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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Bristol Harbor News

New Texas Office for BHGI

Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. of Bristol, Rhode Island has opened a new field office in Houston, Texas. The new office, located at 4747 Bellaire Blvd., Bellaire, Texas, will allow Bristol Harbor to provide owner's representative and construction oversight services along the Gulf Coast more efficiently. Bristol Harbor has been providing owner's representative and construction oversight services to clients for over ten years, and is focused on owner's representation, project and program management, acquisition support, consulting, and traditional marine surveying. Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. will continue to offer full service naval architecture and marine engineering services out of the Rhode Island office, as has been done since 1993. (www.bhgsouth.com)

Shearer & Assoc., Bristol Harbor Form The Shearer Group

Ed Shearer, P.E., President of Shearer & Assoc., Inc., and Greg Beers, P.E., President of Bristol Harbor Group, Inc., have announced the formation of The Shearer Group, Inc., a new corporate entity that will provide naval architecture, marine engineering, marine surveying and professional engineer services to clients in the inland and offshore marine industry. The Shearer Group, Inc. is a combination of the best of what Mr. Shearer has spent the past several decades building at Shearer & Assoc., Inc.; and that which Mr. Beers and his partners Cory Wood and Andrew Tyska have built at Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. over the past 15 years.

New Hires for Bristol Harbor Group and Shearer Group

Christian Olavesen

New Hires for Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. and The Shearer Group, Inc., Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. Bristol, RI and Seabrook, TX – September 9th, 2011 – Bristol Harbor Group, Inc., Rhode Island, and its sister company, The Shearer Group, Inc., Texas, have added James J. Stusse and Christian Olavesen to their respective professional staffs. In July of this year, James was added as a Senior Naval Architect at Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI). He is a graduate of the Webb Institute…

LNG Transport Barge Design Approved by ABS

Image: Bristol Harbor Group, Inc.

Conrad Shipyard, L.L.C. engaged Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) to develop a 3,000 cubic meter Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) transport barge utilizing a Bristol Harbor Group proven hull design built by Conrad. Bristol Harbor Group has been awarded an Approval in Principle (AIP) by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) for the design of the 3,000 cubic meter Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Transport Barge design on behalf of Conrad Shipyard, L.L.C. of Morgan City, Louisiana. BHGI has a decade long relationship with Conrad Shipyard, L.L.C.

Bristol Harbor Group Designed Deck Barge

Photo courtesy Bristol Harbor Group, Inc.

Argosy Transportation Group, Inc., Bellaire, Texas, has signed a contract with Trinity Marine Products, Inc., Madisonville, La., to build the Jean-M 2501, a 250-ft by 54-ft by 12-ft inland deck barge. The vessel, designed by Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI), will have a 3,000 pound per square foot (PSF) maximum allowable deck load, and will primarily service the inland project cargo market. Argosy has chosen BHGI’s Houston affiliate, Bristol Harbor Group South, Inc. (BHGS), to oversee construction of the barge at Trinity Marine Products, Inc.

Trinity Launches Deck Barge Jean-M 2501

Designed by Bristol Harbor Group, Inc., (BHGI), , , under contract by Argosy Transportation Group, Inc., , the Jean-M 2501, a very built inland deck barge, was launched this week and is set to enter service next week. The 250 x 54 x 12-ft. barge is designed to transport large, over-dimensional cargo on the inland waterways. A 3/4" thick deck and substantial longitudinal stiffeners will allow her to not only carry a 3,000 lbs / sq. ft. deck load, but to do so anywhere along her length.

Bristol Harbor Group Bunkering Barge Design Generates 6 New Orders

Based on a double-hulled design from the Bristol Harbor Group, six ABS Class bunkering barges with complete cargo loading and off-loading systems have been ordered. They vary in capacity from 26,000 to 35,000 barrels, and all will be built by Orange (TX) Shipbuilding. The first barge was delivered in 2006 and is owned by Harbor Bunkering Corporation. Named Enterprise, it is currently providing oil transportation service from St. Eustatius Island to Puerto Rico. It is 277.5 ft. long, 58 ft. wide and 18.5 ft. deep and carries 30,000 BBLS. The second vessel, a 26,000 BBLS barge, was built for the Foss Maritime Company and is currently on route to San Francisco from Texas through the Panama Canal.

Bid Solicitation for 60,000 bbls DH Oil Barge

An invitation to bid on the construction of a new 60,000 BBLS Double Hull Oil Barge for Harbor Bunkering Corporation of San Juan, Puerto Rico is expected this quarter. Bristol Harbor Marine Design (BHMD) is currently designing the vessel for the San Juan based bunkering company, while the 30,000 BBLS Double Hull Oil Barge that BHMD designed for the company last year is being completed at Orange Shipbuilding, Orange, Texas. BHMD is also working on a tug design for the client, which will go out to bid later this year. Harbor Bunkering Corporation’s Operations Manager, Eric Rivera, is excited about the new tug and barge. “Although not an Articulated Tug and Barge (ATB), we are specifically designing the two vessels to work together hand in glove,” said Mr. Rivera.

