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Congressional, Maritime Leaders Support Jones Act on the Hill

Mark Buzby, U.S. Maritime Administrator

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation held a hearing Wednesday on “The State of the U.S. Flag Maritime Industry” during which congressional and maritime leaders stressed the importance of the Jones Act. RADM Mark H. Mr. Mr. The Committee and those testifying expressed bipartisan support for the Jones Act and enforcement of the law. “In order for us to maintain the way of life as we know it as a nation that is secure and is able to project power, be it Navy power or commercial power, the Jones Act is intrinsic to that.

ASA and OMSA Establish Affiliate Membership

The American Salvage Association (ASA) and the Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) have agreed to establish a reciprocal Affiliate Membership relationship. The Offshore Marine Service Association represents more than 250 member companies, including about 100 firms that own and operate marine service vessels. These vessels, some 1,200 in number, connect America with its offshore energy resources, providing every pipe, wrench, computer, barrel of fuel, and gallon of drinking water to rigs and platforms, as well as transporting tens of thousands of workers to and from the facilities. This critical flow of supplies keeps the heart of America's energy industry pumping around the clock.

Billings Assumes OMSA Leadership

Ben Billings

The Offshore Marine Service Association announced that Ben Billings has officially assumed the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. Billings comes to OMSA from Washington, D.C. where he has worked for the past nine years on maritime issues in the U.S. Senate for Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Billings commented on his return to his native New Orleans and the experience he brings to OMSA, saying, “I am very happy to have this opportunity to return home for such an important mission.

OSV Industry Quality Partnership

Coast Guard Rear Adm. Brian Salerno and Otto Candies, III, Vice Chairman of the Offshore Marine Services Association, sign a memorandum of understanding April 30, 2009, establishing the Offshore Support Vessel Industry Quality Partnership. This partnership promotes safety and security within the offshore industry and facilitates an open dialog between the Coast Guard and maritime stakeholders. (Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 1st Class Mike Lutz)

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Offshore Marine Service Association signed a formal memorandum of understanding April 30, for the establishment of an Offshore Support Vessel Industry Quality Partnership. The quality partnership was formed to promote safety and security within the offshore industry and to help protect the environment. The Offshore Marine Service Association and the Coast Guard achieve these goals by meeting regularly to discuss current issues relating to offshore marine operations…

Seacor Smit Files $200M Shelf Offering

Seacor Smit Inc., the provider of offshore marine services to the oil and gas industry, filed on Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission to periodically sell up to $200 million in common and preferred stock, debt securities and warrants. The Houston-based company plans to use the net proceeds for general corporate purposes, it said in the shelf registration filing. Under a shelf registration, a company may sell securities from time to time in one or more separate offerings in amounts, at prices and on terms to be determined at the time of sale.

Offshore Marine Services GmbH Appoints Rhenus

Offshore Marine Services GmbH (OMS) appointed Rhenus Midgard GmbH & Co. KG as its exclusive vessel agency in Germany. Bremen based OMS has signed an agreement with Rhenus to act as vessel agent to all vessels under OMS charter or contract operating in German waters and ports. It is a rolling contract with an initial 12-month period from January to December this year. OMS is part of Offshore Marine Management (OMM), a growing independent provider of managed marine solutions to the offshore renewables, subsea telecoms and oil and gas industries. Rhenus, one of Europe’s leading logistics service providers, was chosen by OMS to facilitate the company’s ongoing and future workload in German waters.

Otto Marine Send Two AHTS to GoM, One to W. Africa

AHTS Redfish 4: Image courtesy of Otto Marine

Offshore marine services firm Otto Marine informs it has obained a total of US$24.9 million in charter contracts for three offshore vessels – Redfish 4, Go Canopus and Go Altair. Redfish 4, an 8,000bhp Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessel equipped with dynamic positioning 2 capabilities will be deployed for work on long term charter in Mexico. Go Canopus, a 10,800bhp AHTS vessel built in 2009 with DP2 technology has been contracted on long term charter, also for work in the Gulf of Mexico.

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.

