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Lafayette, Louisiana 70507

Phone: 337-235-8548

Fax: 337-235-8550

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805 Hwy 182(Old Hwy 90)

Houma, Louisiana 70364

Phone: 985-872-9202

Fax: 985-872-9203

October 7, 2014

Amid rising water, sinking land, folks in southern La. sit tight

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LEEVILLE, La. — This is where the mainland ends in southern Louisiana — at least for now.

You get here by following an old road that abruptly ends at an expanse of marshy water, which is moving in on the land at one of the fastest clips in the world, according to scientists. Residents note that the road, known as LA-1, now leads in more directions than just north and south. It’s also sinking.

Its two lanes reach into this part of the state, about two hours south of New Orleans, through treeless fields and spongy marshes that sit near sea level. With little height to spare, the combined effects of subsidence and rising oceans, measured at over an inch every three years, are obvious.

“The Gulf of Mexico has basically gotten closer to us,” said Windell Curole, who manages the South Lafourche Levee District. He suspects that without a major government effort, this sprawling area could sink below the surface within two or three generations. “We can see the trend, and the trend is not good.”

After a hurricane in 1893 slammed the coast with killing winds and waves, his great-grandparents retreated to higher ground 11 miles inland, he said. Their refuge was Leeville, which earlier this century hosted cotton fields and oak trees. Now it’s open water dotted with grass tufts after the water rose 4 feet. Most of that, according to Curole, has resulted from a persistent sinking of the ground.

In the past 50 years, the presence of marshy grasses has been receding, replaced by open water, which increasingly is submerging fence posts, oil wellheads and brick-built tombs of people that were once built safely above the water level. Clumps of grass used as landmarks by fishermen can disappear over the length of a season, or even within a few weeks. Meanwhile, canals are growing wider.

“It’s remarkable,” Curole said. “It’s just remarkable how bad it is.”

Now at the water’s edge, Leeville is the site of a major effort at climate adaptation. In 2011, an elevated expressway was opened to better connect the mainland at Leeville with Port Fourchon, a key oil and gas facility located on a fortified hunk of land that’s reached by driving over 11 miles of broken marshland toward the Gulf.

Ignored warnings and drowned chickens

The $420 million expressway replaced the last leg of old LA-1, which reached Port Fourchon by skirting a thin line of land that scientists believe will be underwater later this century. The old road was severed at Leeville. The rest of it resumes on the other side of a marshy expanse, snaking the rest of the way out to the port like a severed tentacle.

Before the project, the low highway was already experiencing more floods that threatened to stall the use of rig cranes, helipads and other operations at the port, which provides about 90 percent of the support services used by deepwater energy companies in the Gulf. Climate change was threatening a key piece of the nation’s energy infrastructure.

But the new expressway alone won’t keep the port open during an era of rising water, local advocates say. Storms can still stop traffic because an 8-mile stretch of LA-1 leading to the new project is near sea level. If it floods — and it does — freight trucks and workers can’t reach the fortified expressway.

This old stretch of the road bumps along the muddy edge of a canal called Bayou Lafourche, and it’s so close to the water that shrimp boats moor alongside it like parked cars. Parts of the road can flood when a stiff wind from the south pushes Gulf water toward the coast at high tide, residents say.

It totally disappears during a big storm.

When Hurricane Isaac struck in August 2012, the surge reached the doorknob of Randy Borne’s front door; his house sits on 5-foot pilings. Dressed just in shorts, he was wearing more tattoos than clothes during a recent visit to his yellowish one-story home, where his great-aunt lived when he was a kid. He grew up in a similar house, only blue, about 100 yards away. He catches crabs to sell, and on bad days their habitat invades his.

His house, which rests on the side of LA-1, has been flooded by several feet of water at least three times in the past nine years. The state ordered a mandatory evacuation during Isaac. Borne, 34, ignored it. He also lived through Hurricane Katrina in 2005; his chickens and ducks weren’t as lucky.

“They drowned in the house,” he explained. “So I cooked ‘em up right away.”

