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Blessey Marine: Rollin’ On The River

Photos courtesy of Blessey Marine

The demand for handy sized towboats to handle inland river tows continues to grow and one of the strongest contributors to that growth is Blessey Marine. Primarily handling petroleum-related products, the firm has grown rapidly to their present fleet size of over 60 towboats with more on order. Although they have vessels ranging from 700 to 4900 HP, the 2000 HP Class is proving popular. Two recent deliveries illustrate slightly different sizes and configuration of their 2000 HP towboats. The MV Steve Scalise was built at the Verret Shipyard in Plaquemine, Louisiana to a design by the shipyard. Delivered in early 2011, the 85 by 30-foot towboat is a little longer than some of this horsepower class.  With a molded depth of 10.5-feet the hull has tankage for 30,000 gallons of fuel, 16,800 gallons of water and 450 gallons of lube oil. A pair of EPA Tier 2 compliant Cummins K38-M main engines turn four-blade 74 by 56-inch four blade stainless propellers from Sound Propeller through Rentjes Model 562 gears with 6:1 reduction. The MV Jerry “Dog” McLain was also delivered this year. This towboat, from by the Raymond and Associates yard in Bayou LaBatre, Alabama, was also built to the shipyard's own design. At 76-feet the “Dog” is shorter than the Verret boat by nine feet. However with a 35-foot beam she has five-feet more width

Iconic Engines: Cummins K38-M

Image courtesy Cummins Marine

Most Americans will recall an iconic automobile engine from their youth. It might be an early 1950s Ford V-8 flat head or a 1970s Dodge 426 Hemi. Over the decades other engines have been added to the list. In a similar fashion mariners have identified classic marine diesels. One such is the Cummins 38-liter 2300-cu. inch engine known over the years as the KTA38. Canadian fisherman John Lenic has been running one in his 1978-built steel purse seiner Ocean Marauder

Wärtsilä Integrated LNG Propulsion System for Harvey Gulf PSV

Harvey Gulf OSV: Photo credit STX Marine

Wärtsilä contracted for a complete (LNG) package, including propulsion, auxiliaries & controls, for a new OSV designed by STX Marine. The ship has been ordered by Harvey Gulf International Marine as a part of the company’s ‘Going Green’ initiative. The vessel will operate in the Gulf of Mexico’s offshore oilfields. Wärtsilä will supply the steerable thrusters, an Integrated Automation System, the Power Management System

ABS Elects New Council and Committee Members

At the 151st Annual Meeting of the Members of ABS, and the subsequent meeting of the ABS Council, industry leaders were elected to serve on a number of bodies that contribute to the operation of the classification society as it fulfills its mission of promoting the security of life and property and preserving the natural environment.     "ABS' strength as a global classification society is drawn from its membership and the many regional

Pearl Harbor Shipyard Earns OSHA VPP 'Star'

By Marshall Fukuki, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility Public Affairs The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) gave final approval May 31 for Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard to participate as a "Star" in its Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). Star status is the highest rating attainable under the OSHA-run programs and recognizes organizations for excellence in health and safety in the workplace

Seaspan's Vancouver Shipyard’s Modernization Complete

Vancouver Shipyard

  Today, Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards officially celebrated the completion of its two-year, $170M Shipyard Modernization Project ahead of schedule and under-budget. Funded entirely by Seaspan, this project has transformed Vancouver Shipyards into the most modern facility in North America that will establish a shipbuilding and ship repair centre of excellence on the West Coast, and allow for the effective and efficient delivery of Non-Combat vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard

Gulf Coast Shipyard Group Branding

John Dane III

Shipyards in New Orleans and Gulfport, Miss., are being branded under the name Gulf Coast Shipyard Group Inc. Gulf Coast Shipyard Group, Inc., a manufacturer of a variety of ocean- going and inland marine vessels for commercial and military markets, announce that it will consolidate its global branding under the Gulf Coast Shipyard Group in order to better communicate the company’s array of vessels. Gulf Coast Shipyard Group manufactures offshore supply vessels, tank barges


Sembcorp Marine’s wholly-owned subsidiary Sembawang Shipyard has secured an agreement with RCL Cruises Ltd., a member of the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. group, to perform the extensive revitalisation of Royal Caribbean International’s 137,276-gross tonnage, passenger-ship 'Voyager of the Seas'. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is a global cruise vacation company that owns Royal Caribbean International, among other cruise brands

Jurong Lays Off Nearly 250 Workers

Jurong Shipyard, part of SembCorp Industries Ltd., cut 249 jobs last week as part of the group's shipyard restructuring efforts. "Where practicable, attempts were made to re-deploy or reassign affected employees within the yards. Those who would not be re-deployed or whose jobs became redundant were retrenched," company officials said. Jurong Shipyard, with a workforce of 3,021 prior to the cutbacks, said discussions were held with respective shipyard unions

HDW Emerges as Successful Bidder for Shipyard

Hellenic Industrial Bank (ETBA) was outperforming the Athens bourse on expectations it will soon sell its majority stake in Skaramanga shipyards, analysts said. ETBA, which owns 51 percent of Hellenic Shipyards Skaramanga, said it would start negotiations with German shipyard HDW Werft, which was the highest bidder in the privatization of the shipyard. ETBA shares were up 3.81 percent to 6.00 euros at 1102 GMT, outperforming the Athens bourse's benchmark general index, which was down 0

