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Moran Iron Works Awarded Barge Building Contract

Moran Iron Works (MIW) was recently awarded a contract to build two ocean going deck barges for Durocher Marine, a division of Kokosing Construction Co., based in Cheboygan, Michigan. The two deck barges will be 180’ X 54’ X 12’ with 2,500 lb/ft2 deck strength and 2,400 short ton cargo capacity.  They will be built in accordance with International Maritime Organization (IMO), American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), and United States Coast Guard (USCG) regulations and classifications.  The barges will follow ABS rules for building and classing steel barges for offshore service.  They will be classed as ABS A1 Ocean Service Deck Barges and will have an International Load Line Certificate.  MIW is working with Netsco, a marine engineering, naval architecture and design firm based in Cleveland, Ohio, on the design and engineering of the barges. The keels will be laid mid-summer at MIW’s fabrication facility in Onaway, Michigan.  The first barge will be named Kokosing III and has a scheduled completion of September 2014; the second barge will be named Kokosing IV and has a scheduled completion of October 2014.  Both barges will be launched at MIW’s deep water, Port Calcite Collaborative in Rogers City, Michigan.  


Meeting New Heated Cargo Vessel Regs

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With the publication of the 2015 Rules for Building and Classing Steel Barges, ABS has amended the rules to require the submittal of a steady state temperature distribution for Oil Tank Barges that carry heated cargos at temperatures greater than 50°C (122°F) and a structural assessment to determine the resulting thermal stresses in barges where the steel temperature is expected to exceeds 50°C (122°F)


Harrah’s Gets New Barge Mounted Casino

Harrah’s recently opened a new barge mounted casino at their Joilet, Illinois property on the Des Plaines River near Chicago. The building on a barge replaces two USCG certified vessels that have been at the facility since 1993, the M/V Northern Star, a cruise-ship type vessel, and M/C Southern Star, a sternwheeler. The barges for the new facility were designed by DeJong & Lebet, Inc. Naval Architects, Jacksonville, Florida. DeJong & Lebet, Inc


Jeffersonville Port Sets Quarterly Shipping Record

The Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville recorded the highest quarterly shipments in its 30-year history during the first quarter of 2015. Cargo volume exceeded 800,000 tons, up 10 percent from the previous record set in the first quarter of 2014.   First quarter volumes of grain remained steady while steel cargoes more than doubled and fertilizer shipments were up nearly 30 percent from the record year-ago quarter, including a 70 percent increase in potash used in fertilizers.  


Underwater Salvage Work on 'Rena' Starts Soon

A specialist team of divers from the United States, plus the RMG 280 crane barge due to arrive shortly, reports the wreck salvors. Latest reports from the site follow: Salvage (Resolve Salvage & Fire)     •    The total combined weight of steel removed is now approximately 430 tonnes, which is more than 20 per cent of the total weight to be removed.     •    The RMG 280 crane barge is expected to arrive in port


Great Lakes Shipyard Awarded Contract for Work Barges by USACE

 Newbuilding at the Great Lakes Shipyard in Cleveland, OH (photo courtesy of Great Lakes Shipyard)

  Great Lakes Shipyard in Cleveland has been awarded a new construction contract by the United States Army Corps of Engineers for two 38-foot work barges, the company announced today.    The two new steel work barges will be used by USACE Rock Island District as a working platform to perform maintenance and inspections of lock and dam 11 and  14 on the Upper Mississippi River. The barges will be 38-foot long by 14-foot wide and 3-foot deep


Donjon Marine Refloats Sunken Barge 2001 on Kill Van Kull

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In early August, the fully loaded hopper barge 2001 sank in approximately 25 feet of water while transiting the Kill Van Kull, a waterway that connects Newark Bay to New York Harbor. The barge was loaded with approximately 1,500 tons of shredded steel, as reported by owners. Donjon removed the cargo, rigged the barge for lift, and later refloated it and returned it to its owners. The barge had a light ship displacement of more than 500 tons.


Seattle City Light Contract for Kvichak Marine

Seattle City Light has awarded a contract to Kvichak Marine Industries to build a 25.8-ft push boat designed by Kvichak Marine to operate with the service barge at the Diablo Dam in the North Cascades. The hull and superstructure will be constructed of marine grade aluminum alloy plate and extrusions.  Two vertical push knees will be located at the bow.  The knees will be padded by 6” D-section rubber.  A 1,500 lb davit with manual winch will be mounted on the stern


Kvichak Delivers 26-ft Push Boat to Seattle City Light

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Kvichak Marine, Industries, Inc. recently constructed and delivered a 25.7 ft push boat to Seattle City Light  for operation with the service barge at the Diablo Dam in the North Cascades.  This Kvichak Marine design is constructed of marine grade aluminum alloy plate and extrusions.  Two vertical push knees are located at the bow. The knees are padded by six inch D-section rubber.  A 1,500 lb davit with manual winch is mounted on the stern.   


