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Higman Marine Grows:

Higman Captain in the Wheelhouse / photo: courtesy of Higman.

Innovation and New Building are Key Movers for this Gulf Coast Bulk Transportation Provider.   Fleet And Staff Have Doubled In Ten Years Gordie Keenan, Higman's vice president of training told MarineNews in January, “We have 54 inland towboats, the majority of which are rated at 2,000 horse power, and 116 inland tank barges. Today our vessels are bigger with more horsepower, pushing more barrels, than ten years ago.” The company carries a myriad of crude oils and refined products for its clients on a fleet of barges and inland towboats that has doubled in number over the last ten years. Today, Higman has a workforce of 415 employees, also nearly twice what it was a decade ago.   Higman Marine: By the Numbers Founded: 1917 Barges (today / 2002): 116 / 59 Inland tow boats (today / 2002): 54 / 28 Bulk Commodities Carried: crude oil, condensate, # 6 fuel oil, natural gasoline, xylene, para xylene, benzene, gasolines, naphtha, raffinate, reformate, diesels, jets fuel and others. Total Mariners (today / 2002): 356 / 162 Total Employees (today / 2002): 415 / 201 Offices (5): Houston, Channelview, Orange, Covington, Mobile, AL Earnings: Proprietary Source: Higman Marine  

Hope Shipyard Delivers M/V Redfish

Photo courtesy Hope Shipyard

Higman Marine Services of Houston, Texas, took delivery of its newest vessel, the M/V Red Fish. The vessel was built in five months by Hope Shipyard, located in Dulac, La. The pushboat is slightly larger than previous vessels built for Higman, measuring 78 ft by 32 ft with a 10 ft depth. The M/V Red Fish headed out from Hope’s fabrication yard on the Houma Navigational Waterway after a quick delivery to meet up with her first tow

Coast Guard Responds to Barge Fire

According to reports, A cargo van whose contents caught fire on a barge was still billowing smoke as the vessel was being towed to Juneau from Frederick Sound. Officials said the fire broke out in the van, which was full of solid waste being shipped on an Alaska Marine Lines barge from Sitka to the disposal site in Washington state. A firefighting tug from Petersburg and a Coast Guard cutter hosed the blaze through the night

Waterways Councinl Names New Officers, Directors

At its Annual Meeting held October 1 in Houston, the Board of Directors of Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) elected the following officers and Executive Committee members for 2007-2008: Dan Mecklenborg, Senior Vice President, HR & Chief Legal Officer, Ingram Barge Company, Chairman; R. Barry Palmer, WCI, President and CEO; Steve Little, President and CEO, Crounse Corporation, General Counsel; Peter Stephaich, Chairman, Campbell Transportation Co

USCG Issues Notice

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Notice stating that the regulations issued on April 23, 2002 establishing a special load line regime for river barges operating on certain Lake Michigan routes came into effect on June 20, 2002. Owners or operators of dry cargo river barges desiring to operate on those Lake Michigan routes must submit barge information to the Coast Guard in order to qualify for the special regime.

On Deck: Cashing in on Safety

the Patterson YoYo Winch.

Patterson’s YoYo Barge Winch transcends efficiency, while creating a markedly safer workplace. In business since 1858, the Patterson Company of Pittsburgh, PA has shown the staying power like few others in the ever-changing and always competitive marine industry. A barge and towboat winch manufacturer more than a half century, the company is primarily known for their contributions to that market even today. Their newest entry into the winch market – the Patterson YoYo Winch

Kirby Buys Hollywood Marine, TriggersDebt Fears

Kirby Corp, the largest U.S. tank barge operator, recently agreed to buy Hollywood Marine Inc., an inland tank barge company based in Houston, Texas, for about $325 million. While the company views Hollywood's operations as complementary to its core inland tank barge operations, some analysts were immediately skeptical of the effects on Kirby's bottom line. Standard & Poor's placed its triple-'B' corporate credit and senior unsecured debt ratings for Kirby Corp

Memco Barge Line Sold

American Electric Power Co. Inc. signed a definitive agreement with Progress Energy Inc. to buy its MEMCO Barge Line Inc. for $270 million, in a deal AEP said would immediately add to its earnings. Columbus, Ohio-based AEP said its AEP Resources Inc. wholly-owned subsidiary will buy 1,200 hopper barges and 30 towboats from Electric Fuels Corp., a Progress subsidiary, making AEP one of the leading barge operators. "The coupling of the MEMCO barge assets with our existing fleet will add

Virginia Asphalt Spill Worse Than Originally Thought

The Coast Guard has drastically increased its estimates of the amount of asphalt spilled from a grounded barge on the James River in Virginia, saying up to 63,000 gallons have leaked from a tank holding more than twice that much, according to a PilotOnline report. Most of it is concentrated beneath and along the sides of the 250 ft., nearly submerged barge, where divers were attempting to find the leak and plug it. More than 2

