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Victaulic to Add Manufacturing Space in Pennsylvania

Victaulic, a manufacturer of mechanical pipe joining solutions, has unveiled a plan to build an additional state-of-the-art manufacturing center in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. The 400,000 square foot facility is the result of increased domestic demand for the company’s products. The facility is expected to break ground later this year and be fully operational in 2019. “This new facility will play an important role in meeting increased customer demand, while also producing the highest quality products in the industry -- something our customers have come to expect from us since our first innovation nearly 100 years ago,” said John F. Malloy, CEO of Victaulic.

North Sea Canal Ports Transhipment Hits Record 100 MT

Photo: Port of Amsterdam

The positive economy led to a 2.5 percent increase in the transhipment of goods at the Port of Amsterdam to 81.3 million tonnes in 2017. Together with the other seaports in the North Sea Canal Area, transhipment rose to a record level of 100.8 million tonnes. In IJmuiden, transhipment was up 7 percent to 18.5 million tonnes. Beverwijk saw transhipment increase to 800,000 tonnes (up 6 percent). Zaanstad booked an increase of 35 percent to 300,000 tonnes. The increase at the Port of Amsterdam was mainly due to higher transhipment of oil products and agribulk.

United States Marine Cuts Ribbon to New Facility

United States Marine, Inc., began the new year with a ribbon cutting ceremony at its new facility in Gulfport, Miss. As a result of the damage inflicted by hurricane Katrina to the New Orleans division, USMI relocated their facilities to Gulfport. The new facility has enabled USMI to resume normal production and service operations. The new facility is located at 10011 Lorraine Road in Gulfport. USMI plans to also return to the New Orleans facility as an added production facility once the infrastructure returns to eastern New Orleans. The actual ribbon cutting was performed by Tom Dreyfus, the Chairman and founder of USMI.

Trico Announces $50M Refinancing of Credit Facility

Trico Marine Services, Inc. announced that it has entered into a new $50 million revolving credit facility to refinance its previous $45 million credit facility. The new facility will mature on December 18, 2005, and is structured as a senior secured revolving credit facility. Proceeds from the facility will be used for working capital needs, capital expenditures and other general corporate purposes. The facility will be secured by mortgages on substantially all of the company's Gulf of Mexico class supply boats and crew boats. The new facility, containing customary terms and conditions, replaces the previous facility, which was scheduled to expire in June 2003. Nordea acted as lead arranger and book runner for the new facility and will serve as administrative agent.

Maersk Secures $5.1 bln Revolving Credit Facility

Danish shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk said on Wednesday it had secured a $5.1 billion revolving credit facility with a maturity of five years. "The new facility is arranged by the company itself and refinances a $6.75 billion facility maturing in 2015," A.P. Moller-Maersk said in a statement. The group received strong support from 21 banks and the facility was oversubscribed. The new facility may be extended by up to two years and will be used for general corporate purposes, it said. Reporting by Ole Mikkelsen

MAN B&W Set to Open Jadaf Facility

MAN/B&W is about to complete the construction of a new state-of-the-art turbocharger service and repair facility at Jadaf. This new facility will be operational during the first quarter of 2005 and will reportedly house some of the most technically-advanced machines, such as the Schenk H4/20 and HM 10 Cab 803 balancing machines. As well as MAN/B&W turbochargers, this new facility will also offer repair and refit work for other turbocharger manufacturers.

Hornbeck Offshore Closes New Revolving Credit Facility

Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. has closed on a new five- year senior secured revolving credit facility that increased the amount of the borrowing base, extended the maturity, lowered the interest rate and improved the financial flexibility of the covenant package of the Company's prior revolving credit facility, commensurate with its enhanced credit standing. The new revolving credit facility has increased the Company's borrowing base from $60 million to $100 million, with an accordion feature that allows for the potential expansion of the facility up to $250 million in total. The new facility has also extended the maturity of the prior facility from February 2009 to September 2011.

Taylor Made Environmental Opens New U.K. Facility

facility in Poole to provide sales and technical support throughout Europe for the company's marine air conditioning, refrigeration and battery charger product lines. According to Trevor Goldsmith, managing director of Taylor Made Environmental, Europe, Ltd, the new facility includes a 5,000 sq. ft. warehouse, which is being stocked with over $1.7 million in inventory,and 2,000 sq. ft. of office space. There are also three fully operational workshops for repair and refurbishment of equipment. The new facility is being staffed by 16 employees, including five field engineers and other sales, service and administrative personnel. Goldsmith stated that Taylor Made Environmental will be able to provide 24-hour deliveries from stock anywhere in Europe for most popular items.

