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Repower Gives New Life to '80s Supply Vessel

Gulf Ranger

Repower brings 1985-built supply vessel into Tier 3 compliance As the drilling industry increasingly returns to shallow water operation, Laborde Products is poised to help offshore transportation companies command the best use of their fleets. Laborde's Mitsubishi engine lineup offers a choice for upgrading older-model small utility boats. Repowering Gulf Ranger, a 150' mini-supply vessel owned by Cape Coastal Marine, brought this 1985 build into compliance with Tier 3 regulations. Her new twin Mitsubishi S6R2-Y3MPTAW engines, rated 803 hp at 1400 rpm, also ensure dependability, improved performance and greater fuel efficiency. Representing the first supply boat repower for Laborde, Gulf Ranger is also the first such Mitsubishi Tier 3-compliant, mechanical-powered offshore support vessel working in the Gulf Coast. Her primary tasks are to help sustain drilling, diving, and seismic survey activities. Gulf Ranger also provides a food and housing area for oil field workers, mostly in the shelf water of the Gulf of Mexico. Originally equipped with a pair of outdated engines, Gulf Ranger was overdue for a replacement. "Annual repair costs were consistently over budget," said Jim Spalt, consultant for Cape Coastal Marine. Her hull was still sound, however. "With a platform in demand for work in the Gulf of Mexico, it made sense to extend the working life of Gulf Ranger with new Tier 3 engines," said Spalt.


Sonardyne Wins Chinese Subsea Tracking System Order

COFG’s GyroUSBL: Photo credit Sonardyne

China Offshore Fugro Geosolutions (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd. (COFG) orders two Ranger 2 underwater tracking systems from Sonardyne Asia. The contract, part of the pre-installation phase of the Liwan 3-1 gas field development, includes the supply of Sonardyne’s new pre-calibrated GyroUSBL transceiver, establishing COFG as the first company in the region to benefit from its operational cost-saving features. Discovered in 2006, Liwan 3-1 is located in the South China Sea


Cutwater Marine Announces Pocket Yacht Company

Cutwater Marine Sales recently announced the formation of Pocket Yacht Company – A full service marine dealer located in the Annapolis, MD area serving the entire Mid Atlantic Region. Cutwater Marine Sales recently acquired Chesapeake Ranger Tug.   This acquisition helped form the new full service Pocket Yacht Company dealer for the Chesapeake Region. Mark Schulstad and Tony Schulstad, partners in the venture are excited with this expansion


This Day in Naval History –April 16

1778 - Sloop-in-war Ranger captures British brig (Source: Navy News Service)


Crane Barge Delivered to Stevens Towing

Photo: The Shearer Group

Bos Smith, Vice President, Operations, with Stevens Towing Co., Inc., Yonges Island, S.C., announces the delivery of Ocean Ranger, a 200’ X 72’ X 14’ ABS-classed floating crane barge. Stevens Towing, operating Ocean Ranger under Charleston Heavy Lift, will offer crane services in the Charleston, S.C., to Savannah, Ga., area. The barge was designed by The Shearer Group, Inc., Seabrook, Texas, and built by Metal Trades, Inc., of Yonges Island, S.C


CP Ships Takes Delivery of TMM Colima

CP Ships Limited has taken delivery of the 3200 teu TMM Colima. It was delivered on schedule by China Shipbuilding Corporation in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. TMM Colima is the third new containership to be delivered under CP Ships' four-year $800 million ship replacement program. It was preceded by sister ship Lykes Ranger delivered in June 2002 and Contship Aurora delivered in September 2002. It is being deployed in the Asia-Americas trade lane.


Today in U.S. Naval History: April 24

A U.S. Navy RH-53D sweeping the Suez Canal in 1974 (U.S. Navy photo)

Today in U.S. Naval History - April 24 1778 - Continental Navy sloop Ranger captures HMS Drake 1862 - Battle of New Orleans; Union Navy under David Farragut runs past forts into Mississippi River 1884 - USS Bear left the New York Naval Shipyard as part of the Greely Relief Expedition. USS Thetis would join the mission a week later, with USS Alert also joining on this mission. The Greely Expedition was marooned in the Arctic


This Day in U.S. Naval History – February 7

1800 - USS Essex becomes first U.S. Navy vessel to cross the Equator. 1815 - The Board of Naval Commissioners, a group of senior officers, is established to oversee the operation and maintenance of the Navy, under the direction of the Secretary of the Navy. 1955 - Seventh Fleet ships begin evacuation of Chinese nationalists from Tachen Islands 1965 - In response to a Viet Cong attack on barracks area at Pleiku, South Vietnam, aircraft from carriers, USS Coral Sea, USS Hancock


This Day in Naval History - June 04

1934 - USS Ranger (CV 4), first ship designed from the keel up as a carrier, is commissioned at 1942 - Battle of Midway (June 4-6) begins. During battle, the four Japanese carriers which attacked Pearl Harbor are sunk; this decisive victory is a turning point in the Pacific war. 1944 - Hunter-killer group USS Guadalcanal (CVE 60) captures German submarine, U 505.


