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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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Inside Modutech Marine’s Work Boat Medium

(Photo courtesy of Modutech)

The U.S. Navy has some spectacular vessels, from submarines to high speed RIBs. They also have dedicated ports and support facilities worldwide. A practical reality of all of this is that the Navy requires efficient and handy boats to support the warhorses. To meet this requirement John Myers of the naval architect firm Hockema & Whalen and Associates have developed a 30 by 15-foot tug with a 5.5-foot draft. Currently the Navy has 24 of these tugs, designated Work Boat Medium, on order from Modutech Marine Inc. of Tacoma, Wash.

Transas Conference to Plot Industry’s New Course

Frank Coles (Photo: Transas)

Moving from smart talk to practical solutions and learning from other industries will be the twin themes of an industry event scheduled for Vancouver in March. Technology will be an enabler, but the maritime industry will have to be prepared to change its model to be a candidate for a smarter digital future. Meeting the real enterprise challenges blocking shipping’s digital journey is the focus for the Transas Global Conference 2018, whose ‘Enterprise Change’ agenda brings together global business leaders…

SIMRAD Scores Four NMEA 2002 Product Awards

SIMRAD took top honors in four categories of the 2002 Product Awards competition conducted by the National Marine Electronics Association at its annual convention in Ft. Myers, Fla., October 23 to 26, making it the 18th year that SIMRAD has brought home honors in the competition. “We are thrilled to have won these awards particularly as they come from our peers in the NMEA,” said John Caballero, vice president for marketing and product development. “Credit for this accomplishment belongs to all of the SIMRAD employees who are dedicated to making the world’s best marine electronics.”

Legal Alert, Maintaining an Oil Record Book

Chris Myers, John Rowley, and John Irving of the Holland & Knight firm have authored a Client Alert on the recent decision of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit rejecting a challenge to vicarious corporate criminal liability. The case involved the criminal prosecution of a ship owner/operator for failure to properly maintain an oil record book (ORB) as required by Coast Guard regulations. Members of the engineering department on the ship had utilized a by-pass pipe to route oily wastewater directly into the ocean. The ORB was falsified to omit this activity. The owner/operator contended that its policies prohibited such activity and that the government should be required to prove that the company did not have an effective compliance program.

Conrad Appoints John P. Conrad, Jr. as President and CEO

Conrad Industries, Inc. has appointed John P. Conrad, Jr. as its President and CEO. Mr. Chairman of the Company's Board of Directors. The Company has accepted the resignation of Kenneth G. “Jerry” Myers, Jr. as the Company’s President and CEO and a director. Mr. company during some very difficult market conditions. company’s capabilities and reduce our dependence on our traditional energy markets. construction and repair. assembled a strong management team. The company also announced that Thomas M. Kitchen has resigned from the company's board. products for both the commercial and government markets. construction services at its four shipyards located in southern Louisiana and Texas.

Conrad Snags Several Key Newbuild Contracts

Conrad Industries, Inc.'s President and CEO, Kenneth G. "Jerry" Myers, Jr., said recently that the company was the recipient of several newbuild programs. Myers reported that the company was awarded contracts for two 75-ft. tug boats with four options for a total of a six boat program. This new class of tugs will be ABS classed and include double bottoms in the fuel tanks. Myers said, "Work on the initial tug will begin immediately with delivery of the first vessel scheduled for December 2002. This program fits well with our strategic direction of making the Company's Orange Shipbuilding group, located in Orange, Texas, the premier tug boat builder. Orange Shipbuilding has a long history of building tug boats dating back to the beginning of the Company in 1974.

U.S. Navy Assumes Command of CTF 152

Rear Adm. Allen G. Myers relieved Italian Navy Rear Adm. Emilio Foltzer as Combined Task Force (CTF) 152 commander Dec. 3 during a change of control ceremony aboard ITS Etna (A 5326). CTF 152 is responsible for conducting maritime security operations (MSO) in the central and southern Persian Gulf. During the ceremony, Myers stressed the importance of regional maritime partnerships. “Between supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and continuing the mission of maritime security operations, cooperation with regional partners is imperative,” said Myers. Foltzer said he is confident CTF 152 will continue to make a positive impact on security and stability in the region under Myers’ supervision. “Today, CTF 152 returns back to the U.S. Navy under the sage leadership of [Rear] Adm.

Eastern Wins Casino Vessel Contract

The Big M Casino, Inc of Fort Myers, Fla., has awarded a contract to Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Panama City, Florida to construct a casino vessel. The as yet unnamed vessel will join the existing vessel, Royal Gambler, in providing offshore casino services to the Fort Myers market. The vessel was designed by John W. Gilbert and Associates, a prominent naval architect firm located in Hingham, Massachusetts. The interior design will be performed by Bauer Interiors of New Orleans, Louisiana.Bauer Interiors is one of the best-known companies in design, traffic and ergonomics of casino vessels. The vessel is 186 ft. long with a beam of 38 ft. and a molded depth of 11.5 ft., and depending on conditions, will have a loaded draft of 8 ft. She will accommodate 600 passengers plus a crew of 72.

