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Bay-Houston Towing’s Third Conrad Z-Tech Tug

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Bay-Houston Towing Co. has taken delivery of their third Z-Tech 7500 tug. The Z-Tech 7500 design is the largest of the Robert Allan line of Z-Tech tugboats. The Hunter M was delivered to Bay-Houston in April of this year by her builder, Conrad’s Orange Shipbuilding yard after dock and sea trials in Orange, Texas. The Hunter M is the final boat in the series of Z-Tech 7500’s to be completed by Orange Ship Building. The arrival of the Hunter M brings to 18 the number of harbor tugs in Bay-Houston Towing Company’s fleet. The Hunter M’s principal dimensions are: Length    98.5 ft Beam    39.3 ft Hull Depth    16.4 ft The tug is powered by two Caterpillar 3516C engines, which produce 3150 horsepower each for a total of 6300 horsepower and a bollard pull of 75 tonnes. The EPA Tier II rated Caterpillar engines are mated to Model SRP-1520 Schottel drives. The Hunter M is fully FiFi 1 compliant, with twin Caterpillar C-18 engines powering the fire pumps, each rated at 5300 gpm. Electrical power is provided by two John Deere gensets, each rated at 125 kw. The winch on the Hunter M is a Markey Model #DYSF – 52 Escort Line Winch. The winch has an automatic render/recover mode, and is equipped with an application specific Markey tension meter. The winch will have a brake capacity of 500,000 pounds.


Bay-Houston Orders Z-Drive Tug

Bay-Houston Towing Co. contracted with Orange Shipbuilding Co., Inc. of Orange, Texas to produce a second generation Robert Allan Ltd. designed Z-Tech tug. The design offers: · The forward deck (over the skeg) has a low, flat sheer, creating a spacious, relatively flat and safe working deck, without any obstructive anchor chains, etc. · For "sea-going" operations, the Z-Tech tug works astern in tractor mode


Houston Ship Channel Re-opens

An evacuation alert was rescinded Wednesday afternoon for a one-mile ring around a Rohm and Haas Co. chemical plant near Houston after a dangerously overheated tank of highly flammable acrylic acid was cooled by firefighters, the company said. A mile-long stretch of the Houston Ship Channel, which had been closed as a precaution on Wednesday morning, was reopened at about 6:00 p.m. local time. It was the second evacuation along the row of refineries and plants near Houston in three days


USCG – Members Sought for HOGANSAC

The US Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Houston/Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (HOGANSAC).  The committee advises the Coast Guard on matters relating to safe navigation of vessels to and from the ports of Galveston, Houston, and Texas City, and throughout Galveston Bay.  Applications should be submitted by February 14, 2009.  73 Fed. Reg. 76368  (December 16, 2008).


Hope Shipyard Delivers the M/V Trinity Bay

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Hope Services Shipyard of Dulac, La. delivered the M/V Trinity Bay on March 4 to Higman Marine Services of Houston, Texas. The delivery marks the 35th vessel Hope has constructed for Higman. The M/V Trinity Bay is the second 78-ft by 34-ft by 10-ft inland towing vessel Hope has manufactured for Higman. The first vessel of this size, the M/V Baffin Bay was delivered in November 2010. It is powered by a pair of Cummins KTA‐38M diesel engines providing 2,000 horsepower


Towline Aboard Stranded 'Kulluk' Rig

Rig Kulluk Aground: Photo credit Shell

Aerial and onboard inspections confirm the vessel remains firmly aground & stable on Sitkalidak Island, Alaska, with no sign of leakage of pollutants. Naval architects on the survey team confirm the Kulluk is structurally sound and fit for towing to safe harbor in nearby Kiliuda Bay.  The exact timing for potential towing activity is dependent on weather, tides and operational readiness. Once the Unified Command team managing the incident confirms it is safe and ready to move forward


Crowley Completes Tow of the Ex-USS Iowa

Crowley Marine Services completed its third tow of an historic U.S. Naval battleship April 21, when the company's tug Sea Victory finished the 6,500-mile tow of the USS Iowa from Newport, R.I., to Suisun Bay, Calif. The Sea Victory's tow plan took the Iowa from Narragansett Bay, through the Crooked and Windward Passages to Cristobal, Panama. She then continued Northwest along the coast of Central America toward California


Towing Company to Pay $10M for Spill

The U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts issued a Press Release stating the Bouchard Transportation Co. was sentenced to pay a $10 million fine in connection with the oil spill in Buzzards Bay on April 27, 2003. A loaded tank barge being towed by a company tug grounded while outside the channel. The tug and barge were outside the channel because the mate on duty had left the pilothouse unmanned. The company was aware of repeated concerns raised about the mate’s


Coast Guard Rescues Three from Sinking Tug

A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Port O'Connor rescued three men off the sinking tug, Charles Alfred, May 27 in San Antonio Bay, approximately six miles south of Seadrift, Texas.The crew of the Charles Alfred contacted the Coast Guard at 9:25 p.m. and reported that they were sinking. Two boat crews from Station Port O'Connor, Texas, and a helicopter crew from Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, responded. The three crewmembers were safely rescued from the tug and taken to Station Port


