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Monday, January 22, 2018

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New Patrol Boat Delivered to Puerto Rico PD

The Puerto Rico Police Department's new Metal Shark 35 Defiant, operating off the coast of San Juan. (PRPD Photo)

The Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) has taken delivery of a new patrol boat from Louisiana-based boatbuilder Metal Shark. The new 35-foot Defiant welded aluminum pilothouse patrol vessel, built at Metal Shark’s Jeanerette, La. production facility, joins the fleet of 36-foot Metal Shark Fearless-class high performance center console patrol boats delivered to the PRPD a year ago. The PRPD’s new patrol boat features a fully-enclosed, climate-controlled pilothouse for all weather operation, outfitted with Shockwave shock-mitigating seating for a crew of four, the builder said.

MV Manukai Christened in Philadelphia

Matson Navigation Company, Inc.’s (Matson) new containership MV Manukai was christened today by Margaret Inouye, wife of Senator Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii, at a ceremony held at Philadelphia Kvaerner Shipyard, Inc. (KPSI). The vessel is the first of a two-ship, $220 million contract with KPSI. Among those present for the ceremony were Senator Inouye, Governor Edward G. Rendell of Pennsylvania, Charles M. Stockholm, chairman of the board, Alexander and Baldwin, Inc., and Allen Doane, president and CEO, Alexander and Baldwin, Inc., and chairman of the board, Matson. The Manukai is the first new Matson vessel built since 1992, when the MV R. J. Pfeiffer entered the company’s service, and the first new Matson ship of the 21st century.

NYK Obtains ISO Certification

NYK Engineering Co., Ltd., has become the first new shipbuilding consultancy in Japan to obtain ISO 9001:2000 certification. By obtaining the certificate, NYK Engineering has verified the establishment of a quality management system in their new shipbuilding consultancy service, which includes design of new shipbuilding, approval drawings, and site supervision. Source TMCnet

First of New Patrol Vessels Operational

On January 11 the first new patrol vessel of the Rotterdam Port Authority got its name and came into operation. The body was constructed in Poland (Stocznia Tczew) and completed at the Damen Shipyard in the Netherlands. The RPA 12 is the first in a series of seven vessels of which five are capable to fight fire as well. Total costs of the renewal of the fleet are 25 million euro.

Iranian Shipyard Karoon Signs New Contract

Karoon Shipyard, as one of the Iranian private companies in shipbuilding and repair, has won its first new project in New Year. According to a report, Vice President Mahmood Rastkar declared on that, "this supply boat with length 118 ft and 40 ton bullard pull will be equipped with bow thruster and delivery time will be at the end of 2011. Total cost estimation is $2.2m. This vessel is designed according to National Iranian Oil Company (NITC) requirement. www.karoon-shipyard.com

SMIT Acquires Brazilian Shipbuilder

SMIT recently acquired 50% of Rebras, Rebocadores de Brazil S.A. Rebras already owns three 55-ton BP ASD harbor tugs, which are chartered out on bare boat basis. The company, to be renamed SMIT Rebocadores do Brazil S.A., plans to operate a minimum of twenty tugs in the range 45 to 65 tons bollard pull. The company has a commitment from a Brazilian Shipyard for building twelve 45-ton BP and six 65-ton BP tugs to be locally financed. Delivery of the first new tugs is planned in the course of 2007.

Schwarzenegger, Offshore Oil Drilling

According to a June 1 report from the Los Angeles Times, the State Lands Commission lashed out at Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's attempt to reverse its rejection of the first new oil drilling in California waters since 1969. At a contentious hearing in Santa Monica, the commission passed a resolution urging legislators not to go along with Schwarzenegger's plan, which would revive a drilling project off the Santa Barbara County coast that the commission killed in January. (Source: Los Angeles Times)

Iraq Launches Oil Tanker

The Iraqi Oil Tanker Co. launched its first new ship in 27 years, according to an AP report. The 14,000-ton, Chinese built Dijlah was inaugurated in Basra, officials said.

CA May Consider Offshore Oil Project

According to a report from PennEnergy.com, California’s legislature might vote later this week to authorize the first new oil activity off Santa Barbara in 40 years as a way to help resolve the state’s budget crisis. The proposal reportedly was part of an agreement Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reached on July 20 with majority and minority leaders of the state’s senate and assembly to eliminate California’s $26.3b budget deficit. It includes some $15.5b in cuts, defers other costs, and takes funds from cities and counties, several news reports said. (Source: PennEnergy.com)

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 in September 2004. The ships will sail under the company's new U.S. Flag brand - NCL America sm- with 100 percent U.S. officers and crew. Pride of America will be the first new ocean-going passenger ship in nearly 50 years to sail under the American flag.

