Louisiana shipyard builds “space port drone ship”
November 25, 2014— A shipyard in Louisiana has built what SpaceX entrepreneur Elon Musk describes in a tweet as an “autonomous space port drone ship.” SpaceX plans to land the latest version of its reusable Falcon 9R rocket on the platform vertically. If it succeeds, it will add one more to the whole string of firsts racked up by the company, which was the first private company to send a spacecraft (Dragon) to the International Space Station and which holds multiple NASA contracts.
Defense Minister “wouldn’t trust ASC to build a canoe”
Defense Minister Senator David Johnston noted that ASC was over budget on a project to build three air warfare destroyers.
CBP in new OCS Jones Act crackdown
Law firm Blank Rome is encouraging owners and operators of vessels engaged in Outer Continental Shelf activities to review their operations to ensure compliance with the Jones Act, and to seek routine counsel to avoid the significant fines being imposed by CBP for violations.
France puts warship delivery to Russia on indefinite hold
The first of the two Mistral Class vessels that the STX France shipyard has been building for Russia has been ready for delivery since early this month.
DNV GL offers help on fuel switching challenges
DNV GL has developed a ship-specific Fuel Change-Over Calculator (FCO) to help shipowners and operators determine the ideal parameters for their vessel’s fuel change-over.