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Electronic Engines Power New OSV Breed

The offshore supply vessel market remains as competitive as ever, with companies attempting to lure customers with the best possible value for their day rates and other appealing offers. Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc., Mandeville, La., found a simple answer to stay ahead of the competition: build a well-designed fleet and equip it with the best technology you can afford. "It's that simple," says Carl Annessa, Hornbeck vice president of operations. "Customers want to contract boats that get the job done for the best value. We've incorporated certain design components in our vessels to make that possible, one of which is powering them with Caterpillar electronic engines." Hornbeck Offshore owns a fleet of seven offshore supply vessels (OSVs) that are contracted to oil companies for oil exploration and production services, as well as drill rig support in deep water. The vessels currently operate in the Gulf of Mexico and transport a variety of cargo, including liquefied drilling fluids, water, diesel fuel, dry bulk products, drilling tools and various supplies. The company also owns four tugboats and seven offshore tank barges that are operated under the Leevac Marine brand. The seven OSVs are new — the first was delivered in late 1998, five were delivered in 1999, and the next is due in early 2000. Annessa says much thought was put into the design and development of the vessels.


Houston Ship Channel Access is Limited

HOUSTON - The Coast Guard Captain of the Port has reopened waterways in and around Texas, Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico with some restrictions. Waterway Updates: The Houston Ship Channel is open to all tug and barge traffic, daylight transit only. The channel is also open to vessels drafting less than 35 feet. The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GICW) is open to all tug and barge traffic, daylight transit only


Houston Welcomes King of Norway

Port of Houston Authority Chairman Jim Edmonds, the PHA commissioners and staff on Wednesday, March 2, hosted a welcome reception for His Majesty King Harald V of Norway aboard the M/V Star Gazer as the vessel toured the Houston Ship Channel. The reception also was attended by several shipping industry executives and local elected officials. As he congratulated Norway on the centennial celebration of its independence


Houston Pilots Association To Christen M/V Bayou City

The Houston Pilots Association will christen the pilot boat M/V Bayou City at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at the Port of Houston Authority's Sam Houston Pavilion located at 7300 Clinton Drive. Annette Edmonds will officially christen the vessel during a ceremony that will be attended by more than 200 invited guests, including PHA Chairman Jim Edmonds, Vice Chairman Kase Lawal, Commissioner Steve Phelps, Commissioner Jim Fonteno, Commissioner Jimmy Burke, Commissioner Cheryl Thompson-Draper,


Ship Channel Security District Funds Protection

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During the annual meeting of the Houston Ship Channel Security District (HSCSD) November 21, public safety, homeland security and police agencies will display infrastructure and equipment funded by the HSCSD used to mitigate threats and protect the Houston Ship Channel. Harris County Sheriff's Office, Houston Police Department and U.S. Coast Guard Houston-Galveston and other agencies will display response equipment outside the Houston Marriott South hotel and give updates on security measures


Houston Ship Channel Celebrates 100 years

Great Day for Centennial Rededication of Houston Ship Channel

  Blue skies and a cool breeze set the stage for a once-in-a-century event today: the 100th anniversary rededication of the opening of Houston's deep-water port. International Longshoremen's Association, Houston Pilots, U.S. Coast Guard, current and former Port Commissioners, industry stakeholders and others, attended the Houston Ship Channel Rededication at Brady's Landing overlooking the Houston Ship Channel.


Fog Closes Ship Channel

Fog closed the Houston Ship Channel on Monday morning, the Houston Pilots association said. Pilots stopped boarding ships at 8 a.m. CST (9 a.m. EST/ 1400 GMT), bringing traffic to a halt, and the fog had not dispersed some four hours later at midday, an official said. The closure of the channel had not yet resulted in a big backlog of ships waiting to enter or leave the channel, he said. The Houston Ship Channel is a busy 54-mile (90 km) waterway lined with oil refineries and petrochemical


Hope Services, Inc. (HSI) Delivers Again

Photo courtesy Hope Services, Inc.

On October 5, 2009, Hope Services Inc. (HSI) delivered the M/V Lavaca Bay to Higman Marine Services, of Houston, Texas.  The 2000 horsepower boat measures 72 ft by 30 ft with a draft of 10 ft.   Hope Services, Inc. has been designing and building vessels since 1986, but has been expanding its operations over the last year to include more vessel repair and refurbishment at its Dulac, Louisiana, facility


Houston Ship Channel Security District Mission Publicized

Houston Ship Channel Barbours Cut: Photo CCL

 During the annual meeting of the Houston Ship Channel Security District (HSCSD) November 21, 2013, public safety, homeland security and police agencies will display infrastructure and equipment funded by the HSCSD used to mitigate threats and protect the Houston Ship Channel. Harris County Sheriff's Office, Houston Police Department and U.S. Coast Guard ­- Houston-Galveston and other agencies will display response equipment outside the Houston Marriott South hotel and give updates


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. Delivery for these units is set for late second quarter 2015. Revenue backlog and man-hours associated with this project will be reported in connection with the Company’s announcement of financial results for the quarter ending September


Five Minutes with Paul Switzer

Paul Switzer (Photo: Viega)

Five minutes with Paul Switzer - Manager, Shipbuilding & Offshore, Viega   For readers not familiar with Viega, please give a ‘birds eye’ view, putting the company in perspective in terms of the products and services you provide, global reach, etc.


