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Eastern Shipbuilding Delivers Rena Marie

MV RENA MARIE (Hull 191)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. delivered the M/V Rena Marie (Hull 191), the 61st 90-foot inland towboat to Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. (FMT) of Mandeville, La., continuing its ongoing new build program. Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. signed an order for additional towboats earlier this year, bringing the total vessels contracted over the last 10 years to 65. Five of the most recent 90-foot inland towboat deliveries to FMT occurred over the past 12 months. Delivered July 9, 2015, Rena Marie was constructed at Eastern’s Allanton Facility from a design furnished by Gilbert Associates, Inc. of Boston, Mass.


FMT Orders Another Towboat from Eastern Shipbuilding

Eastern Shipbuilding Group Signs Option Contract for One Additional 90’ Inland with Towboat Florida Marine Transporters

  Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. is pleased to announce that Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. of Mandeville, LA exercised another additional 90’x32’x10’ “Canal Class” Inland Towboat to the six (6) vessel program currently under contract. In September 2014, Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. signed the 7th vessel and this additional towboat brings the total to sixty-two (62) vessels contracted


Horizon Delivers M/V Capt. Kirby Dupuis

Photo courtesy Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc.

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Ala., has delivered the M/V Capt. Kirby Dupuis to Florida Marine Transporters of Mandeville, La.  She joins her sister ship, the M/V Capt. W. D. Nunley in pushing cargoes throughout the inland waterways of the United States.   The M/V Capt. Kirby Dupuis, designed by John Gilbert, is a 120 ft long by 35 ft wide, 10 ft draft, towboat vessel that is four-decked and is outfitted for service in areas restricted to overhead clearances and draft


Horizon Delivers 140’ Towboat for FMT

Photo: Horizon Shipbuilding

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Alabama, has delivered the seventh 140’ towboat for Florida Marine Transporters (FMT). The vessel is named for FMT’s long-time Captain Phillip Box. The M/V Capt. Phillip Box was launched in April, 2014 at Horizon’s Bayou La Batre facility using its 600 metric ton TraveLift. This TraveLift is one of the largest on the Gulf Coast and allows for efficient launch of new vessels as well as quick repair projects.


Eastern Delivers 60th Towboat to Florida Marine

M/V Bill Seymour (Photo courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc.)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. delivered the M/V Bill Seymour (Hull 190), the 60th 90’ Inland Towboat to Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. of Mandeville, La., continuing its ongoing newbuild program.   It was in early January 2015, when Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. signed an additional towboat, bringing the total to 63 vessels contracted over the last 10 years. Five of the most recent 90’ inland towboat deliveries to Florida Marine occurred over the past twelve months


Horizon Delivers Second 80’ Towboat to FMT

Photo courtesy of Horizon Shipbuilding

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. announced the delivery of another 80’ Inland River Towboat, the M/V Chip Stiebing, to Florida Marine Transporters (FMT) of Mandeville, La. Delivered in March 2015, this is the second 80’ towboat of the three vessel contract with FMT.   Horizon, a Bayou La Batre, Alabama shipyard has delivered several 140’ and 120’ inland river towboats over the eight-year relationship with FMT


Tug Company to Pay Nearly $1M for Seagrass Damage

Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company of Oak Brook, Ilinois will pay nearly $1 million for damages to seagrass and other resources in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the Justice Department and the Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today. The $969,000 settlement reached on behalf of NOAA and the State of Florida is the largest ever obtained for damages to seagrass in the sanctuary


Awarded: $17.1m in U.S. Shipyard Grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration today announced $17.1 million in grants to 14 small shipyards in 10 states.  The grants are part of the Assistance to Small Shipyards program. “Small shipyards are vitally important for the health of the maritime industry, and for the nation’s economy,” said Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.  The purpose of the grants is to make capital and infrastructure improvements that facilitate the


My-Villages Relocates to South Florida

My-Villages, the company facilitating an online marine industry collaborative, announced it has moved from its former Alexandria, Va. headquarters to the Jupiter - Stuart, Fla. area to be situated directly within the largest U.S. boating market and major marine industry hub. “With the number of Florida-based marine businesses joining us in the past few months, it made sense to be closer to our partners,” My-Villages CEO and Founder Kevin Hutchinson said.


CHIC Cranes for Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex

Zvezda Far East Shipyard and Nantong COSCO Heavy Industry Co.,Ltd(CHIC) have signed a contract for the supply of 9 cranes for Zvezda shipyard in the presence of Igor Sechin, Rosneft Chairman,  Management Board Photo Rosneft

Contracts for unique equipment supplies were awarded during the visit of Rosneft Chairman of the Management Board Igor Sechin to China. Zvezda Far East Shipyard and Nantong COSCO Heavy Industry Co.,Ltd(CHIC) have signed a contract for the supply of 9 cranes for Zvezda shipyard in the presence of Igor Sechin, Rosneft Chairman of the Management Board. The document was signed by Evgeny Kraynov, Zvezda Project Leader and Zhao Zengshan, General Manager of Nantong COSCO Heavy Industry Co. Ltd.


