Cat 3516Bs Chosen for Inland Waterways Push Boat
The first U.S. inland waterways tow vessel powered by electronically controlled Caterpillar 3500 Series B marine propulsion engines is currently under construction at Quality Shipyard, Houma, La. The new boat will enter service on the Ohio River system in November, 1999 for Mulzer Crushed Stone, Tell City, Ind. Corning Townsend of CT Marine designed the boat's structure to be similar to an existing Mulzer vessel, but increased the hull length and designed the underwater shape, propulsion system, and rudders to increase overall efficiency, reduce cavitation, and improve steering control both ahead and astern. Propulsion will be provided by two Cat 3516Bs rated 1,800 bhp (1,342 kW) at 1,200 rpm. The engines will turn Bollinger 100 in. x 76 in. wheels through Reintjes WAF 1562, 5.4:1 gears.
Vroon Offshore Vessel Undergoes Modification Work
Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf has completed final outfitting and modifications on a second subsea-support walk-to-work (W2W) vessel for Vroon Offshore Services (VOS). VOS Stone was built at Fujian Southeast Shipbuilding in China before coming to the Netherlands for completion. This follows a similar project successfully completed in July this year at Oranjewerf, involving sister ship VOS Start. The eight-week program for VOS Stone involved a wide range of activities, including installation of a 50-tonne active heave-compensated…
SBM Offshore Hands over FPSO Turritella to Shell
SBM Offshore said it has completed the transaction related to the sale of floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel Turritella to Shell E and P Offshore Services B.V. Shell exercised an option to purchase the FPSO from SBM Offshore in summer 2017. The Turritella FPSO is contracted for the Stones deepwater development in the Gulf of Mexico, which began production in 2016. The vessel has a daily production capacity of approximately 60,000 barrels of oil and 15 million cubic feet of natural gas.
VOS Stone Equipped with Ampelmann W2W Gangway
Vroon Offshore Services and Ampelmann have joined forces to deploy a Walk to Work (W2W) solution for the Arkona offshore wind farm, located in the German Baltic Sea. Vroon’s VOS Stone vessel, the newest addition to its offshore-support fleet, will be mobilized with an Ampelmann A400 gangway system. The gangway, launched in 2017, will be utilized for the first time for W2W operations during array cabling work and commissioning of the Arkona offshore wind farm. The A400 gangway system…
Steady Work for Inland River Towboat Builder
Launched in 1972, Marine Builders Inc. has remained a model of consistency, churning out a healthy mix of towboats and - more recently - passenger vessels, each year of its existence. Beginning with Quarto 1, launched back in 1971, towboat construction has always been the company's bread and butter, but the company has built drydocks, dredges, cruise vessels, barges; and has even formed a new sister company which builds pedestrian bridges over waterways. Company President and Owner David W. Evanczyk began his boat-building career in the 1960's with Yates Marine Construction, in Wheeling, W.V. Evanczyk moved to the Louisville area at the request of Jack Yates, with the intent to form a new shipyard company in the area.
Tugboat Named For Long-serving Vulcan Employee
US company Vulcan Materials christens new tugboat 'Hazel Demery' in honor of nurse with 58 years of company service. The new tugboat for the company's Grand Rivers facility is named for Hazel Demery, a prominent figure in the Grand Rivers community. Mrs. Demery was guest of honor at the christening ceremony held at Vulcan's harbor, which is adjacent to the Kentucky Dam & Locks. Beginning in 1951, Mrs. Demery worked as a nurse for Reed Crushed Stone, which was acquired by Vulcan in 1990. Mrs. Demery continued working for Vulcan until she retired in 2009 with 58 years of service. Darren Hicks, Vulcan's director of human resources – Southern and Gulf Coast Area said, "Hazel's exemplary life has focused on service to our Company, her community, her family and her church.
Stone Marine Purchase Ocean Venture Seals
Stone Marine Group, whose company portfolio includes several marine companies designing, manufacturing, repairing and maintaining propulsion systems, have purchased the trade of Ocean Venture Seals Ltd. whose full range of products will now be manufactured, sold and serviced by Stone Marine Seals Ltd. In addition to Stone Marine Seals own engineers, the fitting, maintenance, service and repair capabilities of Stone Marine Shipcare and Stone Marine Services, with their existing worldwide network of skilled service engineers…
Coast Guard Investigates Barge Sinkings
The Coast Guard continues to investigate the grounding and sinking of two barges on the Hudson River near the Bear Mountain Bridge in Bear Mountain, N.Y., after the two barges broke free of the Tug Buchanan 12. The Buchanan 12 was pushing 13 scow barges when two broke free. A scow barge is a flat bottomed, square bilged vessel that typically carries rocks, gravel, dirt, and other similar loose products. The tug's master immediately notified the Coast Guard Sector New York Command Center on Staten Island, N.Y. The Coast Guard issued a broadcast notice to mariners, dispatched an inspector and an investigating officer, and notified the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The tug master reported that the barge B2002 lost most of its cargo of crushed stone after breaking free of the tug.
