New Commander for NNSY
Capt. William C. Kiestler relieved Rear Adm. (sel.) Richard D. Berkey June 26 as Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s (NNSY) 103rd Commander. In the past three years of Berkey’s command, the shipyard has prepared the carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) for work in Japan, completed Los Angeles-class submarine work, transitioned to mission funding, and participated in the Navy’s largest consolidation of Intermediate and Depot-level ship repair work.
ASSA to Host Roundtable with RADM Berkey
On June 26, 2013, the American Shipbuilding Suppliers Association (ASSA) will host a roundtable discussion between member companies and Rear Admiral Richard D. Berkey, Deputy Chief of Staff, Fleet Maintenance, U.S. Fleet Forces Command. ASSA will discuss major issues affecting the entire shipbuilding supplier industry with RADM Berkey. This member’s only meeting is collocated (but unaffiliated) with the American Society of Naval Engineers Mega Rust 2013: Naval Corrosion Conference at the Newport News Marriott at City Center in Newport News, Virginia.
ASSA Host Roundtable with RADM Berkey
The American Shipbuilding Suppliers Association (ASSA) hosted a roundtable discussion between 29 representatives from member companies and Rear Admiral Richard Berkey, Deputy Chief of Staff, Fleet Maintenance U.S. Fleet Forces Command. Member companies raised concerns related to timely issues such as FY13 and FY14 budgets, foreign competition, batch procurement, fleet size outlook, loss of critical skilled resources, liquated damages, Multi-Ship Multi-Option (MSMO) outlook, counterfeit components…
New Hand at Helm of Norfolk Naval
The Daily Press has reported that Capt. Richard Berkey will lead the Portsmouth, Va., yard as Capt. Joseph Campbell heads to the Pentagon. Navy Capt. Richard D. Berkey assumed command of Norfolk Naval Shipyard on Friday, taking the helm from Capt. Joseph F. Campbell. The nuclear-capable shipyard, based in Portsmouth, performs maintenance jobs on both aircraft carriers and submarines. With about 7,700 employees, it is the second-largest shipyard in Hampton Roads behind Northrop Grumman Newport News, and the oldest federal shipbuilding site anywhere. In a ceremony at the shipyard's Trophy Park, Berkey became the shipyard's 102nd commander since its inception as Gosport Navy Yard in 1767.
USS Wasp Undocks Ahead of Schedule
USS Wasp (LHD 1), in Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) for an eight-month docking phased maintenance availability (DPMA), undocked Sept. 18, one day ahead of schedule. "Wasp has met or exceeded all key events in this availability, and the early undocking sets the stage for future success," said Charlie Caudle, NNSY project superintendent. "[The undocking was] a very long and tedious process that went smooth as silk, which is exactly as it should be," said Capt. Dan Fillion, Wasp commanding officer. In addition to Caudle, the Wasp team is headed by deputy project superintendents Bryan Holberton and Lt. Cmdr. Robin Ball. The fiscal year 2008 DPMA has more than 124…
Documentary 'Window in the Waves'- Next Showing 5/21
'Window in the Waves', featuring Coral Reef in Gulf of Mexico will go on the air in May and June next. It is the story of the Flower Garden Banks, a documentary by Director of Photography Todd Richard of Synergy Productions in association with Louisiana Public Broadcasting. • Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 8 p.m. • Sunday, June 1 at 12:30 p.m. • Sunday, June 8 at 9:30 p.m. • Tuesday, June 10 at 11:30 p.m. • Tuesday, June 24 at 11:30 p.m. Located 110 miles off the Louisiana/Texas coast, the corals of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary rank among the healthiest in the world. 'Window in the Waves' tells the intriguing story of how these reefs were formed and why they are crucial to the global environment.
Bollinger Delivers USCGC Richard Snyder (FRC 27)
Louisiana shipbuilder Bollinger Shipyards said it delivered the U.S. Coast Guard’s 27th Fast Response Cutter (FRC), U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Richard Snyder, on February 8, 2018 in Key West, Fla. The vessel’s commissioning is slated for April, 2018 in Atlantic Beach, N.C. The 154-foot patrol craft USCGC Richard Snyder is the 27th vessel in the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class FRC program, and the first be stationed in Atlantic Beach. Previous cutters are stationed in Florida, Puerto Rico, New Jersey, Alaska, Mississippi and Hawaii.
