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July 2, 2001

$81.3 million Navy contract for Ingalls
The U.S. Navy has awarded an additional $81.3 million to Ingalls Shipbuilding, a Northrop Grumman company, for the continuation of work towards the construction of an eighth WASP (LHD 1) Class large-deck multipurpose amphibious assault ship.

Under the contract modification, Ingalls will purchase materials and begin initial preparations for the construction of selected assemblies and subassemblies. Actual construction of ship assemblies will begin following completion of material procurement and previously funded design work. A contract for full ship construction is expected in early 2002.

Ship managers to class societies: Stop bickering
Alan Ward, executive vice-president of the International Ship Managers Association (ISMA),says members of the International Association of Classification Societies should be paying pay more attention to boosting quality standards and dealing with sub-standard shipping, rather than bickering amongst themselves.

"The continued distraction" of internal friction between senior members of IACS does nobody any good, "least of all the shipowners, shipmanagers and their seafaring employees." says Ward.

He thinks IACS societies should learn from the "unified team approach" they already use in the partnership the ship management association has with members of IACS to provide an auditing service to ISMA members.

"According to ISMA regulations," says Ward, "this auditing service must always be undertaken jointly, by any three of these IACS members. This is a successful relationship that has stood the test of time and has done much to provide ISMA members with a quality service resulting in the ISMA code producing the highest safety and quality standard of any industry body."

"Cannot this example of a unified team approach be extended and expanded to encompass all activities entered into by IACS members?" asks Ward.

"It is high time," says Ward, "for all IACS members to refocus their efforts and attention on providing a high and unified standard of material inspection that can benefit all, rather than the few."

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