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Monday, October 23, 2017

Sea Tow

Sea Tow Captain Receives Life-Saving Award

Sea Tow Clarks Hill Lake, S.C. & Ga., Capt. Jon Gridley Recognized for July 4th Rescue.   Capt. Jon G. Gridley, co-owner of Sea Tow Clarks Hill Lake, South Carolina and Georgia, was honored with an international life-saving award by AFRAS (the Association for Rescue at Sea, Inc.) at the 25th Anniversary C-PORT (Conference of Professional Operators for Response Towing) Annual Meeting on January 9 at the Grand Hyatt in Tampa, Fla.   The AFRAS C-PORT Award, which recognizes extraordinary bravery exhibited by a member of C-PORT during an on-water rescue, was presented to Capt. Gridley and his friend, Jim Masiongale, who also participated in the incident, by Steve Sawyer, president of AFRAS and retired captain, U.S. Coast Guard Office of Search and Rescue, at an awards ceremony on Monday night. Also in attendance were Sea Tow Services International Founder & CEO Capt. Joseph Frohnhoefer and his wife, Sea Tow Executive Vice President Georgia Frohnhoefer; Sea Tow Chief Operations Officer Capt. Joseph Frohnhoefer III, and Sea Tow Vice President of Operations Robert Backhaus.   Earlier in the day, Capt. David McBride, U.S. Coast Guard Chief of Search of Rescue, presented Capt. Gridley with an Extraordinary Assistance Award for his role in the rescue. In November, Sea Tow Services International also honored Capt. Gridley for his heroism with an award for “Life Saving Efforts” at the Sea Tow Annual Meeting in Fort Myers, Florida.  

Zaloom Joins Sea Tow

Sea Tow Services International, Inc., announced the expansion of its Business Technology group with the hiring of technology expert Charles Zaloom. He will serve as the company’s Director of Business Technology, effective immediately. “We are entering a period of extensive growth both physically, through the expansion of our corporate office and our national franchise network, as well as professionally through an increase in strategic business relationships and alliances

Ferry American Pride Runs

The Coast Guard continues to coordinate the response to Saturday's grounding of the passenger ferry American Pride on Triangle Reef, just off the Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas Harbour, U.S. Virgin Islands. Fifteen passengers and three crewmembers aboard the American Pride were rescued from the vessel by Sea Tow Saint Thomas, and were reported to have suffered no injuries. The vessel had just departed the Saint Thomas Harbour and was headed to Tortola

USNS Grasp Recovers Two Downed Jets from Gulf of Mexico

Recovery efforts began March 1 when Grasp arrived in the vicinity of the crash site to locate the wreckage, and ended March 22 when the last recoverable debris from the second aircraft was lifted onto the ship’s weather deck. Salvage operations, which could normally have been conducted within a week, were delayed by severe weather conditions that twice sent the ship back to port. The first aircraft was recovered March 12 from a depth of 177 feet and the second aircraft was recovered

Trico to Sell Remaining Towing and Supply Vessels

Trico Marine Services, Inc. (Pink Sheets: TRMAQ) announced that it has reached an agreement with the company's major constituents concerning the process of selling Trico's remaining towing and supply vessels and any related operating assets, in accordance with previous public statements that the company is exiting the towing and supply business.  The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware recently issued an order approving the agreed upon sale process.

Tugboat Spills Oil in Halifax River

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Air Station Savannah

The U.S. Coast Guard is conducted a first-light assessment survey Thursday of a tugboat oil spill on the Halifax River near Ormond-by-the-Sea.    The tug Tutahaca was reported to be leaking bilge oil into the river Wednesday.   A Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was directed to launch to conduct an overflight assessment survey of the river.   Marine Environmental Response and Sea Tow arrived on scene with the tugboat at approximately 11 p

Crowley's Sea Victory To Perform Tow

The Crowley Marine Services' tug, Sea Victory will tow the USS New Jersey from Bremerton, Wash. to Philadelphia via the Panama Canal on September 12. The most decorated battleship in U.S. history, having earned 16 battle stars, the tug towed the former USS Missouri to Pearl Harbor last year. Most recently though was the tug's tow of the aircraft carrier the former USS Oriskany on a 15,000 mile journey around South America from Vallejo, Calif to Beaumont, Texas.