USNS Richard E. Byrd Delivered
General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), delivered USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4) to the U.S. Navy. The ship is the third T-AKE-class ship delivered by the San Diego shipyard in 2007, the fourth overall. USNS Richard E. Byrd is the fourth in an expected class of 14 dry cargo-ammunition ships for the Navy. Construction of the 689-foot-long ship began in February 2006. NASSCO has incorporated international marine technologies and commercial ship-design features into the T-AKE class ships, including an integrated electric-drive propulsion system, to minimize operating costs during their projected 40-year service life.
Celebrity's Mechanical Problems Continue
Celebrity Cruises is canceling two cruises on Infinity to replace a ball-bearing unit in the ship's starboard propulsion system. The ship must enter drydock to replace the bearing, which will result in the cancellation of its June 8 and June 15 sailings. Both cruises are seven-night roundtrip voyages out of Vancouver. Infinity is expected to return to service on June 22. "Bearings of this type are highly reliable and a problem such as this is rare," said Richard Sasso, president of Celebrity Cruises. "However, prudence dictates that these repairs be made immediately." The canceled cruises are expected to have a negative impact on Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.'s earnings of $.03 to $.04 per share.
Sadler Rejoins Lloyd’s Register
Richard Sadler is rejoining the Lloyd’s Register Group as Director of Operations for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) after two years with the Royal Bank of Scotland. Sadler will take up his appointment at the beginning of July and in addition to his responsibility for the EMEA region, he will become an executive member of the Board of Lloyd’s Register. David Moorhouse, Chairman of Lloyd’s Register, said the Board had identified several regulatory and market challenges facing the Group in the coming years and was fully committed to supporting Richard in dealing with those issues as they affect the EMEA region. David Rule, the current Director of Operations for EMEA, will retire from the Group at the end of June.
Virgin Atlantic Challenger ll Readies for UK Return
Plymouth boatyard looks to refit Richard Branson's iconic 'Virgin Atlantic Challenger II' after the boat's 20-year absence from UK shores. Dan Stevens, a merchant navy master who also runs the Mount Batten ferry and harbour cruise vessels in Plymouth, discovered the powerboat languishing in a boatyard in Majorca, where she has been laid up for more than seven years, reports 'Plymouth: The Herald'. Stevens is flying out a crew within days to carry out a basic refit to make her seaworthy…
Today in U.S. Naval History: June 5
Today in U.S. Naval History - June 5 1794 - First officers of the U.S. Navy under the Constitution are appointed. The first six captains appointed to superintend the construction of new ships were John Barry, Samuel Nicholson, Silas Talbot, Joshua Barney, Richard Dale and Thomas Truxtun 1917 - First military unit sent to France, First Naval Aeronautical Detachment, reaches France on board USS Jupiter 1945 - Typhoon off Okinawa damages many U.S. Navy ships For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.
Today in U.S. Naval history: June 5
Today in U.S. Naval history – June 5 1794 - First officers of the U.S. Navy under the Constitution are appointed. The first 6 captains appointed to superintend the construction of new ships were John Barry, Samuel Nicholson, Silas Talbot, Joshua Barney, Richard Dale, and Thomas Truxtun 1917 - First military unit sent to France, First Naval Aeronautical Detachment, reaches France on board USS Jupiter 1945 - Typhoon off Okinawa damages many U.S. Navy ships For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center website at www.history.navy.mil.
South Africa's RBCT Coal Exports Up
South Africa's Richard's Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) exported 5.4 million metric tons of coal in July, more than the 4.9 million metric tons in June, data showed on Wednesday. The terminal's coal stocks, which end up in power stations in Europe and Asia, stood at 4.9 million tonnes at the end of July, RBCT said. (Reporting by Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo; Editing by Joe Brock)
Bollinger Delivers FRC Richard Dixon
Bollinger Shipyards LLC has delivered the Richard Dixon, the 13th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard (USCG). The announcement was made by Bollinger’s President & C.E.O., Ben Bordelon. “We are very pleased to announce the delivery of the latest FRC built by Bollinger, the Richard Dixon, to the 7th Coast Guard District in Puerto Rico. The 154-foot patrol craft Richard Dixon is the 13th vessel in the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class FRC program. To build the FRC, Bollinger used a proven, in-service parent craft design based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708.
