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Sunday, February 18, 2018

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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 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).

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.

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.

Kirby Closes Acquisition of Higman Marine

File Image (CREDIT: Higman Marine)

Kirby Corporation has announced the completion of the acquisition of Higman Marine, Inc. and its affiliated companies (“Higman”), an operator of tank barges and towboats participating in the inland tank barge transportation industry in the United States. The total value of the transaction was approximately $419 million in cash before post-closing adjustments and transaction fees. issuance of senior notes, which closed on February 12, 2018. The new senior notes provided for $500 million in fixed rate debt at 4.2% with a 10-year maturity on March 1, 2028.

WCI Presents Leadership Award to Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) received Waterways Council, Inc.'s (WCI) 17th Annual Leadership Service Award. Stephen Little, Chairman of Crounse Corporation, made the presentation. CREDIT: WCI

On February 14, 2018, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) received Waterways Council, Inc.'s (WCI) 17th Annual Leadership Service Award for his strong and continued leadership on ports and inland waterways issues. He was presented the award by Stephen Little, Chairman of Crounse Corporation. WCI President & CEO Mike Toohey said, “We were honored to have the opportunity to celebrate Senator McConnell, who has been a stalwart advocate for the inland waterways in his state of Kentucky, but throughout the United States. Also on February 14, 2018, recently retired former U.S.

MN100: United States Marine Inc.

Photo: United States Marine Inc.

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.

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.

Annual Towing Forum Returns to SUNY Maritime

The Bouchard Tug and Barge Simulator at SUNY Maritime College offers state-of-the-art brown water training to SUNY cadets and industry professionals alike. (CREDIT: SUNY)

For nearly 20 years, leaders of the tug and barge industry in the region have converged on SUNY Maritime College in the spring to discuss current issues and initiatives facing the industry. This year will be no different; the 18th annual Towing Industry Forum will include presentations about safety management systems, wind farms and their impact on marine traffic, and a federal study regarding route planning and access to East Coast ports, among other topics. The forum, organized by the college’s Department of Professional Education and Training, will be from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Cheniere's LA Sabine Pass LNG Output Dips

File Image: Cheniere's Sabine Pass LNG Export facility (CREDIT: Cheniere)

The volume of gas flowing into the facility dropped from about 3.2 billion cubic feet per day on Wednesday to 2.8 bcfd on Thursday and a projected 1.5 bcfd on Friday, Reuters data showed. One bcfd is enough gas to fuel about five million U.S. homes. The plant had been operating near full capacity with about 3.2 bcfd of gas flowing in since mid-January when freezing water during a brutal cold snap forced the company to briefly reduce operations. Officials at Cheniere would not comment on the latest reduction.

Bel-Ray Assigns New Sales Representation

Photo: Bel-Ray

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.

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.

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…

United Defense to Acquire United States Marine Repair

United Defense Industries announced that it has agreed to acquire closely held United States Marine Repair, Inc., a provider of non-nuclear ship repair, modernization, overhaul and conversion services to the United States Navy, for $316 million. Based in Norfolk, Va., United States Marine Repair serves defense and commercial customers at six strategically located ship repair operations in the major ports of Norfolk, Va.; San Diego, San Francisco and San Pedro, Calif.; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and Ingleside, Texas. In addition to the company's primary customer, the U.S. Navy, its current customers include the Military Sealift Command, the U.S. Army, the Maritime Administration, the U.S. Coast Guard, and commercial cruise lines such as Holland-America and Royal Caribbean.

USMR Files Registration Statement For Initial Public Offering

United States Marine Repair, Inc. (USMR) announced that it filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering of its common stock. The shares will be offered by an underwriting group led by Lehman Brothers Inc., Credit Suisse First Boston Corporation, Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. and Credit Lyonnais Securities (USA) Inc.

FMT Orders Another Towboat from Eastern Shipbuilding

Eastern Shipbuilding Group Signs Option Contract for One Additional 90’ Inland with Towboat Florida Marine Transporters

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. is pleased to announce that Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. of Mandeville, LA exercised another additional 90’x32’x10’ “Canal Class” Inland Towboat to the six (6) vessel program currently under contract. In September 2014, Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. signed the 7th vessel and this additional towboat brings the total to sixty-two (62) vessels contracted. Three (3) of the now seven (7) towboats have been delivered to Florida Marine since February 2014. This option vessel will be constructed from a design furnished by Gilbert Associates, Inc.

FMT Signs on for Another Eastern Towboat

Photo courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced that Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. of Mandeville, La. exercised one additional 90’x32’x10’ Canal Class Inland Towboat to the five vessel program currently under contract. On August 5, 2014, Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. signed the sixth vessel and with this additional towboat brings the total to sixty-one (61) vessels contracted. This option vessel adds one more towboat that will be constructed from the design furnished by Gilbert Associates, Inc. of Boston, Mass.

Panama Canal Expects LNG Tanker Traffic to Rise 50%

(File photo: Panama Canal Authority)

The number of liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers traversing the Panama Canal is expected to jump 50 percent by September due to rising exports of the fuel from the United States, the head of the canal's governing agency told Reuters. After adding a third set of locks in 2016, the Panama Canal Authority expects that growing global demand for LNG will boost transit through the waterway, said Jorge Quijano, head of the authority. Demand for LNG has taken off in recent years because of abundant supplies of natural gas…

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