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Bisso Marine Launches Patrol Vessel

Bisso Marine Co. successfully launched a 350 ton Bahamian Patrol Vessel for Moss Point Marine, a division of Halter. In order to make the lift, DB Cappy Bisso had to be ballasted down to 10 ft. to clear the 44 ft. air draft under the I-10 Bridge in Moss Point, Miss. Moss Point Marine Engineered and fabricated a cradle to support the vessel for the launching. The rigging for the lift was supplied by Versabar.

New Contract for Marine Interior Systems

Marine Interior Systems, an operation of Insulations, Inc., of New Orleans, La., has won the contract to perform the joiner work on a "new generation" 267' platform supply vessel for Halter Marine, Inc. at its Moss Point Marine yard. Thebaud Sea, under construction for Secunda Marine Services, of Canada, will accommodate 48 personnel in modern, European style comfort, and will meet Transport Canada and SOLAS regulations.

VT Halter Delivers ATB Tug to Bouchard

M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr. on sea trials (Photo: VT Halter Marine)

VT Halter Marine, Inc. announced the delivery of the M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr., the first of the two 6,000 horsepower Twin Screw Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) tugs to Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. Measuring 130 feet by 38 feet by 22 feet, the M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr. is classed by ABS as +A1 Ocean Towing, Dual Mode ATB, USCG Subchapter C and is equipped with an Intercon Coupler System. The vessel was launched on October 29, 2015 at the Moss Point Marine facility in Escatawpa, Miss. Both M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr. and M/V Frederick E.

VT Halter Launches Another ATB Tug for Bouchard

M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr.  6,000hp Twin Screw ATB tug (Photos: VT Halter)

Shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, Inc. and Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. announced the launch of M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr., a 6,000hp Twin Screw Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) tug, on October 29, 2015. The M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr. is part of a two-vessel contract awarded to the shipyard in August 2014. M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr. and M/V Frederick E. Bouchard, are being constructed at VT Halter Marine’s Moss Point Marine facility in Escatawpa, Mississippi, with delivery expected in January 2016 and May 2016, respectively.

MN 100: VT Halter Marine, Inc.

CEO: William (Bill) E. COO: Paul J. VT Halter Marine is based in Pascagoula, home to the company’s corporate headquarters, engineering, fabrication and a foreign trade zone. Its yard there produces Panamax-sized vessels up to 50,000 DWT and features a newly expanded 600’ tilt-beam launch system, also provides steel cutting and engineering services for its other two facilities: Moss Point Marine, utilized for commercial projects; and Halter Moss Point, for government programs. VT Halter Marine, Inc. specializes in ship design, construction and repair.

ST Engineering to Build Two Tugs for OSG

ST Engineering announced that its US shipyard VT Halter Marine Inc (VT Halter Marine), has signed a contract with subsidiaries of Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. (OSG) to build two 8,000 ATB tugs worth over $21m. VT Halter Marine is the U.S. operation of ST Engineering's marine arm, ST Marine. The tugs will be built over 16 months at VT Halter Marine’s Moss Point Marine shipyard with deliveries expected in the second and third quarters of 2011. Measuring 140.4 ft by 38 ft each, these two state-of-the-art tugs will be used to perform articulated tug barge (ATB) services, transporting refined petroleum products coastwise within the US and will have all the necessary capabilities to operate in full ocean service.

VT Halter Marine Delivers Second Tug for OSG

VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a subsidiary of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced the delivery of Endurance, the second 8,000 hp Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) tug to Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. This is part of a contract that VT Halter Marine signed with OSG in April 2010 to complete two tugs over 16 months at the former’s Moss Point Marine shipyard. The first tug, Courageous, was delivered in June 23, 2011. Both Courageous and Endurance are capable…

VT Halter Launches Tug for Bouchard

Denise A. Bouchard (Photo: VT Halter Marine)

VT Halter Marine, Inc., a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today launched the oceangoing 112-foot Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) Tug, Denise A. Bouchard. Measuring 112 feet by 35 feet by 17 feet, the 4,000hp tug is classed by ABS as A1 Towing Vessel, Dual Mode, and is equipped with an Intercon Coupler System. Construction of the vessel began in March 2013, and the keel was laid in May 2013 at VT Halter Marine’s Moss Point Marine facility in Escatawpa, Miss.

