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Bollinger Delivers to Beemar Inc.

Larry Pearson photo courtesy of Cummins Marine

In April Bollinger Shipyard delivered the first of their 234-ft class of Cummins-powered Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs) to Bee Mar Inc. The shipyard started building this series of vessels in 2008 and delivered the first in the series to the newly formed Bee Mar LLC in June of 2009. The Bee Mar newbuild fleet will consist of five 210-ft and three 234-ft American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) classed DP‐2 PSV's. Each vessel has high cargo carrying capacities and meets or exceeds the customer requirements and demands for offshore marine support applications. The five 210-ft PSVs, including the M/V Busy Bee and M/V Worker Bee, have already been delivered and put to work in the Gulf of Mexico. The newly delivered 234 by 56-ft M/V Bumble Bee will add significant cargo capabilities to the Bee Mar fleet. The new Bee has capacities that include 598.1 cubic meters for fuel, 1,430.9 cu. meters of liquid mud, 169.9 for dry bulk and 98.4 cu. meters for fresh water. Loaded to a draft of 14 feet 11 inches, the vessel will have a dwt of 3,048.2 Mt (3000 Lt). The 53.3 by 14.3 clear deck has a maximum cargo capacity of 2,032.1 metric tons. Main propulsion power for the Bumble Bee is provided by a pair of Cummins QSK60-M engines each delivering 2000 HP at 1800 RPM through Twin Disc MG5600 gears with 5.76:1 reduction to 81x68-inch propellers. Three Cummins QSM11 engines power the three 300 kW main generators. The Bumble Bee’s 85 kW generator is also Cummins powered


Roanwell Enters Marine Market: Acquires Bees Manufacturing

US-based Roanwell Corp. purchases Bees Manufacturing LLC gains entry to marine market. Roanwell, a maker of rugged communications equipment and contract manufacturer of high precision close tolerance machined parts, will be able to enter the marine marketplace through the acquisition. Bees Manufacturing, LLC, ("Bees"), est. 1929, of Weymouth, MA, is a contract manufacturer of various alloy and plastic precision machined components for OEMs in the deep sea marine, medical


Bee Mar Set to Enter GOM Market

Former Sea Mar President Van C. DeWitt recently announced details about the newly formed marine transportation company, Bee Mar LLC, which he currently heads as President and CEO.  The company is preparing to introduce a fleet of Dynamic Positioning-2 (DP-2) Platform Supply Vessels (PSV’s) for offshore support in the and international markets. The Bee Mar fleet will consist of five 210-ft. and three 234-ft. American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) classed DP-2 PSV's


Harvey Gulf Acquires Bee Mar's Assets

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Harvey Gulf International Marine’s CEO, Shane Guidry, announced that, on June 4, 2012, Harvey Gulf signed an agreement with Bee Mar, LLC to purchase all of Bee Mar’s vessels and assets.   The purchase will include 10 Offshore Supply Vessels, which will increase Harvey Gulf’s fleet to a total of 32 vessels – with 24 deepwater, new generation Offshore Support Vessels and 8 deepwater towing vessels.  Upon closing, Harvey Gulf will have operations in the U.S


Cummins Auxiliaries for New Offshore Vessel

Photo courtesy of Cummins Marine

Reliable auxiliary power is as important to a modern offshore vessel as are the main propulsion engines. Ample and reliable electrical power is essential to the basic support systems from the galley appliances to the wheelhouse navigational devices. The Ms. Charlotte, recently delivered to Edison Chouest by Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, Louisiana, is a powerful demonstration of this. Designated a 300 Class Deep Water Support Vessel, the ship has a pair of GE 3


Repasa Puts New Stan Tugs to Work

Photo: Damen

Repasa performs first berthing duties with two new Damen Stan Tugs 1606; Spanish offshore support services provider extends reach to West Africa On October 13, Repasa's ASD Tugs assisted the berthing of a LNG tanker with great success. Yesterday the two Damen Stan Tugs 1606, outfitted as line handling boats, sailed to the buoy to receive another tanker for their first mission in Equatorial Guinea. For Repasa, this is a successful start of its new joint venture with P&O Maritime.


Drilling to Start in Iran’s Caspian Blocks

Three-dimensional seismological operations at Iranian blocks in Caspian Sea in preparation for spudding two wells are underway and drilling operations are to begin on February 1, according to PIN. Deputy minister of oil for Caspian Sea oil and gas affairs told Petroenergy Information Network that a bid is underway for choosing a foreign contractor with experience in working at deep waters and the results will be announced in two weeks.


