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Boat of the
Offshore ‘09
Challenges to face; Opportunities
to find in the coming year.
By Matt Gresham
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8 Tech File SEALEGS: The Amphibious Rescue Craft
10 Insights Ken Wells, President, OMSA
12 Boat of the Month Gemini: WETA’s Eco-friendly Ferry
16 Lock Project: The Time is Now
18 Offshore: Navigating the Mariner Credentialing System
Tips to increase your odds of success in getting a license expeditiously • By Richard Wells, VP, OMSA
20 Insurance: Surviving Operation Big Tow’s Turbulent Wake
Ptotection when disaster strikes • By Randy O’Neill, SVP, Lancer Insurance
22 Finance: Get Rational about Financial Ratios
The “ABC’s” of getting more favorable terms • By Richard J. Paine Sr.




26 Offshore: Which Way Up?
With oil prices plummeting and credit markets in disarray, MN spoke with
industry veterans to lend some insight and experience to surviving, and pros-
pering, in a rollercoaster market. By Matt Gresham
29 Deepwater: $27B Spend
The “World Deepwater Market Report 2009-2013” forecasts the deepwater
oil and gas sector will spend $27 billion per year.
31 Airing the Port of NY
Housing and urban development has pushed out the working waterfront for
years. In New York, the working waterfront is pushing back.
By Don Sutherland
34 Deck Machinery
36 People & Company News
39 Technology Bits
40 Directory: Marine Electronics Buyer’s Guide
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appy New Year and welcome to the offshore
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MarineNews. We've filled these pages with
information and leading opinions on the offshore indus-
try to offers some perspective during uncertain economic
times and an historic transition in the White House. For
this edition I spoke at length with Ken Wells, President of
the Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA), about
his organization's work to ensure enforcement of the
Jones Act, including creating and filling the Jones Act
Compliance Manager position. Get his take on the
importance of the Act in today's economy in our Insights
section on page 10.
I was lucky enough to catch Ken again after a presenta-
tion he gave at the December 2008 Workboat Show. I
have to send him my thanks for making room for
MarineNews in his extremely busy schedule.
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of the offshore industry, highlighting opinions from oper-
ators, researchers and others, on page 26.
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still plenty of good news out there. Offshore Inland
received special praise for an unusual crane swap out
onboard an operating oil rig off West Africa, noted on
page 30. There's good news beyond the offshore industry
as well, including California's environmentally friendly
ferry, the Gemini, only the first in a series of three. The
recently christened Gemini is featured as our Boat of the
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tech file
New Zealand based Sealegs International Ltd., offers a
unique line of rescue, commercial and recreational crafts
that can be driven in and out of the water. The amphibi-
ous craft system consists of motorized, retractable and
steerable wheels fitted to specially designed boats. On
wheels, the craft is powered by an on-board 16 hp Honda
driven hydraulic power-pack and can travel at 0 - 6 mph
in forward and reverse. A Sealegs boat can be driven from
a storage location, down a boat ramp or beach and into
the water, while occupants remain in the boat. Once in
the water, the wheels are retracted into the up position,
completely out of the water. When approaching land, the
wheels are lowered into the down position while still mov-
ing in the water. When the motorized wheels touch bot-
tom the boat drives up onto land, where the occupants
can disembark, dry and safe. The Sealegs system uses all
submersible components, is salt water ready and can
climb a slope up to 25 degrees.
Sealegs rescue craft are purpose-built for flood rescue
and civil defense-type applications. The Sealegs D-Tube
and RIBs are designed to carry significant payloads and
provide on-demand power in a range of environments
from the open ocean to riverines and estuaries.
The aircraft-type wheel set allows the aluminum-hulled
working craft to be launched at any access point where a
4X4 vehicle would have capability. The craft can also be
lowered by deck hoist from larger waterborne vessels.
In many flood rescue response situations with variable
or unknown water depth and murky waters, the alu-
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navigated with wheels down. Variable propulsion from
both the wheels and propeller allow seamless water-land-
water transition, including navigating between and over
sandbanks to the next section of open water.
Sealegs offers three different models of its commercial
and rescue craft: the 20 ft. general purpose RIB, the 20 ft.
aluminum D-tube for tough environments, and the 23.7
ft. in high capacity RIB.
Main Particulars: High Capacity Amphibious Rescue Craft
Length, o.a. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23.7 ft.
Beam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8.4 ft.
Draft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1.3 ft.
Weight (dry) . . . . . . . . . . . .2,690 lbs with 150 hp E-TEC outboard and fuel
Deadrise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 degrees
Payload . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1,543 lbs, 8 adults on land and sea
Recommended HP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115hp
Top Speeds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .At sea 48 mph, Land 6 mph
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What’s the importance of the Jones Act to the members
of the Offshore Marine Service Association?
Ken Wells Our association represents owners of U.S.
flagged offshore support vessels. Protection of the U.S.
flag is a fundamental part of our mission. The Jones act is
the body of law that says you can only carry merchandise
between U.S. points on a vessel that was built by
Americans, is owned by Americans and is crewed by
Americans. That's a law that goes back to the founding of
our nation. The First Continental Congress in 1789 dealt
with taxes on foreign vessels that worked in our waters. At
the beginning the laws were to form a healthy maritime
industry so that we would not be at the mercy of other
countries for maritime services. In the 1920's, as in the
last few years, a large part of the Act's importance became
national security. If foreign vessels are able to move freely
in the offshore world without background checks on the
crews, without having to report what they're up to, that
would be problematic. Yet this is what we find going on
more and more. From our perspective, the Jones Act is our
livelihood. If you are an American operator or builder and
must pay an American workforce, comply with American
environmental, safety and security laws, you need to know
that your government is also going to make it possible for
you to compete. It's expensive to fly the U.S. flag and the
Jones Act is there to make sure these operators and
builders are able to stay in the market. What's more, a
U.S. flagged vessel in offshore oil and gas has its base of
operation on the U.S. coast. They come back to the coast
for their repairs, maintenance and supplies. Foreign ves-
sels generally won't do that. When a foreign vessel is
allowed to work in our offshore industry, it is taking
wealth from this country.
What was the catalyst that created the new Jones Act
Compliance Manager position?
Several years ago we found that the Jones Act was being
encroached upon. Worse than that, we found that there
was less and less interest in enforcing the law. In our
minds there was a danger that this law, which is absolute-
ly critical to our mem-
bers, was going to
become like jay walk-
ing. We found more
and more cases where
we felt foreign vessels
were violating the law
and we found more
and more cases where
our members' cus-
tomers didn't under-
stand the law. Maybe most disturbing, after Sept. 11,
2001, we found that the agencies responsible for enforc-
ing the law, in some cases, didn't even know they were
tasked with this. Before Sept. 11, 2001, the old Customs
Bureau, then part of the Treasury, was responsible for
enforcing the Jones Act. However, when the Department
of Homeland Security was created, Customs and the
Coast Guard were organized underneath it. Customs was
shaken up. Fewer and fewer people had the background
on the Jones Act and it was no longer a priority with
immigration and other security issues.
OMSA launched an initiative to raise the profile of the
Jones Act. We talked to Congress a lot. Congress respond-
ed by passing legislation that strengthened enforcement.
Customs, in Washington D.C., sent down an expert to
train field units on the Act, bringing the Coast Guard into
those training sessions as well. Over the past four years,
we have met separately, on the local level, with Customs
and Border Patrol (CBP) and with the Coast Guard. The
clear indication we got from the meetings was that those
agencies wanted to enforce the Jones Act - They were not
trying to shirk a responsibility. But resources and the
pecking order of priorities was an obstacle to enforce-
ment. On the other hand, we also found that the two
agencies wanted to show that they could work together as
part of the newly created Department of Homeland
Security. Enforcement of the Jones Act was a way they
could do this.
The Coast Guard and CBP were looking to us to bring
Ken Wells, President, OMSA
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them cases that they could pursue. With that in mind, the
officers of the board at OMSA decided it was time to hire
an individual who would work full-time to track these
foreign vessels, make some of the very complex interpre-
tations of when a foreign vessel is here legally or not, put
together the evidence and work with the Coast Guard and
CBP to get the Act enforced.
How did you go about hiring someone
for the Jones Act Compliance
Manager position?
We started looking for someone during
summer 2008 and found an individual
that is perfectly suited for the job.
Joe Kavanaugh was recommended by
an employee of one of our members
who is very active in the security world.
We had interviewed a number of very
top notch candidates. But when Joe
called us out of the blue and said "so-
and-so recommended I call you about
this," and he told me a little about his
background, it was kind of hard to
believe how well it matched up.
Joe has a background in investigations
with the Coast Guard. He was also with
the legacy Customs Bureau and then
shifted over to the Immigration and
Customs Enforcement (ICE) when
they reorganized. He has a fairly exten-
sive background operating vessels as
well. It's important in the maritime
industry that people who have to relate
to mariners know what mariners go
through and how mariners think about
the world. I think Joe brings that. He is
really one of the few individuals around
who can bring together these three
areas of expertise: maritime operations,
Coast Guard and Customs.
From Joe's perspective, he was reaching
the point where could retire from the
Department of Homeland Security and
I think he was ready for new adventure.
We intend to give him all the adventure
he can stand!
What do you think is going to be the
most difficult part of the Compliance
Manager's job?
It's a very complex area. A foreign vessel can work legally
in the U.S. doing things like construction work, seismic
work and dive support. We're not on a witch hunt, trying
force out vessels who can work here legally. There's going
to be a good deal of shoe leather work just sorting out
what a vessel is doing, how it's doing it, then interpreting
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On Dec. 12, the San Francisco Bay Area Water
Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) christened
the first of its fleet of ferries, the Gemini, to enhance the
region's emergency response capability and water transit
network. Representative Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) and
WETA Board Chair Charlene Haught Johnson per-
formed the christening ceremony. Gemini's exhaust is
85% cleaner than EPA emission standards for Tier II
(2007) marine engines, and is 10 times cleaner than exist-
ing Bay Area ferries. In 2004, state legislation approved
WETA's strict air emissions standard and its Regional
Ferry Plan following completion of required environmen-
tal documents. Significant emissions reductions are
achieved by incorporating selective catalytic reduction and
a blend of biodiesel and ultra low sulfur diesel fuel. Two
solar panels installed on the bridge deck will gauge the fea-
sibility of solar power in the Bay's foggy conditions. The
catamaran's sleek hull design reduces fuel consumption
and minimizes shoreline response to wake impacts.
Other innovative measures include sonar for avoiding
whale strikes and floating debris. Additionally, the U.S.
Geological Service completed a three-year rafting bird
study to enable WETA to operate the vessels with mini-
mal impact on water birds for safety and security, the
bridge was raised and eight-foot wide windows were
installed to give the operator a 360-degree view.
WETA's 149-passenger vessel will be put into service on
the Alameda/Oakland Ferry and Tiburon routes in
January 2009 after modifications to the Alameda and
Oakland docks. Gemini has room for 34 bicycles, 20%
more capacity than similar size ferries on the Bay. A spig-
ot and hose was installed for cyclists to wash off sea spray
off their bikes. Gemini's interior design responds to Bay
Area commuters' desire for convenience and comfort.
Restrooms are ADA compliant and passengers will have
WiFi access. The design and construction of Gemini was
managed by a woman engineer, Mary Frances Culnane,
WETA's Manager of Marine Engineering. She previously
supervised tanker construction projects for Chevron
Shipping Company and sailed as Chief Engineer for
Exxon. She is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine
Academy, Kings Point, NY (1980).
