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Working Shallow Draft In the Gulf of Mexico

Rodriguez Boat Builders, of Bayou LaBatre, Ala., delivered one more of their popular lugger tugs to Central Boat Rental of Morgan City, La., at the end October. Designed for the specialized tasks of supporting shallow water oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico they are as much supply boat as tug. Joe Rodriguez explains that the 65 x 24-ft. boat can work in water as shallow as five ft. While it features a model bow for open water work, it is designed to push a supply barge as well as to tow rigs and equipment from place to place. It also can transport liquids with tankage for 9,000 gallons of fuel and 12,000 gallons on potable water. Propulsion for the new boat, the Miss KerriLyn, is provided by a pair of Cummins N14 engines rated for 480 hp each at 1,800 rpm. The engines turn into Twin Disc 516 gears with 5.05:1 ratios and turning four-blade 56 x 40-in. propellers on five-in. stainless steel shafts. The props are supplied by Padget Swan out of Florida while the engines are supplied by Cummins Alabama out of Mobile. This is the second boat that Central Boat Rentals has ordered for their Morgan City operation from Rodriguez. Vice President of the family owned firm, Mike Patterson, says that they have two more Rodriguez boats that have been purchased from other operators. The company operates out of Morgan City and several other Gulf Coast ports, explains Vice-President of operations Gary Gaudet.

VT Halter Wins PSV Contracts

VT Halter Marine won a contract for the design and construction of two Platform Supply Vessels (PSV) for L&M Botruc Rental Inc. The contract is valued at between $45-$55m. Physical construction is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2008 with deliveries of the two vessels scheduled in 2010. Measuring 230 x 56 x 18-ft., the completed PSVs will be used to carry supplies, deck cargo, and drilling fluids used in the support of exploration and offshore production of energy sources

International Coast Guards Geared up For Training

Senior Central American and U.S. Coast Guard officials met in Panama Thursday to discuss the outcome of the first-ever 82-ft. Patrol Boat Round-Up that had been taking place at the old Rodman Naval Base near Panama City. U.S. Coast Guard Vice Adm. James D. Hull, Commander Atlantic Area, Portsmouth, Va., as well as the coast guard commandants from Panama, Venezuela, Columbia, and Costa Rica discussed the maintenance, repairs and training that each patrol boat and its crew received during the

HB Rentals Completes Trinidad Offshore Work

three 12-man sleepers, a galley, diner, office, laundry room, company man office, and heliport with a fire suppression system.

Offshore accommodation specialist,  HB Rentals, a Superior Energy Services company, has completed an eight-building and heliport package on a fixed platform in offshore Trinidad, Jude Primeaux Director of International Operations announced.   The 12-month project included the construction of three 12-man sleepers, a galley, diner, office, laundry room, company man office, and heliport with a fire suppression system

Adriatic to Acquire Vessels from C&E Boat Rental

Raceland, La.-based Adriatic Marine LLC has entered into a contract with C&E Boat Rental LLC to take over operations of one 220’ DP-2 and two 170’ DP-1 Offshore Supply Vessels (OSVs). Adriatic Marine will also take delivery of another 220’ DP-2 OSV presently under construction for C&E Boat Rental in Bayou La Batre, Alabama with an expected delivery date of September 2014. This transaction is scheduled to close in the next 30 days.

Schlumberger Mulls Sale of Oilfield Tools Rental Unit

Schlumberger Ltd, the world's largest oilfield services company, is exploring the sale of its oilfield tools rental unit Thomas Tools, which could be valued at more than $600 million, according to people familiar with the matter. An auction is already underway for Thomas Tools, which has annual earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization of around $80 million, the people said this week. Private equity firms keen to buy the unloved divisions of big conglomerates are among

Yacht Charters in Hawaii

One of the often overlooked ways to enjoy a vacation to Hawaii is to charter a luxury yacht for a private cruise. There are many options for boat rentals in Hawaii, but they are typically old, rusty boats that are jam packed with tourists. Not exactly the best way to enjoy paradise. Luckily, there is an alternative. There are a number of luxury yachts in Hawaii (especially on the island of Oahu) that can take you for a private cruise far away from the sunburned hordes

Bollinger Launches Innovative New OSV Hull

Bollinger’s latest is a new 191-ft. platform supply boat that meets all new regulatory requirements including DPS1 and is under 200 ft. The New Generation BoTruc will be focused on supporting the shelf activity in the US Gulf of Mexico. Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., Lockport, La., has added another new design to its list of “less is more” offshore service vessels (OSV) that have cargo carrying capacities of larger vessels without the added equipment

News: Cross Group Expands Its Rental Horizons

Cross Maritime announced the availability of the Multi-Purpose Barge, The Cross Mar-14. The ABS classed barge is 250 x 72 x 16-ft. with accommodations for 60 persons, a 4/6 point mooring system, 300-ton crawler crane, and helicopter deck. The versatility of this barge allows it to be used in many applications including dive support, construction and salvage projects. The barge will also be used to transport sub-sea packages and perform wet hand offs to installation vessels in the field

Greene's Energy Group Names New Manager

Doyle Boutwell

Greene's Energy Group Names Boutwell Manager, Technology and Business Development -Rental & Products.   Greene’s Energy Group (GEG), a provider of integrated testing, rentals and specialty services, has named Doyle Boutwell as Manager, Technology and Business Development – Rental & Products, announced Frank Mathews, President – Rental & Products.   Based in Houston, Boutwell will be responsible for the management of strategic and ongoing product

