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On May 15, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2002 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill, which includes $128 million for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help improve security at Corps' facilities. Draft report language considered by the Committee suggested the requirement of unspecified "barge monitoring systems" as a possible use for the supplemental Corps' funds. AWO and others immediately questioned the language since no prior notice had been given about its inclusion in the Committee report. Subsequently, Congressman David Vitter (R-LA) offered an amendment in Committee to strike the "barge monitoring systems" language. The amendment passed and the language was dropped prior to floor consideration of the bill. The FY 2002 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill passed the House on May 24. Source: AWO Newsletter


Waller Marine Delivers Caissons to Venezuela

Photo courtesy Waller Marine, Inc

Waller Marine, Inc recently delivered two large steel caissons to clients in Venezuela to be used for closure of a basin that is under construction at the Tacoa floating power generation facility. The caissons, each having dimensions of 115-ft in length, 16-ft in width and standing 26 ft high will be installed at the entrance of the basin that will house the two 170 MW power barges constructed by Waller and now undergoing pre-commissioning activities at the site


U.S. Barge Delivers Another Double-Hull

 Image courtesy Harley Marine Services

U.S. Barge recently delivered another petroleum barge to Harley Marine Services. The Barge Anne Elizabeth, designed by Elliott Bay Design Group, was christened on October 4, 2010 by her namesake, Anne Elizabeth Hall. Barge Anne Elizabeth measures 241 ft x 64.5 ft, with a depth of 23.5 ft. The barge has a carrying capacity of 31,500 barrels. The double-hulled barge is OPA 90-compliant, with vapor collection piping. The barge has two isolated cargo systems


Bollinger Delivers 55K BBL Tank Barge

Photo courtesy Bollinger Shipyards, Inc.

Lockport, La., Bollinger Marine Fabricators, L.L.C., a Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. company, has delivered the M 6000, a 55,000 barrel (bbl) Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA’90) compliant tank barge, to Midstream Fuel Service, L.L.C., a wholly owned subsidiary of Martin Resource Management Corporation.  Contract terms and conditions were not disclosed. The 55,000 bbl tank barge, M 6000, was built at Bollinger Marine Fabricators, L.L.C., in Amelia, La. and is a Bollinger design


Waller Marine Installs Floating Power Generation Barges, Venezuela

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Waller Marine, Inc. announced the successful installation of its recently constructed floating power generation barges into a prepared basin at Tacoa, Venezuela. The two 171 MW barges, each supporting a GE 7FA dual fuel industrial gas turbine, will quickly be connected to the grid and soon supply much needed power to Caracas.     The basin will be closed from the ocean this week for the installation of two large structural caissons


Massachusetts Legislature Considers Bill to Regulate Tank Barges

Massachusetts House Bill 59 (HB 59) was reported out of the Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture and referred to the Steering, Policy and Scheduling Committee. HB 59 is similar to bills introduced, but never enacted, in the 1997 and 1998 state legislative sessions. The bill requires all tank barges transporting bulk petroleum products be equipped with an operable anchor system and be manned, unless the state Department of Environmental Protection determines alternative


Oldest Great Lakes Freighter to Operate as a Barge

Photo: Stacey Wescott, Chicago Tribune

November 2013 marked the final voyage of historic freighter St. Marys Challenger, a 1906-built cement carrier regarded as the oldest operational vessel on the Great Lakes. But the ship is now being prepped to enter a new life—as a barge.   The 562-foot steamship, which operated for more than 100 years on the Lakes, has already been stripped of its fuel tanks, pilot house and a portion of its deck as part of the conversion process, according to the Chicago Tribune


Bender To Start Conversion of Barge and MMA Training Ship

Bender Shipbuilding & Repair of Mobile, Ala., has been awarded the conversion of the 400 x 102 ft. Sea Sorceress. The barge, which will be converted from a manned fuel barge to a DP-II construction barge for Cal Dive International of Houston, Texas, will receive eight 850 kW retractable Z drives. These drives will be powered by four Wärtsilä generators providing 6.6kV of power. A new engine room on the dynamically positioned barge will be used for the vessel's main source of power


Transportation Bill Passes Senate

The Senate passed the Department of Transportation appropriations bill, which includes funding for the USCG. The bill, passed in June by the House, had been held up in the Senate by controversies over mass transit and highway funding, as well as requirements for automobile fuel efficiency. The Senate bill funds the USCG at $4 billion for FY 00, a level similar to the House measure, and approximately $93 million more than last year.


