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Maritime Professional Q4 Edition Available

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The Q4 edition of Maritime Professional -- with Buckley McAllister, fifth generation leader of McAllister Towing profiled -- is now available for download at: In addition to the McAllister profile, you will also find inside: Wind Assist Technology: Pipe Dream or Reality? Barry Parker examines wind assisted propulsion in commercial ships. LNG Impacts Ship Design: The use of LNG as a marine fuel is changing ship and boat design. Maritime Recruitment: The Shipyard Roundtable: Leading shipyard recruiters weigh in on trends in U.S. shipyard recruitment.      

Parker Reports Loss For Quarter

Parker Drilling Company reported unaudited revenue of $105 million and a net loss of $7.7 million or a $.10 loss per diluted share for the three months ended November 30, 1998. The prior year's results for the same quarter reflect total revenue of $109.9 million and net income of $10.7 million or $.14 per diluted share. "The industry continues to experience the effects of the most dramatic drop in energy prices since the 1980s," said Robert L. Parker Jr., president and CEO

Frink Retires From Parker Drilling

Shelby Frink, vice-president of operations support, retired from Parker Drilling Company after 43 years of service with the company. He began his career with Parker in 1956 as a roughneck working in Texas and New Mexico. He worked his way through the ranks of the company by holding several international field and management positions. In 1975, Frink assumed the role of Western Hemisphere operations manager and in 1978 moved to Easstern Hemisphere operations manager

Guilty Plea for Price-Fixing Conspiracy

An Italian subsidiary of a U.S.-based company has agreed to plead guilty and to pay a $2.29m criminal fine for participating in a conspiracy to rig bids, fix prices and allocate market shares of marine hose sold in the United States and elsewhere, the Department of Justice announced. A one-count felony charge was filed on Feb. 16 in U.S. District Court in Houston, against Parker ITR S.r.l., a manufacturer of marine hose, headquartered in Veniano, Italy

Spill Control Association Names New Directors

From left to right: John Allen, SCAA Executive Director; Mike Gallagher, Harry Bedrossian, Devon Grennan and Andrew Altendorf, SCAA President (Photo: SCAA).

The Spill Control Association of America (SCAA), a professional association representing oil spill removal organizations (OSRO), spill managers, qualified individuals, consultants, equipment and material manufacturers, distributors, insurers, and educational and governmental organizations, announced the appointment of three new SCAA Directors and the renewal of a fourth Director for another two-year term.  The appointments were announced at the Annual Meeting on March 8 in Alexandria

US Flies Italian Exec to Florida in Extradition

The United States has extradited a former executive of an Italian marine hose manufacturer to face price-fixing charges in what the Justice Department said was its first extradition on antitrust charges. Romano Pisciotti, a former executive with Italy's Parker ITR SRL, was extradited from Germany and arrived in Miami on Thursday to face a single count of rigging bids and allocating market share in the marine hose industry, the department said.

Osprey Chooses White Water Marine

White Water Marine, of Sayville, N.Y., has been named the nation's newest dealer for Osprey Boat Company. The Silvana, Wash. builder selected White Water to represent them exclusively in New York. That decision was based on White Water's outstanding reputation and extensive experience with pilothouse-style boats, including Albin and Parker. Osprey builds boats from 21 to 29 ft. The Fisherman series, available in 22, 24 and 26 ft. lengths all share the same 8.5 ft

Metropolitan Stevedore Restructures

Metropolitan Stevedore, west coast stevedore and terminal operating company, has restructured with several promotions. Albert J. Garnier was appointed vice president in charge of the company's operations; Timothy J. Parker was elected vice president overseeing business development; and Albert B. Roach was named vice president overseeing equipment, labor relations and special projects. Promoted to the position of assistant vice president are Leonard W

Collapsed Mississippi Gulf Rig Leaves 8 Injured

A Coast Guardsman and a Gulfport Fire Department paramedic aboard a Coast Guard helicopter tend to an injured worker from the jack-up rig Parker 14 J that collapsed off the Mississippi-Louisiana coast yesterday. (U.S. Coast Guard photo). The 41 people aboard an offshore drilling rig that collapsed off the Mississippi-Louisiana coast yesterday afternoon have been rescued. Eight people were injured in the accident and were taken by New Orleans-based Coast Guard helicopters to

Mercy Ships in National Volunteer Week

Dr. Gary Parker (right) & Daughter, Susan: Photo credit Mercy Ships

Mercy Ships pauses during National Volunteer Week (April 21-27, 2013) to salute its volunteer crew on behalf of the more than 2.42 million direct beneficiaries. These beneficiearies have received curative surgical interventions, health care training, dental procedures and community development projects in more than 70 countries. As Scott Pelley of CBS 60 Minutes recently said, “Spend a few days as we did aboard the Africa Mercy

