Rear Admiral Pluta Redefines Maritime Security

Rear Admiral (RADM) Paul Pluta, the man in charge of ensuring the security of the 361 ports and 95,000 miles of coastline in the U.S., had to quickly shift gears in the hours following September 11. Hired initially to beef up environmental protection and passenger vessel safety,


Fincantieri Orders Water- Lubed Shaft Bearings

Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani SpA has ordered Thordon COMPAC propeller shaft bearing systems for a new cruise ship (Hull No. 6100) being built for Princess Cruises at the Monfalcone Shipyard in Italy for 2006 delivery. This will be the seventh Princess

Heroes on the High Seas

On Sunday, December 17, 2000 a raging storm was brewing off the coast of Virginia. Record-breaking waves were measuring anywhere from 30-40ft. and the wind was gusting at about 70 knots. In the middle of the Atlantic, (220 miles off the coast of Norfolk, Va.

Nichols Bros. Launch Sternwheeler Cruise Ship

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Whidbey Island and Seattle-based American West Steamboat Company, owned by Henry Hillman, Jr., CEO of Oregon Rail Corp., have launched the newly constructed overnight sternwheeler cruise ship Empress of the North.

MTU Enters The Medium Speed Fray With The 8000

MTU Friedrichshafen plans to introduce a new 20V 8000 engine at this year's SMM. Able to produce 9,000 kW at 1,150-rpm, the model is the company's most powerful — moving MTU into the realm of medium-speed engines. The 20V can be utilized as main propulsion for large yachts and workboats,


Changing military requirements have highlighted the need for traditional Navy suppliers to diversify by developing a growing sales presence in the commercial marine sector. While naval shipbuilding in this country will continue to provide major new business opportunities,

Norwegian Line Unable to Remedy Leaky Sprinklers on the Norway

Norwegian Cruise Line canceled the weekly sailing of its ship Norway on May 29 because of leaks in the fire sprinkler system, thwarting Caribbean vacation plans for more than 2,000 passengers stuck in Miami. The Norway had been scheduled to leave

Blount Marine To Build Another New York-Class Harbor Cruise Vessel

Cruise International (CI) of Norfolk, Va., operator of the "Spirit" line fleet of seven harbor cruise ships, has announced plans to build five New York-class vessels in the next two years. Two will be built in 1988, and three in 1989. A contract

Great Ships of the Year

Name Tempera Type Double Acting Tanker (DAT) Owner Fortum Built Sumitomo Heavy Ind. Kvaerner Masa-Yards is well renowned for its ship and ship's equipment ice breaking technology. Upon visiting Finland on a recent excursion and enjoying winter in November, it's easy to see why.

NASSCO Awarded $174 Million To Build Destroyer Tender

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), San Diego, Calif., has been awarded a contract for the construction of a new "Gompers Class" Destroyer Tender (AD-43) by the U.S. Navy for a target price of approximately $174 million. The contract

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