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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Construction Management News

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Crowley’s LNG-Fueled ConRo Completes Maiden Voyage

The second of Crowley Maritime Corp.’s new combination container/roll-on roll-off “ConRo” ships - MV Taíno, one of the first of its kind to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) - completed its maiden voyage to Puerto Rico on Friday morning, Jan. 11. MV Taíno, which departed Jan. 8 from its mainland homeport of Jacksonville, Fla. (JAXPORT), is the second of two ConRo vessels constructed for Crowley. Sister ship MV El Coquí began its first-in-class service in July 2018.The ships…

Maritime Administration Issues RFP for NSMV Training Vessels

Vessel Construction Manager Will Deliver National Security Multi-Mission Vessel. Today, the Maritime Administration (MARAD) released a Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit for a Vessel Construction Manager (VCM) to deliver a new class of training ships referred to as a National Security Multi-Mission Vessel (NSMV). The VCM selected by MARAD will contract with a qualified shipyard to ensure that commercial best practices are utilized in delivering the NSMV on time and on budget.“A new multi-mission vessel built by an American Shipyard will not only create new jobs…

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Crowley Awards Scholarships to Two Webb Students

Webb Institute, a four-year college specializing in naval architecture and marine engineering, has announced that the 2018-19 academic year recipients of Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship are Taylor Campbell (Class of 2019) and Reneé Tremblay (Class of 2020).Webb’s scholarship selection committee chose Tremblay of Bristol, R.I., and Campbell of Altoona, Pa., for their hard work, academic excellence, volunteer efforts and the superb leadership…

Moser, Marine Engineer Photo: © Elliot Bay Design Group

EBDG Adds Technical Staff to Seattle Office

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) has added two marine professionals to the Seattle office. Alina joined EBDG as a contractor in 2017 and is now a full-time naval architect. She is a broadly skilled engineer and researcher with experience in vessel repair, design and analysis, material planning, construction management, regulatory compliance and inspection. Alina will be responsible for the design, construction and repair of vessels, ensuring that a safe, economic and seaworthy design is produced.

Port of Los Angeles

Los Angeles Port wins CMMA Awards

The Southern California Chapter of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) has named the Port of Los Angeles recipient of two Project Achievement Awards for recently completed Port construction projects. The CMAA hosts awards each year to recognize outstanding achievements in the practice of construction management. The Berths 142-143 Backland Improvements project at the Port won in the over $100 million transportation infrastructure category. The renovations involved construction of 15 automated stacking blocks and related infrastructure…

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Crowley’s Solutions Group Reorganizes

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s solutions group announced that it is reorganizing and establishing new leadership to better serve customers in need of engineering, project management and government services. Solutions is the company’s dedicated, full-service engineering, project management and government services team, reporting to Crowley’s Todd Busch, senior vice president and general manager, technical services. Jay Edgar, who is new to Crowley, has been appointed vice president and leader of the company’s newly formed engineering services team…

From left to right: Ray Martus, Tom Crowley Jr. and Zoe Goss (Photo: Crowley)

Goss, Martus Receive Thomas Crowley Awards

Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Zoe Goss, director, marine recruiting and development, and Ray Martus, vice president, vessel construction management, have been honored with 2016 Thomas Crowley Awards, the company’s highest honor for its employees. Goss and Martus each received a limited-edition bronze sculpture that depicts company founder Thomas Crowley ferrying goods in a row boat across San Francisco Bay in the early 1890s. The award serves not only as a tribute to the founder of the company…

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Port of LA Ready for Next Generation of Containerships

As a leading gateway for trade between the U.S. and Asia, the Port of Los Angeles must be ready for the next generation of container ships. The Port of Los Angeles TraPac Terminal is a 24 hour a day, fully automated technologically advanced terminal. The TraPac Terminal Automation Project, part of $1 billion worth of planned capital improvements, features automatic stacking cranes and fully automated straddle carriers to advance the Port of Los Angeles’ competitive edge. Arcadis assisted with construction management services for phases 2-4 of the project.

