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Obama to Reopen Oil Drilling

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the Obama administration, facing rising anger on the Gulf Coast over the loss of jobs and income from a drilling moratorium, said on June 7 that it would move quickly to release new safety requirements that would allow the reopening of offshore oil and gas exploration in shallow waters. Gulf Coast residents, political leaders and industry officials said delays in releasing the new rules, along with the administration's six-month halt on deepwater drilling—both issued amid public pressure—threatened thousands of jobs. (Source: The Wall Street Journal)


Senesco Christens Double-Hulled Liquid Fuel Barge

The Southeastern New England Shipbuilding Corporation (SENESCO) has christened another 80,000-barrel, double-hulled liquid fuel barge. After a ceremony last week at SENESCO’s Quonset Point, RI headquarters, the Leo was ready to set sail for its Gulf Coast destination. The Leo was built for the Hawaiian Inter Island Towing company, which will lease the vessel to Sirrius Maritime of Seattle, Wash. Sirrius will then use the barge to carry fuel oil and other liquid cargo in the Gulf Coast.


SUPSHIP Gulf Coast Change of Command

In a traditional Navy change of command ceremony Capt. Mary E. Dexterrelieved Capt. David W. Bellaas the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair (SUPSHIP) Gulf Coast on Feb. 24. Bella was the first SUPSHIP Gulf Coast, which resulted from the summer 2003 merger of SUPSHIPs New Orleans, LA and Pascagoula, MS. Rear Adm. Mark A. Hugel, deputy commander for Logistics, Maintenance and Industrial Operations, Naval Sea Systems Command (SEA 04)


Fabrication Begins on Final Gulf

Fabrication of the 28th and last Arleigh Burke Class Aegis Destroyer contracted for Gulf Coast construction began on Oct. 18 at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems - Ingalls Operations shipyard, Pascagoula, Miss. Named for the late Vice Adm. William P. Lawrence, DDG 110 is scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2010. Lawrence's widow, Diane Wilcox Lawrence, is the ship's sponsor. DDG 110 will be assigned to the Pacific Fleet.


First Harvey Gulf LNG OSV Launched by GCSG

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Gulf Coast Shipyard Group (GCSG) has launched of the first of six Harvey Gulf International Marine 302’ x 64’ Dual Fuel Offshore Supply Vessels.   Incorporating breakthrough clean-burning LNG technology, these vessels position Harvey Gulf as the leader in the environmental application of liquefied natural gas and demonstrates GCSG’s ability to meet marketplace demand. John Dane III, Gulf Coast Shipyard Group’s President and CEO, states


Cape Horn Delivered into Service

Cape Horn

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), a naval architecture and marine engineering firm with offices in Seattle and Ketchikan, announced the delivery into service of the Cape Horn, a Specialty Oilfield Vessel. EBDG partnered with Gulf of Mexico Operator SeaMar, LLC and Gulf Island Marine Fabricators on the class design and production engineering for the ship.   "We would like to congratulate our valued client, Darrel Plaisance of SeaMar


Vessels: GCI Completes Sun Towing Tugs

Voyager and Quest could not be two more apt names for Sun Towings pair of new tugboats, as it was precisely this that was required to complete the vessel's construction. The two hulls were started nearly 10 years ago, and had more than 2,000 miles experience before the first main engines were installed. The hulls were originally built by Marine Power and Equipment in Seattle in 1990, and moved three different times, from Washington State through the Panama Canal to Texas


NSRP Portable Automated Bulkhead and Hull

The National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) Portable Automated Bulkhead and Hull Straightener project has been completed with a final demonstration conducted at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding – Gulf Coast in September 2009. This project expanded upon a previous project, which focused on the plates. This effort broadened that concept by developing a straightening process for bulkheads and hull plates.


Potential US East and Gulf Coasts Port Labor Strike: New Report

A US East & Gulf Coasts port labor strike could further destabilize international trade says a new report. A potential labor strike by longshoremen along the US East and Gulf Coasts at the end of the year could have devastating economic consequences as inventory depletion, rerouting, hoarding, and price speculation ripple through supply chains of global companies, Marsh warns in a new report. The longshoremen’s labor contract with port operators along the East and Gulf Coasts


Shell Pulls Plug on US Gulf Coast GTL Project

Royal Dutch Shell plc says it will not move forward with the proposed 140,000 barrels per day Gulf Coast gas-to-liquids (GTL) project in Louisiana and will suspend any further work on the project. Shell, says it is the industry leader in GTL technology, and has carefully evaluated a number of development options for GTL on the US Gulf Coast, using natural gas feedstocks. Despite the ample supplies of natural gas in the area


Tropical Storm Bill Pelts Texas Coast

Tropical Storm Bill punched the Texas coast with heavy rains and strong winds on Tuesday, the National Weather Service said, just three weeks after floods killed about 30 people in the state.   The second named tropical storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season made landfall near Matagorda


