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Monday, April 23, 2018

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Harris Pye Engineering, Grand Bahama Shipyard Partner

Harris Pye Engineering has announced  the recent alliance with Grand Bahama Shipyard Ltd. The two companies met in Miami at the Cruise Shipping Exhibition and discussed a working relationship earlier this year, which was continued through further discussions during OTC in Houston. Through this alliance Harris Pye Engineering are able to offer the full range of technical capabilities - from design to full project execution, whilst the Grand Bahama Shipyard are able to offer its facilities as well as labor and management, enabling both parties to offer a permanent presence within the region. "We share a strategic vision," said Graham Couser, SVP of the Grand Bahama Shipyard Ltd upon the announcement of the signing of a cooperation agreement with Harris Pye.

GBSL to Drydock 23 Crowley Vessels

Photo: Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited

One of the largest exclusive ship repair fleet agreements in Caribbean history, worth more than $10 million, signed between GBSL and Crowley which will extend to mid – 2017. Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL), the ship repair and refurbishment yard in Freeport Grand Bahama, Bahamas has signed a ship repair fleet agreement with Crowley Maritime Corporation for a maintenance program for 23 vessels over the next 12 months. The agreement, worth more than $10 million, will see GBSL dock and upgrade these vessels exclusively at the shipyard.

Yard Improvements at Grand Bahama Shipyard

(Photo: Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited)

Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL), a shipyard in the Caribbean, said it had a productive summer program consisting of work on vessels from the tanker, container and towage segments of the maritime industry. Additionally, renovations and upgrades were performed on the floating dry docks and workshops, all in conjunction with yard improvements in anticipation for a busy fall and winter work period. The summer saw the yard busy with repeat customers from respected players in the tanker, container and towage segments operating in the Caribbean region.

Grand Bahama Shipyard: Investing in the Future

(Photo: Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited)

MR spent time with Graham Couser, VP of Sales and Marketing, Grand Bahama Shipyard Ltd. (GBSL), for updates and insights on how this yard is faring in the current market and investing for the future. As the largest ship repair yard in the Caribbean, Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited, Couser said the yard is committed to continual investment based on customer’s needs, in markets good and bad. “The cruise market remains buoyant and upbeat with growth planned into the next few years,” said Couser.

Grand Bahama Shipyard Reports Busy 2016

RCCL Liberty of the Seas (Photo: Grand Bahama Shipyard)

Caribbean ship repair yard Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL) reported a busy 2016 for retrofit, refurbishments and repairs to vessels from the leading cruise lines. GBSL said it performed work on 20 cruise vessels during 2016, with scope of works included significant propulsion and technical systems overhauls, hull treatment, accommodations and public spaces upgrades and the addition of onboard attraction facilities. The trend continues: for 2017, GBSL has confirmed 23 cruise vessels scheduled for refit, refurbishment or revitalization from its customer base.

Grand Bahama Shipyard Starts 2017 Strong

CCL Dream (Photo: Grand Bahama Shipyard)

Caribbean shipyard Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL) said it will complete work on 10 cruise vessels within first quarter of 2017. Scope of works included significant propulsion and technical systems overhauls, hull treatment, accommodations and public spaces upgrades and the addition of onboard attraction facilities. GBSL shared highlights of 10 of the 23 cruise vessels owned and/or operated by major players in the industry planned for dry-docking in the first quarter of 2017.

Grand Bahama Shipyard Stayed Busy in 2016

V Ships USA LLC Boston - CSL Acadian (Photo: Grand Bahama Shipyard)

The Caribbean shipyard Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL) worked on 49 commercial vessels and 20 cruise ships throughout 2016, with scope of works ranging from major steel fabrication and repairs, to engine and technical systems overhauls, hull treatment and tank cleanings. And looking to 2017 and beyond, the yard reports it has a healthy order book, with docking periods secured as far ahead as three years. VShips USA brought two bulk carriers, CSL Acadian and CSL Argosy, to GBSL to do tank cleaning on both vessels. CSL Acadian also received extensive pipe work.

