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Saturday, March 25, 2017

El Coquí launched at the VT Halter Marine shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. (Photo: Crowley)

Jones Act LNG-powered ConRo Ship Launched

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s newest combination container/Roll on-Roll off (ConRo) ship has been launched at the VT Halter Marine shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. for the Crowley’s service between Jacksonville, Fla., and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Named El Coquí after a beloved frog native to Puerto Rico, the ConRo is one of the world’s first to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The ship will now proceed through the final topside construction and testing phase before beginning service in the U.S. Jones Act trade during the second half of 2017.

“The Retreat” is an ultra-exclusive private utopia reserved exclusively for Suite Class guests featuring a luxurious pool and sun chairs for ultimate relaxation. Photo: Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises Reveals Celebrity Edge

Richard Fain, the chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.and Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, CEO of Celebrity Cruises—one of three brands in the Royal Caribbean family—announced a new category of ship that, among other transformational design moves, brings stateroom balconies indoors. Designed completely in 3-D, and featuring the work of A-list global architects and designers, the 2,918-guest Celebrity Edge aims to make discerning global travelers redefine how they experience the world and how intimate a vacation can be.

Graph: Clarksons Research

Global Shipbuilders: What does the Future Hold?

After a long cycle of build-up in capacity in the 2000s, shipyards hit a new peak in global output in 2010, says a report by Clarksons Research. Since then, the impact of reduced vessel ordering on shipbuilders worldwide has been a key issue for the industry, and it’s clear that global output has dropped significantly and shipyard capacity has diminished. But how far can those shipyards still active look ahead today? ‘Forward cover’ is one basic indicator of the volume of work that shipyards have on order, calculated by dividing the total orderbook by the last year’s output (in CGT).

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: PIB

India's Sagarmala Program: 415 Projects, $120 Bln Investment

Under India's prestigious Sagarmala Programme,  415 projects, at an estimated investment of approximately  INR 8 Lac Crore (USD 120 Bln) , have been identified across port modernization & new port development, port connectivity enhancement, port-linked industrialization and coastal community development for phase wise implementation over the period 2015 to 2035. As per the approved implementation plan of Sagarmala Programme, these projects are to be taken up by the relevant Central Ministries/Agencies and State Governments preferably through private or public-private partnership (PPP) mode.

Photo: Star Bulk Carriers Corp.

Star Bulk Acquire Two Modern Kamsarmax Vessels

Star Bulk Carriers, a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, announced that it has entered into definitive agreements to acquire two modern Kamsarmax drybulk carriers from an unaffiliated third party for an aggregate total consideration of approximately US$30.3 million. Each of the Vessels has a carrying capacity of 81,713 deadweight tons and was built with high specifications at Jiangsu New Yangzijiang in 2013. The Vessels are expected to be delivered to Star Bulk between March and May 2017.

Photo: Hyundai Merchant Marine Co Ltd

HMM, Korea Shipping Company Pact for Sale and Leaseback for Ten Boxships

Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with state-backed Korea Shipping Company (KSC) for vessel sales worth up to Won850bn ($739.4m) book value, which will strengthen HMM's financial position. Under the deal, HMM will sell 10 of its container ships to KSC for around Won150bn market value of the vessels, and KSC will finance the outstanding amount by purchasing shares and bonds from HMM. The ship financing company will buy around Won100bn worth of shares and Won600bn in convertible bonds from HMM.

Steve Roth, President of Seaspan Ferries Corporation (SFC) (Photo: Seaspan)

Seaspan Makes Leadership Moves

Steve Roth has been promoted to President of Seaspan Ferries Corporation (SFC). In this position, Steve will continue to have the primary accountability for the overall performance of the SFC business unit, including management of day-to-day operations of SFC, as well as the short and long-term strategic planning processes, including setting and fulfilling revenue and profitability targets and maintaining relationships with all stakeholders. He is also responsible for ensuring that customer service expectations are met or exceeded while ensuring the safe operation of SFC’s vessels…

Photo:  d’Amico ​Società di Navigazione SpA

d’Amico Delays Delivery of LR1 Tankers

Tanker shipping company d’Amico Tankers agreed with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co.Ltd. – South Korea to postpone the delivery of its first newbuilding LR1 (Long Range – 75,000 dwt)from April 2017 to October 2017. This agreement follows a specific request of an oil major and a key customer of the Company, which will take the vessel on a 18 month TC contract upon her delivery from Hyundai Vinashin Shipyard Co. Ltd. – Vietnam. At the same time, the estimated delivery dates of the remaining 5 LR1s under construction at Hyundai Vinashin Shipyard Co. Ltd.

Newbuild Suezmax Tanker Delivered to NAT

Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) said it has taken delivery of Nordic Space, its second Suezmax newbuilding tanker of 158,000 deadweight tons, built at Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd., South Korea. The Nordic Space has started on her maiden voyage. NAT now has a fleet of 33 Suezmax vessels, including three newbuildings to be delivered during the second half of 2018.   NAT said the expansion of the fleet is important for increasing its earnings and dividend capacity.

Photo: Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders

Mazagon Docks to Make 3 more Scorpene-Class Subs

Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited has approached the Indian Navy with a repeat order for three Scorpene-class submarines, reports The Hindu Businessline. The leading shipyard of the country has  French shipbuilder DCNS as its technology partner for the Scorpene submarines. Like the first six Scorpenes, the three new submarines would also be manufactured at the Mumbai site, and would be equipped with a new anaerobic propulsion system (AIP) developed by the DRDO. The report says that six Scorpene submarines were ordered in 2005…

Photo: The Great Eastern Shipping Co. Ltd

GE Shipping Buys New Vessel

The Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited (G E Shipping) signed a contract to buy a Supramax Dry Bulk Carrier of about 52,450 dwt. The 2006 built vessel is expected to join the Company’s fleet in Q1 FY18. The Company’s current fleet stands at 43 vessels, comprising 28 tankers (11 crude carriers, 15 product tankers, 2 LPG carrier) and 15 dry bulk carriers (1 Capesize, 8 Kamsarmax, 6 Supramax) with an average age of 9.56 years aggregating 3.54 mn dwt. The company has also committed to purchase 1 Secondhand Suezmax Crude Carrier.

