Norwegian Bliss Delivered in Germany
Norwegian Cruise Line has taken delivery of the 168,028-gross-ton cruise ship Norwegian Bliss from shipbuilder Meyer Werft during a ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany, marking the conclusion of an 18-month building period.Norwegian Bliss is the third vessel in the line’s Breakaway Plus class and the first cruise ship specifically designed for Alaska cruising.The ship features a two-level competitive electric-car racetrack that sits at the top of deck 19; it is the largest at sea and a first for any North America-based cruise ship.
$252m Finance for LNG-Powered Tankers
Watson Farley & Williams (“WFW”) has advised ING Bank (“ING”), as agent, security trustee and the syndicate of lenders on the US$252m financing of the world’s first ever LNG-powered aframax tankers for leading Russian shipowner Sovcomflot Group (“SCF”). The six 114,000dwt, ice-class vessels are being built by Hyundai Samho, with two of the vessels to operate under time charter to Shell for up to ten years. Shell will also provide LNG fuel for all six tankers across north-west Europe and the Baltic.
American Constitution Passes Sea Trials
American Cruise Lines’ first new ship of 2018, American Constitution, passed Sea Trials last week in Chesapeake Bay.With the U.S. Coast Guard aboard, American Constitution underwent speed trials, an endurance run, and was thoroughly tested in all areas of safety and maneuverability.“The American Constitution passed with flying colors,” said Paul Taiclet, Vice President of Hotel Operations, who was aboard for the Sea Trials. “The ship performed exceptionally well and has a number…
US Court Approves Seadrill's Bankruptcy Exit Plan
A U.S. judge said on Tuesday he would approve Seadrill Ltd's plan to exit its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, in which the global offshore oil and gas drilling company would shed billions of dollars of debt and raise $1 billion in new investment. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David Jones in Houston overruled two minor objections to the reorganization plan during a 90-minute hearing. The plan extends maturities on more than $5 billion of bank loans and converts about $2.3 billion in bond debt into equity in a reorganized Seadrill.
Carnival Horizon Delivered to LR Class
In March, Carnival Cruise Line took delivery of its new 133,500 GT cruise ship, Carnival Horizon, designed and built to Lloyd’s Register (LR) class. Constructed by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri at its yard in Marghera, the 323-meter Carnival Horizon has a capacity of 3,960 guests, plus 1,450 crew. The ship is the 26th in Carnival’s fleet and second in the Vista-class following Carnival Vista delivered in April 2016. The Vista-class’ third vessel, Carnival Panorama, is currently under construction and scheduled to enter service from Long Beach, Calif. in December 2019.
Fort Schuyler Alumni Preserve Maritime Education
In 1912, following several financially difficult years for the New York Nautical School, America’s first Maritime Academy, founded 1874, the New York City Board of Education, the school's steward since its inception, had had enough and decided to throw in the towel. The Board of Education moved to petition the New York State Government for permission to abandon its unusual school and return the training ship, the auxiliary sailing gunboat, USS Newport, to the Navy. Consequently, at the beginning of 1913, the school’s Alumni Association, which had been in existence for ten years, stepped in. A coalition of interests supporting the school was assembled by the Alumni Association.
Fleet Week: New York Parade of Ships 2014
U.S. Navy ships and U.S. Coast Guard cutters, Station New York and Maritime Safety and Security Team New York, along with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York Police Harbor units and Fire Department of New York’s fireboat participated in the 2014 Fleet Week New York Parade of Ships, which took place in New York Harbor, today. Participating military ships included the Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), Arleigh Burke-class destroyers USS Cole (DDG 67 and USS McFaul (DDG 74), and U.S.
