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Bisso Launches New Tug

Bisso Marine used the 700 ton capacity D/B Cappy Bisso to lift a new 635 ton tug Z-Drive Tractor tug. The draft of the tug was too deep to be launched in Houma, LA at the Main Iron Works shipyard, so the tug was lifted on to a materials barge where it was placed into support cribbing then delivered via the Intracoastal Waterway to New Orleans, LA. Once in New Orleans, LA, the D/B Cappy Bisso would again lift the tug from the deck of the materials barge and place it into the Mississippi River at the Foot of Walnut Street at the Bisso Towboat fleet.

Bisso Takes Delivery of New Tug

Bisso Towboat Co., Inc., has taken delivery of a new 4,300 hp reverse z-drive ship-assist tug, Alma S. Constructed at Main Iron Works, Houma, LA, the 100 x 38 x 13.5 ft., Alma S. is powered by two EMD 16-645E6 main engines, producing 2150 hp, each at 900 rpm, which drive two Ulstein-Aquamaster US 2001 Z-drives. The Z-drives feature 90.6 in. diameter x 82.4 in. pitch stainless steel propellers set in stainless steel Kort Nozzles and the estimated bollard pull is 60 tons.

Bisso Marine Sets 1,100 Ton Superstructure

Bisso Marine recently utilized the tandem heavy lift capabilities of the 700 ton capacity D/B Cappy Bisso and the 600 ton capacity D/B Lili Bisso to set an 1,100 ton newly built superstructure on to the hull of a new offshore vessel. The tandem derrick barges lifted the 1,100 ton superstructure from its fabrication area and transported the superstructure, while on the hook, several hundred feet to the awaiting vessel hull

Bisso Barge Launches Tugs

New Orleans-based Bisso Marine recently used its 700-ton capacity derrick barge to launch four newly built tractor tugs in Gulfport, Miss. The barge – named the Cappy Bisso – successfully lifted and safely placed into the water the four identical 650-ton vessels. Bisso Marine offers a wide range of services to the energy and marine industries.

T&T Bisso Salvages Tug

The 600 ton capacity D/B BIG T, owned by T&T MARINE SALVAGE of Galveston, Texas, and the 700 ton capacity D/B CAPPY BISSO, owned by BISSO MARINE of Houston, Texas, were used to make a tandem lift of a 105-ft. sunken tugboat in Port Arthur, Texas. T&T BISSO initially responded to the sunken vessel with the GEORGE T, a salvage support barge used for the diving survey and rigging operations. Once the diving survey and salvage rigging phases were complete

T&T Bisso Salvages Miss Janice


T&T Bisso has successfully salvaged the 72 ft 1600 hp vessel, Miss Janice, which recently sank in the Port of New Orleans in the Mississippi River.  T&T Bisso was contracted by owner’s representatives to immediately respond to stabilize the fuel and lube oil then remove the vessel from the busy ship channel where it sank in 85 ft of high current, zero visibility water.  T&T Bisso used its own divers and the Gulf of Mexico based 600t capacity D/B Lili Bisso to lift

Multi-Purpose, Double-Hull Tug Launched

A new 105 ft., multi-purpose, double-hull tug, Vera Bisso, has been launched by Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., of Lockport, La., for E.N. Bisso & Son, Inc., of Metairie, La. Similar to other tugs built by E.N. Bisso & Son during the 1990s, Vera Bisso is designed for dual applications. Its initial focus will be on ship assist work along the Mississippi River, for which the vessel possesses exceptional maneuverability. However, with its sturdy build

Bisso Marine Completes Crane Removal, Module Lifting Projects

Bisso Marine Co., Inc. salvage personnel recently completed the removal of three ship unloader cranes at the Elaine Street Wharf in New Orleans, La. Bisso salvage personnel arrived at the project location and secured the derrick D/B Cairo and D/B Ajax to the first crane. The two derricks were secured to the crane’s truck assemblies and 500 tons of lift were applied to raise one side of the crane 18 in. and walk it to a stable section of the dock structure.

Bisso Salvages Liftboat

Bisso Marine recently completed the salvage of a 105 Class Liftboat from 258 ft. of water from the Main Pass Area. The liftboat, which was believed to have sunk in much shallower water in the mid 1980's, was discovered to be on top of a 20-in. pipeline after Hurricane Ivan. Bisso Marine took extreme care to remove the liftboat to minimize the potential damage to the pipeline. As a precautionary measure the liftboat was lifted several feet above the pipeline then moved several hundred feet

Bisso Introduces New Revolving Crane

Bisso Marine Co. Inc. of New Orleans has recently put its new 250-ton revolving crane, the D/B BOAZ, into service. The American R-40 Crane has 175 ft. of boom and three blocks with lift capacities of 250 tons, 80 tons and 20 tons. The barge is 250 ft. x 76 ft. x 17 ft. with an operating draft of 10 ft. The D/B Boaz is ABS classified and has living quarters for 34. The derrick has completed the swap out of a 90-ton compressor at an elevation of 125 ft

U.S. Coast Guard Responds to Collision Near Paducah

On-scene assessment teams have reported the maximum estimated potential clarified slurry oil released from the tug collision is now 250,000 gallons, Thursday. The maximum potential spill has been reduced because the two remaining partitions aboard the affected barge were reportedly secured.

