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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

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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


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


Container Shippers Seek Rate Hikes

A group of container-shipping companies will reportedly seek rate increases of between 10 and 15 percent next year on cargo traveling to the United States from Asia. The group, the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement, represents 14 container-shipping companies that handle goods ranging from clothes to electronics, toys and home furnishings. Cargo in the trade, of which the group handles more than 70 percent, has been valued at more than $200 billion a year.


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


Slow Steaming “can damage containers” - BMT

Courtesy BMT

  Fuel saving measures can have a negative effect on the lashing forces on the containers, according to Maritime London member BMT Surveys. The company's risk & quality manager and marine surveyor, Olivier van der Kruijs, bases this warning on audits on more than 100 container vessels


Lloyd's Launches 2015 Container Certification Scheme

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  Lloyd’s Register launched its 2015 Container Certification Scheme today to give a clear and concise set of rules to ensure offshore and onshore containers are safe and certified correctly.       Aimed at both manufacturers and operators of equipment in the


Brent Oil Rises as Euro Gains Against Dollar

Brent oil prices rose on Wednesday as the euro strengthened against the dollar following a boost in business morale in the euro zone's top two economies. The euro was up 0.6 percent against the dollar, the currency in which crude oil futures trade. The dollar lost 0


Boat of the Month: Moore Shallow Shuttle 23

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Moore Boat LLC recently delivered the first of three all new aluminum Moore Shallow Shuttle 23 RIB’s to Seacrets, Jamaica USA after the vessel’s successful completion of various sea trials and the U.S. Coast Guard’s final simplified stability test


AGCT Opens COSCO Service in Rijeka

Maiden call of COSCO’s Contship Eco at ICTSI’s Adriatic Gate Container Terminal.

  Adriatic Gate Container Terminal (AGCT), International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI) container handling facility in the Port of Rijeka, Croatia, recently launched China Ocean Shipping (Group) Co.’s (COSCO), Adriatic–Greece–Turkey service (AGT) when


GE Diesel Engines and Gearboxes for Reinauer ATB

GE Marine Tier 4 Certified 12V250 Diesel Engine (Image: GE)

Reinauer Transportation Companies, LLC, purchased two GE U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 4 certified marine diesel engines and two Lufkin Marine Propulsion Gearboxes for its new articulated tug and barge (ATB), GE Marine announced.  


LBC Tank Terminals, Rotterdam Port Invest in New Jetty

Construction of the new jetty at the LBC terminal  LBC-Rotterdam has been proposed

  The Port of Rotterdam and the independent storage company LBC Tank Terminals have reached a long term agreement for the construction of a new jetty at the LBC terminal in Botlek, Rotterdam. ‘This new jetty is the first and a very important step in the expansion of our terminal in


GPA Marks 14.2% Growth in Containers

GPA photo/Stephen B. Morton

The Georgia Ports Authority marked strong and sustained growth across all major markets in the month of February, including bulk, breakbulk, autos and machinery, and containerized freight.   "The additional cargo attracted to Georgia speaks to the reliability and ease of doing business


Liebherr to Supply Four Cranes to Australia

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Order includes three unique articulated boom ship to shore container cranes (STS) for delivery to Port Botany, Sydney; one ship to shore container crane (STS) for Fisherman’s Island, Brisbane   Liebherr Container Cranes has recently completed the testing of articulated boom cranes in


Sempra Energy Plans Port Arthur LNG project

Image: Cameron LNG (Sempra LNG)

 Sempra Energy’s subsidiary, Port Arthur LNG, has requested that the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) initiate the pre-filing review for the company’s proposed liquefaction and export facility in Port Arthur, Texas.  


Singamas Container: Profit Down in 2014, Bullish for 2015

Image: Singamas Container Holdings Limited

 The world’s second-largest container manufacturer Singamas Container reported 2014 net profit which is lower than the previous year, but is expecting a better 2015 bolstered by pent-up demand from shipping lines and the firm’s investment in a gateway province between China and


GTT Bags Order for DSME-built LNGC

Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG), has received an order for one liquefied natural gas carrier (LNGC).   The ship will be built by the South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo


Fire Aboard Teekay-owned FPSO Petrojarl Knarr

The FPSO Petrojarl Knarr being towed by Fairmount Marine tugs from South Korea to Norway (file photo)

  A fire started aboard the Teekay-owned FPSO Petrojarl Knarr this morning. The fire was the second aboard the FPSO unit, which was built in 2014, during its young life at sea.   The blaze occurred just a week after the Petrojarl Knarr produced its first oil from the Knarr field in


Ships Queues Creep into Lagos ports

Lagos Port Complex (port of Lagos) by Nigerian Ports Authority

 19 ships laden with petrol and other commodities are discharging at the Lagos ports, says Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) in its daily publication `Shipping Position’.   Three of the ships were laden with petrol, while the others had diesel, steel products, containers, bulk salt


The Bigger the Ship, the Riskier

Image: Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

 Container ship safety is under the spotlight with ever-increasing ship sizes, as evidenced by the January 2015 inauguration of the world’s largest container ship, the MSC Oscar (19,224 teu).    The length of four football pitches, it can carry 19,000 containers






 
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