Richard Vortmann News

08 Aug 2003

NASSCO Books $30M Deal

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, received a contract from the U.S. Navy for the continuous maintenance, repair, and alterations of the five FFG-7 Oliver Hazard Perry class frigates homeported in San Diego. The contract, including the initial year and four one-year options, has an approximate value of $30 million. Advance planning activities will start immediately to support the first repair and maintenance availability for the USS Curts (FFG-38) in September 2003. If all the options are exercised, 11 ship maintenance availabilities including four drydockings will be performed over the next five years.

30 Sep 2003

NASSCO Starts Construction On First T-AKE Ship

combat logistics force ships designated the Lewis and Clark class. Navy in almost 20 years," said Richard Vortmann, president of NASSCO. Military Sealift Command. and material - to station ships and other naval forces at sea. ammunition ships and T-AFS combat stores ships. billion to build four Lewis and Clark-class ships. $3.7 billion. employees during that period. The T-AKEs will be 689 ft. (210 m) in length and 105.6 ft. in beam, with a design draft of 9.12 meters (29.9 feet). ammunition and 23,500 barrels of marine diesel fuel.

05 Feb 2004

NASSCO Receives $578.2M Navy Contract

(NASSCO), announced that the U.S. under the T-AKE program, a new class of combat logistics force ships. to six, and the total contract value to $1.87 billion. includes options for an additional six ships. first new Navy combat logistics force ship design in almost 20 years. largest in the company's history. Alaska. "A 10-ship backlog affirms NASSCO's position as the leading U.S. builder of commercial ships and the U.S. construction of auxiliary and support ships," Vortmann added. September 2003. Delivery is scheduled for 2005. through 2010. either in port or at sea. ships and other naval forces at sea. their service lives. feet) in beam, with a design draft of 9.12 meters (29.9 feet). barrels of marine diesel fuel. expected 40-year life.

26 Apr 2004

NASSCO Holds Keel-Laying Ceremony For First T-AKE

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) late last week held the keel-laying ceremony for the first ship in the T-AKE program, a new class of combat logistics force ships designated the Lewis and Clark class. "The keel-laying ceremony signifies the exciting beginning of a long production run on a new class of ships," said Richard Vortmann, president of NASSCO. "The T-AKE contract will have a profound economic impact on NASSCO and San Diego," he added, "providing sustained employment for 1…

24 May 2004

NASSCO, BP Hold Naming Ceremony

Preparing to name the Alaskan Frontier are Richard Vortmann, President of NASSCO, ship's Sponsor Pamela Olver, spouse of Richard Olver, Deputy Group Chief Executive of BP, Richard Olver, Diane Malone, Matron of Honor, spouse of Bob Malone chief executive of BP Shipping, Ltd., and Bob Malone. National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO joined BP p.l.c. in naming the Alaskan Frontier, the first of four Alaska-class double-hull oil tankers being built for BP Oil Shipping Company.

14 Jul 2004

NASSCO Holds Keel-Laying Ceremony for BP Tanker

construction on the vessel. National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) held a keel-laying ceremony for Hull 486, the third of four Alaska Class, double-hull oil tankers being constructed for BP Oil Shipping Company, USA. BP's Site Team Member Stan Taylor welded his initials into the keel to signify the start of construction. The first ship, the Alaskan Frontier, is being prepared for sea trials and will be delivered later this year. The second ship is undergoing construction and is scheduled to be delivered in 2005, with the third and fourth ships to be delivered in 2005 and 2006.

03 Dec 2001

NASSCO Awarded Contract

cruiser homeported in San Diego. The initial award provides funds to begin advance planning for the Antietam maintenance, repair and alteration work package. Actual work on the ship will begin in March 2002 and is to be completed by September 2002. control and automation systems. systems equipment. The company completed a $30-million extended maintenance, repair and alteration availability on USS Mobile Bay (CG-53) in June 2001 and has previously installed "Smart Ship" on USS Valley Forge (CG-50). NASSCO is teamed with Southwest Marine (SWM), its neighboring shipyard, on this contract. SWM will share in the production work on Antietam, focusing primarily on the machinery maintenance and habitability work packages. said Richard Vortmann, President of NASSCO.

03 Aug 2000

'Waterfront Academy' To Teach Students About Shipbuilding

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) and the Sweetwater Union High School District announced the creation of a "Waterfront Academy" that will train high school seniors in ship manufacturing technologies beginning in the next school year. This innovative program is expected to bring 60 to 75 incoming seniors to NASSCO's bayfront shipbuilding facility for both academic classes and career preparation. During a six-hour school day in classrooms currently under construction at NASSCO, students will receive hands-on training from the company's industry experts and will study academics with their Sweetwater teachers. Training and mentoring will be offered in trades such as electrical, machinery, pipefitting, sheet metal, ship fitting, rigging, and welding.

