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CITY OF CLEVELAND

Ground Broken on New Shipyard

As part of its continuing plans for diversification and expansion The Great Lakes Towing Company, a 106-year old tug company, now a multi-faceted marine transportation and ship and boat repair business, will construct a new $3,500,000 headquarters building and state-of-the-art shipyard complex on its present 6-acre deep waterfront property in the Old River Channel of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio. Located at the foot of West 45th Street on Division Avenue, the new facilities will incorporate fabrication, welding and diesel shops to include new technologies. The 40’-high fabrication building will be equipped with a 10-ton overhead crane that will travel the entire 150’ length of the building, and its 30’ high by 40’ hanger door will permit indoor barge and tug construction and repairs. Major new yard equipment includes a specially designed service truck outfitted as a “mini-shipyard” complete with welding equipment, compressed air, generator, and a crane which is ideal for off-site vessel repairs. With completion of the office and fabrication buildings, and the construction of new dock bulkheading, including an excavated boat slip in the spring of 2006, follow-on plans call for the installation of a 500-ton travel lift to complement the Company’s drydock and to permit simultaneous repair of multiple boats and barges expanding its vessel repair and marina service capabilities.


Kvaerner To Sell Cleveland Bridge Unit

Kvaerner ASA will reportedly sell its Cleveland Bridge construction unit to the current leaders of the unit, a move that represents a probable accounting loss, but one within provisions made in the first quarter of 1999, when Kvaerner began a sweeping restructuring. Kvaerner has reportedly signed a letter of intent with the leadership of Cleveland Bridge to sell them the unit with financial backing from Bank of Scotland. A final agreement is expected to be ready by the end of the year


Cleveland Waterways Management Conference

The US Coast Guard stated that it and the Great Lakes Regional Waterways Management Forum will sponsor a waterways management conference in Cleveland on September 27 and 28. The first day of the conference will focus on ballast water management. The second day will be devoted to developing navigation technology. Source: HK Law


Eye on the Fleet – LCS Freedom

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On Nov. 13, the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) sailed toward the Cleveland Municipal Pier for a scheduled port visiting Cleveland, Ohio. Freedom will make other port calls as the ship continues to Naval Amphibious Bass Little Creek, Va. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 3rd Class Specialist Kenneth R. Hendrix. (Source: Navy News Service)


Two Million Pound Machine Bound for Germany

On October 17, the Port of Cleveland exported a two million pound machine manufactured by an Ohio company to Bremen, Germany for use in ArcelorMittal’s plant there. Butech Bliss, a 150-year-old company based in Salem, manufactures heavy equipment for the metals processing industry. For over a year, the company’s 230 employees have been working to manufacture the shear for ArcelorMittal, the largest steel producer in the world


Great Lakes Shipyard Completes Winter Work

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Great Lakes Shipyard announced winter layup season is wrapping up at the yard after completing repair work on the following vessels: American Steamship Company’s M/V Sam Laud Grand River Navigation’s Manitowoc Interlake Steamship Company’s articulated tug-barge Dorothy Ann and Pathfinder McKeil Marine’s tug Leonard M and barge Huron Spirit Ryba Marine’s tug Kathy Lynn


Duramax Marine Establishes New Facility

Duramax Marine has opened its new plant in Hiram, Ohio, located approximately 40 miles south east of Cleveland. Consisting of approximately 65,000 sq. ft. of factory and office space, the facility will streamline the company's manufacturing operations by consolidating production and administration into one centralized location.


Pedestal Crane Barge for New York Power Authority

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When the wicked winter weather begins to blow off Lake Erie, a shipbuilder and a crane company in Cleveland, Ohio, and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) will be glad they cooperatively commissioned and built a barge-mounted pedestal crane for the Lake Erie-Niagara River Ice Boom Operations in Buffalo, N.Y., to help reduce potential damage to hydroelectric power plants caused by Lake Erie’s inevitable ice. Building the Pedestal Crane Barge


U.S. Awards $1 Million to Great Lakes Towing

Cleveland - The U.S. Maritime Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation announced  that it had awarded a $1,068,474 grant from the Small Shipyard Grant Program to The Great Lakes Towing Company and its Shipyard in Cleveland, Ohio. The grant from the Maritime Administration will provide Great Lakes Shipyard, which is operated by The Great Lakes Towing Company, with funds to enhance lighting and purchase a burn table, a scissor lift, welding equipment, scaffolding, air skids


The Great Lakes Towing Company Completes Contract

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The Great Lakes Towing Company has completed a contract with American International Line to deliver six FRP tanks to Alpena, Michigan.    The tanks were shipped aboard the M/V Copenhagen which sailed from India.  The vessel arrived at the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority Dock on Tuesday, October 23.  It was there that the tanks were then loaded onto a barge.  The Great Lakes Towing Company tug OHIO towed the barge from Cleveland, Ohio to Alpena


Fire Aboard US Warship Transiting Atlantic Ocean

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U.S. Fleet Forces Command inform that a fire broke out aboard 'USS Hue City' (CG 66) as the ship was transiting the Atlantic.
 Hue City had departed Mayport, Fla. Friday, April 11, for deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility.


