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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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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.

L&T Lays Keel for First Ship

Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T) has announced that the Company laid the keel for the first ship within 17 weeks of commencing operations at its shipbuilding yard at Hazira, near Surat. A 180-ton keel block - the heaviest ever by an Indian Shipyard - was ceremonially placed on the erection bay at the company's Hazira Shipyard. The Customary keel block lowering was done by Meindert Van Genderen, Director, Rolldock, Netherlands. Detailed expansion plans for the Hazira Shipyard involve expanding capacity to construct 8 vessels up to 20,000 dwt per annum. The Company also plans to set up large shipyards of international standards in India. The…

PFLNG2 Keel Laid at Korea’s SHI Yard

Petronas has laid keel for its second floating liquefaction plant, Petronas Floating LNG2 (PFLNG2), in Geoje Island, South Korea. Petronas, together with JGC Group and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), the consortium leading the engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning of the PFLNG2, commemorated the milestone with a keel laying ceremony on October 28 at the SHI shipyard, signifying the formal start of the mega construction phase of the PFLNG2 with a collective weight of 134,000 metric tons. The Petronas delegation was headed by Vice President of Global LNG Projects, Adnan Zainol Abidin who was accompanied by Vice President & Venture Director of LNG Projects – Domestic, Datuk Abdullah Karim.

NASSCO Lays Keel of First Product Carrier

General Dynamics NASSCO held a keel-laying ceremony for the first ship of its new class of product carriers (PC-1). The ship is being built for U.S. Shipping Partners and is scheduled to be delivered in early 2009. The PC-1 class ship will be 600 feet long, displace about 49,000 deadweight tons and have a cargo capacity of 331,000 barrels. The ship is based on a design of DSEC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering of Okpo, Korea. Through its April 2006 agreement with DSEC, NASSCO has received detail designs and some components necessary to build the ship. NASSCO began construction of the ship in August. U.S. Shipping Partners previously announced that the ship will be named Golden State, the state nickname of California.

News: VT Halter Marine Lays Keel for LSV

VT Halter Marine Inc. began the construction of the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armament Command's (TACOM) newest Logistic Support Vessel (LSV), marked by a keel laying ceremony at the yard. "Our employees have first-hand experience in designing and building Logistic Support Vessels, Large Tugs and LCU-2000 Class Landing Craft that are specifically tailored to operational requirements," said Butch King, CEO of VT Halter Marine. "The U.S. Army is a long-term marine customer and about 50 vessels in their fleet have been built at our shipyards. We are very proud of the fact that this vessel will be used to help support our fighting forces and guard our national interests." The 313-ft. LSV class vessel, designed to carry over 2,000 tons of deck cargo, has a beam of 60-ft.

Northrop Grumman Newport News to Lay Keel

Northrop Grumman Corporation's Newport News sector is teamed with Electric Boat to build the first four ships of the Virginia-class. Texas is the second ship of the class and the first one that will undergo final assembly and delivery at Newport News in 2005. The keel that will be laid for Texas is part of the stern section of the ship. The keynote speaker for the ceremony will be U.S. Sen. John Warner of Virginia. Corporation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kent Kresa, Northrop Grumman Newport News President Tom Schievelbein, Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner, Secretary of the Navy Gordon England, U.S. Sen. Boat President Mike Toner. Ceremony attendants will include both Northrop Grumman Newport News and Electric Boat employees who are building Texas, U.S.

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.

AMFELS Lays Keel Ahead of Schedule

AMFELS Inc, the US wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore’s Keppel Corporation Limited through Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd, has laid the keel for new jack-up rig, Tonala, one month ahead of schedule. The $83 million contract for the rig was signed in April 2002 with Mexican company, Perforadora Central SA de CV. Tonala is a KFELS MOD V “B” class jack-up, enhanced with Keppel’s proprietary jacking and fixation systems developed by its research and technology arm, Offshore Technology Development. At the keel laying ceremony, Mr Ricardo Cortina Cardenas, Vice President for Marine Drilling Division of Perforadora Central said, “We are very pleased with the progress of the construction of Tonala, which is ahead of schedule.

