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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Elvin Cheramie News

Cheramie & Sons Anticipate New Tug

The Lafayette, La.-based Rene’ J. Cheramie & Sons, has a 116’ x 34’ x 17’ ocean tugboat under construction at Main Iron Works of Houma, La. The new towing vessel, powered by twin 3516B HD Caterpillar diesels will be named ANN T. CHERAMIE. The vessel underwent plating in December and is expected to be delivered in July. tugboat built by Main Iron Works for the Cheramie company. and equipped with a Markey double drum towing winch on the stern deck for ocean towing”. ANN T. CHERAMIE will be the third tugboat designed by Basile for the Cheramie company.

Repair & Conversion: Gaming Boat to Live Again

The building of commercial vessels is very much a boom and bust business. Those of you that have been around for a while remembers the oil and gas boom days of the late 1970's and the bust that followed in the 1980's. Most of the southern shipyards did not actually recover from those dog days until the late 1980's when passenger vessel owners started ordering excursion/dinner boats in significant numbers. Typically these vessels had two or even three enclosed passenger decks with passenger capacities in the 450-600 range. Following on this mini-boom was the emergence of the gaming boat, actually an excursion boat with slot machines.

Feature: Family Tradition

About a year ago MarineNews debuted an article on the "First Families" of the oil patch featuring the Graham, Chouest and Candies families. We continue this series with two real pioneers in this industry whose partnership is still going strong after 57 years. Albert Cheramie and Anthony Guilbeau were among the very first to recognize that when oil and gas exploration moved offshore there would be a need for boats to supply the rigs. In 1947, Cheramie began by running a vessel for Humble Oil to Block 16A barely in the Gulf of Mexico off Grand Isle, La. By 1951 both Cheramie and Guilbeau were working offshore themselves as roughnecks for Texaco. "After five years with Texaco, it didn't seem like I was going to advance very far with only a 7th grade education," Cheramie said.

SEACOR To Acquire Gilbert Cheramie Boats, Inc.

SEACOR SMIT Inc. signed a definitive agreement to acquire Gilbert Cheramie Boats, Inc. and related companies. The transaction contemplates purchase consideration of approximately $61 million to be paid in cash for all shares of voting and non-voting stock of the companies. No long-term debt will be assumed by SEACOR in the transaction, and the purchase consideration is subject to certain adjustments. The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close in March 2001. The companies are based in Golden Meadow, Louisiana, and their fleet is dedicated to serving the oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico.

Louisiana Company Orders OSV

L&M Bo-Truc Rental of Golden Meadow Louisiana have placed an order with Bollinger Shipyards for two off-shore supply vessels. In the half century since Minor Cheramie founded the company it has grown to be one of the largest privately held supply boat companies with 16 vessels from 166 to 235 feet operating in the Gulf of Mexico. Now operated by the second generation of the Cheramie family, the firm’s capabilities will be significantly enhanced by the new vessels. At 191 feet in length with a 46-foot beam the vessels will have a molded depth of 15 feet. Each vessel will have a pair of Cummins KTA50 main engines rated for 1600 HP continuous duty at 1800 RPM. Gears will turn an 84x67-inch propeller through a Twin Disc MG 56 Series 6.4:1.

Triple-Engine Tug From Rodriguez

In mid-January Rodriguez Boat Builders Inc. of Bayou LaBatre Alabama installed three Cummins KTA38 M0 diesels in the finished hull of a new 90 by 32-foot tug for Hughie L. Cheramie, Inc. of Galliano Louisiana. With the engines installed in the new hull the already completed steel work for the deckhouse was lifted into place and the tug showed its final shape. Finishing would take another three months with delivery to the owners scheduled for April. Except for the engines and the owner supplied double-drum towing winch the boat is a virtual sister ship to the Gloria G. Cherami built at Rodriguez a few years ago. Electrical service will be supplied by two Cummins 4BTA 60 kw generator sets. The boat will be ABS load line inspected.

Bollinger Delivers OSV for L&M Bo-Truc

Cheramie Botruc 38, Bollinger Shipyards latest new 191-foot platform supply boat that meets all new regulatory requirements including DPS1 and is under 200 gross tons. Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. delivered the first of two new design offshore supply vessels to L&M Bo-Truc Rental Inc., of Golden Meadow, La. M/V Cheramie Botruc 38 the first of two identical offshore supply vessels was delivered early this summer and the second vessel, Cheramie Botruc 39, will follow in late September after builder’s trials. The vessels are the latest in a new Bollinger/L&M Bo-Truc 191-ft.

Tug & Barge Puncture Cruise Ship Hull

Coast Guard marine safety inspectors from Sector Key West, are investigating a collision between a cruise ship and a tug and barge this morning in the vicinity of the Hilton pier in Key West, Fla. Cruise ship Enchantment of the Seas was moored at Pier-B when the tug Huey L. Cheramie collided with the ship at approximately 8 a.m., leaving an 8-foot puncture along the side of the cruise ship's hull above the water-line. No injuries have been reported at this time.

