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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Shipwrights News

Kuhn Joins Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Photo courtesy Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Jennifer Kuhn of Seattle, Wash. has joined the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD as a shipwright apprentice. Prior to joining CBMM, Kuhn earned her applied science degree from Seattle Central Community College’s marine carpentry program and her BA in fine arts and education from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md. Through work with Seattle Shipwrights, Kuhn helped repair and restore a variety of boats including longliners, commercial tugboats and the 54-ft 1930s Stevens-built Sea Dog.

Hogg Appointed as Marketing Rep. at North Florida Shipyard

Bill Hogg has been appointed as the marketing representative at North Florida Shipyard, Inc., in Jacksonville, Fla. Hogg joins the company with almost 50 years of experience. He started his career as a shipwright, moved on to become a naval architect and continued his career by becoming a ship manager with control of as many as a dozen active ships for the U.S. Maritime Administration, as well as company owned tankers.

Cammell Laird Launches Claire House Charity Kite Boat

Photo: Cammell Laird

Merseyside shipyard and engineering company Cammell Laird held a special ceremony to launch a unique kite boat designed to raise funds for charity Claire House Children’s Hospice. The ‘CL Challenger’ was designed by retired shipyard naval architect Bill Owen incorporating a kite as the main power source to propel the vessel. The eco-friendly vessel also generates electric power for radio, lights and GPS through batteries charged via solar panel. It will now be used by a team of intrepid kite surfers for a range of sea-faring challenges to raise vital cash for the Bebington children’s charity.

Russian Navy Support Ship Ready for Trials

'Yauza': Photo credit Nerpa Shipbuilders

In fact, shipwrights at Nerpa have built a new ship. Only the hull remained from Yauza; the deck erection and equipment was demounted. During the total retrofitting, the ship's living quarters was completed, and up-to-date control systems were installed. The ship has not only changed external appearance but was conversed from a dry cargo vessel into a Project 550M ice-class passenger/cargo ship. After launching and outfitting works, the ship will pass dockside and state trials to test all onboard systems and equipment.

Oldest Steamship Gets New Home on Thames

According to a Sept. 13 report from BBC News, a ship thought to be the last steamcoaster in the world is preparing to head to her new home after a $2.9m restoration in Suffolk. The steamcoaster, built in 1890 and listed on the National Historic Fleet register, has been converted into a floating museum. She will stay at the Port of Tilbury for up to a year while a decision is made on her London base. The SS Robin was taken to Lowestoft in 2008 to undergo conservation work and repairs to her riveted structure. The work has been funded by Crossrail. Project management consultants Kampfner Limited led a team of East Anglian and London-based marine consultants, engineers, naval architects and shipwrights in the two-year restoration project. (Source: BBC News)

Govan Shipyard Crane Snaps

BAE Systems said that three employees were involved in the incident which happened at the company's site on the .  The Health and Safety Executive is carrying out an investigation into the incident, BBC reported. A spokeswoman for BAE Systems said the jib of the crane snapped while it was being lowered for routine operations. She confirmed the crane had passed its annual statutory inspection in March. The incident involved a crane operator and two shipwrights, one of whom went to hospital as a precaution. The other two men were treated at the scene. Source:  BBC

Russian Research Ship Readies for Float

'Yantar' Photo credit Yantar Shipyard

Research ship Yantar is the lead Project 22010 oceanographic vessel developed by Almaz Central Design Bureau. The ship was laid down on July 8, 2010 on the 65-th anniversary of Yantar Shipyard and named after it. The orderer was obtained from the Russian Defense Ministry. According to the contract, the ship is to be delivered in 2013. The hull of Yantar has been completely shaped; most of general-purpose equipment, rudder propellers, and lateral thrusters have been installed. Shipwrights continue the construction of the superstructure and fitting of internal equipment.

