Friday, December 25, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
"The Hawaii Superferry—information sharing leads to operational success"USCG Proceedings of the MSSC
Excerpt from U.S. Coast Guard “Proceedings of the Marine Safety & Security Council” magazine. By CAPT Vince Atkins, former commander, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Honolulu, and ENS Meghan Hough, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Honolulu.
Hawaii Superferry (HSF) came to Hawaii to start a high-speed ferry service between the Hawaiian islands of Oahu, Maui, and Kauai. The Superferry vessel, the Alakai, is a 350-foot high-speed catamaran designed to carry 866 passengers and 282 vehicles.
A Hostile Operating Environment
Citizens and environmental groups opposed to this new service voiced several concerns, citing Alakai’s lack of an environmental impact study, the possibility of increased traffic congestion, and the potential for introducing invasive species and harming marine life.
Alakai’s initial operations were greeted by an estimated 300 protestors in Kauai, endangering public safety at sea and ashore...
Achieving Interagency Alignment...
Execution of the Operation...
For more information:
Full article and “Focus on Safety” edition of USCG Proceedings is available at www.uscg.mil/proceedings. Click on “archives” and then “2008 Vol. 65, Number 2," pp. 16-19 (Summer 2008).
Monday, December 7, 2009
"...Constant missteps such as these — not to mention grand-scale blunders like the Hawaii Superferry — are shaping up as a sad legacy for an administration that started out with such high hopes of effecting historic change." Tags: economy, Linda Lingle
Their current blunder gaining steam is unnecessarily building a bike path ON Wailua Beach, that State DOT Director Brennon Morioka is apparently adamantly in favor of.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
like the dueling economists coverage in this piece:
Friday, November 20, 2009
"We recognize the value that the ferries can provide Hawaii and are willing to work with transportation planners, providers and officials to advance proposals to use them in regular service in Hawaii," a MarAd spokesperson said recently.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Selling 'Superferry' LCS technology overseas?
Monday, November 9, 2009
"Updated with video: Gov. Riley declares state of emergency for Alabama as Ida approaches"
By Press-Register staff November 9, 2009
MOBILE, Ala. - Gov. Bob Riley today declared an official state of emergency in Alabama due to the imminent threat posed by Tropical Storm Ida. The emergency declaration enables the governor to invoke various emergency preparedness measures.
During a news briefing at shipbuilder Austal USA in Mobile, Riley urged Alabama residents to take the threat seriously and to follow the direction of local emergency managers for storm preparation.
"Based on the latest information I have seen, Alabama lies directly in the path of Tropical Storm Ida," Riley said...
|State of Emergency declared for Ida|
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
'The 102m trimaran is available for sale.' Click Here to view large photo
"Austal prepares to launch 102m trimaran"
Austal is preparing to launch its new 102 metre trimaran vehicle/passenger ferry platform at the company’s Western Australian shipyard.
The latest trimaran ferry builds on Austal’s landmark 2005 trimaran “Benchijigua Express” in every sense - optimising performance, seakeeping, fuel efficiency, passenger comfort and payload to deliver a truly next generation transportation solution.
With a maximum deadweight of 700 tonnes and a speed of up to 39 knots, the vessel is available for purchase.
By utilising Austal’s patented trimaran technology, the vessel combines the softer roll of monohulls with the low resistance, stability and carrying capacity of catamarans to open up new opportunities beyond those served by existing fast ferry designs. The trimaran’s lower roll speed means lower accelerations experienced by passengers – significantly reducing passenger seasickness.
Austal Director – Global Sales and Marketing, Andrew Bellamy, said the vessel had already attracted significant worldwide interest ahead of its completion in February 2010.
“Many operators recognise this as a fantastic opportunity to have a state-of-the-art high speed commercial platform delivered and in service as early as March 2010, just five months from now,” Mr Bellamy said.
Austal’s 102 metre trimaran delivers enhanced performance in waves and better fuel economy.
“The enhanced seakeeping of this vessel will help operators offer better service on existing routes plus also begin operations on new routes where sea conditions had previously been too challenging. The possibilities for many operators are definitely exciting.”
At the heart of Austal’s new 102 metre trimaran are three MTU 20V 8000 Series diesel engines, which offer the world’s highest power-to-weight ratio in their power range and are established as a low risk propulsion engine option for many leading high speed ferry operators.
