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Chouest Purchases Tampa Shipyard

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On November 18, 2008, Edison Chouest Offshore officials appeared before the Tampa Port Authority in an effort to secure the assignment of Tampa Bay Shipbuilding and Repair’s long-term lease agreement with the port.  The authority had no objection to the transfer and, on that date, Tampa Ship, LLC was born.  Chouest assumed management and operation of the yard in early December. The Tampa shipyard is a full service conversion, overhaul and repair facility that was previously owned by a group associated with Mobile, AL-based Bender Shipbuilding and Repair.  The shipyard has been the only commercial shipyard equipped with four large graving docks (capable of servicing ships up to 150,000 DWT) and extensive crane facilities between Pascagoula, MS and Hampton Roads, VA. “Tampa Ship provides us more capacity for new construction and the repair of much larger vessels,” said President Gary Chouest.  “Now that we have closed on the purchase, we are looking forward to construction on our first new vessel this month.” Although the shipyard specialized in recent years in performing repairs and overhauls, Chouest has agreed to assist in the phase out of a new construction deal with Bender.  The previous owner has been building three large barges for Overseas Shipholding Group; Chouest will assist in completing that deal, slated for a late 2009 delivery.


Tampa Bay Shipbuilding Elects New CEO

Tampa Bay Shipbuilding & Repair Company announced the appointment of Walter J. Hartley Jr. (Joe) to the position of president and CEO. A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Hartley has an extensive background in the ship repair and conversion industry. His previous experience includes vice president at Atlantic Dry Dock in Jacksonville; president and CEO of Atlantic Marine in Mobile, Ala.; and president and CEO of S & H Land Corporation in Jacksonville.


Bender Promotes Pinkham

Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co. Inc. and Tampa Bay Shipbuilding & Repair Company have promoted Michael Pinkham to Ship Repair Sales Manager for both the Mobile and Tampa yards. The Sales and Marketing Departments of both companies have been combined to more efficiently and economically service customer accounts. Pinkham brings his many years of ship repair sales, production and estimating experience to this position


Marine Towing of Tampa to Debut Tractor Tug

Marine Towing of Tampa, LLC will host a private dedication ceremony on Thursday, June 12 to debut its new tugboat, Patriot, at Port Tampa Bay. The Patriot is one of the few tugboats in the United States with open ocean firefighting capabilities spraying nearly 12,000 gallons per minute at a distance of 400 feet. Built in East Boothbay, Maine, the 93’ long, 5,000 horsepower tugboat equipped with two Tier 3 sixteen cylinder Caterpillar engines and two Rolls-Royce Z-drives will add to


Seabulk to Hold Double Christening

Seabulk Towing is scheduled to christen the sister tugs Buccaneer and Gasparilla at its Tampa, Fla. facility on Thursday, January 24. Sponsors are Lorraine Gontarski, to christen tug Buccaneer on behalf of her husband, Joe Gontarski, who is Senior Director and special assistant to the Executive Director for Port Manatee and has served both the Port of Tampa and Port Manatee for over 30 years. The career of tug Gasparilla’s sponsor, Ms


RiverHawk's Multimission Platform Launched

Advanced Multimission Platform (AMP)

RiverHawk Launches First-of-Class Advanced Multimission Platform (AMP) at Tampa Yard.   RiverHawk Fast Sea Frames (RHFSF) has launched its signature Advanced Multimission Platform (AMP) at its shipyard in Tampa, Florida.  Fully designed and built in the United States, the 145-foot coastal security craft was contracted 12 months ago by the U S Department of the Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to Maritime Security Strategies (MSS) of Tampa, Florida


Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Delivers 12th Product Tanker

Photo courtesy Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard (Oslo: AKPS), a leading U.S. commercial shipyard, delivered to American Shipping Company (Oslo: AMSC) the shipyard’s twelfth Veteran Class MT-46 product tanker. The 46,000 dwt vessel, named the Overseas Tampa, will leave the shipyard in the coming days under the operation of Overseas Shipping Group (OSG) to transport petroleum products. The on schedule delivery of this ship marks the successful conclusion of a historic shipbuilding program that began in April


Tampa Bay Coast Guard Tests Pollution-Recovery System

Coast Guard personnel from Sector St. Petersburg, along with members from Port Manatee and Tampa Fire and Rescue, conducted a pollution-response exercise at the Port of Manatee in Palmetto, Fla., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. The exercise was aimed at testing and improving the Coast Guard's ability to assemble, deploy and operate a Vessel of Opportunity Skimming System (VOSS). A VOSS is used to isolate and collect the spilled substance during or after a spill


Where There is No Safe Haven

There is a disturbing trend developing internationally that will surely be an agenda topping item for the International Maritime Organization in the coming year. At press time the Norwegian RoRo vessel Tampa, its crew of 27 and a reported 438 refugees — including 22 women and 43 children — was still in limbo. On Sunday, August 26, 2001 in Indonesian territorial waters, Tampa received a call from the Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) Australia asking it to rescue a fishing vessel in distress


TSA and Coast Guard Facilitate Homeland Security Exercise

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the U.S. Coast Guard facilitated a port security exercise in Tampa on November 16, that evaluated the preparedness, potential preventitive actions and the ability to respond to and recover from a terrorist-related incident. The Port Security Training Exercises Program (PortSTEP) is focused on building links within the Area Maritime Security (AMS) Committee, which assists the Coast Guard Captain of the Port in writing


AAPA Applauds Senate Passage of Trade Promotion Legislation

Photo courtesy of Port of Los Angeles

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) applauded Senate passage over the past weekend of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA-2015), and today sent a letter to House leadership to urge making passage of TPA-2015 a priority.  


