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Inland Salvage Completes Salvage of Sunken Barge

Inland Salvage Raises Scrap Metal Barge on the Mississippi River.

Inland Salvage Inc. Completes Lightering and Salvage Operations of Sunken Hopper Barge. Inland Salvage Inc.recently completed the removal of approximately 1000 tons of structural scrap steel from a sunken hopper barge and subsequent salvage of the barge which had been obstructing a loading dock on the Mississippi River near LaPlace, LA. Immediately upon being notified by the dock's owner that Inland Salvage Inc. (ISI) had been appointed as the salvor, ISI responded to the sinking of the 195' hopper barge laden with 1,000 tons of scrap metal when the barge sank. ISI quickly mobilized salvage equipment and personnel and were on scene within 3 hours of receiving the notice to commence operations.    A dive survey was conducted and the casualty was found to be buckled, sitting on the river bottom, and listing to port 6 feet. The casualty was buckled 90 feet aft of the bow head log. The barge was found to be resting on river bottom with bow up river and hull parallel to the dock. There was approximately 35 feet of water over the top of cargo bin wall. Due to previously scheduled incoming vessels, time was of the essence.   Inland Salvage Inc. crews conducted 24hr operations, lightering scrap metal from the sunken barge and performing dive surveys throughout the 9 day evolution. Once ISI dive teams and the salvage master determined the majority of scrap had been recovered


Shearer & Assoc., Bristol Harbor Form The Shearer Group

Ed Shearer, P.E., President of Shearer & Assoc., Inc., and Greg Beers, P.E., President of Bristol Harbor Group, Inc., have announced the formation of The Shearer Group, Inc., a new corporate entity that will provide naval architecture, marine engineering, marine surveying and professional engineer services to clients in the inland and offshore marine industry. The Shearer Group, Inc. is a combination of the best of what Mr


News: Mobex/Watercom, StarTrak Make Connection

Mobex Network Services (also known as Watercom), a provider of ship-to-shore communications in the inland waterways, and StarTrak LLC, a provider of wireless supply chain management services, have partnered to deliver mobile asset management solutions to the marine industry. Under this agreement, MOBEX will distribute StarTrak's products and services in the marine market throughout North America. StarTrak recently introduced the wireless communications product BargeTrak


Manson Christens New Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge

Manson Construction Co. recently christened the newest edition to its dredging fleet, a trailing suction hopper dredge dubbed Bayport, at the company's yard on the Duwamish river in Seattle. Bayport is a larger sister ship to Manson's current self-propelled hopper dredge Newport, with an overall size of 303 x 54 x 26-ft. and 5,000 cu. yard capacity. Construction of Bayport was a fast track project for the company. The dump barge hull was reconstructed to become this self-propelled


Brownsville Marine Products Hopes to Cash In

According to the Tribune Review, an aging barge fleet coupled with high scrap steel pricing and demand from the biodiesel and ethanol industries has launched a barge-building boom, the likes of which hasn't been seen since the 1970s, industry experts say. Brownsville Marine Products, LLC, of Fayette County, hopes to cash in on the construction boom, and is building barges as it can, carrying on a tradition of barge building on that stretch of the Monongahela River that began with the old


Bollinger To Construct Double Hull

Bollinger Marine Fabricators, Amelia, La. has signed a contract to construct a pair of 250-ft. (76.2 m), double hull, jumbo coastwise service, single rake hopper barges for Tide Leasing of Birmingham, Ala. With construction already having begun on the first barge, the building of the second vessel will begin in August. Both are scheduled for a November 2000 delivery. With a depth of 14 ft. (4.2 m) each, 52.5 ft. (16 m) beam and 11.5 ft. (3.5 m) maximum draft, the vessels will be built with


GAO Report Examines Corps Restrictions on Hopper Dredges

The U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) issued a report entitled -'Corps of Engineers Effects of Restrictions on Corps Hopper Dredges Should be Comprehensively Analyzed


Alstom Chosen For Innovative Hopper Dredge Project

A new niche for Alstom to equip the first 8,500 cu. m. hopper dredge with electric propulsion. Alstom Power Conversion has been awarded a contract by E.N. Bazan-Juliana Constructora Gijonesa SA to equip the new 8,500 cu. m. hopper dredge for Dragages-Ports. Alstom will supply diesel electric power and propulsion systems including main generators, a 6.6 kV switchboard, distribution transformers and two synchronous motors each of 2,500 kW @ 1,500 rpm supplied through synchroconverters.


Alabama Shipyard Wins Hopper Dredge Contract

Alabama Shipyard has contracted with Manson Construction Co. to build a hopper dredge at its facility in Mobile, Alabama. The 12,000 cubic yard hopper dredge, designed by Hal Hockema & Associates of Seattle, Washington, has a length of 390-ft, breadth 76-ft and depth of 30-ft. Engineering and Planning for the hopper dredge has already begun at the facility on Pinto Island. Steel cutting will begin in November 2004 with delivery slated for October 2005.


