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New Cat 3412E Offers More Power

Caterpillar's Engine Products Division offers a new totally electronic 3412E marine diesel engine with ratings from 530-1,400 bhp for commercial marine application. When compared to previous Cat 3412C engines, the 3412E has more horsepower, improved emissions control and dramatically enhanced midrange performance, with faster acceleration, more available power and torque and improved cruising characteristics. Superior reserve power allows the engine to respond quickly to increased load caused by adverse conditions such as swift currents, loaded nets and hard turns. Test engines rated 624 bhp at 1,800 rpm have shown excellent results in two 70 ft. (21.3 m) twin-screw inland waterway tow boats. Compared to previous performance with 600 bhp two-cycle engines, Tabor Marine's Becky Ann is making better trip times. On a hard shove in strong current, the vessel is now able to maintain speed where she used to bog down. Canton Marine's Sir Randy J, previously powered by Cat 3412Cs rated 425 bhp at 1,200 rpm, is now running faster with better fuel mileage. More power, better handling characteristics, less smoke and access to accurate fuel use and engine operating information were all cited as improvements. There was also no increase in vibration despite increased engine speed. The 3412E uses the same strong 27-liter displacement, 12 cylinder vee, four-stroke-cycle diesel configuration as the popular 3412C

New Cat 3412E Offers More Power

Caterpillar's Engine Products Division offers worldwide availability of a new totally electronic 3412E marine diesel engine with ratings from 530-1,400 bhp for commercial marine application. When compared to previous Cat 3412C engines, the 3412E has more horsepower, improved emissions control and dramatically enhanced midrange performance, with faster acceleration, more available power and torque and improved cruising characteristics

High Water Forces Lock Closures

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will close additional locks on the upper Mississippi River north of St. Louis beginning on Monday (April 23) due to rising water levels, Army Corps officials said. Lock 22 near Hannibal, Mo., about 150 miles north of St. Louis, was scheduled to close on Monday afternoon and Lock 21 near Quincy, Ill., will close on Tuesday. The Army Corps had closed Lock 20 at Canton, Mo., over the weekend but was keeping Lock 19 near Keokuk, Ia., open for local traffic

This Day in Naval History - Nov. 20

From the Navy News Service 1856 - Cdmr. Andrew H. Foote lands at Canton, China, with 287 Sailors and Marines to stop attacks by Chinese on U.S. military and civilians. 1917 - USS Kanawha (AO 1), Noma and Wakiva sink German sub off France. 1933 - Navy crew (Lt. Cmdr. Thomas G. W. Settle and Maj. Chester I. Fordney, USMC) sets a world altitude record in a balloon (62,237 ft.) in flight into stratosphere. 1943 - Operation Galvanic, under command of Vice Adm

Sieczka Joins Sea Tow

Michael J. Siecka recently joined Sea tow Services International as the Western Region corporate representative. He will coordinate Sea Tow activities in an effort to improve and expand Sea Tow’s presence on the west coast. He will be responsible for the recruitment of new franchisees, marketing and the development of relationships with marine retailers, boat dealers, marinas, trade associations and government agencies.

Seabulk Towing Appoints Rogers as Senior Vice President of Marketing

Seabulk Towing, Inc., the Tampa-based subsidiary of Seabulk International, announced the appointment of Kenneth M. Rogers to the new position of Senior Vice President of Marketing. Rogers will be responsible for Seabulk Towing's overall marketing program and the coordination of customer initiatives for each of Seabulk Towing's divisions including Port Everglades Towing, Port Canaveral Towing, Tampa Bay Towing, Mobile Bay Towing, Seabulk Towing Services-Port Arthur, and

This Day in Navy History

Nov. 16: 1776 - First salute to an American flag (Grand Union flag) flying from Continental Navy ship Andrew Doria, by Dutch fort at St. Eustatius, West Indies. 1856 - Barrier Forts reduction began at Canton China. 1942 - Navy's first Night Fighter squadron (VMF(N)-531) established at Cherry Point, N.C. 1963 - President John F. Kennedy on USS Observation Island (AG 154) witnesses launch of Polaris A-2 missile by USS Andrew Jackson (SSBN-619).

Sea Tow Is Named Marinalife’s Official Towing Partner

Members of both organizations to receive exclusive benefits from the relationship Southold, N.Y., August 11, 2011 – Sea Tow Services International, Inc., the nation’s leading marine assistance provider, announces a new partnership with Marinalife, the first and only company to provide an extensive online directory of marina information and boating resources, as well as easy-to-use reservations and travel tools.

Semi-submersible Towed from Egypt to Rotterdam by Fairmount Tug

Tug Fairmount Expedition: Photo credit Fairmount

Tug 'Fairmount Expedition' safely delivers 27 year-old rig 'Scarabeo 6' after 3,290 mile tow to Rotterdam  Fairmount Marine’s tug Fairmount Expedition has delivered the semi- submersible drilling rig Scarabeo 6 safely in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, for her dry-dock period at shipyard Keppel-Verolme. The 27 year old Scarabeo 6, owned by Italian offshore company Saipem, was towed from offshore Abu Qir, Egypt, towards Rotterdam over a distance of 3,290 miles.

