IHC Merwede Confirms Details of Van Oord Dredger Order
Dutch shipbuilder IHC Merwede has confirmed that Van Oord has commissioned the construction of a large self-propelled cutter suction dredger. The new vessel will be one of the largest cutter suction dredgers in the world, will be built at IHC Dredgers in Kinderdijk and will be delivered in the autumn of 2011. With a total installed power of some 24,000kW, the vessel will be equipped with two onboard dredge pumps and one submerged dredge pump on the cutter ladder. The maximum dredging depth will be 28m. The new cutter suction dredger will have a length overall of approximately 130m and beam of 27.8m, and will provide accommodation for 44.
Van Oord Orders Cutter Suction Dredger
Van Oord has ordered a new cutter suction dredger from Royal IHC. The vessel, to be named Biesbosch, is a modular IHC Beaver 65 DDSP built at the yard in Sliedrecht, and is scheduled for delivery April 1, 2016. Once delivered, Biesbosch, with a length of 64 meters and a width of more than 12 meters, will be deployed at the Zeetoegang IJmuiden project, part of the locks program of the Dutch Department of Public Works. The vessel is part of Van Oord’s strategy to invest in replacements for its fleet of cutter suction dredgers, the company said. Biesbosch will be Van Oord’s third new cutter suction dredger over a period of 12 months. This…
USCG Homeporting of National Security Cutters
The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that its final environmental assessment relating to the planned homeporting of four National Security Cutters at Coast Guard Island, Alameda, California resulted in a finding of no significant impact. These new cutters will replace four older cutters. Source: HK Law
Photo: USCGC Bertholf
The Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, the service's newest cutter, participated in 2009 Seattle Seafair Parade of Ships, Wednesday, July 29, 2009. The Bertholf, U.S. Navy and Canadian Navy will remain in Seattle for the public to view through Monday, August 3, 2009. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Tara Molle)
Waesche Completes Acceptance Trials
The U.S. Coast Guard’s second National Security Cutter (NSC), Waesche, recently completed four days of rigorous tests called Acceptance Trials to ensure the cutter meets all of its contractual requirements and is ready for delivery. Waesche’s Acceptance Trials were conducted in Pascagoula, Miss., from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1, 2009, by the Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). INSURV inspected Waesche to identify any major deficiencies needing correction prior to delivery.
This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History - July 6
1809- Congress authorized the construction of twelve new cutters to enforce President Thomas Jefferson’s embargo. 1942- Coast Guard amphibious aircraft V-166 landed in the open ocean and took aboard 21 survivors of a torpedoed tanker in Gulf of Mexico. Source: USCG Historian’s Office
Northrop Grumman Receives Prestigious Award
Northrop Grumman received the 2003 Frost & Sullivan Technology Leadership Award for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense in recognition of its roles in the Integrated Deepwater System program, and in the Immigration and Naturalization Service's (INS) Technology Enterprise Automation Management Support (TEAMS) program. Northrop Grumman was cited by Frost & Sullivan, based on their role in the Deepwater program, on its deep understanding of vertical technologies required by maritime vessels involved in military missions as well as its broad integration skills supporting the U.S. Coast Guard's acquisition of three classes of new cutters and their associated small boats.
Boskalis Orders Self-propelled Mega Cutter
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. said it has ordered a new self-propelled mega cutter from IHC Merwede in the Netherlands. The new dredger will be a sister vessel of the Helios, which will be taken into service for Boskalis later this year. The new vessel will have a total installed power of 23,700 kW, a pumping capacity of 15,600 kW and a maximum cutter capacity of 7,000 kW. The new cutters can dredge in extremely hard ground at depths ranging from 6 to 35 meters. The new vessel is expected to be commissioned in 2020.
New Cutter Arrives at its Homeport
The Coast Guard’s newest cutter will arrive at its homeport at Pier Papa on the old Navy base in Charleston, S.C., on Thursday. The Coast Guard Cutter Oak, a 225-ft. buoy tender, is the eleventh ship of the Juniper Class and was christened on January 26, 2002 in Marinette, Wis. The Oak and its crew left Marinette November 2 and traveled through the St. Lawrence River and down the Atlantic seaboard. The Oak and crew will join sister cutters, now operating in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, which form a new fleet of technically advanced and highly capable buoy tenders. Lt. Cmdr. James M. Cash assumed command of the newly built cutter Oak on October 17, 2002. He and his five officers and 42 member crew’s primary mission is to maintain the largest buoys in the Coast Guard inventory.
