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Goal-based Standards Top IMO's Agenda

The development of goal-based standards for new ship construction will be high on the agenda when IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) meets at the Organization's London Headquarters for its 80th session from 11 to 20 May 2005. Other important issues on the MSC agenda include the adoption of revised provisions for subdivision and stability in SOLAS chapter II-1 Construction - Structure, subdivision and stability, machinery and electrical installations, continued work on passenger ship safety and implementation of the maritime security measures adopted by IMO. The MSC is expected to re-establish the Working Group on Goal-based New Ship Construction Standards to further progress the work on the issue…

IMO Ushers New Era for Shipbuilding Rules

The MSC reviewed goal-based standards verification audit reports on 12 Recognized Organizations which are members of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) and confirmed that the 12 ROs’ ship construction rules were in conformity with the goals and functional requirements set out in the international goal-based ship construction standards for bulk carriers and oil tankers. (Photo: DNV GL)

Ship construction rules for oil tankers and bulk carriers submitted by 12 classification societies conform to the goals and functional requirements set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), marking a new development in how international standards for ship construction are determined and implemented. For the first time, IMO has been given a role in auditing and verifying the structural rules developed by the classification societies for newbuild oil tankers and bulk carriers.

Congress Promotes Commercial Shipbuilding

The House Armed Services Seapower and Expeditionary Forces Subcommittee received testimony on the Federal Ship Loan Guarantee Program, also known as Title XI, which facilitates financing of commercial ship construction in U.S. shipyards. Cynthia L. Brown, President of the American Shipbuilding Association, testified on the importance of funding and improving the program to increase commercial ship construction in the U.S. Members of the subcommittee in attendance were Chairman Gene Taylor (D-MS), Ranking Member Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), Representatives Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam), Rick Larsen (D-WA), and Joe Sestak (D-PA). Chairman Gene Taylor stressed the importance of Title XI…

US Navy Awards $78M Submarine Procurement Contract

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $78 million contract to buy long lead-time material for the Virginia-class submarine SSN-792. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). The contract provides funding for steam and electrical-plant components, the main propulsion unit and ship-service turbine generator set, as well as miscellaneous hull, mechanical and electrical-systems components to support construction of SSN-792, which will begin in 2014. Hailed as model defense-acquisition program for its technical excellence and schedule performance, the Virginia-class submarine program provides the Navy with the capabilities required to dominate both the open ocean and the littorals.

General Dynamics Awarded Virginia-Class Submarine Procurement

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $121.8 million contract modification to buy long lead-time material for three Virginia-class submarines, SSN-793, SSN-794 and SSN-795. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. The contract provides funding for steam and electrical-plant components, main propulsion unit and ship-service turbine generator sets, as well as miscellaneous hull, mechanical and electrical-systems components to support construction of the submarines. With the modification, the contract has a value of $716.5 million. It was awarded initially in April 2012. Recognized as a model defense-acquisition program for its technical excellence and schedule performance…

General Dynamics Awarded $122 Million for Virginia-Class Submarine Procurement

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $121.8 million contract modification to buy long lead-time material for three Virginia-class submarines, SSN-793, SSN-794 and SSN-795. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. The contract provides funding for steam and electrical-plant components, main propulsion unit and ship-service turbine generator sets, as well as miscellaneous hull, mechanical and electrical-systems components to support construction of the submarines. With the modification, the contract has a value of $716.5 million. It was awarded initially in April 2012. Recognized as a model defense-acquisition program for its technical excellence and schedule performance…

MHI: Notice of Absorption-Type Split Agreements

MHI gives Notice Regarding Conclusion of Absorption-type Split Agreements Relating to Transfer of Ship Construction and Hull Block Manufacture Businesses to Two Consolidated Group Companies by Company Split. On February 4, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) announced intent to spin off its ship construction business to a group company, MHI Ship & Ocean Engineering Co., Ltd. and to establish a company dedicated to the manufacture of hull blocks, with plans calling for the creation of a wholly owned preparatory company to be followed by an absorption-type split.

Teachers Learn about Marine Industry, Old Dominion University

Ship Construction Activity. Photo courtesy Lean Institute at Old Dominion University

Dr. Alok Verma, Director of Lean Institute at Old Dominion University organized two workshops for middle school and high school teachers under a project funded by the Society for Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME). It was conducted on August 5, 2010 for Newport News school system teachers in Newport News, Va. A similar workshop was conducted for Southside school system teachers in Hampton, Va. on August 23, 2010. Thirty teachers from various school systems in Hampton Roads, Va. participated in this workshop.

CDC Proposes Cruise Ship Construction Changes

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its recommended shipbuilding construction guidelines for cruise ships destined to call on U.S. ports showing Proposed Changes. (HK Law). To view the document of proposed changes, visit http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/vsp/pub/Construction%20manual-august%2020011.pdf

Goal-Based Standards Verification Process Underway

IMO audit teams will shortly be established to verify construction rules for bulk carriers and oil tankers of classification societies which act as recognized organizations (ROs), following the receipt of requests for verification by the December 31, 2013 deadline. A new SOLAS regulation II-1/3-10 on Goal-based ship construction standards (GBS) for bulk carriers and oil tankers was adopted by IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), at its eighty-seventh session in May 2010, by resolution MSC.290(87). This regulation, which entered into force on January 1, 2012, requires that all oil tankers and bulk carriers of 150 m in length and above…

Vessel Tracking on IMO Agenda

IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) is scheduled to take place on May 10 through May 19. Long-range identification and tracking of ships on agenda. MSC will discuss the proposed adoption of new regulations on Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) of ships, when it meets at the Organization's London Headquarters for its 81st session. Other important issues on the MSC agenda include the adoption of other amendments to the SOLAS and STCW Conventions, development of goal-based standards for new ship construction and passenger ship safety.

