Wednesday, September 6, 2000

FirstWave/Newpark awarded Jack Ryan contract
FirstWave/Newpark Shipbuilding has been awarded a contract from Global Marine Drilling Company of Houston, Texas for final commissioning of drilling equipment and other miscellaneous completion work on the newbuild drillship Glomar Jack Ryan. The vessel left builder Harland & Wolff Shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on August 20 and is scheduled to arrive at FirstWave's East Pelican Island Facility in Galveston early September.

Harland & Wolff is in arbitration with Global Marine over Global Marine's failure to make a delivery installment payment on the vessel

First oceangoing U.S-flag newbuilding to DNV Class
A 37,237 grt car carrier is the first ever U.S. flag ocean-going cargo ship to be built in the U.S. to Det Norske Veritas class. The ship is being built at Halter Marine in Pascagoula, Miss, where steel cutting begian on August 28. When delivered, in about 24 months, the new carrier will engage in the vehicle trade between Hawaii and California for its owner, Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines LLC.

DNV secured classification of the vessel soon after obtaining additional statutory authorizations from the U.S. Coast Guard. However, the society received the class request from Halter Marine, Inc. before these authorizations were obtained. DNV says this is evidence of Halter's confidence that they would be obtained and in DNV for class services.

Previously, DNV has classed a number of HSLC passenger ferries, also U.S. flag, that were built in the U.S. Halter Marine's readiness to exercise its freedom to choose classification societies is hailed as "a ground breaking move," by DNV. It says that the U.S. maritime industry as a whole will gained from increased competition based upon safety, customer service, and technical competence. This, says DNV, opens the door for a number of advancements for U.S. yards and owners, such as:

  • Benchmarking and best practices
  • Expanded research and development
  • More experience feedback
  • New information and communication technology
  • Broad experience in international regulations and surveys
  • Wider surveyor network

The U.S. Coast Guard will also enjoy many of these benefits.

"Landing this project and obtaining the U.S. Coast Guard authorizations was a tremendous effort. Now, as we look ahead, we are confident that we can deploy similar efforts, maintain a high performance level on this project and, hopefully, earn future U.S. flag newbuilding contracts. Indeed, I am proud to note that DNV is a significant player in the U.S. maritime community", says DNV's Blaine Collins.


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