‘There would be no land’

A mile or two up the road, a lock stops storm-driven water from sweeping through the bayou and entering a circle of levees around the town of Golden Meadow. Everything outside the protective system floods. So the 8-mile stretch of land between the barrier and the elevated section of LA-1 at Leeville will eventually be underwater again.

Currently, that section of the road is inundated in places 3½ days a year, on average, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That’s expected to climb rapidly as relative sea-level rise of 9.24 millimeters a year overtakes the area’s negligible elevation.

NOAA predicts that within 15 years, the lowest parts of the road will be submerged 30 times a year, “even in the absence of extreme weather.” By that time, the water around here will be more than 5 inches higher.

By 2066 or so, the road will be closed year-round, the agency estimates.

“It’s low-lying and losing ground fast,” Stephen Gill, a senior scientist with NOAA, said of the land around the old road. Doubling the length of the elevated expressway, as a local group is proposing, would be “buying quite a bit of time” for the port, he added.

Residents around here won’t be as lucky.

“By 2100 there would be no land,” Gill added. “You would have a very long causeway going out into the middle of the ocean, almost, and isolated out there would be the port, but without any land around it. But you would have the port, and it could function.”

In the shorter term, it’s “highly probable” that the 8-mile strip of low road could experience two scenarios that make it impossible to reach the existing expressway leading to Port Fourchon, resulting in a three-month closure of the port, according to a 2011 report by the federal Department of Homeland Security. The first would result from prolonged inundation from sea-level rise; the second scenario involves a storm that wrecks the road.

The government paper, which was funded by the LA-1 Coalition, a group of oil and gas companies, local businesses, and the port authority, says the extended closure has “a near 100 percent probability” of happening by between 2030 and 2040. The price of shutting the port down is high — resulting in $7.8 billion in lost gross domestic product — but it wouldn’t cripple the national economy, the study found.

Elevating highways

Plans are already underway to replace the vulnerable strip of LA-1 with a 22-foot-high expressway through nearby marshland, about doubling the length of the existing expressway connecting Leeville with Port Fourchon.

Henri Boulet, executive director of the LA-1 Coalition, said finding the funding, about $345 million, has been harder than for the previous project, which opened in 2011 after just 3½ years of planning and construction. The state paid for most of it; Washington and tolls also contributed.

“I don’t think this [Obama] administration wants to fund an oil and gas road,” Boulet said, also noting that congressional earmarks, which provided $53 million for the first leg, are now banned.

That puts him in the notable position of advocating for a climate adaptation project on behalf of oil and gas companies, and finding resistance from an administration that has made unmatched strides on climate policy, including infrastructure resilience.

Boulet, a Democrat, adds that it can be “awkward” to discuss climate change with his employers at the port and local politicians, who tend to be Republicans. Still, he tells them that the climbing oceans are threatening the road.

“They all say, ‘We know it,’” Boulet explained. “The Democratic reply would be, ‘Absolutely, it’s gonna impact all of us.’ The Republican response is, ‘I know.’ There’s no elaborating on it.”

Not everyone thinks the elevated road should be built. Some believe it’s a form of “climate denial” that rejects the geologic facts of the sinking Louisiana delta.

Be real and leave now

Persisting with policies that provide roads, fund coastal restoration and construct huge flood defense systems is a kind of psychological trick that makes people feel safer than they are, said Edward Richards, a law professor at Louisiana State University.

He said you can’t “restore” a coast that’s disappearing by the day, amounting to 1,883 square miles of lost land between 1932 and 2010, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. That’s the size of Delaware. Big chunks can vanish even faster. Erosion caused by hurricanes in 2005 and 2008 swept away an area of land the size of Chicago.

And it’s been sinking since long before then.

The Louisiana coastline has hosted 16 different deltas over the last 7,000 years, each one being built up by sediment deposited by the Mississippi River, according to geological research. Each one sank when the river shifted. Core samples show barrier islands 35 feet underground and evidence of cypress swamps 25 feet down.

Subsidence today is probably worse than its historical analogs. The river has been walled, leveed and dammed to prevent flooding. That’s reduced its sediment delivery to the state’s coastal plain by about 50 percent, shooting the silt far into the Gulf instead.