Tug & Barge Contracts - Bristol Harbor

Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) was recently awarded two design jobs for two separate repeat clients from Puerto Rico. Harbor Bunkering Corporation has commissioned BHGI to design another double hull oil tank barge. BHGI has designed two barges for the San Juan bunkering business in the past. In 2004, BHGI designed the 30,000 BBLS double hull oil barge Enterprise for Harbor Bunkering Corporation, and in 2005 they designed a 60,000 BBLS barge that is still to be built. The new barge for Harbor Bunkering is to be another 30…

Contract for New Z-Drive Harbor Tug

A contract for the Hector P., a new 4,200 hp Z-Drive harbor tug to be built by Orange Shipbuilding for South Puerto Rico Towing Corporation was signed last month. Bristol Harbor Marine Design assisted in the harbor tug contract negotiations along with the acting buyer’s agent, Eric Rivera from Harbor Bunkering Corporation of San Juan, Puerto Rico. “The HECTOR P. is going to raise the bar for tugboats in Puerto Rico,” said Mr. Rivera. BHMD will also be serving as owner’s representative throughout the duration of the project and will be responsible for project inspections and approvals. Design of the new vessel is being completed at Robert Allan, Ltd. of Vancouver, B.C.

U.S. Navy Contract for DH Barges

Metal Trades, Inc. was contracted by Maybank Industries. LLC to build two new types of double hull barges for the U.S. Navy. Three “YON” fuel barges and one Ship Waste Offloading Barge (SWOB) will be built, each type with identical 6,900 barrel capacity cargo and double hull configurations. The ABS classed barges are being designed by Bristol Harbor Group of Bristol, RI to be 180 feet long and 44 feet wide. Production Engineering services are being performed by Bluewater Designs, Inc. of Delray Beach, FL.

Metal Trades Second Fuel Barge for U.S. Navy

Photo courtesy Metal Trades, Inc.

Metal Trades, Inc. announced the completion of YON 331, the second vessel of a new class of 14,000 barrel double hull fuel barges for the U.S. Navy. The 200-ft x 52-ft barge was designed by Bristol Harbor Group of Bristol, R.I. to carry either Diesel or JP5 Jet Fuel in five cargo tanks. Metal Trades was contracted by Maybank Industries, located in Charleston, S.C.. The barge will be delivered to the Naval Supply Systems Command Fuel Depot facility in Norfolk, Va. Shaun Flynn, Metal Trades’ VP of Operations said…

Bristol Harbor Helps Convert Trico Moon

Trico Moon, DP II PSV (Photo courtesy Bristol Harbor Group, Inc.

Bristol Harbor Group, Inc.(BHGI), of Bristol, RI, recently completed design plans for modifications to Trico Moon, a 210-ft platform supply vessel (PSV) for Trico Marine Services Company, Inc. of Texas. Trico Marine Services and Deep Ocean Engineering, Inc. performed the modifications in Mexico, which included the addition of a habitation module, as well as subsea equipment on deck. The installation/addition of the temporary habitability module to the port side of the cargo deck…

Liberty 129 Fast Ferry Tow Tank Test Scheduled

Bristol Harbor Marine Design (BHMD), a division of Bristol Harbor Group, Inc., has completed the hull and preliminary engineering for the Liberty 129TM, a new fast ferry that will compete with the foreign designs currently being constructed by US ship builders. A scale model of the hull has been constructed and tow tank testing is scheduled for October at the University of Michigan. The new design will be rolled out at the International Work Boat Show 4-6 December, in New Orleans. The design is all-American from the keel up to U.S. Coast Guard Sub-Chapter K regulations for medium to large size passenger vessels. Structural design and engineering are to the requirements of the American Bureau of Shipping Guide for Building and Classing High-Speed Craft.

BHMD Completes First Phase of Fast Ferry Design

Bristol Harbor Marine Design (BHMD), a division of Bristol Harbor Group, Inc., has completed the advanced concept phase of a new fast ferry design that is targeted for construction by small to medium size U.S. shipyards. The 125-ft. (38-meter) aluminum vessel will have a passenger capacity in excess of 300. It will be powered by twin diesel engines coupled to water jets, with a design speed greater than 30 knots. The vessel will be designed from the keel up to U.S. Coast Guard Sub-Chapter K regulations for medium to large size passenger vessels. Additional design features will make use of new advances in technology for production, as well as for ship propulsion, control and navigation. The BHMD design will be an all U.S. design/build effort originated by a U.S.

BHGI Wins USACE Naval Architecture Contract

Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. Naval architecture and marine engineering firm Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) informs it was awarded an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract for naval architecture and marine engineering services for the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Marine Design Center. This is BHGI’s second IDIQ contract with the Marine Design Center located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, relatively close to BHGI’s Rhode Island office. In 2010, BHGI was awarded its first five-year IDIQ contract with the Marine Design Center, during which BHGI and the Marine Design Center team worked on a wide variety of projects both for the USACE, and for other federal agencies, including the United States Coast Guard and NASA.

