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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Ship Christened News

Hamburg Süd's First Argentina Christening

The Monte Alegre, the ninth in a series of ten ships of the 5,552 TEU Monte class, was christened in Buenos Aires on March 22. It was the first ship christening in the more than 137-year history of Hamburg Süd to take place in Argentina. Sponsor of the Monte Alegre was Dr Brigitte Oetker, wife of Dr. Arend Oetker, Managing Partner of Dr. Arend Oetker Holding GmbH & Co. On delivery, the Monte Alegre was phased into the shipping company's Asia - South America Service. Following the christening, she is to be deployed in Hamburg Süd's Europe - South America East Coast Service. Length o.a.

Northrop Grumman to Christen George H. W. Bush Carrier

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) will be christened on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Northrop Grumman's Newport News shipyard. The ship's namesake and 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, is scheduled to attend the ceremony and will become the first president in the history of the shipyard's 120-year history to participate in his namesake ship's christening. President Bush's wife Barbara and their daughter, Doro Bush Koch, will also attend. Mrs. Koch serves as the ship's sponsor and will do the traditional honor of breaking a bottle of American sparkling wine across the ship's bow during the ceremony.

Matson's New Ship Christened

The new Matson Navigation Co. containership MV Maunalei was christened at the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard. The christening, the traditional kind involving breaking a bottle of champagne, was undertaken by Millie Akaka, wife of Sen. Daniel Akaka. Also on hand were Hawaii Rep. Neil Abercrombie and Guam Rep. Madeleine Bordallo. The MV Maunalei is the fourth new containership built by the shipyard for Matson in the past four years, representing an investment of more than $500m by Matson's parent company, Alexander & Baldwin Inc. The Maunalei will enter service in September and be deployed in Hawaii, Guam and China service. It has the capacity for 2,500 TEUs, or 20-ft. equivalent units. Source: Biz Journal

Container Ship Christened at COSCO

On July 26, the 10000-TEU container ship COSCO Asia was christened in South Korea. The christening ceremony was grandly held at HHI's shipyard in Ulsan. Executive Vice President Zhang Fusheng and Vice President Chen Hongsheng of COSCO Group were presented at the ceremony. COSCO Asia is the first of four such vessels being built for COSCO by HHI's shipyard. With maximum carrying capacity of 10062 TEUs, COSCO Asia is the largest container vessel among COSCO fleet. The vessel realized a high-level of automation and is very environmentally friendly. It was classed by Lloyd's Register to stringent environmental standards, reflecting COSCO's commitment to its UN Global Compact responsibilities.

Hamburg Süd Training Ship Christened

The Monte Tamaro, the first of a second series of ten vessels of Hamburg Süd's successful 5,552 TEU Monte- class vessels, was christened at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd. (DSME) yard in Okpo, Korea. Sponsor of the newbuilding is Giulia Oetker, wife of Philip Oetker (son of Dr. h. c. August Oetker). Following delivery on 30 November, the Monte Tamaro will be taken under charter by the French shipping company CMA CGM before being phased into Hamburg Süd's liner service between Asia/South Africa and South America East Coast as of mid 2008.

New MOL Coal Carrier Ready to Launch

Photo courtesy of MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced that the coal carrier Energy Prometheus, which will be operated by MOL to ship coal to Hokuriku Electric Power Company, was completed on May 15 at the Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. Oshima Shipyard. On the same day, many people from Hokuriku Electric Power and other concerned companies gathered for the ship’s christening and delivery ceremonies. With its wider beam and reduced depth, this vessel can serve ports with less depth while maximizing cargo loading.

MOL Bulk Coal Carrier Completed

Energy Prometheus: Image MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) today inform that the coal carrier 'Energy Prometheus',to be operated by MOL to ship coal to Hokuriku Electric Power Company, has been completed at the Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. Oshima Shipyard. People from Hokuriku Electric Power and other concerned companies gathered for the ship's christening and delivery ceremonies add MOL. With its wider beam and reduced depth, this vessel can serve ports with less depth while maximizing cargo loading.

Newport News Installs Propellers on USN Aircraft Carrier

Lindell Toombs, a Newport News shipbuilder with 41 years of experience, applies a protective coating to one of the four propellers on the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). Photo by Chris Oxley

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) has put on significant weight in the dry dock at its Newport News Shipbuilding division with the installation of four 30-ton bronze propellers. At 21 feet in diameter, each propeller spins to push the aircraft carrier through the water. "Installation of the propellers culminates more than 10 months of focused work by numerous trades in support of installing the underwater shafting," said Rolf Bartschi, NNS' vice president, CVN 78 carrier construction.

