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Eastern Delivers Towboat Newbuild

Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. is pleased to announce the delivery of the M/V Capt. Troy J. Hotard (Hull 186) to Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. of Mandeville, La. On Tuesday, February 4, 2014 the 56th Inland Towboat constructed by Eastern Shipbuilding was delivered to Florida Marine. Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced on January 23, 2013, that Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. had exercised more options for up to five additional 90’x32’x10’ Inland Towboats. In December of 2012, the M/V Blake Boyd, the 55th Towboat built by Eastern, was delivered to Florida Marine. This ongoing series of towboats originally began with a 25-vessel contract with on-time deliveries starting in 2006. It has expanded to become the largest single towboat build contract in history. The additional five vessel contract is being constructed from the design furnished by Gilbert Associates, Inc. of Boston, Mass. These five vessels will be the first in the series with EPA Tier 3 main propulsion engines and generators delivered to Florida Marine. The vessel is powered by two Caterpillar 3512C Tier 3 diesel engines rated at 1,500 HP at 1,600 RPM provided by Louisiana Power Systems. The reduction gears are direct coupled Twin-Disc Model MG-5600 with a 6.04:1 reduction supplied by Stewart Supply, Inc. of Harvey, Louisiana


Trinity Industries Announces Litigation Settlement

Trinity Marine Products has reached a settlement agreement with Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. related to 28 tank barges owned and/or operated by Florida Marine. Trinity Industries, Trinity Marine Products, and Florida Marine will each dismiss their claims filed against one another. The settlement involves a joint monitoring of the barge coatings and void compartment maintenance procedures, and a mutual release of all claims against one another according to the parties’ representatives


Traffic Continues Transits in Calcasieu Channel

In the Calcasieu Ship Channel, six vessels transited safely into the port and three are expected to transit outbound. The temporary Vessel Traffic Service staffed by Coast Guard personnel and industry stakeholders will control these movements. Contingency operational plans have been devised, as well as equipment and temporary dams placed in at risks areas, in the event of heavy rainfall in the area to counter any problems that may arise from such an event.


Campbell Shipping, Heavy Industry Agreement

Bahamian shipowners Campbell Shipping Ltd. signed an order with Zhong Chuan Heavy Industry Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. of Zhoushan for two 32,000 dwt double-hull bulk carriers, with an option for two more. These ships, which will be classed by ABS and fly the Bahamas flag, are to have 600 ft length overall, with a 92 ft beam, a scantling draft of 33 ft and a service speed of 14 knots. Their prime movers will be MAN B&W 6S46MC-C8 diesels


FreeSeas Appoints Kalogeropoulos to Board

FreeSeas Inc. (Nasdaq:FREE) a transporter of drybulk cargoes through the ownership and operation of a fleet of Handysize and Handymax vessels, announced today that George Kalogeropoulos has joined its Board of Directors as a Board member, replacing Kostas Koutsoubelis, who resigned for personal reasons. Kalogeropoulos brings to FreeSeas over 30 years of marine transportation experience, holding managerial positions in brokering, chartering, ship management


Horizon Delivers M/V Capt. Kirby Dupuis

Photo courtesy Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc.

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Ala., has delivered the M/V Capt. Kirby Dupuis to Florida Marine Transporters of Mandeville, La.  She joins her sister ship, the M/V Capt. W. D. Nunley in pushing cargoes throughout the inland waterways of the United States.   The M/V Capt. Kirby Dupuis, designed by John Gilbert, is a 120 ft long by 35 ft wide, 10 ft draft, towboat vessel that is four-decked and is outfitted for service in areas restricted to overhead clearances and draft


U.S. Shipping Partners Takes Delivery of First ATB

U.S. Shipping Partners L.P. announced the delivery of its new articulated tug barge unit (ATB) the pusher tug Freeport and the parcel barge Chemical Transporter. The Partnership believes the ATB Freeport is the first IMO I ATB to be constructed in the United States. The ATB Freeport has successfully completed sea trials and has received necessary certification by the U.S. Coast Guard and the American Bureau of Shipping.


ASA Member Completes WA Recovery Operation

Salvage of a 485-ton, 140-foot long stainless steel reactor vessel that rolled off a barge.

American Salvage Association member salvages Hydrogen Reactor outside of Seattle. A member of the American Salvage Association (ASA) responded to a call on December 9 to salvage a 485-ton, 140-foot long stainless steel reactor vessel that rolled off a barge, landing into approximately 60 feet of water near Cherry Point, WA. The reactor is an integral piece in the manufacture of low sulfur diesel fuel. The reactor was filled with nitrogen to prevent corrosion during transportation from Korea


Goldhofer to Display Transport Equipment at SMM

The 2,800 ton USS Coronado on Goldhofer PST/ES-E self-propelled modules. Photo: Goldhofer

When the maritime industry gathers at SMM in Hamburg, Goldhofer Aktiengesellschaft of Memmingen will present its transport equipment for the heavy-haulage industry, which is also suited for transporting ships or ship sections and offshore plants. Goldhofer’s PST/ES-E self-propelled heavy-duty module transporters (SPMT) with hydrostatic drive and electronic multiway steering are now a standard item in the maritime industry worldwide


Gate Installation Begins at Panama Canal Expansion

Photo: ACP

The installation of the gates for the new locks of the Panama Canal began today on the Atlantic side of the waterway, the Panama Canal Authority  (ACP) reported.   “This is a very important milestone for the Expansion Program,” said Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano. “We see how the new locks are rapidly taking shape as we move towards the successful completion of the project.”  


