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Vessels: Big Cat Express: A Very Fast Sea Trial

By Larry Pearson It's 8:30 a.m. as the Big Cat Express saddles up to the dock at the Port of Morgan City, La. It is Sea Trial day for the big quad engine catamaran ferry. No question she is waterjet powered as the tops of the blue "buckets" of the four Hamilton Jet 651's break the surface of the water at the stern. Just above the buckets are the exhausts, large four stainless steel pipes that curve downward toward the water. About 25 pickup trucks and my Ford Taurus wait the arrival of the 150-ft. by 34-ft. vessel. Painted gleaming white, the three-deck vessel looks like it was built for speed. Today we will find out just how fast it can travel. Emerging from the vehicles were several executives from Gulf Craft, Inc. builder of the catamaran including Kevin and Scotty Tibbs, who have taken over the day-to-day operation of the family-owned shipyard along with brother Bryant from their father Scott Tibbs. This is also an important day for Cummins Mid-South, supplier of the four KTA-50 propulsion engines and the two 75 k 6BTA.5 gensets. Gulf Craft typically builds Cummins-powered monohulled crew/supply boats, so this is a new application for both Gulf Craft and for Cummins Calvin Klotz, manager of the New Orleans branch of Cummins Mid-South will ride the sea trial along with his ace Morgan City-based salesman "Red" Cunningham. Also onboard is Ben Erdely, manager of the New Orleans based Sewart Supply who supplied the NICO gears for the vessel.


Trico Marine Announces Financing Arrangement

Trico Marine Services, Inc. announced that Trico and GE Commercial Equipment Financing have entered into an agreement that will provide approximately $11.4 million of funding for the marine services company. Under the operating lease arrangement, GE will pay Trico approximately $11.4 million for three 155-foot crew boats currently being built for the company by Gulf Craft, Inc. Upon the completion of each vessel, GE will charter the vessels to Trico


Hvide to Add Two New Boats

Hvide Marine Incorporated has made an agreement to purchase two modern 152-ft. crewboats from Crewboats, Inc. The purchase price for the two vessels, which will join HMI's Seabulk Offshore fleet in the Gulf of Mexico, is $5 million. The company expects to take delivery of one vessel in December 2000 and the second in May 2001. "These are the 'hotshot boats' of the offshore industry," commented company president and CEO Gerhard E


Eye on the Navy

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April 1, 2009, a landing craft air cushion from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5 leaves a beach during an exercise near Camp Lemonier, Djibouti. ACU-5 is currently assigned to the USS Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group supporting Combined Task Force-151 (CTF-151), a multinational task force conducting counter-piracy operations to detect and deter piracy in and around the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Red Sea.


Offshore Update: Waiting on Feds to Issue Permits

Offshore supply vessel Michael G. McCall, Gulf Craft’s most recent delivery, could not get work in the Gulf of Mexico. Seacor chartered it for operations off the west coast of Africa. The 190-ft by 34-ft vessel was delivered in July 2010. (Photo courtesy Gulf Craft, LLC)

By Susan Buchanan, from the November 2010 edition of MarineNews Marine companies along the Gulf of Mexico have seen little new business since the offshore drilling moratorium was lifted in early October as oil producers apply for permits and decide how to navigate costly safety regulations. At Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., one of the top U.S. boat builders, Chief Executive Officer Boysie Bollinger, said “we're waiting for BOEM to start issuing offshore drilling permits


Intercoastal Waterway Reopens After Collision

The U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port for the Houston/Galveston area informs that a 2-mile stretch of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway between between Bolivar Peninsula and Goat Island has been reopened after a pleasure craft sank in the channel following a collision. The captain of the towing vessel Dixie Courage contacted Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston, 1 p.m. Sunday, reporting that his tow and barges had collided with a disabled and adrift 15-foot pleasure craft


Designers Aim for More Flexibility, Efficiency and Multi-mission Capabilities

By Larry Pearson Four years into the new Millennium designers of workboats are incorporating new technologies and greater efficiencies into their designs to produce vessels that can do more work and do it better than designs of just a few years ago. Supply Boats This is very prevalent in the oil patch where today's supply boat designs emphasize more efficient vessels that can carry as much material to the rig or platform as vessels 30-40 ft. longer in years past.


Cummins Power for Arabian Gulf Crewboat

The Kuwaiti company, Arabian Gulf Mechanical Services and Contracting Co. Ltd., has been operating a 30.5-meter Grandweld-built crew boat since the summer of 2007. The successful boat, named Fraih-8, carries a 6.4-meter beam with a 3.25-meter depth allowing for 8400 gallons of fuel and 2000 gallons of fresh water as well as 195 gallons each of black water, grey water, Lube and hydraulic oil. Accommodation for an 8-member crew is provided along with seating for 24 off-shore personnel


Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Dewey

The Navy officially accepted delivery of the future USS Dewey (DDG 105) Aug. 17 from Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding (NGSB) during a ceremony in Pascagoula, Miss.  In June, the guided-missile destroyer completed a combined Builder's and Acceptance trial, also called "super trials," after spending three days in the Gulf of Mexico. "This is the second DDG we've delivered this summer," said Capt


Future USS San Diego (LPD 22) Launched

The future USS San Diego (LPD 22) was launched May 7 from Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding's Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss.  The launch of the 684-ft ship into the Gulf of Mexico marks an important milestone in the ship's construction process. "As the sixth ship of the class, this launch is a considerable achievement in the program." said Jay Stefany, LPD 17 program manager for the Navy's Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships


Gulf of Guinea Piracy a ‘Deep Concern’ -UN Security Council

Rising crime in Gulf of Guinea contrasted with declining East Coast pirates; Presidential statement condemns murders, kidnappings, hostage-taking, as UN Security Council expresses deep concern over piracy   The United Nations Security Council on Monday expressed its deep concern over piracy


Singapore Revokes Two Bunker Licenses

Photo: Vermont UM Bunkering

 Singapore's Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) have revoked two bunker suppliers' license to operate in the world's top bunker port.    The two companies have, according to the authority, violated the terms and conditions for bunker activities in the port.  


