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Monday, January 22, 2018

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Argonaut Laptop Receives ABS and IMO Certification

Argonaut Computer announced the first marine laptop computer certified by the American Bureau of Shipping and compliant with International Marine Organization standards. The new Ranger model1500T/TXL is a rugged, sunlight readable, high performance PentiumM laptop computer certified for use aboard naval and commercial vessels worldwide. The Ranger has been designed for durability, compatibility and safety for marine, military and industrial environments. On January 24, the Argonaut Ranger 1500T/TXL received the Product Design Assessment (PDA) certification from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). A series of tests were employed for the PDA…

Chesapeake Ranger Tugs Introduces the New Ranger R27

Chesapeake Ranger Tugs announced the all new Ranger Tugs R27, a fully-equipped cruising vessel that continues the Ranger Tugs tradition of creating trailerable seaworthy tugs. “Ranger Tugs has done it again,” said Chuck Wistar of Chesapeake Ranger Tugs. “The new R27 is the perfect choice for cruising in this region thanks to its shallow draft, comfortable interior, and solid engineering. The R27 shares many of the same characteristics as her larger sistership, the Ranger 29, and hits the mark with an attractive design and technical upgrades. The new R27 features an expanded cockpit and aft deck or “back porch.” With nearly 50 square feet, it provides 25% more cockpit space than the popular Ranger 25.

ExxonMobil Announces Oil Discovery Offshore Guyana

(Photo: ExxonMobil)

Exxon Mobil Corporation announced its sixth oil discovery offshore Guyana since 2015, following positive results from its Ranger-1 exploration well. The Ranger-1 well discovery adds to previous discoveries at Liza, Payara, Snoek, Liza Deep and Turbot, which are estimated to total more than 3.2 billion recoverable oil-equivalent barrels. ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Ltd. began drilling the Ranger-1 well on November 5, 2017 and encountered approximately 70 meters of high-quality, oil-bearing carbonate reservoir.

RAnger 2000 Class Fireboat from Robert Allan

Photo courtesy Robert Allan Ltd.

In July, 2009 the new RAnger 2000 Class fireboat, City of Portland was delivered to the City of Portland, Maine Fire Department by the builder, A.F. Theriault & Son Ltd., of Meteghan River, Nova Scotia, Canada. The vessel was designed by Robert Allan Ltd. of Vancouver, B.C., who worked closely with the owner's advisor PK Marine of California to define the Owner's various requirements. Derek Noon was the Project Manager at Robert Allan Ltd. for this new vessel. The new fast response fireboat was specifically designed to address the fire fighting and rescue/medivac needs of the local port area…

Ranger Tugs Introduces 31' Model

the Ranger 31.

Fluid Motion, LLC, the designers and builders of Ranger Tugs have introduced the newest model in the fleet—the Ranger 31. The new R31 will debut this month at the Seattle Boat Show in the Stadium Exhibition Center, January 26-Feburary 5. Hull #2 is expected to make the East Coast debut at the Miami International Boat Show, February 16-20 at Sea Isle Marina on Biscayne Bay. The R31 shares many of the features and qualities of her smaller sisterships but some notable additions to this larger model make her ideal for extended cruising while still being a trailerable trawler.

New Fireboat Delivered to MassPort

Fireboat "American United"

In October 2011, the new RAnger 2400 Class Fireboat, American United was delivered to the Massachusetts Port Authority by the builder A.F. Theriault & Son Ltd. The vessel, named in remembrance of September 11, 2001, was designed by Robert Allan Ltd. of Vancouver, B.C., who worked closely with the Owner to define the vessel's specific operational requirements. The American United will replace Massport's existing vessel Howard W. Fitzpatrick, built in 1971. Darren Hass, P.Eng. was the Design Project Manager at Robert Allan Ltd.

Ranger Tugs Delivers 100th R29

Wefings Marine Celebrates Sale of the First and 100th R29. Ranger Tugs is pleased to announce the delivery of the 100th Ranger Tug 29 to her new owners. The 100th boat was sold by Marc Grove, owner of Wefings Marine, the Apalachicola, Florida-based Ranger Tugs dealer. Marc was also responsible for the sale of the first R29 in 2009 which was also Wefings Marine’s 100th anniversary year. The R29 was introduced in 2009 and has remained a popular model of the trailerable trawlers since her debut. Marc sold the 100th hull at the 2011 Ft.

Ranger Offshore Buys DP2 Vessel

Photo courtesy of Ranger Offshore

Ranger Offshore, Inc., a portfolio company of SunTx Capital Partners, add the 'DSV Lewek Toucan' to its fleet of vessels. The Lewek Toucan, built in 2006, is a 290’ DP-2 multipurpose offshore support vessel with a 120 ton active heave compensated crane, moon pool, helideck, 1,000 ton cargo deck, and accommodations for 100 personnel. It has arrived in Galveston, Texas, and will be outfitted with Ranger’s Hoss I 1,000’ DNV class 12-man saturation diving system with a self-launching hyperbaric rescue chamber.