18 Sep 2000

BP Takes Three DH Tankers from NASSCO

Mid last month General Dynamics divulged that its National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO) unit had won a lucrative and much sought after contract to build three double hull tankers for BP. The deal, worth approximately $630 million, calls for a tanker trio which will carry crude from Valdez, Alaska, to U.S. West Coast ports. The contract includes options for three additional vessels, driving the potential price-tag for the project to well more than $1 billion. The design will put strong emphasis on environmental safety, including redundant diesel-electric propulsion systems in independent engine rooms, two propellers, and twin rudders. The ship will incorporate the latest, proven technology in environmental protection, ship navigation, and cargo control systems.

02 Oct 2000

BP Takes Three DH Tankers from NASSCO

Mid last month, General Dynamics divulged that its National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO) unit had won a lucrative and much sought after contract to build three double hull tankers for BP. The deal, worth approximately $630 million, calls for a tanker trio which will carry crude from Valdez, Alaska, to U.S. West Coast ports. The contract includes options for three additional vessels, driving the potential price-tag for the project to well more than $1 billion. The design will put strong emphasis on environmental safety, including redundant diesel-electric propulsion systems in independent engine rooms, two propellers, and twin rudders. The ship will incorporate the latest, proven technology in environmental protection, ship navigation, and cargo control systems.

10 Sep 2004

NASSCO Delivers

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) delivered the Alaskan Frontier, the first of four Alaska-class double-hull oil tankers being built for BP Oil Shipping Company, USA. Touted as state-of-the-art ships and environmentally friendly — backed by an innovative diesel-electric propulsion system, with redundant engines, shafts and screws, significantly increases reliability and reduces air emissions and maintenance downtime — the ship has been designed for a life of 35 years with a deck structure designed for a life of 50 years. The ship uses seawater instead of oil to cool and lubricate their propeller shafts, thus eliminating the possibility of accidental oil leaks. Their cargo piping, normally installed on the deck, is inside the cargo tanks, to reduce the risk of small spills.

16 Sep 2004

NASSCO Starts Construction on Second T-AKE Ship

completed the first cut and signed off on the first steel piece for the second T-AKE ship, to be named the Sacagawea. The Navy has awarded NASSCO contracts for six of a potential 12-ship fleet of new dry cargo/ammunition ships. General Dynamics, has begun construction on the second ship in the T-AKE program, a new class of combat logistics force ships designated the Lewis and Clark class. Mrs. DeAnne Sutton, wife of U.S. Navy Commander George Sutton of the NAVSEA Program Office, made the first cut on the ship's first steel plate to signify the start of construction. The U.S.

20 Oct 2004

NASSCO Holds Ceremony for BP Tanker

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) recently held a start-of-construction ceremony for NASSCO Hull 487, the fourth of four Alaska Class, double-hull oil tankers being constructed for BP Oil Shipping Company, USA. BP's Site Team Member Richard Blaine activated a robotic welding machine and cut the first piece of steel for the new ship. "These double-hull tankers are among the most environmentally friendly ships ever built, incorporating the latest in tanker design and construction," said Richard Vortmann, president of NASSCO. "They will provide BP with the best available technology to protect US waters." Vortmann said the design of the four 1.3-million-barrel-capacity tankers in the Alaska Class will allow maximum flexibility for oil deliveries to West Coast ports…

20 Oct 2004

NASSCO Holds Ceremony for BP Tanker

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) recently held a start-of-construction ceremony for NASSCO Hull 487, the fourth of four Alaska Class, double-hull oil tankers being constructed for BP Oil Shipping Company, USA. BP's Site Team Member Richard Blaine activated a robotic welding machine and cut the first piece of steel for the new ship. "These double-hull tankers are among the most environmentally friendly ships ever built, incorporating the latest in tanker design and construction," said Richard Vortmann, president of NASSCO.

30 Nov 2004

NASSCO Receives Certification for OHSAS

Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) Specification 18001. specification process that establishes requirements for a company's occupational health and safety management system. The American Bureau of Shipping's Quality Evaluations group conducted the certification process for NASSCO. The specification was developed to be compatible with ISO 9001 quality certification standards and ISO 14001 environmental management standards, to facilitate the integration of quality, environmental and occupational health and safety management systems at company facilities. Shipping for the company's implementation of the international standards on manufacturing and engineering quality.

