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Sunday, January 21, 2018

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Geo Shipyards Delivers Lahaina

In early spring of 2002, a new multipurpose high-speed catamaran will be plying the waters around Maui, Hawaii. The Spirit of Lahaina under construction at Geo Shipyards in New Iberia, La., is a 65 x 27 x 9.5 ft. high catamaran. The USCG certified 149-passenger cruise ship tender, sightseeing and dinner cruiser was designed by Schuller & Allan Inc. of Houston, Texas. Utilizing the latest Rhinoceros 3-D surface modeling and Michlet resistance/wave amplitude prediction methods, precise lofting and low wake/wash characteristics were achieved. The all-aluminum vessel is powered by Lugger main engines developing a total of 1,200 hp for a fully laden speed of 24 knots.

Geo Shipyard Delivers Catamaran Survey Vessel

Blake (Photo courtesy of Geo Shipyard)

Geo Shipyard, Inc. has built and delivered a new Survey Catamaran Vessel, Blake, for David Evans and Associates Inc.’s Marine Services Division in Gulfport, Mississippi. The newbuild, delivered in October, features wave-piercing bows, Tier 3 Cat diesels, twin 55-kW generators, a full suite of survey instrumentation, an A frame for towing astern, a DTI survey winch and a stainless steel hydraulically operated survey strut with a moon pool and hydraulically operated door through the wing deck to lower the strut for side scanning. There’s also a bow crane for side scanning in shallow water.

The Spirit of Lahaina Will Serve Maui

In early spring of 2002, a new multipurpose high-speed catamaran will be plying the waters around Maui, Hawaii. The Spirit of Lahaina under construction at Geo Shipyards in New Iberia Louisiana is a 65x27x9.5 ft high aspect, high wet deck clearance displaning type cat. The USCG certified 149-passenger cruise ship tender, sightseeing and dinner cruiser was designed by Schuller & Allan Inc. of Houston, Texas. Utilizing the latest Rhinoceros 3D surface modeling and Michlet resistance / wave amplitude prediction methods, precise lofting and low wake/wash characteristics were achieved. The all aluminum vessel is powered by Lugger main engines developing a total of 1200 horsepower for a fully laden speed of 24 knots

GEO Shipyard Delivers Seismic Vessel

As noted elsewhere in this issue, evidence abounds of a pickup in oil and gas exploration, drilling and production. The latest example is the delivery of a seismic vessel to a company that was incorporated in 2003 specifically for geophysical work. The company is Global Geophysical Services, Inc., of Houston, Texas. The company went to Geo Shipyard, New Iberia, La. for a 70 x 22-ft. catamaran-style seismic source vessel. "In the past, we specialized in seismic boats and our company name is derived from our concentration on geophysical vessels," said David LeCompte, president of the company. The vessel is equipped with a pair of large compressors enabling it to operate air guns that gather seismic data from the Gulf of Mexico.

Geo Shipyard Delivers Party Fishing Boat

A party fishing boat is not your usual passenger vessel. It is a vessel outfitted for people to whom fishing is more sport than recreation and catching the "big" ones represent a mental and physical challenge. To accommodate these sportsmen takes a special boat with accommodations for anglers who may spend one-two nights on the vessel. Geo Shipyard, New Iberia, La. just delivered a 68-ft. by 27-ft. catamaran party fishing boat with facilities for 83 fishermen on day trips and 40 on overnight voyages. Williams Party Boats, Inc of Galveston, Texas is owner of the vessel. In business since 1946, the company is operated by third generation owner Capt. Johnny Williams. The vessel is named Capt. John for Williams' father. One of the major features of the vessel is its 25-knot speed.

Geo Shipyard Delivers M/V Hoover & Truman

Photo courtesy Geo Shipyard, Inc.

The Crew Boats Hoover and Truman , a pair of 36-ft catamaran crew boats were built for Axxis Drilling company to service their inland and near shore drilling rigs. The vessels were designed by Morrelli and Melvin Design & Engineering group in Long Beach, Calif. The boats have seating for 13 passengers. The seats were built and furnished by Sterlings Upholstery in New Iberia, Louisiana. The aft two seat backs on the port side fold down to form a day bed for the captain to rest between trips. The vessel has two roof top HVAC units for comfort and are powered by a Kohler 5 KW generator.

