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SkipperLiner Introduces 'Pride of Cassville'

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SkipperLiner of LaCrosse, WI, recently launched a passenger/vehicle barge and towboat ferry. Here are her particulars: BARGE LOA: 78’ Beam: 32’ Hull Depth: 5’0" Draft (clearance): 3’6” Hull Thickness: 5/16" (sides) 3/8" (deck) 5/16" and 3/8" (bottom Displacement: 74.08 long tons Certification: USCG TOW LOA: 45’ Beam: 16’ Hull Depth: 6’0" Draft (clearance): 4’6” Gross Tons: Less than 100 Displacement: 35 tons Hull Thickness: 5/16" (sides) 1/4" (deck) 3/8" (bottom) Propulsion Engines: Twin Cummins model QSB5.9 300 HP marine diesel engines with direct drives Transmissions: ZF model 280-1 3:0:1 Engine Cooling: Fernstrum Propellers: Michigan Wheel 32" x 21 pitch, bronze. five blade Propeller Shafts: 2.5" (Aquamet 17) Generator(s) 9 kW generator powered by Cummins model MDKBL marine diesel engine HVAC: 1 ton air cooled Electronics: Two ICOM model 412 VHF/FM marine radios, Furuno model 1715 radar system Winches: Wintech Certification: n/a The PRIDE OF CASSVILLE was built for the City of Cassville WI. She will transport vehicles and passengers across the Mississippi River between Cassville, WI and IA. This service connects two National Scenic Byways: the Great River Road and the Iowa Great River Road. The PRIDE OF CASSVILLE replaces the CHARLIE D that has been in service in Cassville since 1966


Great Lakes Ban on Offshore Wind Development Opposed

State Republican Reps. from districts in northern Michigan, introduced legislation banning research in or production of wind energy in the Great Lakes sharing a border with Michigan. The measure would prohibit the leasing for the placement, construction, operation or maintenance of any structure to research wind energy development, any wind turbine, or any equipment or structure related to a wind turbine, reports UPI.


Metabo Offers Two New Instant Brake Grinders

Metabo Corporation has introduced two new angle grinders, designed to stop wheel rotation in two seconds or less when the Deadman safety switch is released, greatly reducing the likelihood of injuries. Ideal for heavy duty grinding and cutting applications, both the WEPBA14-125 Quick and WEPBA14-150 Quick feature a long-lasting 12.2 A motor and 1,400 watts of power. The WEPBA14-125 Quick offers a no-load speed of 10,000 rpm and a maximum wheel diameter of 5


Cox Disappointed by Asian Carp Ruling

Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox said he is extremely disappointed that the United States Supreme Court declined to immediately close Chicago-area locks that could stop Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes, but is pleased that Michigan's fight to reopen the Chicago Diversion case will continue.  Cox also said President Obama, who failed to respond to Cox's previous request for an Asian carp conference, must now act and use his powers to close the locks because Asian carp eDNA


Michigan Marinas Need Deeper Water

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Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) applauds introduction of legislation to help marinas during dredging crisis. Senate Bill No. 215, introduced by Senators Brandenburg, Hansen, Casperson, Booher, Green, Walker, Robertson, Jones, Proos and Smith is an act which will provide for low interest loan opportunities for marinas in need of dredging. "The problems facing our waterways need to be addressed immediately and a long-term strategy to maintain them needs to be developed


News: Austal Launches Lake Express

On March 20, Austal USA launched its seventh and largest vessel to date. Lake Express, a 192 ft. high-speed vehicle-passenger ferry rolled out of Austal's purpose-built aluminum shipbuilding facility in Mobile, Ala., and into the Mobile River. "This project is a further step in building up capacity and capability at Austal USA which will stabilize our efforts to be a major contender in larger contracts in both the commercial and military markets," said Austal USA CEO, Greg Metcalf


Maritime Academy to Host Open House

The community is invited to explore the Great Lakes Maritime Academy at Northwestern Michigan College at an Open House on Saturday, October 19, 2002 from 11 am to 2 pm. The Academy is located on East Front Street at Barlow Avenue (next to the Holiday Inn) in Traverse City. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the academy's new 225 ft.training ship State of Michigan.


A Hectic Night for Lake Michigan Coast Guard

From Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning, the busy Lake Michigan Coast Guard crews rescued or assisted six people and one dog in three separate emergencies. At 7:15 p.m., Tuesday, a watchstander at Coast Guard Station Milwaukee was contacted via cell phone by a man who reported his boat was sinking in Lake Michigan three miles east of Milwaukee with two other people aboard. A rescue boatcrew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium launched from the station


USCG Medevacs 80 Yr-Old Near Lake Michigan

Crew members from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Mich., transfer an ill man from an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter to emergency medical services at the air station Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. The man was medically evacuated from Beaver Island in Lake Michigan after suffering from signs of a stroke.

  A Coast Guard aircrew medically evacuated an 80-year-old man off Beaver Island in Lake Michigan Sunday night. The man’s name is not being released. At 5:40 p.m., emergency medical personnel on Beaver Island contacted a search and rescue coordinator at the Coast Guard Ninth District command center to request assistance with transporting an 80-year-old man, who was suffering from signs of a stroke, to a hospital in Michigan.


