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Sale of Two Inland River Pushboats

Marcon International Inc. of Coupeville, Wash. announced the sale of two sister inland river pushboats Captain Jimmy and Captain from Hanover Towing Inc. of Wilmington, NC to McBride River Services LLC of Kentucky on private terms. The 900 bhp pushboats were originally built by Jeffboat Inc at Jeffersonville, Ind., in 1965,and were commissioned by Gulf Atlantic Towing Corporation. The pair were sold to Allied Towing in 1972 and Hanover purchased them in 1975. The 58.3 ft. registered length vessels are powered by twin Cummins KT1150M diesels driving two 60 x 50-in. 4-blade stainless steel blades. Immediately after closing the sale, both pushboats were mobilized from North Carolina to the Mid West region to commence a charter. Marcon acted as sole broker in the transaction.


The Hanseatic on European Rivers

Photo courtesy Alan Haig-Brown

The Hanseatic League was a highly successful trading alliance among northern European cities from the 13th to the 17th centuries. Some German cities continue to maintain an association under that name. Now the name Hanseatic is proudly emblazoned on the bow of a powerful inland-river boat built in the Netherlands for German owners.   The new MS Hanseatic I will be working the European rivers under the ownership of the Haak family


CEACT River Navigation Software Updated

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SevenCs and CEACT Information Systems Inc. have announced the latest development of their inland navigation system CEACTTM. The new version includes two new major functionalities. The new version will be available in November 2012. Multiple CPA enables the user to track several AIS targets simultaneously. The operator can toggle between the most relevant targets without re-acquiring. Dangerous targets don’t get lost and the situational awareness is significantly improved.


News: Austal USA to Deliver for Cloud Nine

Austal USA is set to deliver a new dinner cruise boat to Cloud Nine of New York. The company specializes in high end corporate and wedding dinner cruises in the New York harbor. Among special features on the 135-ft. (41.1-m) boat are a bridal suite, a fully equipped galley with dumb waiter and an overhead atrium on the upper deck. The aluminum vessel's beam is 30 ft. (9.15 m) with a molded depth of 11.4 ft. (3.5 m). It has tankage for 22,712 liters of fuel and 11,356 liters of water


Port of Greater Baton Rouge Buys Land

The Port of Greater Baton Rouge recently purchased a parcel of land strategically located adjacent to the port's Inland Rivers Marine Terminal. The purchase includes 140 acres of land with 5,000 linear feet of water frontage on the U.S. Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. The land was purchased from 11 heirs of the Hummel estate. The $1.675 million purchase was brokered by Marc Barker of Latter & Blum Realtors. Port of Greater Baton Rouge CEO Roger Richard said


Horizon Shipbuilding Delivers Motor Vessel to Army Corps

The General Irwin (Photo: Horizon Shipbuilding Inc.).

Bayou La Batre, Alabama - Horizon Shipbuilding Inc. has delivered the M/V General Irwin, an inland river towboat, to the Army Corps of Engineers in Eufala, Alabama. The General Irwin is equipped with two steering rudders and four flanking rudders, and is powered by two Caterpillar diesel engines, providing 770 horsepower to her 48-inch propellers. Her hull speed when towing is four knots; her full speed is eight knots.


Specialty Barge To Be Acquired

The Marine Design Center (MDC) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) intends to attain an inland river style specialty barge to serve on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District (CELRL) in support of its mission. Measuring 70 ft. (21.3 m) with a 35 ft. (10.6 m) beam, the vessel will be used to wash mud and debris from lock walls, miter gates and floating approach walls at the Olmstead Lock & Dam. The vessel will be designed


Coast Guard, AWO Members Meet in Branson

Security plans for inland river areas and a possible reorganization for the Coast Guard Eighth District were the focus of a day-long meeting between the Coast Guard and AWO members in Branson, Missouri on October Eighth District Commander RADM Roy Casto held the meeting in conjunction with the District's annual Commanding Officers conference. At the meeting, Admiral Casto and his staff outlined Coast Guard proposals to reorganize the Eighth District


NEWS:SeaRiver Exits Inland Operations

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) reached an agreement with SeaRiver Maritime, Inc. to develop a contract design for a 750,000-barrel capacity, double-hull crude oil tanker. Included with the contract design package will be NASSCO's price and delivery proposal for the detail design and construction of a minimum of two vessels. The SeaRiver tankers will be designed primarily for the movement of crude oil from Alaska to West Coat refineries.


