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 separated. Two of the barges were caught, but the third went over the McAlpine Dam spillway and eventually wedged against the bridge. Officials can't tell how much has leaked from the barge, but Nauert said there was no evidence of significant leaking. Barge owner Magnolia Marine Transportation Co. of Vicksburg, Miss., has hired a Pennsylvania company, River Salvage Co., to bring in two crane barges to pump out the spilled asphalt and secure the broken barge before it is towed away. The cleanup could take up to three weeks or more, according to officials.
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
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).
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
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
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.
(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:
Island Tug and Barge Ltd. of Vancouver, B.C., received an award from the Washington Department of Ecology for excellence in marine safety and environmental stewardship. The Exceptional Compliance Program (Ecopro) Award was presented at the Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center on Pier 66, 2205 Alaska Way, in Seattle. Tank-barge companies receive the Ecopro Award only if they meet or exceed all 26 of Ecology's marine-safety standards for tank barges
Halter Marine has launched the Capella (the brightest star in the constellation Auriga) an 80,000-barrel tank barge for J&L, Inc. The barge, the first project Halter has undertaken for J&L, was built at Halter’s Gulfport, Miss. Yard. Delivery is planned for August 30. The barge is 332 ft. long, with a beam of 74 ft. and a depth of 25 ft. The barge is built to U.S. Coast Guard standards under Sub-chapter D, as a tank barge certified to carry Grade A or lower bulk petroleum products
Senesco Marine has signed a second contract with Fall River, Massachusetts-based Sea Boats, Inc. to build another 80,000-barrel, double- hulled barge. Construction of this new, environmentally friendly vessel is well underway and is expected to be complete by April of 2004. Earlier this year, Sea Boats launched the "Tennessee," its first 80,000-barrel, double-hulled barge built by Senesco Marine. Sea Boats then needed another such
Capt. John Nadeau, Commanding Officer, and Cdr. Peter Gooding, Chief, Engineering Division, with the Coast Guard Marine Safety Center visited The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) at their offices in Seabrook, Texas. It was a cordial visit to discuss new options to improve, review and approve submittals
The Columbia/Snake River System defines shortsea shipping, and promises much, much more. Lewiston, Idaho, is perhaps best known to tourists as the turnaround for a Columbia River cruise or the jumping-off point for a trip to Hell’s Canyon, North America’s deepest gorge
The US Coast Guard inform that search and rescue personnel at the District Seven Command Center in Miami are coordinating fire-fighting efforts on a towed 730-foot barge loaded with containers on fire about 86-miles northeast of Nassau, Bahamas.
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has won an order for two 50-metric-ton SWL versions of its heavy-duty grab cranes. The K5036-4HD MacGregor cranes are destined for a 68m floating crane barge, which is being built by Batam-based PT. Karya Tekhnik Utama (KTU), in Indonesia.
SEACOR Holdings Inc. has announced its results for its year and fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013. Highlights • For the year ended December 31, 2013, net income attributable to SEACOR Holdings Inc. from continuing operations was $47.2 million, or $2
Crowley Maritime Corp. inform that its ocean class tugs have successfully delivered oversized, overweight equipment – comprised of topsides, tendons, piles and more – that are now part of a massive semi-submersible floating production facility located in the U.S
American independently owned oceangoing petroleum barge company, Bouchard Transportation, has promoted Captain Robert W. Glas to Vice-President of Regulatory Affairs. Captain Glas will interact with regulatory committees and trade organizations on behalf of Bouchard Transportation Co, Inc
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
The barging industry has the answer. It’s nowhere near as complicated as it seems. As shale gas production continues to ramp up across the United States, millions of gallons of wastewater is created through the process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking
Reuters - East Coast refiners slashed imports of lighter, sweet crudes from countries like Norway and Nigeria last year as they commissioned new rail offloading terminals to increase use of domestic Bakken and Canadian crudes. By mid-year
Ireland’s Liebherr Container Cranes say they have recently commissioned seven straddle carriers at ECT Delta Terminal in Rotterdam. The straddle carriers operate in the landside interface zone, shuttling between the automatic stacking cranes and trucks
The Dutch Department of Public Works intends to award the contract for the salvage of the wreck of the car carrier Baltic Ace to Boskalis and its partner Mammoet Salvage, Boskalis announced in a press release late last week. The wreck and its cargo need to be removed because they pose a threat
On February 21, 2014 UZMAR Shipyard, also known as “Workboat and Tug Factory” of Turkey, announced the delivery of first two most advanced diesel electric shallow draft river push boats to Brazilian Owners, Hidrovias do Brazil S.A.
Maritime consultancy firm MirTac announced that Conquest Offshore has purchased the Star software and related database and implementation services. Conquest Offshore will be implementing the maintenance, purchase and safety management software both in the office as well as onboard its fleet.
Effective at 1:30 p.m. today, the U.S. Coast Guard advised that the Mississippi River is now open to all traffic. The Coast Guard will require vessels to transit at a “Slow Bell” or slow speed from Mile 150 to Mile 155. A 65-mile (105-km) stretch of the lower Mississippi River