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Nichols Brothers to Build Washington Ferry Superstructure

Washington State 144-car ferry Superstructure Chimacum to be built at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders    Ice Floe, LLC dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) has been contracted by Vigor Industrial to construct the superstructure portion of the third Olympic Class 144-Car Washington State Ferry the M/V Chimacum. Nichols Brothers completed the superstructures for the first and second WSF 144-Car Ferry vessels delivered to Vigor for final assembly in March and December 2013.   Nichols Brothers is responsible for construction of the grand block section of the vessel including the upper car decks, exhaust stacks and pilothouses. Additional work has been awarded to NBBB including all superstructure piping, windows, stairs, ladders, all exterior hand rails and completely painting the interior and exterior. The third superstructure will be more or less complete before arriving at Vigor’s facility in Seattle. Construction will commence at Nichols Brothers Freeland facility in February 2015 with delivery scheduled April 2016.   Nichols Brothers will use the same technique for launching the Superstructure as the Tokitae and Sammish. A complex hydraulic transfer system will move the 1,100-ton superstructure approximately 600 feet from inside NBBB’s facility to a barge in Holmes Harbor

Bachrach & Wood Celebrates 50 Years

Bachrach & Wood was formed 1953 to provide marine surveying and consultant services to the shipping industry in New Orleans. This year marks its 50th year of service. Over the years, Bachrach & Wood has changed its focus from bluewater shipping to the offshore oilfield, now providing builder’s risk surveys for heavy lifts and pipeline construction, warranty surveys for trips-in-to, vessel safety and security audits, and on/off charter surveys for barges and boats

U.S. Barge Delivers Combination Deck/Tank Barge

Photo courtesy Elliott Bay Design Group

U.S. Barge LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vigor Industrial LLC, this week will deliver a combination Deck and Tank Barge to NorthStar Gas LLC, an Alaskan Petroleum Distributor.  The CAUNEQ was christened on April 15, 2011 and will start making deliveries in May to the Yukon, Kuskokwim and Western Alaska Costal Regions. NorthStar Gas and its operating partner, Delta Western, will use this barge to service customers in Western Alaska

VT Halter Marine Delivers Second Tug for OSG

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VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a subsidiary of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced the delivery of Endurance, the second 8,000 hp Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) tug to Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. This is part of a contract that VT Halter Marine signed with OSG in April 2010 to complete two tugs over 16 months at the former’s Moss Point Marine shipyard. The first tug, Courageous, was delivered in June 23, 2011

World's Largest Hover-Barge Sold


Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington has announced the sale of the unfinished, newbuilding hover barge "Monty" by builder Sundial Marine Construction & Repair of Troutdale, Oregon. to private buyers.   This unique hover or air cushion barge (ACB) was designed to hover about 5' above the surface while carrying about 450 tons of deck cargo on a clear deck of abt. 9,000ft2. She was being built for Vancouver-based Redfern Resources, Ltd

Jensen Designs Two Tugs, Deck Barge for Harley

Jensen Maritime, Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering company, recently completed the designs of two new ASD tugs, based on the popular Valor tugboat design, and a 250’ x 70’ x 15’ 8” deck barge for customer Harley Marine, a Seattle-based marine transportation provider.   The tugs, named Robert Franco and Ahbra Franco, will provide tanker escort and ship assist services along the U.S. West Coast once delivered

Strong Track-record Wins Repeat MacGregor Orders

A series of new MacGregor offshore winch orders, secured in October, will serve the strong demand for maintenance, hook-up and commissioning services for existing oil platforms within the shallow water region of the Malay basin, says Francis Wong, Director, Segment Sales and Marketing, Offshore.   "As oil prices remain high and oil majors continue to invest in exploration and production activities in the region

Conrad Shipyard: Strength in Diversity

Conrad’s specialty is building barges.

Conrad Shipyard has been a fixture in the inland and offshore new construction and repair marine market for more than six decades. This year the Morgan City, La., company celebrates its 65th anniversary, and while much has changed since the company’s inception in 1948, many of the company’s core values stand strong, namely its adherence to building quality products. Conrad specializes in the construction, conversion and repair of a wide variety of marine vessels for commercial and

Navico Expands Americas Sales Group

Chris Meyer

Navico — recreational marine electronics company and parent to the Lowrance, Simrad and B&G brands — announced the addition of long-time pro-staffer Chris Meyer to its Volume Boat Builder and OEM sales team. In his new role as Key Account Manager, Chris is responsible for managing OEM sales as well as growing current and prospective boat builder accounts for the Lowrance, Simrad and B&G brands. A long-time member of the Lowrance Pro-Staff team and Product Validation group

Asian Shipyards: Outside The Usual Suspects?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Although many builder countries struggled to win new orders in 2015, yards in the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan managed to increase their combined share of global ordering to its highest level on record, says Clarksons Research.   Foreign owned yards have taken a significant proportion of these new orders, while domestically owned shipyards in these countries have had varying degrees of success.  

