Bisso Marine Acquires Derrick Barge
Bisso Marine has added the D/B Bisso 350 derrick barge to its expanding fleet. Built to service the offshore industry, the revolving D/B Bisso 350 will be used for salvage, offshore construction and diving operations. The vessel has three load blocks: 350 mt (385 st), 150 mt (165 st) and 12 mt (13 st). “The D/B Bisso 350 is a solid addition to our fleet, increasing our capabilities and expanding the level of our services,” said President and Chief Executive Officer W.A. “Beau” Bisso IV. The vessel is eight-point moored and has dimensions of 250 x 78 x 18 ft. It can accommodate 52 people.
T&T Bisso, Foss Maritime Agreement
T&T Bisso, provider of vessel emergency response, salvage and marine firefighting services, announced an exclusive cooperative services agreement with Foss Maritime Company. Foss Maritime, based in Seattle, offers maritime services and project management to customers across the Pacific Rim, Europe, South America and around the globe. “Foss’s extensive network of sister companies and partners positioned in North America and around the world will compliment T&T Bisso’s global strategies in providing professional, safe and results-oriented services conducted on or around the water,” said Tim Dickensheets, director of vessel response services for T&T Bisso.
T&T Bisso Responds to BP Thunderhorse
T&T BISSO has been mobilized to the disabled BP THUNDERHORSE semi-submersible in Mississippi Canyon area Block 776, to begin the salvage operations. T&T BISSO responded rapidly and was on location within four hours after the first call for assistance. Currently the dewatering operation is underway. T&T BISSO is an alliance between T&T MARINE SALVAGE of Galveston, TX, and BISSO MARINE CO. of New Orleans, LA, the alliance was formed to offer the maritime and oilfield industries a full service salvage and firefighting option located locally in the Gulf of Mexico, T&T BISSO together possess 165 years of industry experience. T&T BISSO also offer OPA 90 coverage worldwide.
Bisso Responds to Damaged Railroad Bridge
Following an emergency call, Bisso Marine mobilized the 600 ton capacity D/B Lili Bisso to Amelia, La., to lift the Bayou Boeuf Railroad Bridge which had been struck by a tug and barge resulting in significant damage to the bridge span. Upon arrival at the site, the D/B Lili Bisso lifted the damaged 200 ton bridge span and placed it on to a deck barge. The bridge span was then transferred to a local repair facility where the D/B Lili Bisso would again lift the bridge span and place it into the repair yard. Upon completion of the repairs, the D/B Lili Bisso again lifted the repaired span and placed it back on to the deck barge. The deck barge and D/B Lili Bisso were then transferred back to the rail line where the span was put back on to its supports allowing the rail traffic to resume.
T&T Bisso Refloats Sunken Drill Barge
T&T Bisso salvaged a 2,000-ton inland drill barge capsized by Hurricane Gustav in Southern Louisiana. T&T Bisso salvage engineers designed a method to right and refloat the inland drill barge using four derrick barges and a pull barge. “The rig sustained minimal damage from the hurricane so it was imperative that we use extreme care in salvaging the barge to mitigate further damage,” said W.A. “Beau” Bisso IV, president and chief executive officer of the company. The four derrick barges…
Bisso Marine Launches Three Vessels
Bisso Marine, a provider of energy and maritime support services, successfully launched three vessels in two recent projects. Using the D/B Cappy Bisso, a Bisso Marine crew of six launched the M/V Yellowfin and the M/V Bluefin in Lockport, La. The two ocean-going tugs each weighs 520 tons. The operation was particularly challenging because the 700-ton Cappy Bisso had to be towed through Bayou Lafourche, which can be as shallow as 6 feet in some areas. In the second launch project, Bisso Marine used the D/B Lili Bisso to launch the new push boat Coon Wise in St. Rose, La.
