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Seaway Powell Reports Successful Seawork 2014

Left to right: Chris Oswald, Director; Colin Dunford, Seaway Powell Production Manager; Vivian Watson, Hypac General Manager; and Tom Bibby, PT USA General Manager (Photo: Seaway Powell Marine)

Seaway Powell Marine, a company producing deck equipment, custom engineering solutions and electro-mechanical actuation, announced a successful week at Seawork International 2014. “With our best presence yet, there was a huge amount of interest in both the PT USA V Series Actuator and the Hypac Automatic Windlass,” the company said. The PT USA V Series Actuator is an actuator platform for linear motion control, now being built at the Seaway Powell manufacturing facility in Shaftesbury, Dorset. The V Series Actuators can be retro-fitted or installed as part of a new mechanical system. When combined with modern servo motors and controls, electro-mechanical actuation provides nearly infinite programmability, reduced setup times and improved control of speed, acceleration, deceleration, force and position. The company reports a large and growing list of applications for its actuators. Also showcased at Seawork International 2014 was a new Automatic Windlass. Originally designed and manufactured by sister company Australian based Hypac, the Automatic Windlass forms part of a range of lightweight deck gear, and features an automatic brake for remote operation from the wheel house or pendant control, leaving the foredeck clear for loading systems and cargo. Designed for under deck installation, the windlass provides fast haul in to raise the anchor quickly and efficiently, and a creep speed for anchor stowage to protect the vessels’ hull from damage.

This Day in Naval History - Sept. 16

From the Navy News Service 1854 - Cmdr. David G. Farragut takes possession of Mare Island, the first U.S. Navy Yard on the Pacific. 1917 - Navy Department authorizes establishment of 16 Naval air stations abroad. 1922 - Cmdr. Halsey Powell abaord USS Edsall (DD 219) became the senior officer directing the evacuation of 250,000 Greek refugees from Turkey after war between Greece and Turkey. 1940 - President Roosevelt signs Selective Training and Service Act, the first peacetime draft.

HII Women Shipbuilders' STEM Achievements Recognized

Michelle Avery, A Technology All-Star Award Winner: Photo credit HII

Ten HII shipbuilders recognized at 17th annual Women of Color STEM Conference for achievements in science, technology, engineering & math (STEM). Five award-winners represent the company's Ingalls Shipbuilding division, and five award winners represent HII's Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division. The recipients were honored during the conference held Oct. 11-13 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. The conference provides a national forum to celebrate the achievements of women in STEM

Kongsberg Delivers Offshore Ops Simulator


Superior Energy Services of Houston, Texas, took delivery of one of the most advanced maritime training simulators ever developed, in April 2012. The next-generation simulator from Kongsberg Maritime will be used to provide integrated, real-time training for Superior’s offshore marine personnel at its new facility in Anchorage, Alaska.   Under the terms of the contract, signed September 2011, Kongsberg Maritime supplied Superior Energy Marine Technical Services with a full

Higgins, Great Lakes Legislator of the Year


Congressman Brian M. Higgins (D-NY) has been honored for his support of Great Lakes shipping by the largest coalition representing the industry.  The Congressman was named Great Lakes Legislator of the Year by Great Lakes Maritime Task Force (GLMTF).  Rep. Higgins will formally receive the award at GLMTF’s 14th Annual Briefing for the Great Lakes Delegation in Washington on April 2, 2009. “As a native of Buffalo

Pedestal Crane Barge for New York Power Authority


When the wicked winter weather begins to blow off Lake Erie, a shipbuilder and a crane company in Cleveland, Ohio, and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) will be glad they cooperatively commissioned and built a barge-mounted pedestal crane for the Lake Erie-Niagara River Ice Boom Operations in Buffalo, N.Y., to help reduce potential damage to hydroelectric power plants caused by Lake Erie’s inevitable ice. Building the Pedestal Crane Barge

April Ice Hinders Great Lakes Ore Trade

 Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 4.3 million tons in April, nearly 15 percent below the month’s long-term average, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported. The heavy ice blanketing the Lakes not only slowed the vessels that were in service, it delayed many vessels from sailing. Several U.S.-flag vessel operators held back ships rather than sit in ice because the U.S

GLMTF Says USACE Shorted Region on Stimulus

The Great Lakes Maritime Task Force said the Great Lakes came up short when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decided how to divvy up the $4.6b Congress gave it for job creation and infrastructure improvements under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Corps allocated only two percent of its stimulus dollars to the Great Lakes, leaving navigation and environmental projects in America’s heartland high and dry.

