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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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Atlantic Drydock Tackles Projects

With its 14,600 LT drydock completely booked until the end of April, which has been utilized to the fullest since it was put into operation last summer, Atlantic Dry Dock has myriad of projects scheduled at its yard. The company's 4,000 LT Marine Railway is back in operation after an extensive overhaul. Upcoming projects include routine maintenance on the dump scow, BTS 401; megayacht, Cakewalk; general cargo ship, Argosy; gaming vessel, La Cruise; and ferry Jean Ribault. Regarding Atlantic's 1,300 LT Marine Railway, the drydock has been busy over the past several months with vessels from both the Tug and Gaming market segments. Upcoming projects include the tug, Chub Key; and gaming vessel, Stardancer.

Offshore

What About Cuba? Political allegiance notwithstanding, continuing unrest and war in the energy critical Middle East continues to wreak havoc with world oil prices, with consumers around the world struggling to keep up with fast escalating gasoline prices. While (at press time) the benchmark prices for a barrel of crude have settled just under $40, the situation has spurred new exploration and production ventures, one such speculation in the Gulf of Mexico off of Cuba. According to a recent report in The Economist (June 5, 2004 edition, page 48), Spain's Repsol has moved into position a Deep Water drilling rig off of the country's northwest coast with the intention of drilling two wildcat wells in what could amount to a successful attempt to energize a failing economy.

Titan Saves Container Barge from Rocks

The 6,000 ton container barge Guantanamo Bay Express, departed Jacksonville, Florida at around midnight on November 12th under tow of the US flag SPENCE on her scheduled service to the US Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Unfortunately, 30 knot gusts and 12 foot seas led to a parted tow wire allowing the barge to drift on to the rocks of the north Mayport Jetties. The owners of the barge took prompt action and engaged Titan Maritime to undertake salvage operations. Titan immediately mobilized the Smith Maritime tugs ELSBETH (1…

Atlantic Marine Repairs Cruise Ship

Royal Caribbean's Monarch of the Seas spent three months in drydock Alabama, at Atlantic Marine's Mobile, Ala. facility, earlier this year. The vessel required approximately 460 tons of bottom shell plating and internals to be replaced as a result of a grounding. Atlantic's hull and production departments were able to average more than 7.3 tons of steel renewals per day, in spite of the requirement to clean and gas-free some 114 compartments and tanks. Initially, Atlantic Marine had guaranteed an average of six tons of hull renewals per day, based on approcimately 350 tons of steel and four compartments and tanks to be cleaned and gas-freed. With the increase of the initial work scope, Atlantic Marine required only three additional days in drydock.

Atlantic Marine-Mobile Completes Variety of Cruise Ship Jobs

Atlantic Marine-Mobile was granted myriad of cruise ship refurbishment contracts throughout 2001, beginning with Holland America’s Maasdam, which spent approximately 14 days last January at the Alabama yard’s drydock. During this period, the vessel underwent steel prefabrication and installation of a new 2,400 sq. ft. teen room, which was put in place via the yard’s 275-ton bridge crane Goliath. The yard also completed a major cruise ship conversion to a Zenon system on Holland America’s Zaandam in order to achieve the highest level of environmental compliance. The vessel, which is the second Holland America ship to undergo voluntary installation of a Zenon system…

Atlantic Marine Continues Steady Stream Of Drydockings and Repairs

With vessels from both the European and U.S. market, Atlantic Marine is in the process of repairing a multitude of ships currently in drydock. On the domestic side, topside refurbishment was done to Strong American. Operated by the Jore Group, based in Seattle, some of the repairs included two side ramps, bow ramp, new D-rings, installed hatches and valve repair. Upcoming, the Moran Services operated barge Massachusetts, is scheduled for a routine drydocking and repair including hull cleaning and painting, sea valves and generator cleaning.

Norshipco Signs $11m Contract

Norfolk Shipbuilding & Drydock Corp. (NORSHIPCO), Norfolk, Va., is being awarded an $11,050,533 firm-fixed-price contract for ship repair overhaul and drydock to support USNS Humphreys, a fleet replenishment oiler. This contract contains options, which if exercised, would bring the total cumulative value of the contract to $13,268,967. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Va., and is expected to be completed by June 2005. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured with seven proposals solicited and three offers received. The U.S. Navy's Sealift Logistics Command Atlantic, Virginia Beach, Va., is the contracting authority (N62381-05-C-2021).

Norshipco Signs $11m Contract

Norfolk Shipbuilding & Drydock Corp. (NORSHIPCO), Norfolk, Va., is being awarded an $11,050,533 firm-fixed-price contract for ship repair overhaul and drydock to support USNS Humphreys, a fleet replenishment oiler. This contract contains options, which if exercised, would bring the total cumulative value of the contract to $13,268,967. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Va., and is expected to be completed by June 2005. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured with seven proposals solicited and three offers received. The U.S. Navy's Sealift Logistics Command Atlantic, Virginia Beach, Va., is the contracting authority (N62381-05-C-2021).

