HII: 157 Apprentice School Graduates
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted commencement exercises on Saturday, March 2, 2019, for 157 graduates of The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding. The apprenticeship is a rigorous four- to eight-year program designed to develop the next generation of shipyard leaders. The Apprentice School, which first opened in 1919 with 126 apprentices, is celebrating its centennial anniversary this year. Over the last 100 years, the school has produced more than 10,800 graduates.“To casually say that you build ships falls woefully short of how you serve the United States of America…
DSC Dredge’s Miller Retires
On October 16, 2018, after 38 years in the dredging industry, David Miller, SVP/COO and part owner of DSC Dredge, LLC announced his retirement. Miller embarked on his career in the early 1980’s when he began working for Kenner Marine & Machinery (KMM). Following several consecutive KMM positions, David completed his final 10 years there as a field service specialist.Miller was one of the original founders of Best Equipment Technologies, Inc. (BEST), established in 1998, located in Poplarville, MS. BEST operated as a steel fabrication shop and dredge manufacturer.
Portugal’s Naval Rocha Shipyard Reports Robust Activity
Portugal’s Naval Rocha shipyard is reporting a surge in activity in the opening half of 2018 after delivering a series of drydock, wet basin and pier-side projects.Naval Rocha commercial director Sergio Rodrigues said the yard located in the heart of Lisbon Harbour on the north bank of the River Tagus has completed a wide variety of repair and conversion projects.Key work has involved containers, cruise, passenger and sailing ships, cargo and research survey vessels, naval ships, anchor handing tugs, supply vessels and dredgers.“Naval Rocha is a unique, modern shipyard,” said Mr Rodrigues.
Ship Repair: May Ship Repair Diversifies
The shipbuilding and repair market has been slightly increasing over the past year with most of the increase being sporadic on vessel repair. New construction has been steady and in May Ship Repairs business, we have been focused on infrastructure expansion such as passenger ferry landings for the City of New York. Looking to the future, May Ship anticipates this trend to continue or even decline due to possible trade tariffs and lack of needed new construction of small to midsized…
Environmental Regs Drive Work for Gibdock
With owners required to respond to new rules on invasive species and emissions, Gibraltar-based Gibdock reports it is seeing a stronger than expected surge in interest in ballast water management system and exhaust gas scrubber work. Richard Beards, Managing Director of the Western Med’s gateway repair facility, attributes the upturn in inquiries to the yard’s enduring advantages of location, quality of work and on-schedule redelivery.“We have undertaken significant ballast water work over the last 18 months and in the first half of 2018 we have had more enquiries than ever before…
Hendry Marine Adds New Drydock
Hendry Marine Industries, Inc. (HMI) (along with its affiliated companies Gulf Marine Repair Corporation, Universal Environmental Solutions, LLC, and Anchor Sandblasting and Coatings, LLC) offers a broad range of maritime services in Port Tampa Bay, including commercial and government ship repair, steel fabrication, gas-freeing, tank cleaning, slop services, lead and asbestos abatement, brokered waste and blasting and coating. The Hendry family entered the maritime business in 1926 when Captain F.M. Hendry started a construction aggregate business and then later a dredging business.
Damen Bags Special Steel Tanks Contract
Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet Sweden has been awarded the contract to manufacture high-precision special steel tanks together with their integrated cassettes for OKG; operator of three nuclear reactors on Sweden’s Simpevarp peninsula. With two reactors due to be decommissioned and dismantled, the tanks will be used to store radioactive reactor parts as part of the disposal process. While Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet Sweden is best known as one of the ship repair and conversion yards in the Baltic Sea…
Metal Trades Delivers Construction Barge
Shipbuilder and Heavy Steel Fabricator Metal Trades, Inc., located on Yonges Island, SC has announced the launch of its largest ever built new construction barge. This barge is 370’ x 59’ x 14’. It is designed to hold a total of 18- 60 foot rail cars capable of carrying cargo for up to 2298 Long Tons for New York New Jersey Rail, LLC (NYNJR), a short line railroad and wholly-owned entity of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Metal Trades, Inc. is contracted to build a total of two of these barges and the first of these barges is to be delivered next week.
