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New Propulsion System Improves Uptime, Power

The repower of Brother, a 140-ft. aluminum offshore crew/supply vessel with Cat 3508Bs, has reportedly improved efficiency more than 20 percent, and helped to decrease downtime significantly, according to Mike Dickinson, Eastern Division general manager for Graham Gulf Inc. of Bayou LaBatre, Ala. Graham Gulf currently operates five 140-ft. aluminum offshore crew and supply vessels in the Gulf of Mexico. All of the boats were designed and built by C&G Boat Works, a sister company of Graham Gulf, also located in Bayou LaBatre. Brother entered service in January 1998 powered by another manufacturer's 16-cylinder engines rated at 1,100 bhp. After more than two years of operation, Graham Gulf decided that the engines were not performing at the level required for the job. Two different engine models were considered for the repower. One manufacturer's engines were eliminated from consideration because they would have required extensive hull modifications, making it cost prohibitive. After discussions with local Cat Dealers and with corporate Caterpillar personnel, Graham specified four Cat 3508B engines rated 1,200 bhp at 1,800 rpm. ZF 2.33:1 marine gears replaced the previous 2.5:1 gears. Required changes during the repower included new water piping from the engines to the coolers, new engine controls and gauges, and new blowers to increase combustion and ventilation air flow through the engine room


Crowning the Decades Crew Supply Boats

Joe Wiseman photos courtesy of C&G Boat Works Inc.

Looking back at the Cummins Hotips#84 from 1999 (www.haig-brown.com Hotips) one can see how this class of vessels has evolved over the past decade. The crew boats were already getting larger with vessels up to 183 by 35 ft being the largest built for the Gulf of Mexico at that time. The larger boats demanded more power with the shift from six-cylinder 700-HP KTA19 engines to the larger 12-cylinder 1350 hp KTA38-M2.  


FEATURE: A Family Tradition

The one constant about the management of offshore vessel operating companies is the domination of family members of the founder. Except for the largest of these companies, Tidewater, Inc., that is a public NYSE-listed firm, most of the companies in this category, large and small, are run by the descendents of the founder. Many of these companies still bear the founder's name and most of the vessels are named after family members. by Larry Pearson The CALLAIS Family


Obama Commission to Investigate Oil Spill

According to a May 22 report from Reuters, U.S. President Barack Obama said that offshore oil drilling could only go forward if there were assurances that a disaster like the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill would not happen again. Obama officially unveiled a commission to investigate the accident. Former Democratic Senator Bob Graham and former Environmental Protection Agency chief William Reilly will co-chair the panel


Graham Oil Services Expands Boat Fleet

Boconco Shipbuilding's offices on Bayou LaBatre's Shell Belt Road are surrounded by prefabricated steel components for several utility boats building at the yard. A series of 126 by 30 by 12-foot boats are being built for delivery to Barry Graham Oil Services also of Bayou LaBatre. Alabama. The sister-ship was delivered two years ago with the others to be delivered at regular intervals over the coming year. The first of this set of boats launched on the high water Thursday evening January 23


Watch Out For Dispute Resolution Pitfalls

London law firm Lawrence Graham says users of dispute resolution services should be aware of pitfalls arising in relation to claims for interest under the Arbitration Act 1996. In its latest shipping newsletter - dubbed Shipping Lawgram - Lawrence Graham's shipping team comments on the Commercial Court case of Walker -v- Rowe, in which it was held that the courts had no power to make an order for interest to be paid on unpaid arbitration awards unless the interest had actually been set by the


New Crowley Vessels Keep Coming

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In the first of several vessel deliveries over the next few weeks, Crowley christened and launched its newest heavy-lift series deck barge, the 455-4, Saturday at Gunderson Marine Shipyard in Portland, Ore.   The 400 ft long, 105 ft wide barge was christened by Carey Graham, wife of Parker Drilling Vice President Dennis Graham. The vessel's first assignment will be hauling a Parker Drilling Rig.  Following that assignment


London Firm Discusses Container Security

London law firm Lawrence Graham says shipping is set to see new forms of documents, and disputes over the use of existing ones, as security concerns raise to the top of the agenda the issue of what is in a container. Writing in Shipping Lawgram, the newsletter of Lawrence Graham's shipping team, Charles Baker highlights how security concerns are building up the political and industrial will and impetus to force through changes to traditional shipping practices which date from the general


Massive Ship Order in China

While banks keep lending tight, a massive $5 billion order in China should mark the official turnaround of shipbuilding's fortunes, as private equity in the form of The Carlyle Group and Tiger Group Investments Partner have teamed with Seaspan Corporation, the Washington Family, Gerry Wang and Graham Porter to order more than $5 billion in new ships. Coupled with the recent announcement by Maersk and Daewoo to build a series of 10 of the world's largest containerships


New Chairman for Bilbroughs

Graham Edmiston is to retire as chairman and chief executive of A Bilbrough & Co, managers of the London P&I Club, on February 20, 2002. Edmiston has been with Bilbroughs for 30 years, 27 of them as director. The directors, however, are pleased to announce that Edmiston will continue to be associated with Bilbroughs as a consultant. Edmiston will be succeeded as chairman and chief executive by Paul Hinton. Hinton joined Bilbroughs in 1976, and was appointed a director in 1987.


