Merchant shipbuilding in Britain is going through a period of radical change and innovation aimed at overcoming the effects of falling demand for tonnage worldwide. Current strategy is concentrated on reducing head-on competition with the "price-leaders" of the Far East,
Downtime was cut by half when dockside repairs on the jackup drilling rig Salenergy V (shown above) were completed by Industrial Marine Services in Cameron, La. The interval between the rig's arrival at Industrial Marine and the day the work was
In recent years the demand for large crew boats has continued to grow in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and has increased in some foreign markets, such as West Africa and Mexico. As their size has grown, so has the horsepower employed by these boats as
the Norsemen first cast off from her misty shores in their dragon-shaped long ships, Norway's prosperity has been intertwined with the sea. An integral part of this deep-rooted maritime tradition is a spirit of innovation which has enabled this rugged,
Leevac Shipyards, Jennings, La., recently delivered the Cape Hatteras, the first new supply vessel to be built in the U.S. since 1986, to Sea Mar Operators of Lafayette, La. The vessel is 200 feet long with a beam of 40 feet and a normal draft of 15 feet,
Shippen Marine Inc. of Houston, Texas, has recently taken delivery of a new 110-foot crew/ supply boat from Gulf Craft Inc. in Patterson, La. The Comet, an aluminum-hulled quad-screw capable of 23 knots, is the first crewboat to be powered by four Cummins KTA-1150-M diesel engines.
With current daily operating costs totaling many thousands of dollars, ships must keep port time to a minimum for cost-efficient operations. Therefore, reliable and efficient cargo-handling gear, deck machinery, access equipment, and stowage systems are essential for a fast turnaround.
NICOR Inc. chairman and president C.J. Gauthier recently announced acquisition, with NICOR common stock, of two marine transportation companies — Arthur Levy Enterprises, Inc. and Offshore Island Boats, Inc. These two companies, along with Acadian Marine Service Inc.
Manufacturers of marine coatings and other corrosion-fighting systems continue to improve their products and services, with much emphasis on reducing costs, both of the products and their application, and by extending drydocking times. The fuel-saving,
Rowan Companies, Inc. has contracted with Marathon LeTourneau Company, a Marathon Manufacturing company, a subsidiary of The Penn Central Corporation, for the construction of the world's largest bottom supported mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU).