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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Research Vessel Repowered with Volvo Penta Diesel Sterndrives

(Photo: Volvo Penta)

When the Panama-based Smithsonian Tropical Research Institution (STRI) decided to repower their 11-year-old launch Morpho, as good scientists the team researched the alternatives thoroughly before selecting a triple Volvo Penta diesel sterndrive rig for the boat. Constructed in 2005, the 48-ft. Morpho makes daily runs for scientists and visitors between the STRI laboratory facility in Gamboa and the Barro Colorado Island nature sanctuary in the Panama Canal waterway. The boat was recently repowered with three Volvo Penta D6 330-horsepower diesel Aquamatic engines with DPH Duoprop drives.

Navy to Christen Submarine Colorado

Boat's logo for the future USS Colorado (SSN 788). This is the 15th Virginia-class fast attack submarine and the fifth Virginia-class Block III submarine. The ship began construction in 2015 and is scheduled to commission in 2017. This next-generation attack submarine provides the Navy with the capabilities required to maintain the nation's undersea superiority well into the 21st century. (U.S. Navy graphicReleased)

The Navy will christen its newest Virginia-class fast attack submarine, the future USS Colorado (SSN 788), during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, Dec. 3 at General Dynamics Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton, Connecticut. The Honorable Ray Mabus, secretary of the Navy, will deliver the ceremony's principal address. His daughter, Anne Mabus, is serving as the ship's sponsor. "The christening of the future USS Colorado is an example of our enduring partnership with our nation's shipbuilders…

General Dynamics Hosts Keel-Laying Ceremony for Submarine Colorado

Annie Mabus chalked her initials into the keel of the nuclear submarine Colorado, which were then welded by Electric Boat employee John Alves (Photo courtesy of General Dynamics)

Continuing a time-honored shipbuilding tradition, Ship Sponsor Annie Mabus laid the keel of the submarine Colorado, on Saturday, March 7, marking the ceremonial start of construction for the 15th ship of the Virginia Class. The event was hosted by General Dynamics Electric Boat at its Quonset Point facility and attended by local and Congressional dignitaries, Navy officials and more than 1,000 employees and family members. Mabus, the daughter of Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, chalked her initials on a steel plate to be affixed in the submarine.

Colorado to Pull Anti-fracking Initiatives; Oil Shares Rise

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has persuaded anti-fracking groups to scrap two ballot initiatives that would have curtailed oil and gas drilling, and news of the agreement on Monday lifted share prices of oil producers. Hickenlooper, in a televised news conference, said he had instead put together a task force with representatives from industry, environmental groups and local communities to set standards for the state's growing petroleum industry. This "will provide an alternative to ballot initiatives that…

Managerial Appointments at MOL (America)

MOL (America) Inc. announced the appointment of Mr. Thomas Smart to the position of Midwest Regional Import Sales Manager, and the promotion of Mr. Larry Flading to the position of Midwest Regional Export Sales Manager. Mr. Smart assumes his new position having served as MOL (America) Inc.’s Midwest Regional Export Sales Manager since joining MOL in September 2002. Mr. Smart, who brings two decades of industry knowledge and experience to his new position, is now responsible for managing all import sales and customer service activities in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin and parts of Pennsylvania. Mr.

John C. Stennis Underway for Sea Trials Ahead of Schedule

USS John C. Stennis  Photo: United States Navy

Sailors aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) got underway for Sea Trials as the ship's planned incremental availability (PIA) nears its end, August 11. John C. Stennis entered PIA in February with the largest work package ever planned for a six-month availability for a Nimitz-class carrier, requiring more than 2,800,000 man-hours of work between ship's Sailors, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, and contractors. Through teamwork, dedication and expert management, the ship was able to get underway ahead of their originally planned departure date.

FirstWave/Newpark Awarded Repair Contract

FirstWave/Newpark Shipbuilding was granted a contract by Pride Offshore of Houma, La. for repair and maintenance of the jack-up drilling rig Pride Colorado. The rig, which arrived at the company's East Pelican Island facility in Galveston during mid-October, will be drydocked on a heavylift barge for inspection and repair, if required. Newpark has completed three successful dockings on lift barges in the past.

