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Crowley Expands Tug Business in Northern California

Crowley Maritime Corporation announced today that it has purchased the tug boat business of SeaRiver Maritime in Northern California, effectively doubling the size of Crowley's tug fleet in the San Francisco Bay Area. The two new Crowley tugs are the Goliah (4400 BHP) and Resolute (6800 BHP), two azimuth stern drive tractor tugs built in 1997 and 1996, respectively. The purchase of SeaRiver follows Crowley's reentry into the Bay Area in 2004 and the subsequent relocation of Crowley's Oakland terminal from 10th Avenue to Berth 9 at the port in 2006. That move helped put the company's tugs closer to its customers and allowed them

Marinette Marine Workers Get $500K Training Grant

According to a report from the Green Bay Press Gazetter, Wisconsin’s Bay Area Workforce Development Board will receive a $500,000 state grant to train new and existing Marinette Marine Corp. workers ahead of a pending contract to build 10 additional Navy combat ships at the shipyard.   (Source: Green Bay Press Gazette)  

Ferries to Provide Assistance in Future Disasters

To address future disasters, the Bay Area Council is working in Sacramento with the governor and legislative leaders on major infrastructure bond proposals, which may well set the agenda for decades to come. Being discussed is the legislation authored by Sen. Don Perata, D-Oakland eight years ago, and signed into law by the governor, regarding the Bay Area Council’s proposal for a comprehensive high-speed water transit system that -- in addition to significantly improving daily traffic --

Connaughton to Inspect Ships Docked in Suisun Bay

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the head of the Marad, Administrator Sean Connaughton will be in the Bay Area to take a look at the mothball fleet docked in Suisun Bay. The visit by Administrator Sean Connaughton comes as the agency seeks to scrap more than half the fleet. MarAd wants to tow the ships out of Suisun Bay to a scrapping facility in Texas. Before the ships are allowed to be moved, they have to have their hulls cleaned to get rid of intrusive marine organisms.

Solicitation for Emissions Reduction Grant Program

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has announced an open solicitation period for the Proposition 1B:  Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program Ships at Berth and Cargo Handling Equipment funding category. Please see the Program website ( for more information.  

USCG Searching for Missing Boaters in Mobile Bay Area

USCG search for missing Boaters

  The Coast Guard continues to search for at least five people in the Mobile Bay area Sunday. Rescuers searched throughout the night for the missing boaters and have covered a total of 1,773 square miles as of 11:00 a.m., Sunday. More than 40 people have been rescued by a combined effort of multiple agencies and good Samaritans. One boater was rescued by a Coast Guard Station Dauphin Island rescue crew at approximately 9 p.m. Saturday.

Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Wash., has been involved in the following recent sales and

Crowley Marine Service sold its 3,200 hp twin screw tug, Howard H, to buyers in the Caribbean. The 125 x 32 ft. tug was originally built in 1967 by Southern Shipbuilding as Gulf King and is powered by twin Fairbanks Morse diesels. Private interests in the San Francisco Bay Area have purchased model bow, single screw tug Tara C (ex-Tacoma) from Campbell Towing, Inc., Wrangell, Alaska. The 64.5 x 19.5 ft. tug was built in 1957 in Bellingham, Wash

Tampa Bay Coast Guard Tests Pollution-Recovery System

Coast Guard personnel from Sector St. Petersburg, along with members from Port Manatee and Tampa Fire and Rescue, conducted a pollution-response exercise at the Port of Manatee in Palmetto, Fla., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. The exercise was aimed at testing and improving the Coast Guard's ability to assemble, deploy and operate a Vessel of Opportunity Skimming System (VOSS). A VOSS is used to isolate and collect the spilled substance during or after a spill

Cal Maritime Installs Massive Ship Propeller Display

Photo courtesy Cal Maritime

On August 26 Cal Maritime received and installed a massive 18-ton, 18-ft wide brass ship’s propeller which for many years was a landmark of San Francisco’s downtown business district. For several decades, the entrance to the San Francisco office building at 100 Spear Street has been graced by an eye-catching display … a highly-polished brass ship propeller.  This 18-ton piece of “commercial art” was a natural

China Terminal Joint Venture for Odfjell SE

Odfjell SE has made an agreement to enter into a joint venture via its subsidiary Odfjell Terminals Asia Pte Ltd (Singapore), with Tianjin Economic-Technology Development Area (TEDA) via its subsidiary Nangang Port Company to develop a terminal and marine facilities for bulk liquid chemicals, petroleum products and gases in the Nangang Industrial Zone (Tianjin) in China.   The initial phase of the joint venture will consist of three deep sea berths and have a total storage capacity of

APM Terminals Calls for Sensor Revolution

“Sensors everywhere” call to action - to catch data, teach operators how to improve service

