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SIGNAL SHIP REPAIR

Five Minutes with Richard Marler, Chairman, President & CEO, Signal International

Richard Marler

In the June 2010 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News (www.marinelink.com), we had the opportunity to meet with Richard Marler, Chairman, President and CEO of Signal International, on the sidelines of OTC to discuss his company’s rapid growth and promising future. – by Greg Trauthwein, Editor What is the primary focus of Signal International? RM     Our principal focus is offshore drilling rig and ship overhaul, repair, upgrade and conversion. Additionally, we provide services to the general marine and heavy fabrication markets and are moving into shipbuilding. When and why did you start Signal? RM     The company was created in January 2003. After the Friede Goldman bankruptcy, we essentially picked up the offshore sector, which included four yards in Texas and two yards in Mississippi. The name Signal was chosen for its meanings associated with communication and outstanding achievement. To what do you attribute your company’s strong growth? RM     On day one we realized that we needed to be diversified, but first and foremost we realized that we needed to be an ISO certified yard, and that we needed to be focused on safety. From the outset we knew we had a challenge entering both old and new markets, and adopted the stance that we would ‘crawl, walk, run.’ How is your company investing?


Grandweld, New Shipbuilding Contracts

According to a June 23 report from Seatrade, Grandweld recently held keel laying ceremonies for two 118 ft utility vessels and one 134.5 ft crewboat for repeat customer Humaid Badir Marine Shipping Est., a UAE based fleet operator. The three vessel order is said to signal a strong 2009/10 order book for the Dubai based shipbuilding, ship repair and conversion yard, part of GMMOS Group. (Source: Seatrade)


Boomtown Barge Headed for Repairs

According to reports, Tugboats began towing Boomtown Casino's gambling barge to a dry dock in Pascagoula. The repairs at Signal International should take about three weeks, company officials said. Penn National Gaming, which owns Boomtown and Casino Magic Bay St. Louis, has committed to rebuild its Coast properties. Company executives are expected to release more information this week when they issue a quarterly earnings report and host a conference call.


Qatari LNG Tanker Logjam Signals Production Maintenance

Dozens of liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers parked in and around Qatari export facilities - the world's biggest hub for the fuel - signal that seasonal maintenance is curbing output, industry sources said.   Around 25 tankers, all of which have exported LNG from Qatar in recent weeks, are sitting idle in anchorage areas near to the country's loading ports, shipping data on Reuters Eikon shows.   Several industry sources said that maintenance on one of the production plants


Panama Canal's JIT Transit Service Modified

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  The arrival time for vessels that have been awarded a JIT (Just-in-Time) Transit Service at Panama Canal will be determined based on the conditions listed below, and not the time the vessel arrives at the sea buoy at either terminal of the Canal. In this regard, for booking purposes, vessels will be deemed to have "arrived" at either Canal terminal when radio contact has been established between the vessel and the respective Panama Canal Signal Station, and:


Cellular Signal Boosters: Relief for Inland & Coastal Mariners

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Wilson Electronics, a U.S.-based manufacturer of cellular signal boosters, is targeting inland and coastal waterway users with a new marine initiative. The development of a signal booster kit that improves cellular coverage for boaters on inland waterways and for near-shore mariners means that dropped connections and no-service zones may be a thing of the past. Cellular booster systems take a weak signal – sometimes too faint for a cellular device to detect – and boost it so that


Tideland Signal Acquires Julius Signal

Tideland Signal Corporation, now part of Xylem, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets of Julius Signal, extending the company’s portfolio of marine and offshore aids to navigation offerings.   Julius Signal’s product portfolio includes an array of marine aids to navigation products, complementary to Tideland Signal’s offering, and extends its capabilities with obstruction signals


M/V Columbia Experiences Generator Problem

The M/V Columbia experienced a malfunction in one of its four generators that resulted in a fire while it was transiting Seymour Narrows on Saturday causing the ship to lose power to one of its two engines. The Columbia was escorted to Duncan Bay by a tug and crews ran assessments of its operating systems before Transport Canada the mCanadian Transport Safety Board cleared the ship to proceed to Ketchikan. The ship left Duncan Bay under full power at about 8 a.m


BAE Sees Way to Replace GPS

BAE Systems unveils research on an advanced positioning system using existing transmissions to calculate accurately the user’s location Military platforms commonly use Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to find their position and navigate. GPS rely upon a specific and relatively weak satellite signal that is vulnerable to disruption. Known as Navigation via Signals of Opportunity (NAVSOP), BAE Systems’ new system is able to calculate its position by making use of the hundreds of


A&P Birkenhead Gets Triple Ferry Deal

A&P Group's newly reopened dry dock facility, A&P Birkenhead, has recently completed the dry docking and repairs of Mersey Ferries' 464grt passenger ferry Woodchurch. The Woodchurch is the first of three vessels booked into the yard by Mersey Ferries Ltd, the Passenger Transport Authority and Executive for Merseyside. The three ship contract was won in open competition against other UK ship repairers. The two other ferries


Solstad CSV Gets Propulsion Overhaul at Gibdock

Normand Cutter at Gibdock (Photo: Gibdock)