Two Washington state boat builders - Ice Floe, Inc. dba
Nichols Brothers Boat Builders and Kvichak Marine
Industries built Gemini. Pacific Power, also of
boat month
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Washington State provided the propulsion system. Bay
Ship and Yacht Company of Alameda performed a haul
out for hull cleaning and final survey. WETA entered into
an agreement with the City of Alameda to place Gemini
into the Alameda/Oakland Ferry Service. This service is
operated by the Blue and Gold Fleet under a contract with
the City of Alameda. Gemini and her future sister vessel,
Pisces, were constructed with $16m of funding from Bay
Bridge tolls (Regional Measure 2) approved by Bay Area
voters in 2004. WETA is expecting delivery of Pisces in
March 2009. In late 2009, two other vessels are scheduled
for delivery. WETA's four new vessels will launch the
South San Francisco-Oakland service in late 2010 and/or
the Berkeley/Albany to San Francisco route. They will also
be used as spare vessels for emergency response.
Environmental and design studies are underway for new
ferry routes to Berkeley, Redwood City, Hercules,
Richmond, Antioch and Martinez. WETA is a regional
agency created by the State of California to develop and
operate an environmentally responsible regional ferry sys-
tem that connects communities, reduces congestion, and
provides an emergency response capability. A board of five
members appointed by the Governor and Legislature gov-
erns WETA.
Main Particulars
Operator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chartered to the City of Alameda for Alameda/
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Oakland Ferry Service. Operated by Blue and Gold Fleet
Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IncatCrowther
Classification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Subchapter T
Length, o.a. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .118 ft.
Length, w.l. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113.5 ft.
Beam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 ft.
Draft, hull . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5.5 ft.
Draft, prop tip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 ft.
Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 knots
Main engines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 x MTU 16V2000M70
Gears . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ZF 3055
Generator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Northern Lights (65kW)
Solar Panels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Two 130 watt Kyocera KC 130 TM
Engine controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ZF
SCR Exhaust Emissions System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pacific Power Products
Coatings, hull bottom . . . . . . . . . . .Ameron 235 Barrier Interlux TriLux 33AF
Coatings, above waterline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Orca 9800 HT Offshore film
Radars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Furuno 2117 & Furuno 8122
Depth Sounders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Furuno
AIS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Furuno UAIS FA 150 integrated with MAXSEA software
GPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Furuno GP 32
GMDSS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Furuno
Forward Searching Sonar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SEA-Image FS-3DT (FarSounder)
Voyage Data Recorder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Furuno VR3000S
Passenger/crew capacity . . . . . . .149 passengers, 3 crew, 1 concessionaire
Interior seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .148
Exterior seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49
Machinery Space Fire Extinguishing FM200 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kidde Marine
Fire detection system . . . . . . . . . .Kidde Marine (Ansul Fire Detection system)
IBAs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Two 50 man/ Two 30 man IBAs (Zodiac)
that in the framework of the Jones Act. We have legal
counsel retained, so Joe will have the tools he needs. But
the work is going to be making cases the agencies are com-
pelled to act upon. We may not find anything right away.
It's going to take some time to develop a network of the
right relationships with the agencies. But if foreign vessels
that might have violated the Jones Act see this new posi-
tion and decide it's not worth breaking U.S. law, we will
still count ourselves successful.
How does the current economic situation impact this?
I don't have a clue what's going to happen in the next few
months. We're a boom and bust industry. We could see
vessels out of work and drilling projects put off. Ironically,
some, or most of those Jones Act violations could disap-
pear because the rates would be so low foreign vessels
won't stand to make much of a profit. However, in the big
picture, the world is using more oil and gas than we're
finding and so prices will not remain low. There are so
many projects in the Gulf of Mexico waiting to be green
lighted that we expect a good deal of demand and utiliza-
tion behind our vessels for some time. More importantly,
Congress let the moratorium on offshore drilling expire
and that opens the possibility for drilling on the East and
West Coast and maybe additional areas of the Gulf, and
off Alaska. The bottom line is that there is going to be
more demand for sophisticated high-dollar vessels in the
offshore sector. There's a lot of disagreement in Congress
about what opening offshore areas mean, in terms of what
areas and when we open them. However, Congress is
absolutely sure that when we do open those areas it will be
for Americans. We are not going to open up that bounty
for foreign entities to come in and take the wealth from it
and leave. That is perfectly in line with OMSA's message.
We want those to be American vessels and we want the
value to go to American communities.
(“Insights with Ken Wells” • Continued on page 11)
(“GEMINI: WETA’s ECO-friendly Ferry” • Continued from page 14)
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Burger Boat Company of Manitowoc, Wisc., has com-
menced construction of Hull 508, a 140 by 29 ft. tri-deck
motor yacht. Hull 508 is being built using modular con-
struction processes. Each module is built to increase access
to the various components while providing the ability to
start outfitting each module earlier in the construction
process. Scheduled for a spring 2010 launch, Hull 508
features accommodations for 10. Designed to be fully
accessible, Hull 508 features a glass enclosed circular ele-
vator servicing all decks. The main deck consists of a full
beam master suite, large formal salon, formal dining room
and a teak aft deck with a large dining area. The bridge
deck consists of an owner's office situated aft of the wheel
house, a butler's pantry and a large sky lounge which leads
to an inviting open deck area complete with a centerline
dining table. The sun deck includes a large hot tub with
sun pads, a built-in barbeque, multiple dining areas, a
port side powder room and an air conditioned all glass
exercise room accessible by way of the glass enclosed ele-
Burger Boat Commences Hull 508
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Quality Shipyards
Launches a Mountain
On Dec. 11 Quality Shipyards launched its hull
1269, M/V Mountain State, the fourth in a
series of five towboats the shipyard is building
for operator AEP River Operations. The M/V
Mountain State a 166 x 48 x 11.3 ft. River
Towboat designed by CT Marine.
Main Particulars
Main Engines 2 x EMD L12-710-G7C-T2
Power 3000 hp Each at 900 RPM
Gears 2 x Lufkin RHS-280004G
Generator Sets 2 x John Deere
Gridcoolers Johnson Duramax
Steering System Electro-Hydraulic, EMI
Oily Water Separator Coffin World Water Sys.
Centrifuge Alfa Laval MAB-104
Electronics Furuno
Kort Nozzles Rice
Propellers 4-Blade Rice Aqualloy NiAlBz
Incat for NY Water Taxi
Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos
Corporation, delivered its fifth high-speed
water taxi, Gene Flatow, to New York City-
based New York Water Taxi. Like the four sis-
ters before her, the bright yellow, all-aluminum
catamaran, designed by Incat Crowther, meas-
ures 72 ft. long and 27.3 ft. abeam, and draws
five ft. The water taxi is USCG-certified to carry
149 passengers but limited to only 99 passen-
gers when operating at the City's "water taxi"
designated docks. The vessel is powered by
twin Cummins QSK 19-M diesel engines, each
rated at 800 bhp at 2100 rpm. The EPA Tier II
compliant engines drive 5-bladed Ni-BR-Al
Bruntons propellers via Twin Disc MGX 5145SC
"Quick Shift" gearboxes and EC-300 control sys-
tems. The generator is an Alaska Diesel
Northern Light M944T 38kW unit.
Congress is considering funding of
the construction of a new lock at
Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., a half-billion
dollar undertaking that would rank as
the largest navigation infrastructure
project on the Great Lakes in a gener-
ation. Construction of a new lock at
"the Soo" would bring up to 250 jobs
annually to northern Michigan and
continue for a decade. Estimated cost
of the lock is about $475m. Funding
could come either through a massive
stimulus bill or appropriations bills
that will be considered by Congress as
early as January. The new lock has
been in the planning stage for two
decades, but now is ready to move
forward once funding is secured.
"The need for a second Poe-sized
lock is critical," said Patrick J.
O'Hern, President of Great Lakes
Maritime Task Force (GLMTF), and
Vice President and General Manager
of Bay Shipbuilding Company. "The
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers con-
siders the Soo Locks the single point
of failure that could bring Great
Lakes shipping to a standstill. The
new lock was first authorized more
than 20 years ago. America has wait-
ed too long for this project to move
forward. The time is now."
The Soo Locks connect Lake
Superior to the lower four Great
Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway. The
locks handle more than 80 million
tons of iron ore, coal, grain, and other
cargos each year.
"The reason the need is so critical is
vessels that are restricted to the Poe
Lock represent nearly 70 percent of
U.S.-Flag carrying capacity on the
Great Lakes," said Donald Cree, First
Vice President of GLMTF and
National Vice President, Great Lakes,
for American Maritime Officers. "If
the Poe Lock is incapacitated for a
lengthy period of time, America's
steel mills won't have access to
Minnesota and Michigan iron ore.
Great Lakes power plants won't be
able to receive clean-burning, low-
sulfur coal. The entire American
economy is at risk."
The new lock has been authorized
at full Federal expense.
Potential Great Lakes Project
Largest in a Generation
$3.5m for Eco-Friendly Ship Clean-Up On December 1, 2008, U.S. MarAd Sean T.
Connaughton announced a contract with Certified Coatings Company of Concord, Calif.,
to remove and contain exfoliating paint from ships in the National Defense Reserve
Fleet at Suisun Bay, Calif. The contract is potentially worth $3.5m over five years.
Similar contracts are being prepared for the two fleet sites in Beaumont, Texas, and
Fort Eustis, Va., overseen by the Maritime Administration. The contract is part of the
Maritime Administration's Environmental Excellence Initiative which focuses on strength-
ening environmental protections and implementing green procedures.
New Ferry Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Ferries Division has
awarded a contract to Todd Pacific Shipyards to build one 64-auto ferry. Todd Shipyards
submitted its $65.5m bid in November 2008. With the contract award, the new ferry is
on an 18-month construction timeline.
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Cummins has upgraded the QSK60 marine engine for
propulsion and auxiliary applications to meet U.S. EPA
Tier II and European Union Stage IIIA emissions regula-
tions. With propulsion ratings from 1492 - 1864 kW
(2100 - 2500 bhp) and auxiliary ratings from 1563 - 1900
kW (2095 - 2547 bhp), the QSK60 Tier II is designed for
high-hour demanding applications such as offshore sup-
port, towing, cargo and passenger transport, as well as
ship's service power. Early in the product design phase,
Cummins consulted with the International Association of
Classification Societies (IACS) to ensure the engine meets
agency requirements and is fully SOLAS compliant. The
QSK60 will be built and marinized at Cummins Engine
Co., Ltd. in Daventry, UK.
The 60 liter, V-16 engine uses the Cummins Modular
Common Rail fuel system (MCRS), a design that allows
for multiple injection events to precisely control the com-
bustion process. The MCRS provides constant high injec-
tion pressure regardless of engine speed or load condi-
tions, which improves idle stability while reducing engine
noise and vibration for quiet operation. Cummins has uti-
lized an advanced in-cylinder solution to meet Tier II and
Stage IIIA emissions standards without increasing dis-
placement or making significant configuration changes,
thus reducing the impact to installation.
Propulsion Update: Cummins New QSK60 Tier II Engine
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There are some tasks in life that layman undertake with-
out professional assistance at significant risk. Three that
come to mind are surgery, federal income tax preparation,
and applying for a USCG mariner credential.
I am unqualified to discuss the first two, but hope to
shed some light on how to minimize delays and rejections
when applying for a USCG mariner credential, such as a
license, merchant mariner's document (MMD or z-card),
or STCW certificate.