Coast Guard to Acquire 6 More Sentinel-class Boats
The Coast Guard has received approval to move forward on the production and eventual deployment of up to 30 fast response cutters (FRC). The decision means the Coast Guard may continue to acquire the FRC as the budget allows and that new plans are in place to support new cutters as they are commissioned. Seven FRCs have been delivered to the Coast Guard, to date, beginning in 2011 and six are commissioned. The Coast Guard plans to acquire up to 58 FRCs in total at a projected cost of $3.93 billion.
Marinette Challenges Coast Guard Award
Marinette Marine is challenging the U.S. Coast Guard's choice of Bollinger Shipyards to build the Fast Response Cutters. Marinette's protest was filed with the GAO, which is required to issue a ruling within 100 days. Marinette was one of three reported finalists in the competition to build the FRC. On September 26, the Coast Guard tapped Bollinger to build the new Sentinel-class cutters, which is based on a Damen design. The initial contract award was for $88m to design and build the first patrol boat, the contract ultimately could expand to 34 new cutters at total value of $1.5 billion, reports indicated Source: Defense News and Journal Sentinal
USCG Seize $ 3.7 mi Marijuana
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark is scheduled to offload approximately 4,100 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated wholesale value of $3.7 million at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Wednesday. While on a routine patrol, a Joint Interagency Task Force South maritime patrol aircraft detected a suspicious go-fast vessel south of Jamaica. The crew aboard the aircraft notified the crew of the Paul Clark and vectored the cutter to intercept and conduct a law enforcement boarding of the suspect vessel.
Port Huron Welcomes New Cutter
The City of Port Huron will welcome the newest ship in the Coast Guard’s fleet of buoy tenders at 3 p.m. Saturday November 8. The Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock (WLB 214) is the fourteenth Juniper Class Seagoing Buoy Tender and is the first of its kind to be stationed on the Great Lakes. Hollyhock replaces the Coast Guard Cutter Bramble, now a museum ship in Port Huron. The newest 225-foot cutter was launched January 25, 2003 in Marinette, Wis., and turned over for Coast Guard operation Oct. 15.
New Cutters for Florida USCG Fleet
The USCG has added two cutters to its fleet based in the Florida Keys, helping to make it easier to patrol 55,000 sq. miles of increasingly busy waters. The two 110-footers, Chincoteague and Key Largo, and their crews were welcomed to port during a Trumbo Point ceremony. Chincoteague, named after an island in Virginia's Outer Banks, was previously stationed in Mobile, Ala. Key Largo comes close to its namesake from Savannah, Ga. Five other 110-foot cutters, two 270-ft. cutters and 10 small patrol boats are already stationed in the Keys. Another 110-footer will join the fleet next summer. From stations in Key West, Marathon and Islamorada, the USCG patrols about 750 miles of coastline and waters roughly bordered by Card Sound, Andros in the Bahamas, Cuba and Cape Sable.
This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History – November 29
1808-Secretary of Treasury Gallatin requested 12 new cutters at a cost of $120,000 to enforce "laws which prohibit exportation and restrain importations" to support the embargo ordered by President Thomas Jefferson. President Jefferson had ordered an embargo against most European imports and exports to protest the harassment of U.S. sailors by warring European powers. The embargo did not work. The United States went to war with England in 1812 but Revenue Cutter Service got the ships. 1877-The first annual report of the U.S. Lifesaving Service was submitted in published form to the Secretary of the Treasury. 1969-The German freighter Nordmeer ran aground on the Thunder Bay Shoal in Lake Huron.
