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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Tidewater Names New Manager for Quality Shipyards

Tidewater Inc. announced that Joseph R. Badeaux has joined Tidewater Inc. as General Manager and Vice President of its shipyard, Quality Shipyards, L.L.C. Mr. Badeaux has 29 years of experience in ship design, construction, repair, commissioning, project management and operations management. He is a graduate of Old Dominion University, and originally from Virginia, and will be based at Tidewater's Quality Shipyards, L.L.C. located in Houma, Louisiana.

Quality Shipyards Launches Terrel Tide

On Friday, January 9, 2009, Quality shipyards launched its Hull 1271, the M/V Terrel Tide, a 266 ft by 56 ft by 19 ft 6 inch Offshore Oilfield Supply Vessel. The M/V Terrel Tide is being constructed for Tidewater Marine and is named for Terrel Hebert, Vice President of Production and a 38 year veteran of Quality Shipyards.

MEMCO Christens Joy Anne Keller

MEMCO Barge Line, the inland barging subsidiary of Electric Fuels Corp. (EFC), christened a new towboat in New Orleans. M/V Joy Anne Keller, named after the wife of EFC President and CEO Richard D. Keller is the 22nd towboat in MEMCO's fleet. Built by Quality Shipyards, of Houma, La., the 8,000 hp twin-screw towboat measures 180 x 48 x 11.5 ft., and is designed to operate on the Lower Mississippi River between Cairo and New Orleans. MEMCO Barge Line, the inland barging subsidiary of Electric Fuels Corp. (EFC), christened a new towboat in New Orleans. M/V Joy Anne Keller, named after the wife of EFC President and CEO Richard D. Keller is the 22nd towboat in MEMCO's fleet.

Tidewater Christens New Vessel

Tidewater Inc. announced that one of its new vessels, the M/V Pat Taylor, named in honor of the late New Orleans businessman, Patrick F. Taylor, will be christened on August 21, at the wharf of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Mrs. Phyllis M. Taylor, wife of Pat Taylor and current Chairman and CEO of Taylor Energy Company LLC, will christen the new 220-ft. platform supply vessel which was built by Quality Shipyards, LLC, a subsidiary of Tidewater located in Houma, La.

Quality Shipyard Launches Cindy Brown

According to a report from www.dailycomet.com, Quality Shipyard launched the 266-ft Cindy Brown Tide for Tidewater on Jan. 13. But the MV Cindy Brown Tide enters an uncertain climate for offshore shipbuilding as the oil-and-gas industry waits to see what new safety and environmental regulations emerge in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon spill. (Source: dailycomet.com)  

MARAD Funding Available for Small Shipyards

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The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) has made available nearly $10 million in grant funding for improvements to small shipyards. There is currently $9.8 million available under the Small Shipyard Grant Program for capital and related improvements to qualified shipyard facilities that will be effective in fostering efficiency, competitive operations and quality ship construction, repair and reconfiguration, MARAD said. “Waterways and small shipyards are a critical component…

Leevac Acquires Quality Shipyards from Tidewater

(Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

LEEVAC Shipyards, LLC through its newly created subsidiary LEEVAC Shipyards Houma, LLC (LEEVAC) has completed the acquisition of substantially all assets of Quality Shipyards, Inc. (Quality) located at 3201 Earhart Street in Houma Louisiana from Tidewater Marine, LLC (NYSE: TDW). The acquisition of assets includes 35 acres of industrial property located on 2,500 feet of waterfront along the intracoastal waterway, 4 drydocks (the largest measuring 4,200 tons of capacity), 100,000 square feet of covered production facilities and several large track cranes.

Tidewater To Build 12 New Vessels For $305M

Tidewater Inc. has signed contracts with two Far East shipyards for the construction of eight vessels as part of Tidewater's new build program announced in January 2000. It has also announced that its subsidiary, Quality Shipyard L.L.C., will build a total of four vessels. The $305 million in new build commitments falls on the heels of Tidewater's recent purchase of eight similar vessels from The Sanko Steamship Co., Ltd. The eight vessels to be built outside the United States will be comprised of five large 280-ft. anchor handling towing supply vessels with greater than 20,000 hp and three 260-ft. platform supply vessels. The four vessels being built at Quality Shipyard will be similar platform supply vessels and will be built to full Jones Act compliance.

