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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Lone Star Industries News

Horizon Offshore Reports Barge Incident

Horizon Offshore said today that one of its vessels, the lay barge Lone Star Horizon, suffered moderate damage due to a fire while at anchor off Ciudad Del Carmen, Mexico. The vessel crew was evacuated and no injuries requiring medical treatment were reported. The Lone Star Horizon had recently completed the KIX pipeline project for PEMEX, and was preparing for demobilization to the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The fire, which was limited to the generator control room, occurred at about 3:00 p.m. on September 20, 2002, and was extinguished by about 6:00 p.m. Horizon does not anticipate any interruption in its current work program, as it will be able to utilize other vessels in its fleet to substitute for the Lone Star in the short term…

Lone Star Tow Operations Underway Near Dillingham, Alaska

The mast of the fishing vessel Lone Star juts from the water of the Igushik River near Dillingham, Alaska, as salvage crews work to recover the vessel Sept. 21, 2013. The Lone Star overturned and sank in 18 feet of water June 30. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Daniel Peters)

Salvage crews began tow operations for the fishing vessel Lone Star near Dillingham, Wednesday, the U.S. Coast Guard reported today. The crew of the tug Double Eagle, with assistance from the crew of the support vessel Western Viking, will tow the Lone Star to Dutch Harbor where its owner will determine whether or not to scrap the vessel. “The removal of the Lone Star has been a long process, and we appreciate the work and support of the salvage crew and our agency partners throughout the response,” said Lt. Daniel Peters of the Sector Anchorage prevention department.

MSC Introduce 'Lone Star Express' and 'Amberjack' to the Transpacific Trade

Photo: Mediterranean Shipping Company

Swiss headquartered Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has announced two new services alled the ‘Lone Star Express’ which will operate between Asia and the US Gulf. This new service will become a new Gateway to/from the US Gulf in anticipation of increased demand. At the same time, MSC’s Everglades service will be renamed ‘Amberjack’ and restructured to include a call to New York, this change ensures both services will operate at optimum efficiency. All changes will be in effect from the first week of May 2016 (departing Asia).

All-electric Paddlewheeler Tours Texas Lake

Lone Star (Photo: Torqeedo)

Winding its way through downtown Austin, Texas, is scenic Lady Bird Lake, a gas-restricted reservoir of the Colorado River. Lone Star Riverboat Cruises guides visitors through the picturesque surroundings in Lone Star, a 75-foot double-decked paddlewheel, powered by twin Torqeedo 40-horsepower Deep Blue outboards. Capt. Mike Pearce began Lone Star Riverboat Cruises with a diesel-powered paddleboat and an exemption to operate a fueled vessel on the lake. When the boat became too old to use, Pearce went all-electric. As his business grew, so did his fleet.

Horizon Offshore Reports 3Q Results

Horizon Offshore, Inc. reported net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2002, of $1.8 million, which compares to a net income of $2.8 million for the third quarter of 2001. For the third quarter of 2002, the company reported gross profit of $11.6 million, or 17.9 percent, on contract revenues of $65.0 million, compared with gross profit of $7.7 million, or 12.6 percent, on contract revenues of $61.0 million in the third quarter of 2001. Horizon also reported net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2002, of $4.8 million, or $0.19 per share-diluted. This compares with net income of $10.8 million, or $0.47 per share-diluted before an extraordinary charge of $0.6 million net of tax for the nine months ended September 30, 2001.

Lone Star Buys Cable-free Seismic System

Lone Star Geophysical Surveys buys a 4000-node ZLand seismic system from FairfieldNodal for US & Canada projects. The company previously leased ZLand system nodes for environmentally sensitive work in Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado and Montana, and made their purchase decision based on the results they achieved there. “We have put these nodes to the test in some very challenging environments and been very impressed, both in terms of system performance and the HSE advantages they provide,” said Lone Star Geophysical Survey’s CEO and President Heath Harris. Keith Matthews, FairfieldNodal’s systems sales director, is pleased with the endorsement.

NASSCO Delivers Eco Class Tanker to APT

General Dynamics NASSCO Delivers First ECO Class Tanker for American Petroleum Tankers courtesy NASSCO

General Dynamics NASSCO, today, delivered the company's first ECO Class tanker, the Lone Star State, to American Petroleum Tankers (APT). The new ECO Class tanker symbolizes the emerging direction of the shipping industry in the U.S. toward cleaner, more fuel-efficient modes of transporting product. The tanker is the first of a five-tanker contract between NASSCO and APT, which calls for the design and construction of five 50,000 deadweight-ton, LNG-conversion-ready product tankers with a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity.

DMT Divers Heading to Mexico

Deep Marine Technology has reached an agreement with Horizon Offshore Contractors, Inc. to supply 14 diving personnel to perform Subsea Construction Support works off the Lone Star Horizon & Canyon Horizon Barges. Working in 130 ft. of water on the 20-in. pipeline for the Marsopa project in the Bay of Campeche, the scope of work for the diving personnel include support services of construction, directional drilling, burial, and hydrostatic testing.

