Penguin Delivers its First FLEX‐38 Green Crewboat
Penguin Shipyard International (“PSI”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore‐based Penguin International Limited (“PIL”), has delivered its first Flex‐38 Green Crewboat, “Pelican Grace”, following a successful sea trial that saw the triple screw 38‐metre crewboat achieve cruising speeds of over 24 knots with a fuel consumption rate of only 510 litres per hour, which is substantially less than the fuel consumption of other mid‐sized, mechanically powered crewboats. The Flex‐38 is a joint development by PSI…
Bisso Marine Salvages Crewboat
Bisso Marine salvaged a 110-ft. crewboat in Sabine Pass, TX. The crewboat which was involved in collision with a ship rolled over and sank in approximately 50 ft. of water with the stern of the capsized vessel ultimately resting on the bottom and the bow keel floating above the surface. The sunken crewboat was positioned in the middle of the channel such that the Sabine Pass was closed by the USCG creating a problem for inbound and out bound ship traffic whose cargos are loaded and discharged at the refineries in the Port Arthur, TX, area. Due to the emergency nature of the casualty, Bisso Marine was able to divert the D/B Boaz from an oilfield services project in the High Island Area to respond.
Seacor Awards Kongsberg Maritime Contract
Kongsberg Maritime Inc. has been awarded a contract to supply the Class 2 Dynamic Positioning Systems for six Gulfcraft crewboats (hulls 462-467) currently in production at Gulfcraft Shipyard in Patterson La., for SEACOR Marine. Kongsberg Maritime will be supplying its latest K-POS 21 DP2 system with a back up joystick, 2 DGPS systems and a Radius 1000. Radius is the latest in relative positioning systems developed for operation in the harsh and demanding environments that crewboats operate in, utilizing radar technology. The crewboats will range in power and size with two 190 ft. vessels, two 175 ft. vessels, one 165 ft. vessel and a 165 ft. catamaran. They will be the first DP2 class crewboats and the first DP2 class catamaran crewboat delivered in the world.
Jackson Offshore Receives Minority Certification
Lee Jackson, President and CEO of Jackson Offshore LLC, a provider of high specification crewboat services in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, announced the company’s recent certification as a minority business in the state of Louisiana. Jackson Offshore was formed in part to provide dedicated crewboat services to major oil and offshore service companies wishing to contract with companies involved in the reinvestment and rejuvenation of southern Louisiana and especially New Orleans. The company is based in downtown New Orleans and is similarly dedicated to advancing minority participation in the US offshore marine industry. In addition to Lee Jackson’s majority ownership, Jackson Offshore is also comprised of equity partners Rigdon Marine Corporation, a U.S.
Neuville Mixes Large and Small Crewboats
Kerry Neuville recently built an 18-ft. aluminum skiff with his son and now parks it in the same shed where he and his brother started their boatbuilding careers. Across the yard from the little shed Neuville Boatworks huge building sheds bustle with their usual activity. With a 154 x 30 x 12.5-ft. crew boat (160-foot overall) nearing completion for Steve Miguez’s Iberia Crewboats and scheduled for a March delivery. A sister-ship is being framed up on an inverted jig in one of the other building sheds. Both vessels will be powered by four Cummins KTA38 M2 engines provide power for the vessel. Each engine produces 1350 hp at 1950 RPM into Twin Disc MG-6650 gears with 2.47:1 reduction. The 5400 hp crewboats will achieve speeds of 26 knots.
Marcon Sees Crewboat Revitalization
Marcon International presently has 102 crewboats officially available for sale, both domestically and abroad. As brokers, the company is starting to see signs of a revitalization in the crewboat market, and it has been perceived by most parties that day rates have bottomed out in the U.S Gulf. Utilization has been steady for the crewboat market, with increasing utilization and fairly steady rates. The main interest at this time, on behalf of owners/operators, still remains in the larger vessel market (120 ft. and larger). Daily rates for the 120 ft. crew boats are running just under the $1,800/day range, while 130 ft. vessels are commanding levels slightly above the $2,000/day range, depending upon the duration of work, etc.
C&G Yard Crowded with Crewboats
Pictured are Rigdon's Hammerhead and Alioth crew boats on the left and two Tidewater crewboats to the right. Following hard on the heels of the recently delivered M/V Gayla Graham, C&G Boat Works has multiple vessels in all stages of construction with still more on the order books. The firm’s 12-acre yard in Mobile, Ala., is packed with vessels. Four crewboats are currently lined up along the riverside in various states of completion with several more hulls coming together in the fabrications sheds behind them. Scheduled for delivery in October are the M/V’s JoLynn Tide and the Cheryl Tide. These are numbers 10 and 11 in a series of the 175 x 34-footers for Tidewater Marine. These vessels are classed as Sub-Chapter L with smaller passenger capacities but larger cargo capacities.
