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Gauthiers’ Relocates, Expands Houma Facility

Gauthiers employees and family cut the ribbon on their new Houma location

Gauthiers’, a Lafayette-based supplier of oil and gas industry containers and support equipment, officially opened the doors to its newly relocated and expanded Houma facility with a community crawfish boil on Friday, April 11. Approximately 200 invited guests dug into more than 1,000 pounds of boiled crawfish, toured the new facility and learned about the company’s newest products. By moving to a larger, 6-acre property and constructing a new facility on Highway 182, Gauthiers’ will substantially expand its capacity, including $2 million of offshore containers and baskets in addition to its current fleet of offshore rental equipment. The company has also hired two full-time employees as a result of this growth: Houma natives Kevin Pizzolato and Jamie Usie. “We’re responding to the ever-rising demands of the Gulf of Mexico’s offshore exploration, drilling and production industries,” said Operations Manager Pizzolato. “We have and will continue to invest heavily in equipment to support their efforts to power the country.” Gauthiers’ is a family company founded in Lafayette in 1979 that has evolved and grown over the years to include domestic rentals, international and domestic sales of offshore containers, baskets, workshops, storage containers and related equipment

Reftrade Upgrades Fleet Refrigeration Systems

Photo courtesy of Reftrade

Reftrade UK  has made an investment to upgrade its fleet with environmentally friendly technology. The world’s first refrigeration system to use CO2 as a natural refrigerant, NaturaLINE, has been installed in Reftrade UK’s fleet. The system has been designed by Carrier to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and reduce the power usage of each unit.   The six figure investment will see Reftrade UK take a market-lead as the only supplier of refrigerated containers to

Kongsberg Maritime Multibeam Echo Sounder Chosen for Icebreaker

Kongsberg Maritime has been awarded a $3.2m contract to provide an EM 122 1ºx 1º multibeam hydrographic echo sounder and one 3º SBP 120 sub bottom profiler to the University of Stockholm and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation have financed the purchase together with the Swedish Research Council. The system is to be installed on the Icebreaker Oden, which is owned and managed by the Swedish Maritime Administration, Norrköping, Sweden

International Logistics from Washington to Korea

A boat crew from U.S. Coast Guard Port Security Unit (PSU) 313, from Everett, Wash., conducts a security patrol in a 4th generation, 32-foot transportable security boat (TSB) off the coast of Dogu beach in support of exercise Foal Eagle, April 21, 2013. PSU 313 along with Republic of Korea military forces, provided 24-hour water-side and shore-side force protection during Foal Eagle, a Combined/Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore Exercise (C/JLOTS). (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class

On a journey that would take more than five weeks, six 32-foot transportable security boats (TPSBs), two pick-up trucks, six boat trailers, and 15 five-ton storage containers traveled more than 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean from Everett, Washington to Pohang, South Korea.  Coast Guard Port Security Units 311, 312 and 313 mobilized 80 tons of gear and more than 100 personnel to participate in one of the largest, international military exercises on the Korean peninsula

MacAndrews Purchase 25% Share in Progeco Bilbao

Following on last investment earlier in 2013 in the Rail Terminal in Murcia and the launching of the first Reefer Block Train operated in Spain linking Murcia with the Port of Bilbao two times per week, MacAndrews, a door to door Intermodal operator in Europe 100% subsidiary of CMA-CGM Group, have completed the purchase of a 25% share in Progeco Bilbao, SA, becoming its main shareholder. Since 1985, Progeco Bilbao is offering comprehensive logistic services in the industrial and commercial

MacGregor's Improved Lashings Storage System

MacGregors new 40ft flat rack system offers improved storage capacity

  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has developed a new 40ft flat rack loose lashings storage system that is designed to make better use of available deck space. "An overall trend for twistlocks, stackers and midlocks is their weight reduction," explains Perttu Jokinen, Lashing Portfolio Manager, Cargo Stowage and Securing Systems, MacGregor. "This can often lead to the maximum volume of a storage bin being reached before its maximum payload

Internet Can Help Shipping Companies Cut Costs, Say IT Firms

Shipping companies, criticized for being slow to modernize, are being targeted by information technology (IT) companies seeking a slice of a container management business estimated to be worth up to $14 billion. IT companies say they see the Internet as a way for shipping companies to cut the annual cost of handling containers. The problem mainly arises when companies ship cargo from point A to point B, only to find they have no return cargo

Maersk Line, Georgia Port Authority Sign Agreement

Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) on July 13 announced the signing of a major new agreement between Maersk Line and the GPA. The recent opening of Phase One of Savannah’s newest container berth, CB8, the ongoing increases to container storage areas and other equipment additions are part of the Port of Savannah’s 10 year, $700m improvement plan to boost container capacity. The 20-year agreement between Maersk Line and the GPA includes a 10-year renewal option

General Defense Systems Enhances U.S Port Security

General Defense Systems (GDS) has secured a contract to deploy its Lightning Access System, designed to improve information access for security systems at U.S. ports, including shipping container X-ray inspection systems. The first of these systems is to be deployed at the Port of Miami, offering a wireless broadband connection to the facility's existing X-ray container inspection system and providing real-time access to video cameras mounted on the X-ray system

