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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Taylor Made News

Taylor Made Group President & COO to Retire

Dennis Flint (left) and Dennis with Jim Taylor (right)

The Taylor Made Group has announced that President and Chief Operating Officer, Andy Jobbins, will retire at the close of the company’s current fiscal year, effective October 1, 2015. Jobbins was promoted to his current position in 2010, after serving as Trend Marine Products Managing Director and Taylor Made Group’s International Managing Director — responsible for their facilities in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. “We wish Andy health, happiness, and the very best as he enters his retirement,” said Dennis Flint, Chairman and CEO of The Taylor Made Group.

Taylor Made Environmental Opens New U.K. Facility

facility in Poole to provide sales and technical support throughout Europe for the company's marine air conditioning, refrigeration and battery charger product lines. According to Trevor Goldsmith, managing director of Taylor Made Environmental, Europe, Ltd, the new facility includes a 5,000 sq. ft. warehouse, which is being stocked with over $1.7 million in inventory,and 2,000 sq. ft. of office space. There are also three fully operational workshops for repair and refurbishment of equipment. The new facility is being staffed by 16 employees, including five field engineers and other sales, service and administrative personnel. Goldsmith stated that Taylor Made Environmental will be able to provide 24-hour deliveries from stock anywhere in Europe for most popular items.

Taylor Made to Supply for Swiftships Vessel

Taylor Made Environmental has been chosen to supply the air conditioning system for a new 110 ft. vessel being built by Swiftships in Morgan City, La. The vessel is being built for the National Park Service for operation in the Florida Keys, and is being fitted with an extra high capacity air conditioning system for the tropical climate. Taylor Made Environmental is supplying a 15-ton Marine Air Systems reverse-cycle modular 3-stage chiller with Hydromatic controls and 11 air handling units totaling 177,000 BTUs. The scope of work includes extensive custom design, applications engineering and technical support. The system will be delivered to Swiftships in December 2003.

Taylor Made Environmental Receives Patent

Taylor Made Environmental has been awarded a second U.S. patent for its Chiller Compact air conditioning system. The new patent complements an earlier patent (#6,263,689), which was issued last year for the Chiller Compact unit. overall package. The Chiller Compact system is designed for boats 45-75 ft. with PVC water pipes. charging at installation. configuration. The compact base design and footprint provides for maximumflexibility in space, usage and layouts. Systems brand name.

Taylor Made Appoints New Sales Director

Taylor Made Environmental has elected Ned Trigg to the position of international and domestic OEM sales director. Trigg will be responsible for all aspects of sales operations, including assigning OEM territories, OEM relations and coordinating requirements between sales and production, applications and engineering. Upon receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1987, Trigg joined Marine Development Corporation (MDC) as an applications engineer. Two years later, he became an OEM sales manager and called on key domestic accounts for over 10 years. In 1997 he was given the added responsibility of Southeast Asia.

Taylor Made Debuts New Series of Air Conditions

Taylor Made Environmental has announced a family of redesigned compact, lightweight, high-efficiency marine air conditioning systems. The new self-contained seawater-cooled units are being sold under the Cruisair and Marine Air Systems brand names. Available in 5,000, 7,000, 10,000, 12,000 and 16,000 BTU capacities, the systems have been re-engineered with new compressors and evaporator coils, resulting in smaller size, lower weight, reduced amperage draw and improved reliability. According to Frank Marciano, president of Taylor Made Environmental, the new-design packaging applies to Marine Air Systems patented Vector Compact and Cool Mate series products, and Cruisair StowAway Compact (SXF) and Zephyr models.

Tidewater to Invest in Aging Fleet

New Orleans-based Tidewater Inc., operator of the world’s largest fleet of offshore supply vessels, plans to invest between $300m and $500m annually through 2011 to renew its vessels. Tidewater CEO and Chairman Dean Taylor made the announcement, saying the investment would position the company to take advantage of growing opportunities in international markets. The company recently accepted 16 new vessels and plans to receive another 50 by 2011. About 75 percent of the company’s fleet – 321 vessels – were built prior to 2000 and have an average age of 25 years. In addition to building new vessels, Tidewater also is considering purchasing vessels from other companies or acquiring competitors to replenish its fleet.

