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Sunday, November 19, 2017

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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.

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.

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".

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.

MN100: RIBCRAFT

(Photo: RIBCRAFT)

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…

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.

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.

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)

Glander International Bunkering Hires New Senior Trader

Brian Turnbull as a Senior Bunker & Lubricant Trader

Glander International Bunkering announced appointment of Brian Turnbull as a Senior Bunker & Lubricant Trader. Brian will begin working with Glander International Bunkering in their Dubai office. Brian comes to Glander International Bunkering with 23 years of experience in the bunker industry. He has previously been one of the driving forces in starting up and managing multiple successful bunkering companies in South Africa. His experience in business development and knowledge of the South African markets is welcomed at Glander International Bunkering.

Denmark Zooms in on Developments in Autonomous Shipping

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

A conference on autonomous ships hosted by the Danish Maritime Authority zooms in on the potential for using new technology on board ships. Before long, the Danish Maritime Authority can take the next step in its efforts to create a sound and safe framework for utilising new technology in shipping. At the international conference “Zooming in on autonomous ships”, which was held today, and which had been arranged by the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) in cooperation with Danish Shipping and Danish Maritime…

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.

Conrad Delivers Massive Deck Barge to JR Gray

Photo: Conrad Shipyard

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.

Man Rescued near Grays Harbor, WA

A Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor crew aboard a 29-foot Response Boat-Small II rescues a man who was swept out to sea while wading in the water near the Grays Harbor north jetty at Ocean Shores, Wash., July 17, 2016.The man was taken back to Station Grays Harbor where he was met by local emergency medical services for further medical care. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor.

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.

Montrose Port Authority Appoints New Executive

Nicholas Scott-Gray. Picture: Montrose Port Authority (MPA)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Seaspan Welcomes Brian Carter

Brian Carter, President, Seaspan Shipyards

Brian Carter is joining Seaspan Shipyards as President, assuming this role full-time beginning January 9, 2012. In this role, Brian is responsible for delivering the long-term strategic plans of Seaspan’s three shipyard operations (Vancouver Drydock, Vancouver Shipyards and Victoria Shipyards). In addition to working with Seaspan’s senior management team at both the corporate and shipyard level, one of Brian’s key areas of focus will be aligning the shipyard group for long-term success under the new $8 billion Federal Fleet Renewal Program.

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

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.

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…

BSEE Dir. Salerno to Address Offshore Technology Conference

Brian Salerno

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Brian Salerno will be traveling to Houston for the 2015 Offshore Technology Center May4-7 at NRG Park. The annual conference is an international gathering showcasing leading‐edge technology for offshore drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection. Director Salerno will be discussing the bureau’s advancements in reducing risk offshore. 1:00 p.m. 7:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m. What: OTC Luncheon with the Center…

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