Tulsa Port of Catoosa Reports Record July

“Shipping tonnage at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa increased in July, making it the best July in 22 years and the second best July in the history of the Port,” said Jerry Goodwin, chairman of the City of Tulsa - Rogers County Port Authority. “Shipments of inbound steel, pipe, and dry fertilizer increased along with outbound wheat and liquid fertilizer. Shipments of inbound oats and caustic soda were down slightly along with miscellaneous grains and asphalt,” said Goodwin.


Runaway Crane Barge Sinks on the Mississippi

The U.S. Coast Guard is working with a team of responders to recover a runaway crane barge that sunk near Convent on the Mississippi River.   The crane barge broke free of its mooring and sank along with an excavator crane and backhoe near mile marker 160 Monday morning


MN 100: Bouchard Transportation

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The Company: Bouchard Transportation’s history dates back to its incorporation in 1918 by founder, Capt. Fred Bouchard, the youngest tugboat captain in the Port of New York. Bouchard is a family owned business and the nation’s largest independently-owned ocean-going petroleum barge


ASL Shipyard Secures S$140mln Build Contracts

 ASL Shipyard Pte Ltd. a wholly-owned subsidiary of ASL Marine Holdings Ltd., has secured new shipbuilding contracts worth approximately S$140 million for the construction of a series of tugs and barges, the company’s board of directors announced Thursday.  


Damen's Ship with Van der Velden FLEX Tunnel Commissioned

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  The first ship outfitted with the Van der Velden FLEX Tunnel was named Friday, August 14th in Duisburg. The Rhenus Duisburg, the new barge combination from shipping company Rhenus PartnerShip, has been put through extensive tests and trials


MN 100: AEP River Operations

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AEP River Operations offers the largest covered hopper fleet of any carrier. Complementing its barge operations is a fleet of over 80 boats ranging in power from  1,550 to 11,000 hp. The Company: Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, AEP River Operations is a barge company offering service


AWO Working Hard for the Domestic Workboat Market

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The year 2015 has been a busy year for The American Waterways Operators, the national trade association for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, and for the industry AWO is privileged to represent. It’s a dynamic time for a vital industry that constitutes the largest segment of the U.S


MARAD Approves Title XI Loan for Gray Offshore

Julius (Photo: Gray Offshore)

A $12 million Title XI loan guarantee supporting the recent construction of three oceangoing deck barges was recently approved by the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD).   The three barges, Julius, Cordie and Gwendolyn, were built by Conrad Industries for barge leasing company Gray


Can Chinese Steel Support Freight Markets?

Is China’s steel exports enough to support the freight market?   No, it’s not enough, you will need lower Chinese iron ore production too in order to keep growing imports of iron ore into China that will support the dry bulk freight market


Hoover Debuts Offshore Acid Tanks

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Hoover Container Solutions, a provider of chemical tanks, cargo carrying units and related products and services, has introduced acid tanks intended for transport and storage of a range of corrosive liquids and chemicals as the newest addition to its offshore product line.  


Eastern to Build 4 Towboats for IWL River

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IWL River, Inc., a Impala Terminals Colombia affiliate, and Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) on May 20, 2015 signed a contract for the construction of four 134-foot ABS Classed Inland River, Triple Screw Towboats each with a Retractable Pilothouse (ESG Hulls 243-246)


Fourth Z-drive Towboat from Master Marine

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The Z-drive revolution on the U.S. Inland Waterways continues with a new delivery from Master Marine In August, Marquette Transportation Co. took delivery of a new 2,000-hp Z-drive towboat from Master Marine, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Alabama. The 78 x 34 x 11 ft.  St


Jensen Develops 2 New LNG Bunker Barge Concepts

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Jensen Maritime Consultants, Inc., a naval architecture and marine engineering firm owned by Crowley Maritime Corp., has developed two new liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker barge concepts.   The two new fully customizable concepts aim to offering customers maximum flexibility and improved


US-flag Iron Ore Cargos Retreat Again in July

With the nation awash in dumped foreign steel, iron ore cargos carried by U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) fell again in July, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association  (LCA). Loadings totaled 4.7 million tons, a decrease of 10 percent compared to a year ago


New Towboat Honors Structural Engineer

Rex Dobson breaking the traditional bottle over his namesake (Photo: New Generation Shipbuilding)

Joe Gregory, owner of New Generation Shipbulding of Houma, La., reports that his firm’s latest delivery will join the La Porte Texas-based Martin Marine fleet of 29 inland push boats and 54 inland marine tank barges. Martin also operates four offshore tug/barge units.  


Diverse Seaway Cargoes Keep U.S. Ports Bustling in July

While July Seaway traffic fluctuated across the various categories, U.S. ports handled a wide range of cargoes in July.   “It was a solid month for our U.S. Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System ports with more ships entering the Seaway System with aluminum, iron ore and salt






 
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