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Brandi Smith Named VP of Newport News' Columbia-Class Program

Brandi Smith (Photo: HII)

Global defense and technologies company HII announced Thursday that Brandi Smith has been named vice president of the Columbia-class program at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. Smith will succeed Charles Southall, who will retire July 1 after more than 35 years of distinguished service.

Dry Dock Conference/Advanced Training Forum set for September 2022 in Virginia

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The tenth International Dry Dock Conference is scheduled to take place in Virginia Beach, VA, September 22-23, 2022.The 10th in this series of International Dry Dock Conferences/Advanced Training Forums is set, with discussions and knowledge-share designed to provide advance training for those in the dry dock industry.

Bollinger Delivers USCGC Douglas Denman

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U.S. Gulf Coast shipbuilder Bollinger Shipyards LLC has delivered the USCGC Douglas Denman to the U.S. Coast Guard in Key West, Fla. This is the 175th vessel Bollinger has delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard over a 35-year period and the 49th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) delivered under the current program.

FSG Begins Building SeaRoad’s New Ship

SeaRoad Technical Marine Manager Tony Johnson and FSG CEO Philipp Maracke at the steel cutting ceremony in Flensburg, Germany (Photo: SeaRoad)

German shipbuilder Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) has cut first steel for a new new roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) freight vessel being constructed for Australian shipping company SeaRoad.A May 20 steel cutting event involved the ceremonial ‘pushing of the button’ to start the laser cutting machine with SeaRoad Technical Marine Manager,

Extended E-Flexer RoPax Delivered to Stena Line

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On May 24, Stena RoRo delivered Stena Estelle, the first of two ordered extended E-Flexer ferries to Stena Line. The vessel will operate on the Karlskrona – Gdynia line.In total, Stena Line will be operating five E-Flexer vessels, with two of them being the extended version. The fourth in the order has now been delivered.

HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding Announces Big Hiring Push

Newport News Shipbuilding (Photo: HII)

Global defense and technologies company HII announced Tuesday that the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division plans to hire approximately 5,000 people this year to meet the shipbuilding needs of the Navy. The shipyard anticipates hiring nearly 21,000 people within the next decade as HII fulfills orders for U.

MEO Group Orders Five Crew Boats from Penguin

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Singapore-based offshore vessel owner MEO Group has ordered five new crew boats, as part of a fleet rejuvenation programThe company ordered the vessels from Singapore's Penguin Shipyard International. Based on Penguin's proprietary Flex-42X and Flex-40X designs, the crew boats will be delivered between 2023 and 2024.

Austal USA Launches LCS 34

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 Austal USA launched the 17th Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the future USS Augusta (LCS 34). Assisted by tugs, the ship was escorted out of Austal USA’s floating dry dock and secured pier side on the waterfront for machinery commissioning and system activation in preparation for sea trials later this year.

Ship Recycling Prices Continue Downward Trend

Source: GMS

Another woeful week of declining sentiments has left all of the major global ship-recycling markets on edge as the industry approaches the summer / monsoon months in the sub-continent. Moreover, it seems doubtful (at present) that any more noteworthy deals will likely be concluded, especially with the industry in such a state of disarray.

US Coast Guard Modifies Offshore Patrol Cutter Contract

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The U.S. Coast Guard on May 20 announced it modified its current contract with Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) so installation of the Athena combat weapons system and multi-mode radar system will be completed during the production phase of the offshore patrol cutter (OPC). The Athena system, radar

Hydrotug: World's First Hydrogen-powered Tug Launched

Hydrotug (Photo: Port of Antwerp)

Hydrotug, the world's first hydrogen-powered tugboat, has been launched at Armón Shipyards in Navia, Spain, marking a key milestone on the path toward wider adoption of the sustainable, climate neutral fuel in workboat applications.Remaining outfitting work will be completed over the next few months ahead of sea trials later this year.

SOS (Save our Shipbuilding): Germany’s VSM Calls for Reduction of Dependence on China

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As the geopolitical landscape continues to quickly transform with the Russia/Ukraine war, Europe's over-dependence on Russian energy has become painfully apparent. VSM – the German Shipbuilding and Ocean Industries Association that represents the political and commercial interests of the German maritime

Ammonia-Fueled Tug Key Plank in Yokohama's Plan To Be a Carbon Neutral Port

Image of A-Tug. Image courtesy NYK

NYK Line, IHI Power Systems Co., Ltd., and ClassNK signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with City of Yokohama for the acceptance of an ammonia-fueled tugboat (A-Tug) at the port of Yokohama.The conclusion of this MoU is part of the Green Innovation Fund project within Japan’s New Energy and Industrial

Brunvoll Propulsion for Esvagt's 'Green' SOV

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Norwegian ship propulsion specialist Brunvoll will supply azimuth propulsion and maneuvering system for Esvagt's green fuel SOV, to be built in Turkey.The vessel, a HAV Design 833 SOV, will be built at Cemre Shipyard. The Danish vessel owner Esvagt has said that the vessel will be "the world’s

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