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ZF Marine Makes a Strong Towboat Thrust

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When German industrial manufacturing giant ZF bought Holland Rudder Propeller nearly five years ago, it was a strategic addition to its ZF Marine portfolio that is now reaping big rewards as it is enjoying strong penetration of its azimuth thruster systems in the U.S. towboat market. Maritime Reporter & Engineering News visited with Frank van der Vegt, Sales Manager, Commercial Craft Thruster Systems, at the ZF Marine Krimpen B.V. factory in The Netherlands for an update. The marine business, particularly the inland marine business here and abroad, is generally conservative in its uptake of new technologies, particularly when it comes to the vessel’s power system. Simply put, there is still a proliferation of smaller, tightly held companies that have been managed and operated for multiple generations, with the preference to lean on accrued experience. But the market is changing, driven by larger corporate entities nudging their way into these tightly held markets, and also by a myriad of legislative and operational conditions – namely the rapidly rising cost of fuel. ZF Marine – or more specifically ZF Marine Krimpen b.v., the commercial thruster manufacturer – is poised to profit as it builds an enviable reference list of inland towboat companies enjoying operational advantages and tremendous fuel savings courtesy of its thruster solution. 2009: A Pivotal Year

Seabulk Towing Appoints Rogers as Senior Vice President of Marketing

Seabulk Towing, Inc., the Tampa-based subsidiary of Seabulk International, announced the appointment of Kenneth M. Rogers to the new position of Senior Vice President of Marketing. Rogers will be responsible for Seabulk Towing's overall marketing program and the coordination of customer initiatives for each of Seabulk Towing's divisions including Port Everglades Towing, Port Canaveral Towing, Tampa Bay Towing, Mobile Bay Towing, Seabulk Towing Services-Port Arthur, and

CEACT Allows Operators to REACT

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How updated electronic navigation practices improve safety and efficiency – and optimize cargo movement – on US inland waterways. It was a cold winter night. Heavy gusts and snow did not allow safe navigation and forced the ships on the upper Mississippi to secure alongside the few remaining jetties. Safety is the key issue for all river transport companies but at the same time efficiency and timely delivery of valuable goods is of utmost importance

Improving Weather Conditions may Vitiate Marine Peril

In an unpublished opinion, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that a vessel that has survived a hurricane without damage is not in a situation of reasonable apprehension of marine peril when the weather is dramatically improving.  In the instant case, a yacht was in port in Southern Florida during hurricane conditions.  When plaintiff towing and salvage company arrived on scene, the yacht was tied to another vessel

Sea Tow Installs ARC Boating Safety Service

Sea Tow Services International, Inc. announced it has completed installation of its Automated Radio Check (ARC) boating safety service through its network of Sea Tow franchises, and will make the free public service available nationwide through additional marine outlets. Boaters can now obtain radio checks through the Sea Tow ARC service in major coastal boating markets across the U.S., including the East Coast, Gulf of Mexico, and Southern California, as well as in select inland regions

Two Saved South of Emerald Isle, NC

Two saved from a boat Wednesday taking on water south of Bogue Inlet. Photo USCG

The Coast Guard rescued two people from a boat Wednesday taking on water south of Bogue Inlet. Coast Guard Sector North Carolina in Wilmington received a mayday call from two people aboard the 23-foot skiff, Southern Yankee, 12 miles southeast of Bogue Inlet, stating the skiff was taking on water at approximately 9:40 a.m. A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium (RBM) crew from Coast Guard Station Emerald Isle launched at 9:51 a.m. and arrived on scene at 10:17 a.m.

Virtual AIS Beacons Employed in MH370 Search

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Vesper Marine, a manufacturer of marine safety products and virtual Aids to Navigation (ATON), announced that its Virtual AIS Beacons are employed in the search for lost Malaysian airliner MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean. The international search team is a closely coordinated effort between United States-based Phoenix International, Dutch engineering company Fugro and the governments of Australia and Malaysia. After an exhaustive period of mapping the ocean floor

JK FAB Delivers Emergency Towline Storage Reels


The emergency towing system is a simple and proven means of storing the emergency towline, retrieving the loose barge and continuing the tow. When the pick-up line is pulled, the emergency tow wire runs completely off the reel and engages with the auxiliary town chain. The chain is connected to a center tow pad, allowing the barge to be towed to the next port. JK Fabrication INC. has just made several major upgrades to the emergency storage reel

Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Wash., has been involved in the following recent sales and

Crowley Marine Service sold its 3,200 hp twin screw tug, Howard H, to buyers in the Caribbean. The 125 x 32 ft. tug was originally built in 1967 by Southern Shipbuilding as Gulf King and is powered by twin Fairbanks Morse diesels. Private interests in the San Francisco Bay Area have purchased model bow, single screw tug Tara C (ex-Tacoma) from Campbell Towing, Inc., Wrangell, Alaska. The 64.5 x 19.5 ft. tug was built in 1957 in Bellingham, Wash

