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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?


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


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:


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


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


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.


SAR Underway for 300 Stranded at Sea

A search and rescue operation was underway off Cyprus on Thursday for 300 people stranded at sea who authorities suspect may be refugees from Syria. Authorities said they received a distress signal early on Thursday morning from a small vessel sailing some 50 nautical miles (92 km) south-west


USCG Warns Boaters of Cold Water Despite Warm Air

The heat escape lessening position (HELP), is ideal for reducing loss of body heat in cold water. Wearing a life jacket allows a person to draw their knees to their chest and arms to their sides.

The Coast Guard 9th District is warning Great Lakes boaters that falling water temperatures pose safety risks even as air temperatures stay warm. The National Weather Service reports that the water temperatures in Lake Superior are already reaching 50 F, with lakes Ontario, Huron


HydraWrap: Not Just a Temporary Repair Anymore

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Many vessel operators that experience leaks to piping, pipe fittings, and bulkheads have, in recent years, turned to the HydraWrap system. Used to repair leaking pipe systems and prevent downtime, the HydraWrap system, manufactured by HydraTech Engineered Products, LLC in Cincinnati, OH


Cable Trackers Help Diving Companies and Military

WJ Castle diver preparing to enter the water and track a cable with JW Fishers CT-1 cable tracker; Inset photo – Castle diver in water with CT-1 probe.

Trying to locate subsea power and communications cables has always been a difficult job. Regulations require cables be buried from several feet to several meters under the ocean bottom to prevent snagging by boat anchors and fishing trawls.  The amount of overburden on a cable often means


Vigor: Frank(ly) Speaking

“My personal philosophy is I have to do two things: make money and make a difference. If you are doing one or the other it’s not enough for me.”  Frank Foti, CEO and Owner, Vigor Industrial

Frank Foti of Vigor Industrial has steadily embarked on a consolidation of the Pacific Northwest ship construction and repair industry. Starting in Portland in 1995 with about 50 employees, the ubiquitous owner of Vigor has built his business today to more than 2


MN 100: Signal International

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11 N. Water St., Suite 16250 Mobile, AL 36602 Telephone: 251 544 2620 E-mail: jmayhall@signalint.com Website: www.signalint.com CEO/President: Richard Marler, CEO Number of Employees: 500 The Company: With four yards, Signal offers new construction, rig and ship repair


Bollinger Shipyard Stalwart VP Dave Marmillion to Retire

Dave Marmillion: Photo Bollinger

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. headquartered in Lockport, La., inform of the upcoming retirement of its Vice President Repair, Eastern Division, Dave Marmillion, after 46 years in the shipyard industry. Marmillion’s retirement was announced by Bollinger’s Chief Operating Officer


Double Solar Storms Headed to Earth

Solar storms heading to Earth

A rare double burst of magnetically charged solar storms will hit Earth Thursday night and Friday, raising concerns that GPS signals, radio communications and power transmissions could be disrupted, officials said on Thursday. Individually, the storms, known as coronal mass ejections, or CMEs


MN 100: Vigor Industrial

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5555 N Channel Avenue Portland, OR 97217 Tel: (503) 247-1777    Email: heather.blahnik@vigorindustrial.com Website: www.vigorindustrial.com President & CEO: Frank Foti The Company: Based in Portland, Oregon, Vigor Industrial is the Pacific Northwest’s leader in


Haze and Reduced Visibility at Singapore Ports

Singapore Strait and Port Waters

  Due to the presence of haze, the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine in their Notice No.113 of 2014 dated 15 September 2014 have informed the the trade and shipping related companies that the visibility in the Singapore Strait and Port Waters could be significantly


BAE Systems Awarded 'USS Hopper' Repair Contract

USS Hopper: Photo USN

US Department of Defense informs BAE Systems Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $22,905,907 undefinitized contract action to a previously awarded contract (N00024-14-C-4412) for repair and alteration of USS Hopper (DDG-90).


MN 100: Alternative Marine Technologies LLC

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62 Southfield Road, Suite 214 Stamford CT. 06902 Website: www.alternativemarinetech.com E-Mail: rkunkel4@gmail.com President / CEO: Robert Kunkel Number of employees: 12 The Company: Alternative Marine Technologies (AMTECH) was developed to provide technical support to Owners in Shipping;


MN 100: Sneed Shipbuilding, Inc.

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17112 Market Street Channelview, TX 77530 E-mail: cesneed@sneedshipbuilding.com Website: sneedshipbuilding.com Owner: Clyde Sneed Owner: Mitch Jones Number of employees: 180 The Company: Sneed operates out of its main facility, nearly 40 acres in Channelview, Texas


Canal Marine, Techsol Marine Enter Partnership

Canal Marine and Techsol Marine announced a partnership agreement that will combine the companies' expertise for providing marine system design and fabrication, including switchboards, motor and generator controllers, AC/DC drive and winch controllers, alarm and monitoring systems


DNV GL Supports Call to Put a Price on Carbon

Bjørn Kj. Haugland, DNV GL Chief Sustainability Officer, here with Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and Erik Rasmussen, CEO of Monday Morning Gl

  DNV GL joins global push to put a price on carbon. Over 1,000 companies and 73 countries now support a price on carbon to start bringing down emissions. Speaking on the sidelines at the UN Climate Summit in New York, DNV GL Group Sustainability Officer Bjørn K






 
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