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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


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

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

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

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

NAVSEA Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Hosts Change of Command

At a Change of Command ceremony conducted on October at the Naval Sea Systems Command?s (NAVSEA) Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Captain Vernon T. Williams, was relieved by Captain Kevin M. McCoy as commanding officer of the shipyard. NAVSEA's commander Vice Admiral Pete Nanos, the primary speaker at the event, praised Captain Williams' work in bringing Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, the community and its business partners closer together.

Wärtsilä Strengthens Its Position in China with New Propulsion Orders

Photo: Wärtsilä

 Two new marine geological research vessels under construction in China will feature a broad scope of Wärtsilä engines and propulsion equipment. Wärtsilä has maintained a leading position in China for supplying propulsion solutions to research vessels.   

Gulf and Hendry Marine Consolidate Operations

Gulf Marine Repair Corporation, a southeastern tug-barge shipyard, announced it is consolidating operations with Hendry Corporation, its affiliated company and fellow shipyard, effective November 30, 2015.   Rick Watts, the newly appointed President of Gulf Marine, said

Torm Orders Four Tankers in $200 mln Deal

Photo: Torm

Danish shipping company Torm has signed an order for four fuel-efficient LR2 (long-range) product tanker vessels from Guangzhou Shipyard International in China for $200 million. The shipyard is expected to deliver the vessels between the fourth quarter of 2017 and the second quarter of 2018

Marintec China Indicates Growth

Image: UBM Maritime Events

 Marintec China exhibition has grown by 14% since its last edition to cover 80,000 sq m with over 2,000 exhibiting companies  from 34 countries  defying the talk of a slowdown in China and its hard-hit shipyards.   The two years since the last Marintec China event have not

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Seaspan's Vancouver Office

Jonathan Whitworth, Seaspan CEO. Courtesy Seaspan

  Seaspan hosted a groundbreaking ceremony today to announce it has officially started construction on a new head office in North Vancouver. The 7,800 square metre (84,000 square foot) corporate headquarters, scheduled for completion in late 2017

Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar JV is 5

Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (Courtesy Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar)

  On 23 November 2015, Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar celebrated its first 5 years of operation. With 40 vessels delivered or under construction, the yard has proven its capability to support Qatar’s national strategy for economic diversification.

BTӦ Orders Damen ASD Tug

Photo courtesy of Damen Shipyards

Sweden-based BogserTeam Ӧresund (BTӦ), part of MarCon gruppen, recently signed a contract with the Damen Shipyards Group for the delivery of a Damen ASD Tug 2810. MarCon gruppen is currently experiencing growth and is undertaking a program of renewal and expansion to its fleets.

Fincantieri Launches Nuclear Waste Vessel for Russia

Photo: Fincantieri

New semisubmersible floating platform will be used to transport special material decommissioned by the Russian Navy    Itarus, the new semisubmersible floating platform built to transport Russia’s nuclear materials, was launched at a ceremony on November 19 at Fincantieri’s

Stena Bulk Orders Tankers from China

Photo courtsy of Stena Bulk

Stena Bulk has placed an order for three 50,000 dwt IMOIIMAX MR tankers with the Chinese shipyard CSSC Offshore & Marine Engineering (CSSC OME), formerly Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI), in Guangzhou.   It has also taken out an option on a further two vessels

Damen ASD Tug for Sharjah Ports

Handover ceremony Photo Damen

Sharjah Ports Authority, has taken delivery of a Damen ASD Tug 2411, named Al Luolo’ Aya. His Excellency Sheikh Khaled bin Abdullah bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Department of Seaports and Customs at the Hamriyah Free Zone Authority and Sharjah Airport International Free Zone

New Facility for Virginia-Class Submarine Sailors at Newport News Shipbuilding

Vice Adm. Joseph Tofalo, commander of Submarine Forces, Submarine Forces Atlantic and Allied Submarine Command, meets with the crew of the future Virginia-class submarine Indiana (SSN 789) during a tour of Newport News Shipbuildings new Pre-Commissioning Unit facility on Monday. Photo by Chris Oxley/HII

 Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has opened a new facility that provides workspace for the crews of Virginia-class submarine (VCS) pre-commissioning units (PCUs) while their submarines are under construction.  

GBP1mln Grant to Create 100 Jobs at Ferguson Shipyard

Ferguson Marine. Photo by Clyde Blowers Capital

 The last commercial shipyard on the Clyde, Scotland, has secured grant to help safeguard 125 jobs and create a further 100. Ferguson shipyard has been awarded a £1m grant to refurbish its Port Glasgow premises and help fund new jobs.  

Cadmatic Used for Alaska Ferry Design

The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) has awarded the Alaska Class Ferry project to Vigor Alaska shipyard in Ketchikan, Alaska, where construction is currently underway. Providing production design for the ferry is Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy Glosten

New Charges in 2012 Fatal Platform Blast

West Delta 32 platform after the explosion (Photo: BSEE)

Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC, Grand Isle Shipyards Inc., Wood Group PSN Inc., as well as Don Moss, 46, of Groves, Texas, Curtis Dantin, 50, of Cut-Off, La., and Christopher Srubar, 40, of Destrehan, La., have been charged with crimes for a November 2012 explosion on an oil production

Latest Deliveries Complete Ardmore Newbuild Program

Ardmore Chippewa (Photo: Ardmore Shipping Corporation)

Tanker shipper Ardmore takes delivery of 23rd and 24th vessels, completing its initial newbuilding program Ardmore Shipping Corporation has taken delivery of two product and chemical tanker newbuildings, the Ardmore Chippewa and Ardmore Seahawk

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