Geo Shipyard Delivers R/V Apalachee

Geo Shipyard Inc, New Iberia, La, delivered the R/V Apalachee, a 64x21x9’, aluminum catamaran for Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory, St Teresa, Florida. Designed by Fyffe Yachts with NC lofting by Eli Ring, VP of Advance Fabricating, both of Kemah, Texas, the 48 passenger T-boat will support a verity of research missions in the Gulf of Mexico. DeJong and Lebet, Inc., Jacksonville, Florida provided construction oversight and plan review. Power for the new boat is supplied by a pair of John Deere 6135 SFM engines rated at 500 hp at 1…

DEA’s New 82-foot Survey Vessel Commissioned

Blake (Photo courtesy of David Evans and Associates)

David Evans and Associates, Inc.’s Marine Services Division commissioned its new 82-foot hydrographic survey and scientific vessel Blake in a ceremony held in the vessel’s homeport of Gulfport, Mississippi. At the ceremony, U.S. Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi broke a Champagne bottle across the Blake’s bow. In addition to remarks by the Senator, Rear Admiral Gerd Glang, the director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Coast Survey and the U.S. National Hydrographer, and Mayor of Gulfport William Gardner Hewes spoke to attendees.

Geo Plus' New Sustainable Survey Ship

Survey company Geo Plus will soon be putting into service its brand new survey ship Geo Focus. This innovative, hybrid ship will be officially christened on 23 June. The 35 metre long Geo Focus, which Geo Plus commissioned, was developed through a collaboration between Studio Yacht and De Haas Maassluis shipyard. The ship is equipped with ultra-advanced hydrographic measurement equipment for carrying out seafloor surveys. In line with Geo Plus' vision of sustainability, the Geo Focus has been equipped with innovative diesel hybrid propulsion.

Great Lakes Shipyard Secures Geo Gradel Contract

Drydocking and repairs by Geo Gradel & Co. Photo Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard was awarded a contract for drydocking and repairs by Geo Gradel & Co. for Tug JOHN FRANCIS on January 18, 2017. The tugboat was hauled out using the 770-MT Mobile Marine Travelift on January 19, 2017. Geo Gradel & Co. also awarded a contract to the Shipyard for drydocking and repairs for Hopper Barge Mobro 2000 on December 14, 2016. This contract includes significant metal repairs due to due to damages caused during the season. Work for both vessels is expected to be completed March 2017.

Geo Gradel Tug and Barge Enter Drydock

Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard said it was awarded a contract for drydocking and repairs by Geo Gradel & Co. for tug George Gradel  and barge Moby Dick. The contract for the 2,400 HP tug George Gradel includes steel repairs, keel cooler repairs, underwater hull inspections and repairs as well as painting and replacing fuel tanks. Work is planned to be completed by the end of June 2017. Worked completed for the 120' x 33' x 10.5' deck barge with 875-ton capacity included surveys, inspections and repairs for load line renewal. Work was completed on June 5, 2017.

New Demands on Pilot Boats

The tightening of port security in the United States has impacted practically every vessel that operates in U.S. harbors. That includes the small, often-forgotten pilot boats that transport state licensed pilots to vessels entering a harbor or waterway. With recently imposed security measures mandating large ships wait further outside a harbor or waterway, pilot boats in some cases must travel twice as far before the pilot transfer can take place, according to Winn Willard of C. Raymond Hunt Associates, Boston, Mass., designers of pilot boats with 25 years experience in the field. Gladding Hearn, Somerset, Mass. is one of the busiest shipyards in the nation.

Petroleum Geo-Services Awarded Two Seismic Contracts

Petroleum Geo-Services ASA was recently awarded a seismic contract in deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Petroleum Geo-Services will utilize its proprietary 3D marine seismic vertical cable technology for the contract awarded by Phillips Petroleum Company in deepwater Gulf of Mexico in the Garden Banks area. The contract will involve one month of high-density data acquisition.

Wärtsilä Engines for Geo Vessel

The new offshore support vessel of Aker ROV 06 design will be equipped with Wärtsilä main engines. Wärtsilä Corporation has been awarded a contract worth about EUR 2.7 million in November 2005 by the Norwegian shipbuilder Aker Yards ASA to supply main engines for a new offshore support vessel contracted by the Norwegian subsea operations company Geo ASA. The vessel will be constructed at Aker Yards' Søviknes shipyard in Norway, with delivery due in May 2007. Its main engines will be four six-cylinder Wärtsilä 32 diesel engines with a combined output of 11,520 kW at 720 rpm. Of the Aker ROV 06 design, the vessel will be employed in subsea operations, primarily for the offshore oil & gas industry. It will be capable of worldwide operation, including the northern oceans.

