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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Jim Towers News

EBDG Adds Chief Engineer Position

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) is pleased to announce that Jim Towers, P.E. has been promoted to Chief Engineer. As part of the firm's continual efforts to provide outstanding technical services, EBDG created the Chief Engineer position to enhance its processes for creating, reviewing, and working with technical documents. As Chief Engineer, Jim's role will have him working closely with EBDG Project Managers to establish the technical content of their projects and to provide a consistent approach to engineering. Jim has 30 years experience in vessel design and construction. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in the province of British Columbia, Canada, the state of Washington, and is a Registered Chartered Engineer in the United Kingdom.

EBDG Adds Chief Engineer Position

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) is pleased to announce that Jim Towers, P.E. has been promoted to Chief Engineer. As part of the firm's continual efforts to provide outstanding technical services, EBDG created the Chief Engineer position to enhance its processes for creating, reviewing, and working with technical documents. As Chief Engineer, Jim's role will have him working closely with EBDG Project Managers to establish the technical content of their projects and to provide a consistent approach to engineering. Jim has 30 years experience in vessel design and construction. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in the province of British Columbia, Canada, the state of Washington, and is a Registered Chartered Engineer in the United Kingdom.

Towers Joins EBDG Engineering Team

Jim Towers

Elliott Bay Design Group, a Seattle-based Naval Architect and Marine Engineering firm with offices in New Orleans and Ketchikan, has hired seasoned marine professional Jim Towers. Towers, originally hired at the firm in 2000, brings more than 30 years' experience to his role as Senior Naval Architect and Marine Engineer. Tower's extensive skill set includes production engineering and management, shipyard estimating and budget control, CAD design, repair yard engineering and management as well as expertise in the design and construction of offshore and passenger vessels…

What Does the Jones Act Mean for Offshore Wind?

For the lifetime of the Block Island project, Atlantic Wind Transfers, using the Jones Act compliant and Blount-built Atlantic Pioneer, will provide crew and equipment transfer services to meet these key logistical requirements. (Photo: Blount Boats)

Offshore wind power continues to gain momentum in the United States. How will the Jones Act affect the development, operation and maintenance of offshore wind farms? After years of planning and some unsuccessful attempts, offshore wind power developers finally have their first success in the United States. The Block Island Wind Farm, a 30-megawatt wind farm located just off the coast of Rhode Island, began operations in December 2016, fulfilling the goal of the project’s developer, Deepwater Wind LLC, to build America’s first offshore wind farm.

McClaugherty Joins Surf Subsea as VP Biz Development

Surf Subsea, Inc. announced that Jim McClaugherty has joined the team as Vice President of Business Development. He will have the responsibility of leading the company’s Sales and Marketing efforts. Jim has 40 years of experience in the Offshore Industry. He started his career as a commercial diver in the Gulf of Mexico where, over a 10 year period, he held various positions, including tender, Diver, and Dive Supervisor. In 1979, Jim became a project manager and subsequently, served in the capacity of Operations Manager, General Manager and in Sales and Business development roles for a number of Diving and Marine Contracting Companies.

Caterpillar to Stay in Peoria

Courtesy Caterpillar

After a multiyear study focused on modernizing its global headquarters, Caterpillar Inc. today reaffirmed it will remain in Peoria, Illinois, and revealed a design that will eventually span 31 acres on the city’s riverfront. A three-tower building located in the heart of a six-block campus, which includes innovative work spaces and amenities designed to retain and attract the finest talent in the world. A commitment to invest and act as a catalyst in Peoria, helping revitalize the downtown and the region as a vibrant destination.

MariTEL to Build Nationwide Broadcast Towers

MariTEL, the nation's leading provider of VHF marine wireless telecommunications, finalized an agreement with American Tower Corp. to develop a 250-300 tower network. American Tower owns and operates approximately 3,200 wireless communications towers in 44 states. The new towers, which are to be built according to MariTEL's specifications, will serve as the physical backbone of the MariNET, the marine wireless local loop. Under the agreement, American Tower will construct or place MariTEL on tower sites as the anchor tenant. The towers will be sited along the coastal and inland waterways of the U.S.

A History of Marine Aids to Navigation

Today many of us take aids to navigation for granted, and until they need to be replaced, we don’t realize how much we depend on them. Most marine navigation aids only require a routine inspection and maintenance after installation. Then they effectively continue their job so that mariners, harbor masters and other seafarers have one less thing to manage. However, it wasn’t always that way. The first marine aids to navigation were very different. Early mariners were guided into port by fires lit on hillsides to denote where the safe passage lay.