Crowley Completes Tow of the Ex-USS Iowa

Crowley Marine Services completed its third tow of an historic U.S. Naval battleship April 21, when the company's tug Sea Victory finished the 6,500-mile tow of the USS Iowa from Newport, R.I., to Suisun Bay, Calif. The Sea Victory's tow plan took the Iowa from Narragansett Bay, through the Crooked and Windward Passages to Cristobal, Panama. She then continued Northwest along the coast of Central America toward California

Coast Guard Searches for Missing Boaters

Coast Guard crews from Alabama and Florida are searching this morning for three boaters approximately three to five nautical miles north of Dog Island in St. George Sound, off the coast of Carrabelle, Fla. Rescue aircraft from Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala., and Air Station Clearwater, Fla., a rescue boat from Station Panama City, Fla., and an 87-ft. patrol boat, the Coast Guard Cutter Bonito, from Pensacola, Fla., are searching for the boaters.

Crowley Moves ExxonMobil Concrete Island Drilling

Crowley Marine Services' Energy and Marine Services business unit has successfully moved the 312-ft. (9.5-m) square concrete island drilling structure Orlan from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to Sovietskaya Gavan in the Russian Far East for Sakhalin I Project operator, Exxon Neftegas Limited (ENL), a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation. The Orlan (ex Glomar Beaufort Sea I) Concrete Island Drilling System (CIDS) was purchased from Global Marine Drilling Company and will be used for oil production as

Novacavi Cables for Seascape

(Photo: Novacavi)

 Italy-based cable manufacturer Novacavi reports an additional supply of special fishing tow cables for long-term customer Seascape BV.   Already tested with full satisfaction, these fit for purpose cables are used onboard special equipped Dutch vessels for flat fish fishing with electric pulse system in North Sea. Cables have to be continuously pulled backward and forward over a pulley connecting winch, gear and nets on the same place for a 24 hours service six days per week.

Damen Delivers Stock Workboat to ISA Towage

(Photo: Damen)

ISA Towage B.V. (formerly known as V.O.F. Sleepboot ISA) has taken delivery of a Shoalbuster 3209 from Damen Shipyard Hardinxveld (DSHa). The vessel was already in stock at the yard and was handed over to the client within four weeks of the order being agreed. Damen’s extensive range of Shoalbuster vessels offers some of the most versatile workboats available in the marketplace today, capable of taking on a wide variety of roles.   

Sentinel Marine’s New Rescue Vessel Christened

(Photo: Sentinel Marine)

Sentinel Marine’s latest new-build emergency response and rescue vessel (ERRV) has been deployed to service in the North Sea after being christened at Aberdeen Harbor. The new vessel, Mariner Sentinel, is operating on behalf of Statoil at its Mariner field to the east of Shetland – the sixth of nine vessels to join the firm’s fleet since 2015.   Statoil’s Aberdeen-based offshore logistics and services supervisor, Line Kaldestad

ROG Ship Repair Completes FPSO Moonpool Project

The Aoka Mizu (Photo: ROG Ship Repair)

Holland’s ROG Ship Repair said it has come to the aid of a Floating Production & Storage Offshore (FPSO) vessel ran into problematic weather conditions while being towed from Europe to the Middle East.   Having recently been assigned a new contract, the 89,184 dwt, 248.1 m long FPSO Aoka Mizu (Japanese for Bluewater), owned and operated by Holland’s Bluewater Energy Services, will be utilized for the early production system (EPS) phase of the development on

Shaver Transportation Selects Rapp Marine Winch Package

Photo: Rapp Marine

Shaver Transportation of Portland, OR, operating vessels within the Columbia River region of the Pacific Northwest for over a hundred years, has selected Rapp Marine as the supplier of the two heavy-duty load handling winches on their latest tugboat.   Rapp Marine has almost two decades of experience of designing and delivering rugged winches for workboat market, and has been around as a company for over a hundred years as well

Simulated Maneuver of Shell’s Prelude FLNG Facility

HR Wallingford simulation (left) and photograph by Shell (right) of the Prelude tow with POSH tugs (Photo: Shell)

At 488m in length, and longer than four football pitches, Shell’s Prelude FLNG facility was always going to represent a formidable challenge even for the skilled tug masters who were charged with towing the facility from the shipyard in South Korea where it was constructed, and delivering it to its final destination, a remote gas field 475 kilometers off the coast of Western Australia. But practice makes perfect, and HR Wallingford, using its Australia Ship Simulation Center in Fremantle

