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USS Miami Fire Damage Extent Not Clear Yet

 Portsmouth Naval Shipyard workers have pumped fresh air into the fire-damaged sub, allowing Navy investigators to begin the first damage assessment The fire aboard Miami damaged the torpedo room, crew quarters and command and control areas in the fore part of the submarine, but the nuclear propulsion components in the after part of the sub were not harmed. Vice Adm. Kevin M. McCoy, commander of the Naval Sea Systems Command, told Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, that he’s hopeful that the ship can be repaired. He said that many vital components escaped damage because they had been removed for the 20-month overhaul and that salvage parts are available from previously decommissioned Los Angeles-class subs. The intensity of the fire, the lack of lighting, the thick smoke and the metal hull that turned the submarine into an oven all contributed to a difficult blaze for firefighters to extinguish.  


Navy Plans Call for 51 New Ships by 2011

A draft of the Navy's five-year construction program calls for the continued building of one Virginia-class submarine a year, despite pressure from Connecticut's congressional delegation to boost production to at least two subs annually. The draft report calls for an overall $69 billion construction budget for the Navy through fiscal year 2011, including nearly $16 billion for five new subs, which are being jointly built by the Groton-based Electric Boat shipyard and the Northrop Grumman


Navy Names Fourth Virginia Class Sub

Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig announced his decision today to name the fourth submarine of the VIRGINIA Class for the state of North Carolina. "More than half a century has elapsed since a U.S. Navy ship has borne the name, "North Carolina," said Danzig. "With over 2,000 of North Carolina's sons and daughters having joined the Navy and Marine Corps this year, and more than 45,000 Sailors and Marines currently serving in the state


VT Halter Launches Ferry

VT Halter Marine Inc., a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems Inc., launched a 95-foot sea-going ferry from its Mississippi-based Pascagoula Operations. Christened the Caribeña, the all-aluminum vessel was designed and built by VT Halter Marine for the Puerto Rico Port Authority. Capable of carrying 272 passengers, the Caribeña will provide inter- island transportation for the Fajardo-Vieques-Culebra Ferry Line. It will be U.S. Coast Guard classed sub-chapter “K” and U.S. flagged


Inquiry into Russian Sub Tragedy

According to a report from the Associated Press, Russian officials reported that the Russian Akula-class submarine was undergoing sea trials Saturday with 208 people aboard when its fire-extinguishing system activated in error, spewing Freon gas that suffocated the victims and injured 21 others. With little official information emerging yet about the precise cause, experts said overcrowding and human errors may have contributed to the accident and the casualty toll aboard the Nerpa on Nov


Russia Soon to Float Out New Nuclear Submarine

Russian Sub Alexander Nevsky: Photo credit Sevmash Shipyard

Russia’s Sevmash shipyard will float out a third 'Borey-class' strategic nuclear submarine, the 'Vladimir Monomakh' at year's end. The Borey class submarines are expected to form the core of Russia's strategic submarine fleet, replacing the aging Project 941 (NATO Typhoon class) and Project 667 class (Delta-3 and Delta-4) boats. Russia plans to build eight Borey and Borey-A class subs by 2020, reports Ria Novosti.


LR's Gavin Addresses Substandard Shipping

"The loss of the Erika has focused the legislators, politicians, classification societies, owners, charterers and the media on the responsibilities of the individuals involved with the operation of ships and those that perform the inspections to maintain safety", said Alan Gavin, Marine Director, Lloyd's Register (LR), speaking at the Tanker Safety Conference, London, recently. "The classification surveyor plays a significant role in helping to ensure safety at sea within the scope of class


Navy Awards $14b for 8 Virginia-Class Subs

On Dec. 22, the U.S. Navy reaffirmed the strategic need for a robust, adaptable submarine force by awarding General Dynamics Electric Boat a contract valued at $14b for the construction of eight Virginia-class submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD). The multi-year contract allows Electric Boat and its teammate, Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, to proceed with the construction of one ship per year in 2009 and 2010


Thales Reactivates Minehunters for Lithuanian Navy

Following an extensive Thales UK-led refurbishment and reactivation program, the Lithuanian Navy has formally accepted and commissioned two former Royal Navy minehunters into its fleet.   In a ceremony at the Klaipeda naval base, LNS Skalvis and LNS Kuršis were commissioned into the fleet. Formerly the Royal Navy Hunt-class ships Dulverton and Cottesmore, the two warships are now fitted with a world-class minehunting capability from Thales, including new sonar


Mazagon Docks to Make 3 more Scorpene-Class Subs

Photo: Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders

 Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited has approached the Indian Navy with a repeat order for three Scorpene-class submarines, reports The Hindu Businessline.   The leading shipyard of the country has  French shipbuilder DCNS as its technology partner for the Scorpene submarines.   Like the first six Scorpenes, the three new submarines would also be manufactured at the Mumbai site, and would be equipped with a new anaerobic propulsion system (AIP) developed by the DRDO.


