and processing in the areas of automation and data fusion, target motion analysis, weapon employment, and tactical decision aids that extend and apply previous efforts that focus on improved automation, reduced manning requirements, and improved human system integration over current combat systems applicable to Navy submarines, surface and air platforms.

NOAA: Federal Consistency Appeal

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that the Secretary of Commerce has stayed, for a period of 60 days, closure of the decision record in administrative appeals filed by Weaver’s Cove LLC and Mill River Pipeline LLC. The decision record for these appeals will now close on May 5. The companies had applied for a permit to construct and operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import facility and associated pipelines in Fall River, Massachusetts. 73 Fed. Reg. 11396 (HK Law).

Melding The Old With The New

It's a timeless piece of history that is the newest deal going on in the cruise ship industry - the deal between the Delta Queen Steamboat Co. and Atlantic Marine, which calls for the building of two U.S. Coastal flag ships inspired by the former Fall River Line Vessels which ran from 1847 to 1937. It was the age in which water transportation was the only mode of distance travel. Henry Ford and the Wright Brothers had not yet become household names and the horse and carriage reigned as the only means of getting to and fro. Aristocracy held court on ships that sailed the high seas - namely the Fall River Line, which ran from New York to New England. Inspired yet? Executives at Delta Queen were - so much that they decided to model their current project after the famed line.

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SENESCO Signs $6.5 Million Barge Building Contract

Southeastern New England Shipbuilding Corporation (SENESCO), North Kingstown, R.I., has penned a contract with Barges Unlimited of Fall River, Mass. to construct an 80,000-barrel, 320-ft. (97.5 m) double hull barge valued at more than $6.5 million. Per the agreement, SENESCO will manufacture the largest double hull barge ever constructed in the Northeast. Work is expected to commence immediately and is expected to take up to one year for completion, at which time it will be utilized by Seaboats for transportation and delivery of light oil products.

Navy Objection May Sink LNG Project

The U.S. Navy could help scuttle plans of a developer that would have LNG tankers trolling through the Navy's torpedo test range in Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay, according to a report in the Boston Herald. Last month, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center asked federal regulators to reconsider the decision to approve a new liquefied natural gas storage facility in Fall River – which would get its LNG via giant ships passing through the bay. The developer, Weaver's Cover LLP, has criticized the center's intervention in the controversial case, saying it was made too late. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission earlier this year temporarily put a freeze on all proceedings until it can decide whether it should rehear the Weaver's Cove LNG proposal.

Austal Launches Trenton (JHSV 5)

Trenton (JHSV 5). Photo courtesy of Austal USA

On September 30, 2014, Austal USA successfully completed the launch process of Trenton (JHSV 5) - the second Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) launched by Austal in 2014. This 103-meter high-speed catamaran represents the U.S. Department of Defense’s next generation multiuse platform. It is part of a 10-ship program worth more than $1.6 billion. The launch of Trenton was conducted in a multi-step process that involved having Berard Transportation transfer the ship from Assembly Bay 3 onto a Crowley deck barge, which was then towed to BAE Systems Southeast Shipyard.

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