Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., Lockport, La., with the Riverway Co., Eden Prairie, Minn., christened the M/V Bootsie B., a 188-ft. (57.3 m), 8,000 hp towboat. Bootsie B. is the first such vessel for the Riverway Co., in 25 years. It was christened by Ms. Mary Sutton Becker, granddaughter of Mrs. Mary Sutton "Bootsie" Baskerville, whose family established Riverway's predecessor company, the Upper Mississippi Towing Corp. in 1937. Lawson and Lawson will operate the vessel "This is our first new construction project for Riverway," said Walter Berry, executive vice president and COO of Bollinger said. Bollinger Northshore Engineering designed the vessel, and Corning Townsend, with C.T. Marine, provided naval architectural services for proper water flow through the kort nozzle and across the rudders. This included design of propellers, kort nozzles, rudders, and overall vessel review, and Berry stressed that this was not a re-work of an old design. Bootsie B. measures 188 x 48 x 11.5 ft. (57.3 x 14.6 x 3.5 m), with a minimum draft of 8.5 ft. (2.6 m). It is powered by a pair of EMD 16-710G7B-diesel engines developing a total of 8,000 hp and 196,000 lbs. of Bollard pull. Bollinger manufactured shafts with John Crane seals drive two Bollinger 122 in. by 138 in., five-blade propellers installed in Harrington CT28 nozzles. Lufkin provided RH53624 horizontal offset reverse/reduction gears with a ratio of 4.9:1, and Fernstrum grid coolers cool the engines.
The National Waterways Foundation has elected six new trustees at its recent meeting in October in Chicago, IL. They are Rev. Dr. Jean Smith , Executive Director, Seamenâ€™s Church Institute (New York, NY); Ms. Teri Goodmann , Development Director, Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium (Dubuque, IA); Mr. Charles Jones , Chairman of the Board, Amherst/Madison Coal & Supply Company (Charleston, WV); Mr. Terry Becker , President, Riverway Co. (Minneapolis, MN); Mr
Great Lakes Shipyard in Cleveland, Ohio built and delivered four public-use restroom barges for the National Park Service. The barges were delivered in Stillwater, Minn. near Minneapolis and will be used on the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway for boater and camper use. The 20 ft. long by 10 ft. wide barges, each having five restrooms, are able to be connected together in sets or floated independently for optimal utilization
The National Waterways Foundation elected new officers and trustees at its recent meeting on October 3, 2007 in Houston, TX. Newly elected Foundation officers are Peter Stephaich, Chairman, Campbell Transportation Co., Chairman, succeeding Joe Pyne, President/CEO, Kirby Corporation, and Terry Becker, President, Riverway Co., Treasurer. R. Barry Palmer, WCI, President and CEO, was re-elected as Secretary. Re-elected as Foundation trustees were Craig E
By Larry Pearson The design challenge for towboats in the new Millennium is they are being called upon to do tougher jobs on the water but at the same time have be more environmentally friendly to the water on which they sail. Also, many of today's towboats are light years ahead of their predecessors of just a few years ago in crew amenities and berthing spaces. Government Driven High Tech "Much of the new technology we are seeing on towboats is because of new IMO, EPA
No one ever said that working on the inland rivers or in the Gulf of Mexico on a vessel was a picnic. It is axiomatic that the hours are long, the work physically demanding and the workplace environment potentially dangerous. That is why newer deliveries emphasize crew habitability. Vessel owners and operators know that well-rested and well-fed crews are safer crews and safety cannot be over emphasized in this severe setting
MarineNews is pleased again this year to showcase the thoughts and opinions of workboat industry luminaries and executives, including: Terry Becker, President, Riverway Co.; Larry Daily, President, Alter Barge Line, Inc.; Cherrie Felder, Vice President, Channel Shipyard Companies; William D. Friedman, Executive Director, Ports of Indiana; Berdon Lawrence, Chairman, Kirby and Peter H. Stephaich, Chairman of Campbell Transportation Company, Inc., and C&C Marine Maintenance, Inc.
By Raina Clark, from MarineNews July 2010 If towboats and barges hurtled passed the average American on their way to work every morning, the industry would be better known. If commuters had to deal with failed locks the way they have to deal with congested freeways, political support for the river industry’s infrastructure would be easier to come by. Instead, towing vessels and their crews go about their work in relative obscurity
SATCOM’s Availability, Pricing and Utility tempts marine users left unsatisfied by limitations of cellular communication. The inland operator hoping to survive in tomorrow’s rapidly emerging business environment using cellular communications alone is likely to be, as a minimum, disappointed. In a worst case scenario, they may find themselves out of business. That said; there are options that inland transportation businesses can turn to when trying to effectively manage their