A seating layout that draws on Austal’s 20-year experience with a wide range of customer requirements can be customised to seat up to 1165 passengers.
The extensive range of high quality onboard facilities includes two bar areas, a food preparation and service counter and a boutique gift store. Onboard amenities are designed to maximise accessibility and include wheelchair-accessible toilets, lift and four independent passenger entry points.
Passenger-friendly seating density ensures rows are limited to no more than three seats, increasing comfort and accessibility, which is important during longer journeys. An outdoor seating area is also available.
The vehicle deck has space for 245 cars or 190 truck lane metres plus 145 cars. The stern is reinforced to accept a vehicle ramp if required. With flexibility in mind, the mezzanine deck is a mixture of fixed and hoistable decks that allow the carriage of up to 132 cars with a clear deck height of 2 metres. When hoisted there is a height on the main deck below of 4.3 metres and 2.3 metres when lowered. The trimaran’s unique hydrodynamic hullform combined with its three engine propulsion train delivers fuel efficiency across a range of operating conditions.
A speed of 39 knots (@ 90% MCR) is achieved with fuel consumption of 4.78 tonnes/hour.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Everyone that is but the kids themselves. Oh sure the media has managed to scrounge-up a handful of Goody-Two-Shoes, “I’m gonna teeeeeell” types and stick cameras in their faces so they can parrot what their parents told them to say about “sacrificing our future” because a petty vindictive governor and a pompous and lazy legislature fiddle while education burns.
But move outside the ear-shot of the grown-up and ask any red-blooded kid- especially those who are bored to tears at this year’s “long division again” curriculum- and you’ll hear nothing but “Hip Hip Hooray for “Furlough Fridays”
They’re ecstatic about the fact that the so-called adults are so busy fighting over political considerations that they can’t come up with a lousy $60-85 million to keep the schools open despite the half-a-billion federal stimulus dollars that were supposed to be spent specially for education but instead went for everything but.
$60-85 million?... hmmmm- why does that number sound familiar?
Oh yeah- that’s the same range of the estimate of how much the self-same governor and legislature blew trying to pull a super-fast-one and ram the super-fast-tracked super-fast-Superferry down our gagging throats.
When you include not just the base $40 million bucks for the unneeded, now-useless harbor improvements but stuff like keeping the half-assed barge loading system running, the millions in legal fees and state-worker time and expenses as well as dozens of other costly incidentals, it comes out to... let’s see, divide by the arrogance, carry the corruption, multiply by the “legal bribe” corporate campaign contributions.... oh, around $60-85m.
So kiddies, the least you could do with all your free time is get busy writing to your military-madness-mindset-muddled senator, your Stepford Wife governor and your bought and paid for state legislative leadership and thank them for the gift of “Superferry Fridays.”
With any luck these dolts will figure out a way to fritter away another $60-85 million and make all weekends the three-day variety.
Posted by Andy Parx
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
"General Dynamics' Littoral Combat Ship Independence Completes Builder's Trials"
By: PR Newswire Oct. 21, 2009
MOBILE, Ala., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Independence (LCS 2), the innovative high-speed trimaran combatant ship being constructed by shipbuilder Austal USA in Mobile, Ala., as part of the General Dynamics Littoral Combat Ship Team, successfully completed a series of tests known as builder's trials on October 18 in the Gulf of Mexico. The trials included more than 50 demonstration events that rigorously test the ship and all of its systems in preparation for final inspection by the Navy before delivery.
Notable achievements during the trials included reaching a sustained speed of 44 knots during the required four-hour full-power run, with a top speed in excess of 45 knots...
Many of the test events were conducted in high sea-state and wind conditions (8-foot waves and winds in excess of 25 knots). Despite the weather, the ship repeatedly reached speeds of over 45 knots with propulsion and ride-control systems operating in full automatic mode, proving the effectiveness of the control systems and the highly efficient and stable characteristics of the trimaran hull form.
A series of high speed ahead and astern maneuvers in these sea state conditions proved the effectiveness of the ship's four steerable water jets. During the repeated high-speed turns the ship demonstrated excellent agility and stability characteristics.
The ship's flight deck remained stable despite sea state conditions and maneuvers...
