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CENTRAL BOAT RENTALS

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


DNV GL Opens New Central China Office

DNV GL celebrated the opening of its new office in Nanjing (Photo courtesy of DNV GL)

DNV GL has opened a new office in Nanjing, China, covering most of the Jiangsu Province and following the Yangtze River upstream to Chongqing and Sichuan. Headed by area manager Chen Keng, DNV GL Central China aims to support business growth in the area and act as center for operations in Central


LGH Opens Phoenix Warehouse

Photo: LGH

Lifting Gear Hire (LGH) opened a new warehouse in Phoenix, Arizona, the company’s 19th warehouse across North America.   The new warehouse aims to offer a one-day equipment ship point to many southwestern cities, including Los Angeles, Denver, and Las Vegas


ASA Mission Statement Revised to Expand Reach

Image: ASA

The American Salvage Association has revised its mission statement to increase its area of influence beyond North America, complemented by a new logo that reflects the expanded direction.   The new Mission Statement reads “The mission of the ASA is to be a unifying association of the


Reftrade Upgrades Fleet Refrigeration Systems

Photo courtesy of Reftrade

Reftrade UK  has made an investment to upgrade its fleet with environmentally friendly technology. The world’s first refrigeration system to use CO2 as a natural refrigerant, NaturaLINE, has been installed in Reftrade UK’s fleet


Nicaragua Searches for 26 Fishermen after Shipwreck

Nicaragua's navy said on Thursday it was searching for 26 fishermen whose boat was shipwrecked off the Central American nation's Caribbean coast due to heavy swells earlier this week.   A military spokesman said 24 of the 50 passengers had been rescued or found alive after the incident


Hoists Facilitate Offshore Crane Repairs

Photo courtesy of JD Neuhaus

When the diesel engine of a deck crane failed, it caused major handling problems for an offshore platform operating in the Dutch sector of the southern North Sea, problems that were solved with the use of J D Neuhaus air operated hoists. The crane was operating at 40 meters above sea level and


WSS' Adjusted Pricing From 1st Jan

Thomas Smordalen of WSS

  From 1 January 2015, Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) will increase prices on all products and services by the OECD* global average inflation rate of 1.9%. “In order to consistently deliver quality products and dependable services throughout our global network it is necessary to


Generaly Rate Restoration by CMA CGM

  In a continued effort to provide quality services, CMA CGM group hereby informs of a Rate Restoration Program: Effective February 5th, 2015: From India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka ports to North Europe, Med Sea, Scandinavia, Baltic, Black Sea, North Africa, Central American


Idaho Earthquake Causes Damage, Power Outages

  A moderate earthquake rattled a broad swath of Idaho early Saturday, damaging property and causing power outages near its epicenter in the city of Challis, which has endured a string of temblors over the past weeks, authorities said.


Cuban Migrant Dead in Capsizing off Caymans

A Cuban migrant drowned after a makeshift vessel with four passengers overturned in rough seas off the Cayman Islands on Saturday afternoon, local officials said. The three other Cubans, all in their 20s and 30s, made it to shore clinging to two inner tubes with the help of local surfers and


Chilean Port Workers Strike Disrupts Container Movements

Over 200 workers at Chile's San Antonio port remain on strike and workers at other ports have said they would not unload San Antonio port operator Puerto Central ships.    Over 200 workers at Chile's San Antonio port remain on strike with workers at other ports saying they will not


OP/ED: Knowing the Rules of the Road

Michael Borgstrom, President of Chicago-based Wendella Sightseeing Boats.

Mitigating Risk of Dangerous Interactions with Recreational Rental Vessels   I am increasingly concerned about the interaction between commercial vessels and recreational craft on the Chicago River.  Even more frequently my operation is encountering people in short-term rental craft


Canaveral Upgrades Bulk Conveyor System

The Bahamas Spirit discharges limestone at South Cargo Pier 4 at Port Canaveral. (Photo courtesy of the Port of Canaveral)

The new $1.5 million bulk conveyor system at Port Canaveral was utilized for the first time by Martin Marietta when the Bahamas Spirit discharged limestone at South Cargo Pier 4.   The Canaveral Port Authority invested in the system with Martin Marietta to enhance terminal operational


Turkish Truckers Eye Caspian Sea Routes to Avoid Delays in Iran

Caspian Sea

Turkish carriers plan to cross near 25 thousand vehicles a year over Caspian Sea with ferryboats and Ro Ro ships to avoid delays on the route across Iran.   The use of ferry boats and Ro-Ro ships would cut excursion time significantly


Alaska Marine Lines Lowers Fuel Surcharge

Alaska Marine Lines has filed with the Surface Transportation Board to decrease the fuel surcharge from 31% to 29% on shipments to, from and within Central Alaska and Prince William Sound locations. The line has also filed to decrease the fuel surcharge from 14% to 7% on shipments to






 
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