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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

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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.  


Mermaid Terminates Newbuild Drilling Rigs Contract

Image: Mermaid Maritime

 Mermaid Maritime and China Merchants Industry Holdings (CMIH) have mutually agreed to cancel the construction contract  for the construction of tender assist drilling rigs to be named ‘MTR-3’ and ‘MTR-4’  respectively.  


60,000dwt Bulker Delivered to Sea Trade Holdings

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) completed and delivered a 60,000 dwt type bulk carrier M.V. STH CHIBA (MES Hull No. 1915) at its Chiba Works on January 5, 2017 to Sea Trade Holdings Inc., Marshall Islands.   This is the 19th ship of the builder's “neo60BC”


Marcon Sells Ocean-going Tank Barge

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Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington started out the New Year right with the sale of the ocean-going, combo deck / tank barge “PCC Provider” on 3rd January to Alaskan buyers.   The 5,451 mtdw, 250’ x 74’ x 19’ depth barge was specifically


Two Turkish-built Tugs Delivered in Canada

Two newly built custom tugboats have been delivered to Canadian based SNC Lavalin to operate during the construction of Montreal's New Champlain Bridge on the Saint Lawrence River.   The new vessels, one 13 meters long and the other 15 meters long


Workboat vs. Jet Ski: A Mysterious Collision and Its Consequences

Randy O’Neill

As summer slowly fades to memory and commercial vessels have less frequent encounters with recreational vessels of all sizes, shapes and descriptions on America’s inland waterways, it might be a good time to review a strange, but not completely unusual incident that occurred in Louisiana on


Interview: Morton S. Bouchard III Pulls No Punches

Morton S. Bouchard III (Photo: Coast Guard Foundation)

Morton S. Bouchard III pulls no punches discussing the maritime business and the spate of over-regulation infecting U.S. industry.   Morton S. Bouchard III has served as President of Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc., the nation’s largest independently-owned oceangoing petroleum barge


New Orleans Receives $1.75 Mln for Port Upgrade

Paul Chip Jaenichen visits with Gary LaGrange at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge to officially award a MARAD grant of $1.75 million for Container on Barge service. The visit and award ceremony was held at the SEACOR AMH office Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 at the Ports Inland Rivers Marine Terminal in Port Allen, La. Port of New Orleans (Photo: Port of New Orleans)

U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen visited the Port of Greater Baton Rouge’s container-on-barge operation Tuesday while delivering his personal congratulations on the recent awarding of a $1


Volvo Penta’s Bonivich Named 'Darlene Briggs Woman of Year'

Susan Bonivich - Darlene Briggs Award Photo Volvo Penta

Susan Bonivich, OEM/dealer sales manager for Volvo Penta of the Americas, was named the 2016 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo today in Orlando, Fla. She is the second woman in the company to earn the distinction within the past 10 years.  


PPL Yards Not for Sale: SembMarine

Photo:  PPL Shipyard Pte Ltd

 Sembcorp Marine has denied the rumours that it was mulling the sale of all or part of subsidiary PPL Shipyard, according to a report in the Business Times.   "Neither our rig-building subsidiary PPL Shipyard nor any of the yards from which PPL is operating are up for sale


Cosco Rolls Out Largest Semi-Submersible Ship

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 Breakbulk carrier COSCO Shipping has rebranded as COSCO Shipping Special Transport and launched its largest semi-submersible vessel to date, the Xin Guang Hua, reports Xinhua News Agency.   Xin Guang Hua, capable of carrying 100,000 tonnes of cargo


Great Ships of 2016: Ethane Crystal

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Since it started publishing in 1939, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News has recognized excellence in ship construction. This year 18 ships in total were honored, including many “world firsts.”   Ethane Crystal - World’s Largest Ethane Carrier


Conquest Offshore Partakes in Troll Solution Wreck Removal

Photo: Conquest Offshore

Conquest Offshore’s MB-1 heavy lift barge was the key asset in the largest wreck removal recorded in 2016.  Conquest MB-1 removed the Troll Solution jack-up rig from the seabed 30 meters deep of the Bay of Campeche, Mexico. 


Fourth Submarine in UK’s Astute Class Named

Photo: BAE Systems

The fourth submarine in the Astute class was officially named Audacious during a December 16 ceremony at builder BAE Systems’ Submarines site in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.   Guests watched as Lady Jones, Audacious' sponsor and wife of Admiral Sir Phillip Jones


Tuco Delivers in Norway

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Danish builder Tuco Marine said it has delivered a ProZero 10.5m WBW Archipelago multipurpose workboat to the Norwegian Archipelago Services.   The vessel is a fast and light and features a hydraulic bow gate and a deck crane for handling cargo over the vessels side, according to the builder


Innovative Boats: Marine News' Best of 2016

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Marine News looks back at the past 12 months and showcases the best of North America’s workboat design shop and shipyard output.   In a year where some stakeholders might not rank 2016 as the best of years in the shipyard or on the waterfront, we might disagree






 
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