Engineering Firm Rebranded WSP USA

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global engineering and professional services firm, is now WSP worldwide effective May 10. In the United States, the firm will operate as WSP USA. Parsons Brinckerhoff, a transportation engineering and management organization founded in 1885 in New York City, was acquired in 2014 by WSP, a global professional services consultancy. For the past two and a half years, the firm has operated as WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in the U.S. WSP USA has engineered hundreds of maritime projects…

Suzanne Plezia (Photo: Port of Long Beach)

Port of Long Beach Names Two Engineering Executives

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners this week named two Harbor Department engineering leaders as the new Chief Harbor Engineer and the new Director of Program Management. The Appointments are effective April 29. Suzanne Plezia, the Port's Director of Construction Management, has been promoted to Senior Director of the Engineering Bureau’s Program Delivery Group. The position also holds the title of Chief Harbor Engineer. Plezia is the first woman to be Chief Harbor Engineer of the Port of Long Beach.

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Crowley’s New STS Cranes Arrive in San Juan

Three new ship-to-shore cranes that were constructed in Ireland were delivered to Crowley Puerto Rico Services’ Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan on Wednesday. The cranes are a key element of the $130 million Crowley is investing in infrastructure improvements to its Isla Grande Terminal, and their arrival marks the first time new, specialized gantry cranes have been received for operation in the San Juan Harbor in five decades. “With the delivery of these state-of-the-art cranes…

Hannah Wistort (Photo: Crowley)

Webb Awards Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship

Hannah Wistort, Webb Institute class of 2017, is the 2016-2017 recipient of Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship. Webb’s scholarship selection committee chose Wistort for her academic excellence and leadership skills. Wistort, who is from Niskayuna, N.Y., has been involved with many student organizations and community projects. She is a member of the Webb Leadership Committee, which organizes community service and outreach projects for students.

   Michael Scott (Photo courtesy of Parson Brinckerhoff)

Scott Named Parson Brinckerhoff's Northeast Port Director

Michael Scott has been named Director of Ports and Marine Northeast at Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering, and program/construction management organization. Scott, who has over 27 years of maritime industry experience, will provide oversight, management, strategic consulting, planning, design, and coordination services for projects at port and waterfront facilities throughout the Northeastern United States. Scott's hiring comes just weeks after Parson Brinckerhoff named Robert Johansen the Director of Ports and Marine Western Division.

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Third LNG-ready Tanker Delivered to Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corp. has taken delivery of Louisiana, the third of four new, Jones Act product tankers being built for the company by Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI), the sole operating subsidiary of Philly Shipyard ASA. The delivery marks another highpoint for Crowley’s petroleum services group as its tankers are at the forefront of the industry for their potential future conversion to LNG propulsion. Louisiana, which is 50,000 dead-weight-tons (dwt) and capable of carrying 330,000-barrels of product, is scheduled to be christened in New Orleans on May 5.

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Construction Starts on Crowley’s 2nd LNG ConRo Ship

Shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, Inc. has officially started the construction of Taíno, the second of two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, combination container – Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ships for the Crowley Maritime Corp.’s liner services group. VT Halter Marine and Crowley entered into a contract for the pair of ships in November 2013 and construction began on the second ship with the first steel plate cutting in Pascagoula, Miss., this morning. A similar ceremony took place for the first ConRo, El Coquí, when its construction began in October 2014.

Carrie Templin christens Crowley’s new product tanker Louisiana in New Orleans (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Christens Third LNG-ready Product Tanker

Crowley Maritime Corporation christened the third of four new LNG-ready Jones Act product tankers at a May 5 ceremony at the Julia Street Cruise Terminal in New Orleans. The 600-foot-long, 50,000-dead-weight-ton (dwt), 330,000-barrel-capacity MT Louisiana is capable of carrying crude oil or refined petroleum products, as well as other chemical products for U.S. Coastwise trade. The new vessel joins Crowley sister ships, Ohio and Texas, to be the first tankers ever to receive the American Bureau of Shipping’s LNG-Ready Level 1 approval…

Port Alberni Port Authority Appoints Haggard, Johnson

The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, has announced the appointments of Allan Robert Haggard, and Dennis Lawrence Jonsson both from Port Alberni, British Columbia, to the board of directors of the Port Alberni Port Authority for terms of two years. Haggard is a building technologist who has owned a civil construction management company specializing in major waterfront development and improvement projects for over 30 years. He has been involved as a contractor and/or construction manager in several marine projects in Vancouver…

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Keel Laid for Crowley’s 2nd LNG ConRo Ship

The keel for the second Commitment Class liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, combination container – Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ship for Crowley Maritime Corp.’s liner services group was laid yesterday during a ceremony at shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, Inc.’s facility in Pascagoula, Miss. The keel laying ceremony marked the next step in the construction of Crowley’s two Commitment Class ships, which will exclusively serve the U.S.-Puerto Rico trade lane. “The keel laying marks the ceremonial beginning of the construction and formation of the backbone of a ship…