Why is this risky? Because nearly everyone would agree
that the regulations and policies for applying for a
mariner's credential are incredibly complex, often change
during the five-year period between renewals, and can
often seem illogical and inconsistent to a layman. One
statistic says it all — the Coast Guard reports that 80% of
applications are filled out incompletely or incorrectly,
resulting in frustration and delays for the mariner.
So what is a prospective mariner to do? An applicant
could seek assistance from one of the many mariner train-
ing schools, seek assistance from your marine employer,
purchase the services of a license consultant or contact the
local USCG Regional Examination Center for help.
Many mariner training schools not only provide USCG-
required training courses, but often also review or assist in
completing a credential application. Some charge a mod-
est fee, others provide this service at no cost for their stu-
dents. But you should consider whether it is reasonable to
expect a school that is an expert on deck officer licenses to
also be an expert on an engineers' credential that is not
part of their normal customer base.
Many marine employers try to assist applicants in creat-
ing a complete and accurate application. If they regularly
do this they are more likely to know the normal pitfalls
and any recent USCG changes in policy or procedures.
Smaller companies may find it hard to keep up with the
frequent changes in procedures.
For applicants with non-traditional sea service or seek-
ing to use the "equivalent service" provisions in the regu-
lations, finding the right license consultant may be the
right route to take. These consultants are more familiar
with some of the alternate routes to a credential and are
more likely to have the time and ability to research regu-
lations and draft explanations of why your non-tradition-
al service should be accepted or appeals of unfavorable
USCG decisions. While generally more expensive than
other routes, it may be more likely to resolve your appli-
cation quickly and in a satisfactory manner.
If you choose to try to navigate this process without pro-
fessional assistance, you should call or email the local
USCG Regional Examination Center (REC) or the
National Maritime Center (NMC) at iasknmc@uscg.mil
and study their web site at www.uscg.mil/nmc to reduce
the probability of having your application denied or
delayed. The web site menu tabs labeled "Info Packages"
and "Checklists" are good starting points for your
Tips that can increase the odds of success.
Make sure that every block on every USCG form that you
submit as part of your application is complete and legible.
Do NOT leave any blocks blank. If the information
requested is not applicable or none, then put "N/A" or
"none" in that block. All of the required and optional
forms can be downloaded from
www.uscg.mil/nmc/downloads.asp and completed on
your computer or on a typewriter to improve legibility.
Use the check lists on the NMC web site to ensure you are
submitting all the required documents your credential
requires and keep a copy of your complete application in
case the original is "lost."
If you also need an STCW certificate along with your
18 MN January 2009
Richard Wells is VP of the Offshore
Marine Service Association (OMSA)
which represents more than 100 U.S.
companies that operate vessels in sup-
port of offshore oil and gas operations
on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf.
Navigating the Mariner Credentialing System
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license or MMD, you need to know that the requirements for the STCW are
similar to but different from the requirements for the license and MMD.
Research the STCW policies at www.uscg.mil/nmc/stcw_help.asp# to ensure
you have met the STCW requirements.
Don't wait too long to check on an application. Too many applicants worry
that if they "bother" the USCG it could delay their application. Actually too
often if an application is unduly delayed, the USCG needs more information
from you. They may not be able to contact you because they can't read your
address or phone number on your application or you changed your
address/phone number after you applied for a credential. When you submit
your application to the local REC, they will tell you when you should expect
to receive your credential or a letter requesting additional information. If you
do not hear anything on or before that date, you probably need to contact
the REC or NMC.
To check on the status of your pending application you can either call the
local REC or call the NMC at 888IASKNMC (888-427-5662) or if you
want to check your status outside of normal business hours, the NMC has a
web site at http://homeport.uscg.mil/ that can give you the status of your
application 24/7/365 (click on Merchant Mariners link on left).
When you get too confused and frustrated, go see one of the experts noted
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At our exhibit booth at last month's International
Workboat Show in New Orleans, we were repeatedly
asked how increased enforcement by the U.S. Coast
Guard in the "Operation Big Tow" program could impact
a licensed deck or engineering officer working onboard a
towboat. The answer? In many ways, and none of them
good. The incident which led to Operation Big Tow,
which began in November and is due to continue through
January '09, was the July 23rd oil spill involving the tow-
ing vessel Mel Oliver and its fuel barge which split in two
when it turned in front of an oncoming ocean vessel, the
Tintomana. The damaged barge released approximately
280,000 gallons of No. 6 fuel into the Mississippi River
and shut down commerce on the vital waterway for sever-
al days as salvage and cleanup crews worked feverishly to
clean up the mess.
As big a problem as that was, Coast Guard investigators
were shocked to find that the Mel Oliver towboat was
being operated by a pilot who only had an apprentice
mate's license and was not qualified to man the bridge
without a licensed captain present. The boat's regular
captain had allegedly left the vessel for several days to
attend to personal business. Further investigation revealed
that officials of the boat's charterer allowed the apprentice
to steer the boat without required supervision and gave
him additional compensation for performing a licensed
captain's duties.
It seemed that the deeper investigators dug the more
troublesome the violations they discovered. To wit,
American Waterways Operators had dropped the charter-
er, DRD Towing, from its ranks only three months earli-
er in August after it failed a safety audit in which more
than 50 violations were found, including insufficient
paperwork on crewmember training.
Big Tow's Directed at Licenses
One of the immediate effects of the ongoing Operation
Big Tow enforcement program is the intense scrutiny of
license holders by Coast Guard personnel. Inspectors
have set up shop at the Industrial Canal to board transit-
ing towboats and are also performing inspections at locks
and dams when tows are waiting in transit.
Interestingly, Operation Big Tow was authorized by
Congress in 2004, but wasn't implemented until the Mel
Oliver collision, resulting oil spill and white-hot media
attention that followed. In the wake of the July incident,
Michael White, responsible for towboat enforcement
activities for U.S.C.G.'s 8th District, told the New
Orleans Time-Picayune, "Big Tow is directed at licenses."
Given this increased enforcement mandate as the result
of the Mel Oliver collision, USCG investigators have the
latitude to not only take action against officers exceeding
their level of operating authority, but potentially be more
aggressive investigating other collisions, groundings and
allisions in which negligence on behalf of the involved
license holders might be assumed. In other words, other-
wise competent brown water officers who get involved in
towboat accidents might be painted with the Mel Oliver
brush and will be either offered to accept a "Settlement
Agreement" immediately following their incident….which
usually involves a license suspension of some duration…or
be charged with negligence and forced to defend them-
selves in an Administrative Law proceeding.
The answer? A personal license insurance policy.
Protect Yourself & Your Family
For as little as $1 a day, towboat officers can have the
peace of mind that comes with an insurance policy that
guarantees to fully pay the fees associated with engaging a
premier maritime attorney to protect their licenses, their
livelihoods and their professional reputations. One annu-
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and, if requested, full or partial income protection should
their license be suspended for up to 12 months or reduced
in grade. The cost of this valuable protection is remark-
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ping into the nation's finest network of maritime attor-
neys. In fact, "going it alone" means that a mariner
involved in an incident requiring him to retain an attor-
ney on his own should be prepared to pay the same
amount for two hours of billings as he would for having
the peace of mind that comes with 12 months of unlimit-
Surviving Operation Big Tow's Turbulent Wake
20 MN January 2009
Randy O'Neill is Senior Vice President,
Lancer Insurance Company. For more
information, contact Randy at
roneill@lancer-ins.com; Tel: (516) 431-
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Of the traditional five "C"s of credit: Capacity, Capital,
Collateral, Conditions and Character, the first is foremost.
It is the ability to repay debt. Financial ratios are the meas-
ure of that capacity.
Derived from your company's financial statements,
ratios are key to determining your company's credit rat-
ing. Your company's credit rating will determine your
success in securing financing or leasing for the projects
needed to grow your business. It further determines a
lender's appetite for your debt and at what cost to you.
Understanding the key financial ratios are critical to man-
aging your business as interest rate, advance rate,
covenants and conditions of a loan or lease hinge on them.
Four ratios: Interest Coverage; Debt to Tangible Net
Worth, Cash Coverage and Current Ratio are used by ana-
lysts and rating agencies to determine where in the credit
spectrum you fall. Standard & Poors (S&P) and Moody's
are the best known of these agencies and each have
assigned an alpha numeric to the range of ratios they rate.
S&P ranges from a high rating of AAA to an abysmal
CCC. Moody's ranges from an Aaa down to a C. Each
has a multiplicity of ratings in between.
As with all ratings derived from ratios, each lender or
lessor has a different tolerance to risk. Some will consid-
er a "good" BBB/Baa2 as a minimum, some will accept a
lower rating. Typically, the comfort cut-off is in the
BB/Ba2 and lower range.
The level of risk they accept will be a determinant of the
rate you pay. Most will use a weighting factor to deter-
mine the relative importance of each of the key ratios.
Risk tolerance is quite subjective and determined by each
lender's credit criteria.
Interest Coverage Ratio: Calculated by dividing your
company's earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) for
one period by the company's interest expenses for the
same period. The lower the ratio, the greater the interest
costs carried by the business. The lower the ratio, the
more likely the business is to run into difficulty in servic-
ing their debt. Corresponding to the alpha-numerics
mentioned above, a superior credit will have a rating >/=
24x, and anything in the </=5x is getting tough.
Interest Coverage Ratio = EBIT / Interest Expense
Debt to Tangible Net Worth: Usually measured by
determining how much of a company's assets are offset by
debt. Tangible Net Worth (TNW) is determined by the
value of tangible assets.
This does not include any value of intangible assets such
as intellectual property, patents or copyrights, reputation
or "Blue Sky." To arrive at TNW subtract intangible
assets and liabilities from the company's total assets. The
lower the ratio, the better the company's rating. It is com-
puted by dividing the company's tangible net worth by
the sum of short term and long term debt.
The resulting ratio should be </=2.5x to be considered
as an acceptable credit risk.
Debt to Tangible Net Worth = Short Term + Long Term
Debt / Tangible Net Worth
Cash Coverage Ratio: The better a company's assets or
cash can cover its liabilities, the better the company
demonstrates its ability to meet its obligations. The high-
er the ratio the better. A ratio of </=1.5x may signal a
business that is just servicing its liabilities. Less than one
shows a company generating insufficient income to cover
its expenses - a company in trouble. Average companies
range from about 1.6x to 2.0x. Good to excellent rated
companies, 2.1x to 2.6x and better.
To compute Cash Coverage for a period, divide EBIT by
current liabilities.
Cash Coverage Ratio = EBIT / Liabilities
Current Ratio: Also known as "liquidity ratio" or "cash
ratio" is a measurement of a company's ability to pay its
short term obligations (debt and payables) with its short
term assets (cash, receivables, prepays or other relatively
liquid assets.)
It is a barometer of the trends in a company's operating
cycle. Usually viewed during a number of periods, espe-
cially when a company operates on a seasonal cycle. It
points out the efficiency of the business in generating suf-
ficient liquidity to satisfy its obligations. It is best under-
stood when variances from industry to industry are con-
In the marine industry, current ratio may be affected
negatively by ongoing construction. Where new assets are
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generally very expensive, liabilities in a given period due
to periodic construction costs will not be offset by
When new equipment is delivered and begins to con-
tribute to the company's revenue stream, the current
ratio may be seen to improve dramatically.
