Gulfport’s Long Road Back From Hurricane Katrina
When Jonathan Daniels, executive director of the Mississippi State Port Authority at Gulfport spoke to the audience at the annual state of the port luncheon July 27, 2018 at the newly rebuilt Island View Casino, he had a lot to offer in terms of jobs. And he had two aces in the hole: SeaOne, an untested compressed liquefied gas company and Yilport, a terminal company operated by an ambitious Turkish port developer. Both had letters of intent dating back two years with much to do.As has been the case since before Daniels took over from Don Allee in 2013…
Ponstein Appointed on Port of New Orleans Board
Gov. John Bel Edwards appointed Charles H. Ponstein to the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans as the St. Bernard Parish representative on the seven-member regional board. Ponstein was sworn in during today’s monthly Board meeting and will serve a five-year term succeeding William T. Bergeron. With the Port’s acquisition of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad effective Feb. 1, 2018, Port Commissioners also serve as directors of the New Orleans Public Belt board, Ponstein will become NOPB’s newest director with this appointment.
Edison Chouest Opening Mississippi Shipyard
Edison Chouest Offshore locating shipbuilding operations, TopShip, LLC, in Gulfport, Miss. Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from Edison Chouest Offshore, an offshore energy service and supply company, officially announced today the company is locating shipbuilding operations at the Port of Gulfport in Gulfport, Miss. The project represents a $68 million corporate investment and will create 1,000 full-time jobs. Edison Chouest Offshore’s new Gulfport operations, TopShip, LLC, will be located at the Port of Gulfport’s new inland port on Seaway Road.
Danos Names Four Vice Presidents
Adding to its leadership team, oilfield service provider Danos has promoted James Callahan, Mark Danos, Stacey Gisclair and Reed Peré to executive roles within the company. As vice president of finance, James Callahan is responsible for overseeing the company’s domestic and international administration, finance and accounting activities. Prior to joining Danos in 2013, Callahan served as chief executive officer for Superior Shipyard and Fabrication, as well as chief operating officer for SJI LLC, a privately held telecommunications company.
Ulstein Verft Launches its Largest Ship to Date
Ulstein Verft launched from its dock hall a special offshore construction vessel, Yno 302, for Island Offshore and Edison Chouest Offshore. The newbuild measures close to 160 m in length with at beam of 30 m, making it the largest offshore vessel built at Ulstein Verft to date. A video of the launch is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXHDzPQsuYM&feature=youtu.be. According to Ulstein, the vessel’s total steel volume is about 8,800 metric tons – approximately the same as five platform supply vessels.
Louisiana Shipbuilder Fined for Worker Retaliation
The U.S. Department of Justice has reached an agreement with a Louisiana shipbuilder resolving a complaint filed with the department’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC), claiming the company had retaliated against an individual for filing a discrimination charge with OSC. A Justice Department said its investigation determined that North American Shipbuilding LLC, a division of Edison Chouest Offshore located in Larose, Louisiana…
Leary Named President of Fairweather, Deadhorse Aviation Center
Linda Leary has been appointed president of Fairweather, LLC and the Deadhorse Aviation Center, LLC (DAC), Fairweather, LLC and Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) announced today. A longtime Alaskan, Leary brings more than 30 years of logistics and sales experience, formerly serving as the president of Carlile Transportation Systems – one of Alaska’s largest trucking and logistics companies – and senior vice president of Alaska Communications. Leary is active in several leadership roles throughout Alaska.
Fairweather Reopens Medical Clinic on North Slope
Fairweather, LLC has announced the grand reopening of its Fairweather Deadhorse Medical Clinic located at the Deadhorse Aviation Center on Alaska’s North Slope. Providing a wide range of member-based medical and occupational health care services to support both onshore and offshore operations, the clinic is available to the public regardless of employer affiliation. Medical services include primary and acute care, emergency medicine, advanced cardiac life support and ambulance services…
Partnerships, Prodding Propel the Ballast Water Treatment Game
As the regulators inch towards the finish line, stakeholders and industry players are not sitting on their hands. For the OEM sector, partnerships and strategic alliances are emerging in advance of global mandates to install the equipment. The International Maritime Organization (IMO), in response to proposals by INTERTANKO and other industry advocates, has agreed to commence a review of the ballast water management system (BWMS) type approval guidelines. At the same time, IMO…
Construction Begins on Chouest’s B-Port
Officials representing the Edison Chouest Offshore family of companies announced that construction has begun on a massive logistics support base and naval repair shipyard modeled after the Gulf of Mexico Terminal Hub, C-Port, for its own vessels at the Port of Açu, located in São João da Barra in northern Rio de Janeiro-RJ, Brazil. In April 2014, Chouest and Prumo Logistica signed the initial lease for the port property, recently amending the agreement to include a total area of 574,200 square meters, if all future contract options are exercised.
Chouest Appointed to Port of New Orleans Board
Governor Bobby Jindal appointed south Louisiana businessman and entrepreneur Laney J. Chouest to the Board of the Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans. Chouest, who was sworn in during today’s Board meeting, will serve a five-year term, succeeding Joseph F. Toomy, one of two Jefferson Parish representatives on the regional Board that governs Port operations in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes. A native of Galliano, La. and resident of New Orleans, Chouest is the owner and developer of NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, La.
