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November 25, 2014
France puts warship delivery to Russia on indefinite hold
NOVEMBER 25, 2014 — Russian sailors waiting in St. Nazaire, France, to take delivery of a helicopter carrier look set for an extended stay. According to an announcement today by the office of French President François Hollande, "the President...
November 25, 2014
Singapore operator takes delivery of Flex Ferry trio
NOVEMBER 25, 2014 — Singapore's Penguin Shipyard International has delivered three 38 m Flex Ferries to their new owner, Horizon Ferries, following successful sea trials in Singapore. Designed by BMT Nigel Gee of Southampton, England, the the...
November 25, 2014
Liberty Maritime bulker rescues Syrian refugees
NOVEMBER 25, 2014 — The 50,601 dwt U.S.-flag bulker Liberty Grace was recently involved in the rescue of more than 230 Syrian refugees from a a Turkish fishing trawler that was adrift 120 nautical miles southeast of Sicily. Libert Maritime,...
November 25, 2014
DNV GL offers help on fuel switching challenges
NOVEMBER 25, 2014 — Classification society DNV GL says that stricter limitations on sulfur emissions (SOx) will pose many challenges to ships operating in Emission Control Areas (ECAs).  If not handled with care, switching from Heavy Fuel...
November 25, 2014
Defense Minister "wouldn't trust ASC to build a...
NOVEMBER 25, 2014 — Things are getting heated in the debate over whether Australia should build its next-generation submarines at government owned shipbuilder ASC or buy them overseas. In an exchange in Senate question time today, Defense...
November 25, 2014
CBP in new OCS Jones Act crackdown
NOVEMBER 25, 2014 — U.S. Customs and Border Protection is stepping up its efforts to enforce Jones Act requirement on OCS operations. Law firm Blank Rome is encouraging owners and operators of vessels engaged in Outer Continental Shelf...
November 24, 2014
Louisiana shipyard builds "space port drone ship"
NOVEMBER 24, 2014 — A shipyard in Louisiana has built what SpaceX entrepreneur Elon Musk describes in a tweet as an "autonomous space port drone ship." SpaceX plans to land the latest version of its reusable Falcon 9R rocket on the platform...
November 24, 2014
U.S.-built trawler will be most environmental friendly yet
NOVEMBER 24, 2014 — Norwegian ship designer Skipsteknisk AS says the new 261.8 ft freezer trawler ordered from shipbuilder Dakota Creek Industries, Anacortes, WA, by Fisherman's Finest, Kirkland, WA, will be its "most environmental and carbon...
November 24, 2014
EB gets $24.5 million more for Virgina on board spares
NOVEMBER 24, 2014 — General Dynamics Electric Boat Corp., Groton, CT, is being awarded modifications exercising options under two previously awarded contracts  for continued procurement and manufacturing of onboard repair parts. The...
November 24, 2014
LR to class Maersk AHTS newbuilds at Kleven
NOVEMBER 24, 2014 — The six Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessels (plus four options) ordered from Norwegian shipbuilder Kleven by  Maersk Supply Service last month (see earlier story) will be assigned Lloyd's Register (LR) class notations...

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