Access to Brazil's Itajai Port to Open as Truck Protest Ends

Protesters have agreed to open access to Brazil's main poultry exporting port of Itajai in Santa Catarina state, the port said on Wednesday, ending a lingering flashpoint after a two-week truck drivers' protest. A union of autonomous truck drivers agreed to the port's proposal to raise payments


First of 20 New Ships Delivered to Intermarine

Industrial Grand (Photo courtesy of Intermarine)

Transporter of project, breakbulk and heavy lift cargoes, Intermarine, LLC, has begun “Fleet of the Future” deliveries with the addition and maiden voyage of the newbuild Industrial Grand.   The 20,000 DWT, 545 foot multipurpose vessel Industrial Grand features three cranes with


Air Hoists Give Tank Cleaning a Lift

J D Neuhaus air operated hoist in operation for precise handling of pressure injection head during tank cleaning operation. (Photo: J D Neuhaus)

More and more companies are turning to air-operated hoists for effective ways to clean storage tanks, manufacturer J D Neuhaus (JDN) reports. These lifting devices, which offer precise load placement control through hand pendants, are deployed in a variety of transport tank cleaning applications


Will Paper Logs Sail into History?

An inland pushboat and barges on the river / photo credit: Helm

Helm Marine Software’s product team leads burdened brown water workboat operators out of the wilderness – and confidently into compliance. Four to six forms a day and that’s before Subchapter M rules take effect. That is how many forms Helm Marine Software’s product team


SPMTs Transport Heavy LNG Load in China

Roll-on of the 5,000 t module on SCHEUERLE SPMTs. The precise axle compensation of the vehicles ensured a safe loading process. (Photo courtesy of SCHEUERLE)

5,200t LNG module transported on SCHEUERLE self-propelled modular transporters (SPMT) in China   It was the heaviest load ever transported in China on SPMTs: the first of a total of eight liquid natural gas (LNG) production modules was moved by SCHEUERLE SPMTs from Zhejiang Lida


Turkish Truckers Eye Caspian Sea Routes to Avoid Delays in Iran

Caspian Sea

Turkish carriers plan to cross near 25 thousand vehicles a year over Caspian Sea with ferryboats and Ro Ro ships to avoid delays on the route across Iran.   The use of ferry boats and Ro-Ro ships would cut excursion time significantly


Ailing Seaman Evacuated from Cargo Ship

Philippines Coast Guard evacuates ailing seaman off foreign-flagged ship off Lubang   An ailing seafarer was evacuated by the Phlippines Coast Guard from a Curacao-flagged vessel in the vicinity waters of Lubang Island in the morning of January 12.   


First Gate Installed in Panama Canal’s New Pacific Locks

Photo courtesy of ACP

The first gate will be installed in lock head one facing Gatun Lake; canal expansion program 85 percent complete The first gate for the Panama Canal’s new locks in the Pacific side was installed earlier today after being carried to its final destination on self-propelled motorized wheel


Eastern Shipbuilding Delivers TY Dolese

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. is pleased to announce the recent delivery of the TY DOLESE towboat

  During the 2014/2015 Holiday Season, Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. delivered the M/V TY DOLESE (Hull 189) the 59th 90’ Inland Towboat to Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. of Mandeville, LA. for its ongoing new build program


Iranian Oil Tanker Blacklisted by EU

Image: National Iranian Tanker Company

 During a meeting in Brussels on Thursday 12 February, members of European Union decided to sanction again the Iranian Oil Tanker Company which is transporting oil around the globe.  The EU's second-highest court ruled last July there were no grounds to blacklist the National Iranian


Wärtsilä Scrubber Systems for Stena Line ferries

Stena Transporter Courtesy Wartsila

  Two Ro-Ro vessels owned and operated by Stena Line, the Sweden based transport and ferry company, are to be retrofitted with Wärtsilä in-line closed-loop scrubber systems. The scrubbers will be installed on the 'Stena Transit' and 'Stena Transporter' ferries operating between


Scrubbers for Two Stena Line Ferries

Stena Transporter is to be retrofitted with Wärtsilä in-line closed-loop scrubber systems. (Photo courtesy of Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä exhaust scrubber systems to achieve emissions compliance for two Stena Line ferries   Two Ro-Ro vessels owned and operated by Stena Line are to be retrofitted with Wärtsilä in-line closed-loop scrubber systems


Adani Hazira Port Handles Record Rock Phosphate

  Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) today said its Hazira port had recently handled a record quantity of rock phosphate of 188,684 metric tonnes, highest amongst any commercial port in single calendar month.   With this feat


CMA CGM Launches West Africa Logistics Hub

Picture by the CMA CGM Group

 French maritime transporter CMA CGM has opened a logistics complex, between the port and city of Douala, Cameroon, and set up a new firm to handle inland transportation in West African markets.   Christened 3CTC (CMA CGM Cameroon Container Terminal)


Brazil Truckers Continue Roadblocks After Crackdown

Striking truck drivers resumed some roadblocks in Brazil on Monday even as the government cracked down on protesters and promised to implement a law to lower toll costs and give other benefits to the transport sector. Nationwide there were 24 road blockages in four states






 
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