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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


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In an unpublished opinion, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that a vessel that has survived a hurricane without damage is not in a situation of reasonable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


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


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


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


JK FAB Delivers Emergency Towline Storage Reels

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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


Harley Marine's New Tractor Tug Arrives

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Harley Marine Service’s new Z-drive tractor tug, the M/V ROBERT FRANCO has arrived in Southern California. This 100’x40’ tractor tug will enter the ship assist and tanker escort market for both Millennium Maritime and Harley Marine Services in Los Angeles and Long Beach Harbors. This tug features Tier III engines and cold ironing/shore power capabilities. It also marks the second Tier III engine on a ship assist/escort tug boat


Channel Closure for Dead Ship Tow

There will be a dead ship tow of the Dive Support Vessel UNCLE JOHN from the Mobile Sea Buoy to BAE Shipyard starting at approximately 0600 today. The 253 feet long, 173 feet wide rig will be towed by the tugs FINN FALGOUT and WILKEN FALGOUT with assist tugs provided by Crescent Towing.


Towing Vessel Sinks off Oahu

Coast Guard crew members stand with 11 survivors of the Tug Nalani at Coast Guard Station Honolulu. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Kevin Cooper)

A 95-foot towing vessel, Nalani, sank approximately two and half miles west of Barbers Point Harbor, Oahu, Thursday, the U.S. (USCG) Coast Guard reported. The 11 people on board Nalani were rescued safely.   The pilot aboard the sinking towing vessel placed a call at 3:13 p.m


Crowley Awards Scholarships to SUNY Maritime Students

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Crowley Maritime Corporation’s 2014 Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships have helped to further educational opportunities for three students of State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College. The recipients, who each sailed with Crowley during their studies


Fugitive Treasure Hunter Arrested in Florida

An Ohio man who recovered as much as $400 million in gold from a shipwreck has been arrested in Florida after two years on the run and was scheduled to appear in federal court on Wednesday.   Tommy Thompson was detained on Tuesday night at a Hilton hotel in west Boca Raton, Florida


U.S. Navy Officer Guilty of Bribery

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Second U.S. Navy Officer Indicted on Related Bribery Charges. A commander in the U.S. Navy pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges today, admitting that he provided a government contractor with classified ship schedules and other internal U.S


US Navy Using Advanced Equipment in AirAsia Search

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) operates near the location where the tail of AirAsia Flight QZ8501l was discovered. Fort Worth is currently supporting Indonesian-led efforts to locate the downed aircraft. (U.S. Navy photo by P. Turretto Ramos)

An eight-member team from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1 onboard USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) is supporting the ongoing Indonesian-led search effort for AirAsia flight QZ8501 with advanced Tow Fish side scan sonar systems capable of providing high-resolution images of the ocean floor.  


Battle Over Keystone XL Pipeline

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  Nebraska's Supreme Court ruled against a challenge to the Keystone XL oil pipeline's route through the state on Friday, clearing the way for the Republican-controlled U.S. Congress to try to force President Barack Obama to approve the project.


Cargo Ship Disabled near Great Barrier Reef

A general cargo vessel experiencing mechanical issues near the Great Barrier Reef is under tow, the response coordinator Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) reported.   Antigua and Barbuda flagged general cargo vessel, Thor Commander


SUNY Maritime: Bridging the Competency Gap

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SUNY Maritime’s Cutting Edge Tug & Barge Simulator fills an enormous training hole in the tri-state area. When Morton S. Bouchard, III, maritime and political dignitaries officially opened the Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. Tug & Barge Simulation Center on the campus of the State


Illegal Fishing Vessels in Southern Ocean

Illegal fishing vessels fail to comply with New Zealand Navy’s attempts to board   The captains of two illegal vessels in the Southern Ocean have refused to allow the New Zealand Navy to board after HMNZS Wellington hailed and attempted to board both vessels


Third Fugro Vessel to Join MH370 Search

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An additional Fugro vessel has been commissioned to carry out underwater search activities for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the company announced.   Multipurpose offshore survey vessel Fugro Supporter is on its way to the Southern Indian Ocean search area


Great Lakes Towing Announces Two New Hires

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The Great Lakes Towing Company has hired two new employees within its Great Lakes marine operations group. Lindsay R. Dew has been named Director of Operations & Compliance, and Mark W. Delventhal has been named Director of Technical Services & Business Development – both


Fairmount Delivers Cargo Barge to Allseas

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Large cargo barge Iron Lady 1 has been delivered to Allseas in Rotterdam by oceangoing tug Fairmount Alpine.   Barge Iron Lady 1, which measures 200 meters long and 58 meters wide, was delivered after a voyage of 14,800 nautical miles at an average speed of 6.5 knots


Kvichak Delivers Two Vessels to Tymac

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Kvichak Marine delivered two all-aluminum 36.6’ Crew / Pilot Boats to Tymac Launch Service, Ltd. of British Columbia, Canada.   The vessels were designed by Kvichak for the specific use of transporting 12 or fewer passengers for BC coast pilots, government officials


Salvors Readying to Move Hoegh Osaka

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The vessel Hoegh Osaka is stable on Aplha Anchorage as salvage operations are ongoing, the U.K Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported.   The list vessel’s had been reduced to 25 degrees as of 10:30 a.m. this morning, and all water has been removed from the car decks






 
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