China and Shifting Seaborne Iron Ore Dynamics
The seaborne iron ore market appears to be in something of a sweet spot currently, with largely steady demand and prices that have been flatlining for the past couple of months. Of course, another way of saying that a market is enjoying relatively stable and good times is that it's boring, but in iron ore there is plenty of action bubbling beneath the seemingly calm exterior. It's not so much that iron ore prices or volumes are expected to shift dramatically in the coming months, it's more that structural changes in the world's biggest importer, China, are re-shaping how the industry works.
Rochem Snags $2 Million Celebrity Order
As the cruise market comes under continued scrutiny for its environmental practices, companies — such as Rochem Environmental, Inc. — that manufacture advanced environmental solutions should flourish. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.-owned Celebrity Cruises recently awarded Rochem Environmental a $2 million contract to install a Rochem FM-Module gray water membrane system on two of its ships, Galaxy and Mercury. The contract has an option for three additional units. Gray water, almost 90 percent of which is coming from a cruise ship's sinks and staterooms, can be legally discharged in most places. By using the Rochem system, Celebrity expects to significantly purify gray water that is released.
EVAC Receives Order to Outfit Empress
Envirovac Inc. received an order from Nichols Brothers Boat Builders for the vacuum collection and treatment system for the "Empress of the North." Owner of the boat is American West Steamboat Company. EVAC will provide a specially designed four ejector/four pump vacuum collection system with 155 wall mounted toilets, 104 vacuum interface valves for gray water collection by vacuum and (2) ORCA IIA-500's for treatment of all black and gray water. The 360-ft. cruise ship to be built at Nichols for the American West Steamboat Company that is designed for extended, overnight cruising. The first vessel "Queen of the West" was launched in 1995. ENVIROVAC provides total marine wastewater management packages.
Montrose Port Authority Appoints New Executive
Nicholas Scott-Gray has been appointed as the head of UK-based Montrose Port Authority (MPA) – bringing with him more than 26 years’ experience within the port and shipping sectors. He brings with him over 26 years of experience within the port and shipping sectors, said a statement. Scott-Gray was most recently the business development manager at Forth Ports Ltd where he successfully developed the company’s commercial strategy for the development of the ports under its umbrella.
Ribcraft Awarded GSA Supply Contract
Ribcraft line of rigid inflatable boats has been approved for the United States Government's General Services Administration (GSA) Awards Schedule, a government approved listing of suppliers and manufacturers for all government agencies. "Even though we have already provided RIBs to several government agencies,inclusion in the GSA Schedule will allow us to better support our present federal customers as well as make our RIBs and offerings more accessible to all interested agencies," said Brian Gray, President of Ribdraft USA.
Captain Brendan Gray Appointed President of HMDS
Paul C. Jensen, CEO of HALO Maritime Defense Systems (HMDS), announced the appointment of Captain Brendan Gray USN (ret) as President. Gray, a graduate of the US Naval Academy, served with distinction for thirty years as a Naval Aviator, spending his last five years as the Deputy Commander and Chief Operating Officer for Navy Region Europe. Captain Gray was responsible for the day-to-day operations, security, and force protection of nine Navy bases across five countries in Europe, including the operation of seven ports and six airfields.
Seabulk Offshore Appoints Gray as VP
Seabulk Offshore has appointed Gerald A. Gray as Senior Vice President-International, effective immediately. Gray is responsible for Seabulk Offshore's operations in overseas markets, including West Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast/Southwest Asia. He reports to Hubert E. Thyssen, corporate vice president and the managing director of Seabulk Offshore International. Gray has extensive experience in the offshore marine business, recently completing a 30-year career with the group of businesses now known as Tidewater Inc. and certain of its acquired companies. Over the past several years, he has served in management positions for Tidewater's offshore operations in the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia, and Nigeria. Larry D.
