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Northrop Grumman Names Klein VP of M&TS

Northrop Grumman Corporation has appointed Robert W. Klein vice president of Maritime and Tactical Systems (M&TS). He manages both the diverse range of current products in the M&TS portfolio and the development of new products for this domestic and international market segment. Klein leads a team that integrates sensors, systems, platforms, weapons, and networks into unique products. It is developing and producing several systems that detect or destroy mines at sea or on the beachheads; a new, high-speed combat craft with battle management capabilities; and, they are helping the U.S. Navy package some of these and many other systems into roll-on/roll-off packages of weapons and sensors for the distinct missions of the new Littoral Combat Ships. Klein joined Northrop Grumman in 1974 as an intern upon winning a Northrop Grumman Scholarship. Early in his career, Klein worked on the X-29 Forward Swept Wing demonstrator and various classified programs. Later, he became F-14 program chief engineer and then Engineering director for all programs.


Basic Approval, Bal Pure Ballast Water Treatment

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The Bal Pure ballast water treatment system from Severn Trent De Nora received basic approval from the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) 60th session, March 22-26, 2010.  As a result, Severn Trent De Nora has submitted its dossier for final approval of the system at an upcoming MEPC session. Severn Trent De Nora is also scheduled to conduct shipboard testing of the Bal Pure system May through November 2010 on the California Maritime


Double Launching at HDW-Gaarden

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On September 5, two 2,700 TEU container ships were launched at HDW-Gaarden in , a company of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. The two container ships are the second and the third of a series of three ships for the Hermann Buss shipping line in Leer. The MAIN TRADER was named by Gabriela Meyer, the wife of Jens-Uwe Meyer, financial consultant to the shipping line. The Mosel Trader was named by Dr. Ulrike Schäfer, the wife of Dr. Matthias Schäfer of the Buss family.


Trinity Yachts Delivers First of Two Patrol Craft

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Trinity Yachts, L.L.C., through its wholly owned subsidiary, Trinity Offshore, L.L.C., has delivered the first of two aluminum 82 ft. patrol craft it is building in New Orleans under a sub-contract to United States Marine, Inc., (U.S.M.I.) of Gulfport. The craft design is similar to those built for United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) in the late 1990’s by the Trinity Marine Group.  These vessels are still in service today. The first hull was recently delivered to U.S.M


Ranger Offshore Gains DNV Certification

Provider of offshore construction services, US-based Ranger Offshore, Inc., obtains various ISO Det Norske Veritas (DNV) certificates. Ranger Offshore has obtained ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and ISO/TS 29001 certifications which are ecognized as the global benchmark for providing assurance about the ability to satisfy quality requirements and to enhance customer satisfaction. Each of the certifications attests to the implementation and adherence to various processes and management


Oceanteam CSV Charter Extended to 2018 by Fugro

CSV Southern Ocean: Photo credit Oceanteam

Oceanteam Shipping ASA (OTS) confirm the extension of the bareboat charter of their 'CSV Southern Ocean' by Fugro TS Marine Australia until the end of 2018. CSV Southern Ocean is a large construction support vessel jointly owned between Bourbon Offshore Norway AS and Oceanteam Shipping ASA. The owners say that the extension of the bareboat charter will further strenghten their contract backlog and secure future earnings.


Trash Skimmer Boats

United Marine International LLC, of Baltimore, has delivered new Trashcat skimmer vessels to the cities of Baltimore and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The City of Baltimore took delivery of the first of two low profile Trashcat boats. UMI Model #TC-200L, with a 200 cu. ft. on-board storage capacity, is designed with a side-mounted operator's cab, which provides the operator with nearly seven ft. of overhead clearance. The second vessel, UMI Model #TC-200LP, has a unique extra low profile


MACC 2012 Cancelled

ASNE Announces New ASNE Craft Expo in 2012   One of the country's top in-water boat demonstrations, Multi-Agency Craft Conference (MACC), has again been cancelled for 2012, as the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) and NSWCCD Combatant Craft Division (CCD) report that despite best efforts, the required approvals cannot be had in time to conduct MACC in 2012. The event was held in 2011, but was cancelled in 2010.


FRC Test Coxswain Course For RIBs & High Speed Craft

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FRC International has developed a unique training course and qualification for the professional maritime sector. The Test Coxswain course is designed for both experienced crew members and technical staff who support both the specification and Test & Evaluation (T&E) of high performance craft. As the complexity and cost of high speed craft increases it has become more important that these craft are fit-for-purpose. Assessment needs to be objective, valid and reliable


Silver Ships to Build 36 Navy Boats over Five Years

Silver Ships, Inc. was awarded an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide the U.S. Navy with the follow on variant of the 11-meter Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Surface Support Craft (SSC) for a total of 36 boats over a five-year period. The 11-meter NSW SSC is an aluminum deep-vee hulled boat with a protective collar for open water utility operations. Crafts are used from inland bays and waterways to deep water over the horizon transits


