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Manitowoc Close to Signing Navy Deal

Manitowoc Company is close to signing a contract for the U.S. Navy worth about $360m in new business, Reliable Plant Magazine reported. The company also has bid for a Coast Guard contract to build a fleet of high-speed boats, valued at several hundred million dollars, over a period of several years. The company expects to find out if it has won the Coast Guard contract by July. Under this contract, Manitowoc would build barge-like loading systems for military ships. The systems would be a string of barges that, coupled together, would become floating platforms for loading and offloading vehicles (tanks, trucks) and cargo. (Source: Reliable Plant Magazine)

Fuel to be Removed from Sunken Boat in S.C.

The U.S. Coast Guard contracted the removal of any fuel or hazardous substances that may be aboard the 65-foot motor vessel Wanderer Monday, after the vessel sank in the Intracoastal Waterway at Osprey Marina in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Saturday morning. Personnel at Coast Guard Sector Charleston were notified of the sunken vessel and directed pollution responders to investigate further. The vessel Wanderer was found partially submerged at the pier and was actively sheening diesel fuel. The responsible party made initial efforts to mitigate the spread of pollution to the local waterways by having an absorbent boom deployed around the vessel and dock. Horry County Fire and Rescue and Towboat US recovered or removed a total of seven 55-gallon drums and two 50-gallon fuel tanks from the vessel.

Manitowoc Awarded Contract

Manitowac was awarded a U.S. Coast Guard contract valued at more than $80 million. The Manitowoc Company, Inc. the leading provider of shipbuilding and ship-repair services for the U.S. Great Lakes maritime industry, announced that the United States Coast Guard has awarded Manitowoc Marine Group an $82.4-million contract to build a new Great Lakes ice breaker. The new vessel, which is currently unnamed, will be approximately 240 feet long, 60 feet wide, and will displace 3,500 long tons. homeport of Cheboygan, Michigan. said Terry D. Growcock, Manitowoc's president and chief executive officer. "The contract also enhances our status as the leading shipbuilder on the U.S. the ice breaker at Marinette Marine under a contract that will span more than three years.

Foster Miller Wins $1m Coast Guard Contract

Boston Business Journal has reported that Foster Miller, based in Waltham, Mass., will work with a Vermont firm on a so-called "boat trap" system. The company said in a release that the boat trap is a ballistic net that can be dropped from a helicopter to ensnare the propeller of the target boat. The system can be used when bullets and shells pose a threat to bystanders and noncombatants in crowded harbors, the company said. Source: Boston Business Journal

Fincantieri Marine Systems Completes Testing of Axe Engine

Fincantieri Marine Systems North America, Inc. has completed final sea trials and propulsion engine testing at the homeport of Morgan City, La. of the United States Coast Guard’s cutter Axe. Sea trails consisted of a full-power run and various maneuvering to test the new Isotta Fraschini Motori model V1312 KC MHL engines. The IFM engine is a high-speed diesel engine with maximum operating limit of 2100 RPM. Upon completion of the sea trials, Coast Guard engineers and crew noted that the additional Hp available allowed for around 2+ knots from the other propulsion engines. Fincantieri Marine Systems was awarded the Coast Guard contract in November 2004.

Marinette Marine Awarded More CG RB-Ms

Marinette Marine Corporation a Fincantieri Company, announced that, as the Prime Contractor and Program Manager, it has been awarded an additional 30 Response Boats – Medium (RB-Ms) by the U.S. Coast Guard. With an approximate value of $63.6m, the new boats are part of a multi-year, Coast Guard contract requiring the construction and delivery of up to 250 RB-Ms at a total contract value of up to $600m. Delivery of the 30 boats is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2011. This brings the total number of boats under Contract to 97. Marinette Marine will build 50% of the boats at its ACE facility in Green Bay WI. MMC’s Teaming Partner, Kvichak Marine Industries of Seattle, will build the other 50% of the boats at its Kent WA facility.  

Marinette Marine to Build More CG Response Boats

Marinette Marine Corporation announced that, as prime contractor and program manager, it has been awarded an additional nine Response Boats – Medium (RB-Ms) by the U.S. Coast Guard. With an approximate value of $19.3m, the new boats are part of a multi-year, Coast Guard contract requiring the construction and delivery of up to 250 RB-Ms at a total contract value of up to $600m. Delivery of the nine boats is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2011. This brings the total number of boats under contract to 106 at the present time. Marinette Marine will build 50% of the boats at its ACE facility in Green Bay, Wis. MMC’s Teaming Partner, Kvichak Marine Industries of Seattle, will build the other 50% of the boats at its Kent, Wash. facility.  