RIBCRAFT Offers Special Pricing
RIBCRAFT, a builder of professional grade rigid inflatable boats (RIB) for sailing programs and yacht clubs announced today that during the month of January all sailing programs and yacht clubs will receive special discounted pricing. Sailing programs and yacht clubs that place their order for a new RIB by January 31st will receive a 5% discount off of the total sales price. In addition to the discount, RIBCRAFT is guaranteeing delivery of the boat for the start of the 2012 sailing season. “Offering special pricing for the month of January is part of our continued commitment to the sport. It’s a great opportunity for new clubs to get into a RIBCRAFT coach or support boat or for current customers to add an additional boat to their fleet”, said Brian Gray, President of RIBCRAFT.
RIBCRAFT Delivers New 41’ Model
Rigid inflatable boat (RIB) manufacturer RIBCRAFT has introduced the newest and largest model in its model line, the 41’ RIBCRAFT 12.5, with the recent delivery of a specialized USCG Sub Chapter T Certified tour boat to a customer in New England. Engineered as an offshore platform for tour operators, security and patrol operations, military applications and even recreational boaters, the 12.5 combines RIBCRAFT’s deep V hull and bow sheer with an extended waterline and generous beam.
Free Gas from Ribcraft
Ribcraft announced a unique solution to raising fuel costs - free gas for the season. "Consumers have been shaken by the spike in fuel prices. There's been a lot of talk about boaters staying ashore this coming season because of sky rocketing fuel prices" said Brian Gray, President of Ribcraft. "We don't think gas prices should keep people away from doing what they love to do or have to do. There are already states and municipalities planning to cut back on-water patrols due to fuel prices; we see that as a recipe for disaster and want to do our part to insure cut backs don't happen". Gray continues, "Ribcraft is proud to be the first boat manufacturer to offer customers, both professional and recreational, relief from rising fuel prices".
Man Rescued near Grays Harbor, WA
A Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor crew aboard a 29-foot Response Boat-Small II rescued a man who was swept out to sea while wading in the water near the Grays Harbor north jetty at Ocean Shores, Washington, Sunday. The man, in his early twenties, who drifted approximately 300 yards past the tip of the jetty, was rescued from the water by the small boat crew, treated for hypothermia, and taken back to Station Grays Harbor where he was met by local emergency medical services for further medical care.
NOAA Rules on Anchoring Prohibition at Grays Reef
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a final rule for management of the Grays Reef National Marine Sanctuary (NMS) off the coast of Georgia. Under this rule, vessels will be prohibited from anchoring within the sanctuary and fishing will be restricted. The effective date of the rule will be announced later. Source: HK Law
Ribcraft Expands Production Facility
Ribcraft a builder of professional grade rigid inflatable boats (RIBs), headquartered in Marblehead, Massachusetts, announced that it is expanding their production facilities to meet the growing demand from professional and recreational customers. "As most boat builders are scaling production way back, we are fortunate to be growing and expanding. More and more recreational boaters and marine professionals are turning to RIBs because of their inherent efficiencies and superior performance over solid sided boats", said Ribcraft President, Brian Gray. He continued, "The marine industry is in trouble with most segments reporting decreases of as much as 40% from the previous year. The exception is the RIB market.
GE Acquires Vetco Gray for $1.9b
GE inked an agreement to acquire Vetco Gray for $1.9b from Candover, 3i & JP Morgan Partners. The closing of the transaction, which is subject to conditions including the receipt of governmental, regulatory and other approvals, is expected in early 2007.
Coast Guard Calls Off Sailor Search
The Coast Guard called off its search Thursday for an acclaimed computer scientist whose sailboat has disappeared off Northern California, ending a four-day hunt. Despite unusually calm weather, searchers have exhausted any area Jim Gray could have drifted or sailed after leaving for a solo sailing trip Sunday to scatter his mother's ashes at sea, a Coast Guard spokesman said. A cargo plane, a helicopter and six patrol boats dispatched by the Coast Guard had scoured more than 132,000 square miles of the Pacific since Monday in the search for Gray, whose database innovations led to some of the most widespread technological innovations of the past 30 years.
RIBCRAFT designs and builds safe, durable, performance oriented rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) that fulfill the most demanding military and professional applications. With over twenty-five years experience, RIBCRAFT provides high quality professional grade RIBs and inflatables for military agencies, law enforcement, safety professionals, tour operators, private industry, and other marine professionals. As an American owned RIB manufacturer, RIBCRAFT is committed to providing organizations with excellent service and extremely well constructed RIBs built to withstand hard…
Gray, CFO Cobalt International Energy, L.P.