General Dynamics Bath Iron Works is the prime contractor for the General Dynamics Littoral Combat Ship Team. Partners include shipbuilder Austal USA (Mobile, AL); General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (Fairfax, VA); BAE Systems (Rockville, MD); L3 Communications Marine Systems (Leesburg, VA); Maritime Applied Physics Corporation (Baltimore, MD); and Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems (Baltimore, MD).
Bath Iron Works employs approximately 5,700 people. Since 1991, BIW has manufactured and delivered 31 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers; the shipyard is also building the lead ship of the Navy's Zumwalt (DDG 1000) class of guided missile destroyers.
Austal USA's Mobile facility currently employs almost 1,000 workers and is the largest aluminum shipyard in the world. In addition to the LCS, recent projects have included construction of the largest-ever aluminum ferry in the United States. Austal is also in the pre-construction design phase on the first Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV) for the U.S. Department of Defense...
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Springbored's Springboard has some good posts and reader comments on both LCS and JHSV. See: Austal: Indications And Warmings and What Do Austal's Other Monster Trimarans Mean For LCS-2?
Which has a reader comment link to the following:
Naval fast logistic vessels
Economic fast strategic sea-lift
The Rolls-Royce family of speed troop transport and fast logistic vessel designs have the rare combination of long range and high speed with relatively high payload. Technology transfer across commercial and naval applications has led to these 40 knot vessel designs capable of meeting emerging military needs.
Intra-Theatre Logistics Vessel - A fast steel monohull vessel configured to deliver capability within Operational Theatre. The vessel is designed to operate at an average speed greater than 40 knots and has a long- self-deployment range.
The design uses a monohull commercial ropax hull design with a wave-piercing bow. With a range of 3,000nmiles, 2,500 tonnes of cargo can be transported at 40 knots, almost twice as fast as existing ships of equivalent payload.
The smaller Intra-Theatre Logistic Vessel has a cargo area of 2,310m² and is capable of transporting up to 350 troops over 4,000nm at 40 knots.
Specific military features include a helicopter landing area amidships capable of accommodating an aircraft up to Chinook size.
Friday, October 16, 2009
LCS Freedom to deploy ahead of schedule
The littoral combat ship Freedom will be deployed two years early, in early 2010, U.S. Navy officials announced Tuesday.
In a written statement, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead called the decision "a big step forward in getting this ship where it needs to be," operating in shallow waters in the Pacific and near South America.
Built by Lockheed Martin Corp., Freedom is the first of two LCS. The second, Independence, was built in Mobile at Austal USA by a General Dynamics Corp.-led team
Independence is in testing and scheduled for delivery by year's end.
The Navy has said it will, in 2010, choose between the two LCS designs before ordering additional ships...
Saturday, October 10, 2009
LCS-2 Independence takes on water
General Dynamics Corp. said this week that the jet-drive compartment on the Austal-built littoral combat ship Independence took on an undetermined amount of water Oct. 1. The compartment is an unmanned space that houses waterjets, gears and other mechanical and electrical equipment for the ship's propulsion system.
"When (Austal) discovered the issue, they dewatered the space," said General Dynamics spokesman Jim DeMartini. "At this stage, we're pretty well back on track."
The flooding resulted in the replacement of some components, though nothing major, he said. General Dynamics, Austal and the Navy are investigating the cause, he said.
The new breed of shallow-water warship was built at Austal for a General Dynamics-led team. It is scheduled to undergo acceptance trials by the Navy in mid-November and be delivered by the end of the year...
Thursday, October 8, 2009
For the second time in less than three months, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is playing Santa Claus to the ferry industry. DOT Secretary Ray LaHood has announced more than $42 million in grants to improve ferry service and build new docks and other facilities in 15 states and Puerto Rico. This totals $110 million for the year, an amount exceeding the $100 million in small shipyard grants awarded in August with funds appropriated under the federal economic stimulus bill.
Press-Register - al.com - Mobile, AL Oct. 7, 2009
By JEFF AMY and KAIJA WILKINSON
A union could get a third crack at organizing Austal USA's workers after an administrative law judge ruled the Mobile River shipyard again committed unfair labor practices in the run-up to an April 2008 election... >>>Continued here>>>
Long-Delayed LCS-2 Trials Set To Resume
DefenseNews.com Oct. 7, 2009
By Christopher P. Cavas
Sea trials of the first Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) from General Dynamics (GD) could resume as early as next week, sources said, giving shipbuilders and their U.S. Navy customers a chance to see if numerous engineering fixes implemented since the summer have taken hold.