Keppel to deliver third FPSO for Shapoorji Pallonji, Bumi Armada JV

Bumi Armada Courtesy Bumi Armada

Keppel Offshore & Marine's (Keppel O&M) wholly-owned subsidiary Keppel Shipyard Ltd (Keppel Shipyard) is on track to deliver a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel to Armada Madura EPC Limited (Armada Madura), a joint venture between Shapoorji Pallonji Group (Shapoorji

Launching of HOS Warhorse at Gulf Island Shipyards

The HOS Warhorse is the first of the 400 ES Class MPSVs in Hornbeck’s fleet Photo Gulf Island Shipyards

Gulf Island Shipyards will launch the HOS Warhorse the newest vessel of Hornbeck Offshore services. The HOS Warhorse is the first of the 400 ES Class MPSVs in Hornbeck’s fleet. The Launching ceremony will commence on Tuesday, November 1st

Astican & Astander Continue to Invest

(Photo: Astican & Astander Shipyards)

Astican & Astander: pair of privately owned Spanish yards continue to invest in facilities and equipment   Astander and Astican are the two busiest privately owned shipyards in Spain carrying out heavy repairs and special conversion projects with a boutique style attitude towards

Edison Chouest to Build 13 Damen Tugs

Image: Damen

Marine transportation provider and the United States’ largest operator of OSVs, Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO), has teamed up with Damen to build 13 heavy duty mooring assistance and escort tugs. The vessels will be built in the U.S. using ECO’s network of five shipyards with support

Ferus Smit Launches Arklow Cape

Photo: Simon Marrink

Shipbuilder Ferus Smit has launched new build M.V. Arklow Cape on Friday, October 21 at its Westerbroek shipyard in the Netherlands   Arklow Cape (Nb. 425) is the second vessel in a series of 10 that will be delivered to Irish owner Arklow Shipping.  

Bollinger Delivers FRC to the US Coast Guard

Lawrence Lawson sister ship Margaret Norvell was delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard in 2013 (Photo: Bollinger Shipyards)

Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the USCGC Lawrence Lawson, the 20th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard.   Ben Bordelon, Bollinger President & C.E.O. said, “We are very pleased to announce the delivery of the USCGC Lawrence Lawson to the U.S

'We Will Not Stand by and Wait for Global Regulation' -Maersk Line

Photos: Maersk Line A/S

 Shipbreaking has become commercial due to the recycling of steel becoming a global commodity in demand. This means that the dismantling and recycling of a ship are recognized as part of the value of the ship, which has evolved into a massive challenge for the shipping industry.

Rolls-Royce Equipped Vessels Enter Service with Qatari CG

Ares 110 Hercules (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

Qatar’s Coast Guard Command has taken delivery of the first in a series of 17 composite hull boats powered and propelled by MTU high-speed engines and Rolls-Royce Kamewa waterjets.   The vessels, two Ares 75 and one Ares 110 Hercules

Lind Marine Acquires Moose Boats

Photo: Moose Boats

Lind Marine, a Petaluma, Calif. dredging contractor which provides tug and barge services throughout the San Francisco Bay area, has acquired Moose Boats, an aluminum commercial boat building company.   Lind Marine currently operates a five-acre shipyard including a 430ft dry-dock and 1

Maersk Names Fourth Jack-up at DSME

Photo by Maersk

 Maersk Drilling’s fourth XL Enhanced ultra-harsh environment jack-up was named on 14 October at a ceremony held at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in South Korea.   "Maersk Drilling’s fourth XL Enhanced ultra-harsh environment jackup was

Oldendorff Acquires 8 Vessels

Babycape Photo Oldendorff

Oldendorff reported that it is continuing its fleet expansion and have acquired eight more vessels, including three Babycapes and five Post-panamax bulk carriers, as follows: 119,000 tdw, built 2011 – UBC Onsan 119,000 tdw, built 2011 – UBC Ohio

Euronav Defers VLCC Resale Deliveries into 2017

Euronav NV said it has agreed with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in South Korea to defer the delivery of the two VLCC ex-yard resale vessels it recently purchased to the first quarter of 2017.      The vessels, previously expected to be delivered between October and

Grand Bahama Shipyard Reopens after Hurricane

Photo: Grand Bahama Shipyard

The largest shipyard in the Caribbean and Central America, Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBSL), has reopened for business after sustaining minor damages from Hurricane Matthew.   Hurricane Matthew passed through Grand Bahama Island October 6

Euronav Pushes Delivery of Two VLCCs at HHI

Photo Euronav

Euronav NV announces today that it has agreed with Hyundai Heavy Industries (“HHI”) shipyard in South Korea to defer the delivery of the two VLCC ex-yard resale vessels it recently purchased to the first quarter of 2017. Thanks to the excellent relationship that the Company enjoys

Damen Hosts 'Workboat Festival' for Clients and Partners

Damen Workboat Festival (Photo: Damen Shipyards)

Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, which is also the headquarters of the Damen Shipyards Group, opened its doors to customers and industry partners alike for the first Damen Workboat Festival. More than 200 guests arrived for the one-day event, taking the opportunity to inspect a wide range of Damen

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