Patent for Colligo Marine Mooring System

Colligo Marine has received a United States Patent for its Bridle Plate Mooring System. The system eliminates line to line interference. Simple, lightweight and corrosion-resistant, the galvanized system maintains mooring line separation to minimize chafe and safely allows redundant lines to the mooring. Two versions are available. One with eyebolt shackles and a premium system with safety shackles that uses nuts with cotter pins for extra security. The Bridle Plate Mooring System is currently distributed by Taylor Made Products and available at marine retailers across the US.

Divers Replace USS Taylor CPP Hub, Avoid Dry-Docking

USS Taylor: USN photo

The Controllable Pitch Propeller (CPP) Hub of the 'USS Taylor' (FFG 50) was replaced underwater in Souda Bay, Greece, the warship having earlier suffered significant damage to its propeller blades while underway in the Black Sea, apprises Norfolk Ship Support Activity (NSSA). "NSSA RMC Quality Assurance (QA) Department dispatched Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) technicians overseas to perform an NDT examination of the Main Reduction Gear, to assess its capabilities after the sustaining damages," said NSSA Hydraulics and Ship's Controls Branch Head Richard Krewinghaus.

Ameritex Fabric Systems Debuts "Weatherguard"

Fabric System

Ameritex Fabric Systems, a member of the Taylor Made Group and the leading supplier of engineered canvas enclosures, tops and covers for OEM boatbuilders, is introducing a new, exclusive fabric to the marine industry. “We’re calling it WeatherGuard™,” said Don Zirkelbach, president of Ameritex Fabric Systems. “It’s strong. It’s durable. Made of solution-dyed polyester, WeatherGuard™ will maintain its color even when exposed to the elements for long periods of time. The fabric is resistant to water, tearing, abrasion, UV and mildew.

Socgen Joins SEA\LNG

Photo: SEA\LNG

French multinational banking and financial services company Societe Generale (Socgen) has joined SEA\LNG, the industry coalition promoting the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. The bank is the first financial institution to join SEA\LNG. Joining a growing band of industry leaders from across the LNG value chain, Societe Generale brings an essential financial perspective to the group which aims to accelerate the uptake of LNG as a marine fuel. Paul Taylor, Global Head of Shipping Finance…

First Shipbuilding Caucus "A Huge Success"

Congressman Gene Taylor (D-MS) and Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis (R-VA) convened the first meeting of the Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus today. Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Vern Clark, was the first guest speaker at the closed session. In comments during the Caucus meeting, Taylor expressed his worry that the current 290-ship fleet is well-below the Navy’s recommended requirements. "If enacted, the proposed FY06 Navy shipbuilding budget doesn’t fix the situation. In fact, this budget would only undercut our ability to fight the Global War on Terror and meet the national security challenges of the future," said Taylor. Taylor also conveyed his great concern over the Navy’s recent announcement to re-open the competition for the DD(X) destroyer.

Tidewater Elects Taylor to Board of Directors

Tidewater announced the election of Cindy B. Taylor to its Board of Directors for a term expiring in July 2008. Mrs. Taylor comes to Tidewater with a distinguished and successful career in the oil and gas industry. Since May 2006, Mrs. Taylor has served as President and CEO of Oil States International, Inc., a diversified solutions provider for the oil and gas industry. From May 2000 through May 2006, Mrs. Taylor was a Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Oil States. Taylor previously held executive positions with a public drilling company and various management positions in public accounting. Taylor earned her Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree from Texas A&M and is a Certified Public Accountant.

LNG America Selects Topside Designer for LNG Bunker Barge

Image: LNG America

LNG America has selected Taylor-Wharton to commence the front-end engineering and design work for the cryogenic topside of the company’s 3,000 cubic meter Gemini Class LNG bunker barge scheduled for delivery at the end of 2015. “Taylor-Wharton has been actively engaged in the development process and instrumental in helping to develop the critical path time line for a late 2015 in-service date,” said Keith Meyer, CEO of LNG America. The LNG bunker vessels will provide a critical building block in the bridge between the natural gas industry and the global marine industry…

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.

Taylor Named to Forbes List

Phyllis Taylor, wife of the late Taylor Energy founder Patrick Taylor, is No. 297 on the Forbe’s Magazine’s list of 400 wealthiest Americans. She is the only Louisiana resident to make the list, which included Americans with a minimum net worth of $1.3 billion. Taylor, 66, is now owner of New Orleans-based Taylor Energy and carries a net worth of $1.6 billion, according to the magazine. Taylor Energy is the largest privately held oil and gas company operating in the Gulf of Mexico, producing 6.5 million barrels of oil and natural gas equivalent each year.

