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The market is getting even hotter in the Gulf of Mexico. Newbuild contracts for offshore service vessels started to take off early last year, but it is now nearing a fever pitch.
Last month, I promised to offer a better solution to the undersized stopper problem than the “take big swings with a sledgehammer to drive the shackle pin out” method. So here it is.
The recent announcement that the Coast Guard is dropping the random drug-testing rate from 50 percent to 25 percent is a welcome relief.
In April, Bordelon Marine Inc., Lockport, La., is expected to take delivery of the Connor Bordelon, the first of three new 255'×52'×18' Stingray-class DP-2 platform-supply vessels. The vessels are being built at the company’s new shipyard, Bordelon Marine Shipbuilders LLC, in Houma, La.
LEEVAC Shipyards LLC has been awarded a contract to build two new diesel-electric, DP-2, 270'×56'×21'6" platform supply vessels for Aries Marine Corp., Lafayette, La. Designed by LEEVAC Design Services, the new LDS 270 boats will be built at Leevac’s newbuild yard in Jennings, La.
One by one, 11 relatively new offshore service vessels are destined to be unceremoniously sliced in half, bulked up with 40-foot steel midsections and sent back out to work after minimal downtime.
Fueled by a big increase in the Operators Index, the WorkBoat Composite Index opened 2013 with a bang, gaining 108 points, or 7.7 percent, in January. Operator issues rose over 15 percent as gainers topped losers by an 8-1 ratio. This follows a 12 percent increase in 2012.
The Triumph, Carnival Cruise Line’s 4,200-passenger cruise ship, lost propulsion power after a fire broke out in the engine room on Feb. 10. Dead in the Gulf of Mexico about 150 miles from the Yucatan, the ship was towed to the Port of Mobile, Ala.
This year’s annual Construction Survey confirms a trend that we’ve been following for more than a year. Newbuild construction yards are finding that slots are filling quickly, and remaining that way, and backlogs are growing. Best of all, this trend should continue over the next 12 months and beyond.
When a member of your crew says they’re sick, you probably assume that the crewmember’s health insurance covers any treatment that might be needed.
Hercules focuses on jackups
With operators focusing on crude and liquids-rich-type opportunities and the price disparity between gas and crude oil, this year and next look good for Hercules in the U.S. Gulf.
Author: David Krapf
May 23, 2013
The highway of death
Statistically you have a greater risk of being killed on the road than anywhere else, and you have a much greater chance of being injured when riding in an automobile than traveling on your boat.
Author: Capt. Peter Squicciarini
May 23, 2013
Onboard fire at sea hits close to home
News of an “uncontrolled engine room fire” on any
boat always grabs my attention, but when the boat is under my next-door
neighbor’s command, I really pay attention.
Author: Bruce Buls
May 21, 2013
Big post-Panamax ships on the way?
Ports are spending billions of dollars based on the premise that huge, post-Panamax ships will come calling in the U.S.
Author: Pamela Glass
May 21, 2013