A qualified commercial marine credit analyst can nor-
malize income to offset the unique expenses incurred
during construction periods and raise the ratio to a more
acceptable level. A ratio </=1x shows a company in poor
financial health, a ratio higher than 2.4x, a good to
excellent credit. Most companies will fall into the 1.4x
- 2.4x range.
To compute your Current Ratio, divide your current
assets by your current liabilities.
Current Ratio = Current Assets / Current Liabilities
Ratios are a reflection of your company's health.
Monitor yours carefully and consult your accountant or
financial advisor for more detailed information.
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The latest generation of Tidewater's
platform supply vessels have complet-
ed the design phase. The vessels were
designed by MMC Ship Design &
Marine Consulting Ltd of Poland.
Twelve of those vessels are being built
in China at the Fujian Mawei
Shipbuilding Ltd. The Vanuata-
flagged vessels will be diesel-electric
powered. Each of the four electric
generators will be turned by a
Cummins QSK60-D(M) rated at
1825 kW. These provide the electrical
power to the two motor-driven aft
mounted azimuthing thrusters and
two bow thrusters, a 910 kw control-
lable pitch tunnel thruster along with
an 800 kW drop down controllable
azimuthing thruster. Power will also
be reserved for the vessels cargo sys-
tems. Tidewater has moved to the
efficiencies of diesel-electric technol-
ogy. The great flexibility of this sys-
tem allows for significant cost savings
when a boat is on standby at an oilrig
or maintaining slow speeds for explo-
ration jobs. One or more of the
engines can be shut down when full
power is not required. When linked
the vessels dynamic positioning sys-
tem, the diesel electric system can
deliver just the right amount of
power to the bow and stern drives
while the big diesel engines maintain
a constant speed as the need for
revving the engines up and down is
negated by the control of the electric
motors. The engines and generators
will be mounted forward in the ves-
sels hulls. The vessels will be able to
handle up to 3550 metric tons of
deck cargo on the 35,315 sq. ft. of
deck space. Deck equipment will
include a stores crane two 10-ton tug-
ger winches and a rescue boat.
Main Particulars
Length o.a. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .286 ft.
Beam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61.6 ft.
Depth, molded . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24.3 ft.
Main engines . . . . . . . . . .4 x Cummins QSK60-D(M)
Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .249,642.6 gal.
Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .163,786.7 gal.
Ballast/Drill Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . .475,509.7 gal.
Liquid Mud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .660,430 gal.
Classification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ABS
Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14.3 knots
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New Z-Tech Tug for Gulf
Suderman and Young Towing
Company (S&Y) added the Z-Tech
tug Evelena to its coastal Texas fleet.
Along with Thor, launched in 2007,
the Evelena will serve the needs of the
larger container vessels, tankers and
long ships off the coast of Texas that
have become the shipping industry's
standard. "Because of the deepening
and widening of the Houston Ship
Channel, much bigger ships now call
into the Port of Houston," said Lamar
Doyle, S&Y President. "With the
addition of the Evelena Z-Tech to our
fleet we will offer more capacity, more
power and greater maneuverability to
handle the larger vessels along the
Texas Gulf Coast."
The Z-Tech design incorporates the
best of the handling and design fea-
tures of a tractor-style tug, a standard
Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) and Z-
drive configurations. With its 360
degree turning wheel, the design
improves maneuverability, while the
Evelena Z-Tech's much larger skeg
boosts towing capability and direc-
tional stability. The tug measures 98.5
ft in length overall and 39.3 ft. in
beam, and has bollard pull ahead of
more than 82 tons and bollard pull
astern of more than 80 tons.
The Z-Tech design was developed
by naval architect Robert Allan of
Vancouver. Evelena was built in
Orange, Texas by Orange
Shipbuilding Co., a division of
Conrad Industries, Inc. of Morgan
City, Louisiana.
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By Matt Gresham
In mid July of 2008, oil prices shattered all-time records
and hovered around $140 per barrel. Analysts had dire
warnings of $200 per barrel oil. Gone are the days of
"cheap" oil, cable newscasts screamed. Exactly a decade
ago, oil prices slumped below $10 per barrel in December
of 1998. Analysts then decried prices would never again
rise to $40 per barrel, markets were saturated.
Sound familiar?
It seems commodity analysts' predictions change as
much as the nightly weatherman's.
Today, as the oil and gas industry embarks upon 2009,
most companies again are left with more questions than
answers about the future of the industry and concerns of
unknown initiatives and policies soon to be formed by a
new administration in the White House.
This uncertainty comes on the heels of nearly three years
of record profits.
"The last three years have been record years even for us,"
said Joe Bennett, executive vice president and chief
investor relations officer for New Orleans-based Tidewater
Inc. "When oil prices rose to $70, $100 and over $120,
everyone — including us — thought the chances of see-
ing $50 per barrel oil again was pretty slim. But no one
expected the credit markets to fall apart."
Ken Wells, president of the Offshore Marine Service
Association (OMSA), said 2009 could provide critical
answers for both E&P companies and the offshore service
"Some of our members had their best years and quarters
ever recently," Wells said. "At trade shows, just about
everyone you talk to said they were very busy and still
signing long-term contracts. But, there are certainly
enough people smarter than me that say the industry
doesn't run on $40 oil."
Wells cited three dynamics affecting the domestic off-
shore industry going forward. First, deep-water projects
have timelines that extend well beyond these uncertain
economic times — billion-dollar projects budgeted for
decades. Secondly, the economic downturn has caused a
need for companies to boost cash flow and they want to
make sure their existing infrastructure is producing.
The big question mark rests with mid-level projects,
Wells said.
"Are the independent producers going to be able to
obtain the credit to put their plans into action and are
they going to find the Gulf of Mexico a good value and a
place where they can cut their expenses," Wells asked. "No
one is in a position to answer that right now."
While the offshore oil and gas industry is a bottom-line
business, long-time business relationships are valuable
during downturns, Wells explained.
"These times are going to test whether customer rela-
tionships are still strong," he said. "Relationships have
always been important in this industry and there are [off-
shore service] companies that signed on for longer term
contracts at the expense of [higher] rates. Now they are
waiting to see if that accounts for much."
The offshore industry is also waiting to see if promises
made by Congress will be kept and what policies
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President-elect Barack Obama will implement.
"There is a lot of speculation as to how the new admin-
istration proceeds," said Cathy Landry, a spokeswoman
for the American Petroleum Institute. "The industry
hopes everyone looks at energy in the broader context of
the economy. We hope for a fact-based comprehensive
energy policy that recognizes the importance of the oil
and gas industry not only to the nation's economy in
terms of jobs for Americans, but also in terms of revenues
for the federal government in terms of bonus bids, royal-
ties, taxes and fees."
In November, the Department of the Interior
announced it had received record payments of $23.4 bil-
lion in royalties and bids in 2008 from domestic energy
production, while state received $2.59 billion. Of the
total, more than $10 billion came from bonus bids for off-
shore leases on the Outer Continental Shelf and Gulf of
Mexico and Alaska.
"These record payments demonstrate the importance of
domestic oil and natural gas to our nation's economy,"
said Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum
Institute. "Imagine how much more revenue and jobs
could be created for the benefit of all Americans if
Congress and the Obama Administration listen to the
American people and put America's vast oil and natural
gas resources, including those that have been subject to
federal moratoria, to good use to strengthen our nation's
economy and energy security."
On Dec. 15, Obama named Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize
winning physicist, as his secretary of energy. In the
announcement, Obama pledged to follow through on a
decades-long promise to reduce the nation's dependence
on foreign oil.
"This time it has to be different," Obama said in the
announcement. "This time we cannot fail, nor can we be
lulled into complacency simply because the price at the
pump has for now gone down."
Chu is internationally recognized as a leader in renew-
able energy research.
While optimistic, industry leaders are cautious whenev-
er a new administration enters the White House.
"It's truly too early to know," Bennett said. "No one
knows what will happen under this administration, so
we'll just have to wait and see."
Others are encouraged by Obama's early signals.
"At this point, Obama is saying all the right things,"
Wells said. "[Obama] said it would be wrong to take this
drop in prices as a sign we don't need to do something.
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He seems to have a clear understanding that this country
needs a comprehensive energy policy and hopefully he
sees a piece of it as expanded offshore drilling. We can talk
about alternative energy all we want, but to get there we
have to expand offshore drilling to bridge the gap in the
long term."
Wells said a key to that expansion is ensuring adequate
funding for the U.S. Minerals Management Service, the
agency that handles geological and environmental studies
of offshore lease tracts to prepare them for exploration.
"We must make sure Congress doesn't starve MMS and
be the reason more areas aren't opened to exploration,"
Wells said. "Obama is in the right position to do what's
right for the future, because when a Republican talks
about expanded drilling, it produces an automatic
response from opponents. But, when a Democrat talks
about it, the nation could see some results."
Industry Starting To Feel Affects
With Main Street now seeing the affects of Wall Street,
declines are beginning to be felt in the oil and gas indus-
try. "The big driver in North America is natural gas and
we're certainly seeing a falling rig count on land already
and that will probably impact the Gulf of Mexico, at least
on the shelf," said Gary Flaharty, a research specialist for
Houston-based Baker Hughes Inc. "I think the deep-
water producers will hold up OK and on a global basis oil
is fundamentally tight. Obviously, we have the impact of
a global recession. Natural gas production was up about
10 percent last year, but next year the Department of
Energy expects production to be flat. So, we may see
declines until those numbers get back more in line with
Robert Socha, vice president of marketing for Lockport,
La.-based Bollinger Shipyards, said the shipbuilding sec-
tor was insulated from the downturn until recently.
"When oil prices started to slip, boat utilization — while
still strong — began to fall a bit and that trickles down to
shipyards," Socha said.
Customers began to revamp budgets, especially for those
projects requiring new lines of credit, Socha added.
"Day rates are still up at this point and the utilization is
still there, but the industry is hearing from customers to
do what they can to reduce rates now," Socha said. "For
the most part, industry has been hesitant to jump in and
reduce rates and from a shipyard perspective, this is a sea-
sonal slowdown anyway."
With an eye on bridging the economic downturn,
Bollinger began a new-build program based on specula-
tion. The program, which calls for 12 new 210-foot
OSVs, will keep its workforce intact and the vessels will be
sold to the highest bidder in the future. In fact, Bollinger
sold the first two vessels from the program to Odyssey
Marine via an online auction.
"These vessels are bridging the gap between now and the
start of a new government contract," Socha said.
"Bollinger is continuing to aggressively move forward.
We're improving our shipyards and building larger dry-
docks to handle larger supply boats to support our cus-
tomer base. We're building a better Bollinger."
At Tidewater, Bennett said it is hard to tell now what
2009 will hold.
"We continue to be going through a bit of a transition
that will likely last a while, but it's difficult to know what
the oil companies will be doing in 2009, because they
haven't disclosed their budgets yet," Bennett said.
"Everyone knows 2009 will have its challenges and fortu-
nately we've been through these times before. We know
how and where to cut costs and we're monitoring our ves-
sels closely."
On Dec. 19, Barclay Capital's Original E&P Spending
Survey was released, painting a cloudy picture for the
domestic and global oil and gas industry. According to the
report, the sharpest declines will be felt domestically, as
companies predicted a 26 percent drop in spending to
$79 billion from $106 billion.
Globally, however, the industry is expected to contract a
modest 12 percent, with spending totaling $400 billion
from $454 bill a year ago.
