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Blessey Marine: Rollin’ On The River

Photos courtesy of Blessey Marine

The demand for handy sized towboats to handle inland river tows continues to grow and one of the strongest contributors to that growth is Blessey Marine. Primarily handling petroleum-related products, the firm has grown rapidly to their present fleet size of over 60 towboats with more on order. Although they have vessels ranging from 700 to 4900 HP, the 2000 HP Class is proving popular. Two recent deliveries illustrate slightly different sizes and configuration of their 2000 HP towboats. The MV Steve Scalise was built at the Verret Shipyard in Plaquemine, Louisiana to a design by the shipyard. Delivered in early 2011, the 85 by 30-foot towboat is a little longer than some of this horsepower class.  With a molded depth of 10.5-feet the hull has tankage for 30,000 gallons of fuel, 16,800 gallons of water and 450 gallons of lube oil. A pair of EPA Tier 2 compliant Cummins K38-M main engines turn four-blade 74 by 56-inch four blade stainless propellers from Sound Propeller through Rentjes Model 562 gears with 6:1 reduction. The MV Jerry “Dog” McLain was also delivered this year. This towboat, from by the Raymond and Associates yard in Bayou LaBatre, Alabama, was also built to the shipyard's own design. At 76-feet the “Dog” is shorter than the Verret boat by nine feet. However with a 35-foot beam she has five-feet more width


Iconic Engines: Cummins K38-M

Image courtesy Cummins Marine

Most Americans will recall an iconic automobile engine from their youth. It might be an early 1950s Ford V-8 flat head or a 1970s Dodge 426 Hemi. Over the decades other engines have been added to the list. In a similar fashion mariners have identified classic marine diesels. One such is the Cummins 38-liter 2300-cu. inch engine known over the years as the KTA38. Canadian fisherman John Lenic has been running one in his 1978-built steel purse seiner Ocean Marauder


Wärtsilä Integrated LNG Propulsion System for Harvey Gulf PSV

Harvey Gulf OSV: Photo credit STX Marine

Wärtsilä contracted for a complete (LNG) package, including propulsion, auxiliaries & controls, for a new OSV designed by STX Marine. The ship has been ordered by Harvey Gulf International Marine as a part of the company’s ‘Going Green’ initiative. The vessel will operate in the Gulf of Mexico’s offshore oilfields. Wärtsilä will supply the steerable thrusters, an Integrated Automation System, the Power Management System


ABS Elects New Council and Committee Members

At the 151st Annual Meeting of the Members of ABS, and the subsequent meeting of the ABS Council, industry leaders were elected to serve on a number of bodies that contribute to the operation of the classification society as it fulfills its mission of promoting the security of life and property and preserving the natural environment.     "ABS' strength as a global classification society is drawn from its membership and the many regional


Pearl Harbor Shipyard Earns OSHA VPP 'Star'

By Marshall Fukuki, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility Public Affairs The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) gave final approval May 31 for Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard to participate as a "Star" in its Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). Star status is the highest rating attainable under the OSHA-run programs and recognizes organizations for excellence in health and safety in the workplace


SEMBCORP MARINE’S SEMBAWANG SHIPYARD TO REVITALISE 'VOYAGER OF THE SEAS'

Sembcorp Marine’s wholly-owned subsidiary Sembawang Shipyard has secured an agreement with RCL Cruises Ltd., a member of the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. group, to perform the extensive revitalisation of Royal Caribbean International’s 137,276-gross tonnage, passenger-ship 'Voyager of the Seas'. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is a global cruise vacation company that owns Royal Caribbean International, among other cruise brands


Gulf Coast Shipyard Group Branding

John Dane III

Shipyards in New Orleans and Gulfport, Miss., are being branded under the name Gulf Coast Shipyard Group Inc. Gulf Coast Shipyard Group, Inc., a manufacturer of a variety of ocean- going and inland marine vessels for commercial and military markets, announce that it will consolidate its global branding under the Gulf Coast Shipyard Group in order to better communicate the company’s array of vessels. Gulf Coast Shipyard Group manufactures offshore supply vessels, tank barges


Seaspan's Vancouver Shipyard’s Modernization Complete

Vancouver Shipyard

  Today, Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards officially celebrated the completion of its two-year, $170M Shipyard Modernization Project ahead of schedule and under-budget. Funded entirely by Seaspan, this project has transformed Vancouver Shipyards into the most modern facility in North America that will establish a shipbuilding and ship repair centre of excellence on the West Coast, and allow for the effective and efficient delivery of Non-Combat vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard


NAVSEA Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Hosts Change of Command

At a Change of Command ceremony conducted on October at the Naval Sea Systems Command?s (NAVSEA) Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Captain Vernon T. Williams, was relieved by Captain Kevin M. McCoy as commanding officer of the shipyard. NAVSEA's commander Vice Admiral Pete Nanos, the primary speaker at the event, praised Captain Williams' work in bringing Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, the community and its business partners closer together.


