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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

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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


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

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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


JonRie’s New Assist Winch for Bisso Towboat

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JonRie informs its new Series 230 Assist Winch has been commissioned on the new Bisso Towboat ASD Becky S.   The new JonRie Series 230 Ship Assist Winch is a new version of the Series 230 winches line. The winch features JonRie’s independent drive level wind


Plans in Place to Test Intermodal River Transport

Ken Canter

The Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority and Ingram Barge Company has announced plans to assess the viability of Intermodal River Transportation, utilizing the largest flat-top crane in North America owned by the Paducah Riverport Authority and Ingram’s towboats and barges.


Thunderbolt: Eastern Delivers Innovative Towboat

Twin electric V-Pod propulsion and diesel-electric technology combined. Image courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. introduced its new 120-ft., 4,200-hp Inland Towboat design, Thunderbolt, combining twin electric V-Pod propulsion and diesel-electric technology for what the builder calls its “vision of the future for the U.S. inland waterways.”


Spotlight on Intermodal River Transport

Photo: Ingram Barge Company

Ingram Barge Company’s towboat, the M/V Miss Shirley, arrived at America’s Central Port in Granite City, Illinois, transporting containers via barge as part of a demonstration to show the viability of intermodal river transportation.  


AWO Urges for Congressional Support

At the Annual Barge-In, members of the American Waterways Operators discuss economic, environmental and commercial issues with members of Congress. (Photo: American Waterways Operators)

Nation's Tugboat, Towboat and Barge Industry to Call on Congress: Urge Support for Vessel Discharge Reforms, American Jobs and Waterways Reliability   The American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national trade association representing the tugboat, towboat and barge industry


Towboat Delivered to Tidewater Transportation & Terminals

Crown Point (Photo courtesy of Tidewater Transportation & Terminals)

Tidewater Transportation & Terminals takes delivery of new towboat Crown Point from Vigor Industrial to be deployed in Tidewater’s Columbia and Snake River service mid-April   Tidewater Transportation and Terminals, headquartered in Vancouver, Washington


Eastern Delivers 60th Towboat to Florida Marine

M/V Bill Seymour (Photo courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc.)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. delivered the M/V Bill Seymour (Hull 190), the 60th 90’ Inland Towboat to Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. of Mandeville, La., continuing its ongoing newbuild program.   It was in early January 2015, when Florida Marine Transporters, Inc


Seattle to Host Spill Preparedness Conference

The U.S. Coast Guard and Washington Department of Ecology will host a spill preparedness conference May 20-21 at the Jackson Federal Building in Seattle.   The two-day seminar is an opportunity to discuss the latest in spill-recovery theory and technology


Ingram Barge’s Sehrt Elected AWO Chairman

David G. Sehrt, Senior Vice President and Chief Engineering Officer of Ingram Barge Company

The members of the American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national trade association representing the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, elected a new slate of leaders during its Spring Convention held recently in Washington, D.C.   


Horizon Delivers Second 80’ Towboat to FMT

Photo courtesy of Horizon Shipbuilding

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. announced the delivery of another 80’ Inland River Towboat, the M/V Chip Stiebing, to Florida Marine Transporters (FMT) of Mandeville, La. Delivered in March 2015, this is the second 80’ towboat of the three vessel contract with FMT.  


Tug Company Goes Full Steam with Cloud Computing

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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






 
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