New Navy Contract

Atlantic Marine Mayport, LLC, Jacksonville, Fla., is being awarded a $37,035,816 firm-fixed-price contract to perform drydock, ship alterations, and maintenance and repair work for the extended drydock selected restricted availability of the USS Philippine Sea (CG 58). This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $42,476,685. Work will be performed in the Jacksonville, Fla., area and is expected to be completed by Dec. 22, 2009. Contract funds in the amount of $42,476,685 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured with six proposals solicited and two offers received via the Federal Business Opportunities website.

Battle of the Atlantic Memorial Planned in Liverpool

Left to right: BOA veteran Jim Rainsford, Vice Admiral Mike Gretton campaign chairman, veteran Graeme Cubbin (Photo: Battle of the Atlantic Memorial Campaign)

A fundraising campaign to build a international memorial dedicated to the estimated 100,000 people who lost their lives during the Battle of the Atlantic in World War II, as well as those who served and survived, is being launched in Liverpool. The Battle of the Atlantic Memorial (BOAM), the charity leading the campaign, will stage a press call with war veterans on the Liverpool’s iconic waterfront to launch the fundraising effort to build the 28 meter monument in the shape of a merchant ship split in two.

Atlantic Marine Expanding Its Rig Repair Capabilities

Atlantic Marine, Inc. has acquired a heavy lift barge, and it is located at its new home on Pinto Island here at the Port of Mobile on the Gulf of Mexico. The barge, named the Mobile Heavy Lifter, will expand Atlantic Marine's capabilities allowing it to accommodate offshore rigs, jackups and semisubmersibles that due to size restrictions are currently unable to fit on Atlantic Marine's largest dry dock; the 50,000 ton drydock, Alabama. The heavy lift barge has a length of 393-ft., breadth of 131-ft. with a lifting capacity of 19,000 tons. Ron J. McAlear, President of Atlantic Marine, Inc.

Mobile Yard Stays Busy With Offshore Work

Even before the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., the offshore market in the Gulf of Mexico had shown signs of weakening. However one shipyard - Atlantic Marine-Mobile - has reported a steady flow of work with the award of several, substantial offshore refurbishment contracts in recent months. The shipyard in Mobile has a long history with the offshore market, but it notes that 2001 has been particularly busy. Semi-submersible and jack-up rigs have occupied the Mobile, Alabama facility throughout 2001. The influx of offshore work includes the following. ENSCO International's jack-up rig ENSCO 68, arrived in Mobile in late March.

New Navy Contracts

Atlantic Marine Mayport, LLC, Jacksonville, Fla., is being awarded a $7,239,077 firm fixed price contract for repair work onboard the USS Underwood (FFG 36). This contract is for the Drydock Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA) to include drydock and topside maintenance repair work. Extensive coordination is required for the drydock evolution, in addition to the numerous systems onboard to be repaired. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $8,850,369. Work will be performed in Jacksonville, Fla., and is expected to be completed by July 2009. Contract funds in the amount of $7,239,077 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

Atlantic Pacific Marine Reports Unprecedented Growth

Drydocked Princess during refit

Unprecedented growth for Atlantic Pacific Marine, one of the world’s fast growing marine and offshore engineering services companies, has resulted in it having to open a new UK HQ. In just three years since its 2010 set-up, the company has seen turnover soar to over £4million, with net profits consistently over 25%. Turnover to-date for 2013 is £4.2 million, against a net profit of £1.3million. Atlantic Pacific Marine’s customers include Carnival Cruises, Princess Cruises,P&O,Wartsila, Total Oil and NOV.

Colonna’s Shipyard, 1000c Mobile Boat Hoist

Photo courtesy Marine Travelift, Inc.

Marine Travelift Inc. delivered the world’s largest mobile boat hoist to Colonna’s Shipyard in December 2009. The new 1000C, capable of lifting 1,000 tons (2,200,000 pounds), is changing the way this Norfolk, Virginia-based shipyard approaches its business. Colonna’s Shipyard is located on the deep-water, mid-Atlantic Port of Norfolk, it features a 17,200-ton floating drydock, a 2,800-ton floating drydock and two marine railways. Such railways and drydocks have been the standard technology for handling large vessels that need repair, overhaul or conversion work out of the water.

