While one mobile offshore drilling unit is drydocked (photo), two others await their turn at the new Sabine Yard of Bethlehem Steel Corporation in Port Arthur, Texas. The rigs shown are the Comanche (in the dock) and Marlin 4 (left), which were
With the virtual disappearance of the market for oceangoing merchant ships, most of the major private yards in the U.S. are heavily dependent upon Navy shipbuilding, conversion, and repair for the majority of their work, some as much as 100 percent.
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The much anticipated turnaround in the Gulf of Mexico Oil Patch is happening, and the companies that supply boats and services in the area are feeling the impact. Consolidation has touched every facet of the marine business — every facet of business — for nearly a decade.
Marathon LeTourneau Company of Houston, Texas, has been awarded a contract by Placid Oil Company of Dallas, Texas, to convert the Penrod 72, a semisubmersible offshore drilling rig, to a floating production unit. The conversion will be done at Marathon's Brownsville, Texas yard.
These days, any privately owned shipyard that was formerly occupied strictly with building new merchant ships has either swung around to the repair and conversion market, has made plans to do so, or is actively pursuing Navy work—which certainly continues to be more than substantial.
NICOR Inc., Naperville, 111., c h a i r m a n and p r e s i d e n t C.J. Gauthier recently announced acquisition w'th NICOR common stock of two marine transportation companies — Arthur Levy Enterprises, Inc. and Offshore Island Boats, Inc. These
The number and tonnage of vessels delivered by U.S. yards during the past year were up from 1984, thanks mostly to construction for the Military Sealift Command's build-and-charter program. Six of the nine ships completed, and 155,862 of the total 164,711 dwt, were for charter to the MSC.
—A directory of the leading shipbuilding and ship repair firms— The following listing of Canadian shipyards highlights yard capabilities and special services offered. For full descriptive literature circle the appropriate number on the Reader Service Card in the back of this issue.
Hydranautics Hydraulic Systems, Goleta, Calif., recently announced receipt of a contract from National Supply Company, Houston, Texas, to provide a cantilever and drill floor skidding system for use on a Perforadora Mexico S.A. Class 1 11-C selfelevating drilling unit.