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Shaver Taps Sundial For New Barges

Sundial Marine Construction and Repair, Inc., of Troutdale, Ore., signed a contract to build two new grain barges for Shaver Transportation Co. The Shaver barges will be 273 x 42 ft. wide, and are designed to carry 120,000 bushels of grain on the Columbia River inland waterway system. The barges were designed by J. Cameron McKernon Company for Shaver Transportation. Sundial Marine will work closely with Far West Steel to complete the team approach to this project. The barges for Shaver are due to be completed within the fourth quarter of 2001. This marks Sundial's return to the new construction marketplace after an idle period of several years since the last grain barges were built by Sundial. It also allows Sundial to increase our labor force and incorporate new techniques and processes,according to Sundial Marine General Manager, Don Nugent. Sundial Marine is a full service shipyard located on the Columbia River, approximately 20 miles east of Portland, Ore., organized primarily for the purpose of providing quality ship and vessel repair, conversion and new construction. The company started in business 27 years ago, mainly as a marine construction yard, supplying the Columbia River basin with grain and petroleum barges, and new tugs and fishing vessels. As the company has expanded, it has undertaken the repair and conversions of various sized vessels, from 60 ft. tugboats, up to 300 ft. barges.


Shaver Launches New Ship-Docking Tug

Photo courtesy of: Kurt Redd, Diversified Marine Inc.

On May 18th 2012, at a ceremony on the banks of the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon, Capilano Maritime Design Ltd. was pleased to attend the christening of their latest design of an 80‐foot Columbia Class ASD Ship‐Docking Tug, SOMMER S, for Shaver Transportation Company of Portland, Oregon.   The tug was built by Diversified Marine Inc., also of Portland, and is the most powerful in Shaver’s fleet. The 80‐foot ASD vessel is a twin Z‐drive


U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mineta To Announce Grants

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta will announce $92.3 million in grants to 77 seaports to enhance the security of the maritime transportation system. The Secretary will be joined in making the announcement today by Congressman Bill Young (FL), U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thomas H. Collins, U.S. Maritime Administrator William Schubert, Rear Admiral Richard E. Bennis, USCG, (ret.), Associate Under Secretary of Transportation for Maritime and Land Security at the


NASSTRAC Sets Agenda for 2013 Conference Expo

The National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council, NASSTRAC, announces agenda for 2013 Shippers Conference & Transportation Expo. This event, which is developed specifically for the education and networking needs of transportation and supply chain executives with manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers and distributors, will take place April 21-24, 2013 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando. This year's conference will feature more than 25 educational sessions that cover


USDOT Implements Executive Order Safeguarding Environment

U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta announced steps the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is taking to implement President Bush’s executive order regarding environmental stewardship and the streamlining of environmental review of important transportation infrastructure projects. The executive order calls for a Cabinet-level task force reporting to the President through the chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality to ensure that environmentally sound projects are


MarAd Names Council Members

The initial members of the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC) established to advise the U.S. Secretary of Transportation were announced by U.S. Maritime Administrator Clyde J. Hart, Jr. The council will address strategies to ensure a safe, environmentally sound, and secure Marine Transportation System (MTS) that improves the global competitiveness and national security of the U.S.; issues and concerns raised by the marine transportation industry; and other


U.S. Government Offers $600M for Transport Projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will join President Barack Obama today to announce that $600 million will be made available to fund transportation projects across the country under a sixth round of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s highly successful Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program. The announcement will be made at the Union Depot in St. Paul


IMO to Host World Maritime Day Symposium

World Maritime Day Document: Image credit IMO

IMO will host a special one-day symposium on a Sustainable Maritime Transportation System, on 26 September 2013, World Maritime Day. The Symposium has been arranged in order to provide Member States, industry and other stakeholders an opportunity to discuss and reflect on the theme of this year’s World Maritime Day theme: "Sustainable Development: IMO's contribution beyond Rio+20". As background for the Symposium


Donahue to Direct PwC Freight Transportation

John Donahue

PwC US today announced the addition of John Donahue as a director in the firm’s transportation and logistics sector within the larger Industrial Products practice. With more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of the transportation and logistics industry, Donahue will be responsible for leading the freight-related segments for the firm’s transportation and logistics engagements. According to PwC, Donahue will help freight transportation companies implement new business


MARAD – Oil Prices, Modal Shift

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a report on the impact of oil prices on transportation markets. Among other things, the study found that the more fuel efficient modes, such as water transportation, are far less likely to be affected by fuel price increases than are the less fuel efficient means of transportation, particularly over longer shipping distances. (11/12/08). The full report is available at http://www.marad.dot.gov/documents/Modal_Shift_Study_-_Technical_Report.pdf.


