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Friday, January 19, 2018

Offshore Specialty Fabricators News

Decision on Foreign Seaman's Wage Claims

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that wage claims brought by foreign seamen for work on foreign ships are subject to the Foreign Arbitral Awards Convention, even where the claims are based on U.S. law. In the instant case, plaintiff Philippine seamen brought suit in federal court in Louisiana against the shipowner, alleging violation of the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for failure to pay federal minimum wage and overtime. Defendant asserted that plaintiffs’ employment contracts were controlled by Philippine law and required arbitration of wage disputes in the Philippines. The trial court refused to order arbitration, citing a Louisiana law expressing the state’s strong public policy against forum selection clauses in employment contracts.

Ambrose Light Rebuilt in New Location

Ambrose Light, a tower that has stood watch eight nautical miles offshore in the vessel approach lanes to the Port of New York and New Jersey since 1968, was replaced by a modern tower 1.5 miles southeast of the old tower's position. Offshore Specialty Fabricators, Inc., a marine construction company based in Houma, La., performed the two-week installation of the new and removal of the old light towers. The original square Texas oil rig-style tower - a familiar beacon to mariners for 31 years - was struck and damaged beyond repair Oct. 5, 1996 by tanker vessel Aegeo. Damage to the tower included removal of a 15-ft. section in one of its four legs. Temporary repairs were performed to stabilize the structure until the $4.5 million funding was available for the tower's replacement.

Cape Horn Delivered into Service

Cape Horn

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), a naval architecture and marine engineering firm with offices in Seattle and Ketchikan, announced the delivery into service of the Cape Horn, a Specialty Oilfield Vessel. EBDG partnered with Gulf of Mexico Operator SeaMar, LLC and Gulf Island Marine Fabricators on the class design and production engineering for the ship. "We would like to congratulate our valued client, Darrel Plaisance of SeaMar, LLC on the delivery of their EB-220CC and the shipyard on a fine build," stated Gulf Coast General Manager, Keith Keller.

US Shipyard Contracted to Build Liftboat

Gulf Island Marine Fabricators to construct a 335-Class semi-submersible for Montco Offshore. Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc.subsidiary, Gulf Island Marine Fabricators, L.L.C. is to fabricate the 185 feet long by 135 feet wide by 15 feet deep, C-class offshore liftboat. When completed, this will be the second 335 Class liftboat the Company has built for LA-based Montco Offshore, Inc. Revenue and man-hour backlog related to this project will be included in the Company’s consolidated backlog when the Company announces its earnings results for the quarter ended September 30, 2012. Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc., based in Houma, Louisiana, is a leading fabricator of offshore drilling and production platforms…

EBDG New Orleans Innovates OSV Design with New EB-210 CC

Photo: Elliott Bay Design Group

Elliott Bay Design Group's (EBDG) New Orleans office partnered with Gulf Island Marine Fabricators, LLC. on the class design and production engineering for the EB-210CC OSV (Offshore Support Vessel). The scope of this new design project included detail design, structural, mechanical, piping and outfitting design as well as 3-D assembly drawings of the vessel structure utilizing ShipConstructor software. In addition, EBDG is the primary point of contact for all regulatory body requests for information.

River Towboat Pair Order for Gulf Island Fab

Towboat: Photo courtesy of Gulf Island

Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc. (GIFI) informs that through its subsidiary Gulf Island Marine Fabricators, L.L.C., it has signed a contract for the fabrication of two 8,000 bhp twin screw diesel-engined river towboats. Revenue backlog and man-hours associated with this project will be reported in connection with the Company’s announcement of financial results for the quarter ending June 30, 2014. GIFI adds that the contract includes an option (expires March 15, 2015) for a third 8,000 bhp towboat that would be included in backlog upon exercise of the option, should the customer elect to do so.

