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Vessel Management Services Christens New ATB Tank Vessel

Vessel Management Services, Inc., a Crowley Maritime Corporation subsidiary and part of its corporate services segment, Friday christened the third of four Articulated Tug-Barge (ATB) tank vessels that the company will take delivery of this year. The vessels, 9,280 horsepower tug Ocean Reliance and 155,000-barrel barge 550-3, were built by The Manitowoc Company, Inc. At ceremonies held at the Bay Shipbuilding Company in Sturgeon Bay, Wis, Molly Crowley, a director on Crowley's board, christened the tug. Afterwards, guests attended a reception and celebratory luncheon at The Stone Harbor Resort. Over 100 people braved the cold, rain and snow to attend the christening ceremony, which has become a tradition in the maritime industry as new vessels enter service. Intrepid Ship Management, a subsidiary of Marine Transport Lines, will charter the ATB from Vessel Management Services and operate it. Marine Transport is a Crowley subsidiary and part of its oil and chemical distribution and transportation segment. "We are pleased to place this new ATB into service with our other ATBs which were completed earlier this year," said Tom Crowley Jr., Chairman, President and CEO of Crowley Maritime. Already in service are the Sea Reliance and barge 550-1, and the Sound Reliance and barge 550-2. "I am proud of the job the engineering and construction crews did on the design and build of this state-of-the art ATB," said Crowley. "We are

ATB New Construction and Retrofits Highlight Order Books for Southern Shipyards

By Larry Pearson Late last year was a high water mark of sorts in the Articulated Tug-Barge (ATB) business. In December, Crowley Maritime of Seattle, Wash. took delivery of their fourth ATB, featuring a 9,280 HP tug and a 155,000 barrel barge. Bay Shipbuilding, Sturgeon Bay, Wisc. built the barge. and the tug by sister company Marinette Marine, Manitowoc, Mich. At about the same time on the east coast K-Sea Transportation was taking delivery of their fourth ATB unit from Bollinger

Crowley Christens New ATB

Yesterday, Crowley Maritime Corporation christened the third of ten new 185,000-barrel Articulated Tug-Barge (ATB) tank vessels that the company will take delivery of by the end of 2010. The vessels christened were the 9,280 HP-tug Resolve and barge 650-3. During ceremonies held at the Mobile Convention Center on South Water Street, Nancy Schlueter, wife of Ed Schlueter, vice president of Crowley's Vessel Management Services (VMS) christened the Resolve, while Alison Haber-Djuve

News: Bay Shipbuilding Picks ATB Design

Ocean Tug & Barge Engineering Corp.'s new Atlantic III ATB ocean tugboat design was selected by Bay Shipbuilding Corp., a unit of Manitowoc Corp., for construction as the powered portion of a new articulated tug barge (ATB) the yard will build for Penn Maritime, of Stamford, Conn. The 140,000 bbl capacity heated ocean tank barge, will be handled by the latest tug design from Ocean Tug & Barge Engineering Corp., a long established firm whose focus is ATB design

75 Crowley Vessels Earn Safety Awards

Crowleys Dale Wilson, manager, marine operations; Marian Mobley, contracting officer; Dennis O’Leary, chief mate; Stephen Foster, captain; Mike Golonka, VP, ship management

Seventy-five Crowley Maritime Corporation vessels have received the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA)’s annual Jones F. Devlin Awards in recognition of their outstanding safety records in 2013, honors given during a luncheon held last week in New Orleans, La. Each year the CSA grants Devlin Award certificates to manned merchant vessels that have operated for two or more years without incurring a Lost Time Injury (LTI)

VT Halter Launches Another ATB Tug for Bouchard

M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr.  6,000hp Twin Screw ATB tug (Photos: VT Halter)

Shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, Inc. and Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. announced the launch of M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr., a 6,000hp Twin Screw Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) tug, on October 29, 2015.   The M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr. is part of a two-vessel contract awarded to the shipyard in August 2014. M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr. and M/V Frederick E. Bouchard, are being constructed at VT Halter Marine’s Moss Point Marine facility in Escatawpa, Mississippi

U.S. Shipping Secures New Charter

U.S. Shipping Partners has completed a long-term time charter for employment of the second of its series of articulated tug barges (ATBs) scheduled to be delivered in mid-2008. The charterer, an investment grade company, will utilize this vessel in its domestic coastwise trade in refined petroleum products and chemicals. The first ATB in the series, scheduled for completion in April 2007, is covered by contracts of affreightment in U.S. Shipping's U.S. flag chemical

New Malaysian Port Receives First Cargo

ATB Terminal, Tanjung Bin, Malaysia, receives 100,000 dwt tanker as its first customer The ATB oil terminal in the Port of Pelepas, Tanjung Bin, owned and operated by VTTI, the 50/50 joint venture between Vitol and the Malaysian maritime conglomerate MISC received its first oil tanker alongside their deep draft jetty facilities. The MT “Kition”, a 100,000 DWT tanker safely and successfully discharged at ATB's VLCC berth.

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 will haul petroleum and chemical products domestically. The first ATB unit is scheduled for delivery in the Fall of 2016 and the second unit will be delivered in Summer of 2017.

