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Monday, January 22, 2018

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Signal International Achieves Milestone Safe Man Hours

Signal International recently achieved over one million man hours without a U.S. Department of Labor OSHA recordable incident. This safety performance follows the announcement of the Shipbuilder’s Council of America (SCA) 2006 safety awards. For the fourth consecutive year, Signal International has been a recipient of the Excellence in Safety award with one of the lowest total recordable incidence rates in the industry. This historic milestone was achieved on July 22, 2007. Dick Marler, Signal International’s CEO commended Ron Schnoor, Senior Vice President and General Manager of its’ Mississippi operations for personally developing the policies and procedures necessary to insure a safe working environment.

Signal Awarded Diamond’s Ocean America

Signal International has been awarded a contract for Diamond Offshore’s Ocean America to perform modifications and inspections to ensure compliance with ABS Special Survey requirements. The semisubmersible will be drydocked at the company’s Port Arthur Texas yard in early 2009. The vessel will undergo inspections to the anchor chain and propeller shaft, piping modifications, sacrificial anode replacements as well as new paint for the hull and derrick. Dick Marler, President and CEO of Signal commented: “Special Survey work to help our customer keep his vessel in class is an essential segment of Signal’s core business. Signal International…

Signal Dock - Thunder Hawk Hull Repair

Signal International announced that SBM-Atlantia’s Thunder Hawk is currently drydocked at the company’s Port Arthur Texas facility for hull repairs. The huge structure arrived at Port Arthur after being transported from Singapore on a heavy lift dry-tow vessel. Drydocking of the newbuild semi will enable Signal to repair damage that was done to Thunder Hawk’s pontoons before leaving Southeast Asia. Repairs consist of: grit-blasting to bare metal the perimeter of the damaged outer hull…

Signal Acquires Bender Shipbuilding

Signal International Inc. announced the purchase of the Bender Shipbuilding & Repair assets through a bankruptcy auction. Signal was the winning bidder of the Mobile, Ala. shipyard for $31.2m which is contingent upon approval by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Alabama. “This purchase is consistent with diversifying the company while continuing the focus on our core competency in the overhaul, repair and upgrade of offshore drilling rigs,” said Dick Marler, Signal’s president and chief executive officer. According to  Marler, Signal plans to make an additional investment of about $5m on upgrades and repairs, and  increase employment to 400 to 500 within 18 months.

Wegener Signal International VP, Strategic Planning

Carl Wegener (Photo courtesy Graphique, Inc.)

Signal International, Inc., an integrated company providing global services to the offshore, marine and naval industries, has named Carl F. Wegener as Vice President of Strategic Planning, and Joe Mayhall as Director of Sales and Marketing for their Signal Ship Repair division. Both will be based at the corporate office in Mobile, Ala. Wegener has over 20 years experience in the marine industry and will oversee the company’s efforts towards future growth and diversification. Before joining Signal…

Signal International Lands Hopper Dredge Deal

Articulated Tug & Barge ("ATB") Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge.

Signal International, Inc., has landed a $94 million contract from Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation, (GLDD) to build an Articulated Tug & Barge ("ATB") Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge. The 15,000-cubic-yard-capacity Dual Trailing Arm Suction Hopper Dredge with a 14,000-horsepower tug is believed to be the world’s first fully integrated ATB Dredge and the largest hopper dredge in the United States. The dredge barge dimensions are 410 ft x 92 ft x 36 ft (124.97m x 15.85 x 10.97m) with the tug measuring 150 ft x 52 ft x 36 ft (45.72m x 15.85 x 10.97m).

Signal International Announces Semisubmersible Contract

Signal International has been awarded a contract for the repair and upgrade of the Transocean semisubmersible rig, HENRY GOODRICH. The project is slated to commence early December 2011 at Signal’s east yard facility in Pascagoula, Mississippi, for a seventy-day out-of-service time frame. The scope of work includes overall repairs, upgrades and refurbishments of the rig. In addition to the removal, renewal and replacement of major equipment; Signal will also be upgrading the crew accommodations, expanding the lifeboat capacity, and renewing the coatings and piping. With prefabrication work underway, the project will enable Signal to employ an additional 300 craft personnel at the yard during peak production.

Signal Texas Ops Achieves OSHA Milestone

Signal International announced that on November 16, 2011, its Texas Operations in Orange, Texas achieved one full year, working 451,116 man-hours, without the occurrence of an OSHA recordable incident, a significant safety milestone within the U.S. shipyard and marine fabrication industry. By realizing the goal of a zero OSHA recordable incident, which includes work-related injuries such as cuts, lacerations, punctures, abrasions, fractures, strains, sprains, dislocations, burns, bruises and contusions, Signal Texas has set the standard and demonstrated that working completely OSHA recordable free within the industry is achievable. This success is attributed to the efforts and focus of the entire Signal Texas Operations’ employees – management, administration, support, and production.