Jurong Lays Off Nearly 250 Workers

Jurong Shipyard, part of SembCorp Industries Ltd., cut 249 jobs last week as part of the group's shipyard restructuring efforts. "Where practicable, attempts were made to re-deploy or reassign affected employees within the yards. Those who would not be re-deployed or whose jobs became redundant were retrenched," company officials said. Jurong Shipyard, with a workforce of 3,021 prior to the cutbacks, said discussions were held with respective shipyard unions


Norwegian Car Carriers to Buy Two from Hyundai Samho

Image: Norwegian Car Carriers

 Oslo-listed Norwegian Car Carriers (NOCC) has signed a contract with Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries for the construction of two 6500 ceu Pure Car Truck Carrier (OCTCs).   Delivery from the South Korean shipyard is scheduled for between the fourth quarter 2016 and first quarter 2017


Boatbuilding in China

Xin Yue Feng Shipyard’s Chairman Luo Chaoneng with a pair of AHTs.

While much of the focus on coverage of the Chinese shipbuilding industry is on big shipbuilding, Maritime Reporter switches gears this month to explore activities in select boatbuilding sectors.   Damen Yichang Shipyard The Damen boatbuilding name is ubiquitous around the world


The German Shipbuilding Rebound

Tamsen Shipyard, Rostock: Minehunting vessels  “Herten” and “Homburg” at Tamsen Shipyard.

German shipbuilding has made a significant turnaround. The country’s shipbuilding industry has seen increases in the number of employees, orders and deliveries compared to 2013, according to the German Shipbuilding and Ocean Industries Association (VSM).


HII, Kinder Morgan Not to Pursue Avondale Joint Venture

Huntington Ingalls Industries and Kinder Morgan Inc. decide not to pursue joint venture on Avondale redevelopment   Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced it has completed discussions with Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI) to explore the redevelopment of HII's Avondale shipyard in Louisiana


Algoma Central Orders New Great Lakes Ships

Equinox Class ship Algoma Harvester entering harbour at Port Colborne (CNW Group/Algoma Central Corporation)

Algoma Central Corporation announces $160 million investment in fleet expansion and fleet renewal   Algoma Central Corporation announced that it has acquired a 2009-built handy size self-unloading ocean class vessel, the Gypsum Integrity, from Gypsum Transportation Limited


Gondan Lays Keef for IMR Oceanographic Vessel

Gondan Shipyard has celebrated at its facilities in Figueras the keel laying ceremony of the new Oceanographic Research Vessel for the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) of Bergen, Norway. Several representatives from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs


SDARI Inks Agreement for INTERSCHALT Loading Software

Mr Hu Jintao, President of the chinese ship designer SDARI, (middle) and Mr Wang Jun, Director R&D Departmant at SDARI (left) agree with Mr Robert Gärtner, CEO of the maritime software provider INTERSCHALT, the co-operation for MACS3 loading computer.  (Photo: Interschalt)

INTERSCHALT maritime systems AG, a maritime software and services provider of loading computers on board containerships, signed a cooperation agreement with the Shanghai Ship Research and Design Institute (SDARI) in Shanghai for the provision of MACS3 loading software for containerships


Hanjin’s Subic Shipyard Wins Bid for Six Boxship

Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction’s (HHIC) Philippines-based Subic Shipyard Courtesy HHIC

  HANJIN Heavy Industries & Construction (HHIC)-Phil’s Subic Shipyard hit the jackpot bids. On April 20, the company said that it signed a deal to build six 11,000-TEU containerships for European and Asian shipping companies.


Five Minutes with Halul Offshore CEO, Vivek Seth

Halul Offshore’s goal is a fleet of 50 boats by mid-2016

Last month Maritime Reporter spent some time with Vivek Seth, CEO, of Qatar-based Halul Offshore  Services Company, for his insights on the impact of low oil prices in the Middle East and beyond.   What is your background? I became part of the Milaha family when I joined Halul


Great Lakes Shipyard Awarded Ferry Repair Contract

Photo courtesy of Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard has been awarded a drydocking contract for Miller Boat Line’s M/V Put-In-Bay.   The ferry was hauled out using the 770-ton capacity Marine Travelift at Great Lakes Shipyard. The repair contract includes drydocking, inspection and repairs


Drydocks World, Maritime World Win ADNOC Awards

Photo: Drydocks World

Drydocks World and Maritine World, international service provider to the shipping, offshore, oil, gas and energy sectors, have been recognized at the ADNOC HSE awards for bringing safety and environment benefits to the industry in partnership with the National Drilling Company (NDC).


SCA Stresses US Shipyards' Role to National Security

Photo by John Whalen (Huntington Ingalls Industries)

The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), a national trade association representing the nation’s shipbuilding and repair industry is hosting a fly-in beginning today. More than 85 members of SCA will participate to share the strength of America’s shipbuilding and repair industry


Sembawang Bags Teekay's FSO Conversion Project

Image: Sembcorp Marine Ltd

 Sembcorp Marine’s wholly-owned subsidiary Sembawang Shipyard has secured a Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) conversion contract worth S$56 million from Teekay for the Gina Krog Field in the North Sea.   Sembawang Shipyard will work closely with Teekay to convert the shuttle


Siemens Wins Vessel Electrical Installation Contract

Nautilus Minerals Inc. announces that the order for the supply of the entire electrical installation for the production support vessel has been awarded to Siemens International Trading (Shanghai) Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens AG.  


Underway on LNG

Dennis Bryant

On 17 January 1955, Commander Eugene P. Wilkinson, USN, the first Commanding Officer of USS Nautilus (SSN 571) signaled the memorable and historic message “Underway on nuclear power.”  Underway on LNG has an opportunity to signal an equally significant change in the merchant






 
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