Port Saint John Cargo Volume up 15%

Photo: Port Saint John

Year-over-year total cargo tonnage at Port Saint John, Eastern Canada’s largest port by volume, increased by over 4 million metric tonnes in 2017. Overall cargo tonnage handled for the year 2017 was 30,458,422 metric tonnes, a 15% increase over 2016. All cargo sectors, aside from the anticipated exception of containers, experienced significant gains in 2017. Additionally, the loss experienced in containerized cargo was lessened due the introduction of a new weekly container service by CMA CGM in 2017.

Northrop Grumman Names New Executives

Northrop Grumman Corporation board of directors has elected Albert F. corporate vice president, strategy and technology. Ronald D. executive officer effective April 1, 2003. The board also elected James L. president and treasurer. president of contracts and pricing. report to Richard B. officer. Both appointments are effective April 1, 2003. and individual sectors. member of the company's Corporate Policy Council. and savings investments, and trust management. for execution of the company's merger and acquisition endeavors.

Conrad Awarded Contracts

Conrad Industries, Inc. was awarded contracts for two 75 ft. tug boats with four options for a total of a six boat program. This new class of tugs will be ABS classed and include double bottoms in the fuel tanks. According to Conrad Industries president and CEO, Kenneth G. “Jerry” Myers, Jr., the work on the initial tug will begin immediately with delivery of the first vessel scheduled for December 2002. Conrad’s Orange Shipbuilding Group will construct the vessels. Conrad has also been notified by the State of North Carolina that it was the low bidder on their 180 ft. ferry. Myers said that the work will also be performed by Orange Shipbuilding which completed a similar vessel in 1992.

Three Rescued from Flooding Vessel Near Sanibel Island

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three people Monday after their 68-foot fishing vessel started to sink 36 miles southwest of Sanibel Island. A member of Sea Tow Marco Island contacted Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders reporting they overheard a crewmember aboard the Cheyenne call out “mayday,” declare that they were taking on water and unable to keep up with the flooding. Watchstanders diverted the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Marlin, an 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat homeported in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., to the scene. "Once on scene, the rescue crew determined there was a crack in the hull somewhere on the forward bow," said Kevin Coyne, a search and rescue coordinator at the sector.

Conrad Appoints New CEO, Announces 2Q Results

Conrad Industries, Inc. announced the appointment of Kenneth G. "Jerry" Myers, Jr. as president and CEO, effective Aug. 27, 2001. Myers has spent the past 21 years with Avondale Industries serving in various senior management positions. Most recently, he served as vice president in charge of managing Avondale's largest shipbuilding program. While at Avondale, Myers has also held positions including: chief information officer; vice president - business review, in charge of government program accounting, where he managed over $10 billion in government contracts; assistant vice president responsible for mergers and acquisitions; and assistant controller. John P.

RRI Launch Marine Services J/V with a Trans-Atlantic Reach

Regional Reporting Inc. (RRI) and Global Risk Evaluations (GREvL) inform of the creation of a joint venture aimed at expanding their marine services offerings. The new company Marine Reporting International Ltd. (MRI) will combine the marine division of GREvL and RRI's UK subsidiary. The new company Marine Reporting International Ltd. (MRI) will combine the marine division of GREvL and RRI's UK subsidiary. MRI will be headed by John Worrall and John Arber, supported by George Stobbs and Marek Domanski. They will be joined by Matthew Cook in the UK and Stephen Cook acting as liaison with RRI's Marine Division to provide services on behalf of MRI throughout the USA and Canada. The combined strengths of GREvL Marine and RRI will support and grow this strong North Atlantic Alliance.

Vessels: Big Cat Express: A Very Fast Sea Trial

It's 8:30 a.m. as the Big Cat Express saddles up to the dock at the Port of Morgan City, La. It is Sea Trial day for the big quad engine catamaran ferry. No question she is waterjet powered as the tops of the blue "buckets" of the four Hamilton Jet 651's break the surface of the water at the stern. Just above the buckets are the exhausts, large four stainless steel pipes that curve downward toward the water. About 25 pickup trucks and my Ford Taurus wait the arrival of the 150-ft. by 34-ft. vessel. Painted gleaming white, the three-deck vessel looks like it was built for speed. Today we will find out just how fast it can travel. Emerging from the vehicles were several executives from Gulf Craft, Inc.

