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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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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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

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

Smith Berger Tow Pins Lead the Way

Smith Berger Marine, Inc. said it has been selected by Edison Chouest Offshore to design and manufacture the Tow Pin Stern Roller units required on its nine new vessels, including five escort tugs and four docking tugs.   Edison Chouest is building the new tugs in order to execute a 10-year Ship Escort-Response Vessel System (SERVS) contract with the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, for which the tugs will provide tanker escort and spill response services in Prince William Sound.

Retlif Opens Composites Testing Lab

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Retlif Testing Laboratories, an independent global provider of EMI/EMC and Environmental (ESS) testing and compliance services, has launched its new dedicated Composites Testing Laboratory.     The result of three years of planning

China Protests 'Illegal,' 'Provocative' US South China Sea Patrol

China's Defense Ministry said that a patrol by a U.S. warship in the South China Sea on Friday was "illegal" and "provocative" and that it had lodged a protest with the United States.   In a statement on its website, the ministry said two Chinese warships had warned the U

Warner to Head Inmarsat Maritime Marketing

Mark Warner (Photo: Inmarsat)

Inmarsat has appointed Mark Warner as Head of Marketing Communications for its Maritime business unit.   Reporting to Inmarsat Chief Marketing Officer Chris McLaughlin, Warner will take responsibility for maritime marketing communications activities

DSME Taps GTT to Equip Maran’s New LNG Carriers

GTT said it has received an order from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) to equip two new LNG carriers scheduled for delivery in 2019.   The vessels will be built at DSME's shipyard in Geoje, Korea, on behalf of Maran Gas Maritime, a Greek management company

Nakilat Transitions LNG Fleet from Shell

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Nakilat Shipping Qatar Limited (NSQL) signed an agreement with Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited (Shell) to begin the planned phased transition of the management of Nakilat’s LNG fleet from Shell to NSQL.  

Transas CEO Calls for Big Data Standardization

Frank Coles (Photo: Transas)

Frank Coles, Transas CEO, has delivered a keynote speech calling for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to set standards of compliance for the communication connections between ship and shore or else create a significant cyber security risk.  


ENGIE manages a large LNG supply portfolio and has a significant presence in regasification terminals in Europe and worldwide Image CMA CGM Group

CMA CGM and ENGIE signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote LNG as the marine fuel for tomorrow’s container vessels. Farid Salem, Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, and Isabelle Kocher, CEO of ENGIE, signed the agreement today at the Marseille headquarters of CMA CGM.

Durban Women Scoop Maritime Awards

Sylvia Siyo, Acting Ship Repair Manager in the Port of Durban (left), receiving the Best Head of Department in Transport award from Catherine Larkin, Executive Director of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. Photo TNPA

Transnet National Port Authority women flew the flag high at the Women in Transport Awards which took place at the Durban ICC on 18 October 2016. The Women in Transport Awards is a collaborative platform co-located with the African Ports Evolution conference and exhibition

Countdown to London International Shipping Week

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The countdown to London International Shipping Week 2017 (LISW17) officially began last night with an exclusive launch reception held at the iconic Norton Rose Fulbright building on London’s South Bank.   The launch reception brought together representatives from many of the maritime

Rickmers’ Investors Demand Prompt Bond Repayment

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 Singapore-based shipping trust Rickmers Maritime announced that it has already received a letter from lawyers representing a group of bondholders demanding for the immediate payment of their share of  bonds, reports Bloomberg.  

Panama Accedes to BWM Convention

Jorge Barakat Pitty (right), Minister of Maritime Affairs of Panama, presented the countrys instrument of accession to the Ballast Water Management Convention to IMO Secretary General Lim on October 19, 2016. (Photo: IMO)

Panama has become the latest State to accede to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention), bringing the proportion of global shipping tonnage covered by the treaty to 53.28 percent, with 53 Contracting Parties.  

Crew Kidnapping Persists Despite Piracy Slowdown -Report

Despite a decline of piracy activity in several high-risk areas, a high threat of crew kidnapping and hijacking remains in Southeast Asia and West Africa, according to a recent report from specialist crisis prevention and response consultancy NYA International.  

Danish Maritime Authority to Study Unmanned Shipping

Many believe that masterless ships may become reality within a very short period of time. Surely, the technology for unmanned ships is coming, yet it remains unknown exactly where, when and to what extent.   Now, the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA)

Beta Release of Safe, Efficient Data Exchange at Sea

Effiensea2 Image Danish Maritime Authority

The EfficienSea2 project, which is led by the Danish Maritime Authority, is now ready to demonstrate its first results. At a coming conference, beta releases of some of the solutions will be launched. Now, the EfficienSea2 project is ready to present beta releases of some of its solutions

Inmarsat’s LISW17 set stage for Digital future of Maritime

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Inmarsat has announced plans in support of its diamond sponsor commitment for London International Shipping Week, 11-15 September 2017 (LISW17) by staging three key events focusing on the maritime industry’s digital future. To coincide with the official launch of LISW17 on October 19th

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