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Saturday, January 20, 2018

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Fincantieri to Adapt FREMM Frigate for US Navy

Fincantieri FREMM-FFG reference design vessel. Six of the 10 FREMM ships Fincantieri is constructing for the Italian Navy are in service. (Image: Fincantieri)

Shipbuilder Fincantieri Marine Group has announced further details on its plans to adapt its FREMM frigate, already in service for the Italian Navy since 2012, to design the U.S. Navy’s new guided-missile frigate, FFG(X). Fincantieri said it will lead an industry team, including Gibbs & Cox and Trident Maritime Systems, to design and build the ships at its U.S. shipyards, including Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) in Marinette, Wisc. The FFG(X) design is based on FREMM, a multi-mission ship capable of conducting antisurface…

Gibbs & Cox Acquires DLBA

Don Blount, President of DLBA Photo  DLBA

Gibbs & Cox, Inc. announced the acquisition of Donald L. Blount and Associates, Inc. (DLBA), a Chesapeake, VA-based firm renowned for its naval architecture and marine engineering services for commercial and government clients world-wide. Biben emphasized Gibbs & Cox’s focus on expansion and innovation. “DLBA’s new association with Gibbs & Cox will significantly enhance DLBA’s depth and breadth in providing timely and quality high performance marine solutions to our world-wide market…

High Speed Amphibious Craft for Leisure Market

Quadski on the Water: Photo credit Gibbs

U.S. manufacturers, Gibbs Sports Amphibians acquires factory to build revolutionary Quadski high speed amphibious craft. Gibbs Sports Amphibians announce the company's establishment of a 54,000 sq. ft. factory in Auburn Hills to produce the Quadski, the first High Speed Amphibian available for consumer purchase. Fifteen years in development, the GIBBS' Quadski is the first commercially available High Speed Amphibian (HSA). HSA technology is the result of award-winning engineering and more than $200 million in research and development investment.

Gibbs & Cox Celebrate 80 Years

Gibbs & Cox, Inc. celebrate 80 years of operations this year as an independent U.S. naval architecture and marine engineering firm. “Gibbs & Cox has been there for the long haul for the U.S. Navy,” said Vice Admiral Paul Sullivan, USN (Ret.), 41st Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (COMNAVSEA). “The partnership has been particularly fruitful for surface combatants. We have worked together on World War II destroyers right up to today's LCS design. Over this 80-year period, more than 6,000 naval and commercial ships have been built to Gibbs & Cox, Inc. designs. With the commissioning of the U.S. Navy’s first Littoral Combat Ship (LCS-1) USS Freedom, nearly 80 percent of the current U.S. Navy Ship Battle Forces surface combatant fleet, and over 45 percent of the entire U.S.

Gibbs and Lockheed to Develop HSA Vehicles

Gibbs Technologies have agreed to develop a family of high speed amphibious vehicles designed specifically for military operations. all terrain vehicle. land-to-water in five seconds. capability for military littoral, riverine and special operations. - The Terraquad, capable of over 55 mph on the water and 50 mph on land. expeditionary command and control capability, armor and weapons systems. information from onboard and remote sensors. accommodate a variety of weapons systems, based on specific mission needs. Maritime Systems & Sensor's vice president for Mission Systems.

World's First Hi-speed Amphibian's Miami Debut

Quadski: Photo credit Gibbs

The GIBBS Quadski, will make its Miami debut at this year's International Boat Show. The dream of two visionary entrepreneurs -- Alan Gibbs and Neil Jenkins -- the Quadski is the product of millions of research dollars and years of development work in the U.S., New Zealand and the UK. It is being assembled at a 54,000-square-foot assembly plant in Auburn Hills, Michigan. "Quadski represents an entirely new form of transportation," notes Alan Gibbs , the founder of Gibbs Technologies and Gibbs Sports Amphibians.

Fincantieri, Gibbs & Cox Launch R&D Initiative

Fincantieri Marine Group LLC, the U.S. subsidiary of Italy’s shipbuilding giant FINCANTIERI S.p.A., and Gibbs & Cox, Inc., the independent naval engineering and design firm in North America, announced a joint strategic research and development initiative in the ship and vessel design arena. The initiative will focus on future ship and vessel concepts with applications within the United States as well as the international marketplace. It will investigate means of developing innovative ship concepts with improved affordability and production efficiency features. Giuseppe Bono, CEO of FINCANTIERI, said, “Bringing together FINCANTIERI and Gibbs & Cox’s complementary skills and expertise will offer innovative capabilities to the U.S. market.