BOURBON to Install Mooring for Floating Wind Turbine

French offshore marine services company BOURBON said it has been awarded a contract for the mooring installation of the first floating wind turbine in France at the experimental test site of SEM-REV managed by Ecole Centrale de Nantes (ECN), in the context of European project FLOATGEN. The mooring installation will take place during summer 2017 based on a method jointly established by BOURBON and Ideol’s engineering teams in collaboration with the Ecole Centrale de Nantes. The wind turbine will be installed at the SEM-REV site near Le Croisic, France, by the end of the year. BOURBON’s Subsea Services team will be responsible for the project management, mooring installation and engineering.

Hanby Appointed as President and COO at McDonough

Dale Knight, Chairman and CEO of Marmac LLC, dba McDonough Marine Service is pleased to announce the appointment of David C. Hanby Jr. as President and COO of McDonough Marine Service. He has been with McDonough Marine Service for twenty-six years. Mr. Hanby serves on the Board of Directors of the American Waterways Operators and is Chairman of the Southern Region. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Association of Waterways Operators and is an active member of the Shipbuilding Council of America, Offshore Marine Service Association, and the National Waterways Conference.

Philip Joins Ashtead Technology Team

Ashtead Technology announced that Graham Philip has joined the Board as Chief Executive Officer. The appointment is the latest addition to the management team since Ashtead Technology was acquired in June 2008 by Phoenix Equity Partners in a $183.7m MBO. Headquartered in Aberdeen, Ashtead Technology rents specialist equipment to the offshore oil and gas sector and the environmental monitoring and testing industry and operates from 14 locations in the UK, North America and Singapore.

OMSA to Host Legal Forum

The Offshore Marine Service Association will hold the 2nd annual OMSA Legal Forum on Thursday, November 15 at the Hilton New Orleans - St. Charles Avenue Hotel. This event is a practical common-sense look at the legal issues facing the offshore workboat sector. Some of the topics will include a look at shipyard contracts from both the vessel owner and the shipyard’s perspective, the impact of the proposed Coast Guard medical fitness for duty standards and case studies of offshore collisions involving both vessels and rigs. The forum will also feature speakers from the U.S. Coast Guard who will talk about new policies that affect the offshore industry and private investigators who will talk about using surveillance techniques to bolster a legal case.

OMSA on Drilling Moratorium Poll

The results of the national poll of Americans who were asked about their view on the Obama Administration’s moratorium on deep-water drilling are very telling, with nearly three-fourths, or 73 percent, saying “a ban is unnecessary, calling the worst oil spill in U.S. history a 'freak accident,'” according to Bloomberg. The moratorium to halt drilling will cut the legs out from under a Gulf Coast economy that is already reeling from the initial spill. It will cause a ripple effect from the offshore workboat operators who supply oil rig equipment all the way down to the grocery stores who supply food for the mariners. The moratorium is short-sighted and will cripple an already hard-hit maritime industry operating in the Gulf Coast region.

New Marine Service Vessel from Alnmaritec

Alnmaritec, specialist aluminium boat builder based in Northumberland, UK, recently announced the launch of a new offshore marine service vessel for operation in and around the busy port of Gibraltar. The MHB Swordfish has been built for the Gibraltar based company MH Bland and is a customised version of the popular Wave Provider class of vessels from Alnmaritec. She is the fourth vessel Alnmaritec has built over recent years for marine servicing work in Gibraltar. MHB Swordfish is an aluminium asymmetric catamaran 49 ft long and 16.5 ft wide with a displacement of around 17 tonnes.

Drilling Deeper Into Gulfmark

With oil prices on a boil, Gulfmark Offshore, which provides offshore marine services to oil and Natural gas companies, has been a key beneficiary. The stock has doubled in the past two years. In February this year, the stock broke above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages and has rallied about 40% in the past 2 1/2 months, touching an all-time high last week. Currently, the stock is trading at $57.88, about 10.37 times its 2008 estimates. The company reports first quarter results before the market opens on April 30, 2008. Analysts expect the company to report earnings of $1.10 a share. In the last 60 days, analysts have revised up earnings estimates for Gulfmark Offshore by a penny to $1.10 for the first quarter and by 11 cents to $5.58 for the full year. Source:  RTT

ASA and SCAA Establish Affiliate Relationship

The American Salvage Association (ASA) and the Spill Control Association of America (SCAA) have established an Affiliate Membership relationship. The Spill Control Association of America was organized in 1973 to actively promote the interests of all groups within the spill response community. The organization represents spill response contractors, manufacturers, distributors, consultants, instructors, government & training institutions and corporations working in the industry. The American Salvage Association is the trade association promoting professionalism and improving marine casualty response in North American coastal and inland waters. ASA has partnership agreements with the U.S.

