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Lake Michigan Coal-burning Ferry: Future Questioned

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The EPA permit that has long allowed the SS Badger to dump coal ash into the lake is now under review. On the shores of Lake Michigan, the tiny town of Ludington, Mich., is home port to the last coal-fired ferry in the U.S. The SS Badger has been making trips across the lake to Manitowoc, Wis., during the good-weather months since 1953. And as it runs, the 411-foot ferry discharges coal ash slurry directly into the lake, reports NPR. An Environmental Protection Agency permit allows the Badger to dump four tons of ash into the lake daily. But now, the agency has put the permit under review — and that means the Badger could stop sailing. Source: NPR Online  


Cargo Removal Ops Begin on Sunken Barge

CHICAGO, IL – The process of removing the Clarified Slurry Oil that remains on board the EMC423 barge has commenced today. This operation will be closely monitored by the Coast Guard and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that it is safe, efficient, and will not result in further pollution. While this lightering operation is underway, the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal will be closed to all vessel traffic between the Cicero Avenue Bridge and Chicago Belt Railway


Canal Corporation Awards Contract

New York State Canal Corporation announced that the contract for a new hydraulic cutter-head dredge has been awarded to Ellicott Dredges of Baltimore, Md. The acquisition of the new dredge is a part of the Canal Corporation's ongoing effort to upgrade its fleet and increase its dredging capacity, while complying with environmental regulations. The new dredge will be stationed in Utica, NY and will replace a 1927 DeLaVergne


Barge Explodes in Chicago

An explosion onboard the EMC423 tank barge on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Wednesday evening has resulted in the presumed death of a crewmember and the closure of the waterway, the U.S. Coast Guard reported. The tank barge that exploded was carrying approximately 588 thousand gallons of Clarified Slurry Oil. This cargo is a byproduct of the oil refining process and is used to make fuel oils. It was loaded onto the barge at the Exxon Mobile Plant in Joilet, Ill


This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History – January 24

1968- Seifu Maru, a Japanese refrigerator vessel, reported a fire and requested clearance to enter Dutch Harbor, Alaska to combat it. They also reported that two crewmembers had been overcome by smoke and requested their evacuation for hospital treatment. Clearance was granted and CGC Citrus was ordered to proceed and assist in fighting the fire. The burning ship arrived in Dutch Harbor on Jan 24 and advised that the fire was raging between the decks


GLS Completes USCG Repairs

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Great Lakes Shipyard Performs Emergency Repairs on USCG Aids to Navigation Barge.   United States Coast Guard Cutter MOBILE BAY of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin departed Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, Ohio after completion of drydocking and repairs to the bow thruster on it 120-foot Aids to Navigation Barge.  The barge was hauled out on Monday, September 17th using the Shipyard’s 770-ton Marine Travelift.  


Vancouver Shipyards Solves the Oily Wastewater Problem

By Rob Stephenson and Bruce Tennant, McKay Creek Tech.; and Don Hartle and George Geatros Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd. Vancouver Shipyards is part of the Washington Marine Group, the largest shipbuilding, ship maintenance and repair, and marine transportation company in Canada. Inherent to this scale of operation, the Washington Marine Group generates large quantities of emulsified oily wastewater. Managing the oily bilge water, ballast water, fuel/slop tanks


Nautilus Forms Strategic Partnership, Secures Vessel

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Toronto, Ontario, April 13, 2011 - Nautilus Minerals’ plan to open a new frontier of seafloor resource production has taken a major step forward, with the formation of a strategic partnership with German shipping company Harren & Partner (“Harren”).   A joint venture company (the “Vessel JV”) is to be formed to own and operate a production support vessel which will serve as the operational base for Nautilus to produce high grade copper and gold ore at


Port Manatee Berth 12 Dreding Underway

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Port Manatee’s Berth 12 dredging project – the final piece of the Tampa Bay port’s 11-year, $200 million expansion – enters its third week with 25 percent of the project complete. The 1,584-foot berth will be dredged to a depth of 41 feet at mean-low-water and is on target for completion in October. “This sends a message to the industry and opens the door to advance Port Manatee’s future in containerized shipping


IHC Merwede Presents Integrated Vessels

The IHC Merwede stand (number 2625) will feature a diverse range of innovative vessels, advanced equipment and life-cycle support activities at this year’s Offshore Technology Conference (OTC).   The company is exhibiting at the annual event in Texas, USA, which runs from 6 to 9 May and is expected to attract 80,000 attendees from more than 110 countries. Renowned as a reliable supplier of offshore construction and support vessels, and mission equipment to the offshore market


BP Releases Internal Investigation

BP released the findings of its internal investigation into the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. The company said no single factor caused the Macondo well tragedy. Rather, a sequence of failures involving a number of different parties led to the explosion and fire


Transocean: Internal Report Released on Macondo Spill

Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) (SIX: RIGN) announced the release of an internal investigation report on the causes of the April 20, 2010, Macondo well incident in the Gulf of Mexico. Following the incident, Transocean commissioned an internal investigation team comprised of experts from relevant


Transocean Issues Findings on Macondo Incident

Transocean Ltd. has announced the release of an internal investigation report on the causes of the April 20, 2010, Macondo well incident in the Gulf of Mexico.   Following the incident, Transocean commissioned an internal investigation team comprised of experts from relevant technical fields


Allen Marine's Groundbreaking Aluminum Floating Dry Dock

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Allen Marine, Inc. has announced the construction of the world's first aluminum floating dry dock. This fully self-contained, eco-friendly unit represents a major breakthrough in boat-lifting equipment.   The aluminum floating dry dock is the brainchild of CEO David Allen


Self-Propelled 'Carwash' for Ships

Keeping a vessel's hull clean and free of debris has concerned owners and suppliers since the earliest days of the maritime industry. Today, increasing demands on speed and propulsive efficiency require owners to keep their hulls clean. Meanwhile


Ellicott Announces New Dredging Technology

Ellicott International offers details on a new type of dredge which actually walks by itself. The dredge moves on three moving spuds or traveling carriages enabling it to remain in exact position at all times because there are always two spuds firmly anchored in the bottom


U.S. Army Attributes Clean-Up Success to New Mud Cat

A major environmental cleanup has been completed at Gruber's Grove Bay, a residential and recreational area of the Wisconsin River located near Badger Army Ammunition Plant (AAP) in Wisconsin. During the cleanup, about 90,000 cu. yds. of sediment were dredged from the bottom of the 25-acre bay


TRAILBLAZERS: Ultrastrip Helps Clear the Way

While convention holds that the most vital marine technological advances happen in or around the engine room and bridge, the business of coating and corrosion control - stripping, preparing and applying - arguably poses the most strenuous test the marine environment offers


Ellicott Advances Dredging Tech

Ellicott International recently unveiled details on a new type of dredge that actually walks by itself. The dredge moves on three moving spuds or traveling carriages enabling it to remain in exact position at all times because there are always two spuds firmly anchored in the bottom


Emergency Ballast Water Treatment Operation

Hyde Guardian Model HG 300 Ballast Water Treatment System enclosed in 20 ft shipping container and powered by portable generator.

Fairhaven Shipyards in Bellingham, Washington purchased a barge, Lucky Angel, with the intent of towing it from China to the U.S., refurbishing it and using it as a submersible dry-dock.  The 435 ft long by 132 ft wide barge, renamed Faithful Servant, was loaded with an estimated 11


 
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