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Offshore Services Chooses MarineCFO Software

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MarineCFO Inc., a provider of Marine Software including On-Vessel, Marine Operations, Personnel, Fleet Maintenance and Financial Management Software Solutions to the Marine Transportation Industry, announced that International Offshore Services has chosen to implement the full MarineCFO Enterprise software suite. International Offshore Services, LLC was formed in 2006 by combining International Marine (started in 1996) and International Construction Group. Through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, International Offshore Services provides offshore services, including construction barges and offshore support vessels. The company employs over 450 individuals, has the largest number of utility boats in the Gulf of Mexico, and is headquartered in Larose, La.


Dolphin Offshore Lines up Investments

Dolphin Offshore Enterprises (India) Ltd., an offshore construction and ship repair company for the oil and gas industry, has lined up investments worth Rs 1,000 crore over the next 5-6 years, a senior company official said. Dolphin has already invested $35m in the initial expansion plans like acquiring ships. Offshore construction being its main focus, Dolphin is looking at moving up the value chain with bigger contracts and would invest Rs 200 crore for expansion in this field.


Storm Sets Barges Adrift in Hudson River

Multiple sources reported that two large construction barges moored near the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York broke free and floated down the Hudson River. Strong winds from a recent snowstorm caused the barges to break from their moorings and float down the river, one traveling as far as 15 miles before being recovered. Both barges have been put back into place. There has been no report of injuries. The Associated Press pointed out that this is not the first time a barge has broken free


Senesco Signs Contracts

Southeastern New England Shipbuilding Corporation announced that it has signed contracts for the construction of three barges and pier floats that have an estimated value of approximately $3 million. The first contract is for the Hughes Marine out of New Jersey. The contract calls for the construction of a 160 ft. deck barge. This project, the fourth such project Senesco has handled for Hughes, is expected to take eight weeks.


Update on Acta Marine's 'Shoalbuster' Fleet Deployment

Shoalbusters: Photo courtesy of Acta Marine

Shallow water offshore support services operator Acta Marine gives an update on the worldwide deployment of its specialized vessels. In Asia the Coastal Victory is engaged upon offshore support activities with a shallow draft pipe lay vessel in Korea and Taiwan. This 50TBP Multi-purpose Anchor Handling vessel is well positioned to support new maritime infrastructure projects in this growing region. In the Middle East


Cal Dive Sells Off its GofM Surface Diving Fleet

Image courtesy of Cal Dive

Cal Dive International says it has sold its U.S. Gulf of Mexico shallow water surface diving fleet to a privately held company for cash of US$18.5-million and a 19.9% minority interest in the entity acquiring the assets. Cal Dive explains that the assets sold are comprised of eight surface diving vessels and miscellaneous inventory and equipment and it anticipates recording a gain during the second quarter as a result of the transaction


Laborde Delivers Engines to Tugboat

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An expert in ocean and coastal towing, Smith Maritime, needed dependable diesel power when its 90 ft Elsbeth III was in need of repowering prior to towing the 520 ft USS Hoyt S. Vandenberg to the Florida Keys.  The Vandenberg was sunk six miles offshore, becoming Florida's largest artificial reef.  The company turned to Laborde Products, who had previously supplied Smith Maritime with Mitsubishi heavy-duty marine propulsion engines and ordered three new 1


Senesco Marine Lands Barge Contract

Senesco Marine signed a contract to build a 100,000-barrel double-hulled liquid fuel barge for Reinauer Transportation. Over the past year, Senesco Marine has delivered two 80,000-barrel double-hulled barges and is currently working on two more for delivery this year. Both 80,000-barrel barges currently under construction are well ahead of schedule, something Senesco Marine CEO Gary Schuler attributes to the company's new on time design, build and delivery process


Bollinger Delivers ATB Unit to Bouchard

Bollinger delivers the ATB unit, B. No. 282 and tug Ellen S. Bouchard, the second of two 80,000 BBL OPA’90 tank barges and retrofitted tug to Bouchard. Bollinger Gretna, LLC, Harvey, La., and Bollinger Algiers, L.L.C, two Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., facilities, have completed the new construction of the second of two 80,000 barrel (BBL) OPA’90 compliant tank barges, as well as the retrofit and conversion of a Bouchard tug, respectfully, to Bouchard Coastwise Management Corp


Conrad Industries New Contract Award

Conrad Industries, Inc. (OTC Pink Sheets: CNRD.PK) announced that it has been awarded a contract for the construction of a shallow draft dredge with a value of $13.1m. The United States Army Corps of Engineers awarded the contract to Conrad for the design and construction of a 156-ft self-propelled, shallow draft, split hull hopper dredge for the Wilmington District. The dredge will operate year round in coastal inlets from Florida to Maine