U.S. Coast Guard's GMDSS Task Force Met on 3 August 2011

The U.S. Coast Guard's GMDSS Task Force met 3 August 2011, at RTCM Headquarters in Arlington, VA. The summary record for that meeting can be downloaded at: http://rtcm.info/TFSR-68.doc The next meeting is Wednesday 28 September 2011 at 9:00 am, Sanibel Harbor Resort; Fort Myers, Florida (see www.nmea.org). The agenda for that meeting can be downloaded at: http://rtcm.info/Tfag-69.doc Captain Jack Fuechsel 703-527-0484 gmdss@comcast.net Meeting document archive: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=gmdssTFMeetingSummary (See panel on the left side of the Web page for more links).

GMDSS Task Force Meeting - 28 September 2011

The U.S. Coast Guard's GMDSS Task Force will meet Wednesday, 28 September 2011, 9:00 am at the Sanibel Harbor Resort; Fort Myers, Florida, in connection with National Marine Electronics Association Annual Conference. Meeting document archive: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=gmdssTFMeetingSummary / See panel on the left side of the Web page for more links.

Eltech Electric and Ships Co. Merge Operations

Eltech Electric Inc, the marine and industrial electrical and electronics specialists has purchased Ships Co Ltd, the designer of marine monitoring and alarm systems. Herb Myers, founder and President of Ships Co Ltd will head a new Eltech Alarm Systems Division that will design, build and install bullet-proof alarms systems for the marine and other harsh environments. The systems will continue to be sold under the SHIPSCO brand name.

GOGL Acquires New Vessel

File Photo: Golden Ocean Group Ltd

Norway based dry bulk shipping company Golden Ocean Group Limited (GOGL) has  taken delivery of the second vessel, Sea Monterrey (to be renamed Golden Monterrey). On October 16, 2017 GOGL announced that it has entered into agreements to acquire two modern Capesize vessels from affiliates of Hemen Holding Limited, a company indirectly controlled by trusts established by John Fredriksen for the benefit of his immediate family (Hemen), the Company's largest shareholder, at a purchase price of USD 43.0 million per vessel. The first vessel, Golden Behike, was delivered in November 2017.

Holland & Knight Lawyers Make 'Best' List

Holland & Knight Partners James T. Shirley, Jr. and Brian D. Starer have been selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2005-2006 (Copyright 2004 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.) a publication widely regarded as the definitive legal referral guide in the United States. As a follow up to their bi-annual survey in which 16,000 leading attorneys are asked to cast votes on the legal abilities of their colleagues, Best Lawyers in America recently conducted a special telephone poll of the New York City legal community. This new poll identified Shirley and Starer as top maritime lawyers in the U.S. They join colleagues Randolph DelFranco…

Washburn & Doughty to Build Casino Boat

Washburn & Doughty has signed a contract with Cajun Express, Inc., of Boston, to build a 186-ft. offshore casino boat. Hull 65 is the second vessel to be built by Cajun Express at Washburn & Doughty. The first, Big M Casino, is operating out of Fort Myers, Fla. Hull 65 wil be a longer and wider version of the first vessel, and was designed by Washburn & Doughty and John W. Gilbert Assoc., Inc. It was designed specifically to handle off-shore conditions with heavy gaming equipment aboard. Hull 65 measures 186 x 38 ft., with a 7.5 ft. draft. It will carry a minimum of 500 passengers and up to 72 crew. The vessel will be powered by two Caterpillar 3508B DIT main engines rated at 1,100 bhp @ 1,800 rpm.

Boston Whaler Forms Commercial, Government Product Group

The Brunswick Boat Group has formed Boston Whaler Commercial and Government Products to better focus on these important market segments. Fred Kiekhaefer has been named president of this new operating unit. Kiekhaefer also remains president of the Mercury Racing division. Boston Whaler Commercial and Government Products also will be working closely with Mercury Marine, Mercury Racing, and Valiant rigid hull inflatables to ensure seamless boat and engine package integration. Mercury, Mercury Racing and Valiant all remain independent units of Brunswick Corporation. "When commercial operators and government agencies identify their unique operational needs…

U.S. Warship LPD 25 Christened USS 'Somerset'

'USS Somerset' Christening: Photo credit Ingalls Shipbuilding

Nearly 1,800 guests attended the christening today of Huntington Ingalls Industries' ninth amphibious transport dock, Somerset (LPD 25), at the company's Avondale shipyard. LPD 25 is named to honor the courage of the passengers and crew members of United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed on Sept. 11, 2001, near Shanksville in Somerset County, Pa. Mrs. Mary Jo Myers, wife of Gen. Richard Myers, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, smashed a ceremonial bottleacross LPD 25's bow at the culmination of the ceremony, officially christening LPD 25 as Somerset.

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