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The Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced four new disposal contracts for obsolete ships in its National Defense Reserve Fleet. Two of the ships are in the James River Reserve Fleet in Virginia, and two are in the Suisun Bay near San Francisco, CA. Three of the ships will be dismantled in Brownsville, TX, and one in Chesapeake, VA. “Our ship disposal policy of ‘worst first’ has worked for us,” said Deputy Maritime Administrator John Jamian. “We have cleared out the ships in the worst condition, most of which were in the James River. Now we can work ahead and dispose of ships before the situation becomes so critical.” The Santa Lucia, a 1966-vintage cargo ship, currently in the James River site, will be towed to the Marine Metal facility in Brownsville, under the terms of a contract worth $565,827; the Pawcatuck, a tanker built in 1946, also in the James River, will go to Bay Bridge Enterprises of Chesapeake, under a contract worth $569,373. A contract for $1,299,327 to dismantle the 1958-vintage tanker Connecticut, now at Suisun Bay, was awarded to International Shipbreaking, Ltd., of Brownsville; and ESCO Marine, also of Brownsville, was awarded a contract to tow and dismantle the Nemasket, a tanker built in 1942, for $1,224,100. “The removal of the Santa Lucia and the Pawcatuck is another positive step in the proper management of the James River Reserve Fleet,” Senator George Allen said
The U. S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration has signed fee-for-service contracts to recycle three more of its obsolete ships. Two ships, the Hattiesburg Victory and the Pioneer Contractor, are from the Beaumont Reserve Fleet in Texas, and one, the oiler Savannah, is from the James River Reserve Fleet in Virginia. The Maritime Administration has moved 118 ships out of its National Defense Reserve Fleet sites since 2001
BP Marine and Houston Marine Services (HMS) are joining forces to begin a new chapter in ship bunkering in the western U.S. Gulf. Effective, April 2, HMS became BP's dedicated logistics provider in an area from Brownsville, Texas to Lake Charles, La. BP Marine will serve as the marketing arm for bunker sales on behalf of the joint venture and will supply bunker fuel across a broad geographic area of the Gulf.
The Gage departed the James River Reserve Fleet in transit to Esco Marine, Inc., in Brownsville, Texas for recycling. The approximate travel time to Texas is 14 days.
1942- A Coast Guard aircraft, Hall PH-3 No. V-177, dropped food to a raft with 6 survivors of a torpedoed tanker. 1985-Vice President George Bush made an official visit to Base Miami Beach to extend the thanks of the nation to those involved in Operation Hat Trick, an "all-out" effort to stop smugglers soon after they had left ports in Central and South America. The vice president decorated 15 Coast Guardsmen.
According to a report from the Contra Costa Times, Ship recycling facilities in Texas and Virginia have been awarded dismantling contracts for three more Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet mothball vessels. Esco Marine, of Brownsville, Texas, was given the award to recycle the SS Dawn for about $551,000 and the USNS H.H. Hess for about $452,000. The SS Bay's $397,000 dismantling contract, has been awarded to the Bay Bridge Enterprises in Chesapeake, Va.
Scorpion Drilling Ltd (Scorpion) has exercised its option to order two additional LeTourneau Super 116 jackups to be built at Keppel AmFELS in Brownsville, Texas. The contract price for the two rigs, excluding Owner Furnished Equipment, is approximately $180 million. The new units represent the third and fourth jackup rigs in Scorpion’s fleet. The first two rigs, which were secured in July 2005, are currently being constructed by Keppel AmFELS
For the quarter ended December 31, 2001, the Chiles Offshore reported net income of $7.6 million compared to net income of $4.4 million reported for the corresponding quarter ended December 31, 2000. Revenue for the quarter ended December 31, 2001, was $20.8 million compared to revenue of $16.8 million for the corresponding quarter ended December 31, 2000. For the fourth quarter they reported other income of $3.8 million relating to economic hedges regarding the anticipated future issuance
Capt. Kevin L. Marshall is presented with the Legion of Merit by Rear Adm. Robert F. Duncan during Marshall's retirement ceremony held at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans on March 31. Marshall has served as the Eighth Coast Guard District chief of staff since November 2004. His area of responsibility included all or parts of 26 states, from St. Marks., Fla., to the U.S./Mexico border at Brownsville, Texas, and from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes.
