Vision Technologies Solidifies Halter Marine Acquisition
Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VTS) has completed its asset purchase of Halter Marine, through its subsidiary, VT Halter Marine, Inc. VTS is an integrated engineering group specializing in the fields of marine, aerospace, land systems and electronics. The new company, VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VTHM), will continue to provide products that have made Halter vessels known worldwide. Anil Raj, president and chief operating officer of VT said, “We’re ready to move on to the next challenge of selecting the projects the new company will undertake. VTHM plans to continue the existing design and construction projects for the U.S. Government.
USCG Awards Polar Icebreaker Contracts
The U.S. Coast Guard awarded five firm fixed-price contracts for heavy polar icebreaker design studies and analysis Wednesday. The contracts were awarded to the following recipients: Bollinger Shipyards, LLC, Lockport, Louisiana; Fincantieri Marine Group, LLC, Washington, District of Columbia; General Dynamics/National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, California; Huntington Ingalls, Inc., Pascagoula, Mississippi; and VT Halter Marine, Inc., Pascagoula, Mississippi. The combined total value of the awards is approximately $20 million.
VT Halter Marine Names Socha Senior VP
U.S. shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, Inc., a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), has appointed Robert A. Socha as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Estimating, effective January 30, 2017. In his role, Socha is responsible for overall management and leadership of the company’s business development and estimating departments. He will work closely with other corporate functions, including departments of engineering, production control, production…
VT Halter Tapped to Build Two Tugs
VT Halter Marine Inc signed a contract with Lockheed Martin to design and build two harbor tugs. The 30-m Voith Tractor Tugs will be built at VT Halter Marine’s Jackson County, Miss., shipyards with completion scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2005. The two tugs, valued at approximately $18 m, will have all the necessary capabilities to manage and respond to maritime distress. Voith Tractor Tugs have propulsion systems that combine propulsion and steering into a single unit, providing 360 degrees of maneuverability. The tugs will be designed and constructed to comply with the rules and regulations of ABS as well as all applicable international regulations.
VT Halter Marine Moves Corporate Offices
VT Halter Marine Inc., a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems Inc., will relocate its corporate office to its Pascagoula Operations in Jackson County, Miss., effective July 1, 2004. VT Halter Marine currently owns six shipyards in Mississippi, two of which are fully operational. Boyd E. King, Chief Executive Officer stated, “With this move, VT Halter Marine will be more integrated and this will position the company for growth and future facilities expansion.” All of the Gulfport-based employees have been asked to relocate to the company’s Pascagoula or Moss Point operations. Executive Director George Freeland Jr. of the Jackson County Economic Development Foundation said…
VT Halter Marine Launches Puerto Rico Ferry
VT Halter Marine Inc., a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems Inc., has launched a 95-ft sea-going ferry from its Mississippi-based Pascagoula Operations. Christened the Caribeña, the all-aluminum vessel was designed and built by VT Halter Marine for the Puerto Rico Port Authority. Capable of carrying 272 passengers, the Caribeña will provide inter- island transportation for the Fajardo-Vieques-Culebra Ferry Line. It will be U.S. Coast Guard classed sub-chapter "K" and U.S. flagged. VT Halter Marine plans to complete and deliver the Caribeña during the second quarter of 2004. It could take 10 or more days to make the 1600- mile trip to the Caribeña's home at the Port of Fajardo, a city located on the east side of the Island of Puerto Rico.
VT Halter Launches Ferry
VT Halter Marine Inc., a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems Inc., launched a 95-foot sea-going ferry from its Mississippi-based Pascagoula Operations. Christened the Caribeña, the all-aluminum vessel was designed and built by VT Halter Marine for the Puerto Rico Port Authority. Capable of carrying 272 passengers, the Caribeña will provide inter- island transportation for the Fajardo-Vieques-Culebra Ferry Line. It will be U.S. Coast Guard classed sub-chapter “K” and U.S. flagged. VT Halter Marine plans to complete and deliver the Caribeña during the second quarter of 2004. It could take 10 or more days to make the 1600- mile trip to the Caribeña’s home at the Port of Fajardo, a city located on the east side of the Island of Puerto Rico.