Tidewater To Build 12 New Vessels

Tidewater Inc. signed contracts to build a total of 12 new vessels for $305 million, electing to build eight vessels at two Far East shipyards and four at its subsidiary, Quality Shipyard L.L.C. The $305 million in new build commitments - which fulfills its January 2000-announced plan to spend $300 million upgrading its fleet - falls on the heels of Tidewater's recent purchase of eight similar vessels from The Sanko Steamship Co., Ltd. The eight vessels to be built outside the U.S. will be comprised of five large 280-ft. anchor handling towing supply vessels with greater than 20,000 hp and three 260-ft. platform supply vessels. The four vessels being built at Quality Shipyard will be similar platform supply vessels and will be built to full Jones Act compliance.

Tidewater Delivers Deepwater Supply Vessels

Tidewater Inc. announced that it has taken delivery of the M/V Miss Jane Tide. The Miss Jane Tide is Tidewater's first VS 480 platform supply vessel built by the company's own Quality Shipyards, L.L.C. in Houma, La. The ship, designed by the Norwegian firm Vik-Sandvik, is the first of four identical vessels to be built by Quality. The Miss Jane Tide is a 260-ft. PSV and is the first domestically constructed vessel to be delivered under Tidewater's new construction program announced in January 2000. In addition, Tidewater has also taken operational delivery of the M/V Ace Nature, one of eight vessels acquired from The Sanko Steamship Co., Ltd. in late 2000. At 276 feet, the Ace Nature, a UT 745 PSV, is one of the largest ships among Tidewater's fleet.

Quality Delivers Deepwater Supply Vessels

Tidewater Inc. announced that it has taken delivery of the M/V Miss Jane Tide. The Miss Jane Tide is Tidewater's first VS 480 platform supply vessel built by the company's own Quality Shipyards, L.L.C. in Houma, La. The ship, designed by the Norwegian firm Vik-Sandvik, is the first of four identical vessels to be built by Quality. The Miss Jane Tide is a 260-ft. PSV and is the first domestically constructed vessel to be delivered under Tidewater's new construction program announced in January 2000. In addition, Tidewater has also taken operational delivery of the M/V Ace Nature, one of eight vessels acquired from The Sanko Steamship Co., Ltd. in late 2000. At 276 feet, the Ace Nature, a UT 745 PSV, is one of the largest ships among Tidewater's fleet.

Tidewater PSV Named For New Orleans Native Cindy Brown

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Platform supply vessel Cindy Brown Tide was delivered to offshore-service giant Tidewater on Oct. 24, and chartered to oil company BP in the Gulf of Mexico. The boat's namesake is someone missed by many. "The vessel was named for Cynthia Niklaus Brown, a wonderful woman who passed away in late 2009 in Houston after being diagnosed with cancer," said Joseph Badeaux, general manager and vice president at Houma, La.-based Quality Shipyards, a subsidiary of Tidewater. Brown, a New Orleans native…

Star Bulk Adds Three Vessels

Photo: Star Bulk Carriers Corp

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announced that on July 15, 2015 it took delivery of M/V Goliath and M/V Maharaj, two 209,000 dwt Newcastlemax bulk carriers built by Nantong COSCO KHI-Ship Engineering Co. In addition, on July 22, 2015 Star Bulk took delivery of M/V Star Aquarius, a 61,000 dwt Ultramax bulk carrier built by Japan Marine United. Following these deliveries, Star Bulk owns seventy-two dry bulk vessels on the water, consisting of three Newcastlemax, eighteen Capesize, four Post-Panamax…

Damen Bags Jack-up Pontoon Contract

Contract signing Clive Frost and Pascal Slingerland Photo Damen

Damen Shipyards Sharjah (DSS) in the United Arab Emirates has won a contract to build a shallow draught, self-propelled Jack-up Pontoon 3526 for the UAE-based contractor Aqua Diving Services Ltd. Once delivered, it will be used primarily to deliver offshore support services, including the provision of accommodation facilities for personnel as well as operating as a work platform with crane facilities. Aqua Diving Services (ADS) has specifically designed the Jack-up for Middle East operations and is closely cooperating with Damen Shipyards Sharjah for the construction of the unit.

Bollinger VP Larry Vauclin to Retire

Larry Vauclin

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. announced the upcoming retirement of its Vice President Central Division, Larry Vauclin. Vauclin’s retirement was announced by Bollinger Executive Vice President, Ben Bordelon, who said, “Larry has been a critical part of the growth of Bollinger over the past 16 years, and a mentor to many in the shipyard industry over his 52 year career. His attention to detail, hard work and focus on client satisfaction have helped create a solid foundation for us going forward.