Signal Announces Executive Promotions

Signal Internationalpromoted Michael R. Cook to Vice President of Contracts and Technical Support, Signal International and Andrew P. Veith to Vice President of Engineering, Signal International. “Our ongoing growth can be attributed to the efforts of a dedicated team of people,” stated Dick Marler, CEO and President. In this new position, Mr. Cook will be responsible for the Company’s award-winning safety program, their quality management program and contracts management, including pre-contract review, negotiation and contract administration. Mr. Cook is an industry veteran with over 32 years of technical and management experience in the shipbuilding and ship repair industry.

Signal Awarded TARZAN CLASS

Signal International, L.L.C. signed a contract with LeTourneau, Inc. to build a TARZAN CLASS jackup drill rig. LeTourneau is procuring the rig, the fourth TARZAN CLASS rig built for Rowan Companies, Inc., its parent corporation. Under the terms of the contract, LeTourneau will provide a license to Signal International and furnish the engineering and component kit for the elevating system, including, 445’ leg length. LeTourneau Ellis Williams Company, Inc., also a subsidiary of Rowan Companies Inc., will provide the drilling equipment package. Dick Marler, President and CEO of Signal, said the TARZAN CLASS rig will be built at Signal’s Texas facility in Orange, Texas. Delivery will be third quarter 2007. Signal International, LLC.

Signal Wins Crosco Contract

Signal International, LLC has announced that its Pascagoula Mississippi east shipyard will upgrade The Zagreb I, a semi submersible drilling rig, for Crosco; the offshore drilling contractor headquartered in Croatia. The work is scheduled to commence in mid-February upon completion of a wet tow of the rig to the Gulf of Mexico from the Ivory Coast of Africa. The work will include replacement of deck cranes, living quarters upgrade, mud system modifications and regulatory authority special survey. It is estimated that the work will take two months to complete. Regarding this project, Dick Marler, Signal’s Chairman, comments: “This work affords Signal International another opportunity to build upon its track record of excellence in the business of offshore rig upgrades.

Frontier Driller Christened

The semisubmersible rig, Frontier Driller was christened with its new name at Signal International’s East Bank shipyard on Saturday November 1, in Pascagoula, MS. Mrs. Debbi Schnoor ceremoniously broke a bottle of champagne on the rig’s structure to highlight the event. The ceremony was attended by representatives from Frontier Drilling and Shell Oil Company. Shell has contracted the rig for exploration in the Gulf of Mexico. The event concluded a major upgrade of the giant rig. Signal had performed extensive modifications to the drilling unit since it first arrived in Pascagoula in February 2006. The Signal yard had renewed every electrical and mechanical system…

Signal International Expands Sales Team at SSR

Tom Godfrey, Domestic Sales and Marketing, Signal Ship Repair (SSR) facility in Mobile, AL.

Signal International, Inc. announces the appointment of Tom Godfrey to the position of Domestic Sales and Marketing at the Signal Ship Repair (SSR) facility in Mobile, AL.   Godfrey complements the sales staff with his 18 years of ship repair experience. Godfrey has a solid background in the Maritime industry including Planning and Project Management as well as sales. In recent years, Godfrey’s sales experience has focused on foreign and domestic blue water market. He is a 1986 graduate of the State University of New York Maritime College.  

Signal Wins Transocean Drillship Project

Signal International, Inc. announced it has been awarded a contract from Transocean UK Limited, to refurbish and upgrade the Deepwater Navigator drillship. The initial contract is valued at $32.4m. The work is slated to be performed at Signal’s shipyards in Pascagoula, Miss. and Mobile, Ala. The drillship will arrive the second week in October at Signal’s East Bank shipyard in Pascagoula where an extensive list of repairs and upgrades will be performed. Major items include living quarters enhancements and refurbishment; the fabrication and installation of a new helicopter deck; high and low pressure pipe system replacement; major equipment removals and repair, ventilation system enhancements, and the upgrade of electrical power, communication and control systems.

Signal Ship Repair Achieves 1000 Days

Signal Ship Repair, a division of Signal International, Inc., recently attained a milestone of 1,000 days without a lost time injury, on January 30th, 2013. This significant milestone was achieved by the commitment of all Signal Ship Repair employees towards a safe work environment. Signal Ship Repair has several crafts which never had an injury, including; maintenance, security, inside machinist, scaffolding, carpenters, structural welders, riggers, operators, electricians, laborers, and the safety department. The painters and drydock crew will have attained a two-year injury-free milestone on March 15th and 16th respectively. On May 11th the pipe and structural ship fitters will be injury-free for one year.

