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LEEVAC Wins $40M Casino Boat Contract

Leevac Industries, LLC of Jennings, La., won a $40 million contract from PNK (Lake Charles), LLC for the construction of a 330 x 225 x 13-ft. (100.5 x 68.5 x 3.9 m) Paddlewheel Casino Vessel. Lay, Pittman and Associates, Inc. of Jacksonville, Fla., are the naval architects. The casino vessel will hold more than 1,500 slot machines and 60 table games and will be moored in Lake Charles, La. This vessel will be the largest riverboat casino built in the State of Louisiana. Leevac’s President, William F. Stokes said, “We are pleased that Pinnacle Entertainment has placed the confidence in our ability to construct this project and the award of this project is indicative of Leevac’s reputation as a shipyard that can deliver on-time and with superior quality.” The Riverboat Casino will be completed in December of 2004. Located on the Mermentau River 5 miles east of Jennings, LA, Leevac Industries, LLC is a full service shipyard that designs, builds and repairs steel vessels for both the commercial and government markets at its two facilities in Louisiana.


HORNBECK-LEEVAC Marine Services, Inc. announced that it has changed its name to Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. The new corporate name was approved at the company's recent annual meeting of stockholders. The name of the tug and tank barge owning subsidiary, LEEVAC Marine, LLC, has also been changed to Hornbeck Offshore Transportation, LLC. The name changes are effective immediately. Todd M. Hornbeck, President and CEO remarked

Leevac Stays Ahead of the Game

While it would be foolhardy to classify Leevac as a cutting-edge ship and boatbuilder, the Jennings, La.-based company quietly goes about its business of building high quality vessels in an efficient manner. Unassuming president Fred Stokes sits at the helm of the company that has weathered markets good and bad, and watched as competitors and colleagues have been oftentimes swept overboard by financial maelstroms.

Vessels: HOS Bluewater Delivered by Leevac

On March 16, 2003, Hornbeck Offshore Services (HOS) took delivery of the HOS Bluewater from LEEVAC Industries LLC. The vessel was delivered to Hornbeck Offshore two weeks ahead of schedule and immediately began a term charter for an unnamed operator. The HOS Bluewater is the first of four deepwater OSV's that will be delivered to Hornbeck Offshore by year's end. Designed by and built for Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC, the HOS BLUEWATER is the company's seventh DP-2 vessel.

Hornbeck Offshore Delivers HOS Innovator

Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc. of Mandeville La. delivered its first Classed DP II PSV, HOS Innovator, for service. Leevac Industries of Jennings, La. constructed the vessel to Hornbeck's design. Upon delivery, the vessel began a three-year charter with Sonsub Inc. of Houston, Texas as a multi functional ROV Support Vessel. Measuring 240 x 54 x 18 ft. (73.1 x 16.4 x 5.4 m), this vessel is the first of six DP II classed vessels to be delivered to Hornbeck Offshore during the next eight

LEEVAC Builds Two Harbor Tugs for Bay-Houston

Chloe K (Photo: LEEVAC)

LEEVAC Shipyards, LLC recently delivered the first of two Z-Tech 2400 harbor tug boats, the Chloe K to Bay-Houston Towing Co. TheChloe K was constructed at LEEVAC Shipyard Jennings, LLC and was later transported, via one of LEEVAC’s own dry-docks, to LEEVAC Shipyard Lake Charles, LLC facility where the Chloe Kreceived her final outfitting, commissioning, and testing. “This is the first tug that LEEVAC Shipyards, LLC has built in many years

Hornbeck-Leevac Announces Completion of Equity Offering

Hornbeck-Leevac Marine Services, Inc. announced that it has completed the purchase of all of its outstanding warrants for an aggregate purchase price of $14.5 million. The repurchase of the warrants was financed through the successful offering of $14.6 million of the Company's common stock. In addition, the Company announced that Jesse E. "Jempy" Neyman, Vice-President of Enron Principal Investments and board designee of the warrantholders

Tidewater Orders Two LEEVAC Platform Supply Vessels


LEEVAC Shipyards Jennings LLC, Jennings, LA, announced it has signed contracts with Tidewater Marine, LLC of New Orleans, LA to build two LEEVAC Design Services “LDS ” Platform Supply Vessel (PSV), a 300’ x 62’ x 24’ diesel electric PSV with options for two additional vessels. The LDS 300 DE PSV will have a deadweight capacity of 5400 LTs and will carry more than 17,600 barrels of liquid mud

Feature: Major Operators Adding OSVs at Record Pace

Although this has been considered an off year in the Gulf of Mexico from rig count and fleet utilization standpoints, it is another record year for major offshore operators expanding their fleets and the shipyards that are building these vessels. Last year, over 50 supply boats were delivered and about an equal number of crew/supply vessels made their way into the fleets of operators. This year looks equally robust as vessels are being ordered in quantities of four, six and even 10.

