Navy to scrap DD-21 plans, delay start of CVN-X?
Newspaper reports says the Navy is to defer construction of the CVN-X aircraft carrier by year and will scrap plans for the DD-21, going straight on to the DD-X concept.

Bouchard cancels ATB order
Halter Marine, Inc. has announced the cancellation by Bouchard Coastwise Management, Inc. of a 110,000-barrel articulating tug-barge (ATB).

Deepwater drilling record
Transocean Sedco Forex Inc. says it set another world record for ultra-deepwater drilling when its Discoverer Spirit drillship spudded an appraisal well in 9,727 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico

Kvaerner comes up with rescue proposal
Kvaerner has proposed what it calls "a complete solution" for solving its financial problems.

Northrop Grumman suspends work on cruise ships
Effective immediately,Northrop Grumman Corporation has suspended all work on the two 1,900-passenger Project America cruise ships at its Ingalls operation in Pascagoula, Miss.

DOJ files suit to block GD acquisition of NNS
The way now appears open for Northrop Grumman to acquire Newport News.

Singapore yards talk merger
The managements of Keppel Corporation and SembCorp Industries say they are holding discussions on the rationalization of the Singapore shipyard industry and the possibility of other collaborations between the two groups.

FOE buys an Aker H-3 accommodation unit
Fred Olsen Energy has entered into an agreement with Transocean Sedco Forex to purchase Rig 82 (ex- Polymariner, ex- Allegeheny) for $5.6 million.

Revised delivery date for second Ocean Rig unit
Operations of Ocean Rig's second rig, Eirik Raude, . are now estimated to commence in second quarter 2002

Harvey Gulf plans expansion
Harvey Gulf International Marine, Inc., Harvey, La., has entered into an agreement with Eastern Shipbuilding, Panama City, Fla., for construction of six OSV's. and will soon go out for bids on four PSV's

New VP at Seabulk towing
Seabulk Towing, Inc., the Tampa-based subsidiary of Seabulk International, has announced the appointment of Kenneth M. Rogers to the new position of senior vice president of marketing

North to advise General Maritime
General Maritime Corporation has announced the appointment of Rear Admiral Robert C. North, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired) as an advisor to the company.

IMO reacts to September 11 incident
At the urging of IMO Secretary General William A. O'Neil, the organization's Legal Committee is to review the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation, 1988 and the Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Fixed Platforms Located on the Continental Shelf, 1988  (the SUA treaties)

Yukos to buy two chunks of Kvaerner for $100 million
Russia's second-largest oil company is to purchase Kvaerner's hydrocarbons and process technology businesses, on a debt free basis, for an aggregate consideration of $100 million.

Keppel completes FPSO conversion
Keppel Shipyard, Singapore, has successfully converted a 155,000 dwt tanker into a Floating Production Storage and Offloading Vessel (FPSO)

AMCV files for Chapter 11
says it's in talks with Northrop Grumman on Patriot. Carnival may take back Patriot

Combat logistics ship will use commercial ship technology

Marad nomination goes to Senate
Schubert name submitted

FGH retains restructuring advisor
Turnaround specialist called in

ABS releases Castor report
The American Bureau of Shipping has now released the report of its investigation into the damage sustained by the Castor.

Korean ship exports up 30%
Korea's ship exporting business is booming, with a 30 percent increase through the end of September this year.

SENESCO inks $3 million in new contracts
Southeastern New England Shipbuilding Corporation, North Kingston, R.I., reports that it has signed contracts for construction of three barges and pier floats. Total estimated value is around $3 million.

More orders for Austal
Austal Ships, Australia, and Austal USA have secured contracts for new vessels with a combined contract value of approximately US$26 million.

Manitowoc wins $82.4 million USCG icebreaker contract
The Manitowoc Company, Inc. announced yesterday that the United States Coast Guard has awarded Manitowoc Marine Group an $82.4-million contract to build a new Great Lakes ice breaker.