MARAD Grants $4.9 Million for US Shipyards

Photo: Chesapeake Shipbuilding

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) today awarded $4.9 million in grants to support capital improvements at nine small shipyards located throughout the United States. Provided through the Small Shipyard Grant Program


This Day In Naval History: April 21

Cover of the Commissioning program, April 21 2001 at Tampa, Fla.

1861 - Sloop-of-War Saratoga, commanded by Alfred Taylor, captures Nightingale, a clipper slaver, at the mouth of the Congo River at Cabinda, Angola, with 961 slaves on board. 1898 - President William McKinley orders the Navy to begin a blockade of Cuba and Spain


Metal Shark Awarded MARAD Grant

Photo: Metal Shark

Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has been awarded a small shipyard grant by the United States Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD). Metal Shark was one of nine shipyards selected for an award from a field of 118 applicants.  


Fugitives Rescued by Disney Cruise Ship in Waters near Cuba

Disney Fantasy cruise ship. Photo: Disney Cruise Line

 The Disney Fantasy, a cruise ship owned and operated by Disney Cruise Line, part of The Walt Disney Company,  rescued three people clinging to a capsized boat near Cuba late last week who turned out to be fugitives.   The three were rescued by the Disney cruise liner and turned


Offshore Wind: Seajacks Scylla Ready to Roll

Seajacks Scylla, the largest and most advanced windfarm installation jack-up ever built. (Photo: Gibdock)

Gibdock was selected for the afloat mobilization of Seajacks Scylla, the largest and most advanced windfarm installation jack-up ever built.   Following delivery to Seajacks by Samsung Heavy Industries at the end of 2015, Scylla was discharged to Gibraltar waters from the heavylift


AAM to Construct USACE Survey Catamaran

Photo: USACE

All American Marine, Inc. (AAM) was recently awarded a contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for the design and construction of a new hydrofoil supported aluminum catamaran survey vessel.    The vessel will primarily perform survey missions and some dive operations in


Lindsay Blee Expands into the Americas

Lindsay Blee’s new U.S. office in Florida will serve North, Central and South America   Independent international bunker broker Lindsay Blee announced that it is expanding its brokering operations into the Americas with a new operation called Lindsay Blee Americas (LBA) based in


Kirby Buys Seacor’s Inland Tank Barge Fleet

Photo: Kirby Corporation

 Kirby Corporation has agreed to purchase the inland tank barge fleet of SEACOR Holdings Inc. from subsidiaries of Seacor for approximately $88 million in cash. The asset purchase will consist of 27 inland 30,000 barrel tank barges and 13 inland towboats, plus one 30


Sea Level Rise Projected to Displace 13 million in U.S. by 2100

The number of people who could be displaced in U.S. coastal regions due to rising sea levels this century as a result of climate change is much higher than previously thought, with more than 13 million Americans at risk with a 6-foot (1.8 meters) rise including 6 million in Florida


U.S. DOJ: Shipping Companies Fined $1.5M for Illegal Discharges

The German shipping companies Briese Schiffahrts GmbH & Co. KG and Briese Schiffahrts GmbH & Co. KG MS “Extum,” who owned and operated the cargo ship M/V BBC Magellan, pleaded guilty today to failure to maintain an accurate oil record book


US, Cuba Open Doors to Marine Science Cooperation

Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 When Barack Obama became the first president to visit Cuba since Calvin Coolidge, his visit highlighted not only a new course in international relations, but showcased on-going scientific collaborations with the country only 90 miles off the Florida coast.  


Cuba, US Sign Memorandum on Maritime Navigation

Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 Representatives of Cuba and the United States signed in Havana a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in areas of hydrography and geodesy to improve the safety of maritime navigation.   Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis, the Chief of Mission at the U.S


BOEM Proposes New Regulation for OCS

Bulldozers reconstruct the beach and dunes at Long Beach Island, New Jersey, as a dredge ship pumps sand from the Outer Continental Shelf to shore. Photo BOEM

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today released proposed regulations that would provide additional clarity and certainty for its Marine Minerals Program regarding negotiated, non-competitive leases for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) resources such as sand, gravel and shell.


2015 USFFC Fleet Sea, Shore Sailors of the Year

Aviation Boatswains Mate First Class Tinisha Franklin, stationed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) speaks following her announcement as the Fleet Sea Sailor of the Year during a ceremony hosted by the Hampton Roads Navy League at the Sheraton Waterside Hotel.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Jonathan Donnelly/Released)

Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command Adm. Phil Davidson announced the 2015 USFFC Fleet Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year during a ceremony hosted by the Hampton Roads Navy League at the Sheraton Waterside in Norfolk, March 24. Aviation Boatswain's Mate 1st Class (AW/SW) Tinisha Franklin


Mammoet Signs up for FPSO Module Integration

Photo: Mammoet

Mammoet’s PTC 200-DS ring crane ensures time-efficient and cost-effective approach to Petrobas P-76 FPSO-vessel construction   On March 16, 2016, Mammoet Brazil and the Consortium Techint-Technip (CTTP76) signed a contract for the integration of 20 modules to be lifted onto the hull






 
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