The ship, named Independence, went out for an initial series of builder's trials in early July, but except for a handful of day trips, it has been pierside since then at Austal USA's shipyard in Mobile, Ala. A series of problems, many of them associated with the propulsion plant, cropped up during the trials, and officials decided to take the ship out of trials mode and work on getting things finished... >>>Continued here>>>
Friday, September 25, 2009
ASB: Australian Stock Exchange
LAST A$2.57 AUD
CHANGE TODAY -2.28%
Snapshot of Austal Ltd. (ASB):
Thursday, September 24, 2009
"Littoral Ships, Other Weapons Cut in New U.S. Navy 5-Year Plan"
By Tony Capaccio
The Navy would buy 15 of these ships through 2015, down from 29 in its plan of a year ago, and trim spending overall by 4.5 percent, according to an unreleased budget document. That’s the goal set by top Defense Department officials.
Lockheed and General Dynamics are the prime contractors for the new Littoral Combat Ship. Each has a contract to build two and would have to compete for contracts for the next 15...
The ships are designed for mine clearance, submarine hunting, humanitarian relief, and other missions in shallow coastal waters called littorals. They have a draft of no more than 20 feet, enabling them to operate close to coasts in the Persian Gulf, Korean peninsula and elsewhere...
The Navy would trim about $25 billion through 2015 by deferring or canceling weapons programs, including a total of about $18 billion in its shipbuilding account, which includes the littoral ship...
The Navy plan also would cut through 2015:
-- Two of 11 planned high-speed [JHSV], shallow-draft troop and cargo vessels managed by the Navy to transport Army and Marine Corps units and helicopters. Austal-USA is building the vessels in Mobile, Alabama.
[A good guess is those Two JHSV's they no longer will be building are A-615 and A-616. I'd say it's a sure thing they will be retrofitted and "painted gray."]
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
"Was ferry's side door open?"
Daily News 22 Sep 2009
OFFICIALS investigating the Superferry 9 sinking are today addressing the possibility that the ro-pax’s crew failed to seal the side entrance before it sank in the Philippines. This entrance, positioned on the lower portion of the ship, should always be closed because it is the closest to the water, said the Board of Marine Inquiry, which is seeking to question workers at the last port where the ferry called before sailing. If the crew failed to seal that entrance tightly, the entrance would have been exposed to water ingress when the ro-pax listed by 25 degrees, said Alejandro Flora, BMI panel member and Coast Guard vice commandant. The board moved to the side-door theory after the master and crew testified that the 7,268gt ship’s cargo of containers and vehicles had been properly lashed and secured. Still, cargo movement is thought by investigators to have contributed to the sinking when the ship listed. Superferry 9 sank off the Zamboanga Peninsula on 6 September; 10 people were killed.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
"Wobbly support wasn’t Superferry’s biggest problem"
Pacific Business News (Honolulu)
...We long have believed that the Superferry was operating with flawed business assumptions. Putting aside state officials’ blunder in reasoning that the Superferry didn’t need an environmental assessment, we are not convinced that there was enough passenger, vehicle and freight revenue to cover the cost of running two big ships.
In its brief time in service, the ferry showed it was unreliable and that the trip to Maui produced a nightmare of seasickness. Small businesses found it still made more sense to put their goods on a barge than to commit a driver and truck to an all-day run to or from Oahu.