Superior Adds Primary Crusher to Processing Portfolio
Superior Industries, Inc., a U.S. based manufacturer and global supplier of bulk material processing and handling systems, has unveiled a new machinery solution for crushing applications called the Liberty Jaw Crusher. Functioning as a primary crusher, the unit compresses material in stone, concrete, asphalt, and ore applications. Superior acquired the original design in their 2015 acquisition of Canadian-based Clemro Western. After collecting customer feedback, Superior engineers redesigned the unit and added a number of new features.
This Day in Naval History - June 13
From the Navy News Service 1881 - USS Jeannette crushed in Arctic ice pack. 1967 - Operation in .
Laborde Repowers Much of Stone Oil Fleet
In January 2014, Laborde Products sold its first Mitsubishi engine to John W. Stone Oil for the vessel John W. Stone. Since then, Laborde has supplied the Gretna, Louisiana-based oil distributor with seven more Mitsubishis, repowering half of its fleet. The John W. Stone, Olga G. Stone and Moose are now powered by a S12A2-Y2MPTK at 940 hp, while the Jennifer, Shell Fueler, Hiawatha and Custom each have a S6R-Y2MPTK at 630 hp. Stone Power utilizes a S12R-Y3MPTAW at 1,100 hp. Tony Odak, VP operations & business development, John W.
Adm. Stone Confirmed to DHS Post
The U.S. Senate confirmed Admiral David Stone, USN (ret) as Assistant Secretary for Homeland Security. Admiral Stone will administer the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the position in which he has served as Acting Administrator.
Faster Propeller Repairs in the Middle East
Aiming to provide faster repair service in the Middle East to ship operators whose vessels have sustained propeller damage, Stone Marine Shipcare has signed a Service Agency Agreement with Dubai Drydock World which sees one of the companies’ mobile workshops permanently based there. The workshop will be used, not just at Drydock Worlds’ own facilities, but can be quickly transported to other Middle Eastern shipyards, wherever a ship is in need of repair or maintenance to its propeller.
New Schottel Sales Partner for Namibia & South Africa
Effective immediately Stone Marine Services will be the official Schottel sales partner for Namibia and South Africa. Stone Marine Services has been a Schottel partner for UK and the Republic of Ireland already. The German manufacturer of marine propulsion systems claims this is a further step towards enhanced commitment to the customer. Contact Details: Stone Marine Services Namibia (PTY) Ltd 2003 Ben Amathila Avenue, PO Box 2923, Walvis Bay, Namibia Tel: +264 64 204388 Fax: +264 64 204381 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Stone Marine Services S.A (PTY)Ltd 34 Paarden Eiland Road Paarden Eiland Cape Town PO Box 7323 Roggebaai 8012 Tel.: + 27 (0) 21 510 6795 Fax: + 27 (0) 21 510 5783 E Mail: email@example.com
“Green” Inland Midstream Refuel Barge Delivered
John W. Stone Oil Distributor, LLC is taking delivery of its first “green” inland midstream refueling barge from Tres Palacios Marine in Palacios, Texas. The 160 x 54-ft. double hull barge is the latest addition to the fleet of equipment Stone Oil uses to support its customer base as well as its various terminal operations. Stone Oil discussed ways to improve the existing midstream fuel barge design with its marine personnel as well as its shore based maintenance staff. This was coupled with requests from customers to provide a means to deliver various grades of fuel…
Seal Hunt Ships Rescued from Crushing Ice Pack
Dozens of ships carrying commercial seal hunters have been rescued from crushing ice off the coast of Canada's eastern Newfoundland province, authorities said, but most of the fleet remains adrift or trapped. Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers and helicopters were dispatched a week ago to try to help more than 100 ships carrying hundreds of mariners taking part in Canada's annual seal cull, after shifting winds and two storms stranded them in a massive ice pack offshore. The remainder of the fleet managed to wiggle free themselves, but remained adrift in the Atlantic, waiting on the edges for an ice-free route to open up to return to port. Source: Herald Sun
Sao Martinho's Sugar-Ethanol Profits Drop 50%
Net profit at Sao Martinho SA , one of Brazil's biggest sugar and ethanol groups, was 6.4 million reais ($2.9 million) in the quarter ended March 31, down 50 percent from the year-earlier period, the company said in a filing on Monday night. The results for the final financial quarter of the company's 2013/14 cane crop season were hurt by the acquisition of Boa Vista milling assets formerly controlled by Biosev, a local sugar and ethanol unit of global commodities company Louis Dreyfus. The company's debt to EBITDA ratio remained stable in the quarter at 2.02, roughly the same as a year earlier and in the previous quarter. Net revenue was up 3 percent from the year-before quarter at 320.3 million reais.
