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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Houston Ship Repair News

U.S. Customs Service To Auction Drug Bust Ships

The U.S. Customs Service is preparing to auction M/V Suerte I, which was one of five large vessels seized in September 2000. The seizure occurred as part of Operation Journey, a two-year multi-national initiative against Colombian drug traffickers who used commercial vessels to smuggle cocaine throughout Europe and the U.S. The public auction will take place on Thursday, Februay 8, 2001, at noon at Houston ship Repair. "The Suerte has some nice machinery, navigational and safety equipment," said Britney Bartlett, with auction organizers EG&G Technical Services. "However, some of the statutory certificates will need to be updated. Vessel inspection is by appointment only from January 29 through February 2 at Houston Ship Repair. For more information on this and other Treasury Dept.

Transocean Repowering Project

An innovative rig repowering collaborative between Wartsila NSD and Houston Ship Repair, Inc. was recently completed in the U.S. Gulf, involving the installation of new gensets on Semisubmersible Drilling Rig Transocean Amirante of Transocean Sedco Forex. The upgraded Semi, now installed with more than 8.0 generation capacity, was conceptualized in late 1998. The work required extreme flexibility in scheduling, and included the possibility of a quay side or offshore installation. The project commenced with the carrying-out of a joint on-board survey, and was followed by meetings with Transocean, Wartsila NSD and HSR to specify responsibilities and detailed planning for a successful project.

Kriner Joins Resource Power Group

Engine sales and service company, Resource Power Group (RPG) has appointed Michael Kriner as the company’s Houston Branch Manager. The focus of the Houston branch of the MaK and large bore engine business will be Texas and the Gulf of Mexico territories. Kriner is a graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy. He was previously employed as the Houston Operations Manager for ABB Turbocharger, Inc and before that as Repair Manager for Houston Ship Repair. “Bringing Mike on board is a key step in RPG’s plan to build a strong engine service and repair presence to the Houston market. Mike has a tremendous amount of experience in the turbocharger business and a strong background in ship repair.

HSR Completes Rig Upgrades for Global Marine

The Offshore Division of Houston Ship Repair, Inc. (HSR) has recently completed two major rig upgrades for Global Marine Drilling Company. HSR was selected as the primary contractor for the re-powering and mud system enhancement stages of the Glomar Baltic I upgrade project. The Marathon LeTourneau Super 300 jackup drilling rig was re-powered with five Caterpillar type 3516 TA V, 1,305 kW diesel generator sets, replacing the three existing EMD diesel engine driven 1,400 kW generators. HSR was also contracted to replace the two existing National 12-P-160 mud pumps with three National 14-P-220 mud pumps. HSR removed the existing generator and mud pump units…

Electronic Engines Power New OSV Breed

The offshore supply vessel market remains as competitive as ever, with companies attempting to lure customers with the best possible value for their day rates and other appealing offers. Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc., Mandeville, La., found a simple answer to stay ahead of the competition: build a well-designed fleet and equip it with the best technology you can afford. "It's that simple," says Carl Annessa, Hornbeck vice president of operations. "Customers want to contract boats that get the job done for the best value. Hornbeck Offshore owns a fleet of seven offshore supply vessels (OSVs) that are contracted to oil companies for oil exploration and production services, as well as drill rig support in deep water.

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.

Bollinger Acquires Five Friede Goldman Shipyards

Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, La. is now known as the largest vessel repair and conversion company in the Gulf of Mexico region upon its acquisition of the five shipyards of Friede Goldman Halter ship repair and conversion division. Bollinger now operates 12 dedicated ship repair and conversion yards totaling 42 drydocks situated between New Orleans and Houston, as well as two new construction shipyards in Lockport and Amelia, La. The acquisition is the result of an $80 million definitive agreement that was signed by both companies in May - subject to certain conditions and approval under the Hart Scott Rodino Act. The Bollinger-acquired properties are as follows: Halter Gulf Repair; Gretna Machine & Iron Works; Halter Calcasieu; Bludworth-Bond Houston and Bludworth-Bond Texas City.

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…

Buffo Named VP at ISR

Dennis D. Buffo has been appointed as vice president of International Ship Repair & Marine Services, (ISR) Tampa, Florida. Buffo has executive responsibility for ISR’s contract negotiations and administrative departments, and brings with him over 31 years’ experience in the areas of ship repair, drydocks, operations, construction and maintenance of tank ships, tugs, barges, and marine equipment. Graduating as a marine engineer from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in King’s Point, New York, Buffo joins ISR from Coastal Towing in Houston.

