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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


MN100: Elastec

(Photo: Elastec)

The Company: Located in Carmi and Fairfield, Illinois and Cocoa, Florida, Elastec manufactures water pollution control products specializing in oil spill recovery equipment. Established in 1990 with the invention of the ELASTEC Drum Skimmer, the U.S


MN100: United States Marine Inc.

Photo: United States Marine Inc.

The Company: United States Marine Inc. (USMI) has been in business for over 30 years delivering high speed interdiction craft and other products to US DoD agencies, including but not limited to US Navy, USSOCOM and NAVSEA, and foreign navies


APL Launches Atlantic Gulf Express Service

AGX – Atlantic Gulf Express (Westbound)

APL today announced the launch of the Atlantic Gulf Express (AGX) Service – a direct Trans-Atlantic service which connects the key markets of North Europe, US South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. “Directly connecting the Port of Le Havre and Miami


US Boatbuilding: Sink or Swim

Joe Hudspeth

Navigating interesting times has the nation’s shipbuilding industry searching in unusual places. The answers could be blowing in the wind.  Conducting commerce and forecasting the future for shipyards is akin to setting out in uncharted waters


Kohler Launches New Tier 3 Diesel Marine Generators

Kohler Power Systems, manufacturer of diesel and gasoline marine generators for pleasure and commercial craft applications, announced the availability of its new single- and three-phase Tier 3 marine diesel generators. The company’s 14-24EKOZD/12-20


Bollinger Delivers 19th FRC to the USCG

Sister Ship of the USCGC Rollin Fritch, USCGC Margaret Norvell operating in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico (Photo: Bollinger Shipyards)

Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the 19th Fast Response Cutter (FRC), USCGC Rollin Fritch, to the U.S. Coast Guard.   The 154-foot patrol craft USCGC Rollin Fritch is the 19th vessel in the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class FRC program. All previous cutters have been stationed in the 7th Coast


US Offshore Lease Sale Yields $18 Mln in High Bids

Today’s U.S. oil and gas Lease Sale 248 garnered $18,067,020 in high bids for 24 tracts covering 138,240 acres in the Western Gulf of Mexico Planning Area, announced Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper


Tuco’s New Arctic Workboat to Debut at SMM

Image: Tuco Marine

Danish producer Tuco Marine said it will reveal a new Arctic workboat daughter craft at next month’s SMM in Hamburg.   Many arctic patrol vessels, icebrakers and polar research vessels are currently under development and construction worldwide


MN100: R.W. Fernstrum & Company

Sean Fernstrum (Photo: R.W. Fernstrum & Company)

The Company: R.W. Fernstrum & Company set the standard in marine heat exchangers over 65 years ago, building a reputation focused on innovation. Today, its commitment is to continual improvement, ensuring that customers have quality, reliability


Shots Fired: US Navy Ship Warns Iranian Vessel

USS Nitze (U.S. Navy photo by Scott Pittman)

A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots after an Iranian fast-attack craft approached two U.S. ships in the northern Gulf on Wednesday, a U.S. Defense official said.   The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said three warning shots were fired from a


Iran Vessels Make 'High Speed Intercept' of US Ship

USS Nitze (U.S. Navy photo by Steve Smith)

Four of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) vessels "harassed" a U.S. warship on Tuesday near the Strait of Hormuz, a U.S. defense official said, amid Washington's concerns about Iran's posture in the Gulf and in the Syrian civil war.  


MN100: Conrad Shipyard

Johnny Conrad (Photo: Conrad Shipyard)

The Company: Conrad Shipyard was established in 1948 and is headquartered in Morgan City, Louisiana. The company designs, builds and overhauls tugboats, ferries, liftboats, barges, offshore supply vessels and other steel and aluminum products for both commercial and government markets


MN100: Shock Mitigation

John Haynes (Photo: Shock Mitigation)

The Company: The company provides marine organizations, boat builders and equipment manufacturers with relevant subject matter expertise plus an independent overview of how this sector is rapidly changing.  For OEM boat builders and equipment manufacturers


GoM Operators Evacuating Ahead of Storm

Image: NOAA

Offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico are evacuating platforms and rigs in the path of Tropical Depression No. 9.   The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said its Hurricane Response Team is activated and monitoring the operators’ activities


Incat Crowther Designs another Ferry for Seastreak

(Image: Incat Crowther)

In response to significant growth in passenger volume, New York ferry operator Seastreak has contracted Incat Crowther to design a 45-meter catamaran passenger vessel for its fleet, thus increasing its number of Incat Crowther designed vessels to eight.  






 
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