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Warship Building a Step Closer

Construction of the Royal Navy's huge new aircraft carriers moved a step closer after it was said that the two warship builders are on the cusp of a merger. VT Group and BAe Systems are reportedly just five weeks away from signing a deal. The merger – which includes VT’s shipbuilding facility in Portsmouth naval base – is being driven by the government’s desire to streamline the industry. BAe Systems and VT Group said in December that they were in early discussions regarding the combination of their surface ship and naval support businesses. Source: Portsmouth News

Nanaimo Shipbuilders Want Share of Canadian Shipbuilding

According to a report from The Daily News, Nanaimo is one step closer to sharing in Ottawa's $35b shipbuilding program, now that the province has enthusiastically endorsed the efforts by a number of B.C. shipyards to attain the contracts.   Source: The Daily News

European Shippers' Council Calls on Competition Authorities to Cooperate

Pic: The European Shippers’ Council (ESC)

It also has called for greater data monitoring by national competition authorities following recent announcements regarding shipping line collaborations which, it claims, are bringing “the container liner market one step closer to total convergence”. The increased collaboration between the French container ship operator CMA CGM and Germany’s Hamburg Süd will bring the container liner market one step closer to total convergence, the European Shippers’ Council warns. The Brussels…

Ford Achieves Important Milestone

The sun rises over Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), marking the beginning of the second day of Fast Cruise. Ford is conducting a three-day Fast Cruise to familiarize the crew with the ship's systems for an extended period of time. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ryan CarterReleased)

Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) completed its turn ship evolution June 11. This is a major milestone that brings the country's newest nuclear powered aircraft carrier another step closer to delivery and commissioning later this year. "Turning the ship is an opportunity for the crew to demonstrate for the first time all the procedures required to get the ship underway safely," said Commanding Officer Capt. Richard McCormack. This operation marks the first time Ford has moved from its pier since coming out of dry dock in November 2013. The ship's stern now faces the James River.

Meyer Werft Floats Out Norwegian Joy

Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line’s first cruise ship custom designed for China has been floated out of Meyer Werft’s covered building dock II on March 4 in Papenburg, Germany, where the 168,800-gross-ton ship has been under construction since September 2015. Beginning early Saturday morning, the 3,850 passenger vessel, Norwegian Joy, departed building dock II. Now well on its way to completion, the 324-meter-long and 41.4-meter-wide Norwegian Joy will move into the final phase of construction ahead of its April 27, 2017 delivery.

Bright Outlook for BWM Convention

The Ballast Water Management Convention was one of the agenda items at last week’s IMO meeting.

The Danish Maritime Authority informed that the Ballast Water Management Convention is now one step closer to ratification following last week’s meeting of United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO). At last week’s meeting of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee, there was great interest in the entry into force of the Ballast Water Management Convention. The entry into force date got considerably closer with the recent ratification of the Convention by both Japan and Turkey.

AVIC buys 60% in ship investment firm

Photo Courtesy: AVIC International Maritime Holdings Limited.

AVIC International Maritime Holdings is in the process of acquiring 60 per cent in a Singapore-incorporated ship investment firm for $3.6 million. The Singapore-listed firm, as per a regulatory filing, will acquire three million issued and paid-up shares, in AVIC Zhenjiang Shipyard Marine Pte. Ltd (AZM) that is 60 per cent owned by Catico Investments and 40% by Jiangsu Zhenjiang Shipyard (Group). Jiangsu Zhenjiang Shipyard will continue to own 40 per cent of AVIC Zhenjiang, which generated RMB88.7 million in revenue and earned RMB10.9 million in 2014.

Zero Emissions Ship a Step Closer

Photo credit Scandlines

German Greens MEP Michael Cramer welcomes news that development of the world's first hydrogen-fuelled ship has come a step closer. Cramer was speaking at the presentation of "project zero", an initiative designed to develop the first ship generating zero greenhouse gas emissions. , reports The Parliament. Scandlines, the Danish-German ferry company, wants to develop a ferry servicing a short, 100km route between the two countries, which would be powered, in a sense, by wind. The company's CEO Soren Jensen informed the meeting that…

Hamburg Süd's 'Santa Cruz' Now Flying Luxembourg Flag

'Santa Cruz': Photo credit Hamburg SĂĽd

Previously operated under the Liberian flag, the 7,100 TEU container ship has been re-registered with the EU-member nation. The “Santa Cruz”, which sails in the Europe – South America East Coast liner service, is the first Hamburg Süd vessel to be entered in Luxembourg'Â’s shipping register. The move brings Hamburg Süd a step closer to its aim of operating 60 per cent of its owned ships under European flags. Of the 36 Hamburg Süd-owned vessels, 18 currently fly the German flag and one that of Luxembourg, which puts the proportion of owned ships under a European flag at 53 per cent.