  The annual Terminal Operators Conference (TOC) in Europe was held June 9-11 in Rotterdam with over 4000 people attending the conference supply chain sessions, Tech TOC, Bulk TOC venues and exhibits.   Alex Duca, head of design and automation for APM Terminals called for a sensor

Port of Oakland Adds 400 Dockworkers

Photo: Port of Oakland

An added 400 dockworkers to handle Port of Oakland cargo; first new hires arrive this week to help clear vessel buildup   The first of 400 new dockworkers arrive this week to meet the Port of Oakland’s need for more labor, the port announced today

Ailing Crewman Medevaced from Cable Lay Ship off US

Screenshot from U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station North Bend

A crew member reportedly suffering from a heart attack was air lifted by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew from a cable-laying vessel 80 miles west of Coos Bay, Ore.   An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station North Bend on Thursday safely transferred the 55-year-old

Moose Boats is Keeping Busy

New patrol boat for Placer County Sheriff’s Office (Photo: Moose Boats)

U.S. boat builder Moose Boats announced the delivery of two new vessels, as well as a new build order   Moose Boats, a boat designer and manufacturer in the San Francisco Bay Area, announced two recent vessel deliveries: a M2-35 Catamaran Patrol Boat to the Placer County Sheriff’s

Married Couple Set Mid-Pacific Rowing Speed Record

The rowers: Photo courtesy of FatChanceRow

Meredith Loring and Sami Inkinen, a married couple based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, began their unsupported rowing expedition on June 18, 2014, out of Monterey Harbor, rowing more than 60 miles a day to cover their 2,800-mile Pacific crossing to Honolulu in 45 days and four hours.

Moose Boats Deliver Patrol Boat to NYPD

M2-35 patrol boat: Photo courtesy of Moose Boats

Boat designer and manufacturer in the San Francisco Bay Area, Moose Boats, said it has delivered a M2-35 Catamaran Patrol Boat to New York City Police Department’s Harbor Unit. The 35 foot all-aluminum catamaran vessel is a sister ship to NYPD’s three existing Moose Boats M2- 35

Golden Gate Ferry Captains Stage One-day Strike

The Golden Gate passenger ferry system, California's largest, was shut down on Friday by striking boat captains, disrupting service for thousands of San Francisco Bay-area commuters in a wider labor dispute over wages and benefits for transit workers.

Great Lakes Restoration Plan Announced

Gina McCarthy: Photo EPA

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) informs that Administrator Gina McCarthy has released a new Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Action Plan that lays out steps that federal agencies will take during the next five years to protect water quality

Sea Harvest Invests R125m in Trawler

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This year Sea Harvest celebrated 50 years since its inception and  it launched its new vessel on Quay 6 at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. Fred Robertson, the Chairman of Sea Harvest and majority shareholder Brimstone Investment Corporation was present at the vessel christening ceremony

Two Great Lakes Toxic Hotspots Restored

Construction crew removes contaminated sediment from White Lake. (Photo: EPA)

EPA announces removal of two toxic hotspots on Lake Superior and Lake Michigan from binational list The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that two U.S. Areas of Concern, Deer Lake in the Lake Superior basin and White Lake in the Lake Michigan basin

Winter Storm to Hit San Francisco Bay

California braces for fiercest storm

  A major winter storm is forecast for the San Francisco Bay this week. The storm is forecast to impact the entire Bay Area region, Monterey, and Lake Tahoe. Patchy fog, heavy rain, gale force winds (in excess of 34 knots) and increased wave action are expected Wednesday night

NOAA: US to See More Floods from Sea Level Rise

Annapolis, Maryland, pictured here in 2012, is one of three major East Coast urban areas already being faced with nuisance flooding in excess of 30 days per year. (Credit: With permission from Amy McGovern.)

Most of U.S. coast may see 30 or more days a year of floods up to 2 feet above high tides. By 2050, a majority of U.S. coastal areas are likely to be threatened by 30 or more days of flooding each year due to dramatically accelerating impacts from sea level rise, according to a new NOAA study

USNS Spearhead Delivers Materials to Ghana Charities

  The U.S. Navy’s joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) delivered wheelchairs and medical supplies to Ghanaian non-governmental organizations March 26, 2015. The materials were delivered under the U.S. Navy’s Project Handclasp program, which accepts humanitarian

Kvichak Wins Contract to Build Two Ferries

Image courtesy of Incat Crowther

Kvichak Marine Industries, a Vigor Industrial Company, was awarded a contract by the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA), San Francisco, Calif. for the design and construction of two all-aluminum 400 passenger-only ferries.  

SoCal Beach Stretch Reopens After Tar Ball Problem

  Officials reopened a stretch of Southern California coastline on Friday after closing it because of tar balls that washed ashore, in a phenomenon authorities are examining for any possible link to an oil pipeline spill. Officials had closed the 4-mile (6-km) stretch of shore in Long

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