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ASA Members Respond to Grounded Barge

On Nov. 18, two members of the American Salvage Association (ASA) successfully pulled a grounded barge, La Princesa, off Sandbridge beach in Virginia Beach, Va.  The barge had broken free from the tug Sentry and grounded on the beach near Little Island Pier in Virginia Beach, Va. Crews used two tugboats pulling together on the bow and stern of the barge at high tide to free it.  The U.S. Coast Guard was also on-scene and working together, the ASA members and the Coast Guard removed the barge and ensured the safety of the public and environment. Coast Guard inspectors and a member of the American Bureau of Shipping will survey the vessel to ensure it is seaworthy.  Once completed, the Sentry will tow the barge to its next port of call in Pennsauken, N.J.


Virginia Asphalt Spill Worse Than Originally Thought

The Coast Guard has drastically increased its estimates of the amount of asphalt spilled from a grounded barge on the James River in Virginia, saying up to 63,000 gallons have leaked from a tank holding more than twice that much, according to a PilotOnline report. Most of it is concentrated beneath and along the sides of the 250 ft., nearly submerged barge, where divers were attempting to find the leak and plug it. More than 2


Tank Barge Grounds in James River

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Press Release stating that a tank barge carrying approximately 1.26 million gallons of liquid asphalt grounded in the James River about five miles south of Richmond, Virginia. One tank has been damaged. The incident is under investigation.


Cargo Removed from Grounded ITB

PORT ARTHUR, Texas - Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Port Arthur is monitoring the grounding of the Integrated Tug and Barge (ITB) Mobile approximately one mile south of the Sabine Jetties here. The 691-foot ITB carrying approximately 330,000 barrels of gasoline and diesel fuel went aground early last Wednesday (July 20, 2005) morning. There have been no injuries or pollution reported as a result of this grounding.


Tank Barge Measure To Enter Force

The first phases of a USCG final rule implementing measures for maintaining or regaining control of a tank barge that will reduce the likelihood of a tank barge's grounding and spilling its cargo are effective June 19, 2000. These measures are necessary, according to USCG because without them a tug that loses its tow lacks ready means for regaining control of it. The rule is designed to increase the safety of marine transport and protect the environment.


Tug on the Rocks, Lake Pontchartrain, Three Rescued

Tugboat UTV Todd Michael: USCG photo

US Coast Guard 8th District says that it has rescued 3 crewmembers aboard the (uninspected) tugboat 'UTV Todd Michael' after it grounded on the rocks near the Lakefront Airport on Lake Pontchartrain. [The vessel towed appeared to be drifting nearby.] Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and a response boatcrew from Coast Guard Station New Orleans. The aircrew hoisted two crewmen from the ship


Ingram to Break Ground on New Paducah Facility

Governor Ernie Fletcher, Mayor Bill Paxton and McCracken County Judge Executive Danny Orazine will join Ingram Barge Company executives and associates as they "break ground" for construction of Ingram's new Paducah Landing office and warehouse facilities. The groundbreaking ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the building site, located at 900 South Third Street. Ingram officials today noted that the project is a significant


Coast Guard Hopes to Move Barge

The extent of the damage, if any, to the coral reef in Hagatna Bay by a barge that ran aground was not known. The barge, the Tamara 5, associated with the U.S.-flagged tug boat June T was working on sewage system repair at the Hagatna Wastewater Treatment Plant when it ran aground. According to U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Marcus Hirschberg, the primary concern of all the agencies involved is the safety of salvage personnel and minimizing the impact on the environment.


Donjon Awarded Contract in Gibraltar

Donjon Marine was awarded a contract to remove and dispose of the M/V Fedra in Gibraltar, the southern-most tip of the Iberian Peninsula that borders Spain.

Donjon Marine, Co., Inc., a provider of multi-faceted marine services including marine salvage, heavy lift, dredging and related emergency response services, was awarded a contract on March 24, 2009 for the wreck removal and disposal of the remnants of the M/V Fedra. On October 10, 2008, during a significant storm, the M/V Fedra grounded and subsequently sank off the eastern side of Europa Point in Gibraltar in approximately 20 feet of water


"Walking" Offshore Platform Wins Innovation Award

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The innovative walking jack-up platform WaveWalker 1 was presented with the Product and Equipment Innovation Award at the prestigious Ground Engineering (GE) Awards ceremony in London earlier this week. WaveWalker 1, developed by Fugro and Van Oord, is an innovative, eight-legged 'walking' jack-up barge (self-elevating work platform - SEWP) designed especially for marine operations in rough seas, surf zones, beaches and other intertidal locations where operation of traditional SEWPs is


