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Sneed Shipbuilding: An (Extended) Family Affair

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When Martin M. Sneed embarked in the business of building for the demanding workboat market in the mid-60s, he likely did not imagine that four decades later, his son Clyde (pictured) and business partner and co-owner Mitch Jones would be at the helm of a highly successful boat building company, crafting finely appointed custom boats for some of the industry’s most discriminating owners. Sneed Shipbuilding was founded by Martin M. Sneed in 1965, and many of the principles upon which it was founded: quality, integrity and efficiency, are as valid today as ever. Today Sneed is co-owned and operated by Clyde Sneed (Martin’s son) and Mitch Jones, a partnership that relies on the quality creed of the past while looking toward future expansion from its towboat and barge roots to the burgeoning offshore market and beyond.  It was just three years ago, in June 2009, that Clyde’s father Martin sold the business to Clyde and Mitch, and the move has paid off handsomely, with the company growing from 30 employees in 2009 to about 180 employees today. Today the company operates out of its main facility, nearly 40 acres in Channelview, TX, about 15 minutes due east of Houston, as well as a smaller yard (about three acres) in Orange, TX and the recently acquired Central Gulf Shipyard, LLC, in New Iberia, LA


GofM Pipeline Fire Update

Pipeline Fire 15, March 2013: Photo credit USCG

Personnel from T&T Salvage aboard the Todd Michael spud barge are on scene for cooling operations of the tank barge. Response operations continue for a tug and barge that allided with a pipeline near Bayou Perot 30 miles south of New Orleans Thursday. Personnel from T&T Salvage aboard the Todd Michael spud barge are on scene for cooling operations of the tank barge. The fire remains stabilized. The Coast Guard has placed temporary flight restrictions over the airspace near the


Kulluk Due 'Piggy-back' Ride to Asian Shipyard

Kulluk in Kiliuda Bay

Owners Shell confirm that 'Kulluk' safe to tow from Kiluda Bay to Dutch Harbor & await arrival of heavy-lift semi submersible vessel for the 'dry tow'. The Unified Command has been stood down. “Agency representatives will return to their normal roles and responsibilities," said Capt. Paul Mehler III, the Coast Guard Federal On-Scene Coordinator. “The Coast Guard will continue to monitor the activities involved in prepping the Kulluk for movement and I will lift the


Ultra-large Containership Towing Capabilities Tested

Photo: CMA CGM

The CMA CGM Group and German Havariekommando to test ultra-large container vessel towing capabilities on CMA CGM Jules Verne   Worldwide shipping group the CMA CGM Group and the German Authority Havariekommando tested Havariekommando´s capability to tow ultra-large container vessels during an exercise held on June 13, 2015.   The vessel used for this exercise was the CMA CGM Jules Verne, the CMA CGM’s 16,000 TEU flagship.  


Cenac Towing Acquires Main Iron Works, Christens New Tug

Cenacs 72’x30’, Tier 3 compliant innovative push boat

Cenac Towing Company (Cenac Towing), a third-generation owned global marine transportation company, announced continued growth despite the oil and gas industry’s downturn.   Recently, Cenac Towing acquired Main Iron Works, a tug construction company, and this week, Cenac Towing will christen its brand new 2000 Hp Twin Screw Conventional Tug, The Jean Pierre Cenac. The innovative marine transportation company, run by industry veteran Arlen “Benny” Cenac


OMB - Subchapter M Cleared for Publication

File Image: an aerial view of a typical fleeting operation on Americas inland rivers (WCI)

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) completed its review of the draft final rule entitled Inspection of Towing Vessels, also known as "Subchapter M." The document has been returned to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the US Coast Guard for final preparation prior to promulgation in the Federal Register. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, this rulemaking would implement a program of inspection for certification of towing vessels, which were previously uninspected


CG Reopens Intracoastal Waterway

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur reopened the Intracoastal Waterway after the towing vessel Caroline was refloated Monday. The waterway was closed following a collision between the towing vessel Caroline and the towing vessel Miss Stacie at mile marker 312 on the Intracoastal Waterway early this morning.  No injuries were sustained during the collision. A Unified Command comprised of Canal Barge Company, Texas General Land Office


Shipping Season Opens on the Mississippi

M/V New Dawn broke through Lake Pepin ice overnight and locked through Lock and Dam 2 around 7:45 a.m. on March 25 (Photo by Pamela Niebur)

First tow marks unofficial opening to Mississippi River navigation season   M/V New Dawn arrived at Lock and Dam 2 near Hastings, Minn. Wednesday morning, marking the unofficial opening of the 2015 shipping season on the Upper Mississippi River, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).   The USACE St. Paul District recognizes the first tow to arrive at Lock and Dam 2 as the unofficial start of the navigation season because it means all of its locks are accessible to


USCG Issues Fire Protection Equipment Requirements

All towing vessels except those in restricted services are required to comply with new requirements for fire protection equipment and procedures under an interim rule issued by the USCG. The rule is the first step in a two-pronged approach to implementing the requirements of the 1996 USCG Authorization Act, which directed the USCG to promulgate regulations requiring fire suppression systems or other measures to control fires on towing vessels.


