Wednesday, February 19, 2020

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MARAD Awards More Than $280 Million in Grants for Nation’s Ports

WASHINGTON — The Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced on Feb. 14 that it has awarded more than $280 million in grants through the new Port Infrastructure Development Program. This funding is designed to improve port facilities at or near coastal seaports.  “Ports are gateways to the…

Cutter Tampa Returns Home After Interdicting $154 Million in Drugs

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Tampa returned Feb. 16 to their homeport in Portsmouth, Virginia, after an 80-day counter-drug patrol in the eastern Pacific Ocean, the Coast Guard’s 5th District said in a release.   The Tampa’s crew interdicted four vessels with more than 9,200 pounds of…

Bollinger Delivers USCGC Edgar Culbertson, the 37th Fast-Response Boat

LOCKPORT, La. — Bollinger Shipyards delivered the USCGC Edgar Culbertson, the 37th fast-response cutter (FRC), to the U.S. Coast Guard on Feb. 6 in Key West, Florida, the company said in a release.  Each FRC is named for an enlisted Coast Guard hero who distinguished himself or herself in the…

Keel Laid for Future USNS Cherokee Nation

HOUMA, La. — A keel-laying ceremony was held Feb. 12 for the future USNS Cherokee Nation (T-ATS 7), the second ship of the Navy’s Navajo class of towing, salvage and rescue vessels. The ceremony was held near Gulf Island Shipyard at the Houma Terrebonne Civic…

USS Normandy Seizes Illegal Weapons in Arabian Sea

The USS Normandy, while conducting maritime security operations in the U.S. Central Command area of operations, boarded a dhow in the Arabian Sea on Feb. 9 in accordance with international law and discovered a large cache of weapons, according to a Feb. 13 U.S. Central Command release.  The…

N.S. Savannah Returns from Dry Dock

WASHINGTON — The N.S. Savannah, the world’s first nuclear-powered merchant ship, was to begin its journey back on Feb. 13 from dry-docking in preparation for decommissioning, the Maritime Administration said in a release.   Having spent the last few months at Northeast Ship Repair in Philadelphia undergoing maintenance, the ship…

2021 Coast Guard Budget Seeks Second Polar Security Cutter

ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Coast Guard plans to fully fund the second polar security cutter (PSC) and the third offshore patrol cutter (OPC), according to the proposed fiscal year 2021 U.S. Department of Homeland Security budget.  The Coast Guard overall is seeking $12.3 billion for fiscal 2021, $77 million more than the $12.2 billion in the enacted 2020 budget.  The 2021…

Titan to Acquire HII’s San Diego Shipyard

Titan Acquisition Holdings, created through the combination of Vigor Industrial and MHI Holdings, announced Feb. 12 an agreement to acquire Huntington Ingalls’ San Diego Shipyard, one of the largest fleet service and repair sites in America, located in the nation’s largest Navy port.   The acquisition…