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Philadelphia Gear Appoints Biddle As NE Regional Sales Manager

Philadelphia Gear Corporation announced the promotion of Scott Biddle, 36, to the newly created position of Northeast Regional Sales Manager. Biddle's new position includes management of sales growth throughout the eastern U.S. - an area already covered by himself, several Philadelphia Gear sales personnel, and three independent firms who represent Philadelphia Gear in their respective territories - along with the expansion of his own sales territory to include eastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey. As a regional sales manager, he will work to ensure that Philadelphia Gear customers are serviced in a fashion that meets their immediate needs.

Philadelphia Gear Appoints Verget as CFO

Philadelphia Gear Corporation announces the hiring of Stephen Verget to the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Verget replaces Matt O'Reilly, and will be responsible for leading all accounting, financial analysis and treasury functions for Philadelphia Gear. He will also play a key leadership role in defining and executing Philadelphia Gear's evolving business model focused on specialized gear aftermarket service and marine propulsion drives. Verget brings with him 23 years of experience as a finance leader with E.I. DuPont de Nemours in a number of roles. He has held several business unit CFO positions within DuPont, including Agricultural Biotechnology, Advanced Materials, Agricultural Products North America, and Information Technology.

FastShip Selects Gear Corporation As Supplier

FastShip, Inc. has reached an agreement with Philadelphia Gear Corporation to supply sophisticated transmission equipment for the company's high-speed trans-Atlantic fleet. The $35 million order is the largest in Philadelphia Gear's 100-year history, bringing more than 100 direct and indirect jobs to the region. Per the agreement, Philadelphia Gear will supply 20 gearboxes - five in each of FastShip's initial four vessels - plus one spare gearbox and additional parts, as well as a 10-year service maintenance package. The gears will help generate power for the vessels equivalent to two and a half times that of a jumbo jet. Philadelphia Gear will also participate in vendor financing of FastShip, which intends to complete its total financing package by year-end 1999.

Philadelphia Gear Gets Offshore Contract

Philadelphia Gear Corporation announces an agreement with the Rowan Companies, Inc., of Vicksburg, Miss., to supply propulsion reduction gearing for the Gorilla VIII drill rig. Gorilla VIII is the latest addition to Rowan’s line of self-propelled jack-up drill rigs. Philadelphia Gear will provide Rowan with marine reduction gears, model 84 DHMGH. The gearing will be used to transmit 1500 hp from each of 4 variable speed DC motors at 1050 RPM to a fixed pitch propeller turning 280 RPM in the twin-screw installation. The gear drives for port and starboard, which are identical in this application, will be arranged for motors spaced 84 in. apart, two forward of the gears and two aft.

Philadelphia Gear Introduces Universal Cooling Tower Drive

Philadelphia Gear Corporation announces the availability of the new Universal Cooling Tower DriveTM. This new drive offers a solution to replace cooling tower drives and spare parts. The Universal Cooling Tower Drive comes in two sizes and replaces the eight most popular Philadelphia Gear cooling tower drive models currently in use. The new drive can also be used in place of most other drive brands, with minimal modification. Two primary design elements make the new cooling tower drive universal - its spacer plates and change gears. Base plate spacer adapters make the UCT Drive modifiable to virtually any legacy cooling tower application by adjusting the height of the output shaft.

FastShip Selects Philadelphia Gear Corp.

FastShip Inc. has reached an agreement with Philadephia Gear Corp. to supply sophisticated transmission equipment for the company's revolutionary high-speed trans-Atlantic fleet. The $35 million order is the largest in Philadelphia Gear's 100-year history. Under the agreement, the company will supply 20 gearboxes - five in each of FastShip's initial four vessels - plus one spare gearbox and additional parts, as well as a 10-year service and maintenance package. The gears will help generate power for the vessels equivalent to 2.5 times that of a jumbo jet. The contract means 100 jobs for Philadelphia Gear and its vendors, including securing or adding 70 full-time jobs over the next two years.

