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Vancouver Shipyards Get Government Contracts

Vancouver Shipyards: Photo credit Vancouver Shipyards Inc.

Progress continues under Canada's National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy  (NSPS) with contracts to Vancouver Shipyards. The Harper Government today announced a series of preliminary contracts valued at a total of $15.7 million for  joint support ships, the CCGS polar icebreaker John G. Diefenbaker and offshore fisheries science vessels. “The Harper Government created the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy to support Canadian jobs and industries, while bolstering the Canadian economy by building ships right here in Canada,” said the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women. “Industry analysts have estimated that our shipbuilding strategy will contribute 15,000 jobs from coast to coast to coast and over $2 billion in annual economic benefits over the next 30 years.” As part of the non-combat package under the NSPS, the joint support ships will replace the Royal Canadian Navy’s auxiliary oiler replenishment vessels. The new polar icebreaker, the CCGS John G. Diefenbaker, will be delivered to coincide with the decommissioning of the Canadian Coast Guard’s heavy icebreaker, the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent, and the offshore fisheries science vessels are intended to replace the CCGS Teleost, the Alfred Needler, and the W.E. Ricker.


Lack of Ice-Breakers Delays Great Lakes Shipping

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With the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway facing the thickest and broadest ice cover in years, the Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) is extremely concerned that Canada's ice-breakers will not be able to create and maintain the routes needed to move key cargo to Canadian and American industries.  The Canadian Coast Guard is doing its utmost to work with resources across a large geographical area subject to heavy ice


Sealift Logistics Command Leadership Change

Sealift Logistics Command Atlantic, the Norfolk, Va.,-based U.S. Navy command responsible for operational control over Military Sealift Command vessels providing ocean transportation of equipment, fuel, supplies and ammunition in the Atlantic, changed command during a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk today. Capt. Michael G. Graham assumed command of SEALOGLANT from outgoing commander, Capt. George G. Galyo, on the flight deck of fast combat support ship USNS Arctic in a 10 a.m. ceremony


BAE Receives Grant

BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, Norfolk, Va., is being awarded a $8,685,509 firm-fixed-price contract for a 55-calendar-day regular overhaul of Military Sealift Command's fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8).  The ship's primary mission is to operate as part of a carrier strike group, providing fuel, ammunition, and dry and refrigerated stores to support U.S. Navy ships at sea.  This regular overhaul includes cleaning and inspecting tanks and spaces


ABG Shipyard`s Orderbook Rises

Karvy recently met the management of ABG shipyard and had a plant visit to their Surat shipbuilding facility. The company is an established manufacturer of a variety of marine ships, including bulk carriers, deck barges, interceptor boats, anchors handling supply ships, diving support ships, tugs and offshore vessels. Till date, the company has constructed and delivered around 93 vessels and has delivered three modern specialized Newsprint Carriers to Lysline, Norway.


Navy to Honor Alan Shepard in Naming New Ship

The U.S. Navy will honor New Hampshire astronaut Alan Shepard by naming a new combat support ship after him. The state's congressional delegation announced the tribute Friday. The USS Shepard is being built in San Diego by National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. It will join the Navy fleet in March 2007. It will be 1,000 feet long and its primary mission will be to deliver supplies to Navy ships, transfer cargo, and provide logistical support within a carrier strike group.


Canadian Navy Adm. Hopes New Ships to be Built in Canada

CBC News has reported that the Canadian navy's top admiral in the Atlantic region hopes that new supply ships the government is planning to buy will be built in the country. Rear Admiral Dan McNeil said the Joint Support Ships contract, expected to cost about $2.1 billion, could help revitalize the shipbuilding industry at a time when the navy needs other vessels and the coast guard also requires new craft. It is said that a request for proposals to build the three 28


T-AKE 2 Completes Acceptance Sea Trials

The USNS Sacagawea, the second of nine new combat logistics force ships, successfully completed acceptance sea trials on January 31. Converteam Inc. is part of a team of companies contributing to the development of this vessel, specifically responsible for the design of ship’s electric power, propulsion, and vessel automation system. The U.S. Navy’s T-AKE Program is a new class of dry cargo and ammunition supply ships currently being built by General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, CA


EU NAVFOR Ship Assists Ship Out of Fuel

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On Oct. 6, the EU NAVFOR Dutch support ship HNLMS Amsterdam gave assistance to a drifting vessel with 26 crewmembers on board. EU NAVFOR French Flagship FS De Grasse informed HNLMS Amsterdam about a vessel, from the regional authorities in Puntland, in distress. The vessel, with 26 crewmembers on board, had lost propulsion due to a lack of fuel for its engines and was drifting after her anchor chain had broken. The Dutch warship sent her helicopter and then a boarding team including an


Ship Maintenance for Australian Navy Enhanced

Australian Navy sets up new, integrated, fleet support unit to provide better ship maintenance support The Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs has announced  the establishment of a new organisation, Fleet Support Unit – Australia, to provide better maintenance support to the Navy.