Halter Lays Keel For PCTC

Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines (PHTL), which is building a Jones Act Pure Car and Truck Carrier, at Halter Marine, reported that an important step in the creation of the ship - the keel laying - had taken place at Halter Marine. At a partners' meeting held October 25, PHTL announced that on September 21 Halter Marine, Inc., under international standards, completed fabrication of the required percentage of the total hull weight of PHTL's new-build vessel --enabling the official laying of the ship's keel. Vessel construction began in mid-June 2000. In early January, 2001, The Pasha Group-Van Ommeren Shipping Joint Venture will host a ceremonial celebration with Halter management and personnel to mark the setting of the first assembly on the shipway at Halter's yards in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

Towing Drill – Station Barnegat Light

Seaman Michael D. Hilbert tosses a heaving line to Petty Officer 3rd Class David W. Feather and Petty Officer 2nd Class Kristopher G. Mosgrober during a towing drill conducted by crewmembers of Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light, N.J., Friday, Nov. 21, 2008. Members of Station Barnegat Light conduct drills with a standardization team every two years to assess their readiness to respond to mariners in need of assistance. (U.S. 16. On Nov. 24, General Dynamics NASSCO of San Diego…

Readers’ Choice: Top 10 Maritime Stories of 2015

CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin (Photo: CMA CGM)

Per usual, the year 2015 was an eventful one for the global maritime market, with a number of historical firsts and technological breakthroughs, a year fraught with triumph and tragedy, As 2015 comes to a close we look here at the 10 stores ... 10 stories from a cumulative 18,719 posted to MarineLink.com during the calendar year to date ... that were clicked on and passed along the most by you, our readers. Josh Harris and Casey McManus, stars of the Discovery' Channel's Deadliest Catch, discuss their decision to protect their vessel, Cornelia Marie, with Sherwin-Williams marine coatings.

NASSCO Lays Keel of T-AKE Ship

General Dynamics NASSCO held a keel-laying ceremony for the fourth ship in the U.S. Navy’s T-AKE program. The ship is named USNS Richard E. Byrd in honor of the U.S. Navy admiral who explored the South Pole and Antarctica. It will be part of the Lewis and Clark-class of dry cargo-ammunition ships. Debbie Hamilton, the wife of Rear Adm. Charles Hamilton II, the Navy’s Program Executive Officer for Ships, was the honoree for the event and welded her initials into the keel. The Richard E. Byrd is scheduled to be delivered to the Navy in the fourth quarter of 2007. At the ceremony, Rear Adm. Hamilton announced Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter’s decision to name T-AKE 4 after the famed South Pole explorer and to name the fifth ship of the class the USNS Robert E. Peary.

NASSCO Lays Keel for BP Tanker

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) held a keel-laying ceremony for Hull 487, the fourth ship of the Alaska Class double-hull oil tankers being constructed for BP Oil Shipping Company, USA. BP’s Site Team Member John Penso welded his initials into the keel to signify the start of structural erection. "These double-hull tankers are providing BP with the best available propulsion, ship, and environmental control technologies to protect US waters," said Richard Vortmann, president of NASSCO. Vortmann added that the design of the 1.3-million-barrel-capacity tankers in the Alaska Class will allow maximum flexibility for oil deliveries to West Coast ports, including BP refineries in Los Angeles, CA, and Cherry Point, WA.

Aker Philly Shipyard Lays Keel for Tanker

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard has layed the keel for the second vessel in the series, the sixth ship constructed at the yard since it started production in 2000. The first section of the double-hulled product tanker scheduled for completion in 2007 was installed in the yard’s Building Dock just a few hundred yards behind the first ship in the series, also currently under construction in the dock. When completed, each vessel will weigh 46,000 deadweight tons (dwt) and be the most modern product tankers in the U.S. domestic fleet. The first ship in the program is expected to be delivered by the end of 2006, with the second vessel scheduled for completion during 2007.

VT Halter Marine Lays Keel for LSV

At a keel-laying ceremony on March 13, VT Halter Marine Inc., began the construction of the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armament Command’s (TACOM) newest Logistic Support Vessel. “We value the confidence and trust that the U.S. company and our employees,” said Butch King, CEO of VT Halter Marine. “Our employees have first-hand experience in designing and building Logistic Support Vessels, Large Tugs and LCU-2000 Class Landing Craft that are specifically tailored to operational requirements. The U.S. Army is a long-term marine customer and about 50 vessels in their fleet have been built at our shipyards. The 313-ft. beam of 60-feet and a molded depth of 19-feet. Logistic Support Vessel (LSV) contract award December 20, 2002. should take place sometime during the fourth quarter, 2004.

