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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Keel Laid News

Keel Laying Ceremonies Held at Dempo Shipbuilding

The keel laying function for a 2000 DWT barge (Yard No 356 & 357) for M/s M Pallonji & Cooperation Pvt Ltd, Mumbai, was held at Dempo Shipbuilding & Engineering Pvt Ltd, Baiguinim, Old Goa. The pooja was performed by Mr Yatish S Dempo, Director, Dempo Shipbuilding & Engineering Pvt Ltd. Among the dignitaries present were Mr Hariharan, Principal IRS Surveyor, Mr B T Boke, General Manager (Human Resource) Dempo Company and Mr Sanjeev A Kanekar, Deputy General Manager. Meanwhile, the keel laying function for 2200 DWT Barge (Yard No 369 & 370) for M/s Adani Exports Ltd, Ahmedabad was held on Monday (May 22) at Dempo Shipyard Pvt Ltd, Bandora, Undir, Ponda.

Holland America Holds Keel Laying Ceremony for Eurodam

Giant cranes lower the first modular section of Holland America Line’s ms Eurodam into place on the construction dock at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard near Venice, Italy. A priest offered a blessing for the ship during the event, part of the traditional Italian keel-laying ceremony. Construction of Holland America Line’s new Signature-class premium cruise ship ms Eurodam reached a milestone with the recent keel-laying ceremony at the Fincantieri Marghera shipyard in Italy. The 2044-passenger ship is scheduled for delivery in June 2008. The ceremonial keel laying involves lowering the first modular section of the ship onto the construction dock. Subsequently, other modules are put into place, much like fitting together a giant, multi-layered jigsaw puzzle.

NASSCO Holds Keel Laying Ceremony for BP Tanker

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) held a keel laying ceremony for the Alaskan Frontier, the first of four Alaska Class, double-hull oil tankers being built under contract. Robert McRae, BP’s NASSCO Site Team Manager, welded his initials into the keel to signify the start of construction. On the day of the ceremony, NASSCO erected the first structural block of the Alaskan Frontier.

Navy Joint Hi-speed Vessel Keel Laying at Austal Shipyard

'Trenton' keel authentication: Photo courtesy of Austal

Ms. Virginia A. Kamsky, was chosen to sponsor the ship by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, and was present at the keel laying ceremony for the fifth Joint High Speed Vessel 'Trenton' (JHSV 5), one of ten Austal-designed 103-meter U.S. Navy Joint High Speed Vessels under contract with the U.S. Navy. A traditional keel-laying ceremony marks the first significant milestone in the construction of the ship. Due to Austal’s modular approach to ship manufacturing, all 43 of the modules used to form this 103-meter aluminum catamaran design are already being assembled.

Israel Shipyards Holds Keel-Laying Ceremony

Following the signing of a $25m contract to build two general cargo ships for a German client, the Israel Shipyards held a keel-laying ceremony. The two 90 meters long vessels on order, are classified as dwt 4,500 bulk vessels which can transport , in addition to ordinary bulk cargo, heavy and oversize cargoes. Source: Port2Port

Keels Laid for Oman’s New Naval Ships

From left to right: Commander Mudhafar Al Riyami, 2IC, Staff Officer 1, Marine Engineer; Captain Abdulhameed Al Sinani, Most Senior, Head of Team; Bernard Gorman, Supervisor - Austal; John Cooper, Program Manager (Acting); Kutub Chowdhury, Principal Surveyor – DNV GL; and Lieutenant Commander Mubarak Al Kasbi, Staff Officer, Marine Engineer. (Photo: Austal)

Austal Australia has completed the keel laying for two 72-meter High Speed Support Vessels (HSSVs) for the Royal Navy of Oman. The occasion was formally recognized at an event held today at Austal’s Australian Shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia. Keel-laying traditionally marks the first significant milestone in a ship’s construction. In old Maritime tradition, historically keel-laying was the “laying down” of the main timber making up the backbone of a vessel. Austal’s advanced modular shipbuilding techniques means fabrication of ship modules begin well before they are actually joined.

NASSCO Lays Keel of Sixth T-AKE Ship

wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics held a keel-laying ceremony for the sixth ship in the U.S. Navy's T-AKE program. Amelia Earhart, in honor of the first woman to fly solo, non-stop across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. A keel-laying ceremony is a shipbuilding tradition that signifies an important milestone as full-scale production begins. In recognition of that milestone, event honoree, Darlene Costello, welded her initials into the keel. Costello is the deputy director for Naval Warfare in the office of under secretary of defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. Sealift Command (MSC) in the fall of 2008. The ship will be 689-feet long and displace about 41,000 metric tons when fully loaded.

