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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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MARCO Shipyards Signs Local Contract

MARCO Shipyard Seattle signed a contract to build a new tug for Harley Marine Services Inc., of Seattle, the parent company of Olympic Tug & Barge. Recently, MARCO completed a series of nine tractor tugs operating in Alaska, California, and Hawaii. Measuring 105 ft., the new tug will be used by Harley Marine as a ship assist and towing service for the West Coast. Except for some pilothouse modifications and the addition of barge fendering, the tug will be similar to Gyrfalcon, owned and operated by Harley Marine in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Scheduled for a February 2000 delivery, the tug will be powered by twin Caterpillar 3516B diesels, providing a combined 4,400-hp driving Ulstein 1650H Z-drive units, each fitted with Ulstein's nozzle and skewed Kaplan-style propellers.

MARCO Shipyard To Construct Third Millennium Class Tractor Tug

MARCO Shipyard Seattle has signed a contract to construct a third Millennium Class tractor tug for Harley Marine Services. Measuring 105 ft. (32 m), the multipurpose tug will be identical to its sisterships, Millennium Falcon and Millennium Star, delivered in February and August 2000, respectively. Construction of the tug is ongoing, with delivery planned for March 2002. Similar to its predecessors, the MARCO-designed tug will have an overall beam of 37 ft. (11.2 m) and a molded depth of 17 ft. (5 m). It will be powered by a pair of Caterpillar 3516B diesels, providing a total of 4,400 bhp that will drive Ulstein Z-drive units, each fitted with 94.5-in. four-bladed props set in nozzles. Deck machinery will feature headline and tow winches from Burrard Iron Works of British Columbia.

Marco Shipyard: Rolling With The Changes

Over their lifetime, fishing vessels are arguably the most robustly constructed maritime structures around, due to their continuous operation in the most arduous of conditions. Marco Shipyard in Seattle — founded in 1953 — built its business and reputation in the fishing industry, producing boats for operation around the globe. In fact, Peter G. Schmidt, company founder and president, was an innovator in the use of steel construction for the fishing vessel market, which previously consisted mostly of wooden boats. "He wanted to bring small boatbuilding into the modern world," said Bob McMahon, vice president. While the market for building new fishing vessels is a far cry from 10 years ago…

PacFish Acquires Equipment from MARCO Auction

PacFish Shipyard acquired shipyard marine equipment at the MARCO Shipyard auction on the Lake Washington Ship Canal, including a Wheelabrator sandblast cabinet with 6-ft. rotary table, equipped with dust collector and re-useable shotblast for zero discharge to the environment. Big Bertha, MARCO’s classic 150-ton Denison hydraulic steel press, was one item that generated bidding action from a shipyard in Anacortes. Shipyard General Manager Doug Dixon was determined to keep Big Bertha on the ship canal to maintain the heavy ship repair capability in Seattle’s maritime business community. MARCO’s heavy roller for angle and pipe bending was another piece of shipyard antiquity acquired by PacFish that will remain in the cluster of Seattle maritime businesses.

MARCO Delivers First of Two 104-ft. Boats for SF Bar Pilots

A few weeks before scheduled delivery of the first of two new 104-ft. pilot boats for the San Francisco Bar Pilots, Marco Shipyard Seattle managers were anticipating a smooth, on-time delivery – but everything changed during the vessel’s first sea trial. “At that late date we realized that the keel coolers that we specified and purchased were not adequate to cool the diesel generators. After we had already purchased the generator sets and the keel coolers, the diesel engines’ specifications, including heat rejection, were changed by their manufacturer,” says Bob McMahon, Marco Shipyard’s vice president and general manager at Marco Seattle. McMahon contacted Duramax Marine, the manufacturer of the new DuraCooler keel coolers used on the pilot boats.

