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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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U.S. Navy Awards Ingalls $620 Million Shipbuilding Contract

Ingalls has been awarded a $620 million contract to build two additional DDG 51 Class Aegis guided missile destroyers for the U.S. Navy. The two-ship contract awarded represents the exercise of an option included in a multi-year, multi-ship contract awarded to Ingalls last year. With the award, Ingalls has 21 Aegis destroyers under firm contract; and holds options for four additional ships which will be awarded over the next two years. Of the 25 ships and options awarded to Ingalls, 11 ships have been delivered. A 12th Ingalls-built destroyer will be delivered in January. The Navy plans a total of 57 ships in the DDG 51 program.

U.S. Navy Awards Ingalls $620 Million Shipbuilding Contract

Ingalls has been awarded a $620 million contract to build two additional DDG 51 Class Aegis guided missile destroyers for the U.S. Navy. The two-ship contract awarded represents the exercise of an option included in a multi-year, multi-ship contract awarded to Ingalls last year. With the award, Ingalls has 21 Aegis destroyers under firm contract; and holds options for four additional ships which will be awarded over the next two years. Of the 25 ships and options awarded to Ingalls, 11 ships have been delivered. A 12th Ingalls-built destroyer will be delivered in January. The Navy plans a total of 57 ships in the DDG 51 program.

U.S. Navy Awards Ingalls $620 Million Shipbuilding Contract

Ingalls has been awarded a $620 million contract to build two additional DDG 51 Class Aegis guided missile destroyers for the U.S. Navy. The two-ship contract awarded represents the exercise of an option included in a multi-year, multi-ship contract awarded to Ingalls last year. With the award, Ingalls has 21 Aegis destroyers under firm contract; and holds options for four additional ships which will be awarded over the next two years. Of the 25 ships and options awarded to Ingalls, 11 ships have been delivered. A 12th Ingalls-built destroyer will be delivered in January. The Navy plans a total of 57 ships in the DDG 51 program.

Wärtsilä Engines for Royal Caribbean

Wärtsilä Corporation won an order in August to power a new cruise ship contracted by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL) at Meyer Werft in Germany. With this order included Wärtsilä will now be powering the whole series of three new cruise ships contracted by RCL at Meyer Werft during 2006. The other two contracts were awarded to Wärtsilä in spring this year. The ships will each be equipped with four Wärtsilä 46 engines with common-rail fuel injection. This system ensures that the engines have no visible smoke at any power level while also meeting international regulations for NOx emissions. In addition RCL has chosen eight Wärtsilä engines for retrofitting in eight existing cruise ships. This order was received in spring this year.

Bender Awarded Containership Contract

Bender Shipbuilding and Repair Co., Inc., of Mobile, Alabama, has become the first U.S. shipyard to win a container ship contract in 10 years. The contract calls for Bender to build two vessels capable of carrying 367 45-ft. containers for California-based Santa Maria Shipping L.L.C. Bender and Santa Maria Shipping will sign the contract at a ceremony and press briefing.

Vinashin Wins Seven-Ship Contract

The Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (Vinashin) signed a contract to build seven more 53,000-ton ships for export to Britain, according to a report on www.vnanet.vn. The move brings the number of 53,000-tonne cargo vessels Vinashin has contracted to build for British customers to 17.

Rolls-Royce Wins $42m Chinese Ship Contract

Rolls-Royce has signed its largest contract with Chinese shipbuilder Sinopacific, to provide steering gear and deck machinery worth $42m. The contract covers 34,000-118,000dwt bulk carriers and 16,500 cubic metre capacity liquid petroleum gas vessels. The first equipment will be delivered in the first half of 2009. Sinopacific ship building group comprises five shipyards and two design companies.

Yangzijiang Wins $1.3b Shipping Contracts

Singapore-listed Yangzijiang Shipbuilding said oit has won $1.3b worth of contracts to build 20 vessels. The contracts are to be delivered before July 2012 and therefore would not have a significant impact on the earnings for the financial year that ended Dec 31, the firm said. Source: Reuters

Navy Names Austal’s Next Two Littoral Combat Ships

Austal hosted a visit by the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus on Friday, March 25. He was joined by U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions, Congressman Jo Bonner, Austal USA President and Chief Operating Officer, Joe Rella, and Mobile Mayor Sam Jones in formally announcing the names that he has selected for the first two Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) of the recently awarded 10-ship contract to Austal. LCS 6 will be named USS Jackson and LCS 8 will be named USS Montgomery. Secretary Mabus announced the names during his meeting with approximately 600 Austal production employees…