Blount/Barker Delivers Buchanan Marine Tug

The new 85-ft. tug, Mister T built by Blount/Barker Shipbuilding was delivered to its port of New York City on December 11. The vessel, which will be used for harbor and ocean towing of bulk material barges, is a 2,400 hp twin screw tug powered by two Cat 3512 engines; 4:1 twin gears and two kW generators will supply ships service power. The tug is keel-cooled and equipped with two four-blade propellers measuring 78 in. in diameter. The vessel is also equipped with two pushing winches and a 100,000 lb. Almond Johnson towing machine. The construction of this vessel was based on the classic Blount design of the tugs Pathfinder and Usher built in 1969. The hull and superstructure was modified by Bristol Harbor Group utilizing CNC cutting technology for lofting and cutting.

Buchanan Taps Blount/Barker for New Tug

Blount/Barker Shipbuilding signed a contract with Buchanan Marine, New Haven, Conn., for the construction of an 85 ft., 2,400 hp all welded, Twin Screw tug. Powered by twin diesel engines through Twin Disc gears, the tug’s hull and superstructure plans have been contracted via Bristol Harbor Marine Design, which will utilize CAD/CNC technology for all lofting and cutting. The tug will be keel cooled and equipped with two, four-blade stainless steel propellers measuring 70-78-in., as well as two pushing winches and an Almond Johnson towing machine. Used for harbor and ocean towing of bulk material barges, the tug is scheduled to commence construction in early April for a November completion.

Blount/Barker Pens Contract For Marine Tug

Blount/Barker Shipbuilding signed a contract with Buchanan Marine, New Haven, Conn., for the construction of an 85 ft. (25.9 m), 2,400 hp all welded, Twin Screw tug. Powered by twin CAT 3512 engines, twin disc gears and two 65 kW generators, the tug's hull and superstructure plans have been contracted via Bristol Harbor Marine Design, which will utilize CAD/CNC technology for all lofting and cutting. The tug will be keel cooled and equipped with two, four-blade stainless steel propellers measuring 70-78-in., as well as two pushing winches and an Almond Johnson towing machine. Used for harbor and ocean towing of bulk material barges, the tug is scheduled to commence construction in early April for a November completion.

Blount/Barker Delivers New Tug

The new 85-ft. tug, Mister T built by Blount/Barker Shipbuilding was delivered to its port of New York City on December 11. The vessel, which will be used for harbor and ocean towing of bulk material barges, is a 2,400 hp twin screw tug powered by two Cat 3512 engines; 4:1 twin gears and two kW generators will supply ships service power. The tug is keel-cooled and equipped with two four-blade propellers measuring 78 in. in diameter. The vessel is also equipped with two pushing winches and a 100,000 lb. Almond Johnson towing machine. The construction of this vessel was based on the classic Blount design of the tugs Pathfinder and Usher built in 1969. The hull and superstructure was modified by Bristol Harbor Group utilizing CNC cutting technology for lofting and cutting.

Bristol Harbor Will Modify Tug

Bristol Harbor Marine Design (BHMD) was recently awarded the contract from Blount/Barker Shipbuilding, of Warren R.I., to modify the design of an 85 ft. tug. The new tug is based on an 85 ft. tug currently under construction at the yard, the design of which was developed by BHMD and based on a classic Blount design. BHMD will take advantage of Computerized Numeric Controlled (CNC) cutting for the hull and deckhouse modification. Two CAT 3512 engines and 4:1 Twin Disc gears will power the tugboat. Two 65kW generators will supply the ship’s service power. The tug will be keel cooled and equipped with two, four-blade stainless steel propellers measuring 76-in. in diameter. In August, Blount Barker Shipbuilding signed a contract with Sea Wolf Marine of Bayonne, N.J.

Bristol Harbor Group Designs Offshore Oil Towboat

Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. designs towboat in support of offshore oil field development in Alaska. Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI), of Bristol, RI, was contracted by Northern Maritime Logistics, LLC of Anchorage, Alaska, for the design of both a towboat and the bow ramp for a new, USCG Inspected deck barge. Both vessels have been put into service use on the North Slope of Alaska, servicing Nikaitchuq Island in support of oil field development. miles to the North-Northwest of Point Oliktok and South of Spy Island).

Blount-Barker Signs Contract For Sea Wolf Marine Tug

This past August, Blount-Barker Shipbuilding signed a contract with Sea Wolf Marine of Bayonne, N.J. to build a 2,400-hp, 85-ft. (25.9 m) double chine, all welded twin-screw tug set for delivery in April 2002. Bristol Harbor Group has been contracted to modify the Blount classic 85-ft. (25.9-m) tug design to take advantage of CNC (computerized numeric controlled) cutting. The tug will be powered by two CAT 3512 engines; 4:1 twin gears and two 65kW generators will supply ship service power. Keel cooled and equipped with two, four-blade stainless steel propellers measuring 70-78-in. in diameter, the tug will be used for marine towing along the inland and intracoastal waterways on the East Coast.

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