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Signet Maritime Inks Garrett Contracts

Signet Maritime Corporation and Garrett Marine, Inc. executed agreements August 29, 2003, for charter and purchase of Garrett's Aransas tug business, finalizing plans that originated in 2002 to expand Signet's presence in the Aransas Pass/Ingleside region. The Garrett family, which has been serving marine tug needs in Texas for almost 50 years, agreed to terms for handing over responsibility for tug operations to Signet for marine and construction firms in the Aransas Pass/Ingleside region. Andy Garrett, Vice President of Garrett Marine, noted the consolidation of Garrett's tugs into Signet's fleet as "the most important task we have undertaken to enhance tug support to the Aransas Region and for our valued customers. The legacy of our 24/7 work ethic combined with Signet's demanding requirements for SAFETY, QUALITY and ECONOMY will improve service for the entire area." Signet's Aransas Plan includes expansion of its shore and seagoing personnel workforce, support staff and maintenance facilities. Every Signet seagoing person will undergo firefighting training at Texas A&M University as well as ISM and ISO Code testing and certification to further cement Signet's position of strength. Bill Thwing, Signet Aransas Regional Manager, said, "Our commitment to customer service and SAFETY is the highest in history and is a hallmark in the 27 year dedication of quality Signet operations


Tugboat Fleet Expansion by Signet Maritime

Artists Impression courtesy of Signet Maritime

Signet Maritime Corporation contracts Patti Marine Enterprises, Inc. in Pensacola, Florida, to construct tow Robert Allan designed tugs. Construction commenced in November 2012 with an expected delivery of December 2013 for the first vessel and March 2014 for the second vessel. Continuing the longstanding Signet tradition of naming vessels in honor of America’s Cup winners, the new RAmparts 3200 ASD tugs will be named M/V Signet Intrepid and M/V Signet Vigilant.


Signet Buys Harvey Gulf's Towing Division

Shane J. Guidry, Chairman & CEO, Harvey Gulf (left) and J. Barry Snyder, President, Signet Maritime sign closing documents on May 15 at Harvey Gulf International Marine in New Orleans, Louisiana for the sale of Harvey’s Offshore Towing Division to Signet Maritime.

Harvey Gulf International Marine has sold its towing division to Signet Maritime Corporation. Through the deal, Signet will acquire eight offshore towing vessels (OTVs) ranging in size from 75 to 153 metric tons bollard pull. The sale will encompass all Harvey OTVs, spares, business and supplies. The transfer of OTV ownership was completed on May 15, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana with financing provided by Wells Fargo Equipment Finance as part of a $209 million syndicated financing


Signet Tows Aircraft Carrier on Final Voyage

SOLAS Certified, ABS A1, 10,000 BHP, Signet Warhorse III en route to Newport Naval Shipyard to tow USS Saratoga to Brownsville, Texas.

The final voyage of aircraft carrier USS Saratoga begins today. From the Eastern Hemisphere to the Western Hemisphere, the USS Saratoga has made her mark around the globe, and served more than 38 years in the United States Navy. The carrier’s aircraft flew sorties in the Vietnam War, in Operation Desert Shield and over the states of the former Yugoslavia in 1992. Throughout its four decades of service, more than 60,000 sailors served on its decks, with roughly 5,000 at any given time.


Companies Collaborate to Find Cool Solutions

Arcturus launch

Dometic’s HVAC systems fit right into the dual purpose of providing comfortable workboat environments while also protecting vital equipment. Both tasks go hand in hand and collaboration between parties is the key. An efficient and reliable HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system on board commercial vessels is essential. In difficult and often extreme operating conditions, the system will provide a comfortable and healthy work environment for crew and also protect vital


Tank Barge Launched for TY Offshore

TY Barge Launch: Photo credit TY Offshore

TY Offshore Launches FMT 3248, the fourth of fourteen FMT Industries Barges built at TY's Gulfport, Mississippi facility. TY Offshore, LLC announce the launch of FMT 3248, the fourth of fourteen 297’6” x 54’ x 12’, 30,000 barrel tank barges for FMT Industries, LLC, one of the several companies within the Florida Marine Group (Florida Marine). FMT Industries has recently exercised its option for four additional barges from its original order of ten


Two Ramparts Class Tugs for Signet Maritime

Signet Polaris (Photo courtesy of Robert Allan Ltd.)

In the summer of this year, Signet Maritime took delivery of Signet Arcturus & Signet Polaris, the eighth and ninth tugs designed for them by Robert Allan Ltd. of Vancouver, Canada to add to its fleet of 37 conventional and ASD vessels. The tugs were constructed at Patti Marine Enterprises in Pensacola, Florida. The tugs are based on the Signet Weatherly design, but with additional power and higher bollard pull


Signet Constellation and Signet Stars & Stripes

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The Signet Constellation and Signet Stars & Stripes are the latest development in Robert Allan Ltd.’s RAstar series of tugs.   These two powerful new escort tugs have been delivered to their owner’s – Signet Maritime Corporation of Houston, Texas.  They were constructed to provide marine support services to Angola LNG Supply Services (ALSS) in the Port of Pascagoula, Mississippi. Designated as RAstar 3100s and designed by Naval Architects Robert Allan Ltd


American Equity Underwriters Honors Signet Shipbuilding & Repair

Signet Maritime Corporation Accepts AEU 2011 Safety & Health Best Shipyard Award, November 2012.jpg

