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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?


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.


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)


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


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


Signal International Delivers Second Deck Barge

A Signal Shipyard facility: Photo courtesy of Signal International

Signal International has announced delivery of the MARMAC 304, the second new 300’ x 100’ x 20’ ABS ocean classed deck barge built for McDonough Marine Service by Signal’s Orange, TX Division this year. The barge was designed with an ABS load line maximum cargo capacity of 13,200 short tons and uniform deck strength of 4,500 lbs/sq. ft. It will be ready for charter through McDonough Marine Service in September and eventually will be fleeted in Amelia, La.


Spectrum Signal Processing to Support the U.S. Navy Unmanned Surface Vehicles

Spectrum Signal Processing Inc., a subsidiary of Spectrum Signal Processing Inc. announced that the Government Communications Systems Division of Harris Corporation has selected Spectrum's flexComm SDR-4000 rugged software defined radio (SDR) solution to be deployed in field trials of the United States Navy's Multi-Mission Unmanned Surface Vehicles (MMUSV). Under the agreement, Spectrum will supply the signal processing system onboard the MMUSV that communicates with a processing system


Hurricane Ida Emergency Marine Equipment Supply

Building of Class B Single Lift Equipment (Photo courtesy Tideland Signal)

Less than 24 hours after Hurricane Ida reached the coast of La., trucks were leaving Tideland Signal’s factory loaded with solar powered marine beacons and fog signals desperately needed to mark the Gulf Coast’s vital offshore oil wells.  Emergency spares, sent to replace existing equipment damaged during the hurricane, arrived at coastal staging areas ready for immediate deployment well before the coastal helicopter and workboat fleets were set to depart offshore.


USCG – GPS testing off North Carolina

The USCG Navigation Center (NAVCEN) has issued a special notice stating that, from 3 through 10 February daily from 1600 EST to 2145 EST, the GPS navigation signal in waters off Wilmington, North Carolina may be unreliable due to testing of GPS signals used by shipboard, aviation, and handheld navigation devices.   From Feb 03 through Feb 10, 2012, daily from 1600 EST to 2145 EST, the GPS navigation signal may be unreliable due to testing on GPS frequencies used by shipboard navigation


Ocean Signal Beacon Saves Two in Atlantic Ocean Rescue

Rescued boater Sandy Williamson, with his Ocean Signal rescueME PLB1

An Ocean Signal rescueME PLB1 was key to saving the lives of two people after a dramatic rescue in the Atlantic Ocean. Sandy Williamson and his crew, Corey, activated their Ocean Signal personal locator beacon when their 22-foot yellow catamaran started taking on water about 20 nautical miles off the Miami coast. The U.S. Coast Guard 7th District command centre in Miami received the emergency alert just after 11 a.m


Patache Terminal Operative after Quake

GAC informs that the Patache Terminal at Iquique in Chile was declared operative yesterday, April 8, by the Port Authority, one week after the earthquake that shook the area. The EPI Terminal, however, remains out of service due to significant damage at the break water pier


SEMBCORP MARINE’S SEMBAWANG SHIPYARD TO REVITALISE 'VOYAGER OF THE SEAS'

Sembcorp Marine’s wholly-owned subsidiary Sembawang Shipyard has secured an agreement with RCL Cruises Ltd., a member of the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. group, to perform the extensive revitalisation of Royal Caribbean International’s 137,276-gross tonnage


Robotic Submarine Begins Flight MH370 Search

Bluefin 21 on deck: Image courtesy of Bluefin Robotics

 An international search has focused on waters west of the Australian city of Perth, with teams racing against time to detect signals before the flight recorder batteries – which last about one month – run out, are to send down a [Bluefin Robotics manufactured] Bluefin 21 AUV


Great Lakes Shipyard Completes Winter Work

Photo courtesy Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard announced winter layup season is wrapping up at the yard after completing repair work on the following vessels: American Steamship Company’s M/V Sam Laud Grand River Navigation’s Manitowoc Interlake Steamship Company’s articulated tug-barge


China Shipbuilding Industry Midgets Reigned In

China shipyard: File photo CCL

China signaled that it will cut its vast shipyard army to get industrial growth back on a healthy track this year, as its earning ability falters amid cheap vessel prices, blind expansion and speculation in the shipbuilding sector, according to Xinhua.


DOF Subsea, Seaway Extend Contract

The Oleg Strashnov at work in the North Sea

DOF Subsea, provider of integrated subsea solutions, has been awarded a Master Service Agreement (MSA) extension with Seaway Heavy Lifting for the provision of positioning services onboard its Stanislav Yudin and Oleg Strashnov crane vessels.


GPS lll Progress Report Update From Excelis

GPS lll image courtesy of Excelis

Exelis says it has successfully completed and fully tested six transmitter assemblies, which are integral payload components for the first in a series of the next generation of GPS III navigation satellites. The navigation payload transmitters carry high-powered GPS signals from space to Earth


AMSA Calls Off Search for Missing Vessel

AMSA’s Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia) said it has suspended the search for a 75-meter fishing support vessel after consulting expert medical advice indicating that in the current weather conditions there is no prospect of survival.


Danelec Debuts Voyage Data Recorder

Danelec Marine today announced the introduction of its third-generation marine Voyage Data Recorder (VDR). The new Danelec DM100 VDR fully complies with the new International Maritime Organization (IMO) VDR standard, which comes into effect July 1, 2014


Tanker Rescues 3 US Sailors 50m off Panama

The U.S. Coast Guard said it coordinated the rescue of three sailors aboard a sinking sailboat approximately 50 miles south of Balboa, Panama, at approximately 5:23 p.m., Sunday. The sailors, whose vessel was reportedly taking on water for several days


Today in U.S. Naval History: April 3

Admiral Chester W. Nimitz (Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives)

Today in U.S. Naval History - April 3 1797 - Capt. Thomas Truxtun issued first known American signal book using numerary system 1942 - Adm. Nimitz named Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas, a joint command, and retained his other title, Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet


GD Electric Boat Awarded US$11-million Navy Contract

USS Virginia: Photo credit USN

Amongst the latest listing of US Department of Defense, Navy contracts, GD Electric Boat is awarded a contract to provide submarine repairs. Details as follows: General Dynamics, Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., is awarded an $11,000


Chinese Ship Searching for Malaysia Plane Detects Signal

A Chinese patrol ship searching for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 detected a pulse signal with a frequency of 37.5 kHz per second in the south Indian Ocean on Saturday, state news agency Xinhua reported. 37.5 kHz per second is currently the international standard frequency for the


CG Cutter Morro Bay out for Repairs

Photo courtesy of USCG

The Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay, a 140-foot icebreaking tug homeported in Cleveland but currently moored in Duluth, is scheduled to undergo an in-water repair Sunday and Monday. The Morro Bay suffered a rudder casualty while conducting icebreaking operations in Thunder Bay, Ontario, March 27


USN Chooses Hoffer System for Energy Dashboard

Photo: Hoffer Flow Controls

Hoffer Flow Controls, Inc. recently received a new contract from the U. S. Navy Sea Systems Command to supply fuel flow measurement systems as a part of the U.S. Navy’s Energy Dashboard Program. Hoffer fuel measurement systems are currently incorporated into the “Energy Dashboard


 
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