Austal USA to Prime LCS Bid

Austal USA and Bath Iron Works (BIW) have agreed to revoke their current teaming arrangement. This strategic decision allows Austal USA to act as prime contractor in the upcoming bid for 10 U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). The U.S. Navy is expected to award the contract for two LCSs, including options for an additional eight vessels, by the end of US FY10. In the event that Austal USA is awarded the FY10 contract, potentially worth up to $4.8b, it will continue to act as Prime Contractor for future LCS bids. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, which is currently the systems integrator in the program, will now subcontract to Austal USA…

Southwest Marine Gets $7.6M Contract

United Defense Industries has been awarded a $7.6 million cost-plus-award-fee contract by NAVSEA Washington, D.C., to its Southwest Marine (SWM) shipyard here for the post shakedown availability on USS Mustin (DDG 89). In addition to the Mustin, the contract includes options for DDG 91 and three other yet to be determined DDGs, the Navy's newest Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) destroyers, home ported in San Diego. If the Navy exercises all options, the total contract would reach $37,708,983. The contract is a follow-on to SWM's current five-year, five-ship contract awarded in 1999. With options, the last of the five ships in the series for this contract is scheduled to complete in December of 2008. Work on the Mustin will begin in January of 2004 and be completed in March 2004.

Manitowoc Awarded Contract for Double-Hull Tank Barges

Inc. announced that U.S. Shipping Partners, L.P. 156,000-barrel, ocean-class, double-hull tank barges. built by its Bay Shipbuilding subsidiary located in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. molded depth. The contract also includes options for two additional vessels. Other contract terms were not disclosed. The U.S. Manitowoc Marine Group. approximately 2.0 million barrels. The U.S. the East Coast and will be ABS, Coast Guard, and OPA-90 compliant.

Keppel, Seadrill Continue Rig Builds

The wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Limited (Keppel O&M), Keppel FELS Limited, and Seadrill Jack-Ups Ltd have agreed to continue with the building of the two jackups on revised terms that are mutually beneficial. The contract value of the two jackups is $420m. Keppel FELS Limited and Scorpion Offshore have agreed to terminate the $405m rig contract on mutually acceptable terms. Scorpion Offshore is working closely with Keppel FELS in the latter’s exploratory discussions with interested third parties to take over the building of the semisubmersible. The outcome of these discussions are highly uncertain. Keppel Singmarine and Lewek Shipping are currently working towards an amicable mutual termination of their contract and this is expected to be finalised shortly.

Wärtsilä to Power Project Genesis

Wärtsilä Corporation received a contract from Aker Yards Oy, Finland, in July 2006 for the delivery of the main engines and the transverse tunnel thrusters for the 220,000 grt Project Genesis cruise ship contracted by Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd (RCL) for operation by Royal Caribbean International. Due for delivery in autumn 2009, this cruise ship will be powered by six Wärtsilä 46 common rail diesel engines. The engines will be incorporated in the ship's diesel-electric power plant supplying all propulsion, ancillary and hotel services. Wärtsilä is also supplying four Lips transverse tunnel thrusters. The Project Genesis is a huge leap in size, being some 43 per cent larger than RCL's record-breaking "Freedom of the Seas" delivered earlier this year by Aker Yards.

First Orders for Wärtsilä 82-cm

Wärtsilä’s licensed engine builders have in recent months booked orders for 52 of Wärtsilä’s new series of 82-cm bore low-speed marine engines with an aggregate power of 1726 MW. The engines were introduced to the market in the end of 2005. Orders for the new 82-cm bore engines have thus taken off with them being contracted for the propulsion of panamax-sized container ships and large tankers such as VLCCs for which they are specifically designed. Four engine types of the same 82-cm bore, the RT-flex82C, RTA82C, RT-flex82T and RTA82T types, are being developed by Wärtsilä Corporation. The first RT-flex82C engine is planned to begin testing in mid 2008, in cooperation with Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd, Korea.

Third Austal JHSV Christened

JHSV 1 on Sea Trials: Photo courtesy of Austal

Austal announce the  christening of 'USNS Millinocket; at its Mobile, Alabama shipyard. USNS Millinocket is the third of ten Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV) Austal has under contract with the U.S. Navy as part of an overall 10-ship contract worth over $1.6 billion. The name of the new ship was chosen by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus  after the Maine towns of East Millinocket and Millinocket. The ship’s sponsor, the Honorable Karen Gordon Mills, was sworn in as Administrator of the Small Business Administration in April 2009. A Maine resident, Ms.

