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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

Welder at work: File photo

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.


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.


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)


Korea Shipbuilder Wins US$400-M Greek Order

Contract: File image

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


$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.


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.


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

Image courtesy STX

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


China Snow Dragon Arctic

Pic: Arctic Frontiers

 The melting Arctic presents a geopolitical challenge and it is the last bit of unclaimed land left on our quickly heating globe. A report in the Worldcrunch analyses why China is suddenly so interested in the Arctic.   China is now becoming more involved primarily because of issues


Iran War Games Target Mock-up U.S. Ship

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards staged war games in the Strait of Hormuz on Wednesday, including a gunboat attack on a model U.S. warship, in Tehran's latest display of military muscle in a Gulf shipping channel vital to world oil exports.


This Week's Top Stories

     Concept art for the Shearer Group and Conrad Shipyards LNG powered towboat

  The top stories this week covered everything from a DP system failure, a facelift for a WWII torpedo boat, and some mysterious tankers off the coast of Philadelphia.   The tanker Olympic Flag was carrying 650,000 barrels of Angolan crude when it dropped anchor seven miles off the


Apprentices Graduate to Newport News Shipbuilding

(From left) The Apprentice School Director Everett Jordan presented the school’s 10,000th graduate, Sara Ruggles, with a plaque to commemorate the milestone as Newport News Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin and Newport News Shipbuilding Vice President of Trade Operations Ray Bagley joined other shipyard leadership in applause. Photo by John Whalen/HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted commencement exercises Saturday to graduate 157 apprentices from the company's Apprentice School located at Newport News Shipbuilding. The graduation, held at the Liberty Baptist Church Worship Center in Hampton


West Coast Ports Dispute and US Economy

Image by Pacific Maritime Association

 A face-off between economists on the cost of West Coast port slowdown on U.S. economy. Vital shipping ports on the West Coast are closing amid a labor dispute between shipping companies and longshoremen.  Will the shutdown lead to major losses for businesses and the U.S


Taiwanese Captain Arrested in Australia

Photo: China Steel Developer

The Australian Federal Police have arrested the captain of a Chinese coal ship -China Steel Developer- for sailing through part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park without a pilot.    Sources said that the captain — a Taiwanese national by the name of Lu — will plead


Labor Secretary to Intervene in U.S. Port Dispute

A partial shutdown of 29 U.S. West Coast ports stretched into a third day on Monday ahead of the U.S. labor secretary's scheduled arrival in San Francisco to try to broker a settlement ending months of disruptions on the cargo-clogged docks.


West Coast Ports Reopen, Labor Sec. Arrives for Talks

U.S. West Coast ports that were closed to incoming cargo vessels during the holiday weekend reopened in full on Tuesday as Labor Secretary Tom Perez arrived in San Francisco seeking to broker a settlement ending months of shipping disruptions.


Port Canaveral Launches New Website

    Port Canaveral (courtesy of portcanaveral.com)

Port Canaveral launched a new website this week at www.portcanaveral.com, the Canaveral Port Authority announced today. “Our goal across all business lines is to provide the best experience possible and this upgrade to our website helps us achieve that goal because our website often is the


Japan-EU Ties for Anti-Piracy

Image by European External Action Service

 Japan and the European Union are strengthening antipiracy cooperation in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia, helping an international mission to reduce the number of attacks by pirates on commercial vessels to just two in 2014 from 174 in 2011, Japan’s Jiji Press news agency reported.


Union Rejects Oil Refinery Contract Offer

Union negotiators on Thursday rejected the latest contract offer from oil companies and said the largest U.S. refinery strike since 1980 may spread to more plants beyond the 11 where walkouts are underway. The United Steelworkers union (USW) said in a message to members and news media that the


LNG Shipping Rates Nosedive

LNG Ship (Source: Shell)

 With LNG prices down as slowing demand combines with rising output, the cost to ship super-chilled natural gas has also tumbled to the lowest level in more than four years and is forecast to fall further, reports Bloomberg    According to Andrew Buckland


Egypt's Suez Canal Revenue at $434.8 mln

File photo of Suez Canal Photo by Wikipedia

  Revenues from the Suez Canal stood at $434.8 million in January, the state news agency said on Saturday, down from $445.5 million in December. The fastest shipping route between Europe and Asia is one of Egypt's main sources of foreign currency.


US Beef, Pork Stocks Rise as Port Dispute Ends

Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures will likely edge upward on Monday on short-covering and last weekend's West Coast labor dispute agreement, traders said. Cargo loading and unloading resumed full operations on Saturday after shipping companies and union dock workers reached a


Georgia joins US in Maritime Operation

Pic: Coast Guard Department of the Border Police of Georgia.

 The U.S. and Georgian maritime sectors rolled out new Joint Maritime Operations Center (JMOC), which was built at the Coast Guard Supsa Radar Station on the Black Sea coast, reports Azer News.   JMOC was established under the Coast Guard Department of Georgia's Internal Ministry and






 
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