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Monday, April 23, 2018

Modutech Marine Inc News

New Contracts for Modutech

Modutech Marine, Inc., Tacoma, Wash., has been awarded a four-year contract for haulout, service and repair of the line of 41 ft. patrol boats for the USCG along the west coast. Additionally, the company has been awarded, and already begun, work on a contract for Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, to refurbish four utility barges.

Fifth USS Arizona Memorial Ferry Boat for Navy

The third USS Arizona Memorial ferry boat #39-3, Cassin Young, a bio-diesel boat, operating at Naval Station Pearl Harbor. The third boat is named after Capt. Cassin Young, a Medal of Honor recipient for heroism and distinguished conduct in action while serving as commanding officer of USS Vestal (AR-4) during the Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico/Released)

The Navy officially accepted delivery of the fifth USS Arizona Memorial passenger ferry boat from Modutech Marine Inc. of Tacoma, Wash., June 25. This vessel is one of six boats being procured to replace the existing ferry boats that have reached the end of their service life. The boats, procured for the National Park Service by the U.S. Navy's Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships, serve as a ferry service to shuttle visitors to and from the memorial, and continue to support the U.S. Navy's commitment to the National Park Service, as they tell the compelling stories of the Dec.

Channel Islands National Park Contracts for New Boat

The National Park Service has awarded a contract to Modutech Marine Inc. of Tacoma, Washington for the construction of a new crewboat for Channel Islands National Park in southern California. Sea Ranger II will be equipped to transport park personnel, supplies, and construction materials to the five park islands, as well as to carry researchers on overnight diving trips. Accommodations will include a full galley, sleeping space for up to nine people, full head with shower, and diving support equipment, including a portable dive compressor. The new boat will join an existing fleet of three boats, providing a vital link between the mainland-based park headquarters in Ventura and the park's islands, located between 17 and 45 nautical miles away.

Sea Ranger II Debuts for National Parks Service

The National Park Service has taken delivery of its newest boat, Sea Ranger II, built by Modutech Marine Inc. of Tacoma, Wash. The boat is equipped to transport park personnel, supplies and construction materials to the five offshore islands that make up Channel Islands National Park, as well as to carry researchers on overnight driving trips. Accommodations include a full galley, sleeping space for up to 10 people, full head with shower, and diving support equipment, including a portable dive compressor. The Sea Ranger II joins an existing fleet of three boats, providing a vital link between the mainland-based park headquarters in Ventura, Calif., and the park's islands, located between 17 and 45 nautical miles away.

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.

Navy Accepts Fifth USS Arizona Memorial Ferry

The Navy officially accepted delivery of the fifth USS Arizona Memorial passenger ferry boat from Modutech Marine Inc. of , June 25. This vessel is one of six boats being procured to replace the existing ferry boats that have reached the end of their service life. The boats, procured for the National Park Service by the U.S. Navy's Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships, serve as a ferry service to shuttle visitors to and from the memorial, and continue to support the U.S. Navy's commitment to the National Park Service, as they tell the compelling stories of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on . The new 78-ft. vessels are constructed of fiberglass and can accommodate up to 149 passengers and three crew members.

VT Halter Opens New Paint Facility

VT Halter Marine Inc. has unveiled its new state-of-the-art blast and paint facility that will allow ship sections to be prepared, blasted and painted in a controlled environment. The ceremony included a keynote speech given by Senator Roger Wicker, U.S. Senator for the state of Mississippi.“The installation of this new blast and paint facility is to incorporate cutting-edge technologies in our marine construction programs. We are now able to apply a diverse range of protective coatings regardless of the weather conditions…

First Cove Point LNG Lifting Departs Maryland

File Image: CREDIT Dominion Energy

The first contractual liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo from Dominion Energy Inc's newly constructed Cove Point LNG export plant in Maryland in the United States left the facility on Monday, Thomson Reuters Eikon ship tracking data showed. The cargo is expected to act as a drag on spot LNG prices <LNG-AS> as it coincides with the resumption of exports of the fuel from the Papua New Guinea LNG plant, which had been shut following a powerful earthquake. The 160,000-cubic metre LNG tanker Adam LNG left Cove Point on Monday with a draft of 91 percent, suggesting it was full, according to the data.

