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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


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 www.history.navy.mil.


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


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.


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


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


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'.


Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Awarded Project

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Italian firm Alberto ALBERT was awarded a project to develop for Italian Logistic firm MOVENDO International the transport of gravels for the concrete to be used during the extension of Panama Canal. The service began on January and for this are used two sister Chinese hopper barges 91.4m * 24.4m * 5.5m conceived for the transport of basalt gravels in bulk on deck from Pacific Side to Atlantic Side of the Gatun lake.


China Seeks to Build Shipping Railways in Brazil

Brazil hopes that during a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping it can boost ties with its biggest trade partner beyond the exchange of commodities for manufactured goods, but that may be wishful thinking. Accords China will sign with Brazil when Xi meets with President Dilma Rousseff on


US-flag Lakers’ Cargo Total Trails 2013 by 17%

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U.S.-flag cargo movement on the Great Lakes stands at 27 million tons through the end of June, a decrease of 17.4 percent compared to the same point in 2013.  The brutal winter of 2013/2014 is the overriding factor behind the decrease.  Vessels lost significant time due to the heavy ice


Laborde Draws Repeat Customer

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Carla Jenkins of Vidalia, Louisiana, proudly carries on a family tradition of business on the waterways. Owner and operator of Vidalia Dock and Storage, a company started by her father in 1956, Jenkins relies on engine distributor Laborde Products to keep her fleet running reliably.


Dry Weather Hastens Brazil Sugar Output but Hurts Maturing Crop

Brazil's main center-south cane crop produced 2.33 million metric tons of sugar in the first half of June, up from the 2.03 million metric tons in late May as clear weather helped crushing, the main sugar and ethanol lobby Unica said on Wednesday.


Port Everglades Updates Master/Vision Plan for Future Growth

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  Port Everglades is planning for the year 2033 with an updated roadmap for future growth over the next 20 years that identifies $1.6 billion in capital investments to improve productivity for cargo, cruise and petroleum businesses that operate at the South Florida seaport.


Sunken Barge Near State Marine Reserve Removed

The Coast Guard says it has completed clean up and removal efforts of a barge that sank earlier near Point Conception State Marine Reserve, California. Around 12:15 p.m. on 8, June 2014 the Coast Guard received a distress call from the tugboat Calvin


British National Naval Memorial Unveiled

Naval memorial unveiling: Photo MOD/Leading Airman Alex Knott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) informs that serving sailors, veterans, cadets and supporters turned out in force to witness the unveiling of the memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. The memorial, a bold design of glass and stone


Sao Martinho's Sugar-Ethanol Profits Drop 50%

Net profit at Sao Martinho SA , one of Brazil's biggest sugar and ethanol groups, was 6.4 million reais ($2.9 million) in the quarter ended March 31, down 50 percent from the year-earlier period, the company said in a filing on Monday night.


Today in U.S. Naval History: June 13

The Sinking of the Jeannette, Engraving by George T. Andrew after a design by M.J. Burns. (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 History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil


Boskallis Wins Two Big Dredge Contracts

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Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. says it has acquired two contracts in the United Kingdom and Sweden with a combined value of approximately EUR 70 million, as follows: UK contract Boskalis is to build a breakwater in Clacton-on-Sea for Tendring District Council over a distance of five kilometers


Great Lakes Limestone Trade Dips 8%

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Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.3 million tons in May, a decrease of 8 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association reported, adding that shipments were also 3 percent below the month’s long-term average.


HAL's Volendam To Add 21 Lanai Staterooms, Mix Bar Area

Lanai Stateroom will feature on Holland America Lines ms Volendam

When Holland America Line’s ms Volendam completes dry-dock in December 2014, the ship will feature 21 new exclusive lanai staterooms, the contemporary bar area Mix and updated bathrooms in all suites and select other stateroom categories


Brazilian Soybeans Reach US, More En Route

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Two bulk shipments of Brazilian soybeans arrived at the U.S. ports of Wilmington, North Carolina, and Norfolk, Virginia, over the weekend, the first large South American shipments to hit the U.S. East Coast this season, Reuters shipping data showed.


Jordanian Shipping Company Pleads Guilty

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Jordan-based Arab Ship Management Ltd. pleaded guilty today in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, to one count of violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, the Justice Department and the U.S. Coast Guard announced. In accordance with the terms of the plea agreement


Lakes Ice Maintained Its Stranglehold in April

Photo courtesy of LCA

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved only 3.8 million tons of cargo in April, a decrease of nearly 50 percent compared to a year ago.  Heavy ice, especially on Lake Superior, slowed transits to not much more than crawl at times






 
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