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Coast Guard Closes Mississippi River After Barge Strikes Bridge

The Coast Guard closed a portion of the Mississippi River after a barge struck a rail road bridge Thursday near Vicksburg, Miss. The barge caught fire after it struck the Vicksburg Rail Road Bridge near the Interstate 20 bridge and drifted about 10 miles down river and became grounded in Diamond Cutoff, one mile south of Oak Bend at mile marker 424.3. The fire aboard the barge was contained by the crewmembers aboard the motor vessel John Roberts and personnel from U.S. Environmental Services. The Coast Guard has established a safety zone along the Mississippi River between mile markers 440, near Kings Point, Miss., and mile marker 409.5, near Middle Ground Island, Miss. Personnel from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Greenville, Miss., and bridge inspectors are inspecting the rail road bridge for damage and pollution. Coast Guard personnel from MSD Greenville are investigating the cause of the accident.

Coast Guard Responds To Bridge Allision

Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Memphis, Tenn., along with two commercial vessels, responded to a bridge allision on the Lower Mississippi River, which occurred about 1:15 a.m. yesterday. The motor vessel Joe Bobzien, a U.S. flagged vessel pushing 30 barges, allided with the Greenville Bridge in Greenville, Miss., on the Mississippi-Arkansas border near U.S. Highway 82, causing 29 barges to go adrift; one grain barge sank near the bridge.

Blackmon Announces Boat Yard Liquidation

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Thursday, March 1 / 9:00AM / Greenville, MS By order of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Northern District of Mississippi Case No. 09-15836-NPO Greenville, Mississippi. Blackmon Auctions has been in business since 1938 and conducts auctions all over the U.S. Specializing in On-Site auctions of Construction, Marine and Other Industrial Equipment. Blackmun has been been ordered by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to liquidate assets of Superior Boats Works

Chesapeake Sciences Corp. Awarded Contract

Chesapeake Sciences Corp., Millersville, Md., is being awarded a $9,715,319 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification under previously awarded contract (N00024-00-C-6230) to exercise an option for additional engineering services and support to the Omnibus Towed Systems Program for Affordable Towed Array construction. Work will be performed in Millersville, Md. (60 percent), and Greenville, N.C. (40 percent), and is to be completed by

L-3 Communications Selected by New Zealand Ministry

L-3 Communications announced that its Integrated Systems division (L-3 IS) has been selected as the preferred contractor by the New Zealand Ministry of Defence to upgrade mission and communication-navigation systems for New Zealand's fleet of P-3 Orion (P-3) patrol aircraft. The upgrade to the six aircraft operated by the Royal New Zealand Air Force will include the replacement of the data management system, radar, electronic sensors, communications and navigation systems

Port Authority NY/NJ to Rehabilitate Greenville Yard

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has hired HDR to rehabilitate the Greenville Yard in Greenville, N.J., to improve ongoing rail-to-barge-to-rail freight movements across New York Harbor. The work includes rehabilitating a barge and transfer bridge used to move freight rail cars from the yard to the barges, designing a new barge and two new bridges, demolishing two bridges, rehabilitating the rail yard and waterfront structures, and environmental permitting.

Coast Guard Reopens Lower Mississippi River

The Coast Guard reopened the Mississippi River at 8:35 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, from mile markers 531 to 541. The Coast Guard closed the Mississippi River to all vessel traffic as the result of a towing vessel allision at approximately 5:20 a.m., this morning. The allision between the towing vessel C. B. Ford and the Old Greenville Bridge resulted in six rock barges breaking free. All barges have been recovered. The incident is under investigation

Cruise Ship Passenger Medevaced off US

A Coast Guard helicopter crew hoists a 77-year-old woman suffering stroke symptoms, Monday, July 6. The crew took the ailing passenger to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, North Carolina. (Screenshot from U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Elizabeth City)

A cruise ship passenger suffering stroke symptoms was medevaced by U.S. Coast Guard personnel approximately 200 miles east of Wilmington, North Carolina. The Coast Guard received a call late Monday afternoon from the 959-foot, Panama-flagged cruise ship Carnival Pride, reporting a 77-year-old female passenger was in distress. Coast Guard air crews arrived on scene and hoisted the ailing passenger along with a family member and a medical professional into a helicopter at about 7:30 p.m

Obituary: William B. Hamilton, Jr.

William B. Hamilton, Jr., of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and formerly Executive Vice President of Sea-Land Service, Inc., and President and CEO of its affiliate, Monterey Transportation Co., Inc., died February 18, 2011, according to his son, William B. Hamilton, III. He was a member of The American Bureau of Shipping, The New York Yacht Club and a past member of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, The American Society of Certified Public Accountants, a director of J. J. Henry Co

Committee to Consider Coast Guard Authorization Bill

The U.S. Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, chaired by U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), will mark up legislation this week that authorizes United States Coast Guard (USCG) and Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) funding levels for two years, and includes provisions to improve Coast Guard mission effectiveness, help modernize the service’s aging vessels and other assets, and reform U.S. maritime transportation laws.    