The re-organisation was one of the key recommendations to come out of a review conducted by the Navy’s Continuous Improvement Program and incorporates elements of the Rizzo plan to reform Navy


Ecospeed Agent Appointed in Germany

Karberg & Schmitz GmbH of Hamburg, Germany, have been appointed as Ecospeed agents for the German territory, representing Subsea Industries and Hydrex in the sale and delivery of Ecospeed, Ecoshield and related products including service, maintenance and warranty work.


Dutch Navy’s Largest Ship Commissioned

Photo: Dutch Ministry of Defense

On Saturday, March 8, Dutch Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert ceremonially named the Karel Doorman, the new Joint Support Ship for the Royal Netherlands Navy. The ceremony took place in Vlissingen at the shipyard operated by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding. With a length of 204


Babcock Completes DSV Refit for Bibby

Bibby Polaris at Rosyth (Photo: Babcock)

Babcock has completed a contract to undertake a substantial refit on Bibby Offshore’s dive support vessel (DSV), Polaris, at its Rosyth dockyard. The project was Bibby’s largest ever refit package and underlines Babcock’s move to expand its role in the maintenance and refitting


EU Backs Shipping Emissions Studies

The European Union will support with €6.7 million from the TEN-T Program a series of studies followed by real life trials to evaluate a new generation lightweight pilot scrubber solution for ro-ro (roll on, roll off) ships. The initiative also contributes to the realization of the


Mabus Tightens Navy’s Counter-fraud Measures

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While the Navy already has one of the strongest counter-fraud efforts in the government, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus today announced new measures to assure contracting integrity and to prevent fraud. Mabus, who briefed the Pentagon press corps this morning


Ship Performance Monitoring: SDARI & NAPA to Collaborate

Shanghai Ship Research and Design Institute (SDARI), the leading ship design company in China and NAPA, the global leader in maritime software solutions and services for ship design and operations, have agreed to expand their co-operation to cover ship performance monitoring.


Planet Ocean Get UK AXYS Watchman Contracts

WM-500: Photo credit Planet Ocean

Planet Ocean inform that they are supporting the UK Met Office and Plymouth Marine Laboratory to gather real-time Met-Ocean Data with their AXYS Watchman (WM-500) data acquisition and telemetry systems. The WM-500 can be configured to control a large variety of


Hornblower’s Captain Goben Named “Maritime Person of the Year”

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The International Propeller Club honors Captain Goben in recognition for his service to the maritime industry Captain Richard Goben, Port Captain of Hornblower Cruises & Events in San Diego, received an international maritime award at the 87th Annual Convention and Maritime Industry


Alewijnse to Attend Defense Symposium Following Naval Orders

Alewijnse’s International Switchboard Production division will have a stand at this year’s 25th Netherlands Industries for Defense & Security symposium and exhibition. This follows work by Alewijnse in recent years on a number of naval projects


Damen-built GARÇON Wins Innovation Award

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The 67m Fast Yacht Support vessel, GARÇON, built by Damen, has won the ISS Awards of Distinction for Innovation at the International Superyacht Society Awards Gala in Fort Lauderdale. GARÇON came out top of an industry-led voting process that assessed five shortlisted entries in


Multinational Support Powers NATO Counter-Terrorism Group

Photo courtesy of HQ MARCOM Public Affairs Office

The operating area for NATO’s counter-terrorism task group, Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO (SNMG2), covers 2.5 million square kilometers of vast open space from Gibraltar to the Suez Canal, from the shores of Tripoli to the Turkish beaches


Jason Marine Named ESRG Distributor in Southeast Asia

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ESRG has partnered with Jason Marine Group to expand ESRG’s presence in Southeast Asia. Jason Marine, based in Singapore, will distribute the OstiaEdge platform throughout Southeast Asia. Jason Marine will also provide customer support


HMAS Newcastle Steers for Home

HMAS Newcastle and HMAS Melbourne pass each other as Melbourne takes over from Newcastle as the Australian ship assigned to Operation SLIPPER. (Credit: LA Richard Close)

HMAS Newcastle has handed over security operations for Operation SLIPPER in support of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) in the Middle East to HMAS Melbourne. Newcastle has provided maritime security around the Horn of Africa, conducted counter-piracy and anti-smuggling operations in the Gulf


Latest DofD Navy Contracts

The US Department of Defense has issued the following maritime-related contracts, as follows: Great Lakes Dock and Materials LLC, Muskegon, Mich., has been awarded a firm-fixed-price, non-option eligible, non-multi-year US ACE contract for $7,461,751 for the repair of 0


Latest DoD Navy Contracts

USS Kauffman: Photo credit USN

Amongst the latest contracts Department of Defense, Navy, contracts are those to Armstrong Marine, for barges and ship paintwork maintenance; to  3PSC for operation & maintenance of naval survey ships; and to NASSCO for repairs & alterations to 'USS Kauffman' (FFG 59).  


 
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