Green Joins Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Photo courtesy Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Joe Green of Portland, Ore. has joined the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, Md. as a shipwright apprentice. With an associate’s degree in wooden boat building from the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building in Port Hadlock, Washington, Green will primarily work on the restoration of the Museum’s bugeye, the Edna E. Lockwood. During his one-year apprenticeship, Joe is living on Tilghman Island. Through educational, cultural and interactive exhibits and activities…

Tug Delaware’s Restoration Underway at CBMM

the tug Delaware

In recognition of her upcoming centennial, the tug Delaware is now being restored to her 1912 appearance in full public view at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland. Delaware is a rare example of a typical early 20th century wooden river tug. Built in 1912 in Bethel, Delaware by William H. Smith, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s tug Delaware measures 39’8” x 11’4” and is now a floating exhibit at the museum’s waterfront campus. Delaware is a product…

Moore Stephens: Andrew Cunningham

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Andrew Cunningham, a former senior partner of Moore Stephens, will be held in London at 11.30 a.m. on Friday, 27 April at St Sepulchre-without-Newgate. Andrew Cunningham passed away on 31 January after a long illness, at the age of 66. He was with Moore Stephens all his working life. He joined the firm in 1963, became a partner in 1972, and retired in 2010. His career involved every aspect of the international shipping industry. He was particularly close to the Greek shipping community, and greatly admired its entrepreneurial spirit and family-based work ethic and he was a central figure in the opening-up to Moore Stephens of shipping in Russia and the Former Soviet Union.

Ship Model Range Expanded by SD

Photo credit SD Model Makers

San Marcos, California-based SD Model Makers expands range with its tall ship model offering. SD Model Makers master model shipwrights produce models in magnificent detail. From hand laid decks, tarred standing rigging, complex running rigging and furled sails to Nelson's HMS Victory's copper-sheathed hull, each model is a museum quality masterpiece. Each model comes fully assembled with a solid hull – hand carved from kiln-dried mahogany. Other parts are made from a variety of woods, putty, resin and metals.

Fastmount Appoints Distributors

Growth in sales worldwide has prompted Fastmount Ltd, the New Zealand designer and manufacturer of the Fastmount removable panel mounting systems to strengthen its distribution team in Europe. Fastmount has selected marine industry specialists with a wealth of knowledge in both the OEM and refit sectors in the Netherlands, Belgium, Turkey, Finland and Sweden. They appointed Kroon B.V in the Netherlands and Belgium, Neva Marine in Turkey and MarineMan Oy in Finland and Sweden as new distributors.

Polemis Elected to Stevens Board of Trustees

Spyros M. Polemis, an international business leader who has spent more than 45 years in the shipping industry, has been elected to serve on the Stevens Institute of Technology Board of Trustees. Mr. Polemis was named to the board during its spring meeting, May 20-21, 2009. Polemis is a Class of 1961 graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology, where he served as president of Pi Lambda Phi and belonged to the Interfraternity Council and the Yacht Club. Polemis' family has roots in shipping that date back several centuries. He is chairman and managing director of Seacrest Shipping Co.

New W-class Yacht Designs

W-class 123' Yacht: Image credit W-class Yacht Co.

W-Class Yacht Company is expanding its family of yachts to include 100’, 123’ and 135’ models. The first of the new designs, the W.123', was developed by Bruce Johnson (formerly of Sparkman & Stephens) in collaboration with Rockport Marine Yacht Design. The new racer/cruiser yachts will retain the ‘Spirit of Tradition’ and performance attributes of the existing W-Class Yacht Company’s W.37’, W.46’ and W.76’ models. The W-Class yachts will be built at Front Street Shipyard in Belfast…

McIntosh Named CTruk Chairman

Peter McIntosh

Composite high-speed craft designer and builder CTruk has appointed shipbuilding industry veteran Peter McIntosh OBE to succeed Andy White as chairman. McIntosh, the former executive director of VT Group PLC, holds experience of the marine and defense industries and will steer the innovative company through its next stage of growth, CTruk said. White will remain on the board as an executive director. Managing director Ben Simpson will be working closely with McIntosh on implementing…

Aircraft Carrier John F. Kennedy Half Complete

John F. Kennedy’s lower stern was lifted into place at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division, where the second Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier is now 50 percent structurally complete. (Photo: John Whalen/HII)

U.S. shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) said the structure of nuclear-powered aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) is now 50 percent complete. The second Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier CVN 79 grew about 70 feet in length with the addition of the lower stern, which was recently lifted into place at HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. Like Ford, which was delivered to the Navy earlier this month, Kennedy is being built using modular construction, a process where smaller sections of the ship are welded together to form larger structural units (called “superlifts”)…

