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Nautica Queen at Great Lakes Shipyard for Repairs

Photo courtesy The Great Lakes Towing Co.

Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, Ohio, will perform deck repairs to the Nautica Queen. The 124 ft long Nautica Queen was built in 1981 and is home-ported in Cleveland, Ohio on the west bank of the flats. The Nautica Queen can accommodate up to 400 passengers in the two enclosed decks and spacious observation deck on the top of the ship. The vessel hosts lunch and dinner cruises as well as Sunday brunch and also hosts corporate and birthday parties as well as wedding receptions. Great Lakes Shipyard, a division of The Great Lakes Towing Company, operates a full-service shipyard and drydock in Cleveland, OH, specializes in all types of marine construction and vessel repairs including tugs, supply boats, ferries, barges, excursion vessels, dinner boats, research vessels, large yachts, and off-site topside work of every kind.  The Company has expanded its capabilities and workforce to include new “HandySize” tug, barge and vessel construction, and repairs as well as aluminum and steel fabrication. This new shipyard and drydock facility will include a new 700-ton Marine Travelift.now being manufactured by Marine Travelift, Sturgeon Bay, Wis. and installed in mid 2011. This Travelift will be the largest of its type on the U.S. and Canadian Great Lakes, and the second largest Travelift in the western hemispere.


New Class of Compact Tugboats Turning Heads

BRAtt Workboat: Photo courtesy of Robert Allan

Originally conceived as a training vessel, the Robert Allan designed BRAtt has developed into a class of small but tough workboats. Adrenalin Marine Ltd. of Delta, B.C. was chosen as the licensed builder for all BRAtts in North America and to date has built three of these innovative new vessels. The BRAtt is not only a very cost-effective tug for training, but an ultra-compact workboat which can operate in small ports and perform specialized functions such as ship-handling


Conrad Announces Contracts, Deliveries

Conrad Industries, Inc. announced the signing of contracts for the construction of ten vessels totaling $32.3 million and delivery of three vessels in recent months. Offshore Marine Contractors has executed contracts for three 175 foot class 110'x64.5'x9' liftboats, similar to previous liftboats built by Conrad. W.C. Fore Trucking, McCleary Offshore Construction and Inland Barge Rentals have executed contracts for the construction of deck barges that range in size from 120'x30'x7' to


Feature: Aluminum Boats Prove Their Mettle

By John Simpson, Editor, Aluminum Now and Michael Skillingberg, VP, Technology, The Aluminum Association, Inc. Aluminum has been used in the marine industry for more than 100 years because of its light weight and ease of fabrication combined with good corrosion and fatigue resistance. However, for much of the past 30 years, fiberglass has been the material of choice of North American boatbuilders, particularly for higher-volume production lines


Elliott Bay Design Group Adds Staff

Photos courtesy EBDG

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) announced three additions to its team: In EBDG's Seattle office naval architect Nick Barczak joined the team, bringing three years of experience in naval architecture.  Barczak's technical skills range from drafting, to CFD and FEA analyses, wind tunnel and towing tank testing to basic naval architecture. Naval architect David Turner joins EBDG's New Orleans office bringing over 12 years experience


American Shipyard Publishes Q1 2012 Results

Conrad Incustries announce First Quarter 2012 Results & Backlog For the quarter ended March 31, 2012, Conrad achieved net income of $3.2 million and earnings per diluted share of $0.52 compared to net income of $3.7 million and earnings per diluted share of $0.58 during the first quarter of 2011.  The Company's more detailed financial reports are available here. Conrad's backlog was $70.8 million at March 31, 2012 compared to $47.1 million at December 31, 2011 and $112


Chinook Aluminum Cruiser Delivered

The William E. Munson Company delivered a 32 ft. Chinook welded aluminum cruiser to Ed Robinson's Diving Adventures. Powered by twin Volvo KAD43 diesels, coupled to Volvo dual prop drive legs, the USCG certified 15-passenger dive boat has a top speed of 45 mph light and 40 mph fully loaded. Outfitting includes port and starboard side dive doors, large stern dive platform with two flip out dive ladders, aluminum tank rack for 30 dive bottles, tropical style open-backed wheelhouse with sunroof


Lincoln Electric Experts to Speak at Welding Conference

Lincoln Electric Welding Experts to Speak at 14th Annual Aluminum Welding Conference.   Two aluminum welding experts will represent The Lincoln Electric Company on the speakers’ platform at the 14th Annual Aluminum Welding Conference, sponsored by the American Welding Society (AWS), Sept. 20-21, at the Embassy Suites in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.   Lincoln Electric’s Frank Armao will discuss “Metal Preparation for Aluminum Welding” on Tues., Sept. 20, at 11 a.m


Bollinger Wins 8th Consecutive SCA Safety Award

Chris Bollinger, Executive VP of Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., (center) accepts the 2102 Award for Excellence in Safety from SCA Manager Government Affairs, Ian Bennitt (left), and SCA President, Matthew Paxton.