"Given the longer-term nature of international projects
and the dominance of the majors and national oil compa-
nies internationally, E&P cap expenditure budgets outside
North America are showing more moderate declines -
down 6 percent in 2009 to $300 billion from $319 billion
in 2008. This would end a nine-year upturn," the report
"That [$300 billion] is still a pretty darn healthy level of
spending," Bennett said. "So, the sky isn't falling. Are we
seeing a hick-up? Sure we are. But on a much longer term
basis, basic fundamentals are still good and should cause
oil prices to go up again. Now no one knows the timing
of that. We believe reasonable [oil] prices are in the $70 to
$80 price range."
But for now, it appears the oil and gas industry and its
support sector is weathering the economic storm.
"Our business doesn't change on a dime," Bennett said.
"It takes a little while for any real market change to affect
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A new study, "The World
Deepwater Market Report 2009-
2013,"to be published by energy
business analysts Douglas-Westwood,
forecasts that, despite current oil price
concerns, the deepwater oil & gas sec-
tor will spend an average of over $27b
annually during the period 2009 to
Speaking at the Deep Offshore
Technology Conference in Perth,
Australia, on Dec. 5, 2008, John
Westwood, Chairman of Douglas-
Westwood said that, "Although we
expect some small decline in 2009,
thereafter, the deepwater oil & gas
industry is set for renewed growth,
with annual Capex reaching nearly
$31b in 2011. This is a 45% growth
for the 2009-2013 period compared
with the previous five years.
Deepwater currently accounts for
over 15% of total offshore oil pro-
duction, but over the next few years
its relative share will rise to over 20%.
"Africa is expected to be the leading
deepwater development area by far,
accounting for nearly 40% of the
global spend. Since the first deepwa-
ter 'elephants,' Africa has emerged as
perhaps the most significant deepwa-
ter region in the world, with some
stunning successes in recent years,
such as Girassol, Xikomba and
"Latin America's deepwater activity
is dominated by Brazil with its
national operator Petrobras who has
pioneering the use of innovative tech-
nology to achieve production from
tremendous water depths. Overall,
the region is expected to account for
nearly 20% of world deepwater devel-
opment spend over the 2009-2013
period. Beyond 2013, we expect
Brazilian spend to reach new heights
as the recently discovered 'pre-salt'
giant fields are developed.
"Over the next five years, North
America is expected to attract a simi-
lar share to Latin America. With a
few notable exceptions, deepwater
fields in the US Gulf of Mexico tend
to be smaller than those in other
deepwater 'hotspots' such as Brazil or
West Africa. The region's extensive
offshore infrastructure and the rela-
tive proximity of supply and service
centres have a significant positive
influence on E&P activity, turning
otherwise marginal prospects into
viable commercial propositions.
"The 'Golden Triangle' of Africa,
Gulf of Mexico and Brazil will
account for three-quarters of global
deepwater expenditure over the fore-
cast period. However, the emergence
of Asia as a significant deepwater
region should not be overlooked.
Indonesia, Malaysia and India all
have development prospects on
screen for the 2009-2013 period and
the region should account for nearly
10% of deepwater Capex. Western
Europe, will maintain its market
share but growing activity will see
actual expenditure increasing over
"In terms of hardware, floating pro-
duction systems will grow from 22%
of historic spend to 28% over the
forecast period. Surface wells' share is
set to decrease from 4% to 1%, with
all other components, including sub-
sea wells remaining stable.
Combined, subsea wells and plat-
forms, at $92b, are forecast to repre-
sent 67% of expenditure."
The Report will be available from
Douglas-Westwood Limited from 7th
January 2009.
Signal Christens
The semisubmersible rig, Frontier Driller was
christened with its new name at Signal
International's East Bank shipyard on Saturday
November 1, 2008 in Pascagoula, MS.
Representatives from Frontier Drilling and Shell
Oil Company attended the event and Mrs. Debbi
Schnoor broke a bottle of champagne on the
rig's structure. Shell has contracted the rig for
exploration in the Gulf of Mexico.
The event concluded a major upgrade of the rig.
Since it first arrived in Pascagoula in February
2006, Signal has renewed every electrical and
mechanical system, performed numerous struc-
tural enhancements, renewed the quarters,
repainted the rig top to bottom and installed all
new mooring and drilling equipment.
Keppel Delivers 2nd
Jack-up Rig for Virtue
In December Keppel FELS Limited completed a
jackup rig ahead of schedule to Virtue Drilling,
an associate company of India's Jindal Drilling &
Industries (Jindal). Virtue I is the second jackup
rig Keppel FELS has completed for Jindal and
has been contracted by India's Oil and Natural
Gas Corporation (ONGC) in the Indian Ocean for
a period of five years. The first rig, Discovery I
was delivered in September 2008.
Mr. Choo Chiau Beng, Chairman and CEO of
Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M), said,
"India is enlarging its sphere in the global oil
and gas industry, with its total hydrocarbon
resources estimated in the region of 28 billion
tonnes, and the government's push to expand
the local sector to reduce its dependence on oil
imports. These factors present tremendous
opportunities for exploration and production
activities, and augur well for supporting clus-
ters in the long run.
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Offshore Inland Marine & Oilfield
Services, Inc. (OIM&O) recently
installed two new Seatrax S5624
cranes on Atwood Oceanic's Seahawk
while the oil rig continued its deep-
water well operations off West Africa.
A rotating OIM&O team of eight
technicians and supervisors were
transported to the Seahawk and
remained onboard to install the
cranes over a period of about ten
weeks. OIM&O completed the
change out of the port and starboard
cranes on the Atwood Seahawk with
no lost time incidents and no disrup-
tion to the ongoing well program on
Foxtrot. Jamie Ressler, Drilling &
Completions Manager, West Africa,
at Atwood Oceanic, wrote a letter to
the OIM&O team congratulating
them on an extraordinary achieve-
ment. "To the best of my knowledge"
he stated, "no rig contractor / opera-
tor partnership has ever even consid-
ered such an undertaking."
In his letter he went on to explain
that the crane change out would have
been a significant body of work in a
shipyard. The fact that the work was
done in the field during rig opera-
tions without incident or disruptions
was exceptional. "I know of zero
examples where such a significant
scope of work was conducted in the
field while conducting well opera-
tions," he wrote.
Ressler said he was onboard the
Seahawk twice while the crane instal-
lation was being conducted. "In the
living quarters, in safety meetings, in
JSAs I could not distinguish crane
guys from rig guys. There was com-
plete transparency in terms of STOP
cards and lending a hand to whoever
needed it."
"The rig guys who had been on the
rig for years took the crane guys on as
Seahawk team members from day
one. The new guys embraced the
Seahawk's culture and processes from
day one." Officially established in
2000 and based in Mobile, Alabama,
OIM&O is an independent compa-
ny offering a range of services such as
heavy steel fabrication, high-pressure
pipe systems, crane installations,
mechanical repairs, plant shut down
projects, emergency marine and off-
shore repair jobs, as well as large and
small topside drilling and marine
conversion projects.
Bourbon's GPA-Designed
Offshore Fleet
By the end of 2008, the Bourbon Liberty
112 and Bourbon Liberty 201 are expect-
ed to be delivered at Dayang Shipyard in
China. The Bourbon Liberty 201 is the
first of the 54-vessel 254L AHTS series
and the Bourbon Liberty 112 is the
twelfth of the 22-vessel 654M Liberty
Class PSV series, both designed by the
Seattle based naval architectural and
marine engineering firm, Guido Perla &
Associates, Inc. (GPA). The designation of
these vessels as the Liberty Class was
inspired by the Liberty Ships of World War
II. Like Bourbon's Liberty Class vessels,
the Liberty Ships were of a completely
standardized design, built in record time,
facilitating the construction of 2,710
Liberties within four years. Rapid replace-
ment of obsolete offshore vessels is
required to meet the increasing demand
for oil worldwide. Responding to this
global need Bourbon has invested in large
numbers of next-generation vessels and
will be operating the most up-to-date
fleet worldwide. Bourbon's modern fleet
consists primarily of GPA designed ves-
sels, such as the Bourbon Liberty 100
(PSV) and Bourbon Liberty 200 (AHTS)
series. Bourbon currently has in operation
or under construction more than 100 GPA
designed vessels, including PSVs, AHTS
vessels, IMR vessels, and ROV-capable
vessels. GPA's simplified construction
methods, including proven single-curva-
ture hull forms and additional advanta-
geous structural arrangements, enable
shipyards to build more vessels in less
time in a cost-efficient manner.
GPA's offshore designs, including the 58-
m GPA 654M PSV, are designed with
space optimization in mind. As a result of
locating the engine room above the main
deck, cargo space is 30% greater. The GPA
654M PSV is capable of carrying 222 cubic
yards of dry bulk, 171,000 gallons liquid
mud, 142,000 gallons fuel oil, 108,300
gallons drill water and 102,000 gallons
fresh water. The oval tank design for liq-
uid products, coupled with a faster and
automated cleaning system enables opti-
mized loading and transfer operations.
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By Don Sutherland
The evolution of harbors and ports used to be left to the
institutions that worked there, but that was before things
got crowded. Since the mid-20th century, high-ticket real-
estate developments have competed for waterfront land
while the public at-large clamored for access.
Environmental groups took issue with industrial prac-
tices, and local communities gained a say in their own
development. A great deal of good came from some of
this, but like indigenous populations before, the working
waterfront found itself ignored. Facing over-regulation,
conflicting rules and myriad jurisdictions, maritime pro-
fessionals became clamped in an impossible squeeze.
If those professionals gave up, transfered operations or
pursued land-based opportunities, the big losers would be
the large populations around them — ironically, the
source of most of the pressures. The larger they grow, the
more those populations depend on faraway suppliers.
Waterborne transport, across half a world's oceans or from
the river's opposite shore, is the least expensive, most
unobtrusive, most environmentally friendly of all delivery
systems, giving seaport cities and towns advantages all
around. Yet with mounting costs and unnecessary com-
plexities for routine maintenance — seasonal dredging to
maintain channel and port depth, for example — some of
the economics began to skew. Meanwhile, in New York's
Erie Basin, a big-box furniture store which could have
been built inland claimed the shore, filling-in a distin-
guished graving dock to make room for more cars, all with
the blessing and support of the municipality.
With so much hanging in balance, official perceptions
began shifting for the better — albeit at glacial speed.
Finally, in June of this year, New York City's Economic
Development Corporation, the landlord of city water-
front properties and a guiding force elsewhere in City
business under Mayor Bloomberg, released a report
authored at SUNY Maritime College, describing a critical
shortfall about to descend on harbor support resources
(see our January issue, "The 20/20 Harbor," for excerpts
from a draft).
Up stepped the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, a
consortium of civic and advocacy groups concerned with
New York Harbor and its tributaries. Its annual
Conference could amplify the harbor's voice, both for the
media and for the diverse selection of groups it represents.
Speakers at MWA conferences in past years included
urban planners from around the world, politicians and
agency heads, environmental and recreational organiza-
tions all with an eye toward promoting their views. At the
MWA's latest Conference on November 13, under the
title "Launching the Waterfront Action Agenda," one
more view got an airing with the debut of its Working
Harbor Task Force.