Damen Opens US Office

Ruud Haneveer, Market Development Executive for Damen Shiprepair & Conversion and Jan van Hogerwou, Damen’s Manager Newbuildings for USA and Canada are celebrating the opening of Damen’s new North American office. (Photo: Damen Shipyards Group)

Damen Shipyards Group has announced the opening of a new branch office in Houston, Texas. This expansion, under the name of Damen North America, meets the increasing demand for Damen’s shipbuilding concepts and repair and conversion services. The branch office – representing the Damen Shipyards Newbuild, and Damen Shiprepair & Conversion businesses across North America and Canada – has decided to open offices in the heart of the Energy Corridor of Houston. “Establishing an office…

Tru-Marine Opens First US Service Station in Houston

Tru-Marine to expand global service coverage to the US offering complete turbocharger repairs services to vessels calling Houston ports and meeting growing demand for prompt and quality service. Turbocharger specialist Tru-Marine opens in Houston, in a move to align its global service coverage with its customers’ increasing expectations for integrated fleetwide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) solutions. Located in Deer Park, Texas, and supported by Tru-Marine’s extensive global service network and inventory, Tru-Marine Houston is now one of the largest turbocharger service stations in the area providing full range services for turbochargers in ocean-going vessels and offshore oil and gas installations.

Cheniere Signs 15-year LNG Supply Pact with Trafigura

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U.S. natural gas producer Cheniere Energy Inc said on Tuesday Singapore-based commodity trader Trafigura Pte Ltd would buy about 1 million tonnes of natural gas per year from its unit for 15 years, starting 2019. The agreement with Cheniere Marketing, LLC would help the Houston-based company to fund its expansion plans, Chief Executive Jack Fusco said. The company has been expanding its presence in Asia to benefit from the rising demand for liquefied natural gas from the region.

US Navy Awards USS Fitzgerald Heavy Lift Contract

(U.S. Navy photo by Peter Burghart)

The U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command has awarded a $3.1 million firm, fixed-price contract for the heavy lift of USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) following a fatal collision with a Philippine containership off the coast of Japan on June 17. Houston based Patriot Shipping has been awarded the contract to move Fitzgerald from Yokosuka, Japan, to Pascagoula, Miss. where the ship will be repaired by Huntington Ingalls Industries.  Heavy-lift will be completed by November 2017.

Bludworth Marine Listed on INC. Fastest Growing Company List

Bludworth Marine LLC has been listed # 716 on the 2008 INC 5000 fastest growing private company list (2004-2007). Marine was also # 9 in the Transportation Sector and # 13 in the et. marine repair shipyard with multiple locations. A new deep water shipyard in will begin operation of a new 3,000 ton dry dock in early 2009. The Bludworth Orange shipyard is presently building a new stainless steel cargo tank inland acid barge for delivery in early 2009. Bludworth operates two 800 ton dry docks, a 315' x 100' graving dock, and a topside repair location at Pier 38 in . A new inland fabrication and repair location is presently under construction in adjacent to the Houston Ship Channel.

Tru-Marine Houston Joined by Isaac Yohanan

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Maritime turbocharger services provider Tru-Marine Group say that Mr. Isaac Yohanan has joined as a General Manager and Director of Tru-Marine Houston LLC. The company inform that Mr. Yohanan will be responsible for Tru-Marine's business and service operation in the US and the Americas focusing on its rapidly expanding presence in the marine and off-shore energy markets in North, South and Central America offering scheduled overhauls, reconditioning and repair services for marine turbochargers.

Subsea Global Solutions Opens Texas Office

Subsea Global Solutions (SGS), an underwater repair, maintenance and marine solutions provider for the global marine industry, today announced that the company has opened a new office in Texas to address growing demand for service in the U.S. Gulf Coast oil, gas and commercial shipping industries. The office, in Webster, Texas – near Houston – puts SGS in a position to support its expanding rapid-response maintenance, inspection and repair program to meet the needs of clients on the Gulf Coast, and in the Houston and Galveston areas. SGS will have highly trained personnel and specialized equipment to deliver cost-effective maintenance and repair solutions with state-of-the-art technology and processes.