GoM Sale Yields $110m in High Bids

As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to continue to expand safe and responsible domestic energy production, today’s Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 238 attracted $109,951,644 million in high bids for 81 tracts covering 433,823 acres on the U.S


BOEM to Open Bids for Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Gulf of Mexico Regional Director John Rodi will open the Gulf of Mexico Western Planning Area Lease Sale 238 at 9 a.m. CDT on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.


Man Winched from Stricken Yacht in North Sea

A man has been rescued after his yacht ran into difficulty 28 nautical miles north of Cromer. Humber Coastguard received a distress alert from the 22-foot yacht just after 8 a.m. this morning. The person on board reported that he was taking on water


Wärtsilä System Chosen for New GoM LNG Facility

The Harvey Gulf LNG facility: Photo Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä says it has been awarded a contract for the control system of a shore-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelling facility in Port Fourchon, Louisiana, USA. Details as follows: The facility is owned by Harvey Gulf International Marine


DNV GL Revisits Offshore Oil & Gas Risks

Rig spindle valve release: Photo courtesy of DNV GL

In the first issue its 'Perspectives' online magazine DNV GL’s Graham Bennett points out that the Macondo incident has cast a spotlight on well control standards and the need for more consistency in training. Offshore oil and gas activities are not, by nature, inherently safe


Ingalls Donates to MGCCC’s Transitions Academy

Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias, left, and Mary S. Graham, president of Mississippi Gulf Coast College hold the check representing the donation Ingalls made to MGCCC to purchase welding machines. (Photo: HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has donated $53,640 to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) for the purchase of welding machines to be used at the school's new Transitions Academy. The academy will be housed at MGCCC's West Harrison County Center in


Private Equity Firms Double down on Venari's Offshore Drilling

Gulf of Mexico deepwater oil explorer Venari Resources LLC said on Wednesday it had raised $1.3 billion from original backers Warburg Pincus LLC, Kelso & Co, the Jordan Company and Temasek Holdings, as well as new investors. GIC, Singapore's sovereign wealth fund


Gulf Island Wins Arena GoM Rig Construction Contract

GoM rig: File photo

Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc. says that, through its subsidiary Gulf Island L.L.C., it has received an award letter from Arena Offshore, LP for the fabrication of two jacket/piles and topsides for Arena’s projects located in the Gulf of Mexico.


MJP, SwiftShips Team up on GoM Crewboat

Rodi Marines Riley Claire

The sea trials of Rodi Marine’s crewboat, the M/V Riley Claire, have given Marine Jet Power a major breakthrough in the Gulf of Mexico crewboat market. The trial results show that all performance predictions were reached.   


New Deep-Sea Trend in African Piracy?

Product tankship at nightfall: Photo Dryad Maritime

Dryad Maritime COO Ian Millen
 tells of an audacious open-ocean ambush of a product tanker in Gulf of Guinea and wonders if this attack heralds a new trend in offshore African piracy, as follows: "In the early hours of Saturday 9th August


Ingalls Delivers Composite Deckhouse for US Navy

Photo by Lance Davis/HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has delivered the composite deckhouse for the destroyer Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) to the U.S. Navy. The 900-ton deckhouse provides an advanced structure that will house the ship's bridge, radars


Armed with New Technology, Oil Drillers Revisit Gulf of Mexico

Advances in drilling technology are reviving the prospects of oil companies in shallow parts of the Gulf of Mexico, helping to squeeze more from older fields while the U.S. shale bonanza lures others onshore. Apache Corp and a handful of smaller independent companies are using seismic surveying


Today in U.S Naval History: August 4

Today in U.S Naval History - August 4 1846 - Sailors and Marines from USS Congress capture Santa Barbara 1858 - First trans-Atlantic cable completed by USS Niagara and British ship Agamemnon 1944 - Fifth Fleet carrier task forces begin air attack against Iwo Jima and the Bonin Islands


Large Dead Zone Found in Gulf of Mexico

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Mapped size confirms NOAA forecast for an average-sized hypoxia zone this year. NOAA- and EPA-supported scientists have mapped the Gulf of Mexico dead zone, an area with low oxygen water, measuring 5,052 square miles this summer--approximately the size of the state of Connecticut


Montreal Could Become an Oil Export Hub

Montreal has emerged as an export base for Western Canadian heavy sour crudes as prospects to construct new pipelines to the British Columbia coast, Eastern Canada and U.S. fade. Suncor, owner and operator of the 137,000 b/d Montreal East refinery in Quebec, loaded 35






 
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