VT Halter Wins Contract
VT Halter Marine Inc., a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems Inc., signed a $5.2 million contract with Tide Leasing Company, L.L.C., of Birmingham, AL to build a stevedoring crane barge. The 200 x 75 x 14.5-ft. foreign flagged vessel will be classed by Lloyd’s Registry Class Designation + 100AN deck barge. Hydralift AmClyde Inc., (AmClyde) will supply the crane for the project. VT Halter Marine plans to complete the barge construction at its Mississippi-based Pascagoula Operations. The scope of work includes installation of the deck winches and crane pedestal and will take about 12 months to comp lete. In the four months that follow, VT Halter Marine will assist AmClyde with the installation and operational testing of the crane.
MARAD Approves Title XI Loan Guarantee
The Maritime Administration has approved a $346,129,000 Title XI guarantee to Vessel Management Services, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Crowley Holdings, Inc., for the construction of three 330,000 barrel double hull tug/barge units. VT Halter Marine, Inc. in Gulfport, Mississippi is constructing the barges and Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes, Washington has been retained to build the tugs. The Title XI Loan Guarantee program provides funding to promote the growth and modernization of U.S. shipyards and the U.S. merchant marine.
VT Halter Marine to Conduct MarAd Study
VT Halter Marine Inc. will partner with the U.S. Department of Transportation – Maritime Administration to conduct a feasibility study for the design and manufacture of a dual-use vessel. A dual-use vessel is one that has both commercial and military applications. The four-part study has an estimated cost of $1,224,680, which VTHM will share on a 50/50 basis with the government. It will take approximately 26 weeks to complete the project. VTHM will evaluate known hull forms to help determine the feasibility of a dual-use vessel based on a fast Roll-on Roll-off (RoRo) ferry design.
ST Engineering Buys US Rig Repair Assets
Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) said it has acquired the rig repair assets of World Marine of Mississippi LLC (WMM) adjacent to its existing yard, VT Halter Marine, Inc. in Pascagoula, Miss. in the U.S., through its subsidiary Vision Technologies Marine, Inc. (VT Marine). ST Engineering paid $25 million for these assets, comprising a purpose-built facility of 94 acres for heavy marine fabrication and offshore oil and gas rig upgrades, repairs and conversions in the Gulf of Mexico region are within close proximity to VT Halter Marine’s Pascagoula yard. Since the downturn of the offshore and marine industry, ST…
MN 100: VT Halter Marine, Inc.
CEO: William (Bill) E. COO: Paul J. VT Halter Marine is based in Pascagoula, home to the company’s corporate headquarters, engineering, fabrication and a foreign trade zone. Its yard there produces Panamax-sized vessels up to 50,000 DWT and features a newly expanded 600’ tilt-beam launch system, also provides steel cutting and engineering services for its other two facilities: Moss Point Marine, utilized for commercial projects; and Halter Moss Point, for government programs. VT Halter Marine, Inc. specializes in ship design, construction and repair.
VT Halter Marine - New Platform Supply Vessel
VT Halter Marine Inc (VT Halter Marine), a company of VT Systems Inc (VT Systems), signed a contract with Candies Shipbuilders, LLC (Candies Shipbuilders), on Nov. 5, to construct a 285’ Platform Supply Vessel for approximately $8.9m. (www.vthaltermarine.com)
Shell Trading, Harvey Gulf ink LNG Transport Contract
Harvey Gulf International Marine’s CEO Shane Guidry announced today the formation of new marine transportation company, Quality Liquefied Natural Gas Transport, LLC (“Q-LNG”), owned 70% by Shane Guidry and 30% by Harvey Gulf. Q-LNG will own and operate assets providing marine transportation of liquefied natural gas (“LNG”), a critical component of U.S. LNG infrastructure, commencing with a long-term contract with Shell Trading (U.S.) Company (“Shell”) to deliver LNG as a fuel source to various ports in Florida and the Caribbean. Mr.