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 manner. Here Maritime Reporter examines some notable recent designs, developments and deliveries. Eastern Shipbuilding Group, which has been extremely busy of late in the offshore sector

Security Advisory: Piracy – Revision of BMP4 High Risk Area


BIMCO says that the co-sponsors of BMP 4 have agreed to a revised definition of the High Risk Area. The High Risk Area is now defined as being bounded by: In the Red Sea: Latitude 15oN In the Gulf of Oman: Latitude 22oN Eastern limit: Longitude 065oE Southern limit: Latitude 5oS  

Singapore Delegation Visits ACE Winches

Yeoh Choon Jin, Head of Marine and Offshore, SPRING Singapore; Ho Chi Bao, Director, Manufacturing & Engineering and International Partnership Office Asia Pacific, SPRING Singapore; Jasmine Pang, Manager, Marine and Offshore, SPRING Singapore; Hayley Yule, Marketing and Communications Director; and John Jones, Middle East and Caspian Sales Manager (Photo: ACE Winches)

ACE Winches hosted a delegation from SPRING Singapore to its Towie Barclay Works facility for a visit to share an overview of its products and services, including manufacturing and engineering expertise.   Several delegates from the Marine and Offshore Department in SPRING Singapore were

Seaspan Accepts Delivery of 14,000 TEU Box Ship

Seaspan Corporation has accepted delivery of a 14,000 TEU containership new build, the YM Warmth. The new containership, which was constructed at Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., is Seaspan's sixth 14,000 TEU SAVER design containership and eighth delivery in 2015.

First Cruise Ship of the Record Season Arrives Auckland

Diamond Princess. Photo: Princess Cruise Lines, Ltd

 Auckland’s bumper cruise season has officially kicked off with the arrival of Princess Cruises’ mega liner Diamond Princess into port today (October 08).   New Zealand's tourism sector can expect a big boost, with a record breaking cruise season ahead.  

Boskalis’ Fleet May Switch to Marine Biofuels

Bio-fuels today are not part of the marine fuel mix that operators and owners can choose from

  Boskalis today announced their collaboration with GoodFuels and Wärtsilä in a two-year pilot program to accelerate the development of truly sustainable, scalable and affordable marine bio-fuels. Bio-fuels today are not part of the marine fuel mix that operators and owners can

ABP Marine Conference at Port of Ipswich

Attendees today at ABP’s annual Marine Conference which is being held at the Port of Ipswich

  The Port of Ipswich is hosting Associated British Ports’ (ABP) two-day annual Marine Conference for the first time starting today.   Held at the Old Custom House on the Ipswich waterfront, the conference is an annual event for more than 30 marine professionals who represent

Vigilance Still Crucial in Indian Ocean

  Organisations representing the global shipping and oil industry have announced that the size of the ‘High Risk Area’ for piracy in the Indian Ocean has been reduced and issued new advice to merchant ship operators. This reduction to the High Risk Area is in response to the

New Orleans Port to Host Maritime Workforce Summit


  The Port of New Orleans is set to host the 2nd Annual Maritime Workforce Summit and Career Expo presented by WWL-TV’s ‘We Choose Louisiana.”   Designed to expand awareness of the economic impact of commerce on the Lower Mississippi River and highlight career

MARAD’s Jaenichen Issues Statement on El Faro

Paul Jaenichen (Photo: MARAD)

U.S. Maritime Administrator Paul Jaenichen has issued a statement following the U.S. Coast Guard’s announcement that it will suspend the search for survivors from the missing cargo ship El Faro.   “All of us at the Department of Transportation and the Maritime Administration

Swiss Re Establishes North America Marine Team

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions has expanded its marine business by opening a North America marine office. Beginning October 1, 2015, the New York-based team will provide ocean cargo insurance, with additional products to follow, the company said.  

Dry Bulk Shipping Turmoil Set to Extend into 2016

Photo: Star Bulk

Dry bulk shipping faces more earnings pain as a slowdown in commodities demand and a glut of ships are expected to pile on the pressure well into 2016, ship industry players said on Wednesday.   The dry cargo shipping industry has been hit hard this year by the global commodities meltdown

NMEA Award for Simrad HALO Pulse Compression Radar

NMEA 2015 Technology Award

  Simrad HALO Pulse Compression Radar has been awarded the Technology Award at the 2015 National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) Conference and Expo in Baltimore, Md. The NMEA 2015 Technology Award is judged by an independent panel of experts recognizing exceptionally innovative

Xerox, MHI Ink ITS Project Deal

Signing ceremony

  Today, at the ITS World Congress and Exhibition, Xerox and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), both leaders in transportation solutions, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore, globally, on a case-by-case basis, potential joint Intelligent Transport System (ITS) opportunities.

MECNW Appoints New CEO


  Terry Weston has been confirmed as Chief Executive of Maritime and Engineering College North West (MECNW) following the retirement of his predecessor, Jim Teasdale, at the end of September.   Jim Teasdale was a founder director and chief executive of Birkenhead-based Maritime and

Höegh Names SSL as its Agent in Finland

Pic: Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics

 Höegh Autoliners appointed Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics, which has already worked with the Norwegian ocean carrier in Sweden and Norway for several years, as its agent in Finland, effective Dec. 1., 2015.   SSL is opening a branch office in Helsinki and has recruited

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