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Monday, November 20, 2017

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CNPC, Cheniere Pact for LNG

Photo: Cheniere Energy, Inc

China’s state-owned oil company, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), and U.S. independent energy company Cheniere Energy have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for long-term sales and purchases of liquefied natural gas (LNG), Reuters reported. The report quoted U.S. State Department saying that the deal between the two companies was signed during president Trump’s first state visit to China. Neither companies disclosed details of the transaction. According to CNPC…

Gulf Coast Shipyard Group Branding

John Dane III

Shipyards in New Orleans and Gulfport, Miss., are being branded under the name Gulf Coast Shipyard Group Inc. Gulf Coast Shipyard Group, Inc., a manufacturer of a variety of ocean- going and inland marine vessels for commercial and military markets, announce that it will consolidate its global branding under the Gulf Coast Shipyard Group in order to better communicate the company’s array of vessels. Gulf Coast Shipyard Group manufactures offshore supply vessels, tank barges, military patrol vessels…

Gulf Coast Shipyard Group is Gulfport's Newest Tenant

John Dane III, President, Gulf Coast Shipyard Group

Gulf Coast Shipyard Group, Inc.—a manufacturer of a variety of ocean-going and inland marine vessels for commercial and military markets as well as the Trinity Yachts brand— has announced its expansion by signing a three-year lease with one-year options with the Port of Gulfport. Specifically, Gulf Coast Shipyard Group will use 400 linear feet of dock space on the Port’s East Pier and 15,000 square feet of warehouse space to outfit the dual fuel liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered vessels it is building for Harvey Gulf International Marine.

EBDG Persues New Orleans Operations

In response to increased demand for maritime services in the region, Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG),a naval architecture and marine engineering firm, is currently expanding its Gulf Coast operations to accommodate a staff of 20 by 2014. “We're seeking naval architects, marine engineers and designers of all disciplines," stated EBDG Gulf Coast General Manager, Keith Keller. Driving the expansion is a growing client list and brisk demand for the firm's long-standing expertise with vessel design, production support and lofting systems modeling. Increasing its staffing capacity enables EBDG to continue providing its clients with the best support possible at every stage of vessel design, construction support and regulatory liaison processes.

Vindeola Joins Global Diving & Salvage, Inc.

Jose Vindeola, Gulf Coast Region Business Development / Technical Support

New Addition to the Gulf Coast Region. Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. announces the hiring of Jose’ Vindeola, joining the Gulf Coast Region in the Business Development / Technical Support position. Mr. Vindeola will be essential in providing Global’s current client base with high quality solutions and also stewarding expansion both nationally and abroad. Ryan Smith, Gulf Coast Region General Manager, states “Jose’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge has already made him a key addition to the Global family.

Gulf Coast Shipyard Group Investment by Littlejohn

Littlejohn & Co., LLC, a private investment firm based in Greenwich, CT, has made an equity investment in Gulf Coast Shipyard Group, Inc. Gulf Coast Shipyard Group, is a manufacturer of a variety of ocean-going and inland marine vessels for commercial and military markets under the brand name TY Offshore, as well as superyachts under the brand name Trinity Yachts. Centrally located on the Gulf Coast of the United States, Gulf Coast manufactures offshore supply vessels, tank barges, military patrol vessels, tugs and superyachts from two facilities located in Gulfport, MS and New Orleans, LA. Gulf Coast entered the commercial vessel market…

Nearly $140m Proposed for GoM Restoration Work

Image: Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell Thursday commended the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council for issuing its initial list of proposed projects for natural resource restoration for Gulf Coast communities in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The RESTORE Council proposed using approximately $139.6 million from the recent settlement with Transocean Deepwater, Inc. to support restoration projects in key regional watersheds. Interior’s role in these projects is primarily focused on resiliency building efforts across the Gulf Coast.

New Bulk Cargo Pad for Port Manatee

Photo: Port Manatee

Port Manatee is adding a 2-acre cargo pad to support storage of prilled sulphur, a new commodity for the Florida Gulf Coast port. Under an agreement signed Tuesday, June 16, with longtime port tenant Gulf Coast Bulk Equipment Inc., construction of the pad is slated to begin in September on the east side of Port Manatee. A Palmetto, Fla.-based stevedoring and marine terminal operations firm, Gulf Coast Bulk Equipment has been a Port Manatee tenant since 2008, handling fertilizers, salt, potash and other bulk cargos.