Marching and marauding politicians and businesspeople can’t overcome a bad business plan or flawed legal advice. Lingle’s shots were off the mark and unrealistic.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
More pictures of the USCGC Bertholf (WMSL 750)
USCGC Bertholf (WMSL-750)
|Builder:||Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Pascagoula, Mississippi|
|Laid down:||March 29, 2005|
|Launched:||September 29, 2006|
|Christened:||November 11, 2006|
|Commissioned:||August 4, 2008|
|Motto:||"Legends Begin Here"|
|Type:||National Security Cutter|
|Propulsion:||Combined diesel and gas|
|Complement:||113 (14 Officers)|
|Sensors and |
|EADS 3D TRS-16 Air Search Radar |
SPQ-9B Fire Control Radar
AN/SPS-73 Surface Search Radar
|Electronic warfare |
|AN/SLQ-32 Electronic Warfare System|
|Armament:||57 mm gun and Gunfire Control System |
Close-In Weapons System
2 SRBOC/ 2 NULKA countermeasures chaff/rapid decoy launcher
4 50 Caliber Machine Guns
2 M240B 7.62mm Light Machine Guns
|Aircraft carried:||(2) MH-65C Dolphin MCH, or (4) VUAV or (1) MH-65C Dolphin MCH and (2) VUAV|
|Aviation facilities:||50x80 foot flight deck, hangar for all aircraft|
Description: The Maritime Security Cutter, Large (WMSL), formerly known as the National Security Cutter (NSC) , is a highly capable, cutting-edge, world-class, long endurance cutter designed to replace aging cutters owned by the US Coast Guard. The Integrated Coast Guard Systems (ICGS), a Northrop-Grumman and Lockheed-Martin joint venture, is responsible for the execution of the program. The US Coast Guard Integrated Deepwater Systems program is the parent program for the WMSL cutter. The parent program envisages three classes of cutters to meet the US Coast Guard present and future requirements. Moreover, a new manned fixed-wing aircraft fleet, new and upgraded helicopters, and cutter- and land-based unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are needed.
The Maritime Security Cutter shares design team, common systems, logistics and training with the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) and the Fast Response Cutter (FRC). The WMSL will have an aft launch and recovery area for two rigid hull inflatable boats, a flight deck for manned and unmanned rotary wing aircraft and advanced command and control electronics. The 418-ft (128.3 meters) long and 4,000-t class ship will feature a CODAG (Combined Diesel and Gas) propulsion system. Besides, these ships will be provided with NBC detection and defense equipment as well as more powerful weapons, air and surface search radars and improved Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities.
General Electric Transportation's LM2500 gas turbine was chosen to drive the new US Coast Guard's Maritime Security Cutter Large (WMSL) on November 29, 2004 under Integrated Deepwater System (IDS) program. The contract was awarded by Detroit Diesel Corporation which is the prime contractor for the WMSL integrated propulsion system. The integrated propulsion system selected for the WMSL relies on a CODAG arrangement with a single GE LM2500 gas turbine and two MTU 20V1163 diesel engines. The power output is estimated at 48,960 shaft horsepower.
The US Coast Guard awarded a $11 billion, 20-year contract to Lockheed-Martin and Northrop-Grumman in June 2002 for Deepwater program. Despite the $11 billion contract, the total cost of this program could exceed $17 billion. Deepwater includes 91 (8 NSC, 25 OPC and 58 FRC) new-built cutters, 35 fixed-wing aircraft, 34 helicopters, 76 UAVs, 93 upgraded helicopters and 49 upgraded cutters. Up to eight National Security Cutters are expected to be delivered to the Coast Guard from 2008 through 2017.
In June 2004, the ICGS team received the contract for the first WMSL to be manufactured at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Ingalls Operations, Pascagoula, Mississippi. Construction on the first ship, named NSC 1, began in September 2004. On 18 January 2005, the US Coast Guard awarded ICGS a further contract to begin construction and delivery of the second WMSL. The WMSL 750, formerly NSC 1, had its keel laid on March 29, 2005. The keel laying ceremony of the second National Security Cutter (WMSL 751) was held at Northrop-Grumman Pascagoula facilities on September 11, 2006. The first high endurance cutter (WMSL 750) was christened Bertholf at Northrop Grumman's shipyard on November 11, 2006. It was delivered to the US Coast Guard in 2007 and is due for commissioning during 2008.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Here is the official press release that the above two blog entries and article help explain:
Littoral Combat Ship Down Select Announced
The Navy announced today it will down select between the two Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) designs in fiscal 2010. The current LCS seaframe construction solicitation will be cancelled and a new solicitation will be issued. At down select, a single prime contractor and shipyard will be awarded a fixed price incentive contract for up to 10 ships with two ships in fiscal 2010 and options through fiscal 2014. This decision was reached after careful review of the fiscal 2010 industry bids, consideration of total program costs, and ongoing discussions with Congress.