Photo: BAE Systems

BAE Systems to Modernize Cruiser USS Vicksburg

BAE Systems will perform ship alternations and miscellaneous repairs aboard the 567-foot-long USS Vicksburg (CG 69) under a $42.9 million U.S. Navy contract. The value of the competitively awarded contract could reach $45.9 million if all options are exercised. Under the special selected restricted availability (SSRA) contract, BAE Systems will perform ship alternations and miscellaneous repairs aboard the 567-foot-long ship, including the replacement of critical aluminum structures.

Photo: Tsakos Energy Navigation

TEN Strengthens Vessel Base

Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN)'s growth has continued unabated in 2017 with the delivery of one VLCC, the Hercules I, one aframax tanker the Marathon TS and the shuttle tanker Lisboa, currently all under long-term employment to solid counterparties. These came on the back of nine vessels that were delivered or acquired in 2016 and will be followed in 2017 by the last four, of nine, aframaxes that were built against long-term employment to a Norwegian oil major. With the delivery of these remaining high-end aframaxes…

Graph: Clarksons Research.

Japanese Orderbook: Down But Showing Staying Power

The Japanese orderbook has shown its endurance in the current muted shipbuilding market and recently surpassed its South Korean counterpart in size for the first time since 1999, says a report by Clarksons Research. While the orderbook is shrinking for all of the ‘big 3’ builder countries, the Japanese orderbook is undergoing the slowest rate of decline. This month’s Shipbuilding Focus takes a look at the development of the Japanese orderbook. As of start March 2017, the orderbook at Japanese yards stood at 775 ships of a combined 18.9m CGT, the second largest globally.

A worker’s torch cuts metal in the raised forecastle that will house the pin rooms. (Photo: Haig-Brown/Cummins)

New ATB Builds for Island Tug & Barge

Over the years Vancouver, BC based Island Tug and Barge (ITB) has refurbished and repowered older vessels and completed new vessels. The company is currently working on its most ambitious and innovative project to date. In its Annacis Island Shipyard, located undercover in a pair of huge leased warehouses on the Fraser River, ITB is building two tugs that will be paired with two of its existing barges. The two boats are built with pins for use in an articulated tug and barge application.

John Hotz (Photo: Horizon Shipbuilding)

Horizon Names Hotz VP, Business Development

Bayou La Batre, Ala. shipbuilder Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. said it has hired John Hotz as Vice President of Business Development. Hotz brings to the role industry experience and a background in business development, having worked within the commercial and government marine sector throughout his entire 27-year career, including positions at several domestic and international boat builders. “John will focus on growing Horizon’s core competencies in the global marketplace and continue to build on the momentum we have been able to secure internationally,” said Travis R.

Yasmin Fortuny (Photo: Viega)

Viega Names Fortuny Technical Manager

Viega LLC has hired Yasmin Fortuny as its new technical manager for its shipbuilding and cruise business development division in the Florida, Puerto Rico, Bahamas and Caribbean regions. In this position, Fortuny is responsible for positioning Viega as the primary choice for marine applications within the cruise line, shipbuilding, mega-yacht, commercial-vessel and military markets. She is also responsible for promoting all of Viega’s marine-approved products, educating key end users and promotion and distribution across all marine channels.

Golden Ocean CEO Takes Comfort in Dry Bulk Order Book at 15-year Low

** CEO: I think the most important factor (for an improved market) is a limit of new orders.

Rear Adm. Mat Winter, the U.S. Navy’s deputy program executive officer for the F-35 Lightning II, gave the commencement address at The Apprentice School graduation. Photo by John Whalen.

HII Graduates 184 Shipbuilders from Apprentice School

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted commencement exercises on Saturday for 184 graduates of the company’s Apprentice School located at Newport News Shipbuilding. The ceremony was held at Liberty Baptist Church Worship Center in Hampton. Rear Adm. Mat Winter, the U.S. Navy’s deputy program executive officer for the F-35 Lightning II, reminded the company’s newest shipbuilders during his commencement address that everything they have achieved and will continue to achieve makes a difference.

Jeff Hubert (Photo: Brunswick Commercial & Government Products)

Brunswick Promotes Hubert to Sales Director

Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) has promoted Jeff Hubert to director of sales, responsible for product development initiatives and worldwide business development. Hubert joined BCGP in 2016, and has been serving as the company's regional sales manager for the Eastern U.S. Recently retired as Lt. Colonel of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Hubert is a graduate of the FBI National Academy with over 30 years of law enforcement experience. Originally from New York, Hubert began his public service career as a lifeguard in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Odfjell Orders Two Chemical Tankers

Odfjell SE has announced the signing of long term charter agreements for two chemical tankers with stainless steel cargo tanks, for construction in Japan.   The agreement includes two vessels of 35,500 dw tonnes and 28 stainless steel cargo tanks. They are scheduled for delivery in Q4 2018 and Q1 2019 and the agreements run for a minimum of eight years. The vessels will be built in Shin-Kirushima dockyard in Japan.   The agreement is in line with the new Odfjell strategy as launched in February, where the Company announced its targets for tonnage renewal and fleet growth.

Graph: Clarksons Research

Vessel Losses: Is Shipping Resuscitating Its Record?

Safety at sea has improved significantly in the past twenty years, with losses of large merchant vessels becoming a relatively rare event, says a report from Clarksons Research. Whilst casualties appear to be more common among older and smaller vessels, total losses seem to be on a downward trajectory. Even as the world fleet reached its greatest ever size, last year marked the fewest number of vessel losses on record. Although major accidents will always hit the headlines, merchant ships have in recent times been an extremely low risk form of transport.