Houston Ship Channel Access is Limited

HOUSTON - The Coast Guard Captain of the Port has reopened waterways in and around Texas, Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico with some restrictions. The Houston Ship Channel is open to all tug and barge traffic, daylight transit only. The channel is also open to vessels drafting less than 35 feet. The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GICW) is open to all tug and barge traffic, daylight transit only, from mile marker (MM) 277 to MM 350 and from MM248 (Devall West Fleet) to MM 266. The Calcasieu, Neches and Sabine Rivers are open to tug and barge traffic, daylight transit only, with the exception of the Calcasieu River to Cameron. Entergy repair personnel and Coast Guard personnel are working to remove a downed power line in the vicinity of MM 268 of the GICW.

RSA Invests in Shipbuilding Firm

The Retirement Systems of Alabama has become the largest investor in Signal International, with a $100m purchase of shares in the shipbuilding firm that will move its headquarters from Pascagoula, Miss., to RSA's new skyscraper in Mobile. RSA bought about $100m worth of shares in the $240mcompany, the company said. Signal builds and repairs ships and offshore oil rigs. The firm employs about 3,000 people in Mobile, Pascagoula and in the Texas cities of Houston, Port Arthur and Orange. In the next six to nine months, Signal will move its headquarters from Pascagoula to the 35-story RSA Battle House Tower. The company leased 6,000 square feet of office space. RSA was approached about the purchase by Washington, D.C.-based ACON Investments.

Battleship 'Texas' Closes for Repairs

Historic Battleship Texas closes for a week's repairs after persitent underwater leakage Ship manager Andy Smith told the 'Houston Chronicle' the ship will remain open to visitors this weekend, but is set to close Monday, reports Associated Press. The battleship, which fought in World Wars I and II and now serves as a memorial and museum to those who sacrificed their lives, will likely remain closed through June 22. The battleship developed a leak last weekend that quickly flooded the bilge areas beneath the engine room. Officials said Friday that the battleship was still taking on water, but the amount decreased from about 850 gallons per minute to about 100. Smith says salvage and dive teams will inspect the hull Saturday to come up with a repair plan.  

Keppel Batangas Completes SemiSub Repair

Philippines’ Keppel Batangas, a division of Singapore’s Keppel Offshore & Marine has recently completed repairs to the Attwood Falcon, a semi-submersible rig owned and managed by Atwood Oceanic Inc, Houston. The rig was repaired alongside yard’s deep water wharf. This yard has also been involved in the repair of two ships involved in a collision off the Philippines coast. The Sea Celebrity, a cargo ship owned by Sinsimon Navigation Thailand, suffered severe bow damage. Meanwhile, the Joseph the Worker, a passenger/cargo ship owned and managed by Negros Navigation, Philippines suffered damage to the side shell plating and stiffeners with a total weight of 30 tons. Keppel Batangas also recently repaired another of the Negros Navigation fleet, the St Peter the Apostle.

GS-Hydro Names Sauder President N. America

Gary Sauder has been named President of GS-Hydro, North America. GS-Hydro is a leading supplier of industrial hydraulic piping that does not require welding. The company designs and supplies piping systems worldwide for the industrial, automotive, marine, offshore oil, and gas markets. It has offices, warehousing, and manufacturing facilities located throughout Europe, North America, and Asia. Sauder’s immediate responsibilities will be to implement a strategic plan to move the U.S. facilities, currently located in Connecticut, to Houston, Texas. The expansion plan is designed to position the operation closer to the company’s growing offshore market base in the Gulf. The Houston location proves to be more centralized in serving other key customer segments as well.

Goltens Opens Houston Service Facility

Goltens' new facility in Houston (Photo: Goltens Worldwide)

Goltens Worldwide today announced the opening of its new full service facility located within two miles from the Port of Houston. Following months of planning and machinery and equipment installation, Goltens full service repair facility is operational and ready to support customer requirements. Predicated on a desire to be closer to the expanding customer base in the U.S. Gulf, Goltens Houston is an important component of the group’s strategy to move toward high demand, long-term growth oriented markets where Goltens can service a broader customer base, the company said.

BAE Systems Wins US Navy Modernization Work

USS Oscar Austin (Photo: BAE Systems)

BAE Systems said it has received contracts from the U.S. Navy for the modernization of guided missile destroyers USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) and USS Howard (DDG 83), valued at $41.6 million  and $47.8 million respectively. Oscar Austin will undergo 12 months of work at the company’s shipyard in Norfolk, Va., the ship’s homeport. The contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $117.1 million. Under the depot maintenance period (DMP) contract…

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