Marinette Marine Awarded More CG RB-Ms

Photo courtesy TLW Productions

Marinette Marine Corporation announced that, as prime contractor and program manager, it has been awarded an additional 10 Response Boat – Mediums (RB-Ms), and other Program management work, by the U.S. Coast Guard. With an approximate value of $21,850,000, the new boats are part of a multi-year, Coast Guard contract requiring the construction and delivery of up to 250 RB-Ms at a total contract value of up to $600 million. Delivery of the 10 boats is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2012. This brings the total number of boats under contract to 115 at the present time.

Report: Taxi Accident Preventable

The National Transportation Safety Board met in Washington to consider the final report of its investigation into the fatal water taxi accident two years ago this week in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. A water taxi capsized and killed five people in Baltimore Harbor in 2004 because excessive passenger weight made the boat too unstable to withstand a sudden gust of wind, the government said on March 7. The National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the Coast Guard underestimated the tippiness of the 36-foot Lady D pontoon boat because it had conducted the wrong stability test on the wrong vessel. The Coast Guard also assumed the average weight per passenger was 140 pounds, a standard that hasn't changed since 1942, the safety board said.

Dynamics Research Wins $3M Coast Guard Contract

Dynamics Research Corp. has received a $3 million contract from the United States Coast Guard to develop improved processes for Coast Guard missions. The contract is a five-year blanket purchase agreement for Andover, Mass.-based Dynamics. Dynamics will develop a universal task list that will include a common language for communication and coordination to improve the Coast Guard's management of workflow, productivity and risk management. The Andover-based technology services company will also develop mission essential task lists for various Coast Guard commands. The company has previously done task list management for the U.S. Navy's Warfare Development Command. For its second quarter, Dynamics earned $3.3 million, or 36 cents per share, on revenue of $76.2 million.

ACB Awarded $9.8m Coast Guard Contract

for their Cutter Boat-Large (CB-L) fleet. days. The ACB CB-L will replace the USCG’s aging fleet. of conducting multiple missions in all weather conditions such as search and rescue (SAR), maritime law enforcement (MLE), ports and waterways and coastal security. passengers, is equipped with shock mitigated seating for the crew and gun mounts to accommodate M240G/M16 forward and aft for MLE missions. top speed is 39.5 knots. skill sets that provide the basis of the ACB construction and logistics team.

CEECO Gets Coast Guard Contract

Horne International, Inc. announced that the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) awarded a contract to Coast Engine & Equipment Company, Inc. (CEECO) to undertake renovations and repairs on the William Tate, a USCG buoy tender. The estimated value of the contract is $312,000. CEECO is a wholly owned subsidiary of Horne International, a leading program engineering and technology solutions company. Based in Cape Canaveral, Florida, CEECO provides specialized fabrication and maintenance support for ship and maritime navigation systems for U.S. ports and waterways, as well as for industrial customers. The extensive work on the William Tate includes decking and pipe restoration…

Counter-piracy: BIMCO's GUARDCON Contract INTERTANKO Endorsed

INTERTANKO’s Documentary Committee endorses BIMCO's newly published standard contract for Private Armed Guards (GUARDCON). GUARDCON has now been in use for some months. During this time the Documentary Committee has reviewed the GUARDCON wording and, as the use of private armed guards has proliferated, has considered it against a backdrop of other contracts for the use of private armed guards. The Committee found that private armed guard contracts vary in content and standard, with some being unclear and/or unfavourable to owners. In some, legal rights and obligations of the parties are ill-defined. At the second Documentary Committee meeting of 2012…

Two New Response Boats for Jordan

This award brings the total number of RB-M’s to 176 built by Team RB-M. (Photo: Fincantieri Marinette Marine)

Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) said it has been awarded a U.S. Coast Guard contract for two additional Response Boats–Medium (RB-Ms) vessels as part of a Foreign Military Sale to The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. This award brings the total number of RB-Ms to 176 built by Team RB-M, originally formed by FMM and Kvichak Marine. FMM will act as the prime contractor and program manager, and the vessels will be built by Vigor at its Ballard, Wash. facility (formerly Kvichak Marine).

U.S. Files Lawsuit Against Shipyards for Material False Statements Made to the Coast Guard

WASHINGTON - The United States has filed suit in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., against Bollinger Shipyards Inc., Bollinger Shipyards Lockport LLC and Halter Bollinger Joint Venture LLC, the Justice Department announced. The suit alleges that Bollinger, which is headquartered in Lockport, La., made material false statements to the Coast Guard under the Deepwater Program. The government’s complaint alleges that Bollinger proposed to convert existing 110-Ft Patrol Boats (WPBs) into 123-Ft WPBs by extending the hulls 13 feet and making additional improvements. As a result of Bollinger’s misrepresentations about the hull strength of the converted vessels, the Coast Guard awarded a contract to convert eight Coast Guard 110 foot cutters to 123 foot cutters.

