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Shareholders Approve Transocean Merger

At its extraordinary general meeting held Dec. 12, 2000 in Houston, Texas, holders of ordinary shares of Transocean Sedco Forex Inc. approved all proposals presented at the meeting, including those relating to the company's pending merger transaction with R&B Falcon Corporation. Shareholders approved an increase in authorized ordinary share capital, the issuance of ordinary shares in the merger, anincrease in the maximum size of the company's board of directors to 13 persons and an increase in the number of ordinary shares reserved for issuance under the company's Long-Term Incentive Plan and Employee Stock Purchase Plan. On Aug. 21, 2000, Transocean Sedco Forex announced that it had signed a definitive agreement to merge with R&B Falcon in an all stock transaction in which common shareholders of R&B Falcon will receive a fixed ratio of 0.5 shares of newly issued Transocean Sedco Forex ordinary shares for each R&B Falcon share. The transaction is expected to close during the first quarter of 2001.


Stewart Joins Board at Hornbeck-Leevac

Hornbeck-Leevac Marine Services, Inc., announced that the board of directors has unanimously appointed Bernie W. Stewart to fill the recently created board vacancy. Stewart served in a variety of senior management positions with R&B Falcon until its merger in January 2001 with Transocean Sedco Forex, Inc., most recently as Senior Vice President, Operations of R&B Falcon Corporation and President of R&B Falcon Drilling US, its operating subsidiary


Bach Dang Shipbuilding Co. Delivers Bulk Carrier

The first of a series of eight 22,500-ton ships to be built under a contract between the Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (Vinashin) and the Vietnam National Shipping Lines Corporation (Vinalines) was delivered on March 27. The Golden Falcon Ship, built by the Bach Dang Shipbuilding Company – an affiliate of Vinashin, was launched since November 2006. The cargo ship was designed by VINAKITA, a joint venture between Vinashin and Japan’s KITADA, with a 6,230HP main engine


U.S. Navy Disrupts Pirate Attempt In Arabian Sea

Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

U.S. Naval forces disrupted a pirate attack on M/V Falcon Trader II, a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel, after it reported it had been attacked by pirates March 24. All 20 Filipino crew members of the Falcon Trader II are safe and in control of the vessel. At approximately 10:30 a.m. (local), aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and guided missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), conducting operations supporting Operation Enduring Freedom


Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) Welcome Mike Wood, PE and Matthew Roddy

Mike Wood, Senior Naval Architect

Mike will serve as Senior Naval Architect in EBDG's New Orleans office and brings over 13 years of naval architecture and marine engineering expertise to the firm.    He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Louisiana with a diverse background in all aspects of marine vessel construction.  He holds an MBA and a BS in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of New Orleans. Matthew joins EBDG in Seattle as a Marine Designer


EBDG Grows Team in Seattle

Jeremy Rice (left) and Zach McKinney (right)

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) recently welcomed two new hires and two summer interns to the Seattle office. Zach McKinney and Jeremy Rice are the latest Marine Engineers to join the firm. McKinney, who holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, has expertise with a number of vessel types including barges, ferries, military and fishing vessels and workboats. He is also versed in detail design and specialty projects.


R&B Falcon Announces Deepwater IV Contract with Texaco

R&B Falcon Corporation has confirmed a three-year drilling contract with Texaco for its newbuild 10,000-ft. water depth dynamically positioned drillship Deepwater IV, as a substitute for previously contracted Peregrine VIII. Texaco expects to begin a drilling program offshore West Africa shortly after the vessel's delivery, which is scheduled for the third quarter of 2000. Steve Webster, R&B Falcon's president and CEO, stated


Rex Alloy Introduces Patrol/Workboat For High Seas

Designed by policemen for policemen and capable of speeds up to 70 mph, Rex Alloy's new 43 ft. (13.1 m), high speed Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs) are reportedly engineered as the strongest, safest and most seaworthy. Boasting exceptional maneuverability - the vessel can turn in 1.5 boat lengths at 60 mph, the hull is BS 5083-32 aluminum, .15 stronger than standard marine grade aluminum, and the ultra-strong Hyperlon tubes are divided into seven air-tight compartments


ACL Names Vanier as VP

American Commercial Lines Inc. (ACL) has appointed Jacques J. Vanier to the position of Vice President Manufacturing. Most recently, Vanier served as Vice President of Global Manufacturing and Operations with Alcoa Automotive and Truck Systems. Throughout his 21 year career with Alcoa, Mr. Vanier held a variety of positions in operations management, manufacturing, logistics, production control and sales. He holds a BS in Industrial Distribution and an MBS in Industrial Management


MAN Diesel & Turbo, SpecTec Cooperation

As a step ahead in the MAN Diesel & Turbo and SpecTec Group cooperation, on October 25, 2010, AMOS BS was installed at MAN Diesel & Turbo's PrimeServ location in . On October 26, 10members of MAN Diesel & Turbo staff were trained on AMOS BS main features, by Kim Pommegard and Jens Ipsen from SpecTec DK.  SpecTec ILS Manager, Marco Vatteroni, gave his own contribution, showing how it is possible, in a few minutes


