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VT Halter Launches Tug for Bouchard

Denise A. Bouchard (Photo: VT Halter Marine)

VT Halter Marine, Inc., a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today launched the oceangoing 112-foot Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) Tug, Denise A. Bouchard. Measuring 112 feet by 35 feet by 17 feet, the 4,000hp tug is classed by ABS as A1 Towing Vessel, Dual Mode, and is equipped with an Intercon Coupler System. Construction of the vessel began in March 2013, and the keel was laid in May 2013 at VT Halter Marine’s Moss Point Marine facility in Escatawpa, Miss. Upon delivery, the ATB Tug will be paired with Barge B.No.284 and enter into Bouchard’s fleet service in New York, N.Y. “VT Halter Marine is proud to share the launch of the ocean-going ATB Tug Denise A. Bouchard with our long-standing customer, the Bouchard Family. We look forward to a continued, strong partnership for many years to come,” said Bill SKINNER, Chief Executive Officer, VT Halter Marine. vthaltermarine.com  


Awarded: $17.1m in U.S. Shipyard Grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration today announced $17.1 million in grants to 14 small shipyards in 10 states.  The grants are part of the Assistance to Small Shipyards program. “Small shipyards are vitally important for the health of the maritime industry, and for the nation’s economy,” said Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.  The purpose of the grants is to make capital and infrastructure improvements that facilitate the


VT Halter Marine To Build Two Additional OSVs

VT Halter Marine To Build Two Additional Offshore Support Vessels VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a subsidiary of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE: HOS) has exercised the options for two additional Offshore Supply Vessels (OSV), valued at a total of US$89m with deliveries expected in the fourth quarter of 2014 and first quarter of 2015. VT Halter Marine announced on 18 November last year that it had secured the contract


VT Halter Marine Delivers Ocean-Going ATB Tug

Denise A. Bouchard: Photo VT Halter Marine

VT Systems subsidiary VT Halter Marine says it has constructed and delivered the ocean-going 112-ft Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) Tug, 'Denise A. Bouchard', for Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc (Bouchard). Measuring 112 feet by 35 feet by 17 feet, the 4,000hp tug is classed by ABS as A1 Towing Vessel, Dual Mode, and is equipped with an Intercon Coupler System. Construction of the vessel began in March 2013 and the tug was launched in February 2014


VT Halter Delivers ATB for Bouchard

VT Halter delivered an ATB for Bouchard Transportation.

VT Halter Marine, Inc. delivered the 112-ft. ATB Offshore Tug, Evening Star, for Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc., a tug similar to others built for Bouchard in previous years by Halter Marine. Measuring 112 x 35 x 17 ft., the 4,000-hp tug is classed by ABS as A1 Towing Vessel, Dual Mode, and is equipped with an Intercon Coupler System. Construction of the vessel began in June 2011 at VT Halter Marine’s Moss Point Marine facility in Escatawpa, Miss


Friede Goldman Halter Finalizes $40 Million In New Contracts

Friede Goldman Halter, Inc. announced that it has recently finalized six new contracts with a total value of approximately $40 million. The contracts are with the following customers: · The Venezuelan government for the construction of two 153-foot LCU-type logistics support vessels. Financing for the project has been secured through the Export-Import Bank and all guarantees have been obtained. Construction for the vessels is anticipated to begin during the second quarter at the company's


Bollinger to Acquire Halter Marine

In what amounts to what would be an amazing turn of fortune over a number of years, Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., Lockport, La., has signed a contract, pursuant to approval of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, to acquire the assets and operations of Halter Marine from Friede Goldman Halter, Inc. Bollinger Shipyards has always been regarded as a well-run builder of quality vessels for the U.S. and foreign markets. However, less than a decade ago


Supply Boats Auctioned off

On a gray Wednesday morning, five supply and anchor handling tug supply boats were auctioned off on the U.S. Federal Courthouse steps in Lafayette, Louisiana. About 26 people attended the auction with ten registered bidders signing in and showing proof of deposit. At 10:00 o’clock a.m. after the Clerk of the Court read the court orders and terms and conditions of the sale, individual bidding started on the 180’ x 40’, 2700HP “Seacor Osprey” at $5,000


VADM Stewart Announces Retirement from USMMA

Vice Admiral Joseph D. Stewart, Superintendent of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, has announced his retirement from government service.  VADM Stewart’s career spanned over 44 years of public service to the as a Marine Corps officer and member of the civilian Senior Executive Service. "After 10 years at Kings Point and over 44 years in service to our nation, Kathy and I are looking forward to retiring from public service," said VADM Stewart


USCG to Decommission Local Cutter

USCGC Point Huron, an 82-ft. patrol boat with more than 32 years service in Hampton Roads was decommissioned during a ceremony at USCG Station Little Creek, Va. Point Huron was placed in service Feb. 17, 1967, and arrived at Station Little Creek May 3, 1967. The cutter's primary missions included search and rescue, drug interdiction, fisheries, marine environmental protection, recreational and commercial vessel safety, maintaining security zones, aiding in coastal defense and public affairs


