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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.


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


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


Navy Evacuation Exercise Performed in the Netherlands

Photo courtesy of MINDEF

On Wednesday, May 21 at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) Yard in Vlissingen Oost, the Netherlands, an evacuation test deployment of a Liferaft Systems Australia (LSA) 20m MES and 100-person capacity self-righting liferaft was conducted from the new Royal Netherlands Navy Joint Support Ship, HLNMS Karel Doorman. The deployment exercise involved the evacuation of 100 Royal Netherlands Navy personnel. The simulated evacuation training exercise was timed and the full 100 person


EU NAVFOR Ship Assists Ship Out of Fuel

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

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


Crime DOES Pay: Denmark Compensates Suspected Pirates

Denmark has compensated nine Somalis suspected of trying to hijack a Danish ship in 2013 because they were detained too long before being brought before a judge, the public prosecutor's office said on Monday. Each defendant received $3,247 for the 13 days they were detained


Lewis B. Puller Successfully Completes Float-Off

Navys third Mobile Landing Platform

   The Navy's third Mobile Landing Platform (MLP), Lewis B. Puller successfully completed launch and float-off at the General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO) shipyard Nov. 6.   Lewis B. Puller is the first afloat forwarding staging base (AFSB) variant of the


NUWC Newport Dedicates New Research Facility

Cutting the ribbon, from left, Dominic Galluci, P&S Construction; RI Congressman James Langevin; RI Governor Lincoln Chafee; Rear Adm. Michael Jabaley, commander, NUWC; Capt. Todd Cramer, commander, NUWC Division Newport; Mark Rodrigues, head NUWCs Platform and Payload Integration Department; Blair Decker, General Dynamics/Electric Boat; and RI Senator Jack Reed.

The Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport dedicated a new $24.9 million Virginia Payload Tube Facility (VPTF) with a ribbon cutting today, Wednesday, October 15. The ceremony was followed by an opportunity for businesses with an interest in the technology to tour the facility and


SSA: Marine Insurance, Finance Are Areas to Develop

Patrick Phoon (Photo: SSA)

Singapore has to further develop and strengthen the pillars of marine insurance and shipping finance if it is to be fully regarded as an influential International Maritime Centre, according to Singapore Shipping Association President Patrick Phoon.


RCN to 'Retire' Four Ships, Procure Replacements

HMCS Preserver: Photo RCN

Admiral Mark Norman, Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), informed a recent news conference that the RCN begins its transition to the future fleet. The four ships to be taken out of service are Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Protecteur and Preserver


Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Bath Change of Command Held

Capt. Michael Taylor relieved Capt. Robert Crowe as commanding officer, Supervisor of Shipbuilding (SUPSHIP), Bath, during a ceremony at Bath Waterfront Park

  Capt. Michael Taylor relieved Capt. Robert Crowe as commanding officer, Supervisor of Shipbuilding (SUPSHIP), Bath, during a ceremony at Bath Waterfront Park on Sept. 5.   As the 30th commanding officer, Taylor reports to SUPSHIP Bath after serving most recently as the test and


BIW lands Navy Contract of $100 million

Littoral Combat Ships

  The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works a $100 million contract to provide planning yard services for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program. General Dynamics Bath Iron Works is a business unit of General Dynamics. Bath Iron Works, as the LCS Planning Yard


Babcock Wins Small Boat Fleet Support Contract

Babcock has begun work under the recently awarded contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide repair and maintenance to small boats used by the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army and MoD Police,. Babcock is one of the companies appointed by the MoD Commercially Supported


USNS John Glenn Completes Final Contract Trials

USNS John Glenn (MLP 2)

  USNS John Glenn (MLP 2), successfully completed Final Contract Trials (FCT) off the coast of Manchester, Washington July 31.   During the trials, the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey along with the ship's crew tested the vessel's various hull, mechanical


Great Lakes Shipyard Now a Damen Licensed Builder

GLS Damen 1 tugboat: Photo GLS

Great Lakes Shipyard (GLS) informed that it has entered into a five-year agreement with B.V. Scheepswerf Damen Gorinchem authorizing the Cleveland shipyard as an official builder of Damen designs. GLS explained that this combination creates an environment for further development of proven


Defence Contracts Boost UK Military Boat Support Industry

RN RIB: Photo courtesy of UK MOD

The UK Government's Ministry of Defence (MOD) informs it has awarded millions of pounds worth of new contracts to maintain its 1,450 strong fleet of small boats. The fleet of boats includes offshore raiding craft, pontoons up to 50 metres in length, police launches


Horizon Delivers 140’ Towboat for FMT

Photo: Horizon Shipbuilding

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Alabama, has delivered the seventh 140’ towboat for Florida Marine Transporters (FMT). The vessel is named for FMT’s long-time Captain Phillip Box. The M/V Capt. Phillip Box was launched in April


Damen to Debut Containerized BWT System

Image courtesy Damen

Damen Shipyards Group announced it will unveil a new mobile ballast water treatment (BWT) unit at the Posidonia exhibition in Athens next week. The new in-house technology bolsters Damen’s Ballast Water Center of Excellence, which advises fleet managers on total BWT solutions for retrofits


Deep Sea UV Implodes in Kermadec Trench

In the UV control room: Image courtesy of WHOI

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) says its deep sea unmanned submersible 'Nereus' has gone missing 10km down while exploring one of the world's deepest spots – the  Kermadec Trench, located north east of New Zealand. Surface debris was found


Harris Corp Awarded Huge Navy Satcom Contract

Satellite receiver: File photo

Florida-based Harris Corporation informs it has been awarded a US Navy potential US$133-Million broadband satellite communication terminal contract. Highlights: Harris to deliver up to 120 high-data-rate terminals to support mission communications and morale of shipboard personnel.






 
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