Intergraph Introduce Module Fabrication CAD Control Package

Image courtesy of Intergraph

Las Vegas-based provider of enterprise engineering software for the process, power and marine industries, Intergraph, says it has released Intergraph Smart Production powered by NESTIX, the offshore and shipbuilding industries. Stephen Furze, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine's executive vice president of Industry Solutions, said, "Intergraph Smart Production powered by NESTIX brings the principles of digital shipbuilding and offshore construction to fabrication shops. This specialized…

Orion Marine Wins Caribbean Offshore Mooring Contract

Orion Marine Group, Inc. headquartered in Houston, Texas, announce award of a contract which is worth approximately US$14-million. The contract is for the design and construction of offshore mooring facilities for a liquids terminal in the Caribbean. The project is expected to commence in the 4th quarter and to last approximately 12 months. Orion Marine Group, Inc. provides a broad range of marine construction and specialty services on, over and under the water along the Gulf Coast, the Atlantic Seaboard, the West Coast and the Caribbean Basin and acts as a single source turn-key solution for its customers' marine contracting needs.

Horizon Offshore Announces Award of Southeast Asia Award

Horizon Offshore, Inc. announced that P. T. Gunanusa Utama Fabricators of Indonesia recently awarded its subsidiary, P. T. Horizon Offshore Indonesia, a subcontract to perform offshore construction services in connection with a project for TotalFinaElf in Southeast Asia. Services provided by P. T. Horizon Offshore Indonesia will include project management, pre- and post-lay surveys and the installation and burial of a twenty-inch pipeline offshore Balikpapan, Indonesia. The combination derrick-lay barge Sea Horizon will perform all aspects of the installation, including the burial. Bill Lam, President and Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Offshore, Inc.

Gulf Island CEO Steps Down

Houma, La.-based Gulf Island Fabrication announced its chief financial officer stepped down and was replaced by the company’s controller and chief accounting officer. Joseph “Duke” Gallagher, the offshore production platform fabricator’s long-time CFO stepped down Oct. 3. Robin A. Seibert replaced Gallagher. Gulf Island is a publicly traded company and its Common Stock is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol GIFI.

Gulf Island Wins Arena GoM Rig Construction Contract

GoM rig: File photo

Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc. says that, through its subsidiary Gulf Island L.L.C., it has received an award letter from Arena Offshore, LP for the fabrication of two jacket/piles and topsides for Arena’s projects located in the Gulf of Mexico. Delivery for these units is set for late second quarter 2015. Revenue backlog and man-hours associated with this project will be reported in connection with the Company’s announcement of financial results for the quarter ending September 30, 2014.

Frosch - Marine & Offshore Specialty Team

FROSCH, a Travel Management Company in the US, with dual headquarters in Houston and New York, has recently created and hired a Marine and Offshore Specialty Team with a combined 100 years of experience in crew rotation management (Led by Managing Director and Industry Veteran – Gina Crawford). Through the combination of the FROSCH Corporate and Offshore Teams, we are offering a centralized solution to travel management for the energy market.   Source: Frosch

New CEO, Co-CEO to Lead MHI Vestas Offshore Wind

Photo: Vestas Wind Systems A/S

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Vestas Wind Systems (Vestas) have appointed Philippe Kavafyan to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Lars Bondo Krogsgaard to Co-Chief Executive Officer (Co-CEO) of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind. The appointments will take effect on 1 April, 2018, and are made in accordance with the joint venture agreement's principle of changing its leadership every four years. Under the leadership of out-going CEO Jens Tommerup and Co-CEO Tetsushi Mizuno, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has established itself as a leading player in offshore…

Ron Person Joins Klüber

Photo: Klϋber

KlĎ‹ber Lubrication, a worldwide manufacturer of specialty lubricants, announced that Ron Person has joined its North American operations as director of business development for oil and gas. In his new role, Person will be responsible for further developing application-specific support and customer service initiatives designed to better position Klüber Lubrication as a specialty lubricant producer in the oil and gas market. Person will work closely with key equipment manufacturers in the industry to match existing Klüber products to applications…

Stolt Offshore Signs Global Contract

SeaSupplier Ltd, the marine e-procurement subsidiary of Stolt-Nielsen S.A, announced today it has signed a multi-year SeaManager ™, e-procurement contract with Stolt Offshore S.A., the world's largest operator of specialty sub sea construction and maintenance ships, pipe laying and heavy lift barges. Together with Stolt Offshore’s annual expenditure of $600 million on products and services and with SNTG, Seabulk International, RCCL, Teekay Shipping and NYK LINE, more than a $1billion of expenditure is anticipated to be transacted through the SeaSupplier Value Added Network™. SeaSupplier will provide Stolt Offshore S.A with its complete procurement solution, SeaManager™, as well as consulting services for database rationalization and business process re-engineering.

