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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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French Frigate Shoals: A Canary in the Coal Mine

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French Frigate Shoals are located in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands, between Kauai and Midway. The atoll consists of a twenty-mile long crescent-shaped reef, with 13 coral and sand islands and the 120-foot high volcanic rock Perouse Pinnacle, named for French explorer Jean-Francois de la Perouse, who charted the atoll in 1786 and nearly grounded his two frigates. Tern Island is the largest, covering 105,276 square meters or 26 acres. Second largest is (or was) East Island, with 35…

Huntington Ingalls Rolls-out Virginia Class Submarine Delaware

The 7,800-ton Virginia-class submarine Delaware (SSN 791) was moved out of a construction facility into a floating dry dock using a transfer car system. Photo by Ashley Cowan/HII

American Fortune 500 shipbuilding company Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has launched the recently christened Virginia-class submarine Delaware (SSN 791) into the water for the first time at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division.During a three-day process that began last Wednesday, the 7,800-ton submarine was moved out of a construction facility and into a floating dry dock using a transfer car system. The floating dry dock was submerged, and the submarine was launched into the James River.

Shipbuilding; Austal USA Wins Contract for Two More LCS'

Austal USA was awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy today to build two additional Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) for the US Navy fleet – bringing the total to four LCS awarded to Austal USA in 2018. The specific value of each contract is under the congressional cost cap of $584 million per ship.“To be awarded two more LCS contracts before the end of the year is beyond exciting,” said Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle. “This contract directly reflects the confidence the U.S. Navy has in Austal USA and our supplier base of over 10,000 nationwide and our ability to build highly capable ships at an affordable cost.”With eight delivered…

WEG, Praxis Sign MoU to Support Damen Saab Bid for Brazilian Navy

Wolter ten Bokkel Huinink (Manager Local Content, Damen Shipyards Group), Benjamin van Dam (Commercial Director, Praxis), Fabio Vidal (Commercial Manager, WEG) (Photo courtesy of Damen)

On December 13th, Brazilian company WEG Electric Equipment, and Dutch company Praxis Automation Technology, both leading companies within their respective fields, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support the bid of Damen Shipyards Group and Saab for the construction of four corvettes for the Brazilian Navy. For the Tamandaré class corvettes bid, Praxis and WEG will be partners for the supply of the complete Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS).The signing took place at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding in the Netherlands and was witnessed by staff from Damen…

Shipbuilding: Navantia to build Five Navy Frigates

Spain's Navantia will build five F-110 frigates for the Spanish navy in a contract worth $4.9 billion. Navantia, which employs around 5,000 people, has in recent years racked up deep losses which reached 389 million euros in 2017.The government's representative in the Galicia region where the frigates will be built said the contract would create 1,300 direct jobs over nine years and as many as 5,700 more indirectly.Javier Losada, a member of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's Socialist party, said the contract would be approved on Friday during the weekly cabinet meeting.In April, Spain agreed to sell warships built at Navantia's yards to Saudi Arabia in a deal worth an estimated 1.8 billion euros.(Reuters)

Navantia to Build 5 Frigates for Spanish Navy

Spain's state-held shipbuilder Navantia will build five F-110 frigates for the Spanish navy in a contract worth 4.3 billion euros ($4.9 billion), the government confirmed on Thursday after a report by French news agency AFP.The contract for the frigates will be approved on Friday during the weekly cabinet meeting, the Defence Ministry said in a statement. (Reuters, Reporting by Belen Carreno; Writing by Paul Day; Editing by Ingrid Melander)

IMO Training on Managing Security in Djibouti

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

International Maritime Organization (IMO)  is providing training to countries in the west Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden on managing insecurity in the maritime domain in a regional workshop at the Djibouti Regional Training Centre (9-13 December).The countries are Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar, Maldives, Tanzania, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, the Sudan and Yemen.It’s the latest in an ongoing series of capacity-building initiatives in the region, targeted…

Arctic Region Experiences Second-Warmest Air Temperatures Ever Recorded

This image of a Greenland fjord was captured on May 12, 2017 during a NASA IceBridge Campaign flight to fill in gaps in altimetry coverage in central southern Greenland. (Credit: NASA)