Common Themes
During a narrated tour of the upper bay that morning,
aboard Statue Cruises' ferry boat RESPECT, and
throughout the day in the auditorium and meeting rooms
of the Museum of the American Indian, the air echoed
with recurrent critiques: the regulations and their
enforcers are inconsistent and even contradictory, the
exact composition and inventory of harbor industry
region-wide is unknown, bad science and prejudice
underlie many regulatory initiatives. And most of all,
notwithstanding micro-management in abundance, there
is no real planning and leadership
All of this occurs while the region's population is
swelling, swelling the need for supplies and services. Yet
by encroachments on waterfront property or by the diffi-
culties of obtaining permits, the industries of the harbor,
rivers and creeks are prevented from expanding in turn. As
the President of Caddell Dry Dock, Steve Kalil, pointed
Airing the Port of New York
Statistically, every ship requires the services of 4.2 tugboats,
according to Port study author Dr. Schmuel Yahalom during the
MWA Conference. Tug Turecamo Boys, escorting a Cosco container
ship, would be among the first 4. (Photo: Don Sutherland)
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out in one of the sessions at the Conference, the most
plodding undertakings like dredging are heavily encum-
bered by bureaucratic minutiae and escalating costs. If
that's the case for rote work, imaginative solutions could
be discouraged altogether.
Disposal of dredge spoil is one issue, for example, and
shortage of land for dockage and cargo transfer is another.
The no-brainer solution would seem to be to combine
them together. Dredge spoil as landfill is hardly a new
idea, and manmade islands are frequently proposed. All of
Battery Park City and a good portion of the rest of
Manhattan stands on land that didn't exist when the
American Indian reigned. Yet the idea draws ire from the
protectors of marine habitats, and the obstacles mount
steeply from there. "The port volume, as you know," said
Christopher O. Ward, Executive Director of the Port
Authority during his keynote speech, "is exceeding our
capacity." Containerships were considered large when
their capacity passed 4000 TEUs (approximately 4000
20-foot containers), but economies of scale drove them
further, to post-Panamax dimensions sufficient for 9000
TEUs. That was thought to be the limit, said Mr. Ward,
"if they get any bigger, people said they would sink. But
history marches on — " he called a new slide to the
screen, showing a very large vessel emblazoned with the
Maersk star " — and this is a 14,000 TEU ship." Mr.
Ward said that some thirty such vessels are already on
order, for a variety of shippers worldwide.
Mr. Ward noted that before containerization took ship-
ping out of sight and mind (as far as Manhattan was con-
cerned) to Newark Bay, break bulk operations threatened
to overwhelm the shoreline. Would ever-expanding con-
tainerports make history repeat? "If we simply shift the
burden of congestion and pollution to Newark/Elizabeth"
where the largest containerports are, "we've failed to make
the port what it can be. Is it possible to bring more con-
tainer volume without managing the land side?"
In a session that afternoon, the point was reinforced by
a representative of a Staten Island neighborhood on the
Kill Van Kull shore. Speaking from the floor, she politely
commented on the disruptive effects of blasting for deep-
ening the channel. She mentioned that this impact had
not been understood by the community.
A corresponding point was introduced from another
perspective by one of the panelists that afternoon, Capt.
Pat Kinnier, McAllister's port captain. Speaking of the
need for a tugboat company to expand as its ship-assist
customers do, "We're limited in where we can go. We've
been pushed out to anchorages on the North River, and
now we're receiving complaints from the Jersey side
because the generators run on the boats, creating an echo
that they can hear."
Culture Wars?
It would sound cold-hearted for someone from the
industry to ask what residents expect when they move into
old industrial neighborhoods like Staten Island's North
Shore, or brand-new riverfront communities such as those
facing steel recycling operations near Jersey City. Yet the
presumption sometimes seems to be that it's proper for
residents to displace industrial communities the same way
Europeans displaced American Indians.
Said Tiffany Smythe, a Research Fellow at the Regional
Plan Association, "There are significant incentives to con-
vert waterfront property from maritime uses to other uses,
and many disincentives to maintain" maritime uses.
The principle had come up during the report given by
the Working Harbor Task Force chairman Frank M.
McDonough, President of the New York Shipping
Association. "We need to incorporate into the city charter
protections for maritime districts and facilities. We need
to think in terms of zoning regulations, deed restrictions,
transfer of development rights, and maritime easements.
We need to change the state's constitution to protect
waterfront activities. [We need to] require tax officials to
ignore the old, and I believe somewhat corrupt, 'highest
and best use' doctrine, in favor of tax regimes that accred-
it and protect the present water-dependant uses over
expensive condos." That last point struck a nerve, as the
spontaneous applause rang-out from far more seats in the
auditorium than were occupied by people from the indus-
try. But as McDonough pointed out, a population much
larger than the maritime industry itself is dependant on
maritime business. "Almost 70,000 city-based jobs in
cruise operations, insurance, underwriting, freight for-
warding, chandlery, vessel maintenance and cargo han-
dling rely on these facilities. They're being crowded out by
the desire to live and shop on the edge" of the harbors and
rivers. No one said it in so many words, but a theme
repeated throughout the day described two populations,
one on each side of the bulkhead, both vulnerable to the
other. One possible solution to that mutual pressure
might take the form of direct-to-barge offloading of post-
Panamax containerships, using tugs to move the boxed
cargos to smaller ports upriver. This might moderate the
need for land without hindering throughput of the port.
"The Port of New York has a natural opportunity to be a
hub," said Dr.Shmuel Yahalom of SUNY Maritime, one
of the authors of the recent EDC report.
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Someone mentioned that a pilot project of barging con-
tainers to Albany had already been tested, "and fell by the
wayside." The point was addressed from the floor by Capt.
John C. Callaghan, formerly a special assistant to the
director of Canal Corp. upstate, and now representing
Knickerbocker Consulting. Noting that the final destina-
tions for those containers, like Rochester and Syracuse,
were deeper in the interior of the state, "there was enough
post-Albany truck traffic to negate the value of the barge
Capt. Callaghan pointed out that Canal Corp. is build-
ing two large container barges under the 2005
Transportation Bond Act. With the port of Oswego now
under discussion for container operations on the Great
Lakes, a resurgence of short-sea shipping via the state's
canal system is getting renewed attention.
Low Bridge … Everybody Down
But there are bottlenecks that have not been addressed
in the Port of New York, such as the Bayonne Bridge. "Its
air draft is 151 feet," said Ed Kelly, Executive Director of
the Maritime Association of the Port of New York/New
Jersey. "Chris showed the pictures of these giant ships that
are in the water right now, they won't fit under the
Bayonne Bridge, and that bridge is a Port Authority prop-
Noting that it would take at least fifteen years to put up
a new bridge, and that the Panama Canal enlargement is
due to be completed by 2014, super post-Panamax ships
will "have to be put into other areas that we'll have to
develop," said Mr. Kelly. "The South Brooklyn water-
front? How long have we been waiting for that to be
developed?" The first part of any solution is to define the
problem, a task the MWA conference performed well.
Next would come integrated plans, when two states and a
major city, smaller cities of the Jersey shore, and even more
cities upriver are among the stakeholders. Said Ed Kelly, "I
think we need to understand that if everybody acts on
their own just at random, we're just going to end up with
a random mess."
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This month MN looks at the deck
machinery and cargo handling equip-
ment market, the tools of the trade
for the workboat workforce. We've
highlighted a few innovative products
including cranes, winches and cap-
stans, as well as a unique metal dis-
solving service offered by CBG.
New Winches from Markey
Markey Machinery installed its 250
hp DESS-52 ARR hawser winch on a
Crowley Response tug, designed for
tethered escort and docking of
tankers in the extreme conditions
encountered in the Straits of Juan de
Fuca in northern Puget Sound. After
successful operations of the 250 hp
winch, and in anticipation of the
expansion of open water ports requir-
ing escort vessels capable of dealing
with more dynamic conditions,
Markey Machinery developed winch-
es rated at 100, 200 and 760 hp. All
incorporate the below-deck VF-AC
electric motor drives with multi-disk
clutches/multi-speed transmissions
and slip-brakes.
JonRie Bow Winch for McAllister
JonRie InterTech of Manahawkin,
NJ, has completed its 22nd bow
winch for McAllister Towing. The
newest McAllister tug, the Gregg
McAllister, is almost ready for deliv-
ery from Eastern Shipbuilding and
features a JonRie Series 230 Assist
Winch. The 230 Series features a
30,000 lb. line pull at 100 fpm and
the capacity to spool 450 ft. of
Quantum-8 hawser. This winch series
also features a slip brake system com-
plete with full render capability. All
JonRie bow winches in the McAllister
fleet also have a tension meter and
winch foot control for hands free
Superi or- Li dger wood- Mundy
(SLM), of Superior, Wisc., intro-
duced its latest design, the M-2000
Series Capstans. The M-2000
Capstan uses cycloidal and spiral
bevel gearing to increase efficiency
and provide a compact and user
friendly design for tug, barge, dock-
side, and car-puller applications.
Seven of these M-2000 Capstans will
be used on the latest development
projects on Panama Canal Locks and
will provide support guiding the esti-
mated 14,000 ships and over 250
million tons of cargo per year through
the waterway.
Cross’ New 80-ton Winch
Cross Equipment, expanded its
product line beyond used marine
equipment with a new 80 ton anchor
handling winch. The double drum,
80-ton winch recently assisted HLC
Tugs LLC in breaking a Gulf of
Mexico record while completing a
pipelay project. The Gloria G.
Cheramie set 48 anchors in an eight
hour period utilizing the Cross model
winch. The lay-barge contractor
acknowledged the Gloria's speed and
efficiency commenting that she
played a major role in completing the
project safely and ahead of schedule.
E-Crane Aims to Up Productivity
In order to upgrade its Carmeuse
Black River lime facility in Butler,
Ky., Massey Energy Company, the
largest producer of coal in the Central
Appalachian region, turned to E-
Crane International USA. Massey
Energy Company installed E-Crane's
Floating Offloading Terminal for coal
barge unloading with a 700 series E-
Crane as its centerpiece.
Massey Energy was already familiar
with the E-Crane because the coal
company has an identical E-Crane
operating a few miles up-river from
the Black River facility.
ECO Orders 3rd MacGregor Crane
Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO)
ordered another 150-ton
Hydramarine Active Heave-
Compensation (AHC) crane from
MacGregor's Offshore division, its
third such order within the past two
years. These cranes are due to be
delivered in February and October
2009, and the first quarter of 2010.
The three cranes are identical and
belong to MacGregor's HMC 3568
LKO series, with a 150-ton single-
line winch capable of working in
depths down to 9,843 ft. The
advanced Hydramarine AHC system
gives the vessel an increased weather
Review Deck Machinery & Cargo Handling Equipment
Markey JonRie Superior-Lidgerwood Cross Equipment E-Crane
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window for offshore operation.
CBG Maintenance Services
CBG, LLC Maintenance Services
provides metal disintegration services
to industrial, commercial and govern-
ment markets. CBG offers metal dis-
integration for broken bolts, taps and
tools in large stationary equipment,
heavy vehicles. CBG performed an
in-place bolt removal onboard USNS
Kanawha (T-AO 196) for Collins
Machine Works of Portsmouth, VA.
This project was in support of
Fairbanks Morse 12,000 hour main-
tenance service on Colt-Pielstick
engines at the BAE Norfolk, Va. ship-
yard. CBG removed the 64 mm main
engine head bolt from the engine
block while shipyard and Fairbanks
Morse personnel continued to work
on the engine and keep the job on
CBG also removed a 30 mm main
engine head bolt onboard the M/V
Sea Runner. After being contracted
by San Juan Towing and Marine
Services, a CBG technician with 19
years of experience was fully
equipped and onsite in Puerto Rico
in less than 48 hours.
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Cross Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.thecrossgroup.com
E-Crane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.ecrane-usa.com
MacGregor Crane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.macgregor-group.com
Markey Machinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.markeymachinery.com
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Dugan Elected Chair of ASA
The American Shipbuilding
Association (ASA) has elected John F.