Gibraltar’s Gibdock shipyard has completed its scope of work on Solstad Shipping’s Normand Cutter, a 127-meter-long, 10,979grt construction support vessel (CSV) that left the yard on June 29 following a 22-day drydock program, which included an overhaul of its entire propulsion system


Damen Signs MOU with Sydney City Marine

Photo: Sydney City Marine

Damen Shipyards Group and Sydney City Marine have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining the future cooperation of the two companies concerning the repair and maintenance of Damen-built vessels in Australia and New Zealand. The MOU lays the groundwork for expansion of Damen’s


Wärtsilä, Zamakona Yards Join forces in Canary Island

Wärtsilä will offer maintenance and repair services at a new maintenance hub for marine and power plant operators in cooperation with Zamakona Yards in Las Palmas, Canary Islands. Photo Wartsila

Wärtsilä is enhancing its service offering by participating in a new maintenance hub in the Canary Islands. The facility, operated by one of Spain's biggest shipbuilding and ship repair groups, Zamakona Yards, will provide Wärtsilä's high quality service expertise to satisfy


HMS Ambush Docks in Gibraltar

Pic: Royal Navy

 Navy nuclear submarine HMS Ambush yesterday steamed to Gibraltar – in a massive show of force against Spain.   The Spanish – emboldened by Britain’s Brexit vote – demanded joint sovereignty over The Rock on the same day the shock results were announced.


Prince Charles Places Final Section of UK Aircraft Carrier

Photo: BAE Systems

The second of the largest warships ever built for the U.K. Royal Navy, the Queen Elizabeth Class carrier HMS Prince of Wales, was given the royal seal of approval when HRH The Prince of Wales, (or Duke of Rothesay, as he is referred to in Scotland)


BSM Adds Simulators at Cyprus Training Center

Valentin Rakutins, Director of BSM MTC Cyprus presenting the new bridge simulator (Photo: Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement)

Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) has invested in a Full Mission Bridge and an Engine Room simulator for its training center in Limassol, Cyprus, allowing BSM to offer training for the career development of its own officers, as well as external training for participants in the region


Crashed EgyptAir Plane Located on the Seafloor

Photo courtesy of the Egyptian Armed Forces

The cockpit voice recorder from EgyptAir flight MS804 has been retrieved by search teams in a breakthrough for investigators seeking to explain what caused the plane to crash into the sea killing all 66 people on board.   The Airbus A320 plunged into the Mediterranean early on May 19 on its


New Dive Boat for Delaware State Police

Delaware State Police has taken delivery of its new dive boat, a RIBCRAFT 5.85.   RIBCRAFT, manufacturer of professional grade rigid inflatable boats (RIBs), built the 19' RIB for the State Police's SCUBA team to be used in search and recovery missions in the many waterways of Delaware


Greece: Migrant Boat Sailing Safely Despite Distress Signal

A boat carrying about 200 migrants which had sent out a distress signal off Crete on Monday was spotted safe and sailing to Italy, the Greek coast guard said.   Greece had ordered a Greek-flagged tanker and a Panama-flagged freighter earlier on Monday to search for the 25-metre long fishing


Ford Achieves Important Milestone

The sun rises over Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), marking the beginning of the second day of Fast Cruise. Ford is conducting a three-day Fast Cruise to familiarize the crew with the ships systems for an extended period of time. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ryan CarterReleased)

Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) completed its turn ship evolution June 11. This is a major milestone that brings the country's newest nuclear powered aircraft carrier another step closer to delivery and commissioning later this year.


US Submarine USS Frank Cable in Palawan

USS Frank Cable. Photo: US Navy

 US submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) arrived in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan on Saturday, June 11, for a "scheduled port visit," according to the US embassy in Manila.   The visit will allow the ship’s sailors and military sealift command mariners to enjoy


Gas Leak on INS Vikramaditya Kills 2 on Board

INS Vikramaditya. Photo: Indian Navy

 Two people, including a sailor, were killed and two others injured after inhaling toxic fumes on board India's aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya at Karwar Naval base in Karnataka.    The condition of two others injured was stable and constantly being monitored in the Naval


Portugal, Turkey in Ship Repair Deals

 Photo: Besiktas Shipyard

 Shipyards in Turkey and Portugal have struck deals for major ship repair projects during Posidonia Exhibition at the Athens Metropolitan Expo in Greece.   Portugal’s Lisnave and Turkey’s Gemak, have also inked repair deals with fleet owners.  


Damen Sharjah wins Best Yard Award

Presenting the Best New Building Yard Award Courtesy Damen

On 29 May at the presentation ceremony for the International Maritime Awards, held at the two-day Shiptek 2016 conference in Dubai, Damen Shipyards Sharjah (DSSh) received the prize for Best New Building Yard. The trophy was accepted at the ceremony by DSSh managing director Lars Seistrup.


Greek Ferry Owners Look West to Gibdock

Nissos Chios (Photo: Gibdock)

Greek ferry owners are stressing the importance of high quality, reliable ship repair partners in the Western Med in the first half of 2016, according to ship repair yard Gibdock  who says it has received two first time ship visits emphasizing the Gibraltar yard’s ability to meet






 
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