Richards said public officials, environmentalists, and oil and gas companies are largely ignoring these facts.

“You’re gonna have to move,” he said, referring to the state’s coastal population, arguing that subsidies in federal flood insurance and other government expenditures have encouraged people to live in dangerous places.

“I don’t think we’ll make any political choices to actually retreat,” he acknowledged. “We’ll just sit and wait for the risk to accumulate.”

SOURCE: http://www.eenews.net/stories/1060006840

September 29, 2014

Port Fourchon’s growth is continuing

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Construction at Port Fourchon’s latest slip continues as port officials plan another and look for even deeper expansions.

Slip C, the port’s 700-foot-wide and 7,000-foot-long latest expansion, has been dredged and bulkhead construction is underway.

Greater Lafourche Port Commission Director Chett Chiasson said every inch of the new waterfront has been leased or has a company with the right of first refusal.

Chiasson said about $25 million has been spent on the expansion thus far.

The high demand for waterfront space is indicative of steady activity in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, he added.

“We are growing really fast,” he said.

Rough calculations project the port to see $265 million in private investment next year and $295 million in 2016, Chiasson said.

Meanwhile, port officials have begun the paperwork gauntlet that ends with approval of another slip, to be known as slip D.

The port is located in the watery marshes of south Lafourche, so dredging material to build land follows regulatory approval.

Chiasson said the new slip will be wider than previous ones to allow more space for mooring.

“It’s knowing the vessels are larger. They are going to be servicing the ultra deepwater Gulf of Mexico, so we project that this is best thing to do,” Chiasson said.

The port’s future expansion may be focused more on depth than area.

Chiasson said the port is seeking approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct the required feasibility study on deepening the pass leading from the port to the Gulf from its current 27-foot or so depth.

The plans are to conduct the study at two different depths, 35 feet and 50 feet.

“For the vessels to service the industry, 35 feet or so is good for them,” Chiasson said. “We are also going to investigate 50 feet in order to be able to attract the deepwater drilling rigs for repair and refurbishment.”

Currently the lion’s share of deepwater rig and platform repair along the Gulf takes place on the Texas coast or, expensively, out at sea.

Chiasson said being able to offer space for such rigs to moor and be repaired would be attractive to potential tenants as the deepwater fleet matures.

He added that the deepening wouldn’t be focused on attracting container traffic.

“We are not really looking at that. We know what our niche is. We know oil and gas service is our business and we are fine with that,” Chiasson said.

Gauthiers’ Receives ISO 9001:2008 Certification

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Gauthiers’ is pleased to announce that the company’s quality management system has been certified to the ISO 9001:2008 standard, an industry benchmark that ensures consistent, high-quality products and services are being provided to customers. The ISO 9001:2008 standard is based on recognized principles of superior quality control, including strong customer focus, motivation of top leaders, decision-making and commitment to continual improvement.

Gauthiers’ certification was awarded after independent inspection and verification by DNV-GL, the industry’s leading certification body. A variety of internal audits were performed to test the company’s quality management system and processes. By meeting all the applicable requirements, Gauthiers’ received the certificate with zero non-conformances.

The certification process has a number of benefits. As Gauthiers’ documented their processes for the auditor, they were able to improve and streamline them to increase their efficiency. They also were able to better define roles and responsibilities, improve relationships with suppliers and customers, and develop sound plans for future improvement. This process doesn’t end with certification, however. The company will continue to conduct regular self-audits in order to track improvements and progress.

Because of the industry’s focus on safety, Gauthiers’ believes that this certification will give its customers confidence in the quality of their products. “When our customers are looking for offshore containers or baskets, we want them to be assured that Gauthiers’ offshore equipment is the best available,” said Sales Manager Brady Allis.

“Our customers are the focus of everything we do,” said QHSE Manager Janneke Ahlers. “We pride ourselves on meeting or exceeding all industry standards for safety, service and quality.”

