HD Photo Special – Aker Philadelphia Shipyard


-+*Over the past year, Philadelphia photographer Charles Cerrone has gained access to wield his camera within the confines of one of the United States’ most historic shipyards, Aker Philadelphia Shipyard. Modern tankers are now being constructed for ExxonMobil and Crowley on the same lands that constructed the Iowa-class battleships New Jersey and Wisconsin for the U.S. Navy. “My work […]

Featured Collection: Shanghai Shipyards [HD PHOTOS]

A labourer welds part of the structure of a ship which is under construction at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding company's shipyard in Shanghai October 14, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

-+*China laid out a detailed three-year plan in early August to restructure its massive shipbuilding industry, urging local governments to halt approvals of new projects and companies to build high-tech vessels. While state-owned and better quality private shipyards now have enough construction orders to keep busy into 2015 or 2016, the future looks grim for […]

Japanese Shipbuilders Unite! JFE Universal and IHI Marine Merger Delayed [UPDATE]

JFE holdings IHI Marine

-+**Update* Although JFE Holdings, Inc. and IHI Corporation announced on August 27, 2012 that the management integration of their respective subsidiaries Universal Shipbuilding Corporation and IHI Marine United Inc. would be executed on October 1, 2012, JFE Holdings and IHI have decided to change the effective date to November 1, 2012 because reviews and approval processes regarding competition law are […]

American Shipyard Begins Expansion Project

BAE Shipyard San Diego

-+*While the strength of American Shipyards has been in steady decline for decades, there are a few that remain profitable and, at least one, is expanding. BAE Systems has announced the shipyard broke ground on the construction of a new pier at its ship repair facility, the most recent addition to the yard’s 23 acres campus located just miles from […]

Get Jacked…Up!

Arabdrill 50

-+*Yet another successful launch for Keppel Corp in Singapore.  The offshore and marine giant set afloat the Mobile Offshore Self-Elevating Drilling Unit (SEDU) Arabdrill 50 (Hull B325) on 31 August 2012.  Remaining portions of the legs are to be installed now that she is splashed. This launch involved the placement of the near-completed unit on […]

Look up there! It’s a bird, it’s a plane…no, it’s a ship?!


-+*Yes, that’s right, it’s a ship [a self-propelled DP2 jack-up, heavy lift ship to be precise].  For the uninitiated, it could look like the Empire’s AT-AT landing craft on the ice planet of Hoth from Star Wars (I know, super nerd). However, what you’re looking at here is Keppel Corp’s innovative concept platform to service […]

Big Win for Aker Philadelphia, Crowley Signs $250 Million Contract for Pair of Jones Act Tankers

Aker pennsylvania product tanker jones act

-+*Aker Philadelpha Shipyard (Oslo: AKPS) breathed a huge sign of relief today as it signed a contract with Jacksonville-based Crowley Maritime Corporation for the sale of two new Jones Act tankers, the Pennsylvania and the Florida, that they had been building on spec since 2011.  The tankers, scheduled for delivery in September 2012 and March 2013, mark Crowley’s […]

Mercy Ships: ‘Why Do We Dry Dock?’


-+*Here is a nice video of a recent dry docking of the Mercy Ship’s hospital Ship AFRICA MERCY. [vimeo 47311612 w=500 h=281] Why Do We Dry Dock? from Mercy Ships on Vimeo. I think this is a great organization. Of course they can always use your donation. However, they are also in need of volunteers […]

$600 Million in New Rig Orders for Hyundai Heavy

In July 2011, LLOG installed the first ever Floating Production System in the Gulf of Mexico at the "Who Dat" field. Named the Opti-Ex, the rig is the first privately owned FPS in the world and the first semi-submersible specifically designed for the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

-+*SEOUL (Dow Jones) –Hyundai Heavy Industries (009540.SE), the world’s largest shipbuilder, said Sunday it has won three orders worth a combined $600 million to build oil and gas rigs. In a statement, Hyundai said it received a $400 million order for a 35,000-ton offshore oil platform, which will be delivered by August 2015. The company […]

Vacuum Cleaner Sparked $400M Naval Shipyard Fire


-+*Officials at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard released initial findings June 6 in the case of the recent fire onboard the US Navy’s Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Miami (SSN 755). The shipyard responded to a fire onboard Miami, May 23. The fire was extinguished by 3:30 a.m. Thursday the next day, by the ship’s crew, […]

World’s Largest Sloop Arrives for Refit at Pendennis Plus

Mirabella V pendennis shipyard

-+*To some gCaptain readers, the superyacht market may be an alien world, however, over the last ten years, this niche industry has exploded. With dedicated, professional teams in place globally, every aspect of their creation, management and running is professionally catered for. Indeed, many naval and merchant mariners have made the leap to the superyacht […]