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February 4, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Nina Johnsen, wife of Aker Philadelphia Shipyard CEO Kristian Rokke, cracked a champagne bottle over a bow to christen Aker's 18th tanker last week, many of the yard's 1,100 employees cheered. The shipyard, after several lean years, is building two tankers for Exxon Mobil Corp. Times are flush again. Aker is emblematic of how far the Navy Yard has come in a decade: from shriveled military base to 130 businesses and 10,000 employees. The latest arrival, GlaxoSmithKline P.L.C., will move 1,300 workers, starting Monday into a gleaming all-glass office building near the Navy Yard's front gate.
NEWS
August 5, 1992 | by Nicole Weisensee, Special to the Daily News
In an election year, everything's political. And nothing's more political than the fate of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. In June 1991, a base closure commission voted to begin shutting down the yard in 1996. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., and Reps. Tom Foglietta, D-Pa., Curt Weldon, R-Pa., and Rob Andrews, D-N.J., filed a lawsuit against the Navy and the commission soon after. Since then, a U.S. District Court judge threw out the case and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals sent the case back to the district court.
NEWS
April 13, 1994
The next 90 days, says U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon, will be "intense. " Weldon led a bipartisan delegation of five local congressmen to Russia last week. They returned with an agreement to explore what could be a great deal for the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. If the idea proves environmentally and economically sound, as many as 150 old Soviet warships would be dismantled at the shipyard over the next several years. The plan is to buy the warships for cash - giving the Russians hard currency they desperately need.
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September 28, 1996 | by Shaun D. Mullen, Daily News Staff Writer
The 195-year-old Philadelphia Naval Shipyard was officially closed yesterday, a sobering reminder that the city's reign as a powerhouse of heavy industry is probably over forever. In a somber ceremony under gray skies outside the shipyard's historic Building 4, the American flag was lowered and the log, the daily diary of the yard's activities since 1801, was signed for the final time by the facility's 21st and last commander, Capt. John C. Bergner. About 2,500 people, some of them retired yard workers with tears in their eyes, listened as Bergner and other dignitaries reprised the glorious history of the yard, long the city's largest industrial employer.
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February 2, 1995 | BY THOMAS M. FOGLIETTA
For the past 194 years, the city of Philadelphia and the Navy have had a contract. Under this contract, the workers at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard dedicated themselves to safeguarding American security by maintaining the best fleet in the world. In return, the Navy provided good jobs at good wages to generations of workers and their families. While this contract will formally end when the USS John F. Kennedy departs the Navy Yard in September, it does not relieve the Navy of certain responsibilities.
NEWS
March 25, 1988 | By Gerald B. Jordan, Inquirer Washington Bureau
A House Armed Services subcommittee agreed yesterday to spend $10 million in fiscal 1989 to overhaul the firefighting system at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Rep. Thomas M. Foglietta (D., Pa.) said. The money would go toward the second phase of the project to repair and upgrade nearly 18,000 feet of water mains at the Navy Yard. The authorization yesterday, which must be approved by the full committee next week, would complete spending on what last year was estimated at $14 million in necessary water-system reconstruction.
NEWS
February 1, 1990 | By Reginald Stuart, Daily News Staff Writer
Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware legislators huddled on Capitol Hill yesterday to begin mapping strategy for the battle to keep the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and Naval Base open. The brief meeting ended with the lawmakers, four of the six U.S. senators from the tri-state region and a half-dozen House members, insisting the installation could be spared on merit, while boasting they also had the political muscle to prevail. "The chances are much better than ever of saving the Navy Yard," said Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del.
NEWS
January 25, 1993 | by Dave Davies, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writer Mark McDonald contributed to this report
Imagine suburbanites coming into Philadelphia to beat the wage tax. Bizzaroland? No, Fumoland. State Sen. Vincent Fumo, D-Phila., and City Councilman James Kenney are researching a plan to convert the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard into an enterprise zone where workers would pay a lower wage tax than either city dwellers or commuters now pay. "I've always said the two biggest problems in Philadelphia are a lack of leadership and the wage...
BUSINESS
September 24, 1986 | By James Asher, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Hoboken Shipyards of Hoboken, N.J., has asked the General Accounting Office to review a contract awarded to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for the overhaul of the Clifton Sprague, a Navy reserve frigate. On Friday, the North Jersey shipyard requested that the GAO determine whether the $4.45 million contract won by the Philadelphia yard included the same costs that the Hoboken yard was required by the Navy to include in its $5.4 million bid. Among them were the cost of lodging and feeding the 220 seamen now on the vessel and the amount of overhead allocated by the Navy to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
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January 29, 2016 | By Brian X. McCrone, Staff Writer
Hillary Clinton took a break from Iowa on Wednesday evening to attend a fund-raiser at the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia. The Democratic presidential hopeful arrived shortly after 7:30 p.m. at the headquarters of the financial firm Franklin Square Capital Partners. Roughly 200 people streamed into the recently built office. Entire families were among the crowd, which included Philadelphia Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and his wife, political consultant Dawn Chavous, and the city's acting fire commissioner, Derrick Sawyer.