T&T Bisso Salvages Miss Janice
T&T Bisso has successfully salvaged the 72 ft 1600 hp vessel, Miss Janice, which recently sank in the Port of New Orleans in the Mississippi River. T&T Bisso was contracted by owner’s representatives to immediately respond to stabilize the fuel and lube oil then remove the vessel from the busy ship channel where it sank in 85 ft of high current, zero visibility water. T&T Bisso used its own divers and the Gulf of Mexico based 600t capacity D/B Lili Bisso to lift the 375t vessel. (www.bissomarine.com)
Bisso Launches New Tug
Bisso Marine used the 700 ton capacity D/B Cappy Bisso to lift a new 635 ton tug Z-Drive Tractor tug. The draft of the tug was too deep to be launched in Houma, LA at the Main Iron Works shipyard, so the tug was lifted on to a materials barge where it was placed into support cribbing then delivered via the Intracoastal Waterway to New Orleans, LA. Once in New Orleans, LA, the D/B Cappy Bisso would again lift the tug from the deck of the materials barge and place it into the Mississippi River at the Foot of Walnut Street at the Bisso Towboat fleet.
Bisso Marine Sets 1,100 Ton Superstructure
Bisso Marine recently utilized the tandem heavy lift capabilities of the 700 ton capacity D/B Cappy Bisso and the 600 ton capacity D/B Lili Bisso to set an 1,100 ton newly built superstructure on to the hull of a new offshore vessel. The tandem derrick barges lifted the 1,100 ton superstructure from its fabrication area and transported the superstructure, while on the hook, several hundred feet to the awaiting vessel hull. The entire heavy lifting operation was performed in approximately six hours.
Bisso Barge Launches Tugs
New Orleans-based Bisso Marine recently used its 700-ton capacity derrick barge to launch four newly built tractor tugs in Gulfport, Miss. The barge – named the Cappy Bisso – successfully lifted and safely placed into the water the four identical 650-ton vessels. Bisso Marine offers a wide range of services to the energy and marine industries.
Bisso Completes Mad Dog Lift
Bisso Marine Company, Inc. heavy lift crews recently loaded out a 620 ton booster compression module for the Mad Dog project for British Petroleum. The lift was done by Bisso’s Derrick Barge CAPPY BISSO at the Dolphin Services Fabrication yard in Houma, Louisiana.
Bisso Completes Loadout
Bisso Marine Company, Inc. heavy lift crews using the 700 ton D/B Cappy Bisso and the 600 ton D/B Lili Bisso, recently loaded out five deck sections at Houma Industries in Harvey Louisiana. The largest section weighed 725 tons. Rigging for the project was provided by Versabar of Belle Chasse, La.
Bisso Pulls 700 Tons on 200 Ton Jackets
Bisso Marine was contracted to remove four structures in the Eugene Island area. The 105 ft., 200T jacket structures were designed, built and installed in 1958, each of which had a complete mud mat floor with a five foot retaining mud wall. The original installation of the jackets to the required depth below natural bottom required the use of a jetting system which was built into the jackets. Fast-forward 47 years, Bisso Marine mobilized the D/B Boaz to location and removed the 75T deck sections from each structure and then prepared the structures with explosives to severe the jacket from the piles. The 700T capacity D/B Cappy Bisso was then rigged to each jacket and maintained a constant strain in order to break the mud suction.
Bisso Marine Adds to Fleet
Bisso Marine announced the addition of the DSV Joseph Bisso to its fleet of equipment. The vessel is 180 x 44 x 15-ft. and is powered by EMD 12-645-E2 main engines generating 3,000 bhp with a cruising speed of 12 knots. The vessel is equipped with a GM 8V71, 300 bhp bow thruster and GenSets providing 450Kw of electrical power.The dive support vessel is equipped with a 22 ton retractable boom hydraulic crane and two-drum MANITOWOC 390 winches which provide a four point station keeping system. The vessel was completely upgraded in 2007, and is USCG Inspected and ABS Classed. Bisso Marine is currently implementing a ISO 9001:2000 program for the vessel. Accommodations are for 36 persons and the vessel is equipped with satellite television, voice and data communications.
Bisso Marine Safety Award Winner
Bisso Marine, a provider of energy and maritime support services, announced that Taylor King is the winner of the annual Bisso Marine Safety Award Drawing. King was selected from a pool of 220 eligible employees. To be eligible for the drawing, an employee must be employed by the company for the entire calendar year without having had an accident, safety infraction, negative performance review or disciplinary write-up. King was given the choice of selecting a Mako 1901 bay boat, a Nitro Z-7 bass boat or a Toyota Tundra double cab pickup truck.
