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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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


Great Lakes Ore Trade Up in May

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 6.6 million tons in May, an increase of 53 percent compared to ice-impacted April, and 4 percent better than a year ago and the month’s 5-year average, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA)  


US Navy Picks First Female Submariners

Sailors train two female aboard the Ohio-class guided-missile submarine Michigan. Photo: US Navy

 The U.S. Navy has selected more than three dozen female enlisted sailors to qualify to serve aboard a submarine in a historic first for the sea service as part of a plan to more fully integrate women into the undersea force.   The 38 selected female sailors are only the first step in


Ocean Safety Inks Rescue Boat Distributor Deal

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Ocean Safety, a company in the worldwide supply, distribution, service and hire of marine safety equipment, announced its appointment as sales and service agents for the full range of Narwhal SOLAS approved Rescue Boats.   Narwhal models include the SV-420, SV 480


Passenger Ferry Capsizes in the Philippines, Nearly 40 Dead

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 MBCA Kim Nirvana, a passenger boat carrying 189 people has capsized in the central Philippines, minutes after leaving port, the Philippine Red Cross and coast guard spokesman Cmdr. Armand Balilo said.   There were 173 passengers and 16 crew members on board


Ice, Weather Slow Great Lakes Stone Trade

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 1.8 million tons in April, a decrease of 9 percent compared to the month’s five-year average, and a drop of 30 percent compared to 2012, the last April in which ice conditions were not near arctic


USN Successfully Tests Electromagnetic Catapult on CVN 78

The aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) transits the James River during the ships launch and transit to Newport News Shipyard pier three for the final stages of construction and testing.

  The Navy conducted the first-ever, shipboard, full-speed catapult shots using the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) aboard the aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), Naval Sea Systems Command announced May 15.


USACE Soo Lock Bulkheads Delivered

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Moran Iron Works, Inc. (MIW) was contracted to fabricate, galvanize and deliver two bulkheads for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Detroit District for installation in the Soo Lock Complex located in Sault Sainte Marine, Michigan.   


US Hoists: Making the Big Haul, Italian Style

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The process of efficiently lifting and moving boats on land is an age-old conundrum. While ‘US Hoists’ is a relatively new name in the boat lift sector, in reality it blends more than four decades of boat lift experience with some of the most modern


Buoys to Be Installed Below Dams for Safety

Consumers Energy informs it is coordinating with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to install buoys this month to help warn the public to stay out of potentially unsafe areas immediately downstream of hydro facilities.   "People should not be in the immediate area of a dam's


EPA Awards Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Shoreline Cities

Debbie Stabenow discusses the federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative on Sept. 24 on MSUs campus. Photo: Michigan State University

 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Shoreline Cities grants totaling more than $430,000 to four cities in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan to fund green infrastructure projects that will improve water quality in Lake Michigan.  


SNAME Graduate Scholarships Award Winners

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  SNAME announced the recipients of the Graduate Scholarships awarded for year 2015-16. The winners are: Wilbur N. Landers Scholarship Award goes to Alyssa M. Bennett, 2015 Ocean Engineering graduate of Texas A&M University, to study at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Woman Sentenced for Making Hoax Distress Call

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  A Chicago woman was sentenced in federal court Thursday for making a false distress call nearly two years ago which led to several agencies launching a dangerous search and rescue operation in Lake Michigan off of Rogers Park Beach.


Barges Break Free, Hit Starved Rock Dam

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The U.S. Coast Guard is working the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the owners of a tug and barges to quickly and safely move two barges that drifted into the protection walls of Starved Rock Lock and Dam in Utica, Illinois, Sunday afternoon.  


RTG Cranes for New Baltic Port of Bronka

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On June 11, the freighter Meri was the first vessel handled in the new Russian Baltic port of Bronka, delivering the first three of 10 RTG cranes from Konecranes in Finland.    Arriving from Hanko in Finland, the Meri was the first merchant ship to transit the new


Update: Runaway Barges Recovered

Towing vessel Joyce Hale recovers one of two barges that drifted into piers of the Starved Rock Dam in Utica, Ill. The vessel was pushing eight barges of dry cargo on the Illinois River Sunday when four barges broke free. (USCG photo)

Two barges that drifted against piers of the Starved Rock Dam in Utica, Illinois Sunday afternoon have been safely recovered, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reported.   One of the barges, carrying corn, was recovered Sunday evening, while the second barge, carrying sand






 
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