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Laborde Powers Smith Maritime

Smith Maritime’s semi-submersible barge, Atlanta Bridge.

Smith Maritime was contracted by a Nigerian company to deliver a 200' lift boat for oil field maintenance. Smith Maritime selected the 5,000 hp tug Rhea and 400' barge Atlanta Bridge for the voyage. The barge was equipped with pumps to allow for controlled sinking and recovery in order to float the lift boat on and off. But they ran into a hitch. Shortly before departing, Smith Maritime discovered the African port was unable to furnish power for the pumps. Within hours Smith Maritime received delivery of a 60 kW Fiat Powertrain Technologies (FPT, formerly Iveco) diesel generator from Laborde.

Laborde Delivers Engines to Tugboat

An expert in ocean and coastal towing, Smith Maritime, needed dependable diesel power when its 90 ft Elsbeth III was in need of repowering prior to towing the 520 ft USS Hoyt S. Vandenberg to the Florida Keys. The Vandenberg was sunk six miles offshore, becoming Florida's largest artificial reef. The company turned to Laborde Products, who had previously supplied Smith Maritime with Mitsubishi heavy-duty marine propulsion engines and ordered three new 1,180 hp Mitsubishi S12R-Y1MPTA engines. "We're 100% satisfied with these engines," said Capt. Latham Smith, Smith Maritime founder.

Mitsubishi Makes Smith Maritime Tug Move

For over 20 years, the Elsbeth II, a 110-ft. Smith Maritime tugboat, has done extensive deep sea towing and delivered military vessels around the world. When it came time for Smith Maritime owner Captain Latham Smith to replace one of Elsbeth II's three engines, he relied on a Gulf Coast distributor for help. Laborde provided the perfect fit for Elsbeth II - a Mitsubishi heavy-duty marine engine. "My new Mitsubishi engine performance far exceeds my expectations," said Capt. Smith. A 6,000 hp ocean tug with a shallow draft and triple screws, the Elsbeth II needed the Mitsubishi S16R-Y1MPTA engine from Laborde to complement its heavy-duty design and operations. At 1,600 rpm, the engine provides 1,568 hp. "I love Mitsubishi's simple design and power," said Smith.

K-Sea Completes Acquisition of Smith Maritime and Sirius Maritime

K-Sea Transportation Partners L.P. has completed the acquisition of Smith Maritime, Ltd. of Honolulu, Hawaii and Sirius Maritime, LLC of Seattle, Wash. President and CEO Timothy J. Casey said: “We are very excited about welcoming the Smith and Sirius operating teams to K-Sea. This acquisition immediately increases our barrel-carrying capacity by 770,000 barrels, or 22% of our capacity of 3.5 million barrels at June 30, 2007. In addition, our ongoing vessel newbuilding program, under which we have ten new tank barges under construction, will add 524,000 barrels over the next three and one-half years. “These transactions strengthen our operations on the West Coast and also expand our geographical presence to Hawaii, thus providing a further platform for future growth.

Repowered Tug Tows Nonstop

Photo courtesy Laborde

For its third repower with Smith Maritime, Laborde supplied three Mitsubishi S12R-Y2MPTK Tier II engines rated at 5,000 hp for the tug Rhea. For its maiden voyage, Rhea towed a huge piece of oilfield equipment from Texas to Cape Verde Islands off of Africa before moving on to Nigeria, towing continuously for seven weeks. Rhea is a small, powerful, agile, sea-going tug capable of withstanding the rigors of ship and barge towing or ocean rescue service in all weather conditions. It’s fitted and built for extended service at sea or in distant and remote locations.

Repowered Tug Tows 7 Weeks Nonstop

Photo courtesy Laborde

When business depends on commercial vessels, it's essential for these boats to stay in good condition. Unreliable engines and equipment can lead to days or weeks off the water for repairs, resulting in lost customers. To ensure its fleet is always prepared for the job, Smith Maritime depends on Laborde Products. For its third repower with Smith Maritime, Laborde supplied three Mitsubishi S12R-Y2MPTK Tier II engines rated at 5,000 hp for the tug Rhea. For its maiden voyage, Rhea towed a huge piece of oilfield equipment from Texas to Cape Verde Islands off of Africa before moving on to Nigeria.

McAllister Adds Associate To Ocean Towing Division

Rachel Smith has joined McAllister Towing as a sales associate in the company's ocean towing division. Smith, who previously was with Smith Maritime, will draw upon her extensive experience in contract towing, marketing McAllister tugs and barges on the U.S. East and Gulf Coasts, as well as the Caribbean to South America.

