Babcock Closing Appledore Shipyard

November 1, 2018 – Babcock International has today announced it has taken the difficult decision to exit operations at its Appledore facility in Devon, ending its site lease in March 2019. Babcock’s focus is now firmly on its workforce and its determination to protect their employment within the business. To that end, the company will offer relocation opportunities for all 199 Appledore employees at other Babcock facilities, 140 of whom are already on short-term redeployment to its Devonport operations. Babcock very much regrets having to take this course of action…

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Statement on Shipbuilding by Stuart Andrew, Under Secretary of State

October 18, 2018 – “I would like to thank all hon. and right hon. Members, my predecessor, the hon. Member for Aberconwy, (Guto Bebb) and the Minister for Defence People and Veterans (the Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood) for their contribution to the Opposition Day debate on Defence Industry and Shipbuilding which took place on 11 July 2018. The passionate and constructive comments of Members clearly demonstrated this House’s support for shipbuilding. “Naval shipbuilding has a particularly important place in our defence industry. As a maritime nation, our prosperity as well…

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How the Coast Guard Supports Maritime Commerce & Shipbuilding Industry

October 11, 2018 – The Coast Guard is known for saving lives at sea, but did you know the service plays a huge role in the economy, too? As a regulatory entity, the Coast Guard conducts marine inspections on vessels entering United States ports to make sure the vessels do not pose a safety, security, or environmental threat to the country. With 90% of U.S. imports and exports entering or exiting the country by ship, these inspections ensure there is fuel at the gas station, food in the store and…

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X-BOW – How it Started

When times are tough, it is still possible to nurture and grow good ideas. That’s the story behind the ULSTEIN X-BOW® hull line design, which upon its introduction in 2005 literally turned the image of the ship’s bow upside down. “The X-BOW was developed during 2003-2004 – one of the latest tough periods for the offshore industry – and revealed in 2005 together with the contract for the first vessel, ‘Bourbon Orca’, an anchor handling tug supply vessel for Bourbon Offshore Norway,” says Ulstein Group CEO Gunvor Ulstein. With a…

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Past Performance Provides Valuable Lessons for Future Investments

e Navy set a goal in 2007 for a fleet of 330 ships. Since then, the Navy has: fallen 50 ships short, gone $11 billion over budget, experienced many years of schedule delays, delivered ships with less capability and lower quality than expected. These poor outcomes persist because policy and processes enable the Navy to deviate from shipbuilding best practices. The Navy is planning its biggest fleet size increase in over 30 years. This creates an opportunity for the Navy to improve how it buys ships, adopt a more disciplined…

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Belgium and the Netherlands ratify the purchase of naval vessels

Google Translation The Netherlands and Belgium jointly purchase multipurpose frigates and mine control vessels. On June 8th, Minister Ank Bijleveld-Schouten and her Belgian colleague Steven Vandeput take the next step with the signing of 2 Memoranda of Understanding. This happened in the margins of the 2-day NATO meeting that took place in Brussels since yesterday. The government recently announced that it replaced the M-frigates and mine-fighting vessels. Belgium takes the lead in the purchase of the 12 mine-fighting vessels, of which 6 for the Netherlands, and the associated unmanned systems.…

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PLA Navy climbing to global ‘front rank’

Chinese military shipbuilding technology will leap to the front rank globally in the near future, a senior ship designer said on Tuesday. Ships, such as aircraft carriers, are “instruments of national significance”, said Wu Xiaoguang, chief designer of China’s first domestic aircraft carrier. The country has achieved great progress since 2012, he said. On April 26, China launched its first domestically developed aircraft carrier in Dalian, Liaoning province, according to the Ministry of National Defense. The new carrier, the largest and most sophisticated vessel China has ever built, is undergoing…

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US Navy Releases Draft Request For Proposal For Coast Guard Icebreaker Design, Construction

The U.S. Navy, in collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) under an Integrated Program Office (IPO), released a draft Request for Proposal (RFP) Oct. 19 for the detail design and construction of a Heavy Polar Icebreaker (HPIB). The draft RFP is for one HPIB, with options for two additional HPIBs. The USCG requires new heavy icebreakers to ensure continued access to both Polar Regions and support the country’s economic, commercial, maritime and national security needs. The draft RFP is for comments, questions, and planning purposes and is provided as…

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Bright future ahead for shipbuilding in South Australia

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, tonight launched the Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) Australia’s report, which outlines the significant economic benefits of naval shipbuilding to South Australia over the coming decades. Minister Pyne welcomed the report which estimates 8000 new jobs will be created in South Australia, demonstrating the impact of the Government’s commitment to this national enterprise. “This PwC report illustrates just how beneficial to the South Australian economy the Turnbull Government’s $90 billion Naval Shipbuilding program will be. “This is great news for South Australians currently…

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India & Ukraine discuss potential partnership in the field of Shipbuilding

A Ukrainian delegation led by its Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade Ms. Nataliya Mykolska, met Secretary, Ministry of Shipping Shri Ravikant in New Delhi yesterday to discuss the potential for developing sustainable partnership between the two countries in the area of shipbuilding. Giving an overview of ship building industry in their country, the Ukrainian delegation invited senior officials of the Ministry of Shipping to visit Odessa and Kiev to study the logistic chain and shipbuilding yards in particular. Secretary, Shipping Shri Ravikant invited Ukraine to send a group-cum-business…

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Ambitious future for Naval Shipbuilding in the UK

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has unveiled an ambitious new National Shipbuilding Strategy which meets the challenge set by Sir John Parker last November and sets out plans for the first batch of Type 31 frigates. Sir John Parker’s independent report into British naval shipbuilding proposed far-reaching recommendations to transform the UK maritime industry and boost the prosperity of regions, shipyards and maritime supply chains across the country. Today’s Strategy sees the Government accept Sir John’s recommendations and step up to what he called a prospective ‘renaissance’ in British shipbuilding.…

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Naval Shipbuilding Projects Pave the Way for Industry in Tasmainia

April 27, 2017 – Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced an additional Naval Shipbuilding Industry briefing will be held in Launceston on 3 May 2017. Minister Pyne said this event followed on from the success of industry briefings held across regional Australia in March. The briefings have attracted over 200 attendees; from manufacturers in Geelong, boat lifters in Geraldton, welders in Bunbury and engineers in Nowra. “These briefings are a chance for regional Australians to learn more about the Government’s $89 billion national shipbuilding endeavour—the…

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Second Project 03182 Vasily Nitkin Ordered

Google Translation March 12, 2017 – As reported 10 March 2017 the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Enterprise Nizhny Novgorod region, at JSC “Shipyard” Volga “Nizhny Novgorod carried tab small marine tanker 03182 for Russian Navy project. The tanker was named “Vasily Nikitin” (serial number 851) in honor of Colonel-General V. Nikitin (1914 – 1994), from 1954 to 1984, who was head of the Department of Fuel Supply (1967 – Central control supply rocket fuel and fuel, since 1979 – Central rocket fuel management and fuel) of the Ministry of…

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