October 23, 2001
Harvey Gulf plans expansion
Shane J. Guidry, president and CEO of Harvey Gulf International Marine, Inc., Harvey, La., says he intends to diversify the company into a "full service marine transportation provider."
Guidry says that Harvey Gulf has entered into an agreement with Eastern Shipbuilding, Panama City, Fla., for construction of six OSV's. Each will be ABS DP2 certified with capacities of 7,000 bbl liquid mud, 9.600 bbl bulk and 3,300 dwt tons of cargo carrying capacity.
In the next phase of its new construction program, Harvey Gulf will soon go out for bids on four 200-ft ultra high capacity platform supply vessels for the shelf market.
Harvy has just accepted delivery of a 13,500 hp newbuild tug, the Harvey Intruder, and expects delivery of a sistyer vessel, the Harvey Thunder, on November 15.
Also under construction is a 16,500 hp tug, the Harvey War Horse, which is due for delivery in February 2002
New VP at Seabulk towing
Seabulk Towing, Inc., the Tampa-based subsidiary of Seabulk International, has announced the appointment of Kenneth M. Rogers to the new position of senior vice president of marketing. He'll be responsible for Seabulk Towing's overall marketing program and the coordination of customer initiatives for each of Seabulk Towing's divisions including Port Everglades Towing, Port Canaveral Towing, Tampa Bay Towing, Mobile Bay Towing, Seabulk Towing Services-Port Arthur, and Seabulk Towing Services-Lake Charles, as well as the offshore towing business in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic.
In addition to maintaining positive working relationships with existing customers, Rogers will aim to build Seabulk Towing's customer base by identifying and developing prospective domestic and international new business opportunities that fit into Seabulk Towing's development strategy. Seabulk Towing operates a fleet of 31 tugs in seven southeastern ports and the offshore Gulf of Mexico. It had revenues last year of $33 million
North to advise General Maritime
Tanker operator General Maritime Corporation has announced the appointment of Rear Admiral Robert C. North, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired) as an advisor to the company.
Chairman and CEO Peter C. Georgiopoulos said that Admiral North's "exceptional leadership, problem solving, and cutting-edge thinking skills mesh very well with the challenges and significant opportunities facing General Maritime. We are looking forward to working very closely with Bob as we enter the next stage of our strategic growth."
Admiral North's U.S. Coast Guard career spanned nearly 35 years. Most recently he was Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety and Environmental Protection where he directed national and international programs for commercial vessel safety, merchant mariner licensing and documentation, port safety and security and waterways management. In that capacity, he led the United States delegation to the Maritime Safety and Marine Environmental Protection Committees of the United Nations' International Maritime Organization. He also served as a member of the American Bureau of Shipping Classification and Technical Committees, the Det Norske Veritas North American Committee, the Lloyd's Register General Committee, and the Sealift Committee of the National Defense Transportation Association.
Admiral North retired from active duty with the U.S. Coast Guard on April 30, 2001 and is presently serving as the president of North Star Maritime, Inc., a marine industry consulting firm.