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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

TAMPA SHIPBUILDING

Chouest Purchases Tampa Shipyard

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On November 18, 2008, Edison Chouest Offshore officials appeared before the Tampa Port Authority in an effort to secure the assignment of Tampa Bay Shipbuilding and Repair’s long-term lease agreement with the port.  The authority had no objection to the transfer and, on that date, Tampa Ship, LLC was born.  Chouest assumed management and operation of the yard in early December. The Tampa shipyard is a full service conversion, overhaul and repair facility that was previously owned by a group associated with Mobile, AL-based Bender Shipbuilding and Repair.  The shipyard has been the only commercial shipyard equipped with four large graving docks (capable of servicing ships up to 150,000 DWT) and extensive crane facilities between Pascagoula, MS and Hampton Roads, VA. “Tampa Ship provides us more capacity for new construction and the repair of much larger vessels,” said President Gary Chouest.  “Now that we have closed on the purchase, we are looking forward to construction on our first new vessel this month.” Although the shipyard specialized in recent years in performing repairs and overhauls, Chouest has agreed to assist in the phase out of a new construction deal with Bender.  The previous owner has been building three large barges for Overseas Shipholding Group; Chouest will assist in completing that deal, slated for a late 2009 delivery.

Tampa Bay Shipbuilding Elects New CEO

Tampa Bay Shipbuilding & Repair Company announced the appointment of Walter J. Hartley Jr. (Joe) to the position of president and CEO. A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Hartley has an extensive background in the ship repair and conversion industry. His previous experience includes vice president at Atlantic Dry Dock in Jacksonville; president and CEO of Atlantic Marine in Mobile, Ala.; and president and CEO of S & H Land Corporation in Jacksonville.

Bender Promotes Pinkham

Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co. Inc. and Tampa Bay Shipbuilding & Repair Company have promoted Michael Pinkham to Ship Repair Sales Manager for both the Mobile and Tampa yards. The Sales and Marketing Departments of both companies have been combined to more efficiently and economically service customer accounts. Pinkham brings his many years of ship repair sales, production and estimating experience to this position

Seabulk to Hold Double Christening

Seabulk Towing is scheduled to christen the sister tugs Buccaneer and Gasparilla at its Tampa, Fla. facility on Thursday, January 24. Sponsors are Lorraine Gontarski, to christen tug Buccaneer on behalf of her husband, Joe Gontarski, who is Senior Director and special assistant to the Executive Director for Port Manatee and has served both the Port of Tampa and Port Manatee for over 30 years. The career of tug Gasparilla’s sponsor, Ms

RiverHawk's Multimission Platform Launched

Advanced Multimission Platform (AMP)

RiverHawk Launches First-of-Class Advanced Multimission Platform (AMP) at Tampa Yard.   RiverHawk Fast Sea Frames (RHFSF) has launched its signature Advanced Multimission Platform (AMP) at its shipyard in Tampa, Florida.  Fully designed and built in the United States, the 145-foot coastal security craft was contracted 12 months ago by the U S Department of the Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to Maritime Security Strategies (MSS) of Tampa, Florida

Marine Towing of Tampa to Debut Tractor Tug

Marine Towing of Tampa, LLC will host a private dedication ceremony on Thursday, June 12 to debut its new tugboat, Patriot, at Port Tampa Bay. The Patriot is one of the few tugboats in the United States with open ocean firefighting capabilities spraying nearly 12,000 gallons per minute at a distance of 400 feet. Built in East Boothbay, Maine, the 93’ long, 5,000 horsepower tugboat equipped with two Tier 3 sixteen cylinder Caterpillar engines and two Rolls-Royce Z-drives will add to

Where There is No Safe Haven

There is a disturbing trend developing internationally that will surely be an agenda topping item for the International Maritime Organization in the coming year. At press time the Norwegian RoRo vessel Tampa, its crew of 27 and a reported 438 refugees — including 22 women and 43 children — was still in limbo. On Sunday, August 26, 2001 in Indonesian territorial waters, Tampa received a call from the Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) Australia asking it to rescue a fishing vessel in distress

