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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. www.gecapital.com


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


Sonsub Contracts New 280ft Vessel

Sonsub Inc. recently signed a 3 year charter agreement with Otto Candies, LLC for a New Build IMR Construction Vessel. The yet to be named 280ft, Class II DP Vessel includes a 100T tele-knuckle boom crane, a 20’ X 25’ moon pool, accommodations for 66 personnel, and outfitted with one or two 200Hp Innovator ROV systems depending upon the project and client requirements. The vessel will be the first and only US flagged vessel in the GOM capable of supporting subsea construction projects in


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


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


Hapag-Lloyd Orders 5 New Containerships

Due to the dimensions of the canal, shipping companies are only able to use ships with a maximum capacity of 4,900 TEU so far. (Photo Hapag-Lloyd)

When the expansion of the Panama Canal is complete, liner shipping companies will finally be able to use larger vessels. Hapag-Lloyd has therefore ordered five state-of-the-art ships.   Hapag-Lloyd has ordered five modern container ships from the South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Samho Heavy


Ceona Gets New CEO

Mark Preece. Photo: Ceona

 Ceona, a London-based SURF contractor with deep-water subsea construction capabilities, has announced that the company's executive vice president commercial and business development, Mark Preece, has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  


More than Mega: Diversity Defines the Dredging Industry

1984 - 2012 Singapore / Jurong & Tuas By the 1980s, after a decade of rapid industrialisation, property on Singapore’s mainland was scarce. A solution was found in the Jurong Island reclamation and Tuas extension projects. For 30 years since 1984, dredgers developed new land there. A plan to unite the 7 islets off Singapore’s southwestern coast to form one island was implemented in stages. Started in 1995, Jurong Island was officially opened in autumn 2000, tripling the land surface of the origi

The mantra of recent times has been the worldwide trend to ‘mega’. Mega container ships created the need for mega ports which required mega dredging projects. These in turn demand mega dredging vessels. All this is true but disregards another development: the consolidation of the major


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


Derecktor Shipyard Named Licensed Damen Builder

Photo courtesy of Robert E Derecktor Inc.

Damen licenses another U.S. shipbuilder   Robert E. Derecktor Inc. and Damen Shipyard Group have entered into a license agreement authorizing Derecktor to act as an official builder of Damen designs.   The agreement will see Derecktor offer its customers pilot boats and wind farm


Changes in Aker Solutions' Top Deck

Chief Executive Officer Luis Araujo

  Tore Sjursen will assume the position as executive vice president for operational improvement and risk management at Aker Solutions on April 1. Knut Sandvik will at the same time replace Sjursen as head of the company's maintenance, modifications and operations business.


Foss Christens New Arctic Class Ocean Tug

The Michele Foss Arctic Class Tug (Photo: Foss)

The first of three Arctic Class tugs being built at the Foss Rainier, Ore. Shipyard was christened Thursday, April 9, at the Foss Waterway Seaport in Tacoma, Wash. The vessel, the Michele Foss, will see its first assignment on an oil field sealift this summer from South Korea to the Alaskan Arctic


Ceona, Seaweld Form Ghana Partnership

Photo courtesy of Ceona

Ceona, SURF contractor with heavy subsea construction capabilities, has entered into a Joint Venture (JV) with Seaweld Engineering which will act as a strategic partner for offshore deepwater construction projects in Ghana. The JV allows Ceona to extend its operations in West Africa and build


China Reef Work Could Lead to New Exclusion Zone

China could eventually deploy radar and missile systems on outposts it is building in the South China Sea that could be used to enforce an exclusion zone over the disputed territory, the U.S. military commander for Asia said on Wednesday.  


Australia: Submarines Excluded from Shipbuild Review

Pics: Australian Shipbuilders Association Limited

 The Australian Navy’s future submarine project has been excluded from the country's shipbuilding review on advice from the Abbott government that the new fleet would be built offshore.   The review’s final report, published on Thursday


China Constructing Sea Outposts, US Warns

South China Sea claims. Map by Murphy on Piracy

 The U.S. military commander for Asia warned that, China could eventually deploy radar and missile systems on outposts it is building in the South China Sea that could be used to enforce an exclusion zone over the disputed territory, according to a report in Reuters.  


Fugro Cut Costs on Market Downturn

Sales down 2.1 percent, order backlog falls 11 percent. Dutch marine services company Fugro said on Wednesday it would further cut costs and reduce the number of ships in its fleet in light of the continuing downturn in the oil market affecting its customers.


SENER Inaugurates Manchester Office

From left to right: Fernando Sánchez, Ian Stewart and Rafael de Góngora (Photo: SENER)

The engineering and technology group SENER has celebrated the inauguration of its facilities in Manchester, the group’s base for engineering and construction in the United Kingdom, which have been fully operational since 2014.  


Challenges Ahead for Marine Insurance

Dieter Berg, president of the International Union of Marine Insurance. Photo by IUMI

 The marine insurance sector is undergoing a rapid period of change and it is critical that insurers understand the risks the industry is facing and offer products that match these new trends, Dieter Berg, president of the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) said.  


NY Maritime Law Firm Cited as a Top Practice

Daniel G. McDermott

The Maritime Litigation Practice Group in the New York City office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, has been recognized among the top national maritime practices by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.  






 
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