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July 2018

Vol. 23, No.27 Week of July 08, 2018

Oil Patch Bits: ASRC announces industrial services acquisition

Petroleum News

Arctic Slope Regional Corp. said June 28 that it is pleased to announce the acquisition of Hudspeth & Associates by its wholly owned subsidiary ASRC Industrial Services LLC.

Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, with a satellite office in Rifle, Colorado, Hudspeth provides environmental remediation, demolition, dismantlement and civil site services throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Hudspeth serves a diverse customer portfolio made up of industrial and commercial enterprises, state and local governments, as well as federal agencies. Since the company’s founding in 1998, Hudspeth has differentiated itself from competitors via its relentless focus on safety and willingness to partner with customers to overcome complex challenges with unique, innovative solutions.

“Today’s announcement of the acquisition of Hudspeth is another exciting day in the pursuit of the AIS strategy that ASRC initiated in September 2016,” said Rex A. Rock Sr., president and CEO of ASRC. “On behalf of ASRC’s board of directors, I am pleased to welcome the management team and talented employees of Hudspeth to the ASRC family of companies. I am confident the addition of Hudspeth to the AIS platform will contribute to delivering durable, enduring benefits to ASRC shareholders.”

Foss Maritime streamlines fleet with Helm CONNECT

Foss Maritime has announced that they have kicked off a company-wide project to centralize fleet management and operations with Helm CONNECT, a leading marine software platform. The announcement comes as Foss moves forward on an initiative to better organize and streamline operations across core business units and wholly owned subsidiaries along the U.S. West Coast, and in Hawaii and Alaska.

As part of the agreement with Helm Operations, Foss will centralize its vessel dispatching, billing, maintenance, compliance and personnel management in the Helm CONNECT software platform.

Released in 2016, Helm CONNECT has emerged as one of the leading platforms for marine operations and vessel management both in North America and globally. In less than two years since launching, Helm CONNECT is the most widely used software platform in North America, with some 40 percent of the fleet of the American Waterways Operators, America’s largest ship owners group, and today more than 3,000 vessels now use Helm CONNECT around the world.

“At Foss, we’re constantly looking at new ways to improve our business. Helm CONNECT is a great fit for us; it offers an integrated software solution but also acts as a partner in managing our wide variety of vessels and operations,” said Foss President and CEO John Parrott.

Sorensen named 2018 Alaska Truck Driver of the Year

Lynden Transport recently announced that Jack Sorensen was named the 2018 Alaska Truck Driver of the Year by the Alaska Trucking Association. Lynden drivers have been named driver of the year four out of the past five years. Lynden Transport driver John Schank received the award twice - in 2014 and 2017 - and Alaska West Express driver Brian Ambrose was recognized in 2016. Ambrose was named second place overall champion in this year’s competition, as well as taking first place in the sleeper truck class.

“We are extremely proud of the professionalism and commitment our drivers exhibit every day on the job, but also the knowledge and skills they bring to the annual ATA truck driving championships,” says Lynden Transport President Paul Grimaldi. “These drivers are the best of the best. They must complete a written knowledge test, a pre-trip inspection and a skills course as part of their participation.”

Sorensen has earned many first-place finishes in the annual driving competition in Anchorage and has maintained an accident-free record for 34 years. He has traveled to the national truck driving competition seven times over his long driving career.

Editor’s note: Some of these news items will appear in the next Arctic Oil & Gas Directory, a full color magazine that serves as a marketing tool for Petroleum News’ contracted advertisers. The next edition will be released in September.

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