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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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Equipment:Yanmar Makes Mark in Military Duty

Laborde Products of Covington, La., is applying the Yanmar short stroke diesel technology to the military and light duty commercial markets. The short stroke technology allows Yanmar to provide higher rpms, which provides benefits to both water jet applications, IO applications as well as standard inboard installations. The short stoke provides the higher rpms without significantly increasing piston speed. Doug Oehrlein, Laborde Products COO, said that these benefits are being applied in a number of application. The U.S. Navy Seals, working with United States Marine, Inc, have selected Yanmar 6LY2-STP to be used in their new SOCR Riverene Craft. United States Marine, Inc., SOCR Riverene Craft powered with Yanmar 6LY2-STP supplied by Laborde Products.

Kvichak Names Kirby as Proposal Manager

Kevin Kirby, Kvichak proposal manager.

Kvichak Marine Industries in Seattle Washington announces the appointment of Kevin Kirby as their new proposal manager. Kevin has been with Kvichak for over 2 years as a project lead engineer. His most recent projects include the recently launched 67’ Connor Foss Pilot Boat, a 54’ hydrofoil catamaran, the 30’ Rapid Response Skimmers and the Bridge Erection Boat prototypes currently undergoing testing by the US Army. Prior to Kvichak Kevin was with SAFE boats for 8 years where he worked on multiple aluminum boat projects for the United States Navy…

USMI Helps Coast Guard After Gustav

United States Marine, Inc (USMI), a small business that designs and builds fast patrol and other special operations craft for the U.S. military, is leasing the U.S. Coast Guard facility space in the aftermath of extensive flooding from Hurricane Gustav of the Coast Guard Station at Gulfport, MS. USMI has provided office and parking space, dock usage, fuel and electricity, and property for location of temporary housing for up to 70 Coast Guard personnel now working at USMI’s facilities.

Shipbuilding Company Returns to New Orleans

United States Marine Inc., a shipbuilding company that moved its headquarters to Gulfport, Miss. after Hurricane Katrina, has returned to the New Orleans. In November 2007, the company leased space along the Industrial Canal in New Orleans from Trinity Yachts Inc. The company now is using the New Orleans yard to construct a line of military vessels bound for the Middle East nation of Bahrain. United States Marine's headquarters will remain in Mississippi while its new Industrial Canal space will serve as a second location. The company shares Trinity's equipment and work force, which it is using to complete a $22m contract with the U.S. Navy to build two vessels that will ultimately be used by Bahrain.

USMI Celebrates a Double Delivery

On Friday April 14, United States Marine, Inc., (USMI), celebrated the delivery of two of their 36-ft. NSW RIBs to the United States Special Operations Command, USSOCOM, marking the 99th and 100th craft delivered by USMI to USSOCOM to date. This delivery marked a number of occasions, including USMI’s first scheduled deliveries since hurricanes Katrina and Rita. This celebration also marked the first deliveries of new craft from their new Gulfport, Miss., facility. Powered by a pair of 470 hp Caterpillar 3126 diesel engines driving a pair of Kamewa water jets, the NSW RIB performs at speeds in excess of 40 knots.

United States Marine Cuts Ribbon to New Facility

United States Marine, Inc., began the new year with a ribbon cutting ceremony at its new facility in Gulfport, Miss. As a result of the damage inflicted by hurricane Katrina to the New Orleans division, USMI relocated their facilities to Gulfport. The new facility has enabled USMI to resume normal production and service operations. The new facility is located at 10011 Lorraine Road in Gulfport. USMI plans to also return to the New Orleans facility as an added production facility once the infrastructure returns to eastern New Orleans. The actual ribbon cutting was performed by Tom Dreyfus, the Chairman and founder of USMI.

United States Marine Awarded Contract

United States Marine, Inc., Gulfport, Miss., is being awarded an $8,836,911 firm-fixed-price, requirements contract for the acquisition of services and material for the Naval Special Warfare, 11-meter rigid, inflatable boat service life extension program to restore 32 boats to like new condition. Work will be performed in Gulfport, Miss., and is expected to be completed by February 2011. Contract funds in the amount of $500,000 will expire by the end of the current fiscal. The contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City, Fla., is the contracting activity (N61331-06-D-0016).