Wheelabrator Group Announces New Ownership

Wheelabrator Group has announced new ownership. Mid Europa Partners (MEP), through its Emerging Europe Convergence Fund II, L.P. has completed the acquisition of all outstanding WG equity from an investment group led by Bard & Company. The Group will continue to pursue the action plan it developed over the last three years following its spin off from Veolia Environment. As a result of the new investment, Wheelabrator Group’s corporate functions (currently located in Golden, Colorado, USA), will transition to Altrincham over the course of the coming year.

Guiding National Ocean Research Investment

The NSTC Joint Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology (JSOST) of the US Council on Environmental Quality is hosting a Public Workshop on the Ocean Research Priorities Plan. The event will be in Denver, Colorado (basically mid-way between the Atlantic and the Pacific) on April 18-20. Source: HK Law

Arctic Sea Ice Report

The National Snow and Ice Data Center, sponsored by the University of Colorado and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), issued its report on Arctic sea ice. The ice in the Arctic Ocean has reached its minimum extent for 2009 and is starting to reform. This year’s minimum extent is above the record and near-record minimums of the last two years, but lower than the average minimums of the past 30 years. (9/17/09). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)

CNOOC Searches for Oil in U.S.

According to a report from the Associated Press, China's state-owned offshore oil and gas company is intensifying its search for oil in the western United States.  CNOOC Ltd. announced it will pay $570m for a one-third stake in Chesapeake Energy Corp.'s drilling project in an emerging oil field in northeast Colorado and southeast Wyoming. (Source: AP)  

Bel-Ray Assigns New Sales Representation

Photo: Bel-Ray

Bel-Ray Company Inc. said it has appointed the Marine Markets West, LLC as sales representative in the Western United States and British Columbia in Canada, and was selected for the William F. Marine Markets West will represent Bel-Ray in territories, such as Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and British Columbia, while William F. Miller will represent Bel-Ray in the territories of Tennessee, Kentucky, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri.

NOAA: "near or below normal" 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted a "near or below normal" 2014 Atlantic hurricane season on Thursday, with eight to 13 tropical storms and three to six hurricanes, with one or two reaching major Category 3 status with winds above 111 miles per hour (178 kph). A typical season has 12 tropical storms, with six hurricanes and two major hurricanes, according to forecasters at Colorado State University, a leading U.S. extreme weather analysis team. The six month-long hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.   Reporting by David Adams

Ferguson Director Global Business, HB Rentals

Photo courtesy Foster Marketing Communications

Accommodations specialist, HB Rentals, a Superior Energy Services company, has named Ken Ferguson the Director of Global Business Development. Ferguson will be based in HB Rentals’ Houston office and will oversee the company’s business development efforts. Before joining HB Rentals, Ferguson served as the Business Development Manager for Emtunga Offshore and worked in sales for Universal Services Inc., Evergreen Mobile Company, ATCO Structures Inc. and ATCO Saudi Arabia Ltd.  He is a graduate of the University of Colorado. (www.hbrental.com)

Mesa Verde Commissioned Newest Navy Ship

Cdr. Shawn Lobree, commanding officer, USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), thanks his crew, their families, and a tremendous commissioning committee for their support. The ship is named after Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, a significant archaeological and anthropological site that in 1906 Congress established as the first cultural park in the National Park Systems. U.S. Navy photo by Cdr. More than 300 Sailors and a platoon of Marines manned the rails of USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), the newest San Antonio class ship…

USS Denver - 40 Years of Service

The crew of USS Denver (LPD 9) celebrated the ship's 40th birthday Oct. 26 during the annual Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) off the coast of the Philippines. The entire crew gathered on the mess decks to celebrate the 40 years since Denver's commissioning as a U.S. Navy warship in 1968. Current USS Denver commanding officer, Capt. Kent D. Whalen offered some historical prospective. "There's a lot of history associated with the two previous hulls that carried the name Denver and with the current one we are on," said Whalen. "It is a great honor to be the commanding officer.

