Ron Ault, President, Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO, has applauded Huntington Ingalls Industries plan to redeploy Avondale as a non-navy manufacturing facility (see earlier story).
Left: Ron Ault holds Save Our Shipyard tee shirt produced by Avondale SOS Team
A statement released by Mr. Ault yesterday, said:
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today the opening of a business development office in Houston, Texas, to pursue opportunities in the commercial energy market. If successful in obtaining work, manufacturing will be performed at Avondale Shipyard in New Orleans, LA. With this new venture HII plans to redeploy Avondale into a non-Navy manufacturing facility.
While the success of this new business endeavor is not set in stone, the Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO applauds Hunting Ingalls Industries for its unwavering commitment to keep Avondale Shipyard operational. We will continue to work with and support HII as they pursue this new opportunity.
The saving of Avondale Shipyard has been a top priority of the Metal Trades Department since HII announced the yard would close in May 2010.
This new opportunity would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the Avondale SOS team. The AFL-CIO, our MTD affiliated unions and executive council members, Avondale's workforce and Huntington Ingalls CEO Mike Petters and corporate vice president and general manager of Corporate Development Chris Kastner.
This was a team effort. We are so proud of the team that we helped to assemble including Senators Mary Landrieu and David Vitter and Congressmen Cedric Richmond , Steve Scalise , and former Representative Charlie Melancon , as well as Governor Bobby Jindal .
We would also like to thank the White House, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood for their assistance throughout our more than two-year campaign to save the yard.
We welcome the opportunity for our New Orleans Metal Trades Council to build a strong working relationship with HII in this new venture. Avondale's shipbuilding workforce has many of the same skillsets needed in the energy sector and we hope to see those workers redeployed.
Saving this yard will help to stabilize the economy in Avondale and its surrounding area.
MARCH 13, 2013 — The Coast Guard is responding to an allision between a tug pushing a barge and a pipeline near Bayou Perot 30 miles south of New Orleans, Tuesday. A massive fire broke out following the allision.
Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report that the 47-foot tug Shanon E. Settoon (owned by Pierre Part, LA, headquartered Settoon Towing) was pushing a 154-foot oil barge when it allided with a pipeline 6 p.m., Tuesday.
According to media reports, the barge was carrying 2,215 barrels of crude oil. ES&H has been hired as the oil spill response organization.
All crew members were able to exit the tug; the captain reportedly suffered second to third-degree degree burns.
WWL TV reported last night that, while all four people on the tug had been accounted for, a man was being treated at the West Jefferson Medical Center where officials said he had suffered burns to over 75 percent of his body and would be be transferred to the Baton Rouge General Burn Facility. He is in critical condition.
A second person on the tug boat hurt his side when he was knocked off the boat.
WWL TV also reported that the U.S. Coast Guard would not try to extinguish the large barge and pipeline fire that broke out.
The TV station reported officials as saying "the water is too shallow and the fire is too intense to put out."
Other media reported that the Jefferson Parish Fire Department had equipment that can reach the blaze and was attempting to put it out.
AP reports a Coast Guard official as saying that the pipeline is owned by Chevron and that the company has isolated the pipeline from other mains, "so only whatever was in the pipeline will be able to burn."
MARCH 14, 2013 — EMAS AMC, the subsea services division of Singapore based EMAS, has won a contract from Statoil for the transport and installation of subsea templates for the Norwegian Sea's deepest offshore project – the Aasta Hansteen field development.
The Aasta Hansteen field development, with a water depth of 1,300 m, is located in the Norwegian Sea, 300 km west of Bodø, Norway.
Subsea construction vessel Lewek Connector
"We are extremely pleased to be part of the Aasta Hansteen project, the deepest offshore development in the Norwegian Sea," said Mr C J D'Cort, CEO of EMAS AMC. "EMAS AMC's involvement is a reflection of the confidence in our subsea capabilities. This pioneering project continues our growing cooperation with Statoil on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. We look forward to working with Statoil in breaking new ground in the region."
EMAS AMC's scope of work includes the transport and installation of two 4-slot templates and one single-slot template. All templates will be transported from Aker Solutions' facilities in Sandnessjøen in Norway. EMAS AMC will utilize its advanced subsea construction vessel, Lewek Connector, for transport and installation work, and will partner local suppliers in Sandnessjøen for most of the required work preparations and vessel supplies.
