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Vessels: GCI Completes Sun Towing Tugs

Voyager and Quest could not be two more apt names for Sun Towings pair of new tugboats, as it was precisely this that was required to complete the vessel's construction. The two hulls were started nearly 10 years ago, and had more than 2,000 miles experience before the first main engines were installed. The hulls were originally built by Marine Power and Equipment in Seattle in 1990, and moved three different times, from Washington State through the Panama Canal to Texas, then finally to Louisiana. The odyssey of the hulls was well worth it, however, according to their owner, Captain Mike Smith of Sun Towing, Morgan City, La. The 150 x 40 x 19.5 ft. hulls finally made their way to Gulf Coast Industries (GCI), a yard owned by Garrel Chiasson and Randy Joubert II, in Amelia, La., where they were to be completed. Now finished, the vessels' respective journeys have come full circle, as they have returned to Washington state and have been placed on long term charter from Sun Towing by Foss Maritime. Captain Sam Smith saw the potential of the hulls and purchased them three years ago, and then sold them to his son, Captain Mike Smith. Captain Mike decided to use local companies as much as possible to complete the vessels, and contracted with Gulf Coast Industries to complete the steel work of the hulls, install all of the equipment, complete the piping systems, and install the SOLAS approved joiner work package.

Daewoo Shipbuilding for Sale?

South Korea intends to sell a controlling stake in Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, currently valued at 2.5 billion, in the second half of 2006, according to a Reuters report. State-run Korea Development Bank (KDB) and government restructuring agency KAMCO own a combined 50.6 percent stake in the world's second-biggest shipbuilder. KDB, which is managing the sale on behalf of other creditors, has recently named JP Morgan as a lead manager for the deal.

Soles Joins Glosten Associates

Peter Soles

Peter Soles has joined The Glosten Associates as a Marine Consultant and will be supporting the firm’s ocean engineering and marine logistics projects.  “Peter brings a broad knowledge of marine transportation policy, oceangoing vessel management and operation, voyage and cargo logistics, navigation, and tug/towing operations,” said Justin Morgan, PE, Glosten Principal. Prior to joining Glosten

Conrad Adds to Management Team

Conrad Industries, Inc. announced today the appointment of Terry T. Frickey as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. Terry will report to the Chief Executive Officer and have overall responsibility for the operations of the Company’s four shipyards. “We are excited to have Terry join our executive team,” said Johnny Conrad, Conrad’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Terry has been involved in the shipyard business since

Marine Joiner Contractors

Mark A. Robicheaux, Inc., Marine Joiner Contractors, located in Morgan City, La., provides custom marine joiner services. Two companies have been added to the service family to provide more complete and controlled joiner packages. Robicheaux Manufacturing offers custom/modular yacht and plastic laminate marine furniture and millwork, and Robicheaux Insulation Systems provides insulation installations for the marine, industrial and offshore industries.

HII, Kinder Morgan Not to Pursue Avondale Joint Venture

Huntington Ingalls Industries and Kinder Morgan Inc. decide not to pursue joint venture on Avondale redevelopment   Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced it has completed discussions with Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI) to explore the redevelopment of HII's Avondale shipyard in Louisiana. Since April 2014, HII and Kinder Morgan have evaluated best-use opportunities for the facility, and have mutually decided not to move forward with a joint venture.  

Omega Morgan Names McCalla CEO/President

John McCalla CEO / President

Omega Morgan, one of the West Coast’s leading heavy equipment transport companies, has named John McCalla CEO/President. McCalla comes to Omega Morgan from Warn Industries, also located in Portland.   McCalla began his career as a project engineer at General Motors and then joined Warn Industries.  He advanced through several positions at Warn and assumed the top executive leadership position in 2007

Kinder Morgan, BP form Fuel Storage JV

Kinder Morgan to buy 15 terminals in $350 mln deal. BP Plc will sell 15 fuel storage terminals in the United States to pipeline company Kinder Morgan Inc in a $350 million deal, as it sheds assets to pay for liabilities arising from its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

MARMAC 302 Launched

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McDonough Marine Service announced the launching of the MARMAC 302, the first of two new 300’ x 100’ x 20' ABS Class ocean going barges commissioned by the barge and marine transportation company.    The barges were designed by Dan Jones & Associates with an ABS Load line maximum cargo capacity of 13,200 short tons at 15.7’ draft. The uniform deck strength of 4,500 lbs/sq. ft., combined with a increased side shell strength

BP Amoco Awards Offshore Contracts

BP Amoco selected two companies to provide $1 billion worth of construction work on a number of its deepwater oil projects in the Gulf of Mexico. The company selected J. Ray McDermott and Heerema Marine Contractors for work and services on the projects, including the Crazy Horse, Mad Dog, Holstein and Atlantis developments. The agreement with McDermott is expected to bring as much as $600 million in work to the company's Amelia fabrication yard at Morgan City, La.