Marcon Broker Tugboat Sale a Second Time

Island Fox: Photo courtesy of Marcon

Stevens Towing of Charleston, South Carolina has sold their U.S flag, twin screw tug “Island Fox” (ex Pt. Brower, Arctic Knight, Arctic Fox) to private foreign buyers. Marcon International, Inc. adds that they acted as broker for the sellers, to whom Marcon sold the vessel in 2006 from the West Coast. The 85’ x 30’ x 11’ depth tug was built in 1981 at Dakota Creek Shipyard in Anacortes, Washington as the “Arctic Fox” for Bering Marine of Seattle


Nation’s Vessel Operators Join EPA as SmartWay Affiliate

Tom Allegretti, AWO President & CEO

The American Waterways Operators, a 350-member trade association representing the U.S. tugboat, towboat and barge industry, announced today that it joined the SmartWay Transport Partnership, an innovative collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and stakeholders in the


Mexico's Senate OKs Bills Expanding Power of Energy Regulators

Mexico's Senate gave general approval on Monday to legislation laying out expanded powers for energy regulators, part of the fine print needed to implement a constitutional reform that overhauls the oil, gas and electricity sectors. Senators must still debate reservations to the regulatory


US see Credible Prospect of Nuclear deal with Iran

Josh Earnest

  The White House said on Friday there was a "credible prospect for a comprehensive deal" with Iran over its nuclear program that made it necessary to extend talks with Western powers another four months. "This extension will allow us to continue the negotiations while


Port of Antwerp to Set Up LNG Bunkering

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  It would be possible for barges to fill up with LNG at a permanent bunkering station in the port of Antwerp by the beginning of 2016. Truck-to-ship bunkering is already possible, but by setting up a bunkering station the port of Antwerp aims to make LNG permanently available.


Kirby Awards ATB Contracts to Bay Shipbuilding

Photo courtesy of Bay Shipbuilding

Bay Shipbuilding Company (BSC) of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, a subsidiary of Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG), has been awarded a contract to build two 155,000-barrel capacity barges and two 6,000 HP tugs for Kirby Corporation. The vessels are to be operated as Articulated Tug-Barge (ATB) units and


AWO Congratulates Jaenichen on MARAD Confirmation

Paul “Chip” Jaenichen: Photo credit AWO

The American Waterways Operators, a 350-member trade association representing the U.S. tugboat, towboat and barge industry, has offered its congratulations to Paul “Chip” Jaenichen on his successful Senate confirmation as U.S. Maritime Administrator.


ACL Recognizes Safe Liquid Cargo Handlers

Photo: ACL

American Commercial Lines presented Marine Environmental Stewardship Awards on Wednesday, July 16 in Houston, Texas, recognizing 35 customers for safe handling of chemicals, petroleum products and other liquid cargos. The customers recognized by ACL safely handled over two billion gallons of


Huge Hull for HMS Prince of Wales Ready for Delivery

Photo courtesy of BAE Systems

BAE Systems informed that a huge section of the U.K. Royal Navy’s second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, was loaded onto a barge in Glasgow over the weekend ahead of its departure to Rosyth later this month.


Caterpillar CEO Warns of Obstacle to U.S. Competiveness

Highway works: Image credit Caterpillar

In a July 10, 2014 opinion article headlined, "Congress must move on the Highway Trust Fund," Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman outlined the risks to U.S. competitiveness if Washington's leaders can't fix short and long term infrastructure funding issues.


Dept. of Interior Fuel Barge Launched after Repairs

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The Greenstone II, a U.S. Department of Interior fuel barge, was relaunched at Port Calcite upon completion of drydocking, repair work and inspections. The barge was hauled out at the Port Calcite facility in late May by Port Calcite Collaborative’s 440-ton Manitowoc 16000 crane


Cargotec to Supply Equipment for OSVs

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MacGregor, a part of Finnish cargo-handling equipment maker Cargotec, has won an order to supply equipment for vessels to be built for Bumi Armada Berhad, a Malaysia-based international offshore oilfield services provider, Cargotec said on Friday.


Cargill to Build Grain Terminal in West Memphis

U.S. agribusiness Cargill Inc said it will build a grain handling facility in West Memphis, Arkansas, to purchase corn, sorghum, soybeans and wheat that the company could ship down the Mississippi River to U.S. Gulf Coast export terminals.


The Perfect Anchor for Paint

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Barge manufacturer doubles production and reduces paint waste with new blast line. When the 600th barge launch was celebrated at Brownsville Marine Products (BMP) just south of Pittsburgh in November 2012, it marked the company’s success at reviving a site with over 75 years of history


Winch Safety through Standardization

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Celebrating the 10,000th YoYo Winch For decades, barge owners and operators had no reason to think twice about their rigging. There were only a few choices when it came to winches, and there were ratchets as well. Because of the simplicity of these machines


Lakes Legislators Help Boost Corps Funding

photo by Rod Burdick

Great Lakes legislators played a key role in yesterday’s vote in the House of Representatives to increase the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ national budget by nearly $58 million. Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.), along with Rep. Janice Hahn (D-Calif






 
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