OMSA to Testify on Coast Guard Licensing, Documentation

Shull Autin, COO of SEACOR Marine LLC, on behalf of the Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA), testified before the House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on July 20. In his testimony, Autin addressed the following, and offered suggestions for improvement: U.S. Coast Guard Licensing and Documentation is a critical part of maritime safety; Coast Guard Licensing and Documentation as a process has become increasingly more complex for American mariners; Due to the hurricanes of 2005 and other issues, the marine industry has experienced delays in the Licensing and Documentation process…

Aaron Smith Takes the Helm at OMSA

Aaron Smith (Photo: OMSA)

Aaron Smith has been appointed as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Offshore Marine Services Association, Inc. (OMSA), the national trade association representing the U.S.-flag offshore workboat industry. Smith’s appointment follows the resignation of Ben Billings, who has led OMSA since 2013. Smith has held various positions in government and public affairs. He has been instrumental in the development of OSVDPA, a dynamic positioning certification authority for the OSV industry. Prior to that, he served in Washington, D.C.

Seacor Announces JV with Cosco Shipping Affiliates

File photo: SEACOR Marine

Offshore services vessel operator SEACOR Marine Holdings Inc. said it has formed a jointly owned company with affiliates of the world’s largest ship owner, COSCO Shipping Group. The Marshall Islands company, SEACOSCO Offshore LLC, entered into contracts for the purchase of eight Rolls-Royce designed new construction platform supply vessels (PSV) from COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry (Guangdong) Co., Ltd. Six of the PSVs are of UT 771WP design (4,400 tons deadweight), and two are of UT 771CD design (3,800 tons deadweight).

OMSA Enters Leadership Transition

Ben Billings

The Offshore Marine Service Association announced that it will begin a transition of leadership. Several months ago, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Adams informed the OMSA Board of Directors that he would be stepping down by the end of the year to manage a startup business that he and his partners have developed in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. “Jim has done an outstanding job and he will be genuinely missed. He has expertly guided OMSA through some difficult waters.

Mantenimiento Express Choose ABS Software for New Workboats

Mantenimiento Express Marítimo S.A.P.I de C.V., an Offshore Marine Services company that is part of SEACOR Holdings Inc., has signed a contract with ABS Nautical Systems for use of its Energy & Environmental Manager and Maintenance Manager modules on four newly-built workboats. The company did not have a current system in place and was in need of a solution to manage its fleet for better efficiency. After a successful implementation, Mantenimiento Express Marítimo will consider use of the software across its entire fleet. Mantenimiento Express Marítimo S.A.P.I de C.V. offers its services to PEMEX operations in the Gulf of Mexico.    

James Fisher Opens Offshore Vessel for Tours

Dart Fisher (Photo courtesy of James Fisher)

James Fisher Marine Services Ltd (JFMS), and Fendercare Marine, both subsidiaries of James Fisher and Sons plc (JFS), held an open day to demonstrate the capability of their shoreside support base and the offshore support vessel, the Dart Fisher. The Dart Fisher, which was berthed in the Fendercare Marine base in Great Yarmouth, is a 26-meter catamaran specifically designed to service the offshore energy industry with the capability to transfer up to 12 engineers, three 20-foot containers with a total combined cargo weight of 30 metric tons.

P&O Maritime Rebranded Repasa

Vessels from the Repasa fleet in action. Courtesy DP World

P&O Maritime has announced the rebranding of its joint venture company Repasa, the Spanish operator of offshore support vessels for the energy industry. P&O Repasa will become the official brand of the joint venture which has expanded its fleet in the offshore towage market from 8 vessels to 14 in the last year while creating a permanent offshore service hub in Equatorial Guinea in West Africa. P&O Repasa has also won a long-term contract with Marathon Oil in the United States to expand its offshore marine services at the Alba Field, Equatorial Guinea.

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