SIGNAL SHIP REPAIR
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?
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)
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.
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
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
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:
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
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
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.
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
Pilot project pioneering laser repair works for the metal parts of ships and vessels has been launched in Russia's Primorsky Territory, reports Sputnik. The technology of laser reordering of metallic parts in Russia's Primorye Territory was developed by the Far Eastern branch of the
When large specialty motors fail at sea, finding a suitable replacement within days – not months – is critical to bring production back online and minimize loss of revenue Whether for sophisticated thrusters or naval weaponry, or equipment such as compressors
BW Offshore has successfully used Miko magnetic patches in a pioneering new repair technique that creates significant time and cost savings. When some cracks appeared in hull plating in the engine room of the FPSO Abo operating off the Nigerian coast
Low oil prices and muted sentiment in the industry continued to take a toll on Sembcorp Marine's second-quarter earnings. The rigbuilder has announced that net profit for the three months ended June 30 sank 17 per cent to to $79.58 million (SGD 109 million), compared to $96
A Matson ship en route to Oahu from California has stalled at sea and may need to be towed to the islands, reports Hawaii News Now. A problem in the engine room cut off power on the cargo ship, Matsonia, and engineers onboard are working to restore power
Despite the conservative reputation of the pilot boat industry, Pilotage de la Seine, a French pilot boat station, decided to think outside the box and install Volvo Penta IPS in two of its vessels. According to Volvo Penta, the benefits the station has seen have been extensive, signaling, perhaps
The Japanese-built containership Kamala caught fire around 400km off the coast of the Japanese island of Kuchinoshima in the East China Sea. The accident happened during a voyage from Gresik, Indonesia to Ulsan, South Korea with 796 containers on board, including hazardous cargo
Five men are safe, Saturday, after being after being stranded at sea in a 14-foot skiff since Wednesday. The men were rescued by the crew of the motor vessel, Shourong Harmony after an HC-130 Hercules air crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point spotted the 14-foot aluminum skiff
Installed and on the water, Yanmar’s 6AYA-ET engines are already providing value on the U.S. Gulf Coast. This fully mechanical engine is anything but low-tech. More than 60 years of worldwide experience plus an engine designed specifically for the United States market has made a
Port Manatee has added operations of Manatee Ship Repair and Fabrication LLC, enhancing its full-service port offerings at the entrance to Tampa Bay. “The services offered by Manatee Ship Repair and Fabrication are an ideal
Facing a wave of lawsuits filed by workers recruited from India to work on the U.S. Gulf Coast, marine services company Signal International has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to help save its business and resolve litigation, the Wall Street Journal reported.
China warned it can take "further actions" after the Philippines confirmed it is fortifying the BRP Sierra Madre, a grounded ship on Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) in the South China Sea. Beijing has hit out at Manila for repairing a crumbling ship serving as its
The U.S. Navy has given Newport News Shipbuilding a $106 million contract to provide engineering and industrial support for submarines. Huntington Ingalls Industries, parent company of Newport News Shipbuilding, said the contract will be worth a total of $564 million
A pair of workers were sealed inside the ballast tank of a nuclear submarine in Plymouth, it has emerged, reports BBC. Colleagues had mistakenly sealed the tank at Devonport base in Plymouth, where Britain's nuclear submarines are refitted
The 90-yer-old Prince Edward Graving Dry Dock in Durban, which is owned and operated by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), will be undergoing a R30 million ($2.4 million USD) repair project on its outer caisson over the next four months