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Blount/Barker Launches New 55-ft. Harbor Tug

Blount/Barker Shipbuilding launched a 55-ft. twin screw harbor tug on March 8 at the company’s shipyard in Warren, R.I. Special features ordered by the purchaser, Tutor-Saliba/Koch/Tidewater JV of Sylmar, Calif., include push knee for towing jumbo barges. The vessel will be used in the seismic retrofit of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge in northern California, which was damaged in a recent earthquake. The twin screw tug is powered by two Caterpillar 3412C diesel engines producing 615 hp at 1,800 rpm each. The four-bladed bronze wheels measure 50 by 55 in. and are connected to the main engines through Twin Disc MG-5170 reduction gears with a reduction radio of 4.5:1. All aspects of the design and construction were aimed at a heavily built, powerful tugboat with extra heavy belted construction, similar to the railroad tugs used in New York Harbor. The tug was scheduled for cross-country transit to its destination near San Francisco in early April. It will have its superstructure removed and be hoisted onto a trans-continental heavy truck carrier, which will transport it over road from Rhode Island to California. When it arrives there, the superstructure that was transported separately will be replaced and the vessel will be launched.

Midland Enterprises Expands With The Times

Since planting its roots in 1925 as a small coal delivery business known as the Ohio River Company (ORCO), Midland Enterprises has evolved from one chartered boat and four barges to more than 85 boats and 2,400 barges moving the entire eastern inland waterways system. Established by Albert Converse Ingersoll, the Ohio River Company's main focus at that time was to float West Virginia coal to Cincinnati using its premiere boat — the E.D. Kenna

“World’s Largest” Heavy Lift Ship Enters Service

Heavy lift specialist Jumbo enters its heavy lift vessel MV “Jumbo Javelin” newbuild into service this week after having been mated with cranes successfully and passing final sea trials in the North Sea. With its 1,600 tons lift capacity, a hold space of 19,000 cu. m. and a main deck of 2,650 sq. m., MV Jumbo Javelin is without contest the largest heavy lift ship in its class in the world. She is the first in a series of two new ships ordered by Jumbo

Brownsville Marine Products Hopes to Cash In

According to the Tribune Review, an aging barge fleet coupled with high scrap steel pricing and demand from the biodiesel and ethanol industries has launched a barge-building boom, the likes of which hasn't been seen since the 1970s, industry experts say. Brownsville Marine Products, LLC, of Fayette County, hopes to cash in on the construction boom, and is building barges as it can, carrying on a tradition of barge building on that stretch of the Monongahela River that began with the old

Jumbo Offshore to Install Protection Structures

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In June 2011, Jumbo’s DP2 Offshore Heavy Lift Vessel Fairplayer will install 4 subsea protection structures for production flowlines at 600 m water depth in the Laggan & Tormore fields. These gas condensate fields, owned by Total and Dong Energy, are located 125 km north-west of the Shetland Islands. This region contains approx. 17% of the remaining UK oil and gas reserves. The subcontract, commissioned by client Allseas, will combine transport and installation

Jumbo Orders Second Heavy Lift Ship

Artist impression of the new K-3000 vessel. (Photo: Jumbo Shipping)

Jumbo Shipping has confirmed the order for a second new K-class vessel, with an option on a third, to complement its existing fleet.  After careful consideration and engineering study, Jumbo has decided to upgrade the lifting capacity of the vessels from 1,300 to 1,500mt, enabling tandem lifts of 3,000mt. These vessels will comfortably surpass the capability of other vessels in their class and reassert Jumbo's leading market position

Bollinger To Construct Double Hull

Bollinger Marine Fabricators, Amelia, La. has signed a contract to construct a pair of 250-ft. (76.2 m), double hull, jumbo coastwise service, single rake hopper barges for Tide Leasing of Birmingham, Ala. With construction already having begun on the first barge, the building of the second vessel will begin in August. Both are scheduled for a November 2000 delivery. With a depth of 14 ft. (4.2 m) each, 52.5 ft. (16 m) beam and 11.5 ft. (3.5 m) maximum draft, the vessels will be built with

Jumbo Jubilee Maiden Voyage

Photo courtesy Jumbo Shipping

Jumbo Shipping’s latest newbuild, HLV Jumbo Jubilee, completed its maiden voyage after successfully loading, transporting and installing two 1250 t shiploaders for FL Smidth in challenging circumstances. The Jumbo Jubilee started her first voyage from her home port Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She set sail for Vitória, Brazil, where two shiploaders were waiting, each with a processing capacity of 16,000 t iron ore per hour

Damen Receives Jumbo Order

The CargoVessels Division of Damen Shipyards signed a $62.3 million contract with Dutch shipping company, Jumbo, for the building of two heavy lift ships, each measuring 469 ft. (143.1 m) with a beam of 87 ft. (26.5 m). Reportedly the largest and most advanced heavy lift ships in the world, they have a lifting capacity of 1,600 tons, and will be constructed at Damen's Romanian yard. The first vessel will be delivered during the first quarter of 2003 - the second will arrive in the third

Jumbo Orders Another Heavy Lift Ship

An agreement has been signed with the Brodosplit shipyard in Split, Croatia, for the construction of a top segment heavy lift vessel. The new vessel will have a length of 152.6 m and a beam of 27.4 m and is equipped with 2x 1,100 mt cranes (at 27.5m outreach). In tandem the cranes can lift up to 2,200 mt. This makes it the one of thge strongest heavy lift vessel in the world. To be able to work in Arctic regions, the vessel is to be built under ice class

PCCI to Provide Revised Crane Load Chart

PCCI facilitates efficient environmental and regulatory compliance.