An LNG vessel being built at Hyundai Heavy Industries in Korea. Photo Credit: HHI

Hyundai Heavy Union on Path to Strike

The labor unions of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) downed tools in their first full strike since 1994, in protest to a sweeping restructuring plan that includes spinoff all non-shipbuilding operations as well as shutdown of a dock in Gunsan in southern coastal region. According to Yonhap News Agency reports the other reason for the industrial strike was failed wage negotiations. Although 15,000 union members were invited to take part in the eight-hour strike, only ten percent of workers participated in it. The labor unions’ employees started a strike for eight hours from 8 a.m.

Robert A. Socha (Photo: VT Halter Marine)

VT Halter Marine Names Socha Senior VP

U.S. shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, Inc., a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), has appointed Robert A. Socha as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Estimating, effective January 30, 2017. In his role, Socha is responsible for overall management and leadership of the company’s business development and estimating departments. He will work closely with other corporate functions, including departments of engineering, production control, production…

MV Earl W Redd, Photo Harley Marine 2017

Harley’s Latest tug begins service

The latest addition to the Harley Marine fleet is now completing sea trials and preparing to enter service. The “M/V Earl W. Redd” will be operated under the flag of the Olympic Tug & Barge unit of Harley. The 120 foot tractor tug, built by Diversified Marine Inc. in Portland, Oregon, and named after the father of Diversified President Kurt Redd, is slated to enter service providing unrestricted coastal towing along the West Coast of the United States. Tier IV-compliant CAT engines coupled to Rolls-Royce “Z-drives” power the tug, delivering an expected bollard pull capability of 75 tons.

Photo: Damen Shipyards Group

Damen Shiprepair Cuts 150 Jobs

Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) plans to lay off around 150 workers as part of its reorganisation program at three Dutch yards within its group. All employees at the three locations — Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam (DSR), Damen Shiprepair Van Brink (DSVB) and Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen (DSVl) — have been informed, along with the workers' council and trade unions. It is the intention of DSC to complete the reorganization before summer 2017. Making matters worse, market expectations for the short and medium term are not positive.

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, a heavy icebreaker homeported in Seattle, Washington, rests in the ice as the motor vessel Ocean Giant departs from the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station, Feb. 1, 2017. One of the primary responsibilities of the Polar Star’s crew is to provide an escort for the Ocean Giant through the frozen Ross Sea off of Antarctica. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley)

USCG Awards Polar Icebreaker Contracts

The U.S. Coast Guard awarded five firm fixed-price contracts for heavy polar icebreaker design studies and analysis Wednesday. The contracts were awarded to the following recipients: Bollinger Shipyards, LLC, Lockport, Louisiana; Fincantieri Marine Group, LLC, Washington, District of Columbia; General Dynamics/National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, California; Huntington Ingalls, Inc., Pascagoula, Mississippi; and VT Halter Marine, Inc., Pascagoula, Mississippi. The combined total value of the awards is approximately $20 million.

File photo: Workers clean the interior of a cargo hold aboard the LST-1166. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Pacific Strike Team)

Asbestos on Board

What happens when a solution to one or many obstacles ends up becoming an even larger problem? For seamen, one such problem is asbestos. Asbestos is a natural fiber that was mined for use in construction and household products. It became rapidly popular after others realized it has fire-resistant properties and durability. However, in the 1960s, researchers began to link exposure to this material with cancer, specifically mesothelioma, which can form in the lungs, abdomen or heart.

Kellye Walker (Photo: HII)

HII’s Walker Elected to Women’s Leadership Institute

Kellye Walker, Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) executive vice president and general counsel, was inducted into the DirectWomen’s 2017 Board Institute class. Walker is one of 20 elite women lawyers to be welcomed into this year’s class. The 2017 DirectWomen class is composed of general counsels of Fortune 500 companies, partners at top law firms, and other senior executives and advisers. DirectWomen identifies leading women lawyers from around the country who are able to provide the experience…

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Top 10 Maritime Nations: Ranked by Value

The March 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News focuses on SINGAPORE, as this maritime powerhouse struggles to maintain balance and influence through the offshore oil and gas downturn. Looking at the "Top 10 Nations" ranked by value from VesselsValue.com, Singapore ranks #5 with 2,662 vessels, comprising 64.03 million GT and a $41.7 billion valuation, just behind the United States at #4 (2,399 vessels, 55.92m GT, $46.5 billion valuation).    

Photo: ENGIE

Hanjin Heavy Delivers Purpose-Built LNG Bunkering Vessel

ENGIE, Fluxys, Mitsubishi Corporation, and NYK have taken delivery of the world’s first purpose built liquefied natural gas bunkering vessel (LBV) from Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co. Ltd., at the Yeongdo shipyard in Busan, Korea. She will run on LNG for her maiden voyage, after a few days of loading LNG delivered by trucks at the shipyard. Zeebrugge in Belgium will be the home port of the vessel, which has been named ENGIE Zeebrugge accordingly. From there, the 5,000 m3 LNG capacity LBV will supply LNG as a marine fuel to ships operating in Northern Europe.

Photo courtesy of Damen Shipyards Group

Damen Repair Yards Earn More ISO Certifications

A number of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion yards have recently or will soon achieve new ISO certifications as part of an ongoing initiative to standardize operating procedures across the group. Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (DSAm) and Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen (DSVl) have passed ISO 3834-2 certificate audits. This standard defines rigorous quality procedures for the fusion welding of metallic materials and represents the highest possible accolade in the welding industry. The achievement demonstrates the ability of DSAm and DSVl to undertake the largest refit and conversion projects…

Rear Adm. Thomas to Deliver USCG Insight at Nor-Shipping

Nor-Shipping 2017 has confirmed that Rear Admiral Paul Thomas of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is the latest high profile speaker to be signed for the leading maritime event week. The move comes at a time when USCG is making waves throughout shipping, after agreeing the biggest ever newbuild order in its history. Nor-Shipping, taking place across a series of venues in Oslo and Lillestrøm from May 30 to  June 2, 2017, has already gathered a diverse range of contributors from both within the industry and without. Names include Thomas Wilhelmsen, CEO Wilh.