Britain Delays Repairs On Crippled Sub

Britain's defense ministry agreed to delay repairs on a crippled nuclear submarine stranded in Gibraltar since May, handing at least a temporary victory to environmentalists and the Gibraltar government. The ministry had planned to begin work on HMS Tireless on Aug. 21 despite local opposition, but officials said repairs had been delayed so that local officials could assess any safety risks. The Gibraltar government opposes any repairs being started until a panel of experts has reviewed

Gas Tanker Attacked Near Key Shipping Lane Off Yemen

Unknown assailants attacked a gas tanker off the coast of Yemen close to the Bab al-Mandab waterway in the latest flare up in an area through which much of the world's oil passes, shipping and security officials said on Wednesday. The incident, the first attack on a commercial ship since July

INS Viraat on its last Journey

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The INS Viraat is on the last journey and the ship is being towed back by three tugs to Mumbai for the decommissioning. SCI Mukta, an Anchor Handling & Towing Vessel (AHTS) of the National Flagship Carrier i.e. The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd

ABS Gains AWO RCP Auditor Status

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AWO qualifies ABS to perform towing safety management audits   ABS has been approved by the American Waterways Operators (AWO) to carry out audits of its Responsible Carrier Program (RCP), a safety management system for tugboat, towboat and barge companies

Rolls-Royce to Equip ECO’s New Tugs

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Rolls-Royce has signed a contract with Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) worth more than $41 million to deliver propulsion and deck machinery for 13 new tugs, including five which will have a direct bollard pull of around 150 metric tons.  

Smith Berger Tow Pins Lead the Way

Smith Berger Marine, Inc. said it has been selected by Edison Chouest Offshore to design and manufacture the Tow Pin Stern Roller units required on its nine new vessels, including five escort tugs and four docking tugs.   Edison Chouest is building the new tugs in order to execute a 10-year

Towing Industry Safety: AWO & USCG Joint Analysis … By the Numbers

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For 16 years, the National Quality Steering Committee has used three measures to track overall trends in safety and environmental protection. While not all-encompassing, the measures are considered to be useful indicators of towing industry trends. The measures are:

Naptha Tanker Explodes at Southern China Port

An oil tanker carrying 3,400 tonnes of naphtha exploded during discharge at a southern Chinese port on Thursday and one person on board was missing, official Xinhua news agency reported. The rescue team said explosions occurred in the engine room as the tanker was discharging at Dongfang port

Rescuers Save 301 Boat Migrants in Med

Rescuers pulled 301 boat migrants to safety and found five dead bodies in five operations in the central Mediterranean on Wednesday, the Italian Coast Guard said. An Irish navy ship recovered the five dead from a rubber boat along with 118 survivors

Brunswick Wins $72 Mln Order from US Southern Command

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Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) said it has been awarded a multi-year, multi-unit contract valued at $72 million.   The single-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract is for both 32-foot and 37-foot Boston Whaler Justice boats and will include spare

VLCC Brings India's First Iranian Oil Parcel for Emergency Reserves

India has received the first parcel of Iranian oil to partly fill its strategic storage in southern India, Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd , which imported the very large crude carrier (VLCC), said on its website.   MRPL shipped in 2 million barrels of Iranian oil in the VLCC Dino

Horizon Flips First Hull for McAllister

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Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. of Bayou La Batre, Ala. said it has reached milestone in its contract with McAllister Towing.    The Capt. Brian A. McAllister, the first of up to four hulls, has been flipped and set on the shipbuilding ways

The Advent of Subchapter M

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A primer: the new rule and guidance for operators as they search for the right mix of compliance options to meet their specific and unique needs.      For several years, the towing vessel industry has been waiting for final publication of the U.S

CNRSE Orders Evacuation In Preparation for Hurricane Matthew

Matthew is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are possible this weekend, but Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through Sunday. (U.S. Navy photo)

In preparation for Hurricane Matthew, Commander, Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE) has ordered the mandatory evacuation for approximately 700 spouses and children on board Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Navy Region Southeast is coordinating with U.S. Southern Command and U.S

Subchapter M: Post Publication Highlights

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An extra T in TSMS, nowhere left to hide from systems documentation, and an emphasis on continuous improvement.      Back in January of this year, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) predicted Subchapter M would be released in spring 2016

Zamakona Delivers Tug for Boluda


The work of Astilleros Zamakona's collaboration with Robert Allan as a designer and experience of Boluda Towage and Salvage as an operator in tow obtained from this new construction 768 tugboat VB XALOC type AVT will be from now on the tugboat reference for port operations, towing and escort.

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