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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Firstwave News

FirstWave/Newpark Adds To Senior Management Staff

FirstWave/Newpark Adds To Senior Management Staff Joining FirstWave/Newpark is Frank R. Pierce as corporate vice president and CFO, along with Tom Godfrey in the newly created position of vice president, ship repair. Pierce joins FirstWave with more than 20 years experience, most recently at GulfMark Offshore, a publicly held offshore vessel company. Godfrey, who has held many senior level positions in the industry, comes to FirstWave from Colonna's Shipyard where he was president & CEO.

FirstWave/Newpark Lands Diamond Offshore Job

FirstWave/Newpark Shipbuilding has been awarded a contract by Diamond Offshore Drilling of Houston, Texas for completion of upgrades to the drillship Ocean Clipper, which returned to Galveston for the additional upgrades on August 16. "We're pleased that Diamond brought Ocean Clipper back to our yard for this project," said Francis Fair, FirstWave's executive vice president Galveston Operations. "FirstWave performed work on Clipper earlier this year, and we appreciate Diamond's confidence in us to provide additional services for the vessel."

FirstWave Granted Contract By Blessey Marine

FirstWave/Newpark Shipbuilding was awarded a contract by Blessey Marine Services of Hanrahan, La. for the construction of a 30,000-bbl capacity double-hulled tank barge. Measuring 298 x 54 x 13 ft. (90.8 x 16.4 x 3.9 m) the vessel will be built at FirstWave's Greens Bayou Facility for a June 2000 delivery. FirstWave was also granted a contract by Global Industries of Carlyss, La. for a scheduled drydocking and routine regulatory maintenance of the Small Water-plane Area Twin Hull (SWATH) vessel MV Pioneer at the company's East Pelican Island Facility in Galveston.

FirstWave/Newpark Shipbuilding Awarded Contract by GLM

FirstWave/Newpark Shipbuilding has been awarded a contract from Global Marine Drilling Company of Houston, Texas for final commissioning of drilling equipment and other miscellaneous completion work on the newbuild drillship Glomar Jack Ryan. The vessel left builder Harland & Wolff Shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on August 20 and is scheduled to arrive at FirstWave's East Pelican Island Facility in Galveston early September.

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.

FirstWave/Newpark Awarded Contract Duo

FirstWave/Newpark Shipbuilding was granted two contracts from Marine Drilling Company. The Marine Rig 202 arrived from Singapore on June 26 for skirt repairs and replacement to the rig mat. The Marine Rig 201 - also from Singapore arrived at Newpark's East Pelican Island Facility June 28 for minor repairs and loadout.

FirstWave/Newpark Contracted for Drill Rig Upgrade

Schlumberger/Sedco Forex has contracted FirstWave/Newpark Shipbuilding for upgrades and maintenance work on the offshore semi-submersible drilling rig Bill Shoemaker. The rig was brought into Newpark Shipbuilding's East Pelican Island yard in Galveston, Texas in December 1998. The company provides repair, conversion, new construction and related services for barges, boats, ships, offshore rigs, and other vessels in the offshore and inland marine industries.

FirstWave/Newpark Awarded Trio Of Contracts

Providing ship repair, conversion, new construction and related services for barges and other vessels, FirstWave/Newpark Shipbuilding has garnered three new contracts. Pleiades Shipping Agents awarded the company for collision damage repair of the 55,000-dwt vessel, MT Nestos. The ship, which sustained damage on its port side near the bow and just above the waterline, underwent repairs at the company’s East Pelican Island facility.

Canal Barge Order for FirstWave/Newpark

FirstWave/Newpark Shipbuilding has been awarded a contract by Canal Barge Company, Inc. of New Orleans, La. for the construction of 10 double skin tank barges. All 10 barges are scheduled for delivery in 1999.

Barge Built by FirstWave/Newpark

E.I. duPont de Nemours & Co., Inc. has received EIDC 13, the second of three identical barges being built for the company by FirstWave/Newpark Shipbuilding. The inland service, double-skin tank barge measures 230 x 42 x 12 ft., and has a capacity of 2,200 short tons of product. The barge is certified by the USCG and will be used to transport sulfuric acid, oleum or spent sulfuric acid. It has two cargo tanks wth an electric-driven Lewis four-in. acid pump, stainless steel piping and provisions for inclusion of a vapor control system at a later date. The vessel was designed by Shearer & Assoc., Inc. FirstWave/Newpark Shipbuilding is also constructing a 250 x 42 x 14 ft. inland service double-skin tank barge for E.I. duPont capable of carrying either virgin or spent sulfuric acid.