Gibraltar Invokes MLC to Get Abandoned Seafarers Home

Gibraltar has used the provisions of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC) – which lays down minimum standards for seafarers – to pay for the repatriation of crews left stranded after shipping contracts were cancelled. The 40 crew members on the Maersk Valletta, Maersk Vigo and Maersk Vancouver had been left stranded off Germany since July after the cancellation of ship management contracts with Morocco’s International Maritime Transport Corporation. Gibraltar, the flag state for the vessels, was fulfilling its duties under the MLC, which came into force on 20 August. IMTC has pledged to pay the outstanding salaries owed to the seafarers, who come from the Philippines, Russia and Ukraine.

Deltamarine Bags $4.5m Vessel Design Job

Image:  AVIC International Maritime Holdings Limited

Deltamarin, a subsidiary of AVIC International Maritime Holdings, has been contracted by Finland’s Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) shipyard to design a new ro-pax vessel. AVIC said Deltamarine will provide the Finnish Rauma Marine Constructions Oy shipyard with services for a ro-pax vessel to be built for the Danish Mols-Linien A/S. “The new 158-metre ro-pax vessel will be designed and optimised to carry passengers and cargo between the Danish islands of Bornholm and Sjaelland. The cargo capacity will be 1,500 lane metres,” a press release said.

Irving Shipbuilding Buys Dartmouth Waterfront Site

Irving Shipbuilding Inc. has bought the former Maritime Steel and Foundries Ltd. steel fabrication site in Dartmouth as part of its plans to gear up for the $25-billion dollar federal combat ship procurement contract, reports 'The Chronicle Herald'. According to documents filed with Property Online Nova Scotia, title to the 2.4-hectare site at 605 Windmill Rd. was transferred from Cameron Corporation Ltd. to Irving Shipbuilding in June. Citing Irving spokeswoman Mary Keith, 'The Chronicle Herald' reported that the company wouldn’t disclose the purchase price, which was rumoured to be about $13 million. There has been considerable construction reported at and around the Halifax shipyard…

Vosper Thornycroft May Have To Lay Off 650

Vosper Thornycroft Holdings Plc said on Tuesday it may have to make up to 650 people redundant due to a shortage of short-term shipbuilding production work. Vosper said the redundancy notices would not take effect until early next year and would only come into force if the company was unable to secure additional work. "We are taking this action as a precautionary measure. No company can keep people employed indefinitely on maintenance and other temporary work without damaging its overall prospects," Chief Executive Martin Jay said in a statement. Vosper's current seven-ship contract for Royal Navy minehunters was now nearing an end, and was insufficient to provide work for the 1,200 workforce before the beginning of a new order, for Type 45 destroyers, announced three months ago.

MacGregor Hatch Covers for Six Boxships from Japan

Hatch cover courtesy MacGregor

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has signed a contract for the design and delivery of key components and the fabrication of steel structures for the hatch covers on board six 14,000 TEU container vessels under construction at Japan Marine United's (JMU) Kure shipyard. The order was booked into third quarter 2015 order intake. The 14,000 TEU vessels are being built for an undisclosed Japanese owner. The delivery of the vessels is scheduled from 2016 through 2018. They will be deployed for the service between Far East and Europe.

Troubled Yard Ordered to Hand Over Ship

It has been reported that the shipbuilder Swan Hunter will be ordered to hand over its last remaining warship - which will then be completed at a rival yard in Scotland. The Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessel, the Lyme Bay, will be handed over to BAE Systems at Govan, in a move which is feared could spell the end of shipbuilding at Swan Hunter. The MoD, had become increasingly concerned about the spiralling costs of the dock landing ship contract. Swan Hunter was forced to renegotiate its 160m contract with the Government at the end of 2004 following problems adaptation an off-the-shelf design for the Largs Bay and Lyme Bay vessels. Source: The Northern Echo

Ocean Ships Inc. Wins Navy MLP Operating Contract

USNS Montford Point: Photo credit NASSCO

Seafarers International Union (SIU) affiliated Ocean Ships to operate 3 new mobile landing platform vessels (MLP) for US Navy. The vessels are being built at General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego; they are the USNS Montford Point, USNS John Glenn, and USNS Lewis B. Puller. Including options, the Ocean Ships contract is for five years. According to the U.S. Military Sealift Command, the new ships “will be the centerpiece of the Navy’s ‘Sea Base’ concept, and will serve as a transfer point for Marine Corps amphibious landing forces between large ships and small landing craft.

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