Harris County Commissioners Court has appointed longtime labor leader Clyde Fitzgerald to serve as a member of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority. Fitzgerald's appointment fills the seat of former Port Commissioner Jim Fonteno, who submitted his resignation to Commissioners Court in April, indicating his desire to spend more time with his wife and two young daughters. Clyde Fitzgerald, who started his career at age 16 working on the wharves of the Houston Ship Channel
Keppel FELS has delivered a KFELS B Class jackup rig, to Constructora y Perforadora Latina (CP LATINA), a private Mexican company in the energy sector. The rig was named La Santa Mariaat a ceremony in Keppel FELS. Delivered on time and with a perfect safety record
One of the largest privately held stevedore firms in the U.S. Gulf Coast region, announce the appointment of Kevin Bourbonnais as Chief Executive Officer. An experienced senior executive, Bourbonnais was most recently Chief Operating Officer of USA Compression Partners
The Coast Guard and state and local authorities began working to ensure the safe transport of two troubled vessels being towed to a Brownsville scrap yard after one began listing into the other Thursday. At approximately 8 a.m. Thursday, the captain of the tug with the vessels in tow called Coast
If you are a recreational boater, fisherman, or another member of the maritime community, NOAA's Office of Coast Survey wants to pick your brain about the "magenta line," which historically depicted the recommended route for the Intracoastal Waterway Route (IWR) on NOAA nautical charts
Shrimp boat 'El Abuelo' reported missing in Gulf of Mexico, with two crewmembers The Coast Guard is searching for two men who were reported missing, between Brownsville, Texas and Tampico, Mexico in the Gulf of Mexico. Missing are Manuel Gallardo Castillo and Faulsto Gomez Jr.
Shrimp boat 'El Abuelo' located by USCG flight, 'float plan' aided rescue A Coast Guard flight crew located the two men earlier reported missing between Brownsville, Texas and Tampico, Mexico in the Gulf of Mexico. Missing were Manuel Gallardo Castillo and Faulsto Gomez Jr.
After assessing more than 700 project applications equaling about $10.2 billion, the U.S. Department of Transportation today announced that 47 projects in 34 states and the District of Columbia will receive a total of $485.3 million in its fourth round of TIGER (Transportation Investment
Clay Maitland, managing partner of International Registries LLC (which administers the Marshall Islands ship registry), Founding Chairman of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), member of the United States Coast Guard Foundation board and former Chairman of
The Captain of the Port for New York and New Jersey set port condition ZULU for all commercial waterways, effective 7 a.m., Monday, in preparation for Hurricane Sandy. During Port Condition ZULU (sustained gale force winds from a hurricane force storm are predicted within 12 hours)
Signet Maritime Corporation, vessel services & logistics providers, promote 31-year veteran as General Manager, Traffic & Business Development. Previously Senior Manager of Traffic and Business Development for Signet’s Pascagoula Division
31-Year Veteran Assumes General Manager, Traffic and Business Development Post. Signet Maritime Corporation—a global provider of vessel services and logistics—is pleased to announce the promotion of Captain Cliff Porter to the position of General Manager
Keppel FELS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), has won a contract from PEMEX Exploracion y Produccion, a subsidiary of Mexico's national oil company, Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), to build two KFELS B Class jackup rigs worth US$420 million.
Highlights Port’s Role in Job Creation and Economic Growth The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administrator David Matsuda toured the site of a planned marine cargo dock at the Port of Brownsville that will help transform this vital port into a hub for international
Keppel AmFELS LLC, a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), has delivered the jackup rig, Papaloapan, to Mexico’s Perforadora Central SA de CV (Perforadora Central) on time, within budget and with a perfect safety record.
Keppel FELS delivered a second KFELS B Class jackup rig to offshore Mexican oil field services company, Integradora de Servicios Petroleros Oro Negro. Named Laurus at Keppel FELS today, the rig was delivered eleven days early and with a perfect safety record, Keppel noted.