New Bulk Cargo Pad for Port Manatee

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Port Manatee is adding a 2-acre cargo pad to support storage of prilled sulphur, a new commodity for the Florida Gulf Coast port.   Under an agreement signed Tuesday, June 16, with longtime port tenant Gulf Coast Bulk Equipment Inc., construction of the pad is slated to begin in September


Rail Deal to Boost New Orleans Container Flow

Work continues on the $25.1 million Mississippi River Intermodal Terminal, which will feature electric-powered rubber tire gantry cranes for more efficient loading and unloading of containers. The terminal, scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2016, will be a modern and efficient intermodal container transfer facility located within the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal. (Photo: Port of New Orleans)

CN Railway expands Gulf gateway focus in signing supply chain agreement with Port of New Orleans   The Port of New Orleans and CN signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will see the parties develop greater supply chain efficiencies aimed at drawing more container traffic through


Harvey Gulf Acquires Shipbuilding Assets

Gulf Coast Shipyard (Photo: HGIM)

Harvey Gulf continues growth despite industry downturn; new affiliate Harvey Shipyard Group acquires Gulf Coast Shipyard Group   Harvey Gulf International Marine (HGIM) is launching a new affiliate, Harvey Shipyard Group, to manage its shipbuilding assets, the company announced today


Underway on LNG

Dennis Bryant

On 17 January 1955, Commander Eugene P. Wilkinson, USN, the first Commanding Officer of USS Nautilus (SSN 571) signaled the memorable and historic message “Underway on nuclear power.”  Underway on LNG has an opportunity to signal an equally significant change in the merchant


Willard Adds Sales Manager for Gulf Coast, Florida

Jimmy Sorenson (Photo: Willard Marine)

Willard Marine, Inc. has hired Jimmy Sorenson as regional sales manager for the Gulf Coast and Florida.   Sorenson served 11 years with the U.S. Coast Guard in many roles including machinery technician and maritime law enforcement instructor, and earned the boat coxswain certification


Tug Company Goes Full Steam with Cloud Computing

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Venyu, a company in business continuity, cloud-based virtualization, and battle-tested data recovery, announced that E.N. BISSO has expanded its VenyuCloud, cloud computing and virtualization platform. E.N. BISSO, a provider of harbor and tug towing services for the Gulf Coast


Marine News Editor's Note

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It is at times like this that bumper sticker humor comes in handy. One of my favorites has to be the infamous “God, please let me have another oil boom – I promise not to mess this one up” version that graced the bumpers of pickup trucks on the Gulf Coast in the late 1980’s


Drydock Vigilant Expected at Vigor Seattle

MILLENIUM FALCON

  The 14,000-long ton capacity drydock Vigilant that will support hundreds of family-wage industrial jobs at Vigor Industrial’s shipyard on Harbor Island is scheduled to arrive in Elliott Bay late Saturday or early Sunday. The 528-foot long drydock


US Oil Platform on Fire in Gulf Of Mexico

An oil platform caught fire and was evacuated in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico offshore Louisiana in the early hours of Friday, though no injuries were reported, the U.S. Coast Guard said.   Fire-fighting crews worked to contain the fire on Friday near Breton Island


USCG: US Faces Ship Shortage for Gas Exports

The expected boom in liquefied natural gas exports from the United States risks being hampered by a lack of vessels to handle the trade, the head of the U.S. coast guard told  shipping industry executives on Tuesday. The LNG tanker market


Ingalls’ Gets $20m for 'Shipyard of the Future' Project

Gov. Phil Bryant (third from left) participates in the ceremonial signing of the “Shipyard of the Future” bill at Ingalls Shipbuilding, along with (left to right) Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias and Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn. (Photo: Andrew Young/HII)

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant visited Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division May 28 to participate in a ceremonial signing of a $20 million bond bill supporting Ingalls' "Shipyard of the Future" project.  


New VP of Sales & Operations at Bouchard Transportation

Brendan J. Bouchard (Photo: Bouchard Transportation)

Independently-owned ocean-going petroleum barge company Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. announced the appointment of Brendan J. Bouchard as VP of Sales and Operations, establishing the fifth generation of the Bouchard family.   Bouchard Transportation was started by Brendan J


Imports Back to Normal After Ratification

Jonathon Gold VP Supply Chain and Customs Policy

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports has returned to normal levels following ratification of a new West Coast labor agreement, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.


Supertankers Set to Take North Sea Crude to Asia in June

As many as four VLCC tankers could take North Sea crude oil to Asia this month, shipping fixtures show, after an Atlantic Basin supply glut forced prices to multi-year lows. The Samco Europe, Bunga Kasturi Empat, Britanis and Starlight Venture VLCCs - very large crude carriers - have been lined






 
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