ACR to Debut Pathfinder PRO SART at OTC

ACR Pathfinder PRO  Photo ACR

An important addition to any commercial vessel’s survival gear kit, the Pathfinder PRO SART is introduced by ACR Electronics, Inc. at this year’s OTC. The new search and rescue transponder expands the broad range of commercial maritime survival products offered by ACR


Elandra Yachts Expands, Launches Finishing Department

Luke Durman and Tom Barry-Cotter (Photo: Elandra Yachts)

Elandra Yachts has added another layer of craftsmanship to its boat-building operation with the launch of a new in-house paint department at the Gold Coast plant, signalling further growth for the Australian luxury motor yacht brand. Renowned for the range of spectacular bronzed and golden hues


This Day In Naval History: March 24

Kentucky (BB-6) ready for launching at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company shipyard, Newport News, Virginia, March 24, 1898. Note chalk marks on her hull plating, indicating the planned location of fittings and gun ports. (Photo: U.S. Naval Historical Center)

1898 - The battleship USS Kentucky (BB 6) is launched in Newport News, Va. 1903 - Adm. George Dewey is commissioned Admiral of the Navy, the only person to hold this rank. Upon his death Jan. 16, 1917, Congress deactivates the rank. 1919 - The battleship USS Idaho (BB 42) is commissioned


Houston First Port of Call for Asian Service

Photo:  Port of Houston Authority

 In anticipation of increased opportunities for inbound consumer goods and outbound industrial commodities, Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. have joined forces to operate a new direct all-water container service between the U.S Gulf and Asia.  


US Gulf Coast Diesel Exports Down Sharply

  Diesel fuel exports from the U.S. Gulf Coast declined sharply since December as increasing output from refiners in South American markets and brimming stocks in Europe squeezed key outlets, Thomson Reuters data show.   As a result


Canadian Coast Guard Transfers Surplus Vessel

The Canadian Coast Guard has transferred a fast rescue craft to the Maritimes branch of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary.   The fast rescue craft was previously used by the staff of the CCGS Courtenay Bay at the Coast Guard SAR lifeboat station based in Saint John, New Brunswick.  


This Day In Naval History: April 12

USS Mason (DDG 87). (U.S. Navy photo by Cliff Steenhoff)

1861 - The Civil War begins with Confederates firing on Fort Sumter, S.C. The Union Navy plays an integral part blockading Confederates, keeping them diplomatically and economically contained from other nations.   1911 - Lt. Theodore Ellyson completes his aviator training at the Glenn


Incat Crowther Delivers SEACOR Marine’s 2nd FSV

Delivery of Second Very Fast Offshore Support Vessel Courtesy Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther announced the delivery of Najla McCall, the second vessel in SEACOR Marine’s Express Plus class of Fast Support Vessels (FSV). Sistership to the Alya McCall launched in November last year, Najla McCall has seating capacity for 100 personnel and achieved an operational speed


Lake Assault Boats Available Through GSA

Photo: Lake Assault

Lake Assault Boats, part of Fraser Shipyards and a  manufacturer of purpose-built, mission-specific fire and rescue boats,has announced that the company’s boats are now listed on the U.S. government’s General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule.  


GulfNav Unveils Expansion Plans

From right to left Mr. Khamis Juma Buamim, Group CEO, Abdulla Saeed Abdulla Brook Al Hemeiri, Chairman, and Ahmad Al Kilani, Board Member Photo Gulf Navigation

Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC (GulfNav), the Dubai-based shipping company, has announced in a press conference at Rose Rayhaan by Rotana today (Tuesday, April 19, 2016), its key expansion plans to increase its assets under management and service-based revenue.


New CEO at GulfNav Leads Expansion Plans

From right to left: Khamis Juma Buamim, Group CEO, Abdulla Saeed Abdulla Brook Al Hemeiri, Chairman, and Ahmad Al Kilani, Board Member of Gulf Navigation (Photo: Gulf Navigation)

Dubai-based shipping company Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC (GulfNav) has announced in a press conference at Rose Rayhaan by Rotana April 19 its expansion plans to increase its assets under management and service-based revenue. The shipping company also revealed the appointment of Khamis Juma Buamim


John P. Murtha Completes Acceptance Trials

John P. Murtha (LPD 26) (Photo: Lance Davis/HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced the completion of acceptance sea trials for the company’s 10th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, John P. Murtha (LPD 26). The ship, built at HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division


IRClass Enhances Services to Indian Navy

Neelam Handover Class Certificate Photo IRS

IRClass, the Indian Register of Shipping, today announced an increase in the range and level of services it provides to the Indian Navy, with the advent of naval vessels in service being maintained in IRClass. “Several types of Indian Naval vessels have been, and are being






 
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