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Nichols Brothers to Build Washington Ferry Superstructure

Washington State 144-car ferry Superstructure Chimacum to be built at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders    Ice Floe, LLC dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) has been contracted by Vigor Industrial to construct the superstructure portion of the third Olympic Class 144-Car Washington State Ferry the M/V Chimacum. Nichols Brothers completed the superstructures for the first and second WSF 144-Car Ferry vessels delivered to Vigor for final assembly in March and December 2013.   Nichols Brothers is responsible for construction of the grand block section of the vessel including the upper car decks, exhaust stacks and pilothouses. Additional work has been awarded to NBBB including all superstructure piping, windows, stairs, ladders, all exterior hand rails and completely painting the interior and exterior. The third superstructure will be more or less complete before arriving at Vigor’s facility in Seattle. Construction will commence at Nichols Brothers Freeland facility in February 2015 with delivery scheduled April 2016.   Nichols Brothers will use the same technique for launching the Superstructure as the Tokitae and Sammish. A complex hydraulic transfer system will move the 1,100-ton superstructure approximately 600 feet from inside NBBB’s facility to a barge in Holmes Harbor


Final Contract to Fund Neah Bay Response Tug

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The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) has extended its contract agreement with Crowley Maritime Corp. to station a state-funded emergency response tug at Neah Bay for another full year of service beginning July 1, 2009, through June 30, 2010. Under the $3.6m extension agreement, an emergency response tug will remain at Neah Bay to prevent disabled ships and barges from drifting onto rocks and causing oil spills in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Washington's outer coast


ATB Delivered by Alabama Shipyard

Alabama Shipyard, Inc. delivered Nicole Leigh Reinauer and RTC 135, an articulated tug/barge (ATB) unit, built for Reinauer Transportation Companies of New York. Alabama Shipyard designed the 135,000 barrel, 460-ft. double-hulled barge in compliance with OPA 90 regulations. Bob Hill of Ocean Tug and Barge Engineering designed the 7,200 hp twin-screw 124 ft. tug, built by Alabama Shipyard's sister company, Atlantic Marine.


M/V Songa Hua Oil Cleanup Continues in Puget Sound

Response teams continue to clean up an oil spill around and underneath Pier 91 at Smith Cove in Elliott Bay today. The main area of impact of the oil appears to be contained underneath Pier 91 of the Port of Seattle. The cleanup is being coordinated with the Port of Seattle. The assessment and labor intensive cleanup of the impacted shoreline is to continue into Friday and possibly the weekend. Cleanup crews are aggressively working to remove all the spilled oil on the deck and hull of


Coast Guard Investigates Barge Sinkings

The Coast Guard continues to investigate the grounding and sinking of two barges on the Hudson River near the Bear Mountain Bridge in Bear Mountain, N.Y., after the two barges broke free of the Tug Buchanan 12. The Buchanan 12 was pushing 13 scow barges when two broke free. A scow barge is a flat bottomed, square bilged vessel that typically carries rocks, gravel, dirt, and other similar loose products. The tug's master immediately notified the Coast Guard Sector New York Command Center


Kirby Expands With Three New Units

Kirby Corporation Announces Purchase of Three Coastwise Tank Barge and Tug Units; Purchased Seaboats, Inc. coastwise tank barge fleet consisting of three 80,000 barrel tank barge and tug units for $42.3 million in cash.   Kirby Corporation has announced the purchase of the coastwise tank barge fleet of Seaboats, Inc. and affiliated companies consisting of three 80,000 barrel coastwise tank barge and tug units for $42.3 million in cash


Olympic Explorer Delivery Delayed

Royal Olympic Cruise Lines Inc. has requested that a number of improvements be made to the Company's newbuilding, Olympic Explorer, prior to taking final delivery of the cruise ship, which was originally scheduled for today. The Company is making adjustments to the Olympic Explorer's early voyages and is in contact with its clients and agents informing them of possible variations to schedules and alternative options.


Owner Liable For Tendering Unseaworthy Barge

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, in an unpublished decision, has ruled that the owner of a barge may be wholly liable for damages resulting from its tendering to a tug company a barge that is unseaworthy. In a case reported on the Holland & Knight website, the US Army Corps of Engineers time-chartered a tug to tow its barge up the Mississippi River. The corps personnel didn't lower the boom on the barge


Marine Resources Group Becomes Foss Marine Holdings

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Largest US tug and barge holding company unites family of companies under single powerful brand.     America's largest coastal tug and barge operator is taking a new - but widely recognized - name: Foss Marine Holdings, Inc.     Company officials announced today that Marine Resources Group (MRG) is becoming Foss Marine Holdings. The Foss name - which celebrates a rich maritime tradition that includes century-long service and a record of innovation - will now


Shipbuilding: Vigor Industrial Grows Stronger

 Frank Foti, Vigor Industrial CEO

Vigor Industrial has ballooned from a modest shipyard in Portland, Oregon, to the largest shipbuilder in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Vigor increasingly thinks big and builds big. The company’s new floating dry dock will be the largest in the United States. And Vigor wants to get even bigger. CEO and owner Frank Foti expresses an ambition to grow to twice the current size in the “next few years.” Foti, who is also chairman of the Shipbuilder’s Council of America


SA Navy Acquires Damen ATD Tug

ATD 2909 Photo Damen

On 4 February 2016 the South African Navy took delivery of a second South African-built Damen ATD Tug 2909 at the naval base in Simon’s Town. Escorted by SA Navy's existing six tugs, Inyathi was welcomed into the naval fleet with a traditional sail past.