The ISO 9001:2008 standard was developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), an independent, non-governmental membership organization and the world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards. Over one million companies and organizations in over 170 countries have implemented the ISO 9001:2008 standard.

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Gauthiers’ offers sale and rental of offshore containers, baskets and support equipment for domestic and international oil and gas industry customers. The company specializes in DNV 2.7-1/EN12079/ IMO MSC/CIR. 860 certification standards. Gauthiers’ is an active participant on the technical committees of ISO 10855: Offshore Container-Design, Manufacture and Marking and API 2CCU: Offshore Cargo Container Design, Manufacturing and Inspection. The company serves clients locally and globally with locations in Lafayette and Houma, La. For more information, visit http://www.gauthiersrental.com.

August 19, 2014

Gauthiers’ Adds DNV 2.7-3 Offshore Transporter for Safer Heavy Lifting

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(Lafayette, La.) — In response to the need for safer lifting of heavy equipment in the offshore environment, Gauthiers’ has introduced a new Offshore Transporter, the GAUU TP248. The company, a Lafayette-based supplier of oil and gas efficient dynamic lifts of critical equipment like BOP stacks, top drives, large spools and oversized air conditioner units for offshore rigs.

 

One of the key advantages of the Offshore Transporter is its ability to be pre-rigged for a single-point lift, thus reducing the number of accidents experienced by riggers on offshore or platform supply vessels. Rather than using multiple rigging slings and straps or building a custom frame for each lift, the Offshore Transporter is certified for use with any equipment up to 110,000 MGW.

GAUUTP248

The GAUUTP248 being load tested for offshore lifting per DNV 2.7-1.

In order to ensure that this new product would meet or exceed all industry safety standards, Gauthiers’ required extensive proof load testing and magnetic particle inspection. All testing was completed in accordance with the industry’s stringent heavy-lift standard, “DNV 2-7.3 Standard for Certification of Offshore Portable Units-May 2011.”
“We knew that our customers had limited options for safely sending out the heaviest equipment,” said Garett Gauthier, Vice President of Business Development. “We were determined to provide a safer and more efficient way for them to execute heavy lifts in the offshore environment.”

 

The Offshore Transporter is available for rental from Gauthiers’ two locations in Houma and Lafayette, serving customers from Houston, Texas to Port Fourchon, La.

 

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Gauthiers’ offers sale and rental of offshore containers, baskets and support equipment for domestic and international oil and gas industry customers. The company specializes in DNV 2.7-1/EN12079/ IMO MSC/CIR. 860 certification standards. Gauthiers’ is an active participant on the technical committees of ISO 10855: Offshore Container-Design, Manufacture and Marking and API 2CCU: Offshore Cargo Container Design, Manufacturing and Inspection. The company serves clients locally and globally with locations in Lafayette and Houma, La. For more information, visit www.gauthiersrental.com.

July 31, 2014

ISO Approves Projects to Develop New Standards for Offshore Containers

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http://www.iadc.org/drillbits/drillbits-july-2014/#article7

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has approved projects to develop three new standards for offshore containers:

NP 10855-1 Offshore containers – Part 1: Design, manufacture and marking
NP 10855-2 Offshore containers – Part 2: Lifting sets
NP 10855-3 Offshore containers – Part 3: Periodic inspection examination and testing
The projects are being undertaken under the auspices of TC67/SC7. Persons interested in participating in the development of these standards should contact their national standards bodies. If you need assistance identifying your national standards body, please contact Alan Spackman, IADC VP of the Offshore Division, at alan.spackman@iadc.org.

Gauthiers’ offers sale and rental of offshore containers, baskets and support equipment for domestic and international oil and gas industry customers. The company specializes in DNV 2.7-1/EN12079/ IMO MSC/CIR 860 certification standards. Gauthiers’ is an active participant on the technical committees of ISO 10855: Offshore Container-Design, Manufacture and Marking. Garett Gauthier, VP of Business Development represents Gauthiers’ as well as the United States on the ISO 10855 technical committee. The company serves clients locally and globally with locations in Lafayette and Houma, La. For more information, visit www.gauthiersrental.com.

