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Sause Brothers Towing Repowers Ocean Tug

Based in Coos Bay Oregon, Sause Brothers Towing has been towing between Pacific Northwest and Southern Californian ports for over 50 years. In the past 30 years they have also become noted for their long ocean tows from the US west coast to Hawaii and beyond to the South Pacific. The family-owned company currently operates a fleet of 32 ocean and harbor tugs as well as 24 general cargo and oil barges. A new double-hulled 105,000-barrel oil barge, Sunset Bay, is currently alongside at the company shipyard in Coos Bay. With the hull built at the Gunderson yard in Portland it is being outfitted by Sause. Also at the yard, the ocean going tug Powhatan is undergoing an extensive repower that will see a pair of 850 HP engines replaced with a pair of Cummins KTA50 M2 mains each rated for 1500 HP at 1800 RPM. A new pair of Reintjes WAF772 marine gears with 7.45:1 ratios have also been installed in the 105x30-foot tug. The existing 9-inch diameter shafts were replaced with new shafts of the same diameter, while the stuffing boxes were eliminated in favor of a pair of Kobelco Eagle Marine water seals. With the old engines, the boat had open wheels, with the new engines, modified Kort 19-A 92-inch nozzles and 91x89-inch four-blade skewed propellers from Sound Propeller in Seattle are being added. Quad rudders, two behind each prop, are being installed to improve maneuverability especially in tight island harbors.


Bid Solicitation for 60,000 bbls DH Oil Barge

An invitation to bid on the construction of a new 60,000 BBLS Double Hull Oil Barge for Harbor Bunkering Corporation of San Juan, Puerto Rico is expected this quarter. Bristol Harbor Marine Design (BHMD) is currently designing the vessel for the San Juan based bunkering company, while the 30,000 BBLS Double Hull Oil Barge that BHMD designed for the company last year is being completed at Orange Shipbuilding, Orange, Texas


Bollinger Delivers 60k BBL Tank Barge

Bouchard’s B. No. 262 and tug Evening Tide navigate down the Mississippi River delivering the barge’s first load of cargo.  B. No. 262 was built and delivered from Bollinger Marine Fabricators.

Bollinger Marine Fabricators, L.L.C., a Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. company, has delivered B. No. 262, a double hull 60,000 BBL oil tank barge built to meet the requirements of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA’90) to Bouchard Ocean Services, Inc., Melville, NY. Barge B. No. 262 is a manned ocean, clean oil tank barge measuring 350 ft long, with a 70 ft beam and a depth of 25 ft.  The barge is built to, and certified by American Bureau of Shipping and United States Coast Guard to


Bollinger Delivers 80,000 BBL Tank Barge

ATB Tug Rhea I. Bouchard and Barge B. No. 284 depart the New Orleans terminal with the barge’s first load of cargo following the delivery of the new barge from Bollinger Gretna, LLC.

Lockport, La., Bollinger Gretna, L.L.C. of Harvey, La., a Bollinger shipyard, has delivered B. No. 284, a double hull 80,000 bbl oil tank barge built to meet the requirements of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA’90) to Bouchard Ocean Services, Melville, N.Y.   Barge B. No. 284 is a manned ocean, clean oil tank barge measuring 399-ft, 11-inches long, with a 74-ft beam and a depth of 28-ft, 6-inches. The barge is built to, and certified by


Trapped Worker Dies After Oil Barge Rescue

Five people reportedly were able to free themselves from a tanker docked at 67 Flushing Ave. Firefighters had to use high-angle rescue techniques that included ropes to remove the sixth trapped worker. The sixth worker was pulled from the hole after being trapped for about an hour. He was taken to Brooklyn Hospital, where he later died. Rescue workers attempted CPR for about 15 minutes. Hazmat crews were brought in to check the ship to be sure that the rescuers themselves didn't become


Latest Robert Allan Designed Barges in Canadian Arctic

Robert Allan designed barge: Photo courtesy of Robert Allan

Four Robert Allan designed shallow draft, double hull, combined bulk oil & deck barges, built in China for ITB North Limited, are now in service delivering bulk fuel oil and deck cargoes to various locations in the Far North less than 11 months after the original design contract was placed. When ITB Marine Group decided to expand their operations to the Mackenzie River, they chose to work once again with Robert Allan Ltd. to design their new shallow draft double hull oil barges.


Tank Barge Measure To Enter Force

The first phases of a USCG final rule implementing measures for maintaining or regaining control of a tank barge that will reduce the likelihood of a tank barge's grounding and spilling its cargo are effective June 19, 2000. These measures are necessary, according to USCG because without them a tug that loses its tow lacks ready means for regaining control of it. The rule is designed to increase the safety of marine transport and protect the environment.