Christening of AIDAluna in Palma de Majorca

Since the night of April 4, the newest ship of the AIDA fleet officially bears the name AIDAluna. At exactly 10:18 PM, international top model Franziska Knuppe smashed the champagne bottle across the bow and enunciated the talismanic christening words. About 2,100 guests celebrated a high-spirited party on board the new ship, enjoying tepid spring temperatures and the shining moon. The christening was topped off by gigantic fireworks that illuminated the night sky. After the ceremony, Franziska Knuppe handed over the bottle neck to Lutz Leitzsch, captain of AIDAluna. According to old traditions, the neck will be framed and placed onto the bridge as a lucky charm. For the first time ever, the naming ceremony took place on board an AIDA ship.

Container Ship Christened

The HCM City-based Sai Gon Shipbuilding Industry Company Ltd. (SSIC) and the Danish owner, the Erria A/S, launched a new 2,900 DWT container vessel. The new small river and seagoing container ship, named Erria Viet Nam, was built under a $5m contract signed between SSIC and Erria in November 2005. Construction of the vessel began in February 2006. Under the contract, SSIC, a subsidiary of the Viet Nam Shipbuilding Industry Corp. (Vinashin) is undertaking the construction. Source: VNS

Hamburg Süd: Santa Catarina Christened

On Friday, September 16, 2011, Hamburg Süd christened the container ship Santa Catarina in Itapoá (Brazil) as part of a customer event. Sponsor of the Santa Catarina was Elisabeth Meves, wife of the former Chairman of the Executive Board of Hamburg Süd, Dr Klaus Meves. The “Santa Catarina” takes her name from the Brazilian Federal State in which the ship christening was held. With this choice of name the Hamburg Süd Group is underlining its close attachment to this region, which ranks among the shipping group’s most important export markets on South America’s east coast. Since its formation in 1871, Hamburg Süd has seen in Brazil a key partner for its business. The first ships at the time called at the ports in Rio and Santos.

Actress Emma Schweiger to Christen AIDAprima

Emma Schweiger (Photo: AIDA Cruises)

Young actress Emma Schweiger will christen AIDAprima, the new flagship of AIDA Cruises, as part of the 827th Hamburg Port Anniversary on May 7, 2016. The German cruise company made the announcement on March 11, 2016, during the ITB in Berlin. Emma Schweiger greeted all guests via video message. The 13-year-old has already captivated millions of people with roles in hit movies such as Rabbit Without Ears (Keinohrhasen), Rabbit Without Ears 2 (Zweiohrküken), Kokowääh and Head Full of Honey (Honig im Kopf). “Emma is perfect for the role of AIDAprima godmother.

Naming Ceremony Held in Korea for Ever Leader

Evergreen's Eighth New 8,452-TEU Ship Christened. Ever Leader, the eighth L-type containership of Evergreen Line, was christened by Bronson Hsieh, the Evergreen Group's Second Vice Group Chairman, at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard today. The ceremonial rope cutting for the new 8,452-TEU vessel was performed by Mrs. Sook-Je Lee in a ceremony attended by dignitaries from Taiwan and abroad. Ever Leader is owned by Evergreen Marine (Singapore) Pte Ltd. and scheduled to be delivered on January 15, 2013. The L-class containership is 334 meters in length, 45.8 meters wide, with 942 reefer plugs and a draft of 14.2 meters. The vessel is fitted with alternative marine power…

Sperry Marine Supplies Navigation for Ville de Bordeaux

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Sperry Marine business unit has supplied the navigation and communication electronics for a new highly specialized ship that has been designed specifically to convey giant components for Airbus’ next-generation A-380 aircraft. The new ship, christened Ville de Bordeaux, was built in China’s Jinling shipyard and is being delivered to French shipowner Louis-Dreyfus Armateurs this month. The vessel will fly the French flag and will shuttle among the various Airbus plants in Europe delivering aircraft parts. For safe navigation, the ship has been fitted with a complete Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine integrated bridge system…

Navy's LCS 'Serial Production' Now in Full Swing

Image courtesty of USN

The future ‘USS Jackson’ launched from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, marks an important production milestone for the littoral combat ship (LCS) program. Jackson (LCS 6) joins the future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5), which will launch from the Marinette Marine Corp. yard in Wisconsin next week. These ships are the first vessels procured under the block buy contract awarded in 2010 and represent the true beginning of "serial production" for the class. With serial production, the Navy is able to realize benefits such as improved cost structure per vessel and reduced construction time.

