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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Louisiana Dock News

ACBL Makes Appointments

Larry Cornett, Keith White and Reuben R. Bush have joined ACBL as Fleet Managers in the Planning Center. James Benjamin Chandler, Theus Slemmons and Jackie Hansford have been named Dispatcher in the Logistics Department. Donald N. LaVigne, Jr. has joined ACBL as Boat Com Operator in the Logistics Department. Scott W. Nelson has joined ACBL as Oracle DBA Administrator and Betty Waggoner has been named PeopleSoft Programmer/Analyst in the Technology Department. Sean Smith has been named Director of Operations and Enrique Gil has been named Director of Finance and Administration for ACBL de Venezuela, C.A. Lee Schroeder has been named Fleet Superintendent for the Harahan and Marrero, Louisiana Fleets. Trinette M.

Frasher Takes Head of Helm at American Commercial

Stephen A. Frasher has been appointed president and CEO of American Commercial Barge Line LLC as well as CEO of Jeffboat LLC, Louisiana Dock Company LLC and American Commercial Terminals LLC. With 31 years of experience in the transportation industry, most recently as president and CEO of Tidewater Holdings, Frasher’s hiring is part of a management transition plan for the retirement of Michael C. Hagen, who plans to step down at the end of October.

New Patrol Boat Delivered to Puerto Rico PD

The Puerto Rico Police Department's new Metal Shark 35 Defiant, operating off the coast of San Juan. (PRPD Photo)

The Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) has taken delivery of a new patrol boat from Louisiana-based boatbuilder Metal Shark. The new 35-foot Defiant welded aluminum pilothouse patrol vessel, built at Metal Shark’s Jeanerette, La. production facility, joins the fleet of 36-foot Metal Shark Fearless-class high performance center console patrol boats delivered to the PRPD a year ago. The PRPD’s new patrol boat features a fully-enclosed, climate-controlled pilothouse for all weather operation, outfitted with Shockwave shock-mitigating seating for a crew of four, the builder said.

Barge Owners to Investigate Accident

Reports said that the owner of the tugboat and barges that struck the Queen Isabella Memorial Bridge’s pier protective system and a concrete pillar along the Intracoastal Waterway on Wednesday is conducting its own investigation into the incident. ACL is the parent company of Louisiana Dock Co. and American Commercial Barge Lines, the registered owners of the Howard Evans tugboat and barges respectively. The U.S. Coast Guard documented that a watch stander at the U.S. Coast Guard sector office in Corpus Christi received the call of the collision at 4:29 p.m. The Coast Guard crews reported seeing no visible signs of structural damage.

Frasher Steps Down as ACL CEO

American Commercial Lines LLC announced that Stephen A. Frasher will step down as President and CEO effective April 30, 2004. ACL will make the following executive changes on that date. Richard L. Huber will assume the position of Chief Executive Officer of American Commercial Lines LLC. Mr. Huber has been a member of the ACL Board since 2000, and currently serves as its Chairman. Mr. Huber has over forty years of investment and merchant banking, international business, and management experience, having held executive positions with Chase Manhattan Bank, Citibank, Bank of Boston, and Continental Bank. He was most recently CEO of Aetna, Inc.

Oil Spill Reported in Mississippi River

Eight vessels with a combination of skimming packages, boom and absorbents have been deployed in response to an oil spill on the Mississippi River near Gramercy, La. The U.S. Coast Guard said it received a report Thursday morning from the National Response Center of stating oil was discharged from Petroleum Fuel and Terminal Mt. Airy during a transfer from the facility to a barge at mile marker 144.6 on the Mississippi River. Officials estimate that 2,500 gallons has been spilled. The Coast Guard conducted two overflights and deployed multiple teams to assess impacts. Oil spill response organizations OMI Environmental Solutions and Environmental Safety and Health are also responding, while the Center for Toxicology & Environmental Health LLC is conducting air monitoring.

PMI Energy Services Opens Shorebase in Louisiana

Photo: PMI Energy Services

PMI Energy Services, a Superior Energy Services company, has opened a shorebase in Morgan City, Louisiana, focused on supporting shelf, coastal and inland waters production and drilling activities. PMI’s shorebase is centrally located on the Louisiana coast and provides better protection from weather events than ports located directly on the Louisiana coastline. It maintains a close proximity to established fuel docks, mud docks, 29-B waste transfer stations, rental and supply companies…

Cheniere to Completion 4th LNG Unit Soon

Photo: Cheniere Energy, Inc

Houston-based energy company Cheniere Energy said that it is nearing completion of its fourth liquefied natural gas unit at its massive Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana near the Texas border. The company, primarily engaged in LNG-related businesses, owns and operates the Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Louisiana. "Our long-term contract with Gas Natural Fenosa commenced and first LNG production occurred from Train 4 at Sabine Pass," said Jack Fusco, Cheniere's President and CEO.