SCPA Logs 10% 1Q Growth

South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) saw strong container volume growth during the first quarter of the 2016 fiscal year, with TEU volumes 9.5 percent higher than the same period last year.  SCPA handled 167,549 TEUs last month, an 11.1 percent increase from September 2014 volumes. Since the 2016 fiscal year began in July, SCPA has moved 513,299 TEUs.  As measured in pier containers, 289,610 boxes have moved across SCPA docks fiscal year to date. Pier container volume is up 8.6 percent from the

  South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) saw strong container volume growth during the first quarter of the 2016 fiscal year, with TEU volumes 9.5 percent higher than the same period last year. SCPA handled 167,549 TEUs last month, an 11.1 percent increase from September 2014 volumes

Port of New York/New Jersey Reports Cargo Record

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced that annual cargo volumes in the port set a new record in 2014, surpassing the previous record set in 2012.   The port said it handled 3,342,286 cargo containers in 2014, an increase of 5.4 percent over the previous year and 4

New Fireboats Headed to Houston

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A two-week voyage through four Great Lakes and the Mississippi River will bring to the Port of Houston Authority the first of three high-performance fireboats to replace the current fleet. "As the nation's busiest port in terms of foreign tonnage and home to one of the world's largest

Caterpillar’s Marine Center of Excellence

CAT Marine Center of Excellence.

Highly automated, fully variable assembly process allows Cat to provide uniform service to a myriad of marine customers. But, MCOE is only one part of Cat’s new business strategy. In August of 2007, the first Cat marine engine left Caterpillar’s new Marine Center of Excellence (MCOE)

Center for Coastal Conservation Honors Grady-White Boats

Kris Carroll Receives the Award: Photo credit Center for Coastal Conservation

Center for Coastal Conservation names Grady-White Boats the 2012 Manufacturer of the Year, presents award to company president Grady-White Boats President, Kris Carroll, has received an antique sextant commemorating the inaugural Eddie Smith Manufacturer of the Year Award from the Center for

Giant Container Terminal Expansion for U.S. Port

Global Container Terminals Inc. unveils multi-million dollar expansion plan to develop a container terminal in  Port Of New York & New Jersey Global Container Terminals Inc., a leading North American marine terminal operator with facilities on both coasts

Cat C32 ACERT Repowers M/S Mount Washington

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For the first time in 63 seasons of scenic cruises on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire, the M/S Mount Washington will rely on clean diesel power from a pair of newly installed Cat C32 ACERT marine engines.  Through the help of funds from the U.S

Cat C32 ACERT Engines for Dutch Pilot Boats

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Loodswezen, the Dutch pilot organization responsible for coordinating large ship arrivals and departures in the port of The Netherlands, chose Kvichak Marine Industries in Seattle, Washington, USA, to build a boat designed by naval architecture firm Camarc Design in the UK

River Ministry Pioneer Wilkinson Retires from SCI

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The Rev. James (Jim) R. Wilkinson retires this year in April after over 11 years of service to the nation’s inland waterways community as their first full-time, fully-dedicated chaplain. In 1998, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) called Wilkinson to head up Ministry on the River

CNO Tours Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead gets hands-on experience in the operation of induction coating removal equipment during a tour of Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, from the Shipyard Commander, Capt. Robert Mazzone and the Shipyard Plastics Fabricator Richard Beaudion. U.S

Talking About the John J. Harvey

By Don Sutherland Everybody talks about the John J. Harvey, and quite a few of them are doing something about it. The chipping, scraping, and painting you'd expect a 74-year-old fireboat to require has proceeded since the vessel became privately owned in 1999

New York's New Faces

By Don Sutherland How many vessels entered New York Harbor for the very first time in the past year or two? Oh, probably a million. And probably most of them kept going, up the North River, out the East River, up to beantown or clamtown in one direction, cheesetown in another

WWII Landing Ship Restored as Floating Museum/Memorial

The LST-325 (Landing Ship, Tank), a World War II amphibious vessel designed to land battle-ready tanks, troops and supplies directly onto enemy shores, will once again be plying the waters, but this time, being towed as a floating memorial making a maiden educational voyage on the Mississippi and

PVA:Marketing Excursion Boats Post 9/11

Like most of the tourism business, the excursion/dinner boat market took a big "hit" right after 9/11. Markets that were geared for conventions and depended on fly-in business were especially hard hit since airline bookings went into a steep nosedive right after the terrorist attack and customers

USCG Continues Search For Missing

Following objections from the Japanese government, the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy announced they will continue searching through Friday for nine people missing from a Japanese fishing vessel sunk by a U.S. submarine last week. The Japanese government objected when the Coast Guard announced

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