Seaspan Venture: Like for Like

Photo: Alan Haig-Brown

“We don’t usually remove the heads at mid-life on the Cummins engines,” Randy Beckler, Shore Engineer for Seaspan Marine, explained in reference to the 2003 launched Seaspan Venture’s third like-for-like repower.  


Insights: Benny Cenac, Jr., Owner & CEO, Cenac Towing Company

Arlen “Benny” Cenac, Jr.

Arlen “Benny” Cenac Jr. is a third-generation owner of Cenac Towing Company. The firm, originally founded in 1927 by his grandfather, now does business as Cenac Marine Services. Benny has led the company since 1981 through several industry downturns by focusing on customer service


Beacon Finland Appoints Rio Marine for US Support

Beacon Finland, a maritime-related firm engaged in naval architecture, marine engineering and equipment, has appointed Rio Marine to service its JAK-ATB coupling systems in the U.S.   Tuija Horkko, Beacon Finland’s Chairman, said Rio Marine will become the exclusive company to


Great Lakes Shipyard Completes USACE Repairs

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Great Lakes Shipyard announced it has completed a multi-vessel drydocking and repair contract for the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Detroit District Floating Plant, and all vessels were redelivered on December 28, 2015.  


McAllister Towing to Build Tractor Tugs at Horizon

Captain Brian A. McAllister, Chairman McAllister Towing and Travis Short, President Horizon Shipbuilding at the 2015 International Workboat Show.

McAllister Towing continues its long, 150-plus year hisory of serving the maritime industry announcing investment in two new boats sporting the latest technology. McAllister Towingis announced that Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. of Bayou La Batre, AL, will build 100 x 40-ft


MarineCFO Integrates Document Management System for Onboard Use

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MarineCFO has announced the availability of its newly developed Marine Document Management System (MDMS), designed specifically as a tool to assist marine operators in organizing recordkeeping, assessment, & training verification requirements both ashore and afloat.


SUNY Maritime to Honor Mort Bouchard

Morton S. Bouchard (Photo: Bouchard Transportation Company)

The State University of New York Maritime College will confer the honorary degree of doctor of science degree on Morton S. Bouchard III, the president and CEO of Bouchard Transportation Company, Inc., during winter 2016 commencement exercises Friday, January 29.   


GE Marine Powered Tugs Delivered to SAAM

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SAAM has taken delivery of its first two tugs to be powered by GE Marine. These new 80-ton RAstar 3200 terminal support tugs include two 8L250 GE Marine diesel engines. Designed by Robert Allan Ltd. and built at Guangdong Bonny Fair Heavy Industry Limited in China


More than 100 Graduate from SUNY Maritime

Morton Bouchard III, President & CEO of Bouchard Transportation

More than 100 students crossed the stage to receive their degrees at State University of New York Maritime College Jan. 29.   Graduates represent 15 fields of study, a quarter of them at the graduate level. More than 60 of them will also graduate with U.S


Rough Waters for Washington State Ferries

The process of installing the superstructure built by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders onto the hull of the M/V Tokitae at Vigor’s yard, March 2013.

Improved funding and management changes have the nation’s largest ferry system on a course to better times. Challenges remain, but WSF tackles each one in turn. Unlike the citizens of British Columbia, which pays a German shipyard to build its ferries


US-flag Great Lakes Cargos Down in January

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U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters carried 2.3 million tons of dry-bulk cargo on the Great Lakes in January, a decrease of 23 percent compared to a year ago, according to figures compiled by the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA).  Iron ore cargos decreased 20 percent


Crowley Celebrates Seven Million Man Hours Without LTI

Photo courtesy of Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corporation’s tanker escort and docking services group in Valdez is celebrating over seven million man hours and more than six years since logging its last Lost Time Injury (LTI).    In addition to this remarkable number


Corima Acquires Damen ASD 2810 Tug

Damen ASD 2810 Musone delivered to Corima Photo Damen

On 20 January 2016, Corima, part of the Italy-based Gesmar Group, held an official handover ceremony for a Damen ASD 2810 tug. The festivities were attended by invited guests that included representatives from Ancona’s port and city authorities.


VT Halter Delivers ATB Tug to Bouchard

M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr. on sea trials (Photo: VT Halter Marine)

VT Halter Marine, Inc. announced the delivery of the M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr., the first of the two 6,000 horsepower Twin Screw Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) tugs to Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc.    Measuring 130 feet by 38 feet by 22 feet, the M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr






 
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