ACMA Monitors First Dry Dock of TxDOT Ferry

Alan C. McClure Associates (ACMA), a naval architecture and engineering firm, announced that the first dry dock for a ferry being built for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has been completed at Conrad Deepwater in Amelia, Louisiana. ACMA and Schuller & Allen provided engineering and design for the new 264-ft vessel, and ACMA is now providing owner’s representation during the construction period until vessel delivery. ACMA Vice President Darrel Harvey said “The ferry’s first dry dock went very smoothly.

Port of S La. in Columbia Trade Mission

As a result of the collaboration between the New Orleans U.S. Export Assistance Center and the United States Commercial Service in Colombia, representatives from the Port of South Louisiana and 12 other Louisiana-based companies with maritime-related ties participated in the Louisiana Trade Mission to Colombia, March 8-15, 2009. The Trade Mission group, led by U.S. Embassy Commercial Service Counselor Margaret Hanson-Muse, traveled to four Colombian cities – Bogotá, Cartagena…

Ship Channel Opening Attempt Fails

The U.S. Coast Guard failed in its weekend attempt to reopen the Lake Charles, Louisiana, ship channel to all ships including large crude oil tankers, a spokesman said. The Coast Guard will now dismantle the sunken dry dock that has since mid-June stopped crude tankers getting to two big Gulf Coast refineries served by the channel. Work will start on Wednesday and take three to four weeks. Currently large crude vessels still cannot get to Conoco Inc.'s 243,000 bpd Lake Charles plant and Venezuelan-owned Citgo Corp.'s 310,000 bpd plant, the spokesman said.

Dry Dock Conference Slated for December

Dry Dock Conference 2014 will be held December 1-2, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. This year’s event is the eighth in a series of international conferences held every 2-3 years.  Among the highlights of the upcoming New Orleans' conference will be a series of presentations from experts on unique drydockings, heavy lift difficulties and ship launching challenges, the conference’s organizers said. drydocktraining.com  

Mississippi River Commission Schedules Meeting For Friday

Dock, at mile 53 on the Houma Navigation Canal. communities along the Mississippi River. August 11 in St. Paul, Minn. directly address their views to members of the Commission. through Old River Lock to reach the Atchafalaya River. Waterway.

Bisso Salvages Collapsed Crane

Bisso Marine Company, Inc., in New Orleans, has successfully completed the salvage of the 1,200 ton Gantry Ship Unloader from the Mississippi River at the IC Railmarine Terminal, Convent, La. The crane collapsed from the dock during testing procedures last June. Bisso cut the unloader into three main sections, utilizing shape charge type explosives. The sections were lifted by Bisso Marine derricks and transported to a secure lay down area on the batture behind the dock for forensic investigation. The 90 ton trolley, test weights, counterweights and other miscellaneous equipment from the crane were recovered from 80 to 135 ft. water depths by Bisso Marine divers and equipment.

This Day in Coast Guard History – Nov. 2

1820-The Revenue cutter Louisiana captured five pirate vessels during a cruise from Florida to Cuba. 1881-A rowboat with two men and a young girl was going down the Manistee River towards the harbor capsized about a hundred feet abreast of Station No. 5, Eleventh District, Lake Michigan. One of the men swam to the dock and was helped out by the life-saving crew. The remaining man tried to swim with his daughter on his back. She began to struggle violently and dragged him under. The keeper pulled off his outer clothing, swam out, caught the father and daughter as they were sinking for the third time, and succeeded in bringing them to the dock where they were helped up by the rest of the crew. (Source: USCG Historian’s Office)

This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History – November 2

1820-The Revenue cutter Louisiana captured five pirate vessels during a cruise from Florida to Cuba. 1881-A rowboat with two men and a young girl was going down the Manistee River towards the harbor capsized about a hundred feet abreast of Station No. 5, Eleventh District, Lake Michigan. One of the men swam to the dock and was helped out by the life-saving crew. The remaining man tried to swim with his daughter on his back. She began to struggle violently and dragged him under. The keeper pulled off his outer clothing, swam out, caught the father and daughter as they were sinking for the third time, and succeeded in bringing them to the dock where they were helped up by the rest of the crew. (Source: USCG Historian’s Office)