Global Mobilizes New Class 190 Liftboat in Gulf of Mexico

Global Industries Offshore increased its offshore construction support capabilities in June with the christening of the class 190 liftboat Swordfish. The vessel was built for Global this year to support pipeline and platform construction, diving, coiled tubing, and wireline operations to 155 ft. (47.2 m) of water in the Gulf of Mexico. Liftboats are self-propelled vessels with "jackup rig" design. Once on location, they hydraulically lower their legs to the seafloor and raise their work platforms above any wave action. Their large open deck area provides a stable work platform to support equipment and perform a variety of construction services. Liftboats are also equipped with cranes, living quarters, and heliports. The 113-ft.

Frosch Hires Marine/Offshore Specialty Team

Frosch is ranked as the #6 Travel Management Company in the US, with dual headquarters in Houston and New York. To continue its growth, Frosch recently created and hired a Marine and Offshore Specialty Team with a combined 100 years of experience in crew rotation management. The team is led by Managing Director and industry veteran, Gina Crawford. Through the combination of the Frosch Corporate and Offshore Teams, the company is offering a centralized solution to travel management for the energy market. With $800 million in revenue, Frosch operates with more than 1000 staff nationwide and service corporate and offshore clients in 43 countries through our ownership in GSM Travel Management (3,500 employees & $4 billion USD in revenue).

SBM Offshore Hands over FPSO Turritella to Shell

Turritella (Photo: 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.

Blumenthal Acquires Majority Stake in Terresolve

Blumenthal Holdings, Radiator Specialty Company (RSC) LLC owners, acquire a majority stake in Terresolve Technologies, Ltd. Terresolve Technologies, LTD, is a leading manufacturer of biobased hydraulic and functional fluids and lubricants for the offshore marine, marine transport, oil and gas and turf care industries. The acquisition will complement RSC’s existing business, RSC Bio Solutions, LLC, and further solidify the company’s commitment to delivering high performance chemistries that do not negatively impact the environment or the employee safety of their industrial customers. RSC Bio Solutions, a sister company to Radiator Specialty Company and RSC Chemical Solutions…

ABB Transformers for the Most Powerful Wind Turbines

ABB  transformers Photo ABB

ABB will deploy 40 special transformers to equip wind turbines for an offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea. The MHI Vestas Offshore Wind turbines are 195 m (640 ft) tall - around two-thirds the height of the Eiffel Tower - and weigh 1000 metric tons, approximately double a fully-loaded Airbus A380 plane. Its 80 m (262 ft) rotor blades sweep through an area equivalent of three soccer fields and can produce up to eight megawatts of power, making it the most powerful wind turbine in the world.

Mitchell Commercial Director at Cosalt Offshore

Photo courtesy ThinkPR(Scotland) Ltd

Cosalt Offshore, a provider of lifting, tooling and marine services to the oil and gas industry, has announced the appointment of Lisa Mitchell as commercial director. Mitchell has worked for the company since 2000, when it was GTC Group and then became Cosalt Offshore in 2007, following acquisition. Her previous roles included contracts manager and commercial manager. Mitchell, a Law and Management honors graduate from The Robert Gordon University and former pupil of Westhill Academy, worked at Conoco and Brown and Root before joining GTC Group.

Superior Fabricators Awarded Cantilever Extensions

Superior Fabricators of Baldwin, La., has been awarded cantilever extensions for two Global Marine Jackup rigs, which are currently under tow into the Gulf of Mexico from West Africa. The extensions will provide for an additional 15 ft. of cantilever reach for Glomar Adriatic IX and Glomar Adriatic X, both of which are LeTourneau 116-C class rigs.

Vroon Offshore Vessel Undergoes Modification Work

Photo: Damen Shiprepair

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…

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