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Technip Bags Sasol’s Furnace Contract

Technip was awarded by Sasol a contract to provide engineering and procurement for eight proprietary Ultra Selective Conversion (USC®) furnaces (1) for a world-scale ethane cracker and derivatives complex to be located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA. The award follows Sasol’s selection of Technip’s proprietary ethylene technology and FEED (2) for the cracker, which will produce an estimated 1.5 million tons per annum of ethylene. This award validates Technip’s strategy of early involvement to design an effective project execution scheme, bringing value to clients.

John Walsh (Photo: Port Canaveral)

Walsh Elected to Florida Ports Council Board

Port Canaveral announced that its CEO John Walsh has been elected to serve as Secretary-Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the 2015-2016 Florida Ports Council (FPC), a nonprofit corporation serving as the professional association for Florida’s 15 public seaports and their management. Headquartered in Tallahassee, the FPC is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of the 15 port directors along with staff support. They provide advocacy and information on seaport-related issues before the legislative and executive branches of state and federal government.

Energy Sector Volatility Affects Middle Market M&A Activity

Market volatility for the petroleum sector provides a backdrop to an evolving Merger & Acquisitions environment for the Offshore Sector. In the 3Q edition of Maritime Professional, this series of articles examined the overall evolution of maritime and offshore M&A activity since 2010, tracing the flow of deals in the post-financial crisis era. In this edition, we take a closer look at relevant U.S. offshore energy industry deal flow and market movements as they relate to oil prices over time, and highlight some recent middle market transactions.

Christopher D. Kastner (Photo: HII)

Leadership Changes at Huntington Ingalls Industries

U.S. shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today a number of changes across its leadership team. HII’s Board of Directors has elected Christopher D. Kastner to succeed Barbara A. Niland as the company’s chief financial officer and corporate vice president, business management, effective with Niland’s retirement on March 1, 2016. Furthermore Philip Luna, corporate vice president and president, UniversalPegasus International (UPI), a subsidiary of HII, has been promoted to the HII senior executive team, effective immediately.

Event spotlights career paths to maritime industry jobs Photo Courtesy Port of Long Beach

Long Beach Trade Luncheon Celebrates Women

A heavy equipment operator, port construction manager, shoe company executive and maritime university student encouraged Long Beach young women to explore careers in shipping industry at this week’s fifth annual Celebrating Women in Trade luncheon. More than 300 people attended the Nov. 17 event, including 160 local female high school students. The educational outreach event, first created during the Port of Long Beach’s 100th anniversary, was held at the Grand Ballroom of the Long Beach Convention Center.

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VT Halter Lays Keel for Crowley LNG ConRo Ship

The keel for the first of two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, combination container – Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ships for Crowley Maritime Corp.’s liner services group was laid during a ceremony at ship-builder VT Halter Marine, Inc.’s facility in Pascagoula, Miss. The keel laying ceremony marked the next step in the construction of Crowley’s first Commitment Class ship, which will exclusively serve the U.S.-Puerto Rico trade lane, replacing the company’s towed triple-deck barge fleet in the South Atlantic trade which served the trade since the early 1970s.

     Robert Johansen (Photo courtesy of Parson Brinckerhoff)

Parson Brinckerhoff names new Dir. of Ports & Marine Western Div.

Robert Johansen has been named Director of the Ports & Marine Western Division at Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global engineering and design firm. Johansen will be responsible for business development and the management of design and construction projects for port and marine facilities in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam. He will be based in Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Oakland office. Johansen, who has over 50 years of port and marine terminal experience, has held similar positions with other international engineering companies as well as American President Lines…

Texas (Photo: Crowley)

Second LNG-ready Tanker Delivered to Crowley

Crowley takes delivery of second of four new LNG-ready Jones Act product tankers from Philly Shipyard, Inc. Crowley Maritime Corp. has today taken delivery of Texas, the second of four new Jones Act product tankers from Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSINC), the sole operating subsidiary of Philly Shipyard ASA. The 50,000 dead-weight-tons (dwt), 330,000-barrel-capacity Texas joins sister ship Ohio, which was received by Crowley in October, as the first ever tankers to receive the American Bureau of Shipping’s (ABS) LNG-Ready Level 1 approval…