New Dredger for Lake Lotawana

Lake Lotawana’s 7012 HP Versi-Dredge deepening Buffalo Cove - the project is running ahead of schedule (Photo: IMS)

Lake Lotawana Association celebrated the launch of its new 2015 Model 7012 HP Versi-Dredge at Buffalo Cove on May 1, 2015. In attendance was Dave Wagner, Dredge Committee Chairperson, outgoing Mayor, David Welsh and Ward III Alderman, David Tillema as well as IMS President, Jim Horton, IMS Vice President, Ryan Horton, and IMS Technical Sales Manager, Michael Young.    Lake Lotawana was constructed in 1927-1928 and incorporated as a city in 1958

No Stimulus Funds for New Soo Lock

The Great Lakes Maritime Task Force (GLMTF) has expressed its disappointment that the second Poe-sized lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan did not receive any Federal stimulus dollars. GLMTF stated that Congress has strongly supported the project, authorizing the lock at full Federal expense in 2007, and approving tens of millions of dollars in Federal construction funding, including $17 million recently in the FY09 Appropriations Bill.

Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Down in September

File photo: Paul Csizmadia

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 5,258,269 tons in September, a decrease of 5.6 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association reported. Shipments trailed the month’s five-year average by even more, 15.3 percent.

Vessel Aids Fire Emergency While in Final Testing

Photo: Lake Assault Boats

Lake Assault Boats, manufacturer of purpose-built and mission-specific fire and rescue boats, recently assisted the Superior, Wis. Fire Department in its response to a fire on an ore boat at Fraser Shipyards. At the time, a team from Lake Assault was in the final stages of testing the 28-foot

US-flag Lakes Cargo Volume Dips in September

File photo: Paul Csizmadia

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 9.1 million tons of cargo in September, a decrease of 7 percent compared to a year ago, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA). The September float was also 8.7 percent below the month’s five-year average.  

CSL Head Rod Jones to Retire

Rod Jones (left) and Louis Martel (right) (Photo: CSL Group)

CSL Group head Rod Jones will retire effective March 31, 2017, after a career with the Canadian dry bulk shipper that spans over 30 years, including nine years as president and chief executive officer. Louis Martel, currently CSL International president and CSL Group executive vice-president

Great Lakes Limestone Trade Slides in September

File photo: Lower Lakes Towing/Chamber of Marine Commerce

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 2,958,522 tons in September, a decrease of 9.5 percent compared to a year ago, reports the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA). September’s loadings were also 13.3 percent below the month’s five-year average.

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

Merger Unites Canada/US Shipping Voices

The Baie St. Paul discharges stone in August 2015 at the construction site of the new Champlain Bridge in Montreal. (Photo: Canada Steamship Lines/Mario Faubert)

The Chamber of Marine Commerce will assume the assets, liabilities and staff of the Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) following a new merger agreement that aims to create a united voice for commercial shipping in Canada and the United States.  

Interlake Steamship Bulk Carrier Repowered

The newly repowered M/V Herbert C. Jackson departed Fraser Shipyards in Superior, Wis., yesterday giving a farewell salute to the Twin Ports where it has been undergoing its steam-to-diesel conversion since December 21.   As the last steam-powered ship in Interlake Steamship Company’s

This Day In Naval History: September 16

1814 - A squadron from the schooner USS Carolina attacks and raids the base of the pirate Jean Lafitte, at Barataria, La., capturing six schooners and other small craft while the pirates flee the attack.   1823 - Samuel Southard becomes the seventh Secretary of the Navy

PureSOx Installed on Canadian Cement Carrier

Photo: Alfa Laval

As well as being the established choice of scrubber for Emission Control Areas (ECAs), Alfa Laval PureSOx is proving its capabilities on the Great Lakes. The system will soon be installed on a cement carrier that will operate in the region as part of the NovaAlgoma fleet.  

Great Lakes-Seaway Shipping Rebounds in August

Algoma Harvester loading 30,007.542 metric tons of wheat at Riverland Ag/Duluth Storage on July 7, 2016 – a Twin Ports record for the largest load of grain. (Photo: Capt. Tom Mackay, Duluth)

Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway shipping rebounded in August due to a surge in U.S. grain exports, iron ore shipment improvements and a steady flow of raw materials for manufacturing and construction.   “We’ve seen a real rally in August. St

Great Lakes/Seaway Iron Ore Trade Up in August

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 6,048,409 tons in August, an increase of 2.9 percent compared to a year ago, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA). However, shipments trailed the month’s 5-year average by 5 percent.  

Great Lakes Limestone Trade Dips in August

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3,365,999 tons in August, a decrease of 13.5 percent compared to a year ago, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA).  August’s loadings were also 8 percent below the month’s five-year average.  

US-flag Lakes Cargos Down Almost 10% in July

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 9.85 million tons of cargo in July, a decrease of 9.5 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association  (LCA) reports.  The July float was also 9 percent below the month’s five-year average.  

Custom Dredge Keeps Santa Cruz Harbor Clear

Photo: DSC Dredge

The winter of 2016 was an unusually harsh one for the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor in Santa Cruz, Calif. Four years of drought was followed by an El Niño season that brought storm water runoff, high tides, high surf and swells – rapidly creating a complete shoaling of the federal

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