"The Aasta Hansteen field is located in an area characterised by harsh weather conditions and deep waters. EMAS AMC's Lewek Connector represents the perfect advanced subsea construction vessel for the job, with its stability in offshore operations, a crane capacity of 400 tonnes, and a water depth reach of 3,000 m," said Svein Haug, Regional Head for EMAS AMC Europe and Africa.
Engineering and planning will be managed by EMAS AMC in Oslo. The offshore transport and installation work will take place in 2015.
EMAS AMC's previous contract wins from Statoil include riser replacements on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, as well as a SURF (Subsea, Umbilical, Risers and Flowlines) contract for marine installation and pipe lay in Fram H-Nord, situated in the Troll C/Fram area in the northern part of the North Sea.
EMAS AMC – established after the acquisition of Aker Marine Contractors AS by EMAS parent Ezra Holdings — is a global EPCIC service provider of comprehensive subsea-to-surface solutions for the offshore construction sector, in particular the growing subsea segment. Offerings include subsea construction, umbilicals/power cables, pipelines, platforms and FPSO installations.
MAY 1, 2013 — Austal Limited (ASX:ASB) says that it is transferring service operations from its satellite service base at Henderson, Western Australia, to its nearby primary shipbuilding facility to reduce overhead costs and drive margin growth for both its shipbuilding and service operations. It is also closing its Spanish service business.
The company is also increasing construction activity at Henderson as the Cape Class Patrol Boat program shifts from first-in-class construction and trials to steady-state construction operations.
Austal Chief Executive Officer Andrew Bellamy said the consolidation at Henderson would improve asset and staff utilization in the shipbuilding and services businesses.
"Combining the service base into the shipbuilding facility, which is operating just a few hundred meters away, makes financial and common sense," he said. "Consolidation will provide greater operational flexibility, make both the shipbuilding and services businesses more competitive through reduced overhead costs and will bring management together onto one site."
While Austal will close its service center in Spain, its other service businesses in the Middle East, Americas, Asia and Australia are unaffected.
"Our service team in Spain has been extremely committed, but the Spanish and European economies have been too big a burden on profitability in that business," Mr Bellamy said.
Austal expects approximately 14 staff will be made redundant at the service centre in Spain, with two staff repatriating to Australia. At Henderson, 12 positions have been made redundant as a result of the consolidation.
The company is intending to recruit more than 100 people in trade positions over the coming months at the Henderson shipyard to work on the Cape Class Patrol Boat (CCPB) program for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.
The increased labor requirement has been timed to coincide with the impending, phased increase in construction activity on the CCPB vessels after delivery of the first-in-class Cape St George earlier this month.
FEBRUARY 6, 212 — Damen Shipyards Group member Damen Shipyards Bergum has delivered the Damen Combi Freighter 3850 Hoogvliet to a business alliance in which the main participants are Hartel Shipping and Hudig & Veder. The Combi Freighter carrier for oversized cargo is the fourth in a series of four carriers ordered by a limited partnership whose participants include a leading stevedore and a shipper.It is to be deployed in parcel service to carry smaller volume project cargo.
Hoogvliet, which follows the Geervliet, the Heenvliet and the Haringvliet, has a DWT of 3,800 tonnes, 8.43 metres hull height and a tweendeck at half height.
Hudig & Veder MD and owner Lex Fontein says that the added value of the limited partnership approach construction is the input of knowhow and knowledge from the participants.
That market savvy has led the participants to opt for relatively lower tonnage vessels.
"Costs of those are many times lower than of deploying 10,000 tonnes carriers calling ports," says Hartel Shipping MD John Brobbel. "It is obvious that smaller vessels can call at smaller ports, although those of ours also call the ports of Antwerp, Hamburg and ports in the Baltic, starting from Rotterdam."
The needs of the niche market they serve is reflected in the customization of the design of the vessels. This includes the fitting of the tweendeck, to achieve maximum efficiency, maximum fuel capacity, a larger bow thruster for improved maneuverability and larger crew accommodations.
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