Parker Bestobell Marine Launches Compact Valve

Parker Bestobell Marine has launched a new compact version of its Float Isolation Valve (FLIV). The compact FLIV, which is 150mm in diameter and 600mm high, was developed to cater for the use of smaller diameter floats that are now being specified by shipyards for secondary level monitoring

Adrift Cargo Ship Taken in Tow

The Barbados-registered cargo vessel Skog, which was adrift off Orkney after encountering engine problems, is now under tow, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported.   The 99-meter cargo vessel, laden with a cargo of paper

McAllister Towing – 150 Years of Family Business

McAllister Towing – 150 Years of Family Business (Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

“Early in 1864, a young man names James McAllister stood on board a sailing vessel where he served as a mate. The boat was about to set sail from the Red Bay of Cushendall … (James) did not know that this would never be home again.”  

Escort Tug Launched for Bay-Houston Towing

H. Douglas M Courtesy Eastern Shipbuilding Group

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced the launch of the Escort Tug H. DOUGLAS M (Hull 236) for Bay-Houston Towing Company on November 17, 2015. This series of Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs is currently under construction at Eastern’s

MacGregor's Deck Machinery for Sentinel Marine ERRV

MacGregor Safety and service quality

  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, will supply deck machinery for a new 65m emergency rescue & response vessel (ERRV) for Sentinel Marine. The ship has been designed by Focal Marine & Offshore Pte Ltd and will have a bollard pull of 100 tonnes of FOCAL 552

Two RAscal 1500 Tugs Delivered

RAscal 1500 tugs for Jordanian owners

  Sanmar Shipyard of Turkey has recently completed two RAscal 1500 tugs for Jordanian owners. The tugs are now delivering marine services to the FSRU berthing facility at the Sheikh Subah Al Ahmad Al Subah LNG terminal in Aqaba, Jordan

Eastern Launches Tug for Suderman & Young

Triton (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced it has launched escort tug Triton for Suderman & Young Towing Company on September 11, 2015.   The launch ceremony was held at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility and hosted by Joey D’Isernia, President of Eastern

MacGregor Wins Deck Machinery Order in China

MacGregor has expanded its winch portfolio

  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has signed contracts with Chinese shipyard Guangzhou Shunhai Shipyard Ltd to deliver anchor handling/towing winch packages for five 48m anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels, each with a 75-tonne bollard pull and one 40m AHTS vessel with a 70-tonne bollard

New Test Kit Detects Cat Fines Onboard

Image: Parker Kittiwake

Test kit detects catalytic fines to help prevent irreparable damage to fuel pumps, injectors, piston rings and liners   A new Cat Fines Test Kit has been launched by asset control and protection technology provider Parker Kittiwake. The onboard test identifies the presence of abrasive

Jensen Maritime to Design Two 120' Tugboats

Image: Jensen Maritime

Jensen Maritime, Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering company, was recently selected to provide the ABS Class and functional designs for two, new 120-foot twin screw tugboats for Ice Flow, LLC dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) and Kirby

Mega Maritime: Heavy Lift for FPSOs


When the Dockwise Vanguard was conceived, Dockwise, part of the Boskalis Group, had a vision for a new market - transporting the world’s largest cargoes, including FPSOs (floating production storage and offloading vessels). It hasn’t taken the vessel

Multraship Orders Damen Tugs at Europort

Left to right: Mijndert Wiesenekker, Sales Director Benelux Damen; Pepijn Nuijten, Multraship; Kees Muller, Multraship; Arnout Damen, CCO Damen; and Leendert Muller, Multraship. (Photo: Multraship)

Towage and salvage specialist Multraship, through its 100-percent-owned subsidiary Novatug BV, has commissioned the construction of two Carrousel Rave Tugs (CRTs) as well as a new ASD 3212 tug from Damen Shipyards Group.    Officially ordered today at a signing ceremony at

VT Halter Launches Another ATB Tug for Bouchard

M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr.  6,000hp Twin Screw ATB tug (Photos: VT Halter)

Shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, Inc. and Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. announced the launch of M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr., a 6,000hp Twin Screw Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) tug, on October 29, 2015.   The M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr. is part of a two-vessel contract awarded to the shipyard

PGS : Building Further Success in Newfoundland, Labrador

PGS 2D and 3D surveys in Eastern Canada

  PGS has recently completed the fifth consecutive acquisition season offshore Newfoundland and Labrador as part of the ongoing joint venture (JV) with TGS. The successful 2015 season was the biggest yet with PGS operating four vessels, two 3D and two 2D vessels

Car Carrier Runs Aground off Washington

Viking Emerald. Photo: Gram Car Carriers

The car carrier Viking Emerald got steering gear failure and ran aground off Woodland, Washington.    The vessel, owned by Norway’s Gram Car Carriers and managed by OSM Ship Management in Singapore, was refloated several hours later with the help of tugs, and resumed voyage

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