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.
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
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 www.mysticseaport.com, The Charles W
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.
Morgan Stanley said on Wednesday it had cut ratings and price targets on five European oil service companies on fears the sector was not immune to a possible U.S. recession and global slowdown. Analysts at the investment bank cut their rating on Expro to "neutral" from "strong buy", on Coflexip and Stolt Offshore to "neutral" from "outperform" and on Bouygues Offshore to "outperform" from "strong buy". They cut their price target on Geophysique by 20 percent to 80 euros from 100
After a career leading the modernization of U.S. ship and submarine technology, Dr. William B. Morgan, Head of the Carderock Division's Hydromechanics Directorate, is retiring December 30th with almost fifty years of service. During his career, the Iowa native brought computers into naval engineering, revolutionizing propeller design by shifting from empirical to theoretical, becoming the first in the world to put the theoretical propeller data into a computer
J. Ray McDermott, S.A. ("J. Ray"), a subsidiary of McDermott International Inc. ("McDermott"), announced that its Morgan City, Louisiana fabrication facility has been awarded a contract for the construction of flues, ducts and reactor panels by The Babcock & Wilcox Company ("B&W"), also a McDermott subsidiary. The contract is in support of B&W's Kansas City Power & Light LaCygne #1 SCR project and is valued at approximately $4 million
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
Paragon Shipping Inc. (NYSE: PRGN) entered into a fixed rate time charter agreement for its Panamax Vessel, M/V Coral Seas, with Morgan Stanley Capital Group Inc. The M/V Coral Seas, a 2006 build, 74,477 dwt Panamax bulkcarrier, has been fixed to Morgan Stanley Capital Group Inc. for a period of 23 to 25 months at a gross daily rate of $12,000. In addition, the Charterers have an option to extend the charter period for an additional 11 to 13 months at a gross daily rate of $14
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.
The Department of Energy is likely to approve additional permits this year to companies looking to export liquefied natural gas more broadly, reports Market Watch, citing Morgan Stanley. Freeport LNG has recently received DOE approval to export LNG to countries without a free trade agreement with
US shipbuilder & repairer Conrad Industries, announces its first quarter 2013 results and backlog. For the quarter ended March 31, 2013, Conrad achieved net income of $5.9 million and earnings per diluted share of $0.99 compared to net income of $3
Kinder Morgan announces land purchase, plans to construct dock and expand terminal capacity on Houston Ship Channel. Kinder Morgan Energy Partners say they will invest $106 million to purchase approximately 20 acres adjacent to its Pasadena, Texas, terminal
Delaware's Vessel Management Services, Inc. has sold their twin-screw tug “Sinuk” to King River LLC of Palmer, Alaska. The 85.8’ x 28.5’ x 10.0’ depth, model bow tug was built in 1995 by J. Ray McDermott Shipyard in Morgan City, Louisiana
Registration is open for the 10th Annual Marine Money Istanbul Ship Forum on May 22, 2013 at the Swissotel - The Bosphorus. Meet with shipping professionals to hear about how to position your business in these challenging times. The latest issues in Turkish shipping and ship finance will be
Intelsat S.A. (formerly known as Intelsat Global Holdings S.A.) announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 19,323,672 common shares at a price of $18.00 per share and concurrent public offering of 3,000,000 Series A mandatory convertible junior non-voting preferred shares (the
Intelsat Global Holdings S.A. announced that it has commenced the distribution of preliminary prospectuses in anticipation of its proposed initial public offering of 21,739,130 common shares and proposed concurrent public offering of 3,000,000 Series A mandatory convertible junior non-voting
Nordic American Tankers Limited announced commencement of a public offering of $87 million aggregate amount of common shares pursuant to the Company's effective shelf registration statement. The company then announced a follow-on offering of 9.75 million common shares has been priced at $9
Conrad Industries announces its 2012 financial results and also the addition of new business during Q1 2013. For the quarter ended December 31, 2012, Conrad had net income of $8.0 million and earnings per diluted share of $1.33 compared to net income of $6
The U.S. Coast Guard announced the Federal Register's publication of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking entitled "Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) - Reader Requirements." This NPRM proposes to establish electronic card reader requirements for certain Coast
In early July, residents of communities on both sides of Lake Roosevelt in eastern Washington will celebrate the launch of a new ferry, the Sanpoil, replacing the Martha S. which has made 30 to 35 crossings every day for 65 years, linking the communities in Lincoln and Ferry Counties.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee officially kicked off the construction of M/V Samish, the state’s newest 144-car ferry, by making the first weld on the vessel at Vigor Industrial’s Seattle shipyard Friday. Earlier in the week US Fab, the Vigor company building the ferries
The Resource Power Group appointed Chimas Sylve as Spare Parts Coordinator at its new Deer Park facility near the Houston Ship Channel. “Chimas brings with him knowledge of not only the MaK engine line, but also MaK gas engines as well as the entire Caterpillar engine line
The federal government approves a 25-year export licence for shipping LNG from Kitimat, a West Coast terminal proposed by a Shell consortium . The licence awarded to LNG Canada, a consortium of Shell, Korea Gas Corp., Mitsubishi Corp., and PetroChina International
Three luminaries will augment the speaker panel at the American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) upcoming conference. U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, the new chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure; Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, commanding general of the U.S