Incat Crowther Designs Commercial Security Vessel

Image courtesy of Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther has received a contract to design an offshore commercial oilfield security vessel for Veecraft Marine and its client, UTM Dredging Ltd, the designer announced today.   Continuing its relationship with Veecraft Marine, a South African shipyard specializing in aluminum vessels


FMC Honors Crowley for Green Initiatives

Rendering of Crowleys LNG-powered combination container and roll-on/roll-off (ConRo) ships, the first in the world, designed for service between the U.S. and Puerto Rico. (Image: Crowley)

Crowley Maritime Corp. has been honored with the 2015 Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Chairman’s Earth Day Award in recognition of the organization’s companywide environmental stewardship initiatives.   The announcement was made during a Professional Environmental Management


USG to Sell 2 GTL Ships for $42m

North American building products company United States Gypsum Corporation (USG) announced that it has entered into agreements to sell two gypsum carrying ships.   The two ships, part of USG’s non-core shipping business, Gypsum Transportation Limited (GTL), will be sold for $42 million


FMC Chairman Addresses PEMA Ports Program

Mario Cordero (Photo: FMC)

U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Chairman Mario Cordero addressed the Professional Environmental Management Association (PEMA) at its Annual Ports Program held in Seal Beach, California. The Chairman spoke on the subject of congestion at U.S


Cheaper Fuel to Boost Container Shipping

Photo: Tanner Matheny

Lower oil prices are sharply reducing the cost of shipping merchandise from Asia to the United States and Europe as the cost of bunker fuel tumbles. Container shipping companies deal with the volatility in fuel prices by adding a separate bunker adjustment factor or fuel surcharge to their


Vane Brothers Welcomes Latest Tug Newbuild

Kings Point (Photo courtesy of Vane Brothers)

The Vane Brothers Company, a marine transportation provider headquartered in Baltimore, has taken delivery of Kings Point, the latest in a wave of Maryland-built tugboats.   Constructed under the supervision of Vane Senior Port Captain Jim Demske


Towboat Delivered to Tidewater Transportation & Terminals

Crown Point (Photo courtesy of Tidewater Transportation & Terminals)

Tidewater Transportation & Terminals takes delivery of new towboat Crown Point from Vigor Industrial to be deployed in Tidewater’s Columbia and Snake River service mid-April   Tidewater Transportation and Terminals, headquartered in Vancouver, Washington


SEACOR Marine Sweeps NOIA SIS Awards

Safety-in-Seas-awards-2015

  The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) today presented SEACOR Marine with the 2015 NOIA Safety in Seas (SIS) Culture of Safety Award and Safety Practice Award. This is the first time the same company has won awards in the same year


Canada's Ferry Operators Highlight Safety

As Canadians remember the tragic sinking of the Korean ferry, MV Sewol, one year ago today, Canada’s ferry operators remind Canadians of the notable safety track record of its sector.    Through a short video posted online, the Canadian Ferry Operators Association (CFOA)


AWO Urges for Congressional Support

At the Annual Barge-In, members of the American Waterways Operators discuss economic, environmental and commercial issues with members of Congress. (Photo: American Waterways Operators)

Nation's Tugboat, Towboat and Barge Industry to Call on Congress: Urge Support for Vessel Discharge Reforms, American Jobs and Waterways Reliability   The American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national trade association representing the tugboat, towboat and barge industry


Officials Call for Freight Infrastructure Investment

Rep. Lowenthal to Head ‘Call to Action’ on Critical Need for Long-term Freight Infrastructure Funding; Congress Members and Goods Movement Stakeholders to Address National Need   Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) will be joined by Rep


Enhanced Efficiency, Capacity at Corpus Christi Port

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  U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administrator Paul ‘Chip’ Jaenichen today joined Federal, State and local officials at the Port of Corpus Christi for a ribbon cutting ceremony marking a major step forward in the development of an expanded rail yard


Garamendi Calls for US Shipbuilding Revitalization

Were going to build in America and Make It In America one ship, two ships, one hundred ships at a time, Garamendi said at Bay Planning Coalition Meeting.

Congressman Garamendi Makes Case for Revitalization of American Shipbuilding Industry and American Jobs at Bay Planning Coalition Meeting in Oakland   Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Calif.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and


Spotlight on Intermodal River Transport

Photo: Ingram Barge Company

Ingram Barge Company’s towboat, the M/V Miss Shirley, arrived at America’s Central Port in Granite City, Illinois, transporting containers via barge as part of a demonstration to show the viability of intermodal river transportation.  


Hearing to Examine USCG's Missions

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Tara Molle

The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, chaired by U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), will hold a hearing next week to examine how the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) allocates hours and resources among its multiple statutory missions






 
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