Litton Names Graham VP

Litton Industries promoted Dr. Clark "Corky" Graham to the newly established position of vice president, resource utilization and productivity improvement of Litton Ship Systems (LSS), Graham will be responsible for developing and implementing the plan to optimize the utilization of the combined resources of LSS to achieve the highest levels of efficiency from its facilities, processes and human resources. Graham previously served as president of Litton Marine Systems, which has headquarters in Charlottesville, Va. He reports to LSS senior vice president William P. "Pat" Keene. Prior to joining Litton, Graham served the U.S. Navy with distinction for more than 30 years and held senior positions…

Graham Gulf Commissions a Special Boat

The Graham name is well known in the Gulf of Mexico maritime world with family ownership of fleet operator Graham Gulf and the C&G Boat Works in Mobile Alabama. As Graham Gulf's newest crew boat leaves the C&G Boat Works and goes into service this month it will mark a special memorial. The 165-foot vessel is named for Gayla Graham, sister to Janson Graham and a partner in the firm, who died tragically in an auto accident last year. The Gayla Graham is getting every extra attention to detail that her builders can provide in honor of her namesake. The boat is built to comply with Subchapter T rules and full class in accordance with ABS High Speed Craft Guide. This classification allows for 80 passengers.

Graham Gulf Commissions a Special Boat

The Graham name is well known in the Gulf of Mexico maritime world with family ownership of fleet operator Graham Gulf and the C&G Boat Works in Mobile, Ala. As Graham Gulf’s newest crew boat leaves the C&G Boat Works and goes into service this month it will mark a special memorial. The 165-ft. vessel is named for Gayla Graham, sister to Janson Graham and a partner in the firm, who died tragically in an auto accident last year. The Gayla Graham is getting every extra attention to detail that her builders can provide in honor of her namesake. Larry Smith, who overseas the Graham Gulf jobs in the shipyard, said, “We’re doing a special job on this one. The boat is built to comply with Subchapter T rules and full class in accordance with ABS High Speed Craft Guide.

Hamburg Sud's First Chilean Christening

Hamburg Sud conducted its first Chilean Christening in its 137-year history. Hamburg Sud has christened a container ship in Chile, the ceremony took place in Valparaiso on 9 January 2009. The Cap Graham is one of a series of three identical 4,294 TEU charter vessels of Norddeutsche Reederei H. Schuldt. Together with her two sister ships, the Cap Gilbert and Cap Gregory, as well as Hamburg Sud's Bahia class vessels, the Cap Graham is sailing in Sling 1 of the Hamburg Sud liner service between Asia and South America West Coast. Sponsor of the Cap Graham was Elizabeth McPherson Cisternas, Corporate Executive Vice President Logistics and Marketing Services for Codelco Chile, the largest producer and exporter of copper worldwide.

Graham Gulf Grows with Jets

Project manager Larry Smith is excited about the latest crew boat built at C&G Boat Works' Mobile shipyard for sister company Graham Gulf. Larry started working with owner Janson Graham's grandfather 32 years ago and takes a kind a family interest in each new boat, but this one, the Graham Honor, is the company's first jet. "It allows a flatter hull," explains Smith, "With only about 1.5 ft. The overall molded depth for the 155 x 29-ft. hull is 13 ft. The 155-ft. LOA results from the addition of a 10-foot extension out over the transom to provide extra deck space and to protect the jets. This results in a big 98 x 25-ft. aft deck capable of 200 tons of cargo. The move to jets also allows some shifting in the engine spaces.

Lawrence Graham Completes LATCO Loans

London law firm, Lawrence Graham has advised the Latvian Shipping Company on a complex multi-bank loan scheme to finance its recently completed purchase of three 68,000 dwt product tankers. The $125 million deal, together with $90 million of associated acquisition finance, involved separate loan agreements with banks in Hamburg, Stockholm, Riga and Rotterdam. number of banks through separate loans rather than obtain one syndicated loan. Latvian Shipping Company agreed to pay $41.6 million for each of the sister vessels and Lawrence Graham advised them on three separate purchases and loan facilities of $30 million each. The purchases and financings involved coordinating legal advice from many jurisdictions around the world…

Lawrence Graham Warns On Tanker Approvals

London law firm Lawrence Graham says tanker owners and charterers can expect more disputes over oil major approvals. Imogen Rumbold, partner, says that since the Erika sinking oil majors have been changing vetting criteria and that approval is now only obtainable on a voyage-by-voyage basis. "In the recent Seaflower case the charterer was able to cancel a charter because the owner did not hold a specific oil major approval. But now that approval has become a dynamic standard, how can owners ever be sure of meeting the conditions?" asks Rumbold. In Lawrence Graham's latest shipping newsletter, Shipping Lawgram, Rumbold goes on to call…

Graham Gulf: Bigger is Better

Earlier this year C&G Boat Works Inc. launched the Gulf Princess for owner . Originally conceived as a 175 by 34-foot vessel the decision was made during construction to add a ten-foot extension bringing the vessel length to 185-feet. The original power package was retained. This included four1800-hp Cummins KTA50-M main engines turning 48-inch propellers through ZF 4650 gears with 2.5:1 reduction. A Cummins 6CTA8.3DM engine powers the Thrustmaster TH250RT retractable bow thruster. Two Cummins 85 KW 6BTA5.9DM/Newage generator sets supply the vessels electrical requirements.