This Day in Navy History

1843 - USS Michigan is launched at Erie, Penn. Michigan is America's first iron-hulled warship, as well as the first prefabricated ship. 1941 - USS Lexington (CV 2) sails with Task Force 12 to transport Marine aircraft to Midway, leaving no carriers at Pearl Harbor only days before the attack on Pearl Harbor. For more information about Naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at www.history.navy.mil


Wheelabrator Opens Ontario Location

Marty Magill, Dave Taylor, Jennifer Taylor, Dave Foster, Mark Lambrix, Andrew Carmichael, Shawn Horton, Pierre Tanguay, Neil Moseley, Tim Ogden (Photo: Wheelabrator)

Surface preparation company Wheelabrator Group (Canada) Ltd. celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony and luncheon after moving to a new location and office complex in Burlington, Ontario.   The brand new office facility offers spacious conference rooms and modern work


Ice Coverage on Great Lakes 89 pct: NOAA

Image: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 Ice coverage on the Great Lakes is nearing 90 percent, reveals high resolution satellites images from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).   The entire Great Lakes is at 88.8 percent ice coverage, with the highest totals coming from Lake Huron and Lake Erie at about


Container Ships: 2014 Saw High and Low Scrapping

Image courtesy: The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)

The container segment was one of the big surprises during 2014 with a very high scrapping activity in the year’s first half and a dwindling low one in the second, says the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO)   


Kalmar Bags Virginia Port Order for Shuttle Carriers

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  Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has gained an order for three Kalmar hybrid shuttle carriers from the Port of Virginia, a multi-terminal container and breakbulk cargo complex located in Virginia, 18 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. The 1-over-1 hybrid shuttle carriers will be dedicated to


Devil's Blanket Responsible for Increasing Ice Rescues

Coast Guard teams train for ice rescues at conference in northern Michigan

  Rescues in Saginaw Bay, Michigan, Sunday evening and Lake Erie Monday morning are the latest in an alarmingly high number of Great Lakes ice rescues since Saturday, prompting a Coast Guard reminder of the risk of venturing out onto the ice and of the importance of taking appropriate safety


Great Lakes: Less Ice Sees Ore Ships Thrive

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A relatively mild December on the Great Lakes allowed iron ore shipments to increase dramatically compared to a year ago when an early arriving winter blanketed the system with thick ice, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported.


First Gate Installed in Panama Canal’s New Pacific Locks

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The first gate will be installed in lock head one facing Gatun Lake; canal expansion program 85 percent complete The first gate for the Panama Canal’s new locks in the Pacific side was installed earlier today after being carried to its final destination on self-propelled motorized wheel


Custom Ro-Pax Delivered in China

San sha No. 1 (Photo courtesy of Knude E. Hansen A/S)

The first Ro-Pax cruiser designed and built in China for the Chinese market has entered into service on January 1, 2015.   The ship, named San sha No. 1, can carry wheeled cargo, containers, trailers as well as passengers, and was delivered to China's southernmost city Sansha in Hainan


Lakes Defend US Build Requirement of Jones Act

Jim Weakley (Photo courtesy of LCA)

An effort to remove the U.S.-build requirement from the Jones Act is being soundly rejected by Great Lakes Maritime Task Force, the largest labor/management coalition ever assembled to promote shipping on America’s Fourth Sea Coast. The Task Force said it sees no benefit to allowing


Great Ships of 2014: Höegh Jacksonville

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Höegh Jacksonville was delivered by Daewoo-Mangalia Heavy Industries S.A. (DMHI), the first from a series of two 6,500 units Pure Car Truck Carrier (PCTC). This vessel is owned by Ocean Yield from Norway while the charterer is Höegh Autoliners AS


Tuco Debuts New Fast Rescue Craft Design

Tuco Marine’s new 7.5-meter ProZero fast rescue craft (Image courtesy of Tuco Marine Group)

Tuco Marine Group has introduced a new 7.5-meter ProZero fast rescue craft (FRC) design as part of the carbon fiber constructed ProZero boat line. The highly specialized FRC market is one where weight saving benefits of the ProZero design can make a difference to the market standards, Tuco said


Paddle Wheel Riverboat for Sale

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A 260-foot fully operational paddle wheel riverboat, recently used as a large casino, is available for sale by negotiation.   Asset management company Stuart B. Millner & Associates (SBMA) said it is currently accepting offers for the vessel before making plans to sell it through an


Empty Container Depot Opens in Long Beach

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The Temporary Empty Container Depot on Pier S at the Port of Long Beach opened for business December 29 to provide a means for truckers to free up truck-trailer chassis they need to move loaded containers out of marine terminals.   Ongoing congestion caused in part by a lack of available


Empty Container Depot Opens at Long Beach

Pasha operates Pier S facility to free up chassis, ease congestion

  The Temporary Empty Container Depot on Pier S at the Port of Long Beach is now open. The depot was approved by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners in November to free up truck-trailer chassis and ease congestion on the docks at the second busiest seaport in North America.


Long Beach to Open Empty Container Depot

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Empty container depot set to open Dec. 29; Pasha to manage Pier S facility to free up chassis, ease congestion   The Temporary Empty Container Depot on Pier S at the Port of Long Beach is scheduled to open Dec. 29. The depot was approved by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners in






 
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