Navy’s estimate of Columbia Class cost “not realistic”; Giant box ships face Houston Ship Channel limits

April 1oth 2019
April 10, 2019 — A GAO (U.S. Government Accountability Office) report says that the Navy’s cost estimate to construct 12 Columbia class submarines—$115 billion—is not realistic because it is based on several overly optimistic assumptions, such as the amount of labor needed for construction. The Navy has identified the Columbia class submarine program as its top acquisition priority. It plans to invest over $100 billion to develop and purchase 12 nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines to replace aging Ohio class submarines by 2031.

Giant box ships face Houston Ship Channel limits

Faced with growing traffic through the Houston Ship Channel, the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority met in special session Monday and, as an interim measure, adopted a resolution putting some restrictions on movement of ultra large containerships through the channel.

Viking and China Merchants plan new cruise JV

China Merchants Group’s shipbuilding subsidiaries will partner with the joint venture to design and build new ocean cruise ships dedicated to the Chinese market.

France seeks speed restrictions on ships

France has submitted a proposal to IMO’s Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) calling for speed restrictions to be placed on ships as an initial first step to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships.
USCG cuts holding time requirement for Alfa Laval PureBallast 3

Alfa Laval PureBallast 3, the third generation of Alfa Laval’s ballast water treatment technology, has received an updated type approval from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). The new certificate makes it possible for vessels to deballast in United States waters with a holding time of just 2.5 hours.
Keppel Nantong delivers ultra low -emission dredge

Keppel Singmarine’s Nantong, China, shipyard has delivered the world’s first dredge to meet European Union Stage V emissions requirements for inland waterways vessels.

Chinese yard plans to build 270,000 cu.m LNG carrier

The new JDP will see Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard and DNV GL cooperate to use their expertise and experience in research and development, engineering, classification, and construction, to develop a modern ultra large LNG carrier with a capacity of 270,000 cu.m.