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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Former ‘Google Barge’ Sold

Photo: Marcon International

After concluding two 3,500HP tug sales on December 30, Marcon International Inc. has started 2015 with three ocean barge sales, and hopes to report on several additional sales before the end of this month. Five 4,500-6,000HP tugs, one 5,150BHP AHTS and two 3,200 – 5,500dwt ocean barges continue to be fixed on previously arranged long-term charters. The most recent transaction is the purchase by private U.S. West Coast Buyers of the former “Google barge JMC 262” (ex-BAL0001, CIB 721) from Cashman Equipment Corp.

Marcon Sells 11th Ocean Tank Barge This Year

The single skin, ocean tank barge, B. No. 105, was sold to West African buyers after sellers took delivery of their newbuilding double-hull replacement. The barge, re-named Heyden-Lamissa, was built by Gretna Machine & Iron Works, Gretna, LA in 1971. Principal dimensions are 340 ft by 70 ft by 27.5 ft hull depth. Cargo capacity is 12,889 tons or abt. 102,000 bbls in 10 coiled cargo tanks. Special features include a 12 million BTU self-heating system and crew accommodations for four persons.

Crewboat Sold to European Buyers‏

Patrice Tide

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.

Marcon International, Inc. Announces Sale of a 180' Supply Boat

Toby Tide

Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington has announced the sale of a 180' supply boat to West Coast buyers. Twenty Grand Marine Service, L.L.C. of New Orleans, Louisiana has sold their U.S. flag supply vessel "Toby Tide" to Ocean Marine Services, Inc. of Kirkland, Washington. The ABS +A1 (E) +AMS classed, 180' x 40' x 14' supply vessel was built in 1980 by Halter Marine in New Orleans. She is powered by a pair of CAT D399TA diesel engines producing a total of 2,250HP, turning 76" x 70" props through Reintjes WAV 1400 gears.

Macron Announces Anchor Handler Sale

Photo: Macron International

Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington announced the private sale of a 2010 built, dynamic positioning, firefighting, anchor handling tug supply vessel. The Conan Wu Design (now part of Wärtsilä Ship Design), 55.0m x 13.8m x 5.5m depth vessel is classed ABS A1 Towing Vessel, AH, Fire Fighting Vessel Class 1, Offshore Support Vessel, AMS, DPS-1, Unrestricted Service. The 1,102mtdw AHTS is powered by a pair of 1,894kW CAT 3516B-HD main engines driving Berg controllable pitch propellers in kort nozzles via Reintjes WAF 873 gearboxes and developing a total of 5…

Ocean Deck Barge Sold

The barge was classed ABS +A1 Barge, Unrestricted Service and built with a 12mm side shell and 16mm bottom and deck plate. Uniform deck load is 15mt/m2. The 300’ (91.5m) x 90’ 27.46m) x 18’ (5.50m) barge will head for under her new name, Nostag 10. The buyer requested removal of the bin walls prior to delivery. This is the second newbuild barge that Marcon International of Coupeville, Washington has sold from this shipyard. Marcon acted as sole broker. To-date this year Marcon has sold 7 ocean deck barges totaling 52,029dwt capacity. Since 1990, when we started closely tracking sales, Marcon has sold 95 ocean deck barges with an aggregate capacity of over 600,000dwt. Sales are pending on several additional vessels and barges with closings expected within two weeks. (www.marcon.com)

Crewboat Merlin Tide Sold to European Buyers

Photo: Marcon International

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…

10,000dwt Ocean Deck Barge Sold

The 10,000dwt, Vanuatu flagged ocean flat deck barge "DRC/Blake 1" (ex- Eide Barge 35, Pacific Horizon, MB-100, SLB-1 and SLB-2) was sold to private South American buyers, marking the second time that Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington has sold this heavily-built unit. Marcon previously sold her from Horizon Offshore of Houston, Texas to Eide Marine Services of Norway in 2004. "DRC/Blake 1's" dimensions are 100m x 30m x 7.5m' depth and she has a 10 tonnes per square meter uniform deck load. The barge is classed by Lloyds, LR +100 A1 Pontoon.

Main Iron Works Built Tug Returning Home

Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington reported that the 5,570BHP tug Jabbar has been sold by Awal Marine Services of Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain to TradeWinds Towing LLC of Saint Augustine, Florida. Jabbar, meaning “powerful” or “tremendous” in Arabic, was originally built by Main Iron Works of Houma, Louisiana as their Hull 335 for McAllister Towing & Transportation of New York. The twin screw tug was operated by International Tug Service, a joint venture company between McAllister and Arabian American Oil Co. Ltd.