Richard Gruenhagen (Photo: MV WERFTEN)

Gruenhagen Named CFO at MV WERFTEN

Shipbuilding group MV WERFTEN said it has appointed Richard Gruenhagen as Managing Director of Finance and Administration to reinforce the group's Management Board as new CFO effective February 1.   Gruenhagen graduated from Indiana University, is a Certified Public Accountant (USA), has many years of experience as Executive Financial Management Professional, broad business experience as CFO, Director of Finance, Chief Accountant and as Head FP&A & Controlling in large global companies and startups, incl. ABB and GE. Most recently, Gruenhagen worked as CFO at DHL Logistics in Switzerland.

Photo: Vigor

Training Program Seeks to Develop Alaskan Shipbuilders

A new shipbuilding and repair training program in Alaska aims to develop an advanced manufacturing workforce comprised of state residents. Shipbuilder and repairer Vigor has teamed up with the maritime workforce development network Maritime Works for a public, private and philanthropic initiative called Advancing Alaskan Workers, which will train Alaska’s next generation of advanced manufacturing workers. The initiative strives to combat the high turnover rates seen at Vigor’s Ketchikan shipyard and elsewhere that result when non-Alaskans are recruited to fill the state’s critical skills gap.

Hartwell Champagne (Photo: SAFE Boats International)

SAFE Boats Names Champagne Senior VP, Operations

SAFE Boats International has appointed Hartwell Champagne as its new Senior Vice President of Operations. Champagne joined SAFE Boats in 2013 and has been a key member of the company’s executive team. Prior to his new assignment, Champagne was the General Manager of the company’s Large Craft Production facility in Tacoma, Wash. where the U.S. Navy’s Mk VI Patrol Boats are manufactured. Hartwell has been part of the defense and government contracting industries almost the entirety of his career.

Executive Leadership Changes at Brunswick

Boston Whaler President Nick Stickler has assumed temporary day-to-day leadership at Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) following the departure of BCGP General Manager Jennifer Butera and Director of Sales Jeremy Davis.   The company said it is currently evaluating potential candidates for both positions, and plans announce the successors in the coming weeks.

Images: Eimskip

Eimskip, RAL Order Containerships from China

Iceland’s Eimskip and Greenland’s Royal Arctic Line (RAL) have signed an agreement to share capacity, and together ordered three new ice-class containerships to be built in China. Eimskip said it has finalized contracts with China Shipbuilding Trading Company Limited and Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard Co. Ltd. for the construction of two 2,150 TEU container vessels, and RAL also signed a contract for one vessel of the same type from the same shipyard. With a length of 180 meters and breadth of 31 meters…

Photo: Damen

Netherlands’ Mariserve Buys Secondhand Pilot Boat

Netherlands-based Mariserve has purchased a secondhand pilot boat, Mercury, previously owned by the Dutch Pilot Association. The Mercury will continue under the name Sirocco. This vessel is the ninth vessel previously owned by the Dutch Pilot Association of which Damen Trading has handled the sale as exclusive broker. Damen said it intends to continue this cooperation for the next couple of years when the next pilot boats become available. The vessels ranged in size from small pilot boats like the Mercury to larger, 55 meters long Pilot Station vessels.

Graph: Clarksons Research

2016 Contracting: Hard To Find Our Bearings

Contracting activity in 2016 fell to its lowest level in over 30 years in numerical and tonnage terms, says Clarksons Research. Low levels of newbuild demand have continued to limit ordering across the majority of vessel sectors, and the majority of shipyards have struggled to win orders. However, record ordering activity in the cruise and passenger ferry sectors did at least provide a degree of positivity for European yards in 2016. The 480 vessels reported ordered in 2016 represent the lowest level of newbuild contracting in over 20 years.

Australia’s Ambassador to Italy Dr Greg French, left, Flinders Professor Saint, the University of Genoa’s Professor Trucco, and Fincantieri’s Vice President Sales Sabrina Sanguineti at the MoU signing in Genoa.Flinders Univ

Italian Boosts to Flinders Shipbuilding Ambitions

Building on its partnership with the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri announced earlier this month, South Australia’s Flinders University has signed a supporting agreement with The University of Genoa to cooperate in research and development and training with focus on maritime, naval architecture and shipbuilding. The agreement not only strengthens Flinders’ connection with Fincantieri – one of the shortlisted companies bidding to build Australia’s Future Frigates – but also opens…

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LNG Floating Storage: A Passing Trend?

At the end of 2015, global LNG production was approximately 35 bcf/d. By 2019, global supply is set to increase by 40 percent with the U.S. and Australia planning to bring another 15 bcf/d online. However, traditional markets like Europe and Northern Asia are experiencing no demand growth due to several factors, including price controls, competition from other fuels, and regulations. Increasing supply may see LNG ships become floating storage units, similar to what the oil industry has experienced.

(Photo: Seaspan Ferries Corporation/BV)

Innovative Seaspan Ferry Enters Service

Seaspan Ferries Corporation’s (SFC) Seaspan Swift, a new hybrid LNG fueled and battery powered ferry, entered service between the British Columbia mainland and Vancouver Island. The innovative vessels is classed by Bureau Veritas, and it is reported to be the first hybrid LNG fuelled and battery powered vessel in service and the first LNG fuelled vessel operating on the west coast of Canada. Additionally, the on-board bunkering of LNG from a truck trailer is a first in North America. Designed by VARD Marine, the 148.9m vessel is the first of two to be built at Sedef Shipbuilding, Turkey.

Image: Samsung Heavy Industries Co

Samsung Heavy Mulls $6 Bln Orders This Year

South Korean major shipbuilder  Samsung Heavy Industries Co  is aiming to clinch orders worth more than US$6 billion this year, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported the company's head as saying. Park Dae-young, president and CEO of the shipbuilder, also said that this year will be a crucial point for his company's survival at a time when local shipbuilders are suffering from an industry-wide slump and economic slowdown. Park said that his company raised this year's target for new orders, compared with US$5.3 billion set for last year.

Photo: DHT Holdings, Inc

DHT Fixes VLCC Issue, Defers Newbuilding

DHT Holdings, Inc. said that during a routine inspection of the DHT Jaguar, a fracture surrounding the inspection window of the rudder was identified. It is DHT's policy to inspect all newbuildings, including underwater areas, during their respective warranty periods. Following a root cause analysis conducted by the builder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), DHT implemented a permanent repair plan for a rudder design improvement on the DHT Jaguar and its sister ships.

Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., U.S. Coast Guard (Retired) Photo Eastern Shipbuilding

Eastern Hires Adm. Papp as President Washington Ops

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has appointed Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., U. S. Coast Guard (Retired), as President of Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc., Washington Operations. Admiral Papp served as an Officer in the Coast Guard for nearly 40 years, completing his career as the 24th Commandant of the U. S. Coast Guard from 2010 to 2014. The Coast Guard is the largest component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He was a career cutterman, serving in six cutters, commanding four of them, including the Coast Guard’s square rigged sailing ship, USCG Barque EAGLE.

Andrew Shaw (Photo: ASRY)

Shaw Takes the Helm at ASRY

Andrew Shaw has taken up his new position as chief executive at ASRY,  ship and rig repair yard in the Arabian Gulf. Effective January 4,  Shaw will lead the firm as it enters its 40th year of operation. He re-joins the company after previously holding the position of general manager of the ASRY Offshore Services division from 2009 to 2014. Shaw has more than 25 years experience in the global maritime industry. He was most recently group managing director for 2.5 years at a U.K. ship repair and conversion company.

Christophe Sirugue (Photo: Gouvernement.fr)

France May Step in on Shipyard Sale

France may intervene in the sale of the Saint-Nazaire shipyard by bankrupt South Korean shipbuilder STX if the French government's conditions are not met, Industry Minister Christophe Sirugue said. "The government is fully mobilised and will not hesitate to use all of the levers at its disposal," Sirugue told French daily Les Echos in an interview published on Friday. The French state, which owns a third of STX France and its western Saint-Nazaire shipyard, has a right of refusal on the sale of STX Offshore & Shipbuilding's majority stake once a winning bid has been selected…

MHI Announces Executive-level Personnel Changes

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) announced executive-level personnel changes effective January 31 and February 1, 2017. Hiroshi Yokota, Senior Vice President, Head of Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works, President of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., will retire January 31, 2017. Masao Miyazaki, currently Fellow, General Manager, Shipbuilding & Ocean Development Division of Commercial Aviation & Transportation Systems, will become Fellow, General Manager…

Fincantieri the Sole Bidder for STX France

Italian shipbuilding and construction group Fincantieri SpA is the only bidder for shipping group STX France, a source close to the matter said on Tuesday. The sale of STX France, which specialises in building cruise ships in the western France city of Saint-Nazaire and is profitable, forms part of the broader sale of businesses from the collapsed STX shipbuilding group. A spokesman for a Korean court overseeing the process had said earlier on Tuesday that one bid had been received for the STX France business, without giving a name.

The Union Minister for Shipping,  Nitin Gadkari inaugurating the Sagarmala Development Company’s office premises, in New Delhi on December 26, 2016. The Secretary, Ministry of Shipping, Rajive Kumar is also seen

India Rolls out Sagarmala Development Company for USD 15 Bln Maritime Push

India's Minister of Shipping Nitin Gadkari has said that projects worth Rs. 1 Lakh Crore (USD 15 Bln)  under Sagarmala programme are at various stages of implementation and development. He was speaking to the press at a ceremony  to inaugurate the Sagarmala Development Company (SDC) in New Delhi yesterday (December 26, 2016). The SDC has been incorporated under the Companies Act, 2013. The company has an initial Authorized Share Capital of Rs. 1,000 Crore ($147 m)ln and a subscribed share capital of Rs.

Photo: Euroseas Ltd

Euroseas Acquires Ultramax Newbuilding

Euroseas Ltd., an owner and operator of drybulk and container carrier vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for drybulk and containerized cargoes, announced that it signed an agreement to acquire from Dayang shipyard, Hull DY160, an Ultramax drybulk carrier, of 63,500 dwt built 2017. The vessel is expected to be delivered to the Company in January 2017 subject to a successful inspection by the Company by December 27, 2016; it will be acquired for approximately 62% of its contracted price in early 2014.

SFL Takes Delivery of 19,200 TEU Containership

Ship Finance International Limited (SFL) said it has taken delivery of MSC Anna, the first of two 19,200 TEU container vessels from Huyndai Heavy Industries, Korea. The vessel is chartered out for a period of 15 years, and lease financing has been secured for the full term of the charter. The second vessel is expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2017.

The new Araho. (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding)

Modernization of The U.S. Fishing Fleet

Coming in the January 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News is an insightful report on the modernization of the U.S. Fishing Fleet, with a focus on the ubiquitous Pacific Northwest. Modernization of the North Pacific Fishing Fleet, a study by The McDowell Group for the Port of Seattle, has made the rounds and given weight to the idea that a major fleet upgrade really is underway. With average 2014 gross revenues having run between $2 million for Bering Sea/Aleutian Island trawl vessels to $16 million for some catcher-processors…

Johnny Kinkle (Photo: Conrad Shipyard)

Conrad’s Kinkle Retires after 51 Years

Conrad Shipyard’s Johnny Kinkle has retired in December after 51-years in shipbuilding. Kinkle went to work for Conrad on December 2, 1969, and for five decades his reply to any request was, “No problem, babe. In what seemed like an ordinary safety meeting, not unlike the thousands of others Kinkle has attended over his 51-year career, a surprise was unveiled as the garage door was pulled open and Johnny and Dan Conrad drove in with a new boat as a retirement gift. As he presented Kinkle the keys…

Photograph of the mv Happy Start, a sister ship of the mv Happy Sun. (Photo: BigLift Shipping)

Terragon Trash Tech for BigLift Ship

Terragon Environmental Technologies Inc. and Marship Engineering entered into a contract with Zhejiang Ouhua Shipbuilding China to supply a MAGS V8 for the new build vessel mv Happy Sun of Netherlands based BigLift Shipping (a member of the Spliethoff Group). As shipping companies are increasingly under a microscope regarding their emissions to the environment, the decision by BigLift Shipping to chose MAGS gasification technology reflects its role as an early adopter of innovative technologies on their ships.

