SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 — Singapore based Ultra Deep Solutions says that it has entered a contract with Chinese shipbuilder Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries (ZPMC) covering construction of an Ultra Deep Installer – Multipurpose Diving Support Construction Vessel, with an option for a second vessel.
The contract represents an investment of approximately $200 million for each vessel,
The 142 m, DP 3 vessel is based on the proprietary design Red Class 6027 MT design DSCV and planned delivery
SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 — Maritime e-learning specialist Videotel Marine International, part of KVH Industries, Inc., has launched an updated five-part series: Fire Fighting At Sea.
Made with support and expertise from marine fire specialists and industry experts, the training includes scenes filmed on board the Vectis Osprey and aims to give seafarers basic and refresher training on how fires start, how to prevent them, and their respective role in combatting a fire on board ship.
SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 — Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC, Covington, Louisiana, is being issued a $19,754,900 modification under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00033-08-C-2007) to exercise a 180-day option to extend services for the long-term time charter of U.S.-built, U.S.-flagged, contractor-owned and -operated surface escort vessels HOS Black Powder, HOS Westwind, HOS Eagleview, and HOS Arrowhead.
All four are HOS 240 class OSVs.
The vessels are used to escort U.S. Navy assets transiting into and out of
SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 — General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, California, is being awarded a $139,953,434 modification to previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee contract N00024-08-C-4410 for USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) fiscal 2014 extended dry-dock phased maintenance availability.
An extended dry-dock phased maintenance availability includes the planning and execution of depot-level maintenance, alterations, and modifications that will update and improve the ship's military and technical capabilities.
Work will be performed in San Diego, California, and
AUGUST 29, 2014 — Eastern Shipbuilding, Panama City, FL, has launched Columbia (ESG Hull 981), an exact steel hull replica of the historic wooden Gloucester fishing schooner of the same name that was launched ninety-one years earlier in Essex, MA.August 27, 2014 R-5
At an August 23 christening ceremony at Eastern's Nelson Street shipyard, Eastern's President, Brian D'Isernia spoke about the journey of bringing the Columbia back to life and paid tribute to the teamwork of
AUGUST 29, 2014 — The Australian Maritime Safety Agency (AMSA) has issued a direction to the containership Vega Auriga (IMO 9347786) that prohibits the ship from using or entering any Australian ports due to repeated breaches relating to seafarer welfare and maintenance of the ship.
According to the Equasis data base, the 2006-built, Liberian flag ship's ISM manager is Vega-Reederei GmbH & Co KG, its ship manager is Vega-Reederei Friedrich Dauber and its registered owner is
AUGUST 29, 2014 — The Coast Guard's National Vessel Documentation Center has written a determination letter in relation to the construction by Aker Philadelphia Shipyard of up to eight new MT-50 product tankers with certain foreign-built components and foreign sourced materials. The vessels are being built for Crowley Maritime Corporation and other clients.
As in prior determinations, the letter says that the vessels' coastwise eligibility will not be compromised by the use of shipbuilding angles, also
AUGUST 29, 2014 — Norway's Havyard Group is to supply Grupo CBO of Brazil with design and equipment packages for four 81.5 m Havyard 843 design AHTs.
The NOK 180 million (about $29 million) contract has been entered into by Havyard Design & Solutions, which is responsible for the development of the ship design and for integration and coordination of the equipment packages. The contract also includes deliveries from other business areas in Havyard Group, including
AUGUST 28, 2014 — Nine companies have each been awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity fixed-price option-year two modifications for international ocean and intermodal distribution services (Universal Services Contract-7). They are:
Maersk Line Ltd., Norfolk, Virginia, estimated $524,715,094, (P00211 to HTC711-12-D-W013); American President Lines Ltd., Inc., Scottsdale, Arizona, estimated $445,421,902 (P00120 to HTC711-12-D-W003); Farrell Lines Inc., Norfolk, Virginia, estimated $141,326,919 (P00029 to HTC711-12-D-W008); American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier LLC, Park Ridge, New Jersey, estimated $138,236,665 (P00107 to HTC711-12D-W004); Liberty Global Logistics