MARCO Signs Contract With S.F. Bar Pilots

MARCO Shipyard Seattle is scheduled to design and build a duo of 104 ft., (31.7 m) pilot station boats for the San Francisco Bar Pilots. With construction to commence soon, the design portion of the project is near completion. The first vessel is set for delivery before year-end, with the second to follow in early 2001. Comprised of steel, the twin-screw vessels will replace the two existing station boats in the Bar Pilots' five-vessel fleet. Powered by twin Caterpillar 3508B diesels, providing a total of 2,200-hp and a design speed of 14 knots, the vessels will boast an overall beam of 30 ft. (9.1 m) and a depth of 13 ft. Designed to safely transport pilots to and from ships entering…

MARCO Signs Contract with S.F. Bar Pilots

MARCO Shipyard Seattle is scheduled to design and build a duo of 104 ft. pilot station boats for the San Francisco Bar Pilots. With construction to commence soon, the design portion of the project is near completion. The first vessel is set for delivery before year-end, with the second to follow in early 2001. Comprised of steel, the twin-screw vessels will replace the two existing station boats in the Bar Pilots' five-vessel fleet. Powered by twin Caterpillar 3508B diesels, providing a total of 2,200-hp and a design speed of 14 knots, the vessels will boast an overall beam of 30 ft. and a depth of 13 ft. Designed to safely transport pilots to and from ships entering, departing or transiting the San Francisco Bay waterways, the vessels will feature accommodations for eight pilots.

Italian Shipyard Launches Its Largest Ship

Royal Princess: Photo credit Fincantieri

Fincantieri launches 'Royal Princess' the new flagship of Princess Cruises's fleet at its Monfalcone shipyard. "Royal Princess", at 141,000 gross tons, 330 metres long and 38 metres wide, is the largest ship ever built by Fincantieri. It has 1,780 cabins, of which 1,438 have balconies (81% of the total), and is able to accommodate 3,600 passengers, with total capacity for over 5,600 people including crew. The ship will be able to adapt to every possible type of cruise, operating from Alaska to Australia, even in environmentally protected areas where navigation is restricted.

Three New Tractor Tugs Christened

Tugz International L.L.C., an affiliate of The Great Lakes Group, christened three "Z" Class multi-purpose reverse tractor tugs at MARCO Shipyard, Seattle, completing the second phase of the company's fleet expansion and upgrade program, which now exceeds $30 million. The christening ceremony marks the 100 year anniversary of The Great Lakes Towing Company, whose early shareholders included John D. Rockefeller and James R. Sinclair. Z-Three, Z-Four and Z-Five, as the tugs are called, will be operated under a U.S. Navy contract to provide harbor towing services at the U.S. Naval Base, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Designed by Jensen Maritime Consultants, Seattle, the 95 x 32 ft.

Regional Report: Pacific Coast

Seattle's MARCO shipyard has been completing a rush job for Great Lakes Towing affiliate TUGZ International and is expected to have three new tractor tugs ready for christening by February 13. At the same time, the yard has just started to cut steel for two slightly larger tractors being built for San Francisco-based BayDelta. The latter will measure 105 ft. and will be powered by twin Caterpillar diesels of 4,400 combined hp driving Ulstein Z-drive units fitted with high-performance Nautican nozzles. Towing winches and headline winches will be provided by Burrard Iron Works Ltd of Vancouver, B.C. The three TUGZ boats, to be christened Z-Three, Z-Four and Z-Five, are 95-ft., and will also make use of Caterpillars turning Ulstein z-drives.

New Tug Built for Baydelta

New tractor tug Delta Linda, delivered to Baydelta Maritime, by MARCO Shipyard Seattle, is virtually identical to another tug of the same name built for Baydelta two years ago. Since her delivery in November 1997, the first MARCO-built Delta Linda has been renamed and placed on long-term charter, and the new Delta Linda is her replacement. Like her predecessor, the new tug is 105 ft. long, with a beam overall of 36.8 ft. and a draft of 13-17 ft. She is powered by a pair of Caterpillar 3516B diesels, providing a total of 4,400 bhp to her twin Ulstein 1650H Z-drive units, with 94.5 in. skewed Kaplan-style propellers in Ulstein high-performance nozzles. This propulsion combination has increased the static bollard pull by more than seven percent compared with the earlier vessel.