Bollinger Long-serve V-P Larry Vauclin to Retire

Larry Vauclin: Photo credit Bollinger

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. announce the upcoming retirement of its Vice President Central Division, Larry Vauclin. Vauclin’s retirement was announced by Bollinger Executive Vice President, Ben Bordelon, who said, "Larry has been a critical part of the growth of Bollinger over the past 16 years, and a mentor to many in the shipyard industry over his 52 year career. His attention to detail, hard work and focus on client satisfaction have helped create a solid foundation for us going forward.

Stolt-Nielsen Orders Four Parcel Tankers

Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. 2008. million. capacity required to transport vegetable oils and chemicals. stainless steel fleet. withdrawal from SNTG's fleet. chemical tanker market. potential quality shipyards worldwide. Otto H. strategy. growth opportunities in our markets. Fritzner added.

Star Bulk Acquires Two Ultramax Bulk Carriers

Star Bulk Carriers Corp., a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargos, announced that it has entered into definitive agreements to acquire two modern Ultramax bulk carriers, the M/V Supra Challenger I and M/V Supra Challenger II, from an unaffiliated third party for an aggregate total consideration of $58.1 million. The vessels have a carrying capacity of 61, 462 deadweight tons each and were built in Japan by Imabari Shipbuilding Group, in November of 2012 and September of 2013 respectively. The vessels, to be renamed Star Challenger and Star Fighter, are expected to be delivered to Star Bulk in early December 2013 and by January 15, 2014 respectively.

Star Bulk Receives Post-Panamax Bulk Carrier

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Star Bulk Carriers Corp., a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargos, announced that it has taken delivery of M/V Star Vega, a Post-Panamax bulk carrier of approximately 98,000 deadweight tons carrying capacity. The vessel has commenced a time charter with the sellers of the vessel for a period between 30 months to 34 months, at a gross daily hire rate of $15,000 minus a 1.25% address commission on gross revenues. The vessel is expected to generate approximately $13.4 million in charter revenue over the minimum contracted period.

Star Bulk Takes Delivery of Star Sirius

Star Bulk Carriers Corp., a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargos, has announced that it has taken delivery of M/V Star Sirius a Post - Panamax bulk carrier of approximately 98,000 deadweight tons carrying capacity. The Star Sirius is the second of the two modern Post-Panamax bulk carriers to be delivered to the company, pursuant to the relevant binding agreements announced on January 29, 2014. The vessel has commenced a time charter with the sellers of the vessel, Glocal Maritime Ltd., for a period between 28-32 months, at a gross daily hire rate of $15,000 less a 1.25% address commission on gross revenues. The vessel is expected to generate approximately $12.4 million in charter revenues over the minimum contracted period.

Rickmers Group and Oaktree Form Strategic Partnership

Funds advised by Oaktree Capital Management, LP and the global shipping major Rickmers Group are joining forces to invest in eight plus eight eco designed newbuild container vessels. Oaktree Capital Management LP is a leading global investment management firm focused on alternative markets with US$81 billion assets under management (as at 30 September 2012). Rickmers will contribute its highly respected expertise in ship building, ship management and asset management. The strategic partnership between the two firms is expected to broaden over time. Shipping companies are increasingly  demanding modern and energy efficient tonnage to reduce their operational expenses and importantly…

Tidewater Reorganizes Management

Tidewater Inc. announced that, effective immediately, Cliffe F. Laborde, Larry T. Rigdon and Dean E. Taylor have been promoted to the level of Executive Vice President. Each will report directly to William C. O'Malley, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. Cliffe F. Laborde will continue as General Counsel of the company. His responsibilities will also include Corporate Administration, Information Technology, Employee Benefits, Insurance and Human Resource Management, including recruiting, personnel, training and vessel crewing, all on a worldwide basis. He will also assume responsibility for overseeing management of Quality Shipyards. Larry T. Rigdon will continue his full operations responsibilities for the United States Gulf of Mexico, California and Alaska.

Cat 3516Bs Chosen for Inland Waterways Push Boat

The first U.S. inland waterways tow vessel powered by electronically controlled Caterpillar 3500 Series B marine propulsion engines is currently under construction at Quality Shipyard, Houma, La. The new boat will enter service on the Ohio River system in November, 1999 for Mulzer Crushed Stone, Tell City, Ind. Corning Townsend of CT Marine designed the boat's structure to be similar to an existing Mulzer vessel, but increased the hull length and designed the underwater shape, propulsion system, and rudders to increase overall efficiency, reduce cavitation, and improve steering control both ahead and astern. Propulsion will be provided by two Cat 3516Bs rated 1,800 bhp (1,342 kW) at 1,200 rpm. The engines will turn Bollinger 100 in. x 76 in. wheels through Reintjes WAF 1562, 5.4:1 gears.

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