Two Littoral Combat Ships Named
The U.S. Navy’s next two Littoral Combat Ships will be named USS Nantucket (LCS 27) and USS Savannah (LCS 28), announced Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. The future USS Nantucket (LCS 27), a Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship to be built by Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wis., will be the third commissioned U.S. Navy ship to honor the maritime history of Nantucket. The future USS Savannah (LCS 28), an Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship to be built by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala., is the sixth ship to bear the name of Georgia’s oldest city.
NNSY's Surge Main Stands Up
A group of 12 reserve Sailors became plank owners on Aug. 25 for initiating the Surge Main concept at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY), where they performed a number of deckplate repair functions - seamlessly and professionally - during their annual active duty training. “We were able to hit the ground running by drawing on lessons learned from related programs at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard (and Intermediate Maintenance Facility), and at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard(and Intermediate Maintenance Facility),” said Lt. Cmdr. Stephen Estrada, NNSY's Surge Main Program Manager. “Surge Main provides a part-time, fully qualified maintenance workforce that can be assigned whenever and wherever the Navy needs to support Fleet Readiness and the Fleet Response Plan,” Estrada explained.
EPCSA Conference on Port Process Simplification
Two years after its official launch, the European Port Community Systems Association (ECPSA) will host a conference focusing on the simplification of port processes and trade facilitation. What are the key strands of European Union policy relating to port processes? How are they viewed from the differing perspectives of the European Commission and the shipping and ports community? And what is needed next to drive forward trade facilitation within and beyond Europe? These thorny topics will be tackled in presentations by a series of speakers and in panel discussions at the conference…
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.
HiPer Craft Forum 2013: New Speakers Announced
The American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) will host the High Performance Craft (HiPer Craft) Forum on June 19-20, 2013 at the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center in Norfolk, Va. • Dr. • Dr. • Mr. • Mr. • Mr. Jonathan Hill, AMRINA, AFNI, Training Director at FRC International Ltd and Trident Marine Ltd. • CAPT D.B. • Mr. Dave Menna, Donald L. Blount & Associates, Inc. • Mr. • Dr. • Mr. • Dr. Trevor Dobbins, STResearch Ltd. • Mr. Tyler Brand, President, StrongWake Ltd. • Mr. • Ms. • Mr. Walt Pullar, Chief Executive Officer, RMGS, Inc.
UK Port's Post-Brexit Health Concern
British Ports Association warned that without agreements on cross-border environmental health standards there could be major disruption at UK and EU ports. Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive of the British Ports Association, said: “Perhaps one of the biggest Brexit challenges ports could face is accommodating new environmental health standards inspections at the border. As the report highlights, delays resulting from inspections at border would lead to increased costs, creating congestion and particular issues for perishable goods.
New Director of Center for Maritime Policy and Strategy
Capt. Richard W. Sanders, Ph.D., a member of the Permanent Commissioned Teaching Staff at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and professor of chemistry, has been named Director of the Center for Maritime Policy and Strategy, or CMPS, as of June 1, 2013. Sanders is a 1987 honors graduate of the Academy and received his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Connecticut in 2002. Previously, he has served as the Associate Dean of Academics, Chair of the Department of Science, and Chief of the Chemistry Section. In addition to his academic and teaching contributions, Sanders has directed the Academy’s Coastal Sail Training Program and is an active diver in New England waters. He and his family reside in Lisbon, CT.
First Visit to the Port of Kiel by Mein Schiff 3
New TUI Cruises flagship welcomed at the Ostseekai. Mein Schiff 3 - the new flagship of TUI Cruises, and currently also the biggest cruise ship sailing with any German shipping company, has arrived in the Port of Kiel on her maiden visit. The new 99,500 GT, 294 m long ship was welcomed with a water fountain display from a port tug when she entered the Kiel Fiord. At a traditional on-board reception later Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the Port of Kiel (SEEHAFEN KIEL) and Robert Vollborn…