Paul J. Albert (Photo: VT Halter)

Albert Takes the Helm at VT Halter

Paul J. Albert has been appointed as the President and CEO for VT Halter Marine, effective immediately. “Paul's proven leadership and operational skills in managing complex shipbuilding projects makes him the right choice to lead VT Halter Marine. We are confident in his ability to grow the company while maintaining its reputation as one of the most innovative shipbuilding companies in the United States,” said Admiral Bill Landay, Chairman of the VT Halter Marine Board. “We are excited to appoint Mr.

Photo: Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC

Gulf Navigation, Mena Energy Sign Strategic Deal

GulfNav has marked another milestone by entering into strategic alliances with MENA ENERGY. The strategic alliances  for mutual co-operation in ship acquisition, chartering and commercial management aims to set out a platform for the parties to have an enhanced commercial relationship and to further strengthen their existing business ties. The parties have agreed that Gulf Navigation would acquire vessels that would be time-chartered to MENA Energy for carrying Crude and the petroleum products.

Searoad Mersey II (Photo: SeaRoad Holdings)

Australian LNG-fueled RO/RO Enters Service

A brand new liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fueled roll-on-roll-off freight vessel, Searoad Mersey II, has commenced service from its home port Devonport, in northern Tasmania, Australia. Touted by Bass Strait shipping and logistics firm SeaRoad as the “cleanest, greenest freight ship ever to trade in Australian waters”, Searoad Mersey II is the first coastal ship in Australia to use LNG fuel-and-power technology and the first pure dry cargo ship in the world to use a roll-on roll-off LNG supply system.

Kirkland H. Donald (Photo: HII)

Donald Joins HII Board of Directors

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that Adm. Kirkland H. Donald, U.S. Navy (Ret.), has been elected to its Board of Directors, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Donald retired from the U.S. Navy in 2013 after 37 years of service. In his last assignment as the director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion, he was responsible for the safe and effective operation of the Navy’s nuclear propulsion program, which today includes all submarines and aircraft carriers. After retiring from the Navy, Donald joined Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc.

Luis Figueiredo (Shareholder) Ana paula Vitorino (Minister of the Sea) Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (President of Portugal) Luís Nagy (GRUPO ETE CEO) Filipa P de Carvalho (Shareholder) Photo ETE Group

ETE's 80th Anniversary crowned by International River Operations

The business portfolio internationalization and the development of river operations are two of ETE Group’s strategic focus, as referred last Friday on the 80th birthday ceremonies at Naval Rocha shipyard (in Lisbon) with the presence of the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the Minister for the Sea Affairs, Ana Paula Vitorino and the Minister for Environment, Matos Fernandes. According to Luis Nagy, the CEO, “at ETE Group we are  starting the ninth decade with a strong focus on the internationalization of our operations…

Matthew Paxton (Photo: SCA)

Shipbuilders Council Congratulates President-Elect Trump

The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) released a statement congratulating President-elect Donald J. Trump and the members of the 115th Congress, and expressed that t looks forward to working Together to realize 350-ship Navy goal. “We congratulate President-elect Trump, his nominees and the new and returning members of the 115th Congress and look forward to working with them on a positive agenda with a strong commitment to jobs, infrastructure projects and building up America’s Armed Forces and industrial base,” said Matthew Paxton, President of SCA. “SCA and the entire U.S.

Port Taranaki representatives and Sanmar’s sales director at the contract signing: Grant Squire, marine engineer supervisor; Guy Roper, chief executive; Craig Bramley, Sanmar director of sales-Australian region; and Neville Fox, head of marine services (Photo: Sanmar)

Port Taranaki Orders New Tug from Sanmar

Within a few weeks of unveiling a new compact tractor tug jointly designed with Robert Allan Limited, Turkish shipbuilder Sanmar has secured an order from a port on the west coast of New Zealand. Port Taranaki has awarded the Sanmar a contract to build the very first of its exclusive Delicay series, a compact, under 24m rule length design conceived as an off-the-shelf unit with numerous variations to suit customer needs. This vanguard of the series will measure 25.3m x 12m and…

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Gulfstream Wins DHS Ferry Contract

Gulfstream Shipbuilding won a contract through the United States Department of Homeland Security for a passenger/vehicle ferry to service the New York and Connecticut waters. This 118 x 27 x 10.75 ft. crew boat-style vessel will be capable of transporting passengers, freight and vehicles in and around the waters of the Eastern Long Island Sound and Gardiner’s Bay. The vessel has an expected delivery date of April 2017. “Gulfstream Shipbuilding is not only familiar with the Eastern Long Island Sound waters…

AUTO ECO (Photo: Port of Zeeburgge)

First Dual-fuel LNG Car Carrier Christened

United European Car Carriers (UECC), daughter company of Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and Wallenius Lines, signed a contract in 2014 for the construction of two dual fuel LNG Pure Car and Truck Carriers. The first vessel, de ms AUTO ECO, left the shipyard in China in September and arrived in November in Zeebrugge. On November  21, the ms AUTO ECO was christened at the terminal of International Car Operators (ICO) in the Zeebrugge inner port. The godmother of the ship is Claire Tillekaerts, CEO of Flanders Investment & Trade.

James Murray (Photo: Gulfsteam Shipbuilding)

James Murray Joins Gulfstream Shipbuilding Management Team

Gulfstream Shipbuilding welcomes James Murray, a second generation boat builder and operator/owner, to the Sales Management Team. James is the son of Jim Murray, who originally opened the shipyard 35 years ago as Freeport Shipbuilding. James built a variety of custom boats at the shipyard before venturing off to start his own successful passenger excursion company. Now, James returns to partner with the current owner Stuart Reeves on a new generation of custom shipbuilding. “James exhibits the same passions and values that his father instilled on this company 35 years ago…

Charlie Moore Photo AdvanTec

Moore Joins AdvanTec Global Innovations

AdvanTec Global Innovations, parent to the Diamond Sea Glaze, Steelhead Marine, Pacific Coast Marine and Freeman Marine Equipment brands, today announced the following business development appointment that will enhance the company’s ability to provide local representation to the marine industry. Charlie Moore assumes the position of Industry Specialist, Cranes/Yacht, with responsibility for business development and growth of the Steelhead and Pacific Coast Marine brands within the marine products portfolio.