HamiltonJet HT900s for New High Speed Crewboat
New Zealand waterjet manufacturer HamiltonJet said four of its HT900 waterjets were selected for IncatCrowther’s latest project - a first-of-type 70m Catamaran Fast Crewboat for operations in the Caspian Sea oil industry in Azerbaijan. When completed in 12 months time, this vessel will reportedly be the world’s largest high speedcrewboat operating in the global oil industry. It will also be the largest vessel HamiltonJet has been involved in. The DP2 class vessel will have four control stations…
Crewboat Sold to European Buyers
Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington infomred that Tidewater Marine International Inc. has sold their 41.2m x 8.2m x 3.5m depth / 2.38m draft, high-speed, aluminum crew / supply vessel “Patrice Tide” to private European operators. Built by Breaux Brothers Enterprises, Inc. of Loreauville, Louisiana in 2002, the vessel is powered by four 1,007bkW Cummins KTA 38M2 diesels totaling 5,400BHP driving four 44” x 46” fixed pitch props. This produces a speed range of 15 – 30kn on abt. 100 – 260gph, and range of abt. 1,721nm at economical speed.
Grandweld to Build Third Crewboat for Khalid Faraj
Grandweld Shipyards secured a repeat order worth $5 million (USD) to build a 42-meter aluminum crewboat for Khalid Faraj Shipping. This is the third order received by Grandweld from Khalid Faraj over the last five months. The contract signing took place at Middle East Workboats Conference and Exhibition held in Abu Dhabi on October 1, 2013. Jamal Abki, general manager if Grandweld Shipyards, explained, the 42-meter fast aluminum boat is based on Grandweld’s existing design. The vessel is capable of reaching speeds upwards of 26 knots.
Judicial Estoppel can bar Personal Injury Lawsuit
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that judicial estoppel can bar prosecution of a personal injury lawsuit. In the instant case, plaintiff crewmember was allegedly injured while on board defendant’s crewboat. Prior to filing his personal injury action, plaintiff and his wife filed for bankruptcy. During the pendency of the bankruptcy proceeding, plaintiff failed to update his listing of assets to include the pending lawsuit. When defendant found out about the bankruptcy, it moved to replace plaintiff with the bankruptcy trustee as the real party in interest, but by that time the bankruptcy had been finalized. The court…
VT Halter Appoints Laborde Board Director
VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a subsidiary of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), announced the appointment of Cliffe F. Laborde to its Board of Directors. Laborde is owner and co-manager of Laborde Marine Services, LLC and Laborde Brothers Crewboats, LLC. These companies own and operate platform supply vessels and crewboats that service the offshore energy sector. Laborde previously held the position of Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary to Tidewater, Inc. until June 2007. Prior to his appointment at Tidewater, Laborde was one of four founding partners of the firm Gelpi, Sullivan, Carroll & Laborde, where his practice primarily involved maritime defense litigation.
Vessel Sales Arranged by Marcon
Marcon International has reported the following sales, all arranged by the company. C & C Boats of Southern California has sold crewboat Irene T II (57 x 17.5 ft., built 1970 by Halter Marine) to Anchorage Launch of Portland, Ore. Anchorage will employ the boat in its ship services business on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. C & C Boats has also purchased U.S. flag 120 x 24 ft. crewboat Miss Johnette, which was built 1988 by Breaux Bay Craft from Graham Offshore of Texas. C & C will reposition the vessel to the West Coast and operate her in the oil fields off California.
Cummins Delivers First QSK95 Engines
Manufacturer of diesel engines and generator sets for the marine industry Cummins Inc. said it recently delivered the first four QSK95 engines for a marine application, with four additional units to be delivered in December. The engines were delivered to longtime Cummins partner SEACOR Marine Holdings Inc. for installation into a 57-meter catamaran crewboat designed by Incat Crowther. “We are extremely excited to be working with SEACOR Marine to launch the first QSK95 marine engines,” said Jim Schacht, Executive Director - Marine Market, Cummins Inc.
Crewboat Delivered for USACE Mission
Vanguard Services, New Johnsonville, Tenn., has delivered an aluminum 23 ft. crewboat to Massman Construction Co. The USACE is constructing navigation lock approach walls for the Olmsted Lock & Dam. The construction uses innovative in-the-wet construction, which does not utilize a cofferdam. The contract calls for the contractor to furnish a boat for the explicit use of the government for inspection purposes, but will be owned, licensed and maintained by the contractor. Vanguard Services manufactures a complete line of aluminum boats, including open skiffs, landing craft and even a new rigid hull inflatable boat with an aluminum bottom and sides.