July 7, 2014

Gauthiers’ Adds Certified Offshore Lifting Frames

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(Lafayette, La.) – Gauthiers’, a leading supplier of offshore containers, baskets and support equipment, announces the expansion of their line of offshore lifting frames. The company has standard sizes and can offer customized frames that meet client requirements as well as industry standards, including internationally recognized DNV 2.7-1 standards for Certification for Offshore Containers June 2013, EN 12079, IMO MSC/CIR 860, and Appendix G: SEPCo Lifted Equipment Certification.

 

Certified offshore lifting frames are becoming more popular with oilfield service companies in the Gulf of Mexico and internationally, and are most commonly used for transporting slick line skids, coil tubing packages, pumps, compressors and wireline equipment. They are also used to handle logistics for specialty tools, temporary buildings and machinery without pad eyes. By mounting the equipment to these frames, users can ensure the safe transfer of their products offshore.

 

Gauthiers’ developed its frames in consultation with industry clients, who use them to safely transport items like mud pumps, umbilical cords, oversized spools, wireline and generators.

 

“These units are perfect for sending common supplies offshore” notes Gauthiers’ Vice President of Business Development Garett Gauthier. “And because our lifting frames are DNV 2.7-1 certified, our customers know they are using the safest possible method of transporting special or bulky cargo.”

 

Gauthiers’ certified lifting frames are available for purchase in both their Lafayette and Houma locations to serve customers from Houston to Port Fourchon.

 

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 Gauthiers’ offers sale and rental of offshore containers, baskets and support equipment for domestic and international oil and gas industry customers. The company specializes in DNV 2.7-1/EN12079/ IMO MSC/CIR 860 certification standards. Gauthiers’ is an active participant on the technical committees of ISO 10855: Offshore Container-Design, Manufacture and Marking and API 2CCU: Offshore Cargo Container Design, Manufacturing and Inspection. The company serves clients locally and globally with locations in Lafayette and Houma, La. For more information, visit www.gauthiersrental.com.

June 28, 2014

How Many Shipping Containers Are Really Lost At Sea?

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An interesting story and facts regarding shipping containers getting off track during shipment.  Thankfully Gauthiers’ has never lost a shipping container at sea!!

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From severe weather and rough seas to catastrophic events such ship groundings and collisions, each year a number of shipping containers are lost overboard from ships. But just how many containers are lost each year at sea?

That’s a tough question to answer and one that is frequently asked. A quick Google search will point you to a number of unsubstantiated figures ranging from a couple of hundred up to 10,000 per year. But how many is it, really?

One report that has been widely accepted as the best estimate came in 2011 when the World Shipping Council polled its member companies, representing 90% of the world’s containership capacity, for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010 in an attempt to answer the question. Now, the World Shipping Council has once again surveyed its members for a 2014 updated report that includes figures from the last three years. Here’s what was found:

Containers Lost – 2008 to 2013

For the combined six year period from 2008 to 2013, the WSC estimates that there were 546 containers lost on average each year, not counting for catastrophic events. Counting for catastrophic events, an average of 1,679 containers were lost each year over the six years.

Losses are Increasing

Based on the 2011 survey results, the World Shipping Council estimated that on average there were approximately 350 containers lost at sea each year during the 2008-2010 time frame, not counting for catastrophic events. When counting the catastrophic losses, an average annual total loss per year of approximately 675 containers was estimated for this three year period.

Based on 2014′s survey results, the WSV estimates that there were approximately 733 containers lost at sea on average for the years 2011, 2012 and 2013, not including catastrophic events. Including catastrophic losses, for these years the average annual loss was approximately 2,683 containers, an uptick of 297% from the previous three years.

Rare Catastrophic Events

The WSC report notes that the large number seen for the years 2011 through 2013 are the result of two rare catastrophic events: the 2013 sinking of the MOL Comfort in the Indian Ocean and the 2011 MV Rena grounding off New Zealand.

The report shows that the loss from the MOL Comfort alone resulted in the loss of all 4,293 containers (Comfort is considered the worst containership loss in history). The MV Rena, meanwhile, lost roughly 900 containers overboard when it grounded and broke up on a reef just off the coast of New Zealand in 2011 and into 2012. Hence the uptick.