New Nautican Facility Readies First Shipment

Photo: Nautican

The new Nautican Research and Development manufacturing and integration facility in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, opened in December 2016 with the support of Babcock Canada and the provincial government. The first shipment, a set of rudders, is nearing completion and will soon be delivered to Pacific Fisherman in Seattle. The new facility produces Nautican’s High-Efficiency marine propulsion products. Over the coming years Nautican will progressively transition the manufacturing of its Integrated Propulsion Units (IPUs) to the new facility as well.

GE Oil & Gas New Facility in Jebel Ali Free Zone

GE Oil & Gas has been a successful growth partner in the Middle East

GE Oil & Gas today celebrated the ground-breaking of a new facility that will further expand its presence in the UAE in Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza). Scheduled to open in 2015, the new facility spreads over an area of 22,700 sqm and can accommodate over 300 employees. A milestone in the expansion of GE Oil & Gas in the country and the region, the new facility will offer services by GE Oil & Gas’ various business units, thus strengthening customer service standards. Housed in a customized state-of-the-art facility developed by Jafza…

Wärtsilä Expands in Mexico

Wärtsilä opened its new office and workshop facilities in Mexico, in the city of Veracruz, which is the largest container shipping port in the country and is home to the Mexican Merchant Marine Academy. The new facilities will further expand Wärtsilä's offering in all market segments, especially in the marine and offshore segments. Since Wärtsilä is a strong player in the automation field, customers from the industrial market will also benefit. The new facilities, which cover an area of over 4000 sq. m., have been set up to enhance Wärtsilä's capabilities in the region. The 1000 sq. m. new workshop features an optimized layout for equipment…

ACL Dedicates New Shipyard Facility

American Commercial Lines Inc. announced the dedication of a new enclosed manufacturing facility at its shipyard in Jeffersonville, IN. Associates of Jeffboat and American Commercial Lines participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the new facility. The new building covers the assembly line that is currently producing dry cargo barges. Jerry Linzey, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer stated, "The new facility is a significant part of a $10 million capital investment we are making to improve the working environment for our people. The facility dedicated today represents our commitment to creating a safer and more efficient work place. This capital investment substantially reduces the negative impact weather has on our manufacturing operations.

Grandweld Opens New Dubai Shipyard

Grandwell Shipyards Inauguration: Photo credit Grandweld Shipyards

Grandweld Shipyards' new facility inaugurated in a ceremony at its location in Dubai Maritime City. Over the years, the company has experienced a rapid growth necessitating expansion to a larger facility. In 2011, Grandweld  invested approximately AED 100 million to expand its manufacturing and production area to double its annual capacity. Spreading over 55,000sqm, Grandweld new state of the art facility offers a modern shipbuilding infrastructure; featuring 13,500sqm covered and insulated shipbuilding yard with overhead cranes…

Rolls-Royce Opens New Facility in Newfoundland

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has enhanced its global customer support capability in Canada with a new Marine service center located in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, one of the busiest ports in the Canadian Maritimes. Encompassing 25,000 square feet, the new Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine service center in Mount Pearl will provide state-of-the art repair and overhaul expertise for customers throughout the East Atlantic Provinces and the Canadian Great Lakes region. Rolls-Royce has invested in this location to support its expanding customer base and growing demand in the region. Newfoundland’s Minister of Business, Ross Wiseman…

Opening of ECDIS eNavigation Centre

Photo courtesy ECDIS Ltd

ECDIS Ltd has opened their new eNavigation Centre at Solent Business Park, where they will deliver their flagship MCA accredited IMO 1.27 Model ECDIS course. “We are delighted to offer our customers the ECDIS training solution at such a convenient location. Solent Business Park offers a great deal of flexibility with road, rail and air links and is well placed for our customer base. The facility will also enable delivery of our Portable ECDIS course as well as the Short ECDIS course and ECS training, so I am really pleased to be opening this new facility”.

W&O Opens Facility in Vancouver

W&O, supplier of marine valves, pipe, fittings, engineered products and valve automation systems, is now incorporated in Canada and has opened a new facility in Vancouver, BC Canada.  The new facility will directly service Canadian customers and support W&O’s overall growth in the Canadian maritime market. The new Vancouver facility and dedicated staff develop customized maritime solutions for ship owners/operators, shipyards and marine engineers.  With a comprehensive product offering similar to W&O’s U.S. branches, the Vancouver branch offers Lloyds-approved pipe, valves and fittings along with American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)-certified and Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS)-certified marine products. www.wosupply.com

W&O Opens Second European Facility

W&O, the United States’ largest supplier of marine valves, pipe, fittings, engineered products and valve automation solutions, opened its newest facility in the Port of Rotterdam in The Netherlands, expanding global availability of products and services to better serve European and Asian customers. The new facility in Rotterdam is strategically located in the geographic center of the Port of Rotterdam complex for the efficient delivery of services and distribution of products to customers, and will work closely with W&O’s facility in Antwerp, Belgium. The Port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe and the fourth largest in the world, serving as a home to hundreds of companies representing a variety of industries.

