All American Marine Delivers the R/V Manta
All American Marine has delivered an 82-ft.Teknicraft research catamaran built under contract for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The R/V Manta will operate in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, located 100 miles offshore, directly south of the Louisiana-Texas boarder. The Manta is NOAA’s fifth Teknicraft Design catamaran built by All American Marine. The Manta will host a variety of research missions and visiting scientists concentrating on seafloor mapping…
Beier Radio Names Morgan Sales Manager
Marine electronics company, Beier Radio, has named Buddy Morgan as the company’s new Sales Manager. Morgan has over 30 years of experience in management, sales, marketing and training for marine technology companies across the United States. His most recent position was as National Sales Manager for Japan Radio Company in Seattle, WA. Over the course of his career, Morgan has developed distribution channels for product sales, developed and implemented marketing strategies utilizing the media and trade shows…
Cummins Trains Louisiana Diesel Technicians
With several shipyards and marine operators in the area, Morgan City, La. is a center for crewing and supply of the Gulf oil industry. Since last January, a partnership between the Louisiana Technical College (LTC) and Cummins Mid-South has trained more than 120 diesel mechanics and engineers on aspects of high horsepower Cummins engines. As a distributor, Cummins Mid-South supports both their own and independent dealers in a network covering the states of Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana. The training is available to Cummins dealers, customers and selected LTC diesel tech students. Training is also available to the Diesel Technology instructors of the LTC system throughout the state.
All American Completes 83-ft Alaska Ferry
All American Marine, Inc. delivered another 83-ft hydrofoil-assisted aluminum catamaran for operation in Alaska. The recently launched Kachemak Voyager will operate in Kachemak Bay and provide passenger ferry service between the communities of Seldovia and Homer. Through a competitive bidding process, the Seldovia Village Tribe awarded a contract to All American Marine in September 2008 to build a sistership to the CIRI owned, M/V Aialik Voyager and M/V Orca Voyager, AAM previously built for servicing the Kenai Peninsula.
US Dredging Invests in American Workers, Safe Navigation Channels
The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the domestic maritime industry, has highlighted the U.S. dredging industry’s commitment to build and maintain safe, efficient and cost-effective navigation channels in the nation’s inland waterways and ports. The recent deliveries of four state-of-the-art vessels, constructed by nearly 700 American workers in U.S. shipyards, are a reflection of the U.S. dredging industry’s continued investment in building dredges with increased…
Marine Infrastructure Challenges Demand Engineering Solutions
Infrastructure renewal and engineering combine to provide an obscure, often under-appreciated, but nevertheless critically important aspect of marine operations. In the Pacific Northwest, for example, the waterway abundant geography provides engineering and specialized moving company Omega Morgan with all sorts of challenges that involve bridges spanning rivers. Whether crossing or moving these spans, West Coast-based Omega Morgan, faces particularly unique engineering challenges.
3 Resuced from Sunken Fishing Vessel
The Coast Guard rescued three individuals from a 75-foot fishing vessel that sank approximately 12 miles southwest of Point Au Fer in the Gulf of Mexico, Monday. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders were notified by a passing helicopter of a fishing vessel sinking with two life-rafts in the water. Watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Morgan City 29-foot response boat crew and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans. The survivors were located in a life raft after they fired off a flare.
XANTREX Powers Restored 1841 Whaling Ship
When the 172-year old tall ship Charles W. Morgan sets out on its historic 38th voyage on June 14, it will benefit from safety enhancements that were unheard of at the time of its construction – including a pair of Xantrex Freedom SW 24V - 3000W/75A inverter/chargers that deliver a full 6,000 watts of continuous electrical power. Built in 1841, the Charles W. Morgan is the last of an American whaling fleet that once numbered more than 2,700 vessels. Over an 80-year whaling career, it embarked on 37 voyages, most lasting three years or more. Retired in 1921, the ship was used as a set for two Hollywood films (Down to the Sea in Ships, starring a young Clara Bow, and Java Head, with Ralph Richardson and Anna Mae Wong).