Tampa Bay Coast Guard Tests Pollution-Recovery System

Coast Guard personnel from Sector St. Petersburg, along with members from Port Manatee and Tampa Fire and Rescue, conducted a pollution-response exercise at the Port of Manatee in Palmetto, Fla., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. The exercise was aimed at testing and improving the Coast Guard's ability to assemble, deploy and operate a Vessel of Opportunity Skimming System (VOSS). A VOSS is used to isolate and collect the spilled substance during or after a spill

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Delivers 12th Product Tanker

Photo courtesy Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard (Oslo: AKPS), a leading U.S. commercial shipyard, delivered to American Shipping Company (Oslo: AMSC) the shipyard’s twelfth Veteran Class MT-46 product tanker. The 46,000 dwt vessel, named the Overseas Tampa, will leave the shipyard in the coming days under the operation of Overseas Shipping Group (OSG) to transport petroleum products. The on schedule delivery of this ship marks the successful conclusion of a historic shipbuilding program that began in April

Cross-Bay Ferry Again Posts Record Ridership

The Tampa Cross-Bay Ferry (Image: Tampa Cross-Bay Ferry)

In St. Petersburg and Tampa, Florida, the fledglng trial of the Cross-Bay Ferry carried nearly 8,000 passengers during March and generated significant growth in ridership for both weekday and weekend service between Tampa and St. Petersburg.   During March, the Cross-Bay Ferry sold a record 7,990 tickets, which was a 31-percent increase over February, which was also a record month. The 6-month pilot project has now carried 31,362 people as of March 31

Vane Bros. Orders Four New Tugs from Chesapeake

(Image: Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp.)

Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp. said it has signed an agreement to design and build four new push tugs for Vane Brothers. The design and construction on the Subchapter M compliant tugs will begin immediately in Chesapeake Shipbuilding’s hull fabrication buildings in Salisbury, Md. The series’ lead vessel is expected to be delivered in the beginning of 2019. The four new sister tugs will Subchapter M compliant each measure 94’ LOA

ABS Grants AIP for LNG Power Vessel

Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding vessel concept offers efficient LNG power generation and storage. Photo: ABS

 ABS has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) to Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd., for its LNG Power Vessel. The vessel is designed in accordance with the applicable requirements of ABS Rules and IMO Regulations.    “ABS provides the marine industry reliable guidance to enable innovative technology development in support of more efficient operations,” said ABS Vice President for Global Gas Solutions Patrick Janssens

China to Roll Out Smart Crude Oil Carrier

Photo: Dalian Shipbuilding Industry

China's Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co (DSIC) is working on China's first smart crude oil carrier - a special project named "smart ship 1.0 R&D - which will incorporate technology to help the captain operate the ship. The Chinese state media quoted Guan Yinghua, deputy chief engineer of DSIC as saying that the project was assigned by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.   Guan said that the very large intelligent crude carrier will be the most important result

Korea to be Shipbuilding Leader Again: President

President Moon Jae-in (left) smiles as he receives a model of the icebreaker LNG carrier tanker `Vladimir Rusanov` from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering CEO Jung Sung-leep, at Daewoo`s Okpo Shipyard in Geoje, Gyeongsangnam-do Province, on Jan. 3. Photo:  Office of the President

 South Korean President Moon Jae-in stated that the technological prowess and competitiveness of Korean shipbuilders, assuring them that, “Korea can become a global shipbuilding leader once again.”    President Moon was visiting Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering`s Okpo Shipyard in Geoje, Gyeongsangnam-do Province, to inspect the shipbuilding yard of an icebreaker arctic liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker.  

Irma to Weaken by Tuesday Afternoon: NHC

Hurricane Irma was losing strength as its center moved toward the northwestern coast of the Florida Peninsula on Monday and was forecast to weaken to a tropical storm during the day and to a tropical depression by Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.   Irma, once ranked as one of the most powerful hurricanes recorded in the Atlantic, was about 60 miles (100 km) north of Tampa, Florida, carrying maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 km per hour)

Crowley Shipping Fuel to Hurricane Stricken Locales

Photo: Crowley

Eighteen Jones Act petroleum vessels owned and/or operated by Crowley Maritime Corp. have been loaded to discharge gasoline and diesel into Florida ports in the coming few days.   The mobilization responds to fuel shortages caused by the unprecedented evacuation of millions of Floridians ahead of Hurricane Irma. The vessels include Crowley’s MT Ohio and Florida, which were among the first tankers to bring fuel into the Port of Tampa on Tuesday along with MT West Virginia in Port

