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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Crowley Expands Scholarship Program

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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.  


Maritime Ireland Comes of Age

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Even though the struggle for independence from Britain finally resulted in Ireland being declared “a sovereign, independent, democratic state” in 1937 there was little interest being shown in the maritime affairs of the country. This


Wave Power Unit for Victorian Waters

prototype wave power unit

  BioPower Systems Pty Ltd (BioPower) has finished constructing its prototype wave power unit to be installed off the coast of Port Fairy, Victoria, later this year. ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht congratulated BioPower on the achievement


Motion Compensation Solution for Solan Field

First landing West of Shetland (Photo: Ampelmann)

Ampelmann provides access solution for commissioning of the Solan project in West of Shetland   Motion compensated access solutions developer Ampelmann informs it  will provide one of its offshore access solutions to enable ‘walk to work’ for a commissioning campaign on


Philippine Ferry Sinks, 36 Dead

A ferry carrying 189 passengers and crew capsized off the central Philippines in heavy waves on Thursday, killing at least 36 people but the majority of those on board were rescued, the coast guard and police said. The MBCA Kim-Nirvana, a motorised outrigger with 173 passengers and 16 crew on


The Dolphins of US Navy

Pic: US Navy

A pod of Dolphins gave a new Navy submarine a guard of honor - by swimming in its bow wave. The US Navy’s Virginia-class attack vessel was off Newport, Virginia, when it got an unexpected mammal pilot. The John Warner, America's new Virginia-class attack vessel was completing its sea


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Softening

Owners waiting for charterers to release July cargoes next week.   Rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on key Asian routes are set to soften early next week before rebounding on the first wave of supertanker charters from the Middle East to Asia in July's fixture


'Valeport in Action' Contest Winners Announced

Photo of a Weddell Seal in the Ross Sea, Antarctica carrying a Valeport CTD sensor integrated into a tag built by the Sea Mammal Research Unit, St Andrews. (Photo: Daniel Costa, University of California, U.S.)

Bringing home the prize for Valeport’s first product in action competition were an image of a Weddell Seal in the Antarctica carrying a Valeport CTD sensor and a hands-on video showing the pilot deployment of a Valeport Midas directional wave recorder at the mouth of the U.K


Kleven to Build 2 Stern Trawlers for DFFU

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Kleven to build two stern trawlers for German company Deutsche Fischfang-Union (DFFU)   Kleven has signed a contract with DFFU, daughter company of Icelandic seafood company Samherji, for the construction of two stern trawlers of Rolls-Royce’ NVC 374 WP design


Green Bay Recovers Mariners in Makassar Strait

The amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) arrives on station for a photo exercise during the Korean Marine Exchange Program

  Amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) rendered assistance to distressed mariners in the waters between the Indonesian islands of Kalimantan and Sulawesi June 19. Shipboard lookouts first spotted the distressed mariners waving a black flag approximately 3 to 5 nautical


RINA Launches Open-sea Crane Standards

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RINA has launched new standards for cranes which will be used for transhipment of bulk cargoes at sea and has completely revised and rebased its rules for offshore cranes used in offshore construction, service and demolition. Under the new rules for lifting appliances


Rolls-Royce Wins Trawler Equipment Deal

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The shipbuilding company Kleven in Norway has announced a contract for two fishing stern trawlers to be designed and equipped by Rolls-Royce. The fishing vessels have been ordered by the German company DFFU, which is fully owned by the Icelandic seafood company Samherji


Wave Piercing Cat Utility Craft Delivered to Nigeria

Photo: Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther has announced the delivery of Benreoch, a 30m Wave Piercing Catamaran Utility Craft built by Veecraft Marine in Cape Town, South Africa. The vessel was developed specifically for crew transfer to offshore platforms in Nigeria.


Crowley Vessels Receive AMVER Awards

Crowley Maritime Corp. announced that 65 of its vessels were recently recognized for participation in the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER) program, a computer-based voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to


Offshore Renewables: The Future is Now

The London Array off the coast of Kent is the largest offshore wind farm in the world. Credit: London Array Limited

While the recent swoon in world oil and gas prices has predictably cooled a number of offshore renewable projects, there is a palpable change regarding the way in which the world views renewable energy. Renewable energy projects, at one time merely serving as window dressing


UK Seeks Maritime Dominance of Yore

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“Britannia rules the waves” paid a glowing tribute to the maritime past of the United Kingdom.  Over the past three centuries as the sun began to set on the British power, resilient U.K. with its pioneering characteristics began its voyage of transformation to become a world-class






 
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