K-Sea Partners buying Sirius Maritime

K-Sea Transportation Partners LP said it's buying Sirius Maritime LLC of Seattle and Smith Maritime Ltd. of Honolulu for $205m. New York-based K-Sea is buying 11 petroleum tank barges and 10 tugboats in the deal. The ships have 777,000 barrels of capacity. Sirius Maritime is owned by Gordon Smith, Robert Dorn and Wayne Sundberg. Smith also owns the Honolulu operation. K-Sea said it's paying $195m in cash and assumed debt and is issuing $10m in common stock for the companies, adding the deal should close in July or early August. Source: BizJournals

Moody's Affirms K-Sea Ratings

Moody's Investors Service said it has affirmed K-Sea Transportation Partners LP's non-investment grade debt ratings, which were under review for possible downgrade after a $205 million acquisition, according to a report on http://money.cnn.com. K-Sea shares jumped $2.10, or 5.9 percent, to $37.58 in afternoon trading. The stock has traded between $33.90 and $48.50 during the past 52 weeks. The ratings service began its review of the oil tank barge operator's ratings on June 27, after the company announced it had agreed to acquire transportation operators Smith Maritime Ltd. and Sirius Maritime LLC for $205 million.

Small Boat Counter-offensive Contract for QinetiQ

QinetiQ Maritime contracted by UK'sMinistry of Defence (MOD) to research co-ordinated defence against attacks on Royal Naval ships. The contract is to carry out research into the co-ordinated defence of the Royal Navy fleet against the emerging threat of attacks from small, fast and agile boats that might be used by pirates, terrorists or other hostile forces. The contract has been awarded by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), a trading fund of the MoD which maximises the impact of science and technology for UK defence and security. The research brings together two innovative concepts from QinetiQ with the potential to deliver an integrated solution for the Royal Navy to counter the small boat threat.

Winners of International Seafarers' Welfare Awards

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The winners of ISWAN's International Seafarers' Welfare Awards 2016 were announced on 24th June at a high-profile ceremony held in Manila, the Philippines. The ceremony forms part of ISWAN's celebrations in the Philippines for the IMO Day of the Seafarer. The awards were presented by IMO Secretary General Mr Kitack Lim to seven recipients who have provided exceptional services for the welfare and wellbeing of seafarers. The Welfare Personality of the Year Award is named after Dr Dierk Lindemann who sadly passed away on 17 March 2014.

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…

Exercise Nautical Union Concludes in the Persian Gulf

U.S. and Saudi Arabian forces concluded exercise Nautical Union 2007 in the Persian Gulf June 2. USS Higgins (DDG 76), USS Hawes (FFG 53), USS Gladiator (MCM 11) and USS Ardent (MCM 12) trained with Saudi Arabian forces during the eight-day exercise, which focused on improving regional cooperation and efficiency in maintaining stability in the 5th Fleet area of operations. "Nautical Union is a multidimensional warfare exercise involving Royal Saudi and United States Naval forces," said Higgins Commanding Officer Cmdr. Winton Smith. "Bilateral in nature, it is intended to enhance interoperability and tactical proficiency between coalition and regional forces, which may operate together to help set conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment.

JK Fabrication Wins Emergency Tow Reel Order

Photo courtesy of JK Fabrication

Olympic Tug and Barge, a Harley Marine Services Company, has selected four JK Fabrication emergency tow storage reels for new barges being built at Zidell Shipyard in Portland (the first two) and Vigor Shipyard there also (the last two units). Given earlier success at U.S. Coast Guard testing in southern California, earlier orders from Olympic, Smith Maritime, U.S. barge and HME Construction, and acclaim from ABS and marine surveyors, JK has applied for U.S. patent on the unit.

Global Diving & Salvage Welcomes Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. Welcomes Ryan Smith as new Gulf Coast Region General Manager. Global Diving and Salvage, Inc., based in Seattle, WA, announces the hiring of Ryan Smith as general manager for its Gulf Coast Regional office, based in Houston, TX. In this position, Mr. Smith will be responsible for the day-to-day operations as well as the development of business opportunities. “Smith understands our unique diving personality and company philosophy, and is someone who will be a good leader and manager for our Gulf operations,” states Devon Grennan, Global’s President.

Howard Smith To Jettison Tow Business?