Family business
With a base pay of a reported $321,324 a year, the New Orleans-Baton Rouge Steamship Pilots Association apparently likes to keep jobs in the family.

HDW takes over Hellenic
After some last minute wavering, Germany's HDW-Ferostaal is now set to own Greece's largest shipyard, Hellenic Shipyards, and ensure the fulfillment oif a $1 billion submarine order

Røkke and Russians to divvy up Kværner?
Aker Maritime is understood to have held secret talks this week with Kværner's new Russian shareholder, Yukos Oil

Security enhancement training at MITAGS
MITAGS' small arms and other security enhancement training programs are now open to all companies and organizations.

Latin American unions join Trico campaign
Brazilian oil workers’ and seafarers’ unions have launched a new Solidarity Pact with American seafarers who are fighting for the right to join a trade union.

Russian oil company takes stake in Kværner
Shares in Kværner closed some 25% up on the Oslo stock exchange following an announcement that Yukos Finance B.V., a subsidiary of the Russian oil company Yukos Oil Companya had acquired 586,487 shares in Kvaerner ASA. giving it approximately 10.0055% of Kvaerner's shares and votes.

Ocean Rig faces another $20 million costs on first Bingo
Ocean Rig says Leiv Eiriksson's sea trials have lasted longer than anticipated. Problems during testing of equipment and systems have led to increased costs.

Orders for FGH
Friede Goldman Halter's Halter Marine, Inc. unit reports that it has signed a contract with an undisclosed customer to build a 332 ft x 74 ft x 25 ft double-skin, clean oil tank barge with an estimated 80,000 bbl capacity

Canada awards 20-vessel SAR boat contract
A C$46.7 million (about US$34 million) competitive contract to build twenty new search and rescue lifeboats has been awarded to Victoria Shipyards of Victoria, BC.

Korea expresses "sorrow" after bodies are dumped into sea
A South Korean spokesman today expressed "deep sorrow" about the deaths of 26 illegal migrants who were being smuggled into Korea on a fishing boat from China.

Manitowoc clinches ferry, dump scow contract
The City of New York recently awarded its Manitowoc Marine Group contracts to build three Kennedy-class ferries. Manitowoc Marine Group has also received a contract from Great Lakes Dredge & Dock to build a 7,100-cubic-yard dump scow

Ship design and newbuilding supervision in China
Two European ship design and newbuilding supervision groups have joined forces to provide dedicated ship design for Chinese shipyards

Keppel puts more yards under Keppel FELS control
Singapore's Keppel Corporation Limited (KCL) will restructure Keppel Hitachi Zosen Limited (KHZ) under Keppel FELS Limited. The aim is to "create a global leader in servicing the international marine and offshore market."

IMO adopts convention on control of harmful anti-fouling systems
A new IMO convention will prohibit the use of harmful organotins in anti-fouling paints used on ships and will establish a mechanism to prevent the potential future use of other harmful substances in anti-fouling systems.

IACS warns on dangers of inadequate onboard manuals
"Poorly produced manuals with ambiguous content, together with technical materials presented in languages which cannot be understood by those on board, have contributed to serious accidents and near misses," says the International Association of Classification Societies .

Improved Vancouver marine fuels service

New reporting requirements for ships entering, leaving U.S.

NNS Board to meet on bids

HDW getting cold feet on Hellenic deal?

New deputy chairman for P&O Princess

U.S. may face severe tank vessel shortage

H&W gets NASSCO contracts

FGH to resume work on Petrodrill rigs

Operators warned of terrorist dangers

Bollinger delivers patrol boat

Tricat enters service in Korea

Kent Line sells container business to Tropical

CP Ships gets NYSE listing

USCG alerts Port Security Units

Kvaerner shares bounce back a little

EnviroEngines for Queen Mary 2

EMFF makes safety awards

BP orders fourth "Alaska Class" tanker from NASSCO