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Antwerp Port Promoting Barge Projects

Instream campaign

Antwerp is the leading barge port in Europe. Now with its Instream campaign it is showcasing its barge facilities. Each week more than 915 barges call at the port of Antwerp carrying project cargo, containers and dry and liquid bulk to and from northern France, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Keeping this barge traffic flowing smoothly requires efficient collaboration between all partners in the chain. Over the past few years this collaboration has led to the development of various digital tools that all share the same goal, namely to make the port of Antwerp more accessible for barges. The Instream campaign draws all these initiatives together, making it clear at a glance how Antwerp stands out from other ports. Modal shift The port of Antwerp aims to increase the share of barge transport in the modal mix from the present 36% to 42% by 2030. Barge transport plays a crucial role in maintaining sustainable links with the hinterland and underpinning the logistics goods flow. Not surprisingly, therefore, Antwerp Port Authority has for some years played a pioneering role to streamline barge traffic in the port, in collaboration with all the other partners in the chain. Efficient barge transport makes the port more attractive to port customers and encourages them to make greater use of this mode. Collaboration

Barge Partially Sinks

The AP has reported that a barge hauling 800,000 gallons of liquid asphalt that strayed from its tow has partially sunk to the river bottom, according to the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard said the barge doesn't seem in danger of breaking. The river current has pushed the 80-foot barge sideways against a railroad bridge near downtown Louisville. Nauert said the barge is believed to be stable. The barge was one of three that got away from their tow Thursday when a connecting cable broke or

Trinity Industries to Construct Tank Barges for Kirby

Kirby Corporation has signed a contract with Trinity Industries, Inc. for the construction of 16 double-hull, 30,000 barrel capacity, inland black oil tank barges. Kirby plans to take delivery of seven of the tank barges in 2003 and nine in the first half of 2004. The total purchase price of the 16 barges is approximately $29 million, with an estimated $12.6 million to be expended in 2003 and $16.4 million in 2004. Under the terms of the contract

S.P. Inter Marine Expands Cargo Handling

Courtesy of S.P. Inter Marine

Long established in the trucking, warehousing, cargo transfer and barging industry of Thailand, S.P. Inter Marine can be described as a broadly horizontally integrated firm. With a well constructed presence at Ayutthaya, about 80 kmup the Chao Phrya River from the Gulf of Thailand; it continues to expand its warehousing capacities for Thai agricultural cargos like tapioca. Its barge loading facility can handle a wide range of products from domestic aggregate to export agriculture products

Tank Barge Industry Leads the Way in Double Hull Conversions

The American Waterways Operators AWO says that the tank barge industry is leading the way as American companies make the multi-billion dollar investment required to transform the nation's fleet of oil-carrying tank vessels into environmentally friendly double hulls. More than 65 percent of the U.S. tank barge fleet is double-hulled today, more than 13 years before the 2015 deadline set by Congress in the landmark Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90).

The ATB:A History of the State-of-the-Art

(This is Part I of a two-part series on the Articulated Tug Barge from Robert P. Hill. Part II is scheduled to be published in the September 23 edition of MarineNews.) The American coastwise shipping business has grown in a way that differs from many other nations. The high cost of manning and building ships has led over the years to a coastwise transportation network dominated by tugs and barges. But this system of water transport, has been lacking in several respects:

AFT-Chemoil’s New Barge Christened

AFT-Chemoil’s newest barge, the Amalia, was named in Rotterdam on December 9th.The Amalia will immediately go into operation alongside the Maxima which started service in 2003. Both barges are jointly owned by AFT-Chemoil and Rotterdam barge operator FTS-Hofftrans. The Amalia has a capacity of 4,200 mts while the Maxima’s capacity is 6,745mts. In combination the two barges provide AFT-Chemoil a significant strength in the Rotterdam bunker market

Florida Marine Adds Trinity Barge

Florida Marine Transporters has added tank barge FMT 3008 to its fleet. The barge, the second of several being built by Trinity Marine Products, Inc., reflects an ongoing commitment by Florida Marine to shift to double-skin tank barge equipment. "Double-skin" tank barges, designed with an interior cargo shell and a secondary exterior hull, are primarily used for transport of petrochemical products over the nation's waterways

GCSG Launches Tank Barge for FMT

Splashing of FMTs 6,000 Series Barge by Gulf Coast Shipyard, June 17, 2014

Gulf Coast Shipyard Group (GCSG) announced the launch of FMT 6000, the first of Florida Marine Transportation’s (FMT) new 6000 series 6.4 PSI–30,000 barrel environmentally friendly tank barges. The new series continues Florida Marine Transportation’s tradition of having the latest design and most environmentally-friendly equipment operating on America’s waterways. Utilizing proprietary engineering developed for FMT by the engineering group of Guarino & Cox

Barge Salvage Operations Continue

The Coast Guard has reported that response crews are anchoring the barge and plugging ballast tank vents to prevent water from leaking into the cargo tanks. Salvage opperations will continue throughout the night. An underwater survey operations revealed that oil continues to leak from the barge's damaged cargo tank. An over flight this morning revealed a sheen and black patches of oil extending three miles southwest of the barge.