CMA CGM Organized Towing Exercise

Photo taken from CMA CGM Video

 The Maritime Prefecture of the Channel and the North Sea, in liaison with the CMA CGM Group and Les Abeilles (Bourbon Group), organized a towing exercise between a large container ship, the CMA CGM Marco Polo, and the Abeille Languedoc, including an ‘intervention’, ‘assistance’ and ‘rescue tug’ (RIAS), off the coast of Le Havre.   Thus on y, July 21, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 4:40 pm off Le Havre

The Evolving ATB Jones Act Business Model

ATB Corpus Christi/Petrochem Supplier (Image Credit: US Shipping Corp)

Today’s ATB play seemingly has legs for the long haul, as operators build and market needs fluctuate.   The refined product trades are always in flux. Similarly, the supply patterns for products (and for chemicals derived from oil refining) are subject to constant change. At the same time, the distribution of refined petroleum products sees great benefit from the efficiency of Articulated Tug Barges (ATBs)

Crowley Supports Platform Tow-out, Installation in US Gulf

(Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s ocean class tugboats and 455-series high-deck strength barges recently played an integral role in the tow-out and installation of Hess’ Stampede tension-leg platform (TLP) in the deep waters of the U.S. Gulf.   Demonstrating both nearshore and offshore capabilities, six Crowley vessels worked together alongside other third-party assets to deliver the oversized, overweight platform, tendons and other equipment from the Kiewit facility in Ingleside

Third Dual-fuel Tug for Østensjø Rederi

(Photo: GONDAN)

 After completing its sea trials, AUDAX, the third dual fuel tug ever built in Europe, has been delivered to its owner, the Norwegian company Østensjø Rederi A/S. The first tug of this kind built in Europe, DUX, was delivered by the company last May, and the second one, PAX, was delivered in July.   Designed by Canadian company Robert Allan Ltd. these state-of-the-art vessels, with 40.2 meters length and 16 meters beam

Antwerp Port Blocked as Boxship Runs Aground

File Image: the port of Antwerp

Traffic to and from Antwerp, Europe's second-biggest port, was halted on Monday after a container ship ran aground on the banks of the river Scheldt which connects the port to the North Sea.   A spokeswoman said workers were trying to tow the 366-metre CSCL Jupiter away but could not say when this would be completed.   "We're heading for low tide in the coming hours, that does not make things easier," the spokeswoman said.  

Colac Remembered

Imagery Scanned from Navy Historic Archive. Photo:  Royal Australian Navy

 Despite being in the thick of action on many occasions, Bathurst class corvette HMAS Colac ended the Second World War with only two members of her ship’s company killed and two wounded, another amazing ship and crew being remembered 75 years on.   The casualties occurred on 26 May 1945, when the ship was hit twice by Japanese artillery fire from Choiseul Island, part of the Solomon Islands group.  

King Abdullah Port Bullish on Maritime Services

Photo: King Abdullah Port

 Specialized Marine Services (SMS), a JV between the Ports Development Company (PDC), which is the private sector owner and developer of King Abdullah Port, and the National Port Services Company, delivered 1,460 maritime services  in 2016. It expects 30% increase expected by the end of 2017.   SMS is the primary supplier of marine services, such as marine guidance, in King Abdullah Port. Its team includes highly qualified and skilled maritime guides with vast experience in

Great Lakes Shipyard Builds First Damen Stan Tug

Handover Ceremony Photo: Damen

The first of 10 Stan Tug 1907 ICE vessels has been delivered by Great Lakes Shipyard to its sister company The Great Lakes Towing Company, both based in Ohio, U.S. Named Cleveland, the vessel marks a milestone in a licencing program agreed between Damen Shipyards Group and Great Lakes Shipyard following discussions that began in 2014. While the initial agreement is for the series build of 10 tugs for Great Lakes Towing

Bureau Veritas Issues New Rules for OSVs, Tugs

BV classed tug, Dux - now operating in Hammerfest, Norway. Image courtesy of Gondan Shipbuilders  (Photo: Bureau Veritas)

Classification society Bureau Veritas has issued new rules for the Classification of Offshore Service Vessels and Tugs, including new class notations for pipelay vessels, accommodation units, offshore construction vessels and offshore support vessels.   Gijsbert de Jong, Bureau Veritas Marine Marketing and Sales Director, said: “With this new publication Bureau Veritas provides the industry with a clear framework for the classification of offshore service vessels and tugs based on

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