Ship Concept Study Delivered to Navy

Gibbs & Cox, Inc. have delivered their Focused Mission High Speed (FMHS) Ship Concept Study to the United States Navy. The FMHS concept design is the result of a 90-day contract awarded to the Gibbs & Cox, Inc. FMHS Team by the U.S. Navy on November 8, 2002. The results of the study show that the Gibbs & Cox, Inc. FMHS Team design meets or exceeds the general guidance and requirements (top speed, performance in a seaway, signatures, aviation capability, high speed endurance and modularity) within the $220 Million target budget. The Gibbs & Cox FMHS Team design philosophy emphasized the use of state of the art, proven technology to reduce technical and cost risk…

Gibbs & Cox Appoints Harper as VP, Design Group

Gibbs & Cox, Inc. has  announced the appointment of Keith Harper as Vice President and Group Manager of the Gibbs & Cox Design Group. In this role, Harper will be responsible for providing guidance, direction and oversight regarding technical approach, schedule adherence, product status and technical quality for naval and commercial projects. He will also be responsible for staffing and training required to meet the schedule and quality goals of Gibbs & Cox and our customers. Harper began his career in the maritime industry as a designer in the Newport News, VA office of Gibbs & Cox, Inc.

Horizon Delivers New Z-drive Tug For Dixie Towing

Horizon Shipbuilding of Bayou La Batre, Ala., delivered a Cummins-powered Z-drive tug to Dixie Towing of Jacksonville Florida on January 12, 2001. The 70 x 26-ft. boat is powered by a pair of Cummins KTA19 M3 engines rated for 500 hp each at 1,800 rpm. The engines turn Ustein-Aquamaster 370H Z-drives with 52-in.(1321 m/m) propeller diameters. Dixie Towing owner Robert Gibbs explains that the new boat, named M/V Belle Watling, was nearly two years in planning. Working with Jacksonville based naval architect Ed Glowacki, Gibbs settled on an azimuthing stern Z-drive design for its versatility. The original plans for a 24-ft. beam on the hard chine hull was broadened to 26 ft. in order to achieve the nine-foot draft limit of much of the Intercoastal Waterway.

Documentary Planned on SS United States

Reston, Virginia based company, Rock Creek Productions, Inc. is producing a historical documentary entitled The Big U. The film focuses on the life and times of the superliner SS United States and her Philadelphia born designer, William Francis Gibbs. The SS United States has been on the National Register for Historic Places since 1999. The filmmakers are aiming for a 2008 national release on PBS. “I sailed on the ship when I was a little boy, and it’s remained in the back of my mind all these years. I’ve learned what an instrumental figure Gibbs was in the success of our nation’s navy fleets at a time when the United States ruled the oceans. Now it’s time for America to hear and learn about these forgotten icons,” stated Rock Creek’s Vice President and Producer/Director Tim Phillips.

Gibbs & Cox Part of Lockheed LCS Team

The U.S. Navy has awarded a Lockheed Martin led industry team a fixed price incentive fee contract to construct the Navy’s third Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). Gibbs & Cox, Inc., naval architects and marine engineers, is the Design Agent for the Lockheed Martin Team. Kevin Moak, Chairman of Gibbs & Cox, Inc. Gibbs & Cox, Inc. was the Lead Ship Design Agent for the nation’s first LCS, USS Freedom. USS Freedom was commissioned by the Navy on November 8, 2008, following successful sea trials in August and delivery in September. Gibbs & Cox, Inc. will continue as the Design Agent for the next Lockheed Martin Littoral Combat Ship. Gibbs & Cox, Inc. is an independent engineering and design firm specializing in naval architecture, marine engineering, management support, and engineering consulting.

Gibbs & Cox Appoints Tallant Vice President

Gibbs & Cox, Inc., one of the world’s leading independent naval architecture and marine engineering firms, today announced that it appointed Shawn Tallant as Vice President of Business Development and Strategy. In this role, Tallant will develop and oversee strategic business plans and execute corporate business growth activities for Gibbs & Cox’s complete portfolio of U.S. government agencies, domestic and international commercial clients. “Shawn brings more than 33 years experience spanning military and industry strategy development…

G&C: New Agreement with BAE Systems Ship Repair

Gibbs & Cox won a Professional Services Agreement (PSA) with BAE Systems Ship Repair. The new PSA will allow any of the BAE Systems shipyards to contract directly with Gibbs & Cox for engineering services in support of their repair, fabrication and new construction work. BAE Systems Ship Repair is a leading provider of non-nuclear ship repair, modernization, conversion, overhaul, fabrication and new construction for commercial and government customers. • Norfolk Ship Repair, Norfolk, Va. • Southeast Shipyards Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Fla. • Southeast Shipyards Alabama, Mobile, Ala. • San Diego Ship Repair in San Diego, Calif. • San Francisco Ship Repair, San Francisco, Calif.

Navy Awards Ship Concepts Study to Gibbs & Cox

Gibbs & Cox has been awarded a contract for the U.S. Navy’s Ship Design Concepts Study. The purpose of the study is to assist the Navy in gaining greater insight into industry capabilities to design and build new, stealthy, high speed “Focused Mission Ships” that are designed to optimize warfighting in the Littoral Battlespace. The results of the study will be used by the Nay to formulate future ship requirements, such as for the Littoral Combat Ship Gibbs & Cox, Inc. established a team of organizations to assist them in this study, including: Donald L. Blount and Associates, Inc.; Marinette Marine Corporation; Fincantieri; Lockheed Martin Corporation; Lockheed Martin Corp.; Charters Technical Services, Technomics, and Angle, Inc.