New Navy Contract

Philadelphia Gear Corp., King of Prussia, Pa., is being awarded an $80,240,784 firm-fixed-price contract for main reduction gears for DDG 51 (Arleigh Burke) Class Guided Missile Destroyers. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $425,955,513. Work will be performed in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. (79.2 percent); Kansas City, Mo. (7.2 percent); St. Augustine, Fla. (3.6 percent); Westminster, Mass. (3.2 percent); Middlesex, England, U.K. (2.2 percent); Latrobe, Pa. (2.1 percent); Pewaukee, Wis. (1.4 percent); and Erie, Pa. (1.1 percent), and is expected to be completed by July 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

$22 Mln Cocaine Bust in Port of Philadelphia

Philadelphia CBP seized 709 pounds of cocaine concealed in furniture shipped from Puerto Rico. (Photo: CBP)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said its officers in the Port of Philadelphia seized 709 pounds of cocaine concealed inside furniture on a containership arriving from Puerto Rico, the largest local cocaine load discovered by the CBP in a decade. Officers made the discovery after detecting an anomaly in one of the shipping containers while conducting inspections a seaport in Pennsauken, N.J., on November 2. The contents of the container were emptied at CBP’s Centralized Examination Station in Philadelphia…

Latest DoD Contracts

USS Hue City: Photo USN

Contracts have been awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, NASSCO-Mayport, Timken Gears & Services Inc., and Colonna's Shipyard, Inc. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co., Oak Brook, Illinois, was awarded a $25,376,872 firm-fixed-price contract for dredging the main channel of the Delaware River. Work will be performed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2015. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the contracting activity. Earl Industries L.L.C.

Lead LPD 17 Ship Makes Progress

Plagued by delays and a project management team shake-up, the LPD 17 program has "turned the corner" said Philip Dur, president of Northrop Grumman Corp. Ship Systems, when speaking earlier this week at a Washington, D.C. conference on raising FY '03 Navy procurement funding. This would seem to be the case, as the company announced that it achieved an integral milestone in the construction of San Antonio, when it completed early landing of all four main propulsion engines and three of five power generators on their foundations. In addition, 55 of the 210 units have been erected on San Antonio, the lead ship in the Navy's new LPD 17 Class of amphibious transport dock ships. The ship is scheduled for delivery in November 2004.

Chafe-Pro for Philadelphia Naval Reserve Fleet

Global Associates, Ltd, contractor for the U.S. Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, has selected FJORD, Inc. to supply its brand name Chafe-Pro chafing gear for the protection of the mooring lines used by the ships located at the naval reserve fleet in Philadelphia.  The facility is used to hold decommissioned U.S. Navy and auxiliary ships pending the determination of their final fate. FJORD, Inc. is a woman-owned small business located in Graham, NC and all Chafe-Pro units are manufactured in the U.S. www.ChafePro.com

Columbia Coastal Transport Adds To Fleet

Columbia Coastal Transport has added five additional vessels to its fleet of container barges that provide container feeder and project cargo services. The additional barges, which range in capacity from 112 to 660-teus, were previously owned by Hale Trans of Baltimore, Md. The newly attained barges will be updated with Columbia's specifications, and will be outfitted with new lashing gear and state-of-the-art power packs for transporting reefer cargo. The new vessels joining the fleet include the 630-teu Liberty Trader; the 520-teu Baltimore Trader; Norfolk Trader and Philadelphia Trader, each with 420-teu capacity; and the 224-teu New England Trader.

USACE Orders Foil-assisted Survey Catamaran

Image: AAM

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has awarded a contract to All American Marine, Inc. (AAM) for the design and construction of a new hydrofoil supported aluminum catamaran survey vessel. The new vessel will replace the aging survey boat, Shuman, to primarily perform survey missions and some dive operations in support of dredging work planned within the Corps’ Philadelphia District. The 68- by 26-foot custom aluminum catamaran will be designed by Auckland, New Zealand firm Teknicraft Design, Ltd., for whom AAM is the exclusive in North America builder.

Port of Philadelphia Designated as Military Seaport

Pennsylvania Gov. Mark Schweiker today accepted the formal orders from the Department of Defense designating the Port of Philadelphia as a Strategic Military Seaport. "This designation is yet another historic moment for Pennsylvania and the Port of Philadelphia," Gov. Schweiker said. "The port has played a vital role in our nation's security since the days of the Revolutionary War, and it will do so again as America faces new challenges in a post-Sept. The designation was made by the Military Traffic Management Command (MTMC) and the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD). Strategic Military Seaports are designated to support major force deployments during the times of national security needs under one or more national defense contingency plans.

Two Missing After Boat, Barge Collision

Crews of the Coast Guard, Philadelphia fire and police, New Jersey police and others are searching for two people after a collision between a duck boat and a barge near Penn's Landing in Philadelphia. Ten of the passengers were taken to Hahnemann University Hospital. At 2:39 p.m. a collision occurred between a duck boat, with 35 passengers and two crewmen, and the 250-foot tug and barge Caribbean Sea on the Delaware River in about 10 feet of water. The Coast Guard launched boat crews from Station Philadelphia and Aids to Navigation Team Philadelphia and an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., to rescue those in distress.