Coast Guard Battles 24-inch Plate Ice

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Coast Guard Cutters Morro Bay and Katmai Bay, homeported in Cleveland and Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., conducted ice breaking operations in Marquette, Mich., Sunday. The harbor breakout operations commenced following a difficult and lengthy escort that started in Duluth, Minn


CA Port Seeks Public Feedback on Expansion

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The Port of San Diego apprises it is to host separate open house events for the public to provide feedback on its long-range vision and 'Integrated Port Master Plan Update' process. The Port of San Diego, the fourth largest in California, is in the midst of developing a 50-year Vision Plan as


Ice Hurts March’s Lakes Ore Shipments

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Massive, thick ice formations on the Great Lakes limited iron ore shipments in March to 1.1 million tons, a decrease of 43 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) said in a news release. Shipments from U.S. Great Lakes ports fell even more, 52 percent.


CG Cutter Morro Bay out for Repairs

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The Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay, a 140-foot icebreaking tug homeported in Cleveland but currently moored in Duluth, is scheduled to undergo an in-water repair Sunday and Monday. The Morro Bay suffered a rudder casualty while conducting icebreaking operations in Thunder Bay, Ontario, March 27


Port of Cleveland’s Express Service Underway

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With the departure of the vessel Fortunagracht out of Antwerp, Belgium over the weekend, the Cleveland-Europe Express service between the Cleveland Harbor and Europe via the Saint Lawrence Seaway has officially launched. The vessel is loaded with breakbulk and containerized cargo and is set to


Chile Miner to Reopen Patache Port after Quake

Chilean copper miner Collahuasi said on Tuesday that it has received authorization to reactivate its Patache port in the country's north following a massive 8.2 magnitude earthquake and tsunami last week. "We just received authorization and a ship has already entered the port to load


Xiamen to forge itself as model for marine construction

 According to a new plan released by the municipal Marine & Fisheries Bureau, Xiamen will power ahead with its blueprint to build itself into a model city for marine construction in the future.    Based on the plan, Xiamen is expected to build itself into a city with an


Ice Blockade Halves March Lakes Shipping

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Ice formations, the likes of which have not been seen in decades, severely limited cargo movement in U.S.-flag vessels on the Great Lakes in March. Shipments of iron ore, coal and cement in “lakers” totaled 980,000 tons, a decrease of 55 percent compared to a year ago


Transas Simulator for City of Glasgow College

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On March 14, Transas Marine and City of Glasgow College signed a contract to supply a simulation complex. The simulation center in the Riverside campus which is under construction, will be one of the largest, the most up to date and most technically advanced simulation suite in the U.K


US Coast Guard District Chief of Staff Retires

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With over 30 years service under his belt, Capt. John Bingaman has retired following a ceremony held at Bay Presbyterian Church in Bay Village, Ohio. Capt. Bingaman, who grew up in Greensboro, N.C., oversaw 6,000 Coast Guard active duty, reserve


New dredging contract for Van Oord in Indonesia

 Van Oord has been awarded a contract for dredging and maintenance work for the western access channel to the port of Surabaya    in Indonesia. The client is Indonesian port company PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (Persero). The contract is worth over EUR 50   


Man Medevaced from Fishing Boat off Lewes, Del.

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The U.S. Coast Guard announced it medevaced a 49-year-old man at approximately 8 a.m. Monday from a fishing boat about 50 miles offshore from Lewes, Del. A crewmember aboard the fishing vessel Mary Elizabeth alerted Coast Guard watchstanders of an ailing crewmember who was in need of immediate


Valparaiso Port Partially Operative after Fire

The port at Chile’s Valparaiso is operating and terminals working, albeit at a slower than usual pace, despite the effects of the fire which swept through part of the city at the weekend, GAC said in its daily Hot Port News report. Strong Pacific coast winds fanned the flames which spread


Port New Orleans Unveils New Logo

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The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans unveiled a new modern, streamlined logo today to kick-off the 6th annual Critical Commodities Conference. The rebranding effort represents the culmination of work of an internal committee consisting of staff from a variety of port


 
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