Mobile BWT Facility Begins Operations

MERC Mobile Test Platform is a retrofitted barge that will allow ballast water treatment systems to be evaluated.

MARAD helps to fund Mobile Ballast Water Testing Facility. The Maritime Administration, along with the Maritime Environmental Resource Center and Maryland Port Administration, has dedicated a new facility to study the effectiveness of technology to treat invasive species in ballast water. The Mobile Test Platform is a retrofitted barge that will allow ballast water treatment systems to be evaluated in a natural setting at different locations in the Chesapeake Bay region. MARAD provided $1.2 million to help develop the new facility…

ZF Marine Opens New North America Commercial Craft Center of Competence

Dr. Klaus Geissdoerfer, Head of the ZF Group Industrial Technology Division officially opens ZF Marine’s new North American Commercial Craft Center of Competence.  L to R: Paul Johnston – Jefferson Parish Councilman, Fred Preis –Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, Andre Koerner – ZF, Dr. Klaus Geissdoerfer – ZF, Michael Babin – ZF, Jessica Foreman – New Orleans Inc. Regional Economic Development Alliance, Jerry Bologna – Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission]  Image: [ZF – Gauvin Photo]

The new facility has dedicated transmission and thruster repair facilities, and larger warehouse and training areas. ZF Marine has a long standing presence in Louisiana, opening their first location in the city of St. Rose in 1996. The ever increasing customer base combined with the addition of the commercial thruster product line in 2009 resulted in the need to create a larger physical presence in the region. A comprehensive search of the region resulted in ZF finding a new home at 677 Time Saver Avenue in Elmwood, Louisiana.

W&O Doubles Size of Facility in Mobile, Ala.

W&O, supplier of marine valves, pipes, fittings, engineered products and valve automation solutions, announced that its Mobile, Ala. operations have relocated to a new 40,000 square-foot facility to meet the immediate and long-term needs of its rapidly growing business in the region. The new facility more than doubles available space from the previous location and provides increased efficiency for customers. Mobile’s strong economic climate combined with W&O’s industry expertise and innovative maritime solutions has helped the company increase its customer base and grow its revenue by more than 30 percent in the Mobile area, facilitating the expansion and relocation of Mobile operations.

CENTA Corp Move to Larger Facility

CENTA Corporation has moved to a new facility in Aurora, Illinois. The new building features over 23,000 sq ft for office, warehouse and manufacturing and assembly space. According to Bob Lennon, CENTA Corporation’s Director of Sales and Marketing, the new site will help the company service the significant sales growth it has experienced over the last several years, and will provide the room necessary for forecasted future growth. “The growth in demand for CENTA’s products over the last three years, and the forecast for further growth in marine, oil/gas and wind/power generation markets, made this move necessary,” said Lennon. “The new facility gives us the capacity for additional staff and added inventory to better serve our growing customer base.

Scituate Boat Works Opens Marine Services Building and Ship’s Store

Massachusetts State Representative Jim Cantwell was among the dignitaries attending the recent grand opening of the new Scituate Boat Works (SBW) marine services building and Ship’s Store. Left to right: SBW Vice President Scott Hamernick; SBW President Brian Curreri; Rep. Cantwell; and SBW Vice President Marc Curreri.

Scituate Boat Works (SBW) recently completed the construction of a marine services building and Ship’s Store at the Scituate (Massachusetts) Town Marina. The new facility is the latest step in the process of revitalizing the town-owned marina to improve services to recreational boaters and the area’s commercial fishing fleet. The inner harbor where SBW is located has been dredged and is now a marked channel to the marina. “Our new facility will not only allow us to significantly improve the services and supplies we provide to the Scituate marine community…

Swire Oilfield Services Expands Brazilian Operations

Swire Oilfield Services (Swire), the global supplier of cargo carrying solutions, modular systems, offshore aviation services and fluid management has officially opened two new facilities in the Macaé region of Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. The establishment of the new facilities in this key strategic hub for the oil and gas industry is part of the company’s long-term growth plan that will see Swire Oilfield Services expand its presence across South America. Located in Macaé,…

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