US Senator Susan Collins, a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, and US Senator Angus King, a member of the Armed Services Committee, wrote to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to express their strong support for a larger Navy.
Following the damaging effects of Hurricane Dorian, which disrupted operations for many ports and changed cruise lines’ routes, the Freeport-based Grand Bahama Shipyard announced that it is back in operation, after being slightly damaged by the storm.
South Korea’s top three shipyards, Hyundai Heavy Industries Group, Samsung Heavy Industries Co. and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., have received an overall US$12.1 billion won worth of orders, during the first eight months of 2019. This marks a 21.3% reduction from the previous year.
America’s Congressman, John Garamendi and Senator Roger Wicker are reintroducing the ‘Energizing American Shipbuilding Act’, aiming to recapitalise the US’s strategic domestic building and maritime industries. This would be achieved by increasing the percentages of LNG and crude oil exports that will be transported on US-built, flagged, and crewed vessels.
The US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration announced $19.6 million in grants to help capital improvements at 28 US small shipyards as a part of its Small Shipyard Grant program. Provided through MARAD’s Small Shipyards Grant program, the funding supports employee training and related improvements that adopt increased efficiency and economic growth.
Philly Shipyard (PSI), a unit of Philly Shipyard ASA, delivered the second dual-fuel Aloha Class containership, ‘Kaimana Hila’, to Matson Navigation Company. The vessel is the second of two 3.600 TEU Aloha Class containerships that were ordered by Matson.
Overseas Shipholding Group, a provider of energy transportation services for crude oil and petroleum products in the US , exercised an option to build a second 204,000 barrel Oil and Chemical ATB Barge at Gunderson Marine’s Portland, Oregon facility. The barge is planned to be delivered in the second half of 2020, complying with the latest safety and environmental requirements.
The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the US-based shipbuilding company Vigor Marine Inc. over 16 ‘willful and serious violations’ following an inspection at its facility in Portland, Oregon. The company faces proposed penalties totaling $370,358.
American Cruise Lines announced that the first modern riverboat in US history is almost complete. This week, ‘American Song’, under its own power moved from the East Outfitting Basin at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, MD, to the yard’s outfitting bulkhead for the final outfitting touches.
US lawmakers introduced a bill called “Energizing American Shipbuilding Act of 2018.” This bill aims to rebuild America’s domestic shipbuilding and maritime industry.
The legislation will support American shipbuilding by requiring a portion of LNG and crude oil exports to be transported on US-built, U.S.-crewed vessels.
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