FDGM Wins USCG Repower Contract

FDGM, Inc., a U.S.-based, wholly owned subsidiary of Fincantieri of Italy, was selected to repower the United States Coast Guard’s 75-ft. WLR and WLIC class cutters with keel cooled Isotta Fraschini MotoriV1312T2 marine diesel engines. The V1312T2 will replace the current main propulsion plant for the Coast Guard cutters that work in conjunction with 130-ft. barges and primarily serve as aids to navigation. Isotta Fraschini has supplied numerous power plants to the Italian Coast Guard and for other patrol vessels and cutters in other countries. This is the first contract for FDGM/Isotta Fraschini products for the United States Coast Guard.

BIW Joins USCG Cutter Contract Contending Trio

Official photo of Senator Susan Collins

U.S. Senators Susan Collins, a senior member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, and Angus King, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, have announced that Bath Iron Works (BIW) has been awarded a preliminary design contract for the U.S. Coast Guard’s Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) worth more than $21 million. BIW is now one of three shipyards in contention for the final contract. “With its skilled workforce and an outstanding record of designing, building…

Bollinger Shipyards Agrees to Settle False Claims Act Suit

Bollinger Shipyards will pay the United States $8.5 million and release contract claims to settle a False Claims Act action filed against it in the Eastern District of Louisiana, the Department of Justice announced today. The False Claims Act suit alleges that Bollinger misrepresented the longitudinal strength of patrol boats it delivered to the Coast Guard that resulted in the boats buckling and failing once they were put into service. Bollinger Shipyards is located in Lockport, Louisiana. “Those who expect to do business with the government must do so fairly and honestly,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Mizer, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. In 2002, the U.S.

Shipyard Fincantieri Gains Large USCG Order

USCG Response Boat: Photo credit USCG

At the Cruise Shipping Miami Conference and Exhibition, Fincantieri took the opportunity to announce it has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Coast Guard for the construction of 40 boats, scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of 2013. With an approximate value of $89,600,000, the new boats are part of a multi-year, U.S. Coast Guard contract for the construction and delivery of up to 250 Response Boats – Medium RB-Ms ) at a total contract value of up to $600 million. This new order brings the total number of boats under contract to 166. Marinette Marine Corporation, a U.S.

Marinette Marine to Build More Coast Guard RB-M's

Response Boat Medium: Photo credit USCG

Marinette Marine Corporation a Fincantieri Company contracted to build an additional 4 Response Boats – Medium (RB-Ms) by the U.S. Coast Guard. With an approximate value of $9,400,000, the new boats are part of a multi-year, Coast Guard contract requiring the construction and delivery of up to 250 RB-Ms at a total contract value of up to $600 million. Delivery of the 4 boats is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2014. This brings the total number of boats under Contract to 170. Marinette Marine builds 50% of the boats at its ACE facility in Green Bay WI.

Coast Guard Benefits from Houston Company

In an ongoing effort to develop the fastest and most efficient response to emergency situations, the United States Coast Guard contracts with Houston-based Advanced Web Site Publishing (AWSP) to establish a technological birds eye view of performance during an emergency response situation - establishing a first of its kind interactive, online response Flash movie. This newly developed “flash movie,” accessible from the US Coast Guard Website, incorporates pages of Hurricane Katrina path charting, time lines, and the movement of multiple Coast Guard helicopters dispatched from stations across the United States during the disaster in an interactive overview – complete with pause and replay features.

Coast Guard Looks To Space For Maritime Awareness

The U.S. Coast Guard announced its intention to explore increased use of space as a tool to enhance awareness of activities in ports, coastal waters and their approaches. The Coast Guard has been studying the feasibility of receiving maritime automatic identification system (AIS) signals from space since 2001. In May 2004 the Coast Guard contracted with ORBCOMM, a satellite data communications company, to develop and build the capability to receive process and forward AIS signals from space via an AIS receiver onboard a communications satellite. In addition, ORBCOMM will provide the ground systems capable of processing the AIS signals and relaying the collected messages to the Coast Guard.

Tenix Secures Second Philippines Contract

The go-ahead for six new search and rescue vessels for the Philippine Coast Guard confirms Tenix Defence as Australia’s leading patrol boat constructor, Tenix Group Managing Director Paul Salteri said today. Tenix Defence will build two 56-metre search and rescue vessels and four 35-metre high-speed search and rescue vessels for the Coast Guard, with an option for 10 more 35-metre vessels, under a contract worth up to US$150m. “Tenix Defence built two previous 56-metre vessels for the Philippines at our yard at Henderson in Western Australia, where the new vessels will also be built.” Mr Salteri said. “These vessels were delivered in June 2000 and December 2000, and their success in operational service has led directly to the second order.

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