NASSCO Makes Three Lead Deliveries in 2015

Isla Bella (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

San Diego based shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO delivered three lead ships in 2015: USNS Lewis B. Puller, the Isla Bella and the Lone Star State. Each vessel represents three new and separate ship classes and highlights the builder’s diverse portfolio of commercial and government contracts, the company said. In June, NASSCO delivered the USNS Lewis B. Puller to the U.S. Navy, the first ship in the Expeditionary Base Mobile (ESB) class. Previously classified as a Mobile Landing Platform Afloat Forward Staging Base (MLP AFSB)…

Aker Solutions Wins Brazil Deepwater Deal

After the inauguration of the new drilling riser manufacturing facility in Rio das Ostras, Aker Solutions has signed an agreement with Queiroz Galvão Óleo e Gás S.A. for the delivery of a fourth deepwater marine drilling riser system. The value of the agreement is approximately USD 55 million. The project scope comprises the production of a deepwater marine drilling riser system, including tools and buoyancy modules, for the rig Alpha Star, which will be able to operate in water depths up to 2,700 meters in Brazil, Gulf of Mexico, West Africa and Southeast Asia. Delivery of the deepwater marine drilling riser system is scheduled for Q3 2010. The system will be manufactured at Aker Solutions' facility in Rio das Ostras, Brazil.

SAL Schiffahrtskontor Altes Land Puts Heavy Lift Ship in Service

SAL Schiffahrtskontor Altes Land has put the new building MV ‘Lone’ into service. Just three months after the German-based heavy-lift shipping company has sent the MV ‘Svenja’ - the world’s largest heavy-lift vessel - on its maiden voyage, the company’s fleet has now been expanded by a second vessel of the same Type 183. Just like its sister vessel, the heavy lifter was built at Sietas shipyard in Hamburg in six months. It has a lifting capacity of 2,000 tons and a speed of 20 knots. While the MV ‘Svenja’ features a Dynamic Positioning System 1 (DP1), the MV ‘Lone’ is equipped with a DP2.

General Dynamics NASSCO Christens First ECO Tanker for APT

General Dynamics NASSCO hosted a christening ceremony for the first ECO tanker for American Petroleum Tankers (APT) under construction at the company's shipyard in San Diego. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer spoke at the ceremony, and the ship’s sponsor, Mrs. Helen Downs, christened the ship with the traditional break of a champagne bottle alongside the ship. The ECO tanker, the Lone Star State, is the first of a five-tanker contract between NASSCO and APT, which calls for the design and construction of five 50,000 deadweight ton, LNG-conversion-ready product carriers with a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity. The 610-foot-long tankers are a new “ECO” design, offering improved fuel efficiency and the latest environmental protection features including a Ballast Water Treatment System.

Houston First Port of Call for Asian Service

Photo:  Port of Houston Authority

In anticipation of increased opportunities for inbound consumer goods and outbound industrial commodities, Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. have joined forces to operate a new direct all-water container service between the U.S Gulf and Asia. The new service by the 2M Alliance features the “Lone Star Express” by MSC and “TP18” by Maersk. The first sailing is scheduled to depart Asia May 2, with Houston as the first U.S. inbound port call. The Lone Star/TP18 Gulf service will have a rotation of Qingdao, Ningbo, Shanghai, Xiamen, Yantian, Busan, Cristobal, Houston, Mobile and Miami.

New Container Service Starting in Houston

Photo: Port of Houston Authority

In anticipation of increased opportunities for inbound consumer goods and outbound industrial commodities, Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. have joined forces to operate a new direct all-water container service between the U.S Gulf and Asia. The new service by the 2M Alliance features the Lone Star Express by MSC and TP18 by Maersk. The first sailing is scheduled to depart Asia May 2, with Houston as the first U.S. inbound port call. The Lone Star/TP18 Gulf service will have a rotation of Qingdao, Ningbo, Shanghai, Xiamen, Yantian, Busan, Cristobal, Houston, Mobile and Miami.

CEO Lone: China, India to Dominate Oil Trade

Harald Lone, Chairman and CEO of Newport Shipping Group

China and India will account for about 35% of global oil trade in the next 10 to 15 years, according to predictions by  Harald Lone, Chairman and CEO of Newport Shipping Group. Many traditional global shipbuilding patterns are in flux with the proliferation of oil and gas coming from the U.S. shale, and oil supplies traditionally bound for the U.S. will have to find new markets. Lone contends that China and India will become “very important” to the crude oil markets. “There is no doubt that shale oil and gas is changing the oil industry and it will have a major impact on trade flows…

Pilot of Grounded Tug Sentenced for Negligence

The pilot of a tow vessel that ran aground in June 2014 was sentenced for negligence. Gerold Holt Bosarge was sentenced June 12 in United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama to a violation of Title 46, United States Code, Section 2302(b), Negligent Operations and Interfering with Safe Operations, a class A misdemeanor, United States Attorney Kenyen R. Brown of the Southern District of Alabama announced. Bosarge received one year of probation. The conduct occurred June 2, 2014, when Bosarge was piloting the tow vessel Lady Lone Star pushing a 175 foot barge loaded with 171,000 gallons of diesel fuel. The vessel ran aground in Bayou St. John just north of Ono Island and Perdido Pass. The vessel was approximately one mile off course from the Intracoastal Waterway.