New Marine Hydrawrap Distributor

HydraTech Engineered Products of Cincinnati, Ohio has selected the Great Lakes Group and Puerto Rico Towing as exclusive distributors of Marine HydraWrap. The Great Lakes Group, located in Cleveland, Ohio, operates a full service shipyard and specializes in all types of marine repair services. Puerto Rico Towing and Barge Company located in San Juan, Puerto Rico provides towing services and vessel assistance to commercial vessels and barges throughout the Caribbean


Cat EPA Tier 4 Engines for McAllister Tug Duo

Horizon Shipbuilding is in the process of installing the first production EPA Tier 4 certified units of its 3516E EPA CAT Marine engines, on a pair of tugs it is building for McAllister Towing & Transportation Co., Inc.   The pair of 100 foot azimuth stern-drive (ASD) escort and rescue


AWO RCP Accepted as Existing SMS Under Subchapter M

Jennifer Carpenter (Photo: AWO)

The U.S. Coast Guard formally accepted the American Waterways Operators (AWO) Responsible Carrier Program (RCP) as an existing Safety Management System that complies with the requirements of Subchapter M.   In a letter conveying the acceptance, RADM Paul Thomas


Helm to Launch Subchapter M Compliance Software

Software developer Helm Operations announced that it will launch its innovative Subchapter M compliance software, Helm CONNECT Compliance, at the International Workboat Show (IWS) in New Orleans from November 30 – December 2.   Helm has been selling its Compliance software since Sub M


Captain Brian A. McAllister to Receive Honorary Doctorate from SUNY Maritime

Capt. Brian McAllister speaking at his companys 150th Anniversary celebration. (Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

Capt. Brian McAllister, a prominent member of the American maritime industry, will receive an honorary doctorate from SUNY Maritime College Jan. 27.   Capt. McAllister is the chairman of McAllister Towing, and has been with his family’s company since 1959


Damen Shoalbuster completes 14,572 nm Round Trip

SMS Shoalbuster Courtesy Damen

The SMS Shoalbuster, a 26-metre Damen Shoalbuster 2609 owned and operated by GSS Marine Services based in Rosyth, Scotland, has recently completed a 14,572 nm round trip that included two transatlantic crossings. The Shoalbuster range is designed as a multi-role workboat optimised for shallow


Mississippi River Reopened after Barge Breakaway

The Mississippi River has been reopened for restricted vessel traffic after a barge breakaway on Saturday lead the U.S. Coast Guard to close the section from mile marker 771 to mile marker 750 approximately 20 miles north of Memphis, Tenn.  


Damen Workboats for Fratelli Neri Fleet Expansion

ASD Tug 2913 Toscana Photo Damen

Italian towing company Fratelli Neri S.p.A. has expanded its fleet with the delivery of three new Damen workboats. The trio of vessels will be based in the company’s home port of Livorno, on the Tuscan coast. Damen delivered all the vessels from stock;completing the final outfitting works


Canada Mulls Options to Fill Icebreaker Gaps

File photo: Canadian Coast Guard

Canada's Coast Guard mulls its options as it awaits the arrival of replacement icebreakers to its aging fleet. In order to maintain open tracks through ice, escort ships, free ice-beset vessels, break up ice in harbors, resupply isolated northern communities and protect them from flooding


Sea Tow Presents Franchise Awards

Sea Tow Rookie of the Year (Photo: Sea Tow Services)

Sea Tow Services International, Inc., a professional on-water assistance provider, honored members of its national network for outstanding customer service and dedication to boating safety at the Sea Tow Awards Luncheon held on November 17.


Waterways Council Elects Parker as Chairman

Tim Parker (Photo: Waterways Council)

As its Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Meeting in Cincinnati on November 15, 2016, Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) named Tim Parker, President of Parker Towing, as its Chairman of the Board. Parker succeeds Merritt Lane, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canal Barge Company.


Unexploded WWII Bomb Halts Ferries in Portsmouth Harbour

An unexploded World War Two bomb was found in Portsmouth Harbour on England's southern coast on Wednesday, halting traffic of cross-channel ferries at the port. The 500 lb bomb was discovered by a barge dredging the harbour ahead of the arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth - the Royal Navy's new 65


MPFSV Harvey Stone Delivered to Harvey Gulf

Image: Robert Allan Ltd.

The Harvey Stone is a Multi-Purpose Field Support Vessel (MPFSV) that will serve as a dedicated field support vessel for the Shell Stones FPSO offshore terminal. Her primary duties will be to operate as the dedicated pull-back tug, in support of, and assisting the berthing


Robert Allan Designed Tug Delivered to Ocean Group

TundRA 3600 series icebreaking tugs designed by Robert Allan Ltd

On October 28th, 2016 the Ocean Group Inc. of Quebec City, Canada took delivery of the 6000 kW ASD tug Ocean Taiga. This icebreaking escort tug joins her sister Ocean Tundra as some of the most powerful tugs in the Canadian registry, part of a new generation of extremely capable tugs


US Coast Guard Hosts Subchapter M Forum

Steven Douglas from the Coast Guard Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise explains the inspections requirements for new and existing towing vessels outlined in Subchapter M, at Illinois Marine Towing Nov. 9, 2016. Douglas presented the information during a forum held to educate more than 80 industry representatives from across the Midwest. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Byron Rios)

Marine Safety Unit Chicago and the U.S. Coast Guard Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise hosted an informational outreach forum Wednesday with towing vessel operators to explain the implementation of the new regulations for the inspection of towing vessels, Subchapter M.


Tech File: BoomVane - A Powerful Boom Deployment System

Photo: Elastec

The BoomVane is one of the most useful and interesting tools available to oil spill responders for shoreline and single vessel boom deployment. Maintaining an effective oil containment boom configuration with two vessels is difficult to coordinate. The Elastec BoomVane solves that problem






 
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