Today in U.S. Naval History: June 4

USS Enterprise (CV-6) steaming at high speed at about 0725 hrs, June4,  1942, seen from USS Pensacola (CA-24). The carrier has launched Scouting Squadron Six (VS-6) and Bombing Squadron Six (VB-6) and is striking unlaunched SBD aircraft below in preparation for respotting the flight deck with torpedo planes and escorting fighters. (Official U.S. Navy Photograph, U.S. National Archives.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - June 4 1934 - USS Ranger, first ship designed from the keel up as a carrier, is commissioned at Norfolk, VA 1942 - Battle of Midway (June 4-6) begins; during battle, the four Japanese carriers which attacked Pearl Harbor are sunk; this decisive U.S. victory is a turning point in the Pacific war 1944 - Hunter-killer group USS Guadalcanal captures German submarine, U-505 For more information about naval history


Tough Twins: New Fireboats for Port of Long Beach

(Photo: City of Long Beach)

Canada based naval architect and marine engineering firm Robert Allan Ltd. is a leading designer of high-performance response vessels of many types and in particular, large fireboats for major ports worldwide. In addition to the vessels’ outwardly obvious role of fighting fires


C. Raymond Hunt Associates Celebrates 50 Years

(Photo: C. Raymond Hunt Associates)

C. Raymond Hunt Associates, a boat design firm that continues to expand on the legacy of its founder, C. Raymond Hunt, to produce innovative boats with rugged seaworthiness, is now celebrating its 50th year.   “Ray Hunt was a genius


New Patrol Boats Delivered to Royal Thai Police

Photo: Incat Crowther

A pair of 24-meter catamaran patrol boats has been delivered to the Royal Thai Police. Designed by Incat Crowther and built by the Bangkok based Seacrest Marine, delivery of the vessels closes a capability gap identified by the police force.


Solstad Offshore Secures Contract with Technip

Normand Pioneer (Photo: Solstad Offshore)

Solstad Offshore ASA (SOFF) says it has entered into a frame agreement with Technip Norge AS and Technip UK Limited (Technip) to supply vessels for trenching, construction and subsea services. The deal’s commercial terms have not been disclosed.


This Day In Naval History: June 14

1777 - John Paul Jones takes command of the Continental Navy sloop USS Ranger. While commanding Ranger, the ship receives the first official salute to the Stars and Stripes flag by the French fleet at Quiberon Bay.   1777 - The Continental Congress adopts the design of present U.S


GOST, Phantom Rescue Fight to end Child trafficking

Slave-traders Image GOST

GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies), a world leader in marinesecurity, tracking, monitoring and video surveillance systems, announced today that it has partnered with Phantom Rescue in its fight against child trafficking. Phantom Rescue is a non-profit organization that provides awareness


This Day In Naval History: May 18

Apollo 10 launching (Photo: NASA)

1775 - Col. Benedict Arnold captures a British sloop at St. Johns in Quebec, Canada and renames her Enterprise, the first of many famous ships with that name. 1898 - During the Spanish-American War, boat parties from USS St. Louis and USS Wompatuck, under Capt. Caspar F


This Day In Naval History: May 12

USS Enterprise (CV-6) (Photo: US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum)

1780 - The city of Charleston, S.C., falls to the British when Continental Gen. Benjamin Lincoln surrenders during the American Revolution. Three Continental Navy frigates (Boston, Providence, and Ranger) are captured; and one American frigate (Queen of France) is sunk to prevent capture.


Boeing Unveils Robotic Submarine

Echo Voyager. Photo: Boeing

Boeing Co. has unveiled at its Huntington Beach facility an autonomous, unmanned undersea vehicle that can be used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.   The Echo Voyager, which is 51 feet long, is capable of running on its own, unmanned


This Day In Naval History - February 26

Captain Sue S. Dauser, (NC) USN (U.S. Navy photo, now in the collections of the National Archives)

1944 - Sue Sophia Dauser, Superintendent of the Navy's Nurse Corps, is the first woman in the Navy to receive rank of captain. 1945 - TBMs (VC 82) from USS Anzio (CVE 57) sink two Japanese submarines: I 368, 35 miles west of Iwo Jima, and RO 43, 50 miles west-northwest of Iwo Jima.


Newport News Shipbuilding Rings in 130 Years

Dry Dock 1 at Newport News Shipbuilding is flooded prior to the official opening celebration of the shipyards first dry dock on April 24, 1889.  The Puritan-class monitor USS Puritan waits beyond the dry dock’s gate to enter. (Photo: HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division kicked off its 130th anniversary celebration January 28.   Newport News, the sole designer, builder and refueler of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and one of two providers of U.S


Crowley Appoints Tornga as VP - Stakeholder Relations

Crowley Veteran Craig Tornga

  Crowley Maritime Corporation announced today that company veteran Craig Tornga has assumed the role of vice president of stakeholder relations for Alaska, and will coordinate with all of Crowley's Alaska business units to leverage relevant company relationships


Recent Vessel Sales - September 2015

Vessel sales for September 2015 (as of October 1) as prepared by Shipping Intelligence, Inc., New York.   Date Reported - Vessel Name - DWT - Built - (Age) - Price in Millions USD   Bulk Carriers 9/16 - VAN ORCHID - 28,341 - 09 - (6) - $10


Recent Vessel Sales - August 2015

    Vessel sales for August 2015 (as of September 1) as prepared by Shipping Intelligence, Inc., New York.   Date Reported - Vessel Name - DWT - Built - (Age) - Price in Millions USD   Bulk Carriers 8/24 - MA SIK RYONG - 18,612 87 - (28) - $1


Special Pilotage in Port of Brownsville

It was no ordinary arrival for the Brazos-Santiago Pilots of Brownsville, Texas    The Brazos-Santiago Pilots handle some 600 ship and vessel transits through the Port of Brownsville each year, but it's not every day that they get the opportunity to guide a venerable and storied U.S






 
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