Hurricane Matthew weakens slightly as heads for Jamaica and Cuba

Image U.S. National Hurricane Cente

Hurricane Matthew weakened slightly on Saturday as it moved towards Jamaica and Cuba, although with winds of up to 155 miles per hour (250 kph) it is powerful enough to wreck houses, forecasters said. The strongest hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean since Felix in 2007 was forecast to make

NAT Announces Public Offering

Nordic American Tankers Limited (the "Company") today announced an underwritten public offering of 11,000,000 common shares pursuant to the Company's effective shelf registration statement.  At the Company's request, the underwriters have reserved for sale an aggregate of 534

Philly Shipyard Lays Keel for Kinder Morgan Product Tanker

Photo: Philly Shipyard

Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI), the wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Philly Shipyard ASA, held a ceremonial Keel Laying for the third product tanker in a four vessel order for American Petroleum Tankers (APT), a Kinder Morgan, Inc. subsidiary.   

Conrad Wins Army Corps Crane Barge Contract

 Profile of USACOE Crane Barge to be built by Conrad at its Morgan City Shipyard. (Image: Conrad)

Conrad Shipyard won a contract to build a Crane Barge for the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The 300 x 68-ft welded steel barge is to be used in floating crane service by the Corps’ Rock Island District in support of its maintenance mission on the inland navigation system

NASSCO Christens 4th ECO Class Tanker

Photo courtesy of General Dynamics NASSCO

General Dynamics NASSCO Christens Fourth ECO Class ECO Product Carrier for American Petroleum Tankers.   On Saturday, September 17, General Dynamics NASSCO hosted a christening ceremony for the fourth ECO Class tanker for American Petroleum Tankers (APT) under construction at the company's

Advent Hires Banks to Sell Control of Brazil Port

Buyout firm Advent International Corp has hired Morgan Stanley & Co and Grupo BTG Pactual SA to advise on the sale of a controlling stake in TCP Terminal de Contêineres de Paranaguá SA, Brazil's second-busiest container port

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

This Day In Naval History: August 23

1819 - Commodore Oliver H. Perry, the hero of the Battle of Lake Erie, dies on board the schooner, USS Nonsuch, in Trinidad of a fever contracted during his successful efforts to suppress piracy while maintaining the friendship of Latin American governments. It was his 34th birthday.  

Next Generation Workshops Set for Southampton

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A unique program of three specialist events for the sub IMO / sub 24 meter professional sector is being held ‘back to back’ at the Grand Harbour in Southampton, U.K. this October. The fast moving workshop style program brings together an international group of experts armed with the

Conrad to Build a Crane Barge for US Army Corps of Engineers

The $2.918 billion Olmsted Lock and Dam Project will reduce tow and barge delays through the busiest stretch of river in America’s inland waterways. (Photo: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

Conrad Shipyard said it has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the construction of a crane barge that will operate on the Olmsted Locks and Dam Project.   “Conrad Shipyard has a long history of building vessels for the Army Corps of Engineers

New Ferry MV Woods Hole Delivered

M/V Woods Hole during sea trials (Photo: Brian King)

The newly built ferry M/V Woods Hole has been delivered to serve Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.   Built by Conrad Industries of Morgan City, La., the Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) designed ferry is the naval architects’ second design for The Steamship Authority

Conrad to Build Young Brothers' New Tugs

Artist rendering of Damen Stan 3011 tugs to be built by Conrad Shipyard for Young Brothers, Limited. (Image: Conrad)

Conrad Shipyard of Morgan City, La. has signed a contract to build four Damen Stan 3711 tugs for Young Brothers, Limited of Hawaii, announced Conrad President and CEO, Johnny Conrad. The four new twin-screw tugs are 123-feet in length with a 36.5-feet beam and powered by G.E

Swiftships to Procure Patrol Craft Kits for Egyptian Navy

Photo: Swiftships

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awards contract to Swiftships for four 28-meter KITs for the Egyptian Navy   On June 28, 2016 Louisiana-based Swiftships, LLC, was awarded a $15 million firm-fixed-price (FFP) contract involving Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to procure four 28-meter KITs

Conrad Shipyard Forms LNG Business Unit

Conrad LNG Vice President Brett Wolbrink (Photo: Conrad Shipyard)

Conrad Shipyard has formed a new business unit focused on LNG projects.   Conrad, builder of North America’s first LNG bunker barge scheduled for 2017 delivery, said it continues to actively pursue other LNG opportunities, including developing designs for additional transport barges

John Haynes Named Seawork Maritime Professional of the Year

This year’s Seawork Maritime Professional of the Year: John Haynes, managing director of Shock Mitigation

The Seawork Maritime Professional of the Year award celebrates exemplary individuals within the maritime sector. The Maritime Professional of the Year 2016 winner is John Haynes, managing director of U.K. company Shock Mitigation.   Haynes was nominated by James Ellison, who said

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