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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. Three (3) of the now seven (7) towboats have been delivered to Florida Marine since February 2014. This option vessel will be constructed from a design furnished by Gilbert Associates, Inc. of Boston, MA.   This series of towboats originally began with a twenty-five (25) vessel contract with on-time deliveries starting in 2006. It has expanded to become the largest single builder single Owner new construction program with the same class towboat design in United States history. Installed in each new vessel will be Tier 3 main propulsion engines and generators. The vessel is powered by two (2) Caterpillar 3512C Tier 3 diesel engines rated at 1,500 HP at 1,600 RPM provided by Louisiana Power Systems. The reduction gears are direct coupled Twin-Disc Model MG-5600 with a 6.04:1 reduction supplied by Sewart Supply, Inc. of Harvey, Louisiana. Electrical power is provided by two (2) 99kW John Deere 4045AFM85 99KW Tier 3 generator sets rated for 60 Hz, at 208 VAC provided by Kennedy Engine Company of Biloxi, MS


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.


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


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


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.


North Florida Shipyards Awarded MarAd Contract

American Overseas Marine Corporation (AMSEA), on behalf of MarAd, has granted North Florida Shipyards (Jacksonville), a contract to modify deck spaces of M/V Cape Wrath. With work encompassing the removal of six movable decks, and one fixed deck, three new fixed decks will be fabricated by the yard's affiliate - North Florida Shipbuilding - and installed in the cargo spaces. Additional modifications will be performed on fire stations, vent systems


Florida Detroit-Diesel Allison And Algae-X Sign Distributor Agreement

Algae-X has signed a distributor agreement with Florida Detroit Diesel-Allison (FDD-A)-based in Miami, Fla. FDD-A, which is the Detroit Diesel/MTU engine distributor operating eight branches throughout Florida, will be distributing the Algae-X Magnetic Fuel Conditioners and the AFC-705 Fuel Catalyst. In addition, Tyler Miller, FDDA's Parts Department Coordinator, plans to integrate Algae-X Fuel Conditioners into the fuel systems for engine packages


Hornbeck Offshore Presents

Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE:HOS) announced that Todd M. Hornbeck, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, and James O. Harp, Jr., Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will be participating in the Bank of America 2008 Energy Conference being held November 13-14, 2008 in Key Biscayne, Florida. The Company's presentation at the conference will be webcast live with an accompanying slideshow on Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 1:50 p.m. Eastern Time


New Luxury Marine in Pompano Beach

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South Florida boaters have a new place to store their investments with the opening of Aquamarina Hidden Harbour in Pompano Beach. It’s the first newly constructed conventional dry storage marina in the region in more than a decade and the first in Broward County since a three-year moratorium on new commercial marina construction was lifted in 2007.   Aqua Marine Partners (AMP), a vertically integrated marina company based in Aventura, Florida, designed, developed


Imtech Appoints Campbell to Lead Imtech Marine USA

Imtech Marine has appointed Fergus Campbell as the new Director of Imtech Marine USA. Fergus has worked for the Imtech Martine company previously (Radio Holland USA) from 2000 to 2010 as respectively Branch Manager Florida, National Service Manager and National Sales manager


First Gate Installed in Panama Canal’s New Pacific Locks

Photo courtesy of ACP

The first gate will be installed in lock head one facing Gatun Lake; canal expansion program 85 percent complete The first gate for the Panama Canal’s new locks in the Pacific side was installed earlier today after being carried to its final destination on self-propelled motorized wheel


Florida DEP Approves Port St. Joe Dredging

The Port St. Joe Port Authority has been issued a permit by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to allow for the dredging of the port’s navigational channel to the maximum authorized depth of 37 feet.   “This is a huge hurdle that has been cleared


USCG to Address Cruise Ship Security Regulations

Photo: Cruise Port of Miami

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) will hold a public meeting on February 9, 2015, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to receive comments on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) published in the Federal Register on December 10, 2014, under the title “Consolidated Cruise Ship Security Regulations