Partners by Design: Gibbs & Cox

 Mark Masor, Gulf Coast Operations Manager for Gibbs & Cox in New Orleans

Local relationships, backed by 80 years of experience, help this independent engineering and design firm make waves in the competitive Gulf Coast design and build markets. Founded in 1929, Gibbs & Cox naval architects have designed warships and auxiliaries in the U.S. since 1933. In fact, fully 70 percent of the ships built during WWII were built to Gibbs & Cox design. Now fast approaching 7,000 ships in their impressive portfolio, the venerable firm also has no intention of sitting on its laurels in the fast moving world of shipbuilding and naval architecture.

DeMasi Named Deputy Director Gov’t Services, Gibbs & Cox

Gibbs & Cox, Inc., an independent naval architecture and marine engineering firms, announced the appointment of Frank DeMasi to Deputy Director of its Government Services Group. In this role, DeMasi will carry out strategic initiatives to expand the group’s core expertise to provide life cycle design and engineering support services that meet the evolving needs of U.S. naval and maritime defense customers. “Spanning 29 years of military service and 10 years of senior management with SAIC, Frank brings an impressive legacy of proven business results, leadership and dedication,” said Rick Biben, Chief Executive, Gibbs & Cox. Prior to joining Gibbs & Cox…

Cutter to Receive New Officer in Charge

Coast Guard Cutter Chippewa is scheduled to hold a change-of-command and retirement ceremony Friday at 11 a.m. at Coast Guard Shore Side Detachment Paris Landing here. Master Chief Petty Officer Ray Sexton will relieve Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Gibbs, who took command of the Chippewa in June 2000. Sexton previously served as officer in charge of the Coast Guard Cutter Brant, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Corpus Christi, Texas. A retirement ceremony will immediately follow for Gibbs, who has finished more than 34 years of Coast Guard service; however, Gibbs will return to active duty and take command of the Coast Guard Cutter Cheyenne, a 75-foot river tender homeported in St. Louis.

Keenan Named VP at Gibbs & Cox

Gibbs & Cox, Inc., an independent naval architecture and marine engineering firm, announced the appointment of Patrick J. Keenan as Vice President, Platform Solutions Group. In this role, Keenan will have responsibility for leadership and management of the company's government and commercial ship design solutions across the Gibbs & Cox global portfolio. "Who do you want on your team to salvage the Costa Concordia? You want the guy who led salvage and recovery of USS Cole. That's Pat Keenan," said Rick Biben, CEO. Prior to joining Gibbs & Cox, Inc., Pat served as Global Operations Director for Crowley/Titan Salvage, where he led operations in the recent raising of the Costa Concordia, the largest salvage job in maritime history.

Horizon Delivers New Z-Drive Tug to Dixie Towing

Horizon Shipbuilding of Bayou La Batre, Ala., delivered a Cummins-powered Z-drive tug to Dixie Towing of Jacksonville, Fla., on Jan. 12, 2001, 30 days ahead of the contractual delivery date. Belle Watling is the first azimuthing tug to be built by Horizon. The 70- x 26-ft. boat is powered by a pair of Cummins KTA19 M3 engines rated for 500 hp each at 1,800 rpm. The engines turn Ulstein-Aquamaster 370H Z-drives with 52-in. propeller diameters. Dixie Towing owner Robert Gibbs explains that the new boat, named M/V Belle Watling, was nearly two years in planning. Glowacki Engineering of Jacksonville, Florida provided the contract design for Dixie Towing. Detail design was completed by Horizon's in-house design staff.

Gibbs Brothers Medal to Keane Jr.

Stevens alum Robert G. Keane Jr. (M. Eng. ’67) will receive the Gibbs Brothers Medal from the National Academy of Sciences, a nonprofit institution that recognizes achievement in science and provides science, technology and health policy advice to the federal government and other organizations. The Gibbs Brothers Medal is awarded every three years for outstanding contributions in the field of naval architecture and marine engineering. It was established through the Gibbs Brothers Fund by gift of William Francis Gibbs and Frederic H. Gibbs and is presented with a $20,000 prize.

America's Super Liner to Set Sail Once Again?

As a child, I often noticed a framed postcard that hung in the living room of my parents' home in Long Island. It was a simple silver rimmed frame with blue matting that showed back and front of the postcard — the front depicting a large ship with red, white and blue smokestacks — the back holding an autograph of former President Dwight Eisenhower (see photo below). For years, I passed this by as if it were of no significance. However, I would have never thought that one day I'd be writing about this framed postcard. The "large ship" to which I am referring is the United States Lines flagship, the S.S. United States, which my mother, Evelyn (Sullivan) Ciardiello, traveled on from New York to Europe in 1963 — 11 years after the vessel held its maiden voyage on July 3, 1952.

SS United States: Deal Reportedly brokered to Save Historic Ship

(Image: Maritime Reporter & Engineering News)

A deal has been brokered to save the historic liner SS United States, with full details scheduled to be announced in New York City on Thursday, February 4, 2016. Once the queen of the express liners, and the fastest, safest and biggest passenger liner in history, the SS United States for years has quietly awaited rescue in Philadelphia. Built by Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. (now Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) and designed by legendary  William Francis Gibbs (Gibbs & Cox, Inc.

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