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. was awarded the 2012 “Award for Excellence in Safety” by the Shipbuilders Council of America for the eighth consecutive year.   On April 11, 2013, The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) presented the “Award for Excellence in Safety” to Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. during the association’s Spring General Membership Meeting in Washington, DC.  The Award for Excellence in Safety is given to member companies with the lowest Total


Crowley Tugboat Makes Arduous Bering Sea Rescue

Tug Siku: Photo courtesy of Crowley

The crew of the Crowley Maritime Corp. tug 'Siku', operating in Western Alaska, recently rescued six men adrift in the Bering Sea. Shortly before the incident, the men’s 21-foot, aluminum skiff ran out of gas in Hooper Bay and was being quickly blown out of the bay and into increasingly heavy seas. Responding to a request by the Coast Guard, the crew of Siku, which was in the area holding for weather, located the skiff


New Bridge Unveiled for US Pushboats

Image: Alphatron Marine Group

New pushboat bridge unveiled for USA Inland Shipping Expo JRC and Alphatron Marine will introduce a new pushboat bridge concept dedicated for the American river and inland waterways.   Harnessing 25 years of European inland waterways experience


Natural Gas Articulated Conduit System Patented

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) announced that long-time partner Moran Towing Corporation has been granted US Patent 8,967,174 for "Articulated conduit systems and uses thereof for fuel gas transfer between a tug and barge." The patent was filed with the United States Patent and


Mercury Diesel Engines for 16 New USCG Boats

Mercury Marine’s 2.0 diesel engine (Photo: Mercury Marine)

Mercury Marine has entered an agreement with Metal Shark Aluminum Boats to power 16 U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) boats with Mercury diesel engines.   “Mercury Marine’s 2.0 diesel engines are ideal for smaller vessels such as the Coast Guard Cutter Boat ATON Medium


Fugro Extends Contract with McDermott

Fugro logo

  Fugro has been awarded a three-year extension to its existing contracts with McDermott Middle East, Inc. The contract covers the provision of survey, positioning, remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and diving services in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, India and Saudi Arabia


Willard Adds Sales Manager for Gulf Coast, Florida

Jimmy Sorenson (Photo: Willard Marine)

Willard Marine, Inc. has hired Jimmy Sorenson as regional sales manager for the Gulf Coast and Florida.   Sorenson served 11 years with the U.S. Coast Guard in many roles including machinery technician and maritime law enforcement instructor, and earned the boat coxswain certification


VT Halter Launches Barge for Bouchard Transportation

Photo courtesy of Bouchard Transportation

Bouchard Transportation Co., announced the launch of Barge B. No. 270, the first of two Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) units constructed by VT Halter Marine, Inc., a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc.   The barge was launched at the Pascagoula Shipyard Operations in Pascagoula


Dredger Conversion and Upgrade

Photo: Dredge Yard

Dredge Yard, a company specialized in dredging and mining components, equipment and technologies, shares insight  into the upgrading of equipment, modification of dredging system and conversion of existing vessels into dredgers.   


Sixth Season of Hudson River Dredging Begins

After an area has been dredged of contaminated sediment to the EPAs standards, clean backfill is transported on a barge by a tug boat. The backfill replaces dredged sediment and maintains the natural contours of the riverbed. (Photo: EPA)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck announced the start of the sixth, and final, season of dredging of PCB-contaminated sediments from the bottom of the Hudson River. The historic dredging project – one of the largest and most complex cleanups in


FSV Group Acquires Damen Barge for Aquaculture

Endre Brekstad - Teknisk SjefTechnical Manager, FSV Group AS, Frank Koppelaar - Director Pontoons & Barges, Damen Shipyards Gorinchem

  FSV Group, the Norwegian operator of specialised vehicles for maritime operations, has taken delivery of a customised 41-metre Damen barge which will provide a range of services to the Norwegian aquaculture industry. This sector is currently expanding strongly as demand for farmed fish


USS Cairo: Crew Safety and Fleeting Efficiency

Photo courtesy of Carline Industries

Over that past 15 to 20 years there has been a revolution in U.S. ship docking tugs. Larger container ships and tankers made obsolete the conventional single and twin propeller tugs that could serve either line haul or ship docking functions


US Ports Begin 2015 ‘Fast and Furious’

Photo: The American Great Lakes Ports Association

Even with a blip due to ice coverage in late March and early April, U.S. ports along the Great Lakes-Seaway System are tracking ahead of tonnage moved in April 2014. In fact, most ports are seeing increases in multiple categories.   “In 2015 we are excited to continue the momentum


Battery-powered Ferry Enters Service in Norway

Photo courtesy of Siemens

The world’s first electrical car and passenger ferry powered by batteries has entered service in Norway, representing a milestone on the road to operating emission-free ferries along Norway’s coastline, with at least 50 other routes currently able to sustain battery-operated vessels.


US Builder Secures Wind Farm Supply Vessel Order

Photo: Blount Boats

Rhode Island based shipbuilder Blount Boats signed a contract with Rhode Island Fast Ferry for the construction of a crew transfer vessel (CTV) that will operate for Deepwater Wind Block Island, the shipbuilder announced today.   The 21-meter aluminum vessel was designed by South Boats IOW


Conrad Announces Management Team Changes

Conrad Industries, Inc. announced the appointment of Scott J. Theriot as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.   Johnny Conrad, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Scott has been in the shipyard business since 1976 in various positions spending the majority


Snarled in Traffic, Intermodal Answers Include the Water

Joseph Keefe is the lead commentator of  MaritimeProfessional.com.

It was just last month that the (challenged) Keefe family packed up the SUV and set out for a little bit of spring break fun, mixed in with a college visit for my son, who will be a senior in high school next Fall. The decision to drive was, in part






 
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