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February 20, 2001

Candies orders Austal boats
Austal USA, has secured a two vessel order for the construction of 150 ft/ 45.7 m aluminium crew supply vessels to operate in the Gulf of Mexico.

The new vessels have been ordered by Otto Candies LLC, Des Allemands, Louisiana, and are scheduled for delivery in early 2002. This contract adds to the 82ft / 25 m high speed passenger catamaran already under construction at Austal USA’s new facility.

Austal USA’s Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Chris Pemberton, said the company was "extremely excited" to win the a contract not simply because of how important it was to the start of the new yard, but also because the vessels will be able to demonstrate the applicability of aluminium vessel construction to the offshore supply industry. "The knock-on effects could be significant and not just in the U.S. region," he noted.

“These aluminium vessels continue the recent trend towards high speed crew transfers to offshore platforms, improving productivity of the vessels but also allowing access to the deeper fields that are being developed,” noted Pemberton.

Otto Candies Jr. said the main reasons for choosing Austal USA were the depth of experience and expertise offered by the Austal Group. “We have a desire to continually improve our operations and Austal was able to provide us with the best solution for our requirements while also incorporating their advanced aluminium technology,” said Candies.

Principal Data

  • Length: 150 ft / 45.7 metres
  • Passengers: 80 (rig crew)
  • Crew: 6
  • Cargo: 150 long tons
  • Engines: 4 x Cummins KTA 38 M1
  • Speed: 26 knots

Life after Clinton
Former U.S. Maritime Administrator Clyde J. Hart, Jr. has a new job. He's to serve as vice president, government affairs with the American Bus Association.

Black Box delivered
The Aviation Recoders Division of L-3 Communications has delivered its first production Hardened Voyage Recorder (HVR) to Consilium Navigation.

The unit will be installed on the world’s largest cruise ferry, the Ulysses, which is owned and operated by Irish Ferries, Inc. It marks the first active deployment of L-3’s HVR.

Based on technologies found in L-3’s line of aviation Cockpit Voice Recorders (CVRs) and Flight Data Recorders L-3’s HVR records voice, radar, radio, and shipboard performance data on solid-state memory housed in a crash-protected capsule.

The capsule is designed to withstand the harsh environments of ocean going ships, including those environments associated with an accident, such as impact, deep- sea pressure, and fire. Housed with an underwater locator beacon, the HVR can be easily located in the event of deep-sea immersion.

L-3’s HVR meets and exceeds all of the specifications for crash survivable recorders contained in IMO regulations.

Bruce Coffey, president of L-3 Communications’ Aviation Recorders, said: "This initial delivery represents the beginning of a global initiative to increase the safety of ocean going vessels. Aviation Recorders has developed key partnerships with the leading Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) suppliers. Our relationship with Consilium is an important element of our strategy to become the worldwide leading supplier of HVRs.’’

"While Consilium has already installed several Voyage Data Recorders, this will be our first to include L-3’s IMO mandated HVR," said Anders Boström, managing director of Consilium. ``Clearly, developing a business partnership with L-3, the worldwide leader in black-box technology, solidifies our leadership role in this market.’’

Global Marine's worldwide SCORE takes off
Houston based offshore drilling contractor Global Marine reports that its worldwide SCORE, or Summary of Current Offshore Rig Economics, for January 2001 increased by 13.1 percent over the previous month. This change in the worldwide SCORE is one of the largest month-on-month increases ever reported.

Global Marine Chairman, President and CEO, Bob Rose said, "The majors are back in the game! After being on the sidelines for more than two years, the major oil companies may make 2001 the year of the drillbit.''

Global Marine's SCORE compares the profitability of current mobile offshore drilling rig rates to the profitability of rates at the 1980-81 peak of the offshore drilling cycle, when speculative new rig construction was common. In the 1980-1981 period, when Global Marine's SCORE averaged 100 percent, new-contract dayrates equaled the sum of daily cash operating costs plus approximately $700 per day per million dollars invested. In addition to a worldwide SCORE covering key types of competitive offshore drilling rigs in key drilling markets, a separate SCORE is calculated for certain types of rigs and certain regions to indicate the relative condition of rig markets. The release, which is made available for publication on the third Monday of each month, includes separate SCORE calculations for the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea, West Africa, and Southeast Asia. Rig types include jackup and semisubmersible rigs.

Wireless PC's for ships
Dauphin Technology Inc. has reached an agreement with Danaos Peripherals, Ltd., part of Danaos' group of companies, to provide Dauphin Orasis Tablet PC's to Danaos and to jointly develop wireless computer solutions for its customers in the shipping industry.

Headquartered in Piraeus, Greece, with offices in Miami, Chatsworth, Calif., Limassol,Cyprus, and London,Danaos is an international software developer for specialized maritime applications, serving over 350 ship management companies and 5,000 vessels worldwide, totaling 43 million dwt. Danaos' client base consists of small and large international shipping companies including their own fleet of 22 vessels.

The agreement provides Danaos with portable PC devices that offer full functionality of Danaos info@gate Software in mobile wireless applications on seagoing vessels. Applications include accounting, inventory tracking, Internet access, email, onboard and offshore communications, on board/off board remote maintenance, WAP applications and platforms, crew management and training along with wireless LAN services. Dauphin will provide certain proprietary options for these Danaos' applications.

The two companies plan to jointly configure wireless solutions targeted for use in the near future as well as long-term applications. Anticipated quantities for the year 2001 are expected to surpass 1,000 Orasis units while ramping up larger quantities for the years thereafter. Initial shipments are estimated to start at the end of the second quarter 2001. Selling price for the Orasis units will range from $1,600 to $3,000, based on configuration and accessories.

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