This Day in Naval History – Feb. 4

1779 - John Paul Jones takes command of Bonhomme Richard 1959 - Keel laying of USS Enterprise, first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, Newport News, VA (Source: Navy News Service)

This Day in U.S. Naval History – February 4

1779 - John Paul Jones takes command of Bonhomme Richard 1959 - Keel laying of USS Enterprise, first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, Newport News, VA (Source: Navy News Service)  

This Day in Naval History – Feb. 4

1779 - John Paul Jones takes command of Bonhomme Richard 1959 - Keel laying of USS Enterprise, first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, Newport News, VA (Source: Navy News Service)

Lockheed Lay Seventh LCS Keel

USS Detroit Keel-laying Ceremony: Photo credit Lockheed Martin

Seventh Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) takes shape as Lockheed Martin team lays keel of the future 'USS Detroit'. The event was part of a time-honored keel laying ceremony that took place at the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard in Wisconsin. The Lockheed Martin-led LCS team includes ship builder Marinette Marine Corporation, a Fincantieri company, naval architect Gibbs & Cox, as well as hundreds of domestic and international suppliers, including approximately 30 small businesses in Wisconsin and Michigan.

BAE Lays Keel on GLDD Dump Scow

Photo: BAE Systems

BAE Systems recently held a keel laying ceremony in the construction of the second dump scow for Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company. It is the final vessel in the contract for two dump scows, which was signed in June 2012. When complete, both vessels will be used to support dredging operations in the United States. Employees and executives from BAE Systems gathered at the foot of the 98 ton keel block as long-time shipyard employee Nick Elmes, an engineer, drove the ceremonial wedge and welded his initials in the keel of the vessel, called Hull 108.

Keel Laying Ceremony for CVN 77

Navy tradition dictates that each ship constructed for the Navy be honored by ceremonies on four historic occasions: keel laying, christening (or launching), commissioning, and decommissioning. George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) will be honored with the first of its historic occasions on Saturday, September 6, at Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, VA. The keel laying celebrates the laying of the first timber of a ship and can be traced back to the construction of early Navy ships. The present-day ceremony maintains the tradition, but has been modified because of updated materials, technology, and shipbuilding techniques. Following the ceremony, the former President Bush will initial a nameplate to authenticate the keel that will then be welded to it.

NASSCO Celebrates Keel Laying

Richard Griffith, VP, Operations of Totem Ocean Trail Express, Inc. (TOTE), and Jim Scott, VP, marketing and business affairs, of National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, pose at the keel-laying ceremony for the North Star, the second of two ORCA-class RoRo trailerships being built for TOTE’s Tacoma-to-Anchorage service. Griffith drove in a wedge that signified the fit-up of the ship’s first keel blocks and then welded his initials onto a steel plate that will become a permanent part of the ship. The new ships will be 839 ft. long, have a beam of 118 ft., and carry 600 cargo trailers and 200 autos. The ships are designed for the rigors of Alaskan service and feature the latest in environmental protection technology.

Austal Celebrates Keel Laying for U.S. Navy LCS

On June 25, 2013, Austal held a keel-laying ceremony for the fourth Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) – Montgomery (LCS 8). This is the second LCS of ten awarded by the Navy to Austal, as prime contractor, and the sixth keel laying ceremony celebrated by Austal, as prime, in less than three years. During that time Austal has grown tremendously, increasing by over 2,000 total employees, and doubling the size of the facility. Mary Blackshear Sessions, the ship’s sponsor, was present to weld her initials onto the keel plate as the Keel Authenticator.

Russian Shipyard Lays Second Icebreaker Keel

Vyborg Ship Construction Hall: Photo courtesy of Vyborg

Vyborg Shipyard, in NW Russia, to start construction of the next Icebreaker project 21900Đś ahead of schedule. The solemn ceremony of keel-laying of diesel-powered Icebreaker rated power 16 MW will take place shortly. The shipyard reminds that in the middle of October the keel-laying ceremony took place of the first and prototype Icebreaker project 21900Đś at Vyborg Shipyard (a United Shipbuilding Corporation company ). The vessels are being constructed by the order of Federal agency of marine and river transport.