Navy to Unveil New Maritime Strategy
The U.S. Navy will unveil a new maritime strategy next month that will address the demands of a globalizing world, a top military official said Sept. 27. Vice Adm. John G. Morgan Jr., Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5), spoke to a group gathered at the Ronald Reagan Building for a conference on National Security Strategy and Policy. He told the audience that during the International Seapower Symposium next month in Newport News, Va., the Navy will present a new maritime strategy to some 91 heads of allied navies, Marines and coast guards. The doctrine, which took some 16 months to complete, is the Navy's first attempt to document a seapower strategy since the 1980s.
Kinder Morgan Buys Four Newbuilding Resales
Kinder Morgan, Inc. is expanding its growing fleet of Jones Act product tankers having signed a definitive agreement valued at an all-in price of $568 million with Philly Tankers LLC to take assignment of contracts for the construction of four, new 50,000-deadweight-ton, Tier II tankers to be constructed at the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The transaction requires approval of shareholders holding 80 percent of the shares of Philly Tankers AS. Philly Tankers AS is the parent of Philly Tankers LLC.
Hurricane Katrina – USCG Operations in Sector New Orleans
The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Bulletin expressing its appreciation for the overwhelming industry support during the ongoing response effort to Hurricane Katrina. Marine Safety Unit (MSU) Morgan City will serve as the primary point of contact for the marine industry with regard to Sector New Orleans issues. Source: HK Law
Deep Down Executes LOI to Acquire Mako Technologies
Deep Down, Inc. has executed a letter of intent (LOI) to acquire Mako Technologies, Inc. (Mako). Headquartered in Morgan City, Louisiana, Mako serves the growing offshore petroleum and marine industries with technical support services, and products vital to offshore petroleum production, through rentals of its remotely operated vehicles (ROV), subsea equipment, and diving support systems used in diving operations, offshore construction, and environmental/marine surveys.
Captain Morgan Flagship Wreckage Reportedly Found
According to a report on http://www.newsroompanama.com, a team of U.S. archeologists reportedly has found wreckage which they believe is part of Welsh privateer Admiral Henry Morgan's flagship. The wreckage was found off Portobello and includes approximately 52x22 feet of the starboard side of a 17th century wooden ship hull which they believe to belong to Morgan’s flagship, Satisfaction, according to the report. Morgan lost five ships, including Satisfaction near Lajas Reef in 1671. The archeologists previously found six canons believed to belong to the fleet, and when the group ran short of funds, The Captain Morgan Rum Group named after the pirate, provided further aid for the project.
Morgan Stanley May Run Larger Tankers for Oil Trades
Morgan Stanley plans to expand its oil tanker business as global demand for crude rises, according to two people briefed on the discussions, according to Bloomberg. The company is considering operating suezmaxes, 1 million- barrel vessels that would be the largest Morgan Stanley controls, said the people, who declined to be identified because the plan is still being debated. The ships often haul crude from West Africa and the Black Sea to the U.S. and Europe. Morgan Stanley, which has traded crude oil since 1984, wants to bolster its shipping unit to compete with companies such as Glencore International AG and Vitol Group. The New York-based company purchased a tanker operator last year for $200 million.
Kinder Morgan Acquires APT, SCT Tankers
Kinder Morgan Announces Acquisition of Jones Act Shipping Tankers in U.S. for Approximately $962 Million. Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: KMP) today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire American Petroleum Tankers (APT) and State Class Tankers (SCT) from affiliates of The Blackstone Group and Cerberus Capital Management for $962 million in cash. APT and SCT are engaged in the marine transportation of crude oil, condensate and refined products in the United States domestic trade, commonly referred to as the Jones Act trade. APT’s fleet consists of five medium range Jones Act qualified product tankers, each with 330,000 barrels of cargo capacity. With an average vessel age of approximately four years, the APT fleet is one of the youngest in the industry.
ABS Certifies To ISO 14001 Standard
ABS Quality Evaluations Inc. has certified the first offshore platform fabrication company's environmental quality management system to the internationally recognized ISO 14001 standard. The Morgan City, La., facilities of worldwide marine construction company J.Ray McDermott, Inc., was successfully audited by ABS QE to receive this certification. According to ABS QE Auditor Patricia Fitzgerald, the Morgan City facility implemented an integrated Quality, Health and Environmental management system for the entire scope of fabrication and repairing of offshore structures. Since residential neighborhoods and other businesses as well as bayous border the yard, environmental concerns were factored into the overall program. The Environmental Management Systems (EMS) procedures developed by J.