Bouchard ATB Conversion Underway at Bollinger

Engineering and design work is underway at Bollinger Gulf Repair, New Orleans, for Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. third retrofit project tug and barge to an ATB unit utilizing the Intercon Coupler System. The 446-ft. 125,000 BBL black oil Barge B No. 175 will be transformed from a singe hull to a double hull vessel to meet the requirements of OPA 90, and the stern will be notched to accept the bow of the 127-ft. tug Capt


Coast Guard Investigating Collision

Crewmembers of Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Houston-Galveston are investigating the collision between the freight ship Napoleon and a tugboat with four barges in the Houston Ship Channel Monday night. A Coast Guard watchstander at Vessel Traffic Service Houston received the report of the collision via the pilot aboard the Napolean at approximately 10:40 p.m. According to the report the collision occurred while the Napolean attempted to over take the tug Jonathan Thomas


Bollinger Converts Barge to ATB

Bollinger Gulf Repair L.L.C., (BGR), a Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., facility, has completed the retrofit and modifications of a Penn Maritime Inc. oceans tank barge to an OPA ‘90 compliant articulated unit. The 360-foot, 66,500 barrel black oil Barge POTOMAC arrived at Bollinger's New Orleans east facility and began the transformation from a single sided hull to double hull vessel with a new outer skin to meet the requirements of OPA '90


Crashes in Crucial US Crude Waterway Hit 10-year Low

USCG photo

Serious crashes in the bustling Bay of Galveston have fallen to the lowest level in a decade even as more oil moves on U.S. waterways, official data show, suggesting that better training and equipment are helping avert spills like one in March.


Gunderson to Build Tank Barge for Kirby

The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. announced that its Gunderson Marine division has received an order from Kirby Offshore Marine to build an articulated oceangoing oil and chemical tank barge, with an option for a second unit, to meet growing demand


Crude Oil Filled Barges Freed after Weekend Grounding

Photo: USCG

Two double-skinned barges, loaded with approximately two million gallons of crude oil, grounded near the Galveston Causeway Bridge Sunday and were freed Tuesday. After many unsuccessful attempts to unground the barges with assist tugs Monday


Crowley Tugboat Makes Arduous Bering Sea Rescue

Tug Siku: Photo courtesy of Crowley

The crew of the Crowley Maritime Corp. tug 'Siku', operating in Western Alaska, recently rescued six men adrift in the Bering Sea. Shortly before the incident, the men’s 21-foot, aluminum skiff ran out of gas in Hooper Bay and was being quickly blown out of the bay and into increasingly


Olympic Tug & Barge Fined for Port Angeles Oil Spill

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is fining Olympic Tug & Barge of Seattle $16,500 for spilling oil into Port Angeles Harbor last November. The spill occurred when a company-owned fuel barge was overfilled while being loaded with fuel oil.


A Running Take-Out for Seaspan Cutlass

Photo: Haig-Brown/Cummins

“We replaced about 50-feet of bulwark around the stern on each side on the Seaspan Cutlass,” Shore Mechanic Kevin Tweedy said, “The old bulwarks were banged up and this makes the boat look better to our customers but more importantly it gives the crews pride in their vessel


BOSTCO Opening to Ease Houston Ship Channel Congestion

When Battleground Oil Specialty Terminal (BOSTCO) on the Houston Ship Channel starts operations in October, ship channel congestion is likely to be lessened. BOSTCO will start operations in October 2013 with 2.84 million barrels of residual fuel oil and feedstock storage


Ultrapetrol to Refinance, Sells 7 Barges

In related recent announcements Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) says it intends to offer secured Notes, & has completed the sale of 7 barges. Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) an industrial transportation company serving marine transportation needs in three markets (River Business, Offshore Supply


TY Offshore Launches Eighth of Eighteen FMT Industries Barges

Photo: TY Offshore

TY Offshore, LLC launched the FMT 3256, the eighth of eighteen 297’6” x 54’ x 12’, 30,000 barrel tank barges for FMT Industries, LLC, one of the several companies within the Florida Marine Group. FMT Industries recently exercised its option for four additional barges from


Popular Boat: Popular Engine

Photo courtesy of Eymard Marine Construction and Repair

On the Mississippi and throughout the U.S. inland waterways, pushboats of about 70 feet and with around 2000 hp are ubiquitous.   They can be seen in barge fleeting operations along the riverbanks for pushing one or two 30,000-barrel oil barges


Coast Guard Responds to South Louisiana Casualty

Photo Credit: U.S. Coast Guard

The Coast Guard is responding to a report of an allision between a tug pushing a barge and a pipeline near Bayou Perot 30 miles south of New Orleans, Tuesday.   Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report that the 47-foot tug Shanon E


Coast Guard Response to Vicksburg Spill Continues

USCG Spill Vicksburg.JPG

The unified command continues to respond to a crude oil spill in the lower Mississippi River near mile marker 436 in Vicksburg, Miss., Thursday. At 10:05 a.m. response crews removed fuel from the damaged barge MOC-12 after reconfiguring oil-pump equipment


ACL to Begin Transporting Canadian Crude Oil

American Commercial Lines (ACL) is pleased to announce that it will begin transporting crude oil by barge on the U.S. inland waterways for MEG Energy (U.S.) Inc. (MEG Energy), a subsidiary of the Canadian oil company MEG Energy Corp.  


Tank Barge Launched for TY Offshore

TY Barge Launch: Photo credit TY Offshore

TY Offshore Launches FMT 3248, the fourth of fourteen FMT Industries Barges built at TY's Gulfport, Mississippi facility. TY Offshore, LLC announce the launch of FMT 3248, the fourth of fourteen 297’6” x 54’ x 12’, 30,000 barrel tank barges for FMT Industries, LLC


Bollinger Delivers 55,000 Barrel OPA'90 Tank Barget

Outboard profile and arrangement drawing of Bollinger’s newest design of the 55,000 BBL OPA’90 compliant clean product tank barge

Bollinger Delivers 55,000 Barrel OPA'90 Tank Barget To Bouchard. Bollinger Marine Fabricators, L.L.C., Amelia, La., a Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. company, has delivered the B. No. 250, a newly designed and constructed 55,000 barrel OPA’90 compliant tank barge to Bouchard Transportation


 
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