"Dugan" Shipway Chairman of the
Board for calendar years 2009 and
2010. Shipway is President of Bath
Iron Works, Bath, Maine. Shipway
joined Electric Boat in July 2000 as
Special Assistant to the President and
was appointed President of Bath Iron
Works on April 28, 2003. Prior to
that he retired from the Navy as a
Rear Admiral.
Matthew J. Mulherin, Sector Vice
President and General Manager of
Newport News Shipbuilding,
Newport News, Virginia, has been
elected as the Association's Vice
Chairman. Mulherin began his career
at Newport News in 1981 as a
nuclear test engineer, eventually
becoming Vice President of programs
for Newport News Operations.
Rowan Names Ralls CEO
Rowan Companies, Inc. named W.
Matt Ralls as the company's new
President, CEO and member of the
Board of Directors, effective January
1, 2009. Mr. Ralls most recently
served as Executive Vice President
and Chief Operating Officer of
GlobalSantaFe Corporation, from
June 2005 until the completion of
the merger of GlobalSantaFe with
Transocean, Inc. in November 2007.
Austal Appoints Hogan COO
Austal has appointed former Boral
Limited Divisional General Manager
Peter Hogan to the position of Chief
Operating Officer, Australian
Operations. Hogan will officially
commence with Austal in February
2009 and be based at Austal's head-
quarters in Henderson, Western
Titan Promotes Schwall, Reed
Dan Schwall has been promoted to
vice president of Titan Salvage,
Crowley Maritime Corporation's sal-
vage and wreck removal company.
Phil Reed has been promoted to gen-
eral manager, salvage and engineer-
ing. Both promotions become effec-
tive January 1, 2009 and both
Schwall and Reed will be domiciled
at the Pompano Beach, Florida. head-
Webb, Christopher Join RAL
Robert Allan Ltd. appointed
Roland (Rollie) Webb as Manager,
New Construction. From 1993 to
2003, Web was President of Todd
Pacific Shipyard Corporation, Seattle,
Wash., and most recently was
President, Shipyards at Washington
Marine Group, Vancouver, BC.
Webb will be responsible for the over-
all management of our numerous
new vessel construction projects
around the world. David H.
Christopher has been appointed as
Senior Marine Engineer/Chief
Engineer. Christopher has 26 years
experience as both a sea-going Chief
Engineer Officer and as a New
Co n s t r u c t i o n / Co n v e r s i o n
Superintendent, on ocean going
ships, seismic survey, AHTS, and
other offshore support vessels.
Crowley Promotes Collar, Busch
Steve Collar has been appointed
senior vice president and general
manager of logistics for Crowley
effective Jan. 1, 2009. Todd Busch,
vice president of Titan Salvage, will
be promoted to senior vice president
and general manager of technical
services effective Jan. 1, 2009. In his
new role he will retain management
responsibility for Titan and assume
additional responsibility for govern-
ment services, ship management, new
vessel construction and naval archi-
Wheatcroft Heads New ABS Team
Michael Wheatcroft has been pro-
moted to the new position of
Assistant Chief Engineer for
Materials and Chief Metallurgist at
Hogan Schwall Reed Shipway Ralls Collar
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the American Bureau of Shipping.
Wheatcroft will lead a team of spe-
cialist material engineers assigned to
ABS engineering offices in the United
States, Europe and Asia.
Gillen Promoted to VP
Jim Gillen has been promoted to
vice president of engineering for
Crowley Maritime Corporation's
petroleum services, marine services
and petroleum distribution groups.
Garrido Joins Bisso Marine
Mauricio Garrido joined Bisso
Marine on October 10, 2008 and is
actively serving as Vice-President of
Salvage and Emergency Response.
Garrido, a graduate of SUNY
Maritime College has 24 years of
worldwide salvage experience.
Garrido was most recently Managing
Director of Titan Salvage and is also
the current Vice-President of the
American Salvage Association.
Zodiac Appoints Seigal
Zodiac of North America hired
Commander (Ret.) Steve Seigel to
lead its military and professional
business unit. Seigel's Naval career
includes both enlisted and commis-
sioned service in multiple SEAL and
Underwater Demolition Teams, and
the US Special Operations
Command. Following his operational
and command tours, he reported to
the USSOCOM acquisition and
logistics directorate.
Coulombe Appointed
Farwest Corrosion Control
Company appointed Harry
Coulombe as its Marine Division,
Technical Sales Representative.
Coulombe will be responsible for
promoting Farwest's marine line of
products including Cathodic
Protection Systems, Marine Growth
Prevention Systems (MGPS),
Electrochlorination Systems and
Ballast Tank Descaling equipment.
Su Tu Vang CPP Delivered
J. Ray McDermott, S. A. delivered
the Su Tu Vang Central Processing
Platform (CPP) for CuuLong Joint
Operating Company (CLJOC) off-
shore Vietnam to enable production
of first oil ahead of schedule. The
project sets a benchmark in the
industry for fabrication completion
of a 15,500 MT float-over deck in
22.5 months. The accomplishment
was celebrated at the Su Tu Vang first
oil ceremony held in Hanoi.
Comprised of the jacket, float-over
topsides, pipelines, umbilicals,
PLEMS and living quarters for 66
Gillen Garrido Coulombe Busch Wheatcroft
W&O Races from Gulf to Atlantic
Twelve employees of W&O, including the CEO and mem-
bers of senior leadership, participated in the Ragnar Relay
Race from Nov. 14-15 between Clearwater and Daytona
Beach, Florida. "Our 'W&O: We Are Fit' employee program
is a perfect example of how W&O advocates employee fitness,
and how taking part in events like the Ragnar Relay allows our
employees to express themselves physically," said Jack Guidry,
President and CEO of W&O.
The Ragnar Relay drew more than 700 people to the
Clearwater area for the 194-mile trek to Daytona Beach.
Teams included either six or twelve runners who each ran
three legs of the race, totaling an average of 16 miles of run-
ning per team member. The W&O team included Jack Guidry, President & CEO; Peter Osterman; Steve Stafford;
Alex Piquer; Sandy White; Rogier Blokdijk; Kyle Posey; Lisa Collins; Carl Herman; Mike Page; Art Parrish and Colin
Luke. W&O is a supplier of marine valves, pipe, fittings, engineered products and valve automation systems.
Team W&O at the completion of the race: Art Parrish, Jack
Guidry, Mike Page, Collin Luke, Carl Herman, Peter Osterman
(back), Sandy White (in front of Peter), Steve Stafford, Alex
Piquer, Kyle Posey (in horns), Lisa Collins, Rogier Blokdijk.
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people, the Su Tu Vang CPP is a fully
integrated EPCI project. This project
included development of an eight-
pile almost cuboid jacket and opti-
mization of a construction-friendly
float-over deck with unique design
challenges that were overcome by the
joint J. Ray-CLJOC project team.
Newbold Wins Award
Strategic Marine chairman and
founder Mark Newbold has won an
Ernst & Young Australian
Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Newbold, whose shipbuilding com-
pany has its headquarters at
Henderson in Western Australia, took
out the national Entrepreneur of the
Year Award in the Products Category
at a black tie event on Nov. 27 in
New ASA Advisory Council
The American Shipbuilding
Association elected four new Partner
Advisory Council officers for calendar
years 2009 and 2010. The new offi-
cers are Pete Goumas, General
Manager, The Babcock and Wilcox
Company, Nuclear Operations
Group, Euclid, OH; Shoun
Kerbaugh, Vice President, Naval
Systems/Merchant, Converteam Inc.,
Pittsburgh, PA; Bruce Rosenblatt,
President, Bruce S. Rosenblatt &
Associates, LLC, Arlington, VA; and
Don Roussinos, President, Henschel,
L-3, Newburyport, MA. Fred
Conroy, Vice President and General
Manager of the Government Business
Unit for Dresser-Rand, Olean, NY,
will continue his role on the Council
through 2009.
Crowley Presents USMMA
Crowley presented four United
States Merchant Marine Academy
students in their senior years with
Thomas B. Crowley, Sr., scholarships.
The scholarships were presented to
Midshipmen Patrick Showell,
Donald ("Buddy") Finnie, Joseph
Gaudiano and Bradford Lawhon.
Laura Ladd was also recognized dur-
ing the event as the recipient of the
Richard A. Simpson scholarship.
Jo-Kell Employees Contribute
Employees of Jo-Kell Inc. presented
two charities with donations at their
facility on November 11, 2008. With
the company matching the donations
of their 49 employees, as well as a
company sponsored "Tribute to
Elvis" benefit concert, Jo-Kell pre-
sented St. Mary's with a check for
$8,740. The Foodbank of
Southeastern Virginia was also on
hand to receive over 4,125 pounds of
food collected by employees. The
donated food will help feed over
3,259 meals in the community.
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New Marine Generator Line
Kohler Power
Systems presents
a new line of
diesel -powered
marine genera-
tors for the workboat market. The
40-500 kW (at 60 Hz) and 33-400
kW (at 50Hz), are powered by EPA
Tier 2 compliant engines. The 40-
180kW range is available in both 12-
and 24-volt specifications, while the
350 and 500kW are available in the
24-volt specification. The Kohler 40,
55, 65, 80, 99, 125, 150 and 180kW
marine generators are powered by
Deere Powertech engines, while the
new Kohler 350 and 500kW genera-
tors are powered by Scania engines.
Navico’s Simrad Prof Nav System
Navico is
offering the new
navigation sys-
tem, Simrad
MX510/ 512,
for workboats, fishing vessels, ferries,
cargo carriers and other commercial
vessels. The new Simrad MX510/512
uses advanced PC-based technology
and a powerful Intel PXA255 XScale
processor to provide position data.
The MX510/512 can store up to
2,000 waypoints with 20-character
alphanumeric names and icons, and
100 routes with a dynamic number of
waypoints (up to 2,000 in all routes).
New DuraMobile Computer
C o m a r k
Co r p o r a t i o n
received type
approval for tje
Du r a Mo b i l e
marine computer from ABS. The
DuraMobile computer has no mov-
ing parts and is cooled using an alu-
minum heat sink instead of fans and
supports 2 PCI slots. Processor
options include Celeron M, Pentium
M or Core 2 Mobile, up to 2.27GHz,
with RAM options up to 4 GB.
Storage options include compact
flash up to 16 GB and solid state hard
drives up to 32 GB.
Ultrasonic Flaw Detectors
Olympus intro-
duced the new
Epoch 1000 Series
Digital Ultrasonic
Flaw Detectors with
phased array imag-
ing capabilities. The Epoch 1000,
Epoch 1000iR, and Epoch 1000i can
also be integrated into small systems
for high speed scanning and single
channel imaging. They come stan-
dard with features like a 6 kHz maxi-
mum Pulse Rate Frequency (PRF)
with single-shot measurements for
accurate high speed scanning applica-
tions, and tunable square wave pulser
with PerfectSquare technology.
ASI's New Ground Fault Protector
Automation Systems
Interconnect, Inc. offers a
new ground fault protec-
tor for electrical equip-
ment. When a ground
fault or earth leakage greater than
30mA is detected the NDB1L auto-
matically opens the circuit. Features
include a visual trip indicator and
push-to-test button. The NDB1L is
available in 6 to 32Amps with DIN
rail mounting and shockproof wire
terminations. The new ground fault
protectors have an interrupting
capacity is 4.5kA and an operating
temperature range of -35 to 70
degrees Celsius.
