India Issues RFPs for Navy & Coast Guard Shipbuilding

July 1, 2019 – In a significant development in the indigenous shipbuilding, Ministry of Defence has issued four shipbuilding Requests for Proposal (RFP) amounting to Rs 15,000 crore for the acquisition of various ships and craft for the Navy and the Coast Guard. While the RFP for six Next Generation Missile Vessels (NGMVs) has been issued to seven shipyards, RFPs for eight Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs) and 12 Air Cushion Vehicles (ACVs) and 08 Missile-cum-Ammunition Barges have been issued to shortlisted Indian shipyards. The RFP for ACVs also includes the…

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Warship Under Make in India

June 26, 2019 – The Government has taken initiatives in construction of warship under the “Make in India”. Major shipbuilding projects in respect to Indigenous Aircraft Carrier, Frigates, Submarines, Destroyers, Corvettes, Naval Offshore Patrol Vessels etc., are at various stages of execution at different Indian shipyards. The Navy designs most of its weapon intensive warships in-house and gets them built indigenously at Indian Shipyards. The Indian Navy has in-house capability to design complex frontline combatants like Corvettes, Stealth Frigates, Destroyers and Aircraft Carriers. Several measures have been taken by Government…

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NAVSEA ship experts say history should inform the future in naval shipbuilding expansion

June 18, 2019 – Lessons learned from history helped focus the nation’s shipbuilding efforts moving into World War II and beyond, according to Dr. Norbert Doerry and Dr. Philip Koenig, both from Naval Sea Systems Command. The two men were the June speakers for the monthly Rear Adm. David Taylor Naval Architecture Lecture Series at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, in West Bethesda, Maryland, on June 13. The lecture, titled “Naval Shipbuilding Expansion: the World War II Surface Combatant Experience,” took the audience through four eras that the two…

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Cammell Laird Targets Shipbuilding Growth After Busy Start to Year

June 12, 2019 – Merseyside UK shipyard and marine engineering services company Cammell Laird is reporting a strong first four months of 2019, with 25 ships arriving for drydocking and repairs during the period. In total Cammell Laird has received 11 ferries at its famous Birkenhead site from January to the end of April, along with 14 other vessels. The successful start to the year has involved work carried out for 13 different clients, aided by repeat business for a number of customers. The period also saw inaugural arrival of…

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Delay in Building Ships, Cost Escalation Affecting Navy’s Upgrade Plans

February 11, 2019 – There have been occasion where Warship Construction Projects of Indian Navy have had time and / or cost overruns due to design finalization, delay in receipt of critical equipment / technology, infrastructural constraints of the shipyard and delay in development of indigenized equipment / weapon. Modernization of Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) in terms of infrastructure to enhance productivity from time to time on required basis is also undertaken by the Ministry. Indigenization of equipment / systems, sub-systems, components fitted onboard ships and submarines, Indian Naval…

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Naval Shipbuilding a Boon for Australian Economy

November 28, 2018 – The strong boost to Australia’s economy from the Coalition’s sovereign Naval Shipbuilding Plan has been further confirmed through an Oxford Economics report on the Hunter class future frigate program. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the modelling vindicated the Coalition Government’s determination to develop a sovereign naval shipbuilding capability in Australia. “The Oxford Economics report emphasizes the important role the Hunter class program and the broader naval shipbuilding enterprise play in Australia’s economic growth and the ongoing development of our skilled workforce,” Minister…

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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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