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Foss Maritime Aids Power Plant Reactor Tow

Foss Maritime played a crucial role in the success of the towing of a defueled nuclear reactor up the Columbia River for burial of the reactor at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, near Richland, Wash. Under a contract from Portland General Electric, Foss managed and performed barging of the 1,020 ton load from PGE's decommissioned Trojan power plant, near Rainier, Ore., to the Richland barge slip at the Port of Benton. The 270-mile tow was performed by Foss tugs Lewiston and Noydena. Foss towed ZB-240, a 240 x 56 ft. ramp barge, specifically built for the reactor towing assignment by Zidell Marine Corporation. The barge was chartered by PGE from Zidell. During the 36 hour tow, both 2,500 hp Lewiston and 1,700 hp Noydena were secured side by side at the stern of the RoRo barge so each tug's crew had a clear line of sight beyond the towering reactor and its support frame aboard the barge forward of the tugs. In addition to the backup tug, extensive safety precautions required by PGE under its contract with Foss included special nuclear cargo handling and transport training for Foss barge ballasting/deballasting and towing personnel. Special surveys of the barge and tugs were among other safety related requirements. During training sessions, as well as the actual move, the barge was ballasted onto and deballasted off of the bottom of the Trojan barge slip.


Awarded: $17.1m in U.S. Shipyard Grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration today announced $17.1 million in grants to 14 small shipyards in 10 states.  The grants are part of the Assistance to Small Shipyards program. “Small shipyards are vitally important for the health of the maritime industry, and for the nation’s economy,” said Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.  The purpose of the grants is to make capital and infrastructure improvements that facilitate the


MARAD Awards $17.1m in Shipyard Grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration announced $17.1m in grants to 14 small shipyards in 10 states.  The grants are part of the Assistance to Small Shipyards program. “Small shipyards are vitally important for the health of the maritime industry, and for the nation’s economy,” said Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.  The purpose of the grants is to make capital and infrastructure improvements that facilitate the efficiency


Demand for Coastal and Transoceanic ATBs Grows

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Along the way, ATBs gain speed, efficiency, safety – and popularity.   Operators of articulated tugs and barges, or ATBs, say they like the maneuverability, weather reliability, stability, speed of these units, and the manner in which the tug pushes the barge. As a marine transportation concept, they can also simply be described as versatile. ATBs move petroleum, chemicals, coal, grain, containerized cargo and rail cars for customers on the U.S






 
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