Bouchard Set to Celebrate a Century
In 2018 one of the U.S. premier vessel owners – Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. (BTC) – celebrates its 100th year in business. Maritime Reporter looks at BTC’s evolution through the years. The year 2018 is a celebration year for the Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc., which was founded in 1918 in New York Harbor by Capt. Frederick Bouchard, and will next year celebrate a century in business. The company’s first cargo was a shipment of coal, and its first oil barge was acquired in 1931.
Bouchard's Fleet Expansion Continues
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.
VT Halter Mourns Death of CEO
VT Halter Marine announced the loss of its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Brigadier General Boyd E. King, (Ret.) who passed away unexpectedly on Monday, 20 April 2009 at the company’s Corporate Headquarters in . The cause of death reportedly was a heart attack. BG (Ret) Boyd King joined VT Halter Marine on December 16, 2002, as CEO. Before his appointment at VTHM, Mr. King was a retired Brigadier General with a 35-year career in the United States Army, culminating in his appointment as Director of Transportation, Energy and Troop Support on the Arm Staff.
Awarded: $17.1m in U.S. Shipyard Grants
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration today announced $17.1 million in grants to 14 small shipyards in 10 states. The grants are part of the Assistance to Small Shipyards program. “Small shipyards are vitally important for the health of the maritime industry, and for the nation’s economy,” said Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. The purpose of the grants is to make capital and infrastructure improvements that facilitate the efficiency, competitive operations, and quality in ship construction and repair. Small shipyards fall into two categories: those with fewer than 600 employees, and those with between 600 and 1200 employees. All but two of today’s recipients have fewer than 600 employees. -William E. -Bay Shipbuilding Co.
MARAD Awards $17.1m in Shipyard Grants
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration announced $17.1m in grants to 14 small shipyards in 10 states. The grants are part of the Assistance to Small Shipyards program. “Small shipyards are vitally important for the health of the maritime industry, and for the nation’s economy,” said Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. The purpose of the grants is to make capital and infrastructure improvements that facilitate the efficiency, competitive operations, and quality in ship construction and repair. Small shipyards fall into two categories: those with fewer than 600 employees, and those with between 600 and 1200 employees. All but two of the recipients announced have fewer than 600 employees. • William E. • Bay Shipbuilding Co.
SCA Elects New Chairman
The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) announced that Steve Welch, chief executive officer of Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp., has been elected its new chairman, replacing Donald T. “Boysie” Bollinger, chief executive officer of Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. Butch King, chief executive officer of VT Halter Marine, Inc., was elected to the position of vice-chair. The elections took place during the Council’s annual Spring Meeting, held April 30 through May 1, in Washington, DC.
VT Halter Marine Cuts Steel on Offshore LNG ATB
VT Halter Marine and Q-LNG Transport team members during start of construction of ATB Tug Q-Ocean Service and Barge Q-LNG 4000. VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today held a ceremony to commence construction on America’s first Liquefied Natural Gas Articulated Tug and Barge (LNG ATB) unit. “We are honored to be able to celebrate the official start of construction on the first LNG Bunkering ATB unit ever built.
VT Halter Opens New Paint Facility
VT Halter Marine Inc. has unveiled its new state-of-the-art blast and paint facility that will allow ship sections to be prepared, blasted and painted in a controlled environment. The ceremony included a keynote speech given by Senator Roger Wicker, U.S. Senator for the state of Mississippi.“The installation of this new blast and paint facility is to incorporate cutting-edge technologies in our marine construction programs. We are now able to apply a diverse range of protective coatings regardless of the weather conditions…
ST Marine, VT Halter Bags $138m in Orders
Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd announced that its Singapore shipyard, Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine) and its US shipyard, VT Halter Marine Inc (VT Halter Marine) have secured new contracts worth $138m in 4Q2016. In Singapore, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has awarded a contract to a consortium formed by ST Marine and Penguin International Limited (PIL) for the design, construct and the system maintenance programme for three vessels - Heavy Marine Fire Vessel (HMFV), Heavy Marine Rescue Vessel (HMRV) and Marine Rescue Vessel (MRV). The consortium allows both ST Marine and PIL to leverage on each other’s capabilities to provide a total package solution to MHA. Construction of the vessels is anticipated to commence in mid-2017 with delivery expected in 2H2019.