Fog May Pose Threat to Gulf Coast Shipping

Fog, which has shrouded parts of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico coast in recent weeks, could remain an intermittent threat to shipping and crude oil imports through April, according to a government meteorologist. In February, March and April sea fogs can form quickly along the Gulf coast as warm moist air heading in from the Gulf hits cooler coastal waters, causing the moisture to condense. “All of a sudden it’s like you drive into a brick wall and the visibility goes down to a sixteenth of a mile. Most ships don’t do much traveling in that,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Kent Prochazka. It’s a phenomenon that can disrupt the steady traffic of crude oil tankers to Gulf Coast terminals and refining centers such as Corpus Christi…

NOC to Consolidate Gulf Coast Shipyards

Northrop Grumman Corporation announced plans to consolidate its Gulf Coast shipbuilding operations and explore strategic alternatives for its Shipbuilding business. As a result of the Gulf Coast consolidation, the company will recognize an estimated pre-tax charge of $113m in the second quarter of 2010. In addition, as previously disclosed, in the second quarter of 2010, the company will record a tax benefit of $296m related to the final settlement with the Internal Revenue Service of tax returns for the years 2004 through 2006. The net impact of the charge and the tax benefit will increase second quarter 2010 earnings from continuing operations by about $0.73 per share. Neither of these items is reflected in the financial guidance the company provided on April 28, 2010.

Northrop Grumman Gulf Coast Shipbuilders Awarded for Excellence

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) recognized 39 shipbuilders from its Gulf Coast facilities for their significant accomplishments supporting quality and continuous improvement at an awards dinner on Thursday, Oct. 7 in Gulfport, Miss. The General Manager's Award for Excellence recognizes extraordinary performance and outstanding contributions in the areas of innovation and technology, customer satisfaction, and operational excellence. This award is the highest honor bestowed at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Gulf Coast operations and recognizes employees whose achievements support Northrop Grumman values, best practices, collaboration, value creation, and process excellence, in addition to aligning with the company's strategic priorities. Six teams received the awards.

H2O Names Pryor Gulf Coast Sales Consultant

 Ira Pryor

H2O, Inc., a leading water system equipment provider, has named Ira Pryor Gulf Coast Sales Consultant, announced H2O President Jess Fike. Pryor will focus on the Gulf Coast drilling market. His responsibilities will include sales and coordinating service for H2O’s patented Reverse Osmosis Watermaker Systems and rental equipment. Pryor has more than 25 years of sales experience in the oil and gas industry. He has extensive experience in specialized tools and providing technical support and training to customers.

Bad Weather Closes 3 Major Mexican Oil Ports

Photo courtesy of the Port of Dos Bocas

Three of Mexico's major oil export ports along the Gulf coast have been closed due to bad weather, the Communications and Transport Ministry said on Tuesday.   Cayo Arcas, Dos Bocas and Coatzacoalcos have been closed since Sunday.   Nearly all of Mexico's crude exports from Pemex, the state-owned oil producer, are shipped from the three ports to Gulf coast refineries in the U.S. states of Texas and Louisiana.     (Reporting by Joanna Zuckerman Bernstein; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

Senesco Christens Double-Hulled Liquid Fuel Barge

The Southeastern New England Shipbuilding Corporation (SENESCO) has christened another 80,000-barrel, double-hulled liquid fuel barge. After a ceremony last week at SENESCO’s Quonset Point, RI headquarters, the Leo was ready to set sail for its Gulf Coast destination. The Leo was built for the Hawaiian Inter Island Towing company, which will lease the vessel to Sirrius Maritime of Seattle, Wash. Sirrius will then use the barge to carry fuel oil and other liquid cargo in the Gulf Coast.