Halter Marine to Build Ferries for State Transportation Department

A $10.7 million contract was awarded to Halter Marine Group for construction of two passenger ferries for North Carolina's Department of Transportation. The 180 ft. ferries, being built at Halter's shipyard in Moss Point Marine are scheduled for delivery to Havelock, N.C. in March 2000 and Southport, N.C. in July 2000. Two Caterpillar 3412 diesel engines will power the ferries with a minimum of 475 hp at 1,200 rpm. The all-steel, three-deck ferries can hold up to 300 passengers and 40 cars and trucks complete with a full range of communications and navigational equipment that will assist with steering and mooring. Known as a provider of design, construction and repair for offshore vessels and drilling rigs, Halter has built ferries for shipyards both in the U.S. and abroad.

MARAD Awards $17.1m in Shipyard Grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration announced $17.1m in grants to 14 small shipyards in 10 states. The grants are part of the Assistance to Small Shipyards program. “Small shipyards are vitally important for the health of the maritime industry, and for the nation’s economy,” said Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. The purpose of the grants is to make capital and infrastructure improvements that facilitate the efficiency, competitive operations, and quality in ship construction and repair. Small shipyards fall into two categories: those with fewer than 600 employees, and those with between 600 and 1200 employees. All but two of the recipients announced have fewer than 600 employees. •    William E. •    Bay Shipbuilding Co.

Awarded: $17.1m in U.S. Shipyard Grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration today announced $17.1 million in grants to 14 small shipyards in 10 states. The grants are part of the Assistance to Small Shipyards program. “Small shipyards are vitally important for the health of the maritime industry, and for the nation’s economy,” said Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. The purpose of the grants is to make capital and infrastructure improvements that facilitate the efficiency, competitive operations, and quality in ship construction and repair. Small shipyards fall into two categories: those with fewer than 600 employees, and those with between 600 and 1200 employees. All but two of today’s recipients have fewer than 600 employees. -William E. -Bay Shipbuilding Co.

Halter Marine Wins NOAA Research Vessel Contract

Friede Goldman Halter, Inc., (FGH) vessel construction business unit, Halter Marine, has been informed by the offices of Senator Trent Lott (R-MS) and Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) that it has been awarded a contract by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce for the detailed design and construction of the first of four Fisheries Research Vessels- designated the FRV-40 class. The contract also includes the provisions of spare parts, technical services and options to built three additional ships. The total value of the base contract is $38.3 million, if all possible options are exercised, the value of the contract could ultimately exceed $165 million.

VT Halter Marine To Build Two Additional OSVs

VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a subsidiary of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE: HOS) has exercised the options for two additional Offshore Supply Vessels (OSV), valued at a total of US$89m with deliveries expected in the fourth quarter of 2014 and first quarter of 2015. VT Halter Marine announced on 18 November last year that it had secured the contract to construct eight 319ft long Offshore Supply Vessels (OSV) for about US$353m with options for up to 24 additional identical vessels. These vessels are constructed in its yards at Moss Point Marine and Halter Moss Point with deliveries of the first and eighth vessels planned for in October 2013 and September 2014 respectively.

Valuable Shipbuilding & Repair Contracts Won by ST Engineering

Singapore Technologies Engineering’s Marine Sector wins S$179-million worth of shipbuilding and repair contracts. The contracts include a contract to build two additional Offshore Support Vessels (OSVs) as well as a series of repair and upgrading projects. Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC (Hornbeck) has exercised the options for two additional OSVs valued at about S$111m (US$89m), to be built by the marine sector’s US shipyard, VT Halter Marine. These two new vessels are expected to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2014 and first quarter of 2015. Based on VT Halter Marine’s Super 320 design developed for Hornbeck, the DP2 OSVs are designed to have approximately 20,800 bbl of liquid mud carrying capability, 1,136sqm of deck area and a fire-fighting class notation.

Milestones for the Sale of Halter Marine Established

Friede Goldman Halter, Inc. (FGH) received milestone dates from the U.S Bankruptcy Court regarding the sale of Halter Marine. The Court auction date has been set for July 16th 2002 with the sale hearing to take place on July 23rd 2002. A copy of the procedures for participating in the auction is available from counsel for the Selling Debtors, Douglas G. Walter, Andrews & Kurth, Mayor, Day, Caldwell & Keeton, 600 Travis, Suite 4200, Houston, Texas 77002. The sale contemplates an agreement for the purchase of all the operating assets and properties of Halter, including the assets at Halter Pascagoula, Halter Moss Point, Moss Point Marine, Halter Port Bienville, Halter Lockport, and Halter Gulfport East including the Corporate Headquarters, Gulfport Central and Three Rivers.

