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Canal Barge Order for FirstWave/Newpark

FirstWave/Newpark Shipbuilding has been awarded a contract by Canal Barge Company, Inc. of New Orleans, La. for the construction of 10 double skin tank barges. All 10 barges are scheduled for delivery in 1999.

Coast Guard-AWO Vessel Rider Program Kicks Off Second Year

Cadet Joel Amendolara at McAllister’s Yard in Staten Island, alongside the bow of the tug RESOLUTE. Cadet Amendolara was aboard the tug for ten days.

For the second consecutive year, cadets from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy are spending time on board tugboats and towboats this summer as part of a program under the auspices of the Coast Guard-American Waterways Operators (AWO) Safety Partnership. The Coast Guard Academy Cadet Towing Vessel Rider Program was established in February 2012 to educate cadets on the tugboat, towboat and barge industry through a week or more of shoreside and onboard training.

Towboat Delivered by Horizon Shipbuilding

A Towboat Under Construction: Photo credit Horizon Shipbuilding

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, AL, has delivered the second in a series of 74’ Towboats to Canal Barge Company, Inc. of New Orleans, LA. The Susan J Gundlach is 74’ long with a 32’6” beam and an 8’6” draft. Designed by Marine Design, Inc. of Gulf Breeze, Florida, the vessel is capable of pushing  fully loaded fuel barges at 10 knots. Its 2000 horsepower is provided by Cummins K38M

NWF Elects New Officers, Trustees

The National Waterways Foundation elected new officers and trustees at its recent meeting on October 3, 2007 in Houston, TX. Newly elected Foundation officers are Peter Stephaich, Chairman, Campbell Transportation Co., Chairman, succeeding Joe Pyne, President/CEO, Kirby Corporation, and Terry Becker, President, Riverway Co., Treasurer. R. Barry Palmer, WCI, President and CEO, was re-elected as Secretary. Re-elected as Foundation trustees were Craig E

Security Seminar Series a Success

"An excellent and useful presentation. The program provided the high level information I needed to further my understanding of the new security regulations as they are currently written," said Tom Smith, VP Human Resources, QI & CSO, Canal Barge Company, Inc. Mr. Smith's comments were taken following the first of a series of seminars designed to explain the new Coast Guard Maritime Security regulations, published July 01, 2003, which was held at the New Orleans Airport Hilton Hotel on Tuesday

Mersey Maritime Provides Skills Link

A skills-link provided by Mersey Maritime through an initiative called Workforce Development, which is funded by the Learning Skills Council, Greater Merseyside, has helped to forge vital partnerships between local businesses and education and training providers. It is enabling companies to up-skill their workforce and has already seen one maritime company move into new areas of production. Fifty six SME's (small and medium enterprises) in the region who were

Horizon Shipbuilding Delivers Two Towboats

M/V Eugenie J Huger

Both Milestones Met In Same Week.   Horizon Shipbuilding has delivered the fourth in a series of 120’ Towboats to Florida Marine Transporters of Mandeville, LA. The M/V Dale Artigue joins her sister ships, M/V’s Capt. W. D. Nunley, Capt. Kirby Dupuis and Brees in pushing cargoes throughout the inland waterways of the United States.   “Like the other towboats we have built, the Artigue adds to FMT’s stable of workhorses,” said Ben Forrest

GPA Designs Barges for Panama Canal Authority

In 2010, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering firm Guido Perla & Associates, Inc. (GPA) was awarded a project to deliver design and engineering services for five barges owned by the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) as a result of a contract signed between ACP and Servicios Industriales de la Marina (SIMA) PERU S.A.    The barges will support the enlargement project of the Panama Canal, allowing for a greater number of transits and the ability to handle larger ships

Cargo Removal Ops Begin on Sunken Barge

CHICAGO, IL – The process of removing the Clarified Slurry Oil that remains on board the EMC423 barge has commenced today. This operation will be closely monitored by the Coast Guard and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that it is safe, efficient, and will not result in further pollution. While this lightering operation is underway, the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal will be closed to all vessel traffic between the Cicero Avenue Bridge and Chicago Belt Railway

GE & Partners Commission New Tugboat Fleet for Panama Canal

GE Marine, a unit of GE Transportation, and the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced the start of the commissioning of 13 tugboats for use in the Panama Canal. The 26-engine order represents the largest in the history of GE Marine. The sale of the 12-cylinder V228 engines through GE's engine distributor Marinsa was finalized in October 2008. The vessels are being built by Cheoy Lee Shipyards of Hong Kong, the first of which arrived in Panama last week; all of the ships are scheduled to