Vacant Pier at Long Beach Port to Ease Congestion

Vacant Pier at Long Beach port

  The Port of Long Beach expects a “Temporary Empty Container Depot” planned for a vacant pier on Terminal Island to be open and operating in December, which will help to alleviate congestion at the docks. The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved the use of 30 acres on Pier S for temporary storage of empty shipping containers.  The temporary depot will help put back into circulation more chassis -- the wheeled trailer-frames that trucks use to haul cargo

Keppel to deliver third FPSO for Shapoorji Pallonji, Bumi Armada JV

Bumi Armada Courtesy Bumi Armada

Keppel Offshore & Marine's (Keppel O&M) wholly-owned subsidiary Keppel Shipyard Ltd (Keppel Shipyard) is on track to deliver a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel to Armada Madura EPC Limited (Armada Madura), a joint venture between Shapoorji Pallonji Group (Shapoorji

Hoover Container Solutions, Ferguson, CCCC Merge

Hoover Ferguson Logo

Hoover Container Solutions (“Hoover”), Ferguson Group (“Ferguson”) and CHEP Catalyst & Chemical Containers (“CCC”), three leading global providers of container solutions products in the energy, petrochemical and general industrial markets

Ready for take-off? - Drewry

Tab1e 1 Note 2016 data is up to 20 October only Source Drewry Maritime Research, derived from World Container Index

The recent rally in Asia to Europe spot market rates has improved carriers’ chances of securing higher 2017 contract rates. How much extra will shippers have to fork out? It has been another typically volatile year as far as the spot freight rate market (i.e

Bumi Armada Berhad Names Its News FPSO

Naming Ceremony of Armada Olombendo (Photo: Bumi Armada)

Bumi Armada Berhad, Malaysia-based international offshore energy facilities and services provider celebrated the naming ceremony of the Armada Olombendo Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) last weekend. Armada Olombendo FPSO represents Bumi Armada’s largest FPSO and it will

Lithuania Terminal Operator to Start LNG Bunkering in 2017

Lithuania plans to start liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering next year, and will soon call a tender for a test cargo, Klaipedos Nafta, the operator of the terminal, said on Wednesday.   The onshore bunkering station at Klaipeda port would be able to reload 250

VLCC Brings India's First Iranian Oil Parcel for Emergency Reserves

India has received the first parcel of Iranian oil to partly fill its strategic storage in southern India, Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd , which imported the very large crude carrier (VLCC), said on its website.   MRPL shipped in 2 million barrels of Iranian oil in the VLCC Dino

Caribbean’s Largest Mobile Harbor Crane Delivered

The new Liebherr mobile harbor crane LHM 600 high rise, is ready for transhipment Rostock, Germany to Kingston, Jamaica. (Photo: Liebherr)

Liebherr Maritime Crane has delivered the largest mobile harbor crane of the Caribbean to Kingston Wharves Limited in Jamaica. The LHM 600 is equipped with an elongated tower extension and eases the handling of big container vessels up to Super-Post-Panamax size.  

Long Beach Says Cargo Volumes Hurt by Hanjin Fallout

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Container volumes at the Port of Long Beach declined 16.6 percent year-over-year in September as the effects of the Hanjin bankruptcy reached the U.S. West Coast.   According to the port, its longshore workers moved 546,805 twenty-foot equivalent units last month

Cosco Raises $1.8bln Capital

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 China’s COSCO Shipping Development Co Ltd  announced a proposed nonpublic issuance of about 3.28 billion shares to specific investors, including its parent company, to raise up to 12 billion yuan ($1.79 billion), reports China Daily.  

Odfjell Sells Its Share in Oman Tank Terminal

Odfjell SE announced that Odfjell Terminals B.V. (OTBV), the joint venture holding company that owns and operates substantially all of Odfjell's tank terminals worldwide, has entered into an agreement to sell its 29.75 percent indirect ownership in Oiltanking Odfjell Terminals & Co

NYK Establishes Logistics Company for Finished Cars in Kenya

Photo: NYK Line

 NYK has signed a joint-venture agreement with Bolloré Transport & Logistics Kenya Limited (Bolloré) and Toyota Tsusho Corporation to establish Bolloré NYK Auto Logistics Limited, a logistics company for finished cars. 

Container Shipping Market has Bottomed Out

Photo: CMA CGM

Hanjin’s receivership represents the trough of the container shipping market and despite continuing concerns of weak trade growth and fleet oversupply a gradual market recovery is now expected, according to the latest annual Container Forecaster and Review 2016/17 report published by global


ENGIE manages a large LNG supply portfolio and has a significant presence in regasification terminals in Europe and worldwide Image CMA CGM Group

CMA CGM and ENGIE signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote LNG as the marine fuel for tomorrow’s container vessels. Farid Salem, Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, and Isabelle Kocher, CEO of ENGIE, signed the agreement today at the Marseille headquarters of CMA CGM.

South Carolina Ports Report Cargo Growth

Photo courtesy of SCPA

South Carolina Ports Authority reported year-over-year growth during the first quarter of its 2017 fiscal year.   SCPA handled 162,858 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in September. First quarter TEU volumes were up 1.4 percent over the same period last year, with 520

BOEM and Atlantic Sand Assessment Project

BOEM-funded Hurricane Sandy initiative is creating a new inventory of potential offshore sediment resources in federal waters in the Atlantic. Photo Lamont-Doherty

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) will dedicate the Atlantic Sand Assessment Project (ASAP) core storage repository on Tuesday, October 25 at 11:00 a.m. The collection is a result of the BOEM-funded project to create a new inventory of

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