Port of Houston Upcoming Youth Maritime Expo

The third annual Maritime Youth Expo will be held at the Port of Houston's Bayport Cruise Terminal, Saturday 6, April 2013. Hundreds of area high school maritime students and Sea Scouts will have the opportunity to hear mariners talk about opportunities on tow boats, harbor tugs and barges, learn about maritime salvage and see salvor equipment in action, and watch state-of-the-art Coast Guard helicopters and small boats perform on-water demonstrations


Ultra Deepwater Rig Towed 11,500 Miles

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Fairmount Marine towed Sevan Louisiana to Curaçao Tug Fairmount Sherpa towed rig Sevan Louisiana safely from Singapore to Curaçao. During the 11,500 miles voyage via Cape of Good Hope, stops were made in Port Louis (Mauritius)


Great Lakes Shipyard Completes Winter Work

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Great Lakes Shipyard announced winter layup season is wrapping up at the yard after completing repair work on the following vessels: American Steamship Company’s M/V Sam Laud Grand River Navigation’s Manitowoc Interlake Steamship Company’s articulated tug-barge


Crashes in Crucial US Crude Waterway Hit 10-year Low

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Serious crashes in the bustling Bay of Galveston have fallen to the lowest level in a decade even as more oil moves on U.S. waterways, official data show, suggesting that better training and equipment are helping avert spills like one in March.


CA Port Seeks Public Feedback on Expansion

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The Port of San Diego apprises it is to host separate open house events for the public to provide feedback on its long-range vision and 'Integrated Port Master Plan Update' process. The Port of San Diego, the fourth largest in California, is in the midst of developing a 50-year Vision Plan as


Crane Barge Delivered to Stevens Towing

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Bos Smith, Vice President, Operations, with Stevens Towing Co., Inc., Yonges Island, S.C., announces the delivery of Ocean Ranger, a 200’ X 72’ X 14’ ABS-classed floating crane barge. Stevens Towing, operating Ocean Ranger under Charleston Heavy Lift


The Monterey Bay - A Leader in the Blue Economy

California’s blue economy is a +$50 billion industry. Today, marine science and the blue economy directly affect various business and government sectors such as offshore oil and gas production, national defense, seafloor exploration, communications, agriculture production, renewable energy


CaroTrans Launches Direct Le Havre to Houston

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Strategic European hub location offers fastest transits from France to U.S. Gulf. CaroTrans announced a new, weekly LCL export service from Le Havre, France to Houston which will commence April 5. This direct service shortens shipping time by 5-11 days for freight moving from France to the U.S


Ulstein Enters Oceangoing Tug Market

Ulstein Design & Solutions’ sales team on the ocean going tug project, from left: Sigurd Viseth, Thomas Brathaug, Ove Dimmen, and Bjørn Harald Norvik (Copyright ULSTEIN)

Ulstein has sold design and equipment packages for four ocean going tugs to Niigata Shipbuilding & Repair in Japan. The vessels will be built for the Dutch company ALP Maritime Services. The vessels are primarily designed for towing of large structures over long distances


Several Cruise Voyages Altered by Houston Spill

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The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice to cruise passengers affected by the Houston ship channel oil spill stating that several cruise voyages have been altered or rescheduled. Royal Caribbean International’s Navigator of the Seas seven-night Western Caribbean March 23


Trelleborg Opens Houston Office

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation announces plans to open a new sales and business development office in Houston, Texas, U.S. Trelleborg said it will establish a local “feet on the ground” presence in the area and confirms the company’s commitment to the global oil and


Icebreaking Postponed in Saginaw Bay

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) postponed an icebreaking operation originally scheduled to begin Sunday morning in the vicinity of the Saginaw Bay Entrance Channel. Based on the extent of ice coverage in the region, the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock


CG Cutter Morro Bay out for Repairs

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The Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay, a 140-foot icebreaking tug homeported in Cleveland but currently moored in Duluth, is scheduled to undergo an in-water repair Sunday and Monday. The Morro Bay suffered a rudder casualty while conducting icebreaking operations in Thunder Bay, Ontario, March 27


Houston Ship Channel Dredge Contract Awarded to RLB

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Amongst the latest listing of US Department of Defense contracts, RLB Contracting of Port Lavaca, Texas, has been awarded a USD$8,286,850 firm-fixed-price contract for deep draft maintenance dredging of the Houston Ship Channel from Carpenters to Greens.


Coast Guard, Texas Parks and Wildlife locate, recover body in San Antonio Bay

 A Coast Guard MH-65 helicopter crew located a body, Sunday, which fits the description of a man    missing since Friday morning, in San Antonio Bay.   At 3:50 p.m., a Coast Guard aircrew spotted a body on the west side of San Antonio Bay


Robotic Submarine Begins Flight MH370 Search

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 An international search has focused on waters west of the Australian city of Perth, with teams racing against time to detect signals before the flight recorder batteries – which last about one month – run out, are to send down a [Bluefin Robotics manufactured] Bluefin 21 AUV


 
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