May 14, 1997 |
Poland's bankrupt Gdansk shipyard, birthplace of the Solidarity movement that toppled communism in 1989, will host a disco club on its site to earn money. The shipyard, which fell victim to free-market reforms it helped to initiate, has rented one of its six empty production halls to a company that is developing a nightclub there. The yard went bankrupt last year and dismissed almost all of its 7,000-strong work force.
November 15, 1989 |
Jacksonville Shipyards Inc. said it will close in January, idling up to 1,500 workers, unless a buyer is found within the next 60 days. The shipyard, owned by Green Bay, Wis.-based Terex Corp., has begun notifying workers.
November 24, 1988
The City Council has endorsed the formation of a committee to woo business to the Long Beach Naval Shipyard, one of the city' biggest employers. The Save Our Shipyard Committee would not be an official city commission but would be co-sponsored by the city and the Chamber of Commerce, with members drawn from the city, the shipyard, the Navy and the business community.
January 27, 2005 |
A piece of a giant metal frame that once held shipbuilding cranes collapsed onto a building at a former shipyard in Braintree, killing two workers and injuring four others, two seriously, authorities said. One man was killed when the building collapsed on top of the vehicle he was sitting in. Search dogs found the body of the second man later in the rubble. Shipyard owner Dan Quirk said the massive structure was in the process of being dismantled when it gave way.
March 21, 1986
The Navy ended a monopoly held by Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock by awarding a contract for two Polaris submarine overhauls to a government-owned shipyard in Charleston, S.C. The awarding of the $224.2-million contract to the Charleston Naval Shipyard marked the culmination of the first public-private competition for such submarine work. Navy officials hope that similar competitions will tempt General Dynamics to enter the bidding fray.
April 4, 2007 |
Northrop Grumman Corp., the world's largest warship builder, reached a tentative agreement with workers at its Pascagoula, Miss., shipyard to end a 27-day strike by giving them more pay than previously offered. Leaders of the Pascagoula Metal Trades Council accepted the preliminary contract, which will raise pay 15.2% over three years, the Century City-based company said.
May 29, 1990 |
Tatsumi Texas, the U.S. subsidiary of a Japanese marine services company, will spend about $30 million to renovate the former Todd Shipyard Fabrication facility on Pelican Island. The facility will provide marine terminal and transportation services to Texas Copper Corp., an affiliate of Mitsubishi Metals Co., and other companies on the Texas coast. The unit of Tatsumi Shokai Co. also will construct barges at the facility.
December 23, 2003 |
Inaugurating its reign as the world's largest ocean liner, the Queen Mary 2 sliced into the Atlantic from a shipyard in St. Nazaire, France, seen off by about 70,000 onlookers and jets streaking the skies red, white and blue. But memories of 15 people killed when a gangway to the ship collapsed on visitors' day on Nov. 14 dampened the mood. The ship's 14-day maiden voyage from England to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is scheduled to start Jan. 12.
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July 3, 1996 |
As many as 500 Long Beach Naval Shipyard workers could receive pink slips by the end of the month unless new funds arrive, the shipyard commander, Capt. John A. Pickering, told employees gathered Tuesday at the Terminal Island facility. The shipyard needs an additional $33 million to avert layoffs before the shipyard's scheduled closure in September 1997, Pickering said. He urged senior employees to make room for their younger work mates by accepting early retirement incentives.
April 6, 1990 |
Poland's Solidarity-led government will privatize the Gdansk shipyard where the independent union was born and a host of other enterprises under an ambitious free-market bill presented to Parliament on Thursday. The Gdansk shipyard was the scene of strikes against the Communist regime in 1980 that led to the creation of Solidarity under Lech Walesa. Strikes in 1988 paved the way for talks that brought Solidarity to power last year.