This Day in Naval History – Jan 6

1916 - First enlisted flight training class at Pensacola, FL 1942 - Japanese capture 11 Navy Nurses in Manila, Philippines 1967- Operation Deckhouse V begins in Mekong Delta, Vietnam. 1996 - USS Hopper, named for RADM Grace Hopper, commissioned. (Source: Navy News Service)


AEP Barges into the Liquid Transport Markets

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Answering the needs of longstanding clients, bulk transport giant AEP dips its toes into the liquid transport arena.       AEP River Operations needs no introduction for most MarineNews readers. One of the true river giants operating on America’s domestic


America’s First Marine Highway Comes Back to Life

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The New York State Canal System, once forgotten as a commercial shipping option, is on the rise again, after years of decline. The shorter, greener and smarter route(s) make increasingly good sense for high value cargoes. Commercial utilization of America’s original superhighway – the


Great Lakes Shipyard Completes Winter Work

Photo courtesy Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard announced winter layup season is wrapping up at the yard after completing repair work on the following vessels: American Steamship Company’s M/V Sam Laud Grand River Navigation’s Manitowoc Interlake Steamship Company’s articulated tug-barge


Shipbuilding: Vigor Industrial Grows Stronger

 Frank Foti, Vigor Industrial CEO

Vigor Industrial has ballooned from a modest shipyard in Portland, Oregon, to the largest shipbuilder in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Vigor increasingly thinks big and builds big. The company’s new floating dry dock will be the largest in the United States


Signal International

Signal International Texas Yard.

With a family of three yards located along the Gulf of Mexico in Alabama, Mississippi and Texas, Signal International offers new construction, rig and ship repair, offshore and technical services. Marine construction and repair needs are complimented by three dry docks; a 30,000-ton lift rig dock


Vigor Industrial

Vince Piscitello, VP of Sales, Marketing and Business Development.

Vigor Industrial has emerged as a leading consolidator of shipbuilding prowess on the U.S. West Coast, and the company continues to invest in new capability and infrastructure.   “Over the past year there has been a marked increase in vessel fabrication opportunities of all kinds


Ocean Dredging Wins Mexican Contract

Photo: Ocean Dredging DSM Ocean inc.

Ocean Dredging DSM Ocean inc., an Ocean sister company, will carry out a harbor dredging contract with its Mexican partner Dragados del Golfo, in Paraiso, a town located in the state of Tabasco in Mexico. The dredging of the port of Dos Bocas is a unique opportunity for Ocean and a first in Mexico


Benoi Basin Dredging through March 2014

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has advised that dredging works will be carried out at Benoi Basin from December 13, 2013-March 12, 2014. According to the Port Marine Notice No. 165 of 2013 dated December 13, 2013, the works are being conducted 24 hours daily - including Sundays


Today in U.S. Naval History: January 6

USS Hopper. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jon Dasbach

Today in U.S. Naval History - January 6 1916 - First enlisted flight training class at Pensacola, Fla. 1942 - Japanese capture 11 Navy Nurses in Manila, Philippines 1967- Operation Deckhouse V begins in Mekong Delta, Vietnam. 1996 - USS Hopper, named for R.Adm. Grace Hopper, launched


Cashman Adds 14 Hopper Barges to Fleet.

Cashman Equipment Corp., is pleased to announce the continued expansion of its North American fleet with the addition of 14 open hopper barges.  The 14 new hopper barges are 200’ x 35’ x 12’ and are based within Cashman Equipment Corp’s Louisiana, USA fleet


New Tank Barge Arrives & AEP Begins River Transport

Barges in the Gulf: Photo courtesy of AEP River Operations

AEP River Operations say they have began operations of its new Liquids Division today with receipt of the first of 20 tank barges. The addition of tank barges to the company's fleet will allow them to transport liquid commodities, including petrochemicals and agricultural chemicals.


ASRY Slipway Repairs 6 Vessels Simultaneously

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ASRY, a ship and rig repair yard in the Arabian Gulf, recently saw six vessels under repair simultaneously on its dual slipways in a sign that the yard’s small and medium sized vessel repair business continues to flourish since the opening of the its state-of-the-art slipways.


Eastern Shipbuilding Get GLDD Dredger/Tug ATB Contract

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Eastern Shipbuilding inform that Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC (GLDD) has placed orders for construction of a 433’ Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge Barge and a 158’-4” 15,600 BHP, CPP Tug. Named the GLDD302 (ESG Hull 252)


Editor's Note

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Even if, as Marcon International’s Bob Beagle says, barges are the workhorses of the towing industry, then the pushboats that propel the 38,000 (documented and undocumented) deck, hopper, tank, crane and miscellaneous purpose barges to their destinations are the heart and soul of the most


Engineering Efficiency on the Paraná

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A North American design tailored for South American operation: the new fleet of diesel-electric push boats engineered by Robert Allan Ltd. (RA) brings an improved level of performance to the Paraná River.     


 
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