William P. Doyle Appointed as DCA Executive Director & CEO

William P. Doyle

The Dredging Contactors of America’s (DCA) has selected the Honorable William P. Doyle, Sr. as its new Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). William Doyle currently serves as a Commissioner with the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission having been unanimously confirmed twice by the U.S. Senate as a Presidential Appointee, and remained onboard with the Administration of President Donald J. Trump. Mr. Doyle served over a decade as an officer in the U.S. Merchant Marine as an engineer aboard numerous classes of vessels. He is a licensed attorney and marine engineer.

Bowles Named Director of Donald L. Blount & Associates

Naval architecture and marine engineering firm Gibbs & Cox, Inc. has appointed Jeffrey B. Bowles as Director of its Chesapeake, Va. division, Donald L. Blount & Associates (DLBA).   Bowles joined DLBA in 2001 as a Webb Institute Naval Architect and earned a master's degree in Marine Engineering from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. He was promoted to DLBA Technical Director in 2011. Bowles is a licensed Professional Engineer in the states of Virginia, Florida and New York, and is a certified Project Management Professional. 

MARAD $14.7M in Grants for Small Shipyards

On April 15, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced $14.7m in grant awards to help improve 17 small shipyards in 16 states. The funds will help these shipyards become more competitive by purchasing modern equipment and training workers. “These grants will help modernize small shipyards and strengthen our economy by making sure we maintain the ability to build and repair ships in the United States,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Small shipyards are an important part of our nation’s shipbuilding industry,” said David Matsuda, Acting Maritime Administrator. The grants, which are part of the Assistance to Small Shipyards program…

Trinity Yachts Delivers First of Two Patrol Craft

Trinity Yachts, L.L.C., through its wholly owned subsidiary, Trinity Offshore, L.L.C., has delivered the first of two aluminum 82 ft. patrol craft it is building in New Orleans under a sub-contract to United States Marine, Inc., (U.S.M.I.) of Gulfport. The craft design is similar to those built for United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) in the late 1990’s by the Trinity Marine Group. These vessels are still in service today. The first hull was recently delivered to U.S.M.I. for outfitting and the second hull is scheduled for delivery to U.S.M.I. in late March 2009.

MN100: United States Marine Inc.

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United States Marine Inc. (USMI) has been in business for over 30 years delivering high speed interdiction craft and other products to US DoD agencies, including but not limited to US Navy, USSOCOM and NAVSEA, and foreign navies. USMI designs, manufactures, delivers and provides post delivery/logistical support to craft built from aluminum and composite materials using an out of auto-clave resin film infusion process. USMI has delivered and supported craft up to 90’ in length. To-date USMI has delivered over 700 of these types of craft worldwide.

Bouchard's Fleet Expansion Continues

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Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. announced the new construction of ATB unit M/V Evening Breeze and Barge B. No. 252, which adds to the company’s fleet expansion plan that began in 2012. The M/V Evening Breeze is being constructed in Pascagoula, Miss. by VT Halter Marine, Inc., and is the sister vessel to ATB tugs M/V Denise A. Bouchard and M/V Evening Star. The Evening Breeze will be 4,000hp meeting U.S. EPA-Tier 4 requirements, measuring 112 feet by 35 feet by 17 feet, and equipped with an Intercon Coupler System. The B. No.

Thompson Joins USMI

Evin Thompson

United States Marine, Inc (USMI), a small business that designs and builds fast patrol and other special operations craft for the U.S. military, has announced the addition of Evin Thompson as Program Executive for itsVirginia division. In this new position,  Thompson will be the focal point for off-site program support for craft previously designed, manufactured and delivered to Naval Special Warfare Group 4 and subordinate commands. Prior to joining the USMI team, Mr. Thompson served in the U.S.