The Bigger Picture

Now, all this may seem like a lot, but it’s a far cry from the 10,000 figure that is widely circulated, a figure that the WSC called in its report “unsupported and grossly inaccurate”. Also, when you consider that in 2013 the international liner shipping industry carried approximately 120 million containers packed with an estimated $4 trillion worth of cargo, the numbers don’t seem so bad.

Still, any loss of a container at sea is a loss that carriers seek to prevent. After all, containers lost at sea pose a number of dangers from environmental hazards to the safety of navigation, not to mention the economic loss of any cargo and potential recovery (just see Svendborg Maersk).

“Every container loss is one the industry would like to avoid.  The updated report not only provides more accurate and up-to-date data on the issue, but also identifies those initiatives the industry is supporting to increase container safety and reduce such losses.  While nobody can eliminate the challenges of bad weather or the risk of vessel casualties at sea, care and cooperation amongst all those who pack, handle, weigh, stow and secure containers is needed to improve safety. ” said Chris Koch, WSC President and CEO.

To help get this number as close to zero as possible, the industry has been actively supporting a number of efforts to enhance container safety and reduce loss. They can be read about in the WSC’s full report along with the methodoligy used HERE: Survey Results for Containers Lost At Sea – 2014 Update

 

Source: http://gcaptain.com/how-many-shipping-containers-lost-at-sea/

June 5, 2014

Gauthiers’ Introduces New Concept Offshore Basket

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Gauthiers’, a Lafayette-based supplier of oil and gas industry containers and support equipment, has introduced a new concept offshore basket unlike any on the market.

The GAUU643 Offshore Basket combines features of gang boxes, offshore baskets, offshore containers and job boxes. A watertight, sealable lid with hydraulic shocks ensures safe and easy lifting and closing. Optional interior shelving provides added functionality for storing tools and other gear. Each container measures 6 feet 9 inches long; 4 feet, 5 inches wide; 3 feet 9 inches high; and weighs 2,500 pounds.

“This is the right tool for the job,” said Gauthiers’ Sales Manager, Brady Allis. “Our customers demanded a robust design, watertight solution, required safety features and we have delivered with the GAUU643.”

Unveiled at Houston’s 2014 Offshore Technology Conference, the creatively designed offshore basket received a positive response from industry professionals.

“It created quite a stir,” Allis said. “No one had seen a gang box quite like this before.”

Each basket and sling is certified to “DNV 2.7-1 Standard for Certification of Offshore Containers-June 2013″ by DNV. Additional certifications include “EN 12079-1: Offshore Containers-Design, Manufacture and Marking” and “IMO MSC/CIR. 860: Guidelines for the Approval of Offshore Containers Handled in Open Seas.”

Gauthiers’ is confident that the basket will exceed the requirements of upcoming offshore container standards currently under development and plans to have DNV update the design approval when the standards are made available to ensure compatibility with the new requirements. The new standards include “ISO 10855: Offshore Container-Design, Manufacture and Marking” and “API 2CCU: Offshore Cargo Container Design, Manufacturing and Inspection.” Additional technical information on the new product and the developing standards is available at http://www.gauthiersrental.com

Units are certified to hold 8,500 pounds and are available for rental or purchase from Gauthiers’ locations in Lafayette and Houma, La. The company will also host product demonstrations later this year for clients in Houston, Texas and Port Fourchon, La.

Unveiled at Houston's 2014 Offshore Technology Conference, the creatively designed GAUU 643 offshore basket received a positive response from industry professionals.

Unveiled at Houston’s 2014 Offshore Technology Conference, the creatively designed GAUU 643 offshore basket received a positive response from industry professionals.

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Gauthiers’ offers sale and rental of offshore containers, baskets and support equipment for domestic and international oil and gas industry customers. The company specializes in DNV 2.7-1/EN12079/ IMO MSC/CIR. 860 certification standards. Gauthiers’ is an active participant on the technical committees of ISO 10855: Offshore Container-Design, Manufacture and Marking and API 2CCU: Offshore Cargo Container Design, Manufacturing and Inspection. The company serves clients locally and globally with locations in Lafayette and Houma, La. For more information, visit http://www.gauthiersrental.com.

