Metal Shark to build more cats for NYC Ferry; Former Keppel Shipyard exec faces corruption charges

Metal Shark to build more cats for NYC Ferry
September 26, 2017 — Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark is to again build multiple high-speed aluminum catamaran passenger vessels for NYC Ferry. Metal Shark reports that, in early August, it received orders from Hornblower, which operates the service for New York City, for four 97 ft x 28 ft, 350-passenger USCG Subchapter K vessels. These are a new and larger platform than the fleet of 150-passenger vessels NYC Ferry currently operates. An additional 85 ft, 150-passenger USCG Subchapter T vessel has also been ordered.


Former Keppel Shipyard exec faces corruption charges
Singapore media report that a former Keppel Shipyard senior procurement officer, Neo Kian Siong, was charged with 395 offenses involving corruption and money laundering.
GAO reports on USCG polar icebreaker plans

In a report released yesterday, the GAO looks at the status of the U.S. Coast Guard’s polar icebreaking fleet, at its heavy polar acquisition program and its plans to extend the life of its icebreaker Polar Star to bridge the gap until the first new vessels are delivered.
Samsung Heavy books order for six MSC mega box ships

In a regulatory filing, South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries Co, said it had won a 1.1 billion-won (US$968 million) deal to build six containerships for delivery by the end of 2019.
Passed over for promotion, Pacific Fleet commander will retire

Admiral Scott Swift, Commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet since 2015, has been passed over for promotion to the more senior post of Commander, U.S. Pacific Command and has submitted a request to retire.
HHI books very large order for Very Large Ore Carriers

The ships will be designed as LNG-ready eco-friendly ships and equipped with a ballast water management system and a scrubber.