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Uruguay and Argentina have received
interest from 39 companies to build
infrastructure for a floating LNG terminal.
The project has been fast-tracked to start
operations by the end of 2013, a project
adviser said. The construction tender is set
to be launched as soon as September.
Companies are preparing bids for a
construction contract, which will be
offered at an international tender later this
year, said Uruguay National Energy
Department Director Ramon Mendez.
General Dynamics NASSCO has
received a US$744 million modification to
its mobile landing platform (MLP)
contract from the US Navy to fully fund
construction of the first two ships of the
new ship class.
Construction of the first ship will
begin immediately, with delivery to occur
by the spring of 2013. The contract
includes an option for the construction of
a third MLP which, if exercised, will
increase the total contract value to
approximately US$1.3 billion.
Kvichak Marine Industries was
recently awarded a five-year contract by the
US Coast Guard for the construction of up
to 80 transportable port security boats.
The all-aluminium vessels are operated by
a crew of four and include shock mitigating
seats to minimise crew fatigue on extended
missions. Ballistic armour protection and up
to four mounted weapons provide increased
mission capability and crew safety during
In April 2011, the Chicago Fire
Department took delivery of a new NFPA
Class III fireboat to replace the ageing
'Victor L Schlaeger'. The new vessel,
'Christopher Wheatley', was designed by
Robert Allan of Vancouver BC, and built
by Hike Metal Products of Wheatley,
The RAnger 2700-class fireboat has a
length overall of 27.42 metres, moulded
beam of 7.62 metres, moulded depth of 3.71
metres and a maximum operating draught of
2.28 metres. 'Christopher Wheatley's' design
was extremely customised to suit the
Knud E Hansen signed a contract
with the Government of Newfoundland
and Labrador in Canada for the basic
design of a series of six ferries for
operation on the intra-provincial south
shore routes off Newfoundland.
The 41-metre steel ferries will have a
passenger capacity of 36 with a multi-use
cargo deck and cargo hold and a service
speed of 12 knots.
Brazil's Petrobras has given the
go-ahead for the bidding process to award
contracts for up to 21 offshore drilling
rigs to be built in Brazil, to meet the
company's exploratory and production
Two contracts will be awarded for each
rig: a leasing contract with the successful
bidder, and a rig operation service contract
with a company experienced in operating
offshore drilling rigs.
To transform Ponta da Madeira into
Brazil's largest port, mining giant Vale
will invest US$2.9 billion to increase
capacity, by installing a new pier (Pier IV),
dredging to increase the water depth, and
double tracking a 115-kilometre stretch of
the Carajás Railroad.
Pier IV will raise Ponta da Madeira Port
Terminal's annual handling capacity to 150
million tonnes in 2012. It will be able to
receive and load two ships simultaneously.
Intended for large vessels, the pier will be
used by ships of between 150,000 and
The South Korean fishing
group Insung, along with a
Brazilian consortium, is planning the
construction of a shipyard in the Rio
Grande-Pelotas area, in the southern
Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, to
cater to Korean fishing vessels operating
in the Falklands/Malvinas area.
The yard would be used for the
maintenance and repair of fishing vessels,
particularly those belonging to Insung,
one of Korea's leading fishing industry
groups, which operates in all oceans
including the South Atlantic and
Antarctica. An estimated 25 Korean vessels
operate in the region.
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