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Ship Repair & Conversion: The Shipyards

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THE SHIPYARDS • Repair & Conversion, New Construction, Investment

Photo: MV Werften most respected and most discerning fast expeditionary sea base for the Navy is ferry operators in the world, operating also under construction.

a variety of high speed ship services

MV WERFTEN: New throughout the Mediterranean and Adri- atic,” said Robert Clifford, Chairman of

Shipbuilding Hall Complex

Australian shipbuilder Incat Tasmania. An advanced Pemamek welding

For Virtu Ferries this new vessel pro- plant was put into operation at the MV vides a signi? cant increase in capacity, WERFTEN yard in Rostock. “The new the 490 truck lane meters offering 43% plant enables us to make a signi? cant more truck capacity, with 15% more increase in the capacity of our steel pre- passenger capacity and 7% more car fabrication for the global cruise ships in capacity than their previous craft. It is Rostock and take a further, important ? tted with a total of 1120 seats. The step towards Industry 4.0. It is one of the design was modelled by Revolution De- most innovative laser-hybrid panel lines sign and Seaspeed Consulting and then in Europe and also unique, as it is spe-

Photo: Incat extensively tank tested and optimised at cially tailored to our processes and the

QinetiQ. Global Class,” said Peter Fetten, CEO of

Zumwalt-class destroyer, Lyndon B. ? rst quarter of 2019. Stone is scheduled The ferry has been built under the MV WERFTEN.

Johnson (DDG-1002). to launch in 2019. DNV-GL rules and comply with IMO The semi-automatic, highly ef? cient

High Speed Craft HSC 2000, the Malta plant is the heart of the 400-m long hall


Flag statutory requirements and Italian area 11.1 and the entire steel prefabrica-

At the end of 2018 Huntington Ingalls Port State requirements, and will ? y the tion at the yard. Panels measuring up to 110m Cat Named Saint John Paul II

Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division Shipbuilder Incat launched the 110m Malta ? ag. 25 x 16 meters will be produced with it. won nearly $1B in contracts from the vehicle/passenger ferry from the ship- Its features include a one-sided butt

U.S. Coast Guard to build two additional yard at Derwent Park in Hobart Tasma- welding station with laser-hybrid weld-IN THE SHIPYARD

National Security Cutters. The contract nia. The ship was scheduled to com- ing head and additional MAG tandem

NASSCO Commissions New Panel Line th th values for the a 10 and 11 ships in the mence sea trials in mid-January prior to General Dynamics NASSCO held a welding heads with integrated milling, program are $468.75 million for NSC 10 delivery to her new owner Virtu Ferries ribbon-cutting ceremony recently to automated pro? le assembling with two- and $462.13 million for NSC 11. for service between Malta and Sicily. commission its new panel line, a panel sided ? llet welding of pro? les using the

NSCs are 418 x 54 ft. and displace Dubbed Saint John Paul II, the ferry line which enables distortion-free weld- laser-hybrid process and programmable 4,500 tons with a full load. They have was named in honor of the Pope who ing of plates as thin as ? ve mm to pro- robot portals. The highly automated thin a top speed of 28 knots, a range of served from 1978 to 2005. It is the sec- duce lighter, more energy ef? cient ships. panel welding line optimally ? ts the dig- 12,000 miles, an endurance of 60 days ond Incat ship named in honor of a Pope; The new facility uses hybrid laser arc italization and logistics concept of MV and a crew of 120. To date Ingalls has in 2013 Buquebus named their Incat 99 welding and numerically controlled ro- WERFTEN.

delivered seven NSCs, the ? agships of metre ship Francisco in honor of Argen- bots to mill, seam and weld steel panels The German Federal State of Meck- the Coast Guard’s cutter ? eet, designed tina-born Pope Francis. in a highly automated production line. lenburg-Western Pomerania and the to replace the 12 Hamilton-class high- This new 110m wave piercing cata- These features improve capacity, qual- German Federal Government granted endurance cutters that entered service maran will be the 15th fast ferry Virtu ity, accuracy and cycle time, and are ex- six million Euros in support of innova- in the 1960s. The seventh ship, Kimball has acquired, it will be the largest high- pected to double steel processing rates. tion for the technologically advanced (WMSL 756), will be commissioned in speed catamaran in the Mediterranean Four ships are currently under con- production plant. The Fraunhofer Insti-

Hawaii on Jan. 19. Both the eighth ship, and with a service speed up to 38 knots struction at the San Diego shipyard, in- tute in Rostock carried out the feasibility

Midgett (WMSL 757), and the ninth, it will complete the crossing from Malta cluding two containerships for Matson study on optimized cycle times, while a

Stone (WMSL 758), are currently under to Sicily, berth to berth, in around 90 Inc., and the ? rst TAO-205 -class oiler Schwerin-based ? rm supplied the sys- construction at Ingalls. Midgett is sched- minutes. for the U.S. Navy, all of which will fea- tem control for coordinating the cranes uled for its ? rst set of sea trials in the “Virtu Ferries is amongst the oldest, ture steel from the new panel line. An and welding portals. 35

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