On Thursday, November 1, 2012, American Equity Underwriters (AEU) presented Signet Shipbuilding & Repair (SS&R) with their 2011 Safety & Health Best Shipyard Award.   The award recognizes the shipyard that is superior among all other shipyards in terms of claim frequency and severity performance among all AEU members. Signet received recognition within the small shipyard category and credits the achievement to making safety a priority at every organizational level


DOT Provides $7 Million for Maritime Education

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration today announced that America’s six state maritime academies – California Maritime Academy, Great Lakes Maritime Academy, Maine Maritime Academy, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, SUNY Maritime College and Texas Maritime Academy – and the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) in Kings Point, N.Y., will each receive $1 million from a government program that recycles obsolete vessels


Maritime Reporter @ 75: The Daily Cartoon

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 Maritime Reporter & Engineering News was founded by John J. O'Malley (1905-1980) in 1939, and today ranks as the world's largest audited trade publication in the world serving the maritime industry, with a circulation of more than 35,000 worldwide, including ship and boat owners


NZ Report: Human Error to Blame for Rena Grounding

Photo: maritime New Zealand

New Zealand's Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) published its final report into the grounding of containership Rena in October 2011. The TAIC’s investigation found that the grounding was a result of improper crew practices


MARAD Publishes US ATB, ITB Database

ATB Dace Reinauer (Photo: Reinauer)

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) released what it is calling a first-of-its-kind public database that chronicles U.S.-flagged, privately owned domestic articulated tug-barge (ATB) and integrated tug-barge (ITB) vessels.   In the report


Hapag-Lloyd Completes CSAV Merger Capital Increase

Antwerpen Express (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

Hapag-Lloyd completed the planned capital increase of EUR 370 million (approximately $452.5 million) as part of the business combination with the Chilean shipping company Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores (CSAV). As planned, CSAV subscribed to EUR 259 million (approximately $316


San Jacinto College Breaks Ground on New Training Center

At the groundbreaking ceremony for the new San Jacinto College Maritime Training Center (Photo: Jeannie Peng-Armao, San Jacinto College)

San Jacinto College has broken ground along the Port of Houston for its new 45,000-square-foot Maritime Training Center.   At the site of 3700 Old Highway 146 in La Porte, stood student Dave Allen, taking in the view of concrete piers that will support San Jacinto College Maritime Training


WSC CEO Koch to Retire in 2015

Chris Koch (Photo: WSC)

Chris Koch, current president and CEO of the World Shipping Council (WSC), will retire from his position on July 31, 2015, and WSC Senior Vice-President and General Counsel, John Butler, will assume that position on August 1 of next year. Following his retirement as president


US Shippers, West Coast Dockworkers Union Resume Contract Talks

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Negotiators for shipping lines and terminal operators at 29 U.S. West Coast ports resumed contract talks with the union for dockworkers on Thursday, as cargo backups continued at the ports, a representative for the labor group said.  


Maritime Reporter @ 75: The Daily Cartoon

© New Wave Media

Maritime Reporter & Engineering News was founded by John J. O'Malley (1905-1980) in 1939, and today ranks as the world's largest audited trade publication in the world serving the maritime industry, with a circulation of more than 35,000 worldwide, including ship and boat owners


River Bell Awards Acclaim Maritime 'Family'

Peter H. Stephaich receives the River Bell Award (Photo: SCI)

The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) recognized two inland maritime industry leaders at an annual awards luncheon Thursday, December 11, 2014, in Paducah, Ky.   The 15th Annual River Bell Awards Luncheon, hosted by SCI, raised more than $270


Transas Installs ECDIS Simulators at Romanian University

Photo: Constanța Maritime University

Romanian university Constanța Maritime University will provide ECDIS training in accordance with the STCW 2010 requirements    Transas Marine has installed the ECDIS simulator class at the Constanța Maritime University (CMU), one of the first maritime schools in Romania to launch


Wrecked Bulker’s Bow Refloated, Scuttled off S.Africa

Photo: TITAN Salvage

TITAN Salvage, Crowley Maritime Corp.'s Houston-based marine salvage, emergency response and wreck removal company, has refloated and scuttled the largest section of the wrecked bulk carrier, Smart. The vessel was carrying a load of coal when it went aground in August 2013 in heavy seas in


BCG Delivers Upgrades to Long-time Customers

Image: BCG

Buffalo Computer Graphics (BCG) Inc. has recently delivered two upgrades to long-time customers Columbia Pacific Maritime in Portland Ore., and The River School in Memphis, Tenn.   The River School ordered additional laptop computers preloaded with BCG’s simulation software to assist


Maritime Reporter @ 75: The Daily Cartoon

© New Wave Media

 Maritime Reporter & Engineering News was founded by John J. O'Malley (1905-1980) in 1939, and today ranks as the world's largest audited trade publication in the world serving the maritime industry, with a circulation of more than 35,000 worldwide, including ship and boat owners


Obama Urged to Help Resolve Port Negotiations

In a letter today to President Barack Obama, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) urged the president to take the necessary steps to assign federal mediators to help resolve the ongoing contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU)


Nigeria Maritime Workers' Strike Looms Large

Maritime Workers Threaten Pullout Nationwide

  There are strong indications that the Maritime Workers of Nigeria (MWUN) may shut down port operations nationwide from tomorrow (17 December), and begin an indefinite strike over a number of longstanding issues. At the weekend, the union notified the relevant authorities - such as the






 
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