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The Versatile ATB Enters the LNG Game

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EBDG’s LNG bunkering barge design receives ABS approvals as the maritime industry increasingly looks to LNG as a fuel of the future. In early June, Federal Maritime Commissioner William P. Doyle told listeners at an LNG Bunkering conference in Vancouver, Canada that “Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering in North America is moving forward … There is an abundant supply of natural gas in North America. Utilizing natural gas as a marine fuel would help ship owners and operators comply with the MARPOL Annex VI requirements to reduce air pollution from ocean going vessels.” That much is true. It’s also true that there is any number of ways for vessel operators to get to the Promised Land. Nevertheless, LNG – as a fuel – has certainly stepped out into the lead on that mission. And, the race to design next generation bunker barges – those carrying LNG for all those soon-to-come LNG powered vessels on the backlogs of U.S. shipyards – is in full swing. In the thick of that race is the Seattle-based Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), whose EB-2000 LNG ATB Barge concept recently obtained approval in principle (AIP) from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). According to EBDG, the EB-2000 offers versatility in LNG transport and bunkering. The barge will be offered in both an optional spoon or ship-shaped bow combined with a (patent pending) flush trunk and foc’sle arrangement which provides proven offshore performance.


U.S. Navy Contract for DH Barges

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Metal Trades, Inc. was contracted by Maybank Industries. LLC to build two new types of double hull barges for the U.S. Navy.  Three “YON” fuel barges and one Ship Waste Offloading Barge (SWOB) will be built, each type with identical 6,900 barrel capacity cargo and double hull configurations.  The ABS classed barges are being designed by Bristol Harbor Group of Bristol, RI to be 180 feet long and 44 feet wide


Bollinger Delivers Two Barges

Bollinger Marine Fabricators was able to formulate the plans for two 356 x 54 x 13 ft. (108.5 x 16.4 x 3.9 m) double skin asphalt barges for American General Transportation, Mobile, Ala. Studying the influence of barge design and operations by various industry professionals, Normond J. McAllister, Jr., president of American General, came up with the AGT 3600 series asphalt cable barges, which were designed and built in conjunction with Bollinger. According to McAllister, "The 356 ft. (108


Bristol Harbor Designs 35,000 BBL Barge

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Statia Victory, a 35,000 BBL, 290-ft Double Hull Tank Barge designed by Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) has recently been completed and delivered by Orange Shipbuilding Co., Inc. (OSB) in Orange, Texas, a division of Conrad Industries, Inc. The barge, OSB hull #403, is similar to several previous BHGI designs and a close sister vessel to OSB hull numbers 395, 396, 397, and 400. The Statia Victory incorporates numerous modifications to piping systems, deck layout


Bristol Harbor Designs for New York Power Authority

Bristol Harbor Group, Inc., (BHGI), has reached the final design phase for an 80-ft x 34-ft x 5-ft Pedestal Crane Barge design for The New York Power Authority, (NYPA). The Pedestal Crane Barge, also known as a “Floating Crane,” is currently under construction at Great Lakes Shipyard in Cleveland, OH, where BHGI is also providing construction oversight services. BHGI began by conducting an initial on-site investigation of the ice boom, and the existing Ice Boom Work Barge


Harley Orders Two Newbuild Tank Barges from Vigor

Sixty-Five Roses is a 422’x 76’ tank barge with capacity of 83,600 barrels presently employed  in U.S. West Coast Trade under Charter to a Major Oil Company. Built by Vigor in Portland, Ore., the barge is of double hull design and constructed to exceed OPA 90 Double Hull Standards. Fully loaded she displaces 13,150 Long Tons DWT. She is certified ABS Maltese Cross A1 Oceans.

Vigor Fab has been awarded a contract to build two 83,000 bbl. tank barges for Harley Marine Services, Inc.  The 422’x 76’ x 27’ tank barges, designed by Elliott Bay Design Group to be part of articulated tug and barge configurations, will be among the largest vessels constructed for Harley Marine’s fleet. Construction will begin this month at Vigor’s 60-acre shipyard in Portland, Ore


Moran Moves Towards DH Fleet

With the introduction of three new double-hull petroleum barges in 2005, Paul Tregurtha, chairman of Moran Towing Corporation, announced that the company is on track to achieve its goal of operating an all double-hull fleet by the end of 2006. In the first seven months of 2005, Moran introduced two newly built double-hull petroleum barges, New Hampshire and Georgia, both built at Bay Shipbuilding in Wisconsin, and a newly converted double-hulled barge Massachusetts


Gulf Marine Introduces the Endurance

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A uniquely designed self-propelled self-elevating jack-up barge is currently under construction in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and, once delivered, will be one of the most flexible and capable vessels in the market. Gulf Marine Services, the Middle East region’s largest elevating support vessel operator, has developed a design along with MSC Gusto which incorporates an operating water depth of up to 65 metres, accommodation for 150 persons, deck space of 1000 m2, deck load of 11,350 tonnes


