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Navy announces CV 67 contracts
The U.S. Navy has announced a number of contracts relating to the Extended Selected Restricted Availability (ESRA) of the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67).

Halter returns to ship repair
Halter Marine is now up and running under new ownership as VT Halter Marine, Inc.--and will be offering ship repair services as part of its portfolio.

FBI warns of threat to tankers
A recent FBI alert warns that al-Qa'ida plans to weaken the petroleum industry by conducting additional sea based attacks against large oil tankers

Carnival poised to win Princess
The board of P&O Princess has already paid a $62.5 million break fee to Royaal Caribbean as it endorses an offer from rival Carnival Corporation.

USCG issues security NVIC
The Coast Guard has issued vessel security guidelines consistent with proposals being developed at IMO

AMFELS delivers jack-up
Keppel's yard in Brownsville, Texas, has delivered on time and on budget, a KFELS MOD V "B" class ultra premium jack-up drilling unit.

Singapore Technologies unit completes Halter acquisition.
Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engg) has issued a statement saying it is pleased to announce the successful completion of the acquisition of Friede Goldman Halter's shipbuilding facilities through its U.S. subsidiary, VT Halter Marine, Inc.

Navy order for Bollinger/Incat
Bareboat charter of Mine Warfare Command test platform

Northrop Grumman gets some Swedish stealth
Kockums is to join a team assembled by Northrop Grumman’s Ship System sector to complete for the U.S. Navy’s Focused Mission Vessel Study

Audit of USCG capital spending
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Transportation is initiating an audit of the U.S. Coast Guard's capital investments.

New IMO sewage rules
Another deadline. Another certificate to be carried on ships.

EU goes to WTO
The European Union has taken the first formal step against Korea in bringing a WTO proceeding alleging unfair shipbuilding practices

Fire damaged newbuild drydocked
Mitsubishi Heavy industries has towed Diamond Princess to a dry dock

Propulsion systems: $5 billion market by 2007
Marine propulsion systems are expected to grow to become a $5 billion market by 2007.

IMO Legal Committee moves on terrorism
IMO's legal committee meets in London to look at issues that include terrorism and wreck removal

Breakthrough on port and maritime security legislation
With a proposal for a user fee eliminated, House and Senate conferees report agreement in principle on port and maritime security legislation.

Yemen to get a Coast Guard?
Yemeni reports say U.S. will help Yemen establish a Coast Guard

First RT-flex60C completes shop trials
All test results for Sulzer's latest slow speed engine came up to expectations during shop trials in Trieste

"Green Passport" for ships
IMO's MEPC has been discussing ballast water management, greenhouse gas emissions--and a "Green Passport" that would accompany a ship from the newbuilding yard to the scrapyard.

IMO responds following Limburg incident
The International Maritime Organization says it is "following very closely" developments surrounding the incident on board the French tanker Limburg off the coast of Yemen on Sunday, October 6, 2002.

LNG escort tugs take shape
Washburn & Doughty Associates, Inc. of East Boothbay, Maine is currently building two 4,400 hp Z Drive (ASD) Tugs for Boston Towing & Transportation Company

Cruise ferry order for Aker Finnyards
Aker Finnyards and the Estonian Tallink Group have signed a contract for the building of a new cruise ferry for delivery in spring 2004.

More orders for MAN B&W 32/40
The company has won two orders for the delivery of six 32/40 engines.

Repeat orders for RT-flex engines
Wartsila Corporation has received a repeat order for two more Sulzer RT-flex engines with electronically-controlled common-rail fuel injection.

NASSCO gets extension of LHA/LHD mainenance contract
National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, says it has been awarded a two-year extension on a contract for the phased maintenance of the five San Diego-based LHA and LHD class ships

North Sea contract for Gorilla VII
Rowan Companies, Inc. today announced the contracting of its Super Gorilla class jack-up, the Rowan Gorilla VII, to Tuscan Energy (Scotland) Limited

Cruise industry U.S. spending increases
The International Council of Cruise Lines says the North American cruise industry contributed $20 billion to the U.S. economy in 2001. The total included $621 million spent on ship maintenance and repair,

Limburg: It was an attack
France says that the initial results of the investigation into the Limburg explosion indicate it resulted from a deliberate attack

Conrad gets an order and pulls a plug
Conrad Industries reports a contract from the Corps of Engineers and says it has pulled the plug on its deal to acquire Swiftships' assets

Cruise ship project to continue
P&O Princess and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will continue with construction of the fire-damaged Diamond Princess

Hull insurance rates set to soar
Major losses such as the Diamond Princess shipyard fire are hurting hull insurers

Kvaerner Masa-Yards extends deadline for Color Line order
Color Line AS of Norway and Kvaerner Masa-Yards have agreed to extend the validity of a letter of intent signed in July 2002.

Judge orders Pacific ports back to work
U.S. West Coast ports will reopen today. A federal court yesterday granted a temporary restraining order forcing an end to the lockout imposed by the Pacific Maritime Association.

Princess updates profits forecast
With FTC clearance of merger offers from both Royal Caribbean and Carnival, P&O Princess Cruises has updated its 2002 profit forecast

U.S. Navy joins blast tanker investigation
The U.S. Naval Criiminal Investigative Service team is joining the probe into the explosion aboard a French tanker in Yemen

Bush intervenes in Pacific ports dispute
President George W. Bush has taken the first step in the Taft-Hartley process

France starts tanker explosion probe
French counterterrorism agency DST is investigating the causes of the Limburg explosion

Tidewater dampens earnings expectations
The world's largest OSV operator says earnings will fall short of analysts' expectations

Harland & Wolff to stop shipbuilding
After current jobs are completed, focus will be on repair and project management

Terrorist attack on French tanker
The owners of a French tanker ablaze off Yemen believe the ship was rammed by a small boat laden with explosives

Princess set for talks with Carnival

Green issues on IMO agenda

Trico in $11.4 million crewboat lease deal with GE

Glimmers of hope in West Coast port shutdown

Kurz elected Seabulk chairman

Austal cats head for Hong Kong
Port talks break down

Wartsila acquires Canadian engine reconditioner

Princess lets options lapse

Azipod simulation at MITAGS

EU goes to WTO