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Chet Morrison Add New Hires

Metin Gezer

Chet Morrison Contractors hired industry veteran Metin Gezer as Vice President of Land Construction Services. Gezer is one of several recent leadership additions who will provide support and infrastructure to foster the growth of the company’s construction services for both onshore and marine environments. Gezer brings over 25 years of planning and operations experience in the oil and gas industry, both domestically and internationally, and has a background in midstream, refining, petro-chemicals, pipelines, industrial gases and specialty chemicals. He has previously held management positions with BP, Exxon Mobil and Shell Oil, and most recently ran a private consulting firm for operations management.  Gezer will oversee the operational planning and execution of Chet Morrison Contractors’ growing portfolio of onshore construction projects for oil and gas clients. Joining Gezer’s management team will be Darrell Ketchum, who will serve as Manager of Planning and Scheduling for the Land Construction division. Ketchum brings over 30 years of technical and managerial experience in engineering, construction, facilities and commissioning projects in both the land and marine sectors. Derick Bourg, now the Vice President of the Fabrication and Offshore Construction department, has headed the Harvey Fabrication Facility for Chet Morrison Contractors for the last 16 years, most recently adding Offshore Construction to his responsibilities

GE Capital Provides $16m in Marine Fleet Financing to the Dutra

photo: GE Capital

GE Capital Corporate Finance provided $16 million in equipment financing to the Dutra Group, Inc.  The funds refinance existing debt used to support the company’s marine fleet.  Headquartered in San Rafael, CA, the Dutra Group focuses on dredging and marine construction along the west coast, and produces and distributes aggregate materials to support construction projects primarily in northern California.

ABG Shipyard Wins Orders from Sea Tankers

ABG Shipyard Ltd has bagged a repeat order for construction projects from Sea Tankers Management Company Ltd. The company would construct six anchor handling tug vessels each for a price of $9.99m aggregating $59.94m, for Sea Tankers, a part of John Fredriksen's Group. The six vessels will be delivered at an interval of three months each beginning from December 2007, and ending March 2009. With this repeat order for six more vessels the company has an order for total 12 vessels from Sea

Panama Canal Reviews Bids for Expansion Construction Project

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) officially began reviewing bids for the first construction project under the Canal's expansion program on last Friday, July 6. Submissions to perform the dry excavation of the new Pacific Locks access channel will be thoroughly reviewed and a winner will be determined in the coming weeks. In a ceremony, the ACP opened each bid submission. After reviewing them, the proposal that meets all of the project's criteria and needs, with the best price

Rowan Obtains Contract for Jack-up Gorilla II

The two-year commitment is planned to begin in January 2009 and expected to provide approximately $137 million in drilling revenues. The rig will be performing drilling services as well as assisting with various construction projects. Rowan Companies Inc. provides international and domestic contract drilling services and owns and operates a manufacturing division that produces equipment for the drilling, mining and timber industries.

Aveva: New Paper on Integrated Steelwork and 3D Plant Design

Photo: Aveva

Paper highlights how integrating structural steelwork and plant layout design can reduce project cost, risk and delivery time Aveva released ‘Bolting it all together,’ the latest in its series of business papers, which discusses how integrating structural steelwork and plant layout design can reduce project cost, risk and delivery time. The paper explores the considerable business advantage that EPCs and Shipbuilders, working on plant/offshore projects

Report: Gulf Coast Economic Recovery Remains Mixed

Employment statistics, sales tax collections, large construction projects and other key economic indicators point to an accelerating recovery in many Gulf Coast communities damaged by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. Economic growth driven by construction and manufacturing in Pascagoula, Miss., and Lake Charles, La., parallels the aggressive recovery patterns that most regions encounter following a major natural disaster

Global, Flour Agreement, Middle East

Global Industries, Ltd. (NASDAQ:GLBL) announced today that it has entered into an exclusive agreement with Fluor Offshore Solutions, a division of Fluor Corporation (NYSE:FLR), to pursue offshore projects in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The exclusive agreement, which will build on the combined 60 years of offshore experience of both companies, will jointly market and perform offshore construction projects for the oil and gas industry within the MENA region

Thomas Jelenić Joins Parsons Brinckerhoff

Thomas Jelenić

Thomas Jelenić has been named Senior Ports and Marine Manager in the Los Angeles office of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering and program/construction management organization. In his new position, Mr. Jelenić is responsible for leading and supporting port environmental planning and design projects as well as helping to expand the firm’s ports practice in California

Air Draft Alert: Bayonne Bridge Struck Twice this Year

Bayonne Bridge: Wiki CCL credit Lamune

The Bayonne Bridge is undergoing a two-year construction project to raise the roadway an average of 65 feet. The Captain of the Port, New York-New Jersey says that it has been struck twice in the past 4 months. The Captain of the Port, New York-New Jersey, has issued a reminder about the importance of providing accurate information clearance information, and warns that civil penalties may be pursued against any vessel owner

