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Cat 3516Bs Chosen for Inland Waterways Push Boat

The first U.S. inland waterways tow vessel powered by electronically controlled Caterpillar 3500 Series B marine propulsion engines is currently under construction at Quality Shipyard, Houma, La. The new boat will enter service on the Ohio River system in November, 1999 for Mulzer Crushed Stone, Tell City, Ind. Corning Townsend of CT Marine designed the boat's structure to be similar to an existing Mulzer vessel, but increased the hull length and designed the underwater shape, propulsion system, and rudders to increase overall efficiency, reduce cavitation, and improve steering control both ahead and astern. Propulsion will be provided by two Cat 3516Bs rated 1,800 bhp (1,342 kW) at 1,200 rpm. The engines will turn Bollinger 100 in. x 76 in. wheels through Reintjes WAF 1562, 5.4:1 gears. Projected full load tow is 15 standard barges filled with aggregates. Engines and gears - as well as all other ship systems, tanks, and bunkers -- will be connected to a Monico integrated vessel monitoring system, with computer monitors placed in both the engineer's control room and the pilothouse. Auxiliary power will be provided by two Cat 3304B gen sets rated 105 ekW at 1,800 rpm.

Tugboat Named For Long-serving Vulcan Employee

US company Vulcan Materials christens new tugboat 'Hazel Demery' in honor of nurse with 58 years of company service. The new tugboat for the company's Grand Rivers facility is named for Hazel Demery, a prominent figure in the Grand Rivers community.  Mrs. Demery was guest of honor at the christening ceremony held at Vulcan's harbor, which is adjacent to the Kentucky Dam & Locks. Beginning in 1951, Mrs. Demery worked as a nurse for Reed Crushed Stone

U.S.-Flag Fleet Moves Less Cargo

Reduced demand for domestically-made steel and uneven demand for stone from the construction industry again produced a shortfall in U.S.-Flag carriage on the Great Lakes in August. Cargo movement in U.S. bottoms totaled 12,761,930 net tons, a decrease of 8.3 percent. The season-long slump has now left a gap of 6.2 million tons between the end-of-August totals in 1999 and 1998. Steel mill-bound iron ore cargo slipped below six million tons in August

Famous Pacific Ships Six Scrubbers to Australia

Photo courtesy Impress Communications Ltd

Famous Pacific Shipping recently shipped six scrubber modules from the U.S. to Australia, working with its U.S. agent, Oakland-based Sea Shipping Lines (SSL) Lines.  The units, moved for a major client that specializes in providing crushing equipment for the mining industry, were around 4.8 m in diameter and the heaviest piece weighed approximately 70 tonnes.  FPS says that the specialized trailers that carried the scrubber modules required traffic escorts and power lines had to be

Today in U.S. Naval History: June 13

Entering the Ice Engraving by George T. Andrew after a design by M.J. Burns, copied from The Voyage of the Jeannette ..., Volume I, page 117, edited by Emma DeLong, published in 1884. It depicts USS Jeannette entering the Arctic Ice, near Herald Island (about 72N, 175W), on 6 September 1879. (U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - June 13 1881 - USS Jeannette crushed in Arctic ice pack 1967 - Operation Great Bend in Rung Sat Zone, Vietnam For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center website at

Skipper Prosecuted for Fishing Vessel Collision

A skipper of fishing vessel Saphire Stone was charged following a collision with another fishing vessel Karen causing its loss. The skipper, Malcolm Edmund, pleaded guilty to charges including failing to keep a proper lookout and has been fined more than £5,000, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported. On January 22, 2014, fishing vessel Karen was coming to the end of a four-hour tow to the southeast of the Island of Arran, when she was struck astern by the Saphire Stone

Juneau Moves Ahead with $50m Dock Plan

According to reports, Juneau leaders on continued to move forward with plans for a $50m cruise ship dock improvement plan that would allow two modern ships to dock at the same time by 2010. To do that, Port Director John Stone said some fees will increase dramatically. The city's Docks and Harbors Board is proposing construction of a floating berth in front of the current cruise ship dock that would accommodate two big ships.

Petrobras Hits in Deepwater GOM

Petrobras announced the discovery of oil and gas in ultra-deep waters in the Central Gulf of Mexico, in the U.S., via its Petrobras America Inc. subsidiary, based in Houston, Texas. The discovery was made via the Stones # 3 well, drilled to perform the exploratory assessment of the Stones discovery, which is operated by Shell and located in Block WR 508, in ultra-deep Walker Ridge Quadrant waters. Petrobras America Inc. holds a 25% stake there

Lakes Limestone Trade Down

Cleveland—Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.5 million net tons in November, a decrease of six percent compared to both a year ago and the month’s five-year average. Demand is waning in light of the deteriorating economy. However, lack of adequate dredging impacted those stone cargos that did move in November. A large U.S.-Flag tug/barge unit that has carried nearly 35,000 net tons of stone in a single trip averaged only 31

Greek Shipowners Invest Hugely in New Ships

Greek ship-owners bought 72 ships within the first three months of 2013, invest US$848-million in their companies. While the Greek government continues to mull plans to tax the country’s shipping industry to raise money during a crushing economic crisis, Greek ship-owners bought 72 ships within the first three months of 2013 and invested $848 million in their companies, a $244 million increase and an additional 32 ships from the previous year, reports the 'Greek Reporter'.

