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Merco Docks Help Town Celebrate Independence Day

Activity in the Wellsburg area over the 4th of July weekend. (Photo courtesy of Merco Marine)

Local dock builder donates temporary docks to support Independence Day festivities. The City of Wellsburg’s courtesy docks are missing for the 2014 boating season after being deemed unsafe for public use and completely removed from the 12th street launch ramp area this past winter. The docks are typically used by the area’s boaters for 4th of July festivities in Wellsburg, where boating is a large part of the local community. With no city docks, there would be no public water based commerce or other boating activity over the holidays. That’s where Merco Marine, a local manufacturer of boat docks and dock building components and accessories, stepped in, giving the city 140’ of loaner dock to temporarily use to facilitate the public’s need for river access this Independence Day. The docks were loaned to the city completely free of charge, and several representatives from Merco were on sight to get the temporary courtesy docks in place safely and securely. The docks were manufactured last summer for the vintage hydroplane events held in New Martinsville, where Merco is a sponsor. mercoboatdocks.com  


Liles Heads Structurmarine Timber Dock Division

David Liles

David Liles was appointed U.S. sales director for the new division, bringing more than 30 years of marina experience in the timber dock market. Structurmarine recently announced its newest product line, Timber Dock Systems, geared to marina and harbor owners and operators. Timber Dock Systems use materials and hardware specifically selected to withstand a location's unique marine conditions, including saltwater installations


Dangerous Drifting Dock Tracked Down by NOAA

Beached Dock: Photo credit USCG

NOAA successfully forecasted the path of a possible Japan Tsunami Dock adrift  off Washington Coast. The dock washed up on the rocky northern coast of Washington state just before Christmas. NOAA's Amy MacFadyen describes her role in projecting the path of the partly-submerged dock, a real danger to shipping & possibly the environment: "We suspect—though we are still waiting for confirmation—that this dock began its oceanic journey in March of 2011 at the


Grand Bahama Shipyard Acquires Portland's Number Four Dry Dock

Grand Bahama Shipyard purchased the No. 4 Dry Dock from Portland Shipyard in Oregon. Measuring 984 x 228 ft. (300 x 69.5 m), the floating dock, which has a clear internal breadth of 185 ft. (56.5 m), was constructed in Japan in 1979 and has a lifting capacity of 82,500 metric tons. The dock, which is one of the largest floating docks in the world is fully equipped to provide services for all types of vessels, and is capable of docking cargo vessels up to 250


New Corpus Christi Oil Loading Dock Sees First Tankship

Tankship: Photo courtesy David Hawgood

NuStar Energy says it has completed construction of a private marine loading dock at its North Beach Terminal in Corpus Christi, Texas, and has its first ship at the dock to be loaded with crude oil. Originally scheduled to be completed in the second quarter of this year, NuStar expedited the project in order to meet strong customer interest in using the dock to transport shipments of Eagle Ford crude oil by water.


Shea Delivers Precast Floating Docks to Marina

Precast Marina Dock: Photo courtesy of Shea Concrete

Shea Concrete Products delivers 40 precast floating docks to Lynn’s Seaport Landing Marina in Lynn, MA. Altogether, Shea Concrete Products manufactured 14 main docks and 28 dock fingers, with the largest main dock at 9ft wide by 50ft long, and weighing over 50,000lbs. Upgrades to the Seaport Landing Marina began last November, as an attempt to spur redevelopment in the area. Located just 10 miles North of Boston, the marina is capable of accommodating 65 vessels


Port, Government Officials Visit Bayonne Dry Dock

Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Executive Director Patrick Foye and Bayonne Dry Dock and Repair Corporation President Michael Cranston.

Bayonne Dry Dock and Repair Corporation President Michael Cranston held a press conference on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, on the top side of Bayonne Dry Dock, to highlight the economic and environmental punch of the dry docking business on the Port of New York and New Jersey and its positive impacts on homeland security.   Following the press conference, Cranston led a tour of the facility where the U.S.N.S. Watson, a military ship that carries supplies to troops overseas


Irish Ferries Dock with A&P Group

A&P Group announces the successful dry dockings of three Irish Ferries vessels. Ulysses, one of the world’s largest car ferries, was the first to dry dock at A&P Southampton in January. This 50,938 grt vessel, which operates between Holyhead (North Wales) and Dublin City (Ireland), has capacity for 2000 persons and up to 260 articulated vehicles on or 1,342 cars on four decks and has the equivalent of 4km of roadway for articulated vehicles onboard


Q-Max Floating Dock Launched

Photo courtesy N-KOM

On March 21, 2014, senior management from N-KOM and Nakilat attended the launching and naming ceremony of N-KOM’s Q-Max sized floating dock at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in South Korea. 42,000T of fabrication work has been completed for the floating dock named Laffan, measuring 405m by 66m with a lifting capacity of 120,000T. The second Handymax-size floating dock measuring 163m by 26m with a lifting capacity of 6,250T is currently under construction at N-KOM.