Barge Master Launches Fit-for-Purpose Gangway

Image Barge Master

Press release - Barge Master has announced the official launch of a motion compensated gangway after building a track record in motion compensated lifting. ‘The overall offshore logistics consists of safe and efficient transfer of cargo and people.

Damen Crane Barge and Anti-Pollution Barge Delivered

Damen Shipyards Sharjah has delivered two barges, a Crane Barge 4920 and an Anti-Pollution Barge 2405, to BINCO, a contractor in the Middle East with over 30 years of experience and active in various sectors such as Marine, Pipeline and Oil Tanks

Barge-Rail Service on Upper Columbia, Snake Rivers

Columbia-Snake River System Courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

  Container barge service is back on the upper Columbia and Snake rivers.The Up river Container Barge-Rail Shuttle will help importers and exporters in eastern Washington, Oregon and Idaho move containerized agricultural products to markets in Asia

Gulf and Hendry Marine Consolidate Operations

Gulf Marine Repair Corporation, a southeastern tug-barge shipyard, announced it is consolidating operations with Hendry Corporation, its affiliated company and fellow shipyard, effective November 30, 2015.   Rick Watts, the newly appointed President of Gulf Marine, said

VT Halter Launches Barge for Bouchard

Photo: VT Halter Marine

VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems) and Bouchard Transportation Co. announced that Barge B. No. 272 was launched on November 20, 2015. This is the second barge of two Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) units constructed for Bouchard

Lightering Operations Begin for Sunken Lake Barge

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Thomas McKenzie

Lightering operations has begunn for the  tanker barge Argo sunken in Lake Erie as Unified Command responders took advantage of a favorable weather window, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.   The first of Argo’s eight tanks are being tapped and offloaded

Towboat Honors Structural Engineer Dobson

At the commissioning, left to right: Jason Adams, Owner Raymond Louviere Field Foreman; Donald Baudoin, shipyard superintendent; Rex Dobson, shipyard structural superintendent; and Bart Foret, Field Foreman

Joe Gregory, owner of New Generation Shipbulding of Houma, La., reports that his firm’s latest delivery will join the La Porte Texas-based Martin Marine fleet of 29 inland push boats and 54 inland marine tank barges. Martin also operates four offshore tug/barge units

Operations Continue for Sunken Lake Erie Barge

A responder labels a sample of product for analysis extracted from the Lake Erie Barge Argo Nov. 9, 2015. Photo USCG

Salvage operations for the sunken tanker barge Argo in Lake Erie continue as the Unified Command proceeds with plans for product recovery. Crews will start prepping the first tank this week for “hot tapping” operations. Actual lightering operations will not occur until later in the

ACL Acquires AEP River Operations

Mark Knoy (Photo: American Commercial Lines)

 Marine transportation service company American Commercial Lines (ACL) announced it has acquired commercial inland barge company AEP River Operations from American Electric Power (AEP).   AEP River Operations is based in Chesterfield, Mo., with operations in Paducah, Ky

TIGER Revs Up the Hoosier State

(Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation)

Since 1985, the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville has played an important role in handling millions of tons of steel, grain, fertilizer, salt and other bulk cargoes for both inbound and outbound markets – domestic and abroad.   Located directly across the Ohio River from Louisville, Ky

'Brodosplit' Delivery for Fincantieri Group

Courtesy Brodosplit  Shipyard

  By loading fitted sections (grand blocks), with more than 1450 tons of steel equipped with piping, ironmongery components and electric routing on a special cargo barge delivery was executed in Shipbuilding Industry Split Inc. on 5 November 2015.

Crews Continue Response for Sunken Lake Erie Barge

Divers assess Lake Erie wreck for potential environmental impact Photo USCG

  Crews continue to respond to and investigate a reported discharge of an unknown substance from the site of a sunken barge near Kelleys Island Shoal in Lake Erie Thursday. The unified command, consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Ohio EPA

VT Halter Launches Another ATB Tug for Bouchard

M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr.  6,000hp Twin Screw ATB tug (Photos: VT Halter)

Shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, Inc. and Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. announced the launch of M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr., a 6,000hp Twin Screw Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) tug, on October 29, 2015.   The M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr. is part of a two-vessel contract awarded to the shipyard

New Barge Fleeting and Switching Operation in Cairo Harbor

 American River Transportation Company (ARTCO), a subsidiary of Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), today announced plans to launch new barge fleeting and switching operations in the Cairo, Illinois, harbor starting January 1, 2016.   

Three USACE Vessels Drydocked at Great Lakes Shipyard

Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard announced it has been awarded a contract from the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Detroit District for the drydocking and repairs of the Floating Plant, based at the Detroit Field Station.   The shipyard will perform routine drydocking

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