Verónica Alonso de los Ríos, presented the solution offered by the FORAN system for designing and building twin vessels Photo SENER

FORAN System of Designing, Building Twin Vessels Presented at SNAME

The engineering and technology group SENER has once again participated in “SMC 2016”, the annual maritime convention organized by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) that brings together the main players in the US marine industry. This time the conference was held in Bellevue, Washington, on November 1-4. At the convention, SENER’s FORAN Area Manager for the United States and Canada, Verónica Alonso de los Ríos, presented the solution offered by the FORAN system for designing and building twin vessels…

FORAN Design Awarded First Prize in Korean Universities' Contest Photo FORAN

FORAN Design Wins Korean Universities' First Prize

Hae-Jun Ji and his team of other sophomores and juniors at the Naval Architecture and Ocean Systems Engineering department of the Busan-based Korea Maritime and Ocean University (KMOU) won the first prize in the 25th National Ship Design Contest for University Students organized by the Society of Naval Architects of Korea (SNAK). The award ceremony was held within SNAK’s 2016 General Meeting & Annual Autumn Conference on 3 November in Changwon. The First Prize certificate with a cash award of 1,000,000 won (1,000 US dollar) was presented to the KMOU team by Seok-Ho Ban, President of SNAK.

Peter Lister (Photo: Seaspan Marine)

Seaspan Names Lister VP, Commercial Services

Peter Lister has joined the senior leadership team at Seaspan Marine as Vice President, Commercial Services, responsible for marketing, sales and customer relations. He will develop and build marketing strategies, customer service quality control measures, customer service standards and account management processes. Lister brings to the role more than 20 years of experience as a research and innovation leader in the forestry sector. He joins the company from FPInnovations where he served as Vice President, Forest Operations & Wood Products.

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AVEVA Announced Academic Initiative in Vietnam

AVEVA announced the beginning of a partnership with two institutions in Vietnam, the Shipbuilding Industry Association (VISIA) and The School of Transportation Engineering of Hanoi University of Science and Technology (STE-HUST). These strategic partnerships will enable VISIA & STE-HUST to offer engineering and design software to its members, as well as support systematic training programs. These programs will be focused on software implementation in the oil and gas, petrochemical, power and marine industries throughout Vietnam.

Fred Harris (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

Fred Harris to Retire

General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) said that in the wake the retirement of Frederick J. Harris  effective January 1, 2017, Dirk A. Lesko will be a vice president of the corporation and appointed as president of General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, and Kevin M. Graney will be a vice president of the corporation and appointed as president of General Dynamics NASSCO. “Dirk and Kevin are seasoned leaders with proven track records of managing complex shipbuilding projects and driving continuous improvement at every level of their business,” said John P. Casey, executive vice president, Marine Systems.

Photo: The China Navigation Co.Pte.Ltd

Naming Ceremony for CNCo Newbuilding

Following the naming of its new cement carrier, MV Aotearoa Chief, in New Zealand yesterday, The China Navigation Company (CNCo) christened its last newbuild, MV Tunsin, on 16 November at the Imabari Shipyard in Japan. Tunsin is the 241st CNCo newbuilding and the 86th vessel in this series. CNCo ordered four handysize bulk carriers (Imbari38 loggers) from Imabari Shipbuilding in 2014. Deliveries of the first three vessels, MV Taiyuan, MV Tientsin and MV Tsingtao took place between July and October this year.

Pasha Hawaii Set to Order Containerships

Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii said the company narrowed its selection to two U.S. shipyards for the construction of two new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) fueled containerships, with the option to order two additional vessels. Contract specifications are expected to be finalized by the end of the month, with the final selection decision anticipated in January 2017. Details for the vessel order outline a shipping capacity of 3,400 TEUs, including 500 45-foot containers and 400 refrigerated containers, and a sailing speed of 23 knots.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus Visits Ingalls Shipbuilding Photo USN

Ray Mabus Makes Final Tour of Ingalls as Navy Secretary

Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) hosted Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus at the company’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division today. Mabus met with members of Ingalls’ leadership and addressed an audience of shipbuilders during his final tour of the facilities. “The people here in Pascagoula build the best warships in the world,” Mabus said. “Nobody comes close to Ingalls. Our sailors and Marines need flexible platforms and a technological edge. I never want to send a sailor or Marine into a fair fight…

Maj. Gen. Augustus Leon Collins (U.S. Army, Ret.) has been elected to HII’s Board of Directors. HII photo

Collins Joins HII Board of Directors

Maj. Gen. Augustus Leon Collins (U.S. Army, Ret.) has been elected to Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Board of Directors. Collins served in the U.S. Army and the Mississippi National Guard for over 35 years, holding numerous command and staff positions. He retired on August 31 after serving five years as the Commanding General of both the Mississippi Army and Air National Guard. He currently serves as CEO of MINACT Incorporated, a Mississippi-based contractor that supports the U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Corps program in several states throughout the country.

3D printing to cause turmoil in the ship building industry until 2050 Photo Shipbuilder Software

3D Printing: A Game Changer for Shipbuilders

3D printing will cause so much change in the shipbuilding and shipping sector that the industry must completely alter its approach toward designing and building ships. This is the conclusion of NISS (National Institute for Shipping and Shipbuilding), that has developed a blueprint for the maritime sector until 2050. Geert Schouten, director at Shipbuilder, was part of the team responsible for this blueprint. “3D printing is moving at a rapid pace. It is now possible to, wherever a product is required, to print it on site. Even ships will be partly 3D printed in the future,” Schouten said.