Austal Lays Keel of EPF 8 Yuma

Mayor Nicholls speaking during the Yuma (EPF 8) keel laying ceremony Photo Austal

Austal celebrated the keel-laying milestone for the Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel Yuma (EPF 8) here today with a ceremony marking a significant milestone in the ship’s construction. This ship is the eighth EPF built at Austal under the 10-ship, $1.6 billion block-buy contract awarded to Austal in 2008. Laying the keel is the formal recognition of the start of a ship's construction. The keel runs lengthwise down the middle of the ship serving as the basic foundation or spine of the structure, providing the major source of the hull’s strength.

DD(X) Funds Awarded

Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded a $42,759,000 cost-plus-award-fee, level of effort modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-05-C-2311) for continuation of DD(X) transition design efforts, initial detail design and long lead material procurement for DD(X) ship construction. Work will be performed in Pascagoula, Miss., and is expected to be completed by June 2006. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

China Shipbuilder Delivers One More Supramax Bulker

Typical Supramax Bulker: Photo credit COSCO

COSCO Corporation (Singapore) say that their COSCO Guangdong shipyard has delivered the 57,000 dwt bulk carrier 'Ionnnis G' to its European buyer. The new bulk carrier measures 189.99 meters in LOA, 32.26 meters in breadth and 18 meters in depth. Founded in June 2001, COSCO Shipyard Group Co., Ltd, is a subsidiary of China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO), specializing in large vessels building, marine engineering and ship construction and conversion. The group has shipyards In Dalian, Nantong, Zhoushan, Guangdong Province, Shanghai, Lian Yungang and other places,.

Bath Iron Works To Launch AEGIS Destroyer

Bath Iron Works will launch its 10th Arleigh Burke Class AEGIS guided missile destroyer, Howard, on November 20 at the West Gate. The vessel bears the name of Marine Corps Sgt. Jimmie E. Howard, a Medal of Honor recipient who was honored for his leadership of a platoon against attacks by a Viet Cong force. Bath will launch two more destroyers on its traditional building ways before utilizing the modern land-level transfer facility for ship construction.

MARAD Small Shipyard Grants

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice announcing $9.8m in grants to small US shipyards.  The grants are to be used for capital improvements and related infrastructure improvements at qualified shipyards that facilitate the efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and quality of domestic ship construction for commercial and federal government use. (2/17/09). (Source: Holland & Knight)

Australian Shipbuilder Gets Repreive

According to the online publication the Australian, 's largest privately owned shipbuilding business -- Adelaide Ship Construction International -- won a Supreme Court reprieve from eviction by the state government over a rent dispute, with the government claiming the company owed $127,612.65 in rent arrears.  (Source: The Australian)  

New Navy Contract

Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded an $18,604,845 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-07-C-2302) to exercise options for the accomplishment of follow yard class services for the DDG 51 class AEGIS Destroyer Program and will provide expert design, planning and material support services for both DDG 51 ship construction and modernization. Work will be performed in Pascagoula, Miss., and is expected to be completed by August 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

COSCO to Build Four Subsea Service Vessels for MSS

A Maersk OSV: File photo

COSCO Corporation (Singapore) says that its subsidiary COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard has secured the 4 ship construction contracts from  Maersk Supply Service AS (MSS) which are worth over US$470-M (excluding owner furnished equipment). MSS has also secured options for two additional subsea supply vessels. The vessels are scheduled for delivery in 4Q2016 and 1H2017 respectively. COSCO adds that barring any unforeseen circumstances, the above contracts are not expected to have a material impact on the net tangible assets and earnings per share of the Company for the year ending 31 December 2014.

Holland America Floats out Koningsdam

Koningsdam (Holland America Line)

Holland America Line's new ms Koningsdam is set to be delivered March 31, 2016. This week the ship was transferred from its dry dock to its outfitting dock at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy, where the final construction and interior furnishings will take place. The initial stages of a cruise ship's construction take place in a dry dock facility. Once exterior outfitting is completed, the dry dock is flooded and the ship is floated to a wet dock where construction continues.

Marinette Marine Breaks Ground on New Facility

Marinette Marine Corporation, a member of the Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)-led Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) industry team, broke ground for a new panel-line fabrication building to support construction of the U.S. Navy's LCS. The new building will improve the first stage of ship construction at Marinette Marine and decrease ship module travel distance throughout the LCS construction process. The building will feature automation to increase efficiency and provide the capacity for storage of steel and other raw materials. In addition to this groundbreaking, Marinette Marine also marked the opening of its professional center and the completion of a project to expand its main indoor ship construction building.

Steel Cut for First of ACL's G4 RoRo Container Ships

G4 RoRo Containership: Image credit ACL

A steel cutting ceremony in Shanghai marked the start of the construction of the first of Atlantic Container Line's (ACL) five, G4 (Generation 4) RORO/Containerships. Since signing a contract with ACL in July 2012 for the construction of these vessels, Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding (HZS) has been busy with the detailed design work and tank testing. ACL's President & CEO, Andrew J. Abbott and Henrik Karle, (Vice‐President of Marine Operations) participated in the steel cutting event together with Grimaldi Group's…

U.S. Navy Releases Pricing for LCS3 & 4

As a result of the Navy's change in acquisition strategy for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program, the Navy can now release the pricing for LCS 3 and LCS 4 awarded contracts. The total value of the LCS 3 contract, awarded to Lockheed Martin Corporation on March 23, was $470,854,144 which includes ship construction, non-recurring construction and additional engineering effort, configuration management services, additional crew and shore support, special studies and post delivery support. The total value of the LCS 4 contract, awarded to General Dynamics - Bath Iron Works on May 1, was $433,686,769 which includes ship construction…

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