FirstWave/Newpark Awarded Trio of Contracts

Providing ship repair, conversion, new construction and related services for barges and other vessels, FirstWave/Newpark Shipbuilding has garnered three new contracts. Pleiades Shipping Agents awarded the company for collision damage repair of 55,000-dwt vessel, MT Nestos. The ship, which sustained damage on its port side near the bow and just above the waterline, underwent repairs at the company's East Pelican Island facility. FirstWave has also been granted a contract by East Boston-based Sterling Equipment for the construction of two 140 x 40 ft. offshore deck barges scheduled for delivery in 1999. In addition, the company will also repair the mat on the Phoenix VI rig for Rio Grande Supply Company. The jack-up rig was loaded on heavy lift barge Boa 16, to make the repairs.

FirstWave And A&P Form Alliance

FirstWave and A&P Group have laid the foundation for the first global network dedicated to marine repair. This alliance will initially capitalize on the multi-site facilities and knowledge of both companies in offshore vessel maintenance, rig repairs and complex conversions. The joint venture also allows both companies to combine marketing and share project management expertise for the delivery of repair and conversion services for clients in the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico. In addition, the alliance is formulating to extend its services into West Africa by year-end.

EPA Recognizes Shipyard Environmental Innovations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Press Release

Offshore News

R&B Falcon Confirms U.S. Reading & Bates Development Co. (DEVCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of R&B Falcon Corporation, announced its Boomvang Project in deepwater offshore Texas is proceeding rapidly. DEVCO concurs with previously announced reserve estimates of 70-100 million boe in several oil reservoirs extending across portions of East Breaks Blocks 642, 643, 688 and 732. Platform, production facilities and pipeline contracts are being evaluated, and development drilling is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of this year. The partners anticipate first production in the first quarter of 2002. DEVCO owns a 50 percent working interest in the Boomvang Project. Kerr-McGee Oil & Gas Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Kerr-McGee Corp. is operator and owns a 30 percent working interest.

Focus on Safety Pays Off for SCA Member Shipyards

Injury and illness rates at shipyards that belong to the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) have declined over the past three years helping facilities to drastically their overhead costs. The average Total Recordable Incident Rates (TRIR) for SCA member facilities declined from 12.94 percent in 1998 to 11.76 percent in 2001, while the average TRIR for the industry as a whole (SIC 3731) as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) was 20.2 percent in 1999 and 22 percent in 2000. SCA’s data is based on the quarterly injury and illness surveys calculated by the Council. SCA has an active safety committee that reviews the results of each quarterly survey and holds bi-annual safety seminars to address the areas where most injuries occur.

Contracts

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., Lockport, La., has signed a contract to build two, 250-ft., double hull, jumbo coastwise service, single rake hopper barges for Tide Leasing, LLC, Birmingham, Ala. Construction has begun on the first barge and building of the second vessel will begin in August. Both are scheduled for delivery in November 2000. Overall, each barge will be 250 ft. in length, with a 52.5-ft. beam and 14-ft. depth and 11.5 ft. maximum draft. They will be built with .75-in. steel at the hopper bottoms and .625-in. steel at the hopper sides plus .5-in. T-1 liner plates on the bottom and upper sides of the hopper. Each will be able to carry up to 3,000 metric tons of coal and will operate out of Santa Marta, Colombia. Shearer and Associates, Inc., Metairie, La.

News

ConAgra Inc., the second largest U.S. food manufacturer, has agreed to sell American Commercial Lines LLC (ACL) its large U.S. inland barge fleet and operations. Financial terms of the deal, which ConAgra said was part of ongoing series of strategic divestments, were not announced. ACL will acquire 930 owned and chartered barges, nine chartered towboats and one dry dock, the companies said in a joint statement. The deal includes Peavey Barge Lines, Brown Water Towing Inc. and Superior Barge Lines, Inc. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval but is expected to be completed in the next 30 days, the companies said. Greg Heckman, president and CEO, ConAgra Trade Group, said, "Our decision to sell the barge company is a strategic one.

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