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Dugan Elected Chair of ASA

The American Shipbuilding Association (ASA) announced that Mr. John F. “Dugan” Shipway, President of Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME, has been elected Chairman of the Board of ASA for calendar years 2009 and 2010. Mr. Matthew J. Mulherin, Sector Vice President and General Manager of Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA, has been elected as the Association’s Vice Chairman. Dugan Shipway joined Electric Boat in July of 2000 as a Special Assistant to the President and was appointed President of Bath Iron Works on April 28, 2003. Prior to joining Electric Boat, he was a career Navy officer, retiring as a Rear Admiral after 35 years of service.  He commanded a nuclear attack submarine for more than four years after previously serving on various other submarine platforms.  At BIW, Dugan has led the way in introducing larger module construction to reduce costs and has spearheaded facility investments to make possible the “Ultra Hall” module construction facility. “His extensive shipbuilding experience, including the management of all facets of submarine and destroyer construction and manufacture, contracting and business development makes him extremely qualified to lead the American Shipbuilding Association at a time when the Nation needs to commit itself to rebuilding the naval fleet. His years of shipbuilding and program acquisition experience will be a tremendous asset to the industry association,” said Cynthia L


ASA - New Advisory Council Officers

The American Shipbuilding Association (ASA) announced the election of four new Partner Advisory Council officers for calendar years 2009 and 2010.  They were elected by their fellow ASA members in the fall of 2008. The four newly-elected officers of the Council are Pete Goumas, General Manager, The Babcock and Wilcox Company, Nuclear Operations Group, Euclid, OH; Shoun Kerbaugh, Vice President, Naval Systems/Merchant, Converteam Inc., Pittsburgh, PA; Bruce Rosenblatt, President, Bruce S


ASA's Passionate Push For 300-Ship Navy

The American Shipbuilding Association, led by president Cynthia L. Brown, again reiterated the desperate need for increased naval ship construction now to stave off the natural progression of the U.S. fleet below the 300-ship level. The fact that the fleet has shrunk from 600 ships in 1987 to 324 ships today is only part of the problem, according to Brown, who says that procurement levels from DoD over the past seven years is, in essence, a budget for a 200 ship fleet.


Tugboat Towed To Maritime Museum

WPBF reported that before it was retired in 1994, the tugboat, the Huntington moved an estimated 40,000 vessels during a 61-year career at the Newport News Shipyard in Virginia, including the USS John F. Kennedy and the Queen Elizabeth 2, along with other luxury lines and submarines. Officials said the tugboat is a fixture in American shipbuilding. Now the 109-ft. Huntington is in Florida for an exhibit at the Palm Beach Maritime Museum.


Honey, they Shrunk the Fleet!

The Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus met yesterday with shipbuilding industry officials to discuss commercial and military shipbuilding priorities. The event was part of the Shipbuilding Industry Day Conference hosted by the American Shipbuilding Association. During a discussion among members of Congress, presidents of the Big Six shipyards, shipbuilding labor representatives, and major ship system and component manufacturers from across the country


ASA Touts Shipbuilding Victory

In a victory for the defense shipbuilding industry, Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis (R-VA)garnered overwhelming bipartisan support for an amendment to the Department of Defense Authorization Bill limiting leases of foreign-built ships to not more than one year. Her amendment was adopted on May 12th by the Armed Services Committee. “Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis stood up for the industry and the security of our Nation with this important


The Efficient Tugboat: Efficienty of a Different Type: Laney Chouest

When it comes to large tugs, none is larger than the Laney Chouest, the world's largest anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessel. At 348- x 72- x 31-ft., the Laney Chouest is the king of all tugs in the Gulf of Mexico, or anywhere else for that matter. It was built by the North American Shipbuilding, Larose, La. a part of Edison Chouest Offshore, Galliano, La. who also owns and operates the vessel. The vessel is super efficient since it is designed to do several jobs that formerly needed


Push Made for $2.9B More Navy Funding in 2003

Yesterday in Washington, D.C., leaders from the Senate, the military and business met to discuss strategies to increase FY 03 procurement funding by at least $2.9 billion to build more new navy ships. Concerned that funding is inadequate to maintain the Federally mandated 300-ship navy as required by the 2001 Quadrennial Defense Review, leaders sought to bring publicity to their plight, magnifying the depth of their need while celebrating the success of the navy in response to the September 11


Kitchen Joins Stewart Enterprises, Inc. Board

William E. Rowe, Chairman and CEO of Stewart Enterprises, Inc. announced the election of Thomas M. Kitchen to the Company's Board of Directors. Mr. Kitchen is an investment management consultant with Equitas Capital Advisors, LLC in New Orleans. During a 25-year career with Avondale Industries, Inc., the nation's fifth largest shipbuilder, he served as president, chief financial officer and board member. He currently serves on the board of Conrad Industries


Coast Guard Commandant Addresses Ship Budget

The Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus, Co-Chaired by Representatives Gene Taylor (D-MS) and Rob Wittman (R-VA), hosted a meeting with the Commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Robert J. Papp, to discuss the Coast Guard’s ship force structure needs, its missions, future threats, and the U.S. shipbuilding industry. Members of the Caucus in attendance were Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT), Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA).


