OCTOBER 29, 2014 — The U.S. Department of Justice says that North Florida Shipyards, Jacksonville, FL and its president, Matt Self, will pay $1 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by creating a front company, Ind-Mar Services Inc., in order to be awarded Coast Guard contracts designated for Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs).
The settlement resolves allegations originally filed in a lawsuit by Robert Hallstein and Earle Yerger under
OCTOBER 29, 2014 — The Canadian Government has signed an agreement with Attica Holdings S.A. of Greece to acquire the RoPax ferry Blue Star Ithaki tfor a total cash consideration of EUR 31.2 million (about Canadian $44.6 million). It will replace the MV Princess of Acadia, which serves the Saint John, New Brunswick to Digby, Nova Scotia ferry route, operated by Bay Ferries Ltd. Delivery of the vessel is scheduled for the first half of November,
OCTOBER 29, 2014 — A shoreside power system to allow cruise vessels to plug in when calling the Port of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, is now complete and fully operational.
Shore power is a highly effective way to reduce marine diesel air emissions by enabling ships to shut down their auxiliary engines and connect to the electrical grid in order to provide necessary power while docked. This initiative represents the second shore power installation for cruise
OCTOBER 29, 2014 — General Dynamics Electric Boat Corp., Groton, CT, is being awarded an $83,797,108 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-2128) to manufacture tactical missile tubes to support the manufacture of the Common Missile Compartment for the Ohio Class Replacement program.
This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy (30 percent), and the government of the United Kingdom (70 percent), under the foreign military sales program.
OCTOBER 29, 2014 — Sembcorp Marine Ltd. (SMM)’s former finance director Wee Sing Guan has been sentenced to 39 months in jail by a Singapore court after pleaded guilty to nine charges of defrauding the company in unauthorized foreign-exchange trades for the account of subsidiary Jurong Shipyard Pte Ltd that led to his dismissal in 2007 ( see earlier story ). He was charged with a total of 57 counts.
OCTOBER 29, 2014 — Though pirate attacks worldwide have fallen for the third consecutive year, small tanker hijacks by armed gangs are escalating in Southeast Asia, according to the latest piracy report from the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) in its latest piracy report.
IMB's 2014 third quarter global piracy report says there has been a total of 178 incidents so far this year, down from 352 for same period in 2011. In the first nine months
OCTOBER 29, 2014 — Agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has taken delivery of Harvey Frost, the first of three 95,000 dwt bulk carriers featuring an air lubricated hull.
The newly delivered bulk carrier is the first of three vessels, designed to serve as grain carriers, ordered by ADM in 2011 from Sumitomo Corporation. The vessel was constructed by MHI licensing partner Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. at its Nagasaki, Japan, shipyard with MHI providing the
OCTOBER 29, 2014 — Two new 150 ton bollard pull anchor handling offshore support vessels (AHOSVs) being built at the Colombo Dockyard in Sri Lanka have been designed by Wärtsilä and will be powered by Wärtsilä integrated propulsion systems.
The order was placed in August and the equipment is scheduled for fast-track delivery to the shipbuilder in July 2015. The 78 m long vessels will be employed for anchor handling operations in offshore sector applications.
OCTOBER 29, 2014 — Rolls-Royce has won its largest subsea vessel project yet. It has signed a £24 million (about $38.7 million) contract with Ocean Yield ASA that will see it supply a complete module handling system to the subsea construction vessel Aker Wayfarer.
The vessel was built by the Vard's Søviknes, Norway, shipyard in 2010 and is on long term charter to AKOFS Offshore. It is being modified to provide subsea intervention services offshore Brazil
OCTOBER 28, 2014 — There was a welter of denials when the Canadian Press news service reported this month that Ottawa plans to scale back the number of Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships it will build at Irving Shipbuilding, Halifax, N.S. from the announced six to eight, to five, with an option for six.
"We have received absolutely no change from our customer in terms of what our near-term or long-term workload should be,” said Irving Shipbuilding President