Ship Systems Awarded Deepwater Contracts Worth $129M

long lead material procurement for the U.S. Coast Guard's first new National Security Cutter (NSC). The combined contracts mark the first step in the development and delivery of this new class of cutters set to replace the Coast Guard's aging fleet of surface vessels. Integrated Coast Guard Systems (ICGS) awarded the contracts under the Coast Guard's Integrated Deepwater System Program. supports our design effort in the U.S. Program," said Dr. Philip A. president and president of the company's Ship Systems sector. contract design phase was recently completed. in 2006. Guard's 200-year history. logistics systems. estimated to total $17 billion over the life of the program. would threaten the security of our homeland," Dur said. "The U.S.

Rodriquez Cantieri Navali Awarded Contract

Rodriquez Cantieri Navali SpA of Italy and Arab Bridge Maritime Company of Jordan have signed a contract for a TMV 84 high-speed monohull to operate on their route from Aqaba, Jordan to Nuweiba, Egypt. The ship is scheduled to be delivered in less than a year from now. This route is currently served by a series of older passenger ferries as well as a 1992 built 131-ft. Flying Cat. For Arab Bridge Maritime Company, this will be the first new building in the history of the company and will also be the first new passenger ferry ever in Jordan with a Jordanian flag. For Rodriquez, this contract continues the diversification efforts of the company as it is the first contract with a Middle Eastern company in their history and further solidifies Rodriquez as a leading fast ferry builder.

MSC Cruises Welcomes Meraviglia

Photo: MSC Cruises

The Switzerland-based MSC Cruises welcomed its new giant, MSC Meraviglia, first in a new class of ships. MSC Cruises officially christened its newest cruise ship, the MSC Meraviglia, in a ceremony led by the ship’s godmother, Sophia Loren, last week in Le Havre. MSC Meraviglia is the company’s new flagship and the 13th addition to the MSC Cruises fleet, as well as the first new MSC Cruises ship due to come into service under the cruise line’s new investment plan. At 171,598 GRT and with guest capacity of 5…

Celebrity Cruises Orders New Ship

Celebrity Cruises has exercised its option to order a second 118,000 gross-registered-ton ship. German shipbuilder Meyer Werft will build the new tonnage, with delivery of the first ship planned for Fall 2008 and the second ship in Summer 2009. Celebrity also announced names of both new ships. The first new ship will be called Celebrity Solstice, and the second ship will be named Celebrity Equinox. The new series of ships will be known as the Solstice class. Terms for the second Solstice-class vessel are substantially the same as those of the first ship.

ISS Bags Tanzania's Paragon project

Paragon Offshore’s jack-up rig M826 in position.

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has been appointed by Paragon Offshore, Houston, as marine and logistic services provider for a new drilling campaign off the Songo Songo Islands, Tanzania – the first new commercial drilling project in Tanzania in a number of years. ISS is providing a range of services for Paragon Offshore including full husbandry, crew logistics, visa assistance and arranging marine and air charters. A leading provider of standard specification offshore drilling services…

Huntington Ingalls Industries Delivers DDG 113

John Finn (DDG 113) sails the Gulf of Mexico during Alpha  sea trials in October (Photo by Lance Davis/HII).

The John Finn (DDG 113) destroyer was delivered to the United States Navy by Huntington Ingalls Industries on December 7, 2016, the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Powered by GE’s Marine Solutions’ LM2500 marine gas turbines, the ship’s namesake helped shoot down Japanese warplanes during the attack and was the first Medal of Honor recipient of World War II. "GE is proud that our LM2500 marine gas turbines power the first new construction Arleigh Burke-class ship to go to sea in over four years,” said Brien Bolsinger, GE Vice President, Marine Operations, Evendale, Ohio.

