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International Workboat Show New Orleans

You are cordially invited to come visit us at the International Workboat Show New Orleans
Wednesday Nov. 30-Friday Dec. 2, 2016
Gulf Copper & Manufacturing Corporation
Booth # 1000
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Shipyard Safety – Risk Assessment

Gulf Copper Managers in Risk Assessment Training

Fifteen senior managers and shipyard superintendents from Gulf Copper Manufacturing recently attended a Risk Assessment training course presented by Signal Mutual Safety professionals at Galveston , Texas. The course was developed through the efforts of Signal Mutual’s Safety Committee, made up of member representatives from the Maritime Industry. Gulf Copper’s Risk Manager, Mike Haughton, is an active member of the Signal Mutual Safety Committee.

The training course was designed to teach supervisors to assess the risks in a marine workplace, including:

1. Identification of hazards

2. Determining who might be harmed and how

3. Evaluating the risks and deciding on precautions

4. Recording significant findings

5. Reviewing assessment and updating as necessary

Signal Mutual instructors provided guidance on use of a risk matrix with weighted values to determine level of risk associated with shipyard tasks. Participants used interactive techniques to familiarize themselves with the risk assessment process. Gulf Copper attendees found the course very helpful in promoting the safety culture critical to daily operations at their shipyards. Signal Mutual is now working with Gulf Copper to schedule additional on-site training for supervisory personnel at other shipyard locations.

Established in January 1986 to meet the demands of multiple industries for reasonable and stable workers’ compensation insurance rates, Signal Mutual Indemnity Association Ltd. is now the largest self-insured group provider of Longshore benefits in the United States. The Membership of the Association is drawn from a broad range of employers throughout the United States in the stevedoring, shipbuilding/ship repair, offshore, marine construction, and professional/technical industries. Signal’s role is to assist the senior management of Members to reduce both the frequency and severity of claims. The Managers through its own staff of safety professionals provide the Members with an extensive range of safety resources.

Founded in 1948, Gulf Copper & Manufacturing Corporation is an employee-owned company that repairs and refurbishes marine vessels and offshore rigs and fabricates specialty components for the oil and gas market. The company operates strategically located shipyards, drydocks and fabrication facilities along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Gulf Copper serves the marine transportation, offshore construction and offshore drilling markets in addition to various United States government agencies.



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CALM buoys have long been utilized to safely and reliably transfer liquid petroleum products between a vessel and a shore facility without the need for a jetty extension into deeper water. These buoys have been used around the world as marine terminals in water depths ranging from shallow to ultra-deep water. Gulf Copper & Manufacturing Corporation recently completed a unique project to build five (5) massive CALM buoys for SOFEC Inc. which are now being used to offload liquid product such as diesel or gasoline in Latin American locations lacking deepwater ports. The project is of particular interest from Gulf Copper’s view as they represent a new line of business for the company.

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Gulf Copper Ship Repair (GCSR) employees in Corpus Christi, Texas recently surpassed 1,000 days worked without a lost time incident. This achievement is even more significant considering that this division carries out projects all over the world for both commercial and U S Government customers. A GCSR team recently returned from Japan upon completion of modifications to a US Navy ship. Another team is making preparations to travel to Bahrain for a similar project. GCSR has an envied reputation for quality work with their customers, both in the Corpus Christi area and abroad. As an employee-owned company, Gulf Copper has a slightly different perspective on safety in the workplace. Watching out for their fellow employee shareholders takes on a new meaning, and the GCSR team exemplifies this watchfulness. Pictured above are just a few of the employee-owners who made this milestone a reality. Gulf Copper Ship Repair, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Gulf Copper & Manufacturing Corp. Founded in 1948, Gulf Copper & Manufacturing Corporation is an employee-owned company that repairs and refurbishes marine vessels and offshore rigs and fabricates specialty components for the oil and gas market. The company operates strategically located shipyards, drydocks and fabrication facilities along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Gulf Copper serves the marine transportation, offshore construction and offshore drilling markets in addition to various United States government agencies.

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Gulf Copper’s Port Arthur facility completed a unique 10-month project in 2014 to build three massive buoys for SOFEC, to be used to offload liquid product like diesel or gasoline in places lacking deepwater ports.

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Thanks to the manpower provided by Gulf Copper & Manufacturing, 7200 Hwy 87 East, three large freshly finished Catenary Anchor Leg Mooring (CALM) buoys are now fully operational and ready for delivery to Houston-based mooring company SOFEC Inc. at the end of the month.

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