Marcon Involved in Three Vessel Sales

Crowley Maritime Services, Seattle, has sold its twin screw tug Geronimo (ex-Zeno) to Bay Towing Corp. of Norfolk, Va. The tug, built in 1967, measures 128 x 32.8 ft., and is powered by two Fairbanks Morse 10-38D8-1/8 main engines. This is the third tug Bay Transportation has purchased through Marcon International, Coupeville, Wash. The Klukwan Native Corp., of Juneau, Alaska, has sold twin screw, 3,000 hp tug Chilkat Hunter (ex-Hunter D, ex-Chaunta, ex-Wendy Foss, ex-Pacific Mariner) to Gimrock Construction, Inc., of Hialeah, Fla. The vessel was built in 1964, and rebuilt in 1993 with a new aluminum pilothouse. The boat has been renamed Gimrock Atlas by the new owners. This is the third tug Gimrock has purchased through Marcon.

Brokers Marcon Conclude Ocean Deck Barge Sale

Barge HML 240-2: Photo credit Marcon International

Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington says that Pacific Coast Maritime, Inc., Seattle, Washington, a subsidiary of Harley Marine Services, Seattle, has concluded the sale of its 240’ ABS ocean deck barge “HML 240-2” (ex-Aqua 242, MK-242, Foss 242) to Island Tug & Barge Co. also of Seattle. Marcon International explain that the 240’ x 60’x 16’ flat deck barge was originally built by Todd Shipyards Corp. of Houston, Texas for Foss Maritime in 1967, and acquired by Pacific Coast Maritime, Inc. in 2000 as the “Aqua 242”.

Marcon Announces Sale of Survey Vessel

Marcon International, Inc. confidential terms. commissioned by Cheramie BoTruc and rebuilt in 1983. subsequently sold to Bollinger Machine Shop. Mar Equipment in 1996. Current sellers bought the vessel in 2003. 1700BHP and fitted a 200HP bow thruster. generators provide electrical power. total of 32 persons in 8 staterooms. The 146 x 36-ft. unit will be reactivated from lay up in the U.S. Class being reinstated prior to sailing to West Africa for employment. Marcon acted as sole broker in the transaction. of one per week. expected to close within the next 30 days.

Time Charter of DP-1 Research Vessel Fixed

Photo courtesy Marcon

Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington reported that Stabbert Maritime of Seattle has time chartered the U.S. flag, DP-1, research vessel Ocean Pioneer (ex: Seabulk Montana, Montana, Seabulk Montana, Indian Seal) to FMC Technology of Davis, California. The 205' x 40' x 17' depth vessel was built in 1974 by Burton Shipyard in Port Arthur, Texas for Seal Fleet of Galveston, Texas and acquired by Hvide Marine, Inc. in 1996, along with seven other offshore supply boats. Hvide reorganized in 2001 and was renamed Seabulk International.

Mini-Cruise Ships Sold

Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Wa. reported that the sales of the two U.S. flag mini-cruise ships Wilderness Discoverer (ex- Mayan Prince) and Wilderness Adventurer (ex- Spirit of Adventure, Caribbean Prince) have concluded. Both vessels were sold by creditors JPMorgan Chase to private Pacific Northwest interests for Alaskan operations to begin in May 2011. The vessels will be operated under a new small ship adventure brand called InnerSea Discoveries, which is designed to be more adventuresome and appealing to a broad spectrum of younger-minded and experiential travelers.

Marcon Sale

Marcon International reported the sale of 121 ft., 4,400 hp twin screw tug Dauntless (ex-E.B. McNaughton) by Crowley Marine Service to Bay Towing Corp. of Norfolk, Va. Designed by Schuller & Allan of Houston; the raised foc'sle bow tug was orginally built in 1970 at Gulfport Shipbuilding Corp., or Port Arthur, Texas to tow 15,999 dwt self-discharge urea barge Hawaii for Brewer Chemical of Hilo, Hawaii. In the mid-1980s, previous to her purchase by Crowley, the tug was placed on a long-term charter by Marcon to Alaska Tug & Salvage of Anchorage towing a 300 x 90 ft. ocean container barge for Sea-Land in the Far East.

300th Tug Brokered by Marcon Int'l

Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington reported the sale of the U.S. flag, twin screw tug “Pacific Patriot” (ex-Pacific King) from Kirby Marine Offshore to U.S. West Coast buyers on private terms. This was the 300th tug brokered by Marcon and 1,351st sale or charter since the sale of the vintage and some would say very “classic” 1950s built, 135’ supply boat “Low Tide” from Tidewater in the early 1980s. Built in 1980 by Main Iron Works in Bayou Blue, Louisiana, the 1,700BHP “Pacific Patriot” measures 77’ x 26.5’ x 11’ depth of hull and is powered by twin CAT D398SCACs driving fixed pitch propellers in kort nozzles, developing a bollard pull of 26.4 tons and free running speed of 12kn.

