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CH3OH: Make Room for Methanol

The newest buzz among offshore operators serving the oil and gas rigs in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) is the increased use of methanol (CH3OH) by oil companies and contract drillers. This has meant more work for supply boats carrying this alcohol product to rigs along with rig water, fuel oil and liquid and bulk mud. Methanol is used to keep the flow lines from the wellhead to the surface of the water from becoming restricted or blocked. Restricted flow from wells is becoming an increasing problem for oil companies and drilling contractors whose bottom line depends on getting every drop of oil from a well. Flow assurance is a critical issue, especially with longer tiebacks in deepwater drilling operations. The problem is that tiebacks and other extended subsea completions tend to cool the oil and gas over the longer distances associated with deepwater wells. This can cause paraffin wax buildup and the formation of hydrates on the flow lines, restricting the flow of the hydrocarbons to the surface. Paraffin wax is a natural component of oil as it flows from a well and hydrates form when methane (natural gas) mixes with water in the production line forming ice-like crystals. In some cases, the combination of cooled wax coating the flow lines plus the formation of hydrates can complete block the flow lines.

Yank Marine Upgrades Marine Travelift Hoist at Tuckahoe Yard

Yank Marines New Travelift: Photo credit Yank Marine

A new 300 mt marine lift for Yank Marine is being installed at its Tuckahoe, NJ shipyard. This new 300 metric ton marine lift was transported from Marine Travelift in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin on ten trucks and is currently being erected on site. It was purchased using a $961,676.00  grant from the Maritime Administration under the Assistance to Small Shipyards Grant Program, and will replace Yank Marine Inc.’s  existing 200 metric ton Marine Travelift.

Drew Marine Acquires Chemring Marine

Affiliates of Drew Marine (“Drew Marine”) have reached a definitive agreement with Chemring Group PLC (“Chemring”) to acquire Chemring’s maritime interests (“Chemring Marine” or the “Company”) for a cash consideration of £32 million, subject to standard closing adjustments.  Under Drew Marine’s ownership, the business will be named Drew Marine Signal and Safety (“DMSS”).   

Harley Marine was Pivotal Private Equity Speaker at Marine Money

Harley Franco, Founder and Chairman of Pacific Coast operator Harley Marine Services, Inc., was a pivotal private equity speaker at a recent Marine Money conference held in New York City. Mr. Franco represented the private equity position on a finance panel consisting of public maritime companies including Overseas Shipholding Group and Horizon Line. In his presentation, Mr. Franco outlined the various finance structures utilized which enabled him to remain private

Marine Software Ltd Delivers Marine Planned Maintenance

U.K.-based software house Marine Software Ltd has successfully delivered its DNV type approved Marine Planned Maintenance system on QinetiQ’s Trimaran demonstrator vessel R.V. Triton . This innovative test vessel comes after ten years of research and is the largest motor powered trimaran demonstrator ever built, also being the worlds first of class ship based on this new concept triple-hull design. QinetiQ, formerly known as the Defense Evaluation and Research Agency ( DERA )

Insights: Steve Dickey, Global Marine Market Director, Sherwin-Williams Marine Coatings

Stephen F. Dickey, Market Director – Global Marine for Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings

If lifecycle asset management is at the very forefront of an economically driven shipping company, then marine coating have to be a part of that discussion. That, in part, is because the global regulatory scheme is now impacting everything from marine propulsion, vessel discharge protocol, ballast water management and everything in between. The fact that marine coatings can be at the very heart of any and all of these discussions shouldn’t surprise anyone. Stephen F

Imtech Appoints Marine Managing Director

Eric Clarke

Imtech Marine announces that as of July 15, 2013, Capt. Eric Clarke has been appointed as Managing Director of lmtech Marine USA headquartered in Houston. Capt. Clarke has a broad maritime experience and a proven business track record. Capt. Clarke pursued a career at sea and sailed both as Captain and Chief Engineer. After about 10 years at sea, Eric started a long career ashore. Prior to joining Imtech, Eric held the position of Vice President Americas at RightShip (a specialized company

AdvanTec Rebranding Showcases Marine Closures Portfolio


The marine division of AdvanTec Global Innovations, AdvanTec Marine recently embarked on a rebranding initiative. The division, formerly called Advanced Marine Technologies (AMT), rebranded to better showcase the company's marine products portfolio and to unify its immense capabilities. "As a unified group of marine companies, each with decades of experience, we bring together under our AdvanTec Marine brand comprehensive solutions and innovative ideas all delivered through a single

Rolls-Royce Marine H1 2013 Strong Revenue Increase

Image courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Revenue increased by 16%, reflecting OE volume from improvement in the Offshore sector, services growth in Offshore and Naval and foreign exchange benefits. However profit decreased by 8% due to adverse revenue mix, pricing pressures and warranty charges, partially offset by cost reduction and favourable foreign exchange. The order book increased 10% including an order intake of £1.7bn (£2.2bn in H1 2012)

EBDG Hires Marine Engineer Eubank

David Eubank (Photo courtesy of EBDG)

Naval Architect and Marine Engineer firm Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) has hired Marine Engineer David Eubank. Eubank joins EBDG with more than two decades of industry experience and a varied background that includes the design and project management of military, passenger and offshore vessels.  Eubank has worked on projects ranging from preparing sales proposals for multimillion dollar international contracts to leading design and engineering teams in the development of floatation

Rolls-Royce to Exhibit Power Offerings at WorkBoat

The EPA Tier 3 certified MTU 8V 4000 Ironmen marine engine will be on display at the upcoming International Workboat Show 2015 in New Orleans. (Image: Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce will showcase its latest marine power innovations, including several MTU commercial marine products and systems, at the International Workboat Show 2015, December 1-3 in New Orleans. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems within the Land & Sea division of Rolls-Royce.