The Big Melt in World Ocean Ice Record

Photo: National Snow and Ice Data Center

Sea ice extent in both the northern and southern hemisphere was at record low levels for the month of January 2017. Last month set a record for the lowest sea-ice extent for the month, falling below the record set last year, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), a Colorado-based research outfit. Arctic sea ice this January averaged 5.17 million square miles, the lowest for the month in the 38-year sea ice record. "Greenhouse gases emitted through human activities…

This Day In Naval History: August 30

USS Colorado (BB 45) (Photo: USNHC, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center)

1923 - USS Colorado (BB 45) is commissioned. Notable during her pre-World War II service, she helps in the search for missing aviator, Amelia Earhart, in 1937. During WWII, USS Colorado serves in the Pacific during World War II and is hit by kamikazes at Leyte in November 1944. 1929 - At New London, Conn., 26 officers and men test the Momsen lung to exit an intentionally-bottomed submarine. The device was created by Lt. C.B. Momsen following the failure to save surviving crew members trapped in USS S-4 (SS 109) that sank after a collision with Coast Guard cutter USS Paulding in 1927.

Woman Rowing Atlantic to Fight Human Trafficking

Boulder Colorado Woman to Row the Atlantic to Raise Awareness for Human Trafficking. In an effort to increase worldwide awareness of human trafficking, a Boulder woman will take part in an all-female, international team that aims to make history rowing across the Atlantic Ocean in December. Following a route similar to Christopher Columbus’ maiden voyage, the journey is prepared to set a record as the first, all-female crew of six to row 3,000 miles unaided across the Atlantic.

Union Pacific Line Back in Service after Derailment

U.S. railroad company Union Pacific Corp said on Monday that a rail line on which a train derailed in northern Colorado was back in service. The line, which is used about once a day, connects Windsor, which is in the Niobrara shale play in northeastern Colorado, as well as other towns in the state. The train, which was heading from Windsor to an East Coast destination, spilled 5,300 gallons of oil on Friday morning. Over the past several months, the industry has been under heightened government scrutiny due to an increase in train derailments involving oil tank cars. The amount of oil moving by rail from shale formations has risen sharply because the region is not well-connected to pipelines.

Bollinger Wins Signal Safety Award

Bollinger Shipyards president and CEO, Donald “Boysie” Bollinger, won the 2011 Executive Leadership Safety Award by Signal Mutual Indemnity Association. The award, which is Signal’s highest honor, was presented at the Signal Mutual Board of Directors meeting held on January 20, 2012 in Vail, Colorado. Bollinger was selected from the more than two hundred Signal Mutual Members based upon a number of factors including safety contributions to the industry. “This award is validation of the tireless efforts by every member of the Bollinger shipbuilding team in creating a safe working environment and a safety culture that is second to none,” said Bollinger.

Bollinger Wins Signal Safety Award

Donald “Boysie” Bollinger accepts the 2011 Executive Leadership Safety Award.

Bollinger Shipyards president and chief executive officer, Donald “Boysie” Bollinger, has been awarded the 2011 Executive Leadership Safety Award by Signal Mutual Indemnity Association. The award, which is Signal’s highest honor, was presented at the Signal Mutual Board of Directors meeting held on January 20, 2012 in Vail, Colorado. Bollinger was selected from the more than two hundred Signal Mutual Members based upon a number of factors including safety contributions to the industry.

Bishop Lifting Acquires Delta Rigging & Tools

SBP Holdings, through its wholly owned subsidiary Bishop Lifting Products, has completed the acquisition of Delta Rigging & Tools headquartered in Houston, Texas. Bishop Lifting Products and Delta Rigging & Tools specialize in the fabrication and distribution of slings, wire rope and rigging products, crane and rigging inspection services, engineered solutions and equipment rentals. The combined Company will go to market under the brands Bishop Lifting Products, Delta Rigging & Tools, Delta Rentals & Rigging, and Morgan City Rentals. The Company currently operates 23 branches in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and North Dakota with over 700 employees.

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