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WETA Awarded Blue & Gold Fleet Five-Year Contract

Water Emergency Transportation Authority Awards Ferry Operating Contract to Blue & Gold Fleet. At its October 6 Board of Directors meeting, the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) awarded Blue & Gold Fleet ("B&GF") a five-year contract for the operation of WETA's San Francisco Bay Ferry services. San Francisco Bay Ferry, which recently assumed operation of the Alameda/Oakland and Harbor Bay Ferries, provides daily commute and excursion service between Alameda, Oakland, San Francisco, and Harbor Bay. In early 2012, San Francisco Bay Ferry plans to launch new ferry service between South San Francisco and the East Bay and to assume operation of the City of Vallejo's Baylink ferry operating between Vallejo and San Francisco. Under the new contract, B&GF will be responsible for the daily operation of all these services at an estimated five year cost of $44.5 million.      "I am very pleased with this contract award," says Nina Rannells, Executive Director of WETA. "It marks the beginning of a new era for San Francisco Bay Ferry and the continuation of a great partnership with Blue & Gold Fleet. It is great to have this long-term agreement, and we are grateful to WETA for acknowledging Blue & Gold Fleet's unique capabilities and highly skilled employees," says Taylor Safford, President of Blue & Gold Fleet

Winter in US Northeast Takes a Toll on Ferries

Photo: The Boston Harbor Association

With its black hull rumbling against a field of broken ice, the Warren Jr. slowly eased away from a dock in the Boston suburb of Hingham on Tuesday, aiming to clear a path for some of the four ferries that carry commuters from here into the city each day.  But in a sign of how long Massachusetts has been gripped by freezing temperatures, no other vessels followed, as the tide narrowed the channel behind the oceangoing supply boat pressed into service as an icebreaker

Hearing on National Strategy for Maritime Security

The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a field hearing on the National Strategy for Maritime Security. The purpose of the hearing, held in Camden, New Jersey, was to continue oversight of federal programs intended to enhance security in the maritime domain. RADM Craig Bone, USCG and Mr. Mark O. Hatfield, Jr., TSA, testified that maritime security encompasses threats from all criminal or

Moose Awarded U.S. DOT Contract

Aluminum boat maker Moose Boats won a contract from the Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration (MARAD), for the construction of two Moose 340C Catamaran Patrol Boats. These patrol boats will be assigned to the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet located in Benicia, Calif. The Suisun Bay Fleet consists of dry cargo ships, tankers, military auxiliaries and other types of reserve ships in the custody of the Maritime Administration.

TOTE’s Carlile Names New VP

Henri Legal

Carlile Transportation Systems, Inc., a TOTE Logistics company, has named Henri Legal Vice President, LTL & Facilities. Henri will be responsible for setting the strategy and business plan for Carlile’s LTL and Facility locations. He joins Carlile most recently from Western Canada Express, Inc. where he was the Vice President, Western Canada Operations and Vice President, Portside Warehousing and Distribution.

Ferry Fixation: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

King County Water Taxi

It all adds up to the global effort to strengthen bottom lines, safety margins and the collective environmental footprint.   The future for ferries seems to be on fire; both in good ways and bad. The good is always a good place to start. And, that’s because it is ferry fabrication time. The most notable ferry routes in America are jumping into the construction queue for new vessels and soon the next generation of ferry vessels will be hitting the piers (not literally of course)

Coast Guard Stops Vessel From Collision

Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) San Francisco directed three tugboats to help divert a 700-foot dry-dock barge from colliding with the San Francisco Bay Bridge today. At approximately 8 p.m. today a night watchman from Pier 70 in San Francisco noticed that the dry-dock vessel had broken loose and notified the Coast Guard. Upon notification, the Coast Guard directed three tug boats to intercept the adrift vessel.

Marina Gets Grant to Launch Ferry Service

A private marina will reportedly receive $20 million in federal money to launch a ferry service from Sonoma County to San Francisco and Oakland, reported The money went to North Bay Ferry Service of Larkspur, which is owned by Skip Berg, a former owner of Infineon Raceway who also owns the Port Sonoma marina. The port sits on the Petaluma River at the Sonoma and Napa County lines, near the race track.