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard's CBA Ratified

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI), the sole operating subsidiary of Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA, announced today that a new four year collective bargaining agreement has been ratified by the Philadelphia Metal Trades Council (PMTC). The PMTC is the exclusive bargaining representative for production and maintenance employees at APSI and consists of ten unions. Mike Giantomaso, Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Vice President of Human Resources remarked, "We are pleased to have successfully ratified this agreement and are very proud to continue our partnership with the PMTC.

Union Fights Aker Over Foreign Parts

The Philadelphia Inquirer has reported that the Department of Homeland Security has rejected an AFL-CIO complaint about use of foreign-made parts at the Philadelphia shipyard, prompting the union to vow a political fight over U.S. shipbuilding protections. The Metal Trades Department of the AFL-CIO asked the Coast Guard, part of Homeland Security, in mid-May to review Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Inc.'s construction of 10 tankers based on a design bought from South Korea's Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and using components procured through Hyundai. The union claimed that Aker was violating the Jones Act, a law intended to protect U.S. shipbuilding by allowing only U.S.-made ships to be certified to ply U.S. ports. Aker, a unit of Norway-based Aker A.S.A.

Aker Philadelphia Appoints New CFO

Photo: Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA has appointed Jan Ivar Nielsen as Chief Financial Officer effective September 2015. Since 2009, Nielsen has held the position of CFO of VARD Holdings, a publicly listed global designer and builder of offshore and specialized vessels with 10 facilities across Europe, Asia and South America. From the period 2002 to 2005, Nielsen was CFO of the shipyard in Philadelphia. In 2005, Nielsen was involved in the formation of Aker American Shipping Company, the former parent of both Aker Philadelphia Shipyard and American Shipping Company.

New Pilot Boat Delivered to Alabama Pilots

(Photo: Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding)

The Alabama Pilot, Inc. in Mobile, Ala., has taken delivery of Dixey, a newly built Chesapeake Class pilot boat from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation. With length overall of 53.6’, beam of 17.8’, and draft of 4.8’, the all-aluminum pilot boat features the C. Raymond Hunt-designed Deep-V hull. It is powered by twin Caterpillar C-18 diesel engines, each delivering 671Bhp at 2100 rpm and a top speed of 27 knots. A Humphree interceptor trim-tab control system was installed at the transom.

First “Neo-Panamax” Calls Port of Philadelphia

Photo: Philadelphia Regional Port Authority

The first of a new class of “Neo-Panamax” shipping vessels called the Port of Philadelphia to begin a new phase of transport along the Delaware River. The MSC Sofia Celeste, an 8,800 TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) vessel operated by the Mediterranean Shipping Company, docked at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal in South Philadelphia for the first time, making it the largest ship to ever call the Port of Philadelphia. “This new service comes as a direct result of the opening of the Panama Canal Expansion…

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard is Philly Shipyard Now

Photo by Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Inc

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA announces its plan to change its name to Philly Shipyard ASA, pending an upcoming shareholder vote at an extraordinary general meeting expected to take place in October 2015. Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI) will likewise change its name to Philly Shipyard, Inc. "Changing our name to Philly Shipyard more accurately reflects the shipyard we have become in recent years," remarked Steinar Nerbovik, Aker Philadelphia Shipyard's President and CEO. "We have delivered on our promises and stand firmly on our own two feet as a company.

Union Questions Aker Philadelphia's Jones Act Compliance

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the AFL-CIO accused Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Inc. of undercutting the struggling U.S. shipbuilding industry by using too many foreign-made components in its new vessels. Aker, formerly Kvaerner Philadelphia Shipyard, denied the allegations, and asserted it is leading the industry's rebirth by expanding its business using mostly local workers and suppliers. The war of words began after the labor federation's Metal Trades Department, representing about 600 Philadelphia shipyard workers, said Thursday that it was asking the Coast Guard to probe Aker's use of components and prefabricated parts from Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and other South Korean companies.

Royal Caribbean, Celebrity To Use Port Of Philadelphia For Bermuda Cruises

Royal Caribbean International will temporarily use the port of Philadelphia for its ship Nordic Empress, to sail to and from Bermuda. The change is being made as a result of Tuesday's terrorist attack in New York, and its impact on activities at the Port of New York. The Royal Caribbean ship Nordic Empress will arrive in the port of Philadelphia on Sunday, September 16, at approximately 7 a.m., at which time the cruise line will have special staff at the port to assist guests with both ground and air transportation issues. Royal Caribbean will depart from Philadelphia and continue to monitor the situation at the Port of New York throughout the coming week and make a determination whether the ship will return to New York or Philadelphia.

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