Silver Ships Debuts Demo Fire and Rescue Boat

(Image: Silver Ships)

Silver Ships, Inc. said it has collaborated with industry vendors to create an aluminum demonstration fire/rescue boat.Designed and manufactured for firefighting and rescue applications, the vessel will be used to showcase the capabilities and craftsmanship of Silver Ships along with participating vendors, whose parts and components enhance the mission-ready abilities of the vessel.Steven Clarke, co-owner at Silver Ships, said, “We tried to put as many capabilities as possible into this AM800 fire boat…

Marine Systems Inc., ZF Marine Support Inland Waterway Business

Photo: ZF Marine

ZF Marine announced a new partnership with Marine Systems Inc. (MSI) will be responsible for sales and service support of ZF Marine commercial craft products to the inland waterway region. David Santos, commercial craft product line manager for ZF Marine Propulsion Systems Miramar, LLC., said, “MSI’s central location in Paducah, KY puts it right in the heart of the Inland Waterways, making it a convenient product support point for our commercial craft customers in the region.” www.zf.com/marine

Scorpio Bulkers Refinances Ultramax Vessel

Photo: Scorpio Bulkers Inc.

Monaco-based Scorpio Bulkers announced that the Company has entered into a financing transaction in respect of one of the Company’s Ultramax vessels with an unaffiliated third party in Japan. As part of the transaction, the Company will sell a 2015 Japanese built Ultramax dry bulk vessel, SBI Tango, for a consideration of $19.0 million and then lease it back from the buyer through a five-year bareboat charter agreement at a rate of $5,400 per day. If converted to floating interest rates…

PPL Shipyard Completes Acquisition of Sabine Industries

Further to its announcement dated September 22, 2005, “SembCorp Marine’s PPL Shipyard Acquires Sabine Shipyard in Texas, USA”, SembCorp Marine is pleased to announce that its subsidiary PPL Shipyard has completed the acquisition of a 100 per cent equity interest in Sabine Industries, Inc. (SII) and its subsidiaries Sabine Offshore Services, Inc (SOSI) and Sabine Shipyards, Inc (SSI) and a 25 per cent equity interest in Sabine Vessels, Inc (SVI) for a total consideration of US$6.4 million. PPL Shipyard’s net consideration for the 100 per cent equity interest in Sabine Industries, Inc is based on the valuation of the net tangible assets of SII and its subsidiaries SOSI, SSI and associated company SVI. The acquisition will be funded from PPL Shipyard’s own internal resources.

Master Marine Delivers for Waterfront Services

M/V Miss Deborah (Master Marine)

Master Marine has delivered the first of four 67’ x 28’ fleet boats to Waterfront Services Co. Each boat will be powered by a pair of Laborde Products, Inc. S6R2-Y3MPTAW Mitsubishi 803 HP tier III diesel marine engines to be operated at 1,400 RPM coupled to Twin Disc MG 5321, 5:1 gears, E300 electronic controls with RW Fernstrum, Inc. keel coolers. Electrical power was also provided by Laborde Products, Inc. with two Northern Lights M65C13.2S 65KW Tier III electronic controlled generators with RW Fernstrum, Inc. keel coolers. A pair of Sound Propeller Services, Inc.

Awarded: $17.1m in U.S. Shipyard Grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration today announced $17.1 million in grants to 14 small shipyards in 10 states. The grants are part of the Assistance to Small Shipyards program. “Small shipyards are vitally important for the health of the maritime industry, and for the nation’s economy,” said Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. The purpose of the grants is to make capital and infrastructure improvements that facilitate the efficiency, competitive operations, and quality in ship construction and repair. Small shipyards fall into two categories: those with fewer than 600 employees, and those with between 600 and 1200 employees. All but two of today’s recipients have fewer than 600 employees. -William E. -Bay Shipbuilding Co.

MARAD Awards $17.1m in Shipyard Grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration announced $17.1m in grants to 14 small shipyards in 10 states. The grants are part of the Assistance to Small Shipyards program. “Small shipyards are vitally important for the health of the maritime industry, and for the nation’s economy,” said Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. The purpose of the grants is to make capital and infrastructure improvements that facilitate the efficiency, competitive operations, and quality in ship construction and repair. Small shipyards fall into two categories: those with fewer than 600 employees, and those with between 600 and 1200 employees. All but two of the recipients announced have fewer than 600 employees. •    William E. •    Bay Shipbuilding Co.

Freeport LNG Delays Start of Texas Export Terminal

(Photo: Freeport LNG)

Freeport LNG, a privately held U.S. liquefied natural gas company, said on Thursday it pushed back the projected start date for its $13 billion export terminal under construction in Texas by about nine months to around Sept. 1, 2019.Freeport LNG now expects the first liquefaction train to enter service around Sept. 1, 2019, with the second and third trains seen in service around Jan. 1 and May 1, 2020, respectively, said Zdenek Gerych, a spokesman at Freeport.Previously, the three…

Shearer & Assoc., Bristol Harbor Form The Shearer Group

Ed Shearer, P.E., President of Shearer & Assoc., Inc., and Greg Beers, P.E., President of Bristol Harbor Group, Inc., have announced the formation of The Shearer Group, Inc., a new corporate entity that will provide naval architecture, marine engineering, marine surveying and professional engineer services to clients in the inland and offshore marine industry. The Shearer Group, Inc. is a combination of the best of what Mr. Shearer has spent the past several decades building at Shearer & Assoc., Inc.; and that which Mr. Beers and his partners Cory Wood and Andrew Tyska have built at Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. over the past 15 years.