Kirby Excercises ATB Option with Signal

Signal International announced the option to build the second articulated tug/barge (AT/B) vessel has been exercised by Kirby Ocean Transport Company of Houston, Texas. Signal’s state-of-the-art continuous flow manufacturing facility in Orange, Texas now has a backlog of nearly $100M. Engineering, planning and material procurement for the first AT/B is on schedule for manufacturing work to begin in the fourth quarter of this year. Simultaneously, fabrication of the second unit is also slated to get underway before year’s end. The AT/B vessels are comprised of a 20,000 DWT ocean bulk barge with a 6,000 BHP AT/B ocean tug. Each barge measures 480 ft x 90 ft x 36 ft and will be outfitted with Ocean Tug & Barge Engineering’s Articouple connection.

FGH Offshore Asset Sale Final

Friede Goldman Halter, Inc. (FGH) has completed the previous announced sale of substantially all of the assets of its offshore division to ACON Offshore Partners LP and its affiliates (ACON), a Delaware limited partnership. The sale was finalized for a purchase price of approximately $61 million (USD), consisting of cash and the assumption of secured debt. "We are pleased with the outcome in closing this transaction and we commend the Restructuring Committee of the Board of Directors and the Unsecured Creditors Committee for their efforts," said T. Jay Collins, FGH Chairman and CEO. Now that the sale of the offshore assets is complete, Friede Goldman Halter intends to concentrate on promulgation of its plan of reorganization.

No Recordable Incidents for Signal Texas

Dick Marler, president and CEO of Signal International

Signal International announced that on November 16th, 2011, its Texas Operations in Orange, Texas achieved one full year, working 451,116 man-hours, without the occurrence of an OSHA recordable incident. This is a significant safety milestone within the United States shipyard and marine fabrication industry, thus representing world-class safety performance. By realizing the goal of a zero OSHA recordable incident, which includes work-related injuries such as cuts, lacerations…

Signal Wins $47M Contract for ATB

Signal International has been awarded a $47M contract by Kirby Ocean Transport Company of Houston, Texas, to build an articulated tug/barge (AT/B) unit with an option for an additional unit. The AT/B vessel is comprised of a 20,000 DWT ocean bulk barge with a 6,000 BHP AT/B ocean tug. The barge will measure 480 ft x 90 ft x 36 ft and will be outfitted with Ocean Tug & Barge Engineering’s Articouple connection. The 6,000 HP tugboat will be 125 ft x 42 ft x 22 ft built and classed to ABS Maltese Cross, +A1 Ocean Towing Service standards. The AT/B will transport dry-bulk commodities in United States coastwise trade. The barge fabrication work will commence in the second quarter of 2011 at Signal’s state-of-the-art continuous flow manufacturing facility in Orange, Texas, which has 450,000 sq.

Signal Wins USACE Dredge Repair Contract

Signal Ship Repair Wins Bid to Repair U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Hopper Dredge WHEELER. Signal Ship Repair (SSR), a division of Signal International, Inc., competitively bid and won a contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to repair and repower the Hopper Dredge WHEELER. SSR will provide engineering and marine services to perform engine replacement, auxiliary systems modifications, repair work, and testing of the Dredge WHEELER for the Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District. The eleven-month project will commence in February with phase one pre-planning, engineering, and scheduling portion. The second phase begins in July with the Dredge WHEELER on the SSR drydock for capital improvements…

Signal International Delivers Second Deck Barge

A Signal Shipyard facility: Photo courtesy of Signal International

Signal International has announced delivery of the MARMAC 304, the second new 300’ x 100’ x 20’ ABS ocean classed deck barge built for McDonough Marine Service by Signal’s Orange, TX Division this year. The barge was designed with an ABS load line maximum cargo capacity of 13,200 short tons and uniform deck strength of 4,500 lbs/sq. ft. It will be ready for charter through McDonough Marine Service in September and eventually will be fleeted in Amelia, La. “Using modular construction techniques we are capable of a highly efficient and cost competitive operation with unequaled quality.

Signal Ship Repair Achieves OSHA Milestone

Photo courtesy of Signal Ship Repair

Signal International announced that on December 31, 2014, the Signal Ship Repair Operations located in Mobile, Alabama achieved one full year and worked 387,926 manhours, without the occurrence of an OSHA recordable incident. This is a  safety milestone within the United States shipyard and marine fabrication industry, thus representing world-class safety performance, the yard said. By realizing the goal of a zero OSHA recordable incident, which includes work-related injuries such as cuts…

Fincantieri, New Bay Shipbuilding Company VP

Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC) a Fincantieri company, welcomes Gene Caldwell as the new Vice President and General Manager of Bay Shipbuilding Company, a member of the Fincantieri Marine Group. Caldwell’s resume includes shipbuilding experience in multiple facets of the Ship Building Industry including vessel and rig repair, new commercial and government vessel construction, project management, contract negotiation, sales & marketing, safety, QA/QC and financial reporting. Prior to joining FMG, he held a senior management position with Signal International, LLC.  

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