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First Wave Emerges from Chapter 11

In a development which could be seen as a positive one for the business of building boats in the U.S., First Wave Marine, Inc. said that its Plan of Reorganization was confirmed by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. In addition, the company's current senior secured lender agreed to provide the First Wave with a post-confirmation $10 million revolving line of credit and an $8 million term loan. First Wave estimates that it will conclude its post-confirmation financing and emerge from bankruptcy on or about January 31. The new credit facility, combined with the exchange of all of First Wave's $90 million of Senior Notes for 96.7% of the common stock of the Company, dramatically improves the Company's balance sheet, financial strength and competitiveness. First Wave President Grady Walker said, "Confirmation of this Plan represents the achievement of our goal to successfully restructure the Company. We are very grateful for the loyalty and support of our customers, employees, vendors, and lenders during our restructuring. This support made it possible for us to maintain our excellent vendor network, to keep our employees working, and to continue to provide the same high quality and uninterrupted service our customers expect from us. As a result, we are emerging poised and ready to exploit our new financial strength to better serve the evolving needs of our customers."

First Wave Terminates Contract with Crest Hidayat Limited

First Wave/Newpark Shipbuilding announced today that it has terminated its contract with Crest Hidayat Limited, a Malaysian company, due solely to the failure of Crest Hidayat Limited to meet its payment obligations under the contract and the failure of its parent corporation, Crest Petroleum Bhd, to fulfill its obligations as guarantor under the contract. Crest Petroleum has publicly reported the difficulty to be the result of the suspension of its credit sources

WaveRoller Obtains DNV GL Verification

Installation of WaveRoller

WaveRoller, the wave energy device created by wave energy developer AW-Energy has received independent performance verification, taking the wave power industry one step closer to commercialization. WaveRoller received its validation after operating in fully exposed ocean environment during testing campaigns in 2012 and 2013. AW-Energy submitted detailed data covering wave conditions and device performance for external verification

Marine Renewables Manager Named by UK Shipyard

Amanda Pound, David Daniel: Photo credit A&P

A&P Falmouth takes on a full time marine renewables business development manager, Amanda Pound A&P Falmouth, is positioned on the south coast of the UK in one of the world’s largest natural deep-water harbours. Falmouth is the largest ship-repair complex in the UK, with three large graving docks and extensive alongside berthing, providing facilities for a wide range of marine business. The company’s reputation in the marine renewable energy sector is continuing to

AFL-CIO Affiliate: Port Security Bill has Sensible TWIC Reforms

The House Homeland Security Committee today approved needed reforms to the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program that would eliminate financial and logistical burdens faced by transportation workers under this federal security program.   The Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) supports language in the Securing Maritime Activities through Risk-based Targeting Act, known as the SMART Port Security Act (H.R

Naval Engineering Introduces Computer-Based Training

Center for Naval Engineering (CNE) Learning Site Great Lakes launched the first phase of Computer-Based Training (CBT) Nov. 28 with the first wave of Basic Engineering Common Core (BECC) students breaking in the new curriculum in an Integrated Learning Environment (ILE). Cmdr. Eddie Oleykowski, director of training, CNE, Norfolk, Va., supervised as the first class of 25 students officially made the transition from instructor-led training to CBT

A New View

For years, forensic historians relied on survivor and eyewitness testimonies and, if available, material testing or intelligence reports to help gather evidence to piece together an event. In the early 1990's, seduced by computer technology, photo imagery analysis gained a tremendous uplift enabling imagery scientists to use special algorithms to enhance and sharpen images; changing the way we view the world today. History recorded that five midget submarines deployed as advance forces to

Louisiana Launches Investment Initiative

Louisiana Economic Development (LED) has launched an integrated marketing campaign designed to focus business leaders around the globe on the unprecedented opportunity for investment in Louisiana. The campaign, dubbed “clean sheet,” features the most aggressive business incentives package in U.S. history, now available to businesses expanding, rebuilding or relocating in Louisiana. “At no time in history has a state experienced such an unparalleled opportunity to remake itself

News Briefs

First Wave Secures Multiple Contracts First Wave/Newpark Shipbuilding, in Galveston, Texas, has had a busy spring. First, the company was awarded a contract by Diamond Offshore Drilling to install a crane and perform annual survey work on Ocean Lexington. That contract was completed in March. Next, the company won a contract from Smit Americas, Inc. for drydocking of Ocean Hercules. The vessel was drydocked on the shipyard's 7

Crowley Expands Scholarship Program


Crowley Maritime Corporation will enhance its scholarship grants with the Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport beginning in fall 2009. The company has pledged to increase its donation from $10,000 to $20,000 a year for deserving and need-based students in the program.   The increase in funding will allow two students each semester, or four students each year to benefit from the Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship Program.  