FMT Embraces Electronic Records Management

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After Testing Records Technology Waters, Tug and Barge Company Jumps In. Shortly after Florida Marine Transporters CIO Don Carlton installed an electronic records management system for Kimberly Hidalgo, the tow service company’s head of Compliance


WESMAR Bow Thruster Integrate Safety

WESMAR Bow Thruster integrate safety

  “The WESMAR thruster works really well. It turns the boat on a dime,” says Wylie Sacks of Pembroke Pines, Florida, who with his son, ‘Vinnie,’ a 100-ton licensed captain, operates a charter boat out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida


USCG Search for Missing Diver South of Key Westm FLA

Algae growing on the sunken vessel USS Vandenberg

  Coast Guard search-and-rescue crews are searching for a missing diver five nautical miles south of Key West, Florida, Saturday afternoon. Missing is Jim Bakazan, 50, wearing a black wet suit. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West received the report from the motor vessel


TOTE Inks LNG Supply Deal

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Partnership represents the start of LNG adoption as a marine fuel in the United States.   Pivotal LNG, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources Inc., and WesPac Midstream LLC have signed a long-term agreement with TOTE, Inc. to provide liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fuel the


121 Cuban Migrants Repatriated in Past Week

A boatcrew with the Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island approaches a rustic vessel southwest of Key West, Florida, Dec. 30., 2014. The rustic vessel had 12 Cuban migrants aboard who were later repatriated to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Jan. 5, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

U.S. Coast Guard repatriates 121 Cuban migrants interdicted at sea in past week; interdictions increase over past 30 days   The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) repatriated 121 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Monday interdicted in seven separate events in the past week.  


Jaguar Land Rover Awaits News of Cars Aboard Beached Ship

Höegh Osaka (Photo courtesy of Höegh Autoliners)

Jaguar Land Rover said on Tuesday it was awaiting word on the fate of 1,200 luxury vehicles aboard a 51,000-tonne car transporter ship that has run aground in the English Channel. Salvage experts are working around the clock to right the Hoegh Osaka


Canaveral Upgrades Bulk Conveyor System

The Bahamas Spirit discharges limestone at South Cargo Pier 4 at Port Canaveral. (Photo courtesy of the Port of Canaveral)

The new $1.5 million bulk conveyor system at Port Canaveral was utilized for the first time by Martin Marietta when the Bahamas Spirit discharged limestone at South Cargo Pier 4.   The Canaveral Port Authority invested in the system with Martin Marietta to enhance terminal operational


SPMTs Transport Heavy LNG Load in China

Roll-on of the 5,000 t module on SCHEUERLE SPMTs. The precise axle compensation of the vehicles ensured a safe loading process. (Photo courtesy of SCHEUERLE)

5,200t LNG module transported on SCHEUERLE self-propelled modular transporters (SPMT) in China   It was the heaviest load ever transported in China on SPMTs: the first of a total of eight liquid natural gas (LNG) production modules was moved by SCHEUERLE SPMTs from Zhejiang Lida


Metal Shark Builds Custom Vessel for Canaveral Pilots

Custom Bill Preston-designed 45 aluminum pilot boat built by Metal Shark for the Canaveral Pilots. (Photo: Metal Shark)

Metal Shark has delivered a custom 45-foot aluminum pilot boat to the Canaveral Pilots Association at Port Canaveral, Florida. The vessel was built at Metal Shark’s newly-opened shipyard in Franklin, Louisiana.   For the project


Turkish Truckers Eye Caspian Sea Routes to Avoid Delays in Iran

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Turkish carriers plan to cross near 25 thousand vehicles a year over Caspian Sea with ferryboats and Ro Ro ships to avoid delays on the route across Iran.   The use of ferry boats and Ro-Ro ships would cut excursion time significantly


Ailing Seaman Evacuated from Cargo Ship

Philippines Coast Guard evacuates ailing seaman off foreign-flagged ship off Lubang   An ailing seafarer was evacuated by the Phlippines Coast Guard from a Curacao-flagged vessel in the vicinity waters of Lubang Island in the morning of January 12.   






 
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