Nobeltec, Taylor Marine Announce Partnership

Nobeltec is pleased to announce a new partnership with Taylor Marine of Australia. As of October 1, 2011, Taylor Marine, also known as JN Taylor & Co. Ltd., will act as Nobeltec’s exclusive distributor of all Nobeltec products sold to dealers and end users in Australia. “It is with great enthusiasm that Nobeltec and JN Taylor enter into this partnership,” Nobeltec General Manager Bill Washburn said. Taylor Marine will provide Australian customers and Nobeltec dealers with strong, local technical support for Nobeltec PC-based navigation software including TimeZero Trident, Admiral and VNS. Support will also extend to Nobeltec’s line of radars and accessories.

World Record Attempt: Suhay Tries to Break Distance by Dinghy Mark

Photo courtesy of McMurdo

In 2014, Robert Suhay tackled the “longest single-handed distance sailed in a dinghy by a male – 283.5 nautical miles (326.24 miles)” into the face of Hurricane Arthur for a Guinness World Record. Next week, Suhay will attempt to break his own record in a 14-foot Laser dinghy unassisted from Beaufort, N.C. to Annapolis, Md., a distance of about 340 nautical miles that will take him around Cape Hatteras and across dangerous ocean shipping lanes. But, this time, Suhay will be using McMurdo’s Automatic Identification System (AIS) solutions to help keep him safe during the journey.

U.S. Rep. Taylor: Navy Budget Insufficient

WASHINGTON, DC – After reviewing the President’s defense budget and hearing testimony from the Secretary of the Navy on Thursday, Congressman Gene Taylor (D-MS) expressed his concern about the number of ships funded under the FY06 defense budget request. “The Navy’s request for reductions in several important shipbuilding programs will leave the United States short of the fleet size needed to meet existing security requirements,” Taylor said. A senior member of the House Armed Services Committee and co-chairman of the newly formed Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus, Taylor articulated his dismay over the declining number of ships in the U.S. Navy fleet. “The shrinking is not just about numbers, but about reduced capabilities that threaten our national security.

Nobeltec and Taylor Marine Announce Partnership

Nobeltec is pleased to announce a new partnership with Taylor Marine of Australia. As of October 1, 2011, Taylor Marine, also known as JN Taylor & Co. Ltd., will act as Nobeltec’s exclusive distributor of all Nobeltec products sold to dealers and end users in Australia. “It is with great enthusiasm that Nobeltec and JN Taylor enter into this partnership,” Nobeltec General Manager Bill Washburn said. “I know that our relationship with Taylor Marine will enhance Australian dealers’ and customers’ experiences with Nobeltec products.” Taylor Marine will provide Australian customers and Nobeltec dealers with strong, local technical support for Nobeltec PC-based navigation software including TimeZero Trident, Admiral and VNS. Support will also extend to Nobeltec’s line of radars and accessories.

Taylor Elected As Chairman of Tidewater Inc.

Dean E. Taylor has been elected as Chairman of its Board of Directors at Tidewater Inc. Taylor will also retain the positions of President and Chief Executive Officer, which positions he has held since October 2001 and March 2002, respectively. He is replacing William C. O'Malley, who has served as Chairman of the Board since 1994. O'Malley will continue as a director of the Company, having been reelected by shareholders to a three year term ending in July 2006.

US Navy Ship Grounds in Turkey

Official U.S. Navy file photo

The Mayport-based frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) is being inspected for damage after running aground Feb. 12. The incident occurred as Taylor was preparing to moor in Samsun, Turkey. Taylor was able to moor without further incident. There were no reported injuries, and the incident is currently under investigation. Additional information will be released as it becomes available. Taylor is currently supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the Black Sea to establish and enhance cooperation…

ZF Marine Names New Account Manager

ZF Marine announced that Stephen Taylor has been appointed Account Manager for the Gulf Coast and Inland River region. Taylor comes to ZF Marine with 20 years of Marine Propulsion experience working on commercial and government projects, in project management, and sales and marketing. Taylor will be based out of ZF Marine LLC's St Rose, Louisiana facility.

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