Bisso Announces Management Changes
Ruben S. Dupre has been named to vice president, engineering at Bisso Towboat. With Bisso since 1981, Dupre will be responsible for the maintenance and repair of the fleet of tugs and will oversee all new tug construction. Brian Cyprowski has been named vice president, operations. With Bisso since 1987, Cyprowski will be responsible for the scheduling and job work assignment for the fleet of tugs. Captain Johnathan Davis has been named vice president, safety & quality. A captain since 1981, Davis will be responsible for safety and trainer of Bisso mariners and maintenance of the company’s safety management system.
T&T Bisso Salvages Tug
The 600 ton capacity D/B BIG T, owned by T&T MARINE SALVAGE of Galveston, Texas, and the 700 ton capacity D/B CAPPY BISSO, owned by BISSO MARINE of Houston, Texas, were used to make a tandem lift of a 105-ft. sunken tugboat in Port Arthur, Texas. T&T BISSO initially responded to the sunken vessel with the GEORGE T, a salvage support barge used for the diving survey and rigging operations. Once the diving survey and salvage rigging phases were complete, the D/B BIG T was connected to the bow rigging and the D/B CAPPY BISSO which mobilized from New Orleans…
Bisso Marine Lifts Reactor Vessel
Bisso Marine Co., Inc. recently lifted an 850-ton reactor vessel from the deck of Storman Asia at the Nashville Ave. Wharf in New Orleans. Originally, the off-loading plans falled for the ship's own cranes to remove the vessel, but a problem developed with the lifting gear, and the cranes were unable to provide the lift capability. Bisso's derrick barges Cappy Bisso and Lili Bisso were brought to the scene, and safely lifted the reactor vessel from the ship, and placed it on a 260 x 72 ft. barge outfitted with heavy lift dollies. Rigging for the special lift was engineered and supplied by Versabar, Inc.
Bisso Salvages Collapsed Crane
Bisso Marine Company, Inc., in New Orleans, has successfully completed the salvage of the 1,200 ton Gantry Ship Unloader from the Mississippi River at the IC Railmarine Terminal, Convent, La. The crane collapsed from the dock during testing procedures last June. Bisso cut the unloader into three main sections, utilizing shape charge type explosives. The sections were lifted by Bisso Marine derricks and transported to a secure lay down area on the batture behind the dock for forensic investigation. The 90 ton trolley, test weights, counterweights and other miscellaneous equipment from the crane were recovered from 80 to 135 ft. water depths by Bisso Marine divers and equipment.
Resolve, T&T Bisso Form FiFi Coalition
Resolve Marine Group and T&T Bisso have announced their coalition for Marine Firefighting services in U.S. waters. This agreement combines both companies’ extensive firefighting infrastructure to produce overlapping coverage and higher volume firefighting capacity throughout the U.S. This coalition was crafted specifically to help tank vessel operators fully comply with the new Oil Pollution Act of 1990 regulations that will be effective on February 22, 2011. The regulations require that all tanker and tank barge owners operating in U.S.
Bisso Marine Completes Crane Removal, Module Lifting Projects
Bisso Marine Co., Inc. salvage personnel recently completed the removal of three ship unloader cranes at the Elaine Street Wharf in New Orleans, La. Bisso salvage personnel arrived at the project location and secured the derrick D/B Cairo and D/B Ajax to the first crane. The two derricks were secured to the crane’s truck assemblies and 500 tons of lift were applied to raise one side of the crane 18 in. and walk it to a stable section of the dock structure. Salvage personnel then evaluated the situation and prepared the rigging necessary for lifting and dismantling the crane in nine sections. Bisso’s new 250-ton revolving crane, D/B Boaz, removed the 703-ton, 135-ft.-tall traveling ship unloader crane.
Bisso Salvages Mackerel
Bisso Marine salvage crews raised M/V Mackerel from the Mississippi River. The vessel capsized and sank as it was entering the river from the Algiers Lock. A severe weather front precluded any safe operation from commencing, immediately. The salvage vessels - derrick Ajax and tugboats Tyler and Beau Bisso - stood by, waiting for weather conditions to improve. The actual salvage operation took eight hours to complete.
D/B Cappy Bisso Loads Out 220-ton Reactor
The Bisso Marine Company, Inc., 700 ton Derrick Barge Cappy Bisso recently loaded out a 220 ton reactor from the M/V Star Fuji to barge in the Port of Mobile, Alabama.