Ulstein Increasing US Focus
Approximately 100,000 people will attend the Offshore Tecnhology Conference (OTC) in Houston this week where Ulstein is among roughly 80 Norwegian companies that are included. “U.S.A. is an increasingly important area of growth, and we see the importance of being present,” said Ulstein’s CEO, Gunvor Ulstein. Several Ulstein designed vessels are working in the Gulf of Mexico with Galveston as port. A N.Y. listed shipowner recently bought eight platform supply vessels from Ulstein. And Ulstein was recently contracted to design their first vessel to be constructed in U.S.
Fairweather LLC Names Davey GM
Fairweather, LLC has announced the appointment of Lori Davey as the company’s new general manager. Davey will be responsible for directing all of Fairweather’s business activities and overseeing the company’s expansion and management of Deadhorse Aviation Center. A member of the Edison Chouest Offshore group of companies, Fairweather LLC is a 38-year-old Alaskan company and a leader in providing remote medical, aviation, logistics and scientific support services to Alaska’s natural resource industry.
AIGCAF Loans Chouest $400m for New Vessels, Refinancing
AIG Commercial Asset Finance (AIGCAF) and its affiliates have provided a $400 million loan for vessels owned and operated by Nautical Solutions, LLC, which is an operating unit of Edison Chouest Offshore (Chouest). Proceeds from the loan were used to refinance existing notes and to provide for the construction of new vessels. Kirk Phillips, Senior Vice President of the Direct Finance Group at AIGCAF, said that due to AIG’s extensive experience in offshore marine and energy lending, AIGCAF was able to creatively and quickly meet Nautical Solutions’ needs.
Chouest Appoint Rick Fox to Lead Alaska Operations
The Edison Chouest Offshore group of companies (ECO) has announced the appointment of Rick Fox as senior vice president and general manager of Alaska operations. Fox will be responsible for leading all ECO vessel activities in the Arctic, as well as overseeing the operation of Chouest affiliates Fairweather, LLC, Deadhorse Aviation Center, Tulugaq, LLC and VDOS, LLC (Virtual Data Operations Support). ECO operates a fleet of over 200 highly-specialized support vessels, ranging from 87 to 360 feet in length, serving a global customer base.
Island Offshore Opts for Ulstein Vessel
Ulstein contracts with Island Offshore & their American partner Edison Chouest Offshore for delivery of a multifunctional OSV. The offshore vessel is based on ULSTEIN’s SX121 design, prepared and tailored for the well intervention, IMR and SURF segments, and meets the latest requirements for both well intervention and offshore construction work. The newbuild is scheduled for delivery in May 2014. The ship will be based on the proven and solid SX121 design, a platform on which ULSTEIN has previously built five ships.
Subsea Services New J/V: FMC Partners Edison Chouest
FMC Technologies and Edison Chouest Offshore team up in subsea services joint venture with new base in Houston, Texas. Utilizing the subsea technologies, tooling and expertise of FMC Technologies, and the vessel, port logistics and ROV operations of Edison Chouest Offshore, the new company intends to provide integrated vessel-based subsea services for offshore oil and gas fields globally. Services to be offered by the joint venture include equipment intervention, riserless light well intervention, plug and abandonment and other services.
Training & Education: At the Leading Edge
Arguably the best equipped and most environmentally sound maritime campus in the country, Mass. Maritime also finds itself (not by accident) at the leading edge of a fundamental change in how maritime academies deliver education in a changing marketplace. At the heart of that effort is a comprehensive workboat simulation and training program. Clinging tightly to its maritime roots and firmly anchored in the crystal clear waters that surround its picturesque campus, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy last month sent the largest graduating class in its 212-year history out into the workplace.
Arctic Oil Exploration: Shell Awaits New Giant Icebreaker
The M/V Aiviq icebreaker, contracted by Shell Oil to support drilling in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea, is scheduled to be completed by Louisiana-based Edison Chouest Offshore in early 2012. The vessel, ordered in July 2009, is on track for April 1, 2012, delivery in Galliano, La., and will then head north, according to Shell Oil spokesman Curtis Smith. The $200m Aiviq is the largest vessel ever built by Chouest, and will be among the most advanced and powerful, non-military icebreakers on the waters.
Mid-Atlantic Region Maritime Jobs Fair
The Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy will host the third Annual Mid-Atlantic Region Maritime Jobs Fair on Thursday, May 20th from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 5705 Thurston Avenue Virginia Beach, VA 23455. Some of the participating companies include: AMSAC Edison Chouest McAllister Towing Military Sealift Command National Oceanic & Aeronaut Association Van Line Bunkering
Edison Chouest Offshore Deploys Mojix STAR
Mojix Inc. announced Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO), C Logistics Division, is deploying the Mojix STAR system in a large scale RFID initiative to bring a new level of visibility, precision and operational efficiency to the oil and gas industry at their Port Fourchon, La. facility, a large scale shorebase operation which services the majority of offshore logistics for offshore operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Following a successful pilot of the Mojix system, the deployment to fully equip Port Fourchon’s C-Port and C-Port 2…