Awarded: $17.1m in U.S. Shipyard Grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration today announced $17.1 million in grants to 14 small shipyards in 10 states.  The grants are part of the Assistance to Small Shipyards program. “Small shipyards are vitally important for the health of the maritime industry, and for the nation’s economy,” said Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.  The purpose of the grants is to make capital and infrastructure improvements that facilitate the

CMA CGM Launches US Gulf-South Africa Line

Courtesy CMA CGM

CMA CGM announced the launch of its new KHULU Line dedicated to the U.S. Gulf-South Africa trade, as from the beginning of May, 2014: With the addition of its newest line, CMA CGM now offers its customers eight services with a weekly call in South Africa. The line’s first sailing will be MV GREY FOX voy. 7S001R, ETD Houston on May 7, 2014. KHULU’s rotation is: Houston, Walvis Bay, Cape Town, Durban, Maputo, Richards Bay, Houston

Hong Kong Safety Alert: Canoe Race on Saturday

Canoe Race Courtesy Hong Kong Government

  A canoe race will take place on 21 November 2015 (Saturday) from Clear Water Bay, Sai Kung to Stanley Main Beach, Hong Kong Island. About 130 outrigger canoes are expected to participate in the race. The race will start off Clear Water Bay at 0900 hours and all participants are expected

South Africa Ports Gear Up for Cruise Season

South Africa’s ports are ramping up for a bumper cruise season with at least eight luxury cruise lines and over ten passenger vessels of varying sizes set to ferry international and domestic tourists across the country’s port cities.  

McAllister Towing – 150 Years of Family Business

McAllister Towing – 150 Years of Family Business (Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

“Early in 1864, a young man names James McAllister stood on board a sailing vessel where he served as a mate. The boat was about to set sail from the Red Bay of Cushendall … (James) did not know that this would never be home again.”  

Fincantieri Launches Nuclear Waste Vessel for Russia

Photo: Fincantieri

New semisubmersible floating platform will be used to transport special material decommissioned by the Russian Navy    Itarus, the new semisubmersible floating platform built to transport Russia’s nuclear materials, was launched at a ceremony on November 19 at Fincantieri’s

Demolition of Derelict Wharf Begins

Work has begun to demolish the former Odin Seafood dock on the Prince Rupert waterfront in British Columbia, the Prince Rupert Port Authority announced today.   Located between Atlin Terminal and Northland Cruise Terminal on Cow Bay Road

TSB Team to Investigate Trois-Rivières Collision


  The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team to Trois-Rivières, Quebec, following the collision between the bulk carrier Desert Rhapsody and the tug Ocean Basque. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.

Interlake Steamship to Install More Scrubbers

(Photo: Interlake Steamship Company)

As vessel owners struggle over the best and most efficient means to meet stringent new emission regulations, the Interlake Steamship Company has proven phase one of emissions-reduction technology on Great Lakes;  and two additional ships are to be outfitted with exhaust gas scrubbers in 2016

US Places Speed Restrictions to Protect Whales

Vessel speed restrictions have been set in hopes of helping to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales by reducing the likelihood of collisions between ships and marine life, GAC reports.   The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Sector Delaware Bay has advised mariners of the speed restrictions

US Port Projects Awarded $44.3 Mln in Grants

Oxnard Harbor District (Photo: Port of Hueneme)

After evaluating 627 applications, 50 of which were from ports, for the FY 2015 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants, U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced 39 awards for $500 million in funding to be made in the seventh

DOT Awards $10 mln for San Diego Terminal Upgrade

Photo: Unified Port of San Diego

San Diego’s Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal Modernization project is due to receive $10 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Deputy Maritime Administrator Michael J. Rodriguez announced today. The project is one of 39 federally-funded transportation projects in 34 states

TIGER Grant for Indiana-Jeffersonville Port

U.S. Maritime Administrator Paul Chip Jaenichen

  The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville will receive $10 million in TIGER Discretionary Grant money to enhance and expand the port's infrastructure. U.S. Maritime Administrator Paul "Chip" Jaenichen joined Indiana Lieutenant

$12.3 Mln TIGER Grant for Hueneme Port Project


  Deputy Maritime Administrator Michael J. Rodriguez today announced that the Department of Transportation will provide $12.3 million for the Port of Hueneme Intermodal Improvement project in Port Hueneme. The project is one of 39 federally-funded transportation projects in 34 states

VT Halter Launches Another ATB Tug for Bouchard

M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr.  6,000hp Twin Screw ATB tug (Photos: VT Halter)

Shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, Inc. and Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. announced the launch of M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr., a 6,000hp Twin Screw Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) tug, on October 29, 2015.   The M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr. is part of a two-vessel contract awarded to the shipyard

K-Line Rolls Out UAE Logistics Firm

 Image: K Line Europe Ltd

 Japan-based Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” Line) and Sharaf Group have established a new firm, K Line Shipping & Logistics (KLSL).    Based in Dubai, UAE, KLSL will carry out businesses in the fields of marine transportation, logistics, land transportation

TIGER Revs Up the Hoosier State

(Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation)

Since 1985, the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville has played an important role in handling millions of tons of steel, grain, fertilizer, salt and other bulk cargoes for both inbound and outbound markets – domestic and abroad.   Located directly across the Ohio River from Louisville, Ky

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