Cobalt International Energy, L.P. named Rodney Gray as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, effective June 1, 2009. Prior to joining Cobalt, Gray held the position of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Colonial Pipeline in Atlanta, where he has been since 2003. Prior to Colonial, Gray had a career with Transco Energy Company and its successor company Enron Corporation. Gray held numerous senior executive positions at Enron, including Senior Vice President of Finance and Treasurer, Chairman and CEO of Enron International, and Chairman and CEO of Enron Global Power and Pipelines. He was also Vice Chairman of Azurix. (www.cobaltintl.com)
USCG Medevacs Injured Crewmember
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) medically evacuated an injured crewmember from a fishing vessel 30 miles west of Grays Harbor, Wash., Wednesday. Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor in Westport, Wash., received a medevac request on VHF-FM Channel 16 at approximately 7:13 p.m for a crewmember who had reportedly suffered a head injury aboard the Shirley R. A 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Station Grays Harbor and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria were launched to assist. The Jayhawk crew arrived on scene and began hoisting the man at approximately 8:30 p.m. The crewmember was taken to the Bowerman Airport in Hoquiam, Wash., where he was transferred to awaiting EMS. The man was taken by ambulance to Grays Harbor Community Hospital in stable condition.
Conrad Delivers Massive Deck Barge to JR Gray
Conrad Shipyards announced today the delivery od a 200’ x 100’ x 19’10” ABS-classed ocean deck barge to Gray Offshore. The barge, Julius, is the first project delivered from Conrad Shipyard’s newest facility, Deepwater South, in Amelia, La. John Gray, president of Gray Offshore and its affiliated Gray Barge Companies, who provides a fleet of over 90 inland, spud, waste, rock and deck barges for charter, said, “This addition to our fleet, with its 6,000 lbs/ft, heavy-duty deck configuration and radial “spoon bow offers customers optimal solutions for their heavy lift needs.
Trico Marine Names VP of International Operations
Trico Marine Services, Inc. announces the appointment of Gerald Gray as its Vice President Trico Supply of International Operations. Gray has been in the marine industry for over 33 years serving in various managerial with an emphasis on international operations for U.S.-based companies, including two of the largest OSV companies. Gray has been responsible for operations in, among other areas, Africa, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Norway. In each of those roles, his core strength has been in international maritime operations for a U.S. company. He will be based out of the Company's Aberdeen office and is responsible for operations in the North Sea and West Africa.
Canadian Maritime Engineering Buys Breton Gray
Canadian Maritime Engineering of Dartmouth Nova Scotia announced the purchase of Brenton Gray Boatyards of Sambro Head. Located near the approaches to Halifax Harbour, Brenton Gray Shipyard has a long history of ship repair and two marine slipways, the largest capable of lifting a 300 ton vessel. CME has plans to expand and develop the existing facilities and waterfront site adjacent to the Port of Halifax. Canadian Maritime Engineering won the NATO supplier excellence award in 2008, and operates, coast to coast, with branches in Victoria, Sarnia, and over 60,000 sq ft of modern facilities at three locations in Nova Scotia and is part of a Canadian owned company with over 300 skilled tradesmen and approximately 100 in Nova Scotia.
Scientists Link Climate Change and Gray Snapper
Models Project Northward Distribution Shifts Using Temperature, Estuarine Habitats as Key Factors. NOAA scientists continue to develop and improve the approaches used to understand the effect of climate change on marine fisheries along the U.S. east coast. Their latest study projects that one common coastal species found in the southeast U.S., gray snapper, will shift northwards in response to warming coastal waters. In a study published online December 20 in the journal PLOS ONE…
Danish Fleet Surpasses 20 million GT
The total gross tonnage of the Danish ship registry recently surpassed 20 million GT for the first time in history.Denmark, which has been steadily climbing the ranks as a shipping nation, is currently the world's 12th largest register.The fleet under Danish flag continues to grow as the country’s government maintains efforts to ensure conditions are attractive for the maritime industry, the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) noted, citing as an example the recent removal of registration fees for ships in Danish registries…