Navy Awards $816.6M New York (LPD 21) Contract to Northrop Grumman
U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation an $816.6 million contract for construction of New York (LPD 21), the fifth ship in the 12 ship LPD 17 series of San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ships. New York will be built at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems' Avondale Operations in New Orleans, with fabrication support from three other company facilities in Pascagoula and Gulfport, Miss., and Tallulah, La. The ship will be equipped to conduct amphibious warfare missions by embarking, transporting and landing elements of a landing force during an assault by helicopters, landing craft and amphibious vehicles. "Northrop Grumman Ship Systems has four other San Antonio-class ships under construction at our Gulf Coast facilities…
SS New York Arrives in NYC to Commemorate 9/11
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced Sept. 6 that amphibious transport dock ship USS New York will participate in numerous events throughout the city honoring the victims and responders from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Additionally, 170 members of the 9/11 Families Association, which includes families of victims and first responders, embarked USS New York for the transit from Norfolk, Va., to New York Harbor. "I am grateful…
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USS New York En Route to Commissioning
The future USS New York departed Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Avondale Operations Oct. 13, sailing away from the building yard manned for the first time by the ship's crew. This milestone marks the government/industry team's production completion of LPD 21, the fifth ship of the San Antonio class. The ship will now transit to her homeport of Norfolk, Va., before sailing to New York City for the commissioning ceremony. "New York is a product of continued improvement in LPD 17-class construction, testing and support," said Jay Stefany, LPD 17 class program manager for the Navy's Program Executive Office, Ships (PEO Ships). "Each new ship in this class represents the lessons learned from the experiences of her four preceding sister ships.
Navy Secretary Grants Governor's Request to Honor New York
Governor George E. the terrorist attacks. This new class of ship is currently under construction with the first to be commissioned in the spring of 2003. The amphibious transports will be used to transport and land Marines, their equipment and supplies by embarked landing craft or amphibious vehicles augmented by helicopters in amphibious assault. most survivable amphibious ship ever put to sea. word of Secretary England's decision in a phone call Wednesday evening. said. The Governor recently wrote a letter to Secretary England requesting that the Navy revive the name USS New York in honor of September 11's victims and to give it a surface warship involved in the war on terror. a surface ship.
New York Volunteers Sought: Canal Clean Sweep
In preparation for the 187th navigation season of the New York State Canal System and to mark Earth Day 2011, the New York State Canal Corporation, in partnership with Parks and Trails New York and the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, announced that it is seeking volunteers for the Sixth Annual "Canal Clean Sweep" scheduled for the weekend of April 15–17. The Canal Clean Sweep highlights the canal system as a major recreational and tourism destination in New York state by encouraging communities, businesses and not-for-profit organizations to engage in cleanup and beautification activities on Canal lands and along the Canalway Trail. Last year, more than 90 groups participated in the Canal Clean Sweep weekend.
Coast Guard, Partner Agencies Respond to NYC Ferry Grounding
Coast Guard and partner agency crews responded to a ferry aground with 27 people aboard near Rockaway Inlet, New York, Wednesday evening. The Flyer, an 80-foot New York City Ferry became stuck on a sandbar after departing from the Rockaway terminal at 5:15 p.m., en route to Wall Street’s Pier 11 at approximately 5:30 p.m. Boatcrews from Coast Guard Station New York, and Station Sandy Hook arrived on scene with New York City Fire Department (FDNY) and New York City Police Department (NYPD) marine units. Due to shallow water, Coast Guard crews were unable to safely approach the ferry.
NY State Canal Corporation Boosts Earth Day Event
Volunteer groups and individuals are invited to join the New York State Canal Corporation staff for the annual Canal Clean Sweep, scheduled for the weekend of April 15-17, 2011. The events along the 524-mile-long Canal system help celebrate Earth Day and to prepare the canals for the regular navigation season that is scheduled to begin on May 1, 2011. Brian U. Other partners for the "Canal Clean Sweep" include the private Parks and Trails New York and the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation. Last year more than 90 groups participated in the clean-up weekend. For more information on the Sixth Annual Canal Clean Sweep, or to help coordinate an event in your community, please contact Wally Elton of Parks and Trails New York at (518) 434-1583 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
US Coast Guard Barque Eagle Sails to New York
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle sailed into New York City, Thursday, as part of a voyage commemorating 70-years since the original journey from northern Germany to New York. The historic Eagle – the only active commissioned sailing vessel in the U.S. armed services – was constructed in 1936 and was acquired from Germany as a war reparation following World War II. The shipe is now primarily used to train cadets from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Eagle’s arrival to New York also coincides with the Coast Guard’s 226th birthday.