Senate: Bill on South Carolina OCS Leasing Debuts

Senator Graham (R-SC) introduced the South Carolina Offshore Drilling Act (S. 3284) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to provide for the inclusion of areas off the coast of South Carolina in the outer Continental Shelf leasing program for fiscal years 2012 through 2017, and for other purposes.  Senator Graham issued a press release explaining the measure.  (6/11/12). Source: Bryant's Maritime Consulting Newsletter (http://brymar-consulting.com)

Lawrence Graham Appoints New Partner

London-based law firm Lawrence Graham has appointed Charles Baker, an experienced maritime and trade lawyer, as a new partner. Baker, who has more than 25 years experience in maritime law, had previously been with Herbert Smith where he set up the Paris office of Holman Fenwick & Willan.

Graham Appoints New Partner

London-based law firm Lawrence Graham has appointed Charles Baker, an experienced maritime and trade lawyer, as a new partner. Baker, who has more than 25 years experience in maritime law, had previously been with Herbert Smith where he set up the Paris office of Holman Fenwick & Willan.

Neptune Adds Staff in Asia

Neptune announced that Graham Storey has joined its team representing Asian and South East Asian clients. Graham has shipping industry experience in Singapore and will be working closely with Neptune’s representatives in Japan and Asia. Additionally, Neptune has moved its ISO 9001:2008 certification to LRQA, who certified the company to ISO PAS 28007 in January this year.

Neptune Maritime Security Adds to Asia Area Staff

Neptune Patrol Boat: Image courtesy of Neptune Maritime Security

Neptune Maritime Security says that Graham Storey has joined its team representing Asian and South East Asian clients. Graham has a wealth of experience in the shipping industry in Singapore and will be working closely with Neptune’s representatives in Japan and Asia. Additionally, Neptune has moved its ISO 9001:2008 certification to LRQA, who certified the company to ISO PAS 28007 in January this year. Neptune Maritime Security was founded in 2009 by former members of the UK Special Boat Service and provides specialist Risk Management and Security solutions tailored to the safety…

New Propulsion System Improves Uptime, Power

The repower of Brother, a 140-ft. aluminum offshore crew/supply vessel with Cat 3508Bs, has reportedly improved efficiency more than 20 percent, and helped to decrease downtime significantly, according to Mike Dickinson, Eastern Division general manager for Graham Gulf Inc. of Bayou LaBatre, Ala. Graham Gulf currently operates five 140-ft. aluminum offshore crew and supply vessels in the Gulf of Mexico. All of the boats were designed and built by C&G Boat Works, a sister company of Graham Gulf, also located in Bayou LaBatre. Brother entered service in January 1998 powered by another manufacturer's 16-cylinder engines rated at 1,100 bhp. After more than two years of operation, Graham Gulf decided that the engines were not performing at the level required for the job.

Firm Warns on Tanker Traders' Tricks

London law firm Lawrence Graham says owners chartering out tankers should fight to keep additional early loading clauses out of the charter party or specifically query each charterer's instruction to clarify laytime issues. The warning follows a High Court decision which Lawrence Graham says places owners at a disadvantage. Writing in the March issue of Lawrence Graham's newsletter, Shipping Lawgram, Stuart Dench, a member of the shipping law team, says, "The charterer, a major trader, uses its commercial muscle to modify a standard charter party to the owner's disadvantage. When it comes to a dispute over interpretation of the additional clauses, the owner can usually rely on arbitrators making a sensible commercial decision.

DHS to Fund S.C. State & Local Port Security

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham announced an agreement between DHS and the state of S.C. to use $800,000 in fiscal year 2009 homeland security grant funds to support state and local law enforcement personnel stationed at SeaHawk, a U.S. Coast Guard-led security initiative operating at the Port of Charleston. "SeaHawk represents a critical partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement partners to share information and coordinate response." said Secretary Napolitano. "Today's announcement will enhance our capabilities to deter terrorists and other criminals. "Today's announcement was very good news for the people of Charleston and South Carolina as a whole," said Senator Graham.

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