NG, U.S. Navy Complete CANES Preliminary Design Review

With the successful completion of the preliminary design review (PDR), Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) moved the U.S. Navy's Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) program one step closer to delivering streamlined and updated shipboard network systems for improved interoperability and affordability across the fleet. The two-day review, conducted at Northrop Grumman's CANES program office in San Diego, served as a forum for the Navy, Northrop Grumman and its teammates to share technical information and ensured the Navy's program requirements are clearly understood prior to entering into detailed design. The…

New WSDOT Ferry Salish in Sea Trials

Photo courtesy WSDOT

The new Washington State ferry Salish is completing builder’s sea trials in Puget Sound. The vessel is expected to begin serving the Port Townsend-Coupeville route this summer, restoring full two-boat service to the route for the first time since 2007. Contractor Todd Pacific Shipyards is conducting sea trials to demonstrate the vessel to U.S. Coast Guard and WSDOT Ferries Division (WSF) inspectors before WSF accepts delivery of the vessel. Later this spring, WSF crews will begin…

Panama Canal Awards First Construction Contract

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) took one step closer to breaking ground for the expansion of the Panama Canal Tuesday, when it officially awarded the first expansion construction project contract to Constructora Urbana S.A. (CUSA). The selection process began May 7, when the ACP released its request for proposals to begin the first of five dry excavation projects to create the new Pacific Locks access channel. This new channel will link a new, third set of locks on the Pacific end of the Canal with the existing Gaillard Cut (the narrowest stretch in the Panama Canal). This project represents approximately 16 percent of the total excavation for the new Pacific Locks access channel.

New High Speed Ferry Service Examined

Plans to launch a £10 million high-speed ferry service linking Edinburgh to Fife moved a step closer to reality, as council chiefs invited marine experts to devise plans for the scheme, according to a report on Scotsman.com. Transport leaders believe a passenger ferry between Leith and Kirkcaldy will help to reduce congestion on the Forth Road Bridge and make a healthy profit for the operator. Fife Council has agreed to hire a firm of consultants to draw up detailed proposals. It is hoped that twin-hulled passenger ferries, with space for up to 350 people, would complete the Leith-Kirkcaldy route in just 17 minutes. Fife Council's area transportation manager today said the £10 million plans could get the green light by next summer.

G2 Ocean Given All Anti Trust Approvals

Pic: Gearbulk Ltd

The US Department of Justice has approved the establishment of G2 Ocean. Authorities in Poland, Germany and Brazil have already approved G2 Ocean. This means the joint venture between Gearbulk and Grieg Star is a vital step closer to reality. The project is on schedule to have G2 Ocean fully operational by the end of the first half of 2017. "We anticipated such a conclusion from the authorities. But that does not mean the final approval was not received with joy. Now we roll up our sleeves and continue the hard work.

USCG Offloads 650 lbs Marijuana

A crewmember aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable guards 25 bales of marijuana that was interdicted off the coast of Jamaica Aug. 3, 2015.

The Coast Guard offloaded nearly $600,000 estimated wholesale value of marijuana at Coast Guard Sector Miami, Friday. On Aug. 3, the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable detected a go-fast vessel with suspicious packages off the coast of Jamaica. The men aboard the go-fast began jettisoning packages overboard after the Dependable began pursuit. The Dependable launched its small boat and stopped the suspect vessel after employing disabling fire against one of the outboard engines. Dependable later recovered 25 packages of marijuana from the water.

Adani Kandla Terminal Hits 3.5 MT Volume

Adani Kandla Bulk Terminal completes 3.5 MT of cargo volume in first financial year. Photo Adani

Adani Kandla Bulk Terminal Pvt. Ltd. Adani Kandla Bulk Terminal Pvt. Ltd. (AKBTPL) under the concession agreement with Kandla Port Trust (KPT) has successfully over shot the MGT in its 1st year of operations itself. “We at Adani Group share our Chairman’s vision of achieving 200 Million Metric Tons cargo by 2020. This milestone will take us one more step closer to our vision” said Mr. Ennarasu Karunesan, CEO APSEZ Mundra & Tuna Ports. AKBTPL was inaugurated by Hon'ble Minister of Road Transport and Highways and Shipping…