Towing Industry Safety: AWO & USCG Joint Analysis … By the Numbers

Source: USCG

For 16 years, the National Quality Steering Committee has used three measures to track overall trends in safety and environmental protection. While not all-encompassing, the measures are considered to be useful indicators of towing industry trends. The measures are:

C&C Marine and Repair Delivers Double Skin Tank Barge

Photo: TSGI

The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) announced the completion of a 200’ x 35’ x 12’ double skin tank barge.    TSGI was contracted by C&C Marine and Repair, LLC to provide contract design services. The barge is the first of a series of double skin tank barges that will

Sembcorp Marine Posts Q3 Loss

Singaporean rig builder Sembcorp Marine Ltd. posted a loss in the third quarter, hurt by higher financing costs and a fall in orders due to weak oil prices.   The company posted a net loss of S$21.8 million ($15.7 million) for the three months ended Sept

Sembcorp Marine Swings to Loss in Q3

Photo: Sembcorp Marine

Singapore's Sembcorp Marine Ltd swung to a loss in the third quarter and the rig builder's revenue was hurt by customers deferring rig deliveries amid a protracted downturn in the oil and natural gas market.   The company posted a net loss of S$21.8 million ($15

US Boatbuilding: Sink or Swim

Joe Hudspeth

Navigating interesting times has the nation’s shipbuilding industry searching in unusual places. The answers could be blowing in the wind.  Conducting commerce and forecasting the future for shipyards is akin to setting out in uncharted waters

Wave of US Marine Innovation Heading to the UK

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A wave of cutting edge U.S. maritime innovations will be highlighted in Southampton, U.K. this October during three specialist one day events for the sub IMO / sub 24 meter professional sector. The unique NEXT GENERATION Workshops bring together an international group of experts armed with the

Great Lakes Launch Hopper Dredge Ellis Island

The Ellis Island prior to launch Photo Great Lakes

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation announced today the successful launch of the Ellis Island, the barge component of its Articulated Tug & Barge (ATB) hopper dredge currently under construction.  The launch occurred on September 30

GP Group Expands Antwerp Bunker Operations

(Photo: Gulf Petrochem Group)

UAE based global bunker supplier Gulf Petrochem Group is now offering physical bunker supply in the port of Antwerp, Belgium from its existing office in Rotterdam, the Netherlands with immediate effect.    The new offering will cater to the group’s global customers and provide

Foss Maritime: Hard at Work in the Arctic

Glacier Wind in Cook Inlet (Image courtesy of Foss Maritime)

As the oil industry awaits a much-needed rebound, Foss Maritime’s robust presence in the Arctic region underscores its commitment to the region, the environment, and a business plan that looks ahead to the next chapter.   Reports of the death of commercial Arctic activities have been

CGB to Invest $30 mln in Indiana Port

CGB, investing $30 million at Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon Photo Port of Indiana

Consolidated Grain and Barge Co. (CGB) announced plans today to expand its operations at the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon, investing more than $31 million to increase its soybean processing capabilities in southwest Indiana. “Indiana is a state known around the world for building things

New Japanese Coal Carrier Enters Service

Noshiro Maru. Photo: NYK Line

A new coal carrier Noshiro Maru was delivered on September 30 at Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. in Saikai city, Nagasaki prefecture. A delivery and naming ceremony was held at the shipyard on the same day and attended by Makoto Kaiwa, chairman of Tohoku Electric Power; his wife; and NYK Chairman

Coast Guard Sets Port Condition Whiskey in NC

Image: National Hurricane Center

The U.S. Coast Guard is urging mariners and members of the maritime community across North Carolina to prepare for Hurricane Matthew as Condition Whiskey is set for North Carolina Waterways.   The Captain of the Port (COTP) has set Condition Whiskey for all waterways in the North Carolina

Skipper Fined for Dumping Trash at Sea

A barge skipper has been fined £500 and more than £2,000 in costs, after pleading guilty to dumping trash at sea, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported.   On the morning of May 26 this year, the barge Beta was traveling from Exmouth to Plymouth

Vard Acquires Equipment Supplier Storvik Aqua

Designer and builder of specialized vessels Vard Holdings Limited has entered into an agreement to acquire AS, an equipment supplier that provides feeding, measurement and control solutions to the aquaculture industry. The purchase price is approximately NOK 35 million.  

VOS Start Equipped with Barge Master Gangway

Photo: Vroon

Vroon has  announced that walk-to-work vessel VOS Start is to be equipped with the brand-new Barge Master Gangway.   This unique combination will enable safe and efficient transfer of personnel and cargo. The Barge Master Gangway incorporates an access tower with elevator

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