Barge Master Launches Fit-for-Purpose Gangway

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Press release - Barge Master has announced the official launch of a motion compensated gangway after building a track record in motion compensated lifting. ‘The overall offshore logistics consists of safe and efficient transfer of cargo and people.

New Methanol Projects to Change Chemical Shipping Patterns

Methanol seaborne trades in 1H15 and future new routes (in million tonnes). Source: Drewrys Chemical Forecaster

New US and Middle East methanol production capacity being added over the next two years will have serious implications for chemical shipping trade flow patterns, according to the latest edition of the Chemical Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.  

Statoil Picks MacGregor Mooring Systems for Hywind

MacGregor shapes the offshore and marine industries by offering world-leading engineering solutions and services with a strong portfolio of MacGregor, Hatlapa, Porsgrunn, Pusnes and Triplex brands Photo MacGregor

  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has won an order for substructure connection mooring systems for the world's first floating offshore wind farm: Statoil's Hywind pilot park in Scotland. MacGregor will be responsible for the delivery of the Pusnes substructure mooring connection system for

Hard Problems Demand Soft(ware) Solutions


Make no mistake, the commercial maritime industry will always revolve around heavy duty machinery and mega-machines designed to weather some of the toughest operating conditions on earth. But in recent years a proliferation of Software Solutions has evolved to help the machines operate more

Foreship: New CFD Methodology

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In the quest to model real conditions faced by ships at sea for design purposes, earlier this summer Foreship unveiled details of a live project that has factored real sea states into CFD-based hull form optimization. The company reports that the results of ‘in wave’ analysis had

Global LNG Prices Firm on Short-term Supply

Asian liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices for December delivery rose this week, buoyed by a short-term tightness in supply, though an imminent wave of new projects is expected to put prices under pressure in the new year.   The price of Asian spot cargoes for December delivery rose to $7

Riders on the Storm

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It’s no shock that decking, seating and other related equipment for ‘fast boats’ is a critical ingredient for maritime security personnel. A  shock mitigation strategy is essential for all craft that undertake open sea transits or operate in rough water

Damen Shell Dredger Delivered to Dutch Cooperative

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  The Dutch fishing cooperative YE 118 Noordland BV has taken delivery of its new shellfish dredger from Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam. While the vessel shares the same hull design as other fishing vessels built previously at the yard

Mooring Safety Improved at Port Taranaki

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Scotload, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has designed and delivered a solution for the monitoring of mooring line stresses at Port Taranaki, a deepwater port in New Zealand. The company said it utilized its SmartLoad 2Ex technology for Zone 2 hazardous areas to improve safety and significantly

Incat Ferry Order from Denmark

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  Incat Tasmania Pty Ltd, Australian shipbuilder, has secured a contract for the construction, delivery and long term charter of a large fast vehicle ferry for Danish company Mols-Linien A/S. The Ferry will be the fourth Incat vessel in the Mols Linien fleet.

USCG Urge Caution Ahead of Hurricane Joaquin


  The Coast Guard urges the public Thursday to use extreme caution and to prepare for the onset of heavy weather, extreme sea conditions, storm surge and high surf throughout the Mid Atlantic region as Hurricane Joaquin approaches the coast.

NOIA Commends Shell’s Efforts Offshore Alaska

Polar Pioneer rig operating into the floor of the Chukchi Sea

  National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi today issued the following statement regarding Shell’s decision to halt exploration activities offshore Alaska:   “NOIA commends Shell’s efforts in the Chukchi Sea and recognizes the great expense

Riding Waves & Tides to a Cleaner Energy Future

The European Way The Meygen tidal stream energy project is currently under construction off the coast of Scotland. By the early 2020s, MeyGen Limited intends to deploy up to 398MW of offshore tidal stream turbines to supply clean and renewable electricity to the UK National Grid. (Credit: Atlantis Resources Ltd.)

When one thinks of offshore renewable energy, one usually thinks of offshore wind.  For the first time progress is being made in the U.S. to develop offshore wind resources. The first steel foundation jacket has been placed in the ocean floor to support the Deepwater Wind project off the

CFD to Assess SSP’s Crew Boat Docking Tunnel

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MARIN combined CFD with fast-time simulations and intensive testing on its bridge simulator to explore the full potential of the new SSP HUB. To save on costly helicopter crew transport, SSP Offshore took a good look at its SSP Plus design and decided to add a large crew boat docking tunnel

Chile Earthquake - Ports Status

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  Chile's government has declared a state of emergency in the central region struck by Wednesday's earthquake, the biggest to hit the country since 2010 and the most powerful in the world this year. The 8.3-magnitude tremor struck off the coast of Coquimbo, 46km west of Illapel

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