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
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.
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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.
FMC Technologies, Inc. to support Shell's ultra-deepwater project in the Walker Ridge area of the Gulf of Mexico. Stones is located approximately 200 miles (322 kilometers) off the Louisiana coast in approximately 9,600 feet (2,926 meters) of water.
To protect the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Coast in Western Australia’s north-west region, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to establish an area ships should avoid. A new AMSA Marine Notice will recommend ships keep at least two nautical miles from the edge of Ningaloo
TY Offshore, LLC launched the FMT 3256, the eighth of eighteen 297’6” x 54’ x 12’, 30,000 barrel tank barges for FMT Industries, LLC, one of the several companies within the Florida Marine Group. FMT Industries recently exercised its option for four additional barges from
STX Marine announced Bill Lind has joined its team to further develop their growing portfolio in the Gulf Coast. Bill joins STX Marine as Vice President of Operations (Houston, Texas) to continue STX Marine’s success in providing engineering servicesto clients worldwide
Chief Executive Officer of Harvey Gulf International Marine, Shane Guidry announced the execution of three agreements for vessels totaling $540 million. These purchases will raise the total capital expenditures of Harvey Gulf to $1.7 billion since August of 2008.
Project Launched to Size-Up Offshore Workers Research to measure offshore workers’ body size with 3D scanners to inform the future design of safety equipment, survival clothing and space requirements on offshore installations has been launched in Aberdeen.
The U.S. Coast Guard and Army Corps of Engineers said that record floods will continue to obstruct barges on the Illinois River and parts of the Mississippi River until at least early next week, Reuters reported. Ten locks were closed on the Mississippi River and four on the Illinois River
Exxon Mobil Corp. booked two tankers to haul oil to the U.S. Gulf Coast via the Suez Canal in May at what may be this year’s lowest rates, a shipbroker told Bloomberg.com. “The very large crude carriers, each able to haul 2 million barrels of oil
August Auction to offer all Unleased Acreage in Western Gulf of Mexico As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to continue to expand domestic energy production, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals
Organised by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) the programme for the 5th Symposium is published. The symposium programme for the fifth 'Engine As A Weapon Symposium (EAAW V)', with its theme ‘Delivering Military Effect: A holistic approach to combat and
The new sales office is stocked with pipeline remediation products to facilitate quicker service to HydraTech’s oil & gas industry customers in the Gulf region. “Today, our most popular product in the Gulf region is our HydraWrap®,” said Peter Blais
Seadrill contracts with LLOG Bluewater Holdings, LLC, for employment of the new-build drill-ship, 'West Neptune', offshore Gulf of Mexico. The contract duration is a minimum of three years plus an option for a one-year extension at mutually agreed rates
BP says it is supporting economic and environmental efforts in the Gulf of Mexico and is committing huge funding. To date, BP has spent over $14 billion in response and clean-up costs and have paid $9.9 billion in claims, advances and settlements to individuals, businesses and governments
The Club has received the following update on Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea from its correspondents in the area. “In the Gulf of Guinea, we would remind you that the pirates' zone of action now spreads from the Cameroonian Peninsula up to the Ivory Coast
In response, Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) launch the Nalfleet Potable Water Test Kit, which enables sea staff to monitor the quality of onboard potable water. The enforcement of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) in August 2013 will for the first time set out regulations specifying the