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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


First Repair Order for Damen Shiprepair Brest

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On April 11, 2012, Director André Hollander and Sales Manager Theo Kloosterman announced the first shiprepair order of Damen Shiprepair Brest (France) by sounding the bell in the traditional way. It is the first vessel is booked under the new management and comes in the second week after the acquisition of the former Sobrena Yard in Brest by the Damen Shipyards Group. The order was granted by the French offshore and subsea service provider Bourbon Offshore Surf


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.


Delivery Begins for HMS Prince of Wales Bridge

(Photo courtesy of BAE Systems)

The bridge section of the U.K.’s second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier has been loaded out of its dock hall in Glasgow ahead of its first sea voyage to Rosyth.   Upper Block 07 is where HMS Prince of Wales will be commanded atop the flight deck and is known as the Forward


Tanker Blast Kills Four at Belawan Port

Image: Belawan Port

 An explosion occurred on a tanker belonging to state-owned oil and gas company PT Pertamina on Monday evening while the ship was under repair at Belawan Port in North Sumatra, killing four workers.     Three victims died on the spot


Graffiti Mural on Deurganck Dock Lock completed

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  The giant mural on one of the walls of the Deurganck dock lock has been completed. Graffiti artist Cazn took a total of 10 weeks to complete the 300 meter long and 9 metre high mural which starts with a desert landscape then merges into birds in a nature reserve followed by colourful fish


Hapag-Lloyd and the Chinese port of Shenzhen Pact to Reduce Port Emission

Image:  Hapag-Lloyd AG

 Hapag-Lloyd and the Shenzhen Port Green Convention have entered into an agreement to cut back on sulphur oxide while the company's vessels are docked at port.   "By joining the Shenzhen Port Green Convention, Hapag-Lloyd has demonstrated its commitment to environment


New Cruise Ship Terminal Plan for Cockenzie

The proposed cruise ship terminal in artists imagination by Paul Welsh Architects

 To take advantage of the global increase in on-board touring holidays, the Firth of Forth is planning a new cruise ship terminal.   Developers hope to secure permission for the first purpose-built terminal on the Scottish mainland at site of the decommissioned Cockenzie power station


US Navy Cargo Ship Drifts Powerless

SS Cape Intrepid. By NavSource

 The U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command cargo ship Cape Intrepid lost power and drifted in the Strait of Juan de Fuca for about 3 miles before a tug intervened to take control of the vessel on Saturday.   The 685-foot Navy-contracted cargo was undergoing sea trials after a long period


River Dance: Grounding Launches Runaway Barges, Coast Guard Investigation

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It has been said that the vast majorities of collisions at sea occur in near perfect weather conditions. That trend can also be applied to the inland river system. Not too long ago, it was a beautiful mid-summer afternoon in the nation’s heartland


Access to Brazil's Largest Port Restricted after Fire

Trucks delivering grains and other goods to Brazil's largest port of Santos will be restricted through at least Wednesday, the port authority said on Tuesday, as a nearby fuel-storage facility burned for a sixth day.   Three confirmed days of restricted arrivals will likely slow exports


India's First Indigenously Built Attack First Scorpene Submarine Launched Into Water

INS Kalvari: Indian Navy

 Indian Navy's first Scorpene class stealth submarine, Kalvari, on Monday was undocked at the Mazagon Docks Limited (MDL) in Mumbai.   The diesel-electric vessel INS Kalvari was built by Mazagon Dock Limited in collaboration with France’s DCNS


Fuel Storage Tank Fire at Santos Port Continues

A fire at a fuel storage facility near Brazil's largest port Santos entered its fourth day on Sunday as 110 firefighters worked to stop the flames from spreading further, the local fire department said. Six fuel tanks run by Ultracargo, owned by Brazil's Grupo Ultra


Norway Abandons Arctic Navy Base, Russia Comes in

Waste handling in Olavsvern base: Photo courtesy: olavsvern.no

 Russia is using a former top secret NATO base situated in the heart of the Arctic Circle, reports AFP.   The Norwegian authorities are gravely upset over a secret naval base they sold two years ago: what makes them panic over the facility they just recently deemed unnecessary is that


Couple Found Dead Aboard Cruise Ship

MS Ryndam (Pic by Holland America Line)

 Two passengers were found dead on a cruise ship docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Thursday morning in an apparent murder-suicide.     The unidentified man and woman were in their 50s and from Cleveland, Ohio, AP reports quoting police Sgt. Ricardo Cruz


Mustang Marine Receives $5.3m Pilot Boat Order

Photo courtesy of Mustang Marine

Workboat and marine energy device builder Mustang Marine has won a $5.34m contract to construct three new pilot boats for the Port of Milford Haven.   The Pembroke Dock-based company is now looking to recruit new workers locally in a number of skilled positions to meet an increased demand


Massive cargo ship runs aground in US

Photo courtesy of Burlington City Police Department

 A 33,044-ton cargo ship ran aground Wednesday in the Delaware River near the Burlington-Bristol Bridge, between Pennsylvania and New Jersey.   According to the U.S. Coast Guard, a 600-foot bulk carrier, Agia Irini, was headed southbound when it reportedly lost propulsion and ran


Scandlines Ferry Back in Service by End June

the Remontowa yard in Gdansk, Poland, together with Scandlines’ on-site team has now started repairs of the Scandlines ferry MV Prinsesse Benedikte

  The damaged Scandlines ferry M/V Prinsesse Benedikte is being repaired at the Polish shipyard Remontowa and is expected to be ready before the end of June 2015.   Following extensive clear-up and inspection, the Remontowa yard in Gdansk, Poland






 
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