10 Mar 2003

NASSCO Receives Environmental Award

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, has received an award from the California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in recognition of pollution prevention programs initiated by the shipyard during National Pollution Prevention Week in 2002. Edwin Lowry, Director of the California EPA's Department of Toxic Substances Control, presented the award to NASSCO for implementing a wide- ranging program of activities targeted at improving air and water quality and managing solid waste. "We have followed a three-part environmental improvement effort at NASSCO that includes pollution prevention in the shipyard, training for employees, subcontractors and suppliers, and community outreach," said Richard Vortmann, president of NASSCO.

07 Jan 2003

NASSCO Awarded SeaRiver Deal

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, announced that it had reached an agreement with SeaRiver Maritime, Inc. (SeaRiver) of Houston, Texas, to develop a contract design for a 750,000-barrel capacity, double-hull crude oil tanker. Included with the contract design package will be NASSCO’s price and delivery proposal for the detail design and construction of a minimum of two vessels. The SeaRiver tankers will be designed primarily for the movement of crude oil from Alaska to West Coat refineries. "We are very pleased to have this opportunity to work with SeaRiver on the design of a new double-hull tanker," said Richard Vortmann, president of NASSCO. Work on the contract design will begin immediately and will be delivered by September 2003.

21 Jul 2003

Navy Awards $288M Contract to NASSCO

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), announced that the U.S. Navy has exercised an option to build a fourth ship for the T-AKE program, a new class of combat logistics force ships, at a contract value of $288 million. The company was awarded a $709 million contract in October 2001 for the design and construction of the first two ships in the T-AKE program. The Navy exercised its option for the third ship, to be built at a value of $290 million, in July 2002. With exercise of the fourth ship option, the total value of the program is $1.3 billion. NASSCO's T-AKE contract has options exercisable by the Navy for eight additional ships over the next five years, for a potential contract value of approximately $3.7 billion.

25 Sep 2002

NASSCO Delivers the USNS Soderman

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD), today announced the delivery of the USNS Soderman (T-AKR 317) to the U.S. Navy. The Soderman is the eighth and final new construction ship completed by NASSCO under the U.S. Navy's Strategic Sealift Program. "Delivery of the Soderman concludes a very successful long-term contract for the Navy," said Richard Vortmann, President of NASSCO. "All eight strategic sealift ships were completed prior to their contract delivery dates and delivered below their target cost at an unprecedented level of quality. The eight newbuilds were completed at NASSCO from 1993 to 2002 under the Navy's 20-ship Strategic Sealift Program. All of the ships were named for U.S. Army Medal of Honor recipients.

29 Nov 2005

NASSCO Delivers the Double-Hull Oil Tanker

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company delivered the Alaskan Navigator, the third of four Alaska-class double-hull crude oil tankers being built for BP Oil Shipping Company, USA, a subsidiary of BP p.l.c. (ADR: BP). “We are now focused on completion of the fourth ship in the class, which is progressing well in the shipyard as we have ramped up production on both the BP tankers and Navy new construction work,” said Richard Vortmann, NASSCO president. The Alaskan Navigator will join her sister ships, the Alaskan Frontier and the Alaskan Explorer, which were delivered in August 2004 and March 2005, delivering crude oil from Alaska to BP’s refineries in Los Angeles and Cherry Point, Wash. The fourth ship will be delivered in late 2006.

20 Apr 2005

NASSCO Lays Keel for BP Tanker

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) held a keel-laying ceremony for Hull 487, the fourth ship of the Alaska Class double-hull oil tankers being constructed for BP Oil Shipping Company, USA. BP’s Site Team Member John Penso welded his initials into the keel to signify the start of structural erection. "These double-hull tankers are providing BP with the best available propulsion, ship, and environmental control technologies to protect US waters," said Richard Vortmann, president of NASSCO. Vortmann added that the design of the 1.3-million-barrel-capacity tankers in the Alaska Class will allow maximum flexibility for oil deliveries to West Coast ports, including BP refineries in Los Angeles, CA, and Cherry Point, WA.

23 Mar 2005

NASSCO Delivers BP Oil Tanker

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, has delivered the Alaskan Explorer, the second of four Alaska-class double-hull oil tankers being built for BP Oil Shipping Company, USA, a subsidiary of BP p.l.c. "We had very successful sea trials with the Alaskan Explorer," said Richard Vortmann, NASSCO president. The Alaskan Explorer will join her sister ship, the Alaskan Frontier, which was delivered in August 2004 and is delivering oil from Alaska to West Coast ports, including BP refineries in Los Angeles, Calif., and Cherry Point, Wash. The third ship will be delivered in late 2005 and the fourth ship in 2006. These state-of-the-art ships are the most environmentally friendly oil tankers ever built.

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