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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


AWO Congratulates Johnson on Confirmation as Homeland Security Secretary

The American Waterways Operators, a 350-member trade association representing the country’s tugboat, towboat and barge industry, offered its congratulations to Jeh Johnson on his successful confirmation as President Obama’s Department of Homeland Security Secretary.


Eastern Delivers Towboat Newbuild

Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. is pleased to announce the delivery of the M/V Capt. Troy J. Hotard (Hull 186) to Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. of Mandeville, La. On Tuesday, February 4, 2014 the 56th Inland Towboat constructed by Eastern Shipbuilding was delivered to Florida Marine.


Coast Guard Marine Safety Center Visits Shearer Group

Pictured above are, from left to right, Mike Capitain, Naval Architect, Cdr. Gooding, Jackie Ellis, Designer, Capt.. Nadeau, Ed Shearer, Principal Naval Architect, Christian Olavesen, Naval Architect and Ron Sikora, Senior Designer. Not pictured was Joshua Sebastian, Engineering Manager and Jo Ann Pitzer, Office manager.

Capt. John Nadeau, Commanding Officer, and Cdr. Peter Gooding, Chief, Engineering Division, with the Coast Guard Marine Safety Center visited The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) at their offices in Seabrook, Texas. It was a cordial visit to discuss new options to improve, review and approve submittals


Continental Refining Expands Diesel Offering

Photo: Continental Refining Company

Continental Refining Company Now Processing Low Sulfur Marine Diesel T90-700 and Completes Upgrades to Receive Transmix for Finished 500ppm LM Diesel Fuel Production; CRC Expands with Two New Niche Market Product Offerings that Serve Marine Users and Help to Prevent Bottlenecks in the U.S


Horizon to Build USACE Towboat

M/V George Grugett, delivered to the U.S. Army Corps in August, 2013

Horizon shipbuilding, Inc. announced that it has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Little Rock District, to build the M/V Shorty Baird Replacement, a 95' Z-drive towboat. This is the latest of three recent USACE contracts, having delivered the M/V George Grugett


Horizon to Build 80-foot Tug for FMT

Travis Short, Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., and Jeff Brumfield, FMT

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. of Bayou La Batre, Ala. said it signed of a contract with long-time customer Florida Marine Transporters to build one 80’ towboat, with two option vessels. Horizon said that FMT has been a customer for nearly seven years


Fuel to be Removed from Sunken Boat in S.C.

The U.S. Coast Guard contracted the removal of any fuel or hazardous substances that may be aboard the 65-foot motor vessel Wanderer Monday, after the vessel sank in the Intracoastal Waterway at Osprey Marina in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Saturday morning.


It's Time for a Towing Vessel Inspection Rule

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Last month, I had the opportunity to testify before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation at a hearing that examined maritime regulations. In what must have been a change of pace for Subcommittee members


AWO Launches New Website

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The American Waterways Operators, the national trade association representing the U.S. tugboat, towboat and barge industry, announced today that it has launched a new website designed to increase public awareness and foster greater knowledge of the industry’s key contributions in the areas


New Yard Builds for Excellence

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In mid-October of 2013 Capt. Mark Duthu of Montgeut, Louisiana was proudly showing his family around his new command. The 72 by 30-foot pushboat MV Gunner was about to leave the New Generation Marine Shipbuilding on the Intracoastal Waterway near Houma, Louisiana


Tug Sinks Spills Oil Fuel, Upper Mississippi River Section Closed

The 144-foot towboat 'Stephen L. Colby
' struck a submerged object near LeClaire and sank. At the time of the sinking, nine crewmembers were aboard and all were able to make it to safety, reports the Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River.


Upper Mississippi River Reopens

Stephen L. Colby sank Monday after striking a submerged object on the Mississippi River in LeClaire, Iowa. Photo: Kevin E. Schmidt / AP

The Coast Guard captain of the port reopened the Mississippi River from mile marker 493 to mile marker 501 on the upper Mississippi River at approximately 6 p.m. Tuesday. The Coast Guard, Illinois EPA, Illinois DNR and local emergency crews continue to respond to oil discharge into the


Salvage Continues on Mississippi Despite Inclement Weather

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Mariana OLeary.

The U.S. Coast Guard reported that response crews continued work salvaging the partially submerged vessel, Stephen L. Colby, near LeClaire, Iowa despite stormy weather conditions. Crews have been working against deteriorating weather conditions for two days to ensure any spilled fuel is cleaned


Submerged Towboat Lifted in Iowa

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Mariana OLeary

Response crews commenced lifting operations of the 154-foot sunken towboat from the Mississippi River bank near LeClaire, Iowa, Monday. Stephen L. Colby salvage crews worked to cradle and dewater the vessel in an effort to remove extra weight while lifting the towboat


NC Ferry Runs Aground, Multiple Injuries Reported

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The U.S. Coast Guard and partner agencies are responding to a ferry grounding which reportedly caused multiple injuries after the Bald Head Island Ferry Adventure ran aground Tuesday in the vicinity of Battery Island near Southport, N.C. The crew of the Adventure, a 64-foot ferry


 
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