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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Gulf Copper Ship Repair News

Dry Dock Structural Integrity with Computers

Overloaded dry docks are not a pretty picture. They crack, buckle, flood, sink, damage the ships they are trying to lift - and sometimes even cause accidental deaths. Dry dock accidents are not common, but they do happen, usually resulting in dramatic photographs and disastrous physical and financial consequences. With past docking failures in mind, prudent dry dock operators strive to avoid overloading, normally through a set of manual calculations, but in certain cases through more sophisticated methods. A case in point is the AFDL-23 ADEPT, a rigid, one-piece, welded steel, floating dry dock that was built during WWII. Throughout the last 50 years…

Gulf Copper Wins Fifth Ensco Rig Order

Gulf Copper has been awarded a contract for the modification of ENSCO 83, a jackup rig owned by a subsidiary of Ensco International (NYSE:ESV). The fifth Ensco rig to enter Gulf Copper’s Galveston shipyard since Hurricane Ike, the ENSCO 83 is undergoing upgrades and refurbishment before it mobilizes from the U.S. Gulf of Mexico to work for PEMEX in Mexico. “Ensco International has played a major role in the post‐Ike restoration of the Galveston economy,” stated Steve Hale, President of Gulf Copper.

New Ship Repair Capability in Port Arthur

Gulf Copper's new dry dock, Mr. Morris.

On January 18 Gulf Copper & Manufacturing Corp. completed the refurbishment and re-naming of its newest dry dock, the Mr. Morris. "This dry dock gives us access to a market that has not been served recently in Port Arthur," said Steve Hale, CEO, Gulf Copper & Manufacturing. Now in service, the Mr. Morris adds a valuable asset to Gulf Copper's dry dock capabilities, enabling the ship repair yard to accommodate a range of larger vessels in its Port Arthur South Yard. After a recent naming ceremony…

New Navy Contracts

Gulf Copper Ship Repair*, Corpus Christi, Texas (N55236-10-D-0001); JCI Metal Products, Inc.*, Lemon Grove, Calif. (N55236-10-D-0002); Marine and Restaurant Fabricators*, San Diego, Calif. (N55236-10-D-0006); Miller Marine, Inc., National City, Calif. (N55236-10-D-0003); Pacific Ship Repair and Fabrication, Inc.*, San Diego, Calif. (N55236-10-D-0004); and Tecnico Corporation*, Chesapeake, Va. (N55236-10-D-0005), are each being awarded an firm-fixed-price  multiple award five-year term contract. The total maximum ceiling amount value for all six contracts combined is $202,000,000. Contract will provide for sheet metal repair and fabrication services onboard Navy ships and other government vessels within a 50-mile radius of San Diego, Calif.

Gulf Copper Keeps “Calm”

(Image: Gulf Copper / SOFEC)

Gulf Copper’s Port Arthur facility earlier this year completed a unique 10-month project to build the three massive buoys for SOFEC, buoys which will be used to offload liquid product such as diesel or gasoline in places lacking deepwater ports. In total Gulf Copper received two separate contracts to build a total of five CALM buoys (3 and 2), for SOFEC. The order is of particular interest from the yard’s view as it is a new line of business for the company. The massive buoys pictured here are Catenary Anchor Leg Mooring System…

OIMO Adds Fuller to Leadership Team

Nick Fuller (Photo: OIMO)

Offshore Inland Marine & Oilfield Services, Inc. (OIMO), a company in topside and riding crew repair services, announced the appointment of a new executive to the company’s leadership team – Nick Fuller, Director, Business Development. In this role, Fuller will be leading the sales and marketing teams to create growth and sustainability to OIMO and reporting to Jack Berglund, Sr. VP Commercial. He will also hold a contributing role on the senior management team. Fuller brings…

Abu Dhabi Ship Building Expands Portfolio

Mid Osprey, a 140m chemical tanker, is undergoing major repairs including the refurbishment of the ship’s accommodation. Photo Abu Dhabi Ship Building

Abu Dhabi Ship Building PJSC (ADSB), a leading provider of construction, repair and refit services for naval, military and commercial vessels, has expanded its customer portfolio to now include chemical tankers. ADSB welcomed its first chemical tanker at the new drydock facility at Mina Zayed, which was commissioned in July of this year. Mid Osprey, a 140m chemical tanker, is undergoing major repairs including the refurbishment of the ship’s accommodation. ADSB has also installed a high powered robotic washer and hydro blasting unit…

Legal Matters Top Ship Repair And Conversion Agenda

London's Grand Olympia Hall will be the setting for this year's Shiprepair & Conversion 2000 exhibition and conference from November 15-16. Topics of discussion highlighted in a keynote debate at the conference include conflict between regulators, owners and repair yards over ship standards. An international panel, along with 150 delegates representing all facets of the industry — will look at a common shipyard complaint — the delays of repairs by owners, which has become all too easy by obtaining class extensions. These extensions can be granted with little effort, despite classification society claims of tougher crackdowns on this issue. The conference's opening session is comprised of the industry debate on market trends, price levels, new opportunities and yard competition.

