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HOUMA INDUSTRIES

Feature: Dutch Treat

By Larry Pearson For many years Houma Fabricators, Houma, La. built passenger boats, offshore boats and other steel hulled vessels much like a dozen other shipyards in the Gulf south. In the mid-90's they built several large gaming boats for Iowa entrepreneur Bob Kehl. If you hadn't stopped by Houma Fabricators for the past two years, today you would not recognize the place. Purchased by Shipyard De Hoop of the Netherlands in 2001, the shipyard has undergone an amazing transformation with an $8.6 million expansion. The Dutch shipyard is turning the 42-acre Houma site into a shipyard to resemble the company's main facility in Lobith, Netherlands. " So far we have added three steel preparation halls, four subassembly halls, new slipways with bulkheads and a permanent launching system," said O.M. Monnier, President and CEO of Houma Fabricators. A two two-story administrative center and engineering department has also been built. The building of these new facilities to some extend was accelerated by a contract from Otto Candies LLC, Des Allemands, La. for five 187-ft. diesel electric supply boats. The first boat in the series was built in the Netherlands bringing the total order to six. "In effect, we have been building boats while building a shipyard," Monnier added. The hull modules of the Candies' boat are being built in the new subassembly buildings.


Mississippi River Commission Schedules Meeting For Friday

Members of the Mississippi River Commission will conduct their annual low water public meeting in Houma on Friday, August 23, aboard the Motor Vessel Mississippi starting at 9:30 a.m., at the Cenac Towing Company Dock, at mile 53 on the Houma Navigation Canal. This will be the last of seven public meetings aboard the M/V Mississippi in communities along the Mississippi River. The low water inspection trip began August 11 in St. Paul, Minn


Waterways Re-Open

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin stating that all ports, channels, and tributary waterways in the COTP Houston/Galveston AOR are open to project depth. Particular caution is advised, though, in the Galveston Bay Entrance Channel, the Galveston Harbor Channel, and Barbour’s Cut due to possible shoaling. The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Bulletin stating that all waterways in the MSU Morgan City AOR are open to project depth


Tidewater Christens New Vessel

Tidewater Inc. announced that one of its new vessels, the M/V Pat Taylor, named in honor of the late New Orleans businessman, Patrick F. Taylor, will be christened on August 21, at the wharf of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Mrs. Phyllis M. Taylor, wife of Pat Taylor and current Chairman and CEO of Taylor Energy Company LLC, will christen the new 220-ft. platform supply vessel which was built by Quality Shipyards, LLC, a subsidiary of Tidewater located in Houma, La.


Bow2Stern Widens Customer Base With Acquisition

Bow2Stern/Engine Starting Products Announces Asset Acquisition of L&H Electric Co. Inc.   Bow 2 Stern Services / Engine Starting Products and its owners Harry “Buster” Naquin and Shane Thibodeaux are pleased to announce the acquisition of the assets of L&H Electric Co. Inc. from Shamrock Management L.L.C. of Houma.   “The acquisition broadens our customer base and brings additional products and services to our already diverse line of offerings


Gulf Island Fabrication Q2 2013 Profit Slip

Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc., based in Houma, Louisiana, reported net income of $4.3 million ($.30 diluted EPS) on revenue of $154.6 million for its second quarter ended June 30, 2013, compared to net income of $7.6 million ($.52 diluted EPS) on revenue of $137.2 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012.  Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2013 was $7.1 million ($.49 diluted earnings per share) on revenue of $305.0 million, compared to net income of $14.4 million ($


New York Firm Building in Louisiana

September 11 set things back all over the world and especially in New York. But now a maritime firm in that city has a new tug building at Thoma-Sea Boat Builders in Houma Louisiana. The model bow tug, essentially a sister ship to one delivered last January, is a 3400 HP ocean-going tug, 100 by 32 feet with a molded depth of 13 feet 9 inches. Designed by Frank Basil’s Entech and Associates of Houma LA the boat will be powered by a pair of 16-cylinder Cummins KTA50 main engines rated for 1700


Small Yard, Big Boat

The Bayou Country of Louisiana has a reputation as a place where great boats are built in small yards. When Richard Adams Sr. opened his Lockport Fabrication yard on the bank of Bayou Lafourche at Lockport in 1979 he became a part of that tradition. Now, at 72 years of age, he comes in every day to work with his son Richard “Dickie” Adams Jr. Over the years the two men have launched a lot of boats from their yard. Recently, when they launched the supply vessel Bertha D stern first


PetroCom, LLC To Be Acquired by H.I.G. Capital Affiliate

PetroCom LLC has entered into a binding agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of H.I.G. Capital, a Miami-based private investment firm. Headquartered in New Orleans, LA, PetroCom is a leading cellular carrier in the Gulf of Mexico and a full-service telecommunications solutions provider for the offshore industry. PetroCom President Ken Wright commented, "We are thrilled to partner with a premier private equity firm as we enter our next stage of growth. H.I.G


Many Leadership Changes at W&O

Vincent Rodomista

W&O, a global supplier to the marine and marine offshore markets for pipe, valves and fittings, valve automation and engineered solutions, announced several changes to leadership at its Gulf Coast branches, as well as at its offices in Charleston, Norfolk and Fort Lauderdale. Vince Rodomista, a graduate of Kings Point with a degree in Marine Engineering and Marine Transportation, joins W&O as General Manager of the Houston branch