Becker Marine, Kotug Sign MOU for LNG Hybrid Barge

From left to right: Ard-Jan Kooren (KOTUG), Dirk Lehmann (Becker Marine Systems) and Arjan Stavast (Shell Downstream LNG)

Press release - Becker Marine Systems and KOTUG signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch a LNG Hybrid Barge in the Port of Rotterdam with effect from June 2017. The LNG Hybrid Barge, a floating energy plant, is designed to provide environmentally friendly power for ships in ports

DP World Plans Big for the Panama Canal

Image: DP World

 DP World is expanding its container terminal at Port of Caucedo following the expansion of the Panama Canal to accommodate larger container ships, reports ASC.   DP World will increase the capacity of the port to 2.5-million TEU and started work to increase the depth of the quay wall

Panama Canal Facing Transit Backlog

Panama Canal

  The Panama Canal continues to experience an increase in transit backlog due to recent locks maintenance work, coupled with high arrivals during the last week of September. In response to this situation, scheduled non-critical maintenance work was postponed and additional crews have been

Sacyr Says Will Deliver Panama Canal expansion on Time

Photo credit: Laestrella

 The consortium in charge of the expansion of the Panama Canal, led by Sacyr reported that the fissures presented in the third set of locks will not delay the opening date scheduled for April 2016.   The Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC)

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

Insufficient Steel Found in Panama Canal Locks Sill

Photo: ACP

The seepage found in the Panama Canal’s third set of locks is said to be the result of an inadequate amount of steel reinforcement, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced today.   ACP said it was informed by the contractor responsible for the design and construction of the

Nicaragua Canal Project Fraught with Risks

Nicaragua's planned $50 billion canal project is "fraught with risks and uncertainties," and could cause more harm than good unless the government and its Chinese builder fund a host of mitigation measures, an environmental consultancy said.  

Seaspan Unveils Massive Barge in Canada

Seaspan 252 (Photo: Paul Hilder)

Seaspan bulks up investment in BC’s marine sector, celebrates addition of fourth new barge in the past 10 months  Seaspan Marine unveiled the newest addition to its marine fleet, a 16,000-metric-ton barge named Seaspan 252, during an official commissioning ceremony at Seaspan’s

Panama Canal's Cruise Season from October 3

Cruise season Photo Courtesy Panama Canal Authorities

The Panama Canal cruise ship season 2015-2016 will officially begin on October 3 with the transit of Costa Luminosa, on a voyage from Italy around the world. “Approximately 220 cruise ships are expected to transit through the Panama Canal during this season that spans from October 2015 to

Sleep Apnea

Dennis Bryant

On June 23, 1995, the cruise ship Star Princess, carrying 1,568 passengers and 639 crew, grounded on charted and marked Poundstone Rock in the Lynn Canal of Alaska. Although there were no deaths or injuries, the ship’s bottom was ripped open. Repairs cost $21.16 million

Will Opening of Expanded Panama Canal Be Delayed?

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

 Though cracks were detected in the concrete walls of one of the locks of the newly expanded Panama Canal last month, the  Panama Canal Authority (ACP) is maintaining an April 2016 start date for the revamped inter-oceanic waterway, reports Fox News.  

VFD Controlled Pumps Help Keep Barges Afloat

Photo: Invertek Drives

Optidrive E3 variable frequency drives (VFDs) from Invertek Drives have completely automated the control of pumps used to fill and empty ballast tanks on board commercial barges in the Netherlands.   As well as a faster and more reliable filling and emptying process

Pressure on Earnings in Container Shipping Industry

Photo: Maersk Line

 The low demand on the high volume trade lanes is surely increasing the pressure on earnings which is already felt in the container shipping industry.   This was one of the views that, BIMCO’s Chief Shipping Analyst, Peter Sand shared with the participants at the Maritime Cyprus

336 Ships Transited Suez Canal Last Week

Photo: Suez Canal Authority

 A total 336 ships transited the canal last week, carrying a total cargo of 19.5m tonnes, reports Daily News Egypt quoting new data from the Suez Canal.   The average number of ships transiting the canal daily reached 48 throughout last week, with average cargos amounting to 2

Low Containership Demand: A Manageable Challenge?

Photo: Maersk Line

Is the lack of demand for containerships a manageable challenge?   The low demand on the high volume trade lanes is increasing the pressure on earnings which is already felt in the container shipping industry, says shipping association BIMCO.  

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