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People & Company News: Kings of the Crewboat

By Larry Pearson Family businesses are not only numerous in the offshore vessel owners arena, but among the shipyards that build these boats as well. Gulf Craft, owned by the Tibbs family, is an excellent example of a company that has been building aluminum boats during the last five decades and has prospered under two generations of family ownership, and is positioned for a smooth transition to the third generation. The shipyard is located in Patterson, La., along Bayou Teche. The yard was founded by Scott Tibbs in 1965 and began by building small aluminum vessels of all kinds. By the early 1970's, Gulf Craft built its first crew boat for Norman McCall Boat Rentals, a 75-ft. vessel named the Joseph Alan. Since then they have built over 50 additional crew/supply boats for McCall and the present company Seacor Marine. "Over the past 30 years there has almost always been a McCall or Seacor Crew vessel under construction at Gulf Craft," Scott Tibbs said. Scott's three sons Scott II, Kevin and Bryant began their shipyard careers early in life, Scott II (or Scottie) remembers. " We began working in the yard as teenagers after school and in the summer." Today Scottie (41) is Comptroller, Kevin (40) is President and Bryant (39) is the Purchasing Agent. Scott, now 64, has turned the operation of the shipyard over to his three sons.


NNS Supports SCA Welding Education Program

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Huntington Ingalls Industries informs that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has donated training materials to the Southern Carolina Regional Development Alliance (SCA) for a welding program in Allendale County, S.C. The SCA's Advanced Manufacturing Skills Training Program has already provided 47 students with welding training. The SCA is now working to expand the program by implementing curricula developed and used by Newport News Shipbuilding


Newport News Reports Flat 4Q Earnings

Military ship and submarine builder Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. on Friday posted flat fourth-quarter earnings, but beat targets in part on a ramp-up in activity on the Virginia-class submarine and a stock buyback that cut the number of shares outstanding. For 2001, the company said revenues would be even with last year, as first-quarter revenues are hurt by submarine volume reported in the last quarter of 2000. Still, per-share profits should grow due to improved margins.


Eastern Shipbuilding Looking for Workers

According to a Dec. 6 report from the News Herald, Eastern Shipbuilding Group is looking to hire 80 to 100 additional full-time employees, a company official said Wednesday, at a time when multiple area companies have announced temporary or permanent job cuts. Eastern Shipbuilding currently needs pipefitters, heavy equipment operators, painters, carpenters, inside/outside machinists and welders. (Source: News Herald)


Gadot Chemical Tankers Wins US$80-million International Arbitration

The sale of Gadot Chemical Terminals and Tankers Ltd. by Israel Discount Bank (TASE: DSCT ) will be able to move forward, after the London Maritime Arbitration Association ruled in the company's favor in the hearing against a Chinese shipyard from which it ordered four ships in 2007, reports Globes [online], Israel business news. The arbitration tribunal awarded Gadot $80 million, which it will receive in a few weeks, and which will reduce its debt and boost its value.


Korea Shipbuilder Wins US$400-M Greek Order

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Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., South Korea’s second-largest shipbuilder, says it has signed a contract to build 4 tankships for Maran Tankers Management, a unit of Greece’s largest shipper Angelicoussis Group, according to Yonhap News. Daewoo Shipbuilding plans to deliver the tankers by 2016, the company informed Yonhap in an e-mailed statement. The two companies have also signed a separate contract with an option to change the tankers' bunker-C oil-fuelled


Score One For The Crews

In a good news/bad news ruling, a London judge ruled in an appeal case that a crew's rights to wages from the proceeds of a vessel's sale took precedence over a bank holding a mortgage over the ship. The claim centered on the sale in 1997 of the vessel Turiddu after the First National Bank of Maryland obtained judgment as mortgagees against the owners, the Maltese Pius Shipping Company, for $1.67 million.


$70M Canadian Offshore Oil Contract Awarded

According to a Nov. 10 report from CBC News, A major contract has been awarded to start work on Newfoundland and Labrador's Hebron offshore oil project. U.S. construction company Peter Kiewit has won a $70m contract for engineering and site preparation. The work will be done at Bull Arm fabrication site in eastern Newfoundland. Kiewit is sharing the work with Aker Solutions, and Exxon Mobil is leading the consortium to develop Hebron.


Brazil Port Blaze Pushes Sugar Prices to Year's High

Photo courtesy Port of Santos

A fire in the Copersuca company's huge sugar terminal in the Port of Santos has burnt some 180,000 tonnes of raw sugar, damaging six warehouses and pushing international prices to a one-year high. reports the BBC News. The authorities in the port of Santos informed the BBC it took six hours to bring the fire under control, while the cause of the fire is unknnown and the cause of the blaze is still being investigated.