ABB: Propelling the Polar Cruise Boom

Image: ABB

ABB Azipods help to propel a new generation of Arctic capable cruise ships   Leveraging its experience in the distinct polar and cruise vessel segments, ABB and its Azipod are at the forefront of the booming polar passenger vessel market


Global Maritime Promotes Thomassen

Espen Thomassen (Photo: Global Maritime)

Marine, offshore and engineering consultancy Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering has appointed Espen Thomassen as Regional Manager for the Americas. Thomassen has been tasked with growing Global Maritime’s business throughout the region, which, in addition to Houston


Ship Systems and Equipment Meeting Underway

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 The first set of international requirements for onboard lifting appliances and winches are expected to be finalized during this week’s meeting of the Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE).    The draft amendments to SOLAS as well as any necessary related


Multinational Task for Australian Mine Warfare Team

A diver surfaces in Bland Bay as a boat closes in to collect him. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Fifty navy divers and mine warfare specialists from Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and Britain converged on Bland Bay, New Zealand for Exercise FULCRUM recently.   The contingent had to locate and dispose of 16 dummy mines of varying shape, size and weight


0.5% Sulphur Cap Implementation on Agenda

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Work to support the smooth and effective implementation of the 0.5% m/m global sulphur cap on fuel oil used by ships will be a main focus for the Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR), 4th session, which meets this week (16-20 January).   


SCF's New Icebreaker Named Gennadiy Nevelskoy

Photo: Eric Haun

A naming ceremony was held January 30 for SCF Group’s new icebreaking platform supply vessel (IBSV), Gennadiy Nevelskoy, named after a famous explorer of the Sakhalin Island and the Russian Far East   Built by Arctech Helsinki Shipyard


Specialist Man Overboard & Fast Craft Injury Prevention Workshops

Man Overboard Workshop - RS & WBV Workshop - 25 & 26 April 2017.jpg

A unique program of two one-day events for the sub IMO / sub 80 feet professional sector will be held ‘back to back’ in Southampton, U.K. on April  25 and 26, 2017. The fast moving workshop style program brings together an international group of experts armed with the latest


IMO Accepts IMCA Paper as Basis for Updating DP Guidelines

John Bradshaw, IMCA’s Policy and Regulatory Affairs Manager, and Eleni Antoniadou IMCA’s Policy and Regulatory Affairs Adviser appear on a screen at the IMO Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkekeping (HTW4) (Photo: IMCA)

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed to continue using the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) document covering the Guidelines for Training and Experience of Key DP Personnel as the basis of the IMO Guidelines for Dynamic Positioning System (DP) Operator


Norway to Buy Submarines from Germany

HDW Class 212A Sub. Photo: ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems GmbH

 Norway plans to buy four submarines and Germany two in a bid to strengthen strategic partnership, says a report in Reuters.   Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide confirmed that the the government plans to invest in four new subs from Thyssenkrupp (TKMS).   


GE Introduces SeaLyte

Photo: GE

GE’s Marine Solutions brings the latest technology in vessel control and dynamic positioning (DP) systems, SeaLyte. The new solution complements GE’s bespoke SeaStream solutions, providing a structured and standardized package to better serve customers with smaller vessels for offshore


Higher Profits for MISC

Photo:  MISC Berhad

 Liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipping company has released its financial results for the year ended 31st December 2016 which show Group revenue for the quarter and the year were low than the corresponding periods for 2015.   Group profit before tax for the quarter ended 31st December


Ship Design and Construction Matters

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 ​The Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC) meets for its fourth session this week (13-17 February).    Key topics on the agenda include the expected finalization of draft explanatory notes to the SOLAS chapter II-1 subdivision and damage stability regulations and


1-Stop, Bestshore Team-up for European entry

VBS-By matching terminal resources to landside demand, the 1-Stop VBS effectively maximises supply chain efficiency resulting in productivity gains to both container terminals and the container industry Photo  1-Stop

1-Stop Connections (1-Stop) and Bestshore Business Solutions UK Ltd (Bestshore) announce a new strategic alliance to bring their productivity solutions to the European and Indian-sub continent port community.   Through the partnership with Bestshore


Containership Deliveries: Turning A Corner?

Graph: Clarkson Research Services

 Containership deliveries changed course in 2016, toppling from the record level of 1.7m TEU in 2015 to reach just 0.9m TEU, having previously increased each year between 2011 and 2015, says a report from Clarkson Research Services.  


Maiden Anti-Ship Missile Launch by Kalvari

Kalvari sent to the dock for setting afloat to Naval Dockyard (Mumbai). File Photo: Indian Navy

 The Indian Navy has successfully conducted the maiden firing of an Anti-Ship missile from the first of the indigenously built Kalvari class submarines, during a test firing in the Arabian Sea.    The missile successfully hit a surface target at extended ranges during the trial






 
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