Vigor Wins $19.6m Navy Ship Repair Contract

Vigor Marine LLC, Portland, Oregon, is being awarded a $19,629,518 firm-fixed-price contract to prepare for and accomplish repair and alteration requirements for USS Kidd (DDG 100) Chief of Naval Operations scheduled, selected restricted availability (SRA) in support of the DDG-51-class destroyer ship repair program. For U.S. Naval Surface Combatants – typical repair and maintenance work to be performed in SRA includes modernization ship alterations; blasting, painting and surface preparation for complete or touch-up preservation, freeboard, struts, rudders, running gear, ground tackle, and sea-chest; hull, mechanical and electrical; various interior tanks. Work will be performed in Everett, Washington, and is expected to be completed by September, 2018.

ACCuRem Reuses AC Condensate on Cruise Ships

Image courtesy RWO GmbH - Marine Water Technology

Large cruise ships that sail the warmer regions of the earth such as the Caribbean, the Mediterranean or the Persian Gulf, continuously produce a lot of condensate water. The air is cooled down inside the heat exchangers of the numerous air- conditioning units to a temperature below the dew point of the outside atmosphere. This causes a large fraction of the air humidity to fall out as liquid water (condensate), which accumulates inside the collection pan at the bottom of the air conditioning (AC) units.

Hull Coating to Cut Maintenance Costs

Xiom's "stay-clean" coating for both steel and fiberglass boat bottoms significantly reduces maintenance costs and fuel consumption caused by marine growth. The polymer/ceramic-based coating contains no TBT (tributyl tin) or VOCs (volatile organic chemicals), and does not ablate or wear away. Xiom Corp's new ship and boat bottom protective coating is a patent-pending powder coating. The coating has a network of evenly dispersed active copper oxide and silver ions in a polymer matrix that is fully melted when applied with Xiom's proprietary thermal spray process. The polymer matrix serves to hold the copper oxide in place for years. Even if there should be some break or "tear" in the coating, there is a nylon modified fuse bond epoxy between the hull and coating, maintaining integrity.

Five Minutes with Gulf Copper’s Dennis Buffo

Dennis Buffo

Gulf Copper Vice President and USMMA grad (’71) Dennis Buffo has more than four decades of maritime experience. Here he shares 40+ years in five minutes with Maritime Reporter. Can you tell us a bit about your background. I graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 1971 and began work at Bethlehem Steel Shipyard. Over the next  44 years in the Marine business I was employed both for large  vessel operators as Engineering Manager and VP, and as VP-Operations of several Shipyards in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. I have seen both sides of the business.

Antifouling Copper Approval Ensures Savings, Performance

Photo: Jotun

Jotun believes the European Union’s decision to approve the use of copper in marine antifoulings will ensure continued delivery of powerful benefits for both the shipping industry and environment. Copper is a key ingredient of most antifouling coatings, valued for its ability to provide the best overall balance of environmental protection and cost savings. By preventing the settling, growth and spread of a wide range of fouling species, copper plays a key role in ensuring clean vessel hulls.

Econea Coating Protects Military Vessels

Janssen Preservation and Material Protection announced that an Econea-containing antifoulant coating is being used by the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard to protect military seacraft. Developed by Janssen PMP, Econea is a metal-free antifouling agent that protects vessels against aquatic growth without a potential negative impact on the marine environment compared to traditional, copper-based antifoulants. The coating was recently used to coat the 560-ft nuclear submarine USS Nevada. It is also being applied to U.S. Coast Guard aluminum hull crafts, eliminating the risk of galvanic corrosion that can occur when copper-based paints are applied to aluminum.