Double Milestone for Great Lakes Shipyard

Joseph P. Starck, Jr., President, The Great Lakes Towing Company & Great Lakes Shipyard; Eduardo De Jesus Paiz Lemus, Presidente Junta Administrador & Gregg A. Thauvette, Vice President, Operations, The Great Lakes Towing Company (Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard)

Great Lakes Shipyard holds commissioning ceremony for NYPA tug and keel laying ceremony for harbor fug for Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala   Tug Daniel Joncaire II, the first of two tugboats to be built by the Great Lakes Shipyard for New York Power Authority – Niagara Project

Greece Searches for Migrants off Lesbos

Greek coast guard searching for 38 migrants off Lesbos. Four children, two men and one woman drowned and 38 migrants were missing after their wooden boat sank north of the Greek island of Lesbos, the coast guard said on Thursday, as an extensive search operation continued for a second day.

La Spezia CT Wraps up Asian Tour


  Senior executives from Italy’s La Spezia Container Terminal - Contship Italia Group, wrapped up a whirlwind tour of key supply chain hubs in South East Asia and China this week with a presentation and networking event in Shanghai.

Royal IHC Expands into Offshore, Mining

Robbins Technology Group joins forces with Royal IHC

  Royal IHC has expanded its activities with the acquisition of Fraser Hydraulic Power (FHP) in the UK and Robbins Technology Group (RTG) in Brisbane, Australia. With these latest acquisitions, IHC has expanded its offshore rental fleet and gained a stronger foothold in the mining market

Hurricane Joaquin Continues to Strengthen

Image: NHC

Joaquin, the third hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season, continues to strengthen and is likely to develop into a major hurricane in the next couple of days as it moves toward the Central Bahamas, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Wednesday.  

Weapons Bound for Yemen Seized on Iranian Boat

Saudi-led coalition forces said on Wednesday they had seized an Iranian fishing boat loaded with weapons on its way to deliver them to Houthi fighters in Yemen.   The announcement came a day after tribal fighters backed by the coalition won control of a strategic dam in central Yemen from

Hurricane Joaquin to Impact Bahamas

Hurricane Joaquin will bring high winds and a storm surge to the Central Bahamas through Thursday night, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory. The major hurricane, located about 65 miles (105 km) southeast of San Salvador with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph (195

Tuco Debuts New Dive and ROV Support Boats

Image: Tuco Marine

Denmark’s Tuco Marine has revealed its new dive support and ROV Support boat designs. The two new vessels complement the designer’s range of ProZero workboats and daughter crafts and are dedicated the dive and ROV markets.   

Groundwork Begins on Successor Subs in UK

Photo: BAE Systems

 Groundwork has started on the renovation of a central shipyard complex that be used for outfitting future Royal Navy Successor submarines, British Forces News said.   BAE Systems had announced last year a $459 million modernization of the entire shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

New Orleans Port, CORBA Join forces‏

L-R Robert Carlisle, president of Carlisle & Bray Enterprises, Eric Thomas, Executive Director of the Central Ohio River Business Association (CORBA), Gary LaGrange, President and CEO of the Port of New Orleans, and Robert Landry, Chief Commercial Officer of the Port of New Orleans, sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the Port and CORBA to jointly market and share information in an effort to build commerce between the two regions.

  An agreement signed today by Port of New Orleans officials and industry leaders from the Central Ohio River corridor could help spur commerce between the two regions. The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans and the Central Ohio River Business Association (CORBA) signed a

Cinia Lays New Helsinki-Rostock Submarine Data Cable

Photo: Cinia Group

 Finland-based Cinia Group began laying the new submarine Sea Lion data cable in Helsinki, Finland.   The new fibre optic sea cable will provide a direct, low latency and cyber secure internet backbone connection between Finland and Germany.    

Philippine Prepares for Typhoon Koppu

Typhoon Koppu Courtesy Weather Underground

  Philippine authorities cancelled flights and urged residents and tourists to move to safer ground on Saturday as a powerful typhoon approached northeastern parts of the main island of Luzon. With winds of up to 160 kph (99 mph), typhoon Koppu is about 300 km (185 miles) east of Baler in

No kickbacks in Scorpene Submarine Deal, Says Indian Government

Image: Indian Navy

 No kickbacks were paid in connection with the purchase of Scorpene submarines for the Indian Navy in 2005 from French company Thales the government has told the Delhi High Court, reports PTI.   Indian government was responding to a PIL

Boat capsizes in Philippines, 7 dead

Image: The Philippine Coast Guard

 A pump boat carrying about 36 passengers  and five crew memberscapsized in Iloilo-Guimaras Strait  in central Philippines at around 4 p.m. on Sunday (October 18).   According to the Philippine Coast Guard-Iloilo (PCG), the passenger motorboat with 41 people on board capsized

APM Terminals Moin Bullish on Reefers

APM Terminals Moin, Costa Rica. Photo: APM Terminals

 APM Terminals is preparing an expansion of the Moin Terminal in Costa Rica's cooling export facilities.    Six new STS cranes and 29 RTG cranes to operate the deep water port of Moin Container Terminal, which opens in 2018.  The Port of Moin is 18 meters deep docks

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