Larson’s Magnalight.com Introduces Explosion-Proof Halogen

Magnalight.com has announced the addition of the EPL-QP-1X150-100 explosion-proof halogen light tower to its extensive line of explosion-proof lighting equipment. The portable tower and removable lamp assembly design of this tower provides versatile operating options, and a simple halogen lamp provides effective yet economical illumination. Providing 1,500 square feet of work area coverage with 1,520 lumens of light output, this affordable tower light provides reliable illumination and convenient portability in an easy to deploy lighting package. Equipped with a 150 watt halogen bulb, which produces illumination in a wide flood pattern…

Philadelphia Gear Introduces Universal Cooling Tower Drive

Philadelphia Gear Corporation announces the availability of the new Universal Cooling Tower DriveTM. This new drive offers a solution to replace cooling tower drives and spare parts. The Universal Cooling Tower Drive comes in two sizes and replaces the eight most popular Philadelphia Gear cooling tower drive models currently in use. The new drive can also be used in place of most other drive brands, with minimal modification. Two primary design elements make the new cooling tower drive universal - its spacer plates and change gears. Base plate spacer adapters make the UCT Drive modifiable to virtually any legacy cooling tower application by adjusting the height of the output shaft.

Wison Launches Buoyant Tower Solutions with Storage

The overall effect diagram of New Buoyant Tower solution with storage (Photo: Wison)

Wison Offshore & Marine has developed a new Buoyant Tower solution with condensate or oil storage, adopting Wison’s proprietary Buoyant Tower technology. This floating concept provides a new economic and reliable option for the oil and gas development in the shallow to medium-depth waters. Originally invented by Ed Horton and Lyle Finn, the Buoyant Tower technology was first applied to BPZ CX-15 project offshore Peru when both Ed and Lyle worked for Horton Wison Deepwater Inc. (HWD), now renamed as Wison Offshore Technology Inc.

Ambrose Light Rebuilt in New Location

Ambrose Light, a tower that has stood watch eight nautical miles offshore in the vessel approach lanes to the Port of New York and New Jersey since 1968, was replaced by a modern tower 1.5 miles southeast of the old tower's position. Offshore Specialty Fabricators, Inc., a marine construction company based in Houma, La., performed the two-week installation of the new and removal of the old light towers. The original square Texas oil rig-style tower - a familiar beacon to mariners for 31 years - was struck and damaged beyond repair Oct. 5, 1996 by tanker vessel Aegeo. Damage to the tower included removal of a 15-ft. section in one of its four legs. Temporary repairs were performed to stabilize the structure until the $4.5 million funding was available for the tower's replacement.

Former Congressman Jim Oberstar Passes Away

Jim Oberstar (Official government photo)

“Congressman Jim ‪‎Oberstar was a friend and mentor. He was also a brilliant and kind man. No one knew more about transportation policy than him. Just last Wednesday, I talked with him about strategies to pass a good transportation bill. I will miss him. President Obama said of Oberstar's passing, "Michelle and I were saddened to hear about the passing of Congressman Jim Oberstar. Jim cared deeply about the people of Minnesota, devoting his 36 years of service to improving America's infrastructure…

CMA CGM Pays Tribute to Zaha Hadid, Architect of CMA CGM Tower

Photo: CMA CGM Tower

CMA CGM, a leading worldwide shipping Group, pays tribute to Zaha Hadid, who sadly died on March 31st. Zaha Hadid a renowned architect and 2004 Pritzker Prize Winner, completed the CMA CGM Tower in Marseilles as one of her major projects. In 2004, with the growth of the CMA CGM Group, Jacques R. Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, decided to build a new Head Office in Marseilles. Zaha Hadid presented him a tower’s sketch: he immediately appreciated her project’s elegance, mixing architectural curves and lines.

Greece Says Won't Tolerate Turkish Challenge after Ship Collision

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (left) (Photo courtesy of the Hellenic Coast Guard)

Greece will not tolerate any challenges to its territorial integrity, its prime minister said on Thursday, days after Turkish and Greek coastguard vessels collided close to disputed islets in the Aegean Sea. Each side blamed the other for Monday’s collision off an islet known as Imia in Greek and Kardak in Turkish. They came to the brink of war in 1996 in a sovereignty dispute over the islets. Seeking international support, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras underlined that Greece’s border was also that of the 28-nation European Union, and his foreign minister briefed the head of NATO and the U.S.