Photo: WFW

Workshops for Warriors: Transitioning Vets into Advanced Manufacturing Jobs

Shipyards are the key beneficiaries of ‘Workshops for Warriors’ talent pool. The best solution to a problem is to prevent it from happening in the first place. That’s true no matter what the issue, be it labor shortages, the high cost of education or the problems facing veterans transitioning back to civilian life. And if that solution can mutually benefit two nationally pressing issues, all the better. While still on active duty in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer, Hernán Luis y Prado saw former colleagues and fellow service members struggling to adjust once they left the military.

Jeff McCray (Photo: HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries to Open Australian Office

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) said it plans to establish a permanent presence in Australia by opening an office in Canberra. “Establishing a permanent presence in Australia demonstrates HII’s commitment to supporting Australia and the U.S. military forces in the Pacific,” said HII President and CEO Mike Petters. “It also facilitates our ability to conduct real-time, frequent engagement with the Royal Australian Navy and the U.S. The U.S. based shipbuilder has hired Jeff McCray as vice president…

Artists impression of the ‘Hrönn’. (Photo: Automated Ships Ltd.)

World First: Unmanned Autonomous Boat for Offshore Ops

While talk of autonomous operations in the maritime sector have swirled for years, the talk becomes reality as Automated Ships Ltd. (an M Subs Ltd subsidiary) and Norway’s Kongsberg Maritime signed a Memorandum of Understanding to build the world’s first unmanned and fully-automated vessel for offshore operations. In January 2017, Automated Ships Ltd will contract the ‘Hrönn’, which will be designed and built in Norway in cooperation with KONGSBERG. Sea trials will take place…

Kristian Mørch CEO Odfjell SE (Photo: Odfjell SE)

Odffjell to Build Record Size Stainless Steel Chem Tankers

Odfjell has ordered four chemical tankers (with options for an additional four) with stainless steel cargo tanks from China Shipbuilding Trading CO., Ltd. and Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) CO., Ltd. The ships cost $60m each. The 49,000 dwt ships, with a cargo capacity at 54,600 cbm, reportedly makes them the world's largest stainless steel chemical tankers, according to the Norwegian owner. The first ship is expected to be delivered in June 2019 and the following vessels with three months intervals.

Einte Kamstra Shipbuilder Photo Shipbuilder Software

Maritime Sector Doesn’t Fully Leverage Virtual Reality’s Potential

A survey conducted by Shipbuilder shows maritime organisations mainly use very standard virtual reality (VR) functionalities. Geert Schouten, director of Shipbuilder: “At the SMM and the Monaco Yacht Show I spoke to a lot of organisations that use VR. They used it to show for example beautiful yachts and other projects. The users are very positive about this application. Design review and ergonomics benefit from VR already but only via standard applications. The real potential of this technology is not widely known.

Northern Lights, HUG Engineering Partner on Clean Power

Marine generator sets manufacturer Northern Lights, Inc. (NLI) has formed a partnership with exhaust after-treatment equipment manufacturer HUG Engineering to provide complete IMO III certified clean air power generation solutions. The new partnership will allow customers to purchase Northern Lights’ line of marine generator sets and HUG’s selective catalytic NOx reduction (SCR) systems or particle filter (DPF) systems as one completely integrated solution. This engineered solution…

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ship Building

Abu Dhabi Ship Building Launches Trainee Program

Abu Dhabi Ship Building PJSC (ADSB) has launched a training and development program which is designed to prepare young Emiratis for careers in the shipbuilding and repair industry. There are currently 40 trainees enrolled in the first class of the technician development program which provides young Emirati talent with the skills to become professional mechanical and electrical technicians. It includes both technical English and technical development skills. Trainees will receive 1,120 hours of theoretical and practical training over nine months through higher colleges of technology.

Shipping Industry Discusses Mutual Challenges in Tokyo

Some 200 representatives of classification societies, shipbuilders and shipowners came together in Tokyo last week for their annual ‘Tripartite Meeting’ on issues of common interest. The meeting, hosted by Class NK, the Japanese Shipowners’ Association (JSA) and the Shipbuilders’ Association of Japan (SAJ), was this year organised by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – a task traditionally rotated among the international shipowner associations. The Tripartite Meeting has been held every year since 2002…

Global Shipbuilders Discuss Market Downturn

From 19 till 20 October 2016, top executives from major shipbuilders from Japan, Europe, China, South-Korea and the United States met in Gyeongju (South-Korea) in the context of the 25th JECKU, to discuss the industry’s challenges in supply and demand and in addressing regulatory matters. This year’s meeting took place under extraordinary circumstances, notably against a background of a global shipbuilding industry experiencing very harsh demand contractions. Newbuilding demand has been low in practically all market segments of the shipbuilding industry, with the exception of passenger ships.

Susan Jacobs has been appointed vice president of human resources and administration at HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. HII photo

Jacobs Appointed V.P. at Newport News Shipbuilding, HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that Susan Jacobs has been appointed vice president of human resources and administration at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. She will assume her new role on Dec. 2. The position is currently held by Bill Bell, who is retiring after 34 years of service. “Bill’s wide-ranging experiences and leadership have made significant contributions to the human resources division and to our overall company,” said Newport News Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin.

Vannia Willis (Photo: HII)

HII Employees Honored for STEM Achievements

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that 20 employees from the company’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions were recognized for achievements in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) during the 21st annual Women of Color STEM Conference. Huntington Ingalls Industries was among the corporate sponsors that supported this year’s event, which was held October 13-15 in Detroit. Vannia Willis, an 18-year engineering veteran at Newport News, was presented a Community Service Award…

VARD 9 28 - 3 Module Carrier Vessels for KMTF. (For illustration only, courtesy VARD)

Vard Extends SCHOTTEL Propulsion Order

Having already secured the contract in early summer to fit 15 Vard design 9 21 module carriers, propulsion specialist SCHOTTEL has now also received a follow-up order to fit three further Vard design 9 28 vessels with 12 main and auxiliary units. The Norwegian Vard Group is building the first-mentioned 15 vessels for Topaz Energy and Marine, UAE, and the later three for KMTF, the National Maritime Republic of Kazakhstan. A total of 36 special variant SRP 340 Rudderpropellers (formerly SRP 1012) were ordered as the main propulsion units for all 18 carriers.