Austal USA lays keel for EPF 8; World Marine of Alabama to drydock Military Sealift tanker

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Austal USA lays keel for EPF 8
March 30, 2016—Austal USA’s Mobile, AL, shipyard yesterday held a keel laying ceremony for the Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel Yuma (EPF 8). The ship is the eighth EPF built at Austal under the 10-ship, $1.6 billion block-buy contract awarded to Austal in 2008.

World Marine of Alabama to drydock Military Sealift tanker
According to Robert Beckmann, WMA’s Senior Vice President and General Manager, across-the-board craft hiring of some 60 full-time workers will begin immediately in anticipation of the vessel’s arrival.

Jack-up to be converted to MOSS
Houston headquartered William Jacob Management, Inc. (WJM) has secured its initial contract to complete the detailed engineering and design of its first Mobile Offshore Support Services Vessel: the MOSS V — a heavy-duty jack-up drilling rig, converted to a self-propelled vessel.

AMP honors Senator Mazie Hirono
Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) was honored with the 2016 Champion of Maritime Award for her long-standing support and commitment to the men and women of the American maritime industry in her work on the Senate Armed Services Committee and as a Ranking Member of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Energy.

MSC partners with INTTRA on container weighing
Under a new SOLAS requirement, no container will be cleared to be loaded onto a ship until the shipper or its designee provides a verified weight to the carrier.

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