Tuco Debuts New Fast Rescue Craft Design

Tuco Marine’s new 7.5-meter ProZero fast rescue craft (Image courtesy of Tuco Marine Group)

Tuco Marine Group has introduced a new 7.5-meter ProZero fast rescue craft (FRC) design as part of the carbon fiber constructed ProZero boat line. The highly specialized FRC market is one where weight saving benefits of the ProZero design can make a difference to the market standards, Tuco said


Nichols Brothers to Build Vessel for American Samoa

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Ice Floe, LLC dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) has been contracted by the Government of American Samoa to build a multipurpose vessel to operate in the warm waters of the South Pacific primarily between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands


Danish Pleasure Craft Safety Board Gets A New Head

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  From 1 February 2015 a new chairman will head the Danish Pleasure Craft Safety Board. The new incumbent is Jan Thorn, who is in his everyday work Director of the Danish Maritime Authority’s division “Aids to Navigation” that is striving to enhance safety at sea for


Zamakona Refits Vessels VOS HERA & HADES

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  The Zamakona Yards in Pasajes has successfully finished the works carried o t in the vessels VOS HADES and VOS HERA that belong to the Company Vroon Offshore Services UK. The conversion required a major upgrade of the VOS H-Class to enable Rescue & Standby facilities for a Group B


Security Threat in Yemen Shuts CNOOC's Nexen Facility

CNOOC Ltd's Nexen unit is shutting operations at an oil field and processing facility in Yemen due to a security threat, a Nexen spokeswoman said on Sunday.   The spokeswoman said Nexen determined there is an undue risk for staff working at its Block 51 field operations and BAK PF


NSRP Awards $11m for R&D Project Portfolio

The Executive Control Board of the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) has selected a new round of research and development projects for award, as part of the program's continuing mission to reduce costs associated with U.S. shipbuilding and ship repair


New Cruise Passenger Drill Rules to Enter Force

From January 1, 2015, passengers must undergo safety drills, including mustering at the lifeboat stations, before the ship departs or immediately on departure. (Photo: IMO)

New requirements for musters of newly embarked passengers prior to or immediately upon departure come into force January 1, 2015. Further SOLAS amendments entering into force address enclosed-space entry and rescue drills and the code for recognized organizations.   


USCG Urge Precaution During Impending Storms

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  The Coast Guard is urging mariners and the coastal community to take precautions in preparation of two storms expected to impact the Northeast Wednesday and Thursday. The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood advisory in anticipation of storm surges and locally heavy


"Iron Nickel's" Last Voyage

The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) returns to San Diego following the completion of its final deployment to the Western Pacific region. Peleliu completed Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014 and conducted

  USS Peleliu (LHA 5) returned to Naval Base San Diego Dec. 24 from a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific. Upon return, the ship will make preparations to decommission in March after 34 years of service, 17 deployments and more than a million miles transited


8 Foreign Flagged Ships Detained in UK

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  Eight foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during November 2014 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection. During November, there were 6 new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in a UK port. 2 vessels remained under detention from previous months and 5


GSL Builds Fast Attack Crafts for Mauritius

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The keel laying ceremony for first of the series of Two Water Jet Fast Attack Crafts (WJFAC) being built by GSL for Mauritius Police Force was held at GSL on December 18, 2014.   Capt. Anish Nair, Warship Production Superintendent (WPS), Goa did the honors in the presence of Rear Adm


R.W. Fernstrum: Keeping it Cool

“Overall, 2014 has been a positive year for Fernstrum,” said Sean Fernstrum. “There is still growth in the U.S. offshore market; a positive for many in the industry. We have seen growth in other segments as well, tank barges and alternative energy.”  Sean Fernstrum President & Owner

Founded by Robert W. Fernstrum 65 years ago, R.W. Fernstrum & Company is now run by the third generation of Fernstrums who continue to build and extend its commercial marine heat exchanger business. Sean Fernstrum, President & Owner discusses the future.


N-Sea, Siem Offshore Extend Charter Agreement

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Inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) specialist N-Sea has extended its charter agreement with Siem Offshore following three years of operations. The renewed agreement, concerning Siem Offshore’s offshore subsea construction vessel, Siem N-Sea (previously Siem Stork)


Cold and Calculating: Dealing with Ice in Domestic Waterways

The Coast Guard Cutter Thunder Bay breaks ice in the Straits of Mackinac between Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Army research laboratory helps vessels deal with ice in domestic waterways. Ice, snow and extremely low temperatures can put a big chill on maritime operations in ports, lakes, rivers and waterways. Thanks to the U.S. Army’s Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering


Bollinger Delivers 12th USCG Fast Response Cutter

Isaac Mayo during builders trials in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico (Photo courtesy of Bollinger Shipyards)

Bollinger Shipyards LLC has delivered the Isaac Mayo, the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) 12th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) on January 13, 2015 in Key West, Florida. The vessel is scheduled to be commissioned in March 2015.   The 154 foot patrol craft Isaac Mayo is the 12th vessel in






 
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