Maritime & Coastguard Agency Appoints Chapman SOSRep

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency has made a new appointment to the role of Secretary of State’s Representative (SOSRep) Maritime Salvage & Intervention, which oversees the response to accidents at sea. Les Chapman has been appointed to the role and will join the Agency on Monday 21 August. He will work alongside the existing SOSRep Hugh Shaw OBE for several months, to allow a substantial transition period in this important role, and will not assume the role and responsibilities of the SOSRep until an agreed time later on in the year. The SOSRep is responsible for reducing the risk to safety and the environment arising from accidents at sea.

Mustang Marine Launches Recruitment Drive

Stewart Graves, managing director, and Rita Beard, safety officer, observing work being carried out by Benjamin Cardew, Paul Hethrington and Richard Davey on the 20m BMT Nigel Gee design wind farm support vessel (Photo courtesy of Mustang Marine)

Mustang Marine, which is under a new ownership and management structure after being bought out of administration in May 2014 by a group of nine investors, has completed a broad range of orders in what was a successful second half of 2014, the company reports. Now, the Pembroke Dock-based firm says it is actively recruiting skilled workers and apprentices to meet a busy work schedule going into the New Year. Mustang Marine has created 12 new jobs over the last six months, bringing the total workforce to 42 people.

Arctic P Chase Boats Convert to Waterjets

Two 12-m chase boats aboard the Australian-based mega yacht Arctic P has been successfully converted from stern drives to waterjet propulsion. Hamilton Jet, local jet distributor Wiltrading Pty Ltd. and boat builder Stebercraft Pty Ltd. worked closely to retrofit the craft as quickly as possible. The first of the two chase boats, which are deck mounted on the 288.7 ft. (88 m) Arctic P, was urgently converted late last year, when one of the chase boat's stern drives with surface piercing props broke down again. Waterjets were mentioned as a possible solution, so Hamilton Jet's New South Wales distributor Wiltrading was contacted. After assessing the requirements twin Hamilton Model HJ292 waterjets were recommended as the best option to go with the original 370 hp Sabre engines.

Historic Russian Sailing Ship Replica Prepared for Launch

'God's Predestination': Photo credit JSC Pavlovsk Shipyard Press Service

An exact copy of Russia's first 58-cannon battleship God's Predestination was laid down at Pavlovsk Shipyard almost one year ago. The keel-laying ceremony was attended by Voronezh Governor Alexei Gordeyev and Metropolite Sergius. According to Nadezhda Marinkina, "undoubtedly, we'll implement the contract on the due time, in December. The most problematic issues such as project development and registration have been already resolved. Along with our subcontractor, JSC Varyag from Petrozavodsk, we have spent half of 200 million rubles appropriated for the ship construction.

Five Minutes with Dave Growden, JHSV Program Manager, Austal USA

Please provide a brief professional history of yourself? I have more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of the planning and production of a wide variety of aluminum high speed vessels ranging in length from 26m to 107m. I have been employed by Austal since age 16 and completed a four year apprenticeship as a Shipwright before progressing into supervision and management of production staff and then program management. Along with experience with 30-60m passenger catamarans…

Film Celebrates Golden Age of NW Boats

Motor yacht Kensington on the ways at Jensen Motor Boat Company, circa 1929. For more than a hundred years, the Pacific Northwest has ranked as a center for vessel design, construction and preservation. Beginning with the advent of the Pacific cod fishery in the 1880s, utilizing the raw material afforded by the vast Northwest forests, Seattle-area boat builders began creating one of the world’s great fishing fleets. Soon, they would craft sailing ships to support the lumber and cargo trades, and work boats that sustained Pacific commerce.

A Traditional Ship with a Contemporary Heart

Photo Courtesy of BAE Systems

Old photos show mid-nineteenth century sailing ships abandoned in the San Francisco Bay area by crews who caught gold fever. Some of these abandoned hulls lie under the modern day city of San Francisco. Over in Sausalito, just to the north of the famous Golden Gate Bridge, what may well be the spirit of one of those buried vessels has taken shape under the direction of Captain Alan Olson, who has several decades of experience building and restoring and sailing classic wooden ships.

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