Baker, Lyman Hires Senior Consultant for TSMS

John Scarborough

Baker, Lyman and Co., Inc. hired John Scarborough as senior consultant. He is an authorized agent for Germanischer Lloyd on the Corsair Towing Safety Management Systems (TSMS) Strategic Alliance for Subchapter M compliance software for the domestic towing industry. Scarborough holds a Maritime Law degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana and a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He previously sailed with Rene J. Cheramie & Sons in the Gulf of Mexico and aboard large commercial yachts world-wide. www.bakerlyman.com

Cheramie Takes Delivery of Triple Screw Tug

Rodriguez Boat Builders Inc., Bayou La Batre, Ala., delivered a model bow tug at the conclusion of a busy year. M/V Connor A. Gisclair, measuring 72 x 24 x 9 ft. was designed by Rodriguez and joint owners, Rusty Gisclair and Huey J. Cheramie, to replace tug Emily Cheramie, which they lost in the spring of 1998 on a reef off the coast of Belize. Actually owned by a sister company named Inshore Marine. Inc., the tug carries the Huey L. Cheramie, Inc. stack logo. The new boat continues the owners' preference for triple screw tugs. Four of the company's current fleet of eight vessels are triple screw. With accommodation for six people, the boat carries up to 24,000 gallons of fuel, 5,500 gallons of fresh water and 200 gallons each of lube, hydraulic, clutch and waste oil.

Cheramie Takes Delivery of Triple Screw Tug

Rodriguez Boat Builders Inc., Bayou La Batre, Ala., delivered a model bow tug at the conclusion of a busy year. M/V Connor A. Gisclair, measuring 72 x 24 x 9 ft. was designed by Rodriguez and joint owners, Rusty Gisclair and Huey J. Cheramie, to replace tug Emily Cheramie, which they lost in the spring of 1998 on a reef off the coast of Belize. Actually owned by a sister company named Inshore Marine. Inc., the tug carries the Huey L. Cheramie, Inc. stack logo. The new boat continues the owners' preference for triple screw tugs. Four of the company's current fleet of eight vessels are triple screw. With accommodation for six people, the boat carries up to 24,000 gallons of fuel, 5,500 gallons of fresh water and 200 gallons each of lube, hydraulic, clutch and waste oil.

Bollinger Delivers OSV for L&M Bo-Truc

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. delivered the first of two new design offshore supply vessels to L&M Bo-Truc Rental Inc., of Golden Meadow, La. M/V Cheramie Botruc 38 the first of two identical offshore supply vessels was delivered early this summer and the second vessel, Cheramie Botruc 39, was to follow in late September after builder's trials. The vessels are the latest in a new Bollinger/L&M Bo-Truc 191-ft. platform supply boat design that meets all new regulatory requirements including DPS1 and are under 200 gross tons. Slotted between Bollinger's new 166-ft. and 207-ft. supply vessels, the new 191-ft. boat can be compared to 180-ft. and 185-ft. OSVs, which were considered standards for Gulf of Mexico (GOM) service in the 1980's and 1990's. In addition to being 191-ft.

Cummins Marine Welcomes Cheramie Comeback

Back in 1992, when Manny Cheramie was first diagnosed in bad health, he decided to sell his 13-boat fleet of towboats. Still only in his forties, it was a real blow to Manny to leave the intercostal waters of Louisiana and Texas that had been his life since his dad introduced him to decking on a shrimp boat at five years of age. Now, after six years, Manny is getting a clean bill of health from his doctors. He and his wife Sonia, are preparing for a comeback with the launch of the first new boat of the second half of their lives. Lady Sonia is a 60 x 24-ft. 62 x 57-in. prop. "I have a lifetime contract for the new boat with Hollywood Marine," says Manny, who has been associated with the Houston based firm for 25 years.

OSMA Elects New Officers

The Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) has elected Andy Brauninger, president of Seabulk Offshore, Ltd., as chairman of the board and Milton Rose, president of SEACOR Marine, Inc., has been elected vice-chairman of the association. OMSA’s new secretary/treasurer is Minor Cheramie, Jr., president of L&M Botruc Rentals, Inc. Also elected to the OMSA board of directors are: Van C. De Witt, vice-president and COO of Sea Mar Management, Inc.; Hank Danos, president and CEO of Danos & Curole Marine Contractors, Inc.; Marilyn Muchowich Stanley, president of Offshore Oil Service, Inc., Janson Graham, president of C&G Boat Works, Inc., and Robert M. Thompson, Sr., CEO of the Cross Group Ltd.

GAC Hosts Open House at New Facility

GAC is hosting an Open House giving its customers and all oil and gas companies the opportunity to view its new warehouse in the Central Green District of Houston, Texas. The 180,000+ sq. ft. LEED (Leader in Energy and Environment Design) certified cross dock facility includes four acres of outside storage space within a designated Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) and is in close proximity to George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The new building centralizes GAC USA's local and regional executives, multiple business areas and staff under a single roof at 16200 Central Green Blvd in Houston. The grand opening comes hot on the heels of the GAC Group's new brand campaign that promises to help its customers achieve their strategic goals.