Halter Lays Keel for U.S. Army’s Newest ELSV

HMI, a division of Friede Goldman Halter, Inc. laid the keel of the U.S. Army’s Tank and Automotive Command (TACOM) new Enhanced Logistic Vessel (ELSV). The vessel will support TACOM logistical efforts on a worldwide basis. The completed vessels will be 314 ft. long, have a 60 ft. beam and an overall depth of 19ft. The construction will take about two years to complete. Halter has previously built for the U.S. Army 6 Logistic Support Vessels, 6 large tugs and 35 LCU-2000 class landing craft utilities. Anil Raj, Chief Operating Officer of FGH said, “Halter has designed and built all of the U.S. Army’s LSVs – this being number seven. Two additional LSV’s have been built previously for the Philippine Navy. We value the trust and confidence that the Army has placed in Halter’s team.

Manitowoc Marine Group Lays Keel of Great Lakes Ice Breaker

The Manitowoc Company, Inc. held a keel laying ceremony yesterday at its Marinette Marine subsidiary for the Coast Guard's newest icebreaker, the Mackinaw.. The ceremony featured Admiral Thomas Collins, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, as the keynote speaker, with Jean Hastert, wife of J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the House, serving as the ship's sponsor and authenticator. "The construction of this multi-mission vessel further demonstrates Manitowoc's superior technical and engineering capabilities," said Dennis McCloskey, president of Manitowoc Marine Group. "We are on schedule to deliver this innovative icebreaker in 2005. Not only is the Mackinaw the newest vessel we're building for the U.S. The Mackinaw will be approximately 240 ft. long, 60 ft. wide, and displace 3,500 long tons.

Royal Caribbean Orders Fourth Oasis-Class Vessel

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard D. Fain

Announcement Made as STX France Lays Keel for Third Oasis-Class Ship. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced today that it has agreed with STX France to move forward on the order of a fourth Oasis-class ship for delivery in 2018. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard D. Fain and President and Chief Operating Officer Adam Goldstein, along with STX France Chief Executive Officer Laurent Castaing, announced the planned ship order at the keel-laying ceremony for the third Oasis-class ship at the STX shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.

Cunard To Lay Keel for A New Queen

Cunard Line celebrates a milestone tomorrow when a prefabricated section of the keel will be lowered into the building dock of Queen Victoria at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy. The second largest ship ever built by the line is scheduled to enter service in April 2005, 15 months after Queen Mary 2. Both Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2 will join the most famous ship in the world - Queen Elizabeth 2 - as part of the Cunard fleet. The first ship for Cunard built in Italy, Queen Victoria is being constructed at Fincantieri's Marghera yard near Venice. To date, the company has built more than 7,000 vessels, including many for Cunard's parent Carnival Corp.

Japan’s First ME-GI Engine Passes Factory Tests

FAT attendees pictured in front of the ME-GI engine at MES’s Tamano Works (Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

The factory acceptance test (FAT) of the first ME-GI engine in Japan recently took place at the Tamano Works of Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES), overseen by classification society DNV GL. The engine, developed by MAN Diesel & Turbo, is the first of two 8S70ME-C8.2-GI units for delivery to U.S. shipbuilder VT Halter Marine for installation aboard two 2,400-teu ConRo ships for Crowley Maritime Corporation. VT Halter laid keels for the new vessels in January and August, respectively.

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.

Has the Fast Cat Come to A Halt?

Long hailed for its innovative "fast cat" vessels that were developed by Robert Clifford and Phil Hercus in the 1980's Incat Australia delivered not a new cat last month, but news of an impending bankruptcy. Could this be the end of the fast cats that have dominated the aluminum shipbuilding world for the past 20 years? During the first week of March the Hobart shipyard admitted that it was suffering from financial difficulties, and responded by laying off several hundred employees. In fact, according to Australian news sources, the yard has 1,000 less employees than it did one year ago — despite having won an $80 million contract from the U.S. Military for a 101-m high speed support vessel — transporting American troops throughout the Japanese Islands for the next three years.

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.

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