Portable Equipment News

28 Feb 2019

R/V Bob and Betty Beyster: New CAT For Scripps

Photo courtesy of Armstrong Marine

The Research Vessel Bob and Betty Beyster is a purpose-built coastal research vessel designed for efficient operations offshore Southern California and throughout the Channel Islands. Based at the Scripps Nimitz Marine Facility and operated as a shared-use facility, Bob and Betty Beyster provides scientists, students and engineers a capable, safe and economical platform for research and teaching.R/V Bob and Betty Beyster is a 42-foot scientific workboat with a range of 500 nautical miles, a cruising speed better than 25 knots, and a capacity for six scientists and a boat operator.

02 Oct 2015

MN 100: The General Ship Repair Corporation

The General Ship Repair Corporation, a fixture on the Baltimore, Maryland waterfront for nearly a century since its founding by Charles “Buck” Lynch in 1924, has become the de facto ‘go to’ for workboat repair in the Baltimore area and is enjoying a strong year, investing in its people and employees while bringing the fourth generation of Lynch’s up through the ranks. Five years after its start, in 1929, Buck Lynch moved the company across the harbor to its current location, eventually watching the company sink into bankruptcy as the Depression took hold of the country.

28 Aug 2015

General Ship Repair: A Family Affair

A Lynch Legacy  From L to R: Michael Lynch, Ryan Lynch, Charles “Chaz” Lynch, Charles F. “Derick” Lynch & Cary B. Lynch.

The General Ship Repair Corporation, a fixture on the Baltimore water front for nearly a century, continues to build a strong business while preparing for fourth generation ownership. General Ship Repair Corporation is as ubiquitous of a presence on the Baltimore waterfront as Under Armour, Domino Sugar and “Natty Boh.” General Ship Repair has stood strong for nearly a century since its founding by Charles “Buck” Lynch in 1924, evolving today into the de facto ‘go to’ for workboat repair in the Baltimore area.

24 Apr 2013

Improved Safety for U.S. Inland Barges

Photo: Honeywell

Honeywell reported that operating companies of all sizes within the United States inland barge market are turning to Honeywell’s Tanksystem portable level gauging and sampling technology to optimize custody transfer measurements and improve safety and environmental protection on both newly built barges and retrofit vessels. More than 4,000 tugboats and 27,000 barges move over 800 million tons of raw materials and finished goods each year along more than 25,000 miles of canals and rivers that comprise the United States inland waterway system.

29 Jan 2013

Meet the new IHC Packhorse OSV

IHC Merwede extended its product range with the introduction of a new series of IHC Packhorse offshore support vessels at an official launch event in Singapore, organized by IHC Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of IHC Merwede. This latest development reinforces the company’s internationalization strategy, which aims to provide a choice of designs and build locations to its customers on a global basis. The range of vessels consists of: the IHC Packhorse which has been positioned as a platform support vessel (PSV)…

11 Sep 2012

Fairmount Marine Delivers MSC Flaminia

Fairmount Marine’s ocean going salvage tug Fairmount Expedition, accompanied by tugs Anglian Sovereign and Carlo Magno, have safely delivered container vessel MSC Flaminia in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, after a hair-raising adventure lasting seven weeks. abandoned by her crew at the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. disabled vessel to render assistance. severe risk of explosions. from UK’s J.P. carrying additional salvage experts. the fire. permission to enter a Western European port. Expedition and MSC Flaminia through the English Channel. headed for Wilhelmshaven, Germany.

12 Apr 2012

WSS Signs Safety Service Agreement With Victoria Ship Management

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) has signed its first fleet Safety Service Agreement with a Japanese principal. The two-year agreement, valued at $300,000 includes 25 panamax and cape-size bulk carriers and 18 product carriers on behalf of Tokyo-based Victoria Ship Management. The WSS Safety Service Agreement provides a standardized service covering a client’s fleet, offering fixed prices for inspection at agreed ports covering fixed systems and portable equipment. The agreement also provides a single point of contact for clients, with customer support in local languages in the same time zone as the client. Under such agreements, WSS customers receive predictable pricing and professional service due date monitoring…

14 Sep 2011

Dan Dolson Appointed Operations Manager for TITAN Salvage

Dan Dolson, operations manager for the Americas

TITAN Salvage, a Crowley Maritime Corporation company, has appointed Dan Dolson to the senior management team as operations manager for the Americas. In this new role, Dolson now has responsibility for the operations and profitability of TITAN's U.S. office and depot in Pompano, Fla. Dan will relocate to Florida from Bellevue, Wash., and report to TITAN Vice President Richard Habib. Dan has more than 15 years of experience in the marine and salvage industry. He was the founder and president of the Seattle Diving Company…

18 Jun 2002

Transformations: How a Coastal Ferry Became a Mercy Ship

The red sun drifted over the deep blue of the tropical Pacific on the western horizon, washing the surrounding Guatemalan countryside with a pale rose light. To the east, against a backdrop of hazy green volcanoes, we watched the cruise ship at the far end of the harbor preparing to depart. From the bridge wing of the Caribbean Mercy, we watched her stately transit of bright lights through the harbor. As the captain made his turn toward the open sea, passing astern of our berth, we sounded our air horn in a prolonged salute: safe voyage, happy return. When their ship arrived that morning, the captain and his wife had paid a social call. He said he recognized our Mercy Ship, the Caribbean Mercy, as a Norwegian coastal ferry. He had sailed on one similar in his youth.

15 Nov 2004

Titan Saves Container Barge from Rocks

The 6,000 ton container barge Guantanamo Bay Express, departed Jacksonville, Florida at around midnight on November 12th under tow of the US flag SPENCE on her scheduled service to the US Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Unfortunately, 30 knot gusts and 12 foot seas led to a parted tow wire allowing the barge to drift on to the rocks of the north Mayport Jetties. The owners of the barge took prompt action and engaged Titan Maritime to undertake salvage operations. Titan immediately mobilized the Smith Maritime tugs ELSBETH (1…

21 Dec 2006

Wärtsilä Expands to Brazil

Wärtsilä will invest $1.5m in its Services workshop in Manaus, Brazil. The investment covers the construction of a new workshop and the purchase of new equipment to meet regional demand. The expansion will triple the existing facilities, giving a total of 37, 673 sq. feet for the existing and new services. The existing workshop already provides tooling, repairs and maintenance for propulsion and automation and electrical equipment for vessels, platforms and power plants. Wärtsilä in Brazil also provides on-site maintenance services, thanks to the use of portable equipment and a mobile technical team. Wärtsilä in Manaus has approximately 100 employees…

20 Aug 1999

J. Ray McDermott Invests $12 Million in Upgrade

J. Ray McDermott is investing $12 million to upgrade a dynamically positioned offshore derrick barge with a package of improvements that will provide the vessel with greater flexibility in deepwater operations, said Gary W. Drinkwater, senior vice-president and group executive, Western Hemisphere. “Derrick Barge 16 will be capable of a multitude of offshore installation options, especially in the deepwater market fields, where much of today’s exploration and drilling activity is occurring,” said Drinkwater. DB 16’s dynamically positioning system will be upgraded to a DPS-2 rating. The ABS classification of a DPS-2 rating indicates a more sophisticated system, which allows for redundancy. The four 2,000 hp, full azimuth thrusters will provide the 400 x 100 ft.

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