PPG Delivers Pipe Coatings in South Africa

Coatings specialist says it draws on local production network and highly experienced team to deliver high specification products for local utility project. PPG Protective and Marine Coatings announced completion of a major project for Africa Pipe Industries


Schechtman Promoted at Parsons Brinckerhoff

Jeffrey Schechtman

Jeffrey Schechtman has been named Deputy Regional Business Manager for the Southeast region of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering and program/construction management organization. In his new position


EBDG Engineer among Missing in Mudslide

Steve Harris (Photo: EBDG)

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) said in announcement today that engineer Steve Harris is among those missing in the recent Oso disaster. Although he has not yet been found, the level of devastation wrought by the mudslide in Snohomish County makes it unlikely that authorities will locate survivors


GoM Drill Rig Damaged, Coast Guard Monitoring

ENSCO 8506: Photo courtesy of Keppel

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is overseeing response efforts, as the offshore drilling rig ENSCO 8506 began taking sea-water into a ballast tank after being hit by a large wave in heavy seas more than 100 miles south of Galveston. The ballast tank is located in one of the rig's column ballast


Bristol Harbor Group Continues Expansion

Annie Fisher

The Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) announced the continued expansion of its naval architecture and marine engineer practice. Over the past six months the company has welcomed four new additions to the team: Annie Fisher, Naval Architect; Nathan Seelig, Mechanical Engineer; Christopher Cluett


When Will New Arctic Maritime Crossroad Open?

US Warship in Ice: Photo credit USN

Rear Adm. Jon White, 
Oceanographer & Navigator of the Navy, Director Task Force Climate Change, was tasked by the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert  to provide an unambiguous assessment of how ice coverage will change in the Arctic and how human activity in the


U.S. Navy Responds to Increased Arctic Activity

Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Alexandria (SSN 757) is submerged after surfacing through two feet of drifting ice about 180 nautical miles off the north coast of Alaska. U.S. Navy photo by Shawn P. Eklund

The loss of seasonal sea ice in the Arctic will have ramifications for the U.S. Navy in terms of future missions, force structure, training and investments. To get a better handle on planning for future Arctic missions, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm


Neumann Named CEO and President of Starboard

Beth Neumann

Beth G. Neumann has joined Starboard Cruise Services as CEO and President, reporting to Starboard Chairman, Ed Brennan. Owned by renowned world leader in luxury, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Starboard is the largest and leading onboard retailer in the cruise industry


Seatankers Takes PSV Delivery

Sea Spider

On January 27, 2014, three weeks after the last delivery in the Seatankers twelve series, Zhejiang delivered the seventh platform supply ship, Sea Spider, to the Seatankers Group. All twelve PSVs are designed by Ulstein. Sinopacific’s Zhejiang yard in Ningbo, China


FMC's Doyle Among Key White House Nominations

William P. Doyle, Commissioner, Federal Maritime Commission.

President Barack Obama last week announced 11 nominations to key Administration posts. Among them was William P. Doyle, who currently serves as a Commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission. William P. Doyle currently serves as a Commissioner on the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC)


CTruk's Latest OWSV Completes Sea Trials

SC Falcon

Experience gained from four years in the offshore wind support vessel market is paying off for CTruk as it prepares to deliver SC Falcon, the company’s latest OWSV and the second CTruk 20T MPC for Sima Charters of Holland. Sea trials for the striking blue and yellow-liveried cat


Drydocks World Receives Tatweej Award

Drydocks World, a provider of maritime and offshore services to the shipping, oil, gas and energy sectors, received Tatweej Academy’s Award for Excellence at the 7th Tatweej Arab Business Leaders and Leading Organizations, for being one of the pioneering institutions in the Arab World on


Dometic Names Pinto National Account Manager

Dometic Marine, a division of Dometic Group, a global provider of leisure products for the marine, recreational vehicle, commercial and passenger vehicle markets, announced that it has appointed Joe Pinto as National Account Manager - Reverse Osmosis Systems


Hoover Acquires Scotland's Container Company Ltd.

Hoover Container Solutions (Hoover) informs it has acquired Container Company Ltd. , a leading supplier of cargo carrying units (CCUs) for the offshore oil and gas industry. This acquisition complements Hoover's recent acquisitions of Consult Supply AS and Dolphin


CTruk Launches First Volvo Penta IPS Workboat

SC Falcon (Photo: Volvo Penta)

CTruk, a British boat builder specializing in high-speed composite marine craft, including catamaran workboats and wind farm support vessels, has delivered its first workboat equipped with Volvo Penta IPS (Inboard Propulsion System) to Sima Charters of Holland.


 
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