Marcon International Brokering Tarsiut Island Caissons in Arctic

Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington has been chosen to market four concrete caisson section constructed in 1981 to drill exploration wells in the shallow Beaufort Sea. The hollow reinforced light-weight concrete caisson sections, each abt. 69m long x 15m wide x 11.5m high and weighing abt. 5,000 tonnes, were designed and constructed for the Tarsiut Island project, the first 100m diameter caisson-retained island built for drilling in the Arctic offshore. The caissons were arranged in a square, backfilled and standing on top of submerged sand berm.

Ocean Deck Barge Sold

Marcon International, Inc. announced the sale of the 5,000tdw ocean deck barge Mitkof Provider from Alaska Marine Lines of Seattle, Wash., to Island Tug and Barge Co., also of Seattle. The 280’ x 60’ x 17’ barge was originally built in 1969 by Todd Shipyard, Seattle, Wash. as the “Vanliner 280” and after converted and named “Foss 280” served first as the foundation of a 221 man camp for Prudhoe Bay operations in the Arctic and later housed personnel involved in the Exxon Oil Spill Cleanup.. She was sold by Foss in the early – mid’90’s to Alaska Marine Lines who eventually removed the modular housing units and installed a new 7’ high fence and concrete deck with steel “T” beams every 42” allowing the barge to trade as a conventional flat deck barge. Island Tug and Barge Co.

Scripps Sells Oceanographic Research Vessel

New Horizon (Photo: Marcon International)

Purpose-built oceanographic research and survey vessel New Horizon has been sold from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography to private interests, announced ship broker Marcon International, Inc. New Horizon will continue to work under her new ownership as a U.S. flag research and survey vessel. The 170' loa x 36' beam x 15' depth / 12.76' draft New Horizon was specially built as a dedicated oceanographic research ship for Scripps, whose research vessels and research platform make up one of the largest academic fleets in the world.

Sale of Two Inland River Pushboats

Marcon International Inc. of Coupeville, Wash. announced the sale of two sister inland river pushboats Captain Jimmy and Captain from Hanover Towing Inc. of Wilmington, NC to McBride River Services LLC of Kentucky on private terms. The 900 bhp pushboats were originally built by Jeffboat Inc at Jeffersonville, Ind., in 1965,and were commissioned by Gulf Atlantic Towing Corporation. The pair were sold to Allied Towing in 1972 and Hanover purchased them in 1975. The 58.3 ft. registered length vessels are powered by twin Cummins KT1150M diesels driving two 60 x 50-in. 4-blade stainless steel blades. Immediately after closing the sale, both pushboats were mobilized from North Carolina to the Mid West region to commence a charter. Marcon acted as sole broker in the transaction.

2,000HP Tug Wahoo 4 Sold

Originally owned by , the tug was delivered as the "Smit Noorwegen." Current sellers had purchased the vessel from Smit-Lloyd () NV in 2005 and overhauled the tug in 2007. "Wahoo 4" is equipped with a single drum towing winch. Tug was originally classed with Bureau Veritas but this was withdrawn in recent years. This is the second sale Marcon International, Inc. of has concluded to these buyers within recent weeks. Marcon was the sole broker in both transactions.  

Ensco Marine Sells Tug Supply Boat

Ensco Marine of Broussand, La. has sold its anchor handling tug supply boat Ensco Giant to Odyssea Marine. The vessel was built in 1976 by Mangone Shipyard in Houston, Texas and was fitted with a Smatco DAW-250 double drum waterfall anchor handling/towing winch. The vessel will be renamed Odyssea Giant and used in offshore anchor handling and towing in support of the new owner's offshore construction business both domestically and internationally. This purchase increases Odyssea's fleet to 24 vessels. The sale was brokered solely by Marcon International Inc. To-date this year, Marcon has been involved in the sale or charter of a total of 10 vessel or barges. Sales are expected on six additional units within 60 days.

World's Largest Hover-Barge Sold

Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington has announced the sale of the unfinished, newbuilding hover barge "Monty" by builder Sundial Marine Construction & Repair of Troutdale, Oregon. to private buyers. This unique hover or air cushion barge (ACB) was designed to hover about 5' above the surface while carrying about 450 tons of deck cargo on a clear deck of abt. 9,000ft2. She was being built for Vancouver-based Redfern Resources, Ltd. of British Columbia, Canada to transport cargoes of supplies in and ore concentrates out to/from a multi-metal gold…

 

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