Another ship to leave James River Reserve Fleet

Tugboats are scheduled to tow the freighter American Ranger from the James River Reserve Fleet on August 26th, at approximately 10 a.m., to the Esco Marine facility in Brownsville, TX, where it will be dismantled. The departure schedule is subject to weather and safety clearances. The American Ranger is one of the high-priority ships designated for disposal by the Maritime Administration (MARAD). The contract for the American Ranger was announced August 9th, along with the disposal contracts for two other high-priority ships, the Santa Isabel and the Mormacwave. The Santa Cruz, part of a contract awarded in June, left the JRRF on August 5th. "Tomorrow's tow of the American Ranger demonstrates the significant progress we are making on this important issue.

Repower Gives New Life to '80s Supply Vessel

Gulf Ranger

As the drilling industry increasingly returns to shallow water operation, Laborde Products is poised to help offshore transportation companies command the best use of their fleets. Laborde's Mitsubishi engine lineup offers a choice for upgrading older-model small utility boats. Repowering Gulf Ranger, a 150' mini-supply vessel owned by Cape Coastal Marine, brought this 1985 build into compliance with Tier 3 regulations. Her new twin Mitsubishi S6R2-Y3MPTAW engines, rated 803 hp at 1400 rpm, also ensure dependability, improved performance and greater fuel efficiency.

Ranger Offshore Gains DNV Certification

Provider of offshore construction services, US-based Ranger Offshore, Inc., obtains various ISO Det Norske Veritas (DNV) certificates. Ranger Offshore has obtained ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and ISO/TS 29001 certifications which are ecognized as the global benchmark for providing assurance about the ability to satisfy quality requirements and to enhance customer satisfaction. Each of the certifications attests to the implementation and adherence to various processes and management systems. The ISO 9001:2008 standard addresses the effective use of a Quality Management System (QMS), while the ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 standards relate to the processes, activities, and procedures of Environmental Management System (EMS) and Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S), respectively.

Sonardyne Ranger 2 Chosen for Russian Salvage Vessels

Sonardyne’s Ranger 2 Pro will be installed on new build MPSVs, like the one modelled above, for complex underwater positioning and DP station keeping operations.

Sonardyne International Ltd.’s Ranger 2 acoustic positioning technology has been selected by marine navigation systems group, Transas, for use on two new build ice-class multipurpose salvage vessels (MPSVs, the project is developed by Marine Engineering Bureau) commissioned by the Russian Ministry of Transport. The vessels are currently under construction at Nordic Yards in Germany and will each be fitted with dual Ranger 2 Pro systems, the highest specification available, to support complex underwater positioning and critical DP station keeping tasks.

Ranger Tugs: Kirk Hawley Appointed Sales Manager

Kirk Hawley

Ranger Tugs announces the appointment of Kirk Hawley to the position of Sales Manager for the 21-29 foot trailerable boats built by Fluid Motion. Kirk will assume his new position at the end of August and will be based at the company’s headquarters in Kent, WA. Kirk brings over two decades of experience in the marine industry to his position at Ranger Tugs. Prior to his 12 years in the marine industry, Kirk spent 23 years in the retail grocery industry where he developed a very well rounded business background in sales…

Alaska Seeks Proposals for Ocean Ranger Program

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Water, is soliciting detailed proposals for assistance with the implementation of the Ocean Ranger program established under Alaska Statute 46.03.476. The selected contractor will recruit, hire, train, and manage U.S Coast Guard licensed marine engineers or individuals with degrees in marine safety and environmental protection to serve as Ocean Rangers on large commercial passenger vessels (cruise ships). There is a preference for Alaska hire and the contractor must submit and implement an Alaska hire plan that will lead to the hiring of Alaskan Ocean Rangers. Based upon guidance provided by the Department, the contractor will refine the existing “Ocean Ranger Guidebook and Ocean Ranger Daily Report”.