Maritime Pilots Recognized with IMO Bravery Accolade

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Two maritime pilots who defied fire to bring a burning ship to safety, averting a major maritime catastrophe, received the 2017 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea during the 2017 IMO awards ceremony, held on Monday (27 November). Pilots Captain Michael G. McGee and Captain Michael C. Phillips, from Houston, United States, were recognized for their role in averting a major tragedy in September 2016. The ship they were piloting, the 247 meters-long tanker Aframax River, broke…

USA Wins Admiral's Cup Sailing Regatta

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The ​​eighth edition of ‘Admirals Cup’ Sailing Regatta concluded on Thursday, 07 December 2017 at a glittering closing ceremony at Marakkar Watermanship Training Centre (MWTC) on the banks of the picturesque Kavvai backwaters at Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala tonight. Team United States of America (USA) represented by Midshipman Peter Hogan and Midshipman Brittney Slook lead by Lieutenant Sarah Bull won the Admiral's Cup with their consistent performance across all races.

Rising US LNG Exports Boost Interest in Natgas Futures

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A surge in speculative interest in the U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) export boom has pushed open interest in natural gas futures to an all-time high, traders said on Thursday. Open interest, which measures the number of contracts outstanding, in the Henry Hub front-month hit 386,826 on the New York Mercantile Exchange on Wednesday, topping the previous high of 366,383 set in May 2016, according to Reuters data going back to 1990. "There has been a narrative around the market that the LNG exports are going to be the difference maker this winter…

Bel-Ray Assigns New Sales Representation

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Bel-Ray Company Inc. said it has appointed the Marine Markets West, LLC as sales representative in the Western United States and British Columbia in Canada, and was selected for the William F. Marine Markets West will represent Bel-Ray in territories, such as Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and British Columbia, while William F. Miller will represent Bel-Ray in the territories of Tennessee, Kentucky, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri.

Protheroe Joins Greystoke Team in Vancouver

Tim Protheroe has joined consultancy Greystoke Marine Management, headquartered in Vancouver.   Protheroe is a Master Mariner who came ashore with Lloyds Register in 1992 and worked in several senior positions before being appointed President, Lloyds Register America’s Inc. in 2014.    Greystoke recently secured a two-year contract with Swan LNG providing essential marine oversight for the company’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal development in Gujarat on the north west coast of India.

IMO Assembly Elects New 40-Member Council

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China, Greece, Italy, Japan, Norway, Panama, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, United States. Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Arab Emirates. Bahamas, Belgium, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey. The Council is the executive organ of IMO and is responsible, under the Assembly, for supervising the work of the Organization.

United Defense Completes Acquisition of United States Marine Repair

United Defense Industries announced that it has completed its acquisition of United States Marine Repair, Inc. for $316 million to expand its services for the U.S. Navy. United Defense financed the acquisition by amending its existing credit facility to borrow an additional $300 million, and using cash on hand for the balance. "This acquisition expands our vital mission to support the U.S. Navy with superior technology and services. It's also a strategic growth platform because Naval ship modernization is a national defense priority," said United Defense President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Rabaut. Rabaut reiterated that he expects the acquisition to be accretive to earnings in the second half of 2002 in the range of approximately 5 to 10 percent annually.

IMO Assembly Adopts Vision, Strategic Directions

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The IMO Assembly met for its 30th session at  International Maritime Organization (IMO) Headquarters in London, United Kingdom (27 November to 6 December). The Assembly was the largest-ever gathering at IMO Headquarters in London, attended by some 1,400 participants, including 56 at the ministerial level, from 165 Member States, as well as observers from inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations. The Assembly adopted its strategic plan for 2018-2023, including a revised mission statement…

Taisei Engineering & Bludworth Cook Partnership

Photo courtesy Richard Bludworth

Taisei Engineering of Tokyo Japan and Bludworth Cook Marine of Houston, Texas have partnered to provide sales, service and support in the United States for the ATB systems manufactured by Taisei Engineering of Japan. Since 1972 Taisei Engineering has sold 245 ATB units worldwide. Their ATB systems are divided into two series --- 2-pin supporting articulate connection Articouple, similar to those manufactured in the United States, and 3-pin supporting rigid connection Triofix --- and…

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