New & Notable: Bollinger Launches Innovative OSV Hull

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., Lockport, La., has added another new design to its list of "less is more" offshore service vessels (OSV) that have cargo carrying capacities of larger vessels without the added equipment, operational and maintenance costs to their owners or operators. The design was developed in close cooperation with operator L & M Bo-Truc Rental Inc., of Golden Meadow, La., who signed contracts for two of the new OSVs. The first hull was launched February 6, 2004 and delivery of the first boat, Cheramie Botruc 38 is planned for June 2004, with the second vessel, Cheramie Botruc 39, following in about three months thereafter. The latest is a new 191-ft. platform supply boat that meets all new regulatory requirements including DPS1 and is under 200 gt.

Bollinger Introduces

The evolution of a new offshore boat design ideally happens with considerable customer input. But in the case of Bollinger Shipyards' new 220-ft. class supply vessel, a fortunate coincidence happen. The first customer for the new vessel, C&G Boats, Golden Meadow, La., and Bollinger independently evolved a vessel with many of the same design features. "When we decided that we needed a new, more capable supply boat, we rejected many conventional designs because they did not have what our customers told us they wanted," said Joey Arceneaux, president of MNM Boats, the operating division of C&G Boats, Golden Meadow, La. Arceneaux said he…

Seacor Continues Rational Fleet Expansion

Seacor — through an unprecedented string of strategic and financially sound acquisitions — has emerged as one of the world's premier operators of a fleet of vessels that provide marine services to the oil and gas exploration and production industry, and oil spill response services in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, North Sea, offshore West Africa, the Far East and Latin America. For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2000, the company announced net earnings of $11.1 million on revenues of $88.3 million. For the 12 months ended December 31, 2000, net earnings were $34.1 million on revenues of $339.9 million. The improvement in the fourth quarter…

Bollinger Launches Innovative New OSV Hull

Bollinger’s latest is a new 191-ft. platform supply boat that meets all new regulatory requirements including DPS1 and is under 200 ft. The New Generation BoTruc will be focused on supporting the shelf activity in the US Gulf of Mexico. Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., Lockport, La., has added another new design to its list of “less is more” offshore service vessels (OSV) that have cargo carrying capacities of larger vessels without the added equipment, operational and maintenance costs to their owners or operators.

CAD/CAM: ShipConstructor 2004 used for M/V Cheramie BoTruc 38

To meet the requirements of the BoTruc project, Bollinger's design group chose ShipConstructor2004, the latest version of the 3-D product modeling software developed by Albacore Research Ltd (ARL), Canada. Bollinger has been using ShipConstructor for more than six years. For the near future, Bollinger plans to integrate the ShipConstructor SQL project database with other related business process databases, such as enterprise resource planning, purchasing, and accounting. Among the design demands of the BoTruc OSVs is the significant increase of cargo capacity. Bollinger's executive vice president of new construction, Danny Irby, noted that while the 180-ft vessels could carry 1…

CBP, CG Team Intercept Stowaways

A joint federal team was mobilized Sunday, Nov. 30, to investigate a report of three stowaways aboard a barge off of Mobile, Ala. The team was made up of members from U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection and the Coast Guard. The U.S. Coast Guard Station in Mobile received a call Sunday from the Captain of the tug/barge Ann T. Cheramie/Crimson Tide in reference to three stowaways onboard the vessel. At approximately 4:30 p.m. the vessel was secured at the Alabama State Dock’s River Pier and boarded. The joint boarding team completed an extensive search of the vessel, finding an additional stowaway for a total of four. The stowaways were escorted off the vessel and transported to the Mobile Border Patrol station for processing…

Marcon Announces Sale of Survey Vessel

Marcon International, Inc. confidential terms. commissioned by Cheramie BoTruc and rebuilt in 1983. subsequently sold to Bollinger Machine Shop. Mar Equipment in 1996. Current sellers bought the vessel in 2003. 1700BHP and fitted a 200HP bow thruster. generators provide electrical power. total of 32 persons in 8 staterooms. The 146 x 36-ft. unit will be reactivated from lay up in the U.S. Class being reinstated prior to sailing to West Africa for employment. Marcon acted as sole broker in the transaction. of one per week. expected to close within the next 30 days.

Is More Drilling on the Way?

There has been a steady stream of bad news recently in the marine press regarding the health of the oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico. Much of this bad "press" is fueled by boat operators who are trying to do a "Rope-a-dope" on their competitors. That is by "talking the industry down" they are trying to convince competition that "better days" may be years out, hoping they may not be ready when the turnaround comes. All indications are that the industry will indeed drill itself out of the current malaise - sooner than later. And the indicators for such a turnaround are right in front of your face if you know where to look. In general, people who follow intensely the oil and gas industry all agree that a significant rebound is on the way.

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