OSX Korea Shipyard to Build 5 Peru Navy Patrol Boats

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STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co. has signed a deal with the defense ministry of Peru to build five patrol ships for 75 billion won (US$71.3 million) reports Yonhap News. Citing the shipbuilders, Yonhap adds that STX will deliver the ships by the end of 2015, and that in March 2012, the company signed a first contract for building the same type of ships with Colombia's defense ministry. Source: Yonhap News


AlphaEye Allows Real-time Audio Visual Support

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Alphatron Marine’s robustly designed AlphaEye is a next generation service communication tool offering the capability to have an extra set of eyes “onboard.” With the AlphaEye, the crew onboard can call through a dedicated (satellite from 128kb


Nick Sloane Joins Resolve Marine Group

Nick Sloane and Joe Farrell (Photo: Resolve Marine Group)

Sloane to oversee operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa as Resolve Marine Group expands global response presence   Senior Salvage Master Nick Sloane has joined the senior management team at Resolve Marine Group., aiming to help guide the global growth of the marine services


Drones Allow Surveys Without Scaffolds

Photo: DNV GL

DNV GL has completed several tests using drones to support hull surveys of vessels. Using drones to visually check the condition of remote structural components has the potential to significantly reduce survey times and staging costs, while at the same time improving safety for the surveyors


Happy 50th Birthday, Greg Trauthwein

“Throwback Thursday” from the Maritime Reporter archives: Greg at the wheel on a sailing excursion off the coasts of Italy and France in August 2011

Greg Trauthwein, Editor and Associate Publisher, today celebrates his 50th birthday. Since first manning the editor’s desk at New Wave Media’s flagship publication Maritime Reporter & Engineering News in 1992, Greg has helped grow the publishing house’s offering of world


Chemical Container Blaze Restricts Brazil's Santos Port

Up to a dozen containers carrying chemicals caught fire at a terminal at Brazil's largest port of Santos on Thursday, restricting ship movement, representatives of the port authority Codesp said.   The fire at the container terminal operated by logistics company Localfrio in Guaruja


Lifted Iran Sanction Frees Up $2.8 Bln in Tanker Tonnage

Image: VesselsValue.com

 With recent news that sanctions against Iran are to be lifted, the world tanker fleet is due to see an additional 14.1 million DWT of Iranian tankers freed to trade globally. This tonnage is valued today at nearly $2.8 billion, according to VesselsValue.com.  


Green Signal for Iranian Tankers in European Ports

Image: National Iranian Tanker Company

 The Mehr News Agency reports that the British Lloyd's Register Group has canceled one sanction against Iran’s oil industry by issuing certificates for commute of Iranian oil tankers to the ports and oil terminals of European Union.  


DP World to Develop Russian Ports

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 Dubai-based port operator DP World and the Russian Direct Investment Fund have launched a joint venture to develop ports, transportation and logistics infrastructure in Russia.   Signed on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland


MSC Monica Aground on St. Lawrence River

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 MSC Monica, Mediterranean Shipping Company container vessel, ran aground on the St. Lawrence River near Saint-Laurent, between Bécancour and Levis.   The box ship left Montreal and headed down the river, but suffered steering gear failure


Statoil's LNG Price for Lithuania to Fall by a Third

Photo: Klaipeda LNG Terminal

 Liquefied natural gas (LNG) price from Norwegian company Statoil ASA for Lithuania is set to fall by more than one-third and the Klaipeda LNG terminal's maintenance costs are to decline by around 23% after Lithuania's gas trade company Litgas completed talks with the Norwegian supplier on a


Electric Boats Look Bullish

Image: General Dynamics Electric Boat

 General Dynamics Electric Boat expects to hire nearly 4,000 people in the coming years as it ramps up production on Navy submarines, the Associated Press reports.   Electric Boat is projecting a positive outlook for 2016 for revenue and employment, saying 1


Norway Trials New Age of E-navigation

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The Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) initiated the first full-scale trial of e-navigation in Norwegian waters in conjunction with e-navigation technology and services company NAVTOR. The test sees the ferry MS Stavangerfjord digitally sharing its routing information with NCA via


Norwegian Cruise to Expand in Europe

Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line

 The Miami-based cruise operator Norwegian Cruise Line has announced its ground-breaking summer 2017 deployment for Europe with for the first time in company history five ships sailing in European waters as well as regular cruises out of Hamburg


SS United States: Deal Reportedly brokered to Save Historic Ship

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A deal has been brokered to save the historic liner SS United States, with full details scheduled to be announced in New York City on Thursday, February 4, 2016.   Once the queen of the express liners, and the fastest, safest and biggest passenger liner in history


Newport News Shipbuilding Rings in 130 Years

Dry Dock 1 at Newport News Shipbuilding is flooded prior to the official opening celebration of the shipyards first dry dock on April 24, 1889.  The Puritan-class monitor USS Puritan waits beyond the dry dock’s gate to enter. (Photo: HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division kicked off its 130th anniversary celebration January 28.   Newport News, the sole designer, builder and refueler of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and one of two providers of U.S






 
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