QE2 Set for Relaunch

Iconic cruise liner to be restored to the former splendor of her glory days after refurbishment into elegant five-star 500-room hotel. QE2 Dubai announced that MS Queen Elizabeth 2 - known popularly as QE2 - will be moved to Drydocks World Dubai for undertaking classification checks prior to her renovation as a luxury floating hotel. Before itsretirement to Dubai on November 11, 2008, the QE2 took regular cruises around the world as well as operating a scheduled liner service across the Atlantic Ocean between Southampton in the UK and New York.

This Day In Naval History: June 17

USS Delaware entering the first drydock in America at Gosport Navy Yard (Norfolk), June 17, 1833. (Courtesy Tommy Trampp, NavSource)

1815 - Commodore Stephen Decatur's squadron engages the Algerian flagship Mashouda near Cape de Gatt, Spain. Though the Algerian frigate maneuvers actively to escape, she surrenders after 20 men, including her commander, are killed. 1833 - The ship of the line, USS Delaware, becomes the first warship to enter a public drydock in the United States when secured at Gosport Navy Yard in Portsmouth, Va. 1870 - Under the command of Lt. Willard H. Brownson, six boats from the steam sloop-of-war USS Mohican attack a group of pirates in the Teacapan River, Mexico.

70 Shipyards Awarded ARRA Grants

The Department of Transportation has announced 70 grants totaling $98m in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds that will be used to improve small shipyards throughout the United States. The funds, awarded through the Maritime Administration’s Assistance to Small Shipyards program, will help create and preserve jobs, provide valuable employment training and make much needed improvements to shipyards across the country. The Small Shipyards Grant program provides up to 75 percent in ARRA funds for a project and requires the remainder be matched by the shipyard. A detailed list of the grantees is as follows. •    Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc.,  Philadelphia, PA: $2,312,614, for the first year of training program.

Port of San Francisco Hosts Christening

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, in conjunction with San Francisco Drydock, S.F. Maritime National Parks Service and the Port of San Francisco, held a renaming and christening ceremony in January for Eureka - the port's newest floating drydock at Pier 70. With Congresswoman Pelosi's assistance, the port was granted a surplus Navy drydock at a discounted rate of $95,000, which was named in honor of the S.F. Maritime National Parks' Service historic ferry vessel, Eureka. The new mid-sized drydock will be utilized by the San Francisco Drydock to repair various smaller vessels such as ferries, coast guard cutters and small- to-medium-size commercial ships.

Vigor Inks Deal for 80,000 Ton Drydock

Vigor signs deal for largest floating drydock in the United States. Vigor Industrial has reached an agreement with Daoda Marine Heavy Industry Company (DDHI) to purchase a new floating drydock for $40 million. At 960 feet long, with an inside width of 186 feet and a lifting capacity of 80,000 long tons, it will be the largest floating drydock in the United States. “We decided now is the time to buy because demand to service large vessels is growing and large drydock capacity in proximity to the US West Coast has diminished,” said Vigor Industrial CEO Frank Foti. The new drydock, set to be stationed in Portland, will be 300 feet longer than the largest drydock Vigor currently owns. It will be one and half times wider and will be able to lift more than triple the weight.

Drydocks World to Participate in SMM 2014

Khamis Juma Buamim Chairman Drydocks World and Maritime World

Drydocks World, the leading provider of maritime and offshore services to the shipping, oil, gas, and energy sectors, will participate in the prestigious 26th edition of Shipbuilding, Machinery, and Marine Technology (SMM) Exhibition, from September 9-12, 2014. Taking place in the strategic shipping hub of Hamburg, Germany, Drydocks World will attend SMM 2014 with representatives from Maritime World, Dubai Chamber and Dubai Council for Marine and Maritime Industries. In the past…

Record Number of Vessels Serviced at Drydocks World-Dubai

Photo courtesy of Drydocks World

Drydocks World, a provider of maritime and offshore services to the shipping, oil, gas and energy sectors, informs it has serviced a record number of 40 vessels in its Dubai yard. With 40 vessels simultaneously in Drydocks World facilities—more than ever before in Drydocks World’s history—the 9,000+ workforce diligently worked across the yard to provide quality and efficient services to all types of vessels such as tankers, drilling rigs, bulk carriers, dredgers, gas carriers, containers and barges.

Drydocks World Sets up New Group

Drydocks World, a subsidiary of Dubai World, has announced that it has successfully completed the setting up of a new group under its umbrella. Geoff Taylor, CEO of Drydocks World, said Drydocks World will monitor, control and set procedures in respect of finance, HR and other common functions in group companies. Those in the group at present include Drydocks World Dubai, which is an amalgamation of Dubai Drydocks and Jadaf, Drydocks World Singapore, formerly Pan United Marine, Drydocks World Batam, a green field development in Indonesia, Platinum Yachts FZ and Platinum Yacht management. Drydocks World Dubai is the complete amalgamation of Jadaf Shipyard and Dubai Drydocks.

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