Obama to Reopen Oil Drilling

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the Obama administration, facing rising anger on the Gulf Coast over the loss of jobs and income from a drilling moratorium, said on June 7 that it would move quickly to release new safety requirements that would allow the reopening of offshore oil and gas exploration in shallow waters. Gulf Coast residents, political leaders and industry officials said delays in releasing the new rules, along with the administration's six-month halt on deepwater drilling—both issued amid public pressure—threatened thousands of jobs. (Source: The Wall Street Journal)

STX Appoints New Vice President of Operations

Bill Lind

STX Marine announced Bill Lind has joined its team to further develop their growing portfolio in the Gulf Coast. Bill joins STX Marine as Vice President of Operations (Houston, Texas) to continue STX Marine’s success in providing engineering servicesto clients worldwide, but more specifically the Gulf Coast. Bill will handle marketing and business development as well managing the overall Houston operations. www.stxmarine.net  

Strategy Engineering Wins O&G Company Award

Photo: Strategy Engineering & Consulting

Strategy Engineering & Consulting, LLC announce that it was named the winner of the Oil and Gas Awards Engineering Company of the Year for the Gulf Coast Region in 2012, announced Strategy President Chris Morris. “The Engineering Company of the Year award recognizes engineering excellence and achievements within the oil and gas industry in the Gulf Coast region," Morris said.

Northrop Grumman Gulf Coast Employees Return to Work

Two employees at Northrop Grumman Corporation's New Orleans Operations reestablish shore power to Polar Enterprise, a double-hull tanker under construction for ConocoPhilips, Tuesday, Sept. 13. Production and office work has begun at the company's facilities in Pascagoula, Miss. and New Orleans. Clean-up and recovery efforts continue at its other Gulf Coast locations.

Gulf Coast Dockside Operations and Assets acquired by Associated Terminals

Associated Terminals recently expanded its stevedoring and material handling operations on the lower Mississippi River with its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Gulf Coast Dockside, Inc., along with a substantial interest in Bulk Material Transfer, Inc. Gulf Coast Dockside is a stevedoring company whose primary operations are located in Chalmette, LA, near milepost 90.5 of the lower Mississippi River. The company’s assets include three high capacity floating cranes and all of the attachments and equipment related to the stevedoring operation. Associated also assumes all of the existing contractual stevedoring obligations. Bulk Material Transfer operates a bulk material handling facility at the Chalmette slip within the St. Bernard Port, Harbor and Terminal District.

EMMF Enters Gulf Coast Barge Market

ExxonMobil Marine Fuels (EMMF) announced it is to offer a full range of marine fuels (HFO and MDO) for barge delivery in the ports of Beaumont, Port Neches, Port Arthur, Orange, and the Lake Charles area of the US Gulf Coast. This new service extends EMMF's previous USGC sales capability and improves its global supply network consistent with the efforts to meet the needs of its customers. Joe Rud, Manager of Marketing and Supply for EMMF, said: "This is good news for shipowners who wish to purchase high quality fuel in the US Gulf Coast region. It is also a good example of the combined strengths of ExxonMobil Refinery & Supply, EMMF and our barging partners coming together to expand product availability and services to customers."

Navy Honored by Mississippi Legislature for Katrina Work

The Mississippi state legislature has honored Mississippi Gulf Coast-based Navy commands for their service to their communities in the Hurricane Katrina evacuation and relief effort. State Sen. Scottie Cuevas of Pass Christian, Miss., presented the concurrent resolution April 25 to Rear Adm. Timothy McGee, commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command. McGee’s command is based at Stennis Space Center on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The resolution was enacted in the recently adjourned legislative session. “It was very difficult work that nobody [hopes to have] to do,” McGee said of the recovery work that the members of his command did immediately after the storm. Also honored were Cmdr.

Global Diving & Salvage Welcomes Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. Welcomes Ryan Smith as new Gulf Coast Region General Manager. Global Diving and Salvage, Inc., based in Seattle, WA, announces the hiring of Ryan Smith as general manager for its Gulf Coast Regional office, based in Houston, TX. In this position, Mr. Smith will be responsible for the day-to-day operations as well as the development of business opportunities. “Smith understands our unique diving personality and company philosophy, and is someone who will be a good leader and manager for our Gulf operations,” states Devon Grennan, Global’s President.

Mammoet Spurs US Expansion

Photo: Mammoet

Currently undergoing growth in terms of qualified personnel and asset acquisition, Mammoet USA said it plans for 2016 a $100 million investment in miscellaneous transport and lifting equipment, the vast majority being crawler cranes between 100 ton and 600 ton capacity. According to Mammoet, the expansion will enable the company to widen its range of services and better serve its customers along the Gulf Coast. With a global shift in project work to the Gulf Coast, additional personnel will be available to provide more manpower to these projects and new ventures, the company said.

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