Navy Repair Contracts Awarded

BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair, San Diego, California (N00024-16-D-4419); Continental Maritime of San Diego, San Diego, California (N00024-16-D-4420); and General Dynamics, National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, California (N00024-16-D-4421), are being awarded firm-fixed price modifications to previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple-award contracts to exercise option period two for the accomplishment of complex emergent and continuous maintenance and Chief of Naval Operations availabilities on amphibious ships (LPD, LSD, LHA and LHD) homeported in San Diego, California. The exercising of these options ensures continued facilities and human resources capable of completing complex emergent and continuous maintenance…

Gulf Region Turning into Hub for Ship Repair Services

The Gulf region is fast turning into a major hub for ship repair services and conversion projects, with Dubai Drydocks in the UAE and the Arab Ship Repair Yard (ASRY) in have been experiencing a significant increase in business volumes, AME reported. There are several reasons for the growing interest of ship owners and management companies in GCC-based ship repair yards, the most important being the cost factor. It is but obvious that ship owners will always seek the best deal possible when negotiating repair operations. Labor and steel parts are the most important components of any basic repair operation, and therefore hold the key to competitive pricing.

Surcharge on Antifoulings as Copper Price Spikes

Following the announcement in February that unprecedented raw material costs had created a dramatic new cost base for the marine coatings market, the continued record rise in the price of metals has now forced International Paint to apply a surcharge on all copper containing biocidal antifoulings. is a key raw material used extensively in biocidal antifoulings. product types means that it accounts for a significant proportion of product cost. copper has steadily increased four fold in the last 36 months, recent price rises have been dramatic; from $4,000 per ton in the last quarter of 2005 to a peak of over $8,500 per ton* last month. To date, International Paint has largely absorbed these increases.

Maritime Piracy Activity is at a 22-year Low -Report

In March 2017 fuel tanker Aris 13 was attacked by armed pirates off the coast of Somalia (Photo: EU NAVFOR)

Global maritime piracy activity fell to its lowest level in over two decades, according to the latest International Maritime Bureau (IMB) report. The 180 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships reported to the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) IMB in 2017 was the lowest annual number since 1995, when 188 incidents were reported. According to the IMB, pirates boarded 136 vessels in 2017, while 22 attacks were attempted, 16 vessels fired upon and six vessels hijacked.

W&O Acquires Valco / Premier Group

W&O a supplier of marine valves, pipe, fittings, engineered products and valve automation solutions, has acquired the Valco/Premier Group, which includes Premier Copper Manufacturing, Valco Piping Products and Premier Copper & Brass/Pacific. Based out of , the Valco/Premier group has manufacturing and distribution capabilities that will complement W&O’s maritime offerings. Premier Copper Manufacturing is an industry leader in the manufacture of copper nickel-fittings and flanges, and will be a direct source of copper-nickel products to W&O and its customers. Valco/Premier’s West Coast arm, Premier Copper & Brass/Pacific, will work in conjunction with W&O’s office, which is operated as Valve Automation & Controls.

Heavy Metal Free Antifoulant

Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine Coatings Division announces new SeaGuard Heavy Metal Free Antifoulant, an environmentally responsible alternative to copper-based hull coatings that prevents the growth of marine organisms on commercial and military ships. The new product received U.S. EPA approval on June 30, 2008. SeaGuard Heavy Metal Free Antifoulant is a solvent-based ablative coating that utilizes a metal-free organic biocide agent and provides the same effective antifouling protection as traditional copper-based coatings.

Asry Repair Sales Reach $40m in Q1

According to a report from the Gulf Daily News, Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard (Asry)’s ship repair sales reached $40.154 million and 52 vessels were repaired during the first three months of 2011.   (Source: Gulf Daily News)

Chile Miner to Reopen Patache Port after Quake

Chilean copper miner Collahuasi said on Tuesday that it has received authorization to reactivate its Patache port in the country's north following a massive 8.2 magnitude earthquake and tsunami last week. "We just received authorization and a ship has already entered the port to load," Chief Executive Officer Jorge Gomez told Reuters on the sidelines of the CESCO/CRU copper conference in capital city Santiago. Gomez said the impact from the April 1 quake is "minor". (Reporting by Fabian Cambero; Writing by Anthony Esposito; Editing by Chris Reese)

ASRY Signs New UK Agent

ASRY (Arab Shipbuilding & Repair Yard), a shipyard in the Arabian Gulf, has signed a representation agreement with Shiprepairers & Shipbuilders Ltd (SRS) to exclusively market ASRY’s products, services and facilities to the U.K. shipping market. The move comes as part of ASRY’s strategic realignment of its agent network that has seen several new agents sign with ASRY recently. Nils Kristian Berge, ASRY Chief Executive said of the new signing, “We are streamlining our agent network to remind our key markets, historically and going forward, of ASRY’s leading position in the Arabian Gulf shipyard scene. Like ASRY, SRS has a long and distinguished history. Founded in 1968 as the first independent U.K.

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