EGS Names RV ‘Geo Resolution’

Geo Resolution pictured prior to her departure from the Shipyard. Courtesy: EGS

The EGS management has gathered in Singapore to conduct the christening and blessing ceremony of the RV Geo Resolution, the latest addition to EGS’ fleet of deep water capable hydrographic and geophysical survey vessels, said a press release from the company. The ceremony has taken place at the Sembawang Shipyard, where the vessel was equipped and readied for her forthcoming survey duties. EGS purchased the 68m long RV Geo Resolution (formerly HMNZS Resolution) from the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) in October 2014.

StatoilHydro Secures Six Seismic Vessels

StatoilHydro has signed a letter of intent for six seismic acquisition vessels which will gather data on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). Secured seismic capacity includes three petroleum geo-service (PGS) vessels - Ramform Challenger, Ramform Sovereign and Atlantic Explorer, as well as Fugro Geoteam's Geo Celtic, Wavefield Inseis's Geowave Commander and Western Geco's Geco Triton.

KVH Precision Sensors for Geodetics' Inertial Navigation Systems

KVH’s 1750 IMU is an ultra-compact, extremely precise inertial sensor system.

KVH Industries entered into a strategic partnership with Geodetics Inc., a leader in the development of real-time, high-precision position and navigation solutions. The goal is to provide high performance positioning and navigation products for commercial applications requiring high levels of precision, from unmanned platforms to terrestrial navigation. Geodetics is integrating the KVH 1750 inertial measurement unit (IMU) into two solutions: Geo-INAV Advanced, a GPS-aided inertial navigation system; and Geo-ReINAV, a high-accuracy relative navigation, positioning, and orientation system.

Schlumberger Launches First Photorealistic Reservoir Geology Service

Quanta Geo

Schlumberger today launched the Quanta Geo* photorealistic reservoir geology service at the Offshore Northern Seas Annual Conference and Exhibition. The new service includes the industry’s first microresistivity imager that produces oriented, photorealistic, core-like images of the formation in wells drilled with oil-base mud (OBM). Interpretation of the images identifies geological features and predicts reservoir trends in 3D with a high degree of certainty. “Geological imaging in wells drilled with OBM has long been recognized by operators as a major technical challenge…

Aker Maritime, Aker RGI In Assets Deal

Aker Maritime is reportedly taking full control of Aker Geo from industrial holding company Aker RGI.

Astrium Completes Acquisition of Vizada

Astrium completes the  acquisition of Vizada after receiving the necessary regulatory approvals. Vizada is a leading independent provider of global satellite communications services and will be integrated into Astrium Services. This acquisition represents a total consideration of € 673 million and contributes to EADS' strategic Vision 2020. “We are happy to welcome Vizada into the EADS Group, which concludes a successful year for us in terms of acquisitions”, said Marwan Lahoud, Head of EADS Corporate Strategy and Marketing Organisation. According to Eric Béranger, CEO of Astrium Services: “Combining the skills and capabilities of everyone in Vizada and Astrium Services creates a world leading provider of satellite services.

Aker Solutions Update on Company Hive-Off

Image courtesy of Aker Solutions

Aker Solutions informs updated unaudited financial information for the two companies - the new Aker Solutions and Akastor - that will be formed following the split of the business at the end of September. Previous pro forma financial information was disclosed in the information memorandum of July 11, 2014, and the second-quarter 2014 results published July 17 this year. The updated financial information reflects a decision in August by the board of directors to transfer the Aker Geo AS business unit to Akastor instead of keeping it within the new Aker Solutions as previously announced.

Geo Shipyard Delivers to USACE

Photo courtesy Geo Shipyard, Inc.

The Redlinger and the Elton, both 60-ft Hysucraft (hydrofoil supported catamarans), are survey vessel sister ships designed and built for the United States Army Corps of Engineers. They are serving the Portland Oregon district. Redlingers mission is in Portland along the Columbia River. Eltons mission is in Astoria and out to the Columbia Bar. The vessels have a top speed of 35knots with a cruising speed of 30 knots at 80% power. They can survey at up to 15 knots but typically their work is done at 10 knots. The vessels are designed by Viking Fast Craft Solutions, LLC., Staunton Ill.

Geo Shipyard Delivers Research Vessel to FSU Coastal Marine Lab

Photo: Fyffe Yachts

Designed by Fyffe Yachts with NC lofting by Eli Ring, VP of Advance Fabricating, both of Kemah, Texas, the 48 passenger T-boat will support various research functions in the Gulf of Mexico. Power for the new boat is supplied by a pair of John Deere 6135 SFM engines rated at 500 hp at 1900 rpm from Allemand Industries, Harvey, La. The six cylinder engines turn Twin Disc MGX-5114 SC gear boxes, Driveline Service of Portland shafts and ZF 36-inch diameter nybral four-blade propellers.

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