  PCCI, Inc. of Alexandria, Virginia, was awarded a contract by the Department of Transportation/U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) to provide a new, revised and certified crane load chart for the self-propelled crane barge “MARY ANN”.

Becker Marine, Kotug Sign MOU for LNG Hybrid Barge

From left to right: Ard-Jan Kooren (KOTUG), Dirk Lehmann (Becker Marine Systems) and Arjan Stavast (Shell Downstream LNG)

Press release - Becker Marine Systems and KOTUG signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch a LNG Hybrid Barge in the Port of Rotterdam with effect from June 2017. The LNG Hybrid Barge, a floating energy plant, is designed to provide environmentally friendly power for ships in ports

AEP to Sell AEP River Ops To ACL

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American Electric Power (AEP) has signed an agreement to sell its commercial barge transportation subsidiary, AEP River Operations LLC, to American Commercial Lines (ACL), owned by Platinum Equity, for approximately $550 million. AEP River Operations is a commercial inland barge company

CG Sets Port Condition Whiskey in Preparation for Hurricane Joaquin

The Coast Guard set Port Condition Whiskey Wednesday for all navigable waters in the North Carolina Captain of the Port Zone in preparation for the anticipated weather impact of Hurricane Joaquin. Gale-force winds of 39 mph are predicted to reach Frying Pan Shoals Lighted Buoy 16 (LLNR 8355)

Seaspan Unveils Massive Barge in Canada

Seaspan 252 (Photo: Paul Hilder)

Seaspan bulks up investment in BC’s marine sector, celebrates addition of fourth new barge in the past 10 months  Seaspan Marine unveiled the newest addition to its marine fleet, a 16,000-metric-ton barge named Seaspan 252, during an official commissioning ceremony at Seaspan’s

Deck Cargo Barge on Delivery Voyage to Canada

Photo: Robert Allan Ltd.

A 16,000 DWT deck cargo barge, Seaspan 252, was handed over to its owner, Seaspan Marine, in August, 2015.   The barge, 114 meters long by 27.5 meters wide with a depth of 8.4 meters and classed ABS +A1 Barge, was designed by Robert Allan Ltd. of Vancouver, B.C

‘Double Skin’ Oil Barge Delivered to Vane Brothers

Double Skin 509A (Photo: BHGI)

The Vane Brothers Company has taken delivery of a 55,000 BBL double hull oil barge, Double Skin 509A. Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) was contracted by the builder Conrad Industries to develop the design of the 361’ x 62’ x 24.5’, 55,000 BBL double skin tank barge

U.S. Coast Guard Responds to Collision Near Paducah

On-scene assessment teams have reported the maximum estimated potential clarified slurry oil released from the tug collision is now 250,000 gallons, Thursday. The maximum potential spill has been reduced because the two remaining partitions aboard the affected barge were reportedly secured.

Runaway Crane Barge Sinks on the Mississippi

The U.S. Coast Guard is working with a team of responders to recover a runaway crane barge that sunk near Convent on the Mississippi River.   The crane barge broke free of its mooring and sank along with an excavator crane and backhoe near mile marker 160 Monday morning

MN 100: Bouchard Transportation

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The Company: Bouchard Transportation’s history dates back to its incorporation in 1918 by founder, Capt. Fred Bouchard, the youngest tugboat captain in the Port of New York. Bouchard is a family owned business and the nation’s largest independently-owned ocean-going petroleum barge

ASL Shipyard Secures S$140mln Build Contracts

 ASL Shipyard Pte Ltd. a wholly-owned subsidiary of ASL Marine Holdings Ltd., has secured new shipbuilding contracts worth approximately S$140 million for the construction of a series of tugs and barges, the company’s board of directors announced Thursday.  

Damen's Ship with Van der Velden FLEX Tunnel Commissioned

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  The first ship outfitted with the Van der Velden FLEX Tunnel was named Friday, August 14th in Duisburg. The Rhenus Duisburg, the new barge combination from shipping company Rhenus PartnerShip, has been put through extensive tests and trials

MN 100: AEP River Operations

President: Keith Darling

AEP River Operations offers the largest covered hopper fleet of any carrier. Complementing its barge operations is a fleet of over 80 boats ranging in power from  1,550 to 11,000 hp. The Company: Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, AEP River Operations is a barge company offering service

Meeting New Heated Cargo Vessel Regs

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With the publication of the 2015 Rules for Building and Classing Steel Barges, ABS has amended the rules to require the submittal of a steady state temperature distribution for Oil Tank Barges that carry heated cargos at temperatures greater than 50°C (122°F) and a structural assessment to

MARAD Approves Title XI Loan for Gray Offshore

Julius (Photo: Gray Offshore)

A $12 million Title XI loan guarantee supporting the recent construction of three oceangoing deck barges was recently approved by the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD).   The three barges, Julius, Cordie and Gwendolyn, were built by Conrad Industries for barge leasing company Gray

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