VT Halter Marine Delivers Ocean-Going ATB Tug

'Denise A. Bouchard': Photo VT Halter Marine

VT Systems subsidiary VT Halter Marine says it has constructed and delivered the ocean-going 112-ft Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) Tug, 'Denise A. Bouchard', for Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc (Bouchard). Measuring 112 feet by 35 feet by 17 feet, the 4,000hp tug is classed by ABS as A1 Towing Vessel, Dual Mode, and is equipped with an Intercon Coupler System. Construction of the vessel began in March 2013 and the tug was launched in February 2014, at VT Halter Marine’s Moss Point Marine facility in Escatawpa, Mississippi. The Denise A.

VT Halter Contract to Build 112-ft ATB Tug

VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a subsidiary of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), announced a new contract to build a 112-ft ATB Offshore Tug for Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. (Bouchard). This tug will be similar to others built for Bouchard in previous years by Halter Marine. Measuring 112 ft by 35 ft by 17 feet, the 4,000hp tug is classed by ABS as A1 Towing Vessel, Dual Mode, and it will be equipped with an Intercon Coupler System. Construction of the vessel begins in June 2011 at VT Halter Marine’s Moss Point Marine facility in Escatawpa, Miss., with delivery expected in September 2012. The vessel will enter into Bouchard’s fleet service in New York, N.Y.

VT Halter Delivers ATB for Bouchard

VT Halter delivered an ATB for Bouchard Transportation.

VT Halter Marine, Inc. delivered the 112-ft. ATB Offshore Tug, Evening Star, for Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc., a tug similar to others built for Bouchard in previous years by Halter Marine. Measuring 112 x 35 x 17 ft., the 4,000-hp tug is classed by ABS as A1 Towing Vessel, Dual Mode, and is equipped with an Intercon Coupler System. Construction of the vessel began in June 2011 at VT Halter Marine’s Moss Point Marine facility in Escatawpa, Miss. Upon delivery, the Evening Star will enter into Bouchard’s fleet service in New York, N.Y. “Bouchard Transportation Co, Inc.

Baltic Index Drops to 5-month Low on Sinking Capesize Rates

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell nearly 5 percent on Wednesday to its lowest in over five months due to tumbling capesize rates. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, slid 57 points, or 4.7 percent, to close at 1,164 points, the lowest since Aug. 14. The capesize index fell 267 points, or 13.28 percent to 1,743 points, its lowest level since Aug. 9 last year.

VT Halter to Build Bouchard ATB Tugs

VT Halter Marine, Inc., a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced new contracts to build two 130-foot Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) tugs for Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. (Bouchard). Measuring 130 feet by 38 feet by 22 feet, these 6,000hp Twin Screw ATB tugs will be classed by ABS as A1 Ocean Towing, Dual Mode ATB, USCG Subchapter C, both will be equipped with an Intercon Coupler System. Construction of the vessels will begin in 3Q2014 at VT Halter Marine’s Moss Point Marine facility in Escatawpa, Miss., with delivery expected in January 2016 and May 2016. These vessels will enter into Bouchard’s fleet service in New York, N.Y. “I am happy to share the news of Bouchard Transportation’s fleet expansion,” said Morton S.

VMS To Christen Halter-Built ATB

Crowley Maritime's Vessel Management Services, Inc., will christen the first of four Articulated Tug-Barge (ATB) tank vessels this year in New Orleans on Thursday, April 25. The vessels to be christened are the 9,280-hp tug Sea Reliance and the 155,000-barrel barge 550-1. Intrepid Ship Management, a subsidiary of Marine Transport Lines, will charter the Halter Marine-built ATB from Vessel Management Services and operate it. Marine Transport is a Crowley subsidiary and part of its Contract services segment. "We are looking forward to christening and putting these exceptional new vessels into service for our customer," said Tom Crowley Jr., Chairman, President and CEO of Crowley Maritime.

VT Halter Launches Barge for Bouchard

Photo: VT Halter Marine

VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems) and Bouchard Transportation Co. announced that Barge B. No. 272 was launched on November 20, 2015. This is the second barge of two Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) units constructed for Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. Measuring 628 feet by 91 feet by 47 feet, the barge B. No. 272 has a 250,000-barrel capacity, and is ABS and USCG certified for Jones Act service. When completed, the barge will be paired with the tug, M/V Donna J.

VT Halter Marine Delivers Final ATB to Crowley

VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a subsidiary of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), announced the delivery of the final in a series of ten 185,000-barrel articulated tug barge (ATB) units built for Crowley Maritime Corporation’s subsidiary, Vessel Management Services, Inc. (Vessel Management Services). Since construction of the first unit in 2005, all ten 185,000-barrel barges have been built at VT Halter Marine’s Pascagoula Operations while the 9,700-hp tugs were built at its Moss Point Marine Operations.

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