“This change to increase competition is required so we can build the LCS at an affordable price,” said Ray Mabus, secretary of the Navy. “LCS is vital to our Navy’s future. It must succeed.”
“Both ships meet our operational requirements and we need LCS now to meet the warfighters’ needs,” said Adm. Gary Roughead, chief of naval operations. “Down selecting now will improve affordability and will allow us to build LCS at a realistic cost and not compromise critical warfighting capabilities.”
The Navy cancelled the solicitation to procure up to three LCS Flight 0+ ships in fiscal 2010 due to affordability. Based on proposals received this summer, it was not possible to execute the LCS program under the current acquisition strategy and given the expectation of constrained budgets. The new LCS acquisition strategy improves affordability by competitively awarding a larger number of ships across several years to one source. The Navy will accomplish this goal by issuing a new fixed price incentive solicitation for a down select to one of the two designs beginning in fiscal 2010.
Both industry teams will have the opportunity to submit proposals for the fiscal 2010 ships under the new solicitation. The selected industry team will deliver a quality technical data package, allowing the Navy to open competition for a second source for the selected design beginning in fiscal 2012. The winner of the down select will be awarded a contract for up to 10 ships from fiscal 2010 through fiscal 2014, and also provide combat systems for up to five additional ships provided by a second source. Delivery of LCS 2, along with construction of LCS 3 and LCS 4 will not be affected by the decision. This plan ensures the best value for the Navy, continues to fill critical warfighting gaps, reduces program ownership costs, and meets the spirit and intent of the Weapons System Acquisition Reform Act of 2009.
LCS is a fast, agile and modular warship designed to complement the Navy’s multi-mission platforms with warfighting capabilities from littoral irregular warfare to mine, anti-submarine and surface warfare. There are two different LCS hull forms: a semi-planing monohull and an aluminum trimaran. The seaframes are designed and built by two industry teams led by Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics. Of the planned 55-ship program, LCS 1 is commissioned, LCS 2 is undergoing sea trials, and construction has started for LCS 3 and LCS 4.
The Navy remains committed to the LCS program and the requirement for 55 of these ships to provide combatant commanders with the capability to defeat anti-access threats in the littorals, including fast surface craft, quiet submarines and various types of mines. The Navy’s acquisition strategy will be guided by cost and performance of the respective designs as well as options for sustaining competition throughout the life of the program.
For additional information contact the Navy News Desk at (703) 697-5342.
Monday, September 14, 2009
"Christmas in August"
by Larry Pearson (9/9/2009)
Last month this column reported on three major grant programs by the U.S. government to encourage smaller shipyards to increase productivity and efficiency.
The $60 million grant program to 19 states to build or rehabilitate ferries and their supporting land infrastructure seemed “right on the money.” So did the $17.1 million from the Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded to 14 shipyards in 10 states. Both these awards were made in early July.
On July 14, the big money awards were announced totaling $100 million. These awards went to 67 shipyards from the economic stimulus bill. No sooner than they were announced, they were canceled; the secretary of transportation calling the method used to determine the awards as “incomplete.”
A month and two days later the awards were reissued adding six shipyards to the total, canceling three awards and adjusting the amounts on two others.
These awards and those made with the $17.1 million grants were for the basic shipyard building blocks — welding equipment, press brakes, cranes, painting systems, dry docks and other such things...
...Others which received at least $2 million included:
• Pacific Shipyard International, Honolulu, Hawaii, $3.9 million
• Atlantic Marine, Jacksonville, Fla., Philadelphia and Boston, $2.6 million
• BAE Systems, San Diego and San Francisco, Calif., $2.2 million
"LCS funding cut, $1.7 billion in extra destroyer money allocated by Senate panel"
Posted by Sean Reilly, Washington Bureau September 11, 2009
WASHINGTON -- The Senate Appropriations Committee has voted to chop funding for the littoral combat ship program next year while giving the Navy $1.7 billion for a destroyer that it didn't request under a defense spending bill approved Thursday.
The bill, approved by the committee Thursday on a 30-0 vote, would give the Pentagon about $1.1 billion to order two littoral combat ships--instead of the three requested by Navy brass-- in fiscal 2010, which begins next month. The bill must still be approved by the full Senate and then reconciled with a House measure that furnishes enough money for four LCS buys next year...While cutting the LCS program, the appropriations committee, which includes Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa., and Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Oxford...
