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China Building Its First Polar Expedition Cruise Ship

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China has begun building its first polar expedition cruise ship, state news agency Xinhua reported Saturday, as the country looks to shipping lanes opened up by global warming to extend President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road initiative to the Arctic. Construction of the 104.4-meter vessel, equipped

US Navy: 355-Ship Fleet is the Mandate, Funding It is Fuzzy

(U.S. Navy photo by Morgan K. Nall)

As Congress wrestles with the budget, there is at least a bipartisan consensus that defense spending should grow, and that includes growing the Navy’s fleet. The current goal is 355 ships, an admirable goal, but an objective that faces many cost hurdles.    The surface fleet (which excludes submarines

Corrosion Control and the Autonomous Ship

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The remarkable success of autonomous and remotely-controlled vehicles on land and in the air and the interest in this technology being shown within maritime circles suggests that it is only a matter of time before autonomous ships are deployed at sea.   Although the fuel costs represent, by far, the

Ontario Accepts Damen’s Electric Ferry Proposal

Left to right: Mark Gerretsen, MP for Kingston and the Islands; Leo Postma, Sales Manager, Damen Shipyards Gorinchem; Sophie Kiwala, Member of Provincial Parliament; Mike Bossio, MP of Hastings-Lennox and Addington (Photo: Damen)

The Government of Ontario has accepted Damen’s proposal to build two ferries with full electric propulsion.   Damen is building a 68-meter Road Ferry 6819 and a 98-meter Road Ferry 9819 to operate in the Canadian waters of the Great Lakes. The vessels will be the first fully electric, non-cable vessels in Canada.

ABB to Equip AET's New Shuttle Tankers

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ABB said it has won an order from Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries to equip two new 125,000 DWT shuttle tankers contracted to the world's largest offshore operator Statoil ASA.   Ordered by petroleum and chemical tanker owner and operator AET and scheduled for delivery in 2019, the vessels

Keel Laid for National Geographic Polar Ship

The keel laying is underway Photo Ulstein Group

Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc., a global provider of expedition cruises and adventure travel experiences, and Ulstein Group, Norwegian shipbuilder and ship designer, celebrated the keel laying of Lindblad’s first polar new build. The keel laying at the CRIST shipyard in Gdynia, Poland, marked

ClassNK Releases Guidelines for Direct Load Analysis and Strength Assessment

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 Leading classification society ClassNK has released its Guidelines for Direct Load Analysis and Strength Assessment of hull structure. These guidelines incorporate the load and structural consistent analysis structural evaluation method.   As vessels being constructed today continue increasing in size,

US Navy Asks Huntington Ingalls for Pricing on Two Aircraft Carriers

Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) departs Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding for builder’s sea trials in April 2017 (U.S. Navy photo by Christopher Delano)

The U.S. Navy asked shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries on Monday for detailed pricing on the cost of two aircraft carriers, showing the Trump administration is taking a serious look at doubling its order for the most expensive ship in the U.S. fleet.   The Navy’s request seeks to determine the savings achievable with a two-ship buy.

San Francisco Orders a New Fire Boat

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California boat builder Moose Boats said it was awarded a contract from the San Francisco Fire Department for the construction of a M2-38 Catamaran CBRN, Dive and Fire Rescue vessel to enter service in the third quarter of 2018.   The aluminum catamaran, which is 75 percent funded by FEMA’s FY2015 Port Security Grant Program,

The US Government Must Fund Icebreakers Now

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star cuts through Antarctic ice in the Ross Sea in January 2017 (U.S. Coast Guard photo by David Mosley)

Congress last funded the purchase of polar icebreakers for the U.S. Coast Guard in the early 1970s. The USCCG Polar Star (WAGB-10) was commissioned in 1976, followed by the USCGC Polar Sea (WAGB-11) in 1977. Polar Sea has been out of service since 2010 due to a major engine failure. Polar Star was ‘in commission,

YANMAR Cruises Into Alaska with Power to Spare

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YANMAR only recently arrived in the Pacific Northwest with its mechanical 6AYAM-ET diesel engine. It looks like they are here to stay.   In November of last year, YANMAR America and its guests officially opened the YANMAR EVO//CENTER in Acworth, Ga. Situated on 50-plus acres of land in Cherokee County,

CEMEX UK Orders Dredger Newbuild

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CEMEX UK has signed a contract with Damen Shipyards Group to build the first in a new generation of Marine Aggregate Dredgers, the owner’s first newly commissioned dredger in 20 years.   Steel cutting will take place later this year, and the vessel is expected to be delivered at the end of 2019 from Damen Shipyards Galati, in Romania.

World's Largest DynaRig Sailing Yacht Delivered

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Oceanco Yacht delivered 106.7M (350 ft) Black Pearl— the largest Dynarig sailing yacht in the world. This three-masted sailing yacht Black Pearl is unlike any yacht the world has ever seen. This unique and complex vessel is the realization of a discerning owner’s vision. She is the result of an elaborate

Mitsui Delivers Bulker to Ostria Marine

M.V. CHRISTINA Photo Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) completed and delivered a 66,000 dwt type bulk carrier M.V. "CHRISTINA" (MES Hull No.1919) at its Tamano Works on 15th March, 2018 to Ostria Marine Co., Marshall Islands.  This is the 16th ship of our "neo66BC", the "wide beam shallow draft vessel" of our line-up “neo series”.

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