Crewboat Merlin Tide Sold to European Buyers
Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington has announced that Tidewater Marine International Inc. has sold its44.2m x 8.1m x 3.6m depth / 1.7m draft, 168mtdw, high-speed, aluminum crew / supply vessel Merlin Tide\ to private European operators for continued operation in oilfield service. Built by Swiftships Shipbuilders LLC of Morgan City, Louisiana for Tidewater as Hull 524 in 1999, the vessel is powered by five 956kW Cummins KTA 38M2 diesels developing a total of 6…
Swissco Extends Monohull Crewboat Fleet
Incat Crowther announced that Cheoy Lee has delivered a second pair of 36m Monohull Crewboats to Singapore-based operator Swissco Holdings. Swissco Spring and Swissco Leopard follow on from the highly successful Swissco Puma and Swissco Cheetah. The design features 94 square meters of aft cargo deck, capable of carrying 50 tons. The main deck passenger compartment features 70 seats, beverage counter, luggage racks and a pair of heads. Forward doors allow direct access to the foredeck for bow transfer of personnel. Below decks, the vessels accommodate ten crew in six cabins.
Another McCall Innovation
When Seacor Marine LLC became involved with the McCall crewboat fleet they very wisely kept the McCall family participation in the design and building of new vessels. Symbolic of the practice has been the tradition of including McCall in the name of all the fleet’s new crewboats. A few years ago the Colin B. McCall was named in honour of Colin Black whose many innovations in Cummins diesel technology were appreciated by Norman McCall and his son Joe. On December 5, 2006 at a naming ceremony for Seacor’s latest crewboat, Norman McCall once again demonstrated his love of innovation not only in the vessel, but even in the Christening ceremony. Standing on the bow of the 190-ft.
Crowning the Decades Crew Supply Boats
Looking back at the Cummins Hotips#84 from 1999 (www.haig-brown.com Hotips) one can see how this class of vessels has evolved over the past decade. The crew boats were already getting larger with vessels up to 183 by 35 ft being the largest built for the Gulf of Mexico at that time. The larger boats demanded more power with the shift from six-cylinder 700-HP KTA19 engines to the larger 12-cylinder 1350 hp KTA38-M2. In the spring of 2009 C&G Boatworks in Mobile launched the crewboat Gulf Princess for Graham Gulf. At 185 by34 ft the size had not grown so much but the level of sophistication had.
Rigdon Receives Rigdon Yellowfin
Larry Rigdon, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rigdon Marine, announced that Rigdon Marine Corporation has officially entered the Crewboat and Fast Supply Vessel market with the delivery yesterday of the RIGDON YELLOWFIN. The RIGDON YELLOWFIN was delivered by C&G Boatworks of Mobile, Alabama. Mrs. Margot Jackson christened the RIGDON YELLOWFIN before it was immediately deployed under long term contract to a major oil company in the Gulf of Mexico. “The christening of our first Crewboat marks the beginning of another very exciting chapter in the history of Rigdon Marine Corporation,” said Larry Rigdon. “Today, we are even better positioned to meet the needs of our clients through a wider range of modern, technologically advanced vessels.
Incat Crowther Supplies Crewboat Design, Build Kits
Incat Crowther has been awarded a contract with shipbuilder Astinave EP of Guayaquil, Ecuador for the supply of vessel design services and aluminum component kits for a pair of 22.5m monohull crewboats currently under construction for an undisclosed client. The vessels will operate in support of Ecaudor’s state-owned oil and gas company, Flota Petrolera Ecuatoriana (Flopec). Incat Crowther said the 20-knot crewboats feature modern styling combined with a robust and simple-to-build structure.
BOURBON Reports Continued Growth in Q1 2013
"In a favorable context for the oil & gas and related services industry, BOURBON is continuing to grow," says CEO. Continued growth especially in the Shallow water offshore segment (+31.7%); this is due to the combined effect of the entry into service of 9 vessels in the last 12 months and improved market conditions (utilization rates and average daily rates). Signing of a 3-year contract in Trinidad for the latest generation FSIV (Fast Support Intervention Vessel) with dynamic positioning (DP 2).
MJP, SwiftShips Team up on GoM Crewboat
The sea trials of Rodi Marine’s crewboat, the M/V Riley Claire, have given Marine Jet Power a major breakthrough in the Gulf of Mexico crewboat market. The trial results show that all performance predictions were reached. The DP2 Certified Crewboat, built by Swiftships LLC, is powered by four MJP 650 CSU water jets. During sea trials in June, the M/V Riley Claire reached a peak speed of 30.3 knots in lightship condition and 24.0 knots fully loaded. The vessel’s MJP waterjets are powered by four Cummins QSK 50 engines…