NOIA Member Deepwater Horizon Response

As BP, the National Response Team, and an army of volunteers respond to the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico, NOIA member companies are lending their resources in an unprecedented cooperative effort to stop the flow of oil and prevent further damage to the environment. These resources include land-based and offshore facilities, aircraft, marine vessels, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), a containment dome, subsea tooling, subsea video, dispersant, personnel


Original Stealth Ship Sold for Scrap

Photo courtesy of Federation of American Scientists

Once-classified Navy stealth ship 'Sea Shadow' has been sold to an Alameda shipyard for scrapping The $2.5 million bid from Bay Ship & Yacht Co. won the federal government auction. The firm was interested not so much in the space-age stealth ship but the barge that houses it, which will be converted into a drydock, reports 'The Sacramento Bee'. Sea Shadow was built in 1985 by Lockheed Martin in Redwood City, under contract with the U.S. Navy, for a price of $50 million


Harvey Gulf Buys 9 Bee Mar OSV's & to Stretch 5

A Harvey Gulf Vessel: Photo courtesy of Harvey Gulf

Harvey Gulf International Marine closes its asset purchase purchase deal with Bee Mar LLC. The purchase price for the all-cash sale of Bee Mar's nine Offshore Supply Vessels was US$243-million. Harvey Gulf immediately renamed the vessels consistent with other Harvey Gulf vessels and began seeking bids to stretch 5 of the new vessels to meet 250’ OSV class specifications. Harvey Gulf also announced that it has exercised 2 of its 4 options to construct additional LNG OSV's at TY


Wabona Awarded Maritime Newcomer Accolade

Seen in the photo from left to right are Chris Magagula Managing Director at Wabona Group and Paul Maclons Managing Director at Smit Amandla Marine. Wabona Group was a proud recipient of the 2012/2013 Maritime Industry New Comer Award presented by Smit Amandla Marine at an awards ceremony in Cape Town. (Photo: Wabona)

Durban's Wabona Group was among the winners in one of the nine award categories, during a Maritime Industry Awards function held on April 28, 2013 in Cape Town. The event, held to celebrate contributions to the South African Maritime Industry, was a culmination of a nationwide nomination process


IYC Names its Brokers of the Year

Barbara Stork Landeweer

International Yacht Collection (IYC) iannounced that Frank Grzeszczak and Barbara Stork Landeweer are the company’s  2013 Yacht Broker and Charter Brokers of Year, respectively. Representative of a banner year for IYC, both brokers played a pivotal role in promoting the superyacht


BASS Launches New Fleet Management System

Per Steinar Upsaker,  Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

BASS introduced the BASSnet 2.9 Fleet Management System during the recent Asia Pacific Maritime event in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. BASSnet 2.9 now features new modules such as Environmental Management, Port Forms Management and Excel Forms Management


Top Marine Vessel Operators Overcome Challenges

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MN 100: McAllister Towing, Edison Chouest Offshore, Interlake Steamship Company, Hornbeck Offshore Services U.S. marine vessel operators have invested in their fleets, adopted new technologies and switched to cleaner burning engines and fuels to stay in business


Card-Carrying Members Only

Card-Carrying Members Only – SISCO’s A-PASS Imagine having your picture taken as soon as you board any cruise vessel. While cruise lines have been observing this practice for many years for entertainment purposes, a new kind of photo has since come into play – the high speed interactive photo I.D


Coatings & Corrosion Control: Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC)

Recently, the use of certain environmental-friendly waxes or "semi-hard coatings", used by barge fabricators to protect the internal void walls and floors of marine double-hulled steel barges from corrosion, have fallen under scrutiny by some barge owners/operators


EnerGulf Update Block 1711 Offshore Namibia

EnerGulf Resources Inc. announced that the Operating Committee for Block 1711 met in Windhoek, Namibia and has approved a "Work Program" for Year 1 of the Exploration License renewal. The work program will commence immediately and is designed to fully evaluate the results of the Kunene


Diversification Keeps Gulf Vessel Builders Afloat

Shipyard welder in Port Fourchon. Photo courtesy the Greater Lafourche Port Commission

By Susan Buchanan, in the January edition of MarineNews Companies building vessels on the U.S. Gulf are servicing a flock of domestic and overseas clients while their offshore oil and gas customers wait for Washington to issue more drilling permits and safety rules


Contracts Awarded: Response Boat–Small Replacement Project

Legacy 25’ Defender Class RB-S. USCG photo by PA2 Andy Kendrick

On February 4, 2011, the U.S. Coast Guard awarded two fixed price Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts to begin replacement of the current Response Boat-Small (RB-S) fleet, which is nearing the end of its ten-year service life






 
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