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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


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


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


News: 8,000-hp Offshore Tug First With QSK60s

Cenac Towing of Houma, La., has long had a reputation for quality boats. Both their inland waterway push boats and their off-shore tugs are meticulous in their design, construction and maintenance. In the spring of 2000, the company commissioned a Cummins-powered 2,550 hp, 100 x 34-ft. triple screw off-shore tug, the Andrea Cenac. This May, Cenac is putting their newest and largest tug into service. As with their other new boats, the O.J. Cenac will be Cummins powered. At 130 x 38 ft


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


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 $14.4 million ($


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


ABS to Class Two US-built OCVs

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Offshore and maritime classification society ABS has been selected by Edison Chouest Offshore and Island Offshore through the company Island Ventures II LLC to class two next-generation offshore construction vessels (OCVs). The ULSTEIN SX165 design vessels, ordered through Island Ventures II LLC


Gulf Coast Workboat Repowered with Volvo Penta Diesels

Zimco Marine saved $40,000 per engine per boat in fuel costs after repowering two shrimp boats with twin Volvo Penta D13 engines.

Based on impressive fuel consumption and performance results from the Volvo Penta engines installed in a new-construction pushboat, the operator decided to repower one of its older vessels with the same D16 engine package. When Volvo Penta supplied the main propulsion system for the M/V Ted


GoM FPO Vessel Emergency Production Shut-In

Helix Producer 1: Photo CCL

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) informs it is responding to a report of an emergency disconnect and production shut-in onboard the Helix Producer 1 located approximately 100 miles southwest of Houma, La. The offshore oil and gas operator


Pre-production Inspection Aboard First of its Kind FPSO

Photo courtesy of BSEE

This week a team of BSEE engineers and inspectors conducted a safety inspection of the first FPSO (floating production storage and offloading) vessel designed and built for containment use in the Gulf of Mexico. The pre-production inspection is one of the necessary steps to clear the Eagle Texas


Maritime Training Expands to Meet Louisiana Gulf Demand

Employers are hiring in coastal Louisiana, especially as offshore drilling picks up in the Gulf of Mexico. Companies are concerned about finding enough skilled workers in a locally tight labor market. For mariners, a variety of training programs at different levels and costs are offered in south


Double Delivery Houma Style

L to R: Jon Gonsoulin, Ralph Senner, Dickie Gonsoulin, Gerda Senner and Mike Senner.

Last month MarineNews was on hand in Houma, La., for a festive double celebration marking the delivery of a pair of high spec 95-ft. towboats for LeBeouf Bros. Towing.  To say that Jon Gonsoulin knows how to throw a party is an understatement. The ubiquitous president of LeBeouf Bros


LEEVAC Shipyards Launch MMC-designed PSV

MV Torrens Tide launch: Photo courtesy of Leevac Shipyards

The launch of the new Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) 'MV Torrens Tide' at the company's Houma shipyard was safely accomplished in just 9 seconds, but ship's namesake Mary Torrens said she would have driven twice as far to witness her vessel take the plunge.


SCHOTTEL Announces Two New Facilities

New SCHOTTEL facility in Houma, LA

SCHOTTEL Inc. USA inaugurates new service location in Houma, La.; new SCHOTTEL subsidiary sales office in Australia. With an inauguration ceremony SCHOTTEL opened new facilities in Houma, Louisiana in October 2013. As an answer to the growing request for new SCHOTTEL propulsion systems and the


New Yard Builds for Excellence

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In mid-October of 2013 Capt. Mark Duthu of Montgeut, Louisiana was proudly showing his family around his new command. The 72 by 30-foot pushboat MV Gunner was about to leave the New Generation Marine Shipbuilding on the Intracoastal Waterway near Houma, Louisiana


Tour the World's Largest Thruster Factory Online

Thrustmaster of Texas

Have you ever wanted to tour the largest dedicated thruster factory in the world located in Houston, Texas? Now you can. A peek behind the curtain of Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. was typically available for customers and open day events but now this experience is available online


Main Iron Works Built Tug Returning Home

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Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington reported that the 5,570BHP tug Jabbar has been sold by Awal Marine Services of Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain to TradeWinds Towing LLC of Saint Augustine, Florida. Jabbar, meaning “powerful” or “tremendous” in Arabic


The Drawing Board: Innovative OSV Design from the Ground up

(Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding)

The offshore market continues to be a significant driver for marine innovation, as vessels and their operators are critical factors to ensure that offshore operations – increasingly conducted in deeper, more hostile waters further from shore – are conducted in a safe and efficient


Hoover Container Solutions Names Matis Sales Director

Matt Matis

Hoover Container Solutions,a subsidiary of Hoover Group, Inc., has named Matt Matis as director of sales for the Gulf of Mexico region. Matis is based in Thibodeaux, La., and will work closely with Hoover’s facilities in Port Fourchon, New Iberia and Scott, La. 


New Generation Shipbuilding OSV Delivered

OSV Mr Ernie: Photo courtesy of Cummins Hotips

The latest Cummins-powered Offshore Service Vessel (OSV) delivery from Houma, Louisiana-based New Generation Shipbuilding is representative of the 'New Generation' in supply vessel design. According to Cummins Hotips, the distinctive bow and fo'csle profile on the 171 by 36-foot Mr


Schottel Promotes Two Executives

Jim Fremin (left) and Hank Morgan

Schottel Inc. of Houma, Louisiana , announced that Hank Morgan has been  promoted to Vice President, Sales and Service, and James Fremin has been promoted to Vice President, Finance. Schottel said it has seen a strong growth in the North American market place over the last 10 years and has


 
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