Shipbuilding

L-696 members help deliver Fort Worth ahead of schedule

Fort Worth, the Lockheed Martin-led team’s second Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), sets sail from Marinette Marine Corporation’s Marinette, Wis., shipyard Aug. 6, 2012, on her maiden voyage to Texas for commissioning in September. Lockheed-Martin photo, all rights reserved

THE LOCKHEED-MARTIN-led industry team building Littoral Combat Ships for the U.S. Navy announced June 6 that it has delivered the Fort Worth (LCS 3) to the Navy two months ahead of schedule. Boilermaker members belonging to Local 696 (Marinette, Wis.) are playing a major role in the construction of the LCS series of ships. With a price tag of $360 million, the versatile, high-speed Fort Worth is designed for a range of operations in shallow coastal waters.

Locals  L-696

Canadian shipyards set to boom

A Local 191-built Canadian Coast Guard ship built at the Victoria shipyard.

WORKERS ACROSS CANADA are hailing Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s announcement of a $35 billion shipbuilding program under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.

Locals  L-191
Reporter  V51N1

Local 6 members keep shipbuilder “afloat”

Local 6 members are building a barge for Sasso Sabbia LLC in Petaluma, Calif.

Sasso Sabbia LLC signs agreement with Local 6

SASSO SABBIA LLC, a barge-building operation in Petaluma, Calif., has signed an agreement with Local 6 (Oakland, Calif.). According to Local 6 Bus. Rep Dave King, Sasso signed the union agreement after their nonunion venture ended with the sinking of their first barge on its maiden voyage — with only half a load on board.

With a completion date of March 2009 nearing, the company already has two more barges on order and it looks like smooth sailing for this new union contractor.

Tags  Shipbuilding
Locals  L-6
Reporter  V48N1

Local 1509 members upgrade legendary submersible

At Ladish Forging, L-1509 members heat up one of two titanium disks they will mold into hemispheres. (Photo by Advanced Imaging and Visualization Lab/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.)

Workers build crew compartment for deep-ocean research vessel Alvin

MEMBERS OF LOCAL 1509 (Cudahy, Wis.) are building a new sphere to house people and equipment on a tiny submarine named Alvin, the first submersible to illuminate the rusting hulk of the Titanic.

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Locals  L-1509

Local 614 members build sub in record time

The New Hampshire is moored to the pier at the General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard before her christening June 21. (U.S. Navy photo by John Narewski, courtesy of navy.mil.)

THANKS TO THE efforts of Local 614 members (Groton, Conn.) the U.S. Navy christened its newest Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarine, the New Hampshire, on June 21, a date that coincided with the 220th anniversary of New Hampshire’s statehood.

The fifth Virginia class to be built, she was completed months ahead of schedule at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn.

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Locals  L-614

L-104 members keep boat “ship-shape” for TV show

L-104 members pose on the deck of the Northwestern, one of six boats featured on the TV show, “Deadliest Catch.” L. to r., Dallas Jacobson, Michael Wilson, Thomas Hardy, Shawn Wills, Vern Stephens, Gloria Guerra, Manuel Osorio, Steve Knowles, John Ajax, and David Dizard.

Northwestern completes its fourth season on “Deadliest Catch”

MEMBERS OF LOCAL 104 not only built the Northwestern, a fishing vessel owned by the Hansen family in Seattle, but they keep it in good working order between seasons of the television series, “Deadliest Catch.”

Tags  Shipbuilding
Locals  L-104

NASSCO workers ratify first agreement, settle lawsuit

Local 1998-represented employees recoup $14 million for lost meal and break periods

AFTER 16 YEARS without a labor contract, 2,300 employees of General Dynamics’ NASSCO Shipyard in San Diego, Calif. — represented by Boilermakers Local 1998 — have ratified an agreement with the company. Workers approved the contract June 14 by unanimous vote. They also settled a lawsuit with NASSCO worth millions.

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Locals  L-1998

New contract equals job security for L-191 members

All 12 Halifax-class frigates, including this one built in the early 1990s, now require upgrades

Victoria Shipyards receives $351 million award to refit frigates

VICTORIA SHIPYARDS, a Boilermaker employer since 1994, has been awarded a $351 million contract to refit five of Canada’s Halifax-class frigates stationed on the West Coast. The 12-year contract will create 110 new jobs at Victoria Shipyards and provide economic stability for the 450 workers already at the site in Esquimalt, British Columbia.

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Locals  L-191

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