Shanghai Shipyard Won Bid for Two Survey Vessels

A Seismic Survey Vessel. Pic by China Oilfield Services Limited

 Shanghai Shipyard has won bids to build two multipurpose survey vessels for two geological survey institutes. The shipyard is an affiliate of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC).   Qingdao Marine Geological Survey Institute and Guangzhou Marine Geological Survey Institute have


STX Bags Order for Eight LR1 Tankers

LR1 tanker. Image by STX Offshore & Shipbuilding

 South Korean shipbuilder STX Offshore & Shipbuilding (STX O&S) has won an order for up to eight LR1 tankers with a total value of $ 375 million.    The contract provides for the construction of four oil tankers of 74,000 tons plus the ability to build four additional ships


Kuwaiti Coast Guard Orders 29 Vessels

Photo: Tampa Yacht Manufacturing

The Kuwaiti Coast Guard ordered 29 new 44-foot fast coastal interceptor-class (FCI) vessels from Tampa Yacht Manufacturing LLC.   For the new builds, the Kuwaiti Coast Guard specified total drive solutions from Twin Disc, featuring Arneson ASD11 surface drives and Rolla propellers.  


ASL Profit Nosedives

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 Singapore shipbuilding group ASL Marine has posted a sharp drop in net profit for its third quarter as revenues from its shipbuilding, shiprepair and chartering segments fell across the board.   Net profit for the three months to March 31 plummeted 65


Autodesk Bulgaria Shipbuilding Seminar

SSI announced it will host the Autodesk Bulgaria Shipbuilding Seminar for shipbuilders, naval architects and marine engineers to learn about the challenges facing the shipbuilding industry in Bulgaria and find out how Autodesk's Extended Digital Prototyping solutions


Massive Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Docks in Norfolk

Brilliance of the Seas. Pic by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd

 Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas, one of the biggest ships on the seven seas, docked in port at Nauticus, Norfolk for a short time and fueled big business across Hampton Roads.   Nearly 3,000 people on-board flooded on the streets of Norfolk


Reps. Courtney, Wittman Honored for Maritime Leadership

SCA President Matt Paxton and newly elected SCA Chairman Tom Godfrey, Jr. honor Congressmen Joe Courtney and Wittman with the Maritime Leadership Award (Photo: SCA)

United States Congressmen Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) and Rob Wittman (R-Va.) this week received the Maritime Leadership Award from the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), a national trade association representing the nation’s shipbuilding and repair industry


Op/Ed: Australian Naval Shipbuilding in Limbo

Kevin Andrews

Labor’s indecision has left shipbuilding in a precarious and uncertain state   The Abbott Government is committed to a sustainable Australian naval shipbuilding industry. Sadly, years of neglect by the former Labor government has left shipbuilding in a precarious and uncertain state.


African, Chinese Shipbuilders Form Partnership

Prasheen Maharaj (left), CEO of Southern Africa Shipyards, seals the deal with Ye Fengsheng of China Shipbuilding Trading Company. (Photo courtesy of SAS)

Southern African Shipyards (SAS) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with China Shipbuilding Trading Company (CSTC), a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation, in a union between the largest shipyard in Southern Africa and the largest shipbuilding group in the world.


Newport News Shipbuilding Hosts Sen. Inhofe

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) today hosted Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., for a tour of the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division.   The senator, a military veteran, also met over breakfast with sailors from Oklahoma serving aboard the aircraft carriers USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN


Bollinger Delivers FRC Richard Dixon

Photo: Bollinger

Bollinger Shipyards LLC has delivered the Richard Dixon, the 13th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard (USCG).   The announcement was made by Bollinger’s President & C.E.O., Ben Bordelon. “We are very pleased to announce the delivery of the latest FRC


Chesapeake Launches Tugboat for Vane Brothers

Photo courtesy of Chesapeake Shipbuilding

Chesapeake Shipbuilding has launched another tugboat for Vane Brothers, the builder announced today.   The tugboat, named Fort Schuyler, represents the 11th tugboat that Chesapeake Shipbuilding has built for Vane Brothers of the 14 contracted.  


Couple Found Dead Aboard Cruise Ship

MS Ryndam (Pic by Holland America Line)

 Two passengers were found dead on a cruise ship docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Thursday morning in an apparent murder-suicide.     The unidentified man and woman were in their 50s and from Cleveland, Ohio, AP reports quoting police Sgt. Ricardo Cruz


Holland America Line Ships Score 100

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  On recent routine United States Public Health inspections (USPHI) conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Holland America Line’s ms Statendam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam and ms Ryndam achieved perfect scores of 100.  






 
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