Caterpillar to Deliver Highest Horsepower Tier 4 Solution

      The C280 (Photo courtesy of Caterpillar Marine)

  Edison Chouest Offshore has selected Caterpillar Marine's Cat Tier 4 Final C280-16 generator sets for two new vessels, Caterpillar announced today. The generators are the marine industry's highest horsepower Tier 4 solution, as well as one of the largest diesel electric propulsion (DEP)


Beier Radio Marks 70 Years Serving Global Marine Industry

Frank L. Beier, circa 1938 (Photo: Beier Radio)

Beier Radio, Inc. marks its 70-year anniversary in 2015 providing engineering, sales and service for marine electronics around the globe. During its 70 years in business, Beier Radio has grown from being one of the first marine electronics distributors in the southern United States to a worldwide


Beier Radio Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Frank L. Beier, circa 1938 (Photo: Beier Radio)

Beier Radio, Inc. marks 70-years of providing engineering, sales and service for marine electronics around the globe. During its 70 years in business, Beier Radio has grown from being one of the first marine electronics distributors in the southern United States to a leader in integrated vessel


Gauthiers’ Announces Modex Merger

Gauthiers’ announced the acquisition of an equity share of Modex, an international manufacturer of DNV-certified offshore equipment. As part of the transaction, Gauthiers’ will merge its operations with Modex to create the world’s third-largest offshore container company


Thoma-Sea Launches Two TAI Designed Ships

Regulas (Photo: TAI)

Technology Associates, Inc. (TAI) of New Orleans, La., announced that two derivatives of vessels built from TAI’s EnviroMax designs were both launched this week. Another EnviroMax OSV built from its design was also delivered a week earlier.


New Louisiana Facility Offers EDCIS, DP Training

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The Marine Training Institute advises that classes are filling up quickly for ECDIS & DP training at its new technologically advanced facility situated on the central Gulf Coast near Houma, Louisiana. Beier Radio explain that it opened The Marine Training Institute in January 2014


River Towboat Pair Order for Gulf Island Fab

Towboat: Photo courtesy of Gulf Island

Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc. (GIFI) informs that through its subsidiary Gulf Island Marine Fabricators, L.L.C., it has signed a contract for the fabrication of two 8,000 bhp twin screw diesel-engined river towboats. Revenue backlog and man-hours associated with this project will be reported in


Beier Radio, Sentinel, Expand, Move to New Offices

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Beier Radio, LLC says that with Sentinel Controls it has relocated operations to a new facility in Gray, Louisiana, along the bustling Central Gulf coast near Houma.  In addition, Beier Radio’s corporate office for administration and sales has moved from Belle Chasse to Mandeville


Gulf Island Fab Sign Bechtel Offshore Cooperation Agreement

Shipyard Scene: Image courtesy of Gulf Island Fabrication

Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc. says it has signed a cooperative agreement with Bechtel Oil, Gas, and Chemicals, Inc. to work together to pursue opportunities for offshore projects for the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and abroad. “Gulf Island is excited about the cooperation agreement signed with


Obituary: Joseph E. LeBlanc Jr.

Joe LeBlanc with his wife, Betty

Joseph E. LeBlanc Jr. passed away on June 27, 2014. He was 87 years old. Joe was president of Three Rivers Rock Quarry in Smithland, Ky. (a division of Harbert Construction), Three Rivers Towing, Harcon Barge Lines and Louisiana Limestone during the late 60s and 70s


MN 100: Bordelon Marine

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120 East Waguespack Street Lockport, LA 70374 E-mail: marketing@bordelonmarine.com Website: www.bordelonmarine.com President & Owner: Wes Bordelon Number of Employees: 320 The Company: Bordelon Marine is a provider of marine transportation and support services to the oil and natural


MN 100: Thrustmaster of Texas

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6900 Thrustmaster Drive Houston, TX  77041 Telephone: (713) 937-6295 Website: www.thrustmaster.net Email: info@thrustmastertexas.com CEO/President: Joe Bekker Number of Employees: 300 The Company: Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. manufactures heavy-duty commercial marine propulsion and


OC Selects Siemens Blue Drive PLUSC Propulsion Solution

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Siemens Blue Drive PLUSC Low Voltage Propulsion Solution providing reliability, Safety, increased fuel efficiency, reduced greenhouse gas emissions (Methane, NOX and SOX) and reduced maintenance costs. Siemens Industry announces it was awarded a contract to equip Otto Candies (OC) Subsea


Castagra Coating Used for Offshore Fracking Vessel

Photo: Castagra

After proving out its frac protection coatings in mobile and static frac and acid tanks, Castagra’s Ecodur veggie-plastic coating is being applied to one of the world’s largest offshore fracking ships in Houma, Louisiana. “This is major progress for us,” commented CEO


ECO Orders Rolls-Royce Equipment for New AHTS

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Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract worth $30.6m with the American owner Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO). The contract for ship equipment comprises Azimuth main propulsion, propulsion control systems, anchor winches and an anchor handling crane for an Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessel (AHTS)






 
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