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


HMS Prince of Wales Bridge Sets Sail

Photo: BAE Systems

The bridge section of the second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier set sail today from Glasgow on its first sea voyage to Rosyth.   Upper Block 07 is where HMS Prince of Wales will be commanded atop the flight deck and is known as the Forward Island


VT Halter Powers Ahead

“The secret of VTHM’s success is our ability to harness existing commercial and defense-related project ‘know-how’ and integrate it with emerging technologies.  Our ability to do government and commercial work in one facility is one of the things that makes VT Halter a little different.”  Bill Skinner, CEO,  VT Halter Marine

If you drive just south of I-10 in Pascagoula, Miss., within 10 minutes you find yourself on the doorstep of VT Halter Marine, arguably one of the more diverse and active shipyards in the U.S. The company, which is a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc


Strong FY 16 Funding Approved for Corps

   Today the House Appropriations Committee, led by Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY), approved by unanimous voice vote the FY ’16 Energy & Water Development (E&WD) and Related Agencies appropriations bill, significantly increasing funding in Fiscal Year 2016 for the U.S


Funding Boosted for USACE Civil Works Program

Michael J. Toohey (Photo: WCI)

House Appropriations Committee approves strong FY ’16 funding for Corps with full use of all estimated inland waterways trust fund annual revenues   The U.S. House Appropriations Committee, led by Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY), today approved by unanimous voice vote the FY ’16


Keel laying Ceremony of Damen PSVs for Atlantic Towing

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  In a keel laying ceremony attended by key client representatives, Damen Shipyards Galaţimarked the start of construction of two Platform Supply Vessels – PSV 5000 – for Canadian maritime services provider Atlantic Towing. The 90-metre vessels are part of a multiple vessel order


Delivery Begins for HMS Prince of Wales Bridge

(Photo courtesy of BAE Systems)

The bridge section of the U.K.’s second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier has been loaded out of its dock hall in Glasgow ahead of its first sea voyage to Rosyth.   Upper Block 07 is where HMS Prince of Wales will be commanded atop the flight deck and is known as the Forward


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


Chevron Hires Norce Endeavour for Thailand Ops

Norce Endeavour. Pic courtesy: Solstad Offshore ASA

 Solstad Offshore ASA (SOFF) has fixed the 2011-built 18,000 dwt crane barge Norce Endeavour to Chevron for work in Thailand next year for around 200 days.   Solstad has received confirmation from Chevron in Thailand for the 2016 Offshore Installation Campaign utilizing its Derrick Lay


Vigor’s Tacoma Yard Delivers Breasting Barges to Foss

Photo courtesy of Vigor Industrial

Vigor Industrial expands its newbuild capacity in Washington; Tacoma yard delivers three breasting barges   Fabrication teams at Vigor Industrial’s Tacoma, Wash. shipyard have delivered three 60’ x 24’ x 15.5’ breasting barges to Foss Maritime


Solving the LNG Propulsion Puzzle

GTT’s membrane technology is Class certified by all major regulatory agencies and has been in service since 1967, encompassing over 300 LNG ships to date.

The last piece of the LNG infrastructure puzzle, in the form of North America’s first LNG bunker barge, falls into place at Conrad’s Orange, Texas Shipyard. With continued debate over new emissions standards and compliance dates hanging over the heads of operators in the Emission


WCI Praises Increased USACE Funding

WCI today praised the leadership of House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Energy & Water Development (E&WD) Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson (R-ID) that led to unanimous approval of a bill that will significantly increase funding in FY 2016 for the U


Design Standards for US Barges Carrying LNG

The U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG) Office of Design and Engineering Standards released CG-ENG Policy Letter 02-15 to provide interim guidance for the design standards for barges carrying liquefied natural gas in bulk.   As interest in the use of LNG as a maritime fuel has increased


AWO Urges for Congressional Support

At the Annual Barge-In, members of the American Waterways Operators discuss economic, environmental and commercial issues with members of Congress. (Photo: American Waterways Operators)

Nation's Tugboat, Towboat and Barge Industry to Call on Congress: Urge Support for Vessel Discharge Reforms, American Jobs and Waterways Reliability   The American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national trade association representing the tugboat, towboat and barge industry


Spotlight on Intermodal River Transport

Photo: Ingram Barge Company

Ingram Barge Company’s towboat, the M/V Miss Shirley, arrived at America’s Central Port in Granite City, Illinois, transporting containers via barge as part of a demonstration to show the viability of intermodal river transportation.  






 
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