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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.

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

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

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

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.  

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.

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

'Ghost Busters' Investigate Historic Ship

Specialists in paranormal research are investigating whether a historic whaling ship might be home to the ghost of a long-ago seafarer, according to an Associated Press report. AP reported that a five-member team from the Rhode Island Paranormal Research group visited Mystic Seaport last week to spend time on the Charles W. Morgan, a wooden whaling ship where several visitors have reported seeing the apparition. According to information on, The Charles W

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.

Aker to Sell Product Tanker JV Interest

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

  Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA announced today that its wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary, Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI), has entered into definitive agreements with a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) for the buy-out of APSI's interest in its joint venture with

Hybrid Marine Power & Propulsion Conference: Program Announced

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The Hybrid Marine Power & Propulsion Conference being held at the RNLI College in Poole, U.K., October 6-8, will bring together an international group of experts armed with the latest knowledge that will assist the sub IMO professional sector to understand the possibilities of utilizing hybrid

Aquatic to Lay Subsea Power Cables off Canada

(Photo: Aquatic Engineering and Construction Ltd.)

Aquatic Engineering and Construction Ltd. has been awarded a contract to lay power cables for the main provider of electricity in British Columbia, Canada.   The contract will see Aquatic deliver a multi-reel solution, making the operation faster and supporting its partners to manage costs

Global Maritime take Center Stage @ Danish Forum

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The second Annual Danish Maritime Forum, scheduled for October 7-8, 2015, in Copenhagen, brings together a wealth of global maritime leaders to address present and long-term challenges for industry.   Discussions at this year’s Danish Maritime Forum are influenced by volatility in

3 Resuced from Sunken Fishing Vessel

Sunken Fishing Vessel

   The Coast Guard rescued three individuals from a 75-foot fishing vessel that sank approximately 12 miles southwest of Point Au Fer in the Gulf of Mexico, Monday. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders were notified by a passing helicopter of a fishing vessel sinking with two

Seychelles to Join India-led Maritime Security Alliance

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and the President of the Republic of Seychelles, James Alix Michel, witnessing the exchange of agreements, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi Photo: Press Information Bureau

 Seychelles  said that Indian ocean region "belongs" to countries sharing maritime boundaries and said it was "actively" considering participating in a security framework for the strategic area involving India, Sri Lanka and Maldives, says a report in TNN.  

Kinder Morgan Buys Four Newbuilding Resales

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  Kinder Morgan, Inc. is expanding its growing fleet of Jones Act product tankers having signed a definitive agreement valued at an all-in price of $568 million with Philly Tankers LLC to take assignment of contracts for the construction of four, new 50,000-deadweight-ton

Kinder Morgan Mulls LPG, Product & Crude Exports

Kinder Morgan Inc is considering more export opportunities from Texas and the U.S. Northeast, including liquid petroleum gas, refined products and potentially crude, a top executive told analysts on Wednesday. "The market is very ripe in Houston right now

Shell Sells Elba Liquefaction Project Interest to Kinder Morgan

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 Kinder Morgan Inc. will buy out Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s interest in their proposed Elba Liquefaction Co. (ELC ) joint venture in Georgia.   Houston-based Kinder Morgan already owns 51% of the ELC joint venture. The firm said it would buy the 49 percent stake that it does not

Conrad Industries Appoints Leonard as VP

Conrad Industries, Inc. announced the appointment of Rene J. Leonard as Vice President of Business Development and Engineering.  "Rene has been in the shipyard business over 25 years in various capacities including naval architect, project engineer, program manager

Impact of Financial Crisis on Greek Shipping

 Image: Reinventing Greece Media Project

 Though international analysts like Morgan Stanley said that the Greek crisis will not have a direct impact on shipping companies, Greek shipping companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges sank on Monday.   Greeks have said No to austerity terms imposed by international creditors

Crisis Not Affected Greek Shipping: Morgan Stanley

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 Most the major Greek-controlled and listed carriers are registered in Greece, and they all have their liquidity placed in banks abroad.   Morgan Stanley analyst Fotis Giannakoulis noted that "nearly 20 percent of the global fleet is controlled by Greek owners and is managed out

US Senate Panel Approves Bill to Monitor Port Performance

A divided Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday approved legislation requiring the government to report on the performance of major U.S. port operations, including during labor contract talks.   The voice vote, which follows a nine-month slowdown at 29 West Coast ports

Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project on the Anvil

The Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project Map by Kinder Morgan

 The Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project proposed by Kinder Morgan and minority partners officially filed Friday for federal approval to add exporting capabilities to an existing liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal.    The $8 billion LNG export project near Pascagoula

Crewboat Merlin Tide Sold to European Buyers

Photo: Marcon International

Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington has announced that Tidewater Marine International Inc. has sold its44.2m x 8.1m x 3.6m depth / 1.7m draft, 168mtdw, high-speed, aluminum crew / supply vessel Merlin Tide\ to private European operators for continued operation in oilfield service

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