Friday, September 11, 2009
September 10, 2009
"...Frankly, we are tired of politicians who will not admit they made a mistake. Fess up, governor, your administration blew it. The Superferry may not have made it even with an EIS, but without one, it was doomed. And your administration is the one that let it sail without one.
So governor, the next time you are looking for someone to blame for the failure of the ferry, try looking in the mirror. Without that personal admission, everything else is just sour grapes."
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
"Lingle: Politicians' role in Superferry 'pathetic'"
Pacific Business News (Honolulu)
Gov. Linda Lingle told a group of Native Hawaiian business leaders on Maui that the lack of support by the business community and “pathetic” political leadership contributed to the demise of the Hawaii Superferry.
“I think there are few episodes that have been as pathetic in the lack of political leadership as there were in that Superferry situation,” Lingle told the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce meeting on Friday.
“I know that in my opinion, the majority of people support the Superferry – certainly the business community did – but they weren’t very clear about it. They weren’t very vocal about it. They didn’t really put too much effort. They certainly didn’t put much effort as those who were against.”
Facing a series of adverse court rulings that curtailed and then halted its operation between Oahu and Maui, the Hawaii Superferry stopped sailing in March and later declared bankruptcy. Various courts found that the Lingle administration and the Legislature had circumvented a state law requiring an extensive environmental review before the Superferry was allowed to operate.
In a 35-minute speech to the Maui group, the Republican governor didn’t dwell on the Superferry but used it as an example of how groups tend to coalesce around efforts to oppose projects or initiatives, but rarely offer alternatives.
“The Superferry decision and the lack of support that we received from the business community and the political leaders of Maui had consequences. Everybody knew what they were against. Everybody was quick to talk about the process that wasn’t followed, and that we should have followed a different process, in their opinion. They drafted laws to tie our hands, and to make it difficult for the Superferry to survive
“There were consequences for the political leadership here not stepping up and coming out strong and saying, ‘We need this. If there were steps that weren’t followed, let’s get that handled; but we’re for this alternative for our people.’ ”
With projects like a proposed telescope for Haleakala, an undersea cable to bring power to Oahu from Molokai and Lanai and various windfarms and wave-energy plans for Maui, Lingle urged business leaders and citizens to consider the long-term consequences of opposition...
A video of Lingle’s speech can be found at www.hawaii.gov/gov
Public opinion doesn't really mean anything on that unless the public and their government want to pay for the ships and run the whole operation at a subsidized loss. There are places in the world where the local government does do that, like Trinidad and Tobago, but that is because they don't have a good interisland airline industry. An interisland ferry never has and never will do well here, 1.) because we have a very competitive interisland airline industry, and 2.) because the interisland distances means that from a cost effective fuel consumption standpoint, the one way transit speed would take about 5 hours. The 3 hours that HSF did was fuel cost ineffective. People just don't have the patience for that when they can do it in 30 minutes on a plane.
In the end this was all one big lesson on Linda Lingle's and JFL's fallen political ambitions and personal obstinance, something that Linda Lingle continues to exhibit to this day as conveyed by this story.
R. G. September 8, 2009 7:57PM EST
"there are few episodes that have been as pathetic in the lack of political leadership as there were in that Superferry situation" - did she refer to herself and her administration?
MarineLog, September 8, 2009 Credit above photo: MarineLog
Engines installed in next-generation Austal trimaran
Austal's next-generation 102 m next generation high speed trimaran is moving steadily towards its February 2010 completion at the company's Western Australian shipyard...
It is currently available for purchase.
|'The unique three-engine layout of Austal’s next generation trimaran' Credit above art: Austal|
A monument to the profligate habits of a pre-peak oil world.
Monday, September 7, 2009
‘James Bond’ style 100mph Navy interceptor fastest boat ever built
September 7th, 2009
LONDON - The Britishers have designed a ‘James Bond’ style Navy interceptor, which at 100 mph (miles per hour), is the fastest boat ever built and is set to take to the water in the battle against pirates and drug smugglers.
According to a report in the Telegraph, the XSR military interceptor travels at almost 100mph, carries a retractable .50 calibre machine gun hidden under the deck and would not look out of place in a ‘007′ film.