New Platform for Managing Liquid Terminal Product Movements

© Jelle van der Wolf / Adobe Stock photo

Oceaneering International, Inc. announced that its TerminalSmart platform can now be used to manage all liquid terminal product movements across the entire facility from the dock to tanks and pipelines. Proven at the dock where it has been used by major oil and gas companies and liquid storage terminals to significantly improve efficiency during a period of unprecedented growth in vessel transportation traffic, the platform now serves as the hub for all terminal logistics, from facilitating key performance indicators (KPIs) to warning users about scheduling conflicts.

Mansukh Mandavia Inspects Kolkata Port, IWAI Jetty

Mansukh Mandaviya Photo: Official Twitter

Indian Minister of State for Shipping, Mansukh Mandaviya inspected the facilities and ongoing projects at Kolkata Port Trust and GR Jetty of Inland Waterways Authority of India. Mandavia visited Netaji Subhas Dock at Kolkata Port Trust where he stressed upon the need for strengthening the Dry Dock facilities. He also inaugurated the renovated Birsa Munda Sarani and Sonapur Road of the Port, and  participated in the tree plantation activities organised by the Port Authorities. He later flagged off the state-of-the–art Seagoing Survey Launch (River Pearl-1) of KoPT.

Harvey Gulf Continues to Expand Capabilities

5 Vessel Stretch Order highlights a flurry of new activity for the Gulf coast-based marine operator. Harvey Gulf International Marine - announces that the company signed an agreement with Bollinger Shipyard to stretch five (5) of its recently acquired OSV’s from 230 feet to 270 feet in length, increasing their deck space to 10,000 square feet and cargo capacities to 10,000 Barrels of Liquid Mud plus 10,000 cubic feet of Dry Bulk. Harvey Gulf founder and CEO, Shane Guidry, commented “I am excited to not only expand our fleet and vessel capacities…

New Baton Rouge Deepwater Dock: Genesis to Invest US$150-Million

Image courtesy of Port BR

Genesis Energy, L.P. announce plans to invest approximately US$150-million to construct a new crude oil, intermediates and refined products import / export terminal in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (the Baton Rouge Terminal). The Baton Rouge Terminal will be located on approximately 90 acres of land near the Port of Greater Baton Rouge (the Port) and will be connected to the Port’s existing deepwater docks on the Mississippi River. The docks are capable of berthing vessels ranging from barges to Aframax class vessels.

Downtown Baton Rouge to House World-Class Water Campus

Today, Governor Bobby Jindal, officials from the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), Department of Economic Development and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF) joined leaders from the City of Baton Rouge, The Water Institute of the Gulf, Louisiana State University and other coastal research institutes to unveil plans for the establishment of The Water Campus in Baton Rouge. The Baton Rouge Area Foundation has taken the leadership role in master planning a world-class Water Campus to be built just south of the Mississippi River Bridge in downtown Baton Rouge.

Harvey Gulf Wins Charters & Orders Drydock

Artist's Depiction: LNG powered Offshore Supply Vessel

Harvey Gulf Awarded Four Long Term OSV Charters and Orders 9,000 Long Ton Drydock. Today, Harvey Gulf International Marine announced that it has signed long term charters for 3 of its LNG powered Offshore Supply Vessels, making Harvey Gulf the first company to build and contract Liquefied Natural Gas powered Offshore Support Vessels for Deepwater Exploration and Production in America. The HARVEY ENERGY, HARVEY POWER and HARVEY LIBERTY will begin providing deepwater OSV services immediately upon delivery in 2013 and 2014.

Bollinger Adds Drydock Lift Capacity

Photo: Bollinger

Bollinger Shipyards has taken delivery of two drydocks with a total lifting capacity of 12,000 tons. Terms and conditions of the purchase were not made available. One of the docks, a 10,500 ton dry-dock will be located at the Bollinger Port Fourchon facility, and measures 320-ft. x 100-ft. between the wing walls. Bollinger now has three commercial drydocks located in Fourchon with a combined lifting capacity of over 22,000 tons. The second dock, a 1,500 ton drydock will be located at the Bollinger Quick Repair (BQR) facility in Harvey…

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