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Edison Chouest Opening Mississippi Shipyard

Gary Chouest, CEO, Edison Chouest Offshore

Edison Chouest Offshore locating shipbuilding operations, TopShip, LLC, in Gulfport, Miss. Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from Edison Chouest Offshore, an offshore energy service and supply company, officially announced today the company is locating shipbuilding operations at the Port of Gulfport in Gulfport, Miss. The project represents a $68 million corporate investment and will create 1,000 full-time jobs. Edison Chouest Offshore’s new Gulfport operations, TopShip, LLC, will be located at the Port of Gulfport’s new inland port on Seaway Road.

Edison Chouest Dies at 91

Edison Chouest, a commercial shrimper who turned one utility vessel into a major shipbuilding and offshore petroleum service company, has died at the age of 91, the AP reported. Chouest died Wednesday. A cause of death was not released. Edison Chouest Offshore had its beginnings in 1960 when Chouest, who owned shrimp boats, purchased a steel-hulled 65-foot utility vessel that had six months to go in a contract with Humble Oil Co. to supply a petroleum rig in the . Chouest is survived by his wife, Delores Chouest; three sons, current Edison Chouest Offshore CEO Gary Chouest, Eddie Chouest and Laney Chouest. Visitations were scheduled for Sunday in Galliano and Monday in Cut Off, followed by a funeral mass on Monday in Cut Off.

Subsea Services New J/V: FMC Partners Edison Chouest

FMC Technologies and Edison Chouest Offshore team up in subsea services joint venture with new base in Houston, Texas. Utilizing the subsea technologies, tooling and expertise of FMC Technologies, and the vessel, port logistics and ROV operations of Edison Chouest Offshore, the new company intends to provide integrated vessel-based subsea services for offshore oil and gas fields globally. Services to be offered by the joint venture include equipment intervention, riserless light well intervention, plug and abandonment and other services. The company's objective is to provide cost-effective solutions to enhance the customer's ability to initiate…

Ulstein Verft Launches its Largest Ship to Date

Measuring close to 160 meters in length, Yno 302 is the largest vessel built by Ulstein Verft so far (Photo: Ulstein)

On August25, shipbuilder Ulstein Verft launched from its dock hall a special offshore construction vessel, Yno 302, for Island Offshore and Edison Chouest Offshore. The newbuild measures close to 160 meters in length with at beam of 30 meters, making her the largest offshore vessel built at Ulstein Verft to date. A video of the launch is available here. According to the builder, the vessel’s total steel volume is about 8,800 metric tons – approximately the same as five platform supply vessels.

Edison Chouest to Expand Louisiana Operations

Governor Bobby Jindal, Louisiana Economic Development Secretary (LED) Stephen Moret and company officials announced today that Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) will expand its Louisiana shipyard operations at the Port of Terrebonne. The $10 million investment being requested by Governor Jindal in the second special session will help bring 1,000 new jobs with an average annual salary of $54,000. At the Port of Terrebonne, Edison Chouest Offshore, through its sister company LaShip, will build vessels to support growing deepwater offshore oil and gas industry needs for vessels with hull lengths greater than 350 feet. Pending legislative approval, the state will provide $10 million to support infrastructure improvements at the Port of Terrebonne to accommodate the company's expansion investment.

ECO Orders Rolls-Royce Equipment for New AHTS

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract worth $30.6m with the American owner Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO). The contract for ship equipment comprises Azimuth main propulsion, propulsion control systems, anchor winches and an anchor handling crane for an Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessel (AHTS). The contract also includes an option for equipment for a second vessel of similar type. The vessel is designed by ECO’s North American Shipbuilding and will be built to Polar Class 3, equipped to operate in arctic waters with air temperature down to minus 40 degrees Celsius.

Chevron to Lease Chouest's Brazil Vessel Base

Chevron plans to sign a 5-year agreement to lease berthing space for its vessels from U.S. oil service company Edison Chouest Offshore, Chouest's head of Brazilian operations said on Tuesday.   Chouest's 950-million-real ($275 million) base is located at Prumo Logistica's Port of Acu, on the northeast coast of Rio de Janeiro state. It is scheduled to be completed by mid-2017, Chouest's Brazilian head Ricardo Chagas told reporters. ($1 = 3.4485 Brazilian reais) (Reporting by Jeb Blount; Writing by Reese Ewing; Editing by Daniel Flynn)