MARAD Awards $9.8 Mln to US Shipyards
Aiming to support shipbuilding modernizations that will increase productivity and allow U.S. shipyards to compete more effectively in global markets, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) has awarded $9.8 million to 18 U.S. yards through its Small Shipyard Grant Program. “Small shipyards play a significant role in our country’s maritime sector, which contributes to our economy, security, and infrastructure,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
Singapore’s shipyards are looking to recent investments in capacity, design and newly acquired technology to combat order declines after a decades-long offshore buildup. Sembcorp and peer Keppel are making the most of partnerships in FLNG and showing signs they’ll be okay through the downturn, helped by their gas-hungry Australasian backyard and renewed ties with old charterer parties and suppliers. With drilling contractors unable to pay for the offshore rigs they’ve ordered, Singapore’s heavyweight yards have had to defer deliveries and become defacto rig owners.
mltech Bags Caspian Contract
mltech, specialist in pipework set-up and measurement software development, has increased its global presence after securing its first contract in Baku, Azerbaijan. The one year contract, which has scope for extension, was awarded by Metal Qaynaq Sinaq (MQS) which operates throughout Azerbaijan, Georgia and Kazakhstan. The company provides services including process piping fabrication, heavy and light structural steel fabrication, mechanical site services and civil construction to some of the oil and gas industry’s biggest operators and tier one contractors.
Grand Bahama Shipyard Stayed Busy in 2016
The Caribbean shipyard Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL) worked on 49 commercial vessels and 20 cruise ships throughout 2016, with scope of works ranging from major steel fabrication and repairs, to engine and technical systems overhauls, hull treatment and tank cleanings. And looking to 2017 and beyond, the yard reports it has a healthy order book, with docking periods secured as far ahead as three years. VShips USA brought two bulk carriers, CSL Acadian and CSL Argosy, to GBSL to do tank cleaning on both vessels. CSL Acadian also received extensive pipe work.
Meercat Workboats’ Move to New Premises
Meercat Workboats yesterday moved from Portchester to new, purpose built premises in Hythe Marine Park, Southampton, UK. To coincide with the move the company’s management team has been restructured, two new vessels have been delivered and one new order confirmed. The new site is 1,600 sqm, has two 20-tonne gantry cranes, a machine shop, an electrical workshop, a hydraulic workshop, aluminum welding bays, steel fabrication bays, dedicated stores, offices and customer parking. A sum of circa £500,000 has been invested in the move.
Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding Implements FORAN
The SENER engineering and technology group signed a contract last year with the U.S. based shipbuilder Fincantieri Marine Group for the license to use SENER’s FORAN System. FORAN is currently in use at one of the company’s shipyards, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS), located in Sturgeon Bay, Wisc. The scope of the contract included the installation, setup, training and support for the three main FORAN disciplines: Hull Structure, Machinery & Outfitting, and Electrical Design.
Expansion Planned for Newport News Industrial
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that its Newport News Industrial subsidiary will undergo a 52,000-square-foot expansion at its headquarters facility in Newport News. The facility, located at 182 Enterprise Drive, will be expanded to house production areas, heavy cranes and plate-forming equipment. The expansion will support the company’s heavy steel fabrication in the commercial nuclear power industry and will create at least 120 new skilled trades jobs. Additional parking will also be added to support the larger workforce. “We at Newport News Industrial are excited to see this expansion come to life because it will support our work in the nuclear power industry and support our community through job creation…
ASRY Launches Bahrain Coast Guard Landing Craft
ASRY has launched a new Landing Craft being constructed for the Bahrain Coast Guard (BCG), marking the latest checkpoint for the fully Bahrain-based project. The launch took place at ASRY in the Arabian Gulf in the presence of BCG Brigadier Ala Abdulla Seyadi, ASRY Chief Executive Nils Kristian Berge and other BCG officials. “Our close cooperation with the Bahrain Coast Guard has enabled us to stay on track for this landmark project for the Bahrain maritime sector,” confirmed ASRY New Construction & Engineering Senior Manager, Sauvir Sarkar, who is overseeing the project.