OW Bunkers Investors in Legal Action Against IPO Banks
A group of 24 Danish institutional investors in OW Bunker has decided to issue a writ against Carnegie and Morgan Stanley, accusing them of misleading investors ahead of the 2014 listing of the now bankrupt marine fuel oil supplier. The investors, which include two of the largest pension funds in Denmark, ATP and PFA, claim they have suffered a loss of 767 million crowns ($123 million) following investment in OW Bunker shares "on the basis of a prospectus which was insufficient in material aspects". Morgan Stanley declined to comment, while Carnegie said it did not know the details of the alleged claim. Reporting by Stine Jacobsen
Double Eagle Pipeline Fully Operational
Double Eagle Pipeline LLC, a 50/50 joint venture between Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P.,today announced that the entire pipeline system, comprised of 195 miles of pipe, is now in full operation to Corpus Christi, Texas as designed. The 84-mile western leg of the Double Eagle pipeline system is connected into four central gathering facilities and is moving condensate from Gardendale near Cotulla, Texas, in LaSalle County through Three Riverstruck unloading and storage facility in Live Oak County to Magellan’s Corpus Christi Terminal. The 37-mile eastern leg of the Double Eagle pipeline system is moving condensate from Karnes County, Texas, also through Three Rivers, and down to Magellan’s Corpus Christi Terminal.
Delta Rigging & Tools Acquires Morgan City Rentals
Delta Rigging & Tools, Inc., a provider of lifting and rigging products and related services in the United States, announced the acquisition of Morgan City Rentals, a provider of offshore rental equipment and rigging supply in the Gulf of Mexico. Established in 1970, Morgan City Rentals is headquartered in Morgan City, La., with additional locations in Golden Meadow and Broussard, La. Morgan City Rentals provides a wide range of offshore rental equipment, wire rope, rigging hardware and supplies, sling fabrication and compliance load testing to the offshore oil and gas industry. Combined with Delta Rigging & Tools’ existing operations in Broussard and Houma…
'Yo Ho Ho' Divers Find More Pirate Treasure
For the third year in a row, with the help of the Captain Morgan brand, a team of leading U.S. archaeologists returned to the mouth of the Chagres River in Panama in search of real-life buccaneer Captain Henry Morgan's lost fleet. The search began in September 2010, when the team discovered six iron cannons belonging to Morgan off the coast of Panama, and continued last summer with the discovery of a 17th century wooden shipwreck, potentially one of the five ships Morgan lost – which included his flagship "Satisfaction" – in 1671 on the shallow Lajas Reef.
Shell Sells Elba Liquefaction Project Interest to Kinder Morgan
Kinder Morgan Inc. will buy out Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s interest in their proposed Elba Liquefaction Co. (ELC ) joint venture in Georgia. Houston-based Kinder Morgan already owns 51% of the ELC joint venture. The firm said it would buy the 49 percent stake that it does not already own in the natural gas joint venture and it raised its dividend. ELC owns the Elba Liquefaction Project, which is proposed to be constructed and operated at the existing Elba Island LNG Terminal near Savannah, Georgia.
Vessels: GCI Completes Sun Towing Tugs
Voyager and Quest could not be two more apt names for Sun Towings pair of new tugboats, as it was precisely this that was required to complete the vessel's construction. The two hulls were started nearly 10 years ago, and had more than 2,000 miles experience before the first main engines were installed. The hulls were originally built by Marine Power and Equipment in Seattle in 1990, and moved three different times, from Washington State through the Panama Canal to Texas, then finally to Louisiana. The odyssey of the hulls was well worth it, however, according to their owner, Captain Mike Smith of Sun Towing, Morgan City, La. The 150 x 40 x 19.5 ft.
J. Ray McDermott Celebrates 50 Years in Morgan City
1956: Elvis released his first album; the film debut of Invasion of the Body Snatchers was frightening American audiences; My Fair Lady opened on Broadway; and J. Ray McDermott began operations at the offshore industry's first dedicated steel fabrication yard near Morgan City, Louisiana. Among the major events of early 1956, many are now trivia, but the Morgan City "fab yard" continues to have a profound and lasting effect on the region and the world. Since its humble beginnings on April 1, 1956, J. Ray's Morgan City fabrication facility has built more offshore structures than any other fabrication facility and has served as the model for new offshore fabrication yards around the globe.