Mobilarm Launches Crewsafe
M o b i l a r m
launched Crewsafe,
an onboard wireless
network with Man
Overboard func-
tionality. This wireless safety network
provides a network-wide alert to all
personnel within seconds of an inci-
dent occurring. Each employee car-
ries a palm-sized transceiver whose
wireless signal connects them to the
network. If a worker goes overboard,
the signal is lost, the alarm is raised
and GPS tracking is implemented.
New Inclinometer
R&B Mfg. Inc.
introduced its new inclinometers
designed for use in maritime applica-
tions, especially during cargo and fuel
loading and un-loading to insure ship
remains level. R&B Inclinometer
model #003 is nine inches long and
has a 5/8 inch diameter indicating
ball for viewing at distances up to 30
feet. Models are also available in read-
ings up to 10 degrees, or 18 percent
of tilt.
New Line of Workboat AC Units
Dometic offers a new
series of marine AC
units for deck or
rooftop mounting on
workboats. Available in
capacities ranging from
36,000 to 72,000 BTU/hr, the
DuraSea units come in a standard
square-shaped chassis, or a slim-pro-
file size to meet tighter space require-
ments. Both models feature a unique
vertical fan-mount design that pro-
tects fan components from constant,
direct exposure to corrosive weather
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directory • marine electronics buyer’s guide
40 MN January 2009
Alden Marine Electronics
tel: 703.263.9305 email:jandraw-
Products: Marine receivers, Epirbs,
Marine Radios, Antennas,
AR Engineering
tel: 203 924 5649
Products: Hardened marine comput-
ers built to application. Integrated
systems for communication, naviga-
tion, data aquisition, and systems
monitor and control. Daylight moni-
tors, Software
Antenna Products
tel: 940-325-3301
Products: Shipboard antennas for
HF, VHF and UHF frequencies. Fall
prevention equipment
Asea Power Systems
tel: 714-896-9695
Products: Shore Power Converters
(8kVA-1000kVA), Line Voltage
Regulators, Generator Management
Modules and Custom Engineering
At Sea Electronics, Inc.
tel: +1 (813) 961-3829
email: sales_department@atseaelec-
Products: Marine Radio/TV Antenna
Systems for ship`s entertainment
and training.
tel: 604-526-0113
Products: Dynamic Positioning,
Automation/Alarm and Monitoring,
Steering Systems, Rudder Angle
Beier Radio
tel: 504-341-0123
Products: Beier IVCS2000 Integrated
Vessel Control System and Beier
IVMS Integrated Vessel Management
Comark Marine
tel: 508-359-8161
Products: OptiBright Displays, Mini
Mariner Computer
DataStar Marine Products Inc.
tel: 604.990.6900
Products: V-MAC Relaint and V-MAC
Cobra Monitoring Systems.
DataTerm Z60, DataTerm G55,
DataTerm G70 and DataTerm G75
HMI and NMEA Displays,
David Clark Company, Inc.
tel: 508-751-5800
Products: Marine Communication
Headsets and Intercom Systems
Digital Antenna, Inc.
tel: 954.747.7022
Products: Cellular boosters (ampli-
fiers and repeaters), directional and
omni-directional cellular antennas as
well as marine VHF, SSB, AM/FM,
2.4 GHz WiFi and XM/WX antennas,
DVTel Inc.
tel: 201-708-9800
Products: NVR, Access Control, IP
Cameras, Encoders and Decoders
FLIR Systems, Inc.
tel: 877-773-3547
Products: Thermal Imaging, Mariner,
Voyager, Navigator, SeaFlir
Furuno USA, Inc.
tel: 360-834-9300
Products: Radar, Fish Finders,
Sonar, GPS, Chart Plotters, GMDSS,
Communications, Autopilots, Marine
Software, AIS and more.
GeoNav Marine Systems
tel: 713-722-9697
Products: Inertial Navigation
Systems, Underwater Sensors,
Cameras and Measurement
Systems, Pipe Tracking, Fiber Optic
Gyro`s, RLG`s, Kongsberg Acoustic
Positioning Operating System,
Icom America Inc
tel: 425-454-8155
Descr: Marine VHF and SSB radio
Imtech Marine & Offshore BV
Tel: +31 10 487 19 11
Email: info@imtechmarine.com
URL: www.imtech.nl
Industrial Power Systems, Inc
tel: 904-731-8844
Descr: Manufacturer of switchboards
for the Marine Industry
Products: Marine switchboards,
panel boards, motor controls
Infosat Communications Inc.
tel: (403) 543-8188
Products: Downlink Systems,
Modulators, Monitors, Receivers,
Signal Processing Equipment, Uplink
Systems, Engineering/Systems
Design, Equipment Installation,
Innovative Satellite Solutions
tel: +1 (240) 252-5211
Products: SeaTel® Tx/Rx and satel-
lite TV systems, Thrane & Thrane
Sailor® Inmarsat and Iridium sys-
tel: +1-206-654-5644;
Descr: Inland and Coastal Water
Operations: With Jeppesen Marine,
you're able to navigate with accurate,
local river knowledge precision, while
realizing operational efficiencies that
improve your competitive strength.
Jeppesen has been central to the
development of systems that make it
possible to take off and land aircraft
in zero visibility conditions. Advanced
marine solutions offer the same
sophistication, so you can continue
and extend operations in inclement
weather, without compromising safe-
Koden America Inc
tel: 206 372 6008
email: gleb@kodenamerica.com
Products: marine radar, LCD radar,
GPS compass, GPS, IMO GPS, IMO
L-3 Klein Associates
tel: 603-890-1304
Products: RADAR, ECDIS, AIS,
Integrated Bridge Equipment,
Steering, Communications, Gyros,
AutoPilots, Sonar Sensors, and
Macsea Ltd.
tel: 860-535-3885
Products: DEXTER, Remote Engine
Health Monitoring Services,
Diagnostics and predictive analytics
Marine Technologies
tel: 985-951-7771
Products: Marine Technologies offers
Total Solutions for DP, Bridge and
Communications; Dynamic
Positioning (DP) Class 1, 2 and 3
Systems; Bridge Mate Integrated
Bridge System (IBS)
Maritime Information Systems
tel: 33 30 42 50
Products: Maritime Information
Systems - MDS, S-VDR,VDR,
ECDIS, Software,
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Partners/ MTP
tel: 1800-905-6871 ext 111
Products: International Video
Telephony Provider, Broadband
Provider,Remote Live Satellite Video,
Satellite Fax, Data, Voice, Video
Night Vision Technologies, Inc.
tel: 972-554-3944
Descr: NVTi designs and manufac-
turers night vision and thermal imag-
ing camera systems.
Offshore Systems Ltd.
tel: 604-904-4664
Products: ECPINS navigational soft-
ware, COP situational awareness
Point Eight Power, Inc.
tel: 504-391-6817
Products: Design, manufacture and
service electrical control & distribu-
tion system
Seacoast Electronics
tel: (203) 515-6653
Products: Communication, naviga-
tion, and steering systems for the
new construction, offshore energy,
commercial, and defense markets
Sperry Marine
tel: 434 974 2000
Products: Complete navigation and
bridge systems
tel: 425-486-2100
email: sales@transasusa.com
Descr: Transas is a developer and
supplier of a range of software, inte-
grated solutions and hardware tech-
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Marine Regulatory Advisor
Job Location: USA, Houston
The successful candidate will be responsi-
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American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) to
support the Gulf of Mexico assets in their
developmental and production projects.
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current employer
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sponsorship for employment visa status
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- A minimum of a High School Diploma or
- A minimum of 5 years of USCG and ABS
regulatory permitting experience
- A working knowledge of offshore oil and
gas operations
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Our business is the exploration, produc-
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Human Resource
Houston TX 77079 USA
Email: R6276186007043@posttrak.arbi-
Web: http://posttrak.arbita.net/cgi-
Managing Director
Job Location: USA, Miami
1. The Company: Established in
1993, International Register of Shipping
(IRS) is an independent ship classification
society working with the objective of safe-
guarding life, property and the environ-
ment. IRS is a provider of classification,
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mercial intellect with the skills to identify
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itime professional with previous manage-
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5. Please send your applications to
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Bijimon Punnoose
International Register of Shipping
4770 Biscayne
Ste 800
Miami FL 33137 USA
Phone: 786-863-4790
Fax: 305-576-4438
Email: bp@intlreg.org
qualified candidates for positions on our brand
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operating along the Northeastern Atlantic
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Must possess a valid DDE (Designated Duty
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room experience required.
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If you have the skills and experience for any of our
open positions, please contact our F|eet Recru|ter
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33 AHEAD SANITATION SYSTEMS. . . . . . . . . . . . . www.aheadtank.com (337) 237-5011
19 BAIER MARINE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.baiermarine.com (800) 455-3917
26 CBG, LLC MAINTENANCE SERVICE. . . . . . . . www.cbgmaitenance.com (757) 622-3535
3 CHEVRON GLOBAL LUBRICANTS. . . . www.chevronlubricants.com please visit our website
23 CHROME CRANKSHAFT CO. LLC . . . . . . . www.chromecrankshaft.com (815) 725-9030
33 COASTAL MARINE EQUIPMENT . . . . . www.coastalmarineequipment.com (228) 832-7655
5 CRANESMART SYSTEMS INC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.cranesmart.com (888) 562-3222
C3 DMW MARINE, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.dmwmarine.com (610) 827-2032
11 DONJON MARINE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.donjon.com (908) 964-8812
17 GREAT AMERICAN INSURANCE. . . . . www.GreatAmericanInsurance.com (212) 510-0135
21 HARCO MANUFACTURING CO. . . . . . . . . www.harcomanufacturing.com (800) 394-7571
15 HO BOSTROM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.hobostrom.com (262) 542-0222
25 JONRIE INTERTECH LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.marinewinch.com (609) 978-3523
19 LASDROP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.lasdrop.com (800) 940-7325
C2 LLEBROC INDUSTRIES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.helm-chair.com (800) 284-5771
35 M&L ENGINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.mlengine.com (800) 960-0068
7 MARINE TECHNOLOGIES LLC. . . . . . . . www.Marine-Technologies.com (985) 951-7771
38 MARINERS HOUSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.marinershouse.org (617) 227-3979
25 McDonough Marine Service . . . . . . . . . . . www.McDonoughmarine.com (504) 780-8100
21 MOPS LICENSE INSURANCE . . . . www.mopsmarinelicenseinsurance.com (800) 782-8902
23 PSI MARINE, INC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.tideslide.com (800) 780-6094
C4 R.W. FERNSTRUM & C0. INC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.fernstrum.com (906) 863-5553
1 SCANIA USA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.scania.com (210) 403-0007
21 SKOOKUM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.skookumco.com (503) 651-3175
23 SMITH BERGER MARINE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.smithberger.com (206) 764-4650
41 SNAME . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.snameexpo.com (561) 732-4368
24 SUNY MARITIME COLLEGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.sunymaritime.edu (718) 409-7341
35 SUPERIOR LIDGERWOOD-MUNDY CORP. . . . www.lidgerwood.com (715) 394-4444
9 TIDEWATER INC.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.tdw.com (504) 568-1010
13 WATERMAN SUPPLY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.watermansupply.com (310) 522-9698
24 WESTERN FIRE & SAFETY. . . . . . . . . . . . www.westernfireandsaftey.com (206) 782-7825
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DMW Marine is your North American
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phone 610.827.2032• fax 610.827.1199
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