BUSINESS
January 21, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
The groups that would like to develop the eastern end of the Navy Yard known as Southport include a real estate group funded by the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), a local Philadelphia refinery, and the politically connected but unsuccessful bidder for Philadelphia Gas Works, Liberty Energy Trust. The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, which owns the land and plans to lease it, on Tuesday eliminated one of the seven original proposals. Six groups will now be asked to submit financial and development plans.
BUSINESS
January 12, 2016
Yards Brewing Co. sells enough beer - 42,000 barrels last year - that it is running out of space at the 40,000-square-foot plant it opened in 2007 on Delaware Avenue, a few blocks north of the Ben Franklin Bridge. The brewery - Yards' third since president Tom Kehoe opened the original tiny plant in Manayunk 22 years ago - is crowded with 22 shining 200-barrel fermenter tanks; cold storage; a loading dock; a research lab; a tasting room/restaurant, which opens at noon daily; and offices, all in the riverside neighborhood near the SugarHouse Casino.
FOOD
January 1, 2016
Guess from these photos where Inquirer restaurant critic Craig LaBan ate this week. (Answers below.) 1. Pancita lamb tacos 2. Lamb meatballs with Moroccan stew and runner beans 3. Classic tomato pie For a fresh serving of Craig's Crumb Tracker quiz, join him 2 p.m. Tuesdays on his online chat: inquirer.com/ labanchats Answers: 1. Barbacoa South Philly (1703 S. 11th St.) 2. Lacroix at the Rittenhouse (210 W. Rittenhouse Sq.) 3. Mercer Cafe (Tacconelli's Pizza)
BUSINESS
December 3, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority scheduled public briefings next week to talk about how developing about 200 vacant acres known as Southport, at the eastern end of the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia, will affect the port and present economic development opportunities. The meetings will be at 6 p.m. on Dec. 8 and Dec. 9 at the Philadelphia Sheet Metal Workers Hall, at 1301 S. Columbus Blvd. The state agency has received seven responses, called "request for qualifications," from firms interested in developing all or part of the maritime property, south of the Walt Whitman Bridge on the Delaware River.
NEWS
December 2, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Aker Philadelphia Shipyard has a new name: Philly Shipyard Inc. Shareholders of the region's only commercial shipyard, meeting Monday in Oslo, Norway, where parent company Aker ASA is located, approved the name change, effective immediately. "Our new name is simple yet distinctive, and better defines who we are and where we are going," said Steinar Nerbovik, shipyard president and CEO. "As a standalone Philadelphia-based company, we continue our focus on building safe and quality ships that support the nation's commerce.
NEWS
November 19, 2015
RECENTLY, I joined a group of business leaders and bipartisan elected officials - including U.S. Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey, U.S. Reps. Bob Brady and Pat Meehan, state Sen. John Rafferty, state Rep. Bill Keller and Mayor-elect Jim Kenney - to announce funding for a new study to explore extending the Broad Street Line subway into the Navy Yard, a growing employment hub in Philadelphia. When was the last time so many Democrats and Republicans joined forces to support any project? The Navy Yard employs more than 11,000 at more than 140 firms, and PIDC has aggressive expansion plans in the coming decades.
BUSINESS
November 6, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
On the banks of the Delaware on Wednesday, Gov. Wolf said his priorities for the Port of Philadelphia are investing in its aging infrastructure, creating jobs, and keeping Pennsylvania economically competitive. The governor said one of his goals is to develop the 196 acres at the eastern end of the Navy Yard known as Southport, the first major maritime expansion in Philadelphia in 50 years. In recent months, more than a dozen port operators, energy firms, and private investors have expressed interest in developing all, or part, of the empty land south of the Walt Whitman Bridge.
NEWS
October 10, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Adaptimmune, an Oxford, U.K.-based biopharmaceutical company, has moved its U.S. operations from the University City Science Center and will relocate to a new facility at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, the company said Friday. The 47,400-square-foot building being developed by Liberty Property Trust and Synterra Partners will accommodate a manufacturing plant and Adaptimmune's U.S. headquarters, according to the company, which focuses on cancer therapies. The new facility, which will enable Adaptimmune to increase its staff by 110, is scheduled to be completed in late 2016, chief executive James Noble said in the release.
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September 24, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Aker Philadelphia Shipyard announced Tuesday that it will sell its ship-owning investments in four product tankers to a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corp., based in Findlay, Ohio. The contract value of each vessel is $150 million, Aker said. The ships, which are used to transport petroleum products and crude oil, will be delivered between now and third quarter 2016. Aker said it expects a pre-tax gain of about $10 million per ship. Aker is building the vessels in a joint venture with Crowley Maritime Corp.
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