Arctic region experienced the second-warmest air temperatures ever recorded; the second-lowest overall sea-ice coverage; lowest recorded winter ice in the Bering Sea; and earlier plankton blooms due to early melting of sea ice in the Bering Sea - these are the findings of NOAA’s annual report card on the Arctic.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report, which measures the changing climate of the polar region including warmer air and ocean temperatures and declines in sea-ice that are driving shifts in animal habitats…

Indian Navy Ship to Carry Out Hydrographic Survey in Mauritius

INS Sarvekshak. Pic: Indian Navy

Indian Navy Ship, INS Sarvekshak, has arrived in Port Louis on a two month deployment for undertaking hydrographic surveys.It was welcomed by Hon. Purmanund Jhugroo, Minister of Housing and Lands of the Republic of Mauritius and Shri Abhay Thakur, High Commissioner of India, informed the High Commission of India, Port Louis, Mauritius.The ship will be undertaking the survey of the Le Morne area off mainland Mauritius as well as the area off the Southern coast of Rodrigues island…

Global Fishing Watch, USCG Examine Illegal Fishing

Photo Courtesy USCG

Global Fishing Watch is teaming up with the United States Coast Guard Research & Development Center (CG RDC) to conduct research on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and share analysis to advance global efforts to improve fisheries management.Global Fishing Watch (https://globalfishingwatch.org) and CG RDC are exploring pathways to collaborate on relevant research activities, such as the establishment of analytical methodologies to evaluate open-source vessel movement data…

Hepburn and Sons Appoints Crone as Director

CAPT Timothy Crone (Photo: Hepburn and Sons LLC)

Hepburn and Sons LLC team has welcomed CAPT Timothy Crone as its newest Director. CAPT Timothy Crone, USN (Ret) will serve as Hepburn’s Director, Advisory Services.CAPT Crone, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the US Naval Academy and completed a Master of Science in Justice, Law and Society from American University. He has also received a Master of Arts in National Security Policy and Strategic Studies from the U.S.

Shell Confirms Oil Leak in Brazilian Waters

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A small amount of crude oil belonging to Royal Dutch Shell Plc leaked during a ship-to-ship oil transfer in Brazilian waters last month, the company confirmed to Reuters on Monday.About 200 milliliters of crude were released on Nov. 30 during the maneuver, which was halted after the drip was detected, Shell said, adding that authorities were notified and the incident left no trace of oil in the sea.However, a letter obtained by Reuters and sent to Brazilian environmental regulator…

Admiral Tim Lowe to Head UK Hydrographic Office

Photo: UK Hydrographic Office

The UK Hydrographic Office has announced the appointment of Rear Admiral Tim Lowe CBE, the current UK National Hydrographer and Deputy Chief Executive, to the position of Acting Chief Executive and Accounting Officer.Rear Admiral Lowe will fill the role whilst a permanent replacement is sought for John Humphrey, the current Chief Executive and Accounting Officer of the UKHO, who will leave at the end of January 2019.Rear Admiral Lowe said: “I look forward to taking the helm as Acting Chief Executive…

GD: $346m for USN Virginia-Class Submarine Work

General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $346.5 million contract modification by the U.S. Navy to provide research and development and lead-yard services for Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).Under the contract modification, Electric Boat will undertake development studies and other work related to Virginia-class submarine design improvements. Additionally, Electric Boat will perform research and development work required to evaluate new technologies to be inserted in newly built Virginia-class ships, including the Virginia Payload Module.Initially awarded in 2016, the contract has a potential value of $1.3 billion through September 2019.

Quebec Eyes More Federal Shipbuilding Contracts

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Quebec's National Assembly unanimously adopted a motion in support of the Federal government's reform or 'refresh' of the National Shipbuilding Strategy.The motion called upon the federal government to endorse the House of Commons and Senate's recommendations to proceed immediately with the construction at Davie Shipbuilding of a second Resolve-Class Naval Support Ship as well as a new fleet of icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard.During 2017, the Federal government conducted…

SCA Honors Former President George H.W. Bush

An undated file photo of Navy pilot George H. W. Bush. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum/Released)

The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), the national trade association representing the U.S. shipyard and repair industry, honors the life and legacy of President George H.W. Bush, a true American hero.Matthew Paxton, President of SCA remarked, “President George H.W. Bush’s life was built on a foundation of loyalty and service to his nation. When Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese during the Second World War, George H.W. Bush was irrevocably committed to serving his country and joined the United States Navy, becoming one of the youngest flying officers.

