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.
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.
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…
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
CMA CGM Completes Mercosul Line Acquisition
CMA CGM Group’ acquisition of Mercosul Line from rival container shipping firm Maersk Line has been completed following Brazilian regulatory approval and the closing of Maersk's Hamburg Süd acquisition. Mercosul Line is a leading player in Brazil’s domestic container shipping market, calling more than a dozen South American ports with a fleet of four 2,500 TEU containerships. The deal, announced in June, will ensure Brazil’s cabotage sector remains competitive, as Maersk Line will stay active in the sector through the newly acquired Hamburg Süd subsidiary, Aliança.
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.
ABS Partnership Enhances Safety in Ghana’s Offshore Industry
ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, formed a joint venture with Notabene Classification Limited to offer regulatory and technical support services, including key classification services to the upstream oil and gas market in Ghana. “This joint venture is an important milestone and demonstrates our strong commitment to advancing safety in all parts of the globe,” said ABS Executive Vice President, Global Offshore, Kenneth Richardson.
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.
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…
Ukraine Sends $378 mln Prepayment for Russian Gas
Ukraine's state energy firm Naftogaz said on Friday it had transferred a prepayment of $378 million to Russia's Gazprom to buy Russian gas for December, paving the way for the first shipments since Moscow cut supplies in June. In line with a deal signed by Naftogaz and Gazprom in October, flows to Ukraine from Russia, which were severed in a dispute over prices and debts, will resume within 48 hours from when the Russian firm receives the transfer. Naftogaz did not say how much gas it planned to buy, but earlier the energy ministry said this could be about one billion cubic metres. (Reporting By Pavel Polityuk; Editing by Richard Balmforth and Mark Trevelyan)
General Dynamics NASSCO Starts Construction of Seventh T-AKE Ship
General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics announced the start of construction on the seventh dry cargo-ammunition ship in the U.S. Navy's T-AKE program. The ship is scheduled to be delivered to the Navy in the first quarter of 2009. Since June 2006, NASSCO has delivered USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE 1) and USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2) to the Navy. The third ship of the class, USNS Alan Shepard, and the recently-launched USNS Richard E. Byrd will also be delivered to the Navy by the end of 2007. The T-AKE class is expected to include 11 ships for the Military Sealift Command fleet.