With a maximum speed of 85 knots (97mph) and carrying the heavy machine gun, the boat will be able to overhaul “go-fast” drug smuggling boats in the Caribbean and pirate ships off the coast of Somalia.
Hailed as the world’s “most advanced performance and pursuit” vessel, the XSR will allow navies to deploy special forces on enemy shores, anti-piracy and smuggling patrols, protecting oil platforms and to intercept unidentified vessels in potential terror attacks.
When the XSR comes within range of an enemy ship, the machine gun emerges from the forward hull and is trained on the target using a remote controlled system from the cockpit.
In an era where countries like Iran use the “swarm” tactic of multiple fast boats attacking a single big target, the XSR can operate as a counter to the threat.
The XSR, which has done 30,000 nautical miles of testing, can be launched and recovered from a warship and the basic cost is estimated at 1.5 million pounds.
The makers, XSMG World, said they had created “a truly unique vessel that redefines the operational boundaries of high speed intercept, pursuit and patrol in coastal waters.”
“The XSR is the most advanced product technically in its class by a significant margin,” they added.
The composite hull, that includes Kevlar armour, gives increased strength with a lighter weight and the crew sits in “shock mitigation” seats.
In addition to the main machine gun, other weapons can be mounted in the rear cockpit and the boat comes equipped with a small galley, fridge and stretcher positions.
The larger version has four bunks, can carry up to 12 additional passengers and has a range of 1,000 nautical miles.
The XSR has a “revolutionary” stabilisation system - Transverse Roll Attenuation and Stabilisation Equipment - which is said to offer “exceptional control in high-speed turns” and greater stability in extreme weather conditions.
Inflatable tubes absorb the heavy impact of high speed on the hull and the stability allows for greater accuracy for the weapons.
Search continues for missing 60 passengers
The Superferry 9, carrying more than 1,000 people en route from the Philippines' southern port city of General Santos to Iloilo city in the central archipelago nation, is seen listing to one side on Sunday as navy boats approach off Zamboanga peninsula to rescue its terrified passengers. Five people have drowned and dozens are still missing. The cause of the list is not yet clear, although a coast guard official has said terrorism is not suspected. (Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Honolulu Advertiser - By CHRIS HAMILTON The Maui News September 5, 2009
...Luncheon emcee Ron Vaught asked Lingle about the status of Superferry...
9/5/09 -- Last reported the ferries were in Virginia, not Maryland. Austal has no interest in the ferries anymore. It makes no sense that Lingle would be talking with Austal about the Superferries. MARAD is the one considering military use for the vessels. Regardless, a Chapter 343 EIS has to be completed and accepted before any large high speed vessel can operate in Hawaiian waters, regardless of its owner or user. About being good for business, that is a good question for all of the unsecured creditors (small businesses in Hawaii) and common stockholders of the bankrupt entity.
9/7/09 -- Thought of one reason for the State to talk with Austal, to try to find a buyer for the ramp barges.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
"Shipbuilder Austal completes first stage of $170 million module manufacturing facility in Mobile"
Posted by Kaija Wilkinson, Business Reporter August 30, 2009
Starting in October, Austal plans to begin hiring like crazy, Rella said, growing employment from its current 950 or so to about 1,300 people. More military work could move the total jobs near 3,000 within five years, the company has said...
The first quarter of next year, Rella said, the facility will be humming "full bore" on components of the JHSV...
COMING NEXT WEEK
• Taking the pulse of the local shipbuilding industry: Austal was one of five local shipyards to recently receive stimulus grant money. Austal will use its $1.8 million grant to buy an overhead crane for the ship shed where its second littoral combat ship is taking shape...
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Is this the world’s best ship design? The Austal 102 trimaran
August 6, 2009
Shipbuilder Austal first came to Gizmag’s attention in 2005 with the launch of the world’s largest aluminum vessel, the 127 meter Benchijigua Express. The company then started building Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) for the US Navy, based on the same trimaran design. And, now, Austal is launching an even more refined version that improves sea-keeping, passenger comfort and fuel efficiency. This week, Tony Armstrong, Austal’s head of R&D, spoke exclusively to Gizmag about potentially building 20% of the US Navy fleet...Read More