HII Appoints Shelanski As VP, Business Development

Herman Shelanski (Huntington Ingalls Industries)

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has announced this week the appointment of Herman Shelanski as vice president of business development at its Newport News Shipbuilding division.Shelanski has more than 38 years of experience with the U.S. Navy, achieving the rank of vice admiral before he retired earlier this year. Shelanski most recently served as the Navy’s inspector general.In his new role, Shelanski will report to Jennifer Boykin, president of Newport Shipbuilding.Shelanski served as director of the Navy’s Environmental Readiness Division…

Naval Group Launches Egyptin Subsidiary

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French shipbuilder Naval Group officially opened Alexandria Naval for Maintenance and Industry, its Egyptian subsidiary which will be responsible for the maintenance of Egyptian Navy vessels built and delivered by Naval Group.Alexandria Naval strengthens Naval Group sustainable footprint in Egypt for current and future naval programs.Naval Group’s long term partnership with the Egyptian Navy and the Egyptian industry has reached a new milestone with the opening of a subsidiary dedicated to the in service support of Naval Group’s vessels and future naval programs.

LANL Releases New Sea-Ice Computer Model

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Elizabeth Hunke. Photo: Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) with several collaborating groups released an update for an internationally vital sea-ice computer model, called CICE version 6.0, a timely tool that supports more accurate forecasting of ice occurrence and global climate modeling.“This update improves our ability to understand a type of anchored ice, called land-fast ice, that is attached to the shore or sea bottom and can block shipping lanes and northern ports,” said Elizabeth Hunke, lead developer of the CICE model.

General Dynamics: USN Awards $46m for Groton Sub Base

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $46.2 million contract modification to perform non-nuclear maintenance work on submarines homeported at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).With this award, Electric Boat will continue operating the New England Maintenance Manpower Initiative (NEMMI) at the submarine base. Under the terms of the contract, Electric Boat will provide services required to support submarine overhauls, maintenance, repair and modernization upgrades; ship alterations, temporary modifications and field changes; supplies and/or ancillary services and corrective and preventative maintenance.

Interview: Admiral Karl Schultz, Commandant, United States Coast Guard

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz visits with Coast Guard crews stationed in
New York City. U.S. Coast Guard photo illustration by Petty Officer 1st Class Jetta Disco.

Maritime Reporter & Engineering News was offered the opportunity to interview Admiral Karl Schultz, the 26th Commandant in the history of the United States Coast Guard, in his office in Washington, DC. Just five months into his tenure, his plate is predictably full with a number of challenges, including: Attracting and retaining future U.S. Coast Guard personnel; addressing a number of assymetric threats, including cyber attacks; and ensuring captial and operating budgets are adequate to safely and efficiently carry out a global mission envelope, to name but a few.

Iran Navy Launches Stealth Warship in the Gulf

Iran's navy on Saturday launched a domestically made destroyer, which state media said has radar-evading stealth properties, as tensions rise with arch-enemy, the United States.In a ceremony carried live on state television, the Sahand destroyer -- which can sustain voyages lasting five months without resupply -- joined Iran's regular navy at a base in Bandar Abbas on the Gulf.The Sahand has a flight deck for helicopters, torpedo launchers, anti-aircraft and anti-ship guns, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles and electronic warfare capabilities, state television reported.U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of an international agreement on Iran's nuclear programme in May and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.

ASNE Seeks Executive Director

The American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) located in Alexandria, Virginia is looking for a highly qualified Executive Director.ASNE is a non-profit and the leading professional engineering society for engineers, scientists and allied professionals who conceive, design, develop, test, construct, outfit, operate and maintain complex naval and maritime ships, submarines and aircraft and their associated systems and subsystems.  Society activities provide support for the U.S. Navy; U.S. Coast Guard; U.S. Marine Corps; U.S. Merchant Marine and U.S. Army.”  Please click here for the Executive Director Job Description.  If interested in this position, please send your resume to: edsearch@navalengineers.org

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