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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?


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


Damen's Oranjewerf Yard ISO 9001:2008 Certified

Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf (Photo: Damen)

Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf (DSO) has become the latest Damen ship repair yard to receive ISO 9001:2008 certification, demonstrating that the yard fulfils the requirements of the defined management system standards to consistently provide a high quality service that meets all customer


Fleet Week Underway in New York

Photo: Jeff OMalley

Parade of ships signals start of Fleet Week New York 2016   Now in its 28th year, New York Fleet Week has commenced, with ships from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy sailing into New York Harbor.   The parade of ships


Grounded Bulker Repaired, Heads for Japan

Two tugs support Sparna past the Wauna Paper Mill while in transit along the Columbia River to their mooring destination in Kalama, Wash., March 23, 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Levi Read)

The Captain of the Port for Oregon and southern Washington canceled the captain of the port order on the motor vessel Sparna allowing the vessel to leave its mooring at Kalama, Wash., Monday.   The Sparna, a 623-foot bulk grain carrier


This Day In Naval History - May 24

1917 - The first U.S. convoy left Hampton Roads, Va. to cross the North Atlantic after entering World War I. During the 18 months of war while American vessels escort convoys through the war zone, 183 attacks are made by submarines, 24 submarines are damaged and two are destroyed.  


Fail-proof System Access and Easy Operation

Operation without distraction: The CrossDisplay switching from G&D doesn’t stop at unusual monitor configurations and multihead graphics cards. This means that the user can work intuitively, as the switching process simply follows the mouse pointer. For even greater control, the systems can also be operated easily via a graphically designed touch panel. (Image: G&D)

KVM redundancy concepts increase reliability of control room installations   German manufacturers G&D feel very much at home in especially safety-related control rooms. For decades, its products have been serving in these environments


NASSCO Delivers Second ECO Tanker to APT

ECO Class tanker is one of the most fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly tankers in the world Photo NASSCO

On Thursday, May 19, shipbuilders at General Dynamics NASSCO delivered the Magnolia State to longtime customer American Petroleum Tankers (APT). The ECO Class tanker is one of the most fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly tankers in the world and symbolizes the emerging future of green


Life Extension for World’s Oldest Icebreaker

Voima (Photo: Arctia)

A comprehensive dry docking and life extension plan has been set out for the 62-year-old Finnish icebreaker Voima, continuing its run as the world’s oldest operational icebreaker. Commissioned in 1954, Voima is part of Arctia’s icebreaker fleet and has demonstrated its reliability


Westwood Shipping Withdraws from Port of Portland

Westwood Shipping’s final call to Oregon’s Port of Portland will be May 21, signaling the exit of the last remaining container shipper making regular calls to the port’s Terminal 6. The shipping company stated in a letter to customers that economics of a single call per month do


Greek Frigate Finds Debris in Search for EgyptAir Plane

A Greek frigate searching for a missing Egyptair aircraft discovered two large plastic floating objects in a sea area 230 miles south of the island of Crete on Thursday, Greek defence sources said. The two objects appeared to be pieces of plastic in white and red


BIMCO to go by York-Antwerp Rules 2016

Søren Larsen Deputy Secretary General of BIMCO

BIMCO’s Documentary Committee, who met in Copenhagen yesterday, have agreed that all new and revised BIMCO charter parties and bills of lading will now refer to general average being adjusted in accordance with the new York-Antwerp Rules (YAR) 2016.


Cosco Sinks into the Red

Image: COSCO Corporation (Singapore)

 Singapore-listed ship repair, marine engineering and dry bulk shipping company COSCO Corporation (Singapore) Limited has recorded a net loss of USD 11.7 million in the first quarter of 2016, compared to a net profit of USD 4.2 million in the corresponding quarter of 2015.  


Byrne & Jones Acquires Midwest Foundation

Byrne & Jones Construction built barge dolphins along the Des Plaines River for Exxon Corp. in its first marine division project after acquiring Peoria, Ill.-based Midwest Foundations. (Photo: Byrne & Jones Construction)

St. Louis-based Byrne & Jones Construction informs it has acquired Midwest Foundation, a Peoria, Ill. marine construction services company.   Midwest Foundation installs piling foundations and serves the bridge construction industry including demolition, construction and repair


Interview: 50 Years in the Polymer Repair Market

Geoff Binks gives technical demonstrations in his earlier years with Belzona (Photo: Belzona Polymerics Ltd.)

With 50 years dedicated to polymer coating and composite manufacturer Belzona, Geoff Binks looks back on his experience in the industry and maintenance sector.   Geoff Binks was born and raised in Harrogate and joined Belzona in 1965 direct from Technical College with a chemistry background


Great Lakes Shipyard Performs USCG Drydocking

Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard

On April 25, Great Lakes Shipyard hauled out the U.S. Coast Guard’s 125’ x 52’ Aids to Navigation Barge (12001). Using the Shipyard’s 770-ton Marine Travelift, the yard lifted the 620-ton AToN barge quickly and easily, and placed it on drydocking blocks.  


Damen Opens US Office

Ruud Haneveer, Market Development Executive for Damen Shiprepair & Conversion and Jan van Hogerwou, Damen’s Manager Newbuildings for USA and Canada are celebrating the opening of Damen’s new North American office. (Photo: Damen Shipyards Group)

Damen Shipyards Group has announced the opening of a new branch office in Houston, Texas. This expansion, under the name of Damen North America, meets the increasing demand for Damen’s shipbuilding concepts and repair and conversion services.






 
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