Editorial: Across the Seas & Around the World

Greg  Trauthwein, Editor & Associate Publisher

Norwegians are seafarers, with maritime and offshore oil and gas tightly woven into the DNA of this population of more than five million. On the eve of Norshipping 2015, which is personally my twelfth Norshipping since 1993, the Norwegian Shipowners Association (NSA) released its annual


ASRY in Maritime Deal with Relay

Relay & ASRY signs service agreement to provide direct services to vessels

  UK-based engineering firm signs service agreement to provide direct services to vessels in ASRY, expanding the list of the yard’s onsite specialist contractors. ASRY, the leading ship and rig repair yard in the Arabian Gulf, has signed a specialized Services Agreement with Relay


Containership Reliability Reaches New High

Photo: Maersk Line

Container service reliability reached a data-series high in April with the aggregate on-time performance for the three key East-West trades rising to 67.6%, up by 4.1 percentage points on March, according to Carrier Performance Insight , the online schedule reliability tool provided by Drewry


Tuco Receives Wind Farm Vessels Order

Rendering courtesy of Tuco Marine

Tuco Marine’s 11m ProZero Wind Farm Service Daughter Crafts has been chosen for WINDEA's new Ulstein SOVs   Tuco Marine Group will supply its 11m ProZero Wind Farm Service Vessel daughter crafts to the two Ulstein X-stern vessels ordered by the German based Bernhard Schulte affiliate


USCG Rescues 5 Off Oahu

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Station Honolulu is anchored 250 yards offshore Laie, Oahu

  A Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium anchored off Laie Point after becoming disabled has been removed and is being towed to Coast Guard Station Honolulu, yesterday. A RB-M boat crew from Station Honolulu removed the disabled RB-M from its anchorage and towed it to the Coast Guard


AMSA Upgrading Cape Byron Lighthouse

Cape Byron Lighthouse - Steve Fraser

  The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is currently undertaking renovation and upgrade works at the Cape Byron Lighthouse in New South Wales. The first stage of the project started in late April and involves removing the existing paint from the inside of the lighthouse and


Ballast Water Management - A Major Dilemma

Pic: National Institute of Oceanography (NIO)

 The shipping industry, despite those who might suggest otherwise, has a very respectable record of environmental improvement stretching back very many years. It responds to societal demands to clear up pollution, to eliminate harmful emissions and operate in a more sustainable manner. 


Higher Capesize Rates Perks Up Baltic Index

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, edged higher on Monday, supported by increased demand for capesize vessels.   The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


DP World to price $500 mln Bond

DUBAI, May 11 (Reuters) - Dubai's DP World has released initial price guidance for a $500 million bond expected to be sold on Tuesday, a document from lead managers showed. The deal is earmarked to price in the area of 180 basis points over midswaps


Floating Storage Picks Up

Floating Storage: Source: Bloomberg / Poten & Partners

 Surprisingly, it seems that the use of VLCCs for floating storage has increased in recent weeks, says a report by Poten & Partners    Information about the ships reveals that about every third vessel on charter contract earlier this year is now being used for floating storage


Dongfeng Wins Dogfight in Volvo Ocean Race

Leg 6 Arrivals in Newport. After 17 days at sea it came down to an extremely close finish between Dongfeng Race Team and Abu Dhabi Ocean, here seen by Block Island on the approach to Newport. Photo: Volvo Ocean Race

 Chinese challengers Dongfeng Race Team, which suffered a broken mast in the previous leg, won a closely-contested sixth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race late on Wednesday.   They beat overall race leaders Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing into Newport, Rhode Island


US Energy Dept OKs Cove Point LNG Export

Cove Point Terminal (Photo: Dominion)

The U.S. Energy Department said Thursday it has given the final approval for Dominion Resources to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its Cove Point, Maryland plant.   The Cove Point plant is investing $3.8 billion in new infrastructure to ship up to 0


Blyth Workcats to showcase Catamaran Designs at Seawork

Design evolution of Blyth Workcats will be on display at Seawork on Stand B27

  The design evolution of Blyth Workcats will be on display at Seawork on Stand B27 where the company will be showing examples from its versatile range. Well known for their robust seaworthiness and economical performance, workboats from this well-established Essex yard are able to perform


VT Halter Launches Barge for Bouchard Transportation

Photo courtesy of Bouchard Transportation

Bouchard Transportation Co., announced the launch of Barge B. No. 270, the first of two Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) units constructed by VT Halter Marine, Inc., a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc.   The barge was launched at the Pascagoula Shipyard Operations in Pascagoula


Capsized Trawler Adrift Disappearing Act in South Africa

Photo credit: NSRI

 South Africa’s charity National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) was warning fishermen and other boaters in and around the Cape Peninsula and False Bay Coast to be aware of a “barely visible” capsized boat. A few days later though, the wreck had disappeared!  






 
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