Thurs, June 1, 2000
The announcement was made yesterday by
the Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration at a press conference on San
The new routing measures are primarily
designed to improve protection of the Monterey Bay National Marine
Sanctuary, the Gulf of the Farallones and
The shipping lane proposal developed through a two-year collaborative effort led by NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and the U.S. Coast Guard.
More than 4,000 large vessels transit the
central California coast every year, most traveling between 2.5
and 15 miles from the Monterey Bay Sanctuary's
The proposal announced Wednesday will place
large vessels further offshore in north-south tracks ranging
from 13 to 20 nautical miles from shore between Big
To facilitate the alignment of these offshore
routes, the proposal also extends the vessel traffic separation
lanes in the western end of the Santa Barbara Channel
"These vessel routing initiatives
will enhance the safety of navigation along the California Coast
by increasing order and predictability for vessel traffic
Slater also noted that routing vessels
further offshore will provide more time for responding to disabled
vessels to prevent them from grounding. At a cost of just
gets contract for additional LPD 17
The cost reimbursable contract is for the construction of LPD 20, the fourth ship in a planned 12-ship program. The follow-on eight ships in the program will be awarded over the next four years.
As prime contractor for the LPD 17 program, Litton Avondale leads a team composed of Bath Iron Works, Raytheon Electronic Systems and Intergraph Corporation. Design of the lead ship of the class is underway at Litton Avondale with actual production scheduled to begin this summer.
Eight ships in the planned 12-ship program, including the contract awarded today for LPD 20, will be built at Litton Avondale in New Orleans. Four of the vessels will be produced at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine.
The LPD 17 Amphibious Transport Dock Ships
are designed to be 208.4 m (684 feet) long and 31.9 m (105 feet)
wide. They will be the functional replacement for the LPD 4,
LSD 36, LKA 113, and LST 1179 Classes of Amphibious ships. The
ship's mission is to embark, transport and land elements of a
landing force in an assault by helicopters, landing craft, and
amphibious vehicles to conduct an amphibious warfare mission.
Mitsui joint venture orders VLGCs
The vessels will be placed on long-term time charter to Dynegy Global Liquids, Inc., a subsidiary of Dynegy Inc., a marketer of energy products and services and a leader in the LPG transportation business. Chevron Corp. has a 28 percent ownership interest in Dynegy Inc.
Operated by Chevron, the carriers will enhance Dynegy's ability to move large volumes of LPG at competitive market rates.
Tom Moore, president of Chevron Shipping Co., said, "These new vessels represent the continuing alignment of Chevron's business strategies with Dynegy. We expect this project will position Dynegy to continue its recent growth in the LPG transportation market and Chevron Shipping is proud to play a key role in that effort. This project also represents the continuation of a successful partnering relationship with Mitsui in the acquisition of quality tonnage for our customers' marine transportation needs."
A key Mitsui representative said, "We are very proud of this project which comes as a result of the tireless efforts of all involved, including two leading financial institutions, Credit Agricole/Indosuez and ING Bank as financiers."
The vessels will become part of the world's
largest class of LPG ships known as "Very Large Gas Carriers"
or VLGCs, and with a laden speed exceeding 17 knots, will transport
volumes of propane or butane quickly and efficiently to global
markets. The vessels will be configured to trade to either eastern
or western hemisphere terminals.
car-passenger ferry for SeaFrance
The contract worth some 550 million Finnish marks ($86 million approx) gives the shipyard 800 manyears of work.
The new 32,000 grt vessel to be delivered
in September 2001 will have a length of 185 m and a beam of 28
m. It will be able to transport 1,900 passengers in the highest
standards of comfort and will offer vehicle deck space for 120
trucks or 700 cars. Service speed will be up to 25 knots, making
it the fastest ferry on the route and reducing the crossing time
to approximately one hour.
Conrad delivers spud barge