News: Littoral Combat Ship Takes One Step Closer to Reality

The push for a new class of U.S. Navy ships, vessels able to operate in shallow draft, near to shore environments, has taken a step closer to reality. The Navy is currently reviewing plans from half a dozen teams, and is expected next month to award additional dollars to three teams for further refinement. Current plans call for a fleet of between 50 and 70 vessels — smaller, faster and considerably cheaper than ships built for today’s Navy — ready for production in the next few years. The concept for Littoral Combat Ships, or LCS, is hardly new, and was a topic of hot debate at the AFCEA West 2003 exhibition and conference. With a distinguished and varied panel of Admirals and Generals…

Shipwreck Salvors, Seafarer, Get New Work Permit

Lantana Cannon: Photo credit Seafarer

New permit is an important step in the excavation process by Seafarer Exploration Corp. of an historic shipwreck site located off Lantana Beach Florida. The permit was issued pursuant to Part IV of Chapter 373, Florida Statutes and Title 62, Florida Administrative Code from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and represents an important step in Seafarer's quest to excavate this exciting shipwreck site. Seafarer received a permit from the State of Florida for a shipwreck site located off of Lantana Beach, Florida in 2012.

Fair Trade Commission Approves Blohm+Voss Acquisition

Photo: Blohm+Voss

The German Fair Trade Commission has approved the acquisition of Hamburg shipyard Blohm+Voss GmbH by the Bremen-based, family-owned company Luerssen Maritime Beteiligungen GmbH & Co. KG, a specialty designer, manufacturer and repairer of yachts over 60 meters and military ships. The purchase agreement was signed at the end of September 2016, and now, following the official approval, formal ownership will be transferred from the previous owner, the Funds of the British private equity investor Star Capital Partners.

Unmanned Aircraft Taxies on US Aircraft Carrier

Unmanned Aircraft on Carrier Trial: Photo credit USN

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aircraft recently taxied on flight deck of 'USS Harry S. Truman'. During the test phase, UCAS deck operators used an arm-mounted control display unit (CDU) to remotely control the aircraft. Gerrit Everson, one of the operators who controlled the X-47B, said the UCAS demonstrator displayed excellent integration with Truman's flight deck. "With the CDU, we followed the aircraft director's signals to move the aircraft left or right, over the arresting wire, to and from the catapults and to various spotting positions," said Everson. Lt. Cmdr.

MAN Diesel & Turbo, SpecTec Cooperation

As a step ahead in the MAN Diesel & Turbo and SpecTec Group cooperation, on October 25, 2010, AMOS BS was installed at MAN Diesel & Turbo's PrimeServ location in . On October 26, 10members of MAN Diesel & Turbo staff were trained on AMOS BS main features, by Kim Pommegard and Jens Ipsen from SpecTec DK. SpecTec ILS Manager, Marco Vatteroni, gave his own contribution, showing how it is possible, in a few minutes, to automatically create an AMOS BS database by importing a MAN Diesel Shipdex dataset using AMOS Shipdex Interface. MAN Diesel & Turbo views this as an important step towards gaining experience with how ship owners deal with maintenance management.

NG: Maritime Laser Demo System Proves Capabilities

Northrop Grumman announced that it recently completed a series of tests of the Maritime Laser Demonstration (MLD) system, moving high-energy lasers a step closer to deployment aboard U.S. Navy ships. According to the company, shore-based tests at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in Port Hueneme proved the MLD system's ability to track small boats at long ranges and in a marine environment. "Tracking tests were part of a larger program designed to demonstrate laser weapon system capability for fleet defense," according to Steve Hixson, vice president of Space and Directed Energy Systems for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. Managed by the Office of Naval Research (ONR)…

Bertholf Reaches Milestone With Mast Stepping Ceremony

Mast Stepping: Prospective commanding officer for Bertholf (WMSL 750), Capt. Patrick Stadt (USCGC), sealed a box with coins into the mast of the first-of-class National Security Cutter. The coins represent accomplishments of Coast Guard founder Commodore Ellsworth Price Bertholf, the U.S. Coast Guard and Northrop Grumman Ship Systems employees. Sealing the box in its place is welder Ronald "Eggman" Jones. known as “mast stepping” during the construction of the U.S. schedule at the company’s Ship Systems sector. to Greek mythology. coins would help the sailors pay the wages for their return home. mast. ship and its namesake, Commodore Ellsworth Bertholf. U.S. Coast Guard Capt. officer of Bertholf, also took part in the ceremony.

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