Keel Laid for Holland America Line’s New Ship

Holland America Line celebrated the keel laying of its new 2,650-guest Pinnacle Class ship on August 22 at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy. A 680-ton block was lowered by crane into the yard’s building dock, marking the official beginning of construction. The 99,500-gross-ton ship is scheduled for delivery in February 2016. The event was attended by Holland America Line’s Keith Taylor, senior vice president, fleet operations and Cyril Tatar, vice president, newbuild and technical operations. “The keel laying of our new Pinnacle Class vessel heightens the anticipation for delivery because very soon we’ll see the ship begin to take shape,” said Stein Kruse, president and CEO of Holland America Line. The ship will showcase decors by leading hospitality designer Adam D.

Gondán Lays Keel for MS-SC Training Vessel

Photo courtesy Gondán Shipyard

Gondán Shipyard celebrated the keel laying ceremony of the sail training vessel that the yard is building for the British Marine Society & Sea Cadets (MS-SC). In the ceremony, which took place this morning in Figueras Shipyard (Castropol) participated representatives from the British organization, among others, the Chairman of Trustees, Captain Nigel Palmer, and the Chief Executive Officer, Martin Coles, accompanied by Gondán Shipyard´s Chairman, Álvaro Platero. The keel laying ceremony, highly symbolic, marks the start of the assembly of the vessel in the slipway.

Keel Laid for Crowley Jones Act Tanker

Photo: Crowley

The first of four Crowley Maritime Corp. product tankers was celebrated today in a keel laying ceremony held at Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI), the wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA. The 330,000-barrel, Jones Act tankers are being built through a joint venture between Crowley and Aker. Keeping with the long-held shipbuilding tradition, several coins were placed by representatives from Crowley, APSI and others on one of the keel blocks before the unit was lowered into place in the dry dock. The coins are a ceremonial sign of good fortune and safe travels.

TUI Cruise Ship Keel Laid at STX Finland

Photo: STX Europe

On 25 February 2014, approximately nine months after the keel laying of TUI Cruises’ first newbuilding Mein Schiff 3, TUI Cruises and STX Finland celebrated the keel laying of Mein Schiff 4 in the Turku shipyard. Following the old shipbuilding tradition, the lucky coins were placed under the keel block of the ship. In the lucky coin ceremony, held on the bottom of the drydock, the shipowner was represented by Richard J. Vogel, CEO of TUI Cruises, CFO Frank Kuhlmann, Chief Engineer of Mein Schiff 3 Kostas Kallinikos and the designated Captain of Mein Schiff 3 Kjell Holm.

Keel-Laying Ceremony Held for Green Bay LPD 20

Corporation and the U.S. by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems. sector's Avondale Operations in New Orleans, La. team efforts. LPD 20 will be home to another team –- the U.S. following a patrol gunboat that saw service in the 1970s. traditional beginning of construction of a ship. laid" according to Navy regulations. initial prefabrication work. Capt. Sean Stackley, U.S. manager, spoke to the Avondale shipbuilders present at the ceremony. ships," he said. we need them to serve for the next 40 years. shipbuilding at Avondale," said Dr. Philip A. Ship Systems president.

Cunard's Queen Victoria Keel Laying Ceremony Takes Place in Italy

shipyard of Fincantieri near Venice, Italy. liner in the world, and QE2, the most famous ship in the world. the ship's hull. other equipment. The ceremony follows an intensive period of design and development. delivery to Cunard in December 2007. that have become associated with the company's unique heritage. informative talks that suggest a more civilized era of travel. December 11, 2007 -- a voyage that was full within days of being announced. 36 cities in 23 countries. a maiden call for Cunard's new Queen. Lumpur, Mumbai, Dubai, Athens and Barcelona.

Keel-Laying of Third T-AKE Ship

U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Carol M. Pottenger, Commander, Military Sealift Fleet Support Command, was the honoree for the keel-laying event, welding her initials into the keel of the T-AKE 3, the USNS Alan Shepard. With her are Dave Morton, Program Manager, Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force Program (L) and Art Diaz, MSC Ship Construction Senior Owners Representative. General Dynamics NASSCO on February 14, 2006, held the keel-laying ceremony for USNS Alan Shepard, the third ship in the U.S. Navy’s T-AKE program. Designated the Lewis and Clark class, the new T-AKE ships fulfill combat logistics force requirements. The keel-laying ceremony is a NASSCO tradition, signifying an important milestone as a new ship begins to take shape on the company’s building ways.

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