Pacific Fishermen Shipyard Purchases Union Bay Assets

Pacific Fishermen Shipyard and Electric has purchased selected assets of Union Bay Fabrication, located at Emerald Landing and the former Tippet Shipyard. The purchase included a Cincinnati Model 2512 Plate Shear and 250 ton Mechanical Press Brake Model K5-10. Together they provide capacity to bend and shear heavy steel plates up to 12 feet width and ¾â€ť thickness, dependent on width. The purchase also included weld lead, water and air hose, electrical cords, a welding 4-pack, ventilation fans and miscellaneous shipbuilding equipment.

Third Tractor Tug Delivered to Harley

The newest tractor tug to come out of MARCO Shipyard Seattle is the 105-ft. Millennium Dawn, the third boat in its class designed and built for Harley Marine Services of Seattle, and the twelfth tractor tug from MARCO. It will join her sister ships operating in Long Beach, Calif., part of Harley’s West Coast and Alaska operations that in clued Olympic Tug & Barge, Millenium maritime, Pacific Coast Maritime, Public Service marine and Westoil Marine Services. Like her predecessors, the new tug is a powerful, multipurpose vessel, capable of providing ship assist, inland and ocean towing, and escort services. Her rugged design has evolved from MARCO’s first tractor tug, the Gyrfalcon, operated by Pacific Coast Maritime.

Third Tractor Tug Delivered to Harley

The newest tractor tug to come out of MARCO Shipyard Seattle is the 105-ft. Millennium Dawn, the third boat in its class designed and built for Harley Marine Services of Seattle, and the 12th tractor tug from MARCO. It will join her sister ships operating in Long Beach, Calif., part of Harley's West Coast and Alaska operations that in clued Olympic Tug & Barge, Millenium maritime, Pacific Coast Maritime, Public Service marine and Westoil Marine Services. The new tug is a powerful, multipurpose vessel, capable of providing ship assist, inland and ocean towing, and escort services. Her rugged design has evolved from MARCO's first tractor tug, the Gyrfalcon, operated by Pacific Coast Maritime.

Cruise Ship 'Regal Princess' Launched in Fincantieri Shipyard

Regal Princess: Photo credit Fincantieri

The largest ship ever built by the Italian group, & the future Carnival flagship, is launched at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard. Delivery is scheduled for spring 2014, while sister ship, “Royal Princess”, launched in August 2012, will be delivered in the first half of this year. Attending the ceremony for Princess Cruises were Rai Caluori, Executive Vice President Fleet Operations, and Stuart Hawkins, Vice President Newbuilding. Representing Fincantieri were, among others, Enrico Buschi, Chief Operative Officer, and Carlo De Marco, Shipyard Manager.

Fincantieri Active in Megayacht Repair & Construction Sector

'Eclipse' in Trieste: Photo credit Fincantieri

Maintenance of megayacht 'Eclipse' at the Trieste San Marco shipyard recently completed, other projects on hand. In the four weeks work, 70 workers were employed in the repairs and refitting of the megayacht 'Eclipse'. With the drydocking of  the “Eclipse”, Fincantieri confirms its presence in the high value megayacht sector in which they already boast the delivery in 2011 of  134m MY “Serene", which they claim is the largest most luxurious and technologically advanced craft ever built in Italy.

Crowley Christens Tug Response

Crowley's latest ship assist and escort tug renamed Response was christened August 2 in Elliott Bay. Deicy Mathur, wife of Anil Mathur, President of the Alaska Tanker Company, LLC, performed the christening ceremony aboard Response. A team of Crowley engineers and architects designed the Response, with input from Crowley's ship assist and escort customer, Alaska Tanker Company; the vessel was constructed by Marco Shipyard in Seattle. Response is a 130 ft. (39.6 m) and 7,200-hp tug able to provide enough indirect force to get most any job done quickly and safely. Response features twin Voith Schneider 32G II/250 cycloidal propellers, powered by two Caterpillar 3608 DITA engines…