USS Freedom Suffers Casualty

USS Freedom (LCS 1) (Photo: U.S. Navy)

The U.S. Navy's first littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) experienced a casualty to one of its main propulsion diesel engines (MPDE) on July 11 reportedly caused by a leak from the attached seawater pump mechanical seal that resulted in seawater entering the engine lube oil system


California: A Strong Shipbuilding State

General Dynamics NASSCO christened and launched tanker Constitution on Saturday, August 27, 2016 (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

Fifth in the nation for direct employment, California shipbuilding and repair industry supports nearly 35,000 jobs; Maritime Administrator highlights economic importance of shipyard industry for California while on tour at NASSCO  Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) member General


Another Tug Launched for Suderman & Young

Poseidon (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. said it launched on August 15, 2016 the final vessel in a series of four Z-Tech Class Terminal & Escort Tugs being constructed for Suderman & Young Towing Company. The tug Poseidon is scheduled to be delivered later in 2016.  


MN100: Kirby Inland Marine

Photo: Kirby Inland Marine

The Company: Kirby Corporation is a premier tank barge operator in the United States, transporting bulk liquid products throughout the Mississippi River System, on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, along all three U.S. Coasts, and in Alaska and Hawaii


MN100: Master Marine, Inc.

Photo: Master Marine

The Company: Master Marine has provided excellent marine repair and new construction services for over 55 years to all marine sectors. Equipment includes one 750-ton floating dry-dock (152’ x 46’) inside the wing walls and one 220-ton Marine Travel lift for servicing inland and


First Suezmax Tanker Transits Expanded Panama Canal

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

The first Suezmax crude oil tanker that was slated to go through the newly expanded Panama Canal began its transit on Thursday, a public relations official told Reuters.   The Aegean Unity, a Greece-flagged Suezmax vessel coming from the U.S


Gibdock Records Busiest Season

Gibdock played host to four offshore support vessels at the same time at the end of June. Photo Gibdock

Simultaneous attention to four offshore support vessels at Gibdock demonstrates that the Gibraltar yard is now a regional hub for this specialized repair, maintenance and renewal work, operating as a base for mobilisation and de-mobilisation projects.


MN100: Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc.

(Photo: Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc.)

The Company: Thrustmaster builds a complete line of Z-Drive azimuthing thrusters from 500 HP to 4,000 HP for the inland towboat industry specifically designed to endure the demanding conditions when operating in brown water. Using Z-Drives on towboats results in substantially improved fuel


Damen Repairs Two Van Oord Barges

Van Oord Split Hopper Barges

Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen recently completed a broad scope of maintenance and repair works on the Van Oord-owned Split Hopper Barges Jan Blanken and Jan Leeghwater. The vessels, both with 2,853 m3 hopper capacity, left the yard on schedule just 10 days after arrival.


A Shipyard Grows in Trinidad & Tobago

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Spurred by Panama Canal Expansion and U.S. LNG Export, $500 Million Shipyard Projects Starts   As Trinidad and Tobago seeks to diversify its economy, it is banking on a massive shipyard construction project as the centerpiece of a maritime industry and economic revival


Panama Canal: Lane Outages

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

The west lane of Miraflores Locks will be out of service beginning late Monday, August 22 for scheduled dry chamber seal repairs on Miter gates 106-107, 114-115, 118-199 and 122-123. The repairs are planned to last four days to August 26.  


Eastern Delivers Escort Tug to Suderman & Young

(Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

On July 29, 2016, Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. delivered Oceanus (Hull# 240), the third in series of four identical Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs built for Suderman & Young Towing Company at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility.  


MN100: Voith Turbo

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The Company: Voith Turbo specializes in the design, manufacture and servicing of high performance driveline equipment. From drive components to electronic drive systems, technology from Voith Turbo impacts a wide variety of markets, including ship technology


Grand Bahama Shipyard Adds Four Executives

Ian Edward Ross (Photo: GBSL)

Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL), a Caribbean shipyard providing retrofit, refurbishment and revitalization to cruise and commercial vessels, has added four new positions to its executive team in 2016.   Taking up the new executive positions are Ian Edward Ross, Don Keirce






 
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