Horizon Lines Takes Delivery of First of Five

Horizon Lines, Inc. took delivery of its first new containership, the Horizon Hunter from the Hyundai Mipo shipyard in South Korea. The Horizon Hunter is the first of five new, U.S.-flag, foreign built, sister vessels that the Company is chartering from subsidiaries of Ship Finance International Limited under definitive long-term charters and related agreements closed on April 11, 2006. The gross tonnage of the vessels is 28,592 tons, they have a capacity of 2,824 TEUs, and are capable of a service speed of 23 knots. The new vessels will be deployed in Horizon Lines' TP1 service linking the U.S. West Coast with Guam and Asia commencing in early 2007.

Carnival Signs MOA for First New Cruise Ships Built in China

Photo: Carnival

Carnival Corporation & plc has announced that its cruise joint venture in China has signed a non-binding memorandum of agreement (MOA) to order the industry’s first new cruise ships built in China for the Chinese market. The MOA is subject to several conditions including closing of the joint venture, financing and other key terms. As part of the new MOA, Carnival Corporation’s cruise joint venture in China agreed to order two new cruise ships to be built by a newly formed China-based shipbuilding joint venture between China’s largest shipbuilder…

Manukai’s Delivery Voyage – In Real Time

Matson Navigation Company’s new MV Manukai has commenced with its delivery voyage and is currently traveling from the U.S. East Coast to the West Coast, via the Panama Canal. The ship will then enter Matson’s Hawaii Service, with the inaugural voyage scheduled for October 1 from Los Angeles to Honolulu. The ship is the first to be built by Kvaerner Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. and the first new Matson ship of the 21st century. Utilizing today’s GPS technology, the ship’s voyage can be tracked on Matson’s “Birth of a Ship” Web site at www.matson.com/bos. By clicking on the “Track the Manukai” link below, detailed info on the vessel’s geographic position can be accessed.

InterManager Welcomes New Member

InterManager, the international trade association for the ship and crew management sector, has started the year by welcoming a new member. Ukrainian crew manager Alpha Navigation has been approved for Full Membership in what InterManager Secretary General Kuba Szymanski says is a significant move. “Ukraine is an important crew-supply area and we are delighted to welcome Alpha Navigation as the first InterManager member from this country and also our first new member of the year,” he said. Based in Odessa, one of the biggest ports in the Mediterranean and Black Seas area, and with branches in most Ukrainian sea ports, Alpha Navigation represents more than 2,500 competent and qualified Ukrainian crew.

Laurin Maritime Adopts AMOS for Newbuild

SpecTec AB (Sweden) has signed a contract with long term customer Laurin Maritime as agents for Anglo-Atlantic Steamship Co. Ltd. for the first new build vessel (Cavatina) which is the first in a series of five, built at Trogir shipyard in Croatia. The vessels are IMIO II Tankers for chemicals and oil products and will each have a deadweight of about 46,200 tons. They will have 20 coated cargo tanks, each with a capacity of below 3,000 m3. The cargo tanks are fully strengthened to carry high density cargos such as Caustic Soda 50% Solution. The first vessel is scheduled to be delivered in December 2009 and will join Laurin Maritime´s fleet of tankers for oil and chemicals. The last vessel in the series is scheduled for delivery in 2011.

Avondale To Build Fourth DH Tanker

Litton Industries Inc. said Polar Tankers Inc. has exercised an option for a fourth double-hull crude oil carrier, valued at $197 million, to ship Alaskan crude oil. Under a contract awarded in 1997, Litton's Avondale Industries Inc. subsidiary has three 125,000 DWT crude oil carriers under construction. Delivery of the first ship is scheduled for January 2001. Long Beach, Calif.-based Polar Tankers, a subsidiary of Phillips Petroleum Co., Polar Tankers has an option with Litton Avondale for a fifth ship which could be exercised in the first quarter of calendar year 2001. The Millennium Class "next generation" tankers being built at Litton Avondale are the first new crude-oil carriers being built for the Alaskan trade in compliance with the Federal Oil Pollution Act of 1990.

Gudrun on Stream

The Gudrun platform (Photo: Harald Pettersen/Statoil)

At 7:25 a.m. on April 7, Statoil and its partners (GDF SUEZ and OMV) started production on the Gudrun oil and gas field in the North Sea. "Gudrun is the first new Statoil-operated platform to come on stream on the Norwegian continental shelf since 2005. This is a red-letter day for the company," said Arne Sigve Nylund, Statoil's executive vice president for the Development and Production Norway business area. The new field contributes to important production from the Norwegian shelf. Statoil expects to recover 184 million barrels of oil and gas (oil equivalent) from the field.

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