PPP Investment in Port Tampa Bay

Image: Port Tampa Bay

 Port Tampa Bay approved a public-private partnership (PPP) agreement with four other entities to divvy up who will pay for a $60 million widening and extension of the Big Bend Channel.   The strategic partners include the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Tampa Electric Co. and Mosaic Co., a global fertilizer company which is one of port's largest tenants along with Tampa Electric

CSSC to Restructure

File Photo:  China State Shipbuilding Corporation

 The primary contractor for China's naval force China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC) is preparing a major asset reorganization involving its two subsidiaries, reported China Daily.   The companies have halted stock trading on the Shanghai Stock Exchange The announcement said that whether the reforms take place would be decided in the next 10 trading days.   CSSC Holdings Ltd and CSSC Offshore and Marine Engineering Co Ltd both acted upon the notices from their parent company

GlobalSim Providing Crane Simulators to Newport News Shipbuilding

GlobalSim Advanced Crane Simulator- Dome Configuration with suspended cabin. Photo: GlobalSim

GlobalSim has installed a Virtual Reality Crane Simulator Training System at Newport News Shipbuilding. The system provides a high-tech solution for training crane operators without risking personnel or equipment run by novice operators.     The VR solution includes laptop computers, a headset and controls – all packaged in travel cases.  This order is expected to be one of many simulators as Newport News Shipbuilding works to improve the effectiveness and safety of

Rosneft Orders Ten More Arctic Shuttle Tankers at Zvezda

Photo: Rosneft

 Rosnefteflot, a subsidiary of Russia’s petroleum company Rosneft, has inked agreements with compatriot Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex for construction of ten Arctic shuttle tankers.   At the same time Rosnefteflot and Taimyrneftegaz  signed an agreement for 20 year time chartering of these tankers.   Each tankers will be with 42,000 t deadweight each. ARC7 ice class tankers are designed for operations in the conditions with ice thickness up to 1

Sino-Danish Focus on Energy Efficient Ships

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

 A delegation from the Chinese Ministry of Industry is visiting Denmark as part of the cooperation between the two Administrations.    A Danish-Chinese workshop on energy efficient ship design and marine equipment will be held during the three-day visit.   The workshop will be attended by the Danish Maritime Authority, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and other Chinese authorities, as well as shipowners, marine equipment manufacturers

MHI to Reorganize its Shipbuilding Business

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) announced it will establish two new wholly-owned companies in conjunction with reorganization of its shipbuilding business. Effective January 1, 2018, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. will primarily undertake construction of ships that require intensive outfitting, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Structure Co., Ltd. will mainly engage in the manufacture of large ships and marine structures.  

Canada Launches Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel

Photo: Courtesy Seaspan Shipyards

 Seaspan Shipyards (Seaspan) has celebrated the launch of the first large vessel to be designed and built under the Government of Canada's National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) - OFSV1, the first of three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels (OFSV).   In 2011, the Government of Canada competitively selected Seaspan to be its Non-Combat Shipbuilder as part of the NSS program. Under the NSS, Seaspan will build and deliver non-combat vessels at the company's state-of-the-art facility in

ASC Shipbuilding CEO Lamarre Steps Down

Mark Lamarre (Photo: ASC Shipbuilding)

 ASC Shipbuilding chief executive officer Mark Lamarre will step down after three years at the helm of the Australian naval warship builder. According to the shipyard, Lamarre has decided to return to the United States for family reasons.   ASC shipbuilding general manager Jim Cuthill will step in as acting CEO from December 15.   On November 24, ASC secured the shipbuilding role for the initial phase of the Offshore Patrol Vessel project in Adelaide in 2018-2020.  

Concordia, Damen Partner to Build Inland Vessels

Jan-Wim Dekker, CPO, Damen Shipyards Gorinchem; Simon Provoost, Product Director Inland Waterway Transport, Damen Shipyards Gorinchem; and Chris Kornet, CEO, Concordia (Photo: Damen)

Concordia Group and Damen Shipyards Group have signed a joint venture agreement to cooperate in the construction and trade of inland waterway vessels. The joint venture will operate under the name Concordia Damen Shipbuilding.    Concordia has been active in the Dutch inland waterways business since 2001 and also internationally over the past decade. Concordia’s corporate identity will remain within the new joint venture.   

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