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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

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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


$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

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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


Barge Ballast Pumps Run Smooth with Vesconite

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Vertical turbine pumps keep barges trimmed and balanced by moving water ballast. Bearing failure at this critical time is not an option. Vesconite Hilube, an internally-lubricated polymer that can be used in wet and corrosive conditions, outperforms traditional bushing materials


Shipping Confidence at 7-year Low -Survey

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Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry fell during the three months to May 2015 to a level equal to the lowest rating recorded in the past seven years, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens


Confidence Low in Shipping Idustry

Image: International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)

 Confidence levels in the global shipping market have fallen to a seven-year low as a glut of cargo ships, weak freight rates and excess liquidity continue to batter the industry, a survey by Moore Stephens, a London-based consulting firm finds.  


Greek Shipping Mulls Cyprus Move

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 Greek shipping companies are looking into moving to Cyprus due to the instability and uncertainty in Greece, it emerged, reports Cyprus News Agency.   The director general of the Cypriot Shipping Chamber, Thomas Kazakos, said that a small number of Greek shippers have contacted


Privinvest May Buy Stake in ABG Shipyard

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 India's largest private shipbuilding company ABG Shipyard is in talks with Privinvest Holding SAL to sell stake. A report says that Privinvest is expected to acquire up to 49% stake in ABG.     A report in the ET NOW says both the companies entered into an exclusivity period for


Russian Ship Collides with Icelandic Coast Guard Vessels

STS Kruzenshtern. Photo by Barque Kruzenshtern

 The Russian tall ship Kruzenshtern collided with the Icelandic Coastguard patrol ships Þór and Týr, which were docked at the quayside. Both Icelandic vessels sustained damage.   “These things can happen when a big ship is approaching the quay, or leaving it


Malaysian Tanker Missing

Picture source: Orkim Ship Management Sdn Bhd

 The Malaysian-registered vessel MT Orkim Harmony carrying 6,000 metric tonnes of RON95 petrol went missing in the South China Sea near Johor on Thursday (June 11). The tanker was sailing from Malacca to Kuantan Port.     Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has expressed his


Hijacked Tanker Located in Cambodian Waters

MT Orkim Harmony. Pic: Magna Meridian Sdn Bhd

 MT Orkim Harmony, the fuel-laden Malaysian tanker that “disappeared” off the east coast of Johor last Thursday has been detected in Cambodian waters, according to Chief of Navy Admiral Abdul Aziz Jaafar says a report in Bernama.  


Newport News to Host JAMF Ground-breaking Event

Newport News Shipbuilding to host ground-breaking ceremony for aircraft carrier and submarine production facility   Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding subsidiary will hold a ground-breaking ceremony for its new Joint Manufacturing and Assembly Facility (JMAF) on Monday


Usiminas to Cancel Iron Ore Shipment Contract

Brazilian steelmaker Usiminas intends to cancel its iron ore shipment contract with the Sudeste Port, a private terminal near Rio de Janeiro, the port said on Friday.   The statement did not say how much Usinas Siderurgicas de Minas Gerais SA, as the company is formally known


Schottel: Propelling Inland Waterways for 65 Years

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Since the 1950’s, SCHOTTEL propels inland waterway vessels with Z-drives and individually fitted thruster concepts. On the Amazon River Schottel thrusters, modified especially for shallow draft operation with a flat bottom nozzle that is partially integrated into the vessels hull


New Fast Small Ship Simulator

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A new Fast Small Ship Simulator for training crews working on high speed boats is in development. Together with Cruden and Tree C Technology, the Royal Dutch Naval Defense School and the Royal Dutch Navy’s Surface Assault Training Group


Submarine John Warner Delivered Ahead of Schedule

The submarine John Warner (SSN 785) delivered on June 19, 2015, two and a half months ahead of schedule. Photo by Chris Oxley/HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division delivered the submarine John Warner (SSN 785) to the U.S. Navy today. The Virginia-class submarine, the first to be named for a person, was delivered two and a half months ahead of schedule.  


Exxon, BP Defer Canadian Arctic Drilling

Beaufort Sea. Photo: NOAA

 As Imperial Oil, as senior partner in the northern venture with ExxonMobil and BP, told Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) that the exploration program has been deferred, the plan to revive arctic gas and oil drilling in deep Canadian waters of the Beaufort Sea ground to a halt.


Statoil Cancels Rig Contract, COSL Cuts Jobs

COSLPioneer. Photo by COSL Drilling Europe

 COSL Drilling Europe is reportedly being forced to make 229 rig staff redundant as a result of Statoil’s decision to cancel the charter for semi-submersible unit COSL Pioneer.   Statoil announced the termination of contract since 8 October 2014






 
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