MTU Detroit Diesel Opens in New Orleans

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MTU Detroit Diesel, a Tognum Group subsidiary, opened a new Gulf Coast Sales and Operations center in St. Rose, Louisiana, dedicated to the growth of engine sales in the commercial marine industry. The center also houses parts and serves as a logistics hub for MTU’s marine defense customers. The nearly 8,000-square-foot facility is located in the St. James Industrial Park just west of New Orleans. "MTU is one of the world’s major providers of diesel engines and


Today in U.S. Naval History: April 10

USS Thresher (Naval Historical Center photo)

Today in U.S. Naval History - April 10 1941 - USS Niblack, while rescuing survivors of torpedoed ship, depth charged German submarine; first action of WW II between U.S. and German navies 1963 - During diving tests, USS Thresher lost with all hands (112 crew and 17 civilians) east of Cape Cod


AEP Barges into the Liquid Transport Markets

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Answering the needs of longstanding clients, bulk transport giant AEP dips its toes into the liquid transport arena.       AEP River Operations needs no introduction for most MarineNews readers. One of the true river giants operating on America’s domestic


Editor's Note

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Even if, as Marcon International’s Bob Beagle says, barges are the workhorses of the towing industry, then the pushboats that propel the 38,000 (documented and undocumented) deck, hopper, tank, crane and miscellaneous purpose barges to their destinations are the heart and soul of the most


IRPT: Missouri River Showing Progress

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Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals (IRPT) has anounced  the newly formed working group “MO River Basin – Navigation Revitalization Committee”, designed to increase freight traffic and business on the Missouri River. IRPT has encouraged and received cooperation with


Kirby Corp. Order Additional 29 Large Tank Barges

Image courtesy of Kirby Corp.

Kirby Corporation, based in Houston, Texas, the nation's largest domestic tank barge operator, informs it has signed agreements for the construction of 29 additional 30,000 barrel inland tank barges with a total capacity of 830,000 barrels for delivery throughout 2014


CEACT Allows Operators to REACT

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How updated electronic navigation practices improve safety and efficiency – and optimize cargo movement – on US inland waterways. It was a cold winter night. Heavy gusts and snow did not allow safe navigation and forced the ships on the upper Mississippi to secure alongside the few


SEACOR Holdings Earnings Dip

SEACOR Holdings Inc. has announced its results for its year and fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013. Highlights •    For the year ended December 31, 2013, net income attributable to SEACOR Holdings Inc. from continuing operations was $47.2 million, or $2


Transas Secures Two VTS Contracts in Bulgaria

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Transas Marine has signed contracts with the Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company (BPI Co) for the implementation of two significant Vessel Traffic System projects in Bulgaria. The first project involves completion of the second phase of the Bulgarian River Information Services project


New Tank Barge Arrives & AEP Begins River Transport

Barges in the Gulf: Photo courtesy of AEP River Operations

AEP River Operations say they have began operations of its new Liquids Division today with receipt of the first of 20 tank barges. The addition of tank barges to the company's fleet will allow them to transport liquid commodities, including petrochemicals and agricultural chemicals.


Kirby Christens ATB in New Orleans

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Inland and coastal giant christens ATB duo Jason E. Duttinger and Winna Wilson in an October New Orleans ceremony. The crew of the Jason E. Duttinger took a break from hauling coal between Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, and Florida on Oct. 30 as Kirby Corp


Louisiana Industrial Canal Repairs Delay Barge Traffic

A damaged lock on the New Orleans Industrial Canal is creating traffic delays on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW), as well as parts of the Mississippi River.   The stretch of river is used heavily for oil and bulk transport and the GIWW is also one of the most heavily used inland


American Cruise Lines Orders Four New Ships

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Four new ACL Vessels to Enter Service between 2015 & 2017 and to Operate on U.S. Rivers American Cruise Lines announced plans to build four new riverboats for American river cruising, and noted that construction has already begun on the first two ships


Inland Marine Transportation Investment: It Comes Down to Priorities.

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Can you imagine the public outcry if our country’s major interstates were not repaved or patched for 50, 60 or 70 years, and at the same time, regulations were introduced that encouraged wildlife to nest and repopulate on the road surface


ARGUS & Sailing the NOAA's 'Magenta Line'

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SURVICE Engineering comments on NOAA Federal Register Notice - Intracoastal Waterway Route “Magenta Line” on NOAA Nautical Charts, with reference to the company's ARGUS project, as follows: SURVICE Engineering respectfully suggests that the magenta line is a prime example of


Horizon to Build USACE Towboat

M/V George Grugett, delivered to the U.S. Army Corps in August, 2013

Horizon shipbuilding, Inc. announced that it has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Little Rock District, to build the M/V Shorty Baird Replacement, a 95' Z-drive towboat. This is the latest of three recent USACE contracts, having delivered the M/V George Grugett


 
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