Harkand Completes $10.5 mln DSV Upgrade

Swordfish (Photo: Harkand)

Harkand informs it has completed the $10.5 million upgrade of its Gulf of Mexico based dive support vessel (DSV) Swordfish. Originally built in 2007, the Swordfish is the youngest DSV in this region. The fully International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) compliant, ABS classed

Damen Pumps for Brazilian Harbor Construction

DOP250 fully assembled hanging crane-LR

  Damen delivered two complete DOP packages to Acciona Infraestructuras, S.A., a Spanish construction company. The DOP submersible dredge pumps are being used in a large harbour construction project in Brazil. The DOP pumps empty concrete caissons to be able to reposition these as a

Fugro's GeoWing Trial Successful

  Fugro has undertaken successful trials of its new GeoWing, a system designed to detect low ferrous content unexploded ordnance (UXO) items in challenging marine environments. The new GeoWing system is especially beneficial for subsea construction projects

Tough Times Loom for Offshore Energy Insurance -IUMI

Speaking at this year’s IUMI conference in Berlin, Simon Williams, Chairman of IUMI’s offshore energy committee reported continuous growth in the sector with 2015 capacity reaching around $7 billion, though he cautioned that $5.5 billion was more realistic.  

Port of LA to Start Yusen Terminal Improvements

Photo: Port of Los Angeles

Project will enhance wharf, rail and yard infrastructure to optimize terminal operations   The Port of Los Angeles will begin construction this summer on a two-year project to improve the marine container terminal operated by Yusen Terminals LLC

Drydocks World Completes World’s Largest Turret

Drydocks World marks key milestone in completing the worlds largest turret

  Drydocks World the leading provider of maritime and offshore services to the shipping, oil, gas and energy sectors marked a major milestone in successfully completing the world’s largest turret mooring system with His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President

Two Dead in Petrobras Offshore Accident

Two workers died at a construction project at a Brazilian oil terminal operated by state-run Petrobras on Tuesday, adding to a string of fatal and life-threatening accidents, a union representing oil workers said in a statement. The workers drowned after scaffolding they were erecting collapsed

General Cargo Dominates Seaway Traffic in June

Photo courtesy of The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership

June was an active month for U.S. ports receiving a variety of general cargo shipments through the St. Lawrence Seaway. “What’s notable about the June tonnage numbers were increases in the export of U.S. grain to Europe and the import of aluminum and steel to the ports of Cleveland

Great Lakes Towing Company Adds 4 Harbor Tugs

Tug Michigan (Photo: Great Lakes Towing Company)

The Great Lakes Towing Company, which operates the largest fleet of shipdocking tugboats on the U.S. Great Lakes-Saint Lawrence Seaway, has announced the addition of four more tugboats to its fleet. The four newly purchased tugs will be named after four of the Great Lakes; Tug Michigan

Fugro Lands Geotechnical Investigation


  The planned 18 kilometre-long immersed tunnel will connect Denmark and Germany as part of the Scandinavian-Mediterranean corridor, one of the EU’s nine priority network corridors. Detailed knowledge of the subsurface soil properties is key for the proper design and execution of this

New Standard for Offshore O&G Project by DNV GL Led JIP is Cost Saving

DNV GL has kicked off a joint industry project (JIP) with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Company (DSME) and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) that will establish a new international

  Variations in owner, operator and regulatory requirements during engineering and construction phases at South Korean shipyards present a huge challenge for operators and drive up costs. DNV GL has kicked off a joint industry project (JIP) with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI)

Keppel Makes a Clean Sweep at WSH Awards


  Keppel Group has clinched 35 awards at this year's Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Awards, organised by the Workplace Safety and Health Council (WSHC) and Ministry of Manpower (MOM), Singapore. It is the highest number of awards won by a single organisation this year.

Redesigned LaGuardia Airport to Include Ferry Terminal

Rendering shows plans for LaGuardias new Marine Air Terminal site (Image: Governor Cuomo’s office)

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Delta Air Lines are set to overhaul New York’s notoriously outdated and publically criticized LaGuardia Airport, replacing four separate terminals with a single, connected one that will include a ferry terminal.  

Australian PM Promises 2500 Shipbuilding Jobs

Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia. Photo: Commonwealth of Australia

 Up to 2,500 shipbuilding jobs in Adelaide will be safe for "all time", the Prime Minister says, ahead of the expected announcement to build a new fleet of Navy ships worth $39 billion, reports ABC.   However, he said naval shipbuilding jobs in Adelaide would drop from about

Tidewater Logs 1Q 2016 Loss

The most versatile vessels in the Tidewater fleet are the AHTS

  Tidewater Inc. announced today a first quarter net loss for the period ended June 30, 2015, of $15.1 million, or $0.32 per common share, on revenues of $304.8 million. For the same quarter last year, net earnings were $43.7 million, or $0.88 per common share, on revenues of $385.7 million

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