HCDC, Edison Chouest Agree on Deal

The Harrison County Development Commission approved a land deal with Edison Chouest Offshore, in which HCDC is to sell 23 acres in Bernard Bayou Industrial Park to the company for $994,500 and to lease 7.8 acres along the industrial seaway for $10,850 per month. The company has declined to discuss its plans. The transaction now has to go to the Board of Supervisors. (Source: Biloxi Sun Herald)

Ulstein Increasing US Focus

Gunvor Ulstein (courtesy Ulstein)

Approximately 100,000 people will attend the Offshore Tecnhology Conference (OTC) in Houston this week where Ulstein is among roughly 80 Norwegian companies that are included. “U.S.A. is an increasingly important area of growth, and we see the importance of being present,” said Ulstein’s CEO, Gunvor Ulstein. Several Ulstein designed vessels are working in the Gulf of Mexico with Galveston as port. A N.Y. listed shipowner recently bought eight platform supply vessels from Ulstein. And Ulstein was recently contracted to design their first vessel to be constructed in U.S.

Edison Chouest Offshore Deploys Mojix STAR

Mojix Inc. announced Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO), C Logistics Division, is deploying the Mojix STAR system in a large scale RFID initiative to bring a new level of visibility, precision and operational efficiency to the oil and gas industry at their Port Fourchon, La. facility, a large scale shorebase operation which services the majority of offshore logistics for offshore operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Following a successful pilot of the Mojix system, the deployment to fully equip Port Fourchon’s C-Port and C-Port 2, an 18-slip operation, is underway, and will light up the entire port providing RTLS visibility utilizing passive RFID.

Edison Chouest Buys Florida Shipbuilder

According to the Daily Comet, Edison Chouest Offshore has confirmed that it is starting a new shipbuilding operation in Tampa. The Galliano-based ship builder will take over a lease formerly held by the Tampa Shipbuilding and Repair Company. The property is owned by the Bender Group of Mobile, Ala. Chouest plans to build offshore supply boats and other vessels, but terms of the deal were not disclosed. (Source: Daily Comet)

Island Ventures Orders Two Ulstein Vessels, First in U.S.

Island Ventures II LLC orders two large offshore construction vessels from Ulstein, one for construction at Ulstein Verft, one for construction in the U.S. (Illustration courtesy: Ulstein Group)

Edison Chouest Offshore and Island Offshore are ordering two new OCV vessels through the company Island Ventures II LLC. One vessel will be built at Ulstein Verft, Norway, and the other in the United States. Ulstein Verft has been contracted to build a new offshore construction vessel of the Ulstein SX165 design. This will be the largest vessel built at the yard so far, as well as its largest single shipbuilding contract. The vessel is scheduled for delivery Q3 2015. “We are very…

Shipbuilding CEO takes SCIA’s top honor

According to reports, Gary Chouest was honored with the South Central Industrial Association’s award Thursday night. As president and CEO of Edison Chouest Offshore, Gary Chouest’s leadership has grown the two-vessel shrimping operation founded in 1960 by his father into a worldwide company whose more than 130 vessels are well recognized, SCIA President Chet Morrison told the crowd of about 400 gathered at Cypress Columns Wednesday night. The vessels, all built and owned by Edison Chouest Offshore, are designed for its client-companies’ needs. Most are built at its North American Shipbuilding facility in Larose, but also at North American Fabricators in Houma.

Edison Chouest to Build BP Storage Facility

Galliano-based Edison Chouest Offshore will build a storage and preservation facility for BP in Houma next year, according to Edison Chouest corporate communications director Lonnie Thibodeaux. The 122,000 square-foot facility, located at on the northeast quadrant of the intersection of La. 311 and U.S. 90, will consolidate BP’s deepwater equipment assets into one facility from more than 100 storage locations, said Thibodeaux. Additionally, the U.S. 90-La. 311 intersection is a link-up with Morgan City and Thibodaux. Chouest will probably subcontract parts of the BP building and in-house personnel will work on other aspects, officials said. Construction, which will probably consume a year, is slated to begin in January.

AIGCAF Loans Chouest $400m for New Vessels, Refinancing

Edison Chouest Offshore

AIG Commercial Asset Finance (AIGCAF) and its affiliates have provided a $400 million loan for vessels owned and operated by Nautical Solutions, LLC, which is an operating unit of Edison Chouest Offshore (Chouest). Proceeds from the loan were used to refinance existing notes and to provide for the construction of new vessels. Kirk Phillips, Senior Vice President of the Direct Finance Group at AIGCAF, said that due to AIG’s extensive experience in offshore marine and energy lending, AIGCAF was able to creatively and quickly meet Nautical Solutions’ needs.