Shipbuilders Grateful for Congress Budget Concensus

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The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) called the bipartisan budget agreement now passed by both houses of Congress an important first step and thanks Members of Congress for providing the much needed resources for the U.S. shipbuilding and repair industry.


Construction Begins on First LNG Containership

From left: Peter Keller, EVP of TOTE; Congressman Duncan Hunter, Walter Tschernkowitsch, Manager, General Dynamics NASSCO Steel Dept. and Duncan Hunter, Congressman Hunters son who did the honors of making the first cut of steel on TOTEs new Marlin Class hull #495.

Fireworks marked the first cut of steel in a ceremony last night as construction of TOTE, Inc.’s new Marlin Class, the first liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered containership in the world, began at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, Calif.


Alaska Packs Powerful Maritime Economic Punch: New Study

Crude carrier: Photo courtesy of Alaskan Tanker Co. Alaskan

A recent study for the Transportation Institute by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) revealed that Alaska is a major domestic maritime state, ranking third among all American states for domestic maritime industry economic impact. The American domestic maritime industry includes vessel operators


SENER Again Participates in ASNE Day

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SENER announced participation once again in ASNE Day, the annual Congress and Exhibition held by the American Society of Naval Engineers that took place from February 19-21 in Arlington, Virginia. The event brings together most part o the naval shipyards and companies related that want to learn


Hepburn Appointed to Lead ASSA

On November 15, 2012 the American Shipbuilding Suppliers Association Board of Directors appointed Rick Hepburn, PE, CAPT, USN (Ret) as the second President of ASSA.  Rick will work to achieve the ASSA vision to strengthen the capability within the United States for domestically producing the


U.S. Shipbuilding: Sec. Stackley Headlines ASSA-Hosted Roundtable

ASSA is non-profit organization dedicated to voicing concerns of the shipbuilding supplier community www.shipbuildingsuppliers.org

On April 10, 2013 the American Shipbuilding Suppliers Association (ASSA) is hosting a roundtable discussion between member companies and the Honorable Sean Stackley, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Research, Development & Acquisition (ASN RD&A).    


ASSA Hosted a Roundtable with Sec. Stackley

Sec. Stackley and ASSAs Rick Hepburn

On April 10, 2013 the American Shipbuilding Suppliers Association (ASSA) hosted a roundtable discussion between 35 representatives from member companies; the Honorable Sean Stackley, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development & acquisition (ASN RD&A); and Elliott Branch


Ingalls Shipbuilding a 'Fit-Friendly' Worksite Say AHA

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Huntington Ingalls Industries' Shipbuilding Division receives a Platinum Award in the American Heart Association's Fit-Friendly Worksite program. The award is the highest level recognized by the AHA for companies that demonstrate progressive leadership in making the health and wellness of their


ASSA to Host Roundtable with RADM Berkey

Rear Admiral Richard D. Berkey (Photo: U.S. Navy)

On June 26, 2013, the American Shipbuilding Suppliers Association (ASSA) will host a roundtable discussion between member companies and Rear Admiral Richard D. Berkey, Deputy Chief of Staff, Fleet Maintenance, U.S. Fleet Forces Command. ASSA will discuss major issues affecting the entire


ECO to Add 40-Plus Vessels, Expand Port Facilities

The Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) global family of companies announced plans to enlarge its fleet and expand its terminal facilities in support of its customer base. New Vessels The Chouest newbuild order book contains more than 40 vessels, a vast majority to be constructed at its four U.S


ASSA Host Roundtable with RADM Berkey

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The American Shipbuilding Suppliers Association (ASSA) hosted a roundtable discussion between 29 representatives from member companies and Rear Admiral Richard Berkey, Deputy Chief of Staff, Fleet Maintenance U.S. Fleet Forces Command. Member companies raised concerns related to timely issues


Edison Chouest Offshore Ordering New Vessels, Expanding Terminals

Company AHTS: Photo courtesy of ECO

The Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) global family of companies, plans to enlarge its fleet and expand its terminal facilities in support of its customer base. The Chouest newbuild order book contains over 40 vessels, a vast majority to be constructed at its four U.S


Nupas-Cadmatic Signs Software Contract with NAS

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Nupas-Cadmatic has signed a deal with North American Shipbuilding (NAS), part of Edison Chouest Offshore and based in Larose, Louisiana. The contract includes the complete configuration of more than 50 structural, outfitting, electrical, production and nesting licenses.


“Save our Ships” Campaign Announced

The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) today announced the launch of SOS: Save our Ships, a national campaign focused on bringing attention to the devastating and unintended effects sequestration and budget uncertainty continue to have on the United States Navy and naval services


ASSA Roundtable Navy Meeting Attended by 100+ Suppliers

ADM Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations

The American Shipbuilding Suppliers Association (ASSA) recently held discussions at the United States Navy Memorial & Naval Heritage Center, Washington DC,  between member companies and ADM Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations; Ms. Allison Stiller, DASN Ships; and Mr


 
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