Dredging Company Sentenced for Worker’s Death
Dredging NZ has been fined $79,500 and ordered to pay $42,000 in reparation after the death of a worker, crushed on a dredging barge in West Park Marina, Auckland, on November 19, 2013, Maritime New Zealand reported. Peter Bateman died after being crushed between an excavator and the wall of a hopper, on a barge being skippered by Brent Darrach. Dredging NZ was sentenced July 21 in Auckland District Court after pleading guilty to a charge laid by Maritime New Zealand under section 6 of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, that as an employer it failed to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of employees at work. In May…
Great Lakes Limestone Trade Strong
For the second month in a row, shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes topped 4 million tons in July, the Lake Carriers' Association (LCA) reported. This is the first time loadings have topped the 4-million-ton mark for more than one month in a shipping season since 2008. Loadings at U.S. quarries totaled 3.5 million tons, a virtual repeat of a year ago. Shipments from Canadian quarries – 560,000 tons – also were a near carbon copy of a year ago. Year-to-date, the Lakes limestone trade stands at 14 million tons, an increase of 16 percent compared to a year ago. The increase in part reflects how severely stone shipments were impacted by the near glacial ice that covered the Lakes into May of 2014. LCA noted.
Pellerin Builds HF- SEP for Stone Energy
Pellerin Water Solutions (PWS), a subsidiary of Pellerin Energy Group (PEG), has designed and built a Horizontal Flotation Separator (HF- SEP) for Stone Energy Corporation. The specifically designed HF- SEP with dissolved gas flotation (DGF) technologies will enhance the separation process of oil and produced water which will maximize production and increase profitability. Stone Energy will incorporate the HF-SEP with its deepwater facility, Pompano, situated in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM).
Shell Exercises FPSO Turritella Purchase Option
Shell E&P Offshore Services B.V. will exercise its right under the charter agreement to purchase the floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) Turritella, enabling a Shell affiliate to assume operatorship of the Gulf of Mexico ultra-deepwater Stones development in its entirety. The company selling the FPSO is a joint-venture (JV) owned by SBM Offshore with 55 percent interest, Mitsubishi Corporation with 30 percent interest and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) with 15 percent interest.
U.S.-Flag Fleet Moves Less Cargo
Reduced demand for domestically-made steel and uneven demand for stone from the construction industry again produced a shortfall in U.S.-Flag carriage on the Great Lakes in August. Cargo movement in U.S. bottoms totaled 12,761,930 net tons, a decrease of 8.3 percent. The season-long slump has now left a gap of 6.2 million tons between the end-of-August totals in 1999 and 1998. Steel mill-bound iron ore cargo slipped below six million tons in August, as several ore carriers were withdrawn from service. For the season, the U.S.-Flag ore float stands at 33.2 million tons, a decrease of 10.9 percent. Coal loadings in U.S.-Flag lakers increased slightly in August, but the season-to-date total remains slightly behind last year's pace.
Stone Chosen to Lead FGH Comeback
Friede Goldman Halter, Inc. (FGH) announced late last week the resignation John Alford as President and Chief Executive Officer of Friede Goldman Halter. Mr. Alford has served in that capacity since August 2000. The Board of Directors has elected Mr. Jack R. Stone, Jr., currently serving as the Chief Restructuring Advisor to FGH, to the additional post of President and CEO effective April 5, 2002. Mr. Stone, a principal of Glass & Associates, Inc., a nationally prominent management-consulting firm, has been advising the Board of Directors since October 2001 on restructuring matters. As previous announced, FGH has filed a Plan of Reorganization which…