U.S. Snub on Cutter Funds Seen as Threat
The Obama administration’s failure to budget $1.6 billion for two of the Coast Guard’s flagship vessels is drawing criticism from U.S. lawmakers, who contend that the service’s missions will be threatened. The Department of Homeland Security’s proposal for the fiscal year, beginning October1, requests $683 million to fund only the sixth of eight planned National Security Cutters, made by Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. The agency, which oversees the Coast Guard, didn’t seek funding for the remaining two cutters for fiscal years 2014 to 2017. The 418-foot-long cutters are needed to replace an aging fleet of vessels, many of which are more than 40 years old and expensive to maintain, according to the service.
National Security Cutter Stratton Completes Trials
The U.S. Coast Guard announced Monday that its third National Security Cutter, Stratton, successfully completed several days of rigorous acceptance trials Friday to ensure the cutter meets its contractual requirements and is ready for delivery to the Coast Guard. Stratton’s acceptance trials were conducted in Pascagoula, Miss., and at sea in the Gulf of Mexico by the Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey. Acceptance trials resulted in two starred cards for Stratton…
The Coast Guard Foundation Hosts 19th Annual Tribute
St. Petersburg Event To Honor New Coast Guard Cutter And The Memory of William Flores. The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education, welfare and morale of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today its 19th Annual Tribute to the United States Coast Guard’s Seventh District will take place on Friday, November 2, 2012. At this year’s event, the Foundation has partnered with the Commissioning Committee for the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter William Flores.
Deepwater Fast-Response Cutter Reaches Milestone
The U.S. Coast Guard's, 140-ft. construction commencement. Integrated Deepwater System Program. proceed to design development. The new cutter has been developed to meet post-Sept. requirements. 40-year hull-life. reaction capability. patrols in areas of concern. program manager. originally proposed at the time of contract award in June 2002. Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) suite and logistics support. plans as an asset in the Integrated Deepwater System. phase, with the customer review scheduled for this August.
Ship Systems Awarded Deepwater Contracts Worth $129M
long lead material procurement for the U.S. Coast Guard's first new National Security Cutter (NSC). The combined contracts mark the first step in the development and delivery of this new class of cutters set to replace the Coast Guard's aging fleet of surface vessels. Integrated Coast Guard Systems (ICGS) awarded the contracts under the Coast Guard's Integrated Deepwater System Program. supports our design effort in the U.S. Program," said Dr. Philip A. president and president of the company's Ship Systems sector. contract design phase was recently completed. in 2006. Guard's 200-year history. logistics systems. estimated to total $17 billion over the life of the program. would threaten the security of our homeland," Dur said. "The U.S.
Coastguard Commissions Newest National Security Cutter
The Coast Guard placed the country’s newest National Security Cutter, the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, into service during a formal ceremony on Coast Guard Island, in Alameda, Saturday. First Lady Michelle Obama joined in the ceremony as the Stratton’s official sponsor, alongside Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp and the Stratton’s commanding officer, Captain Charles L. Cashin, III. In July 2010, Mrs. Obama christened the ship where it was built in Pascagoula, Miss. Stratton is named for Capt. Dorothy Stratton, who became the first director of the U.S.
USCG Sea Fox Commissioned at Keyport
Northwest region military personnel and guests celebrated the commissioning of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Sea Fox (WPB 87374) at the Naval Base Kitsap, Keyport pier Sept. 18. Rear Adm. Gary Blore, commander, 13th Coast Guard District, presided over the commissioning ceremony. Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Charles Bowen provided the keynote speech accompanied by his wife, Janet, the ship's official sponsor. By tradition, the sponsor is a civilian woman with close ties to the service. She is invited to bestow good luck and divine protection over the ship and all that sail aboard. The sponsor also gives part of her own personality to the ship and becomes a permanent member of the crew.
Bollinger Awarded Contract for FRCs for Coast Guard
Bollinger has been selected to design and construct up to 34 Fast Response Cutters "Sentinel" Class (FRC) for the Coast Guard. The FRC, a new generation of USCG patrol boats, is a replacement for the Coast Guard ISLAND Class cutters that Bollinger built almost a quarter century ago. Bollinger CEO and Chairman of the Board, Donald “Boysie” Bollinger, said that the program, which is expected to last for approximately ten years, could result in the construction of 34 Coast Guard cutters that will provide employment for approximately 500 people in the Bollinger organization.