LCS 6 Launched at Austal

The future USS Jackson (LCS 6) launched from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala., Dec. 14, marking a production milestone for the littoral combat ship program. Jackson joins the future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5), which will launch from the Marinette Marine Corp. yard in Wisconsin next week. These ships are the first vessels procured under the block buy contract awarded in 2010 and represent the true beginning of "serial production" for the class. With serial production, the Navy is able to realize benefits such as improved cost structure per vessel and reduced construction time. "Seeing multiple littoral combat ships on the Mobile waterfront is a beautiful thing," said Capt. Tom Anderson, LCS program manager.

Superlative Cruising Encounter

BCS Media, Manuel Lebowsky (Photo courtesy of Hamburg Cruise Center)

A fleet of seven cruise ships attract 600,000 visitors to the fourth Hamburg Cruise Days. It was ‘time to say goodbye’ to the Deutschland and AIDAstella last Sunday, not only for the cruise passengers, but also for the many visitors to the fourth Hamburg Cruise Days. For three days the city was totally consumed by the laid back maritime cruising atmosphere that prevailed along the four-kilometre length of the event area. Blessed with midsummer temperatures, 12 cruise theme islands between HafenCity and Altona provided a range of sporting…

NCL Alters Hawaiian Itinerary

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) announced the early introduction of the new Pride of Aloha. The ship will take over the Pride of America's published program of seven-day inter-island Hawai`i cruises, commencing July 4th of this year. According to NCL, it is still too early to know the new delivery date of Pride of America following the January 14th incident at Lloyd Werft in Germany; however, after two days of investigation it is now clear that there will be a substantial delay - months rather than weeks.

First Littoral Combat Ship Christened

History was made on September 23 when the nation’s first Littoral Combat Ship, Freedom (LCS-1) – the inaugural ship in an entirely new class of U.S. Navy surface warships – was christened and launched at the Marinette Marine shipyard. The agile 377-ft. Freedom -- designed and built by a team led by Lockheed Martin -- will help the Navy defeat growing littoral, or close-to-shore, threats and provide access and dominance in coastal water battlespace. Displacing 3,000 metric tons and with a capability of reaching speeds well over 40 knots, Freedom will be a fast, maneuverable and networked surface combatant with operational flexibility to execute focused missions, such as mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare and humanitarian relief.

Submarine Comes Together at Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman reached a construction milestone on August 31 when it completed the final hull welds of the Virginia-class submarine North Carolina (SSN 777). This accomplishment, known as “pressure hull complete,” signifies the hull sections being joined to form a single unit. It is the last major milestone before the ship’s christening next spring. Northrop Grumman’s Newport News sector. Northrop Grumman is building North Carolina, the fourth ship of the Virginia-class, using lessons learned from the previous three ships of the class. It is currently 76 percent complete and is on track to deliver in February 2008. Many of the 1,000 Newport News employees building the Virginia-class submarines signed a special banner to mark the occasion.

Final Aircraft Elevator Installed on U.S. Aircraft Carrier

Newport News Shipbuilding recently installed the final aircraft elevator platform on the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). The elevator is used to move aircraft from the hangar bay to the flight deck quickly and safely. Photo by Chris Oxley

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division installed the third and final aircraft elevator on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). The elevator, which is used to move aircraft from the hangar bay to the flight deck quickly and safely, is located on the starboard side of the ship. It measures 85 feet long and 52 feet wide and weighs 120 tons, akin to a steam locomotive. "The Ford class is designed with three aircraft elevators…

HII Host Senators at Newport News Shipbuilding

Senators visit NNS: Photo credit HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosts U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tim Kaine at Newport News Shipbuilding for a tour and discussion on the complexities of shipbuilding. HII President and CEO Mike Petters accompanied the senators on the shipyard tour, which included visits in aircraft carrier and submarine construction facilities and a tour of aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) which is about 62 percent overall complete. (The ship's christening is scheduled for Nov. 9, 2013).

President Of Panama To Christen New Coral

Mireya Moscoso, president of the Republic of Panama, will christen Princess Cruises’ newest ship, Coral Princess, in a historic ceremony in the Panama Canal. The first cruise ship christening ever in the Canal, this unique “lockside” naming will take place as Coral Princess transits the Canal’s Gatun Locks on January 17, 2003. The ship will be in the Canal as part of it regular cruise itinerary, on a sailing that departs from Ft. Lauderdale on January 13. “In our 32 years of Panama Canal cruising, we’ve established a strong and beneficial relationship with Panama, so we feel President Moscoso is the perfect person to christen this ship, which was built specifically for Canal transits,” said Phil Kleweno, president of Princess Cruises.

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