GulfMark Offshore, Inc. has exercised an option to build a second Aker PSV09 design vessel. This vessel, which will be an identical sister ship to the Aker PSV09 currently under construction in Norway, is a 4,850 deadweight ton, diesel electric powered platform supply vessel. The purchase price for this vessel is approximately $30 million, with delivery currently expected during the third quarter of 2007. GulfMark will be the majority investor in a joint venture for the construction of the vessel. GulfMark has elected to purchase 100 percent of the first Aker PSV09 and has the right to purchase this vessel upon pre-agreed terms. Including this vessel, the GulfMark currently has ten owned vessels under construction bringing the fleet of owned vessels to 58 in 2008 when the last vessel is delivered. Without additional changes, at the conclusion of this expansion the fleet would be comprised of 58 owned and 10 managed vessels.
CapRock Communications announced a three-year contract with Gulf Offshore – a wholly owned subsidiary of GulfMark Offshore Inc. – to deploy its broadband maritime service, SeaAccess Communications, onboard its fleet operating in the North Sea and along the coast of Africa. SeaAccess’ VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) services will enable GulfMark to extend its corporate IT network and applications to its vessels and provide onboard crew morale services.
Two new 220 ft. OSVs, rigged for flexible, efficient operation, are beginning to pay off for Gulf Offshore Marine, an affiliate of GulfMark Offshore, Lafayette, La. The sister vessels, measuring 217.5 x 54 x 20 ft., with a 16.1 ft. loaded draft, were launched in late 1999 from Bender Shipyard, Mobile, Ala. Highland Scout entered service in Brazil in January and Highland Guide entered service in Borneo in February. Vessel conceptual design was a collaborative effort between Gulf Offshore and
GulfMark Offshore, Inc. today announced the completion of the sale of the Highland Patriot, the Highland Sentinel, the delivery of the newbuild Sea Sovereign, and the acquisition of an option vessel, Hull 861B. The Highland Patriot, a 1982 built 233 ft. platform supply vessel operating in Southeast Asia and the Highland Sentinel, a 1979 built 266 ft. platform supply vessel operating in the North Sea were sold in September and October, respectively
Bender Shipbuilding & Repair, based in Mobile, Alabama, said that a petition has been filed to put the company into involutary bankruptcy. The company had yet to be served, but it did say that it is in contractual disputes with two of the three creditors who filed the petition, including GulfMark Offshore Inc. Bender disputes GulfMark's claims and believes that the petition is invalid. "It is unfortunate that GulfMark has chosen to go this route," said Tom Bender
Maritime Communication Partner (MCP) has signed a three-year contract with leading offshore shipping operator Gulf Offshore Norway, owned by GulfMark Offshore Inc. The deal provides three vessels, all of which operate on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, with solutions enabling seamless mobile phone coverage and internet access. MCP is the first firm to offer this custom-made offshore solution to vessels operating in the North Sea.
Maritime Telecommunications Network (MTN), of Miramar, Fla., has signed an agreement with Holland America Line to provide complete wireless technology to its existing fleet of eleven vessels and as well as Holland America’s newest vessel, the Oosterdam, which enters service in August. Under the agreement, MTN will provide wireless Internet capabilities in the public rooms surrounding the Internet Cafés of Holland America’s fleet
Griffin Marine Travel and Instone International Americas announced that their U.S. operations will merge, creating the largest competitive provider of crew travel management services in North America. The merger makes strategic sense for both parties. The companies serve the same markets, share the same aspirations and are totally customer service driven. Griffin Marine Travel brings a global cohesive network of 21 offices; Instone International Americas contributes an exceptionally
From its start 134 years ago as a Rotterdam-based shipping firm, Holland America Line opened an office in Rotterdam. The Seattle-based cruise line returns by opening a sales and marketing office. Located in the Kop van Zuid section of Rotterdam on Wilhelmina Pier, the new office will eventually house approximately 30 Holland America Line staff members, responsible for shipboard hiring, purchasing, and sales and marketing
Douglas Tilden has been named to the advisory board of Ports America Group. Tilden most recently served as chairman of Ports America Group, the largest stevedoring and terminal operating company in the Americas providing services at 97 terminals in 50 U.S. ports. Ports America Group (PAG) is an affiliated group of terminal operating companies owned by Highstar Capital, a leading infrastructure fund. Tilden’s career in the shipping industry began in 1969 with United States Lines
Bart Reynolds has been hired to take over as president of Seaspan Marine, the company announced today. Appointed to lead Seaspan’s Marine Division, Reynolds joins the company with more than 20 years of experience in leadership positions and senior management.
APL introduced a new weekly service aimed to enhance its network coverage in the Americas. The new America Caribbean Express (ACX) service, which links Central America and U.S. East Coast, is operated through a vessel sharing agreement with SeaLand.
ABB announced today it will start production of robots in the United States, making it the first global industrial robotics company to fully commit to and invest in a North American robotics manufacturing footprint. The company made the announcement at the opening of a new robotics plant
Senator Lisa Murkowski, Alaska, and Senator Maria Cantwell, Washington, have introduced a bill that would authorize the Navy to build up six icebreakers for use by the U.S. Coast Guard. The senators believe that the Coast Guard and the Navy need the icebreakers — which cost
A liquefied natural gas (LNG) delivery bound for Britain may have been diverted on Wednesday towards North America, according to live ship-tracking data on Reuters Eikon. The GDF Suez Point Fortin tanker was initially due to unload its Algerian cargo in Britain's Isle of Grain terminal on
San Diego Harbor Police enter MOU with Department of State for international law enforcement The Port of San Diego's Harbor Police Department will assist the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) under a Memorandum of Understanding
Israeli container carrier ZIM is expanding its Asia – South America East Coast (SAEC) via the Suez Canal at the end of May. The new service, Asia – East Coast Brazil (AEC), a collaboration with the SSA group, will allow ZIM to offer a second weekly service on this trade
Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics appointed as agent for Scandinavia and the Baltics by Kestrel Liner Agencies /Tropical Shipping Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics (SSL) and Kestrel Liner Agencies / Tropical Shipping have agreed to extend their cooperation to Estonia
A Singapore-based breakbulk, project cargo and heavy lift carrier AAL (formerly Austral Asia Line) and German multipurpose shipping operator Peter Döhle have announced the launch of a new global cooperation. From June onwards, the pair will offer joint tramp and project services
Ed Davis, an industry veteran and longtime employee at Furuno USA, Inc., passed away on April 30. Ed was Furuno USA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager since September 1992, working closely with dealers who he not only called customers, but his friends
Portland Port celebrated the launch of its 2015 cruise program receiving more than 4,000 passengers over the early May Bank Holiday weekend. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ Serenade of the Seas made her inaugural call on the Saturday and Holland America Lines’ Eurodam returned
The navigation channel at km 287 of the Parana River is obstructed after a bulk vessel went aground on the right margin during the early hours of 13 May during her navigation to San Nicolas. The Coast Guard has allowed navigation for vessels with max draft of 7
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) today announced the launch of new joint services with Maersk Line (ML) and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) between the major trading hub of Asia and key ports in East coast of South America. MOL’s existing service ‘CSW’ will be upgraded
Maersk Line has entered into a vessel sharing agreement with Switzerland-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Japan's Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL) on routes between Asia and the east coast of South America. "The VSA will simplify the network and improve operational responsiveness on
Maersk Line announced that it has entered into Vessel Sharing Agreement (VSA) with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL) on the Asia to East Coast of South America trade. Two loops are covered under the agreement and will be served by 22 vessels in total