Howard Smith Ltd.'s likely sale of its Australian and U.K. towage operations to Adsteam Marine Ltd would enable the sluggish company to focus on hardware and industrial supplies distribution, analysts said. The deal was also viewed as a positive for acquisitive Adsteam, already the largest operator of marine towage services in Australia's mature market. Adsteam expanded into the U.S. market in 1999 and would welcome a foothold in the U.K. market. Hardware retailer, industrial supplier and towage operator Howard Smith announced earlier that it was in talks with Adsteam but said no agreement had yet been reached. "We would see it as positive in that it's focusing the business of Howard Smith on the distribution side…

Rev. Dr. Jean Smith Appointed as Executive Director of SCI

The Rev. Dr. Jean Smith has been appointed Executive Director of the Seamen's Church Institute (SCI) of New York & New Jersey by its Board of Trustees at its December 5 meeting. On January 1, 2003 she will succeed the Rev. Canon Peter Larom who will become a special advisor to the Institute and other organizations. The first woman to lead the 169-year-old maritime institution, Dr. in North America whose 2003 budget is over $6.5 million. legal advocacy work. said George D. Benjamin Chairman of SCI's Board of Trustees. With the Institute since 1990, Dr. Services. from Pittsburgh to Houston. Dr. Port of New York & New Jersey. from under-served ports around the world. Friendly Churches.

Titan and T&T Cooperate for Salvage on Chilean Coast

Photo: Titan

Crowley Maritime Corp. subsidiary Titan Salvage, based in Pompano Beach, Fla., and its partner T&T Salvage, a maritime emergency and salvage company based in Galveston, Texas, recently completed a challenging wreck removal project off the coast of Chile. The job, which involved the removal and scuttling (the process of strategically sinking a shipwreck) of a grounded bulk carrier on Llolleo Beach, required the use of unique, ship-to-shore equipment – such as an aerial téléphérique and a pneumatic pontoon system…

Foss Maritime's Has New Director of Sales

Foss Maritime announced that Carl Smith has recently joined the company as the Director of Sales and Marketing for its Fleet Services Division based out of Seattle. He will be reporting to Mike Magill, Vice President of Fleet Services. Previously employed by Alaska Ship and Dry Dock (ASD), Smith was part of the ASD Management Team for 18 years. Early in his career, his responsibilities at ASD included Management of Production and Operations and, prior to joining Foss, he served as Director of Marketing.

Kvaerner Appoints Smith VP Business Development

In another significant executive move at its Philadelphia shipyard, Kvaerner announced the appointment of Brian M Smith, as Vice President, Business Development. Until recently, British born Brian Smith held a similar position with Litton Ship Systems, in New Orleans, where he since 1996 has been employed as Director - Business Development/ Strategic Planning. He will take up his position with Kvaerner in Philadelphia during mid November. Smith is a well-established figure within the American commercial shipbuilding market. Prior to his joining Avondale in 1996, Mr. Smith worked extensively in the marketing, strategic planning and business development area, much of it within the maritime industry.

HMAS Toowoomba Returns From the Middle East

HMAS Toowoomba (Photo: Royal Australian Navy)

Minister for Defense Stephen Smith today welcomed HMAS Toowoomba home from a six-month deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO). Minister Smith greeted the crew at her homeport Fleet Base West (HMAS Stirling), Rockingham, Western Australia. HMAS Toowoomba is an ANZAC Class Frigate with a crew of 191 men and women. As part of Operation SLIPPER, she provided essential naval support to International Maritime Security Operations in the Arabian Gulf. While deployed, HMAS Toowoomba participated in counter-terrorism operations in the Gulf of Oman and North Arabian Sea…

Elliott Bay Design Group Announces Staff Additions

Elliott Bay Design Group announced that David Smith has joined the firm as Project Manager. Smith brings over 25 years of shipyard design and construction experience to the team and has worked in shipyards across the country. Smith is currently leading the design effort for a new Ship Docking Module. John Farmer joins the team as a Designer II. Farmer has a BS in mechanical engineering technology from Purdue University and over 10 years of 3-D design and surface modeling experience. Farmer is currently working on a tank barge for Bollinger Shipyards. We are also pleased to announce that Alisha Lamb has been promoted to Designer III. Lamb joined EBDG in 2003 and has been actively supporting the firm's design team.

Flag of Convenience Hearings Raise ‘Shocking Concerns’

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) maritime coordinator Jacqueline Smith today described the Australian senate hearings into flag of convenience (FOC) shipping taking place in Canberra as raising “shocking concerns”. According to the ITF, the fact that the captain of the ‘death ship’ Sage Sagittarius – on which three people have died in suspicious circumstances – was allowed to work off the Australian coast for eight months, despite claims of involvement in potential firearms offences, is the latest revelation to emerge at the hearings. “These latest revelations are blowing a hole in the Australian government’s pretence that it is managing Australian shipping in a safe and responsible manner,” Smith said.

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