Mississippi River Closed Due to Collision, Spill

A unified command team continues its response Friday to an oil spill in the Mississippi River following a collision between two towboats at mile marker 937 in Paducah Wednesday morning   A barge containing clarified slurry oil suffered damage from the collision

Traffic Restrictions Lifted on Mississippi River

File photo: Thomas Rollins

The safety zone and traffic restrictions in place from markers 936 to 938 on the Mississippi River following a towboat collision and subsequent oil spill have been lifted, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.   A section of the lower Mississippi River was closed to all traffic except response

AEP to Sell AEP River Ops To ACL

An AEP river tow (File image)

American Electric Power (AEP) has signed an agreement to sell its commercial barge transportation subsidiary, AEP River Operations LLC, to American Commercial Lines (ACL), owned by Platinum Equity, for approximately $550 million. AEP River Operations is a commercial inland barge company

Tug Company Goes Full Steam with Cloud Computing


Venyu, a company in business continuity, cloud-based virtualization, and battle-tested data recovery, announced that E.N. BISSO has expanded its VenyuCloud, cloud computing and virtualization platform. E.N. BISSO, a provider of harbor and tug towing services for the Gulf Coast

USS Cairo: Crew Safety and Fleeting Efficiency

Photo courtesy of Carline Industries

Over that past 15 to 20 years there has been a revolution in U.S. ship docking tugs. Larger container ships and tankers made obsolete the conventional single and twin propeller tugs that could serve either line haul or ship docking functions

Propulsion Under Wireless Remote Control

Image: Thrustmaster

Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. has been supplying wireless remote controls for thrusters since the 1980s, offering products that are supported through their lifecycles with upgrades that result from recent technological developments.   Breathwit Marine Contractors installed

Horizon Shipbuilding Delivers Third 80’ Towboat to FMT

Travis R. Short of Horizon Shipbuilding with Jeff Brumfield of FMT in front of newbuild M/V Michael Akiu #86  (Photo: Horizon Shipbuilding)

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. announced it has delivered another 80-foot inland river towboat, the M/V Michael Akiu #86, to Florida Marine Transporters. Inc. (FMT) of Mandeville, La.   The 2,100 horsepower M/V Michael Akiu #86 is the final vessel for FMT as part of a order for three 80’

Eastern Shipbuilding Delivers Rena Marie

MV RENA MARIE (Hull 191)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. delivered the M/V Rena Marie (Hull 191), the 61st 90-foot inland towboat to Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. (FMT) of Mandeville, La., continuing its ongoing new build program. Florida Marine Transporters, Inc

One More Z-Drive on the Job for EMS

Photo courtesy of Cummins

Enterprise Mariner Services, LLC (EMS) operates with the motto “Safe, Efficient, Reliable”. With the addition of their eighth Z-drive towboat and the fourth from Sneed Shipbuilding, the goal of maintaining that excellence is ever more assured.  

New Towboat Honors Structural Engineer

Rex Dobson breaking the traditional bottle over his namesake (Photo: New Generation Shipbuilding)

Joe Gregory, owner of New Generation Shipbulding of Houma, La., reports that his firm’s latest delivery will join the La Porte Texas-based Martin Marine fleet of 29 inland push boats and 54 inland marine tank barges. Martin also operates four offshore tug/barge units.  

Fourth Z-drive Towboat from Master Marine

St. Peter (Photo: Master Marine)

The Z-drive revolution on the U.S. Inland Waterways continues with a new delivery from Master Marine In August, Marquette Transportation Co. took delivery of a new 2,000-hp Z-drive towboat from Master Marine, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Alabama. The 78 x 34 x 11 ft.  St

Eastern to Build 4 Towboats for IWL River

Image: ESG

IWL River, Inc., a Impala Terminals Colombia affiliate, and Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) on May 20, 2015 signed a contract for the construction of four 134-foot ABS Classed Inland River, Triple Screw Towboats each with a Retractable Pilothouse (ESG Hulls 243-246)

AWO Working Hard for the Domestic Workboat Market

Higman Barges by Capt. Darren Istre

The year 2015 has been a busy year for The American Waterways Operators, the national trade association for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, and for the industry AWO is privileged to represent. It’s a dynamic time for a vital industry that constitutes the largest segment of the U.S

Sunken Towboat Lifted from Neches River

USCG photo

A towboat that sank in Texas' Neches River August 21, and caused a temporary closure of the waterway, was lifted out of the water Wednesday Evening. T&T Marine, a contractor hired by the towboat company, refloated and towed the vessel Louise to Bolivar Barge Cleaning Service

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