VT Halter to Build Bouchard ATB Tugs

VT Halter Marine, Inc., a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced new contracts to build two 130-foot Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) tugs for Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. (Bouchard). Measuring 130 feet by 38 feet by 22 feet, these 6,000hp Twin Screw ATB tugs will be classed by ABS as A1 Ocean Towing, Dual Mode ATB, USCG Subchapter C, both will be equipped with an Intercon Coupler System

ABS Grants AIP for Jensen’s LNG ATB Design

Image: Jensen Maritime

A Jensen Maritime-designed, liquefied natural gas (LNG)-bunkering articulated tug-barge (ATB) has been granted approval in principle (AIP) by classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). The designation establishes that Jensen’s vessel concept

Bouchard Christens ATB

Photo: Bouchard Transportation Co.

Oceangoing petroleum barge company Bouchard Transportation Co. celebrated the christening of two new vessels, M/V Kim M. Bouchard and B. No. 270, in New Orleans. The B. No. 270 was launched at VT Halter Shipyard Operations in Pascagoula, Miss., earlier this year, and the tug Kim M

NBBB Uses New System to Launch Tug for Kirby

(Photo: Nichols Brothers Boat Builders)

A newly built articulated tug barge (ATB) unit tugboat, was launched for Kirby Offshore Marine on Wednesday, September 2.   The new vessel, the 136’ x 44’ x 19’ Nancy Peterkin, is the first of two sister vessels built for Kirby by Ice Floe

BMT Performs Production Engineering for ATB Tug

Photo: BMT Nigel Gee

Independent naval architecture and marine engineering design consultancy BMT Nigel Gee (BMT) said it has completed detailed production engineering for the Nancy Peterkin, an articulated tug barge (ATB) tugboat, built by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) and destined for Kirby Offshore Marine.

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

Nichols Brothers to Build Washington Ferry Superstructure

Washington State 144-car ferry Superstructure Chimacum to be built at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders    Ice Floe, LLC dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) has been contracted by Vigor Industrial to construct the superstructure portion of the third Olympic Class 144-Car Washington

Nichols Brothers to Build Vessel for American Samoa

Image: Nichols Brothers Boat Builders

Ice Floe, LLC dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) has been contracted by the Government of American Samoa to build a multipurpose vessel to operate in the warm waters of the South Pacific primarily between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands

VT Halter Launches ATB Tug for Bouchard

ATB tug Kim M. Bouchard (Photo: VT Halter Marine)

VT Halter Marine launched ATB tug Kim M. Bouchard for Bouchard Transportation at Moss Point Marine facility on February 26, 2015. Measuring 150 feet long, the 10,000hp twin screw ATB tug is classed by ABS as A1 Towing Vessel, Dual Mode ATB, USCG Subchapter M

Senesco Invests in New Welding System

PEMA WeldControl 200 Create (Image courtesy of PEMA)

Senesco Marine Shipyard on the U.S. northeast coast has invested in a more productive and efficient welding system, concluding a deal with Pemamek to deliver a PEMA Welding Portal for the welding of double bottoms and subassemblies.  

GE Diesel Engines and Gearboxes for Reinauer ATB

GE Marine Tier 4 Certified 12V250 Diesel Engine (Image: GE)

Reinauer Transportation Companies, LLC, purchased two GE U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 4 certified marine diesel engines and two Lufkin Marine Propulsion Gearboxes for its new articulated tug and barge (ATB), GE Marine announced.  

VT Halter Powers Ahead

“The secret of VTHM’s success is our ability to harness existing commercial and defense-related project ‘know-how’ and integrate it with emerging technologies.  Our ability to do government and commercial work in one facility is one of the things that makes VT Halter a little different.”  Bill Skinner, CEO,  VT Halter Marine

If you drive just south of I-10 in Pascagoula, Miss., within 10 minutes you find yourself on the doorstep of VT Halter Marine, arguably one of the more diverse and active shipyards in the U.S. The company, which is a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc

BHGI-designed ATB Unit Under Construction

Image courtesy of BHGI

Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) informs it is currently completing the detail design phase of a 399’ x 74’ x 30’ 80,000 BBL double hull oil tank barge and a 120’ x 40’ x 18’- 6” twin screw ocean service tug

VT Halter Launches Barge for Bouchard Transportation

Photo courtesy of Bouchard Transportation

Bouchard Transportation Co., announced the launch of Barge B. No. 270, the first of two Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) units constructed by VT Halter Marine, Inc., a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc.   The barge was launched at the Pascagoula Shipyard Operations in Pascagoula

New Propulsion Concept : Multi-function PowerhouseTug &


  The multi-function PowerhouseTug & Barge (PTB) system is a novel design that utilizes electric propulsion in the barge and a tugboat with a set of generators as a power pack. This concept has two basic differences with traditional ATB (Articulated Tug & Barge) system

Bouchard Transportation Christens New ATB Unit

Photo: Bouchard Transportation Co.

Oceangoing petroleum barge company Bouchard Transportation Co. celebrated the christening of two new vessels, M/V Kim M. Bouchard and B. No. 270, on Tuesday July 14, 2015 in New Orleans.   The ceremony was honored by the Monsignor James Vlaun who blessed the vessels, and Marie Romais

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