New Fleet Boat for Waterfront Services

M/V Tom Torretti (Photo: Master Marine)

Alabama shipbuilder Master Marine said it has delivered the newly built M/V Tom Torretti to Waterfront Services Co. The 67’ x 28’ fleet boat is powered by a pair of Laborde Products, Inc. S6R2-Y3MPTAW Mitsubishi 803 HP tier III diesel marine engines to be operated at 1,400 RPM coupled to Twin Disc MG 5321, 5:1 gears, E300 electronic controls with RW Fernstrum, Inc. keel coolers. Electrical power was also provided by Laborde Products, Inc. with two Northern Lights M65C13.2S 65KW Tier III electronic controlled generators with RW Fernstrum, Inc. keel coolers.

OSMA Elects New Officers

The Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) has elected Andy Brauninger, president of Seabulk Offshore, Ltd., as chairman of the board and Milton Rose, president of SEACOR Marine, Inc., has been elected vice-chairman of the association. OMSA’s new secretary/treasurer is Minor Cheramie, Jr., president of L&M Botruc Rentals, Inc. Also elected to the OMSA board of directors are: Van C. De Witt, vice-president and COO of Sea Mar Management, Inc.; Hank Danos, president and CEO of Danos & Curole Marine Contractors, Inc.; Marilyn Muchowich Stanley, president of Offshore Oil Service, Inc., Janson Graham, president of C&G Boat Works, Inc., and Robert M. Thompson, Sr., CEO of the Cross Group Ltd.

Coastal Towing Announces New Refinancing

Coastal Towing, Inc., announced today the consummation of a $28 million senior term loan with the CIT Group/ Equipment Financing, Inc., Heller Financial Leasing, Inc. Pursuant to this transaction, the Company refinanced senior term debt under existing agreements with CIT and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. In addition, the loan will be used to facilitate Coastal?s barge construction program. Dennis D. Buffo has joined Coastal Towing, Inc., as vice president of maintenance effective October 1. With over 29 years in the maintenance area of the marine industry, he will be responsible for all of Coastal's boat and barge maintenance. Buffo holds a B.S. degree in Marine Engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in King's Point, N.Y.

American Salvage Association Names New Officers

Immediate Past-President Paul Hankins congratulates new ASA President Todd Schauer (Photo: ASA)

The American Salvage Association (ASA) has elected a new slate of officers at its fall meeting on September 21 in Stamford, Conn. Todd Schauer, Resolve Marine Group was elected President, succeeding Paul Hankins, Donjon Marine Co., Inc., who served as President from 2013-2015. Jim Elliott, T&T Marine Salvage, Inc., was elected Vice President, and David DeVilbiss, Global Diving & Salvage, Inc., was named Secretary/Treasurer. In addition, James Calhoun (T&T Salvage, Inc.), Samina Mahmood (Ardent)…

Keppel's Philippine Units Complete Consolidation

Philippine units of Keppel Corporation have reportedly completed the restructuring of their operations, which called for a consolidation of Keppel's domestic marine interests into Keppel Philippines Marine Inc. (KPMI), and a consolidation of Keppel's property interests in the Philippines into Keppel Philippine Properties Inc (KPPI). Under the restructuring, KPPI transferred all its marine interests to KPMI, including 62.5 million shares in Subic Shipyard and Engineering Inc. and 656,838 shares in Consort Land Inc., which manages the shipyard's lot, in exchange for 100.5 million new KPMI shares. KPPI also transferred all of its 159.2 million shares in KPMI to Keppel Philippines Holdings Inc (KPHI). KPMI is now 55 percent owned by KPHI and the rest by the investing public.

Fireman's Fund Appoints Marine Loss Control Director

Tim Donney has joined Fireman's Fund McGee Marine Underwriters at the company's New York City headquarters as Marine Loss Control Director. A 25-year veteran of marine loss control, Donney will manage the loss control services provided by this leading marine insurer, which includes the largest internal ocean marine loss control staff in the industry. Donney, who was previously the president of Hull & Cargo Surveyors, Inc., most recently served as the Director of National Operations for the Marine Division of Intermodal Transportation Services, Inc. (ITS).

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