Evaluation for USCG National Distress and Response System

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Notice that it intends to prepare a Supplemental Program Environmental Assessment (SPEA) for its National Distress and Response System Modernization Project. The SPEA will examine reasonable alternatives for the deployment of dual-mode VHF/UHF radio equipment to either an existing national distress system antenna tower site, antenna tower space leased from a commercial provider, or new construction of an antenna tower site. Comments relating to this effort should be submitted by June 24, 2002. Source: HK Law

World's First Buoyant Tower Set Offshore Peru

Buoyant Tower Righting: Photo credit HSD

Horton Shallow Water Development's (SWD) CX-15 buoyant tower has been set as planned for BPZ Energy off the coast of Peru. The Buoyant Tower concept draws on the proven technology of the cellspar and the design provides multiple benefits for fields where other concepts would be problematic requiring high capital costs and expensive crane barges for installation. The design allows for oil storage if needed, can eliminate separate shallow water drilling units and provides a high level of flexibility for the operator.

GMC & Horton Wison Deepwater Confirm Joint Venture

GMC and Horton Wison Deepwater today confirmed their Joint Venture established to design and supply innovative Buoyant Towers for shallow water fields. Kevin Chell CEO of the joint venture stated “The Buoyant Tower concept draws on the proven technology of the cellspar and the design provides multiple benefits for fields where other concepts would be problematic requiring high capital costs and expensive crane barges for installation. The buoyant tower can operate in water depths up to 700 feet and can be relocated allowing small marginal plays to be exploited in a cost effective manner.

EBDG Remembers James A. Cole

Jim Cole (Photo: EBDG)

EBDG announced the passing of Jim Cole. Over the span of a half century, Jim distinguished himself as among the best in his field, demonstrating extensive expertise in the design of a variety of vessel types ranging from ferries, innovative tugs and his beloved fishing boats. Jim earned a degree in Industrial Design from the University of Washington in 1957 entering Seattle's marine industry during the crab-boat boom of the 1960s, and gaining experience in Tacoma during the era of large tuna seiners. He would soon return to Seattle where he worked at Foss Shipyard for nearly 20 years.

Massive J-Lay Tower Delivered to Saipem

Photo courtesy of Fairmount Marine

The largest component of the 120-meter J-Lay tower for one of the world’s biggest crane vessels, Saipem 7000, has been delivered by tug Fairmount Expedition offshore Burgas, Bulgaria. The tower component was loaded on Saipem’s cargo barge S42.   Oceangoing tug Fairmount Expedition towed the barge from Ravenna, Italy, nonstop to Bulgaria with an average speed of 8 knots. Subsequently, the Fairmount Expedition assisted during the offloading of the J-Lay tower. The barge S42 is 125 meters long and 30 meters in width, loaded with the J-lay tower weighing 3,407 tons.

Rhodes Communications Celebrates a Milestone

Having served as the editor of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News for more than 20 years, it is my running joke that Jim Rhodes, president, Rhodes Communications, Inc., is the first person I see at every trade show I attend, anywhere I attend, around the world. This, I think, is testament not to dumb luck, rather to Rhodes, who this month celebrates the 30th Anniversary of his self-named PR firm, as an astute and always-present PR machine. Rhodes Communications, Inc., an international public relations and marketing services company based in Norfolk, Va., celebrates its 30th year of business this month. Founded in 1983 by Jim Rhodes, the company originally focused primarily on the commercial and recreational segments of the marine industry.

A/S Dan-Bunkering Ltd. Appoints New Sales Manager

Jim Jensen,, Sales Manager

Supplier of bunker fuels, A/S Dan-Bunkering Ltd., has appointed Bunker Trader Jim Jensen from the office in Copenhagen to Sales Manager. The Danish owned company already has offices in Denmark, China, Russia, Singapore and Monaco, and will shortly open their latest addition to the Dan-Bunkering group in Houston (Texas) USA. Jim will in connection with his promotion be a part of the new office in Houston, and will start up the office together with Managing Director Hans Lind Dollerup.

New Vessel Traffic Control Tower Completed

A new $1.1m Vessel Traffic Control Tower was recently completed at Mile Marker 99 of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway adjacent to Jesse Fontenot Memorial Boat Landing in Berwick, La. The purpose of the tower is to provide additional camera vantage points looking westward along the Intracoastal Waterway, southward along the Lower Atchafalaya River and northward toward Berwick Bay. In addition, the tower will be equipped with a TERMA radar and Automatic Identification System (AIS) transceiver to update and improve the overall Ports and Waterways Safety System in order to provide increased situational awareness for the U. S. Coast Guard vessel traffic controllers at Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Berwick Bay. Captain Terry Gilbreath, the Commanding Officer of U.

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