Early Delivery of Delta Deanna

MARCO Shipyard recently made an early delivery of Delta Deanna, the fourth Z-drive tug built for Baydelta Maritime of San Francisco. With the first tug, Delta Linda, renamed and out on long-term charter, Delta Deanna becomes the third of the new generation tugs to enter full-time service for Baydelta. Like sister vessels Delta Carey and the second Delta Linda, the new tug measures 105 x 36.8 x 13 ft. The vessel is powered by twin Caterpillar 3516B diesels, providing a total of 4,400 hp to the Ulstein 1650H Z-drive units, each with a 94.5 in. skewed Kaplan-style propeller in Ulstein's high-performance nozzle. Auxiliary power is supplied by two CAT 3304BT diesels, each driving a 105 kW generator and a hydraulic PTO.

Marco Polo Terminates Rig Contract with Sembmarine

Pic: Sembcorp Marine Ltd

Marco Polo Marine has unilaterally terminated a rig building order worth US$214.3 million from a subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine. Sembcorp Marine on early Wednesday morning said its subsidiary, PPL Shipyard, will regard the termination by Marco Polo Drilling (I) of the US$214.3 million newbuild contract as "repudiatory breach of the contract". The response comes after Marco Polo Marine, of which Marco Polo Drilling is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, on Tuesday said in a filing to the Singapore Exchange that it will terminate the contract for a jack-up rig under construction at PPL Shipyard.

Sembcorp - Marco Polo Dispute Update

Image: PPL Shipyard Pte Ltd

Rig-builder Sembcorp Marine (SembMarine) is currently embroiled in a dispute with Marco Polo Marine over a US$214.3 million rig construction contract that Marco Polo wants terminated. In a statement on Monday, Macro Polo reiterated its position that it is not obliged to take delivery of the rig, as Sembcorp Marine unit PPL Shipyard had failed to comply with certain contractual obligations. A unit of Marco Polo Marine has found cracks on all three legs of the rig and is seeking a refund of about $21.4 million it paid initially from PPL.

Marco Polo Seatrade Receives Court Approval

Marco Polo Seatrade receives court approval to continue to use revenues in the business. The Marco Polo Seatrade group of companies that filed for Chapter 11 on 29th July 2011 has taken a significant step forward in the US Chapter 11 restructuring process. The New York Court supervising the reorganisation of  Marco Polo approved on 31st August 2011 the continued use by the company of the cash collateral, meaning the revenues deriving from the day to day employment of its fleet, for the duration of the Chapter 11 cases. The approval was granted with the consent of Marco Polo’s primary lenders Credit Agricole and Royal Bank of Scotland.

Court Confirms Marco Polo Seatrade Chapter 11 Protection

U.S. Courts confirm Marco Polo Seatrade Chapter 11 protection and frees vessel. The New York Court supervising the reorganisation of Marco Polo Seatrade and its group affiliates has rejected the motions filed by the Royal Bank of Scotland and Credit Agricole seeking to dismiss the group's US Chapter 11 filings. Both lenders had asserted that Marco Polo Seatrade was not eligible for Chapter 11 protection and had indeed initiated its Chapter 11 case in bad faith. The court rejected all of the lenders' arguments. Antonio Zacchello, MD of Marco Polo Seatrade, says, "We are delighted that the court has confirmed that we acted in accordance with the law and in good faith in starting our Chapter 11 proceedings.

Marco Polo Seatrade Gets Bank Backing

Marco Polo Seatrade has received court approval to obtain fresh financing from Royal Bank of Scotland, one of its senior lenders. The New York Court supervising the reorganisation of  Marco Polo approved today new financing to be provided by the Royal Bank of Scotland. This financing is being provided on a fully consensual basis and resolves the various objections that were filed to Marco Polo’s original financing motion. This Court approval and the Court’s previous approval of the use of cash collateral ensures that Marco Polo will be able to continue to fulfil all charter contracts and to pay its expenses in the ordinary course of business. It also ensures that Marco Polo will be able to take advantage of profitable new charters.

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