Harvey Gulf Enters Shipbuilding Segment

By MarEx 2015-06-26 14:58:28

Harvey Gulf International Marine is entering the shipbuilding segment following the purchase of two shipyards along the Gulf of Mexico.

The New Orleans-based company is acquiring Gulf Coast Shipyards in Mississippi as well as Trinity Yachts in Louisiana. Currently, Trinity Yachts builds custom superyachts and operates as a division of Gulf Coast Shipyards.

In order to manage its shipbuilding assets, Harvey Gulf will be launching a new affiliate, Harvey Shipyard Group, the company announced Thursday.

Under Harvey Gulf’s leadership, Gulf Coast Shipyard will become a state-of-the-art builder of world-class vessels, the company claims. Gulf Coast is already responsible for the construction of the nation’s first LNG OSVs for the offshore market. Harvey Gulf alone is investing $350 million to construct a six vessel fleet of hybrid LNG-diesel OSVs.

Shane J. Guidry chairman and CEO of Harvey Gulf said, “These shipyard acquisitions will position Harvey Gulf as America’s only builder, owner, and operator of dual-fuel offshore supply vessels and allow us to pass along the savings of lower operating costs and environmental protection to the Marine Transportation industry.”

In July Harvey Gulf will be opening its first LNG marine fueling facility at Port Fourchon, LA. Harvey Gulf’s $25 million Phase I construction will be capable of fueling Harvey Gulf’s fleet of dual-fuel offshore supply vessels and will accommodate America’s growing fleet of over-the-road vehicles operating on safe, efficient LNG.

Harvey Gulf is also the only American shipbuilder to meet the requirements of the ABS “ENVIRO+, Green Passport Gas Fueled Ships” certification and says it remains committed to building and operating the most environmentally–friendly vessels in the Gulf of Mexico.

“The duel-fuel vessels we’re building and our LNG bunkering facility are indicative of HGIM’s commitment to develop and utilize the safest, most environmentally-friendly vessels and fuel technology available today,” said Guidry.

Harvey Gulf expects its shipyard acquisitions will result in an expansion of operations in Gulfport and New Orleans as it continues to bring innovative dual-fuel ship design, engineering and construction to its marine transportation industry clients.


Port of Charleston Hits Deepening Project Milestone

The Port of Charleston hit a major milestone following the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers unanimous approval of a proposal to deepen Charleston Harbor.

The Thursday approval of the Final Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement for the Charleston Post-45 Harbor Deepening project, marks a significant step in ensuring the East Coast port can handle Post-Panamex vessels.

“[The] approval by the Civil Works Review Board allows our harbor deepening project to progress without delay,” said Jim Newsome, South Carolina Port Authority president and CEO. “Once deepening to 52 feet is realized, Charleston will offer the deepest harbor on the East Coast with the capability to serve fully-loaded post-Panamax vessels 24 hours a day.”

The final report has been approved for release for a 30-day review period for state and resource agencies. The Chief’s Report is expected to be signed in September and then transmitted to Congress, with construction to begin following the Preconstruction, Engineering and Design Phase.

“A competitive, growing port brings tremendous economic benefits to our state and our region,” said SCPA Board Chairman Bill Stern. “Recognizing the importance of the deepening project to our port, elected officials from all levels of government as well as the business community and the public are united in their support of 52 feet. South Carolina, the Southeastern region and our nation will enjoy the positive impacts of the Charleston harbor deepening for years to come.”

Efforts to deepen the Charleston harbor began in 2011 in order to provide the depth necessary to handle post-Panamax vessel calls without tidal restriction. The expansion of the Panama Canal and the raising of the Bayonne Bridge in NJ are expected to significantly increase the size of cargo vessels deployed to East Coast ports, making deepwater a requirement for modern ports. In addition, growth of population and manufacturing in the Southeast has been a significant driver of volume gains and the need for a deeper harbor. Charleston currently receives 11 Post-Panamax vessel calls weekly.


Spending scheme threatens Savannah

A proposal that could drastically increase costs for harbour pilots at the Port of Savannah could also compromise growth at the port, a lawmaker has warned.
During a 25 June congressional floor debate on a 2016 federal spending bill, Buddy Carter, a US congressman from Georgia, explained that the

Cargo Ship Catches Fire off Scottish Coast

By Kathryn Stone 2015-06-26 11:10:10

A fire erupted aboard general cargo ship late Thursday evening shortly after departing from Aberdeen Harbor.

The 1,720 dwt Celtica Hav was en route to Hamburg when smoke was reported coming from ship’s cargo hold. A lifeboat escorted the vessel back into Aberdeen Harbor, where local fire response teams were waiting. The fire was contained in the early morning hours and the vessel is currently reported to be in stable condition. No one was injured in the fire.

The vessel is believed to have been transporting a shipment of barley grain when the blaze occurred.

The Celtica Hav is owned and operated by Norwegian-based shipping company Hav Ship Management. It was built in 1984 and is registered in the Bahamas.


June container spot rates dive 18%

Container spot rates have dived by 18% in June on the previous month and operators should not count too much on the forthcoming high season in the sector to turn the picture prettier, a senior shipping analyst said.
“Spot rates have so far in June fallen by 18% from May and thereby they have