May 24, 2014

Port Fourchon History

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Interesting article on Port Fourchon’s history. Gauthiers’ supports the majority of its deepwater clients in Port Fourchorn. It is the backbone of logistics support in the Gulf of Mexico for deepwater exploration and production.

http://www.houmatoday.com/article/20140523/ARTICLES/140529684/-1/sports11

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Gauthiers’ offers sale and rental of offshore containers, baskets and support equipment for domestic and international oil and gas industry customers. The company specializes in DNV 2.7-1 certification standards and serves clients locally and globally with locations in Lafayette and Houma, La. For more information, visit www.gauthiersrental.com.

March 4, 2014

May 5-8: Houston Offshore Technology Conference set

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A premier, well-atttended event each year in Houston, this year’s Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) will be May 5-8 at Reliant Park.

Founded in 1969, it’s the world’s foremost event for the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production and environmental protection.

“OTC has been the premier technical conference and exhibition for the oil and gas industry and a fixture in the Houston community for 45 years,” said Stephen Graham, OTC executive director. “We’ve seen phenomenal growth over the years, and we are excited about another opportunity to bring global experts on technological advances, safety and environmentally focused solutions to Houston. We invite industry professionals as well as those who are interested in the industry to attend. Whether they are new to the field, or seasoned professionals, OTC has something for everyone.”

Attendees will have access to leading-edge technical information, the industry’s largest equipment exhibition, and have the opportunity to make new professional contacts. More than 90,000 professionals from more than 120 countries are expected to attend.

In celebration of OTC’s 45th anniversary, an evening concert, featuring musical entertainment, food and drinks will be Wednesday, May 7, on the floor of Reliant Stadium. Admittance is complimentary to registered attendees.

The OTC at the Ballpark is scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday, May 4. The Astros will host the Seattle Mariners, and game time is 1:10 p.m.

The OTC Dinner will be held that evening. At the event, OTC recognizes individuals and companies that have made outstanding achievements to the offshore E&P industry.

Registration and technical sessions will begin on Monday, May 5.

Several registration options are available: Four-day registration is $150 for members, $210 for nonmembers; One-day registration is $120 for members, $160 for nonmembers. The registration fee includes admittance to the technical sessions and exhibition.

Special event tickets must be purchased separately. Those interested in attending OTC 2014 can register atwww.otcnet.org/2014.

Topical breakfasts and luncheons will feature presentations by senior executives of operating, service and supply companies.

They will present their views on future industry direction, operational integrity, risk management, and technical challenges facing the offshore oil and gas industry.

Experts and high-level government officials will participate in panel discussions about issues related to government policies, energy development, and HSE issues.

Peer-selected technical presentations also are scheduled. During these sessions, new technology will be presented, as well as lessons learned from the field.

Attendees can explore the exhibit floor, where there will be displays by major oil and gas companies and related subsidiary industries, equipment manufacturers and service providers.

They can view the latest technological advances in such categories as drilling, exploration, fabrication, instrumentation and controls, environmental, marine, materials, oilfield chemicals, oil spill cleanup, pollution control, process, production, safety, seismic, specialized equipment, subsea exploration, survey, telecommunications, testing, tools, training, transportation, well completion, workover and wireline.

As part of the conference, 100 Houston-area classroom teachers will attend a one-day energy education workshop.

Among other things, they will participate in energy lessons provided by the U.S. National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project.

In addition, to educate the next generation of aspiring engineers, scientists, and managers about the oil and gas industry, OTC will invite approximately 200 STEM (science, technology, engineering and math education) students to receive hands-on energy lessons.

They also will be able to meet industry professionals and ask questions about careers in the oil and gas industry.

Visit www.otcnet.org/2014.

SOURCE: http://www.chron.com/jobs/article/May-5-8-Houston-Offshore-Technology-Conference-5172753.php

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