EBDG-Designed Sixty Five Roses Enters Service

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Elliott Bay Design Group LLC (EBDG) recently announced the launch of the flagship vessel in its series of oil barge designs for Harley Marine Services (HMS).  With a length of 422 ft and a beam of 76 ft, the Sixty Five Roses has a capacity of 83,600 barrels. The vessel features a cargo heating system; two hose handling cranes, one of which is a jumbo crane for lifting offshore submarine hose connections and five hydraulic mooring winches designed for offshore mooring systems


Vigor Fab Delivers New Harley Alaskan Barge

Barge Iliuliuk Bay: Photo courtesy of Vigor Fab

Vigor Fab has delivered Harley Marine Services’ newest vessel, the 250’x70’x15’8” 'Iliuliuk Bay' (an Aleut name meaning Big Island). The deck barge is purpose-built to enhance quality of service provided to customers living and working in Alaska. Iliuliuk Bay is in transit to Dutch Harbor and will enter service on November 3rd. Her unique design provides a flexible workhorse that can easily switch between containers and other cargo to serve the diverse needs of


Port of Antwerp to Set Up LNG Bunkering

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  It would be possible for barges to fill up with LNG at a permanent bunkering station in the port of Antwerp by the beginning of 2016. Truck-to-ship bunkering is already possible, but by setting up a bunkering station the port of Antwerp aims to make LNG permanently available.


Nation’s Vessel Operators Join EPA as SmartWay Affiliate

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The American Waterways Operators, a 350-member trade association representing the U.S. tugboat, towboat and barge industry, announced today that it joined the SmartWay Transport Partnership, an innovative collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and stakeholders in the


Horizon Delivers 4th 74’ Towboat for Canal Barge Co.

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Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, AL, has delivered the fourth in a series of 74’ towboats to Canal Barge Company, Inc. of New Orleans, LA.    The Jane Merrick is 74’ long with a 32’6” beam and an 8’6” draft


ATB Barge Project for Murray & Associates

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Murray & Associates, LLC has been commissioned to deliver a comprehensive design package for an 185,000 BBL Chemical Tank Barge new construction project. The ABS SafeHull barge is an articulated tug and barge type utilizing an Intercon Model 50 coupler system


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


ExxonMobil: New Marine Fuel Addresses ECA

Prior to its introduction, ExxonMobil Premium HDME 50 was tested with Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics.

ExxonMobil Marine Fuels & Lubricants launched a new marine fuel that is designed to help marine operators comply with the 0.10 percent sulfur cap set to be introduced in Emission Control Areas (ECA) beginning January 1, 2015.  ExxonMobil Premium Heavy Distillate Marine ECA 50 (HDME 50) is


HMC Chooses Kongsberg Offshore Simulator

The K-Sim Offshore simulator will feature detailed models of three HMC deepwater construction vessels.

Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) has selected Kongsberg Maritime’s K-Sim Offshore simulation platform to enhance crane operator training and the safe, efficient implementation of heavy lift operations. With the contract signed on May 21, 2014


Winch Safety through Standardization

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Celebrating the 10,000th YoYo Winch For decades, barge owners and operators had no reason to think twice about their rigging. There were only a few choices when it came to winches, and there were ratchets as well. Because of the simplicity of these machines


The Perfect Anchor for Paint

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Barge manufacturer doubles production and reduces paint waste with new blast line. When the 600th barge launch was celebrated at Brownsville Marine Products (BMP) just south of Pittsburgh in November 2012, it marked the company’s success at reviving a site with over 75 years of history


Cargill to Build Grain Terminal in West Memphis

U.S. agribusiness Cargill Inc said it will build a grain handling facility in West Memphis, Arkansas, to purchase corn, sorghum, soybeans and wheat that the company could ship down the Mississippi River to U.S. Gulf Coast export terminals.


Dept. of Interior Fuel Barge Launched after Repairs

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The Greenstone II, a U.S. Department of Interior fuel barge, was relaunched at Port Calcite upon completion of drydocking, repair work and inspections. The barge was hauled out at the Port Calcite facility in late May by Port Calcite Collaborative’s 440-ton Manitowoc 16000 crane


Huge Hull for HMS Prince of Wales Ready for Delivery

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BAE Systems informed that a huge section of the U.K. Royal Navy’s second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, was loaded onto a barge in Glasgow over the weekend ahead of its departure to Rosyth later this month.


ACL Recognizes Safe Liquid Cargo Handlers

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American Commercial Lines presented Marine Environmental Stewardship Awards on Wednesday, July 16 in Houston, Texas, recognizing 35 customers for safe handling of chemicals, petroleum products and other liquid cargos. The customers recognized by ACL safely handled over two billion gallons of


AWO Congratulates Jaenichen on MARAD Confirmation

Paul “Chip” Jaenichen: Photo credit AWO

The American Waterways Operators, a 350-member trade association representing the U.S. tugboat, towboat and barge industry, has offered its congratulations to Paul “Chip” Jaenichen on his successful Senate confirmation as U.S. Maritime Administrator.


Kirby Awards ATB Contracts to Bay Shipbuilding

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Bay Shipbuilding Company (BSC) of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, a subsidiary of Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG), has been awarded a contract to build two 155,000-barrel capacity barges and two 6,000 HP tugs for Kirby Corporation. The vessels are to be operated as Articulated Tug-Barge (ATB) units and






 
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