Technip Further Optimizes its Subsea Assets

Proceeds from this divestment will be partially reinvested directly into Technip's Subsea business

Technip signed today an agreement to sell 100% of its North American diving assets to Ranger Offshore Inc.(1). Technip’s strategy focuses on high technology and ultra-deep water products and services. Proceeds from this divestment will be partially reinvested directly into Technip's Subsea business, specifically focusing on improvements to the rigid pipe fabrication facility (spoolbase) in Mobile, Alabama, USA. The sale to Ranger Offshore will facilitate the growth and development…

Crowley Re-powered Tugs Win Annual Race

Crowley Marine Services' newly refurbished twin-screw high horsepower conventional tugs Ranger and Sea Viking took first and second place respectively in Seattle Maritime Week's annual Unlimited Class Tugboat races held recently on Elliott Bay. A Crowley tug has won first place in the large-category class of the event every year that Crowley has participated since 1995. This year, the Ranger took first place by four boat lengths and the Sea Viking stole a close second after an exciting neck and neck race against two of the other competing tugs. The first place tug Ranger is among 25 Crowley Invader-Class tugs to be refurbished as part of the company's $60 million tug refurbishment program.

Chesapeake Ranger Tugs Under New Ownership

Grasonville, Md. — Fluid Motion has announced a transition in the representation of its Ranger Tugs dealership in the Chesapeake region, which will provide many benefits to the area's trailerable yacht enthusiasts. Mark and Tony Schulstad, owners of Mass Enterprises and Cutwater Marine Sales, have acquired Chesapeake Ranger Tugs, formerly owned by Chuck Wistar. Cutwater Marine Sales is part of a yacht dealership based in Grasonville, Md., and Mark will retain the Chesapeake Ranger Tugs office in Annapolis, Md. Both locations will give customers access to Ranger Tug and Cutwater Yacht models. In addition to keeping the Annapolis office operational, Chuck Wistar will remain part of the organization in a sales, marketing and strategic planning role.

Alaska Selects Crowley to Monitor Cruise Ships

Crowley will implement and administer the State of Alaska's Ocean Ranger Program, beginning with the 2008 cruise ship season. The State of Alaska's Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) awarded the contract to Crowley Monday. The contract, valued at up to $4 million per fiscal year, directs Crowley to recruit, hire, train, and organize the logistics of placing up to 35 Ocean Rangers on board cruise ships this season to monitor their wastewater discharges and compliance with other pollution requirements for the state. Ocean Rangers are required as part of a new law adopted by the citizens of Alaska - the Alaska Cruise Ship Initiative- in 2006. Crowley is accepting resumes from qualified, licensed third assistant engineers or higher rating.

Cutwater Marine Announces Pocket Yacht Company

Cutwater Marine Sales recently announced the formation of Pocket Yacht Company – A full service marine dealer located in the Annapolis, MD area serving the entire Mid Atlantic Region. Cutwater Marine Sales recently acquired Chesapeake Ranger Tug. This acquisition helped form the new full service Pocket Yacht Company dealer for the Chesapeake Region. Mark Schulstad and Tony Schulstad, partners in the venture are excited with this expansion. “We have seen our customers’ approach to boating change over the past few years and we want to make it easier for them to enjoy the water.” said Mark Schulstad. “People use their boats differently…

Sonardyne Wins Chinese Subsea Tracking System Order

COFG’s GyroUSBL: Photo credit Sonardyne

China Offshore Fugro Geosolutions (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd. (COFG) orders two Ranger 2 underwater tracking systems from Sonardyne Asia. The contract, part of the pre-installation phase of the Liwan 3-1 gas field development, includes the supply of Sonardyne’s new pre-calibrated GyroUSBL transceiver, establishing COFG as the first company in the region to benefit from its operational cost-saving features. Discovered in 2006, Liwan 3-1 is located in the South China Sea, 350 kilometres south-east of Hong Kong in an average water depth of 1,300 metres.

Marine Board of Investigation into Sinking of Alaska Ranger to Continue

The goal of the Marine Board is to identify the causal events of the casualty and provide recommendations to prevent or mitigate future casualties. The board heard testimony from Capt. Steve Slotvig, David Hull, Steve Harris and Cristobal Galeana. Today's testimony will help to establish conditions aboard the Alaska Ranger prior to its sinking. Capt. Steve Slotvig commanded the Alaska Ranger for two years before leaving the vessel in March to captain the Alaska Patriot for the Fishing Company of . Capt. Slotvig testified to training procedures and operations during his tenure as ship's master. He stated his crew staged regular training aboard the vessel and he was confident everybody knew what to do in an emergency. Capt.

Alaska Awards Crowley Environmental Contract

 A Crowley Ocean Ranger observes the state of a cruise ship pool deck

Crowley's Ocean Rangers Have Protected Alaska's Environment Since 2008. The State of Alaska's Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) has announced that it has awarded a contract to Crowley Maritime Corporation to continue administering the State of Alaska's Ocean Ranger Program, effective November 2011. The contract directs Crowley to recruit, hire, train and organize the logistics of placing Ocean Rangers on board cruise ships each season to act as independent observers and to assure compliance with federal and state environmental health, sanitation and safety requirements.

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.

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