Royston Appoints New US Distributor

Photo: Royston

Diesel power engineering specialist Royston has appoint a new U.S.-based distributor, citing growing interest in its advanced Enginei marine fuel management and monitoring systems.   The Houma, La.-based Bow 2 Stern Technologies LLC will provide sales and technical service support for the

MacGregor Wins Orders for Pusnes Deck Machinery

Pusnes Deck Machinery (Photo: MacGregor)

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, announced it has secured orders for a series of Pusnes deck machinery packages for several shipowners. The Pusnes equipment has been specified for different ship types that are going to be built by the Hyundai Group and Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering

Swan Energy to Invest $845 mln for FSRU Terminal

Image by Swan Energy Limited

 Swan Energy Limited will invest around Rs. 5,600 crore ($845 mln) towards setting up of Jafrabad LNG Port project in Gujarat with one jetty-moored Floating, Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU).   The joint venture project by Swan Energy Limited (SEL) and its Belgium partner Exmar

Vesper Marine Debuts New AIS Transponder

XB-6000 (Image: Vesper Marine)

Marine safety products manufacturer Vesper Marine has released a new Class B Automatic Identification System (AIS), the XB-6000. The black box transponder includes a built-in NMEA 2000 gateway and GPS antenna that integrates AIS, GPS and NMEA instrument data to display vital safety information on

Crowley Opens Government Services Office

Military Sealift Command vessel USNS Invincible (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Maritime Corp. has opened a new government services office in downtown Norfolk, Va. to help the company better serve government agencies such as the Military Sealift Command (MSC) and the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD).  

Oshawa Port Authority Joins Green Marine

The Oshawa Port Authority, one of Green Marine’s founding members as the former Oshawa Harbor Commission, announced it is again a Green Marine participant.   Green Marine is a voluntary initiative in Canada and the U.S. targeting levels of environmental performance that exceed the

Ecoslops Produces First Marine Fuel Prodcuts

Photo: Ecoslops

Ecoslops' refinery in the Port of Sinès, Portugal, has commenced industrial production and delivered the first volume of marine fuel products compliant with ISO8217, validating the company’s commercial proposition, the company announced today

Pioneer Marine Plunges into Red Again, Cancels Ship Orders

Photo by Pioneer Marine Inc

 Singapore-based Pioneer Marine reported a $5.4m loss for the third quarter of 2015, about even with a $5m loss in the same quarter last year.  It canceled orders for three new ships as the bulk-ship operator coped with a steep decline in demand for commodities in China.  

GBP1mln Grant to Create 100 Jobs at Ferguson Shipyard

Ferguson Marine. Photo by Clyde Blowers Capital

 The last commercial shipyard on the Clyde, Scotland, has secured grant to help safeguard 125 jobs and create a further 100. Ferguson shipyard has been awarded a £1m grant to refurbish its Port Glasgow premises and help fund new jobs.  

Thordon Wins Environmental Award

Thordon Bearings’ George Morrison was presented with the Tanker Shipping & Trade Environmental Award for the COMPAC system (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

COMPAC, Thordon Bearings’ seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearing system, won the Tanker Shipping & Trade Environment Award following a verdict that the system allows shipowners to cost-effectively comply with stringent marine pollution rules.  

Parker Bestobell Marine Launches Compact Valve

Parker Bestobell Marine has launched a new compact version of its Float Isolation Valve (FLIV). The compact FLIV, which is 150mm in diameter and 600mm high, was developed to cater for the use of smaller diameter floats that are now being specified by shipyards for secondary level monitoring

Cadmatic Used for Alaska Ferry Design

The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) has awarded the Alaska Class Ferry project to Vigor Alaska shipyard in Ketchikan, Alaska, where construction is currently underway. Providing production design for the ferry is Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy Glosten

Cammell Laird Seals the Deal for UK Polar Ship

NERC chief operating officer Paul Fox and Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret seal the deal in Birkenhead on November 19 (Photo: Cammell Laird)

The deal has been finalized for marine and engineering services company Cammell Laird to begin work on the U.K.’s new £200 million polar research ship.   The Birkenhead shipyard Cammell Laird said it saw off competition from Europe and beyond including Korea and Singapore to be

P&O Maritime Rebranded Repasa

Vessels from the Repasa fleet in action. Courtesy DP World

  P&O Maritime has announced the rebranding of its joint venture company Repasa, the Spanish operator of offshore support vessels for the energy industry.   P&O Repasa will become the official brand of the joint venture which has expanded its fleet in the offshore towage

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