Two New Tugs Built for TNPA
The South African government’s Operation Phakisa: Oceans Economy initiative has yielded more results with the ceremonial launch of two more tugboats built for Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA). The two tugs – named Qunu and Cormorant – form part of TNPA’s R1.4 billion contract awarded to Durban ship builder, Southern African Shipyards. It is the largest single contract TNPA has ever given to a South African company for the building of harbor craft and will see a total of nine new tugs built for the South African port landlord over three and a half years.
Genting Completes Purchase of 3 shipyards
Genting Hong Kong, announced the completion of the acquisition of Nordic Yards’ three shipyards in Wismar, Warnemunde and Stralsund, Germany for the consideration of 230.6 million Euros. The deal will give Genting Hong Kong the core expertise, manpower, fabrication capacity and covered drydocks to build a global cruise fleet for its three brands - Crystal Cruises, The World Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line ; Dream Cruises, Asia’s Most Luxury Cruise Line; and, Star Cruises, Asia’s Leading Cruise Line.
Genting Hong Kong Acquires Nordic Yards
Cruise ship operator Genting Hong Kong Ltd is buying three shipyards in Wismar, Warnemünde and Stralsund respectively owned by German shipbuilding company Nordic Yards for $358 million to further enable its presence in the sector. The purchase from Nordic Yard is expected to be funded by internal resources of the group, it said in a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The purchase of the three shipyards, along with Lloyd Werft last year, enables Genting Hong Kong to realize its global cruise ships fleet strategy over the next decade for its three brands - Crystal…
Oman Drydock Closes 2015 with Busy Second Half
Oman Drydock Company (ODC) has reported one of its busiest half year periods to date for drydockings, conversions and repairs. Based in Duqm Oman’s new ports and logistics city, ODC is one of the world’s largest shipyards at 1.3 million square meters. ODC deputy CEO Dr. Ahmed Al Abri, said the period July to December 2015 saw the shipyard undertake a range of drydockings taking the total number undertaken since it opened to 375. The work was completed clients including Maran, Dynacom…
Sembcorp Marine Opens Largest Fabrication Unit in Southeast Asia
Sembcorp Marine launched its new state-of-the-art steel structure fabrication workshop – the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia – which is set to boost the company’s steel fabrication capacity for its future needs. Officially opened by Economic Development Board Chairman Dr Beh Swan Gin today, the 120,000-square-metre facility at Sembcorp Marine’s Tuas Boulevard Yard is fully covered. Comprising five bays for pre-treatment, cutting and assembly, the workshop is ergonomically designed to facilitate a seamless work flow.
GSL, Moran Iron Works Ink Deal
In a deal that on the surface proves promising for vessel construction in the United States, Green Shipping Line (GSL) and Moran Iron Works (MIW) signed a teaming agreement to pursue marine construction projects in the United States. GSL is headquartered in New York, NY and is in the process of facilitating the construction of a fleet of modern, fuel efficient Jones Act feeder vessels that offer shippers reliable, economic and frequent transport for containers and trailered cargos between US ports.
IPS Completes Two Ferry Deals for Stena Line
Birkenhead based IPS Marine Fabrications is continuing to ramp up growth in the passenger ferry market after completing work on two Stena Line vessels. The firm, run by maritime engineering specialists Paul Smith and Peter Hillan, has delivered a package of insulation and fabrication work for the Stena Ro-Pax Superfast ferries VII and VIII. All repairs were completed on the move while the vessels continued service between Belfast and Cairnryan in Ireland, ensuring no operational downtime.