ACL Adds Eight Tank Barges

American Commercial Lines Expands Liquid Cargo Fleet With Purchase of Eight 20,000 Barrel Capacity Tank Barges.   American Commercial Lines (ACL) today announced the purchase of eight 20,000 barrel capacity tank barges from SeaRiver Maritime Inc., a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation. The purchase will expand ACL's fleet of 325 tank barges, which transport liquid cargoes, including chemicals, petroleum and renewable fuels throughout the U.S. inland waterway system

Container Shippers Enhance Asia-Australia Network

In order to offer shippers a more comprehensive service on Asia-Australia trade, Evergreen Line, OOCL, MOL, "K" Line and YML are teaming up to offer a new joint North East Asia - Australia Express (NEAX).   This weekly service will utilize six ships of between 3,500 and 3

Towing Industry Safety: AWO & USCG Joint Analysis … By the Numbers

Source: USCG

For 16 years, the National Quality Steering Committee has used three measures to track overall trends in safety and environmental protection. While not all-encompassing, the measures are considered to be useful indicators of towing industry trends. The measures are:

OCEAN Alliance Gains US Approval

File photo: Port of Long Beach

The proposed OCEAN Alliance between several of the world’s largest container shippers has received approval from the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), allowing it to become effective Monday, October 24, 2016.   The OCEAN Alliance, comprising COSCO Shipping, CMA CGM

C&C Marine and Repair Delivers Double Skin Tank Barge

Photo: TSGI

The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) announced the completion of a 200’ x 35’ x 12’ double skin tank barge.    TSGI was contracted by C&C Marine and Repair, LLC to provide contract design services. The barge is the first of a series of double skin tank barges that will

Conrad Wins Army Corps Crane Barge Contract

 Profile of USACOE Crane Barge to be built by Conrad at its Morgan City Shipyard. (Image: Conrad)

Conrad Shipyard won a contract to build a Crane Barge for the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The 300 x 68-ft welded steel barge is to be used in floating crane service by the Corps’ Rock Island District in support of its maintenance mission on the inland navigation system

Little Rock Port Authority Reports August Shipping

Total barge tonnage through the Port of Little Rock in August was 57,000 net tons.  Dock activities continue to compare favorably to calendar year 2015 as Logistic Services, Inc. has handled 347 barges during the first half of 2016 year and 560

Maersk Line Implements BigOceanData Vessel Tracking

Photo: Maersk Line

BigOceanData and Maersk Line have entered into a two-year agreement whereby BigOceanData will deliver vessel tracking services to Maersk Line. The initial system went live on August 1, 2016 and is already in use in operation centers around the world on both desktop and mobile devices

Great Lakes Launch Hopper Dredge Ellis Island

The Ellis Island prior to launch Photo Great Lakes

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation announced today the successful launch of the Ellis Island, the barge component of its Articulated Tug & Barge (ATB) hopper dredge currently under construction.  The launch occurred on September 30

GP Group Expands Antwerp Bunker Operations

(Photo: Gulf Petrochem Group)

UAE based global bunker supplier Gulf Petrochem Group is now offering physical bunker supply in the port of Antwerp, Belgium from its existing office in Rotterdam, the Netherlands with immediate effect.    The new offering will cater to the group’s global customers and provide

Foss Maritime: Hard at Work in the Arctic

Glacier Wind in Cook Inlet (Image courtesy of Foss Maritime)

As the oil industry awaits a much-needed rebound, Foss Maritime’s robust presence in the Arctic region underscores its commitment to the region, the environment, and a business plan that looks ahead to the next chapter.   Reports of the death of commercial Arctic activities have been

CGB to Invest $30 mln in Indiana Port

CGB, investing $30 million at Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon Photo Port of Indiana

Consolidated Grain and Barge Co. (CGB) announced plans today to expand its operations at the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon, investing more than $31 million to increase its soybean processing capabilities in southwest Indiana. “Indiana is a state known around the world for building things

Coast Guard Sets Port Condition Whiskey in NC

Image: National Hurricane Center

The U.S. Coast Guard is urging mariners and members of the maritime community across North Carolina to prepare for Hurricane Matthew as Condition Whiskey is set for North Carolina Waterways.   The Captain of the Port (COTP) has set Condition Whiskey for all waterways in the North Carolina

Skipper Fined for Dumping Trash at Sea

A barge skipper has been fined £500 and more than £2,000 in costs, after pleading guilty to dumping trash at sea, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported.   On the morning of May 26 this year, the barge Beta was traveling from Exmouth to Plymouth

Lind Marine Acquires Moose Boats

Photo: Moose Boats

Lind Marine, a Petaluma, Calif. dredging contractor which provides tug and barge services throughout the San Francisco Bay area, has acquired Moose Boats, an aluminum commercial boat building company.   Lind Marine currently operates a five-acre shipyard including a 430ft dry-dock and 1

VOS Start Equipped with Barge Master Gangway

Photo: Vroon

Vroon has  announced that walk-to-work vessel VOS Start is to be equipped with the brand-new Barge Master Gangway.   This unique combination will enable safe and efficient transfer of personnel and cargo. The Barge Master Gangway incorporates an access tower with elevator

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