Foundation Stone Laid for New PSA CT in Mumbai

Stone laying ceremony

  Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals Private Limited (BMCT), a wholly-owned subsidiary of PSA Bharat Investments Pte Ltd (which is a subsidiary of PSA International) celebrated the laying of the foundation stone today to mark an important chapter in the development of the fourth container

New Insulation Range for Marine and Offshore


ROCKWOOL Technical Insulation has introduced a range of lightweight stone wool fire boards suitable for maritime and offshore applications. This product range, new generation SeaRox FB 6000, has been tested and approved for main A-class rated steel constructions especially targeting passenger ships

BSM Completes Global Management Program

Bibby Ship Management - IOM - Nicola Quayle

  Bibby Ship Management has successfully completed its second Global Management Programme which, it says, has helped to develop the management skills of all its management team across its global offices. According to Nicola Quayle, Head of Group HR, at Bibby Ship Management

Wagh Joins BSM India as Dy MD

Capt. Sanjiv Wagh

  Bibby Ship Management welcomed Sanjiv Wagh as Deputy Managing Director of its India offices. With over 30 year’s industry experience, Mr Wagh joins Bibby Ship Management from Kongsberg where he was General Sales Manager for Kongsberg Maritime India

Engine Refit for Mersey Pilot Boat

James Troops Robert Pollock and Derek Bate with Volvo engine (Photo: James Troop)

James Troop supplies two new Volvo Penta engines to upgrade Mersey pilot boat   Merseyside-based engine specialist James Troop & Co has secured a deal to supply and install two Volvo Penta D9 engines to extend the service life of one of Liverpool’s River Mersey pilot boats.

New Suez Canal Ready for Business

 Suez Canal Authority (SCA) chairman Mohab Mamish officially called on international maritime navigation lines to use the New Suez Canal, scheduled to be inaugurated August 6.   Dubbed the Suez Canal Axis, the new 72-kilometre (45-mile) section built by the Egyptian army is aimed at

LR First to Certify Small Caribbean Ships

Surveyor Umar Ali from LR’s Trinidad office carries out an inspection of the tugboat Trafalgar

  LR is the first class society to certify small commercial ships operating in the Caribbean After becoming the first classification society to issue Cargo Ship Safety and Small Commercial Safety Certificates to two Trinidad and Tobago vessels LR was recently authorised by several

Hong Kong Issues Note on Container Handling Safety

Loading containers Photo JN Port

  Hong Kong’s Marine Department has issued a reminder about safe handling of containers following the investigation into the death of a sailor on board a container vessel during cargo unloading operations. The incident occurred while containers were being discharged from the cargo

Powerful storm hits Taiwan, six dead

Typhoon Soudelor  photo

  A powerful typhoon battered Taiwan on Saturday with strong wind and torrential rain, cutting power to 3.62 million households as the death toll rose to six. Four people were missing and 101 were injured, authorities said. Hundreds of flights were delayed or cancelled and more than 9

Great Lakes Limestone Trade Strong

For the second month in a row, shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes topped 4 million tons in July, the Lake Carriers' Association (LCA) reported. This is the first time loadings have topped the 4-million-ton mark for more than one month in a shipping season since 2008.  

Migrants brawl on Greek island as refugee ship lies empty

Eleftherios Venizelos

  Migrants desperate to get off the Greek island of Kos fought each other on Saturday while nearby a passenger ship chartered to house and process refugees lay empty 24 hours after it had arrived. Outside the island's main police station, about 50 migrants from Afghanistan

US-flag Iron Ore Cargos Retreat Again in July

With the nation awash in dumped foreign steel, iron ore cargos carried by U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) fell again in July, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association  (LCA). Loadings totaled 4.7 million tons, a decrease of 10 percent compared to a year ago

Greece Moves Refugees to Mainland, Crush Builds on Border

Greece Refugees Photo Information Resource Center Athens

  Greece ferried hundreds of refugees to its mainland on Friday to relieve the pressure on outlying islands that have been overwhelmed by thousands of people arriving by boat to flee Syria's civil war. At the same time, crowds of migrants massed on the Greek border with Macedonia

Seaway Sees Project Cargos Rise in August

Press release - While August is generally slower for Seaway traffic, U.S. ports handled a range of project cargo for their customers. “During the month of August, high value project cargo was on the move throughout the Great Lakes-St

Recent Vessel Sales - September 2015

Vessel sales for September 2015 (as of October 1) as prepared by Shipping Intelligence, Inc., New York.   Date Reported - Vessel Name - DWT - Built - (Age) - Price in Millions USD   Bulk Carriers 9/16 - VAN ORCHID - 28,341 - 09 - (6) - $10

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