NY-Area Seafarers to Join MM&P
New York Harbor Tug Boat Captains and Crews, Staten Island Ferry Workers, Circle Line and Other Tourist Boat Crews Vote to Join New Union. New York-area watermen who operate tugboats, dredges, tourist boats and ferries, members of Staten Island-based Local 333, have voted by an overwhelming margin to support a merger between Local 333 and the Maryland-based International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots. By a more than 2 to 1 margin, 1,300 New York and New Jersey mariners voted to affiliate with the larger national union of deck officers who serve on ocean-going ships…
$42M in Grants for Ferry Docks & Facilities
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced more than $42m in grants to improve ferry service and build new docks and facilities in 15 states and Puerto Rico. Congress authorized the Federal Highway Administration’s Ferry Boat Program was created to fund ferry boat projects that provide critical access to areas that lack other means of transportation where high passenger demand already exists. Program funds can be used for capital improvements to existing ferry operations which could increase the number of riders, relieve congestion or address environmental or significant operational concerns. The projects include funding…
Navy Awards $816.6M New York (LPD 21) Contract to Northrop
Corporation announced that the U.S. Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ships. Pascagoula and Gulfport, Miss., and Tallulah, La. vehicles. and the future of expeditionary warfare," said Dr. Philip A. corporate vice president and president, Northrop Grumman Ship Systems. New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. England announced the name of the ship. York. the ship's construction. Dur. replace four classes of older amphibious ships. largest in the Navy's 21st Century Amphibious Ready Groups. of up to 800 Marines. delivery planned by the end of 2007. fleet support offices in the U.S. and Japan. for the U.S. Navy, U.S. commercial vessels of all types.
New York Christening Powered by Memories, Resolve
Mrs. Dotty England, wife of Deputy Secretary of Defense The Hon. Gordon England, christens the amphibious transport dock Pre-Commissioning Unit New York (LPD 21) at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding New Orleans. The bow of the New York is built with metal recovered from the World Trade Center site. U. S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tiffini M. The Navy's newest amphibious tranport dock was christened "New York" March 1, at the Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding New Orleans Shipyard at Avondale, La.
Project Aimed to Reduce Emissions
The Port Authority Board of Commissioners has approved a measure to undertake a demonstration project with the New York City Department of Transportation to retrofit a Staten Island ferryboat with new exhaust emission reduction devices. If the project is successful, a new agreement between the two agencies could be developed to retrofit the remaining six vessels in the Staten Island Ferry fleet. The demonstration project grew out of discussions with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and environmental agencies in New Jersey, New York and New York City on air impacts associated with the upcoming project to deepen channels in New York harbor to 50 feet.
Maritime Solutions for the Big Apple’s Growth
Like most of our Nation’s major urban areas, New York City is experiencing growing pains. The Big Apple’s rising population means surging needs for freight and services, which have made congestion a common reality for the city’s more than 10 million daily commuters. However, New York has long had a transportation ace in the hole – its geography and access to water. New York City is positioned on a series of islands right in the middle of New York Harbor, one of the world’s largest natural harbors.
Feature: NY Navigation Channels: The Really Big Dig
Boston can claim its new tunnel project as the "big dig", but the nearly $3 billion effort to dredge navigation channels in and around New York to 45 — and eventually 50 ft. — is the second largest USACE project; ever. However, with each 13-yd. bucket scoop of the bottom of Kill van Kull breaking above the water's surface and being unceremoniously dumped into an awaiting 4,000 yard scow — a process that takes all of 60 seconds — one quickly appreciates the engineering genius behind the behemoth from Liebherr, the entire vessel in fact, as it steadily works to deepen the navigation channel for the growing fleet of very large, very deep draft containerships that call on the ports of New York/New Jersey. Maritime Reporter recently ventured out into the harbor with the U.S.