NRL Researchers Demo Ship-to-Shore Data Link

The TREC test assembly shown on the charter vessel as it enters the Port of Miami. Researchers established communications links with a similar terminal located on the roof of one of the buildings in the distance. (Photo: U.S. Naval Research Laboratory)

Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) along with Mercury Continuity (MC) have demonstrated the Tactical Reachback Extended Communications (TREC) system in the port of Miami.    The NRL-developed communications technology


MARAD Publishes US ATB, ITB Database

ATB Dace Reinauer (Photo: Reinauer)

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) released what it is calling a first-of-its-kind public database that chronicles U.S.-flagged, privately owned domestic articulated tug-barge (ATB) and integrated tug-barge (ITB) vessels.   In the report


NZ Report: Human Error to Blame for Rena Grounding

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New Zealand's Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) published its final report into the grounding of containership Rena in October 2011. The TAIC’s investigation found that the grounding was a result of improper crew practices


Barge Master T700 to Be Installed on Boskalis Ndeavor

BM-t700 arrives in Singapore (Photo: Barge Master)

A Barge Master BM-T700 system was unloaded in Singapore today as it awaits the early 2015 arrival of DP-2 multipurpose vessel Boskalis Ndeavor.   According to Barge Master, the T700 will be mobilized on the Ndeavor and continue to the Phillipines where a bridge will be installed between two


Night Moves on America's Waterways

Overnight operations are certainly not unusual on America’s inland waterways, but that doesn’t make them any less hazardous. Onboard activities that seem so straightforward and customary in the light of day can take on a decidedly different feel after the sun sets and darkness


ESSA's Fleet Upgradation Environmental Driven

The shallow-draft 15,000 dwt ABS-classed vessel will incorporate unique design features

  State-controlled Exportadora de Sal SA de CV of Mexico ("ESSA"), one of the world’s largest salt exporters with a 10-million-ton annual production, has strengthened its commitment to the continued protection of its operating environment with the signing of a recent contract


New Players in Singapore Markets in OW's Absence

The downfall of a leading marine fuel supplier that prompted sellers to tighten credit terms in Singapore is skewing the post-OW Bunker jostle for market share towards cash-rich trading companies and barge operators, traders said. Marine fuel premiums over cargo prices in Singapore


London P&I Club Addresses "Cappuccino Effect"

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The London P&I Club has advised its members on precautions to adopt to detect the presence of cappuccino bunkers. In the latest issue of its StopLoss Bulletin, the club explains that the cappuccino effect is essentially the frothing or bubbling effect caused by compressed air blown through


Fugitive Emissions: The New Regulatory Elephant in the Room

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W&O Supply and Chesterton team up to reduce harmful emissions out in front to the EPA’s monitoring program. It’s less expensive than you might think. From the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency comes the September 2014 news of a barge operator fined for releasing dangerous


Danish Investors Investigating OW Bunker Collapse

A group of the largest Danish institutional investors has initiated an investigation of the collapse of ship fuel supplier OW Bunker, they said in a joint statement on Wednesday. "The purpose of the investigation is to understand the events leading up to the bankruptcy and to obtain


TPG Marine Acquires Chicago Dry Dock

Chicago Dry Dock (Credit:TPG Marine)

Indiana-based TPG Mt. Vernon Marine, LLC purchased Chicago Dry Dock, a Chicago area shipyard founded in 1979. Chicago Dry Dock operates on the Calumet River and offers unencumbered access to both the Great Lakes (via Lake Michigan) and the Inland River System (via the Calumet/Des


Damen Performs Cruise Ship Maintenance

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Astor and Marco Polo receive refurbishment and class survey work   Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has recently carried out a number of cruise ship repair and refurbishment projects in the Netherlands, including Astor and Marco Polo, both operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages


Container for LNG Hybrid Barge Reaches Hamburg

The first container with LNG in Hamburg. Aksel Skjervheim, Shell Gasnor; Dirk Lehmann, Becker Marine Systems; and Max Kommorowski, Becker Marine Systems (Photo: Becker Marine Systems)

In the coming year, the HUMMEL (bumblebee) LNG Hybrid Barge will enable Becker Marine Systems to supply low-emission power to cruise ships lying at port in Hamburg. The first container with liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel has now arrived in the Hanseatic City.  


Antwerp Port Showcases Barge Transport Initiatives

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  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


Port of Amsterdam to Reward Green Barges

The cleaner the vessels, the larger the discount on Inland Harbour Dues. Port of Amsterdam will be joining the Green Award program for inland barges on January 1, 2015, making it the first port to reward vessels based on their Green Award level






 
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