INGALLS SHIPBUILDING launches fifth National Security Cutter HUNTINGTON INGALLS INDUSTRIES’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division, Pascagoula, MS, recently launched the U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter James (WMSL 754). James is the company’s fifth NSC and is expected to deliver in 2015. “Our learning curve continues to improve in this program, and the hot production line certainly provides a foundation for this progress to continue,” says Jim French, Ingalls’ NSC Program Manager. Ingalls’ launch process moves the ship on rail cars over to the company’s drydock. The dock is moved away from the pier and then flooded to float the ship. Tugs then guide the ship to its berthing area where it will complete construction. Ingalls has delivered the first three NSCs and has three more under construction, including James. Hamilton (WMSL 753) will undergo sea trials this summer and is expected to deliver later this year. Ingalls’ sixth NSC, Munro (WMSL 755), began construction late last year and will be launched in the fourth quarter of 2015. The seventh ship, Kimball (WMSL 756), is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2018. Legend-class NSCs are the flagships of
The NSC James (WMSL 754) will be delivered in 2015
the Coast Guard’s cutter fleet. Designed to replace the 378-foot Hamilton-class HighEndurance Cutters that entered service during the 1960s, they are 418 feet long with a 54-foot beam and displace 4,500 tons with a full load. They have a top speed of 28 knots, a range of 12,000 miles, an endurance of 60
days and a crew of 110. NSCs are capable of meeting all maritime security mission needs required of the High-Endurance Cutter. They include an aft launch and recovery area for two rigid hull inflatable boats and a flight deck to accommodate a range of manned and unmanned rotary wing aircraft.
PORT OF GALVESTON invests in cruise terminal THE PORT OF GALVESTON, TX, is investing about $10 million in its Cruise Terminal No. 2 to accommodate new larger cruise ships and more passengers, following an agreement earlier this year with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. The deal is expected to generate a minimum of $1.86 million in annual operating revenues for the port. Initial plans call for the terminal to be expanded to 150,000 square feet with a seating capacity of about 1,000. “The port has worked closely with Royal Caribbean to identify the upgrades needed to improve their operations at Cruise Terminal No. 2 for both Voyager class vessels and any larger vessels in the future. I’m confident that these improvements will be completed by spring 2015 without disruption to current cruise operations.” said Port Director, Mike Mierzwa. Royal Caribbean currently operates Navigator of the Seas year round from the Port of Galveston. The cruise line has agreed to an additional 30 calls in both 2014 and 2015, committing to a year-round vessel in both years with a promise to bring a larger vessel to the Port next year when improvements to Cruise Terminal No. 2 are completed. S10 MARINE LOG July 2014