Caterpillar Celebrates Brazil Op'ns Launch

Caterpillar announced that the Cat© 3500C Diesel Electric Propulsion (DEP) generator sets have entered full production at the Piracicaba, Sao Paulo, manufacturing facility, delivering on a commitment to offer superior Cat power solutions products to the burgeoning Brazilian offshore market. The first shipment of four Cat 3512 DEP generator sets were delivered in December to Navship, a shipbuilder located in Navegantes, Brazil, and operated by Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO).  

Chouest Appointed to Port of New Orleans Board

Laney J. Chouest is sworn in to the Port of New Orleans Board of Commissioners (Photo courtesy of the Port of New Orleans)

Governor Bobby Jindal appointed south Louisiana businessman and entrepreneur Laney J. Chouest to the Board of the Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans. Chouest, who was sworn in during today’s Board meeting, will serve a five-year term, succeeding Joseph F. Toomy, one of two Jefferson Parish representatives on the regional Board that governs Port operations in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes. A native of Galliano, La. and resident of New Orleans, Chouest is the owner and developer of NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, La.

Nupas-Cadmatic Signs Software Contract with NAS

Nupas-Cadmatic has signed a deal with North American Shipbuilding (NAS), part of Edison Chouest Offshore and based in Larose, Louisiana. The contract includes the complete configuration of more than 50 structural, outfitting, electrical, production and nesting licenses. The deal was signed after a trial period that challenged the software’s capabilities. The test showed that Nupas-Cadmatic provides the yard with a wide range of benefits not covered by their former CAD/CAM software. nupas-cadmatic.com ncg.nl

Commission Gets Drydock Grant

According to a report from the Daily Comet, the Terrebonne Port Commission’s application for $10m in hurricane-recovery money had been approved by the state. The money, designated by the state to support economic development in the wake of hurricanes Gustav and Ike, will build a large public dry dock that will be leased by the Edison Chouest Offshore project and used to launch large boats, such as the $150m Arctic service vessel the Galliano-based company currently has under construction. (Source: Daily Comet)  

Bollinger and Edison Chouest Sign Contract for Liftboats

Profile drawing of the Bollinger 245-ft Class Liftboats for Edison Chouest Offshore that will be built at Bollinger’s Lockport facility. Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. and Edison Chouest Offshore entered into an agreement that will propel Chouest into the growing liftboat market. The two 245-ft class liftboats, Bollinger hull 515 and 516, are based on a Bollinger design that has proven to be an industry leading design that is American Bureau of Shipping, (ABS) classed and USCG certified subchapter L, meeting SOLAS/MARPOL requirements. The vessels will be flagged US and will primarily operate in the Gulf of Mexico region. The three cranes will include a port bow mounted primary crane with a 110 foot lattice boom rated for 175 tons…

Edison Chouest to Build 13 Damen Tugs

Image: Damen

Marine transportation provider and the United States’ largest operator of OSVs, Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO), has teamed up with Damen to build 13 heavy duty mooring assistance and escort tugs. The vessels will be built in the U.S. using ECO’s network of five shipyards with support from Damen under its Technical Cooperation program. The new tugs will be deployed on two major maritime projects for which ECO has recently won contracts. The first of these is a contract that ECO won earlier this year with a new Corpus Christi based LNG export terminal.

The Efficient Tugboat: Efficienty of a Different Type: Laney Chouest

When it comes to large tugs, none is larger than the Laney Chouest, the world's largest anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessel. At 348- x 72- x 31-ft., the Laney Chouest is the king of all tugs in the Gulf of Mexico, or anywhere else for that matter. It was built by the North American Shipbuilding, Larose, La. a part of Edison Chouest Offshore, Galliano, La. who also owns and operates the vessel. The vessel is super efficient since it is designed to do several jobs that formerly needed separate vessels For example, the vessel will set suction piles that anchor floating oil production facilities to the seabed using the largest tow winch every built. That is a huge job for any anchor handler.

Hyde Guardian BWTS for Edison Chouest Fleet

ECO’s Kirt Chouest, a 288′ multipurpose supply vessel (Photo courtesy of Edison Chouest Offshore)

Hyde Marine, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Calgon Carbon Corporation, has been selected as a strategic supply partner for ballast water treatment (BWT) systems by Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) for use on ECO’s fleet of vessels. The chemical free Hyde Guardian Gold BWT system, which has both International Maritime Organization (IMO) Type Approval and United States Coast Guard (USCG) Alternative Management System (AMS) approval, uses efficient filtration and ultraviolet (UV) disinfection to treat ships' ballast water to prevent the spread of invasive species from port to port.

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