Bradford Marine Bahamas Completes New Docks

Bradford Grand Bahama, Ltd., one of the Bradford Marine family of companies, announced the completion of 1,200 lineal feet of new docks on the west side of their Freeport, Grand Bahama shipyard. These new docks accommodate yachts and commercial vessels of all sizes, including the largest mega-yachts and super-yachts, and they have full utilities, drainage and work aprons. Construction of the docks utilized almost 2,000 feet of steel pipe and 3,000 feet of 16 inch steel I-beam


Port of Duluth Intermodal Project Underway

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administrator, Chip Jaenichen, today joined Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, Congressman Rick Nolan, Duluth Mayor Don Ness, local officials and port representatives in the groundbreaking of the Port of Duluth Intermodal project. A $17


Superyacht Marina Planned at San Juan, Puerto Rico

Photo -Puerto del Rey

  Puerto Rico Ports Authority issues RFP for Marina District. The project envisions a superyacht marina and dry dock maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at the Port of San Juan The Puerto Rico Ports Authority (PRPA), a public corporation and government instrumentality of the


Avance VLGCs Fixed

Image: Avance Gas

 Avance Gas said repairs of two very large gas carriers (VLGCs) are complete, allowing the delayed ships to get to work.   Both new build VLGCs recently dry-docked - Breeze (83,000dwt, built 2015) and Monsoon (83,000dwt, built 2015) - have completed warranty repairs related to


Historic Warship Docked for Restoration

USS Constitution enters Dry Dock 1 in Charlestown Navy Yard to commence a multi-year planned restoration period. This is Constitutions first time in dry dock since its 1992-1996 restoration. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew R. Fairchild/Released)

One of the world's oldest commissioned warships has entered dry dock for a planned multiyear restoration, the U.S. Navy reports.   On May 19, USS Constitution eased into Dry Dock 1 at Charlestown Navy Yard Boston National Historical Park with the help and coordination of a large team of


Damen to Refit RNLN Torpedo Ship

Royal Netherlands Navy torpedo ship Zr Ms Mercuur

Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has won the contract for the life-prolonging maintenance and refit project of the Royal Netherlands Navy torpedo ship Zr Ms Mercuur. The ship, originally built at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding in 1987, will be refit to make her suitable for a range of new


Fire Aboard Fugro Vessel

Fugro Symphony (Photo: Fugro)

Fugro confirmed there was a fire onboard its ROV support vessel Fugro Symphony around 2:30 a.m. this morning.   The 2011-built vessel was docked at Peterhead Harbor in the U.K. at the time of the incident.   The fire was contained in a small area of the vessel and extinguished in the


Iran to Allow UN Inspection of Yemen Aid Ship

Iran will allow the United Nations to inspect an aid shipment to Yemen, the ISNA agency quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian as saying on Wednesday. "We have decided to dock our ship in Djibouti so the United Nations inspection protocol can take place


USCG Terminates Charters Boat Voyage In Buzzards Bay

a crew from Coast Guard Station Woods Hole, Massachusetts, boarded the vessel

  The Coast Guard terminated the trip of a 23-foot charter vessel today in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, due to an expired operator's license and evidence of illegal fishing. During a random safety boarding, a crew from Coast Guard Station Woods Hole, Massachusetts


Unithai Shipyard Awarded 2,000th Ship Repair Order

Photo: Unithai Shipyard

Unithai Shipyard was recently awarded its 2,000th contract for repairing a vessel in dry dock.   The largest shipyard in Thailand, Unithai performs an average of 100 vessel repairs per year, recording its 1,000th repair order in 2006. And if repair operations afloat are also tallied


Seattle Flotilla Protests Shell's Arctic Drilling Plans

Environment Friendly Port of Seattle

  Hundreds of activists in kayaks and small boats fanned out on a Seattle bay on Saturday to protest plans by Royal Dutch Shell to resume oil exploration in the Arctic and keep two of its drilling rigs stored in the city's port. Environmental groups have vowed to disrupt the Anglo-Dutch


USS Cairo: Crew Safety and Fleeting Efficiency

Photo courtesy of Carline Industries

Over that past 15 to 20 years there has been a revolution in U.S. ship docking tugs. Larger container ships and tankers made obsolete the conventional single and twin propeller tugs that could serve either line haul or ship docking functions


‘Old Ironsides’ to Undergo 3-year Restoration

USS Constitution’s victories at sea during the War of 1812 inspired a nation and helped mark the emergence of the United States as a world-class maritime power

USS Constitution, ‘Old Ironsides’, will enter dry dock May 18 for a nearly three year restoration with most of the work being done below the waterline and the bow area. The timeline of events leading up to the ship’s dry docking can be found below


Turkey Signs Contract for Light Career

Picture: Navantia

 The Turkish shipyard SEDEF has signed a contract with the Turkey's procurement agency, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) for the design and construction of Landing Platform Dock (LPD) for the Turkish Navy.   


South Korean Okays Casinos in Cruise Ship

Image: Sapphire Princess

 South Korea plans to enable its citizens and foreign tourists to wager on new cruise ship services that will serve ports around the country, reports the Korea Joongang Daily newspaper.   Some major overseas cruise companies – such as Genting Hong Kong Ltd’s Star Cruises


Massive Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Docks in Norfolk

Brilliance of the Seas. Pic by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd

 Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas, one of the biggest ships on the seven seas, docked in port at Nauticus, Norfolk for a short time and fueled big business across Hampton Roads.   Nearly 3,000 people on-board flooded on the streets of Norfolk






 
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