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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. So all locks from Canton north to Minnespolis, except Keokuk, were now closed to traffic due to high water. The latest lock closures are north of the confluence of the Illinois River, where barge traffic remains unaffected by the flood conditions on the upper Mississippi. On April 16, the Coast Guard closed a 403-mile stretch of the upper Mississippi from Muscatine, Ia., north to Minneapolis, to marine traffic, blocking all barge movements due to the high water. That move affected 300 barges and 50 tows north of Muscatine, mostly grain barges, officials said. There are no immediate plans to reopen the area, river officials said Monday. "The river was expected to stay closed -- the river is high in that section and not significantly receding," said U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Jeff Hall. The Mississippi River was forecast to crest in Davenport, Ia., near 22-ft. (6.7 m) late Tuesday, about 7 ft. (210 cm) above flood stage and close to the record 22.63 ft. (6.9 m) set in 1993. The U.S


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


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


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).


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


Chinese Shipyards Deliver Bulk Carriers

COSCO Corporation announce delivery of Capesize, Panamax bulk ships from Dalian & Zhoushan shipyards COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard Co., Ltd ("COSCO Dalian"), a subsidiary of the Company's 51% owned COSCO Shipyard Group Co., Ltd has delivered a  Capesize bulk carrier of 92,500 dwt, Ocean Emerald, to its Asian buyer. The delivery documents have been signed by COSCO Dalian and the buyer . The bulk carrier measures 229.165 meters in LOA, 37.996 meters in breadth and 20


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


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

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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.


Missouri River Basin is Booming

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Missouri River Basin Water Management Division is maintaining above normal releases at the four lower dams on the Missouri River. The excess water will allow the Corps to extend the navigation season and provide higher winter releases


Virtual AIS Beacons Employed in MH370 Search

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Vesper Marine, a manufacturer of marine safety products and virtual Aids to Navigation (ATON), announced that its Virtual AIS Beacons are employed in the search for lost Malaysian airliner MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean. The international search team is a closely coordinated effort between


VT Halter Begins Building LNG-powered ConRo Ships for Crowley

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VT Halter Marine, Inc., a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), has commenced construction on the first of two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, combination Container Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) vessels for Crowley following the signing of the contract


U.S. Shipbuilding: ESG Nabs Two Z-Drive Tug Contracts

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Eastern Shipbuilding (ESG) said that Suderman & Young Towing Company and Bay Houston Towing Company each exercised one additional Z-Drive Tug to be built at ESG.   This brings the total to six of the new Robert Allan, Ltd. Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs built at ESG's


Seaspan Shipyards Completes Repair Work on Historic Tug

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Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards announced today it has completed volunteer repair work on the Steam Tow Boat Master (SS Master) as part of its $50,000 donation to the SS Master Society.                             


USCG Rescues 4 Near Whittier, Alaska

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The Coast Guard rescued four hunters stranded in Blackstone Bay near Whittier Monday. A 45-foot response boat-medium crew from Station Valdez safely transported the men and towed their skiff to Whittier. Watchstanders at the Sector Anchorage command center recieved a report from the men that


Reducing Human Error & Near Miss Incidents

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We recently came across a very interesting report issued to Congress by the United States Coast Guard. The May 2012 study might seem dated, but that’s hardly the case. Actually, it’s a telling description of what can go wrong, why and perhaps


Marcon Sells 3,900BHP Tug Overseas

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Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington announced the sale of the 3,900BHP, U.S. flag twin screw tug Maria Brusco (ex-Ocean Service) from a U.S. owner to private overseas buyers for transfer to registry under foreign flag. The 127’ x 32’ x 14’ depth tug was


MacGregor Secures Deck Machinery Orders from Sinopacific

the main dimensions of SPA85L have been optimized to meet the complex conditions of the South China Seas

MacGregor has signed a new series of deck machinery orders for 12 vessels with the China-based Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group. This builds on a track-record of contracts that now stands at 150 shipsets of equipment successfully delivered and installed at Sinopacific yards


Z-Drive Towboats

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ZF Marine penetrates domestic inland waterway markets – enjoying good success with two U.S. majors. The prospects for an even brighter future hinge on the performance of its early entries. So far, so good.   It’s no secret that the domestic


Two Workboats Sinking Near Mobile Ship Channel

The U.S. Coast Guard said it is responding to two sunken vessels in Mobile Ship Channel north of Gaillard Island, Tuesday. Coast Guard Sector Mobile watchstanders received a call from the crew of the towing vessel, Miss Sammy Lee, reporting the sinking of two vessels


Crowley Christens New Ocean Class Tugboat

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Crowley christens new ocean class, DP2 tugboat, Ocean Sun, in Louisiana As part of the company's new vessel build program, Crowley Maritime Corp. christened the latest of its four tugboats in the ocean class series, Ocean Sun, today in Lake Charles


Bouchard Simulation Center Opens at SUNY Maritime

“You cannot be profitable in this industry unless you are safe. You cannot be safe unless you train,” said Morton S. Bouchard, III. (Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

SEPTEMBER 15, 2014, New York, NY – Today in New York Morton S. Bouchard, III and many local maritime dignitaries officially opened The Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. Tug & Barge Simulation Center on the campus of the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College.  


USCG Rescue Two from Their Diabled Sailboats

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  The Coast Guard rescued two people Friday after both of their sailboats became disabled approximately five miles west of the Chesapeake Bridge Tunnel near Hampton. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads received a call from Hampton Police dispatch at approximately 3:50 a.m


Simushir Under Tow by Barbara Foss

Simushir Under Tow By Barbara Foss

  Foss Maritime's ocean-going tug, the Barbara Foss, is towing the Russian cargo vessel, Simushir, which lost power late Thursday night off the west coast of Haida Gwaii. The Barbara Foss is currently traveling at 5.5 knots and is expected to arrive at the Port of Prince Rupert






 
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