Eastern Delivers MPFSV to Harvey Gulf

Harvey Stone (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has delivered the M/V Harvey Stone on August 29, 2016 for Harvey Gulf International Marine, LLC of New Orleans.   The Harvey Stone, Eastern Hull 234, is a Rampage 6400 Multi-Purpose Field Support Vessel (MPFSV), designed by Robert Allan, LTD (RAL) of Vancouver, B.C.   Eastern is also completing the Harvey Sub-Sea and the Harvey Blue-Sea, two MPSVs under construction at Eastern, from a design provided by VARD Marine

Lind Marine Acquires Moose Boats

Photo: Moose Boats

Lind Marine, a Petaluma, Calif. dredging contractor which provides tug and barge services throughout the San Francisco Bay area, has acquired Moose Boats, an aluminum commercial boat building company.   Lind Marine currently operates a five-acre shipyard including a 430ft dry-dock and 1

Global Achieves 10,000 Dives on a Single Project

Photo: Global Diving & Salvage

Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. has surpassed the 10,000 dives on a single project at Olmsted Locks & Dam in Illinois. Tom Cameron, a long-time diver with Global, performed the 10,000th dive.   Wade Miller, Marine Construction Manager with AECOM for the Olmsted Dam Project, said

Towing Industry Safety: AWO & USCG Joint Analysis … By the Numbers

Source: USCG

For 16 years, the National Quality Steering Committee has used three measures to track overall trends in safety and environmental protection. While not all-encompassing, the measures are considered to be useful indicators of towing industry trends. The measures are:

Smith Berger Tow Pins Lead the Way

Smith Berger Marine, Inc. said it has been selected by Edison Chouest Offshore to design and manufacture the Tow Pin Stern Roller units required on its nine new vessels, including five escort tugs and four docking tugs.   Edison Chouest is building the new tugs in order to execute a 10-year

New Tractor Tug for Jones Marine Group

The David J just off the Sylte Shipyard on the Fraser River (Photo courtesy of Haig-Brown/Cummins)

Steady, smooth, powerful, highly maneuverable: these were comments from mariners on board for sea trials of Jones Marine Group’s new tractor tug, David J. The new workboat was put through its paces in fine form. The boat is an A.G. McIlwain-designed 53 by 26

Louisiana Cat: A ‘Gold Level’ Cat Propulsion Dealer

Erika Hamrick, Cat Marine Regional Sales Manager Americas (left), officially recognizes Robert “Bobby” Webb, CEO at Louisiana Cat, as the first Cat Propulsion Dealer in the Americas (center). Also pictured is Mike Jennings, General Manager (right). (Photo: Louisiana Cat)

Erika Hamrick, Cat Marine Regional Sales Manager Americas officially recognizes Robert “Bobby” Webb, CEO at Louisiana Cat as the first Cat Propulsion Dealer in the Americas (left) Official document signing at the Reserve, La headquarters by Erika Hamrick and Bobby Webb

Vane Brothers’ New Tug Baltimore Enters Service

Baltimore (Photo: Vane Brothers)

Vane Brothers said it has taken delivery of its newest tugboat, Baltimore, named for the city in which the marine transportation provider is headquartered.   The Baltimore is the third of eight vessels in Vane’s Elizabeth Anne Class of 4,200-horsepower tugboats contracted through St

Subchapter M: Post Publication Highlights

Photo: AWO

An extra T in TSMS, nowhere left to hide from systems documentation, and an emphasis on continuous improvement.      Back in January of this year, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) predicted Subchapter M would be released in spring 2016

The Advent of Subchapter M

Ian McVicker

A primer: the new rule and guidance for operators as they search for the right mix of compliance options to meet their specific and unique needs.      For several years, the towing vessel industry has been waiting for final publication of the U.S

Foss Maritime: Hard at Work in the Arctic

Glacier Wind in Cook Inlet (Image courtesy of Foss Maritime)

As the oil industry awaits a much-needed rebound, Foss Maritime’s robust presence in the Arctic region underscores its commitment to the region, the environment, and a business plan that looks ahead to the next chapter.   Reports of the death of commercial Arctic activities have been

Torched Containership Returned to its Owners

The containership CCNI Arauco caught fire in the aft container hold on September 1. After four intense weeks, Ardent safely returned the vessel to the owners. Ardent discharged the damaged containers out of the vessels cargo hold. These containers were declared as dangerous waste and required special treatment. (Photo: Feuerwehr Hamburg)

Container vessel CCNI Arauco has been returned to its owners after a fire broke out in its aft container hold on September 1.   Ardent emergency response crews worked with local firefighters to extinguish the fire. Other experts from Ardent contained the situation with local authorities and

Palfinger Wins Deck Equipment Package

Illustration of Havyard 832 MPV, where Palfinger Marine will deliver and extensive deck equipment package of cranes, winches and offshore equipment. (Copyright: Palfinger Marine GmbH, Havyard Group)

Palfinger Marine signed a contract with Turkish shipyard Cemre to supply a deck equipment package to a Havyard 832 MPV vessel being built for Esvagt. The package from Palfinger consists of cranes, winches and offshore equipment. The MPV will measure 81.9 x 17.16 m, with a  deck area of 620 sq

Horizon Flips First Hull for McAllister

Photo: Horizon Shipbuilding

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. of Bayou La Batre, Ala. said it has reached milestone in its contract with McAllister Towing.    The Capt. Brian A. McAllister, the first of up to four hulls, has been flipped and set on the shipbuilding ways

Master Marine Delivers Z-Drive Tug to Marquette

St. Simon (Photo: Master Marine)

Marquette Transportation Co. has taken delivery of a new 2,000-hp Z-drive towboat from Master Marine, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Ala.   The 78'x 34’x11' St. Simon was designed by Entech Designs, La. for Marquette’s river division, based in Paducah, Ky.  

Tug Allision Causes Diesel Spill in Texas

 U.S. Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi and the Texas General Land Office are responding to an oil spill at mile marker 667 on the Intracoastal Waterway near Port Isabel, Wednesday.   Watchstanders at Sector Corpus Christi received a report that the uninspected towing vessel Capt

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