WGMA Urges Participation in Menhaden Survey

Photo courtesy Department of Marine Sciences

The West Gulf Maritime Association (WGMA) is urging its members with ships arriving at any port in the western US Gulf to participate in the Menhaden survey. The annual Menhaden spawn (typically April through October) has created challenges for ships transiting local waterways, namely a potentially dangerous loss of propulsion caused by engine overheating resulting from sea chest strainers being clogged by hundreds of these small fish. Numerous warnings have previously been broadcast…

Horizon Receives Pemex Contract in Mexico

Horizon Offshore’s subsidiaries, HOC Offshore S. de R.L. de C.V. and Horizon Offshore Contractors, Inc. jointly received a letter of award for the KU-MALOOB-ZAAP project from Pemex Exploracion y Produccion. The project calls for installation, tie-in, and associated topside hookup works of four pipelines. Horizon will utilize its lay barge Lone Star Horizon on the project. Construction is scheduled to begin late in the third-quarter of 2005. “Despite having experienced economic difficulties during a period of lower demand for our services, we have maintained good relationships with all of our major customers, including Pemex,” said David Sharp, President and CEO of Horizon Offshore, Inc. successfully complete major construction projects.

Horizon Offshore Signs Contract in Northeast

Horizon Offshore, Inc. announced that its subsidiary Horizon Offshore Contractors, Inc. signed a contract with Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC, an affiliate of Spectra Energy Corp., to lay and bury 16 miles of 24" trunk line, two 18" lateral lines, along with the associated tie-ins and testing of the pipelines. These pipelines will service the Northeast Gateway Deepwater Port being constructed offshore Massachusetts. The work is expected to commence in May 2007 with completion expected by November 2007. The Company will utilize three of its vessels to perform this project: the Lone Star Horizon, Atlantic Horizon and Texas Horizon. The company also said that its current backlog is approximately $300m.

Horizon Offshore Contract

Horizon Offshore, Inc. announced that its subsidiary, Horizon Offshore Contractors, Inc., has been awarded a contract by Williams Oil Gathering, LLC to install 49.96 miles of 20-inch oil pipeline in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico for the Mountaineer Shallow Water Pipeline System, which is a part of the Devils Tower project being constructed by Williams. Horizon will utilize the pipelay barge Lone Star Horizon and lay/bury barge Pecos Horizon for this project, which will be installed in water depths ranging from 8 to 270 feet. The Mountaineer project is expected to commence installation during the fourth quarter of 2002 with completion scheduled during the first quarter of 2003.

Exxon Awards Horizon Offshore Contract

Horizon Offshore Contractors, Inc. has been awarded a contract for the installation of a portion of Exxon Pipeline Company's Hoover Offshore Oil Pipeline System (HOOPS). The 20-in. pipeline project includes a directionally drilled shore approach near Freeport, Texas, and pipelay to a depth of 35 ft. and the burial of approximately 67 miles of pipeline. The project will utilize three of Horizon's vessels. Cajun Horizon will be used for offshore directional drilling support, Lone Star Horizon for pipelay and Canyon Horizon for pipeline burial. Horizon has also formed an alliance with Cal Dive International in the Gulf of Mexico. The alliance…

Horizon Offshore Announces Award of PEMEX Contract

Horizon Offshore, Inc. announced that it has been awarded PEMEX Contract for the construction of 24 km of 8" pipeline and associated platform piping from KIX-1 to Pump Platform PR-1. The lay barge, Lone Star Horizon, and diving support vessel, Pearl Horizon, will be utilized on the project. Construction is scheduled to begin late in the third quarter of 2002. "Our continued presence in Mexico has strengthened Horizon's position and enabled us to secure additional projects such as KIX. We have enjoyed our continuing relationship with PEMEX and are very excited about this award," said Bill Lam, President and CEO of Horizon Offshore.

Horizon Offshore Announces Pemex Contract

Horizon Offshore, Inc. S. de R.L. de C.V. and Horizon Offshore Contractors, Inc. Package 'J' pipelines of the KU-MALOOB-ZAAP project offshore Mexico. Bay of Campeche. and a DP2 vessel to perform the project. construction scheduled to begin in May 2006. KU-MALOOB-ZAAP project.

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